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Jun 18, 2018 08:48PM

4170 Oh I forgot about videos... Yeah, I've watched Coursera videos at an increased speed. Some of those lectures/courses are unbearably slow...
Jun 18, 2018 08:46PM

4170 Weird. I created my collection of Asimov books using the SFBC back in the 80s and 90s.
Jun 16, 2018 08:34PM

4170 I love the discussion of listening to books/podcasts at faster than 1x! Such passion on both sides.

I listen to podcasts at 1.3x. Works great until I get podcasts about music (e.g. The Soundtrack Show at HowStuffWorks!) and I hear familiar music faster than I'm used to.

If I go back and try to listen to regular podcasts at 1x speed, with certain podcasts I'm all "OMG spit it out! Get to the point!" : ) (not S&L!)
Jun 15, 2018 12:56PM

4170 Took the entire family to see it last night. It was great!
May 31, 2018 09:26PM

4170 I've received several of these fakes as well. I forwarded the first one to Goodreads, but it took me awhile to find a way to do so, and I don't recall exactly how I did it. I did get a response thanking me for alerting them to it and that they blocked the fake account.

I've received several since then but haven't bothered to alert GR again.
May 28, 2018 04:21PM

4170 As for the music, I'll want to give the actual soundtrack a listen to better develop my opinions - especially the piece Williams composed - but it was mostly forgettable, nothing that stood out as a good piece of star wars music. And it felt odd that Powell used the rebel alliance theme where a "Falcon" theme would have been much more appropriate.

Nice in-universe use of the Imperial March though, even though I barely caught it. I want to see this in the theater again at least one more time to try to catch different things (the music, more dialogue, etc).

Again: I enjoyed it. A nice piece of fluff for the weekend.
May 27, 2018 05:37PM

4170 I saw it opening night with the family. Really enjoyed it. Rogue One and Solo are my favs of the Disney Star Wars flicks so far, over TFA and TLJ.

This was the SW film with the most blatant Expanded Universe references. References from games, the cartoons, the movies, etc.

I'm a fan of the cartoons, so that twist at the end left me with my jaw hanging open in a wide muppet-smile and I almost said "Oh Sh**, they went there!" in the theater.

I'm hoping they've set up future movies. Perhaps we'll see some of these characters again.

While the film was not perfect, it was perfectly enjoyable. I hope word of mouth gets more people to see it.
Quick Burns (229 new)
May 21, 2018 06:06PM

4170 "near a deal"

Fingers crossed! Let's hope they do it, and do it right and let the entire story be told!
May 19, 2018 12:40PM

4170 Rick wrote: "For US people, if you're near a major city do this - find out if the city library has an ebook/audio book program AND check the surrounding county for a library system too.

I don't know how commo..."

I use King and Snohomish County libraries, since I live in one and work in the other. Handy!
Kindle Unlimited (10 new)
May 07, 2018 06:00AM

4170 I just canceled my KU $1.99 trial subscription.

While I will read many of the indie books available there; I also read a bunch of books that are not available on KU that I get from the library as soon as they're published.

I seem to be reading at the pace of about three books a month. It seems like at least one, usually two of which are not available on KU. At ~$3.99-$4.99 a book - that makes KU not a good deal for me.
Apr 30, 2018 02:43PM

4170 Rik wrote: "As to the battles I kept wondering why Dr Strange didn't just cut Thanos in half with a portal. We saw one of his Black Order minions get his arm chopped off by a portal early in the film so why no..."

Movie logic.
Apr 30, 2018 06:04AM

4170 I've seen it twice now, as has my wife, and (view spoiler)

I don't think is a spoiler but something I found neat in the film (view spoiler)
Apr 27, 2018 11:47PM

4170 Michele wrote: "Does anyone also watch Killjoys? The lieutenant on the Agatha King who helped Admiral Souther be sneaky was played by the guy who was Alvis the monk

That's where I recognized him from! I was thinking he was the actor who portrayed The Ray from the Arrow crossover shows this season.
Apr 27, 2018 11:39PM

4170 Stephen wrote: "Here is the stuff at Red Bubble . ."

I'm short and fat. I should totally get that "Belter" t-shirt!
Apr 27, 2018 11:37PM

4170 Rob wrote: "...I still miss Eureka and Warehouse 13."

There's a hole in my heart where WH13 used to be.

Glad I can rewatch it whenever I need to.

Artie is my spirit animal.

Sorry, back to The Expanse!

Anyone else love Amos? "I didn't always work in space."
Apr 27, 2018 11:26PM

4170 Rob wrote: "I'm excited on one hand..but where's the Ashoka Tano/Sabine Wren buddy spin-off I wanted!?."

My oldest daughter, who fangirls over SW with me, said almost those exact same words : )

It's Filoni, I'm sure he'll manage to work Ahsoka in somehow, unless other material featuring her is in the works. (I vote for her own movie!)
Apr 26, 2018 05:58AM

4170 Huh... I had heard that about The Martian loved the idea, but hadn't heard that about Artemis. When I read Artemis I didn't think about it at all in terms of being in the same world as The Martian or as The Expanse.

I'm all for it though!
Apr 19, 2018 08:44PM

4170 I enjoyed it. I really loved the relationships between the siblings, and between the kids and their parents, and even between the parents.

I absolutely hated Dr. Smith (view spoiler). There were enough tension and challenges without adding her in. I've read other reviews in defense of her character, and can agree with some of the points made. But still No.

I also liked the new Millenium Falcon Jupiter craft. They reminded me of the Millenium Falcon, which is one of my favorite ships.

I wasn't crazy about the robot's design.(view spoiler)

I was sad (view spoiler) But glad (view spoiler)

And I hope Debbie sticks around! : )
Star Wars Novels (12 new)
Apr 19, 2018 08:30PM

4170 Dale wrote: "Which new canon novels follow the original cast of characters in the time immediately following Return of the Jedi?

There are rumors they're saving this time period and the main three for a new cartoon series. That may be why there's sparse reading material in that period.
Apr 12, 2018 06:56AM

4170 With all the talk of (view spoiler)
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