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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Drinks are on the Supreme Court
« on: May 21, 2019, 08:05:17 am »
As I've said multiple times, after watching a Queen commanding magic beasties lay waste to armies and cities, they decided to find the next best person with incredibly exploitable and unnatural powers and make him King?

Good job everyone.  Twenty years from now, people talking shit about him are going to get pecked to death in the streets...possibly before they can even actually say anything.  Though not taking any of Grey Worm's shit was a good start.

I felt Tyrion's comments were a nice nod to the argument between Varys and Littlefinger about the nature of the realm.
His murderous impulses are clearly tempered by the power of autism. Until he Wargs Drogon (the only thing he had any interest in in his kingdoms council meeting) and declares himself God Emperor.

Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Drinks are on the Supreme Court
« on: May 20, 2019, 09:40:54 pm »
My Game of thrones take... Played it safe. Not disappointed but not satisfied either. A lot of lavish iconography but minimal plot development. The resolution through melodrama for the first plotline I felt rang hollow. The resolution for the kingdom, was less so, but still felt off.
Poochie flew away to his home planet where I assume at some point he will get voiced by Sean Connery.
Since the books ran out they have avoided using a lot of dialog, and everyone but Tyrion came off clunky and big leaps occur based on small lines.
I think of Twin peaks from a couple of years ago, which I loved, but has a deliberately dissatisfying ending, a literal "you can never go home". But everything else about that was trying something artistically interesting, this is just trying to ring the right notes successfully and it did that in a very wobbly fashion.

The horse drawing  sums it up well. Seasons 1-3 were detailed rich stories driven by excellent dialog and unexpected story telling. This, was a crude approximation of that.

« on: May 20, 2019, 11:45:53 am »
True, like when your favorite bar gets rid of the sawdust on the floor and doesn't smell of the blue stuff from the Urinals it's just not the same

« on: May 20, 2019, 09:02:57 am »
The forum has only recently started showing the seeds of new life and has had some interesting discussions of late, but it is still relatively quiet around here.
A big row is likely to pour water over that. If you are going to have at it, just be aware of that that is the likely outcome.

« on: May 18, 2019, 05:57:06 pm »

I am quite looking forward to Boris Johnson or whatever prince who was promised going to the EU and being handed Mays deal, and being told to take the deal or take the hike

Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Drinks are on the Supreme Court
« on: May 15, 2019, 09:26:16 am »
I think it's simpler then that. I think they meticulously constructed the character development scenes from the books, highlighting and using the dialog which gave the show it's strength.
They are not good at writing dialogue so they are not as adventurous with it. Without that connective tissue you get an acceleration from plot point to plot point. Take the dumb Euron vs Jamie fight. On both sides we could have seen build up, Euron threatened because he can't replace Jamie in Cersies heart, Jamie trying to move on with his life and be with Brianne but knowing thats not the right life for him. It wouldn't take much, a scene or two on either side to set up a dramatic tension. Without that connective tissue, it just becomes, asshole wanders out of the see and sees his girlfriends ex and decides to fight him for some reason.

Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Drinks are on the Supreme Court
« on: May 14, 2019, 11:30:51 pm »
I can see it playing it out in one of two ways, Dany is confronted by john, dragon fires him which wont harm him, and the remaining people around depose her, possibly killing her, john is named as king but refuses and goes north of the wall to live in exile.
Or John tries to talk Dany down, someone kills him, and she goes off the rails and is also killed.

In either case neither end up with the crown. That doesn't leave a whole lot of options: Yora... unlikely. Sansa, maybe. Bronn, would be funny and probably a good cyclical loop back to pig ignorant Robert, not sure how to be king but good at what he does, would also complete the running joke about him getting a castle: He gets kings landing but it is a fixer upper.

I'm not sure if it was foreshadowing or not but the dragon fire blowing up green from the buildings to me implies Cersie expected Danys worst imulses, and has rigged the whole city to blow and potentially kill the final dragon.

Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Drinks are on the Supreme Court
« on: May 14, 2019, 09:56:56 am »
Spoiler feelings for game of thrones - not really gone on the last episode.

The story beats make sense from an overall perspective (which makes sense as the overall outline was given to the show writers), but how they arrive at those points tends to be in really stupid ways.
A slow decent into madness and what should feel like a tragic moment or a tipping point instead comes across as almost petulant. We never get a feel that she is trapped into her decisions, instead it's more the first bump in the road that is met after season after season of resounding success in every venture triggers the irredeemable nuclear option. Gradually escalating feelings of being trapped and desperation leading to the ol Targarian madness would have made sense for the character. Instead we get the arc accelerated to the point that it is the portrayal of a sore winner jealous of her partner and driven by avarice. With all the talk about gender role models in the media this is a really bad execution, not because of the outcome but because of her reasons for getting there, a Queen Lear would be sympathetic and the strength of her decisions in the past wouldnt be undermined, instead we got Veruca Salt. "Well it's MY party and you are all going to treat me like a queen and if you don't I am going to tear this house down"

Apple Talk / Re: Welcome Back to Discordia
« on: May 11, 2019, 06:18:06 pm »
Your servers cert appears to be expired for https. and why, you have done nothing to be banned

A landslide for the only party openly campaigning for remaining in the EU in the local elections yesterday has been interpreted by Theresa a message to "get on with it" over Brexit.

While you could argue that that the depressed Tory vote could be a protest from Leavers, especially since the Brexit Party are not running in the election, it's nevertheless the case that all parties openly pursuing Brexit, including Labour and UKIP, were punished at the polls, while the Greens and Lib Dems made massive gains.

Like...that's not a coincidence.
It's nice to see the greens get a good few seats also. Though I'm not sure are they the same as here?
I kind of appreciate what she is implying with that "getting on with brexit" could just as easily be "last chance to save brexit". I also hope this has scared the rebels and ERG enough that they understand that a general election will be devastation for them and that regardless of whatever else happens they are now stuck with May until at least december.

Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Drinks are on the Supreme Court
« on: May 01, 2019, 11:01:47 pm »
Watching the travesty that was the Battle of Winterfell has me convinced that about 500 Malazan marines could probably knock over all of Westeros even without Moranth munitions or a High Mage backing them.

I seriously cannot get over how bad the battle tactics for that episode were.

"OK, so first, we all set up in front of our trenches, right.  And then, we put the trebuchets as close as we can to the front line, so that the enemy can capture them and turn them on Winterfell without having to risk their dragon.  And then we initiate battle with a charge by the Dothraki who, when I last checked were light calvalry. Support?  No, they won't need it.  Then we will undertake a disorganized retreat to the gates without preparing a rearguard and take sanctuary. In the crypt. When fighting a necromancer."

This is about the point someone should have slit both Dany and Jon Snow's throats and taken command. But alas...

This is the same army that is led by the woman who gave the wights a dragon to save her boyfriend?
The wall was the perfect defense, the walkers approach, the wall hardens because of the cold.
In fact, there is no indication that the Night King ever even considered going south, until someone handed him a dragon.

That is amazing, he must have the attention span of a goldfish

Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Re: Reality Safari: Gurdjieff
« on: May 01, 2019, 08:46:30 am »
I guess the last thing I want to say about the Movements is that I can't verbalize what I'm getting out of it. But I can tell I get more of whatever that is every time I go

Somebody said that we are processing the Movements at a non-verbal level. Your words can't really touch what's happening, but you can feel it. I'm learning, but learning what? couldn't tell you

All I am able to envision when you describe this is the "Make contact" gesture from Bloodborne

I did some research into this, and it’s going beyond the New Zealand thing. Apparently the recent shooter in California said PewDiePie had funded him.

New theory: neo-Nazis are trying to craft a narrative that involves white men being unfairly targeted by governments around the world, using an idiot white man gamer as their rallying cry because he is a public figure and has already made himself a target by being an insensitive pile of dung.

It’s interesting googling “pewdiepie white supremacy”, as almost all of the articles and such are from the past couple months. There’s two competing narratives going on (and a third just starting) and I think they do a great job illustrating the issue of telling “what he is”.

First, you have the “unfairly targeted” narrative. Such luminaries as Infowars are the ones pushing this the loudest. It colors public perception by associating defense of him with fascist goons.

Second, you have the “burn him at the stake” narrative. What is interesting about this is who is pushing this one the loudest once you get past media outlets. It’s mostly parents, worried because YouTube’s recommendation algorithms have strapped racist bullshit to anyone who watches gaming focused videos.

Third, and literally brand spanking new: PewDiePie is a well meaning idiot. He publicly canceled the “subscribe” meme and specifically attached his action to the shootings in Christchurch. He is very, very, very slow to react to this stuff, but he’s doing it.

Apparently he made music videos about the subscriber war and dropped some racist shit into those too. This is important because of two things: they got blocked by the Indian Supreme Court for the racism, and he said he was not going to contest this.

Yes, he still did the “I wasn’t meaning to be racist, it was a joke” shit. But he made a decision which, while not the best decision (best decision would be to contest the block, get them unblocked, then remove them), is certainly a hell of a lot better than raising hell over him being so put upon by those liberals or SJWs or whatever.

Specifically, it shows he is capable of now expanding his understanding of how this shit is connected to white supremacist nonsense to other things he has done, and that might mean not fucking doing it anymore!

This is exactly what I was talking about in my response to LMNO, by the way. An actual Nazi wouldn’t be worth the effort to change my mind on them. They chose to set themselves outside the human species, they can rot there, IMO. But this isn’t the act of an ironic Nazi, this is the act of a dumb but well meaning fool. And I can respect him on that level now that he’s showing a glimmer of self-awareness.

Thank you, you've done the research for this which I haven't but it confirms a lot of what I had only speculated. What worries me here is, who gains from this:
Media outlets get more clicks for contraversy so that covers off the vox and wsj, maybe this explains the sensationalist rumor of him funding that guy (even though pdp hasn't made fuck all money since last year). But the alt right racist contingent, what do they have to gain by associating pewdiepie with them, and for creating a persecution narrative...
It legitimises their concerns, it gives an identifiable smiley face to their "side", because lets be honest here, Alex Jones, CarlBenjamin/Sargon, the whole of the alt-right look like they are Josef Fritzl's kids with that same thousand yard stare that looks like he wants to skin you.

The longer this goes on, the more chance there is of pewdiepie publicly dissing them or taking steps to distance himself, they cant have that, it is in their interests for him never to be able to do that.
If I was to put on a tinfoil hat now and indulge in conspiracy, I would say his life is in danger because he would be a useful martyr but damaging if he is given enough time to distance himself.

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