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Re: Open Bar: Curbside Pickup Only
« Reply #720 on: June 15, 2021, 11:21:05 pm »
All cleaned up. Had a couple of people stuck in the "awaiting activation" section too

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« Reply #721 on: June 23, 2021, 02:40:49 am »
I was attacked by a crow today.

I was walking along one of those nameless side-streets, that start nowhere, and loop back to nowhere.  There were four crows waiting at the corner, one on a street-light, three on the ground.  As I approached, there was a caw, and the three leapt into the air, all at once, as birds do.

As I rounded the corner, one alighted in a tree above me.  I looked up, hoped it wouldn't decide to poop on me, and continued, oblivious.  Naive.

The blow was to the back of my head; there was no warning.  The next thing I saw was a crow flying away from me, a little above head-height; then it banked right and landed atop a street-light, looking down at me, safe from any possible counterattack.

I was slightly stunned, but uninjured; my hat was undamaged.

I vastly exceed that crow in sheer mass and destructive potential, yet it landed a hit, and I didn't.  The disparity in power was outdone by a disparity in range and mobility.

This is why battleships became obsolete the day someone looked at an airplane and said, "I bet you can drop a bomb from that thing."
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Re: Open Bar: Curbside Pickup Only
« Reply #722 on: June 23, 2021, 05:24:31 am »
Birds cannot be trusted.  They are not on our side.
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Re: Open Bar: Curbside Pickup Only
« Reply #723 on: June 23, 2021, 03:05:36 pm »
My Home Town (Lebanon, Ohio) has decided to pass an ordinance not only banning, but criminalizing all abortion. The Council Meeting consisted mainly of the Council talking about how they use the Bible to make all of their decisions in local government, and friends of mine calling them on their shit.

The Protest of the decision was met with a Counter-Protest of Right-Wingers with big guns that was about quadruple the size. This is the same town where known Nazis in the area assaulted protesters on camera in the streets during past protests. It's likely going to get pretty ugly here soon, and we'll be moving into Lebanon likely within the next few months to get out of this piece of shit house.

Hopefully, I can get some SRA buddies together over the next few months to join at future Protests to discourage future threats and intimidation.
Small world. I'm only about 15 miles away from Lebanon. Depending on the direction, I know you know that means I could be in one of the even worse SW Ohio towns. Though I only know what I have to deal with personally because I'm not a responsible citizen and have never been involved with local government. I should be responsible, though, so holler at me if you need an extra person to help protest stupid shit. Mind you, I'm just a random and this is only my second post in three years... :thinking:

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Re: Open Bar: Curbside Pickup Only
« Reply #724 on: June 27, 2021, 10:08:43 am »
Birds cannot be trusted.  They are not on our side.

I warned everyone.

In my own world, gearing up to rebuild a co-op that was poised to collapse 3 DAMN MONTHS after I joined it is tiring, and I have a horrible disease of some sort at a key moment.

Iím waiting to lose my smell beyond the sinus fuckery, because although I am fully vaccinated, itís extremely on brand for me to catch COVID, which I had a pretty hefty fear of, only as a breakthrough case... without leaving my house.

(In seriousness, I feel itís unlikely ó or else thereís a new variant in this co-op that is totally unaffected by vaccines. Cluster of 4 fully vaccinated people who all had different vaccines caught this horrible mess all at once with identical severity.)
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Re: Open Bar: Curbside Pickup Only
« Reply #725 on: June 27, 2021, 09:48:49 pm »
Birds cannot be trusted.  They are not on our side.

I warned everyone.

In my own world, gearing up to rebuild a co-op that was poised to collapse 3 DAMN MONTHS after I joined it is tiring, and I have a horrible disease of some sort at a key moment.

Iím waiting to lose my smell beyond the sinus fuckery, because although I am fully vaccinated, itís extremely on brand for me to catch COVID, which I had a pretty hefty fear of, only as a breakthrough case... without leaving my house.

(In seriousness, I feel itís unlikely ó or else thereís a new variant in this co-op that is totally unaffected by vaccines. Cluster of 4 fully vaccinated people who all had different vaccines caught this horrible mess all at once with identical severity.)

I'm curious. What's the overall state of your health otherwise? If you don't mind, sharing the kinds of things you eat, how often you eat, your level of exercise. Things like that. I had COVID last year and it was only a month of olfactory system defectiveness -- and the runny nose only lasted a week at that. I was even heavy exercise capable during that week.

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« Reply #726 on: June 28, 2021, 12:32:48 pm »
No luck, friend.

My ďdietĒ is frozen meals and box meals and, if Iím real lucky and I saved up and Eris loves me extra that day, maybe Taco Bell. Iím poorer than ďdietĒ can accommodate; I eat what I get.

My health in every other respect is abysmal: Iím a smoker, Iíve been homeless a decade off and on, I havenít seen a doctor who took me seriously once my entire life, and I canít exercise meaningfully due to chronic fatigue, depression, and a host of undiagnosed digestive fun that combines with my non-diet to leave me alternating perpetually between food coma and hypoglycemia. If I caught a mild case of COVID, Iíd probably die instantly.

But your unlucky day doesnít end there: I have managed to momentarily unclog my sinuses multiple times throughout this ordeal and my taste and smell are unchanged entirely so long as there isnít a solid wall of ooze sludging my head up like a fatberg in London.

And, finally, today, I seem to be starting to recover. In particular, I have had my sense of smell and taste in full since late last night and I still have it this morning, because my sinuses, while still flowing like the blood of my enemies, are no longer stuffed wall-to-wall with malevolent slime monsters.

I donít have a breakthrough case of COVID, I have a really vile head cold. Worst one Iíve ever had, and Iíve had some doozies, but itís not in line with COVID ó the phlegm and sinus clogging are by far the largest symptoms.

In fact, theyíre the largest symptoms to the point where if it werenít for the fever and the fact I caught it from others, Iíd be forced to assume it was a brand new magical allergy, presumably to the infinite mold that endless late June rain brings to Chicagoland. The concrete is growing fuzz, I shit you not. The fire pit has turned green, and thereís no copper in its construction. Itís a Resident Evil 7 nightmare.
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Re: Open Bar: Curbside Pickup Only
« Reply #727 on: June 29, 2021, 04:30:41 pm »

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Re: Open Bar: Curbside Pickup Only
« Reply #728 on: June 29, 2021, 06:06:36 pm »
As per the edit at the end, this article isn't entirely fair, he did put out an email, it was part fishing for forgiveness, commitment to grow as a person etc but importantly it was: "please dont hit the artist writing the comic coming out because I am attached" followed by clarifying he reached out to the group from last year. I dont think he wanted to come out of his hole yet.

I'm looking forward to him writing again: go forth writer and be a better person in the process, spider would have beaten you with the chairleg for what you did, but life goes on.
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Re: Open Bar: Curbside Pickup Only
« Reply #729 on: June 29, 2021, 07:25:24 pm »
I will be buying Fell when it continues.

I am done canceling artists for being assholes.  It occurred to me that we'd have to throw away 75% of humanity's cultural heritage (first thing that would have to go would be all of Dante's work, along with almost every single age of enlightenment artist, sculptor, or writer), and frankly I don't have any interest in Warren Ellis as anything other than a writer.

Also, at a personal level I have experience what happens when you go along with the mob.
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« Reply #730 on: June 29, 2021, 07:28:01 pm »
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All of the women, those who are trans, those who are part of the LGBTQ+ community, all of the POC, all those who love this medium as much as you do, all of whom create such wonderful, beautiful work and deserve to feel welcome and to belong in this industry, where do we go? Because we canít stay here.

This sounds like a self-inflicted wound.  I work with a couple of genuinely bad people, real predators.  I could quit, I suppose, while holding my nose and having the vapors.  Instead, I will continue to work and earn my money and make things rough on the two bastards when I have half a chance.
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« Reply #731 on: June 30, 2021, 06:35:24 am »
Speaking for myself, some kinds of hurt cut too close to the bone for me to deal with. Being near some kinds of people is as dangerous to me as if they were actually doing shit to me. I can acknowledge and understand cancelling creators. I do it myself. I donít think anyone here listens to Lostprophets or Ted Nugent, reads the really racist Lovecraft stuff (I mean yeah itís all racist as fuck but some of it is waaaay worse than others), or so on and so forth.

I wonít read anything new from Warren Ellis, but I certainly wonít condemn people who do. I do also think that if Faust is right about the context, framing it as Ellis being super important and of course heíd be back (which would be legitimately horrible) is fucked. And itís a recurring theme.

A content creator I like did a video about the polarization of viewpoints in online entertainment discourse as regards The Last Of Us 2, which I think applies here. It doesnít matter what your intentions are... if your online presence demands engagement, you will state the most extreme possible version of your beliefs.

Video here: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=v7wcvMIrK2w

Genuinely recommend watching it even if you donít care about video game bullshit, Sophie does more than video game content (usually extremely communist deep dives about other kinds of media!) and is one of the most insightful creators I know. For what itís worth, I also avoid almost all YouTube content as a rule, so... take this as you will. It broke through my resistance to its very existence.
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« Reply #732 on: June 30, 2021, 07:37:33 am »
Ill have to watch that, since baba I don't play much of the long story games, just stuff I can play for 10 min or so and put down, and I'm looking forward to trying it. I knew there was  controversy but didn't pay much heed as to what. Will give the video a look.

Kelly Sue DeConnick had an interesting take on it.

"A year on, Ellis has reached out to the collective at https://www.somanyofus.com/ to begin a mediated dialogue. Iím not going to speculate on timing or motives, because Iím not a mindreader and frankly, in my experience, those things donít matter. Iíve been alcoholic and addict in recovery for 21 years now. People frequently show up in AA and NA rooms because the court said they had to. And frequently, it works anyway"

Shes right of course, as she always is
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« Reply #733 on: June 30, 2021, 01:42:48 pm »
Ill have to watch that, since baba I don't play much of the long story games, just stuff I can play for 10 min or so and put down

hahah is this my fate? to only play games in 10 min chunks?
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« Reply #734 on: June 30, 2021, 03:05:24 pm »
Creative geniuses are fungible.

The internet has brought in a golden age of access to, and ability to discover, new media. There is no shortage of talented people producing high-quality entertainment.  Sure, you won't find writers like Ellis hanging out in every coffeeshop, but he doesn't have a monopoly, or anything.  You don't feel like supporting one writer, for whatever reason, you can find another.


...I've been toying the above theory for a while, now, but I don't know if I actually believe it.  Could you replace a Gen Urobuchi, or a Yoko Kanno?  My gut says no.

And I knew Ellis was an asshole, but I watched season 4 of Castlevania anyway.
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