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What are you thinking?

Discussion in 'General Chatter' started by Meg, Feb 14, 2012.

  1. La Femme Fatale

    La Femme Fatale Super Moderator

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    Hmmmm... a coincidence that Hillary Clinton announces her run for presidency on this most holiest of days - the Game of Thrones premier? :p

    Just completed my alcohol run - I am SO psyched for tonight. /nerd.
     
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  2. Rogozhin

    Rogozhin New Member

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    The only legal way to view it here is to sign up to whatever ridiculous package the Foxtel monopoly is offering. Something like $100 a season to watch it at a time of their choosing in low quality and only as part of a service offering a bunch of other rubbish nobody wants to watch padded out with ads.

    What doesn't News Corp ruin? And they wonder why Australians are such prolific users of 'unconventional' viewing methods. Murdoch started out in my city, curiously enough.

    They must be close to overtaking the source material. I remember the Sansa/Baelish plot was nearly there at the end of the last season, or something like that. Still, at the author's publishing rate the show might end up being the only finished version. Not to be too pessimistic.
     
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  3. Storyofmylife

    Storyofmylife ♩♪♫♬♩♪♫♬♩♪♫♬

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    My fever is gone now thank god. Thanks for asking! I seriously felt like sh!t on a stick for a while.
    CT: So not ready for summer here.
     
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  4. Krskull

    Krskull Kamen Rider

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    Why do i feel like an egg
     
  5. Rogozhin

    Rogozhin New Member

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    When the sun set at 9pm it was easier to pretend my sleep schedule retrained any semblance of normality. Winter's slow approach is shattering that illusion.

    Not that it makes much difference. I remember being 12 years old and thinking it perfectly natural to be awake at 2am. Easier to justify when you see more than three hours sun a day, though who am I to complain? Someone from the northern US recently told me you can freeze to death in their winters. Is 10C even cold to those people? Probably not.
     
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    I just looked up the word pension and technically got a $76 paycheck instead after finishing Giant
     
  7. La Femme Fatale

    La Femme Fatale Super Moderator

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    I've only read up to A Storm of Swords (or whichever one the Red Wedding is in... pretty sure it's ASOS) and some bits and pieces of Jaime and Brienne's chapters in the later novels, but I think I'm going to hold off reading the series until the show is finished. I'm hoping the sixth book will be out by then and it'll probably take me as long to read the series as it'll take Martin to write the last one.

    I have a really bad feeling that Stannis is going to die soon. He's been far too likable lately to last much longer in GoT. I'm going to be devastated.
     
  8. Rogozhin

    Rogozhin New Member

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    Some of the best writing in the series is in those last two books. Some of the worst too, to be honest. The portrayal of the feudal landscape after a few years of war gets a bit of a philosophical treatment, and in a series which is fairly light on thematic rambling. On the other hand, you get to see inside Cersei’s head, and the revelation’s not pretty. The show handled her with a little more subtlety.

    The fifth has the dubious distinction of having the absolute best and worst chapters in the whole series. The Theon chapters alone make up for the rest. Or they did. It's been a few years, and my memory's unreliable.

    I should probably watch this year’s episodes. Foxtel hardly need to bother with their threats and fist-waving; procrastination is doing the job for them. It’d be nice if Stannis was likeable. They portrayed him as not much more than a dull sort-of malicious guy for too long. Even his theme music was undeniably evil.

    This thread’s title reminds me: I’m not fond of Federal Budget day. Still, it’s hilarious that the ‘budget emergency’ is suddenly fixed now that Tony and Joe feel the need to bribe the populace so their own party doesn’t replace them by the end of the year.
     
  9. La Femme Fatale

    La Femme Fatale Super Moderator

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    They seem to be positioning him as being best suited for the throne now that King's Landing is a mess and Dany starting to lose it. There are a few instances that even seem a bit OOC compared to earlier seasons but not so much that I mind. I like the change.

    Our federal budget was similar - we're going into a federal election in October and there's a whole wad of pre-election goodies for people who need them the least.

    I work for the province's Finance Minister, so I got to work on the province's 2015 budget back from January to April. It was a fiscal budget so it wasn't chocked with goodies, but the process of feeding in and prepping the Minister was really quite fascinating.
     
  10. Rogozhin

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    I remember hearing the show's creators, I think, denounced Stannis as a villain at one point. Someone must have corrected that clumsy interpretation. His scenes were easily the best part of that last book, anyway. All I remember of Dany was a lot of sitting around and leering at that one flamboyant mercenary.

    There was a lot of speculation that they’re preparing for an early election here, actually. Can’t get the worst ‘**** the poor’ policies through the Senate and their backers aren’t happy. The Treasurer spent the pre-budget weeks off-screen while Social Services Minister Scott Morrison, a sociopath if I ever saw one, did his job for him.

    But that’s a dull topic even for the locals. Your job would be pretty interesting, I’d think. There’s a lot of speculation, but the process is always kept ominously hazy until they reveal the results. You do hear rumours here about how the treasury staff are often terribly frustrated with the Ministers, but not much more. Hating public servants is a national pastime and probably will be until no earlier than Murdoch’s death.

    The bribes here were for the class of small business owners, the rewards for the larger capitalists, and the whip for the working class. That much seems pretty consistent no matter where you go. Unfortunately the people most affected by these policies are in the habit of bending over and asking for more. Anything to keep the refugees away, I suppose.
     
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    I am thinking are you finding wonderful mobile phone accessories....:p
     
  12. La Femme Fatale

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    Okay, so I'm going to have to take all the nice things I said about Stannis back. I liked him the final episode but you don't bounce back from , y'know,
    burning your daughter alive.

    Honestly, I'm amazed at how little most people care about elections and politics. Most people truly have no idea how deeply most policies effect them. There's way too much in difference on the eligible voter's part - I know a lot of the sentiment is 'why should we care, they're all assholes anyway', but it's that very mindset that puts some truly awful people into positions of power. You reap what you sow..
     
  13. Rogozhin

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    You know, I figured I haven't seen any of this season, but I checked the spoiler anyway. Am I allowed to swear? Probably not. Assume I did. Stannis at the end of the last book was perhaps the most likeable person still around, particularly since he was facing off against the Boltons. Who came up with that idea?

    Speaking of unspeakably horrible ideas, if you take a cursory look at Australian politics the big F-ism word is going to come to mind pretty quickly. Revoking citizenships is the latest proposal. They've also just passed an internet filter, conveniently after both major parties were given $$$ by Village Roadshow. A day later the rhetoric hints at blocking porn too. They couldn't even wait a day. Tomorrow it'll be 'extremist' politics.

    Of course, the national broadcaster allowed a guy formerly suspected of terrorist sympathies to point out that alienating entire communities only pushes them to join these groups. How dare they. Murdoch's response? This vile thing or similar on every regional newspaper.

    Anyway. They want the immigration minister to be able to revoke citizenship at will. And they'll get it too. Dual citizenships first, but not once have they denied the wish to extend it further. There's also a steady procession of the usual policies allowing corporate rape of, well, everything.

    This is all endorsed by both major parties, of course. They’ll argue about the most trivial rubbish, but anything of substance is waved through without a word. The worst of them are both competent and malevolent. Morrison, Brandis, a few others: I can see them in brownshirts.

    Well, that's my thought of the day. Or week. What an ugly week it is.
     
  14. Magnolia Grandiflora

    Magnolia Grandiflora The Invisible Woman

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    Jurassic World was pretty damn amazing. Really enjoyed it, some parts were a bit corny and I was confused for a bit about who won the last fight but I really enjoyed it.

    ... Also, Arnold Schwarzenegger looks really really... Old on the poster for the next Terminator. I was gently reminded that he's like 70 but still. It looks like a velociraptor went a few rounds with his face. Sly doesn't look nearly that old.
     
  15. La Femme Fatale

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    That one came from Martin, according to the show runners. Quite possibly Winds of Winter material. Sounds as though Stannis' storyline has surpassed the books.

    This season was pretty bleak, even more so than previous seasons. I don't know who to root for anymore - I guess Jaime but he doesn't seem terribly interested in ruling.

    I didn't know that Australia was so right-winged. I believe it's a coalition government, right? When's the next fed election?

    Can't imagine they'd do well on a policy stance of criminalizing porn...

    I really, really wanted to like it a lot but I was just not feeling it. I enjoyed it after the iRex broke out of its pen and started its murderous rampage, but I was kind of hoping for something... I don't know, smarter, maybe. I hope it's really successful though... I so very much want to see dinosaurs back in the lexicon because.

    But then again, I was sort of in a bad mood going into the movie which could have a lot to do with my enjoyment of it. I'm rarely patient when I'm angry or stressed, aha.

    I liked the last fight with the T Rex and um... Buddy? The only thing I was confused about was the iRex... it clawed the wall to make the characters think it was gone and then it knew to rip out the tracker. Why was it so smart?

    To be fair, he was the Governator for two terms, That'll do it.
     
  16. Rogozhin

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    There’s a risk with consistently miserable stories. You reach a point where everyone's so unlikeable and the world's so hideous the audience just gets apathetic. They should be careful to avoid that.

    Not that it's hard to avoid. Small moments that wouldn't mean a thing in more optimistic works stick out easily, and it was really Jaime and Stannis who saved that last 50000 page tome for me. Tyrion's eastern adventures were a trial for all involved. Especially me.

    The LNP coalition is really just one party with a bunch of factions. Most of the embarrassing outbursts (same-sex marriage is decadent, poor people don't drive) cause a lot of in-party arguing, and they nearly dumped Abbott as PM a while back.

    After that he realised there's one move that always works. 'They're coming!' It's amazing what you can get away with if you stand in front of ten flags and shout about security. It works, too. All talk of our island camps is withheld under threat of various charges. The stories that do make it through aren’t pretty.

    Next election is probably a little over a year from now. Not that it really matters. Opposition leader Bill Shorten is as firm as a piece of wet lettuce. Historically it seems a bit grim. Economic stress is good fuel for nationalism, and we've plenty of that.

    As for JW, your two positions seem like the two usual responses. Good, or flat, rarely anything else. Did they do the enhanced dinosaur thing? I can imagine the producers arguing about how just a T Rex would send the audience to sleep. Next time they can have 500 T-Rexs fight 500 of those ugly things from DC 3.
     
  17. Magnolia Grandiflora

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    It was part raptor, a notoriously smart dinosaur in the Jurassic-verse. (Remember using claws to open doors in the first one?) It was also created with different animal DNA not just dinosaurs. Tree frogs can change their temperature or something which is why it could fool the heat sensors and it had...I wanna say clown fish DNA which is why it could camouflage itself in the jungle.
     
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    Ok i think there is either something wrong with me or something wrong with that scene from the pilot episode of Under The Dome. I just keep watching that scene over and over again.
     
  19. La Femme Fatale

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    At this point, I will be devastated if Jaime is killed off too far ahead of end-game. If they take him out anytime soon, I'd probably stop watching tbh. I don't expect him to survive the series, but he's really one of the last compelling characters left.

    Lol wut?

    I think it was the cuttlefish DNA that explained why it could camouflage itself. I get that, and I know that raptors are notoriously smart in this canon - but that dinosaur seemed way too calculating. Like, it conjured up a pretty intricate plot to get out of its pen and on top of that it knew to rip out the tracking device it was injected with years ago. Or at least I think it was years ago, not sure.

    I guess I was just wondering the entire time whether it had some human DNA there too to explain its advanced ability to 'reason'. So I was kind of disappointed when the big reveal was that it was part raptor.
     
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    I've seen the first three episodes through means that were probably legal. No room for further laziness, since my father likes this show and insists I'm there to remind him which of the fifty settings is which. Sometimes I suspect half the fanbase must be stuck in a state of perpetual confusion.

    They've made some pretty drastic changes to the source now. It's hard to deny the necessity. An enormous cast that only seems to drift further apart over 20 seasons doesn't work for long, not on TV, and if that means a bunch of convulted plots are thrown out I won't complain much. Unless they stuff it up, anyway.

    Certain characters seem to have been shoved into the 'I'm a bad guy' box. Not that commentary after three episodes is worth much. But they ought to give Roose Bolton a spinoff. He's the most watchable guy around, and I don't even know why.

    Jaime's scenes have a relatable quality most of the others don't. There's this air of bemusement that people can relate to. He doesn't really want to be there, or anywhere, and he's probably the best written arc anyway. Or not. They wrote out his original convulted plot and found a way not to sack Bronn's actor instead, so I have no idea.

    Yeah, the Agricultural Minister, especially prone to gaffes, said if it was legalised Asia would think we were decadent and stop trade/tourism. Then Indonesia came out and said they didn't give a **** because the LNP has done nothing but antagonise them for two years. And this week they essentially trashed that same minister's trade aspirations and career for 'unrelated reasons'. He looks on the verge of heart failure.
     

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