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General Discussion / Re: A Song of Ice and Fire [spoilers version]
« on: May 21, 2019, 03:54:10 am »
I mean, George Washington flogged his slaves. You have to put things into perspective.

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General Discussion / Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« on: May 15, 2019, 12:32:19 am »
Are they artsy people? I think thereís a difference between having synesthesia (e.g. the word ďbananaĒ always appears to be written in blue, even when it isnít), and talking about what sort of feelings something evokes (which is something you can talk about after you spend some time thinking about it).

Like, just because some music-inclined person says a given chord is ďwarmĒ doesnít mean they feel the temperature rise when they hear that chord. Itís just shorthand for the emotional effect of that chord on them.

Or at least thatís my interpretation of my interactions with artistically inclined people. They often use synesthetic language, even if they arenít synesthetic themselves in a more strict sense. Of course, I wasnít sitting at that table with you, so I donít know if my interpretation applies there.

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General Discussion / Re: Movies: Any movie buffs?
« on: May 04, 2019, 01:15:38 am »
EDIT: Read the link to the interview you provided. Apparently the Russo brothers say old Steve is the same Steve as the one that just jumped to another reality, and is only now stopping by, after living a full life in that reality, to give the shield to Wilson and give everyone some closure. This is... terribly unclear in the movie. If it was the same Cap, I would expect him to appear back in the platform, since that's how they've been back to their timeline every time before. It works so much worse than having it be a Captain from a different timeline altogether...

On the contrary, I thought that was terribly clear in the movie, and I'm a bit surprised it's a sticking point for so many people. Different minds I guess.

It goes against the time travel rules they had implied until then. They admittedly never really explain them, besides saying you canít change your past. But then they also focus quite a bit on the quantum ďplatformĒ, and it seems that you can only go back to your timeline through it. Like some sort of dimensional anchor. So when Cap leaves on the platform, but never comes back through it, I had to assume old Steve was a different Steve. They could have had old Steve reappear on the platform, their interpretation would have been a lot clearer that way, at least to me.

Has anyone complained here yet about how Ant-Man was freed? That really bugged me. Such a lame deus ex machina. I would have loved it so much more if it had been Louis who freed him; with some line about how heíd been trying to track down the van for years.

It didnít bother me. It could have happened in countless other ways (someone moving the van to another storage, or reappraising for a sale, or a janitor touching it by accident... whatever. The rat was representative of random chance over an extremely long time (5 years). It didnít have to be a rat, itís just what ended up happening.

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General Discussion / Re: Movies: Any movie buffs?
« on: May 03, 2019, 05:26:42 pm »
There are two time-travelling Captains. The one that disappears at the end of the movie, and the old man that reveals himself right after, who is also a time traveller. Since in the MCU, you cannot travel to your own past, old man Steve has to be a different Captain from a different timeline. It's just implied that his timeline was basically identical to the prime one, so that the protagonists can get some closure on prime-timeline Captain.

EDIT: Read the link to the interview you provided. Apparently the Russo brothers say old Steve is the same Steve as the one that just jumped to another reality, and is only now stopping by, after living a full life in that reality, to give the shield to Wilson and give everyone some closure. This is... terribly unclear in the movie. If it was the same Cap, I would expect him to appear back in the platform, since that's how they've been back to their timeline every time before. It works so much worse than having it be a Captain from a different timeline altogether...

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General Discussion / Re: Movies: Any movie buffs?
« on: May 03, 2019, 03:45:35 pm »
The plotholes that bothered me were Thanos and his whole army going through time with no Pym particles, despite that being a major plot point for our protagonists.

The Russo's actually addressed this one in an interview:


Q: How did Thanos bring his army to the future?

A: There is a guy called Maw in his army, he was a great wizard. Thanos himself was a brilliant genius as well. Those two easily reverse engineered and mass produced Pym Particles.

WTF. At the very least, this "explanation" should have been in the movie. It doesn't take long, just a few seconds to have Thanos tell Maw to study the Pym particles.


By my count, they created two very divergent parallel universes (Loki escapes with the Tesseract in one, Thanos and his army flat out vanish in another), and then maybe 3 with minor divergences (stolen Pym particles in 1970, Jane attacked by a racoon in Asgard, and Cap staying in the past in some other universe).

I think your third "minor" is actually a major.

Cap marrying Peggy changes her whole life. She originally would have gotten married to someone else; so that drastically changes that guy's life as well. Also, there is now a non-frozen Cap from 1945-2012. We don't know for sure what he did other than married life, but he's still a super hero. Everything he did for the next however long while he was living there would have been an impact that would make that timeline different than the prime timeline.

Well, there is also a time-travelling Cap in the prime timeline. While I don't remember it being spelled out, it's implied that he did the same as the Cap that left the prime timeline: marry Peggy and live in the down low. He says that he took the piece of advice from Tony to get a life seriously, so I don't think he does any more superhero work after returning the stones and getting back to Peggy. If this Cap didn't affect the prime timeline, then the Cap that leaves this shouldn't change the one he goes to either. By the way, note that we don't know when exactly he goes back. Could have been 1945, could have been 1970, who knows.

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General Discussion / Re: Movies: Any movie buffs?
« on: May 03, 2019, 02:52:20 pm »
By my count, they created two very divergent parallel universes (Loki escapes with the Tesseract in one, Thanos and his army flat out vanish in another), and then maybe 3 with minor divergences (stolen Pym particles in 1970, Jane attacked by a racoon in Asgard, and Cap staying in the past in some other universe).

The plotholes that bothered me were Thanos and his whole army going through time with no Pym particles, despite that being a major plot point for our protagonists. Iron Man figuring out time travel in a frickin afternoon. All of Peter Parker's friends being dusted? And then Thanos's power compared to the main cast fluctuates scene to scene, but I've come to expect that by now. And a minor one: where did Valkyrie get the pegasus?

I know there was one more thing that bothered me, but I don't remember it right now.

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General Discussion / Re: Movies: Any movie buffs?
« on: May 01, 2019, 01:41:50 am »
I just wish the time heist was the entire movie.  I could have done without the big battle at the end, honestly.

Gotta super disagree. I thought the first half was just fine, but the second half was where it got really great.

The Time heist was great as a trip down memory lane, to remind the characters how much theyíve evolved, and the audience how far the series has gone. Itís good to give a sense of closure to the characters that will need it by the end of the movie. ďI am still worthyĒ gave me chills. It also has some cute ideas here and there, but I donít think the franchise could handle too much of it without breaking more stuff than they already have. It also doesnít survive very thorough scrutiny.

The final battle was epic, but also very fan-service-y. Itís also ultimately just people punching people in a darkish setting. I can see it both ways, why people would like it or not.

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General Discussion / Re: Movies: Any movie buffs?
« on: April 30, 2019, 01:10:05 pm »
So... nobody is going to mention Endgame?

Without spoiling anything (in case you opened this without knowing better), I thought it ended some storylines nicely, and didnít have toooooo many plot holes. I am also hoping that some of the biggest consequences of this and Infinity War will stick for the future movies.

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General Discussion / Re: STAR WARS
« on: April 28, 2019, 03:08:09 am »
This trilogy got me confused. TFA was aping the first trilogy. TLJ made a point of breaking with all the legacy, even when that would annoy the fans. And now they seem to bring back Palpatine? I donít think they would reveal that in a teaser if he was just going to be a cameo.

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General Discussion / Re: roguelike games
« on: March 11, 2019, 02:06:29 am »
Eh, I agree that the DEF upgrade is useless, but you can beat the game without a perfect pilot anyway, at least up to hard, 4 islands. I can see the argument if you are trying to go for hard achievements or consistency though. I personally saw it as a way to try new pilots, simply by not choosing the pilot I started with on that run.

Your reddit analysis is interesting! I think you undervalue starting weapons, since it might take a while until you get good ones offered to you, if ever. And even if you do, up until then, having a subpar weapon could have cost you reputation or electricity from missions gone wrong. Still, itís true that some mechs are vastly better than others, and I personally undervalued science mechs according to your analysis. I donít think they are balanced individually though, more likely they were always considered as part of their default team.

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General Discussion / Re: roguelike games
« on: March 08, 2019, 10:27:54 am »
You can pick any pilot you want though, no? It just wonít start at max level.

I got burnt out before I unlocked all the squads, but i think thatís my fault for binging it. It can get a bit repetitive after a while, though I agree itís a very good game nonetheless.

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Other Games / Re: CIVILIZATION VI
« on: February 17, 2019, 01:15:27 am »
I find that the longevity of a Civ game mostly depends on your willingness to roleplay your civ and/or set side goals. Because otherwise itís indeed very rare to not have a game decided 100 turns before the end.

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General Discussion / Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« on: February 12, 2019, 12:35:24 pm »
People just suck at prefixes, man.

Prefixes are words in front of other words that, while being part of the same term, are still visually divided by a space. An example would be "counter measure"'s "counter". What you mean are antefixes, units that are part of the very same word,such as "ante" in antefix.

I like to make stuff up on the internet for fun.

Man I almost got trolled.

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General Discussion / Re: Maths thread.
« on: January 17, 2019, 05:37:39 pm »
@GendoIkari:

If you want to try it, you need to know conservation of momentum:

M1*V1 +M2*V2=M1*V1í+M2*V2í

And, for elastic collisions in one dimension:

(V1-V2) = -(V1í-V2í)

M denotes mass, V velocity, 1-2 denote the body, and the í denotes the value post-collision.

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Dominion General Discussion / Re: Homage to the Best Card
« on: December 25, 2018, 04:43:59 pm »
carb - lad

...how many more of these can (should) we do though

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General Discussion / Re: Movies: Any movie buffs?
« on: December 25, 2018, 03:57:29 pm »
Just watched Into the spiderverse. It's the most excited I've been about a superhero movie in a long while. If you are even just mildly interested by animation or superhero movies, you should watch it.

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Other Games / Re: CIVILIZATION VI
« on: December 12, 2018, 09:56:49 am »
Yeah, the way Civ games handle difficulty is one of the main weak points of the series, unfortunately. Note that there are other ways to adjust difficulty, like the kind of map you play in. King-Pangea is closer to Emperor-Small Islands, for example, than both difficulties in Continents. The AI is really bad at water warfare. Or you could choose rival Civs that are more peaceful for your first games at the new difficulty level.

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Variants and Fan Cards / Re: Asper's Cards
« on: December 03, 2018, 10:14:49 am »
I think the main problem with treason is forcing people to show their hand constantly. It would be better as an event, I think. And yeah, better if it doesnít stack.

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Other Games / Re: CIVILIZATION VI
« on: November 27, 2018, 02:37:08 pm »
I saw! Itís interesting that they are adding natural disasters to the civ game with the most expensive workers. Thatís... a bold decision, but I am hopeful.

The new mechanics of this expansion are a bit unclear too. There are natural disasters, climate change, mild terraforming (canals, tunnels), new energy sources, the return of the UN and diplomatic victory, and an expanded future tech era?

Right now I donít have enough free time to get back into civ, hopefully when we get the complete edition with a discount!

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General Discussion / Re: Maths thread.
« on: November 23, 2018, 10:40:43 pm »
Is a trichromatic triangle a triangle whose 3 corners have different colours, or one in which the sides of the triangle contain all 3 colours?

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Variants and Fan Cards / Re: Asper's Cards
« on: November 19, 2018, 06:10:31 pm »
The ďeither wayĒ in grimoire is weird. Can you reverse the order of the commands so that itís not necessary? If going with the second Barbarian, I would just make it ďIf you have achieved at least three FeatsĒ, and limit it to 5 cards or more. Sounds too scary otherwise.

I like the cards though!

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Does it interact with Coppersmith?

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Variants and Fan Cards / Re: Asper's Cards
« on: October 22, 2018, 06:38:35 pm »
The general idea is good. But as Fly said, Attack is bit too Kingdom dependent. Which isn't a problem if there are several maps and you randomize them-
I also think that "no cards in deck or discard pile" condition needs a timing element; otherwise this is fulfilled at the start of the game (empty discard) as well as at the start of turn 2 (empty deck).

Pretty sure itís supposed to be a ďnorĒ.

Looks fun in principle though!

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Dominion: Renaissance Previews / Re: Renaissance name BINGO
« on: October 20, 2018, 11:37:02 pm »


ArchitectMagnum OpusSenate
PainterCathedralFresco
AstronomerAcademyAstrolabe



I am surprised painter and architect didnít make it. Hey, almost bingo too, I guess.

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Boardgames just donít move that much money. I donít think Donald is starving though.

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