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Happy 45th Birthday, Scott!

I forgot to wish you happiness because of the other issue! But happiness you deserve, and I send you a bucketful. Go »

Maximum Overflow

Minor pet peeve: People saying that they miss DVDs because "they had extras that the streaming services today don't have, like original trailers, directors' commentaries, and deleted scenes. Go »

Star Trek: Picard

For anyone who's ever enjoyed Star Trek: The Next Generation, here's a very strong recommendation to see the 10-episode final season of Star Trek: Picard, recently concluded on Paramount+. Go »

Mickey Versus Meatball Ron

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Potato, Po-ta-to

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The Future of Video Games

And just to be clear: I'm sure that this kind of project is being developed all over the video game industry, by companies and by users alike, not just this one project within the twelve-year-old Skyrim. Go »

Rock Block Rebus Redux

Steve, I have had an absolute blast playing this game! You've done an amazing job of putting together so many clever rebuses and puzzles. Go »

So Many Blogs, So Little Time

I don't read many blogs any more (ARE there many blogs any more?), but some blogs and blog-like sites that I still enjoy on a daily basis include: Ask a Manager by Alison Green, a professional advice column, originally written by a manager for managers but now offering general workplace advice. Go »


Welcoming my group into his refuge, the man said, "Now be careful, that line of rock salt is the only thing keeping them out! Go »

Scott's Pet Peeve #1013

LOL I read the whole thing just now. Excessive use of "that" is a pet peeve of mine. Affects/effects. Go »

Dude, Where's My Site?

Two errors have been happening across Funeratic lately: 1) Weird problems with data not showing up on the page correctly, such as the list of Members being blank, or turn data in a Rock Block concert not populating correctly (such as "Turn 1: played to on" instead of "Turn 1: Scott Hardie played Metallica to Stage Right on March 20"). Go »

Scott's Pet Peeve #6020

Interesting thought experiment. There are ways to take it further of course: Up to a certain level of wealth, anyone in my community who makes more money is going to spend more money, which means more capital moving about in the economy and thus more opportunity for everyone including me to earn more, so Dave's raise is arguably good for me as his neighbor. Go »


Yes, agreed completely. I like the shopping cart theory. Acquaintances of mine who refuse to return their shopping carts to a corral, and who idle in the fire lane while one of them goes inside to shop and who perform other similarly selfish acts, have said that they believe that anyone who doesn't behave this way is an idiot or a liar. Go »

Oscars 2023

Good to know, Matthew, thanks! Go »


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Greater Than the Yum of Its Parts

I would try a Jersey Mike's original Italian sub, served on bread made to taste and feel like Olive Garden's breadsticks. Go »

User Maps

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A New Era in Celebrity Goo Game

Thanks for the comments, everybody, both public and private. I feel the same way about all of them. It feels like the last five years of the game have gone by as quickly as the first five months. Go »

The Sleeping Beauty Problem

Kelly Lee and Matthew Preston were both halfers from the start and never wavered. Me, I was a thirder at first and quite confident about it, thanks to probability puzzles like The Monty Hall Paradox that demonstrate some biases in our understanding of probability and how something with a truly random outcome can subtly become less than random. Go »

What's on the Ol' Boob Tube?

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To Steve on His Sixtieth

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Hotel California

Steve, I appreciate the ideas, especially letting players provide puzzles of their own. I just replied to the email that you sent me about this. Go »

Football 2022

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To Cruise or Not to Cruise?

Excellent advice! I have no doubt that the quality of every aspect of a cruise would be of a high caliber, but of course that's meaningless if I'm not interested in most of them and could replicate the rest far less expensively at home. Go »

Flagged for Discussion

I have brought up this topic for discussion with several other people since 2018 and still have not found a single person who agrees with me that eliminating full-body contact in American football is not just preferable but inevitable. Go »


I don't know whether that movement will dissipate, but perhaps it will lose focus for a time without Benedict as a symbolic figurehead. Go »

Ads That Wore Out Their Welcome

I'm sure I'm being a Grinch. I just want our culture to get new things before it ossifies. But I shouldn't expect companies that have been cranking out the same candy for generations to approve new ad campaigns. Go »

The Bear That Wasn't Watchable

I keep seeing praise for The Bear, Hulu's surprise-hit series about the aggressively mean workers at a busy Chicago restaurant. Go »

Best (and Worst) Films of 2022

Last call! If you're going to vote, please do so before midnight ET tonight. Thanks! Go »

What's Old is New Once Again...

Following up on this: There has been a growing lament for some time now among cinephiles, including influential directors like Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino and Steven Spielberg*, that entertainment franchises like Marvel, DC, Star Wars, Fast & Furious, Mission Impossible, and so on are taking over the cinema. Go »

Fall 2022

Congrats, Russ on win #12 and 17 perfect seasons --- that's quite an accomplishment for 90 goos, particularly in this round. Go »

The Present and Future of Celebrity Goo Game

After a LOT of thinking and testing out various scenarios using existing data, I think I've finally hit upon a good new format for the game. Go »

The Banality of Evil: Tech CEO Edition

That's a great quote, Erik, and it summarizes my attitude too. I have deleted my main Twitter account and I'm waiting for automated data exports to finish before I delete my other two. 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

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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 »