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June 23, 2021

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pst314

Mellow out or you will pay:

Smiles are now mandatory at Canon

Karl

theme, mood and allegory

Well...

Karl

Oh Stewardess!

NateWhilk

"Do you like what you doth see . . . ?" said the voluptuous elf-maiden

The audio book of "Bored of the Rings" was/is on hoopladigital, an online source accessible through USA public libraries. I listened to a bit of it. It was quite depressing that *explanations* of some then-culturally relevant jokes were inserted into the reading. I feel old.

NateWhilk

Meanwhile in other news, newly discovered violent language.

'Tis new to him. See my tweet in that thread.

Stevie of Sweden

Who coined the term "black hole" to describe "a region of spacetime where gravity is so strong that nothing—no particles or even electromagnetic radiation such as light—can escape from it" (Wikipedia)? Why, none other than astronomer John Archibald Wheeler... a hu-ite man from the AMERICAN SOUTH! Need I say more? Pure racism, case closed.

pst314

According to Wikipedia, the term "black hole" was actually coined by Robert H. Dicke. Presumably we all associate it with John Wheeler because he popularized it and he was a far more famous physicist.

Stevie of Sweden

pst314,

A man named DICK(e) coined the term "black hole". If that's not homophobia, I don't know what is! But he was from Missouri (which is close to the American South, but not quite the South), so at least it's less racist. Still a hu-ite American heterosexual man, though.

pst314

Homophobia, or sly subversion of heteronormativity? :-D

pst314

Speaking of heteronormativity, how long until "heterodyne" becomes a taboo word?

David

And then there’s the last episode,

Watched the finale last night. It wasn’t entirely successful and felt somewhat removed in tone from previous episodes. After a promising opening (who’s banging on the door?, etc), it sagged a little, lost some deftness and economy, and relied much too heavily on lengthy, overwrought speeches. At times, the drama was tripping over the florid dialogue, as it were. I didn’t mind the (sort-of) happy ending, but overall, it was a little underwhelming.

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