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31  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: January 27, 2015, 04:58:42 PM
Don't get me wrong here; I don't object to having a diversified group of superheroes in the least.

But people who are uncomfortable with the "whitewashing" of Ghost in the Machine should be equally uncomfortable with a member of the Fantastic Four being black. It's simply not how the characters were written.

If this a brand new team, with brand new members, I have no problems. But making one of the team black (and if Andersen is correct, a brother to a white female) smacks of tokenism to the highest degree, which doesn't actually go any way towards actually fixing the very real problem that exists.

See also, for (IMO of course) a correct way of doing it: Sam.... (dammit forgot his last name) "The Falcon" stepping in as Captain America. A new character, not Steve Rogers. And done for very similar reasons, IIRC.
32  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: January 27, 2015, 04:24:36 PM
Sue's brother? That Johnny?  Huh? Huh? Huh?
33  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: January 27, 2015, 04:15:06 PM
I imagine this is the kind of comment which may attract a flame war but....

Why is Reed Richards so young?
Why is Sue Storm dark-haired? (although in the last shot she appears blonde)
Why is Ben Grimm a black man?

Sure, there's no real reason why Grimm couldn't be black, but.... he's not. Unless this is a BRAND NEW Fantastic Four with NEW NAMES.

/grognard mode off
34  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Modus Operandi on: January 23, 2015, 07:13:55 AM
Not sure what you have lined up for the '60's (a LOT, I imagine!!!) but during research for a game I'm writing I discovered that not one or two or three but four submarines sunk in mysterious circumstances in 1968 - one US, one Russian, one French, and one Israeli (by way of the British)
35  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: [LABORATORY] The final Spellbound spells on: January 16, 2015, 02:59:34 AM
I like that a lot. Full round casting time, range touch (you gotta saw the part off)?
36  Community / Off-Topic / Re: D&D 5e on: January 08, 2015, 03:13:11 PM
Our group of (OMG) nearly 20 years is playing through a 5e pre-con module at the moment, and I'm not impressed. Fighting Defensively? Not an option. You can attack, or you can not attack (and give disadvantage to your attacker).

Going from 1st level to 2nd level you get... hit points. Your skills don't improve, your combat doesn't improve, your saves don't improve...

A Wizard with a good Dex is much much more dangerous in ranged combat than a Fighter with an average Dex.

Dex-based Fighters are insane; talk about specialising! Sure I'll take attack rolls, damage, and Armour Class all of the one (maxed) stat, thanks!

We had two characters die very early on - partly because the module is INSANE, but mostly because a first level damaging spell will take you out when you're first level. One character (mine) went from "unharmed" to "totally dead" due to a 3d8 (may have even been 3d10) spell.

We haven't played enough yet for me to completely dismiss it, but I'm not the only one in our group who doesn't like it so far.
37  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Non-Video Links (Quizzes, Tests, Illusions, Etc..) on: January 06, 2015, 12:31:39 AM
Having plants that glow, and having plants that glow enough to see by, are two very different things. Think about how bright a street light lamp is to look directly at, then imagine that level of light (or slightly less given the proximity to the ground) radiating from a tree.

Ain't happening.
38  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: January 05, 2015, 05:19:17 AM
Sounds good Wolverine Smiley But even then we wouldn't be getting the ads that go with it, including this preview.

Zooming in on what we have as much as I can, what looks to have been released is a lot of people walking somewhere, so I don't think we're missing out on much Tongue
39  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2015 on: January 04, 2015, 03:49:39 PM
Stuart Scott, SportCentre presenter, and all around great guy Sad
40  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: January 03, 2015, 12:00:46 AM
Its designed to make you go watch the premier of Agent Carter.
Which is fine if you're in the 4% of the worlds population that are in the United States :-/
41  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: January 02, 2015, 09:29:15 PM
Ah I was wondering, esp with the somewhat obvious CGI in it. Your one is, uh, interesting in a "I'll wait until I can actually see what's going on" way
42  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: January 02, 2015, 05:41:35 PM
I think you meant this one
http://youtu.be/IL3qAeITRdE
43  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: December 23, 2014, 05:23:45 PM
For me the key is simply this: An ye harm none, do what ye will.
Does that include yourself? If you are doing yourself harm, is that OK under this philosophy? You're not "harm(ing) none", you're just harming no one else. And sure a can of coke won't do it, but there are plenty of examples out there of people who are harming themselves, and will continue to do so, unless laws are in place for their own safety. And yes, that's a slippery slope and a line must be drawn somewhere. But "harm no one" is an extremely subjective statement - what you consider to be no harm may be defined differently by a large portion of the population.
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I might identify as a libertarian when asked to pick a current political party, but I'm OK paying taxes because I like libraries and public education and roads and street lights and bridges.  I'd just like more input into how much tax I pay and how it is spent.
That way lies madness and very much a "rich get richer, poor get poorer" end-state. People will look after themselves first and foremost. If you (the general you, not the specific you) get to decide where your hard-earned tax dollars go, they won't in general go to the people who actually need them the most - those who aren't and can't contribute as many tax dollars are the ones most in need of it, generally.
44  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2014: Can't be as bad as last year on: December 22, 2014, 09:19:33 PM
We  may have missed Dave Trampier... not sure. We def got Giger, Ultimate Warrior, and I'm pretty sure Semple Jr
45  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: December 22, 2014, 03:18:09 PM
Not to be too flippant, but the guy who buys the cigarette (and then presumably smokes it).

If the Powers That Be have decided that cigarettes are harmful and must be sold in a controlled manner*, if you are breaking the law by selling those cigarettes, then there will be, and are, repercussions.

Now, those repercussions are not and should not be "taken to the ground and choked to death". I'm sure we can ALL agree on that. And I'm just as sure that the legislation involved does not have that in it's list of punishments.

I am sure that what happened here is that a police officer saw the law being broken, went to do something about it, and COMPLETELY OVERREACTED. Things escalated WAY out of hand, and it no longer became about "selling single cigarettes" and turned into "I am in power and you are resisting me and now I get to beat the crap out of you**" - which, again, I'm sure we can all agree is completely unacceptable.

However, it is equally clear that in the first instance the person involved was breaking a law, and that's why they were brought to the attention of the police in the first place. Edited to add: Now whether or not that law is just, or fair, or even something that the local(?) authority should be legislating for, is another debate entirely. But in this case, it is clear that a law was being broken, just as it's clear that the actions taken in response to that were completely over the top.


*Yes, this is contentious in and of itself. Yes, "controlled manner" can be uttered with a look of total and complete derision, given how strongly those controls are enforced. Bare with me here.

**Which is a terrible attitude for anyone in power to have
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