Kobold King

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About Kobold King

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    Sciences, especially zoology. At times he has kept a birding journal of the avian species he has encountered.

    Books; fiction-wise, he prefers speculative fiction from great authors such as Brandon Sanderson, Robert Heinlein, James White, and H. G. Wells.

    Marvelous movies and television programs such as "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "Doctor Who."

    Space. Spaaaaaace.

    Delusionally referring to himself in the third person.

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  1. Ash is in the sky.

    It's like a cross between dreary rain clouds and lines of smoke. There's a hazy mist on the horizon. If I go a few miles down the road closer to the volcano, I smell something like rotten eggs.

    I think I finally know what it feels like on Scadrial.

  2. There's also the possibility that Thanos is actually just certifiably insane, in keeping with his comics title of "The Mad Titan."
  3. I went to Volcanoes National Park today! Figured with everything happening it was a now-or-never sort of deal.

  4. Did I ever mention on here that I moved to Hawaii? Because I did! I moved to the big island of Hawai'i at the beginning of the year!

    Also, there's a volcano erupting twelve miles away and I experienced two mild earthquakes today.

    1. Seonid

      Seonid

      Cool! How do you like it compared to Texas?

      Also - I might have started listening to the Letters Page podcast at work as a result of our last conversation with the end result that I'm all caught up and waiting anxiously for the next episode...

    2. Kobold King

      Kobold King

      I like it a lot! I love the culture out here more than my teensy rural Texas town, and the climate is nice. It's hot, but not too hot. And it rains, but it doesn't rain too much.

      I love love love the Sentinels lore. Though to be honest I mostly use the Letters to give me fanfic points of interest.

    3. Slowswift

      Slowswift

      waaaaaat

      That's awesome! (I mean, not the earthquake part. The rest of it's pretty cool.)

  5. As I said, there are valid reasons to make the argument. I just think the argument is often unevenly applied.
  6. Sadly no, she doesn't. Not until I give her an accessory upgrade, that is.
  7. I've seen some fan-made decks and cards, so maybe... My fic, predictably, mostly centers around a character who can resurrect after death.
  8. Nice to know things never change around these parts. Sentinels of the Multiverse, a superhero card game with some lore I got really invested in. I went too long without writing superhumans and started going stir crazy.
  9. Good to see you! How have you been? Sorry I haven't been around too often. I've been writing fanfic. I have almost twenty thousand words written! ...in an obscure fandom with maybe four or five potential readers. Whatever though, I make myself happy with it.
  10. Little bit of a ramble today because this is in my head. The random stuff threads are still for anything that pops into your head, right? Often times in a fandom shipping is conducted. Two characters wind up paired together by segments of the fandom, and various pieces of art and fanfiction arise depicting them in a romantic relationship. Anyone who's been in a fandom understands that this happens. But increasingly I've seen an anti-shipping attitude on the Internet, or at least, a very particular argument against it. The argument goes that shipping is a bad pursuit because it turns a wholesome platonic friendship and "forces it" to become romantic. The argument goes that it is part of a general devaluation of platonic relationships in our society; an idea that romantic relationships are the most valuable and that platonic relationships are not appreciated. I see where this argument is coming from, and I agree with it. A platonic relationship is an extremely valuable thing, and often times our society and our media don't fully accentuate that like it should be. When shippers conclude that two characters should be together solely because they act in a way that platonic friends should, it can show an inherent lack of understanding of what value a platonic relationship can hold without ever becoming romantic. But here's the uncomfortable trend I've seen that makes me uncomfortable with this argument: the fact that I almost exclusively see it applied to homosexual pairings. In almost any Hollywood movie, if there is a male character and there is a female character, the movie will pair them together at the end. This is especially true of a television series with these characters as part of a main cast. At this point there's almost an expectation that this will happen. The man and the woman belong together. Eventually, romance will come up. If we are going to open a conversation on the devaluation of platonic relationships in our society, I believe it should start here. Why can't the male and female characters be strong friends but not lovers? It's starting to happen more and more in movies, but often as a way of establishing that the woman is "strong and independent" and don't need no man. It's more of a feminist ideology than one that wants to explore the value of platonic love. Hollywood is a major trailblazer for popular culture. Hollywood should be a major focus on any discussion of tropes, harmful or otherwise. And yet so many of these people who are oh so devoted to platonic love don't seem to mind when Hollywood does it. They make these arguments of theirs solely when a fanfiction decides to pair a man and a man or a woman and a woman. They may even deny it being a problem in movies with male and female protagonists, or turn a blind eye when a fanfiction explores a heterosexual pairing that isn't featured in canon. Now, that is not to say that everyone who has ever made this argument is doing so out of homophobia. Far from it. I've made this argument before; I've seen a number of very rational people on this very forum say this very thing. But I believe that the rationality of this argument has attracted people to it who harbor some inherent discomfort with the idea of homosexuality, and rather than being honest with themselves about the reasons seeing these things make them uncomfortable, they latch onto a rational-sounding argument for why it's a bad thing and why their distaste for it is entirely justified. I think at the end of the day, it bears merit for all of us to take a look at the opinions we hold, no matter how trivial, and think long and hard about why we feel this way. Are we in pursuit of rationality, or are we seeking to justify our prejudice? Do we want to see a better and brighter world or just one that suits us personally a little better? Is it shipping we dislike, or the fact that other people might interpret a character that we relate to as a gay man or a lesbian? And really, at the end of the day, don't tell other fans what's right or wrong for them to do. If they're not actively hurting anyone, leave them be to play with their ships. This message was sponsored by the Anonymous Twilight Sparkle / Starlight Glimmer Shippers of America.
  11. Does anyone know if the new Wrinkle in Time movie is any good? I've been tasked with scouting it online and I'll be blamed if we sit in the theater to watch a suck-y movie.

    1. Kaymyth

      Kaymyth

      I have heard vastly mixed reviews on the subject, but haven't yet seen it myself. Some of my friends loved it, others hated it with a passion known only to bibliophiles whose favorite works have been movified.

    2. Tesh

      Tesh

      It's good, I guess. It's just not very close to the book at all. The old one is a lot closer. But if you don't mind how close it is to the book, then it's definitely worth watching.

    3. Slowswift

      Slowswift

      I loved it! :D 

      I haven't read the book, but my relatives have, and they have zero problems with it.

      The movie itself is very well done, with an A+ cast. As long as you don't get hung up on how faithful it is to every detail of the book, you'll be fine. ;) 

  12. Good news: I published a fanfiction! Bad news: it's about an obscure superhero card game no one's ever heard of.

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    2. Seonid

      Seonid

      I've looked at the wiki, but haven't listened to the podcasts at all. I keep meaning to, but haven't gotten around to it.

      Course, now that I actually have a job, I might be able to.

    3. Seonid

      Seonid

      Also, that fanfic was amazing!

    4. Kobold King

      Kobold King

      Thank you! I'm really glad you liked it! :D

  13. My mother keeps reminding me I'm legally old enough to drink and every part of me rebels at being considered so legally responsible.
  14. "Witness the end of the resistance," Snoke breathed, sadistic glee burning in his eyes. "See the transports carrying your friends burst into flame, one by one. That's two of them at once... now three... now four... now a five six seven eight...!" Upbeat jazz music began playing from all corners of the red throne room, guards leaping into a choreographed routine as the Supreme Leader produced a cane, top hat, and tap dancing shoes out of nowhere. Rey watched the spectacle with horror and confusion. Kylo Ren sighed and rubbed the bridge of his nose.
  15. I loved it! Liev Schrieber knocked it out of the park as the Storm King.