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Eric - Let Me Know
This terrorist has a homemade rap video?
Can't wait for Fox News to grab that one. - Eric - Let Me Know
To be honest, Fox already jumped LONG ago and are just waiting for platforms to form under them. - Johnny
I wonder how they'll be able to integrate a large split screen of a half naked Nikki Minaj, you know, because it's news. - Eric - Let Me Know
Bill O'Reilly has the Common split screen warmed up and ready to go. - Johnny
Shannon - GlassMistress
I need a RenFaire costume by tomorrow night ... suggestions?
Broomstick skirt, cotton top and a vest. - Janet from FFHound!
Potato sack - Johnny from iPhone
It's entirely possible to disagree with how someone chose to use their freedom of speech without suggesting they were asking for it.
It does often feel difficult to do so, though. Nuanced discussion often gets pushed aside in favor of slogans. It is always worth trying. - Jennifer Dittrich
I see lots of people in my feeds Canonising the staff of Charlie. Chances are they've never even seen a cover or know the context of the situation. - Johnny from iPhone
I’ve heard a lot of people complain that DA:I "doesn’t respect my time." Is it weird that I don’t feel that?
I’ve heard a lot of people complain that DA:I "doesn’t respect my time." Is it weird that I don’t feel that?
I don't think it's strange; I heard that complaint a lot about Kingdoms of Amalur as well, and I just didn't see it. So many of the quests are optional, and they've configured the game to let you progress through the main plot without having to do a bunch of leveling grinding. You can choose to do those things, but it is a choice, not a requirement. I feel like it is more the tension between being a completist and wanting to play through just story - Jennifer Dittrich
I agree; you over level quickly in DA:I if you do all the sidequests. You'd have to do a few of them to level enough to do the story missions, but far from all. The author clarified in the comments that he wanted to do sidequests, he liked doing all that stuff, but he wanted the side quests to be more interesting, which I think is fair. I've only found a few that I thought were exceedingly dumb, but I'm sure everyone's threshhold is different on that. - Jandy might be fun to put together a guide to the best sidequests to complete, both in terms of interest level and impact on the world/story. - Jandy
See, that would be great. Some of the fetch quests in games are fun in and of themselves, some just ... involve fetching something without anything else interesting happening. I think in DA:O, I appreciated those quests because they often dovetailed with other, meatier, side-quests, so it didn't feel like just running around. - Jennifer Dittrich
Yeah, because of the way things are mapped, I haven't even minded collection quests, because most of the time, I can just grab the collectable on the way to something else. And a lot of quests gain you/the Inquisition favor, which gives good rewards, or generally makes the area safer/better, like clearing out rebel templars and mages who are otherwise fighting all the time in your way while you're trying to go about your business. - Jandy
I thought the game world was way too big. I didn't get come close to exploring everything and it was too easy to over level. I made a lot of complaints about the game. I don't think I actually had fun during the gameplay parts. The story and characters were cool but there was way too much time between cutscenes and dialogue. - Rodfather
It brings me back to my game of the year last year. Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons was only 2-3 hours but the pacing was perfect. There was no filler like having an inventory. It efficiently told a story and brought me to tears. I guess it helped that the game director was a film director. - Rodfather
This brings me back to Mo's post a few weeks back about using guides. The creators put all this content (easter eggs, collectables etc) in but I don't really have the time (100+ hours) to spend searching it out. I use guides when I'm done with the story to find this content. - Johnny
I like game guides for when you're stuck. This is about adding a bunch of crap with little or no purpose other than to fill time. They added crappy parts of mobile games where you have to wait for missions to be completed at the war table. Collectables that are pain to reach. Not because it's a puzzle, but because the level design is really bad. It seems like they created a massive... more... - Rodfather
I know, but map size is part of it (why I mentioned guides). I'm currently going through the Assassin's Creed series and I'm at Brotherhood. I love AC2 and Brotherhood is basically the next few chapters, not much gameplay change. The difference between AC2 and ACB is that AC2 was large but the story missions were close together or at least sequential across a map. On the levels I'm up... more... - Johnny
Johnny, one great thing about DA:I over the earlier Assassin's Creed games, anyway, is that they mark the collectibles on the map. Not all of them, but the more important ones. So you don't need a guide to find them, you just mark them on your map and go right to them. Rodfather is right about one thing in DA:I, though - they put a bunch of the collectibles in places you have to... more... - Jandy
Rod, I played some of Brothers last year - or maybe the trial for it? I don't remember. That's the one where you control one brother with one thumbstick and the other with the other, right? That irritated me. It seemed like a game meant to be played co-op (not sure if that was an option or not) and was clunky single-player. I did like the story, as much as I saw of it. - Jandy
My emotional hit game this year was Valiant Hearts: The Great War, without a doubt. Wonderful. - Jandy
Yeah it was weird to play that way but it was meant to be that way. The control scheme is actually part of the story. I loved Valiant Hearts too. I shed a few tears. Then I played 'To The Moon' and I was a wreck. That's a must play. Someone should make that game into a movie or series. The story is fantastic. - Rodfather
Jason Toney
RT @saladinahmed: This is a hard but VERY important piece about how we eulogize the cartoonists @ Charlie Hebdo.
RT @saladinahmed: This is a hard but VERY important piece about how we eulogize the cartoonists @ Charlie Hebdo.
Yeah, one of the first reports I heard cautioned that Hebdo is pretty "out there." - MoTO Boychick Devil
This is what I've been struggling with. In a broad sense, an attack of freedoms is repugnant and wrong but in a smaller sense, Charlie were less than angels and by most accounts inflammatory. It's very hard to talk about without putting just a toenail over the victim blaming line (which is like drinking poison). I always come back to this exercise when things like this happen.... more... - Johnny
I wouldn't be surprised if they trafficked in anti-Semitism, too, but I haven't seen examples of that so far. The cartoons I've seen mainly tend to be punching down, which is the worst sort of humor, and often very offensive. - John (bird whisperer)
They have ridiculed more than Muhammed or Muslims (even their own president didn't escape it). No other target has ever felt the need to come murder them, though. - Stephan from iPhone
That is true, but none of them have the tension, poverty, disadvantage and centuries old history. (Again, hard to say without coming off like they asked for it but it's a lot more complex than "We were dicks to everyone") - Johnny
See people like John Stewart and the best satirist use it to guide and push a message or expose hypocrisy. These guys seemed to like to pour fuel on a fire and loved it when they got a reaction. - Johnny
History notes that free speech has never come with a shield generator against extremists. - Mo Kargas
The irony is that with each threat and action by sword and gun yielding fanatics the world seems to be getting a little less tolerant to Islam in general. - Stephan from iPhone
And no doubt, with each neo-colonial/expeditionary war into Islamic countries for fun and profit, Muslims are also getting less tolerant. - Mo Kargas
Here's an article from 2011 I often reference. "Updated Europol Data: Less Than 1% of Terrorist Attacks by Muslims" - Johnny
My sister is an author. She has had books published (both kids and adult) and is a national prizewinning poet. I have always had the same command of words and storytelling but I haven't ever really found the outlet for it.
I watched the episode of TableTop where they play the Dragon Age RPG yesterday and it has been swimming in my head still. I just downloaded the Death Unto Duty kit for it but I don't know if the people I would play this with would get it. I would probably have to tweak it. Then it dawned on me that I could write my whole own version (using DA as a template) with my own lore, abilities and characters. It was like in the movies when it all suddenly zooms through space and the person sits back like "woah". You mean I get to express my creativity, tell stories and have people pay attention to me (as I lead the game)? That's a perfect combo right there. *sharpens pencil* - Johnny
Andrew C (✔)
America’s most ambitious infrastructure project of the century: Why today’s high-speed rail launch is miraculous - -
"But building out high-speed rail has implications for more than California. Americans have effectively given up on a visionary politics, as the 2014 midterms exemplified. The country turned its back on activist government, mainly because they so rarely see anything come from it that they can touch and feel. They resist paying taxes because they can’t identify what they get in return. Infrastructure projects can provide powerful symbols of that return on investment, and show that only effective government can create such lasting monuments to progress. Infrastructure nightmares, like the slow-motion disaster that is Seattle’s underground tunnel, breed cynicism and severely damage government’s potential. But those who would drown government and create an own-your-own society cannot explain away the Hoover Dam, or the New York City subway, or the roads linking Maine, Florida, Arizona and Idaho. Those projects worked in their time, and high-speed rail can work for the 21st century. If it... more... - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
I still don't get who the market is. Commuters? Tourists? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Looking from the outside, both. Airline fuel is going to get expensive and a price on carbon will make that even more so. Rach and I are looking to go the US in a few years, a trail trip that doesn't take that much longer than a flight (with all the airport security theatrics) is enticing. - Johnny
AIUI there's a huge amount of SF-LA traffic, both on the roads and airports, and a train would lessen both. - Andrew C (✔)
Stephen, air travel gets worse all the time. Especially if you're tall and/or girthtastic. For people who have business in those cities but don't have an expense account nor can afford 1st class tickets, a train might well be preferable. Amtrak is currently way too slow because it has to lease access to freight train lines. Freight always gets preference so passengers get pulled aside... more... - Spidra Webster
Sorry, my original comment was a bit too short: I can understand that some people will use it, but is that market big enough to justify the $68 billion expense? I understand the points in the article. But I just don't see the target market of users being that sizable. It's probably due to a failure of imagination on my part, though. - Stephen Mack
Now? Maybe not. By the time it's built, the economic and social situations could be different enough. - Johnny
by the time it's completed? jet travel will be expensive (already IS, imo) and rail travel will be cheaper. yes, a market will exist that will easily justify the expense. - Big Joe Silence
I'm sad that it doesn't stop at LAX, SJC, and SJC directly. - Brian Johns
Eh, airports are usually far from city centers anyways. - Andrew C (✔)
But they are places where people who want to travel want to go. If you live in Fresno, a common reason to travel to LA is because you're flying somewhere out of LAX. Most of the time I fly to LA I fly on to somewhere else, and I would be happy to take HSR to LAX instead of fly an extra leg. This American idea of keeping our transit systems separate bugs the hell out of me. Like we've never thought of applying Metcalfe's law to transportation... - Brian Johns
It took forever to route BART directly to SFO, Santa Clara VTA light rail doesn't go to SJC, and L.A. MTA light rail doesn't go to LAX, so I think it will be quite some time before high speed rail ever makes to the airports. The main reasons seems to be cost of right-of-way and political turf battles over transit jurisdiction. - Victor Ganata
That said, BART just opened its Oakland airport stop a month ago! - Andrew C (✔)
BART still doesn't stop directly at OAK, but I guess it's a lot better than the bus. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Oh? Last Halloween I flew outta OAK and the station (not open yet) was a short short walk outside the arrival door. - Andrew C (✔) from Android
There are few greater pleasures than being right with supporting facts.
Do you have any facts to support this assertion? - Joe
I don't have any facts to support this... So I guess you're right..... DO YOU FEEL GOOD? Boom, there's my fact. - Johnny from iPhone
Now I feel sad. - Joe
I think ice-cream is a greater pleasure. Supporting sources? Me - Mo Kargas
Chocolate sauce - Johnny from iPhone
Eric - Let Me Know
CNN Profiles New Members of Congress as If They’re on Tinder -
CNN Profiles New Members of Congress as If They’re on Tinder
Okay. Anyway, I saw a comment on Mia Love's election on one of the socnets (maybe twitter?) awhile back. To paraphrase: "'Groundbreaking?' The Democrats sent Shirley Chisolm to Congress back in 1969. Republicans are so cute." I actually guffawed. - MoTO Boychick Devil
Nah, see, you missed the fact that the Republican party wants to take everyone back 50 years so TECHNICALLY, she's been elected 5 years BEFORE Chisolm ;) - Johnny
Well now it makes sense... - MoTO Boychick Devil from Android
(Curtis) Alan Jackson
I hate that that the words "I don't understand how/why..." come out of my mouth related to so many many things here at work. Primarily, it's a terrible lack of communication and organization. Latest fiasco? Ordering company fleeces. Simple task, right? Let's verify who's in the company and send them an email? Nope, that would be too easy...
...let's send a message to the All_Company email address for people to fill out a surveymonkey form without verifying that everyone is on that mail list. Perfect! And then, let's not have a plan to distribute them to people who don't work Monday - Friday daytime hours. <sigh> - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
(Also, people who don't read their emails don't help. Stories for another day.) - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
And it's not really a fiasco...but still a great example of how things (don't) work around here. - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
We have a rule at work that if you begin a sentence with "You'd think that..." you immediately shut down the sentence and sigh. - Johnny from iPhone
You'd think that we'd have a rule like that at work. - Amit Patel
HAHAHA, exactly, Amit. :-) - Jason Huebel
I just bought Star Fluxx. I blame @wilw. #TableTop
I have resisted table top and card games for almost my entire adult life. Cards Against Humanity and Table Top have broken that seal. I fear for my safety and those of my friends who will be forced to play these in exchange for food. - Johnny
Also, after a quick post-purchase search, i may have bought the LAST deck available in Australia. - Johnny
Holly's favorite Anna
David Tennant as Benedick in a production of Much Ado About Nothing. I might have to watch this. #academiclibrarylife
Catherine Tate plays Beatrice, for all you Donna Noble fans. - Holly's favorite Anna
Yep. I'm in. - Johnny
We have a subscription to Digital Theatre Plus, which is where I ran across it. It might be available elsewhere. - Holly's favorite Anna
Imagine if social injustices invoked the passions and fury that sporting injustices do.
Who says they don't? - MoTO Boychick Devil
Apparently there was a poor call in a football game earlier. I'm sure it will receive hours of coverage and discussion on television and many more hours talked about by fans. - Johnny
Oh I'm sure it will. But I doubt there will be any marches or vigils - MoTO Boychick Devil
Picking up someone from the airport requires bank heist level planning and precise timing.
I'm sitting in the carpark of the service centre down the road from the terminal looking shady as fuck. I feel like I should have a code name - Johnny from iPhone
Code name: Johnny from iPhone. It's like Jake from State Farm, but in jeans instead of khakis. - bentley
No cell phone lot? Do they only have them at California airports? - Jaclyn aka spamgirl
They do but it's actually easier to park down the road than try and navigate into and out of the lot - Johnny from iPhone
Local counties to end courthouse weddings to avoid marrying gays -
"Couples who wanted to skip the pomp and circumstance of a wedding and get married at the Duval, Clay or Baker county courthouses will no longer have that option in the new year. These counties' decision to end the long-standing tradition of courthouse wedding ceremonies is due, at least in part, to the continued debate over same-sex marriage in Florida against the backdrop of conservative Christianity. U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle could rule any day and make gay marriage legal across the state. If same-sex marriage is allowed, Duval Clerk of Courts Ronnie Fussell, Clay Clerk Tara Green and Baker Clerk Stacie Harvey will have no choice but to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. But to avoid performing ceremonies for them, these clerks have decided to end all courthouse weddings." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Residents of Baker, Clay and Duval counties who want to avoid usual wedding expenses will now have to find a minister or notary to perform the ceremony after they pick up their marriage license, but a place other than the courthouse." - Jessie
ಠ_ಠ - Jessie
Sheesh. - bentley
Stuff like this, while at first glance, seems like a possible victory for the conservative of views but it may very well backfire. Those who are on the fence or even non-engaged in this debate will very well look at this and go "Woah, that's just a dick move". That's the type of this that will swing a passive No to a passive Yes. - Johnny
I have a friend who's a notary in Florida who has already stated that she will marry any couple for a 6 pack or an invitation to the reception. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
I've heard that our local courthouse is no longer doing weddings. I wonder if this is behind it. - Katy S from iPhone
I guess that's one way to get the wedding coverage out of the media. As much coverage as this will get, it's a lot less than the screen time given to the joyous courthouse weddings they've been showing previously. - Jennifer Dittrich
a few county magistrates in NC are saying they will quit rather than perform same sex marriages. Because the state Admin Office of Courts says they are legally required to perform same sex marriages, on account of it's now legal & all. I wonder if they'll think to stop all court marriages to prevent these few. #stupid - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Sounds like a great strategy for getting rid of some bad magistrates. - Todd Hoff
FF Brain Trust: What ways can you still include an image in a friendfeed post from an iPhone (6, to be specific)?
The FFHound app seems to freeze up when I tap the camera icon button. - Micah
I've had the best luck with e-mail, though the full-browser version kinda works. - Jennifer Dittrich
I use FF's web interface. Don't have problems posting a photo from my iPad with that. - Spidra Webster
I tried attaching photo with regular web UI on iPhone 6 Safari and it tries, but then times-out without success. - Micah
Just as a data point, what version of iOS are you using? - Spidra Webster
8.0 (12A365) - Micah
Ah. I'm on 6, I think. - Spidra Webster
The native image size on the iPhone 6 is to big and the FF resize engine times out. If you can find an image shrinking app, you can still us the web ui - Johnny from iPhone
Ah, makes sense, thanks J. Wonder how small has to be. - Micah
My medium from Flickr = 500 x 375 post ok - WarLord
iOS 8.0 broke file uploads from the browser: I believe it was fixed in 8.0.1, though 8.0.1 was awful. If you can upgrade to at least 8.0.2, you should be fine. - Mark Trapp
Excellent, thanks Mark. - Micah from FFHound!
Just uploaded an iPad camera shot w/ no problem. Web interface iOS 8.1.2. - Technodad
Just updated and works for me now too. Thanks, everyone. - Micah from FFHound!
I mainly use now. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
See you in 9 to 10 hours at 140 degrees, New Years Piggy. @ The Worthington Batcave
See you in 9 to 10 hours at 140 degrees, New Years Piggy. @ The Worthington Batcave
halfway there! - Marie
Wow. - Brent Schaus from iPhone
BOOM. Resting now - Johnny from iPhone
Look, matey, I know a dead pig when I see one, and I'm looking at one right now. - Eivind from Android
North Pole IUD - Spidra Webster
Obviously they got their kicks from puttin' on the ritz - Johnny from iPhone
Big Hero 6 was AMAZING but the short Feast beforehand had all the feels. ALL. THE. FEELS.
I'm getting a free family pass through work *dances* - Melly
Georgia and I both loved it. We hugged and are now on the hunt for BH6 toys :) - Johnny from iPhone
That's a fun movie. - bentley
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
Carbon-steel kitchen knives: "Caring for a carbon-steel knife requires ritual-like devotion." - Andrew C (✔)
I bought a carbon steel knife while in Belgium (meaning to use it as a throwing knife). The upkeep can be serious. The movers tossed it in to the same container I had water bottles in and by the time I got to that moving box it was too rusted for me to salvage with my gimpy hands. - Spidra Webster
Em's in bed, boys are watching The Hobbit, so I'm hanging with this guy, setting up my 2015 diary and…
Em's in bed, boys are watching The Hobbit, so I'm hanging with this guy, setting up my 2015 diary and…
Holy shit - in last years diary I found a 2013 Christmas card from Nanny, with $100 in it I obviously hadn't spent and then forgotten o.O - Melly from iPhone
*\O/* - Pete
I just stuffed your sister in law and her boo full of my delicious pork. - Johnny from iPhone
Well... - Melly from iPhone
What kind of diary / planners are those? - Laura
The one on the left is an OTi (work was selling them last year so I got a freebie), my new one is from - Melly from iPhone
Made Rach a Xmas Eve dinner - Johnny from iPhone
Interesting *and* educational. I wondered why something called "Elk" had a picture of a moose on it. It turns out that in Eurasia, moose are referred to as elk. Something new every day on FF. - Technodad
I am OUTRAGED, I tell ya, that a movie I don't want to bother with is NOT available to buy and stream in Canada.
But it's your duty as an American. - Rodfather
Come and make me, America. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
*gets the lube and freedom* - Johnny from iPhone
^ Hehehe, Johnny. - SAM
Hahaha. Classic. - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
Can I share this on FB? - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
Sure - Johnny from iPhone
Thanks! I gave you credit for the awesomeness. :) - Tamara J. B.
I don't mind that Iggy Azalea. She gave a pretty flawless anti-Twitter troll thread.
I don't mind that Iggy Azalea. She gave a pretty flawless anti-Twitter troll thread.
Wait, hold up. I just saw some info about her response to Q-Tip. No bueno. - Eric - Let Me Know
The article I shared features her response to that very long unsolicited history lesson Q-Tip provided. As she said, "i find it patronizing to assume i have no knowledge of something I'm influenced by, but I've also grown up with strangers assuming that." - Johnny
Yeah, that's bullshit. Q-tip is no Internet troll. Q-tip is an active person on Twitter. Responded to me when I had a question on Biggie once. He is trying to push the movement, but Iggy called him a square? WTF is that about. Q-Tip is a legend. LEGEND. Jay wouldn't go at LL when he had problems at Def Jam. "I don't go at legends". TIP came out with humility and Iggy comes out calling it Hip-hop squares. Nope, that is a fundamental misunderstanding of Hip-hop. - Eric - Let Me Know
You don't dismiss Q-Tip. You just don't. That's disrespect. - Eric - Let Me Know
"hip hop squares" as in "celebrity squares". He started by assuming she knew nothing about anything he was saying. Like he was educating her in an effort to allow her into the playground. Sorry, that's not very respectful to begin with. - Johnny
Did you see how TI responded? With respect, with unity. Iggy didn't. She just didn't. - Eric - Let Me Know
We must be reading different streams. A guy rolls up on my feed and presumes I have no knowledge of my passion and takes it upon themselves to publicly school me like I'm some Johnny-come-lately? Where is the unity and respect in that? - Johnny
Honestly, given the racist crap she's spewed (and then either pretended she didn't, or claimed ignorance) I just can't respect her. Nobody deserves sex-tape harassment; I'll never think that is OK, but that doesn't incline me to think better of her. - Jennifer Dittrich
If Grandmaster Flash, if KRS-One, if Afrika Bambaataa wants to give you a history lesson, you just listen. It's gold. GOLD! She or anyone else involved in Hiphop would benefit from those stories, even if they think they know it already. She's acting like a know it all teenager. It's not a good look. - Eric - Let Me Know
Also, I think you're confusing Q-Tip with TIP/TI, which she is signed to. TI has been on a mission to save her ass on Twitter. - Eric - Let Me Know
I'm not confused (again, another incorrect assumption). I have no issue with his lesson, it's the delivery. If it was really about outreach and understanding, there are private channels and better ways to go about it. If it was about the history of Hip Hop, then the constant @replies were an overkill. It was about schooling her DIRECTLY. - Johnny
Okay Johnny. I just saw that you mentioned "where's the unity" when I was talking about TI and not Q-Tip. That's where that came from. Cool. - Eric - Let Me Know
Welp, this is getting out of hand. The troll problem is extra real, even if I side with Q-tip. - Eric - Let Me Know
The whole thing reads like some classic publicity beef, just with more people involved. - NOT THE CRICKET
So if anyone could be "The Special" if they believed, why couldn't Wyldstyle have been The Special? #TheLegoMovie
She seemed pretty focused on 'finding the piece of resistance' as a requirement, so she ultimately didn't believe --- until she did! When she's touting Freedom Friday, I think she is The Special, or at least channeling how that works, and passing it on. - Jennifer Dittrich
Cause the young boy who was the protagonist saw himself as Emmet. - Johnny from iPhone
I viewed it as a quest - the most ordinary (generic) became the hero by conclusion - WarLord
It's also EVERYONE could become the special. Since the singular position was basically a fictional creation, the moral is every person can be special if they believe. Emmet and Wyldstyle could be The Special at the same time. - Johnny from iPhone
That's part of why I think she was, once she really bought into the idea that anyone could create, even with seemingly useless plans. - Jennifer Dittrich
The vibe I got was (to carry quest metaphor) that Wyldstyle was the mentor warrior to help train the ordinary in his journey to become the Special. A nice subversive turnaround of smart girl rescuing inept boy. Not that any of this prevents Wyldchyld from being The special either - WarLord
Right, but ultimately Wyldstyle is still the mentor/supporter to Emmett's journey, rather than the center of her own journey. - Jandy
It's a quest nobody goes on a quest alone She thought she knew what she was looking for, he did not know but both of them found something - WarLord
OK. In the strict sense of the narrative of the movie: "Cause the young boy who was the protagonist saw himself as Emmet." It's the story of a young boy's relationship with his father told from the son's perspective through LEGO. Simple as that. In the sense of the wider LEGO Movie universe, she can and is The Special in so much that everyone can and is The Special. - Johnny
So why does the protagonist have to be a young boy? It could've just as easily been a young girl. - Jandy
I remember reading this a while back and it mentions Wyldstyle: We’re losing all our Strong Female Characters to Trinity Syndrome - The Dissolve - 2014 June 16 - Victor Ganata
This is about Valka from "How to Train Your Dragon 2" but it seems to apply equally: "She’s wise. She’s principled. She’s joyous. She’s divided. She’s damaged. She’s vulnerable. She’s something female characters so often aren’t in action/adventure films with male protagonists: She’s interesting. Too bad the story gives her absolutely nothing to do." - Victor Ganata
"And Valka’s type—the Strong Female Character With Nothing To Do—is becoming more and more common. The Lego Movie is the year’s other most egregious and frustrating example. It introduces its female lead, Elizabeth Banks’ Wyldstyle, as a beautiful, super-powered, super-smart, ultra-confident heroine who’s appalled by how dumb and hapless protagonist Emmet is. Then the rest of the movie laughs at her and marginalizes her as she turns into a sullen, disapproving nag and a wet blanket." - Victor Ganata
"For the ordinary dude to be triumphant, the Strong Female Character has to entirely disappear into Subservient Trophy Character mode. This is Trinity Syndrome à la The Matrix: the hugely capable woman who never once becomes as independent, significant, and exciting as she is in her introductory scene." - Victor Ganata
"So maybe all the questions can boil down to this: Looking at a so-called Strong Female Character, would you—the writer, the director, the actor, the viewer—want to be her? Not want to prove you’re better than her, or to have her praise you or acknowledge your superiority. Action movies are all about wish-fulfillment. Does she fulfill any wishes for herself, rather than for other characters?" - Victor Ganata
I am the Spartacus Special. So am I. And so am I. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Victor, I remember that article - it was a really good one. We've gotten to the point where we're getting well-written, interesting women in mainstream movies, but they're still rarely the center of their own stories. I liked The Lego Movie overall - it's really clever and has a ton of really well-written jokes/references - but a young girl watching it learns that boys, however... more... - Jandy
In terms of LEGO, Emmet's face design is the standard mass produced model. Some sets get minifigs with variations on the face but in the LEGO City realm, that is the most generic face. He was the most ordinary face in the crowd. No adornments or special clothes. Your basic basic model. - Johnny from iPhone
For me, Christopher Plummer as Captain Von Trapp singing Edelweiss to his kids is my high water mark of masculinity.
For me, Christopher Plummer as Captain Von Trapp singing Edelweiss to his kids is my high water mark of masculinity.
He was pretty dreamy. - Katy S
Yep. - bentley
Also, vulnerability. - Johnny
Very swoon worthy. - Corinne L
Soft focus camera - Marie
Each year we send out gift hampers to all our customers to thank them for their business. Each year, a couple don't message to say thank you and it becomes this whole big massive thing like "Who doesn't say thank you?" and "Uggh, it would have been nice to be thanked". While it would be nice, after all it's manners etc, for me it's about...
... thanking our customers for their business, not getting thanks from our customers for sending them a hamper. The carry on around here makes me think I'm an island when it comes to that. - Johnny
Guys... Guys... Guys... Shut up for a second... Guys... Shut up.... OK... Huge news. There's now horses in the console versions of Minecraft
Saw that. I mean... at least he didn't make his money off the backs of child slaves or poisoning environments... but still... That's a lot of scratch for somewhere to poop. - Johnny
I thought the Microsoft thing was a rumour, but this makes me think it isn't. I'm in the wrong software business. - Mo Kargas
It was all done and dusted on September 15th. Notch said he cashed out and left because he was sick of being the face of a massive thing that he had little to do with anymore. He's going to start another little studio to make little unimportant games. Basically he's a programmer, not a CEO. - Johnny
Common attitude among creative types. Can't fault his decision - Mo Kargas
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RT @kstreethipster: That escalated quickly
RT @kstreethipster: That escalated quickly
hahaha that one made me laugh snort some OJ - Steve C, Team Marina
Rejected sequel to the Cats & Dogs films - Johnny from iPhone
Laugh in 5 languages, though. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Cats, Dogs, and Hitler: a new comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco. - John (bird whisperer)
^LOL - Half Pint
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