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  1. Yea I just saw that ... strange choice. Not to open a can of worms, but let’s face it, if a guy beat up his girlfriend he’s not gonna get any laws named after. And of course, people rarely follow the money with these things: the paparazzi act this way because there’s good money in it because people buy this shit. That’s what needs to stop.
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    Star Trek: Picard

    I wish they’d never done Moriarty / Vic Fontaine / EMH to be honest. It makes Data more unique if recreating consciousness is just super difficult, and no one’s really sure how Noonien Soong did it. You’re right, there isn’t a difference as it’s presented. It makes sense if the computer simply fakes a person being conscious for holograms, so I guess if you cracked open a hologram’s program it would be full of algorithms about appearing conscious but nothing suggesting it is. Whereas Data’s brain is genuine emergent consciousness, in that it was designed like a human brain and consciousness emerged naturally, and there are no algorithms for faking anything. But, we’re clearly supposed to be believe the Doctor is conscious. Hence why it bugs the crap out of me that anyone would ever treat him inhumanely or, oh I don’t know, enslave a bunch of them to work in a mine (wasn’t there a great speech once upon an episode about not condemning new life forms to slavery?).
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    Star Trek: Picard

    It’s separate holograms, there’s an EMH, an ENH, an EHH, I think another one. For some reason it was the languages that were bothering me in this episode, what language has the Romulan spy brother been speaking to pick up on the fact that Soji was watching in Romulan? And so what language is anyone on the cube speaking? Was that a Romulan translation of Three Musketeers? Does the kid speak and read English? Picard tried out his Romulan briefly, so does that mean everyone else there spoke English? I’m finding I’m not all that enthusiastic about a mystery these days, I’d rather everyone just got on with the mission. Not all that interested with this ancient prophecy about a Destroyer. I did really like when Picard got angry with Legolas, it’s the first time we’ve seen him act like he’s in charge. Really felt like Picard then, he’s mellowed the rest of his performance I think.
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    Star Trek: Picard

    Seems really severely pessimistic ... and I’m not sure I buy the ‘Fuller offered to run everything’ rumour. Why on earth would they do that? He’s gone massively over budget on recent projects, and nothing’s really changed since they scrapped him from Discovery. CBS All Access not doing well I could certainly believe, but there’s gotta be a fair amount of cash coming from Netflix / Prime showing outside the US?
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    Board games!

    That’s an option, but I think the official version is is just running one character each (not sure if you’ve started yet but running two each would seriously hurt my head). Each scenario has three different enemy placements depending on player count to scale them (the hexes around each enemy are colour coded for player count in the scenario book). The problem with two player is that you might get some combos that don’t work as well. The game never fully breaks of course, and there are those that see it as a way of increasing difficulty, to intentionally pick mismatched pairs. My girlfriend and I started with Scoundrel and Spellweaver, and then discovered this is arguably the worst combo (Scoundrel picks up XP and +X attack when allies are adjacent, meanwhile Spellweaver doesn’t want or need to be adjacent to enemies). I switched to Cragheart which is a great, fun, all rounder. There’s more than a few characters that are ‘support’, in that they shine when they’re aiding allies rather than fighting. Stuff like ‘Bless All Allies’ or ‘Heal All Allies’ becomes inherently weaker the fewer allies you have.
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    Board games!

    I think there’s too many expansions now to bother with a second edition. You’d be upsetting fans who wouldn’t have matching components, and it’s been out long enough now that most people who want to own it probably do. I really hope they do what A Game Of Thrones second edition did, take the cream of the expansions and update all the art in one package. Then I’d be tempted to pick it up. After 89 plays, we finished Gloomhaven. Just started Forgotten Circles. It’s kinda nice to be back on track on a campaign (Gloomhaven core can kinda trail off if you’re not sure where you are) but I’m struggling a little with the class the you have to play with this expansion. Full support character, which is always tough in 2 player.
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    Star Trek: Picard

    I think we’re on the same page, I’m assuming Reed is right. Discussing this makes me realise that the transporter has to be the most far fetched technology in Star Trek; even leaving the principle itself aside, the fact that the device can reassemble molecules hundreds of miles away from where it’s located is pretty insane. Telling particles where to be from a distance is essentially telekinesis, it should be able to move rocks around on planets from orbit just as easily.
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    Star Trek: Picard

    Well, see Wert’s post I guess. Seems that’s how they work. I imagine all the crew of NX-01 have a pretty decent understanding of its technologies, particular the chief tactical officer. Plus, there’s literally one starship in the whole fleet at this point, he must damn qualified to have made the cut.
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    Star Trek: Picard

    I just watched the Enterprise pilot, and Malcolm Reed states “I’m not ready to have my molecules compressed into a data stream just yet”. I thought it was an interesting phrase, implying that your molecules are literally sent to wherever as opposed to reproduced. The next question I guess is why; it’s more work when they have replicators that could just replicate the same thing. This is before biological transport of course, so it’s not so that people feel better about it.
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    Star Trek: Picard

    Thanks for thinking of me. It’s actually my girlfriend who hasn’t seen it, I just wanted to check that Picard didn’t spoil the end before we watched each episode. We’ve finished now anyway (some stats if anyone cares; we gave each episode a mark out of 10 and averaged it for the season, the official season rankings are 4, 7, 5 tied with 3, 6, 2, 1. I always thought Seven saved Voyager but it turns out the writers just upped their game generally, 4 has some solid episodes.) Back to Picard: I forgot who proposed that the Romulans may have created the Borg a few pages back, it seems like this episode went a bit further down this road? We know the Borg tried to assimilate some Romulans for the first time (there was actually an assimilated Romulan in Voyager but let’s ignore him) and something went very wrong, do they have some kind of inbuilt defense against it? I guess they don’t need to have created them for this, maybe their fear of AI meant that while the Federation were working on weapons and shields to defend against the Borg, the Romulans were more concerned with the AI aspect and have been working on individual defense against assimilation all this time. Janeway, Tuvok and Torres all got intentionally assimilated in Voyager with some kind of suppressant that meant they retained their mental faculties, presumably with Seven’s help. So the technology exists.
  11. I bailed on these shows years ago, can someone explain to me what the fuck the context is for this?!
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    The Good Place S4 - We Have a Group Text now (spoilers)

    Janet did have her speech about how she experiences time all at once, her ending is every moment she’s ever experienced. The only thing that tripped me up was the very ending, I’ve never rewatched any earlier seasons so I’m trying to remember the relevance of ‘take it sleazy’, was that something Eleanor used to say?
  13. Improvement can only be measured against where it would have been had we stayed, which is a murky question at best.
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    Star Trek: Picard

    I’m just finishing up a rewatch myself, their journey is punctuated by enormous leaps every now and then. They’re only just on the edge of Borg space toward the end of Season 3, and Kes throws them straight across it. Surprisingly, Voyager made it 65% of the way home before the events of the finale. It doesn’t quite work like most things in Voyager, but I think that’s the idea. It makes it incredibly ridiculous when they reencounter people they’ve met by chance, 10,000 light years from where they first met.
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    Star Trek: Picard

    Can I ask the same favour as last week, could someone let me know if Seven or any mention of Voyager is in this episode? Be your best friend?
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