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  2. Rose of Red Lake

    Is the hound Sansa's 'new direwolf'?

    I can tell you care and respect Sansa's character which is great, but I'm just not into psychoanalyzing Sandor that much. Mainly because I dont care about him. If he dies, oh well. The Elder Brother's speech refers to him directly, and tells me all I need to know. I dont find it that deep. I disagree that Sansa has changed him that much (and she shouldn't have to) and having to actually pretend to be Arya's father seems more crucial. But again....dont care.
  3. A True Kaniggit

    Exercise & Fitness: Summer Bodies (TBD)

    Haha. Different countries, difference shoe measurements I suppose. I wear size nines. Or maybe ....... are you a giant @baxus ?
  4. Daniel Newhouse

    Guitar amp cross polination

    The reason for experimentation is that we all wish that we could try out 15" Celestions and see if they could fit. Has anyone noticed the rash of cover songs on YouTube? None more than the Molly Ringwalds.
  5. red snow

    Formula One 2019

    I guess one thing that list doesn't reveal is how close the racing is in a given season. For me there's no point in 10 champions per decade if in that year only that driver and his team mate win races. That said, this decade has only had two teams and besides vettel's first championship and 2018, the winning constructors have been utterly dominant. For me leaving rules stable helps the sport eventually. This season has been much closer in terms if racing despite mercedes dominance in the first 6 races and we've had tracks where red bull and Ferrari are legitimately the fastest cars on track. McLaren are also making steady progress which gives me hope 2020 could be a great season where over the course of a season 4 teams could win races. My fear is that the rule changes in 2021 will just shuffle the deck in terms of which team gets the most out of the changes (probably one of the top 3 or 4 if McLaren bounce back) leading to that team easily winning 2 championships. I think as long as there are 3/4 teams that can get on the podium and win races that's fine. I don't have a problem with their being "b" teams. Most other sports have this eg football, rugby, tennid etc The only realistic way i could see them making F1 balanced is to introduce an NFL draft system making it harder for any given team to have the first pick of drivers and upcoming talent. That would also have to apply for engineers and managers. Eg make it very hard for mercedes to have toto wolff, Hamilton, the engine and bottas. The mercedes example would mean they had last pick of the second driver. It could also solve silly issues like ocon not getting a drive because of constructors politics. The problem with this concept is that there are far less components in F1 which could make it limiting. I just don't think the spending caps really work unless they are such that it limits the development of the cars but then F1 loses it's cutting edge tech appeal. Spreading the money more evenly is a better approach as it's currently set up so that the richest teams get the majority of the money.
  6. After years of rowing I was quite fed up with the machine and hated it rather passionately which resulted in avoiding it whenever possible. On Friday we did a circuit workout where one of the stations was the rowing machine and surprisingly it felt pretty cool. It could be because sets were only a minute long, though. I've gone running on Saturday for the first time in months and quite enjoyed an easy 5k run along the river in my neighbourhood. EDIT: @Iskaral Pust I am yet to try on a pair of running shoes that aren't comfortable. Especially Adidas. Those fit my foot like a sock, I don't even need to try them on - a pair of 43 1/3 and I'm good to go.
  7. Rorshach

    Chess - the world in black and white

    From those pairings, I'd give Wang Hao the best chance at qualifying. He's solid, and I wouldn't think Howell could crack him. But I'm generally wrong on things chess-related, so who knows.
  8. Nagini's Neville

    Is the hound Sansa's 'new direwolf'?

    She doesn't change or fix him. That's what the elder brother does. And he doesn't need to "discover kindness", but he needs some treatment for his childhood trauma and sadly not everyone can be naturally that way, because some ppl have gone through some bad shit. Of course that doesn't mean that Sansa should be exposed to his violent behavior and that's why she isn't anymore. And I also don't think he wanted to fix Sansa for a second. He likes her the way she is, that's why he felt drawn to her. In the beginning he just wanted to help and warn her, but then he also tried to protect himself and his world view, because she was getting under his skin, with her stoic insistence to continue to believe in the goodness in ppl and a higher morality. Not all me are true knights, but they do exist. And why shouldn't she believe that, since her father was one himself. The Hound was experiencing an Identity crisis and for someone with the his background and problems that can be a very scary and threatening experience. He had divided the world into predators and victims, and had sworn himself to never be a victim again. And then along comes Sansa and says it doesn't have to be that way and leads by example. For the Hound the way how he has survived this world until now is threatened and his explanations for why, what has happened to him as a child did happen, starts to crumble. And he doesn't know how to deal with it. He is lost
  9. Ckram

    Small Questions v. 10106

    Propably in Hornwood, since he married her in the presence of a septon and a heart tree (ACOK, Bran V). Since Donella was a Manderly, she must have practiced the Faith of the Seven even after her first marriage, which makes Hornwood the only place you'd find a septon in the north besides White Harbor, Winterfell or the Wall.
  10. Rose of Red Lake

    Is the hound Sansa's 'new direwolf'?

    Yes, Jon would do anything for his sisters. ANYTHING. Jon making sacrifices to save one sister is already canon. I'm sure there will be another for Sansa. If that's where the Jonsa foreshadowing goes, I'll be very interested to see it.
  11. Darth Richard II

    Guy Gavriel Kay

    So, is under heaven set in the same world as any of his other works? I thought it was but a character just mentioned there is only one moon.
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  13. Rose of Red Lake

    Is the hound Sansa's 'new direwolf'?

    Yes, I have seen the Cocteau version and my point still stands. The film and the original are opposites to what is happening in the Sandor/Sansa and Tyrion/Sansa scenes. For example, in the film he tries to soothe Beauty's fear; Sandor wants to scare the shit out of her. The Beast tells her she shouldnt look in his eyes and tries to calm her; Sandor forces him to look at her just like Tyrion does. ALL of it is a juxtoposition to romance; thus it is aromantic. In the og story, the Beast asks for her consent and requests that the father be honest with his daughter about who he is. Tyrion and Sandor do the opposite of this, and dont really respect her wishes. They are both also called villains by the author. You can tell they don't give a fig about what Sansa wants, and they're thinking primarily of their own selfish needs. The Beast says to her father, "let her be free to choose" whether to come to him or not. Neither Sandor and Tyrion are good enough for her in this respect. Sandor is an evil man, romantic love is the last thing he needs (he needs an AA meeting), and he definitely isn't transforming from a beast into a prince. It fits exactly what the author has said about his surprise at the "San/San" thing.
  14. Nagini's Neville

    Is the hound Sansa's 'new direwolf'?

    I don't think Sansa ever looked at the Hound as a teacher. I think she did take a lot of his advise to heart and used it for her purposes, and after a while she saw some good qualities in him, but she wasn't blind to the complexity of his character. She knew better then most what kind of a person he is. And for the most part of Clash she didn't trust him. Why does everyone seems to think she is stupid, why would she be afraid of him, if she clearly saw him as a teacher and protector. Why didn't she then just go to him, ask him for help instead of Ser Dontos? The special thing about Sansa is, that she is able to recognize the good in him and appreciate what he has done for her, without ignoring the dangerous and bad side of him and perceiving that as a very realistic threat. She has a good sense for self-preservation. The scars are not the worst part, nor even the way his mouth twitches. It’s his eyes. She had never seen eyes so full of anger. “Why are you always so hateful? The gods might send you down to some terrible hell for all the evil you’ve done.” “You’re awful.” “there’s no man on earth I need fear.” Except your brother, Sansa thought, but she had better sense than to say it aloud. He is a dog, just as he says. A half-wild, mean-tempered dog that bites any hand that tries to pet him, and yet will savage any man who tries to hurt his masters. She was afraid of Sandor Clegane … and yet, some part of her wished that Ser Dontos had a little of the Hound’s ferocity. toward the end, she even sang for Tyrion the Imp and for the Hound. He is no true knight but he saved me all the same, she told the Mother. Save him if you can, and gentle the rage inside him. Being a true knight, for Sansa, implies having a certain set of values and she knows Sandor doesn't have those. She is not oblivious to his nature.
  15. You forgot Bakker references.
  16. Ser Hedge

    UK Politics: A Partly Political Broadcast

    I didn't realize the wait-and-watch was confirmed. https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-britain-eu-delay/eu-plays-for-time-as-johnson-spars-with-uk-parliament-on-brexit-idUKKBN1WZ08Q Should push really come to shove, I would think an extension is still granted, but it looks like the EU are giving this every chance to pass through commons. The optics so far around Brexit are that the mess is on the UK's side (to state the obvious). If the WAB is voted down or gets deadlocked with never ending amendments, and the EU ask for a plan around resolving the deadlock before granting an extension (GE, referendum) they would still look within their rights to do that. I don't think they're going to (want to) signal they will keep rolling it over automatically every time, partly probably for the reasons Münchau listed (ie really want to move on + current uncertainty dragging economies down). You can also see this on our side of the channel in how UK business is coming around to arguing that the certainty of a deal is better than the current gridlock, though one hopes Labour can extract firm commitments that we will not crash out on WTO terms after transition. Surprising Carney, IoD et al didn't seem to highlight that particular risk much. Maybe they trust Boris more than Letwin did? LOL
  17. drawkcabi

    Watch, Watched, Watching: Hunting Minds

    3 episodes in on the Paul Rudd Netflix series Living With Your Self that just dropped on Friday. Take the Michael Keaton movie Multiplicity and the Rick and Morty episode where they go to a spa and are "cleansed" of all their negativity blend them together and you have this show. I'm not loving it, but I like it enough and am interested enough to keep watching, and apparently the way you always can tell the Paul Rudds apart is that one of them doesn't have good water pressure to wash their hair.
  18. RhaenysBee

    TTTNE 476 - the ghost of series past

    Apparently, if you wash your tool, even makeup goes on better. I’m such trash for having used this stuff for like two months without cleaning....
  19. In the end, was there a major character they did not destroy, compared to their book counterpart? Dany became Old Yeller, and had to be put down. Jon became Judas Iscariot, betraying with a kiss. Sansa was empowered by rape. Arya became a xenophobic brat. Bran had all the personality of a log. Tyrion became D & D's mouthpiece. Jaim's redemption arc went nowhere and his backstory was pointless. Cersei stared out of the window.
  20. Nagini's Neville

    Is the hound Sansa's 'new direwolf'?

    I did not say the Hound is exactly like the beast from the og fairytale. Of course GRRM did create his own version of the beast. The story structure and the themes for both Sansa and Sandor are the same. And of course the og Beast IS abusive btw. The Beast wants to kill her father and she agrees to go to the beast and die for her father and than the beast basically holds her prisoner. But I also think GRRM did modeled it mainly after La Belle et la Bete (1946) from Cocteau, which is based on the og fairytale of course. So if you have watched that, then we can talk again. And no, it is not a one on one copy, that would be plagiarism. And yes there are differences between the Hound and the beast. GRRM did create his own character and also needed him to be a realistic human being. And the Beast is not only beastly on the outside, but he kills ppl: in GRRM's 80s show (even though he reads poetry) and in La Belle et la Bete and has to fight with his "beastly" side. But those are also PG versions, so the Beasts couldn't be too out of control. But Cocteau finds creative ways to still imply, that the la Bete is violent. He threatens to kill la Belle and imprisons her. So he does a lot of bad stuff. And if you do a bit of research, you'll find that GRRM really likes "La Belle et la Bete". There's even a picture of Sansa and the Hound, that looks like "La Belle et la bete" s movie poster. He also said he likes the Disney version, even though the Little Mermaid is his favorite Disney movie.
  21. Rose of Red Lake

    Is the hound Sansa's 'new direwolf'?

    I dont agree that it was written so that she needed to be humbled. She is never bitter about her downgrade in status. She's bitter and filled with rage for what's been done to her family. In relation to herself, she is more upset about being forced into a marriage against her will; she hates how they "made her a Lannister" which is understandable, and she is not yet aware that her own "teacher" screwed her over.
  22. Kalbear

    'Watchmen' TV Series From Damon Lindelof in the Works at HBO

    I hated the fuck out of that too.
  23. Get over it Carlos.
  24. A True Kaniggit

    US Politics: A Mickey Mouse Operation

    Worst MMO ever.
  25. Rose of Red Lake

    Is the hound Sansa's 'new direwolf'?

    I see little resemblance; the original tale is more of a foil, since the Beast in Villenueve's original manages to enchant the girl with mild manners, courtesy, and gentlemanly ways. The Hound is exactly the opposite of this and also has nothing to do with GRRM's own created Beast, Vincent, and his love of poetry. I don't think Sandor is a positive BATB figure in the sense of ending anywhere remotely romantic or good for Sansa. Sandor is more like the bully in the Disney version, which I believe GRRM criticized. The Disney version of BatB came out on 1991, the same year GRRM started writing ASOIAF and one year after his own BatB show ended. I can see how the Disney movie would have pissed him off. Just guessing here, but he may have wanted to show readers how such a dynamic actually works in reality. If the man is abusive, you can't fix him. He'll just become more and more abusive until you cut him out of your life. And this is how GRRM appears to be writing all of Sansa's figures so far, as an in-text critique of the Disney version of the BatB beast trope. Since he loves the original versions of fairy tales, he would need to hew closely to the original by having men who look beastly but are, at their core, kind. And they also dont need to "discover" kindness, they should just be naturally that way, which Sandor is not. Sansa shouldnt be a workhorse to "fix" a man. Likewise, Sandor shouldn't be "fixing" Sansa since the act of changing--and not accepting--(and some would say mocking) the other person is toxic for all relationships. She needs to hold on to the songs and stories though, they are what make people feel alive and human. GRRM probably sides with her love of them since he obviously lives through them as well. I think he takes pity on Sansa for having her face "reality." Calling it a lesson doesn't sit right with me because the story explores the merging of fantasy with reality (where does one end and the other begin?), which seems more like a paradox that he's playing with. She is the best character to explore that IMO. Some things like being a "detriment" to her family, could also be Arya for ignoring class lines, and Jon could be put in a similar spot too later on.
  26. In honor of our embattled acting chief of staff (and OMB director), please carry on...
  27. For everyone who has said the GOP can't/never reins Trump in - WaPo:
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