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Holberg

@Holberg@mstdn.social

Hollywood liberal, Bollinger bolshevik, choose your favorite pejorative. Turn-ons include film/TV, music, civil rights, architecture, cars, travel, food, gin martinis. Turn-offs include broccoli, bigots and spectacularly awful people like some billionaires who come to mind. He/Him.

Avatar: Selfie of middle-aged white guy with salt-and-pepper hair and beard, and rectangular tortoiseshell glasses, in Connaught Place, New Delhi

Header: Ministry of Beer, a restaurant in Connaught Circle, New Delhi

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Pagan_Animist, to macbookair
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Opinions.
Many varied opinions needed.

Should I buy the 2020 MacBook Air at WalMart for $700?

I tried a Windows laptop earlier this year and it was a disaster.

I’ve spent too long in the iOS sphere. 16 years, which is much of the reason I’m totally out of touch with my geek ness.

If I’m going to get a computer, it’ll be a Mac.

Worth it?

I always buy AppleCare.
This time too?

Holberg,
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@Pagan_Animist I’ve been an Air user for decades—probably had a 2020—and no complaints. I’m not a designer who needs a Pro and mine have always done everything I needed really reliably. That also seems like a great price!

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Funniest text from a friend who’s hosting dinner tonight. Saying, apologetically, that his husband wants ‘tacos with crunchy shells’—can almost hear the distaste in his voice—and asking if that’s okay.

Which of course it is. And now I’m very curious to see how a hifalutin private chef interprets Taco Tuesday. Straight-up or with a twist. I’ll be amused either way.

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Something about a 52-year-old man driving around in a car filled with period kits makes me feel like Ron Howard should be narrating my afternoon.

But, gosh, it feels great that we put together hundreds and hundreds of these for homeless youth.

(Posted not to congratulate myself but to encourage similar projects where you live. It’s not just homeless youth—periods interrupt the lives of so many people who menstruate because they can’t afford hygiene products.)

A sample period kit from when we were assembling them has dozens of various products.

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99.9% of jobs do not require urgency of any kind, really they don't. We've all had a boss who acts like someone will die if we don't hit some made up deadline by people who don't even do the job. No one needs their meal 1 minute faster or the paperwork before tomorrow morning. Your time off actually doesn't need to wait. Sometimes I think about how legitimately bad most businesses are at time management and hiring, and I wonder how they manage to exist at all.

Holberg,
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@RickiTarr TRUTH. Something that used to drive me crazy when I worked for a producer after college was when agents would auction scripts or rights with an insane deadline.

I totally understood why they did it—but also deeply resented the completely artificial urgency that upended your life while everyone scrambled to figure out whether they even wanted it, the price they’d pay, the elements they’d want, etc. All in a day or two. Which sometimes included reading a whole book no one had seen yet.

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I don’t drive a Ferrari or anything. But it’s still adorable when testosterone convinces the dude in an ancient Civic that he should try to out-accelerate a newish E-Class from 70 mph when he’s trying to block me from passing on the right while he’s obstructing the fast lane.

I’ve got two cylinders, two turbochargers and 250 horsepower on you, pal.

Holberg,
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It’s amazing how many guys—and it’s always guys—get their kicks by actively attempting to prevent fast drivers from getting past them. Sitting in the fast lane, speeding up or slowing down to match the speed of slower cars in adjacent lanes.

Not as bad in Nevada as in California. Where the fast lane is also filled with drivers who just automatically go there with no intent to go faster than 70 mph. On the 405 between LA and OC, the passing lane is legit the lane to the right of the ‘fast lane.’

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If you’ve ever wondered HOW ON EARTH little British sitcoms could afford all the Top 40 music you hear in them—I certainly did!—a producer once told me the BBC has an insane blanket license that allows its productions to use basically everything for free.

I can recall being flabbergasted after I started counting and got to like seven or eight songs in a single episode, just one of which would’ve been cost-prohibitive under normal circumstances.

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Alright, lots of heavy discussions today, so let's talk about something silly!

What is a movie that always makes you laugh?

Personal pick:

Anything Mel Brooks, but Robin Hood: Men in Tights, it's just funny every time I watch it.

Holberg,
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@RickiTarr For the last four decades, THREE AMIGOS has been the most-quoted—and referenced—picture in my family because it never stops making us laugh. We could all sing ‘My Little Buttercup’ and do the dance with Steve Martin and Martin Short.

That and OVERBOARD. When there’s a question about someone’s name, all it takes is one of us to say ‘Roy?’ and then we all double over.

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Okay, most Americans will think these are just random stock photos. BUT IT’S WEIRDER THAN THAT. They are King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands.

Holberg,
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@joshourisman @timo21 I’m thinking they are haha

Holberg, to random
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You kinda HAVE to buy something.

But you also feel awful for the staff—especially after the clerk helping you says she’d worked there for eight years and hadn’t planned to leave until she eventually got pregnant. Apparently all non-UK shops are closing in the bankruptcy.

Holding a Ted Baker bag that’s blue with red lettering.

RickiTarr, to random
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Money doesn't buy happiness is something rich people say, because they can't figure out why people don't like them.

Holberg,
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@RickiTarr It's certainly a convenient concept for convincing people without money to accept the status quo!

I think it's such a personal experience: maybe true, maybe false depending on the way someone's wired.

Money can absolutely buy happiness if you're going to be happy when you have no worries about paying for food, clothing, shelter, the future, everything. When you can live exactly as you like.

But some people are just gonna be miserable. They'll find something new to be unhappy about.

samhainnight, to random
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I used the last of my energy today to make a loaf of banana bread. It's a warm day so I have the windows and front door open. But it seems I should have used my energy to put up the bug screen to keep the mosquitoes out instead...

Holberg,
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@samhainnight Laughing with, not at.

Holberg, to random
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Paywall schmaywall. Where are eight vacant locations with the worst parking lots in LA? That’s where they’ll be.

Holberg, to random
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Never thought it would be handy that I’ve never been a Jerry Seinfeld fan, but here we are.

Holberg,
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Never watched the show in real time because I had too many people like them in my real life at the time and the verisimilitude wasn’t entertaining.

Did gain a later appreciation. But never would’ve stuck with it even then if it weren’t for Elaine. Who wasn’t a character in the pilot! Obvious network note was ‘You need a girl!’ Now, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, I’d be TRAUMATIZED if she started spouting reactionary drivel.

Holberg,
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I keep saying this, I know, but I’m going to make the universe MANIFEST this for me.

My dream spin-off of all dream spin-offs is SELINA & MINNA, in which Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Sally Phillips play an ex-president and an ex-prime minister who solve crimes as they travel the globe for conferences and whatnot. Selina always exasperated with Minna, who thinks they’re best friends.

Holberg,
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@grrrr_shark Oh, interesting!

Holberg, to random
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Wish I could’ve heard whatever quip came outta Joe Biden’s mouth when the verdicts were announced.

Holberg, to random
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Maybe not the best idea to trash the judge before he hands down a sentence. Christ is Trump dumb.

Holberg, to random
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I was expecting a hung jury. Bummed at the thought of now expecting not guilty because I feel like there must be at least one MAGA type on the jury.

Holberg,
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Would love to be wrong, of course. But things have generally not gone against him.

Holberg,
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JFC guilty guilty guilty guilty guilty guilty guilty guilty guilty guilty and it keeps going. YEE HAW!

Holberg,
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ALL COUNTS. The First Felon!

Holberg,
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GOD BLESS NEW YORK CITY

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