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This blog has been pretty Trump-heavy of late, so here’s a bit of a respite. Talk about anything other than Trump. No trolls or Trump fans allowed, obviously; post personal stuff in the latest open thread for personal stuff.

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Falconer
Falconer
3 years ago

Not so hot on OK Go’s latest.

https://youtu.be/dOz_bacMdR0

At some point, they’re going to run out of ideas, I’m afraid.

Falconer
Falconer
3 years ago

I, too, would like to hear ((((Zero))))’s story of getting banned from Pizza Hut.

No Man’s Sky just dropped a big update, adding base building, freighters for hire, reducing the frequency of resources, and tweaking the UI, among others. I might have to check those out.

Babies Update: They’re going to be 4 in February. They’re talking very well, although my girl throws the curve off because she has a lot more phonemes than my boy. They can climb and jump and swing with the best of them. We might trade up from the balance bikes to bikes with actual pedals and training wheels soon.

kupo
kupo
3 years ago

@Falconer
I’m probably going to try the NMS update when I’m done enjoying the Stardew Valley update. 🙂

Falconer
Falconer
3 years ago

@kupo, I haven’t even tried Stardew Valley.

I have made some progress on my Final Fantasy 3 game, though.

Also: My girl looks at the pre-pupal stage of the butterfly and/or moth and says “Callerpittar!”

Rando
Rando
3 years ago

Please check out the MGTOWs who are hilariously upset about a baby:

https://np.reddit.com/r/MGTOW/comments/5fj2k1/where_the_fuck_do_women_learn_this_bitchy_ugly/

It’s not worth your journalism or anything, it’s just very funny!

leftwingfox
leftwingfox
3 years ago

So yea, that discussion about the Blood Bowl re-release?

While shopping on my birthday this weekend (40! Fuck Everything!), one of the geek shops happened to have the new board, the Skaven team and a black friday sale that made both with tax cheaper than ordering the game alone off the website before ax and shipping.

Now I just need to buy paint. Yikes.

Hambeast (fan of diversity)
Hambeast (fan of diversity)
3 years ago

Paradoxy – I came across some 20-odd year-old Print magazines from when I was in school. Are they any use to anybody? I was gonna look at all of the typography articles and then chuck them into the recycling, but if anyone’s interested, I’ll send them along instead since the post office still has book rate shipping.

(((Zero)) – Where’s the Pizza Hut story??

weirwoodtreehugger: communist bonobo

That was indeed amazing. Please do a post about it.

a.k.
3 years ago

I’ve been lurking here for a while but figured that if you’re sharing music you’d rather appreciate this performance by the objectively awesome, objectively I say!, And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead…

Slutty Miss Havisham Penguin briefly known as Nady
Slutty Miss Havisham Penguin briefly known as Nady
3 years ago

I like the “girl troll” Should I get my vagina checked out? It has never dispensed money for me!

weirwoodtreehugger: communist bonobo

I think when MGTOW first heard the slang term “ham wallet” they took it too literally and assumed that vaginas grab, store and dispense cash.

Brony, Social Justice Cenobite

@Croquembouche of patriarchy
I appreciate the kind words. I have been here, but I’m trying to work through a kind of “social paralysis”. I’ve experienced two large social changes in addition recent events that are banned from this thread, my job and my blog. The first because my job feels like being a prison guard at the worst of times (the best of times would be familiar to a teacher of children in the 7-12 year old range). The second because feeling social authority is somewhat discomforting.That makes me somewhat sensitive to how I communicate in ways that I’m trying to analyze.

I’m trying to be positive about it because I do like to be analytical, but I’ve been struggling to get through drafts in my writing. I have to work on shaping how I act in serious social situations and I have a personality that can fairly be called authoritarian. All that analysis that I love to do is agonizing when I turn it on myself.

Brony, Social Justice Cenobite

Not that I’m saying that there is anything wrong with being a prison guard. See what I mean? The balance between effective speaking to an audience and conveying an experience can produce less-than preferred non-literal language. I sometimes hate being hyper-analytical.

kupo
kupo
3 years ago

I keep seeing an ad now that says, “7 of the Season’s Trendiest Flowers That Will Be in All the Bouquets” and there’s just so much going on there. There are trendy flowers? And more than 7 of them? And people care enough about flower trends that they need to know which ones are the trendiest? And people need to keep up on what will be in all the bouquets? Have I somehow convinced taboola that I’ma florist and/or flower enthusiast?

Laugher at Bigots, Mincing Betaboy
Laugher at Bigots, Mincing Betaboy
3 years ago

@kupo:

You are on a feminist blog, and as we know, feminist blogs are entirely populated by women, and women are really into flowers and into fashionable things. Therefore, it’s only sensible that advertisers (to maximize profit) buy ad space to disseminate information on seven (because list articles themselves are modish at the moment) of the most fashionable flowers.

The above paragraph contains at least 70% sarcasm.

Sinkable John : Pansy Ass Pinko, Regicidal Beast-of-Burden
Sinkable John : Pansy Ass Pinko, Regicidal Beast-of-Burden
3 years ago

@Falconer & kupo

Eeeeeeee NMS update ! Where !

… waaaaait. Last I played NMS, I was stranded with a broken hyperdrive in a single-planet system that’s too far from any other to make it with my ship in this state. And about all of the very copious fauna on that planet is spiders.

The whole thing is so full of nope it’s overflowing. I’m not touching this game until I can get someone else to gather those resources and get me off that rock.

Croquembouche of patriarchy
Croquembouche of patriarchy
3 years ago

@ Brony SJC, thanks for replying. I can certainly relate to the feeling of paralysis, especially while your analysis is incomplete and you feel cut off from the ability to complete it. [inserts platitude here].
Your hyper-analytical nature is often a joy to bystanders like me, and often an education too, so I hope your final synthesis recognises that.

kupo
kupo
3 years ago

@John
Have you tried mining asteroids to get the materials needed to repair the hyperdrive? Also, I understand there are 3 difficulty levels now and you can have one file on each, so maybe you can just start fresh on one of the new difficulty levels?

Sinkable John : Pansy Ass Pinko, Regicidal Beast-of-Burden
Sinkable John : Pansy Ass Pinko, Regicidal Beast-of-Burden
3 years ago

@kupo

I gave it a try this morning and realized I wasn’t stranded anymore. I forgot that I’d fixed this problem (and built a large pool of the resources needed for those specific repairs, just in case).

Got a new problem though ! I got me a freighter, set up a terminal for a Builder and went to the space station to recruit the staff member… and when I came back, the room with the terminal was completely blocked to me. Like, a wall where the door should’ve been. I bypassed that a first time by building rooms above to go around the block, talked to my Builder, went to get the supplies they wanted, and when I came back the new openings I’d made were blocked as well. This time it doesn’t seem like I can go around, so I guess all I can do is wait for a fix.

I’m also a little sad that this update (and those base-linking teleporters I had long awaited) happened long after I found my favorite planet yet, and I can’t go back there to build a permanent base on it. Oh well. I’ll find an even better one eventually.

To be fair, at any rate I’m more interested in whatever future content this update is supposed to be a “Foundation” for. I love the non-base-related changes too. Looking past the initial disappointment at release, it seems like there’s a lot of hope for NMS yet.

20yrs2day
20yrs2day
3 years ago

First, I commented here once but I don’t remember my email for that time. Hope the new one is okay.

I want to ask @ EJ (The Orphic Lizard)/ the other one about on link to the book explaining keysian theory of economics.I saved it but I lost it.

I wanted to ask it for a while now but with all happening last month I didn’t want to intrude the other treads, specially the ones about personal stuff with the request, so thank you David for the opportunity. And thank you again for creating this community, I’m just a broke student living abroad but I hope someday I will be able to donate here.

kupo
kupo
3 years ago

@John
That sucks! Hopefully they fix it soon.

On another topic, this article males me happy and sad: http://nyti.ms/2gAGo2g

numerobis
numerobis
3 years ago

One of my cats wants to play fight, the other doesn’t. The one who wants to fight gingerly puts her paw on the other in a slow-motion thwap. Then withdraws it. Repeats. The one who doesn’t want to fight gets tired of this, thwaps back. Fighter is exited, play time, paws up! Non-fighter walks away. Fighter is sad.

Fin.

Brony, Social Justice Cenobite

Hmmmm…How to make this non-serious. Most people don’t realize just how much fun I have taking scientific literature and lining myself up with it. It’s hard learning to subtract yourself from the equation (sometimes literal nowadays in brain science) and still speak casually, but it has benefits. You can have fun with this stuff and work on having fun with other people as a skill.

@Croquembouche of patriarchy

I can certainly relate to the feeling of paralysis, especially while your analysis is incomplete and you feel cut off from the ability to complete it. [inserts platitude here].

I get what you are saying. Platitudes are complicated like that. They are true, but in the same way that equations are true. My dependent variables are different, but the independent variables still have things in common. I like platitudes, about 50%.
At a neurodiversity level an experience that reminds me of that is how when I try to mention social difficulties related to Tourette’s Syndrome I often hear “that happens to me too”. Half-true, mine is shaped differently.

Your hyper-analytical nature is often a joy to bystanders like me, and often an education too, so I hope your final synthesis recognises that.

That is nice to know, I appreciate that. I don’t go looking for praise much since that tends to be difficult in terms of social strategy so I appreciate that. Final synthesis works as a term, but in personality terms that is a part of me that I try to cultivate.

It’s just that I’ve learned that I’m little different from the people this blog criticizes in form. I have the same urge act authoritatively in a social context. I’m very determined to find a way of categorizing my social world, including for defensive and offensive purposes. Fear is a motivator for me, as well as other things like anger, joy, anticipation, trust, surprise and disgust. I am very sensitive to social symbols and I am socially impulsive. I socially manipulate. It’s why I know so much about them, I am like them.

We are different because I make different choices about what I watch for in social situations, what I try to remember, and how I choose to proceed. I am very strict with myself because I genuinely like people and am friendly and passionate in person. I don’t like making people feel negatively, it’s just that I don’t like people making each other feel negatively more. When I analyze and dissect apart people’s words it feels like an aggressive act of a kind that so many trolls use here. I get impulses in my mind that are seeds of the kinds of things that the commentariat here cares about. Neutral at a species level, but you have to make them into things that can be called good. I feel very similarly to many trolls and have problems that result in things like a miserable sex life. But I have to make sure I attack the right targets. Anger, hate and fear are tools. I don’t let myself hate people, I make myself hate beliefs, behaviors, actions and ways of communicating. I control my “grouping people function” because hate, fear and anger are too often sloppy and I am one of the sloppiest.

It’s very often hard and lonely because of the way society is set up and the habits I have fallen into over the years but it’s what works. I’m always trying tot modify it.

(((Zero))))
(((Zero))))
3 years ago

@Laugher at Bigots, Mincing Betaboy
like this?
I’m also trying to figure out how to post images in my comments too

Ray of Rays
Ray of Rays
3 years ago

I feel kind of callous asking this here, and it feels awkward adding my hugs to everyone who needs them, since I still semi-lurk. But…

I remember seeing people talking about Pokemon Sun/Moon in other threads here. I immediately averted my eyes (I went in with as little knowledge as I could, and haven’t regretted it), but now that I’m finished with the main part of Pokemon Moon (now starting post-game), I have kind of a not-really spoilery question about something in between the “final” battle and the credits, if someone can answer.

*NOT REALLY SPOILER (BEYOND “YOU HAVE THE CHANCE TO CATCH A LEGENDARY YOU’VE KNOWN ABOUT SINCE HOUR ONE”), BUT JUST A WARNING*

Finally had the opportunity to battle and catch Tapu Koko before the credits rolled (OT, but holy crap, dat theme music…)…but I pulled a Game Grumps-style screwup* and knocked it out, instead.

My question, if anyone succeeded on the first try: what does Lillie say if you succeed? All she said in my case was “you beat Tapu Koko, but I don’t think it’s disappointed. Look, it dropped this Tapunium-Z.” I’m incredibly curious, and it’s way too late for me to restart.

* Scenario: you have a legendary Electric monster in unspecified low-yellow health, an entire team of monsters equal or superior in strength (including one that the legendary literally cannot take down), any of whom can finish it in one more hit, no chance of inflicting capture-enhancing status effects (it’s immune to paralysis, and one more Ice Beam will take it out), and only Ultra Balls available. You send out a Vikavolt with Thunderbolt, Bug Buzz, and Acrobatics. Do you…

A) Remember that Electric resists Flying, and that Vikavolt has mediocre Attack, and whittle it down with Acrobatics?

B) Remember that Electric resists itself, while forgetting that Vikavolt has godlike Special Attack, and use Thunderbolt?

C) Forget that you have Timer Balls?

D) Both B and C.

>_>

LindsayIrene
3 years ago

A mammoth has been discovered at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and La Brea Avenue in LA. Which mighty man slew this beast for us ladies?

kupo
kupo
3 years ago

@Zero
To embed an image just include the url to the image on a separate line in your post. The url needs to end in an image format like jpg or gif.

kupo
kupo
3 years ago

Who needs something relaxing to watch?

https://youtu.be/BuG1oNRQnyI

Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
3 years ago

HOLY SHIT HOLY SHIT HOLY SHIT SOMEBODY FOUND AN ENTIRE PRESERVED DINOSAUR TAIL HOLY SHIT.
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Apologies for the gigantic images but H O L Y S H I T.