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  1. I am more or less feeling the same way. I have enjoyed every one of Nolan’s films that I have seen, so I am sure it is extremely well made, if nothing else. The subject just doesn’t pull me into wanting to watch a movie about it. I’d be much more likely to read about it, though. The Manhattan project is quite fascinating from a scientific and engineering point of view. I am sure some of my own feelings about the movie are also just that I rarely watch movies anymore, too, and even less often in the theater. Given that, though, there are very few things being released or that have been releases in recent times that I feel like I am missing out by not seeing in one. I am glad to hear that it is doing well and that people like it, though.
  2. That also makes sense for it to be setting up Captain America, too! I also agree that it makes no sense for Rhodey to have been replaced that early.
  3. It’s comical how much of an overreaction it is, but making the public biased against mutants, given the popularity of the avengers in-universe really requires something over the top to make any sense. It was somewhat clumsily done since the buildup made it seem like this president was a reasonable guy (or at least it seems that way to me), but they really never said too much about him really, did they? Even with all the messed up stuff that has happened in their world, I’d imagine that knowing shapeshifting aliens are among you would super mess with people and could make regular people start to distrust new groups of powered people showing up more. Of course, this could also just be yet another one of the storylines opened up post-Endgame that just won’t really go anywhere useful, too.
  4. I gained some of that weight back, but fortunately not most of it. I’m heading into surgery this coming Wednesday to get the most affected part of my colon removed. I’ve been waiting since March to get this done, but it feels so different with it now imminent. Fortunately, I’ve got a great surgeon to do the procedure and I know it needs to be done so I avoid a repeat of the hell that was this past spring, but I’ve still got a bit of anxiety creeping up. I just need to keep that from acting up more than it currently is. I guess this should help me lose even more weight, though.
  5. I get the criticisms, but I liked the episode and loved the show, overall. it definitely wasn’t Secret Invasion from the comic, for both good and bad, but as a showcase for Fury, it was fantastic. I still would have enjoyed it if the Skrull Invasion was a lingering plot point for a whole phase, similar to the comic build up to the event, but clearly that wasn’t part of the plan here. My favorite bit of the finale may actually be the ending with the president. His reaction to the skrulls sure seems like buildup to the government and people having similar reaction to mutants once they start showing up.
  6. I put locks on all the lower cabinets and corner guards on a lot of sharp corners. The sockets are all covered up, too. I think we have most things pretty well protected for now.
  7. This isn’t your relationships thread.
  8. The little guy is both crawling now and constantly pulling himself up onto his feet on anything he can find. There goes being able to put him down in one spot.
  9. Overall, I liked it, though part of me was secretly hoping that Jacob said nice things about it here just to lure me into the disappointment I helped bring him with Crystal Skull. I think I liked the characters in it much more than the Overall story and/or many of the set pieces. There were too many chase sequences in city streets for my liking, unfortunately. I enjoyed the opening sequence and many of the ideas brought into the movie. Mikkelsen is always a great inclusion in my book and Waller-Bridges was very enjoyable. I had heard for her before, but hadn’t seen any of her work. it was also my first time in a theater since TROS, I think, so it was a welcome trip back to it for me. I’d also be lying if I said Indy’s theme kicking in didn’t bring some big feelings with it.
  10. When it really gets caked in there, you get a bantha poo-do.
  11. You can’t have a conversation about this Kennedy without talking about vaccines and the fact that he knows only surface level information about vaccines and clinical trials. The fact that he knows just that surface level information is why he is so dangerous with his claims about them; he knows just enough to sounds like he knows what he is talking about, but he doesn’t understand the details and nuances. That makes the rhetoric that he spews extremely dangerous. I am very sorry to hear about what your father experienced with the vaccine. From what I have read in the journal articles about myocarditis and severe inflammatory responses to the Covid vaccines, the prevailing understanding is that individuals who experienced them typically have proteins present that result in an immune overreaction to the vaccine. There is also ample evidence that the rates of myocarditis and similar reactions are even more prevalent in those who got Covid but did not receive the vaccines (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9467278/#:~:text=Conclusion,those who received the vaccine.) Unfortunately, it is impractical to test everyone for such proteins ahead of vaccination. That is why governments started advising a much bigger block of individuals than likely actually has that protein response to consider alternative vaccines. Such reactions were not caught in the clinical trials due to the extremely small probability of individuals having those reactions. Clinical trials are designed first and foremost with safety in mind. That is why they start with small sample sizes during stage 1 to test for safety issues. In stage 2, the sample size is chosen very carefully to then check for evidence of, in this case, immune response (development of antibodies), while still keeping the sample size low enough that if there are adverse reactions in a size of the sample that would not have been caught in stage 1 due to rarity of those reactions, the number of people potentially harmed would still be extremely low. Moving on to stage 3, the samples are the largest they will be in a controlled experiment to test if the end goals for the study are met. In this case, that means the modulation or prevention of Covid in patients receiving the vaccine. However, once again the sample sizes cannot reasonably capture the most extremely rare events that may occur in less than 1 in several hundred thousand individuals. That is why every single medicinal product is monitored by regulatory groups after they hit market to watch for extremely rare adverse reactions to offer subsequent guidance. In fact, the first several years after a product is released is referred to as Stage 4 of a clinical trial. In normal circumstances, the general public hears very little about any of these stages or the process, only typically that it takes years to go through. That time frame is usually due entirely to a lack of funding and resources to handle the manufacturing, logistics, and recruiting aspects of the trials in a short period of time. With the whole world throwing resources and money agh the problem at the same time, those challenges were mitigated and allowed for all of this to happen in a time frame that saved and/or greatly helped a tremendous number of people. Kennedy and his ilk do not understand how these things work, nor the way that the field of statistics provides context to the numbers that they throw out there as evidence of wrongdoing.
  12. …he said, with rancor.
  13. Shit, really sorry to hear that, man. Glad you avoided getting that abscess drained, at least.
  14. You all should just get a bout of complicated diverticulitis. With two rounds of hospital visits, some days of liquid diets, and some other complications, i’ve lost over 30 pounds since March. Or you could do it healthily in a not horrifying way.
  15. But what about for the rest of your health needs?
  16. Thanks for asking. After getting out of the hospital the second time, things have been good so far. I was clearly not feeling well still after getting out the first time in retrospect. Hopefully, I am able to keep from flaring up again so I can get a nice, planned surgery in June. we are also adjusting to not having my father in law here. We have hired some part time help to get us over the jump to get used to not having a third set of hands at the house 24 hours per day. With me feeling better now, we are going to start cutting back on how much the babysitter is here. We’ve been taking notes on how she does things, though, because she has a lot more experience with a baby this age than we do.
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