MR. BLUBBERMAN… JABBA
Dialogue from Hitchcock’s “To Catch A Thief,” 1955
paging every california transplant
The weird thing about the whole Californian invasion of the PacNW is that you guys are getting the shittiest of the shit from down here. Portland probably wouldn’t mind if everyone from Venice moved there…
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Sound editors try to sneak the Wilhelm, Hollywood’s most famous sound effect, into every possible movie.
(via npr)I tried to get it into an HBO after school special about not using drugs but the filmmaker pulled it out. Whoever found a way to weasel it into the arrangement of a Judy Garland song, that’s somebody who really pulled off the ultimate, I think, because the movie stops and it’s the only thing that’s happening. I’ll never be able to pull that off.
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TIL that there’s a term for, and attention paid to, the fact that some jobs require workers to pretend to feel appropriate emotions. Another thing I’m lucky to avoid, and I hadn’t even realized it.
Arrrrrrrrrgh! Why is the world so terrible?
EDITED TO ADD: This is why I like it here in Portland, where you can go to lots of places that are not corporate chains, and many times you have a nice, friendly interaction with the person serving you, because you are both human beings and not because some company manual dictates it.(via dalasverdugo)
Or you can go to the Tube (circa 2007) and the buttlord bartender will ignore you while you stare into his soul and try to will another bourbon into your glass. Love you PDX…
Stick with Starky’s, dal!
(via dalasverdugo)Meanwhile, in The New Republic, Timothy Noah observes that the sandwich shop chain Pret A Manger aggressively monitors its employees’ displays of enthusiasm. If any worker at any particular store seems insufficiently pleased to see their customers, he and all of his coworkers could suffer the consequences. Pret CEO Clive Schlee even monitors whether his employees are making enough affectionate physical contact with each other.
Scientists at the National Institutes of Health, the federal agency with a $30 billion budget responsible for funding medical research across the country, probably woke up Tuesday morning with, at best, audible sighs.
First, in the spring, there was sequestration—the automatic, across the board spending cuts that lopped off 5.5 percent of your budget. Now, thanks to the government shutdown, 73 percent of NIH staff is sitting at home, furloughed—among them, some of the most brilliant scientists and medical researchers in the word—and, thanks to a Congress whose mental health is open to debate, you’ve been put in the untenable position of turning away 200 patients to the NIH Clinical Center, including 30 children, many of them cancer patients.
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So just to clarify, the Affordable Care Act
- Passed both the House and the Senate
- Was signed into law by Obama in 2010
- Was upheld as constitutional by the Supreme Court in 2012
And yet now it’s 2013 and the GOP in the House has voted 40 times to repeal it and is…
We still give subsidies to corn farmers…in the name of renewable energy and “biofuels.” We also give subsidies to corn farmers NOT to plant corn. Because government!