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I can't remember whose joke "Garth Vader" is. I heard it in college in the late 90s.

"C'mon over to the Dark Side, Luke, it'll be a hoot!"

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New episode of Shattered Soulstone is up! Episode 308 is called "Diablo III Anniversary". I talked about Diablo III, Diablo Immortal, and stuff from the Diablo Community. Also talked about getting my first COVID shot.

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image description: A large crystal is shattering into smaller pieces. Above it are the words "Shattered Soulstone".

Stegasaugraphy is the art of hiding messages in dinosaurs

Figured out as soon as I started typing the question: it was Adventure Time that described the smell of a fresh spool of CD-ROMs as "electric lettuce".

"White says when Lancelot was in a joust in disguise he'd purposely ride poorly, showing sun at his seat, until just before impact when he'd bear down properly; and the audience - and, most likely, the unfortunate opponent - would go, 'Ah, Lancelot!' at the last moment. One of my earliest memories is of my father or someone from his family saying of Jack Benny's violin playing, 'You have to be good to be that bad.'"

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Any #ProceduralGeneration history nerds on here? In 1995 I tried college. It didn't work. But in the UMR bookstore I saw a textbook on procedural generation of cities that blew my little mind. I sadly didn't get it (I couldn't splurge textbooks at the time), and now I can't find it. I've tried several times, but no luck.

I know there are other ones out now. Maybe they're better. But I wanna know what the standard textbook for that topic was in 1995.

Anyone happen to know?

Anyway, I mention this because in some of the text that accompanies the comics, Paul uses "redact" in a way I'm not sure I'd run across before - I know it primarily in its "to censor, to black out or remove parts of a document while releasing the remainder" meaning. But sure enough, "to reduce to form, as literary matter; to digest and put in shape (matter for publication); to edit" is right there as definition 3, and "to gather or organize works or ideas into a unified whole; to collect, order, or write in a written document or to put into a particular written form" is, though obsolete, still listed. (And of course those definitions fit what he's talking about - the gathering of the Arthuriana stories into a coherent whole!) So thanks, Paul, for teaching me a new meaning for a familiar word!

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I've been re-reading Arthur, King of Time and Space (it is excellent and, sadly, ended before its time - for extremely good reason, and its creator went to lengths to wrap the story up instead of just bailing on it). Paul Gadzikowski is a good man and a good storyteller, and his versions of these characters have forever colored (ha!) how I think of Arthuriana. If you haven't read it, I think you ought to: arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/

Vampire time over. I can finally get some damn lunch.

(And this is a real technique used by people who stutter, don't get me wrong - for whatever reason, and apparently the mechanism isn't clear, changing to a different word or phrase helps the brain get past the stutter. The joke is that the different word or phrase Porky chooses is almost always considered harder to say than what he intended to say in the first place.)

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It seems absurd to have a life-changing discovery about a cartoon character, but finding out that part of the joke behind Porky Pig's stutter was that he almost always substituted a more complicated word or phrase for what he was trying to say changed my understanding of him completely. The most prominent example is "That's all, folks!" at the end of Merrie Melodies cartoons - for a long time I heard it the stutter as a collection of "b" and "d" sounds, and it seems like a lot of people do because that's what they say when they try to imitate him, but it's actually a stutter on "th"; he's trying to say "the end", and gets past the stutter by changing it to "that's all, folks".

"Gentlemen, when I started Reynholm Industries, I had only two things: a dream, and six million pounds."

Also, today I learned that Lake Michigan has reefs where lake trout spawn, which I'd like to see myself!

Also also, a climate-controlled vehicle underwater is about as far as you can get from pollen, which I know appeals to several people who can read this. ;)

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I've always liked the idea of vehicles that take you where humans don't usually go. I've long wanted to be a pilot; I know I'll never be an astronaut, but having and learning to pilot a submersible is the next best thing without leaving Earth.

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Idly playing the "what if I won the lottery" game. This time I'm poking at private submersibles, imagining taking family and friends on underwater tours of Lake Michigan.

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donation post :boost_ok:​ 

a friend of a friend is having a really bad time of it right about now: gofund.me/2d8bcd95
if you've got a few bucks to send their way it would be greatly appreciated <3

I wrote half a post about how I was tired of being expected to be on edge every time I post and think about all the ways I could be attacked for what I said, instead of being able to just be comfortable and earnest and have people treat me like a human being.

I deleted it because I immediately started imagining the nastygrams I might get in response, and how bad I'd feel about having to deal with them.

It was only a few minutes later that I realized the irony.

Anyway, I abandoned a community I'd been part of for a decade because I finally realized that I just don't want to spend my time around people who think "abrasive asshole" and "tedious and deliberately obtuse" are character traits to be celebrated.

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