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Aemon Stark

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    A Song of Ice and Fire, of course, math, science, medicine, philosophy, history (especially ancient and medieval!)... and, more fun, movies, books, writing, enjoying fine ales, running, swimming, photography, and many other electrifying things

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  1. Aemon Stark

    Do you like ballet?

    I like a lot of ballet music but the dancing doesn't really interest me. Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky... hmm all Russians! Can't beat Firebird, Rite of Spring,
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    What was the last time you had your "mind blown"?

    It's a dodgy one. One staff I've worked with calls ketamine "dreadful".
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    What was the last time you had your "mind blown"?

    Everyone likes some Special K. It was snowing on my way to work yesterday.
  4. We'll just have to recall our players then.
  5. https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2018/06/12/we-just-shook-hands-trump-confused-by-trudeaus-pushed-around-comment-after-g7-summit.html Time to recall the ambassador...
  6. This isn't any kind of "breakthrough" with NK, just an example of Trump's stupidity and how he can be so easily played by someone like Kim. He's a fool and I'm not sure how any concessions bought with anything short of a signed peace treaty and concrete de-escalation of nukes and conventional weapons is a "good deal".
  7. I don't know why my last paragraph is appearing as part of the quote.
  8. https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2018/06/12/we-just-shook-hands-trump-confused-by-trudeaus-pushed-around-comment-after-g7-summit.html
  9. Still kinda stunned by this result, but I live far away thankfully. The question now is just how Doug Ford will fully unravel. It will happen, as it did with his late brother.
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    Unpopular opinions

    I liked Firefly but the wild praise it gets is just so far over the top. The world building is more superficial than first appears (especially apparent in Serenity) and Nathan Filion's delivery of the "Chinese" phrases never came across properly. Your love for "Valiant" is certainly a minority view. I actually quite like it too, but I have other favs. I find The Dark Knight Rises much more enjoyable than its predecessor, mainly because Bane is just that fun. It even almost makes me want to rewatch Star Trek: Nemesis to see Tom Hardy as a bizarre double of Patrick Stewart (almost).
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    SOLO: A Spoiler Story (contains spoilers)

    Yes, it needn't be spoken of here. It's great if you like seeing Chris Pratt play much more of a straight man than normal or Bryce Dallas Howard running around on grass and green screens wearing heels.
  12. Aemon Stark

    SOLO: A Spoiler Story (contains spoilers)

    Better yet, "How did Solo perform in the Chinese market?"
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    Unpopular opinions

    Homer's Enemy is excellent (I forgot about the awesome subplot of Bart as a "factory" owner). The sequel episode not so much. I wish I could say that "the Simpsons should have ended at least 10 years ago" is an unpopular opinion, but it seems to be only the case amongst Fox executives.
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    SOLO: A Spoiler Story (contains spoilers)

    Well I didn't have a problem with his siding with them per se. But that whole subplot was rushed and underwritten. This is more of a criticism of the writing - don't see how it has much to do with "virtue signalling" unless you want to argue the same applies to the paradigm of "Rebellion good, Empire bad". Lando treated L3's politics as an amusing quasi-annoying eccentricity. But this argument makes about as much sense as criticizing Hermione for her House Elf Liberation Front. It seemed more like security at an airport ("have your boarding pass ready!") combined with a comment on the Empire's intrinsic corruption. I didn't get the US connection exactly, but they weren't exactly pulling a Starship Troopers-style thing ("Service guarantees citizenship!! Do you want to know more?"). Meh, the script was a mess generally. Not sure "later viewers" are going to be much of an issue...
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    SOLO: A Spoiler Story (contains spoilers)

    I see. Of course L3 could easily be taken as a satire of SJW types and read in a way much more consistent with the usual (tired) conservative critique about political correctness. I mainly thought L3 was mildly amusing. I keep thinking about it and this movie was just so disjointed. Oliver Twist? Check. All Quiet on the Western Front? Check. Train heist? (Back to the Future III???) Check. And what's the arc for Han?