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81  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.
82  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.
83  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.

84  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.
85  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. 
86  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.
87  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.
88  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.
89  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.
90  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Chocolate Lab For Sale on: September 07, 2015, 01:27:57 AM
91  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?
92  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.
93  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.)
94  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.
95  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.
96  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.
97  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How to get a new TV with wife approval on: August 24, 2015, 02:21:40 AM
Military school.
98  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.
99  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
100  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
101  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.
102  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.
103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Mr. Robot on: August 16, 2015, 02:38:17 AM
Amazingly enough, my little local ISP is listed (BELD), but the site complains about a missing cookie and displays a logo from some cable company in Ohio.

I'll catch it on DVD when the season's over.
104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: August 14, 2015, 03:41:12 AM

Quote from: farley2k on August 13, 2015, 08:40:05 PM

Why can't pizza and video games be great for you?

Exercise Is Really Good for You. Like, REALLY Good for You.

Once you work regular exercise into your routine, you miss it when you can't do it. I've been power-walking 15-20 miles a week for 11 years now, and I really hate when bad weather sidelines me for more than a couple of days. I enjoy walking and my body craves it.
105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fear the Walking Dead on: August 14, 2015, 03:33:20 AM

Quote from: Lee on August 13, 2015, 09:24:23 PM

Quote from: rittchard on August 13, 2015, 08:12:49 PM

Of course the writers can change the rules to make it happen faster or slower however they'd like, but either way, I'm intrigued.

That is my biggest fear for this show. TWD sometimes does things that don't seem consistent with the backstory to me and it drives me nuts. If they throw out what we learned in the other show just to make it more interesting, I don't think I will watch.

Check me if I'm wrong, but didn't the change take longer in the early seasons of TWD? Maybe some time elapses before everyone is infected and turns within minutes of dying.

There's also the possibility that the people of LA will defeat the outbreak and FTWD will only last one season. That would be unexpected.  icon_biggrin
106  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fear the Walking Dead on: August 12, 2015, 10:50:11 PM
I'm certainly in despite the awful title. I enjoy TWD but it will be nice to get away from rednecks in the wilderness.
107  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: August 12, 2015, 10:47:19 PM

Quote from: farley2k on August 12, 2015, 04:57:08 PM

That is awesome. There's no way he can lose with powers like that.
108  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Former President Jimmy Carter reveals he has cancer on: August 12, 2015, 10:45:24 PM
I've always respected Carter as a man who lives up to his own ethics. I hope he can beat it but it's not a hopeful prognosis for a 90-year-old man, even with the best medical care in the world.
109  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Humans on: August 04, 2015, 03:12:12 AM
I'm an episode or two behind, but watching. Seems to be improving as the various story arcs coalesce. Not fond of anyone in the Dursley family and I often find their accents hard to follow. They mumble.
110  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So....what fresh hell is this? on: August 02, 2015, 03:50:06 PM
At least you didn't have copper pipes. Stealing the plumbing out of vacant old houses is big business in New England. Needless to say, that can cause some serious damage, especially if they crack open walls to get at the delicious copper inside.

Most of my pipes are copper.  ninja
111  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Swerve or Stay In Your Lane? on: July 27, 2015, 11:30:09 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on July 27, 2015, 03:06:43 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on July 27, 2015, 01:24:12 AM

Yeah, it's too situational to answer that. If the lanes next to me were clear I'd move; if not, I wouldn't. Definitely wouldn't stop or brake hard on a busy freeway, though.

I tend to swerve first, and THEN look in the lane next to me....

I drive a Miata so I have to drive defensively. Colliding with a duck would end almost as badly for me as for the duck.
112  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Waning forum usage? on: July 27, 2015, 11:25:41 PM

Quote from: Gratch on July 27, 2015, 09:17:35 PM

I love how he had to make a show of being "officially" banned instead of, you know, just not posting.

I'd bet my house on the fact that he's on some other forum posting about how he was banned by the evil libruls because of how he bravely stood up for his conservative views.

Eco's persecution complex reinforces his beliefs. He has been asking to be banned, and threatening to leave, and occasionally storming out for days or weeks at a time, for as long as I have been coming here. He'll eventually be back with an alt (as he's already threatened to do) when he craves more abuse.
113  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So....I'm fostering a kid for a year (maybe more?) on: July 27, 2015, 11:17:02 PM
Free labor for a year! Erm, I mean, using chores to instill the importance of earning one's keep.

Srsly, I have several friends with multiple children who receive allowances in exchange for exactly nothing. One has three teenaged sons who have never mowed a lawn and wouldn't know which end of a rake to hold.
114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Swerve or Stay In Your Lane? on: July 27, 2015, 01:24:12 AM
Yeah, it's too situational to answer that. If the lanes next to me were clear I'd move; if not, I wouldn't. Definitely wouldn't stop or brake hard on a busy freeway, though.
115  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Women in combat on: July 25, 2015, 02:44:35 AM
Not in detail, no, but I'll back you up generally. The Solid South was solidly Democratic until the Johnson administration handed it over to the Republicans with the Civil Rights Act. (Just as an aside, I had the pleasure of seeing Bryan Cranston in All the Way last year; that play deals directly with this subject and is apparently going to be an HBO movie.) That's when the parties realigned into their present forms.

I'm skeptical that it even makes sense to apply conservative/liberal labels to Lincoln's time, but you'd have to go through some gyrations to classify Lincoln as a conservative.
116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Waning forum usage? on: July 22, 2015, 02:42:53 AM
It always does. That's part of the reason people drift away, and 100% of the reason nobody would touch Eco's Chattanooga thread. He has been trying to invoke the ban hammer for as long as I've been coming here. His persecution complex is oddly endearing, but without new fish to take the bait its entertainment value is nil.
117  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Waning forum usage? on: July 19, 2015, 07:12:36 PM

Quote from: hitbyambulance on July 19, 2015, 09:09:13 AM

played it years ago.

That's me. I buy games after they're fully patched and expanded and marked down, usually at least 2-3 years after release.
118  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Waning forum usage? on: July 16, 2015, 05:40:05 PM

Quote from: Lee on July 16, 2015, 04:02:46 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on July 16, 2015, 02:52:09 AM

... and another hour at FB (not because my Friends are so fascinating as much as because, IFL Science,, etc).

Completely off topic, but if you aren't going to FB for your friends but for content from other websites, why on earth would you do it through FB? On some podcast I listen to they were talking about how with their business FB accounts if they had 100,000 followers and published an article, FB would show that maybe 10k of those people saw it. Then FB sends the content creator an email saying if you would like more people to see your postings, pay us money. So even if you like/follow something on FB, you are not guaranteed to see everything they post.

Seems like if you liked those pages, you would be better off just going to those sites. It would be better for the sites themselves as well if you like them.

FB aggregates content from all of those sites (and a few more that I didn't mention), interspersed with posts from friends and local groups. It's the mix that I like. I wouldn't bother with IFL Science by itself, but one post mixed into all the rest? Sure, why not? I go there to see what my friends are up to and I get drawn into clickbait.
119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Waning forum usage? on: July 16, 2015, 02:52:09 AM

Quote from: YellowKing on July 15, 2015, 11:32:44 AM

I'm far more active comment-wise on OO, but that's mostly due to how long I've been there. In terms of reading the forums, I still frequent GT almost as much as I do OO.

My usual routine is OO > GT > Facebook at least once a day, and usually multiple quick checks. I linger for as long as the day's new content warrants. That's typically an hour or more at OO, a couple of seconds here, and another hour at FB (not because my Friends are so fascinating as much as because, IFL Science,, etc).

This forum has three subjects: gadgets (don't care), pop culture (don't care), and movies. I stopped checking the game forums when they killed PC games, and the politics forum here is where ideas go to die. So I mostly consider GT to be my movies forum.

When I find something worth sharing, I usually post it at OO where there's a bigger audience. Most of my original topics are political, which is a non-starter here. So that makes me part of the problem. But the crux of the biscuit is that we lack a critical mass of people to introduce anything interesting or unexpected, so it's mostly Star Wars and superheroes and Apple products. 
120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trailer catch all on: July 16, 2015, 02:25:07 AM
Do they even make movies without Jennifer Lawrence anymore?
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