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ME: Hey, you want a foot rub?
HER: Sure!
ME: OK, but the price is you have to listen to me tell you a bit from "Kimmy Schmidt."
HER: No!

-G.
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is the world that divided over Kimmy? ;_;

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Checking in on THE FORGOTTEN MONK today, looks like amazon.com has two of the softcovers left and no reviews? Goodreads is giving it some love though. (That's at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27227298-the-forgotten-monk# since it seems G+ doesn't want multiple hotlinks a-flyin'.)

-G.
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No problem. I liked the book a lot, and am happy to spread the word!
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Anybody want to donate their face for UNKNOWN ARMIES?

I've been doing little photomontage rumor illos for 3ed, and I'd like to get some faces that aren't the typical white male gamer. If you're interested, let me know.

I'm not even going to make the floppy pretense that "You'll be paid in priceless exposure!" There's no money in this, I'm afraid. If you think it would be fun to scream at a camera so I can make weird art, that would be great, but otherwise... well, there 'tis.

-G.
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Sorry, was busy channeling The Man Who Isn't There.
It might be a Gmail vs. posted email account - does jmsmcdaniel@gmail.com work?
/panics over missing his chance...
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OK, maybe I'm just thinking like an SF writer from 'Murica here, but  is this at all plausible?

1) Britain exits the EU, flipping the double-bird or whatever the chav equivalent of that is.

2) Scotland shrugs, revisits its own departure vote, and this time goes for it. It joins the EU.

3) Ireland, seeing that Scotland seemed to find a warm welcome and still a little ticked about 1968-1995, does the same thing.

4) The EU starts treating England (and, I guess, Wales?) like total shit. I mean real ticky-tacky "Oh, I'm sorry, this short line with no cavity search is for EU citizens only" stuff. Like a mean-spirited ex.

5) It probably doesn't get to the point where the EU nations try to kick England out of NATO but, hey, they could threaten it and which would YOU rather have in your treaty? England alone (I'm assuming in this scenario that Wales just kind of ghosts quietly away, perhaps by sending a text that says "I think we should see other legal/economic entities, but I'll always remember you warmly") or all the countries of the EU?

6) After a decade of being the continent's whipping dog, England quietly requests to rejoin and the EU loudly responds with "WELL... I guess we could consider getting back together... I dunno though, there's this shiny new republic in North Africa, it never did any colonizing..." before smirkingly welcoming them back as a probationary member at much worse terms.

What do you think, Euro-followers? Crazy? Plausible? Daftly ignorant?  For bonus points, please identify your language of origin and share how to say "daftly ignorant" in it. Thanks!

-G.
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YOU SHUT UP, GUMMY BEAR! YOUR GENDER POLITICS ARE RETROGRADE!

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I saw "Tales From the Crypt" and was mildly interested.
I saw "looking for horror stories online" and thought 'Oh, that's relevant to my interests.'
I saw "crowdsourced" and became even more intrigued.
Then I saw "M. Night Shyamalan" and decided to forget it.

http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2016/06/13/tales-from-the-crypt-is-hunting-for-scary-stories-online/

-G.
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Thanks for the warning.
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My copy of Junji Ito's GYO arrived yesterday and, as a bonus, THE ENIGMA OF AMIGARA FAULT was in the back. I read the whole thing while hammered, but I don't think that contributed to my overall disappointment. I mean, it's well drawn and the main characters a little more interesting than the central couple in UZUMAKI, but I just wasn't as freaked out and scared.

I'd rank the Ito stuff I've read about like this:

#5: The weird-ass one where the guy puts himself into a chair so he can get sat on
#4: HELLSTAR RAMINA
#3: GYO
#2: THE ENIGMA OF AMIGARA FAULT
#1: UZUMAKI

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Why am I unsurprised that a nightmare generator such as +Greg Stolze is less affected by another? ;)
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I get the sense from BREXIT that it's like an obnoxious husband who didn't quite think the divorce all the way through.

EARLY LEAVE CAMPAIGN: I want a divorce, bitch!

DAY AFTER LEAVE VICTORY: What do you mean, 'pack your shit and go'? Can't we be civil about this?

TWO DAYS AFTER LEAVE VICTORY: Kids, what do you mean you're going with your mom?!?

100 DAYS AFTER LEAVE VICTORY (projected): ...just the tip?

-G.
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Cameron doesn't seem to be in much of a position to declare anything right now, considering that he seems to have committed to leaving it to his successor to officially trigger the exit, and said he will be going soon. It's entirely possible (though I'm not sure it's that plausible in practice) that there could be an election in a few months, and then the new PM call another referendum.

Sufficient numbers of Leave voters are saying they regret their decision that theoretically a new referendum could return a Remain vote and put an end to the issue for a while, but it's unclear how the public would react to sending off the message "we're going to keep voting until you deliver the right result", etc.

Some people are still holding out hope for a second referendum, but I suspect any deviation from the public's will is likely to come about primarily through wrangling within and between different institutions within the UK state rather than through going directly back to the public again. It may be that a new plan is lashed together and then taken to the public, possibly, but it's hard to predict what that would look like, how long it would take, etc.

PS: All a horrible, perverse, joke with terrible unintended consequences, yes.
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I expect nothing less from O-Ren.
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Well, I just watched Under The Skin, the movie in which Scarlett Johannsen prowls Scotland in a black wig, picking up dudes and dissolving them in black ink, or something.

It sounds like a winner of a premise, but


this


film


was


so


slow


that it felt like just watching it took an ENTIRE YEAR. There were some great bits, and the scenery of Scotland is gorgeously shot, but the whole thing just left me feeling like I was trying to solve a sudoku that was missing two or three critical digits.

Thoughts?

-G.
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I thought those scenes were creepy and predatory (when she was being bait), not sexy at all. I can see how they could be sexy, but they made me go brrr. (Especially because the men didn't seem to notice being submerged, augh.)

I really loved the scene when she'd gotten away and was looking at how her body worked in the mirror. I got the feeling that her perspective was shifting and that she was finding agency and a somatic sense of self. Still alien, but going native, not just mimicry. It was very powerful. That was closer to being sexy but mostly made me sympathize with her for probably the first time.
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"The only thing everyone agrees on is that democracy is great, democracy matters, democracy works and is important. But the sides, ironically, can’t even agree to agree about this, because each insists that the other side doesn’t really love democracy. My democracy is awesome, your democracy is a bullshit charade. You know, the way people are about heavy metal bands."

(From the entry on "Vote Thieves" from #UA3RPG book four.)

-G.
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My magic is a careful and precise science for communicating with the Invisible College; your magic is a bullshit patchwork of superstition.
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An Open Letter to Bernie Sanders Supporters

I know. It's no fun. It's disappointing. Right about now, I would guess you feel like someone who wanted chocolate and is getting carob instead. It is, to say the least, not the most exciting outcome.

I've been a shill for Hill since way back. What can I say? She appeals to my cynicism. But I've seen enough candidates I backed go down swinging that I can thoroughly empathize with that feeling that oh shit, we got it wrong again, what a ripoff, tell me again what was so bad about monarchy?

And this is exacerbated by the winner's backers inevitable celebrations. It can feel very punitive and condescending. It's like you're not just getting carob instead of chocolate, but you have to eat some kale, too.

However: I've also seen candidates come back and win, and the way they do is usually by playing the long game. All along, the Democratic center has played nice and avoided alienating the Bernie middle-left. That's because the unglamorous middle recognizes that we need you.

On a day when Hillary's Uncool-But-Good-Enough Clique(TM) has gotten a win, you have two choices. You can go along, keep your powder dry, and maintain an alliance with the group that doesn't do shit like release the addresses of Planned Parenthood employees. (See http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/06/house-committee-accidentally-releases-names-fetal-tissue-researchers-and-planned-pa) Or, plan B, you can cry foul, say the system's rigged, and--intentionally or no--align yourselves with a certain populist alleged billionaire. In the process, you'll alienate the people whose major policies are 90% congruent with those of your beloved candidate.

Follow your heart, of course. But remember the fall, and remember that when it comes to eating metaphorical brown stuff, you could do a lot worse than carob.

-G.
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The Libertarian represents me even less, and Green is great for many things, just not for me in this Presidential race.
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