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General Discussion / Re: A Song of Ice and Fire [spoilers version]
« on: May 23, 2019, 12:12:44 am »
I pretty much agree. The acceleration of story lines compromised immersion and investment.

I find it kind of ironic, because I remember seeing a lot of criticism in the middle of the series about slow "filler" episodes where nothing happens. I guess you can always find someone to complain about any given thing.

General Discussion / Re: A Song of Ice and Fire [spoilers version]
« on: May 20, 2019, 09:27:22 pm »
Jon would certainly admit to what he did.

Holding Jon and Tyrion prisoner gives the Unsullied the possibility to get justice without initiating a war. Even if they're willing to go to war, it isn't the best option.

General Discussion / Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« on: May 15, 2019, 11:20:57 pm »
Good point.

General Discussion / Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« on: May 15, 2019, 09:38:51 pm »
I am researching how to apply for a US visa right now... The example visa application that the US government provides is both cute and somewhat embarrassing:

There's a typo. Should be Spouse/Cousin.

General Discussion / Re: Let's Talk About Books, Baby
« on: May 09, 2019, 12:23:30 am »
Malazan Book of the Fallen series is great, also has a lot of standalone novellas written in the universe. I've probably brought it up before.

The main series has ended, but Erikson is writing a prequal trilogy (The Kharkanas Trilogy) involving the history of some of the races involved in the main series (covering events that are referenced in there). The first two have been written, and I've recently started the second one.

General Discussion / Re: TV shows
« on: May 07, 2019, 01:32:38 am »
This is a thing:

Forum Games / Re: Apparently this is where people talk when it's night
« on: April 25, 2019, 09:40:34 pm »
If I wanted to run Temeraire mafia at some point, would anyone at all here be familiar with the flavor?

Yes please

They are the dumbest books I've ever read twice

General Discussion / Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« on: March 14, 2019, 11:21:07 pm »
I've spent significantly more time on this forum than I have actually playing Dominion.

Is Dominion a new Forum Game?

Actually, Forum is a new(ish) card in Dominion.

So do they talk about Dominion in there?

General Discussion / Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« on: March 13, 2019, 09:51:42 pm »
I've spent significantly more time on this forum than I have actually playing Dominion.

Is Dominion a new Forum Game?

General Discussion / Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« on: March 03, 2019, 09:20:33 pm »
Recently I went to a talk about the Flat Earth phenomenon and what's causing such an easily disproven myth to gain traction. It was pretty interesting. I'll just share a few highlight points in case anyone here ends up talking with one of these kind of people.

1) Often they are not flat earthers because of a complete lack of scientific knowledge, but because of being misled by poorly executed science and experiments. Often on Youtube - people doing flawed experiments or reaching the wrong conclusion from the experiments they have done (such as seeing if a spirit level remains flat while on a plane and similar).

2) Flat earthers often - very often - link in with many other conspiracy theories. This can range from "the Moon landing is fake" - which makes sense if you think space is fake - right up to much more sinister things such as Holocaust denial and similar. Be careful.

3) Perhaps most important (which is why I buried it as number 3, go me) there isn't just a single "flat earth" model that's agreed on. Talk to 10 different flat earthers* and you'll get 10 different ideas on what the Flat Earth is, how it works and why it works. In fact there are schisms in the community, with some sides basically claiming the other are government shills designed to mislead people and discredit the theory. Yup, it's an, uh, interesting community.

4) When interacting with this kind of people, it is very easy and tempting to act smug and conceited since you know you're right and they're wrong. And of course, you are - but bear in mind from their point of view, they're right and have realised something you've not, and so this attitude often only further serves to reinforce. Don't take an aggressive or superior approach.

5) Similar to the above, but how often do you interact with Flat Earthers and hear their arguments? Probably never, right. They interact with us every day, and hear the same arguments constantly. They have answers to them. If you come out all guns blazing and argue points, they will usually have an answer to you because they already thought of it, and unless you are a serious expert at physics (usually) there's a high chance you'll get caught out in being unable to answer them eventually - you're dropping down to their level and they beat you through experience. Instead you're generally better off talking with them and getting them to try and explain their views. You don't have to lie and pretend to agree, just try and follow their line of thought, as though it might hold some merit - and ask them to clarify and explain points that you feel are incompatible with what you've seen/know from reality, rather than directly challenging them. This won't get you an instant "win" but that's because you stop it feeling like you vs. them. Instead you can act almost like a guide to them, making them question it for themselves. Remember what I said - a lot of these people aren't completely ignorant of science, they've just been deceived by bad science. If you can guide them into doing things right, there's a good chance they'll work out their mistakes.

The last point is pretty interesting, because there is a lot of things that we take for granted and assume are true (for good reason, generally). If you actually think about trying to prove everything you take to be true, it's an almost insurmountable task.

General Discussion / Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« on: March 03, 2019, 09:12:14 pm »
A friend of mine mentioned watching a documentary on flat-earthers recently and said it was good.

Behind the Curve?  I watched this a few nights ago and it's pretty incredible.

General Discussion / Re: TV shows
« on: March 03, 2019, 09:06:02 pm »
I watched The Umbrella Academy.. it was pretty weak in a lot of areas, but interesting enough to watch. I felt it suffered from over-exposition in many places, which kind of undercut the impact of the scenes.

There were a lot of common elements with Legion (things like use of music, dancing, stylized cinematography, some common plot and character themes), but while Legion uses them to amazing and almost mesmerizing effect, for me they somehow managed to feel felt contrived in The Umbrella Academy.

General Discussion / Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« on: February 24, 2019, 09:17:23 pm »
The correct answer to all those "puzzles" looks to always be undefined.

General Discussion / Re: TV shows
« on: February 17, 2019, 11:18:37 pm »
The Expanse Season 3 is available on Amazon Prime, and it's really excellent. Some changes from the books, but I'm overall very impressed with how it's been adapted. Apparently Amazon has pricked it up for Season 4. I really hope they do the entire series.

General Discussion / Re: TV shows
« on: January 31, 2019, 04:55:10 pm »
I just finished Firefly. WHY DID THE EVIL TV EXECUTIVES END IT!?!?

General Discussion / Re: Drinking
« on: December 22, 2018, 02:18:12 am »
Just starting to get into cocktails. My big thing right now is Old Fashioneds. But I’d love some fun recommendations to try.

My go-to whiskey is Old Forrestwr’s.

Old Fashioned is the best fashioned.

Are you in the NYC area? If so I recommend going to Amor Y Amargo; they have an entirely bitters-inspired cocktail list, and they rotate the menu a few times a year.

General Discussion / Re: TV shows
« on: November 24, 2018, 07:13:23 am »
I thought Jessica Jones Season 2 was perfectly fine.

General Discussion / Re: TV shows
« on: October 12, 2018, 10:09:30 pm »
I continue to love this show and think it's great, but I was really disappointed by how little Jimmy and Mike interacted this season. It almost felt like two different shows stitched together.

It's pretty clear in Breaking Bad, though, that Mike works for Gus and isn't that close to Saul. When Mike threatens Saul to give up Jessie, we need to believe that Mike is willing to hurt and kill Saul if needed. Mike and Gus also talk of Saul as "the lawyer", not as someone involved. The more they interact in Better Call Saul (even if just for business), the more difficult viewing the BB scenes, and Saul's fear of Mike, in the original context would be. Also, in Breaking Bad, Saul has never met Gus, so their plotlines here need to be somewhat separate, which necessitates some degree of separation between Jimmy and Mike.

General Discussion / Re: TV shows
« on: October 11, 2018, 10:37:00 pm »
I had a question about "The Long Con". I don't think this is a big spoiler, but just in case it's only season 2.

In the flashbacks, Sawyer is playing Cassidy (Madison from FTWD) for a large amount of money she was holding by getting her interested in conning and having her front the money for a fictional "long con". (She is the true long con.)  We have a scene between Sawyer and his partner where Sawyer says he wants to back out of the con, and his partner threatens him. The next flashback has Sawyer admitting to Cassidy that she was the target and their deal was fake, only to end up taking the money while he tells her to escape (switching the bags).

But why was the last "twist" necessary? If Sawyer had already decided to go through with the con, why not just go through with the fake deal? It seems like the extra twist was only for the viewers to think that Sawyer had actually decided to come clean, only to find out he's still a scoundrel.

The plan could have been to do the con this way from the beginning, but it seems unnecessary since an exchange is already set up, so again it seems like the extra step is just for the viewer to question Sawyer.

Is the idea here that Sawyer is actually splitting on his partner as well to keep the cash for himself, so he wanted to skip the exchange for the fake deal?

Also, something in Season 3 episode 7/8, Kate breaks the lock on Sawyer's cage and they end up staying together in the cage instead of escaping. Then when they do escape after a fight with the two captives, they close the cage door and Kate grabs a lock from the ground to lock the cage. But the lock could not have come from her cage as she escaped through the bars, and it's unlikely there just happened to be one lying around. So it was likely the one she broke off the cage in the first place. If you force open a lock like she did (with a rock or rod or something), wouldn't it break the locking mechanism?

General Discussion / Re: TV shows
« on: October 10, 2018, 09:18:53 pm »
I just started Season 3. I thought Season 2 was great. I especially like the overarching them of people observing the same thing and taking different meaning from it, which is played on a lot of levels throughout.

General Discussion / Re: TV shows
« on: October 09, 2018, 09:02:18 pm »
So I've started watching Lost. It's pretty addicting.

General Discussion / Re: TV shows
« on: September 15, 2018, 10:46:32 am »
I love Bojack Horseman, but I'm annoyed that Netflix would think I don't want to listen to the ending credits song every single time. Because I do. Every single time.

General Discussion / Re: TV shows
« on: September 11, 2018, 07:42:01 am »
I'm finally able to watch Preacher Season 3, and it is absolutely fantastic.

General Discussion / Re: TV shows
« on: September 06, 2018, 09:26:58 am »
I liked Disenchantment a lot. Very casual watch and very entertaining. I wanted it to be longer.

Iron Fist Season 2 aires tomorrow. I'm looking forward to it, even if it will be bad.

Also  caught up to the midseason finale of Fear the Walking Dead. (Have to wait a way for certain shows here.) I like this season a lot.

General Discussion / Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« on: August 31, 2018, 07:13:18 am »
I found today's xkcd appropriate for this forum:

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