Out of the Blue

Happy Festivus! I'm pretty sure I could find a grievance to air if I put my mind to it, but I think I'll just let it go and just work it all out with the feats of strength. Serenity now!

Serene Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Santa Runnn.
Story: How The Snowman melted David Bowie’s heart. Thanks Cutter.
Science: Ebola Vaccine Works, Study Shows
Images: The Year in Pictures 2016. Thanks nin.
Media: Human Flying Drone Is Pretty Badass.
Trailer: The Animated "Resident Evil: Vendetta."
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Re: Out of the Blue
Dec 25, 2016, 22:08
Kxmode
 
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Dec 25, 2016, 22:08
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jdreyer wrote on Dec 24, 2016, 04:14:
Kxmode wrote on Dec 23, 2016, 19:52:
jdreyer wrote on Dec 23, 2016, 12:48:
K, y'all. Serious question:

What's your favorite Christmas movie?

I'm a bit partial to Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas myself.

I don't celebrate the holiday, but I like "It's A Wonderful Life", "Christmas Vacation," and "Scrooged"

Don't celebrate Christmas? I thought I recall you mentioning you're pretty Christian a few times. Perhaps because Xmas has moved so far away from its original meaning/purpose?

I am a Christian but don't celebrate Christmas for three very specific reasons.

1. Christmas is not in the Bible in any form. It's not a Christian holiday that Jesus or his followers observed in the first century. The core origins of Christmas go back to an ancient Roman pagan celebration called The Saturnalia, also known as Feast of Natalis Invicti ("birthday of the unconquered") for sun worshipers.

2. In the Bible, the Jews did not celebrate their birthdays. This custom was something the surrounding pagan nations did and seen by the Jewish people as a pagan thing. There are only two mentions of birthdays in the Bible at Genesis 40:20-23 and Matthew 14:1-13, and both of those ended in the death of someone. One was hung, and the other was beheaded.

3. Jesus' date of birth has not been mentioned in the Bible for a very particular reason. It was so people wouldn't celebrate his birth, which is precisely what Christmas is (a birthday celebration). His birth did not even happen in the winter months. In the account of his birth at Luke 2:8 it reads, "There were also in the same region shepherds living out of doors and keeping watch in the night over their flocks." If Jesus were born on December 25th, the shepherds would not have been living outdoors keeping watch over their flocks during the night because it would've been too cold, rainy, and miserable.

There's way more than the above. So much so that I put together this article, "What would Jesus Say About Christmas?" that goes into great details about the origins. That being said people can decide to do whatever they want. As a Witness, my job is simply to share the truths found in the Bible, like what Christmas really is.

This comment was edited on Dec 26, 2016, 21:07.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Dec 24, 2016, 10:12
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Dec 24, 2016, 10:12
 
You guys are all nuts, the correct answer is obviously the Muppet Christmas Carol

And while the Snowman might be the more festive one from Raymond Briggs, you want When the Wind Blows for something really cheerful.
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Dec 24, 2016, 09:43
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Dec 24, 2016, 09:43
 
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is still the Xmas film for me. The laughter this film generates can last for a long time.

Thanks Cutter for the hint about "The Warlord", I don't believe I have seen that one. It is always enjoyable to watch a Heston movie.

Wish everyone a very merry Xmas.
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Dec 24, 2016, 07:36
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My favourite "Christmas" movie isn't set at the North Pole, it's set at the South. It's got everything you need from a festive film, loads of snow and ice, a whisky drinking chess computer and a shape shifting alien lifeform that wants to unite mankind. It's John Carpenter's The Thing.
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Dec 24, 2016, 04:16
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SlimRam wrote on Dec 23, 2016, 22:48:
jdreyer wrote on Dec 23, 2016, 12:48:
K, y'all. Serious question:

What's your favorite Christmas movie?

I'm a bit partial to Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas myself.
I tend to go for Burton's Batman Returns, it's dark, beautifully shot, and Keaton's Batman suit looks awesome and makes him look like he actually has a chin.

Does that take place during Christmas?

What about Iron Man 3? It takes place during Christmas.
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Dec 24, 2016, 04:15
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Nucas wrote on Dec 24, 2016, 02:43:
hey blue just a heads up, periodically some ad on the page is redirecting me from the base page forward to this download bait. third time its happened to me. i know you've mentioned wanting to be told about obnoxious ads before and this isn't like an end-of-the-world one but it's kind of annoying.

Are you on mobile? I've never gotten that on desktop, but I have on mobile before.
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Dec 24, 2016, 04:14
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Kxmode wrote on Dec 23, 2016, 19:52:
jdreyer wrote on Dec 23, 2016, 12:48:
K, y'all. Serious question:

What's your favorite Christmas movie?

I'm a bit partial to Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas myself.

I don't celebrate the holiday, but I like "It's A Wonderful Life", "Christmas Vacation," and "Scrooged"

Don't celebrate Christmas? I thought I recall you mentioning you're pretty Christian a few times. Perhaps because Xmas has moved so far away from its original meaning/purpose?
"The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge." Isaac Asimov
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Re: Out of the Blue
Dec 24, 2016, 02:43
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hey blue just a heads up, periodically some ad on the page is redirecting me from the base page forward to this download bait. third time its happened to me. i know you've mentioned wanting to be told about obnoxious ads before and this isn't like an end-of-the-world one but it's kind of annoying.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Dec 24, 2016, 00:34
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Dec 24, 2016, 00:34
 Cutter
 
It's not the years, honey. It's the mileage.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Dec 23, 2016, 22:48
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jdreyer wrote on Dec 23, 2016, 12:48:
K, y'all. Serious question:

What's your favorite Christmas movie?

I'm a bit partial to Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas myself.
I tend to go for Burton's Batman Returns, it's dark, beautifully shot, and Keaton's Batman suit looks awesome and makes him look like he actually has a chin.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Dec 23, 2016, 21:15
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Quboid wrote on Dec 23, 2016, 19:21:
New update on that page, "“out of emergency”and in a stable condition".

It's not the years, it's the miles.


Hopefully that's a good sign. And that Jones quote is so true...

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Dec 23, 2016, 20:15
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Quboid wrote on Dec 23, 2016, 19:21:
New update on that page, "“out of emergency”and in a stable condition".

Dacote wrote on Dec 23, 2016, 18:27:
nin wrote on Dec 23, 2016, 17:53:
They're saying Carrie Fisher had a really bad heart attack. Like bad bad bad. I'm not sure I can take any more 2016...
And only 60.

It's not the years, it's the miles.

QFT. I'm surprised she's made it to 60, she sounded 80 in TFA.
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Dec 23, 2016, 19:54
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Dec 23, 2016, 19:54
 
Always watch Bad Santa, both of the Prep and Landing specials, and Ralphie. Although I don't sit and watch it all at once I just catch bits and pieces of it to make the whole movie.

Merry Christmas everyone!
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Cause everyone seems to need the cure"
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Dec 23, 2016, 19:52
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jdreyer wrote on Dec 23, 2016, 12:48:
K, y'all. Serious question:

What's your favorite Christmas movie?

I'm a bit partial to Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas myself.

I don't celebrate the holiday, but I like "It's A Wonderful Life", "Christmas Vacation," and "Scrooged"
"Hard times create strong men. Strong men create good times. Good times create weak men. And, weak men create hard times." - Those Who Remain by G. Michael Hopf
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Re: Out of the Blue
Dec 23, 2016, 19:21
Quboid
 
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Re: Out of the Blue Dec 23, 2016, 19:21
Dec 23, 2016, 19:21
 Quboid
 
New update on that page, "“out of emergency”and in a stable condition".

Dacote wrote on Dec 23, 2016, 18:27:
nin wrote on Dec 23, 2016, 17:53:
They're saying Carrie Fisher had a really bad heart attack. Like bad bad bad. I'm not sure I can take any more 2016...
And only 60.

It's not the years, it's the miles.
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Dec 23, 2016, 19:00
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Grievance is easy--Brain Dead Americans put a dangerous person in the Whitehouse.
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nin wrote on Dec 23, 2016, 17:53:
They're saying Carrie Fisher had a really bad heart attack. Like bad bad bad. I'm not sure I can take any more 2016...
And only 60.
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Dec 23, 2016, 17:53
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Dec 23, 2016, 17:53
 nin
 

They're saying Carrie Fisher had a really bad heart attack. Like bad bad bad. I'm not sure I can take any more 2016...

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Dec 23, 2016, 16:42
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jdreyer wrote on Dec 23, 2016, 12:48:
K, y'all. Serious question:

What's your favorite Christmas movie?

I'm a bit partial to Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas myself.

A Christmas Story w/o question, Lethal Weapon, and Elf.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone, I hope you and your families have a wonderful, relaxing, and enjoyable Holiday season.



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Dec 23, 2016, 16:29
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Dec 23, 2016, 16:29
 
Both Amazon and google play have 99 cent rental for 1 movie until Jan 23.
Looks like it's time to re-watch Zooey Deschanel in Elf.

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