Writer, director, producer and screenplay consultant. Currently writing a horror screenplay shooting end of '13 and headline contributor for the Onion. This is a place where I post random stuff and things I will regret later.
Hamas builds reinforced bunkers for its leaders (under hospitals and other must-avoid targets) but purposefully neglects to build bomb shelters for the civilians in its putative care. The Atlantic
If we commit to one social plan for the whole evening, we might be missing out on something cooler happening just around the corner. So the mediated-spontaneity tools of the smartphone comfort us with the idea that it is always possible to bail out in favour of something better. And this is pleasant, too, for the hipster entrepreneurs who have just launched the nearby pop-up absinthe bar or dude-food smokehouse. As Jacob Burak reports in a recent essay, the fear of missing out “occurs mostly in people with unfulfilled psychological needs in realms such as love, respect, autonomy and security.” Too overwhelming a fear of missing out—a generalised attitude of always looking over the shoulder of the person you’re talking to in case there is someone more interesting or attractive at the party—can rob the victim of the ability to take pleasure in anything. Steven Poole, on FOMO
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