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by Eric the .5b
Yesterday, 19:17
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: What are you reading?
Replies: 3236
Views: 273819

Re: What are you reading?

I liked what Stephenson I've read, but I enjoyed his rambling exposition. I can't imagine wanting to read his stuff otherwise, because there sure wasn't great plotting, sparkling dialogue, etc. in there.
by Eric the .5b
Yesterday, 19:09
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!
Replies: 1709
Views: 136119

Re: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!

Why restate the srgument you supposedly aren't making? I forgot you have a Pepe Silvia board you use to figure out what I'm really saying. Eh, feel free to get arch. My take is that rank public stupidity wasn't invented in 2016 or by Americans. There were mask refusers during the Spanish Flu, and t...
by Eric the .5b
Yesterday, 17:37
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!
Replies: 1709
Views: 136119

Re: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!

Why restate the srgument you supposedly aren't making?
by Eric the .5b
Yesterday, 17:05
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!
Replies: 1709
Views: 136119

Re: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!

We live in a democracy, persuading reluctant people is not part of our culture where even the stupid get to vote. FIFY No, the Big Ducky had it right. We use to have an intellectual class that participated in the marketplace of ideas. What's left of that, has been driven to the shadows and corners....
by Eric the .5b
Yesterday, 15:32
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!
Replies: 1709
Views: 136119

Re: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!

It's abundantly clear that yelling (or clutching your pearls or clicking your tongue) at people showing vaccine hesitancy about how stupid or ignorant they are does not do anything except harden their opinion against getting the vaccines. It's really something that people should be backing off of i...
by Eric the .5b
04 May 2021, 16:15
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Star Trek Wankery
Replies: 1518
Views: 166291

Re: Star Trek Wankery

. The top is unremarkable, but the gray jumpsuit with the ridiculously low neckline definitely falls under the "You could make this ... but why would you?" category. Oh the other hand, given how they sourced a lot of that clothing, the answer was very possibly, "Someone mistakenly thought something...
by Eric the .5b
04 May 2021, 15:57
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Star Trek Wankery
Replies: 1518
Views: 166291

Re: Star Trek Wankery

We live in a highly 'democratic' era wrt to clothing styles: Ostentatious clothing as a mark of social rank is considered gauche. This is not to say that brand snobbery does not exist, merely that people frown on flamboyant or heavily decorated clothing. Nobody would show up for work dressed like L...
by Eric the .5b
02 May 2021, 17:44
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Star Trek Wankery
Replies: 1518
Views: 166291

Re: Star Trek Wankery

Mind, I did like the little costuming detail in Babylon 5 where human characters never wore anything with lapels. Military or civilian, man or woman, no lapels or ties. Just not a thing in Earth fashion and clearly the case for some time, as it was true of formal wear, too. Any particular sartorial ...
by Eric the .5b
02 May 2021, 17:29
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Star Trek Wankery
Replies: 1518
Views: 166291

Re: Star Trek Wankery

Or, put another way, it's not really feasible to predict fashion over any real timespan. It's too unpredictable. It's like trying to extrapolate skirt length over decades--it doesn't work that way. About the only things you can guess are: 1) No, the future won't look like the work of the one fashion...
by Eric the .5b
02 May 2021, 17:07
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Star Trek Wankery
Replies: 1518
Views: 166291

Re: Star Trek Wankery

Polyester fabric went from nonexistent to popular to unfashionable in under thirty years.
by Eric the .5b
02 May 2021, 16:37
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Twitter!
Replies: 3904
Views: 382810

Re: Twitter!

Life becomes meme. https://twitter.com/CageOmen/status/1388548711324782597?s=19 I wonder if the early libertarians said something like that about the VRA. ("Wonderful, now blacks can vote for interventionism, too.") They didn't exist for Truman integrating the armed forces or the Nineteenth Amendme...
by Eric the .5b
02 May 2021, 16:26
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Star Trek Wankery
Replies: 1518
Views: 166291

Re: Star Trek Wankery

Shem wrote: 02 May 2021, 11:15 I've always been less interested in Starfleet clothes, and more interested in how everyone's "casual clothes" make them look like a 1930s era clerk whose life hit the skids.
Eh?

One could say a lot about those mall-rummaged clothes, but that's not what I'd come up with.
by Eric the .5b
02 May 2021, 16:24
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Star Trek Wankery
Replies: 1518
Views: 166291

Re: Star Trek Wankery

Both fashion and technology add up to a lot of change over time. After all, this is the origin of the common Western necktie, the kerchiefs that Croatian mercenaries wore during the Thirty Years War. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/19/Kravat_pukovnija_Trg_sv_Marka_2_18102012_roberta...
by Eric the .5b
02 May 2021, 00:20
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Star Trek Wankery
Replies: 1518
Views: 166291

Re: Star Trek Wankery

I mention this because I was recently watching one of those TNG episodes where Picard was relaxing in casual clothes -- not his red-and-black captain's uniform but that weird "two loose pieces criss-cross in front" shirt Do you remember the episode? Not that specific one, but Picard wore a dark gre...
by Eric the .5b
01 May 2021, 23:09
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Star Trek Wankery
Replies: 1518
Views: 166291

Re: Star Trek Wankery

I mention this because I was recently watching one of those TNG episodes where Picard was relaxing in casual clothes -- not his red-and-black captain's uniform but that weird "two loose pieces criss-cross in front" shirt Do you remember the episode? They've managed to cover almost every episode on ...
by Eric the .5b
01 May 2021, 22:49
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Earworm Infestations
Replies: 360
Views: 75244

Re: Earworm Infestations

dhex wrote: 01 May 2021, 09:25 Oh each participant chooses a terrible video. The idea is to ride the line between torturing the other person and torturing yourself.

My fav is smell yo dick (which is crazy catchy dumb) and my nuke is 4 non blondes.
But beside not playing, how do you win?
by Eric the .5b
01 May 2021, 07:38
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Earworm Infestations
Replies: 360
Views: 75244

Re: Earworm Infestations

dhex wrote: 30 Apr 2021, 21:10 That's a perennial youtube chicken staple in our household.
What's that? (I tried to Google it, but it goes stupid mode and tries to show me cooking videos. As does Bing and DDG.)
by Eric the .5b
01 May 2021, 07:22
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Glooming of 2024: Return of the Knave of Orange
Replies: 44
Views: 795

Re: The Glooming of 2024: Return of the Knave of Orange

I submit that the next three years are going to involve the GOP trying to navigate the ice-pack of Trump fandom as it breaks up into the waters of Trump cringe. https://twitter.com/MysterySolvent/status/1388184669821313026 In 2024, he'll still have die-hard fans going on about how he was wronged. Bu...
by Eric the .5b
30 Apr 2021, 20:12
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random covid-19 observations
Replies: 1101
Views: 115990

Re: Random covid-19 observations

After the shot, where do you go for the 15-minute observation period -- do they send you to park in a given area? The exit lane was all people waiting 15 minutes, with National Guard people walking by to make sure nobody had slumped over. (Or for being flagged down, since they said to do so if anyt...
by Eric the .5b
30 Apr 2021, 17:57
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Earworm Infestations
Replies: 360
Views: 75244

Re: Earworm Infestations

Of all random things:

by Eric the .5b
30 Apr 2021, 16:24
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random covid-19 observations
Replies: 1101
Views: 115990

Re: Random covid-19 observations

I get my second Moderna shot at the drive-through operation Monday.
by Eric the .5b
30 Apr 2021, 15:13
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Twitter!
Replies: 3904
Views: 382810

Re: Twitter!

Don't forget that "capitalism" to many of these people basically means the Gnostic demiurge that makes this world fallen and impure. Everything bad, no matter its apparent cause, stems from it.
by Eric the .5b
30 Apr 2021, 01:00
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Twitter!
Replies: 3904
Views: 382810

Re: Twitter!

My first thought was, "Given the underwhelming tepidness of what you people turn out to mean by ''abolish police', what silly minor shit do you think that would constitute, and how would it help you?" Regarding their weak-ass idea of abolishing the police, replacing them with community-based and go...
by Eric the .5b
29 Apr 2021, 16:38
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Twitter!
Replies: 3904
Views: 382810

Re: Twitter!

My first thought was, "Given the underwhelming tepidness of what you people turn out to mean by ''abolish police', what silly minor shit do you think that would constitute, and how would it help you?" Regarding their weak-ass idea of abolishing the police, replacing them with community-based and go...
by Eric the .5b
29 Apr 2021, 16:23
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Twitter!
Replies: 3904
Views: 382810

Re: Twitter!

As Uncle Roger would put it, haiyaaaa...