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  1. williamjm

    UK Politics - From Russia with Love

    I've been visiting Dublin for the last few days, and I think the locals were all quite tense on Friday waiting for the results, for many people this meant more than any election result. It's good to see that it was so decisive with only one constituency voting no, and I think only over 65s had a majority for no.
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    Cricket: ODIs Are Proper Cricket Edition

    Somehow I don't think they will be too worried about their second innings batting, although it could be more of a concern for the next Test.
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    UK Politics - From Russia with Love

    It would be very typical of British politics in the last few years if we did have another vote and still had no idea what to do afterwards.
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    Cricket: ODIs Are Proper Cricket Edition

    Unlike England where we can be pretty sure about how they will play every time they bat.
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    The Richard Morgan Thread III

    I liked them both but the Kovacs books are better, particularly Altered Carbon.
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    May - Reading 2018 - Have another?

    I agree that the setting was starting to get a bit stale. It looks like he has moved to a new setting for his latest series.
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    UK Politics - From Russia with Love

    As well as the 20bn a year cost to business there is presumably also going to need to be lots more government bureaucracy required which we will have to pay for. I don't remember 'let's charge business 20 billion a year, and buy Boris a plane' being one of the Brexit slogans.
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    HBO's Westworld VII: Abort?.Retry.Fail

    The Delores and Teddy scenes were good in their own right, but they did feel like a bit of a distraction from the rest of the episode.
  9. I think he might feel some regret for some of the things he's done, but not to the extent that he wouldn't do the exact same things again if it would help him achieve his goals.
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    HBO's Westworld VII: Abort?.Retry.Fail

    I thought this was another good episode, I thought Shogun World was a lot of fun, particularly the early stages with the repetition of Hector's robbery. I think Maeve's ability to control the hosts non-verbally isn't entirely out of the blue, I didn't notice it myself but some people in the previous thread noticed in the first episode of this season that she seemed to control a host without speaking when they're trying to escape from the Mesa. I agree they do need to explain at some point why she has this ability (and whether she developed it on her own or if it was one of the things planned out for her), but I feel they've been doing a good job of explaining plot points even if it takes them a while to do it. I don't think there's anything magical about it, we already know from multiple occasions in the first season that it's possible to control large numbers of hosts at once, although I do have a concern that it might make her a bit overpowered - she shouldn't be under much threat from any other hosts, unless some of the 'awoken' hosts like Dolores are able to resist her commands. One small point, I think Felix's mention of being from Hong Kong might be the first time we've actually had a specific reference to somewhere in the real world. I wonder if we'll see any other Parks this season? I think there's still three left unrevealed. I can imagine Sizemore taking credit for all of it even if he only did some of the work. I think the Shogun himself still being able to hear would be an even bigger flaw in his plan. They did point out he was going crazy, so it's not too surprising his plan doesn't make any sense. He doesn't have to be a host to be able to do that, given the technology we've seen in Westworld I could imagine some sort of implant which would allow him control over the hosts.
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    May - Reading 2018 - Have another?

    I finished reading The Last Defender of Camelot, a collection of some of Roger Zelazny's short stories. I think my favourite in the collection was 24 Views of Mt. Fuji, by Hokusai. I think it could have worked even better as an illustrated edition, although I was able to refer to Wikipedia to find out what pictures the main character was looking at. Like many of Zelazny's stories it packed a lot of ideas into a small number of pages and started off very bizarre but made much more sense as it went along (even if some things were left unexplained). I thought For a Breath I Tarry, Permafrost and the title story were good as well, although some of the other stories were a bit more average. Home is the Hangman has some interesting ideas and isn't as dated as a story about A.I. written in the 70s should be, but I found the plot a bit dull. .
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    Unpopular opinions

    It does seem to be a bit divisive, because I have seen a lot of people saying it is their favourite of the films but at the same time others really dislike it. I think I'd probably say it was my favourite of the Potter films, it's certainly far better than the two Christopher Columbus films.
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    Unpopular opinions

    I found The Wolf of Wall Street to be tedious. I think I'd agree with that, it's a decent film but I feel it didn't live up to its reputation. Out of the Coen's films I thought Fargo and Raising Arizona were much better than Lebowski.
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    Deadpool 2 (SpoilyourbreechesstupidautofillAway)

    I thought it was entertaining but more hit-and-miss than the first film. It did have some great scenes (particularly the parachute jump and the end credits) but sometimes the humour seemed to fall a bit flat, particularly in the early stages of the film. I thought Domino was a good addition to the franchise, the scene showing her using the luck to infiltrate the convoy was probably the best (largely) non-comedic scene in the film. It was a bit disappointing that Morena Baccarin got reduced to uttering platitudes from the afterlife for most of the film, I did like Deadpool saving her at the end although as soon as Cable's time travel device was introduced I thought it was fairly obvious that it would be used to save her - I'm a bit surprised Wade doesn't try to steal it from Cable as soon as he finds out about it. I guess Blade Trinity wasn't memorable enough to be included in the "let's undo Ryan Reynolds' bad superhero film choices" sequence. It's more of a reference than a joke, but I think Deadpool does call Cable 'Thanos' at one point. I wonder if it might have had more of a joke about Infinity War if it hadn't been filmed before it came out.
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    Small, unworthy things: part whatever

    That is weird. I suppose he could be buying it for someone else as a gift.
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