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  1. There's a lot more detailed answers on the James S. A. Corey Twitter feed both from Ty, speaking from the research he and Daniel and the show writers did for the books/show and quoting a bunch of other sciencey folks, but yes, very possible. Hmmm...I've seen other poeple embed Tweets here but I don't know how they did it... Here's a link to one, and you can see other ones in his feed.: https://twitter.com/JamesSACorey/status/1349436110766657537?s=20
  2. Obviously the asteroid attack was much anticipated, but this was one of the top two moments from the book that I'd personally been looking forward to seeing this season. And I think it delivered. The other was the "There was a button - I pushed it" scene with Holden and Fred, which has long been my favorite random line (especially paired with Fred's response) from the books. I think I actually tweeted at Ty and/or Daniel at one point, probably when the original Amazon announcement was made, that I was happy the series would continue because "there's going to be a button and someone's going to need to push it."
  3. This is true. I have an appointment for the first shot on Wednesday in Brooklyn this week. One of the pages in the appointment website asks you to answer Yes/No about whether you belong to a list of groups to see if you qualify (I'm a high school teacher, so am in one of those gropus, which include healthcare workers, EMTs, people age 75+, etc.), though it does feel a little like it's running on the honor system. My school made verification of employent letters available to all faculty today, so I'll be bringing that along. And I'm pretty sure the Javits Center is now open as a mass vaccination hub, so Manhattan has at least one spot.
  4. Van Halen was probably the first band I ever declared (or would have declared, had (A) anyone asked and (B) the grade school version of me been someone who openly declared anything) as "my favorite band." This was grade school--maybe 6th or 7th grade? Rock radio was part of my life for as long as I can remember. There were two Philly stations, WMMR (which straddled the line between classic rock and "modern" rock) and WYSP (which was straight up classic rock) that were almost always on in the car if my dad was driving. So Van Halen had been in my head all along. But then came Boy Scouts and camping trips and sitting around the campfire with a kid named Matt who was a year or two older than me. He was a massive Van Halen fan who was somehow always up on band gossip and rumors of new songs and albums in those pre-WWW days. I have this weirdly vivid memory of him saying, "I read that Eddie has a trash bag full of tapes with demos of new riffs." Demos? Riffs? My vocabulary gained some essential terms from that one sentence. Music fandom was nothing new to me, though experiencing the sort of passion mixed with encyclopedic knowledge of a band from someone near my own age, as opposed to my dad, was utterly novel. I was hooked. I bought all the tapes, from the debut to 5150, their latest release at the time. I even went and bought a bunch of Sammy Hagar's solo albums. My sister and I watched our dubbed copy of Live Without a Net so many times that we could quote it at each other. I still yell "NEW HALEN!" in my head every time I drive through Connecticut. I went so far as to recreate EVH's Steinberger guitar out of scrap wood, yarn, model airplane paint, and electrical tape. It took another five years or so before I played an actual guitar, and I still can't finger tap to save my life, but you can safely bet that I rocked the shit out of that mockup. Time passed. My favorite band tag shifted from Van Halen to REM to Metallica to the Descendents to Jawbreaker and others. I learned to play drums and guitar and spent the better parts of my late teens and twenties playing in a whole bunch of bands you've never heard of. I never wanted to be a rock star. I just wanted to be up in front of people, playing music, making the sounds I wanted to hear in the world, and having someone else share in the moment. I wanted to know the joy of making music that radiated from Eddie in all the live videos. It took years for me to discover punk rock and learn there was a path to that experience that didn't require labels or agents or arenas or technical wizardry. But it was Van Halen in general and Eddie in particular who made me want to be in a band in the first place. (Oh, and given the combination of when I got into Van Halen and how obsessed I was with military aircraft at the time, there's an argument to be made that "Dreams" is the more appropriate video for this post, but "Dance the Night Away" has been my favorite since I first heard Van Halen II, so that's what you get.)
  5. BEAK ME, BOBBY! I still have all the physical printouts of Zak's MS Paint art that he brought to LA Con and I 'bought' for a beer. And yeah, there's totally a different vibe here than on the other social things.
  6. Oh shit. Chicago WorldCon was 8 years ago?!?!? Damn. Chicago in 2 years seems like it might be a thing that maybe happens.
  7. Zak printed up a bunch of those MS Paint drawings and hung them "for sale" at the BWB party at LA WorldCon. None sold during the party, so I "bought" them all (I think I gave him a dollar and a beer, or something like that) and brought them back here. Our last apartment had a long hallway and I hung them along the walls there. Still have the whole pile but have yet to hang them in this apartment.
  8. Adding another vote for the architecture boat tour, as well as the Art Institute and the Museum of Science and Industry. If you are into craft beer, find your way up to Hopleaf. The food there is solid as well. Quimby's Queer Store (or maybe it's just called Quimby's Bookstore now?) is one of my favorite stores in the country. Lots of zines and underground comics and books from independent publishers. Myopic Books is not far from there, if you need even more books. I kind of love the Billy Goat Tavern for a quick burger and a cheap beer, plus it's an excuse to go down to the lower level of Michigan Ave.
  9. That is so sweet on the part of your parents! And yeah, cricket can seem pretty confusing at times, but it definitely helps to watch it a bit, ideally with someone who can give you the basics of what's going on. And while I'm certainly no expert, I have watched a fair bit of it over the past 8 years or so (mostly on TV but also in person), so feel free to drop a line if you want a fellow American noob's take on the sport.
  10. Yes, especially given how focused a lot of their albums are in terms of not only theme, but also sound. 69 Love Songs does make for an excellent shuffle opportunity on its own, however.
  11. "Things" is a great opener. Frightened Rabbit definitely knew some things about sequencing albums. The song I linked is by a guy named Ted Leo who releases most of his music as Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, which is frequently abbreviated as Ted Leo/Pharmacists (or TL/Rx if you want to save keystrokes). Confusingly enough, sometimes Pharmacists is added to his name even when he's not playing with a full band. Anyway, Ted is one of my all-time favorite musicians/songwriters. I don't think he's ever released a bad album, but the first three full-band TL/Rx albums are flawless: The Tyranny of Distance (I linked the opening track earlier), Hearts of Oak, and Shake the Sheets.
  12. Have yet to get into Pedestrian Verse, but I've been enjoying the hell out of Winter of Mixed Drinks. "Swim Until You Can't See Land" is one of those songs that will just lodge itself in your head and not let go. I'm singing it to myself right now. All in all, I cannot stop singing. I cannot start sinking. I swim until it ends. And if you don't catch that reference, please catch that reference. It's one of my favorite songs of all time.
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