Quote from: metallicorphan on February 12, 2013, 04:12:10 PM
yeah i love Red Dwarf,and wasn't too keen on BTE....too many Blade Runner references(I know it was a homage to it,but still),first episode was okay,but by the third and last it was limping along.....but yeah as Hepcat says last November's New Series was great and back to basics
back to Star Trek,Simon Pegg was asked on the Red Carpet of the BAFTAs if J.J Abrams would be back for Star Trek 3 with him doing Star Wars 7,and he said yes he'll be back,however on his twitter account later he said that he did not know if he would be back for the third one
Simon Pegg @simonpegg Just to be clear, contrary to reports in the press, I have no idea whether or not JJ will helm Star Trek 3.
Just to be clear,peggster!!...the reports in the press are videos of you SAYING that he would helm Star Trek 3
Whats the big deal? Pegg stated an opinion that he felt JJ would do ST3, He can have an opinion and still not be absolutely sure. Even if JJ were under contract to do ST3, theres no guarantee that he would follow through. After the press started to blow this up he clarified. Hell, even if JJ himself stated that he WAS 100% positive he was doing ST3, its still no guarantee that he would, hollywood changes directions ( and directors ) constantly.
Quote from: hepcat on February 11, 2013, 04:44:21 PM
That's what I think as well considering the ending of the last episode (with the golem).
I'm betting we see the brothers accrue a series of allies (like the aforementioned golem) for the upcoming battles. I kind of like that concept. they partner with the very same creatures they fight against normally to take on a greater evil.
If thats the case then we will likely see Bennie again, he was the best part of the first half of this season.
Quote from: Turtle on February 11, 2013, 11:44:36 AM
So, anyone still watching this?
We're on season 8 now, but I didn't want to create a new thread.
Every time it seems like they're going to actually end it, heck all the news says they will, but somehow they get another season. Then I think it's going to be bad, but they find a way to make it interesting, even mixing things up a bit every time. It also helps that it's not an entirely serious show, they're definitely not above calling themselves on their own cliches, and making fun of themselves too.
Spoiler discussion up to Season 8, Episode 13:
Spoiler for Hiden:
Well, the whole men of letters thing came out of nowhere. It seems like the writers are really piling everything on Sam and Dean. First they're the destined spawn and vessels for the apocalyptic fight, the now they're Men of Letters, an ancient secret society dedicated to protecting humanity from evil, fighting against the pulp story-like Thule nazis society.
And honestly, I like this change of direction despite it being such a jump. The old formula, after 7 seasons, was getting a bit stale. And it's actually nice to see that despite all the horrific groups and organizations out to kill us all, there was a group in the Supernatural setting that was trying to save us, but failing only to be reborn.
Unfortunately, the writers are going to have to keep the theme of the show, which is the 2 brothers, so I don't see them expanding the men of letters any time soon, if at all. Honestly, I see their whole new hideout blowing up by the end of the season in an arcane conflagration, but this direction is still nice to me. I hope they keep the whole legacy around, and start making it so that by the finale, they're building it into something larger.
Spoiler for Hiden:
Since the Men of Letters were basically on the front lines of the battle vs demons and even used hunter units to fight, it seems the only real change is that the brother have new resources. And of course have inherited the Men of Letters problems. Still its a better direction than the early part of the season where they had Sam and Dean whining at each other for 30 minutes an episode, over their choices in companions. That was getting really annoying.
Being alive. I really didnt think Id make it this far. I should have died 12 years ago but incredible will, great insurance and the best surgeon in the Kalamazoo area combined to get me where I am. Im very thankful for having Blue Cross master medical at the time because the total bill was over $300,000.
Quote from: WarPig on February 04, 2013, 01:15:21 AM
All right, if I heard that correctly, Kirk asked the villain who he was. If it was Gary, wouldn't Kirk already know who he was? I'm back in the Khan theory.
This could also be a classic JJ dodge. without context, the question could be totally different than you think. For example, lets say he is Mitchell and Kirk had seen him do some pretty impossible things ( as we know Mitchell becomes capable of ) the question, in that context works.
Ive been doing my taxes for years. I own a rental property so I have the long form to deal with. The thing is, I had an accountant do mine years ago and then borrowed a friends copy of Tax Cut and actually ended up getting a slightly larger return on my own. I found out that basically you just answer the same questions on the software that the accountant would ask as hes basically using the same software himself. Unless your situation is very complicated, doing your own is much cheaper.
The 2nd episode was pretty good. The series looks like its going to be an insane cat and mouse game between Bacon and Purfoy with Raylan Givens ex-wife as the prize. Nothing new there but it is going for dark and edgy and seems to be pushing that envelope quite a bit for network TV.
Quote from: Razgon on January 24, 2013, 07:53:24 AM
This is wiki's explanation of the word - At first I thought you qouted that, but you didnt, as your deleted post mentioned, Ceekay.
Misogyny (pron.: /mɪˈsɒdʒɪni/) is the hatred or dislike of women or girls. Misogyny can be manifested in numerous ways, including sexual discrimination, denigration of women, violence against women, and sexual objectification of women. Misogyny has been characterised as a prominent feature of the mythologies of the ancient world as well as various religions. In addition, many influential Western philosophers have been described as misogynistic. The male counterpart of misogyny is misandry, the hatred or dislike of men; the antonym of misogyny is philogyny, the love or fondness of women.
This thread is about giving women equal opportunity in the army, and the first thing we get is semi-naked women...
Apologies for misspelling the word though! English is hard!
Yep clearly English is hard. Youre stating that the sexual objectification of women in this thread is misogny. That would be incorrect. In fact most of the sexual objectification of women is done by people who are as far from misogynistic as humanly possible. Just because misogyny can be manifested as sexual objectification of women, it does not mean that any sexual objectification of women is misogyny. Otherwise you are a misandrist as you have been know to post pictures that sexual objectify men.
While theres truth to your assessment, Bullwinkle, I had a much more positive feel towards the finale. When they announced last year that it would be the end of the series, I think it forced the writers to cut stuff they had planned in order get to the ending a bit more efficiently. I had read somewhere a few months ago that they had hoped to have 2 more full seasons to bring the series to a close and that they had to reduce 44 episodes down to 13 to finish the series. You could see the effects of that in that at times this season seemed a bit forced. Still, as a whole I thought they did admirably, under the circumstances. As far as the finale, I thought they did a good job of referencing a lot of the earlier episode stuff and especially enjoyed their assault on the Observer HQ. It was definitely peppered with shout outs to the series as a whole and a nice send off for the loyal fans.
Spoiler for Hiden:
As far as the last shot, the white tulip was a major turning point for both Walter and the series. It was a reference to hope, forgiveness and new beginnings and was very appropriate for Walter to have sent that. It does lead to the question of when did Walter send that? Before or after he went to the future?
Quote from: Bullwinkle on January 21, 2013, 05:20:09 AM
Have there been any indications that we might get into the Saucy Jack stuff? Or is that merely the pretext of the show and meant to be left at that?
The premise of the show is that it takes place some 6 months after the last suspected Ripper killing. Its been implied that the lead character and Jack have some history between them, beyond the original investigation. So far the show is about the aftermath and residual effects of the Ripper case being unsolved but not directly about investigating the Ripper. Its hard to say if they intend to get directly wrapped up in the Ripper mystery or if it will remain merely part of the shows atmosphere.
Its kind of hard to get too much of an impression of where they are going with this show and we probably wont really know until they have a few more episodes out to judge by. Still, it was good and there seems to be some interesting characters to develop. For now its got a spot on my DVR.
Ok now that was how to close a series. The Fringe finale was excellent. Great job of tying things up. While I doubt that theres any thing solid regarding future plans for Fringe, they did leave enough of a crack in the door to revisit the Fringe universe if they choose. A feature film would be awesome. I really enjoyed Fringe from start to finish and I will miss the show.
I think that continuing page loading issues have hurt the forums as well. No other site I visit on the net loads as painfully slow as GT. It seems everytime you try to get it under control it falls back to being slow, soon after. Im not trying to smack you guys down for this, just pointing out the issue. I bear with it because I like the community and have been around since the post GG days but new people may tend to get frustrated and move on since they have no ties to GT.
The major differences between the 3i and 4i that really matter are the body being made in Japan, which is considered far superior to Taiwanese manufacture and the superior auto focus, which is functional in movie mode. Here is a link to my go to camera review site: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canoneos600d/19
The two cameras have almost identical reviews and you cant go wrong with either. regarding the lenses, the 18-135mm lens was manufactured in part for improved video capture as you can probably tell from the list of features here: EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM – key features
Versatile 18-135mm zoom range – perfect for travel Smooth, quiet STM focusing when shooting movies on compatible cameras Dynamic Image Stabilizer for smooth movie footage Fast autofocus with full-time manual override Minimum focusing distance of 0.39m
It is a very nice over all lens with a a very good telephoto range and will give you plenty of picture taking options with out the need of a lens change. It also has an F-stop of 3.5 thru the range versus the 4.5 of the telephoto provided in the T3i kit. The two lens kit with the 3Ti gives you a bit more range in telephoto but are not as high quality as the single lens with the T4i kit.
IMHO, I would go with the T4i, for the better build and better overall lens and if I found I needed the extra telephoto range I would look at adding a larger range telephoto down the road. The extra $200 is worth it if you will be happier with the camera. Of course if you plan on using the camera for video at all, then the 4Ti kit is far superior to the T3i in that area and would definitely be the better choice. Last but not least, if you plan on ever upgrading the camera body, then your most important issues will be getting superior glass ( lenses ) because thats what youll be carrying over when you change camera bodies.
for cost comparison the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM goes for $481 on amazon just by itself. The 55-250 mm runs for just under $200 and the 18-55mm IS lens is also just under $200
If you take the total sum of all human knowledge, it would be a mere drop in the ocean when compared to vast amount of information about which we as a species have absolutely no understanding of at all. By this frame of reference, we are all backwards idiots. Theres really no need to single out one group of individuals because we all qualify. Yay!
Quote from: hepcat on January 14, 2013, 06:40:09 PM
Again with the beliefs. Science is not faith! Everything science teaches you can be tested and proved by anyone who bothers to do so.
Do you know how many changes in theories there have been in science over the last 100 years regarding even the simplest of things, let alone the origin of the universe?
The only thing I can say with certainty (to paraphrase the words of a greater man than I) is that the only thing you can know is that you don't know.
Which is why "faith" is popular. You dont need answers to the important questions if you simply have faith. There is a reason faith is called the opiate of the masses. As far as changes in science, that is one of the strengths of science. As our knowledge and understanding grows, our perception of our existence changes. It is the nature of theories to change. Theories are not fact and remain unproven until such information is gathered to prove said theory. Some theories may never be proven and some change completely. Thats one of the fundamental differences between faith and science. Faith doesnt require proof, it requires belief. Science challenges belief until it can be proven.
Quote from: Razgon on January 12, 2013, 08:32:39 AM
Series finale as in, its over? I didn't know this.
Cancelled due to low ratings, or just decided to end it before that happened?
The show has always been one of those shows that have a very loyal fan base but has been borderline in the ratings. When they renewed it last year for its 5th season they announced that it would be its last. This gave the writers an opportunity to give the fans some closure and give the series a proper send off.
Well whoever is still watching, they got rewarded tonite. It was a fantastic episode. Many questions are answered, perspective is gain and ambiguity is thrown out. Next week is the 2 hour series finale and it looks like its going to kick ass. I anticipate next week with some sadness. Ive watched this series from day one and havent missed and episode. It feels like Im losing some old friends.
Distinctions are important. For example, people here are referring to religion while discussing "organized religion" Religion is a deeply personal choice. Organized religion is a powerplay. It goes to the old statement "power corrupts". It seems the more organized a religion gets the more powerful it gets. With that power comes corruption. In that effect, organized religion is not unlike a government. Im fine with anyones personal religious choices as long as those choices do not infringe on the rights of or do harm to anyone else. Unfortunately several organized religions thrive on doing just that.
So, it's probably ridiculous to ask, but is the series worth reading?
What would you compare it to? Tolkien or Martin or is it it's own beast?
I would put Wheel of Time kind of in the middle of these two. It doesnt have the elf/dwarf/hobbit race thing, its focused around humans. It does have the shadowy big bad like Tolkien though. Instead of the internal conflicts focused on races, its more focused on the sexes. One of the biggest knocks on the series is that the ploy slows to a crawl in the middle books. This was far more evident when you were waiting a couple of years for the next book but most people have found that on a reread it flows much better. Overall, its a good series and worth reading.
This wild tale of movie viewership gone wickedly awry wasn't an actual news story. It was instead a humor piece presented to the public at large on 4 May 2010 by the Brazilian satirical news site Sensacionalista, a publication whose slogan translates as "The newspaper exempt from truth."
Yeah, I didnt expect it was real. Theres a ton of "Onion" like sites out there now and I figured it had to come from one of those. Still funny tho.
It does have an overarching plot but its not used a lot. The show is basically a murder of the week show with a back story that pops up occasionally. This season theve been more into character growth then the actual backstory.
Quote from: Canuck on December 28, 2012, 11:51:57 PM
Don't let that stop you. Every Ereader owner should have Calibre on their computer with the appropriate plug ins to allow them to de-DRM any books they have purchased legally. I have a Sony Reader but I'm not going to let that stop me from taking advantage of the daily Kindle Deals.
Thanks, I have Calibre but if I can get it for my Nook from B&N for the same price, I dont bother messing with it. Most of these daily deals are publisher driven and thus not exclusive to Amazon, because of this I really havent had much need for Calibre lately.
Looks like the Detroit area is going to catch the upper edge of that storm. We are predicted to get 4" - 6" tonite. Since we got like a total accumulation of around 10" the entire season last year this is probably the biggest storm weve seen in the past two winters. Im fine with that, you can keep the 12-17 stuff.
It was also revealed that some demo screen shots used to promote the game were in fact ripped from The Walking Dead video game. Sounds like a total scam. Unfortunately this kind of crap is becoming common.
Wow, Kurt Sutter, show runner for Sons of Anarchy, tears AMC a new one for this. They really dodged a bullet when they dumped Darabont, its weird to see them handle such a successful show so poorly, yet once again.
Quote from: metallicorphan on December 22, 2012, 10:04:59 AM
was we not saying the same thing for when Frank Darabont left the show after the first series?(or whenever it was)
Yes we were and Darabonts departure led to season 2, which most felt was very inferior to season one as they dragged out the farm setting for most of the season. Its likely that the next season will be uneven as they try once again to adjust to a new direction. That being said, season 2 wasnt all that bad and with the popularity of The Walking Dead Im betting that plot wise theyve already set up where they are taking the series. Season 4 shouldnt see as big a change as season 2 did, when they completely changed the direction Darabont had planned.