Apr 14 mlb commented on Here's That Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer....
I wonder if this one will be about trying to blow up a Death Star.
Apr 5 mlb commented on I, Anonymous: White People, Stop Asking Me to Pay for Your Party.
I've been in the Burner community for about a decade and a half now. Ten years ago we used to have really interesting and fun fundraisers for projects going to the event, and they were mini events in and of themselves. Always a fun and interesting shindig AND they got fun people doing fun things together AND you were raising money for cool art projects that you got to play with in Nevada.

In the last several years as kickstarter & similar sites popped up, a lot of that has ended and been replaced with these fundraising sites. I certainly understand; one of my own projects was funded in part by a kickstarter, but it's been a loss in many ways.

I'm sure that kickstarter fundraisers will be here to stay, but it would be nice to see less of the online begging and some more effort put into to the in-person events.
Mar 10 mlb commented on Police Reports Illustrated: Man Walks Into a Capitol Hill Gay Bar.
Serious, not trying to be an MRA dick here: Why is a guy disliking being hit on in a gay bar homophobic, while a woman disliking being hit on in a "straight" bar totally OK? Personally, I think the guy here did nothing particularly wrong; he found the scene he was in not to his liking, so he left. Or tried to leave, until he was assaulted by his hopefully-former friend. Maybe answering in the affirmative to the "are you homophobic?" question a bit uncool, but not assault-level uncool.

The only leeway I can see is the notion that a gay bar is pretty specifically a place where guys go to hit on/get hit on, where as other establishments are more casually social.

Personally, I think every straight guy should spend a tiny bit of time in a gay bar, just to experience the woman's point of view of what it's like to be relentlessly hit on by guys you have no interest in.
Jan 25 mlb commented on Trumphoria: Dow Jones Industrial Average Hits 20,000.
Um...A bunch of companies that probably did fairly well during the holiday season are releasing earnings in the next couple of days, and traders are trying to get ahead of good news. This is not anything unusual. This would have happened regardless of the election outcome.

You're looking for patterns in things you don't understand.
Jan 13 mlb commented on The OA: An Enjoyable, Preposterous, Disappointing Imitation of a Good TV Show.
I got two episodes in. Realized there was nothing that could possibly get me to care.

It was dumb, and boringly so.
Nov 30, 2016 mlb commented on Demand Later Light Rail Service—Today!.

I'm just spitballing here. Call me crazy, but maybe the engineers who understand and run the system just happen to know more - a WHOLE LOT more - about what's required to competently run a light rail system then a couple of journalists for an alt-weekly and the vast majority of their readers?

I could see ST giving into these demands. And then in a year to two, something catastrophic or just stupid & unavoidable happens because of deferred maintenance and the Slogosphere being up in arms. HOW COULD THEY LET THIS HAPPEN?

They know more about this then you do. That's a feature - they're paid to be experts about some things and you get paid to be experts in others. Let them do their jobs the best they can based on their expertise.
Aug 25, 2016 mlb commented on SL Letter of the Day: A Little History Lesson....
Worth watching:
Monica Lewinski's TED talk

Also, a really interesting book on the subject of Internet shaming:
Jul 31, 2016 mlb commented on Jason Bourne: Punching and Chasing, Part Five.
I've been collectively calling the Jason Bourne movies "The Bourne Redundancy"

The first one was good. The rest of the series have been tired rehashes.
Jun 20, 2016 mlb commented on How the Internet Turned Us All Into the Audience on Jerry Springer.
As far as Trash TV goes, Jerry Springer ain't got nothing on Morton Downey, Jr.

May 21, 2016 mlb commented on How the Continuation of the Bernie Sanders Campaign Hurts the Chances of a Democrat-Controlled Senate.
mfg5000: you forgot: I would never support someone so politically craven that, after refusing to join the Democratic Party for his entire career, suddenly expects the party to ignore all that and pony up a billion dollars or more to fund his vanity campaign for the White House. If you're going to be a socialist, that's just fine. But be consistent - turn to one of the many socialist parties that apparently better reflects your values rather than party shopping for one that has deeper pockets.

If i came down to it, I'd vote for him over Trump, but I wouldn't be happy about it. I've been saying for months now - Sanders is basically Trump of the left. Just as credible, just as ego-driven, and perhaps only a smidge more qualified.