HelenaExMachina

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  1. Old thread was about ready to close. This is a trailer from a couple of weeks ago but it hasn't been posted yet: Interested to see this. Hot Girls Wanted was a very good documentary. From what I understand this anthology of documentaries follows a similar theme but is much broader in what it looks at.
  2. I found a suitable t shirt for Bucky: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DQ0VrgTVAAM3pZ-?format=jpg
  3. Yep. Modern day Roosie would be sipping kale smoothies and protein shakes and running meal preps like there was no tomorrow. He would have his carefully constructed exercise regime including time for teh gainz. Fat Walda would become Ripped Walda and become a professional bodybuilder under his tutelage
  4. Right, but do you not find the focus and attention paid to 5eir children disturbing or discomforting? It’s not like the kids have an “opt out” choice to escape from such scrutiny. They will have to live with the stories written about them and photos taken of them for the rest of their life, knowing millions have seen/read them. I feel the same about people obsessing over celebrity children fwiw
  5. That is a surprising list. Not because it lacks Marvel stuff but I just personally don’t see a lot of those shows as “bingeworthy.” 2/10 on there I binged, 2 I started watching and couldn’t finish. i am surprised not to see Stranger things though, and also surprised that some of those shows were actually released 2016 (the two I binged were actually)
  6. I’m always skeeved out by the media attention William and Kate’s children get. It’s like parents who post photos etc of children on social media, only instead of just sharing these photos with friends, it’s the world. Did we really need a photo of George in his new school uniform first day of school? No, we did not
  7. Yes you rather seem to be missing the point here Eggegg. It’s not that people dispute the Royal’s popularity, they are question why in the hell they have such popularity.
  8. The idea of not having a contract of employment for a job like teaching, nursing etc. seems nuts to me. The U.K. is pretty much the opposite end of the spectrum though with the full contract of employment made up from bits and bobs from all over (although certain particulars of employment need to be contained all in one document). More casual and at-will and zero hours employment like bar staff I can see that situation. But even when I worked in retail I got a full contract of employment, booklet of terms and conditions and company standards etc. Nuts!
  9. Mayhaps I have, mayhaps I haven’t. But to tell that would be to give a clue
  10. It’s clearly time to start decorating lampposts with our bougie overlords then
  11. Those food servers in Japan are making me think of Sonmi and Cloud Atlas...
  12. “I met the Indonesia (vice) President and all I got was this lousy frappe”
  13. La Belle Sauvage does a really good job of balancing the childish adventure and underlying darkness I thought. I happily recommend reading it I can never look at marzipan without thinking of the Amber Spyglass! Currently reading the Ki and Vandien quartet
  14. Season 3 starts this Friday on the CW. Available on Netflix the next day for the UK, on "Eleven" in Australia from 19th October, and W Network in Canada from 13th October. I know there are a few here who watch And and more advertising can only be a good thing because this show is so funny and clever. To whet your appetites, here is the first musical number of the season; http://people.com/tv/season-3-crazy-ex-girlfriend/amp/ There is another available too but I'm not going to watch that one. I can wait 2 days
  15. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Season 3 Orphan Black Season 5 the Americans S5 Big Little Lies The Expanse S2 Stranger Things Season 2 - good, didn’t enjoy as much as S1 though. Sense8 S2 The Handmaid's Tale S1 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend S2 American Gods S1 GLOW S1 Catastrophe S3 Legion S1 Sneaky Pete S1 Master of None S2 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt S3 Howards End The Last Kingdom S2 The Defenders 13 Reasons Why Dear White People I, Zombie S3 Fargo S3 Orange is the New Black S5 Hot Girls Wanted, Turned On I Love Dick House of Cards S5 GOT S7 [insert big gap here. Huge drop in quality between the top of my list and bottom] A Series of Unfortunate Events S1 Taboo S1 Iron Fist S1 DNF - Punisher, Santa Clarita Diet
  16. very sad to see WhiJo and Darryl break up. But even so...I have to applaud the way it was handled because they continue to be a shining example of a healthy relationship on this show of dysfunction. Far rather an amicable breakup when you hit such an insurmountable issue than staying together and allowing that isssue to fester and cause you to resent one another. The breakup was sad but ‘healthy.’ I really loved the whole episode actually, especially giving some screentime to Paula and allowing her to address her own issues (and dysfunctional relationship with Rebecca too). First Penis I Saw was hysterical, especially he eggplant microphone
  17. Off-game: It is I thought you of all people would get it... in-game: I should really brush up on my Native American history for, um, heritage reasons
  18. Sweeping aside relationship issues doesn't work after all
  19. Slightly related, more to do with automation than anything else, but by coincidence I was reading this article this morning and found it intriguing: http://regulatingforglobalization.com/2017/12/07/negotiating-algorithm-technology-digital-ized-work-labour-protection-reloaded/ Basically saying that while yes automation threatens quantity of jobs, we also need to consider the impact on quality of jobs. Not talking low skill/high skill though, more in the vein of “does this leave workers vulnerable to exploitation? Does it allow for arbitrariness and discrimination etc? I found it a Very interesting read
  20. Well I just called in to see if I should be regretting my choice not to continue watching. Sounds like Little has changed and it may actually be worse, which is quite the achievement!
  21. I would imagine at least a contributing factor is what was mentioned previously regarding the difficulty men have in speaking to friends about their issues. If you have no outlet for all he negativity and troubles within you that can easily build up and put you in a desperate situation. The ability and acceptance to reach out and discuss your issues with your peers is very important I think. Anecdotally, there are many times simply being able to discuss things with friends has brought me back from that desperate suicidal impulse. If I had felt shameful about do8ng so because talking about these things was a social taboo, might I have committed suicide? Very high probability, yes. So I think thisnhas to be a large part of it too. Just my opinion though, I don’t have data to support this
  22. Happy birthday Bucky. *honk honk* you happen to share a birthday with my closest friend from uni. Did I pick up on this last year I wonder?
  23. Schwab’s second book in that trilogy was a mind numbing borefest in which fuck all happened to boring as hell characters for an entire novel. I can’t even recall it ending on an exciting note. I had no interest in reading beyond that second instalment. I would comfortably place Jemisin above Hobb which, coming from me for anyone who is familiar with my forum posts is saying a lot. But it’s more about the quality of Jemisin’s book that lack of quality in Hobb’s.
  24. Hell yes to some of that, so happy to se American Gods up there after missing out on the Emmys. And Tatiana getting her obligatory and well deserved nomination too. Comedy, eh, I have since come to the conclusion I will never be satisfied by the nominees for comedy. Happy to see GLOW up there but fuck Modern Family and BBT. The latter moreso than the former of course. It’s crass that such a heap of shit gets a nomination
  25. Since the last thread was locked for length I thought I would open a new one. And on the deals front, maybe I'm an idiot for spreading this and lowering my chances, but The House of Shattered Wings, an upcoming novel by Aliette de Bodard, is currently part of a giveaway on Goodreads. There are 10 up for grabs, and unless I'm mistaken it's a lucky draw. https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/148229-the-house-of-shattered-wings