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Matt the Bruins

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  1. What Have You Watched Recently?

    Sunday was a movie day for me, I saw Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and La Boda de Valentina. The latter was a fun trifle set in Mexico with a mix of English and Spanish dialogue; the former rocketed to the top of my list of best movies in the past year. I'm hoping it gets the Best Picture Oscar, as well as Best Actress for Frances McDormand and Writing (Original Screenplay), and perhaps Best Supporting Actor for Woody Herrelson (words I never would have imagined myself putting together!).
  2. Eh, obsessive and addictive behaviors of any sort can be difficult to overcome. Gambling provides zero thrill for me and it's no effort at all to take a pass on it (I put a grand total of 50¢ in slot machines during my entire vacation stay in Vegas), but that doesn't mean that people who are addicted to gambling don't need help with a legitimate problem. When your problematic behavior ends up negatively impacting other people in the workplace, it's time for neutral third parties to get involved and set up some ground rules and consequences for breaking them.
  3. In other news...

    I'm sure some domestic chickens would adapt to life in the wild, but orders of magnitude fewer than the 19 billion or so alive today.
  4. My ordeals

    All my best wishes and sympathies to you, JmOz. I've been hospitalized for major clinical depression myself, and one thing I would recommend is reading Russ Harris' book The Reality Slap: Finding Peace and Fulfillment When Life Hurts. It was recommended by my (very good) therapist and has insights and some self-care exercises that I found very helpful. Not a substitute for being able to talk about your problems with a skilled therapist, but when such is hard to arrange maybe it could be of some use in the meantime?
  5. In other news...

    I envision a Cro-Magnon wandering around wearing animal skins and one of those Green Bay wedge hats.
  6. Aw, I'm sorry to see they aren't going to have the big windvane antlers on Proxima Midnight's headgear. Hela proved that such things can be done well and look awesome now.
  7. Allow me to refer you to the following from this very thread: There are actually quite a lot of people who try to marginalize the importance of any entertainment (or educational material, or legislation) that's aimed at a demographic or subculture that they themselves don't belong to, apparently taking personal umbrage at praise being given to something that wasn't created with them in mind as the principal beneficiary. And in the majority of my experience, the people having that reaction and acting as if disagreement with their assessment is oppression are straight WASP men. Look at posts in this thread, so invested in arguing people out of their "wrong" high opinions of the quality and impact of cultural phenomena centered on women or people of color and characterizing people who are enthusiastic about such things as ignorant and deluded rather than simply stating that the media in question didn't have that profound impact or effect on them.
  8. I have a dream. (and MAN was it wierd!)

    Plus, munchies while you're asleep don't add calories.
  9. I have a dream. (and MAN was it wierd!)

    Last night I was in what was theoretically the Alien setting, though it really looked like a series of unlit factory spaces. Dana Scully and I were trying to survive with very limited ammo that appeared to be some sort of glowy liquid in little containers like those paint-by-numbers sets have. And Brad Dourif was there among the people we were trying to get out alive, though not as his character from Alien 4. Woke up before we got killed/managed to escape.
  10. Agents Of SHIELD!

    Please, Xena: Warrior Princess did time travel better than The Flash.
  11. Except for the splashes of innocent bystanders' blood, which would be lurid red. Also instead of bright silver accents you'd have distressed gunmetal.
  12. Many 6th Edition villains too tough?

    I guess I could see it happening with the right penalty-inflicting Change Environments, AVLDs, NNDs and such. Even Destroyer as written isn't invulnerable to every avenue of attack a dedicated superhero team could throw his way.
  13. 2017-18 NHL Thread

    I don't know what to think about my Bruins' 12-0-3 streak over the last 15 games. I'm not used to them playing like an elite NHL team.
  14. Ursula K. Le Guin 1929-2018

    Her initial Earthsea trilogy has retained its magic for me as I grew into adulthood the way The Hobbit and A Wrinkle in Time did, aging far better than the overwhelming majority of Fantasy books.
  15. Many 6th Edition villains too tough?

    I have always thought it's ridiculous to have a Dr. Doom expy with 150-point suit based weaponry that eclipses the attacks of cosmic heavy hitters like Firewing and the Star Guard. Were I to run a game with him as a villain I'd probably drop his attack multipower down to 90 active points with an overload option that boosts up to 120 or so, and compensate by raising the Control Cost of his gadget pool to 150 for those occasions when he wants to build a giant laser cannon and carve his name into the moon.
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