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Saturday Morning Gaming: Star Trek Fleet Captains
Put Away Childish Things
Starla Jackson
Speaking of Terror
Thursday Throughput for 8/22/19
Daniel Pantaleo Has Been Fired
Breaking Bad: Picard
The Answer, My Friend, is Blowin’ in the Wind? Perhaps.
To Lift This Great Social Incubus of Bad Cooking
Men Who Help
The Hedgehog Who Won
K. William Huitt
Churches In the Hands of an Angry God
Weekend Plans Post: The State Fair
Clare Briggs
Grand & Glorious: Housecleaning
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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 [. . .]

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

+ 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:

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

+ 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.

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 [. . .]
+ 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 [. . .]
+ 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.

AvatarRoad Scholar
+ 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 [. . .]