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Books / Re: 2018 Reading List?
« on: April 22, 2019, 07:55:40 PM »
15. kingdom of the blind, Louise Penny-- 3/5.
16. the witch elm, Tana French. -- 3/5.


1. Binti, Nnedi Okorafor. 4.5/5
2. Snowblind, Christopher Golden. 2/5
3. Blackfish City, Sam Miller. 3/5
4. Medusa Uploaded, Emily Devenport. 4/5
5. Semiosis, by Sue Burke. 5/5
6. Binti: home, by Nnedi Okorafor 4/5

7. Lagoon, by Nnedi Okorafor 4/5
8. Revenger, by Alastair Reynolds 4/5
9. Shadow Captain, Alastair Reynolds. 3/5

10. Dissidence, by Ken Macleod-- in progress

Read another (Lagoon) by Okorafor, not connected to the Binti series. Alien ship lands in the water off Lagos, Nigeria; social unrest ensues. The city was practically a character by itself.

Read two by Alastair Reynolds, Revenger and a direct sequel. Not obviously connected to his previous series. Far future SF, set in this solar system although that wasn't clear until he mentioned a few place names in the second book. not an optimistic outlook here-- think of the expanse after a dozen cycles of societal collapse. more of an adventure flavor than his other stuff, some horror mixed in but that's not unusual for the author. Revenger stood well enough on its own; Shadow Captain ended with a cliffhanger. Next book not out yet... :(

About halfway through Dissidence, first book in the Corporation Wars trilogy by Ken Macleod. Also far future hard SF.

The Argument Chamber / Re: Trump continued
« on: April 17, 2019, 10:39:13 PM »
real? or from the onion? you decide!

"Ivanka Trump says she passed on her fatherís offer to lead World Bank"

Movies & TV / Re: What are you watching?
« on: April 17, 2019, 09:27:29 PM »
Not important enough for it's own thread really, so I'll just hijack here.

Cowboy Bebop is going to be a live-action Netflix series. I am totally unsure how I feel about this.

you might feel more unsure when you see the casting. i know i did.

Movies & TV / Re: Rise of Skywalker
« on: April 15, 2019, 01:50:30 PM »
I am getting the impression that they are going to try to 'fix' some of the problems of SW8.  Which if that is the case makes me really mad.  It speaks to the fact that they didn't have a good vision for the story arc from SW7-9.  They should be telling us to hold tight, that it will all come together in a way that makes sense. 

agree that there should've been a well-planned story arc. seemed clear after the last jedi that there was not.

I will go see SW9 when it comes out and I am looking forward to it.  But I have long ago given up hope for SW stories that go in a direction I think makes sense.  It is one of the reason I enjoyed Rogue One and the Han Solo movie so much.

loved Rogue One, hated Solo. prequels almost always suck (while technically a prequel, rogue one had an entirely new cast with no predetermined fate). plus, ford's shoes were way too big for the guy that replaced him. plus, ron howard hasn't directed anything good in years.

Movies & TV / Re: Avengers Endgame
« on: April 15, 2019, 01:40:57 PM »
I need to fire up the last Avengers movie before Endgame comes out. I really want to watch it with my wife so I can see her reaction when Thanos snaps his fingers.

I may be a bad person.


my wife seems more excited than i am about the next movie, but she loved captain marvel and is eager to see more of that character. usually hard to get her to see anything in the theater much less a comic book movie, but she's even talked about going back and watching a couple of the previous movies in preparation. highly unlikely that'll actually happen, i think.

fwiw, the trailer for this gives away less than is the norm these days.

Movies & TV / Re: Rise of Skywalker
« on: April 14, 2019, 08:05:33 PM »

i liked the trailer. but, star wars trailers are almost always good even when the movies aren't.

I think the title is kinda wacky.  This is the last one, right?  Or at least the last one to follow the Skywalker family?  So why the "Rise" of Skywalker?

it threw me too at first, but the entire 9 piece set is supposed to be about the skywalkers, isn't it? the subtitle makes more sense in that light. think "the dark knight rises"... also the last in a trilogy.

Movies & TV / Re: What are you watching?
« on: March 29, 2019, 06:55:49 PM »
Saw the newer Blade Runner. Fucking amazing. Every bit as good as the original, and the zen style really appealed to me. The minimalist versions are my favorites of the original as well. Highly, highly recommended.


villenueve is one of my favorite directors right now. can't wait to see how his Dune remake turns out.

Movies & TV / Re: What are you watching?
« on: March 28, 2019, 08:03:04 PM »
Love, Death & Robots!

just finished this. mostly good, a few were great. nice to see a couple stories by alastair reynolds in the mix!

finished The Umbrella Academy a few day ago too. skippable.

Books / Re: 2018 Reading List?
« on: March 19, 2019, 04:23:09 PM »
15. kingdom of the blind, Louise Penny-- 3/5.
16. the witch elm, Tana French. -- 3/5.


1. Binti, Nnedi Okorafor. 4.5/5
2. Snowblind, Christopher Golden. 2/5
3. Blackfish City, Sam Miller. 3/5
4. Medusa Uploaded, Emily Devenport. 4/5
5. Semiosis, by Sue Burke. 5/5

5. Finished Semiosis. excellent. human colony on a new planet. each chapter told by a character in subsequent generations, tho there is some back and forth between generations near the end and a few sections are told from an alien's POV. interesting structure, interesting story, interesting take on a first contact situation. best book i've read in a while. would be deserving of a hugo win.

6. Binti: home, by Nnedi Okorafor-- in progress. longer than the initial novella, tho not by much. good follow-up story. will probably be finishing it in the next day or two. would probably have finished it the other night if i didn't get yelled at for keeping the light on too late.

Diablo 3 / Re: Season 16: The Season of Grandeur
« on: March 19, 2019, 04:13:28 PM »
congrats!  8)

The Argument Chamber / Re: UK general election
« on: March 13, 2019, 07:57:34 PM »
they'll end up with an extension. it's a giant game of chicken at this point.

General Discussion / Re: Marijuana
« on: March 10, 2019, 05:53:10 PM »
seeing more marijuana toxicity cases at work. apparently there's a population of dogs that love eating left over goodies. effects are about what you'd expect. usually not serious tho i did see a dog hospitalized for an extended period when i was in school. concentrated oils can be bad.

best anecdote: dog #1 ate a tray of pot brownies, barfed all over the backyard. treated with supportive care, did just fine. unbeknownst to the family, dog #2 decided that eating the chocolate pot barf was an excellent idea. ended up with more serious symptoms. all was well in the end, but dogs are gross.

Books / Re: 2018 Reading List?
« on: March 08, 2019, 03:02:27 PM »
not sure there's enough activity here to justify a new thread. but to wrap up last year's list...

15. kingdom of the blind, Louise Penny-- 3/5. mystery, set in quebec. two parallel stories; the minor one being a continuation of the arc through the entire series and the major one being a new independent story. a lot of this series has had this sort or structure. in this one, the primary story was not as interesting and much less important than the minor (ongoing) thread. so it goes. apparently Penny didn't plan to continue the series before she ended up writing this book, but then she did and the ending was open-ended, so guessing there will be more. will read them if they appear.

realized looking at the stack of books in my read pile that i forgot to list the witch elm last year, so here it is:

16. the witch elm, Tana French. -- 3/5. she writes a series of police procedurals set in/around Dublin. a continuation here, the twist being it was told from the perspective of the primary suspect. was a fun twist, tho it probably still wasn't as good as her first few books in the series. would also continue this series.


1. Binti, Nnedi Okorafor. 4.5/5. hugo and nebula winning novella in its year. can see why it won. short, just under 100pg. far future SF, sort of an alien first-contact story. have the next in this series in the to-read pile.

2. Snowblind, Christopher Golden. 2/5. meh. similar to an average dean koontz book. there's a niche there. fast read, not particularly satisfying.

3. Blackfish City, Sam Miller. 3/5. near future SF, interesting spin on post-apocalyptic scifi, tho that element was mostly background here. took a bit to really get into it, but finished well. would read another by the author.

4. Medusa Uploaded, Emily Devenport. 4/5. far future SF, politics/revolution on a generation ship. great start but meandered a bit. would also read more by this author.

5. Semiosis, by Sue Burke-- off to a promising start.

Gaming General / Re: Games to look at on PC
« on: February 26, 2019, 01:40:01 PM »
thanks for the advice.

playing axton, just ticked over to level 38.

decided to wait on the DLC, and push through tvhm as fast as possible.

Gaming General / Re: Games to look at on PC
« on: February 25, 2019, 06:18:21 PM »
If you find you love and want to play through UVHM I would recommend one path.  If not I will recommend another.

i would appreciate those suggestions! just finished the main story on normal. not sure about playing to UVHM.

edit: i dipped a toe into the tiny tina stuff as per the rec above, and promptly started getting 1-shot by creatures. gear/lvl problems, i assume.

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