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

Thing I love right now: the moment that Gal Gadot, Brie Larson, and Sigourney Weaver came on stage last night to present a couple of Oscars. It was probably scripted, but it didn't look like it, because the other two nearly made Weaver blush with their compliments!

Weaver really did blaze new trails in Hollywood, but I think so did Gadot (and Patty Jenkins, of course), and Larson (with Anna Bowden and Ryan Fleck), showing that a genre film starring a woman could bring in billion dollar box office. I suspect the action figures and costumes sold pretty well, too!

The other memorable moment last night for me was the reaction of the original score winner Hildur Guðnadóttir, who wrote the music for Joker. Movie music, like cinematography, is massively dominated by men. Her Joker score was haunting and intense and masterful. The combination of glee, humility, and sharing in her acceptance was heartwarming to watch.

She is the first woman to win for a dramatic score and the first woman composer in 23 years to win

Definitely a highlight along with the Harriet Tubman song performance.

BadKen wrote:

Thing I love right now: the moment that Gal Gadot, Brie Larson, and Sigourney Weaver came on stage last night to present a couple of Oscars.

Weaver really did blaze new trails in Hollywood, but I think so did Gadot (and Patty Jenkins, of course), and Larson (with Anna Bowden and Ryan Fleck), showing that a genre film starring a woman could bring in billion dollar box office.

Weaver totally shook up the monopoly of male centric action heroes. Gadot definitely helped usher a shift in the right direction once more. I love this.

I also think on Linda Hamilton, Kate Beckinsale, Jennifer Lawrence.

I'd say Jamie Curtis too. And to some extent Neve Campbell and Courtney Cox in Scream.

So four minutes ago, I had no idea who Sturgill Simpson was. I am now a fan.

Simpson said that while in Detroit, he was inspired after listening to Eminem to write "a bunch of mad sh*t-talking songs about how f*cking awesome we are" but later began to think that what he and his band had produced was not "weird" enough, so came up with the idea to travel to Japan and "get the five most legendary animation directors in history together and get them all drunk and put them to competition to see who can outdo one another, and we'll just animate the whole f*cking album". Simpson later characterized the album as a "sleazy, steamy, rock 'n' roll record", calling it his "most psychedelic" and "heaviest".

I can't remember the last time I read a paragraph that I was as instantly in on as this.

I have gotten used to how much pocket space my iPhone takes up, but I wouldn't mind having a folding one... well in a generation or five.

If it was roughly the size of an iPhone plus while in it’s folded state, I would be very interested. To carry a phablet in my pocket would be pretty dope.

Starburst Jellybeans FaveRED

I LOVE driving a big rig.

Sadly, there’s not enough work to do at this time and I’m being temporarily sent back to package delivery. I’m going to miss it immensely while I’m away.

I, for one, welcome our new Long Chilean overlords

I just liked a post that had 3 likes. When I clicked it the number ticked up to 5.

Someone like-haussered me!

No, your likes count double, Tom. Surprised you have not noticed it before.

Robear wrote:

No, your likes count double, Tom. Surprised you have not noticed it before.

If only. It might cushion the shame when I like my own posts.

Well, you know, head in a jar and all that, I'm not gonna judge.

It’s the six year anniversary of The Last of Us: Left Behind. I played it again recently and it’s so charming when exploring the long abandoned shopping mal.

Left Behind was the entirety of the game for me. I played maybe an hour of the main game, long enough to get to an area full of monster closets. Then I went straight to Left Behind and never looked back. No regrets.

I didn’t encounter any monster closets in the main game as I understand them i.e. a tiny dead end room, barely big enough for said monster, from where they emerge as the player passes. If you mean inaccessible areas where creatures hang out I never saw anything overly egregious in that regard. Funnily enough (I just wanted to check I understood the term correctly) the quoted example has this bit of text (not and explanation for stranded monsters but a nice coincidence): So either the monsters grow in there like a fungus...

I adore the main game but I realise it isn’t for everyone.

Credit to, muttonchop, for sharing the piece.

What does it mean to you to be ethical in today’s world?


Doing what’s right. I think a lot about what it means to have a moral compass and what it means to live in the world ethically. It’s f-ing hard and I think about it in my personal life and the choices I make with people in my life. I think about it in terms of my politics and when I choose what to do and say. I think those of us who try to lead an ethical life and live our politics, how do we also be human? How do we forgive ourselves or not be too judgmental of ourselves if we slip up or say or do something that you’re like, “If I was my best self right now, that’s not what I would’ve wanted to do.” I think a lot about that in terms of how are we forgiving of ourselves and others who sincerely want to be better. To me leading an ethical life is a forever educational experience that is up and down – not linear.

I love this outlook. I also love the positivity, and the humility, from someone who has had so much negativity thrown at them. I salute you, Anita Sarkeesian.

The interview as a whole is fantastic. I was positively thrilled, and positively surprised.

Amusing enough on its own, but complete genius with the addition of straight-faced F1 style commentary and graphics.

For the full effect, watch the previous video as well....the qualification phase.

If they change the track every time I will keep watching. I’m such a tool!

the whole thing is kind of delightful IMO. the one with the audience hooligan riot is hilarious

Today I realized that my project to reach financial independence by the age of 45 is somewhat optimistic but totally achievable.

Kind of amazing considering I was broke two years ago.