A walking knowingly unashamed trope.
Geoff: Meghan not flying back to the UK might have something to do with the fact that she's pregnant rather than any slight against the royal family.
Or it might be that she's been so demonised in the British right-wing press that she's worried someone might actually try to kill her.
I do wish the press would focus on important stories. Like the continuing fatal incompetence of this clown show of a government.
Geoff: This feels strange. It's been over 11 weeks since the US president did, said, or tweeted something fucking stupid.
Considering everything else going wrong in the world, it's a vaguely positive feeling.
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Geoff: :/ I don't pay a great deal of attention to football, but that was the most predictably shit Spurs have been in a long time.
Bye bye José. Don't let the door hit you in the arse on the way out.
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Geoff: Fun Fact #93
In the constellation Centaurus is a white dwarf star, known to science as BPM 37093 (V886 Centauri), but colloquially known as "Lucy".
It's nickname is not anything to do that early hominid also nicknamed Lucy, but the fact that this star, like most white dwarfs, has a high carbon content. More specifically, (based on the fact that it's pulsating at a specific frequency) astronomers can tell that much of that carbon has crystallised in the core of the star.
Crystallised carbon has a common name, diamond. And they estimate that the diamond which constitutes Lucy's core would weigh 5x10^29 kilograms that's... big. 500,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000kg or 1,100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000lbs.
So, there is a Lucy, in the southern sky, with the largest diamond known to humanity.
Geoff: Prince Philip died.
I do feel bad for the queen. But there must be a slight tinge of relief. The chap had looked like he was being kept animate by black magic for some time now.
Geoff: The Weekly Knob is BACK!
Geoff: I really didn't want to see this. But since I have, I feel compelled to share it with you all.
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Malty_: I can't stand gunk that isn't mine. I can barely stand my own gunk lol Dr. Pimple popper freaks me out.
Omg I need to find a link to that video I saw the other day. This post deserves that video.
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Aura: Paladin: do you want the leather?
Monk: I can't wear leather
Paladin: What do you mean; you can't wear leather?
Monk: I'm a monk. My abs are my armor.
Paladin: What about pleather, can you wear pleather?
Monk: On Saturday nights
Geoff: Patrick Kielty (yes, that Patrick Kielty) absolutely demolishing Boris Johnson (and by proxy every ignorant little Englander who voted for Brexit and the Tories).
Geoff: Today is the eighth anniversary of Margaret Thatcher's death.
On this day, let us be reminded of the general feeling that was had on 8th April 2013.
Geoff: I am quite convinced that this is actually the current British PM, and no amount of arguing will change my mind.
Another day, another Brexit moron finding out that Project Fear is actually, Project Told-You-So-You-Thick-Cunt.
Geoff: Northern Ireland has been pretty much on fire for the past week and nary a whisper about it on the front pages of the UK papers or said in parliament.
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Someone on Twitter said that Alien can't be a horror movie, because it's in space. Apparently, it being in space means we (the audience) can't be scared of the alien, because we should be afraid of space itself.
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Corwin: I always thought the real underlying horror of Alien was our own human nature.
Humans in charge treating lowly workers as expendable assets to achieve their dastardly aims, while spreading our spawn throughout the cosmos.
The Xenomorphs and Humans are not so different, and the parallel between us is subtly suggested throughout. For example, the way the Nostromo crew "hatch" from the cryotubes is eerily similar to how the Xenomorphs hatch from their eggs when awoken.
In the end, Humans end up being a far more lethal species. The Xenomorphs were no match for Ripley. And she was just ONE human.
Just as Ripley warned that if just ONE of those things made it to Earth it could wipe us out. Well... who got wiped out in the end?
As terrifying and hostile the aliens may have appeared, when they crossed paths with Humanity their extinction was inevitable. Was it because we were "good" and they were "evil"? Well, that's a matter of semantics.
Ash the android admired their "purity". Pure survival, with no "delusions of morality".
Geoff: **pours a glass of Riesling, lights his pipe, puts on Beethoven**
I'm gonna go blow some shit up.
Geoff: One of the "out there" scientific premises I am most fond of is that humanity should not be referred to as Homo Sapiens but as Pan Narrans, the Story Telling Chimp.
It is our imagination that made us what we are. We're more than a tool using animal. We're more than a ghost, piloting a meat-clad skeleton. We can plan, we can adapt.
But the upshot of that is stories. The stories we tell ourselves. The stories we tell others. The stories that stick with us. The stories that fade away.
Narrativium may not be an element on the periodic table, but it is a fundamental aspect of who we are. And who we can be.
Aura: Not as "out there" as you claim it to be.
Language itself is said to have been developed by small groups sitting around the fire, eating their prey, telling, and each member retelling, the story of the hunt.
Of course, I did read that in a book. There might be a handful of biases at play
Geoff: While I was introduced to this concept in the Science of Discworld trilogy, the concept actually dates back to the 1960s and work of Kurt Ranke, who was perhaps the world's authority on the subject of fairy tales.
Yahoo Answers is going away forever! From the 4th May (why they're choosing Star Wars day, I don't know) the site will be permanently unavailable.