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2012-12-12 09:05:01 PM

WhippingBoy: I have to agree. I like the aesthetics and concept of steam punk, but I can't take it seriously due to it's over exposure. I have more respect for bronies or furries than I do for people wearing "steampunk" fashions.

Steampunk is a condiment, not a main course.


It's a great idea and has limitless potential, but the people who get involved with it (like in any kind of niche thing) demand that it has to adhere to a narrow list of requirements and then get seriously bent out of shape whenever people question it.

Then there's this:
Follow Nicole Knickerbocker Hawthorn (Nickie Nick) as she discovers her destiny as The Protector, a powerful vampire hunter. Ashe, a dark and mysterious stranger, helps Nickie and her friends solve the mystery behind several bizarre disappearances. Suitable for teens, enjoyed by adults, the story is full of interesting steampunk gadgets, mad scientists, bloodthirsty vampires, and mesmerized zombies. This paranormal adventure is sure to appeal to fans of Boneshaker, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and The Vampire Diaries.

There are people who post in this thread that will consider this fine literature.
 
2012-12-12 09:08:18 PM

SockMonkeyHolocaust: WhippingBoy: I have to agree. I like the aesthetics and concept of steam punk, but I can't take it seriously due to it's over exposure. I have more respect for bronies or furries than I do for people wearing "steampunk" fashions.

Steampunk is a condiment, not a main course.

It's a great idea and has limitless potential, but the people who get involved with it (like in any kind of niche thing) demand that it has to adhere to a narrow list of requirements and then get seriously bent out of shape whenever people question it.

Then there's this:
Follow Nicole Knickerbocker Hawthorn (Nickie Nick) as she discovers her destiny as The Protector, a powerful vampire hunter. Ashe, a dark and mysterious stranger, helps Nickie and her friends solve the mystery behind several bizarre disappearances. Suitable for teens, enjoyed by adults, the story is full of interesting steampunk gadgets, mad scientists, bloodthirsty vampires, and mesmerized zombies. This paranormal adventure is sure to appeal to fans of Boneshaker, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and The Vampire Diaries.

There are people who post in this thread that will consider this fine literature.


My God. That sounds terrible. I didn't realize that it was that easy to be a "writer".
 
2012-12-12 09:21:18 PM

Cyberluddite: Nah, I'm with them on that. I like bacon as much as anybody else, but the complete obsession with it is a little weird. It's not like bacon is anything new, or significantly different from what it's been the last couple hundred years.


I agree, it's played out. Plus putting bacon on/in things that it just sucks in. Proof that it's possible for two great tastes to not taste great together.
 
2012-12-12 09:30:21 PM

Bacontastesgood: Cyberluddite: Nah, I'm with them on that. I like bacon as much as anybody else, but the complete obsession with it is a little weird. It's not like bacon is anything new, or significantly different from what it's been the last couple hundred years.

I agree, it's played out. Plus putting bacon on/in things that it just sucks in. Proof that it's possible for two great tastes to not taste great together.


I like it in club sandwiches, on cheeseburgers, and as a side for breakfast. Yeah, it's tasty, but there's no need to go overboard.
 
2012-12-12 09:36:01 PM

Korzine: Dr. Dre Beats are not $300 headphones, they are a $300 fashion accessory (it's kind of like Bose for young people).

$300 (and higher) head phones would be things like Sennheiser (my preferred brand), Grado (my brothers preferred brand), Audio Techica, Shure, ect. I've never seen such headphones on people in public.


Beyerdynamic?
 
2012-12-12 09:46:07 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: Korzine: Dr. Dre Beats are not $300 headphones, they are a $300 fashion accessory (it's kind of like Bose for young people).

$300 (and higher) head phones would be things like Sennheiser (my preferred brand), Grado (my brothers preferred brand), Audio Techica, Shure, ect. I've never seen such headphones on people in public.

Beyerdynamic?


Sure, why not. It seems that the general consensus is that there are plenty of excellent phones out there at that price range that will be superior to the Beats Audio brand.
 
2012-12-12 09:59:13 PM

SirTanon: You can have my bacon when you pry scrape it from my cold, dead, hands arteries.


Don't worry - won't be long.
 
2012-12-12 10:01:03 PM

UrCa: I was always led to believe swag was "stuff we all get" in reference to the magnets, buttons, stickers and whatnot you got from the stands. When I went to Comiccon a few years back even the people at the badge station were inviting people over to "come get your swag!"


at one time swag was stolen merchandise. it was later used to describe freebie trinkets and goodies. i'll guess some 12 year old skateboarders somewhere now use 'swag' in their own convoluted way, just like young folks are using the word 'sick' to describe what used to be called cool, hip or nifty.

akula i agree with you, Sennheiser makes delicious headphones. one pair i have is over 30 years old and the manufacturer still came up with a fittable foam to replace the dried out crumbling originals. damn fine equipment, very high quality, built to last, studio quality.
 
2012-12-12 10:02:03 PM
Duck lips?
Reality TV shows about drunks, rednecks, etc?

...

Lindsey Lohan?

/Girl's KILLING my deadpool predictions.
 
2012-12-12 10:10:56 PM

tobcc: Skinny Jeans are fine, on hot women


No, no, no. Skinny jeans go in the same category as bangs and Uggs: they make hot women merely good-looking, while causing hordes of good-looking women to attempt imitations that make them seem downright retarded.

If you're going to show leg, wear shorts. This clingy fabric business is not attractive at all.
 
2012-12-12 10:17:50 PM
RE: Bacon

Please note that they item was listed as "talking about bacon". No mention of actually eating it, putting it on everything, using it as a sex-aid, etc., just talking about it. So I happen to approve of that item as it is written being included on the list. Bacon is awesome, but I am sick of hearing about it all the damn time.
 
2012-12-12 10:18:54 PM

Balchinian: No mention of actually eating it, putting it on everything, using it as a sex-aid, etc.,


This is exactly what the article was talking about.
 
2012-12-12 10:40:00 PM
I'm surprised to say that I actually agree fully with every item on the list. With a few caveats and addendums.

A)all the food entries should be condensed into just "foodies". God, you people are destroying America faster than Juggalos. Wooo for glorified, greasy obesity!

B)the Apple entry should really be "all technology fanboys". Yep, people tell me how great their iPhone is a lot, but even worse are the android evangelists that consider themselves farking Geordi LaForge for using an android. You are no more made a tech wizard über mensch by your android that cost just as much as an iPhone than the iPhone guys are hip and cool for having iPhones.

C)Headphones. Yeah, ok, tooling around town with beats around your neck is stupid. But it isn't stupid to want quality sound at home. If you are satisfied with tinny sounding shiatbuds with the dynamic range of your average housefly buzzing, ok, good for you, but when I'm listening to music I am listening to music, not using music as white noise while I do something else. Nothing beats a quality set of cans.
 
2012-12-12 10:41:33 PM

jigger: HeartBurnKid: The word "swag" should only refer to free things you get from conventions and trade shows.

Huh? This is the way I learned the word.

[i31.tinypic.com image 640x480]


That's schwag. This is swag:

www.sitsam.com
 
2012-12-12 10:54:34 PM
Steampunk is awesome. Anything that inspires my 15 year old to design and build expanding wings, exposing her to metal working, design, leather working and some basic mechanics is great with me.
 
2012-12-12 10:55:38 PM
The trend of pop stars calling their fans specific names: Lady GaGa has Little Monsters, Nicki Minaj has Barbies and Kens, Bieber has Beliebers, One Direction has Directioners. Why do we do this annoying thing? Let's just go back to calling people "fans" in 2013.

That's hardly new and hardly limited to pop - see the Deadheads, or Twisted Sister's SMFs, etc.

The problem is that those pop artists have fans - a rose by any other name still has no farking sense of taste.
 
2012-12-12 10:56:34 PM

KrispyKritter: UrCa: I was always led to believe swag was "stuff we all get" in reference to the magnets, buttons, stickers and whatnot you got from the stands. When I went to Comiccon a few years back even the people at the badge station were inviting people over to "come get your swag!"

at one time swag was stolen merchandise. it was later used to describe freebie trinkets and goodies. i'll guess some 12 year old skateboarders somewhere now use 'swag' in their own convoluted way, just like young folks are using the word 'sick' to describe what used to be called cool, hip or nifty.

akula i agree with you, Sennheiser makes delicious headphones. one pair i have is over 30 years old and the manufacturer still came up with a fittable foam to replace the dried out crumbling originals. damn fine equipment, very high quality, built to last, studio quality.


When I hear "swag" I think of pirates. I wasn't aware of other meanings.

Also, I've gone through 2 pairs of HD600s, so they seem to only last about 8 years a pair for me. I'm not saying that's bad, but they certainly don't make them like they did 30+ years ago. I take good care of them, but my first pair eventually lost its low end and my second pair developed a crackle.
 
2012-12-12 11:02:22 PM

WhippingBoy: StoPPeRmobile: Bill Frist: Nerds were never really cool, but at least it used to mean that you liked a certain class of things that other people didn't like (just like being a punk or goth did with other things).

Now every farking person calls themselves a nerd just cause they... like what everyone else likes!


If it takes me a couple of hours to know all you know about a topic, you are not a nerd.

But I have glasses and I'm wearing a "Talk Nerdy to Me" t-shirt!!!


mirthbomb.com
 
2012-12-12 11:18:04 PM

smimmy: Stig2112: AntonChigger: Stig2112: Not giving up my VFFs no matter what other people think. Best running shoe I've ever had.

\heard them called horrendous
\\as I was passing a slower runner in 'normal' running shoes

So your shoes make you faster?

In my case, yes. I could only run for a couple miles before knee pain made me stop. Now I can maintain a faster pace and run for longer without pain.

It forces you to run on the ball of your foot instead of the heels, correct? I tried this in regular shoes and my speed definitely increased, it was a bit like constantly falling forward. It was probably better for my Achilles too since I have tendonitis in both. My calves were sore as hell the next day, though. I don't think I'll be transitioning from normal shoes anytime soon.


Yeah, that's part of it, except that with regular shoes you'll have a tendency to forget that form and fall back on heel striking.

The other thing is that I've found VFF shoes to be even better at rock scrambling than running. Being able to wrap your whole foot and toes around gravelly hills and such is a huge plus when you can feel the wobble of all the rocks beneath your fee and react accordingly.

But hey, I understand that the whole "those things look stupid" aspect. I don't think that anyone who wears them is wearing them as a fashion statement.
 
2012-12-12 11:44:15 PM
Parody Twitter accounts: This year saw a damn "Fired Big Bird" account, a binders full of women account, a Sean Hannity's hair account, and about a thousand others, and yet not a single one produced a single funny thing. Here is a sample tweet from @BindersWoman: "I don't always use binders. But when I do, I like them full of women #bindersfullofwomen." Cool "joke." Since when did political satire become seeing who could race to the computer to register a widely known phrase as a Twitter handle the fastest? Since 2012 is when. Cut this shiat out in 2013.

Clearly, this guy never read Nate Silver 2.0
 
2012-12-12 11:52:22 PM

DontMakeMeComeBackThere: Who the fark is Karmin?

Seriously, never heard of them


They did competent covers, then discovered that getting the singer to rap got them views.

That in itself wasn't bad, but the fact that her lyrics are so damn terrible is.
 
2012-12-13 12:18:21 AM
what 'swag' has always meant to me:

www.ergstore.com
 
2012-12-13 12:22:33 AM

Korzine: Dr. Dre Beats are not $300 headphones, they are a $300 fashion accessory (it's kind of like Bose for young people).

$300 (and higher) head phones would be things like Sennheiser (my preferred brand), Grado (my brothers preferred brand), Audio Techica, Shure, ect. I've never seen such headphones on people in public.


So I've walked around with $200 nice headphones on my head. And then the cord pulls out within 6 months and I spend all sorts of time shipping it back and forth, getting it fixed, and then repeat 6 months later.

/Screw it. I'm just getting headphones with a removable cord, so when the cord breaks, I replace a $10 cord, and not a $200 set of headphones.
 
2012-12-13 12:26:26 AM

spamdog: Count me in for bacon, zombies, steampunk, and gawker site links. My Little Pony could stand to die, too.

As for swag and yolo - I have never actually heard these terms used seriously. I have heard a shiatload of biatching about them though. If you'd just shut up about it, it might go away.


That idea sounds schwe
 
2012-12-13 12:50:55 AM

phlegmmo: Talking about bacon: Man, please, just shut the fark up about bacon.

BLASPHEMY!!!


he's right

also ponyposters, ugh
 
2012-12-13 01:25:33 AM
Gawker was farking dead to me. But now Gawker is farking dead to me.

I've never read such facile childish nonsense on anything but fark comments, where it belongs.
 
2012-12-13 01:37:45 AM

Tr0mBoNe: Bill Frist:
None of that shiat makes you a nerd!!!

Right. My 3D printer, HO scale train layout, handmade mechanical computer and bed shaped like a race car make me a nerd.


I was getting my ass beat for reading comic books before half the people online saying I'm not a nerd for reading them were even born.
 
2012-12-13 02:01:54 AM

Phil Moskowitz: Gawker was farking dead to me. But now Gawker is farking dead to me.

I've never read such facile childish nonsense on anything but fark comments, where it belongs.


Ok you skinny pants wearing, apple loving, beats pimpin, toe shoe steppin, face tattooed, foodie.
 
2012-12-13 03:27:56 AM
1. Ron Paul

Oh, wait.
 
2012-12-13 03:39:09 AM
I agree with most of that, however, I'm going to eat bacon while listening to my headphones.
 
2012-12-13 04:11:40 AM
Never could quite get a handle on that "swag" thing. Sometime before we were born it meant "loot" (e.g., He put the plunder in a swag bag). Then a few years ago David Letterman had a young, self-proclaimed hippie rate various things as "swag" (good) or "dank" (bad). Then I was told it was an acronym for S.tuff W.e A.ll G.et. Then somehow it evolved to mean... what? Style? Urban Dictionary says it's an acronym for "S.ecretly W.e A.re G.ay." Is it just so overused now it's lost all meaning?
 
2012-12-13 04:57:30 AM
Wait, none of our jobs made the list?
 
2012-12-13 05:50:33 AM

maxwellton: Never could quite get a handle on that "swag" thing. Sometime before we were born it meant "loot" (e.g., He put the plunder in a swag bag).


Sometime after we were all born, too - pretty sure the awards ceremonies still have "swag bags" with various gifts the glitterati receive.
 
2012-12-13 05:53:14 AM
Re: Steampunk - Just glue some gears on it.

I don't find Dubstep to be completely objectionable... like everything else it's 90% utter sh*t but occasionally I find a track I like. Then again, I also enjoy some 90's era techno and house which in some ways is very similar.

=Smidge=
/I Also listen to Merzbow occasionally...
 
2012-12-13 06:12:59 AM
Drop-Crotch pants? Oh is that what those pants-hanging-halfway-down-your-ass things are called.

Honestly, those things have been "Fashionable" since what, the mid-nineties? Stop it already!


Yeah I know. But check my Fark handle.
 
2012-12-13 08:23:16 AM

maxwellton: Never could quite get a handle on that "swag" thing. Sometime before we were born it meant "loot" (e.g., He put the plunder in a swag bag). Then a few years ago David Letterman had a young, self-proclaimed hippie rate various things as "swag" (good) or "dank" (bad). Then I was told it was an acronym for S.tuff W.e A.ll G.et. Then somehow it evolved to mean... what? Style? Urban Dictionary says it's an acronym for "S.ecretly W.e A.re G.ay." Is it just so overused now it's lost all meaning?


When it's talking about stuff, it's still basically "loot". When it's talking about people it's short for swagger. Like someone walkin like a BAOSS has swag.

It's still stupid, but it's not like it's some inscrutable mystery as to the origins.
 
2012-12-13 08:25:38 AM
Yolo and swag can die.

Swag was never on my radar til someone posted on FB and picture of a young guy and young girl with the caption the said "you don't need condoms when you got swag."

I wanted to kill everyone on he Internet. Also, "no homo" can disappear too.
 
2012-12-13 08:29:17 AM

Tax Boy: #24 Zombies in everything

/2013 is going to be the year of the mummy


Mummies are just zombies with band-aids.
 
2012-12-13 08:38:40 AM
Half of that list is shiat that only happens on twitter. Who the hell cares what happens on twitter? Why does twitter even exist? When twitter was invented did some guy literally say to himself, "Well lets see between my mobile and land line phones regular mail my personal e-mail account, my work e-mail account, skype, facebook, printed media, RSS feeds, and the internet I just don't seem to have enough information streams I should invent one more."

I honestly wonder how anybody ever responds to people, it would seem that you would spend more time managing your communications then actually communicating.
 
2012-12-13 09:48:47 AM

BigJake: phlegmmo: Talking about bacon: Man, please, just shut the fark up about bacon.

BLASPHEMY!!!

he's right

also ponyposters, ugh


My Little Pony... man, that's my number one thing that needs to die in 2013. Yes, yes, I get it, you like ponies. Does it have to be farking everywhere?
 
2012-12-13 09:53:20 AM

HeartBurnKid: My Little Pony... man, that's my number one thing that needs to die in 2013. Yes, yes, I get it, you like ponies. Does it have to be farking everywhere?


I immediately ignore anyone who posts them. Ironic, emphatic, actually-a-9-year-old-girl, I don't care, you're ignored farker.
 
2012-12-13 11:14:59 AM
How about clothes (especially hats) with the stickers and tags still attached. Are you really trying to emulate Minnie Pearl?

And remote car locks attached to the frakking horn. Your whole neighborhood doesn't need to know you unlocked your car at 5 am.
 
2012-12-13 11:27:45 AM

Old enough to know better: Drop-Crotch pants? Oh is that what those pants-hanging-halfway-down-your-ass things are called.

Honestly, those things have been "Fashionable" since what, the mid-nineties? Stop it already!


Yeah I know. But check my Fark handle.


No - those were normal pants worn really low. These are pants worn at the waist, with a huge low crotch.
 
2012-12-13 11:33:18 AM

scottydoesntknow: Uncle Tractor: Tax Boy: #24 Zombies in everything

/2013 is going to be the year of the mummy

Yeah. Enough zombies, and that includes mummies.

(mummy = TP'd zombie)

Mummies? Those haven't been relevant since Brendan Fraser was relevant.


So, never then?

Also, the zombie thing is all George Carlin's fault.
 
2012-12-13 12:43:47 PM
Re: Swag conversation

I believe "swag" in this case is shorthand for "swagger."
 
2012-12-13 12:55:25 PM
"Pretending that being a nerd is a bad thing anymore: It's no longer self-deprecating to call yourself a "nerd"-"I'm reading 'Game of Thrones.' SO NERDY!"-so stop pretending that it is. Nerds started Apple and Facebook and everything else people obsess over nowadays, and comic book movies are consistent blockbusters at theaters. Nerds are the most powerful people in the world now. Nerds are the new jocks."

That's why people call themselves nerds - because it isn't a bad thing anymore. That is why people joke about how nerdy they are and don't joke about how much of a pedophile they are.
You suck, Gawker
 
2012-12-13 01:02:23 PM

skullkrusher: "Pretending that being a nerd is a bad thing anymore: It's no longer self-deprecating to call yourself a "nerd"-"I'm reading 'Game of Thrones.' SO NERDY!"-so stop pretending that it is. Nerds started Apple and Facebook and everything else people obsess over nowadays, and comic book movies are consistent blockbusters at theaters. Nerds are the most powerful people in the world now. Nerds are the new jocks."

That's why people call themselves nerds - because it isn't a bad thing anymore. That is why people joke about how nerdy they are and don't joke about how much of a pedophile they are.
You suck, Gawker


When being nerdy got you picked on and beat up.

/my lawn, etc
 
2012-12-13 01:08:12 PM

ErikShocker: Re: Swag conversation

I believe "swag" in this case is shorthand for "swagger."


I always read it as shorthand for "posturing dumbass", but that might be my personal biases.
 
2012-12-13 01:13:53 PM
FTFAThe next time you're about to talk a whole lot about some food you ate a while ago, be aware that you're talking about something that is literally shiat now. Never have so many people been so obsessed with something that starts becoming literal shiat the moment it passes your lips.

Great line
 
kab
2012-12-13 01:32:14 PM

skullkrusher: That's why people call themselves nerds - because it isn't a bad thing anymore. That is why people joke about how nerdy they are and don't joke about how much of a pedophile they are.


No, those people are calling themselves nerds when they have no real reason to, because all those hobbies etc are fairly mainstream.

There's still plenty of room to be an actual 'nerd' in this society, and plenty of folks who will view it as a bad thing.
 
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