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Everything posted by Blarghagh

  1. How is the guy's brother a traitor? Also I'd never compare the Clinton's to Atreides. They're more like the Bene Gesserit. But you're right, Trump certainly strikes the same figure and moral strength of Leto II.
  2. Wait, the Sherlock guys made a Dracula show and people hated it? Let's give that a shot, I'm sure it'll be a fascinating dumpster fire.
  3. And his twin brother, I heard. Which would be a federal offense, no? But I guess since the senate is under his control and he doesn't face consequences for his criminal activity, Baron Harkonnen can do whatever the **** he likes.
  4. I Am Mother. Decent sci-fi movie with a strong premise and great cast. Recommended.
  5. I've always been a Blizzard fan, but the past year they've been really garbage. I kept off the hate train for a long time, because I've still enjoyed most of their games even if they weren't high watermarks. I enjoyed StarCraft 2 and Diablo 3 and Legion was the most fun I ever had with World of WarCraft. But... Between the disappointing product launches, unkept promises, layoffs, corporate political bootlicking and lackluster announcements... I'm pretty sure it's the first time I haven't pre-ordered a WoW expansion. WarCraft 3 is one of my favorite games of all time yet I didn't purchase its remaster. I don't have battlenet installed anymore, not because of any kind of conscious boycott but as a hardcore Blizzard shill even I've lost my taste for them and I haven't been enjoying their products either. This WoW expansion in particular has been boring. Overwatch has gotten steadily worse as they've added content and the "sequel" looks like a DLC the price of a full game. Then there's been reports of devs anonymously reaching out and opening up about budget cuts forced upon them by the almighty Bobby Kotick. Oh how the mighty have fallen. It makes me sad. Or maybe having a baby changed my perspective more than I realized. I don't have time for grindy nonsense like BFA and Shadowlands needs to prove it's not as pointless before I return. I have no need to lay down cash for a slight upgrade of a game I've played ad nauseum. But probably the Blizzard even turning off their most hardcore fans thing. /rant Also, people remastering games left and right yet no Dungeon Keeper or Black & White. Game industry, get on it dammit. Or at least get B&W on GOG or something.
  6. http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20150310-the-truth-about-giant-pandas Read this article about how wild pandas are apparently much more dangerous and have a strong sex drive, and the whole image of pandas is skewed by pandas getting somewhat "domesticated". Of course, it forgets to mention that wild pandas are almost constantly having diarrhea and have their backsides covered in poop.
  7. I'm glad I didn't pre-order that. When they announced it at BlizzCon 2018 they said it was going to have updated missions, cutscenes, cinematics and voice acting to better reflect current WarCraft canon, but apparently it has none of that. On a different note, in the zoomed out gameplay it's not as noticeable but I don't think any of the models really look like they fit WarCraft and Blizzard's style, they're more like JRPG designs. Surprise surprise, they were outsourced... Finally! Can't wait to see what Frictional does next. Hope they can scare me like Amnesia again.
  8. Yeah, that's the Krampus thing. They're also fond of throwing hard candy, hitting naughty kids with wooden canes and giving them salt.
  9. Black Pete is actually at the center of much controversy so many people here disagree. As a Dutch person I feel like I should respond. Personally, I don't think Black Pete is completely racist but the design has enough roots in racist caricature (Saint Nicholas' Moorish servants can certainly be recognized) for me to understand the criticism, especially considering my country's sordid history. Blackface doesn't carry the same taboo here. Blackface taboo stems mostly from other country's history of racism such as minstrel shows and the racist connotations are brought over from there - unlike those, Black Pete isn't actually considered a black person but someone whose skin has turned black from soot due to delivering presents through chimneys. He's closer to the German Krampus than a minstrel show. Still, I think there's enough racism in its history and in modern world context that I don't oppose the proposal to modernize the holiday and replace the blackface with colors or soot smudges. I've been told this makes me a traitor to my country's customs, but I always think tradition is just peer pressure from dead people. I must admit I'm horribly biased about it though - Black Pete triggers in me the same instinctive hatred as clowns. Screaming eyes and mouths showing from underneath a layer of makeup hiding whatever is really under there. I've always hated Black Pete and even as a kid I wanted nothing more than for them to be banned forever and every December I don't see any children enjoying the tradition and instead cowering away from these horrific shadow creatures.
  10. Just finished watching Knives Out. Very much enjoyed it. I figured out the villain in the first few scenes, which is usually a bad sign for a whodunit, but the actual how and when continued to surprise and delight that I'm sure it was intentional. Like an episode of Columbo. Rian Johnson works better in a genre built on subversion.
  11. Anyone have experience using an ethylene absorber in a refrigerator to keep food from spoiling. I'm sick of forgetting my fruit until the smell hits me upon opening the door and was given this as a tip by someone else with ADHD-C but I can't find user experiences online.
  12. Christopher Tolkien, who managed to posthumously compile, edit and publish much of his father's Middle-Earth work, passed at the ripe age of 95.
  13. It's fine. Baldur's Gate made people believe TrueNeutral people are always vicious jerks like me r, so I get the confusion.
  14. That was always meant to be ironic.
  15. Since you brought it back up after saying you'll stay on topic... (Side note, Gromnir Il-Khan was right that something was wrong but was completely oblivious as to how and responded to his hunch with malice and idiocy.) I will remind you that I just provided direct, indisputable evidence in the form of post-numbered quotes in a previous post that the CNN debate discussion was entirely and solely limited to you and me. I made the baby eating joke, you responded to it directly and I spoke to no other member about the topic. Your statement that my "ruse" started before you got involved with the discussion is a demonstrable lie. The facts are that your response to my joke was the point of origin of the discussion and this fictional "before Gromnir were even involved" does not exist. Everyone including yourself can peer review the evidence of this on the previous pages. Since demonstrable evidence shows that you are a liar, there is no reason for me to continue repeating that in implicit arguments and I consider this matter fulfilled. Of course, as I admitted I am a liar too. I don't deny it, my posts are suspect by default from now on. I'll take that hit to prove you a a liar beyond doubt.
  16. Doesn't need to be bigger, Gromnir knows what it is.
  17. " 'course were all a ruse, even when you were making such posts before Gromnir posted regarding the debate? were all made up nonsense? " Direct quotes featuring my original joke and only comment about the CNN hosted democratic debate and your direct response to it. Follow the quotes and you will find that though others responded to my post, I did not respond to them and specifically engaged with you and you alone on this topic. A perfect demonstration: you invent something your opponent supposedly said or did and debate those projected constructs instead. There's that epiphany you were seeking. I'm surprised you don't believe me, since much more important people than me have gone to much greater lengths. Thanks for the advice, Barti, but thanks to baby colic and paternity leave I can match the time for once.
  18. Wow. You're still going. I'm aware that my defense being fake doesn't help my defense. My defense wasn't a defense. You won the CNN debate by default because it wasn't real. Hell, you're misrepresenting fake arguments. How is it even possible that I admit the whole thing is a joke and I still come out as least ridiculous? I doubled down because of the way you acted, not because of CNN. My "dogged criticism"! Intentional ommission isn't forgetting. I haven't followed the US primaries at all, I've been too busy. I don't care whether Bernie or Warren get the nom because as far as I can tell they both want the 'hardcore leftie' thing of taxing the countries' Bezos (honestly I'm fine as long as it's not Biden...) and reigning in US megacorps is what effects me in Europe. I've favored Bernie a little because I remember him from last time, I honestly don't know wherethey differ. How can you still be going on about my perceived political bias? I kept going not because I give a crap but because it's 8 AM, I've been up all night again because my infant son's lack of sleeping schedule exacerbates my chronic insomnia and I've run out of YouTube videos. I'm BORED, not biased. I wasn't trying to win, I was trying to see how much more you would project and invent about me, and I tried to bow out of discussing my intent because your perceived construct of me was starting to get depressing. You're so invested in my original jab when it was nothing more than a Clone High reference for chrissakes, to an episode of a cartoon where teenage high school clone JFK smears teenage high school clone Lincoln in an election for high school class president by making a video of him saying he loves eating babies! This must be how Gfted1 feels. I get it now. (If anyone is reading this, send help).
  19. I stole that joke from the clone high subreddit and posted it for a laugh. I didn't actually watch the debate, I still haven't. I had to look up what the actual quote was about after you started into me about my evil intentions, about how I MUST have picked the gender quote on purpose and how that displays my obvious bias. I "doubled down" by googling your arguments so I can find counters to see how much more you'd come up with about how evil I am, I just tried to bow out because it was getting old and repetitive.
  20. Well done, buddy! You said the real TrueNeutral actually said those things that you say that the real TrueNeutral actually said, so clearly the real TrueNeutral must have actually said those things you just said that the real TrueNeutral actually said because otherwise you wouldn't have said the real TrueNeutral actually said those things that you sayvthe real TrueNeutral actually said. You take that well deserved and real win over the real TrueNeutral!
  21. Gromnir, I read your entire post but really I struggle to find things that we haven't already covered (with the exception of the "how he could have responded differently" bit which, fine, he could have been more eloquent in saying roughly the same thing). Here's a summary of how it would go - I'd repeat that the context of the question made it leading and therefore biased. You will respond saying it is not leading and therefore not biased. I'll repeat that I chose my snarky example to highlight the biased context of the exchange, and you'll remain convinced that since it's not actually biased I must have chosen my example to highlight the gender subject matter instead. Rinse and repeat. I've clearly stated my reasons why I made that specific gag, and I'm done caring about whether you believe them. Definition of insanity and such, so I'll just reiterate what I ended with last time:
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