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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.
  10. 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.
  14. This news sucks, this show is too good to let die. Need to get Amazon to pick this up (since I already have Amazon Prime).
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    Trailer Thread IV

    Looks like it was made in the tradition of Arthur, Legend of the Sword.
  16. I agree the goal isn't just compensation for LOTR, but if you use that as a baseline for compensation she was denied because Peter Jackson can show that Weinstein definitely cost her that role, then you can extrapolate from there based on how many auditions and roles she missed out on due to Weinstein's influence and calculate how much he cost her financially, and then add punitive damages beyond that based on the slander to her reputation.
  17. The total effect on her career is unknown, but at the very least, she should get compensation for the roles we know were directly effected. If she was up for Eowyn, she missed out on two paychecks for Two Towers and Return of the King; if she was up for Arwyn, she missed out on 3 paychecks for the whole Lord of the Rings Trilogy; and if she was up for Galadriel, she missed out on 6 paychecks for the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit trilogies. So that would be the bottom line for her suit, and build up from there as to how Weinstein's lies and influence damaged the rest of her career.
  18. It would be interesting if Elsie does turn up. With Bernard a host and Ford dead, does that make her the human with the greatest knowledge of the hosts' inner workings and therefore the greatest threat to Dolores? She was Bernard's right hand.
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    Just Like His Hands - More Small Things To Talk About

    So on top of the hand dryers causing hearing damage, http://www.hearingreview.com/2015/10/news-report-exposes-harmful-noise-levels-modern-hand-dryers/ they can now make you sick.
  20. I don't think Bernard's thumb opened the door. When Charlotte told him to touch the door handle, I assumed she was using her code to add his DNA to the security program, showing the system he was allowed to be in there based on her clearance level. His DNA wasn't already in the system, so it added whatever DNA makes up his outer skin.
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    April 2018 Reads

    I finished the first three books of Christian Cameron ( aka Miles Cameron) Chivalry Series (The Ill-Made Knight, The Long Sword, and The Green Count) . Excellent fictional account of an historical soldier and knight, William Gold, making his way through the 100-Years War and the Alexandrian Crusade. Has all the great detail of military life and fighting Cameron brought to The Traitor Son Cycle, but set in the real world around actual events, rather than in a fantasy setting. Now reading The Will to Battle by Ada Palmer, the third book in her Terra Ignota series, and Time Salvager by Wesley Chu, I enjoyed his Tao books so giving this a read.
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    Gamergate? Toxic masculinity? Ready Player One?

    And one other factor that everyone is forgetting is that in the book and movie setting, knowing and obsessing over this 80's pop culture could potentially lead you to claim the biggest prize in history, control of a trillion dollar company. There is no comparable incentive today for a majority of people in our world to immerse themselves in 1950's culture.
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    Am I Ready, Player One?

    I saw it and enjoyed it. One thing they could have done better is show how IOI was working the contest. They showed hundreds of IOI players in the war room, but didn't show their numbers on the scoreboard, how they were right behind Clan Hi Five. They didn't show how the IOI players were systematically keying up, just skipped to them trying for the last key. They could have also showed board changing as each IOI player failed and how another IOI player moved up to emphasize how if Wade and his crew failed, IOI would win.