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121  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Harold Ramis passed away today on: February 24, 2014, 07:50:00 PM
Animal House and Caddyshack will always be his greatest works in my book.  They completely defined an entire era of comedy.  Such a comic genius.  And oddly, one of the few that weren't troubled individuals.  By all accounts, he was a down to earth family man who was respected by everyone he worked with.  Many of the great ones work from a place of pain.
122  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Been reading a bunch of superhero comics, here's what I think on: February 24, 2014, 06:11:33 PM
I went through all their back issues of the incarnation before last of Nova.  That was a fun time.  I do remember being pissed off when I was about halfway through the run and I realized they'd left out damn issue.  Just one.  

But Cosmo almost made up for it.  What a great character.

I prefer DC to Marvel because I feel that the characters in the Marvel universe are too angsty and driven by the youth market.  Of course, those are purely opinions.  

I stopped reading comics (at least with any regularity) about 20 years ago, so I doubt I'll ever run out of things to read with my Unlimited subscription.  It's perfect for a guy like me.  I really hope DC does something similar in the not too distant future. 
123  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Arizona passes controversial anti-gay bill on: February 24, 2014, 04:27:03 PM
I think we need to determine whether we're talking about the GOP or conservatives.  They're not one and the same.  There are conservative democrats too.

I guess my point is let's not demonize an entire group based on the actions of a subset of bigoted asshats.
124  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Arizona passes controversial anti-gay bill on: February 24, 2014, 03:47:23 PM
Not all criminals are murderers, but everyone who commits a murder is a criminal.

 Tongue
125  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Uganda president set to sign anti-gay bill into law on: February 24, 2014, 02:15:08 PM
Speedos and short shorts are the international symbol of homosexuality?  I know monocles are the international symbol for being rich, so it's nice to know I can now tell a gay person by his choice in swim and summer wear.

Also, if you had done your homework, you'd know I'm ALWAYS wearing speedos under my clothes.  I never know when I'll be asked to perform a sexy, sexy dance for the ladies.  Tear away pants have been one of the few constants in my life since childhood.  It started when I was in Junior High. I'd be in the cafeteria at lunch and someone would whip out a boombox.  Inevitably some C&C Music Factory would get played and whoosh...off I'd go.

Anyway, what was the topic again?  Arizona?
126  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Arizona passes controversial anti-gay bill on: February 24, 2014, 02:00:28 PM

Quote from: brettmcd on February 24, 2014, 02:45:45 AM

Yes AA all conservatives are evil and want laws like this to pass.

I have to agree with brett on this (his point, not the sarcasm).  There are many types of conservatives.  Not all of them are pitchfork wielding villagers trying to drive out anyone who is different.
127  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NBC]Heroes Reborn on: February 24, 2014, 01:56:12 PM
They should just go with the only saving grace the show had after the first season:

Ali Larter in yoga pants.
128  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Arizona passes controversial anti-gay bill on: February 24, 2014, 12:44:48 AM
And the Christian groups that support this crap wonders why folks dislike them.  Thank goodness that most of the people they hate are actually better people than they are.
129  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NBC]Heroes Reborn on: February 24, 2014, 12:38:35 AM
I hope they make Sylar insane one episode, misunderstood the next, a hero in a few and then  he turns into a shrub for the finale.  After the original run, I'm pretty sure the audience would just shrug and collectively sigh, "That sounds about right."
130  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Find me a more 80s album cover. I dare you on: February 21, 2014, 08:13:04 PM
Let's get literal

131  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: House of Cards on: February 21, 2014, 07:40:47 PM
Oh Jaqueline, Jaqueline, Jaqueline...you sexy little congresswoman.  You can have my vote any time. 
132  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: February 21, 2014, 05:51:12 PM
Yeah, the Marvel live action film division is stomping all over Warner Bros..  However, the DC Animated division of Warner Bros has consistently put out films with better stories.  You'd think DC would find some way to capitalize on that.
133  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: How and where do you store your board games on: February 21, 2014, 02:30:04 PM
Sigh...my first attempt at online sales to clear out some closet space is also my last. 

I put up about 4 games on Amazon Marketplace and set the shipping cost to what Amazon suggested.  Someone bought my half opened copy of Power Grid and I was so happy....until I tried to ship the goddamn thing.  Turns out it's about 1 1/4"  too tall for a medium flat rate USPS box.  Fedex wanted about 20 bucks to ship it. UPS ended up being my cheapest option...and it was almost 18 bucks. 

Soooo...after shipping and Amazon's vig, I ended up getting about 9 dollars out of the 25 dollars I expected to receive.  icon_mad

Back to selling them off at conventions. 
134  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: February 21, 2014, 02:25:44 PM
It's always tough to integrate action into comedy and find the right balance, but the trailer gives me hope they've managed to pull it off.  I always use Big Trouble in Little China as my baseline for how it should be done.
135  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Find me a more 80s album cover. I dare you on: February 21, 2014, 02:21:28 PM
"turntable slave" has now entered my vocabulary.
136  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Unsettling Feeling of Work Lulls [Update: Laid Off] on: February 21, 2014, 02:18:52 PM
I know it sounds hokey and corny, but when one door closes another door opens.  It sounds like you have a decent skill set so I'm betting the unemployment length will be a mighty short one!
137  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Find me a more 80s album cover. I dare you on: February 20, 2014, 07:28:14 PM
Anecdote to go along with that album:

During college I worked as a crappy night time DJ in a bar near the campus.  I did so because it was an easy way to pay for my beer.  The owners of the bar were a lovely Lebanese couple who had come to this country with almost nothing and and worked hard to buy this little establishment (Thursday's Lounge in Akron, Ohio).  I thought the world of them (still do, though they've since passed on) and would drive up to Cleveland to a warehouse distributor with Fred (the husband) on every other Saturday to stock up on the latest records for the booth. 

Anyway, one day we're up there and I'm off looking through the records when I hear Fred come up behind me.  He taps me on the shoulder and holds out the above record and simply tells me, "He's famous.  My wife loves him.  Kids will like this?"

He was so sincere about it that I didn't have the heart to tell him that the only people that didn't think Hasselhof the rock star was a joke were either German or Hasselhof himself, so I told him I thought they would. 

As a joke, I put the album in the window of the booth and after the first night it was on display, it became one of the most requested records I had.  I know folks were being comically ironic, but Fred thought he had his finger on the pulse of that generation's youth whenever he'd hear it and see people dancing and laughing.

I never told him otherwise...

Of course, there was also the time he told me he had just made a killing on a pair of new speakers for the bar's dance floor.  Turns out he'd bought them out of a van in an alley. When he brought them into the bar for me to put up, it turned out to be a pair of home floor speakers you could get for about 100 bucks each at a J.C. Penney or a Sears. 
138  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Steven Seagal says he may run for Arizona governor on: February 20, 2014, 04:09:43 PM
I'm positive I've posted this before, but this is my favorite Seagal story.
139  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Find me a more 80s album cover. I dare you on: February 20, 2014, 02:09:47 PM
140  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: February 20, 2014, 12:34:52 PM
She's blue and bald in it so I believe that was inevitable.   icon_wink
141  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: February 20, 2014, 02:38:13 AM
It's got a long way to go before it even gets close to green lantern territory.  It's best not to expect completely faithful movie adaptations from marvel.  That's not really their thing.  They get close, yes.  But when your source material has a habit of changing with every generation in order to match current sensibilities, it's tough to define "faithful".
142  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: February 19, 2014, 07:19:34 PM
Whoa...who do you think you are?  Anthony Weiner?
143  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: February 19, 2014, 07:17:44 PM
 icon_lol

His facial expression also sells that old joke. 
144  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: February 19, 2014, 07:06:46 PM
The movie is set in current times, if I'm not mistaken.  The Walkman that Star Lord gets all bent out of shape over represents his last connection to his lost homeworld, Earth.  Thus the rather extreme reaction to the guard playing with it.

This film features the Nova Corp so I hope they at least mention Richard Ryder.  I read the entire Nova run on the Marvel Unlimited app a while back and thoroughly enjoyed it. 
145  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: February 19, 2014, 06:07:57 PM
I think his point is that rabbits scream when they're being murderized.  Loudly.
146  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: February 19, 2014, 06:02:12 PM
That's cool.  Not everyone has the same tastes.

Just watched the trailer again and busted out laughing when Pratt's character is doing the old "mechanical middle finger" trick.  The sign below the blurred box on the monitor reads, alternately, "Obscene Gesture Imminent" and "Obscene Gesture Alert!".   icon_lol
147  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Steven Seagal says he may run for Arizona governor on: February 19, 2014, 05:42:15 PM
Just saw a trailer for the latest Seagal film.  Trust me, "run" stopped being a part of his vocabulary about 1200 hoagies ago...
148  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: February 19, 2014, 05:13:23 PM
Yup.  His Fa'ad from Running Wilde is still one of the funniest characters to ever grace a (sadly short lived) sitcom.
149  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: February 19, 2014, 03:27:09 PM
Ooh...thanks!  Time to put my Marvel Unlimited subscription to use tonight. 

Man, I love that service.  If DC had one though, I'd be on it like white on rice.
150  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: February 19, 2014, 03:13:32 PM
As an aside, Watchmen was hardly a flop.  It's still the seventh highest grossing R rated film in history for the U.S..  The fact that it didn't do better is due more to the fact that it was rated R and not because enough movie goers hadn't read the graphic novel.
151  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: February 19, 2014, 02:12:16 PM
I'm guessing this will be an origin film so that folks learn about the characters.  If a film's success depended primarily on audiences being familiar with the story or the characters beforehand, there would be approximately 2 films made a year that could be called winners.  
152  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: February 19, 2014, 02:00:41 PM
That gives me hope that they've found the right balance of serious action and self-effacing humor.  Pratt was an inspired choice for Peter Quill.  The guy is just incredibly likeable and brings with him a comedic pedigree that I think his character needs.

This just moved up the list of movies I really wanna see this year!
153  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Ted Cruz: The Alienator on: February 18, 2014, 01:24:12 AM
Violence and puppies do not belong in the same post.
154  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Norway Attacks on: February 18, 2014, 01:22:38 AM
"Dear Mexico,

We have a prisoner we think you'll just love.  Please prepare for the transfer.

Sincerely,

Norway"
155  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Ted Cruz: The Alienator on: February 17, 2014, 11:48:29 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on February 17, 2014, 10:24:49 PM

Quote from: Rip on February 17, 2014, 09:44:04 PM

Perfect example of why our political process is broken with little hopes of real compromises ever getting traction. Everyone pretty much knows that compromise is synonymous with capitulation.

This is where you and I differ on an extreme level- I feel like the political process SHOULD BE about compromise- give and take- not this ideological game of chicken that we've been seeing in recent years. When the political process prevents our elected officials from governing and making shit happen, then it's broken.

I would go so far as to say that our founding fathers felt compromise was an essential part of any good political process.
156  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: February 17, 2014, 07:21:10 PM
Fantastic episode.  I'm hoping they're heading where I think they're heading.  But until they get there, I'm enjoying the side stories. 

I'm glad they made the psycho kid a girl as opposed to the comic book version.  For some reason, it adds a bit more impact to her actions.
157  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Documentary] Jodorowsky's Dune on: February 14, 2014, 07:18:19 PM
I really want to see this one.  Someone mentioned it over on QT3 but I thought there might some folks here interested in such a unique documentary.

For those not familiar with the backstory, Jodorowsky is a filmmaker with a very psychadelic take on filmmaking.  In the 70's, he was ostensibly given the Dune film adaption by the studio holding the licensing.  The film would eventually go to David Lynch, but before that Jodorowsky came up with what many consider to be one of the oddest (if not most brilliant) takes on the book ever...if not film itself.  

Salvador Dali as the Emperor.  Orson Welles as Baron Harkonen.  A burning giraffe.

...March 21st is the release date.
158  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Ted Cruz: The Alienator on: February 14, 2014, 06:50:20 PM
I honestly don't think folks like Cruz are even backing this crap on the basis of a moral stance anymore.  I truly believe it's become purely a political point.  It's a way to display defiance against all things Obama and thus help you to stand out from the crowd for all those nut cases out there who almost believe Obama is the anti christ.
159  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Ted Cruz: The Alienator on: February 14, 2014, 05:38:55 PM
I'm not quite sure what he thinks he's achieving.  I suspect he believes the Tea Party is stronger than it really is (an assertion that remains to be proven, though) and that by playing to even their most outlandish fears, he can ride their support up the ladder.  But I think he's in for a rude awakening.  The WSJ ran an editorial yesterday that closed with the description of Cruz's style of politicking as the "rump kamikaze caucus."

And today he's announced a renewed attempt for DOMA.  

On a closing note, it's completely unfair of me and totally biased, but Cruz just has a face that makes me distrust him.  There's something inherently smarmy about the guy, imho.  There's a reason that the release of season 2 of House of Cards on Netflix made me think of Cruz immediately.
160  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: KC - Deliverance (PC) on: February 14, 2014, 04:20:08 PM
I'll tell ya right now, if there's a character class named Ned Beatty, don't play it.
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