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  1. Folks are in town for the weekend- sister showed up with my nephew 

    First words out of the boy's mouth, no lie...

    "I wanna watch Duuune!" 

    He's 43 months old, if I'm not mistaken about his birthdate

    Yes, he knows which one is "Duuune" and immediately pointed to the box art which was actually laying half-covered underneath a book. Pulled the disc out of my hand (creating smudge prints that I then had to clean off :rolleyes: ) in his haste to put it in the PS4. 

    I couldn't love this kid more if Muad'dib ordered me to. 

    Fuck those witches and their breeding programs, my sister and her dweeby husband already produced a Kwisatz Haderach :bowdown:

    Seriously, this kid is 3.5 years old and can use Ridiculous, Awesome, and a host of other pretty complex words accurately. Literally just today, actually while I stepped into the bathroom to clean the Duuune disc I was speaking anecdotally to my mother in the living room the boy followed me and -after waiting politely for a break in the conversation- said "Jalen you use a lot of big words when you talk." And in a way that made it clear he was following the conversation, and comprehended through context what the words I was using mean. Nothing crazy, I'm not walking around like Sheldon Cooper when talking to my mother or nothing. But this kid :grouphug:

    And that's not to short-change his sister, who is sharp as a whip and gonna be a helluvan athelete in addition- this is just the Duuune thread 

    And I know I'm not just talking up my own relations, because that sister had a school thing we went to this evening. Six and seven and eight year olds. And the 3.5 year old, my nephew, had more to say about what was going on than a single one of those kids. Had observations about what was going on and demanded a book from the fare.

    Not everything is salt 

  2. 1 hour ago, IlyaP said:

    Not really a fan of those books/movies, so no real interest in playing it. Just not my jam.

    Well, nobody's perfect.

    48 minutes ago, Rhom said:

    I have not yet, but did get it for my niece for her birthday and she loves it!

    It's a real game! With a story and characters and everything! No payments-after-purchase required! 

    The Slytherin common room is sooo much cooler than that lame tower whatshisface lived in


  3. Preach! 

    My god, am IIIIII allowed to accuse him of treason? Because I will. I saw it. I saw him tell people to do treason for months on TV and then they did it for him



    Boasted on Twitter that they were after the Speaker of the House!!!! ON TWITTER! AT HIS BEHEST! THEY -and he, Trump himself- LOOKED DIRECTLY INTO THE CAMERA AND TOLD YOU WHAT THEY WERE DOING. Many, many, times!!!!

    I will accuse him. I do. 


    Seriously, this drives me up a fucking wall. THE MAN DID A BEER HALL PUTSCH AND THEY'RE GOING AFTER HIS WHORE PAYMENTS!!!!

    So are you allowed to attempt to overthrow democracy then as long as you keep your prostitutes paid up right? Because, not a lawyer, from what I understand he's (lol) "in trouble" for the way the payments were RECORDED rather than the payments themselves. It's -literally- a technicality... You can't make this shit up. I don't think I'm even gonna be mad at the Once and Future President when he announces the 4th Reich in about 18 months. 

    Seriously, at some point I can't hold this... person... accountable anymore if he is never held to account for his crimes

    His REAL on-televison and predeclared crimes!

    He's not gonna arrest his fucking self, people! 

    /End rant (I needed that, seriously @Darzin) 


  4. "Problematic" is my FAVORITE NewSpeak word :ninja:

    As in: 

    "I don't know how to argue an actual point so I'm gonna Mad Libs a bunch of nouns and conjunctions (perhaps a verb-or-two) around the word problematic and accept hero-status amongst similarly idiot-brained individuals who confuse compassion with an inability to compromise. Because I live on Twitter." 


  5. I'm trans. I played sports in Highschool, with the boys.

    I get embarrassed and ashamed at my fellow Ts for accepting trophies against competitors that they have a biophysiological advantage against. Full stop.

    That's not fair.

    No, people DO NOT transition just to compete in a field with an advantage... That's a sick and hateful argument and everyone knows it.

    But transitioning doesn't erase biological facts about male musculoskeletal development vs female musculoskeletal development. And no amount of memes or whining will change that- it's called real life

    I understand that that sucks. Being trans sucks sometimes and I -myself- would never want to accept a trophy against a sister of the world if I had an advantage that she could never possibly match. Being born male -especially having gone through male puberty- IS AN ADVANTAGE in physical contests. This is why we have sex-segregated sports fields.

    Sex- being a biological description of reproductive (overwhelmingly binary) capacities of animals

    Please, tell me I'm a self-hating creature who doesn't see myself as a woman (if not sexually female) after I "presented" on this forum for a decade explicitly as a woman. I love getting lectured about inconformity to NewSpeak and RightThink. It gives my art an extra bite for days afterwards. 

  6. 21 minutes ago, Ormond said:

    Well, if the "of" in the above is not a typographical error for "or", it would seem likely to me that if he's only been asked to turn in the handwritten notes that the personal audio recordings no longer exist.

    Ain't that just fantastical? 

    "I had tapes! I had them. And I copied these handwritten notes directly from them!" 

    Truly, fantastical

    As in: I don't believe it for a fucking second. You either have tapes or you have nothing... CNN and MSNBC's six-foot erections notwithstanding 

  7. 11 minutes ago, Annara Snow said:

    Season 1 was in 2009. It ended ten years ago..

    Nazi Future Dystopia storyline? That sounds like it will be fun, though probably not very original.

      Reveal hidden contents

    Everything about Alisha's power is so messed up. She doesn't generally have control over it - anyone who touches her wants desperately to have sex with her - but she decided to use it to have sex with people twice, wth Curtis and with another hot uy who was a volunteer at the Centre or something.

    Neither of the had any control over how they were behaving while under the influence of her power, no ability whatsoever to give consent, which she knew, and they didn't even remember anything afterwards. Curtis even acts extremely upset when he realizes what happened, and yells "You can't do that to people". but then he gets over it before the end of the episode, after she decides she wouldn't do it anymore, because it's unfulfilling, and they become an item

    Jessica Jones season 1 came out 6 years later. Did TV writers before that not give any thought to what it means when characters use mind control to have sex with someone?

    I recall that now. I always interpreted the character as being a victim of her own power. Like, it was more about the helplessness of "triggering" a rape just by touching someone for her...

    She's the victim of her powers. It was like an inversion of female empowerment commentary, at least that's what I always understood about it.

    Regarding the specific episode/interaction that you're talking about... I mean, victims of abuse are tragically likely to perpetuate abuse on others. This is a well-known thing: although previously overstated as far as percentages and whatnot...

    I know this personally. Doctors scared the fuck out of me and my sister with this fact and I'm not blaming them for the fact that I don't like to be touched and get very nervous when interacting in... situations. But I think it's brave and important writing to have characters/stories like you're describing. Forgiveness and understanding are underrated, not every character needs to be put down the moment they fail to overcome their failings - 



  8. Ah, Misfits! I liked that one. Don't recall the rape you speak of, I watched just after it aired... Goddamn had to be like almost fifteen years ago now :wacko:

    Anyway, my first exposure to both the Future Mrs. Catelyn Stark and, of course, the Future Mr. Ramsay Bolton. 

    I literally stole the idea of pretending to smoke when I was in the Army from this show. 

    "Smokers get all the breaks." Is what the kid says in the Nazi Future Dystopia storyline. 

    I did that, irl! 

    I'd buy a pack of blue camel crush's and it'd last me a month because I'd light the cigarette, puff once, and then it would go out while I stood there hanging out. :D :smoking:



    Eta: I guess it only came out ten years ago. Felt longer. 

  9. On 3/16/2023 at 12:59 AM, Jikm said:


    I want to sunbathe this summer to get clear skin and because I am sick of being overly pale. This is part of a plan. 

    At some point in the last few months I was discussing makeup techniques with my shrink. I expressed that I've gotten good at it, but I don't actually have a foundation that matches my skin tone. 

    At which point she said "Yeah, they don't really make one that's Casper-toned." 

    So I've been looking forward to that sun too. :cheers:

  10. 24 minutes ago, Tywin et al. said:

    Who gives one flying fuck what they think? 

    "Know thy enemy and know yourself; in a hundred battles, you will never be defeated."

    - Sun Tzu

    "At times one remains faithful to a cause only because it's opponents do not cease to be insipid."

    - Frederich Nietzsche


    "The most important tactic in an argument, next to being right, is to leave an escape hatch for your opponent so that he can gracefully swing over to your side without an embarrassing loss of face."

    - Stephen Jay Gould

  11. On 2/21/2023 at 4:17 PM, Crazy Old Guy said:


    Other than that? I'm a huge Star Wars fan, but that's why I'm watching The Bad Batch currently and getting caught up on season 2 (currently on episode 8 of that season). I'm listening to this audiobook narration right here:

    How is that The Bad Batch, by the way? I've always had less-than-zero interest in the goings-on of clones outside the spectacular videogame Republic Commando (yo, they're printable soldiers... I just don't get what's supposed to be so interesting about them). 

    The biggest insult to Star Wars, to my eye, has long been (seriously, a decade now!) how small Disney makes it feel. Star Wars was never small when George Lucas owned it. Never. 

    I think about things like Knights of the Old Republic, with all the depth and moral complexity on display... and then I look at Disney and I can't help but be disgusted. They built a technological terror that they're too damn afraid to do anything with :shocked:. I found out from a friend that Disney commissioned a book to explain the origins of the First Order (the villains from the Sequel Trilogy). And at the end of it, where the name comes from is essentially a pun... :stillsick: Like, they commissioned that and then put it in print 

    In the words of one of the great orators of our time, "SAD!"


  12. On 1/20/2023 at 9:48 PM, Starkess said:

    My fiancé is indeed awesome. I've reached the breaking point with my job so I am going to resign next week (at least, that's what I've decided today, will be TBD come Monday if I chicken out  :leaving:

    I have a potential job lined up and if that doesn't work out, I might actually just take the break and do it. If someone tells me a hundred times they're happy to do something, I suppose I ought to take them at their word and not worry so much that they don't really mean it. In the meantime, I'll try to do some writing this weekend!

    2 months later, update? 


    Check all boxes that apply: 

    [  ] - I made the best decision of my life!

    [  ] - Oh god, what was I thinking?

    [  ] - Writing is hard. 

    [  ] - Actually, writing is really easy. Writing really well is hard. 

    [  ] - Need help (no strings attached, just trying to be nice) from weirdo writing savant who can literally give away ideas/plots/theme-insights without creating a dynamic where the recipient feels like they're being impressed upon to do something other than their own root inclinations? 

    [  ] - Fuck that weirdo, I got this through sheer spite alone if needs be! 

    [  ] - When did I start drinking so much?


    ( If you don't check the last box you're not a real writer no matter how good your efforts turn out :P ) 

  13. 1 hour ago, Rippounet said:

    If that's the case, it means Trump will win no matter what, because his arrest will not convince anyone who's not already voting MAGA.

    I'd say that, on the contrary, arresting him and re-affirming the rule of law is the best way to keep fascism at bay.

    It's a real fucking conundrum. 

    If he figures out that he can start saying "Criminal", "Justice", and "Reform" in sequence then I'm joining Wagner. I'll take my chances as a Russian bullet sponge over the future you people are gonna have. 

    And please, somebody give me a laugh by pointing out the hypocrisy of such a thing. I could use a good chuckle. 

  14. 39 minutes ago, ThinkerX said:

    Nah. Bipartisan vote done behind closed doors late at night with no press whatsoever.

    I would like to draw attention to the disparity in response to the -preventable- derailment of a train spewing toxins (actually threatening lives/livelihoods/homes) and some Accounting Pirates tasting nature for the first time in their cushy fucking lives 

    And I'm so over hearing about how "this isn't a bailout" already 

    Last time I looked the FDIC insured up to a quarter-million... but I guess that's only for the non-millionaires right? 

    Great to know

  15. Watched episodes 7 and 8 just now. One left. Show is aces. - Says a joker (-_- )


    Regarding Messieurs Benioff and Weiss' (let's just say it) complete chuckle-fucking of their jobs-then-careers while in custody of Mr. Martin's work...


    (Bella Ramsey's) 

  16. Finally figured out why the Harry Potter game was having this screen-wavey-problem (I'm technologically illiterate) so I'm hoping to dive back into that and finish it. :) I turned on V-sync and locked the framerate at 60fps which cured the problem immediately. 


    Also, they have to be thinking about how to do an MMO off of this, right? Or maybe a sorta-MMO, like you can Schedule Link missions to do with friends or something. Like Destiny, but with Harry Potter. And maybe good

    I don't know nothin about making videogames, but it just seems like a no-brainer to me to use this foundation to take another step towards playing with friends. 

    Hell, a Dueling Club where like you get automatched with others??? An actual leaderboard and shit that you can work your way up? That'd be awesome. 


  17. 2 hours ago, Fragile Bird said:

    I’ve seen numerous commentators talk about the fact arresting Trump will guarantee both his nomination and his election. The anger will stir up his supporters to a fierce boil.

    I was also shocked to see stories about his growing support among non-white voters. Apparently he’s so far ahead of his rivals because he’s so far ahead in that category. What the hell do black voters see in Donald Trump????

    I ain't got all the right school'n 'n such'n to be claiming to be an expert on race, but I do live here. I've been around. I talk to people who don't look like me. 

    And the thing that shocks me most about Whitey (Safe, Safe, and Secure Whitey), in this country and apparently in yours as well Madam Bird...

    It's like you people think that being from a minority group precludes one from hitting that all-important revolutionary initiation moment. It's a very special moment called: FUCK IT 



    2 hours ago, Fragile Bird said:


    I was also shocked to see stories about his growing support among non-white voters. Apparently he’s so far ahead of his rivals because he’s so far ahead in that category. What the hell do black voters see in Donald Trump????

    "They" don't think that Donald and R's LIKE THEM

    "They" just fucking hate you people

    And frankly, they should. 



    2 hours ago, Larry of the Lake said:

    Trump's supporters have always been riled up.  They're always at a fierce boil.  



    You think you've seen boiling? Oh my sweet summer child. :blushing:

  18. @ants

    "Follow the money?" 

    Money follows production. That's what purchasing things is. 

    I don't know where you're from, but where I'm from everything says "Made in China" 

    Now, I don't wish I were Chinese or anything. Because I'm a peasant in this system. God only knows what I'd be in theirs

    But as a recipient (fuck yourV-WORD and all its pathetic social capital misuse of the last decade-or-so) of long-term childhood abuse(s), neglect, and maltreatment by US government Social Services and the legal "Guardian" that had possession of me for a time: I have a pet theory that I'm hardwired to respect strength even if I'm opposed to it. It's why I identify with the villains. 


    Meanwhile, have y'all seen this video of this Judge trying to talk at Stanford? It's amaze-balls. I don't know nothin about the Judge. Don't care. What fascinates me is this administrator lady giving, like, a fucking sermon after she usurps the podium. It's rambling, inane, borderline-blubbering and absolutely delightful. She's like trying to lecture a Judge about safe spaces and free speech is what she's after while she's filibustering this dude, all for the performative delight of the children. I haven't even been able to finish it because she just repeats herself every fifteen seconds because she doesn't actually have anything to say other than "These children deserve to feel safe." "I defend free speech, you're here to speak freely." "They don't want you to speak freely because you make them feel unsafe." Repeat, repeat, repeat. In this whiney tenor that no doubt makes the children feel more un-aloner for having no ability to regulate their emotions towards the enhancement of thought or communication of thought. 

    I LOVE AMERICA!!!!  :lmao:

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