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The comments...

+ I don't mind flawed individuals. Flawed individuals are awesome. Heck, let's use King David as an example. 2nd Samuel Chapter 11 has this amazing verse as [. . .]
+ Don't get me wrong: I don't mind ambiguity. (I'm currently writing an "mindless diversions extra" for The Punisher.) It's just that a storyline where The Hero [. . .]
Jason
+ I also love the Flash show, even if the last season was weak. The Flash was always my favorite; that's one reason that I'll go [. . .]
Doctor Jay
+ I love the comparison to Bible Stories. That's perfect. And yet, so many of the stories in the Bible are about highly flawed individuals, who [. . .]
+ I've always preferred at least a bit of ambiguity in my heroes. The first heroic fantasy I read was Poul Anderson's Three Hearts and [. . .]
+ I preferred the superhero stuff to the soap opera stuff when I was a kid. Zap! Wham! Pow! At that point, either DC or Marvel [. . .]
+ I'm always curious about why people jumped from DC to Marvel comics, or vice versa. I was about eleven (early 1965) and went from [. . .]
Morat20
+ There's also the fact that it's contextual. As in "normally I like aggressive men, but not today for X, Y and Z". It's the fatal flaw [. . .]
LeeEsq

I tend to mix sympathy and empathy a lot in my mental world.

Morat20
+ Ah, no. You misunderstand me. Empathy is the ability to accurately model someone else's state of mind. The ability to not just step into their [. . .]
Jason
+ Probably playing some more Assassin's Creed: Origins. It's fun, and a good change from other entries in the series. The last one I played was [. . .]
Maribou

@oscar-gordon I've always wanted to go to a TedX. How was it? Were you speaking? Any really great presentations that stood out?

LeeEsq
+ This experience worked out well for you, most likely because you were adult rather than a adolescent when it happened. Others get really scarred by [. . .]
LeeEsq
+ Talking about these issues on LGM is an exercise in frustration. Your expected to hold the party line and pointing out that this area is [. . .]
Oscar Gordon

No games today, TedX Seattle.

Maribou
+ @davidtc Having slept on it for a few hours, meditated, and then gone back over your comments here and in some of the other threads [. . .]
Maribou
+ @aaron-david @kazzy 1) Yes, read it, it's one of my favorite books ever and I've read it three times. 2) My book club was really upset [. . .]
+ It's no fun betting on a sure thing :^) The hardest part of the prediction business is not where a particular set of trends are heading, [. . .]
aaron david

(just realized I totally misunderstood your accessible question. Yes, I think it is.)

aaron david
+ Kindle @kazzy ! I am sure that anyone here who has read it will say to just read it, but (from my bookseller days) I [. . .]
Kazzy
+ Thanks, @aaron-david ! Sounds very up my alley. Is it fairly accessible? The only thing that gives me pause is I struggle [. . .]
Kazzy

Oh no worries! I was just being playful and a little self deprecating. I appreciate hearing others’ perspective on a very interesting film.

aaron david
+ "Especially with the focus on language" Can I make a recommendation @kazzy ? You might really like the book The Sparrow. If you like language and [. . .]
DavidTC
+ In any other conversation, I would take issue with some of the things you just said I did and said here, but I will not [. . .]
LeeEsq
+ I'm not sure that most people really put even this much thought into it. When they don't like something, either timidity or other aggressive behavior, [. . .]
+ tl;dr if your love for your friends is causing you to continue lecturing someone who has told you multiple times that your interactions with them [. . .]
LeeEsq
+ Regarding the age of Joseph and Mary, its important to remember that both were Jews and the Jewish custom of the time was to encourage [. . .]
+ Once in a while, @davidtc, when someone is telling you you've hurt them, you could try listening instead of lecturing them on how they're telling [. . .]
DavidTC
+ The reason I was frustrated is because I find that springing off a comment (and you might not have at-ed me but you literally quoted [. . .]
+ @kazzy To be sure, and I didn't mean to suggest you were doing it wrong, if that helps at all. Just surprised there was [. . .]
Kazzy
+ Thanks, @maribou . I did see that it was based on a book and I instantly became curious to read it. I should [. . .]
Kazzy
+ That makes a lot of sense. I watched this with my new girlfriend, who was initially hesitant because suspense movies aren't her cup of [. . .]
Stillwater

And *maybe* “Arrival” has those, but I can’t remember a one?

It does, tho. A big one!

@bigblue Last straw, dude. That was completely inappropriate, you're being a troll, you're banned. Banned permanently.

Not. Okay.

BigBlue

I think a year is a bit much, even if @kim was wrong about the meaning of the term "soccer mom"

BigBlue

(redacted for being ridiculous and awful. Maribou)

Morat20
+ It's foreshadowed far more heavily in the short story. There are hints in the movie, IIRC, but they're very obscure. (One is, IIRC, a throwaway [. . .]
Kolohe

I liked it better than how Interstellar tried to execute largely the same twist.

Kolohe
+ I still think I'm going to win, because, as GP3 alludes to, it takes a bit more than the time frame of the bet for [. . .]
Maribou
+ @kazzy The short story by Ted Chiang, which I did seek out after the movie (still not sure if I'd read it years before!) has [. . .]
Maribou
+ @kazzy Honestly when I see twists coming it's always intuitive so it's hard to point out specifics, just an "oh, I think...". Good thing [. . .]
Maribou

@kristin-devine That sounds like a whole lot.

In support of that 18 year old you were then, I will just say, "GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR."

Kazzy
+ As soon as the final sequence began, I realize, "Oh, yup... here we go. Here's who he is/was and here's how it all went [. . .]
Kazzy
+ I don't mind a big twist. It is often fun to go back and find all the clues that seem so obvious in hindsight. [. . .]
+ Yep, me too, and it's entirely secular for most of them. It's interesting to look at Roy Moore through the lens you're describing, thanks for pointing [. . .]
+ Yes. Completely. I find I am quite angry at them over this (now that I'm allowing myself to feel anger about it) and [. . .]
+ Gp3: The toys are getting too expensive. Even the US is starting to learn that it is not rich enough to afford its conventional [. . .]
 
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