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About Sundog

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  • Birthday 04/21/1969
  1. Hyperman in the hospital

    Keep up your physio, here's to a full recovery!
  2. The Reckoners series by Brandon Sanderson, Steelheart, Firefight and Calamity. Superbeings, called Epics, some of tremendous power, have emerged throughout the world - and every one of them is a supervillain. The main character is seeking to join a secretive group called the Reckoners - normal humans who target, study and, if they can, kill Epics.
  3. Sad? The guy survived into his SEVENTIES with ALS, and contributed greatly to our understanding of the universe. ALL HAIL THE CONQUERING HERO!
  4. The Classic Rock Thread

    Bing Crosby, the Rat Pack and the rest of the 1940's-50's oeuvre?
  5. Black Panther with spoilers

    To me, KIllmonger's actions were entirely in character with what we had of his past. His history is one of breaking the narrative - both in himself and of others. He moves from ghetto kid to military discipline, then breaks that again by going to the less-rigid special forces, then to CIA black ops, where he is taught the skills and abilities to break not just the course of individuals, but the narrative of nations. Then he breaks his own story twice more - moving from CIA to renegade mercenary, before violating his position there by killing his employer and heading to Wakanda. What does he do there? Break the narrative! He kills the legitimate king by goading him into a duel he did NOT have to fight (the time of challenge being long over), then sidelines the council of the tribes, accepts the grudging loyalty of the royal guard, and gets the army pretty much completely on his side, upsetting the entire interlocking power structure. As Agent Ross says, just as he was trained to do. Killmonger was a prisoner of his past, as was, in large part, T'Challa. This was a sub-plot I loved - two men, both haunted and empowered by the choices of the past made by others. Ultimately, Killmonger, despite his willingness to embrace change, cannot change from his predestined course. T'Challa, as expressly shown in his second spirit quest, can.
  6. Classic Movie Plot Holes (Spoilers)

    That's assuming the systems are as far apart as they are in Earth's neighbourhood. If Hoth and Bespin were both in the same tight globular cluster, we could indeed be talking months to get there under the Star Wars sublight drive. Of course the reality is probably that Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ScifiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale)
  7. Classic Movie Plot Holes (Spoilers)

    I always figured that without the Hyperdrive the Falcon actually took weeks or months to get to Cloud City.
  8. Expose your Superhero ID!

    Illusionary Man! (Well, what did you expect?)
  9. I challenge you!

    Twix. Crunchy. Cloudy Days vs Sunny Days
  10. Classic Movie Plot Holes (Spoilers)

    Submarines with Albacore hulls travel faster underwater, but that technology was not developed until post-war. That said, I believe some of the last U-Boat designs did actually manage the trick too. But certainly not in 1936.
  11. Classic Movie Plot Holes (Spoilers)

    You don't need to open it to use it. An Army carrying the Ark before it is invincible.
  12. I challenge you!

    The Omen had good sequels. Terrble twos: Star Wars II (The Empire Strikes Back, not That Which Remains Unspoken) vs. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
  13. I challenge you!

    WE LOSE. M-14 vs FN FAL
  14. Classic Movie Plot Holes (Spoilers)

    Well, except that he does save the girl and is responsible for placing the Ark in the custody of the US government. Presumably, had he not been there, the Nazis would have been the ones to recover it, seeing as they knew of it's existence and nobody else did.
  15. Classic Movie Plot Holes (Spoilers)

    Citizen Kane (1941) The primary plot is driven by a reporter seeking the meaning of Charles Foster Kane's last word, "Rosebud". The journalist interviews many people important in the life of Kane (a powerful newspaper magnate and one-time Presidential Candidate), and in flashback we see the important events of Kane's life, and learn of the man, his successes, and his failures. Ultimately, the journalist's quest is unsuccessful, though the audience does get to see the answer to the riddle in the final scene. However, the opening scene, of Kane on his deathbed, makes it clear he is alone - there is no one to hear his whispered final word.