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Hello! I've decided to move to a single-user instance out in the fediverse asteroid belt. I'll be keeping my old account @sandrockcstm@elekk.xyz, but I think I like the idea of my own quiet little corner on the fediverse.

If you'd like to follow me you can find me here now. If you've blocked or muted me in the past, this is the one you'll want to mute or block now.

It's time to play everyone's favorite game: Does My Dog Have To Pee Or Is She Just Bored?

Ninety-nine lead balloons
Rolling down the streets at night

Tripping people as they go
Who put these things here

What the hell

I know this is on a playlist, YouTube. You have the order of the series hard-coded by the channel. Why are you recommending that I watch an episode I've already seen, and why are you so confident in that decision that you have it automatically play?

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YouTube to advertisers: Our algorithm is best-in-class and if you pay for ads with us everyone that watches will buy your products.

YouTube to me: You just finished part 7 of this series, would you like to watch part 6?

Nazi mention 

I honestly don't know how to handle a situation like this, but it's pretty clear to me that this kid was visiting nazi forums at age 16, 15, 14, maybe even younger. He didn't get the intervention he needed when he needed it, and that's a failure of society.

He did a terrible thing and he needs to be held accountable. But saying "you're a complete lost cause" is bullshit. It's just a way to make us feel better for allowing this to happen by washing our hands of him.

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Nazi mention 

Pretty interesting to see that people loved the idea of restorative justice up until we had to figure out what to do with a teenager indoctrinated by nazis.

If your solution to "this kid was brainwashed so effectively that he chose to commit murder at age 17" is to call for his execution, or life in prison, then you want the same justice system we have now just with the character roles flipped.

Your concept of justice is revealed when your most hated enemy is put on trial.

Ok, I think I'm done talking about The Good Dinosaur. Thanks for coming to my TED-talk.

The Good Dinosaur spoilers/live watch, guess we're doing this 

- He has to learn to be brave and push through fear.
- He has to learn how to be himself
- He has to learn to overcome his prejudice against Spot
- He has to learn to let go of Spot when a pack of humans wants to take him in

None of these are bad plot-lines... they just don't make sense together in one movie.

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There's three plot threads that happen in parallel but bear no real relationship to one another:
- Arlo finds a pet boy
- Arlo gets lost
- Arlo tries to fill his dad's shoes

There's nothing wrong with having multiple plot threads. Stories pull it off all the time.

But not with a single character.

Arlo has like, 5 life lessons to learn in this film, and it's never thematically clear which moral he's learning at any given time.

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The Good Dinosaur spoilers/live watch, guess we're doing this 

My theory of The Good Dinosaur is that someone knew all of the main plot beats they wanted to put in a trailer but that no one on the team could figure out how to stitch it all together. Because certain scenes work very well in isolation, but there's nothing tying it all together.

I think it's similar to what happened with Hancock, in that there were competing scripts and they just fused them together rather than choosing.

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Wait, why did he leave his mark? Why does everyone else leave a mark because they contributed to the family in a major way but that rule does apply to him?

Was the journey the mark? Giving up spot? Fighting off the pterodactyls? Talking to a ghost dinosaur? What is the symbolism here?

Oh, it's over. Guess we'll never know.

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The Good Dinosaur spoilers/live watch, guess we're doing this 

OK, the circle around the other humans got me. Good job.

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The Good Dinosaur spoilers/live watch, guess we're doing this 

Arlo has had a water-related peril at least 4 times so far. Why can't this dinosaur just stay on dry land for five minutes?

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The Good Dinosaur spoilers/live watch, guess we're doing this 

GHOST. DINOSAUR.

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The Good Dinosaur spoilers/live watch, guess we're doing this 

This is a movie that will zoom in on a tooth grotesquely embedded in another dinosaur's jaw but will shy away from having T-rexes eating anything. There's been at least 3 occasions where the T-rexes have had other animals fully in their mouths and the creature got out without a scratch.

There's also been other other dinosaur's graphically eating other creatures so I'm just... Confused what the rules are here.

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The Good Dinosaur spoilers/live watch, guess we're doing this 

There is a Goddamn raptor named Bubba, what the actual fuck lol

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Spoke too soon. T-rexes are ranchers. A sentence I never thought I'd type.

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