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General Discussions / Re: Today In The News
« Last post by Kevadu on April 20, 2017, 09:04:04 PM »
So Alex Jones, the ultra-right-wing racist lunatic behind Infowars, is currently involved in a child custody case.  The interesting thing here is that as part of this case his lawyer is claiming that his whole hate-filled shtick is "performance art", not his true beliefs.

It's good to have that clear and out in the open now.  Somebody ought to inform his fervent followers...which happen to include the president of the United States...
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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« Last post by dalucifer0 on April 20, 2017, 08:07:22 PM »
Today I learned the lesson of adding coworkers as friends on Facebook. Had to remove most of them tonight.
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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings!
« Last post by Aeolus on April 20, 2017, 07:59:57 PM »
Agents of Shield Art Online: Goddammit Simmons & whatever your name is this week Daisy! That is not how you infiltrate an alternate reality. Also, goddamn, I am amazed to see that the writers still remember Trip and got him back. Too bad they can't do the same to Bill Paxton.


Anyone catch the premier of Doctor Who season 10, "The Pilot"?  I know there's a Doctor Who thread, but wasn't sure it was worth necro-ing or not.

Its literally the eighth thread down from the top. Necro dat bitch natch.


Given that I had some downtime for spring break this week, I watched a couple of episodes of this SyFy show called The Magicians because folks around me had been talking about it, saying it was a "more grown-up Harry Potter" and all.  I had heard about the show and read a free sample of the first book for my Kindle and I thought the read was terrible.  Here's what I said in the book thread several months badk.

 
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Oh, and because I heard about some SyFy series called The Magicians that is based on a book series, I decided to get sample of the first book for my Kindle.  The premise seems sound- a more "grown up" Harry Potter where instead of real-world kids being whisked off to a magical school at age 10, real world teens are whisked off to a magical university at age 18.  And apparently, it also has some Narnia type elements.  Anyway, I figured "ehhh, why not" and read the free sample. 

The sample was terrible. 

For starters, the book initially takes place in Brooklyn NY, yet the three teenage characters spoke very stiffly, overly formally, and very "English."  Like, there was no Brooklyn swagger in any of their speech.  I get that these were the most elite students in the gifted/talented program, but I'd expect they would still talk/interact like city-dwelling teenagers.  The awkward kid was too restrained (clearly not from Brooklyn), the confident kid wasn't cocky enough (clearly not from Brooklyn), and the girl (who the awkward kid crushes on) had no personality (again, clearly not from Brooklyn.)  I also felt that the author's narrative style, his sentence structure and his word choice, was too English.  There as nothing American about it, and when a book is set in America it needs to "feel" American.  Apparently the author (Lev Grossman) is American and from Brooklyn, so I don't know if he's trying to be sardonic and parodical in his work (like typical British dry-wit humor), but it comes off as just asinine.  At least British humor has a little "wink wink" but with this, I can't tell if it's meant to be parody or meant to be taken seriously.  It doesn't even give me the satisfaction of laughing AT it rather than WITH it and just comes off as insipid and amateurish writing. 

That being said, I would like to revisit a fantasy/magical school setting.  The Magicians seemed like it would be a good fit for me, especially since it's a college setting with older characters in more adult situations, but I can't get over the dreck writing.

So, I wondered if the show would be any better.  It was not.  The acting was completely wooden, the characters had less personality than stale unsalted rice cakes, the scripting (both the event scripting and dialogue) felt very juvenile, and the visual effects often looked chintzy.  Again, the concept of "mature Harry Potter" is nice, but if the creators' definition of maturity is simply "getting drunk, partying, hooking up, and dropping the F-bomb every other word" then I question their maturity, creativity, and savvy. 

Yet the book AND the TV show seem to get positive reviews from critics and viewers.  And a part of me is left wondering if I'm missing something here.  Whatever.  I'm not wasting any more time with poorly written drivel that is The Magicians novel nor life-sapping swill that is The Magicians TV show. 

To end on a positive note, the one thing the series (both book and TV) seems to do well is illustrating the difficulty and complexity of learning magic.  It's like learning a complex language like Mandarin Chinese where simply saying a syllable at a low vs high pitch changes its meaning.  Except these subtleties lie both in words and hand movements.  It's not just simply waving a wand and saying some Latin or Latin-esque words.

The other problem with "Mature Harry Potter" is that it already exists as "Harry Potter and the last 3 main books" (or the comedy option of J.K. Rowling's attempts at retconning the sailed ships in the most 'Maury' way possible).
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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« Last post by Aeolus on April 20, 2017, 07:44:27 PM »
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That leaves the question: clone or amnesia/brainwashing?


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How about all of the above?


And don't worry about Cagalli's retardation, she'll be Chuck Cunningham'd again in very short order (and her VA wouldn't reprise the role until sometime around
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late 2015/early 2016 for a GGen game).
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General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« Last post by Aeolus on April 20, 2017, 07:22:23 PM »
Pulling your FE husbando/waifu without spending ludicrous amounts of money is how you win the game.

Then I guess I won, unless Nephenee somehow makes it in.
Well if we are using that definition of winning then it is basically impossible for me to win because Ayra still isn't in. :(

Same.


As for Zephiel, I was having trouble right up until I recalled that I had those Skill Seals, a point of Spd for Ursula enabled her to double the Mages, and the HP+3 for Gunter allowed him to tank Zephiel + Reprisal with exactly 1 HP remaining.

Now I can finally assemble an Armor Only team worth half a damn (I'll probably even Feather him to 5 star just so that I can have his weapon's Def Debuff effect so that the rest of my Armor team can actually contribute to fights rather than die at speeds somewhere between really fucking slowly and instantaneously).
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General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« Last post by Ranadiel on April 20, 2017, 06:20:57 PM »
Pulling your FE husbando/waifu without spending ludicrous amounts of money is how you win the game.

Then I guess I won, unless Nephenee somehow makes it in.
Well if we are using that definition of winning then it is basically impossible for me to win because Ayra still isn't in. :(
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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« Last post by Ranadiel on April 20, 2017, 06:14:54 PM »
Watched the first two episodes of Destiny, and wow, Neo? That's the alias they're going with? That's kinda lame...
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But I'm glad to have him back! Makes sense that they put the mask on him, but it's so obvious...

That leaves the question: clone or amnesia/brainwashing?

I don't think the first one is quite right, because 00 sort of did that and I doubt they would have lifted that potential for drama right from Destiny. I mean, it's a good twist if there is are people around who care about the original and have to cope with someone having the same face but not being the same person, but if SEED did it, there'd be weird for 00 to do something very similar.

Plus, there's the whole thing with the helmet. Why go through the trouble of changing that in later editions to give a hint he survived if he did not in fact survive?


By the way, is it me or are the characters all kind of acting much dumber than they're supposed to be? Yes, Athrun, put the important representative in a mook mobile suit with you, that will work out great. Sure, Cagalli, reveal Athrun's real name to the military minutes after he introduced using an alias. And of course, three special prototypes get stolen by special teenagers, and someone blasts another hole in a space colony. I'm starting to think this is kind of like a yearly thing. We have stuff like garlic day, they have 'youths steal prototype mecha' day.

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Maybe they retcon it so that they recovered his body in one piece and then cloned that? Or maybe they recovered his body and performed brain surgery to give someone loyal to them an awesome new body? Maybe Neo is unrelated to Mu and they removed the helmet so that people would speculate that Neo is Mu and then totally catch them by surprise! This is Destiny after all, all bets are off in terms of where the story will go. Only one way to find out, go to Wikipedia!...or I guess keep watching.


Side note, since you mentioned his name, I feel like I should point out what Roanoke is because that is obscure trivia outside of North America (I assume). Roanoke is the name of a colony in modern day North Carolina that just vanished one day and no one knows how or why. Do his name is pretty much "New Lost Colony." Take that as you will.

And yes the characters get hit with the idiot stick a lot in the first half of Destiny. They sometimes get hit with it in the second half, but I think it is less often.
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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« Last post by Kevadu on April 20, 2017, 05:47:48 PM »
I would say that the minivan's stigma stems directly from its practicality.  They are vehicles intended first and foremost for hauling around lots of people.  Not for hauling and cool, manly stuff.  That's what trucks are for.  And who actually needs to haul around a lot of people on a regular basis?  Families.  Thus the minivan is very much a family vehicle.

Also, they are fairly large vehicles and as such they're not cheap and don't get great fuel economy.  At the same time they're not exactly fun to drive the way a sports car is.  Most people wouldn't buy one unless they really needed it.
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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« Last post by natros on April 20, 2017, 05:31:30 PM »
Minivans certainly have a “soccer dad” stigma. …One with which I will never be associated. I recognize their potential awesomeness for road trips, but I’d still never buy one. I’d sooner have a station wagon (grew up with awesome 80s wagons being driven by my dad), or hatchback, even though they don’t have as much cargo space. I personally tend to travel light, anyway.


I am proud that my Mazda’s beautiful blue color stands out in a vast sea of boring shades. I will never buy a shaded car, ...if I can help it.
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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings!
« Last post by Dincrest on April 20, 2017, 05:14:44 PM »
I don't keep up with Dr. Who, but it's definitely a show I like to watch when I have down time.  My mom was a Dr. Who fanatic back when she was living in England and loves the newer series and all the different iterations of the doctor. 
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