It's that time of the month and we're upcoming with maintenance for the end of the month. So what does that mean? It means chat services get cut off in the early morning hours on the Eastern time zone while I do backups, disk cleanup, snapshots, and server restarts. I'll start giving out warnings via system broadcasts (shows in the room in yellow) closer to the time when it is to occur. When you start seeing the system broadcasts, you'll have about an hour to start wrapping things up before chat services come to an end. UG servers should still be available and active. Thank you all for your patience as I go through the necessary stuff but we'll be back up and going for Sept 1.
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Started watching the accompanying yet independent spinoff of SG-1, Atlantis, which starts with Season 8 of SG-1 in 2005. So far I'm enjoying and unlike SG-1 which the first 7 seasons were streaming in VHS video quality or SD video, Season 1 and Season 8 of SG-1 are both shot in HD quality so that is finally refreshing. The fact that we watched shows in VHS quality on CRT TVs astonishes me and how far we've come technology wise..Sept 8, 2023
The final season has returned! Top Boy is not for everyone. It's violent, gritty, but the stories are very well told. The show is based on England, London to be exact, and is about two drug dealers that try to rise to power as the Top Boy (the number one and main drug lord) in London. Of course, along the way there are a ton of problems along the way, including betrayal, feuding, violence, and each character has their own personal stakes, issues, and subplots. It is really really well told and authentic. Not always for the faint of heart the rom-com crowd, but an excellent drug/crime drama.Aug 30, 2023
A lot of new TV returning of late. Invasion has returned to Apple TV+. The show is about just that, an alien invasion where the story follows 5 different people as this visit from the aliens turns from curious to hostile. As the warring continues, the lives of these 5 characters are changed it it the story chronicles what goes on as the plot moves forward. It can be slow, it can be fast, it can be very tense, and it can be very wordy. The show has a lot of emotion when it's slow, and the action scenes are very well done, very pretty, and not cheesy at all. Like The Foundation, it discusses morality issues, social, economical, and moral issues dead in the middle of this invasion. It is very very good.Aug 24, 2023
Before realizing that Foundation was back, I started watching Stargate SG-1. If you recall the Kurt Russell and James Spader movie, the show takes up about a year after the movie and expands on the Stargate universe. It adds more elements, alien races, explorative story lines similar to how Star Trek would do, but without a Star Fleet. Grounded more on Earth and on alien planets traveled to via Stargate, the show does about the same as Star Trek with simliar stories involving morality, race, religion, social and mental issues and discussions, and it apparently went well enough. The show lasted 10 seasons and had two spin-off series and direct-to-DVD movies.Aug 22, 2023
The second season of Foundation has returned in case you didn't know. This is a vast, very complex story told in the far future of human civilization and the galaxy being ruled by an Empire. The rule of the Empire is based on 3 cloned versions of the same ruler, a young, a middle aged, and elder. When a human scientist predicts the end of it all due to some future cataclysmic event or period, the Empire doesn't take to well to that news and instead of listening, banishes what is left of humankind to the outer reaches where the scientist, his AI copies of himself, and future descendants of humans create a Foundation for a new life and civilization in order to brace for what is to come based on this predictive model of the scientist. The show zaps between past and present in its story lines and has several arcs that are followed which at times converge to forward the plot along. It's not for everyone but it is a tried and true, deeper than usual sci-fi series.