David Selig

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  1. NBA 2016-2017 LeBron vs Durant ( and his little helpers)

    Last night was another confirmation why all the talk about how the Warriors will struggle defensively without Bogut, Ezeli and Barnes was way premature. They have had the 3rd best defensive rating in the league in the last 12 games. Draymond is fantastic defender and an underrated rim protector, Durant is playing really well on that end and getting better defending at the post, Iggy looks to be improving after his slow start, even Javale is showing flashes... And they just destroyed the Clippers even though both Durant and Curry struggled with their shot all night. They are scary good.
  2. Yeah, there are a lot of terrible stories about perfectionist directors going overboard "for art", and some of the most famous were among the most abusive. Hitchcock for example.
  3. Hugo time! Hugo time! Roundup for 2017 Awards

    The Winged Histories was easily the best 2016 SFF novel I've read so far. As for novellas, there were quite a few really good ones - A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson, The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe of Kij Johnson, Runtime by S.V. Divya, The Liar by John Murphy, The Vanishing Kind by Lavie Tidhar. The Stone War by Ted Kosmatka is my novelette suggestion.
  4. NBA 2016-2017 LeBron vs Durant ( and his little helpers)

    Yeah, that's why I think Westbrook has a good chance to do it. He's great rebounder and his team's strategy is to let him get defensive rebounds when possible so he can start the fast break. And the bigs are fine with it.
  5. It wasn't rape. All the sex was only stimulated. Schneider was told before the shooting started that day of the changes Brando and Bertolucci came up with it and while angry about them, still agreed to went with the shooting. From the Daily Mail interview linked in the Variety article: Yes, it was terrible, manipulative and exploitative by Bertolucci and Brando to put her on the spot like this, especially given that she was only 19 and apparently didn't know much about the industry and they were huge names in it, but it doesn't make it a rape.
  6. NBA 2016-2017 LeBron vs Durant ( and his little helpers)

    They've barely played any teams of note so far, you can only beat what is front of you. I haven't watched the team that much, but by all accounts Durant have been playing great on D and the team defense improved a lot after the terrible start, Draymond and Durant's rim protection stats have been great, so I think they will be fine.
  7. The Arrival- Film- SPOILERS

    Spoilers for Story of Your Life
  8. November Reading 2016

    The last volume of Riddle-Master resolves things beautifully for my money, it's one of the very few multivolume fantasy series where the conclusion is entirely satisfactory and nothing feels like a retcon.
  9. US Politics: The Transition Continues

    Buying all food from abroad will be temporary until the US farmers cave in and accept the switch to popular vote. But isn't most food in the US produced in big states like Texas and California anyway?
  10. US Politics: The Transition Continues

    No, just buy all food from abroad from abroad and abolish all agricultural subsidies and all import tariffs on agricultural production. The urban population will have cheaper food and a bigger share of the federal budget.
  11. Looking for information on Sv Mikulas day

    Some of the Orthodox churches (in Greece, Bulgaria, etc) follow the Gregorian calendar (they call it the Revised Julian calendar, but it's virtually the same as the Gregorian). Anyway, here in Bulgaria the saint is known as St. Nikolay and is one of the most popular and venerated ones. His name day is a pretty major event since a lot of people are named after him and celebrate it. He is also known as the patron saint of fishermen, sailors (he is supposed to be the master of the sea who controls the storms) and funnily enough bankers. The tradition states that you got to eat fish (preferably carp) on this day.
  12. November Reading 2016

    The beginning of the first book is by far the worst part of the series IMO. As a whole the series is not childish at all.
  13. The Arrival- Film- SPOILERS

    I adore the story and watched the movie a few hours ago. My feelings are a bit mixed. On the one hand, the movie does an amazing job of depicting the main idea of the story and the emotional core and climax. On the other hand, in order to stretch the material into a feature length movie, they added a lot of stuff (which was inevitable), but the problem is, a lot of it is just mediocre Hollywood cliches used to create drama and tension which often make little sense (all the stuff about the Chinese, the bomb, etc). Still, it is well worth watching IMO.
  14. Queer characters in fantasy

    But that is different. Asari aren't an all female race at all, Bioware said so. Everyone totally believed them.
  15. Queer characters in fantasy

    Speaking of short stories and novellas, last few days confirmed my opinion that it's the best place to find well written queer characters in fantasy/SFF. The new novella A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson is fantastically written (I just love the author's style, it's really one of a kind) and has a queer main character. The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps by the same author has a very different queer main character and plot is just as impressive overall. They aren't strictly fantasy (all the superpowers some characters have are explained with plenty of super high tech technobabble) but they are close enough to count for me. I also recently read Gail Carriger's novella Romancing the Inventor, it's very nice minor spinoff of her Parasol Protectorate series and it's a romance with two lesbina main characters, very nicely done. As for the most remarkable queer characters in fantasy, my pick is Imp from The Drowning Girl by Caitlin Kiernan.