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|15 hours 16 min ago||Unintentional comedy: This||
|16 hours 19 min ago||They're not good, but they're||
They're not good, but they're not even the worst in the NFL, not with Tampa Bay, Denver, and Seattle running around.
|1 day 15 hours ago||Avatar checks out.||
Avatar checks out.
|1 day 15 hours ago||I still can't figure out why||
I still can't figure out why they insist on spelling out O-U-A-O all the time.
|2 days 12 hours ago||Brennan used to write the||
Brennan used to write the Bubble Watch columns. Going to miss those.
|2 days 12 hours ago||One out of two so far.||
One out of two so far. Kanell is gone.
|2 days 13 hours ago||I have a much better plan:||
I have a much better plan: Stop trying to be a disgusting combo of fucking TMZ and sports talk radio. The rest will fall into place.
|2 days 13 hours ago||But much worse than just||
But much worse than just watching nothing and refusing to consume the steady diet of bullshit delivered at maximum volume.
|3 days 10 hours ago||I actually always really||
I actually always really loved how those looked. Pretty ballsy design, actually. The ugly stepsister to those vans was the Ford Aerostar, which looked similar but with boxier corners, a stubbier snout, and itty bitty wheels. They looked like an offensive lineman with size 4 shoes.
|4 days 3 hours ago||All fair points, and||
All fair points, and honestly, in being purely objective, I'd find it hard to say Florence is the "better" city, from a history standpoint or a things-to-do standpoint. I've been to both, and neither for nearly enough time, and if I get to go back, I'd spend longer in Rome than Florence. Overall I think it's a little like Boston vs. New York - the latter is certainly the much larger and more significant city in almost all respects, but Boston stands very tall on its own merits and there's a lot of room for picking either as a favorite.
Personally, I loved trying to see Florence through the lens of the intense political intrigue surrounding the city - especially around the time of the Bonfires of the Vanities. Just thinking about the atmosphere that must have existed in the 15th and 16th centuries. That frozenness in time that Florence has really helps with that, too. Rome's history is overwhelming and close to unfathomable. In Florence, it's easier to see with the mind's eye, I think, because the city is so well preserved and the history is so incredible rich and fascinating. You have to imagine practically the whole Forum and Circus Maximus, but you can stand in the Piazza della Signoria at night and all you have to add is the bonfire. This is not to express a preference - just that they're both so different as to be difficult to compare, in the end.
P.S. - I'll take "arguments not seen on the RCMB" for $1000, Alex.
|4 days 6 hours ago||Whoa whoa whoa there. I||
Whoa whoa whoa there. I agree with a few things - the center city of Florence definitely gave me the impression more of a History Disneyland than a real, functioning city. Not entirely fair, but not entirely untrue, either.
That said, the art and history not being even close to Rome is a pretty big exaggeration. Florence certainly doesn't go back as far as Rome, but like Rome, it was at one time (just, more recently) the real center of power and culture in Europe. The whole Renaissance began there. If you made me compare, yeah, I'd say Rome. But Florence is absolutely loaded down with history too. When tour guides walk you through the city saying things like "this is the building where Dante was born" and "this is the building where the Mona Lisa was painted" then it's probably unfair to say it's not close to any other city.
And the art - goodness, if I had to pick which city wasn't close to the other, it's Rome falling way behind. Like Florence's history, Rome can hold its own, mainly with the stuff inside the Vatican Museum. But Florence produced the world's most famous painting and the world's most famous sculpture. It has Italy's two most visited art museums.** Florence is home to Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, Michelangelo, Botticelli, Brunelleschi, Giotto, and numerous others. This is to say nothing, of course, of other great thinkers like Galileo, Macchiavelli, and Dante. All Florence.
**I admit to a technicality here, since the Vatican Museum - in Rome but not Italy - is more visited than both combined. Of course, so much of the art there, including its most famous piece by far, was produced by Florentines.
|4 days 9 hours ago||Calling bullshit on Pope||
Calling bullshit on Pope Lando claiming not to have been to Rome.
|4 days 14 hours ago||Spent about a day and a half||
Spent about a day and a half in Rome, which is nowhere near enough, but we had a phenomenal tour guide who got us through the city with amazing efficiency and thoroughness, so we saw all the highlights as well as some things not quite as well known.
- Standing in the Forum and thinking about all the history that happened there - political intrigue, parades, speeches, murders, ceremonial rites, and so on - is overwhelming.
- St. Peter's is one of the most awe-inspiring sights in the world, especially inside.
- We sometimes think of ancient history as a point in time, and all history as being, in some ways, equally distant. Most of Florence's (absolutely incredible) history is from the Renaissance, and we think of that as being damn near ancient. And yet, the Roman Republic was just as ancient to the height of the Roman Empire as the Renaissance is to us. The Pantheon and the Campus Martius are both considered part of ancient Rome, to people of today. But the Romans who built the Pantheon on the former site of the Campus Martius would've considered the Campus Martius as deep into history as we see the Dark Ages.
- Gesu Church is interesting but unremarkable (for Rome) on the outside. Inside it's like a geode. You realize that flashy filthy rich people of today flaunt their wealth with disgusting mega-yachts and exotic cars. Flashy filthy rich people of the Renaissance built churches. They were smarter back then. Yachts don't last like churches do.
|4 days 14 hours ago||The scale and size of St.||
The scale and size of St. Peter's absolutely blew my mind. Pictures rarely do anything justice, but St. Peter's least of all.
Also, to me, the stories of the paintings on the Sistine Chapel were better than the paintings themselves. For example: Michelangelo was in the middle of painting a bunch of naked people in the Chapel, and one of the cardinals was dumb enough to criticize him for it, saying the painting was better put in a public bathhouse. Michelangelo painted him into the picture as a resident of hell with a snake biting off his junk. This cardinal complained to the Pope, and the Pope, not having been born yesterday, told him, "sorry, my jurisdiction doesn't extend to hell" and left it at that.
|5 days 16 hours ago||Goodell announces all the||
Goodell announces all the first rounders, typically.
|6 days 7 hours ago||So, excuse you while you kiss||
So, excuse you while you kiss this guy?
|1 week 16 hours ago||Borrow an eight-year-old, go||
Borrow an eight-year-old, go to different events, and pay him $10 for every one he collects. Lot cheaper than the open market.
|1 week 16 hours ago||I can absolutely understand||
I can absolutely understand that the bottom line truth is this: a daycare kid is more likely to be molested by a male worker than a female one.
But having acknowledged that, doesn't that take away your right to be offended by other stereotypes? I don't think it can go both ways. Either we acknowledge that some supposedly racist and sexist stereotypes are backed up by solid data, and we stop being offended by them, or we decide to ignore the data in favor of not being unfairly discriminatory toward certain groups. But how can anyone just say, I am against sexism and racism in all forms, but only when it's not me doing it?
|1 week 1 day ago||Our company rotates us a lot.||
Our company rotates us a lot. A couple years ago I took over for a pretty strange guy. The spoiler here is that as soon as I was officially in the job and he was officially rotated, they let him go for a complete lack of job performance.
This guy would usually roll in around 9:30 or 10:00 and leave for the day around 3. He had a makeshift stand up desk made of cardboard boxes, wore gloves at all times, and never sat down. Ever. In meetings he would be standing. He would also disappear for 15 or 20 minutes at a time every hour and a half or so - my new coworkers told me they called it "patrolling the hallways." He drank bottled water, never tap, and poured it into a filtered water bottle. After he'd gone, I had to clean out and organize the desk (he was an atrocious record keeper) and I found piles and piles of his to-do lists. Every day he'd find a piece of scrap paper and write down his list of to-dos, but these almost exclusively consisted of the same exact mundane stuff every day. It wasn't things like "pull requested report for so-and-so," more like "check email" or "do daily approvals." He also had daily water checklists, where he would write down the time of day by which he intended to finish a water bottle and get a new one. This had to be done four or five times a day. These were far more meticulously kept up with than the work to-do lists, by the way.
Our job turnover, in his eyes, lasted a couple days (it's supposed to be a month) and consisted of how to do the daily approvals and a few other things. After that, he told me "well, I think you basically have everything" and I had to ask him "what about the financial forecasts you guys do?" "Oh, those. I guess we can look at those on Monday." I'd already watched him make a sign error (reversing positive and negative, that is) on a journal entry to record company expenses, reverse that, and then make the same sign error on the entry that was supposed to correct the mistake. The day I officially took over, our manager informed us in a meeting "Joe (not his name) doesn't work here anymore" and nobody batted an eye.
|1 week 1 day ago||Lots of classes have group||
Lots of classes have group work and group requirements, even if the lecture is just sitting and listening. So you're OK with your groupmates watching porn instead of learning the material, then?
|1 week 2 days ago||Honestly, my opinion is that||
Honestly, my opinion is that this is even a blessing for her. She was always going to grow up without a dad. He was lost to her long ago. Visitations and letters from prison saying "be a good girl" don't count as being a father figure. This way, I think it would be much easier to put behind her the fact that her father was a cold-blooded murderer. If anyone asks, instead of saying he's in prison for murder, she can say he's dead and leave it there. He won't be an influence on her life, which, given his influence on the lives of others, is a plus. Her mother can hopefully find for her some more positive influences and leave the memory of the cold-blooded killer behind.
|1 week 2 days ago||Demons? This from the guy||
Demons? This from the guy who won't shut the fuck up about "Penn State and all the delusional joepa loving fans"? Jerry Sandusky had demons too. I mean, if uncontrollable perverted sexual urges don't count as "demons," what does? Or just maybe, Sandusky and Hernandez made conscious decisions to hurt other people. Or kill them, in Hernandez's case. "Demons" my ass. Fuck Hernandez - nobody should mourn his death or make excuses for his behavior.
|1 week 6 days ago||MICHIGAN WON THE SPRING GAME||
MICHIGAN WON THE SPRING GAME HAHAHA SUCKERS WITH DVRS
|2 weeks 12 hours ago||Might as well give up then,||
Might as well give up then, since by that logic, they always will be.
|2 weeks 12 hours ago||They're awful, but that's a||
They're awful, but that's a byproduct of the whole color rush concept being awful.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||We've seen this stuff 23-32||
We've seen this stuff 23-32 (thousand) times already, but I think next year we may have to put up with it anywhere from 7-56 times more often.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Yes, it was partly Blashill.||
Yes, it was partly Blashill. You go down the list of players like Kulfan did in the News today and you see so many instances of the word "disappointed" and you have to blame the coaching. Abdelkader, Nyquist, Tatar, DeKeyser, Nielsen, Sheahan, Larkin, Glendening - up and down the roster, everyone underachieved. The power play is shit. Once-promising goaltenders and scorers underperform like crazy. Blashill is a huge part of the problem.
And by the way for some reason whenever I say this, people take it as synonymous with absolving Holland of any blame, which is totally fallacious.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||On a Navy stop in Saipan,||
On a Navy stop in Saipan, some buddies and I rented a Mitsubishi Outlander. Lucky me, it was in my name, so I got to drive. We didn't really have any plans, we just wanted a car. So we decided: This car is called an Outlander, so let's take it Outlanding. And we bashed around the dirt and mud jungle roads for a couple hours. Of course, we eventually got stuck in some godforsaken part of the island. Everyone was complaining they'd probably have to get out in the mud and push, but I said, nah, watch this, and proceeded to violently rock the car back and forth, D-R-D-R-D-R-D-R, until we launched out of the mud hole. Forward, of course, meaning that when we hit the end of the dirt road, we had to go back through it. Which I decided was best accomplished by gunning it and hoping for the best.
This is not quite "turned-down-a-Bondmobile" level of regret, but I wish we hadn't taken it through the car wash before we turned it back in, just to see the look on the rental-car ladies' faces. Of course, they didn't care about the huge new dent in the rear bumper, so maybe they wouldn't have batted an eye.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Blashill would be no great||
Blashill would be no great loss to the Wings.
It could be that he's a better college coach than pro coach, but he's taken an unfavorable situation and made it worse.
|3 weeks 8 hours ago||Correct. Obviously, it||
Correct. Obviously, it didn't fix the problem entirely.