Lost my first DF2014 fortress to a goblin siege. It’s good to be back.
A thing of beauty.
Buffalo Buffalo, my Buffalo Sweat oatmeal sweet stout clone. Think it turned out pretty dang good
I’ve been meaning to watch 12 Angry Men for a while but finally got around to it in my Netflix queue. My high school put it on as a play when I was a junior I think, but it was “12 Angry Jurors” for PC reasons.
I had been meaning to watch it since I was on jury duty some months back. It was only for a DUI, but it was the full gamut; three days of evidence, a whole day of deliberation, a guilty charge, and I was even the foreman.
Now, no one in my jury pool threatened to knife someone. There wasn’t even a knife involved. But there were some good parallels. For the case, the tl;dr version is kid got drunk, drove intoxicated, slept in his car, cops approached him about it, he refused to blow, blamed everything on pre-existing medical issues.
When we started, our initial vote was 4-4-4 for guilty, not guilty, undecided. I was on the guilty side, and felt a lot like Henry Fonda’s character rolled in with the movie’s juror #1- since I was the foreman, everyone looked to me to keep discussion rolling, and I felt like I had to continually bring up various evidence points to those voting not guilty and undecided. We went around the room and explained our reasoning. We voted with hands and secret ballot.
It certainly wasn’t as dramatic as the movie. We argued a lot on very specific minutiae. How many cans of a specific brand of beer would work out to .08 BAC for a person of a certain height and weight. How far from point A to B in town, and the various routes you could take. We created two timelines, the defendant’s and the states. And then we recreated them three times with different situations.
Slowly, those voting undecided and not guilty starting changing their minds. It did end up coming down to one or two jurors who were holding out on not guilty, and much like the movie, it was for personal reasons. “Think about if he was your kid.” Well, that doesn’t matter here.
I didn’t mind being the foreman, I kinda assumed I would be, just with my luck. I guess let me rephrase that. I didn’t mind, until I found out the judge would be reading my name (which I had to sign) along with the chosen verdict.
For the kicker, we learned afterwards that he had a prior DUI and weapons charge about 3 weeks before he had this one. Those who had originally voted not guilty then said they were glad they didn’t make what they felt would have then been a mistake of going not guilty.
Of course, they probably appealed and got another trial.
Before I forget:
Rocket is Han Solo
Groot is Chewie
Quill is Luke
Gamora is Leia
The orb is the Death Star
Thanos is the Emperor
Ronan is Vader
The fight in Knowhere is the trench run
Rockets impact is Han’s last minute shot