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    Duckman got a reaction from Blustorm in Question about the Discord server.   
    Found Weav's thread with the perma-invite in the Blood Bowl thread here so I am in now.
     
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    Duckman got a reaction from Burk in Question about the Discord server.   
    Found Weav's thread with the perma-invite in the Blood Bowl thread here so I am in now.
     
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    Duckman got a reaction from Brother Glacius in Need some PC help. System keeps rebooting   
    My guess would be a short.
    What you have described is something you can see if you over-tax power on the motherboard.  An older mobo supporting a higher end videocard on a slot that can just barely handle the power draw can and will eventually start shorting across the pins.  This results in a clean reboot when it shorts.  More strain on the card results in more power draw and kicks the short causing a reboot.  Without identifying where the short really is this one can be hard to fix.
    That's just one of many options, of course... It's just the one that always bites me when I have upgraded a graphics card on a machine.
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    Duckman got a reaction from Justjokin in Need some PC help. System keeps rebooting   
    My guess would be a short.
    What you have described is something you can see if you over-tax power on the motherboard.  An older mobo supporting a higher end videocard on a slot that can just barely handle the power draw can and will eventually start shorting across the pins.  This results in a clean reboot when it shorts.  More strain on the card results in more power draw and kicks the short causing a reboot.  Without identifying where the short really is this one can be hard to fix.
    That's just one of many options, of course... It's just the one that always bites me when I have upgraded a graphics card on a machine.
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    Duckman got a reaction from Romans832 in Need some PC help. System keeps rebooting   
    My guess would be a short.
    What you have described is something you can see if you over-tax power on the motherboard.  An older mobo supporting a higher end videocard on a slot that can just barely handle the power draw can and will eventually start shorting across the pins.  This results in a clean reboot when it shorts.  More strain on the card results in more power draw and kicks the short causing a reboot.  Without identifying where the short really is this one can be hard to fix.
    That's just one of many options, of course... It's just the one that always bites me when I have upgraded a graphics card on a machine.
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    Duckman got a reaction from Blustorm in Need some PC help. System keeps rebooting   
    My guess would be a short.
    What you have described is something you can see if you over-tax power on the motherboard.  An older mobo supporting a higher end videocard on a slot that can just barely handle the power draw can and will eventually start shorting across the pins.  This results in a clean reboot when it shorts.  More strain on the card results in more power draw and kicks the short causing a reboot.  Without identifying where the short really is this one can be hard to fix.
    That's just one of many options, of course... It's just the one that always bites me when I have upgraded a graphics card on a machine.
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    Duckman got a reaction from Romans832 in Rate the Last Movie You Saw   
    Just finished Tenet (for probably the first time of many).  I'm not normally much of a fan of Pattinson but all the leads in this did very well (in particular Branagh).
    I thoroughly enjoyed Inception although I did after multiple viewings have problems with the "layers within layers" concept at some points.  Like Inception, Tenet is thoughtful sci-fi and on the first watch I enjoyed it thoroughly.  It's possible that later I may pick up something that I see as a flaw but after the initial watch it hangs together well and does some very interesting things both cinematically (much like Inception did allowing Ariadne to play within the dream) and in terms of writing and plotting.
    In the end, definitely a film worth multiple viewings.
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    Duckman got a reaction from dalmer in Rate the Last Movie You Saw   
    Just finished Tenet (for probably the first time of many).  I'm not normally much of a fan of Pattinson but all the leads in this did very well (in particular Branagh).
    I thoroughly enjoyed Inception although I did after multiple viewings have problems with the "layers within layers" concept at some points.  Like Inception, Tenet is thoughtful sci-fi and on the first watch I enjoyed it thoroughly.  It's possible that later I may pick up something that I see as a flaw but after the initial watch it hangs together well and does some very interesting things both cinematically (much like Inception did allowing Ariadne to play within the dream) and in terms of writing and plotting.
    In the end, definitely a film worth multiple viewings.
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    Duckman got a reaction from Romans832 in Rate the Last Movie You Saw   
    <shrug>
    The movie was fan service.  And I don't mean you, Munk.  I mean the little girls who watched Wonder Woman in '75.  The same ones who thought that the easter egg in the credits was the best easter egg "evaaaah".  Far be it from me to criticize that when I enjoy the Marvel fan service scenes for boys.
    I agree with some of your critiques.  I felt like they threw away both Wiig's character and Pascal's character.  I considered the Trump reference you made but decided that if there was anything there it was thin and in the eye of the beholder, not the kind of parallel that a good writer would draw.  My problem was more fundamental...  The whole monkey's paw mechanic which was so shoddy and poorly thought out...  What it takes and how many wishes it can grant...  And as you say, the third act is based on the "you said 'touches', no backsies" idea that is akin to listening to a flat earther and then declaring that there are no mountains because then the earth would not be flat.  At the same time I get why they included Pine...  First, Pine and Gadot have chemistry and the guy they subbed him in for has all the chemistry of a noble gas (while being a recognizable actor for all the women who watch Hallmark movies, remember who I said was the target audience?).  Second, it is a visual tie to the wish, the fantasy that has to be present to implicate Wonder Woman in the evil plot.
    As escapism, it was passable but not nearly as good as the first.  It lacks the action punch for an action movie.  It lacks the nostalgia hooks for a nostalgia movie.  In short, it is what DC always does...  Trying to follow in the footsteps of Marvel but failing to understand how to actually pursue or even focus on a specific goal.  Like everything DC has done in the last two centuries, it was worth watching once for completeness if that is your thing but was otherwise pretty forgettable unfortunately.
    I'd give it a solid 2/5.  2.5/5 on a good day.  Rotten Tomatoes gives it slightly better than 3/5.
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    Duckman got a reaction from Blustorm in Rate the Last Movie You Saw   
    <shrug>
    The movie was fan service.  And I don't mean you, Munk.  I mean the little girls who watched Wonder Woman in '75.  The same ones who thought that the easter egg in the credits was the best easter egg "evaaaah".  Far be it from me to criticize that when I enjoy the Marvel fan service scenes for boys.
    I agree with some of your critiques.  I felt like they threw away both Wiig's character and Pascal's character.  I considered the Trump reference you made but decided that if there was anything there it was thin and in the eye of the beholder, not the kind of parallel that a good writer would draw.  My problem was more fundamental...  The whole monkey's paw mechanic which was so shoddy and poorly thought out...  What it takes and how many wishes it can grant...  And as you say, the third act is based on the "you said 'touches', no backsies" idea that is akin to listening to a flat earther and then declaring that there are no mountains because then the earth would not be flat.  At the same time I get why they included Pine...  First, Pine and Gadot have chemistry and the guy they subbed him in for has all the chemistry of a noble gas (while being a recognizable actor for all the women who watch Hallmark movies, remember who I said was the target audience?).  Second, it is a visual tie to the wish, the fantasy that has to be present to implicate Wonder Woman in the evil plot.
    As escapism, it was passable but not nearly as good as the first.  It lacks the action punch for an action movie.  It lacks the nostalgia hooks for a nostalgia movie.  In short, it is what DC always does...  Trying to follow in the footsteps of Marvel but failing to understand how to actually pursue or even focus on a specific goal.  Like everything DC has done in the last two centuries, it was worth watching once for completeness if that is your thing but was otherwise pretty forgettable unfortunately.
    I'd give it a solid 2/5.  2.5/5 on a good day.  Rotten Tomatoes gives it slightly better than 3/5.
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    Duckman got a reaction from Romans832 in Rate the Last Movie You Saw   
    It was released as a mini-series on TV.  Starred David Tennant and Michael Sheen.  May have been a letdown since it didn't follow the original book closely but I really enjoyed it.
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    Duckman got a reaction from Ish in Rate the Last Movie You Saw   
    It was released as a mini-series on TV.  Starred David Tennant and Michael Sheen.  May have been a letdown since it didn't follow the original book closely but I really enjoyed it.
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    Duckman got a reaction from WestRider in Chuck Yeager   
    Not to mention that the boy walked away from more than one crash that left people amazed that he was still alive.  An amazing man and from what I have read also a good man.
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    Duckman got a reaction from Romans832 in Random Thought Thread   
    If you know how to force the right phone number onto telemarketer calls, please share.  The point of having a phone is wasted if I have to have a white list to avoid that oh-so-important message to Carol about anti-cancer drugs.  (And if I ever fid out who Carol is who entered my phone number on some useless form I won't be able to visit Raindog ever again.)
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    Duckman got a reaction from Romans832 in Happy Birthday Blustorm!   
    Let's not go there, Ish.  I'm less than 2 weeks from being 29 years past Lastday.
     
    Hippo, Birdy, 2 Ewes, Blustorm.
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    Duckman got a reaction from Raindog in Random Thought Thread   
    If you know how to force the right phone number onto telemarketer calls, please share.  The point of having a phone is wasted if I have to have a white list to avoid that oh-so-important message to Carol about anti-cancer drugs.  (And if I ever fid out who Carol is who entered my phone number on some useless form I won't be able to visit Raindog ever again.)
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    Duckman got a reaction from Blustorm in Chuck Yeager   
    Not to mention that the boy walked away from more than one crash that left people amazed that he was still alive.  An amazing man and from what I have read also a good man.
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    Duckman got a reaction from Blustorm in Happy Birthday Blustorm!   
    Let's not go there, Ish.  I'm less than 2 weeks from being 29 years past Lastday.
     
    Hippo, Birdy, 2 Ewes, Blustorm.
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    Duckman got a reaction from Raindog in Happy Birthday Blustorm!   
    Let's not go there, Ish.  I'm less than 2 weeks from being 29 years past Lastday.
     
    Hippo, Birdy, 2 Ewes, Blustorm.
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    Duckman got a reaction from Romans832 in RIP Immortal Joe   
    I myself will carry you to the gates of Valhalla.  You will ride eternal, shiny and chrome.
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    Duckman got a reaction from Romans832 in Rest in Peace, Sean Connery   
    I didn't realize that he was younger than Roger Moore until we were looking to compare them this weekend...
    There were a couple of his titles that didn't stand out for me but so many of them were things that I grew up with and that stuck with me.
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    Duckman got a reaction from Blustorm in Rest in Peace, Sean Connery   
    I didn't realize that he was younger than Roger Moore until we were looking to compare them this weekend...
    There were a couple of his titles that didn't stand out for me but so many of them were things that I grew up with and that stuck with me.
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    Duckman got a reaction from Raindog in Cyberpunk Red finally has a street date.   
    Many probably know that Cyberpunk 2077 is coming and CD Projekt Red has announced it is gold and they will be meeting their November release date.  What you may not know is that R Talsorian games is releasing Cyberpunk Red at the same time which updates their rules from the Cyberpunk 2020 edition (published back in 1990).  There has been a starter kit for CP Red for a year or so and they had expected to release the core rulebook earlier this year but like all things it slid...  It has also "gone gold" in the sense that it is at the printer now and they expect to deliver hard-copy in about 4 weeks as well.
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    Duckman got a reaction from WestRider in this is pretty cool...virtual table top assistant   
    To be honest, what I want is a virtual table that allows me to move without a grid so that I can play Warhammer or similar games in a totally virtual environment.
    Virtual Tabletop is making strides in that direction but last time I tried it I found that A) lack of support from most major game companies and B) lack of support for good design of tools made a wargame tedious (although that has been a while).
     
    Ideally showing movement (e.g. straight forward with wheeling or turn in place for square bases, range of motion for skirmishers with blocking terrain correctly considered, etc) and then allowing things like movement-enhancing spells to alter the range of a unit for one turn....  Handling combat as an option (throw virtual dice or allow for changes to the unit due to manual dice and combat resolution)...  Doesn't seem all that demanding to me.
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    Duckman got a reaction from Romans832 in Random Photo Thread   
    Happy birthday, Bill Murray?
     

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