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  1. Star Trek: Discovery (standard CBS) - excellent homage to the classic franchise, with a fresh take (it's a prequel). Not sure if it's enough to make me subscribe to CBS All-Access for the rest though (maybe binge S2 & 3 using a free trial?) Miss Scarlet and the Duke on Masterpiece (PBS) - we are both liking this show. Easy watch. Recommended.
  2. Indigenous People of Siberia Photographed for 'The World in Faces' (mymodernmet.com)
  3. Pennyworth - explores the early life of Alfred, the Wayne family butler. Tics all my boxes, & great performances across the cast. Binged thru season 1, now onto season 2.
  4. ^I always thought she was hot. In a scary, "she'd break you in half" sort of way. *shrug
  5. We also watched "The Queen's Gambit" last weekend. But, we had the strange experience of watching the final episode first, by accident. The manner in which the final episode opens, I (mistakenly) figured the whole season was told through flashbacks. By the time we realized what was going on, we just finished it. Then we went back and watched the rest of the season from the beginning. Knowing the final outcome took nothing away from watching Beth's journey from the start. In fact, it may have engaged us more by giving us the money-shot up front. Either way, as others have already said: it's a great watch. And if Anya Taylor-Joy wasn't already a star, this solidifies it.
  6. I also ordered the Mophie & received it today. My wife loves it. Thanks for the recommendation - much appreciated.
  7. Ann Reinking: Ann Reinking Dead: 'Chicago' Broadway Star and Tony Winner Dies at 71 - Variety
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    Speaker Porn

    OP says "Volti Audio Rival speakers"
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    ^I've lost track of all the iterations of the X100 over the years.
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    Speaker Porn

    No room on the TV stand. Plus the cover can be opened without obstacle.
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    The Good Lord Bird.

    Agreed. Fantastic mini-series. Hawke's performance had light & shade I'd never seen from him before. That scene of Brown & Onion in the jail cell: “Whatever you are, Onion, be it in full. You were made by your maker, and he loves you. And I love you, too. I don’t care what clothes you wear any more than I do the size of your shoes.” "The Good Lord Bird doesn't fly in a flock. The voice of our spirit is gentle. Sometimes you have to fly alone to hear it" Whew!!!
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    Speaker Porn

  13. Looking for an iPhone+Apple Watch charging station suggestions. My wife just got a gen-6 Apple Watch, and is in charger hell on the nightstand. Presumably with wireless charging for her iPhone X (she's been using a wireless phone charger for some time), but not necessarily wedded to that if there's a better, non-wireless solution. Figured I'd necro-bump this thread to ask you Apple nuts, instead of starting a new one. TIA.
  14. Minimalism: https://reedklass.com/strathshire-hall-ln
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    The Good Lord Bird.

    Saw the first ep last week, but haven't watched ep2 yet. I think Ethan Hawke is perfect as Brown, & agree the young man playing Onion is great as well. I'm intrigued how the story arc will play out. Interesting soundtrack too.
  16. For anyone still interested, the MSI came in yesterday. To Nate's point, I probably did overbuy. But my overall thought was to get something that will last me, as I keep my home PC around 7+ years on average. So I wanted to max-out the stock configuration (processor, RAM, SSD HD) within a reasonable budget, as access to the innards of laptops for future upgrades gets more difficult with each new model. Off-grid battery life is less of a consideration, as this will be pretty stationary in my home office & won't be taken on travels (an old Android tablet and/or my cellphone serve that purpose sufficiently). Legacy ports were important to keep things simple for older peripherals & hardwired network connectivity. Buying through Costco leverages the kickback I get at the end of the membership year, as well as their stellar customer service should anything go awry. Having the MSI go on-sale this month was the tipping point. I fired it up last night & applied the outstanding Windows OS updates. That took much longer than updating my wife's Macbook when she got it a few months back. Now to transfer my files & install applications. TL;DR - seems pretty good for basically a fast Windows PC. #fingerscrossed Thanks again all for your inputs to my query.
  17. Wow! Thank you all for your thoughtful & extensive responses. They each offered valid perspectives (some I had considered, some not), and expressed in a much more lucid manner than I could have. I promise I will consider them all. Much appreciated, truly.
  18. Necro-bumping this thread since I am looking to choose between two laptops thru my local Costco. Use cases include office apps, light photo editing (no video), Internet browsing, generally not movie watching. Stationary, plugged-in use (ie. 99% not portable). Both with 15.6" displays, 32GB RAM, 1TB SSD 1. MSI GS66 - Intel Core i9-10980HK (8 core) processor - Max-Q GPU - 8GB NVIDIA GeForce® RTX 2070 SUPER Max-Q Graphics (1920x1080 resolution) - Legacy ports (RJ45 Ethernet, USB A both of which I would use) 2. Dell XPS9500-7852SLV-PUS - Intel Core i7-10750H (6 core) processor - 4GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti (3840x2400 resolution) - No legacy ports (would require adapters) The biggest differences are raw processor power vs. max screen resolution. Which would you pick & why?
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