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Current Events / Re: Journeys End a WW1 film
« Last post by airboy on Today at 07:09:08 PM »
I read a review in the WSJ.  The description was an anti-war film with very little action.  Most of the short film was took place in a bunker while the men were undergoing an artillery barrage.  The review said the movie was very good, but had so little action that the reviewer doubted that most audiences would enjoy it.
Enigmas of the Mystical / Re: This one writes itself
« Last post by airboy on Today at 07:04:59 PM »
Mark Twain wrote: Never take your dog to a funeral.
Current Events / Re: Bombings in Texas
« Last post by Staggerwing on Today at 06:44:36 PM »
I understand they have found an unexploded device. That may give them some good clues.

Learning the design may lead them to the design source, most likely the internet. Finding all the places that the design is hosted will give them a start on search warrants for looking through all the ISPs records of who accessed those sites. Next comes geolocalizing all those hits with info from the package, as well as any trace evidence left on it and on those exploded fragment samples. Then comes cross checking all those localities and suspicious IP addresses with flagged internet postings expressing violence in case there are overlaps. After that comes searching local and internet suppliers for orders placed by any individuals in the closing circle for items used in the bombs such as specific nails used for shrapnel.

Time equals lives so hopefully the haystack grows rapidly smaller while the needle approaches visible size.

We're supposed to get hit in Vancouver again this weekend.  Normally the cherry blossoms would be starting their bloom.  I had an appointment to get my winter tires off yesterday but postponed it for a week.

Stupid snow....
General Discussion / Re: One for Metal Dog
« Last post by bayonetbrant on Today at 06:23:41 PM »
Current Events / Re: Bombings in Texas
« Last post by DoctorQuest on Today at 06:17:02 PM »
I understand they have found an unexploded device. That may give them some good clues.
Current Events / Re: Bombings in Texas
« Last post by JasonPratt on Today at 06:13:51 PM »
Hopefully, but they're having a lot of trouble so far.  :-\
DC is supposed to get somewhere between 4 and 12 inches.  I bought a snowblower two winters ago.  I didn't get a chance to use it last year, and didn't think I'd get a chance to use this year, but looks like I'll get the chance to use it tomorrow.  My back will be much happier. :bd:
Music, TV, Movies / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
« Last post by JasonPratt on Today at 06:10:49 PM »
So, while stumbling around on the internet I cruised upon what I suppose is old news by now, since Mark Hamill talked about it back on a May 4th interview somewhere in 2016 -- but as the old newspaper motto goes, since I hadn't read it, it was still news to me, and reminded me sharply that there was NEVER ANY REASON TO REALISTICALLY EXPECT that JJ Abrams had interesting and satisfying ideas in mind for his various mysteries. I mean, past experience suggests that, too, and admittedly I have to wonder what his totally aborted scripts (or treatments) for Eps 8 and 9 originally were. But it's possible that Rian Johnson dumped them because Abrams' actual plot reveals tend to be very, very dumb and misguided.

(Not that RJ replaced them with much of anything better if so, but still.)

According to Hamill, the explanation (sort of) for how the little orange cantina owner had gotten hold of Luke's original lightsaber, was because the hand holding the weapon had floated via the force over to Rey's not-Tatooine planet over the years (...and however many thousands of light-years distance...) where it dropped from orbit (with the hand shredding in the friction burnoff) to land near the trashed Star Destroyer that the Rebellion had dumped on the planet which Rey liked to scavenge.

But instead of Rey picking it up eventually, it was found first by Mon Hanata (or whatever her name was) while on a visit to the planet (for whatever reason), and being force-sensitive she secured it as an artifact.

That's it. That's all the mystery originally behind the saber ending up at that cantina in a vault. The Force wanted Rey to have it, so made it happen through plot contrivance. Eventually Abrams just cut out the extra details as too implausible for fans.

Our senior class is in NYC right now.  They'll be heading back home tomorrow morning via a bus across Pennsylvania.  Should be a fun trip home for them :)
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