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Movies & TV / Re: What are you watching?
« on: October 29, 2018, 07:22:29 PM »
watched the predator and venom recently. both pretty cheesy. venom was better. 

just finished season 3 of daredevil. overall a thumbs up. fair amount of backstory/character development for the supporting cast. kingpin for the win, d'onofrio's perfect.

The Argument Chamber / Re: Trump continued
« on: October 26, 2018, 01:30:29 PM »
This is just one more step in what feels like an inescapable trip to a fascist state.

was the next step pipebombs mailed to the opposition?  *check*


Diablo 3 / Re: Season 15 - Anyone playing?
« on: October 13, 2018, 09:33:21 AM »
Just figured out the IK set dungeon is ridiculously easy

yeah, if there's an easier dungeon than that one, i don't know what it is. picked barb in past seasons just for that reason.

my wizard died after i triggered unstable anomaly and unwisely forged on in a GR. started a replacement wizard; had a gem of ease and most of the replacement gear i needed (gems not included) so it hasn't taken long to get back up.

Gaming General / Re: So I fired up D2 again
« on: October 11, 2018, 03:14:30 PM »
since I got 3 Lo runes from various places in a 24-hr period after never having seen one in 17 years. 


RNG god has smiled upon you.

Books / Re: 2018 Reading List?
« on: October 09, 2018, 11:04:25 AM »
so haven't updated in ages. added the ones i remember. i think there were a bunch that i don't, but so it goes.

got caught up with the expanse series. the last book (persepolis rising) surprised me a bit right off the bat with something that i wasn't initially sure i liked, but i think ended up working reasonably well. cliffhanger as usual.

the hike; fantasy/satire with a fair amount of social commentary packed in. fantastic ending.

the great ordeal; baker's next entry in "the aspect emperor" series. the series as a whole is a step down from his "prince of nothing" series, and this book is so far the weakest of this series. fairly unpleasant reading at points. still picked up the next (and supposedly last) in the series (the unholy consult) which is in my to-read pile.

sleeping giants; meh. first in a series, don't plan to continue. giant robot/vehicle thing along the lines of pacific rim, without the monster/alien element, tho i gather that probably happens later in the series. hated the format- story was told as a series of interviews of the main characters.

contagion; also a meh. pretty standard scifi/horror stuff, seemed aimed/written at/for a teen demographic. didn't realized that when i picked it up. comparable to the 'divergent' series from what i recall of that. also a cliffhanger, also don't plan to continue the series.

autonomous in progress. so far, much more promising.

have either the previously mentioned book by baker or the tangled lands by paolo bacigalupi and tobias buckwell up next.

1. Spoonbenders, Daryl Gregory  - 2.5/5
2. Artemis, Andy Weir - 4/5
3. invasion of the body snatchers, Jack Finney - 4/5
4. the best horror of the year vol 9, ed by Ellen Datlow  - 3/5
5. the last exodus, Paul Tassi - 1/5
6. nemesis games, James Corey - 4/5

7. babylon's ashes, James Corey-  4/5
8. persepolis rising, James Corey- 4/5
9. the hike, Drew Magary - 4/5
10. the great ordeal, R Scott Baker - 3/5
11. sleeping giants, Sylvain Neuvel, 2/5
12. contagion, Erin Bowman, 2/5

13. autonomous, Annalee Newitz- in progress

Movies & TV / Re: Doctor Who
« on: October 08, 2018, 07:57:46 PM »
it's like star wars or trek. if you watched it growing up, it's probably stuck with you. without that attachment, it's probably harder to get into. Who's been around for over 50yrs now... big fan base due to longevity if nothing else.

we bought the new season on appletv but have yet to watch the premier. was able to get my wife hooked on it during tennant's run and then with smith, tho we both fell away for capaldi. cautiously optimistic for the new season.

Diablo 3 / Re: Season 15 - Anyone playing?
« on: October 07, 2018, 06:53:25 AM »

this lists them.

Diablo 3 / Re: Season 15 - Anyone playing?
« on: October 06, 2018, 08:16:46 PM »
there should be an icon in the upper right, that when clicked displays a list of the things you need to do for the season journey. I don't know if it is visible when you're in campaign mode; you may have to switch to adventure mode to see it. you get partial set rewards at different points, and the full set on completion of the 4th (?) tier of the journey. you may be right about it being grindier than you want if you're fed up with the campaign, but it's not really that bad to get the set. it's mostly "kill this monster at this difficulty level or higher", "complete bounties in act X" or "craft this item" kind of stuff. these things are mostly easy if you're using the set skill bonuses and otherwise have the sort of stuff you should be finding along the way. probably the most "grindy" is soloing a GR20; you may have to do a few rifts to unlock up to the 20. to put things in perspective, most of the grinders are doing GRs well above 70.

Diablo 3 / Re: Season 15 - Anyone playing?
« on: October 02, 2018, 01:32:37 PM »
playing a wizard right now after some time away from the game. got this season's pet, which was my only real goal. will probably continue playing for a bit as long as i'm having fun. trying to see how much i can get out of skills i haven't used much in the past, but not super interested if/when it comes down to just leveling gems and pushing GRs.

The Argument Chamber / Re: Trump continued
« on: September 28, 2018, 08:48:31 PM »
Maybe Kavanaugh will withdraw now.

he doesn't have that in him.

can't wait to see the contortions if judge says ford's statement's true. i might die of schadenfreude.

The Argument Chamber / Re: Trump continued
« on: September 27, 2018, 05:35:01 PM »
anyone watch any of the Kavanaugh hearing today? winning personality he's got there.

General Discussion / Re: Epic thread of win
« on: September 21, 2018, 09:23:08 PM »
dang, that'll leave a mark.

General Discussion / Re: Epic thread of win
« on: September 20, 2018, 06:13:42 PM »

General Discussion / Re: Epic thread of win
« on: September 11, 2018, 03:15:29 PM »

The Argument Chamber / Re: Trump continued
« on: September 05, 2018, 08:37:50 PM »
so this (anonymous op-ed by someone in the administration, apparently) was published in the NY times today.

between this and the woodward book...

maybe they're trying to get trump to have a stroke.

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