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  1. The novel coronavirus reading this thread: Might as well rename this the ‘D1P COVID Tontine’
    8 points
  2. Agree with everything he said here. Because as I've said to a freind of mine, for a lot of liberals, these issues are not existential for them. Deep down inside, they feel like they'll be ok regardless of how the country swings so they don't have the same fervor as those on the other side or other groups. It's why they are so quick to take their ball and go home when they don't get any and everything they want, losing the battle AND the War.
    7 points
  3. Perhaps Kavanaugh could simply go to another state if he finds his current situation untenable.
    7 points
  4. Threaten them early and often, actually.
    4 points
  5. I have a lot of mixed feelings about the movie. The almost tangible Sam Raimi-ness of it worked wonderfully at times; the film's story needed a darker tone and composition, and Raimi executed that in a way that sticked the landing more often than not. But I also have this feeling that my enjoyment of where it worked, in execution, is really masking quite a few things that are bothering me, although I'm struggling to articulate what they are. I do think that that same Raimi-ness that I enjoyed (as a fan of many of his earlier works) might be a bit of a detraction, insofar as the movie felt pretty strongly that it was more of a MCU film cooked and pressed through an Evil Dead strainer, than as an MCU film which has a more pronounced directorial voice. Which feels like a strange criticism to level at an MCU film, given the (rightful) complaints of overly homogenized paint-by-numbers structures for so many of the other movies, but here, it feels fair, when the Raimi-ness bleeds so heavily into the celluloid. I think I'd read somewhere that for one or more reasons, Raimi had to start shooting before a final script was available. I feel as though it shows; the movie doesn't do a very good job of exploring characters' motivations beyond a fairly shallow level. I think associations with other MCU projects is very much a double-edged sword here. It also feels as though a number of elements were mentioned, but not really explored... And I think this movie is flashing some warning lights of the dangers of the multiverse - I don't know. There were aspects of the movie I thoroughly enjoyed. The action set pieces were phenomenal, and while I'm typically not a fan of Danny Elfman, I thought the score complimented the movie beautifully here. And any number of scenes in which that Raimi saturation was particularly strong brought a huge grin to my face, regardless of whether the scene was going for humor or not. But (as I mentioned in another thread), the best multiverse-based movie of the year does NOT star Benedict Cumberbatch.
    3 points
  6. More accurately is a speed bump on our slide into fascism.
    3 points
  7. None of you understand the struggle of needing to sell a book and it shows.
    3 points
  8. Absolutely clearly. Yes, he's experienced significant tragedy in his life -- no one should diminish or take that away from him -- but this response is so goddamned tone deaf beyond all reasonable expectation. This is why "liberals" lose - they just can't comprehend righteous anger, fury, and indignation.
    3 points
  9. Achievement unlocked: After 2 years of dodging COVID (including when my wife and daughter had it last year) I finally got it. I probably contracted it from work, as a few people had it last week. I'll have to WFH for ~10 days.
    3 points
  10. No, and it’s that small grain of hope that he isn’t that keeps me hopeful!
    3 points
  11. I feel like every other year we hear a “we need to be civil” argument. WE NEED TO BE NICE TO THE NAZIS OTHERWISE THEY BECOME NAZIS!!
    2 points
  12. The most shocking thing here to me is that we apparently have 26 active members on monday mornings.
    2 points
  13. My wife works at a public school and I manage construction, guess what my odds of avoiding COVID were/are? Hint: it starts with a negative number.
    2 points
  14. Someone needs to step up now that markot doesn’t post here. Honestly they need to make predictions after the fact to fill the gap he made when he left.
    2 points
  15. I’d put my money on @Commissar SFLUFANbecause everything about avoiding the virus seems to be his natural state of being
    2 points
  16. Yeah, I'll link you to the one I got but you might want to just search Amazon for "bluetooth sleep mask". There is a wide variety and you might prefer one over the other. For instance, I prefer the Voerou mask that costs about 25 on Amazon(actually a little cheaper right now). It covers the nose a bit because I find that it maximizes the amount of light it keeps out. Another type is one that looks more like a pair of padded glasses. While I would imagine that may a bit more comfortable for the nose I decided not to try it because I was worried it would let more light in. I am weird and very particular about my sleep. I find that I hate any type if visual stimuli while I try to sleep, but i like a good bit of audio stimuli. And even things like noisy neighbors doesn't bother me. I suspect it's because with my artificial valve loudly clicking in my chest all the time I have learned to mostly drawn ambient sound out. When I am going to bed I like absolutely no light, but for audio I like to listen to a podcast, with relaxing music, and a little bit of a light rain white noise going on.
    2 points
  17. I have a sleep mask too and use it all the time. Since I worked graveyard shift back in the day (and still haven't adjusted my schedule) I'd be trying to sleep at like 9am or later and that's the best way to make a room dark during the day. As for which one I used, I used some lavender smelling one (the scent is gone now of course) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LU512YW/?th=1 When I got it it was $20 though not $60!
    2 points
  18. Totally agree, I love retro gaming and older games but I don't want to be stuck there, games today are amazing! For the amount of just fantastic AAA titles on the 360 though is why I picked it. I know I had the most fun gaming on that console during that stretch.
    2 points
  19. Those of you who have done the various dna thingys, did you find them worthwhile? I’m a little curious to see where I come from, but I don’t really know I would do with that. At most, it would maybe allow me to make certain racist jokes with immunity. Is that worth a couple hundred bucks? I guess it depends on the race.
    2 points
  20. I don’t know how much time I spent on DVDaf back in the day, but it was a lot
    2 points
  21. When I was in high school, kids absolutely asked teachers if they were gay. I finished high school in 1998 so it was peak time for calling everything gay / thinking that gay stuff was hilarious. Kids know things. See a male teacher with no family pictures on their desk, no wedding ring, no kids, who dressed well and had an effeminate voice? Hindsight bias is a thing but it feels like he got asked if he was gay constantly. So honestly, a student asking a teacher who they're attracted to instead of asking them, "are we going to have any homework a gay, what, I totally said today," seems like a step up. There's a big difference between a student asking a teacher who they're attracted to and allowing a teacher to have an authentic response to that and a teacher telling kids that they suck dick and clit with equal enthusiasm. I'd have a problem with the latter. And let's not kid ourselves... the majority of parents objecting to this aren't doing so because they want to be able to have these conversations with their children in a safe, home environment. They want to be able to pretend that LGBTQ+ people do not exist. I don't have kids but many of my friends do. Local school board meetings have people from out of town come and complain about this topic and critical race theory being taught in schools all the time. It's not an authentic complaint, it's manufactured grievance with the purpose of invalidating the existence and identities of entire swathes of people. Also some of this stuff has little to nothing to do with teachers as it does with kids being in the same space. I learned what anal sex was when I was in fifth grade because a sixth grader I rode the bus with found porn tapes in his house, watched them, and couldn't wait to tell everyone about it. Kids can be imitators, I kissed a friend of mine when I was in first grade because she and I knew grown ups do it. And while 12 is young, some kids absolutely have sexual feelings then. I started having crushes around then, started making out with girls when I was 13 - 14, and was sexually active at 15. It's not just teachers either. When I would hang out with friends their younger siblings would ask me if I kissed girls or had sex. They'd ask if I knew anyone who was gay. Kids can start exploring their sexuality pretty early on and asking people questions is part of the way that they do that. Obviously the standards for answers are different for "my older brother's friend" compared to a teacher, but I do think it's important for teachers of be able to answer those questions in the way that feels the most honest to them, including telling kids that they're not entitled to the answer if they don't want to give it.
    2 points
  22. Not a surprise if true, considering WB would never hand the role over to someone that's already been playing the role for a decade now.
    1 point
  23. I never really got into XbC 1 and am afraid of kind of on Switch, I loved 2 though but again from what I'm hearing about graphical anomalies on the remaster I haven't pulled the trigger. XbC2 is a fantastic game and I've always wanted to replay that one. I do have XbC 3 pre-ordered for Switch I just hope it runs and plays like BotW and I'll be elated! Careful: You get chastised for lengthy ramblings here........ Though mine are more fall off the cliff ramblings with only a sprinkle of sentences here and there with any "MEAT" to them, so....you probably be fine. Carry on.
    1 point
  24. Yeah these are all great points. And for as much as I liked this, warts and all, there's really no comparison at all between it and Everything Everywhere All At Once. I feel the same way about the multiverse "stakes" stuff as I do about something like the setup in Days of Future Past. I agree with your take on Wanda. Also not for nothing but the whole Steven and the scalpel thing kind of makes... no sense to me? My guy was dead for 5 years letting other people hold the scalpel, he gives Wong shit about not bowing to him but very obviously respects him as the Sorcerer Supreme, etc. What are we even talking about?
    1 point
  25. My copy of Andro Dunos 2 arrived today!
    1 point
  26. I thought 4 was pretty damned good.
    1 point
  27. If they really wanted to make things interesting, the prequel would be set both in the United States (1920s) and Sicily (late 1800s/early 1900s).
    1 point
  28. Republicans will never throw their own protectors under the bus even if they're literally insurrectionists but Democrats will throw theirs under the bus even for mild tone policing bullshit.
    1 point
  29. American Patriotism: I wanted to say something, but it seemed inconvenient to my plans, so I just held it in until it was more convenient, you know, for my plans.
    1 point
  30. Its not my fault that Mary Jane always wants the last dance!
    1 point
  31. There's a companion video that discusses its visual design on Nebula (you can watch it for free as a one-time incentive to subscribe) Nebula NEBULA.APP A brand new streaming service featuring thoughtful content and all-new Originals from some of the smartest people online. Curated by the creators. No pre-roll ads. No algorithm.
    1 point
  32. Given the amount of asymptomatic infections, how many of the folks who think they haven't had it actually have, but don't know it?
    1 point
  33. Some. There’s a limited print collection of Mario games that includes 64, Sunshine and Galaxy 1. It’s on sale and GameStop right now, I’d get it now if you’d ever want to, since it could get rare since it’s no longer available digitally. Galaxy 1 is about as good as Odyssey, in its own way. The real shame is that Galaxy 2 isn’t part of the collection. I consider it the best Mario game ever made, even ahead of SMB3 and World. Xenoblade 1 got a remaster with a complete visual overhaul. If you’ve never played it and like JRPGs, get on that. It’s up there with Chrono Trigger and FF6 for me. Had no right being as good at it was when it first released. It was also technical marvel for the hardware with the scope of its world, doing much more than HD JRPGs that gen with limited means. Game is massive though, be warned. Skyward Sword got a re-release. It’s a Zelda with some of the highest highs, and lowest lows, in the series. I really enjoyed it personally, but it’s not without flaws. Some outstanding bosses and highly creative puzzle mechanics there though. Twilight Princess HD never got a rerelease, it’s stuck on WiiU. It’s more consistent, but less original. There’s rumors about the Metroid Prime series getting some form of remaster ahead of 4. They’re all worth playing. There’s many other gems that were never ported to Switch, like DKC Returns and Punchout, but they’re less essential.
    1 point
  34. I like my room so dark that I think I made my cat scared of the dark. I tease him about it because....aren't you guys supposed to be nocturnal? He was laying on my chest in pitch black and I guess he forgot or didn't know there was another cat under my blanket. Because when she moved he freaked out like a monster had come to get him. Peeled out on my face like a car trying to gain traction, and then ran off. To this day he refuses to sleep with me unless I have the light on....
    1 point
  35. Do you have a link for one you use in particular? That sounds amazing
    1 point
  36. We now know what number Watson will wear for Cleveland
    1 point
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