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  • 803 - “The Long Night”

    Arya was hardly an ex machina device like some are saying:
    - she’s been training with swords since what, episode 1?
    - she was given lessons in King’s Landing by Syrio, an expert fighter, who also taught her to be quick and stealthy
    - Melisandre told her she would close many eyes forever: brown, green, and blue
    - she trained with the Faceless Men until she learned all their secrets
    - she pretty much bested Brienne last season, one of the best fighters in all of Westeros
    - she literally snuck up behind Jon right there in the Godswood just 2 episodes ago, prompting him to ask how she had done that
    - she saved Bran by killing the NK with the dagger that was meant to kill him in season 1
    It’s not like this came out of nowhere. Dany with Drogon’s fire couldn’t kill NK, and while Jon is a great fighter, I’m pretty sure he could not have beaten a superhuman killing machine in a sword fight and I don’t see how it would have been more entertaining to watch him die trying.
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  • 804 - The Last of the Starks

    I’m not referring to any specific posts here; this is just a general fandom rant. I’m so over all the talk about how the double Ds obviously don’t care anymore, that they’ve given up or lost interest or are too busy thinking about their next project, just because people don’t agree with where they are taking the show. Look, I’m not saying that it’s perfect or that every decision they make is flawless, but it’s completely ridiculous to suggest that they would just casually half-ass what is arguably the biggest show ever. Or that they would make decisions to somehow spite the creator of the story for not finishing the books in time. I’m not saying the show is beyond reproach, or that some things couldn’t have been done better. People are fallible and mistakes happen, or sometimes things don’t play out like expected or have to be rushed for whatever reason. Sometimes hindsight is 20/20. Making a show like this is an enormous undertaking that literally requires thousands of people across the globe working at as close to the top of their game as they can get. It’s like doing approximately 5 feature films in about a year and a half of time (or less, some seasons). They may drop the ball sometimes, but nobody is dropping it on purpose. Again, that’s not to say that some criticism isn’t warranted or even objectively correct, but some of it is just way out of hand.

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  • A Teachable Moment: Pride Month

    Kudos to @A_Ron_Hubbard for at least attempting to pull this person’s head out of their ass, and for having far more patience than I would have, and also for Bald Move’s inclusivity. I came for the TV talk, but I stay for the well-reasoned observations on life, humanity, and uh…TV too. I DID sign up for this!

    What is it with this particular type of “Christian” that they are so hung up on their own persecution complex? I see this happening quite a lot. When people don’t 100% agree with your personal beliefs, you are NOT being persecuted. However, when you take those personal beliefs and inflict them on others in ways that deprive them of human rights, you ARE persecuting them. What’s the saying… it’s something like “when you have privilege, equality looks like oppression.” These hyperbolic claims of victimhood from Anonymous are so ridiculous. I do hope ARon’s responses spark some self-reflection in that person - it’s clearly needed.  Sometimes the mental gymnastics are so surprising that I can’t even wrap my head around formulating an argument - like this argument that “pride month stuff is weaponized anti-Catholicism”… huh??? How do you even get to a view like that? By thinking the world does or should revolve around you, I suppose. It’s that privilege/equality/oppression thing again.

    I think it’s admirable to try to use teachable moments when you can. I’ve grown weary of trying to talk sense into people who refuse to evolve, so sometimes I do just cut bait these days in order to preserve my own sanity, but I try not to use it as a cop out. Online, yeah, sometimes you have to just ignore trolls rather than feed them. But it is important to speak out when you can if you want to be a good ally like @amyja89 said, especially if you’re someone who is in the “majority” (i.e. white or straight or male or cis gendered, etc.). It's hard to know when the right time is, and I don't have the answers about that. I’m pretty non-confrontational, but I have taken people to task for racist or homophobic comments from time to time, although the general result has been them doubling down on whatever their opinion is rather than stepping back and reconsidering. I will say that I’ve seen a wide streak of narrow-mindedness among the people I grew up with in a small Midwestern town. Before Facebook I wouldn’t have expected to see or hear from any of them again, so I just unfriend them if I see them being assholes. However, if they come to my page and feel the need to comment on something I’ve posted, that’s when I take them to task. Then I unfriend them, because who wants to be associated with that?!
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  • Art in the Time of Corona

    Since I'm unemployed, I've been really focusing on my painting skills and getting ready to get a Patreon going, along with a print shop. I'm working on a bunch of new paintings, but I decided to sit down and really work on my painting skills, take my time, and rework some pieces I did last year so that I would have a portfolio to show at a workshop and conference I went to last fall. The one on the left was the best I could manage less than a year ago. The one on the right is the same piece with just a lot more time put into it. I also painted out the parts that weren't working and just redid them. I'm doing this with several other pieces that seemed finished before and pretty excited to see where I can take them.

  • Slippin Chuck

    My favorite version of Michael McKean: 

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  • Coronavirus / COVID-19

    Wow. It's just astonishing to me that people still refuse to do such a simple thing like wearing a mask.
  • Coronavirus / COVID-19

    I've been on pretty solid footing for the last 2 and half months but tonight I feel like it's finally caught up to me and I'm losing my mind. As crazy as it sounds, the light at the end of the tunnel of the pandemic is somehow making me feel even more antsy. 
    It's weird how it hits you sometimes. I think the uncertainty is the toughest part, but like Jaimie said, it really was an illusion. I suppose I always knew that anyway, but it's a lot more real and unavoidable right now. I'm doing OK most of the time, but sometimes it'll sneak up on me.

    Yeah @JaimieT, I finally got some retroactive benefits paid to me this week too! It took nine weeks of absolutely nothing coming in, then a sudden chunk of money that really helps. If it hadn't been for the extra PUA $600 payments though, mine would have been less than $1000 for 9 weeks! I've been through a crazy thing because I live in Florida but work remotely for a NC company (part-time regular employee). My company started in Florida originally like 20 years ago, moved to NC permanently, then just a year or two ago, opened a second office in FL although I don't work in that office. When I tried to file for FL unemployment, the only records they had of my company when I put in the tax ID number was their super old original FL address from like 15 years ago. I couldn't get around it manually or anything and wasn't able to complete my application. So I went to the NC unemployment site's FAQ and it said that if you work remotely for a NC company, you can file there, so I did. After 7 weeks of nothing happening, I finally got in touch with someone there who told me that I needed to file in FL instead. Back to square one! FL redesigned their disaster of a website after my initial attempt, so I was able to start a new claim and the section I had trouble with before was different this time, but I've heard nothing back. Then I suddenly started getting NC payments at the beginning of this week. But oddly enough, NC still has me as "ineligible" under regular unemployment benefits, and instead they have me under the ones that pay subcontractors and freelancers, even though I was not that. Aside from the extra $600 PUA payment, that's probably paying me less than it should, so I'm going to again send them copies of my paystubs and W2s (again) to see if I can get that fixed. But even if they don't, I'm just glad to be getting something for now. And NC still is waiving the job search requirements, which is good because I have had health issues that I think make me higher risk for complications if I get COVID-19. Last I heard FL will be requiring work search reports again by the end of the month, so I'm glad I'm under NC's system for now. It has been a slow and confusing ride, but I'm really glad to be getting some help finally!

  • Dark (2017) - Spoilers and discussions

    Damn, that was good! I went through it faster than I would have liked because I was anxious to see how it turned out, but I think I'll first let it sink in a while, then rewatch season 3, then maybe just watch the whole thing all over again. I've tried out a couple of different podcasts, and it really makes me appreciate the insightful commentary we get from a good 'ole Bald Move deep dive. I would have loved to hear that for this show.
  • Coronavirus / COVID-19

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  • Coronavirus / COVID-19

    Sorry @Evan. I hope you feel better soon!