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Recovering #hospitality professional now working in the tech industry. Husband, boy dad, #Mizzou 🐯 alum, 🥨 lover, MoT ✡️. Left the bird site early Nov 2022 after 13 yrs.

Based in NW suburbs of #Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Talk to me about #books #movies #sports #food #running #Jeopardy #Disney °o° (among other things). My header image is an avatar for my to-read list. I drink (occasionally) and I know things.

I brake for #DadJokes.

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LincolnRamirez, to bookstodon
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I've been thinking of finally reading some Stephen King, but no idea where to start.

Go for one of the likes of his famous work, like the Shining or the Green Mile? Or something lesser known?


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@LincolnRamirez @bookstodon Nobody in the replies has yet mentioned The Talisman. I don't think it's fantasy on the same level as The Eyes of The Dragon or Fairy Tale, but it's one of my favorite books. It still hits the fantasy notes well enough and quest aspect is terrific.

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@fskornia @LincolnRamirez @bookstodon I've been on a recent kick of re-reading favorite books (including the entire Dark Tower series) even though I try to prioritize my to-read list of books I haven't read. I might need to jump into The Talisman again sometime soon.

RickiTarr, to random
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Alright, lots of heavy discussions today, so let's talk about something silly!

What is a movie that always makes you laugh?

Personal pick:

Anything Mel Brooks, but Robin Hood: Men in Tights, it's just funny every time I watch it.

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@RickiTarr Blazing Saddles and Office Space both give me so much joy every time I watch. Also, a dark horse: Colin Farrell is hilarious in In Bruges.

dbsalk, to escribiendo
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rootcompute, to random
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Radical idea for social media: we should be able to leave a like on other people's like actions. If somebody likes (or "favorites" in Mastodon parlance) my post, I should be able to express that I like that they liked what I had to say

We could continue giving each other back and forth likes until eventually two accounts bound together in reciprocal liking reach the like singularity

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@rootcompute Turtles all the way down!

dbsalk, to books
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The Stand didn't even crack Forbes' Top 10 list of Stephen King books, and I'm curious as to how this miscarriage of justice came about.


dbsalk, to books
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For no particular reason, I had The Rooster Bar by John Grisham on my TBR and started reading it this week. I don't normally go for "airport books," but this one is a ton of fun. Now I remember why I read over a dozen of Grisham's books in the 90s and early 2000s. It's been a while since I picked him up... almost a couple decades, but I'm glad I did again.

FTR, The Rooster Bar has nothing to do with chickens. 😉

#Books #FridayReads #Bookstodon #Fiction #JohnGrisham @bookstodon

dbsalk, to books
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My heart aches for the children who will no longer have access to their local library because some arrogant assholes decided to be offended by books with new ideas and different perspectives.

The cruelty is the point.


@bookstodon on@a.gup.pe

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@perfect_brains @bookstodon I'll say this as politely as I can: that was a really dumb question.

Do better.

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@vikingkong @bookstodon What "garbage" are you specifically referring to? Books by Truman Capote? Oscar WIlde? Annie Proulx? Madeline Miller?

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@IveyJanette @bookstodon I wouldn't put it past them.

That's why book bans are so stupid. Every kid with a smart phone has ready access to content much worse than the most scandalous book available for checkout at the local public library. It's so performative.

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@susanna @wellschmaltz @bookstodon I feel like you're just getting warmed up. 😉

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@alison @bookstodon Right on both counts! I can't remember the last time I blocked so many people in a single day.

dbsalk, to books
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This week I'm wrapping up the audio of Let The Great World Spin by Colum McCann. This is the second audiobook in a row for me with truly raw depictions of people just scraping by and trying to make the best of their situation. Tillie's narration is heartbreaking. Next audio read needs to be something not so heavy.

Related: now I feel like I should watch "The Walk" starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. (not a bad thing)

#Books #FridayReads #Bookstodon #NewYorkCity #AmReading #Fiction @bookstodon

Mrfunkedude, to random
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Ninja School...

Teacher: "I didn't see you in class today."

Student: "Thank you sir."

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@Mrfunkedude ZING! 😂

LouisIngenthron, to random
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I don't understand how some of these people survive everyday life.

Do you really not understand how a checkout counter works, middle-aged-white-lady? Why are you putting your card in the reader before the cashier has even rung up all your items? Why are you taking your soda off the belt? Why, when you realize you didn't pay for your soda, did you then pay for it in cash and wait for your change? Have you literally never bought anything before, or are you incapable of considering how your actions might affect others, or are you incapable of thinking more than three seconds ahead of the current moment?

How do these people survive everyday life if they can't even manage basic social awareness in one of the most common retail settings on the planet?

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@LouisIngenthron I get impatient with people too. OTOH, I've been discombobulated under specific circumstances where a simple transaction ends up taking much longer than it should. Maybe your middle-aged-white-lady was just having a bad day and it was a one-off?

polygon, to random
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We will finally gets a Gollum movie in 2026, precious, we will https://www.polygon.com/24152753/lord-of-the-rings-gollum-movie-2026-andy-serkis

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@polygon We got Gollum's backstory at the beginning of Return of The King. It lasted about five minutes, IIRC, and that's really all we needed.

dbsalk, to random
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"Today is Thursday. Can we skip today? I want it to be Friday."

I feel like the 11yo is way too young to be having these thoughts.

#today #DadThoughts

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@BoydStephenSmithJr The school serves a hot dog or cheese pizza almost every Friday.

The 11yo eats his school pizza with ketchup. 🤮 (normally, he makes better food decisions than that)

dbsalk, to books
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This is turning out to be a book I'm not terribly excited about: The Dog Of The South by Charles Portis. The tone sort of reminds me of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, but set in Texas and Mexico and without the hardcore drugs. Parts are funny, but mostly it kind of drags and I'm not sure what the point is. If I wasn't already more than halfway through, I'd probably add it to the DNF pile. #FridayReads #AmReading #Books #Fiction #Bookstodon @bookstodon

Mrfunkedude, to random
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Ever hear a guy cover an R.E.M. song who sounds so much like Freddy Mercury that if you close your eyes you can imagine it's actually him?

Meet Marc Martel and be AMAZED.


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@Mrfunkedude That is AMAZING. Thank you so much for sharing. ❤️

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@Mrfunkedude I've always loved REM and I very much enjoy the music of Queen, so this was the perfect shot in the arm for me.

The weather is beautiful outside. I'm going to go run a few miles. 😎 🎶 🏃‍♂️

Mrfunkedude, to random
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The "Three Body Problem" on Netflix on it's own is bad, but once you compare it to the book, it's much much worse.

The ONLY really good book to movie adaptation I have ever seen was "Silence of the lambs". It more or less just turned the book into a script. The most accurate adaptation I've seen to this day.

What's YOUR favorite book to movie adaptation? Tell us why!

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@Mrfunkedude Are we just talking about movies, or do mini-series count as well?

IMO, Hollywood is more likely than not to shit all over the source material. There are, of course, exceptions. Here are a few that come immediately to mind:

Shawshank Redemption
The Crossing
Good Omens
I Love You, Beth Cooper
Lonesome Dove
A Christmas Carol (George C. Scott version)
The Road
Interview With The Vampire
Into the Wild

SallyStrange, to scifi
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10 authors, of whose books I've read at least five:

Ursula Le Guin
Kim Stanley Robinson
Octavia Butler
N. K. Jemisin
Becky Chambers
Iain M. Banks
Martha Wells
M. R. Carey
Lois McMaster Bujold
Vonda McIntyre

#scifi #ScienceFiction #SFF #books


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@SallyStrange @bookstodon

I don't repeat a lot of authors, but surprisingly there are 10 where I've read at least 5 of their books:

Stephen King (by a mile)
Neil Gaiman
John Grisham
Joe Hill
JK Rowling
George R.R. Martin
James Michener
Malcolm Gladwell
Nathaniel Philbrick
Michael Crichton

This list was a bit of an eye-opener for me. With the exception of Rowling (I read the Harry Potter b4 we knew she was awful), everyone on the list is male and of them, only Gladwell is not white.

RacerX, to NFL
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Where my Bears fans at? This is going to be a fun ride. Bear down! #NFL

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@RacerX I won't apologize for my "hope for the best, expect the worst" attitude when it comes to the football team I've rooted for my entire life. The one single constant that's been around for 45 different starting quarterbacks and 8 head coaching tenures doesn't show any sign of going away.

The owners keep doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. We all know what that means.

I am a BLAST at tailgate parties. 🤣 🏈

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