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.

Abandoned Disney Parks

Posted by: James Lileks under Outstate, Technology Updated: January 8, 2014 - 12:35 PM

Not a phrase you usually hear. From Fearnet:

There are two to be exact: Discovery Island and River Country. The adjoining parks are the only two Disney parks to ever be closed permanently. Luckily for us, they were abandoned rather than demolished.

Pictures and descriptions here. It’s eerie; feels like a trip back to Jurassic Park after all the unpleasantness. Disney things aren't supposed to be abandoned. Makes you realize how much they own down there - and how they're probably planning a new park in secret. But what? It seems as if they have everythng covered. Nature: check. The Future: check. Europe: check. Hollywood: check. Old West: check. Wonder if there's anyone in charge of coming up with the next theme park idea, and every night he or she goes to bed drained from the effort. Another day. Nuthin'. 

MONEY From the website Billfold, the social capital behind checks:

Accepting a check—whether for the eight-and-change I spent at the post office, mailing a few packages, at the bookstore, or for the $364 that rent and utilities cost me last month (suck on that, New York friends)—means demonstrating a level of trust in the person who’s paying you. They’re good for the money. They’re giving you a document stamped with their account and routing numbers, and expecting you to take no more than what you’ve agreed on.

You almost hate to go to the comments, because there will be someone who says “What’s a check?” (So far, no.) Never understood why professing ignorance of something that was big in the recent past is a sign of cleverness, especially when it invites a straight reply: well, it’s a piece of paper understood to symbolize a medium of exchange, much like money itself; it contains a series of numbers that tie it to a bank account, and a register in which people may enter their transactions so they have a running total of their financial resources. Does that help?”

But no one asked that so I’m punching a strawman, I suppose.

ABOUT THAT CITY IN CHINA This article on Motherboard  speculates that tipping might be on the way out. Don’t see that happening, but it makes interesting points about wags, tip-pooling for the back kitchen staff, and so on. Apparently there’s no tipping in Australia, which led to this exchange in the comments:

I found the service at restaurants in AU lousy. However, when traveling to countries where they don't do tipping, when I go to a restaurant and they learn I am American they swarm me with incredible service because they know a tip is in the cards.

To which a sour person replies:

So you are spoiling their staff by doing something you are not supposed to do and encouraging them to ask more for something they are already paid for. That's sounds like americans..to me.

Hey, let’s go around the internet and look for people behaving like Americans, and put them in their place! Some people. Really.

RETREADS Anything left in this schtick? We’ll see:

Pop the champagne, it's cause for a celebration. While on the ITV talk show "The Jonathan Ross Show" this weekend, Jennifer Saunders confirmed that she is indeed going to write an "Absolutely Fabulous" movie.

If that doesn’t interest you, try this:

Reports that David Lynch will direct a new promo has fans theorizing — is it a promo, or a follow-up? “Twin Peaks” fans are all aflutter with the news that David Lynch is shooting some sort of new footage for the 1990s franchise.Tuesday. It started earlier this week when a casting call for a “Twin Peaks” promo was posted by Sande Alessi Casting for a “Twin Peaks” promo shooting Tuesday. It’s looking for a “hot” brunette or redhead between ages 18 to 27.

The reason fans are excited:

Apparently, Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee) tells Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) on the finale that she will see him again in 25 years. Although the show aired in 1990, it actually shot in 1989. So, 25 years later would be 2014.

So we’d get an ending. Maybe we’d get an update on what Evil Coop was up to; one shudders to think.

VoTD Finally, a reminder: black ice is everywhere. Slow down. Or:

It begins on the bridge. Doesn't stop there, alas.

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