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Lord Liaden

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  1. I just want to pull back from having to buy all new pants.
  2. Very interesting perspective from the viewpoint of possible Republican strategy. (And it's fairly short.)
  3. "Thank you, you've been a great audience! The bar is open 'til 2:00."
  4. The driver may or may not have lit a cigarette after filling those fuel tanks. It's telling that none of us would be shocked if he did.
  5. The impression I got was just the opposite, to be honest. Throughout the first WW movie I could see and feel the building relationship between Steve and Diana, their mutual understanding, trust, admiration, their shared joy and grief, through intense moments and quiet ones. It's also worth remembering that experiences are heightened in war. You go through a lot of living in a short time, and people who share that experience quickly form a bond of literal life and death. When Diana and Steve made love I absolutely believed their relationship had led to it, and when Steve died I comp
  6. Yankees say 8 fully vaccinated members tested positive for COVID.
  7. If they do form a third party, I doubt it will draw many of the existing Republican base which polling suggests is now predominantly Trumpist. But any splitting of the vote on the Right will benefit Democrats, and even "lesser of two evils" believers should welcome that in the present circumstances.
  8. They really need to take those "Wet Paint" signs on the benches more seriously.
  9. Fear vs Greed. That should be quite a confrontation.
  10. And I agree that's logical. Except that it doesn't match what the Ancient One said. And Thanos from the past died during Endgame before he destroyed the stones. MCU time post-Endgame is a mess. We'll see what they do with it in upcoming movies and TV.
  11. Hey, I'm just pointing out what the scene said. Like I said, I expected the point to be argued. Of course you can argue that the time line of the MCU that they're all living in now has changed, because the Thanos who came forward from the past and was killed in Endgame never got all the stones in the first place. Yeah, I think I'm going to lie down 'til the headache thinking about this gave me goes away. 😣 EDIT: The plot of the Loki miniseries appears to be based on repairing fractured time, so maybe it will all make sense after that.
  12. But horizontal works. It does what it's supposed to. Vertical just does it better.
  13. You could consider the ethical/moral dimension of the Eye's power to be an expression of "soul" rather than "mind." Or just join the very long list of philosophers who have debated the difference.
  14. If the MCU had followed the comics precedent more closely, I would say the Soul Stone would be a closer match for what the Eye was shown to do than the Time Stone. Its light hurts and weakens creatures and forces of evil and/or darkness, banishes illusions, reveals hidden things. When Strange causes the Eye to levitate out of the amulet and affix itself to his forehead he can see someone's deepest thoughts. I'm sure I'm overlooking other things it's been shown to do. I'm not sure why they chose to make MCU Strange's amulet the Time Stone, but IMO they worked it into his movie prett
  15. Implication of this scene is that when Captain America returned the stones, the Time Stone came back into the possession of the Sorcerer Supreme, so Strange should have it, just as the Soul Stone should be back on Vormir watched over by the Red Skull. Someone can (and I'm sure will) argue that that doesn't make sense, but MCU time travel, like most time travel stories, is usually one big plot convenience.
  16. There is a difference in HKA between 5E and 6E, in that the former limits the amount you can increase the total damage by using STR to 2x the base damage of the HKA. In 6E there's no limit to how much you can add to the HKA, other than how much STR you have. Unless your HKA takes the Real Weapon Limitation, in which case the doubling limit still applies.
  17. We weren't doing it "wrong," we've just discovered a better way to do it.
  18. MCU Thor has Stormbreaker now, he's moved on from Mjolnir. Chronologically the hammer was shattered by Hela, the one in Endgame was extracted from the past and presumably returned by Captain America. I think it most likely that Mjolnir will be repaired in Love and Thunder, I'm guessing by Dr. Strange using the Eye of Agamotto. Two weapons, two wielders. Undoes nothing about Thor's character, and adds to Jane's.
  19. That letter suggests there's something to age impairing mental function after all. Ironically, it was fair for one of the signatories to claim, "We are facing threats greater than at any other time since our country was founded." He just doesn't recognize that the threat includes himself.
  20. Arnold has many flaws, but when he believes in something he acts.
  21. Natalie Portman wasn't enthused by the Jane Foster role in the first two Thor movies, essentially the girlfriend. Not much of a challenge, and little character growth over those movies. Obviously this Jane Foster is going to be very different. I'm sure the chance to work with Taika Waititi was another inducement. And while I can't speak to attitude problems from Portman generally from anything I've heard, the training she undertook for Black Swan left me impressed with her work ethic. As has her obvious pumping up for this more physical role.
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