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  1. Wait...What? They're Remaking MacGyver?

    I saw the trailer for it a few days ago, it looked terrible. They also seem to have a large number of sidekicks for MacGuyver, which I don't really remember from the original.
  2. 2016 Olympics - Opening Ceremony and beyond....

    It does seem like the Olympics have grown so much that hosting the Summer Games is now beyond the reach of anything other than the largest cities (or potentially a small city with huge amounts of oil money to throw at the project), so it does feel a bit ambitious and potentially risky for Budapest to bid. That said, if they've managed to come up with a plausible and affordable plan then good luck to them.
  3. 2016 Olympics - Opening Ceremony and beyond....

    Rome, Paris, Budapest and LA are the candidates.
  4. 2016 Olympics - Opening Ceremony and beyond....

    It looks like if Farah is at Tokyo then it'll be for the marathon, since he's intending to switch to that after next year.
  5. It seems that a couple of the methods aimed at reducing the impact of slate voting were passed so for next year's Worldcon they'll be using the E Pluribus Hugo proposal to try to defeat slate voting using complicated maths and also adding an extra finalist slot so each person can nominate 5 works but the shortlist will have 6 items on it. I guess we'll see what impact they have.
  6. 2016 Olympics - Opening Ceremony and beyond....

    He did compete only in the relay at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, not sure if he'd necessarily do the same for the Olympics, though. It is a return to the scene of one of his biggest triumphs (the London Olympic stadium), if he's not retiring immediately then it seems as good an event as any for a finale.
  7. It looks like it won by default, according to the full stats all the other nominees were beaten by No Award. Maybe it might have won anyway if someone other than Vox Day had determined what the nominees were, but I guess we'll never know now. It does show that for all the havoc the Puppies caused during the nomination process they get completely swamped again during the final vote. I see Werthead made it on to the Longlist for Best Related Work. It also seems John Scalzi Is Not A Very Popular Author And I Myself Am Quite Popular: How SJWs Always Lie About Our Comparative Popularity Levels would have made it on to the final ballot if it wasn't for the Puppies.
  8. There was an Asian-American Howling Commando in the first Captain America film but I can't think of many others in the films (Agents of Shield does better in this respect).
  9. August 2016 Reads

    I finished Claire North's Touch. I thought it was a good book, perhaps not quite as good as North's The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August but not too far off. Having a protagonist who can jump between bodies at a single touch is something I haven't encountered before. I suppose the Denzel Washington film Fallen is similar, but in that case it is the villain who has that ability. I think a similar story could have been written where Kepler was the villain in this as well, he/she/it may not be the worst character in the story but he/she/it does do plenty of monstrous things himself and while they may try to follow their own moral code I think some of their self-justifications are a bit thin. The body-switching ability does allow for some memorable action scenes, and North's writing is excellent throughout, and does a great job of filling in the backstory as it goes along. Next up is Neal Stephenson's Seveneves. I do generally have mixed feelings with Stephenson's work but there are always good things in there along with stuff that frustrates me, I suspect this will end up being similar.
  10. What are you listening to? Vol. XXII

    It is very catchy, I like the backing vocals. Like you, I don't think I'd heard anything by them that wasn't Safety Dance before.
  11. RIO 16 - Best bits

    It was fantastic, I think particularly because nobody (maybe not even him) really expected him to get that last height, and his reaction to winning was also great. It was a pity parts of the crowd decided to boo the French runner-up.
  12. Tuf Voyaging by George R.R. Martin

    I did like the book, although I think I might have enjoyed it more if I hadn't read all the stories in one go because I found Tuf's personality quirks to be getting a bit irritating after a while. I remember someone asking GRRM whether he'd ever write any more at a convention last year. I don't remember his exactly reply, but I think it was along the general them of him having some ideas for other Tuf stories but having so many other commitments that it might never happen. I didn't really think of a Tuf/Varys comparison before Wert's review, but if they ever make an adaptation of it then Conleth Hill would be a perfect choice in the lead role.
  13. August 2016 Reads

    The next Wayfarer and Expanse books are both coming out in a couple of months. From the plot summary it sounds like A Close and Common Orbit isn't going to be primarily set onboard the Wayfarer itself, which seems a bit of a shame but I'm still interested in the book.
  14. 2016 Olympics - Opening Ceremony and beyond....

    He's not having a great games, Steve Redgrave seemed to be regarding him with increasing loathing each time they had to appear together, finishing with this marvellously awkward moment. The track cycling events with lots of riders on track at once are a lot of fun. I'm a bit sad they took the Madison out of the Olympics which brought an extra level of chaos to proceedings.
  15. Cricket 30: World Twenty20 and beyond

    I agree the question marks four the winter tours seem to be an opener and a middle-order batsman (although I suspect they could persist with Ballance for the latter). I'd probably play Bairstow at 5 rather than Ali, although there's not a huge difference. I'd say this could be the basic structure of the team: Cook, ?, Root, ?, Bairstow, Stokes, Ali, Woakes, Rashid, Broad, Anderson Borthwick and Robson were both talked about earlier in the season as possible replacements for Compton, they could still get a chance. Borthwick's bowling could be useful as a third spin option (because England clearly don't have quite enough all-rounders already). PS - I know it was unlikely to be that long, but it's a pity this isn't a Five Test series so we get a decider. Despite the lack of an overall winner it's been a great series.