Wednesday various

  • I liked Ryan McGee’s review of the new show Take the Money and Run, which he describes as “LARP&Order.” I don’t think I would remotely enjoy the show.
  • The Stanford Prison Experiment 40 years later. [via]
  • The headline reads: North Dakota is not a state and never has been. I’m reminded of TV Nation’s visit to the so-called state. [via]
  • You know, I’m not entirely sure how I feel about schools no longer teaching cursive, but I think I’m pretty much okay with it. [via]
  • And finally, John Hodgman on acting:

    [W]hat I kind of began to understand about acting is that it’s similar to writing. You warm up for a while, you hate it, you don’t know what you’re doing, you feel totally fake and phony, you feel like you’re mechanically imitating what you did before and you’ll never be able to get any inspiration again, and then suddenly this voice starts coming out of you. And whatever it is you’re working on, if you’re writing, you realize there’s a story that you’re trying to tell that you didn’t know that you were trying to tell. And I think acting is the same way. There’s this period where you’re just pretending to be a human, and then, all of a sudden, some kind of human really emerges from you.

3 thoughts on “Wednesday various

  1. I would feel OK with schools no longer teaching cursive, except for the realization that the fact that I can and do continue to use it will mean forever after that I have old lady handwriting. I’m not sure I’m ready for that.

    • Yeah, I’d be less sanguine about cursive’s passing if I still made any real use of it. My writing, including my signature, is an amalgam of print and script, but I think it tends so far off from cursive that I’d fail third grade penmanship.

      • I’d fail third grade penmenship, anyway, myself, since as soon as they stopped forcing me to write the letters the way they wanted, I started writing them the way I wanted.

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