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Old 09-15-2022, 02:32 PM
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This year's finalists for entry into the Toy Hall of Fame


Call me a purist, but I don't think games with formalized rules count as "toys" in the traditional sense. Especially something as complex as Settlers of Catan.



I am amazed that spinning tops and Nerf balls weren't in the Hall of Fame already.
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Old 09-15-2022, 04:22 PM
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Steve Shives tackles the usage of the Mirror Universe in Trek (on screen and in the Expanded Universe).


As I've said before, I hate the DS9 Mirror Universe episodes and don't revisit them. First, the contrivances necessary to keep all of the people in the same locations between locations pile up and up and up as the years go by. It's okay for a single point of intersection in "Mirror, Mirror", but anything more lis ludicrous. Second, it falls into the same trap as "Year of Hell" and "Course: Oblivion", creating a playground that the creators can play with without worrying about consequences.
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Old 09-17-2022, 01:42 AM
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Guys make a huge battery using over a thousand lemons.


All that work for not even five volts.



As it turns out, I watched one of their videos years ago without making the connection: How much sawdust can you put in a rice crispy bar before it's inedible?


Making a wooden bicycle. I wouldn't want to get on that thing, it looks like a disaster in the making...
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Old 09-18-2022, 12:40 AM
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A Voyager meme that gave me a chuckle...
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Old 09-23-2022, 12:35 AM
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Obscurus Lupa tackles "The Naked Time" vs "The Naked Now." She has more respect for TOS than I thought. Also wait for the discussion of the Data/Yar relationship. And plenty of Gene bashing.
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Old 09-24-2022, 03:57 AM
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Kyle Hill completely misses the point of the Lord of the Rings Eagle Problem


The issue isn't the cube square law, this is explicitly another world where magic exists in all lifeforms, even the eagles.



A more educated reply


The TL;DR:
* Gandalf is friends with one eagle who owes him, he can't just summon a whole flock anytime he wants.
* The eagles have their own society and they aren't as concerned with this Sauron stuff as our heroes.
* Sauron's tower is surrounded by flying monsters who would detect a flock of giant eagles almost immediately. Placing the One Ring in the vicinity of them would be a Bad Idea.
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Old 09-28-2022, 10:27 PM
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Astrophysicist ranks fictional starships.



The only Trek ships on the list are the NCC-1701 and the Narada. I would've liked the Klingon Bird of Prey and Borg Cube being discussed.


I was also disappointed that he didn't know the name of the ship from Flight of the Navigator. Neither did I, but I could find it on the Disney wiki in less than a minute. It's a Trimaxion Drone Ship.
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Old 09-29-2022, 12:10 AM
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It's "Male Versions of 'Let it Go'" Day!


NateWantsToBattle. The first one I ever saw, and still the best in my opinion.


Caleb Hyles. I like his work, but in this one he has the bad habit of trying to emphasize every word. Proper musical flow doesn't work like that.



princepeterwolf. He puts his own spin on it, this is more like sing-talking.



Caissie Levy. You can tell that this more of a Broadway version.
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Old 09-29-2022, 02:50 AM
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I was in the mood for some Trek filk songs that I'd never heard before...


Space Shanty. TNG songs are a bit rarer than TOS ones.
Enterprise. I thought I'd already heard all of the Julia Ecklar ones, but I guess not...
Call the Navigator. I hold fan creators to higher standards when it comes to canon, and it's inexcusable to call flame gems Aldebaran and not Spican. (In Enterprise flame gems (two words) come from Rigel). (As it turns out Spica is a real star in the constellation of Virgo. And that's the Amazing Thing That I Learned Today).
For The Need of the One. Another Ecklar contribution, and another example of fans caring about deep lore. She uses the word "T'hy'a", which in Vulcan means friend/brother/lover and comes from the STTMP novelization.
Mineral Rights. I never expected a musical retelling of "Devil in the Dark."
All About That Borg. My favorite "All About That Bass" parody is still the Pokemon-themed "Spinning Round That Bass", but this one is okay too.
Eternal Loser. A ballad by Kirk dedicated to his women.
Eternal Loser. You don't encounter the same filk song being covered by more than one singer very often, but this one was. Which one do you like more?
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A Not Always Right story about someone who doesn't know what a gazebo is


Of course the commenters were quick to make oblique references to the tale of Eric and the Dread Gazebo.


I don't even play RPGs (besides Pokemon), but that one was a classic of early Net culture.
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