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Date: 2003-05-04 11:42
Subject: Penny Arcade Video
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From Penny Arcade

I won’t lie to you. I have fought off my share of imaginary dark Jedi in my parent’s basement using only a broom stick and some light saber noises. I did not however videotape it. God bless this poor son of a bitch. His public humiliation might be the funniest thing I see all year.

-Gabe out

America's Funniest Home Video

I busted a gut laughing at this. This must look very familiar to those who know me because this behavior is SO me. I've done this many times and never realized how bust-a-gut funny I must have looked.
Luckily I have no video tapes of me doing it. I'd like to think my fighting style is a bit more polished, but you never know.

I get the complaint sometimes that I'm condensending.
So I try to avoid that when I can. Yesterday during a marathon chat with Jessica, who is a CIS major who spends more time online than me, I mentioned a site getting Slashdotted.
She was unaware of the term so I was trying to explain Slashdot and the Slashdot effect.
I'm assuming she was serious about not knowing, but there's a 2% chance she might have been pulling my leg. You never know. I was just so shocked.
That's the danger to me, because usually when I get pegged with the condensending attitude it's becuase
someone's unaware of something that I have classified as common knowledge. But it's not really general
population common knowledge, it just that the group I hang with is all geeks/nerds or has so much exposure to them that they know all our stuff. So I generalize that everybody has nerd common knowledge, but they don't.
And it surprises me. But it shouldn't.
So I need to work on that a bit more.

However she has cool dividers between her thoughts on her postings, and I all have is the dashes.
So who's the ignorant one here?

X-Men 2 is a really cool movie. Just under Matrix level cool.
I don't know who wrote the stuff for Magneto, but Ian McKellen just rocked the movie.
Best Villian Ever.

He has a pretty nifty site too.

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User: parc
Date: 2003-05-04 21:36 (UTC)
Subject: Movia and Slashdot
While I wouldn't put X2 directly under The Matrix, it was pretty good. The last scene, however, has GOT to go! I felt like either Disney had taken over the last 30 seconds of the movie, or they accidentally cut in a scene from Star Trek MCMXI: Wesley evolves.

As to the slashdot effect -- Try
The Slashdot Effect, An Analysis of Three Internet Publications
for an actual paper written about it.

Mmm...Slashdot...It's not as good as it used to be, but that's only because I'm slowly becoming a crotchety old man.
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