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2013-03-08 11:27:08 AM

Prank Monkey: We all like to think of ourselves as Stu but we're really a bunch of Harolds. Only fat. Especially on Fark.


Actually, I think FARK breaks down like this:

40% Harold Lauder
10% Trashcan Man
10% Tom Cullen
10% Julie Lawry
10% Fran Goldsmith
10% Ralph Brentner / Susan Stern
5% Nadine Cross
2% Judge Farris
2% Glen Bateman
1% The Rat Man
1% Nick Andros / Stu Redman
0.9% Lloyd Henried

0.1%
           upload.wikimedia.org


/Despite what you may be thinking, I'm more like Glen than Flagg.
//But I have my off days.
 
2013-03-08 11:27:10 AM

mrmyxolodian: Natsumi: Ok. I am currently rereading The Stand...
/weird

I don't know why, but that was one of the most enjoyable reads of my life.
/currently working my way through the Dark Tower series.


Ah the Dark tower. Enjoy that.
 
2013-03-08 11:30:24 AM

ItsJustJake: CeroX: Hrm... I was hoping more for a Takisian virus when i read Captain Trips... oh well... time to build that biological fallout bunker i've always wanted

I can't die yet. I haven't seen the Al Jolson Story.


Just sayin'...George RR Martin co- wrote & edited that series...HBO, you listening?
 
2013-03-08 11:32:16 AM

ZeroCorpse: Prank Monkey: We all like to think of ourselves as Stu but we're really a bunch of Harolds. Only fat. Especially on Fark.

Actually, I think FARK breaks down like this:...


Oh, and Harold IS fat in the book.
 
2013-03-08 11:34:54 AM

Natsumi: mrmyxolodian: Natsumi: Ok. I am currently rereading The Stand...
/weird

I don't know why, but that was one of the most enjoyable reads of my life.
/currently working my way through the Dark Tower series.

Ah the Dark tower. Enjoy that.


It was better before he rewrote the first few to match the last few.
 
2013-03-08 11:40:04 AM
*cough*


*cough, cough*
 
2013-03-08 11:40:56 AM
Flagg:
upload.wikimedia.org

Black Flagg:
www.stuartwilde.com

/Thanks, Obama
 
2013-03-08 11:42:42 AM

Nytfall: Natsumi: mrmyxolodian: Natsumi: Ok. I am currently rereading The Stand...
/weird

I don't know why, but that was one of the most enjoyable reads of my life.
/currently working my way through the Dark Tower series.

Ah the Dark tower. Enjoy that.

It was better before he rewrote the first few to match the last few.


I'm in the middle of the Wizard and the Glass right now, with the extended flashback about Roland as a young gunslinger...kind of getting tired of it. I'll keep reading, don't get me wrong, but I'm really hoping something happens pretty soon.
 
2013-03-08 11:43:49 AM

nmemkha: Flagg:
[upload.wikimedia.org image 220x191]

Black Flagg:
[www.stuartwilde.com image 400x347]

/Thanks, Obama


Did Obama...did Obama just grope me? Not like there's anything wrong with me.
 
2013-03-08 11:53:10 AM

ZeroCorpse: Prank Monkey: We all like to think of ourselves as Stu but we're really a bunch of Harolds. Only fat. Especially on Fark.

Actually, I think FARK breaks down like this:

40% Harold Lauder
10% Trashcan Man
10% Tom Cullen
10% Julie Lawry
10% Fran Goldsmith
10% Ralph Brentner / Susan Stern
5% Nadine Cross
2% Judge Farris
2% Glen Bateman
1% The Rat Man
1% Nick Andros / Stu Redman
0.9% Lloyd Henried

0.1%
           [upload.wikimedia.org image 220x191]


/Despite what you may be thinking, I'm more like Glen than Flagg.
//But I have my off days.


List fails without "The Kid" you know he's on here, probably in the politics section.
 
2013-03-08 11:53:34 AM

durbnpoisn: Electromax: Echoing love for The Stand.

I feel like the next big epidemic on a global scale is a "when", not an "if", and I really wonder whether it will be something that naturally emerges or something like the book where there's a critical human error/something we wrought on ourselves.

/Just wait until 2080 or so to start, please

Considering that humans are making a number of striking mistakes with this sort of thing, I think it's more likely than many people think that we will bring it upon ourselves.  And here are a few of the mistakes:

1.  Overuse of antibiotics.  Bacteria can pass information to other bacteria.  As such, the more we us antibiotics, the more likely it is that more bacteria will become resistant.
2.  We move around a lot in atmospheres that are contained and circulated (air travel).  This makes it really easy for both viruses and bacteria to spread - in multiple places.
3.  We overuse things like sanitizers.  This may sound backwards.  But the thing is, if we try to kill all of the pathogens that try to get to us, we don't allow our bodies to build a natural immunity to them.
4.  We have scientists actually working to make viruses even more deadly than they already can be - thus the premise for The Stand.  That part wasn't entirely fictional.

That's just for a start.  If an asteroid or supervolcano doesn't wipe us out, the microbes probably could.
Short of the planet splitting in half, bacteria will be here when the sun explodes.  Hell, even then, a great number of bacteria will STILL be here.


The original Yuppy disease was similar.  In the 15-17th centuries, isolation of the spawn of kings, for grooming purposes, found some hilarious results when they would be re-introduced into society with nary an immune system.  "Begging the Regal's pardon, but I seem to have laden you with the grippe"  and that would be the end of that heir in a few weeks.  I believe this may have been the origin of Schadenfreude as well.
 
2013-03-08 11:53:50 AM
www.landsharkspizzacompany.com

What a plague upon the earth might look like
 
2013-03-08 11:58:31 AM

give me doughnuts: MyKingdomForYourHorse: I'm more worried about the current super bacteria running its way through our health centers right now


Which one? There are a number of multiply resistant bugs making the rounds.


They are called C.R.E.'s and have a 50% mortality rate. Be afraid. Be VERY afraid.
 
2013-03-08 12:25:55 PM

mrmyxolodian: Nytfall: Natsumi: mrmyxolodian: Natsumi: Ok. I am currently rereading The Stand...
/weird

I don't know why, but that was one of the most enjoyable reads of my life.
/currently working my way through the Dark Tower series.

Ah the Dark tower. Enjoy that.

It was better before he rewrote the first few to match the last few.

I'm in the middle of the Wizard and the Glass right now, with the extended flashback about Roland as a young gunslinger...kind of getting tired of it. I'll keep reading, don't get me wrong, but I'm really hoping something happens pretty soon.


Not to discourage you.  But that's how I felt for the rest of the 2000+ pages ahead of you.  Not saying that it's not worth it.  Just that its... tedious.
 
2013-03-08 12:31:22 PM

Smeggy Smurf: [www.landsharkspizzacompany.com image 500x396]

What a plague upon the earth might look like


They sure have funny looking Budweiser bottles down there.
 
2013-03-08 12:38:43 PM

id10ts: Survivors was damned good.  Like so many other shows I really like, they're gone in a season or two.


There is a facebook drive to get the BBC to sell it to a U.S. television company so they can make season 3.  For some reason the BBC doesn't want to.  I thought that series was excellent.
 
2013-03-08 12:43:55 PM
If the WHO/CDC have already identified it and are tracking it, we'll probably be okay. One of the reasons I suspect SARS wasn't too bad (media fearmongering aside), is that the CDC saw a threat, brought their tools to bear, and contained it before it could actually become a pandemic.
 
2013-03-08 12:46:50 PM

GhettoWinter: mrmyxolodian: Nytfall: Natsumi: mrmyxolodian: Natsumi: Ok. I am currently rereading The Stand...
/weird

I don't know why, but that was one of the most enjoyable reads of my life.
/currently working my way through the Dark Tower series.

Ah the Dark tower. Enjoy that.

It was better before he rewrote the first few to match the last few.

I'm in the middle of the Wizard and the Glass right now, with the extended flashback about Roland as a young gunslinger...kind of getting tired of it. I'll keep reading, don't get me wrong, but I'm really hoping something happens pretty soon.

Not to discourage you.  But that's how I felt for the rest of the 2000+ pages ahead of you.  Not saying that it's not worth it.  Just that its... tedious.


I'm ok with them walking toward the Dark Tower doing what ever they do without much happening. But this whole flashback stuff is just ridiculous.

Also, do I read them in the order they were written or do I read the Wind Through the Keyhole next?
 
2013-03-08 12:53:40 PM
Virii and bacteria are the Earth's "antibodies" against its human infestation.
 
2013-03-08 12:55:19 PM

HAMMERTOE: Virii and bacteria are the Earth's "antibodies" against its human infestation.


Really? They've got really, really shiatty IFF, then, given that viruses and bacteria can also harm and kill animals, and even plants.

Man. Earth must suck at this.
 
2013-03-08 01:02:25 PM

Felgraf: If the WHO/CDC have already identified it and are tracking it, we'll probably be okay. One of the reasons I suspect SARS wasn't too bad (media fearmongering aside), is that the CDC saw a threat, brought their tools to bear, and contained it before it could actually become a pandemic.


But if there is no news, what else can we do?
 
2013-03-08 01:16:58 PM

Felgraf: HAMMERTOE: Virii and bacteria are the Earth's "antibodies" against its human infestation.

Really? They've got really, really shiatty IFF, then, given that viruses and bacteria can also harm and kill animals, and even plants.

Man. Earth must suck at this.


That's Earth's autoimmune disease.
 
2013-03-08 01:59:45 PM
Reading the article my first thought was, "It couldn't happen in a nicer place".
 
2013-03-08 02:30:47 PM

mrmyxolodian: GhettoWinter: mrmyxolodian: Nytfall: Natsumi: mrmyxolodian: Natsumi: Ok. I am currently rereading The Stand...
/weird

I don't know why, but that was one of the most enjoyable reads of my life.
/currently working my way through the Dark Tower series.

Ah the Dark tower. Enjoy that.

It was better before he rewrote the first few to match the last few.

I'm in the middle of the Wizard and the Glass right now, with the extended flashback about Roland as a young gunslinger...kind of getting tired of it. I'll keep reading, don't get me wrong, but I'm really hoping something happens pretty soon.

Not to discourage you.  But that's how I felt for the rest of the 2000+ pages ahead of you.  Not saying that it's not worth it.  Just that its... tedious.

I'm ok with them walking toward the Dark Tower doing what ever they do without much happening. But this whole flashback stuff is just ridiculous.

Also, do I read them in the order they were written or do I read the Wind Through the Keyhole next?


Wow, I hadn't even heard of that.  I'd stick to the order they were written. Wizard and Glass is pretty much entirely set in the past right? Anyway, the series is worth the slog for a couple reasons i can't mention without getting all spoiler-y.
 
2013-03-08 02:46:05 PM
Read WTtK next, that's its order in the series.
 
2013-03-08 02:46:25 PM
I'll see your "The Stand" and raise you:

www.arrakis.co.uk
 
2013-03-08 02:47:41 PM
But be prepared, it advances the story even less than W&G.  It's short, though, and a good read.
 
2013-03-08 03:35:04 PM

GhettoWinter: mrmyxolodian: GhettoWinter: mrmyxolodian: Nytfall: Natsumi: mrmyxolodian: Natsumi: Ok. I am currently rereading The Stand...
/weird

I don't know why, but that was one of the most enjoyable reads of my life.
/currently working my way through the Dark Tower series.

Ah the Dark tower. Enjoy that.

It was better before he rewrote the first few to match the last few.

I'm in the middle of the Wizard and the Glass right now, with the extended flashback about Roland as a young gunslinger...kind of getting tired of it. I'll keep reading, don't get me wrong, but I'm really hoping something happens pretty soon.

Not to discourage you.  But that's how I felt for the rest of the 2000+ pages ahead of you.  Not saying that it's not worth it.  Just that its... tedious.

I'm ok with them walking toward the Dark Tower doing what ever they do without much happening. But this whole flashback stuff is just ridiculous.

Also, do I read them in the order they were written or do I read the Wind Through the Keyhole next?

Wow, I hadn't even heard of that.  I'd stick to the order they were written. Wizard and Glass is pretty much entirely set in the past right? Anyway, the series is worth the slog for a couple reasons i can't mention without getting all spoiler-y.


Just bought Wind Through the Keyhole.  I am the anomaly but I enjoyed all the Dark Tower series.  I also really got a kick out of looking for the connections in other books.

Keep slogging through Wizard and Glass.  Many people consider this book their favorite in the series.  If nothing else it provides information you need for the rest of the story.
 
2013-03-08 03:37:05 PM
And here I thought this was a reference to the "Wild Cards" series character Captain Trips.  Damn!
 
2013-03-08 03:39:34 PM

tinfoil-hat maggie: durbnpoisn: Speaking of "The Stand"...  It is indeed one of my favorites by King.  Read it twice.  The first time I read it, I was listening to the EMF album with "Unbelievable" on it, on repeat, the entire time.  Weird soundtrack for that book, but oddly, it worked.

I still can't hear that single without getting visions of that book in my head.

//Yes, I see the stories I read.
//If you can't, you're doing it wrong.

I do that, I play books in my head while I'm reading them like they were movies.
/Cool : )


I always thought everyone could do this. I've always done it. When I was teaching my 3-year-old to read, I told her that soon she would be reading fast enough so that she'd "see" books this way. Turns out that she'd been angry with me for years, as she told me later, because this *never* happened for her. Her dad can't do it either. They both have ADHD and apparently their brains just don't work that way. They both love to read anyway, and the kid loves to write, too, but they never get the "movie" experience, sadly. They both have to re-read books over and over to fully "get" them, but they enjoy doing that, so....

/cannot count how many times hubby has read the Dune series
 
2013-03-08 03:44:39 PM
<i> durbnpoisn: Speaking of "The Stand"...  It is indeed one of my favorites by King.  Read it twice.  The first time I read it, I was listening to the EMF album with "Unbelievable" on it, on repeat, the entire time.  Weird soundtrack for that book, but oddly, it worked.

I still can't hear that single without getting visions of that book in my head.

//Yes, I see the stories I read.
//If you can't, you're doing it wrong.

I do that, I play books in my head while I'm reading them like they were movies.
/Cool : )


I always thought everyone could do this. I've always done it. When I was teaching my 3-year-old to read, I told her that soon she would be reading fast enough so that she'd "see" books this way. Turns out that she'd been angry with me for years, as she told me later, because this *never* happened for her. Her dad can't do it either. They both have ADHD and apparently their brains just don't work that way. They both love to read anyway, and the kid loves to write, too, but they never get the "movie" experience, sadly. They both have to re-read books over and over to fully "get" them, but they enjoy doing that, so....

/cannot count how many times hubby has read the Dune series
</i>

So much this. This is precisely the reason I hate film adaptations of great books. The actors almost NEVER look like they do in my head and it really pisses me off. They do get it right occasionally.
 
2013-03-08 03:47:20 PM

KrispyKritter: protip: when it does hit the fan be aware that even a small injury can get serious without proper medical attention. flying down the road sans helmet on a Harley like they do on TV 'almost everybody is dead' programs is foolish. at least drive one of those 4 wheel thingies, and go Mad Max on the protective equipment.


I love apocalyptic fiction. This reminded me of the French book "Maleval" where this guy inherits or buys a run-down castle in France and is in the wine cellar that used to be a dungeon or something when the bombs go off. He and the guys he's with survive and eventually after much hard work he builds a feudal manor with remaining survivors, including a few (assumed) fertile women. He makes it through the bombs, the nuclear winter, bandits and other assaults on his stronghold and just when things are looking up, he dies from appendicitis.

/also read "Earth Abides" which was *shocking* in its day because the hero hooks up with an attractive and successful African-American woman
//and "Alas Babylon" and "On the Beach" and a bunch of others
 
2013-03-08 04:14:48 PM

Surool: I'll see your "The Stand" and raise you:

[www.arrakis.co.uk image 171x250]

("The White Plague")

I'll see your White Plague and raise you:
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-03-08 04:24:20 PM

id10ts: Surool: I'll see your "The Stand" and raise you:

[www.arrakis.co.uk image 171x250]
("The White Plague")

I'll see your White Plague and raise you:
[upload.wikimedia.org image 200x297]


upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-03-08 04:39:01 PM

id10ts: Surool: I'll see your "The Stand" and raise you:

[www.arrakis.co.uk image 171x250]
("The White Plague")

I'll see your White Plague and raise you:
[upload.wikimedia.org image 200x297]


I've read that one too. That thar is a classic!
 
2013-03-08 11:25:09 PM

MmmmBacon: Old story. Wake me when Madagascar shuts everything down.


*coughs*
 
2013-03-09 03:33:11 PM
bdub77

Interestingly enough, though, viruses that kill all of their hosts won't survive long, and viruses live to survive. One would suspect a killer virus would quickly evolve to be less lethal, so as to survive.

I keep waiting for HIV to mutate into something so benign nobody cares it's there.
 
2013-03-11 09:44:56 AM
I've been quite unwell myself these past few days. Coldy/fluey/misery.

So yes, I'll be pan bread soon, but at least I'll be spared the horrors the rest of you will have to witness. The diseased mobs hurling themselves at locked and barred hospital doors desperate for a cure that doesn't exist. The sight of half-decayed bodies scattered through the streets. The stench all night, every night, of corpses stacked like cordwood burning on immense pyres. The rage and the riots as panic grows to a bursting point and starving bellies lie empty. Your last, pained breath as you sit alone half-propped against a filthy wall, dying at last, alone, forgotten, one of hundreds expiring all around you each in their own personal hell.
 
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