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user-inactivated  ·  161 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 11, 2018

A short survey for Hubskiers

1) How many books do you have within arms reach at this exact moment? (You can lean over to grab it, but you can't leave your seat)

2) If you could choose an animal familiar, what would it be?

3) True or False - Rocky IV is the quintessential American Cold War Film.

Life

There's a lot going on right now and I feel pretty overwhelmed. I have a job offer that I may or may not take. I'm still trying to figure out how to swing going to college this fall. I've made some new friends recently, one of which is a really cool person who is so much like me in a lot of ways it's pretty amazing and I've also reconnected with some friends I literally haven't seen for months. They're the kind of friends where everyone says "We need to have dinner soon!" and everyone says it with earnesty and enthusiasm, which is amazing.

Spring is finally here and with it comes the sense that literally anything in life is possible. Every year around this time I tell myself "THIS IS GONNA BE MY YEAR" and every year it ends up not being my year, at least not in the way I expect. But whenever I look back, for all the ways I feel like I came up short, I can name just as many ways I grew. I feel genuinely lucky that I'm able to recognize that, because it keeps me going. So once again, I can feel it. This is gonna be my year.




b_b  ·  161 days ago  ·  link  ·  

All the movies listed so far are 80s cold war movies (Red October was probably early 90s, but still). The actual correct answer is Dr. Strangelove. It is basically a perfect movie on more levels than I can name.

thenewgreen  ·  161 days ago  ·  link  ·  
b_b  ·  160 days ago  ·  link  ·  

It's not a contest for most quintessential Hubski post!

On a serious note, the reason I prefer war games and strangelove (in principle) is that they're not about a war or invasion per se. There about what happens when we try to remove the human element from the most human activity (politics), and instead let the dispassionate machine decide who dies and when. They do this of course without regard for the fact that it's humans who are driven by fear, prejudice, paranoia, and hatred who are programming the machines. They're stories about how the internal politics of fear will destroy us. To me that's an important story that transcends the cold war. Plus Matthew Broderick.

thenewgreen  ·  160 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    It's not a contest for most quintessential Hubski post!
No, because if it were it would be this post: ...... (just spent 10 minutes searching for the post where you say you'll never get married) Dammit! Couldn't find it.
kleinbl00  ·  160 days ago  ·  link  ·  

They're all prisms through which the Cold War can be viewed. My love for War Games also knows no bounds:

I could probably make the argument that Red Scorpion is as worthy of the title as Red Dawn. After all, it's Dolph Lundgren pretending to be Russian again, in Apartheid South Africa pretending to be Afghanistan, produced and with screenplay by Jack-i-shit-you-not-Abramoff. However, considering this statement:

    On a serious note, the reason I prefer war games and strangelove (in principle) is that they're not about a war or invasion per se. There about what happens when we try to remove the human element from the most human activity (politics), and instead let the dispassionate machine decide who dies and when.

Why not Failsafe?

b_b  ·  159 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Because I haven't seen it :(

kleinbl00  ·  159 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Oh.

Dude.

It's Strangelove without the madcap humor. Henry Fonda and Walter Matthau.

Strangelove is about the insanity of MAD. Wargames is about our excess trust in technology (which is saved by our childlike insistance that computers are people) Failsafe is about a process we no longer control.

steve  ·  161 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I think it's hilarious that you, me and cgod all chimed in with the same title... and you and I even linked the same kb post. Ha. Hubski mind meld = complete

nowaypablo  ·  161 days ago  ·  link  ·  

1) 13 including textbooks, 4 excluding. Tight living quarters, also swivel chair. Kavalier&Clay, Team of Rivals, Fear & Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72, and The Hare with Amber Eyes.

2) The exotic Asleepicus Takeanapien

3) False

user-inactivated  ·  161 days ago  ·  link  ·  

1. A coloring book. I'm working on a picture of some giraffes with my daughter. They are psychedelic giraffes with various color schemes.

2. I hate pets in my games. One of the players in our table top game is playing an awakened dog ranger, he is doing a good job so far.

3. False, it's Red Dawn.

flac  ·  160 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Still plenty of time for me to die and come back as a gnome with a menagerie of very annoying familiars...

steve  ·  161 days ago  ·  link  ·  

1 - one. my journal/sketchbook/notebook

2 - none. I like being human

3 - one of a few. what about Red Dawn?

b_b  ·  161 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I'm partial to war games.

francopoli  ·  161 days ago  ·  link  ·  

1. My PC is in an 8x10 room with the walls lined with bookshelves. Being generous with my reach, I could swing around and touch some 300+ books.

2. Wolfdog or a mountain lion.

3. I've not seen the Rocky movies, or if I have I do not recall them. And we all know that War Games is the best Cold War movie.

keifermiller  ·  154 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I spent a week thinking about this.

2) A giant squid. We'd drift around the tropics.

thenewgreen  ·  161 days ago  ·  link  ·  

1. 0 (laying in our guest room bed)

2. Crow

3. NO WAY!

b_b  ·  161 days ago  ·  link  ·  
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WanderingEng  ·  161 days ago  ·  link  ·  

1. Four, the four books doubling as monitor stands. They're all textbooks or reference books. I'm at work, and if I cheat and don't get up but do roll my chair there are two more, including a fantastic power system reference from 1953. It's still applicable today.

2. A sandhill crane.

3. False. It's Hunt for Red October.

Devac  ·  161 days ago  ·  link  ·  

1) Six, eleven if counting textbooks.

2) Tortoise, because I could really use that sweet, sweet +2 to Fortitude Save it provides.

3) No idea, but I'm willing to bet that it loses the Cool War against Kung Fury.

And I sincerely hope it's going to be your year, dude!

FirebrandRoaring  ·  161 days ago  ·  link  ·  
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