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Literally one episode later after I wrote the last post, this has gotten so much better.

I was straddling several lines as to what this was all about, I'm leaning hard into the societal construct, classism, power dynamics. The restriction of knowledge between those groups and the mechanisms of control.

I'll tell you what, this is a great show, I'm surprised it's so highly rated by the usual vapid viewership. This has so much more depth and is right up the conspiracy alley when it comes to TV.
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(08-19-2022, 04:18 AM)CelticBanshee3 Wrote: I love Sci-Fi. My new favorite show is Resident Alien. It reminds me of Northern Exposure and Twin Peaks. It is funny, sometimes weird. My favorites are British Murder Mysteries. Ancient Aliens is another favorite because of the archeology. I have most of my favorites on DVD so I can watch anytime I'm in the mood. I enjoy 80s action movies like Lethel Weapon, Die Hard, Star Trek Movies, the old black and white movies of Abbot & Costello, all the old werewolf and vampire movies. There is very little on TV I enjoy anymore. Just bought a reg outdoor antenna to get local channels and a firestick for anything else I can't get on DVD. I'm about to cut Dish out and save some money. Haven't been on here much the last couple of months because the garden was coming in and had to get it canned. My one Asian Pear tree produced 30 quarts of beautiful pears in ginger syrup. Also, most of my family who lives right around me, have had another round of covid. We all good.

Old sci-fi tv series I'm enjoying atm:



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Here's a one of a few that fall under the heading 'West Country Tales', there are a little strange and
smack of a different time before the internet.




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"They watch from behind complacent smiles whilst polishing their cutlery. Yet, with egg between the prongs"
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So I finished watching "Sons of Anarchy" and was a bit disappointed by seasons 6 and 7 and especially the finale. Keeping my stubborn mind set up to the fact that they should have stopped at 5 seasons. Really worth watching those!!

Now I started watching "House of the Dragon" based on "Fire and Blood" that I read a while ago. So far, nowhere close to the quality of "Game of Thrones". The acting is so so, the CGIs are way off at times. It's ok but not great.
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(09-16-2022, 05:43 AM)MisterSpock Wrote: Severance

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt11280740/?r..._sr_srsg_1

About 5(of 9) episodes into the first series.

This is, interesting, it does a fairly good job of building suspense and setting up a lot of questions, so many theories about the actual meaning, I for one think it's of a spiritual nature.

That said, it's amazing, so far, but I fear it's setting up this slow boil and the will fail to deliver and let it simmer to draw it out. At this pace, it's a 2 season, maybe 3 at most. But given the high ratings and "hit" nature, I don't trust them to not try to dilute and draw this out over 5 + seasons.

I was hooked after episode 1 because it was so freakin wild, strange, unique + Christopher Walken had me all the more intrigued as a curator of sorts with those esoteric paintings giving off dark vibes. No doubt this is a (dystopia) wet dream for many big corporations. Note the "black goo" scenes that go back to some X-files episodes. The show definitely has some occult spirit vibes mixed with dark emotions, but is at the very top of my must watch list. At least for season 1.

The last episode ending pissed me off (and you'll feel the same suspense) as we now gotta wait till season 2.

It's still unclear why Lumon's Macrodata Refinement employees classify numbers in the assumed "corporate archives division." My hunch is that it's not about archiving, but all about machine learning theory suggesting that the real data Lumon is interested in aren't the numbers themselves, but how the employees profile/classify them based on their feelings. The split minds prevent the employees input from being corrupted/influenced by non-work related memories.

Macrodata Refinement's "mysterious and important" work is reminiscent of Google's approach to its algorithm: no one employee has the whole picture, and the show is about conditioning people to unquestioningly and zealously complete tasks they know nothing about. Very similar to the bleeding edge tech world of compartmentalized layers I worked in. I was the lead tasked with creating the overall test plan on how a software project needs to be validated as it moves through the software lifecycle & time required to meet task quotas. My immediate team only ever seen the sanitized versions of my plan once approved by the stakeholders.

Them waffle parties brought back (weird now but not back then) personal memories as the big corp I worked for would have kudo awards which sometimes was waffle parties. HR dept was always coming up with silly, weird shit like that, but no masks.

Episode 8 has a scene where Dylan is "treated" to a sexualized dance by performers wearing masks.

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The Four Tempers

The show was filmed at the old Bell Labs building in Holmdel, New Jersey. The water tower out front was supposedly shaped like a transistor.

The address on google maps, 101 Crawfords Corner Rd Holmdel NJ, and from the aerial view you'll also see the roadways look like a transistor (as does the water tower). The transistor was invented there and the design pays tribute to it.

Severance's creator, Dan Erickson is originally from Olympia WA, which has had a string of drive thru fast food restaurants owned by the Eagan family since 1948. The owners of Lumon are the Eagan family.

Let's hope S2 doesn't go woke or bring in some new age nonsense ideology.
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(09-16-2022, 06:54 AM)ancientlight Wrote:
(08-19-2022, 04:18 AM)CelticBanshee3 Wrote: I love Sci-Fi. My new favorite show is Resident Alien. It reminds me of Northern Exposure and Twin Peaks. It is funny, sometimes weird. My favorites are British Murder Mysteries. Ancient Aliens is another favorite because of the archeology. I have most of my favorites on DVD so I can watch anytime I'm in the mood. I enjoy 80s action movies like Lethel Weapon, Die Hard, Star Trek Movies, the old black and white movies of Abbot & Costello, all the old werewolf and vampire movies. There is very little on TV I enjoy anymore. Just bought a reg outdoor antenna to get local channels and a firestick for anything else I can't get on DVD. I'm about to cut Dish out and save some money. Haven't been on here much the last couple of months because the garden was coming in and had to get it canned. My one Asian Pear tree produced 30 quarts of beautiful pears in ginger syrup. Also, most of my family who lives right around me, have had another round of covid. We all good.

Old sci-fi tv series I'm enjoying atm:

Re: The Visitor  Library episode link

Damn shame it ran only one season.

I was looking forward to this with same team + Woods + a new series was being discussed. tinybiggrin But, apparently it all died back in 2016 and has never been resurrected. tinyshouting

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Stargate
"The underlying aim was not to win the war but to use the conflict to create a constant state of destabilized perception in order to manage and control." ― Vladislav Yuryevich Surkov

JFK to 9/11: Everything Is a Rich Man's Trick

"The New World fell not to a sword but to a meme." – Daniel Quinn






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Just finished Severance, Season 1, great show, sad to hear it might be over a year wait for the next season.

Doing my 2nd(or is it 3rd) rewatch of Halt and Catch Fire, amazing character drama set during the 80's computer boom.
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(07-25-2022, 01:59 PM)BIAD Wrote: A movie I've always recommended was from my teenage years, The Parallax View.
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I just realized that the Parallax Corp in THE PARALLAX VIEW (1974) is meant to be a stand-in for Permindex, right? I mean sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. tinybighuh

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Here's a Louis "Jolly" Jolyon West (Dr. MKULTRA) reference.

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1974 was the year of paranoia films.

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"The underlying aim was not to win the war but to use the conflict to create a constant state of destabilized perception in order to manage and control." ― Vladislav Yuryevich Surkov

JFK to 9/11: Everything Is a Rich Man's Trick

"The New World fell not to a sword but to a meme." – Daniel Quinn






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I'm not watching anything at the moment.

Dish tried to mug me, so I got rid of their asses. It started out with around a 60 dollar a month account which, 6 months in, they mysteriously raised to 110 dollars, with no explanation and no increased service level. That damn near doubled the previous bill, for nothing more in value. Then, this month, the contract was up so they tried to mug me again, raising the fee to 190 bucks a month for, again, no increase in service.

Tried to damn near double it AGAIN, for no good reason, so, uh, no, Not just no, but HELL no.

Now this TV I have here in the Man Cave must be pretty ancient, as it has no ability to stream anything but Netflix, which we killed off a month or two ago for not providing value commensurate with charges.

Contacted the ISP to add TV to the internet bill, and even they can't stream directly to the TV - gotta have some kind of box in the middle.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Grace has TV in the bedroom, as that TV is new enough that the ISP could work directly with it, no box necessary, so she's got the shows. The equipment for the Man Cave was supposed to arrive today, but didn't, so I've got a black screen.

On the up side, I got TV through the ISP for 30 a month, as opposed to the 190 a month Dish was gonna try to charge, and to add to value, the IP bumped my internet speeds up, gratis. so I ended up money ahead, actually, and with faster internet.

Now if they'd just get that damned equipment delivered...

Until them, I have a few terabytes of movies and TV shows to keep me occupied.

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Diogenes was eating bread and lentils for supper. He was seen by the philosopher Aristippus, who lived comfortably by flattering the king.

Said Aristippus, ‘If you would learn to be subservient to the king you would not have to live on lentils.’ Said Diogenes, ‘Learn to live on lentils and you will not have to be subservient to the king.’


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(9 hours ago)Ninurta Wrote: I'm not watching anything at the moment.

Dish tried to mug me, so I got rid of their asses. It started out with around a 60 dollar a month account which, 6 months in, they mysteriously raised to 110 dollars, with no explanation and no increased service level. That damn near doubled the previous bill, for nothing more in value. Then, this month, the contract was up so they tried to mug me again, raising the fee to 190 bucks a month for, again, no increase in service.

Tried to damn near double it AGAIN, for no good reason, so, uh, no, Not just no, but HELL no.

Now this TV I have here in the Man Cave must be pretty ancient, as it has no ability to stream anything but Netflix, which we killed off a month or two ago for not providing value commensurate with charges.

Contacted the ISP to add TV to the internet bill, and even they can't stream directly to the TV - gotta have some kind of box in the middle.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Grace has TV in the bedroom, as that TV is new enough that the ISP could work directly with it, no box necessary, so she's got the shows. The equipment for the Man Cave was supposed to arrive today, but didn't, so I've got a black screen.

On the up side, I got TV through the ISP for 30 a month, as opposed to the 190 a month Dish was gonna try to charge, and to add to value, the IP bumped my internet speeds up, gratis. so I ended up money ahead, actually, and with faster internet.

Now if they'd just get that damned equipment delivered...

Until them, I have a few terabytes of movies and TV shows to keep me occupied.

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I feel you and I would have done the same. Dish tried that crap with me, I dumped then, and they are still, after years sending me letters claiming I owe them money for breaking the contract.

Since they broke the contract first, I send their letters to recycle.

The satellite I have now, went from $60 to $80 a month, if it goes up one more dollar, I am dumping it all. I need to unplug anyway.

Truth is, I am getting old. It takes me longer to get the everyday stuff done. Partly due to lost of stamina, lost of caring, and lost of time.

I would fill in the TV time, which I only use as a streaming display and classes anyway, with more productive activities. I can get the other stuff from my cell, or at my Brother's, if I really wanted it or needed it.
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