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The GoT thread got me thinking about some of the fan theories again, and I've come to realize that one that seems very likely to come true is one that I really would rather not, namely Tyrion is a Targaryen. In fact, a lot of ASOIAF fan theories are just "so-and-so is actually from this other family" and those aren't super interesting. Maybe it could be interesting if Varys really was a Blackfyre.

I don't even know if anyone here really gets into the various theories about the series, but if so, are there any theories out there that really resonate with you and you want to either see proven? Are there any that you dislike and would be annoyed if they turned out to be correct? Are there any that are not remotely likely but are still interesting enough to stick out?

As I mentioned, I would rather not see Tyrion turn out to be Aeris's kid, because I think it kind of ruins the dynamic between Tyrion and Tywin. I like how similar the two are in certain ways, and I think it makes for a better bit of drama if Tywin mistreats Tyrion because he sees so much of himself in Tyrion's twisted, impish form. Make him Aeris's rape baby and suddenly Tywin is just mad that he's raising his enemy's son.

One I do like that gets quite a bit of flack is the Jojen paste idea - Jojen and sacrificed and some of his remains or maybe just blood was in the weirwood paste that Bran eats to awaken his powers.

I don't want it to be true simply because it's gruesome. Rather it would seem like a cop-out if suddenly an extremely powerful act of magic(arguably the most powerful magic in the series) didn't require the blood sacrifice that most everything else does. The last chapter with Jojen sets up his death so well too - the references to past sacrifices, the descriptive word choices, and Jojen's sour ass mood.

The main point detractors make is that Jojen has always said he'd die at home. That means nothing. He could easily lie to Meera when they're out and about so that she doesn't worry about her scrawny little brother while they're in the midst of blood and death. The second point that is brought up is that it's gross and stupid and Martin wouldn't do that kind of thing. I have to wonder what series of books those people are reading.

As for a theory that is kind of out there and likely will have zero bearing on anything at all is that Patchface is connected to the Drowned God. Patchface was seemingly resurrected and has prophetic moments which could point to some kind of supernatural influence. The Drowned God simply makes sense because of the manner of his apparent death. I get that there are enough resurrections, and I don't think it adds much to the main story, but it's still kind of cool.

Bonus insane theory: Bran = all the gods

General Chat / Would you be okay with a military coup in your country?
« on: September 12, 2015, 03:38:35 PM »

To be fair, this isn't something people necessarily wanted. It's just something they could support under the right circumstances, and also this is something to keep in mind:  "People who are participating in an online poll are generally attracted to that poll because of some variable." This means that the numbers don't necessarily reflect an accurate representation of the populace.

That being said, is there any reason you would support a military takeover of your government?

DC Drones / Johnny Sorrow
« on: September 10, 2015, 10:00:35 PM »
I've seen him mentioned a few times and I read a bit about him on a wiki, but I haven't read anything with him in it. He seems interesting, so what are some good arcs to read?

General Comic Discussion / New Marvel comic - Red Wolf
« on: September 10, 2015, 04:29:41 AM »

The cover art is fucking sweet. I've never really understood why every Native American superhero has to have their power set or image tied to their ancestry. Seems weird. Warpath, Thunderbird, mother fucking Apache Chief, even Moonstar had to shoot energy arrows at one point. I get that there is a lot of history and folklore to draw from with potential for solid storytelling, and it would be dumb to ignore that. I dunno. Pandering I guess. You'd think there'd be at least one Sioux dude who makes a powersuit or something, is named Jack Reynolds, and doesn't incorporate feathers into his costume.


Apparently she wants to be made the Secretary of Energy so she can abolish it, citing a desire to allow States to decide what is mined and drilled on their lands.

The Department of the Interior has jurisdiction over federal land usage and a department secretary can't abolish it. That's up to congress.

Just Tube It! / Best use of Chat Roulette ever
« on: August 21, 2015, 09:34:34 PM »

Guy sets up FPS zombie game in his garden.

General Chat / You want summa Deez for president?
« on: August 21, 2015, 08:07:52 PM »

I figured this had to be an Onion article run amok. But I saw it on a number of different sites. The link above had the best visual, so I went with it.

I know everyone likes to talk about the most impressive feats performed by this character or that. But sometimes something comes along that, while impressive, may not be the greatest thing the character has ever done. But it's the most amusing. Occasionally this feat is ridiculous, sigh-inducing, off-character, or even stupid.

And sometimes a naked Doom one-shots a lion.


Glad to see we could accomplish something, even if it was by showing how stupid we are. On a related note, Hey California. Hi! Sorry you're having water issues. We needed all that water from the Colorado and various reservoirs and aquifers to help our motherfucking farmers grow cotton in a god damned desert. What? Yes cotton requires more water than just about every other crop grown in the US. Why do we grow that here? Pride and heritage you hippy shits. Also the government gives us lots of money to do so.


Just another proud patriot. So glad he left Texas and moved to my state. We need more people like him.

FML, can I move yet?


As the industrialized nation with the longest work week, you aren't working enough, or at least Jeb Bush would have you believe. Just because 40% of us work 50+ hours weekly is no excuse. Work more. Obey. Conform. Consume.

I ask, because I can't imagine hearing anything so vile as what I heard today. It wasn't just insulting, it was... I don't know. Maybe some genius wordsmith here will help me out. Here's what happened.

My mother-in-law and sister-in-law were fighting again. Nothing too special there. They were both accusing each other of the typical stuff you would expect. It started escalating when my sister-in-law dropped the bomb that my mother-in-law didn't care about and had never done anything about the fact that one of her ex-husbands had molested my sister-in-law. My mother-in-law's response?

"If it was so traumatizing, why'd you go to a hotel with him?"

My sister-in-law was 10 when this happened.

A little more background:  My MIL got a call at work from my SIL saying "Step-daddy's name" is taking me to a hotel. Then she hung up. MIL did nothing. Did I mention that MIL was a cop? When MIL got home, she didn't pursue it. Didn't ask about anything. My MIL was already divorced from the rapist when this happened, so it's not even like the step-father had any reason to be over there. My wife is pretty convinced he had been abusing my SIL for a while before that anyway. He'd certainly tried with my wife and had gotten gropey a few times, but my wife was 19 and had convinced him quickly to knock that shit off.

More background on crazy MIL. When she was around 40, she dated one of my wife's 18-year-old classmates. She had him move in with them. She constantly tried to compete with my wife for the attentions of high school and college aged boys. I can't help but think her feelings toward her 10 year old daughter going to a hotel with an ex-husband weren't alarm, panic, or murderous murderous rage like they should have been. Rather she felt jealous. This sickens me so much. It's not the first time I've wanted to strangle this bitch (metaphorically of course), but my wife would rather I not get involved, since she knows that would pretty much be the end of everything.

Last bit of background. This isn't the only time MIL found out one of her children had been molested and tried to ignore it or place the blame on the child. SO FUCKING ANGRY RIGHT NOW.


Do yourself a favor and try to avoid seeing the title. It'll make the punchline a lot better.

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