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  • A Teachable Moment: Pride Month

    I'm all for celebrating pride. Not sure he was that much of a dick afterward than just ignorant, intentionally (clearly to me, comparing Catholicism to the Holocaust or is ridiculous) or otherwise.  Seemed like more of a rules 11 and 12 to me by that stage though. I liked that forum someone a while ago linked that was much more specific about things that were established nogos (something like you can support the president, but saying children being separated from parents is a morally justified immigration strategy will get you banned).

    I empathize, as I think you do, as it should be clearer by now that all "I feel targeted" isn't the same as "my oppression is as bad as theirs".  People's feelings are their feelings, and emotions aren't always backed up by logic.  It can be hard for me, talking with a trump supporter or a misogynist or whatever, to have empathy in the face of a lack of empathy, but I always try and each time I get a little bit better at it, and maybe one day good enough to have a safe and vulnerable conversation where we both make progress.

    Just this weekend I had a small get together for my son's second birthday and one of the dad's proudly mentioned to me how he'd never changed a nappy.  Several years ago I'd have probably just said "that's fucked up" but instead this time I talked about why I am a more active participant and how we share parenting duties, how I think it will have an impact on us raising a man, how it is another way to care for my son and respect my wife etc.  I didn't focus on negatives of not doing, just on positive of doing.  He didn't necessarily agree but he didn't try and laugh it off or hit me with "you're whipped", so I hope he found time to reflect. Education on open mindedness cannot be drilled into someone, nor can minds be changed by "you're an idiot", I think.
  • What is the actual justification for not using Russian/Eastern European actors for Chernobyl?

    Dude, Christian Bale was Moses. Americans do whatever the fuck they want to do.
  • GRRM says goodbye to the show

    I'm still pissed off that Strong Belwas never made it into the show
  • 806 - The Iron Throne

    ken hale said:
    So, uhh, what was with that horse last week?

    Pale horse of death? Nah
    Arya’s dead? Nah
    Bran warged it? Nah
    Just an inexplicably clean-ass horse hanging out in an apocalypse, never to be seen again? Nailed it.
    Clean? You sure about that?

  • 806 - The Iron Throne

    visi0n said:
    After sleeping on it, even with my fan Bankruptcy paperwork in hand, I think I kind of hated this and everything since the Battle of Winterfell.

    My top four and a half chief annoyances in final resolution, in no particular order:

    "Queen in the Norf!"
    This season really pushed the Northern Independence thing down our throats and it never really resonated with me.  This relegated Sansa to being a Parrot, this season.  SQUACK: Free the norf! SQUACK   I wish they would have used Sansa more.

    Bran, the 2wheeler Asperger King
    Bran did nothing but sit in a chair and say cryptic shit all season, lets make him King. Bran himself has said he mostly lives in the past now.  Larger picture, what they did with the 3I'd Raven annoyed me.  What, exactly is the point of a living-memory of man if it isn't consumable by mankind and is encapsulated behind Bran's blank stare at all times? So much missed opportunity and cold flops from Bran's part of the story.

    Unsullied, always Unsullied
    The guys mentioned they were surprised the Unsullied didn't have more agency on the KingsMoot.   I actually think they gave Grey Worm too much agency in the final disposition of the realm, the Lords were making concessions with more concern for Grey Worm's appeasement than tenable positions for the Realm.  His physical positioning in opposition to the rest, accentuated the power of the remaining army at his command more than his contribution to a conversation about justice.

    Tyrion as Viagra for John's Justice Boner
    Kit did a good job of selling John's disapproval of the massacre leading up to and including and Dany's third reich speech to the mustered soldiery.   I don't think Tyron would have to sell John so hard that she needed to be stopped and that Winterfell would be a future target.  Dany already said as much. You know nothing, John Snow.

    Dragonstone Elections, 2020
    The whole: "From now on, a group of representative oligarchs meet here to vote on a new king" - yeah, that's historically worked out well for humanity. :|

    To not be a full Johnny Raincloud - 

    My top three favorites from this season, in no particular order.

    "Queen in the Norf!"
    Whoever worked on Sansa Stark's costume design deserves an award.   The color palette, texture and lines - all accentuated by that chain of office thing?  Well done!  It made her look formidable.

    There are some phenomenal visuals in this Season.  Drogon coming out of the mists, the Unsullied Formations, Dragons above the clouds during the BoW, Dany / Drogon wings composition.   The haunted appearance of KL post-attack as juxtaposed to the seas-side beauty of the gardens of KL accentuated in earlier seasons.   I look forward to re-watching it on a 4k HDR source.   Might be worth watching in high-contrast B&W, actually. 
    (Raiders of the Lost Ark, also awesome in HDR High Contrast B&W, btw)

    The CleganeBowl was pretty epic, hard for to find anything wrong with it.  I wouldn't have minded seeing The Hound survive it but it was a nice close to his story and presented well on-screen.

    Bonus positive:  Hey, Tyrion lived.   So, there's that.

    just my two cents, I'm happy for those of you that liked or loved it.   
    This season was visually (and costume) beautiful, no doubt about that. Probably the most eye candy I've ever seen honestly. My brain was offended but my eyes were having multiple orgasms so.. *shrug*