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Tuesday, 10th October, 2017

  • 02:13 PM - Morrus mentioned Joker in post Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer
    If Rey needs someone to show her the way or something, that means Luke is dead and not a force ghost yet. Kylo kills mum. Rey meets Snoke. Kylo and Rey join force. Luke dies. That was some impressive spoilage for the most awaited film of the year. I suspect as Joker said there's a lot of misdirection there. But the director did warn it was quite a spoiler trailer.

Friday, 31st March, 2017

  • 01:55 PM - Neurotic mentioned Joker in post OOC: The Last Hammer
    Joker, standard wealth for 3rd level? Would you accept armor and weapon crystals as magic items from Magic Item Compendium? What's your stance on set items? Would it be problematic if I offer custom set with draconic theme? How far do you think we will get? Next question: would you be willing to tweak DS to get me breath weapon earlier? As in, right now? - it could be year or more before we get to 4th level :) Another tweak I would suggest is high level (12 or 11) to get Double aura as bonus feat :) NP if not, I didn't take the class for power, but style. Story coming later tonight or tomorrow morning at the latest (i'm at GMT +1)

Monday, 22nd April, 2013

  • 11:46 PM - Libramarian mentioned Joker in post I could have sworn there was a "Fitness" prefix...
    ... for you - "strength" doesn't mean anything. The kind of conditioning you get in training programs like P90X doesn't really help you with running. It is a different use pattern - different use of your muscles, different demands on your heart and lungs. Do not expect those other training programs to help you much with running,e xcept insofar as maybe they help you take off weight, in general. If you'd like a program that helps you pick up running, I can heartily recommend "Couch to 5K" - that's what got me up to being able to jog along non-stop for a half hour. The expectations it sets are reasonable. I'll check out that program, but I think you're exagerrating the difference between running and jumping movements, e.g. jumping jacks, jumping squats, jumping lunges, etc. Surely increased fitness with the latter is going to help somewhat with the former. But I'm still going to get into running more slowly this summer than last--not worth risking an injury just to prove this point! Joker thanks for those tips. I live right near this great park trail, but it's gravel and there are some hills...I guess it would be a smarter idea to start on a flat grass field first. I want to run that trail by the end of summer though, I'll make that my goal. I think it's about 5k, something like that. I'll measure it in google maps...

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Monday, 13th May, 2019

  • 01:18 PM - Maxperson quoted Joker in post GAME OF THRONES SEASON 8--Final Run-- Part 5
    I even felt emotion at when Cercei and Jaime met and finally died. Oh, right. Let's just toss the whole prophecy out the window with that one. The least they could have done would have been to have him tenderly holding her neck while kissing her when they died, so at least she could have died with the younger brother's hands around her neck like the prophecy said.

Tuesday, 5th June, 2018

  • 07:23 PM - Mallus quoted Joker in post Solo: A Star Wars Story (seen it!) (spoilers)
    I see a fair number of you went in with low expectations. Why is that? Is it the troubled production or did one of the recent films not inspire confidence? The fact Miller & Lord got fired, mainly. Even though I liked Solo, I still like to see what those two would have brought to the franchise. As for the recent -- ie Disney -- SW films, I thought TFA was a masterclass in blockbuster comfort-food filmmaking, R1 was first Star Wars film that really felt like a war movie (and it was good, if a bit too long), and TLJ was either the best or 2nd best film in the franchise (it's clear Rian Johnson loves cinema as much as George Lucas did/does). Solo's good. Least favorite of the new films, but solid.

Monday, 4th June, 2018

  • 07:08 AM - ccs quoted Joker in post Solo: A Star Wars Story (seen it!) (spoilers)
    I see a fair number of you went in with low expectations. Why is that? Is it the troubled production or did one of the recent films not inspire confidence? Or maybe you felt like it was a story that didn't need to be told. Or some other reason? Oh a few reasons.... 1) I don't buy the lead actor as Han Solo. I've seen him in other stuff & not been impressed. When they announced they'd cast him in the role I knew to adjust any expectations way down. 2) Other than R1, I've not been impressed with either EP7 or EP8. EP7? I vividly remember seeing a better version of this movie back in '77.... EP8? So this is what a Taun Tauns' turd looks like. It's only redeeming feature is how it trolled all those idiots concocting theories about Snoke. That didn't make it worth the ticket price though. So a record of 2 parts crap/1 part pretty good.... Now the record stands at 2 parts crap/1 part pretty good/1 part mediocre-irrelevant. 3) Don't get me wrong, I believe there's entertainin...
  • 03:06 AM - Eltab quoted Joker in post Solo: A Star Wars Story (seen it!) (spoilers)
    Is it the troubled production or did one of the recent films not inspire confidence? Disney bought the rights to Star Wars and their subsequent overall attitude of 'clear out everybody else's work and take over from here' - then botching the backstory between Ep6 and Ep7 - did not inspire confidence. Troubled production can be fixed, and it sounds like it was in this case.

Friday, 1st June, 2018

  • 09:40 PM - Olgar Shiverstone quoted Joker in post Solo: A Star Wars Story (seen it!) (spoilers)
    I see a fair number of you went in with low expectations. Why is that? Is it the troubled production or did one of the recent films not inspire confidence? Or maybe you felt like it was a story that didn't need to be told. Or some other reason? All of the above.
  • 09:20 AM - Morrus quoted Joker in post Solo: A Star Wars Story (seen it!) (spoilers)
    I see a fair number of you went in with low expectations. Why is that? Is it the troubled production or did one of the recent films not inspire confidence? Or maybe you felt like it was a story that didn't need to be told. Or some other reason? The troubled production, plus I couldn’t see any reason why we needed Solo’s backstory. One thing that bugs me about prequels is that characters are originally introduced in exactly the way the original writer or director wanted, with the amount of information required to get the effect they wanted. Han Solo was a cypher deliberately (as was Boba Fett, but the less said about that the better). Despite that, this turned out pretty good.
  • 04:07 AM - Umbran quoted Joker in post Solo: A Star Wars Story (seen it!) (spoilers)
    I see a fair number of you went in with low expectations. Why is that? For me, going in with low expectations is my default. I specifically take a bit of effort to not get my expectations up. There is, in fact, nothing for me to gain by having high expectations, but something to lose, as if my expectations are not met, I have a double layer of disappointment, rather than a single layer.

Wednesday, 14th February, 2018


Thursday, 28th December, 2017

  • 01:47 PM - carrot quoted Joker in post Han Solo movie incoming....
    Maybe the Falcon crashed into something turning it into a squat version of itself. Kinda like how pugs are made by letting normal dogs run into walls. They did mention in ANH that several of the escape pods had been jettisoned. I always kinda wondered if there was supposed to be something between the two prongs...

Thursday, 21st December, 2017

  • 02:56 PM - Ovinomancer quoted Joker in post We saw a Star War! Last Jedi spoiler thread
    You said that his definition of character development is different than what most people think it is. Which is not only wrong but an appeal to a majority opinion. Nope. I said that the definition being used by the poster is vastly different from what everyone else uses. The gist of that statement was that character development has an established definition, and that the poster wasn't using it. We actually can deny their arcs exist because we are asked in this movie to follow the Hero's Journey of Rey, Ben and Luke but without the middle part of the adventure. Simply touching on or glossing over important events in a character's experience is not real development. All good stories have at their core heroes which undergo real transformation because of real life-threatening (this can be emotionally or psychologically life-threatening) events. Strong quibbles about your dismissing entire parts of the movie as not existing, yes, you can ignore lots of parts and still meet the definition...
  • 02:00 PM - Ovinomancer quoted Joker in post We saw a Star War! Last Jedi spoiler thread
    The appeal to the authority of the masses is a weak argument to dismiss any kind of criticism for this movie. There is genuine criticism of the film that doesn't come from hardcore fans or people with an agenda. 1) it wasn't an appeal to popularity nor an appeal to authority. Citing the definition of a well known term (character development) is neither. Mixing and matching words from informal fallacies doesn't actually make the argument you're commenting on a fallacy. 2) I wasn't commenting on genuine criticism. You can not like those character arcs all you want, what you cannot do is deny they exist. My post wasn't addressing a criticism, it was correcting a statement that those character development arcs didn't exist. And, given the poster I responded to redirected from no character development to an argument that he felt he didn't get enough backstory, it seems entirely appropriate for me to have done so. 3) I'm fine that you didn't like the movie; there's less competition ...
  • 01:23 AM - hawkeyefan quoted Joker in post We saw a Star War! Last Jedi spoiler thread
    I agree that if you go into a movie expecting it to be something you're setting yourself up for disappointment. But for someone like me who has no reverence for the old movies and just goes into it expecting nothing more than to be entertained, it wasn't enjoyable. There were so many cool concepts and stories and characters the movie touched upon but were never really developed. How the Force works. That there's a military-industrial complex keeping the war going. How Snoke got to Ben. Where Snoke came from. It's the missed opportunity with Kylo that bothers me the most. He got the most time to develop but it's missing the journey as the more I think about it, the more I think this is his trilogy and not Rey's or the rebel side. It bothers me that we don't see his developed any further. Him and his relationship with Luke and Snoke is missed. I think the movie tries too much and the characters and story suffer for it. Finn is still an absolutely pointless character. Even if he is the c...

Wednesday, 20th December, 2017

  • 04:28 PM - hawkeyefan quoted Joker in post We saw a Star War! Last Jedi spoiler thread
    My criticism is leveled at the narrative failings. I'm not a fan of Star Wars who cares about the franchise. I've liked some of the Star Wars movies and didn't like others. But in this movie there are some choices for character and plot development that left me baffled. A ten year old will like Transformers. That doesn't mean it's a "good" movie. I’m not saying that the film is flawless. I have criticisms of some of the narrative choices they made. But most of them are minor compared to the things that I think they got right. But there are valid croticosms that people have mentioned. What I’m talking about is more the raging hate that I’ve seen online, or the crazy standards that people have for these films. And in regard to ten year olds...my point is that they’re going to judge the movie based mostly on itself and if it was fun or cool. They’re not going to talk about subversion of the original trilogy or whether or not the narrative choices were fitting. And while I don’t ...

Tuesday, 19th December, 2017

  • 08:27 PM - MarkB quoted Joker in post We saw a Star War! Last Jedi spoiler thread
    But Snoke coming back wouldn't really be a twist because his ability to survive grievous wounds has only been established indirectly because of his scars. Unless it was all a big bamboozlin' and Snoke was just a force projection of Kylo and we had a sort of Fight Club-esque psychological thriller coming up. Or it was a tiny Sith in a large Snoke costume like the little aliens in Men in Black. I can accept that. Snoke's dead, baby. Snoke's dead.
  • 01:36 AM - billd91 quoted Joker in post We saw a Star War! Last Jedi spoiler thread
    She really is the definition of a Mary Sue. She's no more a Mary Sue than any other Jedi protagonist. Yet I don't recall a lot of critics calling Luke or Anakin a Gary Stu.
  • 12:00 AM - doctorbadwolf quoted Joker in post We saw a Star War! Last Jedi spoiler thread
    But it's particularly poor form to put a sentence in quotation marks as if it's something I said. "I don't like her because she's too cool so I refuse to see anything positive here" isn't even tangentially related to anything I wrote. I actually like Rey despite her high power level. She's a hopeful character who tries to overcome the unjust injury of being abandoned. But if I'm generous, her development in this movie is lackluster. Dismissing her as a "Mary Sue" is a good way to get the exact opposite of any of that across. She still isn't, by the way. She doesn't even have a high power level. She's just a strong force user. About Finn, saving him from sacrificing himself does actually undercut the change he was going to make. This is movie storytelling 101. The change to a character has to be seen. He can't just want it or talk about it. Now we can only talk about the change that could have come to fruition but didn't. And that scene wasn't about Finn. I'm sorry, but that is nonsens...

Monday, 18th December, 2017

  • 09:13 PM - doctorbadwolf quoted Joker in post We saw a Star War! Last Jedi spoiler thread
    So the loss of literally every one of the Rebel bombers gained them absolutely nothing in the long run. How many times does someone have to say, "It's only a [ insert innocuous object here ]. Ignore it" only to have things go badly sideways, before it becomes incompetence? you're fighting Guerrillas. Their business is making innocuous things dangerous. Are they guerrillas? They don't fight like it. They fight like an organized military. Pretty sure guerrillas don't tend to engage in frontal assaults with not so much as a flanking maneuver. There's also only one instance in the film of ignoring an innocuous thing that ends up doing massive damage. The other big hit they take is a bomber that they are very much trying to blow up before it can deliver it's payload. Characters. I was talking about characters when I said they were in the same position as they were at the start of the movie. I don't know how you're reading into what I'm saying as to mean the specifics of the rebel flee...
  • 07:32 PM - Ovinomancer quoted Joker in post We saw a Star War! Last Jedi spoiler thread
    Well, that would be completely misrepresenting my position.I'm inviting you to expound. As it is, it seems you only rate change as significant if the material and plot position is different. Well, at the start of the movie, the Resistance still had 3 capital ships and allies. At the end, everyone was fast worse off plot and materially, and all they had was the Falcon and maybe another old Rebel base. So, if much worse off wasn't good enough for you, that left being better off, I thought. What other position have I failed to consider?
  • 06:48 PM - Ovinomancer quoted Joker in post We saw a Star War! Last Jedi spoiler thread
    No, we didn't see different movies. We just have differing opinions on what significant means. Barring some minor changes, the characters and the story are still in the same position as they were before the movie started. Speaking of story. I personally feel that a convoluted chase throughout the film is a poor way to create tension. Charitably, I'm having trouble reading this as anything other than 'but they didn't WIN'.
  • 06:15 PM - Ovinomancer quoted Joker in post We saw a Star War! Last Jedi spoiler thread
    I'm trying to be as gracious as I can but I was actually bored watching this movie. And this is coming from someone who really enjoyed TFA and Rogue One. I can't be entertained by heroes who don't undergo any kind of real change or new understanding. There were some really cool scenes. Those shots from the suicide cruiser at the end were beautiful, but those scenes weren't enough for me to forget that this movie just throws storytelling right out the airlock and doesn't bother force-flying it back in. We must have seen different movies -- the character development was pretty much front and center for all the characters. Finn went from a selfish coward that only cared about Rey to someone filled with rage against the 1st Order to someone willing to sacrifice themselves unhesitatingly to help Luke at the end. He learned that doing it for love was better than doing it for hate. Poe went from hothead pilot that only cared about blowing up the Order regardless of the casualtie...


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