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    Thread: Roman-era vila and road discovered in UK's Midlands
Post: RE: Roman-era vila and road discovered in UK's Mid...

Meanwhile, roads around here barely last 20 to 30 years (thanks to heavy traffic and frost heaving). I wonder if archaeologists 3,000 years from now will recognize modern roads by the gravel bed laid...
rkomar Archeology and Prehistory 2 49 October 25th, 2022, 04:57 PM
    Thread: Micro nuclear reactors powering medicine
Post: RE: Micro nuclear reactors powering medicine

This seems unlikely with our current knowledge of materials. I know that you are saying "reactor" (i.e. something that uses a chain reaction to increase the rate), but I think a small amount of radio...
rkomar From New Science to New Sci-Fi 4 46 October 25th, 2022, 01:22 PM
    Thread: Hagrid actor Robiie Coltrane has died
Post: RE: Hagrid actor Robiie Coltrane has died

I remember him best for his performance in a low budget Canadian film from 1990 called Perfectly Normal. Most of the actors were Canadian, so I've always been a bit surprised that Coltrane was cast i...
rkomar Harry Potter 2 126 October 16th, 2022, 01:25 PM
    Thread: Were-Wrath
Post: RE: Were-Wrath

The Were puts on the furry belt first willingly, and tries his best to avoid the belt with the sword. Later, when the fight is turning against him, he takes up the sword. Some reddish glow of power ...
rkomar Andre Norton 8 222 October 9th, 2022, 07:20 PM
    Thread: Were-Wrath
Post: RE: Were-Wrath

I liked the story, but I didn't really get it. "Two belts and a man, there was a meaning she could guess at." What was the relationship between the sword, belts and the Were? Where did the cabinet ...
rkomar Andre Norton 8 222 October 9th, 2022, 12:02 PM
    Thread: Star Trek: Lower Decks
Post: RE: Star Trek: Lower Decks

I ran out of time after I first commented here and the episodes were pulled from On Demand before I got to most of them.  Luckily, they came around on another channel recently and I got to binge the f...
rkomar Star Trek 2 687 September 7th, 2022, 01:57 AM
    Thread: Favorite songs from the LOTR series
Post: RE: Favorite songs from the LOTR series

Bonus points if you sing along to it while playing the "Poems and Songs of Middle Earth" album.
rkomar J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 5 219 August 20th, 2022, 02:42 AM
    Thread: Disney losing rights to Mickey Mouse
Post: RE: Disney losing rights to Mickey Mouse

I'm no IP expert, but I thought the copyright just covered the original work. So, Steamboat Willie would enter the public domain and be freely distributable. I'd be surprised if anyone could start p...
rkomar General Discussions 7 315 July 15th, 2022, 02:04 AM
    Thread: Disney losing rights to Mickey Mouse
Post: RE: Disney losing rights to Mickey Mouse

I'll believe it when I see it. There is still time to extend copyrights over the next two years.
rkomar General Discussions 7 315 July 13th, 2022, 11:10 AM
    Thread: The End is the Beginning
Post: RE: The End is the Beginning

Thanks for the heads-up, Jay. I'll have to start looking regularly at the Reading Corner in case more of those 25 stories show up.
rkomar Andre Norton 5 409 July 5th, 2022, 01:13 AM
    Thread: The End is the Beginning
Post: RE: The End is the Beginning

I thought that all of the short stories so far had also been published in the Tales from High Hallack collections. I've read the latter already so haven't been going to the Reader Corner. Are there ...
rkomar Andre Norton 5 409 July 3rd, 2022, 03:36 PM
    Thread: a vivid Andre Norton moment
Post: RE: a vivid Andre Norton moment

I'm not sure if it counts as a moment, but I remember being in a used bookstore about 40 years ago looking at the Andre Norton Ace paperbacks with their exotic covers. I was an undergrad and had just...
rkomar Andre Norton 2 339 June 6th, 2022, 05:43 PM
    Thread: William Hurt has died
Post: RE: William Hurt has died

The first role that pops into my mind was of the military detective in Gorky Park. Strange because I don't think it needed great acting like some of his other roles.
rkomar Actors 2 250 March 14th, 2022, 05:03 PM
    Thread: Russia and Ukraine
Post: RE: Russia and Ukraine

A news program I was watching suggested that Putin was afraid of a similar uprising against himself as occurred in Ukraine against his puppet a few years ago. Getting Ukraine back under his thumb was...
rkomar History 4 308 March 2nd, 2022, 02:54 AM
    Thread: Horror too disturbing
Post: RE: Horror too disturbing

You never know what is going to creep you out. I remember watching this awful movie called "Ssss" (or something like that) about someone being turned into a snake. I thought it was so bad that it wa...
rkomar General Movies 3 369 February 23rd, 2022, 09:59 PM
    Thread: Will we see the return of the small budget science fiction film?
Post: RE: Will we see the return of the small budget sci...

Heh! I could watch more movies like Dark Star with a beach ball starring as the evil protagonist. Hmm, I wonder if Rubber was influenced by Dark Star?
rkomar General Movies 4 428 February 17th, 2022, 01:48 AM
    Thread: Tarzan books racist and sexist?
Post: RE: Tarzan books racist and sexist?

There is much colonialism in the books, which I would guess is a sore point these days. It probably doesn't matter that Burroughs had villains and nobles in every race to those upset by the ranking o...
rkomar Edgar Rice Burroughs and John Carter 8 824 January 26th, 2022, 03:49 AM
    Thread: Remake or reboot of the Six million dollar man
Post: RE: Remake or reboot of the Six million dollar man

Maybe they could give him a bluetooth connection to his smart phone to use the camera for augmented vision, and the speaker for the "Doo doo doo doo, doo doo doo doo" sound effects?
rkomar Science Fiction and Fantasy TV Shows 9 544 January 13th, 2022, 05:02 PM
    Thread: Remake or reboot of the Six million dollar man
Post: RE: Remake or reboot of the Six million dollar man

I wonder if the title of the show needs a reboot, as well? Six million dollars today doesn't buy nearly as much as it did forty-five years ago, except for technology. Could you fit out Steve Austin ...
rkomar Science Fiction and Fantasy TV Shows 9 544 December 30th, 2021, 06:32 PM
    Thread: John Madden died
Post: RE: John Madden died

Hear hear! I'm not a big football fan, but I was a big fan of his. He made the games interesting and entertaining even for those who aren't hard-core football fans or gamblers. Best of all, he kept...
rkomar History 2 224 December 29th, 2021, 07:43 PM
    Thread: Battlestar Galactica
Post: RE: Battlestar Galactica

I was recently rummaging around some dusty corners of a hard drive and found the old "A New Crew in Town" video humourously comparing the old and new Battlestar Galactica series.  It's still up on you...
rkomar Fan Fiction and Poems 3 784 December 25th, 2021, 03:29 AM
    Thread: Should Disney make its own version of the Little Prince
Post: RE: Should Disney make its own version of the Litt...

The Little Prince is a beautiful and tragic story. Does Disney do tragedies? If they cut out the tragic part, I think the story will lose a lot of its beauty.
rkomar Disney and Pixar Movies 3 503 December 9th, 2021, 02:29 PM
    Thread: Star Trek: Lower Decks
Post: RE: Star Trek: Lower Decks

I've watched a few episodes. From the commercials, I thought it would be too Gen-Z oriented for my tastes, but instead I've enjoyed what I've seen. I'll probably watch the rest on demand when I have...
rkomar Star Trek 2 687 December 1st, 2021, 07:02 PM
    Thread: I am not ready to go back into the cinemas
Post: RE: I am not ready to go back into the cinemas

I saw Shang-Chi and the latest Bond movies in theaters, but I waited until near the end of each movie's run before going. I was the only person watching Shang-Chi, and there were maybe a dozen people...
rkomar General Discussions 9 976 November 22nd, 2021, 02:13 PM
    Thread: Just saw Rise of Skywalker
Post: RE: Just saw Rise of Skywalker

I just saw this movie on tv, and the late scene where the young couple join forces to defeat the resurrected dark lord in a battle of "magic" seemed to be right out of an Andre Norton Witch World nove...
rkomar Star Wars 7 1,926 November 7th, 2021, 11:23 AM
    Thread: Jaws remake
Post: RE: Jaws remake

I kind of hope not. I re-watched the original recently and it really holds up well over time. The shark looks more fake now than it used to, but that didn't bother me. The acting is what really mak...
rkomar General Movies 2 596 September 25th, 2021, 03:17 PM
    Thread: I am not ready to go back into the cinemas
Post: RE: I am not ready to go back into the cinemas

It's not subsiding here either. After a year and a half, people are running out of patience. The group that wants to act like covid-19 isn't a problem is by far the most vocal, but the silent majori...
rkomar General Discussions 9 976 September 22nd, 2021, 12:35 AM
    Thread: All the Container Ships are Piling Up
Post: RE: All the Container Ships are Piling Up

I'm no economist, but it seems to me that a lot of today's inflation is driven by supply chain problems rather than too much cash swimming around. Stuff is more expensive because it is harder to sour...
rkomar General Discussions 5 729 September 22nd, 2021, 12:23 AM
    Thread: I am not ready to go back into the cinemas
Post: RE: I am not ready to go back into the cinemas

I was never a regular theatre-goer, but I'm thinking I'll go this week to watch the new Shang-Chi movie. They require proof of vaccination to enter, so it's a bit safer than just opening the doors to...
rkomar General Discussions 9 976 September 21st, 2021, 01:26 PM
    Thread: All the Container Ships are Piling Up
Post: RE: All the Container Ships are Piling Up

We have exactly the same problems here in Canada. Many of the people who had jobs that were "non-essential" and thus subject to pandemic lockdowns left their industries to try to find more secure wor...
rkomar General Discussions 5 729 September 21st, 2021, 01:19 PM