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December 22, 2017

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Hal

According to the ladies at Marie Claire, this is now a thing.

. . . . Oh, just keeping abreast of things . . .

Hal

Christmas spirit.

. . . and getting to the bottom of things.

Hal

Classy as all hell.

Sometimes it works.

Hal

Auld Lang Syne interactive music box.

And singalong.

Hal

And finally, in shiny, revamped product news, you want one and you know it.

Be certain to read the tech manual carefully first.

PiperPaul

"Just type stuff"

I though that was going to be this, considering the time of year:

https://codepen.io/steveg3003/pen/pNqdRq

Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

The fierce and mighty warriors of professional wrestling

WTP

Hallo engineer, skipper here...so polite and proper whilst getting shot at by Germans...

https://youtu.be/8R5NI-IrUU0

R. Sherman

In a humiliating blow for Donald Trump on the world stage, the United Nations General Assembly has voted by 128 to nine to declare his controversial decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital “null and void”."

Also sprach The Independent, which is apparently unaware that the U.N. has no authority to declare our location of our embassy "null and void." Additionally, query The Independent's understanding of the verb "to humiliate" when a) the U.S. Embassy winds up in Jerusalem and b) the U.S. stops writing checks to the U.N. and those nations which threw a fit today?

Pogonip

I want one of those purring furballs wrapped around my feet on a cold night.

JuliaM

"...and then decorating your boob to like a reindeer." (sic)

I'm guessing the copy editor was laughing too hard top properly scan this? Only my stomach really likes reindeer, my boobs don't really have much of an opinion.

David

voted by 128 to nine to declare his controversial decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital “null and void”

I’m warming to this Trump fellow.

Related.

Captain Nemo

If it's produced by someone who doesn't conform to my political beliefs, then it's not art. At least, that's the world view of this particular art critic:

https://mobile.twitter.com/jerrysaltz/status/943979103719510016

David

the world view of this particular art critic

That’s a thing I like about Twitter. It allows us to see just how dim and politically dogmatic many of our media gatekeepers really are.

David

In other news, Mike Stuchbery is a “writer, broadcaster, educator.”

David

Perhaps not the best of plans.

Clam

"The dingle bop is 30% larger".

Sold.

Jacob

I come for the stories from the academic madhouse.
I stay for the tips on jackhammer restoration.

Captain Nemo

It allows us to see just how dim and politically dogmatic many of our media gatekeepers really are.

It does rather hold a mirror up to certain sections of society. A mirror which reveals rather more than was perhaps otherwise intended.

David

I come for the stories from the academic madhouse.
I stay for the tips on jackhammer restoration.

It’s just my cynical ploy to lure in the vintage-jackhammer-restoration demographic. That’s where the big money is.

Captain Nemo

Siberian farm cats.

Want one.

Burnsie

Barn cats rule.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Siri to sue for harassment and toxic workplace.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

voted by 128 to nine to declare his controversial decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital “null and void”

James Taranto @jamestaranto 12h12 hours ago

Idea: The U.S. should declare Constantinople the capital of Turkey.

Sam

The fierce and mighty warriors of professional wrestling.

Watched it 3 times and I'm still laughing. :-)

David

Watched it 3 times and I'm still laughing.

At least the fringing is coordinated.

WTP

Idea: The U.S. should declare Constantinople the capital of Turkey.

That's nobody's business but the Turks. Even old New York was once New Amsterdam.

But there are exceptions for a country like Israel...well only a country called Israel...I'm sure.

Franklin

Just in time for Christmas, Theodore Dalrymple is not sanguine about the future of Britain.

PiperPaul

"decorating your boob to like a reindeer"

I think I'll do just one testicle this year, done up like Santa's bag. If all goes well, next year, I'll have both dressed up as silver bells.

Sam Duncan

Oh, thanks, internet. You actually managed to make boobs unattractive. Well bleedin' done.

Bah humbug.

“You are still allowed to swear in Rochdale.”

Well, that's something, I suppose. (Of course, in medieval times, there'd have been a big festival to celebrate, and by now Rochdale Effin' and Blindin' Day would be a much-loved pre-Christmas tradition. Go on, Rochdalians, make it happen.)

And speaking of we reserved, classy, Brits...

Daniel Ream

Perhaps not the best of plans.

The rather sad thing is that those micro-bollards are there precisely to prevent that sort of behaviour.

Pogonip

Dingle bell, dingle bell, dingle bell bop...

David

Theodore Dalrymple is not sanguine about the future of Britain.

Unfortunately, I don’t think he’s far wrong, or far enough wrong, anyway. But then, socialist psychology does tend to have dysgenic effects. Several Londoners have told me that their neighbourhoods are becoming unwelcoming places to live, or indeed visit, as the cultural norms of those neighbourhoods are transformed.

Richard Cranium

The tortoise teamwork link appears to be dead.

David

The tortoise teamwork link appears to be dead.

Bugger. It was a heart-warming tale of upturned-buddy-flipping.

Hal

The tortoise teamwork link appears to be dead.

Bugger. It was a heart-warming tale of upturned-buddy-flipping.

Hem, hem, hem . . . . . 'ere y'are.

Memory of the tortoise angle of approach in what the twit clip showed states that the twit clip used the second half of the video.

R. Sherman

During this festive time of year, make sure to talk to your toddlers about fascism.

Pogonip

Slatestarcodex.com is surveying its readers. I think David should survey us.

—Do you approve or disapprove of pickled eggs?

—Is the number of henchlesbians not enough, too many, or just about right?

—Thinking about the last time you were arrested, was it:
—Justified?
—A frame up?
—That particular arrest was unjustified, but considering what I got away with last month, it all comes out even

Should The Other Half write an occasional post?
—Yes
—No
—No, I should
—The other half of WHAT?

Do we spend enough time laughing at modern tomfoolery?
—-Yes
—No
—TOMfoolery is a cissheteropatriarchal word, you bigot

Pogonip

P.S. One of Slatestarcodex’s questions asked what “gender” I was assigned at birth. I’m pretty sure he meant “sex,” that he does not think all his readers are parts of speech, but since my sex was assigned at conception, not birth, I wasn’t sure how to answer a question about what happened 9 months later, especially since I wasn’t paying much attention at the time; crying, sleeping, eating, and pooping kept me busy. So I skipped that question.

The moral is, don’t write ambiguous survey questions.

What is your opinion of ambiguous survey questions?
—Approve
—Disapprove
—Well, I kind of go one way or the other on that.

Hal

Do we spend enough time laughing at modern tomfoolery?

Oh, haven't seen any performances, whether the original back in 1980 or any of the more recent local regional productions,

On an other hand, I have been quite familiar with the original material for years, so there is that at least . . . .

Hal

What is your opinion of ambiguous survey questions?
—Approve
—Disapprove
—Well, I kind of go one way or the other on that.

If you're asking if we're ignorant or apathetic, I don't know and don't care.

Pogonip

A modern Tom Lehrer could work 24/7 and still never run out of material.

Chester Draws

How do you feel about double negatives?
-- no, not never
-- yes, not never

Hal

How do you feel about double negatives?

Yeah, Right.

Pogonip

No way, no how.

David Taylor

About time, Star Wars is finally properly feminist - https://www.newstatesman.com/culture/film/2017/12/last-jedi-first-properly-feminist-star-wars

Jabrwok

Sargon has some quality commentary on The Last Snowflake: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=LPsRp7uUXUk

PiperPaul

My favourite tomfoolery quote is

"If you put tomfoolery into a computer, nothing comes out of it but tomfoolery. But this tomfoolery, having passed through a very expensive machine, is somehow ennobled and no-one dares criticize it."
Pierre Gallois
David

Sargon has some quality commentary on The Last Snowflake

I gave up on Star Wars after ploughing through Rogue One, on TV, in the vain hope of being entertained. Dear God, it was dull.

Pogonip

I gave up on Star Wars ages ago. 40 years of trying to destroy the damned Death Star du jour. Enough already.

Sam Duncan

Good point, Pogonip. I think it's time to admit that there are only three Star Wars movies. Lightning doesn't strike twice. If Lucas himself couldn't recapture what made them great two decades later, what makes anyone think Disney can now?

I almost made my peace with the prequels, but in the end decided, ”Ah, screw it”. I just don't care about anything since Return of the Jedi any more. Because it's not about a “universe” or a “lore”; all that kind of talk misses the point by a mile. It's about a great cast, a terrific story, and some of the best effects designers who ever lived coming together at a particular moment in time to make three bloody great movies.

David Taylor

I think the point about Star Wars is that it's for kids. I was a kid when I saw the three first movies. My kids thought the next three were fine where from an adult's point of view they had nothing to recommend them. But my mum took me to see the originals and I take my kids to see the new ones.

I did enjoy Rogue One and felt it was most like "my" Star Wars. There were many moments of blinding stupidity and industrial design that made no sense in any sensible universe but that's Star Wars.

The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi were a bit of a trial to sit through. My 11 year old walked out complaining of all the things that didn't make sense and the 6 year old thought it was too long (correct) and boring (also correct). The 14 year old shrugged his shoulders, and my daughter skipped it altogether.

So I don't know who Disney is pitching these movies at.

Pogonip

From reading the reviews I get the impression they are pitching the movies to feminists.

I was 17 when the original Star Wars came out. No one had ever seen anything like it. It was glorious. #2 was even better; #3 was OK. They should have stopped right there.

Col. Milquetoast

make sure to talk to your toddlers about fascism.

The best line is "Among these cartoons' many critics exists a subgroup of parents who are OK with some degree of autocracy and Manichean dualistic politics but just wish they would be presented with more nuance."

1. By "many critics" I assume she means a subset of a handful of cranks
2. They're ok with Manichaean dualism where everything is either black or white but only if it has more nuance so everything isn't either black or white.

Hal

Sargon has some quality commentary on The Last Snowflake

Ehn, not really, because . . .

I gave up on Star Wars after ploughing through Rogue One, on TV, in the vain hope of being entertained. Dear God, it was dull.

I had a look at The Next Fiasco. It's even worse than that last attempt.

It. Is. really. really. really. really. bad.

I do grant that Sargon does have points he's trying to make, but the reality that he can't overcome is that the Disney video game designers actually just haven't given him enough to complain about on a political level.

Looking at TNF, what is even more obvious this time around is that the game designers didn't even attend any movie production meetings whatsoever. What too clearly happened instead is that the game designers started with a scattering of playing piece characters, outlined a collection of maze puzzles with shooting for the game players to work their way through, then handed off the game design with one short memo that stated more or less:

Take this and pop in that dialogue and script format stuff that you little movie people do. Hurry it up because we've already started building the video game extensions and we need the faces of whatever trivial actors you hire so that we can finish the last bits.

At least with this being from Disney, I rather expect that the cast and production staff checks are quite cashable . . . . and that's pretty much the one---presumed---good point.

Sonny Wayze

Guess which instituition of higher indocrination is back in the news?

http://nationalpost.com/opinion/christie-blatchford-pay-raise-for-women-at-wilfrid-laurier-creates-new-inequity-for-men

David

On bad box office.

Fred the Fourth

Pennsylvania woman receives $ 284 Billion electric bill.
Power company admits amount is in error (by exactly 9 orders of magnitude.)
Company spokesman wins Gold Medal for this statement, and I quote:
“We appreciate the customer’s willingness to reach out to us about the mistake.”

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/12/24/pennsylvania-woman-stunned-by-284-billion-electric-bill.html

Pogonip

I once got hit with something like $200 in fees because the bank put a check through twice. The snippy Customer Service Representative said, “Well, you really should keep enough money in your account to cover the occasional error.” I said “ What if it was a $2,000 error? Or $200,000?” “Oh, we’d catch that right away.” “So why can’t you catch a $200 error right away?” “Well, that’s such a small amount...”

Not to me it ain’t, bitch. After researching who to threaten the bank with, which in those days involved going to the library, they gave me back all but $50.

And people wonder why, despite 50 years of propaganda, millennials aren’t thrilled with laissez faire. It’s because each parent and grandparent has at least one story like this.

pst314

"And people wonder why, despite 50 years of propaganda, millennials aren’t thrilled with laissez faire."

They get far more propaganda about the wonders of socialism--whose manifest failures they seem to be largely unaware of.

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