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    Full vegetative immersion in epic fantasy novels

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  1. The Mance

    The Gallows Humor Thread

    Rhymes with swat
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    The Gallows Humor Thread

    I heard its where the government is hiding the strategic chloroquine reserves.
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    Has it all gone quiet since the TV show finished?

    Obstinace? Whimsy? Denial?
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    US Politics: Nancy's Knock on the Senate Door

    Sandernista, surely. (You were so close!)
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    The Witcher on Netflix 2: Man of steel and silver

    I also haven't played the games or read any books, and I thought it was reasonably passable as popcorn entertainment. Though I can see why the incredible range in quality would be off-putting to some. Especially anyone that is invested in the source materials. There were some very well done strong points, and some embarrassingly cringe low points. The time jumps were easy enough to follow once I figured out that they were happening, but I feel like they could have done more to highlight them. It really wasn't until halfway through Pavetta's wedding ceremony that I figured out that we were jumping significantly back in time as well as forward. Also, Im not seeing the male gaze issues that someone mentioned upthread. And I say that having read that critique after Ep3 and finishing the series with a critical eye. I can buy that Yennefer was exposed only as much as she was during her transformation to facilitate the ceremonial markings on her belly and back. Apart from that I don't think she was sexualized anymore than Geralt was. And, really, I think we get just as good and long a look at that corpulent mayor as we ever do of Yennefer's bewbs. One thing I've got to know from anyone who's played the game: when Geralt is hiding just around the corner from the bridge into to castle where he needs to kill the strigga, and he throws the rock that scares off the two guards at the gate, is that an in-game stealth mechanic? Because it really looked like an in-game stealth mechanic.
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    Small unworthy things - as you were

    Rats are surprisingly good drivers , because of course they are.
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    US Politics. Trump Crossing the Dnieper. Alea Iacta Est.

    So one niggling thing about the whole Ukraine development is trump repeatedly describing his call with Zelensky as "perfect". Like I get that he has an odd way of mangling idiom, and otherwise tortures the english language in the the most cringeworthy ways. But, "perfect," in the context of a phone call? It just doesn't fit....unless.... All I can imagine is a team of legal linguists painstakingly coaching trump on how exactly to conduct his talk with Zelensky: "No mr president, you can't say it like that" "I'm sorry sir, that's illegal too" "Uhhh, no. Just.....no" Until finally he gets it! The wording that is just weaselly enough to buy what they all figured would be an acceptable amount of deniability for Barr and McConnell and Trump's base if not the entire GOP establishment to cover his ass if anybody ever found out. "Yes Mr President, that's perfect. Say it just like that" And he did! He said it perfect! Just like those annoying, pencil-necked, nerds told him to say it! Perfect! The phone call was "perfect"!
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    New Matrix movie in the works

    Ah. Thats fair. I thought she was fine as trinity, aaaannd...thats pretty much all i know her from. Oh wait...ya, she's pretty wooden in jessica jones.
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    New Matrix movie in the works

    What's wrong with Moss?
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    Jaqen H'hghar was someone.

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    Cats: Threading their way into our lives.

    As a kid i read a book about a prim gentleman housecat who, after attending to his morning duties, would settle in a particular sunny windowsill to "read the news". Don't remember the name of the book, though it may have been "Cat", but i still assume this disposition and intent about any cat gazing at the outside from a secure perch.
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    comparitive advantage

    Am I crazy or... am I crazy?
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    Near-miss from a city-killer asteroid this week

    Do you even internet?
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    Small, unworthy things: part whatever

    Was it on JetBlue? Last time I flew from Minneapolis to Boston it was on JetBlue. After years of Delta and SunCountry JetBlue felt like 1st class. Nobody next to me aaaannd like pre '90s leg room!
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    Small, unworthy things: part whatever

    My sister is "kind of a big deal" in the Pioneer Valley organic farming community, and periodically gives my Dad seeds or starts of this and that. Dad, proud of his daughter, will plant whatever she gives him in apparently random, often unseemly, or otherwise inappropriate (due to light or soil requirement) places. So a few years ago he placed a tomato start along his front walk and by the end of summer he had an 8' cherry tomato tree rising up between his rhododendrons and the juniper hedge. Dad loved it, and since then has nursed the volunteer sprouts that come up each year. I just shake my head disapprovingly, and tsk tsk about his "front yard vegetable garden".