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  1. In Topic: COVID-19 (aka Coronavirus, aka 2019-nCoV)

    23 May 2020 - 03:40 PM

    One note on the Swedish model - the testing seems to suggest that Stockholm has an infection rate of 2.3% - and they've had many deaths (I think because they're able to identify COVID-19 related morbidity better than places like the US). That's a very low prevalence number to have the effects they're having and I'm worried that this means over the next 4 years or so (the amount of time it'd take to get to herd immunity in Sweden), that great amounts of harm will be incurred.
  2. In Topic: COVID-19 (aka Coronavirus, aka 2019-nCoV)

    23 May 2020 - 03:36 PM

    I'm generally of the opinion that economic costs can be borne much, much more readily than having tens of thousands of people die or suffer permanent damage to their health. Right now, what's scaring us in NYC is that dozens of healthy children dying and/or having organ failures due to something like Kawasaki syndrome brought upon them by COVID-19 (https://www.nytimes....e-new-york.html).

    Economies can be rebuilt - debt can be incurred, healthcare can be given to all, and so on. Money and stock markets are not worth people's lives and well-being. The people dying now in the US are often from minority groups and lower income groups. William Gibson's famous quote of "the future is already here - it's just not evenly distributed" comes with a savage bite here because whether open or closed, these people are who will take the most harm.
  3. In Topic: Justice League: The Snyder Cut

    23 May 2020 - 03:21 PM

    View PostQuickTidal, on 22 May 2020 - 09:22 PM, said:

    View Postamphibian, on 22 May 2020 - 07:35 PM, said:

    Sucker Punch is a badly executed, greyishly pretty mess. I got the general ideas he and the rest of the movie team were going for, but the actual execution of the writing/story structures left the characters in a weird self aware of exploitation yet unable to do anything about it zone that doesn't work.

    Also, if one structures a movie around a life changing dance - ya gotta show the dance at some point instead of cutting away from it every time.


    It just always seemed like a fever dream bit of a movie with pop culture stuff rammed in...and that simply never appealed to me as a movie subject.

    The idea was to make it fever dream-like with some rad imagery (the samurai with a gatling gun thing Aptorian mentioned) while also having it be a self-aware movie about the exploitation of women by men.

    Unfortunately, the writing isn't solid enough to actually get the women characters past being aware that they're being exploited, so it ends up in this weird zone of "aware, but not actually clever or agile enough to move somewhere good with this".

    So it kind of is a movie with a nobler purpose than you'd expect from the imagery, but fails on numerous fronts with executing the story beats and elevating it past "exploitation of attractive women". Worth watching if you have the time/patience to take it apart and realize why it doesn't work. Otherwise, I'd avoid it.
  4. In Topic: Reading at t'moment?

    22 May 2020 - 10:43 PM

     Aptorian, on 22 May 2020 - 08:30 PM, said:

    I can see Martha Wellshas written a lot of stuff. I got the first 3 books in "The Books of Raksura" series she wrote from an older Humble Bundle.

    Anyone read them? First one's called the Cloud Roads. Sound sort of YA.

    They're not young adult, but the conflicts and resolutions are much more like CJ Cherryh's Foreigner series than an action series. I like them quite a bit and Wells as an author too.
  5. In Topic: Justice League: The Snyder Cut

    22 May 2020 - 07:35 PM

    Sucker Punch is a badly executed, greyishly pretty mess. I got the general ideas he and the rest of the movie team were going for, but the actual execution of the writing/story structures left the characters in a weird self aware of exploitation yet unable to do anything about it zone that doesn't work.

    Also, if one structures a movie around a life changing dance - ya gotta show the dance at some point instead of cutting away from it every time.

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    EmperorMagus 

    13 Apr 2015 - 21:01
    I love how well you write in discussions. It's like a far more articulate version of me saying things I want to say.
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    Terez 

    26 Nov 2014 - 09:15
    I needed an excuse to change my profile status so I used it to respond to your incredulity that I am still alive.
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    QuickTidal 

    29 Nov 2012 - 20:46
    Um, the NEW SANDMAN trades have the Absolute -recolouring-...but the older trades don't. You can see a comparison here at the link below and personally I think it's staggeringly different for tonal value of the panels. http://www.comicsalliance.com/2010/09/23/absolute-sandman-recoloring/
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    Illuyankas 

    17 Aug 2012 - 16:02
    Oh, and cheers for calling me out on the pics on the election thread, I have a bad habit of not registering if a thread's in Discussion or not but I will cut down on the no content posts there.
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    Terez 

    05 May 2012 - 04:34
    heh, sorry, didn't mean to make it look like you were resentful of my presence or anything. I just felt most comfortable approaching you about it. As QT mentioned there are others who feel the same as him. I'll still be around, but I'm just saying I wouldn't be offended. :p
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    Terez 

    05 May 2012 - 04:11
    By the way, if you guys want to have a Terez-free WoT thread, I wouldn't object to that. To be honest, I probably won't be discussing WoT online much longer anyway. It's not good for me. ;) I'm told some people feel like they have to defend a dissertation to discuss WoT with me. Not true, really, but I get it.
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    Greyfrog32 

    11 Jan 2012 - 20:26
    and dont be rude you little bastard
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    LinearPhilosopher 

    09 Nov 2011 - 03:48
    You doubled back for GOTM and DG? tell me did you read them in the correct order?personally i read DG b4 GOTM
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    Guest 

    06 Jul 2011 - 14:53
    I will look into getting my hands on it :) By myself.
    Have you seen Valhalla Rising?
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    Guest 

    06 Jul 2011 - 14:46
    I saw you said something about Winter's Bone, I recently watched it :D I liked it :D
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    HoosierDaddy 

    11 Jun 2011 - 06:43
    I have not. I'll see it at some point.
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    Mrs Savagely Wishy Washy 

    13 Apr 2011 - 14:24
    dude. you repped my big lebowski quote. that deserves at least a big fat thank you, and a Sioux City Sarsaparilla. I hear they're good. (or a caucasian).
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    Mrs Savagely Wishy Washy 

    12 Apr 2011 - 07:04
    why thankyou (-:
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    HoosierDaddy 

    11 Dec 2010 - 07:00
    They've been awful for years, 18 has always made them look better. Enough injuries all over the field to finally show off how awful they are this year.
    Still, dangerous team. Only one position (SS) that can't be replaced by players coming back from injury for playoffs.
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    Whisperzzzzzzz 

    09 Aug 2010 - 22:37
    Wait, I retract my previous statements. You're right :P
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