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About maarsen

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    Social Justice Hyperbolist
  • Birthday 06/08/1956

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    A Tiny place during the summer
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    "Books, lots and lots of books. I read 'em, you betcha." Making tasteless jokes about anything sacred. Or not.

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  1. maarsen

    Nobel Literature Prize Speculation 2018 Cancelled

    I used to read Philip Roth when I was a young lad back in the 70's. Back then I don't think he worried too much about winning a Nobel because he was probably the most widely read American writer. With regards to sexual content, he was so out there writing about masturbation that I suspect a lot of teenagers learned how to do it better from reading Portnoy's Complaint. The book I remember best is Our Gang, his complete evisceration of the Nixon administration. If Watergate did not sink Nixon, this novel would. Who needs a Nobel?
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    Unpopular opinions

    The original Star Trek is to blame for that. Damn but evil Spock with a goatee was just so deliciously evil.
  3. My father was named Noach. (The c is silent) Until just in the last few years I could count on the thumbs of one hand any other Noahs I had ever heard of. Noah Beery is the only one. Now I hear the name everywhere. My dad would be happy. He always wondered what his mother was thinking naming him Noach.
  4. More Ontario election news. Conservative candidate being investigated for stealing names from the 407 toll highway database. Apparently these names were being used to either pad the supporters lists for nominations or for the party as a whole to use in outreach. An NDP candidate is being vilified because she refuses to wear a poppy. The NDP is also even with the conservatives in the polls now as the more people see of Doug Ford, the more they dislike him. Even for Conservatives.
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    U.S. Politics; Who Watches the Watchers?

    We are having a provincial election up here in Ontario and what has made the news is a candidate for the mildly socialist NDP being raked over the coals for refusing to wear a poppy on Remembrance Day, or November 11. Personally, I have been refusing to wear one for over 40 years.
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    The Answer is (allegedly) Sex Robots

    I guess you have never heard of Richard Nixon's exhaustive in depth study of the long term effects of pornography on the American people? Well apparently Nixon did not like the conclusions the researchers came to and decided not to release the study. It was leaked and the long term effect is...boredom with porn.
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    Unpopular opinions

    Harry Palmer was the ultimate in cool. I cannot believe a remake has not yet been done. Kubrick was a true genius. Barry Lyndon never got the love it deserved. Kubrick lit scenes with candlelight!! Harry Potter? Meh. Star Wars? Double meh. I would rather watch ant episode of Farscape. Casablanca? I am pretty sure my wife decided I was the one after I took her to see it in a rep theatre.
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    Small, unworthy things: part whatever

    My hobby is photography and on occasion I do manage to create a really nice print. I usuall give them them away to someone who would appreciate the subject. Selling it and then buying a copy to give as a present sounds a bit strange.
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    Small, unworthy things: part whatever

    Poor guy probably forgot the punchine to one of his jokes .
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    Laurel or Yanny?

    My dolphin buddies tell me that they hear a mishmash of both words with none predominating.
  11. How about the never out of fashion request to "open the pod bay doors Hal."
  12. Shut up and start massaging. Just ask if heading into normally unexplored territory.
  13. As do I. Back in the 60s Star Trek was cancelled after 2 seasons and CBS got more letters asking for it back than they had ever received before that they relented and brought it back for a third season. 50 years later the franchise is still strong. SyFy channel is also known for cancelling Farscape. I still have not forgiven them for that.
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    Laurel or Yanny?

    I heard "yerry". Go figure.
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    Do Dolphins Really Protect People from Sharks?

    I guess I am safe if sharks attack me. Every interaction I have had with dolphins had them ignoring everyone else and only interacting with me.