Really interesting op-ed in the Times about what happens when one of the parties in an "opposite" marriage changes gender.
A lawyer for the transgendered plaintiff in the Littleton case noted the absurdity of the country’s gender laws as they pertain to marriage: “Taking this situation to its logical conclusion, Mrs. Littleton, while in San Antonio, Tex., is a male and has a void marriage; as she travels to Houston, Tex., and enters federal property, she is female and a widow; upon traveling to Kentucky she is female and a widow; but, upon entering Ohio, she is once again male and prohibited from marriage; entering Connecticut, she is again female and may marry; if her travel takes her north to Vermont, she is male and may marry a female; if instead she travels south to New Jersey, she may marry a male.”
Okay, I've tried Gears of War now, and must admit, I have a hard time getting into it. Its VERY hard for me, even on "casual" setting. I've only played a little, gotten a bit further than the the fountain area in the beginning. Is there anything that should keep me going in the game, that makes it way better than it is right now?
Use cover all the time and always look for chances to flank the enemy, because the game is expecting you to. I definitely found hardcore mode to be too hard for me the first time I played, so there's no shame there. The game is definitely fun if you give it a chance.
Quote from: metallicorphan on May 11, 2009, 10:55:55 PM
yeah i loved the books-the first one being called Northern Lights here in the UK,not Golden Compass...not sure why they changed it,both titles are relevant to the story,and Americans know what the Northern Lights are,seen as though they are usually in your Continent
You can read about this in places. Apparently prior to naming the trilogy 'His Dark Materials', Pullman was thinking of using part of a different quote that included 'Golden Compass'. It was not a reference to the alethiometer. However, the American marketing crew somehow got wind of this but though it did refer to the alethiometer. By the time Pullman found out, they had gotten so exited about calling the US printing of the first the book 'The Golden Compass' that he basically had to deal with it.
A little thread necromancy here. I finally got around to watching this the other night. I was really hoping that it had just been overshadowed by the whole religious protest hub-bub, but no, it unfortunately just wasn't very good. The reordering of the bear fight and Bolvangar totally threw me for a loop, and as someone who has read the books, it was distracting. In general, it just felt like movie was just steaming along as fast it could, missing all of the detail. In the book, you learn so much more about the world, Lyra, the gyptians, the witches (who are hardly present at all), the bears etc. and here it was just crammed into under 2 hours. A good comparison would be Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, where I thought they did a fantastic job compressing a very long book into its essential story. But in book 5 of a series there's a lot less you need to educate people about, and the didn't do a very good job here.
Word is the movie did a lot better overseas, so it could conceivably get a sequel, but it seems unlikely. They'd probably have to replace Lyra, for one, as she's several years older now.
So, no comments on the finale? Did anyone understand the bit about the doctor being programmed to hate the engineer? Not sure if I missed something.
Kind of odd that they would choose prisoners as the first dolls. I mean, makes sense in that they were looking for volunteers, but to the criminal, the time would be instantaneous, and there would be no rehabilitation of any kind before they were dropped right back on the street. Also, I was wondering how they explain what's going on to these people's families? Especially the ones that go to the attic to never be heard from again? Maybe a requirement for working at the dollhouse or being a doll is that you have no family at all.
Anyway, ratings were the lowest for the entire season, so its not looking good
Excellent film and a great reboot to the series.........................but, my little quibble is with how Kirk went from Cadet, to Captain, in basically 2 days. That seems extremely far fetched but I guess was necessary for "movie reasons". Also, it seems this really messes up the universe of Star Trek in that now, this early in the timeline, there are NO Romulans and only 10,000 Vulcans? All of the great stories on TNG and DS9 that involved those two civilizations, are basically non-canon and don't really happen.
there's still Romulans. the Romulan homeworld thing didn't happen until about 150 years after Nero showed if I'm understanding the timeline right.
That's correct. The supernova doesn't occur until many years in the future, and now could be prevented, given what they know. The issue regarding Vulcans does still apply. I am curious what they will do about the Klingons. Abrams has said that he didn't want to use Klingons as the enemy because they have been portrayed as friends of the Federation in too many tv series and movies and it would have felt odd.
I didn't mind Pike's assignment of Kirk to first officer as he obviously felt very strongly about Kirk's abilities. However, that Starfleet would extend the battlefield promotion past the crisis seemed a bit far-fetched.
I often read the forums using my Treo, and SMF provides a mobile-friendly version of the forums when you visit with Windows Mobile IE. However, since the most recent updates, I get a message like "this page is not currently available" or something when I try to visit with my phone. Is there a setting that needs to be turned back on, perhaps?
I saw the trailer and some other bits with Star Trek and I'm not really fond of the changes they made. It's no longer a father and kids thing, which is an odd change to make. Looks like it could be funny, but I'm not sold yet.
Holy crap that looks awesome, although a big departure from the original BG&E style of play. The movements actually reminded me a bit of Assassin's Creed. Could there be a shared engine between this an AC2? Or this could be completely fake. Either way, it's cool.
I really enjoyed the movie, although I would certainly agree that someone who is fan will get a lot more out of it than someone who is not. There is a lot of fanservice in there, but it was done in respectful and clever ways.
Spoiler for Hiden:
I didn't read a lot about the movie beforehand, so I assumed it was a reboot or retelling or along those lines. I really don't generally like time travel/paradox stories, but I really appreciated the way Abrams knit this story into everything that came before it. Well done.
I did have some questions about the timeline, and I'm sure I can read up on the internet to find out if they messed anything up. For example, they make a great little reference to Archer and his beagle, but I kind of assumed that Archer would have been long gone before Kirk was born. Perhaps not, and the beagle might not have been Porthos but a descendant or other. Not a big deal even if they didn't get it right.
I thought the Spock/Uhura relationship came out of left field, but my wife and I thought that it was possible that the relationship might have ended long before TOS, or there are a number of ways the death of Kirk's father might have created minor changes in the ways things happened. Again, not a big deal.
The only things I didn't really like were 1) the whole swollen hands bit, which seemed really out of place and 2) Winona Ryder. Not that I have anything against Winona Ryder, it just seemed very odd that they took a relatively young actress and made her look older for a pretty small role as Spock's mother. It was distracting.
I was also surprised at the lack of Abrams-verse cameos. Not even Greg Grunberg? EDIT: according to IMDB, he was actually in it, but just his voice
In the end, I didn't really think the movie was as tightly paced as it could have been (in particular, Kirk's crash landing on the snow planet and subsequent encounter with the local wildlife felt a little odd, although it was an understandable means to an end) and maybe didn't feel as epic as I wanted it to be. I also wanted them to put in some of the movie/TNG music, but that's just nitpicky. Overall though, I did really enjoy it, and would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys the Star Trek universe.
Oh, by the way, if you are getting this through your employer, you might also be able to use a Roth 401(k), which is a relatively new plan. It's sort of mix between the two in that you use after tax money, but there are no income restrictions. They started offering this at my place and I need to look into it because I have Roth IRA that is rotting away (can no longer add to it, but it is getting hit with yearly fees because of low balance).
I does have a lot of old stuff. For example, it has Uncanny X-Men and Amazing Spider-Man going back to the 60's. If you visit the site they list every issue that they have. The tricky part is seeing the missing issues when they have a lot. I don't know yet what is missing from the Uncanny X-Men because I haven't looked really closely. I did look at Secret Wars, and they only had issues 1-8. Looks like they only have the first 30 issues of the original Wolverine line. They appear to fill in some issues over time, but it will obviously be a while before all the Wolverines would be filled in.
If I was to get one of these, I would definitely kick in the extra $130 and get the DX. Much bigger, more storage, and the thing should last a long time, so the extra cost would be spread over the life of the device. They really do need to get color, though, because this would be great for magazines and comics.
I decided to sign up for a year of Marvel Digital Comics last night. I have read very few comics in my lifetime and this seemed like a nice low-cost way to get a ton of "fun" reading material.
I read Uncanny X-Men #1 last night, which was a hoot. It really lets you see the way people were thinking in the 60's. It also appears that the original version of Magneto was ridiculously powerful.
My question was really about read order. I know in 90's when college buddies of mine were reading comics, it was extremely popular to spread stories across 3 or more titles. When did they start doing this, and is there any good source for looking up when you should be reading other titles for crossovers? Did they tell you in the comics themselves or did you just have to be "in the know"?
I tend to be "it depends" on tattoos on women. Words written across one's ribcage don't really do a whole lot for me, but other things can be intriguing. The one "dumb young girl" thing she did was to get her (now ex) fiancee's name written next to her vajayjay. I'm sure her next partner is going to love that.
As far as her job goes, Hollywood seems to be perfectly happy to deal with tattoos with makeup and editing. Neither she nor Angelina Jolie are hurting for work.
I love old Dom. Some of the inter-action between him and Burt Reynolds on gag-reels and such were hilarious.
I have to admit one thing though. I thought he was gay all this time. What stuff has his kids done?
His kids are all over the place - I think Peter (who you might remember from 21 Jump Street) does mostly producing or directing now, and he is heavily involved in Stargate. I see the other kids acting all the time - one of them had an extended run on Gilmore Girls and another is on one of the Disney shows.
Finally caught up last night. I think I read the same thing as some other people, that Alan Tudyk was supposed to play Alpha, but knowing Wash, it didn't seem to fit. I got a little suspicious when he changed clothes and was in such good shape, but I just chalked it up to the fact that actors just generally stay in shape. So, in the end, I was still pretty surprised.
So, no one has mentioned - when they brought back the old head of security in Victor's body, he called out for "Whiskey". They made some crack about him wanting a drink, but my immediate thought was that there was a doll in the room, codename "Whiskey" (which fits the military alphabet system they use for the dolls). My first thought was that it was the doctor, but later in the episode, she mentions that she was there when Alpha was first created.
EDIT: although, I guess if she's a doll, they could make her remember whatever they want her to remember.
Stargate Atlantis, etc. would be spinoffs from the original Stargate series. In this case, a second Parenthood tv series, based on the movie, is being made with no connection at all to the first series (which was nearly 20 years ago). This would be sort of along the lines of having a new MASH series that assumed the series with Alan Alda never happened. I bet this has happened, but I can't think of an example off the top of my head.
Most networks don't have their announcements for 2 weeks, but NBC released some of their info today.
Some interesting things:
-Big Bang Theory is renewed, but HIMYM is still up in the air -SVU is renewed, but original L&O is up in the air -Heroes was renewed, which is surprising since I haven't heard anything good about it in ages -Fringe was renewed - guess it has a following -NBC has a new show called "Parenthood" coming in the fall, which is the 2nd series based on the original movie. Has that every happened before?