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  1. http://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php?/profile/60435-leap/ Pretty complete list there. This very evening I ordered a takeaway in person, and I started my order by saying ''I'd like to order some food...for collection...'' On the flip side, the other day getting out of a taxi the driver said ''have a good journey'' and I said ''You too'', but managed to tack on ''wherever it is you're off to next'' without it being so late as to seem like an awkward afterthought. Still not a great response though, but at this rate I'll be able to say ''Cheers'' by next year sometime.
  2. Gadot has shone in her role as Wonder Woman more than Cavill has as Superman, but I've always been of the impression that he was capable of something better than what we got in MoS and BvS, Snyder sort of skipped over that (apart from the scene when he first flies, which is dope), I hope Whedon does the character justice. Anyway, the new trailer looks good to me, I am excited about this. The music choice was fantastic.
  3. Sorry, that's my fault for being an idiot. I had the spoiler thread open and accidentally closed it, then somehow got to this one. My sincere apologies to anyone who was spoiled by my post.
  4. sorry
  5. Watching a bit of Toast of London, starring Matt Berry. The first episode felt a little rough, but I've begun to quite like this. Berry is very watchable. Huh! Just as I was typing this comment and continuing to watch, I recognised Daisy Ridley. I could have sworn this show was recent, but apparently it came out in 2013.
  6. I'd say I listen to a fairly broad variety of music, whether it's R&B or funk, or classic rock or rap, blues or folk, whatever. I listen to catchy modern pop a fair bit - there's even a Justin Bieber song I listen to semi-regularly (although it's mostly for the video), which I wouldn't have been caught dead saying 5 years ago. There's a few genres I passively avoid, like most metal subgenres and a lot of electronica, but the only thing that I actively avoid and dislike is - I'm not even sure what the name of the genre is; I think it's something along the lines of ''Whine-Core", or maybe "Post-entertaining hard listening" or something like that. Post hardcore? I don't know, but I fucking hate it. It's just barely intelligible screaming at an awful pitch, with some shitty guitar thrashing for good measure. It's like the unloved, unholy offspring of 2000s alternative music and a demented cat.
  7. I suppose I'm a late-stage millennial. Born in 1995 (UK), it's an interesting generation to be in. They say Millennials are the last people to grow up without being connected by technology, and that was certainly true for me even though I was born so late. I suppose semi-rural Yorkshire is not a hive of modernity (who knew?). There's quite a lot of stereotypes about millennials floating around the Internet, but I don't really see that amongst my peers - not that I'm in a position to judge fairly. What I do see is a lot of my peers almost unreasonably angry about - you guessed it - millennials. Throwing terms like ''special snowflake'' and "PC" with absolutely no sense of irony, except hardly anyone around here is genuinely that socially or politically active. In my view, it's like a social movement has been half-transplanted from the USA to here. Of course, many of these people completely fail to realise that they themselves are millennials. Lastly, one thing that is not unique to my generation is that they like to party. Alcohol is a big part of my culture, but we definitely take it too far. Although I do think that a fairly liberal approach to kids drinking is, in the long run, for the best, it's not properly supervised at all. Looking back, I can think of countless times when myself or others could easily have died of alcohol-related causes, and we were 14, 15 for crying out loud. We were the nerds.
  8. Damn. What an absolute shambles. I mean, Marvel won't even blink, but it really is a shame how much trouble Marvel TV is having. The last time they put out something really good, it was immediately followed by the second half of Luke Cage. I hope the Punisher is good.
  9. Flight of the Conchords - Fashion is Danger William Bell and Beverley Knight - Private Number - blew my mind when I watched this on tv the other week. Amazing performance. Shame the BBC don't seem to have uploaded the entirety of that session, as there was also an epic duet between Sam from Sam and Dave, and Tom Jones. They have "I Can't Stand Up", but they did another one if I recall. I really love backing music, and Beverley Knight is someone I definitely need to listen to more of in the future. Most of all though, I'm impressed that these near or actual Octogenarians are belting out tracks as if they were 50 years younger. One last pretty special cover from the same concert.
  10. I meant more in terms of the run-up to that, specifically the ''Worse, you're smart.'' monologue. While Beth is clearly intelligent, I would never have said she was similar to Rick in that regard, and I really just didn't see how her being a terrifying little sociopath fit into that either. At the end she's given the choice, either go out and do Rick stuff or choose the family life. I sort of expected her to have to deal with the fact that she's not Rick and that looking up to him/emulating him is not healthy, as is mentioned during the Pickle Rick episode. Of course, that may well be further down the line.
  11. That was definitely the weakest episode as far as I'm concerned. I've heard criticism of Episode 2, which I thought was really good. This one was pretty interesting and had a lot of good moments, but I suppose I was expecting Beth's character to go down a different route.
  12. Just watched Arrival, which was excellent. Insanely interesting concept that was handled really, really well. And I didn't see the twist coming. Really enjoyed it, and probably the first film I really enjoyed Amy Adams in - I've not seen her in a lot before this, and looking at her filmography it seems like I'm missing out on her most of her really well received films.
  13. I've seen the first two episodes of Season 2, very much enjoyed both of them. I think they were maybe a little weaker than the majority of last season, but still great with plenty of laughs, and true to form - absolutely absurd. Gillian Jacobs was a great guest. Kind of hope she comes back, it's weird because I thought she was way funnier in this role than in her Rick and Morty part. I did think she was a little too meta with almost every joke, but overall still pretty awesome. I didn't know the guy from episode 2, but he was fairly funny I suppose. The plot seemed more Harmonquest to me, whereas the first episode was very much a ''let's just resolve what we can from Season 1 and then get back on track''. Spencer as DM obviously still fantastic. Erin and Harmon with some hit and misses both. Jeff B Davis the most consistently funny cast member.
  14. Just watched Train To Busan, and that was a great watch. Very fun. Amazingly shot. Extremely emotional and that's with watching the subtitles. Probably my second or third favourite Zombie movie, after Shaun of the Dead and maybe one other. Agreed, for exactly the same reasons. Edge of Tomorrow is a blast though, I hope they make a sequel.
  15. I really hope Fed goes through tonight, I'd love to stay up for a semifinal on Friday night - I don't think Fed/Rafa have met at the USO before. That said, I am a big Delpo fan as well as Nadal, so at this stage there is really no bad outcome for me, on the top side of the draw at least. I hope Anderson makes it to the final rather than PCB, but he'll have to play pretty damn well for me to be convinced he's a worthy champion.
  16. Shame about Shapo going out, but can't blame PCB who's come on amazingly in the last season or so. Querrey seemingly destroyed Mischa Zverev, can't say I'm super thrilled but at least Querrey has the ability to play amazingly (even if he rarely does it, like a second rate Stan), so hopefully we could be in for some great matches at this rate. Nadal through with ease tonight. He's facing Rublev next which could be pretty awesome, he's another one of the next gen to watch out for. Shame that Goffin has struggled a lot this season, but 4th round isn't too bad. I'm sort of hoping that Delpo beats Thiem, but I wouldn't mind seeing Fed take on Thiem either. As long as Fed goes through, I'm happy.
  17. Congrats on the progress Kraken, that's really fucking great. My workout frequency has improved and I'm managing to do something about 5 times a week. I've finally got all the equipment to keep myself active at home, which is a huge advantage with a horribly sedentary job. My food and particularly beer intake has pretty much skyrocketed since I moved out (again), but I'm starting to get a handle on the food at least. Have some targets in mind so hopefully a few months hard work will yield some real results.
  18. Blimey. The bottom quarter is really disappointingly empty. I don't really think any of the players there deserve to make a GS final, or at least definitely not just by beating the other players in their half - it doesn't even resemble an ATP 500 bottom half. There's barely a top 20 player in sight. Personally, I'm hoping that Shapovalov gets to the final. He's at least likely to be a one day GS champion through his own ability, and at this point it's still impressive and important for him to beat the likes of Querrey etc. From the top half I'm obviously supporting either Fed or Nadal. Would be happy with either, and probably fairly happy with Delpo too.
  19. I think you're missing a certain ship of the avian variety. Anyway, other ships that I know and love: Serenity, from Firefly. Weird design, but it really does grow on you. Planet Express Ship, from Futurama. Rick's Ship, from Rick and Morty. Funny and horrifying. The alien spaceship from Rendevous with Rama, by Arthur C Clarke.
  20. So, can't say I'd have expected this going into the US Open this year. Pretty incredible stuff to be honest. Shame that so many of the top players have withdrawn, but with Fed and Rafa still in it's hard to not be excited. Not to mention the very real prospect of there being a new Slam winner. Nadal's quarter looks fairly doable, although the possibility of a repeat of the 2017 AO semifinal with Dimitrov is definitely daunting. With a major title finally under his belt, and Rafa probably a little worn down after a long season, I could see a different outcome. Hopefully the quality will be as good though. Fed's quarter is a little less friendly, with Verdasco, Kyrgios and Thiem in there, all of whom can play their socks off. Delpo too, but after this season I have low expectations for him. Zverev's quarter is filled with excellent players who aren't having a great season (although Querrey did extremely well at Wimbledon). I expect to see him in the QFs at least, if not further. Final quarter looks like it will go to either Tsonga or Cilic, but I hope David Ferrer pulls through. That would be pretty amazing.
  21. Recently I've gotten into the habit of using the Notepad app on my laptop rather than my usual method of paper/pen, mostly at work because it's more important that I don't lose a copy there. The number of dusty, unfinished workout routines I've written up over the years...
  22. While I can definitely see Claire becoming ''Switzerland'' in that she's compassionate towards everyone, I don't think it would be due to self-preservation. From what we've seen she doesn't really worry about that too much. However, I do think it may be Luke's influence on her that may cause that change - one of Luke's defining traits is his willingness to stand up for people who consistently make bad choices, it's seen in both LC and Defenders (remember how he meets Danny?). Also, have to agree that Defenders made a good start on Luke and Danny's friendship. I think they could probably have done more if anything, though I would rather they erred on the side of caution than suddenly made them best bros with no explanation.
  23. Overall, I enjoyed that a lot. It was definitely worse than DD or JJ - the Hand really aren't very good villains imo. However, very fun to see our four heroes on screen, and Iron Fist was significantly better this time around. Much stronger season than either Luke Cage or Iron Fist (the series). Very glad they kept it to 8 episodes. They also juggled the supporting cast pretty well considering how many there were. I did like how they made every relevant in some way, though it's a shame they didn't all get scenes with each other.
  24. If you'd said this sentence to me 10, no - 2 years ago, I'd have laughed in your face. The end times are nigh! Kind of a shame Man U have had such a strong start to the season really.
  25. Well, that depends on what happens of course, all I can do is wait and see, and hope for the best. And maybe buy a WaPo subscription (if only for the Crossword). I think perhaps I'm a little too inclined to have positive expectations of the future, and that's why the cost/benefit ratio looks better from where I'm standing. But then, it's not my life on the line if Obamacare goes down, so it's very easy for me to sit here and say in a very cold and callous way, ''well maybe if the end result is Universal healthcare, or improved Environmental regulations, then it's worth it''. So I'm guilty of that too, I just hope I'm right. Should Nuclear war break out, there will either be no beer left or nobody left to drink it, both scenarios I find utterly unacceptable.