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  1. Reading some of the (ok, all of Alpha’s) criticisms of the writing in TLJ remind me of quite a few people complaining about how the aliens at the end of A.I. were really dumb and didn’t make any sense. And I’m with sbl on using TLJ as a litmus test...seems to me to be every bit as effective a barometer as SPIDERMAN 2 and IRON MAN 3. And I’ll go ahead and endorse most of Fright’s comments, both about some of the myopia on the Star Wars board re: the PT, and the Movies Lobby about, well, a lot. Place was a bit of a cesspool.
  2. Wondering if any crypto funds have adopted the names of particularly lovely tulip bulbs.
  3. If I had some balls (and a little more liquidity), I'd be shorting crypto so much right now.
  4. Saw it this morning and loved it; since then it’s been a busy day followed by a night out with some friends. So, some drunken post-first impression thoughts: 1) “Balls” and “contempt” were my first thoughts on Johnson’s treatment of the material, in all the best ways. It takes an extraordinary film-maker with the right blend of humility, understanding, and self-assurance to pay homage to ESB while simultaneously rejecting so many “fundamental” elements of SW canon in the service of moving it forward. 2) I think I can get some of the complaints of the movie dragging a bit through the middle, but (totally subjectively) I never felt it, outside of one nitpick: when . 3) I’ve seen a bit of it ITT, but kudos to Johnson for creating the perfect SW film: one which “fans” can, in equal measure, attack for being too similar, and too different from the previous movies. That’s some PHD-level trolling. May try to catch another showing tomorrow if I have time. But all in all, I’m still more than a little in awe of what Johnson pulled off, how many “rules” he broke, how many conventions he cast aside, all while making the right movie with an obvious respect for the heritage of the series. Aside from that, I’ll admit to feeling an itch to check out TheForce.net forums to see which is the gravest sin:
  5. What Movie Do You Think is (at least nearly) Perfect?

  6. I spent a month on the LA class Pasadena for a midshipman cruise while I was in NROTC one summer in college. Great experience, although it convinced me that life as a submariner wasn’t for me. I woke up up to an alarm one night around 3am - we were several hundred feet below the surface and I went to the mess deck (the place where all the kids were to report), and just tried to stay the hell out of the way as the DC parties did their thing. Turns out it it was no big deal - just an issue with a minor leak in an oil strainer that was quickly and efficiently handled by the crew on staff in the engine room. But all the same - I still remember it as one of the most frightening half hours of my life - being that far beneath the surface, not knowing (for a while) what the issue was, and (worst of all) being in a position where the ONLY thing I could do to “help” was to stay out of the way...yeah, a pretty humbling and scary incident.
  7. Christ, he's like distilled millennial. sbl- his smarm was fun at times, but I don't miss that specifically so much as the diversity of dissenting opinions the board had once upon a time. apoc- dude, seriously? I'd like to think that you're too smart a person to carry ‭views that insular when it comes to unions. From a purely anecdotal standpoint - I've been watching, first-hand, the death of unions in NYC construction for better than a decade. Working in management fora union shop, I think it's sad. On one hand, there's no question that unions jobs are safer, more timely, and (very arguably) a better value at a certain scale of work. OTOH - Until very recently I’ve been shoveling the shit that comes with managing union work. More often than not they are their own worst enemies, allowing the age-old union vs management dispute to blind them to the realities of evolving markets in which the values of union construction no longer compete with what open shops can offer owners. Setting aside my own personal motivations for union work to remain the status quo, I will (I believe) always argue that unions are, at worst, a necessary evil for a certain segment of the working class in a poor position to advocate for themselves. To that point, in the post-Reagan workplace, unions are more important than ever before. And to that point, a CBA which protects the occasional lazy worker is worthwhile if it protects another 50+ from predatory corporate practices. And I’ll still argue that no matter how many solid union workers I see get essentially blacklisted by their own membership for working too hard and scumbagginv the other guys.
  8. https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2017/11/16/us/keystone-pipeline-leak/index.html
  9. So how about that tax plan, eh?

    I can see that to an extent, but OTOH - I really think there are a significant number of groups/lobbies that can make some very pointed arguments about how this hurts the average American in a more tangibly direct way than changes in healthcare policy. Set aside SALT reductions, mortgage interest caps, and property tax caps that impact a more limited number of the “middle class” - if the early reads are valid, hits on student loan interest deductions, family relief, immediate Medicare cuts...there’s a long list of items that can easily be framed as an attack on the lower and middle class throughout the country that could render this as ultimately toxic as ACA repeal efforts in a more visible manner. The real question is who swings a bigger bat at the end of the day - the lobbyists or the big-ticket donors. Both are important stakeholders in next year’s elections. And I would agree that there’s a better than decent shot that the House R’s fall into line, and that the best shot for this to wither and die is in the Senate.
  10. So how about that tax plan, eh?

    Seeing quite a few tweets that there are already 20 No’s in the House from Republicans, not counting five in CA, four in PA, and one in NJ. [Edit] But many of those are RT’s from Topher Spiro, so take it with a grain of salt at this point until a few more sources confirm.
  11. El absolutely deserved her own chance for an episode focused largely on her, and I’d argue that the growth she achieved in the episode was necessary. But...the timing sucked, insofar as we were ripped away from some really good shit happening in Hawkins. Combine that with some pretty shoddy execution from 008’s band of misfits, and you end up with an episode that gets us where we need to be by taking a decidedly meh route. I’ll accept it, if only because the payoff at the end of Ep 08 is made all the sweeter for the additional delay, but yeah, Ep 07 was (imho) the weakest of the season by a fair margin. But otherwise...man oh man. What a followup to S1. Honestly, there really isn’t much I’d criticize aside from the shortcomings in E7’s execution. Our main core of characters were each given room to grow in the aftermath of S1, the new cast members integrated pretty organically into the story, we got more and more and more of the “Steven King by way of Spielberg” that worked so well in S1, particularly with regard to the kids’ performances (speaking to the fact that Spielberg has almost always done a superb job in getting phenomenal performances from child actors), especially Will - good god did he absolutely NAIL every beat of every scene in which he was featured. He had a lot of baggage to carry, and he carried it wonderfully. Can’t wait for S3, and more of the 80’s ephemera that I had forgotten how much I loved before being reconnected by the Duffer Bros.
  12. No Mauschwitz diatribe from IdeaOfEvil on the enduring evils of Di$ney? Wtf?
  13. Slavery is the USA's original sin, and the 3/5 compromise is the most shamefully enduring midwife to the legacy. Aside from our systemic purification of the natives, there is no legitimate comparison.
  14. 8 killed in Manhattan Vehicular Rampage

    God, I hate that area. Just closed out a high-rise condo I've been running for the last three years at 50 West St; between that and work I've done at the World Financial Center since 2012, I drive through that area several times a week. The transformation in the area's been impressive, but even if I could afford it, I'd never want to live anywhere around there. And in all honesty- the thought of road rage induced by bicyclists in the area doesn't surprise me at all. There are some real aspirants for a Darwin Award on any number of the bike paths/Lanes in that area.