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February 28, 2020

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pst314

Today’s word is enrichment

Looks like Sweden needs to be enriched with some freedom-friendly laws: Right to Carry and Stand Your Ground.

Uma Thurmond's Feet

I recently caught the Script Doctor's recap of Picard #4 and #5, and he did a very good job. Even if you haven't seen the episodes, if you write fiction, you'll learn from this.

pst314

More joys of public transport

Already deleted.

Squires

She does this better than you do.

Now she certainly showed the patriarchy a little something.

Hal

She’s really showing those patriarchal oppressors. || She does this better than you do.

Cute.

WTP

Three times. He counted them. And if that wasn't enough, his sister puts it on the internet. Oh, that's gonna leave a mark.

JuliaM

"Crush, kill, destroy."

Hypnotic!

Mike

I bet the acoustics are tremendous.

I see what you did there...

Connor

For readers overseas, a brief guide to the beauty of English.

Lol. Thank you, David.

David

Morning, all.

I recently caught the Script Doctor’s recap of Picard #4 and #5, and he did a very good job. Even if you haven’t seen the episodes, if you write fiction, you’ll learn from this.

Yes, he’s good. I recommend the channel.

[+]

Red Letter Media do Picard...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uv-wmixiiMA

David

Red Letter Media do Picard...

I’m still processing the fact that the writers can’t seem to decide, or remember, what exactly the twin sisters are meant to be. At first, they were androids – sorry, synths - and then we were told that they were actually human, with human physiology, albeit with “positronic brains.” Which doesn’t explain how a young human woman, with human physiology, can single-handedly defeat teams of armed Romulan assassins, or leap thirty metres, up a flight of steps, with ease.

Apparently, this isn’t something that requires explanation.

David

Red Letter Media do Picard...

I remember saying to Daniel that Picard, while poorly paced and badly written, wasn’t quite in the same category of bewildering awfulness as Discovery. I’m now not sure how long that distinction will hold.

David

Red Letter Media do Picard...

Just got to the line, “Vaginine, I hate that bitch.”

Actually spat half-chewed toast onto the desk.

Ted S, Catskill Mtns, NY, USA

The one Star Trek question you really wanted the answer to

David

Heh.

Karl

Plan C

The most effective solution would clearly be to shit into your hands and throw it opposite where you need to go.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Things you can't make up, students stage sit-in, cry racism...

Students from the Black Emergency Response Team (BERT) at OU started a sit-in and hunger strike to protest the university’s response.

The group’s list of demands includes the resignation of OU Provost Kyle Harper, mandatory equity training, creating a “Multicultural Center” for “marginalized groups on campus,” which, as the Norman Transcript noted, would include a Popeyes chicken restaurant.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Shot

Chaser

Daniel Ream

wasn’t quite in the same category of bewildering awfulness as Discovery

Well, it's supposed to save the channel. So it's supposed to be, er, better.

WTP

would include a Popeyes chicken restaurant.

Things that were tastelessly joked about in the 70's and 80's are coming true in the 21st century. I remember joking back in college that I was really a lesbian trapped in a man's body. Well, we have that happening now with certain trans folk. Upon watching too much Yes, Minister I also used to joke that conspiracy theories were perpetuated by the likes of Sir Humphrey as a means of discrediting anyone who might possibly catch on to the real conspiracy. That seems more and more likely to me to have happened. I am beginning to fear that somewhere in Africa a lion is getting f*ked in the a** by a gorilla and I'm responsible for that as well.

David

Well, it’s supposed to save the channel. So it’s supposed to be, er, better.

[ Sounds of unkind laughter. ]

My impression from social media is that general interest is waning. I did want it to be good, at least decent, but I’m now on the cusp of either watching it ironically, i.e., hate-watching it, or, perhaps more likely, not bothering at all.

BrassG

I find "The Bee's Bollocks" superior to "The Bee's Knees." I shall alter my vocabulary accordingly.

BrassG

"Which doesn’t explain how a young human woman, with human physiology, can single-handedly defeat teams of armed Romulan assassins, or leap thirty metres, up a flight of steps, with ease."

Because GRRRRRL POWAH!

It's basically ruined television for me. Every time I try to watch something, I'm smothered with ridiculous action scenes involving a slender 110-lb actress fighting her way through droves of 220-lb muscular men like Bruce Lee on a rampage in a nursing home. Hollywood is determined that if they just click their heels together enough times, absurd physical impossibilities will magically become reality.

WTP

It's basically ruined television for me. Every time I try to watch something, I'm smothered with ridiculous action scenes involving a slender 110-lb actress fighting her way through droves of 220-lb muscular men like Bruce Lee on a rampage in a nursing home.

Have you heard of the great Hannah Mouncey? Again, things joked about coming true. Though more broadly to your point, CGI has pretty much ruined this sort of thing for me. While I always understood that Steve McQueen's Mustang in Bullitt nor probably not even his BMW bike in The Great Escape could have taken all that abuse and kept running, there was still the thrill of seeing individual cuts of stunt drivers (and Steve himself) pushing these machines to do such incredible stuff IRL. Now when they make scenes like that, I can't get past the thought of some pimple faced millennial doing cut/paste in his mom's basement.

Governor Squid

Shot / Chaser

One of the responses that always seems to come up in discussions of obesity is "What business of yours is it what I do with my body or how I look?" To which I usually reply "What business of mine is it to pay for the conditions and disorders that will follow from your obesity?"

I tried to warn them that when they put me on the hook for their health care bills, they also gave me the right to make lifestyle decisions for them which would keep my liabilities under control. Guess maybe they should have listened.

Sam
Picard ... Because GRRRRRL POWAH!

Picard: "Elnor, why do you wield a sword of all things?? We have spaceships, teleporters, phasers, and..."

Elnor: "Because this sword is LITERAL perfection."

[ Deanna Troi enters in mech suit decorated in human skeletal remains ]

Deanna: "It will be...[ whips hair ]...when it fits a woman."

[ Roll credits, Season 1 a wrap ]

Sam

...if they just click their heels together enough times, absurd physical impossibilities will magically become reality.

Ugh, another MAN who feels entitled to women's heel clicking labor. Instead of demanding yet MORE from women and people of color we should teach outlandish and wholly impossible demands to spontaneously materialize. And way to erase the lived experience of footless lesbian indigenous transwomen - do better and check your heel privilege. Bigot.

JasonL

In 70 years, that kid on his deathbed...

via GIPHY

Joan

Hate crime!

https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/359779/

Steve E

Hate crime!

It is no longer a hate crime. POC are incapable of hate crimes. Apparently it's a power thing. There are four lights!

Craig Mc

Rickety barge floatated with rickety Australian currency. Thanks for all the clever word stuff.

Craig Mc

BTW, I contribute with trepidation. The last time I donated was to Scott Burgess' essential Daily Ablution. He pulled the plug seconds later :-(

Please don't reinforce the precedence.

Craig Mc

"My impression from social media is that general interest is waning. I did want it to be good, at least decent, but I’m now on the cusp of either watching it ironically, i.e., hate-watching it, or, perhaps more likely, not bothering at all."

Let the Red Letter Media guys hate-watch it for you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uv-wmixiiMA

pst314

The last time I donated was to Scott Burgess' essential Daily Ablution.

That was a wonderful blog.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Red Letter Media do Picard...

I have absolutely zero interest in anything past The One True Shatner™, and I may be a bad person, but every time I see that Picard dude, all I can think of is these guys...

Hal

Welcome to Fucking.

Hal

A high school student created a fake 2020 candidate. Twitter verified it

Fay

For readers overseas, a brief guide to the beauty of English.

To which we say:

BOLLOCKS!

David

Rickety barge floatated with rickety Australian currency

Bless you, sir. May your changing of bed linens be a thing of elegance and élan. Not the usual comedy of grunting, huffing and off-colour language.

Em

the writers can’t seem to decide, or remember, what exactly the twin sisters are meant to be.

They're whatever the script says they are. Because bad writing.

David

They’re whatever the script says they are. Because bad writing.

The inconsistency and contradiction of what Dahj and Soji are meant to be - from one episode to another, and even within the same episode - is a measure of the series’ standards more generally. That does seem to be the default, with pretty much every character. Why does this happen, why this choice? Why does this character behave in this way, despite what we know, despite what they know? Because the script says so and this is the best we can do. Basically, the thing stumbles from one clumsy contrivance to another, leaving behind (and promptly forgetting) a jumble of glib and bewildering narrative choices. Which may explain why the particulars of each episode are often hard to recall.

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Farnsworth M Muldoon

I am sure this will work.

David

I am sure this will work.

The collective denial of reality is an odd thing to watch.

pst314

a brief guide to the beauty of English

Never mind the bollocks, we're the comment thread.

WTP

I am sure this will work.

Make it the E.U. International anthem. It's really the dance that sells it. But thanks. I'll be breaking this out at random moments in the day to annoy the wife. Without the dance part though. Modesty and all.

David

I’ll be breaking this out at random moments in the day to annoy the wife.

Enjoy your new life in the neighbours’ garage.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Without the dance part though.

Oh, no, without making the "X"es and the squares it is just another Eurovision competition tune.

Meanwhile, speaking of songs, fierce wxymn warriors take the vapors over one lyric in the third verse nobody ever hears in the song of a paramilitary organization.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

What would we do without graduate students ?

WTP

What would we do without graduate students

Where are the austerity/AGW protestors when you need them?

Squires

The collective denial of reality is an odd thing to watch.

“You probe with bayonets: if you find mush, you push. If you find steel, you withdraw.”

Unrelated:
https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/02/massive-migrant-wave-hits-europe-as-turkey-opens-border/

WTP

FYI...

Do You Need a Permit To Wear High Heeled Shoes In Carmel by the Sea, CA.?

Yes, yes you do.

https://buyersask.com/edu/code/do-you-need-a-permit-to-wear-high-heeled-shoes-in-carmel-by-the-sea-ca/

Steve E

Do You Need a Permit To Wear High Heeled Shoes In Carmel by the Sea, CA.?

A very dear (shoe-loving) friend just broke off a serious, but long-distance relationship with a man who lives in Carmel. This was likely the straw that broke the camel's back. Bullet dodged!

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Do You Need a Permit To Wear High Heeled Shoes In Carmel by the Sea, CA.?

The maintenance of an urban forest throughout the City necessarily involves some informality in the lighting, location and surfacing of street and sidewalk areas, which in turn involves greater risk to those wearing high heeled shoes more adaptable to formal city life.

"Although Carmel by the Sea has the requirement, it is not enforced."

There has to be a mechanism to vote California out of the union.

WTP

What's even more absurd about it is that Clint Eastwood was the mayor there 30 or 40 years ago. Wife and I stayed there in one stop over on our honeymoon 30 years ago partly because I was curious about the town that elected him mayor.

Fred the Fourth

The "permit" is just a release of liability for the town. Carmel is very hilly and rough-paved in large part. Also populated by some of the wealthiest people in the US, i.e. Deep Pockets.
So, a little defensive lawering is only to be expected.
And I'd bet this is a follow up to an actual suit.
(Man, I need to spend more time in the real world. I appear to be actually defending this regulation.)

Sonny Wayz

While I always understood that Steve McQueen's Mustang in Bullitt nor probably not even his BMW bike in The Great Escape could have taken all that abuse and kept running, there was still the thrill of seeing individual cuts of stunt drivers (and Steve himself) pushing these machines to do such incredible stuff IRL.

Well [pedant on] McQueen was actually riding a Triumph in The Great Escape [pedant off]. But you are correct about the most important bit (IMRHO):

OK, everybody knows that SM didn't do 'The Jump'. But watch the scene leading up to it - SM rides up to the fence, considers things, opens to gas cap to check the gas level, and turns around and powers down the hill in prep for the jump. One take, no cutaways - McQueen actually fishtailed that bike down a grassy hill. Just try to imagine any of Hollywood's current dreamboats doing any such thing.

Darleen

I appear to be actually defending this regulation

California, with lawyers every few feet, was the birthplace and enthusiastic practitioner of the drive-by lawsuit. So I find myself in the same position of understanding why a city would make sure to protect themselves against a lawsuit for someone else's bad judgment yet rolling my eyes at such micro-management legislation.

Related: California's new law that effectively bans freelancing has special carve-out exemptions for about a dozen professions. OF COURSE, "lawyers" are in that group.

WTP

Well [pedant on] McQueen was actually riding a Triumph

Heh. Horrors. I actually looked up what bike it was, google or whatever told me BMW which made sense if historically-ish accurate, being it was supposed to have been stolen from a German soldier, yet some little voice in the back of my head told me it was wrong. While tempting to say I should pay more attention to that little voice in the back of my head, long term odds on that strategy are probably sub-optimal.

Y. Knott

"Do You Need a Permit To Wear High Heeled Shoes In Carmel by the Sea, CA.?"

Well, I know you need a license to sell hair tonic to bald eagles in Omaha, Nebraska - Porky Pig has one, I saw it on TV.

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