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Christmas is here again

Post by AArdvark » Mon Nov 28, 2016 5:46 pm

I'd feel better about it if it wasn't for the naked greed of every retailer and advertisement I see. I feel the need to rant but this is such a well worn argument I can't see the point. I totally understand Charlie Brown's complaint.


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Post by Jizaboz » Thu Dec 01, 2016 9:52 am

This pisses me off more and more every year too.

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Post by Tdarcos » Thu Dec 01, 2016 9:24 pm

In case you were unaware or forgotten, the event of December 25 was originally established by the pagans as Saturnalia, where people gave gifts to each other. This was hundreds of years before the Christians decided to co-opt the event in order to encourage people to join.

Yeah, the Christians back then had some really good people in their PR Department. Was probably the best marketing campaign ever.

So this practice goes back more than 2,000 years, so quit thinking that merchants capi9talizing on the December 25 holiday is something new like it happened in the last couple of hundred years, it's been around before even Jesus Christ was born, if he ever existed, that is.
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Post by Jizaboz » Fri Dec 02, 2016 8:10 am

Ok, Ok, but there was no Walmart 2,000 years ago!

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Post by Tdarcos » Fri Dec 02, 2016 10:16 am

Jizaboz wrote:Ok, Ok, but there was no Walmart 2,000 years ago!
We have lots more leisure time now than they did then. 2,000 years ago 98% of the populace worked on farms for long periods, often 16+ hour days since there was little to no automation available. Today, it's the inverse; 2% of the populace works to feed the other 98%. And even at that they have much better working conditions than ever before. A History Channel documentary on wheat interviewed a combine harvester operator, who barely even touches the steering wheel of his air conditioned thresher because it uses GPS to steer itself down the row, and the only time he has to do anything is turn it around 180 degrees at the end of the row to start the next one, where again, the machine steers itself and does its own corrections.
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Post by AArdvark » Fri Dec 02, 2016 2:17 pm

A History Channel documentary on wheat
Whew, giving Game of Thrones a run for it's money.

so quit thinking that merchants capitalizing on the December 25 holiday is something new
Never thought that. Never thought that at all. Complaining about it happening, maybe, but never thought it was anything new. I was really hoping the merchants would, you know, tone it down some because it's been getting really annoying these last couple hundred years. Actually with the rise of advertising it's been much much worse.


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Post by Tdarcos » Fri Dec 02, 2016 4:49 pm

AArdvark wrote:
A History Channel documentary on wheat
Whew, giving Game of Thrones a run for it's money.
They even did one about plumbing and toilets. I shit you not!
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Re: Christmas is here again

Post by Flack » Fri Dec 02, 2016 5:31 pm

AArdvark wrote:I'd feel better about it if it wasn't for the naked greed of every retailer and advertisement I see. I feel the need to rant but this is such a well worn argument I can't see the point. I totally understand Charlie Brown's complaint.
I feel you. Each year, my wife and I get a little closer to not exchanging gifts at all. Last year we took a cruise over the holidays, which was our big gift to each other.
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Post by Tdarcos » Fri Dec 02, 2016 6:02 pm

AArdvark wrote:I totally understand Charlie Brown's complaint.
Well, at least it wasn't Portnoy's Complaint.
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Post by AArdvark » Fri Dec 02, 2016 6:24 pm

Everything you wanted to know about Thomas Crapper but were afraid to ask, right?



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Post by Ice Cream Jonsey » Fri Dec 02, 2016 8:44 pm

Tdarcos wrote:
AArdvark wrote:I totally understand Charlie Brown's complaint.
Well, at least it wasn't Portnoy's Complaint.
Whether or not I laugh and whether or not I consider this one of the 10 best posts in site history is 100% dependent on whether or not Tdarcos can answer this question without looking it up.

Paul, what is the name of the groundhog from Bloom County?
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Post by Tdarcos » Fri Dec 02, 2016 9:26 pm

Ice Cream Jonsey wrote:
Tdarcos wrote:
AArdvark wrote:I totally understand Charlie Brown's complaint.
Well, at least it wasn't Portnoy's Complaint.
Whether or not I laugh and whether or not I consider this one of the 10 best posts in site history is 100% dependent on whether or not Tdarcos can answer this question without looking it up.

Paul, what is the name of the groundhog from Bloom County?
As I have never read any of Bloom County there is no way I could know for certain without looking it up, I'll take a wild guess and say the groundhog was named Bill the Cat. Or was it Bill Murray?
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Post by AArdvark » Sat Dec 03, 2016 1:06 am

As I have never read any of Bloom County

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Post by AArdvark » Sat Dec 03, 2016 4:07 am

I was just re-reading this thread and I thought it would make a great text adven....interactive fiction game. The player simply goes through all of the Commander's references and tries to figure out the common theme.

>look

You are in the middle of a Pagan ritual. 98% of the pagans are not working to produce food at any given time. Exits are west and east.

>east

You are standing in the middle of a wheat field. There is a large harvester bearing down on you, The farmer in the harvester is not holding the steering wheel. You should run!

>run away from harvester

You begin running away from the harvester, but you trip over the comics section of a newspaper. In between Beetle Baily and Cathy is a comic strip you have never read before. In your interest to see what the punchline is you read the strip. Unfortunately the wheat harvester runs you over before you finish.

you have died

your score is 6 out of a possible 350

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Post by Flack » Sat Dec 03, 2016 1:27 pm

> read punchline

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Post by pinback » Sat Dec 03, 2016 1:53 pm

Ice Cream Jonsey wrote:
Tdarcos wrote:
AArdvark wrote:I totally understand Charlie Brown's complaint.
Well, at least it wasn't Portnoy's Complaint.
Whether or not I laugh and whether or not I consider this one of the 10 best posts in site history is 100% dependent on whether or not Tdarcos can answer this question without looking it up.

Paul, what is the name of the groundhog from Bloom County?
Damn. So close. Now it's just another random Paul "joke".
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Post by Ice Cream Jonsey » Sat Dec 03, 2016 2:48 pm

I feel that we need to get Aardvark going into an upcoming mini comp, especially now that Hugo can be played on the web.
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Post by AArdvark » Wed Dec 07, 2016 6:04 pm

Saw this one today and thought it was funny...


A gingerbread man sits in a gingerbread house. Is the house made of flesh or is the gingerbread man made of house. The gingerbread man screams because he does not know.



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Post by pinback » Wed Dec 07, 2016 8:02 pm

AArdvark wrote:Saw this one today and thought it was funny...


A gingerbread man sits in a gingerbread house. Is the house made of flesh or is the gingerbread man made of house. The gingerbread man screams because he does not know.



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Post by RetroR » Thu Dec 08, 2016 1:42 am

It's becoming obvious that I won't even have this terrible, makeshift family that tried to evict me over soaking dishes in the sink and taking out the trash, for Christmas. Let's not mention the girlfriend who routinely rattles my cage with the threat of breakup over being vaguely unhappy, knowing full well it'll leave me homeless.

I hate the holidays.

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