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  1. Life

    Congratulations! I look forward to the day your child stares intently at you as you pour candy into a giant box and mail it away.
  2. Cool stuff to do in Portland?

    I'm a non-local who had two great trips to Portland. Powells is not too far from Ground Kontrol and is great. It's just a bookstore, but it's a lot of bookstore! If you can get out of the city, Multnomah Falls is gorgeous. Along one of the trails, I was in a cave looking back out at a waterfall overlooking the forest overlooking the Columbia River overlooking a mountain range. It was wild! There's also a fancy houseboat in Portland that I wanted to find even though it's totally somebody's private property and not anything like a tour.
  3. Return of the Steam Box!

    Bought a controller because of the Steam sale. When it arrives I will never bother to plug it into my laptop and use it. B)
  4. Life

    It was decent! I drove along I-40. I thought Nashville and Memphis were cool cities; Tennessee overall is a really nice state. The drive got kind of monotonous after that, but once I hit Albuquerque and the mountains there, everything became gorgeous and stayed that way all the way here to Santa Barbara. California comes across as too narrow and crowded, but it's scenic, relaxed, and the people are really nice. If anybody likes driving just for the fun of driving, a cross-country drive is definitely something to consider and the I-40 route might be the best way to do it. Though maybe take a detour and go around the area I broke down!
  5. Recently completed video games

    I rushed through my second playthrough of Dragonfall and got stuck on the final mission, so I think the slow, steady approach you took is best. Hong Kong is also fun and they took the companion progression even further. I need to replay it!
  6. The Witness by Jonathan Blow

    I am in awe.
  7. The very first time I got out of my car in Southern California was to take a picture of the Vasquez Rocks:
  8. Life

    Congrats Donk, Badfinger, and the disease ravaging Osmosisch! I drove cross-country and now live in beautiful Santa Barbara, California. My car broke down in the middle of the desert of New Mexico and I had to buy a new one, so I am starting this job more than $20,000 in the red. Fun! What is there to do in Southern California? I went to the Vasquez Rocks where Kirk fought the Gorn and that's really the only reason I moved out here.
  9. The Next President

    Love them. I'll try to find a good example when I get back because the only person I can think of off the top of my head is John Aravosis who I basically never heard of before and might have always been awful. A good counterexample is Vanaman when he tweets about Obama and Biden, because it's both "They did something cool." and "They did something not cool." and that's fine.
  10. The Next President

    This is 100% my belief. Clinton will do all the murderous things she shouldn't do before she does the inclusive, progressive things she needs to do. And people twist themselves to support this. I have been revolted to read reporters/writers I've respected say basically: "Maybe poor people DO need to die if they make her health policies look bad," and "Maybe Ukraine DOES need a bloodier civil war to make her look tough against Putin." At that point, it really is a vote for murder. Yes, this is possible. As far as I know, though, blank votes in national elections haven't been part of anything significant.
  11. Jeff Goldblum

    Beautiful. I realize I remember nothing about his Independence Day character.
  12. Life

    Yay rabbit!
  13. Jeff Goldblum

    So good.
  14. Life

    This is all really good advice; thanks so much! I'm getting the car-packing part finalized, and it looks like I'll have to do it all solo. Now I just have to plan the route. Ben: Flight was an option, but I'll need a car in California and enough people here and elsewhere told me the drive is doable.
  15. Idle Thumbs 265: A Chill Hell

    CHRIS: (1:14:50) "We also didn't mention why Nick isn't here." [Proceeds not to mention why Nick isn't there.] Yay, Danielle!
  16. Life

    Do any of you have advice for driving across the US? I am currently in North Carolina and got a job in Southern California! I am figuring out what to pack in my car, then I'm either going to spend 5+ days driving alone or shipping it all and flying. Have any of you done this before? Are there good places to stop?
  17. [Release] I'll Kill The Last Alien

    FYI, this game was featured by the "New on itch.io" bot! https://twitter.com/new_on_itch/status/734513246594605056
  18. Keiji Inafune's Mighty No.9

    Why is this happening?
  19. Whoa we're doing a Harry Potter podcast?

    Congrats Jake, Sarah, and Olly!
  20. The Weekly X Files Rewatch Thread

    I linked this article about the greedy nature of this revival a few times (maybe here?) but it set my expectations so low that I rolled with this miniseries and escaped all right. I do like that Rance Howard's character dismisses the original run's conspiracy in its entirety, which is unnecessarily cruel to longtime fans. But he's the police detective from The Burbs and Ron Howard's dad! I can't stay mad at him.
  21. Other podcasts

    That's why I force myself to watch each of the movies they discuss, just like when they had Movie of the Week articles on the site! Actually, that's not true; I've skipped a lot of episodes. We haven't had a real Tasha Robinson/Scott Tobias throwdown yet, though!
  22. Recently completed video games

    The highly anticipated Firewatch / Euro Truck Simulator crossover.
  23. Nintendo 3DS

    Me too! I gave a criminally low amount solely for that and Retro City Rampage. I've only played some of the latter game which is pretty clever!
  24. Just to bump this thread, there was an announcement of all(?) cast members for the entire upcoming season of Twin Peaks! The Brad Dukes Show podcast discussed this news with Jerry from Twin Peaks Archive. What I didn't know is that a lot of filming has been done for the show in locations far beyond the Pacific Northwest. They speculate that this means that up to half the show might take place outside of Twin Peaks, which sounds odd to me. Maybe these far-off places are more for dream locations? This is all fun news to release because while it suggests some characters are out of the running, it actually makes the show even more puzzling than when we knew nothing.
  25. Firewatch Spoiler Thread | Henry Two Hats

    Yo, how good is the moment on the final day when you open up the cabin door and a gust of wind blows fiery debris across your field of vision? It's good.