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ah, a whine and sheesh fest?
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So I seem to be +1ing everything in sight.
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+1 to that! 
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In a landmark opinion, the Supreme Court ruled Friday that states cannot ban same-sex marriage, handing gay rights advocates their biggest victory yet.
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Sense8 Thoughts Through Episode 4

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I've been watching Sense8, the new Netflix exclusive series from the Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczinski.

My first thought was that the show has an intriguing premise that's generally been treated in a very superficial way by mass media such as film and TV. Well, actually my very first thought was "Wow, these opening credits are really awful." But that aside, the first episode, in which we meet eight characters from all over the world who begin to share a psychic or empathic bond, was enough to get me watching.

I don't find this premise exceptionally attractive on its own. The next-step-in-human-evolution idea has been dealt with very thoroughly in print SF; for examples see <i>Slan</i> or <i>More Than Human</i>. In film and television the concept has been used more often to give us superheroes, and while I'm all for superheroes I don't really see the value in another dilute iteration of that trope along the same lines as Heroes, Alphas or Chronicle.

I'll have more thoughts as I continue to watch, but meanwhile, this is a good show and worth checking out. It is heavily invested in exploring sexuality and gender identity. A very early scene in episode 1 is a giant strapon in the eye to any unwary bigots who might possibly be watching, announcing up front that this <i>will</i> one of the show's themes, and if you don't like that you can fuck your bigoted ass right on home.
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We just watched the first five episodes over the last three days -- it's so absorbing! I think this is the best show I can remember watching in a long, long time, and I'm really looking forward to seeing where it's going. Also, yay Martha! :)
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Sense8, after two episodes:

- Show is watchable and compelling.
- Opening credit sequence is terrible.
- Not all of these characters are equally interesting.
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I loved this show so much.  All the feels.
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To hell with Miller, it's Laphroaig time.
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I shall defend Martin Miller gin to the death!

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Looks Like Shadow Of Mordor Won't Support AMD Graphics On #Linux At Release http://buff.ly/1Gkzp5q #Gaming
The Linux manual for the Shadow of Mordor port has been spotted in the wild, and it looks like it may be a sore spot for AMD gamers.
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By all means do post your hysterical anti-equality screed, that you may be promptly relegated to the compost heap of history. And my blocklist.
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Reason number one I'm not on Facebook. I don't have to watch my family go apeshit anymore.
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Sense8 Thoughts Episodes 1-4

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One thing that Sense8 can't really do, given the eight characters in the "cluster" and all their supporting characters, is to give everyone equal time right off the bat. So while everyone is introduced right away, several of the characters start out as cyphers and remain so up to the point I've watched. So not everyone is equally interesting yet.

The early standout character is Nomi Marks, a trans woman living in San Francisco in an apparently very happy relationship. In the second episode she ends up institutionalized, her life and identity signed away by a mother vehemently opposed to her transition, and forced to undergo "corrective" surgery. Of course there's an evil conspiracy at work too, but that's kind of secondary.

I found this very difficult to take, so much so that I almost didn't watch any further. The identity, family and life that Nomi was born to wasn't hers; she has to build them herself, and over the course of two episodes you see the struggle she faced to do so. Now she comes precariously close to having that taken from her by a biological family driven by hate-based ideology and outmoded law that don't reflect cultural progress. I found this intensely unsettling, worse than a violation of her body but an invasion of her mind and self. She is herself, and this plot point threatens to take that away. I can imagine nothing more invasive or downright <i>evil</i>. Evil done, at least in part, by well-intentioned people. This is why good intentions aren't enough — they are never enough. Evil must be striven against and constantly fought.

Thankfully, this particular thread gets a happy ending at the end of episode 4. I'm glad I kept watching, or it would have continued to bother me.
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Sorry, I just cannot stand it. Everything that pair makes seems to try SO hard to ooze cool. I appreciate SO much how they use people of color/trans/non-white-non-male leads so much, but they are always using young, good-looking people. They just seem to want us to jump into a music video and think it's cool.

TL;DR: It's just like the Matrix: it tries to be deep, but instead comes off like a music video. Empty and style over substance.

BUT, I am happy you enjoy it! :)
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Now that school is over with I am slowly (ever so slowly) starting to have a life again. Part of that untangling is getting back into reading and tabletop gaming. This post is about where I’m at with the former. I’m trying to explore the modern…
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Civilization V Now Supports Steam Workshop On #Linux http://buff.ly/1GcuxNN #Gaming
Civilization V is already a pretty massive game, and now even more so thanks to the continued support from Aspyr Media. Civ V now supports mods thanks to Steam Workshop on Linux.
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Overrated. Not a bad restauant, but a terrible _German_ restaurant. Schmidt's sells itself as such, but the best sausage in the place is the distinctly non-German Bahama Mama - which is admittedly very good. And the creampuffs are amazing. The bratwurst, however, is of vending machine quality, and there is simply no excuse for that from a place with the pedigree of Schmidt's
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