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31  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: February 03, 2015, 09:36:54 PM
https://www.tumblr.com/everybodyontheinternet

Here it is, the big fight.
32  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: February 03, 2015, 07:09:58 PM
That dude went from working in a Fast Food joint dreaming of a shot to play in the NFL to saving the Superbowl for his team as a rookie.  If that's not a highlight moment of his life, I don't know what is! 

Indeed.
Chris (predictably now called "Hardball") Matthews, the Seattle Wide Reciever who made a couple of spectacular catches and was a shoe-in for Seattle's MVP before they decided Shotgun Formation actually meant Russian Roulette, was working at a Foot Locker (athletic shoe retail chain) before getting back into the NFL from the CFL.

And let's be clear, Rus: the Patriots were no slouches, but that victory was all about the Seahawks self-destructing as much as it was about Brady's impressive passing.
33  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: February 03, 2015, 07:04:20 PM

Wow. Sad

Gold star to Krensky, that's quite the find.

I like how Anti-Everything has quite the hipster belt collection on her hat.
34  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2015 on: February 03, 2015, 05:41:21 AM
Australian novelist Colleen McCullough, author of The Thornbirds

Monty Oum, animator of amongst other things Haloid and Red vs. Blue



Wait, what!?

Son of a FUCK.

...christ. That's life. So it goes.
35  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: February 01, 2015, 10:17:19 PM
Wow.
That was...like the epitome of a 3-dice Error.
Snapped, checked, could have done anything else and did it wrong.
All my Shocked, Wilson.

That said, absolutely epic game.
Maybe the most worthy Superbowl I've ever seen.
#respectknuckles to the Patriots.
36  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: February 01, 2015, 09:12:30 PM
I wouldn't know. I don't start paying attention to sports until March 15th.

College Basketball?

I hear that's a thing.

F1.

 Evil
37  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: February 01, 2015, 08:43:15 PM
I wouldn't know. I don't start paying attention to sports until March 15th.

College Basketball?

I hear that's a thing.
38  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: February 01, 2015, 08:42:34 PM
Oh... is it the superbowl today?

It is!
Today relative to whatever timezone/planet/etc you're on, of course.
Frex Mr. Anderson could report in from The Land of Tomorrow and tell me that he didn't watch it yesterday either. Wink
39  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: February 01, 2015, 08:06:06 PM
So uh, wow.
Seattle! Cheesy
Been one hell of a good Super Bowl, all told.
Glad I plugged in.
40  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: February 01, 2015, 04:44:41 PM
Well... If that's all the problem is we have some lovely pharmaceuticals and treatments down in R&D that will fix you right up.

You don't have any ethical objection to unicorn-based products, right?

Free the Basilisks! Free the Basilisks! Free -wait, unicorns?

Nah, screw those drama queens. My son ran off with one, and we haven't talked since.
41  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: February 01, 2015, 03:51:49 PM
Also I owe ludomastro an answer from an incomplete conversation from 2014.
Gold medal procrastinator that I am, I still haven't forgotten.

*scratches head*

Um, thanks.  I guess you have a better memory than I do.

If I forgot more easily I'd probably be more forgiving, but as it is F&F aren't class skills for me. Tongue Undecided
42  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: February 01, 2015, 12:42:43 AM
Also I owe ludomastro an answer from an incomplete conversation from 2014.
Gold medal procrastinator that I am, I still haven't forgotten.
43  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: February 01, 2015, 12:41:40 AM
TSK:
A) Don't be a corp-cop.
It's 90% playing ballistic freeze-tag with special snowflakes, and 10% getting sold out to drive your former (cuz u daid) boss's stock value up 1/10 of a point.
There's also no real corporate prison system for runners so you'll either be doing, or ignoring, a whole lot of "double-tap-and-dump conflict resolution" and for someone with a functioning capacity for empathy that's insanity.

Knight-Errant is, imexp, only slightly better because they don't necessarily get better runners.

Back in my group's heyday we eventually got damn good at LTL tactics and weapons; if you got in a gunfight with us you were going to the ER with a pink-slip stapled to your webbing but you were alive (unless you were an Azzie, but eh I don't regret that) because we got more karma and less heat that way.

But to use Shadowrun Returns as an example, there's zero reason you should expect that from the average 'runner team nor they from you -and doubly so because for them defeat means the possibility of a prolonged torture before a guaranteed death.

Don't be a runner either, because the life of a commandobo is no way to have a family.

I don't have any other ideas, and frankly SR is a successful genocide shy of being full grimdark. Live in a military community and work some place boring.

B) is for Brother, as in Your Bro.
And it's too true for me!
I've lived in entirely too-white places for most of my life; I stare at minorities when they stand out in a crowd*.
I really wish I didn't, but I'm watching them because they're different. Because I'm stupid.

And because if I saw your friend I would think he's plain thuggin' out as a threat display. Doesn't help that it's also how I would want to be regarded if I was loaded up like that.
If I went out with trouble on my mind ...actually I wouldn't advertise it -that'd be sloppy. But if I did, I'd probably look like a threat and entirely expect to be treated as such.

Problem too is just ignorance.

Best that I know, ha!, saggin' and ballin' is how any proud-and-ready gang-banger would dress. So I can't tell if he's just trying to look his "blackest" or if he'd be real trouble.

Doesn't help that I have no real personal concept of the former. I have never dressed my "Jewest."

I am, and I guess this is what majority privilege is, dressed for a role or a environment, not as an identity. I'm white. I'm invisible-ish. If I want to stand out, I can. If I want to Blend I do. I understand preparation and posture and movement speed and color selection and the power of a clipboard, a tie, and an orange safety vest.

People don't see me for who I am nearly as much as they do for what I appear to be. So I guess I assume that's how others work as well. That is how I treat them; the cable guy's a cable guy no matter what his skin color is. As much as I care I'm far more interested in his body language and such. I flirt with the pretty woman no matter their shade, I treat the men like men. But in a neutral setting I get "perceptive."

C) Respected, yeah. No, sincerely I mean. Problem to me is not getting misty-eyed about human nature.

It's also perverse to regard a legal combatant in a war zone as being innocent because they did "what had to be done/their job" and to be suspicious of civilians because "they might do something and just haven't."
IMO it's bizarre to consider "innocent until proven guilty" as being less moral then "confirmed legal murderer."

Not meaning to throw shade on your grandfather, but to illustrate that difference.

And I question giving servicefolk too much credit for understanding why they're fighting. Your grandfather had Nazis, and we have Taliban. Or ISIS. Or sectarian Shi'a or Sunni insurgents. Or hillbilly bumfucks from over the Pakistani border. Or drug war enforcement in South America. Etc etc. Lots of action, not so much clarity of overall mission.

I saw an article about how the Army's justice dept. is considering charging Bowe Bergdahl with Desertion. Predictably the comments were full of howls for his blood and how he was responsible for the deaths of the soldiers sent to retrieve him.
Really?
I'm pretty sure the fact that they were soldiers is why they died during sanctioned operations. They took a job, they got called to do it, and shit went wrong. If they had died under a different set of orders would that have been better? Is the job not ennobled by the soldiers, not the nature of the job itself?
They weren't out there because Bowe Bergdahl dispatched them, they were sent because it's "no man left behind" not "fuck that guy I bet he's French" -cue Bill O'Reilly stretching out "Bergdal" into "Berrrg-daaahhhl," of course.

Lots of folks love "my country, right or wrong" until it's wrong, and then what?

I wonder if we really were universally forced to define and choose our wars if we'd even go at all. "Hey look, one group of rapey fundamentalists attacked another and we have to choose a side to protect some corporation's bottom line. Is 'go fuck yourselves' a side?"

Also could you extend that meaning to your enemies? A insurgent who fries a quartet of Marines with an IED and escapes; was he just "doing his job"?

There are differences in symbolism and legalese, but keeping it real I'd hate that motherfucker with everything in me and I want to face that honestly.
"You. You killed my best friends. I want to watch you die, and to take my time doing it. It won't bring them back but I'll have closure so let us explore the magic world of Dieselboarding together."

D) Agreed.
And I think we're going to eventually find that it's a cruel joke that only it's perpetuation will prove worse then it's presence.
(aka money. Fear sells, people die -but there's always more people, and only 1 person can be The Big Winner).


*And it's a fight to have every damn time -"don't stare at that Asian guy. Fuck! He noticed! Look the other way! Now pretend he never existed! Is he uncomfortable because I was staring -I should check.
FUCK HE SAW ME STARING AGAIN!"
Really sometimes the real difference between an SJW liberal and an actual racist is that I think what I'm doing is wrong, but sometimes I still can't stop myself. The racist gets a pass on the angst.
44  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Non-Video Links (Quizzes, Tests, Illusions, Etc..) on: January 30, 2015, 07:13:32 AM
What's an F-35 actually cost?
45  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Vids (Keep it Clean) on: January 30, 2015, 07:11:45 AM
Everything you wanted to know about the A10 Warthog but were afraid to BRRRRRRRT.
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