Out of the Blue

Well, Loki certainly made for a different experience than this year's two previous MCU series. In perfect timing for me to bring this up, thank you to Frans for adding a new tag to allow me to use secret text here to avoid spoilers (the "retro colors" option means I can't just simply match my text color to the background). If you are interested in my thoughts and not concerned about spoiling anything about the three MCU TV shows so far, you can highlight this paragraph to read it:

The difference I refer to is the Goldilocks villain reveal. The wrap-up of WandaVision was too hot, Falcon and the Winter Soldier was too cold, but Loki was just right. Everyone thought Mephisto would be the villain in WandaVision, but it turned out it really was Agatha all along (not counting Wanda herself), which many found disappointing. Then everyone thought that Sharon Carter wouldn't be the Power Broker in Falcon and the Winter Soldier, because it was so cheap and obvious. So of course she was, once again leaving many dissatisfied. But the reveal of The One Who Remains(/Kang the Conqueror) really had the kind of impact one would hope for. Not to mention the importance it has in setting up the real meat of Phase 4 for the MCU and beyond. Very cool. As is the news that there will be a second season of Loki.

Speaking of spoilers, now that Marvel shows air on Wednesdays, we need to convince them to start posting them later in the day. It continues to drive me crazy scrolling my news feed on Wednesday and seeing site after site spoiling the newest episode by breakfast time.

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Mr. Tact wrote on Jul 16, 2021, 13:18:
Maybe Redeye, but it seems like the land had to be unstable already for some reason to collapse that much. It could be there is something just outside the picture which would help explain it, like a ravine or valley...
Turns out it was a flooded farm field adjacent to a quarry. The quarry wall failed and it led to a large landslide...
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Maybe it's because I never read any of the comics, but I enjoyed WandaVision, Falcon, and Loki. Yeah, I'm sometimes confused when a character shows up that all my friends know about, but I don't have a clue, but the series are written so anyone can enjoy them.

I actually enjoy the series more than I enjoy most of the movies (with exceptions like the the first Captain America, the first Iron Man, and the new Black Widow). I think the TV series format allows a lot more time to develop the characters and plots. The Avengers movies always feel like they're trying to cram WAY too much into a 2 1/2 hour movie.

Loki was a fun romp. I really appreciated the humor.
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I love the sound track for the 1967 Casino Royale. I have the album in my favorites playlist. I love that someone mashed it into the intro for the Daniel Craig movie.

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Sandy Peterson "Quake Fun Facts"

https://youtu.be/QfwoTuoJln8

Sandy tells some good stories here- Topics range from American McGee getting slipped PCP when iD went out to dinner with Trent Reznor (and suspicions of Pantera involvement, LOL), tunnel vision in game design and accepting outside influence, to the Jaguar Doom 2 port.
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The Half Elf wrote on Jul 16, 2021, 17:26:
All I'm gonna say is I didn't like Loki. Not sure why, exactly, but I felt it left too many open doors instead of closing enough of them.

That's kind of the point, though. Like Blue said, they're setting up the new era of the MCU (with literally infinite possibilities). They need not only new stories for all the individual films and series to explore, beyond the aftermath of The Blip, but also the over-arching plot lines to tie them all together on a cosmic scale and drive those sweet, sweet ensemble projects.
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RedEye9 wrote on Jul 17, 2021, 01:11:
I thought Loki was great, just finished the last episode and it did not disappoint.

Same here, to me one of the best series this year along with Shadow and Bones.
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I thought Loki was great, just finished the last episode and it did not disappoint.
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The Half Elf wrote on Jul 16, 2021, 17:26:
All I'm gonna say is I didn't like Loki. Not sure why, exactly, but I felt it left too many open doors instead of closing enough of them.

i liked it, but i agree it was flawed. mainly it was rushed so a lot of the emotional journey wasn't earned for me. i'll just leave it at that to avoid spoilers.
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Carl Sagan Predicted The Mess 2021 Would Be 25 years Ago https://youtu.be/nGanLUnjoPI
Yikes, he nailed it.
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RedEye9 wrote on Jul 16, 2021, 18:20:
Mr. Tact wrote on Jul 16, 2021, 16:18:
$73,499-Per-Guest World Cruise Sells Out In Less Than 3 Hours
Only $600 a day, a small price to pay for a chance to get norovirus or covid.

Seriously, there's probably a zero percent chance this vessel isn't quarantined before the trip is over.
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Mr. Tact wrote on Jul 16, 2021, 16:18:
$73,499-Per-Guest World Cruise Sells Out In Less Than 3 Hours
Only $600 a day, a small price to pay for a chance to get norovirus or covid.
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The Half Elf wrote on Jul 16, 2021, 17:26:
All I'm gonna say is I didn't like Loki. Not sure why, exactly, but I felt it left too many open doors instead of closing enough of them.

Most sci-fi involving time-travel just plain sucks. It's way too easy to deus-ex-machina that shit. I loved Wandavision, have zero interest in F&WS, and yeah, I agree Loki was pretty meh. The writing was really sub-par IMO. Only ep 5 was any good simply because of Richard Grant and Loki the Alligator. I don't think Johnathon Majors is a particularly good actor either. And Marvel's hamfisted woke political shit really needs to stop. I can't even count had many times I rolled my eyes throughout this series. That bullshit only detracts from it overall. My take is that the whole shebang was little better than bad fanfic.
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RedEye9 wrote on Jul 16, 2021, 17:34:
The Hubble was designed to last 15 years.
It was DOA upon arrival because they put the concave lens on it instead of convex (or was it because we're a bunch of idiots and didn't switch fully to metric?)

Its been visited by the space shuttle five times to fix it.

I wonder if the 15-year life span took into the fact that the space shuttle was available for honey-do's.

The James Webb Space Telescope won't have that luxury.
Of course I am aware of all of that. I would think the 15 year lifespan did include possible repair visits. I say that because it had a modular design which allowed for the replacement of components. You don't design something that way if you aren't planning to use it. The JWST will be much more sensitive and be will able to "see" things Hubble couldn't. Even so, there's no guarantee the things it sees, which Hubble couldn't, will provide as much useful science as Hubble did. And it is a one shot, if they mess up initially like Hubble did, as you said -- no honey-do trips. All those things considered it leaves me still wondering if the JWST is sufficiently well planned. Only time will tell, and because of the small operational window I'll probably get to find out, eventually.

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Mr. Tact wrote on Jul 16, 2021, 16:07:
Yeah, even assuming they eventually successfully get the JWST "up there", according to the wiki page the mission length is "...nominal mission time is five years, with a goal of ten years." So, if things go well, less than a third as long as Hubble. Which means I'll likely out live Hubble's replacement and it hasn't even been launched yet. How do you build the successor to something with a plan saying, our "nominal" plan is for it to last 1/6 as long as the device which came before it?
The Hubble was designed to last 15 years.
It was DOA upon arrival because they put the concave lens on it instead of convex (or was it because we're a bunch of idiots and didn't switch fully to metric?)

Its been visited by the space shuttle five times to fix it.

I wonder if the 15-year life span took into the fact that the space shuttle was available for honey-do's.

The James Webb Space Telescope won't have that luxury.


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Mr. Tact wrote on Jul 16, 2021, 16:49:
Greentiger wrote on Jul 16, 2021, 16:38:
"Freedom Phone" introduced for MAGA crowd:
Gizmodo
So, 400% markup -- sounds about right. Difficult to decide if I would prefer them to make billions or get sued into bankruptcy.

It seems they're willing to get bilked just to "own the libs", I say, go for it.
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All I'm gonna say is I didn't like Loki. Not sure why, exactly, but I felt it left too many open doors instead of closing enough of them.
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Greentiger wrote on Jul 16, 2021, 16:38:
"Freedom Phone" introduced for MAGA crowd:
Gizmodo
So, 400% markup -- sounds about right. Difficult to decide if I would prefer them to make billions or get sued into bankruptcy.
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” -- Carl Sagan
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2 things:

Pregnant man emoji introduced:
The Guardian

"Freedom Phone" introduced for MAGA crowd:
Gizmodo

And Trae Crowder has his usual commentary on it (funny but NSFW):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RT6fOoS9x4I
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sauron wrote on Jul 16, 2021, 14:00:
Anyone pre-order a Steam Deck? I just did, for those long winter evenings here at Barad-Dur.

Now I shall be able to play Final Fantasy XV in the kitchen without having to leave the hobbit-roasting spit unattended.

Or play RDR2 while hunting elves on my Fell Beast.

Excellent!

Yeah I picked up one to fart around with. I'm going to use mine as a dockable emulation box and play the odd Steam game off.
Playing: Wildermyth, Mass Effect Legendary, Returnal
Watching: Deadwood, Dune, Evil
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$73,499-Per-Guest World Cruise Sells Out In Less Than 3 Hours
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