Out of the Blue

Hats off to our chief science officer/chief engineer, as today is Frans' birthday! Please join me in offering a salute and best wishes to the man who single-handedly keeps the starship Blue's News operating on its 25 year (and counting) mission to seek out new games, old dad jokes, and boldly go where no split infinitive has gone before.

Also, with the tackle football playoffs getting underway tomorrow, it's time to kick off the annual Blue's News NFL playoff pool. Because the format of the playoffs changed this season, the site we've used for years is not supporting bracket-style pools, so this will be a pick-em pool like our regular season competition. You can join in through this page using the password "carnage." Feel free to share this with whomever you wish. It costs nothing, which goes along with the nonexistent prize pool, though as I always point out, bragging rights are priceless. Good luck to all who participate, and as always, please don't pee in the pool.

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Blue wrote on Jan 10, 2021, 03:05:
The Flying Penguin wrote on Jan 9, 2021, 16:49:
Happy BDay Frans! Thanks for all the hard work on the BBS. The mobile browsing experience is so much better now.
Frans worked his tail off on the responsive/mobile conversion, but the project was the brainchild of Kxmode, who spearheaded its implementation.
Seconded, without Kxmode this project probably would still not have happened, and I am very grateful for everything I learned from him. Worship The final responsive conversion (the smilies modal) didn't involve him anymore, but all this only happened because I could stand on his shoulders. I hope my grip sole boots didn't cause any bruises.
-- Frans
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Thanks to everyone involved. Readability is so much better.
- "If Men Could Get Pregnant, Abortion Clinics Would Be Like Starbucks" - Nasim Pedrad
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The Flying Penguin wrote on Jan 9, 2021, 16:49:
Happy BDay Frans! Thanks for all the hard work on the BBS. The mobile browsing experience is so much better now.

Frans worked his tail off on the responsive/mobile conversion, but the project was the brainchild of Kxmode, who spearheaded its implementation.
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Happy BDay Frans! Thanks for all the hard work on the BBS. The mobile browsing experience is so much better now.
- "If Men Could Get Pregnant, Abortion Clinics Would Be Like Starbucks" - Nasim Pedrad
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Jivaro wrote on Jan 8, 2021, 23:17:
Sauron...I have a joke for you. Some might say it's a bit too soon but it's harmless....

What is the difference between the Capitol and Mordor?

One does not simply walk into Mordor.

Your joke has been added to my collection.

Edit: And one does simply walk into Mordor... When they're considered allies.

Cops cheat sheet:

"Leftists"² -> Baton, tear gas, cayenne, rubber bullets in the face/eyes.
BLM -> Baton, tear gas, cayenne, rubber bullets in the face/eyes.
Far right -> *Crickets*

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² Rest of the world's centrists.

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Happy Birthday, Frans! Also, good choice on the backend!

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WW84 was mindless diversion. It wasn't great but it wasn't execrable.Captain Marvel was objectively worse due to Brie Larson's incredibly wooden and flat portrayal.Especially when you compare that role to Jessica Jones, Scarlet Witch, and Black Widow.

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sauron wrote on Jan 8, 2021, 23:21:
Jivaro wrote on Jan 8, 2021, 23:17:
Sauron...I have a joke for you. Some might say it's a bit too soon but it's harmless....

What is the difference between the Capitol and Mordor?

One does not simply walk into Mordor.

Indeed. Our investment in the Disintegration Field has paid off handsomely.

Uh, and the Cave Troll breeding program (but let's not go into that one in any detail since it gets icky...)
BREAKING: Saruman breaks ties with Sauron. Says he is shocked by Sauron's "rhetoric."
Quoted saying: "Mordor is better than this."
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Thanks Blue and everyone for their kind words. Blush Happy

gpk_og wrote on Jan 8, 2021, 19:11:
Thanks for helping keep the awesomeness going, I can't believe it's been 25 years already. Holy crap I'm getting old (am?) .
Best way to start the day is with a good coffee and Blue's News, here's to another 25!
Just to clarify: the site is in its 25th year (since July 1996) but my active involvement started in October 1999. So a few more years to go until my 25th year. Wiseguy
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jdreyer wrote on Jan 8, 2021, 23:35:
sauron wrote on Jan 8, 2021, 23:09:
Mr. Tact wrote on Jan 8, 2021, 23:03:
I hate it when I get banished by hobbits....

You and me both. Due to his failures, Gollum now has to wash up the dishes after every infernal feast here at the Tower of Evil.

Has he fully recovered from his third degree burns?

Bit crispy on the outside but otherwise his old cheerful self.
Kittens!
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sauron wrote on Jan 8, 2021, 23:09:
Mr. Tact wrote on Jan 8, 2021, 23:03:
I hate it when I get banished by hobbits....

You and me both. Due to his failures, Gollum now has to wash up the dishes after every infernal feast here at the Tower of Evil.

Has he fully recovered from his third degree burns?
"Even after you've had the COVID-19 vaccine, you still need to wash hands, watch distance and wear a mask because you can still transmit the virus even though you're not going to get sick." - NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins
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Mr. Tact wrote on Jan 8, 2021, 23:03:
I hate it when I get banished by hobbits....

Tricksy Hobbitses!
"Even after you've had the COVID-19 vaccine, you still need to wash hands, watch distance and wear a mask because you can still transmit the virus even though you're not going to get sick." - NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins
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Jivaro wrote on Jan 8, 2021, 23:17:
Sauron...I have a joke for you. Some might say it's a bit too soon but it's harmless....

What is the difference between the Capitol and Mordor?

One does not simply walk into Mordor.

Indeed. Our investment in the Disintegration Field has paid off handsomely.

Uh, and the Cave Troll breeding program (but let's not go into that one in any detail since it gets icky...)
Kittens!
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Sauron...I have a joke for you. Some might say it's a bit too soon but it's harmless....

What is the difference between the Capitol and Mordor?

One does not simply walk into Mordor.
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Mr. Tact wrote on Jan 8, 2021, 23:03:
I hate it when I get banished by hobbits....

You and me both. Due to his failures, Gollum now has to wash up the dishes after every infernal feast here at the Tower of Evil.

Occasionally, he is also exposed to fluffy kittens, which he hates.

And we only read him bed time stories once a week.
Kittens!
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I hate it when I get banished by hobbits....
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” -- Carl Sagan
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gpk_og wrote on Jan 8, 2021, 19:11:
Happy birthday Frans!
Thanks for helping keep the awesomeness going, I can't believe it's been 25 years already. Holy crap I'm getting old (am?) .
Best way to start the day is with a good coffee and Blue's News, here's to another 25!

Also (and excuse double post) - next Friday I will have been a member of this board for 20 years (albeit with gaps due to being intermittently banished from the material plane by hobbits).

Yikes!
Kittens!
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Happy Birthday Frans! At almost 200 years old, you are almost 0.01% of my age! Impressive!

Has anyone else here noticed (or did I miss it), that Cyberpunk, for all its excellent qualities and hi-tech tricks, is pretty reminiscent of the original Deus Ex? I keep thinking my character is going to wander into a bar and hear the words 'I speeled my dreenk' over and over again... (only the folks who played the original will get it, I guess).

I tried explaining this to the orcs and goblins, but none of them are over 10 years old, due to dwarven incursions. The ringwraiths are over 1000 years old but incorporeal, so no mouse and keyboard gaming for them, I guess... or opening jars, or cooking...
Kittens!
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Kxmode wrote on Jan 8, 2021, 22:12:
Mr. Tact wrote on Jan 8, 2021, 18:44:
Bodolza wrote on Jan 8, 2021, 18:07:
I seem to be in the minority of people that enjoyed WW84. No, it wasn't the best superhero movie I've ever seen, but it was far from the worst.
I'll bite, what was the worst?
Everything.
Uh, care to expand on that? Do you just simply have a moral objection to all superhero movies or movies in general?

Edit: That's a better choice that "Everything".

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Mr. Tact wrote on Jan 8, 2021, 18:44:
Bodolza wrote on Jan 8, 2021, 18:07:
I seem to be in the minority of people that enjoyed WW84. No, it wasn't the best superhero movie I've ever seen, but it was far from the worst.
I'll bite, what was the worst?

Captain America from 1990
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Bodolza wrote on Jan 8, 2021, 19:42:
Since you asked

Of the recent Marvel stuff, I'd rate Captain Marvel and GotG 2 as the worst.
I thought Captain Marvel was okay. Not great, not terrible. GotG 2 -- I could believe it is the worst. Although I have to admit I haven't even bothered to watch it.
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” -- Carl Sagan
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