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Noting that Netflix isn't doing business inside mainland China, but they are offering their services in Traditional and Simplified Chinese langages anyway in assorted other markets.

Also noting that Star Trek: Discovery is being carried outside of the US and Canada by Netflix.

One of the supporting cast ships in the new series is USS Shenzhou NCC-1227.

Wondering if the dedication plaque will credit the Dalian Yards in mainland China for that starship. Dalian is where mainland China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaonang, was refitted to their navy's requirements.
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So I'm not alone in noticing the obvious.

http://sploid.gizmodo.com/how-many-people-has-captain-america-killed-in-the-marve-1772944715

I don't count the Ultron bodies, though. Single artificial intelligence directing them all, right?

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The books we read all use a calendar system that puts events in the timeline on either side of the Battle of Yavin from A New Hope. I am becoming increasing convinced that the characters themselves are not using any such calendar-dating convention within the events of their lives.

What are some workable alternatives?
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I revisited warof1996.com earlier tonight. It said there that 108 cities were laid waste by those city-killer ships in the first movie. Here's what I scribbled down from that rotating globe/timeline:

The list is under the cut )

I suspect that we have an incomplete list, due as much to my lack of attention as that of the designers of the site. Perhaps more mine than theirs.
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There was this on Wired.

Not the first time it's been done. The newspaper comics of the 1970's did it. So we know where Zack Snyder's getting some of his inspiration.

I just wish they'd stick with Eliot Brown's map in toto for Gotham, like they decided to stick with John Byrne's Six Boroughs for Metropolis in Man of Steel. As it is, we've seen from photos taken at location shoot sites that they cribbed the location names from that map, and are using a modified map of Detroit for Gotham to plant those names on.
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Been keeping up with the new TV version of The Flash, and so far it's been an entertaining run. One little annoyance, though.

Check this pic from "Mashimero" on Flickr out.


Look at the license plate on the police cruiser. Notice anything about it?

Anything that isn't there and ought to be?
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Found on io9's Observation Deck:

http://observationdeck.io9.com/tag/secrets-of-shield
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Specifically, the reading list recommended to him by his supervising officer per last week's episode. He told Skye that he was reading "one of about a hundred" such books as part of his ongoing training process.

Which makes sense. Intelligence/law-enforcement officers should be expected to undertake a certain amount of this stuff.

I wonder what titles are on that list given to Agent Ward.

Any suggestions? Some will likely be specific to the Marvel Cinema'Verse, but others might have analogues in the real world's bookstores.
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About this week's installment, I had a couple of thoughts:

Spoiler-ish questions and notes )
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Have there been such things?

There is an obscure discussion going on that needs an answer to this question.
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Wondering what Amtrak would name a direct route between Gotham City and Chicago. They name all the other train routes they operate, after all. Some names inherited from pre-Amtrak operators of the routes in question, of course...

Opinions are welcome.
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...without getting into spoiler details here, I get the sense that the Doctor's seen this sort of issue crop up before. And it ended very badly that time.

Would I be wrong?
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Three or four years back, I commented on Mark Waid's approach to Metropolis c. 3005 or so in his version of LSH. This, before I knew that it was going to become the Metropolis of 31st Century Earth-Prime per Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds.

Looking back at that discussion, some of you in the audience took that earlier bait and went off in several interesting directions with it. Took me with you, in fact.

[livejournal.com profile] itsokimasenator inspired me to go back to that earlier posting with today's commentary on LSH v.4 # 29. Got me thinking again about what that version of the planet looked like back then before all the chambers went BOOM.

I still feel that the aforementioned Lo3W mini-series is wider-ranging in its implications of which toys are available for play again than some might believe. Hoping I'm right about that.
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Okay...I'm a sucker for quasi-military defence/intelligence services in comic books. Especially the ones allied with the UN. You knew that from my chatter on SHIELD - which may be coming back at Marvel sooner than I thought - already, as well as my following Checkmate in both of its published-so-far incarnations. Really enjoyed it when [livejournal.com profile] ruckawriter was handling it with his artistic partners as well as Eric "MercuryEric" Trautmann.

So, something happened in Wonder Woman got my attention recently.

If you already read the book or you're willing to risk spoilerage...? )
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You may recall that since Secret Invasion, the Marvel-616 version of the USA has been going it alone, forcing the breakup of SHIELD and creating its own wholly-owned version of that venerable cloak-and-laser outfit called HAMMER, led by Norman "Uniroyal Head" Osborn. Up to now, Marvel's had no answer to the question of "what does the HAMMER acronym stand for?"

I may have an answer, recently cobbled together by imagination...

Homeland Agency for Metahuman Management and Emergency Response

Marvel is, of course, free to use or ignore this as they wish. HAMMER's their trademark, after all, as SHIELD also is.

What do you think, though? While we're waiting for their press release...?
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Okay, something's started bugging me since "No Exit" aired last week...

Read more... )
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As an amusement using Google Maps:

Per Faces of Evil: Solomon Grundy # 1. Excluding what I call the Busiek Planetary Inflation Factor, here's how you might make the trip, making certain assumptions about which city is located where.

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