Random thing you love right now that doesn't deserve its own thread

To my relief, the term "conniption fit" doesn't seem to have any racist or ableist connotations or origins. Which, for a term invented in the United States in the 1800s, is nothing short of a miracle.

fenomas wrote:

So m not sure what to expect. Then as they start, this 6'5" mountain of a lad says "hang on I almost forgot", and strips off his jersey to reveal a tight pink tank top with "LOVE" across the middle. Then he laughs and explains that he'd been out that day looking for something with rainbows, but shop staff had explained that it's not really parade season so he had to make do.

Then I see that Australia has kicked the original guy off their national team. To contextualize that, Israel Folau is currently the best player in the world in his position; possibly the best player period. And Australia has just fired him for (repeated) homophobic comments.

It kind of reminds me of the Coppernick situation but in reverse. I would have never guessed that rugby was more progressive than NFL. But I guess they set the bar pretty low.

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ClockworkHouse wrote:

To my relief, the term "conniption fit" doesn't seem to have any racist or ableist connotations or origins. Which, for a term invented in the United States in the 1800s, is nothing short of a miracle.

My instinct is to assume that “conniption fit” was a term coined by snake oil vendors, who conveniently had a massive supply of the cure for ready for sale.

I have in no way fact checked this.

I found /r/toastme the other day and had a wonderful (albeit mixed) experience. For those unaware, it's an offshoot of /r/roastme where people post pictures of themselves for the community to "roast" or make fun of. /r/toastme is for those who just need a bit of encouragement. It's a place for positivity and uplifting each other -- while asking for compliments feels a bit weird, I still feel like it's a great online space.

Background details for those willing to read my story

Spoiler:

I won't lie. I'm struggling. I posted in the loathe thread a while ago and haven't really been around here much since. TL;DR, my fiancee suffers from Bipolar and Borderline PD, and we don't have a diagnosis yet, but some mild dissociation. During a massive manic meltdown, she cheated on me. And when we talked about it, she revealed that it had happened in the past with the same guy, to a much lesser degree but still enough that it left me very hurt.

We've decided to work things out. We each have a therapist, we just got back from our first session of couple's therapy today, and we have really worked on sorting out her medication. It helps to know it wasn't necessarily her, as much as it was her disorder. Still, it's a tricky thing to wrap my head around and I'm wary of making any defensive assumptions.

Anyway, I posted a selfie asking for a toast. I briefly outlined my struggles lately, and the response was overwhelming. However, due to the nature of the beast, I had a lot of people slander me and/or my partner. A lot of comments saying she's a horrible person, a lot of people telling me I'm weak for staying.

One of the mods swooped in and constantly refreshed the page to make sure those comments were deleted as soon as they were posted. I thought it was a whole team of mods, but no, just one person sifting through hundreds of posts making sure I saw as little harmful things as possible.

I only know this because he sent me a few messages asking if I was willing to chat. My story struck a chord with him, as his wife suffers from similar mental health problems to my fiancee. He knew the struggle, and he saw a lot of himself in me. We had a lovely long chat about sticking with our life partners despite how hard the mania, depression, and everything in-between can be. Against the judgment of friends, of internet strangers, everything. It gave me a lot of strength, and I am so very thankful that there are people willing to help complete strangers like this.

Holy crap, Uni. That’s so heavy. My god! My heart goes out to you, friend. I wish you the best of luck as you and your partner attempt to move forward.

Thanks Rawk. It's the most difficult thing I've ever experienced, but it was 2 months ago and we are making steps to heal. Things are looking a lot better, and the therapy is helping. We are much wiser about the disorder now, her medication has been monitored and she is back to her normal self -- I haven't seen her this well in so long. It's great to see!

Our relationship is already stronger in a lot of ways, mostly due to having to communicate and understand a lot more about ourselves now. It's a horrible thing, but good has come out of it. If we don't make it out of this as a couple, that's fine. But if we do, I know our relationship will be a lot stronger.

So, it's not all bad

I'm glad to hear things are looking up for you Uni, or at have least leveled off. Respect to both of you for trying to difficult path.

I gave my piano keyboard to a friend so that his younger daughter can learn to play and it's giving me so much joy to know that it's being loved again by another little girl.

I've had this keyboard for probably 15 years or a little more - it was a Christmas gift when I was younger and had aspirations of teaching myself to play. I never quite got there, but I can pick out a tune in the right hand and play some chords in the left. My siblings and I had dance parties with its built in songs feature. I even once put color-coded stickers on the keys to teach my sisters to play the bottom part of "Heart and Soul." It came along with me to college, where I used it for arranging a cappella pieces and playing warmups at rehearsals. It followed me on two more multi-state moves, but hadn't seen any use since the last one.

Then this friend invited me over to have dinner with his family, and we compared my concert flute with his Indian bamboo flutes. His older daughter brought out her guitar and Mr. Dragon played some songs on it. His younger daughter, not wanting to be left out, brought out a little electronic guitar/piano toy that wasn't terribly functional but she could pick out a tune and played "Happy Birthday" for us.

On the way home we discussed passing the keyboard on, and I offered it up to my friend. Turns out they'd been looking to buy her a keyboard! When the day came, I had a bit of a hard time letting go due to all the emotions wrapped up in it. Mr. Dragon suggested I thank the keyboard (a bit of KonMarie we've osmosed from the internet) and it helped a lot.

I got the report from my friend that they snuck it into the house successfully and his daughter stopped dead in her tracks when she noticed it. She was so excited and they looked up a video for her to start learning the right hand position. I'm so glad that it's going to be used and loved again, and I hope she finds joy and peace and friendship and everything in music that I have.

A_Unicycle wrote:

I only know this because he sent me a few messages asking if I was willing to chat. My story struck a chord with him, as his wife suffers from similar mental health problems to my fiancee. He knew the struggle, and he saw a lot of himself in me. We had a lovely long chat about sticking with our life partners despite how hard the mania, depression, and everything in-between can be. Against the judgment of friends, of internet strangers, everything. It gave me a lot of strength, and I am so very thankful that there are people willing to help complete strangers like this.

As an added bonus, I bet you helped him in some way as well. You found someone to talk with and he did too. If it weren't for the internet you probably never would have met and talked.

I'm so glad to hear of these positives, Uni. Well done for navigating the situation as you have. Respect. I wish you only the best as you continue.

I did not realize how much I needed a Highlander homage via Clancy Brown, Queen, and The Goldbergs.

Warwick Davis confirmed?! That's amazing!

I wonder how they're going to treat the sequel books Chris Claremont wrote. The shows starting point of 30 years after the events of the movie would place them about 5-10 years after the events of the books. I don't really expect them to be treated as canon, but I hope they at least incorporate bits and pieces of them into the show.

Stengah wrote:

I wonder how they're going to treat the sequel books Chris Claremont wrote. The shows starting point of 30 years after the events of the movie would place them about 5-10 years after the events of the books. I don't really expect them to be treated as canon, but I hope they at least incorporate bits and pieces of them into the show.

Those were pretty good books, or at least they were back god knows how many years ago when I first read them. I wish ebooks were available so I could read them again.

It is actually weird because there is another series from around the same time that Lucas Arts was involved in that also isn't available as ebooks: Lucasfilm's Alien Chronicles.

Rykin wrote:
Stengah wrote:

I wonder how they're going to treat the sequel books Chris Claremont wrote. The shows starting point of 30 years after the events of the movie would place them about 5-10 years after the events of the books. I don't really expect them to be treated as canon, but I hope they at least incorporate bits and pieces of them into the show.

Those were pretty good books, or at least they were back god knows how many years ago when I first read them. I wish ebooks were available so I could read them again.

It is actually weird because there is another series from around the same time that Lucas Arts was involved in that also isn't available as ebooks: Lucasfilm's Alien Chronicles.

I remeber liking those books, but I can't remember anything about them except Willow called himself something else, and Alora was grown up.

There were also a few Indiana Jones novels back in the day, but I never got around to reading those.

PaladinTom wrote:
Rykin wrote:
Stengah wrote:

I wonder how they're going to treat the sequel books Chris Claremont wrote. The shows starting point of 30 years after the events of the movie would place them about 5-10 years after the events of the books. I don't really expect them to be treated as canon, but I hope they at least incorporate bits and pieces of them into the show.

Those were pretty good books, or at least they were back god knows how many years ago when I first read them. I wish ebooks were available so I could read them again.

It is actually weird because there is another series from around the same time that Lucas Arts was involved in that also isn't available as ebooks: Lucasfilm's Alien Chronicles.

I remeber liking those books, but I can't remember anything about them except Willow called himself something else, and Alora was grown up.

There were also a few Indiana Jones novels back in the day, but I never got around to reading those.

Thorn I think is what he went by and he had become a somewhat badass wizard. Elora was one of the major view point characters and there was a very interesting twist with her and the villain that I won't spoil here. One of my best memories is of one of the areas where there was like a 1000 foot tall shear cliff that stretched for thousands of mile dividing one of the continents basically in two.

Rugby, like cricket and croquet, is an honorable game played by gentle-folk, unlike other pastimes involving the word football.

•sits back down in his deckchair and eats another cucumber sandwich*

I met my 10k words goal for Camp NaNoWriMo in April. I'm so freaking proud of that.
Big props to Bonus Eruptus for gifting me Nimble Writer, a great little program which helped keep me on track. As well as Antichulius, , Tanstaafl, Higgledy, Taharka for putting up with my complaining in the NaNoWriMo Slack channel.

Some days I need a break from my reality and to see how bad customers can really be.
Thus, thank you, internet, for NotAlwaysRight. You have quite literally saved me from the misery of my job today.

Also, on the same trend of me avoiding work and taking care of my daughter today, I heartily endorse Canimals on Netflix. Because sometimes you just need silly fun to get away from stress.

It was my daughters first birthday today! I have no idea where the past year has gone, but I'm so happy it was spent on her. She continues to amaze me each and every day. Incredibly proud and grateful to be her dad.

Congrats! And best wishes to your daughter and family for a year well spent!

Yeah, Robear said it! Glad you had a great day with your daughter.

Thank you both!

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I'm not a gambling man, but the new bar/arcade had these coin pushing machines with a classic DC Comics theme and...I saw my favourite hero and HAD to have him. You can see the card teetering on the edge in the first picture, but another one dropped and slowly made it's way to the chute! Funnily enough, that first one was still there by the time I finished playing.

I'm ashamed that I put about $15 into that silly machine, but it was more fun that it should have been. Ultimately, my friend wanted to take over and she got the lucky drop and gave me both cards!

And despite only earning two cards, all the "points" from the coins gave us a nice little bounty of tickets to redeem on nonsense like stress balls and slinkies.

It was a really fun time!

If you had fun, it was a $15 well spent.

"Which one of you cowards sh*t in my pants!?"

I actually learned something form a clickbait article. And seriously, I don't have a utility sink in my basement, just a bathroom sink. Filling a mop bucket requires running a hose from outside.

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All the scenes used for this are actually in the order of release and occurrence in the films. Impressive.

edit* Until they get to the upcoming movie, that is.

The local classical radio station has an hour dedicated to videogames! I was very surprised when I heard some familiar tunes as I was flipping through the channels. They played songs from Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, Batman: Arkham Knight, Anthem, and two Assassin's Creed games.

It's fantastic that this music is getting public air-time. I loved it! It made the drive home really fun!