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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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  • Coronavirus / COVID-19

    Got my first Pfizer dose yesterday! Woooooo!
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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.

  • Art in the Time of Corona

    I'm way behind in sharing my doggos! I got a bunch more done. And I got my job back, which is excellent, but allows a bit less time to do my own stuff. In many ways though, I'm actually more productive when I have limited time and it also helps to have some structure to my days and weeks, so I am not complaining! I also sold 4 prints of the dogs today, so that's pretty sweet too!

  • Coronavirus / COVID-19

    I’m glad to see so many people are getting vaccinated! I got my 2nd Pfizer shot on the 6th. I was achy and tired for about a day and a half, but nothing serious at all.
  • Mare of Easttown SPOILERS

    Such a good show. That moment in the car with Lori and Mare was so visceral and heartbreaking, but honestly, I think Mare saved Lori’s family and I think Lori understands that at least a little by the end. If Mare had kept the truth secret, I think the guilt would have eaten Ryan alive, especially as he watched his dad serve hard time for his crime. This way, John and Billy will probably both be out after a short sentence, and Ryan may also get out after a few years. I do believe that it was an accident that happened after some poor decisions by an emotional kid. So while Lori’s family may never be the same, they may all at least find some peace and it could have been so much worse. For as dark as the show was at times, I really appreciated the healing and hopefulness that seemed to be happening by the end.

    Two small quibbles: first, it seemed like the gun wasn’t gone long enough for Mr. Carroll to have noticed it but okay, and second, Dylan’s threats to Jess seemed a little overblown. He didn’t seem to want to be a dad to DJ when he thought he was, and the DNA test had already proved he wasn’t, so I don’t really understand why it was important to him to destroy her journals and to threaten Jess like he did.

    Overall, I thought this was very well done and had excellent performances across the board.
  • Ted Lasso

    Thought you might appreciate this article about Jason Sudeikis being Lassolike…
    and this one too! 
  • RIP in 2021

    Director Jean-Mark Vallée has died unexpectedly. He was only 58. I really enjoyed his work on “Sharp Objects” especially.
  • Coronavirus / COVID-19

    Sorry @Evan. I hope you feel better soon!