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  1. I'm hopeful too, since we do have guys that have reasonable numbers (career-wise) versus Verlander. So, the case of regressing toward the mean could certainly be in the Yankee's favor. Houston's offensive slumber is frightening though, in the sense of wondering when the dragon is going to awaken. But like you say, a little of column A, little of column B, it's pretty hard to find how much Houston is just flat slumping or how much Yankee's pitching is just been pretty good. I do fear that, while Yankees have gotten the benefit of a good bit great pitching, the Astros' hitting has just been sub-par, we can only hope they don't get it together. Also worrisome is the difference in the Yankee's hitting at home versus on the road, but maybe, just for a game, they can make believe they are at home?
  2. It seemed (to me) like some guys changed their approaches versus Keuchel, shortening up and getting better swings, so perhaps they can make an adjustment versus Verlander too (although perhaps that is only a perceived difference and Keuchel was just less sharp). The formula is of course to have Severino make a good start and get into the Astros' bullpen. So, the big question is, which Serverino do we see and which Houston offense? But Serverino has yet to really have a dominant sort of game lately, so it seems like a coin flip which is more probable, resurgent Houston batting or a resurgent Serverino. If I had to bet, it would be on Houston's hitting, but I hope Severino can manage to limit the damage and hopefully keep them to 2-3 runs.
  3. Well, no one understands how the Ark actually functions, not even anyone in the book's universe most probably, because the Progenitors are most likely all dead. We have discussed for years and years the nature of the No-God and probably will for many more, so I don't think you are at all alone there. Again, like the Ark, the mechanism of it's function is completely unknown in-Universe and out. The Whirlwind is mostly a Biblical allusion, but consider how the No-God is likened to a "collapse of Subject and Object" I don't find it hard to relate the Whirlwind to the physical symptom of that metaphysical collapse. In the same way that the sigularity of a black hole creates an accretion disk via the collapsing matter, so perhaps the No-God. No one really knows how adanced they were though, since they were part of the tail-end of the technology themselves. Some similarity between Nau-Cayuti (and little Kel) to whatever was designed to run the system in the first place seems most likely.
  4. I haven't really done a reread, but why should we assume that little Kel gets to the Golden Room before Kellhus does? I mean, it's plausible he does, but also that he was being held in another place and only found the Golden Room after Kellhus had already entered (i.e. the DunSult had called all the skin-spies, so no one would have been guarding him). It seems implausible that if he was in the Golden Room for as long as Kellhus was there, that he would wait so long to reveal himself.
  5. Perhaps to illustrate that Kellhus' plan (i.e. The Thousandfold Thought) figured that they could breech the gate of Golgotterath and storm the Ark itself, meaning Kellhus would face whatever it was in the Golden Room with some kind of backup? In this case, it marks two failures, I'd think. That of Kellhus to wait and of the Ordeal to best the dragon in a timely manner. Serwa tries to be a hero, but ultimately all her actions and sacrifices are meaningless in the face of what draws Kellhus in. Whether that is partly Kellhus' overconfidence, Ajokli's influence or some confluence between those is certainly a matter for interpretation, but the result is clear. Kellhus screws the pooch and all the heroism in Eärwa isn't going to make a damn bit of difference.
  6. Less exciting, but still satisfying, really. Can Tanaka match Keuchel again today? I don't even know what to expect at this point. Odds are something has to give. But odds were the Yankees wouldn't make it to this point, so who knows. The Yankees only seemed to have a couple good swings off Keuchel the other night, so I can only hope they put together a better game plan versus him this time.
  7. Well, my "example" was meant mostly for dramatic effect, not an actual parallel for an ideal publishing situation. My point was mostly that if one has a "book" there are a number of ways to get it "out there" even if a traditional publisher would not be inclined to accept it. I don't think this is really the situation Bakker is, or will be, in but that there should certainly be "options" should Overlook decline to pick up the next series. If that were to happen, my "bet" would be on Bakker moving to Orbit, given that he already had them as the UK publisher for (I think) all the rest of the books. Unless, of course, what we are actually getting is "Wet for Skuthula" and then, I guess...well, I don't know what I'd guess then.
  8. That certainly depends on how you want to operationalize "realistic" and "a lot of issues" though. I there is there is close to zero chance that if Bakker writes TNG series, it would not get published by anyone. At worst, it takes a while, it gets shopped around a bunch and we wait extra long, or Bakker bites the proverbial bullet and self-publishes or crowd-funds it. I simply can't imagine, with the amount of books that get published on a daily basis that TNG could not be publishable at all. Like, there are books out there about having sex with the Loch Ness monster, but TNG would be unpublishable? I'm skeptical.
  9. Yeah, Serwa is decidedly not dead. Now, it's undetermined if she is bound to die in the next series due to the complications from what happened, or what, so we'll just have to wait and see. Bakker has admitted he isn't 100% sure exactly which direction he is going to take the story, so it really could go either way.
  10. Damn, you're right, my search-fu failed me...
  11. Well, I fully plan on going see it this coming Sunday, this weekend was just too busy with other stuff. Plus, my wife had never seen the first, so we had to watch it.
  12. I think we just all keep repeating the same misquote of this: Which is a quote from the old-old Three-Seas board. Not sure who mistakenly used the word cipher first, for all I know it could have been me.
  13. I don't think "dead but not done" is a troll comment though, it's relatively clear without being an outright give-away. Maybe just to me though. Many of us figured that Moe the Elder would have been wise to have some contingency plans in place, but lo and behold, he didn't. So, do we think Kellhus fell into the same trap? Or did he actually learn? We know Kellhus can be mistaken, but we also know he is more than his father ever was. So, we'll just have to wait and see.
  14. No, it isn't possible (through the No-God mechanism) to achieve the closure necessary anywhere but Eärwa. The question I was attempting to answer was, does closing Eärwa mean the whole universe would be closed? I figured no, but it's plausible the answer is actually yes. I think it's simple to reason why the answer would be yes, if it is. I was attempting, because I am stupid, to argue the harder point. Yes, I do think that the Inverse Fire sees things as they would be, not necessarily things as they always will be. But I can't think of a way to prove it one way or the other as of now. Little Kel is proof things can be "locked in" and Sorweel is proof things might not always be which seem to always be, so I imagine it could be either, depending on who-knows-what.
  15. Only that changes made to one localized interface between the World and the Outside doesn't mean that every interface between the World and the Outside would be changed. So, you could bar and lock one door, but that doesn't mean others doors in other places would be closed.