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Scott's Pet Peeve #1013

If we're on the subject of suffixes... I can't stand the use of "-aholic" applied to any substance someone jokingly thinks they're addicted to. Calling oneself a "chocoholic" firstly makes no sense, unless there is something called "chocohol" that I Go »

Trouble the Water

Meh, I've tried it a few times. I miss the sweet flavor of soda. I've tried adding Mio and other sweeteners to water too, and I can never seem to get the mix quite right; it's either too sweet or not sweet enough, and doesn't taste right. Go »

Happy Birthday, Chris!

Thanks Samir! it was a good one. Hope all is well with you Go »

Why Did You Watch Iron Fist and Why Did I?

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The Bird's the Word

Yep! Good tournament, all. I am exhausted tonight and will deal with the prizes and other wrap-up asap in the next couple of days. Go »

Star Trek: Discovery

The third episode is even stronger than the first two. This is just the shot in the arm that the stodgy old Trek franchise needed. It feels as refreshing as DS9 did once upon a time, and for similar reasons. Go »

What's on the ol' boob tube?

Full list to come, but I have massive overlap with Scott (less with Erik because of my reality phobia though we like similar sitcoms). That said, I'd recommend these shows you're not apparently watching: The Americans Halt and Catch Fire Fargo Th Go »

Erik, You Monster!

Thanks Russ and LaVonne Go »


I like it! Go »

Happy Birthday Kelly

She'll appreciate this. :-) She's currently driving home from Mattoon, Illinois after a week visiting family and friends. Escaping the power outage after the hurricane was just an added bonus. Go »

Scott's Pet Peeve #1753

As long as we're talking about pet peeves related to board games, here's another one of mine: People who don't provide any context when introducing a game to first-time players. I sat down recently to play a game I knew well with some first-timers. The Go »

One Pence None the Richer

I would like to clarify that I'm not criticizing Trump for making that deal with Pelosi and Schumer. I wish more politicians would do the right thing when it conflicts with their party and politics, and even if I doubt that Trump did this for the right re Go »

Fall Back

Yeah, I like pumpkin pie fine, so I'm inclined to have maybe one pumpkin spice treat in the fall, like a single pumpkin spice milkshake or something. But I don't need pumpkin spice cookies, candy, donuts, crackers, coffee, wine, and on and on. To paraphra Go »


I'm glad you're back up and running, and even more-so glad that you both made it through the storm relatively unscathed. Go »


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Parting with Partisanism

Fair enough. I think part of the problem, though, is that I still don't know any of the "good" Trump supporters. They might exist in my world, but they're sure staying silent. Go »

People Who Look Like People

Ha, I can see that resemblance. I heard that Colleen Wing's student in Iron Fist (this guy) was also in Luke Cage, and I thought he was the guy selling DVDs. But no, look Go »

Football 2017

Please note that there is a game postponed due to Irma. Keep your line-up fresh and don't start non-players!! Or do it. Go »

In the Shadow of the Moon

We might just do that! Go »

The Defenders

The Hand are lousy villains in general. I have heard that they were so unpopular in the eighties that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was created to parodize them, and that sounds about right. In Daredevil's second season, the Hand were a n Go »


I haven't tried it, but I am very interested. I don't see how this is at all a sustainable business model, though. Go »

A Confederacy of Dunces

Scott: I agree, and if we were reimagining, say, the Iraq or Afghanistan wars, I'd feel differently. But relitigating the Civil War is only interesting if we present it in a new way. It's possible that this one will do it, but I'm shocked that that new Go »

Nom de Whom

Yeah, last names can be a pain like that. It must be hard to be a famous professional actress who uses her married name in private, because how do you keep correcting people to use your married name when you're obviously famous as your maiden name? I'm Go »

Double Jeopardy

One might argue that forcing him through a second round in the electric chair could constitute cruel and unusual punishment, and would therefore be unconstitutional, if one didn't already consider the first round in the chair cruel and unusual in and of i Go »

The Veracity of Political Correctness

It is not so much being 'allowed' as it is about a person being held accountable for what they said. When we were in school, people in general started to think it was pretty horrible to be that way towards others. Like you mentioned -in the 90's. Go »

Greendale Alumni Association

Well then Erik, I wouldn't read further until you see more! I'm not going to reveal specific plot details, but my comments will probably influence your enjoyment all the same. I have mixed feelings, because it was such a mixed show. Go »

Cinematic Chefs

JJ Abrams serves reheated leftovers from Steven Spielberg's restaurant, kept warm under a blindingly white heat lamp. Go »


Ha! You're right of course; I didn't even see that. I have to appreciate the fact that I made a mistake while pointing out that Google made mistakes while pointing out that other people made mistakes. Go »

Greetings from Earth

Good ideas! You guys make it look easy. In the end, someone else chose the message that was sent, and he made it up on the spot: hello from humans :)We made a few Jokes about wasting a billion-dollar piece of technology on that Go »

Sharing is Overbearing

I really appreciate the advice, Aaron. Being able to see this from another perspective helped me recognize where there might actually be a problem and where I was definitely imagining one. For the people who I'm worried about feeling unequal in our gam Go »

Brexit Redux

I just don't get how May did not learn from Cameron's mistake, when it's that very mistake that led to her being in office in the first place. It would be like Bill Clinton saying in 1993, "Listen to me: There will be no new taxes," and then raising taxes Go »

No, Mr. Bond. I expect you to die.

Here's a nice story about Moore. (Warning: Auto-playing video on page.) Go »

Your Game, Your Goos

Several people have asked me how to create a goo when the person does not appear in any of the photos offered by the form, like when they're too obscure or when someone else more famous than them has the same name. I have three answers to that question. Go »

Spring 2017

Congrats to Russ on a perfect season! That's your ninth, and one shy of the all-time record. Go »

Lonely Hearts Still

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band just turned 50. What are your favorite recollections of the album? Go »

R.I.P. Chris Cornell

On Corgan: I wondered if I should have clarified when I wrote that. I was speaking about alternative bands to emerge in the early 90s who lost frontmen, not just Seattle bands. Stone Temple Pilots, Sublime, and Blind Melon also qualify. Go »

Update Your Emails!

I've been playing Hollywood Stock Exchange off and on since the late 1990s, building up a $1.1 billion portfolio with over 500 securities held. In the world of silly little online games like Funeratic offers, it's not a Go »

Tar Heel Trouble

Fundamentally, most people would rather win than stand on principle. Go »

Another World, Another Life

Bah. I think if I'm just going to be me, why be me somewhere else? All of my stuff is here. Go »

Hardwired... to Self-Destruct

Erik: If you want to give it another try, you might check out "Halo on Fire," which is relatively mellow and (imho) pretty good, particularly the song-ending groove that it launches into around the Go »


Riffing is not for everybody, especially when the movies are bad. It takes mental stamina to sit through 90 minutes of that, even with sketch comedy bits as intermissions. And some of the material isn't even meant to be funny, just deliberately weird. Go »

Scott's Pet Peeve #9360

I am annoyed when restaurants do not mention that their food is spicy. Kelly wanted steak yesterday, and there's an Outback around the corner, so we went there for dinner. The menu described a dish as "wood-fire grilled chicken and shrimp over fettucci 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. There are a lot of changes going on right now in legislature. 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. Go »

Interesting Videos.....Or Whatever

Thought I would start a thread to post interesting videos in. Here's a pretty neat video. 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. To a large degree that's normal and expected, but to the degree it doesn't have to be that way, I'd like to do so Go »

Current Goo

Does the current goo have all the leaders stumped? Can I declare victory now? 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. Go »

"Shall We Play a Game?"

Time for a meme game (thanks Gina). 1. Go »