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  1. So my 14-year-old daughter has been watching "Derry Girls" on Netflix. It's a fairly straightforward comedy about a group of Catholic high school girls in Derry in the early 90s. (Plus one off the girl's male cousins, who is having to attend their all-girls school because he's English and it was determined the local all-boys school would be much too dangerous for him.) What I've seen of it is cute and funny. But it also has quite a bit to do about The Troubles of the time. It's more going on in the background, but it's prominent enough to have my daughter asking questions about what it was all about. Now, I only have the most surface level knowledge about what was going on in Northern Ireland at the time. But after I explained to her what little I know, she's still interested in finding out more about it. I've tried looking on my own and while there seems to be plenty of information on the Web about that time, I haven't been able to find anything... concise. So, if any of you are aware of a good YouTube video or podcast or article that would sort of concisely sum up that period of time for a teenager, I'd love to hear about it so I can pass it on to her. Thanks!
  2. I think context matters. I grew up in a small coal mining town in Eastern Kentucky. In my schools where I grew up, there were literally zero openly gay or black people. The only person in the whole school that wasn't white was a Lebanese kid whose dad was a doctor in town. I was one of his few friends in school. Even so, I was surrounded by people saying awful, racist and homophobic stuff ALL THE TIME. Sometimes I went along with it and joined in. Looking back at that through a lens of around 30 years of life experience since - I can't say for sure whether I believed that stuff or not. Maybe I did to some degree, but for the most part, it was stupid words said out of complete ignorance. If Twitter had been a thing then, there's a good chance I would have put something really stupid and ugly on there. Unlike a lot of people who I graduated with, I got out and went to a big state school (the University of Kentucky) and was immediately put into direct contact with a lot of people who were not like me at all. I didn't hate or dislike any of them. I was kind of uncomfortable when I found out one of the friends I made freshman year was gay and had a crush on me. And I avoided him for a while after that, but wound up realizing it wasn't a big deal after all and we went back to hanging out and going bowling and whatnot. I learned and I grew and I became a better person. I don't think that's a bad thing. I'd hate to think that some of the terrible things I said when I was in junior high and high school came back to haunt me today. So, I can give others the benefit of the doubt for mistakes made in their youth too.
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    Babylon 5

    So Season 5 wasn't a sure thing and that's why everything was wrapped in in Season 4 after all? I was just assuming that based on the way the season has felt. I'm glad to hear the series has a proper ending.
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    Babylon 5

    So, now I've only got two episodes left in Season 4. For the most part, it's been a fantastic season. Although I have missed seeing G'Kar and Londo during the whole war to retake Earth. That's my only complaint. Season 4 has felt like they didn't think the show would be back for a 5th season and they wanted to make sure and wrap up the Shadow War and resolve the plot with the President all in one season. Which is fine. But now I'm wondering what Season 5 will be like. Can those of you who've watch tell me if it ends in a satisfactory way? If it's a disappointing end to the series, I'd prefer to go ahead and mentally prepare for that before it comes. Thanks!
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    Babylon 5

    All the changes between Season 1 and 2 almost did me in. I really struggled through the first handful of episodes at the beginning of the second season. Really didn't like the new captain and the changes to Delenn just seemed silly. I stuck with it though and things are starting to heat up now that I'm around the midway point of the second season. The whole mystery surrounding Kosh is getting a little old though. They're stretching it out too slowly and it just doesn't seem believable. I don't even understand why he's on the station from a practical standpoint.
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    Don’t pirate books, just don’t

    Good question. In previous threads, I've used the example of my wife and I. We both have our own Nooks. Years ago, back before we realized we could just share an account, we set them up with our own individual accounts. There came a point where my wife wanted to read some of the ebooks I had bought and downloaded to my Nook. So, put those ebooks onto my PC, stripped them of their DRM and loaded them onto my wife's Nook so she could read them too. Technically, that was piracy. But, I don't feel the least bit bad about it. I don't think it was morally a wrong thing to do at all.
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    Babylon 5

    For some reason, Amazon started on Episode 1 instead of with the pilot. I had to scroll back to find it. It was listed as Episode 0. I'm glad I did. It explained things that I didn't really get in the first 9 episodes. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series now.
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    Babylon 5

    So, I've now watched the opening title sequence seven times. And I'm well aware that Baylon 5 is the last of the Babylon stations. But I'm really curious if I'll learn why that is. Is the fate of the other Babylon stations discussed at some point in the series?
  9. I burned through the whole thing over the weekend. It was great. Can't wait to see what happens in Season 3.
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    Babylon 5

    Since this is finally on a streaming service, I'm FINALLY getting a chance to watch it. I'm only three episodes in to seeing it for the first time and ho boy - that's some dated CGI. I can't imagine that was even good CGI at the time, but maybe it was? I'd love to hear the opinion of some folks that watched it back in the day. But, the writing was clearly strong. And, I'm assuming it will get stronger as the series finds its footing after a while. So, I'm looking forward to this watch. Even if the CGI completely takes me out of the story at times.
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    Cloak & Dagger on (dramatic pause) Freeform *Spoilers*

    Count me in as someone who only checked this out because I loved C&D from when I was a kid and went into this with little to no expectations. I've been digging the hell out of it though. My favorite part is how they swapped Tandy and Ty's socio-economic statuses. I thought that was really smartly done.
  12. So, which is the biggest disappointment/embarrassment: The United States missing out on the World Cup entirely, or Germany finishing last in its group?
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    Who Is This Year's Group of Death?

    Switzerland has been overrated in the ranking for years now, it seems. Poland however... well. Poland is MUCH to low at #8.
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    World Cup 2018: Celebratin' Your Nation.

    Hello from Poland! The team with only one star player. We're sort of like Wales in that way, but we are here in Russia and they are not. Take that Bale!
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    2018 World Cup - Get a Team to Support Here!!!!

    I'll take one, please!