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Das Boo
Jun 9, 2011

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I don't care for Robin Williams.

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Das Boo
Jun 9, 2011

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I like Rachmaninov. Threatening piano is cool as gently caress.

e: Rachmaninoff. Phone posting has been doing this weird thing where it won't register additional text or changes if I switch tabs before posting.

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Das Boo
Jun 9, 2011

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Fleta Mcgurn posted:

Canadians are in no way polite. At least, no more than anyone else.

As a teen I used to live up in a town in Washington cozied right up next to the Canadian border. When I got my first retail job, my co-workers warned me about Canadian holidays as they'd come down in droves, tear the store to hell and we'd probably be there until 1 am getting poo poo back together. What they didn't warn me about was how they'd hold up lines to smugly deride you about your dollar, your president, your healthcare... all sorts of political things that you, the 17 year-old girl in shoes had no control over. It got to the point where you could swap the Find-the-Vegan with Find-the-Canadian.

So yeah, I agree with you.

Das Boo
Jun 9, 2011

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El Estrago Bonito posted:


It really depends on where in Canada you're talking about. My girlfriends family is from the middle of nowhere Alberta and they are extremely friendly people (which is extremely at odds with their frankly bigoted opinions about some stuff). My experience with BC is that those people are total assholes and that Vancouver is basically tied with NYC in how self important people who are from there think they are. Paradoxically every Canadian I have met warns me about how mean people from Montreal are, but my experience visiting there was that everyone was extremely nice.

You nailed it, then. This was in Bellingham, a stone's throw from Vancouver. I certainly don't expect every Canadian to be like that, but it soured the hell out of me regarding their reputation for politeness. It was especially irritating that they'd use one hand to pat themselves on the back for it while using the other to slap you in the face.

Regina, on the other hand, was lovely.

Das Boo
Jun 9, 2011

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UnfortunateSexFart posted:

Bellingham? I always feel so bad for them. In the US I can tell who's a Canadian at Seattle Premium Outlets etc, we're such smug, oblivious shitheads.

The very same! I'm sure El Estrago Bonito's right and it varies vastly like the US. I mean, I can make the sweeping statement that Americans tend to be pretty friendly towards strangers, but god help you if you try to test that statement in St. Louis or something.

Das Boo
Jun 9, 2011

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My nephew keeps posting actual selfies and I want to murder him.
Also I did not really like District 9.

Das Boo
Jun 9, 2011

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bobjr posted:


One unpopular opinion I have is that ketchup is a bad condiment and there is always a better option.

It is chili sauce.

Das Boo
Jun 9, 2011

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Pumpernickel is the best bread because it is both delicious and a good name for a cat.

Das Boo
Jun 9, 2011

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You Are A Elf posted:

Umm, excuse me, I would name my cat Sourdough if I could

But I can't so I won't.

Sourdough is delicious and what you'd name a fat cat.

Das Boo
Jun 9, 2011

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Ghibli movies are excellently animated, at least. Miyazaki set out with the intention of emulating Disney animation in its technical proficiency and did a fuckin' ace job of it. As far as the medium goes television-wise, it's as lovely as a ton of Western produced animation, just in a different way.

I mean holy flying dog poo poo, is there anything uglier than a CG-animated TV show?

Das Boo
Jun 9, 2011

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Jerry Cotton posted:

Depends; does the newest GBS rule also apply here?

I thought it as I typed it. We are unspoken, friend.

Das Boo
Jun 9, 2011

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The Saddest Rhino posted:

Nickelodeon 's Jimmy Neutron displays more technical prowess in animation than South Park, and has more potential to be a cultural milestone in American television.

You chose to compare Jimmy Neutron to the one show that goes out of its way to look lovely, thus reinforcing the point.

Das Boo
Jun 9, 2011

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Wishing for world peace is goddamn stupid unless a single totalitarian dictatorship is your cup of utopia.

Oh, if everybody thought just like me,
Think of how happy the world would be!

Das Boo
Jun 9, 2011

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The Saddest Rhino posted:

Gaining a positive emotion watching kitten videos on the Internet is a sign of weakness in character.

Glad to be a weak sack of poo poo. Also glad to love dogs.
Pets are great.

Das Boo
Jun 9, 2011

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The Saddest Rhino posted:

Any claim that Steven Universe is tumblr sjw propaganda should be dashed by the fact the leading character is a cis white heterosexual male, thus cementing it as guerilla alt right programming.

He literally transforms into a mixed race woman.

Das Boo
Jun 9, 2011

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YeahTubaMike posted:

More like oldjoyless

No, but honestly, you're right. One of my friends posted "Am I the only adult that wants to go see Moana?" and I told her that I might be the only adult in my friends circle who DOESN'T want to see it. I don't understand adult interest in children's media (Disney movies, Steven Universe, etc.).

Unfortunately, animation is relegated to children's fare here in the States. I love me the gently caress out of some animation; it's fun as hell to breathe life into a series of images and it's fun as hell to watch other people nail the art of motion and marvel over their techniques and tech advancements that allow them fluidity that might have been impossible just a few years before. Behind the scenes stuff from LAIKA is goddamn mind-blowing and pencil tests from people like Sergio Pablos and Christian Retzlaff are loving magical. Or if you look at Richard William's work and consider the technique and skill required to accomplish what he did without the use of computers? And in such sheer perfection? gently caress.
Thing is, aside from the odd indie or foreign release, if you want to see an animated movie in this country you're probably going to have to see a children's movie. Throw in the fact that the most proficient studios in this country produce exclusively children's content. But I'd watch Sleeping Beauty a million times over to admire its secondary on clothing or Pinocchio for its soft-shading with motherfucking inked cels. I'll go see Moana to see its water tech and I'll watch Zootopia (there's an unpopular opinion, don't much care for that movie) marveling at how just a decade prior, rendering fur was such a massive strain that they could only have one character with it on-screen at a time. And now they've got 64 types of fur they're rendering? And each character has millions of hairs? poo poo!

Das Boo
Jun 9, 2011

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icantfindaname posted:

steven universe is better than rick and morty

Venture Bros is better than them both.

Das Boo
Jun 9, 2011

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Pick posted:

I agree.

But I have a real unpopular opinion which is that Steven Universe is mostly good because it is really funny, and without being really funny the rest of it wouldn't be that great.

That's a biiiig part of why I just can't like it. The humor and dialogue fall completely flat for me. I do like the variety of designs, the palette and the songs are charming, but I'll just look at its artwork or check a clip on YouTube rather than slog through the show.

Unpopular opinion: I like found footage films. If done correctly, they have a 70's-like quality of grittiness and unease to them.

Das Boo
Jun 9, 2011

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There are a poo poo-ton of old-time great actors, even by today's standards. Every-drat-body in 12 Angry Men, for instance. Marlon Brando, Bette Davis, Peter Lorre, Gregory Peck, Max von Sydow... Anthony Perkins was so stellar it ruined his career. And are we only considering drama here? Because It's a Mad, Mad, Mad Mad World is funnier than 99% of modern comedies.

gently caress, I love old movies. I wanna watch Arsenic and Old Lace.

Das Boo
Jun 9, 2011

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Strategic Tea posted:

My unpopular opinion is that americans/the internet at large to should try to see the world as something other than a continuum between Myself ------> South Park ------> Hitler

I was thinking about this the other night and I couldn't agree more, particularly when the far side of either group devolves into the same brand of narcissist insanity. People like to throw around the "Well, it's not difficult! Like, would you rather kill 0 puppies or 100 puppies? 50 obviously isn't the right answer!" like life is only binary choices without nuance. It's life, it's not loving Mass Effect. It's not a game of just what you want or the nuclear option. You'd think nobody negotiated a goddamn contract before.

Das Boo
Jun 9, 2011

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unwantedplatypus posted:

I used that analogy in the last thread and my point was that the answer isn't always in the middle, not that the extremes are always correct

There are a poo poo-ton of people that will deride you for taking a central stance on anything, implying that you're weak-willed, uninformed or contradictory if you're not absolutely [A] or [B]. It's not the first time I've heard that analogy and I think it came up the last time we tried discussing agnosticism in one of the previous iterations thread.

Sorry, I didn't mean to target you or anything.

Das Boo
Jun 9, 2011

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Jastiger posted:

Usually its true though. Being in the middle is often a cover for ignorance.

I guess if you're incapable of empathy, sure, which is why it's such an unpopular opinion on here. I just seriously can't imagine going into any kind of relationship with the incapacity for compromise. Not everyone's got your needs.


Aramek posted:

Commercialism is good. You all should buy things for your friends and loved ones this time of year, and be cheerful and enjoy spending time with one another.

*hug*

I genuinely like buying people gifts and it sucks when people deride you for buying into the commercialism. I just wanted to get you something cool, bro.

Das Boo
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RE on cats: I was just reading an article on cat rentals in Detroit to cull the rat population. Spay and neuter them, absolutely, but a boatload of rodents will gently caress up your poo poo and the environment a lot more than Felix and his friends.

Though in my experience, dogs are the best ratters.

Das Boo
Jun 9, 2011

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I don't know if this is an unpopular opinion necessarily, but this last election has me disgusted with every-loving-one.

Das Boo
Jun 9, 2011

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oldpainless posted:

Including yourself?

Well sure, but that has nothing to do with the election.

Das Boo
Jun 9, 2011

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I love all you fuckers and you know it.

Content: Strawberry cake is severely underrated.

Das Boo
Jun 9, 2011

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I'm not exactly sure what genre my favorite bands err on, or what even constitutes pop/indie/alternative anymore, so I'll say I like my modern music moreso on the folk and pop side and my classical music on the aggressive side? I guess?

What is music? I just don't know.

Das Boo
Jun 9, 2011

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Charles Dickens was a poo poo writer and Great Expectations was a poo poo book that I'm still irritated with a dozen years after reading it.

Das Boo
Jun 9, 2011

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sassassin posted:

Didn't meet your expectations?

So much I'm hanging out in a wedding dress, vengefully.

Das Boo
Jun 9, 2011

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Tiggum posted:

Do most people have personal memories of believing in Santa and that being good? Because I can't remember that far back, so all I've got is memories of knowing that Santa wasn't real but that you shouldn't say that because adults seemed to be really invested in kids believing it for some reason. As far as I can remember, it's never seemed like a good thing to me.

My sisters talk about how much they enjoyed it, but my mom's a horror junkie and put a scary spin on Santa to make it exciting. They didn't tell me Santa was real but told me about all sorts of monsters. So I learned quickly not to believe everything I was told, but my imagination would always half-wonder and everything was a fun, scary adventure.
I have a distinct memory of being four and when my mom told me there was a clown outside (which I was terrified of at the time), I had enough skepticism to call her out on it. Unfortunately for me, there happened to be a clown outside on this particular occasion. (It was my sister's friend on Halloween, but you don't exactly put that together when you cynically look out the french doors to see Your Greatest Fear running toward your house.)
My point is, Santa should be scarier.

Das Boo
Jun 9, 2011

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Henchman of Santa posted:

I was worried at first that this was about the Replacements album of the same name and we would have to throw down.

You Are A Elf posted:

I would never talk ill of The Replacements, my friend. No one should.




A rare mention anymore.

Das Boo
Jun 9, 2011

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veni veni veni posted:

Definetly agree with this. I enjoy both as a setting. Sci fi I enjoy probably more than any other setting. I'd much rather watch something like Alien or Moon or Blade Runner or Mad Max etc. than some drawn out info dump. All of those stories stand on their own but use sci fi to elevate them. A lot of sci fi and fantasy confuses tmi with being good.

Agreed! I was trying to think of how best to say, "I only like sci fi if it's the lesser classification of the genre," but referring to it as a setting instead really clarifies the idea. Alien and Moon were excellent not because they were sci fi, but because they used sci fi elements to strengthen the important factors of their primary genre. They both use sci fi to amplify the loneliness and helplessness of a horror and psychological drama rather than using technology as magic.

Das Boo
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On the flip side, I say Stalin was worse than Hitler.

Das Boo
Jun 9, 2011

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steinrokkan posted:

As bad as Stalin was, he didn't even come close to being on Hitler's level. The Nazis even killed more Soviet civilians in a couple of years than Stalin managed during his entire reign, including famines.

I say the Japanese were as bad as Nazis, in quality and quantity of their crimes.

First, I thought the Soviet deaths under Stalin were anywhere from 30-50 million (depending on sources) while the total for WW2 was 60 million? Even then, I'd argue genociding your own citizens for the crimes of shifting goalposts of loyalty is infinitely worse than war crimes.
Citizens were being abducted by their own government to the extent that there are accounts of people hearing a car drive up in the night, followed by multiple gunshots- not by the police, but by the citizens committing suicide. Because they knew what a car pulling up at night meant. And even after the announcement that Stalin died, people were in denial thinking it must be a trap and that if they said anything, they'd be taken away. So Stalin not only genocided his own people, but psychologically destroyed them for the remainder of his life and set the foundation of the USSR as a police state until the 1990's. And there's still bizarre poo poo coming out of Russia like that.

e: I'd also contest in that Russian misinformation and advising was directly responsible for Mao's famines.

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Jerry Cotton posted:

At least older Russians were well experienced in living in a police state before Stalin. He just took it to a whole another level.

Technology being the limiting factor, I can't begin to imagine what's going to come out of DPNK when that dam bursts.

Das Boo
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doverhog posted:

Shirts with collars do look nice, for a nice nerd to wear at a math club.

Nooooo!

Das Boo
Jun 9, 2011

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I only ever wear oversized sweaters with thumbs cut out of the sleeves like I'm in the goddamn Breakfast Club.

Das Boo
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Henchman of Santa posted:

I liked Donnie Darko but everyone whose favorite movie is Donnie Darko is hosed up.

This, pretty much. Though I think if I had to pick the most positively regarded film I could unwatch, it'd be V for Vendetta.
I don't understand.
I don't understand how anyone can think that's a good film.

Das Boo
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Aramek posted:

I only saw it once, but I remember liking it because it had Kung Fu and explosions. I remember little beyond that.

I only saw it once too, I just came away from the experience being insulted by how hamfistedly it was preaching at me and how it was deifying a murderer who kidnaps and brainwashes a woman. Even if I agree with something a movie has to say, grinding it in my face like I'd be too stupid to understand it otherwise is a surefire way to make me resent it. And then yeah, the whole praising a psychopath thing didn't help. I could go out and shoot a bunch of people in the name of a safe sex worker industry and even if my ideology is just, it doesn't justify my horrific actions.

I'm ranting and I apologize for that.

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Das Boo
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doverhog posted:

Did you you know V for Vendetta the movie is based on a 1988 graphic novel by Alan Moore? You should check the original out.

I knew there was a Moore comic that it's based off of, but I've never read it. How "based" is it? Watchman, where it's real drat close, or Super Mario Bros, where there is a plumber?

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