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1  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Please explain to me how this is not ridiculous. Come on guys. on: August 29, 2015, 12:08:49 AM
Gender-neutral language was a big issue when I was a newspaper editor in the late '70s. The words that we use affect the way we think about things. The problem is that English doesn't have a neutral case. It's easy enough to neuter nouns like "chairman" and to call actresses "actors," but changing the pronouns just seems silly. (Having said that, I still write "s/he" to mean "he or she" because that's a convenient shorthand).

It seems like a battle that we fought and abandoned decades ago, and I don't see much point to taking it up again. But college students think they're discovering everything for the first time, so...knock yourselves out, kids.
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Martian on: August 28, 2015, 01:38:47 AM
Pleased to report that the Tyson video is non-spoilerific. I'm geeked for this movie and I don't want to know any more about the plot than I saw in the trailer. At the same time it's hard to resist reading everything that I happen upon.
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How to get a new TV with wife approval on: August 24, 2015, 02:21:40 AM
Military school.
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Martian on: August 19, 2015, 11:23:45 PM
October? Awwww. Wife is agitating to go see the annual summer movie. I suggested waiting for this one. Guess I'm going to have to either stall or give in and see something else.
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fear the Walking Dead on: August 18, 2015, 09:51:35 PM

Quote from: Punisher on August 18, 2015, 05:10:17 PM

what happens if it is somewhat curable? Will people then be able to kill zombies willy nilly?

One could write a quasi-comical riff on only being allowed to kill zombies who were legally pronounced dead. The medical profession would have quite a quandary on its hands.  icon_biggrin
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fear the Walking Dead on: August 18, 2015, 03:54:59 AM
If it's a good point, then I was serious.   icon_cool
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Humans on: August 18, 2015, 03:53:10 AM
I would like to see it renewed but won't be heartbroken if it isn't. The finale wrapped things up sufficiently to just leave it there. Its biggest shortcoming was trying to make me care about the human family -- I just don't care about any of them, and
Spoiler for Hiden:
they killed off the only human that I did care about. Losing William Hurt will hurt their renewal prospects.
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fear the Walking Dead on: August 17, 2015, 10:42:25 PM
TWD exists in some parallel universe where John Romero never made a movie, the word "zombie" is never uttered, and the very concept of reanimated dead seems to be completely novel. Nobody ever says "Holy shitsnacks, zombies!" because they lack any frame of reference. Apparently that gives the outbreak more time to spread than if they were arguing about which zombie lore is pertinent.
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Mr. Robot on: August 16, 2015, 02:38:17 AM
Amazingly enough, my little local ISP is listed (BELD), but the site complains about a missing cookie and displays a logo from some cable company in Ohio.

I'll catch it on DVD when the season's over.
10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: August 14, 2015, 03:41:12 AM

Quote from: farley2k on August 13, 2015, 08:40:05 PM

Why can't pizza and video games be great for you?

Exercise Is Really Good for You. Like, REALLY Good for You.

Once you work regular exercise into your routine, you miss it when you can't do it. I've been power-walking 15-20 miles a week for 11 years now, and I really hate when bad weather sidelines me for more than a couple of days. I enjoy walking and my body craves it.
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fear the Walking Dead on: August 14, 2015, 03:33:20 AM

Quote from: Lee on August 13, 2015, 09:24:23 PM

Quote from: rittchard on August 13, 2015, 08:12:49 PM

Of course the writers can change the rules to make it happen faster or slower however they'd like, but either way, I'm intrigued.

That is my biggest fear for this show. TWD sometimes does things that don't seem consistent with the backstory to me and it drives me nuts. If they throw out what we learned in the other show just to make it more interesting, I don't think I will watch.

Check me if I'm wrong, but didn't the change take longer in the early seasons of TWD? Maybe some time elapses before everyone is infected and turns within minutes of dying.

There's also the possibility that the people of LA will defeat the outbreak and FTWD will only last one season. That would be unexpected.  icon_biggrin
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fear the Walking Dead on: August 12, 2015, 10:50:11 PM
I'm certainly in despite the awful title. I enjoy TWD but it will be nice to get away from rednecks in the wilderness.
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: August 12, 2015, 10:47:19 PM

Quote from: farley2k on August 12, 2015, 04:57:08 PM


That is awesome. There's no way he can lose with powers like that.
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Former President Jimmy Carter reveals he has cancer on: August 12, 2015, 10:45:24 PM
I've always respected Carter as a man who lives up to his own ethics. I hope he can beat it but it's not a hopeful prognosis for a 90-year-old man, even with the best medical care in the world.
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Humans on: August 04, 2015, 03:12:12 AM
I'm an episode or two behind, but watching. Seems to be improving as the various story arcs coalesce. Not fond of anyone in the Dursley family and I often find their accents hard to follow. They mumble.
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So....what fresh hell is this? on: August 02, 2015, 03:50:06 PM
At least you didn't have copper pipes. Stealing the plumbing out of vacant old houses is big business in New England. Needless to say, that can cause some serious damage, especially if they crack open walls to get at the delicious copper inside.

Most of my pipes are copper.  ninja
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Swerve or Stay In Your Lane? on: July 27, 2015, 11:30:09 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on July 27, 2015, 03:06:43 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on July 27, 2015, 01:24:12 AM

Yeah, it's too situational to answer that. If the lanes next to me were clear I'd move; if not, I wouldn't. Definitely wouldn't stop or brake hard on a busy freeway, though.

I tend to swerve first, and THEN look in the lane next to me....


I drive a Miata so I have to drive defensively. Colliding with a duck would end almost as badly for me as for the duck.
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Waning forum usage? on: July 27, 2015, 11:25:41 PM

Quote from: Gratch on July 27, 2015, 09:17:35 PM

I love how he had to make a show of being "officially" banned instead of, you know, just not posting.

I'd bet my house on the fact that he's on some other forum posting about how he was banned by the evil libruls because of how he bravely stood up for his conservative views.

Eco's persecution complex reinforces his beliefs. He has been asking to be banned, and threatening to leave, and occasionally storming out for days or weeks at a time, for as long as I have been coming here. He'll eventually be back with an alt (as he's already threatened to do) when he craves more abuse.
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So....I'm fostering a kid for a year (maybe more?) on: July 27, 2015, 11:17:02 PM
Free labor for a year! Erm, I mean, using chores to instill the importance of earning one's keep.

Srsly, I have several friends with multiple children who receive allowances in exchange for exactly nothing. One has three teenaged sons who have never mowed a lawn and wouldn't know which end of a rake to hold.
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Swerve or Stay In Your Lane? on: July 27, 2015, 01:24:12 AM
Yeah, it's too situational to answer that. If the lanes next to me were clear I'd move; if not, I wouldn't. Definitely wouldn't stop or brake hard on a busy freeway, though.
21  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Women in combat on: July 25, 2015, 02:44:35 AM
Not in detail, no, but I'll back you up generally. The Solid South was solidly Democratic until the Johnson administration handed it over to the Republicans with the Civil Rights Act. (Just as an aside, I had the pleasure of seeing Bryan Cranston in All the Way last year; that play deals directly with this subject and is apparently going to be an HBO movie.) That's when the parties realigned into their present forms.

I'm skeptical that it even makes sense to apply conservative/liberal labels to Lincoln's time, but you'd have to go through some gyrations to classify Lincoln as a conservative.
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Waning forum usage? on: July 22, 2015, 02:42:53 AM
It always does. That's part of the reason people drift away, and 100% of the reason nobody would touch Eco's Chattanooga thread. He has been trying to invoke the ban hammer for as long as I've been coming here. His persecution complex is oddly endearing, but without new fish to take the bait its entertainment value is nil.
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Waning forum usage? on: July 19, 2015, 07:12:36 PM

Quote from: hitbyambulance on July 19, 2015, 09:09:13 AM

played it years ago.

That's me. I buy games after they're fully patched and expanded and marked down, usually at least 2-3 years after release.
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Waning forum usage? on: July 16, 2015, 05:40:05 PM

Quote from: Lee on July 16, 2015, 04:02:46 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on July 16, 2015, 02:52:09 AM

... and another hour at FB (not because my Friends are so fascinating as much as because cracked.com, IFL Science, space.com, etc).

Completely off topic, but if you aren't going to FB for your friends but for content from other websites, why on earth would you do it through FB? On some podcast I listen to they were talking about how with their business FB accounts if they had 100,000 followers and published an article, FB would show that maybe 10k of those people saw it. Then FB sends the content creator an email saying if you would like more people to see your postings, pay us money. So even if you like/follow something on FB, you are not guaranteed to see everything they post.

Seems like if you liked those pages, you would be better off just going to those sites. It would be better for the sites themselves as well if you like them.

FB aggregates content from all of those sites (and a few more that I didn't mention), interspersed with posts from friends and local groups. It's the mix that I like. I wouldn't bother with IFL Science by itself, but one post mixed into all the rest? Sure, why not? I go there to see what my friends are up to and I get drawn into clickbait.
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Waning forum usage? on: July 16, 2015, 02:52:09 AM

Quote from: YellowKing on July 15, 2015, 11:32:44 AM

I'm far more active comment-wise on OO, but that's mostly due to how long I've been there. In terms of reading the forums, I still frequent GT almost as much as I do OO.

My usual routine is OO > GT > Facebook at least once a day, and usually multiple quick checks. I linger for as long as the day's new content warrants. That's typically an hour or more at OO, a couple of seconds here, and another hour at FB (not because my Friends are so fascinating as much as because cracked.com, IFL Science, space.com, etc).

This forum has three subjects: gadgets (don't care), pop culture (don't care), and movies. I stopped checking the game forums when they killed PC games, and the politics forum here is where ideas go to die. So I mostly consider GT to be my movies forum.

When I find something worth sharing, I usually post it at OO where there's a bigger audience. Most of my original topics are political, which is a non-starter here. So that makes me part of the problem. But the crux of the biscuit is that we lack a critical mass of people to introduce anything interesting or unexpected, so it's mostly Star Wars and superheroes and Apple products. 
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trailer catch all on: July 16, 2015, 02:25:07 AM
Do they even make movies without Jennifer Lawrence anymore?
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Terminator: Genesis + a TV series? on: July 04, 2015, 05:17:40 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on July 04, 2015, 03:55:35 AM

Quote from: rittchard on July 04, 2015, 12:17:03 AM

I think this is the only thread for the new Terminator Genisys movie - surprised there weren't any comments here yet.  Though it does seem like the Off Topic forum is becoming more and more like a graveyard these days  icon_frown

Yeah, the forum has certainly slowed down but I think the lack of talk about this movie might have more to do with it's 27% rating on Rotten Tomatoes than anything else.  What was a mild interest turned into "I'll see it on Netflix" very quickly once reviews came out. 

That's me. I lost interest when I read that it makes only half-hearted and ham-handed efforts to integrate with the previous movies, simultaneously paying homage and asking you to forget what came before. From what I've read it's not a sequel OR a remake OR a reboot...it just is. (Netflix calls it a prequel, which is the first time I've heard that.) As a rental it might benefit from low expectations. 
28  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Gay Marriage is now totally a thing. on: June 27, 2015, 11:02:12 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on June 27, 2015, 06:12:43 PM

Quote from: Lee on June 27, 2015, 05:07:26 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on June 27, 2015, 03:22:26 AM

Marriage equality has been the law in MA for 10 years. What seemed audacious then is unremarkable now. Ten years from now the rest of the country will most likely feel the same way -- by 2025 everyone will wonder why this was ever a big deal.

Said like someone who has never been to the Midwest. icon_smile

Or the South!

I was born and raised in the Midwest and often visited kinfolk in the South, but I've been a Yankee for so long that I lose perspective. Do you think this is going to fester over time? Will people resist it actively or passively?
29  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Gay Marriage is now totally a thing. on: June 27, 2015, 03:22:26 AM
Marriage equality has been the law in MA for 10 years. What seemed audacious then is unremarkable now. Ten years from now the rest of the country will most likely feel the same way -- by 2025 everyone will wonder why this was ever a big deal.
30  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Healthcare Exchanges Are Live. How's it Looking For You? on: June 25, 2015, 10:25:27 PM
Seeing it called a "win for the Obama administration" annoys me. It's a win for the healthcare sector, and especially for the millions of newly-insured Americans in the red states that didn't create their own exchanges. After five tumultuous years the ACA is the status quo and the major players have adapted pretty well. Uprooting it with no alternative in place would have caused chaos among providers and disaster among the 9 million citizens left twisting in the wind -- or, as the press would have called it, "a win for conservative Republicans."
31  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: 2016 Republican Nomination on: June 05, 2015, 01:40:08 AM
Who do you suppose the Kochs will choose? As I read it, Rubio is the leading establishment figure because the Bush name is poison, but Walker is also a contender. Admittedly, most of what I read is filtered through liberal press.
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So....I'm moving to Texas (with a new jerb!) on: June 02, 2015, 03:04:23 AM
You're going to need a gun now.
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trailer catch all on: May 31, 2015, 02:28:20 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 30, 2015, 05:58:26 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on May 29, 2015, 10:02:20 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 28, 2015, 10:11:04 PM

Quote from: farley2k on May 28, 2015, 09:04:22 PM

The Red Brand trailer for American Ultra....I laughed a bit but it appeared pretty formulaic

That didn't seem terrible to me.  I'd watch it on Netflix.

Added to my queue. I like Jesse Eisenberg.

But Kristen Stewart...ugh.

Also, isn't this Chuck with drugs?  Didn't appeal to me to much, but I'm happy to be corrected, if it turns out great.

Drugs make everything better. Even Kristen Stewart? I don't know anything about her except that she was in those sparkly vampire movies. Oh, and I didn't see Chuck.
34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trailer catch all on: May 29, 2015, 10:02:20 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 28, 2015, 10:11:04 PM

Quote from: farley2k on May 28, 2015, 09:04:22 PM

The Red Brand trailer for American Ultra....I laughed a bit but it appeared pretty formulaic

That didn't seem terrible to me.  I'd watch it on Netflix.

Added to my queue. I like Jesse Eisenberg.
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I had one job! on: May 22, 2015, 01:27:29 AM
That's a pretty sweet deal. I'm 58 and thinking tentatively about retiring at 67. I could call myself "semi-retired" because Curio City only demands my full attention during one quarter...but my wife does a burn when I say that, so I don't.  icon_razz For most of the year I only work 2-4 hours a day, and that's at home.

Enjoy your new life as a man of leisure. You earned it.
36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Mad Max Returns in Fury Road on: May 12, 2015, 01:56:35 AM
A trailer for the new movie motivated me to look up the originals, which I never saw. They look like protracted car chases and explosions and gunplay and whatnot. Is that accurate?
37  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: It's been a full month without any new R&P Discussions on: May 10, 2015, 10:33:41 PM

Quote from: Lee on May 10, 2015, 09:24:18 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on May 10, 2015, 06:37:14 PM

Americans love complaining about how much they hate Congress and The President, but Thomas Jefferson said it best: “The government you elect is government you deserve.”   

I don't feel this is true anymore. I feel like our government is controlled by lobbyist and money so it doesn't matter who I vote for, in either party. I don't feel like there is anything we can do as citizens/voters to change this. Am I being overly cynical thinking that?

No, you're not. The Republican Party is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Koch Brothers and the Democratic Party is one election away from being taken over by a different group of billionaires -- their heir apparent, Hillary Clinton, personifies big-money politics-as-usual. Bernie Sanders launches a crowdfunded campaign and he is immediately dismissed because you don't stand a chance unless you drink from that firehose of billionaire money.

We live in an oligarchy with democratic trappings that obfuscate whether the Republic has already ended or is still in the process of dying. It looks irreversible either way. But hey, Rome's greatest days began when their republic died, so who knows? Maybe the American Imperium will rise the same way. 

Elections only determine which faction of oligarchs are in control. Spillovers into ordinary people's lives is purely incidental. But don't take my word for it: Look at this study's conclusion:

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When organized interest groups or economic elites want a particular policy passed, there’s a strongly likelihood their wishes will come true. But when average citizens support something, they have next to no influence.

That’s according to a forthcoming article in Perspectives on Politics by Martin Gilens of Princeton University and Benjamin I. Page of Northwestern University. The two looked at a data set of 1,779 policy issues between 1981 and 2002 and matched them up against surveys of public opinion broken down by income as well as support from interest groups.

They estimate that the impact of what an average citizen prefers put up against what the elites and interest groups want is next to nothing, or “a non-significant, near-zero level.” They note that their findings show “ordinary citizens…have little or no independent influence on policy at all.” The affluent, on the other hand, have “a quite substantial, highly significant, independent impact on policy,” they find, “more so than any other set of actors” that they studied. Organized interest groups similarly fare well, with “a large, positive, highly significant impact on public policy.”

(The link is a little out of date because the "forthcoming study" has since been published, but the summary is accurate.)
38  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: It's been a full month without any new R&P Discussions on: May 10, 2015, 03:19:52 AM

Quote from: TiLT on May 09, 2015, 06:23:32 PM

(is "infrastate" really the right word for this? Google doesn't seem to think so)

"Intrastate" (with a T) means within a state. "Interstate" is between states. "Infrastate" is a cool word, though. We should find a use for it  icon_biggrin

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You claim the dynamics are similar.

They are similar insofar as the US is a collection of semi-sovereign states, just as Europe is a collection of sovereign nations. "Similar" doesn't mean "the same." Obviously federation is strong here and sketchy there. People once thought that the EU and the Eurozone would lead to a US of E, but the trend toward association sputtered out and nationalism strengthened. If anything the momentum favors devolution now (as illustrated by the Brexit and the Grexit).

Until the Civil War, states were supreme and the US federal government was weak. Strong national government definitively eclipsed state sovereignty only during and after WW2.

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Can you honestly say that Texas (to pick one of your larger states) compares in any way, shape, or form to the country of Germany politically?

Of course not. Maybe Sweden or the Czech Republic. Their foreign policies are effectively subsumed by the EU's heavy hitters. 

US states don't have foreign policy (although they do have foreign trade policies) or independent armies (although we do have some state militias, like the Texas Guard, for intrastate crises). Some of your smaller EU members might as well be states rather than countries, as far as the rest of the world is concerned; when we deal with Europe, we talk to Germany and France, and to an ever-diminishing extent to the UK. Sometimes we might thank Denmark for its opinion.  icon_smile

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The real difference between our countries when it comes to this topic is that the USA's internal politics are more visible to the rest of the world due to your massive media exposure, but that doesn't mean we understand it (or even have to).

The point that I apparently failed to make was about the fractiousness of US politics. You said that you "actually find US politics to be incredibly hostile, even skirting on the edge of civil violence at times, compared to most European countries whose political systems I'm familiar with." That is true at the federal level, and that's the face that we show the world. But for most US citizens state politics are more relevant to our daily lives, and in most states those are more harmonious. That's the level on which I was comparing our states to European countries. Politics is not a blood sport in most states and federal politics only gained primacy fairly recently, historically speaking. 

Quote from: TiLT on May 09, 2015, 06:23:32 PM

Hey, you guys complained about a lack of political discussions, so I'm making one.  icon_razz

I had given up on ever seeing a serious discussion in this forum. Somebody inevitably craps all over it before we get past one page.

I'd like to open up a tangent: The hostile US politics that you observe are an outgrowth of our culture wars and the emerging class war. The struggle between progressives and conservatives, between secular and religious, is what really drives our national political clashes. I don't perceive Europe as having the science deniers, the creationists, the social Darwinists, and similar villains that we have to battle here. Am I wrong?
39  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: It's been a full month without any new R&P Discussions on: May 09, 2015, 05:08:23 PM
You have to understand American politics on at least two levels: federalism and state sovereignty. Intrastate politics are, by and large, more harmonious than interstate (federal) politics, where most of the conflict plays out. In that sense, talking about "American politics" is analogous to talking about "European politics" -- an overarching structure binds them together, but the states are the real powers. Even the two parties are regionally grounded, with the old Confederacy forming the Republican heartland and the Democrats based in urbanized, (post)industrial states. Much of our political history going back to the Civil War, and especially since WW2, has been about the balance of statism and federalism.

So even though the USA is one country and Europe is not, the dynamics behind them are similar. A United States of Europe would be no more unified than the USA is. I'd wager that Massachusetts and Alabama have less in common than France and Germany do.
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Job stuff] So....I did it on: May 09, 2015, 04:48:14 PM
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