The D-Words
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Friday Ephemera

The Restaurant of Mistaken Orders. || Well, it must’ve rattled loose. || At last, a robotic bartender. || Bird feeder. || I bring you art. || Babe detected. || His back-yard view is better than yours. || You can’t go far wrong with accelerated penguins. || In fairness, it was his first attempt. || Just wind and frozen sand. || Phantom nipples. || Near miss detected. || Now you do it. I’ll start the clock. || Incoming. || Satisfied customer. || Strange dog. || Dentist’s magic hat. || When the day just keeps getting worse. || You want one and you know it. || He has a theory, ladies. || The tardigrade’s toes (and tiny things digesting other tiny things). || And finally, for the sleepy kiddies, there are goblins lurking under the bed.

Oh, and a reminder that I now have a Gettr account

Comments

Alex DeWynter

Since we're sharing song videos here's one that will cause a heap of trouble.

Note: link is very, very NSFW

Squires

I once had to dodge the swinging back-end of forklift piloted by a fat man cradling an early example of the Big Mouth Billy Bass singing decoration.

...my father went on an absolute asshole-tearing rampage, though...

Toxic masculinity smells like victory.

Daniel Ream

you'll hit three analogues to the Satanic Ritual Abuse panic

True enough. In the sense that it's psychosexual and involves thoroughly unqualified adults projecting their weird perversions onto children will the full complicity of the state, it seemed like the best analog. Dare I ask what else you might be thinking of?

Daniel Ream

I have to admit, I am not seeing a problem here.

I likewise.

The problem is that it will be a cold day in Hell before the Portland police lift a finger to do anything about "dirty hippies". Or crime.

pst314

Well, it seems that California is still there.

pst314

And Portland.

ComputerLabRat

Since we're sharing song videos here's one that will cause a heap of trouble.

well now - there's some fine toxic masculinity on display!

That was hilarious!

Alex

I've been struck in the temple by a speeding used motor oil vat.

Hm, maybe they could have used one of those in the temple in Colleyville today…

asiaseen

It was live

DIY defribullator?

asiaseen

Name of the decade

Dr. Faka’iloatonga Taumoefolau

Darleen

I was okay, with the exception of a red mark across my throat for a few days.

I had a similar but much less dangerous event because I was merely running at full speed cutting through a neighbor's back yard (game of hide-n-seek as I recall) and hit a low clothesline ... right at my mouth. Similar, I believe, to a horse bit being yanked on.

I distinctly remember the shock of the sudden stop and watching my feet swing up to eye level before I dropped and had the wind knocked out of me.

I got out of it with a cuts at the corners of my mouth and I believe the issue of the line was resolved mom to mom. I knew not to ask but I notice the line was hastily relocated to proper area and height.

David

I still have hopes it will be good. Or at least good enough.

Well, the Expanse finale is… a mixed bag. By which I mean, briefly thrilling and then largely disappointing.

The assault on the ring station is fun and imaginative, with the hundreds of containers and pieces of trash dropping as false targets, but after that, things go downhill. The comeuppance of Inaros, (aka Mr Topknot, or Mr I’m-Not-That-Good-At-This-Acting-Lark) is bizarrely abrupt and unsatisfying. It’s over in a blink, almost like a random edit. And everything after that is pretty dull. Meetings, negotiations, a transport alliance. Woo-hooh. Belter-Belter-blah-blah-blah. It feels like the winding up of a ‘B’ plot, a local skirmish.

The bigger storyline, about what’s happening beyond the rings, on Laconia, with the strange alien ‘dogs’ who ‘repair’ things, the unhappily resurrected boy, and the enormous proto-molecule object building itself in orbit… and Admiral Duarte’s “I have gods to kill” tease… all of that just stops.

JuliaM

@Squires: ’ Speaking of surprises, the hostage taker at a synagogue in TX…’

Thankfully, that’s now the ex-hostage taker. Thus proving ‘taking hostages in Texas’ to be even more risky than sharing a lift with Karl….

Karl

DIY defribullator?

Perhaps an un-fribulator?

I'm enjoying people posting their Ds - it seems I may have started something 😀

Nikw211

An explanation appears to present itself.

pst314

Well, the Expanse finale is… a mixed bag. By which I mean, briefly thrilling and then largely disappointing.

Sounds like they didn't bother to write a story arc first, so that they knew how to satisfyingly resolve the threads. Maybe they were not talented enough to figure out how to resolve them. Or maybe they just lost interest. [ Read that in the world-weary cynical voice of the Critical Drinker. ]

WTP

When I began my degree in Artificial Intelligence at Edinburgh University in the early 2000s I was impressed by then unkown-to-me Chomsky's linguistic innovations.

I later became equally unimpressed with his political arseholery.

There is truly no fool like an educated fool.

His political arseholery is however one of the driving forces in the world today. He understood, as well if not better than Orwell, how language can be used/distorted to control how people think. Far more dangerous on a fundamental level than Alinsky. So effective as to have many conservatives..."conservatives" that I know passing this quote of his around as if he's some kind of conservative. I think that's quite a testament to his abilities. Impressive...in a somewhat pejorative manner.

pst314

...So effective as to have many conservatives..."conservatives" that I know passing this quote of his around as if he's some kind of conservative...

Not following you here: I am not aware of any conservatives who quote Chomsky as a respectable authority on any political matters. And respecting his early contributions to linguistics should be irrelevant since they were not political. (And I have read that his linguistic theories are now out of favor--have been superceded/not supported by latest research--but this should be irrelevant to whether his work was worthy of respect at the time he did it.)
So, now that I've laid that out, have I missed your intended meaning?

David

Sounds like they didn’t bother to write a story arc first,

The TV show is based on a series of books, which I haven’t read, and which continue beyond where the TV version stops. There are two or three more books, I think. Presumably, the show’s writers and producers were hoping for an extension or renewal, or some other offer, to complete the saga.

semi retired conservative

Well, the Expanse finale is… a mixed bag. By which I mean, briefly thrilling and then largely disappointing.

I also watched the last two episodes last night and had much the same reaction. I find it ironic that it took them 6 seasons to finally get a decent acting job out of Holden and they ruin it with a simpering, poorly acted villain and a child actor I was actively rooting for to die as an alien forest num num.

Sounds like they didn't bother to write a story arc first, so that they knew how to satisfyingly resolve the threads. Maybe they were not talented enough to figure out how to resolve them. Or maybe they just lost interest.

That isn't the issue at all. It follows the books well. Not a surprise since the book writers wrote most of the show and were producers as well. It's just that the final season and the finale in particular are setting up for another show (based on the final three books which include a time jump) and they allowed that to rob the show of dramatic weight and gravitas in my opinion. It's show business afterall but that still sucks. Focus on the job at hand boys.

Ironically, I assumed this would make me want to finish the book series less (I certainly never finished those Game of Thrones pamphlets) but I want to finish it more now. The buggers had better stick the landing better on paper.

pst314

The TV show is based on a series of books...Presumably, the show’s writers and producers were hoping for an extension or renewal...to complete the saga.

Ah, that makes sense.

Future funding will be provided by the North Malden Icelandic Saga Society.

pst314

Snowhenge

David

I find it ironic that it took them 6 seasons to finally get a decent acting job out of Holden

God, he was dull. Holden and Naomi, the characters and the actors who played them, were some of the weakest points of the show. The secondary characters were often much more engaging. And while I didn’t much care for the in-system political drama, or the aggravating Belter patois, the bigger science-fiction ideas were often done well (Miller 2.0, Metallic Table-Miller, huge objects doing impossible things, etc). Which makes the finale all the more unsatisfying, as these are the things that aren’t concluded or resolved. Even if taken as a tease or cliff-hanger for another project, one that may never materialise, it didn’t work.

pst314

Clever street art seen in Washington DC.

Found via the always witty People's Cube.

ccscientist

Street art: brilliant. I bet the Woke won't get the joke at all.
In other news, the DOJ has now charged Oath Keepers for Jan 6 with insurrectionist activities--for people who marched around and then left. They really are trying to make conservative protests illegal.

Darleen

What number are we at on the reason list for abolishing public schools?

Alex DeWynter

Snowhenge

I have questions.

pst314

I have questions.

I recommend using the scientific method: hypothesis, experiment, analysis, repeat. I will look forward to your report.

pst314

Another gritty reboot.

asiaseen

Snowhenge

I have questions

New winter parking regulations.
(I must say it is a very clever trick)

Darleen

Awwww ... brothers.

David

Awwww ... brothers.

Today’s other word is skillz.

WTP

Not following you here: I am not aware of any conservatives who quote Chomsky as a respectable authority on any political matters.

They don't. This may come as a surprise to many conservatives, and even "conservatives" but a lot of people call themselves "conservative" yet know little about what that might mean. For instance, I often refer to myself as being conservative because if I use the more proper term that would more closely fit me, i.e. "classical liberal", the kind of conservatives of which I speak laugh because those that know me think it's bloody absurd that I would be a liberal and those who don't know me would laugh because, you know, libtard!

There are many, many conservatives, or people who regard themselves as such, people recently politically active, people with military backgrounds, people who have grown up with conservatives all around them and have never known many truly different people such that their own conservatism has not been tested in honest debate. Most of these people, these conservatives, would fold like wet cardboard in a logical discussion (supposing you could find one) with a moderately reasonable leftist (supposing you could find one). It's often been my observation, even a temptation, that I could turn most of the conservatives I know to a leftist endorsement...maybe not the entire leftist agenda but certainly significant parts, by posing questions and ideas that they had not considered.

A great number of conservatives..."conservatives" that I know know virtually nothing about economics excepting the fact that they have had to work hard (often too hard) to get their hands on what money they need to get along in the world. These people know nothing of Chesterton, nothing of either of the vons, neither Hayek nor Mises, nothing of Mencken (not that he was conservative per se but...), nothing of Sowell except what I have posted about him on FB, and Hobbes or Burke? Fuhgeddabowdit. These are people with whom anything approaching firm politics and such are rarely discussed but we understand each other via other casual means of conversation. Thus when faced with a plausibly conservative quote from Chomsky or any other similar leftist, they fall for it as being a conservative thing. Leftists, being far more politically savvy mostly because it is from whence they get their kibble, easily play these conservatives..."conservatives"...and sucker them in.

As for brushes with death...A witch turned me into a newt once, but I got better. True story.

Liam

The comeuppance of Inaros, (aka Mr Topknot, or Mr I’m-Not-That-Good-At-This-Acting-Lark) is bizarrely abrupt and unsatisfying.

That. No tension at all. It was 'wait, what?'

David

It was ‘wait, what?’

It was quite jarring. It went from ‘What if we…?’ to over-and-done-with almost instantly. Much as I was happy to see the back of the character, and his dreary offspring, it was a bit of a fumble.

And so, instead of a satisfying conclusion to an ambitious story, we got a hasty and uneven wrap-up of local events – the increasingly tiresome Inaros storyline - and a sense of what might have entertained us, on a much grander scale, had the show continued.

But hey, at least the season wasted plenty of time on Drummer’s doomed polyamorous pseudo-family. So there’s that.

Steve E

Much as I was happy to see the back of the character

Quite impossible I'm afraid. The Inaros character was one dimensional.

And don't get me started about his 2ic. I kept waiting for her to call Inaros Brandon and suggest a stop at the Peach Pit.

Daniel Ream

Sounds like they didn't bother to write a story arc first, so that they knew how to satisfyingly resolve the threads.

Well, yes. That's how television works. It's why Smallville went sideways after season 3, why Heroes shat itself after season 2, The Big Bang Theory inverted itself during season 3, etc.

Making a faithful adaptation - or even a quality product - is not even remotely a priority for most TV writers. Their priority is getting paid, so look at what will get them paid.

By and large most SF deals with Big Ideas that don't lend themselves well to a kinetic visual medium. There have been any number of TV/film adaptations of The Cold Equations and they're crashingly dull because it's not a visual story (I did see one that was clearly adapted from a stage play treatment, which is at least in the ballpark).

Another gritty reboot.

I never much cared for Frasier as the stock plot was "Frasier's pomposity/ego gets him in a pickle, and in the third act we watch him twist and be humiliated in front of the rest of the cast". The problem is that the main character in a sitcom has to be at least sympathetic, so all too often the stock plot was "Frasier, being somewhat clueless about the people around him, tries to do something decent for them and in the third act we watch him twist and be humiliated in front of the rest of the cast". It's like proto-Chuck Lorre.

pst314

I never much cared for Frasier as the stock plot was...

I confess: I didn't care for it either (for reasons I no longer remember) but the meme amused me. Sort of like how I don't read comic books/graphic novels but was amused by the advertised panels from the film noir comic book rendition of Elmer Fudd/Bugs Bunny that was maybe mentioned here.

The problem is that the main character in a sitcom has to be at least sympathetic...

I strongly agree.

...It's like proto-Chuck Lorre.

That's harsh. ;-)

pst314

These people know nothing of Chesterton, nothing of either of the vons, neither Hayek nor Mises, nothing of Mencken (not that he was conservative per se but...), nothing of Sowell...

I know a few like that: If they've read any books it was Ayn Rand, in college, and nothing since. Presumably Rand settled all questions. Sigh.

But I also know some people who call themselves "conservative" or "libertarian" who cannot really be such, given their complacency about steady erosion of individual liberty.

I often refer to myself as being conservative because if I use the more proper term that would more closely fit me, i.e. "classical liberal", the kind of conservatives of which I speak laugh...

In my case the communication problem is with liberals, who tend to have no idea what "classical liberal" means, so I often just say "conservative" or "libertarian". Sigh.

pst314

An earlier thread mentioned the awful Kingsmen movie. I hear there are now multiple sequels. Are they even worse? Mildly curious.

Daniel Ream

the film noir comic book rendition of Elmer Fudd/Bugs Bunny

If you haven't read Batman vs. Elmer Fudd, do. Yes, the premise is completely ridiculous; it's an absolute master class in taking a ridiculous premise and running with it completely straight, and it works.

I've come to the conclusion that a great many fantasy works only work because everyone committed to the premise - Star Wars, A Discovery of Witches, etc. They're just silly on the face of it but if everyone involved agrees to sell it, it can work.

Are they even worse?

Yes. Like so many terrible films of late, they're based on a deconstruction of a genre by someone who hates that genre (Millar).

ComputerLabRat

I hear there are now multiple sequels. Are they even worse? Mildly curious.

I have not seen any since the first Kingsmen, until this year when the prequel came out. It...wasn't bad. There wasn't the extensive woke preaching like in the first one, although the Good Guys were suitably diverse and of course the woman gets in the kill shot. But then British nannies have had a certain reputation in fiction, so that wasn't completely off the wall. Rasputin by the accounts I have read was pretty weird, but I think this movie kicks it up a notch. I have to say the ballet/Russian folk dance sword fight scene was pretty badass, though. It wasn't eye-wateringly woke, and it had some good parts, so if you're bored, it's not a total waste of 2 hours.

Daniel Ream

There wasn't the extensive woke preaching like in the first one

I don't actually remember that from the first one. Can you note some examples? I'm normally pretty aware of subtext.

DodgyBob

I fell out of an express train travelling at 80km an hour when I was 4 years old. Spent a month in hospital.

WTP

I've touched my face hundreds, maybe even thousands of times since March of 2020. Does that count?

David

[ Holds up finger, tries to find tiny scar. ]

pst314

I attended an urban, integrated public* school. That should count for numerous close brushes with death.

* comprehensive state school, in England.

pst314

close brushes with death

"Dulce et decorum mori pro voluptate nigrae barbariae."

Karl

"It is sweet and fitting to be raped to death by the black hordes"?

My Latin is a little rusty.

pst314

My Latin is a little rusty.

"It is sweet and fitting to die for the pleasure of black barbarians."

Since so much of the violence is, you might say, recreational.

pst314

My Latin is a little rusty.

But not your gladius, I trust.

Karl

I seem to have misplaced my gladius. But I've still got the sheath it came in.

David

If anyone’s getting aroused by this thread, I’m summoning a constable.

WTP

My Latin sucks but my google works...

"Timidus ante mortem millies moritur, sed fortis gustus mortis semel."

After all, it's about time somebody said it. I was getting angsty.

pst314

If anyone’s getting aroused by this thread, I’m summoning a constable.

What sort of spell does one use?

Squires

What sort of spell does one use?

Evocation, verbal component. Cannot be cast during combat. Constable may appear anywhere between the next round and never (see dice roll chart).

It’s a trash spell and the reason why all other summons were created in the school of Conjuration.

pst314

Evocation, verbal component. Cannot be cast during combat. Constable may appear anywhere between the next round and never (see dice roll chart).

In light of recent news, I'm not sure if constables are lawful good or chaotic evil. (And with that I exhaust my knowledge of Dungeons and Dragons.)

pst314

An earlier thread mentioned the awful Kingsmen movie.

While we're on the topic of bad movies, I finally saw Alphaville. (A number of intellectuals had spoken very highly of it.) Was not impressed.

pst314

I finally saw Alphaville

Conclusion: Intellectuals can have very odd criteria for excellence.

But then, I once saw a very short "experimental" film made by several science fiction writers (Delany, Disch, and others) which consisted of many short cuts of various types (zoom-in, zoom-out, pan, facial closeup, etc) assembled in random order. The filmmakers claimed to be surprised that the result was extremely disturbing. I think any normal person could have told them that there was nothing surprising about that at all.

pst314

"...a lot of people call themselves "conservative" yet know little about what that might mean..."

And then there are the conservatives who only give lip service to conservative ideas.

Example: Remember Pournelle's Iron Law of Bureaucracy? "In any bureaucracy, the people devoted to the benefit of the bureaucracy itself always get in control and those dedicated to the goals that the bureaucracy is supposed to accomplish have less and less influence, and sometimes are eliminated entirely."

I have known conservatives and libertarians who endorsed that Law but who found "reasons" to oppose politicians who actually attempted to trim back the bureaucracy and the power of the Deep State.

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