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by Battlehymn Republic
2019-12-26 05:44pm
Forum: Pure Star Wars
Topic: Making the prequels fit with the EU
Replies: 44
Views: 15099

Re:

And why should he cater to fanservice? Because the books sold well to the minority of the fanbase? And your ideas being a good one? Given some of the statements is not indicative of such, thus you have to go further to demonstrate your idea is fucking good idea. And you can demonstrate he's going t...
by Battlehymn Republic
2019-09-22 01:14pm
Forum: Science, Logic, And Morality
Topic: The Four Horsemen review - whatever happened to ‘New Atheism’?
Replies: 3
Views: 6855

The Four Horsemen review - whatever happened to ‘New Atheism’?

The Guardian: Dawkins, Hitchens, Dennett, Harris ... were the apostles of atheism as fearless as they thought? Whatever happened to “New Atheism”? It was born in the febrile aftermath of 9/11, when belief in a deity – or, let’s be honest, specifically in Allah – seemed to some people a newly urgent...
by Battlehymn Republic
2017-10-17 11:42pm
Forum: Science, Logic, And Morality
Topic: New Atheism’s Idiot Heirs
Replies: 82
Views: 25228

New Atheism’s Idiot Heirs

https://thebaffler.com/latest/new-atheisms-idiot-heirs-nichols An irritating rhetoric meets the dumbest possible ideology IN THE HEYDAY OF THE INTERNET MESSAGE BOARD, let’s say in the 1990s, a certain species of idiot materialized. He was male, aggressively pedantic, self-professedly logical, commit...
by Battlehymn Republic
2016-12-27 08:11pm
Forum: Pure Star Wars
Topic: Shadows of the Empire or The Force Unleashed?
Replies: 12
Views: 3508

Shadows of the Empire or The Force Unleashed?

Which of the two multimedia projects dealing with events that happened around the time of the original trilogy do you favor? Why? I prefer Shadows, because it retains the classic feel more, but also the direction it explored (bounty hunters and organized crime) was preferable to yet another iteratio...
by Battlehymn Republic
2016-12-22 02:50am
Forum: Pure Star Wars
Topic: Any fan backlash against Rogue One anywhere yet? [SPOILERS]
Replies: 187
Views: 30961

Re: Any fan backlash against Rogue One anywhere yet? [SPOILERS]

The thing is, Jyn, like all of the characters in Rogue One, are barely written, because the true star of that show is the actual battle itself.
by Battlehymn Republic
2016-12-18 04:17pm
Forum: Pure Star Wars
Topic: Any fan backlash against Rogue One anywhere yet? [SPOILERS]
Replies: 187
Views: 30961

Any fan backlash against Rogue One anywhere yet? [SPOILERS]

I'm curious to see if there are any hardcore Warsie detractors against R1 yet. Has anyone come across any on any sites?
by Battlehymn Republic
2016-11-10 02:20am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: 2016 US ELECTION: Official Results Thread
Replies: 1306
Views: 126259

Re: 2016 US ELECTION: Official Results Thread

So, some time ago I made a thread critiquing "Global Peak" for having an unrealistic storyline. Its hyping of peak oil aside, I apologize. As it turns out, you could have Western nations descend into nativist near-fascism again. Mea culpa and I hope Duchess revisits that series and creates a spiritu...
by Battlehymn Republic
2016-11-10 02:16am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Global counter-reaction to the rise of far-right in the West?
Replies: 82
Views: 8892

Re: Global counter-reaction to the rise of far-right in the West?

Modi in India, Abe in Japan, Duterte in the Philippines, whoever replaces Park Geun-hye in South Korea, Netanyahu, Erdogan... the far-right is marching everywhere. There's no continent without nationalists coming to power, except Oceania and Antarctica. It's not just in the West.
by Battlehymn Republic
2016-01-15 02:44pm
Forum: Science, Logic, And Morality
Topic: "The Happiness Code" A new approach to self-improvement is taking off in Silicon Valley: cold, hard rationality.
Replies: 36
Views: 7873

"The Happiness Code" A new approach to self-improvement is taking off in Silicon Valley: cold, hard rationality.

The Happiness Code A new approach to self-improvement is taking off in Silicon Valley: cold, hard rationality. By JENNIFER KAHN JAN. 14, 2016 Last summer, three dozen people, mostly programmers in their 20s, gathered in a rented house in San Leandro, Calif., a sleepy suburb of San Francisco, for a ...
by Battlehymn Republic
2015-12-21 08:36pm
Forum: Pure Star Wars
Topic: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
Replies: 1584
Views: 162850

Re: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

I'm still waiting for Wong's review.
by Battlehymn Republic
2015-12-21 04:29pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: How realistic is "Global Peak" series now?
Replies: 77
Views: 6429

Re: How realistic is "Global Peak" series now?

Weirdly, none of this previous conversation mentions the concept of basic income.
by Battlehymn Republic
2015-12-21 04:27pm
Forum: Pure Star Wars
Topic: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
Replies: 1584
Views: 162850

Re: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

I thought the movie had a good amount of storytelling minimalism, not in the Saxton Star Wars sense, which is why they barely explained a bunch of things. On the other hand, the opening scene had a bunch of maximalism mixed with the minimalism, in that there's a quick bunch of exposition from a char...
by Battlehymn Republic
2015-12-19 11:23pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: How realistic is "Global Peak" series now?
Replies: 77
Views: 6429

Re: How realistic is "Global Peak" series now?

By art, I mean all of entertainment. How much training do YouTube Partners have? Twitch streaming champs? Fanfic writers like Erika Mitchell or Stephenie Meyer? Internet meme celebrities?
by Battlehymn Republic
2015-12-18 04:29pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: How realistic is "Global Peak" series now?
Replies: 77
Views: 6429

Re: How realistic is "Global Peak" series now?

Here's a question: self-employed doing what? Back before industrialization, that could mean something like taking unused and (hopefully) unclaimed land and turning it into a farm, maybe be employed as a farmhand until you manage to do that. Or taking a trade like becoming a trapper/hunter or becomi...
by Battlehymn Republic
2015-12-14 06:10pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: How realistic is "Global Peak" series now?
Replies: 77
Views: 6429

Re: How realistic is "Global Peak" series now?

K. A. Pital wrote:The lack of vision itself is a cause for concern. The failure of a particular vision to become reality is not.
Well, locally speaking, it'd be interesting to see what the 2015 SD.net equivalent to this 2007 series would be.
by Battlehymn Republic
2015-12-14 04:37pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: How realistic is "Global Peak" series now?
Replies: 77
Views: 6429

Re: How realistic is "Global Peak" series now?

Does anyone thing nuclear fission using existing tech might become politically feasible in America within a generation? Especially if it's touted as a solution to energy production that causes climate change?
by Battlehymn Republic
2015-12-13 08:54pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: How realistic is "Global Peak" series now?
Replies: 77
Views: 6429

Re: How realistic is "Global Peak" series now?

So I suppose Surlethe's "Global Mean Temperature" ended up being the more plausible story? I suppose "Global Peak" teaches us that prognostication is hard, especially about the near future.
by Battlehymn Republic
2015-12-11 05:08pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: How realistic is "Global Peak" series now?
Replies: 77
Views: 6429

Re: How realistic is "Global Peak" series now?

Has anyone read those stories and remember them? At the time, they seemed more like peak Bush-era paranoia. Now- well they seem somewhat more realistic, but they failed to predict Tesla and Trump, to pick two random signs of the times.
by Battlehymn Republic
2015-12-07 01:12am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: How realistic is "Global Peak" series now?
Replies: 77
Views: 6429

How realistic is "Global Peak" series now?

Global Peak was a really well-written story series by The Duchess of Zeon and others depicting the dystopia that results from the aftermath of peak oil. The U.S. breaks apart between an authoritarian emergency federal government and highly regressive far right governments. Much of Europe goes neo-f...
by Battlehymn Republic
2015-11-24 05:23pm
Forum: Gaming, Electronics and Computers
Topic: Android malware drops Banker from PNG file
Replies: 1
Views: 913

Android malware drops Banker from PNG file

This blog post provides a really interesting explanation of how an Android malware uses base64-encoded code embedded in an image file to drop malicious code that installs an APK for a banker that can steal Android user credentials. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-u-8TQXAlvRg/VlM3-amCEBI/AAAAAAAAAXg/17W8t1...
by Battlehymn Republic
2015-11-23 06:12am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Do the Most Hipster Thing Possible - Move to Des Moines [2014]
Replies: 12
Views: 1081

Do the Most Hipster Thing Possible - Move to Des Moines [2014]

Do the Most Hipster Thing Possible - Move to Des Moines October 16, 2014 Matt Vasilogambros and Mauro Whiteman DES MOINES, Iowa—This is too nice a place to spawn a war cry. But if the city had one, it would be the sen­ti­ment heard across a down­town pop­u­lated by baris­tas, tech start-up founders...
by Battlehymn Republic
2015-03-14 03:06pm
Forum: Science, Logic, And Morality
Topic: "A Disease of Scienceyness"
Replies: 5
Views: 1642

"A Disease of Scienceyness"

How misguided science fandom hurts actual scientists In February 2015, the cartoonist Scott Adams (creator of Dilbert) published a blog post titled “ Science’s Biggest Fail .” In it, Adams complains that “It is hard to trust science” because “science” has made so many false claims over the years. “...
by Battlehymn Republic
2014-10-02 11:01pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Winter 2022: The Olympics that no one wants
Replies: 39
Views: 3267

Re: Winter 2022: The Olympics that no one wants

If no one wants to host, Azerbaijan should snatch it up for Baku.
by Battlehymn Republic
2013-07-20 04:10am
Forum: Science Fiction
Topic: Bit of Analysis: Rifts
Replies: 279
Views: 99606

Re: Bit of Analysis: Rifts

Usually the surname is the first name of three, but when names are given in two parts, I'm not sure. On one hand, hundreds of millions of people are trapped in living hells. On another hand, heroes are capable of challenging those evils and beating them back. Rifts isn't very grimdark for a setting ...
by Battlehymn Republic
2013-07-15 04:18pm
Forum: Science Fiction
Topic: Bit of Analysis: Rifts
Replies: 279
Views: 99606

Re: Bit of Analysis: Rifts

Can any White Wolf scholars comment on the similarities and differences between Rifts' portrayal of East Asian culture vs. Kindred of the East?