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SKleefeld

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Eisner nominated writer of stuff about webcomics, fandom, and more comics. Charging into the future like there's no tomorrow!
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SKleefeld, to random
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Another article from the NYT talking about mass shootings: Alex Jones Seeks to Liquidate His Assets to Pay Damages to Sandy Hook Families.
https://www.nytimes.com/2024/06/07/us/politics/alex-jones-sandy-hook.html?partner=IFTTT
This is absurd. The only reason for guns is to kill. We need to ban ALL guns!
https://www.gunviolencearchive.org

SKleefeld, to random
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This is a not-insignificant part of why I've never wanted kids.
https://leasticoulddo.com/comic/20240607

Sheril, to random
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Science isn’t “truth.” It isn’t simply a series of facts.

Science is an iterative process. We continue to test hypotheses & refine ideas.

Science is always changing as we learn more.

SKleefeld,
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@Sheril As Indiana Jones put it in The Last Crusade, "If it's truth you're interested in, Dr. Tyree's philosophy class is right down the hall."

RickiTarr, to random
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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.

SKleefeld,
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@RickiTarr Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Brilliant writing, top notch comedic performances by everyone. I also tear up a bit as it was the last film Mel Blanc did that was released before his passing.

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SKleefeld,
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@glennf I don't think I've handled an actual piece of Rubylith in over 30 years!

StillIRise1963, to random
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If they made Big Wheels for adults, I’d buy one.

SKleefeld,
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@StillIRise1963 They do. There's even enough that they have racing leagues.
https://www.adultbigwheelclub.com/

SKleefeld, to random
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I've seen a number of reaction videos for The Terminator and one nearly-universal comment is: "Wait, you could just look up anybody in the phone book?! It just had everybody's full address?!"

The past is not worth being nostalgic for. It was pretty fucked up in a lot of ways.

SKleefeld, to random
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I recall in the late '80s, reports started coming out saying that Gen Xers were going to be the first generation of Americans that statistically were not likely to do better than their parents. That they had a 50/50 chance at best. My father expressed concern at the time because he had two boys that fell pretty squarely in that age bracket. I certainly didn't understand what went into the reports at the time, but the headline version caught my attention for the same reason.

SKleefeld,
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As we got into the '90s, I started seeing studies that said, "Yup, Gen Xers who are going out into the workforce now are not doing as well as their parents were at the same age." Further, these studies started to suggest Millennials would probably be worse off still. And, sure enough, we started getting into the late '90s and early 2000s, and reports were saying, "We crunched the numbers & statistically Millennials will definitely do worse than their parents."

SKleefeld,
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The mainstream news reports on all these had headlines like "Death of the American Dream?" and "The American Dream No More?" with the question marks removed for the Millennial-centered ones. So sitting here in 2024, with literally decades of evidence showing that all those reports were pretty much spot on, I don't understand how/why people still talk and act like the American Dream is still a thing.

SKleefeld,
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We're not even talking about making it big. We're not talking about rags to riches stories. We're talking about how, if you were born after about 1980, you will statistically not even do as well as your parents. It's not about achieving success any more; it's about mitigating failure. You "win" by not losing more than your peers.

glennf, to random
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The Cybertruck is an off-road vehicle in the sense that you can’t keep it on the road.

SKleefeld,
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@glennf Nor should it be on the road in the first place!

SKleefeld, to random
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Of course Davies is never going to say! There is literally nothing anyone could ever come up with that be better than whatever is in your head. ANY explanation would be a disappointment.
https://www.radiotimes.com/tv/sci-fi/doctor-who-73-yards-mystery-newsupdate/

SKleefeld,
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@glennf It was expertly done. Expertly written and Gibson did a phenomenal job. I learned after watching that it was the first one Gibson filmed too.

RickiTarr, to random
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How much alone time vs socializing do you need?

For me there are a few people who are usually equalizing, and I can just be around them, so I won't count that. But generally, I find about 3 times a week, I'm game for socializing. A day in between to rest is usually nice, but the larger the gathering or if we go somewhere particularly noisy or I'm meeting new people that involves more effort, and my social battery empties sooner. I'm very curious where everyone else falls on this!

SKleefeld,
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@RickiTarr The last time I went out in any capacity was at the start of May when my wife & I went on vacation. There was a party at one of the places we ate at, but we left without talking to anyone. Aside from dealing with the vet, various cashiers, etc, the last socializing I did before that was January 3 when I went out to lunch with a friend.

SKleefeld, to random
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I'm still bummed we never got Dirk Gently season 3.

Elijah Wood and Samuel Barnett smacking their foreheads in disbelief.

SKleefeld,
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@glennf Definitely more development time spent ensuring Season 1 made sense and all the pieces tied together neatly. Season 2 did have the best single line of the entire show, though!

samhainnight, to random
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Reading up on electric fences to keep bears out of the yard, as you do. So far, I haven’t found anything that would keep bears out that wouldn’t hurt the dogs.

SKleefeld,
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@samhainnight Wait, I thought women wanted bears instead of men. 😉

SKleefeld,
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@samhainnight Seriously, though, could you get an invisible dog fence? Put that a few feet inside the electric fence so doggo doesn't even get close to it?

glennf, to random
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Seinfeld/The Simpsons writer Tom Gammill is also a Nancy super fan who owns the largest private collection of original Nancy art. He wrote a 75-minute play about Ernie Bushmiller in which he played the role and Billy Ireland Cartoon Museum curator Caitlin McGurk played all the other roles. Amazing!

Tom Gammill as Ernie Bushmiller (left); Caitlin McGurk as visitor from the future (right) in front of side reading Nancy Fest.

SKleefeld,
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@glennf I think Caitlin's used that wand before in other performances! 😄

ajroach42, to random
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Ernie Hudson is in the episode of the a-team.

I don't think I've ever seen him in anything other than Ghostbusters.

SKleefeld,
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@ajroach42 He had a minor role in Rudy Ray Moore's The Human Tornado. When I first saw it, I didn't recognize him at all except by his voice.

gwynnion, to random
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This is fucking terrifying.

"We're right and everybody else is wrong" from a key Democratic strategist.

https://www.newyorker.com/news/q-and-a/is-the-biden-campaign-running-on-false-hope

SKleefeld,
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@gwynnion Holy crap -- that interview is batshit insane! At almost every question, he says "I'm right, you're wrong" and then only backs that up with nothing more concrete than "Because I said so!" He doesn't sound like a professional strategist, he sounds like a 12-year-old that's mad he didn't get an "A" on his homework!

ajroach42, to random
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"Atari acquires Intellivision brand"

https://www.gematsu.com/2024/05/atari-acquires-intellivision-brand

We're living in a weird future, populated by zombied husks of the now distant past.

SKleefeld,
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@ajroach42 My wife got an email last night where she noticed the sender's signature included "Sent from my Atari 2600" and she openly laughed at the absurdity of the idea.

neurothing, to random Italian
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Hello, people!

I know that, among us, there is people who like to do some physical movement, training or workout. So the question is: do you listen to music while training?

So, for this , let's choose 5 songs that you listen to usually for your training or workouts. Or if you don't train, 5 songs that you would listen to if you would train. :-)

Sweat with

Mine in the next toot.

SKleefeld,
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@neurothing Battle without Honor or Humanity (live) by Tomoyasu Hotei
Whole Lotta Sex Machine by Fissunix
Live Wire by AC/DC
Run! Run! Run! by Maki Otsuki
Spybreak! by Propellerheads

SKleefeld, to random
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Mom, trying to show she's interested in my life: "I saw on your blog you mentioned drinking coffee. That's new, when did you start that?"

Me, annoyed that she hasn't actually paid any real attention since I was in high school in the '80s: "Been doing that since the '90s since offices let you drink coffee for free but you had to buy your own soda. What did you think I was drinking any time I mentioned going to Starbucks. I'VE HAD COFFEE FROM YOUR KURIG!"

I swear she's never left 1987.

SKleefeld,
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Admittedly, I'm not any kind of coffee connoisseur and I don't talk about it a lot. But I have mentioned going to Starbucks on more than a few occasions and I've literally stood in her kitchen and used her Kurig in front of her.

But, as I said, her mental image of me hasn't changed in 30+ years. I get she's trying to reach out & connect in a way she hasn't been able to for decades, but doing so by openly demonstrating how she hasn't paid attention for that whole time isn't a good approach.

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