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    R,I.P. Thread

    Was sad to hear that Koko, the gorilla whohad mastered sign language, had died. She was 46 years old. Truly a goodwill ambassador for gorillas and all the Animal Kingdom. https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/21/health/koko-gorilla-death-trnd/index.html
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    June '18 Reading - Something something witty.

    Just binged two series. First finished the Echos of the Fall series be Adrian Tchaikovsky going through all three books in the last week of May and first week of June. Thoroughly enjoyed them. Still need to read the Shadow of the Apt series, but now much more motivated after this introduction to Tchaikovsky. Then rolled into and through the Shadow Campaigns by Django Wexler. Read all five books in the past two weeks. Stayed up way too late and lunches ran long getting through these. Appreciated my Kindle more, as I could order and download the next book as soon as I finished the previous book. It was nice that both series were complete, so wasn't left hanging. Next up is Good Guys by Steven Brust.
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    Welcome to Jurassic Park!

    So basically all these future genetically modified dinosaurs will taste like chicken?
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    Unpopular Opinions, Part Deux

    Seinfeld is still good, but I can't stand Curb Your Enthusiasm. George Costanza, a despicable human being, as part of an ensemble works, but an undiluted "George Costanza" as the lead doesn't work for me.
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    HBO's Westworld VII: Abort?.Retry.Fail

    Well the hosts seem to have complete control of their motor functions, Ford can make them freeze in midmotion with a gesture, so there may be an override when a guest is truly in danger that would allow them to do react faster than normal to prevent injury, though I'm sure some accidents may still occur.
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    HBO's Westworld VII: Abort?.Retry.Fail

    At the core of the program is the command that Ake actually spelled it out in the last episode, he said the newcomers (the guests) are the ones they are not allowed to hurt (or did he say kill , can't remember exactly). So the hosts can do everything else, attack the guests and scare them, but can't injure them.
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    HBO's Westworld VII: Abort?.Retry.Fail

    The way it would work is a host samurai would cut through his other host foes lopping of limbs and heads being a total badass until he finally reaches a guest, then when he swings he does everything he can to make the guest look good. He swings and hits the guest's weapon to make the guest think he blocked the attack, or he swings and misses to make the guest think he dodged, or the host samurai may slip in some blood or get his weapon tangled up somehow, anything to leave the guest an opening so he can win the fight. The host may have to work hard and make several attacks fail in order to get the guest to actually see the advantage and strike. Basically a lot of programmed weapon choreography to make the guests think they are in danger, when they never really are, but ultimately allow them to win any fight. The host finally gets cut down and guests don't even get a scratch.
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    HBO's Westworld VII: Abort?.Retry.Fail

    I wonder if part of the problem is the show basically skipped over the entire plot of the original movie. We saw the build up to the hosts' revolution in season 1 and now in season 2 we are seeing the aftermath, but we didn't see much of the war itself. Most of the humans we saw get killed were either nameless park employees or bigwig shareholders, and you could even say they deserved it. We didn't know or care about any of the normal human guests who were also slaughtered. For most of the season, we are just seeing hosts killing other hosts for reasons that aren't explained yet, and all of these dead hosts can be potentially resurrected, if Cradle Ford allows it. Right now the only two humans who I care about surviving would be Elsie and Stubbs, and up until now we have spent hardly anytime with them.
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    HBO's Westworld VII: Abort?.Retry.Fail

    Well Charlotte is standing between Dolores and Abernathy, and the Dolores' train just entered the Mesa, so I would say there is a good chance either Charlotte does not survive the next episode or she is Dolores's prisoner.
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    The Americans: The Final Season (Spoilers) pt. 4

    The FBI does have a bunch of witnesses who have seen the Jennings in their various disguises, so they could be picked out of some line ups.
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    The Americans: The Final Season (Spoilers) pt. 4

    I don't see Father Andrei catching his flight, he can't sprint away like Philip while wearing that cassock, so the FBI will certainly be talking to him. He knows they are Russian agents, even if he may not know specifics on what they've been up to for the past 20 years. Just don't know if he will refuse to talk.
  12. The spot that Talbot landed in Chicago reminded me of the street where we saw Fury and Maria Hill in Infinity War so I was half expecting them to show up, but guess it was my imagination.
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    Laurel or Yanny?

    Very strange. I heard Laurel in the clip above.
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    May - Reading 2018 - Have another?

    Finished Ada Palmers third book in the Terra Ignota series, The Will to Battle, as intriguing as the first two books with all the Hives and characters preparing for an inevitable war brought about by the revelations in the earlier books. Started reading Abraham Merritt's Moon Pool, as I was reminded in the Bonfire thread that he used to a hugely popular writer, and is now all but forgotten. I had heard him mentioned before, but this time I actually hit up Project Gutenberg to download some of his stuff. So far enjoying it, the mix of adventure/horror
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    SpaceX's Big Falcon Topic 2

    That was great. The video section in the middle showing how much this means to the people of Bangladesh was amazing. They must have been freaking out a little when the mission was scrubbed yesterday, but happy now that they have their own satellite.