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1  Forum / General Discussion / Re: What do any of you people even do for a living on: February 04, 2018, 11:06 am
My work found out I took five years of Spanish in high school and college, and they want me to get fluent again so I can handle transcripts in Spanish.  I'll be able to make more money and start strutting around as a bilingual.
2  Forum / Dumbtown / Re: Prettiest Kitty on: January 14, 2018, 12:05 pm
Rudyard that's a great Paul F. Thompkins cosplay.
3  Forum / AV Club / Re: The Best Albums, 2017 on: January 12, 2018, 05:28 pm
The 2017 re-printing of Stankonia, Outkast. 
4  Forum / AV Club / Re: Star Wars: The Trouble With Porgs on: December 17, 2017, 09:37 pm
I hope I'm not being too hard on this movie because I also liked it very much, and the scene where Rey and Ren team up to fight the red dudes is one of my top five scenes from any Star Wars movie.
5  Forum / AV Club / Re: Star Wars: The Trouble With Porgs on: December 17, 2017, 09:36 pm
Is there a good reason to share the information, though?  I don't think they could have reasonably expected that Poe would be such a dumb asshole.  It's tempting to side with him on this because he's one of the main characters and also handsome, but clearly he's the one who fucked everything up.

Him learning to not be a dumb asshole is his entire arc, and it's pointed out to him constantly by Leia and purple Leia.  They should have known he might try something stupid and reckless if he thought they had no other plan because that's exactly how he got the entire bomber fleet killed in the beginning.
6  Forum / AV Club / Re: Star Wars: The Trouble With Porgs on: December 16, 2017, 10:57 pm
I had a huge problem struggling to understand why they didn't just tell Poe that they were heading to a secret base so they wouldn't have to do the stupid casino heist subplot.  Like, you know he's going to fly off the handle and do something stupid if he thinks you're all waiting to die.  There was no reason for them to withhold that information. 

As for Snoke, I think it was clearly telegraphed that he wanted Ren to strike him down.  He ordered him to strike down his enemy and fulfill his destiny without explicitly naming anyone, and for someone that strong not to notice Ren twirling the light saber that he explicitly wanted right next to him in that exact position for some reason strikes me as obviously intentional, right?

But in his death, I think since the very first Star Wars, as well as the prequels, there's an unspoken acknowledgement that no one actually knows where the Sith are coming from, or how they gain so much power.  They just appear.  I like how that meshes with the idea of balance. When there's an evil ruling class, light rises to fight it, and when there's a fancy nice republic, an evil will arrive to challenge it.   
7  Forum / Food / Re: What the hell do I do with all of this ______________? on: December 12, 2017, 08:54 pm
I was going through my pantry and I have a really nice package of egg noodles.  I want to do a nice dish and I already made Beef Burgundy so if anyone recommends any slow roasted and juicy meat dishes let me know.
8  Forum / General Discussion / Re: What do any of you people even do for a living on: December 08, 2017, 07:13 pm
I don't know, my work has quarterly happy hours and next week I get to go to a holiday party with an open bar. 
9  Forum / General Discussion / Re: What do any of you people even do for a living on: December 08, 2017, 05:10 pm
I'm a court reporter in Washington DC, and cover judicial, regulatory, and enforcement proceedings from government agencies and several district courts.  

Basically what I'm doing is typing up lots, and lots, and lots, and lots of testimony in a nice looking format that we send back out to our clients.  Each client has a different format, and a different way of doing things (we have one investigations branch that is insistent that we include every uh-huh and um and err, and they are a fascinating bunch.)  

When it's not testimony, it's not unusual to be asked to transcribe pieces that will be use as evidence, and that can include anything from interviews to videos of PowerPoint presentations and some really, really weird stuff.  But also sometimes we get really cool stuff!  Like, I've typed up speeches and interviews, press conferences, and my personal favorite is when we get historians bringing us interviews with fascinating people talking about their life.

When I'm not doing that, I'm in a suit and tie and recording testimony myself.  I'm not a stenographer yet, but I've already trained myself in shorthand, and can now reliably say I know more about how to set up functions and key macros through Word than 99% of people who put "Knows Microsoft Word" on their resumes.

A lot of times testimony can be dry, and my pay is contingent on the number of pages I type per day, which can mean a bad day feels like flushing cash down the toilet.  That's the nature of the job, but as an English Major I'm not going to scoff at a full time job when, despite the occasional bad day, I'm still making the better half of five figures, getting holiday pay, and a ton of benefits.  It was a total shock to me when I found out that leave was PAID.  I can also type over 120 words per minute now, which apparently some people see as "discomforting to watch."
10  Forum / Dumbtown / Re: put all PWoT/Cracked stuff in here (and not in other threads) on: December 07, 2017, 03:26 pm
It made me sad :(
11  Forum / Dumbtown / Re: put all PWoT/Cracked stuff in here (and not in other threads) on: December 05, 2017, 09:37 am
Cracked is getting restructured, i.e., massive layoffs went down yesterday, and now Dan O'Brien, John Cheese, Michael Swaim, Cody Johnson, Robert Evans, Tom Reimman, Ian Fortey, Katie Willert, Cathy Stoll, Josh Sargent, Adam Ganzer, and Robert Brockway are gone.

12  Forum / Games and Stuff With Wires / Re: Great game deals on: November 27, 2017, 05:35 pm
Deus Ex Mankind Divided is only nine bucks on Steam right now.
13  Forum / Dumbtown / Re: NBSSS on: November 23, 2017, 08:07 am
14  Forum / The Futuredrome / Re: I'm Fucking Wasted! (The Drunken Gibberish Thread) on: November 18, 2017, 06:03 pm
I'm really fucking depressed

Same
15  Forum / Linkies / Re: Videos of Various Variety on: November 18, 2017, 11:20 am
His marble olympics series is equally addictive, and also adorable.  He does a little stop motion opening ceremony and everything.
16  Forum / Linkies / Re: Videos of Various Variety on: October 27, 2017, 03:31 pm
Someone, anyone, help me stop watching this guy announce marble races.
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brfPfbZ_jNk" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brfPfbZ_jNk</a>
17  Forum / AV Club / Re: shit that is on netflix streaming that you should be watching on: October 05, 2017, 07:49 am
Big Mouth is a new cartoon on Netflix about puberty, as represented by perverted id-based hormone monsters that plague a group of poor preteens.  I was pleasantly surprised at how well the (very NSFW) humor worked here, since it's constant, but it's also always tied into a conflict that a character is having.

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The show also does a lot of fourth-wall breaking, there's a few good arcs, and unlike a lot of shows that try to be edgy, there are some really admirable risks here, like
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It's only 10 episodes long, but I do recommend it if you like coming of age cartoons. 

Also, F is for Family sucks.

18  Forum / AV Club / Re: shit that is on netflix streaming that you should be watching on: September 19, 2017, 02:16 pm
I'm also seconding American Vandal. 
19  Forum / AV Club / Re: TODAY I WATCHED... on: August 24, 2017, 11:28 pm
I just got back from seeing BABY DRIVER

It's a freaking blast.  Everyone in it is great.  I give it all the drum solos and the flute solo out of Hocus Pocus by Focus.
20  Forum / Games and Stuff With Wires / Re: Great game deals on: July 26, 2017, 12:00 pm
Just Cause 3 is only $12.50 on Steam.  In the last year and a half since it's been out they've ironed out all the bugs and it's a fun sandbox to dick around in.

And the Just Cause 3 multiplayer beta was also released a week ago.
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