The Mance

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  1. Not to quibble*, but I’m not sure that follows. I mean, it could have worked that way, but not necessarily, no? Couldn’t it also have been that one non-egg laying organism produced a bunch of egg-laying offspring that all interbred? This would still mean one common ancestor, just once removed from your proposed first egglayer. But it could also be that the mutation that produced egg-laying offspring happened in several instances, and then all egglayers are eventually descended from many individuals? *I have only a dim recollection of high school biology
  2. No, you're right. That was totally a question worth asking. I mean, libruls these days, probably try to give the man a Nobel Peace Participation Prize or something. Amirite?
  3. We had a sharpe shinned hawk at the feeder bait station yesterday. She loomed ominously for a solid hour.
  4. Well, the crushing angst and predictable betrayals really amp up towards the second half. vague spoilers
  5. re: interdenominational strife… Once I saw this guy on a bridge about to jump. I said, "Don't do it!" He said, "Nobody loves me." I said, "God loves you. Do you believe in God?" He said, "Yes." I said, "Are you a Christian or a Jew?" He said, "A Christian." I said, "Me, too! Protestant or Catholic?" He said, "Protestant." I said, "Me, too! What franchise?" He said, "Baptist." I said, "Me, too! Northern Baptist or Southern Baptist?" He said, "Northern Baptist." I said, "Me, too! Northern Conservative Baptist or Northern Liberal Baptist?" He said, "Northern Conservative Baptist." I said, "Me, too! Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region, or Northern Conservative Baptist Eastern Region?" He said, "Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region." I said, "Me, too! Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1879, or Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1912?" He said, "Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1912." I said,
  6. I tried searching for "curling" on my dvr this morning and got "no results". All Olympics coverage should be on NBC and affiliates here in the US though, right?
  7. Also, he was popular in the UK.
  8. Yeah, the youtube/Cloverfield community seems to think the only way the three movies could logically be connected is if each installment portrays an alternate universe. None of the dates, locations, events, monsters sizes, etc match up between the three.
  9. That would not be much of an achievement. Honestly, you could tack on a 1 second shot of a giant Cloverfield monster to the end of Interstellar and it would have made just as much sense.
  10. I don’t understand your objection. GoT was promoted as an adaptation with only loose assurances from D&D that they wanted to keep as close to the source material as possible. And, even with only those vague assurances, I still had (perhaps unreasonable) expectations of the show that were unpleasantly dashed. So, I’m saying that I can understand why SWEU purists would be reasonably pissed.
  11. I'll be following curling, short track speed skating, and threads about what is and isn't sport.
  12. And thats totally fair. I wasn’t so much commenting on your opinion as just voicing my own.
  13. I actually really liked the limited attention to the Force that we got in R1. That there would be non force-using but still semi-religious devotees like Chirrut running around at this point in the SW history was a fitting perspective. I thought it was a pleasantly organic way of tying the film to the main SW universe, without completely overshadowing the capabilities and heroics of the “mundane” main characters. And, though I gather he’s not, I wouldn’t even have minded if Chirrut was actually somewhat force sensitive. There really ought to be all manner of untrained, would-be, Jedi of varying...strength*...scattered about the galaxy, doing who knows what with their unrealized potential. *I refuse to use the "M" word.
  14. That is so metal