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Literate Chaotic / Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« on: December 22, 2020, 07:25:38 pm »
I'm reading A Libertarian Walks Into a Bear: The Utopian Plot to Liberate an American Town (And Some Bears).  It's about how a bunch of Libertarians took over a small New Hampshire town in order to create a Free Market utopia, with predicable (and hilarious) results.  It's really well written, and a lot of fun.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: The Swan Versus The Idiot
« on: December 22, 2020, 07:23:07 pm »
Also, a somewhat interesting Scottish Science Fiction author wrote a series of books based on an "out of context event," which is another word for a kind of black swan event, one that in his stories often led to the complete destruction of a species that had one...Either because they *could* not see it coming, or they *would* not see it coming.

I have a feeling I'm about to slap my head and go "oh, duh!" but who are you talking about?

It's actually kind of obscure.  Iain Banks, The Culture series, book 5 "Excession".

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Excession#Outside_Context_Problem

The concept has since been incorporated into the workplace jargon of nerds such as myself.

I thought you were referencing Asimov's "Foundation" series, when they introduced "The Mule".

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Or Kill Me / Re: Season of the Hag
« on: December 21, 2020, 04:47:42 pm »
Whoa.

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Apple Talk / Re: Woo Products go here
« on: December 21, 2020, 01:27:49 pm »

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Apple Talk / Re: Unity (Hey, Louie)
« on: December 17, 2020, 04:12:25 pm »
The problem is, moderate Liberals will do exactly that.  And they'll get thrashed.  Again.

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Apple Talk / Re: PICS VIII: 10% LARGER THAN PICS VII
« on: December 15, 2020, 10:43:02 pm »
True.

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Apple Talk / Re: Unity (Hey, Louie)
« on: December 15, 2020, 07:14:08 pm »
 :amurrica:

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Apple Talk / Re: Gmail temp banned and SSL awaiting renewal
« on: December 09, 2020, 01:43:32 pm »
SHIT




FUCK





DAMN

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Apple Talk / Re: 5 Year Wrap Up (Hey Louie)
« on: December 08, 2020, 08:21:03 pm »
I'm at the point where I feel everything that's wrong is "systemic".  But it's like, not exactly the system, it's how we baked bullshit into a pretty good way of doing things since the country began, like making bread with too much salt.  The bread is awful, but you can't do anything about it.

I'll wait for you to get some gloves, so you don't cut yourself on my edgy statement... ready?:

The true systemic problem is man itself.

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Apple Talk / Re: 5 Year Wrap Up (Hey Louie)
« on: December 08, 2020, 06:49:04 pm »
I'm at the point where I feel everything that's wrong is "systemic".  But it's like, not exactly the system, it's how we baked bullshit into a pretty good way of doing things since the country began, like making bread with too much salt.  The bread is awful, but you can't do anything about it.

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Apple Talk / Re: Gmail temp banned and SSL awaiting renewal
« on: December 08, 2020, 01:05:59 pm »
I suppose it's time to hit the "Mark All As Read" button

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Apple Talk / Re: Film Flam
« on: November 27, 2020, 04:11:39 pm »
So, the TCM channel (Turner Classic Movies) is doing a 24-hour Hitchcock marathon, so I was settled in to watch one of his I had previously missed, "The Man Who Knew Too Much" (1956 version).  It stars Jimmy Stewart and Doris Day.



y'all, this movie is a nightmare.  Xenophobia, racism, brownface, sexism, colonialism, white supremacy, weirdly intentional slapstick routines during fight scenes... and a crucial element to the whole thing is Doris Day's ode to nihilism, "Que Sera, Sera".

I mean, there's a scene where Stewart, who's supposed to be the hero, straight up drugs his wife against her will so she'll pass out right after he tells her their son has been kidnapped and will probably be killed.

The worst part is, I can't get that fucking song out of my head now.

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Apple Talk / Re: 2021 Poll
« on: November 25, 2020, 03:03:04 pm »
I get the feeling there's an implication that Norfolk is the result of a Tucson spore cloud that landed on the East coast.

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Apple Talk / Re: 2021 Poll
« on: November 25, 2020, 12:50:20 pm »
I know it's part of where you're from, but still... you're going BACK?



Wait.  I just remembered, you'll be leaving Norfolk.









I get it.

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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Curbside Pickup Only
« on: November 20, 2020, 04:06:57 pm »
I have to be honest, I'm a bit jealous.  NOLA is one of my favorite cities.  In the Before Times, we would go at least once a year.

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