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jda

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Liberal computer geek, hockey nut (and goalie), web 2.0 fanatic, dad of 2 and husband of 1. Veteran (ie, old) software developer and computer hacker.

Medford MA USA

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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.

jda,
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@RickiTarr Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles always crack me up. Annie Hall is so funny. And a guilty pleasure is Kentucky Fried Movie, the movie before Animal House (another classic)

kimlockhartga, to bookstodon
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Since we are coming up on June, it seems like a good time to check in with everyone here on @bookstodon regarding favorite reads of 2024 so far. Whatcha got?

My top five reads of 2024 so far:

The Criminal series of graphic novels by Ed Brubaker (ten primary works)

James, Percival Everett

The Book of Love, Kelly Link

Poor Deer, Claire Oshetsky

Prequel, Rachel Maddow

jda,
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@kimlockhartga @bookstodon

  • Prequel by Rachel Maddow

  • Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands by Kate Beaton

  • Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (finally got around to reading it - actually, the Branagh narrated audiobook)

  • The Waltham Murders by Susan Zalkind (triple homicide probably done by Dzhokhar Tsarnaev)

  • Easy Money: Cryptocurrency, Casino Capitalism, and the Golden Age of Fraud by Ben McKenzie

  • Knife Creek (Mike Bowditch, #8) by Paul Doiron

https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/1766263-jonathan?ref=nav_mybooks&shelf=read

jda,
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@kimlockhartga @bookstodon I just started Erasure by Percival Everett (the movie version, American Fiction, is my fave Oscar movie) and it's really good

jda, to random
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Morning Mastodonians!

4 Guys Co-op had a magnificent session of Serious Sam 4 the other night. We had struggled with level 9, A Breakfast in France. It was the 5th time we played it. What can I say - we like a challenge! It was our 2nd run thru and it wasn't looking good. We had 0 extra lives and I was last man standing. I had 16 hit points when I made a dash for the level end. There were monsters hard behind me but I hoped I could beat them to it. And I did just barely! Phew!

jda,
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M and I finished watching Dune Part 2. It was pretty great. Zendaya is amazing but I'm sorry, I don't see how Timothée Chalamet could be a rebel leader. Austin Butler was incredible as Feyd-Rautha. And I thought I recognized Anya Taylor-Joy in there briefly. Other notable I've watched recently include Sisu (bloody amazing), The Zone of Interest (did not sleep well), and Eileen (slow burn to a great ending). Pretty good month for watching. @movies

https://letterboxd.com/jdarnold/films/diary/

jda,
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@auzzy @movies I know! You and Ty Burr's strong recommendation made me want to give it a try. That, and its local angle. The last 20 minutes were so unexpected!

jda, to movies
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Okay that was a pretty sweet action revenge movie. 2022's Sisu is all about killing Nazis, which always heartwarming. Brutal and action filled. Wow!

#film #films #movies
@movies

jda,
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@rednikki @movies I had never heard of it! Just idly flipping channels and came across it. Perfect for a short bedtime story 😺

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Morning Mastodonians!

I had a pretty nice long weekend. We did a ton of work outside on Saturday and Sunday, as the weather was good. I did a bunch of pressure washing, got the lawn mowed and even put down mulch in the front gardens. We have a gorgeous Japanese Red Maple in the front yard that we keep trying to find perennials that will take, but none ever have, so we just mulch around it now. I did get the pool emptied out but haven't cleaned it out enough to begin filling it yet.

jda,
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And yesterday was a day of . I saw some friends I hadn't seen in years. Several in this group go back 30+ years, when we first began meeting at another friend's house for weekly sessions of these new fangled "Euro" or "German" games. We played "Veiled Fate" at 7 players. Fun hidden role game of trying to figure out who your teammate is! And then Challengers, which is a quick deckbuilding game of tournament War. Good times.

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As you watch Justice Thomas and Alito explicitly endorse racism and gerrymandering, and even go as far as to slam the Brown v Board ruling—a reminder that this corruption is who SCOTUS has always been.

Here are the receipts: https://qasimrashid.substack.com/p/what-if-the-greatest-obstacle-to

jda,
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@QasimRashid and I'd add for a followup read Allow Me to Retort: A Black Guy's Guide to the Constitution

Elie Mystal

jda, to boardgames
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Morning Mastodonians!

Well, here it is again, as unwanted as ever - Monday. It wasn't a bad weekend, even though it rained each day at least a little bit, making it 16 out of 20 weekends so far this year. I did manage to squeeze in a mowing of the lawn to at least show someone lives here. We played on Sunday, getting in a whole "game", which was fun. It makes 8 games out of probably 20 for this campaign legacy game.

jda,
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Not much planned for ,. My wife drove herself in this morning, freeing up 90 minutes or so of my day. I need to make some phone calls. Get someone to give us a price on trimming the trees in the backyard. I should call the doctor's office to talk about my problematic knees. They aren't terrible but they aren't right either. Tonight watch the first Mad Max with @adrienne. The upcoming movie looks amazing and I think it would be fun to rewatch the entire series. @movies

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** IT’S HERE! FRIDAY NIGHT MUSIC THREAD ON **

Tonight’s theme is:

✨🏅☄️ TOP SHELF! 🎀🏆✨󠁯󠀭


🎵 Post FULL ALBUMS that are a 10/10 all the way through along with what you’re drinking. 🎶

  1. Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast
  2. Genesis - Selling England By The Pound
  3. Aesop Rock - The Impossible Kid
  4. Fleetwood Mac - Rumours

(Multiple submissions welcome)

Oban 14

Post often • share • make some friends

jda,
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RickiTarr, (edited ) to random
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What advice would you give to someone just starting out in a relationship?

Mine might sound kind of dark in relation to the question, but here goes:

People change, and they should, it's part of being a person. Some people are lucky, and they change in the same direction, but some don't, and that's okay too. There's no shame in leaving a relationship or changing the nature of a relationship that no longer serves you. We are all taught that every relationship, whether romantic or friendship, is supposed to last forever, but nothing is forever, and forcing something that no longer works, just ends in anger and bitterness. Knowing when to let go is as important as knowing when to hold on through a rough patch, and how to know either of those things is the most cliché advice of all, COMMUNICATE.

jda,
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@RickiTarr funny you should ask that! We had our 27th anniversary yesterday (we lived together for like 10 years before that) and I think the only bit of advice I would give is to be flexible and forgiving. See how the other person treats people who can't fight back, like wait staff and bartenders. When my wife and I sit at a bar, we are fast friends with all the servers in no time. We drive each other crazy sometimes but that's just being people.

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@RickiTarr I think another key for us is that neither one of us stands on ceremony or fake fronts. We eloped to get married. We usually only remember our anniversary when a friend reminds us of it (it happens to be on Mike Oldfield's birthday, so he'll send me a text saying happy birthday). We hate formal affairs, preferring low-key times.

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I can't even tell you how bad the record is in 6v5

RickiTarr, to random
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Seriously heard someone saying they don't listen to many black artists, because they aren't really into rap. Bitch please, feel free to share songs from Black artists from any genre. Here is one of my favorites, if you like this song please check out her other work:

https://youtu.be/KovrJ8HXI1Q?si=HOYIG7YMuAUTsJz6

jda,
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@RickiTarr Rhiannon Giddons tells amazing stories

https://song.link/us/i/1179556532

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GottaLaff, to random
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Well we have a showing tomorrow which means my coverage will be interrupted tomorrow and today, because today we have to scramble to finish painting all the areas that we need to "touch up" including an entire wall.

Just a heads up.

jda,
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@GottaLaff good luck!

jda,
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@GottaLaff a friend of mine got his Canadian citizenship a few months ago but a move isn't currently planned. Good for him and his family to have the option anyway

Jennifer, to scifi
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I need some new science fiction to read, who has some suggestions? I don't like military sci-fi. For reference, my favorite series is the Expanse, I also enjoyed Scalzi's Collapsing Empire, I love Robert Charles Wilson's books. I mostly enjoy space operas and unique stories about technology, for example I really liked the recent book Mountain in the Sea about AI and intelligent octopus. Suggestions from the awesome Bookstodon community? @bookstodon

jda,
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@Jennifer @bookstodon some suggestions:

  • The Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

  • Winters Orbit by Everina Maxwell

  • The @murderbotbot series by Martha Wells

  • Seven of Infinities by @aliettedb

  • A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine

  • Ancillary Justice by Anne Leckie

Not all of them were my cup of tea but I'm in the minority

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@Jennifer @bookstodon

While I'm on a roll (and having read the other replies) let me add:

  • Hell Divers by Nicholas Sansbury Smith

  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Sisko by Derek Tyler Attico

  • Spinward Fringe series by Randolph Lalonde

jda,
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@Jennifer @bookstodon

Looks like Goodreads saw your question:

Fresh Fantasy and Sci-Fi Recommendations for (Nearly) Every Kind of Reader

https://www.goodreads.com/blog/show/2757?ref=SFFRecs24_sa

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