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One of these days I'll check out SDCC, but I'm apprehensive about the lines and the crush of people.
If Helen's London Comic and Film Con experience is anything to go by, that's a very well founded apprehension! - Pete
I went to SDCC a couple times in the '90s and there's no way I'd do it now. If you actually enjoy comics & geek culture and don't enjoy lines and crowds, I'd highly recommend going to a smaller regional con. You'll still get the cosplay, the vendors and panels. You just won't get the red carpet shit that you'd have to wait in line for a day or more to get near anyway. You'll also save a boatload of money. - Spidra Webster
Yeah, I regret not checking out SDCC before it totally blew up. But even the Long Beach and L.A. Civic Center conventions seem like total clusters. - Victor Ganata
I liked Wondercon when it was in Oakland but then it moved to SF and then Anaheim... If I were to pick a local con I'd probably try Komikaze. But if you were willing to travel to SD, it might be worth traveling somewhere else for a smaller con. - Spidra Webster
WonderCon has essentially moved to Anaheim. It's "temporary", but... =P Anyways, the Bay Area's loss is SoCal's gain. - Andrew C (✔)
Heh, I guess SDCC just feels more doable now that my cousin moved to the actual city of SD and I can just crash out in their guest bedroom and/or couch :D One of my friends of FB just mentioned that hotel prices in SD right now are more expensive than what they paid for their fancy hotel room in Paris. Of course, I should've gone when I actually *lived* in SD. - Victor Ganata
I feel the same way. I'd love to go but I just can't deal with crowds so I fear it would be a bad experience. - Tamara from iPhone
Not sure what the Sacramento CC was like inside the convention center, but outside it was easy to navigate crowds. Everyone was in good spirits & the cosplay was fantastic. As for SDCC, my neighbor went for the first time this year & he's had issues with anxiety in the past, so I'll have to ask him about his experience of it. - Corinne L
May be worth noting that SDCC does not have a harassment policy that John Scalzi considers acceptable (so he was in the area but never actually at the con). This should matter to a lot of people; I'd like to think it does matter to some. - Walt Crawford
Y'know, it bothers me that, as a straight white elderly male, I was the *first* to note that SDCC has a Code of Conduct problem (which showed up in today's San Francisco Chronicle as well). It does remind me why it's so difficult to make any kind of progress on some issues... - Walt Crawford
I didn't note it because in the days when I went to cons there *were* no such things as codes of conduct (not that I think that was a good thing). I cosplayed and went to cons as a single unaccompanied woman without the benefit of a code of conduct and put up with whatever crap was slung my way. So their very existence is still a new thing to me and I'm not up on which cons have the better codes. - Spidra Webster
Andrew C (✔)
RT @DannyVinik: Jack Lew with a WaPo op-ed to end tax inversions
An inversion is the shady but legal (for now?) practice of buying a foreign company, then pretending to move headquarters out of the US to dodge taxes. - Andrew C (✔) from Android
"The building has had problems over its life. It leaked severely enough after a heavy storm in 1970 that the Finance Department had to stretch a tarpaulin across the ceiling.[1] Today many of its 87 roofs leak[2] and it has also become expensive to heat." - fuck starchitects. - Andrew C (✔)
The average American man has a waist of 39.7 inches. The top-selling pant/trouser size in the U.S. is a 34.
Is this a mean/median discrepancy? - John (bird whisperer)
If it works like women's clothing, they may just not manufacture/carry as many units in the higher sizes. - Jennifer Dittrich
Maybe people with smaller waist sizes buy more clothes... - Bren from iPhone
I'm just thinking that if significantly overweight men outnumber significantly underweight men, then the mean waist size would be larger than the median waist size, even without any effect from clothing choices. IOW, if "average" means "mean," then the most common pant size would be smaller than the average waist size. - John (bird whisperer)
I'm a size 34. Stop buying my pants y'all. - SAM
I think it's also a disparity between nominal size and real size. "For one, "vanity sizing" — where the actual size of a garment is bigger than advertised in an effort to flatter you — is not just for women anymore. Gribbin says the waist measurement in a man's pant is generally 1.5 to 2 inches larger than the stated size. (Or up to 5 inches, if you're shopping at Old Navy.)" - Andrew C (✔)
Also, "Secondly, guys with a waist bigger than 35 to 36 inches tend to have a prominent belly, Gribbin says. The more it sticks out, the lower men wear their pants. "They can wear a smaller size, and though the belly hanging over is not the most attractive sight, most men don't care," Gribbin says." - Andrew C (✔)
Good points Andrew - Todd Hoff
The hubby wears 30's, which means I can usually find pretty good deals, unless all those people with fat kids hit the store, first. (he's a short guy, so he needs the shortest length I can find, and I usually have to hem them for him.) - April Russo
Victor Ganata
Whenever I don't watch them play, the Dodgers win.
What are they dodging? - Eivind from Android
Brooklyn streetcars. - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
RT @bennyjohnson: Cool when someone can lift your work, word for word, steal your photos, headline and publish it as original content
It took me a while to figure out that was an old tweet. I mean, it's ironic for a Buzzfeed editor to be complaining about derivative content, but even more so in the current circumstances. - John (bird whisperer)
Yeah, sorry, old tweet but relevant given that he was just fired today for pervasive plagiarism of his own. That said, he was also decrying being plagiarized as recently as two weeks ago in a different tweet, so. - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
(vine of a baby goat. It's cute.) - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
"Being Mary Jane” is Akil’s first one-hour series, and its début season was a major hit, scoring higher ratings than “True Detective” and “Mad Men,” though you wouldn’t know it from media coverage." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
LEGO San Diego Exclusives Include Adorable Batmobile -
LEGO San Diego Exclusives Include Adorable Batmobile
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"LEGO, the world’s greatest toy, has now officially revealed all the ways it intends to drive fans and collectors into fury, anguish, and despair at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con with its range of exclusive sets and minifigures only available on the con floor. The main draw this year will surely be the ridiculously cute Batmobile set, which comes with Batman and Robin minifigs and an innate sense of joy and delight." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Victor Ganata
I'm irrationally apprehensive about eating at a sushi place with the same name as one of the villains in Street Fighter.
FUGU HIM! - Pete
What's the name? - Andrew C (✔)
Akuma - Victor Ganata
…which I didn't realize until now means "the Devil" in Japanese. - Victor Ganata
"Master Of The Fist Sushi" - Big Joe Silence
Victor Ganata
Absurd premises in movies that I've been able to accept without question:
Giant robots that transform into vehicles or household appliances. - Victor Ganata
The powers of Norse deities are really just superadvanced technology. - Victor Ganata
The only real way to combat 300 foot monsters is with 300 foot anthropomorphic robots. - Victor Ganata
The only surviving remnants of humanity live on a 1,000-car train powered by a perpetual motion engine that must continue running forever, otherwise everyone freezes to death. - Victor Ganata
Killing a specific subtype of alien species gives you the power to rewind time over and over again and this power gets rescinded if you have a blood transfusion. - Victor Ganata
that you can run along on top of a train and stand like its not moving at all and never lose your hat. - MAMA VAL#GOSCARLETTGO
A radiologist would be selected to carry out a complicated EVA involving the installation of experimental equipment. - Victor Ganata
A nuclear war is survivable by any quantity of humans. No, wait, I didn't believe that even at the time. - Big Joe Silence
That a boy can meet a girl and they can fall in love, then overcome an obstacle that drives them apart, and subsequently they live happily ever after. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
That somebody as short as Tom Cruise would be allowed to fly a jet airplane for the Navy. - Brian Johns
Brian: there are actually limits on how tall you can be to fly most military jets. The cockpits are quite cramped, so larger stature people (ahem, Rick Rossovich) are not welcome. - Bren
That a guy being held by terrorists could build a big iron suit that could fly and that whole nuke for a heart...Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts? Not so much - WarLord
Midi-chlorians. ;P - Anika
I don't remember for sure, but I'd like to hope I greeted midichlorians with a WTF expression right in the theater. I know I did for the Matrix's "they're using humans as power" line. - Andrew C (✔)
Kramer vs. Kramer -- I mean c'mon, would anyone believe divorce is actually "difficult". - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Andrew C (✔)
Sixth grader's internet-famous science project misleadingly promoted as "new" - Boing Boing -
Sixth grader's internet-famous science project misleadingly promoted as "new" - Boing Boing
"This is scientist Zack Jud, posing with a lionfish he caught in a estuary river in 2010 — four years before 6th grader Lauren Arrington, who is now being credited with the discovery." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"I'm sure Lauren Arrington made a great science fair project, but her work isn't new and doesn't come as a surprise to grown-up scientists. Particularly not to Jud, who published a peer-reviewed research paper on this very subject in 2011. It also wasn't a surprise to Lauren Arrington's father, D. Albrey Arrington, who was a named author on that paper, though he was not, according to... more... - Andrew C (✔)
"But those things should not outweigh the fact that somebody else did this research first and that he is now in the truly unenviable position of having his work widely known (super-important for an early-career scientist) but having his name erased from it." - Andrew C (✔)
A timeline of the dispute over estuarine lionfish: - Eivind
Andrew C (✔)
There is a lizard sex satellite floating in space and Russia no longer has it under control - The Washington Post -
There is a lizard sex satellite floating in space and Russia no longer has it under control - The Washington Post
"At this very moment, a Russian satellite full of geckos -- (possibly) having sex -- is floating around in space -- and mission control has lost the ability to control it. The Foton-M4 research satellite launched on July 19 with five geckos on board. The plan: To observe their mating activities in the zero-gravity conditions of Earth orbit. Several other earthly creatures, including plants and insects, were also placed on board for experiments." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Victor Ganata
This is the temperature inside the house right now. -
This is the temperature inside the house right now.
:((((((((((( - Jennifer Dittrich
Get a new AC!!! - Andrew C (✔)
Also, this reminds me, the portable AC unit I bought says it shouldn't be used in temps above 95F, which seems unhelpful for an air conditioner. - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
Tara Reid presents her findings on the scientific possibility of sharknados · Newswire · The A.V. Club -
Tara Reid presents her findings on the scientific possibility of sharknados · Newswire · The A.V. Club
"Reid’s latest sharkpothesis was published in Gentleman’s Quarterly, the scientific journal dedicated to the close study of gentlemen with too much fucking money. And gentlemen, here is your quarterly reminder that no luxury brand watch or perfectly folded pocket square will protect you from a sharknado, which Tara Reid warns you could happen." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Victor Ganata
"So basically I'm using Tinder as an Instagram discovery tool." #DoingItWrong #AloneForever
Try Coffee Meets Bagel. IME it's slightly less soul-crushing than Tinder. - Andrew C (✔)
Slightly less soul-crushing? Sounds good! - Victor Ganata from iPhone
I don't want to promise too much. - Andrew C (✔)
Isn't everyone moving to Mixxxer for Instagram? #noclue - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Andrew C (✔)
A really great way to slow down deli productivity would be to replace scoops with plastic teaspoons. See my local Safeway for more details.
One of the local grocery stores here did that as well... for about two months, and then they switched back to metal spoons. It was so stupid. - Jennifer Dittrich
Really, your scoops should be sized to the portions needed. One scoop, spread, done. It was killing me how slow they were with the teaspoons. - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
Mark Deeks: The Englishman Who Went Up the Internet But Came Down an NBA Contracts Expert « -
"The thing that interests me about Mark Deeks is that he even exists. Imagine spending a dozen hours or more a day researching and watching the NBA in a country where the games come on at midnight and end at 7 a.m. and basketball is so disregarded that your home country cut the funding for its Olympic team. That should give you an idea of how unusual Deeks’s rise to prominence is. He’s a self-made, self-employed lay-expert in the most confusing and misunderstood area of a sport that is barely more than a fringe curiosity in his home country." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"Somehow, Deeks, originally from “a small village in the English countryside that no one has ever heard of,” has managed to cultivate a web of contacts that give him not just salary information, but incentives, trade kickers, cap percentages, and all the cascading minutiae that goes into the NBA contract sausage." - Andrew C (✔)
"“There are lots of people who know the salary cap and can understand how it works,” Grantland’s Zach Lowe told me at summer league. “A lot of people can say, ‘Oh, Dallas is using the taxpayer midlevel exception; Phoenix is the trade exception that they had left over.’ But there’s really only a handful that can project five or six moves ahead, with the cap for all 30 teams in the league, and Deeks can do that. That’s what separates him.”" - Andrew C (✔)
"A good illustration of this is a series of articles written by Deeks at ShamSports revealing what appeared to be, and indeed was, a mistake in Zach Randolph’s contract with the Memphis Grizzlies." - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal -
Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal
"Where The Customer Is Always Right" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
[Chuck Schumer:] "Polarization and partisanship are a plague on American politics. Political scientists have found that the two parties have each grown more ideologically homogeneous since the 1970s." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"Um, good? What a horrible thing it is for members of a political party to roughly unite around a shared policy agenda and provide a reasonably good signal to voters about what they're actually voting for! People should just be randomly assigned into parties, maybe with a sorting hat! " - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
"My takeaway is that Cuomo's corruption investigations were just another form of corruption, something done with the intention of hanging it over the heads of other politicians. Find out where the bodies are buried, and make sure everybody knows you know." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
Blacklisted: The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist - The Intercept -
"After stressing that hunches are not reasonable suspicion and that “there must be an objective factual basis” for labeling someone a terrorist, it goes on to state that no actual facts are required:" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"While the guidelines nominally prohibit nominations based on unreliable information, they explicitly regard “uncorroborated” Facebook or Twitter posts as sufficient grounds for putting an individual on one of the watchlists. “Single source information,” the guidelines state, “including but not limited to ‘walk-in,’ ‘write-in,’ or postings on social media sites, however, should not... more... - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
Hullabaloo: "Minority Report" for dummies -
[ - Scahill:] "“Instead of a watchlist limited to actual, known terrorists, the government has built a vast system based on the unproven and flawed premise that it can predict if a person will commit a terrorist act in the future,” says Hina Shamsi, the head of the ACLU’s National Security Project. “On that dangerous theory, the government is secretly blacklisting people as suspected terrorists and giving them the impossible task of proving themselves innocent of a threat they haven’t carried out.” Shamsi, who reviewed the document, added, “These criteria should never have been kept secret.”" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
[Scahill, cont:] "The document’s definition of “terrorist” activity includes actions that fall far short of bombing or hijacking. In addition to expected crimes, such as assassination or hostage-taking, the guidelines also define destruction of government property and damaging computers used by financial institutions as activities meriting placement on a list. They also define as terrorism any act that is “dangerous” to property and intended to influence government policy through intimidation." - Andrew C (✔)
Victor Ganata
The Strange Relationship Between Global Warming Denial and…Speaking English - MoJo
"Climate denial isn't a worldwide delusion. It's a distinctly Anglophone one." - Victor Ganata
It's pretty much all Rupert Murdoch's fault. - Victor Ganata
OK, that last line is a groaner. "Anglophonies" /facepalm - Victor Ganata
It's just a global plot to end capitalism. We're just fucking with the weather a bit to make it convincing. - Eivind from Android
Ecosocialism or barbarism: There is no third way. - Eric Logan
To be honest, I'm pretty sure that neoliberalism will carry on fine even if we have to start ramping down the combustion of fossil fuels. - Victor Ganata
I agree and I think we will ramp down, but don't think for a minute that a considerable portion of the eco green movement is not committed anti capitalist also. - Eric Logan
I don't have a problem with that. Let's be practical. It's not a matter of regulation versus free markets. That binary is just a utopian delusion. The real conflict is over what specifically should be regulated and which capitalists get to call the shots. - Victor Ganata
What gets regulated I agree with also. Which economic system it operates under is still in flux. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
So long as money can pay for weapons and people to wield them, I think it's fairly clear which economic system will continue to be dominant. - Victor Ganata
If climate change is as advertised major socio-economic change is just as inevitable. Time will tell. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
Maybe when food and water supplant money as the ultimate arbiter of power. - Victor Ganata
You mean barter, a system that would pretty quickly be replaced by scrip and then currency? - Andrew C (✔)
No, the point where no one will give you food or water in exchange for currency because they need it to live, and money is worthless anyway, and they hope you die. #subsistence - Victor Ganata
"Control the water, and you control everything." - Victor Ganata
Wellll, it turns you can can exchange bullets for food. One way or the other. - Andrew C (✔)
Actually, if you have bullets, you would be better off contracting as security than handing bullets over. Security As A Service. - Andrew C (✔)
Maybe threaten people with bullets for food, but you probably can't shoot everybody. - Victor Ganata
"you probably can't shoot everybody." -- that sounds like the thinking of someone who doesn't have enough bullets! - Andrew C (✔)
Or you can shoot as many people as you have bullets, but after that, they're going to tear you apart and cook you on a spit. - Victor Ganata
If winning wars were just a matter of shooting as many people as you can with all your bullets, the U.S. would've never have lost any wars. - Victor Ganata
"Guys, he can't shoot us all! Let's rush him, and he'll only be able to kill some of us! ... Why aren't you coming with me?" - Andrew C (✔)
That's basically how the Russians repulsed the Nazis, so…. - Victor Ganata
OK, so don't pull this shit in Russia. =) - Andrew C (✔)
OK, to be fair, the guys doing the rushing had guns pointed at them from both sides, but, still…. - Victor Ganata
This is also kind of how the Vietnamese repulsed the U.S. - Victor Ganata
Asymmetric warfare has ridiculously high casualty rates, but it can definitely work. - Victor Ganata
The same masses-vs-the-armed-elite dynamic played out mostly the other way with feudalism, as far as I vaguely understand it. - Andrew C (✔)
It depends on how you interpret it, really. Peasants revolted a lot more often under feudal regimes, but whether or not they won or lost in the short term, they always lost in the long term. If they lost, they were all slaughtered en masse. If they won, they ended up at the mercy of their former lord's rivals anyway. - Victor Ganata
The whole vassal hierarchy makes it inevitable that eventually someone with a big enough army is going to crush you, and once you're crushed, no one cares if you were temporarily victorious. - Victor Ganata
Andrew C (✔)
Aw man, I missed out on attending a conference today because I figured I hadn't been selected to go... I had, but the notification was incorrectly emailed to someone else who's been here longer and has a very similar first name. (Since he didn't care about the conference, he didn't go either.)
At least this was caught (by total coincidence) and I'll get to go tomorrow. - Andrew C (✔)
Victor Ganata
What? "Bae" is an acronym?!?!
Backronym, I'd think. - Andrew C (✔) from Android
Google trend or whatever was already gone, I think, but while Urban Dictionary says "bae" has been around for years in Florida (or was it Michigan?), I'm pretty sure it only took off nationwide this May or so. - Andrew C (✔) from Android
Wait, Google Trend isn't gone! And "bae" started climbing upwards this Jan or so, with more momentum starting April. - Andrew C (✔)
It's British Aerospace ain't it? ;-) - Heleninstitches
Andrew C (✔)
RT @mallelis: Star Wars Expanded Universe Book Covers And The Feelings I Have Had About Them, Fifteen Years Later
"Okay, can we acknowledge that fucking of course every few hundred years there are massive purges of the Jedi by whatever galactic government happens to be in place at the time? It’s an elite, shadowy religious caste with absolutely no oversight that happens to run its own clerical courts. Jedi are completely exempt from civil and criminal proceedings. Kyp Durron BLEW UP THE CARIDA SYSTEM — Moff Tarkin couldn’t even manage to blow up a system! MOFF TARKIN! — and the New Republic just handed him off to his mentor and said “We’re sure you’ll think of an appropriate punishment.”" - Andrew C (✔)
"For a real-world version, imagine that some young Ba’hai adherent blew up Mars for personal reasons (which, for the sake of argument, is full of human people) and whatever New World Order is running Earth handed him over to Rainn Wilson (did you know Rainn Wilson is Ba’hai? He is!) and asked him to handle it." - Andrew C (✔)
Not responding with a '30 Rock' reference. Just not doing it. - joey
Andrew C (✔)
Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal -
Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal
"She sells sea shells by the sea shore. Mollusc moltings mostly make measley money. [...]" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
[REVIEW] TwoDots - High Score Reviews -
[REVIEW] TwoDots - High Score Reviews
"And so we come to the sequel. They had a number of ways in which they could have built on the success of the initial game, but sadly they chose the very worst option: they went full Candy Crush Saga." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"The bottom line is that in a game like this the developers have a direct financial incentive to make sure you regularly fail to complete a level. Let me just say that again: the developers have a *direct financial incentive* to make you *fail* at their game. In the light of that I find it near-impossible to see annoyingly difficult levels as a genuine game balance issue, it’s unlikely... more... - Andrew C (✔)
I would add that the lives mechanic in this game ensures that you play and have fun _until you get frustrated_. Unless you have great willpower, most of the time you're going to come away from the game annoyed, because the game stops you because you're bad at it / it's being deliberately unfair. - Andrew C (✔)
"Pay to win" is the worst. - Victor Ganata
Andrew C (✔)
RT @AVTVClub: Orange Is The New Black making orange jumpsuits too cool for actual prison
"In addition to sending the message that “It’s not cool to be an inmate of the Saginaw County Jail”—and nothing makes something uncool more than being denounced by an authority figure—doing away with the orange jumpsuits also has the practical effect of differentiating real prisoners from poseurs at the mall. This prevents the former from escaping, and the latter from trying to slip into prison so they can be cool." - Andrew C (✔)
"“We decided that the black-and-white stripes would be the best way to go because it signifies ‘jail inmate,’ and I don’t see people out there wanting to wear black-and-white stripes,” said Federspiel, who shops at the weirdest mall in the world. " - Andrew C (✔)
"Nevertheless, Federspiel is ever mindful of how difficult it is to stay ahead of today’s prison fashion trends. “It’s cyclical. And there will come a time in the future when I change back to another color or different attire,” Federspiel said, coyly neglecting to share a glimpse at his look-book. In the meantime, however, he’s deftly avoided the fickle, “cool” fads of today’s Orange Is... more... - Andrew C (✔)
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