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    Binge watched The Night of. Everyone is so good in it. It's a difficult thing to watch for sure and I usually don't watch stuff that makes me feel crappy but I couldn't stop.

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    Girl on a Train. I liked it.

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    Star Trek Beyond

    Still painful to watch; not because it's terribly bad (I actually do enjoy many parts of it) but, you know, absent friends...

    I'm still pissed at Bones though; why did he go check Chekov's locker? You're a doctor,man, not a thief and it's totally uncool.

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    Trent recommend this one on Twitter, and now I am as well. Absolutely sickening stuff.


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    Has anyone seen Harper's Island and/or The Strain? Looking into a new "horror" series. Running out of ideas.

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    Been watching past episodes of Shameless. A rollercoaster of heartbreak. I like the perspective of the show but it's got the attention span of a Saturday morning cartoon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deepvoid View Post
    Has anyone seen Harper's Island and/or The Strain? Looking into a new "horror" series. Running out of ideas.
    The Strain is cool. First season is a little shaky but season 2 was awesome. I have 3 episodes left in season 3 but it's also been good.

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    My favorite Scorsese

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    Season 3 of Transparent. So many good, complicated characters.
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    AMC's Halt And Catch Fire

    A little late to the show, but man is it good. Easily top 3 for AMC along with Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. Binge watched seasons 1 and 2 on Netflix. Me and my girl couldn't wait, so I bought the third season on Amazon digitally... a first for me buying a show/movie digitally. That's how good it is. We had to do it cuz we wanted to know what happens.

    Apparently AMC is giving it a fourth and final season to bring it to a close. Shame cuz this show deserves success and more seasons. I think AMC just didn't know how to advertise it because it was nothing like me and my girl expected. My girl loved Mad Men, but says Halt And Catch Fire is a much stronger show.

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    Oh, and saw Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them on Thursday... so frigging good. Bring on Parts 2, 3, 4 and 5! Plenty of connections to the Potterverse.

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    @DigitalChaos Have you seen the documentary Zero Days? Thoughts?

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    Just finished Goliath. Strange that noone is talking about it - it has Billy Bob Thornton and William Hurt in it and I Hurt was immense. Should definately be nominated for an Emmy.

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    Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deepvoid View Post
    @DigitalChaos Have you seen the documentary Zero Days? Thoughts?
    I've been meaning to but haven't taken the time yet. Ill report back when I do. Soon, hopefully. I have heard great things about Kim Zetter's book with the same name (and topic). I don't believe the documentary used her book though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DigitalChaos View Post
    I've been meaning to but haven't taken the time yet. Ill report back when I do. Soon, hopefully. I have heard great things about Kim Zetter's book with the same name (and topic). I don't believe the documentary used her book though.
    Just watched it and I thought it was fascinating. It was straightforward and steered away from being a propaganda piece. If nations do possess the capabilities the day described in the movie, we shouldn't be afraid of nuclear bombs but cyber attacks instead.

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    I found the trick used about that one key witness to be obviously necessary, yet somewhat dishonest. You're basically making up a testimony for an hour before coming clean about it. It was effective, sure, but in essence the whole portrayal is made up and the testimony questionable.
    Beyond that nitpick it was great.

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    So, turns out I actually half-assed watched this before but got distracted by various comments, especially the 3D scan plot lady, and spent most of the documentary searching the internet like some aspie. So I watched it again last night!

    So, my thoughts... If you don't know much about stuxnet, this is a great intro. Also, this doc clearly did some investigation as they uncovered the Nitro Zeus thing, which is fucking huge. Nitro Zeus is like when you are being told this mind blowing story and just as it starts to wrap up, the story pulls out for a wider view and you suddenly see things grow to an exponential scale of mind blowing reality. Though, they didn't really dive into it much. Luckily, NYTimes did their own independent investigations and dove into Nitro Zeus. I was a little let down in how the story was told. When I first read the wired article from 2011 by Kim Zetter, I got a huge "best spy thriller ever" vibe. I was also waiting for them to talk about the exploding spy rock at the Fordo compound (the more fortified backup to the Natanz compound that Stuxnet hit) but it didn't happen. Though, i think the plan was to hit Fordo in a much less subtle way and it was probably part of Nitro Zeus.


    Their choice in revealing Nitro Zeus and similar testimony was a bit deceptive, as @Khrz said, even if they did reveal it at the end. But it's the most impacting method compared to just having text quotes on screen or having people read quotes. The deliver was very convincing, but it threw some very distracting red flags for me. "no way is this visual technique sufficient to hide the identity." "the govt has to be in on this, letting this person interview in such an obviously nonanonymous way" "ok, the dramatic pauses before a reveal are getting extremely suspicious now" etc...

    And about the offense vs defense narrative. I agree that we need to step up our defense and that the US is the most susceptible to attack. But the doc didn't quite articulate this properly. The US is most susceptible *because* we have the most to lose compared to other countries. When you have so much that could be lost, you can't be purely offensive. Snowden has been beating that drum for a while. Defense is also much harder to do. That's not to say we should stop the offense. Think of the value in conducting warfare this way. How would we have dealt with this normally? Bombing the compounds or other actions that are risk a lot of life.

    It's hilarious that the Israelis fucked it up by deploying untested code in a rush. The fact that even Biden immediately suspected them makes me wonder why the Israelis were allowed to have the code to begin with.

    But back to cyber warfare... @Deepvoid mentioned that we should fear cyber weapons instead of nukes. Nukes should still be feared. Cyber weapons should also be feared, they are just a new weapon. Something to realize about stuxnet is how sophisticated it is. If it weren't for the Israelis, its likely that nobody would have ever discovered this operation and lots of Iran's nuclear tools would be in pieces. (though, they did leave some extremely shocking breadcrumbs in the code and the way it was deployed...) It's like a highly targeted bomb that nobody knows is going off or who set it off. Not to mention the complexity and impact of the larger Nitro Zeus operation that was covert, but would be much less covert the moment the pulled the trigger. That's more like a large nuke going off in Iran. They would soon figure out who did it. But the big thing to understand is that you DON'T have to be sophisticated to attack like this. Less sophisticated groups can easily shut down power grids (or whatever) if they don't care about being able to sit undetected in a system, or prevent their targets from figuring out who did it. These are the simple "dirty bomb" equivalents of cyber weapons. There are so many different ways to fuck up society through computers these days.

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    in the last week, my wife and i watched all three of the Librarian movies (TNT made-for-tv movies starring noah wylie). the first was good, the second was so-so, and the third was fantastic!
    and, yeah, they're pretty cheesy, but that's ok. also, 2 & 3 were directed by jonathan frakes (riker from star trek TNG). his cameo in the third involves him playing the trombone (just like riker) and we both just about lost it.
    can't wait to start watching the tv series!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dra508 View Post
    Season 3 of Transparent. So many good, complicated characters.
    I'm one of the few people that thinks that show gets better every season. I absolutely loved season 3 and cannot wait until we get more next year.

    Also, kind of a cool bonus, the water park scene was filmed in my hometown, literally half a mile from the house I grew up in. I remember when that was just a giant dirt lot (that thing was only built in the last five years or so) and I drove past it all the time. Crazy.

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    Just finished the Gilmore Girls reunion. It was beautiful, and I cried.

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    Quote Originally Posted by muad'nin View Post
    Just finished the Gilmore Girls reunion. It was beautiful, and I cried.
    I saw bits of it as I did cry when Lorelai called her mother about a moment she had with her father while I was in joy of seeing Emily Gilmore go 2Pac on the DAR by saying "bullshit" as that was shocking.

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    Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them: another half-assed, poorly-written Hollywood cash grab. After watching this film, I wished to be obliviated. Over-long, under-developed characters, several boring and/or scenes that should have been cut. What a mess. Despite all that, there was a certain charm to some of the characters. Nevertheless, J. K. Rowling should be ashamed of herself for putting forward such an awful script. Extra fail points go to the director, for truly souless, by-the-numbers shots and awful scenes where the dramatic timing/pace falls flat.

    2/10. I want my money back. Another fuck you to Hollywood, making 2016 the worst year ever for Hollywood cash-grabs.

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    I watched Paterson yesterday. A nice, quiet movie about bus driver/poet in Paterson, New Jersey. Ironically the character's name is Paterson. And more ironically the actor's name is driver.

    If you like Jim Jarmush films, go see it. And if you don't know any Jim Jarmush films, you're missing out big. Although I don't know if this would be the best place to start. For that I'd recommend Only Lovers Left Alive!

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    i just discovered 60 Days In on A&E.
    Guilty pleasure at its finest!

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    Quote Originally Posted by muad'nin View Post
    Just finished the Gilmore Girls reunion. It was beautiful, and I cried.
    As did I (just finished watching it earlier today). I have a Y chromosome, and I've loved this show for years. I was so excited about the revival, and overall, it did not disappoint.

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    Quote Originally Posted by avesjohn View Post
    As did I (just finished watching it earlier today). I have a Y chromosome, and I've loved this show for years. I was so excited about the revival, and overall, it did not disappoint.
    Likewise, on both counts. I dearly love this show; Stars Hollow is my "Happy Place", and I would live there if I could. Gender be damned, right? Gilmore Girls is such a special show.

    There appears to be a lot of negative press about the reboot, but there were moments of perfection there. Ones that so beautifully drew on the emotions, for those of us invested in the relationships.

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    Watching final episode 10 of the Netflix series "The Crown."

    They allegedly spent $100 million on this series, and it shows. I really enjoyed it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by allegro View Post
    Watching final episode 10 of the Netflix series "The Crown."

    They allegedly spent $100 million on this series, and it shows. I really enjoyed it.
    Yeah I hear great things about it. A week or two ago a photography teacher at my school spent like 20 minutes trying to explain to me why this show's cinematography was so amazing, describing certain shots with the most ridiculously technical descriptions, and it mostly went over my head, lol, but it still sounded really cool.

    My big plan for the winter break is to watch this and the Fargo series, and to finish reading the Wealth of Nations. We'll see how that goes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mantra View Post
    Yeah I hear great things about it. A week or two ago a photography teacher at my school spent like 20 minutes trying to explain to me why this show's cinematography was so amazing, describing certain shots with the most ridiculously technical descriptions, and it mostly went over my head, lol, but it still sounded really cool.

    My big plan for the winter break is to watch this and the Fargo series, and to finish reading the Wealth of Nations. We'll see how that goes.
    Hans Zimmer did the awesome theme song.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=mQW-91LiISA

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