This blog covers everything except sports and gardening, unless we find a really good link about using dead professional bowlers for mulch. The author is a StarTribune columnist, has been passing off fiction and hyperbole as insight since 1997, has run his own website since the Jurassic era of AOL, and was online when today’s college sophomores were a year away from being born. So get off his lawn.

Down in California, Up in Florida

Posted by: James Lileks under Architecture, Technology Updated: October 17, 2013 - 12:47 PM

Insert boilerplate text here that goes on the front page, and then when people click they see the rest of the sentence, which explains that I wrote that on purpose to make people think "ah hah, they screwed up." No, I just didn't want to have the main-page text say "short blog today, I'm finishing a column." But since you're here, well, short blog today. So:

URBAN STUDIES The question isn’t how they got so bad, it’s how they seem to have reached a state of perfect decay without getting completely trashed. Haunting photos of abandoned theaters.

DISNEY Everyone knows that the stretching room in the Haunted Mansion goes down in Disneyland and up in Disneyworld, right? I didn’t. More here.

INTERNET And a shiver of dismay just ran up and down the spines of a million teens:

The selling point of Snapchat is that potentially damning messages are destroyed almost instantly. But the company admitted this week that in the past its turned over about a dozen unopened messages to law enforcement.

In a recent blog post, Micah Schaffer, head of “trust and safety” at Snapchat, said that though messages are instantly deleted once they are opened by their intended recipient, the company is still able to retrieve unopened messages from its servers manually and look at them. The company does not do this regularly, according to Schaffer, unless extenuating circumstances come into play.

"Do we manually retrieve and look at Snaps under ordinary circumstances? No," Schaffer writes.

That’s from the Daily Dot; more here. I love the Orwellian Department of Trust and Safety, and the assurance that they don’t look at messages under “ordinary circumstances.” That’s a hard-and-fast distinction.

MOVIES Just in time for Halloween: Hell No, a horror movie built around sensible choices. Finally!

Also in movie news, and because the law says that every week has to have a story about Kubrick, here's indiewire:

Kubrick actually wanted had plans for a full trilogy following the deranged doctor. As The New York Times reported back in 2003, screenwriter Terry Southern's literary archives went to the New York Public Library, and among them? Notes and index cards outlining details for two sequels to "Dr. Strangelove." Titled ''Turgidson's Mother, or Into the Shaft!'' and ''Muffley Strikes Back." Exact plot details or concepts haven't yet surfaced (maybe time to visit the library?), but it's rather fascinating to realize Kubrick's vision for his satire was so far reaching.

They sound dreadful. The original works because there’s nothing left at the end. Strangelove crying out in joy to the ghost of Hitler as he rises from his chair as the world explodes seems like a definitive ending, wouldn’t you say? Anyone ever watch the credits and think “boy, I wonder what happened next”?

If so, maybe they ask “it would be great if that Monty Python animator directed the sequel, too.”

VIDEO Easy . . . easy . . . eeeeasy . . . oh, crap.

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