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Gaming General / Re: Borderlands Sanctuary
« on: June 23, 2019, 10:54:50 PM »
finished TVHM. am a lvl50 Axton. don't have any of the unique gear you guys talk about. wondering if i should work on gear (and if so, where), or push on to UVHM.

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Diablo 3 / Re: Patch 2.6.5
« on: June 07, 2019, 10:11:33 PM »
got the same weapon i was using (karlies' point) for the gr70 primal drop. increased damage around 50%, lol

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Movies & TV / Re: What are you watching?
« on: June 05, 2019, 09:11:10 PM »
saw john wick parabellum a few weeks ago. not a great movie, but for some reason it was ridiculously entertaining.

Hint: the reason was Keanu. ;)

not wrong. he's found his niche.

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The Argument Chamber / Re: Trump continued
« on: June 03, 2019, 06:18:16 PM »
i wouldn't mind seeing his reaction to the standing ovation and MVP chant that Obama got at game 2 of the NBA finals earlier this week...

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Movies & TV / Re: What are you watching?
« on: June 03, 2019, 06:10:13 PM »
godzilla. i liked the previous one, but this was terrible. some awesome images, and Ghidorah looked fantastic, but you can get that from a few stills from the trailers. actually struggled to stay awake in the middle, and i almost never do that.

saw john wick parabellum a few weeks ago. not a great movie, but for some reason it was ridiculously entertaining.

watched the first episode of good omens as well. heavy on the exposition, as might be expected. looking forward to continuing.

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Books / Re: 2018 Reading List?
« on: June 02, 2019, 07:03:10 PM »
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15. kingdom of the blind, Louise Penny-- 3/5.
16. the witch elm, Tana French. -- 3/5.

2019:

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 3/5
11. Make Me, by Lee Child  2/5
12. Noumenon, by Marina Lostetter, 3/5

13. Tiamat's Wrath, James Corey

Finished Dissidence, by Ken Macleod. Far future hard SF, the struggle between human intentions and developing AI/emergent sentience. Decent enough story. Pretty flat characters. Have the rest of the trilogy and will get to it eventually, but it's not exactly burning to be read right now.

Read a Jack Reacher book (Make Me). probably the worst Reacher book I've read, after reading a few. more or less the definition of a vacation read. utterly forgettable. nice job if you can get it, for the author.

Read Noumenon, by Marina Lostetter. another novel that's basically a collection of short stories about successive generations on a mission to another star. similar to both medusa uploaded and semiosis in that regard. not as good as either of those, but still a decent read.

up next is tiamat's wrath, the next book in the expanse series. every time i see the title, i think of the shield from d2. had a hard time finishing noemenon when i knew i had this one waiting...

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Movies & TV / Re: Game of Thrones with spoilers
« on: June 01, 2019, 11:29:48 PM »
just finished getting caught up. was better than i expected after all the interweb backlash. that being said, much of Kas's complaints are legitimate. lots of fan service in the last episode, definitely. most of it i didn't mind, and most of it was detail anyway, not having much impact on the larger story. dany's ending was the least surprising thing in the world. jon taking responsibility for it was in keeping with his character. him going back north felt right. the night king got short shrift. the battle of winterfell was both the highlight and the biggest disappointment of the season. the stakes there seemed so much higher than what happened afterwards... the walkers were set up from the first episode, and then dispensed with early. it felt backwards. and i still think Martin will never finish the series.

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Diablo 3 / Re: Diablo 4?
« on: May 23, 2019, 07:38:51 PM »
It was really hard when it first came out.

i still think of getting one-shot by those damned wasps in act 2 whenever i see them.

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Gaming General / Re: Borderlands Sanctuary
« on: May 17, 2019, 09:41:16 AM »
when you get to Tundra Express there is a snowman on the right.  Shoot the head and you will find a fire weapon.

arghhg. thanks for that.

moving along smoothly enough now. was getting destroyed to begin with, but has gotten much easier after getting a few more levels.

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Gaming General / Re: Borderlands Sanctuary
« on: May 16, 2019, 04:04:47 PM »
sort of bored working through TVHM.

being told to go buy a fire weapon from marcus (necessary for the next story mission) only to have marcus not have one available for sale makes me simply exit the game.

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Movies & TV / Re: Game of Thrones (no spoilers)
« on: May 16, 2019, 02:49:58 PM »
I did some reading after feeling somewhat cheated after all these seasons of build up and it seems the show runners were keen to move on and so shortened the final 2 seasons substantially. Like waiting 10 years for a Porsche and when it was finally delivered discovering they dropped a Lada engine in it in order to get it delivered on time.

I hope the petition that was started to get HBO to remake season 8 makes something happen.

I even watched a 10 minute video of them explaining why what is happening makes sense. You shouldn't have to make a video to explain a plot point in any show, let alone one with the budget, following and pedigree this show has...sigh. Bad show runners, bad.

Like many have already said, I'm keen to get my hands on the books and see how it was supposed to end.

hey, benioff & weiss are doing the next star wars series with supposedly original material, so no worries, right?

i will be surprised if there's ever another book in the GoT series. the last couple books were a significant drop-off from the first few, anyway. there were intermittent episodes of the show last season that i liked quite a bit, and that was well past when the show entered non-book territory... can't speak to this season. should probably suck it up and get HBOGo so it's not entirely ruined by spoilers.

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Movies & TV / Re: Game of Thrones (no spoilers)
« on: April 30, 2019, 06:03:48 PM »
***SHAKES FIST AT **&^%*^%ing WEBSITES THAT PUT SPOILERS IN HEADLINES/LINKS***

no one here, and thank you, but arhghghgh....


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General Discussion / Re: James Mureness/Tarr
« on: April 26, 2019, 07:53:51 PM »
 :(

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

2019:

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.

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