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  1. Use of the term "Triggered"

    So, have you explained to them the real mental health issues to them? If you're nonchalant about these things, they will be too. And then we get to where we are now - a term derided/mocked by many because not enough people cared enough to step in on the behalf of those with real, valid responses to real triggering situations.
  2. The Last Kingdom II - NO MERCY [SPOlLERS Season one]

    I was sad about Leofric who I enjoyed immensely in book and show, but the two characters that really impressed me were Beocca (who I couldn't stand in the book) and Guthrum who was far far more interesting : no doubt a mix of story and actor. And Uhtred's just so nice to look at, if you're into that kind of thing.
  3. The Last Kingdom II - NO MERCY [SPOlLERS Season one]

    This entire series is laid out in the opening of the first book.* It's the story of Uhtred, son of Uhtred, trying to get his rightful home of Bebbanburg back as well as how his story as it intermingles with Alfred. So women and other men will always be side characters to those two. I'm sure the more read persons here can confirm or expand on that. *No snark intended.
  4. It is ridiculous. While it's probaby a 15-20 minute drive from where we live, it's relatively close to the zoo. I just...fucking people. And neighbouring businesses have also been threatened. https://www.washingtonian.com/2016/12/04/man-with-rifle-arrested-at-comet-ping-pong/ Fake news and conspiracy theories? Last week it was Justin Trudeau as Castro's son because . ..reasons. https://www.buzzfeed.com/ishmaeldaro/fidel-castro-justin-trudeau-paternity-hoax?utm_term=.gpDAdpaXvn#.ewEMJN6WEk
  5. The Last Kingdom II - NO MERCY [SPOlLERS Season one]

    Well, I blew through it this weekend. Really enjoyed it even though the pace seems almost too fast. And I attribute that to the aging up of Uhtred and Brida (the actors are in their early 30s) so while you really get how immature Uhtred starts off as, his maturity doesn't feel as organic because it feels like weeks have passed instead of months and months, if not longer. I really enjoyed Guthrum and I wasn't expecting that. All in all, I look forward to starting The Pale Horseman and getting ahead of the series again via book.
  6. We live in this new reality where things are now 'equally bad' which makes it ok to support a view because the opposition supports something equally bad. Defense mechanism of false equivalency to make a person feel better about doing something they know is wrong, or used to be prior to these brave new regressive times? Donald Trump is a vile misogynistic blowhard troll sure, but Hillary is just as bad. Ugh. And look, if you think Hillary is bad have at it. My point is simply that as candidates, as people, they are not equal. And it's insulting and lazy (also part of our brave new world) to not learn and understand how anything is good or bad and why and then compare your like, 'feelings' instead of your 'knowledge'.
  7. The Last Kingdom II - NO MERCY [SPOlLERS Season one]

    I finally started watching last night and have made my way through the first four episodes. I finished the book at the very beginning of the year and don't have the greatest recollection of some points. Like, I don't recall Uhtred being held hostage. And Leofric's portrayal , while enjoyable, seems ahead of itself in that it took a while for them to develop any sort of camaraderie. At any rate, misremebering or not I'm enjoying it mostly because the actor portraying Uhtred is so incredibly easy to look at. Does the first season only encompass the first book? I have The Pale Horseman on my TBR.
  8. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life [SPOILERS]

    I think to really process the feelings about Rory's pregnancy you have to consider this was the story line Amy Sherman-Palladino wanted to give 23 year old Rory. So she wouldn't have had all the life experiences and even ups and downs (seemingly most downs) 32 year old Rory had. So while it's less impactful for a woman her age, I think it's a big fuck you to the original series and the supposed message it was sending over the first five or so years, when you factor in that this was how season seven was going to go. Also, the failure for anyone except Emily to have any real character development is what really bothers me. It's like Luke and Lorelai were locked in the kitchen of their home for a decade and grew older physically but certainly not emotionally. And Rory. RORY. Will a re-watch show she's the ultimate emperor in new clothes? I think maybe. ETA I don't think Rory being pregnant is the ultimate sign of failure or that it signals the end of her life. My problem was that ASP was willing to force the full circleness on her at 23. Rory has never been perfect and made plenty of bad decisions, but I don't think she would have been so reckless (because what got her pregnant as a grown woman was recklessness and her one last night with Logan, if time was as linear as they made it out to be) just out of college and getting ready to go into the world.
  9. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life [SPOILERS]

    I honestly don't want another revival unless it focuses on Rory. Lorelai and Emily can make cameos along with all the Stars Hollow gang but the elder Gilmores have had their story lines satisfied, as far as I'm concerned. Rory, with a large helping of Paris. On the other hand, I'd be totally ok if this was it. There was more about it I disliked than I liked, for starters. The whole musical was a ginormous waste of screen time, no matter how talented Sutton Foster is, to get to the song that spurred Lorelai to go find herself. And all the Parenthood cameos. Cripes. I do need to go back and re-watch the original series, April and crappy season 7 included. You're really supposed to buy into the idea that Rory is the one that has it together and is going to go places. I think there's going to be a long trail of breadcrumbs from the beginning at Chilton to now, indicating she was a person who constantly made poor decisions and who quite frankly, believed her own press (punny!) and developed a sense of entitlement to her detriment. My favourite part was the Life and Death Brigade and every single scene with Emily. All the feels for Edward Herrman on canvas and flashbacks as well. Kelly Bishop just crushed it. In the end, was the Gilmore Girls a story about women who don't need a man in their life, or a story about women who don't really get their act in order until they get married and have a solid partnership? I think you're supposed to lean towards the former but it sure does seem like it's the latter....
  10. This episode has been completely underwhelming. How does Tara get her own episode. Christ on a crutch. And an extended one at that.
  11. So now we know the famous final four words. They certainly have a different impact coming from a 32 year old Rory than a 22 year old Rory. They also provide some backwards clarity to her visit with her dad. I'm not sure how I feel about it. I finished watching a little after 3am and that was far too late to process it. I will say I'm glad in the end that Rory didn't wind up with Logan, which is different from how I felt before the opening moments of Winter. He really is her Christopher. In Omnia Paratus
  12. Fashion thread: updating classics

    Actually, sometimes someone wears a shoe style because it's the only one available to fit their feet.
  13. Careerchat II

    I'm with Xray - I'd never accept an offer and I would launch a complaint about the line of questioning. ETA Next time you might want to run it by your HR and legal teams instead of your wife.
  14. [SPOILERS] Black Sails - Season 4 on the Horizon.

    You found season two horrible?
  15. Washington, DC Meetup January 21

    There's been some dissent in the MD organizing group and one of the organizers resigned today. I feel they had some valid reasons. If you are planning on attending make sure you link up with your state group and keep aware of the organization as it happens. https://m.facebook.com/events/341097069582883?view=permalink&id=344002255959031 https://m.facebook.com/events/2169332969958991?view=permalink&id=2173596749532613