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Andrew C (✔)
I was joking before, but I feel like I did win the gift exchange:
I was joking before, but I feel like I did win the gift exchange:
Was this Secret Santa-style, or white elephant? - Corinne L
White elephant. - Andrew C (✔)
Nice! - Marie
Cool :-) - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
It sure looks like you did. Congrats! - Spidra Webster
Rock on! - Corinne L
Jason Toney
Pretty sure people have complained about all those things, not just the movie. - Heather
True, they have, but the collective national freak out about The Interview getting pulled sure seems a lot bigger than any of the ones listed. - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
Besides bonsai trees, what other gifts are mostly giving the recipient perpetual homework?
Amish Friendship Bread - Meg VMeg
we used to call that Amish World-Domination Bread. at least it tastes great! - Big Joe Silence
I've never heard of that till now, but yeah, that fits the profile. - Andrew C (✔) from Android
Puppies. White elephants (the literal ones). - Jaclyn aka spamgirl from Android
So, living things, definitely. What else? Boats? - Andrew C (✔) from Android
Gym membership - Johnny
lessons of any kind. preferably for something difficult. - Big Joe Silence
Tuition. - Spidra Webster
Lord of the Rings (Extended editions) box set. - Jaclyn aka spamgirl
A BSA motorcycle. - Spidra Webster
Something of the month clubs. Remember on everybody loves Raymond ? - Christina Pikas from iPhone
More fruit??!! - bentley from FFHound(roid)!
vacuum cleaner - ellbeecee
[Something]-a-day calendars (e.g., craft a day, yoga pose a day, recipe a day) - bentley
A computer. - April Russo
Mistletoe - Steve C Team Marina
Anything that comes with a monthly bill, like a mobile phone, unless you also plan on paying for it, perpetually. - April Russo
Andrew C (✔)
RT @zaidjilani: As America gets actually safer its officials have to reach further and further into the realm of hysteria
RT @zaidjilani: As America gets actually safer its officials have to reach further and further into the realm of hysteria
What do you mean safer? Have you not heard of Agenda 21 yet? - Dj Marco Andre
Victor Ganata
Science Says: Cocktails Could Protect You From Getting Sick - MoJo - 2013 Dec 19
Ah, another J-shaped curve :D #GoldilocksProblem #TooDrunk #NotDrunkEnough - Victor Ganata
J is for Jigger. - bentley
"In a medical breakthrough that should come as welcome news for millions of at-risk Americans, University of Pennsylvania cardiologists announced Tuesday that taking one aspirin tablet and a fifth of bourbon daily can "significantly reduce" an individual's awareness of heart attacks. " - - Andrew C (✔)
^^LOL (1) I know an old school doc who allegedly told his nonagenarian patient to take an aspirin and some bourbon while he was having a stroke because the doc was certain the ER would totally kill his patient. The patient totally survived with minimal residual deficits. #DefinitelyNotMedicalAdvice (2) the problem with ASA 325 mg + EtOH 40% x 750 ml p.o. daily is that that's going to eat a hole in your stomach and/or esophagus pretty quick ;) #ProceedWithCaution - Victor Ganata
Andrew C (✔)
RT @theshrillest: me in @Wonkette: Darren Wilson's Star Witness Is A Liar And Her Testimony Is An Obvious Fraud.
RT @theshrillest: me in @Wonkette: Darren Wilson's Star Witness Is A Liar And Her Testimony Is An Obvious Fraud.
"As BuzzFeed notes, the rules governing attorneys in Missouri expressly prohibits a lawyer from "[offering] evidence that the lawyer knows to be false."" - - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
Hamish Blake Funny Humans of New York Instagram Parody | POPSUGAR Celebrity Australia -
Hamish Blake Funny Humans of New York Instagram Parody | POPSUGAR Celebrity Australia
""I grew up on a ketchup farm in Mississippi. We would go out all day and dig up bottles of ketchup then sell them by the side of the road for 10 dimes, which most people just call a dollar now. It wasn't till I was 18 that my pappy told me there's no such thing as a ketchup farm, he was buying those bottles in town and burying them in the middle of the night just to give us something to do the next day. They cost him two dollars a bottle, so we were losing a solid dollar every bottle, plus the time spent digging them up and him sneaking out every night to bury them. After I found out I moved to New York to become a jazz dancer. I became a hit and danced privately for many well known celebrities and world leaders. I would sometimes dance quietly for Einstein in his study, he said it helped him think. I was dancing softly in the corner when he came up with the E equals Mc Squared stuff." "You seem quite young to have danced for Einstein" "You're very kind young man"." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Victor Ganata
Carelessness and not thinking things through is way expensive.
Not in the short term! Unrelatedly, hooray for term limits, right? - Andrew C (✔)
Well, money is never an object in the short term :D - Victor Ganata
And I think we learned this century that four years can be quite catastrophic enough and eight years can nearly destroy a nation-state :D - Victor Ganata
Andrew C (✔)
RT @badler: amazing to see center-left pundits calling Jeb Bush a moderate for the same reasons they said W was
RT @badler: amazing to see center-left pundits calling Jeb Bush a moderate for the same reasons they said W was
So, pretty much "because he keeps saying he is?" - Jennifer Dittrich
I think because they always need a moderate Republican they can champion to sound objective. - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
"The NBC News investigative reporter Matthew Cole has pieced together a remarkable story revealing that a single senior officer, who is still in a position of high authority over counterterrorism at the C.I.A.—a woman who he does not name—appears to have been a source of years’ worth of terrible judgment, with tragic consequences for the United States. Her story runs through the entire report. She dropped the ball when the C.I.A. was given information that might very well have prevented the 9/11 attacks; she gleefully participated in torture sessions afterward; she misinterpreted intelligence in such a way that it sent the C.I.A. on an absurd chase for Al Qaeda sleeper cells in Montana. And then she falsely told congressional overseers that the torture worked." - Andrew C (✔)
" Many people who have worked with her over the years expressed shock to NBC that she has been entrusted with so much power. A former intelligence officer who worked directly with her is quoted by NBC, on background, as saying that she bears so much responsibility for so many intelligence failures that “she should be put on trial and put in jail for what she has done.”" - Andrew C (✔)
"Instead, however, she has been promoted to the rank of a general in the military, most recently working as the head of the C.I.A.’s global-jihad unit. In that perch, she oversees the targeting of terror suspects around the world. (She was also, in part, the model for the lead character in “Zero Dark Thirty.”)" - Andrew C (✔)
Steven Perez
On my way to the airport. Here goes nothing.
Did he ever return? No, he never returned: And his fate is still unlearn'd. - bentley
bentley++ - Andrew C (✔)
Bunnehs are everywhere. :) - Steven Perez from Android
Andrew C (✔)
Amazon Unveils One-Hour Delivery Service
Starting in Manhattan for now. - Andrew C (✔)
I am so excited to tell everyone that The Big Day is in exactly one year! ...for #StarWars: The Force Awakens. ^.^
The Big Letdown is in exactly one year and two hours, then! - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
"The Triumphant Rise of the Shitpic [...] Since then, as files are put through a myriad of compression algorithms and Instagram filters, a new aesthetic of digital decay has started to emerge. Let’s call them Shitpics. Because they look like shit. Shitpics happen when an image is put through some diabolical combination of uploading, screencapping, filtering, cropping, and reuploading. They are particularly popular on Instagram." - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
Beyond the Edge of Tomorrow: The Year the Blockbuster Was Busted -
"Edge of Tomorrow is only, like, the sixth “best” thing I saw this year, but it’s the only one of my favorite movies that came entirely from Hollywood. That’s partly why I’ve been thinking about it." - Andrew C (✔)
"So, if the middle is gone from both so-called adult movies and from action movies in Hollywood, where’d it go? Just looking over titles of some of the best American films this year — Whiplash, Love Is Strange, Selma, Boyhood, Inherent Vice, Dear White People, Night Moves, Land Ho!, Birdman — I’d say toward the margins. Not the old margins of independent filmmaking, the boonies where... more... - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
"Oh yeah, I had America all figured out: If ya work hard, you get ahead. And if you don’t get ahead, it’s because you made bad decisions. And if you get arrested it’s because you’re breaking the law, and people who break the law are more likely to be black. Obviously. That’s why they’re always getting arrested. (How’s that for some cyclic logic?) I knew this to be true because: America was awful to black people but that was fixed during the Civil Rights movement; Therefore, we are all on equal footing now and if you don’t succeed it’s because you aren’t trying. I learned it in school. It was fact. School teaches the truth. And then, graduate school, and Professor Lee. Oh, shit." - Andrew C (✔)
Victor Ganata
North Korea Is Not Funny - Let's be clear: "The Interview" isn't a courageous act of defiance against a dictator - The Atlantic
"This film is not an act of courage. It is not a stand against totalitarianism, concentration camps, mass starvation, or state-sponsored terror. It is, based on what we know of the movie so far, simply a comedy, made by a group of talented actors, writers, and directors, and intended, like most comedies, to make money and earn laughs. The movie would perhaps have been better off with a fictitious dictator and regime; instead, it appears to serve up the latest in a long line of cheap and sometimes racism-tinged jokes…." - Victor Ganata
"But it takes no valor and costs precious little to joke about these things safely oceans away from North Korea’s reach. When a North Korean inmate in a political prison camp or a closely monitored Pyongyang apparatchik pokes fun at Kim Jong Un and the system he represents—that is an act of audacity. It very literally can cost the person’s life, and those of his or her family members. To pretend that punchlines from afar, even in the face of hollow North Korean threats, are righteous acts is nonsense." - Victor Ganata
"What’s more, crowding the North Korea 'story' with anecdotes of nutty behavior and amusing delusions may ironically benefit those in charge in Pyongyang. It serves to buffer and obscure the sheer evil of a regime that enslaves children and sentences entire families to death for crimes of thought, while building ski resorts, dolphinariums, and other luxury escapes for elites with funds that could feed its malnourished people for several years." - Victor Ganata
"How many people would have watched The Interview and concluded that they should do something to help change this odious regime and bring about human rights for North Koreans?" - Victor Ganata
This was a real-life Team America and nothing else. Sony's decision was a financial decision and nothing else. The cinemas that decided not to show the film out of fear were run by utter morons and nothing else. - Mark H
"In Charlie Chaplin’s 1964 autobiography, the star discussed the backlash that he faced from Hollywood and the German and British governments when plans for The Great Dictator’s release were announced. He moved forward with the project despite these concerns, but years later suggested that he regretted that decision: “Had I known of the actual horrors of the German concentration camps, I could not have made The Great Dictator; I could not have made fun of the homicidal insanity of the Nazis.”" - Andrew C (✔)
The movie theater chains were also probably looking at the bottom line as well. I read somewhere that all it would take is about 5% of the audience not showing up during the holidays to totally wreck their profitability, given how much of a cut they have to give studios. - Victor Ganata
Andrew C (✔)
Three months into my lease so far, and every few weeks I re-learn that ignoring warning signs isn't a good idea.
Oh no. :-/ - vicster: hon. canadian
Eh, SO FAR it's been relatively minor stuff. Leaks, which the owner did fix are the biggest thing. But it was built and designed with no care or thought and I shoulda held out for something less crummy. - Andrew C (✔)
:( - Brent Schaus from iPhone
Andrew C (✔)
What Happened When Marissa Mayer Tried to Be Steve Jobs -
"Yahoo had a market value of $33 billion at the time [July 2014], but that figure owed largely to its stake in Alibaba, the Chinese Internet conglomerate. According to Jackson’s valuation, Yahoo’s stake in Alibaba was worth roughly $37 billion. But if you subtracted that position, the entirety of Yahoo’s core business, all its web products and content sites, actually had a market valuation of negative $4 billion. A conquering company could theoretically buy Yahoo, sell off its Asian assets and absorb its business units free. This sort of sale would make a lot of money for Yahoo’s shareholders, Jackson wrote, even if it meant gutting the company and losing Mayer as C.E.O. after only two years." - Andrew C (✔)
Victor Ganata
LOL. Inbox 447,043.
Go for 1 million! - Andrew C (✔) from Android
Andrew C (✔)
"Physical appearance does not have anything to do with a pairing. Twin Flames do not look similar. Many seem to be complete opposites such as brunette, blond, read head, blue eyes/brown eyes/green eyes, thick hair/thin hair, large boned/small boned." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
(Curtis) Alan Jackson
So I'm setting a new keyboard and thought I'd ask an odd question. Do you prefer to put the feet out on your keyboard or leave it flat on the desk. (For those interested, I had to get a second keyboard as the mechanical MX Blue keyboard I had was too loud while my wife was broadcasting and recording videos. The sacrifices! :P)
I put the feet down on the keyboard. - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
I don't have a choice with the Apple wireless keyboard. I liked the feet up with the old school IBM keyboards. With chiclet keyboards, not so much. - Rodfather
up, edit wait i mean down. The feet are extended. :) - Steve C Team Marina
Flat. All the time, forever. - Anika
Flat. Also, I like split ergonomic keyboards. Also also, MS's "Natural 4000" has an optional piece that produces an inverse tilt (the closer side of the keyboard is higher than the far side). I've never used that, but I can see how it might be good. - Andrew C (✔)
Apparently most of the people in my old office liked the "feet" because the second anyone stopped working there, the feet would get snatched to replace broken ones. Sometimes the whole keyboard would get swapped, but they had inventory IDs. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
it depends on the keyboard. - Big Joe Silence
I'm a "feet extended" person. I wonder which is better for flat keyboard. The ergonomic ones are a different breed but I did like the one I used forever long ago. (Not sure what ever really happened to it.) - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
I built a 1 inch LEGO row to sit under my Mac keyboard to get it at a higher angle. I learnt on old scalloped clackity IBM keyboards and I can't type flat well. - Johnny
Flat (feet in). - The First NoeLB from Android
For my ergonomic setup at work I have to have the feet down to get the appropriate angle on the keyboard versus angle on my keyboard tray versus height of my chair/arms. I got so used to this that I keep the feet down on all my keyboards at home, with the except of the gaming keyboards, which typically come with an angled design that mimics having the feet down anyway. - Hookuh Tinypants
Feet deployed. Absolutely. - bentley
My (old as the hills) MS Natural wireless keyboard has just enough slope without the feet; tried 'em once, didn't feel the need. - Walt Crawford
Straight keyboard, flat, and turned at a 45° angle, with the left side pointing towards me. - April Russo
Depends on the keyboard, but mostly flat. - John (bird whisperer)
Feet out. I'm used to the slight tilt. - rönin
Feet out. I need that tilt. - Steven Perez
Feet out. :) - Jenny H. from Android
My keyboards are standing tall. - Eivind from Android
Andrew C (✔)
Patton Oswalt on Lewis’s Holocaust Clown Film -- Vulture -
Patton Oswalt on Lewis’s Holocaust Clown Film -- Vulture
[1997] "The year before, I’d gotten my hands on the shooting script of Jerry Lewis’s The Day the Clown Cried. It was a drama about a clown in Auschwitz, forced by the Nazis to entertain Jewish children on their way to the gas chamber. If he does this, his life will be spared. But his conscience can’t bear the burden, so, at the last minute, he enters the gas chamber with them. Slam. Hiss. Fade to black." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
" The script was originally written by Joan O’Brien and Charles Denton. But when Jerry Lewis decided to make it, he made ... revisions. Slapstick. Pratfalls. A scene where it’s so cold in the concentration camp barracks that the clown — named Helmut Doork — pisses ice. It was glorious. As Harry Shearer wrote, in a Spy magazine article about actually being able to see the movie, “It was like going down to Tijuana and seeing a painting on black velvet of Auschwitz.” " - Andrew C (✔)
"My deal was simple: I’d gotten my hands on a copy of the script. I pared it down to a manageable length, saving all of the most Jerry Lewis–ian scenes, and started doing live readings of it at the Largo." - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
RT @desusnice: "While these holiday songs are fun do we have any fela kuti?" - person about to get all office parties cancelled
"@desusnice I actually played Fela Kuti during a holiday party and got a stern lecture from my boss." - @sherpaco - Andrew C (✔)
"@desusnice Wearing a dashiki to an office ugly sweater contest means win or lose you can sue." - @carIisIe - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
'Archie' Relaunches In 2015 With Mark Waid And Fiona Staples -
'Archie' Relaunches In 2015 With Mark Waid And Fiona Staples
'Archie' Relaunches In 2015 With Mark Waid And Fiona Staples
"According to the New York Times, Waid and Staples will be giving Riverdale a “new look and an edgier tone,” and while that combination of words is usually a pretty big warning sign in the world of comics, but here, it seems like more of an extension of the publisher’s recent move away from the standard formula that marked their stories for so many years. Waid is, after all, known for bringing both a new direction to books like Flash, Fantastic Four and Daredevil that’s usually marked by optimism and heroism as much as a sense of danger. Plus, his work on the all-ages Impulse is one of my favorite things he’s ever done." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
Maihack's Supergirl & Batgirl (and Guest) Say Merry Christmas -
Maihack's Supergirl & Batgirl (and Guest) Say Merry Christmas
"I’m going to go out on a festively decorated limb here and guess that you are, of course, already familiar with Mike Maihack’s fantastic and adorable Batgirl/Supergirl strips. He’s been doing them for a few years now, chronicling the perky, cheerful Kryptonian heroine, the slightly grumpier Gotham City vigilante, and their continuing adventures as best friends." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"I think I speak for us all when I say that all I want for Christmas is an ongoing Batgirl/Supergirl series that runs for a hundred issues." - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
RT @billmon1: Gotta be a way to RT this couple thousand times. --> MT @bradplumer: case for pushing start of workday back to 10am:
Oh wait, this would be horrible for me. I already start work at 10 am, and one of the big pluses is that the commute is easier thanks to most people starting earlier. - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
So in Ep 1, the Republic sent their cult paramilitary (Jedi) to "negotiate". Imagine if the US sent Blackwater VPs to negotiate treaties.
How do you know we don't? :-P - John (bird whisperer)
Well, by ep 4, it sure seems like belief in the Force is a fringe belief, so I stand by my choice of words. - Andrew C (✔)
Except cult doesn't mean religion, it means the following of a person. The Force is actually a thing with no single leader or personality at it's core. - Johnny
I feel like "cult" doesn't have to have a _person_ at its center, just some particular thing. - Andrew C (✔)
cult - (noun) a system of religious veneration and devotion directed toward a particular figure or object. - Big Joe Silence
So physics is a cult. - Johnny
Doctor Who is a cult. :-) - (Curtis) Alan Jackson from Android
OED 2a (1 is "now rare"): " A particular form or system of religious worship or veneration, esp. as expressed in ceremony or ritual directed towards a specified figure or object. " and 2b: "A relatively small group of people having (esp. religious) beliefs or practices regarded by others as strange or sinister, or as exercising excessive control over members." - Andrew C (✔)
The Force and it's study was a manipulation of the working universe. It wasn't a belief in a higher power. The Jedi are no more than hydroelectric engineers. They tap into the water's energy but they don't worship it, they manipulate it. - Johnny
By Episode 4, at least Admiral Motti thinks the Force is just sorcery and conjuring tricks and Han Solo thinks the Force is hokey, so, dictionary definitions aside, I don't think Andrew is way off base there. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
the Jedis and The Force have both been badly mangled by retconning. most of Star Wars, too. - Big Joe Silence
also, midichlorians. *drops mic* - Big Joe Silence
But Victor, Andrew is talking about Episode 1 when it was common knowledge and practically applied. - Johnny
And in the gap between Ep 3 and 4, the whole notion of the Jedi was wiped out. All practitioners and knowledge was exterminated by the Empire. Of course you're left with rumours but that doesn;t negate that it was real and practically utilized. - Johnny
"The Jedi are no more than hydroelectric engineers. " ... who call their headquarters a "Temple". C'mon! - Andrew C (✔)
Like the Masons! - Jennifer Dittrich
"in the gap between Ep 3 and 4, the whole notion of the Jedi was wiped out." -- isn't that gap less than two decades? Awfully short time to forget certain people used to be able to lift many tons with space magic. - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew - I think the basic idea is that the empire wiped out everyone that believed in/practiced The Force, so only those that were ignorant of it are left. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
They wiped out the Jedi, but wiping out everyone who's ever seen a Jedi do Jedi tricks would be a lot more people to kill / suppress. - Andrew C (✔)
There's also a matter of tyrannical suppression. Luke's aunt and uncle obviously know about The Force, but are deathly afraid to talk about it. After all, they ended up blowing up a whole planet in episode 4. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
"It's interesting that both Han Solo and Motti refer to the Jedi as a "religion." Even Grand Moff Tarkin, who witnessed Jedi abilities during the Clone Wars, refers to Vader as "all that's left of their religion."" -- - Andrew C (✔)
Semantics are a cult! - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Andrew C (✔)
Pop Goes on Hiatus: In a Quiet Year, Music Moves Ever Closer to the Margins « -
"According to a story that ran last month in The Atlantic, the top 1 percent of solo artists and bands now earn 77 percent of the revenue from recorded music. On the radio, still the most effective way to break artists and songs with the pop audience, the 10 most popular songs are played twice as much as they were a decade ago. This naturally translates to better sales for those songs — the top 10 tracks now account for 82 percent more of the digital sales market than they did back in the mid-’00s. There is more music than there has ever been, but pop continues to shrink and rely more heavily on big names and overplayed songs to pump up the juice." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"But while streaming services keep promising us discovery, pop listeners keep wanting what’s already familiar. " <-- wow, I feel like by now 75% or more of my Spotify listening (which is most of what I listen to at work) is discovery-based, not familiarity based. I initially seeded it with a lot of stuff I already like to get the recommendation engine up to speed, of course. - Andrew C (✔)
i use it to discover/try out a lot of music before i buy it too. - holly #ravingfangirl
Andrew C (✔)
I still don't know if the Jedi supported or opposed the trade tariffs that started the story of Ep 1.
The Republic levelled taxes on trade. The Trade Federation opposed the taxes but also set up the blockade of Naboo as cover for the invasion which would have triggered the need for the clone armies. Their promised payoff was no taxes under Palpatine's rule. The Jedi, as supporters of democracy, were sent to negotiate the end to the illegal blockade. It's akin to me setting up a blockade... more... - Johnny
The Jedi are a kind of adjunct police/military, but they're not exactly under any government control and on top of it, they're also a religious cult as well. - Andrew C (✔)
The Pontifical Swiss Guard. - Johnny
And I would say the Jedi order is more occult than cult - Johnny
Also, sending your (somewhat affiliated) cult paramilitary force to "negotiate" is a pretty aggressive move. It'd be a bit like the US sending a Blackwater VP to negotiate. - Andrew C (✔)
If China was to park warships in the Taiwanese Strait (the Trade Federation blockaded with warships full of a driod army), you're not going to send your junior diplomat to have a chat. Remember too that the Trade Federation were supporters of Confederacy Of Independent Systems which were at war with the Republic... but the most important thing to remember is the Jedi was sent by the... more... - Johnny
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