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My rock band got more use out of my parents' station wagon than most any other vehicle. Not exactly the babe magnet vehicle that I was hoping for, though.
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Back then computer hardware was much more reliability. The original IBM PC was built to a standard that achieved a mean-time-to-failure of 20 years. This is mainly due to pin-in-hole technology and low density silicon.

However, without surface mount technology and ultra high density chips, smart phones would be impossible.
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Well, maybe. Years ago, I saw an older couple in the parking lot of Walmart. The man got out of the car, while his wife did some mysterious woman-magic, and went around to open the door for her. It was a sweet scene. I thought to myself that I wanted my wife and I to be like that when we were older.
I realized then that I had to practice now, in order to achieve that level of seamless grace that they demonstrated. I made it my job to open the car door for her whenever I could manage it. She caught on, and took time to do something or another while waiting for me, so I wouldn't have to think that I was delaying her. We're getting there, and when we are older, we will manage the doors like Fred and Ginger.
Older men need to demonstrate such acts in public, to teach younger men how it is done. It's an important responsibility. I don't do it because my wife is weak, or because it is required of me by culture. I do it because I hold her in high regard, and I want to serve her out of love.
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This makes me feel uncomfortable because on the one hand it points out that people's lives were ruined by making this information public, yet on the other hand it seems to enjoy outing the people yet again. Why did an article that ends with "Public shaming as a blood sport has to stop" have to mention the names and show the faces of the people involved? It could as easily have left the names out and blurred the faces to get the point across ... though I must admit that I'm not sure what the point is.

It also leaves out the live ruined by so-called "name and shame" laws and attempts, like from 2000 where "News of the World" stopped its name-and-shame campaign "after a string of vigilante attacks on men either named or mistakenly identified as those named by the campaign.", or Florida's short-lived law "requiring women who put up their infants for adoption to first publish their sexual histories in a newspaper if they didn't know the identity of the father". Or those who were publicly shamed for reporting cases of child abuse ( ) or "reporting misconduct to [police] Internal Affairs Bureau" ( ). These somehow all seem like they should be higher on the list than a woman whose didn't clean up after her dog pooped in a subway.
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Though... I have to say, Atkins wouldn't approve of most of these since they contain lots of starch and sugar in addition to the bacon. The high protein/fat diet only works if you aren't stuffing your maw with biscuits and sugar at the same time...
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Have to agree with rcxb. The list is way too non-specific, which then makes it wide open (which is the point of most lists anyway). But if you say Airport is a "disaster" move, then so is Apollo 13 which is infinitely better. Ditto Airplane! (Really?) - I say Dr. Strangelove. . . As for others:

On the Beach
The Road
Night of the Living Dead
War of the Worlds (Original)
Godzilla (Original)
Things to Come
I am Legend
The Omega Man

More keep popping up as I type, but you get the point - appears our initial Lister doesn't watch much science fiction. . .
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Not too fond of their list, but I'm not even sure where the genre starts and ends. How much of the movie must the disaster take-up? What kind of disasters count? How many people have to be involved? With both Titanic and Airplane in there, the definition must be pretty wide-open. I'd say most popular movies probably include something crashing and/or several people dying for some reason, at some point, but are they all disaster movies?

If any of these count, I'd vote for:

Abyss (1989)
Pitch Black (2000)
Sum of all Fears (2002)
Fortress 2 (1999)
Resident Evil (2002)
Prometheus (2012)
Alien (1979)
Die Hard 2 (1990)
Poltergeist (1982)
Hero (1992)
Soldier (1998)
2001 A Space Odyssey (1968)
Gremlins (1984)
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A creature that can terrify you just by scowling is not "cute." But I can understand how her attitude changed completely when she saw the babies. It's empathy for a critter who's just trying to keep her family together and safe. Still, I can't stand possums. I've been surprised by too many big ones in my attic or basement or trees that were way too close and I didn't see until they moved. That's unnerving.
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