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Saying this so I can pin it: Right now, with (I think) four exceptions, I haven't followed any accounts that haven't followed me first (two of those immediately followed me, and two of those are bots).

I want this account to be opt-in in both directions. If you would like me to follow you, please send me a follow request and then (if we haven't interacted before) interact with me. I am decidedly not Team Follow-Back but I do pay attention and I'm glad to have more friends. 💜

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Hi! I used to be @noelle@elekk.xyz , but I decided that I'm really more comfortable just being on my own little asteroid.

I'm not trying to evade blocks or suspensions. If you don't want me to see your posts, please block me here too. I won't be offended. You have your reasons and I'm happy to abide by them.

My insurance is apparently requiring that I be in perfect health in order to qualify for a kidney transplant :thaenkin:​

Oh hey, I haven't eaten at all today. That's why my stomach feels so lousy.

Finally home. The sky is the sort of undifferentiated grey that I associate with light snow. It is raining, very lightly, and if it were ten degrees cooler it would be snowing. I almost wish it were.

Gotta be careful. Blood pressure 117/73 and that was with my medication only partially metabolized. :blobnervous:

oops, it's time for sleepin'. good night, friends.

Every time I play Ocarina of Time I am reminded anew of how completely bullshit the Jabu-Jabu boss fight is.

Oh, that's why JonTron is trending. (He said a dumb thing about vaccine mandates and "conformity" last night.)

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At some point @noelle changed her display name to something spookier and thousands of older D&D fans cried out in terror.

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Words that do not exist; they were invented, defined and used by a machine learning algorithm.

Castle S8, this got long 

I will say this for season 8: Hayley (Toks Olagundoye) and Vikram (Sunkrish Bala) were good additions to the cast, and Alexis coming into her own as a PI was a smart move by the writers. It's too bad that Martha was largely written out of the eighth season and Gates was written out completely, but what can you do? Only so much screen time to go around.

The bad: The running metaplot in this season seems artificial. Beckett put away Sen. Bracken, the man who had her mother killed, in 6x22 "Veritas", so "actually Bracken had a partner and now that partner is going after everyone Beckett ever knew" feels like an ass-pull. Worse, Beckett uses this as an excuse to pull away from Castle and take a "time out" from their marriage because Bracken's partner inexplicably just knows when someone knows about an investigation into them, so Beckett can't risk Castle finding out.

I do not buy a magical omniscient threat in what to date has been a fairly grounded procedural, "Castle" writers.

So we get eight or nine episodes (looking back, I can't actually remember when they get back together) where Beckett and Castle are separated, and Castle pulls increasingly-absurd hijinks to get Beckett back because she didn't tell him why she left. They only get back together after Castle tells her point-blank "this was a really fucking stupid decision you made". And even after they get back together, they have to pretend they're still separated because, again, magical omniscient threat.

I can almost forgive all that. Once you get into a metaplot in a show like this, it's really hard to get out of the habit of having one, even after you've wrapped the original metaplot up.

But the finale. :blobugh:

Beckett and Vikram have spent the whole season going "hey we have a lead on LokSat" (that's the code name of the magical omniscient threat) "-- oh, no we don't". So in the finale they finally actually get a solid lead, only it turns out it's a setup, and Beckett and Castle barely escape thanks to the intervention of ... a guy we met twice, eight episodes ago. And this guy turns out to be LokSat.

Throughout the show, the writers have been pretty good about following many of the traditional rules of writing a mystery, and one of the rules they follow most consistently is that you have to introduce the real culprit early in the story. It's got to be someone they've already talked to and dismissed. Having LokSat be Mason, the guy Castle met twice eight episodes ago in a completely unrelated context, breaks that rule. It makes the reveal unsatisfying. If Mason - who presented himself as another PI - had been helping Castle throughout the season, it would have been a different story.

Which is why LokSat should have been Vikram. He was implicated at the very start, but convinced Beckett he was innocent. He's been helpful throughout the season, but every time he tries to get a lead on LokSat, it mysteriously fails. Having him be the culprit, using Beckett to ferret out weak links in his organization until she'd exhausted her usefulness and it was time to kill her - that would have made a much more compelling story.

And then the final fight - Castle and the cops are trapped in a room with LokSat's agents firing at them, Castle escapes through a back wall and catches up with LokSat and Beckett in the basement just as LokSat's about to kill Beckett, and he distracts LokSat long enough for Beckett to wrestle LokSat's gun away and then knock him out with a single punch. There's no extended, pitched battle (that's happening upstairs with the cops and the agents), just "hi!" punch and it's over.

(And the cops survive because... as we hear later on the news, more cops show up out of nowhere and surround the agents. It's out of nowhere because it was established earlier that the building is a dead zone for cell phones, walkie-talkies, etc., so nobody could have called for help.)

And then the writers get one last twist in; Castle and Beckett get home, a LokSat crony they thought was dead shows up and shoots Castle, Beckett shoots the crony but gets shot herself, and they lie together on the floor, holding hands, and bleeding out...

and then SEVEN YEARS LATER, the caption says, as Castle and Beckett play with their three young kids.

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What a goddamn mess. The show deserved better.

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When "Castle" was still airing, it lost me a couple episodes into its 8th (and final) season, because the writers made a baffling decision and handed one of the leads the Idiot Ball for, like, ten consecutive episodes. I went back and rewatched it recently, and watched the series finale last night, and boy do I have some things to yell about. That last season was a fucking mess and the finale was terrible.

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Anyway, my right rear tire is no longer at 5 PSI >_>;;

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I have never seen so many gas stations in a row that were so desperate to NOT let me give them money.

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Hic quoque abibit.

Just Ellie (and perhaps some of her toys).