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  1. Star Trek Discovery S4 E3. Boring. Probably the least engaged I've been with an episode of this series. Too little energy dedicated to pushing the main plot in favor of some really uninteresting sub plots. I really hope we don't go yet another season without seeing a single klingon.
  2. It's one of the reasons ebola outbreaks are so limited. It isn't airborne and is most contagious in later stages. It's also one of the reasons HIV was able to spread so effectively; long incubation period. I thought I saw something somewhere that syphilis is an example of a disease that survived by mutating into a milder form of the disease. Remember the ebola outbreak in the US back in 2014 when Republicans were losing their shit over the possibility ebola would go airborne? Then after the mid term election we never heard anything else about it? Good times.
  3. NZ didn't start jabbing significant numbers until May/June; about 3 months after Germany. They've done a better job of keeping infection rates low through lockdowns, masks, etc. Though Germany hasn't done a bad job of this overall. 3% might not sound like much but it makes a big difference in transmission rates at the top of the scale and therefore reduces the strain on the healthcare system. This is why NZ changed their vaccination target from 85% to 90%. Their modeling (post delta) showed that at 85% they get swamped. Our World in Data is a good resource but it isn't always completely up to date. https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-data-and-statistics/covid-19-vaccine-data
  4. I'm glad those types represent a tiny minority there. Two recent developments from Alberta: I got an email today from the province indicating that booster shots are beginning to open up. I'll probably be eligible to get one early next year. I'm not in a vulnerable population so I can wait. Vaccinations have opened up to 5-11 year olds and it looks like some parents aren't messing around with getting their kids jabbed. 40,000 1st doses in six days; representing just over 10% of that age cohort.
  5. Foundation. Pretty solid. High production values and good performances all around; especially Lee Pace. It was interesting to see that a few episodes were directed by Roxann Dawson, who played Tores on Star Trek Voyager. There are several memorable scenes, including one in the final episode that's pretty devastating. It's not he best thing I've seen this year but better than most. I liked it more than recent Star Wars and Star Trek material, though it falls somewhat short of Dune and Arcane. I'm not judging it based on fidelity to the source material.
  6. Told ya. Not only that, but NZ's regional parity is phenomenal. About 75% of them are over 90% and the remainder are very close. Parity by age cohort is also excellent. You guys are doing great on the vaccination front.
  7. Best Spider-Man movie ever made and high on my list of best superhero films ever made. Love it. A visually interesting film with a lot of heart. If you didn't feel a tiny punch in your gut when Miles' uncle said, "You're on your way", you're a droid or some species of Koala. My only criticism is that much of it seemed to be animated with a low frame rate, giving it an almost stop-motion quality. I don't know if this was a stylistic choice or a cost saving measure. Was that the right choice? Dunno. I tried to take me niece to see it in the theater when it came out but she's an idiot so we both lost out. What I said about Arcane didn't just refer to the animation, though it is impressive. Definitely influenced by '90's Disney films but with some Nelvana and Don Bluth in the mix as well. At least that's the vibe I got. And who doesn't like a little steampunk and Alphonse Mucha? Droids an Koalas, that's who.
  8. Regarding Arcane: I'm not a gamer and had no awareness of this world before seeing the first trailer. Aside from some impressive visuals it seemed a bit derivative and left me a bit "meh". I'm glad I gave it a chance because it's easily the best animated series I've ever seen. At least, I'm having a hard time thinking of anything that impressed me as much as this. Not just the animation but the voice acting and the storytelling. It also strikes a good balance between world building and character focus. And holy crap talk about emotional. I've been watching some of the video game cinematics and other material on youtube and the tone of the series seems much less jokey and much more mature than the game. Jinx especially seems like a much darker character in the series. How have fans of the game reacted to this show?
  9. Arcane: goddamn masterpiece. 10/10 on every level. Also when he played the evil scientist on SNL. Breathtaking. "Range" is overrated.
  10. Finished Cowboy Beebop. Gave it a thumbs up. I hope season 2 happens. Rewatched Conspiracy on HBO. Chilling. Brilliantly directed. Brilliant performances from top to bottom; particularly from Kenneth Branagh and Stanley Tucci. Honorable mentions for a pre-Kings Speech Colin Firth and a pre-Game of Thrones Owen Teale. There's even a fresh faced Tom Hiddleston who I think gets one line in the movie.
  11. That question answers itself. There are also several scenes that some people apparently slept through.
  12. It looks like he's wearing Whiplash's gear from Iron Man 2.
  13. Canada has just approved vaccinations for kids 5-11 years old. Pfizer I think. The vaccination table on the Alberta website has been updated to include rows for 0-4 years and 5-11 years. Interesting detail: 5-11 year olds make up the largest single age cohort in this province at 391,584 persons. This is equal to more than 10% of the 12+ population, which is 3.76 million. If we can get 1/2 to 2/3rds of those kids vaccinated, which should be pretty easy, that'll boost our overall percentage to over 80%. We're at 75% first doses now.
  14. It gets better with subsequent episodes. I'm liking this show a lot. It definitely has a off-kilter, campy quality. It reminds me of something that I can't quite put my finger on.
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