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by Eric the .5b
Today, 01:38
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: What are you reading?
Replies: 3176
Views: 181445

Re: What are you reading?

And just as a random comment, listening to random audiobook samples on Amazon and Kobo (Kobo still exists!)...man, a lot of these people really fall into a plodding, portentous sort of delivery. (Jeremy Irons does well with Lolita , mind, and Stephen Fry isn't bad with Hitchhiker's Guide to the Gala...
by Eric the .5b
Yesterday, 21:55
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Putin on the Writs
Replies: 1210
Views: 74062

Re: Putin on the Writs

*shrug* I assume optics. They aren't a democracy but want to seem like one. Which is why he bounced between president and prime minister, as I just described. The question of why he's changing his shtick isn't just a matter of are you people dumb, it's about more power , because dude's got power. W...
by Eric the .5b
Yesterday, 18:42
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: It's not the size of the screen...
Replies: 2887
Views: 194496

Re: It's not the size of the screen...

Jeri Ryan was a good actress. She had little opportunity to show at first, playing a Borg in a catsuit, but they were already getting more flexible about that before I dropped the show, and clips I've seen since the show ended makes me think she was probably one of the best on the cast. But then, ev...
by Eric the .5b
Yesterday, 18:30
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Twitter!
Replies: 3160
Views: 184568

Re: Twitter!

thoreau wrote:
14 Jan 2020, 19:35
This guy has just invented Christianity.

And now that account's suspended. What'd he do?
by Eric the .5b
Yesterday, 18:28
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Putin on the Writs
Replies: 1210
Views: 74062

Re: Putin on the Writs

People. When he says that he is transferring more authority to parliament, including the power to choose the prime minister and senior cabinet members, instead of the president as under the current system he means HE is going to do the choosing when he's elected to parliament. That only begs the qu...
by Eric the .5b
15 Jan 2020, 20:25
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Putin on the Writs
Replies: 1210
Views: 74062

Re: Putin on the Writs

Doesn't seem impossible, Thoreau. And well, he's 67. He probably feels a constant itching on the back of his neck from all the people who'd like to take him down quite fatally. Maybe just creating turmoil and leaving no easy path for someone else to take his place is a ploy for a survivable retireme...
by Eric the .5b
15 Jan 2020, 20:19
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: It's not the size of the screen...
Replies: 2887
Views: 194496

Re: It's not the size of the screen...

dbcooper wrote:
14 Jan 2020, 01:30
Haven't seen any mentions of Picard online. I guess expectations are pretty low.
I know of nothing but excitement among fans (aside from the usual randos posting hour-long YouTube diatribes about how it will ruin everything).

Hell, it's already been renewed for season 2.
by Eric the .5b
15 Jan 2020, 17:38
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Putin on the Writs
Replies: 1210
Views: 74062

Re: Putin on the Writs

Aresen wrote:
15 Jan 2020, 17:33
Russia's best hope at this time appears to be Comrade Aneurysm.
Or other things related to being 67.
by Eric the .5b
15 Jan 2020, 17:35
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: How's the weather? v. 1.1
Replies: 3475
Views: 190716

Re: How's the weather? v. 1.1

76 and enough humidity to feel like 78. That's a little much for January, even in Texas.

It's gonna start dropping tomorrow, but ugh.
by Eric the .5b
15 Jan 2020, 17:02
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Putin on the Writs
Replies: 1210
Views: 74062

Re: Putin on the Writs

I'm just a little puzzled by giving power to the Russian parliament.
by Eric the .5b
15 Jan 2020, 14:53
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Dancing With the Dems
Replies: 584
Views: 25041

Re: Dancing With the Dems

What insane level of vanity is required to run a campaign like his? He's not contesting the initial primaries, nor has he tried to enter the debates. High enough that I really hope he never actually beats the Butt, no matter how much of his money he throws at this. I want him to spend a big fractio...
by Eric the .5b
15 Jan 2020, 14:48
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 7265
Views: 315927

Re: Orange is the new President

thoreau wrote:
15 Jan 2020, 10:39
Why was Parnas associate Robert Hyde tracking Ambassador Yovanovitch and noting her security?
And did he make notes on how large a bag her dismembered corpse would require?
by Eric the .5b
14 Jan 2020, 23:30
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: What are you reading?
Replies: 3176
Views: 181445

Re: What are you reading?

I'm not sure if anything changed as much as the breadth of media out there has revealed previously hidden or even unknown desires that were essentially always there. With niches becoming larger with the advent of the internet the resources are there to feed those desires almost endlessly. Definitel...
by Eric the .5b
14 Jan 2020, 18:07
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Observations of the Random sort
Replies: 8859
Views: 341671

Re: Observations of the Random sort

The Burj Khalifa is so tall that sunset is several minutes later on the higher floors than it is at ground level. This has caused clerics to recommend that people living on higher floors wait several extra minutes before breaking their fast on Ramadan. (Also, suck on that, flat earthers.) They'll j...
by Eric the .5b
14 Jan 2020, 18:05
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Comics
Replies: 110
Views: 11314

Re: Comics

Just finished reading the Hellboy omnibuses and I got to give credit to Guillermo del Toro for wringing something like a coherent narrative out of whatever the hell Mike Mignola was doing. Yeah the comics are very much about atmosphere and mood than any kind of solid narrative. Much of it is just a...
by Eric the .5b
14 Jan 2020, 01:07
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: To Boldly Spend Where No Government Has Spent Before
Replies: 24
Views: 434

Re: To Boldly Spend Where No Government Has Spent Before

Shit, what if Space Force's special operations personnel are all Eddie Gallagher gholas? That's not really far from the Sardaukar, even without cloning. There's a difference between a Burseg and Feyd-Rautha. A remark with a Sting to it. But the Sardaukar are kill-happy bastards. Gallagher would fit...
by Eric the .5b
14 Jan 2020, 00:57
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: What are you reading?
Replies: 3176
Views: 181445

Re: What are you reading?

What is LitRPG and why does it exist? I saw some of this coming in the previous few years. It's been all over anime recently. I thought it was mostly something they were doing. Apparently it's showing up all over though. Quoting this because I actually looked into the genre recently...and well, her...
by Eric the .5b
14 Jan 2020, 00:00
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: To Boldly Spend Where No Government Has Spent Before
Replies: 24
Views: 434

Re: To Boldly Spend Where No Government Has Spent Before

thoreau wrote:
13 Jan 2020, 21:49
Shit, what if Space Force's special operations personnel are all Eddie Gallagher gholas?
That's not really far from the Sardaukar, even without cloning.
by Eric the .5b
13 Jan 2020, 21:30
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: To Boldly Spend Where No Government Has Spent Before
Replies: 24
Views: 434

Re: To Boldly Spend Where No Government Has Spent Before

I suspect the "ceremonial deism" BS covers all sins, there.

They missed a trick by not saying it was an orange, Catholic Bible.
by Eric the .5b
13 Jan 2020, 21:13
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS: The Forsakening
Replies: 7101
Views: 289822

Re: OFFS: The Forsakening

Conservative 'Moms' group slams Burger King for using 'the d-word' in a commercial Activist conservative group One Million Moms is taking aim at Burger King for using what it calls the "d-word" in a commercial promoting the non-meat Impossible Whopper. In the ad, a group of people taste-test the pl...
by Eric the .5b
13 Jan 2020, 20:43
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: When journalism goes bad
Replies: 4205
Views: 192929

Re: When journalism goes bad

*Every year we try to tell ourselves the Oscars are old and outdated and stupid and yet it remains very hard not to care. She should try harder to not care. It's glorious. I cannot remember any of the winners of the Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Actress categories for the last decade. Birdman ...
by Eric the .5b
13 Jan 2020, 00:02
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Worthwhile intertubez finds
Replies: 12381
Views: 811420

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

You don't care because you aren't thinking about the great works that are being stifled by the jackboot of oppression. Copyright is anathema to freedom of speech and press. Yeah, what a shame: all that fan-fiction that will never get written or produced. West Side Story is basically R&J fanfic. And...
by Eric the .5b
12 Jan 2020, 23:47
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: When journalism goes bad
Replies: 4205
Views: 192929

Re: When journalism goes bad

Fucking Salon.
by Eric the .5b
12 Jan 2020, 03:46
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Observations of the Random sort
Replies: 8859
Views: 341671

Re: Observations of the Random sort

This old thread needs love, and it appears to be the last place anyone's discussed Marginal Revolution, sooo.... Does anyone have opinions about this "State Capacity Libertarianism" post ? I actually had someone ask me if there were any reactions to this in the Libertarian Movement. (I of course exp...
by Eric the .5b
10 Jan 2020, 20:28
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: It's not the size of the screen...
Replies: 2887
Views: 194496

Re: It's not the size of the screen...

So we are finally to the point where we can quote The Expanse? Fuck yeah! Bout time this fucking timeline stepped up its game. Dumb question, but is it a very quotable show? I haven't heard anything I realized was a quote from it, before. (I'm still living under a rock WRT TV. I'm trying to actuall...