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TwinIon

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  1. Apparently Aquaman is already blowing up the box office in China. I'm not convinced that it'll do particularly well here competing against Spiderman, Deadpool PG-13, Bumblebee, and Mary Poppins. Still, I think I've been underestimating this film and people's desire to see it.
  2. That one made me laugh. That's basically his brand.
  3. That looks pretty fun. Any idea what engine it's using? It's not destined to be as jankey as a Bethesda game, right?
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    Volkswagen will stop making gas-powered cars

    Given how fuzzy the math is for MPGe, I'm sure they'll find new and innovative ways to cheat the system. I don't really know how far in advance they plan out engines. If they expect the 2026 platform to be the last gas powered car, I doubt they would normally have started designing the generation following it already, so there is plenty of time for them to change their mind. A lot of companies have announced expected end dates for gas powered vehicles, but I won't believe them until they actually kill off their old models or at least show off an entirely electric lineup. Right now the eGolf is pretty sad.
  5. I think it was a fine trailer. It didn't get me super excited, but all they really need to do is remind you that it's coming.
  6. Yes and no. Antman and the Wasp post credit spoiler:
  7. It's games like this that make me wish I could go back to the days of playing endlessly with my brothers. 20+ hour single player sounds good to me. Hopefully I can get some quality time with my friends in.
  8. The first things I noticed on the website: -Old school composite A/V out -They call the Micro SD card slot TF, which is weird (is that more common in Asia?) -They say it supports all these old school games, but the image they us is from Shadow of the Tomb Raider with a 4k sticker in the bottom, while specifying that games run at 720p60 -This brand new console has a bullet point "Age: Over 3 Years Old" -Somehow this website is still up despite the imminent lawsuits this thing will attract if anyone ever hears of it.
  9. I'm at that annoying stage of the game where there are a lot of fun decks popping up that I want to try out, but I don't want to craft the cards necessary for them. I don't have Tyrantus for some of the interesting beast druid decks, I don't have Geddon for some of the elemental mages, I don't have Zavas or Cataclysm for disco lock. So I guess I'll just be playing some bad decks for a bit.
  10. Time to update the thread title. I'm a terrible deck builder, but my goal was to get to 5 on a home brewed deck, and I did so with this quest discard lock: I opened High Priestess Jeklik and still had the quest, so this is what I came up with. I don't run many discard effects, but there's only been one game (of ~25) where I went to an end game state and hadn't completed the quest. It's kinda a mid-range deck that uses the quest to close out or compete games that go longer. The deck would be very different if I had Clutchmother Zavas (the 2 mana card that returns to your hand when you discard it), but I don't, so I run Keleseth. In the right scenarios, Jeklik can really carry games. Even with my limited discard pool, I had a few games where I played 4 or more copies of her. Soulwarden is also key. If any kind of discolock comes back into the meta, it'll be on the back of that card. Especially if you can get a Soulwarden off a Soulwarden, you can create tons of value, but otherwise it just lowers most value loss from discarding vs slower decks. Now I'm going to try some odd mage since I got a couple of those legendaries.
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    How will we survive when the population hits 10 Billion?

    I feel like he's setting up hyperbolic straw men rather than considering that the future is already a combination of these things. In particular I really hate the "we're basically just single celled protozoa and that fundamental nature will doom us all." He asks if we're using our shared knowledge to setup for future prosperity, and says the answer is a clear no, when I think there are some pretty good examples to the contrary. Vaccines are a pretty good one. The existence of solar power and GMOs and desalination would argue that we are creating the technology that can sustain the future, even if we haven't deployed it sufficiently yet. Desalination is getting quite cheap and practical (we have one of the biggest facilities in the world here in San Diego). The funny thing is that here in CA, he's right, we actually have all the water we need, it's just that we do a bad job of managing it, so we built desal plants because it was politically easier than wrestling water away from almond farmers. Wind and solar power, both centralized and distributed, are already the clear future of power. I still favor nuclear power, but it's not the only possible future. He complains that scientists haven't convinced people that GMOs are safe, but a huge percentage of crops already are modified (at least in the US). If it's the only economically feasible future, I imagine that it'll sort itself out. If GMOs aren't the only reasonable way to grow sufficient food, then its a moot point anyways. That's my personal biggest takeaway, is that yes, we've known of these problems for a long time, and yes, we've been bad at solving them. That doesn't mean we can't. It mostly means that we haven't had sufficient motivation to deal with it. CA has had crazy droughts for years, but it's never affected my ability to get a drink or take a shower or wash my car. Yeah, Cape Town is a great example for how bad things might have to get before we take action, but ultimately we do have the tools to take action when properly motivated. If a world population of 10 billion is inevitable, we have the resources and technologies to deal with it today, we just have to make sure we put them to better use. The bigger worry is the disproportionate impact of rapid population growth. The US and Europe are growing at very sustainable rates. If population growth has dramatic effects, it's primarily going to affect India and Africa.
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    Is War between China and the US inevitable?

    I appreciate these historical views and I think the historic perspective should force us to consider there may be a very real momentum towards war. It's important to be conscious of this and to consistently act to prevent war. That said, I also think that the rise of China and the state of modern America are not necessarily destined to the same fate as Sparta and Athens. Two world wars, the existence of nuclear weapons, and a globalized economy have changed the calculus of war. I won't dismiss the possibility of direct conflict, but I think that modern history has shown that proxy wars between great powers are far more likely. I also think there are good reasons to doubt that China's incredible growth and prosperity continue on the same trend line unimpeded. We should be prepared for a world where China is the dominant global superpower, but this talk makes it sound inevitable in the next decade or so.
  13. If there's a single lesson to be taken from this it's that these media companies need to learn to ignore the most rabid fans. Whether it's Marvel or Disney or Blizzard or EA or whomever, these are companies that serve millions and millions of people, and the bad actions of the frenzied minority shouldn't drive their decisions.
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    Movies 2 hour movies R.I.P

    2018 US Box Office: Black Panther - 2 hours 20 min Avenger Infinity War - 2 hours 36 min Incredibles 2 - 1 hour 58 min Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom - 1 hour 59 min Deadpool 2 - 1 hour 59 min Mission: Impossible - Fallout - 2 hours 27 min Maybe he's right about the coming future of entertainment, but there is zero sign that the ~ 2 hour movie is going away or losing steam. Sure, the MCU films have the advantage of having lots of extra films to built context and backstory and without that, Infinity War could never have worked. However, Infinity War is the exception, even in the MCU. It's not like Guardians required a lot of knowledge of the MCU to enjoy, and even Black Panther (the 18th MCU film) required no MCU knowledge to enjoy. You get a bit of extra context at the beginning, but really they tell you all you need to know. I think the ~2 hour mark has stuck around not out of stubbornness, but because it's and effective time frame for story telling. You can push the length another hour, but beyond that you're really hitting the limit of how long people are willing to sit around. It's not a mistake that live theater shows are very often in the 90 min - 3 hour range, and that art form has been around quite a while. I think the real innovation will happen around television. In TV we have lots of examples of episodes spanning from 20 min to nearly feature length. I think we'll see more shows that embrace that flexibility as streaming becomes increasingly dominant. Right now, even Netflix shows are often bound by traditional run times in order to air episodes on TV around the world, and many of their "originals" are made by or for other TV services. That will slowly change, but as long as theaters are around, I suspect the established run times to stick around.
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