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Personality Tests at Work

I just learned about the five languages of appreciation in the workplace, which is nakedly just an attempt to port The Five Love Languages into a different context and sell more books. Go »

Flight to the Bottom

The few flights I've taken lately have been limited to only single carriers servicing the areas. Go »

Terms of Determent

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Bye Bye Boston

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ITube, YouTube, WeTube

As much as I've recommended YouTube in recent years, like in the above conversation and elsewhere, today I discovered one reason why not to use it: Your private viewing is linked to your public activity, and if YouTube decides that something you did publicly is a violation of their terms of service, you'll suddenly find all of your private activity deleted too. Go »

The Movie of Me

Both good movies, though yes, Garden State feels less essential the further we age away from it. Perhaps the opposite is true of Synecdoche, New York, which I feel like I'm aging into. Go »

The Divine Right of Presidents

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MCU Project: Crossovers

For anyone who still cares about official MCU canon, here's observing that Disney+ just started counting the six Netflix original series as official MCU (minor Echo spoilers at that link). Go »

UFOs and Government Conspiracies

I'm grateful to John Oliver for breaking all of this down in a very funny and surprisingly sympathetic manner. Go »

Bane of Bobby

Well, good. Then it's not just me. :-) It could be deliberate scaremongering of their readers or just projection of their own election worries, but yeah, the liberal press inaccurately freaking out about Kennedy spoiling Biden sounds like the correct explanation to me. Go »


When it comes to this subject, more people sharing more of their true personal stories with abortion can and should make a difference on this matter. Go »

Crescent City Consultation

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Wack to the Future

Excellent points, guys. I agree with pretty much all of it, particularly two things: 1) Erik, you mentioned the absurdity of the two-party system. Go »

Oscars 2024

I've suspected for years that something crucial is missing from most Oscar predictions, which is the esteem in which each nominee is held by their peers. Go »

Frosty Reception

Maybe. Wendy's will certainly discover in market research whether the motives that bring people to their restaurants can be affected by dynamic pricing. Go »

The Conversion to Immersion

As long as we're on the subject, Kelly found what has to be my favorite reaction to Disney closing the Galactic Starcruiser: click image to zoom Go »

As Seen on TV

Off of the top of my head, the most comfortable TV home that I can think of is probably the Enterprise-D in Star Trek: The Next Generation, and the least comfortable must be the tribe shelter in any season of Survivor. Go »

The "Arrgh!" in Diarchy

If any goo game players are wondering why this week has two king goos, it's because I miscalculated the round for today's Music goo. Go »


As a follow-up to my rant above about Joe Biden betraying the rail workers union, I was pleased that pressure from his administration later helped them get precisely what they were striking for. Go »

Mickey Versus Meatball Ron

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Trumped by the Insurrection Clause

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The Daily Grind

They've been diligently searching for a year, and yet Comedy Central still cannot find a new host for The Daily Show. Go »

Star Swap

If Chloé Zhao and Zoë Chao ever make a movie together, I will lose what little ability I still have to remember which is which. Go »

Best of 2023

I rarely review short films in Thorough Movie Reviews because it feels strange to spend longer writing about them than it takes to watch them, but I did see three new shorts of wildly varying quality this year: Rogue Not Quite One is the latest embarrassingly bad Disney+ short that blends the Simpsons with some other Disney-owned property and in the process reminds you of how vastly better and more inspired both franchises used to feel. Go »

KFC and the Sunshine Band

Steve, if you want cheesy jokes, I'm there. Bleu2: click image to zoom The Velveeta Underground: click image to zoom Colby Jack Caillat: click image to zoom Goudastank: click image to zoom Muenster Magnet: click image to zoom Cream Cheese: click image to zoom The Brieders: click image to zoom Fetallica: click image to zoom Mozzarella Fitzgerald: click image to zoom Paneerly Deads: click image to zoom Eddie Cheddar: click image to zoom And of course, SWISS: click image to zoom Go »

Longest Discussions

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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

Let's begin. Go »


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 »

"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 »

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 »