Simon Steele

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  • Birthday 05/28/1979

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  1. I'm not religious--you know, I'm an atheist. I don't believe in anything spiritual. But then something like this happens and makes me all warm and fuzzy and I wants to go to church.
  2. I thought a lot of good things were clarified in this thread. But I also see, and this is becoming more apparent as I get older, that any time a group of people being held back starts to assert their rights, we see the dominant group begin to act wounded/attacked. We all have our problems, and it may be true that men have a lot startling statistical overlaps in depression, suicide, murder, etc., but I'd say that's a product of how men have been running things since forever.
  3. Here's a nice one: "The righteousness that Roy Moore would bring to the Senate in exposing all the corruption, has the RINOS scared to death.. as if President Trump hasn’t already brought them to their knees.. Roy Moore as his Tag team partner would help deliver the Knockout Blow...MAGA FIGHTERS!" That guy (pretty sure it's a guy) hasn't accepted reality, yet. On so many levels.
  4. Haha, yeah you got me, Geralt and Yen are about the MOST dysfunctional--leave it to them to make the Triss situation seem sweet and the good option. But I really do like Triss's character and relationship with Geralt in the games. Maybe my point of view is really influenced by the books in terms of Geralt and Yen ending up together. Edit: I mean, the short story A Shard of Ice--that just kills me every time.
  5. The game took an interesting route with Triss, and if you read the books and understand her relationship with Geralt before the games, it almost makes the Triss/Geralt thing feel manipulative. I thought I'd stick with Triss too, though, after the second Witcher, but the third one did a good job of shifting me back to Yennifer. It feels wrong, after the books, not to stick with her, though the games do give a nice way out of all that. Either way, Yennifer and Geralt are at the core of the book's "love story,"--if you can even call it that--and I think the show will probably be adaptations of the books. I do think Triss will have a bigger role written for the show than she has in the books.
  6. Just this conversation has made me go and play it again. 279 hours logged on it but I played anyway. I still have to play the DLCs.
  7. Yeah, those Crones were something else, weren't they? They put such a grim cloud over my first play through in their predictions about if Ciri and Geralt would ever be reunited.
  8. The game creators were huge fans of the novels too. They wanted to bring this world to life for a long time when they started making the first Witcher game. I can see them (some of them) wanting to work on the show. The only reason I might be surprised is Sapkowski's bitterness over the games and their success, and he's involved with the show.
  9. That above post (that I think you were referring to) is just wrong. It's like the poster is just parroting Sapkowski who hates video games. I've read all the books and played all the games. They go hand-in-hand.
  10. Well, I'm pre-empting all the omnivore stuff I always here. But it doesn't matter, true.
  11. That's great! I remember my doctor trying to talk me out of it a few years ago, but you know what? That was more like 10 years ago. I'm getting old. I really hope docs are catching up. My old doc said my cholesterol wouldn't go down without meds, but once I switched to plant-based (primarily), my cholesterol changed fundamentally. I'm 38 and my bloodwork is better than it was in my 20s. My new doc is really supportive too, so I should quit being so pessimistic.
  12. I would say going vegetarian 70 percent of the time (I'd say vegan, but vegans say you "just can't be vegan sometimes"), is totally worth it for all of us. But then we bogged down in arguments of "you'll be so weak," or "we're not made to eat that way," despite, you know, primates typically eat mostly plant-based diets. I feel like Gorillas' are way stronger than beefed up MMA fighters, but hell, what do I know? Medical doctors will tell you that you've made a mistake if you quit eating meat.
  13. I'm not against personal changes, I'm just saying, our understanding of impact is generally wrong. I hate this chart because it's from a .org, but it reflects the research I've seen the last year or so as combing through the periodicals for tangentially related topics. Recycling is the biggest offender of the appearance of change, and it's a problem because everyone does it and we all think it's great, but it has its issues. Not having kids, not eating meet, and not driving. That's how we make significant impacts. All three of those are in the Ten Commandments I think and also in the 2nd amendment, so making those changes seems like a difficult battle. For me, this is why I see climate change as a battle of mitigation at this point. The worst offenders, biggest contributors, likely, think the world is coming to an end anyway (religious style), so making changes is moot.
  14. Unless you mean, by changing lifestyle, that people become vegan/vegetarian, then there isn't much to change. Besides, what changes should people make? Stop driving? That's not realistic in our world. The changes that need to be made have to be made on a macro-scale.
  15. That's great, and I mean it, but I live in the U.S. It's a dire situation here.