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

Watching a favourite streamer Teo play Manor Lords and hear him saying things like: “Why aren’t you happy!? How are you not happy!” “Why is it taking a month to make planks!?” and “Where’s my Ox! Where is it!? It has to be here somewhere! Sod it I’m buying another one.”

I fired Comcast!

zeroKFE wrote:

Also, this is only tangentially related to the points I was just making, and there's probably plenty of other clips that just as capably demonstrate just how good the show often is, but the way the elimination at the end of this segment unfolds is an all time great:

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That whole episode was great. Also, it was great to see Ron Funches defend his title further back.

I started watching Yellowstone.

Really enjoying it.

It's giving me a very "Sons of Anarchy" on horses vibe, and that is a vibe I can totally get behind.

I am loving my public library.

I was feeling that itch to buy Rise of the Ronin - even though I have a huge backlog and might not love it because I didn't like Nioh all that much but I did love Ghost of Tushima so I was torn.

Then I checked my library and they already had a copy - so I can just check it out. Saves me $70. And if I really love the game I can buy it - because I know I can't finish it in the 7 day loan period for video games.

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I am glad you like their coffee, but Trader Joes will never get another cent from me after all of their illegal union busting the past couple of years, and trying to argue in court that the NLRB is unconstitutional.

Instead of buying maple coffee, just get a 48 oz container of Nova Maple Sugar, granulated maple sugar from Pennsylvania that will keep forever. Throw it in your coffee and there you go. If you want, sprinkle some cake spice on top for that maple glaze donut effect.

It won't drown you in maple flavor, but it is less than a dollar an ounce and you can use it on all sorts of things.

LeapingGnome wrote:

I am glad you like their coffee, but Trader Joes will never get another cent from me after all of their illegal union busting the past couple of years, and trying to argue in court that the NLRB is unconstitutional.

Now, anyone who knows me knows that I don't use the word "based" lightly, but....

Robear wrote:

Instead of buying maple coffee, just get a 48 oz container of Nova Maple Sugar, granulated maple sugar from Pennsylvania that will keep forever. Throw it in your coffee and there you go. If you want, sprinkle some cake spice on top for that maple glaze donut effect.

It won't drown you in maple flavor, but it is less than a dollar an ounce and you can use it on all sorts of things.

I grew up in Vermont, I get enough maple syrup/sugar as it is.

LeapingGnome wrote:

I am glad you like their coffee, but Trader Joes will never get another cent from me after all of their illegal union busting the past couple of years, and trying to argue in court that the NLRB is unconstitutional.

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Today I learned...

But putting on my mod hat for a moment, this thread isn't about yucking people's yum.

The Aurora Borealis is pretty visible across Almost the entire United Kingdom tonight. Light pollution is a pain in the butt, but you get some striking colours with a decent camera set up.

I don’t have a decent Camera set up!

We couldn’t see the lights much here in Portland so we found a random backroad out in the mountains. It was amazing.

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I’ve legit got like 50 other pics like this and each one is unique but I don’t want to fill up the page.

Dammit! We elected not to check it here in Newport because I work today, and I figured it wouldn't show much. Not sure if it did. There may have been too much light pollution with all the houses along the beach.

I opted out of skywatching because of the insanely high level of light pollution here - on a clear night, I can see the moon and make out Orion's belt, but that's about it. Apparently there were some folks in the area that were rewarded with spotting the aurora (but nowhere near as spectularly as posted).

Last night we didn't see anything, could be the location, could be the cloud cover + light pollution. We'll try again tonight.

We technically had it again tonight here, but we were at about 100% cloud cover the whole time.

Same up here. Ah well. I need the sleep.

I just learned of the meme/concept of "the backrooms" and "liminal space", and now I can put a name to the dreams I've had all my life.

In the past I'd say "I often dream about stairs. And hallways." In my dreams, I'd be in a closed mall or school, wandering around trying to find a certain room, or an exit. I'd go around corners, or down staircases and find myself in strange maze-like areas. Occasionally there'd be "something" following, or listening - trying to find me if I make the slightest sound. Although, more often, I'd just need to find a certain room or item and spend the bulk of the dream wandering.

This discovery of a name I can use to describe my dreams better, also lead to the discovery of a PC game, recently released, called "Pools". This game gives off the eerie feeling of these dreams I've had throughout my life. You're just walking through maze-like space of tiled rooms with swimming pools you can enter and leave and wade through until you find the end of the level. They tell you in the game description that there's no monster that'll chase you, so it's not a traditional horror game, but it does such a great job of making it an eerie, unnerving experience that it does mess with your head as you play.

Tscott wrote:

I just learned of the meme/concept of "the backrooms" and "liminal space", and now I can put a name to the dreams I've had all my life.

If you think a lighthearted take on the concept will help take the edge off, may I suggest:

Today I experienced an amazing case of the internet not sucking.

Back in 2017 I bought Vegas Movie Studio 14 by Magix. I haven't done any video editing for years, but I find myself wanting to edit some videos now. In my Gmail archives I was able to find my registration email with a download link. Miracle of miracles, the link actually works! (Hopefully the software actually works, too...)

Movie Studio was discontinued some time ago, and they now have various tiers of Vegas Pro. Subscription or perpetual license. Hopefully I'll be able to try that out if the older software isn't up to the job.

From our current ALIEN ‘D&D’ campaign:

Our squad of four marines left the restricted confines of the APC and moved into the foyer of a local medical facility. Dislodging some of the snow from our armour we looked around the seemingly empty building. With us was a deserter we’d recently apprehended. She was one of several marines who had, somewhat understandably, absconded after discovering that they were made involuntary hosts to some kind of alien creature. Having met and killed such a creature already, we knew two things for certain: there was an ever increasing chance that we would meet the alien contained with in our detainee and that there was zero chance that she’d survive the event.

Having co-operated full during her interrogation and having briefly fought along side us in a recent ambush, I felt that, while she was alive, we owed the Marine a chance at survival.

An orderly wandered down the half lit hallway and informed us that two more deserters had already been admitted and were showing signs of distress. They took us to the only remaining doctor in the building who was in a glass walled room nervously prepping one of the men for surgery.

As two of the squad headed off to a nearby ward to secure the second man, the squad leader and I suggested, firmly, that the doctor treat our marine, Wright and the man he was prepping in tandem. As he dutifully scanned Wright’s torso revealing a large mass at her core and the man in pre-surgery started to wail, it felt like uncontainable mayhem could break loose at any moment.

The wailing man died in a shower of blood and a slick, agile creature wriggled into a nearby vent. We hunted it down and reduced it to a tangled mess of pulped tissue and sinew resting in an hissing pool of acid with a combination of bullets and shouting. In the chaos the second male deserter fled the facility causing Wright to unexpectedly move to the front of the queue for alien removal surgery.

The closer we came to potentially saving Wright from her gruesome fate the more invested I became in saving her. The doctor looking close to collapse. We told him that he had a new patient to prep and it had to happen immediately. I had visions of the beleaguered doctor and I wrestling a wriggling and hissing creature out of Wright’s gaping torso as my fellow marines trained their pulse rifles on it but before that wild surgical tableau could unfold, there was unexpectedly news from the scan the doctor had taken earlier. The creature in Wright was inert. Killed by an unreliable counter treatment she’d taken. She would live.

After dropping Wright off at the hectically busy Marine HQ to face a justice she was more than happy to be alive enough to face, our squad headed to a new confrontation in the dark, snow shrouded city.

During a firefight at a defunct power plant, my character Dante hesitated before firing an RPG sensing that her squad mates were too close to the target. In that moment a well thrown enemy grenade landed at her feet and she was killed outright. At the end of the session I was given the choice of several in world characters to continue the campaign with. I chose the former deserter and accomplished sniper, Wright.

Edit: Shout out to Pyxi, Mr D, Roo and onewild.

The Mini BBK's are off to their Gran and Grandpas on Friday night and we have booked tickets for Furiosa at the local IMAX. I cant wait.

I found this 256 character block of HTML rather impressive:

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(I tried posting it as text, but the message board software did not like it one little bit, even if I removed the angle brackets.)

Get the code from this Pastebin, save it as demo.html or something, open the HTML file in a browser, and click on the top left part of the page.

Or if that's too much work for you...

Spoiler:

 

You can see a breakdown of the code here.

Oh this is good. Maybe a bit obscure…

In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Chekov is briefly captured by the US Navy while infiltrating an aircraft carrier. He escapes, but leaves behind a phaser.

Nothing ever comes of this.

Spoiler:

Think literary device…

Gotta wonder if that was intentionally in the screenplay.

Still confused?

Source: @[email protected]

BadKen wrote:

Oh this is good. Maybe a bit obscure…

In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Chekov is briefly captured by the US Navy while infiltrating an aircraft carrier. He escapes, but leaves behind a phaser.

Nothing ever comes of this.

Spoiler:

Think literary device…

Gotta wonder if that was intentionally in the screenplay.

Still confused?

Source: @[email protected]

Erm, when I was younger (quite a bit younger) I remember being told this is where that term comes from. I thought this was fairly common knowledge!

Wait someone told you that term came from Star Trek?

BadKen wrote:

Wait someone told you that term came from Star Trek?

Well, specifically related to that film, yes.

I was aware at the time that there was a Russian "person of note" (I was never sure if they were a Scientist, Philosopher or Author!) with the same name as that that the term, related to something they had experimented on / postulated - so I knew that wasn't correct (i.e. it didn't come from Star Trek)

However, I did assume this was something deliberately included in the film, just related to that term.

As I had not seen the "new" episodes from a few years a go, I bought them on Blu Ray and I have started a total rewatch of Twin Peaks (which will of course include Fire Walk With Me). After the Pilot and two episodes I think I am enjoying it more than in the mid 90s, and I enjoyed it a LOT in the mid 90s. I fully understand Lynch is not for everyone but my god do I love that man.