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81  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Mad Max Returns in Fury Road on: December 10, 2014, 07:50:08 PM
That makes me all the more inclined to see this opening weekend, to be honest.  I'd love to support that kind of thing.
82  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Mad Max Returns in Fury Road on: December 10, 2014, 07:38:25 PM
It bears repeating:  no master/blaster, no ticket!
83  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama on the Colbert Report on: December 10, 2014, 03:11:59 AM
It's weird, but I sometimes think the RCAP is becoming sentient after it replies in an almost human way.  But then I realize that's impossible.

p.s. "Enhanced Interrogation" is now one of my favorite ridiculous euphemisms.  I'm thinking of adding it to my daily lexicon.  When I see a kid beat up another kid for his lunch money, it's not bullying...it's "Enhanced Financial Acquisition".  A man kicking his dog is no longer animal cruelty...it's "Enhanced Behavioral Reinforcement".  And when I eat too many potato chips in one sitting, it's not overeating...it's "Enhanced Caloric Intake".
84  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Doctor Strange on: December 09, 2014, 06:08:57 PM
Even the mention of his name brings me joy.  

Why isn't Hollywood making a film about HIM?  Give the people what they want, damn it!
85  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama on the Colbert Report on: December 09, 2014, 06:03:01 PM
The Rip Conservative Auto Post app is still working, I see.  The RCAP has been a reliable piece of software since it was created by a special branch of Fox News all those years ago.  I just Microsoft could duplicate its reliability.   icon_cry

Quote from: forgeforsaken on December 09, 2014, 03:47:46 PM

Sadly it's as close as news as most TV stations get to news.

True.  At least they try to be fair to all sides.
86  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cards Against Humanity holiday thing on: December 08, 2014, 08:55:27 PM
Got mine today in three separate envelopes.  Fun stuff.
87  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] James Bond #24: SPECTRE on: December 08, 2014, 08:53:24 PM
Screw SPECTRE, bring back Le Chiffre.  Any movie can only be improved by the presence of the great Mads Mikkelsen.
88  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Doctor Strange on: December 08, 2014, 05:30:06 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 06, 2014, 02:59:25 PM

But they feel strange.  Should I see a doctor?

Here ya go.  The only doctor one should see in cases where magic is a factor.

89  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Doctor Strange on: December 05, 2014, 09:00:18 PM
The feelings you're having are perfectly normal for a boy your age.  No need to feel ashamed.
90  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: James Bond #24: SPECTRE on: December 05, 2014, 05:48:11 PM
Why not use KAOS?  That's an organization that needs to be brought back!
91  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Doctor Strange on: December 05, 2014, 03:50:59 PM
Only for those who hate joy.
92  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Liberal Fascism in Houston on: December 04, 2014, 03:53:33 PM
Since we're already way off topic:

Good Lord, no wonder women are upset at Gamersgate misogyny.  Look at our history.
93  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Liberal Fascism in Houston on: December 04, 2014, 12:39:43 PM
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94  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Suicide Squad on: December 03, 2014, 07:00:14 PM

Quote from: Turtle on December 03, 2014, 06:33:15 PM

Which still means it was great performance.

That's better.

I read an article on the number of little things that Ledger added to the role that made a second viewing of his performance all the more remarkable.  From covering his hands in little smudges of makeup to give the impression that The Joker was applying his own makeup, to the ad libbed slow clap in the jail that became an iconic scene for the film, to never directly looking at anyone he kills, he did a fantastic job and it was without a doubt a career defining moment.  It's too bad he wasn't able to build on that afterwards. I honestly think he would've gone on to even better things.

Quote from: Turtle on December 03, 2014, 06:33:15 PM

Which still doesn't mean another actor can't come along and best that, or just do every bit as good with his own take.

I was never addressing your use of absolutes in this discussion.
95  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Suicide Squad on: December 03, 2014, 06:23:31 PM
Many movie critics would disagree strongly that that was the biggest reason for the almost universal praise he received for that role.  

And I would agree with them.
96  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Suicide Squad on: December 03, 2014, 04:22:04 PM
I consider Nolan's Batman films to be fantastic attempts to bring a dramatic gravity to the genre that hadn't been seen to that extent before.  They were experiments, in my opinion.  Not truly comic book films.  As such, I don't have much trouble with setting them aside in light of Warner's renewed attempt to create a DC universe. 

I do wish they'd just pick up the goddamn phone and call Bruce Timm though.  He's one of the few people working in their studio who even has a clue on how to go about mimicing Marvel's successes.
97  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: December 03, 2014, 03:52:43 PM
Sorry...catholic priest.
98  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Liberal Fascism in Houston on: December 03, 2014, 02:30:54 PM
When did Denmark start trying to make their domestic abuse epidemic into a joke?
99  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: December 02, 2014, 07:11:38 PM
Hmmm...I must have missed it when I was reviewing posts made after the official release of the trailer.  My mistake.  Sorry for the repeat post.
100  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Liberal Fascism in Houston on: December 02, 2014, 06:01:53 PM
His work was finished here.  So like a politically motivated Santa Claus, he placed his finger to the side of his nose and up the chimney he went.  Other forums need to be visited before he can rest, my friend.
101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: December 02, 2014, 05:28:00 PM
I'm surprised no one linked to this gem yet.
102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What's your biggest gaming disappointment/sleeper hit of 2014? on: November 21, 2014, 06:17:01 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on November 20, 2014, 02:35:20 AM

As far as a disappointment, I'd have to say Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth.

What he said.
103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's Almost Thanksgiving (USA! USA!), What's your GOTY? on: November 21, 2014, 05:12:18 PM
Dark Souls II has dominated my game time for the last month or so.  I don't think I've put in this many hours with a game since Skyrim.

Quote from: Purge on November 20, 2014, 02:29:48 PM

Best game I played this year isn`t out till next year at the earliest. (Rainbow Six!!!!!)

It's probably silly to ask, but are they bringing back the map planning before missions?  God, I loved that.
104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on: November 21, 2014, 03:53:23 AM
You can safely ignore the first two thirds of season 1.  It was pretty awful.  But after that it just takes off like a rocket.  Most improvement in a show I've seen in ages.
105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How do you use your tablet on: November 20, 2014, 05:43:45 PM
The iPad is a boardgamer's dream.  The number of great games in that genre that have been ported over to iOS amazes me.
106  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on: November 20, 2014, 01:59:52 PM
Up until the reveal earlier this season, I had held out hope that Skye's father was Howard the Duck.   crybaby
107  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How do you use your tablet on: November 19, 2014, 07:44:03 PM
On the iPad front, the latest iOS 8 patch from earlier this week has done wonders for my old iPad 2.  Post 8, the thing would freeze up for minutes at a time when surfing the web.  Now it's much, much better. 
108  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cards Against Humanity holiday thing on: November 17, 2014, 06:46:43 PM
How can I resist?  Ordered!
109  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Have you ever written anything substantial? on: November 14, 2014, 03:37:01 PM
I've been working on an explosive detective tale set in the Vatican.  It's a two fisted yarn about the men in black and the women who serve them.  It's called "Pontiff with a Pistol".  Here's a sample from the opening page:

Sister Theresa was a habit I didn't wanna break.  But like every other woman in the Vatican, she was already married...and to a guy with far more juice than myself.  The kind of guy who'd burn a bush to get your attention, if you know what I mean.  I tossed back my wine chaser and slid back the little door in the confessional.  "What's your sins, my son.  And I gotta tell ya, you don't beat the last guy's issues with stuffed animals, I'll toss yer ass outta here.".

110  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Doctor Who 8th Series - Goodbye Matt, Hello Peter! on: November 11, 2014, 06:02:40 PM

Quote from: JCC on November 10, 2014, 11:19:25 PM


Spoiler for Hiden:
Not CyberPink. CyberBrigadier (Kate's dad). Either way, I think she teleported. I hope she's back next year, I absolutely loved Missy.

Absolutely loved Missy.  The actress was fantastically fun.  I really hope she returns.  Also, I hope glasses comes back.
111  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: November 11, 2014, 05:58:36 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on November 10, 2014, 06:38:39 PM

Since zombies don't exist, I don't know how you would test this theory short of sticking some corpses on poles.

I'll be right back...
112  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Echo on: November 07, 2014, 02:15:13 PM
"Siri, Alexis...FIGHT!"
113  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: GOP Storms Congress: FulL Control of Senate and House on: November 07, 2014, 01:57:22 PM

Quote from: ATB on November 07, 2014, 01:52:29 PM

Quote from: Lee on November 06, 2014, 10:34:32 PM

Quote from: ATB on November 06, 2014, 09:19:43 PM

Quote from: Alefroth on November 06, 2014, 04:27:25 AM

Quote from: ATB on November 05, 2014, 01:52:27 PM

In a clear rejection of...I'm not sure what, the GOP has taken full control of congress.  Now we know that rather than almost nothing getting done, absolutely nothing will get done.

But, one thing is clear, the dems abuse of power wasn't tolerated at the grass root level and voters kicked them to the curb in a powerful way.  Now if there's a GOP president in 2016 we can finally get this country going in the wrong direction the other way. slywink

What abuse of power?

Read up on Snowden. Also drone strikes on US citizens. Also see: IRS scandal, appointing the former head of the cable lobby to the FCC, etc. etc.

None of which has much of anything to do with the president. All things that relate to the government as a whole.

Did you feel that way when the GOP was in the white house?  I seem to remember GWB being blamed for everything. EVERYTHING.

Bush was blamed for the war and the recession primarily.  On the other hand, Obama opens his mouth to say he feels the pain of an African American parent after the kid dies in a shooting and suddenly he's a race baiter on Fox news shows.  

Of course Bush was blamed for a lot of things during his presidency.  That's natural from the opposing aisle.  But I think Obama had it harder...and I hate to say it, but more than one instance was due to his race (see Birthers).

 
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I wonder why politics is so schizophrenic.  If we all know that neither party can run the country correctly, why aren't we figuring out somethign better?

Andrew Jackson used to have knife fights on the White House lawn during speeches.  We've always had a contentious political process.  I don't really see it ever changing much.  Although I will agree that we need people in both parties that are capable of understanding compromise to get things that are for the greater good.  For all his faults, Clinton was known for his ability to work with the republicans to do just that.  I simply haven't seen a candidate I think is capable of doing the same thing in quite some time though.  I had hopes Obama could do so, but ultimately he failed in that arena.
114  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: GOP Storms Congress: FulL Control of Senate and House on: November 07, 2014, 01:50:31 PM

Quote from: Rip on November 06, 2014, 11:06:08 PM

So it is finally time to admit that "hope and change" was really nothing more than a catchy slogan?

Meh, the job ratings are up (highest since before the repression), a lot of folks have health care that didn't before (and the health care industry on the whole is finally getting the scrutiny it needed so desperately), and gay rights have become surprisingly well accepted.  There's no denying that there are quite a few good things that also came out of the Obama years.

...well, to anyone who isn't predisposed to hating the man to the point of blindness, that is.

Am I disappointed that he didn't work to undo more of the crap that I felt was wrong during the Bush years?  Yes.  That I will agree with.
115  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: GOP Storms Congress: FulL Control of Senate and House on: November 06, 2014, 10:56:16 PM
Anyone who believes Obama initiated any of the things ATB mentions is showing a level of naiveté I consider very depressing.  I'm fine with saying they continued it when they shouldn't have, but the insinuation that this hasn't been going on across multiple presidents and without the tacit approval of both parties at various times is shockingly ignorant.
116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Echo on: November 06, 2014, 08:21:45 PM

Quote from: farley2k on November 06, 2014, 07:38:57 PM

"Alexis, order a hit on hepcat"


Echo just a pawn in the game of life.   icon_cry
117  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Echo on: November 06, 2014, 07:19:15 PM
The more I read up on it, the less attractive it becomes.  Besides the lack of a sexbot setting, it's also just a standalone unit.  I had hoped it could be hooked up to a tv for media uses.  But apparently not.
118  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Echo on: November 06, 2014, 06:34:39 PM
I think you can, actually.
119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Echo on: November 06, 2014, 06:21:34 PM
 icon_eek

I want!

edit:  what, no sexbot setting!?!
120  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: GOP Storms Congress: FulL Control of Senate and House on: November 06, 2014, 03:45:49 PM
I'm fine with the change as long as this doesn't mean the tea party or the religious right have any significant power.  If that turns out to be the case though, I fear for a backward slide in the realm of social justice. 

I also hope it remembers just how damaging a person like Ted Cruz can be. 

In short, I hope the smart side of the Republican Party won.
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