Starting to think the whole mountain hermit Plan Z should be upgraded to to Plan A.

Sometimes, apropos of nothing, I’ll remember lines from Futurama and laugh out loud at work.

My coworkers are understandably concerned.

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And last but certainly not least:

Rey. Fucking. Skywalker. Are you shitting me? You literally just based on entire character on her struggle with accepting who she is in a movie franchise based around characters that struggle with setting themselves apart from the evils of the previous generations and you don’t even give her the decency of letting her redeem her own family name. What an absolute crock of shit, Abrams and writers.

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All the subtle setups for the grey order that didn’t get followed through on. Rey and Ren spent the entire movie literally struggling with balancing out their dark and light sides just to both end up as fucking jedi in the end AND THEN MAKING OUT completely out of the blue. I swear Hollywood is completely incapable of showing platonic relationships between two main characters of the opposite sex, or committing to a outcome that’s one iota more complicated than *hurr durr light side guud.*

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Notes that come immediately to mind: **SPOILER WARNING**

“Never underestimate a droid” Ok, a little foreshadowing, not very subtle, but okay. *Payoff barely five minutes later in an entirely unsatisfying and gratuitous chase scene*

Finn and Poe gaybaiting, then just dropping another minority defector right in front of Finn as a late series love interest FOR NO FUCKING REASON and clearly to pander. Same with the bounty hunter love interest with Poe. Completely unsatisfying.

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Saw Rise of Skywalker last night and I gotta say, it’s BAD. I say that as someone that more or less enjoyed TFA and TLJ. I was at least able to suspend my disbelief for the length of those. RoS was just badly directed and poorly written. The entire first act never had a camera shot longer than 10 seconds and so much of the dialogue was entirely too predictable.
A whole lot of unsatisfying payoffs packed into one 2.5 hour movie, but at least Chewie got a fucking medal finally.

Holy fuck! Probably my greatest find in a used book store to date. What an absolute treasure. Published in 1931 straight out of the Rosicrucian library, I'm so excited to dig into this.

Seeing a lot of people that don’t like The Witcher unfairly comparing it to GoT despite them being two entirely different storytelling styles. It’s like comparing Star Trek and Star Wars. Just because they’re both sci-fi doesn’t mean they’re comparable, they fill different niches. Just like Witcher and GoT. Being familiar with the source material, games and books, I found it perfect for what it is.

Mastodon: literally every image is sensitive material.

Dammit Netflix.

The Witcher is SO GOOD. I didn’t want it to be good. I really wanted to be able to complain about how it didn’t live up to one of my all time favorite books/games but god dammit they got me. Some of the CGI scenes are a little iffy, but that’s pretty much the only thing I can say about it that isn’t gushing about how much they fucking nailed the atmosphere, the humanity, the incredibly complex world building, just everything.

I decided to make some free time for myself lately with the stress of the holidays and a brutal work schedule fucking me up from both sides. Made some headway on Sekiro finally, just beat Owl. I spent so long dreading that fight and I managed it in less than half a dozen tries, probably from all the practice I got fighting those purple assholes on the way up. I’m so close to my first ending (Purification) and I’m actually stoked to do it again for a different one.

Like imagine if one of the Harry Potter books ended on that high note of everything wrapping up nicely but in the last two pages Voldemort shows up and murders someone and everything goes to shit. What a horrible feeling that is also goddamned impressive to convey through writing.

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That feeling when you finish a book in a series whose author decides to emotionally destroy the reader right at the very end, and not just in a cliffhanger-y way, but like a “bitch, you thought” kinda way.

Got to see Knives Out over the weekend and thoroughly enjoyed it. A seriously strong cast in a goofy, Clue-esque whodunnit that delivered a spectacular reveal, even with me going into it thinking it had already been spoiled for me.

Daniel Craig’s Foghorn Leghorn impression definitely made it lighter than a typical murder mystery.

Of course the first night I'm off work at a reasonable hour is a First Friday and all I wanna do is crash.

What’s the delineation point between an empire in decline and one broken? At what point does the downturn become the new reality? If we were to experience it in first person, what would that change look like? Would we even recognize it if it happened today?

Nothing like a ten hour shift back at work after a week of travelling to make you question every life decision that led to this.

My job is real boring y'all. I think I actually hate it kind of a lot.

Somehow, despite never having heard the song play through it's entirety, nor having heard any part of it in the wild for something like 15 years, I've had the chorus from Kelly Osbourne's "Papa Don't Preach" stuck in my head for the last two days.

Brains are fuckin weird man.

Had tacos al pastor at a taqueria near the hotel and my hands still smell like delicious tortilla. I'm really enjoying getting the chance to get away from KC for a bit.

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