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Stan Lee

Posted by Jean Valjean , in Events Nov 12 2018 · 34 views
Stan Lee, Marvel, Veterans Day
Stan Lee :kaukau: Comic book legend Stan Lee died today at the age of 95. "With great power comes great responsibility."



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The Most Important Issues

Posted by Jean Valjean , in Humor, Michael Phelps, Events Nov 06 2018 · 87 views
John Williams, Michael Phelps and 1 more...
:kaukau: Sadly, the issues that really matter are not on the ballot. I almost got to meet my governor and talk about them before election day, but sadly that moment for the history books never happened.

Next election, though, I propose these core issues:
  • Convert our counting system to Base 120.
  • Pass a constitutional amendment denying the existence of Canada.
  • Change all of the lame state flags that looks alike. The ones that are okay can stay the same, but all those others need to go.
  • Make Ithkuil the official language of legal texts.
  • Recompose the national anthem so that it covers 6 octaves.
  • Officially declare that the Goddess Columbia be represented with the likeness of Whitney Houston.
  • Let John Williams come up with anthems for all of the states that have boring anthems.
  • Right next to the Statue of Liberty, build a statue of John Williams waving a conductor's wand.
  • Set our healthcare goal to, "Make John Williams live forever."
  • Draft Michael Phelps back into the Olympics. He needs to stick around until the 2028 L.A. Olympics at the very least.

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Fahrenheit v Celsius

Posted by Jean Valjean , in Nerd Oct 31 2018 · 54 views

:kaukau: I actually use Metric whenever I like the actual measurement itself. For example, if something is closer to a kilometer, I might say that it's a kilometer instead of two-thirds of a mile. If something's a milimeter, I might use that instead of a fraction of an inch, although it depends on the thing in question. As an American, I mix my measurements all of the time. Camera lenses? Milimeters. Carpentry? Inches.

But anyway, on to the title. I actually tend to use Celsius more than Fahrenheit, or at least when describing the properties of an object or substance. Having 0 being the freezing point of water and 100 being the boiling point is useful for comparison.

However, I use Fahrenheit for my actual experience of temperature, namely with the weather. If you were to ask me how hot or cold it was in a certain place, I'd rate it on a scale from 0 to 100, with 0 being on the lower end of what I could ever be comfortable in, and 100 being on the higher end. Obviously, I can go higher and lower than that, but 0 and 100 are examples of when things begin to reach extremes. I think that it's actually pretty intuitive. For the life of me, I cannot imagine what 32 C is like. I hear 32 and I think, "That's when things begin to get chilly. Cold enough that the water begins freezing and to have snow, but not so cold that my body heet can't fight it off." It makes intuitive sense that the very beginning of freezing temperatures would by the bottom third of our comfort level.

Does that make sense? Celsius is for measuring chemical properties compared to that of water, and Fahrenheit is for measuring temperatures relative to human experience. I see absolutely no reason why these should be pitted against each other. They both even have mothers named "Martha."

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Metric

Posted by Jean Valjean , Oct 30 2018 · 60 views

:kaukau: "Why is the U.S. so stupid and uses non-metric? Why they so stubborn that way? I hate you you stupid Americans!"

Sure, I'll answer that question with another question. "Why does the rest of the world use measurements where you can't divide by 3?"

Let's put it this way: there are countries that have been to the moon...and then there are countries that use metric. I really don't feel like America is a bunch of primitive men with sticks because of our road signs are different. We're a laughing stock for completely different reasons (namely our wedding-industrial complex; America would be a better place if people only spent money on paperwork and a family dinner instead of 50K for all that other stuff).

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Why're the Twilight books set in the woods?

Posted by Jean Valjean , in Humor Oct 22 2018 · 55 views
Twilight, humor, dad joke
:kaukau: Because Bella loves Edward culling.

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Whitney Houston: Goddess of America

Posted by Jean Valjean , Oct 13 2018 · 50 views

Whitney Houston: Goddess of America :kaukau: I honestly think that the Goddess Columbia should be re-imagined to look like Whitney Houston. Someone make this mainstream. Heck, I think that I just might write a letter to the president asking him to release an official statement endorsing this idea. Whitney deserves to be incorporated into one of our patriotic symbols.

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Happy Indigenous People's Day (Belated)

Posted by Jean Valjean , in Events Oct 12 2018 · 58 views

:kaukau: So what I found out it that my governor, Kim Reynolds, made it so that henceforth in the state of Iowa, Columbus Day is also Indigenous People's Day at the same time. Sure, I can get behind that. I'm not Italian and don't really care much about Columbus. And frankly, the point behind that day isn't just to celebrate one man, but the whole general idea of world history including both hemispheres for the first time. Personally, I still like the idea of just calling it "New World Day," but I'm not particularly passionate about it. Honestly, who celebrates Columbus Day? Do you? I bet you don't.

Unless you're Italian. Bappa-dee boo-pee? Beepada boopada bapade bapade! Boopada bapa! Boopa beepa boopa beepa bapa! Bapeepe bape!

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Like a turd in the wind

Posted by Jean Valjean , in Movies Oct 10 2018 · 85 views
Venom, MCU, Spider-Man, movies
:kaukau: Let me be clear. No, I will not watch Venom. No interest. Zero. None. He's a pretty cool villain, but I want his origins done right. I want him to show up in a storyline with Peter Parker. Peter Parker must be a well-developed character who has gone through multiple character arcs. The symbiote should be the stimulus that takes him to a new level. After all, it messes with his personality. It's a cool way to take a character that's normally light-hearted and make him a little more serious. I couldn't care less about Eddie Brock.

Also, the only appropriate way to introduce the symbiote is to have a storyline where Spider-Man visits another planet. Which would naturally be quite a ways into his mythology. Unless you're in the MCU. See, this is one of those characters that I want the MCU to have. I know that I've said that Disney has a pretty big monopoly and I want too fight out against that, but I Venom works better in the MCU than in a small pocket universe that Sony cooked up in a side project.

As such, no desire to see it. Plus, the trailers looked pretty bad.

Tempted to photoshop SPIRIT's avatar over Venom's face, though...

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Wakey Wakey...

Posted by Jean Valjean , Sep 18 2018 · 80 views
Dont Hug Me, Im Scared, Youtube and 2 more...
:kaukau: A trailer hasn't made me this excited since the "Chewy, we're home" one came out in 2015. I saw this within minutes of it coming out and initially didn't think anything of it, until I saw the official channel name. And then I dropped EVERYTHING.


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[Perfectly Sane] Rich Asians

Posted by Jean Valjean , in Reviews, Movies Sep 10 2018 · 74 views
Crazy Rich Asians, movie, review and 2 more...
[Perfectly Sane] Rich Asians :kaukau: Before I watched Slenderman, I watched Crazy Rich Asians two or three weeks ago. I'd give a spoiler-free consumer review, but since you can tell from the trailer that this is basically My Big Fat Greek Wedding mixed with the plot of every single Hallmark Original Channel movie ever, there's really nothing to spoil. You know exactly what the plot of this movie is. They're rich. They're Asian. They're somewhat crazy, although in my opinions pretty calm and rational. But that last part is just my opinion. Just saying, everything that the mother stands for makes sense to me, and she seems exceptionally level-headed. As is most everyone in the movie, with the exception of a few friends.

Okay, so here are the basics on the quality and style of the movie:
  • Its main selling point is that the cast feels fresh and unique and charming. They are all well-acted and all of the characters are very likable. I can't think of a single character that I didn't enjoy. I could hang out with any one of these people.
  • While the characters are good, the story does have that much dramatic tension. You never feel that the stakes are exceptionally high and the central "will they make their relationship work out" question never gets particularly emotionally strenuous.
  • It does not have one of those moments that's almost obligatory in romantic comedies where there's a giant, long, painstaking miscommunication and/or lie that gets incredibly awkward and makes you feel embarrassed for the main character. This is a staple of romantic comedies, and it ducks the trend.
  • It does not dive exceptionally deep into Asian culture. Not just the street-level culture, but even the affluent culture. This isn't a case study in the same way that Pride and Prejudice is. It is primarily a comedy.
  • With that having been said, it still does offer some insight on how Asians differ from Americans, particularly when it comes to family values.
There are some talking points to be made with this movie. I watched it with a Christian friend and we actually had quite a bit to say. There are several people that I would recommend this to, particularly because of the talking point surrounding how much emphasis people put on family cohesiveness versus individualism, and what types of happiness are the most worth pursuing. There are also people like my grandmother who I would re-watch this movie with in a heartbeat, because she loves those Hallmark Channel original movies (for the record, this is produced, directed, written, and acted significantly better than a Hallmark Channel movie, so don't let that comparison turn you off).

While I said that the movie doesn't have much suspense or sense of stakes, I would attribute that to the lack of a contrived misunderstanding. You know, the one that makes you squirm in your seat and watch the movie through your fingers because it's just so embarrassing to watch. That does tend to increase suspense and stakes, but I'd rather have an easygoing movie without that trope. The other reason why suspense wasn't overly present was because, again in defiance of tropes, the guy's Asian family is actually pretty level-headed and reasonable. They have different values, but they're not completely oblivious and without appreciation of Westernization and Modernization. They aren't quite Tevye from Fiddler on the Roof. They are definitely aware that there's a lot that they can work out, just as you have to do with any marriage. I think that it was even played in the movie as "What if they absolutely hate me?" and then it turns out that they're only as suspicious of her as any other potential in-laws would be. The tension does go up a little in the third act, but at no point did I find the family unreasonable. Of course, that's my subjective experience.

On a side note (and I read TMD's blog about this, too), I found it really interesting to hear Chinese and actually recognize what was being said. I'd wager that TMD understood more than me, considering that I just know a few pages out of the phrasebook, but that was certainly an interesting experience and I definitely got personal enjoyment from the movie on those grounds.

Overall assessment: great movie for a date night, or even a casual outing with friends. Opens up some doors for interesting casual discussions, or serious, if you so desire. I do not consider the movie particularly challenging, in the sense that it isn't suspenseful, but I've already had Infinity War, Fallen Kingdom, Skyscraper, and The Incredibles 2, so this is a relaxing change of pace. I can only go on a roller coaster ride before I want to spend some time chilling on the lazy river, which as a little known fact is actually the best ride in the whole water park. That bit of advice was free. Unless you're crazy rich, then please cough up.


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