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Happy Birthday, - now 17 years old (as of 10th March, 2020)

ray_afraid said:

DuracellEnergizer said:

I’m thinking about officially retiring from on 30 May. That’ll make my time here exactly ten years to the day I joined. Not the worst way to bow out.

Why you always obsessed with leaving?
Why leave? Stay.

My love for Star Wars is in a coma and Off-Topic’s on life support. Most of the current discussions disinterest me, and the few which do stimulate me quickly fizzle out. So I continue coming here out of habit, taking the piss to pass the time. It’s kinda depressing, actually.

<strong>Coronavirus</strong> (COVID-19) Pandemic thread - <strong>relevant political discussion allowed</strong> in here

V.I.N.Cent said:

Our President thinks we have the memory of goldfish given some of his recent claims and statements in comparison to those he made just a couple of months ago.

Conversely, he has the memory of goldfish and has forgotten his claims/statements made just a couple months ago.

General Writing, Illustration, and Publishing Thread

A list of my influences, arranged in alphabetical order:

  • Karl Barth
  • Ingmar Bergman
  • Wes Craven
  • David Cronenberg
  • Philip K. Dick
  • Jesus of Nazareth
  • Peter Kropotkin
  • H. P. Lovecraft
  • David Lynch
  • Guy Maddin
  • Karl Marx
  • Rod Serling
  • Paul Tillich
  • Leo Tolstoy
  • Simone Weil
  • Alfred North Whitehead

These are all filmmakers, writers, philosophers, and theologians whose individual perspectives/aesthetics have influenced, in big ways and small, directly and indirectly, my own. From Whitehead, Weil, and Tillich I’ve gained my understanding of God and creation, and it is this God which operates in the shared multiverse of my stories. From Barth I’ve gained my understanding of evil, and I find this understanding of evil best represented through the eldritch abominations/deities of Lovecraft and the body horror of Cronenberg. From Jesus, Kropotkin, Tolstoy, and a lesser degree Marx, an ideal humanity and civilization. From Lynch, themes of duality and absurdism. And I could be here all day, futilely trying and failing to cogently convey why these creators resonate with me.

Digital OT owners switched to Disney+ versions without consent?

ChainsawAsh said:

Digital copies are always a license to access the content. That’s it. You don’t own a digital copy. Ever.

The studios can replace the digital copy with an updated version, a censored version, or even revoke the license altogether at any time, without refunding you a dime, and they’re well within their legal rights to do all of those things.

Is it right? Nope. But that’s how it is.

Until dual power structures are erected, anyway.

If you need to B*tch about something... this is the place

Back when I was in high school, I was unofficially diagnosed with ADHD (inattentive subtype). I suspected there was validity to that conclusion, and time has only made me more certain it’s the case. I don’t read as many books I used to before getting Internet access in 2007, and paradoxically, I can’t read any documents over a couple pages long on a computer screen.

tl;dr: I want to read more, and I want the money/means to buy all the books I’d like to read but can’t.


StarkillerAG said:

DominicCobb said:

joefavs said:

“Sheev” doesn’t sound any better or worse to me than any other made up Star Wars name, to be totally honest.

Something about it really bugs me. Not just how silly it is, but the fact that it’s not in any of the films and was added so much later. Just feels fundamentally wrong to me.

I mean, Palpatine has to have some sort of first name, right? Maybe it’s just me, but I wouldn’t like it if they kept calling him “Palpatine,” without even identifying his full name. It’s just a silly made-up name, it isn’t something important like Yoda’s origins.

“Palpatine” could’ve been his first name. After all, in the real world, we don’t tend to address monarchs by their surnames.