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  1. AverageGuy

    Use the Oxford comma. It provides clarity and avoids confusion

    Vowel sounds are assonance. For anyone who hasn't seen it, lacking an Oxford commas can cost millions in lawsuits. Is "packing for shipment" separate from "distribution?" Or is it only "packing," whether it's for shipment or distribution? Truck drivers argued for the latter and won millions.
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    Daylight savings time sucks spring 2017!!!

    Going forward isn't the part that gives me personally an issue so much. It's gaining an hour where we run into issues with systems in the hospital. Any time you can't get a med out of a cabinet because the patient supposedly hasn't been admitted yet is a problem. Having issues putting a patient in a bed and hooking them up to the bed's linked devices because their stay overlaps with the stay of another patient who was transferred out of the bed thirty minutes ago. Basically, don't go to a hospital prior to the daylight savings change in the fall (tangent, try to avoid going to a teaching hospital at night in July in general). Also, DST increases energy consumption by 1% generally and 2-4% in the fall, so completely fails its main purpose: https://www.nber.org/papers/w14429
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    Should we lower the age of adulthood in the US to be 16?

    Most of the discussion is around suffrage, but are we talking the age of adulthood in general? As in, you're no longer a child. You can sign contracts. You're your own guarantor. Parents have no further legal responsibility; child support/welfare payments stop, they can kick kids out of the house if they don't want you there. They can work full-time jobs without hitting child labor laws. I'm not sure what else. Military service?
  4. Wait, they stopped teaching this way? Sounding it out was big when I was taught to read, and we had lessons around consonant and vowel sounds in first grade. I do remember pictures and letter of the week macaroni art in pre-school, but that was more about learning the alphabet itself than reading.
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    Vote On Forum Description of Trump Supporters

    Was the double use of "other people" instead of just saying "people" there a stealth comment on othering?
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    What Do You Think Cultural Appropriation Is?

    Um. I really hope you only mean culturally, given that Sweet Pea was implying a genetic argument. There are literally still living siblings on both sides of that border.
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    What Do You Think Cultural Appropriation Is?

    White dude with dreads. Or white rapper. Or just a white person who listens to rap.
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    What is the largest country in history?

    It's a fact. Much like the fact Robert Jordan sold out.
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    Oh No

    Sadly (or maybe happily?) I've never seen CSI Miami, either.
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    Oh No

    Having never seen Magnum P.I., this just looks bad. Maybe if the lead could act.
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    What was the last time you had your "mind blown"?

    Reptiles run the gamut. Snakes are ZW, iguanas are XY, turtle clutches can be male or female depending on if the clutch is cooler or warmer.
  12. NSA Triples Collection of U.S. phone records under Trump This after the FISA section to search American e-mails without a warrant got extended in January, despite Trump's schizophrenic stance on it. Oh for the innocent days of library book surveillance.
  13. I'd heard there was only one extra scene for Infinity War. But apparently there may be a second, Ant-Man focused scene?
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    What Do You Do When You Are Bored?

    Well, yeah. What, did you think I was punning on the word "bored?"
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    What Do You Do When You Are Bored?

    When I'm bored, I look for something to fill the hole.
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    Rothfuss XIII: Fan Angst Live Stream

    Actually Terry Goodkind. "There are those who focus exclusively on this least important element -magic - simply because people I don't know, despite my strenuous objections at the time, insisted on placing a red dragon on the cover of my work, and because of that, and who published the book, I was racked in bookstores as fantasy." I didn't participate much in the Goodkind threads, but this quote is everything.
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    Rothfuss XIII: Fan Angst Live Stream

    Like that one guy who wasn't even a fantasy author, but they put the red dragon on his book...
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    Rothfuss XIII: Fan Angst Live Stream

    Yes. Either Kvothe opens doors that were locked (makes sense given the title), or either the Chandrian or the Amyr hunt the ones who get out, meaning Kvothe taking his revenge gives them freer rein.
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    Debt to Society Paid?: Luke Heimlich

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    Debt to Society Paid?: Luke Heimlich

    A registry doesn't make sense to me. I started a topic a few years ago about a tent city growing up under a bridge in Miami because it was literally the only place in the county not near a park, school, etc. It actually led to a rise in parole violations and people falling off the registry. If we can't trust sex offenders to rehabilitate, we should make their sentence mandatory life in prison without possibility of parole. But a professional baseball player? Lots of people never see those dreams fulfilled. Weighed against a survivor having to see a public figure, my visceral response is, "Tough shit."
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    The Magicians - SyFy [SHOW SPOILERS ONLY]

    The first half is magic college. Harry Potter a few years later, without a dark lord but with drugs and sex and the ennui resulting from having godlike powers in a mostly mortal world. The second half is mostly deconstruction of Narnia (the whole series is really), with book 1 having a greater focus on The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. A white witch and Aslan variant and everything. All that's not to say this series will be at all similar, but based on that trailer, I'll still check it out.
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    Guy Gavriel Kay

    Sorry for the tangent, but who do you consider the two? I'm asking because I thought of there being three, and I'm curious about which one doesn't stick out in other people's minds.
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    Guy Gavriel Kay

    Does it end with a little bit of magic going out of the world?