Speaking of universality, how many of you have ever wanted to just speak to clients in a robot voice, knowing that that’s what they want to hear? About zero percent of all people who have ever felt said urge have actually acted on it, until now. A New York Health Department IT worker was suspended from his job for being caught answering calls in a robotic voice, apparently as a response to being told that his fast cadence and Brooklyn accent weren’t acceptable.
Also not acceptable? Showing most Halloween movies to children. Luckily, McSweeney’s has a list of Halloween movies for kids! These aren’t exactly real movies, but mostly ideas of movies. If you’re looking for a real movie to watch, I’ve got two for ya. The first is the cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show, which is being played nonstop on the Logo channel (yeah!) for the next few days. That may seem like an odd choice, given Logo’s mission statement of gayness, and given the controversy over whether or not Rocky Horror is “good for the gays,” but, when you read about the history of the film, it makes a little more sense.
The second movie is Spookies, a kind of bad-good film that was pieced together with two disparate works from two completely separate teams. As explained (and expanded upon) in this piece over at the Dissolve, the film — which has in recent years enjoyed its own resurgence in the cult-viewing world, whatever that can now be defined as — was the victim/benefactor of a troubled production, and it’s a singular viewing experience because of it.
But, let’s finish on something not so much horrifying, but morbidly intriguing. First, listen to that weird dark synth above.
Now, read this. If you’ve ever tried psilocybin, you know how it works, what it makes you see, how it makes you freak out, the types of plants it makes you want to embrace. But, maybe what’s more interesting (and less terrifying) is how it actually works on your brain, man. Like, how psilocybin makes the different sections of your brain cross-network, like some kind of post-grad desperate for a job. There are lots of big words in that article, but one of the main takeaways is this: Now that we know how these things work, it’s pretty much all but proven that psychedelics give additional insights into psychotherapy, and might even be useful in treating chronic depression.
What fun. Now, who wants some candy? Don’t mind the open wrapper. Oh, and here’s how you should spend the rest of your workday, should it not already be over.