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#1132344
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Project Threepio (Star Wars OOT subtitles)
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Any font geeks care to comment? I’m considering moving some subtitles to using Noto Sans Medium. At least on the Latin/Greek/Cyrillic side of things, two things that have always bugged me about Arial are that it’s a little on the thin side (but Bold is too bold, and the demibold variants I’ve found don’t have all the needed characters), and the damned square periods and dots on the I’s and J’s. But thicker letters and rounded dots may run up against some sort of more serious kerning issue, which is something I’ve always been pretty satisfied with on the Arial side. I’m also fine with the “even blander than Helvetica if that’s even possible” criticism of Arial, and Noto Sans is similar. I favor utilitarian subtitles that don’t draw attention to themselves in any way at all.

I may even use Noto Sans as a “one font to rule them all” option, but that’s unlikely at this point. I’d have to validate every script looks as good or better before switching. On the downside, Noto Sans isn’t available at medium weight in all scripts, and its normal weight is even thinner than Arial.

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#1131676
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Politics 2: Electric Boogaloo
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It’s doesn’t have quite the same quality as Moore’s “Who Would Jesus Molest?” defenders, but I do see a lot of liberals playing Change the Subject awfully damn hard with regard to Franken. There’s about a bazillion discussions going on in liberal circles about Roger Stone and the Russian bots knowing about the allegations before they became public. Sure, it’s a politically motivated hit job. I don’t ever think that was ever in any serious doubt. But the thing is, this political hit job seems to have an actual basis in fact, making it very much different from the things thrown at Clinton by the same actors.

For crying out loud, Franken is not contesting the accusation. He’s referred himself to the ethics panel. Is that enough? No, actually it’s definitely not enough in the end, but it should be enough for his supporters to stop trying to defend him by calling the accusation “fishy”. Fishiness isn’t nearly as important as truth.

Exactly zero liberals are saying Franken groped this woman just the same way John the Baptist groped Elijah so it’s okay. But this is only because liberals and conservatives think differently. But they both have the same defend my team instinct, and sadly very little respect for the seriousness of the issue of sexual harassment.

Sexual harassment (should be) a non-partisan issue, and it’s rampant in places without oversight, such as Congress. There are absolutely more Democratic congresspeople who engaged in similar and worse behavior. And more Republicans too. And I’m not particularly sad about the prospect of dirt being dug up on the lot of them.

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#1131311
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Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD - V2.7 MKV IS OUT NOW
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Possessed said:

Why would you transfer despecialized to vhs lmao if you want star wars on VHS there are a multitude of official options available

The Star Wars 1977 video with 1977 audio has never been released on any home video format, ever. Not to mention the quality of a VHS transfer of DeEd would be better than the equivalent official versions.

Also, around that time, one of our forum members (none, I believe) was hypothesizing that you could theoretically do anamorphic VHS tapes these days with fairly broad device support, since modern displays can be (and often are) configured to stretch 4:3 images to fill a 16:9 frame. So you could (ab)use this (mis)feature to make an effective 16:9 VHS instead of your typical double-letterboxed situation.

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#1131044
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Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD - V2.7 MKV IS OUT NOW
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red5-626 said:

This is slightly off topic but hopefully not too much.
If stores like Blockbuster Video were still a thing.
would anybody be tempted to rent out their copy of the
original trilogy Blu-rays. and replace the discs with a set of Harmy’s?
So that more people could see the originals?

No, but I’ve been tempted to do something similar. There’s a farmhouse we vacation in sometimes, and the owners have just a handful of VHS tapes available there, and the 97SE’s are among them. Not much risk of people seeing them, though. They’re VHS. And there’s no VCR there. And there’s no TV there either. Nevertheless, a VHS transfer of Despecialized would be so much nicer, just knowing it was there, even if nobody could watch it.

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#1130744
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Best Member Names
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team_negative1

It’s a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. Who could it be? It’s the unbreakable encryption of usernames.

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#1130722
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Politics 2: Electric Boogaloo
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This joke chart has been making its way around Twitter, except… it’s not a joke. It’s an actual chart presented at today’s House Judiciary Committee oversight committee (by Rep. Gohmert, where all the crazy that isn’t coming from Trump originates)

Look carefully at this thing. What links James Clapper, Susan Rice, David Petraeus, Eric Holder, and the Obama State Department together in this insidious Russia/UraniumOne web? You guessed it – Benghazi! Robert Mueller and Rod Rosenstein even warrant their own crazy bubbles on this Russia/UraniumOne chart, cause Rosenstein’s job description is all about the Uranium, and he was US Attorney in Maryland until Trump put him to his current position, so that’s awkward. In fact, Mueller’s on there twice for good measure. So’s Comey. And Obama. And Susan Rice. Because doubling the crazy bubbles makes it seem doubly nefarious.

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#1130670
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Politics 2: Electric Boogaloo
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The Moore Senate campaign response just keeps getting lower and lower.

That’s right. They aren’t saying the Washington Post is paying women thousands of dollars to lie about Moore, they’re just saying the Washington Post is paying women thousands of dollars to lie about Moore through an anonymous intermediary, which is a totally different thing, because you can deny you said it. Because normal people unconnected to the Moore campaign make that kind of statement all the time in their normal everyday robocalls to Alabama voters, so it might be one of them.

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#1130276
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Politics 2: Electric Boogaloo
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This is where we must have state-level charges. He’ll only be coy about pardoning people for so long. If this hits his family, the pardons begin. But if his family gets hit with pardon-proof charges, he may be so fixated on those charges that he lets the other perps continue to dangle on federal charges, which would be lovely.

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#1129744
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Politics 2: Electric Boogaloo
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They appear to be testing a maneuver that sucks the orange pigment out of their bodies, allowing them to more easily pass for humans.

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#1129722
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Politics 2: Electric Boogaloo
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TV’s Frink said:

Would it? Not sure if that’s necessarily true. They can’t replace him on the ballot either way so they’d have to force a write-in campaign.

If Moore publicly announced he’d step down, people could vote for Moore knowing he isn’t the one who would actually serve the Senate term. You don’t have to do a write-in campaign, just go with Moore and a pledge to step down once elected, and you get a Senator picked by the Republican governor. That’s actually the move with the best chance of winning at this point IMO. You get your deplorables voting for Moore because they actually like him, and your sane Republicans voting for him because they like the governor. And that’s the coalition that delivered Alabama to Trump both in the primaries and the general, with hefty margins.

Could Moore break such a pledge? Absolutely. But the same people who got duped into the “Trump will pivot to the general/pivot to acting presidential” will easily fall for it whether it’s an honest pledge or not. And the kicker is, I don’t think McConnell cares either. He needs the pledge to win the seat. Once he has the seat, it only matters if they have an (R) next to their name. Moore could break the pledge or not, it won’t matter.

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#1129716
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The <em>Stranger Things</em> Thread
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Just finished Season 2. Agree with DominicCobb, a bit of a letdown. In many ways it was the same horror/action split you saw with Alien/Aliens, except not as well executed IMO. I preferred the subtler creepy vibe of S1 to the more straightforward scary monster vibe of S2. And Episode 7 gets some well-deserved shit – what’s worse than how bad it was, is how unnecessary it was. Was this an attempt at test-marketing a spin-off series featuring all the other experiments that were done before StitchEleven came along? I can’t even figure out why someone decided to write it. It is entirely skippable and all you really lose is the backstory for a hairstyle. Bleh.

That said, I liked some parts of S2, and overall I thought it was okay. Some characters were great – Steve and Dustin in particular. I thought that the slow parts were better than the action-packed parts, in the sense that I enjoyed watching these characters trying to get on with their previously normal lives, while suffering from the after-effects of S1. But I feel S1 has some re-watchable value, and I’m not sure S2 does.

Yeah, I agree that VHS-style Blu-ray set is pretty bad-ass looking.

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#1129478
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Politics 2: Electric Boogaloo
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yhwx said:

Donald J. Trump does not know how to spell “they’re.”

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/929503641014112256

When will all the haters and fools out there realize that having a good relationship with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing. There always playing politics - bad for our country. I want to solve North Korea, Syria, Ukraine, terrorism, and Russia can greatly help!

He can spell covfefe just fine though.

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#1129302
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Ask the Muslim! (a.k.a. interrogate the Muslim)
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So, I do want to interrogate you, but not because you’re Muslim. I want your language skills, if you have them 😉

Since it sounds like you didn’t live in Pakistan yourself, your Urdu might not be so great, and if it isn’t just say so. But it would be seriously awesome if we got Urdu subtitles for Star Wars, just saying. And we have (most of) a Hindi dub, so you listen to the Hindi, write/convert it to Urdu, and it’s pretty easy as far as translations go. Anyway if you (or anyone you know) is interested in this, please oh please send them my way. Also if you have any other language connections, I’m not picky. Punjabi, Dari, whatever. I realize English is widely spoken and understood in Pakistan, so English audio or subtitles should be more than adequate, but hey why not Urdu too?

I now apologize for the derail and we can go back to the regularly scheduled interrogation.

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#1128805
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Politics 2: Electric Boogaloo
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SilverWook said:

Why is the state auditor going to bat for this creep anyway? Doesn’t seem to fit the job description. Are they in the same country club or something?

Same gentleman’s club, more like. It’s really no surprise anymore when the most outspoken of our modern-day Pharisees turn out to be compensating for personal actions that could only generously be called moral failings. Moore’s not the first, nor the worst, nor the last, in our modern-day parade of the depraved hypocrites.

This state auditor sure seems to bother his Bible to the same degree as Moore, defending child sex predators no less. You have to wonder if they share a true kinship of faiths, as it were.

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