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"When we have a lot of cases, I don't look at that as a bad thing, I look at that as, in a certain respect, as being a good thing, because it means our testing is much better."

"I view it as a badge of honor, really, it's a badge of honor."

How's this utter buffoon President of the United States again?
I agree with him on more testing is a good thing. It is. The more we test, the closer we are to a variety of ways to kill the virus.

As for the badge of honor thing... it's marketing. But, at the same time... China wants to kill people who speaks out to their plans. You are a dissident in China, CCP wants a word with you in their torture chamber. You are NBA, and spoke out? China wants to infect you. You're the president? And you spoke out? China wants to infect you. Thing is. They want to make an example of people who speak out.

They killed their own people for christ's sake! You can't protest against CCP. This virus was not an accident.
 

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Progress is super slow, but I take solace in the knowledge that once this scene is done, there'll only be ten chapters left to write.

Well, barring any changes that stretch things out, at any rate. ^^;

+ *Looks at approximate arrival date (June 1st), sees that "package may be late" then checks tracking to see that said package arrived in the next town over yesterday.

Unless you're going to hold my proof for the next ten days, I seriously doubt it's going to be late. :cautious:

++ One cup of coffee is not going to cut it. Guess I'd better brew another half pot (since someone took a thermos-full to work today...)
 

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Seeing one of my best friends today - going for a socially distanced walk in about half an hour.

I am expecting utter word vomit from both sides :laugh:
 

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My PSN account got hacked today. A bunch of games from my library I hadn't played in awhile were downloaded, and some games I don't own were added to the cart in the store, but not purchased.

Why would whoever hacked it not go through with buying the games?

I changed my password, but what's to stop them from figuring out this new one like they did the old one?

And why didn't they change my password to keep me out?
 

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I know this is missing the point of the joke but I wouldn't mind a John Constantine/Harley Quinn pairing. Having the Joker be a jealous ex is probably a cakewalk to some of the crap John's dealt with before.
 
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I was in the ER the other day and I was just wondering, is it just me or is the positioning of this particular ECG electrode a bit... passive-aggressive?



I mean... that round-cornered rectangular line marks the borders of that electrode. Why did the nurse attaching them feel the need to set it RIGHT on top of two blazing red and sore pimples? It definitely looks like it was set precisely there on purpose :laugh: O_o
 

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I have a Zoom interview on Thursday regarding the anthology, and holy ****, I'm nervous.

On one hand, I keep thinking, "Why didn't I just do the written interview?" but on the other, "It's good to get outside of my comfort zone a little".

So now I'm just sitting here rehearsing my answers, hoping I won't make a complete and utter fool of myself by tripping over my words.

Seriously, why am I so nervous? :'(
 

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Has there ever been a sherlock holmes story where Moriarity's organization is well-developed than him, moran and a bunch of faceless goons?
Are you asking within the "canon" itself? Because Moriarty and his organisation only really occur in three stories - "The Final Problem", "The Empty House" and "The Valley of Fear". Within those stories it's pretty much all about Moriarty and Moran with said faceless goons often doing stuff in the background. There are hints that it's a complicated web of criminals stretching across Europe but that's mostly background dressing really.

I really don't care for pastiches so I'm not the person to ask about any non-ACD stories.
 
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Has there ever been a sherlock holmes story where Moriarity's organization is well-developed than him, moran and a bunch of faceless goons?
Oooh, this is hard. Like @Lain said, canon's really spotty on this? (I assume ACD was just like "no need to go into depth if I'm killing them both off!") And anything outside of canon that goes into depth about Moriarty is usually entirely focused on him. But most of the Moriarty-centric pastiches I've read are exactly what you've described. :/ If you'd like, I can try asking a couple friends of mine if they have any recommendations--one reviews pastiches and the other is kinda an expert in Moriarty-centric stuff (if a hobbyist can be an expert, I guess? anyway, she's read all the things) so they might have ideas. Off the top of my head, though...

Elementary kinda did this? All the aspects of Moriarty's web are brief, but decently well defined. If you only watch those episodes. The only problem is that...it kinda has a similar but opposite problem to BBC's Sherlock? Lots of teasing, but instead of BBC's "we're going to tease at him but all you get is us dangling his corpse in front of you and no new info" angle, Elementary basically goes "we're going to tease at them and then 90% of the time you get nothing at all". So...if that's the entire reason you're watching the series, for info on Moriarty and their empire, you'll probably be very disappointed. (They still did better with adding detail to the empire than all the other film/tv versions I've seen though, which is kinda sad.)

Pastiche-wise...the only ones I can really think of is Michael Kurland's Professor Moriarty series. It's mostly told from the pov of a journalist who, after being arrested for a crime he didn't commit, essentially sells himself into Moriarty's employ for two years to save himself from being executed. (The series actually spans 1885 - 1891 so far so LOL "two years".) Kurland really doesn't go the usual route with Moriarty's network--it's not a massive, sprawling one like most versions show, it doesn't go the supervillain mastermind-with-an-army-of-nameless-goons route either; it basically establishes it like he's a specialist with a small group of regulars he relies on and occasionally involves other people for more specialised bits. And it's very character-driven, so the network members are nicely developed. The only thing I can really think of that might be a downside is that the later books have more of Holmes and his and Moriarty's frenemy, bromance obsession thing and them working cases together than stuff with the network...which is in no way a problem to me, but if you're only reading for organisation stuff, might be not what you're hoping for. (If you want, I can send you copies of the ebooks, at the very least for peeking at.)

Sadly, though, it seems like people are hesitant to just focus on the organisation? I, personally, am not a big fan of most versions of Moran, so seeing someone go into it with a totally new character and exploring the organisation that way would be a really cool idea for a pastiche. But I'm guessing, considering that ACD's estate was bullying pastiche writers for ages, writers just didn't want to bother wasting money and energy on working on that when they had to deal with the estate and the possibility of people not reading it if it didn't deal mostly with recognisable characters. (Which makes me sad cuz I'd read the hell out of that.) But, again, if you'd like I can ask around? Sorry for rambling.
 
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Hunter x Hunter feels like the love child of DBZ and Death Note. I love Nen but it can lead alot of exposition dumps that put Kojima to shame.

Granted it would be cool if they team up for a title.

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Thanks sis. It was just something i was always curious about.

@Lain
I can't see the resemblance between young Sherlock and DmC Dante.
 
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Got two hours until I see someone I've not seen for months and months - very exciting stuff and going for a walk/socially distanced picnic in the sunshine.

Now watch it rain :laugh: :laugh:
 

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I've been having a "writer's block" for three months already. Haven't written anything proper stuff for ages, and I couldn't figure out why.

Now I think I found the reason for my lack of inspiration. Yesterday I bursted for a couple of friends with my accumulated frustration towards an unbelievably toxic person. They're not a friend of mine, rather a bully who has been trying to harass me in some really imaginative ways for half a year, including leaving a fake suicide note, about which they warned some people in advance that 'it's not real, don't worry', and telling everyone it was me who made them end their life, despite the fact I hadn't talked to them for three months.
An hour went by, I was meditating and taking some time for myself. Thought that it's easier to cut off a person than a cancer, despite that they can be equally harmful.
Lucky to have some friends to stand with me and to keep an eye on this prick (thus taking care of my security) while I don't want to do it anymore. I mean, this person isn't their problem, they don't have anything to do with them, but still, they were ready to do this for me without hesitating. I don't know how to thank them.

Well, back to the writer's block. After making some arrangements and delegating my security checks to these friends of mine I wrote FOUR PAGES of a short story that has been circling in my mind for weeks. FOUR PAGES. FOUR. In less than an hour. Didn't know it was about that, but apparently it was.

I like the taste of freedom here. :woot:
 
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