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Maphen




Social worker by day and chef by night, but my real passion is music. Whether it be playing or listening, it competes only with my family for the majority of my time. And I love it all! I may mention Busta Rhymes in one thread and Nick Cave in the other, or brag about my new Heatmiser tapes and Hildegard Of Bingen comp in the next; chances are, if it's music, I'm already in love!

Be sure to check out my review series The Fair Shake, where I take some of the most universally criticized and ravaged albums of all time, and rate them based on how entertaining they are, rather than musical quality. See an album you love on there? Don't be mad! Chances are it got a good review.


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Whoa, it's been a long long time since I was here, ha! After having a kid I kind of curtailed a lot of online time, and even worse my work's online restrictions got a LOT tighter.

But hey, we could definitely use some company! When you have a kid at our age, friends don't come easy. My wife grew up in Louisville so she knows her way pretty well, and I've picked up a fair bit these last 4 years. Send me an email at ssigritz@gmail.com and we can figure something out! And don't worry, finances aren't amazing for us either, so it'll never really be extravagant!

Maphen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Welcome to Night Vale

It was great! Robert Altman's last film before he died, it stars Meryl Streep, Maya Rudolph, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson, John C Reilly, and a surprisingly incredible Lindsay Lohan. Garrison Keller also plays himself!

It's not much of a central plot, but the film follows the "last show" of Prairie Home Companion before the theatre is bought and demolished. The Angel Of Death visits and affects the characters in different ways, and Tommy Lee Jones plays the bitter but understanding man who bought the theatre.

Seriously though, watch it. Ebert has a great essay for his Great Movies series, too.

I grew up in Vandalia and left to go to school in Louisville, visits to Dayton and my old high school are just sad now.

Maphen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Welcome to Night Vale

Aww damn, that's in my top 10 movies of all time.

Agreed completely, I'm rarely political and don't usually like to go the "rah! all corporations are evil!" route, but it really is unsettling here that the civil rights of a corporation were held up over those of women in general. This shows us that over half the SCOTUS views women less as people than the corporations that employ them.

> I shouldn't have to hire Lutherans. I was raised Catholic

Well in all fairness, Lutheranism is basically diet Catholic.

But otherwise I agree absolutely, I know the actual facts behind what BC stuff Hobby Lobby didn't want to support wasn't as big a deal, it's the implication of the decision that's absolutely terrifying.

Welp, Kentucky and Ohio both getting the shaft. But I can't say I'm surprised. A lot of my friends and family are teachers, and it's crazy how much the public schools are getting slashed in both states, but especially Ohio.

I left Reddit to avoid this level of bitchy condescension and semantic bullshit. Don't respond to me.

That's a mighty large assumption of me based on a little comment in a little website. I can appreciate Cohen's poetry as well as any other poet, and I can consider him a great even if he doesn't hold a candle to ee cummings or Frost.

Don't use my appreciation of Cohen as a means to condescend, you're assuming the entire breadth of my knowledge and appreciation of poetry based on a throwaway comment.

Mainly welfare programs, culture, English prominence, and aesthetics. We looked into Scandinavian countries too but they're so hard to get into from the US.

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I sat my wife down to read it telling her that it was the funniest thing. Of course I know she HATES puns. So 2 hours later she finishes and just gets so mad. From the other room I hear, "Are you fucking kidding me?" and I laughed all night. I still tease her with the punchline.

And yeah, it's great that this long, deep, philosophical story ends with the greatest anticlimax ever.

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