Electric Bass

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  1. SpaceX--Spacecraft, rockets, and Mars II

    It's a cool presentation, and I think Musk will at least do his damnedest to make it happen unless he goes bankrupt or it proves infeasible (it's worth noting that he's hit snags before - the F9 explosion, problems with the early SpaceX rockets, the delays on Falcon Heavy since 2012, etc). I don't buy into the whole "back-up from Earth in case Earth fails" thing, but being able to put large numbers of people on Mars for extended periods of time would be nice. Slight side-note, but does anyone have any suggestions on replacement words for "colony"? I've read complaints in space exploration about the use of culturally loaded terms - "frontier", "pioneers", etc. You can see why this might touch a nerve. But I'm at a loss as to what could replace "colony". "Outpost" and "base" feel too temporary, "town" and "city" feel too small and familiar, "settlement" has the same baggage as "colony", etc. What would we call something like that on Mars if Musk succeeds?
  2. UK Politics: The Overton Defenestration

    What Werthead said on the NHS. There's a good report out from 2014, too, that basically puts the British system at the top overall of a cross comparison with Germany, France, Switzerland, the United States, Sweden, Norway, New Zealand, Australia, and The Netherlands. It's just very good overall at what it does, and even more so when you factor in how low it costs per capita.
  3. Star Wars Novels/Graphic Novels

    State of the franchise, I suppose. Maybe they figured it would offend some fans if Luke and Mara had a kid without ever getting married. I did like the implication from that Zahn duology that they'd been sort of circling each other for years, but it took a "nudge" to finally push them together in the form of being forced to be together for an extended period of time. Although that ending was a bit weird - imagine being Leia and suddenly find out that over the course of several days not only did Luke hook up with Mara Jade, but they're engaged now. I will give them this - the Vong were a genuine attempt to try something new. No more "super-weapon of the week" one-offs, no more "Looks like the fading remnants of the Empire are a threat again!" stuff (for the time being - of course they came back as always).
  4. Star Wars Novels/Graphic Novels

    No way. If they brought Mara Jade back, they'd create a bunch of expectations that sooner or later she's going to hook up with Luke (or hooked up with Luke in the past) - or they'd have to change her character so much that it's just the name in common with the Legends character.
  5. Your Trekking/ Hiking experiences

    I went hiking to Cecret Lake, in the Alta Ski Resort (I live in the Salt Lake Valley). It was a nice hike, tougher than the ratings had suggested, but the lake at the end was very pretty and I took tons of pictures. Definitely worth going.
  6. The Prince Of Nothing series is optioned for TV!

    Never mind.
  7. The Prince Of Nothing series is optioned for TV!

    Maybe they could make Conphas a woman in this one, like Bakker's editor suggested. It's almost a pity that Jim Caviezel is ten years too old and a devout Catholic, because after Passion of the Christ I'd love to cast him as Kellhus. Can you imagine the reaction? Maybe we should have some fun, do some fantasy casting. If money were no object, who would play whom?
  8. Password Manager

    There's a modified version IIRC, in which you do the first four as wide in variety as possible (like "8!y$") and then do another eight in a more memorable fashion. That screws with automated attacks, since you've maximized the field of possible guesses on your password. Personally, I have a bunch of unique passwords for anything that has confidential information, and a commonly set of passwords for stuff that doesn't. I keep the former written down in an innocuously labeled notebook among other similar looking notebooks at home.
  9. Ghostbusters (2016)

    I watched it, and then watched the original again because I wanted to compare the two (and I hadn't seen the original in ages). I think I enjoyed the 2016 movie more than the 1984 movie, but they were both pretty good. The best cast stuff out of both is Ray interacting with anybody else, but the cast in the newer movie was more fun as a group (and yeah, Venkman's Pick-Up-Artist schtick is just cringe-worthy throughout the whole 1984 film). @Drawcakbi I think the film's reputation will go up and settle as "okay start to a new series" over time, especially once we get a sequel that strikes out into original ground (and which will compare positively with the original Ghostbusters 2, not that that's a hard bar to clear).
  10. Watch, Watched, Watching: The Workprint Prototype Version

    I liked it, but I always preferred Season 3 to it. Maybe because I like high drama a lot - my favorite scene in the series is still this.
  11. Watch, Watched, Watching: The Workprint Prototype Version

    I like to watch No Commentary/No Death playthroughs of old games on Youtube, and I watched one for a game that was the absolute bane of my childhood video game playing experience back in the early 1990s: Virtual Bart. Holy shit, was that game way harder than I even realized back then - neither me nor my brother and friends stood a chance of beating it as kids. Entertaining to watch, though, and it brought back old memories. Back in TV Land, I (of course) watched all the way through Bojack Horseman Season 3, and I've been watching a ton of Simpsons episodes now that all of them are available on demand either online or On Demand through my cable provider. I think it has changed my evaluation of the series' supposed decline in quality. Season 15 is kind of a turd, but Seasons 17-20 are fantastic. Film-wise, I watched the Ghostbusters movie in theater, then went home and watched the old film on demand. I . . .think I enjoyed the new film more, but that's because Venkman's pick-up-artist schtick is cringe-worthy. Everything else was good in both films, including the humor (the old Ghostbusters was structurally a better film, though, in terms of plot and set-up). Heh. I've heard that some of the really classified stuff is stored on really old computers with old operating systems, because they've worked out all the bugs and made them reliable. I enjoyed the film, too, although I think they put too much complication into the plot.
  12. Bakker: The Great Ordeal SPOILER THREAD pt. II

    Weren't there the sorcerous flying ships mentioned that moved stuff back in the better days of the Mansion?
  13. New D&D movie(s) on the way

    It's like, what's the point? If you're not going to draw upon source material stories for the films, then why bother spending the money to get the rights? The D &D brand isn't that lucrative in of itself as a movie draw, otherwise those terrible D&D movies would have been at least decent successes. You might as well just make a new fantasy film and keep the budget down.
  14. Bakker: The Great Ordeal SPOILER THREAD pt. II

    That was his idea, but the Tutelage was a good idea anyways that apparently just needed an extra nudge to get going. The surviving Nonmen realized they'd been behind the Inchoroi in dealing with future threats, and stepped it up. For me, it wasn't really "shit hitting the fan" so much as an extra elaboration of things that had been hinted at. The Nonmen long for the void and oblivion rather than the Gods and the Outside, they have all kinds of neat sorcerous artifacts such as flying ships, and so forth. What I want to know is why the whole "teaching sorcerers to hide their souls from the Outside" thing fell out of favor, even among the Mandate. There's some hints that it's still there, with the talk of the "narrow paths to oblivion", but among the pre-Kellhus Mandate and other Schools they seem to more or less just accept that they're damned (or they don't believe in it).
  15. Star Trek: Beyond the 1st Trailer

    I guess they deserve some points for not scrapping it again after Star Wars' success, although that was after they'd already failed to come up with something before Star Wars came out (and after Close Encounters came out). I'll second @williamjm in thinking that