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  1. I think it was implied that the Borg had been eradicated, with the Queen the last to go as part of the Eradication Day ceremony. That doesn't explain how the Confederation managed that of course, although I suppose they could just have developed their military technology so much that they were able to overpower them. I guess it's not really important, as it's not like this timeline is going to have any kind of lasting impact on the canon, I don't think Queens have independent thought as such, unless they're separated from the collective. They're supposed to be a sort of central command hub for the collective consciousness, giving direction to the drones but not really being "above" them. There's not really a good reason why the Borg would need such a role, but First Contact happened so we're stuck with it.
  2. A nice easy one after yesterday. Why am I awake though? Wordle 282 3/6
  3. I might not be up for this today I'm afraid. I picked up some kind of food poisoning yesterday, which was pleasant, and while I feel much better now I'm still not 100% and really tired. I'll let you know if things pick up, but it's probably best to assume I can't make it at the mo.
  4. Didn't think I'd get this for a bit. Wordle 281 4/6
  5. I thought this was entertaining enough, again, but it's still so very drawn out. There was no meaningful character development other than to repeat stuff from last week, and the only real plot development was that That's literally it!
  6. This is quite the shift in, well, everything coming from Elden Ring. I'm only a few levels in but it's exactly what I hoped it would be so far. A breezy platformer with some cool ideas, secrets that are fun to find and excellent music.
  7. I completely lost interest in this a couple of weeks ago, after the episode where Layton confronts his attacker in the tail. It just felt like it had completely run out of steam and was bringing up pointless subplots to pass the time. I might try and get back into it if it seems like it's going somewhere.
  8. I can't say I'm familiar with "house slave" as a thing either, but for what it's worth I doubt that's what Rowling was referencing with house elves. They're elves for your house. I also don't believe that house elves imply JK Rowling is actually in favour of slavery either. House elves were introduced with Dobby, who was enslaved against his will and was delighted at his eventual freedom. However as the Shaun video points out, this left Rowling in a situation where she'd introduced the widespread slavery of an entire race into her universe and had to deal with it somehow. Rather than turn it into an issue for the heroes to solve, she decided to wave it away by deciding that most house elves were actually really into the whole slavery thing, pushing it all aside and allowing her to focus on the story she wanted to tell. Of course, she managed to have a pop at political activism along the way, portraying Hermione's attempts to end slavery (what is she like, eh?) as an annoyance and even an "unkindness". So it doesn't indicate that Rowling is pro-slavery, but it is one of a few examples that indicate that she's very much against anything that challenges the status quo.
  9. If AvP2 is too dark to watch, then take it as a blessing and stop. Dear god, make it stop!
  10. As Isaac says, I'm talking about Winky, and Hermione's SPEW (lolz) organisation she set up to try and stop the use of house elf slaves at Hogwarts. Like I said, Dobby is addressed as part of those subplot. Hagrid argues that freeing house elves would be an "unkindness" as they're naturally meant to be slaves and actually like it. Seriously. Hermione brings up Dobby as a counterpoint, seeing as he wanted to be free, which Hagrid handwaves away by stating "every group has its weirdos" or something like that. And yes, Winky was shown to be miserable after she was freed, because house elves really are born to be slaves and that's not a problematic idea at all.
  11. Hermione's attempts to free the slaves was meant as a humourous subplot in the books, and something made fun of by Harry and the other "heroes". Indeed, the slave she did manage to free went on to be miserable as a result. Dobby's joy at being free was explained away by Hagrid as just Dobby being "weird", and that most house elves wanted to be slaves so it was fine. It's all looked into rather well in that YouTube video a few posts back, incidentally.
  12. I thought the episode was okay again, but was still completely daft when it came to canon stuff.
  13. All of this is very well articulated in Shaun's recent video essay, among other things. It's long, but a fantastic listen: It doesn't really address Rowling's trans views, as it mostly focusses on what's in the books/movies/play. It does however discuss Rowling's neoliberal world view and how it likely influences her writing.
  14. Another day, another 3. Now I really need to go to bed. Wordle 273 3/6
  15. Nope, although there's a remake on the way that could well re-canonise some aspects of it. The only pre-Disney stuff that survived their mass decanonisation were the movies and The Clone Wars cartoon. Everything else was shunted under the "Legends" banner.
  16. I won't, thanks, but it's not spurious at all. It's entirely possible to accept that Harry Potter, and JK Rowling's wealth will no doubt continue to thrive, while also not wanting to be a part of any of it. Like you've just said, my decision not to buy the game is unlikely to impact the success of the game. Even if it did fail as a result of people not buying it due to the link to Rowling, then that's entirely the fault of the people running the business. Unless you're now claiming that any game that's flopped is because people didn't take pity on the devs, rather than the quality of the game, the marketing or whatever. I'm sure you have, and that obviously sucks. Once again though, you've stated that my decision not to buy the game won't affect its success. Also once again, even if it did then this failure would rest with those in charge, not my decision not to buy the game.
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