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  1. Phew. Glad to get through there. Out of 7 games of that series Calgary was outplayed once that being game six. Every other game we had an edge or dominated. But Oettinger was a beast and single handedly almost won that series for Dallas.
  2. After years of being the state that promotes hacking and data breaches it looks like Russia and it’s agencies are massively under attack.
  3. Yeah today was fun to cap off my heavy mesocycle with back squats and deadlifts plus some accessory lifts. I can feel it already in my core, flexors and obliques. Will ice up later.
  4. I’ve in the past been mostly fat (well not crazy so but 220-230ish at 6’2” with my worst in the 240s. Got lower at times but bounced back. Even when doing CrossFit which I did for a few years. But the last year or so I’ve focused on a program more on hypertrophy lifting. I guess powerlifting. Anyway I’m not really any lighter at around 230 but my body comp is much better. Turns out having a ton of muscle on you helps although I need to lose about ten pounds or so to get a more flat belly. I do plan to focus on that a bit for summer. I’m happy that at 44 I’m the strongest I’ve been in my life. I just did bench at 235x4 today and was pretty happy with that on top of my recent 300 back squat x 8. (Sunday I’ll try to do 315x? and see how that goes) Goal is to get up to 1k combined squat/deadlift/bench. If I look at what I’m doing for reps and project it I’m likely already there but I like doing it for reps since I don’t want to hurt myself and prefer pushing it at a 6-12 rep range. Also looking forward to warmer weather so I can get out with the family every weekend for hikes.
  5. Alfred was amazing agreed and it did lose a bit of lustre with his death. But there is enough other performances, sadly many have died. Uhtred is good. Leofric from season 1, Aethelwold and Aethelread as much as I hated them, Aethelfelad, Finn and Sihtric. Father Biocca and the nun turned warrior (forgot her name). Alfred was the best no doubt but many other standouts and very few imo that fell flat.
  6. Well I had gotten up to about 20 heat on bow and shield and a little behind on rail and spear and saw rewards stopped happening post 20. The only thing was to take a jump to heat 32 to finish off the statue. So did the cheese thing and went Zeus on Zeus. It worked first time (not by much as I was at 140 health on no defiances) as I got the necessary goods. (Flourish, double strike, static discharge, high voltage, splitting bolt, Zeus’s call, billowing strength with 3 poms on most of the important ones. Flourish/discharge/double strike/billowing) Got a good set of defence stuff with epic extra dashes, divine dash, dying lament, revenge chill. Even had a nourishing roots and that might have helped if the final battle had gone longer. Surprisingly it was first fight with Asterius that wrecked me as he killed me twice. I died quite a few times. Once in Asphodel on some bomb guys, twice to Asterius round one, once to him round two, once to miniboss in Styx who throws poison and twice to Hades. I ended up taking both of Athena’s extra defiances. But I did get the luck in the Zeus stuff. It’s possible I’d have done better with Rama and the same boons since it does similar damage but it’s easier to direct the damage. Also perhaps could have had better choices for heat, as this is what I did. Hard Labor 3, Lasting Consequences 2, Convenience Fee 2, Jury Summons 3, Extreme Measures 3, Calisthenics 2, Benefits Package 2, Middle Management, Underworld Customs, Forced Overtime 1, Damage Control 2. I just don’t want to do EM4 with shield or forced overtime 2 or heck even tight deadline or approval package 1. I figured getting the build I want and having the luxury to kite would make up for more enemies. By midway through Elysium it did as the mix of Zeus boons and his call/strength just wrecked all packs as I dashed all around the place. But yeah I think I’ll just finish off getting to 20 with the other weapons and get the last weapons unlocked and then will move on to something else. It’s kind of hit that replayability annoyance where I don’t want to play at high heat and I’m more playing to try out combos. And then getting annoyed when I don’t get the specific boon for said combo. I’m thinking heat 16 is a good spot for most runs with some good added difficulty but it won’t make me hate it.
  7. That’s an old tired narrative too as seen by acquisitions like Respawn. Sure there was good arguments against things when Richitello ran things but that stuff has all changed since Wilson took over.
  8. As someone who has been at EA for ten years yeah I’d say it’s a good place to work at. Definitely worlds different from what I’ve heard of other at Activision. We’ve talked about stuff like that happening given recent news but not sure how realistic it is. Stuff like this has been going around as rumors for years though.
  9. Yeah I didn’t love that last episode either. Tbh the season felt disjointed and that they were both simultaneously rushing to close things off at a good point while at the same time trying to be open ended like with the Laconia stuff. Was just a weird mishmash I felt. Maybe the Inaros stuff ended up the same way in the book but that part felt way too rushed. I also didn’t love the Holden to Drummer part but maybe that was because I had just seen the same thing in The Last Kingdom season four. For me the high parts of the show were 1-3 and especially 1-2. I guess once Miller left it lost some diversity to the show and it mostly became the Rocinate and Avasarala show. Now I love Avasarala and what she went through but I started buying less and less that the Rocinate and crew could keep getting through all these challenges. Even my wife was during the last couple episodes having some doubt the main characters could keep getting through things unscathed. Still a good show but more like 7.5/10 while for me 1-2 were 9.5/10 with a number of perfect 10s.
  10. As long as they have someone who is just a bad guy. I mean the karate kid movies were about actually fighting some one dimensional over the top villains. But my guess is they will bring back Barnes and then they’ll redeem Silver. Then they’ll probably try to find some way to make Barnes look good. With Chozen and Kreese now they’re already 2/3 of the way there. On another matter I’m thinking they need to bring in some new students especially for Cobra Kai. For right now Kreese ain’t leading anything and I could see Tory going back to him when Stingray tells the truth. But right now Tory and Robby are both not going to stick with Silver. So Silver has Kenny and Kyler. Kenny has some potential but unless he grows a lot I just don’t see him as a threat to Robby, Hawk and Miguel. Kyler is just a clown villain and is just filler at this point. So right now Cobra Kai lacks any strong fighter since I think their two top ones are going to ditch Terry.
  11. Slowly moving up the heat ladder now. I’ve now unlocked/maxed Chiron, Chaos, Zag Sword, Arthur, Achilles, Eris, Demeter, Lucifer and Beowulf. I think bow is my highest heat at 13 with spear and rail right behind. Sword is going up slowly since I got Arthur and same with Beowulf and shield. They’re at like 5-7. Fist I just don’t play much. I’d say overall my favs are still Chiron as well as Arthur and Achilles. Beowulf and Eris are both quite good but I find them a bit one trick ponies in playstyle. Beowulf it’s just slam into them and nova over and over and Eris I am fine with but I just get disappointed every time I don’t get rocket or cluster bombs. Lucifer is cool but not as strong. Main thing is I just don’t like rails attack for bosses so it’s usually special or cast builds. Arthur I enjoy because you can actually just tank which is nice. Achilles I really enjoy for massive cast or attack builds. I had an absolute insane one today with like rank 4 frost attack, rank 5 trippy shot + ice wine, arctic blast, a 75% chaos attack boon, flurry jab and heroic Hermes attack speed buff. (Yes I mean heroic thanks Eurydice) I just stunlocked everything. Been playing around with different pacts and mostly been doing EM3, customs and some light other ones. I just tried EM4 with a Chiron run and although I did use two death defiances I killed hades first shot. Chiron at the end of the day is the build I feel safest on.
  12. Sure but that was a show invention. They don’t need to have every character be redeemable. Sometimes bad guys are fun just to be bad guys.
  13. Don’t love that since the guy til now has been pretty rotten. It’s nice having a bad guy be a bad guy and not just have everyone be nice in the end.
  14. Yeah dash strike gameplay I just don’t find all that fun. It’s a bit too hectic for me and I’m not that twitchy a gamer. But it’s by far the best tactic for both of those classes. I did annihilate Hades with a Zag build earlier so it does work. (I had double edge and double special) Both spear and shield are also like to use that but at least they offer boons that give you different play styles which is why I prefer them.
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