Monday, 1 January 2018

How did everyone spend their New Years Eve?

In my early years i partied hard and for days. Now I prefer a nice quiet night in with the family, lucky if i make it until midnight. How does everyone celebrate?

As a side question, when does everyone take down holiday decorations (if you put them up)?
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[by Mythtyn@1:45pmGMT]


Headlessfriar said @ 4:11pm GMT on 1st Jan [Score:5 Good]
I played D&D with my kids.
midden said[2] @ 4:07pm GMT on 1st Jan [Score:3]
I watched Blade Runner 2049 with one of my best friends from high school and we got great Indian carry-out. As a big fan of the original, I really liked the sequel and am well satisfied. I feel that it did the first story justice, introduced new characters & ideas, and was full of strong performances.


One thing that surprises me this morning, in my first time reading about it, is the negative reaction to the portrayal of women. There were at least three very strong female roles crucial to the plot; the chief of police, the main villain, and the leader of the replicant underground.

The chief of police is shown as the protagonists boss, a respected leader and professional, an intelligent student of "human" nature. She exhibits both compassion and power.

Wallace's right arm, as the villain, is smart, ruthless, and kicks way more ass than the males.

We don't see much of the leader of the underground/revolution, but she clearly has the respect and loyalty of her people. She also was strong enough to literally give her right eye to be free and continue the fight for her cause.

They even overturn the assumption throughout most of the movie that the child everyone is seeking that will disrupt the oppressive social order is male. I think you could make a strong argument that one of the most powerful scenes in the movie passes the Bechtel test with ease; the confrontation between the chief of police and the villain over the missing girl.

Also, a lovely homage to the first movie in the shot where K dies, his wounded hand wrapped in a rag, looking up into the falling snow. And the last line of the film, "Just a moment... beautiful, isn't it?" spoken by Deckard's daughter. Wow.

It's only been about ten hours since I finished the movie, so I'm sure I'll be digesting it slowly over the next few days. I'm curious to know what other SEers thought of it.
lilmookieesquire said @ 5:45pm GMT on 1st Jan
K died? I thought he was just enjoying the snow. Like trying to be human. It was probably a new experience and Iā€™m not sure re: blade runner history, but given bees (wasps?) and snow, I thought it suggested the world was healing from the whole nuclear fallout thing.
hellboy said @ 7:06pm GMT on 1st Jan
I read it as K dying after sacrificing himself to save Deckard, which (unlike midden) I read as a feeble callback to the much better end of the original.
midden said @ 8:17pm GMT on 1st Jan
I interpreted it as him dying, but I think it was left intentionally vague. I don't really understand the apiary. I'm guessing it was supposed to be linked with the buttercup K finds next to the dead tree, but it seems like a stretch. I was expecting to find that Deckard had a huge field of wildflowers hidden somewhere in the ruins of Las Vegas. Maybe there will be something about it in the deleted scenes.
steele said @ 7:02pm GMT on 1st Jan
It's really important nobody figures out who she is and she's basically stuck living in a bubble, but would you like to meet your daughter in a place I previously got busted at?
midden said @ 8:36pm GMT on 1st Jan
I'm probably reading too much into it, but I took it as, "Now that we know who she is, we have to get your daughter out of here." K dies, and now Deckard has to take personal responsibility for the safety of the child he abandoned so long ago.

I can't imagine Deckard and his daughter having a touching reunion, then him saying, "Ok, I gotta go. Good luck!" I imagine five minutes after K dies, Deckard and his daughter wearing a hazmat suit are in the spinner, booking for the relative safety of the badlands and the rest of the replicant Underground. But that's for a future story.
steele said[1] @ 8:41pm GMT on 1st Jan
I dunno. It seems like outside the revolutionary group k is the only one who knows who she is.
It just doesn't seem like a smart move that the guy who just figured out who she is takes the guy who has no idea what's going on to meet her, pull her out of her bubble, put a target on her back, and then play by ear.

I should note that I barely remember the first movie and have no stake in this opinion, I just thought it was weird.
hellboy said[1] @ 7:13pm GMT on 1st Jan
True, there were some strong female characters (though one could argue that they were either relatively passive or taking orders from elsewhere rather than acting on their own volition, and even the resistance leader doesn't have much of a plan), but I think the sexism really shows up with the holographic girlfriend, who's basically a manic pixie digital girl, and the giant sex dolls in the advertising (which was in keeping with the original, but taken to a new level of explication).

Personally I thought it was very pretty but too long with a weak script - the Vegas sequence had me rolling my eyes like I was at a craps table, does everyone in LA have to love Las Vegas - but I'm glad you liked it, not a bad NYE. Especially with great Indian carry-out, I almost did Nepalese myself.
midden said[1] @ 8:11pm GMT on 1st Jan
I thought that was exactly the point: exposing the (literal, in this case) hollowness of the pixie dream girl fantasy. This is brought to a fine point when K encounters the giant advertising billboard version of his digital girlfriend, after his personal copy has been destroyed, and she repeats many of the same phrases and gestures his personal version had done previously in what were supposed to be personal, intimate moments. The holographic dream girl is also show to be completely ineffectual when he needs a real person the most, after his crash and when he and Deckard are attacked by the Wallace Corp. thugs. What he needs are allies like the police chief and the resistance leader.
hellboy said @ 9:13pm GMT on 1st Jan
Yeah, that's a good way to look at it, it just didn't play that way for me - seemed intended to evoke sympathy rather than demonstrate a learning experience.
mechanical contrivance said @ 3:15pm GMT on 1st Jan [Score:2 Funny]
I watched a Wes Anderson movie. I regret it.
backSLIDER said @ 5:59am GMT on 2nd Jan
I ended up watching Kong skull island. I was pleasantly surprised to find it wasn't total trash.
ooo[......7 said @ 4:25pm GMT on 1st Jan [Score:2]
I spent it sexing up my recent ex-gf of 11years. I'm all mixed up.

I also watched Krampus. It was great.
HoZay said[1] @ 3:54pm GMT on 1st Jan [Score:1 Good]
Played Boggle and Set (a card game) with the fam. Drank wine, rang our antique church bell at midnight.

Holiday decorations have to go ASAP, preferably the day after.
hellboy said @ 7:49pm GMT on 1st Jan
Now, see, if you'd introduced your family to murder-hoboing...
HoZay said @ 8:26pm GMT on 1st Jan
Way too cold last night for that. We barely even heard any celebratory gunfire.
hellboy said @ 9:07pm GMT on 1st Jan
murder-hoboing = D&D (because the characters wander around breaking into the underground homes of sentient beings to kill them and take all their valuables). Good clean fun.
HoZay said @ 12:12am GMT on 2nd Jan
Sorry, thought you meant hobo-murdering. Whole different thing.
hellboy said @ 2:02am GMT on 2nd Jan
Also a holiday family tradition though, so the confusion is understandable.
steele said @ 5:16pm GMT on 1st Jan [Score:1 Interesting]
I experimented with MagicaVoxel to create some assets for a game I'm working on while watching both of the new Chappelle specials on Netflix, and then a bunch of episodes of Little Witch Academia. I definitely recommend the Chappelle specials, I don't agree with everything he says, but he's funny and I think he does say some important stuff making them both worth the watch. Little Witch Academia is rather cute, as starting with season 2 the ongoing "villain" is an Elon Musk type character. It's got a good, wholesome, just before bed flavor to it. I'm stranded in Jacksonville for the foreseeable future, with no social life to speak of, so this was basically just a regular night for me.
steele said @ 8:46pm GMT on 1st Jan
Since I'm recommending stuff, y'all should check out GeoStorm and recommend it to your friends. It is by no means special in its acting or story, but any movie that wants imagine the US with a fleet of passenger shuttles and a big ass space station probably needs to be seen and spread.
Wadysseus said @ 7:16pm GMT on 1st Jan [Score:1 Good]
Played Dungeons and Dragons (5E) over roll20 with my buddy KyleMcBitch and some of our Colorado friends. It was exactly how I wanted to roll in the new year.
OutdoorRudy said @ 7:54pm GMT on 1st Jan [Score:1 Good]
Had a big bonfire and drank in -40C all night. The fire was huge so we stayed warm but our beers would freeze if not drank quickly. You would have to crack the beer and down it in a few gulps. Whisky was going around which also helped.

We didnt have a clock and the Bluetooth stereo froze so we did our own countdown around 1230 as we had no sense of time until a friend came by after 12.

Great night with friends.

maximumtodd said @ 8:43pm GMT on 1st Jan [Score:1 Funsightful]
My wife won't let me take the decorations down until Epiphany.
backSLIDER said @ 6:12am GMT on 2nd Jan
Ha, mine as well. But our tree this year has been awesome. Looks better now then some did after the first week.
throatstabber said @ 8:54pm GMT on 2nd Jan [Score:1 Good]
Went up to a remote, community run ski-hill on Vancouver Island with a group of friends. We created a dance-floor away from the lodge and cabins in the middle of the forest in the snow, set up a DJ booth and some decorations/lights. Somebody set a tree on fire with fireworks, but it'll pull through. It was a night that won't soon be forgotten, as soon as I remember it.
Abdul Alhazred said @ 3:44am GMT on 3rd Jan [Score:1 Interesting]
I met up with my kids and their significant others at my childhood home in the Adirondacks, where it stayed pretty consistently below 0F. Everyone was eager to show off their cooking skills and share the great beers they had discovered, we had champagne at midnight and went down to the frozen lake to set off mothafuckin' bootleg fireworks.

I think we have started a new family tradition.
Nextdooryeti said @ 4:06pm GMT on 1st Jan
Took my 9 yr old and mother to dinner and Star Wars. His gasps and post movie excitement were fantastic.
Mythtyn said @ 4:12pm GMT on 1st Jan
We took our daughter on a New years eve kids riverboat cruise during the day. Finished off the old year with a couple episodes of rick and morty.
Dienes said @ 4:54pm GMT on 1st Jan
Several friends came over and we drank wine, watched the Twilight Rifftrax, and did a draft with our Magic: the Gathering cube. It was delightful.

Holiday decorations go up the day after TG and come down today every year.
rhesusmonkey said @ 5:09pm GMT on 1st Jan
Had neighbors over for dinner, watched the Times Square ball drop and said "good enough" at 9PM. Used a bunch of those pull-string poppers and party hats.

Decorations, typically the week after Christmas for sure, we were like 26th for tree and interior (Boxing Day in Canada is usually a sale, so previously we would have done 27th), 27th for exterior lights.

Now the other question is when do they go *up*? I'm adamant we hold off until after Nov11th, out of respect for Remembrance Day / Armistace Day, but we had neighbors who celebrate Diwali who had their lights up earlier, and next year it will be more of a struggle to not "also" hand Diwali lights that just hang around through Christmas.
Mythtyn said @ 5:43pm GMT on 1st Jan
Usually the day after (USA) Thanksgiving for us for putting up decorations. The inside decorations are down new years eve or day and outside lights are down the first warmish day the last week of December.
backSLIDER said @ 6:09am GMT on 2nd Jan
Or if you want to be a crazy person you can follow the Church calender and take you stuff down after Christmas tide. I thinking that is 1/6/18 this year.
Mythtyn said @ 10:55am GMT on 2nd Jan
I'll pass. For me 12 years of catholic school and church multiple times a week was enough. Actually, i was done with it by high school personally/mentally, but still had to follow due to school. I'm a c+e (christmas and easter) at this point, only attending to assuage my wife and her family. My wife goes to mass a couple times a month. I asked her if she would still go if her mom/dad weren't around and she said she wouldn't.

I wonder how many other people that attend are like that?
backSLIDER said @ 4:46pm GMT on 2nd Jan
I would bet almost everyone under 40. I know a few familys that go because they want their kids to go to church but they wouldn't bother if they didn't feel like it was better for their kids. Weird. I know plenty of people who believe in god but not the church. And I can't blame them.
lilmookieesquire said @ 5:46pm GMT on 1st Jan
I ran into a highschool friend I always see at a cafe and taught him the basic ropes of migwelding. Trying to get back into some of my hobbies.
hellboy said @ 7:04pm GMT on 1st Jan
I watched Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and a couple episodes of the new season of Black Mirror (it's good) with my dog. Also did some hackintosh research/computer shopping. First NYE in 4 or 5 years without my ex-girlfriend, so I wasn't feeling festive, but it was nice enough.
rezties said @ 7:50pm GMT on 1st Jan
I played D&D with Headlessfriar's kids.
moriati said @ 8:30pm GMT on 1st Jan
Went with my family to a party at a friends flat, ate, drank, talked and saw in the New Year on the roof watching fireworks all over the city.

Happy New Year to all.
EvilNinjaX24 said @ 8:52pm GMT on 1st Jan
I played SWTOR the majority of the day and into the night. I regretted it when I went to bed around 3, 'cause my brain was locked into it and wouldn't let it go as I tried to sleep.
eggboy said @ 9:20pm GMT on 1st Jan
Wandering around all night at a music festival I've been working at, in my very comfiest pyjamas, on some particularly great LSD. Somehow ended up looking after one of my wife's anxious friends instead of sleeping with a very lovely English lass. Hung out with a hilariously aggressive rainbow unicorn to watch the sunrise.
eggboy said @ 9:37pm GMT on 1st Jan
Never put up any Christmas decorations myself because I couldn't be arsed, but my Dad had his tree still up from the year before because he liked it so much, a hanging sculpture of driftwood and rope that he made with my brother's ex that we chuck the presents under.
cb361 said @ 10:24pm GMT on 1st Jan
Got toothache around the time the dentists shut for Christmas. Gave girlfriend's granddaughters DVDs of cheesy 1980s sci-fi, in an attempt to relive my forgotten youth through theirs. Tried to learn Unreal Engine, but decided I hated writing programs by connecting graphic nodes together. Now girlfriend has the flu, and I'm back to work tomorrow.

Could have been better.
cb361 said @ 11:27pm GMT on 1st Jan [Score:1 Underrated]
Ate half a tube of Sensodyne toothpaste over a week. It stripped the protective layers of cells from the side of my mouth, which hurt almost as much as the tooth.
mechavolt said @ 10:47pm GMT on 1st Jan
Spent the day playing the new Zelda game, then went over to a friend's for drinks and snacks until the early morning. We played board games, got tipsy, and drank peppermint tea. All in all, a pretty satisfying night.
SnappyNipples said @ 11:01pm GMT on 1st Jan
Ate chinese had beer watching MST3K.
WeiYang said @ 11:50pm GMT on 1st Jan

this is a direct transcript of my night.
knumbknutz said @ 11:53pm GMT on 1st Jan
Flew back from a long month and a half work trip to Bangalore. Got in to LAX at 2AM after 22+ travel hours, and got to the homestead right around 330 or so.

Nice to be back to the (not-so) crazy western world of things. It's always very strange with the whole dateline thing, and have never gotten used to it no matter how many times I do it.
satanspenis666 said @ 4:08am GMT on 2nd Jan
Dumped the kids, ate with with wife and some friends at a not so busy joint, saw the new Star Wars movie, then watched a netflix movie at home with the wife.

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