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We're not alone any more! There's another system in our country!
-an excited Tempo 🎵​

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salt about proliferation of scripting languages Show more

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Why are folks so insistent that everybody should listen to people they disagree with?

I've listened to them. *That's why I know I disagree.* It's not going to suddenly be enlightening the twentieth time.

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current status:

4 people in a head, 8 fires to put out

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@sophia Linux is a heap of warmed over Unix rubbish that's been scraped together and given a few coats of pain in a desperate attempt to have SOME sort of alternative to Windows

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@applebaps @Taweret *winces* yeah. I sort of feel like there's, like, almost an internalized abuse narrative in how geeks interact with their media. they want to like what they like, but they also want to like what's cool, because they've been hounded so much for liking stuff that's "nerdy" and "boring" or whatever

the fan culture around the Peter Jackson LOTR movies was so toxic. you couldn't say anything bad about the movies at all, because that would mean stepping on some nerd's validation

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in Madoka Meowgica a cute but slightly sinister kitty named Kyubey offers you the chance to become a catgirl in exchange for any wish, as long as your wish is to become a catgirl

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the catgirls of Madoka Meowgica are vulnerable to falling into irreversible boredom. if a catgirl gets bored she transforms into a Nekomancer and stops being cute and starts doing things like pushing random breakables off tables and scratching up the best furniture

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@demonsthenes13 @Absolutely_Blakely @Taweret in, like, a Dragon Ball series, the part of Bombadil would be played by some cuddly alien creature and everyone would be comically put out that he refused to deal with the Ring himself but would accept it anyway because I guess that's the Rules[tm]

I guess people are less accepting of fairy-tale logic these days unless it's given to them in a genre where fairy-tale logic is accepted

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@Taweret like, I still think Tolkien could have done better than he did. I honestly think he should have given Frodo even LESS information to start with instead of that big indigestible second chapter

the real value of "The Fellowship of the Ring" and how it starts is how Frodo is given something that he doesn't understand and then weird things start happening around him, and he's got to try to decide based on almost no evidence what the right course of action is. it's tense, it's engaging, because we don't know everything (and it actually hurts the story when Tolkien tells us too much)

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@Taweret I will defend Tom Bombadil's inclusion in the story, which serves a few narrative purposes

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@Taweret so I feel like the Bombadil chapters give both the hobbits, and us, a chance to catch our breaths and realize there's more going on than just, you know, local trouble. there's vast history and tradition at stake

but the hobbits of course don't know that, all they know is they've been given this quest they don't understand and they've been chased by mysterious Dark Riders--and remember, in the original text, we had *no idea who these Dark Riders were*

Peter Jackson's movie pisses away all the suspense, it's so awful

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@Taweret so...the really interesting trajectory of the first (and honestly to me the most fascinating) book of "The Lord the Rings" is the slow journey of the hobbits out of lands that they know, into progressively more and more unknown territory. I'm enthralled by the way the hobbits keep going over what they know and don't know about what lies ahead. familiar lanes and woods give way to lore, and then mere rumor, and finally nothing but the wild unknown

Tom Bombadil is fortunately (conveniently, really) placed at the very margin of the hobbits' own knowledge. the hobbits have been getting by on guesses and their own folklore about the lands they're entering, up until now, but in the Old Forest they finally run out of luck

and then here comes this kindly old savior who doesn't merely _save_ them, but starts telling them tales of the world outside, of legends of great leaders of Elves and Men. they have a big long talk about stuff whose full meaning we only learn later

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librem.one subtoot Show more

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re: musings on "Spaceship Earth" Show more

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