Tuesday Reviewsday: Coffee Atrocities

Atrocities: The 100 Deadliest Episodes in Human History by Matthew White

I read this book a few years ago under its original title of The Great Big Book of Horrible Things. I’m re-reading it now because it’s oddly comforting to see how bad things have been in ages past.

Somehow, humanity made it to 2017, so there’s a good chance we’ll make it through.

Aerobie AeroPress Coffee Maker

I am probably the last podcasting nerd in the world to have gotten on the AeroPress bandwagon, but here I am. Our apartment in Paris came with a Nespresso machine that makes only so-so coffee and has ecologically-unsound pods.

The AeroPress is really simple, and makes one cup of very good coffee. That’s all I need.

Now to destroy any coffee credibility I’ve built up by finally getting an AeroPress: have you tried instant coffee lately? It’s not good, but it’s substantially better than you remember. I’m drinking instant decaf in the afternoon, and it’s perfectly acceptable. It’s pre-measured and foolproof.

Skyrim: Remastered

Why play a digitally-upgraded version of an old game when there are new ones out there like The Witcher 3? Because I really liked Skyrim, and it’s fun to be able to try all the DLC content that wasn’t in the game when I played it the first time.

Rubik’s Cube

My big accomplishment of 2017 is that I finally learned how to solve the Rubik’s cube. It’s oddly satisfying once your fingers start doing it without conscious thought.


The One from Paris

Scriptnotes: Ep. 282
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John welcomes Aline Brosh McKenna to the City of Lights, where they answer listener questions about cheating reality and bilingual characters.

They then invite a special guest on to talk about adaptation and autobiography. When writing about your own life, how much do you need to worry about portraying your friends and family?

Both of the 2016 Scriptnotes t-shirts are headed back to print — but only for two weeks! If you missed out the first time, make sure to get yours today.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

UPDATE 1-08-17: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


Holiday Homeopathy Spectacular

Scriptnotes: Ep. 281
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John and Craig ditch their jobs as screenwriters to play quackery sleuths, investigating the practice of homeopathy and what it can teach us about how narrative shapes belief.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

UPDATE 12-30-16: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


Black List Boys Don’t Cry

Scriptnotes: Ep. 280
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John and Craig discuss post-scriptum depression, that low feeling you sometimes get when finishing a screenplay.

We also look at some of the trends in the most recent Black List, and a protest over Boys Don’t Cry which has one of us shaking his damn head.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

UPDATE 12-26-16: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


What Do They Want?

Scriptnotes: Ep. 279
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John and Craig look at how heroes let us know what they’re after, with or without a song.

We also answer listener questions about how much despair to feel when a movie similar to your spec is announced, getting staffed off of improv groups, and whether we’re wrong about gurus. (We’re not.)

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

UPDATE 12-19-16: The transcript of this episode can be found here.


Revenge of the Clams

Scriptnotes: Ep. 278
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John and Craig look at phrases that have been banned from comedy writing rooms, and more generally why making a list of what you will never do can help you figure out what you should do.

We also answer listener questions about character names, life rights and sticking to a genre.

Links:

Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

UPDATE 12-08-16: The transcript of this episode can be found here.