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About TheLastBaron

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  1. Mouse Wrist Pain

    I use the previous Logitech trackball, the M570 and I really like it ( I've also used a few of the Kensington trackballs (which aren't used with your thumb) and they are also pretty good.
  2. Left 4 Thumbs - The Homethumbing 2

    You still play as the survivors in VS though. I really like L4D as a cooperative game more than a competitive game, but I feel like I got that out of versus. When you're the survivors it's the same as playing co-op (I think?) and when you're the infected you have to coordinate your attack. FWIW I played L4D1/2 with the same 3 friends so this is definitely coming from a different place than someone who jumps into a VS game solo.
  3. Left 4 Thumbs - The Homethumbing 2

    Why do people like 1 more than 2? I have a couple hundred hours in both, though it's been years since I've touched either, and I like 2 more because it fixed corner stacking and meele spam which I thought were pretty big problems in 1. I've literally only ever played versus though. Edit: Also I really like the story/characters in 2, having Cutty from the Wire is probably a big part of that.
  4. Movie/TV recommendations

    It's probably worth bringing this up again due to the recent changes to Movie Pass. Has anyone jumped on? I'm super curious as it seems like it works at a lot of the art theaters here in the Bay Area (The Alamo Drafthouse, The Roxie, and the Pacific Film Archive being the big draws for me). I'll probably just get it and try it for a month, but I'd be curious to know what anyone else thinks about it.
  5. Just watched the DS9 episode "Things Past" and it had a lot of good Odo acting from Rene Auberjonois. It also had Red Forman.
  6. I actually think of Odo as a very emotional character, he just isn't a very emotive character (also I think Data is a very emotive character and I liked him, but in the episodes where Brent Spiner gets to play other characters I did definitely wish he got to do more). I'm only on season 5 so I don't know how Odo ends up, but I was really into the stuff with him and Kira. I think with a weaker actor he just isn't sympathetic at all and all his inner conflicts just aren't engaging, but Rene Auberjonois really makes the characterwork, for me at least.
  7. I'm watching the DS9 episode where they go onto the original Enterprise with a lot of TOS footage and this is an enjoyable episode. The stuff about the Klingons that no one recognizes as Klingons and Worf just says 'It's a long story, we don't talk about it with outsiders" and that's the end of that was great.
  8. I have a co-worker I talk to a lot about Star Trek, he's actually the one who got me to watch DS9 and Voyager after only ever watching TNG (and TOS) multiple times. He's talked about how big of a deal it was for him (as a Chinese guy) just to have a Chinese guy in Star Trek finally in Voyager. Thanks for the episode list, I'm planning on just watching every episode, but I'll keep it handy so if there's an episode I'm really not digging I can see if there's a reason to stick around or if I'm safe skipping to the next one.
  9. I'm watching a Voyager episode and I'm not very far in, but so far it's just Chakotay talking about spirit animals and Kim talking about an ancient Chinese curse. This is like the 5th episode or so so I get that none of the characters are really established at this point and are all pretty one-dimensional, but so far it's kind of just... yeah.
  10. I'd seen the trailer so I already knew that that was how they were approaching the show, but man that's basically the most off-putting way to pitch a Star Trek show to me. I was hoping the movies meant they could have all their fun and action and lens flares in those and have the TV show stay modest and focused on interesting ideas instead of cinematic set-pieces. Oh well, I guess I hope it does well because if it does the chances of me getting something new that I like are higher than if it flops and gets canned, but I will most likely not watch Discover at all.
  11. I've just started Voyager and it seems like it's much more of a hard sci-fi focused show than TNG and especially DS9. I'm only 3-4 episodes in so I'm not sure if it'll stay like this, but so far every episode has had some sort of convoluted plot involving quantum singularities or subspace fractures or whatever and there hasn't be much focus on the characters. I'm watching concurrently with DS9 so I don't mind having one be the show with the interesting characters and the other being the show with the Twilight Zone speculative fiction plots, but I'm sure the show will change as time goes on. Also I love Robert Picardo.
  12. Wet Hot American Summer

    This is where I am (including having trouble articulating me feeling about it). Like the original was a super over the top parody, but the new seasons have an additional layer of intentional self awareness that makes it harder for me to engage with them in the same way. In the movie Coop is trying to be a goofy character from an old 80's summer camp movie, but in the new ones he's very much trying to be Michael Showalter in a wig playing a goofy character from a 2001 summer camp movie.
  13. Wet Hot American Summer

    I watched 10 Years Later this past weekend and felt exactly the same about it as I did with First Day of Camp, which is to say I didn't like it. WHAS the movie is something I absolute adore. On multiple occasions I've watched the movie and as soon as the credits ended just started the movie over again on the spot which puts it in exclusive company with Airplane! for me. For some reason though these sequels just don't do anything for me. I'm not sure if it's that they're taking things too far or if it's the way they're messing with the characters, but for whatever reason the jokes just don't land the same way for me and while I've tried super hard to like both of these seasons I've just ended up really disappointed. I was really looking forward to this new season too after reading that it was inspired by Singles and the Big Chill and I assumed that it was going to have a different tone than First Day of Camp and maybe be a little more serious with the characters and less over the top, but it felt the exact same as the last one to me.
  14. Baby Driver (Boss Baby Successor)

    I'm taking that example way to literally, but if you took Baby and replaced him with Wallace from The Wire the movie would be completely different for me. They both play a good-hearted kid that falls on hard times and gets mixed up in some bad shit, but the difference is that for me Baby doesn't (and isn't meant to) fulfill the role of being a real person. Baby for me was basically just like the cars in the film, he was there to get the movie from point A to point B and keep it engaging in-between. He was somewhere between a very thin character and a vehicle, but he wasn't there as a human being. Having him be a shy awkward kid who spends all his time in his room making beats worked for that better for me than if he were more interesting or outgoing. I didn't love the film though so I could be totally wrong!