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The Cost of Life

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Annoying Media Tropes

There are all kinds of annoying tropes in movies and TV. I just wrote about one. Watching Person of Interest lately, there are several more on my mind, because the show leans heavily on these: • Antagonists who act really overtly evil, like threatening to kill each other at every turn, or killing their henchmen for minor failures. Go »

Reality Redo

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R.I.P. Kenny Rogers

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Scott's Pet Peeve #2164

The Flim Flam Man The Grifters (I think) The Sting (that assassin might count) Go »

The Right to Disconnect

Years ago, I worked for a project-for-hire tech company that had a problem communicating with its clients. Go »

Z Day

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Spring 2020

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Fallen Food

I can think of two off the top of my head. I cannot so much as see a box of Cocoa Puffs without thinking of one of the worst songs of all time and its lyric, "Mix your milk with my Cocoa Puffs, milky milky cocoa. Go »

The Apple and the Tree

When I was a kid, I asked my father what he'd do if he won the lottery. He said right away that he'd pay off his bills and debt. Go »

America the Anomalous

I came across this list of what foreigners found strange about America after moving here. It got me thinking: What else do you think foreigners would find strange about America? Go »


What do you think of people editing their own genes at home? Would you do it if it was safe and effective? Go »

Cinema Non Grata

I have trouble watching horror too. I'd like to see more horror in general, but I'd like to do a lot of things in general; it probably isn't going to happen. Go »


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The Jobless Future

All great points. I too have a lot of faith in humanity's ability to solve big problems. I believe that the urgency of the response tends to follow the urgency of the problem. Go »

Mad Mike

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I agree about Warren being penalized for being an intellectual. We have a long anti-intellectual streak in this country. Go »

Say It Again, Sam

There's a scene in Braveheart where Mel Gibson tells the horsemen in his army to leave the battlefield so they can outflank the English on the other side. Go »

Make Me Choose

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Gold Bond

Thanks for the link. With the possible exception of Moonraker, it's definitely a great place to start! Go »

Land Acknowledgements

Well, I've heard cynics decry it as performative wokeness or virtue signaling, so that might be the point, depending on your attitude. Go »

Extra Life 2020

I had an absolute blast at last year's Extra Life event, that 24-hour marathon of gaming for charity. Go »

Fantastic Island

Erik, good share. Those genre-swapping trailers are fun. "Shining" and "Scary Mary" are two others that I really like. Go »

Overhaul of Fame

Yeah, I can see that. Once upon a time on the Internet, you could tell people about this weird little website where you can play celebrity trivia games and enter Oscar prediction contests and so on, all for free, and they'd be happy to check it out. Go »

Star Trek: Picard

Amusingly (to me anyway), the opening theme music has some intense string notes near the end that sound like a carbon monoxide alarm going off. Go »

Fictive Physicians

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Oscars 2020

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Hope Springs Never

I'll say this for Disney Springs: Its background music as you explore is great. It consists of modern, synthesized, unobtrusive re-imaginings of classic Disney tunes. Go »


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Decade Delimiter

I may seem to have tipped my hand already, but I'm actually on Team Decades-Are-Arbitrary. A decade is any ten-year period; I could say that the current decade runs from 11:27am on Wednesday, October 12, 2016, until the same time and day in 2026. Go »

To Remove or Not to Remove

I really hate trump for what he's done. I really don't see him being removed. But it is on his record and might persuade people to vote for someone else. Go »

The Golden Globes Riddle

Maybe it's just because I read too much entertainment news, but I've seen a lot of coverage of the Golden Globe nominations today, and I see lots of excited talk about them in general at this time of year. Go »

The Best Movies of 2019

Yeah, I heard that's coming and it should be funny. Since one of the biggest hits of 2019 was Joker, I wonder if the Impractical Jokers movie will make some kind of reference to it, like dancing on the stairwell or something. Go »

Winter 2020

I didn't notice it when I commented before, but this is actually the first perfect season for Samir and Steve. Go »

Seeing a Solution

Not as well as I had hoped. I tried the McDonald's, but it's apparently the Friday-morning gathering site for two clubs of retired men who argue non-stop. Go »

The Greatest Propaganda Machine in History

Ross Douthat wrote an interesting counter-argument, and cites scientific research that undermines part of Sacha Baron Cohen's argument. Go »

Broken Rock

I've spent about nine hours on this over two days, and I wish I could say that I had an explanation for these issues. Go »

The Best Films of the Decade

Samir, I never responded specifically to your well-written list. Of the movies that I've seen, I agree; Coco, Mad Max: Fury Road, Lincoln, and Grand Budapest Hotel were all excellent. Go »

Christmas Creep

If my understanding is correct, in the southern hemisphere, predominantly Christian nations celebrate two Christmases: One in July when it snows, which is a cultural Christmas with gift-giving and decorations and so on, and one in December that solemnly honors the religious holiday. Go »

Age Rage

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Favorite Filmmakers

Another good list. I can agree with every one. Go »


We got Disney+ on day one. The service was shockingly buggy at first, but it has mostly been fixed now, although we do still get one persistent bug: Nearly everything we watch freezes about 1-2 minutes in; the video locks while the audio keeps playing. Go »

Catch and Kill Me

In the kerfuffle over Hachette's staff walkout and Woody Allen's memoirs being dropped -- about which you can guess how I feel, given what I said above -- someone said something prescient about Ronan Farrow that finally clears up the mystery about him for me: He's preparing to run for office as a politician. Go »

Happy Birthday Russ

Thanks all. I had a good day, left all pressure for another day to worry over, and pretty much just relaxed. Go »

23 Years

I'm glad the site is still going strong. Thanks Go »


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Extra Life 2019

Also, I'd like specifically to thank the three donors who came in at the end, Jeff and two anonymous donors. Go »

Bet Regret

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Digital License Plates

What do you think of the rise of digital license plates? I'm cynical, so I assume that 90% of the promised benefits are there to snow us. Go »

Cinematic Cities

Yeah, that show could easily be set in my part of Florida. People are definitely like that here. For example, there's a nearby Mexican restaurant that has $1 tacos on Tuesdays. Go »

38? You don't look a day over 37.

Thanks Erik and LaVonne. Go »

Fall 2019

Nice going Steve. Good luck next round. Go »

The Last Password

I neglected to get back to you on this, Erik, but those are good points. I don't know if it helps, but one of the advantages of owning my own domain is that every address @ my domain all routes to my real inbox elsewhere. Go »

We Built This City

Nice comeback. Congrats. Go »

The 51st

Yes, good point. :-D Go »

Football 2019

Congrats on beating my crappy team! It's not your fault they were crappy and I'm glad you could take advantage. Go »

Office Hours

I'll be unavailable tomorrow. Go »

What's on the Ol' Boob Tube?

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A Confederacy of Dunces

And it's official, Confederate will never air, to the shock of no one. Go »

Retiring Phrases

I'm getting really tired of Republicans saying that "Democrats just can't get over the fact that Trump won in 2016. Go »

Star Swap

Today, I learned that Brett Cullen and David Wenham are two different people. I see online that people think that Cullen looks like Aaron Eckhart, but Eckhart I will always recognize from certain very specific roles. Go »

Bedtime for Blago

Undoing the good accomplished by the conviction a decade ago, President Trump just commuted Rod Blagojevich's sentence. Go »

Longest Discussions

These are Tragic Comedy's all-time longest discussions.

Gay Marriage

I think we've mentioned it in passing, but I couldn't find an official thread here about gay marriage. Go »

Yankees Win! Theeeeee Yankees Win!

Read the subject. That is all. Go »

Rock Block

I'm pleased to introduce the newest game on, Rock Block. It's part strategy game, part collecting game, part business game, and part rock-n-roll fantasy league. Go »

Interesting Videos.....Or Whatever

Thought I would start a thread to post interesting videos in. Here's a pretty neat video. This girl is nuts for doing this though. Go »

Election Day

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It's been three weeks since Rock Block launched, and the early rush of mass participation has given way to a few regulars playing constantly. Go »

Current Goo

Does the current goo have all the leaders stumped? Can I declare victory now? Or have we just not had enough time? Go »

Goo: Towers

Recently, I've been talking about taking the goo game in a different direction. That plan goes into effect tonight, with the start of Round XLI in five hours. Go »

Round XXX Tournament

We will begin in just five days. Here is the line-up for Friday, July 27th: Mike Eberhart vs. Denise Sawicki Dave Mitzman vs. Go »

"Shall We Play a Game?"

Time for a meme game (thanks Gina). 1. Pick five of your favorite movies that many people have seen. Go »