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Messages - Mister Pops

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Film & TV / Re: Star Trek: Strange new Worlds
« on: 07 August, 2022, 10:32:49 PM »

That final episode's a corker...


I've just watched that final episode for the fourth time and I think it's one of the best Trek episodes ever - has nobody else felt the love? Please don't say I'm alone in this (as well)!

I'm conflicted, Balance of Terror is one of my favourite episodes of any Trek. This reworking is interesting, but I wish they'd left it alone. I had warmed to Peck's Spock but I'm not keen on this third version of Kirk. Say what you want about Shatner's acting, but this new guy doesn't have that twinkle in his eye.

Still, best new Star Trek since Voyager's occasional good episode.

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Off Topic / Re: This is the News!
« on: 07 August, 2022, 10:24:09 PM »
Warner Bros now have the chance to release a director's cut with the most deleted scenes ever.

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Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 06 August, 2022, 11:26:01 PM »
Black Bird on apple TV just wrapped up.

I kept getting Taron Egerton mixed up with current Spider-Man, but the real star of this show is yer man who plays Larry. A real despicable skin-crawling creepy performance. Makes every other on-screen incel look charming. "His whole vibe makes me itchy"

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Off Topic / Re: Squaxx Telling Jokes
« on: 04 August, 2022, 09:35:26 PM »
What's the difference between an enzyme and a hormone?

You'll never hear an enzyme.

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Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 25 July, 2022, 04:31:21 PM »
... and now David Warner of Tron, Omen, and too many other to name ...

"we know too many of these kids ..."

Damn shame, he was such a fine actor. He was a very tall man who tended to play the bad guy, but with such panache, you'd remember his character. David Warner's famous Four lights scene with Patrick Stewart in Star Trek TNG, where he tortures his subject to believe there are five lights, not four, is fantastic.
 https://www.theguardian.com/film/2022/jul/25/veteran-british-actor-david-warner-star-of-the-omen-and-tron-dies-aged-80

He was one of Star Trek’s best villains. Him and Paddy Stewart butting heads was some of the best acted scenes I’d ever seen.

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Announcements / Re: Alan A Grant RIP
« on: 22 July, 2022, 12:33:54 AM »
His name was one letter off Giant. His work was letter for letter, GIANT.

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Off Topic / Re: The Black Dog Thread
« on: 22 July, 2022, 12:26:36 AM »
...
- "It is okay to be sad, ..."


Best mental health advice ever

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Off Topic / Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
« on: 19 July, 2022, 11:58:31 PM »
Just a wee update.

I got my degree.

Now my degree of self-doubt and ignorance is officially quantized.

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Wouldn’t Satan’s gardener be planting weeds?

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Off Topic / Re: Science is Drokking Fantastic Because...
« on: 13 July, 2022, 12:21:06 AM »
I would compare it to a Wetherspoons' carpet, but to each their own.

There's looks like a lot of gravitational lensing going on there. A lot of hints at structure beyond my ken.

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Off Topic / Re: This is the News!
« on: 12 July, 2022, 12:29:53 AM »
Cathy Newman: "Tell us one interesting thing about you?"
Kier Starmer: "I used to have violin lessons with Fat Boy Slim."

Got to give him that one.

Fair enough, but I don't want an interesting prime minister*, I want a competent one. Boris is so incompetent he can't even resign properly.

*I'd prefer a boring nepotistic Taoiseach. Tiocfaidh ar la and all that.

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Off Topic / Re: The Philosophical Thread
« on: 11 July, 2022, 11:28:07 PM »
Defining terms may seem dull and unnecessary, and most of the time it is - we don't have to define every term we use (that would be mad...) - but to simply and quickly define the term under discussion can save a lot of misunderstandings and frustration.

Having an interest in mathematics, I don't think defining terms is dull or unnecessary. To construct any kind of formal argument, it's imperative to define anything that isn't axiomatic, or doesn't have a widely accepted conventional definition.

That's not to say every definition should be hard and fast. I think dictionaries are supposed to describe the conventional use for a word, not proscribe a definition to it. I'm with Funt block in that the dictionary definition is sufficient, and diverging too far from its descriptive definitions put you into proscriptive territory. Ideally we'd all have expansive vocabularies that would allow us to use words with the perfect descriptions of the ideas we're trying to convey.

I'm not big on epistemology, I think it encourages talking around a subject rather than exploring it. But if there was ever a thread to get into one of the pillars of philosophy, I suppose this is it.

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Off Topic / Re: This is the News!
« on: 09 July, 2022, 12:52:38 AM »
Listening to Johnathan Pie ranting is like going on a massive bender. As much as you might enjoy it at the time, it's not something you would recommend, and after it's over, on sober reflection, it's not something you're in a hurry to do again.

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Off Topic / Re: Science is Drokking Fantastic Because...
« on: 06 July, 2022, 11:05:25 PM »
This is more pure maths than science, but in honour of the current Prime Minister of England, I thought I'd share 3Blue1Brown's latest video on How to Lie Using Visual Examples

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Film & TV / Re: Stranger Things 4 *SPOILERS*
« on: 06 July, 2022, 07:01:21 PM »
Overall hugely engaging, but in the cold light of day there are a lot of issues: all the stuff in Russia, whilst fun, was pointless and really credebility-stretching.
Yeah definitely the weakest of the plot strands.

The problem with the Russian plot, was I never had any sense that Hopper was in real danger. He was always going to get back to 11, otherwise why not just leave him dead? The whole thing was kind of a pointless divergence.

This show had suffered from diminishing returns in seasons 2 and 3, but volume 1 of season 4 was a big improvement. There were echoes of Nightmare on Elm Street there, with the monster going after depressed kids instead of sleeping ones. They even went as far as getting Robert Englund in.

Volume 2, however was a bit of a mess with its pacing and editing. The teenagers were getting hentai'd for about an hour of the finale's run-time and the ending was a dragged out schizoid mess with too many false climaxes. Did Peter Jackson direct this?

Vecna/Henry Kreel/01's exposition did nothing but make him less scary. I would have preferred if 11 discovered his backstory in a wee vision quest or something. It would have given her something to do other than cry and have angry psychic tantrums.

The Master of Puppets bit was goofy but cool, or "metal" if you prefer. Hopper swording up the demogorgon was fun.

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