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@  MEDdMI : (19 April 2019 - 09:21 PM)

oof, yikes. Good luck.

@  wonko the sane? : (19 April 2019 - 09:18 PM)

We're in the middle of a kitchen reno and NOTHING will be done until tuesday. I could beat a four day weekend with a hammer right now if it meant I could use my stove again.

@  Steevy Maximus : (19 April 2019 - 06:47 PM)

Can't beat 4 day weekends either.

@  Steevy Maximus : (19 April 2019 - 06:47 PM)

I prefer later shifts myself, but my 3 day weekend shift isn't bad. Nice to work without those administration busy bodies poking around.

@  Nevermore : (19 April 2019 - 04:12 AM)

Yeah, traffic is a plus as well. Rarely got any trouble getting to work on late shift (even with the neverending construction site on the highway), and when my shift is over, there's hardly any traffic at all anymore.

@  MEDdMI : (18 April 2019 - 06:27 PM)

while I don't have weekends consistently off, working 2nd shift isn't so bad. I'm more likely to do stuff before work than after (when I'm already tired). Plus no rush hour traffic

@  TM2-Megatron : (18 April 2019 - 05:03 PM)

Switching shifts constantly is never good for one's health. There was a time when I worked overnights steady for about 2 years; did wonders for my health, as well

@  Nevermore : (18 April 2019 - 04:36 PM)

Don't miss early shift (and especially switching back and forth every two weeks) a bit.

@  Nevermore : (18 April 2019 - 04:36 PM)

Man, permanent late shift really has done wonders for my overal well-being. Never having to get up early for work, staying up late, weekends off... a ot of my coworkers think I'm crazy, but late shift is really my preferred shift.

@  Nevermore : (18 April 2019 - 04:33 PM)

(My total lack of sleep on that day might have contributed, though.)

@  Nevermore : (18 April 2019 - 04:33 PM)

At noon, it was warm.

@  Nevermore : (18 April 2019 - 04:33 PM)

On Monday, we went on strike early in the morning, I was also wearing to jackets and gloves and my toes and fingers were freezing.

@  wonko the sane? : (18 April 2019 - 04:31 PM)

Nope, right now my days are doing that. Frigid at night (Well, just below zero, but still.) and warm enough to be always be ill prepared during the day.

@  Nevermore : (18 April 2019 - 04:28 PM)

Today it's so warm I had to take a shower to wash off the sweat after a lengthy bike trip.

@  Nevermore : (18 April 2019 - 04:27 PM)

This past Friday I was wearing two jackets and winter gloves outside and took a hot bath when I returned home.

@  Nevermore : (18 April 2019 - 04:27 PM)

Is "April weather" an issue in other countries as well, or is that specifically a German phenomenon?

@  PlutoniumBoss : (16 April 2019 - 11:04 AM)

Well, when you understand the history of the area it make sense. It's basically a series of countries buying the place, moving in, saying "we rule you people now", and the locals shrugging and responding, "okay, you have fun with that".

@  Sabrblade : (16 April 2019 - 07:58 AM)

When did we all turn into Henry Higgins?

@  unluckiness : (16 April 2019 - 03:16 AM)

To be fair, most Americans can't get the hang of English, so I can understand why.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (16 April 2019 - 03:15 AM)

(And yeah, Calliope is a Greek muse, not French, but the street was named BY the French when they took over.)

@  PlutoniumBoss : (16 April 2019 - 03:10 AM)

In New Orleans there's a bunch of streets with French names that are pronounced by locals with a more English emphasis, for example "Calliope Street" is pronounced "CAL-lee-ope".

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (15 April 2019 - 11:56 PM)

I figured as much for Canadians.

@  TM2-Megatron : (15 April 2019 - 11:37 PM)

hm; whenever I've heard people talk about the school they said it the same way as the cathedral...but I guess that's in Canada, so they're probably more familiar with the cathedral than the school

@  Dracula : (15 April 2019 - 11:11 PM)

There's plenty of place names in the US like that. Around here we have an "el doh-RAY-doh," and up north there's a Cairo that's pronounced "kay-roh"

@  RichardT1977 : (15 April 2019 - 09:56 PM)

Yeah, the common pronunciation of the University is probably the reason most Americans don't pronounce the Cathedral name correctly.

@  Arazyr : (15 April 2019 - 08:03 PM)

That's my understanding of how the two are supposed to be pronounced as well.

@  Echowarrior : (15 April 2019 - 07:42 PM)

When I'm talking about the cathedral, I say "noh-treh dahme". When I talk about the university, I say "noh-ter dayme". I don't see a problem with that.

@  Paladin : (15 April 2019 - 06:26 PM)

guessing "Hunchback" just got bumped WAY down the list for Disney's live-action remakes...

@  Patch : (15 April 2019 - 05:56 PM)

We all pronounce it wrong, so no one knows enough to care.

@  TM2-Megatron : (15 April 2019 - 05:40 PM)

It'd be odd for most Americans not to know how to pronounce Notre Dame, considering they have a University with the same name that's the subject of a relatively popular film based around a sport most Americans love

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (15 April 2019 - 04:22 PM)

Three or four more hours will be needed to contain the fire.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (15 April 2019 - 04:22 PM)

Update from France 24: the Paris Fire Brigade says two towers and the main structure of the cathedral have been saved from complete destruction.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (15 April 2019 - 03:57 PM)

One does not have to speak French to know that rhyming with "voter name" is off the mark.

@  Locoman : (15 April 2019 - 03:51 PM)

Really? It's an international tragedy and you're zeroing in on the people who maybe don't speak French?

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (15 April 2019 - 03:44 PM)

@Tm_Silverclaw I just read on BBC News that the cause is not yet clear, but officials suspect the fire could be linked to renovation work.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (15 April 2019 - 03:42 PM)

Oh boy, here we go with the U.S.-American newscasters who can't pronounce "Notre Dame" correctly.

@  TheMightyMol... : (15 April 2019 - 03:38 PM)

Too soon to say.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (15 April 2019 - 03:20 PM)

Do we know if it was an attack? Arson? Or just bad wiring?

@  Nevermore : (15 April 2019 - 02:10 PM)

Religion is dead?

@  Paladin : (15 April 2019 - 02:01 PM)

major cathedral burning down on Holy Week is some kind of metaphor.

@  Benbot : (15 April 2019 - 12:54 PM)

Hard to believe a wonder of the world could just be wiped out so easily. Hopefully they can still save it

@  Benbot : (15 April 2019 - 12:51 PM)

Well, Notre Dame is burning down

@  Benbot : (15 April 2019 - 10:05 AM)

yikes I thought the site was going to be down for a while

@  Nevermore : (14 April 2019 - 09:07 PM)

So, time for another strike. No sleep for me tonight. Oh well.

@  Nevermore : (14 April 2019 - 09:04 PM)

Think Game of Thrones "light" meets Cabaret and you get the idea.

@  Nevermore : (14 April 2019 - 09:03 PM)

Kinda sorta, just with more intrigue, conspiracy, depravity, crime and violence.

@  RichardT1977 : (14 April 2019 - 06:37 PM)

So it's like a prequel to Cabaret?

@  Nevermore : (14 April 2019 - 04:02 PM)

And man, characters are smoking literally EVERYWHERE.

@  Nevermore : (14 April 2019 - 03:27 PM)

Also, full frontal male nudity. (There's been quite a bit of female nudity since episode 1.)

@  Nevermore : (14 April 2019 - 03:26 PM)

Episode 6, and Hitler is randomly name-checked.


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#21 The Predaking

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Posted 13 August 2018 - 04:09 PM

To me it had the best combat in both space and hand to hand of any of films(up to that point because Spock vs Khan was epic). The borg were a ton more dangerous than they ever were in the series. And personally, I like the Borg Queen as a living avatar of the collective. Cochran steals every scene that he is in, so most of the planet side scenes are great to me.


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Posted 13 August 2018 - 07:14 PM

Yeah, First Contact was the Borg Queen done right.

Voyager picked up the concept and proceeded to ignore what the movie explicitly established (the Queen isn't the "ruler" of the Collective, she's a handpuppet being worn by an eldritch abomination).

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Posted 15 August 2018 - 09:19 PM

Man, over 20 years on and the arguments on First Contact introducing the Queen to the Borg are never going to end, are they?


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Posted 15 August 2018 - 10:25 PM

Why should they?  They took what is supposed to be a faceless, emotionless entity and gave us the fact that it still can't get over Picard.

 

Ironbite-despite every evidence that they really should.


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Posted 16 August 2018 - 08:11 AM

Man, over 20 years on and the arguments on First Contact introducing the Queen to the Borg are never going to end, are they?

 

Not if I have anything to say about it!


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Posted 16 August 2018 - 07:58 PM

Yeah, First Contact was the Borg Queen done right.

Voyager picked up the concept and proceeded to ignore what the movie explicitly established (the Queen isn't the "ruler" of the Collective, she's a handpuppet being worn by an eldritch abomination).

 

While I like that explanation, I have seen the movie many times and that has never occurred to me.  I don't think it fits, though.  Why did all the Borg die when the handpuppet died?



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Posted 16 August 2018 - 08:19 PM

She's the collective's man focus node.  When they went back to the past to undo the future that is Aku, the Borg got cut off from the rest of the Collective save for this tiny piece.

 

Ironbite-the piece that had a boner for Loctus.


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Posted 21 August 2018 - 01:20 PM

Here is an idea...I know it gets into bad fanfiction...but here goes.

 

Q could have saved Data before he went boom.  He set him up in a remote planet to explore his humanity.  Data looses his mind in isolation and realizes that a being that had the mind of a human and the body of a machine was the superior life form.  He knew the Borg failed because they had the mind of a machine, and human parts.  He experiments with this concept and realizes he can create the bodies and "free" minds to go into them.  He begins a quest to "help" humanity by helping it to the next stage of evolution.  He travels around capturing humans and downloading them.  Some take well and some do not.  Many little "cyber" kingdoms pop up as people use their newfound strength to subjugate others.

 

A federation starship stumbles on a kingdom and find the origin.

 

Starfleet knows that only one man can reason with Data...Picard.  So the pull him from retirement.

 

This ship transports him and they chase down Data.

 

In following him, they run across many kingdoms and problems.  Each episode could be a different problem to solve as each "antagonist" is just a person with a different part of their personality amplified.  There would be many opportunities for morality plays and pondering.  It would also give the opportunity to wrap up each episode an allow stand alone adventures.  Each of the new crew could shine and bring their own brand of problem solving to this.

 

The ultimate moral question is "Is it right to change someone for the better, against their will?"  In the final episode, Q, Picard and Data can debate this in true Next Gen fashion.

 

I could watch that.


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Posted 21 August 2018 - 01:41 PM

If I had my way, Data would have been made a real boy by Q and has spent the last thirty years living on some distant federation colony. He could even have a family. Through a series of events he rejoins starfleet and adventures ensue.
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Posted 21 August 2018 - 01:50 PM

She's the collective's man focus node.  When they went back to the past to undo the future that is Aku, the Borg got cut off from the rest of the Collective save for this tiny piece.
 
Ironbite-the piece that had a boner for Loctus.


Well it WAS the MAN focus mode... (assuming it was a typo for 'main' instead of an intentional joke)
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Posted 22 August 2018 - 12:35 PM

I really want this series to bring Data back. He was my favorite character and his death was a tragedy. That being said, the description upthread of how the novels brought him back really feels...overly complex and fanwanky, and just...not good, at least on paper. I'd rather they just go with what happened in IDW's Countdown comic where

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. I'd also like to note that everyone (including the actor) forgot that he said on TNG that part of his design caused him to appear to naturally age.

 

That being also said, though, I don't need him to come back to the show necessarily, I'd be fine with Picard being like, "yeah, he's fine, he recovered, he's out there doing his thing somewhere."



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Posted 22 August 2018 - 01:06 PM

As much as I want Data back, having Q intervene in a non-Q story would fundamentally break Star Trek.  How can there ever be any tension or consequences if there is a literal god standing by to rescue our heroes?  



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Posted 22 August 2018 - 01:22 PM

I really want this series to bring Data back. He was my favorite character and his death was a tragedy. That being said, the description upthread of how the novels brought him back really feels...overly complex and fanwanky, and just...not good, at least on paper. I'd rather they just go with what happened in IDW's Countdown comic where

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. I'd also like to note that everyone (including the actor) forgot that he said on TNG that part of his design caused him to appear to naturally age.

 

That being also said, though, I don't need him to come back to the show necessarily, I'd be fine with Picard being like, "yeah, he's fine, he recovered, he's out there doing his thing somewhere."

I agree with the fanwankery, but this entire series is meant to appeal to nostalgia of the 90's.  It would be a cheap way for them to maximize their profits...and make a show

 

As much as I want Data back, having Q intervene in a non-Q story would fundamentally break Star Trek.  How can there ever be any tension or consequences if there is a literal god standing by to rescue our heroes?  

I don't think he is rescuing Data, he is using him to create a crisis and further test Picard.

 

Granted, this is not the best idea, but probably similar to something CBS would try.


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Posted 22 August 2018 - 02:24 PM

A one off to fix a stupid decision would be fine by me. I normally agree. And it's nor like Q mucking around is out of character where Jean Luc is concerned. He is his favorite human.
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Posted 22 August 2018 - 02:39 PM

The trouble with Data "reasserting" himself through B4 is that it means Data killed his mentally-disabled brother and stole his body.

(And that's ignoring the practical considerations of getting the positronic equivalent of a supercomputer's OS to run on an 80s-era Commodore.)

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Posted 22 August 2018 - 02:57 PM

Yes, B4's body really isn't designed to house Data's consciousness... and certainly doesn't contain the hardware necessary for it to actually express itself properly. The Cold Equations novel addressed all this, too... even had it been possible, Dr. Soong stated unequivocally that he was unwilling to sacrifice B4 to save Data or vice versa, considering both of them his children and deserving of existence. During the process that restored Data, B4 also received numerous software enhancements that would allow him to function at a more competent level going forwards.


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Posted 26 August 2018 - 07:41 PM

You know what fanwank I would literally pay to see in this series? For the show to spend its budget bringing back a Voyager cast member just to have the character canonically declare, "Oh yeah once during the Delta Quadrant journey Tom accidentally took some really powerful drugs. Had a ridiculous dream about exceeding warp 10 and mutating with the Captain to become lizard things."

 

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Posted 26 August 2018 - 09:23 PM

Isn't is possible by this point starfleet would be full AI's, too? I mean, speaking of Voyager, studying the emergency medical hologram should really make that a possibility.

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Posted 27 August 2018 - 05:05 AM

The Borg Queen to me has always felt like one of those awkward times where late 90s Trek was saying "Some fanservice with your technobabble, sir?"

Voyager was already mining that with Seven of Nine wearing a ridiculous high heel jumpsuit and her Borg implants reduced to the eyebrow thing and the bit on her hand.

The Borg Queen is that problem when writers start exploring an unstoppable popular antagonist. The more you peel off the layers and show relatable links, the more what makes them appealing dies. The Borg are horrific for the same reason zombies or the Cybermen- they're basically marching corpses, with just a vestige of humanity left. They are a relentless hive mind who more than have the technology to back up their ambitions and worst of all they can make you one of them in an instant, your own unique identity snuffed out.

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Posted 27 August 2018 - 05:48 AM

Worst. Episode. Ever.

 

Not even the worst episode of that season.





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