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Tragic Comedy: Zoom Edition

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As long as we're talking about this, let's remember this crap. When it seemed like Hillary Clinton was going to win in 2016, Senate Republicans (including ones considered respectable like John McCain) openly said they would obstruct any vote on anyone she nominated for Scalia's seat or any other judicial position, for the entirety of her presidency. Go »

Rock Block Rebuses

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Happy 40th Samir.

That's amazing thinking, Samir. All of those points are great. What a good attitude to make the most of a very bad year. Go »

Rock Around the Clock

Always fun. Always. Congrats for the win! Go »

Happy Birthday Mr. Bates

Happy 40th man! If it helps, nothing noticeably changed for me when I hit 40. Go »

Summer 2020

Russ, congrats on playing another perfect season! It was even harder this summer than most seasons. :-) Go »

R.I.P. Chadwick Boseman

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Star Swap

Haha, that's great, Denise! That should be fodder for at least a couple of minutes of comedy for some late-night current-events comedy show. Go »

What's on the Ol' Boob Tube?

I keep hearing good things about The Boys. I'll check it out. (And Ted Lasso eventually, when I get around to Apple. Go »


I was hoping for Tammy Duckworth above all; I've admired her for years. Someone suggested that if he's elected, Biden should make her director of the VA, but I wonder, why not Secretary of Defense? Go »

Retiring Phrases

More phrases that need retiring: "Mississippi's state flag is the last one based on the Confederate flag. Go »


Yeah. Part of the cause is false myths. For so long, America has told itself a myth that it's the best country in the world, the richest and smartest and most powerful and certainly most favored by God, that we're bound to become fractured by our collective cognitive dissonance as our inevitable decline continues (and lately, accelerates). Go »

Opening Day, Sportsball, and the Like

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Football 2020...?

I'm thinking I'm sitting out and hoping they don't play. I would deeply regret it if they do. Some things are actually more important than NFL games. Go »

Extra Life 2020

Given the pandemic that has happened since February, it's likely that I'll do this either alone or in some kind of online capacity instead. Go »

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 »

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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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 »

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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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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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 »

"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 »