Simon Steele

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  • Birthday 05/28/1979

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  1. I have no idea what that Yahoo article is referencing in terms of the show, but Dotrice is best known to me for bringing the Game of Thrones books to life. He was a phenomenal voice actor. I haven't listened to him since Dance came out, but I can hear his voice reading specific passages right now.
  2. Thanks--I think the Witcher has my favorite set of fantasy characters, and Ciri and Geralt and Yen at the center of it all--their relationships feel just too real. Love it.
  3. Yer probably right, and I should be patient...
  4. I just don't get the constant clinging to Superman. I know Snyder made part of this film, but I suppose I was hoping Wedon would come in and change course and make the focus be Wonder Woman--as, you know, she was AWESOME in her movie, totally absorbing, interesting, heroic, and worth following. A world without hope? That's when Wonder Woman shows up with her awesome theme and jams hope back down the throats of the whiners. Superman can come back. And take his role as a secondary background character. Damn it.
  5. I looked at a few of the tweets and saw SJWs, Antifa, BLM, etc. I think it'd be kind of cool if Antifa was in this, somehow. That'd probably be easier to pull off in Far Cry as it's not in an alternate reality US.
  6. Urgh...I Lunesta bought Divinity 2 last night. I mean I REALLY wanted it, but I've been hesitant on spending cash lately. I know GOG has a return policy,, erm, I don't want to take advantage of their kindness.
  7. You know, speaking of King, my son (12 years old) is really interested in him suddenly for some Halloween reading. I recommended Salem's Lot, but I guess vampires aren't a big draw anymore. Pet Sematary really interested him though. What do you think? I read it when I was his age. Some of the content bugged the shit out of me, but hell, that's what it's about, I suppose. He LOVED It the movie.
  8. That seems right on what I've gone back and read now. But all this to say, I want to read Rage. I think people are afraid to write about this kind of story in an honest way. I wonder if King did it. I think it'd be as scary as any story could be.
  9. Maybe I misunderstood that. But I'm with you, I think the evidence is incidental and shouldn't be linked. We could get into a whole debate about the issue of the shooters, but I think it's really dangerous to link any type of art to violent behavior.
  10. It's interesting. If you read articles about the Rage, I've seen up to 4 shooters linked to the Rage in some weird way, but only one ever having a physical copy found. Even this article written by King only cites two instances of connection, and only one of those does the shooter own a copy of his book. I've often wondered about pulling the book. He pulled it after Sandy Hook. I was teaching in middle school at that time. My son was in 2nd grade. It was hard for me to not imagine people really close to me in similar, horrifying circumstances as what unfolded in Sandy Hook. That day (if not so many days before) should have ended a lot debates, and I agree with King's ultimate position about real life violence--I'm just not sure about his removal of his own novel from bookshelves. I don't get it. If anything, if his book is truly so beholden by school shooters, then he's created a mythical text for them to pass around illegally. Either way, I don't buy his sense of self-worth in the debate. One student had the Rage in his locker. The themes are horribly similar. But a lot of school shooters watched/read/interacted with a lot of media that had very similar themes, and those media weren't--nor should they have been--pulled from shelves. Only King got into the moral equivocating of his fictional universes.
  11. I think Slavoj figured them out.
  12. It's the mentality that veterans, especially combat veterans, might bring to police forces. The training of our police force has trained substantially over the years. Police no longer look at us as fellow community members, but instead, as "us" and "them"--occupying force and the hidden enemy within the "civilian" populace. I've made this comment here before, and it rarely goes over well, but police referring to us as "civilians" is highly militarized language. I supposed that's Foucaultian of me, but I think we can really see lines drawn between groups in the language they use. When we are called civilians, it indicates exclusion from "them." When you're a soldier in an occupying force, I suppose it makes sense. "Those are civilians over there." They're not our countrymen, but they're not enemies either. Here, though? Police were never supposed to draw a line between themselves and us. I'd also say, you might be surprised at how military personnel handle tense situations in very similar ways to our police.
  13. In America, when cops shoot someone with a knife, all we ever hear is "how dangerous knives are" and "how you have to shoot someone with a knife or you will die. For sure." Oh, I was sidetracked in responses. I came to post this: deaf man shot by cops. Some bullet points: Sanchez, who was murdered, had nothing to do with the incident the police were responding to. His father was ID'd as being involved in a hit a run. Sanchez was deaf and shot on his front porch Neighbors were yelling at police, "He can't hear you!" The police said Sanchez was "holding a 2-foot-long metal pipe 'wrapped in some type of material' with a small leather loop on the end of it" or, as they initially called it: a walking stick. Now it was a makeshift walking stick, as Sanchez came from a low-income area, and neighbors said he fashioned it because he'd been attacked by stray dogs while walking at night--but either way, a walking stick with a wrist strap. Multiple shots were fired by one officer, and no body camera were in use The police spokesman is hedging on this by saying that when you get in a tense, life or death situation like this, you get tunnel vision. You can't see what's going on around you. Like neighbors screaming that the man is deaf. Upthread it was mentioned police get a majority of training in firearm training, and I believe Scot pointed out we know where the priorities lie. In fact, we can posit, not only does all that training not better equip officers to handle encounters with citizens--innocent humans--but turns people into firing range target simulations where the police tune everything out but their target. How quickly must this have happened? I can't imagine the poor man would continue approaching when he saw guns drawn. They must have drawn and fired. This is really sad.
  14. Agreed. One hundred percent. This idea that vets are ideal police officers has got to go.
  15. Heart Shaped Box--it was okay, if I remember, but it didn't grab me.