David Selig

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  1. The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold

    The part in bold is incorrect. Bujold had some the main events of Barrayar sketched out before she wrote most of the other books which came out earlier but the novel definitely wasn't written that early. Here's an interview where she talks in detail about why the internal chronology of the series is such a mess: http://www.tor.com/2009/04/20/interview-with-lois-mcmaster-bujold-about-writing-the-vorkosigan-saga/
  2. NBA 2016-2017 LeBron vs Durant ( and his little helpers)

    Why the hell not? Losing one game on a blown last second call away to their biggest rival doesn't change my mind. The Warriors dominated most of the game even though Curry sucked. Durant makes them much more dangerous in the playoffs and less reliant on Curry having a good shooting day. Their defense has been great after the first two weeks or so. Their average margin of victory is much higher than last season even adjusting for strength of schedule.
  3. NBA 2016-2017 LeBron vs Durant ( and his little helpers)

    In fairness, the refs screwed the Warriors over on the last play, on replay it is a clear trip by RJ. I was rooting for the Cavs, but the refs clearly helped them there. Kyrie could well be the best crunch scorer in big games in the league. He loves the big moments. He couldn't hit a jumpshot until midway through the 4th but had a sensational last 8 minutes. And he was excellent on D too, he made 7 steals, some of them huge late in the game.
  4. Lenient? This is a country which actually executes people for blasphemy pretty regularly. Apostasy is punishable by death too. Criticizing the government in any way is dealt very harshly with too - https://www.hrw.org/news/2016/01/11/saudi-arabia-sustained-assault-free-expression
  5. NBA 2016-2017 LeBron vs Durant ( and his little helpers)

    Competition wasn't "always fierce" just because there were only 9 teams in the league. In any season nearly half of these 9 teams were usually terrible just like it happens in pretty much every team sports league. In 1962 for example there were two teams which ended with 29 wins and one team which ended with 18 wins.
  6. NBA 2016-2017 LeBron vs Durant ( and his little helpers)

    Clippers aren't a threat because of this. Blake is usually owned by Draymond. He doesn't have the length to trouble him in the post. As for the Spurs, they have Aldridge, but he's not exactly a dominant low post player either and Draymond can defend him pretty comfortably. Gasol can trouble them, but he'd be killed on the other end given how slow he is nowadays. It will be an issue, but having Durant is still more valuable IMO. In the finals the Warriors offense stalled in the last 3 games which cost them the title. They were a great regular season offensive team in the last 2 seasons, but in the playoffs - not so much. Now they can go to Durant when Curry gets cold. Also the other teams no longer can do the "trap Curry and leave Barnes open and hope he bricks the shot" strategy. Comparing across eras is pretty pointless. Also Westbrook certainly can't play 44 MPG nowadays, he's gassed after 35 minutes in half the games right now.
  7. NBA 2016-2017 LeBron vs Durant ( and his little helpers)

    Call me crazy, but I'd much rather have Durant on my team in the playoffs than Bogut and Barnes.
  8. NBA 2016-2017 LeBron vs Durant ( and his little helpers)

    Your defensive stats are almost the same as last season. DRTG is worse by about a point which is nothing given the major changes you made. In the last month you have had the second best defensive rating in the league (equal to the one from last season). A few days ago you destroyed the Clippers away with ease and held them to 98 points. So yeah, seems like an overreaction.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. The Arrival- Film- SPOILERS

    Spoilers for Story of Your Life