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Irma targets Tampa, a stalker plays the piano, and tiny puppies nap: Today in Tweets

Irma batters Cuba en route to Florida

By David Futrelle

Irma’s path shifts westward, putting a seriously unprepared Tampa in its path.

There’s some other news, too. But we’ll start with Irma:

In other news:

https://twitter.com/_grendan/status/905844826771476480

On a lighter note. Or maybe not?

Animal time!

https://twitter.com/awwcuteness/status/906583996297031680

Also bugs!

https://twitter.com/invisibleman_17/status/906069959670947840

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Redsilkphoenix: Jetpack Vixen, Agent of the FemiNest Collective; Keeper of a Hell Toupee, and all-around Intergalactic Meanie
Redsilkphoenix: Jetpack Vixen, Agent of the FemiNest Collective; Keeper of a Hell Toupee, and all-around Intergalactic Meanie
4 years ago

@Still Fiqah,

Why am I not surprised that a warning like that really needed to be issued? >.<

On the other hand, it did answer the question of whether it is possible to shoot straight at a target in hurricane-force winds. (Short answer: no.)

OT: is there going to be a regular open thread anytime soon? I'm feeling a need right now to vent about a customer at my workplace, his pet dog, a health inspector, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. But I'm not sure which current thread would be best for it outside of an official open thread.

Scildfreja Unnyðnes
Scildfreja Unnyðnes
4 years ago

Stay safe my Floridians!

ChimericMind
ChimericMind
4 years ago

The Washington Post has had hurricanes rather than Trump on its front page for several days now. I’m wondering how long it will be until he gets tired of being pushed out of the spotlight by a force of nature and does something stupid/ridiculous again just to regain it. This is a prime thing to throw at one of the Alex Jones cultists– if the government really did have a weather control machine, Trump would have commandeered it by now (and also bragged about it).

Ellesar
Ellesar
4 years ago

Dear Pianoman,

It is only amazingly romantic when it is reciprocated;
right now your ‘Rapunzel’ will be reflecting on how she made the right decision, but also probably a bit worried;
you are 34 ffs, if you were HALF that age this would still be a bit off, but a man of 34 doing this is more than embarrassing and creepy;
life isn’t a rom com.

TheKND
TheKND
4 years ago

Ok, I get the guy, he thinks this is a totally romantic expression of how enduring his love and conviction is.
Can HE understand, that doing things that the lady, he is “wooing”, doesn’t really enjoy is just a massive ego-masturbation with no regard for her feelings.
Maybe that last part is EXACTLY WHY SHE BROKE UP WITH YOU!

Also: Stay save everyone.

Aerinea
Aerinea
4 years ago

Talking about the piano guy has blown up my Twitter in a way where I’m having trouble following the conversation now. And all because a friend asked me why I thought it was a creepy move on his part.

Robert Walker-Smith
Robert Walker-Smith
4 years ago

Piano Stalker reminds me of a bit from a Cracked video on pop culture.
(Paraphrased for brevity)
“They’re going to make a Harley/Joker prequel as a rom-com.”
“What? Doesn’t the Joker torture Harley into insanity so she’ll fall in love with him?”
“So it IS a rom-com!”

As we know, the only difference between psychological horror and romantic comedy is camera angles and background music.

Nequam – that was exactly what I was thinking, too.
Sinkable John – my reaction as well. Some Earthly creatures look like eldritch abominations in extreme close up. Sometimes I look at trees until I can see them as living entities (as distinct from inanimate objects), which is unsettling, but they’re nothing compared to tiny arthropods.

weirwoodtreehugger: chief manatee

As we know, the only difference between psychological horror and romantic comedy is camera angles and background music.

If I wasn’t already so negligent about updating my current blog, I always thought I’d like to start one that reviews romance and rom-coms as if they were horror movies. Almost all of them seem to involve stalking and/or deceit and manipulation.

Arctic Ape
Arctic Ape
4 years ago

So far, the piano thing looks like public whining rather than stalking. I suspect there might also be actual stalking going on, and he might be covertly seeking feedback that will generally validate his ex-girlfriend obsession.

opposablethumbs
opposablethumbs
4 years ago

the only difference between psychological horror and romantic comedy is camera angles and background music.

QFT

Still Fiqah
Still Fiqah
4 years ago

@Redsilkphoenix: There’s a South Floridian tradition of hurricane parties. We cook up a bunch of food while we have power, and sit around eating and drinking a LOT of alcohol. It takes the edge off. HOWEVER – this is never done with Category 3 and up storms. Because you need a clear head. Otherwise you start doing reckless things, like taking pictures of yourself in front of the churning, furious ocean, or playing in flood waters, or SHOOTING AT HURRICANES.

@David: Thank you, we will!

EVERYBODY ELSE IN AMERICA’S MOST PENIS-SHAPED STATE: Take care, stay vigilant, stay safe and stay INSIDE because it’s real out here. #FloridaStrong

Hypatia's Daughter
Hypatia's Daughter
4 years ago

If Florida was powered by wind and solar there would be no electricity in the state this weekend. Long live fossil fuels.

Unless your solar setup was damaged (i.e. solar panels and storage batteries), you would be up & running as soon as the storm passed.
If your power comes in by power lines and they get damaged, you would be shit out of luck until they are repaired. (I was in Atlanta during Hurricane Opal. A tree branch snapped a power line feeding our subdivision – no other damage – and we were without power for 3 days.)

Sinkable John : Pansy Ass Pinko, Regicidal Beast-of-Burden
Sinkable John : Pansy Ass Pinko, Regicidal Beast-of-Burden
4 years ago

@Robert

It may be boringly euclidian, but it’s still nightmare fuel. Lovecraft’s got nothing on our tiny neighbors.

Did I ever mention how you sometimes hear the spiders in this house before you see them ? They’re that big. I’m gonna crawl under something now and hope to fuck it’s not already occupied.

MrsObedMarsh
MrsObedMarsh
4 years ago

Update: Piano Man quit after realizing he was making himself “the largest fool in the West Country” and embarrassing his ex, but apparently not before some rando punched him in the face.

https://inews.co.uk/essentials/news/uk/bristol-piano-player-got-punched-head-thats-not-stopped-playing/

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