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  1. No, I'd think it was when he was infected by the flies. IIRC, he blacks out (just before Maeve comes and gets him) and, presumably, this is where we are seeing the host-version of him is now doing fidelity runs. It is why he can be stabbed in the park, since he isn't human any more (at that point). But, indeed, he might not be dead, he might just be substituted. Such substitutions. They have happened before. (Sorry couldn't resist.)
  2. I am still trying to reconcile the opening sequence, of the data storage place on the dam, with whatever is supposed to be happening with Christina. I figured they were trying to data-mine her for the key to access the encrypted data. But, I guess maybe the aim was actually to try to just make her complicit and decrypt the data of her own choice?
  3. Wouldn't it be the opposite? Caleb iteration 278 (or whatever number Halores said) didn't fawn to her order. It would also suggest that 277 (or however many) pervious versions also did not just follow her order, meaning her control was not perfect and absolute (i.e. Caleb, even in simulation, seems to retain some degree of free will).
  4. First day and change of free agency, lots of big signings, too many to list. Of course, the Islanders have literally done nothing. Can't wait for a week from now for them to overpay to resign someone so we that have the same team as last year, only worse.
  5. I figured Caleb was a major character from now on. I'd imagine they'd contrive some way to save him, to get that "reunite with his wife and kid" moment to close the season. I guess they could go a different way with that, but I am not sure I'd want to bet on it.
  6. Ah, yeah, I do recall something like that. But as was pointed out, I don't think that "rule" is applied consistently was all I was getting at. This sort of thing does happen in real languages, I think, but I also recall Bakker once saying that part of the inconsistency just comes from moving from different versions of things in different drafts over the years. Or, maybe I just imagine he said that, I don't know, I am old and can't recall things like I used to.
  7. Unfortunately not, since it explicitly indicated the existence of the Indara-Kishauri. C's and K's are always in an odd place for Bakker without much rhyme or reason.
  8. Bakker explicitly said this is the case, yes (way back in 2005 actually). (My bolding to highlight the quote, but include the context too.)
  9. In what sense? Granted, I am biased by my general Hegelianism, but given Bakker's Derridian roots, I think the inconsistency of Earwan metaphysics is very deliberate. And, at this point, I am generally convicted that we ought to be rejecting Dualistic or Monistic thinking about it all, instead trying to think Dialectically, when and where ever possible. Not that this is going to "solve" things, but, in a Hegelian Absolute Knowing sense, at lease move us closer to what is more likely to be the case.
  10. Besides the Yankees, I am a Knicks, Jets and Islander's fan, so, rock bottom expectations are not foreign to me! It's just nice to sometimes like one team that isn't always leaving me bereft of hope.
  11. Maybe, I guess I am just being pessimistic in order to not get my hopes up on what seems to me to have a good chance to end in disappointment.
  12. Yeah, I am not at all sure on $350 million, but my thinking would be that if no one makes that sort of insane offer, is he going to take a "low" (not at all low) offer from the Yankees? My guess is no, absent some wildly massive dollar signs (which, like you say, isn't going to come from the Yankees), money being "equal," he'll sign with a west coast team, is my guess. Even if the money is just close, I think he'll go to the west coast. Or, at least, this is the possibility I am preparing myself for.
  13. I've pretty much resigned myself to this as being a fact, that he will go to a west coast team, until proven otherwise. I'm not going to get my hopes up that he stays in NY, although I'd really like him to.
  14. Indeed, can't help but agree. As an Islander fan, we know better than the expect anything besides the worst.
  15. Yeah, I don't quite get it. My only guess would that they did not like they way Trotz was coaching the younger players, notably Wahlstrom and Bellows this year, although probably others too. The team played horribly, old and flat-footed, for most of the year. They are going to need to younger kids to come up and play, but I guess Lou thinks they can't really do that if Trotz is benching them for entire games, or stretches of them, for mistakes. Granted, I am no coach and I have no idea if Trotz was doing "the right thing" (frankly, he probably was correct) but it is the only thing I can think of for why they would be cutting ties right now, because they likely will sign exactly zero known quantities as free agents (like usual).
  16. Obviously not WWII focused, but if the logistics part interests you, Volko Rhunke's Levy & Campaign series might be something to look at. I actually just picked up Nevsky: Teutons and Rus in Collision 1240-1242 but haven't gotten to play it yet. They are working on several more installments, the next of which is Almoravid: Reconquista and Riposte in Spain, 1085-1086, and then Inferno: Guelphs and Ghibellines Vie for Tuscany, 1259-1261. I think they have mentioned though that there are something like 20 more in development for the series (the next one might be Plantagenet: Cousins' War for England, 1459 - 1485). But I think they are all set during the Medieval period. I have heard though, that once you get used to the system, what ends up happening is actually few battles, since those are risky and a more chess-like (perhaps) game where you are trying to line up your supplies and force your opponent to make risky attacks.
  17. Yeah, kind of does seem that way. Perhaps you can find someone who wants locally who wants one over the other and trade? Seems like a longshot though probably. I haven't gotten too many new exciting games lately myself, but I did stumble upon a new in shrink copy of the well out of print El Grande Big Box at a LGS when we were on a trip to Houston a couple weeks ago. It wasn't cheap, but below what it would cost online, so I picked it up. It's a very neat, classic game although we have only gotten to play it at two so far, but I was glad to add it to my collection.
  18. From what I understand, the new "reskin" is also very much a reworking to make it play better at 3-4 players. I got Dune Imperium though, myself, since we usually play at 2. The Direwolf Digital App makes the "simulated" third player very easy to enact for the two player games. I haven't gotten to play it at three actual humans though, yet. Waiting on the Rise of Ix expansion now though, since I preordered it a while back for a sale price.
  19. Some people have heard from him (not me) but no idea if/when he wants to return to blogging/online stuff. I am pretty sure the pandemic has not been kind to him/his family, but I don't know what exactly is up. There is/was some circumstantial evidence that some things might be going on, with respect to the series, but there is no way to confirm this, realistically.
  20. Sure, I mean, it's not perfect. But I am not terribly upset with what we got. I still think it is more interesting to me than most fiction I come across. Still, I'm fairly sure even Bakker himself would say he wishes some parts came out better. That's part of what makes the follow up series potentially interesting in their own way, since he admitted he would be treading something like new territory. I get that there is plenty of reason for pessimism, but I do think he is writing and I think he's just had a rough Pandemic-time lately. We can only wait and see though.
  21. Probably, but personally, if I can't over-analyze something, honestly I don't find it interesting enough to give much attention. A totally straight-forward, unambiguous, and clear thing seems like the least interesting thing I can think of. Which, of course, is why I read far more Continental philosophy than physics books (or even fiction). In the end, I am not exactly sure if I care too much if something is there in the phenomenological sense or the noumenal sense, interesting ideas are interesting. If there was an Absolute/Objective manner of reading/writing, there would only be one book worth reading (the one which the Correct View). Maybe it's just that I personally lack a rigorous theory of justification, or again, maybe some personal defect or psychosis, if you like. I mean, I agree, but I guess some might think I have a different view than this? So be it, but it's never been the case. I do find them more interesting than most fiction I try though, still. (But again, I don't read much fiction now, as I find few that appeal to me (no, not an Objective value statement, just personal preference)). I think it is likely that Bakker read Schopenhauer, but I haven't as much as I should, probably because I tend to find Idealism a bit more interesting, personally. One of these days, just wish I actually knew German.
  22. Yeah, I mean, I personally just find Hegel interesting. But there are some lines one can draw back to Bakker, from the Husserl to Heidegger line (who both "fought" Hegel in some sense), to Derrida (the 3rd opening quote is from Hegel in Of Grammatology) and Foucault (with the famous line: "A large part of my indebtedness is to Jean Hyppolite. I know that, for many, his work is associated with that of Hegel, and that our age, whether through logic or epistemology, whether though Marx or through Nietzsche, is attempting to flee Hegel....But truly to escape Hegel involves an exact appreciation of the price we have to pay to detach ourselves from him. It assumes that we are aware of the extent to which Hegel, insidiously perhaps, is close to us; it implies a knowledge, in that which permits us to think against Hegel, of that which remains Hegelian. We have to determine the extent to which our anti-Hegelianism is possibly one of his tricks directed against us, at the end of which he stands, motionless, waiting for us.") Coincidentally (i.e. not at all, to me) Heidegger, Derrida and Foucault are all named by Bakker as influences. In my head-canon though, Hegel is the unnamable influence, too large to be spoken explicitly. Surely though, as always, this says more about me than it does about tSA, Bakker, Hegel, or hermeneutics most probably.
  23. Ah, ok, was not familiar (I'm still looking more into Hegel than anything else, personally), but a quick look seems to clear up what you seem to have been getting at. I think I'd generally agree, even though it is still odd, to me, that these things seem to really bother people where it didn't bother me at all. But, I already knew I am an odd person, so I'm sure this says more about me than anything else. "Funny" enough, Iser's wiki has this line: "However, these gaps cannot be filled arbitrarily, but through interpretive limits given in the text by an author. Iser finds this experience to be the breakdown of the subject-object division, in that "text and reader no longer confront each other as object and subject, but instead the 'division' takes place within the reader himself". Rings a bit familiar...
  24. There is no outside-text, right? If I follow where you are going, that is.
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