Raya and the Last Dragon is really good for me. Its a combination of a few showings from recent animated series and blended it well for me (broken/mixed/'non-trad' family structures, etc.). Could the various cultures combined into the movie have had more time/showing, yes. The over all message at its heart presents well without being a slap to the face; kindness starts within, or be the change you envision don't wait for someone else. I really liked it is all.
So in recognition of goddamn everyone telling me I needed to, here and elsewhere, I finally sat down and watched She-Ra.
And yes, it was very, very good. I felt a lot of emotions about princesses with rainbow powers and ridiculous goofy names.
(seriously Bo or Beau would still be a pun)
My only quibble would be that... well, people were making comparisons with AtLA above, and in both of them I just felt like they would have been better with a full episode of denouement after the climactic confrontation. Just, with a cast this sprawling and so many emotional threads going the length of the series, I feel like they deserved a full episode's worth of resolution.
But overall, great characters, great conflicts, some remarkably heavy stuff while still being appropriate for children. May, y'know, have prompted a Single Manly Tear or two.
Also really liked how it reframed some character traits in the main cast into character flaws that are usually presented as categorically heroic traits.
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Also, I feel ashamed that someone had to point out to me that Horde Prime was, like, so much fundie imagery. As presented by a queer woman who grew up in a fundamentalist household. I am very good at analysis dammit.
Oh, and a few things that I still just find so very amusing. Brightmoon's dungeon. Entrapta's realization of which side she's on. Everyone's interpretations of Catra in the D&D epsidode. Bow's refusal to cover up his abs.
I'm going to do a soft re-open of Euphoria, for now it will be for military PCs only. Civilians will be around but in the background. Events will happen either monthly or bi monthly depending, and in the mean time I'll be making sure the grid is fully set up.
Starting this Sunday 'm going to sit down and write up some "this is what happened" posts and wrap up previous plots. If you have things you would like for your pcs to have done either for returning players or if you just want closure for pcs if you're not returning to the game-- hit me up in game or here.
@macha You don't need to provide those calls. The company is legally obligated to record all calls for quality control and monitoring purposes. THEY can pull the record of the call at the management level and verify that you did indeed try to contact to make payment and that their own (outsourced/contracted doesn't matter, they are ultimately responsible for any representative hired to work for Capital One) rep is the one that refused verification and payment.
I love building computers, but you know what I don't love? Dirty ones. But I also enjoy cleaning dirty ones. There is something very cathartic about cleaning dirty as fuck computers.
I posted on game that I had recently got a very new and very fancy new laptop for when I don't feel like sitting at my desk. But my old, something I had gotten in 2017, which was also very expensive at the time I felt still had some life left in it. And we aren't made of money, so I offered to give this one away once I fixed it.
And by fix it, I mean, clean it, replace the batter and NVME drive because I'm fairly certain those were the two things that had slowed the PC down considerably. I may also upgrade the RAM because fuck it.
This is what I had walked into.
Absolute filth. That exhaust fan though.
The backplate was probably worse. Ew.
Batteries really shouldn't be expanding like that.
There's stuff going on with my little sisters that has drained all my energy. Then at school my favorite kid (yes, I know I shouldn't have favorites, but his story is the one that just makes you SOB and so I can't help but love him) hit me and threw ice at my back?? Then another kiddo threw an absolute shiz storm and screamed any time I tried to give the other kids directions and started kicking me.
Like... this is not my favorite part of being a teacher.