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The Lounge / Coronovirus Roll call
« on: March 23, 2020, 12:36:01 AM »
How's everyone doing in our dystopian future?

This is I think day eight since we're in a soft lock down.  I'm in a fortunate spot in most way.  My job isn't in danger.  I can work from home.  And my home happens to be a grotesque mcMansion.  I"m stuck listening to my wife lose her mind at her children because they're going nuts staying home all day long.

Despite all this there's something... menacing in the air.  It's hard to explain.  It sort of feels like English civilians hunkering down for an air raid from the germans.  Except it's viruses and a damaged society instead of nazis.

Yesterday I went to an ihop for takeout(don't ask, my kids wanted it).  Tumblweeds.  Two people there handling the order.  I ask where is everyone.  She tells me they've all been laid off.  I gave her a tip equal to the amount of the meal.

Well that my situation.  Solid, no one vulnerable but bearing the weight of a menacing unknown on my mind at all times.

Though I do havll skype video meetings tomorrow most of the day.  And... okay I don't know how to convince any of you that I'm not suicidial.  But through these meetings I keep fantasizing about killing myself. The process goes like "Oh my God, this other guy just explained this!  There's no reason to be here.  But I can't leave.  And the boredom is causing me physical pain.

Well... I can always just kill myself.  And then my shoulder slump and I relax because there's always the cowards way out of meetings.  Friends and family might judge me harshly, if they've never been to a 9 hour meeting over skype.

How is everyone else doing?

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The Lounge / We need to talk about Dr Who (come at me Jane!)
« on: February 27, 2020, 12:46:51 AM »
I have done something deceptive for the greater good

So... This new female doctor who is just bad.  Wait wait! Before you call me a sexist hear me out.

I watch this show with my wife on a regular basis.  For the last two seasons she has been just giving me looks.  And I've been avoiding discussion the series.  I think we have both come to the conclusion that this is bad.  New episodes are stacking up in the DVR and we awkwardly scroll past them when we're finding something to watch.  On a scale of 1 to 10, my level of fear is about a 6 that should say "hey let's watch some of those new episodes."

My deception for the greater good is, Um, I've just deleted the recordings and removed it from the schedule.  At least I think it's for the greater good.  We don't discuss this.  It's possible that she likes it.  In which case this is a giant miscalculation.

My central critique of this show is two things.

1.  The companions are terrible.  I don't know how many there are.  I don't know why they're there.  These companions are in very stark contrast to every other companion where they put in an extreme amount of story justifying why a human would travel around with a stranger.

2. Jodi Whittakeris not a good choice for this character.  There's a few traits between regenerations of the doctors that are usually common.  He's a terrifying god like creature.  He wears this goofy persona as a mask to hide his true nature.  The feel I get from Jodi Whittaker is that If I were the companion she's volunteer to clear the toilets.  That's the best way I can sum it up.

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https://www.thedailybeast.com/mike-bloomberg-is-paying-influencers-to-make-him-seem-cool-9

Members of this great society.  We have a chance to make some real money here.  I know in the past that I have openly supported Bernie Sanders and many of you, okay all of you, have supported candidates other than Mike Bloomberg.  However I am fully prepared to sell out all of my ideals and laugh all the way to the bank about this.  If we put this into a money market fund then we can quickly turn it into millions of dollars through the magic of compound interest and a timeline that spans several millennia.

I don't know if it's $150 for the entire forum or $150 for each member but I think that nailing the flat earth vote might just put Bloomberg over the top here.

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The Lounge / MOVED: EARTH FLAT OR NO?????????
« on: January 14, 2020, 02:13:24 PM »

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The Lounge / Pop quiz
« on: December 20, 2019, 04:37:23 PM »
You pull into a 7-11 to get a big gulp.  Before you get out of the car you notice a van pull up and four people get out and grab rifles from out of the back and are heading towards the entrance.

What do you do?

I chose to go to a different 7-11. 

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / A spectacular dumpster fire.
« on: December 09, 2019, 11:23:32 AM »
https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2019/investigations/afghanistan-papers/afghanistan-war-confidential-documents/

The short version.  Our presence in Afghanistan has been a massive dumpster fire and our government has been trying to hide it.

A lot of this has been speculated about.  It's interesting to see it confirmed with evidence and testimony.  It reminds me of every time I watched a terrible big budget movie and wonder why they didn't hire a writer first so that the story could make sense.  It almost makes me think that Trump was right to just want to GTFO of there.

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Technology, Science & Alt Science / Tesla is making an El Camino!
« on: November 24, 2019, 08:21:58 AM »

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The Lounge / I've created a solution to a specific awkward situation
« on: November 05, 2019, 12:34:57 AM »
I was talking to this guy at work.  He has a daughter who is in her early 20's at school.  I asked if she has kids.  He says no.  And that it's all these millennials that aren't stepping up to the plate. 

This brought the conversation to a screeching halt for me.  I have no idea what to say about that.  I could theorize about the state of 20 year olds today.  I could also ask if his daughter is hot.  Neither of these are great options for various reasons.

Then it hit me.  I just offer to setup my son on a date with her daughter.  Elegant!  Simple!

This plan is contingent on two likelihoods. 

1.  We're both the sort of vacuous idiots that would set our kids up with each other and then forget about it.
2.  He doesn't discovery that my son is 5 years old.

It could be potentially awkward the day after at work to get an earful about appropriate age ranges for courtship.  But it's less awkward that abruptly ending a conversation because I think it's rude to ask a man if his daughter is hot.

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I despise these things.  I hate trying to write them so formally.  I feel like a fraud when I write like that.

This year I'm trying an experiment.  One of the questions was "Evaluate your technical knowledge".  I wrote "A lot.  Like a crazy high amount, really.  Twer I to compare it to a fountain beverage, I'd say it's a double gulp".

We'll see how it goes.  My theory is that the people reading these dry soulless reports hate them as much as I do.

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Technology, Science & Alt Science / Roko's Basilisk is coming...
« on: October 26, 2019, 07:13:32 PM »
I don't know about you but I'm declaring my unerring fealty and dedication of my life towards the construction of Roko's Basilisk now.

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/evkgvz/what-is-rokos-basilisk-elon-musk-grimes



Oh.  Also.  Don't read this post or the links or you risk being tortured forever.  Sorry.  Probably should have said that in the title.

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Arts & Entertainment / Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
« on: October 21, 2019, 11:58:54 PM »


Well I guess I have to go see it. 

"But does it look good"

Irrelevant.  It could be 90 minutes of George Lucas farting on an empty r2 unit and I'd still go see it.

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The Lounge / The things wise has to eat.
« on: August 19, 2019, 01:01:56 AM »


.shell station near me now

In honor of wises return I've tried a bunch of his food.

Reviews to come.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / The 2020 Democratic primary
« on: July 18, 2019, 07:28:10 AM »


Here is a video of Dave Rubin interviewing Marianne Williamson.  I'm half way through and I have to say I'm a little disappointed.  There's been no talk of chakras or healing crystals.  And she made a solid argument for reparations.

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