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Welcome to the Playpen, our space for ferrety banter and whimsical snippets of things that aren't quite long enough for articles (although they might be) but that caught your eye anyway.

at 01:11 on 03-07-2011, Michal
So it appears I'm the only one whose reaction to that trailer was: "NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO OH GOD NO!"?
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at 23:11 on 02-07-2011, Vermisvere
The trailer does look pretty awesome, but awesome in a way that gives rise to a "OH, COOL! Airship battles, swordfights, lots of special effects, BOOM, BAM, BANG!" reaction from my inner 14-year old.

And the movie itself kinda looks to me as though someone wanted to make a steampunk version of Pirates of the Caribbean and tacked the name The Three Musketeers on it at the last minute.

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at 20:52 on 02-07-2011, Wardog
Also wasn't Dog, err D'Artagnan meant to be extremely young?

Okay, maybe not 12 but still...

Where do you get a Learner Musketeer permit anyway? Do you have to wear M-plates?
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at 20:09 on 02-07-2011, Arthur B
Counterpoint: Event Horizon was wall-to-wall awesome.

Then again, the only canonical adaptation of Three Musketeers is the one where they're all doggies who don't wear trousers.
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at 20:02 on 02-07-2011, Robinson L
Arthur: It's directed by the guy who did Event Horizon and the Resident Evil films.

So obviously it's going to be awesome!

If it's the guy who did the Resident Evil films, doesn't that mean this one and the next one will suck and the third one will be awesome.

I'm leery about D'Artagnan: he looks like he just came back from applying for his learner's permit.
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at 19:03 on 02-07-2011, Arthur B
It's directed by the guy who did Event Horizon and the Resident Evil films.

So obviously it's going to be awesome!
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at 18:52 on 02-07-2011, Wardog
Oh dear. Just saw the trailer for The Three Musketeers. I feel I should hate it. But ... it looks ... awesome.

/failure of taste
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at 12:07 on 02-07-2011, Dan H
Isn't the Kuk Klux Klan supposed to be ignorant and racist?


I suspect this is a really, really strong example of the general rule that nobody actually *self defines* as racist, and that being opposed to racism in some areas in no way precludes you from being racist in others.
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at 03:30 on 02-07-2011, Robinson L
Alasdair: a quick glance at Wikipedia says that there hasn't been anything resembling a centralized hierarchy since the 1970s. There's factions all over the place, some of whom claim to be the "true" iteration of the Klan, who dislike most of the other factions on minor points of doctrine.

Heh. Kinda like anarchists, really.

Yeah, but with much worse dress sense. Or - depending on your point of view - significantly better dress sense.

Finbarr: My favourite is any variation on ace detective/pilot/etc. It's awesome to know that I'll be an ace at anything I try to do. ;)

I'm trying to work out if those innuendos can be offensive at all. I dearly hope not, because if not I intend to go nuts the next time I write an asexual character.
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at 02:42 on 02-07-2011, Alasdair Czyrnyj
Well, a quick glance at Wikipedia says that there hasn't been anything resembling a centralized hierarchy since the 1970s. There's factions all over the place, some of whom claim to be the "true" iteration of the Klan, who dislike most of the other factions on minor points of doctrine.

Heh. Kinda like anarchists, really.
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at 02:42 on 02-07-2011, Vermisvere
Isn't the Kuk Klux Klan supposed to be ignorant and racist? "We KKK members over here are slightly less racist than the KKK members over there?" I am mightily confused right now.



I think it's supposed to be a case of the Klan trying to be not too racist i.e "We're not discriminating against people of colour, we're simply defending white people's rights!", and then you have all these different Ku Klux Klan cells squabbling with each other on exactly how racist is not "racist" but "protection of the white majority". It kinda makes me think of all the different Mafia divisions screwing each other over all the time.

Klan 1: "We need to hold an anti-immigration rally so that we can keep that coloured filth out of our land and safeguard the future of our children!"
Klan 2: "But wait! If we do that, then there won't be anymore coloured people left for us to murder and mutilate in vicious ways whilst we're out partying on Saturday!"
Klan 3: "Who cares? Let's just hijack some F-15's and bomb those bitches over in Africa!"
Klan 1: "That's cold, man. We the Klan are here to defend white people's rights, not kill innocents!"
Klan 2: *scratches head* "Ain't that what we're doing anyway?"
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at 02:07 on 02-07-2011, Michal
(Seriously! 2 years ago one cell of the Klan held an anti-immigration rally which another cell denounced as "ignorant and racist.")

Isn't the Kuk Klux Klan supposed to be ignorant and racist? "We KKK members over here are slightly less racist than the KKK members over there?" I am mightily confused right now.

As for xkcd, I stopped reading it a while ago. I don't even know if the quality dropped, or if I just stopped finding the majority of strips funny. Randall's "big important insight" comics are almost always shallow, ignorant, offensive, or all three.
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at 01:22 on 02-07-2011, Orion
Ah, fuck Fred Phelps and that bunch of self-righteous wankers from WBC. I never really paid attention to him anyway, although Ku Klux Klan protesting at their demonstration is pretty damn hilarious.


The Klan are like that these days. Half the time they counter-protest their OWN events. (Seriously! 2 years ago one cell of the Klan held an anti-immigration rally which another cell denounced as "ignorant and racist.")
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at 23:23 on 01-07-2011, Dan H

To raise a perennial topic: what the hell is up with today's XKCD? What's the joke? Where's the punchline? How is the title even related to what happens? What does it even mean?


I think the "joke" is supposed to be that it's a long list of words which different people find annoying. It falls down for several reasons, firstly because they're actually words people find annoying for different reasons. "Moist" is something people object to because of word-aversion (this word squicks me out) whereas "guesstimate" is something that people object to because of word-rage (the similar but ultimately distinct problem of being self-consciously "annoyed" by some words because you believe them to be "wrong").

The second reason it falls down is because it ... well ... doesn't actually contain a joke. It's a list of words people find annoying, with somebody being annoyed by it. It's like some of the weaker "my hobby" comics - a lot of XKCD these days seems to boil down to "hey, if you did this annoying thing, it would be annoying". It's like "I know a song that'll get on your nerves" only without the ironic self-awareness.
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at 18:41 on 01-07-2011, Cammalot
(Insert: obligatory who gives a fuck about an Oxford comma joke).

I have fought fights over Oxford commas. I've seen other poeple fight REAL fights over Oxford commas. I witnessed a cowoker throw manila folders.* Copyeditors: hard-core or deranged?

(Luckily in my private life I manage not to give a fuck...mostly.)


*there was, uh, more to it than that.
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at 11:28 on 01-07-2011, Wardog
OMG! Oxford Branding People Declare War on Oxford Comma!. We have Judas-ed our own comma! (Insert: obligatory who gives a fuck about an Oxford comma joke).
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at 10:59 on 01-07-2011, Arthur B
If it's taken from real life, then I can't say I'm surprised screaming "STOP IT! STOP IT!" is a common response to Randall talking.
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at 10:57 on 01-07-2011, Guy
To raise a perennial topic: what the hell is up with today's XKCD? What's the joke? Where's the punchline? How is the title even related to what happens? What does it even mean?


Not sure, but I suspect a friend of his has a hatred of certain neologisms, and he is stringing them together in a fashion designed to grate on their nerves. Little bit in-jokey.
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at 10:47 on 01-07-2011, Arthur B
If you locked a bunch of people in a box for a year with nothing but 500 photos of a guy eating a sandwich they'd all die in a flurry of cannibalism within a month or so.

And then you'll go to jail and everyone will be mad at you.

So don't do it.
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at 08:58 on 01-07-2011, Shimmin
Haven't a blinkin' clue, sorry mate, looks like random gibbering to me.
On another note, I spotted the wine/sandwich photo comic and suddenly realised that in any case, Randall missed a trick. If you locked people in a box for a year with 500 photos of a bloke eating a sandwich, they'd invent a variety of sandwich-photo-based games with names like Top Munch and Sandwich: the Slathering, then schism over which edition of the rules to use and stop speaking to each other.
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at 08:20 on 01-07-2011, Arthur B
To raise a perennial topic: what the hell is up with today's XKCD? What's the joke? Where's the punchline? How is the title even related to what happens? What does it even mean?
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at 08:01 on 01-07-2011, valse de la lune
I now can't see the word "ace" without immediately associating it with asexuality. ;D
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at 06:12 on 01-07-2011, Vermisvere
Ah, fuck Fred Phelps and that bunch of self-righteous wankers from WBC. I never really paid attention to him anyway, although Ku Klux Klan protesting at their demonstration is pretty damn hilarious.
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at 23:31 on 30-06-2011, Fin
By the way, has anyone pointed out yet that asexuals really hit the jackpot when it comes to shorthand? So many double entendres out there, and all of them complimentary.

It's been pointed out before. My favourite is any variation on ace detective/pilot/etc. It's awesome to know that I'll be an ace at anything I try to do. ;)
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