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by Eric the .5b
Yesterday, 17:11
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Twitter!
Replies: 3191
Views: 187603

Re: Twitter!

I don't have any point to make about the issues raised in this thread, I am just amused by this tweet. It sounds like one of those law firm commercials. "You may be entitled to compensation." https://twitter.com/Docstockk/status/1221832565180575746?s=19 I have seen that claimed in reverse, though s...
by Eric the .5b
24 Jan 2020, 22:36
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: This is the thread for people who died, died.
Replies: 2514
Views: 157172

Re: This is the thread for people who died, died.

Jennifer wrote:
24 Jan 2020, 21:47
So I Googled again, this time for the name "Henry Schally" to see if I could find the video, or possibly some mention of how he's doing now that he's seventeen ... I found an obituary. He died in 2013, at only ten years old.
Well, fuck. :(
by Eric the .5b
24 Jan 2020, 22:35
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: To Boldly Spend Where No Government Has Spent Before
Replies: 31
Views: 628

Re: To Boldly Spend Where No Government Has Spent Before

Harrumph. It's not an asymmetrical, curvy shape, it's a symmetrical polygon. Obvious inspiration:

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by Eric the .5b
24 Jan 2020, 21:44
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Twitter!
Replies: 3191
Views: 187603

Re: Twitter!

Because I'm an awful person, I could spend the rest of my life scrolling through the #dollypartonchallenge memes *click* *scroll, scroll, scroll* meh. It's just another thing on the twitters. How did it come by the name though? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? She (or possibly whoever manages her social me...
by Eric the .5b
24 Jan 2020, 18:32
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: PS 411
Replies: 265
Views: 20288

Re: PS 411

But frankly what I can't quite get past is how everybody has their own hobbyhorse to blame. It's the government, it's the parents, it's charter schools, it's publishing companies, it's the lack of funding, etc. The one thing everybody agrees on is that there was some vanished Golden Age when everyt...
by Eric the .5b
24 Jan 2020, 18:12
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Thumb a Hundred Bucks: The Cashless Economy Thread
Replies: 84
Views: 2980

Re: Thumb a Hundred Bucks: The Cashless Economy Thread

Especially since there are apparently very few NYC businesses that don't take cash in the first place.

Which is why I looked askance at the ACLU trying to get behind this crap. No, this is not some protection of privacy against the encroaching surveillance state, this is just bullshit.
by Eric the .5b
24 Jan 2020, 18:08
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Fragments of an avotoast anthropology
Replies: 495
Views: 33315

Re: Fragments of an avotoast anthropology

"...But there’s another, darker way to read this: We want to be productive even when we’re dead. We’re taking our #riseandgrind capitalistic mentality to the grave. Never change, Vox So, the "darker" side of capitalism is that it spurs you to be productive and benefit others? That's not how I usual...
by Eric the .5b
23 Jan 2020, 20:35
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Is the ACLU getting too Woke?
Replies: 219
Views: 13847

Re: Is the ACLU getting too Woke?

Same here. This is sufficient wokeness for the ACLU.
by Eric the .5b
22 Jan 2020, 23:41
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Earworm Infestations
Replies: 326
Views: 41290

Re: Earworm Infestations

A song for Thoreau to write new and more specific lyrics for, perhaps. ;)



"Earthquakes and Sharks" by Brandston (lyric video)
by Eric the .5b
22 Jan 2020, 22:36
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: What are you reading?
Replies: 3178
Views: 182649

Re: What are you reading?

This Is How You Lose the Time War by el-Mohtar and Gladstone was actually even better than I'd been lead to believe. In the middle of a war of historic manipulation between two very different far-future societies, two opposing agents, codenamed Red and Blue, start leaving taunting letters for each ...
by Eric the .5b
21 Jan 2020, 15:29
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Food
Replies: 4952
Views: 277433

Re: Food

British cuisine has come a long way, but they still like to ruin their steaks.
by Eric the .5b
20 Jan 2020, 18:40
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 7280
Views: 320503

Re: Orange is the new President

I mean, the entire political-military establishment has not covered itself with glory over the last 20 years. It has continually exaggerated successes and lied about failures to both the public, and worst to itself. Trump hasn't changed a thing about that - and in many ways, has made it worse - but...
by Eric the .5b
19 Jan 2020, 16:08
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: The son of "What the hell are YOU staring at?"
Replies: 8048
Views: 339327

Re: The son of "What the hell are YOU staring at?"

I'm just trying to figure out this whole exchange-rate thing, even if you ignore the movie being wildly inconsistent with it. Sure, the bulk costs of materials would be tiny for an action figure-scaled McMansion, but it'll still take labor to put it together. Maybe the walls are modular components w...
by Eric the .5b
19 Jan 2020, 05:10
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Setec Astronomy
Replies: 1463
Views: 78227

Re: Setec Astronomy

Reason had been loathe to turn on people who needed shivving (or simple lack of approval) for some time, once they're hyped them up.
by Eric the .5b
18 Jan 2020, 14:40
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Sheriff Joe Arpaio Memorial Prison Reform Thread
Replies: 361
Views: 36713

Re: The Sheriff Joe Arpaio Memorial Prison Reform Thread

It's like they're evil fucks or something.
by Eric the .5b
18 Jan 2020, 07:53
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Putin on the Writs
Replies: 1229
Views: 75754

Re: Putin on the Writs

People that dumb don't need Putin to have good optics.
by Eric the .5b
17 Jan 2020, 23:53
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: The son of "What the hell are YOU staring at?"
Replies: 8048
Views: 339327

Re: The son of "What the hell are YOU staring at?"

That really reminds me, in reverse, of the Exit to Eden adaptation. The book by Anne Rice (which I admit I haven't read) involves a guy who goes to a BDSM resort and his resulting relationship with the dominatrix who runs it. The director grafted on a (very vaguely ) comedic plot involving a pair o...
by Eric the .5b
17 Jan 2020, 23:47
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 7280
Views: 320503

Re: Orange is the new President

I thought that the story offered a pretty profound meditation on what identity really is, and what it means to make a driving imperative of your life integral to your identity. Oh, I agree. The idea was interesting and chilling, and it had a lot of nice thinking behind it and details to it. Definit...
by Eric the .5b
17 Jan 2020, 23:12
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: The son of "What the hell are YOU staring at?"
Replies: 8048
Views: 339327

Re: The son of "What the hell are YOU staring at?"

I saw old live-action Flintstones movie starring John Goodman, and it was disappointing but in the exact opposite way I expected: you'd think a live-action cartoon, especially one drawn as deliberately crude as the Flintstones, would have a hard time recreating the visuals, but coming up with a sui...
by Eric the .5b
17 Jan 2020, 22:54
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Worthwhile intertubez finds
Replies: 12391
Views: 814149

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

Which isn't fickle and inarticulate? I mean has this guy ever cracked open a bible? I could see his argument holding weight for the sort of person who goes to church on the holidays and is in and out of the service without ever doing anything else truly reflective. Just because you have a clergy in...
by Eric the .5b
17 Jan 2020, 22:34
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: When do you think Trumpeachment will happen?
Replies: 184
Views: 12820

Re: When do you think Trumpeachment will happen?

One in 14,000,605, man. Team Thanos if the 50% who go bye-bye are Trump supporters. Trump supporters are less than 50% of Americans. It's close enough to get the guy elected once, and almost certainly again. The difference between Trump support and 50% is enough that we'd call it a landslide if it ...
by Eric the .5b
17 Jan 2020, 22:20
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: You're in the Driver's Seat
Replies: 9
Views: 262

Re: You're in the Driver's Seat

Number 6 wrote:
17 Jan 2020, 22:13
I hope I've explained the joke sufficiently.
Depends on how mad Warren is.

But I getcha; I hadn't ever seen the movie.
by Eric the .5b
17 Jan 2020, 21:55
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Worthwhile intertubez finds
Replies: 12391
Views: 814149

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

(I'm surprised you're still following him considering the book he's flogging.) I have more sympathy for him than you might think. Consider this item in the blurb: Preposed reforms variously target incompetent teachers, corrupt union practices, or outdated curricula, but no one acknowledges a scient...
by Eric the .5b
17 Jan 2020, 20:41
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: The son of "What the hell are YOU staring at?"
Replies: 8048
Views: 339327

Re: The son of "What the hell are YOU staring at?"

I saw old live-action Flintstones movie starring John Goodman, and it was disappointing but in the exact opposite way I expected: you'd think a live-action cartoon, especially one drawn as deliberately crude as the Flintstones, would have a hard time recreating the visuals, but coming up with a sui...
by Eric the .5b
17 Jan 2020, 20:33
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Worthwhile intertubez finds
Replies: 12391
Views: 814149

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

Freddie is the best of the socialists. people post those memes about how the don’t care what anyone thinks and then receive “likes” for them, demonstrating that they are very desperately invested in being liked for not caring about being liked. https://fredrikdeboer.com/2020/01/17/you-cant-choose-t...