I've now seen Avengers: Endgame twice. I genuinely like it. It has heart. It has gravitas, and the kind of compelling storytelling that makes you want to believe that, yes, in some parallel universe, maybe it's not so far-fetched that the characters we've grown to love over the years could confront the evils of our day. But it also has clumsy and sappy moments that lumber along to reminds us that the comics genre initially targeted teenage boys.Cinematic perfection is nearly impossible, especially in a 3 hour, 1 minute long movie that deals with a massive ensemble cast, disparate storylines, time travel science(!!!) and peak viewer expectation. Marvel's goals were ambitious, and considering the scale of the job, Endgame is a triumph that'sclobbered the box office to become theno. 2 movie of all time. However, the film's unignorable, groan-inducing, WTF moments jostled the plot enough to distract me from an otherwise sweeping epic. Before you aim your Infinity … [Read more...] about 9 scenes in Avengers: Endgame that don’t make good sense
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Editors' note: This story contains sexually explicit languageFor months, Danny Cords didn't know who was trying to ruin his life. He was recently divorced, living in Seattle. The night he settled on the terms of the split, in March 2017, he started getting random texts from strange numbers. Hundreds of messages and calls came in between midnight and 3 a.m., most of them nonsense."She's your daughter," one message would say. Another one said, "ready to die??????????"While they were terrifying, he assumed they were sent by bots. So Cords just tried to ignore them. Then it got worse. He started getting flooded with texts and calls from real people. Strangers across the country would send him messages, saying things like: "Just text me back I'd love to explore with you," and "Where in Seattle are you i want to cum fuck." He didn't know where these sexually explicit requests were coming from until a friend found a fake profile with his name, photo and phone number on Scruff, a gay dating … [Read more...] about Cyberstalkers are crowdsourcing danger to victims’ doorsteps with dating apps
Unless you’re a teacher, there are few reasons to be the “grammar police.” Creatas/Thinkstock I think we can agree that everyone just loves a pedantic, patronizing know-it-all. You know, the kind of person who, when you suggest he put a coat on because you wouldn't want him to catch a cold, gives you a sad little sympathetic smile and cites several PubMed studies that detail how cold body temperatures aren't related to getting a cold. "Don't worry," he murmurs as he pats you on the head, "most people don't know that." Oh, wait. That's not someone we love. That's someone we seethe at when he's not around and are sometimes openly hostile to in their presence. Now how do we feel about the kind of person who doesn't just cite arcane facts but who also insists we are using everyday speech or language to an unacceptable standard? The grimace-worthy term "grammar Nazi" gets thrown around pretty often. So does "grammar police." But surely we can agree that one who is … [Read more...] about Is it rude to correct people’s grammar?