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  1. The 10,000 Post thread V3

    (5916) Heh. Things are going well. Still actively wedding planning, we're getting married in December. Also we have a cat. Not sure if I mentioned that.
  2. American Politics

    Sig Sauer now makes a handgun with an image of the American flag etched into the top, and the word "stand" engraved on the side of the barrel. On some level it's almost comical. Nothing screams "'MURCA!" quite like this. But it's also rather troubling given that this is presenting an openly hostile message towards a particular group of people over a political opinion.
  3. This is ridiculous. Princess Aurora clearly didn't mind being woken up by Prince Charming kissing her. You'd have a legitimate beef about consent being an issue if she complained about it and he persisted but that's not what happened at all. She quite willingly rides off into the sunset with him with a huge smile on her face, for Pete's sake. There is no shortage of consent there.
  4. The 10,000 Post thread V3

    (5913) I can now say I have held the phone which is used to call the bullpen in an MLB stadium. That is an interesting thing to be able to say.
  5. The 10,000 Post thread V3

    (5909) Yeesh Larks, glad you're in one piece!
  6. The 10,000 Post thread V3

    (5900) I've done those types of long road trips on multiple occasions. Loads of fun, highly recommend. Greetings from Myrtle Beach, SC. I actually didn't drive here from NY! But that's because I'm here for work, not pleasure.
  7. The 10,000 Post thread V3

    (5894) There seems to be a common lifecycle pattern with free hosting sites. They become popular. As a result of their popularity they become unable to cover their expenses on ad revenue alone. So they create a concept of premium membership and start trying to nudge customers into it. Most people don't bite, so they start trying to force people into it if they want to continue using the site. Then, most people abandon the service en masse in favor of some other new site that's popped up and is earlier in its lifecycle. The previous site then fades quickly into irrelevance, possibly outright going under. It's an endless cycle because no one is willing to pay for the service, but it's difficult to impossible to actually make money without people paying for the service.
  8. President Donald Trump and his Administration

    It's not about who's more terrorized. When you have a conflict between a group of white supremacists and a group who opposes white supremacists, the latter pretty much automatically has the moral high ground regardless of who does what. Hence why I am troubled by all the waffling over "but it's free speech" and "but antifa was violent too". These are true statements, but to dwell on them is to lose focus of the primary issue here - namely, that there was a protest organized by a group whose idols are best known for committing genocide and starting half of a world war. Regardless of what rights such scum may have, they will get no sympathy and no defense from me.
  9. The 10,000 Post thread V3

    (5889) I will have to rent a tux again next year for my own wedding. Other than that, probably never unless someone else ropes me into being in their wedding party.
  10. President Donald Trump and his Administration

    It's certainly normal to want to learn whatever you can about your opponent, but it is quite illegal to spy on them in their private spaces. This is what brought Nixon's presidency to an early end back in 1974, it was found his staff had snuck into the offices of his opponent during the election campaign and planted spy equipment in order to record their private conversations. The Trump campaign is now suspected to have done basically the same thing - except rather than engaging in any spying themselves, they simply talked to their buddies in Russia and said "hey, mind sharing some of the intel your spies have gathered?" Still, it's too early to say what, if anything, this ultimately means. For one thing, without further investigation all we have is suspicion, not proof. Any formal investigation would have to be ordered by congress, which at this time does not seem too keen on doing so. Meanwhile the fact that Trump's own people did not get any of their hands dirty may allow them to weasel their way out of this since obtaining intel from the Russians, while unethical, is not necessarily illegal. Of course, it takes a 2/3rds majority vote to remove a president from office by impeachment, so that can't happen without a bipartisan effort. Nixon's downfall was that he lost the support of his own party. Bill Clinton survived being impeached because the Democrats defended him through the whole process. Trump is not going to be removed from office unless the Republican party hangs him out to dry the same as they did with Nixon.
  11. The 10,000 Post thread V3

    (5885) Something I did for the first time ever today: rented a tux. The guy at the store had to show me how to put the bow tie on, I was attempting to do it wrong and thought it didn't fit.
  12. The 10,000 Post thread V3

    (5870) The current Marvel universe movies are actually pretty good. But then, they don't have much in the way of precedent to adhere to. Star Wars on the other hand has a lot of precedent to adhere to. It was painfully obvious watching The Force Awakens that George Lucas did not direct it, and that alone was enough to ruin it as far as I'm concerned. It didn't feel like a Star Wars movie. It felt like I was watching fanfiction. I suppose, though, that to some degree that was Disney responding to all of the complaints about the prequel trilogy and the absurd idea that Star Wars somehow needed to be "saved from George Lucas". They made a movie with scenery that was similar to the scenery of the original trilogy and shoved a bunch of blatant fanservice into it. Meanwhile it had a chaotic and contrived plot, didn't really honor the characters depicted (they turned Han into a bumbling idiot), and they didn't even properly capture the full classic aesthetic because they gave it the quick cuts and zippy camera movements of a 21st century action movie rather than sticking to the more subdued Lucas style. But everyone loved it because it looked like the original movies and that was all they really cared about. So yeah, it's fair to say the fans ruined it. The fans demanded crap... and they got it.
  13. The 10,000 Post thread V3

    (5865) The whole "May the Fourth" thing was punny once but hearing it year after year is tiresome. Also, I can't look at Star Wars the same anymore now that Disney has totally ruined it.
  14. The 10,000 Post thread V3

    (5835) Man things have gotten quiet in here.
  15. The 10,000 Post thread V3

    (5830) Spoilers are great for keeping race cars on the ground.