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Renato Ramonda
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Sysadmin, geek, loudmouth, chatty bastard, lover of many things, occasional translator, tinkerer and maker of gaming things.
Sysadmin, geek, loudmouth, chatty bastard, lover of many things, occasional translator, tinkerer and maker of gaming things.

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Uh... as my wife pointed out, this Italian movie that will come out soon is apparently inspired by +Christopher Kubasik's "The Booth at the End".

I use the term "inspired" loosely because, well, it looks like a complete ripoff, including iconic shots like the black notebook on the table.

Hell, the trailer features the same line "How can I know you're not the Devil?" "You can't".

I really hope this is actually an official adaptation, but nothing on the IMDB page points to it.

(I figured it didn't make much sense as a private post, sorry for the repost)

Prompted by +Matteo Suppo, a Madness Talent for Don't Rest Your Head

T is for TrueNews
the media, you know
has printed the story
there's nowhere to go.

Some people call it Fake News. Sure. Most of it is... but not when you report it.

Publish a piece of News, spread the Word... the thing you made-up will happen. Hell, if you spend enough Madness it has happened already!

1-2 Madness: something unlikely, but of small entity, will happen. Eventually, probably in the next day or two (the news cycle is unrelenting, after all).

3-4 Madness: something very unlikely, or absurd, will happen very soon after you hit "Publish". Or something of smaller entity will happen right away.

5-6 Madness: something YUGE will happen, no matter how absurd or covfefe. Or maybe it has already happened? One can never tell how deep the conspiracy goes, right?

As you use and abuse of this Talent, the meaning of the world starts to fray. The cause-effect relations strain. The plausibility gets thinner and thinner. Your link with factual reality becomes absent, even worse than what happens to most people in the Mad City. One day, before you realize it, you become a roving, screaming mass of contradictory conspiracy, constantly generating short lived edicts that the Paper Boys must deliver. You have become the Infowarrior.

#DRYH #DLYM #DontRestYourHead

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Non vedo l'ora. Shock: è uno dei giochi piu' eleganti che abbia mai avuto l'onore di giocare... e di aiutare ad esistere in Italiano.

Can't wait! Shock: is one of the most elegant games I ever had the honor to play... and to help exist in the Italian language.
Shock:Social Science Fiction debuted at Gen Con 2006. It was my second published roleplaying game, and, among the many things I’ve built in the course of my life, one of my favorites. It’s time to think hard about what I want Shock: to do, to pull it…

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"Lacking a precision scale, goes to the supermarket to weigh 100g of hashish. 25 yo in trouble."

A bit of Fiasco IRL from Sardinia.

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Now this is a beautiful recolor (and customization) of the Astraea Type-F

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Look at this sexy emmer effer... I might need to buy a UV light sometimes down the road, just to see it light up :-D

(photo not mine, but I lost the url of the host site... here's another nice set of pics of the RG Unicorn http://www.gunjap.net/site/?p=323632 )

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Gundam watercolors? Yes please!

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Man alive this model is pretty.

RX-121-1 Gundam TR-1 Hazel Custom

Bandai will finally release it as Master Grade... but only in a Premium Bandai limited release. Dammit Bandai. Stop making at least 1 limited issue model I want per friggin month will you?

Anyway, nice bulky design.
Follow the link for more pics.
https://www.facebook.com/GundamDipendent/posts/1534527033258585
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Iron Blooded Orphans Ep. 48


A stab through the heart...

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This show continues to handle its politics in a very modern and adult way: Rustal, the authoritarian power, went right away to Nobliss, the capitalist behind the curtains, to gain complete control of the media. It's not new, that was what they did with the workers revolt in S1 too.

Because it's not enough to beat your enemy. You have to show the "public opinion" your use of Power is just, righteous and lawful.

The gang is discussing their options, and Orga is determined to keep them alive; it doesn't matter if they need to run, and run: if they stay alive, they win. And unexpectedly there's a new plan, the tunnels. A new glimmer of hope.

Nice little moment with the senior Tekkadan kids (Dante, Chad, Aki and Eugene), with Eugene thinking "as long as Orga is leading us, it'll all work out"... argh.

And as a nice counterpoint, McGillis saying "you're not the Tekkadan I knew"... yeah man, they got a bit smarter. And they don't want to change the world, they want to survive.

McGillis seems, instead, to have completely embraced the Doomed Hero mantle: he offered to open the way for Orga, but only because it's part of his gamble involving trying to kill Rustal. I have little hope for THAT plan.

Kudelia now has a new family. Atra. And Mika. And the unborn child (assuming Atra is actually pregnant): she's taking the task to protect her new family seriously. Aside: the fun reaction of Chad and Merribit at the news... but also Merribit stating poetically "the iron flower won't wither that easily". Even Merribit has been changed: some of the drama and drive of the kids rubbed on her :)

Love how Mika interrupts the "lofty hero" speech of McGillis right when he's saying he's got no ideals, no vision. "You talk too much". He does have an ideal: he needs to "get there", to the place with no war where they'll be able to live. McGillis has an ideal because he wants to be the center of a Great Dream. Mika has an ideal because he wants to be nobody, he doesn't need to be the Great Hero. He wants to grow potatoes and flowers and leave a legacy of life to his descendants.

And the subsequent exchange between Mika and Orga: "I don't know what mess you'll do if I'm not with you". :)
And the gun. The same gun after all those years.

And then we get Iok being an ass as always... he found McGillis in the wrong mood though. Not sure he's definitely dead yet.

The call with Makanai had a really charming moment, how he's coyly hinting that Tekkadan's predicament is making his employee nervous... and it's Takaki! Lovely little moment seeing him back. And his surprise at hearing Ride in what's clearly a "top level" mission/group.

Then we get the email from Azee. Honest: seeing Azee in the white suit and fedora made me tear up. I even mistyped her name as Nazee once :) Many pheels!

I loved the little moment between Orga and Kudelia: "I chose you because I wanted to work with unprivileged kids of my age... chuckle I was so arrogant!" Yeah, they all grew a lot.

All this "hope rising" had me already worried... when Ride remarks "It's so quiet" I got a genuine sense of dread and impending disaster. I feared a car-bomb... and right on cue. An ambush.

Fuck.

Ride's first reaction is "no, what are you doing!". "I'm the Boss of Tekkadan Orga Itsuka. This is nothing to me!"
Ride: "Not for me..."

Fuck (and again the end song starting at the right moment to stab me through the heart).

"As long as you all don't stop, I'll be at the end of it waiting for you. So hear me well, don't ever stop."

Those shooters were Nobliss' men, I'm sure. Who knows if he'll get the retribution he has clearly earned...


And the preview. There'll be battle. It won't be pretty.
Eugene crying. He's no longer the Deputy Boss I guess... And the white Unicorn IO Shiden. It was meant to be Orga's mobile suit. I really hope it's Ride in the cockpit, giving hell to Gjallarhorn.

The title of the episode will be "McGillis Fareed". I guess we know who's dying next episode.

"Oh yeah, Atra asked me about the name for the baby... I guess I'll ask Orga when he gets back".

Thanks writers, keep stabbing at me up until the last frame...

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Iron Blooded Orphans Ep. 47


Family, and families...

(I'm late, I know)

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McGillis is getting a faceful of Realpolitik in the first scene: sure, you're the one that extracted excalibur from the stone... but we're not in Camelot, and by the way, your political opponent has just used your past as a molested child sex slave as leverage AGAINST you. You're welcome.

At least they let his fleet land on Mars... not out of goodness of heart, either: the chief of the garrison on Ares was in debt... and took a gamble to repay it; in the unlikely case McGillis would come out as a winner, he would not be on the wrong side.

I liked the little talk between Orga and McGillis: dude, you're not in the position to be in charge anymore.

"It looks like the right thing doesn't matter any longer with McGillis"

How the roles have reversed: now it's the "kids" that recognize the idealistic foolishness of the former aloof General.

The political maneuvering and control of the media by Gjallarhorn continues to be handled perfectly: just like at the very start of the show, Gjallarhorn has positioned everything so that they'll have the "moral high ground" and they'll be on the side of "order" in the public's eye. They are descending to Mars to apprehend a traitor and to wipe out a bunch of criminals. Sure.

Criminals that are locked in their base and whose funds have been cut and frozen. Trapped.

The speech by Orga, and the reaction by the small group led by Zack (elvis-hair-guy) was another powerful moment: only those who really want to stick there to the bitter end should, and by their own will. No hard feelings towards those who live... but right away we see the other side of the coin: for many, Tekkadan is the first and only place that welcomed there, that treated them as peers, gave them a home. Many don't have the privilege of going away: where to?

Cute little moment between Old Man and Merribit:
"You're still a kid"
"Well it seems you like 'em young then!"
"Oh come on!"

The whole scene between Mika, Kudelia and Atra in the hangar was cute and charming... turns out, in the background during the long trip from Earth to Mars, well, things happened. Well played writers. And Mika (who is READING about agriculture) with his matter-of-fact logic asks Kudelia (who's good at growing things) to be the foster parent for his and Atra's child. The whole scene, with Kudelia all flustered, Mika unusually talkative and reflective ("it feels good to make a promise; I'm here because I made a promise with Orga"), the hug... and the double-hug, and the laugh and smiles... :)
You crazy kids and your happy triad.

Rustal's phone call with Orga lays it out bare to him: they need a scapegoat, and it doesn't matter who's allied with whom. The politics needs are that they're wiped. No hard feelings, man!

And again, Eugene and Akihiro arrive to bring Orga's Leader/Martyr complex down to earth: don't you dare acting like your life alone is worth all of ours! Let's discuss this like the family you made us into.

The plan to go to Makanai on Earth sounds horribly far-fetched tough...
...and the sudden discovery they have the money to make it signals the moment this glimpse of hope is about to hit a ton of hard reality: they're under siege, with no connection to outside.

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