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  1. YESSSSSSS I left Something True subscribed in my podcast app just in case this happened one day, and sure enough... Little red triangle appeared on the Something True bod today I'm definitely looking forward to this. Best news to come out of this website all year.
  2. New WR speedrun! 1:38.585. I think this guy had a prior WR as well
  3. Monster Hunter World on PS4

    So has anyone actually been participating in this? Lack of replies makes me think maybe not
  4. I was saddened to see 45brains.online appears to be offline. I nominate Zach/sci-fi Martin Shkreli from last week's episode as one of the 45 brains.
  5. Yeah, this is the closest Ive come to wanting to buy it.
  6. The discussion around Martin Shkreli and uploading consciousness to the cloud to be "digitally immortal" is basically the entire premise around the book Altered Carbon (which is also a Netflix series now). I am simultaneously saddened by the "Zach" news story (which was quite widely read here in NZ) and enthused to know that someone else from New Zealand cares enough about IIT to submit reader mail. I hear you, Chris. Was it you who sent in the article? I had also never heard of either of the Whales or any of their companies before this episode. Honestly after watching the video from last year on Stuff, and seeing the way they talk about their business ventures, I am actually thinking less that this is pure scam from Albi and more in the direction of a delusional disorder or bipolar.
  7. Strong episode here. I think the telepresence robot is what we all need in our lives. In my mind, the saxophone involved in the Nick Breckon costume to give the maximum effect is not a baritone, but a Contra-bass saxophone: During Nick's suggestion about how to stop saying "bro" so much, the longer it went on the stronger my desire became for the Curb Your Enthusiasm theme to start playing in the background. Alas, it was not the case. I'd also heard about the "paper town" story of Agloe, NY, but I had forgotten about the part where the eventual formation of the town meant they could no longer use it as copy protection in court. Truly a great example of being hoisted by ones own petard. I'm disappointed the Thumbs didn't call it as it is. The Wax House story is probably the best Wikipedia vandalism story I've ever heard. That guy was a real sly boots. This is 10/10. I guess it only worked because Maori pronunciation/syllables and Japanese are so similar to each other.
  8. As much as I like this show, I do find it a bit hard to listen to the hosts mentioning basically every week recently how bad 2017 apparently was. I can't relate.
  9. Just got around to listening to this one now... Holy crap the weird "crashed and erased itself" bit at 12:45 blew my mind listening to it late at night.
  10. I got really thrown off by the music choice in this episode. There's a New Zealand politics podcast (Gone by lunchtime) that uses Jahzzar - Take Me Higher as their intro music.
  11. I noticed this too; I couldn't help frame-by-framing that bit to see what was there. Whatever it's supposed to mean, it certainly seems to suggest a clear link between Sarah and the Black Lodge, if there was any doubt. Another thing I noticed a few episodes back but haven't seen anyone comment on: Anybody else wonder if the symbol of the black blob with the pointy antennae on top (As seen in Hawk's map, or on that card earlier on) is supposed to be representing the same thing as the "owl"/ring sigil used in season 2? Except the diamond shape has been replaced by a black circle.
  12. Yep definitely a twig. The camera is stepping backwards a bit to it comes into frame. I agree that it was really weird and jarring how the kid was just running across the road, and then he stops BEFORE he turns to see the woman. That happening right at the start of the episode made me feel like they directed the scene/actor poorly. Knowing Lynch though, he probably realised but kept it in anyway.
  13. Breakbeat conga line is a new invention. Reminds me of the Great Northern guests in old Twin Peaks. I really loved the amount of drama that surrounded ritual arm wrestling. It seems evident that BOB is still here, and it's not just DoppelCoop. As far as I know the doppelganger alone wouldn't have superhuman strength. I'd completely forgotten that the guy wearing a suit had disappeared until after the arm wrestle. He stood out awkwardly during the elevator scene. It's good to see some connection between Richard Horne and BadCoop now. It's not clear what made Richard so interested in what he saw. I *really* liked the scene where Dougie is drinking coffee and his face changes. He looked like he was getting really suspicious towards Tony, but then suddenly got up and went to get pie. The Norma and Ed sadness continues. I like how this was carried over into S3. Sarah Palmer always seems to be watching something violent on TV. In this case it's the same 20 seconds of vintage boxing on loop. The Audrey stuff is becoming way less straightforward to me. She's obviously got something unusual going on mentally. It's not obvious to me what role Charlie is playing in all this, honestly. Hopefully we get some more clarity soon. The feeling I got from this episode is that he's acting as some kind of psychotherapist. Whether his objective is to help her or not isn't clear. James Hurley playing at the Roadhouse was 10/10 excellent
  14. Yeah I'm not sure about saying there is more depth and variety amongst women in season 3. Janey-E and Diane are good examples, and there have been a few minor characters that I think were done well (Jade, Candy, the phone operator lady at Sherrif's Dept, the medical examiner in Buckhorn) I have enjoyed Amanda Seyfried's character, Becky, as well. The returning characters... Sarah Palmer is great, but much the same level of intensity as before. Audrey so far seems much less interesting than she used to be. Shelley is doing fine, but I think she was probably a little more interesting before this season. Norma is less interesting without all the Big Ed storyline. Nadine is more boring now too. I don't think we've really heard her say anything. Josie is gone, which is an improvement imo, especially the way her story went in later episodes. Catherine Martell is also gone, though, and I enjoyed her. One observation that does stand out to me as a negative pattern is that characters who seem to exist in highly dramatic, weird ways and then disappear seem to be predominantly women. The lady in Ep 1+2 who is with the police in the Buckhorn apartment building, Truman's wife, "119 lady", and the screaming car driver in Part 11. I don't remember there being as much of this in the original run of the show.