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  1. Some of the better price/performance fans are the arctic p12 and the scythe wonder snail at $10 and $17 respectively.
  2. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2382320/ Saw this in IMAX on Saturday with kuhla. It felt a bit odd and poetic that this was one of the first films that was heavily delayed due to the pandemic, and nearly 2 years later, it was the first film I saw in theaters since the pandemic started. The IMAX experience was solid, the audio was very well done, including some cool positional audio tricks and at least one major sequence filmed in full 4:3 aspect ratio - it was also loud as fuck, the gunshots actually sounded like gunshots, but then again, I haven't been in a theater in... quite some time. The movie itself is good, I'd even say great. They do a very strong job of not only dealing with this being Daniel Craig's last film, but tying together almost all Daniel Craig bond films (at least Spectre) into this film, without it feeling overly burdensome. The action sequences are solid, a mix of traditional James Bond with gadgets, cool cars and chase sequences; another sequence that was borderline John Wick and another that showed more of Bond's resourcefulness and tactics. The villain's plot is the weakest part of the story - Rami Malek does a fine job as an almost understated villain, but his motivation is practically mustache twirlingly evil and he almost feels out of place in the final act. There are other plot points but it devolves into spoilers. The visuals are strong, with a couple very cool scenes that live up to the bond quality level. I'd certainly recommend watching the film, if you feel comfortable going to the theaters, it's certainly worth watching on the big screen or IMAX if it's available.
  3. Injustice: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5012504/ "On an alternate Earth, the Joker tricks Superman into killing Lois Lane, which causes a rampage in the hero. Superman decides to take control of Earth, Batman and his allies will have to attempt to stop him." This was surprisingly decent. I know this is based off of the comics which were based off the video games, but it somehow works. Superman goes full fascist and everyone else either falls in line or tries to stop him. I didn't particularly like the voice acting for some major characters but it wasn't terrible by any means. I also appreciate they were willing to do a cool "what if" style of 'good' superman going overboard. They mix in a fair number of characters, some of which I certainly didn't recognize. They also keep the story pace moving fairly quick, which was refreshing compared to so many other terrible animated dc movies. It's weird to see plastic man as a semi-major character, and not a joke - kinda refreshing. I'd give this a soft recommendation, it's good enough to watch, but I wouldn't recommend it to people without some level of interest in the DC animated movies. Batman: The Long Halloween: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt14324650/ This is a two part movie series focused on a serial killer that's taking down members of the falcone crime family on major holidays. The animation reminded me of Archer. This was reasonably done but not good enough to warrant 2 full movies. It also give a different take on the wayne family, suggesting that batman's parents were at least partially involved in some of gotham's corruption. Unfortunately, too much of the film follows the usual batman formula to be unique or interesting. Also putting a baby bottle nipple on a luger doesn't suddenly make it a silenced pistol - that bothered me far more than it really should have. Do not recommend.
  4. tl'dw phanteks t30 are 30mm thick (+5mm thicker than standard) and they compete quite well with the noctua af 12x25. The phanteks are slightly louder but 3+ degrees cooler. They're also like $30/fan so it's not like they're cheaper than the noctuas.
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    Battlefield 2042

    I've seen plenty of people complaining the ttk was too high - I'm not sure how I feel about the current ttk. I think there are some issues with recoil (especially the AK) and different ammo types that are having serious affects on the ttk at different ranges. Performance is not great - there's also no current settings for DLSS, but there are for nvidia reflex so... that's also concerning. Specialists are not working well. The readability is trash - boris looks like boris on both teams and it's only going to get worse as cosmetics become available for the specialists. The loadout problem is even worse due to the ammo economy. They limit your magazines heavily, they limit the rocket launcher ammo and in general it feels like you can only take 1-2 firefights before you're out. You want a dumb bug/workaround for this? If you swap magazine types it uses a different ammo pool - out of primary just swap mags and there you go. This is clearly not working as intended and absolutely fucking stupid - you're welcome. To make matters worse there is no current specialist that can repair vehicles and carry anti-vehicle weapons. Seems pretty trash. They may instead want vehicle repair to be on a set cooldown similar to bf1 and bfv, but it still feels weird. Falk (medic) also feels trash. You can avoid taking the medic box with her and heal with the pistol, but I feel like ana from overwatch desperately trying to land shots since it has slow projectile speed and everyone has the same small character model size - at least in overwatch the tanks are fat as hell. The self heal takes like 3 full seconds of holding down 3, which feels terrible, not to mention it's not instant but heal over time. Revives feel like absolute dogshit. Even as a medic you run up and hold E on a downed body, it plays some weird animation that feels awful and leaves you exposed. It's no wonder no one is reviving - I have literally yet to be revived in the match by a squadmate or medic. You also can't pre-charge paddles, or anything. Macauly (Grapple guy) feels... ok. I love mobility options and he absolutely has them, but this ain't titanfall or even apex. It has a fairly significant cooldown and predictable path, there's almost no physics on the cable just straight A>B. He's probably a good "default" character. I haven't done much with vehicles but I have shot a helicopter with a gustav and it just sort of tanked it and kept going - that feels wrong. Every battlefield that I can remember if you hit an aircraft with an unguided missile it was a 1shot kill. Movement feels pretty good, I've seen some complaints about characters moving too fast, not sure that I agree. Audio - I tried biaural 3d headphones as the setting, it's either mega broken or something because it sounded awful, the worst of any battlefield I've played. I'll swap it back to standard headphones but so far I haven't been impressed. There's also seemingly very little soldier sounds, I've ran face first into enemies without hearing them coming at all. Menus/UI is poor. I know they won't fix it because some of this is console readability - they want people to be able to play this from a couch 20' away. I had some issues with squad orders, sometimes it was easy to assign "attack objective" other times I would look right at it and it wouldn't do anything except assign waypoints to nowhere Why can I not see a global scoreboard? Map still doesn't work for me. Grenades - I hate the equip/throw style we have now. I wish we could get our usual quick throw. Map - I hate it. I know they used this map because it's probably one of the simplest maps but it feels genuinely lifeless and soulless. I recall most of the battlefield games having a decent beta map, this ain't it chief. Despite all that, I'm still having fun, even when playing solo. But I think some of this is out of desperation for another battlefield / decent fps game. If Dice/EA really is considering delaying this, I would encourage it. I know battlefield launches are always meme level bad, but this seems like it's going to be really awful and buggy.
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    SCUBA

    I tested my gear at Catalina last weekend. I didn't die, and everything seemed to work properly. I still have some minor adjustments I need to make especially regarding storing accessories, but I'm basically there. Catalina was cool, not cold, only 65 by my computer's measurements, but it was crowded as hell. I've never seen a dive site that crowded before, probably somewhere between 150-200+ divers on site. Saw a couple of giant black seabass, which was neat. I felt like the dive guide was a bit of a cowboy. Overall a good experience, but I'd probably prefer more boat based diving. I'd like to try out wreck alley down in San Diego / La Jolla, maybe that's a plan for another trip. At this point I'm mostly looking to just increase the amount of diving I do before I make any adjustments or look for any additional training. I'm not expecting this to become an every weekend type of thing, but I do want to try and dive somewhat regularly.
  7. This does not match your criteria. This is simply what I went with for my TWS option. https://www.moondroplab.com/sparks Moondrop is a solid brand of chinese made IEMs they're ultra serious and the sparks are their first/only TWS offering. My initial impressions are that they're good, the interface/controls are shit (no volume control & the app is a fucking QR code for a beta that probably sends your contact list to winnie the poo himself). They're clearly not noise cancelling, but moderate isolation depending upon tips used (they include 3 types of tips in multiple sizes). I bought these mostly to upgrade my ultra-cheap gym headphones (they're so old and cheap the amazon listing is gone) and they've been doing a solid job so far. Sound quality is a noticeable upgrade, but aren't comparable to wired options. I personally have two modes - I'm in the gym and need noise to block out terrible music and the lunk alarm OR I'm at home listening to music with the advantage of a DAC/AMP stack and unlimited streaming quality. For the gym and "casual" listening I've been happy with the sparks. But I'm not expecting much from them, and don't need fancy features. Review/Grade: https://crinacle.com/2021/04/19/moondrop-sparks-unboxing/
  8. I think the obvious answer is the Sony WH-1000XM4's I believe Jabra generally support multi-pairing with blutooth, but I'm not so sure about their lineup. Your feature request list is rather specific and will make finding something that has all of that a bit of a challenge. Multi-pairing blutooth is already somewhat rare, let alone transparency or not earbuds.
  9. I hated the main character from episode one. He's a feckless leech, he's not meant to be admired or lionized. Arguably his mother the president and agent 355 are the bigger stars of the show and more "main character" than yorick. The sister 'hero' (that's giving me flashbacks to snowcrash's 'hiro protagonist') has some potential for an interesting storyline and is a bit more enjoyable as a character even with her obvious faults. I'm still interested in just how far they'll take this. I also hope the series doesn't get drawn out.
  10. I kept hearing good and terrible things about the movie Malignant. It's nearly impossible to talk about the movie without spoiling it, but I will say, this isn't a horror movie. If you don't care about spoilers and want a bit of a laugh, you can watch this review. I clicked though the film because there's no way I was going to watch this seriously. If you'd like a very short taste of what you're getting into with this film here's a glimpse into the madness. Marvel's What If? This show is a flaming pile of the most odorous shit I've seen Disney put out with a marvel badge on it. Most of the stories are fucking awful, the last episode with Thor being a stereotypical partying frat boy was so bad I've actually lost the will to even click through the episodes. The few "decent" episodes weren't worth watching because the ideas aren't even that cool or interesting. There's some wild/wacky crap in marvel comics and they're not tapping any of that they're instead making braindead boring shit like "hurr durr marvel with zombies" or "lol captain america genderswap." The North Water Do you want a dark and somber show about 1850's British whaling ships? Well this is for you then. Colin Farrell is the biggest name on this and does a great job being a menacing brute (he's also bulked up for this role or used some extensive prosthetics), it's almost worth watching for his performance alone. The mini-series is short (5 episodes) and probably worth a watch if you're in the mood for something dark and slower paced.
  11. Also their source list is useful to scan through. https://sites.google.com/view/sources-climate-how/
  12. I enjoyed this analysis of the central theme and some of the cinematography used to convey that theme.
  13. This starts very slowly, I understand they wanted to set up the event to give some contrast before it becomes a survival/dystopian show, but it does come across as a bit pondering in the first episode. The acting is very solid, mostly Diana Lane as the president and Ashley Romans as agent355. There are some rather blunt politics thrown in, but thankfully only in small doses. Overall the show seems fairly interesting and is easy enough to watch.
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    Guild Wars 2

    Seems like the "gunsaber" is just the new adrenaline mode. The actual new weapon that warriors get is an offhand pistol. I have to admit at least this elite spec looks interesting, the other ones have been rather boring looking. The guardian elite spec not only looks uninteresting but the weird animations they're using look terrible. They're still scheduling betas to try out the new classes, so we should get some videos and thoughts from the community before the expansion launches. On a whim, I watched through a sort of story/lore recap of the most recent season - I wasn't particularly impressed.
  15. Finished book 2 and I'm moving on to book 3 (The Tyrant Baru Cormorant) There was one small section that discussed economics, specifically it gave a sort of abbreviated tulip-mania element to the story but it wasn't entirely central to the plot. The rest of the book was far more focused on spycraft and a very slow introduction of occult elements. I'm still very interested where they're planning on going, but this book did feel more middling than the first one. They've leaned very heavily on the morally gray aspects of major characters - I enjoy this, but I can understand how some people wouldn't. I've noticed a trend of various trilogy series. The first book is almost always more self contained, with a teaser for a sequel. The second seems to suffer under the weight of propping up the middle and almost acts more as a prequel for the third novel - and then the third novel tends to end well (or at least bombastically). I heavily suspect that authors write the first novel - then write the second and third concurrently, which leads to this feeling like the second novel is almost more of 1/2 of a larger novel than an actual standalone book. I also stocked up on a large number of other sci-fi and fantasy books (partly based on the NPR list) so I have a decent sized backlog built up moving forward.
  16. This is a slight variant of the hydroxychloroquine meme that we had at the start. Until I see some FDA double blind studies showing strong efficacy then it's simply a distraction. The reason why I don't take any of these alternative treatment/preventative medications seriously is not just because it always seems to come from anti-vax people; but more-so that we already have a near miracle drug with the mRNA vaccines (90%+ efficacy is fucking ludicrous). Anyone in this country is capable of being vaccinated - for free - and we've even seen some very limited vaccine tourism from foreign nationals. But instead people are suggesting that you should avoid the vaccine - and purchase a drug that is primarily used on livestock (hope you get the dosages right you fuckheads because there are reports of people overdosing and further straining hospitals). What kind of backwards logic is that? If there were vaccinated people going out and taking this medication, I could at least understand their logic - in the same way that some individuals were going out and getting booster doses before boosters were approved. However I haven't heard of fully vaccinated people taking ivermectin, or doctors/immunologists recommending it for fully vaccinated people. It also appears to be a treatment regime rather than preventative, which means even if ivermectin was 100% effective at reducing viral loads from covid, you'd still need to catch covid first - and potentially spread it or experience symptoms before becoming aware of the infection. Yes, the horse jokes are funny.
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