1. That wouldn't have worked in the movie. Mostly because of how laughable the character was presented. No one would take him seriously enough to do it. So then they'd have to show him doing it. Then we get more terrible joker and padding the runtime for no reason. Yeah, when given the choice just killing the guy is superior in movie format.

  2. I’ll take all the prayers I can get, condescending or not lol

  3. Seriously, can I get in on this prayer list? I need all the help I can get!

  4. Looks like Mack's ice cream in York has another bear and it's on the loose...

  5. And with the Rs recent record on veterans benefits, I'd think more of them will be switching their votes blue.

  6. The common people who are voting R are not doing so because they believe it will directly benefit them any more than a liberal straight white cis-gender man expects to directly benefit from voting D. I believe that most people recognize that the two parties are selling two extremely different visions of America and promising to make those visions a reality. For that reason, most people are not voting for a party but rather voting against their perception of what the other side is doing.

  7. For people who have only watched the movies: Arwen was daughter of Celebrian who was daughter of Galadriel. Galadriel spent much early Third Age in Imladris with her daughter and granddaughter. And in the last thousand year of the Third Age, Arwen spent much of her time in Lorien with Galadriel. Aragorn even comments that Galadriel kept Arwen long in her keeping, as in she protected and raised and taught her. And we all know how both people or animals or birds mimic/repeat the behaviorism of their role models or teachers.

  8. I'm grateful for you reminding me of Celebrian: I always remember that Arwen is Galadriel's granddaughter, but I rarely think about Celebrian herself. I think that is partly because we know so little about Celebrian, but the little bit we have is evocative and tragic. Now that's a story I would like to see explored in a new story.

  9. Not so much that it looks worse, but the lower one is just more artfully executed. The way that Arwen's face takes up so much more of the frame while also half cast in shadow and nearly looking directly at the camera was a bold choice. The new shot is good, but the measures of boldness have all been dialed down significantly.

  10. Wait, I hate to get meta here, but I am 90% sure this is an AI generated image - as opposed to the "official" propaganda images released by the Switzerland sellers.

  11. I feel like this kind of show is really a relic of the excesses of the 80s and 90s. The 8 year old in me still thinks they are awesome, but I have a hard time reconciling the waste and destruction with the knowledge of how many people simply can't afford to buy a junker for parts. It's just a massive reminder of how wasteful our society has been.

  12. A fellow "Noble Blood" subscriber, I presume?

  13. It's a podcast, and two weeks ago they had an

  14. As someone who happens to speak a kinda obscure, in terms of speakers, English dialect (Yorkshire), I am honestly amazed at how people take my way of speaking seriously, but when it comes to AAVE, which is more intelligible than my dialect, noone takes it seriously and see it as crude and vulgar.

  15. Part of the issue, as I understand it, is that American English has far less dramatic regional accents than British English. This is partly because of higher intergenerational migration combined with the relative youth of the country and partly because of the development and proliferation of mass communication and broadcast technology and transportation technology. Both factors have the effect of smoothing off the edges of (while simultaneously familiarizing the nation with) various regional dialects. That last bracketed point may be the most important factor, because while it's not uncommon to see white dialects of all regions represented in popular media, it's rare enough to be remarkable to have any representation of black, Hispanic, Asian, African, South American, or European regional English dialects.

  16. Part of the issue, as I understand it, is that American English has far less dramatic regional accents than British English. This is partly because of higher intergenerational migration combined with the relative youth of the country and partly because of the development and proliferation of mass communication and broadcast technology and transportation technology. Both factors have the effect of smoothing off the edges of (while simultaneously familiarizing the nation with) various regional dialects. That last bracketed point may be the most important factor, because while it's not uncommon to see white dialects of all regions represented in popular media, it's rare enough to be remarkable to have any representation of black, Hispanic, Asian, African, South American, or European regional English dialects.

  17. I mean, "roughly" 1.5 feet isn't exactly how I would describe it. As of the 2nd century, Rabbis clarified that it's about 21 inches, meaning that 4 cubits would be 7 feet. There are estimates as low as 19 inches per cubit probably only applying specifically for the cubit used for the sacred Golden altar, etc, at 5 handbreadths, as opposed to the standard of 6 handbreadths used in ordinary measurements. In this case your estimate would be correct, but it seems unlikely they would use the 5 handbreadth standard for a Philistine warrior.

  18. I think that’s what makes them both so special! Max and Lucas are spot on for their age. I used to teach middle school, and their banter in seasons 2-3 is right on the money, so seeing them develop this season was fantastic! Then there’s El and Mike, who have a one in a million kind of agape love going on!

  19. Edit: not sure why this is so controversial, if you disagree, feel free to reply.

  20. This is precisely why we need to see Mike and El spending some actual time together and working both as partners and as a real couple in the upcoming season. No more separation, no more conflict. We've had everything else.

  21. I realize that you mean specifically that the "-aoirse" is pronounced like the "-ertia" in inertia, but it amuses me to think that someone might look at your explanation and think that you mean literally "Saoirse = Inertia."

  22. What a fantastic resource! I love that we have so many details of the lives of the individuals here. It makes me wish that we could have full access to the source materials, as I imagine it would provide an even more intimate and compelling glimpse into the experiences and their responses to them.

  23. Interestingly, there is a spot on the grounds where you can see all 4 corners of that tower.

  24. Songs of the Eons is a WIP Worldbuilding tool and planet/civilization simulator. It makes planets based on actual geological activities and civilizations that inhabit it.

  25. How much control does it give you over the actual geographic shape?

  26. You can set a few parameters, stuff like “length of last ice age”, “amount of continental plates”, “width of mountain ranges”, etc… but the map itself is generated randomly and completely without your controll/intervention.

  27. Fascinating. Not quite the tool I am looking for, but certainly an awesome one nonetheless!

  28. The time that God was so pissed that he turned the earth into a ball

  29. Really that part wasn't his wrath (the void opening up beneath Numenor, on the other hand...) as much as it was an epic game of keep away he played with the mortals. You know, like an older brother lifting your favorite toy just high enough out of your reach that you can't grasp it, or placing a hand on your forehead so you can't reach him, either.

  30. Life expectancies. Having worked with sixteenth century records (post-medieval but health tech didn’t change significantly) in mostly rural communities, there are 3 spikes in death rates - under 8s, 25-35, over 65.

  31. Oh jeez. I was taking NYP with a mountain of salt. But seeing it confirmed is bizarre. The movie is done. It either has to be insanely bad or very at-odds with what Zaslav wants WB to be doing going forward.

  32. This is essentially what happened with the Zach Snyder Justice League that made fans hate WB so much. It's like they have learned all of the worst lessons from that fiasco and are set to repeat history.

  33. It is strange that he suddenly seems back on board with the DCEU. Whatever happened behind the scenes, fans won. We have a great solo Batman adventure universe to play in and we also have a Batman that can team up with the rest of the DC Universe.

  34. I love Affleck as Batman (even though the characterization itself is not my favorite), but... Keaton came back and filmed his role only for one of those films to be "shelved" and the other to be pushed back perpetually while its lead does everything in his power to make it radioactive. I don't feel like we won here. It feels more like DC is so afraid of losing face that they continue to be perpetually incapable of making a decisive move. At this point I just want them to release some fucking movies and then make some more. I was excited for the prospect of having 3 live action Batmen in various universes of questionable continuity. I have a high tolerance for that kind of bullshit as long as the stories are good. At this point, though, I would settle for the whole table being overturned again and everything being cast from scratch if it meant I could stop seeing constant rumors about behind the scenes corporate battles and gridlock.

  35. Im very glad it didnt happen. A triangle is one point too many in a show like this, i'd rather focus on the other things.

  36. TBH, I think that the triangle is better, because otherwise they risk Nancy, Jonathan, or Steve becoming just the relationship. I'm personally pulling for them all to be just friends in the end and let Nancy be her own person without playing the goddess for the boys.

  37. To be fair to Tolkien, that kind of clever bust-your-gut punchline writing is only possible to attain when you have to consistently pen 50-100 publishable pages of writing per week. Whatever else Tolkien had going for him, that proliferation of production puts television writers on a whole other level.

  38. I think that you are reading more hostility in my comment than I intended. I'm sorry if it comes across as negativity.

  39. Did he get his clients confused? What does HBO have to do with Amazon? I'm not clear on that point.

  40. I mean, it could be both, or realistically it could be an add for HBOMAX based on the "rising tide lifts all ships" theory: hype for RoP should absolutely inspire people to go back and reread the books and rewatch the films. HBOMax apparently has all the films right now, so they have an interest in supporting hype for RoP, too.

  41. Yes, it’s symbolic, but it’s simply a name. Just like how the Demogorgon is a foot soldier in ST but a final boss in DnD. Names aren’t 1 to 1

  42. Right, I don't mean to imply that these should be one to one. My point is only that there are more clues to what might be going on if you are acquainted with the source material. In particular, my point was that knowing the nature of the namesakes helps one make sense of the idea that a previously mortal being may have usurped the powers of a previously higher entity.

  43. Absolutely stunning! At first I thought I saw Venus, too, but I think that is just a lens flare. Thanks for reminding me why I should be going to bed (and waking up) earlier each day.

  44. Ngl, I really wish this sub had rules on clarifying if a piece is AI or not, even just a tag to preface to viewers.

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