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  1. as a southern CA native, i was also surprised that other places had refrigerators as an expected appliance, but all the points about having to buy a huge new appliance to lug around being silly makes sense. also, i couldn't help but think of this scene from Neo Yokio, but it's someone telling Steve Jobs he doesn't deserve the big Kit Kat:
  2. The question about about "unlimited magic but only in the context of a stage magic show advertised as such" got me thinking about how you could do the most good with that power. I guess you'd have to focus on giving charity shows to folks with terminal illnesses, but what happens when someone notices the sick are healed after your appearances? Will this power stop working if people don't think of you only as a stage magician? Does faith healing count as a magic show? If we're going the 'terrible outcomes' route, would this lead to you having to strategically pick who gets to live so you can keep the illusion going? Could you include as part of your magic show the effect that no one will connect the dots to your appearances and the healing? Unrelated, but before I knew the context, the episode title read like the name of a novel by a mid-century writer about the struggles of living as a minority in America.
  3. Important If True 27: Join and Undermine

    big piss wizard
  4. Socialism

    well, he's not saying he doesn't want to "dig deeper," just that he'd like it in a more digestible format. audio is good for me too. i learned a lot about rhetoric and Christian apologetics by listening to tapes and playing N64 as a kid. i like the Discourse Collective podcast because they do shows by themes, tackling leftist theory, news, and then analyzing culture. are there any topics that you're specifically interested in @clyde ?
  5. I Had a Random Thought (About Video Games)

    Does Mario finally say "Threat Neutralized" in this X-Com Mario game?
  6. Huh. So according to Wikipedia, Mark Cerny was the developer and programmer of Major Havoc. I guess that dude really does have a history in the industry.
  7. Important If True 27: Join and Undermine

    Nick's claim about PB&J sandwiches being nutritious sounds dubious, but I will say that as an adult I enjoy PB&Banana sandwiches every now and then with a bit of honey.
  8. Overwatch - That time Blizzard made a non-Diablocraft game.

    Picked up the game when it went on sale during the anniversary event and I've been loving it! This is only the 3rd multiplayer game that has really captured me in any way, the first two being Team Fortress 2 and then Titanfall. Considering the latter, it's no surprise that I'm in love with Lucio. Skirting around my team while wall riding and getting the vertical drops on enemies and then booping them to their deaths is so much fun! A new development with me is that unlike with those first two games, OW has me going online and learning how to get better. While I'm not really any good still, it's fun feeling myself apply theoretical knowledge into games and watching it work (positioning, countering, team fights). One of the most useful lessons I've learned is 'be flexible' and is has resulted in me trying out new heroes to fill a need and having lots of fun. I'm trying to up my D.VA, Soldier, Sombra, and Reaper play now. I'll throw this out as well: I've got ~100 matches in quick play, but the move to comp has proved much more enjoyable. I'm just below silver, but I've had moments in most all my recent games where I just want to yell because the tension is so good. I've also gotten into the habit of turning off voice and chat and that's been real helpful as well.
  9. Masculinity

    As I'm sure a lot of you have heard, Nick Robinson is being called out for sexually harassing folks. This thread gives a good summary of this recent instant of events. One of the topics that has come up and feels relevant to this thread is that of the 'softboy.' Reyturner linked this article describing the behavior of a softboy, but for those who don't know, a softboy is a man who presents a non-threatening masculinity by way of thoughtfulness, kindness, and vulnerability that is disingenuous. There's a lot of good, nuanced conversation about softness and softboys that I spotted on Twitter that I'll link here for y'all to think about. This one defends the value of 'softness' for men. Zolani also brought up how the idea of 'softness' intersects with race. This aspect of the broader discussion is the one that has made me reflect the most because I'm someone who was been called 'soft'- both as an insult and a compliment- but this is absolutely a conversation about abuse and how men take advantage of various systems (the inclination to not believe woman victims, the threat of losing careers) to hurt others. I'm glad Polygon seems to recognize that Nick used the position they gave him as a tool for abuse and hopefully this leads to a just and productive resolution.
  10. The McElroy Family of Products

    This conversation about Robinson, soft boys, etc. might be a better fit for the Masculinity thread.
  11. Dan this week: Capitalism is great. Dan last week: I dig popcorn buckets out of the garbage because movie snacks cost too much. I will say that I greatly appreciated Vinny pointing out in that conversation that some people shop at Wal-Mart because they don't have other options (probably because Wal-Mart drove them out) and that some go because that's the only place they can afford. Regarding the Kingdom Hearts thing: I really took to Ben quickly when he came on board. He's got a goofy laugh and his voice isn't sonorous, but I love that he's willing to go along with a bit and seems like he's having fun. I wish Brad was driving the game because he's definitely the foil and it would let Ben go off. Maybe if they added Jeff and he looked for various ways to say 'This game is bad'?
  12. Important If True 21: The Real Monkeys

    The interesting part of the paradox question to me- and what I originally thought it was trying to get people to consider- was about the risky behavior of the box-chooser. I understood it as having a third party watch you over a period of time and then try to guess what you would pick based upon its observations of your life. Also, the amount of money is an important detail because as I was hearing Chris read the setup I already chose the non $1000 box in my head before I knew what was potentially in it just because $1000 isn't life-changing. Lastly, really enjoyed Chris' anecdote about the boardgames; I like that this show has space for that kind of story. The other time Chris related a story like that and that I enjoyed just as much was with the the woman who came out of an Uber/Taxi, smashed a glass bottle to drink the liquid inside it, and then got back in the car and drove away. I still think about the weirdness of that sometimes.