2021.12.08 07:00 Political_news69 House Republican says party backlash for infrastructure vote 'small price to pay' as tensions simmer | Politics
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2021.12.08 07:00 soberartist Hates when I make him wait to go shopping.
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2021.12.08 07:00 johnmory Minimum wage needs to be set at a living wage AND needs to be indexed to inflation.
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2021.12.08 07:00 LianneLaRosa Is red my colour?
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2021.12.08 07:00 SlaugtherSam Review of the "Long Earth" book series by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter.
I have read every single book by the late Terry Pratchett and loved ever single one except maybe Nation and the long earth series as it went along.
The first major issue with the books is that it is a collaboration of 2 people with completely different approaches on writing. Terry Pratchett is known for his colourful (Pun intended) fantasy novels. He is the one responsible for the main idea behind the story (original was a short story, contained in "A Blink of the Screen"). And of course anyone who knows Sir Terry's writing will instantly smile at stuff like "Tibetan Bicycle Repairman". So a lot of the creative work is clearly attributed to him in this book. Stephen Baxter's work on the other hand are mostly social studies. For example in "the flood (2008)" he describes how humanity would cope with an apocalypse that is caused by constant rise of the sea level. Stephen Baxter's focus is almost always on social interaction and less on individuals , emotions or the moment. So we have 2 people who have complete opposite writing styles. Terry Pratchett once wrote in a preface to "A good Omen" which he worked on together with Neil Gaiman: 'If you don't like certain parts of the book, just pretend they were written by the one of us you like the least.' And that is what I did for the most part here too. I feel like a lot of the books drier and less vivid parts can be attributed to Stephen Baxter. It's his style after which the book is not a simple story that takes place in one place and focuses on one person, but has to be an giant epic that spans over decades and shows societies development as a whole. Not that these parts are less interesting than the ones with Joshua and Lobsang, but they are definitely taking away the fun those 2 characters are creating.
The second issue is Terry's declining health at the time. Sadly he died before they were able to finish the books and so the last 2 were finished by Baxter alone (and it shows). It's hard for anyone outside of Baxter and Pratchett themselves to know just how much the decline in quality throughout the series is actually due to the unavailability of Terry or how much was intended from the start but actually is just bad writing.
So for the actual books. I will try and be spoiler free but for books 3,4 and 5 I will have to spoil basically everything because the plot is the main issue with those books (and also the reason I want to talk about it as a form of therapy). So I recommend only to click on the spoiler tag section, if you already read the books.
Long Earth: This is the best of the 5 ones in the series and almost a must read for any Pratchett fan. It introduces a new world in which humans are able to "stepp" into new dimensions with untouched nature where humans can have a new beginning. Themes and parallels to the founding of the united states are often brought up as well as changes to the society back at earth.
The Long War: Despite the title there is very little going on in this 2nd installment. It is mainly a retread of the exact same story as the first book, but again. The only new thing is the increased focus on the "Next" the new emergent super geniuses who will be a main faction in the books coming forward. And the named war is of the humans being afraid of this new human "race". The whole thing with the next being treated as not human anymore was very uncomfortable to read, how racism of fictitious fantasy races often is. But one expected better from Terry Pratchett who has treated the issue so well in over 50 books in Ankh-Morpork. Again I will reiterate that I blame Stephen Baxters input here because Terry's body of work proves that he knows better than to make a genetically superior race in a scifi book where the next will repeatedly show disgust towards normal humans.
The long mars: Here we depart into the realm of complete bad writing where the plot just completely falls apart. The established internal logic of the books is often ignored or new rules get invented on the fly only to be ignored a few pages later. And worst of all the characters behave irrational and only in ways to push the plot forward rather than being consistent with their previous behaviour. So spoilers from here on out: >! The entire Mars plotline is nonsensical and marred by an unlikable character in the form of Sally's father (the one that invented stepping). Everything that goes wrong on mars is his fault and he suffers no consequences for his actions. He teaches a crustacean species how to step (without knowing their language within like 5 min) and is then chased by their tribe leader for that indiscretion which ultimately gets a team member killed because he also got rid of the only gun they had. And then as a final insult he delivers the worst line in book history. When they find a functioning space elevator the father wants to take a sample of the material so humans can build their own space elevator on earth (even though they already have good alternative by just stepping into the empty void which is how they got to mars in the first place). When Sally asks who build this thing and where they are now, he replies: "Who cares? We just need the material." Which again, if you go for unlikeable character this is a great line because it spits in the readers face who actually cares a lot and wants to know that kind of stuff. Problem is that the rest of the book and the entire series afterward also doesn't care and will never explore all the interesting ideas dismissed by Sallys father. So in reality he is just there to dismiss all the things the authors didn't want to think about which ofc means all the things that felt like plotholes actually are plotholes. Like that you can only step on a planet if there is a sentient species on it. That Datum earth was uninhabited watched from mars and many many more. !<
The Long Utopia: >! This one is baffling in a lot of ways. Lobsangs retreat with Agnes and wanting to live as a human again is understandable but doesn't really solve his fundamental issue since he still thinks he's dead an his soul fractured. His actual issue isn't that he wants to live a human live with a family again, its a religious dilemma. Anyway they discover that the planet they stayed on is destroyed by some giant cyborg bugs that want to turn it into a weapon for their intergalactic war. To solve that issue they have to bring Jesus to that Planet and have him and Sally rip that world out of the dimensional chain so that the bugs can't step to any other world. This is a thing that happens. Stan Berg, who very clearly is a Jesus allegory, only has a very milk toast be nice to everyone message which feels like the joke from Douglas Adams. Also its explained that the bugs can't step so one wonders why it was necessary to sacrifices both Stan and Sally just for that. Also a version of Lobsang is send out in a tiny satellite, I guess. Which seems like the opposite of what he wanted to do in the beging. Doesn't matter since the 5th book completely ignores this one even happened anyway. !<
The Long Cosmos >! It's just filler. The entire book is build up to an encounter with interdimensional Aliens but at the end we don't even meet them. Also the plot is basically just copied from the movie "Contact". That's not me making that comparison, it's literally stated in the book that this is basically the movie contact. A lot more Scifi reverences are in this one where characters will just say this is just like "2001" or Alien. This is clearly a desperate attempt by Stephen Baxter to fill the final book without any more input by Sir Terry Pratchett so he just cobbled something together. !<
Finally I want to summarize the main issue with all the books: they are completely incurious and even dismissive of first contact with aliens. For a series that is about going to new worlds and even encountering many new live forms there is no deeper connection than just looking at them in passing. One or two pages of what they see as they come by, a reaction and then just go further. No exploration of Alien cultures, other ways to live or culture clash with human society. Every science fiction has that "what could we learn from other species about ourselves" at its core but here it is missing. Which was also the vibe I was getting from the flood so I know who I am gonna blame for that personally.
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2021.12.08 07:00 Asaka_kmnr New soccer league helps Gaza amputees cope with war trauma | AP News
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2021.12.08 07:00 Political_news69 The Supreme Court is set to decide whether states can refuse to pay for religious education. | Politics
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2021.12.08 07:00 optionhome Christmas tree set on fire outside News Corp. building in NYC that houses Fox News, the Wall Street Journal, and the NY Post
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2021.12.08 07:00 Neither_Stock Chances for financial aid change in fall? Spring transfer admit
Hello, I am a spring transfer admit and my current financial aid is absolutely horrendous for this year.
I was wondering if any past spring admits got changes to their financial aid the following academic year? Maybe I’m being hopeful, but I’ve heard a lot of scholarships are typically only offered when attending the whole year. So i was hoping maybe my financial aid would increase after my first spring semester.
Furthermore, if that is not the case, how should I appeal? My parents are middle class, but a lot of their income is cut from by their own loan repayments on the house, car, etc. There is also the fact that I don’t even know if they are willing to help me all that much. So with that being the case I’m looking at $200-280k in private loans if I continue to get the same aid I’m getting now 😱
Pls help I’m not attempting to go broke and stuff. Any advice is helpful.
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2021.12.08 07:00 ThatOnePickleLord Gold is antithetical to the theme of looping
I will say I've been playing since launch and may be slightly nostalgic for the simpler gameplay of chapter 1.
I feel like the addition of gold, quests, and tents are antithetical to the idea of looping, I prefer the idea of each game not affecting the next, when gold was added it added a new variable which hasn't quite meshed with me in both a gameplay sense and a lore sense.
My understanding is for a looper everything is reset and forgotten at death. Why are they allowed to keep their gold, it's the same with quests, why do those interactions persist, why can you throw an item in a tent and pick it up next round, it doesn't make sense lore-wise and I don't think it makes sense from a gameplay standpoint.
My way of playing fortnite is a few games here or there, completely detached from the last match, if I die early I start over without any bias, I'm not going to say it's unfair because it's not. There are many reasons why they might add stuff like this, it definitely keeps it fresh but at what point does it lose its direction, I feel like the addition of gold and npcs were a major turning point and I can't say if it was a good decision.
It's just a silly mechanic in a kids game that I'm over analyzing but I thought it was interesting to see how the game has evolved, for better or worse
Sorry if it's not all that eloquent it's 5am and I can't sleep lmao
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2021.12.08 07:00 webdeveloper5050 A beginner's history of philosophy - PDF book by Herbert Ernest Cushman
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2021.12.08 07:00 NuevoPeru Golden Tumi, a type of ceremonial knife used by the Sican Culture of Ancient Peru (750-1350 CE), made of gold with turquoise and weighs 1kg. It depicts Naylamp, the mythical hero-king and founder of Sican, whose dynasty ruled it for the next five centuries.
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