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  1. felice

    Other unorthodox books like Cloud Atlas?

    Perhaps If on a Winter's Night a Traveller would be worth trying?
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    SOLO: A Spoiler Story (contains spoilers)

    I took that conversation as L3 projecting - she had a crush on Lando, not vice versa. He obviously did genuinely care for her, though; perhaps more than she realised.
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    Hugo time! Your packet is available! 2018

    You've probably got better things to do with your time; you know you aren't going to enjoy it, so unless you hate any of the other nominees, you may as well just leave this one off your ballot. It's not entirely awful, but it's got enough plot for a novella mostly submerged under fifty feet of infodump, and for me at least the prose isn't enjoyable enough to make up for it.
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    All things Star Wars

    It could mean "I still have hope even though I can't see any reason for it"? And that line doesn't happen till pretty late in the film, when they're already preparing to evacuate. What reason is there to keep it secret at that point, even in the face of mutiny? There's nothing to suggest that Holdo has any reason not to trust everyone with her plan, and if one of them was a traitor, they'd be able to alert the empire from the secret base after they get there. And it's an awful plan anyway; presumably she was intending to just keep flying the ship away until it ran out of fuel, in which case the First Order would board it and discover everyone was gone, and quickly find the only possible place they could have gone, and there's no ram damage to the Order fleet. Best case scenario, more rebels make it to the base, and get killed a bit later on because there's not enough room for them on the Falcon.
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    All things Star Wars

    I think they did a pretty decent job of that with Rey in Last Jedi - better than in Force Awakens. But it would have been good if she'd had any other women to interact with.
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    All things Star Wars

    Yes, that was certainly the best part of the movie. Though the way Kylo's defeat of Snoke was handled felt pretty clumsy to me: Snoke narrates his thoughts for the benefit of the audience, and provides yet another demonstration of appalling incompetence by thinking Kylo could possibly conclude that the helpless young woman he has a crush on is his real enemy. The Bechdel test doesn't say anything about whether a movie is good or bad, it's just a basic indication of the gender balance of a film. I find it interesting that Last Jedi is being criticised from some quarters as too female-dominated when it's barely got any interaction between women. It has no trouble passing the reverse - Poe & Finn, Finn & DJ, Kylo & Snoke, Kylo & Luke. Holdo was an idiot for not telling the crew what the plan was, or even that there was a plan; if Poe's plan had succeeded, he would have saved the ship as well as the crew. Rose caused their mission to fail by parking illegally. Rey was wrong about redeeming Kylo. Leia was wrong about being able to call for backup.
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    All things Star Wars

    But it's missing the first act that builds the relationships between the main characters before they get separated (instead they don't even meet up till the very end), Rey doesn't actually get any training to speak of, the secondary-characters-running-away-from-the-bad-guys B plot is stretched out for the entire duration of the movie and IMAO is rather lacking compared to Empire's second act cat and mouse game amongst the asteroids, and the big finale has the quirky master facing the villain while the nominal heroes just run away some more. It borrows some elements from Empire, but it uses them poorly. The diversity is what angered the nazis, yeah. Less toxic people were just put off by the lack of heroism. The film is basically just one fuck up after another (and not just by male characters - the women make a mess of things too, they're just not given as much prominence in a film which only barely scrapes a Bechdel pass), and an inappropriate amount of comedy for what is in outline an extremely dark story.
  8. @Lany Freelove Cassandra Indeed. It's hard not to see that as "the US will join forces with North Korea to conquer South Korea".
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    TTTNE 473: An Obsession of Joshes

    Good luck!
  10. Yes, I'm sure he can't recall even a single occasion when he forgot something.
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    TTTNE 473: An Obsession of Joshes

    It's pretty common these days, not your fault at all! And it's nice to see you posting I've been selected for jury service a couple of times, but never actually done it - once the trial was cancelled, and the other time I got an exemption because the timing would have been too inconvenient with my job.
  12. In a two party system, sure, but in most cases having only two parties is a symptom of FPP voting, not a natural state of affairs that makes plurality voting a suitable choice. Plurality voting presents a nearly insurmountable barrier to any third party building support, since it cannibalises the support of the "lesser evil" and increases the chance of victory for the "greater evil". It's a bad, bad thing. When there are naturally only two options, eg something like the Brexit vote, FPP and ranked voting are logically equivalent (whichever you don't vote for is de facto your second choice, and there's a winner in the first round of counting). I suspect a majority of GOP primary voters would have been happier with Rubio or Cruz as their presidential candidate, even if there was no Condorcet winner... No need for that, it's just idle curiosity.
  13. But some systems can certainly be much more fair than others on average. In some cases there is no Condorcet winner; that's not the same as a system failing to select the Condorcet winner. And in those cases, a system that's trying to find a Condorcet winner isn't necessarily going to end up with a less desirable outcome than one which isn't. Basically no practical system (including FPP) satisfies the IIA condition, so it's not worth considering. What sort of sample size were you dealing with, and how representative of the actual voting population? I'd be more interested in statistics on how often actual ranked vote elections don't have a Condorcet winner - eg data from Australian elections. Though I am curious to know who your surveys picked as the 2016 Primary winner, for those methods that produced a single outcome.
  14. Arrow proved that it's impossible to have a perfect voting system. That doesn't mean no system can be better than any other system! Which is why they're much worse than ranked systems that pick the Condorcet winner. "Most" in this case meaning "less than 40%", not "the majority". If 60% hated that person and were ok with the person who actually won, then it would make perfect sense for the first person to lose. Though in this specific case, it appears the final result was very close. And the weighting-by-ridings thing is an electoral college style deformation of actual voter preferences that gives low population areas disproportionate power, and is unrelated to using ranked voting. Ontario appears to have an FPP system, which allowed the PC to win a majority of seats with only 40.5% of the vote. If half of PC voters don't like their own leader (which would have been the case no matter which candidate won!) and nobody else likes the PC at all, then yes, you'd be at around 20% approval for the premier.
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    Hugo time! Your packet is available! 2018

    I got an email about the packet this morning. If you didn't like Mars, then it's probably not worth bothering with 2140 either. Though I should probably wait till I've finished before passing judgement; I'm not that far through yet.
  16. felice

    Hugo time! Your packet is available! 2018

    Huh. I never got any notification the packet was available. Currently reading New York 2140. I tend to find KSR's stuff to be worthy but a bit of a chore to get through.
  17. Dom't market it at all; just end A4 with a Spiderman-related cliffhanger.
  18. felice

    SOLO: A Spoiler Story (contains spoilers)

    How many of those fans watched the movie and immediately wrote off the series based on that?
  19. felice

    TTTNE 473: An Obsession of Joshes

    Clone Wars gets off to a really, really bad start, but it improves a lot.
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    SOLO: A Spoiler Story (contains spoilers)

    Would they have doubled it's actual budget with reshoot costs included, or just the original budget? I wouldn't expect needing to spend a fortune on reshoots would make them want to spend more on advertising, and there seems to be a general feeling that it was insufficiently promoted.
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    TTTNE 473: An Obsession of Joshes

    Ah, I see. Yeah, that sucks
  22. felice

    TTTNE 473: An Obsession of Joshes

    Which one? Politics is pretty much a constant stream of terrible developments...
  23. felice

    TTTNE 473: An Obsession of Joshes

    Who would you have chosen instead to fill that function in the story?
  24. felice

    U.S. Politics: He's an Idiot, Plain and Simple

    If that was the case, he should be strongly in favour of it, rather than indifferent. You know perfectly well I mean that it elected presidents who lost the popular vote. The Electoral College is a kind of first-past-the-post! It locks in the two-party system, unlike preferential voting alternatives that give third parties a chance. It's simply a bizarre weighting system that means some people's votes count far more than others depending on where they live, and only those living in a small number of swing states have any chance of affecting the outcome. Simply using the popular vote instead would at least mean everyone's vote counted; the vote of a Republican in California would matter just as much as one in Florida or Alabama.
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    U.S. Politics: He's an Idiot, Plain and Simple

    How can someone posting in a US Politics thread not have strong feelings about something that was instrumental in the election of two of the last three presidents?
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