Xray the Enforcer

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  1. Careerchat

    Do you know when your org's fiscal year ends? It might not happen until then. But agreed with an earlier commenter -- it doesn't hurt to ask the person if anything came of it.
  2. Fantasy lit that passes the Bechdel test?

    [mod] OK, enough derail. This thread is not a discussion of the relevance of the Bechtel Test. OP merely asks which books pass it. If you have nothing to add to the latter point of discussion, then this thread is not for you. Thank you. [/mod]
  3. February 2016 Reads

    I'm also about halfway through Tim Powers' Medusa's Web. It is a very Powers book.
  4. February 2016 Reads

    Just finished City of Blades. A very different book than City of Stairs, but still completely worthwhile. It's a much sadder book, both in plot and overall theme. 
  5. Heavy Metal 9: through Bruce is salvation

    Yep. They've been a two-piece for a number of years. I always liked Inquisition's vocals -- Dagon sounds like he's some kind of malevolent undead alien. I find traditional BM shrieked vocals (especially the ultra-tinny and dry production) to be pretty meh, but I know that others find that treatment essential to their enjoyment of BM. Me, I'd rather listen to Dagon, or MkM from Antaeus/Aosoth any day over that.
  6. Heavy Metal 9: through Bruce is salvation

    Love this album. I've seen Inquisition a number of times, and tracks off of that album just bring the killer atmosphere. Desolate Funeral Chant is particularly ass-kicking in a live setting. 
  7. [BOOK & TV SPOILERS] The Expanse on SyFy

    Hmmm. I am pretty sure they were bipedal and also had two arms, so not really that far off of a human body matrix. Still horrifying, of course. Anyway, I thought they were using those kids because they were 1) immunocompromised and thus the protomolecule could work faster and 2) easier to control before and after transformation. Again, this is all going off my imperfect memory of the book.
  8. Cutting the cord

    Yep. Even if we could get high-speed internet in some other way (still not feasible at this time), we'd have cable to watch sports. I DGAF about shows or HBO or any of that, really.
  9. February 2016 Reads

    Reading City of Blades right now. Too early to have an opinion, although I like the backdrop of things being fairly terminally fucked up in Saypur.
  10. [BOOK & TV SPOILERS] The Expanse on SyFy

    Yes, although IIRC they were building those with the kids with the immune system disorder. (Could be wrong -- I found it difficult to pay close attention to parts of Caliban's War because Prax was so goddamned tedious.)
  11. US Politics: We're serving Flint water mmmmm.

    Thanks for these links. I knew about the NJ shenanigans (Christie really is a garbage human), but the Vox article is quite interesting.
  12. Heavy Metal 9: through Bruce is salvation

    Critical Hits by Gygax This is as awesome as it looks. Just some pure mid-80s heavy metal/hard rock worship that will make your next party or gaming session 1000X better.
  13. [BOOK & TV SPOILERS] The Expanse on SyFy

    It hasn't come back in any of the books (as far as I can remember; and I believe that scene actually happened offscreen in the books), so I'm guessing it won't come back in the show either. It was just meant to show escalating tensions between the Belt & the planets. I still have yet to see the final two episodes (Mr. X gave me the download on them tho); saving them for the weekend.
  14. [BOOK & TV SPOILERS] The Expanse on SyFy

    The original trade paperback is almost 600 pages. It's actually a long book and quite full of plot points/scenes -- I just did a re-read -- and I do not think they could have made the book into a single season without 13-15 episodes without cutting significant chunks and also glossing over the necessary explication of the politics of Mars-Earth-OPA + Protogen. Or simplifying it drastically.