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The Ultimate Showdown: Andor versus the Rings of Power

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  Andor versus The Rings of Power No spoilers. You’re welcome. It truly is a wondrous time for Gen X. Two of our most cherished stories, Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings (whether the books, the weird animated adaptation , or the other weird but fun cartoon adaptations of The Hobbit and the Return of the King ), have a renewed life in the form of Andor and the Rings of Power . And like a really annoying kid in middle school who chants “Fight! Fight! Fight!” in the hopes of causing trouble between two people who would rather be anywhere else, we’re going to pose the needless question: Who wins in a fight between Andor and the Rings of Power ?        Before we answer that, let’s look at this rivalry that we just totally made up. We've exhaustively researched this topic.   Perhaps just exhaustedly is more accurate.   We were exhausted so we're just writing just whatever we want.   Review our mission statement at www.damperthree.com   for more information. They’re both

The Best Quotes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe Part 2

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This week we’re diving into round two of the best quotes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (you can check out Part 1 right here ). It’s a pretty impressive feat to have nearly 30 movies, plus several spin-off series, coexist (however imperfectly) in the same universe. And even though not all were necessarily great (hey, remember Inhumans ?), the number of truly memorable quotes from the MCU is really impressive. So take a moment to reflect on the wisdom of Captain American, the sheer sarcasm of Iron Man, and the inspiring courage of Black Panther (among others). Some of these lines are etched in our collective memory simply because they’re so awesome, while some have taken on lives of their own outside of the MCU. The Best Quotes from the MCU “Wakanda forever!”( Black Panther ) Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther was another example of perfect casting in the MCU. He created the perfect hero, imperfect and at times uncertain, but devoted to doing the right thing. And when he leads

Everything you need to know about NASA's Artemis

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  Although delayed by technical challenges, NASA’s Artemis I mission is still a go, with a planned launch on 27 September. Once in flight, America’s return trip to the Moon will finally begin in earnest. Here's everything you need to know about Artemis The savvy reader will recognize that Artemis is the Greek Goddess of a Bunch of Stuff But Not the Moon . Her association with the moon was a Roman thing, but honestly having a bunch of dudes not understand the capabilities of a woman makes this mission name 100% spot on. Artemis I is intended to lay the foundation for sending the first woman   and the first person of color to the moon. As with American politics, the idea is that, if we’re lucky, the women will be able to fix all the stuff men have broken so far. We kid, we kid. Mostly. But Artemis is primed to be historic in a number of ways. One of the first tasks will be to establish the STI program (Search for Terrestrial Intelligence), which will enable astronauts to bette

How to Enjoy Good Stories and Forget Bad Jokes

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Photo of angry man credit:   Tycho Atsma on Unsplash TV photo credit:  Nicolas J Leclercq on Unsplash They say, never meet your heroes.  You'll always be let down. But let's be honest, it's not just your heroes that are out there letting you down. It’s pretty much everybody,  and you have to meet those clowns all the time.  This post is sort of about some heroes, but it's more about learning to enjoy good stories. And a little about forgetting bad jokes (that's at the end).  If that sounds a little fatalistic, we apologize. It’s just that the internet had been dishing up a large dose of stupid lately. We already mentioned the weird controversy about multiethnic elves and hobbits in Rings of Power. Now there’s evidently some indignant reactions to Disney’s decision to cast an African American woman (singer/actress Halle Bailey) in the role of Ariel in their remake of The Little Mermaid . Because you really need your half fish/half human hybrids to be ethnic

The Best Quotes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Part 1

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe is MASSIVE, which makes selecting the absolute best quotes from the MCU a pretty daunting undertaking. But we’re going to try. These are the best quotes you can use without sounding like a nerd (your experience may vary). Starting from the not-so-humble beginning when Iron Man blasted his way on screen in 2008, the MCU now consists of 29 movies (soon to be 30 when Black Panther: Wakanda Forever hits theaters later this year), plus the plethora of Disney Plus spinoff series.  So what are the criteria used to select these quotes? It all boils down to the lines you or I could say to any other fan and not have to follow up with “you know, that one scene in Shang-Chi ?” These are the quotes that, when you hear them, the tone, the context, that meaning are completely evident. This post will be Part 1. Tell us what you think of them, or what you would add, and we’ll roll those into the subsequent posts. This will all culminate in a final BEST QUOTES article i

Top Tips to Cultivate an Epic Midlife Crisis

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  In an effort to stay on top of the ever expanding midlife crisis market, we here at the Midlife Crisis Center want to share with you these amazing tips on how to foster a truly epic midlife crisis. It’s no secret that the labor force participation rate remains stubbornly low. If you don’t know this little tidbit, it’s just because it’s boring and you’re not a nerd. So boring     However, the smart people at Damper Three have figured out why people don’t want to participate: they’re having a midlife crisis. It makes total sense: you’ve been driving semi trucks for two decades, a pandemic comes along and BAM! You’re out of work for a while. And now that there’s work, you get to get back to not seeing your family for large chunks of time while being confined to a box trapping your own flatus for days on end. A midlife crisis is not only understandable, it’s essential to keeping your sanity. So let the Midlife Crisis Center give you a few tips to cultivate an epic midlife cris

A Hell of a Way To Die

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He counted long, he counted loud, he waited for the shock, He felt the wind, he felt the cold, he felt the awful drop, The silk from his reserves spilled out, and wrapped around his legs, He ain't gonna jump no more.   Gory, gory, what a hell of a way to die, Gory, gory, what a hell of a way to die, Gory, gory, what a hell of a way to die, He ain't gonna jump no more!   The risers swung around his neck, connectors cracked his dome, Suspension lines were tied in knots around his skinny bones; The canopy became his shroud; he hurtled to the ground. He ain't gonna jump no more. From Blood on the Risers , a World War 2 era Army Paratrooper song Last week, we recorded a video about something dark but hilarious that one of the Black Hats (as the Army Airborne School military trainers are known) said while teaching what to do in the case where the main parachute is tangled and the reserve parachute fails (an extremely unlikely scenario). You can watch the sage advice above. A coup

Best 1980s movies and shows to watch on Labor Day

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It's time.  Labor day is here.  The most important day of the year, because we are now looking forward to Halloween, then Turkey Day, then eggnog and Christmas.  But you are probably expecting something about Labor Day.   It’s actually pretty cool. It was established as a Federal holiday in 1894 to honor the American laborer. So take a bow! As a holiday, though, it kind of sucks. What are you even supposed to do to celebrate it? And is there any such thing as Labor Day movies? At this point, feel free to insert your own “why do we get a day off to commemorate all the work” joke.    We refuse to stoop that low. But anyway, let's take off our jackets,   roll up our sleeves,   and get down to the business of not getting down to business. (OK. We did stoop that low). The original Labor Day celebration was a picnic. But we just did that for Memorial Day and the 4th of July. And, as mentioned, Halloween is lurking in the shadows not too far off. Plus school has already star

One Immortal Life to Live: A Middle Earth Soap Opera?

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Our production schedule is simple: one full blog article on Monday, one video post on Wednesday, and one “either/or” on Friday. It’s fairly easy to manage this under normal circumstances.  But unfortunately, not so easy when something like Amazon’s The Rings of Power is being released. Especially when this highly anticipated series looks, from one promotion, more like a Middle Earth Soap Opera. You see, Damper Three belongs to a fairly conservative branch of Tolkienism. We have the credentials: we’ve read the Hobbit more times than we can remember, the Lord of the Rings several times, and the Silmarillion twice. Yes, TWICE. This is what we were doing in High School instead of dating. But we’re not fundamentalist Tolkienites at all, demanding unflinching interpretations of the original books. Middle Earth is a vast world and we believe that it’s possible to fill in the pantheon of lore in creative ways and still be true to Tolkien’s masterpiece work. For instance, some have grip