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The Veracity of Political Correctness

Watching a tv drama the other day, I was struck by a line of dialogue that I've heard said by various people over the last couple of years, since Trump's campaign first picked up steam and dredged up all kinds of racist comments in public: "It's like e 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 »

Scott's Pet Peeve #1753

Good point. I figure that's true for some people, and for other people it's about a desire to avoid any hint of cheating. It's the people who don't need to count out loud, but who do so anyway without consideration to their fellow players, that bug me. 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 »

Flavor Unfavorable

Definitely check out Black Thorn. As to the scoffs, maybe they're done in jest due to the STL / Chicago rivalry thing, and I'm just overly sensitive to it. And, I suppose perhaps it's more of a loyalty to Imo's, because even if I mention I don't li Go »

America the _______

David Brooks recently wrote a consideration of the American story and why it matters that we have one. It's not summing up the nation in one word, exactly, but I fou Go »

The Hardest Feat in Rock Block

When I designed the new-and-improved Rock Block, I wanted to make most of the feats easy to achieve as long as you kept playing steadily (such as "win 100 concerts"), but I also wanted to make one extra-difficult feat, something for the truly dedicated pl Go »

Kill Your Darlings

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Peaceably to Assemble

I try not to think about this subject, because it makes me so angry and I feel so powerless to stop it. I read so often in the news these days about families torn apart because of ICE, parents detained and shipped out of the country while their children a Go »

Give Me a Break...Is Nothing Sacred!!!

This discussion was already something of a mid-2000s time capsule -- Chinese Democracy? No Child Left Behind? Jo Go »

Game Over, Man

Avatar has gone through this weird evolution. Before it came out, people thought it was going to be this massive flop, creatively and commercially. Then it was released and stunned everyone by being a massive popular phenomenon, even outgrossing Go »

Oscars 2017

What a crazy ending to the Oscars broadcast. I didn't see it happen -- I was sick in bed with a fever -- but watching the recaps and Go »

Hall of Fame 2017

Yay, Samir --- what a week! Congratulations on another Celebrity Goo victory! You're an outstanding player....keep Go »

Your Funny Valentine

Nice story! You and Brenda are the best, Steve. And if a story isn't true, it can at least be true enough. Go »

Trump Reconsidered

Certainly most conversations about Trump between liberals and conservatives go south fast, starting off without hope in the first place. But for a few people who come in determined to be respectful from the start and who discuss it in a neutral space, is Go »

Trump Wins

He wants power. He wants respect. He want to show the world how quickly he can get things done so that his constituents will praise him. Go »

Scott's Pet Peeve #2726

I may have ranted about this one before and it's the use of the term co-conspirator. There cannot be a conspiracy of one therefore anyone else involved is a conspirator. "Co-" is redundant. Go »

Secure This

Funeratic now loads over a secure connection (https instead of http). You should be able to verify this in your browser's address bar. A little bit of information about this has been added to the Privacy Policy page (look for Go »


I'm hopeful to see that a new legal strategy might weaken or kill gerrymandering. An a Go »

Star Swap

The origins of my joke: Go »

Football 2016

Good season. I'd agree on the waiver wire. Also, what do you think of keepers? Go »

Carrie and Debbie

Yes, exactly. Since Martin himself struggled to escape the box Hollywood put him into and become respected as a writer, I would think people would appreciate his sensitivity to Fisher's dilemma. He maybe could have chosen a better word than "creature," bu Go »

Best Movies of 2016

In that case -- DONE! :) And Happy New Year! Go »

Weathering a Storm

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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. 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 »