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  1. This is exactly it. It's why the company I work for started offering $1000 bonuses for cooks instead of simply raising wages. Once you raise the wages, it's hard to go back down. They're hoping they can outlast everything until jobs become scarce again.
  2. All public employees have to be fully vaccinated in Oregon and Washington by Monday. I imagine that's already mostly the case in the cities, but rural areas might see a sudden drop in teachers z firefighters, etc. Or not. Mandates so seem to get all but the most diehard wackos to get vaccinated, and they probably shouldn't be teaching our kids or interacting with the sick anyway
  3. It says on wiki that they've adapted 8 of the 13 books. I'm assuming they'll probably try to squeeze the entire last five in the last season? Alexander Dreymon directed two of the episodes in the last season, so those should be interesting.
  4. Skateboarding has historically been my jam, but my body doesn't rebound from slams like it used to. I also sprained my ankle pretty bad a couple months ago and it still isn't 100% (I swear I've sprained my ankles so many times that each time just gets worse) I'm thinking of getting into rock climbing. It's one of the few upper body exercises I can do that doesn't fuck with my shoulder too much. One of my shoulders is pretty fucked. I can lean on it the wrong way while taking a shit and I get like 2-3 days of pain. It's from a torn rotator cuff from like 8 years ago. Turns out if you treat your body like a trash can, it'll do the same right back
  5. It also took me 2 or 3 tries to really get into it. And yeah, the first episode has a time jump of something like 6 or 8 years, then every few episodes from then on will have time jumps of a few months to a few years. That's another thing - the time span covered by the show is something like 30 years from when we get big boy Uhtred in the first episode. It is a little distracting when like Aelfric still looks the same in season 4 when he should be like at least 60 years old by then, or how Beocca should be like 90 by season 4.
  6. There is definitely a cultural component to either gender or racial dysmporphia. For example, trans women are much more common than trans men. I've always been curious as to why that is, and the main reason that comes to mind is that we, at least in the western world, generally are much more accepting of girls who act like boys when they're growing up than we are of boys who act like girls, if that makes sense. So even girls who have some level of gender dysmorphia might be more likely to learn to be comfortable in their own skin, regardless of gender, whereas those assigned a dick at birth face much more pressure to be a manly man. I don't know, I don't know if there have been any actual studies done on that part, but it makes sense. As for racial stuff, I think it's mostly because "whiteness" is exclusionary whereas all other races are inclusionary. For example, Barack Obama has a black father and a white mother. Shouldn't that mean that he is both equally black and white? Society says no, he's just black. Barack Obama can't walk around claiming to be white without everyone going "" even though he is just as much white as he is black. Trevor Noah (who is also half white) talks in his book about growing up feeling like he wasn't accepted by white people because, well... South Africa, but at the same time the kids in his neihgborhood kind of treated him as "the white kid."
  7. It had some high highs, for sure, the slave ship being one of them. Or just Finan in general, the show went up in quality once he was in it. It definitely made me want to start reading the books.
  8. The Last Kingdom - 6/10 It's a fun romp. Blood, guts, glory, etc. The cinematography is fucking amazing. Some of the battle scenes are really good, some are chopped to shit. The series actually got better once it became produced by Netflix, which is weird. Accents are all over the place. The time jumps and actor changes (or lack thereof) can be really jarring I don't know, if you're looking for something pulpy and bloody with swords, it's worth passing the time. There is going to be a fifth and final season coming out probably some time early-ish next year.
  9. I don't find any problem in juding historical figures through a modern lense. 99.9% of them were pieces of shit. There's also an element of "separate the art from the artist," though. Do I think Columbus deserves his own holiday? No. He was fired for incompetence and corruption and seemed to be a general tool. Was he a genocidal maniac? Not particularly moreso than anyone else at the time. De Bobadilla and De Ovando were absolutely more brutal than Columbus was, but no one remembers their names, so who cares. Columbus gets painted as this wicked god-king of the new world, when the most genocidal policies towards natives weren't put into place until after he was removed from power. That's not to excuse Columbus in any way Shit, we put George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Andrew Jackson on our money, and all of them literally owned human beings for profit. Even Alexander Hamilton may have owned people, which puts us at a pretty shitty batting average regarding putting slavers on our currency. Point being, don't put historical figures on pedestals, but it's also okay to celebrate their accomplishments. John Locke probably had beliefs that would horrify us today, but he also basically invented modern federal democracy, so hey ho.
  10. I want to see a movie about the Abwehr. It's no understatement to say that a decent chunk of the Abwehr (including the head of the Abwehr himself, Wilhelm Canaris, and his deputy Hans Oster) consistently worked to undermine the Nazi regime throughout the entirety of WW2, and that it was a crippling blow to Nazi plans. For example, Hitler sent Canaris to try to persuade Franco to join the war on the side of the Axis, and Canaris played this fence sitting act of both telling Franco how great Germany was while also being like "but actually, you really don't want any part of this, best sit this one out," while also fooling Hitler into believing he was doing his damndest to get Franco involved.
  11. Every time a sitcom gets rebooted in some way, I feel like it's only about 2 episodes before people kinda go "oh, I remember why this show ended." They usually don't have anything new to say, they just try to rehash the same old jokes. Nostalgia only goes so far.
  12. @GeneticBlueprint Not downtuned, but downshifted with a plug in after recording or whatever, so you can get those heavy drop-F notes without having to have a baritone guitar or a 7 string or whatever. Like a normal guitar with standard strings is gonna sound like doodoo butter if you try to tune to drop A#. Maybe I've been to different corners of the internet and such than you, but metalheads tend to be the most gatekeeping crusty old fucks out there.
  13. Better in some ways, worse in others. I feel fine physically, which is good. I'm sleeping better. I'm kind of realizing drinking was not the cause of the problem, it was a symptom. Thanks for your concern
  14. There are a lot of people, especially in metal and metal-adjacent circles, who dismiss any music that isn't technically impressive. I think songwriting is just as impressive a skill as being able to wank out a guitar solo or play a riff with hybrid picking or whatever. A lot of people are fantastic musicians in a technical sense, but are absolute dogshit songwriters. Pop music tends to skew the oppsosite. The people writing those songs are really, really good at writing songs. To put it into perspective, George Harrison was far and away the best musician in the Beatles, he was also by far the worst songwriter. John Lennon was the opposite. He was honestly a pretty crappy musician, but he could write a fucking hook. And I don't care if the credits on a popular pop song read like the credits of a Ubisoft game. A lot of people, again mostly in metal and metal-adjacent circles, have a stick up their ass about musical "integrity." Too many vocal layers? Cheating. Downshifted guitars in post? Cheating. Autotune? Cheating. The producer wrote your chorus? Cheating. Music isn't a sport, it's art. Do whatever the fuck you want.
  15. I miss his reports on the weight to volume ratio of chip bags. Not that he would ever put it that way.
  16. It's hard to think of specific examples, but for some reason sometime around 2010-2011 or so I kind of just... stopped listening to music. Not completely, but I just kind of stopped seeking out new things and didn't really think about it anymore. The pandemic kind of jump started my interest in music again. I've been "discovering" all kinds of stuff. My favorite is probably Architects. They were kind of starting to get big when I stopped listening to music, so I was aware of who they were, but never really listened to them. Bring Me the Horizon is another one that was blowing up about 10 years ago, but at the time they played crappy deathcore garbage (not all deathcore is garbage, I just think early BMTH kinda is), so I never really paid attention. Fast forward 10 years and they are now one of my favorite bands, mainly because they don't give a fuck and play whatever they want. Crystal Lake is another one. Meshuggah was another one that I was aware of, but never really listened to. Sabaton is another - it's become a life goal of mine to see a Sabaton show in Europe. So yeah, in a way, over the last year and a half, most music is new to me. I also fully embrace that I like pop music now. Post Malone and Billie Eilish are really good and I don't care who knows it. I also like Yungblud. Sue me.
  17. I've been kind of thinking of marathoning all the Bond movies over the next few weeks. I haven't seen most of the Roger Moore ones, which are apparently mostly terrible. Pretty sure I haven't seen License to Kill, either. And I haven't seen Spectre. And the only time I saw Quantum of Solace I was so high I think I imagined half of it. I think it would be fun to watch them in order of worst>best. if you average the ranking between their average RT rating and percentage, this is the order (from worst to best) A View to a Kill (1985) The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) Octopussy (1983) The World is Not Enough (1999) Moonraker (1979) Die Another Day (2002) Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) Never Say Never Again (1983) Quantum of Solace (2008) Live and Let Die (1973) Diamonds are Forever (1971) Spectre (2015) For Your Eyes Only (1981) License to Kill (1989) You Only Live Twice (1967) The Living Daylights (1987) GoldenEye (1995) On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) Thunderball (1965) The Spy who Loved Me (1977) No Time to Die (2021) Dr. No (1962) Casino Royale (2006) Skyfall (2012) From Russia with Love (1963) Goldfinger (1964)
  18. Yeah, when Gomora was there I just went "huh?" and rolled with it. The show was fine, I guess.
  19. This is a really well-done breakdown of Facebook and the problems it (and other platforms) causes, solves, and faces in the near future:
  20. I got that fence sitting right up that poopshoot, brother.
  21. He's also like 200 years old, so... And yeah, like @Commissar SFLUFAN said, the "model minority" myth that most Republicans (and old people in general) like to hold up about Asians having a harder work ethic comes from the fact that non-Japanese Asians, for the most part, were not allowed in the country between 1882 and 1965. When Asians finally were allowed into the country, we basically only took all of their engineers, doctors, etc. So old white people (and young conservatives) like to hold up Asians as "see? if THEY can do it, I don't know what everyone else is bitching about!" without taking into context that we were basically only taking their best and brightest from the beginning.
  22. I hung out with people while completely sober tonight for the first time in probably a decade. I felt so goddamn awkward. Like I felt self conscious, awkward and fidgety, and I didn't know what to do with my hands.
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