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    The Gallows Humor Thread

    Yeah, I was thinking this would move her to the front of the line for VP pick.
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    US Politics: Get Tested or Get Bested

    The longer America is shut down the more money Trump's hotels, golf clubs, and other businesses are losing and the Dems are cutting him out of the sweet bailout money.
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    COVID19/4 Keep calm and wash your hands

    This is just not for San Francisco, but also includes all 6 surrounding counties in the Bay Area, including where I live. Scrambling to figure out what I need from my office to try and work from home for the next three weeks, or longer. Apparently goes in to effect at midnight tonight.
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    Love in the Time of Coronavirus (#3)

    That reminds me of the growl and fist pump that Captain Shakespeare (Robert De Niro) and his crew use to salute each other in the movie Stardust.
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    First Quarter 2020 Reading

    Finished The Dark Ages 476-918 A.D. by Sir Charles Oman. It was published in 1908 and some of Oman's bias toward non Christians and other attitudes is apparent, but it was a good overview of period and the different peoples that rose and then faded from power across Europe, both the smaller kingdoms, as well as the Empires. Mainly focused on who ruled when and who killed them to take over before they were killed in turn ;). Then breezed through Outland by Dennis E. Taylor, a fun story about travel to an alternate Earth. Reminded me of Steven Gould's Wildside and S.M. Stirling's Conquistador, both with crossing over to alternate Earths and starting the people who discover the way to cross over trying to make a profit from it, college grad students in Outland, high school students in Wildside, and military veterans in Conquistador, but the stories diverge from that point as new elements are thrown in.
  6. I agree, this whole hidden fleet idea was stupid. I just meant that a story of having the ships robotically controlled makes more sense than a planet that looks like it can barely support life, breeding a million fanatical followers to crew a huge fleet.
  7. Didn't the Expanded Universe have a story about an entire armada of ships which had all the controls slaved together so the ships could all be controlled by one ship crew, or am I remembering that wrong? They should have just gone with that story , which once upon a time was canon.
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    Videogames : Cyberpunk Samurai edition.

    Another building/survival game I enjoyed was Dawn of Man, starting in the Stone age facing mammoths and sabertooths while hunting and gathering. Then evolving through early farming, domesticating animals, improving technology all the way through the Iron Age.
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    The Outsider HBO

    My current take on it is the Dark Uncle, or the shapeshifter, is the true evil, and he marks and forces someone to be his guardian and watchdog during his transformation to his next form and to clean up loose ends. One thing that I found off is the shapeshifter seems to have changed his pattern. The previous three victims, the woman in New York, the nurse in Dayton, and Terry, were all scratched while they were on vacation/away from home and the shapeshifter followed them home to commit his murders. But now he scratched someone who lives in Terry's town, and is sticking around rather than traveling to a new location. This is obviously being done so Ralph and Holly will get a chance to face him, rather than him vanishing to his next destination, but is a little annoying that they have Holly establishing this pattern, then they throw it away.
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    First Quarter 2020 Reading

    Spent the last month reading from The Collected Short Stories of Lois L'amour during my lunch hour. Have read many of the individual stories before, but always fun quick reads of his western heroes. Also, read The Desert Gods by Wilbur Smith a story of the ancient Egyptians fighting back after the Hyksos invasion and trying to gain allies of the Sumerians and Minoans. The narrator is the very definition of a Gary Stu, master of everything, except the fact he is a eunuch. But an interesting view of Smith's depiction of the various cultures (I having no idea how accurate that depiction is). Finished Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. Liked it a lot, showing lives before, after, and at the start of a global pandemic that wipes out most of humanity. Of course finishing it just as the coronavirus is a growing threat is a little disconcerting. And burned through The Land of Wolves by Craig Johnson. Part of his Longmire series, the first one I have read, though I did see some episodes of the television series. May go back to the beginning and start there.
  11. Falcon is a boy scout like Steve Rogers, a do-gooder. When Steve first meets him he is helping vets reintegrate into society. So Falcon has the same creed as Steve, as he actually says , "I do what he does, only slower." So it makes sense that Steve would want him to take up the Captain America mantle. Bucky definitely has the physical gifts to take on the role, but would probably do things quite a bit differently.
  12. One question is will about whether Game of Thrones will have the longevity of Star Wars and Star Trek and become a brand name. This will depend on how the first spinoff series does. Will GoT: House of the Dragon ultimately be as successful as Star Trek: The Next Generation or Star Trek: Deep Space 9 or the Star Wars Prequel trilogy, Sequel trilogy, or the Mandalorian? And will we be seeing life in the GOT franchise 40+ years after the initial series ended? Or will Game of Thrones be a one off, mostly forgotten in 10 years.
  13. For all we know, Rey's parents abandoned a child on every planet they visited, Rey just happened to be the one that ran into BB-8 and was brought to the attention of Kylo, Snoke, Luke, Leia and ultimately Palpatine 2.0. That kid on Canto Bight might be Rey's little brother.
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    Trailer Thread VI

    The whole thing about going to the cave and becoming a vampire to cure some disease reminds me of the Passage and pisses me off again that they cancelled the TV series after such a good first season.
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    A New and Better World: William Morris and the Dawn of Fantasy

    I read The Well at Word's End and The Sundering Flood decades ago. Unfortunately, I remember little of the actual stories, but I do remember the cover art on the books was fantastic. The Well at World's End Vol I The Well at World's End Vol I & II The Sundering Flood
  16. When you start blowing up inhabited planets, hitting a billion should be pretty easy.
  17. So the question is what have the Resistance accomplished? The New Republic government was destroyed in the first film, the First Order lost it top leadership and the Resistance lost most of their organization and top leadership in the second movie. The final movie saw the last leaders of the Resistance, First Order and the Final Order destroyed and so the Resistance leadership has fallen down to Poe Dameron, a not very smart fighter pilot, supported by a rag tag fleet of armed freighters and smuggler ships which will probably disperse now that the Final Order threat is over. It seems to me the Galaxy is heading into a time of chaos and disorder, with just one Jedi to try and police the whole thing.
  18. The guards weren't necessarily avenging Snoke's death, but just realized they were witnesses to the assassination and so loose ends for the very unstable Kylo Ren to clean up. So they attacked out of self preservation. This is later confirmed when Kylo tells Hux that Rey killed Snoke. With the guards all dead and Rey gone there was no one to contradict him
  19. Also, didn't Judd claim to have killed the 7th Cavalry member who was sent to kill him on White Night. I assume he had a body asproof, so was that a fanatical member who was willing to die for the cause? Or did Judd slap a 7th Cavalry mask on some innocent man and kill him, in order to make himself a heroic survivor of White Night?
  20. Veidt ordered him to be the game warden because he would go crazy in a perfect world with no conflict, he needed an antagonist.
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    The Mandalorian (Spoiler Thread)

    When we first saw it, I thought the transponder thing was just a remote that told the prison ship to send a distress signal, so smashing it served no purpose because the damage was done. But then he brings it across the galaxy to his old friend's space station, so it turned out that the remote was beacon itself, so yeah smashing seemed to be the way to go.
  22. They have certainly set it up for Jared Harris' return
  23. U.S. Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon from Pennsylvania summing up Democrat's case for the 1st article of impeachment simply: Sentence breakdown with a Sharpie
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    Star Wars: The Circle is Almost Complete

    I think that is the way to look at it, that Bespin didn't have the right equipment to freeze someone properly, so they had to jury-rig something up to do it which needed to be tested. Leia telling Han he had hibernation sickness causing his blindness when he was thawed out would indicate that the process was common enough that the effects when you were released were well known.
  25. Maybe he was turned into a statue in order to bring him back to Earth. A statue wouldn't need food and water and air, which means you could use a much simpler space craft to rescue him. She may be keeping him a statue until she's ready to use him, as once he is reanimated he may be difficult to control.