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  • The Mandalorian - Episode 1 SPOILERS

    Light spoilers...

    I liked it. You can really tell it was made by people who love (and *know*) the SW universe.. the world building is 10/10 (for me)... and that’s not inconsequential. A big part of the greatness of the OT was the world building.

    We even got a Life Day reference... which frankly was a must for me.
  • Star Wars Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker

    I bought my tickets today. My honest feeling isn’t so much that I bought tickets to a movie I’m excited to see. It more so feels like I was assigned homework for some sort of debate class that will never officially end.
  • El Camino (Spoilers)

    I sent this to Jim & Aron, but it might be too long for feedback, anyway. I think it's an interesting question.

    Is Jesse actually better off having partnered with Walt and lived through the events of BB? Here's my best (quick) attempt in answering in the affirmative.

    1. Jesse now has a fresh start in Alaska. He's seen the worst that the drug game has to offer and he's almost certainly learned that he wants no part of it anymore. He's got somewhere around $200,000, which could buy him a pretty decent woodworking shop and at least a modestly long runway to get a business (of some sort) off the ground. Beyond that, he's almost certainly got more self-confidence and perspective about himself specifically because he's overcome so many trials and tribulations.

    2. There's of course no way to know for sure, but what's the most likely scenario for how Jesse's adult life would have turned out sans his partnership with Walt? There's a fair chance he'd be just a slightly more successful knucklehead like Skinny Pete or Badger, but there;s just as good of a chance that would come back to bite him (e.g. with a beating by a real player in the drug game, or a long trip to prison). In the pilot, he narrowly escaped an arrest by the D.E.A. and he was driving around in a hoopty with a license plate that read "Cap'n Cook" for crying out loud.

    The case against this of course is all the psychic trauma that he's suffered (which admittedly is a lot). Despite the peaceful look on his face at the end of El Camino, he almost certainly has plenty of PTSD that he'll need to work through. That said, I'd still say that it's an open question as to whether or not Jesse is better off having gone through what he has during B.B

  • What's Making Your Day Today?

    It may be old news to some of you, but I just found out that this exists...

    ”Titanic: the Legend Goes on” 

    From the year 2000, a Disney-style animated movie with both human and talking animal characters... about the sinking of the Titanic. It is... boy... it is somethin’ else.

    Oh... and there’s a rapping dog.

  • U.S. Politics Vol. 7: A Dream of 2020

    So, as far as I can tell, the way we do debates in this country is truly embarrassing.

    On both the left and the right, here are how most debate questions go.

    Moderator: “How would you handle X?”

    Candidate: “Thank you for asking that very important question. Here’s a canned response I have prepared which is loosely connected to X.”

    Here’s my idea.

    The candidates get the questions a week ahead of time, and four days later, they must release their answers to their opponents. The opponents must release their responses 24 hours before the debate.

    At debate time, each candidate gives the (prepared) answers, and the opponents give the (prepared) responses.

    Then, a much more substantive debate can take place.

    This works ideally for a 2 person debate, but I think some version could work for a multi person debate.