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March 15, 2021

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pst314

@pst314, I graduated from there in 1980, so odds are likely that I missed the guy you knew.

Makes sense; he was class of 77. Went armored. Lost track of him long ago.

Not just service, but graduating from West Point: major respect to you.

There was almost always some team of people playing War in Europe while I was there

My friend was fascinated byWar in the East and played it a lot. That was the first game that I'm aware of that dealt with production and logistics. (As Omar Bradley said, "Amateurs talk about strategy. Professionals talk about logistics".)

WTP

Not, I suspect, the intended effect.

Depends. Were those caught laughing “corrected” for their bad-think? No? Perhaps it was just a trial run...

Daniel Ream

Weird to be looking back at that and wondering where that person went.

My TTRPG collection at one point comprised well over a thousand books (I used to joke that it was not only worth more than my car, it weighed more than my car). It's been reduced to a couple of shelves of indie, out-of-print or otherwise interesting-on-their-own merits games.

In my case, "that person" grew up and realized that none of this stuff really mattered very much and that all that time and energy was better spent on friends and loved ones. I think many young men get into hobby gaming because it offers a promise of some kind of epic fantasy experience that it never quite delivers.

AH and SPI, on the other hand, delivered exactly what they promised but the fiddly rules engines were much better suited to implementation by computers, which is what replaced them. The Hearts of Iron, Total War and Europa Universalis video game communities are still going strong.

the overtly feminist all-girl line-up shot at the end of Endgame

I wonder if there's some kind of directive inside Disney, because The Mandalorian did the same thing in the season 2 final episode, and had to mysteriously disappear a previously established male character to do it. But then I think it's obvious that it's a matter of priorities: they simply don't care about writing a good and relatable character, the goal is propaganda. If they cared about good writing, you wouldn't have had Cara Dune's (literal) Chekhov's Gun in the same scene. "Frak, my gun's jammed! No, wait, it's fine."

Richard Cranium

@pst314, if he was class of 1977, there's a chance that he hazed me. If you remember his name, I can look him up in my copy of the yearbook. (Assuming that he didn't haze me, after all.)

I went armor as well, but eventually switched over to signal corps.

Farnswuoth M Muldoon

I'm a Muldoon, and I approve this message.

Darleen

I'm a Muldoon, and I approve this message.

My ex and father of my girls is 3rd generation Irish and I'll join you in the approval. ;)

pst314

@pst314, if he was class of 1977, there's a chance that he hazed me. If you remember his name, I can look him up in my copy of the yearbook.

I do indeed. Should we, as a courtesy, take this private before mentioning names?

David

Should we, as a courtesy, take this private before mentioning names?

If you don’t want to share your email addresses on the blog, you can exchange them via me, email top left.

pst314

Thank you, David. Will do.

David

Done.

Squires

And when these things are injected into what should be an escapist fantasy ... they’re usually done in such a cack-handed way that it disrupts the illusion.

Guess how far I made it into the recent Coming to America sequel.

Karl

Guess how far I made it into the recent Coming to America sequel.

I made it as far as the IMDB page! Unlike certain Mouldy Tomatoes an occasional human being still makes it through the machinery to leave a comment.

Also
When I protest you'll say something like "my best friend is Irish"
No-one who isn't Irish ever said that. And even the Irish say it quietly.
What?

Daniel Ream

I'm a Muldoon, and I approve this message

Who so ever asks me of my birth...I will tell them I am born of Irish Princes who ruled in Donegal a thousand years ago; that I am descended from the High Kings of Ireland.

Sláinte!

Uma Thurmond's Feet

"that person" grew up and realized that none of this stuff really mattered very much and that all that time and energy was better spent on friends and loved ones."

In my case, it wasn't so much a realization at all, except marriage and moving away from those friends cut my roots, and I moved into fatherhood, coupledom (more successful the second time), and journalism. Lack of money helps.

There are people who realize what they want out of life and pursue their destiny, and then there's me.

Jay Guevara

Remember when some New Age charlatan promised to deliver homeopathic doses via the internet? (Not sure how people thought substances were supposed to be transported in Ethernet packets, but it is technically true that an Ethernet packet can carry zero molecules of anything you wish.)

Nitwit into homeopathy: "The water retains the imprint of the molecules that were in it."

Me: "Does it retain the imprint of the sewage that was in it too?"

Yeah, I know. It's a gift.

Daniel Ream

There are people who realize what they want out of life and pursue their destiny, and then there's me.

I'm still working on it and I'm coming up on a half century.

I have some PDFs of old DragonQuest stuff and now I'm curious what you wrote. It's such a tiny hobby and I know most of the people in it.

dcardno

FWIW, juniors were called cows. That terminology has probably changed by now...

Not by the early 00's, according to a former colleague who graduated in '99.

Sam Duncan

“NERDZ!!”

When my schoolfriends started getting into D&D back in the '80s, I quickly realised that it was too nerdy even for me. And that's saying something.

There's something... character building* about discovering you don't even fit in among the misfits.

*Heh.

David

The Mandalorian did the same thing in the season 2 final episode, and had to mysteriously disappear a previously established male character to do it.

Yes. The gun thing was clumsy. It just looked badly done. I doubt many viewers are upset by the idea of female characters being physically effective - kicking ass, I believe it’s called. What grates is when said ass-kicking coincides with a sudden drop in logical, aesthetic and scriptwriting standards. You’d think there’d be ways to show women being competent and tenacious without resorting to cack-handed flummery and the suspension of aesthetic judgment.

Daniel Ream

The gun thing was clumsy

Yes. It sucks when the...photons get stuck in the barrel? I guess? It was just a completely superfluous bit that violated most of what has been established about how things work in the Star Wars setting, and didn't go anywhere. Much of Season 2 had these kinds of missteps, from the protracted and pointless chick fight in episode 5 to overuse of the helmet reveal to "you know you're eating that woman's children, right?"

Season 2 does feel like there's a war between Favreau and Kennedy over control of the franchise being fought out on screen. It feels like Favreau and Filoni had a gun put to their heads and were told the sorts of woke bollocks they had to put in the scripts, and they did their best to subvert it as hard as possible. The funniest thing about the girl-power charge-the-hallway scene is that everything it takes an entire gang of girls to do, the eponymous Mandalorian does completely solo in the very same episode. And its hard not to see the massive reveal at the end of season 2 as a huge refutation of the sequel trilogy's treatment of a beloved character.

I don't know if bringing back Bill Burr, whose relation to the franchise is somewhat fraught, was part of the war. But I find it telling that it's far and away the best episode of the season and Burr turns in the best dramatic performance of any of the cast, in either season.

David

whose relation to the franchise is somewhat fraught,

Heh.

David

“You have to let me join your Stupid Little Club so that I can rapidly transform it into something you can’t abide.”

Oh no!

Somewhat related, I think.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Paris fashion week. That is all. Carry on.

Karl

Paris fashion week

BwAAAAHAAAHAAAA!
Nice Coat.
Yeah - it's pretty warm. But the pockets are a bit tight.

Captain Nemo

Paris fashion week.

Yours for only 69.95...

WTP

A while back I ranted (and posted) about bullying driving young children to suicide. Someone here challenged the idea, to what degree I forget, that young children really would desire to do such a thing. Well it seems our pandemic isn't helping matters and a genuine desire to kill themselves is up.

https://fee.org/articles/child-suicide-is-becoming-an-international-epidemic-amid-restricted-pandemic-life-doctors-warn/

Governor Squid

“Human beings react to every rule, regulation, and order governments impose, and their reactions result in outcomes that can be quite different than the outcomes lawmakers intended.”

Whoa. My mind is blown.

Alex

that I am descended from the High Kings of Ireland.

Well, Daniel, that may mean that your ancestors did "it" with horses, at least if Giraldus Cambrensis is to be believed.

(First heard of this from my wife, who is one-quarter Irish, and whose family also claims descent from those High Kings.)

Daniel Ream

a genuine desire to kill themselves is up

“Briefly stated, the Gell-Mann Amnesia effect is as follows. You open the newspaper to an article on some subject you know well. In Murray’s case, physics. In mine, show business. You read the article and see the journalist has absolutely no understanding of either the facts or the issues. Often, the article is so wrong it actually presents the story backward—reversing cause and effect. I call these the “wet streets cause rain” stories. Paper’s full of them.

In any case, you read with exasperation or amusement the multiple errors in a story, and then turn the page to national or international affairs, and read as if the rest of the newspaper was somehow more accurate about Palestine than the baloney you just read. You turn the page, and forget what you know.”
– Michael Crichton

WTP

Whoa. My mind is blown.

Well, exactly. But this would actually blow the minds of most of the highly successful, "educated" people whom I know. Especially those whose jobs are/were more of the management type. Especially the more corporate. That is, would blow their minds if they would actually take the time to seriously consider the consequences of their actions.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

...that I am descended from the High Kings of Ireland.

Begorrah, he waz kangz...

Meanwhile, as one holiday begets another, I was going to advise you to mark May 6 on your calendars in solidarity with the Association for Size Diversity and Health, which has "450+ Diverse Members" though judging from the photo on the main page "diversity" means sizes from "Ample to Zeppelin".

Regardless, the "ASDAH partners with service providers, educators, and advocates to dismantle weight-centered health policies and practices, with a focus on people who live with multiple forms of oppression."

The blog tells tales of some of the oppression, like being told to lose weight before knee arthroplasty (the bastard!), and that one can fight unhealthy messages of weight loss by, "...accepting weight gain as a form of body kindness..."

Except for the knees, I guess.

David

Often, the article is so wrong it actually presents the story backward—reversing cause and effect. I call these the “wet streets cause rain” stories. Paper’s full of them.

“Unexpectedly,” as Instapundit often quips.

Governor Squid

Especially the more corporate.

Once upon a time, I did compensation studies for a living. I quickly learned that the most powerful tool in my arsenal was a little home-brewed analysis tool that would project the effects over ten years of whatever compensation structure was under consideration. Time and again, I had to show HR professionals and senior leadership how their whiz-bang idea would discourage good employees and reward mediocrity, and what would happen when middle management goosed the ratings to try to make their teams look better.

It was terribly discouraging that none of these visionary leaders or seasoned HR managers had the first inkling of how their systems would be used and abused by the people in their employ. Seriously -- you don't think people are gonna game the system when paychecks and promotions are on the line?

That job was a struggle, because it's hard to get references from clients after you've just showed them how counterproductive their super-cool new ideas are. I can't say I miss it, though I'd like to think I saved some nice cubicle drones from needless suffering.

Sam

the overtly feminist all-girl line-up shot at the end of Endgame

My unconscious decision to skip the whole Marvel thing after the original X-Men movies continues to be validated.

Sam

S2 of The Madalorian is when I finally admitted that, despite some truly gorgeous visuals, a great soundtrack, and some of my favorite genres being "borrowed" from, the show sucks.

Peachy rex

Yeah, well, *my* ancestors were cousins of Giraldus Cambrensis. (Which isn't saying much - the Cambro-Norman aristocracy was a real sackful of ferrets, even by aristocratic standards. By the time they swanned off to Eire, they were all cousins.)

pst314

"Human beings react to every rule, regulation, and order governments impose, and their reactions result in outcomes that can be quite different than the outcomes lawmakers intended."

Thomas Sowell has been talking about this for most of his career. It's a pity that so few Decision Makers pay attention.

pst314

I can look him up in my copy of the yearbook

That reminds me of a life lesson I learned while going through my parents' things: Save your yearbooks and photos and other mementos. Annotate them with names, dates, locations, circumstances. Maybe keep a journal. Your children will thank you, as will their children and and their children's children. If you have framed art and photos, see about having them framed with conservation materials so that they will last for generations without damage from UV and acid.

Governor Squid

Following up on my earlier note about The Report That Shall Not Be Named, I got a follow-up communication this morning from the Government Finance Officers Association which included a statement from one of our peers in South Africa, including the following:

"We weren't aware of this acronym before GFOA brought it to our attention, but if we had been introduced to it earlier, we would have said something because it would not be tolerated."

Which is to say, somebody went looking for a problem to solve, even though our overseas peers have gone 30-odd years without even knowing it was a thing.

Henceforth, I shall insist that GFOA stands for "Go Fuck Off Already."

Karl

this acronym

Well, obviously any sound which evokes in my mind some word or concept which I have decided to find offensive is itself offensive, and always was.
How hard is that to understand?
Bigot!

Uma Thurmond's Feet

now I'm curious what you wrote

You won't find it in any published DQ modules. Before they went out of business, they recruited contributors to their monster guide book, and I submitted stats for some from Australian folklore. They paid in product credits, which enabled me to score some free games before they closed.

Squires

...I submitted stats for some from Australian folklore.

So you’re the reason bogans have high resistances to fire, poison, and vehicular collisions.

FlynPigRanch

Paris Fashion Week....

Why is there never a lighter around when you need one?

Daniel Ream

Begorrah, he waz kangz...

Given the profound talent of the Irish for getting their asses kicked over multiple centuries, there is more than a faint whiff of overcompensation to some of these boasts, yes.

none of these visionary leaders or seasoned HR managers had the first inkling of how their systems would be used and abused by the people in their employ

In most of the organizations I've been part of, such people either have no math skills whatsoever (HR powerskirts) or are Type-A sales people for whom Money is How You Prove You're Winning, and both cases the notion that people might have different priorities in life and thus optimize the equation you've created for a different end result never occurs to them.

S2 of The Mandalorian [...] the show sucks

S1, I think, is a lot like Star Wars: A New Hope: ambitious, overreaching its budget, occasionally cringey, but with a lot of heart and a vision that appealed at a time when entertainment was uniformly cynical and hostile. S2 is a prime example of executive meddling and focus-grouping a concept to death.

which enabled me to score some free games before they closed

Nice! The only game book credit I've ever earned is "Kickstarter backer", a dubious honour at best.

Born of princes, I tell you.

pst314

America's clumsy Pravda news establishment. Link courtesy of Scott Adams. What the hell?

Darleen

pst314

I don't think our Clown Media even cares any more when we spot the fakery.

This is just a giant FU to anyone that objects - they have the power and they are rubbing it in our face. (close up screencap)

pst314

close up screencap

Thank you for that.

they have the power and they are rubbing it in our face

Agreed.

pst314

I went armor as well

I knew a few leftists in the 70's and 80's who expressed contempt for tankers as cowards hiding inside their steel machines. Not only did they have no understanding of armored warfare, they did not understand that in the event of war my friends in the Fulda Gap would reenact the 300 at Thermopylae, holding off the Russians until reinforcements could arrive. They figured their chance of survival was very slim.

Daniel Ream

in the event of war my friends in the Fulda Gap would reenact the 300 at Thermopylae

By coincidence I've been digging through some 1980's era 1/300 microarmor wargames of late and I have a sudden urge to refight WWIII.

pst314

Share ye links and bicker.

Still no bickering...

1980's era 1/300 microarmor wargames

Microarmor? Microarmor?? If it's not nanoarmor it's crap! /Mike Meyers

Squires

I knew a few leftists in the 70's and 80's who expressed contempt for tankers as cowards hiding inside their steel machines.

There’s a very simple way to correct that notion. I call it the ‘Inverted Schrodinger’s Cat Gamble’. Sadly it is illegal in all 50 states. Probably everywhere else, too.

and I have a sudden urge to refight WWIII.

Will there be rules for man-portable atomic demolition devices?

Uncle Mikey

I like that dude. Can we Muricans have one too?

Daniel Ream

Still no bickering...

Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries.

If it's not nanoarmor it's crap!

I'm not trying to paint 2mm tanks, you nutter.

Will there be rules for man-portable atomic demolition devices?

You're thinking of Ogre.

Megaera

Or Keith Laumer and his Bolo series.

Squires

You're thinking of Ogre.

No, SADM:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_Atomic_Demolition_Munition

Richard Cranium

I am honestly astonished that there are no clips of Jo Anne Worley saying "BORING" that I can find.

I suspect that our host could have used that in the very near future or past.

Richard Cranium

They figured their chance of survival was very slim.

(Stream-of-consciousness BS follows; hence my reference to "BORING" in an earlier post.)

Well, I wasn't going to be deployed in the Fulda Gap but a different one somewhere else. (IIRC, unless that's been declassified already, it wouldn't be up for declassification until sometime in the 2040s.)

I still threatened one of my tank commanders that I'd kill him and his crew if he attempted to bug out for the Rhine and was within main gun range when I got to the motor pool. (Well, I said that I'd put a round through his turret. His driver could have lived through that.)

I'm pretty sure that the rest of my crew weren't overly happy about my saying that, but I never asked. OTOH, fragging officers has been a tradition since at least the 1840s in my military. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexican%E2%80%93American_War There's a documented case of someone rolling a lighted shell into a general's tent to kill said general.)

I also was amused about the claim that the "neutron bomb" was a capitalist weapon because it would kill people but leave the buildings and infrastructure intact. Totally unlike nerve gas, which would kill civilians (but not so many invading Warsaw Pact troops who had gas masks after all) and leave the buildings and infrastructure intact.

IIRC, the "neutron bomb" would create cascading radiation within large pieces of metal, killing the crews within them. Like BMPs, T-62s, T-55s, and M-60s (I would have been in one of these). However, civilians cowering in their soil surrounded basements would not be effected by the secondary radiation.

But, yeah, if the balloon had gone up back then, I didn't see coming back alive out of it. It can happen, but I didn't bet on it. (Try to find a copy of Storm of Steel https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Storm_of_Steel to read the accounts of someone who lived despite the odds.)

I have no knowledge of Britain's view on the so-called "War on Terror", but anyone in the US who has volunteered to be a soldier since 2003 knew damned well that they could be sent somewhere where they could be killed or worse (and there are things that can be worse).

pst314

Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries.

If you will not show us the Grail, we will take this comment thread by force!

You're thinking of Ogre.

I remember that; had friends who played it as well as other games such as Snit's Revenge (they didn't spend all their time playing D&D.)

David

I suspect there’s no question about “if” regarding injection of gratuitous racial issues, just a matter of when and how

And sure enough, my Google feed points me to Entertainment Weekly, in which the showrunner and head writer of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier announces, rather proudly, that his priority is “exploring a decidedly Black, decidedly American hero in the current climate.” The words current climate don’t exactly bode well. Presumably, we can’t have a superhero yarn without some deferential nods to Black Lives Matter and their racial conspiracy theories. The series, we’re assured, “is very honest and forthright and very unapologetic about dealing with the truth of what it means to be American, Captain America, Black Captain America.”

I wonder if the showrunners and head writers, people such as Mr Malcolm Spellman, quoted above, ever pause to consider the possibility that, for many viewers, the fact that Sam is black is not, in fact, terribly interesting. Many viewers may not be overly enthused by the prospect of repeatedly “exploring” Sam Wilson’s “blackness.” I mean, are we saying that being black is now a remarkable character trait, a basis for popular and inexhaustible intrigue? Especially when the head writer refers to anyone with dark skin as “our people”?

Again, when I buy an IMAX ticket and tie up half the day to travel across town to the local multiplex, I don’t do it to be reminded of the dogmatic and weirdly uniform preoccupations of leftist writers. And the same applies to committing time to a Disney+ TV series.

Karl

points me to Entertainment Weekly

What nauseating, narcissistic pablum. It made me physically sick. Or was that last night's excess of gin?
Anyway, if I wasn't already decidedly uninterested in their race-baiting propaganda, hearing these self-absorbed unlikeable phonies gush about how MAGNIFICENT they all are would have put me off ever watching them again.

pst314

I still threatened one of my tank commanders that I'd kill him and his crew if he attempted to bug out for the Rhine and was within main gun range

Remember the women who accidentally got pregnant to escape service during Gulf War I/II?

David

What nauseating, narcissistic pablum.

After the decidedly underwhelming WandaVision, I was hoping to be persuaded that The Falcon and the Winter Soldier might be more deserving of my time. I have to say, the people in charge of it aren’t as yet doing a bang-up job on that front. Maybe I’m wrong, of course. Maybe these are just the kinds of noises that showrunners have to mouth. Maybe it’ll be good. I hope so. But the woke boilerplate ain’t making me want to watch and find out.

pst314

"...anyone in the US who has volunteered to be a soldier since 2003 knew damned well that they could be sent somewhere where they could be killed or worse..."

And that could apply to anyone, not just combat soldiers and sailors and airmen, because sometimes the mission takes priority.

Karl

the woke boilerplate ain’t making me want to watch and find out

I persistently fail to learn the lesson of not starting to watch a series until it's completely finished and the reviews are in, so as to avoid the bitter disappointment.

[Glares at "Game of Thrones" Daenerys figurine]

David

I persistently fail to learn the lesson of not starting to watch a series until it’s completely finished and the reviews are in, so as to avoid the bitter disappointment.

I was just now thinking along similar lines. But then you run the risk of spoilers, which are difficult to avoid.

Another problem, of course, being that much of media shares the same mindset and makes the same noises, not least film and TV reviewers, thereby rendering their appraisals less than useful. In many cases, the word appraisals, plural, is misleading, as the uniformity of these things - the failure of critical autonomy - is becoming hard to miss. (See, for instance, WandaVision, which received near unanimous praise from the mainstream media, despite it being a trashfire of overstretched ideas that didn’t really work, and some of the worst pacing and series structure I’ve seen in recent years.)

Karl

the failure of critical autonomy

Yup, you have to do a lot of sifting to find honest reviews from people who share one's empirically correct attitude to these things.
I've had some success on IMDB by ignoring the 10 and the 1 reviews and reading the comments of people in the middle.

Or you could come here 😊

David

Or you could come here

[ Licks own eyebrows. ]

Karl

Speaking of IMDB, I see there something which seems to be becoming universal. That of outrage in other people daring to express views different than one's own.

I'm sure it didn't used to be like this, or at least not this extensive. Now about half of the reviews on IMDB aren't reviewing the film at all - they're reviewing other reviewers, and whinging that they don't hold the same opinion as they do. You often see the expression "Why all the hate?".
Why don't you just review the fucking film, contributing to the purpose for which the website exists, you whiny arrogant arse?

So this leaping to outrage and offense isn't limited to academia or Jess Phillips, it's now ubiquitous.
I blame the schools.

Squires

And that could apply to anyone, not just combat soldiers and sailors and airmen, because sometimes the mission takes priority.

This was my attitude in the summer of 2001. Cascading youthful foolishness however only landed me first a temporary medical disqualification, then by late 2002 a permanent hip injury.

Remember the women who accidentally got pregnant to escape service during Gulf War I/II?

It has been my understanding that this has never not been a problem when potentially dangerous or even inconvenient deployments come up, and that it is especially so with pilots.

It’s almost as if there were some fundamental aspect of human evolutionary psychology that we are failing to grasp.

Or you could come here

Too Late (2015) is a solid little Noir flick, for anyone who cares.

Karl

a solid little Noir flick

Noted, thank you.

for anyone who cares

In here, we all care!
Well, maybe except for all that NERD gaming bollocks.

ComputerLabRat

Well, maybe except for all that NERD gaming bollocks.

Hey now - I resemble that remark :P

I'll have to see if that movie is on Amazon Prime (which I only signed up for because they offered it half price to students, and I wanted the 2-day shipping). Since they raised the price on me and don't guarantee 2-day shipping anymore, I think I will cancel, since I just don't watch enough TV to justify the cost. Too much of the new stuff is exactly what David described above - all preachy boilerplate, and lousy storytelling, pacing, and structure. They can't be arsed to produce a quality entertaining product, and I can't be arsed to pay for their crap.

pst314

It has been my understanding that this has never not been a problem...

That seems most probable. What is different about Modern Times, I suppose, is how many approve of such evasions out of contempt for the military and hatred of America.

pst314

Well, maybe except for all that NERD gaming bollocks.

I don't mind it, although I haven't played since the 1970's (due to growing responsibilities and declining interest.) The comments can be a interesting for nostalgia value (reminding me of things and people from long ago) and for segues into related topics. Likewise current sci-fi movies, at least to the extent that the comments relate to current affairs.

pst314

Sad news, via Instapundit: "Sabine Schmitz, former racing driver and Top Gear presenter, dies aged 51."

Sam

So...about that Joe Biden clipping video(s!)...why? I find no discernible reason to fake boom mics other than something to distract us while Russian relations rapidly deterio....oh, now I get it.

Captain Nemo

Well, I never saw that coming:

https://twitter.com/MZHemingway/status/1372550074581057538

pst314

Well, I never saw that coming:

I, too, am overwhelmed by my lack of surprise.

David

Well, I never saw that coming

Ah, but we must now ignore probability, and common sense, and that nagging feeling that something’s not quite right, and just pretend. Then all will be well.

Sam

I see an unelected bureaucracy is seizing the means of production. The Western collapse continues apace.

Sam

So, my 5 yo son picks a show to watch last night and I let out an audible guffaw when "she" appears on the screen. He asks me, "What is it, Daddy?!", to which I reply, "You remember Chewbacca? That's the actor who plays him!" That he took this as perfectly reasonable made me proud. I don't feel bad, but I put it to the pub: should I?

Karl

I don't feel bad, but ... should I?

I think this answers your question:
"The show addresses topics that most food programming shies away from: water scarcity, disability inclusion, indigenous foodways."

Darleen

Oh for pity's sake ... headdesk ... headdesk ... headdesk

Sam

"The show addresses topics..."

They were very careful to be completely apolitical and shied away from anything controversial (and believe me I was looking for it) in Ep1. First hit is always free with these people.

Sam

Darleen - please keep your headdesking quiet lest you kill grandma.

Darleen

"The show addresses topics that most food programming shies away from: water scarcity, disability inclusion, indigenous foodways."

shouldn’t we expect them to say more about America’s nutrition, hunger, and diet-based health crises—rooted in a fundamentally broken, exploitative, unsustainable food system

And the author just leaves that claim there ... as if everyone reading should heave a sigh and nod in agreement.

Me? I want to know wtf she's talking about. If it weren't for the Green Revolution of the 50s/60s (by White Supremacist America) millions upon millions of people would not be alive today. Food is CHEAP and consumes a lot less of the family budget than it did 100 years ago. The "food desert" lament is a myth.

Indeed, Robert Heinlein lamented it was the one important thing he just hadn't seen on the horizon (a lot of his early sci-fi assumes food shortages that help drive humanity off earth).

ComputerLabRat

So...about that Joe Biden clipping video(s!)...why?

I don't know about y'all, but when I click any posted twit links to whatever subject today, over on the right side of the screen is the "What's Happening" headline, and the first story under it is "Joe Biden appearance at White House is real say fact checkers".

Media fact checkers:
Burning businesses down, setting fire to federal courthouses, forming "autonomous zones" in the name of BLM and antifa = Peaceful Protest (and don't worry about spreading Covid while you're at it).
Shutting down vote counting in the middle of the night, finding thousands of D votes in the middle of the night, continuing counting for days after the election, "fortifying" an election = Most Safe and Honest and Pure and Perfect Election EVAH, and anyone who disagrees is a lying liar and should be fined for Hate Speech.
Unarmed ruckus of people yelling wrongthink in the US Capitol = Domestic Terrorism - hang them high!
Odd things happening in video of Joe Biden media appearance = Joe Biden was really there, and anyone who says otherwise is a right wing conspiracy nutter!

Media fact checkers - their reality is the only one you need! (Acknowledging anything your lying eyes might have seen may be hazardous to your health).

pst314

"Joe Biden appearance at White House is real say fact checkers"

But they offer no explanation of the anomalies noted in that video, do they. :-|

Daniel Ream

Or Keith Laumer and his Bolo series.

Ogre's explicitly an homage/ripoff of BOLO, yes. And everything fires nuclear munitions. Including the infantry. I backed the Designer's Edition, which only qualifies as a "pocket box" game if your pocket is, say, the bed of a Ford F-150.

a decidedly Black, decidedly American hero in the current climate

The thing is, Luke Cage had its crashing writing flaws but largely avoided the whole race-baiting crap. Nearly all the villains were black, and the consistent theme was "we are better than this". By contrast, DC's Black Lightning treats the relationship between its black characters and the police like the relationship between Sam and Ralph.

half of the reviews on IMDB aren't reviewing the film at all - they're reviewing other reviewers

All of the local buy & sell Facebook groups have devolved into endless comment threads on every post by people insulting the poster, followed by people insulting those people. I don't know if it's the lockdowns or what, but people seem to be on edge a lot lately.

all preachy boilerplate, and lousy storytelling, pacing, and structure

Here in Canada, I found the Amazon Originals to be generally well done and apolitical, while everything else is whatever cheap crap they managed to scrape off the syndication auction house floor. I've cancelled all the other streaming services and get all my media from Tortuga these days; I only have Prime for the free shipping. One thing I do find about the AOs is how grim and depressing they all seem to be. All desaturated blue filters and stentorian pontificating. Even Good Omens, which ought to have been a good light-hearted buddy comedy, comes across as foreboding.

Well, maybe except for all that NERD gaming bollocks.

My character could beat the crap out of you.

pst314

The thing is, Luke Cage had its crashing writing flaws but largely avoided the whole race-baiting crap. Nearly all the villains were black, and the consistent theme was "we are better than this"

That reminds me: Note Unbreakable starring Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson: I have heard that Samuel L. Jackson very much wanted to play the villain because it was an interesting part. He didn't mind being a black man playing a villain, he just wanted to play interesting characters. [Caveat: I assume that other readers of this blog know far more about all this than I do.]

ComputerLabRat

But they offer no explanation of the anomalies noted in that video, do they. :-|

I don't know - I'm not willing to take one for the team to click the headline and find out.

I would guess the answer is no, because they don't have to explain their answers and show their work.

pst314

"...the relationship between Sam and Ralph."

My God, I'd completely forgotten them. Fun to see after all these years.

David

My character could beat the crap out of you.

Heh.

pst314

"I've cancelled all the other streaming services and get all my media from Tortuga these days"

Tortuga is Spanish for "tortoise" which is a funny name for a service which require high speed.

Daniel Ream

He didn't mind being a black man playing a villain, he just wanted to play interesting characters.

See also Kingsman. His Bond-esque archvillain could have been an insulting stereotype but he sells it.

a funny name for a service which require high speed

Karl

But they offer no explanation of the anomalies noted in that video, do they.

Yes they do - it's that effect you've all seem constantly in the low resolution, encoding-artifact-ridden high quality, professional camera fed news footage we're all familiar with.

Why I remember exactly this story of footage showing Hilary Clinton calmly walking across a runway, when in fact she was running from enemy snipers.
Happens all the time!

David

The thing is, Luke Cage had its crashing writing flaws but largely avoided the whole race-baiting crap.

I hope they manage to do the same. But I’ve already seen one review, by Grace Randolph, making a pointed reference to the “diversity” of the director and showrunner, as if I should care, and stressing the “strong political and social commentary” - meaning racial commentary - and, er, Colin Kaepernick - as if this were somehow, automatically enticing. And not, say, a reason to be suspicious, or to feel one’s enthusiasm waning rapidly.

Sam

Kingsman...His Bond-esque archvillain could have been an insulting stereotype but he sells it.

And with a green-agenda justification that would dampen Extinction Rebellion's diapers to boot. Stunning, brave, and hilarious that movie.

Captain Nemo

Ah, but we must now ignore probability, and common sense, and that nagging feeling that something’s not quite right, and just pretend. Then all will be well.

Quite. What a stupid, clown-world timeline we live in.

Uma Thurmond's Feet

"He didn't mind being a black man playing a villain, he just wanted to play interesting characters."

Actors, no matter what race, love playing villains more than heroes. They're complex, they rant, they're the focus of everyone's attention. And they get a cool death scene to cap it off.

Let me stop with a couple of interesting quotes:

"American publishers are not interested in black writers unless they bleed from white torture."
Chester Himes (1909-1984)

"To sell an extra hundred thousand books, depict a white person teaching a black person how to read. White people who love to read think everyone should love to read. Plus it flatters readers to show them a character who can’t read. It’s the ultimate way to make your reader feel superior and thus to sympathize with a character. … Whether it’s the movie Fame or Driving Miss Daisy or The Color Purple, teaching a black person to read is a plot device that never, ever gets old."
Chuck Palahniuk (from his excellent book on writing, BTW)

pst314

Speaking of clown worlds, the Guardian is ranting again about the toxic masculinity of upward-thrusting skyscrapers. Much fretting about phallic buildings that "ejaculate" light into the night sky, but no attempt to connect that architecture to any real problems--merely a rhetorical device to talk about the "need" for the usual leftist "solutions".

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