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2021-10-23 9:33:38 AM  
Yeah
Except that some of us need more space, and a home with better quality control than a mid 70's Ducati
 
2021-10-23 9:55:35 AM  
what's americathon? That Jerry Lewis thing?
 
2021-10-23 10:01:51 AM  

Stephen_Falken: what's americathon? That Jerry Lewis thing?


Nope. Cheesy late '70s movie starring Harvey Korman and John Ritter (and narrated by George Carlin). A post-oil collapse USA has most Americans living out of cars and such. Wikipedia link

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2021-10-23 10:05:11 AM  
Simon & Garfunkel - America (from The Concert in Central Park)
Youtube sFAoWwUwknc
 
2021-10-23 12:38:01 PM  
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2021-10-23 1:04:02 PM  
How the fark is traveling the country with a bus and some motorcycles better for the environment than a decent house?

/You can tell I didn't make it very far through yet another van life article.
//Can we hate on these people who do can life but still own a house on the side for contributing to homelessness or something to? Isn't their home a vacation home at that point?
 
2021-10-23 1:50:26 PM  

Smackledorfer: Can we hate on these people who do can life


Fascist!
 
2021-10-23 2:07:24 PM  

Stephen_Falken: what's americathon? That Jerry Lewis thing?


Americathon - Feature Clip
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2021-10-23 3:20:53 PM  

mactheknife: Stephen_Falken: what's americathon? That Jerry Lewis thing?

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I may have find that and watch it again. Would probably make a good double feature with Idiocracy.
 
2021-10-23 10:38:39 PM  

Smackledorfer: How the fark is traveling the country with a bus and some motorcycles better for the environment than a decent house?

/You can tell I didn't make it very far through yet another van life article.
//Can we hate on these people who do can life but still own a house on the side for contributing to homelessness or something to? Isn't their home a vacation home at that point?


It is idiotic contortionism by some weird "futurist" from a Middle Eastern country who figured out that white people will believe any old thing.

You see. The world will get so hot that people will prefer to give up their homes and instead live in homes that can move around to provide a comfortable room temperature. I mean, it is obvious, right? Because moving homes and all of one's possessions several times a year is so much better than owning an operating an air conditioner.

It would be hard to enumerate how fundamentally wrong this is. You can't count the ways.

Scarce/expensive/banned fuels? Failing road infrastructure? Safety problems? Congestion problems? Land prices? Residence and taxes? Health and social services? Families? Elderly people?

Just like Americathon, this article will make zero sense in about a year or two.

Get a solar array. Put it on your roof. Buy three small heat pump air conditioning units. There. You are done.
 
2021-10-23 10:51:03 PM  

Winterlight: mactheknife: Stephen_Falken: what's americathon? That Jerry Lewis thing?

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I may have find that and watch it again. Would probably make a good double feature with Idiocracy.


Haha. That... wow. Hmm. Without giving spoilers, I would have to say that would be a great double feature.

Maybe the conclusion to be drawn is that we, today, are the only enlightened and knowledgeable generation that has ever lived. Generations before were idiots. Generations to come will be idiots. Only we, today, are truly capable of judging our ancestors and descendants. And if you can appreciate all of that irony in one afternoon, then you have the double feature you want.

Americathon is a hell of a time capsule. John Ritter was more or less unknown, when he made it, I think, but his career went ballistic with Three's Company, and this came out at or near the top of that. George Carlin, who was on the very first episode of Saturday Night Live, had been building popularity and was also peaking.

You can get a good slap in the face of the Carter years and the Carter malaise that people talk about. Vietnam was over, but there was this inflation problem, and the oil crises, which made Texans and Mexicans rich. Half a decade earlier, people had been promised a moon base, and that was yanked away. The Space Shuttle was half a decade away. It was a very "in-between" time. America was jogging and navel gazing. Forrest Gump spent that whole period jogging and investing in some fruit company.
 
2021-10-24 2:07:05 AM  
All of these movies are just so...pedestrian. Obsessed with trying to fit a poor perception of future events, let alone technologies, into bite sized pieces to lure in the watchers, while still not seeing the forest, for the trees. There is so much untapped potential in "real estate" western cultures, all cultures really, do not utilize. Live underground, on the ocean, under the ocean. Build solar powered floating cities in the sky. Build square kilometer ziggurats in series containing self sustaining cities in the deserts and tundras. And all of this doesn't touch the Great Black, which I realistically think humans are simply not technically savvy enough to explore in any megallanic sense, just yet. Although hopefully when we get around to that, it will be sans the raping and pillaging. No Space Invaders.
 
2021-10-24 6:52:30 AM  
Am I the only person who instantly visualized Road Warrior but everyone in an RV shooting at each other out of the windows and sunroofs?
 
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