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  • posted a message on Budget enchantress deck win solution
    It would help by showing us where you are at currently. What hath the $150 of $500 wrought?
    Posted in: Budget (Vintage)
  • posted a message on The Official "What is the Last Movie You Watched?"
    The last move I watched is Lord of War starring Nic Cage as an Ukrainian immigrant turned illicit arms merchant. I love character pieces like this and Lord of War doesn't disappoint. Nic Cage is on his A-game with this one, playing a complicated character that is part caring family man, part dispassionate monster and 100% addicted to the adrenaline rush that comes with a profession whose clients are just as likely to kill them as make them rich. It drags a little in the first act, especially the subplot involving courting the supermodel, but after it gets going, it really grips. The ending is a perfect visceral gut punch. Highly recommended.

    "There is one gun for every 12 people alive on the planet. My question is, how to arm the other 11?"
    Posted in: Movies
  • posted a message on Heroes of the Storm
    That's unfortunate. She heals like a tank but is slow and made of paper. Oddly, I've only seen one drop ship ever. Seemed better than that.

    I like Uther but I don't like how mana hungry he is. I never seem to have mana when I play him. Li Li is my back up support after BW. I fill with a perverse glee seeing Illidans whenever I'm on Li Li. Blind is so godly in this game.
    Posted in: Video Games
  • posted a message on Heroes of the Storm
    I miss pre-nerf Brightwing but she will always be my main. <3

    Does Morales look op to anyone else? On paper, she looks like everything BW used to be, but able to relocate the whole team across the map instead of just herself. I'm gonna pick her up when she comes out. I bet she is as awesome as it looks.
    Posted in: Video Games
  • posted a message on Local Furries say they are misunderstood
    Quote from Nodrog »
    Quote from Axelthefox »
    Soriel, i wonder if you ever saw the art of Ladycybercat or Tailsrulz. I have a art print by tailsrulz and a signed original by cybercat. Of course i found the furry fandom way back in 1997,and it has changed a lot from then. I notice a lot of stuff that used to be tolerated in the furry fandom in the confurence days is no longer tolerated. Hopefully people like Uncle Kage will help improve the image of the fandom.

    Such as? It seems like where furry art draws the line appears fairly bottomless.

    Several art aggregate websites such as FurAffinity no longer allow... underage art anymore, as an example. Not to say it doesn't exist nor to say there aren't sites that host it but the more public faces of the fandom disallow it now.
    Posted in: Talk and Entertainment
  • posted a message on Tomarrowland
    I thought it was a big wasted opportunity.
    So much time is spent building up the Tomorrowland lore that none of the characters get any chance to have an arc or do much of anything except run away from robots and have action scenes. There were several avenues it could have explored, like how a place built by dreamers gets turned into a dystopia or how images of destruction only makes humans crave it more, but it went for the safe, tepid route of blowing up the machine to save the world. With optimism.

    I would have liked it a lot more if every single action scene from the nerd shop to Paris was replaced with something that actually mattered to the story being told.
    Posted in: Movies
  • posted a message on Why isn't socialism a crime?
    I would like to interject here and point out that the US is not indebted to China for $13 trillion USD. The vast majority of US debt is owed to sources within the United States. China's total holdings according to the US Government Accounting Office totals around 1.1 trillion, or 6.85% of the total debt. While not an insignificant amount, China is hardly the primary creditor of the USA and has in fact lowered its stake in US holdings as of 2012.

    Source: http://www.gao.gov/fiscal_outlook/understanding_federal_debt/overview#t=1

    Even loan sharks have to look at Cost v Benefit after a while. If China did have 13 trillion of the US's debt that would be 13 trillion that they couldn't effectively use towards any other meaningful program within China with no real benefit. Calling it all in would result in either a snub, war, or the US simply printing 13T worth of bills, causing hyperinflation and making the debt worthless anyway. There is always a meaningful limit.
    Posted in: Debate
  • posted a message on Favorite Recipes
    This is one of my go-to dinners whenever I don't really feel like putting much effort in but still want to be praised. Grin

    5 Lbs. Chicken Thighs(I really don't recommend breasts for this. The marinade draws a lot of moisture out of the chicken and breasts can and will get dried out to the point of being inedible. Use caution.)
    1/2 cup Vinegar (I use apple cider vinegar but others will work.)
    1/2 cup Soy Sauce (Dark soy makes the final product look better but light soy can be substituted for the salt sensitive)
    4 cloves of garlic, crushed
    1 tablespoon whole black pepper corns
    3 Bay leaves

    Place all ingredients in a large pot. Marinade for 1-3 hours.
    Bring to a boil then reduce heat. Simmer for 30 minutes covered, stirring occasionally. Remove lid and continue simmering for 20 minutes or until sauce has thickened and chicken is cooked through

    Really good with rice and sautéed greens.
    Posted in: Talk and Entertainment
  • posted a message on Privilege
    Consider the game of bowling. The maximum score is 300. If player A scores 270 and player B scores 150, player A is the winner. However, bowling is not even an approximate zero-sum game. Player B can still reach player A. The mere existence of winners and losers doesn't necessarily denote zero-sum or anything close to it.
    Posted in: Debate
  • posted a message on Privilege
    ...No that's a hidden premise that you have ascribed to the debate which I do not accept exists. I'm asking you to explain how you came to that conclusion.

    EDIT: Note the bolding of zero-sum. There is nothing about rejecting that premise that invalidates the point the comic is trying to make.
    Posted in: Debate
  • posted a message on Privilege
    Quote from Crashing00

    2) The monolithic-tribe-entities are engaged in a game, race, sport, contest, or struggle which is at least approximately zero-sum and in which there is, at any given time, a winner and a loser, or possibly a tie.

    How did you come to this conclusion? I wasn't aware social status was a zero-sum game.
    Posted in: Debate
  • posted a message on Every food goes with a type of cheese or peanuts
    By food, do you mean raw ingredients or "dishes?"

    For raw ingredients, given there is such a huge variety of cheeses out there I'm sure every thing could be used with at least one of the cheeses in some way that elevates its above and beyond. For dishes though, I'm not convinced putting any form of cheese or peanut butter in a cup of coffee or tea would be all that appetizing. :p
    Posted in: Debate
  • posted a message on Hopefully this isn't offensive: Let's talk about rape
    My uninformed thoughts

    Quote from DirkGently »
    But I think conflating "how not to be raped" with victim blaming is way off-base.

    Answer me this: How do you not get raped?

    Quote from DirkGently »
    Another thing about this that I think is sort of odd is the idea that people should campaign for "how not to rape".

    Young men are hormonal idiots who treat any form of perceived advance as an invitation to have sex. Telling them rape is wrong is not what its after, its drilling into that social community's thick skull that weakness is not an invitation to press the advantage.

    Oh also, when a person gets their identity stolen, the first questions aren't what their password was or whether or not they had sufficient web encryption. When a 12 year old girl was gang raped by 12 men in Texas, the national discussion was what she was wearing before getting raped by 12 men. That's focus on "how not to get raped" and that's victim blaming through and through.
    Posted in: Debate
  • posted a message on Mass Effect 3 DLC?
    Maybe I expected too much from the ending.

    I honestly didn't mind that our choices never mattered in the end. Looking back through the whole series, the only choices that seemed to have any impact at all on anything were the decisions on what to do with Wrex and maybe what to do with the council.

    The star child was an "Okay, whatever" moment. I liked the Reapers when they had no definable reason for what they did. I would have been happy with "they just needed to refuel every 10,000 years." Ultimately, whatever.

    The extended cut is worse than the original ending in my opinion. But I'll get to that.

    This is what got to me about the ending,

    a. Shepard is out of his/her character for the entire star child encounter for no reason. Shepard gets to the big bad that he/she has fought and sacrificed to stop through 3 games and the big climax? "Oh you win I guess. You can destroy me by STANDING REALLY CLOSE TO THIS POWER NODE AND SHOOTING IT, control me by HOLDING ON REALLY TIGHTLY TO THESE ELECTRICAL CIRCUITS, or become one with me by JUMPING DOWN THIS REALLY BIG PIT. Those are your options cause there ain't enough space on this choice wheel. You're a winner!" And Shepard goes along with it because we as the player are trained to trust whatever the game tells us is fact. To the extended cuts credit, it added the only option that makes sense, given the scenario. "Shoot the bastard."

    b. This plot, especially the extended cut, has a sunshine and rainbows ending.

    General/Destroy ending: It was established in ME2 that nobody knew how these relays worked. That was kind of the point. The catalyst for galactic civilization was the reaper technology that no one understood. And then they broke when the star child blew up the Reapers. Now the entire fleets of at least 4 species are stuck in Sol or stuck in some other part of the galaxy. The home worlds of at least three major powers gets ravaged to the point of being unrecognisable. The fourth major power chickened out partly because they were out of their league and partly over the Krogans. And none of it matters because everything is fine. No consequences are even hinted at. E-zo tape fixes everything I guess. This was a perfect jumping off point for ME4 and no one had the balls to do it. I think the fan base is partly to blame for this too.

    Control: Again, jumping off point for ME4 if its canon, but again the narrator makes sure we understand that everyone in the galaxy is cool with Shepard controlling the force that nearly wiped them all out. Mmhmm.

    Synthesis: I got nothing. This is the paragon ending?

    Again, maybe I expected too much. Maybe I should have just expected another we beat the bad guy and the heroes triumph story. But when you start wrecking civilization on a galactic scale, maybe show that winning had some consequences yeah?
    Posted in: Video Games
  • posted a message on The idealization of men in modern gaming is one of the major problems of our time
    Quote from Highroller

    And this is entirely applicable to our modern superhero movies. Yes, there's drama in them. But we're not watching Iron Man for the same reason we watch Hamlet. We're watching Iron Man to watch Tony Stark kick ass and take names.

    I respectfully disagree. The hallmark of a good superhero movie is the human element, not the action. Mindless ass kicking has no stakes and is rather boring to sit through. The Iron Man movies are excellent not because of the over blown action and terrible villains but because they did an amazing job making Tony Stark human and a hero we can get invested in. He's flawed and has personal challenges to overcome. Same with Batman. Same with Spiderman. They all are compelling because they have to master themselves first in order to kick ass.\
    Posted in: Debate
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