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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of TV Tropes on: February 17, 2017, 11:32:31 pm
I used to be very amused with it but I quickly realized the entire premise of the website is completely flawed and nothing more than a ton of meaningless reference sheets.

The indexing of notable tropes in various media is a great idea in theory, but the website falls completely flat in the implementation. There's no discussion about the meaning of a trope in the context of its general application, or why a trope is appropriate to use, or how an amateur writer can apply the trope properly, or even their general significance. Instead it's literally nothing more than an obsessively compiled list of examples and examples and examples with zero commentary other than perhaps a brief description of the circumstances of its use in a given work. It claims to be a writing resource but literally every work I've read that was inspired by TVTropes is almost completely devoid of actual content or meaningful plot, and instead is reduced to little more than a "fill in the blank" style exercise of jumping from trope to trope, one after another, exhibiting zero understanding on any meaningful or symbolic level. The site has so much potential but it falls completely flat.

That said, I do enjoy the "fridge" section of various works because they often include interesting observations that I might have failed to catch. I also used to like the WMG's but the vast majority of them are terrible, especially compared to reddit's /r/fantheories which actually has a lot of interesting content.
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Would you still post on Atlas if it was just AIs talking to each other? on: February 17, 2017, 11:12:41 pm
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3  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Sabato Initial Senate Rankings on: February 17, 2017, 03:14:16 am
Manchin's politics are terrible and conservative but at the end of the day he's still going to be a vote to make Schumer the majority leader, Leahy the Chairman of Appropriations, Sanders the Chairman Budget, Feinstein the Chairwoman of Judiciary, etc. etc. etc.

That's going to be the case as long as Manchin is going to be in the Senate because switching parties would force him to lose all his committee seniority and he'd never let that happen
4  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: February 2017 Federal Election on: February 17, 2017, 02:36:58 am
1) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6EoRBvdVPQ
2) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6EoRBvdVPQ
3) NeverAgain/Southern Gothic
4) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6EoRBvdVPQ



1) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6EoRBvdVPQ
2) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6EoRBvdVPQ
3) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6EoRBvdVPQ
4) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6EoRBvdVPQ
5) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6EoRBvdVPQ
6) write-in: Xahar
7) write-in: Bacon King
Cool write-in: him name is hopkin green frog
5  About this Site / The Atlas / Re: Farewell on: February 16, 2017, 03:20:26 pm
only if some dummy gives out his password like a retiree.

luv u 2 dead0 bby
6  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: French presidential election, April 23rd & May 7th, 2017 on: February 06, 2017, 09:44:30 pm
I'd still vote for him in a heartbeat over Le Pen if I were French, of course, and maybe even in the first round to prevent a Fillon/Le Pen runoff (top two worst runoff system, text it), but the fact that there's an appetite for this kind of candidacy in the first place should stand as a sign of indictment and condemnation to us all.

"I would vote for Macron. I don't know why anyone would vote for Macron."
7  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Sam Spade Memorial Good Post Gallery on: February 04, 2017, 09:12:30 pm
who is fighting against capitalism in all seriousness these days?

seems outdated.

Young people who have never known anything but what appears to be a severely ineffective system where industries are allowed to consolidate and amass power unfettered. Where businesses are increasingly free to bribe politicians for all sorts of benefits. Where the pharmaceutical industry has become so powerful that they casually engage in extreme price gouging to the detriment of society. Where the fossil fuel industry continues to wreck the earth for short term profits. Where the banking sector crashes the economy, gets bailed out and gets off with a mere slap on the wrist. Where wages and benefits have stagnated while COL rises, and the wealthy increasingly take bigger pieces of the pie. All while many pro-market politicians deny citizens any programs or benefits to alleviate some of this burden, under the excuse that the market will take care of it (lol). And on, and on and on....

And sure as hell doesn't help that the loudest proponents of the free market come from a political party whose economic philosophy of deregulation and giant tax breaks for the wealthy/corporations is at times almost indistinguishable from special interest corruption.

Proponents of capitalism have really failed to make the case to young people of why their system is the best. It doesn't mean capitalism shouldn't be practiced - it just means, imo, that the GOP's idea of it should be killed with fire. Unfortunately, because of the unwillingness to reign in the huge excesses of this failed system, they are helping to create a large amount of people who are far more open to a completely different ideas.

I think well-regulated markets with generous social programs is the way to go, but I don't blame others for completely losing faith in capitalism.
8  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Which team are you rooting for in Super Bowl LI? on: January 27, 2017, 03:48:13 pm
Patriots because they're from the more liberal area.

in addition to what SJoyce said above, the Patriots' stadium is in a suburban precinct that voted for Romney, whereas the Falcons' stadium is in a sea of Obama>80 and Obama>90 precincts
9  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Which team are you rooting for in Super Bowl LI? on: January 26, 2017, 08:11:14 pm
10  About this Site / The Atlas / Re: You people are fcking pussies. on: January 26, 2017, 08:04:40 pm
Scott:

Of course there's a middle ground but it doesn't include throwing words like "faggot" around and it's not going to look anything like /pol/. I'll be honest that I'm judging you quite negatively for posting on 4chan given its current user base, and also because IMO it became irredeemably terrible sometime around 2011 (though that might have just been me maturing rather than the site actually getting worse). However I guess that's not really relevant to the thread so let's just agree to disagree on that subject.

I guess my point is that the rampant right wing trolling/shposting is a legitimate problem that needs to be brought up but you're not exactly the best messenger for it right now. You made this thread to complain you weren't allowed to call someone a turd and then whined again when you weren't allowed to call someone "violent and shortsighted and despicable". These are things that are not okay and they were handled appropriately by the moderators.

It is a different issue entirely that right wing Trump hacks are shting up the forum everywhere you look. That is a real problem and the moderators need to do something about it. But I know moderator politics and how the inside baseball game works and this is not the right way to get their attention. The fact that you're complaining from such an unjustified position means that proper pest control against the Trumpkins is going to be that much harder to push through. You're provoking a dispute by targeting specific people and now when the mods enforce the rules on those people they're just going to complain they're being unfair and taking your side because they're going to see it as a reaction to your unjustified demand.
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Tremendous Forum you folks got here! on: January 26, 2017, 06:10:30 pm
amusing joke account but overdone at this point

I'll give it a C+

Yeah I bet you thought Trump was "amusing" 18 months ago huh?

I'll admit that I liked the part where he massacred the Bush family's legacy
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Dave Leip changed my life on: January 26, 2017, 06:07:19 pm
Total Time Spent Online:   261 days, 12 hours and 38 minutes.


That's an average of 89.3 minutes per day over the last 11.5 years



you newbies get out while you still can
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Tremendous Forum you folks got here! on: January 26, 2017, 05:59:07 pm
amusing joke account but overdone at this point

I'll give it a C+
14  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: How would you vote on Trump's Cabinet picks? on: January 26, 2017, 05:11:05 pm
lol poor David Shulkin, being forgotten by everyone
15  About this Site / The Atlas / Re: You people are fcking pussies. on: January 26, 2017, 04:49:02 pm
Scott, what the hell man? As someone who typically agrees with you politically, I think you need to chill out for a second because you're completely in the wrong here.

Winfield wrote a post that at worst can only be described as "mild" but you show up and reply by calling him a loser, a spineless turd, and accuse him of fellating Trump. I feel like it should be transparently obvious to anyone why your post was completely unacceptable and the fact that krazen (i.e. not even winfield!) apparently makes posts that go unmoderated doesn't justify your infraction. Neither does it justify calling the forum "p*ssies" and "c*nts" (which, I might add, are also horribly sexist language and you should be ashamed of yourself to resorting to such language). You're threatening to switch over to AAD but your own behavior here is worse than literally everyone on AAD except Straha (and everyone has him on ignore anyway).

I don't know what krazen is allegedly getting away with because you have failed to provide a single example - but two wrongs don't make a right and your conduct is quite clearly across the line. Yes the Trumpists are annoying as hell but that doesn't justify the fact that you've apparently resorted to hurling juvenile insults at them just because you apparently lack the emotional fortitude to type a response based on logic instead. Your second post towards David is worse because it shows this is a repeating behavior from you.

4chan is a cesspit and /pol/ is literally the very worst the internet has to offer. You're literally threatening to leave for /pol/ of all places because you're mad that moderation here is too lenient towards Trump is transparently ridiculous and completely baffling. That's like an evangelical preacher in Alabama emigrating to North Korea because they're upset about gay marriage.

Your regurgitation of offensive slurs in lieu of actual debate is typical of 4chan and you should probably self-deport there now if that's something you're actually finding acceptable to do. Homophobic, racist, antisemetic, and offensive language has become normalized to you. You're literally whining about "political correctness" and "language policing" and "kids these days being so sheltered" - you're literally a Trump supporter in all but name.

TL;DR Trump supporters are annoying sure but you're being offensive. This isn't 4chan. If you're honestly whining because this forum isn't more like /pol/ then you should probably just delete your account
16  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: For the first time in history the U.S. is downgraded to flawed democracy on: January 26, 2017, 04:15:33 pm
There are so many misconceptions in this thread. The Democracy Index is a fascinating and good metric. The downgrade isn't because of Trump nor is it because they are trying to make Trump look bad - they literally say the downgrade would have happened even if there wasn't a presidential election in 2016 at all

Here's the white paper going into detail on their numbers this year:
http://www.eiu.com/public/topical_report.aspx?campaignid=DemocracyIndex2016
17  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Grain of salt, man claiming to be a staffer to WH sets up leak account on: January 26, 2017, 12:40:07 am
I find this believable, mostly, but I don't understand why Priebus would be threatening to quit rather than having the interview on Fox News Sunday. I imagine this is a very low-level staffer who's only hearing a lot of these rumors second- or third-hand after they've trickled down from the people who actually have access to Trump.

I don't think a whistleblower would tag his boss in a tweet.

Why not? He doesn't identify who he is, he seems paranoid about hiding his identity so he's probably accessing Twitter through a VPN or something, and at several points he's basically saying "if I get fired for this, so be it, I don't even care at this point"
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Name the first poster that comes to mind for each state on: January 26, 2017, 12:06:49 am
Alabama: DWPerry
Alaska: AKSaber
Arizona: CARLHAYDEN
Arkansas: Cosmo Kramer
California: jfern
Colorado: Aizen
Connecticut: dazzleman
Delaware: ?
Florida: sjoyce
Georgia: Adam Griffin
Hawaii: karl brunsel (he liked turtles)
Idaho: IBDD
Illinois: boris
Indiana: JSoujourner
Iowa: PBrunsel
Kansas: too much to handle for you ninety four
Kentucky: Bandit
Louisiana: Miles
Maine: I can't remember his name but the guy who IIRC ended up making the actual Congressional district map that the state adopted in 2011
Maryland: Akno
Massachusetts: Walter Mitty
Michigan: Nym
Minnesota: Snowguy
Mississippi: Harry
Missouri: james
Montana: seatown
Nebraska: dead0man
Nevada: Joe Republic
New Hampshire: sawx
New Jersey: HockeyDude
New Mexico: King
New York: Tweed
North Carolina: NCYankee
North Dakota: BRTD
Ohio: Joe Republic again
Oklahoma: BushOklahoma
Oregon: rob
Pennsylvania: Keystone Phil
Rhode Island: Winfield
South Carolina: AHDuke
South Dakota: MissCatholic
Tennessee: memphis
Texas: Mikado
Utah: james again
Vermont: MattVT
Virginia: Virginia
Washington: bgwah
West Virginia: Al
Wisconsin: nhoj
Wyoming: Svennson and his twenty sock accounts
19  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: this ONE statistic reveals 2018 won't be as rosy as you want it to be on: January 25, 2017, 03:36:05 am
Does anybody have the same numbers for the House? I imagine there are more Hillary-district Republicans than Trump-district Democrats, but that might just be projecting.

GOP Congressmen in Hillary Districts: 22
Dem Congressmen in Trump Districts: 10

difference: 12



2016 GOP House seats won: 241
2016 Dem House seats won: 194

difference: 47
20  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / this ONE statistic reveals 2018 won't be as rosy as you want it to be on: January 25, 2017, 01:49:30 am
Republican Senators in Hillary States: 1
Democratic Senators in Trump States: 10



discuss with maps
21  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Presidents vs. Vice Presidents: JFK vs. LBJ on: January 23, 2017, 08:20:51 pm
JFK was one of the worst presidents in American history, an incompetent, ailing playboy elected because of a mass media-driven cult of personality created by his wealthy family. It would be like Donald Trump buying Invanka the presidency, staffing the White House with family members and assorted cronies, and then coming extremely close to getting us all killed in a nuclear war.

He was also the first candidate to win primaries just by dumping a ton of advertising money into it rather than campaigning the traditional way
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Have you ever met an Atlas user in real life? on: January 21, 2017, 08:42:18 pm
I have met:

BRTD

Yelnoc

Adam Griffin
Flo
retromike
smilo
Icespear
HockeyDude
Snowstalker

I also barely missed out on the opportunity to meet with several other forum posters due to the battles with mental illness i was facing at the time
23  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Fremont Voting Booth: January 2017 Special Election on: January 21, 2017, 08:13:51 pm
1. Siren
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The most conservative California county, or the most liberal W. Virginia county on: January 19, 2017, 07:56:12 pm
Anywhere in West Virginia > Anywhere in California

You guys would rather live in McDowell County WV than the locale of your choice in the biggest and most varied/diverse state in the union?
Huh

No offense but do either of you have any idea what West Virginia is actually like
25  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Star Wars fans, is Rey a Skywalker? on: January 19, 2017, 05:50:53 pm
No blood relation to anyone - the force reincarnation of Obi Wan
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