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  1. Ironhold

    Moving away when you're the Bishop

    Think about how your son might react if you told him "We're moving because we don't want you hanging out with certain kids anymore."
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    Death Note

    There was a very long spell in which I did fan fic for a lot of series, primarily "Transformers". Much of it is, from what I understand, still floating around online. I'll be the first to admit that a lot of it is terrible and not worth reading. Thing is, part of why it's so bad is because I used it as an avenue to explore different writing styles, concepts, and themes. The way I saw it, fanfic is disposable, and so if something I come up with doesn't go over well I can just toss it aside and move on with something else. This way, I figured I'd have my bad ideas used up by the time I got to writing fiction for real.
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    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    In this case though, the fans had grounds to complain. A *lot* of this trilogy can be summed up as "throw things against the wall to see what sticks", and whenever there was any criticism of any sort the knee-jerk reaction was "You're all just bigots!" as a means of silencing dissent rather than trying to hear what people were complaining about. "The Empire manages to regroup and catches the New Republic sleeping" was a feasible premise. The main characters we had all had potential. The main actors for the series were still alive. Disney managed to squander it all by treating it like some dress-up party rather than taking things seriously. I noted earlier, for example, how popular the whole "What if the series had focused on Finn becoming a Jedi?" concept is with the actual fans. If someone was to do a competently-written reworking of the trilogy with *that* as the premise, folks would be all over it. That's the kind of thing folks are truly wanting.
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    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    C. J. J. Abrams had to clean up the mess left behind by Rian Johnson, and this was the best he could come up with.
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    What’s the last movie you watched?

    The lead actress in the "Mulan" remake went on public record calling for the police down in Hong Kong to kill all of the protesters there. This may get the film rave reviews in China, but boycott movements are already stirring here in the West. If they make the film into a box office disaster, then Disney's going to be in major financial trouble.
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    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    General consensus seems to be that given how disastrous its Chinese opening weekend was (a mere $8.6 million, putting it 4th in the country and about $4 million lower than what it got in Australia), the odds of the film even breaking even on its production budget are slim, let alone its marketing budget. Whether anyone wants to admit it or not, Kathleen Kennedy has pretty well killed the franchise.
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    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    I've been talking to a *lot* of Star Wars fans lately, and the general consensus seems to be that having Finn as the lead would have made for a far more compelling story arc, what with "former storm trooper turned Jedi knight" being seen as essentially a kind of redemption arc.
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    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    The fact that this was a lunchtime matinee and people all around me were falling asleep does more to condemn this film than anything I could ever write in a family publication.
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    Star Wars Holiday Special

    Copies of the film are very prolific in the wild, yes. Are you just wanting to know who's seen it, or asking for reviews?
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    For those doing rations: Steve 1989 MRE Info

    By way of contrast, here's a Canadian ration currently in service:
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    For those doing rations: Steve 1989 MRE Info

    2 for 1 in which he reviews a brand-new US military ration *and* the menu it replaced:
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    For those doing rations: Steve 1989 MRE Info

    This is his take on a trio of light-weight emergency preparedness rations:
  13. This is a guy on YouTube whose channel is dedicated entirely to military rations and their civilian counter-parts, past and present. If you're thinking about doing military rations as part of your food storage, you might want to give some of his videos a watch. This one, for example, his him trying three meals out of this case of twelve to show off what they have.
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    What’s the last movie you watched?

    Full title of the work as listed on the title page: Midway The Battle That Doomed Japan The Japanese Navy's Story by Mitsuo Fuchida Former Captain, Imperial Japanese Navy and Masatake Okumiya Former Commander, Imperial Japanese Navy The edition I have was put out by Ballantine Books in 1955 and features a foreword by Admiral Spruance himself. It was translated by the US Naval Academy at Annapolis, who if I read it right have the copyright as of the date of publication. As Fuchida explains at the beginning of the book, the loss was so devastating that for a full decade it was illegal for anyone to publicly discuss the battle, let alone the full details. The reason why he used an early draft of his report as the basis for the book was that his final draft, upon submission to his superiors, seemingly vanished; he has no idea where it went. The only reason he even had this early draft was because he'd absentmindedly stowed it in a foot locker and forgotten about it until such time as he was cleaning the foot locker out some time later. Essentially, the original Japanese release of the book was the first time most Japanese civilians even knew the battle had taken place, let alone how it turned the war for the United States. For obvious reasons, when the United States Navy found out about the book, they quickly bought the rights to produce an English-language version so that they could study the Japanese side of the battle. The annotations are in place to note differences in the American and Japanese accounts, especially since Japanese intelligence was so poor and at least one key witness Fuchida relies on in a scene contradicts other witnesses whose recorded statements were in US Navy possession.
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    What’s the last movie you watched?

    I have a book written by one of the Japanese naval officers who was at the battle; it's based on an early draft of his official report, and was translated & annotated by the US Navy. If anything, the film understates how badly unprepared the Japanese were for Midway. The Japanese military leaders figured that Midway would be an easy victory, and so they completely ignored anything and everything that could even hint at failure because they felt it to be unrealistic. Couple this with their poor intelligence (not only did they not realize the US had done a rush job of getting a damaged carrier operational, they hit the same carrier twice during the battle without even realizing it and presumed it sank both times), and you can see why they were so vulnerable to utter destruction.