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Coffee grounds?


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 7:43 AM
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No, they were more seed-shaped than that - like slightly translucent and slimy around the edges, and then hard in the middle.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 7:45 AM
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The only possible answer to your third question is Going Deep with David Rees, because that is the only television show.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 7:48 AM
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Did somebody dump flax seed in your coffee?


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 7:49 AM
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I would be sooo comforted if it's flax seed. Jammies has been eating some weird chia seed/flax seed/greek yogurt/soak overnight concoction for breakfast. Let's go with that.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 7:52 AM
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Where did this coffee originally come from? Did it taste funny? Have you ever really looked at your hands? I mean, really looked at them?


Posted by: MAE | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 7:53 AM
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I bet he poops like a champion.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 7:53 AM
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This coffee originally came from my kitchen. We buy Madalyn's Backyard Pecan despite near-universal consensus that we pay too much money for essentially Community Coffee. We like it, shut up.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 7:56 AM
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Breaking Bad has a definite domesticity thread running through it if you haven't watched it, and much of the show is very nicely photographed.


Posted by: lw | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 7:57 AM
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No, Breaking Bad is too stressful. I watched a few episodes.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 7:59 AM
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8: You're buying beans? Not brewed coffee? Then unless you're very poor, you basically shouldn't be thinking any more about price.

If anything, the nicer the coffee, the more you save, since you'll be less likely to buy a cup of coffee elsewhere instead of making your own.


Posted by: Benquo | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 8:03 AM
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The only possible answer to your third question is Going Deep with David Rees, because that is the only television show.

I wouldn't go that far, but it is good.


Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 8:04 AM
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The problem with Going Deep is that Jammies will be deliriously excited about watching it.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 8:04 AM
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11: The critique being that we're mistakenly buying shitty coffee at gourmet prices.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 8:05 AM
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That's why I just go ahead and buy shitty coffee.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 8:06 AM
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I watched the first episode of Rome recently. It was pretty bad, so I switched to Deadwood which at least has some fun performances.


Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 8:06 AM
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Have you watched Spartacus: Blood and Sand? It's dramatic, and parts of it happen indoors, so that's kind of like a domestic drama I guess.


Posted by: MHPH | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 8:07 AM
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Rome is pretty good, I think. Once you get into it. First series, anyway. The second is less so.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 8:09 AM
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Spartacus: Blood and Sand?

Not to judge a book by its cover, but this seems like a terrible fit for me.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 8:10 AM
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I love both Rome and Deadwood. Spartacus is good if you are a fan of boobies and men with 1% body fat beating the tar out of each other.


Posted by: togolosh | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 8:13 AM
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I'm not good with violence and injuries, no.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 8:14 AM
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18: I was wondering if I didn't give up too early. The plot of the first episode is not well thought out, and the character introductions don't leave much of an impression. Caesar has about as much charisma as an average middle manager.


Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 8:15 AM
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20. There's also a great deal of scheming! And a surprisingly rich cast of characters. And Jupiter's cock.


Posted by: MHPH | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 8:18 AM
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I liked the first season of Rome well enough up to the final episode, which made me throw the DVD box across the room and refuse to watch the second season. Don't make me care about a female character and them do that to her. And don't try to make some excuse about how it is just portraying how hard things were for women then.


Posted by: Blume | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 8:24 AM
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Parenthood, Private Practice, Sister Wives, Portlandia.
Isn't this the whole business model of Netflix, telling you what else you should watch based on what you liked?


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 8:25 AM
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21: So Spartacus is right out.

True Blood is only mildly violent, and not really graphic when there is violence. It's not that great as a show, but once you get into it it's OK as a way to pass the time.


Posted by: togolosh | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 8:27 AM
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RuPaul's Drag Race has elements of domestic drama, arguably.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 8:28 AM
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You probably already watched Six Feet Under?


Posted by: Tia | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 8:29 AM
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Some people sure did love Six Feet Under. Never seen it myself.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 8:29 AM
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Shazam. Also, that other one...Northern Exposure?


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 8:30 AM
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Oh, you should watch The Good Wife. It's more workplace than domestic but it's about close relationships on a small scale.


Posted by: Tia | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 8:30 AM
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Time to brick my phone. It's been nice knowing you all.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 8:31 AM
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I watched the first season, years ago. Maybe I should give it another whirl; it seems to play to type.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 8:31 AM
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The first couple of seasons of Nip/Tuck are not bad. Not exactly domestic drama, but still worth giving it a try for an episode or so to see if it's a fit.


Posted by: togolosh | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 8:31 AM
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33 to Six Feet Under.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 8:31 AM
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32: Don't do it! I updated my iPad mini to iOS 8 yesterday and it's a bit less stable now. Plus there's an annoying bug when you're trying to copy and paste text that basically makes it impossible.

The new keyboards are pretty sweet, though.


Posted by: Josh | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 8:32 AM
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Lately I've been coming home and not wanting to watch anything on my internet-connected video display devices. I already cut Netflix back to DVDs and am considering canceling it and Hulu altogether.


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 8:32 AM
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As long as we're reaching back into the mists of time, I bet Jammies won't want to watch Sex and the City.


Posted by: Tia | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 8:33 AM
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SATC is one that I've watched. And liked! And Jammies liked it too, actually, but your basic point stands.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 8:38 AM
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Blume, the story of the American soldier involved in Webern's death, how it became an obsession that took over his life was kind of sad. Reminded me of how something similar happened to the pilot credited with shooting down Yamamoto--the Japanese admiral, not the troll.

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Posted by: idp | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 8:40 AM
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Have you considered watching old episodes of Columbo. They've really aged well. Magnum P.I., not so much.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 8:40 AM
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Embarrassingly, Buck and I have been watching Supernatural. Sally mocks us.

It's really dumb, but it's kind of perfectly dumb -- like, it hits predictability in a somehow satisfying way. Everything that happens is precisely foreshadowed and cued with the background music so you can say "Something surprising is going to crash through that window in 3... 2... 1..." and always be right.

But lots of grossout gore, and it really is very stupid. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 8:46 AM
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I watched a couple of sentimental episodes of the Rockford Files when Garner died, and that's stayed entertaining.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 8:47 AM
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I meant to do that, but forgot.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 8:49 AM
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OP #3: Rectify? The Americans? Both are ambitious domestic dramas that have some tone overlap with Mad Men.


Posted by: Stranded in Lubbock | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 8:52 AM
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45: "The Americans" is good, but if heebie doesn't like stressful it seems like the wrong show.


Posted by: Josh | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 8:59 AM
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If you don't like stress, Columbo is especially good. They show you who did it right from the start.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:03 AM
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Then unless you're very poor, you basically shouldn't be thinking any more about price.

That strikes me as very odd.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:05 AM
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Maybe so. I'd put it between Breaking Bad and Mad Men in terms of stress quotient--and not right next to Breaking Bad.


Posted by: Stranded in Lubbock | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:06 AM
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Me also. It would seem to apply just as well to a large group of products. I could, without any financial pain, buy all the frozen peas I eat at three times the present cost.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:07 AM
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50 to 48.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:07 AM
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Isn't the thinking that any plausible beans are cheap enough compared to buying coffee out that there's no sense worrying about it? I buy preground supermarket coffee (although I'm picky about the brand), though, so I have no palate.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:07 AM
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32, 36: I updated my phone yesterday, haven't had any problems. Also haven't done much, and haven't really noticed any changes (I mean, I saw the new keyboard, but I've never thought that kind of keyboard looked useful; I'm leaving it in place in case I change my mind).

Let me take that back: the new feature where a double click on the home button, in addition to multitask, also gives you an array of Recent and Favorite contacts across the top to contact without going through apps? Really good. 90% of my communications are to AB or one of the last 3-4 people to contact me.


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:12 AM
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42.1: the only reason to watch that show is because my friend is on it, clearly.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:12 AM
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52: That still strikes me as old. When I do buy coffee out, it isn't for flavor. It's because I need coffee and I'm not near the means to make it for myself.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:13 AM
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54: Right, I'd forgotten. In what capacity, remind me?


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:13 AM
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56: he plays an angel.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:14 AM
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Which one? Primary angel in Colombo drag, or one of the minor characters?


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:15 AM
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The primary one.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:16 AM
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Starsky & Hutch has also aged surprisingly well IMO.

I would rematch Rome if it didn't require DVDs (which we still get, but managing a steady stream of Rome DVDs while also wanting to be able to watch a movie with AB... hassle).


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:16 AM
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OP.4: Have I seen the sexy breastfeeding lady somewhere else? I feel as if I've seen that picture before, but possibly without the baby in it.


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:18 AM
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They've really aged well. Magnum P.I., not so much.

Heh, I was thinking Magnum P.I. and Miami Vice had held up decently but now that I think about I think I've been drunk every time I've gone and watched the old episodes.


Posted by: gswift | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:18 AM
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59: Has doing that ridiculous voice left him with a permanent sore throat? It sounds like it hurts.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:19 AM
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If money's no object and you don't mind a little poop in your coffee...

I'm confused about OP.1. Is the suspicious matter in the finished cup of coffee or in the beans/grounds? Where could it have come from? Did some of Jammies' science experiment adhere to your mug in the dishwasher?


Posted by: Yawnoc | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:19 AM
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I haven't seen it, but people seems pretty high on Masters of Sex.


Posted by: Yawnoc | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:19 AM
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63: hah, yeah, I don't know. I did hear an interview with him where he said that in the future he would be more careful about acting decisions like that because you never know when your six episode arc will get extended for years. I actually didn't realize he did a goofy voice until I heard that interview.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:21 AM
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel/Firefly? (Because somebody mentioned angels.)


Posted by: Yawnoc | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:21 AM
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Isn't the thinking that any plausible beans are cheap enough compared to buying coffee out that there's no sense worrying about it?

That's how I see it. It's like laundry detergent. Unless you have multiple kids you probably buy laundry detergent 2 or 3 times a year. Why bother spending $10 instead of $15?


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:21 AM
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TV things that I want to gripe about: years ago, here, I went all excited over "Life on Mars". There's a sequel -- "Ashes to Ashes". Every so often I look, and it's not streaming anyplace, and it doesn't seem to have been issued on US-watchable DVDs.

Halford -- you know I blame you, right?


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:21 AM
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For the true Rockford Files fan.


Posted by: Mr. Blandings | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:22 AM
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I haven't actually seen him in a long time, what with no longer living in LA. Apparently he has to do the whole ballcap and sunglasses routine when he goes out now lest he get accosted by lustful fangirls.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:23 AM
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68: Why don't you buy the $10 kind and send me the $5.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:23 AM
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I've been paying the "no sense worrying about it" game with those stupidly expensive Chemex filters. They're only, like, 20c each, but that's 2-10x what a coffee filter ought to cost. I haven't found any cut-rate generics that work with the Chemex.


Posted by: Yawnoc | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:23 AM
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66; the future he would be more careful about acting decisions like that

This is also important when reading to your kids. I'm not great with voices, so to make characters identifiable I ended up with some fairly extreme ones. The one I locked myself into for Milo from the Phantom Tollbooth was low and gravelly/husky/breathy, and did get kind of painful after a couple of chapters.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:24 AM
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I won't lie. I've occasionally watched just the Magnum PI opening credits on Netflix to get pumped up. Dunh dunh dunh DUH!!


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:25 AM
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73: I use genuine Mopar filters for everything. It's a bit hard to get them in the pot, but it's worth it.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:26 AM
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74: path dependence when reading aloud to kids is a parenthood-related phenomenon I hadn't expected. I can't for the life of me stop myself from reading the voice of the horse in "The Very Busy Spider" like a degenerate stoner. "Wanna eat some GRASS?!"


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:28 AM
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You should hear me doing the Lorax. It's raspy and squawky in a frankly demented way.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:29 AM
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65: I'm enjoying it. Interesting story plus Lizzy Caplan's boobies show up from time to time. Hooray!


Posted by: togolosh | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:29 AM
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I do not know what Mopar is and Google isn't helping.


Posted by: Yawnoc | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:29 AM
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LB's Buck knows what Mopar is, because he's more awesome than anyone here.


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:31 AM
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But seriously, voices are low-stakes decisions when you're dealing with twenty-page picture books. Get into chapter books, and you're making a real commitment, with serious consequences. You try to make twelve dwarves sound distinguishable but all dwarfish without spraining a vocal cord.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:31 AM
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80: Literally the first result.


Posted by: Josh | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:31 AM
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I was all psyched to just buy the thing linked in 70, but it's at $350 now.


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:32 AM
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OK, so that was a car joke that I just didn't get at all, right?


Posted by: Yawnoc | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:32 AM
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Isn't the thinking that any plausible beans are cheap enough compared to buying coffee out that there's no sense worrying about it?

I guess? But that makes no sense? If I'm choosing between the $8 and the $14 bag of beans, the fact that either way I'm spending less than if I bought all my coffee at a cafe seems to be immaterial. That isn't one of the options, or if it were it would be quickly eliminated. And depending on how much coffee you make, you could be making these purchases with some frequency, and while the price difference may not be a huge deal, it seems weird to just ignore it. It's not as if getting the one bag is a lot more trouble than the other.

Sincerely,
Someone who no longer makes coffee at home anyway


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:33 AM
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85: Yes. It was meant to imply I was making coffee through an air filter or an oil filter.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:33 AM
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80: Here, I'll help.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:33 AM
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Let Josh pwn that for me.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:34 AM
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I am now wondering how often Ned does laundry.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:34 AM
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I read a whole bunch of stuff to my son in the voice of Peter Lorre. Now the voice is an in-joke. 70 is nice, bidding is above $300.


Posted by: lw | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:35 AM
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I do know how to use Google, people, but I didn't know Moby was joking and thought there must be some secondary meaning hiding behind the top results. Geez.


Posted by: Yawnoc | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:35 AM
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We decided that $14-$15/lb. was a good price cutoff for coffee beans. The $20 for 12 oz. kind just didn't seem plausibly worth it.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:36 AM
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Which dwarf gets to sound like Peter Lorre?


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:36 AM
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69: I watched the first episode of "Ashes to Ashes" not long after finishing "Life on Mars". It didn't really fill me with desire to keep going.


Posted by: Josh | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:36 AM
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On the topic of coffee, I got an Aeropress a few months ago, and I must say it makes a damn fine cup of coffee.


Posted by: MAE | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:37 AM
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Is no one else morbidly curious about OP.2?


Posted by: parodie | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:37 AM
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Every car I've owned since 1993 has been from the Chrysler family. It's possible I have bad taste.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:37 AM
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If I remember rightly, Rainbow Fish was the first one that had the voice, than Frances and basically any character that got a little syrupy.


Posted by: lw | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:37 AM
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My wife and I have inadvertantly taught our child to say "thank yaw".


Posted by: Yawnoc | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:38 AM
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96: I do not understand the appeal of faux espresso.


Posted by: Yawnoc | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:39 AM
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Supernatural is so stupid. And yet I've watched every episode.

Supernatural fans seem unusually crazy, and many of them are obsessed with that particular character. I'm surprised he hasn't moved out of the country.


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:39 AM
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I sort of like those little Fiats I see around, but I may just get a street-legal golf cart.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:40 AM
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I don't drink coffee, but I'm irrationally invested in my wife's coffee drinking. I recently bought her a nice grinder and an Aeropress and she says the coffee is very good.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:40 AM
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102.last: I mean, there's an upside. He makes by far the bulk of his income off of convention appearances, I hear.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:40 AM
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I am, parodie.


Posted by: Megan | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:40 AM
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100: Doesn't that also show up in old Warner Brothers cartoons?


Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:44 AM
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There's something socially interesting about how religious, and specifically Christian, a country this is if you do polls, and yet how tolerant of blasphemy people are. I mean, I don't care myself, but it's a popular show, and I've never heard of anyone objecting to it on those grounds. Is blasphemy just not something Christians care about anymore?


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:44 AM
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104: I benefit wonderfully from my better half's channeling mechanical obsession into a souped up Rancilio Sylvia rather than a sports car. Turns out those tiny adjustments in temperature do make a difference!


Posted by: dairy queen | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:45 AM
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Based on two large fanfiction sites, there is more Supernatural material out there than Sherlock Holmes material, which is crazy.


Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:46 AM
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102, 105: And they do at least seem to let him keep his clothes on more than the main characters, who get stripped down and oiled up on a regular basis. Not that I mind, but I do feel a bit as though I'm oppressing someone.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:46 AM
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I do know how to use Google, people, but I didn't know Moby was joking

I'm not sure the second part helps your case.


Posted by: Mr. Blandings | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:46 AM
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Sorry DQ, that makes your husband, unlike LB's husband, lame.


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:47 AM
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110: If you're comparing TV show to TV show, which you probably are, readers are statistically noise by comparison, the amount of source material for Supernatural is much greater than for Sherlock. 8 seasons? Twenty hour-long episodes each? As opposed to three seasons at three hour and a half episodes each.

If most of the fanfiction is reacting to particular things in the show, I'd expect that Supernatural fanfic writers would end up writing a lot more.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:49 AM
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111: I kind of wonder if there isn't some weird tension around the fact that he's so popular even though they essentially exist to be eye candy. Maybe they specifically request additional half-naked oiling scenes.

Anyhow his level of popularity is reasonably bizarre to me. Did you know that his charity sponsored a NASCAR car a while back? And he's in the Guinness Book of World Records?


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:51 AM
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I'd actually never even heard of Supernatural before. Must not have a lot of litigation.


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:51 AM
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I still haven't the slightest idea who he is.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:52 AM
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115: Some kind of Ginger/Marianne deal? "The girl in the gingham bra making pie is much sexier than the redheaded sexpot in the evening dress!" = "My mature sexuality means that I find the guy in the trenchcoat more alluring than the oiled-up guy with the tan and the muscles". I mean, I'm sure people are sincere about it in both cases, but there's an element of performing discernment.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:54 AM
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Nu, what's his record? Least oiled Supernatural star?


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:54 AM
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114: I'm not sure how important the number of episodes is v-a-v fanbase, but I suppose it should make a difference that Supernatural has been around since 2005 and Sherlock (by far the main fanfiction-driver) only since 2010.


Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 9:54 AM
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108. Intent is everything wrt blasphemy I think-- there's an extra-biblical miracle in Ben-Hur, for instance. People object to their religion being mocked much more than to its being twisted in a way that's superficially polite.


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119: "Largest Media Scavenger Hunt". (I thought it was "Largest Scavenger Hunt" but apparently U. Chicago objected to him getting that one.)


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The new keyboards are pretty sweet, though.

The third party ones, yes. The default one is still, bafflingly, remarkably bad.


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121: It's pretty straightforwardly blasphemous. Angels, other than our trenchcoated friend, are mostly evil, God is explicitly indifferent/absent... it's not 'Touched By An Angel' tacky-blasphemous, it's more Phillip Pullman "His Dark Materials" anti-Christian blasphemous. If blasphemy were a category of things you were capable of finding offensive, I can't see what would keep this out of it.


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121: Most people seem to be OK with Noah, which is very un-biblical. Plenty of miracles and talking to god and everything, but they stray pretty far from the original story.


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123: You think? Even the stock one seems like it's much better in 8.


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123: You think? Even the stock one seems like it's much better in 8.

The only real improvement I've noticed is the predictive text, which so far hasn't proved very intelligent (eg after typing in my email address on the same wi-fi login page five or six times, it's still not prompting it). Other than that all the major flaws are still there - no change of case on the keys, no access to numbers and common symbols on the same page as letters.


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41: A friend of mine said that he was watching the new show about Masters and Johnson which is good. Fantasy Island came on afterwards, and he got sucked in. It was so bad that he had no idea how they managed to watch it back in the day.


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RPF is a weird weird phenomena.


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To the OP, Heebie should watch Downton Abbey if she hasn't done so already. Fun, Jammies-resistant, family drama. Its not not dumb, especially later on, but is well over the dumb but fun line. Also, Nashville, which is much dumber but even more fun.


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 10:14 AM
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Stop after Season 1 of Downton. Or, if you can't manage that, at least stop after Season 2. I hear that Call the Midwife is the new Downton Abbey.


Posted by: Unfoggetarian: "Pause endlessly, then go in" (9) | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 10:17 AM
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Fringe is pretty fun, and mostly not-too-stupid.


Posted by: MAE | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 10:18 AM
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It may not be Jammies-resistant, though.


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We've been watching Orange is the New Black, which was recently reclassified as a comedy, although it is a far better candidate for a domestic drama than some of the other things mentioned here. After all, small toiletries become major plot points.


Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 10:20 AM
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And 130 may reflect a residual colonial mentality. Nashville gets the detail of its setting -- the basics of the music industry, modern southern politics, and (especially) good pop country songwriting-- at least as accurately as Downton gets its setting, and both shows are soap operas with some OTT ridiculous elements.


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 10:20 AM
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Oh, you should watch The Good Wife.

Yes yes yes. I watched an old episode last night and it's just such good television. One hears in certain non-woman, non-cat circles that its representation of law firm finances is sufficiently ridiculous to make lawyers not want to watch it but you are not a lawyer so you are 100% guaranteed to love it. One of my favorite minor things about it constitutes a tiny spoiler so I am just making reference to it to be all mysterious so you'll watch and years from now we can be like "isn't it great that [X] is an [X]?!"


Posted by: Mister Smearcase | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 10:27 AM
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Probably more Jammies-resistant: Mrs. E liked Revenge. I haven't seen more than a few minutes of it, so I can't personally speak to its quality.

Also, Six Feet Under was pretty good. Worth watching the entire series.

More solidly in the domestic drama genre, Last Tango in Halifax is pretty good, and season 2 just came out on Netflix.


Posted by: MAE | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 10:28 AM
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One of my favorite minor things about it constitutes a tiny spoiler so I am just making reference to it to be all mysterious so you'll watch and years from now we can be like "isn't it great that [X] is an [X]?!"

Isn't it great that Alan Cumming is a Scot? Wrong thread, I guess.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 10:33 AM
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Allow me to be the second to recommend Nashville. Great setting, really strong characters, some total goober characters, and mostly good drama leavened with the occasional batshit soap opera turn. I like the music, but that's probably because I'm old now.

Mrs. K-sky and I just finished ("caught up on", I guess, it returns next week) the Good Wife. I had a false start with it -- the pilot just feels sluggish, like it slows down so the CBS audience can catch up. But it's excellent -- part of that slowness is just Juliana Margulies's slow burn -- and because of its perfectly calibrated ratio of procedural to serial, highly recommended for something that Jammies can dip in and out of (although he might get hooked). And you should blog it, too; there's a dearth, as far as I can tell and I haven't tried very hard, of good Good Wife blogging. Although I do remember a discussion here of the bitcoin episode and its strong portrayal of tech issues.


Posted by: k-sky | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 10:33 AM
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Isn't it great that Alan Cumming is a Scot?

I said an. The very ruling out of things beginning with a consonant is spoiler enough to get me a very cold shoulder in some quarters.


Posted by: Mister Smearcase | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 10:39 AM
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I really enjoyed Six Feet Under when it was on but in retrospect it seems entirely inessential. The only episode that really sticks with me is "That's My Dog" and, boy howdy, I've got no desire to relive that.


Posted by: Yawnoc | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 10:39 AM
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There was a whole New Yorker thingy about how The Good Wife is the only show that gets tech right. I know zippo about Bitcoin, like it's one of those topics where my brain clams up at the first syllable of explanation, so I don't really know. It's sort of amusing about social media, like when they show what's supposed to be a viral youtube thing, it's maybe one tiny notch more clunky and stupid than anything that would actually go viral, except maybe not.


Posted by: Mister Smearcase | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 10:42 AM
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Apparently my old musical improv coach and my old musical improv accompanist's wife are contributors to It's Like They Know Us. Via something called "The Longest Shortest Time."


Posted by: k-sky | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 10:43 AM
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I can't really tell if Six Feet Under is a good show or not b/c I feel too personally close to it. It was definitely manipulative but the last episode is the most emotional I've ever gotten from a TV show, which isn't the same thing as calling it great art.


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Parodie, Megan, it's the detail about being 10 feet away, here. It's not particularly grisly or salacious, but I feel super invested in this family's well-being.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 10:46 AM
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These TV ideas sound great. Lots of things to try.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 10:47 AM
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21: don't you find it fairly ruinous to your movie-going life to be not good with violence and injuries? I often feel like the death of the party because half of everything that comes out is described in reviews as brutally violent and I'm the milquetoast who's like "actually, that will just stress me out too much." But I actually just don't get how people can enjoy really violent stuff.


Posted by: Mister Smearcase | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 10:51 AM
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I often feel like the peaceful death of the party surrounded by family after a long illness


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 10:52 AM
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*With certain exceptions for brutal things like The Sopranos and Children of Men. I am vast and contain multitudes, but I'm on Weight Watchers.


Posted by: Mister Smearcase | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 10:53 AM
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don't you find it fairly ruinous to your movie-going life to be not good with violence and injuries?

Have we met? (I'm also not good with sitting still for longer than 90 minutes.)


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 10:53 AM
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The first 3 or 4 episodes of Revenge make it look like it's going to be the best TV show ever (a Revenge procedural!). It then turns into a soap opera with some great bits and some serious problems. In particular, there's one annoying character who really hurts the show. But still I enjoyed all of Season 1. We tried to start Season 2 and the first episode was so terrible we just stopped.

If you liked Revenge and you're looking for another completely ridiculous campy soap opera with an amazing older female villain/frenemy of the younger main female character, let me recommend Reign.


Posted by: Unfoggetarian: "Pause endlessly, then go in" (9) | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 10:54 AM
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I said an.

Wait, he's an historian? I had no idea.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 10:55 AM
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I found Breaking Bad right on the brink of medically unwise to watch. Especially the Gus stuff.


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I tried to watch World War Z and I couldn't take it. I can't figure out if I've developed a strong aversion to violence or just joined Team Anniston after all these years.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 10:56 AM
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Or, most likely, completely destroyed my attention span by reading here.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 10:57 AM
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Did you ever watch the old "House of Cards"? I spoiled the heck out of it here a while back, but it was still good. Don't know about the new one.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 10:57 AM
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True Blood is only mildly violent, and not really graphic when there is violence.

Wow, subjective. I struggled through Season 1 because it was kind of fun, and then gave up because I was too grossed out. The first time they stake a vampire is maybe the grossest thing I've ever seen.

Hi it is one of my over-commenting days.


Posted by: Mister Smearcase | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 10:58 AM
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The first time they stake a vampire is maybe the grossest thing I've ever seen.

There's a scene in Dracula, Dead and Loving It that I'm going to assume is pretty much exactly the same.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 10:59 AM
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There are two House of Cardses?


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 11:00 AM
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154: Watch Leprechaun and see what you think.


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There was a UK version of it which was very good, oh too many years ago.


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161 to 159.


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147: The violent drunk dad in Boyhood was one of the most triggering things I've seen in a film recently. I don't know why exactly, I don't usually have quite that visceral a reaction to screen violence. Part of it was probably the verisimilitude, in terms of not involving vampires, elves, giant robots and the like.


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 11:04 AM
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Now I can't stop wondering about the spoiler. Isn't it great that Alicia Florrick is an ostrich trainer? Isn't it great that Kalinda Sharma is an ice sculptor? Isn't it great that David Lee is an Elvish-speaking LoTR enthusiast?


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141: That episode was pretty brutal. While I wouldn't call Six Feet Under "essential", this bit (NSFW, but spoiler-free) made me laugh as hard as anything I've ever seen on a television series.


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157.1: Huh. Subjective indeed. I find the vampire deaths cartoonishly unrealistic, so they don't really register as violent.


Posted by: togolosh | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 11:07 AM
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I haven't watched Boyhood, but apparently some of it takes place in Heebietown.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 11:07 AM
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The original British House of Cards was great. Don't be fooled though by Netflix claiming that "House of Cards" is 12 episodes. It's only 4 episodes. The second series, "To Play The King" is harder to watch because A) Urquhart is now controlling everything, and B) Urquhart is no longer charming, just a sort of Palpatine figure.

This also happened with the second season of the American show. Suddenly I thought "I don't want to watch this guy bully everyone" and stopped.


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167: Quite a bit of it, in fact. Hadn't thought about that. It's a much less geographically defined film than much of Linklater's other work though.


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167: It does!


Posted by: Mister Smearcase | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 11:19 AM
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I'm not squeamish about violence/gore at a sort of routine, mainstream show/movie level (World War Z was heart pounding, but not at all too gory), but I sure as hell turned off John Dies at the End quickly.


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 11:20 AM
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Minivet, isn't the reason there's more Supernatural fanfic twincest? Or maybe they're not twins, but the whole dynamic is apparently a lot slashier than Sherlock or something, right? I agree this just means the shows have been on for different amounts of time and that I no longer travel in circles where I'd know if someone were reading or consuming Sherlock fanfic in great quantities.

I have yet to see the whole episode of Braxton Family Values where they smoke pot in Jamaica, but if you can catch the last five minutes, it's worth seeing Toni Braxton as the worst possible pothead. In Jamaica. But I don't get to control the tv.


Posted by: Thorn | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 11:20 AM
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I need to watch Boyhood.

Also, The Good Wife. Honestly one reason I haven't is that my brain for some reason can't stop thinking that it's Judging Amy.

Serially low value commenting! What other solipsistic bullshit can I write.


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 11:21 AM
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I believe the word you're looking for is Wincest. Twincest is GoT.


Posted by: Unfoggetarian: "Pause endlessly, then go in" (9) | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 11:21 AM
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Tia and Smearcase and k-sky get it right. Everyone must watch The Good Wife. Although I'm not sure I'm getting what the [X]'s are in Smearcase's comment.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 11:22 AM
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Halford also got it right while I was commenting. So many people getting it right!


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 11:23 AM
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I do want to watch The Good Wife. And yes, 174 is right; I'm sure they're only (half?)siblings and not twins. I have never seen the show and don't plan to.


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Or maybe they're not twins, but the whole dynamic is apparently a lot slashier than Sherlock or something, right?

The show does make explicit fanfic references and jokes, including to incesty fanfic.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 11:24 AM
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What other solipsistic bullshit can I write.

I'm in the odd position where I'm usually dodging work when I comment here, but we're in a real weird little lull, and there's just not that much I should be doing.. I have something that I really should get done, but given that I've already been putting it off since 2012, when I inherited it from a prior employee who had been putting it off since 2010, it's hard to get much urgency going.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 11:27 AM
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Oh. Em. Gee.

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Posted by: MAE | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 11:28 AM
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Fourthing or fifthing the rec for The Good Wife. It's great for a lot of reasons, but one that I noticed recently is how they're letting the main character age pretty naturally. Julianna Margulies is a complete hottie, but when she cries you can actually tell she's aging in a way that I don't think a lot of shows would allow their main woman character to do.


Posted by: Chopper | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 11:30 AM
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She gets to be a monster instead of a princess, and that is immensely important for younger girls who are just starting to explore heavy metal.

Hear, hear!


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 11:32 AM
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180: Awesome. The two Gwar shows I've been to are among my fondest concert-going memories. I may still have a shirt stained with Slymenstra Hymen's stage blood someplace.


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I'd somehow missed the news in 180. So great. Also Oderus Urungus literally went out with viking longboat, flaming arrow, so respect.


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I'm packing for a weekend in Madison, and somehow finding it hard to remember whether or not a high of 70° actually requires a sweater. I think I shall bring LAYERS like an ordinary person.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 11:41 AM
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Does Patricia Arquette work at Heebie U?


Posted by: Yawnoc | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 11:48 AM
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No, but I pretty much look just like her.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 11:50 AM
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Aside from meet-ups.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 11:51 AM
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It's kind of ironic that the last thing I can remember Patricia Arquette doing before Boyhood was Searching for Debra Winger (12 years ago).


Posted by: Yawnoc | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 11:56 AM
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180 is the biggest breakthrough for women since Marvel announced Thor is now a woman.


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 11:56 AM
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In town: Patricia Arquette
At meetups: Rosanna Arquette
In the boardroom: David Arquette
In the bedroom: Alexis Arquette


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 11:57 AM
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Just a couple weeks ago I was explaining GWAR to a guy from Denmark and a guy from Norway. I would have had an easier time explaining the electoral college or the in-field fly rule.


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I don't understand GWAR or the in-field fly rule. This should not be construed as a request for information.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 12:00 PM
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Oh God, this is surreal: a single video that allows me to mourn both Joan Rivers and Oderus Urungus.


Posted by: MAE | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 12:00 PM
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The guy from Norway wasn't familiar with Lordi?


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125 121: Most people seem to be OK with Noah, which is very un-biblical. Plenty of miracles and talking to god and everything, but they stray pretty far from the original story.

Who are "most people" here? My parents and grandmother, for instance, were pretty outraged about it, and they don't even usually get worked up over that sort of thing.


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I never knew there was an Alexis sibling. And now I also never knew about Richmond.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 12:01 PM
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'm packing for a weekend in Madison,

We'll be in the region, at Green Lake, and the forecast is for at least one day of rain, maybe more.


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Alexis was not her birth name and she was in lots of things before she transitioned (I remember a very, very small role in Pulp Fiction). Oddly, neither Wikipedia nor IMDB have any information about when she changed her name or when she stopped being credited as "Robert."


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151 [on Revenge]: In particular, there's one annoying character who really hurts the show.

Now I'm wondering which one. I stopped watching the show because just about everyone was annoying me.


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151 is right. It was pretty good when it was a loose retelling of The Count of Monte Cristo, but when they started dragging it out turning it into a nighttime soap, it sucked. It gets better after the terrible 2nd season opener, but the 3rd season is terrible all the way through (until I stopped watching it).


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196: There's been a peep from the usual suspects, but the great mass of christians seem at least insufficiently offended to withhold money or organize a boycott. Conservative christians are obviously going to pitch a fit, but that's almost certain for anything not directly based on premillenial dispensationalism.


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202: Noah is the first thing I can remember hearing my parents pitch a fit about in a long time, if ever. They're happy to watch all kinds of more or less blasphemous fantasy and science fiction movies and TV shows. I think the issue was that it was a movie that they thought was presenting itself as Biblical which wasn't (at least by their standards). Things that are openly un- or a-Biblical they're fine with.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 12:19 PM
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Who are these people who saw, thought or cared about Noah?


Posted by: Yawnoc | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 12:21 PM
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My impression was that the controversy about Noah was pretty significant but never managed to leave the creationist circles it started in. Having people like Ray Comfort and Ken Ham speaking out against it probably didn't help, and especially didn't help when they started complaining about it being historically inaccurate (insulting to the Christian religion would have probably played better among the not-young-earth-creationist crowd). If the news articles about the complaints are mostly in terms of "look at these hilarious loons" it doesn't catch on quickly.

Also the movie just didn't do that well and from what I can recall opened to good numbers and critical acclaim and then promptly died when people actually realized how bad/long it was.


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Now I have googled and figured out that 1) the various Arquettes are all related and 2) which is which. I mean I guess Patricia/Rosanna was the only point of confusion but it hadn't entirely occurred to me that Patricia and Rosanna were different people so it all felt rather confusing. Meanwhile there is one line from Boyhood that didn't really hit me in the gut at the time that I now think is incredibly poignant. Today is not only over-commenting day but "reference to think I decline to spoilerize" day.


Posted by: Mister Smearcase | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 1:53 PM
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the "1)" should come before the word "that," before someone nebs at me.


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Maybe you could link to the IMDB quote or something?


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I think it's Patricia Arquette's last line in the movie.


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This">http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1065073/quotes?item=qt2217070">This?


Posted by: Yawnoc | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 2:26 PM
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Oh, boo. Should have previewed.


Posted by: Yawnoc | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 2:28 PM
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Good Wife definitely. I really liked the NSA subplot, but lots of other things to like about it.

We've just been watching The Blacklist, which is almost too silly but not quite. I'm sure it will cross the line shortly. I don't like James Spader (and haven't since he was mean to Molly Ringwald in Pretty in Pink) so it's a race to see which disqualifies the thing first.


Posted by: CharleyCarp | Link to this comment | 09-18-14 3:04 PM
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Does anyone have opinions on You're the Worst? From a Vox item it seems like it might fit heebie's bill.


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206: only one of them had a Toto song written about them.


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185. Maybe too late but 70 is warm.


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It is 73 and kind of humid here and people are calling it hot. I was sarcastic about this on fb and got a humorless response ("Hey, you moved here. Deal with our culture.") and unfriended someone I knew only internetically, yay.


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You unfriended him because of that? The heat makes people cranky, I guess.


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It was the only interaction we had had in six months. The previous one was a callout-culture pile-on that I think I may have done a guest post about.


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We're getting totally smoked up. Idaho is on fire again.


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219: We had a bunch of smoke in town from a fire 30 miles away, but the third rainy day of the entire summer washed it down.


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Idaho is on fire again.

I really want a jacket potato all of a sudden.


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We're getting totally smoked up. Idaho is on fire again.

Fun times at the Carp law office. "Idaho" is a stripper.


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222: I didn't know you got "Dune"-themed stripper acts.


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"It is by will alone that I set the booty in motion."


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