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It is sort of covered in the book. The thing is, even if it's a goofy old cellphone, if it brings joy* into your life, then you should keep it. The thing she addresses is the quantity of stuff we either never think about or which we retain because of… [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

Listening to the black screen video, I'm struck by the fact that they've nicked bits of the chord progression from Henry Purcell's Cold Song (from King Arthur, used by Michael Nyman for Memorial, best known for its use in The… [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

Jóhann Jóhansson is someone who does music that uses classical instruments edging into electronic music, often elegiac. The music that Thomas de Hartmann wrote for Gurdjieff's Movements could often, though not necessarily all the time, be up your,… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

I love this film. It is almost certainly my favourite Brian de Palma movie by a long way. Jessica Harper has an amazing voice - the only other place I can think of that it's used to any effect is Shock Treatment, another film that it's quite… [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

Where is Gandalf when you need him? On top of Trump Tower, trying to get the message out by moth. [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

This is one of my favourite movies of all time, and at one point I was word perfect on the first half - literally able to speak the lines along with the characters. I found the musical remake unbearable because they kept doing the lines wrong… [more]
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FanFare comment - 3 months ago

It’s hard to choose a favorite among so many great tracks, but “The Greatest Love of All” is one of the best I suppose in my heart of hearts I knew it was only an affectation, but for the longest time I liked to assume that song was a… [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

I've just gone into the intoxicated phase, and it's perpetually bubbling through my head. Such lovely. On the last listening I noticed that you can hear the thumping of the keyboard on the vocal track of True Love Waits, which, fittingly,… [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

German dogs, Iain. I am enraging sod. Going mad in arse. Dingo is a german. [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

FWIW, the distinction I heard was that in hard (or "proper") SF, the scenario is extrapolated from a single (if possible) diversion from now (FTL drives, humanoid androids, whatever), while in Soft SF (or SciFi. Or in Fantasy, when they… [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

Thing is, I don't want to be mean-spirited, but you might catch a terrible TV movie from the 80s, where an innocent young girl is swept up in to a world of inexpensive rock and roll excess with a band who have been lacquered with an entire… [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

It's interesting that Fury Road positions anarcho-feminism as less effective as a long-term strategy than authoritarianism, but few pay attention to that little bit. I get the impression that Miller sees his powerful characters less in… [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

American love, like Coke in green glass bottles ... they don't make it anymore. [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

The band's debut album “Night Visions,” has reached gold status Ah, yes, the status of gold. Too heavy to carry, too soft to be useful, excessively prized by gullible midwesterners. [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

They won't. I believe it's #1 of the many contradictions of Capitalism that will lead to its ultimate collapse. [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

In fact they dated each other. And that's OK. If Robert Downey Junior had had the opportunity to date Tony Stark, I suspect it would have been game over. That's some timeless love shit right there. [more]
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FanFare comment - 3 months ago

Although Peter Greenaway's films have a lot in common with each other, they are sufficiently diverse that a few of them are like nothing else - His breakthrough film, the baroque whodunnit The Draughtsman's Contract; Prospero's… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

My suspicion is that whatever happens to Chuck - and everyone knowing it comes down to Jimmy even if they can't prove it - is going to be the thing that finally puts him out in the cold. Perhaps Kim goes back to Howard. Criminal lawyer or not,… [more]
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FanFare comment - 3 months ago

Or, indeed, this League of Gentlemen. [more]
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FanFare comment - 3 months ago

"He'll never get asked back." I don't think he gives a shit. As a not-American my only experience of this event is when it's newsworthy - Colbert, Wilmore - so I was under the impression that if you get asked back, you did it… [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

So, Claire explained to a pathologist what an autopsy scar is? [more]
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FanFare comment - 3 months ago

"When your hand becomes steel, there is nothing you can’t punch." The problem for me with this line, is that it conjures up the image of someone who would punch literally everything - trees, skyscrapers, buses, clotheslines,… [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

Genius, and a master of the language, too. Always annoyed that the histories of Manchester leave him out. I wonder whether Happy Mondays weren't a more user-friendly version of what Hannett was doing with Clarke on Snap Crackle & Bop. Not… [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

Presumably this is why they brought the editorial position of the news department in line with that if the Daily Telegraph. [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

Last year I had to fly in and out of Venice with a guitar. This is something I've done to lots of places. In the old days I'd just turn up with the guitar, the person at check-in would tell me to take it to the Oversize desk and I'd watch it trundle… [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

There was a tiny little box on the right-hand-side of the page. In other news. And no doubt Laura Kuenssen-wotsit has been talking at great length about how this is a major blow for Jeremy Corbyn. They don't even try any more. [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

Yeah, about week three or four it's "wait... what.. how much?" and fail. The good thing about C25k is that you get to the 20 minute run and you don't think it's possible but it is, and suddenly you think you've got enhanced jogging powers… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

And his dad almost brought Private Eye down in the seventies and achieved posthumous notoriety recently when a Charlie Rose interview resurfaced in which he basically foreshadowed the problems we've been living through ever since. And he was… [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

Little did I know when that when I grew up that I'd have to live through National Lampoon's Presidential Election [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble and Oh God! Oh Jesus Christ! [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

Wait, what did I just do...? September, you say. If this is all lies, and I've just bought a very expensive CDR of drunken ukulele covers, I'll ... I'll ... I'll... Probably do it again next time. [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

Although he was definitely not the best of the candidates, and wouldn't have made as good a mayor as Khan, I suspect (from what I know of his life) Goldsmith the individual isn't quite the racist Conservative Central Headquarters wanted right now,… [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

I have a tremendous amount of affection for Barbarella, and will watch it whenever it turns up on the TV, which happens less and less these days. It is possible one of the most quotable films ever, or at least the film from which the… [more]
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FanFare comment - 3 months ago

The question is, can you do as much damage with a piece of paper alone if you master the rules? As with Tai Chi, people don't realise that Origami was originally developed as a martial art. [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

The problem is that you can do as much damage with a rock wrapped in paper as you can a plain rock. [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

And just for fun, Sadiq Khan gets it even more. Yes, Sadiq Kahn accused of racism by Boris "Those African Piccaninnies with their watermelon smiles" Johnson. [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

OK. Year of Metafilter have burned into my brain that TFA is the acronym for The Fucking Article. Adds a thrill to Star Wars discussions. [more]
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FanFare comment - 3 months ago

Well, I liked The King of Limbs and they're apples, for fucks' sake. [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

what are the hazards of introducing a little nitrous to the mix? I take it we've all seen Almodovar's I'm So Excited? It would seem to be a key text at this point. [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

This is a bit of a ramble. It's not an argument in favour or against anything or anybody. There's a more interesting story to tease out than "Ken Livingstone was the mayor, then he went mad and turned into a Nazi!", which is the way it… [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago


I actually don't remember, but there were several fresh bread rolls. [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

At the time of writing there's playlist on YouTube of Camberwick Green, and another of Trumpton. Chigley seems to be getting less attention, but prove me wrong, why don't you. The music is especially wonderful. [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

You'll never guess what happens next... If it doesn't include an incursion of machine-gun wielding Republican revolutionaries, and the Queen transforming into her true lizard form to drive them away, I'm not sure I'm interested. [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

It was nice to see that she got to grow up in a part of Hampstead that was exactly like California, and apparantly untouched by rationing. (Yes, I realise they don't have the budget for anything else, but that was as much England as the London… [more]
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FanFare comment - 3 months ago

And there's the case of the missing country of Kurdistan, which by rights ought to exist, were it not for the combined will of Turkey, Syria, Iran and Iraq that it not do so. [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

Everything that appears in the news is there because someone decided to put it there, and it's always useful to ask why. Most of the time, the reason is perfectly obvious - something just exploded, someone very famous has died, but an MP sharing… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

You forgot to mention that this is a part of an ongoing campaign the right wing of the Labour party have been promoting in the media in order to unseat Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters. They've been at it for a while, it must have seemed like… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

I think it's more the mindless Yanksplaining that would be considered vile. Thank goodness that doesn't happen any more. [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

The last paragraph of that article: The Institute for Jewish Policy Research has lamented ‘the hyperbole, bias and conjecture that litter public discourse’ on antisemitism. The allegations of widespread or increasing antisemitism in the Labour… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

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