Out of the Blue

We're bracing for a nor'easter in these parts that the forecasters are predicting will be pretty nasty. This may stretch 1000 miles, all the way from the Carolinas to New England. Some areas are expected to get as much as a couple of feet of snow, and it's possible New York City will get more snow in one day than it received all last winter. High winds are expected in this area, so the power company is warning that this may result in some electrical lines going down, so there's the possibility we'll end up blacked out along the way. But while weather forecasting has become far more accurate over the years, there are still a lot of variables involved, so we'll just have to wait and see how things work out when it hits this afternoon. Hopefully it will all work out well, but I'll try and post a warning if we do end up losing power. If you are in the path, please stay safe.

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Exclusive: Firefly Reboot Coming To Disney+. Hmmm, not sure this sounds too shiny. Thanks Sigwolf.

No, it doesn't. It sounds pretty Tā mā de làn.

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I had to look up who MacKenzie Scott was -> Bezos' ex-wife.

That's a lot of money given away. Major props to her. She done good, lots of good.
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Dec 16, 2020, 13:38
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Bumpy wrote on Dec 16, 2020, 13:08:
I had to look up who MacKenzie Scott was -> Bezos' ex-wife.

That's a lot of money given away. Major props to her. She done good, lots of good.
When you get $38b in a divorce settlement giving away $4.2b is nice -- but hardly a sacrifice. She deserves credit for the donation, but let's not saint her yet...
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Dec 16, 2020, 13:54
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Bumpy wrote on Dec 16, 2020, 13:08:
I had to look up who MacKenzie Scott was -> Bezos' ex-wife.

That's a lot of money given away. Major props to her. She done good, lots of good.
That brings her total total donations this year to $6bn.That's pretty awesome and she has only just begun.
Her personal net worth was more than $60bn making her the 18th richest person in the world.
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How Russia Wins the Climate Crisis

If the permafrost melts, the planet will be so warm that the only habitable place will be the arctic circle.

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Paycheck To Paycheck: Why Even Americans Who Earn $100,000 Struggle With Bills.

While people with the lowest incomes face the biggest challenges, even some households making above $200,000 are straining to pay basic expenses.

I'd like to have that problem.
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Dec 16, 2020, 15:36
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Agent.X7 wrote on Dec 16, 2020, 12:33:
Exclusive: Firefly Reboot Coming To Disney+. Hmmm, not sure this sounds too shiny. Thanks Sigwolf.

No, it doesn't. It sounds pretty Tā mā de làn.


Joss Whedon is what made Firefly great. He envisioned the world, wrote the scripts, and assembled that fantastic cast. You'd need to find someone equally as visionary to make it work. Also, this is a non-starter:

There is a twist here and the twist is that they see the show as ideal family-friendly programming for Disney+. My source tells me they’re planning to target it more at a PG-adventure, family audience and less at the sort of PG-13 dynamic the original Joss Whedon show went for.

Making a "family friendly" Firefly completely misses the entire point of that universe.
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jdreyer wrote on Dec 16, 2020, 15:36:
Making a "family friendly" Firefly completely misses the entire point of that universe.

I dunno. Supposedly Fox made Whedon tone things down for the TV show, and I liked that fine. When the movie came out I thought it was pointlessly edgy and less fun to watch, by comparison. Just bad, whether considered as its own thing or as an extension of the show.
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Speaking of Whedon, man this is a bummer.
Ray Fisher, who played Cyborg in the film, tweeted that the director’s behavior on set was “gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable.” He cited Whedon’s ongoing mistreatment of the cast and crew and blamed producer Geoff Johns for not putting a stop to it.
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Fisher also voiced his support for Whedon’s ex-wife Kai Cole, who previously accused the director of toxic behavior. Cole’s 2017 article for The Wrap detailed Whedon’s cruel tactics and constant infidelity during their eleven-year marriage.

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Orogogus wrote on Dec 16, 2020, 15:40:
jdreyer wrote on Dec 16, 2020, 15:36:
Making a "family friendly" Firefly completely misses the entire point of that universe.

I dunno. Supposedly Fox made Whedon tone things down for the TV show, and I liked that fine. When the movie came out I thought it was pointlessly edgy and less fun to watch, by comparison. Just bad, whether considered as its own thing or as an extension of the show.

You can be PG-13 and still have some edge. The Marvel movies are evidence of that, I don't need them to be Dead Pool. But going PG is just too far in the opposite direction. No more Inara. No more mentally tortured River Tam. No more edge-of-the-law Mal shooting guys in the head or into Serenity's engine. No more Jayne "I'll be in my bunk." Firefly is the frontier, and things are messy out there. Star Trek can work at PG because it's about moral, ethical, and intellectual considerations in a utopian future. Firefly much less so.
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jdreyer wrote on Dec 16, 2020, 15:44:
Speaking of Whedon, man this is a bummer.
Ray Fisher, who played Cyborg in the film, tweeted that the director’s behavior on set was “gross, abusive, unprofessional, .......
Fisher also voiced his support for Whedon’s ex-wife Kai Cole, who previously accused the director of toxic behavior. Cole’s 2017 article for The Wrap detailed Whedon’s cruel tactics and constant infidelity during their eleven-year marriage.
There is also buzz that Fisher was a bit of a diva when Whedon started shifting the movie spotlight away from his character....and that's what generated so much of the animosity. I don't know which is which.... But this kind of whining isn't coming from the myirad of other **established actors** that he's worked with in the past. That said...there are plenty of rumors about his philandering and quite a few nods that at least one of those was underage.....so a saint he ain't.
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Agent.X7 wrote on Dec 16, 2020, 12:33:
No, it doesn't. It sounds pretty Tā mā de làn.
How's folks supposed ta misbehave if it's PG?
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jdreyer wrote on Dec 16, 2020, 15:20:
Paycheck To Paycheck: Why Even Americans Who Earn $100,000 Struggle With Bills.
While people with the lowest incomes face the biggest challenges, even some households making above $200,000 are straining to pay basic expenses.
I'd like to have that problem.
Well, yes and no. You'd love to be earning $200k a year, you wouldn't like being an idiot who can't live on it.
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Dec 16, 2020, 16:48
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Agent.X7 wrote on Dec 16, 2020, 12:33:
Exclusive: Firefly Reboot Coming To Disney+. Hmmm, not sure this sounds too shiny. Thanks Sigwolf.

No, it doesn't. It sounds pretty Tā mā de làn.

Come on, what could go wrong? The original creator won't be involved, the original cast won't be involved, and they want to completely change the tone of the show. It will be totally Disneyfied. Firefly, without any of that Firefly stuff... it's just what the fans have been asking for, or something?
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Bumpy wrote on Dec 16, 2020, 13:08:
I had to look up who MacKenzie Scott was -> Bezos' ex-wife.

That's a lot of money given away. Major props to her. She done good, lots of good.

I'd just like to see Bezos pay his employees a living wage and good benefits the cheap prick. Fuck philanthropy! Pay people a living wage and good benefits. Charity is solely so rich douchebags can assuage their guilt over exploiting people as virtual slaves.


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Mr. Tact wrote on Dec 16, 2020, 16:27:
jdreyer wrote on Dec 16, 2020, 15:20:
Paycheck To Paycheck: Why Even Americans Who Earn $100,000 Struggle With Bills.
While people with the lowest incomes face the biggest challenges, even some households making above $200,000 are straining to pay basic expenses.
I'd like to have that problem.
Well, yes and no. You'd love to be earning $200k a year, you wouldn't like being an idiot who can't live on it.

Yeah, I was going to say. If you're a single person making 100k+ a year and can't live on it you need to do some budgeting. It also heavily depends on where you live and the cost of living. 100k a year in Manhattan is peanuts. In Wichita I'm sure you can live quite well on that.

Like invest wisely...as that fella in Virginia did. Nice return on investment there. I like stories like that. Fuck my luck. Bought 2 instant lottery tickets today - not quite understanding how they worked until after the fact as it's a new lottery - and I didn't win. And then I bought a couple of scratch and win tickets...which I lost while I was out shopping. Hopefully someone else found them and made a few bucks off my bad luck.
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Cutter wrote on Dec 16, 2020, 16:56:
Like invest wisely...as that fella in Virginia did. Nice return on investment there. I like stories like that. Fuck my luck. Bought 2 instant lottery tickets today - not quite understanding how they worked until after the fact as it's a new lottery - and I didn't win. And then I bought a couple of scratch and win tickets...which I lost while I was out shopping. Hopefully someone else found them and made a few bucks off my bad luck.
I have occasionally purchased tickets for the big lottery games here in the US, usually when the jackpots get high. I've probably bought more of them "than I should have". There have been years when I certainly spent 100s of dollars on them, probably one or two when I spent two thousand. Although I haven't bought any in the last two years or so. Never was I ever tempted to buy 160 pick 4 tickets. That is just plain weird. Weird that he acted on the urge, weird that it hit. That said, if I was going to get my one in a billion hit, I'd rather it was a 300m lotto...
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Mr. Tact wrote on Dec 16, 2020, 17:57:
Cutter wrote on Dec 16, 2020, 16:56:
Like invest wisely...as that fella in Virginia did. Nice return on investment there. I like stories like that. Fuck my luck. Bought 2 instant lottery tickets today - not quite understanding how they worked until after the fact as it's a new lottery - and I didn't win. And then I bought a couple of scratch and win tickets...which I lost while I was out shopping. Hopefully someone else found them and made a few bucks off my bad luck.

I have occasionally purchased tickets for the big lottery games here in the US, usually when the jackpots get high. I've probably bought more of them "than I should have". There have been years when I certainly spent 100s of dollars on them, probably one or two when I spent two thousand. Although I haven't bought any in the last two years or so. Never was I ever tempted to buy 160 pick 4 tickets. That is just plain weird. Weird that he acted on the urge, weird that it hit. That said, if I was going to get my one in a billion hit, I'd rather it was a 300m lotto...

I always reckon your odds are better on smaller jackpots where much fewer people are playing. That aside I base my purchases on the winning odds verus the jackpot - say a dollar ticket on better odds and smaller jackpot vs. a five dollar ticket on a large one with worse odds. Yeah, I tend not too spend to much either until the jackpots max out. Don't do scratchers much either but this time of year it's always a 'What the hey?'
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Dec 16, 2020, 21:22
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Cutter wrote on Dec 16, 2020, 19:52:
I always reckon your odds are better on smaller jackpots where much fewer people are playing. That aside I base my purchases on the winning odds verus the jackpot - say a dollar ticket on better odds and smaller jackpot vs. a five dollar ticket on a large one with worse odds. Yeah, I tend not too spend to much either until the jackpots max out. Don't do scratchers much either but this time of year it's always a 'What the hey?'
Obviously the odds of a pick 4 win is 1 in 10,000 -- a lot better than the 1 in 292,201,338 in Powerball or 1 in 302,575,350 for MegaMillions (odds to match the jackpot). My thought process has always been if I am going to waste money, I'd rather spend a few bucks to daydream about winning millions, rather than have increased odds of winning $100k (not indicating pick 4s have 100k prizes).

As for scratch off tickets they always seemed like a scam to me, and while they aren't entirely they are in part. Even after all the larger prizes have been claimed, the scratch off tickets of that game will continue to be sold. So it is possible when you buy the tickets you literally have zero chance of winning the bigger prizes. Not to mention, you may never have been within 100 miles of a ticket with a bigger prize...

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Mr. Tact wrote on Dec 16, 2020, 13:38:
Bumpy wrote on Dec 16, 2020, 13:08:
I had to look up who MacKenzie Scott was -> Bezos' ex-wife.

That's a lot of money given away. Major props to her. She done good, lots of good.
When you get $38b in a divorce settlement giving away $4.2b is nice -- but hardly a sacrifice. She deserves credit for the donation, but let's not saint her yet...

She signed a pledge to give most of her fortune away. That's a pretty good down payment. Look at all the other billionaires who can be pretty stingy, or spend it all on pie in the sky projects (granted, at least the pie in the sky money goes into the economy and stimulates business).

She is also taking a very careful approach. As people in the Civil service and who work in charitable organizations know well, just throwing money at something doesn't always help. There's a lot of charities that have become such bloated bureaucracies, that by the time they finish paying the bills (huge salaries for the executives, offices, supplies, employees, advertising, etc) they actually wind up spending a very small portion of their donations on the actual cause.

Also keep in mind that while she may be WORTH $38 billion, that doesn't mean that's LIQUID money. Most of that will be tied up in Amazon stock and other investments. You can't just dump all that stock overnight - you'd crash markets, and destroy world economies. Also early stock sales would de value later sales. There's also some regulations to prevent just cashing out that much stock. It's all has to be planned carefully. I think her original plan was to donate a couple of billion a year, but she wanted to do something more after this disaster of a year.

I'll give the lady some major credit for what she's doing.

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