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  2. Rippounet

    What binds people together (?)

    Kalbear, this is a great article because it uses funnny concepts to describe very real and very serious stuff. I think the monkeysphere is actually useful to help us understand nationalism (or racism, or politics generally speaking). Funnily enough I had something similar in mind because years ago I read something extremely similar about how many actual friends you can have on facebook, and the number was a bit over 100. Maybe this Cracked article and the article I read were both based on the same study in the first place.
  3. GRRM has had other passions going on for the last several years but maybe with the tv show ending, he will have a passion to write his version of the story. I can hope but I am not holding my breath.
  4. Buckwheat

    TTTNE 475 - for the Honour of Greyskull!

    @honeyed chicken you don't have to cry at my post! :p
  5. Buckwheat

    TTTNE 475 - for the Honour of Greyskull!

    I suppose I can be happy that I don't work in a very formal environment. A casual t-shirt and a short (just above the knees) skirt is what I would wear on hot days, and nobody has complained as of yet. One of my coworkers once wore two different converse sneakers. Also one was once asked to go teach a business German class in some office on that day. She said she would go, but the problem was, she was wearing a tracksuit that day. The boss said it was fine. So yeah, we don't have a dress code.
  6. DMC

    Master thread on what the Show means for the book plot

    I simply don't see it that way. We have different evaluations of Bran - particularly Bran in the books - I suppose. So magically-derived knowledge is now unearned or something? As opposed to what the maesters have been meandering about for hundreds of years? Uh, he would if the most available Targaryen heir is a choice between Edric Storm and Arianne Martell. Or, hell, maybe Brienne in the middle there. Yeah that worked out great. We can argue about when exactly the War of the Roses started and ended all day. I don't think it matters much. They started what was presumably a long conversation in the second episode when everyone was getting drunk before the battle. It's not outlandish to think Tyrion developed a respect for him after that conversation. Um.. First, their families would retain their power, no idea what you're saying there. Maybe you just don't get it. Second, says you. That is - resolutely - like, your opinion man.
  7. Mark Twain said as part of his scathing critique of the Deerslayer novels that a sign of bad writing was when tragedy is comical and comedy is tragic.
  8. In the books, Ned's principles are passed on to his sons and arguably to Arya. Sansa seems to be the champion of Catelyn's principles. In the show, Ned taught Sansa the Lone Wolf lesson, which is an iteration of the case for self-sacrifice that I described earlier. As in, we're all going to agree to make the survival of the group superordinate to the survival of the individual. I think the showrunners intended to have that lesson play out in the death of Littlefinger plot, where Arya and Sansa are secretly working together. It was a shitty plot, but we get the gist of it. Robb's justice is something I haven't looked at closely enough yet. I think the root of his problem is when he dishonored his bargain with Frey by marrying Jeyne/Talisa. The Karstark execution, if that's what you're referring to, doesn't seem to me to be the cause of Robb's death. It's hard to puzzle out what you're referring to with a lot of these. If you could just say what you mean it would be easier to respond to. Rickon's death had nothing to do with any failure on the part of Ned's principles. Rickon also hadn't yet inherited Ned's principles regarding justice because he is younger than Bran and he hadn't seen his first execution yet. I can only hazard a guess, but I think you're referring to Ned's mercy to Cersei? Labeling actions as treason or people as traitors is pretty meaningless in the context of claim disputes because the only time a traitor label actually sticks is after a victor emerges and he orders the history books to be written that way. I try to avoid using the word treason because it's always both true and false depending on which claimant's perspective we're assuming. Yeah IDK what Bran was supposed to be about in the show. In the books he seems to be about selfless power vs selfish power. I liken him to a resentful video game addict who is succumbing to the temptations of power. Oh no, not consistently in GoT. At least I don't think so. It's only consistent in the books. D&D don't have a clue. They should have been made to write a book report or something. The whole Jon Snow's Mother litmus test was a stupid idea, it turns out. Unsure of your meanings.
  9. Fez

    Star Trek: Picard

    Honestly, I think Patrick Stewart could knock that concept out of the park. Bring in Ian McKellan as his frenemy neighbor that owns a competing winery and you've got yourself a hit.
  10. AryaNymeriaVisenya

    So once again...the writers forgot about Gendry

    The Dornish never knelt to Aegon, they married into House Targaryen and so kept their titles. 'Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken'
  11. Gendelsdottir

    How is it fantasy?

    This is an interesting question. I would answer it this way. Let's say a fictional universe contains explicit supernatural or magical elements. Over the course of the narrative, these elements dwindle away & erode to nothing because of events & actions in-universe. Let's assume that cause and effect are well demonstrated, and the atrophy of magic is logical & consistent with the given explanation. This, to me, is still a fantasy world, because it's been shown that magic & the supernatural can exist in that world, if the right conditions are met. It's also interesting to consider the same process reversed. Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern novels began as textbook examples of fantastic fiction. Later novels introduced science-fictional elements - a postulated science & technology - to explain the origins of Pernese culture. I've haven't followed any of the literature to know how this affects anyone's thinking about genre categories. I'd be inclined, though, to say that those early novels can still validly be called fantasy novels, even though the fantastical elements were created (as we later learned ) through traditional science-fictional means.
  12. By the way, if you wish to see an example on how Dorne did not have the same status, notice their succession laws. In Dorne, women get to be in line at the same level as men. And they keep this law which is not the same as the rest of the 7 kingdoms. This is where you can see the nuances. Dorne is a vassal kingdom and they have their own laws. Sure they will support the Iron Throne in wars if called. But they have their independent law which is dictated by Dorne and Dorne alone.
  13. Rorshach

    Football: pool in to the Final Spur of the season

    Everton at least get a back up keeper for free - Jonas Lössl. Definetely second choice, but better than Stek - more consistent.
  14. honeyed chicken

    TTTNE 475 - for the Honour of Greyskull!

    I know you are not alone in your feelings on this, in fact I seem to be more the outlier as usual.
  15. Nocandies

    Mobile phone advice (is this an entertainment topic?)

    Same here. I was using Nokia phones until they became a part of Microsoft, then I switched to Samsung Galaxy phones, loved the mini series. Then I got iPhone XS for work and Xiaomi Redmi for personal needs. I don't play games on it, using mostly Waze and a browser.
  16. Then would you care to explain why the Dornish are still princes????? You are confusing conquest with someone independent deciding to be a vassal. There are nuances. I will grant that the show just does not care or knows how to explain these things. But they could and would not be the same. Dorne does not have an equal status to the other 7 kingdoms, therefore, their rulers are still called Princes. As for Jon, he was not at war with Dany and Dany was not yet Queen of the 7 Kingdoms. So their relations would have to be formerly set if she ever got to sit the Iron Throne. But from a medieval perspective, Jon would not be in a position of a defeated kingdom. He would be more like an allied Kingdom. And Dany would likely give him the deserving status. If Dany did not, then the North would not have fun with it and there would have to be another war to settle it.
  17. My point was that she was always mentally capable of doing so, and I always did expect her to eventually snap and burn King's Landing to the ground. I just expected it to be straight after Rhaegal got shot down, maybe during the battle of King's Landing itself, so KL would get no chance to surrender in the first place. Your idea would work as well. But as it was done... I agree, execution is shit.
  18. Rippounet

    Slavoj Zizek on the ending

    Yes, it did. But "in context" as you say, even Sam would have known better than to suggest it in the first place. Sam is a well-read noble and given his experience (in the NW) he would know that not everyone in Westeros can "decide for themselves." In fact there's little in his story that would make Sam a democrat, this truly came out of nowhere. Anyway the moment a character raised the issue it became less about Westeros and more about our world. At some point (because of the lack of book material) the show veered away from "realism" (verisimilitude, let's say) and started to go into obvious/superficial social commentary. It seems to me it's too easy to have an "in-context" answer to a modern question if the modern question shouldn't even be there in the first place. And again, my main point was that the show wouldn't have had this problem if it had remained focused on fantasy. Except no woman sits on the IT in the end, that *is* what Žižek is saying... If the show makes a point about having a feminist vibe but ultimately doesn't deliver, it ends up delivering an anti-feminist message. It probably wasn't intended, but it *is* what is achieved. I suppose giving power to the disabled or social upstarts is interesting/progressive, but I don't think the show bothered much (or enough) about their plight in the first place... It would have worked if it had been anticipated and this had in fact been a theme throughout the show. Was it though? And even if you consider that it was (it's possible), can Davos and Bronn truly be seen as representative of social mobility? I think I get your point. And maybe the showrunners did indeed try to give us a progresive ending/message. But if they did I agree with Žižek that they failed. Democracy was laughed at in the finale of the most-watched show in history. Female empowerement ended up being limited through the killing of the two lead female characters (both of which died with their lovers). Restoration of traditional feudalism and aristocratism was presentend as good. I wouldn't care if the final season had been about the Second Long Night. But it wasn't! The showrunners made it about politics, and in many ways about *modern* politics too. They shot themselves in the foot, and I'm not inclined to blame the pistol for that... They made the pistol too.
  19. the Last Teague

    Marston Waters, most decisive Lord Commander EVER

    Peake's gang controled the court, the goldcloaks and the city. But none of them was a Regent or a Small Council member, so they needed the Lord Commander to gave their coup some legitimacy. One thing is having orders from the LC, who is also Hand. The other is acting on your own. Everybody hated the Logarre, so they had a good pretext. I think they always knew Lord Thaddeus was a loyalist. In fact, Peake was angry with him for taking "his" place as Hand of the King. Waters showed surprise when Lord Rowan
  20. Hippocras

    The Missing Scenes/Episodes

    I am sure some of you must have ideas.
  21. Beardy the Wildling

    People's reaction to Dany turning Mad Queen says something about us as humans

    Fair point, but not only did she never follow through, but never had to because they usually capitulated. That is, they surrendered.The exact thing King's Landing did. I can think of many ways to make her snap. But why for the love of all things holy did they do it when she'd already won? Here's an example of a better way to handle it: Don't kill Rhaegal in Ep 4, have Dany not forget about the Iron fleet and therefore decimate it. Euron survives, pissed that his glorious fleet is gone. Also handles the issue of Aimbot Pirate. After that, Dany attacks with two dragons and disables most of the ballistae, forcing KL to surrender. Initially Dany accepts that, but then Euron, crazy, angry, and just plain after a fight, shoots a resting Rhaegal. This, along with the civilians cheering at the proof that dragons are mortal, makes Dany completely dishonour the surrender agreement, see the civilians as ideological enemies that need to be 'taught a lesson', and in general, goes apeshit. Easy changes, just as many scenes, far more organic. Not perfect, but better than 'Surrender bells? KOWABUNGA IT IS'
  22. Aldarion

    Why aren’t people intimidated by the dragons?

    Maybe because they had been preparing for them, and are too optimistic? I mean, Aegon's dragons were an outside-context problem. But they are not any longer, and now you have weapons designed to deal with dragons. Also, if you look at background of the books, there had been cases of dragons taken out by ground weapons. It was never easy, but it did happen.
  23. Aldarion

    How is it fantasy?

    That will depend. Magic seems to be connected to dragons, and if dragons are killed, the world might well end up without any magic at all.
  24. AryaNymeriaVisenya

    So once again...the writers forgot about Gendry

    Yes the position of King in the North does vanish when you acknowledge a Queen of the Seven Kingdoms. That is the reason Ned wasn't King. Torrhen knelt. She made him Warden of the North, a military position. Sansa has been acting as Lady Paramount all season, co-coordinating the Northern houses. Ned Umber answered to her first, not Jon or Dany. If she were merely Lady of Winterfell he would not have to answer to her at all.
  25. Aldarion

    The aftermatch of the decision made by D&D

    Problem is that they sacrificed story quality in favour of production quality. Sorry, but as much as I like to joke that I'm "watching the show for the dragons"*, CGI does not make up for shitty writing. * Not exactly a joke though, Drogon and Rhaegal were probably the best written characters in the last couple of seasons, once you start recognizing dragon moods and facial expressions.
  26. Deminelle

    Independent North

    Obviously Theresa May hasn't watched Game of Thrones. She could have learned something from Sansa.
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