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Anyone wearing a suit is BSing you

Especially if it's their birthday suit


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Anyone wearing a suit is BSing you

Fair point.

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Uh oh, spaghetti-o's!

 

Natural gas is now getting in the way; US carbon emissions increase by 3.4%.

 

Looks like theres only one way to save the planet:

 

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When in the 1930's J.R.R Tolkien and his publisher was looking to get German translations of The Hobbit published, they asked him about his family background and for proof of his Aryan descent.

His reply:

 


25 July 1938 20 Northmoor Road, Oxford 

Dear Sirs,

 

Thank you for your letter. I regret that I am not clear as to what you intend by arisch. I am not of Aryan extraction: that is Indo-Iranian; as far as I am aware none of my ancestors spoke Hindustani, Persian, Gypsy, or any related dialects. But if I am to understand that you are enquiring whether I am of Jewish origin, I can only reply that I regret that I appear to have no ancestors of that gifted people. My great-great-grandfather came to England in the eighteenth century from Germany: the main part of my descent is therefore purely English, and I am an English subject — which should be sufficient. I have been accustomed, nonetheless, to regard my German name with pride, and continued to do so throughout the period of the late regrettable war, in which I served in the English army. I cannot, however, forbear to comment that if impertinent and irrelevant inquiries of this sort are to become the rule in matters of literature, then the time is not far distant when a German name will no longer be a source of pride.

 

Your enquiry is doubtless made in order to comply with the laws of your own country, but that this should be held to apply to the subjects of another state would be improper, even if it had (as it has not) any bearing whatsoever on the merits of my work or its sustainability for publication, of which you appear to have satisfied yourselves without reference to my Abstammung.

 

I trust you will find this reply satisfactory, and 

remain yours faithfully,

 

J. R. R. Tolkien


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There is something very British about a polite, even friendly, written response that still manages to say "f--k you" without actually saying it. Must be something they put in their tea!  :lol:


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There is something very British about a polite, even friendly, written response that still manages to say "f--k you" without actually saying it. Must be something they put in their tea!  :lol:

 

I dunno, I think writers in the US used to be able to do the same.  We just have Twitter now.



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Social media is a potentially wonderful tool that has instead become a curse.


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There is something very British about a polite, even friendly, written response that still manages to say "f--k you" without actually saying it. Must be something they put in their tea!  :lol:

 

I dunno, I think writers in the US used to be able to do the same.  We just have Twitter now.

 

 

Well, British writers probably can't do the same even now.  Is really the fault of television, I say.



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Social media is a potentially wonderful tool that has instead become a curse.

 

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There is something very British about a polite, even friendly, written response that still manages to say "f--k you" without actually saying it. Must be something they put in their tea!  :lol:

 

I dunno, I think writers in the US used to be able to do the same.  We just have Twitter now.

 

agreed.  is not difficult to find letters from diverse american authors such as william faulkner and ursula k. le quin which will make you laugh at the wit somehow contained within the boundaries o' the polite formality o' a epistolary response.  the thing is, the art o' letter writing is becoming lost.  would like to blame twitter, but it started earlier, probable with advent o' email.  writing formal letters were a common skill only a generation or so past.  

 

also, while it is true americans tend to be a bit more forthright than continental peers, there is also a well honored colonial tradition o' embracing the sardonic which often manifests in a wholly transparent veneer o' civility when chastising a perceived villain.  one need not look far to find "best of" resignation letters from authors and political figures which is scathing rebukes couched in polite language.  h.r. mcmaster's final speech as us national security advisor is maybe not particular funny, but it were a metaphorical fu to multiple persons in the white house without ever mentioning a specific name. 

 

final, we will note the enforced formality o' legal writing lends itself to moments o' genius. while Justices may indulge in overt jocularity and satire, those who do not move in such a rarefied stratosphere must needs be a bit more oblique... or at least  opportunistic.

 

https://www.techdirt...-eat-shit.shtml

 

legal writing is necessarily adversarial and highly formulistic.  as such there is rare moments when brutal funny seeming abuts enforced rules o' politeness.

 

HA! Good Fun!


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At first glance I thought those were giant Tecate beer cans. :lol:
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Caesar's Legion arrives at the Hoover Dam via vertibird, 2279AD, colourised.


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"...writers should tailor their worlds to fit the times, so it could resonate with the actual audience reading them."

 

- Writers should do what they want.

- Audiences extends beyond just your times, and there are timeless values and lessons worth conveying.

- Everyone benefits to learn lessons from History.

"...we're not afraid of Hitler..."

- Cause he's dead?

- No that can't be the point. A Hitler modeled villain would be alive in context of the story.

- So you must mean in what he embodies?

- The hell? Then why not?

"...we're afraid of the 25-year-old malcontented white boy who fondles Hitler memorabilia while sulking in his room."

- Oh dear...

- You're afraid of a basement dweller more than someone with the same views with centralized power over a nation?
- Kylo Ren is megalomaniac despot, commanding legions of followers ready to kill/act in the name of what his empire.

- If you wanted a Villain based on the times how is the basement cheetoh muncher worse than the cheetoh skinned US head of state?

"...which is worse, because these are people who looked at horrific historical atrocities with the benefit of hindsight and went, 'Yes thats exactly what we should do again, but this time more'"

- The Nazis had a lot of historical reference for hindsight, or do you think History started with WW2 (You must watch the History Channel...)

"People complaining that Starkiller Base is a rip-off of the Death Star and that Kylo Ren is a whiny emo fanboy don't realize that this is exactly the point"

- The people who complain realize the point, and thus complain.

- It's not that they don't realize it and you need to inform them, thus they'll stop complaining.

 

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Just in case it wasn't clear just how incredibly thoughtless these two were.



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Woman in China wakes to find she can’t hear men’s voices

 

XIAMEN, China —  A woman in China left doctors baffled after learning she couldn’t hear the sound of men’s voices, only women’s.

 
According to the Daily Mail, she made the discovery after she woke up one morning and couldn’t hear her boyfriend talking.
 
She recalled feeling nauseous the night before and having ringing in her ears.
 
Concerned, she went to the hospital where doctors attempted to diagnose the bizarre symptoms.
 
An ENT specialist eventually determined she had reverse-slop hearing loss, which prevents her from hearing deeper sounds.
 
Doctors said that stress could have contributed to the condition.
 
She is expected to make a full recovery since the symptoms were treated quickly.


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Well, for those interested in the subject...

 

The History of Philosophy


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This is so cute:


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