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  1. In Topic: Netflix to produce The Witcher tv series

    08 January 2020 - 10:48 AM

    View Postamphibian, on 08 January 2020 - 03:06 AM, said:

    I'm not going to engage with you. Using John Wayne as Genghis Khan in a racist movie for your talking point here means you aren't in any frame of reference that's reasonable.

    Same right back at you. Unsurprising, but still disappointing.
  2. In Topic: The USA politics thread -

    07 January 2020 - 10:46 PM

    View PostTiste Simeon, on 06 January 2020 - 11:41 AM, said:

    Let me tell you who he was angry with. The rich and powerful leaders who cared more about money and being seen to be more holy than others and claimed that by taking more they were doing God's work.

    Sounds like celebrities ;)


    Not immigrants. Heck the good Samaritan parable is all about how ancient tribal and nationalistic differences don't matter, it's what's in your heart that counts.

    It also doesn't say anything about citizenship.
    I'd say that illegal immigration actually gives the greatest gains to the rich. They gain a fully disposable resource of labor that they can pay next to nothing and threaten with deportation if they get uppity. In the meantime it also keeps the local lower and middle class in check when they get ideas about getting paid more. It's like skipping the 'trickle down' part of 'trickle down economics' by bringing in more and more glasses to interrupt the stream.

    View PostGorefest, on 06 January 2020 - 12:35 PM, said:

    It's organised religion. You can make it measure up with anything you want it to measure up with. Each to their own, and I think it is great when people find peace and purpose in faith on a personal level. But as soon as religion is practised in a ritualised/organised fashion, no matter which religion you pick, it tends to get fucked up and used for dodgy goals.

    There's some differences in severity, though, between groups and places. Not everywhere you could feel safe as a, in order of increasing danger:
    1. Heretic
    2. Heathen
    3. Atheist
    4. Apostate
    The trick seems to be the secularization of law, public life and discourse.
    I might've given Christians a bad name in the past but I've grown to appreciate my luck.
  3. In Topic: Netflix to produce The Witcher tv series

    07 January 2020 - 10:21 PM

    View Postamphibian, on 07 January 2020 - 07:52 PM, said:

    But this is a situation where the planet they're on did not have humans prior to the Conjunction of the Spheres. They traveled there from elsewhere and as a result, people everywhere have a ton of different skin colors.

    See, this is just as much of an assumption as the contrary, since details about the arrivals of the humans are scarce, though what I do have is ships arriving at the shores near the mouth of Pontar and Yaruga, for humans. A most modest soujourn. As much as your point is interesting, I very much doubt the humans of this world would share the space outside their respective source kingdoms or whatnot. Prejudice here doesn't end on ear shape.


    I understand that the books and the games are heavily linked into a Polish heritage, but this makes sense for the TV show. It looks good and it lets some great actors do their jobs on-screen without penalty for their non-white skin color. That's worth a lot.

    See, turning this around and saying it was important for John Wayne to do his job on-screen without penalty for his white skin color when playing Genghis Khan doesn't sound quite as awesome, does it? For a pre-existing character, you cast to fit the role.
    It's the difference between making Liet Kynes a woman so she can be Stilgar's wife and Chani's mother, adding complexity to the relations between characters (mind you, I still don't like it but that's just because I'm a purist when it comes to adaptations), and making Liet Kynes a woman because it's 2020 and it's about time.


    I agree that Calanthe being an elf murderer is a great move. It makes Ciri and her destiny a more complex thing. It creates a question of "would she just ignore this and continue being a human Cintra above all royal like her grandmother?" It brings the elf genocide into the story in a way that characters other than Geralt and Jaskier experience.

    The tensions between human and non human are constantly popping up in the show and that's a good thing.

    Nilfgard being off screen and treated like a civil war hotbed was a smart move. It makes the invasion force led by Cahir and Fringilla more of a surprise.

    It turns Cintra from a victim of imperialism (at least outwardly, it's hard to talk about plot points fully without long-term spoilers) into a victim of their hubris. It's a significant change even without diving into the wild world of real life analogues for events and countries in the books.
    Also the nature of the racial violence is warped. What was mob rule pogroms, here is shown as a military campaign. The difference seems small, but is essential.

    Oh and - civil war hotbed is one thing, dirt poor backwater is another. At this point this was an empire spanning an area just about larger than the northern kingdoms combined.

    These plot differences may not seem like much now, but they cast a long shadow for the future.
  4. In Topic: Ye Big Videogames Thread

    07 January 2020 - 07:35 PM

    So I hear Gothic's being remade. I'm definitely going to get it, and I encourage you to try it if you've no stomach for the original.
  5. In Topic: Dark Souls

    07 January 2020 - 07:34 PM

    About 110 hours in, I have to say this was quite a blast. I can feel the interest burning out, and I've got Kingdom Come: Deliverance queued up next, but I can totally understand and get behind the hype about this game.

    Something could be said about combat balance (going into heavy armor is largely gimping yourself, isn't it?) and uneven difficulty, but it's definitely one of the better games I played in the past 10 years, that's for sure.


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    12 Dec 2019 - 15:13
    and again mate
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    12 Dec 2018 - 19:52
    Happy birthday
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    20 May 2017 - 10:27
    Hey dude, what's up?
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    16 Apr 2013 - 21:38
    Replied to your fitness questions, didn't see it until I had posted my workout shit from today :P
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    01 Sep 2012 - 09:01
    soon, soon! And not 24/7, living with some compatriots for now so it's almost like back home ;)
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    01 Sep 2012 - 06:31
    So how's it going, what with all the having-to-speak-English-24/7-now? Making phat lootz yet?
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    15 Jun 2012 - 06:09
    The most awesome US President ever, Theodore Roosevelt
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    15 Jun 2012 - 05:33
    Your sig.
    where is it from?
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    10 Jun 2012 - 22:40
    rep should read " wow! I want to visit now ... but maybe not Auschwitz" :P
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    Lady Atheilen 

    22 May 2012 - 23:58
    Missed you, you snarky Polish bastard. :)
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    11 Apr 2012 - 14:49
    I think that other composers get their due from others besides me, so I try not to worry about that aspect of it too much. There are some lesser-known composers that I'm interested in, and some greater-known composers that I think are highly overrated.
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    11 Apr 2012 - 14:42
    By the way, it's just my nature to get fixated on things. I'm more fixated on Chopin biographically than Bach, because his life is more interesting, but I'm equally fixated on them musically. I'm fixated on WoT. I have always been like that. Not sure if srs about me not giving other composers their due, or if it just annoys you because I always talk about it. I'd guess the latter. :p
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    22 Jan 2012 - 02:07
    'A reference to both my heritage and sex' - Classy, as ever :D
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    21 Jan 2012 - 18:13
    Indeed. A reference to both my heritage and sex, as well as a slight reference to the series.
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    Gust Hubb 

    21 Jan 2012 - 17:50
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