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Mad genius, comedian, actor, and freelance voiceover artist broadcasting from the distant shores of Lake Erie (he/him)
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Jan 14,
The amount of saturated fat the typical keto dieter is required to consume long term almost certainly increases your risk of heart disease more than whatever extra weight you were carrying, even if it worked for long term weight loss Yes, the 80s and 90s diet craze with "FATS BAD CARBS GOOD" was stupid

The current insane backlash of "CARBS BAD FATS GOOD" is, in all likelihood, actually stupider
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Jan 14,
People should be very aware that most people who want you to lose weight don't actually give a flying fuck one way or the other about your health, they just hate the existence of fat people They would welcome a magic pill that turned all fat people skinny, but AS WE CAN CLEARLY SEE they would also welcome a magic plague that instantly killed all fat people right now

It would serve them right for eating too much and be a good incentive to not get fat
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Jan 13,
One fun fact is that because monoclonal antibodies, as the name implies, are all identical, unlike the ones made by your own body in response to mRNA with a certain range of variation, they already don't work on Omicron anymore So that's one possible treatment (if an incredibly expensive one) for someone with primary immunodeficiency who can't make their own antibodies down the tubes
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Jan 13,
It stands for Easy To Hate Evil Toxic Hellscape
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Jan 12,
Thinking about how Paul Bettany messed with everyone by saying the last episode of WandaVision had him acting opposite "an actor I've always dreamed of working with" (himself, as the other Vision)

But Tom Hardy's version of acting against himself is so much funnier Most of Eddie and Venom's interactions just him acting against an imaginary voice in his head

Which, when he actually records it, he makes even stupider than Eddie's normal voice
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Jan 11,
It seriously feels like the episode of The Office where we're just watching Michael misinterpret his GPS and take a sharp right into the lake and then just continue driving until his engine cuts out and the water begins to flood in through the vents Seriously the thing about that scene that takes it from good to great is how he *keeps on driving until he physically can't anymore*, THEN immediately bails out of the car and starts frantically swimming to shore

It's a perfect visual metaphor for... all kinds of things
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Jan 11,
I just realized that Venom is essentially "an Adam Sandler movie with a gooey alien that eats people's heads" and now I hate myself The thing is that Adam Sandler is just doing a mocking impression of a goofy weirdo with some kind of head injury in most of his old movies but Tom Hardy is actually *playing that character with full commitment*
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Jan 6,
Yeah it's the meta-ness of this scene being on specifically a Muppets franchise

Of course the characters "aren't real" no matter what, but it's different than if it were a cartoon or something -- the Muppets successfully got all of pop culture to pretend they were people The essence of Muppetry is having a movie where a real respected human actor is starring next to a cast of puppets and no one treats this as odd

Or having a puppet being interviewed on a talk show or the red carpet or something
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Jan 6,
@BootlegGirl Well if you think about what it means that "humans are a social species" it comes into focus, that an individual human isn't really the "organism" any more than a bee or an ant

The ideal people imagine is that ALL OF HUMANITY is really the organism, but obviously that isn't it @BootlegGirl We aren't born with a magic ability to communicate and coordinate with all other humans like the Borg

We can't even really do it with more than 150 other humans

The "organism" is the "family" or "community"
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Jan 5,
My summary of Don't Look Up in a nutshell:

We thought the problem with climate change was that it was too subtle a threat

The link between cause and effect too indirect, too delayed, too distributed

Then the COVID-19 crisis happened and was global warming on 100x fast-forward And NOTHING CHANGED

When the crisis was a matter of months and not decades, when the deaths were piling up right in our backyard and not thousands of miles away, when you could see it happening in REAL TIME RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU

We just increased our stupidity to compensate
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Jan 4,
I think I'm really getting the impression that people think being immunocompromised is this extremely rare condition that only ever happens if you spend your youth irresponsibly doing hardcore drugs I think some of them really do hear "immunocompromised" and mentally substitute "people with AIDS"

Which would be a fucked up opinion for them to have even if their sense of the facts was accurate, of course
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Jan 4,
There is nothing funnier than a little kid REFUSING to "Yes, and" another little kid Elmo's relationship to Rocco is like my relationship to art NFTs
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Jan 4,
Update on this:

Took my morning Adderall with no other pills for the first time since the pandemic started

Waited 20 minutes

"Wait, what is this strange familiar feeling

Holy shit this is what it feels like when it works" This is, obviously, anecdotal evidence heavily biased by the placebo effect

But I'm so fucking mad
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Jan 4,
This is why, frankly, the most effective way to lose weight is often to become dependent on a chemical stimulant, and they stopped actually prescribing them for that purpose mainly because that's actually more dangerous to your health than being fat (Although there are plenty of fat smokers obviously, everyone knows that a lot of smokers picked it up to try to stay thin and gain weight really fast once they try to quit

My super-heavy-smoking grandpa was unathletic and chubby but never actually FAT like I turned it to be)
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Jan 4,
The most basic and fundamental way to self-soothe your dopamine reward system is to give your blood sugar a sudden boost, preferably by eating or drinking sugar

This is why Gary Taubes et all say stuff like "sugar is a drug" but it's programmed in for obvious reasons Of COURSE the little ritual you do to make yourself feel better when bad feelings won't go away is to eat something

Eating is, you know, the whole goal of the "game of life" out in nature, it's what animals spend all their time trying to do
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Jan 4,
1) It's established fact at this point that everyone who survives COVID lives with elevated autoimmunity (your body attacking itself) for some time afterwards

2) The risk of experiencing "long COVID" symptoms seems dependent on how vulnerable you already were to autoimmunity 3) The pattern by which this happens seems to be that SARS-CoV-2 is so infectious in the first place by having a mechanism to disable the ability of memory B cells to react to their presence and create antibodies ("turn off the security cameras")
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Jan 3,
Ah, Pokemon, where it's distressingly common for your own personal name to be the same as the name of your species and that to also be the only sound you can make when you talk

Like @RubenBolling's whole running gag with the "Dude Ranch" The whole Poke-speak thing is obviously a retcon the anime foisted on the franchise and the makers of the video game were taken off-guard by it -- "But that doesn't make any sense"

It's really just Ikue Otani's performance as Pikachu that convinced everyone
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Jan 2,
I really need to distract myself right now so I was already going on a tear about drugs and I do have a hot take I've been thinking about for a while

I think there is a very common drug that pretty much is a "wonder drug" for ADHD that's stigmatized for its recreational uses And that its side effects are legitimately concerning but the sheer negative cloud of smoke (so to speak) around it due to cultural associations is so bad that it's hard to discuss it neutrally and objectively

And this has been very bad for the "ADHD epidemic" in our society
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Jan 2,
I'm not sure if the normalization of being online and having a "handle" makes the idea of the Matrix's self-chosen names seem more or less dumb

Probably dumber because we take them way less seriously than we did back when the Internet was just nerds I'm pretty sure Natalie Wynn has joked about resigning herself to being addressed by the name of her YouTube channel ("ContraPoints" or "Contra") even though in context that's ridiculous

Like calling Abi Thorn "PhilosophyTube" as her actual name
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Jan 2,
Fun fact, the "long N" you say when you have two ns in a word and not one is one of those things that's hard for people who don't speak languages that use it to hear

A lot of languages based on Latin dropped it one way or another, like Spanish turning it into "nya" English does it with vowels mostly

Hence saying "anus" "AY-nus", or the difference between how we say Ana and Anna
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Jan 1,
@RyChi97 @matrixman124 @mountaindrew29 @PnictogenWing @art_bechstein @loudpenitent You're so, so close to getting it

In the modern sense of "ownership" (where you don't have to constantly fight people to keep them off your turf, you can call the cops to do it for you) the government is required to allow you to "own" ANYTHING AT ALL @RyChi97 @matrixman124 @mountaindrew29 @PnictogenWing @art_bechstein @loudpenitent Private property rights and government authority are not opposed concepts

The former completely depends on the latter and cannot exist without it

No one "owns" anything in our society except via the government saying they own it and being willing to back up that claim by force
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