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Artemis last won the day on September 15

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    The Great Game
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    The Reichenbach Fall
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    The Empty Hearse
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    The Lying Detective

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  1. Artemis

    Recently watched movies

    "Sherlock Holmes and the Spider Woman". "Holmes poses as a foreigner to bait the woman behind the so-called 'pyjama suicides'." There were a lot of good things about this film. It was especially fun catching all the bits that were altered and used in scenes of "Sherlock", of which there were several (e.g. compelled suicides, 'Norbury', the old man patient who tries to sell John DVD's, Sherlock's return from the dead in disguise, later met with a punch in the face). I also enjoyed the non-sexualized cat-and-mouse between Holmes and a smart female criminal. But the sexism in this film... oh my. Favorite moments: "Don't be mendacious, Watson." Holmes fakes his death... again. Watson, Lestrade, and Mrs. Hudson, distraught over his death, reminisce together about Holmes in his "ratty old chair". Watson calls the postman a worm and punches him in the face for calling Holmes "an old herring gut". Surprise! The postman is Holmes in disguise (of course). "I expect nothing and everything." Death by tarantula. Watson plays the tuba. Watson embarrassingly insults one of their clients, falsely assuming him to be Holmes in disguise again. (Shoutout to a similar scene in "The Empty Hearse".) "Mr. Ordway is... slightly eccentric. But that shouldn't trouble *you*, Mr. Holmes." Holmes excitedly hopping about the flat and tossing things to Watson. The game's afoot! Riddles and banter between Holmes and his quarry. Holmes and Watson, saving each other's lives every ten minutes, lol. "Watson, I've been blind! A mole, an owl, a bat!" "Watson, if you ever see me getting too cocksure again, fancying myself more clever than Adrea Spedding, just whisper one word to me: Pygmy!" "What made you think I'd come here alone?" "Your somewhat overdeveloped sense of drama, Mr. Holmes." Watson: "He said wait here by the shooting gallery, and look inconspicuous." Lestrade: [starts whistling, very conspicuously] Watson: "He said inconspicuous, Lestrade, not half-witted." A fiendish method of demise for Holmes, who makes an intelligent and lucky escape, of course.
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    Recently watched movies

    "Sherlock Holmes and the Scarlet Claw". "Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson solve village murders blamed on a monster in Canada." I especially liked this one for its setting and ambience. It had a supernatural tilt, similar to "Hounds", like a ghost story by the fire. Favorite moments: "Facts always convince me. It's the conclusions drawn from facts that are frequently in error." Watson yells at a man for hitting his daughter. Probably would have punched the guy too, if Holmes hadn't stopped him. Go Watson! "I don't care two hoots whether it's hoot or honk." Holmes takes care of an ill Watson. "Now Watson, you stay here. I have a mightily important job for you." "Anything, Holmes. What do you want me to do?" "Go to bed." "Take your assistant and get out!" "I'm not his assistant." "What happened to your assistant?" "I'm not his assistant." Watson: "I've got a right to share your dangers."
  3. Artemis

    Introverts, how is your day?

    Oh of course, no one is entirely to blame. There are a great many factors at play. They certainly have their hand in it, though.
  4. Artemis

    Introverts, how is your day?

    Nope, state. $954 per credit, 4 credits per course, plus an average of $800 for textbooks for the course. Even community colleges (which I also attended), though much cheaper by comparison, were no less than $1000 per course. That's not including the technology fees, lab fees, "required meal plan", "student activity fees", cost of a monthly parking ticket, and various other fees they don't care to explain. Hopefully you don't need to live on campus, because dorm costs are outrageous too. I chose a college in-state; non-resident tuition is a horror story. And don't forget the $50 just to send in an application, plus your $125 "new student fee".
  5. Artemis

    Favourite "Sherlock" Pictures, etc.

    Pretty sure I've posted this before, but it's one of my favorite scenes.
  6. Artemis

    Introverts, how is your day?

    People still tell me to be a lawyer, lol. Actually they don't even use a full sentence anymore, they just look at me and say "Lawyer."
  7. Just poking my nose in here (not joining the debate), I just wanted to mention that there are some views that settle a bit in the middle, like Deism and the Clockwork Universe.
  8. Artemis

    Introverts, how is your day?

    I'd be quicker to blame the companies who are hiring the HR people. They tell the HR people what they want and what to look for. The HR people just do what they're told.
  9. Artemis

    Introverts, how is your day?

    Thanks! I'll bring that up with the vet and ask them to watch out for that, too.
  10. Artemis

    Introverts, how is your day?

    I'm not down on higher education. I'm down on, for example, being forced to pay $4500 to take a calculus course, or a physics course or whatnot, as an English major. I just think the cost and requirements are getting completely out of hand. Because they decided it's been so long since I earned my Bachelor's, when I went back for my technical degree, they tested me for math competency. Pre-calc was a prerequisite for starting the degree, but of course I hardly remember most of the math I learned the first time around. So I had to pay to take an intermediate algebra course, to pay to take an intermediate algebra II course, to pay to take a college algebra course, to pay to take the pre-calc course. Guess how much pre-calc I've used to program a website? I hope I never have to go back for another degree, 'cause I'll have to do this all over again. I love to learn and you can bet I'd be taking as many courses as I could if it were less costly and more self-directed. It absolutely is beneficial to an individual and society for a person to have a well-rounded education. However, studies have shown that most students stop retaining what they learn in university (outside their major) after freshman year. So a well-rounded education and "thinking" skills should be instilled in high school (or earlier), where schools have been cutting arts, languages, and home ec. By the time people get into college, they should know how to think. If having a degree is going to become a necessity for more and more jobs, then getting that degree should not force people to go into debt taking courses that are irrelevant to the job they need it for. My personal opinion is that the majority of degrees should be for personal enrichment, and only that. Not required for work (unless you're becoming a surgeon or something where you need to be very highly skilled). Most jobs can be learned on-the-job without a degree, companies are just too greedy to pay for training anymore and instead are upping the degree requirements in hopes of getting someone who knows how to do everything on their first day. But higher education doesn't teach people how to do a job, either. That wasn't its purpose, but that's what it's being used for. Hence the emergence of more technical, specialized degrees, to fill that gap.
  11. Artemis

    Speedy's Cafe - General Chat about anything you like!

    On an unrelated note, I decided to take a risk and try a new flavor of Oreos called Rocky Road Trip (I know, I live on the edge). I honestly didn't think I'd like them, but I heard they were good, and I can confirm... they are gooood. This is basically me right now: Edit: Cookie Monster emoji!
  12. Artemis

    Speedy's Cafe - General Chat about anything you like!

    This is very true. I've done some traveling abroad, and what I always found was that, though landscapes vary, people are the same everywhere. I've also found that people who harbor some kind of bias or hatred against other countries usually haven't visited those countries, or met the people who live in them. Their opinions are almost entirely based on the actions of that country's government.
  13. Artemis

    Recently watched movies

    I would think so.
  14. Artemis

    Introverts, how is your day?

    I think so. He got a checkup before they took his blood, and it's definitely not constipation. He's been having some diarrhea. Hopefully if there's a blockage they couldn't detect during the checkup, it will show up on the ultrasound. I suspect it's not that, though.
  15. Artemis

    Recently watched movies

    "Sherlock Holmes and the Pearl of Death". "Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson race an archcriminal to a big pearl hidden in one of six Napoleonic busts." (Getting "Six Thatchers" vibes.) I liked this one a lot! Another engrossing film. What I especially liked was that the dynamic between the characters was more reminiscent of the dynamic in "Sherlock". Favorite moments: Holmes making good use of his clergyman disguise. Holmes: "Quick Watson, hide the pearl!" Watson: [Puts it in his mouth] "Electricity, the high priest of false security." The guard saying "Stop, thief," with zero enthusiasm, like: Holmes' showing off enables the theft of the pearl. While everyone else jumps to rub it in Holmes' face, Watson jumps to his defense without a second thought. No one discredits Holmes like that! Violin by the fire. Holmes deducing that Watson has been punching newspaper reporters on his behalf. Lestrade: "No one's infalluable, you know." Watson: "I'm hungry as a bee on a flower!" Lestrade: [taking some of Holmes' breakfast] Holmes [sarcastically]: "Have one, won't you?" Holmes: "The woman's suffering from shock -- close to catalepsy, if you ask me." Lestrade: "Well I ain't asking you, Mr. Holmes." Holmes: "Naturally." Watson keeps a scrapbook. A knife-shooting dictionary. Motherly Mrs. Hudson worries about Holmes not eating enough. Watching Lestrade try to work out criminal psychology. Holmes: "What an amusing statue. Most amusing." Watson: "Is it? Why?" Holmes: "Because I say it is. Pretend to be interested." Watson: "And the Borgia pearl is inside that bust?" Holmes: "If it isn't, I shall retire to Sussex and keep bees."

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