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John Kretzer wrote:
When they speak to the Vuvalini (the old ladies with guns), they mention they had to leave the wetlands after the waters became toxic. Perhaps they became so dangerous that those who remained behind had to retort to stilts to avoid touching the water.
Or they are just wanderers who hide in the swamps and use stilts to remain dry. The way the walked on four stilts did seem rather bestial, though, as if they were hunting. Cannibals, perhaps?
Okay, whether it was intentionally feminist or not is not really important. It's feminist (or at least allied with feminism) because it bucks a lot of prevalent, problematic tropes concerning women. Like, a war rig full of tropes. That's really important.
I don't know. To me, the plot was about the depravity of barbarism vs the humanity of civilization, and all of that serving as the setup for some pretty metal action scenes and those bizarre characters we've come to love about this type of movies (those two things being, I believe, the raison d'être for a new Mad Max. Form by itself can also be a goal for art); a key character and central object just happened to be female. If anything, that fits more in line with the previous movies: Civilization collapses, people forget their humanity, and everyone's now worth as much as they can be used.
Reading too deep into the story can lead us to a pretty wild set of conclusions. What is someone saw the collapse of the Vuvalini society while those of the warlords remained as, I don't know, an implied message that "Women can't lead societies", or that Max ultimately saving the group means "Even strong women need a man"?
I don't think either of those were the intention, just as I don't think the movie was intending to make a statement regarding gender roles, reproductive rights, or all the other ideas that have been appended to the movie.
The only one who knows are the writer and director, of course, so I might be completely wrong in my interpretation.
Had so much fun watching it the first time I've already watched it twice. The Boom Truck with the flaming guitar guy really stole the movie.
As for the controversy: I didn't feel the movie was a feminist manifesto. It was just a tough one-armed woman saving female slaves from a mutant warlord who's desperate to get a healthy heir.
Not every female character (deuteragonist in this case, I think) or plot involving women has to be a political construct.
Tiny Coffee Golem wrote:
A giraffes coffee would be cold by the time it reached the bottom of its throat. Ever think of that? No. You only think about yourself.
Well maybe it would arrive faster if certain tiny golems would assist the process.
Din'n think 'bout that, did 'cha?
Going full Platonic, Freedom is both being able to have pizza and ice cream, and being able to say no to them.
Are we truly free when it comes to pizza and ice cream, however? I think not.
Tasty things: The tyranny of our times.
The Dutch admiral and pirate Cornelis Corneliszoon Jol (1597 - 1641) was also known as "kapitein Houtebeen" (captain Pegleg).
Spanish captain Blas de Lezo y Olavarrieta (1689-1741) was also known as Patapalo ("Pegleg"), though later he got upgraded to Mediohombre ("Half-Man"): He lost his left leg due to a Dutch cannonball in the Battle of Velez-Malaga; then his left eye from an Austrian bayonet during the Defense of Toulon; and his right arm during the Siege of Barcelona.
Even though completely maimed, he still managed to become one of the most succesful naval tacticians to ever live, capturing dozens of Britsh and Dutch vessels, fighting off -and even invading- the Berber Pirates, securing the South American coastline, and forcing Genoa to pay its debts to Spain.
His biggest accomplishment, however, was the Battle of Cartagena de Indias, where through sheer wits he managed to win against a British invasion force that outnumbered him 9-to-1 (the British commander was so confident he actually had medals already cast commemorating the victory, showing a one-legged, one-armed, one-eyed man kneeling before him, and distributed them to the men).
Although he won, since apparently he wasn't maimed enough, he lost his remaining arm due to the infection caused by the bullet he got during the battle. He died a few weeks later, being burien in a location that, to this day, remains unknown.
In 1883, Spanish King Afonso II visited Strassbourg, where he was honoured by the Prussian army. On his way back home, he passed through Paris, where the locals (including government officials) booed at him, insulted him, and even threw him stones, as they were still furious over the losses incurred during the Franco-Prussian War.
News of this treatment reached Spain, where the public became deeply offended, but none as angry as the inhabitants of the tiny village of Líjar, in the south.
Calling for the village council, the mayor proposed declaring unilateral war to France over vexations incurred upon the Crown, which was passed with 100% approval; a formal letter of commencement of hostilities was then sent to Paris, though the French didn't pay much attention to it.
The council's ledger for that day reads that they expected each able-bodied man in Líjar (600) to handle about 10,000 frenchmen.
Though not a single shot was fired, the war officially lasted for a whole century. King Juan Carlos I visited Paris in 1983 and sent notice to the mayor of Líjar that he had been treated with the utmost respect. This pleased the locals, who then signed a formal peace treaty with the French consul and viceconsul, thus ending 100 years of blodless conflict.
Thanks man. So far the volcanoes have caused no fatalities (a climber who had been lost was found yesterday) and the police managed to evacuate everyone quickly.
A friend who lives nearby told us last night the ashes were already piled up to almost 2 metres (about 6 and a half feet) in some areas, and vulcanologists have said the belching could last for several weeks. The last time that volcano exploded with noticeable strentgh, in the 1860s, it belched smoke and ash for 6 straight months, lowering Earth's temperature by about 1-2 degrees C°.
A couple of hours ago the ash plume started to be seen over here at the capital (about 1,000kms to the north), so we're likely to see ash rain on Sunday. Agentina is getting the worst part of the cloud, though, due to prevailing winds from the west.
The main concern right now is the incomming acid rain in the south and the fact that agriculture in the area will be devastated. Milk prices are skyrocketting (the affected area is our main milk and beef producting region).
2015 so far here in Chile:
Eartquake in the far north
And as of two days ago, add another volcano to the south-centre, with likely chances of the previous volcano pumping action back up and a third, unrelated volcano also blowing up. Massive rainstorms in the centre and severe blizzards in the south expected for late May as well, just in case the volcanoes weren't enough.
Seems the titans were buried over here after all, and someone decided to wake them up.
Stay tuned for asteroid impact, the Black Plague comming back, and the release of a previously unknown Ed Wood drama.
Piracy has reached such massive levels in Somalia that there's a Pirate Exchange in the city of Harardhere. The Exchange has an index calculated from the performance of over 70 "pirate entities" and, although no official data is known, its director Mohammed Hassan Abdi has said it has been "showing continous growth rates".
Both individuals and public or private organizations can purchase shares in the Exchange, which are used to finance piracy operations and then pay based on the profitability of the scurvy venture.
Piracy has become Harardhere's main economic activity; the city has the highest ratio of luxury cars per capita in the country. Though officially against it, it's said the local government charges a special fee over profits earned from the Pirate Exchange, which is used, at least in theory, for funding public infrastructure.
The small town of Peor es Nada ("Better Than Nothing"), in central Chile, got its unusual name from the estate that used to be there. In the late XIX century, Enrique Oettinger used to own a large piece of land in the area, and in his testament he split it among his many children, leaving the smallest one to his youngest daughter. Upon hearing of her inheritance, she exclaimed "Oh well, better than nothing", which subsequently became the name of her estate and the village that grew around it. The locals are officially called Peoresnadiences ("Betterthannothingians").
Further south, the ominously named Salsipuedes ("Leave if You Can") got its name due to the moody Claro river which surrounds it. In the late XVIII century, the town would often spend most of the winter completely cutoff due to how massive the river could get (new bridges had to be built regularly). Problem is, due to a severe lack of foresight, the cemetery was on the other side of the river, so when people died during the periods of isolation the dead had to be buried within the town itself, leading to the usual saying in that locale that, upon entombment, "He didn't get out while alive; he'll never get out now that he's dead". In a similar fashion as the previous case, locals are formally listed as Salsipuedenses ("Leaveifyoucanians").
Not far from the last one, the coastal village of Matanzas ("Killing Sprees"), although peaceful today, was once entirely wiped out by English pirates. When officials showed up to assess the damage, they were confronted with the gruesome scene of a groom and bride with their stomachs sliced open right in front of a church, the priest and guests also dead nearby. The place came to be known just as "La Matanza" ("The Killing Spree"), and with time the town that formed nearby took it.
I've never really enjoyed liquorice in any of its forms, though those twisty red things from the US are mildly tolerable, mostly because I can't find any flavour in them (interesting for chewing idly while playing Civilization).
I have an uncle who always carries a tiny box of salty liquorice candy with him; that thing's nasty. Called salmaki or something like that.
I've heard regular ingest of liquorice is supposed to be good for you, though.
Mass transit is pretty expansive. You have bus, trains, trams, metros, and ferries, with route customization and overlays showing the types of passengers.
That way, instead if just plopping, say, bus stops all over town, you build a bus station that services vehicles and then draw different lines, determining where the stops will be. Then the station starts pumping out buses to meet the line's requeriments (basen on how long it is). This way, you can have multiple lines serving different areas or purposes, such as one meant to drive tourist across landmark sites, students to school, or workers to the mines. These vehicles still have to move, so a gridlock will affect buses just as much, while trains require careful planning to avoid collapses.
Coupled with all the road/track building freedom, it's the deepest mass transit system of any citybuilder. Which makes sense, considering the game was built on Cities in Motion 2's engine (a transit simulator).
Anyone else playing this new citybuilder?
Developed by Colossal Order (same people behind Cities in Motion), Cities: Skylines is a pretty comprehensive city-builder in the same line of the SimCity series. It takes several hints from SimCity 2013 (on the surface they actually look very similar), while avoiding pretty much all the things it did wrong (in particular: No online requeriments, huge city sizes, functional simulation, and lots of modding tools).
Graphically it looks great, though I admit the style is a bit bland. But with thousands upon thousands of custom buildings, parks, intersections, and landmarks already available from the modding community, it's quickly being fixed.
Maps are huge; you start with a 2x2 km area, which you can expand by purchasing additional 2x2 km lots, up to 9 in total (with mods you can purchase up to 25, for a massive size of 100sq kms).
Difficulty is pretty low, particularly if you compare it with SimCity 4. Though there are ways in which the game can throw a wrench at your carefully built utopia, save for the very early stages you will never really encounter money issues.
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the game is the traffic simulation. The engine can hold up to 1,000,000 individual agents, each with their own homes, works, and needs, which scurry about your roads and walkways in a very realistic manner. And with the extremelly flexible road tools, you will soon find yourself experimenting with 4-level fractal highway junctions and spiral bridges.
It also deals very well with gridless city shapes, as lots are subdivided into tiny tiles that orient themselves to the street rather than the ground, allowing you to have very natural curves and corners.
All in all, a fantastic citybuilder. A bit easy, yes, but it more than makes up for it with its depth and replayability. The absolutely ludicrous amount of mods also give it a constant stream of free content, and the devs are very committed towards quality DLCs, both free and paid (the publisher's Paradox, and they've announced a release system like that of EU4 and CK2, in which even paid expansions provide free content for everyone).
Truly, Cities: Skylines is the first citybuilder since SimCity 4 that has managed to enchant me.
Also: The game includes poop dynamics. Sewage drains actually add volume to waterways and, if you build a dam to close them, you can drown your city in literal, volumetric crap. Sewer surfin'!
The highest situated capital in Europe is Andorra la Valle in (well, duh) Andorra
As an addendum, Andorra is one of only three countries in the world that are ruled by a diarchy ("with two rulers", the other two being San Marino and Swaziland), and the only one that's ruled by foreign dignitaries. Specifically, the President of France and the Bishop of Urgell (in Spain).
For approximately 800 years, lasting until 1993, Andorra would pay tribute to each ruler on a every-other-year basis; the French President got money, while the Bishop got 6 hams, 6 cheese wheels, 6 live chickens, and 12 USD (as equivalent in 1993).