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Other day I couldn't find my glasses when I got up. I'm blind without them. I wandered around looking for them -- kitchen, living room, bedroom -- found them in the tangled blankets of the bed I'd just gotten out of.

I was pleased. Now I could look for my glasses, while able to see. I put them on, and went back out into the living room, the kitchen, back into the bedroom ... looked at the rumpled bed, thought, "I found them there!" Still pleased with myself, for another bare second ...
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Ok Bernie it's time to join forces ,galvanize the democratic party and win the 2016 election
They gonna have to wait 4 more years let's win this by a landslide 
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It really is striking, isn't it? That one company could be so on-target with its movie universe, and so desperately out of touch with the same fans over in another part of the company.
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One thing that really bothers me about the writer's reasoning (based on the interview I read) is that this is intended largely as a reaction to corruption in society - political and otherwise - a commentary on the fallibility of those we idolize. It may be well-intentioned, but - assuming it does indeed turn out to be Steve - I think it's a misguided attempt.

There is certainly good commentary to be had on this topic, but it's incredibly cynical to make the response to the fall of real-life heroes that of tearing down storybook heroes. It's the purpose of that hero to provide the ideal to which we may never measure up, but to which we can constantly aspire. Tearing the heroes down leaves us, in a sense, rudderless in the sea of ethics. And when the problem at hand is a sense of lost ideals, lost idealism, taking away another hero is not a solution. It only compounds the problem.

I would rather see a serious - or even a not-so-serious - discussion of the issues at hand than see a cherished character discredited in an attempt to be culturally relevant and "edgy".
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I normally don't mind recasting. Jane Foster carrying the hammer, Heimdall, Nick Fury, etc. I wouldn't have a problem with the Doctor being recast as a woman, or as a member of any ethnicity. He's an alien with two hearts, for pity's sake.

I wouldn't have a problem with Bond as a non-white character, in a modern setting, though a black Bond in the sixties wouldn't have worked for me: context matters.

I wouldn't like a female Bond. To the degree Bond's about anything, at the series level, it's about being male at a given point in time. Yes, sure, you could do a female Bond, and though it's a risk, it might well be critically and fiscally successful. But you'd lose something in the character that's of value to Bond's longest term fans.

Most of the arguments about a character that's been around a long time, being recast, either don't bother me, or work for me. But there are exceptions. (Cap and Bucky -- no. Something we've lost a bit of, since WWII, is brotherly love as a real thing. The temptation to give a homoerotic tinge to all same sex relationships, while it makes perfect sense to me, can lose you some things while gaining others. There are real straight love stories in the world, and I think Steve and Bucky are one of them.)

I'll watch Cap if they make him gay. I'll watch Bond if they cast a woman. But I hope they don't. Change Tony, Hawkeye, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange -- an Asian Strange wouldn't have slowed me down any. But I do hope they leave Bond male, and Steve and Bucky brothers in arms.

Feel free to tell me why I'm wrong. :)
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Yeah, that's what I meant by figuring it out now - he just doesn't seem to carry the doubt of the system / etc that that generation of gay men carried (and of course that lots of queer people still carry, but that's not my point)
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Baker says he'll be dead soon in this interview -- and whether that's just age or something genuinely more immediate he's talking about, well --

Thanks, dude. The character I'm best known for is half you, half Bugs Bunny, and half Travis McGee.

The truth is -- as a kid, Star Trek mattered more to me than Doctor Who; so did Star Wars, when it came along. But in both cases, probably mostly because I didn't know anyone else who'd ever heard of you, in those long-ago days before the internet. Today, everything I ever loved about Trek appears to be dead, Star Wars is fun but won't ever mean to me again what it meant at 14 --

But the odds are good I'll be watching, and enjoying, Doctor Who, until the day comes when I will be able to say, honestly enough, that I'll be dead soon. And the truth is, if it weren't for you -- the odds are Doctor Who wouldn't have survived the way it has. You didn't invent it, you may not even have perfected it -- but certainly you approximated perfection, in an era when all there was to work with was videotape and lousy rubber suited aliens. When I had children of my own, we bonded -- over Tennant and Matt Smith; time had passed. But they were only able to do what they did, because you'd done what you did.

For those moments as a kid, for all those moments with my children, bless you and thank you for everything.
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I'm one of the new generation, and Eccleston was my first doctor. But i can say firmly, that my fav doctor is tennant and baker.
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I got a nasty message the other day from someone who thought I'd shown my true anti-semitic colors, when I said I approved of a Palestinian rights activist being put on the Democratic Platform Committee.

First this: any country where Jews feel unsafe is sabotaging itself. As a group they're assets to any sane, stable society: highly educated, with a work ethic among third and fourth generations that more resembles that of recent immigrants than of people who've been in the country as long as they have. It's simply not an accident that they are the oldest continuous culture on Earth outside the Chinese. (And who survived challenges, based on their far smaller numbers, that were never applicable to the Chinese.)

Second, there's nowhere in the middle East I'd live in except Israel, if I were unfortunate enough to have to live in the Middle East. It's a real democracy, even if I despise their right wing politicians the way I despise our own, those right-wingers won real elections under fair conditions.

And third ... the treatment of Palestinians in Israel has been shameful. I don't know that we'd have done any better, but I don't have to know that; I've criticized the U.S. often enough to have no hesitation about criticizing Israel. They can and should do better.
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Me three. It's a source of tension in my household :-/
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That's why you have to burn the heads.... :D
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Had a really interesting proposition today: got approached to help put together a proposal to write software for managing a nuclear missile maintenance program.

... turned it down. Still not sure how I feel about it. I'd like to see those fucking things smashed, but is it better to help maintain them?

I worked for Rupert Murdoch once with less hesitation.
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I'm curious, was the "less hesitation" with Murdoch because you were younger and didn't know any better, or you've changed since then, or even at the time you would have seen him as the lesser of two evils?
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Did you like the first two "First Class" movies? You'll like "Apocalypse." It's not as good as either of them, but it works well enough for me to keep following along with McAvoy's X-Men for another movie or two after this one.

I'd take the PG-13 on this very seriously, if you have youngsters.
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Looking forward to it!
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Alsup's decision that APIs can't be copyrighted at all was the correct one, in my mind. But barring that, "fair use" is a step in the right direction. This is good for everyone.
Oracle has spent many millions trying to get a chunk of Android, to no avail.
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Oh, sure. They'll do what they do. "Step in the right direction."
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Coined the word webcast. First published description of internet addiction. Married to a woman who's smarter than I am. Never killed anyone who didn't have it coming.
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Only bothering to review this to note the nasty little man at the front desk. My wife and I have been here a number of times -- it's a perfectly OK, clean little hotel, and the young ladies who normally work the front desk are perfectly professional. Checking out this afternoon, 1/18, the aggressive chump at the front desk didn't like the way I tossed the hotel card onto the counter. Not *at* him, not even in his direction, just tossed from about 2 feet away. Nobody had been at the front desk for about fifteen minutes -- he was off elsewhere and I was waiting to check out, and another guest was waiting to check in. No answer for the bell. He finally showed up and clearly was in a bad mood, snapped, "Don't throw that at me," when I tossed the card on the counter. I told him I didn't like his tone of voice and he said snottily, "I understand, you've had a bad day." Somebody was having a bad day. You should fire this creature, Sunburst.
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