Game of Thrones: Beyond the Predictions

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Spoilers, spoilers, toil and trouble… Recap of episode six: The North: We got a lot of great dialogue between the fellowship of the wight, including some particularly funny moments between the Hound and Tormund, and Tormund and Gendry. We also learned that horses and people aren’t all Walkers can revive when a polar bear ruined Thoros’ buzz. This all led… Read more »

Twenty-first century America is no place for political violence

While that’s not the most snappy title, I’m hoping people who read it can all agree on that. We are above political violence. That should go without saying, but apparently it can’t. First of all, I’m not playing into false equivalence, or excuses, or blaming entire groups for what some do. I’m not going to try and look up who… Read more »

Game of Thrones: Eastrecap.

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AS ALWAYS: Spoilers for the previous episode. Let me start with… The Citadel: Nothing that happened in this scene, and possibly the episode, matters more than what came out of Gilly’s mouth: “…granted an annulment to Prince Ragger and married him to another…” I’m assuming “Ragger” is her mispronouncing Rhaegar since she’s learning to read. Uh. If Rhaegar was legitimately… Read more »

Google and Diversity Politics

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A brief summary of what this is all about, with every effort made not to sensationalize or politicize it: An employee at Google wrote a manifesto of sorts about gender differences and political correctness at Google; this angered several Google employees and people in the general sphere of tech; the employee was then fired. These are the bare facts, and… Read more »

Game of Thrones: Spoils of Predictions

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As always: SPOILERS for the previous episode, speculation about the future. From top to bottom (ish): The North: Not has been shown north of the wall yet. Instead, we got the expected Arya reunion. She’s less weird than I expected, and the talk about her “list” was amusing. The scene between Meera and Bran was somewhat heart-breaking. I hope her… Read more »

Game of Thrones: The Queen’s Recap

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As always, SPOILERS BELOW. All right, we’re almost halfway through the season, and here’s where we are: The North (as in, King in Da): Sansa is handling things well while Jon is on vacation, and she met up with Bran again. I knew there wouldn’t be two Stark reunions in one episode. Bran weirded her out by knowing stuff, but… Read more »

Idiots, Evil Geniuses, And Protagonists

It’s become somewhat clear to me over the course of several years that there are a great deal of people writing fiction of all sorts without any idea whatsoever how to take care of themselves. A lot of “horror” or survival type scenarios put forth idiot characters as the main characters. Not only are they woefully unprepared but they’re almost… Read more »

The Media and Honest Mistakes

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Lately, the refrain I’ve seen from several people involved in the national news media — mostly CNN staff, but also a few from the New York Times — has been, “well, we just made an honest mistake. Aw shucks. Can’t we just make a mistake?” Yes. Yes, you can make mistakes. Nobody is perfect. The problem with the “mistakes” made… Read more »

Game of Recaps/Predictions: Dragonstone

Spoilers below for the first episode of season 7, Dragonstone. Just a quick recap of the first episode, and then I’ll put in some updated predictions: – The cold open with the Freys was excellent. I did not realize the show would have that many Freys. There was just an acre of them. And they all deserved every second of… Read more »