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+ I, too, had the Happy Days board game. The only thing I remember about it was the score-keeping jukebox which was a cute gimmick. I can't [. . .]
AvatarInMD in reply to Saul Degraw
+ You aren't. A stop at McDonald's now and again isn't hurting anyone. But, while I try to be gentle about this opinion, I [. . .]
+ Makes me think of the famous IRA quote: “Today we were unlucky, but remember we only have to be lucky once – you will have [. . .]
AvatarGeorge Turner
+ Texas firm has holy grail of electric motors. That's so different that I haven't wrapped my head around it yet, but it apparently blows all other [. . .]
AvatarMike Schilling in reply to CJColucci
+ In the private sector, having failed in a way that costs your employer public embarrassment and a ton of money can be a detriment to [. . .]
AvatarMichele Kerr
+ I would argue that if you prefer ST:TOS to ST:TNG, you aren't doing it right. Far too much of TOS is terrible. There are about [. . .]
AvatarSaul Degraw
+ This is Saul bait. Despite appearances on the Internet, I do not think all pop culture is evil or wrong. Marvel movies can be entertaining. I [. . .]
AvatarFish

Hasten to add: Playing this game has inspired me to rewatch Voyager on NetFlix. Janeway is still the best Captain.

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+ There's a Romulan expansion! And a Dominion expansion! They have new ships and new hex tiles for the star map and new missions and new decks and [. . .]
AvatarDark Matter in reply to DavidTC
+ I don’t even understand how you think this is hard. Because you're pointing to examples (cars) where vast numbers of people don't obey the law [. . .]
+ I had the Happy Days board game. Aaaaaaayyyyy. I might restart No Man's Sky--apparently, the last update made it more user friendly. I played my [. . .]
+ YES so much about "I don't have the emotional energy." I usually use the shorthand of "spoons," which I admit I stole from someone with [. . .]
+ While I agree that "do what you love" doesn't work terribly well as life advice, I can't help but feel a little absolutism in your [. . .]

Thanks! Reading the New Yorker piece now, will have to wait till my NYT resets as it's behind a paywall.

AvatarGeorge Turner in reply to Anne
+ My mom was a top notch cook, but also a hospital dietitian. I was a test subject for recipes to see if they were [. . .]
+ Great point. I'm actually fortunate to do something I really do love and it still burns you out after a while. That would [. . .]

the rest of the piece explains it a little more, and I expanded on it in my blog: https://atomicfeminist.com/2019/08/24/on-glorious-bastards/

thank you Anne. My mother had the old school checkerboard patterned Betty Crocker book as well, knowing her probably still does somewhere.

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+ Great post Andrew! My mom, bless her soul, is not the greatest cook, she isn't bad just.... Her bible was the Betty Crocker Cookbook which [. . .]
AvatarTom Payne
+ {Ed Note: This is a good comment. If there were more coments like this we probably wouldn't even know to check if they are someone [. . .]
AvatarTom Payne in reply to fillyjonk

{Ed Note: Even if Tom Payne weren't already a banned commenter, this one would have gotten him a nice suspension.}

Oh boy! I'll dust off my secret handshake and report back

AvatarLeeEsq in reply to Kristin Devine

I think the author who made that point was Jennifer Weiner. A. google search reveals that I'm right.

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/01/13/written-off

https://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/11/opinion/the-snobs-and-me.html

I really, really, really enjoyed this and found it very brave and thought provoking. Great work.

+ No trap intended; I started thinking about this post ages ago because I understand his reasoning, and I like to think about why things have [. . .]
+ There is also absolutely that element of it, which I skipped over because I felt like others had mentioned it before. But yeah, I [. . .]
AvatarLeeEsq
+ Kristin Devine lays the trap for Saul. Let's see if he takes the bate. This essay went in.a way that I didn't [. . .]
+ Yeah, if I'd had enough time I'd have split it into three pieces, because I already split it into two, gonna post the other on [. . .]
AvatarAaron David
+ The judge smiled. Men are born for games. Nothing else. Every child knows that play is nobler than work. He knows too that the worth [. . .]
AvatarInMD
+ You had me for most of this piece until about the third act. I'm not on a Saul level disgruntlement with pop culture. [. . .]
AvatarGeorge Turner in reply to Saul Degraw
+ More background on the Greenland deal from the South China Morning Post. It's all about China, and attempts by the PM of Greenland to get China [. . .]
+ My sense of it is: what do you do "in the clutch"? What do you do when there's an emergency at work, a death in [. . .]
AvatarBrandon Berg
+ I’m not sure why the environmentalist, anti-corporation parts of the anti-immigrant El Paso shooter’s manifesto don’t matter. I’m not sure why it doesn’t matter that [. . .]
AvatarBrandon Berg in reply to Pinky
+ Likely comparatively few non-fatal gunshot injuries were suicide attempts. Perhaps a couple thousand. Suicide attempts using guns have a success rate on the order of [. . .]
AvatarRoad Scholar in reply to Road Scholar

Mis-threaded. Meant as a reply to Brent F above.

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+ Indeed. There's a good TED talk on this. TL;DR version: Goliath likely had macromegaly and very poor vision. A sling was both a hunting weapon [. . .]
AvatarDavidTC in reply to Dark Matter
+ I’m saying that if we’re moving to a “cars” model for enforcement, similar to how my state mandates all cars have insurance, the number of [. . .]
+ ThTh3: I love when they find treatments that are so effective it's unethical to keep on with the placebos. Renews my faith that things [. . .]
AvatarChip Daniels in reply to Oscar Gordon
+ You're right, the analogy of guns to autos falls apart but mostly because we think of them as very different things. The totemic meaning of guns [. . .]
AvatarDark Matter in reply to Pinky
+ It definitely existed in a situation where an unscrupulous leader could manipulate the populace, but pre-railroad, this was unavoidable. Just like finding an animal with [. . .]
AvatarDark Matter in reply to Chip Daniels

This is not…reasonable. This isn’t amenable to the normal push and pull of politics and democracy. It becomes religious zealotry.

Pot. Meet Kettle.

+ Yep. I'm sure they've changed things in the intervening decades (yeah, I'm old). Our band director was a retired Army master sergeant, who [. . .]
+ See, I could see myself enjoying a Ren Faire, especially if I had someone to go with me. (A big thing with me and crowds [. . .]