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  1. Not an immediate concern for me since I have Hulu, Prime, and Paramount+ but it does bum me out to see Trek leave any of the services. Ever since I started with the streaming services about 10 years ago Trek has been the "old reliable". I like to rewatch all of them(currently on a Voyager rewatch) and it's been nice that whatever series I wanted to watch on whichever service it's pretty much always been an option. So even though this doesn't effect me right now, it hints at a future where Trek will be consolidated onto just one or two channels....which sucks.
  2. That guy to the left of Bannon looks when you seriously mismatch a small face on a large head in a character creator.....
  3. I haven't heard anything about this story except seeing her face plastered all over headlines, but this was my thought as well. If there was one nice, unintended consequence of the Trump years it was that there was little time to focus on generic lost white girl stories when the entire world was clearly burning. Now the world is slightly less obviously burning, so here we are. Maybe an airplane will crash into the ocean next and that should take up about 5 months of media coverage.....
  4. Woodhouse is still dead and not doing any work. Typical, lazy Woodhouse.....
  5. In August alone I think it was at least 4 fairly prominent ones that died. Two of them in Tennessee and Florida were basically the most popular drive time rightwing big mouths in their respective states. There's been so many that it's hard to keep them straight at this point.
  6. My first real play through of Borderlands 2 came from the Handsome Collection after getting it with PS+ a couple years ago. So all the DLC was just thrown at me in a lump from pretty much the beginning of the game. Maybe that's why I found most of it forgettable except for the Assault on Dragon Keep. It wound up being definately my favorite DLC, and perhaps my favorite part of the entire game. So I am loving the look of Wonderlands. Seems like they are even expanding the weapons and abilities a bit to fit in with the Fantasy setting.
  7. Prodigy's opening sequence was released yesterday. May be the best opening for any of the new Trek's so far. Funny, because while Voyager was never my favorite series I always thought it had a fantastic opening sequence whose visuals and song represented Voyager's sense of adventure and solitude quite well. Edit: I hear rumors that SNW may have some news on tap. Whether that's a trailer, release date, or something else. It's an exciting time. After lots of bumps in the road I am looking forward to having a new Trek episode every week to watch with Lower Decks, Prodigy, Discovery, Strange New Worlds, and Picard all slated for release sometime in the next six months or so.
  8. One year later and exact same thing happened. Just saw a commercial for Archer and realized two episodes are already up on Hulu.
  9. I was a huge fan of GTA from GTAIII to San Andreas. Just could not get into the story or gameplay of IV. Then tried Saint's Row The Third on a whim when it was a PS+ game. Ever since then I have really preferred Saint's Row. The gameplay definately improved in GTAV. And the world is probably more detailed and alive than any SR game, but I found my only fun came from driving around causing chaos. The way GTA tries to tell this epic story while forcing you to play the role of mostly unlikable characters just kills the story mode for me. I prefer the wackiness and over the top story and gameplay of SR and the freedom to have the Create a character be a blank slate that is just "you" in the story. I didn't even have any gripes about IV like some others did. I love platformers, so Infamous'ing up the gameplay more than made up for any shortcomings in the game.
  10. Rand is 6'6 and Lan is at least as tall as him, if not a little bigger. There are other instances in the books, but the sword practicing fight at the beginning of The Great Hunt describes them in that way, I believe. I would have to go back and read it, but it basically describes the two as comparible in height, with Lan being built a little bigger(which would make sense, since Rand is still a teenager at that point). That's why I say at least 6'6, and maybe even taller. And from all physical portrayals(not canon, but there is a reason he is depicted that way over and over) he is not thick like a Shaq or Big Show, and he's not lanky. He's like a Undertaker or LeBron James where he looks like a normal sized, but very fit and muscular person....just half a foot taller than most everyone else. Moraine is repeatedly described as "short, even by Cairhiran standards", who are known as Randland's most diminutive people. Likely makes her 5'0 if not a little shorter. Imagine if someone said a Japaness woman was short even by Japanese female standards. And it does play a part in the series. Moiraine is basically the lead of the series for the first three books. She is the most powerful good guy in the first three books. Her power level compared to her physical size is used as a sort of microcosm for the whole theme of the series that females are the dominant sex in Randland despite their relative physical size and contrary to our world. Edit: Just fyi, I am reading that Jordan confirmed Rand is 6'5 or 6'6. Not sure if he confirmed anyone else, but using things like the RPG and other comparisons Mat is '6 or a little under and more lanky(but still not skinny). Perrin is 6'2 or a little taller and not just tall, but built huge. Like a Brock Lesnar or Batista.
  11. Funny to think that Punk is older now than Hulk was when he joined WCW.....
  12. The red state die off that conservatives are now attempting to blame anyone but themselves on was the most predictable thing in the world as we watched the vaccination rates come in earlier this year. In a month or two, I suspect that devastating Covid numbers from school outbreaks will be the next totally predictable thing that conservatives will try to blame everyone but themselves on. There are some really worrisome factors lining up. We haven't really tried to open schools in the Covid era, so this is all uncharted territory. Delta and whatever coming next being more communicable and possibly more severe for kids. Kids under 12 can't get vaccinated. And on top of that, you have red states playing political games to see who can out stupid one another. It's been days since I read about that Texas rule saying schools don't have to inform parents when there is a positive case in their child's class and I am still stunned whenever I think about it. How that can be allowed is staggering. We have become numb to this type of thing after 4 years of Trump but if that type of willful negligence is not breaking some kind of law, than the law and system as a whole has failed.
  13. The world's response to said warning from climate scientists will be something like....
  14. I have seen opinion shift somewhat over the years, but my opinion remains that only books 8-10 are the real dip in the series. It used to be that people would lump 7 in with the dip, but I maintain that 7 isn't really all that big of a decline, it's just that it comes right after what is arguably the pinnacle of the series 4-6. What is strange to me now though is that I see a little move towards lumping 6 in with the dip. I see this mostly from newbies to the series that never had to wait for any of the books. It is weird because in my heyday with the series('98-'13) 6 was very often considered 1st or 2nd in the series. I had many debates with people insisting LoC was better that Shadow Rising. I am pleased to see that fan opinion over the years seems to have largely coalesced around what has always been my opinion, which is that Shadow Rising is the best in the series. Also, I don't think the ending feels rushed. The last three books got a little sloppy on continuity at times, but I think Brandon, Maria, and Harriet did an admirable job. By that time the series was a fucking Gordian Knot of complexity. Likely the reason 8-10 saw longer times in between release and and less happening in the story(the very things that cause them to be seen as the dip) is because Jordan himself was having a difficult time navigating the quagmire he had created. Asking someone else to step in to that and stay as meticulous with continuity AND get the books out quicker than Jordan had....well, I dislike errors but I thought they were mostly forgivable. Now the last book itself had an issue to me in that it concentrated too much on the battle that all felt the same. I felt it could have reveled more in destroying the world Jordan had spent so long building. It felt like Brandon and the guy who helped him research the book(whose name escapes me right now) got a little too into reading military history and decided to write more detail than heart and soul into the last book. Of course, that is not for the whole book. There is definitely some good stuff in there. All in all it's a solid 8 as far as endings go. Which is pretty good considering the expectations to such an epic series. I've stayed away from the fandom mostly since 2013, but I've noticed that Brandon in more recent years has been more open and blunt about just how little Jordan left him on some of the storylines. While there were some sections where paragraphs at a time were written, it sounds like there was a lot less to go on overall than was generally known in the 12-14 release window.
  15. He looks like Wilbur Ross and an Easter Island statue got caught in the machine from the Fly together.
  16. The movement has a bit of reverse uncanny valley going on because it looks super close to life like, but not quite. So it looks like what we have been conditioned to expect from mo-cap. Which makes it jarring to see it from real life visuals instead of gaming or CGI graphics.
  17. I guess he didn't like the Byrd Tweet. As opposed to when Trump targeted blue states with his policies to punish them for daring to not vote for him.....
  18. People argue about what is new and/or worse about Trump as compared to the "normal" GOP but I definitely think one new thing is how Trump has made people attempt to mimic his stream of conciousness, apropo of nothing conservative brain buzzword soup. Conservatives supported Reagan, but they didn't try to sound like early stage alzheimers patients on the nightly news for him.....
  19. To me Flash has been off kilter since Crisis. It was cool how big of an event Crisis was, but it ultimately served as mainly an exit for Arrow and the fact that it took up the first half-ish of the other shows seasons meant they were kind of on hold until after Crisis happened. Then Covid happened and cut the season short so Flash was well and truly spit roasted from both ends. So then this season had to start by finishing up the meh storyline from last season(which itself never had much to it because of Crisis). On top of it all, the elimination of the multiverse was definitely a.....bold decision. It hasn't worked out great. That all said, while there has been some hamfisted writing this season I find the Godspeed and Nora stuff to be the first time the story has gotten interesting to me in a while. I really enjoyed the Reverse Flash and Nora stuff from a couple seasons back so I am interested to see what they do here.
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