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    Recently watched movies

    Spoilsport.
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    The Language (and travel) Thread

    I had it on one of my first PCs, it didn't do a bad job, except that it was a bit too formal for my taste. Would have been perfect if I'd been writing term papers!
  3. Poor little thing. At least you made it so she was safe and warm when she passed. That's worth a lot.
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    The Language (and travel) Thread

    For some reason, the one that constantly trips me up is they're, their. I know the difference, but I seem to have some mental block when I type or write them … I think at least half the time I use the wrong one. Which is why I don't rely on spell check ... Whatever happened to grammar check? Seems like that would be a useful tool, but I never hear about it anymore. Too difficult to program one that's more helpful than annoying, maybe?
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    The Political Thread

    Hence, our fractured society. We can't agree on who to trust any more. I don't see any way of fixing it, either, for the same reason.
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    "BBC Sherlock" articles & other miscellany

    Again, I basically agree with all this. The show always was a bit OTT, just in different ways at different times. That's part of the fun. And Eurus was definitely mentally ill, that alone was tragedy enough for the Holmes family. That she was murderously so just made it even harder to bear. Well, I can refute each one of those arguments line by line. Shall I? I think more to the point, you had something in mind you wanted to see, and you've made it clear from the start that you would accept nothing less than that. And that's fine; you've always been up front about what you WANTED to see. You weren't alone in being disappointed when your particular vision didn't come about. I was disappointed that the cinematic quality didn't live up to their previous standards, for example. I think it's for each of us to decide what, and how much, disappointment we're willing to accept, though. And I confess that it's just makes more sense to me to keep my expectations tamped down, and go with the flow, enjoying the bits I can enjoy, than to condemn (or avoid) an entire project just because the creators didn't have the same vision I have. I sincerely doubt I will ever regret a moment I spent in the company of The Moftisses singular creation, even if I don't fully embrace the way it turned out. It was (still is?) one of those gems that rarely comes along. But even a diamond can have some flaws and still be precious. In other words … ease up a little, kid!
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    "BBC Sherlock" articles & other miscellany

    I would agree with all this, and there were other aspects of TFP that I … appreciated. ("Enjoyed" isn't the right word, it's too dark for that.) TLD worked for me, in part, because in spite of everything it's still laugh-out-loud funny. And audacious. And gorgeous to look at. That window deduction scene … zowie. However: As far as TFP goes … story-wise, I'm okay with it. I thought Eurus' appearance (all that dark hair!) inexplicable, and the gifs of Moriarty downright embarrassing (to both the character and the actor) but those are minor things. It's more the technical aspects that bothered me; after the cinematic exquisiteness of TLD, I still can't understand why TFP is so visually … boring. All shades of blue, blank sets, static camera angles, and hardly a Belstaff to be seen. (The most visually interesting scenes were 1) Sherlock leaping onto the boat, and 2) Sherlock racing through the graveyard. What's the common denominator? ) For a show that made it's name partly on its visual imagination, those were strange choices.
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    The WTF Thread

    Them wandering away is usually the best case scenario, yes?
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    "BBC Sherlock" articles & other miscellany

    Oh god, don't tell Moftiss, they'll kill off everyone!
  10. Which one's mom and which one's dad? Third mouse found. Dead this time. Good kitty. Baaaaaad mice.
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    The Political Thread

    Breathe deep. Count to three. Repeat after me: "It is unreasonable to expect people to be reasonable...." Then bang head against wall.
  12. That's odd. I know several Mexican families, and they're all here to improve their situation in life by studying and working. And I've never actually heard anyone express the "Mexicans only want welfare" concept -- I've heard people say that people say it, but that's just hearsay. Maybe depends on where you live. Perhaps. The South has often been accused of being more racist than the rest of the country. Not without reason.... Irony: the person who said this to me is herself an immigrant, and her son is on welfare. They are not "persons of color," however, which I presume justifies her attitude. (Yes, I'm being facetious.)
  13. Well, oddly enough, there were only a handful of showings this week (and none today!) but next week it's on a "regular" schedule. Hopefully Wednesday.....
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    Game of Thrones

    Yeah, the Lynch version had the virtue of at least being interesting to look at. I remember about as much about the TV version as you do, JP. I suspect they tried too hard to be "important".... and forgot to be "entertaining." Or maybe their budget was just too small (and maybe Lynch's was too big? )
  15. Oh dear. Another one. This one was still twitching. Bad kitty.
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    "BBC Sherlock" articles & other miscellany

    TLD is possibly my favorite episode. If just for the brilliant performances, if nothing else. But I love the construction of the plot, too. And the cinematography.
  17. Yeah, that's more what I meant … some things, a "sensible" person should simply know is garbage. But some people seem willfully ignorant, if you ask me. ("The ONLY reason Mexicans want to come to the States is so they can get on welfare", for instance. That, my friends, is demonstrably BS, but a lot of people seem to believe it. ) To some extent I agree … yet at the same time, as Carol points out, you can find drivel and hyperbole in the print media too. Yet I firmly believe that if you care enough to see the difference between "real" news and garbage, it's fairly easy to distinguish the difference. But it seems increasingly to me that people simply prefer the garbage. Or prefer to believe it's all garbage, and therefore ignore all of it. Which is in some ways even more scary...…
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    Game of Thrones

    Thank you! I'm glad to find out I'm not the only person who felt that way. The first book was so great, and all the ones after just seemed determined to tear apart everything the first one created … arggh.
  19. I've always thought that as long as most of us are educated enough to know the difference, the tabloid-type "reporting" doesn't do much harm. I admit, however, to losing faith in the general public's ability to distinguish between tabloidism and serious journalism....
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    "BBC Sherlock" articles & other miscellany

    Nope, you have a lot of company here. There was a lot of discussion on that point right after Series 3 aired. And for a long time thereafter. I confess to be one of the appalled ones as well. Although I do admit it certainly packed an emotional punch, which is what they were going for. I think I mourned for months. Good question! Though I suspect it was merely another case of filming Series n before deciding what would occur in Series n+1. Actually, I suspect it was a case of adding to the above mentioned emotional punch more than anything else. Worked on me! Actually, if I remember correctly, that's what drove me to find this forum … HLV made me so emotional, I had to find a support group to help me deal with it. But there is an in-universe explanation … Sherlock was genuinely being sent away, until the message from Moriarty arrived. Then it was decided it was more important to keep Sherlock around to deal with Mr. M than it was to punish him for his transgression. Okay, so it's not a great explanation.... but in this instance at least they did make an attempt .....
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    The WTF Thread

    Be the weird one?
  22. I hope I don't have to find out, I'm tired of having mice in the house. But something tells me any mice I find from now on are going to be very mauled, and very dead. Well, alas, that question has been answered. No. She was fast, efficient, and lethal. Good kitty.
  23. Well, I call it a string, but it's more like a thick cord. At any rate, she makes no attempt to swallow it, although she has dragged it off and bitten it until it's dead a few times. But yeah, we don't leave string and rubber bands and other such interesting things lying around, do we, Pep? (She's looking at me impatiently … "Who cares? Why aren't you playing with me?")
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