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And with this single tweet, the last dangling thread of interest I had in Gotham has snapped.
And with this single tweet, the last dangling thread of interest I had in Gotham has snapped.
I'm more than happy to actually watch a couple of episodes before I give up hope that it might end up fun. Flip side, I couldn't care less what they're doing with their films right now. Just not interested. - Jennifer Dittrich
I had high hopes... then they made a big deal about Bruce Wayne being in it. Commissioner Gordon and the world of Gotham has such potential that it only needs the coming shadow of the Batman in the lightest of touches. - Johnny
I'm wondering how much of that is just marketing buzz though, to get people to tune in and then get addicted to Gordon's storyline as the main thread. I'm still hopeful enough to let it spin a little. Also, there aren't that many shows I'm even slightly interested in, so even a little is enough to get me to see a few episodes. - Jennifer Dittrich
According to IMDb, he's in every episode to date. I'd like it to be only a fleeting meeting like just after his parent's were shot (and he made a vow to find the killers). Any more than that and you run into the Lois Lane problem. You can't have a good detective like Gordon having a strong connection to someone, have that someone disappear then reappear just as a vigilant with expensive toys appears and him not put it together. - Johnny
Oh, yeah - that seriously gave me trouble with Smallville. - Jennifer Dittrich
Also, "RT if..." campaigns? Seriously? - Johnny
Oh, I just ignore that sort of thing at this point. It's the darling of studio marketing teams, and usually not related to what the show runners want at all. - Jennifer Dittrich from FFHound!
The (early) Beatles were a pop band that had their own branded talc powder and were dismissed as long haired pretty boys with rubbish music. Today's music may actually be rubbish but I always have in the back of my mind that when my dad was young, my grandmother said the same thing then with the same confidence as I do now.
Also, fun fact. My dad is probably one of the only people who has seen both The Beatles and The Wiggles play in the same venue :) - Johnny
So you're saying that in the future, people will appreciate the U2 album on their iPhone. - Cristo
Some will... and for some it will be transformative and nudge them towards other creative pursuits. There is enough bullshit in this world so I'm trying hard to not personally crap on any art or creative pursuit that is designed to make people happy. Also, even blatant dumb commercial pop music when done extremely well has some good qualities. - Johnny from iPhone
They didn't have AutoTune then. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
True, but the Beatles were pioneers of experimental effects on the music. John Lennon often used double tracking and echo effects because he disliked the sound of his voice. - Johnny
Also, given their love of using the studio to the full limits (See: Revolver, Rubber Soul and Magical Mystery Tour) the assumption that the Beatles wouldn't have utilised at least some part of the technology if it was available is weak. - Johnny
The issue is not that the Beatles would have used AutoTune if it existed then, but that if AutoTune existed then the Beatles would have been "just another band." Effects are one thing and can be creative, but the cumulative impact of AutoTune is that within their respective genres (but especially pop) everybody sounds the same. Equally awful. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
That assumes that the Beatles early skyrocketing success was due purely to their musical talents and not their marketability as 4 good/reasonably looking young boys with rebellious haircuts that pissed off your parents. There were plenty of better talented artists around at the time that never broke it because they wouldn't have worked on a can of Talc. - Johnny
Case In Point:The Beatles at Shea Stadium. They could have unplugged their instruments because the noise from the screaming fans drowned out the actual music. Most of the audio on the film recording is either redubbed or taken from other concerts. - Johnny
"Soft rock" - Kevin Fox from iPhone
I am so sick and tired of this particular argument against increasing minimum wage:
"If one person works hard in school and studies hard, they should be getting an A. However, if another student does not and skips the final exam, they deserve an F. Continuing that analogy is that in the "everyone deserves a living wage" world both individuals would get a C, because that is fair. What sense does that make." - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
This is such a fallacy. The people that are making less than a livable wage are the ones working their butts off, while the ones raking in billions of dollars are rarely doing more than sitting around, playing golf, hanging out on their yachts, and glad-handing. If we were really to "continue the analogy", the assembly-line workers would be the ones getting the "A" in salary, while the executives would be getting C's or D's, at least. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
I'm not necessarily saying that there aren't valid arguments (and completely ridiculous arguments) on both sides of this issue; I'm just really tired of hearing that particular one. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE from WinForFeed
The problem with the C conclusion is it misunderstands what the minimum wage is. It has nothing to do with the grades you get, it's about making sure that every student at the very least has access to a pencil and a desk so they don't have to resort to writing words on a wall behind the toilets with a stick dipped in blood. - Johnny
Man I wish I could "like" Johnny's comment. - Heather
The one I am tired of hearing is "The minimum wage was never intended to be a living wage. Those jobs are intended for young people still living at home. You shouldn't still be working a minimum wage job by the time you are grown. If you are, then it's because you are too lazy/too stupid/not ambitious enough/[insert other dumb reason] and you deserve the low wages that you get." And the... more... - April Russo
Dunno if I feel like chasing my history for the link, and it might not be true anyway - but somewhere in Washington - the state - the minimum wage was raised to $15. I really think the results of that as described are TOO good to be true - but they describe a restaurant owner predicting layoffs and depression. Instead, the story said he had to hire twice as many people and open several... more... - Mary B: #TeamMonique
Andrew C (✔)
RT @ndsinnott: The U2 debacle boils down to two things: 1) the idea that we are not in control, and 2) that a giant corporation with my dad's taste is
U2 debacle? *lives in a cave* - Big Joe Silence
Apple gave everyone with iTunes the latest U2 album, whether they wanted it or not. (As in, it downloaded and you didn't have a choice. There's now a support article for how to remove it.) - Jennifer Dittrich
i'm trying to wrap my mind around this but it keeps tearing in the middle. - Big Joe Silence
I got it but it didn't download because I don't have auto-download enabled on my devices. I also don't play music that pulls the tracks from my purchased list on iCloud. - Johnny from iPhone
Yes, it sucks. Apple handled this badly... but rather than just assuming I'm in control, I took the 30 seconds it takes to check if I am. Every app, song and video that is on my phone I put there by going to General > iTunes > Auto Download (and) Show All. Anyone who shares an iTunes account with other people or young teenagers already knows the "Where the hell did that come from" experience. - Johnny
Yeah, I didn't word that well - it didn't necessarily download, but did for a lot of people, and it is part of your albums list available for download unless you remove it. - Jennifer Dittrich
Melly - #TeamMarina
Bit excited that Em's daycare are now using a program that allows me to log in to see photos and read about what they've been doing. I can read a daily report when I pick her up but this is so much better.
They've even got a section with suggestions for how to engage her in certain ways at home to help her development. - Melly - #TeamMarina
Ooooh, I'm even in there! Because I read to the kids on Book Lovers Day. - Melly - #TeamMarina
" Emily’s mummy brought in Emily’s favourite book from home, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”" - so famous. - Melly - #TeamMarina
Emily has good taste - Johnny
They're learning to read it in Japanese! So freaking awesome. - Melly - #TeamMarina
Brian Johns
Donuts outside my cube if you're interested.
Euphemism? - Johnny from iPhone
Be right there! - Louis Gray
There are 4.75 donuts left. These things aren't going to eat themselves! (except for that .75 of a chocolate ring, might might actually be in the process of eating itself.) - Brian Johns
i put that chocolate one out of its misery. oh, thanks! - Ken Gidley
Will these also be available tomorrow morning? - Stephen Mack
They have disappeared. - Brian Johns
So you're saying the 4.75 donuts will NOT be available tomorrow morning? - Stephen Mack
I don't know anything about any "donuts" you might be talking about. Nobody can prove anything. Nobody saw me. - Brian Johns
The only thing better than sharing a Snopes link on a friend's Facebook meme, debunking it completely, is posting a link to the exact same meme they posted 2 years ago where I also posted that Snopes link.
re-Snope'd! - Jennifer Dittrich
In-Snope-cition :) - Johnny
Honest Question: Is Google Glass still a thing? Is it on a slow boil or has that flame kinda dwindled.
I see some being worn in these parts. But I think they're still cooking up what they want it to be. - Stephen Mack
They just started selling them to the general public last week. - Kevin Fox
Physical thing doesn't mean it's a thing. There's been plenty of tech that's gone for public sale that's missed it's time or failed to engage. - Johnny
I was thinking about it before. While I'm not in the market for either device, Google Glass verse a smartwatch, I'd go smartwatch all the time. I get the concept of Glass but I am still in the camp of passive tech. I don't mind looking at my wrist rather than having it always in my peripheral (and intrusive to those I interact with). - Johnny
Until I see someone sporting Glass in the wild here in flyover land I'm going to say NO not a thing. Given that Google choose not to counter program against the big watch announcement I'm going to say on the verge of being "waved" - WarLord
Dear Aus Government, RE: Joining The New Iraq War. The perception of even the slightest of arm twisting would have been nice. #AusPol
Chick on the ABC news this morning kinda pwned Tony. Along the lines of "Syrians have been suffering for ages, why is the Government only helping out now?" - Melly - #TeamMarina
Listening to AM on ABC this morning and they had an interview with Tony Abbott. He said something that irked me. When asked about terrorist chatter in Indonesia because of the new operation in Iraq and westerner's safety, he said "Remember, Bali occurred before Australia ever went to Iraq:" Yes, 100%. Problem is the 2002 Bali bombings were carried out by Jemaah Islamiyah in response to... more... - Johnny
Abbott knows his stuff. NOT. - Melly - #TeamMarina
TIL: Bob Ross did The Joy Of Painting for free, using it as promo for his supplies, merch and tours. So today's business model back in 1983
Indie as fuck. - Johnny
So, he did it for........ the joy of painting. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
... that and the $15 million dollar Bob Ross Inc :) - Johnny
Also, because he painted so fast and his wet-on-wet method was so simple, he could knock out an entire 13 episode season in 2 days. - Johnny
Imagine him raising broadcast funds Kickstarter style..... Commenter: "WHERE. ARE. MY. HAPPY LITTLE TREES, YOU SOB!!#!" - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
I just had a thought. He was a paint blogger (vlogger) before blogs existed. Seriously. A simple setup (black wall, canvas) with almost no production values. - Johnny
nobody remembers William Alexander? he pre-dated Bob Ross. - Big Joe Silence
No. His Fro Fu was shit ;) - Johnny
Bob was Bill's STUDENT. - Big Joe Silence
Know William Alexander well but still prefer Bob Ross. It's the personality. And the hair. - Hookuh Tinypants
perhaps it's the Kraut in me. - Big Joe Silence
Ah. Bill Alexander. That's why all the stuff about Bob Ross as the painting guy on TV always felt wrong, the memory was wrong. I've been remembering Bill Alexander, and Bob Ross didn't fit the memory I had of it. - Betsy
I vaguely remember Bill Alexander...but yeah what Hookuh said. Bob is just...f'ing awesome. - Sir Shuping is just sir
^5 Betsy! - Big Joe Silence from Android
Define operate. Define heavy equipment. Define don't.
*Unzips pants* - Johnny from iPhone
Which reminds me to ask: Zippers zip the other way down under, right? Because hemisphere. LOL Right!! - Micah
*spans trousers* - Big Joe Silence
monorail.... - Heather
Monorail! - John (bird whisperer)
What's it called?! - Jennifer Dittrich
.... MONO!!!........ D'oh - Johnny
Is it true the tracks will bend? - Jed
I'm going to at least give my friend points for unique ad copy.
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Points also for trying to sell a $2,000 blender via pyramid selling. - Johnny
Melly - #TeamMarina
A doctor removed my appendix the other day. Apparently I shouldn't have been reading in his office.
............ *sigh* - Johnny from iPhone
Victor Ganata
The thing that I find hilarious in a really dark, macabre way is that we are now more officially allied with Bashar al-Assad.
The enemy of my enemy... - Bren from iPhone
... is still my enemy. Defuse the bomb that will go off first. - Johnny from iPhone
Allied with Bashar Assad and with Iran as well!!!! - Sepi ⌘ سپی
We're team Shia now. #goAli - Eivind
My Apple Fanboy Is Slipping: I'm excited by the Watch. I'm excited about a new dishwasher, hot water system and new tiles more.
You seem to have caught a bad case of Adultood. - lris
Or a bad case of consumerism? - Mo Kargas
Ok. Don't know how fixing broken things in my house to ensure the health and well being of my family is consumerism but I'm sure it can be put that way... - Johnny from iPhone
Chill, I just like giving you shit :) - Mo Kargas
I know :) - Johnny
Glen Campbell
About the Apple Watch: is it ok for me to say that I'd tap that?
Only if you also suggestively waggle your eyebrows. - Jennifer Dittrich
Force-tap. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Twirl my crown around gently between your fingers. - Johnny
Rub your fingers across my face. - Stephen Mack
Smart phone timeline from 2002-2014:
Smart phone timeline from 2002-2014:
Siemens SX45? - Johnny from iPhone
None of these is a Siemens SX45. - Cristo
I think he's talking about the Sidekick 2. - NOT THE CRICKET
It's interesting that the Android looks like it has a better light balance than the iPhones. - NOT THE CRICKET
Should have phrased thst better. Is the SX45 classed as a smartphone? - Johnny
Jimminy, yeah it's right in the middle light range. - Cristo
Johnny, I dunno. I don't remember it. The sidekick/hiptop was definitely ahead of its time though, sporting downloadable apps from an app store. - Cristo
I had to import it from Germany. It was a Windows CE PDA with phone built in (although you could only use it via earphones). - Johnny
I'm blaming Johnny for causing me to pop my head back in this door.
Did he triple dog dare ya? - Spidra Webster
didn't even need to. all he did was post on twitter that he checked his FF registration email (who keeps that much email!? Johnny, apparently) - Nathalie
Door is always open! - Johnny from iPhone
I think of this place quite a bit. Nice to see so many familiar faces. - Nathalie
Ladies and gentlemen: one of two people that got me into FriendFeed back in the summer of 2009! The lovely and talented Nathalie :) - Brent Schaus from FFHound!
Hey, Nat! - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
RT @buzzfeed: A lesbian couple have married after 72 years together and it will melt your heart
RT @buzzfeed: A lesbian couple have married after 72 years together and it will melt your heart
Love. - Johnny from iPhone
I know this sounds fucked up when you think about it... but... did they REALLY have to find the true identity of Jack The Ripper?
inquiring minds, dude. - Big Joe Silence
No, but there's been some interesting incidental research that has gone along with it. There are a lot of other old cold cases that could possibly use the attention, but I find it interesting that a murderer of usually ignored victims can still raise such interest from people. - Jennifer Dittrich
I guess I came at this from a narrative mindset, but yeah, that's really cool - Johnny from iPhone
I get where you're coming from though - heck, half of what makes it interesting /is/ the mystery of it all. That it is so difficult to know, with any certainty. Some old mysteries have a satisfaction in solving them (like the question of whether Napoleon was poisoned) where others lose a little in the solving. - Jennifer Dittrich
RT @burnie: Some time very soon, smartphones will tout their waterproof feature that allow us to use them in the shower. And this will seem sane to us.
Pretty sure I've already seen that in commercials here, but it still seems weird. - Jennifer Dittrich
I've seen one that shows it being used around a pool - Johnny from iPhone
This one was people dropping the phone into a bunch of things - sink, puddle, pool, bath - or getting stuff like food dumped on it. - Jennifer Dittrich
*swipes to vibrate mode* - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Mary Carmen
Lunch time poll topic: do you pronounce the words Mary, merry and marry differently?
oui - jambina
Mary and merry are the same. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
Yes, all different. - Mark H
Si - Mair-y, meh-ry and mah-ry - Marina's Godmother :-)
Close enough to the same to not be noticeable. - Jennifer Dittrich
What Jen said. - Spidra Webster
Two out of three (Mary and marry are indistinguishable). - Walt Crawford
All the same for me. - Stephen Mack
Ditto to Jennifer. - Hedgehog
Nope. - Steven Perez
All the same. - Ken Morley
Pretty much all the same. - Christa
exactly the damn same. like pin and pen - ellbeecee from Android
All the same. - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
Differently - MoTO: Team Marina from Android
Mary is Meh-re, Merry is Mer-re and Marry is Ma-ree - Johnny from iPhone
Mm, Mary and marry about the same. Merry is different. Marie is different as well. - rönin
you are a Long Islander you know how WE pronounce it...the right way ;) - GRANDMAFORSCARLETT
I didn't realize there were different ways to pronounce any of them. - Michael W. May from FFHound(roid)!
They'll all sound the same coming out of my mouth. - Jenny H. from Android
All differently. - April Russo
In my head I do .. Not so sure about my mouth. - Shannon - GlassMistress
Brian Johns
Joan Rivers is dead. Who will be the person 70% as famous as her to die to fulfill the "celebrities always dies in groups of 1.7" prophecy?
Have you not entertained the idea that Joan Rivers might be the 70%? - Johnny from iPhone
<mind blown> - Brian Johns
RT @fmanjoo: I’ve never heard anyone respond to financial hacking by saying, Just don’t use online banking. That’s what you get for using credit cards.
... Actually, I'd be surprised if there weren't some diehard Bitcoin adherents saying exactly this. (Uh, Mt Gox debacle notwithstanding...) - Andrew C (✔)
And to be fair, some bitcoin skeptics like me did respond to the Mt Gox debacle with "that's what you get for using Bitcoin"... - Andrew C (✔)
I'm thinking that the point, though, is that it's probably not going to be enough to just use harder-to-guess passwords or making sure not to sync sensitive data. Like, there's really only so much you can do to prevent being victimized. If all these cloud companies really want to make the cloud viable, they're going to have to come up with a solution above and beyond telling people they... more... - Victor Ganata
And conversely, this is why people will continue to be scared of Bitcoin, because the people running these exchanges don't really seem all that committed to making sure people don't lose all their money. Users having to constantly do due diligence and exercising extreme vigilance is not something that builds confidence. - Victor Ganata
... and yet there are constant updates from my bank about securing your personal information, the complexity of passwords used with online banking and tips where to use your credit card online (trusted sites, eCommerce checks etc). - Johnny
Sure, but when the banks get hacked, the onus is squarely on them to make sure nobody loses their money. They have to do the heavy lifting, otherwise people will run away fast. - Victor Ganata
I fundamentally don’t understand an argument that says games are more fun with content like that in them.
I stopped my nephew from getting this game specifically because of this section. Honestly, I think the people who actively want this specific type of backdrop are small (but vicious and vocal) and the larger majority are silent or passive on it. I personally didn't like it but enjoyed other aspects of the game. While I'm not proud of it, I hurriedly got that bit out of the way so I... more... - Johnny
I don't think it could, or should, make a game more fun or less fun. An argument should be null. But I can understand (not having played it) for the developers to add it as artistic license. What says that a game can contain harsh truths of reality, maybe they want to get leave a presence. It's occurrent in film and books, and games are rapidly evolving into interactive media platforms,... more... - NOT THE CRICKET
I think the arguments in favour of "it being more fun" have more to do with an unwillingness to be censored/controlled/treated like a naughty kid who'll lose their Gameboy if they don't clean their room rather than the particulars of the content. When I read those comments, I tend to read them in Cartman's "I do what I want!" voice. - Johnny from iPhone
A lot of the arguments for content like this take the "artistic freedom" bent, and I also agree with the importance of artistic freedom. However, I'd lay 10 to 1 that in most cases, content like this isn't in there because the game writer had a deep and abiding need to write that particular content, but because it's an easy way to provoke sympathy, and an easy way to get that "gritty"... more... - Jandy
Eric - Poppa Large
WTF? you couldn't make this shit up. - Big Joe Silence
C'mon guys. That's the highest quality guest they could get. He's the top of the shelf in what's left! - Johnny from iPhone
Mutherfuker looks like an imam, I guess. - Steele Lawman
That sentence is a hallucination. - ♫Robot Chicken, Trainer♫
It was probably pretty hard for Fox to land that "exclusive." - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
News Alert! If you put stuff out on the Internet, people might see it.
omigod omigod omigod - Glen Campbell
Does this include bank account info? - MoTO: Team Marina
Does this apply to anything in "the cloud" too? - Brian Johns
@Brian :) - Cristo
@MoTO No doubt about it. Many people will see your bank account info (e.g. the employees working at your bank and possibly their contractors as well), and there are also credit card & banking breaches all the time. - Cristo
To clarify, I'm not saying it isn't morally wrong and against the law to look at and share others' private information online. I'm saying it shouldn't surprise people. - Cristo
Oh I'm not surprised that people want to look. I am a little disappointed, though. - MoTO: Team Marina from Android
Again, just responding to the "Oh my god, I'll never feel the same about my mobile phone again". Look, clueless. It's a connected device, not a polaroid camera. - Cristo
True but most people are clueless like that. And at one time, we all had something we were unaware of. - MoTO: Team Marina from Android
Hence my public service announcement. - Cristo
Given the number of leaks, phone hacking scandals, NSA, spying and credit card breaches, claiming cluelessness isn't really holding water much anymore. If the events of say the last 5 years haven't clued someone in that having sensitive information somewhere digitally always carries a risk, then *shrug*. - Johnny
But by the same account, when a hammer misses the nail and hits the thumb no one should be surpised that yelling and cursing will follow. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
I don't think anyone is yelling and screaming "HOW DID I HIT MY THUMB???!?". "Oh shit, I hit my thumb and it hurts" I get but yelling in shock that there was even a slight chance that you could miss and your thumb was in the firing line, not really. - Johnny
So all the warnings I gave a work colleague about allowing her 12 year old daughter to have an Instagram/Snapchat/Kik account have now come back as her complaining about Instagram/Snapchat/Kik.
Not sure whether to "like" this or not; depends on what kinds of warnings you gave her, and what the ramifications have been. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
Basically all the warnings I gave about ducky-face, sexully suggestive poses, random follwers, no record of Snapchats, peer pressure, boys etc. I tried to lay out how this will go and she still let her daughter do it... and now complains about those exact things like "HOW DID THIS HAPPEN??!?" - Johnny
Ugh. I watched my niece go down the path of mom and dad not monitoring her FB. It's all very not good. - Heather
No bueno. - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
RT @withtimferguson: Kapow! Great article on restricting the freedoms of straight people. #Gasp #samesexmarriage #georgebrandis #SEX
RT @withtimferguson: Kapow! Great article on restricting the freedoms of straight people. #Gasp #samesexmarriage #georgebrandis #SEX
I do not understand the logic of the anti-gay-marriage people. - Joe
It's about control and a fear of a loss exclusivity. Sad thing is a number of people don;t know they're being manipulated into suppressing other people. EG "You have to defend the sanctity of marriage" is really "You have to resist strongly any change which threatens the power base we have created in society". - Johnny
In speaking to my grandmother, I learnt that the concept of divorce was abhorrent 50 years ago and being condemned or shunned by the church was a BIG deal. Last month, a divorced Catholic friend of mine married an atheist and it wasn't even a small deal. When you view a number of objections as the acts of desperate people frantically trying to hold up the remaining pillars of their... more... - Johnny
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