If I didn’t remember actually reading this in an actual Calvin and Hobbes book as a child I’d think it was ironically photoshopped like those comics where Mickey Mouse and Goofy talk about how reality is an illusion but this comic strip was actually just……. already………… like that……………
Bill watterson is a weird guy
#Calvin and Hobbes #Bill Watterson #I learned life lessons from these comic strips
Can Max not heal anymore? Looks like all 3 aliens can now move things around and Isobel can transport all 3 of them to a mental mindscape. Powers upgrade for Max and Isobel.
New improved Wild Pony looks great.
Maria and Gregory? I like their dynamic. More please. Everyone’s just so chill after the time gap - even dying Max.
Welcome back Kyle Valenti. Still not a fan of this whole Liz wanting to use alien DNA without their permission to cure the world’s illnesses plot.
Poor Maria. Just use the yellow pollen Maria! A tough situation for her - help save someone or save herself.
What exactly is deep sky? This is the first they have mentioned this on the show right? Alex calls them paramilitary mercenaries and murderers and seems familiar with them.
Forrest sounds so sad when he says that bigfoot isn’t real. He wants Alex to come with him on his book tour but unfortunately he said the A word and now Alex wants to stay.
Kyle chasing Max around in an ambulance lol…. He thinks Maria’s vision is about Max.
New guy finds out that Liz does unethical stuff like leaking their research before it can be patented. At least I hope that’s what new guy meant - because leaking a patent is not a problem. It’s a patent for a reason - no one else can use it, even if it’s leaked. It’s in the public space already.
I love that little Maria/Michael scene. These two have so much chemistry. Maria’s sympathy, Michael’s sadness. He still cares for her. Looks like they are settling into their old dynamic. I’ll take it.
Liz needs to get back to Roswell. Her plot is a bit boring. Kyle and Isobel - a nice little, quiet scene for them. Rosa putting those memory erasing drugs to good use. Wyatt is still a psychopath.
So Isobel, Maria, Alex and Max are not in the coffin. Who are those dudes and why did they attack Maria.
Michael build the cage. Jones’ beard still makes me laugh. It looks so silly.
So, lot’s happening in the first episode, touching base with everyone and introducing the main plots. A lot of good one on one moments between different characters. A decent start to the season. Good episode.
Cars stranded in streets turned to rivers. Bus passengers rescued by raft. Train stations submerged, sparking travel chaos.
The now-familiar scenes of a city inundated by floods played out in
London over the weekend, when heavy rainfall put parts of the UK capital
When two London hospitals
turned non-emergency patients away after getting flooded over the
weekend, it was a brutal reminder that even some of the world’s richest
cities are dangerously unprepared for the kind of extreme weather that
is becoming more common and more severe because of climate change.
Climate and infrastructure experts have been warning for years that
London, like many other large cities, isn’t ready for climate change,
with large parts of the city built on a flood plain and a Victorian
drainage system that is unable to withstand this kind of intense rain.
According to the Greater London Authority, 17% of London is facing
either high or medium risk of flooding, with more than 1 million
Londoners live in a flood plain.
The city has built a giant flood defense system on the river Thames to
protect itself from tidal flooding, but the barriers are of little help
when it comes to flash flooding caused by sudden heavy rainfall – the
sort that is becoming more common because of rising temperatures.
I think this is going to be the same for old, big cities everywhere. First, old infrastructure and planning. Like Victorian drains. Secondly, overcrowding in cities with more people moving there for jobs, more housing build on flood plains and regions where former lakes existed - which would then flood with excessive raining.
This is what is happening in Indian cities like Mumbai (Bombay) and Chennai (Madras). British rule era infrastructure in many cases, overcrowding and huge populations, corrupt governments and local bodies leading to houses being built on flood plains and areas that block off the water that should run into lakes and the sea. All of this is leading to more and more incidents of flooding and loss of life every year. Even without climate change, this would be bad with regular rain. With climate change, I can only imagine it’s going to be much worse.
The same happening in
New York, Berlin, Zhengzhou
in China. If first world countries are finding it hard to deal with, it’s going to be all the more brutal for third world countries with their lack of resources.
If it was just brown and black people in third world countries affected by these climate disasters - predominantly caused by Western countries - no one would care. But considering the western world is getting a demonstration of nature’s anger, here’s hoping governments take it seriously and enact legislation. And more time and effort is spend by local governing bodies to figure out how to limit the flooding damage - if that means demolishing structures build on flood plains, do it. That could be the only option at this point.
why is this fandom always trying to “theorise” asoiaf by putting everything under categories of logical, neat plans and sequences of events, when the whole core of the story is how the unpredictable turns caused by the very essence of human nature has and always will change the course of history itself, not through grand schemes of masterminds, but through the weakness of being human?
#yep#asoiaf #the book starts with this - Ned's plans fail mainly because Robert Baratheon gets gored and killed by a boar #Unpredictability and the weakness of human nature - exactly this
“The Wheel of Time weaves the Pattern of the Ages, and the threads it uses are lives. It is not fixed, the Pattern, not always. If a man tries to change the direction of his life and the Pattern has room for it, the Wheel just weaves on and takes it in. There is always room for small changes, but sometimes the Pattern simply won’t accept a big change, no matter how hard you try….And sometimes the Wheel bends a life-thread, or several threads, in such a way that all the surrounding threads are forced to swirl around it, and those force other threads, and those still others, and on and on. That first bending to make the Web, that is ta'veren, and there is nothing you can do to change it, not until the Pattern itself changes. The Web - ta'maral'ailen, it’s called - can last for weeks, or for years. It can take in a town, or even the whole Pattern.”
A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care that the
balances are correct. This every sister of the Bene Gesserit knows. To
begin your study of the life of Muad'Dib, then, take
care that you first place him in his time: born in the 57th year of the
Padishah Emperor, Shaddam IV. And take the most special care that you
locate Muad'Dib in his place: the planet Arrakis. Do not be deceived by the fact that he was born on Caladan and lived his first fifteen years there. Arrakis, the planet known as Dune, is forever his place.
I like how it’s universally accepted that Game of Thrones was trash after they ran out of book material. Like in the SDCC Amazon panel, the interviewer telling Wheel of Time showrunner Rafe Judkins - ‘Everyone knows what happened with GOT after they ran out of the books, but you don’t have that problem’. And there being no pushback from Judkins on this who simply explains that they have a different problem - fitting 14 huge books into 8 seasons.
And just after listening to Benioff and Weiss interviews, everything Rafe Judkins says about their adaptation - like having both book fans and non book readers in the writer’s room to balance things out, having a diverse writer’s room including a female co-writer, that he likes being challenged on his writing etc. - makes me hopeful about the TV show.
I am not a purist - I don’t need the show to 100% follow the books. That’s just not possible - the world of the books is just too expansive for that to happen. Just tell a good story, be true to the characters - don’t use them as plot devices, stick to the overarching theme of the story, keep the fantasy elements in - the magic system is what makes these books great, let these characters go on their adventures and have fun. Ex. The Expanse - an adaptation that is actually better than the books IMO - though that is science fiction, the book writers are heavily involved with the show, and the world is less complex than WOT.
I came across an old interview of Robert Jordan on one of the WOT forums and what he says about fantasy is why I love the genre:
In the real world we have a great deal of uncertainty, a great deal of danger and very little certainty of where we are going, how we are going to get there, what the end result is going to be. In fantasy, you face a great deal of danger, a great deal of uncertainty, but you have one particular certainty when you get into fantasy. You know that evil is not going to win the final victory. There will be victories by evil along the way, people you like, people you love may die but in the end good will win out. And that I believe is becoming more important to people - to have that certainty. - Robert Jordan
We don’t need any of that dark, nihilistic ‘If you think this has a happy ending’ garbage that GOT served up to subvert expectations because happy characters are boring or some such edgy take on all this.
WOT is just old time Good Vs evil fantasy fare and I hope Rafe Judkins embraces that and incorporates that into his TV adaptation.
👏👏👏👏 Yes to all this.
In GOT the bad guys won and that’s just a depressing end for this world and these characters we invested in. And that’s because of not only the bad writing, the lack of understanding of the book’s themes, lack of character development or even a basic understanding of the characters in the books, it’s Benioff and Weiss’ own philosophy seeping into the show and that’s the philosophy of two rich white guys who got the job despite being unqualified for it.
It’s Dany being evil for killing slavers and being a revolutionary against the status quo. It’s Sansa repudiating Ned Stark and telling Jon Snow he should not be like Ned and how she learned so much from Cersei and have her break sworn oaths and betray her family again and again and become QITN. They had Arya mirror Joffrey when she said - ‘She’s not one of us’ and made goddamn Arya Stark a xenophobe, the complete opposite of the books.
They made Bran an emotionless automaton - did not even give him a scene mourning Summer’s death - and turned him into a villain. There can be no other interpretation of show Bran - he stayed silent despite knowing what would happen in KL because he wanted to be king. He’s worse than show Dany and he ends up king because he’s a man.
Show Tyrion is just absolutely the very worst - silently sabotaging Dany’s campaign from her side, undermining her plans, gaslighting her, pretending to suddenly be this noble pacifist when he’s done worse in the show and the books. Jon Snow being an absolutely useless lump whose only job in the last season was to dispose off Dany because she randomly went evil and get send off beyond the wall. Any marriage between Jon and Dany apparently would not have worked because she’s too strong - whatever this trash means.
Ultimately we got an ending that reflects Benioff and Weiss worldview and who they think should be in charge of the world - the Cerseis and Littlefingers of the world. Meaning, they think evil should win because evil is ‘smart’ while good is ‘dumb’. And that’s just the complete opposite of the books - where it is Ned Stark’s legacy and his way of ruling and leading that is going to win out in the end and where the good guys are also smart and bad guys are dumb and good triumphs at the end. Because this is fantasy and in fantasy good wins over evil.
And that’s not even addressing the central conflict in asoiaf which is with the war against the Others/White Walkers and D&D just disposed of that in one episode and made Cersei and Euron the final antagonists - Ugh! Again, the theme of the books being that petty wars for the Iron Throne don’t matter when the dead comes calling, and
D&D’s theme on the show being this existential apocalyptic threat doesn’t matter, it’s the petty wars for the Iron Throne that does.
Ultimately GOT sucked because Benioff and Weiss are just bad writers with bad imagination, their understanding of the books, themes and characters sucked, their philosophy and politics suck, they don’t like fantasy and were only it for the soapy drama and shock moments and wanted big spectacle and only liked characters like Cersei, Tyrion and Sansa because these characters were not involved in the fantasy aspect and they were writing more for NFL players and soccer moms - in their own words.
anyways asoiaf is so rich and filled with a million little details, cultures, characters, stories, generations, events, creatures, motifs, etc. and it’s fascinating to explore them all. sometimes i want to deepen into the north and its folklore, sometimes i want be a hardcore targ stan and re-read fire and blood, sometimes i want to get into the other perspective and explore dorne, or gash about daenerys and her amazing arc, or jon and his growth, or the characters i usually don’t care about, or cry over my ships, or get back to appreciating lands, houses, main and minor characters and myths, or make what-could-have-been self-indulgent au gifsets, or, or, or. there is so much in asoiaf and i can spend years exploring it all and frankly no amount of discourse can stop me.
#The world of asoiaf is so good #And GRRM is a good writer #the prose is excellent except for when people have sex #He should not write those scenes #And his characters are too young #But also complex and well written and his female characters are some of the best in fantasy #There are some problematic aspects including orientalism #But just so much material to read and enjoy even with 5 books #Just wish the guy would finish the story
“Above all else, a queen must know how to listen,” Alysanne Targaryen often said. At Castle Black, she proved those words. She listened, she heard, and she won the eternal devotion of the men of the Night’s Watch by her actions. She understood the need for a castle between Snowgate and Icemark, she told Lord Burley, but the Nightfort was crumbling, overlarge, and surely ruinous to heat. The Watch should abandon it, she said, and build a smaller castle farther to the east. Lord Burley could not disagree…but the Night’s Watch lacked the coin to build new castles, he said. Alysanne had anticipated that objection. She would pay for the castle herself, she told the Lord Commander, and pledged her jewels to cover the cost. “I have a good many jewels,” she said.
Hi! What is wheel of time, if you don't mind me asking? I've been seeing you post about it and heard some people talking, is it a tv show? Or are there books?
!!!!!! It’s an epic fantasy book series (my very favorite books of all time) that has been adapted into a very high quality tv series starring Rosamund Pike which will be available to stream on Amazon Prime this November.
It’s an incredibly epic and sprawling series, but I suppose in a nutshell: it takes place in a world where basically men and women used to both be able to do magic, but due to some ancient history, men basically have Original Sin instead of women, and part of that is that they cannot do magic without going mad and dying. So, it’s a world that is highly matriarchal, where only women can perform magic and most structures of power are run by women. Meanwhile, also, time is truly cyclical, with people being reincarnated over and over and prophecies always coming true one way or the other, because they are as much a history of what has already happened as a portent of the future. On a surface level, the primary conflict is one of Light vs Shadow, Good vs Evil, humankind against the Dark One.
The series itself follows a character named Moiraine, who is one of the female magic users (called Aes Sedai) who is searching for a prophesied chosen one (who is the reincarnation of a very controversial figure from the past). She ends up with a group of five young people, one of whom she suspects could be the one she’s searching for.
Those are all surface things though. In my opinion, it threads the rare needle of being an extremely close psychological portrait of the main characters, with friendships so beautifully developed and trauma and depression and hope and recovery and love all so tenderly explored that that is what the story really is, with the gorgeous world building and breathtaking adventure and frankly magnificent magic system all just the unforgettable set dressing for those characters.
I cannot recommend these highly enough, and if you’re not sure it’s your jam, please do give the show a try!
#Wheel of Time #Though I would say that in the first two books the series follows Rand more than Moiraine #Moiraine is the Gandalf of WOT #And Rand is Frodo #By book 3 it evens out and pretty much everyone gets equal POV treatment #Good summary of the TV show and books