Out of the Blue

I recently mentioned the relationship I've developed with the local duck population. I find this very rewarding, but I also realize I was becoming too responsive to their inquiries. By treating them to oatmeal whenever I noticed them outside my door, I ended up encouraging them to come by more and more frequently (Pavlov's ducks). That's fine since I like them so much, and don't even mind having to clean up the feathers left behind. But it was becoming apparent they were beginning to just make a home here, and were not adventuring around the pond as much as normal. I also grew concerned that the neighbors might not appreciate the clamor so much, so I've significantly scaled back on how often I visit with them. As I've said, these are very peopley ducks, but spoiling them was probably going to lead to a bad outcome (they would come by and tap on the door to get my attention!). By treating them far more intermittently, things are quickly returning to a more normal state, which is for the best.

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Aug 26, 2020, 16:40
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Burrito of Peace wrote on Aug 25, 2020, 14:56:
Take "Lovecraft Country", for example. It's an absolutely fresh take on Lovecraft's work and it is phenomenally good.
I was multitasking during the second episode and got totally lost to the point of thinking this is not worth it and I'm not enjoying it.
But after reading your post I went back and watched with undivided attention and I enjoyed it.
Plus I started listening to the podcast where I learned how to pronounce a word that I've never pronounced correctly before.
Cthulhu
"The actual sound -- as nearly as any human organs could imitate it or human letters record it -- may be taken as something like Khlûl'-hloo, with the first syllable pronounced gutturally and very thickly. The u is about like that in full; and the first syllable is not unlike klul in sound, hence the h represents the guttural thickness."Learn something new every day.
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Re: Out of the Blue - Reboots
Aug 26, 2020, 15:18
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Aug 26, 2020, 15:18
 
Beamer wrote on Aug 26, 2020, 08:44:
Not to go all RedEye and post something unrelated, but Wow, Dilbert creator Scott Adams is absolutely out of his gourd.

Sam Harris tried interviewing him a few years ago. It was bonkers. Sam was so patient, but black was white, up was down. There was no getting through. That said, Dilbert is still incisive social commentary. It boggles the mind how he can be so clear eyed about office life, but so bonkers politically.
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Re: Out of the Blue - Reboots
Aug 26, 2020, 15:15
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Aug 26, 2020, 15:15
 
Jonjonz wrote on Aug 26, 2020, 06:54:
The problem with Sci/Fi Cosmic Horror Reboots, Sequals, Prequals:

To many in the genre of Sci-Fi /Cosmic Horror (Alien, The Thing, Predator, etc.) follow up movies destroy the whole concept. Rather than increase the mystery and hence fear factor about the topics, the subsequent films reveal too much and end up trying to explain everything about "the other", it's origin, it's motivations etc.
This degrades the art back down to the simple form of lets go shoot the weird creatures from outer-space which we all ready have an over supply of from the 50's and 60s. The Thing was best when all we knew about it was: "It's weird and it's pissed off, whatever it is."

Carpenter's Thing reboot worked because it added more mystery, i.e. the shape shifing and stayed away from any further explanation of what the thing was or where it was from. The next Thing sequel was a disaster as it sought to explain more of what the thing was and it's motivation, and even sought to personify it more.

Ridley Scott's Alien follow ups completely ruined it all by trying to explain almost every detail about the aliens and the engineers. The only new mystery added was the whole mad android theme that was rather shallow and trite: "I am smarter than them (humans, aliens, engineers) so I will just kill them all."

So reboots are ok in the SciFi/Cosmic Horror genre but only if they increase the mystery and stay away from answering every question.
Watching the trailer for Raised by Wolves, I'm thinking that this will be more like recent Ridley as opposed to classic Ridley.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Aug 26, 2020, 15:13
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theAntiELVIS wrote on Aug 25, 2020, 19:16:
Considering "The Thing" was a remake of an adaptation of a short story, a new version would be getting pretty far away from the source.

Yeah, there is so much excellent sci fi that could be converted into a movie.
That said, The Thing is a perfect metaphor for our current pandemic life: isolation, asymptomatic carriers, quarantine, social distancing, etc.
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Aug 26, 2020, 10:45
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Aug 26, 2020, 10:45
 
Get the ducks some cracked corn. I worked close to a lake back in the day and I would go over on my lunch break and feed them. They seemed to love it.
"Yeah everyone's gotta have the sickness
Cause everyone seems to need the cure"
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Re: Out of the Blue - Reboots
Aug 26, 2020, 09:28
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Aug 26, 2020, 09:28
 
Beamer wrote on Aug 26, 2020, 08:44:
Not to go all RedEye and post something unrelated, but Wow, Dilbert creator Scott Adams is absolutely out of his gourd.
It's a well known fact the home of President Barack Hussein Obama II reeks of sulphur because his soul is directly linked to mephistopheles. Devil
sad

Anything goes when you're courting the people who believe in bronz age mythology.
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Re: Out of the Blue - Reboots
Aug 26, 2020, 08:44
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Re: Out of the Blue - Reboots
Aug 26, 2020, 06:54
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Re: Out of the Blue - Reboots Aug 26, 2020, 06:54
Aug 26, 2020, 06:54
 
The problem with Sci/Fi Cosmic Horror Reboots, Sequals, Prequals:

To many in the genre of Sci-Fi /Cosmic Horror (Alien, The Thing, Predator, etc.) follow up movies destroy the whole concept. Rather than increase the mystery and hence fear factor about the topics, the subsequent films reveal too much and end up trying to explain everything about "the other", it's origin, it's motivations etc.
This degrades the art back down to the simple form of lets go shoot the weird creatures from outer-space which we all ready have an over supply of from the 50's and 60s. The Thing was best when all we knew about it was: "It's weird and it's pissed off, whatever it is."

Carpenter's Thing reboot worked because it added more mystery, i.e. the shape shifing and stayed away from any further explanation of what the thing was or where it was from. The next Thing sequel was a disaster as it sought to explain more of what the thing was and it's motivation, and even sought to personify it more.

Ridley Scott's Alien follow ups completely ruined it all by trying to explain almost every detail about the aliens and the engineers. The only new mystery added was the whole mad android theme that was rather shallow and trite: "I am smarter than them (humans, aliens, engineers) so I will just kill them all."

So reboots are ok in the SciFi/Cosmic Horror genre but only if they increase the mystery and stay away from answering every question.
"Meet the new Boss, same as the old Boss." - The Who.
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Aug 26, 2020, 02:50
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Aug 26, 2020, 02:50
 
Blue, show us your duckpics
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•Carpenter, Blumhouse Consider "Thing" Reboot.
Aug 25, 2020, 23:15
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•Carpenter, Blumhouse Consider "Thing" Reboot. Aug 25, 2020, 23:15
Aug 25, 2020, 23:15
 
I didn't mind their 2018 Halloween movie. It started pretty strong but kind of limped to the closing credits.
The prequel The Thing was okay. Not nearly as good as the '82 original however.
Carpenter was really an amazing director in his prime.
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Aug 25, 2020, 21:26
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Aug 25, 2020, 21:26
 
RedEye9 wrote on Aug 25, 2020, 19:21:
jdreyer wrote on Aug 25, 2020, 18:44:
Women are posing topless on Colorado mountaintops in 'exploding' new trend.

The comments on that story are lovely... oh, Fox News.
nothing but back selfies

It’s an amusing quirk of language that we’ve adopted the term “selfie” as what was previously a “portrait” shot.

If the picture is of your back, it’s probably not a “selfie”, unless you have amazing flexibility.
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Aug 25, 2020, 19:21
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Aug 25, 2020, 19:21
 
jdreyer wrote on Aug 25, 2020, 18:44:
Women are posing topless on Colorado mountaintops in 'exploding' new trend.

The comments on that story are lovely... oh, Fox News.
nothing but back selfies
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Aug 25, 2020, 19:16
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Aug 25, 2020, 19:16
 
Considering "The Thing" was a remake of an adaptation of a short story, a new version would be getting pretty far away from the source.
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Aug 25, 2020, 19:15
 
Take the food where you want the ducks to be, and they'll just stay there until the food arrives. Exercise for you, food for them, no messy doorway to clean up.
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Aug 25, 2020, 18:44
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Aug 25, 2020, 18:44
 
Women are posing topless on Colorado mountaintops in 'exploding' new trend.

The comments on that story are lovely... oh, Fox News.
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Aug 25, 2020, 17:56
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Aug 25, 2020, 17:56
 
Carptenter's The Thing is a near perfect film so fuck and no to a remake. I wouldn't be averse to a completely new sequel. No tie into the original but a complete new story/location/cast dealing with the 'thang' in the same way they did Predator and Predator 2. I actually like the sequel better than the original in that particular case.

"Some motherfuckers are always trying to ice skate up hill." - Blade
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Aug 25, 2020, 17:53
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Aug 25, 2020, 17:53
 
jdreyer wrote on Aug 25, 2020, 16:01:
WaltC wrote on Aug 25, 2020, 15:51:
Out of the ten times hospitals or paramedics have declared me dead, it was only true twice...;) Nice that the woman didn't wake up in the funeral home!

Makes you wonder how often not-dead people have been buried or cremated...

Note to self, don't ever require medical help in Michigan.
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Burrito of Peace wrote on Aug 25, 2020, 17:26:
jdreyer wrote on Aug 25, 2020, 16:07:
Helicopter night rescue of trapped firefighters.

I wonder why the rescue guy made the firefighters leave the packs. Weight restriction? Or just interfered with the rescue harness?

Probably both. That's a door mounted winch and it may have a limited weight capacity plus operational safety margins. It also looks like they're using a sling harness which could slip up and over a smooth sided surface.
The jacket harness didn't require any specific instructions but the sling harness had one, "Grab your crotch and do not let go."
This was a rescue mission of humans, gear was immaterial.
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jdreyer wrote on Aug 25, 2020, 16:07:
Helicopter night rescue of trapped firefighters.

I wonder why the rescue guy made the firefighters leave the packs. Weight restriction? Or just interfered with the rescue harness?

Probably both. That's a door mounted winch and it may have a limited weight capacity plus operational safety margins. It also looks like they're using a sling harness which could slip up and over a smooth sided surface.
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Aug 25, 2020, 16:07
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Aug 25, 2020, 16:07
 
Helicopter night rescue of trapped firefighters.

I wonder why the rescue guy made the firefighters leave the packs. Weight restriction? Or just interfered with the rescue harness?
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