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  1. I really hope our dear host is okay.

    In the meantime, I will put myself forward to host a new game of Acrophobia. As I understand it, rocksniffer is putting together a game of Acrophilia. I, meanwhile, have a topic in mind for Acrophobia.

    Originally I thought it would be about coming up with titles of autobiographies for certain characters. What I can't decide is whether you should create these titles from their perspective or your own. Your own might offer more scope for humour, so now I'm thinking I should alter it slightly so that it's you writing a biography of the character and creating a title for it from the given acronym(s).

    Any thoughts? Is there enough interest to begin soon or should I wait a while?

  2. 13 hours ago, rocksniffer said:

    yeah i am concerned as well...

    go for the phobia game and i will get a philia game ready...we need the distraction from politics and ...well what ever else is filling us with rage and/or apathy...


    I have an idea for an Acrophobia game. Character autobiography titles: if X wrote an autobiography, what would X call it? Alternatively, what do you think would make a great title for X's autobiography? I'll give 2 or maybe even 3 acronym options to choose from.


    Sorry for clogging this thread, I'll shift this discussion to the Acrophobia thread. But if anyone playing this game fancies a crack at Acrophobia, you're all more than welcome to join us when I get it running.

  3. 7 minutes ago, rocksniffer said:

    ...and i might be persuaded to host the next game of acro...unless Dolorous Gabe has a game already planned out...


    ...i am partial to acroPHILIA as a hosting moment but i think i could do an acroPHOBIA round or 5...



    If you want to host an Acrophilia game by all means go for it. I still have too many scars from my last hosting.

    I am more than happy to host Acrophobia though, unless you already have a topic in mind. I think it'd be best to do a brand new game and just keep hoping Castellan's problem is temporary (I am very much concerned now though).

  4. 4 hours ago, Annara Snow said:

    Have you guys watched Black Sails? Zack McGowan could totally pull off book Daario, blue forked beard and all. He didn't have a blue beard as Charles Vane on Black Sails, but he had some weird pirate fashion choices, and yet he managed to be sleazy and eccentric as well sexy and charismatic at the same time.

    An honest response to this: I found that round difficult to choose and I could see most of the nominations working in some way so it came down to very little things when voting.

    I love Black Sails and he is great in that role. He is very intense though and I wasn't personally sure he could pull off the eccentricity of book-Daario. I kinda felt he would be a more intense and physical version of Ed Skrein's Daario. I could be wrong but that was my reasoning. I plumped for Hardy in 3rd just because I felt he could pull off more of book-Daario's personality.

    4 hours ago, Annara Snow said:

    These scores aren't right. I didn't check the others, but I should have 7 points, because Zack had 1 first place, 1 second place, and 2 third places.

    Yeah @honeyed chicken might be worth rechecking the scores as Vincent Cassel had a second 2nd place vote not included.



    All I'll add on the previous round is this: I realise Vincent Cassel is in his 50s now but as soon as I thought of him I couldn't imagine anyone else pulling off every facet of Daario's character anywhere near so well as he could. He can commit wholly to anything and everything.


  5. It's a pretty gimmicky marketing ploy.

    Diageo are anathema to many whisky enthusiasts because they mostly tend to adhere strictly to chill filtration, which can seem to diminish the body and mouthfeel of the whisky. I'm not sure taste is affected but I do often feel chill filtered whiskies lack body and/or mouthfeel; it's like you lose something in that middle point after the first taste and before the aftertaste.

    That said, I may try them (apart from the JW blend) depending on the price. I do love a Lagavulin 16, a Clynelish 14, or a Talisker 10 but these GoT releases are likely to consist predominantly of much younger whisky.

  6. I don't think there's anything wrong with choosing someone we think would be closer to the book character. That is what I've been trying to do. The show's recasting of Daario reveals just how different a casting choice can be. It would be boring if we just tried to think of like-for-like nominations.


    1st: Lily Allen

    2nd: Natalie Dormer

    3rd: Rebecca Hall


    Don't really see any of these working that well though to be honest.

    I've thought of another option just now. Even though I personally think mine was the best nomination of the bunch, if I could pick again I'd go for Josefin Asplund.

  7. 4 hours ago, Annara Snow said:

    But I'm not sure, if we pick an actor with the idea thatit's their younger self we're nominating, people will understand this..or are we just to go with the assumption it's the actors with their current age we are nominating? How do you stress this? I'm struggling with that right now...

    Yeah I've been thinking this one through. I've been choosing my own actors as if in the shoes of 'the showrunners that will not be named' ten years ago but when looking through the nominations I've been trying to imagine them in the role at the right age for it.

  8. BoJack Horseman S5

    I think that although it's perhaps less immediately impressive than S4, its core exploration of the question of art and life imitating one-another is extremely strong and was very powerfully correlated to modern real world life. The opening scene on the Philbert set sets this chain off extremely cleverly. There's a very dark irony that runs through this whole season and the ending is perfect.

    I thought INT. SUB was the standout episode. I loved its framing device and I love how the series often has you in stitches and then hits you with profound character observations and developments. The Diane-centric episode was especially brilliant too, The Dog Days Are Over. I admire the daring episode concept behind Free Churro but I felt the interesting elements of it were arguably too few to stand a whole episode.

    But honestly, I can hardly express in words that do justice to how much I love this show. I can't imagine that there's a more thought-provoking series being made.

  9. 2 hours ago, Iskaral Pust said:

    Did anyone watch the City game?  What happened to them?

    No disrespect to Lyon but if Liverpool without Firmino can comfortably outplay PSG then I expected City to cruise against Lyon, even if Jesus is playing instead of Aguero.

    Didn't turn up. To be fair to Lyon they had a game plan and pulled it off well but there was really no intensity or desire in the City team. Very sloppy in the middle of the pitch. Missed KDB massively but might not have done had Bernardo started through the middle instead of Gundogan.

    Fernandinho had an unusually poor game and Gundogan has been well below the standard we expect from him this season so far. Jesus appears to have regressed, hardly looks the same player that arrived at the club. David Silva and Sterling tried their best but couldn't quite make it work and Bernardo played much better when he shifted to the centre when Gundogan went off. Leroy injected much needed thrust, whatever his issues have been he deserves to start the next game.

    My only explanation is complacency, which kinda kills a Pep team. No room for passengers. And of course, Pep wasn't on the sidelines to rally them into action. I'm sure Arteta will make a good manager but he seemed out of his depth at the moment being in charge in the technical area.

    The style of the ref didn't suit us though, he was very fussy yet reluctant to brandish cards so the game didn't flow very well.

  10. On 9/16/2018 at 5:55 PM, She who must be Obeyed said:

    Wow I am worried about our host! Does anyone know what is happening? :(

    A good few more days and I'll be similarly concerned. I think our wonderful host has a history of internet and forum connectivity issues though.

    Here's hoping everything is okay.

  11. 11 hours ago, SpaceForce Tywin et al. said:

    Furthermore, they are now talking about unionizing over this. THIS. They have been treated far worse in the past, and this is what does it? I wonder if they'd do this if a white woman talked back like she did? Or any man? Oh wait the answer is no, which in some ways justifies the feelings of sexism and racism.

    Okay good to know. But it goes to show that what she did was not unique. Man, now I need to go Youtube some legendary McEnroe videos.

    As far as threatening umpires is concerned, I'd say it is fairly unique. No other incident cited so far fits that characteristic.

    Oh yeah, except Serena threatening a line judge!

    Nadal comes closest but it has been demonstrated that he was careful with his words.

    Arguing with officials is quite different from threatening them. Nobody condones the former but the latter is a far weightier violation.


    I think there might be a reasonable debate to be had about whether an umpire should deliver a warning to the coach for coaching instead of sanctioning the player, with maybe a second coaching violation leading to the coach being sent away from the court.

    But honestly, I cannot see any merit in the idea that Serena was wronged here. The umpire followed the rules as they currently stand. He's known to be strict in his enforcement and Serena should know this as knowing such is part of sporting preparation, as is controlling your emotions. As such, destroying her racket was foolish as well as tempestuous. She only has herself to blame for the exchanges that followed and hence for the crowd unrest.

  12. 40 minutes ago, SpaceForce Tywin et al. said:

    It’s almost like none of you can empathize with the systemic sexism and racism the Williams sisters have experienced, and how Serena would see it through that lens in the moment. Yes she was behaving poorly, but the ref could have easily defused the situation and there was no need to give her a point penalty, especially in that moment. The most telling thing about the situation was that he didn’t come out during the trophy ceremony. He knee he messed up, and that crowd would have torn him to pieces for what he did.

    Also, stop saying Serena stole Osaka’s moment. No one did more than her to defuse the situation after the fact. I know I wouldn’t have the ability to do what she did to calm the crowd down in the heat of the moment.

    I think you're seeing this through the distorted lens of your own fandom. All umpires are different and all the players will be aware of that. Strict or lenient, neither application of the rules is wrong as such. You can argue an umpire should use common sense in judging a situation but frankly Serena only has herself to blame.

    The crowd would have torn him to pieces wrongly and his absence was clearly for Osaka's sake.

    Calming the crowd was akin to cleaning up her own mess once she realised there were unpleasant consequences to it. And again, it becomes all about her.

  13. 1 hour ago, Jeor said:

    I wonder how much they're willing to push the envelope for a tiebreaker that avoids extra time.

    For example, a left-field idea could just be who scores the first goal of the tie - that might give an advantage to a team that plays at home first, which could somewhat mitigate the natural advantage of playing at home second.

    I would be tempted to suggest the CL knockout rounds be played in one game at a neutral venue equidistant between the two clubs involved. There are both pros and cons to that and I doubt they would go for it but I'd like to see it discussed as an option.

  14. 10 hours ago, Cas Stark said:

    I also wasn't really buying straight as an arrow, never cuts corners Kim suddenly finding a love of defending the guilty criminals out there.  I really felt meh about the whole episode.

    It does feel somewhat out of the blue.

    However, my reading is that this side of her manifested itself in her relationship with Jimmy. She had a desire to protect Jimmy as she saw him as someone who could rehabilitate himself. And with that on the edge of breaking, she's kinda already on the way to replacing that with helping people to avoid jail on the proviso that they seek a fresh start.

    I think the timing is suggestive of this and it works on that basis.


    A further thought: Jimmy may well get into defending criminals through following Kim into it, obviously for all the wrong reasons in opposition to Kim's decent reasons, and that may be the moment they finally part ways.