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In the comments to these weekly posts (and only these posts), it's your chance to go as off topic as you like. Talk about non-comics stuff, thread derail, and just generally chat amongst yourselves.

So the G20 summit came and went and... well, the UK didn't cover itself in glory, but it's nice to know we can alway count on the current POTUS to liven things up.. whether it's his first meeting with Putin, his leaving his daughter to sit in for him whilst he leaves the room (not unheard of, but a very odd choice, though I'm not sure she wouldn't actually count as an improvement) or the now viral Australian reporters critique

What is believed to be Britains first same-sex Muslim wedding has taken place. We wish the happy grooms long life and happiness.

One of Hasbro's SDCC exclusives looks rather awesome, the "IDW Revolution" pack includes the first ever Rom action figure, a Dire Wraith (though it doesn't look like what I think of when I hear "Dire Wraith"), Action Man, Leoric of the Visionaries, Roadblack from GI Joe and Jetfire.. and a selection of mini-Micronauts. I suspect that tht secondary value on these is going to be INSANE, dammit!

The world of anime mourns the passing at age 82 of Seiji Yokoyama, composer for Captain Harlock and, perhaps even better known, Saint Seiya whose orchestral scores are simply superb.

Keeping it short and sweet, but ending on an important issue; 12th July is Net Neutrality Day, when a number of heavy hitting web based companies are taking action to protest the US' FCC's plan to repeal net neutrality laws.... More details about how you can get involved here

Date: 2017-07-11 10:15 am (UTC)
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I've been watching Letterkenny Season 3

It's not the sort of thing to watch while you eat dinner - it's too funny.

Season 3 cold open with emphasis on the cold.

Date: 2017-07-11 10:55 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] skjam
Start my new job today, but don't get paid until next week Friday, money insanely tight.

Date: 2017-07-11 03:43 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] commodus
I hope the new job goes well for you! I am in a similar situation myself, and have started a new job this week, too.

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Date: 2017-07-12 04:05 pm (UTC)
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Keeping my fingers crossed for you--I've started a new job, too. Let's commune over a bowl of rice and maybe some cheap pizza takeout.

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Date: 2017-07-11 12:42 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] matrix_dragon
I have a mighty need for that Revolutions Pack. I need an Action Man to go with my Kup.

Date: 2017-07-11 01:26 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] locuatico
There is a new Castlevania animated series on Netflix, it's just 4 episodes long but pretty good!... it's written by Warren Ellis... and yes, it's on the "Avatar Press" end of the spectrum.

Date: 2017-07-11 02:20 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] speedingtortoise
I wasn't a huge fan of the first episode and almost stopped watching it, but I decided to press on and was pleasantly surprised. The last 3 episodes were great, and Belmont was hilarious!

Date: 2017-07-11 03:33 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] joetuss
Damn, only 4 episodes? Guess I don't need to clear my schedule after all.

Date: 2017-07-11 03:44 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] commodus
Honestly, I would rather they did that Legend of Zelda Netflix show that was rumoured some time back. I never understood the appeal of Castlevania.

Date: 2017-07-11 05:00 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] janegray
I'm gonna watch it soon. My best friend is a HUGE fan of Castlevania (seriously, she owns more Castlevania merchandise than they made, because she bought everything they ever made and then made her own. She has beaten Symphony of the Night so many times, she could do it blindfolded).

I always wanted to enjoy the series with her, fangirling it together, but I just couldn't. I don't like the games. At all. She has even bought me a couple of Castlevania games to hopefully encourage me to play them, but I tried and I hated them >_>

This anime is the first time we'll be able to enjoy Castlevania together :D

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Date: 2017-07-11 01:33 pm (UTC)
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Homecoming was the best damn superhero anything I've ever seen...10/10

mild spoilers

Date: 2017-07-12 04:05 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ironymaiden
Truly great.
It managed to avoid all the cringe beats that I thought were coming - some kind of double act at the party, truly hurting/rejecting his friend, losing the competition and/or some kind of last-minute appearance where he humiliates his bully. Mae wasn't damseled and nobody died!
It felt like a six-issue story arc, with time to grow all the characters and Iron Man just doing a cameo in a page or two every other issue. Great sense of place, both in New York (bodega cat, small apartment) and in growing up in the Marvel universe.
And it helped me understand why I rarely read Spidey books: I love the character and therefore I can't deal with his inevitably sacrificed personal life.

Re: mild spoilers

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Date: 2017-07-11 01:52 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] scorntx
Been rewatching some old Who (something made ten years ago is old help).
Got up to series 5 so far. That Matt Smith looks so young...
oh and whatsernames there too good.
(Amy is actually tolerable in the first three episodes. Time of the Angels... no so much.)


Wound up reading one of them Star Trek novels a couple of days ago.
"Department of Temporal Investigations".
Surprisingly enjoyable, though the heavy amount of continuity nods and references maaaaay have had something to do with that.
(There's a bibliography at the end, and a mighty useful thing it is, because it references every time-travel episode from TNG, DS9, Voyager and Enterprise... dense reading in there, even without the heavy physics talk.
It also bravely tries making some sense of that "Temporal Cold War" nonsense...)


Also, the last day or so there's been this strange, translucent liquid falling from the sky, in large amounts.
It's not dangerous, it's just sort of wet, and tasteless. Non-viscous.
No idea what's up with it, but it keeps pooling everywhere.
Very concerned if this keeps up.

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Date: 2017-07-11 02:49 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] thezmage
I'm having a hard time balancing my desire for new stuff with my need to save money for SDCC.

Also I ate a giant burger yesterday (10 patties, 10 slices of American cheese) as part of a contest. I was the only person at my location to finish without throwing up (barely). Now I'm forced to confront my inability to navigate the delicate balance between what I "can" do and what I "should" do.

Date: 2017-07-11 03:45 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] commodus
I just finished reading Redwall! What an amazing book. I honestly didn't expect it to get as brutal as it did by the end - but in the final chapters it turned in Game of Thrones, with characters getting popped off left and right.

I wish they'd do a movie, or a new TV series based on the story.

Date: 2017-07-11 10:27 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kamino_neko
I remember the TV series being pretty faithful to the first couple books.

Date: 2017-07-11 03:56 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] his_spiffynesss
But they made the Visionaries figure without his holograms! That was the selling point of the things back in the 80's.

Date: 2017-07-11 04:15 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] nightauditguy
My grandmother's funeral was two weeks ago. I'm going to another funeral today for my newborn niece. Damn it's going to be tough.

Date: 2017-07-11 04:17 pm (UTC)
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So sorry to hear about your losses that are so close together.

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Date: 2017-07-11 04:35 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] indy2012
I finally watched the new Power Rangers movie, and was a little disappointed that we didn't have them fighting in just their suits more. I feel like it was a very quick row with the Putty Patrol and then straight into the Zords for the rest of the movie.

Also wish they had kept more elements of Trini's personality traits in the movie characterization. I didn't see much of the "peaceful" or "empathetic" qualities that she was known for. Their choice for Kimberly also grated on me for some reason, and thought that she didn't get much redemption from her cyber-bullying arc.

The relationship between Billy and Jason was both delightful and unexpected. Zack seemed somewhat true. I remember him being the Michelangelo ninja turtle of the group back then and feel he filled the same jokester, fun-loving guy role here.

It was also jarring to be watching this movie that felt so grounded at times suddenly have a character utter a word or phrase like "Putty Patrol," "Rita Repulsa," and "It's Morphin' time." I was waiting for "According to my calculations" or "1, 2, 3 Power Up!" in unison, but those never came. I know it's homage and staying somewhat true to the source material, but a lot of the nomenclature of the old show just doesn't translate to grounded.

Date: 2017-07-11 04:43 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] zachbeacon
Spent most of the weekend binge watching Star Vs the Forces of Evil. Maybe its just me trying to justify being an adult who still enjoys children's cartoons but ...how is this for kids? Teens, sure, but I thought Disney's programming was mostly for kids.

Date: 2017-07-11 05:10 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] thezmage
Some of it is just weirdness, but then things like the Mewberty episode are such inspired weirdness that it's pretty much art.

Also, I'm approximately 99% sure that Toffee is a descendant of Queen Eclipsa

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Date: 2017-07-11 05:11 pm (UTC)
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So, I’ve been playing a lot of Left 4 Dead 2 lately. I’ve owned this game for a looooong time (Steam gave it away for free about 5 years ago), but I never played it because I utterly and completely suck at shooters, and had zero desire to expose myself to the pity/anger/trolling of human teammates.

(Seriously, I couldn’t shoot a blimp parked right in front of me. It’s not that I have bad aim, it’s that my aim is nonexistent. Yes, I’m good at Team Fortress 2, but that’s because Team Fortress 2 has classes, such as Spy and Engineer and Pyro and Medic, that let you be an asset to your team even if you never fire a gun.)

But then somebody mentioned that there is an option to play single-player with bots. And, in single-player, you can also select easy mode. And I thought, what the hell, what have I got to lose?

So I’ve finished all the Campaigns and had fun. It's a REALLY good game. I haven't laughed this hard about the Apocalypse since I read Good Omens.

But I started wondering something. I had always heard that Rochelle was extremely unpopular, even outright hated, in Fandom. "Rochelle sucks" is practically a meme. So, I had assumed that she must be an asshole or an idiot or something.

…But then I played the game, and she turned out to be a nice, kind, smart and helpful.

What the hell, Fandom?

I don’t get it. Why the hate for Rochelle? She is cool! Every second line out of her mouth is a compliment or an encouragement, her voice sounds nice, her character design looks good, and she plays exactly the same as any of the other survivors.

It doesn’t seem to be Die For Our Ship, aka by far the most common reason female characters are despised, because she has zero romantic tension with any of her teammates. It doesn’t seem to be misogyny, becuse Fandom loves Zoey. It doesn’t seem to be racism, because Fandom loves Louis. It's it has nothing to do with gameplay, because all the characters play exactly the same, they just have different skins. So what else can it be? I’m drawing a blank here.

Date: 2017-07-11 05:14 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cyberghostface
Huh I have it as well but never got around to playing it either. Maybe I'll give it a shot.

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Date: 2017-07-11 05:20 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] thezmage
Somebody on twitter put together a pretty comprehensive list of American progressive twitter accounts to follow. Well, they called them "1% corporate shills," but they're all great and comprehensive follows and all of the accounts got a huge boost in followers once the list was released. I included Propane Jane on there, even though she wasn't on the original list, because she's my personal recommendation

Date: 2017-07-11 05:51 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cosmos666
I burst out laughing when I saw Sasha Stone in the list. Woman is crazy, specially when it comes to predict awards. But she does seem fairly progressive on her politics.

Date: 2017-07-11 05:29 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] onsokumaru
Seiji Yokoyama was one of the greatests.
His compositions were absolutely epic, the different versions of the Pegasus Fantasy melody still give be goosebumps.
I've spent more time listening to his and Shunsuke Kikuchi's music than to any other muisic in the world.
Edited Date: 2017-07-11 06:09 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2017-07-11 07:27 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] locuatico
I almost forgot. Overwatch has released the long anticipated Doomfist....... He is basically a Street fighter character thrown into a show shooter... And he kicks ass!

Date: 2017-07-11 08:45 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] janegray
The video was gorgeous. Animation as smooth as a lake of oil.
From: [personal profile] deh_tommy
(mind you, I'm not the most unbiased or credible source, and a lot of this is likely both inaccurate and horribly warped from memory)

For those of you who are unaware, popular youtubers Boogie2988 and Anita Sarkeesian shared a panel about harrassment together at a convention recently. An equally popular and rather vocal and controversial critic of her called Sargon of Akkad attended said panel as part of the crowd.

She singled him out of said crowd and called him "human garbage". Mind you, Mr. Sargon has said some... questionable things (many of which I and I'm sure some others here may disagree with), but at this point he had done nothing other than idly stand around. If I'm not mistaken, something like this is against the rules of the convention (and especially ironic in a panel about dealing eith harassment), but what's weird is no one outside of some rather mean-spirited individuals have really called her out (some sites like The Mary Sue and Polygin even praising her for doing so).

Furthermore, she allegedly bullied Boogie backstage over him supposedly trivialising people's experiences of abuse due to him sharing a story about how he had a hit put on him and had literal poop delivered to his door. He posted a video about what happened from his perspective (in which he never really confirmed nor denied if she did bully him, but he implied that she didn't and their conversation was more civil), saying that they simply had an argument over how he considers himself to be accountable for any privilege he has a a white, American man... and so people in the comments section began to viciously mock and bully him further, insulting him (using such words as 'cuck', 'SJW', bundles of sticks, a 'libtard', etc.) and calling him out as a "traitor" to his viewers for not standing up to his bully (which I hope he's right and that he wasn't bullied or belittled) and therefore setting a bad example for said viewers who may look up to him.

Why can't we all just get along? Why do we say such terrible things about/to one another?
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From: [personal profile] sadoeuphemist
She didn't pick him out of the crowd. Sargon went to her panel with an entourage, and they occupied the front two-to-three rows in a deliberate attempt to provoke her. In his own words: "We had a blast with this. It was such an adrenaline high to be there in the situation, to shit-post, in this trolling kind of way." Like, this is all in the Polygon article, I don't know how you can reference it if you haven't read it. It's not harassment to fight back at a crowd who showed up deliberately trying to intimidate you.

And why are you giving the Boogie story any credibility at all if Boogie himself says it was a civil argument?

Date: 2017-07-11 10:09 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thatnickguy
I ran a 6km Mud Hero this past Saturday!

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