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I remember when that used to be my Saturday nights, except replace Pizza Hut with Real Chili.
Real Chili sounds a little TOO real tbh.
Oh was it ever. It is this restaurant that serves Cincy style chili at the edge of the Marquette college campus. And if you've never been to Marquette or Milwaukee, there are literally several bars right across the street from the campus (along with on-campus thanks to the Jesuit Residence). So if you go there on a Saturday night around 11 or midnight, it is packed to the brim with drunk college students eating chili along this long bar area (and anywhere else they could stand). And the chili is bad, but the type of bad that makes it the perfect drunk food.

I remember one Saturday night when I was in college I was dragged there by my roommate even though I had laryngitis and couldn't talk. So I was sitting next to this extremely drunk student who I think was hitting on me (she was so drunk I couldn't quite tell). My roommate tells her I can't talk because I have laryngitis and then leaves for who knows where. I had a little pad of paper and so I was writing down my responses to her slurred questions. We were "talking" for a good half an hour when in the middle of reading one of my responses she put down the pad and was like "I'm too drunk to read, just tell me what it says." I just starred at her unsure what to do. I was saved from figuring it out by her friends who decided that it was time to leave, but I was having an entire conversation with her and she was reading what I was writing just fine, and then suddenly she couldn't. She was only drinking water and eating chili, so if anything she should've been less drunk then when we started "talking". Anyways that entire exchange has stuck with me for years now. And the only conclusion I can come to is drunk people are weird.

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Post by cheonice » 2 weeks ago

Hm, is there any chance to use the Commander Primer Template (viewtopic.php?f=45&t=158)? The "Quote" button seems to be missing for me...

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Post by Lifeless » 2 weeks ago

I actually read about the WOW debacle and the timing and tone of the notice is one of the most embarrassing corporate blunders I've ever seen. I'm used to that kind of nonsense from Comcast but a smaller company that's been deliberately marketing their service as unlimited should know better.

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Post by Rumpy5897 » 2 weeks ago

cheonice wrote:
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Hm, is there any chance to use the Commander Primer Template (viewtopic.php?f=45&t=158)? The "Quote" button seems to be missing for me...
There's an updated template over here, and you can definitely quote this one :)
 
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Post by cryogen » 2 weeks ago

CINNAMON NEEDS YOUR HELP!!!!!

This is quite literally the most important thing you ever vote for today, and we need your help. Help me live vicariously through my cat and give my life meaning.
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Post by cheonice » 2 weeks ago

Rumpy5897 wrote:
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cheonice wrote:
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Hm, is there any chance to use the Commander Primer Template (viewtopic.php?f=45&t=158)? The "Quote" button seems to be missing for me...
There's an updated template over here, and you can definitely quote this one :)
Oh :D Thanks a lot!

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Post by cryogen » 1 week ago

Great googly moogly these precons look sick.
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Post by Hermes_ » 1 week ago

I voted for your cat @cryogen
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Post by Hermes_ » 1 week ago

downloaded 96 mods and still not ready to play fallout 4
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Post by Legend » 1 week ago

I've been slowly working on a sifi set the last 18 months. It got me wondering, what's y'all's favorite sifi movies, books, art, music, etc, - anything sifi related? Anything from 20,000 Leagues to Metropolis to Batteries Not Included to 2010 qualifies.
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Post by DirkGently » 1 week ago

My own book which I'm almost done with and really ought to be working on rn...

More seriously, I'll claim hitchhiker's guide. Though there's been really good sci-fi moves in recent years - really dug Arrival and Annihilation, and Interstellar was cool too, even if it took a one-way trip to stupidville by the end.

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Post by Guardman » 1 week ago

My default answer is always and probably will forever be Futurama. I love the more obscure and technical jokes, even if I don't get all of the super scientific ones. And I really appreciate that the setting is neither an utopia or dystopia, but just kind of normal.

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Legend wrote:
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what's y'all's favorite sifi movies, books, art, music, etc, - anything sifi related? Anything from 20,000 Leagues to Metropolis to Batteries Not Included to 2010 qualifies.
I mostly read fantasy but I've done a few sci-fi books in the last few years, in no particular order:

The Vorkosigan Saga by Bujold

I finally got into this. It was a big recommendation to me from a friend who also loved Amber, and it delivered - politically interesting, espionage, family drama, etc. I really liked it and also was glad I had like 30 years of it to catch up on.

A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge

I had this recommended by a friend and really loved it. Really out there from what I usually read.

The Bobiverse - Independent sci fi by Dennis E Taylor

Just...nothing like anything else you'll ever read. Paced completely differently with non-traditional story arcs. Really a unique take on consciousness and space travel.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Just a super cool series I read a few years back, compelling characters, neat setting.

The Expanse - by some pseudonym guys (James S A Corey)

I enjoyed the books a ton. I am not a huge fan of serial drama in film form and so never bothered with it but man the books were solid.

They're just a vaguely bit...nickelbacky? When you have two solid authors collaborate stuff often becomes a bit lowest common denominator or a kinda bland average. But the story was super cool and worth it.

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Post by Hermes_ » 1 week ago

@SocorroTortoise https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2021 ... f=ExbtjcSG handy dandy charts and graphics thingy
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Post by Hermes_ » 1 week ago

Legend wrote:
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I've been slowly working on a sifi set the last 18 months. It got me wondering, what's y'all's favorite sifi movies, books, art, music, etc, - anything sifi related? Anything from 20,000 Leagues to Metropolis to Batteries Not Included to 2010 qualifies.
It's old,but it's still good enough that i read it once a year. Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank. It's one of the earliest apocalyptic novels of the nuclear age.
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@SocorroTortoise https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2021 ... f=ExbtjcSG handy dandy charts and graphics thingy
Not a bad read. I don't ever really hear about the larger process nodes because I'm on the design side of things, but it's not surprising that the auto industry apparently underestimated demand. They're historically slow to adopt new technology because of reliability concerns. I didn't have concrete numbers to back up my sense that TSMC and Samsung were pretty much the only game in town for the most advanced stuff, so that's also interesting. Thanks for the link!
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SocorroTortoise wrote:
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Hermes_ wrote:
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@SocorroTortoise https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2021 ... f=ExbtjcSG handy dandy charts and graphics thingy
Not a bad read. I don't ever really hear about the larger process nodes because I'm on the design side of things, but it's not surprising that the auto industry apparently underestimated demand. They're historically slow to adopt new technology because of reliability concerns. I didn't have concrete numbers to back up my sense that TSMC and Samsung were pretty much the only game in town for the most advanced stuff, so that's also interesting. Thanks for the link!
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Legend wrote:
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I've been slowly working on a sifi set the last 18 months. It got me wondering, what's y'all's favorite sifi movies, books, art, music, etc, - anything sifi related? Anything from 20,000 Leagues to Metropolis to Batteries Not Included to 2010 qualifies.
Favorite sci-fi book is easily Dune by Frank Herbert
Favorite sci-fi movie is The Edge of Tomorrow (also a pretty decent book)
Favorite sci-fi video game is Mass Effect 2
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Favorite sci-fi anime is Ergo Proxy


The coolest sci-fi setting I ever read was definitely from the manga "Blame!". There's a netflix adaptation anime adaptation that I just found when I looked it up. I haven't watched the movie so I don't know if it's any good or not. It might be worth a watch just for worldbuilding ideas though. If you have the time I definitely give the manga a read.

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Legend wrote:
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I've been slowly working on a sifi set the last 18 months. It got me wondering, what's y'all's favorite sifi movies, books, art, music, etc, - anything sifi related? Anything from 20,000 Leagues to Metropolis to Batteries Not Included to 2010 qualifies.
Mass Effect probably takes the cake for me (granted, sci-fi is not really my thing) but I also adore the book series for both Dune and Red Rising.
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Post by Lifeless » 1 week ago

Venture Bros is one of my favorite sci-fi settings because it portrays exceptionally flawed people dealing with the infinite possibilities of technology and even magic.

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Post by SocorroTortoise » 1 week ago

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I was surprised by Texas Instruments
TI has a pretty large industry presence. I know a few people who do/have worked for them but have no idea what specific products they make aside from the calculators I used in HS/college, which I imagine is an almost nonexistent part of the current business. I suspect I have plenty of electronics around that use some kind of TI chip and I just don't know it because they're just a part of the supply chain for the final product.
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Legend wrote:
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I've been slowly working on a sifi set the last 18 months. It got me wondering, what's y'all's favorite sifi movies, books, art, music, etc, - anything sifi related? Anything from 20,000 Leagues to Metropolis to Batteries Not Included to 2010 qualifies.
Movie: Alien or Interstellar (probably, there are many)
Book: Do you think dystopian futures are sci-fi? Margaret Atwood argues that they are a subsection of sci-fi called speculative fiction. In any case, my answer is probably Brave New World (Aldous Huxley) or Oryx and Crake (Margaret Atwood). I went on a many-year binge reading every dystopian future I could get my hands on. Funniest was Jules Verne's Paris in the 20th century. I think it took me a third of the book to realize he was describing things that didn't exist in his time... I was just like, 'why is he spending so much time describing cash registers and train lines?'.
TV shows: Stargate SG1 and Farscape I guess. There have been many good ones. Star Trek also had some amazing series.
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Legend wrote:
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I've been slowly working on a sifi set the last 18 months. It got me wondering, what's y'all's favorite sifi movies, books, art, music, etc, - anything sifi related? Anything from 20,000 Leagues to Metropolis to Batteries Not Included to 2010 qualifies.
Movies - the Alien Series
Tabletop Roleplaying Game - Eclipse Phase
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Post by Legend » 1 week ago

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Do you think dystopian futures are sci-fi?
I think it's a category of science fiction, yes.
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Venture Bros is one of my favorite sci-fi settings because it portrays exceptionally flawed people dealing with the infinite possibilities of technology and even magic.
If something has "magic" in it - such as, the force - is it still science fiction?
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Post by Airi » 1 week ago

I'd call it science fantasy, but I mean, that's just a sub-genre of science fiction to me.

Edit because I forgot to add in my earlier post, but I also adore Firefly and Battlestar Galactica, for additional sci-fi media.
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