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General Discussion / Re: NYT Spelling Bee
« Last post by ciao_yall on September 26, 2022, 06:29:49 AM »
QBwH for teacake even though I got teakettle on my own. Gah.

LB ambhibious-scrod but earlier I got umbraphobic-cads which should have taken but did not. Oh well.

Happy solving!
General Discussion / Re: Deciding Something is a Hate Crime
« Last post by marshwiggle on September 26, 2022, 06:19:19 AM »
I can see why Charlottesville would be particularly sensitive to this issue. They know from the events of several years ago that there is a lot of hate to go around, even if lots of it comes from the outside. If they just find a noose, and have no other evidence (handwriting, testimony of people who saw someone there, potentially video) I agree that the entire thing will probably have to be dropped. But if they have a trail to somewhere, then they have to see where that goes. Maybe its a hate crime, maybe its vandalism, maybe its a hoax. but as someone else said, the highly suggestive symbolism of nooses, especially in that region is not lost on anybody. Therefore, they start with hate crime. If nobody ever gets charged or convicted, then it goes away. I don't understand exactly why this is controversial.

These 2 statements together are the problem. If it gets assumed to be a hate crime, and no-one is ever proven to be responsible, then it never goes away because it will remain categorized as a hate crime.
General Discussion / Re: NYT Spelling Bee
« Last post by cathwen on September 26, 2022, 06:06:53 AM »
Good morning!

QBABM yesterday (last word latke), and Alpha this morning with two short words to go.  I am now stuck, so I hope that the words come to me later.

LB:  I finally found umbra-aphrodisiac.  I found a 2fer today also.

Happy puzzling!
General Discussion / Re: NYT Spelling Bee
« Last post by Langue_doc on September 26, 2022, 05:46:43 AM »
Good morning!

Pangram and well above genius so far. QB yesterday--remembered the oddball words from previous puzzles.

Happy solving!
General Discussion / Re: Post your asides here
« Last post by mahagonny on September 26, 2022, 03:55:45 AM »
We don't always agree, but thank you for your time and for taking the question seriously, fellow forumite.
General Discussion / Re: the "things you wish you could say" thread
« Last post by fishbrains on September 26, 2022, 03:36:46 AM »
I now fully dedicate myself to appropriately employing the phrase "creep into my gluteal cleft" at least three times this week.
General Discussion / Re: The Venting Thread
« Last post by sinenomine on September 26, 2022, 02:53:34 AM »
I was jolted out of bed at 2:00 this morning when a smoke/CO detector at the house where I’m caretaking decided it needed new batteries. It has two modes — silent and blaring — and if you just pull out the batteries, it screams “BATTERIES!” I put in new ones, but then couldn’t get back to sleep, knowing that the alarm was set for 4:00. I have a full day of classes and meetings ahead of me, and I’m sure I’ll be staggering around like a zombie. Grrr.
General Discussion / Re: Movie Thread
« Last post by mamselle on September 26, 2022, 12:55:45 AM »
I am so looking forward to "Catherine, Called Birdy." It looks like a rousing, well-written adventure, and the presence of the inimitable, scene-stealing Andrew Scott doesn't hurt. Out in theatres Sept. 23 as of Sept. 23, coming to Amazon Prime on October 7.


I found a re-re-read this book a dozen times over the years. It's beautifully done; hope the film bears that out!

General Discussion / Re: the "things you wish you could say" thread
« Last post by ergative on September 25, 2022, 11:45:08 PM »
Why why why why why would anyone ever decide to scent toilet paper!? Scented feminine hygiene products were horrible enough a discovery, but at least I can sort of understand why, once you squint past the misogyny. But toilet paper? It's a one-use item! The moment it 'needs' scent is the moment you discard it! All it does in the meantime is stink up my bathroom with its chemical horribleness.

I'm so sick of having to be alert for godawful marketing decisions when I just want to buy some totally normal product. I'm so sick of bringing home something totally basic, like cream cheese or soy sauce, and discovering that it's New!Light!Formula or Fancy!Sodium!Free. But I accept that people watch their diets. I read the labels. I am careful.

I do not accept that some people 'need'??? scented toilet paper. Good grief, folks--if your bathroom stinks that badly, then  spray some febreeze or use a dedicated product that I already know not to buy. Don't make your gross habits creep into my gluteal cleft when I'm not looking.
General Discussion / Re: Movie Thread
« Last post by Sun_Worshiper on September 25, 2022, 09:43:04 PM »

Baz Luhrmann's biopic, focusing on the exploitation of "the King" by his longtime manager, Colonel Tom Parker. On the up side, the actor who plays Elvis is wonderful, the movie showcases Elvis' brilliance well, and it is very engaging by the end. In terms of critiques, it takes a while to get going and Tom Hanks turns in a very odd performance that is, let's just say, not his best. These issues notwithstanding, I think this movie got Elvis right and I quite enjoyed it. I also think it handled the racial dimension of Elvis' story very well, without stopping to give the audience a lecture.

Grade: A-

Everything, Everywhere All at Once

Action comedy about a family that faces animosity towards one another and financial ruin. I could try to explain the plot further, but it is really better to go in knowing as little as possible. What I will say is that this movie is very much in the Being John Malkovich vein. It is also very funny at times. On the critical side, it is convoluted and perhaps a bit too clever for its own good. But overall it is a lot of fun.

Grade: B+

The Black Phone

Horror movie about a kid who is kidnapped and imprisoned in Ethan Hawk's basement, and has to find his way out, with help from earlier kidnapping victims that call him on the titular black phone. This is a pretty effective horror film and it also has a lot to say about victims and abuse (it is not subtle in its commentary). The performances are also quite good, with Hawk being downright terrifying at times.

Grade: A-

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