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by Eric the .5b
Today, 04:09
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: I don't wanna see that!!!!
Replies: 2543
Views: 95043

Re: I don't wanna see that!!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIqn06tIDwc Biggest truly red flag: it keeps harping on James Gunn's involvement—even though he's just a producer on it, not the director. It's also just terribly cliched-looking to me, even beyond the creepy-kid/possessed-kid stuff horror movies have been really big...
by Eric the .5b
08 Dec 2018, 02:37
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: DB's absolutely amazing sci/tech thread
Replies: 783
Views: 50559

Re: DB's absolutely amazing sci/tech thread

Even if you couldn't do so with the moon, could you start a fire with enough starlight , then? Personally, while the explanation made sense, I thought one of the whole points of using telescopes was that they made target objects, like low-magnitude stars, brighter. In principle, sure. But I can't e...
by Eric the .5b
07 Dec 2018, 23:49
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: To Infinity War and Beyond: the MCU Thread with Spoilers
Replies: 343
Views: 15925

Re: To Infinity War and Beyond: the MCU Thread with Spoilers

JasonL wrote:
20 Nov 2018, 01:54
Pass on anything Thanos
It's about sending Thanos to a nice farm where he has plenty of room to run and play...
by Eric the .5b
07 Dec 2018, 23:47
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: DB's absolutely amazing sci/tech thread
Replies: 783
Views: 50559

Re: DB's absolutely amazing sci/tech thread

Even if you couldn't do so with the moon, could you start a fire with enough starlight, then?

Personally, while the explanation made sense, I thought one of the whole points of using telescopes was that they made target objects, like low-magnitude stars, brighter.
by Eric the .5b
07 Dec 2018, 18:34
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Worthwhile intertubez finds
Replies: 11965
Views: 694642

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

I have to admit, I think it's progress not to have three-quarters of the public think government almost always does the right thing. I'm not sure what I think about 18%, though. I wish a sane skepticism were on the table, but people seem to flip from total trust to total distrust at the drop of a ha...
by Eric the .5b
07 Dec 2018, 18:18
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Worthwhile intertubez finds
Replies: 11965
Views: 694642

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

Mo wrote:
07 Dec 2018, 08:52
Jennifer will become an old lady name in the coming years.
That's going to be deeply weird to my cohort.

Or maybe it will be like stereotypical old lady names in the past...
by Eric the .5b
06 Dec 2018, 21:01
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Inequality
Replies: 1392
Views: 47708

Re: Inequality

Tl;dr: while some examples of "I have a degree or two yet still can't find a job to support myself" are due entirely to poor decision-making, plenty more are not, and there's enough of them that I do indeed think there's an overall systemic problem: it's not purely a case of too many individuals ma...
by Eric the .5b
06 Dec 2018, 18:10
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Inequality
Replies: 1392
Views: 47708

Re: Inequality

Tl;dr: while some examples of "I have a degree or two yet still can't find a job to support myself" are due entirely to poor decision-making, plenty more are not, and there's enough of them that I do indeed think there's an overall systemic problem: it's not purely a case of too many individuals ma...
by Eric the .5b
06 Dec 2018, 17:08
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Inequality
Replies: 1392
Views: 47708

Re: Inequality

Also, weird tangent: I've a few times run into European lefties online who went on about how minimum wage laws don't exist in Europe because unions negotiate minimum wages privately. Naturally, this is completely false, with most European countries having statutory minimum wages, but I wonder how s...
by Eric the .5b
06 Dec 2018, 12:17
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: I wanna see that!!!!
Replies: 1692
Views: 92789

Re: I wanna see that!!!!

dhex wrote:
06 Dec 2018, 11:45
JasonL wrote:
05 Dec 2018, 14:13
Highway wrote:JasonL's gonna start watching Cute Girls Doing Cute Things anime any minute now...
Kawaii voice makes me want to die.
I want your review of devilman crybaby.
*snorts*
by Eric the .5b
06 Dec 2018, 12:16
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: A thread for mocking politicians
Replies: 990
Views: 52301

Re: A thread for mocking politicians

thoreau wrote:
06 Dec 2018, 11:51
I didn't realize that Kirsten Gillibrand has an astronomy degree!

*blinks*

*looks around*

*reaches down and double-checks...*
by Eric the .5b
06 Dec 2018, 01:08
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Tiny Triumphs
Replies: 1014
Views: 62810

Re: Tiny Triumphs

Jennifer wrote:
05 Dec 2018, 20:15
I add sugar and cream (half and half) to my coffee; Jeff adds only cream but no sugar to his.
A little spenda and cold water for me, at least if the coffee's decent. A tiny touch of half-and-half if not, since that's small enough not to bug my stomach much.
by Eric the .5b
06 Dec 2018, 00:25
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: I wanna see that!!!!
Replies: 1692
Views: 92789

Re: I wanna see that!!!!

Weird thing about origin stories: for years, the most well-known superhero TV show, the 1966 Batman series, didn't really bother with any origin for Batman or Robin. "These guys fight weird crime in funny costumes. Go!" The closest was one episode where Bruce Wayne says he's set up a crime victim a...
by Eric the .5b
05 Dec 2018, 19:57
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS: The Forsakening
Replies: 6609
Views: 211463

Re: OFFS: The Forsakening

Shem wrote:
05 Dec 2018, 19:31
I think the level of power concentration I'm aiming for obligates me to make it the Shemocratic People's Shempire of Shem, or SPSS. It's a tradition thing.
Stands to reason!
by Eric the .5b
05 Dec 2018, 19:56
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Tiny Triumphs
Replies: 1014
Views: 62810

Re: Tiny Triumphs

The Chase and Sanborn coffee is almost gone -- I'll be using the last of it when I make tomorrow's batch of coffee -- and the timing is perfect, because on Sunday/Monday, Atlanta is forecast to get ... [ ominous music ] ... actual snow. Maybe as much as an inch or two! That's fucking serious for th...
by Eric the .5b
05 Dec 2018, 19:39
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: I wanna see that!!!!
Replies: 1692
Views: 92789

Re: I wanna see that!!!!

Weird thing about origin stories: for years, the most well-known superhero TV show, the 1966 Batman series, didn't really bother with any origin for Batman or Robin. "These guys fight weird crime in funny costumes. Go!" The closest was one episode where Bruce Wayne says he's set up a crime victim as...
by Eric the .5b
05 Dec 2018, 19:13
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Worthwhile Image Finds
Replies: 200
Views: 10898

Re: Worthwhile Image Finds

JD wrote:
05 Dec 2018, 10:18
What really makes it is the name of the image.

Image
Yes. :)

But it is well laid-out and far more nearly and straightly written than pretty much anything I've ever seen on a blackboard that wasn't at a coffee shop.
by Eric the .5b
05 Dec 2018, 19:11
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Petty annoyances
Replies: 9376
Views: 348018

Re: Petty annoyances

I shouldn't have snorted, but I did.
by Eric the .5b
05 Dec 2018, 19:09
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: I wanna see that!!!!
Replies: 1692
Views: 92789

Re: I wanna see that!!!!

JasonL's gonna start watching Cute Girls Doing Cute Things anime any minute now... Kawaii voice makes me want to die. I have the same reaction; go for dubbed versions, then. (I keep meaning to get around to Girls und Panzer or Azumanga Daioh , but it takes me forever to get around to watching anyth...
by Eric the .5b
05 Dec 2018, 18:57
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Tiny Triumphs
Replies: 1014
Views: 62810

Re: Tiny Triumphs

The Chase and Sanborn coffee is almost gone -- I'll be using the last of it when I make tomorrow's batch of coffee -- and the timing is perfect, because on Sunday/Monday, Atlanta is forecast to get ... [ ominous music ] ... actual snow. Maybe as much as an inch or two! That's fucking serious for th...
by Eric the .5b
05 Dec 2018, 18:53
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Inequality
Replies: 1392
Views: 47708

Re: Inequality

Also, weird tangent: I've a few times run into European lefties online who went on about how minimum wage laws don't exist in Europe because unions negotiate minimum wages privately. Naturally, this is completely false, with most European countries having statutory minimum wages, but I wonder how su...
by Eric the .5b
05 Dec 2018, 18:44
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Inequality
Replies: 1392
Views: 47708

Re: Inequality

I'm at a loss for what Johnson is attempting to express in that first tweet, aside from incoherent hostility to the minimum wage, liberals, and poor people. But, last I checked, those other "inputs" Ocasio-Cortez mentions aren't given minimum prices by federal and state laws. (At most, their prices ...
by Eric the .5b
05 Dec 2018, 18:25
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS: The Forsakening
Replies: 6609
Views: 211463

Re: OFFS: The Forsakening

Officially, the Shemocratic Shempire of Shem.
by Eric the .5b
05 Dec 2018, 18:21
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 6055
Views: 157808

Re: Orange is the new President

I keep hearing the counter-argument that QAnon is just a "casual troll operation".

The problem is that we're in the Century of Poe's Law: how could you tell?