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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Patrick Rothfuss' Kingkiller Chronicles on: November 20, 2014, 08:55:08 PM
Thanks for the recommendation. I have been enjoying "The Name of the Wind" so far.
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Edge of Tomorrow (aka All You Need is Kill) on: October 23, 2014, 05:39:40 PM
It's interesting how Emily Blunt is doing the hold push-up referenced in the book when Cruise first meets her.


Matrix or Edge of Tomorrow?
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Edge of Tomorrow (aka All You Need is Kill) on: October 22, 2014, 09:19:49 PM
I read the novel first and then finally picked up the movie from the library this week. Both were decent. The distraction I have with Tom Cruise (besides his dreamy eyes  Fabulous) is the way shots are setup for him to appear taller.

I don't know that I understand the timeline and reason that the movie ending the way it did. Why go back to that point and would it keep happening?
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: October 09, 2014, 03:05:35 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 09, 2014, 04:32:06 AM

I wasn't sure if you had watched it all since it was just a link and summary.  Glad to hear you enjoyed it.
Given that this is a recommendation thread I assumed that was an implied endorsement.  icon_wink
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: October 09, 2014, 03:13:10 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 07, 2014, 12:21:20 AM

Quote from: Moliere on October 06, 2014, 10:58:45 PM

Peaky Blinders

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A gangster family epic set in 1919 Birmingham, England and centered on a gang who sew razor blades in the peaks of their caps, and their fierce boss Tommy Shelby, who means to move up in the world.

I saw that pop up.  Has anybody watched it enough to recommend it?
I enjoyed the whole first season. Or were you looking for a second opinion?
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: October 06, 2014, 10:58:45 PM
Peaky Blinders

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A gangster family epic set in 1919 Birmingham, England and centered on a gang who sew razor blades in the peaks of their caps, and their fierce boss Tommy Shelby, who means to move up in the world.
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Sons of Anarchy Season 6 on: September 25, 2014, 03:02:19 PM

Quote from: Scraper on September 25, 2014, 01:32:35 PM

I can't stand the fact that the episodes are all an hour and a half at a minimum. It's too much to invest. I've taken to just fast forwarding through all the stupid montage scenes at the beginning and the end. At this point I just want to get to the end to see what happens, but the sad part is I don't really care what happens one way or another.
A good summary of why I stopped watching. It became too much like a daytime soap opera with motorcycles.
8  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: I'm a former Jehovah's Witness, AMA! on: September 11, 2014, 03:37:16 PM

Quote from: Purge on September 11, 2014, 02:35:33 PM

biggrin
Nice to see you posting somewhere.  icon_wink
9  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Sarah Palin demands...DEMANDS...impeachment. Can still see Russia from porch. on: August 21, 2014, 05:44:28 PM

Quote from: Rip on August 21, 2014, 05:38:00 PM

This forum should be renamed to "Echo Chamber"
Because you find Sarah Palin erudite? Show me a video of her talking without rambling catchphrases.
10  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Sarah Palin demands...DEMANDS...impeachment. Can still see Russia from porch. on: August 18, 2014, 05:03:47 PM
She really shouldn't improvise her responses.
11  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama seeking 1/2 Billion for Syrian Opposition on: August 12, 2014, 02:39:34 PM

Quote from: hepcat on August 12, 2014, 01:02:22 PM

But we're discussing the current situation in Iraq, not the broader topic of violence and unrest in the Middle East.  In particular, the breakdown of Iraq due to sectarian violence and their inability to work together in any meaningful capacity.  That, I truly believe, can be laid at the feet of Bush Jr..  Even his father knew not to play kingmaker and backed off before doing so.
You asked for evidence of someone other than Bush Jr to blame for the sectarian violence and I provided you a link to a treaty between Britain and France after WWI that divided the area up by spheres of influence rather than ethnic and religious considerations. The U.S. has been making kings all over the world for the last hundred years. Read "Legacy of Ashes" by Tim Weiner or "The Trial of Henry Kissinger" by Christopher Hitchens for a depressing list of examples.
12  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama seeking 1/2 Billion for Syrian Opposition on: August 11, 2014, 08:28:01 PM

Quote from: hepcat on August 11, 2014, 04:23:45 PM

Don't you mean "THANKS OBAMA!".

p.s. It helps when you provide evidence to support your denial of that claim.   slywink
Hillary isn't exactly thanking Obama as she gears up for the election. Everything I've read has her distancing herself from him.

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Professional Clinton-watchers (and there are battalions of them) have told me that it is only a matter of time before she makes a more forceful attempt to highlight her differences with the (unpopular) president she ran against, and then went on to serve. On a number of occasions during my interview with her, I got the sense that this effort is already underway. (And for what it's worth, I also think she may have told me that she’s running for president—see below for her not-entirely-ambiguous nod in that direction.)

The history of blame for Iraq can start with the Sykes–Picot Agreement. Then we can blame various governments, political parties, and agencies for the next 50 years. Starting in the 80s we can blame Reagan and the Democratic Congress for funding the Taliban against the Russians and funding Saddam as a buffer against Iran. The fallout of that mess then got passed on from President to President, like a mideast baton relay.
13  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama seeking 1/2 Billion for Syrian Opposition on: August 11, 2014, 03:10:23 PM

Quote from: hepcat on August 11, 2014, 01:33:57 PM

To be fair, that's not really Obama's fault.  This (mostly) goes back to the initial meddling by Bush Jr.
The campaign slogan of the Democratic Party.  icon_wink
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Where do you stand on the crucial topic of hotdogs? on: August 07, 2014, 04:16:54 PM
15  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: How not to defend the second amendment on: July 30, 2014, 06:17:52 PM

Quote from: hepcat on July 30, 2014, 05:02:35 PM

"Do you want cream and sugar with that, sir?"

"Sure do...but here...let me just shoot it off the top shelf behind you there..."
Five Days? But I'm mad now.  icon_lol
I couldn't find the clip on YouTube, but I recall him hosting the NRA meeting and shooting the gun to turn the TV or light switch on and off.
16  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: How not to defend the second amendment on: July 30, 2014, 03:38:26 PM
Airport coffee is the best! It's worth driving across town and paying for parking just to get a cup of that fresh joe. And if a terrorist tries to hijack a plane I will be ready (along with all the armed guards, TSA, and police on hand).
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: July 29, 2014, 07:41:12 PM

Quote from: Caine on July 29, 2014, 07:23:55 PM

Quote from: MHS on July 29, 2014, 06:48:55 PM

Quote from: Zaxxon on July 29, 2014, 06:41:45 PM

Cthulhu has returned the site to us. 

What is dead can never die.
Holy F! How you doing MHS?  Long time. 
A response will be forthcoming when OO goes down again.  icon_wink
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Hercules - Don't Look Now, but it's Actually Turning out to be Good. on: July 29, 2014, 03:59:23 PM
A decent mix of action, humor, and drama with a bare minimum of relevant plot.
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: July 29, 2014, 01:59:15 PM
How am I supposed to play Puerto Rico? I was just getting ready to build another indigo plantation.
20  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Chic fil a and their overly religious behavior. on: July 25, 2014, 03:29:24 PM
I have this aggressive customer service problem with my bank. Every time I walk in there are 3 tellers and a greeter trying to talk to me. Then they start asking me about my day, am I working today or have the day off, what's for lunch, and what are my plans for the weekend.
21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best Star Wars movie poll on: July 23, 2014, 03:06:04 PM

Quote from: McNutt on July 23, 2014, 01:49:22 PM

3. They didn't limit it to 30-50 year old Star Wars fans.  We know what's what. 

Or as Douglas Adams might say:

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“I've come up with a set of rules that describe our reactions to movies:
1. Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works.
2. Anything that's filmed between when you’re fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary.
3. Anything filmed after you're thirty-five is against the natural order of things.”
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: July 22, 2014, 04:00:16 PM
The Battered Bastards of Baseball

An interesting documentary about Kurt Russel's dad owning an independent baseball team.
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Taken 3? on: July 17, 2014, 04:39:42 PM
Liam tracks down a Nigerian prince after finding his life savings taken.
24  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Re: Net Neutrality on: July 15, 2014, 10:57:37 PM

Quote from: Canuck on July 15, 2014, 10:09:22 PM

Yes, but tell us your thoughts.

Net Neutrality is bad.
25  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Sarah Palin demands...DEMANDS...impeachment. Can still see Russia from porch. on: July 12, 2014, 05:03:59 PM

Quote from: Rip on July 10, 2014, 08:06:23 PM

Quote from: Fireball on July 10, 2014, 01:51:49 PM

Ironically, on immigration he often gets accused of lawlessness when in fact he has enforced immigration law more vigorously than any previous president.

Can't imagine how you can say he vigorously enforces immigration law with a straight face.

Lies, damned lies, and Obama’s deportation statistics
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Somehow, the Obama administration is simultaneously responsible for the highest rate of deportation in 20 years and a 26 percent drop in deportation. What is going on here? As it turns out, changes in immigration law, terminology and classification are causing this confusion.
26  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Sarah Palin demands...DEMANDS...impeachment. Can still see Russia from porch. on: July 10, 2014, 04:41:12 PM

Quote from: hepcat on July 10, 2014, 01:09:04 PM

I think Obama's made some mistakes (drone use, the NSA troubles to name two)
Prosecuting medical marijuana users and growers (especially annoying when done in states that have legalized it).
27  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Redskins Lose Trademark on: June 26, 2014, 02:59:29 PM

Quote from: Harpua3 on June 26, 2014, 04:48:37 AM

Quote from: hepcat on June 25, 2014, 08:39:31 PM

Another group is planning a lawsuit against the Chief Wahoo logo for the Cleveland Indians.  Unlike Snyder though, Cleveland was already in the process of phasing out the logo in favor of a red block letter C.   I think they realize it was coming and they most likely won't be making as big a stink about it.  Fans, maybe a bit though.  But that's to be expected.

I live in the Cleveland area and not a single person I've spoken too think this is a good idea. Crazy.

Native American Group Plans Federal Lawsuit Against Cleveland Indians Logo, Team Name

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“We’re going to be asking for $9 billion and we’re basing it on a hundred years of disparity, racism, exploitation and profiteering,” Roche told WEWS-TV. “It’s been offensive since day one. We are not mascots. My children are not mascots. We are people.”
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In Cleveland, local supporters of the Indians team say it is just a tiny minority of people who are against the team name and logo.

“If just a small amount of people are against it, than I think you’re doing a disservice to people that like it,” Bob Rosen, president of the Wahoo Club, tells WEWS. He added that thousands of Indians fans embrace Chief Wahoo as a loyal and friendly symbol.

“I’m not insensitive to the issue, but our 1,650 members of the Wahoo Club, anytime we have a Wahoo Club item they but it up they love it,” Rosen said. “Can you imagine the baseball team in this city not being called the Cleveland Indians? I can’t picture that.”
28  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: SCOTUS Screws Us Again on: June 18, 2014, 07:38:35 PM

Quote from: Fireball on June 17, 2014, 08:27:28 PM

1) End partisan redistricting. Perhaps adopt both non-partisan redistricting and the California primary system nationwide, or perhaps have no primaries and have ranked preference voting.
I like the idea of ranked preference voting.

Quote from: Fireball on June 17, 2014, 08:27:28 PM

2) Publicly finance all campaigns, by either making the public financing so generous that everyone will want to opt into it, or just outlawing private contributions to campaigns.
I don't like the idea of tax money going to pay for campaigns. Would everyone on the ballot get the same amount of money or only the Democrats and Republicans? It's a bit of a contradiction for a libertarian to accept tax money for their campaign. Would a Ross Perot not be able to finance his own campaign? Is the public financing only in the general election and not the primaries? If so, then the advantage will be given to anyone that can raise the most money to win their primary. If not, then the budget to finance every primary candidate that happens to get on the ballot will become astronomical.

Quote from: Fireball on June 17, 2014, 08:27:28 PM

3) Space elections further apart. Four years for Representatives, eight years for Senators would make a decent amount of sense. This would also have the benefit of getting rid of "mid-term" elections.
Anything that spares me from having to see political ads and the accumulation of trash (signs trying to garner name recognition) on every street corner is a good thing.

Quote from: Fireball on June 17, 2014, 08:27:28 PM

4) Increase the size of the US House by at least double.
Yes! Districts are way too large.
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 05, 2014, 04:52:40 PM
Kato's nightmare of being a cricket.

Spoiler for Hiden:
30  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: LA Clippers Owner Guy on: May 30, 2014, 10:16:35 PM
Billionaires and millionaires fighting is a lawyer's wet dream.
31  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: How not to defend the second amendment on: May 29, 2014, 03:24:51 PM

Quote from: hepcat on May 29, 2014, 02:51:24 PM

I gave up on the concept of banning guns ages ago.  But I support reasonable applications of gun control.  One of the more reasonable applications would be allowing a business to tell you NOT to bring firearms into their establishment.   

I thought this was standard application of private property everywhere. I see those "no firearms allowed" signs all the time in AZ. And AZ is about as pro-gun a state as you can get.
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Roger Ebert RIP on: May 27, 2014, 08:52:16 PM
Life Itself documentary.
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Film] Christopher Nolan - Interstellar on: May 22, 2014, 08:09:56 PM

Quote from: msteelers on May 17, 2014, 05:04:45 PM

My god space is BIG.

34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: May 22, 2014, 08:05:49 PM

Quote from: hepcat on May 21, 2014, 01:00:38 PM

and it doesn't appear to feature Mark Wahlberg in any way. 

I feel that way about Shia LaBeouf.
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: May 21, 2014, 04:58:22 PM
36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: First CK, now MO? on: April 30, 2014, 09:18:15 PM
What's this Twitter thing people keep mentioning?

Spoiler for Hiden:
Get off my lawn!
37  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: I think on: April 23, 2014, 08:22:19 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 23, 2014, 06:31:24 PM

I really don't like black licorice.

38  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Verizon Contract Is Up, Don't Want to Renew Due to Grandfathered Data- Halp! on: March 28, 2014, 02:43:28 PM

Quote from: ATB on March 28, 2014, 01:06:13 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 27, 2014, 07:04:22 PM

Quote from: ATB on March 27, 2014, 07:02:19 PM

Quote from: Harpua3 on March 27, 2014, 06:21:47 PM

They did give me 6 instead of 2 for my troubles.

6 instead of 2 what?

Formytroubles™

Yes but they gave you 6 what instead of 2 what?

39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Verizon Contract Is Up, Don't Want to Renew Due to Grandfathered Data- Halp! on: March 26, 2014, 04:52:33 PM
My Thunderbolt is 3 years old so I have been month to month for the last year. The choice seems to be getting a new phone on ebay and swapping the SIM card or losing my unlimited data plan in order to get the roughly $200 discount on a new phone from Verizon. I usually don't use anywhere near 2 Gigs a month, but it's nice to have unlimited data and not worry about it.
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CeeKay AWOL? on: March 19, 2014, 03:24:16 PM

Quote from: PR_GMR on March 18, 2014, 07:02:06 PM

I think he's just slammed with school
That's no excuse for avoiding his responsibilities here to comment on every thread and create at least half of all new threads.
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