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picture7 Jun 2004 @ 18:15, by Tom Bombadil

Are you eating it? Or is it eating you?

An industrial spy is hired by an ice-cream corporation to uncover the secret ingredients of an addictive yogurt-like substance, called The Stuff...

"People associated with The Stuff behave in weird ways…we get a close up look at the effects of The Stuff in action as a young boy, who discovered the glop moving around in the fridge, refuses to eat it, but slowly sees his family going mad with it. They eat nothing but The Stuff and chatter in second hand advertising slogans about what a wonderful product it is."
----Michael Jacobson, Movie Central

"It's later revealed that The Stuff is a most hostile substance: a living organism that addicts its consumer and starts eating away at their insides, turning them into zombie-like manifestations. Most become demented when threatened, and some are simply serene----like a picture-perfect housewife who talks to her concerned son in the emotionally detached manner of a Florence Henderson doing a Wesson Cooking Oil commercial."
----Jack Sommersby,

The interest of the film, of course, is not so much the horror (a mix of the "Blob" and "Invasion of the Bodies Snatcher") but the satire. The overall film, therefore, works best with humor— See it expecting a silly movie that's a bit of fun and you may end up enjoying it (Think of it as a good "bad movie": It has a silly plot and effects, but it's so fun that you just don't really care.)

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8 Jun 2004 @ 11:04 by Aiden @ : OK
I've found it at my local Blockbuster.
Question: can I have my money back, if I don't like The Stuff?  

8 Jun 2004 @ 12:10 by Hanae @ : The Stuff is free, Aiden
And good for you. Join us and be part of the process, Aiden. It will set you free.......

Let us help you, Aideeeennn.........  

8 Jun 2004 @ 12:11 by Hanae @ : Aiden?

Oh, dear, he has run away.  

8 Jun 2004 @ 12:22 by bombadil : I can't say I blame him :-)

I don't think Aiden likes "processed" food, Hanae.

Uh, Aiden? You didn't buy The Stuff, did you? I only meant for you to rent it, not buy it!  

8 Jun 2004 @ 14:27 by Hanae @ : The process
is organic, isn't it? It says so right on The Stuff: "No Artificial Ingredients."  

8 Jun 2004 @ 14:44 by bombadil : Depends what one means by "organic"

Take a look at Ming's Newslog, he just recently posted {link:|something interesting} about that.

The following passage from Tom Atlee to which a {link:|link} is provided is particularly relevant:

"Note that not all collective capacities are "intelligence." Occasionally CI overlaps with other capacities like collective consciousness or "power-with"---capacities that can be characterized by collective stupidity OR collective intelligence. Furthermore, some dimensions of collective intelligence, like "flow," have collectively stupid manifestations (mobs) as well as collectively intelligent ones (high functioning teams)."  

8 Jun 2004 @ 15:26 by Aiden @ : The Stuff
Naaah, I just rented a copy (besides I had a coupon.) I didn't have a chance to take a look at the movie yet.

This Stuff thing is taking an interesting turn, lol. I can't say that I care much for mobs, especially lynch mobs, but I do make an exception for {link:|Flash Mobs}, where people gather en masse at a moment's notice, perform an inane activity and then disperse quickly.

Their mission: to have fun.

Their message: There isn't one.  

8 Jun 2004 @ 15:29 by Hanae @ : Flash Mobs
He He......"Breathing life and vibrance into the dull corners of modern life."

I like it!  

8 Jun 2004 @ 16:22 by bombadil : 10 Ways To Maintain
A Healthy Level of Insanity:

1. Page Yourself Over The Intercom. Don't Disguise Your Voice.

2. Put Your trash Can On Your Desk And Label It "In."

3. Finish All Your Sentences With "In Accordance With The Prophecy."

4. Don't Use Any Punctuation

5. As Often As Possible, Skip Rather Than Walk.

6. Ask People What Sex They Are. Laugh Hysterically After They Answer.

7. Put Mosquito Netting Around Your Work Area And Play Tropical Sounds All Day.

8. Step Into a Chatroom (use the {link:|Marauder's Map}) and Regardless of What People Are Talking About, just Say Out of The Blue, "Hey, What's The Nattering All About?"

9. Regardless of What Anyone Has To Say, Just Add, "I'll Be Looking Forward To An Analytical, High-Toned Answer" and Walk Away.

and one more way to keep a Healthy Level of Insanity.......

10. Send this list to some of your acquaintances, friends and comrades on your Contacts List—especially the stuck-up ones—and make them smile. Its called therapy...  

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