Out of the Blue

Wow, has it been a year already? I guess so, as it's 7-Eleven-Day once more, a chance to get something for nothing, and this year the festivities will be extended into a week-long deal to promote their mobile app, which is cool, no pun intended. As is usually the case in July around here, the timing is excellent, as it's been pretty hot lately, making for perfect Slurpee weather.

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Blue Angels...Wait for it.
The genre-defining video games we forgot. Long.
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PHJF wrote on Jul 12, 2014, 10:31:
union-ized and un-ionized?

I would have been a rubbish chemist, I didn't see un-ionized at all!
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jdreyer wrote on Jul 11, 2014, 15:51:
The genre-defining video games we forgot.

This video is a bit all over the place, but here are some of the games discussed:

Wolfenstein 3D: Hardly forgotten. We had a Wolf game come out last month. This was the first FPS I ever played. I was so startled I fell out of my chair when I encountered my very first Nazi and he shot me.

Alone in the Dark: Classic horror adventure game. Great memories playing the crap out of this one.

Ultima Underworld Stygian Abyss: I never played this one, but it's legendary.

Pong: I think this is the first home game system I ever played. My grampa had one in 1980.

Space War: Used to play this in the '80s on the mainframe at university. Many hours wasted that should have been spent programming.

He also talks about 3D platformer Bubsy and the original Legend of Zelda.
But he also talked about other games related to them like I, Robot!
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Jul 12, 2014, 10:31
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union-ized and un-ionized?
Steam + PSN: PHJF
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Jul 12, 2014, 08:58
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I liked the ink blot test joke most. I really liked the Pavlov one too, mostly the idea he'd accidentally conditioned himself! The Ghandi and batman jokes were shockingly bad. I didn't understand the one about the difference between a chemist and a plumber.
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Jul 12, 2014, 00:20
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Jul 12, 2014, 00:20
 
The article credits a reddit thread that notes Buzzfeed rip...

I always thought a bus stop without a stopped bus to be somewhat ironic.
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Jul 11, 2014, 18:45
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I like the Roman joke.
"Van Gogh painted alone and in despair and in madness and sold one picture in his entire life. Millions struggled alone, unrecognized, and struggled as heroically as any famous hero. Was it worthless? I knew it wasn't."
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Spent many happy (and frustrated) days playing Adventure on the 2600. It's even more impressive when you consider how much was packed into 4k.
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Jul 11, 2014, 15:51
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Jul 11, 2014, 15:51
 
The genre-defining video games we forgot.

This video is a bit all over the place, but here are some of the games discussed:

Wolfenstein 3D: Hardly forgotten. We had a Wolf game come out last month. This was the first FPS I ever played. I was so startled I fell out of my chair when I encountered my very first Nazi and he shot me.

Alone in the Dark: Classic horror adventure game. Great memories playing the crap out of this one.

Ultima Underworld Stygian Abyss: I never played this one, but it's legendary.

Pong: I think this is the first home game system I ever played. My grampa had one in 1980.

Space War: Used to play this in the '80s on the mainframe at university. Many hours wasted that should have been spent programming.

He also talks about 3D platformer Bubsy and the original Legend of Zelda.
If Russia stops fighting, the war ends. If Ukraine stops fighting, Ukraine ends. Slava Ukraini!
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Looking for recommendations for an outdoor smoker.....after yesterday I MUST have one....
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Jul 11, 2014, 15:02
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Jul 11, 2014, 15:02
 
So many great kid memories watching the Blue Angels. Impossible not to feel patriotic watching them.

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Probably need to actually be funny to be called jokes, more like eye rolling witticisms.

If you don't think you're familiar with Mandelbrot do an image search for "Mandelbrot set" and you'll probably find you are.



This horse walks into a bar. The bartender looks up and says, "Is this some kind of joke?"

*runs*
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The irony joke sucks. Person 1 demonstrates they don't understand irony. Standing at bus stops is not ironic.
That's the joke...
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The irony joke sucks. Person 1 demonstrates they don't understand irony. Standing at bus stops is not ironic.

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Ratty wrote on Jul 11, 2014, 10:35:
Let's see, I got all of them up to number 11: "Three logicians walk into a bar". Still don't get that one.

If the first logician didn't want a drink, he would have answered "no", which implies that he does indeed want a drink. However, he cannot answer "yes" because he doesn't yet know if the other logicians want a drink. So he answers "I don't know." Same thing goes for the second logician. The third logician then answers "yes" because he wants a drink and can deduce that the first two logicians also want a drink.
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Tipsy McStagger wrote on Jul 11, 2014, 09:57:
"I'm thinking of selling my theremin, I haven't touched it in years"

That one made me laugh.

I didn't get the pavlov reference,the irony bus stop one or Benoit B Mandelbrot though.

Not familiar with Mandelbrot but based upon the joke, I would imagine he was a mathematician who studied infinitely recursively defined objects. Were the middle initial B. to stand for "Benoit B. Mandelbrot" then his name would be an infinite recursion, i.e.:
Benoit (B.) Mandelbrot
Benoit (Benoit (B.) Mandelbrot) Mandelbrot
Benoit (Benoit (Benoit (B.) Mandelbrot) Mandelbrot) Mandelbrot
ad infinitum

The irony/bus stop joke is a play on the term irony itself. Irony is the defeat of your expectations, so if someone is indignant that they were accused of not understanding irony, then you would expect them to know what irony is. Being at a bus stop, however, has nothing to do with understanding irony, so the indignant speaker, whom you expect to understand irony, turns out not to actually understand it, thus defeating your expectations. It's kind of circular, but once you get your head around it, it might produce a grin at least.

Finally, Pavlov is a famous psychologist who studied behavioral conditioning. In most mammals the presence of food produces salivation, so Pavlov constructed an experiment in which every time he would feed his dogs, he would ring a bell. The bell would ring, he'd put down food, and the dogs would salivate and eat their meal. After several weeks of this, he would ring the bell, but not give the dogs their meal. Despite the absence of food, the dogs would still salivate upon hearing the bell because they had been conditioned to associate the ringing of a bell with an imminent meal.

I got everything but the chemistry jokes; I guess it has been nearly a decade since I took my last chem course, and haven't looked at the stuff since.
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Jul 11, 2014, 11:23
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Ratty wrote on Jul 11, 2014, 10:35:
Let's see, I got all of them up to number 11: "Three logicians walk into a bar". Still don't get that one. The Batman one gave me a laugh because it took me a while - those are always the best. I wouldn't have gotten the theremin one without the picture, but I got all the rest. Good find Cutter!

Because a logician can't answer for everyone else unless he knows what they'd say. They look at everything pretty much as Pass/Fail/Wait.
So the first says "I don't know." If he did not want one, he'd say "No," because he knows they do not all want one.
The second one now knows the first does. He knows he does. He cannot speak for the third, so he also says "I do not know."
The third now knows the first two do, and he does, so he can answer.


All of these were ripped straight from a Buzzfeed article, complete with the images. It's complete plagiarism. Not that Buzzfeed is anything more than posts stolen from Reddit, but at least they tend to use their own images.
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Jul 11, 2014, 10:46
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Too bad most of the jokes are downright shit. Ok some of them require a brain to figure out, Id much rather have a funny joke instead
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Jul 11, 2014, 10:44
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Anyone that watches The Big Bang Theory should get the Theremin joke.
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Cause everyone seems to need the cure"
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Let's see, I got all of them up to number 11: "Three logicians walk into a bar". Still don't get that one. The Batman one gave me a laugh because it took me a while - those are always the best. I wouldn't have gotten the theremin one without the picture, but I got all the rest. Good find Cutter!
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Tipsy McStagger wrote on Jul 11, 2014, 09:57:
"I'm thinking of selling my theremin, I haven't touched it in years"

That one made me laugh.

I didn't get the pavlov reference,the irony bus stop one or Benoit B Mandelbrot though.

Pavlov trained dogs to salivate when a bell rang in anticipation of being fed.

The bus stop irony apparently wasn't ironic enough for me.

Wikipedia has the Benoit B. Mandelbrot answer.
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