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8081  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Reliable incense online? on: July 23, 2008, 01:45:56 PM
I would just like to point out that yesterday's outburst from me was exactly the reason why I shouldn't post when I'm having a bad day at work.  Sheesh, I was cranky.   icon_eek

8082  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBox originals on 360 on: July 22, 2008, 09:35:32 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on July 22, 2008, 05:24:10 PM

BC games I've played:


GTA: Vice City- poor framerate but it might have been like that on regular Xbox version


did you have trouble with the radio stations having a volume so low that you could hardly hear them?
8083  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [DVD] Comedy Central's TV Funhouse on: July 22, 2008, 08:54:01 PM
I'm hoping it includes "Steadman".  It was a really insulting cartoon about Oprah's real life boyfriend, Steadman.  In it, he was a superhero whose superpower was the ability to avoid having sex with Oprah...yet have access to all her money.  Everytime she would get "in the mood" he'd tell her he had to fly to some far off country to fight his arch nemesis.  at the end, it was revealed that James Brolin was pulling the same stunt with Barbara Streisand.   icon_lol
8084  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Reliable incense online? on: July 22, 2008, 07:38:34 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on July 22, 2008, 07:35:31 PM

I still dont get it but Im slow.
 
 
incense = incensed with a self referential link back to this board.  i initially thought he was just angry at someone for posting what he thought was an inappropriate question for this board (not an uncommon occurrence on forums, unfortunately).  when i realized he was joking, i backed off my "incense(d) post" and then started just tweakin' his nipples over it.   icon_wink

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ANyways ya I can google it and find tons of places. What I was asking though is is there a place someone has actually used themselves and found reliable for ordering from smile

Living in Chicago near Devon Avenue (the largest population of Indian/Pakistani for 3 states) I can't escape the stuff.  Do you have a large Indian population nearby that might have some specialty stores with incense?  

p.s. i'm a huge fan of sandalwood, myself.   icon_wink

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This is another one of those Tottenham Hotspurs jokes, isn't it?  I'm not letting another one go over my head.

notice i didn't capitalize when required?  that's a sure sign that i'm poking fun at the book "Chicken Soup for the Soul".
8085  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Reliable incense online? on: July 22, 2008, 07:26:29 PM

Quote from: gellar on July 22, 2008, 07:23:02 PM

Let me lay it out for you:

Kratz made unfunny joke.
People respond in a manner that makes it funny.
Gellar laughs at those people, which suddenly makes the joke funny.

I know this is complex, but try to keep up.

gellar

my initial response was "sadly, it's more damning for those who claim to find it funny."  if you didn't find it funny, you should have assumed you weren't part of the "you" group I then mentioned.

read for content, my friend, read for content.
8086  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Reliable incense online? on: July 22, 2008, 07:21:35 PM

Quote from: gellar on July 22, 2008, 07:20:15 PM

Quote from: hepcat on July 22, 2008, 07:19:11 PM

Quote from: gellar on July 22, 2008, 07:16:45 PM

Wow, Kratz just did something amazing.  He made a joke in a thread and people who didn't get the joke ACTUALLY MADE THE JOKE MORE TRUE.

Bravo.

gellar

sadly, it's more damning for those who claim to find it funny.  I would imagine Mama's Family made some of you hysterical with laughter at one point.

It's damning of you to think that I found it funny.  But most things you post are pretty damning of you, so it seems.

gellar

my god!  the "I know you are but what am I" defense! 

well played, Moriarty, well played...
8087  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Reliable incense online? on: July 22, 2008, 07:19:11 PM

Quote from: gellar on July 22, 2008, 07:16:45 PM

Wow, Kratz just did something amazing.  He made a joke in a thread and people who didn't get the joke ACTUALLY MADE THE JOKE MORE TRUE.

Bravo.

gellar

sadly, it's more damning for those who claim to find it funny.  I would imagine Mama's Family made some of you hysterical with laughter at one point.
8088  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Reliable incense online? on: July 22, 2008, 07:01:44 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on July 22, 2008, 03:51:17 PM

Quote from: kratz on July 22, 2008, 03:44:01 PM

Totally, 100% a joke that people are reliably incensed here.

I thought you were going for a joke mocking another thread where someone got hopping mad because someone asked a question on the forum instead of just doing a Google search.  And that you were trying to do some kind of confusing double entendre thing by referring him to the GT forums instead of Google, reaching some kind of irony because that was where he did ask his question.

Once i realized it was supposed to be a joke, I naturally assumed it was a jab at the Tottenham Hotspur Football Club in England.  But then I realized that his use of lowercase in the word "fucking" contradicted that assumpion and that that couldn't be it.  I then guessed that he was lampooning British rule in India from the years 1776 to 1947, but upon a second reading I realized that he'd used an incomplete sentence to start the post, so that ruined that explanation.  Eventually I just realized that he was making the leap that the word "incense" could include a "d" at the end, thereby changing the meaning to a very different one than the original poster intended.

At that point, the tequila started to wear off though, and I lost interest and stumbled off after a housefly.
8089  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [DVD] Comedy Central's TV Funhouse on: July 22, 2008, 05:17:26 PM
Just picked up the box set of Comedy Central's TV Funhouse that was released today.  it's from the guy who does the cartoons on SNL as well as the man behind Triumph the Insult Dog, Robert Smigel. 

On the surface, it was a "kid's show" that featured some of the funniest damn cartoon characters I've ever seen on television.  My favorite was always "Wonderman" .  A Superhero who spent all his time trying to get his alter ego laid.

check it out if you haven't seen it.  funny, funny stuff.
8090  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Reliable incense online? on: July 22, 2008, 03:42:40 PM
if it was a joke and no harm was meant, then i retract my earlier rebuttal.  i just mistook it for a rather rude reply to someone asking a question that the poster thought was inappropriate for this board.
8091  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Reliable incense online? on: July 22, 2008, 03:35:32 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on July 22, 2008, 03:31:50 PM

Quote from: hepcat on July 22, 2008, 03:03:28 PM

Quote from: kratz on July 22, 2008, 02:56:38 PM

How about if no one is around who can get it?

comedy rule #1:  If you're the only person who gets a joke, it's not really a joke.

I got it... eventually. Does that help?

not really
8092  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Reliable incense online? on: July 22, 2008, 03:21:18 PM

Quote from: kratz on July 22, 2008, 03:11:45 PM

Maybe everyone who wants to give incense advice but CeeKay is just slow.

my head hurts, I'm going to lie down now.
8093  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Reliable incense online? on: July 22, 2008, 03:03:28 PM

Quote from: kratz on July 22, 2008, 02:56:38 PM

How about if no one is around who can get it?

comedy rule #1:  If you're the only person who gets a joke, it's not really a joke.
8094  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Reliable incense online? on: July 22, 2008, 02:53:53 PM

Quote from: kratz on July 22, 2008, 02:50:19 PM

Jokes, people... jokes.

if a joke happens in a forest and no one's around to hear it, is it still funny?

 icon_razz
8095  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Reliable incense online? on: July 22, 2008, 02:47:04 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on July 22, 2008, 02:18:56 PM

Quote from: kratz on July 22, 2008, 02:02:01 AM

Quote from: Daehawk on July 21, 2008, 11:21:17 PM

I dont understand your reply to my post.

Try to keep up.

Lost me, too. The forums stink?

it's hard to keep up when you don't know what car the person is driving, what state they're driving in and what day they'll be doing the driving.

seriously, that reply just made the poster look really, really bad.
8096  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dark Knight Spoilers Discussion Thread! on: July 21, 2008, 08:21:05 PM

Quote from: Covenant on July 21, 2008, 08:16:35 PM

Don't forget that Joker also promised Batman he would make him break his one rule before everything was over (his one rule is that he will not kill).  When Dent died, Joker won.

good catch, i'd forgotten completely about that!
8097  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dark Knight Spoilers Discussion Thread! on: July 21, 2008, 07:58:57 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on July 21, 2008, 07:48:24 PM

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I completely and utterly disagree.  The final fate of Two Face was essential to the Joker's storyline.

I felt that the mere act of turning Harvey into Two Face was resolution enough for The Joker's storyline. He triumphed in corrupting Harvey, and the extent of that corruption could be played out in another movie. What I didn't like is Two Face's activities after he got out of the hospital - it seemed like an extremely rushed story arc for another villain. "Hey I'm Two Face! Let me quickly do some bad stuff and oh nos, I fell off a building and now I'm dead kthxbye."

However, as it stands I kind of hope that Two Face is indeed dead. Another movie featuring him would just make me pissed that they tried to cram so much of him into the last fifth of this one.

There's no way that Nolan could have shown the Joker's victory over Dent's incorruptible world view without displaying the depths of immorality that Dent was willing to explore after Rachel's death and his own disfigurement.  Playing it out in a sequel would have lessened that victory considerably.  It would have left the audience believing that the external scars were the joker's ultimate goal, when it was the internal ones that were the true prize. 

When Dent threatened to kill Gordon's young son, that was the moment that The Joker had won.

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I was wondering why they bothered giving Gordon a son that (AFAIK) he never had in the comics ?

You know, i had that exact same thought when they introduced his character.   icon_confused
8098  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dark Knight Spoilers Discussion Thread! on: July 21, 2008, 07:17:29 PM

Quote from: kadnod on July 21, 2008, 07:08:26 PM

Any other comic-nerds think it was a bit weird that Gordon's daughter (aka future Batgirl) got absolutely no face time?

I mean, I can understand if they decide never to introduce Batgirl into the new franchise.  The character's whole concept is a bit corny, anyway.  But it was like they went out of their way to make sure that the actress's face is never on-screen.  Even during the kidnapping, you only see like a third of her face for a fraction of a second. 

It struck me as a little odd, especially given that Gordon's wife and son both got a few scenes. 


i don't think they went out of their way to avoid showing her face so much as she was so inconsequential to the story that showing a close up of a table would have held as much significance to the story.
8099  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dark Knight Spoilers Discussion Thread! on: July 21, 2008, 06:52:49 PM
I read an interview with Anthony Michael Hall just prior to The Dark Knight in which he kept saying, "Well, some folks are saying I'm going to be the new Riddler, but I haven't been told this by anyone from the studios."  Which I took to mean, "My God, I want the Riddler part.  I'm not above pullling a Sean Young and appearing on television in a homemade Riddler outfit if it means they'll give me a job!".
8100  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dark Knight Spoilers Discussion Thread! on: July 21, 2008, 06:19:20 PM

Quote from: Eel Snave on July 21, 2008, 06:17:28 PM

I thought he did.  Was I wrong?

i thought the mayor lived as well.  he kind of just disappeared after the big police parade, though.
8101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dark Knight Spoilers Discussion Thread! on: July 21, 2008, 05:56:26 PM

Quote from: yossar on July 21, 2008, 05:52:57 PM

How did the fingerprint on the bullet lead to an apartment with a bunch of tied up police officers? I asked somewhere else and nobody had a good explanation for that.

Quote from: Eel Snave on July 20, 2008, 01:11:43 PM

AND killing the mayor, a judge, the commissioner, and almost killing Gordon.

Mayor didn't die, did he?

Every time they featured the mayor onscreen I kept hearing him as Batmanual say "Another urban myth dispelled: ninjas do not bounce.".   icon_lol

god he was great in that role...
8102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dark Knight Spoilers Discussion Thread! on: July 21, 2008, 05:50:50 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on July 21, 2008, 04:59:42 PM

I was talking to a friend of mine today and we both agreed that the primary flaw of the entire movie was the last half hour or so. In short, too much Two Face, which made the ferry sequence anti-climactic and took away from the Joker's final conflict with Batman. He suggested that when Two Face is "revealed" in the hospital, that should have been the end of his storyline, to be saved for the next movie. That would have left plenty of time to concentrate on The Joker's last stand, instead of the somewhat rushed and crowded ending that we got.



I completely and utterly disagree.  The final fate of Two Face was essential to the Joker's storyline.  The only way I can see avoiding that last half hour would be to write Dent completely out of the script and focus on the "boat scene" at the end as Joker's primary crime.  As it stands, I thought it was well done in that you had the joker successful in one arena (Two Face) and failing in the other (the boat sequence).  We were left with alternate feelings of hope and hopelessness.
8103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: *Sigh* I lost my little girl last night... on: July 21, 2008, 02:41:36 PM
When I was a kid my parents had a Dalmatian named Lady that was my constant companion from the ages of around 3 to 13.  Best, most loving dog a kid could ask for. 
8104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: We are in this generation... WATCHMEN on the walls of world freedom... 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:

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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,"
8105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: did you ever watch "120 Minutes"? on: July 20, 2008, 03:31:22 PM
I remember in college that 120 Minutes helped launch my love of New Model Army.  ah, memories...
8106  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dark Knight Spoilers Discussion Thread! on: July 20, 2008, 03:28:08 PM

Quote from: Austin on July 20, 2008, 03:08:23 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on July 19, 2008, 04:44:54 PM

As it stands I really don't know who they are going to use as the villian in the next movie and didn't see any hints at it unlike the first movie. 


Saw it last night.  Not sure if it's a hint or not but when Lucious was discussing the suit mods Bruce asked him how it would fair vs dogs.  After the big dog/little dog exchange, he says it should do alright vs cats.

catwoman has been done to perfection already, though.  bringing her back to the batman fold at this juncture would be a step down for the stellar franchise, imho.  sure, the dark knight is a great film and nolan an accomplished and talented director, but halle berry made the catwoman her own and the penultimate battle between her and a nigh invulnerable sharon stone (resulting from perfume, no less!  what brilliance!) easily beats out the subdued madness of Ledger's Joker. 

remember the dialogue from Catwoman?  How it defined and shaped a new generation of thinking superheroes?  Lines like:

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Amateurs! You boys thought you could come in here and steal all these beautiful things? What a purrrfect idea!

and

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Time to accessorize!

still challenge script writers to this day to up the ante. 

nay my friend, i fear catwoman is not an option.  not if we want to protect the integrity of ms. berry's portrayal.
8107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rainbow Six Vegas 2 on: July 19, 2008, 11:38:46 PM
Well this is just dang frustrating.  I went back to finish R6:V2 after a few months away and all of the sudden I'm hit with a "switching ROE" bug.  What happens is that if I switch my ROE at any point, I lose all the D Pad functionality for opening and clearing a room.  There's a few others complaining about on the xbox forums, but not enough for anyone to have a fix, apparently.   icon_mad

anyone else get this?
8108  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: South Carolina is Out and Proud! on: July 15, 2008, 09:04:14 PM

Quote from: Captain Caveman on July 15, 2008, 08:12:45 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 15, 2008, 06:10:46 PM

I always figured people in South Caroline liked being bottoms  icon_twisted

Yeah, maybe I'll go down there.

do you really think they're ready for a "Power Bottom" though?
8109  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / South Carolina is Out and Proud! on: July 15, 2008, 05:54:15 PM
This made me laugh out loud

The ad in question that's causing such an uproar just brings the comedy.



edit:  i love the text in the above ad.  honestly, when i think about the civil war, Harvey Fierstein usually doesn't spring to mind. 
8110  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Burn After Reading on: July 15, 2008, 05:50:28 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 15, 2008, 07:13:10 AM

Brad Pitt.. George Clooney... John Malkovich... J.K. Simmons....



IN!

It's like they read your list of "Guys I wanna physically love in an alley!"
8111  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: katie Holmes (with pic) on: July 14, 2008, 06:26:43 PM
If they'd just panned the camera down about 3 feet you could have actually seen the aforementioned mr. cruise....
8112  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movies]hellboy 2 on: July 14, 2008, 05:40:35 PM
Thankfully Meet Dave made, like, 14 dollars at the theaters this past weekend.
8113  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movies] Wanted impressions on: July 14, 2008, 05:25:10 PM

Quote from: LordMortis on July 14, 2008, 05:03:45 PM

Quote from: hepcat on July 14, 2008, 05:00:00 PM

hmmm...i never made that connection.  I just kept seeing Danny Kaye in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.   icon_biggrin

Never seen it (that I remember).  But I can remember loving old Danny Kaye movies growing up.  Was it any good?

it's been a long time since i saw it, but it's danny kaye in his prime.  i would definitely recommend it.  as a matter of fact, i'm going to add it to my netflix queue right now.   icon_wink
8114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movies] Wanted impressions on: July 14, 2008, 05:00:00 PM
hmmm...i never made that connection.  I just kept seeing Danny Kaye in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.   icon_biggrin
8115  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movies] Wanted impressions on: July 14, 2008, 04:46:09 PM
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It failed to show proper homage to Scrubs.

 icon_confused
8116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movies]hellboy 2 on: July 14, 2008, 03:39:15 PM

Quote from: Purge on July 14, 2008, 03:26:39 PM

WTF is Meet Dave?

I truly envy you...
8117  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movies]hellboy 2 on: July 14, 2008, 03:24:42 PM
Saw it saturday after 3 rum and cokes at the bar attached to the Evanston 12 cinema.  Really enjoyed what I can remember.  I agree with someone else's assessment that the continuity of HB's relationship to Jeffrey Timbor's character was off from the first one.  However, the visuals alone in this movie make it a keeper.  Plus, more Abe is never a bad thing.

Glad to hear it made number 1 at the box office this past weekend.  Good directors who take a chance and make interesting films should make money...while the people who made Meet Dave should be pushed into making DMV crash videos.
8118  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Oh how I've missed you, Mr. Cohen on: July 07, 2008, 07:33:00 PM
As in Sacha Baron Cohen, the satirist comedian behind Borat...or, as I like to call it, "The Movie That Almost Made Me Wet Myself in a Public Place".

This time he's working the world with his Austrian Male Model character, Bruno.

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It's unclear whether his Mossad retirement benefit card will be confiscated, but former spy and current political analyst Yossi Alpher is certainly feeling sheepish after being fooled by actor Sacha Baron Cohen, aka Borat.

Cohen was in Jerusalem two weeks ago filming scenes for his next movie, Bruno, based on a character the British comedian played in his Da Ali G Show. In that show, Cohen played Bruno as a flamboyant Austrian fashion and celebrity journalist, regularly interviewing unwitting members of the public who weren't aware he wasn't a real person.

Cohen's producers contacted Alpher, a writer on Israel-related strategic issues and co-editor of the Israeli-Palestinian political Web site Bitterlemons, and asked him to be interviewed along with a Palestinian for a documentary that would explain the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to the youth of the world.

"The producers explained that our interviewer, a German rock star, was the perfect person to establish strong communication with our audience," Alpher wrote in a column that appeared in The Forward.

Alpher - who served in the Israel Defense Forces as an intelligence officer, followed by 12 years' service in the Mossad and senior positions at the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University and the American Jewish Committee's Israel/Middle East office - realized something might not be quite kosher when the "rock star" interviewee brought up Hamas:

"Vait, vait. Vat's zee connection between a political movement and food? Vy humous?" asked the interviewer in heavily accented English, echoing the obsession with the chickpea spread shared by Adam Sandler's Zohan. "Yesterday I had to throw away my pita bread because it vas dripping humous. Unt it's too high in carbohydrates."

The absurd Hamas-humous confusion went on for several minutes, and Alpher began to smell a rat, but stuck with the interview nonetheless - thus joining the long list of prominent figures down the years who have sought to maintain their gravitas while being tricked by one of Cohen's ridiculous personas.

It got worse, Alpher acknowledged: "Then the interviewer declared, 'Your conflict is not so bad. Jennifer-Angelina is worse.'"

Alpher and his Palestinian partner exchanged puzzled glances at the comparison of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie fighting over Brad Pitt, but because they had both received a fee for their appearance, and still hadn't completely internalized that their interviewer was not exactly who he seemed, they soldiered on.

"We played it straight and square... We smiled at the idiotic questions and answered them patiently... We knew something ludicrous was happening but couldn't quite figure it out," Alpher wrote. "Our rock-star host concluded with a mind-boggling song about the epic Middle East conflict between 'Jews and Hindus.' At the crescendo, he grabbed our hands and joined them with his."

Only after the completion of the interview did Alpher realize he'd been had, and that Cohen in the guise of Bruno had struck again.

Alpher had signed a release form before being filmed for the movie, due to be released in May 2009, so he won't likely be filing a lawsuit against Cohen like some of the comedian's patsies in 2006's smash hit Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.

Trying to make the best of the experience, Alpher asserted, "We ourselves were not being ridiculed - only the conflict that occupies and preoccupies us." 
8119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: There Will Be Blood on: July 07, 2008, 07:29:12 PM
please don't misunderstand my post.  it wasn't directed at anyone at all.  i was simply trying to make it clear that i wasn't actually upset with anyone for not liking the movie.    icon_wink
8120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: There Will Be Blood on: July 07, 2008, 06:21:51 PM
LM is right about one thing, it is a matter of opinions at this point.  No one is wrong for disliking the film just as no one is wrong for loving it.  I absolutely loathe Clerks 2 since I thought it was an annoying bit of cliched angst using tired jokes and wrapped in the cloak of indie hipness, but i also understand that many folks around here loved it.  does that make either side any less intelligent or cool?  no. 

...it just means i won't be invited to movie night by many of you.   icon_biggrin
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