Electric Bass

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  1. That's true, and awesome. I especially love the point about how a T-Rex is closer-related to a sparrow than a Stegosaurus. I tend to forget how long the Mesozoic Era was, stretching from 252 to 66 million years ago. T-Rex was closer in time to us than to Stegosaurus. It's a huge bummer that none of the dinosaur lineages outside of the bird branch of the theropods survived the K-T Extinction. If even only a handful of the Ornithischia lineages had survived the extinction, we might have had large quadrupedal dinosaurs emerge again (especially since they have an advantage in handling large size on land versus mammals).
  2. I love feathered dinosaurs. They're neat to image, like giant toothy flightless birds with tails. Of course, that only applies to some of the dinosaur lines. The sauropods were feather-less, at least in adulthood IIRC.
  3. College Football 2016 - B1G expectations

    It was an ugly, close win for my Utes, which describes a lot of their play so far this season. I have a sneaking suspicion that they will not lose with dignity to Washington when the time comes, especially with so many of their backs injured. It's going to be some horrific 56-14 blow-out. But hey, they still climbed the polls! They're back in the teens again!
  4. HBO's Westworld- Enter the maze [spoilers]

    I don't think Bernard is an android, although I can see why it might look like that . The link to Arnold seems more symbolic to me, in that Bernard is committing the same "mistake" as Arnold in seeing the hosts as humans, trying to see the humanity in them, and so forth - he clearly gets disappointed and surprised when Dolores surprises him with that response. Speaking of which, that's what fascinates me about Ford. Ford likes his creations and is clearly trying to push the boundaries on their intelligence, but he very much does not see them as human and reprimands people who treat them like humans (like the technician). As per his statement in the pilot, they're something new that could potentially surpass humanity (which has peaked). I really enjoyed that episode, and I liked the reveal about Teddy, about how there's literally nothing there to meet the eye before Ford programs it in this back-story. He literally has but a general sense of regret and two canned responses, no mystery (unlike Dolores). It made me think of that scene from Ghost in the Shell where EDIT: Side-note, but there was a Q & A with the show-runners that revealed an interesting little tidbit. When asked about the park's location, they made mention about how a fantastic place like Disneyland is sitting in the middle of suburbia, and said that you might be able to figure out where it by the end of the first season. I took that to mean that there's nothing special about where the park is - it's just in a location that's large enough for their purposes while being convenient enough for guests to reach it.
  5. Here's a good reminder from Vox on what Trump voters actually are in demographic and economic terms:
  6. HBO's "Westworld" [Spoilers!]

    I think I read her bio on the viral website they created, and it's basically "if a guest helps her and goes home with her, they can save her from bandits at the ranch house and then (implied) she'll be so grateful she'll have sex with said guest, or whatever they want."
  7. HBO's "Westworld" [Spoilers!]

    Early Release Episode to avoid the Presidential Debate! Episode 2 is up and ready to be watched! Merry West-Mas! Maybe we should just have a moderator add a "spoilers" warning to the thread title, so we can just discuss it all without spoiler tagging stuff.
  8. HBO's "Westworld" [Spoilers!]

    He can't be cheap, though, or at least having both him and Ed Harris in the show can't be cheap (the premiere episode cost $25 million reportedly, and the per-episode cost is $10 million - on par with current seasons of Game of Thrones). I'm guessing that if the second episode improves on those ratings, we'll get a renewal for season 2 or more from HBO.
  9. HBO's "Westworld" [Spoilers!]

    The premiere episode had very strong ratings - stronger than True Detective's first season premiere. That hopefully bodes well for the show going forward.
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  12. HBO's "Westworld" [Spoilers!]

    That was great stuff. I'm not sure what I was expecting going into it, but it delivered and did well. I'm really looking forward to the next episode. They tossed a lot of balls into the air to juggle with that episode, and with the hints about the second episode. I wonder what the mid-season twist will be (the 6th episode title is "The Adversary" - ominous), if anything.
  13. 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?
  14. 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.
  15. 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).