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4641  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / GT Book Club: The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril [Spoilers] on: July 25, 2008, 08:43:25 PM
From Publishers Weekly
Malmont's debut thriller reads like pages torn from the pulp magazines to which it pays nostalgic homage. It's 1937, and the nation's two top pulp writers—William Gibson, author of novels featuring caped crime fighter "The Shadow," and Lester Dent, the creator of do-gooder hero Doc Savage—are trying to solve real-life mysteries that each hopes will give him bragging rights as the world's best yarn spinner. Gibson follows rumors that pulp colleague H.P. Lovecraft was murdered to the fog-shrouded Providence, R.I., waterfront. Dent tracks clues to an impossible killing through the bowels of New York's Chinatown. As the two adventures dovetail, they spawn sinuous subplots involving tong wars, secret chemical warfare, pirate mercenaries, kidnappings, revolution in China and weird science run amok. Lovecraft, L. Ron Hubbard, Louis L'Amour and Chester Himes all play prominent supporting roles and offer piquant observations on the penny-a-word writing life that conjure a colorful sense of time and place. Like the pulpsters he reveres, Malmont doesn't let the facts get in the way of his storytelling, and the result is a fun, if wildly improbable, pulp joyride.

This book is the perfect example of why I like book clubs. Who knows how long it would have been before I would have ever been introduced to this gem of a novel. At 370 pages it was a quick read made even faster by the tempo of the action taking place.

I enjoy historical fiction novels that give me a new perspective on different eras. In this case its the 1930's when pulp fiction writers were entertaining America. Lafayette Ron Hubbard aka The Flash was the comic relief of the novel. Forever trying to gain the respect of his peers and vanquish them in the race to be #1. This created both amusement and annoyance from those around him. Lester Dent's wife Norma was my least favorite part of the book. She seemed to be a bored housewife that tried to replace not being able to have children with a search for treasure. The dramatic irony throughout the book was a bit heavy handed. Whether it was The Flash talking about religion or Orsen Welles talking about reinventing how movies are made if he had the chance to bring The Shadow onto the big screen I suppose one has to expect this kind of thing from a historian looking backwards on the era he's writing about.

For those that enjoyed this book I would highly recommend The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon. Instead of the 1930's pulp magazine backdrop you get the 1940's-1960's emerging comic book industry.
4642  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Could this be the item that brings the house of cards down? on: July 25, 2008, 08:03:45 PM
What "house of cards" is going to be brought down? Bush is about to leave office. The most that could happen is a few underlings will be indicted and might go to jail. Do you think future elections won't be manipulated in some other fashion?
4643  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Ben Stein thinks Obama is Hitler! on: July 25, 2008, 08:01:35 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on July 25, 2008, 12:19:09 PM

To me, the net result of generating public interest in the political process far outweighs any individual candidate's policies.

As much as I want people involved, thinking and talking about the political process I still am more concerned about the candidate's policies. Bush has certainly demonstrated the ability of the President to fuck with all our lives.
4644  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Max Payne Trailer on: July 25, 2008, 05:01:59 AM

Quote from: CSL on July 25, 2008, 04:31:42 AM

Cut out the flying demons/angels and tone down the bullet time aspect, then tone up the idea of a man broken by the loss of his family and you'd have an okay movie.

It still might be okay though if it manages to hit the sweet campy, but still okay zone that I though Constantine lodged in well.

Bullet Time made Max Payne. Why would you tone that down?
4645  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bethesda's Penny Arcade Fallout comic on: July 25, 2008, 04:59:13 AM
Great marketing tool. Who says only Blizzard knows how to handle the pre-release hype of its games?
4646  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FALLOUT 3 on: July 24, 2008, 10:21:46 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on July 23, 2008, 03:57:07 PM

Brown is the new black.  With the landscape being a desolate wasteland, how much brown, rusted brown, copper-tinted brown, and dusty brown can one person take?

PeteRock will not be happy to hear this.

Thanks for the write-up.
4647  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Does this paypal offer sound legit? on: July 24, 2008, 07:45:18 PM
Tell them you only accept hookers and blow as payment.
4648  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 100 Pushups - 6 week program. Who's in? on: July 24, 2008, 04:27:24 PM
For those struggling to meet the increased intensity level I recommend switching to

Although eating 20 or 30 of these at a time might cause some brain freeze pain.
4649  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: July 24, 2008, 01:12:04 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on July 24, 2008, 12:38:49 PM

As I can't GT during work, go ahead and guess and then check the properties. If you got it, post another!

Is there supposed to be a picture here?
4650  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I Think This Just Might Work [possibly NSFW] on: July 23, 2008, 09:36:19 PM
I'll stick with math.
4651  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: July 23, 2008, 08:52:08 PM

Quote from: Simon on July 23, 2008, 07:42:55 PM

Haven't seen it but is it The Grand?

Correct. Wait until its on broadcast TV. You're not missing much.
4652  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: July 23, 2008, 07:29:45 PM
Here's the giveaway picture.

4653  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 100 Pushups - 6 week program. Who's in? on: July 23, 2008, 05:43:27 AM
I can't make the minimums required for week 5. Going to repeat week 4.

Pushups are hard.   thumbsdown thumbsdown
4654  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Wearing a hat means the terrorists win on: July 23, 2008, 04:56:57 AM

Quote from: Turtle on July 23, 2008, 03:05:35 AM

It's a weird situation, but stores here in the US have always been able to determine the dress code on their premises.

One store got on the news by forbidding kids who had their pants on so low their underwear showed for a good 3-6 inches.

Not saying it's right, but it's not that wrong either.

Flint MI wants to send these kids to jail:

4655  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: July 23, 2008, 04:53:31 AM
How about another fur coat?

4656  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: July 22, 2008, 09:42:19 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on July 22, 2008, 08:03:57 PM

Hooray!  I guess I'm just a fan of Dead Man and had assumed more people had seen it.  Good movie with an awesome "soundtrack/score" by Neil Young. 

I saw the movie years ago so I didn't recognize it until you showed Depp in that fur coat.

Speaking of fur coats:

4657  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: July 22, 2008, 08:00:18 PM
Dead Man
4658  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: July 22, 2008, 05:48:11 PM
Once Upon a Time in Mexico
4659  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: July 22, 2008, 05:38:44 AM
Secret Window
4660  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO/GT Fantasy Football on: July 21, 2008, 03:14:17 PM
fear The Misanthropes!
4661  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: July 21, 2008, 03:11:54 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on July 21, 2008, 02:39:17 PM

Ooh, ooh....The Lives of Others.  (and a great movie it is, too)

Sorry, it's Leben der Anderen, Dasicon_twisted

It was a great movie, though depressing.
4662  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: We are in this generation... WATCHMEN on the walls of world freedom... on: July 21, 2008, 04:35:04 AM

Quote from: hepcat on July 21, 2008, 04:21:32 AM

I find Alan Moore to be an oftentimes brilliant writer (avoiding any mention of his foray into the world of music is probably for the best), but an incredibly obnoxious human being.  I love this quote regarding Zack's previous film 300 and how it ultimately becomes a slam against Frank Miller:

Alan Moore, the writer of renowned comic book Watchmen, has attacked director Zack Snyder for bringing his creation to the big screen. When asked by Entertainment Weekly if he was curious about Snyder's version of his story, he replied: "I would rather not know." Moore, who previously disowned the Warner Bros adaptation of his comic V For Vendetta, voiced his disapproval of Snyder due to his involvement with 300. "He's the person who made 300. I've not seen any recent comic book films, but I didn't particularly like the book 300,"

So he's saying, "I didn't see the movie 300, but since I didn't like the book 300 then I don't like anyone who worked on the movie"?
4663  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Geek running for Office on: July 21, 2008, 03:11:31 AM

Quote from: Destructor on July 20, 2008, 10:03:58 PM

Reminds me of somebody in Arizona called Schmuck (yes, that's really his last name) running for office. His tagline is just "...that's right!". I want to vote for him just so I can say that I voted for a schmuck. biggrin

And next to his sign is some lady with the last name of "Bitter" running for office. Ever since somebody named Barack Hussein Obama gained credibility everyone with a weird name thinks they can run for office.
4664  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: July 21, 2008, 03:07:53 AM

Quote from: Eduardo X on July 21, 2008, 02:23:04 AM

The Bank Job?

Simon went out of town for a couple of days and put me in charge of his submission. It is The Bank Job. Your turn Eduardo X.
4665  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Geek running for Office on: July 20, 2008, 04:02:08 PM
I like the creativity.
4666  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: District of Columbia v. Heller -- Decision tomorrow on: July 20, 2008, 01:10:08 PM
Five days without a post in this forum? Time for a little P/RN humor:

4667  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: July 20, 2008, 12:40:53 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on July 20, 2008, 05:54:00 AM

Yay, new movie!  smile
You didn't recognize my pictures of Samuel L. Jackson, Ed Harris, Eva Mendes, & Luis Guzmán?   ninja2
4668  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: July 20, 2008, 05:25:24 AM
4669  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: July 19, 2008, 09:51:24 PM
4670  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: July 19, 2008, 03:19:02 PM
4671  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: July 18, 2008, 10:34:46 PM
No and No
4672  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: July 18, 2008, 10:24:19 PM
4673  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Just what I need, another expensive hobby [golf] on: July 18, 2008, 10:21:13 PM

Quote from: gellar on July 11, 2008, 11:37:56 PM

Quote from: Moliere on July 11, 2008, 09:40:50 PM

I was thinking about getting one of those nets for the backyard with the little patch of green to hit off for additional practice. Maybe shoes, a glove, balls, tees, all kinds of ways to spend money in this sport.

I've always wanted a little backyard chip practice area.  I'd need a backyard first though.

Now... since you've started the topic along:

Shoes: I really like Eccos.  The crazy Danes make crazy comfortable shoes.

Glove:  FootJoy.

Balls:  Don't go retarded and buy ProV1s or Nike Plats.  $30/box is really the most any of us should be spending.

Tees:  Uh, they're tees slywink


Just ordered these off Amazon. I'm a big fan of Ecco shoes so that was an easy sell. I also got Tees and a glove.

IZZO Chip Pocket Golf Practice Net

ECCO Men's Golf Flexor GTX Golf Shoe

Hitting green


4674  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Doogie Horrible, M.D. on: July 18, 2008, 07:35:33 PM

Quote from: hentzau on July 18, 2008, 04:42:52 PM

Quote from: DragonFyre on July 17, 2008, 05:22:05 PM

Was that Book?

I thought the same thing.  Also, you can see what looks like Serenity hanging in the background when he is doing his blog entries.

Hard to tell on Book. Too dark to get a decent shot. Serenity is a little easier to pick out.

Another great quote:

Sometimes there's a 3rd even deeper level and that one is the same as the top surface one.
Like with pie.
4675  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: July 18, 2008, 01:35:21 PM
4676  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: July 18, 2008, 01:28:21 PM
Chalk drawings from Julian Beever. Julian Beever is an English artist who's famous for his art on the pavement of England, France, Germany, USA, Australia  and Belgium. Beever gives to his drawings an amazing 3D illusion! Remember, as you view them....... these are all done on level walkways!

more here
4677  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Your debut album on: July 18, 2008, 02:17:42 AM
Spam Allstars

What You Feel

4678  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: July 18, 2008, 01:23:18 AM
too late? oh well, I will post it anyway

4679  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: We are in this generation... WATCHMEN on the walls of world freedom... on: July 18, 2008, 01:16:39 AM

Quote from: PeteRock on July 18, 2008, 12:44:45 AM

Neither have I.  But then again, I've never read any comics.  However that doesn't necessarily negate the ability to appreciate the translation from paper to screen when done right.

Technically its a graphic novel, aka a glorified comic book, but still this is considered a classic of the genre. Its a compelling story that might make the movie more interesting. Oh, and Rorschach kicks ass!
4680  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: We are in this generation... WATCHMEN on the walls of world freedom... on: July 18, 2008, 12:43:27 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 18, 2008, 12:41:38 AM

never read the comic


I think this calls for auto-banishment.  ban
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