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05/26/2017

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As I get older I’d rather celebrate by eating ice-cream on the couch watching a $4 movie rental. Remember when we had to go to the video store?

 

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silberbaer
56 days ago
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24th year anniversary: "I got you a card." "I forgot."
New Baltimore, MI
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Possible Undiscovered Planets

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Superman lies near the bird/plane boundary over a range of distances, which explains the confusion.
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silberbaer
546 days ago
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Why is the Earth so far away from "me"?
New Baltimore, MI
tdarby
546 days ago
measuring from the center.
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samuel
545 days ago
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An immediate classic.
The Haight in San Francisco
bakablur
546 days ago
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I am disappointed in the lack of "Objects formerly known as planets" on the diagram. Where is the pluto love!
Ironica
546 days ago
"Dwarf Planets" in light pink.
bakablur
546 days ago
Sure, there is a bucket for pluto, but the bucket is empty. Pluto gets jipped again!
lamontcg
546 days ago
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I'm not certain birds would be able to clear their own orbits...
pavel_lishin
546 days ago
I don't know, corvids are pretty smart. They'd probably find use a tool to clear the debris in their orbits.
hobbified
544 days ago
The stuff in their orbits is bugs, which birds are effective at clearing :)

I in Team

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There's no "I" in "VOWELS".
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silberbaer
704 days ago
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...and there is no F in way.
New Baltimore, MI
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jth
704 days ago
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Yes there is, a-hole. http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mb8f97spxV1qz7mcro1_500.png
Saint Paul, MN, USA
jonathanpeterson
711 days ago
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There's no A in Fonzie
jepler
711 days ago
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There is no Y in SCIENCE
Earth, Sol system, Western spiral arm
TheTom
711 days ago
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hehe
Adelaide
treedweller
711 days ago
There is "M" and "E" though

Lyrics

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To me, trying to understand song lyrics feels like when I see text in a dream but it𝔰 hอᵣd t₀ ᵣeₐd aกd 𝒾 canٖt fཱྀcu༧༦࿐༄
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silberbaer
767 days ago
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When I first heard Weird Al's parody of Teen Spirit, I thought it was the actual song, and I was just finally paying attention to what the lyrics actually said. True story!
New Baltimore, MI
sajith
766 days ago
I'm not a native speaker of English, although I'm rather fluent in it. I always thought that native speakers understood song lyrics in English perfectly. :-)
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anthonylatta
760 days ago
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I am not alone!
Washington, DC
miestasmagnus
765 days ago
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So… it's not just me?
Lilyheart
760 days ago
Same here
awilchak
767 days ago
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#mylife
Brooklyn, New York
fxer
767 days ago
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I'm guessing he was listening to Pearl Jam
Bend, Oregon
drchuck
767 days ago
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Every R.E.M. song ever written?
Long Island, NY
jasonh09
767 days ago
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Yep
bcs
767 days ago
It's better than it was back in the 90's
alt_text_bot
767 days ago
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To me, trying to understand song lyrics feels like when I see text in a dream but it𝔰 hอᵣd t₀ ᵣeₐd aกd 𝒾 canٖt fཱྀcu༧༦࿐༄

The Daring, Marvelous, Marvel/Netflix Daredevil

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I'll keep this as spoiler-free as possible. The Daredevil series on Netflix is worth the investment in a Netflix membership. It's richer and more powerful than any cinematic superhero story, and while it is dark, it is not the trendy kind of dark. It's the kind of dark a good storyteller uses so that when we get light, the light is blinding and brilliant.

If you don't mind spoilers, this discussion of Catholicism in Daredevil is worth reading. If you've already finished the series that article will deepen your understanding and appreciation of the series.

The story of Daredevil goes well beyond what's actually in those 13 episodes, and I'm not talking about what's coming next season. The very existence of that story, in that format, on Netflix, is the beginning of a much broader narrative about the future of entertainment.

 

I'll stand by that statement.

Back in 2013 Kevin Spacey said similar things when he talked about how House of Cards couldn't be the show they wanted it to be without Netflix freeing them from the "shoot a pilot episode" business model of the networks. Here he is, saying those things.

I got chills when I first watched the excerpted version of Spacey's speech back in 2013 (full version is here.) I watched it again last night after finishing Daredevil and I am convinced that Kevin Spacey has correctly prognosticated the future of the entertainment industry. House of Cards (which I don't much like, but that's irrelevant) and Daredevil serve as proof that Netflix can provide a superior business model for episodic storytelling, and that by so doing they'll give us better stories.

We talk about storytelling quite a bit over at Writing Excuses.  Brandon, Dan, Mary, and I have recorded well over fifty hours of discussion in bite-sized chunks, and one thing we keep coming back to is the power that can be wielded by storytellers who know what they're doing, and who have the skills and the space in which to do it. Episodic television has gotten much better in the last twenty years, and it will get far, far better once it finally breaks the shackles of legacy network business practices.

That doesn't mean that all the stories will be great ones. It means that the great ones are going to amaze us. I'm really looking forward to this.

(cross-posted from howardtayler.com)

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silberbaer
820 days ago
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Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes!
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Schlock Mercenary: March 6, 2015

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silberbaer
868 days ago
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What number is that? That has to be a maxim...
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