Cydonian Monk

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  1. Allegedly they had to read the books that had been published so far and then guess who would sit on the Iron Throne at then end of it all based on just those books. Not the entire ending. If that is true, then it means they voluntarily ignored the individual who fits that description through most of the last half of the series.
  2. Way worse. GoT started to come unravelled in the fifth season, and got progressively worse from then on out... until the last season when they just kind of forgot about quality and basic character motivations. And, oh, the "winner" of the whole thing was a semi-major character they completely left out of one of those later seasons. Rise of Skywalker, with its weird unexplained resurrection at the start of it, is in some ways _almost_ closer to the Song of Ice and Fire books GoT was based on. (In that not everybody who dies stays dead.) I still don't like it, or what they did to Ben and Jerry, er, Rey, but it was nowhere near as "wut" as the GoT endings.
  3. I've tried many times to get through the 6th one (Chapterhouse). I can't tell you what happened in the 5th (Heretics) except for the very end. The 4th (Slugs for the Slug God) was just lots of slug boy and his good pal ghola potato. An interesting book in many ways, just... slooooow.
  4. I'm honestly not sure which ending I was more disappointed in: "The Remembrance of Earth's Past" trilogy or the "Game of Thrones" TV series.
  5. I'm bullish on this new Dune movie, but I've always liked the universe. The casting of Jason Momoa as Duncan gives me hope that the series _might just_ continue on to the parts where his character is interesting. Or at least maybe it's planned to do so. And Max von Sydow will remain the best [male] Kynes on film (for now). (FWIW I have no issue with the change made to Kynes... at least not until I see the film.) Casting for the David Lynch Dune was generally great, and despite its issues it's still one of my favourites. I might be one of the few, but I've always thought the whole "weirding modules" thing was a nice addition and/or change.
  6. Disgusting. I wonder if they'll keep any of the source material this time. Though to be completely honest, if they ditch the last half of the third book and come up with something... else... but keep the first 5/6ths of the story, I won't consider that too much of a loss. I love the first two books in that series, hate how it ended.
  7. I enjoyed it as it is. A nice trimmed down escort story from the Battle of the Atlantic. Modern naval warfare is difficult to make into an action movie, but this did a good job with both action and tension. Nothing really over the top (ie: this isn't that horrid Midway movie), but there are some CGI bits that I didn't care for. I'm a tiny bit disappointed they dropped much of the captain's character struggles from the book. "The Good Shepherd" touches heavily on the themes of self doubt and spiritual devotion in the face of violence. Hard to convey things like that in film though, unless you do some "captain's log" type of narration, so I'm ok with it. Pity this didn't get a real theatrical release. Good war movie.
  8. And here I thought fan threads were prohibited..... The answer to the question, as just about anyone who lives in Houston will agree, is BOTH. I really need both and use both. My A/C has hardly stopped since some time in May, and my ceiling fans are on during the day. I also use little accent fans when needed. It gets really bloody hot now that I'm working from home during the days.
  9. Until mid-March my gaming PC had been mostly disassembled and packed away in the closet. I _almost_ sent it to the recyclers in February. Glad I didn't, because I'd be going mad if I had to work from home for three+ months on just my MacBook. Didn't take long to get it set back up, but I had to fix a few things first. Still doesn't have much disk space on the OS drive (only a 100GB SSD), and Windows updates keep breaking the symlinks I use to keep data on the storage drive (a 2TB disk of some sort), but it does what I need it to do. So aside from my usual strategy games (CK2, EU4, HOI4, Stellaris) and a few city builders (Ostriv, Foundation, Soviet Republic) I've mostly been doing a heavily-modded Skyrim Special Edition playthrough. If you enjoy(ed) Skyrim and you've not used the Inigo mod you owe it to yourself to try it out. Bloody fantastic. For the most part my modlist is the same as Gopher's (search for him on YouTube, his modlist is in the video descriptions of his latest videos), minus the ENBs but plus the "Great Cities" line of mods.
  10. Looks like he's still on the old YouTubes...:
  11. Easy question for me. Dead Can Dance: "Within the Realm of a Dying Sun". Bob Marley: "Legend".
  12. I experimented with giving them an "unowned" status, similar to rescue contracts, but eventually decided it was too much hassle for what I was doing. And I think the astronaut management process has changed considerably since. Treating them as rescues might work better now for y'all, so it's worth a shot!
  13. .... Swiftly fly the years. One season following another, laden with boosters and some struts. I moved to Houston over 14 years ago and I kinda want some of those years back right now, or the chance to change some of my decisions or take some actions I was too timid to take at the time. Not really sure where all of those years went. C'est la vie.
  14. No. Because the "unbreakable" glass this and other new cars use should be illegal. I've watched enough people roast to death while trapped in cars for one lifetime. Safety glass exists for more than one reason. Plus I'm happy with my (weak) 300HP/300lbft gasoline-electric hybrid that can move lumber just as easily as this Tesledge.
  15. I'm not sure what to think of FAMk just yet. I've enjoyed the first 4 episodes, but I'm really not sure where they're going with a couple things. Also interesting that many historical figures are present with their real names, others were sorta-renamed, while others are purely fictional wholesale replacements. I'm curious if that's an artifact of whatever event makes this an alternate history, or if the individuals themselves just didn't want to be involved in any way.