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41  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: 2016 Republican Nomination on: January 23, 2016, 04:09:18 AM
Voting starts in a couple of weeks and right now it looks like this thing is Trump's to lose. The R Party seems to be tearing itself apart over whether it hates Trump or Cruz more, while the R voters seem to feel just the opposite. None of the establishment candidates have any traction yet, but three or four of them are vying for second place.

How's it going to shake out?
42  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Terminator: Genesis + a TV series? on: January 23, 2016, 04:03:55 AM
I saw it a few days ago and didn't hate it. The story had to do some painful gymnastics to reconcile an alternate timeline with the previous movies, but they managed to mostly pull it off, and the humorous bits were humorous. The ridiculous physics in many of the sfx sequences were the worst part. I felt like the sequel would be better since they got all the establishing stuff out of the way in the first movie and were free to go forward in a new direction.

I hope it didn't kill the franchise once and for all, but no great loss if it did.
43  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Star Trek - Beyond on: January 13, 2016, 03:41:53 AM
 icon_lol That nails it pretty well. The movie reboots are OK as mindless action flicks, but they ain't ST.
44  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How is everyone? on: January 13, 2016, 03:37:58 AM
I've been obsessed with Sword of the Stars for the past couple of months. I'm always a few years behind the curve.
45  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RIP - David Bowie on: January 13, 2016, 03:36:29 AM
The 1974 double album David Live! turned me into a lifelong Bowie fan. He wrote the soundtrack of my youth, and his death drives home the winding down of the clock.
46  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Christmas loot - 2015 on: December 25, 2015, 09:03:34 PM
I needed new slippers to replace the disintegrating pair that I got for xmas 6 or 8 years ago. I require the kind with hard soles. Wife bought me some super-deluxe sheepskin LL Bean slippers that ought to last another six or eight years.

She also bought me a bottle of Glendalough Triple Barrel Irish Whiskey on the recommendation of her wine guru. She doesn't drink whiskey so this one is an unknown. I haven't tried it yet. I have pretty pedestrian tastes in whiskey, though, so I'm sure it will be a treat. 

Wife's company xmas party ended with a Yankee trader gift swap. Her boss's spoiled brat (the only child permitted to join in) drew an accent lamp made from recycled cassettes. Many employees coveted it, but none dared swap for it because boss's spoiled brat. Being an outsider, I resolved to take it away when my turn came up -- not so much because I wanted the lamp, although it was nice enough, as because I wanted to show the child that it's not as privileged as it thinks it is.

I drew a better gift than that, though -- a bomber of holiday ale. Now I had a potential double upset in swapping the child's cassette lamp for beer. But I really wanted that beer, so I let the opportunity slip. The child went home with its lamp and xmas was saved.

This story is relevant because Wife misread the situation, thought that I REALLY liked that lamp, and hunted one down for me, along with a cassette-themed T shirt. I was genuinely surprised and I think I pulled off acting delighted.  icon_lol
47  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I lost a friend last night. (onion cutting warning) on: December 23, 2015, 03:16:19 AM
Man, I hate these threads. It's cruel that their lives are so short. You gave Sparky as good a life as a dog can have.  Sorry for your loss.
48  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trailer catch all on: December 18, 2015, 04:12:54 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on December 17, 2015, 03:55:19 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on December 17, 2015, 03:05:12 PM

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Looks pretty funny

Yeah, that looks pretty good.

+1. Good cast, interesting premise.
49  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: December 02, 2015, 01:13:14 AM
One hopes that they will lose many of the extraneous characters. The show doesn't work so well with a huge ensemble cast. Unless the intent is to build up a Rick Nation (Deanna did tell him "they're all your people now"), there are too many people tagging along because they had a story arc a season or two ago.
50  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: December 01, 2015, 04:01:55 AM
I was braced for a major character death. Instead I got Deanna. Well, that's at least some progress, I guess.
51  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: on: November 25, 2015, 07:23:15 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on November 25, 2015, 06:33:25 AM

Quote from: disarm on November 25, 2015, 05:00:07 AM

I agree Maggie is at pretty high risk now. Would they really have another pregnancy on the show and introduce another baby? They've been down that road already.

Maybe, but I don't think they'd introduce a pregnancy just to kill the character a couple of episodes later.  That seems cheap.  We haven't had time for the pregnancy to sink in, so it's just an idle fact.

More to the point, this world doesn't tolerate happy families.
52  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: November 25, 2015, 04:29:16 AM
IMO Maggie's card came to the top of the deck when Glenn made his saving throw.
53  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Star Trek TV series coming 2017 on: November 06, 2015, 11:13:46 PM

Quote from: Destructor on November 06, 2015, 02:59:08 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on November 06, 2015, 02:40:51 AM

The paywall model is going to flop. This series will either die or move to broadcast after one season. People who grew up with ST -- presumably a good portion of the loyal fanbase -- are my age, and we aren't all down with this newfangled "streaming" thing.

Even if I have a streaming TV by 2017 I'm too cheap to subscribe to something for one show. I'll wait for the dvd release or syndication run, thanks.

Or just pirate it when it comes out.

I completely agree with everything you said though. I'm damn 'old-style' in my age it seems. I have no Twitter, I have no Facebook, I have no Hulu, I have no Netflix, I have no nothing. My TV doesn't even get turned on unless it's to play my gaming consoles.

We bought our TV before streaming was a thing, when they were still crazy expensive. I think we paid $1,200 for a 42" set with no tuner and one HDMI port. We also bought a new home-theater sound system and DVD player at the same time. I am loathe to mess with that setup by trying to add streaming capability -- getting it to work in the first place was complicated enough. You practically have to be an electronics engineer to watch TV anymore.

That said, our TV is approaching 10 years old so realistically we might need to replace it by 2017. If I do get a whiz-bang internet TV I will have to reevaluate our entire setup. We use it mostly for watching movies on DVD and recording half a dozen series off the cable. I don't expect that a tech upgrade would change our viewing habits very much, although I might dump the cable in favor of streaming services if I can save money on the programming that we already watch. Still can't see myself shelling out $6 for ST, though, especially if the new series is going to follow the action-adventure mentality of the rebooted movies.
54  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Star Trek TV series coming 2017 on: November 06, 2015, 02:40:51 AM
The paywall model is going to flop. This series will either die or move to broadcast after one season. People who grew up with ST -- presumably a good portion of the loyal fanbase -- are my age, and we aren't all down with this newfangled "streaming" thing.

Even if I have a streaming TV by 2017 I'm too cheap to subscribe to something for one show. I'll wait for the dvd release or syndication run, thanks.
55  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Now they have come for my bacon! on: October 30, 2015, 06:11:14 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 29, 2015, 06:04:21 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on October 29, 2015, 03:50:53 PM

So that's 1 out of every 300 people.

I like my odds.

Those odds are a hell of a lot higher than you winning the lottery. 

It's even slightly higher than dying from assault by a firearm.

You're more likely to get cancer from that meat than you are to be audited, and I know I worry a lot about the details of tax returns even when being 100% honest.  Tongue

I also smoke and I drink heavily so meat isn't on my radar.

Quote from: Isgrimnur on October 29, 2015, 08:16:45 PM

Ironrod also spends more time walking than a good chunk of us.

I keep my overall fitness level high not because I want to live long enough to be old and decrepit, but because I'm afraid that I might. I'm already older than I ever expected to get -- for most of my life my attitude toward my body was "let's redline this sucker." I don't have kids or money so a long lingering helpless old age is not an option.
56  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Can kids decide? on: October 27, 2015, 11:13:24 PM

Quote from: Teggy on October 27, 2015, 10:00:29 PM

Well if you want to go really R&P, her parents shouldn't be allowed to make her believe a magic sky man is going to take care of her after she dies. She might make a different decision.
That was my take. I mean, her parents can teach her whatever they want, but the kid can't make a decision without knowing about opposing viewpoints.
57  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Now they have come for my bacon! on: October 27, 2015, 12:46:40 AM
I've been eating ham-and-cheese sandwiches for lunch every day for as long as I can remember. My recent colonoscopy came back clean. Either this research is wrong or cheese nullifies ham.
58  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Who do Isis fear? on: October 21, 2015, 02:32:30 AM

Quote from: hepcat on October 20, 2015, 01:05:49 PM

Putin loses Syria as his ally in the middle east and he's effectively lost his seat at the adult's table in any discussion surrounding policy in that arena.  

Yes, this. Putin's main concern is Assad's survival and he is only interested in ISIS in that context. They are of minor concern for now.

Two things you have to bear in mind: Putin has the luxury of playing a long game because he's not limited to four or eight years; Russian policy doesn't have all that pesky democracy muddying up geopolitics; and foreign policy between autocratic regimes is personal. OK, that was three things. Two and a half since the last one follows from the second. Eh, I'll round down and stick with two.
59  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Who do Isis fear? on: October 20, 2015, 02:18:16 AM
Putin is too smart to get bogged down in an interminable fight against ISIS. He should stick close to his bases (or withdraw entirely) once Assad's internal opponents are crushed, because Assad is Russia's only stake in Syria. Plenty of other actors have more riding on containing ISIS and Russia doesn't have the resources for that quagmire.

Now, if it turns out that ISIS seriously threatens Assad's survival after his other rivals have been cleared, then Russia might have already committed to a fight that it doesn't want and can't win. That would be a lucky break for US interests.
60  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful for Spoilers) on: October 17, 2015, 03:14:08 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on October 16, 2015, 07:06:14 PM

Quote from: rittchard on October 16, 2015, 04:56:18 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on October 15, 2015, 10:03:28 PM

I picked Gabriel.  He's a crazy loose cannon and let's face it, with the addition of Heath and Morgan, they are over their African American male quotient.  Not saying the producers are racists, but there does seem to be a glass ceiling.

I'm guessing a lot more than just one will die.  Probably Aaron's boyfriend (forgot his name), that annoying Nicholas guy, some more townspeople, maybe Notcop Fistbump chick.  Of the core cast, I'd guess the only "safe" characters are Rick, Carl, Michonne, Daryl and maybe Carol and Maggie.  Everyone else is high likelihood, since you know they'll want to take out at least one "main" character at some point to kick fans in the nuts without actually causing a massive backlash.

I predict that we will lose one of those safe characters this season.

Seems likely. How many dramas go >7 seasons? Won't surprise me if TWD only has one or two more seasons ahead, especially now that FTWD is waiting to inherit.

I voted for Gabriel, who has seemed expendable from the moment they introduced him. Plus, black male.
61  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful for Spoilers) on: October 13, 2015, 04:01:34 AM
Not a fan of the CG zombie horde. Reminded me of a LOTR movie.  icon_razz

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on October 12, 2015, 09:11:24 PM

They could have saved themselves a lot of effort by simply throwing a whole bunch of molotov cocktails in the quarry, but I guess it's less dramatic that way.

I had the same thought about a tanker load of gasoline, but I suppose gas should be getting pretty precious by now even if it rarely seems to be a problem for them. The whole Pied Piper approach seemed kind of dubious and the zombies' cooperation in sticking to the roads was just too orderly.

In spite of that it was dramatically well told and I'm glad to have the show back.

62  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trailer catch all on: October 10, 2015, 07:22:01 PM
Looks to me like an original story with a fine cast. Will rent it.
63  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fear the Walking Dead on: October 10, 2015, 07:17:24 PM
I liked it better when I could binge-watch a few episodes at a time. My interest collapsed when the stories were spaced a week or more apart. Since there are only six episodes I'd say that they're worth a couple of viewing sessions, provided you approach it with low expectations.

OTOH you aren't missing much if you decide to pass it up. I would just suggest watching it before TWD starts back up, because FTWD pales beside the main show. 
64  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fear the Walking Dead on: October 07, 2015, 03:10:19 AM
If S2 is going to take a see-the-world approach, as they implied with the ending shot of the yacht and long pan over the water, then that'll be a completely different approach than TWD with a lot of opportunity for varied stories. It could work.

I agree that they need a general character overhaul, if not a major cast turnover. If budget concerns prevent frequent ports of call, a bunch of irritating people confined to a boat would get wearisome fast.
65  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: John Boehner has informed members of Congress that he will resign as Speaker on: September 25, 2015, 10:40:51 PM
I haven't seen anybody popping champagne corks over this yet. The House has been dysfunctional since 2010. The big question (as I see it) is whether it will remain that way under a new speaker or go completely rogue -- that is, whether the wingnuts will gain control.
66  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fall 2015 Shows on: September 23, 2015, 02:12:09 AM

Quote from: Rumpy on September 23, 2015, 12:34:00 AM

So far, I'm mixed on The Muppets. I'll give it a few more episodes to grow on me, but so far the jokes have fell flat.

I only recorded it because the Million Moral Mothers said it's unwholesome. Haven't watched it yet.
67  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The kid and movies on: September 21, 2015, 05:27:25 AM
How old is the kid? It might learn to appreciate older movies when it stops living in the present.
68  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Chocolate Lab For Sale on: September 07, 2015, 01:27:57 AM
69  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Chocolate Lab For Sale on: September 06, 2015, 10:47:18 PM

Quote from: Gratch on September 06, 2015, 03:37:03 PM

I think you're saying that moral absolutes are required in order for society to function .  Is that correct?  

If so, I'd ask a follow-up question.  Who decides what is considered a moral "absolute"?  Who gets to define them?  A church?  The Bible?  Law?  Common sense?  Because I imagine that you'll find wildly differing opinions on what constitutes all of the above, which - by definition - invalidates something as an "absolute".

And I'd elevate Maher to "always douchebag" status, even though I often agree with him.

Heh. I was being polite. I often find Maher personally objectionable despite being occasionally funny and usually right. Dunno if that's just his schtick or who he really is, but I don't think I'd want to go out for beers with him.

You know who else lives by moral absolutes? ISIS! I'll bet their absolutes and Arclight's absolutes don't overlap very much. Moral absolutes are relative.

That said, a handful of prohibitions, such as those against murder and incest, are remarkably widespread across cultures and history. Regardless of what authority laid them down, they persist because they helped our species survive and our societies cohere.

IDK what any of this has to do with chocolate labs though. Maybe we're just trying to actually get a P&R thread to page 2 before it degrades into name-calling?
70  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Chocolate Lab For Sale on: September 06, 2015, 03:30:12 PM

Quote from: Lee on September 06, 2015, 03:16:58 PM

And who is Bill Mayer, and why does he speak for us?

He probably means Bill Maher: Comedian, talk show host, professed atheist, and sometime-douchebag. Provocation is his stock in trade.
71  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Martian on: September 03, 2015, 02:26:26 AM
That's just a 2-hour car chase. I don't like action/adventure* or superhero** movies so that makes summer pickings kind of slim. Jurassic Whatever was the leading candidate until it turned out to suck.

*(grudging exception for the rebooted Star Trek movies)

**(Ant-Man might have been a contender if it had risen to Guardians of the Galaxy level parody.)
72  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Martian on: September 02, 2015, 09:55:57 PM

Quote from: hepcat on September 02, 2015, 07:07:24 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on August 19, 2015, 11:34:13 PM

Quote from: Ironrod
Guess I'm going to have to either stall or give in and see something else.

Magic Mike XXL

It has to be something she'd want to see as well, I imagine.

I assumed that was a joke.   

We never did agree on a summer movie, and since summer's just about over I think I can realistically hold out for The Martian. I only go to theaters for movies that really benefit from the big screen -- which usually means sfx movies. There just ain't anything worthwhile playing right now.
73  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Please explain to me how this is not ridiculous. Come on guys. on: August 29, 2015, 12:08:49 AM
Gender-neutral language was a big issue when I was a newspaper editor in the late '70s. The words that we use affect the way we think about things. The problem is that English doesn't have a neutral case. It's easy enough to neuter nouns like "chairman" and to call actresses "actors," but changing the pronouns just seems silly. (Having said that, I still write "s/he" to mean "he or she" because that's a convenient shorthand).

It seems like a battle that we fought and abandoned decades ago, and I don't see much point to taking it up again. But college students think they're discovering everything for the first time, so...knock yourselves out, kids.
74  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Martian on: August 28, 2015, 01:38:47 AM
Pleased to report that the Tyson video is non-spoilerific. I'm geeked for this movie and I don't want to know any more about the plot than I saw in the trailer. At the same time it's hard to resist reading everything that I happen upon.
75  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How to get a new TV with wife approval on: August 24, 2015, 02:21:40 AM
Military school.
76  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Martian on: August 19, 2015, 11:23:45 PM
October? Awwww. Wife is agitating to go see the annual summer movie. I suggested waiting for this one. Guess I'm going to have to either stall or give in and see something else.
77  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fear the Walking Dead on: August 18, 2015, 09:51:35 PM

Quote from: Punisher on August 18, 2015, 05:10:17 PM

what happens if it is somewhat curable? Will people then be able to kill zombies willy nilly?

One could write a quasi-comical riff on only being allowed to kill zombies who were legally pronounced dead. The medical profession would have quite a quandary on its hands.  icon_biggrin
78  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fear the Walking Dead on: August 18, 2015, 03:54:59 AM
If it's a good point, then I was serious.   icon_cool
79  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Humans on: August 18, 2015, 03:53:10 AM
I would like to see it renewed but won't be heartbroken if it isn't. The finale wrapped things up sufficiently to just leave it there. Its biggest shortcoming was trying to make me care about the human family -- I just don't care about any of them, and
Spoiler for Hiden:
they killed off the only human that I did care about. Losing William Hurt will hurt their renewal prospects.
80  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fear the Walking Dead on: August 17, 2015, 10:42:25 PM
TWD exists in some parallel universe where John Romero never made a movie, the word "zombie" is never uttered, and the very concept of reanimated dead seems to be completely novel. Nobody ever says "Holy shitsnacks, zombies!" because they lack any frame of reference. Apparently that gives the outbreak more time to spread than if they were arguing about which zombie lore is pertinent.
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