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  1. Re: Why i think that the Hobbit is better than LOTR

    Um...
    1 - I don't think all the changes in LotR are really great.
    2 - The non-canonical additions in LotR are really jarring (like character changes and new scenes), almost as much as in the...
  2. Re: Why i think that the Hobbit is better than LOTR

    What do Aurochs have to do with any of this?


    Why?
    GRR Martin seems content with the adaptation of his opus. Otherwise, he wouldn't be working with the show. I doubt that JRR Tolkien would be so...
  3. Re: Why i think that the Hobbit is better than LOTR

    That's not the point. The point is, the book is called The Hobbit, not The Elf, and Legolas isn't anywhere near to being a central character. In fact, his is a typical case of characters that can be...
  4. Re: Why i think that the Hobbit is better than LOTR

    AFAIK he was not yet invented when The Hobbit was written, so he's not in the book. Like I said, he'd probably be a captain of his father (the Elf-King), which he actually is in the Hobbit movies,...
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    Re: ISIL War in Iraq and Syria

    Says the Assad fan.
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    Re: ISIL War in Iraq and Syria

    I'm not saying they aren't scumbags, I'm saying they are at the moment less dangerous than IS due to the nature of the threat.



    1) A photo without context proves nothing.
    2) Palestinians have...
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    Re: ISIL War in Iraq and Syria

    What. You can say about their foreign relations what you want, but Israel has the best human rights record in all of Asia, except maybe Japan. How you can even begin to compare them to Saoudi Arabia...
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    Re: The Hobbit Trilogy 2012-2014

    The only armour in movies that's worth anything is Plot Armour. Which is indestructible.
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    Re: ISIL War in Iraq and Syria

    The difference between these two entities is that one wants to expand indefinitely and can't be reasoned with while the other can be persuaded to have diplomatic relations to some extent. Is that...
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    Re: Jurassic World (trailer inside)

    Yeah, but in the previous movies, they were labelled as "Velociraptors".


    They got a little lazy there, as that's a Bearded Vulture pattern (by the way, that bird has a pretty terrifying name in...
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    Re: Jurassic World (trailer inside)

    Raptors aren't the only dinosaurs with feathers. T. rex apparently had them, too. And it'd be a challenge to the animators to make them look terrifying.
    Also:...
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    Re: Jurassic World (trailer inside)

    Naked velociraptors, too. They should have feathers and be slightly smaller (more around the size of a Great Bustard or a condor IIRC). Apparently the makers of the franchise are blissfully oblivious...
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    Re: ISIL War in Iraq and Syria

    The current problem is that they may be able to sneak in terrorists among the refugees (and, you know, among the tens of thousands of illegal immigrants who're not actually refugees). Now our media...
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    Re: The word "savage"

    The point is that there's actually a valid archaeological a definition of "city" out there, parts of which I remembered and put in my post above (pretty sure I forgot a few criteria). Several ancient...
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    Re: The word "savage"

    Population size is not the most important defining feature of a city. Ancient Greek cities that were considered as such had several of the defining traits - a central square for the town assembly, a...
  16. Re: Why i think that the Hobbit is better than LOTR

    What? The script of Hobbit movies has been panned by many people (most importantly, me), for being boring, long-winded, ridiculous, or some combination of the above, depending on who you ask.

    ...
  17. Re: Is there a single decent person below the Mason Dixon line?

    The only sensible way of getting an answer is to physically go there and find out. Internet fora are not necessarily representative of real life populations (duh).
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    Re: The word "savage"

    "Savage" implies savage behaviour. So I'd apply it to anyone who behaves like that, regardless of their (supposed) level of cultural sophistication.



    Then maybe that forum isn't worth visiting.
  19. Re: Left to Far left parties to lead former East Germany state

    You know, this hypocritical white-on-white racism would be immensely entertaining if it didn't have actual repercussion in the real world. Are you blaming these guys for being white? It's like...
  20. Re: Left to Far left parties to lead former East Germany state

    Being pro Putin is hardly the worst thing about the SED.


    Don't even ask...
    They are pretty sane compared to the rest of the relevant parties, but also a bit disunited ATM. Turns out that...
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    Re: Tolkien General Discussion II

    Well, let's put it more cautiously then: the rule of Saruman and his little helpers in the Shire has a lot in common with political developments during the last century or so, especially in Europe...
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    Re: Tolkien General Discussion II

    Whoever "they" are, they're probably not very familiar with LotR then. The last part of the book alone is a biting political commentary and reminds me a lot of our political situation today (minus...
  23. Re: Faction Reveal Thread - The Western Roman Empire

    Lol. Remember the time when swordsmen used to have a damage bonus vs buildings?
  24. Re: Left to Far left parties to lead former East Germany state

    It is not a leftist party, it's the same party that ran the GDR. And they still won't say where the billions are they stole from the East German taxpayers. They're :wub:ing criminals.
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    Re: Paleo-Hispanic Anthroponymy

    Oh yeah, and I forgot:
    http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bronce_de_Ascoli
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    Re: Paleo-Hispanic Anthroponymy

    Did you check these?
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Botorrita_plaque

    Especially the third one, which seems to be a list of names - EB, for example, borrowed heavily from there.
  27. Re: 1 small shirt for a man, 1 giant leap backward for women

    That's entirely irrelevant to the skills required at his workplace. Of course, I would've worn a suit for the occasion, but that guy can wear anything he damn well likes as long as he brings in the...
  28. Thread: Interstellar

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    Re: Interstellar

    While it's not perfect and I guess there are many valid criticisms to make (like the free will part, good call, hadn't really considered that), IMO Interstellar was a very good SF movie, one of the...
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    Re: Marco Polo - A Netflix Original Series

    More like white wushu fanboys, I guess.


    Nope. Been a while though. And please do write a review if you have the time for it.


    The latter part might have more to do with the director being...
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    Re: The Hobbit Trilogy 2012-2014

    Yeah. It's also like saying "The sky is blue".


    Technically they killed a lot of orcs, but I know what you mean. They didn't really advance the plot and were mostly there to display their shiny...
  31. Re: Worst historical drama film of the 21st century thus far?

    The fact that some people think of a fictional man-eater when you say the name Hannibal is depressing.
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    Re: The Hobbit Trilogy 2012-2014

    If your professors are that bad, you have my sympathies. Simply put, movie Radagast is like the worst hobos I've encountered, including the mental illness part. Nothing at all like any biologist I've...
  33. Re: When would you report someone on the internet to authorities?

    IMO any support of IS should be reported.
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    Re: Dutch Christmas tradition branded racist

    Interesting, so what's your fighting record in either of the world wars? Oh that's right - you didn't participate in any, so the Nationalist "we" goes right out of the window.
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    Re: The Hobbit Trilogy 2012-2014

    Well there is a slight difference between "eccentric" and "bat**** crazy with bird poop all over your face". Personally, I never pictured Radagast as the latter, and I was quite taken aback by his...
  36. Re: Worst historical drama film of the 21st century thus far?

    There are no other Iberians. That said, yeah I don't think there's a very big chance that Hannibal had green eyes and brown hair.
  37. Re: Worst historical drama film of the 21st century thus far?

    Nah, that guy looks too Iberian.
  38. Re: Worst historical drama film of the 21st century thus far?

    That's a good suggestion, since Hannibal was half-Iberian anyway.
  39. Re: Worst historical drama film of the 21st century thus far?

    That's idiotic.
  40. Re: Worst historical drama film of the 21st century thus far?

    Well at least Vin Diesel looks North African. There was a decent British TV adaptation of Hannibal's campaign with a good lead actor (Alexander Siddig IIRC), it's a shame that that one wasn't a big...
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