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@  Maximus Ambus : (15 November 2019 - 12:49 PM)

It was set in the forties, featured Nazi's as the villains and had Kiko fight mostly Ice Age animals and a mythical dragon that now ruled the island guarding Kongs treasure.

@  Paladin : (15 November 2019 - 11:37 AM)

and it was ALSO eleven hours long.

@  Maximus Ambus : (15 November 2019 - 10:55 AM)

In a alternate reality Peter Jackson made Son of Kong.

@  wonko the sane? : (15 November 2019 - 09:30 AM)

To be fair to boba: everyone else to go into the sarlacc was a sacrifice. Stripped almost naked and tossed, and didn't have body armor, a jetpack and a weapon.

@  TheMightyMol... : (15 November 2019 - 06:54 AM)

Nah, he just has to keep up his plot insurance payments so he can shoot his way out of the Sarlacc again.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (15 November 2019 - 02:59 AM)

Funny, but everyone knows he bounty hunts for Jabba Hutt to finance his 'Vette.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (15 November 2019 - 02:54 AM)

Okay.. Not sure why.. but streaming is harder than jsut playing the game.. even though that's pretty much what I was doing.

@  Xellos : (14 November 2019 - 06:47 PM)

What type of vehicle does Boba Fett use for time travel? A Man-DeLorean.

@  TM2-Megatron : (14 November 2019 - 03:55 PM)

Admittedly, it's been a long time since I've been to a walk-in clinic, as I tend not to get sick (and the one time I do every 4-5 years, I prefer just riding it out at home), but the last time I went I'm pretty sure you could just show up, no appointment. It may be different in Quebec,though

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 02:36 PM)

One thing to note about health insurance in Germany is that we have a two-class system: mandatory health insurance is basically the economy class, while private health insurance is the business class.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 02:32 PM)

My local doctor is actually a shared office with several doctors where you will get randomly assigned to one of the doctors available that day.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 02:30 PM)

Also, employers are required by law to cover part of their employees' health insurance fees, so I only have to pay my part.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 02:28 PM)

Basic examinations and sick notes (known as "work-inability certificates" in Germany) for the employer are covered by our health insurances by default.

@  TheMightyMol... : (14 November 2019 - 12:02 PM)

Around here, we can go to a walk-in clinic whenever, but might have to wait in the queue until there's a doctor available, which can take hours on a busy day. And then hope our insurance will cover anything.

@  wonko the sane? : (14 November 2019 - 07:38 AM)

There actually are a good number of clinics around here: but the walk ins require an appointment (what?) and are only done once a week. IF you can get an appointment, you see a doctor usually within 40 minutes, but good luck getting the appointment.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 03:35 AM)

Depending on the day.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 03:35 AM)

We have family doctors (called "house doctors") with regular office hours where you may need an hour or two of waiting time.

@  TM2-Megatron : (14 November 2019 - 12:50 AM)

Two weeks? That seems a little long; are there not a lot of walk-in clinics around you?

@  wonko the sane? : (13 November 2019 - 07:01 PM)

Does germany make it quick and easy to see a doctor too? Cause an emergency doctor visit can take two weeks out here, and an emergency ROOM visit can take 18-24 hours.

@  Nevermore : (13 November 2019 - 06:43 PM)

(Good thing is, under German law, if you call in sick during your vacation and see a doctor immediately, you get to keep your vacation days.)

@  Nevermore : (13 November 2019 - 06:42 PM)

Too bad. My plans wee to do two more overtime hours before having my last day of vacation for the year on Friday. Oh well.

@  Nevermore : (13 November 2019 - 06:41 PM)

So I'm currently on medical leave for a particularly stupid reason: Burned my back with a hot-water bag while sleeping last night. Though the doctor said I'm hardly the first person to have this happen to them.

@  Patch : (13 November 2019 - 06:11 PM)

Just a particularly odious example of the 90s era of depicting transgender women as either the subject of crude humor, or "Jerry Springer" material.

@  Ashley : (13 November 2019 - 04:55 PM)

I think Ace Ventura legit contributed to me spending years in self denial. I will never be ok with Jim Carrey.

@  Benbot : (13 November 2019 - 01:22 PM)

I thought he since changed his tune.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (13 November 2019 - 12:51 PM)

Jim Carry Paladin?

@  Maximus Ambus : (13 November 2019 - 12:22 PM)

Don't doubt what he can do. Sonic the Hedgehog!

@  Paladin : (13 November 2019 - 11:51 AM)

not giving a dime to a transphobic antivaxxer.

@  wonko the sane? : (13 November 2019 - 11:25 AM)

It'll be a terrible movie if jim carrey phones it in. Otherwise it should be decent.

@  Paladin : (13 November 2019 - 10:45 AM)

sonics' still gonna be a terrible movie but at least they whined loud enough to make him look passable for a 2-minute trailer. "yay."

@  ▲ndrusi : (13 November 2019 - 10:37 AM)

But of course to annoying people there's no such thing as different decisions made for different reasons, there is only "I like it so it's right" and "I don't like it so it's wrong."

@  ▲ndrusi : (13 November 2019 - 10:35 AM)

Even if we pretend it's objective truth that they were both bad, then they were bad in very different ways.

@  ▲ndrusi : (13 November 2019 - 10:33 AM)

Sonic's previous movie design looked genuinely bad. The Transformers '07 designs just looked insufficiently like what certain loud and obnoxious parts of the fandom think Transformers are required to always look like.

@  Otaku : (13 November 2019 - 08:50 AM)

Um... Purple Monkey Dishwasher?

@  TheMightyMol... : (13 November 2019 - 08:25 AM)

Do we really need to have Every Movie Transformer Thread Ever in the Squawkbox?

@  Bass X0 : (13 November 2019 - 08:13 AM)

Sure it made money but that doesn’t mean it has appealing character designs. Lot of god awful fugly faces in the Transformers movies.

@  Otaku : (12 November 2019 - 08:25 PM)

@Liege My issue with Transformers (2007) were elements I thought were unnecessary.  I know it was supposed to just be a joke, but I didn't ever need to hear about "Sam's Happy Time". >.> Which, being in awe of the first "live action" TF-film, didn't even register until I'd already purchased and watched it on DVD a few times (after seeing it in theaters 3 times).

@  Liege : (12 November 2019 - 08:22 PM)

For all the Bayisms in the 07 movie, it was tempered by Spielberg as producer. Designs aside it was an enjoyable popcorn blockbuster about a boy and his first car who happens to be an alien from another planet. They sequels are just Bay going unchecked after he proved how much bank he could bring in.

@  TM2-Megatron : (12 November 2019 - 07:12 PM)

I didn't find the designs in the '07 movie to be that bad, personally. What got really offputting was how Cybertronians in general become such huge a-holes in the later films; the designs were very much secondary to their horrible personalities

@  Sabrblade : (12 November 2019 - 06:59 PM)

And yet, Transformers still broke the bank at the box office, opened up the brand to a whole new generation of fans, shot the brand up to mainstream appeal, and enabled all kinds of new collector-oriented lines and other avenues to come about. Not saying Sonic's movie will do the same for his series, but the 2007 TF movie certainly did more good than harm.

@  Bass X0 : (12 November 2019 - 06:09 PM)

Paramount changed Sonic due to fan backlash but refused to redo Transformers 2007 with new cgi appearances based on their classic forms everyone’s knows and loves, and can relate to. Trailer 1 Sonic is as appealing a design as 2007 Bumblebee...

@  TheMightyMol... : (12 November 2019 - 02:14 PM)

I don't. They're a pain in the ass to repair.

@  Benbot : (12 November 2019 - 12:48 PM)

I wish car companies would bring back flip up headlights

@  TheMightyMol... : (12 November 2019 - 09:07 AM)

Wear a hazmat suit. It's Walmart, they're used to weird.

@  wonko the sane? : (12 November 2019 - 07:54 AM)

2 inches of snow on the side of the house, 2 feet of snow on the deck. I hate this winter already.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (11 November 2019 - 11:33 PM)

But that requires actually going IN walmart. ;P

@  Liege : (11 November 2019 - 11:22 PM)

Pro tip for anyone hunting the for the Walmart 35th exclusives: try the seasonal aisles rather than the toy section. I found the display with all the exclusives and a bunch of the reflector wave practically untouched amongst those novelty arcade machines and a bunch of frozen merch.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (11 November 2019 - 09:45 PM)

Although that does spark an idea for me. In a new continuity, Censere the Necrobot could be the herald Cityspeaker for Quintessa the Necrotitan just to play on their monikers utilizing Greek for dead, nekrós.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (11 November 2019 - 09:26 PM)

I hate to burst your bubble, Maximus Ambus, but 90% of things said in IDW turned out to be amnesiac half-rememberings courtesy of Adaptus or outright lies courtesy of Shockwave.

@  Jenny : (11 November 2019 - 08:54 AM)

The toy's designed to look like Wipe-Out, anyway.

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#1 Exatron


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Posted 07 June 2019 - 02:35 PM

My daughter's finishing up third grade, and she's been developing into quite the voracious reader. We were kind of surprised though that she wasn't interested in Harry Potter at all, so around Christmas my wife and I dug up the movies and watched them with her. It worked to get her interested, and she's since read the whole series. One of the unintended side effects though is that I started to realize just how long it's been since I've sat down and read a novel myself. I'm reading all the time (news, e-mail, forums, etc.), but I honestly couldn't name a full book I'd read since the last Harry Potter book came out in 2007.  :doh


Anyway, I decided to remedy that situation. A few weeks ago, I dug out the Death Gate Cycle, which I haven't read in at least a decade or two. I've been steadily going through those, and just started the last book in the series the other night. It's been an odd experience. I could vaguely remember some of the broad strokes of the plot, along with some very vivid memories of certain elements and events, but I've lost so much to time that it's kind of like reading it for the first time with a touch of deja vu. And while I had vague memories of having enjoyed the books, I'd completely forgotten just how much I enjoyed them. Or maybe I was too young to fully appreciate them back then. I really can't tell for sure.


I'm still debating what to dig into next once I finish The Seventh Gate. I never did read The Lord of the Rings, and have always wanted to, so that's always a top contender. The Dragonlance books, primarily the ones written by Weis & Hickman, are old favorites that I also haven't read in ages. I also have their Darksword series, which I also never got around to reading. Or the Pern series, which had several more books published since I last read them. Then there's the Harry Potter series, since it's what kicked off this mood in the first place. I'd also be strongly tempted by the Song of Ice and Fire series, but I don't think I could stand the wait for the final book(s).


Anyway, anybody else reading anything good lately?

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Posted 07 June 2019 - 03:07 PM

Recommended reading: I always suggest the Animorphs series (*ahem*), or at the very least the Hork-Bajir Chronicles. A surprisingly dark take on the old "kids fight a fantasy war" trope, with some incredibly imaginative aliens scattered throughout. They're also really quick reads.



What I'm reading: the old Star Wars EU. Mostly reading these so I can ignore the new movies.......... but also I skipped these all before and wanted to see what I've been missing all these years with Mara Jade and Darth Bane and Plagueis and the like.

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Posted 07 June 2019 - 03:48 PM

Anyway, anybody else reading anything good lately?

I'm somewhere in the middle of the Mahabharata. Which might be simultaneously the most difficult heroic epic, and the most amazing one. It is an experience I don't even know how to describe.

Edited by NotVeryKnightly, 07 June 2019 - 03:50 PM.

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Posted 07 June 2019 - 04:25 PM

Historical non-fiction has been my jam as of late.


The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff is a fresh look at the bedlam that engulfed the Massachusetts colony at the close of the 17th Century. Researched like a traditional historical account but written in a compelling narrative style, Schiff seamlessly weaves the reader in and out of the proceedings like on the spectral visions the afflicted girls claimed to be haunting the court rooms of the accused. While answers will forever remain elusive, it's still a very compelling tale with far more complexity than one assumes from the surface. Also blasts away several of the common misconceptions and fabrications about the event that were facilitated by later authors (Gone is the connection to Voodoo, for example).


A Curious Madness A bit of a unknown tale from the end of World War II, Okawa Shumei was the only Japanese Civilian charged with War Crimes, when an apparent breakdown in the court room lead to him being declared insane and incapable of standing trial...making him the only Japanese war criminal that was charged and set completely free. After his release, he quickly regained his faculties leading many to suspect he'd simply fooled the American Psychiatrist who'd examined him. The grandson of this Psychiatrist decided to delve into the mystery of a man who was a titan among his family, and in so doing gives a fair shake to both men. Like the Witches real answers remain elusive (Though there is a explanation to be had), but it makes human two very different men of a conflict that has grown to larger than life proportions and, being blunt, Okawa Shumei is a fascinating individual worth knowing about for his own merits, not simply his madness.


Symphony for the City of the Dead is the book I'm currently reading. It's about the Soviet composer Dmitri Shostakovich who grew up and lived during the rise of the Soviet Union in the city of Saint Petersburg...later Petrograd...later Leningrad, and who was one of those unfortunate souls who were trapped within the city when the Germans surrounded it and Adolf Hilter declared the city - and all its inhabitants - were to be put to the sword. And how a Symphony he composed during the Siege was smuggled at great risk out of both the city and the Soviet Union, intent on it being the plea for help the Soviets needed in the West. Again, a little known story of a larger than life event, and honestly worth reading just for the build up to the siege itself. It details Shostakovich's life under the Bolsheviks, Russia's wild, highly experimental period in arts during the 1920s, and how Shostakovich was one of those blacklisted during the Great Terror - Stalin's ruthless purge of the Soviet world. There are parts that read almost from a movie script - He was implicated in a plot to kill Stalin. He was questioned by the precursor to the KGB where he denied any involvement or knowledge. The agent questioning him gave him the weekend to recall what he knew aka tell us what we want to hear. He went back in Monday fulling expecting to be disappeared...only to discover the agent handling his case had been purged over the weekend.

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Posted 07 June 2019 - 06:18 PM

I recomend the Perry Jackson books, while I was inspired by the film Lightning thief to read the books, the films just do not it any justice, so if your kid likes Harry Potter, then I recomend those books as well as its follow up series Heroes of Olympus, they are not only good reads but far more informative in regards to Greek & Roman myths, of course there is also the Kane Chonicles which is Egyptian myths and then there is Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, which is Norses myths. The thing about these books is they are all set in the same universe, I know its crazy but it works and just fun to read because I've read them, while set in the same universe, they rarely crossover into one another as they have their own main characters who generally are related somehow to a god or past rulers (depending on series)


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Posted 07 June 2019 - 06:47 PM

None of these are particularly "recent," but here are some faves:

The Imperial Radch trilogy by Ann Leckie (Ancillary Justice, Ancillary Sword, and Ancillary Mercy). A space-opera trilogy about an AI hive-mind that gets pared down to one single drone and goes on a mission of vengeance, which then spirals into a revolution.

The WondLa trilogy by Tony DiTerlizzi (The Search for WondLa, A Hero for WondLa, and The Battle for WondLa). A 12-year-old girl raised in an apocalypse-proof bunker emerges to explore an alien world. These are YA books, so they may be good picks to share with your daughter.

Hullmetal Girls by Emily Skrutskie. A pair of girls (one rich, the other poor) both end up sacrificing their humanity to become cyborg super-soldiers in service to their generation-fleet, and end up uncovering a conspiracy.

Redshirts by John Scalzi. A group of disposable starship crewmen start comparing notes and realize something weird is happening.

Of course, now is also the perfect time to track down Good Omens and (re)read the book that inspired the miniseries.

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Posted 07 June 2019 - 11:44 PM

There was another thread for books before.

I'm at the start of Crazy Rich Asians, late to the craze.



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Posted 08 June 2019 - 07:49 PM

Just finished Tolkien's Letters and about to start the Fall of Gondolin.

While you live, shine/ Have no grief at all/ Life exists only for a short while/ And time demands an end. Seikilos Epitaph

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Posted 09 June 2019 - 06:06 PM

I've been slowly making my way through Terry Pratchett's Discworld tooks in order (skipping a few here and there for now).  I just finished Reaper Man and I'll start Witches Abroad pretty soon.   Good books, clever writing, I definitely would recommend them.

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Posted 09 June 2019 - 10:36 PM

Kinda neat to see what all everyone's into.  :)


I'm embarrassed to say, I had no idea Animorphs was a book series. I knew about the toyline, and had a vague idea it was tied to some TV show. I never looked into it enough to have any idea there was anything more to it than that.  :doh


There was another thread for books before.


I'd expected there to be one, but if there is, I couldn't find it. Nothing as obvious as a thread in GD with "book" in the thread title anyway.  :???

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Posted 09 June 2019 - 11:42 PM

I'm at the start of Crazy Rich Asians, late to the craze.


Let me know if you can still somehow stand Nick when you finish China Rich Girlfriend.


I've been in-between books since I gave up rereading The Perfectionists halfway through before the TV series started. I used to be really big into YA but lately nothing has grabbed me like the "America becomes a caste-based monarchy but mainly this is The Bachelor on steroids" of The Selection series or the "For some reason Gossip Girl is set in 2100 now" of The Thousandth Floor series.


The author of The Thousandth Floor series is actually coming out with her own cutthroat American royalty series so there's that to look forward to at least.

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Posted 10 June 2019 - 02:20 AM

I've been slowly making my way through Terry Pratchett's Discworld tooks in order (skipping a few here and there for now).  I just finished Reaper Man and I'll start Witches Abroad pretty soon.   Good books, clever writing, I definitely would recommend them.

Reaperman! I was tearing up at the realization that the lady was giving her life to buy Bill Door a precious few seconds. Did your version have the giant affirmation properly placed?

Saw Good Omens the other week too. Tennant as Crowley was great but it would have been awesome is Arizaphale was, well, Matt Smith for a Doctor Who hang out.

I'm STILL at the start of Crazy Rich Asians, haha



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Posted 10 June 2019 - 03:17 PM

I *think* it was properly placed.  I have this version (the mass market paperpack version with the snowglobe):




I've never had the chance to thumb through any other version, though.  Can't compare.



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Posted 10 June 2019 - 09:57 PM

Just finished Polychrome by Ryk Spoor.  Serious Oz fanboy ends up being the Chosen One to save Oz despite being apparently nobody special beyond actually knowing things like who Polychrome Glory is (Baum wrote a LOT of Oz books).  It's a bit rough around the edges, with a touch too much "fans are slan" to it, but it seems to have been something of a trial run for his later and better Princess Holy Aura (which does a similar thing with magical girl tropes rather than Oz tropes).


Spoor's built up a pretty significant linked world as well, although I don't know if I'd really recommend getting into it yet...there's a lot of "meanwhile" books not yet written that leave obvious holes in the narrative.  So right now it's more like reading a couple of early Marvel books and having guest characters pop in and out without being able to check out their own titles.



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Posted 11 June 2019 - 10:39 AM

Been catching up on some of the Chernobyl history after watching the Miniseries.


Just finished Chernobyl 01:23:40 and will be starting Voices from Chernobyl shortly.

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Posted 11 June 2019 - 02:57 PM

"Voices From Chernobyl" is messing with my head a little. It reads heavily - PROFOUNDLY - like World War Z, and I catch myself enjoying it as sci-fi horror just out of dumb reflex. And then you hit the many, many vignettes of deformed dying children playing "Hospital" as their make-believe game because they've spent more time in hospitals than at home, or lonely old women crying because their radioactive cats were shot, and you remember that it's real, and more horrific than fiction. I've read Holocaust books that are less grisly.

At the end of last year I read "The Pillars of the Earth" and "World Without End" by Ken Follett, and it was some of the best fiction I've ever read. Turned me on to Follett's other books, none of which were nearly as good.

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Posted 14 June 2019 - 12:11 AM

In case anybody's interested, I use my thread in Mayhem to talk about things I read. It's currently focused on heroic epics (as the title indicates), specifically the Mahabharata. There is a lot to say about the Mahabharata.

Occasionally I talk about other things I read. Now and again I get back to the Kino's Journey books, of which there are a lot.

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Posted 14 June 2019 - 04:27 PM

Just finished up the Death Gate cycle last night, aside from still having the appendices in the last book left. Guess it's time to decide what to move on to next. I still can't decide. May come down to a coin flip or something this weekend.  :doh

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Posted 15 June 2019 - 03:01 AM

Guess it's time to decide what to move on to next. I still can't decide. May come down to a coin flip or something this weekend.

Start a thread with a poll. It might be amusing.

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Posted 15 June 2019 - 07:54 AM

The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss are two excellent books I currently suggest.

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