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Andrew C (✔)
And I've lived in both Californias: north AND south! (You say there's Californias besides SF and LA? Pfft.)
For the longest time, I thought it was Baja California del Norte and Baja California del Sur, but apparently it's just Baja California and Baja California del Sur, just like Virginia and West Virginia, I guess. - Victor Ganata
I totally forgot about Baja California when I wrote this. - Andrew C (✔)
A Tale of Two Californias - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Isn't there a popular petition going around to break California into like 5 different states? I know that Silicon Valley was one of them... >.> - Chris Topher
Six, but yes. - Andrew C (✔)
It isn't popular. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Andrew C (✔)
What good is reality? I choose the blue pill. Don't stop spinning, l'il top. Memento's Leonard should have used erasable ink.
It's not that reality is any good. It's just what you're stuck with. #settling - Victor Ganata
Yeah, if you insist on sanity! - Andrew C (✔)
Maybe I reject your narrow little world, VICTOR. - Andrew C (✔)
"Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away." — PKD - Victor Ganata
I see your PKD and raise you with someone from the Rove/Cheney administration: "The aide said that guys like me were "in what we call the reality-based community," which he defined as people who "believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality." ... "That's not the way the world really works anymore," he... more... - Andrew C (✔)
I guess Karl Rove just didn't believe hard enough. - Victor Ganata
CLAP HARDER, KIDS! - Andrew C (✔)
The Blue Pill is still pending FDA approval. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
The Blue Pill is cheaper in Canada. - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
I've heard the Blue Pill works on both women and men. - Meg VMeg
Andrew C (✔)
"@heyjennyyoung: An online first-person shooter that's just tryouts for becoming a US drone pilot." - THE LAST STARFIGHTER, but depressing.
If you think about it, that's pretty much Ender's Game, right? But instead of the home world of sapient insectoids, the protagonist is targeting a developing country populated by brown and/or black people. - Victor Ganata
Similarly, didn't they have gamers unwittingly pilot real drones in IRON MAN 2? - Andrew C (✔)
And "Toys." - Jennifer Dittrich
what was the 80s film with the chimpanzees piloting strike drones? - Big Joe Silence
Is that different from the Matthew Broderick/Helen Hunt movie with chimps flying flight simulators while getting really irradiated? - Victor Ganata
that's probably what i'm thinking of. - Big Joe Silence
Project X - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
So basically every movie made on the past 200 years. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
I feel like it would actually have to be a really dark comedy. Something like *Catch 22* except with drones. Or a mashup between "Office Space" and "Saving Private Ryan". - Victor Ganata
Michael Bay could make it in a completely straightforward rah-rah-rah way. - Andrew C (✔)
Well straightforward in terms of the denouement (the good guys win in the end) and straightforward in terms of product placement but judging from his latest efforts, the plot will be anything but. - Victor Ganata
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I can't get over the Shat's "Where am I and why is this happening to me?" look (via Buzzfeed)
Who's the random dude in the back? - 'H'institches #TeamMarina
No idea :D - Victor Ganata
Shatner looks photoshopped in against his will. (Is it possible to look photoshopped in against your will?) - Betsy
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California drought report: Thunderstorms bring slight relief to desert - L.A. Times #irony
"Over the last week, the only spot in California to see improved drought conditions was -- of all places -- Mojave Desert, officials reported. The area benefited enough from recent showers and thunderstorms for it qualify for a one-category improvement from 'extreme' to 'severe' drought, according to the latest statewide assessment released Thursday." - Victor Ganata
"According to the map, 95.4% of the state now falls under the 'severe' drought category — the third-harshest on a five-level scale -- and slight improvement from 97.5% last week." - Victor Ganata
Andrew C (✔)
Screw honesty. Tell me lies. Tell me all the lies.
I think Fleetwood Mac got that topic covered already. - Victor Ganata
Victor Ganata
Drinking Red Wine Probably Won’t Make You Live Longer - Take Part - Hmm, I don't think it's correct to equate red wine with resveratrol
There are other bioactive molecules in red wine that might explain the effect they saw in that study that demonstrated drinking red wine reduces cardiovascular risk. - Victor Ganata
Saying that red wine doesn't do anything because resveratrol doesn't do anything is exactly like saying marijuana doesn't help with pain because THC doesn't help with pain. - Victor Ganata
Victor Ganata
Beverly Hills police admit 'breakdowns' in producer's pre-Emmys arrest - L.A. Times
Man, I wonder if Belk can successfully sue the shit out of BHPD. - Victor Ganata
Andrew C (✔)
Self-Referential Rules Are Nullified Here
I wonder how the simulation we live in *does* handle paradoxes like these? - Victor Ganata
"An intelligent robot is exposed to a clever logical paradox. It stores it in memory under Clever Logical Paradoxes." - - Andrew C (✔)
LOL, so that's what's behind all those event horizons. - Victor Ganata
Victor Ganata
Actually, I think the Kelvin scale works OK for human scales. Once it gets over 300K indoors, it's kind of uncomfortable!
The Rankine scale, though, is kind of an abomination. - Victor Ganata
Victor Ganata
Georgia Gov. Mistakes Hispanic College Student for an "Illegal" - Gawker
This is why I think anti-undocumented sentiment is really just anti-immigrant (and anti-children-of-immigrant sentiment) because people do not care to make the distinction. - Victor Ganata
well, except that it's really "anti-brown", since undocument irish and english don't have a problem, and often have politicians attending their rallies. - DJF
True, it's harder to tell, but I bet if you were from Europe and you told them you were undocumented, they'd hate you all the same. - Victor Ganata
"Well, last month [in 2007] in Washington, at a rally hosted by the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform, the leading Democratic candidate for president actually did have her picture taken holding a shirt that read: 'Legalize the Irish.' " (LA Times - DJF
"President Obama says the thousands of Irish immigrants in the US are being denied opportunities because of the US strict immigration laws." (March, 2014) - DJF
Yeah, I do get the feeling that the other political party is the one hinging their platform on an anti-immigrant plank. Gov. Brown (D-CA) just explicitly welcomed the undocumented to the state and he's running for re-election. - Victor Ganata
But they are loud about the Latinos and quiet about the Irish. The quotation from Obama came from an Irish news site. If he'd said something like that about the Latinos, you can bet that the Republicans would be ALL OVER it. - DJF
Nah, I agree with DJF. It's entirely acceptable for US politicians to (metaphorically) embrace Irish undocumented immigrants, even the pols that have much more nuanced positions on other undocumented immigrants. - Andrew C (✔)
Oh, I don't doubt the racist dimension. But there's definitely one party that's blocking *any* immigration reform. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
If only there was a way to write the law so that the "European" undocumented could get in but not the southern ones. - DJF from Android
Ever heard of a "frostback"? - DJF from Android
Let's be realistic, though, even to this day there are still Europeans that nativists find less desirable than others. It's easier to pass as American, for sure, but being outed can still get ugly. - Victor Ganata
oh yeah. Italians might be white, but I bet that Greeks aren't. - DJF
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Arizona Schools Chief Who Banned Mexican-American Studies And Disparaged Latinos Is Ousted - Buzzfeed
He didn't get fired. He just lost the primary. Which makes me worry that someone crazier will take his place. - Victor Ganata
That is a legitimate concern. - Jennifer Dittrich
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
RT @globalmoxie: Whew! We can all rest easy. "@alecperkins: @globalmoxie turns out she is a cat after all according to Sanrio:"
RT @globalmoxie: Whew! We can all rest easy. "@alecperkins: @globalmoxie turns out she is a cat after all according to Sanrio:"
Phew. I feel much better, now. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
When will we get a Vox explainer 'splaining all these explainers - before lunch today? By the drive at 5? - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Confession: I've never grasped the popularity of this brand. I call it "generically cute" but with no particular appeal (to me, anyway). I find it rather bland in all honesty. Kind of like Beanie Babies. - MoTO: Team Marina
I didn't know that the first Sanrio store in the U.S. is as old as I am. - Victor Ganata
wait, I thought she WASN"T a cat. Now she is a cat?! - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
She's a girl like Minnie Mouse is a girl. She is a cat like Minnie Mouse is a mouse. So she's both. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
She's still British though - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
I guess the fact that in Japanese there are separate gender markers for humans vs. for animals could be confusing, especially since they use the gender markers for humans when discussing cats. - Victor Ganata
Hello Kitty is not a cat - she's a British school kid - BBC - Victor Ganata
Apparently, she's a Londoner :D - Victor Ganata
She's a girl cat. See also: Goofy. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
When I read the official explanation I had the feeling something was lost in translation. It's got to be difficult to explain the concept of anthropomorphism to someone who has English as a second language, on top of explaining cultural differences in how we refer to animals or pets. - Corinne L
Heh, yeah, in retrospect, there are only two things I'm sure of from this: (1) Hello Kitty is not a real cat (2) but she has a cat-like appearance. Everything else is just metaphysics. #TheMeaningOfIs - Victor Ganata
Victor Ganata
It's so bizarre that an industry with so many prominent transgendered founders would foster a culture that is (perceived to be) so transphobic.
Which industry is this? - Spidra Webster
Gaming. - Victor Ganata
I wonder if EA would even be around if not for Rebecca Heineman and Danielle Bunten Berry. - Victor Ganata
EA isn't the EA it originally was, anyways. The name was intended to evoke [the original] United Artists film studio: a publisher that would highlight the game creators. "When Trip Hawkins founded EA, he did it under the then-novel premise of an independent publisher; EA would run no internal studios,... more... - Andrew C (✔)
I think their business model was the same from the very beginning, but they acquired a lot of games studios who churned out a lot of classic games in the '80s. If EA didn't survive the 8-bit era, it wouldn't be the juggernaut that it is today. - Victor Ganata
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"Who’s being divided, except for people who are okay with an infantilized cultural desert of shitty behavior and people who aren’t? What is there to ‘debate’?" - Gamasutra
"When you decline to create or to curate a culture in your spaces, you’re responsible for what spawns in the vacuum." - Victor Ganata
"We also have to scrutinize, closely, the baffling, stubborn silence of many content creators amid these scandals, or the fact lots of stubborn, myopic internet comments happen on business and industry sites." - Victor Ganata
"This is hard for old-school developers who are being made redundant, both culturally and literally, in their unwillingness to address new audiences or reference points outside of blockbuster movies and comic books as their traditional domain falls into the sea around them. Of course it’s hard. It’s probably intense, painful stuff for some young kids, some older men." - Victor Ganata
This -> "disclaiming liability is clearly no help." That's what they've been doing for years, and expecting/hoping that the problem will just go away. Not that it would be fixed, mind you, but that the people complaining would just stop or leave, or better, both... but still keep spending money. - Jennifer Dittrich
Andrew C (✔)
RT @angryasianman: That nine-note riff that somehow became the musical signifier for all things "Oriental." Explained:
RT @angryasianman: That nine-note riff that somehow became the musical signifier for all things "Oriental." Explained:
I'd wondered about that. Makes me think of the 'drums and singing' motif you get to stand in for Native American music, serving much the same purpose. - Jennifer Dittrich
Is it weird that in my brain, this 9-note riff immediately segues into the theme song for "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly"? - Victor Ganata
Andrew C (✔)
RT @kimkierkegaard: It's not easy taking a selfie while jet skiing, motion (or kinesis) being one of the most difficult problems in philosophy.
I still like Zeno's solution: nothing really moves, you're just hallucinating - Victor Ganata
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The idea that science and the humanities are diametrically opposed to one another has always struck me as a false dichotomy. It has always seemed to me that exegesis and empiricism have a lot in common.
Reality is the text, models and hypotheses are critical interpretations, and data are supporting evidence. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
I guess "natural" is implied when you say "science" in English, or am I misunderstanding you? - Eivind from Android
I'm not really sure. "Natural" is such an ill-defined term in English. - Victor Ganata
But "natural sciences" is still a fairly well defined branch in academia, isn't it? (Biology, physics, chemistry, geology, astronomy). I was asking because in Norwegian the word "vitenskap" (~science) is as applicable to pursuits in the humanities as to the natural sciences (naturvitenskap). - Eivind
I don't think they're by nature diametrically opposed although our society does a lot to put them in opposition starting with very early on grooming kids who want to go into the humanities to think they'll not be able to survive financially ("Want fries with that?" jokes) which is starkly in contrast to what they tell kids who want to go into STEM. I think there are some very general... more... - Spidra Webster
Historically people spoke of the 'science' of law; not sure they'd do that now. And the main qualifier to science is 'social'... People sometimes use the phrase 'hard sciences' for the 'natural sciences' and 'soft' for 'social/' - Pete : Team Marina
Yeah, I hear the hard vs. soft science distinction more often than the natural vs. social science distinction, but that distinction is relative - Victor Ganata
And "hard" is relative too. Math and physics look down on the wet sciences - DJF from Android
There's also the perspective that math isn't science :) - Victor Ganata
Andrew C (✔)
RT @lin_manuel: Who permitted this nonsense
RT @lin_manuel: Who permitted this nonsense
money - Big Joe Silence
I mean, Hollywood and Vine has always been known for its prostitutes. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Even if you are "chosen" to have a star by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, you have to pay for it. It runs about $30,000. Most studios foot the bill as promo for upcoming movies and that's how Trump got his... As promo for season 6 of The Apprentice (held in California). - Johnny
If you read the saga about Adam West's recent star, you see the seedy underbelly of the whole thing. - Johnny
$30k is chump change in this town. It's practically pocket lint for big players in the industry. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
I had 100% forgotten about The Apprentice. - Andrew C (✔)
Victor Ganata
"Why is there an age restriction for driving a car but not for shooting an Uzi at a firing range?"
'murrica. - Jennifer Dittrich from FFHound!
It was 8 (she was 9). - Johnny from iPhone
Can you imagine the carnage if we let 8 year olds drive? - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Oh god, bedlam. - Johnny from iPhone
Andrew C (✔)
Saw a guy in a green T + brown pants on train today. Could not think how to politely ask if he was cosplaying Shaggy from Scooby Doo or not.
Break the ice with a Scooby Snack? - SAM
You think asking him if he had a Scooby snack would've gotten you a dirty look? :) - Victor Ganata
WHOA, Shaggy has an official name: "Norville 'Shaggy' Rogers". - Andrew C (✔)
He's doing his impersonation of a tree. - April Russo
So Australia is even crazier than I thought it was? HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE?!?! -
So Australia is even crazier than I thought it was? HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE?!?!
Yep. Pretty much true. - Johnny from iPhone
It just occurred to me that Hitchcock's "The Birds" must seem like the lamest thing to the average Australian. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
I have a magpie phobia after getting swooped quite viciously as a kid. I refuse to walk anywhere in magpie season (and usually a month or two either side) unless I'm carrying an umbrella. - Melly - #TeamMarina
There are birds here with that swooping behavior during nesting season, I forget what kind of bird but there was a big problem with them by San Francisco city hall, used to be reports on the news about it every year. People with bloody foreheads n shit. Haven't heard anything in a while, maybe they moved them away from downtown. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
& this thread cracked me the hell up. What the actual fuck Australia. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
LOL, crazy! Our magpies are so docile. - Jenny H. from Android
@starmama: red-winged blackbirds during nesting season. One nested on a streetlight right outside the staff door at MfPOW. It got me once or twice. Here's news video from Chicago. - Betsy
That was them! People claimed there was one bird in particular who was attacking people the most, started calling it Swoopy :-) - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Plovers are little bastards too. - Melly - #TeamMarina
My heart keeps catching in my throat watching that magpie video. - Melly - #TeamMarina
Can I please go back to just shrimps on barbies image of Australia? I guess not. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
That moment when you find out it's WORSE than @femfreq says. MT: @AdamGoodallYes: No Misogyny Problem In Gaming...
That moment when you find out it's WORSE than @femfreq says. MT: @AdamGoodallYes: No Misogyny Problem In Gaming...
Sheesh - Victor Ganata from iPhone
I read this to Chris and he said no, what she showed was perfectly accurate. So... This guy is looking to kill people in video games and getting which one is more terrible backwards. - Heather
Andrew C (✔)
It kinda makes sense that Burger King would join the British Commonwealth. It's not called "Burger President".
You know what would be really old school? Burger Consul. - Victor Ganata
Burger Prime Minister - Big Joe Silence
What do you think sounds better: Burger Despot or Burger Tyrant? - Victor Ganata
There's also Dairy Queen, and Ronald McDonald could be the court jester, but who's the Burger Regent? - Andrew C (✔)
Victor, surely your one would be called Burger Supreme Beloved Leader? - Andrew C (✔)
LOL, would mentioning Burger Lord Protector be kind of messed up and culturally insensitive? - Victor Ganata
The Burger Viceroy - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
And would Colonel Sanders be the military leader? ... I guess General Tso outranks him. - Andrew C (✔)
Darth Burger - Greg GuitarBuster
Meg VMeg
You jerks have been holding out on me, re: existence of sangrita.
what the what? - kendrak
You would love sangrita. - Meg VMeg
A sangria slushie? - Andrew C (✔)
Sangrita is near Modesto, isn't it? - Zamms
Sangrita: It's like a deconstructed michelada, but with tequila - Meg VMeg
!!! - Zamms
The traditional chaser for tequila blanco :D - Victor Ganata
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Classic First Lines of Novels in Emojis: A Quiz - Slate
I'm not as well-read as I wish I were. I did get the first two right, at least :D - Victor Ganata
📞👨💩📬 for the first line of "Moby Dick" is pretty funny, though - Victor Ganata
Andrew C (✔)
Fast food chains have a Burger King and Dairy Queen and a court jester, but who is the _spiritual_ head of fast food-dom?
It's gotta be the golden arches, no? Or maybe Henry Ford? - Victor Ganata
In-n-out doesn't have an anthropomorphic mascot, but they have the cult-iest worker uniform, and also the cult-iest fans. - Andrew C (✔)
Dave? No, duh, Wendy. - Meg VMeg
Burger Pope - Victor Ganata
Actually, I guess there is the mini-chain "Buddha Burger". But I wanted a national chain. - Andrew C (✔)
Well, there is Church's Chicken. - Jennifer Dittrich
Jennifer wins! - Andrew C (✔)
Wow, yeah. - Meg VMeg
Andrew C (✔)
After the fast food revolution, Burger Kings will be renamed Burger Supreme Beloved Leader.
That sounds more like a military coup than a revolution. After the revolution, it will be Burger Comrade. - Victor Ganata
Victor Ganata
The deranged manner in which gamers attack women make me want to rethink my position about the whole "video games cause violence" hypothesis.
Eh, sadly that environment doesn't feel a lot more hostile to me than many other areas (YouTube, anyone?) I think there's just a lot of shitty people out there, and areas where they're aggressively public just show it off better. - Jennifer Dittrich
Sure, it's more just a symptom than the actual problem. But sometimes it just seems like there's an entire army of Eliot Rodgers out there. - Victor Ganata
As a gamer myself I'd say that "video games cause violence" is false but "violent people are often drawn to video games" is very very true. - Johnny
(That makes me sound like I'm violent but I meant it as I have observed this occuring) - Johnny
Johnny, that's often how I've felt about it - and it seems to draw a huge amount from the culture the person's steeped in. It isn't like you have a huge rash of mega violent gamers in Japan, China and Korea, and gaming is huge in all of those places. As gaming becomes far more the normal thing that most people grow up doing, the likelihood that a violent person is a gamer goes waaaaay up, unrelated to gaming itself. - Jennifer Dittrich
Case In Point: RoosterTeeth is a channel I love to watch and it's all about gaming. If you read the YouTube comments for their videos you'd think all the fans were misogynistic assholes. On their forums, completely different. Most people only see the YouTube comments because they are most present. - Johnny
Well, yeah, I definitely don't think the actual mechanism of gaming causes people to become violent, but perhaps the culture that it fosters needs a second look. - Victor Ganata
I think such a huge portion of keeping the discourse civil in anywhere is active human-driven moderation with clear community guidelines. This stuff festers and grows because it is allowed to, or the measures taken are half-hearted and don't cover the majority of offenders. - Jennifer Dittrich
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
RT @steveisaacs: You guys HELLO KITTY IS NOT A CAT
RT @steveisaacs: You guys HELLO KITTY IS NOT A CAT
I think Disney prepared me for this when I learned that Goofy is not a dog. - Victor Ganata
I'm sorry, what? - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
I didn't know that Hello Kitty was English, though. - Victor Ganata
"She does have a pet cat of her own, however, and it's called Charmmy Kitty." -- this is like if instead of Mickey Mouse, *Goofy* owned Pluto. - Andrew C (✔)
o_O - Steven Perez
Of course, Goofy talks and Hello Kitty has no mouth, but…. - Victor Ganata
Goofy is a dog, sir. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Hello Kitty has a mouth in the animated series. - Andrew C (✔)
Fair enough, but Goofy isn't a dog the way Pluto is a dog. - Victor Ganata
No, he's anthropomorphized. But they pretty much all are to varying degrees. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
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