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1  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama's a <n word> but I'm not racist! on: December 30, 2012, 06:04:37 AM

Quote from: hepcat on November 12, 2012, 05:46:44 PM

That's essentially what a woman in California is saying after she posted a racially charged update about Obama's reelection recently.

My favorite part is the vehement denial on her part that she's even remotely racist.  Lady, that ship sailed. 

Ummm... how do you define "racism?"

Her rant reads as someone who is prejudiced, not racist.  The two words have significantly different meanings.  Just because the press repeatedly over-uses and mis-uses the word racism, does not mean you should.

Racism
The belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race

Prejudice
Preconceived opinion not based on reason or experience.

Which one of those sounds more appropriate given her statements.

2  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Our nation's greatest enemy... on: December 30, 2012, 06:01:11 AM
Post in reference to thread title.

The Fed printing $45 Billion dollars a month and buying US Govt treasuries guaranteed to jack up inflation while everyone's taxes go up at the same time.  I am really glad everyone else re-elected Obama. Roll Eyes

Please - look up the Weimar Republic, 1970s England, and 1990s Yugoslavia.  Those all happened relatively recently and tried to print their way out of debt without controlling spending.  Our current govt keeps on trying to print their way out of debt while not having passed ONE SINGLE BUDGET since Obama took office - even in his first two years when Democrats controlled both the House and the Senate.  WHERE WAS THE OUTCRY THEN???  Had it been a Republican President with Both houses and no budget, everyone would have known about it.

Heck, the latest nonsense - just prior to the election, Obama proposed a budget which NO ONE in either the House or the Senate voted for, because it was ridiculously over the top.  So, now, Obama essentially handed the SAME PROPOSAL to Repubs to solve the fiscal cliff debate????

Go on  - just keep enjoying the Obama "freebies" which every tax payer is actually paying for and will be paying more for shortly.
3  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Benghazi Gate on: December 30, 2012, 05:52:58 AM

Quote from: hepcat on November 27, 2012, 12:44:56 PM

I'm sure this will be called a coverup by the repubs who were screaming for Obama's head on a platter.

When was the last time a US Ambassador was assassinated???  Wasn't it 1979????  Yet - NOTHING HAPPENS to those responsible.  They all get to keep their jobs???? 

If YOU allowed someone to get killed at YOUR job for not providing necessary security when YOU were warned repeatedly that additional security was needed, should YOU keep your job?  Heck - apparently providing new Chevy Volts to the Austrian Embassy for a ridiculous sum is more important than providing security in a high threat area.  The State Dept actually had the nerve to say they did not have the funds to improve security in Libya while they were busy handing money to GM for cars in Austria. 

But let's keep ignoring facts and just blame it on "repubs" over-reacting.  Stunning how ignorant many are of all the facts around this and were a "repub" President in office with these same facts, ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, and everyone but Fox would be demanding action be taken.

NO AMBASSADOR DEATHS since 1979, yet somehow this is the "Repubs" issue?????? 

How many Ambassadors have died under any President since, say, 1900???  Is 112 year too long?  I only know of 2 Ambassadors being assassinated in that time span and BOTH were under Democratic Presidents with extremely weak Foreign Policy stances.
4  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: The 2012 Presidential Election: Obama Wins!!!!!! on: December 30, 2012, 05:44:10 AM

Quote from: Gratch on December 28, 2012, 03:36:13 AM

Quote from: WorkingMike on December 28, 2012, 12:26:32 AM

I just watched it this morning. Very well done documentary about some fabulously wealthy folks whose business model was a proverbial house of cards.

Quote
Queen of Versailles was added, too, and it's supposed to be a fantastic documentary.  Don't let the Jersey Shore meets Legally Blonde cover fool you.

IIRC, the husband in that film was the same guy who threatened to lay off employees if Obama won.

But Unions threatening members who do/did not go out and actively support Obama is apparently OK.

Everyone enjoy this while the government keeps printing money at a far faster pace than both Yugoslavia and 1930s Germany while taxes jump for the entire population at the same time.  Obama thought this was a "good thing" back during the debt crisis talks 2 years ago.  Now, he is blaming Republicans for things HE SAID were a good thing.  President Obama has lied, lied and lied again.

The USA was built on Capitalism.  It worked so well, Russia is copying what we did prior to 2004 to better their economy.  Meanwhile, the USA under Obama and the Senate Democratic so-called leadership, is doing everything they can to turn the US Govt into exactly what failed the USSR????  Does this make any friggin' sense??????
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL 2012-13 season thread. on: December 30, 2012, 05:33:21 AM

Quote from: Arkon on December 28, 2012, 08:32:32 PM

More details of the offer can be found here on TSN.


There is seriously significant "give" in this offer compared to anything the owners have done before. NHLPA would be fools to reject this.

Really like this aspect: 
Quote
- New Player Discipline procedures and protocol incorporating Player appeal rights to a neutral third-party arbitrator for both on-ice and off-ice discipline.
 

The idea of having this crap in one person's hands administered by the league with nothing but reviews by the league (in other words no independent review outside the NHL) was ludicrous from the get-go, which is how it has been since the last CBA was signed.
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2012 -- Week 16 on: December 24, 2012, 08:10:18 AM
Next week should be fun.

Rams will be playing at Seattle with being undefeated in divisional play on the line and Fisher has had the Rams ready for every divisional game this season.

Seattle will be playing for a shot at the division title, although that is very unlikely with the Niners playing the Cardinals.

Looking forward to the game.
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2012 -- Week 16 on: December 23, 2012, 05:39:19 AM

Quote from: naednek on December 20, 2012, 11:05:30 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on December 20, 2012, 04:54:28 PM


Yah, I saw that.  So much for all turnovers are reviewed...  Of course if Harbaugh challeneged it would have cost us a TO.

Once again - Bring back the replacement refs.  The current "experienced" refs are not any better.  But the sports media will not say much about that.
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NRA Blames Video Games For School Shootings on: December 23, 2012, 05:34:57 AM
How come no one is talking about mental health and the steady decline in the numbers of folks institutionalized who actually should be institutionalized.  This kid is one of them and he is not the one who owned the guns.  Why not the discussion about responsible parenting???  Leaving a mentally unstable individual home alone with access to guns????  Yet somehow it is the gun's fault.   Roll Eyes
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2012 -- Week 13 on: December 03, 2012, 06:02:16 PM

Quote from: naednek on December 03, 2012, 05:00:12 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on December 03, 2012, 04:53:16 AM

I just want to know what the f that guy was thinking diving into a clearly sliding Bradford and giving them 15 yards for nothing. Also Cortland Finnegan is a dirty piece of shit.

From what the announcers said (it wasn't shown on the replay) was that Goldston had already committed when he slid.  I also don't think it was a safety.

It was a safety.  The ball has to reach the line of scrimmage when throwing it away, even when outside of the tackle box, and the ball went out of bounds 3 yards shy of the LOS.  Since it was intentional grounding in the end zone = safety.  FYI - Bradford has had that grounding call made at least 3 times against him this season, just not from his own end zone.
10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2012 -- Week 13 on: November 30, 2012, 08:31:21 PM
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2012 -- Week 12 on: November 28, 2012, 06:01:45 AM

Quote from: Soulchilde on November 27, 2012, 02:00:15 AM

Quote from: naednek on November 27, 2012, 01:45:52 AM

did he really get it?  Looks like he was tackled with his knee hitting the ground before crossing the line.

I don't think so, but it was ruled a first down before they reviewed it.  After review it stood.  Honestly, the whole sequence for the review and marking distance took about 5-6 minutes to resolve

Hometown Review.  Replay on NFL.com shows his knee on the ground and the ball just across the 35 yard line - not a full yard further beyond the 34 yard line.  Unless the distance between Ray Rice's chest and his waist is 3+ feet.
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2012 -- Week 12 on: November 22, 2012, 05:03:57 AM

Quote from: Gratch on November 22, 2012, 03:49:50 AM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on November 22, 2012, 03:36:44 AM

No surprise to  me. Sports Illustrated is reporting that Kaepernick was told he is starting against the Saints.

If that's the case, I hope Smith is done in San Francisco and gives them the finger on the way out the door.  Has he been a disappointment as the #1 pick?  Sure.  But he's turned things around, he's done everything the organization has asked, shown a ton of loyalty, played well within their system, took the team to the NFC title game (and looked to be well on the way to doing so again), is one of the most efficient QB's in the league...and he's going to get benched because the backup played one good game (Matt Flynn, anyone?).  Oh, and Smith is only two weeks removed from playing an almost perfect game against Arizona.
  
Nothing against Kaep, but I'm going to laugh my ass off if/when this turns into a clusterfuck for the Niners.

Prior to getting injured, Smith looked like crap against St Louis.  I would go so far to say had Smith not been injured, the Niners would have lost that game, instead of ending in a tie.
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2012 -- Week 10 on: November 15, 2012, 03:19:58 AM

Quote from: naednek on November 12, 2012, 06:52:21 AM


Well you were partly right Tongue
man what a disappointing game. This is the game the niners should have steamrolled over (like the Bills/Jets game) instead they lay a turd. Couple that with some very bad officiating, like letting the clock run down 1:12 minutes while measuring for the 1st down is beyond excusable. I thought Kapernick's TD should have been reversed, his foot was out of bounds, and I also thought the call against Ray MacDonald for illegal hit to the head was a stretch. At least it was a tie.

Niners better get their act together against the Bears next Monday. It's going to be tough.

You should have seen the hit a couple of weeks ago when the Rams Langford was flagged for the same thing.  Langford is in the process of hitting the QB - as he has already taken his last step and lowered his shoulder to nail the QB in the chest.  The QB ducks into Langford's shoulder causing a shoulder to the head hit.  Result - personal foul for hitting the QB in the head.  Yes, those are crap calls.
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2012 -- Week 10 on: November 08, 2012, 08:52:44 AM
Niners-Rams this weekend.  If the Niners do what New England did on offense (ie - send the outside WRs on fly and post routes while running the TE and RBs on short underneath routes (talking 5 yards or less), it will negate the Rams pass rush and the Rams weak outside LB coverage and the Niners will dominate the Rams.  If the Niners attempt the conventional - run, pass deep, pass for first down type offense - it will be a close game.  What New England did was attack the Rams obvious defensive weakness (OLB and S coverage), which was plainly evident in preseason play, yet no one prior consistently attacked those areas prior to that game in London.  With recent film and the Niners having an excellent TE along with what should be a healthy Frank Gore, it will likely be a long day for the Rams.  However, if the Niners do not pay attention to film and attempt to play however they want, instead of attacking the Rams clear weaknesses, the Rams defense can keep a game close and give the Rams offense the opportunity to win.  The one area Bradford has consistently played well this season is late in games when one score can tie or win the game.  Niners need to build that early lead and not let the Rams stay in the game at all. 

Will be interesting to watch for at least two quarters, but if the Niners use game film and attack what the Patriots exposed, this game will be over by half-time.  However, if Alex Smith chokes or the Niners fail to attack those weaknesses, this will go down to a 4th quarter game which the Rams have proved capable of winning if within one score late in the game.
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It's official: my favorite type of beer.... on: October 26, 2012, 10:05:19 AM
Just gotta say October is a great time of year with all the different Pumpkin beers available.  smile
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: October 11, 2012, 03:40:20 AM

Quote from: kronovan on October 06, 2012, 08:10:42 PM

On Netflix Canuckistan in the past week we got:

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
The Girl Who Played with Fire
The Fifth Element
Hellboy 2: The Golden Army
Startship Troopers
The Gift
Ghostbusters
Land of the Dead
Lawrence of Arabia
In the Line of Fire


No doubt those were already on Netflix USA, but that has to be 1 of our best Netflix weeks up here in the Great White North for some time. Fortunately, despite having seen all of those I only own 2 of them, so I'm ripe for another viewing. slywink

Ghost Protocol still has not shown up on USA Netflix, yet.  So, you got at least one we don't have. slywink
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] AMC's Hell on Wheels on: October 11, 2012, 03:37:59 AM
I felt it was poorly written for one reason.  It seemed like when they ran out of things to have characters say, they took the Team America angle and went with "We need a montage!"  Serious over-use of montages this season, which to me is an indication of lazy writers.  Heck, the end of season one with that crappy music was darn near 6 minutes long.
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Revolution on: September 26, 2012, 02:54:59 PM
The beginning of Episode 2 with the liberal teen girl "we can't kill helpless people" tripe - and the supposedly hardened killer actually listening to the teenage brat - I quit.  What made this worse - crappy shaky-cam directing any time there was a fight, instead of actually choreographing a fight we can actually see.  That is lazy, crappy directing.
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Revolution on: September 21, 2012, 07:46:58 AM

Quote from: Crusis on September 20, 2012, 10:34:05 PM

This was ... terrible. Absolutely terrible. Every single woman looks like they stepped out of a fashion magazine. They haven't had power in 15 years but villages are surrounded by trees. The men all have that "I just woke up scruffy facial" look. An airport hasn't been completely picked over in 15 years. They covered the entire power outage in 2 minutes. I guess that means plenty of flashbacks - this is JJ Abrams, right?

Terrible.

I have to point out that Walking Dead, in my opinion (and that show is far from perfect), at least gets the scrambling to survive part right.



Why does everyone have perfectly tailored clothes and fancily coifed hair?  Is there a Gap and a Hair Cuttery right around the corner which are still working??  And why the F would someone be looking for something in planes at O'Hare Airport FIFTEEN YEARS  later????  Outside of that ridiculously obvious flaw and the apparently obligatory teen angst between girl and mom figure in spite of 15 years of living together in the wild, it was ok.
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2012 NHL Off-Season on: September 15, 2012, 02:22:06 AM
This Bob McKenzie article is excellent.  It describes both sides of the situation.  IMO, the Owners are still the damn problem this time.  NHL Owners cannot during the season tout how wonderful the league is doing nor can the league tout record revenues, and then, when it is CBA negotiation time, claim the Owners and League are not making enough money.  The NHL and the Owners changed the "revenue formula" from the one used when the prior CBA was settled.  Gee... I wonder why the players are ticked off and not bending over this time.
21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: September 12, 2012, 05:06:38 AM

Quote from: hepcat on September 11, 2012, 01:33:35 PM


"Most"?  Drive still maintains a 93 percent positive critics review on Rottentomatoes, and a 78 from average joes.

Long, drug out, no dialogue scenes are really boring.  And Drive is mostly long, drug out, no dialogue scenes.  The artsy-fartsy critics can bite me.  Tongue
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Behold! Television without Context on: September 02, 2012, 12:23:30 AM
Yes, that is bizarre.
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Dirty Joke Thread [NSFW text - duh] on: August 27, 2012, 11:16:18 PM
A businessman goes to Japan for the first time ever on a sales trip making a pitch to some Japanese executives.  He had heard about women of the  orient so his first night there he hires a lady of the evening.  While they are getting down to business, she keeps yelling "Ashi! Ashi!".  This is awesome for this man, because he this lady is clearly loving what he is giving her.

Next day, he is on the golf course with his prospective clients.  One of them hits a hole in one.  Wanting to impress them with his knowledge of Japanese, he screams "Ashi! Ashi!"  The clients look at him in a confused manner.  The gentleman who hit the hole-in-one then asks him angrily,
Spoiler for Hiden:
"What do you mean wrong hole?"
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Michael J Fox to return to TV on: August 21, 2012, 10:43:49 PM
He has been excellent on The Good Wife the past two seasons.
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Arnie]The Last Stand on: August 18, 2012, 09:47:51 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 18, 2012, 08:51:58 PM

Quote from: theohall on August 18, 2012, 08:41:30 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 18, 2012, 04:49:23 PM

uh, massively armed drug group moving on the US border?  why not call the military?  can't wait to hear their explanation for that; perhaps they're still busy dealing with the not-Chinese.

In the US since he escapes from FBI custody - Posse Comitatus is the reason you do not call the military.

bah, like they'd let something like that stop them in the movies.

Well - someone was trying to ask a "reasonable" question, so I replied.  But it is the movies so might as well call in Delta Force.  That's it.  Chuck Norris and Arnie joining forces....  smile
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Arnie]The Last Stand on: August 18, 2012, 08:41:30 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 18, 2012, 04:49:23 PM

uh, massively armed drug group moving on the US border?  why not call the military?  can't wait to hear their explanation for that; perhaps they're still busy dealing with the not-Chinese.

In the US since he escapes from FBI custody - Posse Comitatus is the reason you do not call the military.
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [CBS]Elementary on: August 15, 2012, 02:14:01 AM
Thursday 10 PM ET is an excellent slot for it, IF folks stay up to watch it.  There is not much competition from over-the-air (OTA) TV.  Not sure what the cable networks will be running at the same time. 

OTA competition is ABC's Scandal and a Brian Williams news thing on NBC.  Looks like the cable networks big shows are going to continue to air on Sundays - as they usually do.

Will be interesting to see if it generates any interest in the "late" ET primetime slot.
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] AMC's Hell on Wheels on: August 14, 2012, 01:44:44 AM
the last 20 minutes of the premiere really dragged.  It was like the writer's did not know what to do, so they made a ridiculously long montage and put in the Bohannon thing towards the end.
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2012 -- Preseason on: August 13, 2012, 09:59:10 PM
It should be noted that 63-yard TD pass only traveled about 5 yards in the air and never crossed the line of scrimmage.  It was an inside screen which the Rams defended horribly.  Let's not make Luck into something great, yet.
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2012 NHL Off-Season on: August 09, 2012, 10:17:05 PM
Still don't believe a lockout is going to happen?

Watch this video from the NHL website and listen to Bettman.  Certainly sounds like a lockout is on the way.

After these owners have shelled out these ridiculous contracts this off-season, not to mention the Kovalchuk contract under this CBA, and Bettman has the nerve to say they cannot operate under this CBA unless they reduce player costs. 

Owners are the ones shelling out the cash.  Get them under control - not force the players to cave to whatever the NHL wishes.
31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie]The Shining.....Prequel? on: August 03, 2012, 04:07:40 AM
Jar Jar Binks is in The Shining prequel???  slywink
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: has this Remake been mentioned yet?..Total Recall on: August 03, 2012, 03:58:43 AM
We Can Remember It For You Wholesale is available in public domain and the short story is truly a short story.  Easily finishable in about 30 minutes.  That link is not a very good PDF, but it works.  Just take the 30 minutes and form your own opinion.
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Dredd on: August 03, 2012, 03:49:48 AM
Judging by the way re-makes are being done these days, it will be all action with crappy dialogue and little humour so it will "sell better" in the international market.
34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: July 26, 2012, 12:48:37 AM
The Hobbit - 95022 words

The Fellowship of the Ring - ~187000 words
The Two Towers - ~155000 words
Return of the King - ~131000 words

Even if they add all of the LotR appendices to the Hobbit, it is still nowhere near close to the length of the Fellowship of the Ring by itself.  And they now want to make three movies out of it??  Ridiculous.  It just means dragging out the beginning of the journey.  Dragging out the middle of the journey.  And cramming all the action into the end of the third.  Even as a two-movie set, they would still be dragging out the beginning half of the journey.  Unless, of course, they end the 2nd movie with Bilbo getting the Ring, while dragging out the entire 3rd movie.
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2012 NHL Off-Season on: July 22, 2012, 09:32:47 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on July 22, 2012, 04:11:00 AM

Quote from: theohall on July 21, 2012, 10:18:46 PM

Quote from: Koz on July 20, 2012, 11:52:50 PM

The small market owners cry BS because of the guaranteed money. Nashville probably can't afford $26 million or whatever it is over 3 years even though they have the cap room. The cap hit is the average of the term, which is why there's 3 years tacked on the end of the contract at $1 mil per.

Which is straight out right cap circumvention - which is not supposed to be allowed under the current CBA.

No, it's not cap circumvention.

And we both know that type of wording in a 14 year contract with a $1M salary the last three years is straight up circumventing Salary Cap by reducing the overall value of the contract.  Puh-lease.  Legalese BS is what that is.  Nice try....  And you think a lockout WON'T happen with teams pulling this crap????? 
36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Penn State Saga] Sandusky Convicted - PSU football deserves death penalty? on: July 22, 2012, 09:28:18 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on July 22, 2012, 02:43:07 PM

Good, they took down the statue in front of the stadium.  

Bullshit!  Paterno reported to his superiors.  His superiors covered the shit up as proved in several emails.  So the answer is to punish the public figure???  WTF are they doing to the asshats who actually covered it up?  WTF are their names????  Does anyone know without looking it up on the internet?????

The asshats ABOVE Paterno are culpable and we are not hearing SQUAT about them, in spite of the fact Paterno reported it to them and THEY did nothing.  Why aren't THEY being lambasted in the media with their names posted everywhere????

BS - on bashing the one person who CANNOT respond due to being dead.
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2012 NHL Off-Season on: July 21, 2012, 10:18:46 PM

Quote from: Koz on July 20, 2012, 11:52:50 PM

The small market owners cry BS because of the guaranteed money. Nashville probably can't afford $26 million or whatever it is over 3 years even though they have the cap room. The cap hit is the average of the term, which is why there's 3 years tacked on the end of the contract at $1 mil per.

Which is straight out right cap circumvention - which is not supposed to be allowed under the current CBA.
38  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2012 NHL Off-Season on: July 20, 2012, 10:48:10 PM

Quote from: gellar on July 20, 2012, 06:42:09 PM

Quote from: theohall on July 20, 2012, 06:34:26 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on July 19, 2012, 05:53:39 AM

The only insane part about that offer sheet is the length. It averages out to just over 7 million a season, but holy crap, 14 years is crazy. He'll be 40 years old by the last year.

It's crazy, but the way the money is setup in the contract, almost all of it winds up hitting the team's salary cap in the first 5 years of the contract.  Nashville matching means they have to somehow lose ~ $1M in salary (cut someone) this season and it extremely limits what they can do in the off-season the next 4 years.  Not sure how it impacts Philly.  I would assume this would be their only big signing for the next few years.

No.  Just no.

That is not at all how the salary cap works.

It's not how it's supposed to work, but front-loading the contract and the early guaranteed money causes some weird BS to trigger most of the cap-hit in the first 5 years.  Heard this on NHL Radio yesterday, and again today, from dudes who know far more than I.  This is the reason some folks are saying this is the kind of deal which will cause small market owners to call BS on the league and these cap-circumventing deals creating another lockout.
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2012 NHL Off-Season on: July 20, 2012, 06:34:26 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on July 19, 2012, 05:53:39 AM

The only insane part about that offer sheet is the length. It averages out to just over 7 million a season, but holy crap, 14 years is crazy. He'll be 40 years old by the last year.

It's crazy, but the way the money is setup in the contract, almost all of it winds up hitting the team's salary cap in the first 5 years of the contract.  Nashville matching means they have to somehow lose ~ $1M in salary (cut someone) this season and it extremely limits what they can do in the off-season the next 4 years.  Not sure how it impacts Philly.  I would assume this would be their only big signing for the next few years.
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Book] John Carter of Mars on: July 17, 2012, 10:07:32 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on July 17, 2012, 08:16:56 PM

Quote from: theohall on July 17, 2012, 07:30:47 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on July 17, 2012, 06:36:32 PM

Quote from: hepcat on July 17, 2012, 05:44:52 PM

The story was what many of the reviewers who weren't familiar with the source material were decrying as derivative.  From what I read, most reviews seemed to appreciate the visual aesthetics of the film.

The appearance of the Orcs wasn't even close to being a "make it or break it" aspect of LoTR, imho. As for the elves, I'm not sure how Jackson did anything but draw them directly from the book.  Go back and watch Bakshi's adaptation.   You'll see intrinsically the same visualizations.

I think Lord of the Rings is a far more recognizable franchise even in today's world and at that particular time than John Carter, in any case.  Ask around before the LoTR films premiered which book series the person had heard of and I'm betting the overwhelming majority would point towards LoTR rather than JC.


Well, as I say, I haven't seen it yet, but I did see the trailer and what felt a little too familiar to me was not the story but the images.  

No question LOTR is more familiar, but that's a double-edged sword.  Because of that, we got D&D and then all the images of those creatures from hundreds of games and books and comics and even films.  To the point where many knew what an elf was before they saw the first LOTR movie, yet it still felt fresh.  Yes, Jackson pulled from the source material, but another director could have done the same thing, but without the attention to ambiance and pacing that pulled forth the ethereal qualities of the race.  It was even done in makeup and subtle use of special effects, not just to make them pale, but to make their eyes just a little bigger and remove small traces of wrinkles to the point where you really got the feeling that these were truly beautiful creatures.  As Tolkien intended, yes, but my point is that it's challenging to pull off and make it feel fresh.

I don't mean to come down on JC.  I actually think I'll enjoy the film when I get to it.  I just meant to say that you can't put it on the audience for wanting to see something new, no matter what the lineage.

And I would blame that on the audience and reviewers for not knowing the source material, not the movie for actually making a movie from the source material.  When the books give really good illustrations of things, not including them would be silly.  It's not the fault of this movie that other movies took directly from ERB's works.

Well, that's ridiculous.  You can't require the audience to have read the book in advance, no matter how good the book may be. The burden is on the filmmakers to use the source material in an effective way that rings true for the fans but feels fresh and exciting for the other people they want to buy tickets.

Kind of hard for a movie maker to do when darn near every iconic image in the book has been used by already made movies.  Doing otherwise, then it's not "John Carter" but some movie makers "vision" of John Carter and it gets panned for that too.
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