71.01/ Week seventy-one, Nov. 20-26, 2021, thread begins here.

Week 70 below.
71.02/ Dr. Rivka Press Schwartz @Doc_RPS is speaking in my community tonight! Very much looking forward
71.02b/ Dr. @Doc_RPS Press Schwartz's talk was excellent and we had a pretty good crowd for a Saturday (night). We all learned quite a lot and I'm proud to have had my children there to listen and absorb. The Q&A was pretty raucous though, but nothing she couldn't handle.
71.03/ My son is into 40K and we've talked extensively about the problematic way the 40K world is constructed & how the rabid pro-fascist fanbase is dangerous. The company's claims of satire is itself a parody of conscience. Bad satire = glorification.
71.04/ Again, three of my teams playing at once. #NYR take the lead and win the game with 1 second on the game clock. That's what it's about. Now #HereWeGo (please?) Screenshot of the ESPN phon...
71.05/ This point is very true but also depends on the person. I thrive in this environment where I can know broad trends while digging deeper into an individual's feed and threads. Twitter is a library of human minds. But it's *seriously* not for everyone. Tweet from @ethnyagami, Apr...
71.06/ Quick advice for first time hosts for #Thanksgiving : (1) Purpose of the event is fellowship not food; you're not a restaurant (2) So, plz no comments about how/what guests are eating/drinking or when they leave (3) provide soft drinks (4) Spray air fresheners in the loo
71.07/ This is very cool about pumpkin pie as an abolitionist symbol. I'm still not gonna eat "Salad: The Pie" but I now can support the ideology of the custom.

71.08/ Yom Hodu Sameach, Happy #Thanksgiving everybody! Thank God for the vaccines; we're able to have a full house of guests this year. The bird just went in the oven; the house smells of baked apples & cranberries. Hope everyone can celebrate in their best way & count blessings
71.09/ This is a special American Jewish Thanksgiving yiddeshe-nachas experience: seeing a Senator having Kedem at their festive table.

Funny thing, I actually thought serving Kedem Sparking Grape Juice tonight and now I regret my decision.

71.10/ #NachasAlert: My son has another Dvar Torah in his high school's parsha sheet this week. At this rate, he may be able to publish a sefer by senior year (heh)

71.11/ It's now been a full year since the last publication of R' Leibie Sternberg's Kehilas Prozdor newsletter. I've been trying to find news as to his health, I called the shul and left messages. I do hope he's well; I very much enjoyed the parsha sheet.
71.12/ Very good, thorough, story on the front page of this week's Jewish Link about Dr. @Doc_RPS Press Schwartz's lecture in my community (with a nice picture of my wife as well). I'm glad the paper thought the subject was worthy of such rich detail.
71.13/ #Thanksgiving is the most Jewish non-Jewish holiday with many perks - being able to drive, cook, watch football so you can avoid awkward conversations, etc. Unheralded: with proper planning you can cook for Shabbas and T-giving simultaneously, making today (Fri) relaxed.
71.14/ This is an inspired hire! Yashar koach to YU in recognizing how valuable Dr. Brown will be in leading the Jewish community from the Modern Orthodox flagship institution. Mazal tov to her and to all her future students.
71.15/ My office isn't "messy" - it's a life-size reenactment of 3D Tetris. It's fun, but not for novices.
71.16/ Shabbat is nigh and time to be moving on. Have a great holiday weekend and #ShabbatShalom

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79.01/ Week seventy-nine, January 15-21, 2022, thread here.

Week 78 below.
79.02/ Every erev-Shabbas I say 'stay safe' and while that's generally about the pandemic, for my fellow Jews it's also about the onslaught of antisemitism that assaults us since the dominance of unchecked hate on social media which led to the rise of Trump (ym'sh) and others.
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1/ Reflections on the final #NFL week, esp. related to my team, the #Steelers. We needed a narrow set of circumstances to make it into the playoffs: (1) beat our hated rival (BAL) on the road (2) the worst team must beat a playoff bound one (JAX vs IND) & (3) one more tiny thing
2/ The tiny thing was for the Raiders & Chargers not to tie. Ties are very rare; only one this season (#Steelers, of course, because ugh). This should have been so unlikely not to even be a worry. But I'm a sports fan, ruined by years of #Mets watching; I knew not to relax. From the Order of the Stick, https://www.giantitp.com/comics
3/ Of the three events, the tie was the least likely, then the Colts losing to the hapless Jaguars, and the "easiest" (very hard) step would be for the Steelers to beat the Ravens. We were terrible on the road, the Ravens were better than us, so it wasn't great odds.
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78.01/ Week seventy-eight, January 8-14, 2022, thread here.

Week 77 below.
78.02/ #MotzeiShabbatMovieNight, John Woo's "Paycheck"
Why? (1) Underrated sci-fi action mystery, (2) we saw Mission:Impossible 2 wks ago and it's sequel is by Jon Woo... but it's terrible while this movie is great and almost the same genre
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1/ Why brilliant comedians can (will often) become out-of-touch cranks:

In their time they were considered acute observers but it was self-centered. Their acuity was only of their own condition and fortunately that reflected and thus resonated with their audience's experiences.
2/ For a new generation, they're still observing only themselves: their now out-of-touch, rich & famous & sheltered, selves. Back when young they lacked the ability to see the Other, but it wasn't noticeable because they were still of their generation.
3/ This lack of ability to see the Other is a lack of empathy, and now their inherent self-centeredness is glaring and offensive. The audience moved on but their skills didn't.
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2 Jan
77.01/ Week seventy-seven, Jan. 1-7, 2022, thread here.

Week 76 below.
77.02/ #HappyNewYear everyone. We're having a socially distanced party, just the nuclear family, at home. Happy to survive a year of the pandemic.
77.03/ #MotzeiShabbatMovieNight continues. Saved my favorite movie for a party night:

Jake and Elwood... The Blues Brothers.
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76.01/ Week seventy-six, Dec. 25-31, 2021, thread here.

Week 75 below
76.02/ #MotzeiShabbatMovieNight continues. This week: "Mission: Impossible"
76.03/ Bait and switch alert: Optimum in NJ said we'd be getting #BUFvNE instead of the - let's be honest, but fair - putrid matchup of Jaguars-Jets. Nope. We're stuck with the worst game of the year. Do even Jets fans want to watch this?
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