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« Reply #3200 on: 10 Jun 2020, 15:05 »



IF PUTTING PEOPLE THROUGH TABLES IS WRAWWWWNG

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I'm so happy watching it. Not only remembering watching it all go down night after night, but also just impressed with the performances by everyone in the ring in that fight. Took some time the other night with my brother and not only did a rewatch, but doing replays focusing on certain performers, freeze frames to point out and appreciate signals and good teamwork, etc. i love watching a good wrestling performance! i don't always entirely get ballet, but that special mix of physical performance and soap opera bigger-than-life delivery, yesss shoot that shit into my veins

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« Reply #3201 on: 10 Jun 2020, 16:28 »

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« Reply #3202 on: 10 Jun 2020, 18:46 »

And no one tells them that those pop-culture quizzes are data miners for spambots.

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« Reply #3203 on: 10 Jun 2020, 19:19 »

I've tried, at least with some of them. They still see them as harmless. It's hopeless.
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Re: This thread is like a broken pencil: pointless.
« Reply #3204 on: 11 Jun 2020, 02:32 »



IF PUTTING PEOPLE THROUGH TABLES IS WRAWWWWNG

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I'm so happy watching it. Not only remembering watching it all go down night after night, but also just impressed with the performances by everyone in the ring in that fight. Took some time the other night with my brother and not only did a rewatch, but doing replays focusing on certain performers, freeze frames to point out and appreciate signals and good teamwork, etc. i love watching a good wrestling performance! i don't always entirely get ballet, but that special mix of physical performance and soap opera bigger-than-life delivery, yesss shoot that shit into my veins

I have been a wrestling fan for over two decades. If you're not careful, we will be talking about this a LOT.
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« Reply #3205 on: 11 Jun 2020, 07:05 »

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« Reply #3206 on: 12 Jun 2020, 07:18 »


I have been a wrestling fan for over two decades. If you're not careful, we will be talking about this a LOT.

I adore when Bubba Ray taps Steven Richards to let him know they're about to actually do the drop! and also how he sneaks glances over at D-Von to see if he's ready for them, and whether he and Steven need to keep mugging for the crowd a little longer. And D-Von noticing the microphone was gonna be in the way and getting it out so they wouldn't potentially hurt Steven worse than the stunt required.

and the way Ivory (?) snuck out of the shot and ring right before the betrayal, and how the camera operators and feed-callers(? you know what i mean) manipulated the shots to cover for her, and honestly just all around. And how Val Venus (i think?) rolls his ass right the fuck out of the ring after he's defeated and sells that beautiful Dudley Death Drop, since he's just a minion who's been defeated and he needs to not be in the way of the main stunt. and and and

aaaaaa

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« Reply #3207 on: 12 Jun 2020, 07:20 »

AND I WILL NEVER GET OVER HOW GREAT D-VON AND BUBBA RAY AND VAL DID THAT SLAM IT'S A WORK OF FUCKING ART

edit: and it is utterly unfair of me not to give props also to King, Michael (who thankfully gave a decent performance from the booth that night), and also mad props to the camera operator who tracked Val damned well and helped sell the action of the drop even better, i just had to go back and look again and note that, i don't know how someone can get that smooth on the handle but hot damn it's another of those tragically-easy-to-overlook things that makes that feel even hotter than it is (which was already hot hot hot)
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« Reply #3208 on: 12 Jun 2020, 12:50 »


I have been a wrestling fan for over two decades. If you're not careful, we will be talking about this a LOT.

I adore when Bubba Ray taps Steven Richards to let him know they're about to actually do the drop! and also how he sneaks glances over at D-Von to see if he's ready for them, and whether he and Steven need to keep mugging for the crowd a little longer. And D-Von noticing the microphone was gonna be in the way and getting it out so they wouldn't potentially hurt Steven worse than the stunt required.

and the way Ivory (?) snuck out of the shot and ring right before the betrayal, and how the camera operators and feed-callers(? you know what i mean) manipulated the shots to cover for her, and honestly just all around. And how Val Venus (i think?) rolls his ass right the fuck out of the ring after he's defeated and sells that beautiful Dudley Death Drop, since he's just a minion who's been defeated and he needs to not be in the way of the main stunt. and and and

aaaaaa

The little touches like the noticing of when the spot is happening or calling for time are some of my favourite things about the art of wrestling.

Something I learned only a few years ago despite years of watching. Lots of wrestlers wear wrist tape. Why? They're not really fighting, they don't need to strengthen their punches - it's because it makes it easier to grip the wrist while doing an Irish Whip. Shit like that, man. The little things turning in wrestling.

AND I WILL NEVER GET OVER HOW GREAT D-VON AND BUBBA RAY AND VAL DID THAT SLAM IT'S A WORK OF FUCKING ART

edit: and it is utterly unfair of me not to give props also to King, Michael (who thankfully gave a decent performance from the booth that night), and also mad props to the camera operator who tracked Val damned well and helped sell the action of the drop even better, i just had to go back and look again and note that, i don't know how someone can get that smooth on the handle but hot damn it's another of those tragically-easy-to-overlook things that makes that feel even hotter than it is (which was already hot hot hot)

I think Val took a good number of those over the years, although I think the most 3Ded person is probably one of the Hardy Boyz. Did you know that I think only two or three people have ever kicked out of that move? It's one of the most protected finishers in the history of wrestling, way more than the Stunner, even the Atomic Leg Drop. And one of the only people to have kicked out? Alex Shelley. It's so funny that wrestling spends so much time putting over stuff they claim to have not seen before when they have, and one of the only legitimately 'never happens' things in all of wrestling I barely ever see get mentioned.

Cole is possibly the most underrated commentator in the history of wrestling. I'm guessing you haven't watched in a good long time, and for good reason, but if you were to ever try out the Network, watch Beast in the East or the United Kingdom Championship Tournament from 2016 to see Michael Cole, off the leash, actually bothering to learn people's names and show respect. The man has a goddamn Blue Peter badge now, and when Vince isn't screaming in his ear, he is actually one of the best.

Plus he straight up apologised on television during the second Mae Young Classic for burying women on television previously during the Heel Cole days. And he used to be a war journalist, so he's not to be fucked with.
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« Reply #3209 on: 12 Jun 2020, 16:21 »

Okay, i'm happy to hear Cole is doing better than the last time I saw him, which was Wrestlemania 33 (2017), which i must say as someone who'd only *really* kept up weekly back in the beginning of the century was just hilarious to be the one Wrestlemania i happened to actually see, what with the Hardy return and Triple H+Steph ringside shenanigans and Goldberg v Lesner and so on and so on

and i remember Cole being a miserable, awkward shit for a lot of that night. which uh.. probably didn't help that SquareEnix was the main sponsor and he had to say shit about Final Fantasy :x

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« Reply #3210 on: 03 Jul 2020, 15:57 »

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« Reply #3211 on: 03 Jul 2020, 18:34 »

I agree with the comic. Start with The Hobbit. Its far more enjoyable than LotR. Its also an easy read.
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« Reply #3212 on: 09 Jul 2020, 18:34 »

The Hobbit reads like a book for children. Because that's what it is.
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« Reply #3213 on: 10 Jul 2020, 04:48 »

I started reading at The Two Towers - it was a gift. So, my first reading order was The Two Towers, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Return of the King, Farmer Giles of Ham, Silmarillion, and only then The Hobbit.
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« Reply #3215 on: 12 Jul 2020, 03:46 »

Looking at how light-hearted LotR was until Bree, or maybe even up to rivendell, you can see it was initially set to be more of a child friendly adventure...
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« Reply #3216 on: 12 Jul 2020, 17:48 »

I am late to this as usual, but if you haven't seen it before, then enjoy.

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« Reply #3217 on: 17 Jul 2020, 16:41 »

Making the Imaginary Pie from the movie Hook
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« Reply #3218 on: 21 Jul 2020, 07:57 »

So, being the ignorant Eurocommie that I am, I just learned about Frederick Douglass last week. And while the man is nothing but inspirational - though I've to admit I've yet to read some of the books he himself wrote about his life and experiences, as opposed to what other ppl wrote about him - my stupid head seems unable to shake an embarrassingly mundane thought:

'HotDamn that Douglas guy is one handsome dude!'



He just looks royal in a way that few actual royalty ever manage to pull of. Wouldn't be surprised to learn that George Lucas (or yknow, someone in costumes) modeled Billy Dee Williams' Lando Calrissian look after that potrait of Douglass'?

P.S.: Is this objectifying a historic person of colour? I hope it's not. I mean, I'm aware - in broad strokes at least - of his importance and life achievements, its just that he has one of those looks ppl call 'striking'.

Edit: I've been told it's 'Frederick with a c'. Wondering when someone will point out my taking some liberties with the past tense as well ...
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« Reply #3219 on: 21 Jul 2020, 09:59 »

(Psst - Frederick. With a c.)
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« Reply #3221 on: 22 Jul 2020, 09:50 »

Those are some very large pictures
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« Reply #3222 on: 22 Jul 2020, 15:17 »

It would be more appropriate to have just been small text over a single picture of a kid in a campground doing the spooky flashlight thing.
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« Reply #3224 on: 29 Jul 2020, 04:28 »



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« Reply #3227 on: 04 Aug 2020, 18:57 »

Mille, we found your emu.

Unfortunately, this article is not available in my country.
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« Reply #3228 on: 05 Aug 2020, 05:09 »

Unfortunately, this article is not available in my country.

How about: Scottsdale PD Tweet

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Anyone missing an Emu? Officers from our Foothills District (D4) captured an Emu this morning walking in the area of Legend Trail Pkwy & Roadrunner. Please call our non-emergency number at 480-312-5000 if you have lost your bird or you know where this animal belongs.
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« Reply #3229 on: 05 Aug 2020, 08:30 »

I can't remember if I already did this



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« Reply #3230 on: 05 Aug 2020, 15:27 »

I'm obviously missing something, as usual. Also, is that a fart joke in panel 3?
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« Reply #3231 on: 05 Aug 2020, 18:26 »

The harpie lives alone (panel 1), people only bother her if they need something (panels 4,5,6). Witch comes over and invites her to a party. Its kind of a d'aww moment since the harpie doesn't appear to really have friends but the witch inviting her out she may have had one all along.

No not farting in panel 3, just rummaging through her bag to get the invite for the harpie.
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« Reply #3232 on: 10 Aug 2020, 05:02 »


Peak Australian Culinary Debate.
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« Reply #3233 on: 10 Aug 2020, 07:46 »

Is that Kiwi marmite?  It looks different from the British stuff that I'm used to buying.
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« Reply #3235 on: 10 Aug 2020, 17:45 »

Is that Kiwi marmite?  It looks different from the British stuff that I'm used to buying.

Ah. It is indeed different from the British stuff, and this is a minor annoyance for me which I may or may not have brought up here before, I don't recall...

Basically the Sanitarium company here in Australia and NZ, which happens to be owned by the Seventh-day Adventist Church (please don't get me started again), decided to market a spread and call it Marmite. They got the trademark before the British company did, I believe (I am now searching for a reference and can't easily find one, so... I can't swear it to be true). Anyway, the point is, this product is completely different from the British product, and because it exists, British Marmite imported into Australia has to be rebranded as "Our Mate." I guess there is a similar situation in NZ.



There are a bunch of variants on this spread, of which Vegemite is the best known and most commonly connected with Australia, and while they are all obviously quite similar, they are also markedly distinct.
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« Reply #3236 on: 11 Aug 2020, 04:06 »

Interesting because the advertising jingle for Marmite over here was 'Our mate... Marrrrmiiiite' for a long time.
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« Reply #3238 on: 11 Aug 2020, 16:02 »



https://va.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_qegk8tnCjr1u4nbmv.mp4
Hes Shaun the sheep
(Hes Shaun the sheep)
Hes Shaun the sheep
(Hes Shaun the sheep)

He even mucks about with those who cannot bleat
Keep it in mind,
He's one of a kind
Oh life's a treat with Shaun the sheep

He's Shaun the sheep
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He's Shaun the sheep
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« Reply #3239 on: 11 Aug 2020, 16:12 »

As much as I am bemused and annoyed by American recipes that specify sticks of butter, at least that's less annoying than the ones that specify tablespoons.

Tablespoons of butter. Tablespoons. How are you supposed to measure that?

JUST SPECIFY A WEIGHT, YOU HEATHENS. For flour, too. Everything that's not a fluid, actually. There are all these "hacks" online on how to deal with this. Just... WHY. UGH.

Also, are you guys going to join the rest of us and use the metric sy- no? Okay then.
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« Reply #3240 on: 11 Aug 2020, 18:17 »

As much as I am bemused and annoyed by American recipes that specify sticks of butter, at least that's less annoying than the ones that specify tablespoons.

Tablespoons of butter. Tablespoons. How are you supposed to measure that?
I think the tablespoon measurements follow pretty closely from the assumption that the butter is in stick form, because sticks generally have tablespoon (and fractional cup) markers on the wrapper:
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« Reply #3241 on: 11 Aug 2020, 18:30 »

That explains it, I guess. Our butter has gram markers.
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« Reply #3242 on: 12 Aug 2020, 00:36 »

I've had much the same discussion with my wife, who's from Russia. They measure in glasses.
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« Reply #3243 on: 12 Aug 2020, 01:32 »

I mean, if we were talking about melted butter, that would be alright.
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« Reply #3244 on: 12 Aug 2020, 09:40 »

Math joke:
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« Reply #3245 on: 12 Aug 2020, 10:52 »

I think that could work in a non-Euclidean geometry. Spherical, I want to say, but possibly that would only wok for any three of the people.
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bastille is correct. how AM i gonna be an optimist about this?
well if you close your eyes
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Re: This thread is like a broken pencil: pointless.
« Reply #3247 on: 15 Aug 2020, 21:28 »

I think that could work in a non-Euclidean geometry. Spherical, I want to say, but possibly that would only wok for any three of the people.

It can work in a space with negative curvature (think about a rubber sheet with two opposite corners pulled up and the other two pulled down).  In a negative-curvature topology, distance increases the further you are from the "center" so you can have the hypotenuses cross the center to reach the opposite corner, traversing the same distance as the length of one of the legs, because the legs are at a greater distance from the center.

The problem with it is there's no shape in three-dimensional "flat" space whose surface is uniformly negatively-curved.  The "saddle" topology I described above can get you a local surface, but the local surface does not make a closed solid of uniform negative curvature the way a sphere gives a good model of uniform positive curvature.
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Re: This thread is like a broken pencil: pointless.
« Reply #3248 on: 15 Aug 2020, 21:38 »

Last conversation I had with a Russian about the measure of foodstuffs, he told me a gallon was a little bit more than a third of a ten-kilogram block of milk, and marveled at the amount of plastic we have to use to sell and handle it in liquid form.

They keep it on the front porch until they're ready to break off a chunk about the size they want, bring it inside, and use it. (not sure 'front porch' is really the idea - the houses have an out-of-the-wind shelter attached to the front door so people don't get frostbite on their fingers as they're unlocking the door or breaking ice off of it).

Evidently the only item sold in liquid form that far north in Russia, is Vodka. 
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Re: This thread is like a broken pencil: pointless.
« Reply #3249 on: 20 Aug 2020, 12:38 »

The tiger in my kid's coloring book has a lion's tail.

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