@bgprincipessa True, I forgot she was in "Mockingjay," but I imagine her role will be smaller, probably along the lines of Jena Malone's role in "Catching Fire."
The only swap that makes sense to me would be Kit Harrington and Natalie Dormer, but I can understand why Dormer would be in the "B" tier, as Margaery will certainly have a smaller role next season (if her presence/lack thereof in books 4 and 5 is any indication, of course). Otherwise, I think the rankings totally make sense, gender or not. Peter Dinklage has won the show's only acting Emmy. Lena Headey, Kit Harrington, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau all appeared or starred in films over the past year or two, and Emilia Clarke headlined a Broadway show. Dormer is a seasoned actress, but she hasn't really had any big projects outside of Game of Thrones last year. Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner are much younger, have much less experience, and also have not really headlined any movies. So it makes perfect sense to me that the more seasoned and in demand of the cast get paid more. Not sure why everything has to be about gender or being PC, sometimes it is just the resume.
As someone who has a screen accurate Melisandre costume that I wear to conventions now and again, I can tell you why people costume Dany: HER COSTUMES ARE REALLY COMFORTABLE. And also if you are blonde you don't have to wear a wig. DONE.
@EM "Full bars??? Full bars?!?! FULL BARS!!!" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHCtTtoPEKc
@Josh Michtom@facebook This is very true, I also love New Orleans (though admittedly have only been there during Mardi Gras, I had a friend at Tulane and took advantage of his floor while we were both in college), and need to get back there. A lot of what people like about Vegas exists similarly in New Orleans, namely the open container law and incredible, incredible food, and New Orleans has farrrr more interesting history (although Vegas history is pretty great too!). This reminds me that I should plan a trip to New Orleans stat.
If you are really into fine dining experiences and are willing to pay for it, Vegas can't be beat. So many amazing restaurants! And also some really great restaurants off strip as well, including what has been called the best Thai restaurant in America. You can eat really, really well in Vegas. But I love love love love love the fakeness of it all, I just love it. I love it for the same reason I love Disney World. I am just fascinated by the human impulse to recreate things that actually exist elsewhere, and then the impulse that follows to, you know, gawk at it. The psychology of it fascinates me. And Vegas (and Disney) are such fascinating studies in marketing, and the human brain. I simultaneously love the spectacle of it while also geeking out about how perfectly manufactured everything is to make you spend money. Agree with @garli above for her points on gambling being fun if you have a limit and stick to it, especially social games (I'm a blackjack fan myself), the nice pools, the fantastic shows (I never get tired of seeing "O"), and the people watching. But also need to add, as I said above, the food (if you are into food). Also shopping. My parents own a time share in Vegas and go for a week every year, they just unwind and relax and play. They, however, are very affluent (they're both lawyers), and can afford to spend their disposable income however they want, so that might have something to do with their enjoyment of Vegas. I have taken my husband and he got hooked (he likes blackjack too). We had a really fun long weekend there, eating and walking around and gawking at people and things, and managing to not spend too too much money because, again, you can set limits for yourself on what you spend (and if you are aware that everything is manipulating you, it is pretty easy to not overspend, there is plenty to do in Vegas for free after all). Also, that open container rule is pretty amazing. I am by no means a big drinker but the novelty of carrying my like, first and only drink of the day outside with me and wandering around the streets with it, well, that's pretty crazy. But also agree with Josh that Vegas is not for everyone.
Just FYI - If the person to whom you are sending these flowers has pets (in particular cats), NEVER sent anything with lilies in it. Lilies are REALLY toxic to cats, they can get incredibly sick if they just lick a petal or encounter some pollen, so keep that in mind when buying flowers for people.
@Ester Bloom Damn and blast indeed but I read a lot of epic fantasy series and there is nothing better than finishing a book of the series in bed and having the next book DELIVERED IMMEDIATELY into my greedy little hands. I am also trying to cut down on clutter in my life, and books are such a HUGE cause of that. We moved recently and, even though I had just done a book purge a few months earlier, I still ended up purging 4-5 more boxes of books. I've really culled it down my collection to books I look at *a lot* or books that really need to be, you know, physical books (big art books, graphic novels, etc.), so I'm feeling a lot better about that. Also, fewer paper products/waste/etc.!
I started watching Transparent this weekend and it is great! The family is sooooo Jewish, it is almost like the show-writers were listening in on my family's conversations (shtetl people!). My husband has a Prime subscription; I guess convenience, in this case, is outweighing my ethics. (I also have, and love, a first-edition Kindle, no lights no gadgets, just a simple e-reader, that I've had since, like, 2010 or 2011, and is still chugging along wonderfully, thank you Kindle).
@ThatJenn Sarasota is my hometown so yeah, it is pretty much the best and by far my favorite part of Florida, hands down, no question. And you are right, you can't wear shorts in all of Florida in December, but that is like, for a 3 or 4 week period tops.