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(102 replies, posted in Off Topic)

This morning I had a shower reverie involving the references to Vera Lynne in Pink Floyd's The Wall.
Sting irrevocably besmirched the word "Synchronicity," but that's the word for what we have here, Jimmy.

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(2 replies, posted in Pitches, Fixes, and Rewrites)

Write it with analogous characters, save yourself the legal wrangling.
Make everyone guess/pontificate who it's "really" about.

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(35 replies, posted in Off Topic)

Great thread, I'm super glad that you started it Squigs.

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(36 replies, posted in Off Topic)

<leroy jenkins reference>

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(102 replies, posted in Off Topic)

The vacuum of space is produced by gravity.

It may seem trivial at first blush, but I find it fairly profound that, e.g., the air-pressure gradient between Earth's surface and outer space is proportional to the local spacetime metric.

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(36 replies, posted in Off Topic)

Aw, heal ye-ah.

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(36 replies, posted in Off Topic)

See? The real forum was in our hearts all along...

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(102 replies, posted in Off Topic)

http://www.geekexchange.com/news/the-fl … howrunner/

See what happens when you bump threads?

FotN is a largely forgotten cash-in after the ET craze in the mid-80's, I admit to having enjoyable memories of seeing this in theaters when I was 12-ish.

Would pair well with Explorers.

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(2,110 replies, posted in Off Topic)

Yiddish for the win.

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/M/MV5BMjAyNjkyOTgzNF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMTk0MDc2MzE@._V1_UX182_CR0,0,182,268_AL_.jpg https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/6/6b/WildCard.2015.png/220px-WildCard.2015.png

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wild_Card_(2015_film)

Wild Card is a 2015 American action thriller film directed by Simon West, and starring Jason Statham, Michael Angarano, Dominik Garcia-Lorido, Milo Ventimiglia, Hope Davis, and Stanley Tucci. The film is based on the 1985 novel Heat by William Goldman, and is a remake of the 1986 adaptation that starred Burt Reynolds.[4] The film was released in the United States on January 30, 2015 in a limited release and through video on demand.
Wild Card was a "box office bomb", making only $6.7 million internationally against a $30 million budget.

I was originally just browsing in search of a film to help me develop my hooligan British accent, and would've passed on this if not for the spiritual 5th FIYH Goldman's name on it. This is apparently the second failed attempt at bringing this to the screen, both times as vanity projects produced by the lead actor. Burt Reynolds was the first to give it a go in "Heat"

Neither this nor the 1986 version focused (until the end) on the weak rich guy wanting to learn to be tough which was probably the nugget that Goldman was half-heartedly polishing in the novel.

The big sequence of Nick Wild's improbable run of luck at Blackjack, is followed predictably followed by the self-destructive total loss on the last hand. It's been done better in other films.

The fisticuffs are on-par, except so many frames are brutally excised from the film during the moments of contact that there must've been blood all over the editing suite.

Disappointingly, Tucci's blood pressure never rises above, "golfing for 9 holes," in any of his 3 short scenes.

On the upside, I've ceased to pronounce my 'atches, so mission accomplished.

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(21 replies, posted in Creations)

Good stuff. I continue to watch this thread... ;-)

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(21 replies, posted in Creations)

<sniffs, tastes>
That's a fucking "Milky Way."
Ya' limey fruits got your planets and galaxies all inside-out.

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(21 replies, posted in Creations)

http://media.thehoopdoctors.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/mars-blackmon-rt-float-1.jpg

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(46 replies, posted in Episodes)

*pneumatic

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(429 replies, posted in Off Topic)

Hello Michael, we look forward to your contributions.  wink

What kind of compositing are you into these days?

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(249 replies, posted in Off Topic)

Dorkman, Fuck Yeah!

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(18 replies, posted in Off Topic)

Affirmative.

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(10 replies, posted in Creations)

Yep, you're one of my favorite, "I know a guy who..." stories for that one! ;-)

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(10 replies, posted in Creations)

I remember doing the prison-establishing shots for that.
Where the hell's my money?

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(632 replies, posted in Creations)

Solid work.

Hey Teague, is the Radiopunk address accessible to members only?
Mind if I link Dale Daugherty to it?

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(108 replies, posted in Off Topic)

Tomahawk wrote:

I may or may not have misread a single word in there. Move along, or I'll kiss your asses too.

The reply is acceptable; the tale told worthy indeed. ;-)

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(108 replies, posted in Off Topic)

First, I must acknowledge the appearance of Dave! Surviving fatherhood alright?

First night out with friends that made you feel older than you were.

Not sure that I will personally ever feel old, but then I've always been mature for my age.

I got married not long after college, none of my friends at that time were even seriously dating anyone. I tried to hang on to the old social connections, but it quickly devolved into having no value for me. At a certain level, and this is probably sexist at the core, a major purpose of the college social life is to hook up and move on. Getting married is one way to shift phases.

Keeping the story short: my college crew were getting back together to hit a club in the city, and all that that implies. My wife was at a weekend continuing education class someplace, leaving me a born again bachelor for the evening. Watching the veritable "Night at the Roxbury" that ensued made me pity my boys, and appreciate my wedded bliss all the more.



Q: Describe the most superlative moment of ass-kissing you've experienced, perpetrated or witnessed.

This is the best thing I will consume this week.

Writhyn wrote:

The Force Awakened and moved him to compassion

Believe it or not, I like this one ^ the best.

@Squig & DarthP, I guess from an in-film perspective it is handled just fine. We see him struggle in the village, we get that he's about to get busted by Phasma, he quits. However, and this was my thought on the first-watch, how does this guy ever get into a squad? If the FO is really as ruthless as we are led to believe, Finn should have been executed in the field for cowardice.

Anyhoo, in the spirit of curiosity and fair-shake giving, I bought Greg Rucka's "Before the Awakening." The Finn backstory in there tells us that he is a highly successful (the best in his class, even) cadet, but his 'flaw' is that he cares about his fellow cadets, and presumably people in general. He gets reprimanded //by Phasma// repeatedly for not being ruthless enough, for helping his fellow cadets when they are weak. What is never addressed is how someone raised from infancy in that culture can't deal with it, and rebels against it...or why he was still allowed to be a part of it.

Does this foreshadow some great expository flashback or fireside confession in upcoming episodes? What is in his past that made him want to be 'good'? Why was he not happy like the other stormtroopers? That is what I'm dying to know. A writer someplace spitballed the character: a stormtrooper who changes sides. I want to know how they justified the backstory that leads to that, such that it's more than that superficial whim.