Electric Bass

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  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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?
  6. 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.
  7. 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).
  8. 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
  9. Star Trek: Beyond the 1st Trailer

    I really enjoyed it, although it did have two problems. The pacing was a bit off, and the main villain is kind of half-baked - he feels like something less than a well-developed antagonist and more than a plot contrivance when the movie needs villainy. All of that is okay because the characters are great, the visuals are good, and the tone is good.
  10. Bojack Horseman Season 3 Spoilers around!

    I loved it. That penultimate episode didn't quite fill me with as much dread as the penultimate episode from Season 2, but it was still really "Oh shit, oh shit, oh shit is he going to actually run into her after everything that went down". There's a good parallel there between Todd's final remarks to Bojack this season and what Herb said to him back in Season 1 when he told him he wouldn't forgive him. Letting Bojack off the hook with apologies, giving him absolution and more time - it just lets him keep on being the bad, fundamentally self-absorbed person that he is. I think I loved Princess Carolyn's reaction in that penultimate episode where she says nothing and just shakes her head the most (but then again Princess Carolyn is my favorite character in the whole series). The final episode was ridiculous, but I think that was mostly intentional. It was to give us a breather after the build-up and climax in the previous two episodes. Honestly, where can Bojack go from there? That interview the show-runner had with the author at Vox said that they're not going to just suddenly revert the changes in Season 4. He has no friends or allies, and he's once again pissed all over a career opportunity and lifeline (Ethan Around) because of his self-absorption.
  11. Stupid or Unhappy Endings that P'd You Off - Spoil Away, guys

    For films, the worst ending I can remember was for a movie called The Guardian that came out in 2006 and starred Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher. It's a movie about the US Coast Guard and their Aviation Survival Technician program that rescues lost swimmers and the survivors of sinking ships. Here's why it's awful - For most of the movie, there's tension between Costner and Kutcher because Kutcher is the new up-coming trainee in the program, while Costner is the experienced "top swimmer" who has had an accident and lost someone (meanwhile, his marriage is falling apart because he refuses to retire). As far as these types of movies go, it's not bad. Finally, Costner goes out on a mission with Kutcher and almost drowns, convincing him to retire. There's a wonderful scene where we see Kutcher going out on a rescue mission while Costner appears to finally resign himself to moving on, gives his now- ex-wife the signed divorce papers. It's a very good ending, one of the best I've seen for such movies - . . . . Except that it then goes on, and on. It adds a scene where Kutcher gets into trouble on that mission, Costner has to go save him, Costner (of course) dies heroically on the mission, and then we get the whole "there is a legend of a guardian", blah, blah. It feels horrifically tacked on, and honestly soured what was a decent movie for me. I would not be surprised if there was executive meddling involved.
  12. U.S. Elections: The Trumph of the Will

    That "Trump and Putin" article by Josh Marshall is pretty creepy, especially this part: I don't think Trump is an agent of a foreign power or anything like that. But I could absolutely see him bending on US foreign policy in ways because it would be good for his business, and because he's alienated so many potential financiers here in the US that he's had to go to Russia and elsewhere abroad to find a new round of victims investors to bail him out from his business incompetence. Trump has never been shy about mixing business and politics.
  13. Bakker: The Great Ordeal SPOILER THREAD pt. II

    With #3 is how I interpreted as well. I don't think Kellhus knew about the nuke - he just Dunyain-read the intentions of the Inchoroi in what he found and deduced quickly that it was somehow something they intended to use to destroy his army.
  14. Pokemon Go

    I'm up to Level 10, no money paid so far. What's great is that the parks here have multiple poke stops, so when I went over to two of them the previous two nights they were full of people catching Pokemon and turning the stops into lures. Unfortunately, the Pokemon in my area mostly suck. I caught two bulbasaurs in the wild, but they were extremely rare. Most of the pokemon are the crappy trio of Rattata, Pidgey, and Paras. Maybe an occasional rhyhorn or Nidoran.
  15. Bakker: The Great Ordeal SPOILER THREAD

    @.H. Wracu possessing souls would explain a lot about the behavior of the ones we see in the books. They seem to have a sense of identity and self-awareness that the other Weapon Races lack (although even that gets confusing, since the Prince of Nothing trilogy has chapters from the POV of a skin-spy).