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  1. Primarying Feinstein if she won't leave with some dignity.
  2. Burt Rutan, 20 years ago? Won the X-Prize with it? I don't know why you're bringing that up though, Virgin Orbit isn't using a glider. LauncherOne is a rocket, lifted to 10+km altitude by an airplane called WhiteKnightTwo, and goes to space from there. That part succeeded, seems the aeroshell failed to separate to allow it to release the satellites. It's a spin-off company from Virgin Galactic, which uses SpaceShipTwo, the glider with rocket engines, also dropped at height from WhiteKnightTwo. I think both companies are dead ends but they're free to try whatever they want. They're burning cash apparently, I don't think either will last as companies much longer.
  3. I heard someone say Paramount+ was the service with the least churn rate, based on retaining Star Trek fans throughout the years Seemed surprising. And doesn't look like that's true: From https://crossscreen.media/state-of-the-screens/why-streaming-churn-matters/ It's one of the worst. Never believe people, folks. Compared to other industries: Clearly the sky is NOT falling at Netflix, nor at Disney or HBO.
  4. Unfortunate launch failure for Virgin Orbit of its LauncherOne vehicle.
  5. The Covenant novels aren't a deconstructed Hero's journey. The first chronicles is a straightforward pitch-perfect king's journey. The King represents the sickness in the kingdom. That's literally what TC is. He is one with the Land and the Despiser both. The King is faced with Rebels who fail to heal the kingdom no matter what they try. Only the King can do it. They, as represented by Mhoram and Foamfollower and everyone else, are antagonistic to what the King must do, because they want him to use his power and fight for the Land like they do. But he can't win that way. It's only through their failures that TC realizes he has no other choice. The end of the King's arc is giving up power and sacrificing himself to save the kingdom. TC gives up the power of his White Gold, and delivers himself to Foul. His willingness to sacrifice himself is what fully unites him with the Land. On top of the basic King's journey Donaldson adds the whole question of whether the Land is real or not. If the Land ain't real, then his sacrifice is just suicide, and he's not a king but a fool. The suicide of the fool doesn't save the Land. The Ritual of Desecration is there to turn the King into the Fool, to desecrate the sacrifice so it is just a suicide. It didn't matter whether the Land was real or not, since if it was a delusion the Rebels still represented parts of himself that wanted beauty, life and vitality, even as a mental construct. You don't see this arc often in modern fantasy but it's just as mythic and ancient as the Hero's journey, and the best example is one of the most popular stories of all: Frodo's journey to destroy the One Ring. He gives up power and his whole journey is a sacrifice that destroys his ability to be fully part of the mortal world. The Rebels were the Fellowship that wanted to make use of the Ring, so the Fellowship had to break. Tolkien focuses more on the redeeming power of friendship, but it is the same type of story arc. He also provides many foils for Frodo: Saruman, Theoden, Denethor. They are all Kings who represent wrong paths for Frodo. Surely Tolkien modelled the story on all the stories of sacrifice he knew about in ancient literature. Ultimately the King's arc is about responsibility, while Hero's journey is about finding purpose. Power is not given up by the Hero, it's acquired.
  6. Watching The Pale Blue Eye, on Netflix. That Dursley boy is doing marvellous work as Edgar A. Poe.
  7. Sanderson did a live q&a with the Dusty Wheel youtube channel about the secret he's been keeping (that Matt from the Dusty Wheel knew about since beta-reading AMOL) since the end of WOT. I don't know if this should be spoiler protected, but here goes: The relevant discussion happens about 20 minutes into the video.
  8. the "Just Write" channel on youtube has this two videos about Foundation the novels, and Foundation the tv series.
  9. From 2 launches a year from 2010 to 2013, to a record year of 61 launches. And ambitions of launching 100 times next year. SpaceX's last flight of the year 2022:
  10. I did hear she works professionally as a singer. Probably gave her the edge in casting. Apparently Blood Origins straight up stole the work of an artist Shawn Coss, which can be seen in the scene where the two leads were walking into a town after their sea voyage, and there was art on a sign warning of the monsters that have been seen. Coss is looking to talk to an IP lawyer and sue. https://www.cbr.com/the-witcher-blood-origin-stolen-artwork/
  11. Quite a bit ear-wormy but incorporates a Mean Girls line.
  12. Windows are so dangerous! This must be why Santa chooses to use chimneys.
  13. I think it may be less complicated than discussed so far: 18 episodes = 4 months of subscription to D+, assuming you're the type of rabid DD fan that can't wait until they're all out to binge them. I would think there should be savings to continuing a show or doing longer seasons over starting up a whole new show, but somehow Netflix keeps cancelling things and putting out new stuff. Has D+ cancelled anything prematurely yet?
  14. somewhere, like 4 posts above?
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