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    Default Good Riddance 2020

    Its the last day of this year and I don't want to jinx that, but what are people doing to celebrate (as best the term can be said to apply) finally being rid of 2020?

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    Nothing. I don't want to jinx it. In fact, I probably won't celebrate the new year until like Arbor Day.

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    Nothing. This year has had some major issues, but there's also stuff there that, for me personally, has made the ear very much worth it.

    Thank you 2020. You certainly weren't the best year, but you've had some amazing moments.
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    Nothing, because 2020 wasn't a fluke; we were sleeping in the bed we made. And frankly, the whole bedroom is still a mess, so I am under no illusions that 2021 will be significantly better.
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    We're in lockdown with a midnight curfew, so nothing much. Just watching TV and drinking some champagne I guess.
    I should have been in Indonesia scuba diving at the moment, but alas, no travel at the moment.
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    To all of you still in 2020, I come from the future to tell you that 2021 doesn't seem very different so far.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fyraltari View Post
    To all of you still in 2020, I come from the future to tell you that 2021 doesn't seem very different so far.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fyraltari View Post
    To all of you still in 2020, I come from the future to tell you that 2021 doesn't seem very different so far.
    Well hindsight is 2020. Joke shamelessly stolen from my sibling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zelphas View Post
    So here I am, trapped in my laboratory, trying to create a Mechabeast that's powerful enough to take down the howling horde outside my door, but also won't join them once it realizes what I've done...twentieth time's the charm, right?
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    How about a Jovian Uplift stuck in a Case morph? it makes so little sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anonymouswizard View Post
    Well hindsight is 2020. Joke shamelessly stolen from my sibling.
    A saying I believe should, going forwards, basically mean "boy that was some bad crap". With whatever string of four letter words you want substituted for crap.
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    And he lay in his blood on the highway, with the bunch of lace at his throat.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Fyraltari View Post
    To all of you still in 2020, I come from the future to tell you that 2021 doesn't seem very different so far.
    Watching today's news it's obvious 2021 is taking up where 2020 left off.

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    2020 was the hottest recorded year. By the time humanity goes carbon neutral it will probably be too late.
    The rona vaccine is being distributed but the horde of anti-vaccine conspiracy theorists going to be a major problem.

    Personally it was a really good year for me personally. One good thing that happened was corporations being forced to accept people working from home when possible, the door to working from home is currently open and I'd like to keep it open even after the pandemic is over.
    We made a lot of home improvements, now also moving to a better apartment.
    We came up with a really solid recipe for a good ale (basically orange DIPA).

    I suspect the trend will continue, bad for everyone else. Good for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogar Demonblud View Post
    Watching today's news it's obvious 2021 is taking up where 2020 left off.
    Fyraltari going to bed: "Well, whatever that means can't be that bad."
    Fyraltari reading the news while having breakfast: "Oh, for ****'s sake!"
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    the Vector Legion [is the IFCC's new pawns], mark my words. Way too much unfinished business there and they already know about the Gates.
    I'll take that bet.

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    I dont see any way the problems of 2020 clean up in under a month or two. I'm giving 2021 a grace period- anything during the Chineese Year of the Rat counts as 2020.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fyraltari View Post
    Fyraltari going to bed: "Well, whatever that means can't be that bad."
    Fyraltari reading the news while having breakfast: "Oh, for ****'s sake!"
    I'm pretty sure you used more words than that. Also, not English ones.

    Nice Eddie Izzard quote, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogar Demonblud View Post
    I'm pretty sure you used more words than that. Also, not English ones.
    I actually didn't. Unless I'm already speaking I rarely vocalize my reactions.

    Nice Eddie Izzard quote, though.
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    the Vector Legion [is the IFCC's new pawns], mark my words. Way too much unfinished business there and they already know about the Gates.
    I'll take that bet.

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    British comedian. FFS was basically his catchphrase.

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    Never heard of him. My knoweldge of British comedians starts with the Monty Pythons and ends with Rowan Atkinson.
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    I'm almost tempted to just post with 'he had a trombone, and he didn't care', but I think that one's a bit too obscure. And third clarinet plays the notes that are left over!

    And the next one I was going to reference I can't hear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zelphas View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fyraltari View Post
    Never heard of him. My knoweldge of British comedians starts with the Monty Pythons and ends with Rowan Atkinson.
    She's actually fairly fluent in French, and has toured France, so you might find her to your liking. She's particularly famous for her "cake or death" bit, as well as her "Do you have a flag?" bit (you should be able to find both on youtube).

    Also, I recommend QI as one of the best panel shows in any language, and it has the bonus that you'll become familair with all current British comedians.

    (She also came out as trans not that long ago, thus the confusion with her pronouns)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grey_Wolf_c View Post
    (She also came out as trans not that long ago, thus the confusion with her pronouns)

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    I had not heard that. Thanks for the update.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grey_Wolf_c View Post
    (She also came out as trans not that long ago, thus the confusion with her pronouns)

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    I just googled this, and austenitic Eddie is GF and currently living in girl mode, not trans. I'm not sure if they have a preferred pronoun, but they seem wrong to accept both he and she, so I'm going to alternate pronouns when taking about her from now on.

    But yeah, there's some of his sketches put to LEGO on YouTube, and she'd likely be right up Fyraltari's street, and honestly I find him funny enough to recommend to people anyway, so if anybody in this thread hasn't seen Eddie Izzard I encourage them to look her up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grey_Wolf_c View Post
    She's actually fairly fluent in French, and has toured France, so you might find her to your liking. She's particularly famous for her "cake or death" bit, as well as her "Do you have a flag?" bit (you should be able to find both on youtube).
    I'll look her up, but I'm really just not into stand-up comedy in general*.

    Also, I recommend QI as one of the best panel shows in any language, and it has the bonus that you'll become familair with all current British comedians.
    Ah yes I have watched some of that on youtube and it was, indeed, very fun. Guess you can add Stephen Fry to my little list.

    (She also came out as trans not that long ago, thus the confusion with her pronouns)
    Duly noted.
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    Despite my efforts to the contrary. Bring it back, I got faith in you!
    Is this about my The Clone Wars reviews? I haven't given up on them, but between the December festivities and my computer committing seppuku I have had a hard time getting back to them. Plus some other stuff I'll talk about when I get back to it in a couple (not contractually binding) of days.


    *With some exceptions for classics like Desproges or Devos for the amazing things they could make the French language do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fyraltari View Post
    I'll look her up, but I'm really just not into stand-up comedy in general*.
    I can appreciate that - I'm not a fan of most. For example, Jimmy Carr is obviously a very intelligent and educated individual, but his stand up routine is entirely based around jokes that cross the line twice. They are funny, but they are so repetitive they become predictable, and that kills the humour. But as a panelist, he tend to be one of the better ones. (Dara O'Briain's stand-ups are, on the other hand, great start to finish)

    So, I suppose my point is that I'm not recommending Izzard's full stand-up routine, just that she has some good bits that you will see referenced by the cultural zeitgeist of today and you probably want to see so you know what all the fuss is about. Speaking of which, the third you probably want to watch is the Death Star Canteen bit. It's maybe 10 minutes of your time all around.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rogar Demonblud View Post
    I had not heard that. Thanks for the update.
    NP - it wasn't that long ago. I heard about it maybe, two or three days ago? And it's not like they have been slow-news days. It is also, thankfully, becoming an unremarkable event that doesn't make top headlines as the usual suspects froth at the mouth. In many ways it makes me happy that this is slowly becoming non-events that will allow others to follow suit, even if it means a lot of confusion with pronouns on the horizon (one of the reasons I am a proponent of abandoning "he/she" for "they", just as "thou" was abandoned for "you").

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fyraltari View Post
    Is this about my The Clone Wars reviews?
    No, it's about "sacrebleu!"
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    No, it's about "sacrebleu!"
    It's dead, man, let it go.
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    Sexy Tunes is also worth seeking out.
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    My favorite is "Chimps With Guns", but then I do live in North America.

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    After a seven day trial of 2021, I have found it unsatisfactory and will be cancelling my subscription.


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