Random non sequitur posts catch-all thread

Prederick wrote:

They're not all sh*tty little movies! I cried when Aeris died! and I had just turned 38!

(I stg if anyone takes this seriously)

This might belong in the hot takes thread, but when Aeris died I felt... nothing. I remember thinking "nice try, game, but you JUST got done pulling this same fakeout nonsense with Cait Sith." I played through the rest of the game fully expecting that any minute she was going to come back, and when she didn't by the end, I just shrugged and figured that I'd missed an optional side quest and that I'd figure it out on a replay.

I felt more when General Leo died in FF6; since he was obviously a guest party member like Banon during the very short time you controlled him, it felt entirely plausible (and, as it turned out, correct no matter how many fights you grind in the dinosaur forest) that he really was permadead.

I know Aerith dying gets all the attention, but I was more affected by the fate of Red XIII's father.

"Should I tell the young cub who just lost both his parents that his father was a great man and died a hero? ...Nah, he seems to be handling it fine."

"Who is it?" is the only phrase in the English language where it's not rude to refer to a human being as "it."

"it's me"?

hbi2k wrote:

"Who is it?" is the only phrase in the English language where it's not rude to refer to a human being as "it."

I don't think "it" refers to a person there. "Who" already refers to the person, and "it" is functioning as a dummy pronoun with no referent - similar to "will it rain?" or "it will be dawn soon".

However as a languagey person I've paid attention to pronouns in recent years, and the one case I've noticed is that people do say "it" about babies, either unborn or very recently born. Strangely, I've noticed people even do this even for a specific baby whose gender they know - like "her son was born yesterday and it wouldn't stop crying".

But it only seems to apply for a brief while - you don't hear people say "it" about a toddler, even in the abstract. My haphazard guess is that this is nothing to do with gender; it's probably that we conceptualize unborn babies as thing-like, and we change to seeing them as person-like sometime after they're born.

Anyone wanna buy me one of these?

NSMike wrote:

Anyone wanna buy me one of these?

Maybe get in here and hope your Stanta wins the lottery?

The Cure's Robert Smith is basically a singing version of Bobcat Goldthwait's 80s comedy persona.

What if NASAs DART shifts that asteroid and it crashes on an alien planet, and the find out some beings on Earth did it, and they attack us! NASA could be responsible for interplanetary conflict!!

Armageddon 2, there you go...

MaxShrek wrote:

What if NASAs DART shifts that asteroid and it crashes on an alien planet, and the find out some beings on Earth did it, and they attack us! NASA could be responsible for interplanetary conflict!!

The good news is that the human race will wipe itself out millions of years before the asteroid even crashes into the alien planet.

bobbywatson wrote:
MaxShrek wrote:

What if NASAs DART shifts that asteroid and it crashes on an alien planet, and the find out some beings on Earth did it, and they attack us! NASA could be responsible for interplanetary conflict!!

The good news is that the human race will wipe itself out millions of years before the asteroid even crashes into the alien planet.

and a new intelligent civilization will arise only to get smacked into oblivion by an alien race that itself went extinct millions of years before their counterattack reached Earth.

Cat’s tails are the shark fins of Zoom calls.

I am not in the military, and have not been anywhere near an aircraft carrier, but, of all the wonderfully absurd things about the new Top Gun movie, the one that stuck out to me was the crew all lingering to celebrate on the deck of an aircraft carrier currently in active use in a combat zone.

I dunno the name of the guys whose job it is to keep the deck operating the way it's supposed to, but I feel like, even if they enjoyed the movie, they watched that scene and one of their eyes started twitching uncontrollably.