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  2. Mike Wazowski

    Mike Wazowski: When to Try HARD, and when to chillll

    <3 I'm a fan! It just sorta popped into my head and I think it's perfect. Plus there's a new LGBT friendly Christian hippie coffee shop opening down the street from me - trying it out as a brunch reward might be perfect! I used to be in denial of my puffiness too. #doinitfortheshoes Haha or that - though sometimes the consequences deal with you?
  3. Kishi


    Oh no, I inadvertently began a positive cycle of reinforcement! I thank you for that, although I didn't mean to make you go out of your way. Still thankful. Also, thanks @analoggirl, didn't know we were starting something! Yeah, it was pretty horrid, but the results thus far are pretty great. I'm on Goblin server. Need more time in the day for playing, tho. * Last night almost went according to plan. I hadn't planned to train, so I didn't. I had planned to see John Wick 2, but we changed that at the last minute and went to see Dark Phoenix instead. Bit of a change of pace, that. So now you want to know: is it as bad as they say? Well, it's not as bad as they say, but it's still pretty bad. Although, given that I'm not as versed in the comics as the others were, I think I concluded that it was bad on different grounds than they did. Most of their complaints were based on how many action figures characters were brought on to the screen and the relatively shallow nature of the story on screen as it compared to the comics. Myself, given my own casual relationship, I actually thought they handled the comic aspects pretty well for the amount of time they had to work with. Admittedly, they didn't bring in the Shi'ar, opting instead for some kind of token villain to do the work, but TBH I didn't really mind that. This wasn't some multi-issue TPB epic nor was it a weeks long TV special. They had about 114 minutes to make something happen, so they did the best they could. I don't fault them for trying to adapt the thing. My problems with the film come from some really poor dialogue and a lot of really confused and confusing motivations on the part of the characters. To give you just an idea of it: Jean Grey encounters the Phoenix Force very early on in the film. It quickly takes control of her and starts mucking about with her head. Charles Xavier of course tries to help her and it doesn't go well. Jean gets a flash of memory and decides to peace out to follow up on it. The thing is, this memory winds up being a key piece of the puzzle in terms of stabilizing Jean towards the end of the film, and it doesn't make sense that Xavier would keep that from her. I mean, Jean's crazy. She's not stupid, or at least she shouldn't be, but no. The writer didn't want to grapple with deep and heavy themes like mental health and self-acceptance. He just wanted to push this thing along to the action scenes. Or how about when she goes to Genosha to meet Magneto to get help with her need for vengeance? He tells her that he stopped because he found that vengeance did not bring peace. Then, after she leaves, Beast shows up and is all, "Oh, BTW, Jean killed someone you cared about," and it's on with the helmet and off to seek vengeance once again. Like, really dude? Really? Oh, and let's talk about how garbage the dialogue is. If you walk away from this film knowing one thing, it's that Jean Grey doesn't know what's happening to her, because apparently that was all the writers could think to have her say. Still, it's not all bad. I thought Sophie Turner's performance was really striking, and she wears the aloof expression of a cosmic being extremely well. The music's good; I later learned that Hans Zimmer did the scoring on this one, and I should have known because it's trademark Zimmer, but in all the best ways and it really suited the film well. I thought the visual effects were really cool too, and in particular the "Dark Fire" effect that manifests around Jean. Fight scenes were kind of meh, but that's what happens when most of your principal characters have power sets that involve waving their hands at things. There was a scene with Nightcrawler being a BAMF by going BAMF (hurrrrrrrr) which was an awesome callback to X2. So, yeah. On the whole, not really a movie I cared to see, but inspirational in the sense that one thinks to oneself "Surely I could have done better." Anyway. Got home and did yoga and suitcase holding. Good day. Today is more than likely going to be purely a rest day given that I'm going off to hang with friends and drinking is a certainty. I've got some gym clothes along in case I get a call saying that we're off tonight, but that doesn't seem likely...
  4. Mike Wazowski

    Mike Wazowski: When to Try HARD, and when to chillll

    You could also just drink heavily before the sorting and see if the alcohol disguises the cleverness? ...I recognize that in this scenario, I'm talking about an 11-year-old drinking *heavily*.
  5. It did once upon a time but it got lost during one of my many laptop catastrophes. I only have the hard copy now and I only know that because I proudly filed it away in the complete wrong place during my non fiction section sort out It had a focus on female heterosexuality but if I ever go back to uni it will more than likely be something in the field of sex research so I will either broaden this to include multiple genders and sexual orientations and then you can read that (Or it will be about the effect of pornography which I find even more interesting but also kinda depressing but it's a very important field of study these days, I gotta help save these young girls growing up in the internet age with those horndog boys)
  6. Mad Hatter

    I guess I'm unchallenging?

    Yes! WHEEEEE! Me too - let's see if I can keep it up *this* time. I just love how everyone loves an unchallenge around here. I do seem to rebel a lot against actual goals, whether I like to do them or not. Weeell.... maybe sometimes.
  7. Tanktimus the Encourager

    Raptron Repeats Herself

    Good for you! Go vacation and have fun!
  8. Tanktimus the Encourager

    Mike Wazowski: When to Try HARD, and when to chillll

    I have it on good authority the sorting hat will take your preference into account if you speak up for yourself. You know us Puffs will accept you in.
  9. Mad Hatter

    Press to HS summer battle part #1

    I thought about you straight away when I saw this pop up! Still the best hashtag.
  10. Tanktimus the Encourager

    Deffy Chills the Duck Out (Deffy #52)

    I am seriously academically interested in that dissertation. Does it exist in an electronic form that I could read?
  11. Mad Hatter

    CM charts a course on autopilot

    Gah so many things! No wonder you feel it. Even surviving is quite the achievement you know.
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  13. Mad Hatter

    Mad Hatter navigates the event horizon

    That's a good tip if I ever do decide to go down that path. Right now the monies + time + effort doesn't seem worth it. The only problem I see with this is that in the good times I'd probably never even consider it because everything's awesome and what could possibly go wrong?
  14. What I'm hearing is is that you REALLY care about teaching and about your students and want them to do best as they can. And that you're trying your best to get them there (and it's working!). I don't know if this helps or not, but for me it's sometimes useful to think that who am I to judge people's opinions? If someone says you're good it's because they think you're good. If you believe it or not is actually completely irrelevant as ultimately it's their money and their choices and not yours
  15. Sylvaa

    RhiaWolfe Prepares for Harry Potter's Birthday

    I'm so glad you are back on the forums! The only thing to watch out for with walking a 5k is that if you aren't used to walking the distance, you'll be more sore (and your feet will hurt more) than you think once you do it! There are 5K walking programs available on the internet for free to make sure you get the time on your feet if you are interested. The big thing is increasing the time on your feet and the mileage before the race - but you have plenty of time for that! Also, not sure what is cooler, the cosplay or the potential nerd meet up!
  16. Mad Hatter

    Mike Wazowski: When to Try HARD, and when to chillll

    Ravenclaw but WANT TO BE Hufflepuff! Love the shooooes! Get all the points! Exactly. You can also choose NOT to deal with the consequences.
  17. TGP

    Emerging from the Boreal Forest: Xelac Heartseeker

    I love the idea of living near the Canadian Wilderness. and I'll try to follow along. recent events have given me the same challenge. when things change- how do you get back to a comfortable routine? anyways. feel free to share what living in a place like that is like? I picture primitive living in a place that demands a lot of hard walking.
  18. Rookie

    Rookie Eats Baguettes

    I am having the rest of my ribs I cooked about 6-7, 6 spears of asparagus boiled then tossed in a bit of salt, garlic powder and cayenne pepper, and a microwaved white potato with marble cheese on top. I forgot to bring my carrots for a snack mid afternoon but I have oatmeal if I get hungry. Plus I have my water We were supposed to leave from work tomorrow to go up to the cottage BUT.... BF ordered some fishing stuff and it should come by Thursday night I guess. So we might leave Friday morning. I honestly don't know when would be better to leave because Monday is a holiday for us. And its like the first real BIG cottage weekend. End of August my family does a "rib-off" and we all make different ribs. This year I think I will try a mango chutney one. I usually smoke mine but I am not sure if I want to do that this year... because quite frankly it takes awhile and I always need to fight with the smoker to make it regulate temperature and I don't have my thermometer probe things anymore. Plus I end up tethered to the smoker to make sure it doesn't raise or drop too fast.
  19. Mad Hatter

    WhiteGhost is Nephalem

    l DO really want to take the free running class next term! Hah well done for outplaying your kid!
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  21. I'm glad you decided to join us back on the forums. A lot of people have unchallenges, where they focus on getting back to a normal (I've done them before too), and it definitely helps to stay accountable to be here. I'd also like to mention that post-race blues are a real thing and might not be helping out your current state. Basically, you've spent so much time regimented and committed to a specific goal and when it's done, you feel pretty lost. Adding to home life stuff, this can seem even worse. If you ever need an ear to talk about things, don't hesitate to reach out!
  22. sarakingdom

    Sara Kingdom Goes Kurosawa

    I'm really feeling like entropy is kicking my ass around the court this week, particularly at home. So today I will catalog my wins against entropy, such as they are, in the hopes of inspiring more. Instead of grabbing the easiest clean clothes, I successfully accessorized, and it's actually pretty stylish for me. True, the scarf and hat are mostly there for "agh, keep the burning Daystar off my skin" reasons, but I have managed a look. I sort of just managed a single meal yesterday, after midnight, and it was basically a tomato, because I already had one on the table. It wasn't really good self care. Today, I will have food. True, a lot of it will be junk food, but let's have priorities; yesterday I kind of failed majorly at the basics of feeding myself. Today there will be regular infusions of fuel. If it gets there just because it's easy, that still solves the current problem. Made it to my meeting with WHOLE MINUTES to spare. Enough, in fact, to make myself a cup of coffee and get a snack. (See? Food!)
  23. JustCallMeAmber

    JustCallMeAmber and the brain

    That sounds.. dangerous. Basically unicorns are weaponized horses after all. Thanks! I only completely abandoned one goal, so that's good, right? This is a good point. Perhaps it was partly because I was previously feeling so worn that getting back to normal was amplified to feel like I'd been supercharged? And thank you! That could be. I think also venting a little here, and going nuclear one fair Saturday between week 3 and 4, maybe I got all of the gunk out? At least for a while. Thanks! Grandma is doing very well, thanks for asking! I think it was last Friday she managed to take a couple of mini-steps without the support of her walker. Still a ways to go, but she's definitely making progress!
  24. Elastigirl

    Gotta Catch 'Em All/12 Week Challenge-May 27-August 17

    Yay for loving swimming and working out! What is in your garden? They are threatening hail here and I worry about my veggies and Dahlias. They are all just babies and won't survive much pounding
  25. wow that is familiar. your kid has a summer cold, too? and she just sleeps.... so familiar. anyways. before I got sick I too was kind of hoping to bond a little with my kid (17) as well. School stressed him but now that its over... bonding with a kid is NOT easy.
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