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  1. I so rarely ever watch TV or movies ... so this may be not completely unmentionable. The Old Guard 7.5 - 8 / 10 Clearly of comic book origin (it is). To be fair, those more knowledgeable than me in that medium may say that its origin is a trilogy of graphic novels, not a comic. I say, "Potato / tomato." Kind of felt like a social justice action flick that includes a dominating female lead (Charlize Theron), racially diverse cast, gender diverse good-guy characters, rich corporate CEO bad guy, lots of nameless/faceless/generic white men dressed in military garb get killed ... err ... what they deserved. Several illogical plot holes created in the interest of providing action and entertainment. And ... I guess that's just modern movie making marketing ... leave the audience wanting more.
  2. Traditionally, schools are germ factories. So I agree, it'll take massive changes to keep disease transmission low. And the little ones are likely to bring something home for grandma. To live the apocryphal curse ... we live in interesting times. Side note: that apocryphal curse is traditionally attributed to have a Chinese origin, but no record of such has ever been found. I'll just stop there so as not to offend any resident conspiracy theorists.
  3. Despite the great strides Hello Games has made in developing No Man's Sky, I suspect they will get eclipsed as a has-been when or if Star Citizen is ever released. I'm sure other games do this genre better, and some worse (I'm looking at you, Planet Nomads), but evidence indicates a latent demand exists for a yet to be released truly great example of this type of game - one that includes a lot of polish and few bugs. When that day arrives, that title (whatever it is), will certainly dominate the sci-fi exploration/simulation market ... much like WoW did with online fantasy MMOs. Just my two copper ...
  4. A couple updates later ... (yeah, I've been lackadaisical about this) ... the latest update, Desolation, includes new space encounters along with other QOL features. A previous update added cross-play for all game platforms (i.e., PC, PS, XBox) so those of you who purchased on Steam can now play with those dirty GoG peasants (provided they set their network options to allow it). Complete notes on the latest Desolation Update are ... here. And a video left here for your entertainment ... (disclosure: I haven't played this or any of the latest updates since well before my last post on this topic, so I can't speak for the current state of game stability on your machine. I merely provide this update notification as a public service for those of you who may not have heard.)
  5. I worked remotely after my relocation (mandatory requirement) and didn't like it all that much. I found I was much more productive actually going in to the office even if there weren't others there. There were too many distractions at home, and I didn't feel like I ever really got away from work even in off hours. So now I go in along with a small handful of others, and we take all the precautions such as socially distancing and sanitizing surfaces. I prefer having two separate environments: work and home.
  6. Yeah, while I have today (Friday) off from work since the 4th is on Saturday, I'm just puttering around the house doing odds and ends ... a little light home repair, unpacking a few boxes that I've been meaning to get to ... that sort of thing. Will be trying a new (to me) recipe for Memphis Dry Rub Chicken Wings. I don't have a grill at my new place, so I'll have to go with the baked option. Will likely have plenty left over to eat on over the course of this next week.
  7. For my fellow United State citizens ... happy Independence Day! For my British friends ... you lost; get over it. For everyone who took the time to click on this link ... what are your plans for this weekend? Anything exciting?
  8. Although fathers are more likely than not to get passed over or forgotten on Father's Day, here's wishing each father/dad a great, relaxing, and happy day today. You know who you are.
  9. Learned something new today ... ... /salute to our friendly Canadian aerospace engineers. They're very polite. https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200615-the-record-breaking-jet-which-still-haunts-a-country
  10. Wouldn't it be racist if the brown eggs were sold? To white people. So they could beat them. Or whip them.
  11. Sounds about right.
  12. And yet, here in the US, white eggs are the majority sold whereas brown eggs are fringe.
  13. Let the speculation begin ... Actually, truth be told ... I was surfing across the web for "rift" as in the Occulus variety, and Google helpfully provided a "question" about the MMO Rift (i.e., Q: Is Rift dead? A: It may not be dead, but like the last dodo, on it's last legs. - talking about the game we all played back almost a decade ago, not the VR headset.) Intrigued, I went down that rabbit hole, and surprisingly, all my old characters where still there (albeit each of them were dead, face down wherever I last left them, and they required new names prior to log in ... and surprisingly after bouncing my "new" names against the old guild roster, I guessed all but one of them right). Since I remembered zero-point-nothing about the game, I made a new character and spent the day yesterday playing. And you know what? It was fun. It was also like driving the interstate highway at 2am ... hardly any sign of other drivers (not counting CB chat), and those that did appear were high-speed, heavy haulers (i.e., very high level and advanced 'toons). So it was almost like a single-player game that I had all to myself (ignoring chat, of course). The game is now free to play and chock full of advanced stuff and hundreds of dollars worth of expansions that I have no intention of ever purchasing at full price of $30 each. But the base game is still there and, if you can ignore the sales pitches and other attempts to get you to spend more money on the game, is reasonably still fun. The download to the latest patch was relatively painless (but aren't they all on a gigabit connection? yeah, I'm bragging a bit but am entitled since I spent so many years on severe internet restricted speeds). I thought I saw 17-point-something GB for total download. Apparently a lot of scaling-on-the-fly balancing for low populations was done in the past since I was able to, all by myself, clear just about every Rift and invasion that I came across ... and there were quite a few. I might spend a few days and dabble a bit ... it's free entertainment after all. I won't read anything about it; I'll ignore all forms of internet chat about what is the latest, best build and so forth; and I'm just going to be a filthy casual and experience the game as it was developed to be consumed. Yesterday I spent several hours just standing on a pier, looking out over the ocean, and fished just to see what I could catch. Good times. And if you want to stroll down memory lane, here are a bunch more names you might remember ... (click the image and then the "full size" button, and then zoom in to be able to read them all) ... I spotted a couple for folk who are still active here ...
  14. I don't regret not using social media because, for the most part, it is a cesspool of negativity. Sure there are happy bubbles, but in general it is humanity at its worst. This forum is as close to social media as I get, and it is a happy bubble. For all of you here, I've come to know you as you've revealed and let me know you over many years ... you've shared your joys and sadness through great times and trials. And dammit ... I care about each one of you for it. Gaming brought us together, and even though we may no longer play video games together, we're still a community - a community that has grown and matured; we were once kids ourselves, but we now have our own kids, and over the years they've grown. Each loss to this community, whether because of real life events or through disinterest in continuing to participate here, gets more difficult to absorb. I've never met any of you face to face although I've chatted with some while gaming - good times. Regardless, I worry when a member goes silent. Would it be too much to ask to either leave a good bye post (so we can ridicule you), or let us know where your keys are hidden so we can get in to delete your browser history for you?
  15. ... our Disco Ninja? He last logged in here two months ago. Just curious if anyone has our favorite pharmacist on alternate channels (e.g., social media). I'm worried for his sake what with the COVID stuff going on. He'd be front line and all ...