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This Could Spell Trouble

I just came across this article specifically citing Jew as a slur that should never be played (or uttered, presumably). Go »

Lady Hey?

Well, that good will didn't last long. Go »


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The Most Interesting People in the World

I neglected to reply to this at the time, but better late than never: Samir, I want to fix your IMDb credit! Go »

The Problem with Ranked Choice Voting

I like that! I have not heard of that before. It seems like it would help with a number of problems. Go »

Failure to Deliver

Yeah, Kelly and I get weird substitutions too when we order groceries online. They can't find product A so they substitute product B, then they can't find product C so they substitute product A, in the same order -- huh? Go »

Cop TV

Trevor Noah did a pretty good job at demonstrating the problems with cop shows as they're currently made. Go »

Retiring Phrases

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Mayhem in Milwaukee

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Defund the Police

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Changing Labels

Somebody put the whole movie on YouTube. I can't help but notice the comments debating whether or not the alternate-universe events portrayed in the movie could have plausibly happened, completely missing the point. Go »

Top o' the Racism to Ya

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Les Enfants Terribles

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Tragic Comedy: Zoom Edition

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Aka the Cat

Yeah, Samir pointed out to me that when you have a pending guess, you're pretty sure it's wrong and you should be able to erase it with Aka without waiting for me to mark it wrong. Go »

George Floyd, Minneapolis, and Beyond

I confess some guilt over not saying or doing more during this movement. This is huge, and hugely important, and I've let myself be distracted by stuff going on in my professional and personal life rather than pay closer attention or take action. Go »

Spring 2020

Thx Erik and LaVonne it was very close Go »

Secret Successes

I got into a conversation recently with some friends that I wonder if you can expand upon: Albums that are least-loved by the public that you think are secretly the artist's best work. Go »

Happy Birthday, Scott!

I couldn't find my regular cake pan, so bundt cake it was! Which reminds me that there is a place that I hope reopens when this all goes away called "Nothing Bundt Cake. Go »

Eponymous Edibles

My culinary masterpiece is tiny chips ahoy cookies in a bowl with milk, eaten as cereal. Because I am an adult. Go »

Hitch's Hustle

I saw a short documentary about Alfred Hitchcock the other night. It showed some of his many cameo roles on-screen in his films, and clips from when he hosted his own long-running TV series Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and assorted other media appearances like TV commercials that he made and many broadcast interviews that he gave. Go »

Office Hours

I'm discontinuing the office hours on Sunday night. There's no need for it at this time, nobody's taking advantage of it because there's no point (although I'm surprised no one used it to get ahead during the last RB tournament), and although I still had the time set aside in my calendar until now, I'm mostly working on non-Funeratic projects during that block of time. Go »

The Right of the People Peaceably to Assemble

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Buffets of Doom

Years ago, I trashed the salad buffet chain Sweet Tomatoes on this website, after misinterpreting a staffer's mildly insensitive attempt to make conversation as some kind of corporate psychological manipulation. Go »


Here's a different take on Biden's verbal slip-ups, from a fellow stutterer who recognizes them. Go »

Star Swap

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Annoying Media Tropes

Lori, I'm no fan of the "it was all a dream" trope either. It has been used as such a cheap gimmick by so many writers, as either a retcon to fix poor plotting or a lazy shock to the audience, that it has been ruined. Go »

Noble Noah

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There Goes the Sun

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This is the Film That Never Ends

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In the Land of the Blind, the Drive-Thru Operator is King

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You Say Tomato, Yo Digo Tomate

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What's on the Ol' Boob Tube?

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The Questionable Gift of Gift Cards

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The Cost of Life

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Tiger King

Apparently even the co-director wanted more focus on animal cruelty as a serious subject, rather than devoting so much of the screen time to the oddball people in the series. Go »

Supreme Shakeup

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Reality Redo

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Scott's Pet Peeve #2164

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

Z Day

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The Right to Disconnect

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

R.I.P. Kenny Rogers

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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 »


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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Winter 2020

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

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 »

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 »

Make Me Choose

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Mad Mike

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Bedtime for Blago

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

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 »

Fantastic Island

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

Oscars 2020

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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 »

Fictive Physicians

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We Built This City

Nice comeback. Congrats. 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 »


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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 »

A Confederacy of Dunces

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

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 »