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Title: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on September 16, 2011, 04:02:43 AM
So i was really pissed off cuz I started watching dvd rental from Netflix, but the dvd stopped playing an hour in cuz it got scratched. So now I have to return it to Netflix and wait for the replacement. Out of 19 dvd's I have received in the mail since I began subscribing to Netflix, and this is the 3rd time a dvd was scratched. That's 16% -- not a very impressive rate, Netflix  >:(

I wanted to briefly post a loud F- YOU to Netflix. But it's kind of dumb to start a whole new topic with one random comment, right? So this was all a blessing in disguise, cuz it gave me the general idea for this thread.

Sometimes you have a random thought/musing, cuz something momentarily pisses you off, interests, amuses, gladdens, or saddens you; and you want to mention it, but it's not the kinda thing that you want to post a whole new thread about. So I figure maybe it would be nice to have a thread where anyone can post any random thought, kind of like a Facebook status update or a Tweet. So if you are bored at... 4:34 AM, and suddenly wanna share how much you love a newly discovered flavor of ice cream, what a great/terrible voice the tv news anchor you are currently watching has, how much you hate New York winters.... or any other random thought that flies into your head but is not the sort of thing that is appropriate to start a whole new thread about.. well here is the place to share!
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings) Thread
Post by: dave jenkins on September 16, 2011, 07:21:05 AM
A new thread! Well, to my way of thinking, we can never have enough . . . .
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings) Thread
Post by: drinkanddestroy on September 16, 2011, 02:38:42 PM
A new thread! Well, to my way of thinking, we can never have enough . . . .

makes me wonder if this was a good idea....
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings) Thread
Post by: cigar joe on September 16, 2011, 04:26:23 PM
It may catch on give it a chance  O0
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings) Thread
Post by: Groggy on September 16, 2011, 04:36:54 PM
I had a lousy day at work.
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings) Thread
Post by: dave jenkins on September 17, 2011, 02:20:26 AM
Tell us about it. Was your boss Mr. Beemis riding your case? Did you tell him about your future in the electronics industry? I would have liked to see the old fart's face when you told him off!
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings) Thread
Post by: cigar joe on September 17, 2011, 06:02:43 AM
I had a guy fall out of the drift boat yesterday into the water, it was pretty funny, and he took in in good humor.  For those of you in the dark a McKenzie drift boat is a flat bottomed river rowboat based on a Western fur trappers boat that was originally derived from a lobster dory.

Here is an image:

(http://i841.photobucket.com/albums/zz337/cigarjoe/driftboatDelawareriver.jpg)
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings) Thread
Post by: dave jenkins on September 17, 2011, 06:16:22 PM
I had a guy fall out of the drift boat yesterday into the water, it was pretty funny, and he took in in good humor. 
In spite of that, did he catch his limit? Was it all catch-and-release? Trout?
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings) Thread
Post by: drinkanddestroy on September 17, 2011, 06:30:22 PM
I had a guy fall out of the drift boat yesterday into the water, it was pretty funny, and he took in in good humor.  For those of you in the dark a McKenzie drift boat is a flat bottomed river rowboat based on a Western fur trappers boat that was originally derived from a lobster dory.

Here is an image:

(http://i841.photobucket.com/albums/zz337/cigarjoe/driftboatDelawareriver.jpg)

I don't wanna see an image of a driftboat; I wanna see an image of the idiot flapping around in the water!!!  ;D ;D ;D

and btw, isn't the guide responsible for the safety of his customers?  :P
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings) Thread
Post by: drinkanddestroy on September 17, 2011, 06:41:25 PM
btw, which river was this on?

I never been fly fishing, but I have done plenty of rafting, on the Delaware and Lackawaksen Rivers, which I imagine are not too far from you. (The Lackawacksen may be a tributary of the Delaware, no?) I went there plenty of times in summer camp. (The same one I told you about how I snuck out to watch Wild Wild West). We just used to jump out of the boats and raise hell, and hope the boat floated along with us and somehow reached the landing spot  ;) I used to hang out all the way in the back boat, so that all the authority figures would be far away so I could sneak a cigarette. But sometimes the rafting company would send a lifeguard to hang out in back. So I had to stay far enuf away from the camp authority people in the front, and the idiot lifeguard in back. Problems, problems.

Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings) Thread
Post by: drinkanddestroy on September 17, 2011, 06:47:33 PM
... Anyway, one day I gotta try fly fishing, and I know who to call when that day comes  ;) I've been saying that ever since I saw  A River Runs Through It -- I'd never even heard the term "fly fishing" before I saw that movie. The girl who introduced me to the movie was as redneck as they come, so luckily she did know about it.

Actually, I would not say "luckily"; cuz she didn't explain much to me. She was as dumb as they come. You know the stereotype of the "dumb blonde" and "dumb redneck"? Well, she was a stereotypically gorgeous blonde redneck. Don't get me wrong, I mean no offense. I love blondes. And I love country folks. (And I kind of loved her, briefly   :'( )   But she didn't do the stereotype any favors, that's for sure. (She left the picture the way virtually all the other D&D girls did; just dropped out with no rhyme or reason, and hardly a word. I don't know what it is; I must have a very profound effect on people  ;D)
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings) Thread
Post by: cigar joe on September 17, 2011, 07:04:20 PM
In spite of that, did he catch his limit? Was it all catch-and-release? Trout?

It was him and his sons first time fly fishing, they had some strikes but missed all the fish.  ;)
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings) Thread
Post by: drinkanddestroy on September 17, 2011, 07:09:20 PM
Tell us about it. Was your boss Mr. Beemis riding your case? Did you tell him about your future in the electronics industry? I would have liked to see the old fart's face when you told him off!

I bet Groggy was caught watching a movie under the desk....
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings) Thread
Post by: cigar joe on September 17, 2011, 07:09:50 PM
btw, which river was this on?

I never been fly fishing, but I have done plenty of rafting, on the Delaware and Lackawaksen Rivers, which I imagine are not too far from you. (The Lackawacksen may be a tributary of the Delaware, no?) I went there plenty of times in summer camp. (The same one I told you about how I snuck out to watch Wild Wild West). We just used to jump out of the boats and raise hell, and hope the boat floated along with us and somehow reached the landing spot  ;) I used to hang out all the way in the back boat, so that all the authority figures would be far away so I could sneak a cigarette. But sometimes the rafting company would send a lifeguard to hang out in back. So I had to stay far enuf away from the camp authority people in the front, and the idiot lifeguard in back. Problems, problems.



It was the Roelief Jansen Kill in Columbia County near where it flows into the Hudson, the picture is taken of a driftboat on the Delaware though. I couldn't take a picture of the guy I was too busy rowing towards the bank so he could get back in the boat, lol.
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings) Thread
Post by: Groggy on September 18, 2011, 06:42:26 AM
Tell us about it. Was your boss Mr. Beemis riding your case? Did you tell him about your future in the electronics industry? I would have liked to see the old fart's face when you told him off!

I gave her a swirly.
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings) Thread
Post by: drinkanddestroy on September 18, 2011, 06:49:32 AM
I gave her a swirly.


HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA --- cj & dj: When I created this thread, didn't I tell you "I just hope we don't get blow by blow details of Groggy's sex life"?...  And it only took like 48 hours. This is too funny to be true. But it is ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: dave jenkins on September 18, 2011, 03:18:08 PM
Bait the hooks, and they will swallow. Well done, d&d. O0
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on September 19, 2011, 05:28:20 PM
you know what's ridiculous? When people say the word "nother." Just saw two different tv shows where people used that word.

eg., as in the sentence "I ordered a whole nother pie."

It's "I ordered another whole pie," geniuses.

"Nother" is not a word  ;D ::) ;D
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: dave jenkins on September 20, 2011, 07:00:40 AM
I make allowances for spoken English that I would no tolerate if written. For example, I never correct people's spelling mistakes when they're spoken out loud.

However, I can't stand the fact that people use the word "jive" when they mean "jibe."
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on September 20, 2011, 01:23:58 PM
How about when people say -- and write -- "would of" instead of "would have"  ;D
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on October 03, 2011, 04:58:19 PM
all baseball fans MUST watch this AWESOME vid http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPNpJX8b-bc&feature=player_embedded
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on October 27, 2011, 10:42:12 PM
anyone see game 6 of the World Series tonight?


when Berkman was up in the 10th, why did Texas play a no-doubles defense, when a single would have tied the game? Sure, a double would have won it, but shouldn't you try to prevent the tie? I don't know if Berkman's bloop would have been caught had the outfielders been playing at normal depth, but it would have had a chance.... IMO that was a bad decision playing the no-doubles defense.


anyway, this will go down as one of the all-time classic World Series games, especially if St. Louis wins the Series
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: cigar joe on October 28, 2011, 04:15:10 AM
missed it  :'(
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on November 04, 2011, 12:34:47 AM
biiiiiiiig football game Sunday. Giants vs. Patriots.

A I will love reminding Bostonians numerous times throughout the weekend,


THIS IS A RE-MATCH OF SUPER BOWL XLII  O0
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: dave jenkins on November 04, 2011, 05:37:23 AM
Does that mean you won't be up in Pleasantville watching DYS with me on Sunday? :'(
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on November 04, 2011, 12:17:57 PM
Does that mean you won't be up in Pleasantville watching DYS with me on Sunday? :'(

haha what's going on there?
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: dave jenkins on November 04, 2011, 06:35:27 PM
Dude, where ya been? http://www.fistful-of-leone.com/forums/index.php?topic=10980.0
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on November 05, 2011, 04:33:02 PM
damn, I had no idea... I'd go any other day. But it looks awesome  O0
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on November 07, 2011, 01:47:07 AM
GIANTS WIN!!!  :)
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: cigar joe on November 07, 2011, 03:29:10 AM
I saw the end (last quarter) of that game  O0
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: Groggy on November 09, 2011, 05:36:03 PM
Today I transcribed a Workers' Comp hearing where an attorney kept asking the same question and made some comment about "beating a dead horse." The Judge responded by whipping out a horse puppet to convince the attorney to shut up.
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on November 09, 2011, 07:29:09 PM
Today I transcribed a Workers' Comp hearing where an attorney kept asking the same question and made some comment about "beating a dead horse." The Judge responded by whipping out a horse puppet to convince the attorney to shut up.

 ;D

You know Workers Comp is one of the biggest scams in the history of this republic. Especially for the public-sector workers. Somehow, like 90% of them get injured in the last year on the job, including secretaries. Bunch of crooks...
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: Groggy on November 09, 2011, 07:31:06 PM
^citation needed
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on November 09, 2011, 07:34:36 PM
one recent example out of  a million http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203554104577001773010015932.html
(The Wall St. Journal article to may be blocked by the subscriber wall, though some creative Googling may allow you to pull it up... you can also see the story here

http://www.wnyc.org/blogs/wnyc-news-blog/2011/oct/27/lirr-pension-probe/ )

I know that Workers Comp and disability are different things, but the point remains, that programs like those are abused to levels that are just plain comical. And wtf does the gov't care, it ain't their money...
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: Groggy on November 09, 2011, 07:36:42 PM
I'm a transcriptionist not the Attorney General.
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on November 09, 2011, 07:38:55 PM
I'm a transcriptionist not the Attorney General.

and Thank God for that. If you were the AG, I wouldn't talk to you  ;)
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on November 09, 2011, 07:42:59 PM
NY Giants owner John Mara spoke at my graduation (he is a fellow Fordham Law Alum).

he said the first job he had out of law skool was representing people in arbitration claims for wrongful firings.

So one guy was fired cuz he reportedly offered a co-worker $100 for sex. The guy only spoke Spanish, so they had an interpreter. When he spoke to the guy before the hearing, he asked "is it true that you offered her $100 for sex?" the guy says "no." so Mara said, "I will put you on the stand and you will say the truth, you have nothing to be afraid of."

Mara puts him on the stand during the hearing. He asks, (through the interpreter), "did you offer this lady $100 for sex?" The guy says, "No." Then Mara hears him mutter, in Spanish, "i only offered her $50"

Mara: "NO FURTHER QUESTIONS, YOUR HONOR!"

p.s. he won the case

The law is an ass.
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: dave jenkins on November 13, 2011, 08:21:56 AM
NY Giants owner John Mara spoke at my graduation (he is a fellow Fordham Law Alum).

he said the first job he had out of law skool was representing people in arbitration claims for wrongful firings.

So one guy was fired cuz he reportedly offered a co-worker $100 for sex. The guy only spoke Spanish, so they had an interpreter. When he spoke to the guy before the hearing, he asked "is it true that you offered her $100 for sex?" the guy says "no." so Mara said, "I will put you on the stand and you will say the truth, you have nothing to be afraid of."

Mara puts him on the stand during the hearing. He asks, (through the interpreter), "did you offer this lady $100 for sex?" The guy says, "No." Then Mara hears him mutter, in Spanish, "i only offered her $50"

Mara: "NO FURTHER QUESTIONS, YOUR HONOR!"

p.s. he won the case

The law is an ass.
I call bogus on that story. There's no way you put someone on the stand and not know what he's going to say. You find out what it is the guy needs to say and then you rehearse, rehearse, rehearse until there is only one way things can go. Real courtrooms are not theaters. The only surprises come from juries.
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on November 13, 2011, 08:52:59 AM
I call bogus on that story. There's no way you put someone on the stand and not know what he's going to say. You find out what it is the guy needs to say and then you rehearse, rehearse, rehearse until there is only one way things can go. Real courtrooms are not theaters. The only surprises come from juries.

well it was an arbitration hearing, not a "real courtroom." I guess the union and company had an agreement where any fired worker could challenge the firing in arbitration.

I should add that Mara emphasized that in many of these cases, he would meet the client like 20 minutes before the hearing. These were processed quickly and perhaps they paid the arbiter and wanted to get rid of cases fairly quickly. But he did emphasize how these cases were processed one after the other very quickly and he had very little time to speak to a client before he went on. (of course, Arbitration agreements could have whatever conditions they want to, and I guess that allotting a normal time period for a court hearing would defeat the whole purpose of arbitration, which is to get things taken care of quickly).

Of course, the client did not add that extra line in those brief prior discussions with Mara, so he had no idea about it. Lucky for him, no one else in the court spoke Spanish or heard what the guy muttered....

Anyway, I can only repeat what Mara said. I wasn't there when the story happened  :)


Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: Groggy on November 23, 2011, 05:07:49 AM
I had a nightmare last night when I stopped by Jenkins' house to visit! :o

On the other hand, he was bald and lived in Ohio so it might have been an impostor. And he had the Major Dundee screenplay. Hmm, maybe it was DVD Savant...
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on November 23, 2011, 07:23:36 AM
Weird, cuz I've had a few nightmares lately. In fact, I was just sleeping and woke in a sweat a few minutes ago yet again. And all have involved terrible things with me, not visiting anyone else....

Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on November 24, 2011, 01:05:37 PM
watching Thanksgiving football, Lions vs. Packers. What an asshole Ndamakung Suh is. Jamming the lineman's helmet over and over, and then kicking him. So happy to see him ejected from the game. You can bet a suspension will be forthcoming. That'll be a huge loss for Detroit. I am loving it. That guy is such an asshole....

As I write this, Stafford just got picked for the third time! Looks like Green Bay is headed for victory. As a Giant fan, that would make me mighty happy. Now if Miami beats Dallas and Baltimore beats San Francisco, it'll be a totally awesome day  :)
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on December 09, 2011, 02:09:22 PM
Dan Le Batard's afternoon talk show on ESPN 2 (with his dad) is some of the funniest shit I have ever seen  ;D
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on December 26, 2011, 08:41:53 AM
if any of you are interested in the economics of sports and Moneyball, these podcasts may interest you

(they are several years old, but the laws of economics are timeless  ;) )

These Econ Talk podcasts are hosted by economist Russ Roberts of George Mason University. The first is with Skip Sauer of Clemson University; the second is with Moneyball author Michael Lewis

 http://www.econtalk.org/archives/2006/10/the_economics_o_8.html

http://www.econtalk.org/archives/2007/01/michael_lewis_o_1.html

p.s. for anyone interested in economics, Econ Talk podcasts are great; Russ hosts one with a different guest each week. Check 'em out here http://econtalk.org/
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on January 22, 2012, 11:25:15 PM
GIANTS ARE GOING TO THE SUPER BOWL!!!
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: PowerRR on March 23, 2012, 09:01:02 PM
Anyone ever manage to get poison ivy on your face AND dick? That's why I keep posting here lately. Too itchy and miserable to go outside with real life friends.
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: moviesceleton on March 23, 2012, 11:42:46 PM
Anyone ever manage to get poison ivy on your face AND dick? That's why I keep posting here lately. Too itchy and miserable to go outside with real life friends.
I'm happy your dick itches. The board hasn't been the same without you.
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on March 24, 2012, 05:29:46 PM
This is the sort of stuff that you always joke about but never actually happens. It's a rare time in life when you can actually answer one of those "ever wonder what it would be like if you ever got..." questions.

May I ask how that happens? No need to answer if you don't want to. Were you taking a piss in the forest or somethin?

Seriously, I am sure it's awful and hope you get well soon. In the meantime, I'll enjoy your posts about how much Leone and GBU suck  ;)
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: cigar joe on March 25, 2012, 02:55:16 AM
Anyone ever manage to get poison ivy on your face AND dick? That's why I keep posting here lately. Too itchy and miserable to go outside with real life friends.

lol, I remember once having to take a crap in the woods and had to grab some leaves to wipe and used poison ivy unknowingly, that was fun for a while.
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on March 25, 2012, 04:36:11 AM
lol, I remember once having to take a crap in the woods and had to grab some leaves to wipe and used poison ivy unknowingly, that was fun for a while.

are u serious??? I never knew that those jokes we used to tell as kids in camp actually happened to some people  ;)

I mean, I used to piss all the time in the woods. I was never a dick-wiper, and now I am thankful for that  ;)

aren't there ways to tell when something is poison ivy? like if the leaves have red spots or something (at least that's how I recall people talking about it years ago as a kid -- probably bullshit though).

Reminds me of this interview Megan Mullally did on Conan O'Brien a few years ago, in which she discussed how her husband contracted "poison oak on his penis."  (and went on and on and on about it, as I recall) Check it out at 1:50 of this vid http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6ra7q_3Dzk (I suppose I could make a joke about how if my wife looked like megan Mullally, I'd pretend to have a similar disease as well.. but that would just be so rude of me....)
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: PowerRR on March 25, 2012, 05:32:24 AM
This is the sort of stuff that you always joke about but never actually happens. It's a rare time in life when you can actually answer one of those "ever wonder what it would be like if you ever got..." questions.

May I ask how that happens? No need to answer if you don't want to. Were you taking a piss in the forest or somethin?

Seriously, I am sure it's awful and hope you get well soon. In the meantime, I'll enjoy your posts about how much Leone and GBU suck  ;)
Yea, I took a piss in the woods at one point and must have had poison ivy oils on my hands. Then I touched many other spots before watching. Medication cleared up the face and dick pretty good, still a little swollen around the eyes but I can manage.

I've been debating if face and dick is worse than butthole or not. I'll see one day...
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: cigar joe on March 25, 2012, 02:37:43 PM
Quote
aren't there ways to tell when something is poison ivy? like if the leaves have red spots or something (at least that's how I recall people talking about it years ago as a kid -- probably bullshit though).

Believe me I know now what poison ivy looks like NOW, and always look out for it, especially her in the East, in Montana there wasn't any. O0
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on March 29, 2012, 01:16:01 AM
Yea, I took a piss in the woods at one point and must have had poison ivy oils on my hands. Then I touched many other spots before watching. Medication cleared up the face and dick pretty good, still a little swollen around the eyes but I can manage.

I've been debating if face and dick is worse than butthole or not. I'll see one day...

I am wondering exactly how you got the dick poison ivy (hereafter, I will abbreviate: PI= poison ivy; DPI= poison ivy on your dick)

Do you remember if you wiped your dick with a leaf after you pissed? Or if perhaps your dick touched leaves as you were pissing in the woods? Or did you first get PI on your hand by touching leaves with your hand, and then later touched your dick with your hand when you took a piss, and got the DPI from your hand?

I am not trying to pry for details cuz I get turned on from this; it's just that I have vacationed in the Catskill Mountains extensively every summer of my life, and I take pisses in the woods there all the time. And this PI shit scares me; as a kid we always talked about PI, but I never knew exactly what to look for, how prevalent it is in my area,  and never knew anyone that got it.
That's why I am trying to find out exactly how it happened: cj wiped his ass so the leaves touched it directly and he got PI there. So I am wondering if your dick also touched leaves directly, either cuz you were standing in a PI bush while you were pissing and your body brushed up against the leaves, or because you wiped your dick with a leaf when you were done pissing. But if you are sure that your dick didn't touch any leaves directly, and you just got DPI cuz you had PI on your hand and then your hand touched your dick, that is even scarier, and maybe I will think twice before pissing in the woods anymore. That's why I am trying to figure out if you can only get DPI
if your dick touches PI leaves directly, or if you can even get it by touching your dick with your hand once your hand is infected???


After this discussion, I am definitely gonna do some research online just to see some pictures of what PI leaves look like, before I head up to the beautiful Catskills in a few months.

Hope you are feeling better!  :)

Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: cigar joe on March 29, 2012, 02:37:05 AM
I am wondering exactly how you got the dick poison ivy (hereafter, I will abbreviate: PI= poison ivy; DPI= poison ivy on your dick)

Do you remember if you wiped your dick with a leaf after you pissed? Or if perhaps your dick touched leaves as you were pissing in the woods? Or did you first get PI on your hand by touching leaves with your hand, and then later touched your dick with your hand when you took a piss, and got the DPI from your hand?

I am not trying to pry for details cuz I get turned on from this; it's just that I have vacationed in the Catskill Mountains extensively every summer of my life, and I take pisses in the woods there all the time. And this PI shit scares me; as a kid we always talked about PI, but I never knew exactly what to look for, how prevalent it is in my area,  and never knew anyone that got it.
That's why I am trying to find out exactly how it happened: cj wiped his ass so the leaves touched it directly and he got PI there. So I am wondering if your dick also touched leaves directly, either cuz you were standing in a PI bush while you were pissing and your body brushed up against the leaves, or because you wiped your dick with a leaf when you were done pissing. But if you are sure that your dick didn't touch any leaves directly, and you just got DPI cuz you had PI on your hand and then your hand touched your dick, that is even scarier, and maybe I will think twice before pissing in the woods anymore. That's why I am trying to figure out if you can only get DPI
if your dick touches PI leaves directly, or if you can even get it by touching your dick with your hand once your hand is infected???


After this discussion, I am definitely gonna do some research online just to see some pictures of what PI leaves look like, before I head up to the beautiful Catskills in a few months.

Hope you are feeling better!  :)



It's an oil that gets on your hands and you can spread it that way unknowingly because it doesn't effect the skin immediately. The other two problem is that poison ivy always has 3 leaves but the leaves are sort of mutants not all the leaves match each other in shape, and PI is a ground cover and a vine so while you may be watching for it on the ground you may not notice a branch of it hanging down off of an oak, maple, ash,  tree and mixed with that trees leaves. You can also get it from digging up its roots, and don't ever burn it cause that spread it in smoke I've heard, that last may be a wives tale but I'm not going to check it to find out.

I've seen PI vines that are 6 inches in diameter as big as small trees.

You can buy this stuff called ivy block that is a fine clay coating that you put on like sunscreen that prevents the oil from penetrating the skin.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on March 29, 2012, 04:12:40 AM
It's an oil that gets on your hands and you can spread it that way unknowingly because it doesn't effect the skin immediately. The other two problem is that poison ivy always has 3 leaves but the leaves are sort of mutants not all the leaves match each other in shape, and PI is a ground cover and a vine so while you may be watching for it on the ground you may not notice a branch of it hanging down off of an oak, maple, ash,  tree and mixed with that trees leaves. You can also get it from digging up its roots, and don't ever burn it cause that spread it in smoke I've heard, that last may be a wives tale but I'm not going to check it to find out.

I've seen PI vines that are 6 inches in diameter as big as small trees.

You can buy this stuff called ivy block that is a fine clay coating that you put on like sunscreen that prevents the oil from penetrating the skin.

as kids, we always used to say that PI were the leaves with red spots, but that is probably bullshit, no?

do you know if PI is  prevalent in the Catskills?

Finally, and most importantly,  do you know of any easy, reliable, and thorough sources I can use to teach myself how to recognize PI plants?  (ie. I am not looking for a doctoral thesis, but I am looking for more than just a picture of a couple of plants).  What I want is a simple, practical source,  to comprehensively tell me whatever I will practically need to know to instantly recognize PI plants. (I guess something with a combination of lots of pictures plus some text as well; preferably a website, but I guess a book would be fine if there are no comprehensive sites. The Wikipedia page on PI has only 6 pictures of plants; I imagine that something which tells you all you need to know to recognize PI plants would have more pictures than that. Besides, I wouldn't want to rely on Wikipedia for something this important).

Know of anything?

Thanks  O0
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on March 29, 2012, 04:15:57 AM
Believe me I know now what poison ivy looks like NOW, and always look out for it, especially her in the East, in Montana there wasn't any. O0

but  poison oak is very common in the West, so I guess that means it is in Montana?   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toxicodendron_pubescens
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Post by: cigar joe on March 29, 2012, 01:48:49 PM
as kids, we always used to say that PI were the leaves with red spots, but that is probably bullshit, no?

do you know if PI is  prevalent in the Catskills?

Finally, and most importantly,  do you know of any easy, reliable, and thorough sources I can use to teach myself how to recognize PI plants?  (ie. I am not looking for a doctoral thesis, but I am looking for more than just a picture of a couple of plants).  What I want is a simple, practical source,  to comprehensively tell me whatever I will practically need to know to instantly recognize PI plants. (I guess something with a combination of lots of pictures plus some text as well; preferably a website, but I guess a book would be fine if there are no comprehensive sites. The Wikipedia page on PI has only 6 pictures of plants; I imagine that something which tells you all you need to know to recognize PI plants would have more pictures than that. Besides, I wouldn't want to rely on Wikipedia for something this important).

Know of anything?

Thanks  O0

Its best to have somebody point it out to you then look at it and see the various looks of the three leaves. Its usually reddish when first sprouting, it can have red spots in the fall but its usually pretty green.
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Post by: cigar joe on March 29, 2012, 01:50:06 PM
but  poison oak is very common in the West, so I guess that means it is in Montana?   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toxicodendron_pubescens

I've found it in a few river bottoms but but not elsewhere.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on June 07, 2012, 10:06:00 PM
I think James Stewart's 3 greatest performances are in Call Northside 777, The Man Who Knew Too Much, and Rear Window
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Post by: cigar joe on June 08, 2012, 02:56:44 AM
I'll Add Bend of the River, Winchester 73, and The Far Country on the Western side
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Post by: stanton on June 08, 2012, 04:09:49 AM
I'll Add Bend of the River, Winchester 73, and The Far Country on the Western side

Which I would call his most fascinating. There are more ...
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on June 20, 2012, 11:05:06 PM
Below is a list of the 132 Westerns I have seen.  (I know I haven't seen many Spags yet -- partly cuz many of them aren't easily available in R1 widescreen -- but I already have many of those in my queue already). So I'd appreciate if y'all can recommend any good American Westerns that I haven't yet seen.

3 simple rules  for the recommendations:

A) Only recommend those movies which you'd rate a 7.5/10 or higher
B) Do not recommend any comedies
C) Do not recommend any movie that has a lead performance by Burt Lancaster, Joseph Cotten, or Joel McRea

Thank You!  :)




1.   Across the Wide Missouri (1951)
2.   The Alamo (1960)
3.   Along the Great Divide (1951)
4.   The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)
5.   Bad Lands (1939)
6.   Bandolero! (1968)
7.   Barquero (1970)
8.   The Big Country (1958)
9.   The Big Gundown (1966)
10.   Big Jake (1971)
11.   The Bounty Hunter (1954)
12.   The Bravados (1958)
13.   Broken Arrow (1950)
14.   Buchanan Rides Alone (1958)
15.   Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
16.   Carson City (1952)
17.   The Charge at Feather River (1953)
18.   Cheyenne Autumn (1964)
19.   The Cheyenne Social Club (1970)
20.   Cimarron (1960)
21.   The Comancheros (1961)
22.   The Command (1954)
23.   Dances With Wolves (1990)
24.   Decision at Sundown (1957)
25.   The Desperadoes (1943)
26.   Django (1966)
27.   Doc (1971)
28.   Drums Along the Mohawk  (1939)
29.   Drums Across the River (1954)
30.   Duel in the Sun (1946)
31.   El Dorado (1966)
32.   Escape from Fort Bravo (1953)
33.   The Far Country (1954)
34.   Firecreek (1968)
35.   A Fistful of Dollars (1967)
36.   For a Few Dollars More (1967)
37.   The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1967)
38.   Fort Apache (1948)
39.   Frontier Marshal (1939)
40.   The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid (1972)
41.   Gun Fight (1961)
42.   Gun Glory (1957)
43.   Gunfight at the OK Corral (1957)
44.   The Gunfighter (1950)
45.   The Hanging Tree (1959)
46.   Hang ‘em High (1968)
47.   High Noon (1952)
48.   High Plains Drifter (1973)
49.   Hombre (1967)
50.   The Horse Soldiers (1959)
51.   Hour of the Gun (1967)
52.   How the West Was Won (1962)
53.    Jeremiah Johnson (1972)
54.   Jesse James (1939)
55.   Joe Kidd (1972)
56.   Johnny Guitar (1954)
57.   The Last Hard Men (1976)
58.   The Last Train from Gun Hill (1959)
59.   The Last Wagon (1956)
60.   Law and Order (1953)
61.   The Law vs. Billy the Kid (1954)
62.   The Magnificent Seven (1960)
63.   A Man Called Sledge (1970)
64.   The Man From Laramie (1955)
65.   The Man From Monterey (1933)
66.   Man of the West (1958)
67.   The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
68.   McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971)
69.   McLintock! (1963)
70.   The Mercenary (1968)
71.   Montana (1950)
72.   The Moonlighter (1953)
73.   More Dead Than Alive (1969)
74.   My Darling Clementine (1946)
75.   The Naked Spur (1953)
76.   Nevada Smith (1966)
77.   Once Upon a Time In the West (1969)
78.   Once Upon a Time… the Revolution (1972)
79.    My Name Is Nobody (1974)
80.   One Hundred Rifles (1969)
81.   The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
82.   The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)
83.   Pale Rider (1985)
84.   Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (1973)
85.   The Professionals (1966)
86.   The Proud Ones (1956)
87.   The Quick and the Dead (1995)
88.   Red River (1948)
89.   Red Sun (1971)
90.   Ride Lonesome (1959)
91.   Rio Bravo (1959)
92.   Rio Conchos (1964)
93.   Rio Grande (1950)
94.   Rio Lobo (1970)
95.   River of No Return (1954)
96.   Saddle the Wind (1958)
97.   The Searchers (1956)
98.   The Secret of Convict Lake (1951)
99.   Seraphim Falls (2006)
100.   Sergeant Rutledge (1960)
101.   Seven Men From Now (1956)
102.   Shane (1953)
103.   She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)
104.   The Shootist (1976)
105.   Son of the Border (1933)
106.   The Sons of Katie Elder (1965)
107.   Stagecoach (1939)
108.   Station West (1948)
109.   The Stranger Wore a Gun (1953)
110.   The Tall T (1957)
111.   Texas (1941)
112.   They Died With Their Boots On (1941)
113.   Three Godfathers (1948)
114.   The Tin Star (1957)
115.   3:10 to Yuma (1957)
116.   Tom Horn (1980)
117.   Tombstone (1993)
118.   True Grit (1969)
119.   Thunder Over the Plains (1953)
120.   Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970)
121.   Unforgiven (1992)
122.   Vera Cruz (1954)
123.   Villa Rides (1968)
124.   Wagon Master (1950)
125.   Warlock (1959)
126.   Westbound (1959)
127.   Wild Bill (1995)
128.   The Wild Bunch (1969)
129.   Wild Wild West (1999)
130.   Winchester ’73 (1950)
131.   Wyatt Earp (1994)
132.   Yellow Sky (1948)
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Post by: stanton on June 21, 2012, 02:14:56 AM
Despite your detestation for McRea and Lancaster you should nevertheless watch Ride the High Country and Ulzana's Raid.

For the SWs The Great Silence (Corbucci 1968) should be your first choice. One of the most unusual genre films ever. A true SW classic.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on June 21, 2012, 05:04:10 AM
Despite your detestation for McRea and Lancaster you should nevertheless watch Ride the High Country and Ulzana's Raid.

For the SWs The Great Silence (Corbucci 1968) should be your first choice. One of the most unusual genre films ever. A true SW classic.

I actually started watching Ride the High Country (I don't mind McRea when he was old), but I shut it off after about 45 minutes. Couldn't stand it.
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Post by: stanton on June 24, 2012, 02:23:08 AM
Big mistake
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Post by: Groggy on June 24, 2012, 02:28:13 PM
I actually started watching Ride the High Country (I don't mind McRea when he was old), but I shut it off after about 45 minutes. Couldn't stand it.

Obviously the liberal propaganda got to you.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on June 24, 2012, 02:39:12 PM
Nothing interesting happened. It was difficult to make it through those 45 minutes.

I am not the biggest Peckinpah fan. to put it mildly. I liked The Wild Bunch -- but certainly don't consider it a classic, hated the slo-mo shit. Didn't much care for BMTHO Alfredo Garcia or The Getaway; and did not like Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, which dragged endlessly. Those are the only Peckinpah movies I've seen, and I don't plan on adding to that list anytime soon.
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Post by: stanton on June 24, 2012, 03:42:54 PM
Nothing interesting happened.

... and I don't plan on adding to that list anytime soon.

Well, yes, a good idea ... if there was nothing to spot in the first half of a film which was for the US western as important as FOd was for the Italian western. And it surely wasn't only in the second half.
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Post by: dave jenkins on June 24, 2012, 04:10:30 PM
Obviously the liberal propaganda got to you.
Annoying Marionette Hartly got to me. But Drink, you should jump ahead to the pretty good ending.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on June 28, 2012, 12:00:23 PM
Here are the Gangster Movies of the '30's - 40's that I've seen. Am I missing any good ones?

Little Caesar (1931)
Smart Money (1931)
The Public Enemy (1931)
Scarface (1932)
The Petrified Forest (1936)
Bullets or Ballots (1936)
Angels With Dirty Faces (1938)
Dead End (1937)
The Roaring Twenties (1939)
High Sierra (1941)
Dillinger (1945)
White Heat (1949)
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Post by: dave jenkins on June 28, 2012, 12:07:00 PM
Afraid To Talk (aka Merry-Go-Round) 1932
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on June 28, 2012, 12:16:21 PM
Afraid To Talk (aka Merry-Go-Round) 1932

is the dvd available? I do not see it on Amazon
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Post by: dave jenkins on June 28, 2012, 12:37:51 PM
There's no DVD as yet. I expect one soon, though.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on June 28, 2012, 02:14:00 PM
There's no DVD as yet. I expect one soon, though.

how did you see the movie? On TCM?
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on June 29, 2012, 02:21:54 AM
I just bought this TCM boxset on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/TCM-Greatest-Classic-Film-Collection/dp/B003UN2IAY/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1340959571&sr=8-3&keywords=the+public+enemy
TCM's "Greatest Gangster Films Collection: Prohibition Era," featuring Little Caesar, Smart Money, The Public Enemy, and The Roaring Twenties.

Each of these 4 movies has been released as an individuals disc, and in various "Warners gangster Collection" box sets, in addition to this TCM boxset. I believe that the same is true of many other Gangster films: you can get' em as a single disc, on one of multiple Warners boxsets, or on a TCM boxset,

No matter which disc you buy, the bonus features are identical. Am I correct in assuming that the main features are identical as well,  no matter which boxsetyou buy?( if that's the case, then it'll make my life much easier; I'll just look for the set that is most economical and that's it -- no need to spend any time trying to find screencaps to compare the features  :))
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Post by: dave jenkins on June 29, 2012, 08:31:32 AM
how did you see the movie? On TCM?
I think it's been on TCM. I saw it at MoMA.
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Post by: PowerRR on July 02, 2012, 07:24:09 PM
what do you people do for work?
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Post by: Groggy on July 02, 2012, 07:31:15 PM
I type. There may be marginally less degrading work in my future.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on July 03, 2012, 04:10:45 PM
Has anyone seen the 1984 Eastwood movie "Tightrope"? I really liked it, noticed that it has a very low rating on imdb (6.2/10). I don't get too caught up in imdb ratings, but I think this is a really good movie that isn't discussed much, it's an 8/10 in my book.

I mean, you talk about a protagonist that doesn't wear a white hat, this is it. A New Orleans cop who doggedly investigates a rapist/woman killer, while frequenting all the sleaziest joints on Bourbon Street
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Post by: moviesceleton on July 04, 2012, 12:54:08 AM
what do you people do for work?
Videos and stuff. But mostly I study. You?
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Post by: stanton on July 04, 2012, 04:05:27 AM
Has anyone seen the 1984 Eastwood movie "Tightrope"? I really liked it, noticed that it has a very low rating on imdb (6.2/10). I don't get too caught up in imdb ratings, but I think this is a really good movie that isn't discussed much, it's an 8/10 in my book.

I mean, you talk about a protagonist that doesn't wear a white hat, this is it. A New Orleans cop who doggedly investigates a rapist/woman killer, while frequenting all the sleaziest joints on Bourbon Street

One of the better films of Eastwood in the 80s. This cop film is actually superior to all the Dirty Harry sequels. 7/10
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Post by: cigar joe on July 04, 2012, 04:56:03 AM
Has anyone seen the 1984 Eastwood movie "Tightrope"? I really liked it, noticed that it has a very low rating on imdb (6.2/10). I don't get too caught up in imdb ratings, but I think this is a really good movie that isn't discussed much, it's an 8/10 in my book.

I mean, you talk about a protagonist that doesn't wear a white hat, this is it. A New Orleans cop who doggedly investigates a rapist/woman killer, while frequenting all the sleaziest joints on Bourbon Street

Its sort of a a Neo Noir, I like it.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on July 04, 2012, 12:34:52 PM
The Nathan's Famous Coney Island July 4th HOT DOG EASTING CONTEST is beginning now on ESPN!


(I just saw the WOMEN'S contest. I've never been so disgusted in my life)
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Post by: Groggy on July 04, 2012, 04:46:58 PM
I saw the King of the Hill hot dog eating episode a few nights ago. That was gross enough for me.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on July 04, 2012, 05:26:12 PM
Joey Chestnut won for the 6th consecutive year http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UInIYi167dA

He apologized to the fans for only tying -- not breaking -- his previous record of 68 hot dogs consumed (in ten minutes).

Since contestants have to eat an equivalent number of buns along with the hot dogs, many of them soak the buns in water, so they can just be swallowed all soggy, takes less effort and space than chewing them (Disgusting, I know!) One of the contestants used -- instead of water -- what looks like fruit punch or something, and he had this huge beard, and out of the beard was all this red punch (like how a little kid looks after eating an ices) smashed with hot dog and bun residue. Simply gross. Leone could have used this footage for the stagecoach scene at the opening of DYS. Frayling quoted some critic who said that the mouths of the passengers were photographed eating the food disgustingly, too look like "unwiped anuses." (Thanks for the visual, Sir Christopher). Well those bourgeoisie passengers had NOTHING on this shit.

But that still was nothing compared to the women's contest. These are not big fat ugly people. Some of them are slim and reasonably pretty, the kinda girl you'd be interested to ask out for a drink. And THEY were stuffing their faces like that. Was gross. The women's event was begun last year, and the same girl won this year and last year; but her wining number this year was like 20 behind that of Chestnut's!

I must have said 5 times already that we need to create a "vomiting icon: for these boards. Perhaps now is the time to finally do so. For real. That is the only reaction one can have to this sorta shit! till then, i'll have to just use the classic sound meaning nauseous or disgusting:  BLAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on July 04, 2012, 05:32:25 PM
here is the video of the last 3.5 minutes of the women's contest http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tw5QX6F-3HU
Nothing sickened me so much as to see these basically decent-looking, reasonably nicely figured girls slobbering down these dogs.



BLAAAAAHHHHHHHH
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on July 12, 2012, 09:49:48 PM
rank the Budd Boetticher-directed Westerns starring Randolph Scott here!


IMO, there are 4 good movies, which rate a 7.5 - 8/10

Ride Lonesome
The Tall T
Westbound
Seven Men from Now


And there are 3 bad ones

Decision at Sundown
Comanche Station
Buchanan Rides Alone

(I am just referring to them as the "Boetticher/Scott Westerns" so we avoid the usual debate over which ones technically are part of the "Ranown Cycle")
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Post by: stanton on July 13, 2012, 01:30:51 AM
For me the 6 Ranowns are all similar good, and I would rate them between 7 and 8/10.
Westbound is ok but clearly a lesser film in every aspect with 5/10. Just another 50s Randolph Scotter.

I have no idea why you think that Comanche Station is bad while its twin film Ride Lonesome should be so much better.
Buchanan and Sundown are obviously different from the 4 Kennedy written Ranowns, but they complement them in an interesting way.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on July 13, 2012, 02:16:54 AM
For me the 6 Ranowns are all similar good, and I would rate them between 7 and 8/10.
Westbound is ok but clearly a lesser film in every aspect with 5/10. Just another 50s Randolph Scotter.

I have no idea why you think that Comanche Station is bad while its twin film Ride Lonesome should be so much better.
Buchanan and Sundown are obviously different from the 4 Kennedy written Ranowns, but they complement them in an interesting way.

Comanche Station and Ride Lonesome shouldn't even be mentioned in the same sentence! I rated Buchanan Rides Alone a 3/10 when I watched it; it's the worst of the Boetticher/Scott Westerns.

I've seen each film once, ranging from 6-20 months ago.  Eventually I will try see them all again, possibly over the course of a single week, and maybe my opinion will change, maybe it won't. But after my first cycle of the Ranown Cycle,  I think there were 4 good ones and 3 bad.

Westbound is a very different style to the other 6. I also recall liking the music to Westbound, but unfortunately, it seemed that that one song was just replayed  over and over again throughout the movie.

I recall at least 3 of the movies having good villains: Richard Boone (TTT), Lee Marvin (7MFN), and Lee Van Cleef (RL), although Van Cleef wasn't nearly as good as he would be in Leone's movies; he speaks waaaaay to quickly, as he usually dis in his pre-Leone Westerns. he always had the great face, but there is something about his performance in FAFDM (and later in GBU and his other Spags) that makes him seem a world away from his earlier roles; I particularly noticed how fast he speaks in RL, and you don't feel neatly the same sinister feeling as you do later on, when he spoke much more slowly. I don't know if it was just van Cleef growing up as an actor, or if it's Leone who taught it to him, or some combination of the two. But the Van Cleef in RL hardly seems like the same guy, except for the face, as the Van Cleef who rode into Tucumcari  ;)
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Post by: Groggy on July 28, 2012, 06:58:41 PM
We had to put down our dog today. He was only six but had been suffering from lymphoma for some time. RIP Buddy.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on July 28, 2012, 09:14:34 PM
We had to put down our dog today. He was only six but had been suffering from lymphoma for some time. RIP Buddy.

sorry to hear that. My friends had to do that to their dog recently; it's never easy. Hope your family is doing alright
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Post by: Groggy on July 29, 2012, 05:56:19 AM
Thanks drink. My parents are really upset, but we're already talking about a new puppy so I think we'll be alright.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on July 30, 2012, 01:04:23 AM
What kind of dog was he? Would you like to share a photo of him?

I never owned a pet and never cared much for dogs. But 5 years ago I met a girl who would become one of my closest friends, and I eventually met and become close with her whole family -- including their collection of pets, which would ultimately grow to be 3 big dogs and 5 cats (and a rat  ???) Their dogs grew to love me, and I became their "crazy uncle" (every time I would walk near the fridge, theyrd go running there cuz they knew I'd sneak them treats when their "mommy" wasn't looking  ;) ) One of them was very old, she barely had a hard time walking up stairs and didn't bark much. After a few years, she stopped barking at all and didn't do much of anything but lay around the house. One morning, the youngest dog woke up to her and walked over to her and started growling and growling and growling.... he realized she was dead. It was sad for the family, although we'd all seen it coming. (I have a different friend who was walking his puppy, who suddenly ran into the street, was hit by a car and died instantly. It was painless, but terribly shocking for my friend). In this case, at least they knew it was going to happen.

It wasn't until I met this family that I understood how people could feel about a dog. But now I definitely do.

I'm sure you all gave him a very loving home and a good life. Life has to end sometime -- though it never seems long enough -- but all you can really hope for is to give him a good life, and I am sure that you did.

When you get a puppy, look at a dachsund. They are so cute! http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=dachsund&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&biw=1037&bih=573&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=qkMWUKbiIKXD0QH8t4DICA (A pal of mine has two puppies, including a dachsund. That lttle guy loves me, when I come over to his house, he runs over to me, and when I sleep on the couch, he always jumps up on the couch, lies down next to me.... and starts humping my leg for hours  ;D)
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Post by: Groggy on July 30, 2012, 03:28:46 AM
Sure. Apologize if the size is an issue.

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-3yMnGR-hhro/UBVGJne-cMI/AAAAAAAACAc/L5Y9qE0qeTc/s1600/BudCake.jpg)

My parents are already talking about a new puppy but they'll probably get another lab. They've always been our model of dog. I like dachsunds but my parents have had bad experiences with small dogs.

We also have a cat who for some reason decided he likes me better than anyone else in my family. A rat, though? Isn't that what exterminators are for?
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on July 30, 2012, 03:40:58 AM
wow, your dog is really cute!

yeah, I don't understand why she got a rat. It wasn't like one of those grey rats you'd find in the subway; it was a white one with a pink tail. But still, I don't see the point. It was kept in a cage and did nothing all day. It died a while ago and to tell the truth, I didn't much give a damn. It was funny when she used to give it sugary foods and see it all hyperactive  ;D but basically it just sat in a cage and did nothing. Some people have weird ideas for pets  ???
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Post by: Groggy on July 30, 2012, 03:46:27 AM
Our local Petco used to sell centipedes as pets! Now I spent all spring term senior year doing battle with one of those suckers in my apartment. I have no idea why the hell I'd want a tame one. What can you train it to do, crawl?
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on August 02, 2012, 11:03:22 PM
Our local Petco used to sell centipedes as pets! Now I spent all spring term senior year doing battle with one of those suckers in my apartment. I have no idea why the hell I'd want a tame one. What can you train it to do, crawl?

maybe now we can make some money; instead of killing the centipedes in your room, just catch them and sell them to Petco! How much can you rake in per 'pede?  ;)
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on August 02, 2012, 11:20:25 PM
Throughout August, TCM will run a star-a-day program; and on Day 1, who bigger to start with than John Wayne. I dvr'd a bunch of them and I'm about to begin with She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, Red River, and Stagecoach. I've seen them each once, they're all terrific; we'll see how I feel about 'em the second time around. I also recorded Operation Pacific, They Were Expendable, and Flying Leathernecks, which I'll be seeing for the first time.

Looking forward to spending quality time with the Duke  :)

Also, I looked at the movies that'll be playing for the next week, starting today, Friday 8/3/12, and it looks like the stars of each day are:

Friday: Johnny Weissmuller (a bunch of Tarzan movies)
Saturday: Marilyn Monroe
Sunday: Claude Rains
Monday: Van Heflin
Tuesday: Sidney Poitier
Wednesday: Rita Hayworth
Thursday: Toshiro Mifune

Each "day" begins at about 6 AM. There are a few other movies thrown in here and there, but pretty much the entire day will have movies by the particular star.

I'm excited for Thursday; I'll get to see Yojimbo for the second time, and Seven Samurai for the first. Also, there are a whole bunch of other samurai movies, including Inagaki's Samurai Trilogy. I haven't really seen any samurai movies other than Yojimbo; I'm wondering if these are good?
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Post by: Groggy on August 03, 2012, 03:41:20 AM
I always love the Summer Under the Stars programming. A great way to catch up with some classics. O0
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on August 03, 2012, 09:20:00 AM
I always love the Summer Under the Stars programming. A great way to catch up with some classics. O0

Indeed it is  O0

In middle of She Wore a Yellow Ribbon now. There's something so beautiful about color movies with the cavalry and Monument Valley  :)
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on September 10, 2012, 03:24:40 PM
It's impossible to find a decent movie in theaters now.

I'm only interested in dramas, thrillers, and action movies. But it seems that just about everything playing in theaters now is related to sci-fi/fantasy/futuristic, comic strips, or comedy.

(I already saw Lawless, but other than that,) if anyone knows of any good drama, thriller, or action movie currently playing in theaters, PLEASE let me know!

Thanks  :)
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Post by: moviesceleton on September 10, 2012, 10:15:04 PM
Not interested in Cosmopolis or The Bourne Legacy?
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Post by: chris on September 11, 2012, 01:27:06 AM
I saw Lawless recently too.  From the moment a voice off camera said a law prohibiting the sale of alcohol was passed in 1920 and the date 1931 came up, I knew it wasn't going to be of much interest to me.

The trailers for Killing Them Softly, Savages and The Sweeney looked good.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on September 23, 2012, 06:23:14 AM
IN CASE ANYONE IS INTERESTED: I just noticed that you can now rent from iTunes movies that are currently playing in theaters, for $6.99 per movie.

It's good to know, in case a movie comes out that you are just dying to see right away, but for some reason can't make it to a theater, or it's not playing in a theater near you, or you prefer to pay the 7 bucks to watch it at home rather than whatever your local theater charges to watch it there (in Manhattan it's like $14 a pop).


We all know about how the delivery system and viewing habits of visual entertainment has been changing with the digital age. And how movie audiences have been in rapid decline ever since, well,  the advent of television.

But looking at this today, I am wondering, do you think that in the near future, movie theaters will become a complete anachronism? That all movies will be streamed over the internet or via some digital service like iTunes, as people will prefer to watch from the comfort of their own homes rather than in a movie theater (especially as home entertainment systems get bigger and bigger and louder and louder)? For me, there is nothing better than watching a great movie in a good theater, with a really big screen and booming sound. But what do you think? Is there a realistic chance that, say, typical commercial theaters will be basically gone in 20 years, and the only ones that will exist are the ones that screen the classic movies like the Film Forum?

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Post by: moviesceleton on September 23, 2012, 07:31:46 AM
But looking at this today, I am wondering, do you think that in the near future, movie theaters will become a complete anachronism? That all movies will be streamed over the internet or via some digital service like iTunes, as people will prefer to watch from the comfort of their own homes rather than in a movie theater (especially as home entertainment systems get bigger and bigger and louder and louder)? For me, there is nothing better than watching a great movie in a good theater, with a really big screen and booming sound. But what do you think? Is there a realistic chance that, say, typical commercial theaters will be basically gone in 20 years, and the only ones that will exist are the ones that screen the classic movies like the Film Forum?
I don't think that's probable. (But it's possible.)

It's a social thing, going to the movies. And it's not quite the same thing inviting your friends over to watch a movie no matter how great your home system is. The psychology is different.

To me the magic of going to the cinema is not about the greater technical quality (though it's part of it, of course). It's about sharing an experience with other people, people you don't know, people whose face you haven't even seen - people who live and breathe the same story that you are seeing. I think it's the essence of cinema.

The digital revolution does not only mean that VOD is booming - it also enables more theaters to screen premier movies. I don't know about the US or world wide situation but in Finland this has been a kind of a boost for smaller theaters that earlier had to wait weeks before the film copies reached them.

As someone currently going to a film school I can only say that the day when movie theaters become extinct is the day I change career.
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Post by: stanton on September 23, 2012, 07:43:28 AM
Cinemas are still needed to give a film a name, to bring films into the media discussion. In the future cinemas are probably only needed as part of the marketing to sell downloads (or Blus or whatever) of the films shown there.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on September 23, 2012, 08:04:36 AM
and theaters damn straight better get their shit together and start cutting prices. I don't know how it is in the rest of America and the world, but Manhattan theaters are now charging $14 a ticket. I'd venture to guess that it's been rising much, much faster than the rate of inflation, both in comparison to the prices of the past few years, and to the prices of decades ago. Maybe the cost of making movies has risen similarly as well, I haven't studied the economics of it. But as it becomes cheaper and cheaper to stay home, less people are going to want to plunk down that kind of money for going to a theater. (Not to mention $5 for a water bottle, etc.)

For me, the theater in not much about a social gathering, like moviesceleton feels. (That's what the Cinema Paradiso was all about  ;)) For me, it's all about the superior technology: there is simply no comparison between watching on a great theater screen and watching on a tv screen at home. I just found this AMC multiplex on 34th between 8th and 9th that has the biggest damn screens I have ever seen in my life, and I decided I ain't going to any other theater to ever see a movie. And as long as I have a good buddy to go with, I don't care much about being "together" with lots of other people (it's not like you can talk out loud anyway... it really ain't the Cinema Paradiso!) In fact, less is better, I like taking up five seats, putting my feet up on the seat in front of me, etc.  ;)
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Post by: moviesceleton on September 23, 2012, 10:03:02 AM
I usually choose a smaller independent theater over the local multiplex. They have considerably smaller screen but the atmosphere is better. (And no commercials before the films!) Multiplexes are pretty soulless places, like malls or something. Going to the independent theater feels like going home. And the audience is better; no babbling teenagers. *

I've often said that I have a home in any city anywhere as long as it's got a movie theater. So if movie theaters become extinct, I'm gonna be homeless...


*Actually there are big differences between audiences. The audience can really make the movie. I saw Chaplin's Mr Verdoux for the first time on tv and it left me cold: I didn't laugh, found the story rather boring etc. But then I saw it again six months later at a film festival with a packed audience and it hit me like a thousand volts. It was funny and moving, certainly among Chaplin's masterpieces. And that's because the audience was more than the sum of its parts - hundreds of people in a room do form a collective that is more sensitive and intelligent than any of the participants alone. And being a part of that kind of collective can be the most exhilarating experience.
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Post by: stanton on September 23, 2012, 10:59:56 AM
I recently watched Singin in the Rain in a Multiplex.

They showed the film in 1,85:1 instead of 1,37:1, which means they often chopped off the heads and in the dancing also often the feet, which is in a musical not less worse then the chopped off heads. I'm sure it wasn't a mistake, but done on purpose to fill the screen.
Even worse two reels were in the wrong order so that about 20 min of the 2nd half came 40 min too early.
And as it also was an old copy full of dirt and scraps and some smaller cuts where the copy was repaired. The sharpness was bad but at least the colors were quite good for such a worn-out copy.

Of course for these old films a remastered Blu or DVD on a big TV screen is meanwhile clearly preferable.

But it was a nice evening for other reasons. The people you go with to the theatre. Especially the girls ...
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on September 23, 2012, 12:55:29 PM
well it's never excusable to show a movie with the wrong aspect ratio.

Anyway, I recently discovered -- and we've discussed on these boards -- this independent heater that shows classic movies, the Film Forum. I'm very happy I have a place to go see classic movies, but there's no doubt that after going to the AMC Multiplex's enormous screens with stadium seating, going to Film Forum (with their rows of seats on the floor and small screen) doesn't feel like the full cinematic experience; it feels more like watching a movie on a very large screen tv.
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Post by: Groggy on September 23, 2012, 12:59:53 PM
I think movie-going is definitely a great experience. Even if you go alone you'll still be sharing a film with dozens of people. There's something special in that, if only an emotional rather than aesthetic sense. Watching a movie on video, no matter how many people you see it with, isn't the same.

You're right about ticket prices but this doesn't seem like something solvable. 3D and Imax only make it worse. The ludicrously inflated snack prices always get me: my AMC theater has a vending machine for $4 Cokes! And they wonder why people smuggle snacks in...
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on October 06, 2012, 07:51:07 PM
Here is the trailer for A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0I5mxw5ci2w



Since I was 15, the Die Hard trilogy were some of my favorite movies. But the 4th one was awful and I have no plans on watching the 5th one.

And I will forever refer to "The Die Hard trilogy," pretending that the 4th and 5th movies never happened. Kind of like the 3rd Godfather.
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Post by: stanton on October 07, 2012, 01:21:01 AM
You haven't seen the 5th one, haven't you?
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on October 07, 2012, 01:50:10 AM
You haven't seen the 5th one, haven't you?

it hasn't been released yet. But I have no plans on seeing it anyway
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Post by: stanton on October 07, 2012, 02:10:25 AM
Maybe it will be the best of the 5 ?
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on October 07, 2012, 02:23:07 AM
Maybe it will be the best of the 5 ?

Maybe. that's a risk I'll have to take
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on October 11, 2012, 05:53:49 PM
Does anyone know where I can get a dvd of Antoine and Colette that has English subtitles? It's a film short made for the compilation  Love at Twenty directed by Truffaut, with Jean-Pierre Leaud in one of his many roles in the Antione Doinel character.


I've seen this short show up on various discs, but I have seen some user comments indicate that on certain versions this film had no English subtitles, so I am wondering if anyone knows of any version of this film that definitely has English subtitles.

Thanks  :)
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Post by: Groggy on October 19, 2012, 07:40:39 PM
I generally don't like to discuss my job but today I had a case too good to resist sharing. Drink should get a kick out of this, anyway.

Today I transcribed a district court case. The Claimant was a convicted murderer who published a book about how serving a life sentence sucks. He was suing the prison because he thought being placed in a cell with a flatulent gentleman was punishment for writing the book. The opposing Counsel read a passage from said book where the prisoner/author noted prisoners like to manipulate and mess with guards to gain small privileges. The prisoner grudgingly admitted that he himself had manipulated guards during his time in jail! Then prisoner accused opposing Counsel of conspiring to open his mail.

It's really amazing how much time and public money gets wasted by these clowns.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on October 20, 2012, 05:27:18 PM
I generally don't like to discuss my job but today I had a case too good to resist sharing. Drink should get a kick out of this, anyway.

Today I transcribed a district court case. The Claimant was a convicted murderer who published a book about how serving a life sentence sucks. He was suing the prison because he thought being placed in a cell with a flatulent gentleman was punishment for writing the book. The opposing Counsel read a passage from said book where the prisoner/author noted prisoners like to manipulate and mess with guards to gain small privileges. The prisoner grudgingly admitted that he himself had manipulated guards during his time in jail! Then prisoner accused opposing Counsel of conspiring to open his mail.

It's really amazing how much time and public money gets wasted by these clowns.


 ;D


Is the guy arguing that being forced to live with a farter violates his substantive Due Process rights?


And who got the proceeds from the guy's book? There are laws that attempt to prevent criminals profiting from books written about their crimes http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Son_of_Sam_law
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on October 20, 2012, 06:10:31 PM
Mickey Mantle was born 81 years ago today in Spavinaw, Oklahoma.


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Post by: Groggy on October 20, 2012, 07:46:35 PM
It ended up he was actually complaining about being transferred away from his current prison, hence away from gasman. I guess being a lifer means he's got nothing better to do than frivolous lawsuits.

I researched the gentleman in question - a piece of work, to say the least. He shot two people on two separate nights with a hunting rifle from his apartment window. He maintains these were both accidents - I guess the victims just walked into the line of fire? Between that and his endless lawsuits it's hard to see why his parole applications have been turned down for going on 15 years. :D
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Post by: dave jenkins on October 21, 2012, 06:41:52 PM
Does anyone know where I can get a dvd of Antoine and Colette that has English subtitles? It's a film short made for the compilation  Love at Twenty directed by Truffaut, with Jean-Pierre Leaud in one of his many roles in the Antione Doinel character.


I've seen this short show up on various discs, but I have seen some user comments indicate that on certain versions this film had no English subtitles, so I am wondering if anyone knows of any version of this film that definitely has English subtitles.

Thanks  :)
The Criterion version has English subtitles.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on October 21, 2012, 10:08:25 PM
We've had lots of discussions in the past about whether grain should be preserved or eliminated in movies. Well on the Film Foundation's website, there is a section where board members ask questions of Scorsese http://www.film-foundation.org/common/11004/askTheDirector.cfm?clientID=11004&sid=6
 and I was pleased to see someone asked him about that. I enjoyed reading the answer, so I will reprint it here



QUESTION:  WITH DIGITAL RESTORATION, IT’S BECOME EASIER TO CREATE A SMOOTHER, MORE UNIFORM IMAGE, AND TO ELIMINATE GRAIN. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THIS?


MARTIN SCORSESE: This subject came up the night I was at LACMA, in a public conversation with Michael Govan – this was a couple of months ago.

I brought up the example of The Adventures of Robin Hood, one of the first 3-strip Technicolor movies, made in 1938 at Warner Brothers and shot by Tony Gaudio and Sol Polito. It’s a beautiful picture, incredibly vivid color, and they recently released it on Blu-Ray, which means that they restored it and made a Hi-Def master.

I was struck by the Blu-Ray, the sheer beauty of it. At this point, with digital restoration techniques, it really is possible to recreate the old Technicolor look, the color values in particular, or at least to come so close that you have to have an extremely well-trained eye to see the difference. For a while, in the 90s, you were seeing restorations that looked very handsome but maybe a little too modern. Now, I think we’ve taken a step forward.

But there was something else I noticed, which was the absence, or minimizing, of grain. Now, as I said at LACMA, I happen to like grain, the play of it in the image, the flux. That’s because I grew up with it, I’m used to it. Many of us feel that way, those of us who were born before, say, 1970.

But then, I ask myself: if Gaudio and Polito had had access to the kind of technology we have today, would they have eliminated some of the grain from the image? In all probability, I have to admit that yes, they probably would. So, the question seems to be: which way do you do? Do you conform to the realities of film stock and do your best to recreate them, or do you look at it creatively and think, “What would this movie look like on an ideal level, if the people who made it had access to machinery that would have given them more control over the image?”

Honestly, I don’t know the answer. But I think it’s important to realize that choices have to be made, at every level and all the time, and no matter what the final result is, it will never be definitive. Look at what William Friedkin just did with The French Connection. In that case, the image looks almost grainier, and the look reminds some people of Super 8. In a way, it’s a different movie. Now in that case, the director was the one making the choices.

There is no definitive answer. But whenever a picture is restored, from whatever era, choices have to be made. They need to be made responsibly, with a great deal of sensitivity, and they have to be made with what the technicians and supervisors perceive as the spirit of the picture itself.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on October 27, 2012, 06:52:38 PM
Here is a fun little story for anyone who is a student of baseball history http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20121026&content_id=40067894&vkey=news_nyy&c_id=nyy
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on November 30, 2012, 02:30:45 AM
I just discovered this great 5-minute video interview clip of William Friedkin discussing the car chase in The French Connection  Take a look, you WON'T regret it!      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoPI0MRAVB4
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on December 05, 2012, 08:10:43 PM
Quentin Tarantino was honored at MoMA. From Page A26 in the 12/5/12 Wall Street Journal
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323901604578159522151701876.html (if you want to see the original article, you can click this link, though you will probably be blocked by the subscriber wall; rather, you can just search for the article in Google [eg. by typing the title into the Google search box] and then you can usually click on the Google result and the subscriber wall won't block it. Anyway, I will cut and paste it here)


 "MASTER TRIBUTE AT MoMA," by DON STEINBERG

In the movies he writes and directs, Quentin Tarantino has been paying tribute to his cinematic role models for 20 years, borrowing bits and pieces from his favorite films and cooking them up into thrilling new tales of revenge and comeuppance. On Monday night at the Museum of Modern Art, everyone settled the score with Mr. Tarantino by paying tribute to him.

"I would say he is the single most influential filmmaker of his generation," said Peter Bogdanovich, one of the co-chairmen of the MoMA dinner party, which attracted tables full of movie stars and VIPs (Jamie Foxx, Katie Holmes, Harvey Keitel, Chelsea Clinton) and raised around $1 million for the museum's film programs. Mr. Bogdanovich said in a predinner speech that years ago he was surprised to see himself thanked in the credits of Mr. Tarantino's 1997 film "Jackie Brown." Mr. Tarantino had explained by admitting the movie was influenced by Mr. Bogdanovich's caper comedy "They All Laughed."

"I frankly saw no connection," Mr. Bogdanovich joked.

The Weinstein Co. has begun screening Mr. Tarantino's latest, "Django Unchained" for critics and Oscar voters, ahead of its Christmas Day release. It's classic Tarantino: violent, profane, witty and sentimental, smashing together tropes from spaghetti westerns and blaxploitation films, attacking a tough topic (slavery in America) in a smart and grisly way (double-barrel shotguns can make a bloody mess).

"I think it's his best film. And his funniest," said Harvey Weinstein. "But don't ask me. I'm biased."

"Once again it shows the master has no boundaries," said RZA, the rapper from Wu Tang Clan, who learned filmmaking from Mr. Tarantino while helping with the music for "Kill Bill."

It really has been 20 years since Mr. Tarantino's first feature film, "Reservoir Dogs," wowed audiences with its razor-sharp dialogue and disgusting ear-cutting-off scene. Steve Buscemi, at the gala with his wife, Jo Andres, famously portrayed "Mr. Pink" in that violent debut. "Even then we knew he was something special," Mr. Buscemi said. "But to think that 20 years later he would be honored at the Museum of Modern Art, I don't think any of us could have imagined it."

Diane Kruger, the stunning blonde star of "Inglourious Basterds," praised the way Mr. Tarantino has created strong roles for women, letting his leading ladies kick butt.

"I wanted to be in this one!" she said about "Django" after dinner. "I would have given my right arm." ("Django Unchained" really has no role for a Caucasian lead actress; Amber Tamblyn appears in the film for about 10 seconds.)

Mr. Tarantino thanked his friends and said the night made him flash back to his first visit to New York two decades ago, an informal casting-call trip for "Reservoir Dogs" that Mr. Keitel paid for.

"Being in New York for the first time and having Harvey Keitel show you around is a little bit like going to Texas and having John Wayne show you around," he said.

After dinner, RZA took to the ballroom stage to play some lovely piano and lead a six-piece ensemble in a medley of music from Mr. Tarantino's films. The set included "Jungle Boogie"; "Son of a Preacher Man"; and "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" (the hand-clapping disco/flamenco version from the final swordfight in "Kill Bill Vol. 1"). RZA ended the set with a hard-core rap number, "Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuttin Ta F— Wit," which didn't seem immediately appropriate to the venue, but did give the evening the R-rating that any wholehearted tribute to Quentin Tarantino really needs to have.
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Post by: cigar joe on December 06, 2012, 06:42:28 AM
Tarantino should have told Bogdanovich to shove it.  ^-^
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on December 08, 2012, 07:05:14 PM
Rhonda Fleming has an email address where fans can write to her and she responds (through an assistant) email@rhondafleming.com. I asked her about who her favorite director was, what she thinks of today's cinema, and whether there was any adverse reaction to "Slightly Scarlet," which seems to me to be quite salacious for the mid 50's. Her response:

 In answer to your question regarding the state of Hollywood films today – Ms. Fleming has said that yes, the classic films from her era are very different from those of today - she rarely goes to the theatre but does enjoy tuning in to Turner Classic Movies and the American Movie Channel and watching so many of the beautiful films they continue to broadcast – also introducing the films from her day to new audiences, thankfully.  And as far as ‘Slightly Scarlet’ she doesn’t recall any adverse comments at the time – but it was a good film and she continues to receive many wonderful emails from the fans … her favorite director would have to Alfred Hitchcock whom she worked with in ‘Spellbound’ -  and it would seem these many years later, he’s still a person of great interest with the latest film about him soon to be released.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on January 03, 2013, 03:20:48 AM
"Who's on First?": The sequel with Jimmy Fallon, Billy Crystal, and Jerry Seinfeld http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0Jg7pvVzKk
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on February 03, 2013, 08:14:02 PM
anyone watching the Super Bowl?
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Post by: Groggy on February 04, 2013, 06:18:12 AM
I did.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on February 04, 2013, 08:04:44 AM
Very good game. I thought Baltimore was crazy trying to fake that field goal on 4th and NINE, but hey, I guess it all worked out for them,

I have no problem with the lack of pass interference call on the final play; they were both tangled up, if anything, you coulda called penalties on both.

I don't pay any attention to the hours and days of nonsensical crap going on around the game; I just wanna see football. So I turn on the tv a minute before kickoff, shut it off as soon as first half is over, and ditto for second half. No silly pregame or half time entertainment for me. (During that time, of course, I was watching TCM!)

So for me, it's all about game, and of course, the unavoidable

The commercials were some of the most disappointing in years.

(I should point out that it's possible I missed a commercial or two; even with my dvr, I don't pay all that much attention to every commercial; and I skipped all the way over the long delay during the power outtages. So the point is, I didn't see every single second (ie/ $100,000?) of every commercial, but I saw a fair amount, and from what I saw:

The Go Daddy commercials were very funny, especially the one with Bar Refaeli kissing the geek; also the one with Danica Patrick as the pilot.
 Oprah was voice-over for a tear-jerker military "till our boys come home" - themed ad for Jeep - USO.
I also remember laughing pretty hard through another one but forgot what company it was for

Overall, I could easily count the good commercials on one hand

Nothing new from Geico -- heck, nothing at all from Geico  :'( . No new e-trade baby  :'(

seemed to me to be a disappointing year for the commercials, but most important of all, the Super Bowl is about a football game, and this was a good one
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Post by: Groggy on February 04, 2013, 08:29:58 AM
There was a new e-Trade baby. And you thought the Go Daddy ads were funny? No wonder comedy's not your thing.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on February 04, 2013, 06:52:35 PM
There was a new e-Trade baby. And you thought the Go Daddy ads were funny? No wonder comedy's not your thing.

was the e-Trade one during the blackout? I skipped over the whole blackout (I dvr's it, was about half hour behind, so whne the blackout hit, that was a perfect opportunity for me to skip ahead). I am a HUGE fan of the e-Trade baby commericals.

yes, I thought the commercial with Bar Refaeli kissing the geek was hilarious. The one with Danica Patrick as the pilot, with all the different people having the same invention, was ok (but one of the better ones in a year of generally awful ads).
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Post by: noodles_leone on February 17, 2013, 11:35:26 AM
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH.

For my latest short, we have rewritten a whole dialogue scene AFTER the shooting. Leone style. We did it to clarify some points about the story, and also because the scene that was shot was never meant to be in the movie, it's just improvisation by 2 actresses in the end of another (written) scene, so the lines they said have some great highlights but are not interesting enough to hold attention for a whole scene. Anyway, we rewrote the thing and I did the ADR on Wednesday. And since ADR with new dialogues is not hard enough, the whole scene is an extended shot in close up on the 2 actresses' faces. I'm editing the lines right now and trying to make them match with the lips' moves.

And it's fucking hard as fuck.

So...

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH.
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Post by: moviesceleton on February 17, 2013, 11:39:18 AM
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH.

For my latest short, we have rewritten a whole dialogue scene AFTER the shooting. Leone style. We did it to clarify some points about the story, and also because the scene that was shot was never meant to be in the movie, it's just improvisation by 2 actresses in the end of another (written) scene, so the lines they said have some great highlights but are not interesting enough to hold attention for a whole scene. Anyway, we rewrote the thing and I did the ADR on Wednesday. And since ADR with new dialogues is not hard enough, the whole scene is an extended shot in close up on the 2 actresses' faces. I'm editing the lines right now and trying to make them match with the lips' moves.

And it's fucking hard as fuck.

So...

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH.
I feel ya, bro 8)
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Post by: noodles_leone on February 17, 2013, 12:02:20 PM
Haha thanks :)
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on February 24, 2013, 06:56:02 AM
"A 1927-28 game-worn  Lou Gherig game-worn Yankees jersey sold for $717,000" and a shitload of other sports memorabalia sold for a shitload of money in a Heritage Auction yesterday http://espn.go.com/new-york/story/_/id/8979249/mike-eruzione-jersey-miracle-ice-sells-almost-660k

if you have an interest in sports memorabilia and hundreds of thousands of dollars burning a hole in your pocket, the auction continues later today  ;)
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on February 24, 2013, 10:10:52 AM
This video has been the first story on the Yahoo home page since last night, but to me it seems to be fake http://screen.yahoo.com/husband-gets-revenge-084500815.html

It just so happened that the wife left the page open, and, rather than reacting in hotheaded anger, the husband had the presence of mind to pull out a video camera??? And it happened that she says her two loves were her convertible and her horse (singular "horse") but it just so happened that they have the Caterpillar truck (what's it called) -- I guess they live on a farm or something; yeah, so many farmers have convertibles! -- and happen to have all that horse shit lying around, that's a mighty enormous shitload for one horse.

Also, if that video were really true, wouldn't he also video his wife's reaction??? THAT would be awesome. But that would also make it very easy to find out whether or not the story is true.

This just seems sooooooo fake
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Post by: Senza on February 24, 2013, 10:24:35 PM
I can't take these types of stories seriously enough to make an opinion about them, but I do agree that it might be fake.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on March 14, 2013, 08:18:31 PM
anyone watching the World Baseball Classic?
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Post by: Senza on March 14, 2013, 08:45:24 PM
I'm currently watching Cobra (1986) on TV.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on March 15, 2013, 03:26:39 AM
BEWARE THE IDES OF MARCH  >:D
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Post by: Senza on March 15, 2013, 03:34:11 AM
...poor Caesar
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on March 15, 2013, 03:48:44 AM
yet Brutus says he was ambitious
and Brutus is an honorable man
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Post by: Groggy on March 15, 2013, 03:49:44 AM
"Bitch set me up!" (Julius Caesar. Or was it Macbeth?)
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on March 15, 2013, 03:51:49 AM
Frailty, thy name is woman!
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on March 15, 2013, 03:52:17 AM
"Bitch set me up!" (Julius Caesar. Or was it Macbeth?)
shakespeare had the first entry in the Urban Dictionary
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Post by: Senza on March 15, 2013, 04:02:17 AM
I had to do an essay in my final year of high school, analysing Julius Caesar, and doing a comparative study of a text/film of my choice [which I chose to be In The Heat Of The Night (1967)] and got full marks for it, which boosted up my marks in the Higher School Certificate. So I kind of owe it to Brutus for being such a b**** to Caesar and murdering the poor bastard, otherwise I wouldn't have got those marks.
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Post by: Senza on March 16, 2013, 11:41:36 PM
I just discovered this great 5-minute video interview clip of William Friedkin discussing the car chase in The French Connection  Take a look, you WON'T regret it!      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoPI0MRAVB4

I've been watching quite a few of his interviews after seeing Sorcerer and To Live And Die In LA, for me the way he motivates his actors really shines through in his movies, which have a lot of energy and intensity. He talked about slapping William O'Malley [who plays Fr. Dyer in The Exorcist] as hard as he could just before they were about to do the 30th take on the scene where he gives Fr. Karras his last rites to get that reaction of shock out of him. He also mentions firing a gun on set to get the actors to be alert, just before they were about to do a scene [which didn't go down well with some of the cast and crew].

I think action directors today really should take notes from Friedkin on how to direct car chases [the ones in FC and TLADILA are among some of the best car chases I've seen].
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on March 17, 2013, 01:03:50 AM
USA was bounced from the World Baseball Classic again.

It's now 3 consecutive WBC's that the USA won't be the champion of, despite IMO having the greatest players in the world.

So many American players don't play, it's at the beginning of spring training; it's time that Major League Baseball figured something out, how to get the best players to play. All the biggest hockey and basketball players play in the Olympics. I understand that it's a difficult thing for a team to allow a player they have $15 million invested in to take a risk on having him injured in the WBC, but until the Americans are as enthusiastic about it as some of the other countries are, we'll never win.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on April 03, 2013, 09:26:18 PM
Just for the hell of it, I looked up Leone's ratings on imdb:

5 of his movies are in the IMDB Top 250:


GBU #5

OUATITW #24

OUATIA #78

FAFDM #109

FOD #219


(DYS and MNIN are rated a very solid 7.6/10 and 7.3/10, respectively. COR is rated 5.9/10).



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Post by: Senza on April 03, 2013, 10:55:14 PM
Do you think DYS and MNIN deserve to be in the top 250 as well?
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on April 03, 2013, 11:14:15 PM
Do you think DYS and MNIN deserve to be in the top 250 as well?

DYS, MNIN, and COR all belong in the top 8  ;)
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Post by: Senza on April 04, 2013, 06:13:10 PM
They certainly do  O0
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Post by: Groggy on April 09, 2013, 06:40:42 PM
I started a new job on Monday and now have my own place in Pittsburgh. Only took two years after graduating college! No internet for now except stolen wifi, but why complain?
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on April 09, 2013, 09:52:45 PM
I started a new job on Monday and now have my own place in Pittsburgh. Only took two years after graduating college! No internet for now except stolen wifi, but why complain?

congrats  O0

have you begun turning it into a Man Cave?

p.s. I won't bother warning you how dangerous it can be to use stolen wifi; I am sure you know. It's not just the hackers; I read about how in Europe, Google's cars that drive down the streets taking photos for Google Maps' Street View, would pick up people's email addresses and passwords that were being typed on unsecured wifi networks http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2010/may/15/google-admits-storing-private-data
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Post by: moviesceleton on April 09, 2013, 10:08:00 PM
I started a new job on Monday and now have my own place in Pittsburgh. Only took two years after graduating college! No internet for now except stolen wifi, but why complain?
O0

What do you do for work, if I may ask?
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Post by: noodles_leone on April 10, 2013, 01:09:53 AM
O0

What do you do for work, if I may ask?

Yep cool! I was gonna ask the same.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on April 10, 2013, 01:57:05 AM
here in New York, we have a word for what y'all are being: YENTAS  ;)
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Post by: noodles_leone on April 10, 2013, 03:50:59 AM
Hey man this thread is nothing but yenta talk and YOU created it! :)
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Post by: Groggy on April 10, 2013, 07:49:39 AM
Quote
have you begun turning it into a Man Cave?

My apartment's already dirtier and more cluttered than my bedroom ever was. Does that count?

Quote
p.s. I won't bother warning you how dangerous it can be to use stolen wifi; I am sure you know. It's not just the hackers; I read about how in Europe, Google's cars that drive down the streets taking photos for Google Maps' Street View, would pick up people's email addresses and passwords that were being typed on unsecured wifi networks

Normally I'd avoid it but I have some things to do urgently for work along with change of address etc. No home internet until at least Saturday. Fortunately I'm on the second floor with curtained windows so the latter oughtn't be a problem.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on April 10, 2013, 01:28:24 PM
Fortunately I'm on the second floor with curtained windows so the latter oughtn't be a problem.

You think the cameras were peering into people's homes as they were typing? In that case, what's the difference if the network is secured or unsecured?

I believe the cameras were hacking into the networks and storing users' activity -- which they could only do when they are unsecured.
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Post by: cigar joe on April 17, 2013, 05:26:54 PM
Here is another vid I put together today of storyteller Hugh Strait if anybody is interested, enjoy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MucSayyGIus (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MucSayyGIus)
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on April 25, 2013, 09:20:44 AM
I'm so upset that Mark Rydell didn't act in more movies. I've only seen 2 of his acting performances -- in Crime in the Streets, and in his most famous role in The Long Goodbye -- and he is so damn amazing. He had a few other performances, but he mostly pursued a career as a director. He's quite a successful director, but I wish that he had also pursued his acting career more.
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Post by: Groggy on April 25, 2013, 05:21:51 PM
Received my first paycheck today. With it came the realization that factoring in rent, loan payments and other expenses, I'll be running a monthly deficit of around $100. Life is good. O0
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on April 25, 2013, 06:30:43 PM
Received my first paycheck today. With it came the realization that factoring in rent, loan payments and other expenses, I'll be running a monthly deficit of around $100. Life is good. O0

that's better than most people these days  O0

btw, RE: our earlier discussion of Google Street View cars stealing data from WiFi networks, this came down recently http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-google-germany-fine-street-view-20130422,0,1029940.story
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Post by: Groggy on April 25, 2013, 06:57:30 PM
Cool article, thanks Drink. Good thing I'm on cable now. :-\
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on April 25, 2013, 08:14:42 PM
Cool article, thanks Drink. Good thing I'm on cable now. :-\

me too.

I mean, I am not always plugged in, I usually use my wireless network, but the point is that it is password-protected; I think these Google cars were only able to steal the data from unsecured networks
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Post by: Groggy on April 25, 2013, 08:31:06 PM
Really scary that they could get away with doing that, though not too surprising.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on April 26, 2013, 06:04:49 AM
I try to avoid the news as much as possible (especially nonsense like this), but this was one of the lead stories on Yahoo

http://gawker.com/5994974/the-most-deranged-sorority-girl-email-you-will-ever-read

http://shine.yahoo.com/healthy-living/sorority-girl-email-writer--resigns--from-delta-gamma-172810311.html


Obviously, this girl is an idiot. (For her sake, I hope she was at least drunk or high when she wrote this). And in today's day and age, you would think people would realize that anytime they write an email -- ESPECIALLY A MASS EMAIL SENT TO A BUNCH OF SORORITY SISTERS -- that it could make it's way out into the world; I have a simple rule: never send any text message or email to ANYONE if I would not be comfortable with the entire world seeing it. (It's like all the recent stories of sororities having offensively-themed parties: so many of these stories have gone viral, how could anyone still do it and expect it won't cause an uproar. Like the Duke party that mocked Asians http://articles.latimes.com/2013/feb/07/nation/la-na-nn-duke-fraternity-mocked-asians-suspended-20130207 and the Penn State sorority party mocking Mexicans http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/sorority-girls-busted-mexican-themed-pic-article-1.1213746
and after all pictures were posted on social media and emails were leaked and those stories made national headlines, now some idiot sorority at Indiana makes a party mocking the homeless http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/04/23/sorority-homeless-theme-party/2107723/ how stupid can they be? )

So this girl was an idiot for sending this email. I mean, it's very different than the aforementioned sorority parties which were racist; this is just a nutjob cursing out everybody; but the point is that she is a dumbass for thinking she could send this email and it wouldn't get out.

WITH THAT BEING SAID, I don't get wtf this is national news, and she certainly shouldn't be forced to resign just cuz one of her sisters leaked the email to the national news: I mean, she is obviously an idiot, and writing an email with that much profanity is not very pleasant and shouldn't endear herself to her sorority sisters, but wtf is an email someone sent now national news? If they mocked a racial group, yeah, then I'd understand, cuz we are sensitive to racism.

But here, she just basically mocked everyone equally! So all this is is one dumb chick sending a profanity-laced email tirade to her sorority. WTF should anyone care about it? Really? She is sumb but IMO the news outlets that are reporting this story -- and especially the ones who reported her name -- are even more wrong than she is. So she sent a ridiculous rambling email to her sisters -- wtf should that be anyone's business or national news? Should her name be smeared nationally like this? If she said something evil, like some racist rant, then yeah, she should definitely be criticized by name; there should be no place for stuff like that in society. But that's not what happened here; she just went on a rant where she cursed everyone out; should that justify these websites revealing her name? That's so wrong. She did something stupid, but I wouldn't exactly call it evul. It is very wrong for them top reveal her name abnd ruin her life just cuz she went on a stupid rant.

 I avoid the news as much as possible, and on the rare occasions when I do read a news story, I remind myself why: the fact that America is in an uproar -- the LEAD STORY ON ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR SITES IN THE WORLD -- over some email a dumbass college chick sent her sisters  ::)

This girl is an idiot who did something stupid; but the ones who revealed her name nationally did something bad.


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Post by: drinkanddestroy on April 26, 2013, 06:11:51 AM
Really scary that they could get away with doing that, though not too surprising.
what do you expect?
But I am not even the slightest bit surprised. IMO, the vast majority of people would do anything for a buck. When billions of dollars staring you in the face, what % of people would actually refrain from doing something they think they could get away with just because it is wrong? Very very few.

 Remember what Yahoo did in China http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/07/business/worldbusiness/07iht-yahoo.html?_r=0

when the tyrannical Chinese gov't asked Yahoo for the emails of journalists, Yahoo complied and the dissidents were subsequently jailed?   (btw Yahoo is leaving China now, but the damage is done http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=178443721 )

Those Yahoo executives who gave up the info are no less evil than the gov't officials that actually imprisoned the dissidents. Yahoo claims they wee simply following the law and complying with the Chinese court order.

Just like the law-abiding Poles or Lithuanians or Hungarians et al. who informed the Gestapo where the Jews were hiding, they were merely following the law too, right?. And making a few bucks in the process. Hey, Eichmann said he was only "following orders" too.

I don't know if there is any legal way to prosecute these Yahoo officials in America, but at the very least, they should be shunned as human beings in the same way we would shun (if not lynch) anyone else that exemplifies the banality of evil. Business executives merely complying with the laws of the country in which they operate, right? These peeps exemplify the banality of evil.

I am certainly not comparing the stealing of data to assisting in the political imprisonment of dissidents. My point is just that IMO almost anyone would do anything for a buck and nothing that I hear shocks me.
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Post by: Groggy on April 26, 2013, 03:02:36 PM
I try to avoid the news as much as possible (especially nonsense like this), but this was one of the lead stories on Yahoo

http://gawker.com/5994974/the-most-deranged-sorority-girl-email-you-will-ever-read

http://shine.yahoo.com/healthy-living/sorority-girl-email-writer--resigns--from-delta-gamma-172810311.html


Obviously, this girl is an idiot. (For her sake, I hope she was at least drunk or high when she wrote this). And in today's day and age, you would think people would realize that anytime they write an email -- ESPECIALLY A MASS EMAIL SENT TO A BUNCH OF SORORITY SISTERS -- that it could make it's way out into the world; I have a simple rule: never send any text message or email to ANYONE if I would not be comfortable with the entire world seeing it. (It's like all the recent stories of sororities having offensively-themed parties: so many of these stories have gone viral, how could anyone still do it and expect it won't cause an uproar. Like the Duke party that mocked Asians http://articles.latimes.com/2013/feb/07/nation/la-na-nn-duke-fraternity-mocked-asians-suspended-20130207 and the Penn State sorority party mocking Mexicans http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/sorority-girls-busted-mexican-themed-pic-article-1.1213746
and after all pictures were posted on social media and emails were leaked and those stories made national headlines, now some idiot sorority at Indiana makes a party mocking the homeless http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/04/23/sorority-homeless-theme-party/2107723/ how stupid can they be? )

So this girl was an idiot for sending this email. I mean, it's very different than the aforementioned sorority parties which were racist; this is just a nutjob cursing out everybody; but the point is that she is a dumbass for thinking she could send this email and it wouldn't get out.

WITH THAT BEING SAID, I don't get wtf this is national news, and she certainly shouldn't be forced to resign just cuz one of her sisters leaked the email to the national news: I mean, she is obviously an idiot, and writing an email with that much profanity is not very pleasant and shouldn't endear herself to her sorority sisters, but wtf is an email someone sent now national news? If they mocked a racial group, yeah, then I'd understand, cuz we are sensitive to racism.

But here, she just basically mocked everyone equally! So all this is is one dumb chick sending a profanity-laced email tirade to her sorority. WTF should anyone care about it? Really? She is sumb but IMO the news outlets that are reporting this story -- and especially the ones who reported her name -- are even more wrong than she is. So she sent a ridiculous rambling email to her sisters -- wtf should that be anyone's business or national news? Should her name be smeared nationally like this? If she said something evil, like some racist rant, then yeah, she should definitely be criticized by name; there should be no place for stuff like that in society. But that's not what happened here; she just went on a rant where she cursed everyone out; should that justify these websites revealing her name? That's so wrong. She did something stupid, but I wouldn't exactly call it evul. It is very wrong for them top reveal her name abnd ruin her life just cuz she went on a stupid rant.

 I avoid the news as much as possible, and on the rare occasions when I do read a news story, I remind myself why: the fact that America is in an uproar -- the LEAD STORY ON ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR SITES IN THE WORLD -- over some email a dumbass college chick sent her sisters  ::)

This girl is an idiot who did something stupid; but the ones who revealed her name nationally did something bad

Just a byproduct of our stupid voyeuristic society. Sad to say this doesn't surprise me either.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on April 29, 2013, 09:40:12 PM
At the Tribeca Film Festival a few days ago: The Tribeca Talks Directors Series, conversation between Clint Eastwood and Darren Aronofsky. As the title indicates, this conversation is pretty much all about directing.


http://new.livestream.com/TribecaFilm/events/2048983/videos/17498345
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Post by: Groggy on May 01, 2013, 05:22:34 AM
Cool find. O0
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Post by: noodles_leone on May 01, 2013, 05:25:13 AM
Indeed! Watched it yesterday, really cool.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on May 01, 2013, 05:44:51 AM
I only watched a little of it, maybe I'll see the rest later.

One thing I always hear from every actor, it seems that anyone who acts in an Eastwood movie absolutely loves him as a director. Angelina Jolie said after Changeling -- and she looked kinda serious -- that she actually considered telling her agent she was only gonna act in movies that Eastwood directs.

He is famous for never yelling "Action!" or "Cut," or having a clappboard slammed; he'll have someone hit the clapboard, if necessary, very quietly, and then he'll tell the actors "anytime you're ready," and at the end of the scene, say, "that's enough of that shit." He feels that actors tense up as soon as they hear someone scream "Action!"

Also, Eastwood is known for working quickly, not doing a million takes. Always on time, and always under budget.

Sidney Lumet used to be known for that as well. Lumet once said that on the first day of shooting, he'll do a bunch of short scenes (e.g. a man walking down the street and then turning into a store), and he'll do a bunch of them quickly, all in one or maybe two takes, on the very first day; which a) gets everyone started by doing something easy, just so they could get used to each other; and b) lets him know if there are any weak links among the crew, who can't keep up with his quick pace.

I don't love Eastwood's film scores -- lately, he's been writing them himself, just a few notes repeated over and over, with different arrangements, mostly pretty simple. I liked it in Mystic River, but not in Changeling or Million Dollar Baby. Music can add a whole new element to a movie, and Eastwood is not taking that opportunity. Is that intentional -- that he doesn't want to lose focus from the image or sumthin?
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Post by: noodles_leone on May 01, 2013, 07:51:33 AM
Oh you didn't watch all of it? You should, they discuss a lot about Sergio and the dollar trilogy.

I don't love Eastwood's film scores -- lately, he's been writing them himself, just a few notes repeated over and over, with different arrangements, mostly pretty simple. I liked it in Mystic River, but not in Changeling or Million Dollar Baby.

I agree. It works great in Mystic River because it perfectly fits the topic. It adds to the "fate/inevitability/everything is a circle" themes.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on May 01, 2013, 08:49:55 AM
Oh you didn't watch all of it? You should, they discuss a lot about Sergio and the dollar trilogy.



Oh, I didn't realize that. I watched the first few minutes and it seemed to be a lot of technical stuff about directing; now I will definitely watch the whole thing.

btw, talking about camera shots, I am just curious noodles_leone, have you ever seen the movie Union Station with William Holden? There is a scene where some cop is shadowing a suspect on a train, and there is a shot in one train car, and suddenly the suspect jumps to another car, but the shot looks exactly the same (I hope I am saying this right). I absolutely couldn't understand wtf was going on, it looked like the suspect jumped from one car onto the same car! -- I had to rewind that 5 times, until I realized that the idiot director or editor had placed the camera at exactly the same spot on the first shot (jumping from Car A) and the when he cuts to the second shot, landing on Car B. It's hard for me to explain properly, but if you have seen the movie, you would know what I am referring to.

It was a pretty good movie, but that shot there shows me that a director or editor doesn't know wtf he is doing. or else I don't know wtf I am watching.

have you seen that movie?
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on May 01, 2013, 09:26:31 AM
I just finished watching that Eastwood interview. The Leone discussion runs from 28:44 - 36:10

I see that Union Station is streaming on Netflix, so I will post that clip soon and show you what I mean.

RE: Eastwood's music: one reason it works better in Mystic River, besides for the fact that it's a better melody, is that, even though it is those same few notes over and over, it is played very loud and with many different arrangements, including a full orchestra. In Changeling, so far as I remember, it's the same 3 notes played on a piano at very low volume. And in Million Dollar Baby, the music was almost non-existent.

So I guess if done right, Eastwood's music style can work.
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Post by: noodles_leone on May 01, 2013, 09:49:07 AM
btw, talking about camera shots, I am just curious noodles_leone, have you ever seen the movie Union Station with William Holden? There is a scene where some cop is shadowing a suspect on a train, and there is a shot in one train car, and suddenly the suspect jumps to another car, but the shot looks exactly the same (I hope I am saying this right). I absolutely couldn't understand wtf was going on, it looked like the suspect jumped from one car onto the same car! -- I had to rewind that 5 times, until I realized that the idiot director or editor had placed the camera at exactly the same spot on the first shot (jumping from Car A) and the when he cuts to the second shot, landing on Car B. It's hard for me to explain properly, but if you have seen the movie, you would know what I am referring to.

It was a pretty good movie, but that shot there shows me that a director or editor doesn't know wtf he is doing. or else I don't know wtf I am watching.

have you seen that movie?

Never even heard of that one lol
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on May 01, 2013, 10:37:47 AM
here is that clip. Let me know what you think http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qayvB58c2UI&feature=youtu.be
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on May 01, 2013, 10:43:36 AM
Here is Sergio Leone in Bicycle Thieves http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ploONRiACko
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Post by: stanton on May 01, 2013, 11:23:18 AM
here is that clip. Let me know what you think http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qayvB58c2UI&feature=youtu.be

Just watched it, I don't know what you mean ...

The guy jumps on the other wagon, and then the next shot shows him from the other wagon, and the wagon he left gets smaller in the back. For the 2nd shot the camera was turned round for 180°. Some would say the film breaks here the so called "180° rule".
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on May 01, 2013, 11:56:32 AM
Just watched it, I don't know what you mean ...

The guy jumps on the other wagon, and then the next shot shows him from the other wagon, and the wagon he left gets smaller in the back. For the 2nd shot the camera was turned round for 180°. Some would say the film breaks here the so called "180° rule".

(yeah, well it happens to be a rear projection, but that's beside the point).

In the first shot taken in Car A you have the suspect jump from Car A to Car B, and look back toward Car A; then the camera cuts to Car B and you have one of the decoy policeman, in Car A, looking back at the suspect from the exact same position as the suspect was standing a moment ago, in Car A. Yeah, I know that the whole A-B shit I wrote is probably real confusing, but in a  nutshell, it seems to me that they use consecutive shots of someone standing in the same position but in different train cars that look identical, and there is no indication that they have cut from one car to another.

the first time I watched this movie, I was going out of my mind and rewound it like 5 times till I finally figured out what happened. IMO, they should have used a side shot or something, or never cut that way.

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Post by: cigar joe on May 07, 2013, 07:23:13 AM
Trip #3, air temp 45, water temp Hudson @ 59.0 F, tributary @ 58.5 F. Late start, on water at approximately 1:15AM, no Moon, a sky full of stars, dark and clear enough to see the Milky Way. Tide is already falling, herring present on row up to tideline, set anchor and begin casting with the 7wt. I hear a few stripers feeding around me, about a half hour later the tide has dropped a foot tributary current has increased and I actually spot a striper momentarily near the surface about 15 feet from the boat. A few casts later I get a solid strike at 10 o'clock off the bow about 50 feet away near a grass bank. The fish heads to the bottom with a constant pressure on the rod for a good 10 minutes. I again have to maneuver the boat out of the current and down stream to the pool by pulling up the anchor, one or two hauls and I'm drifting and reeling in slack. The fish tires, turning on his side, I slide him over to the boat and grab the Bogagrip and the leader. The fish, seeing the Bogagrip, panics making a final surge pulling down on the leader breaking the rod tip. No sweat, its got a lifetime guarantee. Bad fish, bad, I lip him with the grip and I grab the camera. Nice 30 inch fish.
(http://i841.photobucket.com/albums/zz337/cigarjoe/striper5-7-12_zps29a2c35e.jpg)
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Post by: Groggy on May 07, 2013, 08:07:30 AM
Fish for eating or mounting?
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Post by: cigar joe on May 07, 2013, 09:33:52 AM
Fish for eating or mounting?

neither, caught on a fly & released, that photo is the "trophy" but they are good eating ;-)
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on May 07, 2013, 10:25:20 AM
I never got people who did catch and release, like it's sport just to be able to say "I caught it"

There are herring in the Hudson??
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on May 07, 2013, 10:29:07 AM
crazy story out of Ohio: three women who had been kidnapped and held captive in a house in Ohio for ten years by three brothers were just rescued
http://www.newsday.com/news/nation/neighbors-in-amanda-berry-gina-dejesus-michelle-knight-case-saw-cops-naked-woman-at-house-in-past-1.5211706

There have been several such stories around the world in the last few years. It's unbelievable, I mean, what can you say? WTF are they gonna do to these guys? Life in prison? That's too good. I would throw them into a meat grinder that is turning like 5 miles per hour. For these people, I don't think that would be considered cruel and unusual punishment
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on May 07, 2013, 04:46:09 PM
I have been traumatized with this story all day http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/05/07/2-ohio-teen-girls-missing-for-decade-found-alive-as-cops-offer-few-details/

Here is the audio of Amanda Berry's 911 call after she managed to escape http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frRx2nVTYbE

unbelievable. there are no words  :'(
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Post by: cigar joe on May 08, 2013, 06:38:44 AM
I never got people who did catch and release, like it's sport just to be able to say "I caught it"

There are herring in the Hudson??

Catch & Release is a practice that conserves a fishery, especially one that can get heavily over pressured. After capture, the fish are unhooked and returned to the water before experiencing serious exhaustion or injury. Using barbless hooks, it is often possible to release the fish without removing it from the water (a slack line is frequently sufficient). The fish (especially trout and bass) are territorial, so they generally tend to stay in the same pool. For I guide I look at them as valuable live stock, at $295-$395 (plus a tip) a day that fish may be the only catch on a slow day. The other advantage is I don't have to carry ice or a cooler, or have to clean them. The photo is, like I said, the "trophy".

Yes the herring (part of the Shad family) spawn in the Hudson's tributaries, and like salmon they return to their birth streams.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on May 08, 2013, 08:09:45 AM
Catch & Release is a practice that conserves a fishery, especially one that can get heavily over pressured. After capture, the fish are unhooked and returned to the water before experiencing serious exhaustion or injury. Using barbless hooks, it is often possible to release the fish without removing it from the water (a slack line is frequently sufficient). The fish (especially trout and bass) are territorial, so they generally tend to stay in the same pool. For I guide I look at them as valuable live stock, at $295-$395 (plus a tip) a day that fish may be the only catch on a slow day. The other advantage is I don't have to carry ice or a cooler, or have to clean them. The photo is, like I said, the "trophy".


yeah I understand why you wanna release them; but in that case, I don't understand why you'd wanna catch in the first place. That only works if you have fun just catching, as a means and an end. I've rarely fished, but I imagine it's interesting and fun cuz if you get something, it could be useful to you. But I never felt like there is anything interesting about fishing and throwing it back, just for the sake of saying "Look at this first I caught" that you're not even gonna use.

(I'm not even talking here about the humane aspect you're bringing up, with the barbs and the suffering, etc., that's another issue). All I'm saying is, I don't understand the fun in fishing for the sake of catching something that you won't be using except to boast about in photographs or dinner conversations. To spend the day fishing for the ultimate goal of snapping a photo.
But hey, I am sure it's awesome to be out on that boat on a sunny day throwing back a few beers as CJ educates you on the finer points of Gloria Grahame's body or the precise location of a particular location in some location-filled film noir that earns a 10/10 on locations alone   ;)
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Post by: noodles_leone on May 11, 2013, 03:21:20 AM
here is that clip. Let me know what you think http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qayvB58c2UI&feature=youtu.be

Sorry man, I was taking some time on vacation in Venice and couldn't answer your question from there.

Well, I don't think it breaks the 180° rule, it's more of a "raccord dans l'axe" (I really don't know how it is called in Enligsh). As a director, I would probably not have done this, because it's always hard to put side by side 2 shots of the same scene took from the same distance (except for close up), especially since it's in black and white and everybody is dressed the same way. It was a risky choice, and a bit pointless since it tends to stress out an antagonism, which has nothing to do with the scene here I guess. However, the real mistake is from the editor, who really cut at the worst possible point: when the view is being blocked by the guy on the foreground. A better way to cut these 2 shots together would have been just at the end of the jump: the viewer is following the action of the guy running away, and the eye would have been attracted by his movements, making the cut less confusing. Beside, using a wide shot to show a reaction is a strange choice.

That being said, I was not half as confused as you said you were when I saw this :) It was more "wait what? oh ok."
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on May 11, 2013, 09:23:41 PM


That being said, I was not half as confused as you said you were when I saw this :) It was more "wait what? oh ok."

well I didn't think you would be; after all, I told you what to look out for before you saw it  ;)
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on May 11, 2013, 09:35:38 PM
Oh you didn't watch all of it? You should, they discuss a lot about Sergio and the dollar trilogy.

I agree. It works great in Mystic River because it perfectly fits the topic. It adds to the "fate/inevitability/everything is a circle" themes.

after this discussion, I gave the Mystic River score another spin on my iPod. OMfG, it's so unbelievable! Even though it's basically only those three notes, as I mentioned earlier, there are so many variations, at times it's just a single piano, at times it's a full orchestra played really loudly, what a beautiful haunting score! I mean, this is Oscar worthy!

I've been spinning it over and over and over all week long. Unreal.


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Post by: stanton on May 12, 2013, 01:32:37 AM
well I didn't think you would be; after all, I told you what to look out for before you saw it  ;)

I wasn't confused either because it was clear what the scene showed. The violation of the 180° rule is only a problem when the audience can't classify these shots in a context.

It could probably have been edited a bit more obvious (but then maybe the director hadn't shot the needed material to cut it different). But I assume if you watch the complete film and you are familiar with the faces it shouldn't be a problem in this scene.
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Post by: noodles_leone on May 13, 2013, 12:06:55 AM
well I didn't think you would be; after all, I told you what to look out for before you saw it  ;)

And also, you knew I'm very smart.

Seriously, I meant more or less what Stanton said: even if I hadn't known, I would have been disoriented for a second or two. It's nothing like the battle scenes in fast paced shaky cam and 100% close up that we sometimes have nowadays  :D
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Post by: noodles_leone on May 14, 2013, 01:22:41 AM
So like I said, I was in Venice for a week. Here are some pics:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7300/8730441387_b440d37ac7.jpg)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7445/8730433217_3ff2a9e7bf.jpg)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7433/8730439703_acc65004db.jpg)


Full Flickr album:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/seldoon2/sets/72157633461020651/

Had some trouble figuring out "how" to photograph the city, as I hate doing postcard pics (I'd rather Google "Venizia" and find better postcards), and it's quite difficult to avoid doing that there. So I did a few cliché pics, and was much more at ease taking pics of the laguna than the actual city. When I finally found a cool angle, it was already time to leave. So I'll get better pics next time :)
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on May 14, 2013, 02:11:29 AM


Had some trouble figuring out "how" to photograph the city, as I hate doing postcard pics (I'd rather Google "Venizia" and find better postcards), and it's quite difficult to avoid doing that there. So I did a few cliché pics, and was much more at ease taking pics of the laguna than the actual city. When I finally found a cool angle, it was already time to leave. So I'll get better pics next time :)

talk about overthinking/overanalyzing, I never heard of a tourist worrying that much about angles and cliche's if their friggin tourist pics! I mean, I know you're a master cinematograoher and all, but when you go somewhere as a tourist, just take any nice pics to make you remember the places you visited and that's all!!!  ;)
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on May 14, 2013, 02:14:00 AM
Angie Dickinson was the guest programmer on TCM on Monday night; the final movie she selected was THE 400 BLOWS (the others were GIGI, DOG DAY AFTERNOON, and YANKEE DOODLE DANDY). Here is her introductory chat, with Robert Osborne, to THE 400 BLOWS, and the opening credits of that movie http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHyGRYUopf0&feature=youtu.be


And here is the final shot of THE 400 BLOWS, and the closing discussion with Dickinson and Osborne http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XY9dD5n1hrA&feature=youtu.be
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Post by: noodles_leone on May 14, 2013, 02:24:35 AM
talk about overthinking/overanalyzing, I never heard of a tourist worrying that much about angles and cliche's if their friggin tourist pics! I mean, I know you're a master cinematograoher and all, but when you go somewhere as a tourist, just take any nice pics to make you remember the places you visited and that's all!!!  ;)

Haha no I prefer not taking pics. Taking pics for the sake of taking pics is boring, as long as I'm not witnessing Clint Eastwood fighting Darth Vader in the middle of the street :)

Especially in a place like Venice, that has been so much photographed/painted/filmed. The following link is going to make me remember Venice much more than all the pics I could take:

http://tinyurl.com/dynoh89

... so i'm more tying to capture what I felt than what I saw. That's where I failed   :'(
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on May 14, 2013, 03:04:33 AM
That's where I failed   :'(

well I am so sorry for you honey. Don't be looking for my shoulder to cry on......................................................................  ;)
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Post by: noodles_leone on May 14, 2013, 04:41:16 AM
I knew it!
Communazi.
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Post by: moviesceleton on May 15, 2013, 01:11:33 AM
Speaking of photographs, here's a nice collection of Polaroids taken by Andrei Tarkovski: http://tinyurl.com/bleduas
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Post by: noodles_leone on May 17, 2013, 01:31:07 AM
Nice!
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on May 24, 2013, 02:17:42 PM
here is a great 1993 interview of Martin Scorcese by Bob Costas

pt. 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxkMowX_obE

pt. 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Co33S8f5sUY

pt. 3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3QjkHpWNr0
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on June 06, 2013, 09:15:52 PM

passed by this store the other day on 13th Avenue in Brooklyn



(http://img521.imageshack.us/img521/729/060513154100.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/521/060513154100.jpg/)
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Post by: noodles_leone on June 09, 2013, 03:51:43 AM
lol


Last night was the first festival screening of my latest short. Pretty cool!
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on June 09, 2013, 04:19:33 AM
lol


Last night was the first festival screening of my latest short. Pretty cool!

articles? Videos? (translated into English, of course?)

Were there groupies waiting outside to fuck the filmmakers? Dames for the director? Ass-waving babes for the artist? Pussy in the projection booth for the producer?
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Post by: noodles_leone on June 09, 2013, 06:14:44 AM
articles? Videos? (translated into English, of course?)

Were there groupies waiting outside to fuck the filmmakers? Dames for the director? Ass-waving babes for the artist? Pussy in the projection booth for the producer?

No article yet, will probably get a couple ones on monday.

NO GROUPIES! Can you believe that? I mean what's the point of this career if I have no groupies? My Mom always told me I should be a singer. Hopefully, the president of the jury was Jean-Claude Dreyfus, now that's some cool ass-waving babe:

(http://www.starscolor.com/images/jean-claude-dreyfus-03.jpg)
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on June 19, 2013, 11:49:06 PM
Big AP story on the "Prism" spying program by NSA

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/secret-prism-success-even-bigger-data-seizure

I have long assumed the bastards are always snooping
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on June 20, 2013, 01:09:25 PM
This is funny shit - Jerry Stiller in Katz's Deli http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akBO8BIG6dg
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on July 01, 2013, 08:56:35 PM
very sad story out in Arizona - 19 elite firefighters killed in a wildfire
 http://news.yahoo.com/portable-shelters-couldnt-save-19-firefighters-221842035.html

 :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(
 
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on July 08, 2013, 08:13:26 PM
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324251504578581330740965110.html

Article in today's Wall Street Journal RE: Netflix

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    July 7, 2013, 8:47 p.m. ET

How Netflix Is Shaking Up Hollywood
Streaming Site Becomes Aggressive Programming Buyer; Serialized Dramas Benefit


by Amol Sharma  


 When AMC Networks AMCX canceled its TV crime drama "The Killing" last year after two seasons, the show's creators made a push to get it back on the air, believing they could correct the missteps that had caused an ardent fan base to lose interest. They got some help from an unlikely source: Netflix Inc.

The show's producer, Fox Television Studios, signed a deal with the streaming-video service that made a third season financially viable. The revenue from Netflix allowed the studio to charge AMC a lower license fee.

In return, Netflix got exclusive streaming rights in the U.S. and Canada beginning three months after the season finale—shorter than the typical delay of as much as a year. It also got the rights to premiere the show in several foreign markets where its previous seasons had been a big hit for the company.


"Normally, if your show gets canceled, there's not much you can do," said David Madden, president of Fox TV Studios, adding that the arrangement with Netflix was the first of its kind for the studio. "We really wanted another shot to tell the story."

The resurrection of "The Killing" shows how Netflix is shaking up Hollywood, spurring media companies to experiment with new ways of doing business and changing the economics of producing some types of programming.

TV and film studios once saw Netflix simply as a way to make some extra money licensing older shows and movies. Now, they view the streaming site as a potential financier, a launch pad for original shows and an aggressive buyer of some programming that is less valuable in the TV world.


In the process, Netflix, along with other digital-video rivals, has become a significant driver of media-industry profit growth. Big media companies generated about $1.6 billion of revenue last year from licensing their content to such services. Though that represents just 1% of their aggregate revenue, it accounts for a large percentage of operating-income growth, according to Bernstein Research.

But there are tensions, too. Netflix has gotten more demanding on exclusivity in the face of growing competition from Amazon.com Inc. AMZN +1.65% and other outlets, and more finicky about what it will carry. In the past year it has begun dropping shows it says weren't performing well on its site and seeking to cherry-pick studio's catalogs for specific shows and episodes, some studio executives say. Analysts say that could make it harder for media companies to sustain growth in digital licensing revenues in coming years.

Some studio executives chafe at Netflix's strategy, claiming that the site doesn't share clear viewership data, and that it is messing with the way Hollywood has traditionally sold content—in bundles that include highly popular and less-popular programming. One studio executive said Netflix doesn't appreciate that "there's an element of give and take" in standard Hollywood deals, calling the company's approach to content acquisition "confounding."

Ted Sarandos, Netflix's chief content officer, says the company rewards content owners handsomely, despite its more selective approach, paying more for shows that perform well. "We're able to unlock economics for shows that otherwise would be very challenged," he said in an interview.

Last fall, Netflix dropped a large chunk of content from A+E Networks. Mr. Sarandos said A+E's unscripted fare—shows like the History Channel's "Pawn Stars" and "Ice Road Truckers"—is of "great value" on traditional TV, but wasn't popular on the site. He also said A+E repeats some of its shows in marathon programming blocks. "For our business, it is a little overexploited."

A person close to A+E Networks said Netflix wanted a degree of exclusivity that A+E wasn't prepared to grant.

Netflix has had a major impact on how studios think about serialized dramas, shows like "The Killing," "The Following," and "Mad Men" that have story arcs that stretch over many episodes. For years, studios believed such shows were riskier bets than other types of programming, because they didn't lend themselves to running as repeats and therefore had less value in the estimated $20 billion U.S. syndication market.

Netflix has changed that equation radically. Serialized dramas have proved wildly popular on the site—because viewers can binge on old episodes and catch up to the current season. As a result, Netflix is willing to spend big sums to acquire that content. And it doesn't need to wait for 80 to 100 episodes to be aired, the standard in traditional syndication deals.

"Almost by themselves, they changed the economics of the genre," said David Bank, an analyst with RBC Capital Markets.

Gary Newman, chairman of Twentieth Century Fox Television, said the studio used to encourage writers for new dramas to keep stories "closed ended" to make them more appealing to the local stations and cable networks that buy repeats. Having Netflix as a potential buyer lessens the risk. Now when the studio sees what it considers a strong serialized drama, like "Crisis," a political thriller starring Gillian Anderson that is headed to Comcast Corp.'s NBC this fall, "We just lean right into that," he said.

Until last month, 21st Century Fox, owner of Twentieth Century Fox TV and Fox TV Studios, was part of the same company as Wall Street Journal owner News Corp.

Warner Bros. owner Time Warner Inc. generated 27% of its operating income growth in 2012 from digital licensing, according to a Bernstein Research estimate. In January, Warner's TV unit struck a deal with Netflix covering new shows like Fox's "The Following" and NBC's "Revolution" before they had aired, just based on their pilots.

"They had to speculate on the success of these shows," said Jeffrey Schlesinger, president of world-wide television distribution for Warner Bros. "This was one of the first times they took a big bet on what was to come."

Netflix also has shown a penchant for kids programming. When PBS's "Super Why," an animated series that teaches reading skills, was facing a funding gap recently, Netflix provided an injection of cash that helped make a new season possible, in exchange for exclusive streaming rights, according to people familiar with the situation.

Many studios are weighing whether to develop original programming for Netflix, following early entrants like Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.'s  Lionsgate Television, whose series "Orange is the New Black" debuts on Netflix Thursday, and DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc., which plans to produce more than 300 hours of programming for Netflix in coming years.

Warner Bros. is considering making Netflix originals, as is CBS Corp., which is in discussions with Netflix to renew their broad licensing pact, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Mr. Newman of Twentieth Century Fox said Netflix will be in the mix as it considers where to launch new shows.

"The shows we would anticipate appealing to HBO and Showtime are also going to appeal to Netflix," he said.

Still, some industry executives see significanthurdles to developing original series for Netflix, including the uncertain market for shows after their run on the site.DVD and international sales will help, but it isn't clear if local TV stations that buy syndicated programming will pay big money for a Netflix series, especially since Netflix doesn't release viewership data. Some studio executives said they would ask Netflix to pay the full cost of a show's production to reduce their risk.

A Netflix spokesman said it is too early to tell how the aftermarket for Netflix originals will develop in coming years, but anticipates that some series will work better in syndication than others.

Write to Amol Sharma at amol.sharma@wsj.com

A version of this article appeared July 8, 2013, on page B1 in the U.S. edition of The Wall Street Journal, with the headline: Hollywood Feels Netflix's Influence.

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Personally, I only use Netflix for dvd's. I'd say Netflix has like 90% of movies that have been released on dvd. That's pretty good - not great; there are quite a few that they don't have. But I'd say they are pretty good for dvd's.

But they are really bad when it comes to streaming. I generally don't watch tv shows; I only watch movies. And Netflix has very few movies available on streaming. Also, Netflix has only a tiny percentage of blu-ray discs that have been released. (I mostly watch old movies; maybe for the newer movies, Netflix has a higher percentage of them available on streaming and blu ray; I have no idea).

So I usually don't even pay for a streaming or blu-ray plan, cuz it would be a waste of money, since they have so few movies available on streaming and blu-ray. The dvd's plans are pretty good, but I really wish they would enlarge their selection of streaming and blu-rays.

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Post by: dave jenkins on July 13, 2013, 12:10:58 PM
Here's a piece that argues that DVDs (which includes Blu-rays) are here to stay (for the foreseeable future): http://www.forbes.com/sites/dadehayes/2013/07/08/six-reasons-why-dvds-still-make-money-and-wont-die-anytime-soon/
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on July 13, 2013, 08:17:38 PM
We know that technology is ever-changing, and that you can't predict in what direction it'll go next. But I'd be interested to see if the new inventions will be in some new sort of physical format, or if they will all be directed toward streaming/cloud-based technologies.

Like, will the tech-geeks actually try inventing some new physical format that supplants blu-ray discs (in the way that blu-ray may supplant dvd's, and that dvd's supplanted VHS; in the way audio cd's supplanted cassette tapes which supplanted records)? Or will all new technology focus on how to make streaming better, on how making bigger and bigger storage for cloud-based libraries?

The dumbest thing anyone can ever do is try to predict where technology will go, but one thing I can say is that – as the writer of this article points out – the physical formats cannot go away until such time as every square inch of space is wired for wi-fi at reliable streaming speeds, including inside subways etc.

I've never understood why people like dj load up on vast  libraries of dvd's when, for a few bucks a month, you can rent almost any dvd from a service like Netflix.  (true, they don't have many blu ray discs now, but they have like 90% of dvd's) And if a new format comes out that makes dvd's (and blu rays) obsolete and you'll wanna switch to the new format, you'll b stuck like all those people with piles of tapes and records that don't use them anymore. If you can rent almost any dvd for a few bucks a month, why buy them all?
Maybe now I can understand why; there is a fear that dvd's may go away and you'll never be able to buy the physical movie again and you're afraid of being forced to switch to a new format against your will?
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on July 13, 2013, 08:32:44 PM
George Zimmerman found NOT GUILTY
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/07/13/george-zimmerman-found-not-guilty/2514163/

As you see in the video, he showed no emotion at all as the verdict is read; afterward, he just lightly shakes the hands of his attorneys. He must have been pretty confident of the verdict. (Then again, he showed no emotion during the trial either).

I watched bits and pieces of the trial; can't say I sat through the whole thing. From everything I heard from legal analysts on tv, the prosecution did not do a great job, and really, it seems to me pretty hard for the jury to have been able to say that Zimmerman was guilty of second-degree murder or manslaughter beyond a reasonable doubt.
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Post by: cigar joe on July 14, 2013, 05:08:37 AM
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Maybe now I can understand why; there is a fear that dvd's may go away and you'll never be able to buy the physical movie again and you're afraid of being forced to switch to a new format against your will?

That is the reason I buy them, if the physical goes away, you'd be forced to pay in perpetuity for streaming.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on July 14, 2013, 07:27:17 AM
That is the reason I buy them, if the physical goes away, you'd be forced to pay in perpetuity for streaming.

you'd still be able to buy digital files and hold onto them; you can even do that now, with iTunes and I'm sure many other services. You'll always be able to own the movies in some format or another - and in general, this stuff gets cheaper as time goes by. If we ever do move totally away from physical movies and toward a digital-file-only time (actually, it's probably not an IF but a when) I don't think it would be more expensive than it is now.

whatever reasons may exist for wanting to build a dvd/blu ray library now, I don't think cost should be one of them. Just my opinion, though of course nobody knows what'll happen, but doesn't technology move toward things becoming cheaper as time goes by?
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Post by: dave jenkins on July 14, 2013, 10:55:25 AM
If you can rent almost any dvd for a few bucks a month, why buy them all?
If I can read anything I want for free in a library, why buy a book?

The answer: accessibility. If it's on my shelf, I can use it at the drop of a hat. If it's on somebody else's shelf, it may take hours, days, weeks to get it. And it may be in less than ideal shape when it arrives. And it may suddenly become unavailable (aggressive rights holders are making things more difficult for us all the time). And it may only be available in one particular edition; the lender may not have the exact edition I'm looking for. And a lender can always purge his library of any titles for which there is "no demand."
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on July 17, 2013, 02:45:40 AM
Visited the Yogi Berra Museum last Friday http://www.yogiberramuseum.org/

It's small but fun; if you're a baseball fan in the New York-area, I suggest visiting it once. Admission is only $6 for adults; it's on the campus of Montclair State University, pretty close to Manhattan.
Even if you're not a big fan of baseball history, I guess it would be interesting for movie fans because they had a pretty nice-sized exhibit featuring the actual uniforms and caps worn in baseball movies (of course, I have no idea how long each exhibit is on for, but this baseball movie exhibit was on when I went). For example, they had the cap that Ray Liotta wears in Field of Dreams, when he shows up to have a catch with his son; a uniform shirt that Robert Redford wears in The Natural, as well as uniforms from Bull Durham, For the Love of the Game, and Moneyball.
(And the museum is overlooking the college's baseball field, so if you want, you can schedule your visit around the time of one of their home games, and then go to the game after visiting the museum - I didn't get to see a game, unfortunately).

I have some pics on my friend's camera; if anyone is interested in seeing them, lemme know and I'll post 'em.

The place is pretty small – I think you can easily tour the whole thing beginning to end in half an hour without rushing, but taking your time and enjoying yourself – but every baseball fan in the New York City area with $6 to spare should visit it at least once  O0
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on July 23, 2013, 05:14:41 AM
Schindler's List - the actual list that inspired the movie - is being auctioned on eBay: opening bid $3 million, pre-approved bidders only
http://abcnews.go.com/US/actual-schindlers-list-auctioned-ebay/story?id=19713552

It's one of 4 existing lists of the Jews Schindler saved (it didn't say if the other three lists are identical or not), but this is the only one that's privately owned. The other three are housed in the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum in Israel and the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on July 25, 2013, 11:22:13 PM
One of the jurors on the George Zimmerman trial says Zimmerman got away with murder http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/25/george-zimmerman-trial-juror-b29_n_3654183.html

The interview will air on ABC Friday morning, but basically, it seems like she felt in her heart that he is a murderer, but she felt that based on the legal definitions, there was not enough evidence to declare him guilty.

I gotta tell you, I respect the hell out of this woman. That's the duty of a juror – to decide if, based on the legal definition, the defendant is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. That's all. I think that jurors are tempted to ask themselves, "Do I think the defendant did it?" when in fact, they are only supposed to ask themselves, "Based on the legal definition of the crime, do I believe the defendant is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt?" For this woman to be firm in ruling as she believed the law required her to – even as in her heart, she felt she was letting someone get away with murder – is something she should be commended for, and something all jurors should learn from.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on July 26, 2013, 12:09:57 AM
http://bigstory.ap.org/article/remains-wwii-airman-ny-idd-s-pacific

REMAINS OF WWII AIRMAN FROM NY ID'D IN S. PACIFIC

By CHRIS CAROLA

July 25, 2013


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The remains of a World War II airman have been identified and will be returned to his hometown for burial nearly 70 years after his plane and two others slammed into a remote, jungle-covered mountainside in the South Pacific.

DNA samples provided by relatives matched those of Sgt. Dominick Licari, who was 31 when his A-20 Havoc bomber crashed into a mountain in Papua-New Guinea on March 13, 1944.

Augustus "Mort" Licari said Thursday he and his only other surviving sibling, Katherine Frank, of Darien, Conn., were notified last week their brother's bone fragments and dog tags were recovered last year at the crash site by a team from the U.S. Joint POW-MIA Accounting Command.

Mort Licari said he was driving from New Jersey to his home in Summerfield, Fla., when he got the call informing him his brother's remains had been identified.

"I pulled over and kind of got myself together," Licari said Thursday.

The pilot of the doomed plane, 2nd Lt. Valorie Pollard, of California, also was killed and listed as missing in action.

Mort Licari said he and several nieces and nephews plan to be at the Albany airport when a plane with a casket bearing his brother's remains arrives Aug. 2. A military honor guard will carry the casket to a hearse, which will take the remains 70 miles west to Dominick Licari's hometown of Frankfort, where a funeral and burial will be held Aug. 6.

Officials at the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office in Washington confirmed Sgt. Licari's remains had been identified through DNA testing. Lt. Col. Melinda Morgan said none of the other bone fragments found at the crash site has been identified as Pollard's. They are included in a separate set of group remains believed to be those of Pollard and Licari that will be buried later, likely at Arlington National Cemetery.

Dominick Licari, the third oldest of nine children born to Italian immigrants, was a handsome, baseball- and trumpet-playing carpenter who took Mort to games so he could serve as catcher while his strong-armed big brother warmed up.

"The palm of my left hand would be throbbing," recalled Mort, an 85-year-old retired New Jersey court administrator.

Drafted in 1942, Dominick was the gunner on the two-man A-20 when it crashed in bad weather after returning from a bombing run against a Japanese airfield. Two other A-20s in the group hit the same mountain, killing six airmen in all. Of the four men in the other two planes, only the remains of one was recovered, according to the Pacificwrecks.com website, a database of World War II plane crash sites and MIA cases.

News of Dominick's death devastated his family, Mort Licari said.

"We prayed and held out hope he would be found, maybe injured," he said. "As the years went on, all we could hope for was he hadn't suffered."

After the military declared Dominick dead in early 1946, the family kept a grave marker with his name on it at the family plot in Frankfort, where he'll be buried alongside his parents and other siblings.

"Now that will be complete," Mort said. "There won't be any hollow spots in that ground."
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Post by: dave jenkins on July 27, 2013, 10:43:05 AM
I've never understood why people like dj load up on vast  libraries of dvd's when, for a few bucks a month, you can rent almost any dvd from a service like Netflix. 
Here's part of the answer: http://guardianlv.com/2013/07/netflix-dropping-classics-for-exclusive-content/

Of course, this is about their streaming business rather than their DVD business, but the day will come when streaming is all they do.
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Post by: T.H. on July 27, 2013, 12:39:16 PM
Here's part of the answer: http://guardianlv.com/2013/07/netflix-dropping-classics-for-exclusive-content/

Of course, this is about their streaming business rather than their DVD business, but the day will come when streaming is all they do.

Their streaming service has never been classic friendly outside of horror/exploitation - which was really good a couple years ago - but even that's starting to dwindle. I'm probably going to watch the Bava films I haven't seen yet, a few others, and call it a day. I can't imagine how bad it's going to be in a year or two. Hopefully somebody else steps up to the plate.
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Post by: dave jenkins on July 27, 2013, 02:20:22 PM
I can't imagine how bad it's going to be in a year or two. Hopefully somebody else steps up to the plate.
I'm skeptical. Hence, construction of the Jenkins Culture Bunker continues apace.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on July 27, 2013, 08:55:44 PM
when that Day comes, hopefully I'll be able to buy up dvd/brd on eBay or Amazon.

As you posted in a previous article, streaming won't be eliminating dvd/brd for a while, especially cuz streaming quality is not as good as brd quality. My hope is that Netflix gets better at acquiring more brd's.
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Post by: T.H. on July 28, 2013, 08:52:34 PM
I'm skeptical. Hence, construction of the Jenkins Culture Bunker continues apace.
Yeah, I couldn't agree with you any more on the issue. I feel like the golden days of streaming have passed us, and this is coming from someone who at one point naively thought that almost every movie ever made would eventually be made available....can't see that happening knowing where things are headed. On a somewhat related note, I hope TCM gets involved at some point.

There is also a part of me that is a natural collector, I guess. As a kid, it was baseball cards, then CDs (and vinyl later on), and now it's movies. My collection is not too out of hand because I almost never blind buy and try to own movies that I would rate an 8/10 or higher - though it's not some strict system or anything.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on July 29, 2013, 12:01:20 AM


There is also a part of me that is a natural collector, I guess. As a kid, it was baseball cards, then CDs (and vinyl later on), and now it's movies. My collection is not too out of hand because I almost never blind buy and try to own movies that I would rate an 8/10 or higher - though it's not some strict system or anything.

the main reason I don't see a point in collecting movies is, what happens when a new format comes out that obliterates DVD/BRD?  Then a DVD/BRD collection will be, certainly not worthless, but perhaps you'll wanna start a new collection of the new format. Like those people who had a huge collection of music tapes in the 90's, and then when cd's came out in the late 90's, and cd's were much more convenient than tapes, they had to build up a whole new collection. Now that BRD's are so hot, we may think "I'll be able to use these forever," but the day will almost certainly come, if you live long enough, that you'll think your BRD collection is almost useless.

Of course, the fact is that you enjoy them now, and worrying about what new format will come out in 5 or 10 or 20 years is no reason not to enjoy them now. So if they weren't available via rental, I would also build up a DVD/BRD collection. But when you consider that they will one day be obsolete AND that almost all of them are available via rental, I don't see much of a reason to build up a huge collection. I'll buy the few that are very important to me and the ones that aren't available on Netflix, but rent all the others. And then, when that new format is invented, I'll just move on to renting that new format...
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Post by: T.H. on July 29, 2013, 11:26:57 AM
the main reason I don't see a point in collecting movies is, what happens when a new format comes out that obliterates DVD/BRD?  Then a DVD/BRD collection will be, certainly not worthless, but perhaps you'll wanna start a new collection of the new format. Like those people who had a huge collection of music tapes in the 90's, and then when cd's came out in the late 90's, and cd's were much more convenient than tapes, they had to build up a whole new collection. Now that BRD's are so hot, we may think "I'll be able to use these forever," but the day will almost certainly come, if you live long enough, that you'll think your BRD collection is almost useless.

Of course, the fact is that you enjoy them now, and worrying about what new format will come out in 5 or 10 or 20 years is no reason not to enjoy them now. So if they weren't available via rental, I would also build up a DVD/BRD collection. But when you consider that they will one day be obsolete AND that almost all of them are available via rental, I don't see much of a reason to build up a huge collection. I'll buy the few that are very important to me and the ones that aren't available on Netflix, but rent all the others. And then, when that new format is invented, I'll just move on to renting that new format...

It wouldn't bother me to have a large collection of an obsolete format. If I had more disposable income, I'd buy some VHS (mostly 80s horror)  and laserdiscs lol.

As for the technical aspects/future of the format, I'll leave that to DJ if he wants to tackle that.
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Post by: moviesceleton on July 30, 2013, 09:37:38 AM
Panasonic and Sony developing a new optical disc with capacity of 300GB: http://panasonic.co.jp/corp/news/official.data/data.dir/2013/07/en130729-4/en130729-4.html (http://panasonic.co.jp/corp/news/official.data/data.dir/2013/07/en130729-4/en130729-4.html)

Seems to be targeted at professional use, though. So it's not really meant to be the next step from BluRay what comes to home viewing.
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Post by: noodles_leone on July 30, 2013, 10:17:41 AM
I seriously doubt we'll ever see a new physical support for media that will be successful among the masses anyway...

But 300GB optical discs could be very interesting for the production workflow.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on August 06, 2013, 04:18:50 PM
Today is the 65th anniversary of the death of Babe Ruth.

And the 68th anniversary of the a-bomb on Hiroshima.
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Post by: cigar joe on August 11, 2013, 02:53:44 PM
In Seattle  O0
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on August 11, 2013, 03:52:10 PM
have you been to Starbucks yet?  ;)
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Post by: cigar joe on August 13, 2013, 05:56:30 AM
have you been to Starbucks yet?  ;)

The original one yes, there are 500 coffee shops in Seattle  O0
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Post by: dave jenkins on August 13, 2013, 08:18:25 AM
Nice seeing you in my hometown, Joe. And it was a real pleasure to meet Mrs. CJ. Happy trails!
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on August 13, 2013, 09:54:08 AM
The original one yes, there are 500 coffee shops in Seattle  O0



what a boring thing to be known for. (yes, grunge is dead). must be a hyper town.

 I can't imagine that even Seattle has more coffee shops (or even more Starbucks) per block than does Manhattan. There must be a Starbucks every square block in Manhattan
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Post by: dave jenkins on August 13, 2013, 10:54:04 AM
There's more to coffee than Starbucks, and there's more to Seattle's coffee than Starbucks.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on August 13, 2013, 12:00:25 PM
There's more to coffee than Starbucks, and there's more to Seattle's coffee than Starbucks.

I'm not a very big coffee drinker, but when I do drink coffee, I buy it from ABS - Anyplace But Starbucks. can't stand the stuff. It's way too strong. I put in like 6 sugars and it's still not enough. I like Green Mountain, or pretty much anything, except Starbucks. Truth is, I probably prefer Tasters Choice instant coffee to any brewed coffee.
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Post by: cigar joe on August 16, 2013, 03:21:07 PM
The road goes on forever  O0

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Post by: cigar joe on August 20, 2013, 07:00:22 AM
Across the wide Missouri

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Feeding time

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Post by: cigar joe on August 20, 2013, 06:23:22 PM
Fistful of Dollars Pawn in Browning, Montana  O0 O0 O0
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on August 20, 2013, 07:16:34 PM
nice pics, cj! keep 'em coming  O0
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Post by: Groggy on August 20, 2013, 08:51:41 PM
Seconded. O0
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Post by: cigar joe on August 21, 2013, 05:46:14 AM
Mission Mountains

(http://i841.photobucket.com/albums/zz337/cigarjoe/Missions_zpse487618a.jpg)
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Post by: cigar joe on August 27, 2013, 01:44:29 PM
Trip vids

It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7n2Qds3wyY (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7n2Qds3wyY)

Kootenai Falls

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ss4peC2BX_Q (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ss4peC2BX_Q)
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on September 08, 2013, 06:23:24 PM
any American football fans here?
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Post by: cigar joe on September 08, 2013, 06:49:37 PM
yea  O0
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Post by: Groggy on September 08, 2013, 07:04:34 PM
Steelers lost in rather pathetic fashion today. Having our center hurt about five minutes into the game played a big part.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on September 08, 2013, 10:21:51 PM
Giants lost an awful game. Turn the ball over on the first 3 possessions (Eli throws a pick on his first pass, then our starting running back loses two fumbles and gets benched), and play what Tom Coughlin called the worst half of football he has ever seen. Then we come out and play terrible in second half as well, but then put it together and start mounting a comeback, we get the ball back for what could be a game winning drive, turnover, game over. What a miserable game.

But hey, there are 15 games left.

And anyway, as long as the Yankees are alive (which may not be for much longer), it's baseball season for me  :)
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Post by: cigar joe on September 09, 2013, 03:48:06 AM
Raiders lost also  :'(
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on September 09, 2013, 11:10:11 AM
Interesting Monday Night game tonite, Washington @ Philly. No one expects Philly to do much this year, but with the debut of Chip Kelly's offense and all the questions surrounding Griffin's health, should be a good watch
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on September 30, 2013, 02:20:20 AM
any hockey fans here?

With the Yankees out of the playoffs and the New York Football Giants 0-4, I am just looking forward to the start of the New York Rangers' season on Thursday night!

Actually, as bad as the Giants have been, looks like the rest of their division ain't too great either; Dallas is 2-2, and Philly and Washington are each 1-3. With 12 games remaining in the season, including one against Dallas, I am certainly not giving up on the Giants; SOMEONE has to win that awful division, and it may as well be us!

Anyway, what about the NHL? Groggy, you watch the Penguins any? I know we have one or two Canadians here; I'm sure they watch their official national sport.....
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Post by: dave jenkins on September 30, 2013, 10:17:04 AM
any hockey fans here?

With the Yankees out of the playoffs and the New York Football Giants 0-4, I am just looking forward to the start of the New York Rangers' season on Thursday night!

Actually, as bad as the Giants have been, looks like the rest of their division ain't too great either; Dallas is 2-2, and Philly and Washington are each 1-3. With 12 games remaining in the season, including one against Dallas, I am certainly not giving up on the Giants; SOMEONE has to win that awful division, and it may as well be us!
It's a great season to be from Seattle . . .
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on October 08, 2013, 10:41:34 AM
http://news.turner.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=6443

Release Date: 7/17/2013

Maltese Falcon Statuette to Headline Bonhams and TCM's "What Dreams Are Made Of: A Century of Movie Magic at Auction, as Curated by Turner Classic Movies"

Rare Cinematic Treasures to be Sold at Auction Nov. 25 in New York, with Portion of Proceeds Going to The Film Foundation


One of the iconic statuettes used in John Huston's classic film noir The Maltese Falcon (1941) is set to headline "What Dreams Are Made Of: A Century of Movie Magic at Auction, as Curated by Turner Classic Movies," a special sale to be held this fall by fine art auctioneers and appraisers Bonhams and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). This remarkable event will feature a stunning array of costumes, props, scripts, production designs, production memos, movie posters and other rare treasures from some of the greatest films of all time. As one of the leading authorities on classic film, TCM will highlight the fascinating stories behind the memorabilia, providing the cultural and historical context for each remarkable treasure. The "What Dreams Are Made Of" auction is set to take place Nov. 25 at Bonhams New York, with a portion of the auction proceeds going to Film Foundation, a nonprofit established by Martin Scorsese in 1990 to protect and preserve motion picture history. The auction will feature live online bidding.

Prior to the "What Dreams Are Made Of" auction, Bonhams will present special preview exhibits of items from the sale, the first to be held Oct. 22-27 in Los Angeles and the second slated for Nov. 20-25 in New York. A fully illustrated, color catalog showcasing the items up for sale will be available via the website approximately six weeks before the auction. Movie lovers can pre-order the standard soft copy of the catalog or the deluxe limited edition hard copy at http://www.bonhams.com/tcm/.

 

The statuette from The Maltese Falcon will be joined on the auction block by such top-tier collectibles as a polka-dot dress (pictured left) worn by Joan Crawford in Mildred Pierce (1945); Theda Bara’s tiara and earrings from the silent version of Cleopatra (1917); a legendary nude portrait of silent star Clara Bow commissioned by her onetime lover Bela Lugosi; Shirley Temple's majorette costume from Poor Little Rich Girl (1936); John Huston’s hand-written and typed draft of the screenplay for The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948); Chico Marx’s tuxedo jacket and original artwork from the Harpo Marx estate; Steve McQueen’s white uniform from The Sand Pebbles (1966); and a dress worn by Talia Shire in The Godfather (1972). Previously announced items include a suit worn by Humphrey Bogart in Howard Hawks' classic mystery The Big Sleep (1946), and a batsuit, cape and cowl worn by Michael Keaton as Batman in Batman Returns (1992).

Bonhams is accepting additional consignments for the auction through the end of August. Owners wishing to have their exceptional classic movie memorabilia evaluated for inclusion in the auction should contact the Entertainment Memorabilia department at 323-436-5467 or entertainment.us@bonhams.com.

Contact(s):
Heather Sautter
(404) 885-0746
Atlanta

Bonhams
Anne Wilson
212/710-1301
anne.wilson@bonhams.com
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on November 17, 2013, 08:10:54 PM
Friends,

The recent typhoon in the Philippines has resulted in a massive humanitarian crisis; survivors of this tragedy are in desperate need of the most basic items for daily survival. Please contribute to the relief effort by making a donation to one or more of the organizations that are helping the survivors. Here is the link to donate to the American Red Cross's Typhoon Appeal https://www.redcross.org/donate/index.jsp?donateStep=2&itemId=prod4650031 There are many other organizations that you can find online that are helping the relief effort. You can wait a few weeks before buying the latest electronic gadget or blu-ray disc; instead, send the money now to a Philippine child or family desperate for food, clothing, and shelter  :)
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on November 19, 2013, 04:59:35 PM
I hope you've all seen Jean Claude Van Damme's Volvo Trucks Epic Split Feat by now

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7FIvfx5J10
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on December 08, 2013, 09:02:30 PM
SNOW in New York :)
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on December 27, 2013, 06:39:09 AM
if you can't think of a New Year's resolution, how about simply resolving that no matter what happens to you in life, where you are, what you're doing, what you're thinking, how much dope you're on, how long your prison sentence is, etc....... you will NEVER EVER EVER get a tattoo like these http://styleslides.com/28-instantly-regrettable-tattoos/?utm_source=outbrain
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on January 02, 2014, 05:14:31 PM
what's expected to be a big snowstorm in New York has just begun...  :)
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Post by: Groggy on January 02, 2014, 05:47:31 PM
Heard they've already got around six feet in Erie, PA. We've been comparatively luck.y
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on January 02, 2014, 10:59:42 PM
Heard they've already got around six feet in Erie, PA. We've been comparatively luck.y

I assume you mean six inches, not six feet  ;)

it's been falling all evening long in NYC. a few inches on the ground already and no sign of slowing down. YEEEEHAAAAH!!!
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Post by: cigar joe on January 03, 2014, 03:06:24 AM
we got about a foot so far.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on January 03, 2014, 10:54:43 AM
Snow stopped falling a few hours ago in NYC; dumped quite a few inches on the city. So, what's the weather like for our friends around the world, like in France and Italy? (@ Cusser, yeah yeah yeah, I know all about Arizona being a hundred degrees all the time. Shove it. ;-)
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Post by: moviesceleton on January 03, 2014, 12:05:37 PM
Here in Finland flowers are blooming. Not a trace of snow.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on January 03, 2014, 12:21:56 PM
Here in Finland flowers are blooming. Not a trace of snow.

how many hours of light do you get every day now? like 6 hours of light and 18 hours darkness?
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Post by: moviesceleton on January 03, 2014, 12:53:14 PM
how many hours of light do you get every day now? like 6 hours of light and 18 hours darkness?
Roughly yeah. The sun rises around ten and sets right after three o'clock. The snowlessness sucks ass partly because it makes it even darker.
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Post by: dave jenkins on January 03, 2014, 01:31:04 PM
Yesterday's dump wasn't so bad. About 4 inches, and all powder. It took me 5 minutes to dig my car out (really just moving a bit of snow off the windscreen and some snow in front of the car). The roads are well salted and clear. I drove into White Plains and back around noon. No big deal.
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Post by: cigar joe on January 03, 2014, 04:13:19 PM
5-6 inches here.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on January 04, 2014, 04:24:30 PM
@moviesceleton - that's great for watching movies at home; I always prefer to watch movies at nighttime, when it's dark; when it is light outside, you have to go to a theater to watch movies in the dark.... But for human beings who don't spend hours each day watching movies, that must be tough. In New York, I believe the most extreme disparity between light/dark is something like 9 hours vs. 15 hours; 9 hours darkness on June 21 and 9 hours light on December 21.... I've always thought it would be great to live in some extreme-Northern city for the. Summer and some extreme southern city for the winter, to live your life never having more than a few hours of darkness! I read that in some points in Alaska (i mean regular citirs where people live, not some way-out wilderness) there are times in the summer where the sun technically sets then rises immediatelys basically making it seem as if it literally never gets dark.... There's actually a good Al Pacino crime movie called INSOMNIA that takes place in one of those towns
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Post by: moviesceleton on January 04, 2014, 05:33:55 PM
@moviesceleton - that's great for watching movies at home; I always prefer to watch movies at nighttime, when it's dark; when it is light outside, you have to go to a theater to watch movies in the dark.... But for human beings who don't spend hours each day watching movies, that must be tough. In New York, I believe the most extreme disparity between light/dark is something like 9 hours vs. 15 hours; 9 hours darkness on June 21 and 9 hours light on December 21.... I've always thought it would be great to live in some extreme-Northern city for the. Summer and some extreme southern city for the winter, to live your life never having more than a few hours of darkness! I read that in some points in Alaska (i mean regular citirs where people live, not some way-out wilderness) there are times in the summer where the sun technically sets then rises immediatelys basically making it seem as if it literally never gets dark.... There's actually a good Al Pacino crime movie called INSOMNIA that takes place in one of those towns
I seem to remember that Insomnia had a pretty accurate portayal of what it's like up in the north in the summer. Even where I live there's light practically all around the clock at midsummer. And if you go to Lapland, the never setting sun is a fact.

The midnight sun is one of the best things about living in Finland, but I like the variations that different seasons provide. I like that there's light in the summer and not so much light in the winter. But this winter has been depressing because of the lack of snow. If the weather is cloudy (which it mostly is), I have to keep lights on in the house even at the brightest hour.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on January 04, 2014, 09:39:14 PM
So even in the winter solstice you guys have 5 hours of light? That is much better than some other places... Barrow, Alaska is the highest point in USA. People live there, a regular town (as "regular" as you can be only about 20 degrees south of the North Pole), and I read a story by a guy who visited there, he says that in the summer the sun never sets ( it actually sets and then immediately rises at like 2:30 AM or so, but it's basically indiscernible ... I wonder if, even during the 24 hours of light, there are different levels of light? Like, on any given day anywhere in the world, it's lighter at high noon and less light, say, early in the morning or a few minutes before sunset. So, in these places where there are days on which the sun basically never sets, are there also varying shades of light on those days; or do those days seem to pretty much have the same amount of light all the time?
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Post by: moviesceleton on January 05, 2014, 04:46:51 AM
At midsummer it's like 19 hours of sunlight and 5 hours of twilight. You know that blue moment that you get just after the sun has set? We get five hours of that.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on January 05, 2014, 06:59:10 AM
so its never actually dark? you get the cinematographic "magic hour" for 5 hours a nite?


sounds like a greta place to make a movie that takes place mostly  during the day.... You can fly cast & crew to Finland and film straight there; then when you're done with day scenes, for the night scenes evetryone flies way down south  ;)


 btw, is it true that in these places in Northern Europe that have so much darkness in winter, there is a  very hugh suicide rate cuz everyone is all depressed in the winter?
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Post by: moviesceleton on January 05, 2014, 09:07:18 AM
Yeah, almost all Finnish films are shot in the summer time. I suppose with the new sensitive cameras you can shoot through the night at midsummer. On the other hand, shooting in the winter can be a real problem. We're gonna be shooting my thesis film in a month from now, and we have real trouble scheduling the shoot because of the sun (or lack of it).

Looking at this list, I think it's largely a myth that people in the north kill themselves more often than the average: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_suicide_rate I guess it has more to do with the culture than the amount of sun light you get. Many Asian countries have higher suicide rate than Finland.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on January 06, 2014, 08:48:39 PM
If you live in the US of A you'd better try to stay indoors tonight and tomorrow.... here in NY, we are comparatively lucky - wind chills are gonna feel like "only" –3ºF (which is –19ºC, in case you were wondering). In some places in the Midwest, we're talking wind chills around –50º F  ( –45º C)
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on January 07, 2014, 11:30:03 PM
the nutjobs are actually blaming this historically cold weather on global warming

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jan/07/us-polar-vortex-global-warming

why am I not surprised? is there anything that isn't blamed on global warming climate change? heat, cold, snow, ice, sleet, rain, tornado, hurricane, dickrash...
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on January 08, 2014, 03:23:04 AM
here's at least one positive result of this cold: a prisoner who escaped from a minimum security prison in Kentucky was so cold, he turned himself back in to the law just so that he could go back to jail and get warm.... and the dude was up for parole in March http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-kentucky-inmate-cold-20140107,0,1439596.story#axzz2pniMWP11
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Post by: dave jenkins on January 08, 2014, 10:19:16 AM
the nutjobs are actually blaming this historically cold weather on global warming

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jan/07/us-polar-vortex-global-warming

why am I not surprised? is there anything that isn't blamed on global warming climate change? heat, cold, snow, ice, sleet, rain, tornado, hurricane, dickrash...
Hahaha don't get me started on anthropogenic global warming, the biggest scam of all time. But now that, as you point out in passing, they have re-classified everything as "climate change" they can never be wrong. When does the climate NOT change? So, is climate change a good or bad thing? I'm sure the UN will be letting us know . . .

Meanwhile, let's get back to something we REALLY need to be afraid of: ManBearPig!!
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on January 08, 2014, 12:10:18 PM
Hahaha don't get me started on anthropogenic global warming, the biggest scam of all time. But now that, as you point out in passing, they have re-classified everything as "climate change" they can never be wrong. When does the climate NOT change? So, is climate change a good or bad thing? I'm sure the UN will be letting us know . . .

Meanwhile, let's get back to something we REALLY need to be afraid of: ManBearPig!!

exactly!

too cold = climate change
too hot = climate change
snow = climate change
no snow = climate change
rain = climate change
tornadoes = climate change
hurricanes = climate change
bad audio on DYS = climate change
bad cave scene on GBU = climate change
bad music at end of OUATITW = climate change
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on January 27, 2014, 09:42:38 PM
On the map below, the liquor shown for each country is the one most heavily consumed in that country, out of whiskey, vodka, tequila, rum, gin, and brandy, according to Europmonitor

http://qzprod.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/liquor-map21.png


So, what's your favorite liquor?

I only drink whiskey if there's nothing else to drink, and I never drink too much of it - cuz whiskey hangovers are hell. My preference is tequila for a straight drink and vodka for a mixed drink.
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Post by: dave jenkins on January 29, 2014, 02:39:07 PM
I drink gin drinks in the summer. In spring, fall, and winter I sip bourbon (Blanton's or Woodford Reserve), occasionally Scotch (Glenfiddich 18, when I can get it).
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Post by: dave jenkins on January 31, 2014, 01:36:11 PM
Go, Seahawks:

http://www.kirotv.com/news/news/seahawks-fans-ferndale-scrap-yard-crush-bronco/nc7PF/
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on February 02, 2014, 04:53:19 PM
The game hasn't started well for Denver.......
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Post by: Groggy on February 02, 2014, 06:23:02 PM
So, this Super Bowl is a real snoozer, eh?
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Post by: cigar joe on February 02, 2014, 07:04:39 PM
its a massacre
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Post by: dave jenkins on February 02, 2014, 07:30:26 PM
But of course.
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Post by: dave jenkins on February 02, 2014, 07:50:22 PM
The Dynasty has begun.
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Post by: Groggy on February 02, 2014, 08:32:46 PM
The most boring Super Bowl since XXXV. Though at least this one had a safety to commend it.
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Post by: dave jenkins on February 02, 2014, 08:38:29 PM
The most boring Super Bowl since XXXV. Though at least this one had a safety to commend it.
Gee, a lot of people I know really enjoyed it.
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Post by: Groggy on February 02, 2014, 08:39:45 PM
The same people who've spent the last eight years whining over Super Bowl XL right? :D
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on February 02, 2014, 11:15:42 PM
Congrats, DJ.... But the D-word should never be uttered before there are at least 3 championships. You are a long ways off. Enjoy tonite while it lasts ;-)
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on February 02, 2014, 11:30:53 PM
I'm in Times Square now. 90% Seattle fans here now. The Denver fans have gone to sleep (it's late in Mountain Time ;-) .... Btw, the only time I ever cheered an injury was Richard Sherman tonite. My only enjoyable moment of the nite, other than the Seinfeld commercial
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on February 03, 2014, 12:05:41 AM
After-party @ The Mean Fiddlers.  95% Seattle peeps
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Post by: dave jenkins on February 03, 2014, 06:09:35 AM
The same people who've spent the last eight years whining over Super Bowl XL right? :D
You got a problem with that?
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on February 03, 2014, 06:10:31 AM
Because I KNOW y'all were expecting me to continue updating you on the after-party, and because I KNOW that, being my good friends, you were all sick with worry about my whereabouts when I stopped posting updates, I guess I will have no choice but to reluctantly admit that in all the mayhem of the bar of (mostly Seattle) football fans, in strolled an Irish girl who wouldn't know a quarterback from a nickelback, and in my desire to make her feel as comfortable as possible in the confusion of the football fans, I had no choice but to offer to take her elsewhere, somewhere less confusing and warmer and quieter........ And that an hour later, I whispered, "We scored tonite more than the Broncos." So, no worries. I am okay...
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Post by: dave jenkins on February 03, 2014, 06:14:12 AM
To celebrate Seattle's victory, classes has been cancelled and our students have the day off!

Er, maybe it actually has something to do with all this snow coming down. I hope all the celebrants can get home safely . . .
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on February 03, 2014, 10:44:12 AM
For the record, i was drunk when i wrote the previous post (and one or two others). Please, nobody read it
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Post by: noodles_leone on February 03, 2014, 11:04:12 AM
I won't.



























I did.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on February 03, 2014, 11:20:15 AM
Takin the walk of shame through Times Sq. (actually, is it the walk of shame if you take it together and from neutral territory (e.g. A hotel?)) still some Seattle fans eating in restaurants on their way out. Snowing like mad, all the sports networks are packing up their gear, all full of snow. Unbelievable, God held up the snow for the Super Bowl :-) ....
I am glad the weather for the game turned out nice. Maybe that'll increase the chances that we get another Super Bowl in NY/NJ soon. I think it turned out successful.... And sure was a helluva lotta fun for us (despite the game being so lopsided)!
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Post by: dave jenkins on February 03, 2014, 12:07:27 PM
I am glad the weather for the game turned out nice. Maybe that'll increase the chances that we get another Super Bowl in NY/NJ soon. I think it turned out successful.... And sure was a helluva lotta fun for us (despitebecause the game was so lopsided)!
Amen, brother.
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Post by: dave jenkins on February 03, 2014, 01:07:12 PM
And now, the Blu-ray: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00GSTHCTE/

Day One purchase, natch.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on February 04, 2014, 12:40:27 AM
And now, the Blu-ray: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00GSTHCTE/

Day One purchase, natch.

and eventually, I assume they will release a "Road To Super Bowl XLVIII" with the Seahawks' full playoff games and Super Bowl; here are past releases of that series http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dmovies-tv&field-keywords=the+road+to+super+bowl+blu+ray&rh=n%3A2625373011%2Ck%3Athe+road+to+super+bowl+blu+ray
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Post by: cigar joe on February 04, 2014, 03:40:41 AM
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I am glad the weather for the game turned out nice. Maybe that'll increase the chances that we get another Super Bowl in NY/NJ soon. I think it turned out successful.... And sure was a helluva lotta fun for us (despite the game being so lopsided)!

Are you kidding, football, with mother nature providing the unknown factor is a great watch.  I was hoping for snow and bone chilling temps.  O0 O0 O0
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on February 04, 2014, 09:10:30 AM
Are you kidding, football, with mother nature providing the unknown factor is a great watch.  I was hoping for snow and bone chilling temps.  O0 O0 O0

I agree that it's more fun to watch football with crazy weather, and I'd have loved to see the game in the snow. But I think the NFL was happy with having mild weather - and I want to have another Super Bowl here in NY/NJ. Not just a one-time thing, but that NY/NJ should be one of the cities that frequently host a Super Bowl. And IMO, having the mild weather for the game may have improved the chances that we get another one. So, I'm glad that for this game, the weather was nice.  O0 O0 O0
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on February 04, 2014, 09:14:10 AM
This year's Super Bowl was the most-watched TV event in US history, with 111.5 million viewers. 4 of the past 5 Super Bowls have broken the record for having the most TV viewers in US history http://www.cbsnews.com/news/super-bowl-2014-ratings-set-new-record/
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Post by: dave jenkins on February 04, 2014, 11:23:34 AM
This year's Super Bowl was the most-watched TV event in US history, with 111.5 million viewers. 4 of the past 5 Super Bowls have broken the record for having the most TV viewers in US history http://www.cbsnews.com/news/super-bowl-2014-ratings-set-new-record/
"Fox said an estimated 2.3 million people watched its online stream of the game, peaking at the end of the third quarter." I was one of those 2.3 million.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on February 04, 2014, 12:02:46 PM
"Fox said an estimated 2.3 million people watched its online stream of the game, peaking at the end of the third quarter." I was one of those 2.3 million.

weird that it peaked at end of 3rd quarter - by that time, the game was already a blowout. My friend and I (rooting for Denver) actually contemplated leaving the bar and going home at halftime. Needless to say, by the end of the night, I was glad I hadn't....
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Post by: rexlic on February 06, 2014, 02:50:14 AM
This year's Super Bowl was the most-watched TV event in US history, with 111.5 million viewers. 4 of the past 5 Super Bowls have broken the record for having the most TV viewers in US history http://www.cbsnews.com/news/super-bowl-2014-ratings-set-new-record/


Most watched in sheer numbers, but not quite as big a percentage as the Beatles on Ed Sullivan.  The Super Bowl hit a bit over 35% of the current population, the Fab Four came closer to 39%.  There'll be plenty about this all week, of course, as we reach the 50th anniversary of the original moptops broadcast.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on February 06, 2014, 02:47:40 PM
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/tv-ratings-super-bowl-xlviii-676651

this article says the Super Bowl had a "46.7 rating among households and a 69 share." I assume the "69 share" means that 69% of people watching TV at the time were watching the Super Bowl, but then what is the rating? I mean, what's the difference between rating and share?
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on February 06, 2014, 02:55:03 PM
Red Hot Chili Peppers' gutars were unplugged during the halftime show http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/eye-on-football/24430377/red-hot-chili-peppers-had-unplugged-guitars-during-super-bowl

IMO, the halftime show and the national anthem are a friggin joke, cuz of how much of it is actually not even played live. Awful. (The famous Whitney Houston national anthem in Super Bowl XXV was friggin lip-synched too.) I understand that the NFL makes national athem singers pre-record just in case there is an issue with the mics; but the singer has the option of whether to use the recording or go live.
And btw, I was at the outdoor hockey game at Yankee Stadium on 1/29/14, and I recently watched the game on my dvr. Michelle Williams "sang" the national anthem - what you couldn't tell live, but could see on tv, was that it was actually pre-recorded. Cuz when the TV broadcasters introduced the PA announcer, who introduced Williams, they started playing the recording too early on TV! Then they stopped it and started it again! So it was obviously recorded.

IMO, if you're not gonna do it live, then it's bullshit.

But I never watch that crap anyway, so who cares  ;)

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Post by: drinkanddestroy on February 07, 2014, 04:53:37 AM
Thursday was the last night that Jay Leno hosted The Tonight Show. I was a huge fan of his and watched virtually all his shows when i was a teen; I didn't have cable and i watched him every single nite. In the past few years, once I got cable, my TV was never tuned to the network channels, so I sorta kept forgetting to watch, and I didn't see very many of his shows the last few years. But I watched the full show last nite (ironic- i've never before seen a full show of his cuz i never like ALL the guests on any given nite. But last nite, I watched the full show - Billy Crystal (Jay's very first guest in 1992) and Garth Brooks were guests, and many many many more celebrities came by to surprise him and wish him well, in person and on video. (the staff arranged most of the show as a surprise, so that other than Crystal and  Brooks, Jay didn't know who would be showing up.)... Once upon a time, the highlight of my life was Jay's opening monologue every nite (yes, DJ - COMEDY!), and it was great to see one last one.... In the final send-off, Jay was absolutely crying like a baby, he couldn't even get the words out. Then he tossed it to Garth Brooks for one more song, and as the show ended, he looked into the camera and said (paraphrased), "I'm coming home, baby."...... In the past, Jay has said he has never touched a penny of his Tonight Show money; he only spends the money he's made as a stand-up comedian. (btw, Jay is one of those comedians who loves to perform; often, after leaving a Tonight Show taping, he will fly out to e.g., a casino in Nevada and do a show) and he and his wife never wanted kids, so the dude is sitting on I have no idea how many hundreds of millions of dollars (and cars), he'll never have to work a day in his life. But no doubt he will... I met him once, at an autograph signing at a Barned and Noble in Manhattan, when he was selling a new book. He is a great great guy. I'll miss his show, but hope to see him performing....
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Post by: Groggy on March 10, 2014, 04:11:24 PM
I've been corresponding with Kevin Brownlow for the past week or so. I suppose that's notable.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on March 10, 2014, 07:29:06 PM
I've been corresponding with Kevin Brownlow for the past week or so. I suppose that's notable.

if you like corresponding with movie people, try hitting up Rhonda Fleming http://www.fistful-of-leone.com/forums/index.php?topic=10908.msg161204#msg161204

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Post by: Groggy on March 10, 2014, 08:31:39 PM
That's a great find, Drink. Thanks. O0 Though I daresay it's cooler when they contact you themselves out of the blue.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on March 11, 2014, 02:35:47 AM
Several times in the past, I mentioned that I thought James Stewart's three greatest performances were in CALL NORTHSIDE 777, THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH, and REAR WINDOW. Well now I want to, for the record, take that back that statement: Stewart was indeed great in those three movies, but he was great in just about every movie he ever made. I don't wanna say he was better in one than another. I just saw THE FAR COUNTRY again (I feel very comfortable saying that IMO, it is easily the greatest of the Mann/Stewart Westerns ;) - Jimmy was so good there. (And, btw, Walter Brennan was incredible as always, as well.) So, here's to you, Jimmy, on dozens of great performances :)
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on April 10, 2014, 07:00:13 PM
The latest ad for the 2014 Nissan Altima features the main theme from GBU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWWqA7q2bTg&feature=youtu.be
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on July 04, 2014, 01:30:25 PM
The Nathan's Famous Coney Island July 4th HOT DOG EASTING CONTEST is beginning now on ESPN!


(I just saw the WOMEN'S contest. I've never been so disgusted in my life)

Happy Birthday, America! Looking good at 238  :) Unfortunately, today ain't beach weather; been raining on the East Coast all week ... but that didn't stop the throngs from coming out to the  Nathan's Hot Dog contest... where Joey Chestnut won his 8th straight title, eating 61 hot dogs and buns (not even close to his world record of 69). But this year he got very serious competition; Matt Stonie got 58, and was neck-and-neck right up till the last minute. Here is the vid http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0E8ImL4aXY

a few minutes before the contest began, Chestnut proposed to his girlfriend .... she said Yes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LV8lqEqn8MU

hope y'all enjoy the fireworks and celebrations of liberty  :)
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Post by: dave jenkins on July 05, 2014, 03:20:03 PM
I've been corresponding with Kevin Brownlow for the past week or so. I suppose that's notable.
What about?
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Post by: Groggy on July 14, 2014, 07:11:24 PM
Very strange conversation. Mr. Brownlow read one of my blog articles on The Charge of the Light Brigade and emailed me, asking if I knew who stole his copy of the original script. After I assured him I didn't, he invited me round to his place to view his collection of behind-the-scenes footage.

If it were someone modestly more famous, I'd think he was taking the piss. At least he had a Photoplay address.
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Post by: Groggy on July 14, 2014, 07:13:13 PM
hope y'all enjoy the fireworks and celebrations of liberty  :)

I made it to my hometown for the 4th. Watched the fireworks at the local high school - they put on a decent show, though this year seemed to be shooting low. Of course, I had more fun blowing up firecrackers with my family the night before.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on July 16, 2014, 04:41:19 AM
this is absolutely hilarious https://www.yahoo.com/tech/this-may-be-the-worst-customer-service-call-in-history-91851980684.html

For this employee's sake, I hope he was on some kinda dope, and this is not him on a normal day. And what's also amazing is that in their statement, Comcast said they are investigating and will take quick action, blah blah blah, but they did not clearly say they are firing this employee. If this idiot still has a job today, then every Comcast customer should cancel their service.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on August 03, 2014, 02:30:32 AM
I recently saw this little MGM vid on TCM: Mighty Manhattan, New York City's Wonder City https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nlka1oTpeok

there is wonderful Technicolor footage of Manhattan in 1949 ... this was the only version of the vid I could find on YouTube; it is 14:57. The full video was a few minutes longer; for some reason, the last few minutes are cut off on this YouTube vid – as I recall, most of the missing footage was of the Waldorf Astoria, taking you inside the famous Starlight Roof Ballroom during a performance by Xavier Cugat. Still, this vid has terrific, good-quality, color footage of Manhattan in 1949  O0
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Post by: cigar joe on August 03, 2014, 03:57:14 AM
Nice  O0 O0 O0
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Post by: dave jenkins on August 03, 2014, 08:37:31 AM
I enjoyed that. Didja notice that The Lady From Shanghai was playing at The Bond? Nice to have the reminder that the Metropolitan Museum of Art has free admission--that holds today, although they try to trick you into giving a $25 donation every time. And the horse-and-carriage issue is still with us (at least for the moment).
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on October 30, 2014, 05:07:30 AM
Here are two more documentaries of New York in the late 1940's (both 1947, to be precise) on YouTube that I thought were interesting.

Unlike the previous one, these two are in black and white, but they are still good stuff because these are actually narrated with sound:

New York, the Wonder City, 1947 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iIvGhVIvlY

Story of a City: New York – 1947 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fp92Sar4gbM
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on October 30, 2014, 05:14:23 AM
Here are two more documentaries of New York in the late 1940's (both 1947, to be precise) on YouTube that I thought were interesting.

These are both in black and white, but they are still good stuff because these are actually narrated with sound. The first one is better film quality and better narration than the second one; the second one is actually called an "Educational Documentary," and the narrator sometimes does sound dry as a teacher in a classroom ... but these are both interesting   :)

New York, the Wonder City, 1947 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iIvGhVIvlY

Story of a City: New York – 1947 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fp92Sar4gbM
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on October 30, 2014, 05:22:54 AM
I just saw  TCM 6-minute tribute to Edward G. Robinson, narrated by Chazz Palmninteri.

Luckily, I see someone posted it to YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4ouaPw3dno

Edward G. Robinson, one of my very favorite actors of all time  :)
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on March 30, 2015, 12:12:45 PM
This video has been going viral. The fact that this is the week before April Fools Day have anything to do with this?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wDHrRbOGGM
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Post by: dave jenkins on March 31, 2015, 09:04:28 AM
This video has been going viral. The fact that this is the week before April Fools Day have anything to do with this?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wDHrRbOGGM
What's the big deal? This happens to me at least twice a week. OK, I'm not on TV, but why would seeing it there make it any funnier? People don't have valets anymore, and the weather guy on a TV show isn't going to have a PA or a groomer or whatever to make sure he's immaculate. And it's very easy to put a jacket on with a hanger still inside if you use multiple hangers to begin with. So, this is so pedestrian that I don't see how it possibly can be considered funny. But then, I didn't find anything to laugh about in Inherent Vice, either . . .
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on April 05, 2015, 11:09:36 PM
http://news.yahoo.com/wwi-graffiti-sheds-light-soldiers-experience-091037789.html
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on May 09, 2015, 11:24:41 PM
Friends,

As you all know, a massive earthquake hit Nepal a couple of weeks ago. Thousands were killed, and thousands were injured and rendered homeless.

TCM, through The Hollywood Fund, has provided here a link through which you can donate to the relief fund, through any one of 12 charities: https://goo.gl/Dcm2o1

Please help those less fortunate than you!  O0
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on May 13, 2015, 12:27:49 AM
The bastards at the US Department of Justice are investigating whether movie theaters violate dumbass antitrust laws

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-theaters-doj-regal-entertainment-group-20150512-story.html#page=1

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Post by: dave jenkins on May 13, 2015, 06:45:20 AM
The bastards at the US Department of Justice
By definition. Wielding great power, but voted into office by nobody.
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Post by: cigar joe on May 13, 2015, 07:20:06 AM
What nothing on deflate gate ?
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Post by: dave jenkins on May 13, 2015, 09:50:19 AM
What nothing on deflate gate ?
OK. I hate the Patriots. I hate Tom Brady. He should have got the death penalty.  >:D
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on May 13, 2015, 02:04:57 PM
What nothing on deflate gate ?

this is the sports thread http://www.fistful-of-leone.com/forums/index.php?topic=11660.0   ;)
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on May 13, 2015, 02:05:46 PM
OK. I hate the Patriots. I hate Tom Brady. He should have got the death penalty.  >:D

Of course you do. Losers always hate the winners.

My team beat the Patriots. Twice  :P :P
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on January 10, 2016, 08:19:50 AM
Wednesday's Powerball jackpot is $1.3 billion
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on January 13, 2016, 10:36:54 PM
A winning ticket for Wednesday night's record $1.5 billion Powerball lotto (more than double the previous record for a lottery) was sold at a 7-Eleven store in Chino Hills, California, near Los Angeles.
It has not yet been confirmed whether more than one winning ticket was sold.
More than 85% of the 292.2 million possible number combinations were sold.

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Post by: drinkanddestroy on January 23, 2016, 05:29:33 PM
Historic snowstorm hitting the Southern and Eastern U.S. now. We already have close to a foot in Brooklyn. Travel ban in effect in New York City. Expected accumulation here is 20 to 25 inches. It's falling at a rate of 3 inches per hour.

Stay warm and safe, everyone.

It's a Saturday night to stay home and watch movies  :)
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Post by: cigar joe on January 23, 2016, 07:03:00 PM
No snow here at all just 50MPH gusts of wind.
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Post by: Groggy on January 23, 2016, 09:16:24 PM
We only got about six inches, which was enough to shut down big parts of the city. Somerset County (where my parents live) got close to three feet!
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on January 23, 2016, 09:46:01 PM
here is the top article on the Associated Press website now http://goo.gl/Y9F6FB
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on February 12, 2016, 02:14:17 PM
some of you mighta heard ... major news in the science world: another of Einstein's theories was just proven correct http://goo.gl/5mnAeg

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Post by: drinkanddestroy on March 09, 2016, 10:42:40 AM
so you know those two brothers who made The Matrix? Now they are two sisters https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/03/09/matrix-co-director-lilly-wachowski-comes-out-as-a-trans-woman-like-her-sister-lana-wachowski/
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Post by: Groggy on March 13, 2016, 02:12:22 PM
Spike Lee is doing a Q&A at Carnegie Mellon next weekend. I'll have to see if I can scrape together money for a ticket.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on March 13, 2016, 02:45:48 PM
Spike Lee is doing a Q&A at Carnegie Mellon next weekend. I'll have to see if I can scrape together money for a ticket.

I wouldn't pay a penny for that. What do you find interesting about Spike Lee? He's made some good movies, but do you really wanna hear him whine about the Oscars and so-called African-Americans?
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Post by: Groggy on March 13, 2016, 03:03:48 PM
That's nice, Drink. Can I assume you'll be paying? :D
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Post by: PowerRR on March 15, 2016, 05:04:11 PM
Fuck Spike Lee.
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Post by: Groggy on March 19, 2016, 03:19:57 PM
Just got back from the event. Spike was his usual self, complaining about the Oscars, racism and Donald Trump during his prepared remarks and cracking jokes at the expense of Pitt's basketball team. The Q&A was genial except for a girl who asked about gender roles in Chi-Raq, and Spike pursued a prolonged argument with her. I asked him a boilerplate question (how do you choose an original story vs. an adaptation) and got a boilerplate response (a good story is a good story). Well worth the $15. I didn't stick around for the screening though; I didn't want to shell out $40 extra for a movie I can stream on Amazon for $4.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on March 20, 2016, 12:49:30 PM
Just got back from the event. Spike was his usual self, complaining about the Oscars, racism and Donald Trump during his prepared remarks and cracking jokes at the expense of Pitt's basketball team. The Q&A was genial except for a girl who asked about gender roles in Chi-Raq, and Spike pursued a prolonged argument with her. I asked him a boilerplate question (how do you choose an original story vs. an adaptation) and got a boilerplate response (a good story is a good story). Well worth the $15. I didn't stick around for the screening though; I didn't want to shell out $40 extra for a movie I can stream on Amazon for $4.

I don't think I have seen any of his movies besides Inside Man - which is a terrific movie. But whatever interviews I have heard from this guy - on movies or anything else - he sounds annoying, his cineaste credentials notwithstanding. He doesn't have much interesting to say, does not have a melifluous voice... But if you had an enjoyable evening for $15, that is well worth it. At some Manhattan theaters these days, you'll pay nearly that much just for a large popcorn  ;)
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Post by: Groggy on March 20, 2016, 08:06:12 PM
I found Lee very funny and engaging, though as I said, he lost patience with a couple of questioners.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on July 14, 2016, 12:27:23 PM
for y'all who watch tv shows, the Emmy nominees were announced today http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/la-et-st-emmys-2016-nominees-winners-list-20160714-snap-story.html

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Post by: PowerRR on July 14, 2016, 01:18:04 PM
Horace and Pete nominated for guest role and single camera editing....


....fuck yeah!
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Post by: dave jenkins on July 30, 2016, 05:23:16 PM
Here is the most amazing site. CJ and Drink, in particular, take note: https://www.oldnyc.org/
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Post by: cigar joe on July 31, 2016, 06:02:49 AM
Here is the most amazing site. CJ and Drink, in particular, take note: https://www.oldnyc.org/

Very Cool
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on August 25, 2016, 10:37:43 AM
latest list of highest-paid actors https://gma.yahoo.com/dwayne-rock-johnson-hollywoods-highest-paid-actor-says-154504947--abc-news-celebrities.html
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on September 29, 2016, 09:50:05 AM
Train derailment at Hoboken station today;  over 100 injured, at least one fatality https://goo.gl/JIkSw4

This station was used for the scene with the lockers in OUATIA, where the gang keeps the suitcase with cash. One of the places to visit for anyone doing the OUATIA tour in the New York area. CJ, DJ and I visited several years ago. (The room with the lockers are, I am sure, not affected by this crash - the locker-room level is upstairs from the level that has the trains.)

parts of the station were damaged and will have to be rebuilt; not sure about the locker area.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on October 22, 2016, 07:34:41 PM
Telecom giant AT&T has bought media giant Time Warner, whose properties include Warner Bros., for $85.4 billion.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_ATT_TIME_WARNER_DEAL?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2016-10-22-21-45-28
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on November 01, 2016, 02:52:01 PM
Today is 48th anniversary (Nov. 1, 1968) of the day the Motion Picture Association of America instituted its rating system
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on November 09, 2016, 01:13:43 AM
Trump wins election.

I am happy only cuz I preferred him over Clinton. But I despise Trump, too, and I am already looking forward to 2020; hopefully a good candidate will run then (Paul Ryan?)
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Post by: titoli on November 09, 2016, 01:34:59 AM
Clinton loses election. And I wonder how she could be picked up at all by Dems. Sanders would have been a better choice, of course. Apparently nobody understood that most  people wanted to change, though with a confirmed Rep Congress the change will be presumably for the worse for middle classes.
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Post by: noodles_leone on November 09, 2016, 04:31:15 AM
Trump wins election.

I am happy only cuz I preferred him over Clinton. But I despise Trump, too, and I am already looking forward to 2020; hopefully a good candidate will run then (Paul Ryan?)

You are absolutely insane. With all due respect.
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Post by: dave jenkins on November 09, 2016, 05:32:45 AM
You are absolutely insane. With all due respect.
You are absolutely insane. With all due respect. But the Caliphate will save you.
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Post by: noodles_leone on November 09, 2016, 07:46:02 AM
You are absolutely insane. With all due respect. But the Caliphate will save you.

MR PRESIDENT

(http://i.makeagif.com/media/11-27-2015/X8CScI.gif)

He's litteraly a monster.
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Post by: dave jenkins on November 09, 2016, 07:49:26 AM
He is an ass, but he has never done anything monstrous yet (I'm not saying he won't). HRC, on the other hand, has. I'm looking forward to seeing her go to prison.
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Post by: noodles_leone on November 09, 2016, 07:52:22 AM
He is an ass, but he has never done anything monstrous yet (I'm not saying he won't). HRC, on the other hand, has. I'm looking forward to seeing her go to prison.

I haven't seen anything impressive against her (or for her, for that matter). She is nothing but a regular politician.

I can tell you one thing: if President Trump (lol) doesn't nuke the planet (which he very well might do), we, the non american, will laugh at you guys for 4 years. It's gonna be a wild ride but it's gonna be a lot a lot of fun. Titoli knows how these things work, he has experienced Berlusconi. That was pretty great. Oh and yes he left the country in a terrible shape of course.
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Post by: moviesceleton on November 09, 2016, 09:09:53 AM
I can tell you one thing: if President Trump (lol) doesn't nuke the planet (which he very well might do), we, the non american, will laugh at you guys for 4 years. It's gonna be a wild ride but it's gonna be a lot a lot of fun. Titoli knows how these things work, he has experienced Berlusconi. That was pretty great.
Yeah, this is at the same time the most frightening and the most ridiculous situtation imaginable. Sarah fuckin Palin as President would have been an easier thing to understand than Trump. I mean, until he fucks up the environment, deports an entire religion, lets any wacko buy a machine gun and launches a nuclear war while riding tigers with his pal Putin, until that, it's all just a big joke.
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Post by: cigar joe on November 09, 2016, 09:57:18 AM
It all should be very entertaining  :D
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Post by: dave jenkins on November 09, 2016, 11:14:27 AM
I haven't seen anything impressive against her (or for her, for that matter). She is nothing but a regular politician.
Nothing but a regular French politician. But we have higher standards. She broke the law every day she was Secretary of State (the classified document scandal). She ran a criminal organization called the Clinton Foundation through which political favors were granted for direct transfers of cash. Now that she will no longer have the DOJ and the head of the FBI running interference for her, she will finally get her due.
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Post by: PowerRR on November 09, 2016, 03:52:23 PM
I bet trump likes hacksaw ridge.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on November 09, 2016, 03:53:13 PM
Raise taxes
Impose massive regulation on economy
Free abortion on demand at any time in pregnancy
Socialized health care
Complete liar on trade deal (and everything else)

A criminal and thorughly corrupt politician who used her supposedly charitable foundation to sell government favors and used a private email server in an attempt to hide it all

Appoint Sup. Ct. justices who dob't give a damn about the Constitution

Yeah, Hillary is a saint   ::)

Trump has Many many many many  problems. I despise him deeply. But prefer him to her.
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Post by: titoli on November 09, 2016, 10:38:36 PM
she will finally get her due.

A pardon from Trump?
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Post by: noodles_leone on November 10, 2016, 12:33:06 AM
Nothing but a regular French politician. But we have higher standards. She broke the law every day she was Secretary of State (the classified document scandal). She ran a criminal organization called the Clinton Foundation through which political favors were granted for direct transfers of cash. Now that she will no longer have the DOJ and the head of the FBI running interference for her, she will finally get her due.

You guys don't have higher standards, Obama has. The 2 Bush were much worse than Hillary or Bill.
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Post by: noodles_leone on November 10, 2016, 12:37:22 AM
Raise taxes
Impose massive regulation on economy
Free abortion on demand at any time in pregnancy
Socialized health care
Complete liar on trade deal (and everything else)

A criminal and thorughly corrupt politician who used her supposedly charitable foundation to sell government favors and used a private email server in an attempt to hide it all

Appoint Sup. Ct. justices who dob't give a damn about the Constitution

Yeah, Hillary is a saint   ::)

Trump has Many many many many  problems. I despise him deeply. But prefer him to her.

You are insane ;D

You're talking about disagreeing with her policies, which is understandable but means that you agree with what I say: she's a regular politician, while Trump presented himself as a violent crazy racist populist liar and bully for the whole election.
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Post by: stanton on November 10, 2016, 03:28:14 AM
It seems that Clinton got more votes than Trump, so that Trump like Bush jr before him benefits from the US voting system.

Clinton was calculable, Trump isn't. Analysts think that Trump is less interested than Clinton to make wars, but what happens if a complex international crisis like 9/11 happens? Will he go berserk when the American self-conception is questioned? With Putin we have already a dangerous leader who is willing to risk military adventures to widen his influence.

Of course Trump will learn that he has to deal with the members of the US Congress, and despite the Republicans having the majority there, many of his own party despise him, so that will smothen his ideas. Still a comparatively near lunatic like Donald Dumb (like his closest followers tenderly call him) in that position will smash much delicate porcelain in the bilateral relations to other important countries.

At least political cabaret will have some field years.
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Post by: noodles_leone on November 10, 2016, 03:44:56 AM
I'm intrigued by the delay Hillary needed before she could make her speech, the fact that Trump began his speech by telling us about the great work she did for the country (so not only as a great opponent, which would already have seen as utterly gracious after all the "crooked Hillary" talk) and the fact that she publicly stated she asked to work with him.

I'm wondering about the discussions that went behind the curtain that night: it really looks like she thinks he'll make her secretary of state or something (otherwise she wouldn't have publicly talked about it, right?), which would be another unpredictable plot twist of this incredible election cycle. If so, she's probably betting on the fact that he'll need a lot of the democrat's voices in congress to actually conduct his most leftish ideas.

What do you guys think? I mean, what I'm saying is very unlikely to happen and I'm probably over analyzing but it's the only way I can find to explain the weird speeches we got.

EDIT:
ok here is something that makes way more sense: she probably wants to become head of the democratic party.
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Post by: cigar joe on November 10, 2016, 04:50:44 AM
If she's head of the Democratic Party they are doomed.  ;D
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Post by: noodles_leone on November 10, 2016, 05:10:14 AM
If she's head of the Democratic Party they are doomed.  ;D

Traditional parties are doomed anyway :)
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Post by: dave jenkins on November 10, 2016, 06:19:16 AM
A pardon from Trump?
Actually, there's a real possibility Obama could issue her a blanket pardon before leaving office. Even before she's charged with anything? Maybe. What did Ford do for Nixon? Drink?
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Post by: noodles_leone on November 10, 2016, 06:48:15 AM
Actually, there's a real possibility Obama could issue her a blanket pardon before leaving office. Even before she's charged with anything? Maybe. What did Ford do for Nixon? Drink?

Nixon was an amateur. He didn't steal freaking EMAILS.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on November 10, 2016, 08:26:20 AM
You are insane ;D

You're talking about disagreeing with her policies, which is understandable but means that you agree with what I say: she's a regular politician, while Trump presented himself as a violent crazy racist populist liar and bully for the whole election.

Correct.

And IMO, a "regular politician" is not preferable to a crazy nutty crackpot bully. The person who smiles at you while screwing you and taking your money and freedom, no, that's not better than a bully. In fact, stealing your money and freedoms IS being a bully. It's theft. You give them your money or have armed guards throw you in prison. Call it "taxes" or whatever. That's armed robbery.

That's a key point here: Trump is everything you say he is. And we should not be ok with it. But we should not either be ok with the typical politician liar. They are both very bad. A choice of .... deplorables.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on November 10, 2016, 08:28:12 AM
I'm intrigued by the delay Hillary needed before she could make her speech, the fact that Trump began his speech by telling us about the great work she did for the country (so not only as a great opponent, which would already have seen as utterly gracious after all the "crooked Hillary" talk) and the fact that she publicly stated she asked to work with him.

I'm wondering about the discussions that went behind the curtain that night: it really looks like she thinks he'll make her secretary of state or something (otherwise she wouldn't have publicly talked about it, right?), which would be another unpredictable plot twist of this incredible election cycle. If so, she's probably betting on the fact that he'll need a lot of the democrat's voices in congress to actually conduct his most leftish ideas.

What do you guys think? I mean, what I'm saying is very unlikely to happen and I'm probably over analyzing but it's the only way I can find to explain the weird speeches we got.

EDIT:
ok here is something that makes way more sense: she probably wants to become head of the democratic party.

You're nuts. Hillary is done with politics, and that's the best part of this all. I will never have to hear that asshole again.
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Post by: stanton on November 10, 2016, 02:21:04 PM

That's a key point here: Trump is everything you say he is. And we should not be ok with it. But we should not either be ok with the typical politician liar.

Is he better because he is an untypical political liar?

As far as I know he lied a lot in the last months.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on November 10, 2016, 02:46:34 PM
Is he better because he is an untypical political liar?

As far as I know he lied a lot in the last months.

No, they are all liars and creeps

Thats why minimal government is best. No reason out lives should be run by lying creeps. People should be allowed to run their own lives for themselves.
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Post by: titoli on November 10, 2016, 09:09:15 PM
Actually, there's a real possibility Obama could issue her a blanket pardon before leaving office. Even before she's charged with anything? Maybe. What did Ford do for Nixon? Drink?

I see that you are imagining Trump not doing this. He will, don't worry. Dog eat dog?

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Post by: drinkanddestroy on November 10, 2016, 09:34:54 PM
I absolutely think that Republicans in Congress should drop the Clinton investigations right now. And of course, the Trump administration should forget any talk about appointing a special prosecutor to investigate the crimes that the FBI/DoJ already said it will not be charging her for. Forget that all. She already got her punishment. She is gone. Move on to important stuff like repealing Obamacare.

(Of course, if the FBI, on its own and without partisan intervention from Trump, indeed discovers OTHER crimes not addressed previously by Comey - for example, the investigation into her running a pay-to-play scheme for Clinton Foundation donors at the State Department, which is ongoing and a separate investigation from the email-server one addressed by Comey -  of course she can be prosecuted, and Trump should not pardon her. Again, if it is new stuff, and investigated by career FBI people. Not someone put in office by Trump to throw his political opponent in prison.

In other words, if it happens through normal ways, it should happen and I do not think Trump should pardon her; she should not be entitled to any special privileges. But the Trump Admin and the Republicans in Congress should forget about this issue for now. She lost, thankfully, and there is lots of inportant legislation to pass that Repubs in Congress and Trump can agree on, such as repealing Obamacare and replacing with a free-market based system; and cutting taxes, moving more toward a low flat tax. And severely slashing the corporate tax.
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Post by: titoli on November 11, 2016, 01:15:04 AM
You like living in a fantasy world? The problem with a politician is not what he "should" do but what he "will" presumably do. And unless he is a dictator or one aiming to be, he won't go against his contestants for the simple reason that tables may turn. And he has a lot to hide (not like Berlusconi, sure. Still...). Now, I don't know anything about Trump, but his first moves show that he is like any other politician. I don't believe he will do a tenth of what he promised he would to win the election or that he will be able to do it even should he be so crazy (and of course he's not) to try to make it real. As Sanders said, the President can do little without the Congress support and I doubt Trump will have such an easy life there, in spite of the Republican majority. But I know next to nothing about american politics, so I might be wrong, I admit it. That's why I said that I would have voted Trump if forced to choose between him and Mrs. Clinton: just to see if anything important will change. Which is I presume the reason so many people picked him up.
The real problem, though, is why Sanders was so boycotted by his party and the media (I've heard about the dirty tricks played against him). That's why I presume lots of people who voted for Obama didn't go to vote for Clinton or voted for Trump. And that is what the f...media should occupy themselves with  if they were free (and they are not): not why people chose Trump but why Clinton was the darling of the establishment. As of now all the f...commentators, both in USA and in Europe, are ladling inanities on anything but that real crucial question. Of course, to hide the truth: that Sanders would probably have prevailed on Trump but that media and politics still prefer a Trump to him.
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Post by: dave jenkins on November 11, 2016, 05:26:55 AM
I absolutely think that Republicans in Congress should drop the Clinton investigations right now. And of course, the Trump administration should forget any talk about appointing a special prosecutor to investigate the crimes that the FBI/DoJ already said it will not be charging her for.
Completely wrong. People are being charged and sentenced for mishandling classified documents on a regular basis. Letting Mrs. Clinton off sends the message: laws are for the little people; Mrs. Clinton is above the law. Absolutely not. Is Obama gonna pardon the guys who have already been sentenced? Then what becomes of the law? It doesn't have to be followed? The law is meaningless? I'm surprised, Drink, with your shyster training, that you would take such an anti-nomian position.
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Post by: dave jenkins on November 11, 2016, 05:34:31 AM
Now, I don't know anything about Trump, but his first moves show that he is like any other politician. I don't believe he will do a tenth of what he promised he would to win the election or that he will be able to do it even should he be so crazy (and of course he's not) to try to make it real. As Sanders said, the President can do little without the Congress support and I doubt Trump will have such an easy life there, in spite of the Republican majority.
This is actually rather perspective for a damned foreigner. Trump isn't a real Republican--listen to him on trade and you hear Dick Gephardt talking. So the checks-and-balances that are built into the system will be in force. Of course, he and the congress will have some things in common (they are likely to see eye-to-eye on supreme court nominees), but I expect a lot of knock-down-drag-outs in many areas. Also, the press will start doing their job again, shining a light on anything they don't like.

There's always the things a politician promises that he never intends to keep, and the things he promises that is never able to keep. Between the two, he accomplishes little. But in the U.S. we rather like that (Eisenhower was the greatest president ever).
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Post by: noodles_leone on November 11, 2016, 08:01:56 AM
All this "the media aren't free" talk is pure nonsense. They focused on Trump because there was something to focus on (he did all he could for that), they focused on every single Clinton scandal even when it was laughable (and it often was), they even kept the birther polemic on the front page which is the exact definition of what they shouldn't have done. If anything, the media worked for Trump. Of course.

The fact that many press sources publicly endorsed Clinton has little to do with their coverage of the election cycle unless you show me blatant examples of misconduct.

Somebody could argue, though, that fake news and quotes relayed in blogs, social network and on Fox News (as opposed to professional press organizations) played a huge role in the whole thing. I saw mainly fake news from the right wing about refugees in Europe and Clinton scandals, but I've also seen my share of fake Trump quotes.

Last, the USA have the presidential elections that are the easiest to predict in the whole developed world but they are covered by the WORST polling companies.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on November 11, 2016, 08:28:35 AM
Of course, all  candidates talk big on the campaign trail. And of course they don't accomplish even a fraction of what they promise. In Trump's case, I HOPE he doesn't accomplish a fraction of what he promised. Nationalism is a terrble philosophy.
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Post by: noodles_leone on November 11, 2016, 08:32:21 AM
He already removed (on Tuesday) from his website some of his most shocking ideas, including the "ban all Muslims from entering the USA" bullshit.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on November 11, 2016, 08:34:22 AM
You like living in a fantasy world? The problem with a politician is not what he "should" do but what he "will" presumably do. And unless he is a dictator or one aiming to be, he won't go against his contestants for the simple reason that tables may turn. And he has a lot to hide (not like Berlusconi, sure. Still...). Now, I don't know anything about Trump, but his first moves show that he is like any other politician. I don't believe he will do a tenth of what he promised he would to win the election or that he will be able to do it even should he be so crazy (and of course he's not) to try to make it real. As Sanders said, the President can do little without the Congress support and I doubt Trump will have such an easy life there, in spite of the Republican majority. But I know next to nothing about american politics, so I might be wrong, I admit it. That's why I said that I would have voted Trump if forced to choose between him and Mrs. Clinton: just to see if anything important will change. Which is I presume the reason so many people picked him up.
The real problem, though, is why Sanders was so boycotted by his party and the media (I've heard about the dirty tricks played against him). That's why I presume lots of people who voted for Obama didn't go to vote for Clinton or voted for Trump. And that is what the f...media should occupy themselves with  if they were free (and they are not): not why people chose Trump but why Clinton was the darling of the establishment. As of now all the f...commentators, both in USA and in Europe, are ladling inanities on anything but that real crucial question. Of course, to hide the truth: that Sanders would probably have prevailed on Trump but that media and politics still prefer a Trump to him.


Sanders would never have won a general election. He would not have gotten a single Republican vote. Socialism is still a dirty word in America, outside of college campuses.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on November 11, 2016, 08:37:55 AM
Completely wrong. People are being charged and sentenced for mishandling classified documents on a regular basis. Letting Mrs. Clinton off sends the message: laws are for the little people; Mrs. Clinton is above the law. Absolutely not. Is Obama gonna pardon the guys who have already been sentenced? Then what becomes of the law? It doesn't have to be followed? The law is meaningless? I'm surprised, Drink, with your shyster training, that you would take such an anti-nomian position.

If prosecuting Clinton would have any negative effect on passing important legislation (e.g., repealing Obamacare, which IMO some Dems may be on board with), it's not worth it. It's not like she got off scot-free for her crimes anyway. She probably lost an election because of it. I'd rather repeal Obamacare than see Clinton in prison. Of course, having both would be better. But a prosecution of Clinton would cost precious political capital.
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Post by: noodles_leone on November 11, 2016, 08:39:00 AM

Sanders would never have won a general election. He would not have gotten a single Republican vote. Socialism is still a dirty word in America, outside of college campuses.

Exactly. Liberal college student have little impact on elections results. Sanders would have scared to death all the moderate conservatives (the guys who actually decide who's gonna be the next president) who voted against Trump this time.
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Post by: titoli on November 11, 2016, 11:08:29 AM

Sanders would never have won a general election. He would not have gotten a single Republican vote. Socialism is still a dirty word in America, outside of college campuses.

I don't think Sanders was any McGovern and 2016 was no 1972. He may very well had all the votes Obama picked up. And keep in mind that the second round is different from the first: he would have ridiculized Trump. I really do believe Trump was much more afraid of a campaign against Sanders than against Clinton. And it seems that forecast made during the primaries said as much. Especially as Sanders was the real underdog and perceived as such much more than was Obama.
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Post by: titoli on November 11, 2016, 11:22:23 AM
Letting Mrs. Clinton off sends the message: laws are for the little people; Mrs. Clinton is above the law. Absolutely not. Is Obama gonna pardon the guys who have already been sentenced? Then what becomes of the law? It doesn't have to be followed?

So what happened before with Ford pardoning Nixon and Clinton's Pardongate? We know the Marc Rich's story, don't we (and sure that's one of the reasons the wife bombed)?
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Post by: titoli on November 11, 2016, 11:29:05 AM
This is actually rather perspective for a damned foreigner.

"Perspective" ? You talk quite "bizarre" lately. You lost your Webster agin? "Perceptive" you meant?

Quote
There's always the things a politician promises that he never intends to keep, and the things he promises that is never able to keep. Between the two, he accomplishes little. But in the U.S. we rather like that (Eisenhower was the greatest president ever).

But in the end it was Johnson the one who accomplished most, though Vietnam let everybody forget it.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on November 11, 2016, 11:54:20 AM
LBJ was one of the worst presidents in history. (For  those of you who love big government, he was one of the best.)

Talking to Europeans, it's incredible to realize that many of them have no conception of things like a free market, and no welfare state. Any of you guys ever care about ECONOMIC GROWTH, rather than redistribution?

Sanders would be perfect as president of a European country. Not the US of A.

By the way, I didn't vote for Trump or Hillary. (I wrote in the name of the Nubian princess I am fucking.)

I hope we get by the next four years without too much damage, then get a good libertarian-leaning conservative to run in 2020. Like Paul Ryan, one of the few politicians in the world whom I actually like.
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Post by: titoli on November 11, 2016, 12:04:59 PM
Talking to Europeans, it's incredible to realize that many of them have no conception of things like a free market, and no welfare state. Any of you guys ever care about ECONOMIC GROWTH, rather than redistribution?

Sanders would be perfect as president of a European country. Not the US of A.



But apparently Obama was elected for the same reasons Sanders could have. So not everybody in the USA shares your opinions. Just like in Europe not everybody is for welfare and so on.
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Post by: noodles_leone on November 11, 2016, 12:24:35 PM
Most people in the western world are for a good mix of welfare and free market. But yeah, we Europeans look at the American fear of "Big Government" and of anything that looks like a health system from a developed country, as well as your passion for free market (in words, never in actions, of course, because economists have learned to see beyond such an utopia even before Adam Smith died) with amusement  >:D
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Post by: stanton on November 11, 2016, 01:38:49 PM
A useful homage to the post American society (the USA that once was) by Erdogan's most favourite German:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZc8tBtIDhI

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Post by: dave jenkins on November 11, 2016, 02:14:51 PM

Sanders would be perfect as president of a European country. Not the US of A.

By the way, I didn't vote for Trump or Hillary. (I wrote in the name of the Nubian princess I am fucking.)
I LOL'd on that.  ;D

Trump will run again in 4 and he'll either become the new Reagan and get re-elected or self-destruct. The Dems are in deep trouble: they don't have any stars anymore; Sanders is already 74 and won't be a credible candidate in 2020 so they need to find a new face. They also need to find a message Americans want to hear. As a life-long Democrat hater, I wish them nothing but ill.
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Post by: noodles_leone on November 11, 2016, 02:45:28 PM
Do you think the democrats are likely to be in the position he GOP was at the start of the primaries? Divided, disconnected from their voters and weakened by 4 years of blocking the country?

As for the new face, many are turning to Michelle Obama (who expressed no interest in the last years).
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Post by: titoli on November 11, 2016, 03:05:44 PM
Trump will run again in 4 and he'll either become the new Reagan and get re-elected or self-destruct. The Dems are in deep trouble: they don't have any stars anymore; Sanders is already 74 and won't be a credible candidate in 2020 so they need to find a new face. They also need to find a message Americans want to hear. As a life-long Democrat hater, I wish them nothing but ill.

Yeah, of course much it will depend on what Trump will do. About new faces, Obama was such in 2008 and Sanders in a sense was such this year. They will come up, if needs be.
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Post by: titoli on November 11, 2016, 04:29:06 PM
I've just found out that Michael Moore shares my views on Sanders candidacy:

http://occupydemocrats.com/2016/11/10/michael-moore-just-released-plan-impeach-trump/

I also have the impression he might have taken some inspiration from the Grillo's 5star movement in Italy.

And as it happened with Berlusconi, it seems that Trump might have some trouble with justice and IRS.

It seems that USA might be taking inspiration from Italy, for once.
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Post by: noodles_leone on November 12, 2016, 12:44:32 AM
They should have taken inspiration from Italian cinema rather than Italian politics though.
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Post by: dave jenkins on November 12, 2016, 09:02:56 AM
I've just found out that Michael Moore shares my views on Sanders candidacy:
Don't worry. We'll keep your secret.
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Post by: dave jenkins on November 12, 2016, 09:11:19 AM
It seems that USA might be taking inspiration from Italy, for once.
I, for one, am ready to swear fealty to my new emperor, Li'l Duce. No more spoons for me! From now on, I'm rolling my pasta like a native.
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Post by: titoli on November 12, 2016, 09:43:35 AM
I, for one, am ready to swear fealty to my new emperor, Li'l Duce. No more spoons for me! From now on, I'm rolling my pasta like a native.

Pasta will be banned from american tables from now on. Like the rest of foreign imports.
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Post by: titoli on November 12, 2016, 09:44:32 AM
Don't worry. We'll keep your secret.

Not meant to be a secret: just to confirm that from now on we're ahead of you.
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Post by: dave jenkins on November 12, 2016, 02:19:59 PM
Well, Moore has all the integrity of a bucket of spit, but if you want to be identified with that . . . .
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Post by: titoli on November 12, 2016, 03:08:34 PM
Well, Moore has all the integrity of a bucket of spit, but if you want to be identified with that . . . .

I don't want to be identified with anybody but titoli. I'm just remarking that somebody over there gets inspiration from over here. In the last 70 years it has worked the other way.
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Post by: dave jenkins on November 12, 2016, 04:43:56 PM
And I'm just remarking you don't want Michael Moore endorsing your program, whatever it is.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on November 12, 2016, 05:13:30 PM
But apparently Obama was elected for the same reasons Sanders could have. So not everybody in the USA shares your opinions. Just like in Europe not everybody is for welfare and so on.

Is there any significant free-market/personal-responsibility movement (by any name) in any European country? I don't even think the British Conservatives these says are as conservative as Thatcher.

Europe is largely comprised of various stages of welfare state, in various stages of decline. Sadly, many Americans support this type of government, but there is also a solid free-market contingent as well.

Businesses create jobs and economic growth; not gov't. Gov't just steals from one and gives to another, confiscates and restricts.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on November 12, 2016, 05:23:21 PM
Most people in the western world are for a good mix of welfare and free market. But yeah, we Europeans look at the American fear of "Big Government" and of anything that looks like a health system from a developed country, as well as your passion for free market (in words, never in actions, of course, because economists have learned to see beyond such an utopia even before Adam Smith died) with amusement  >:D

Don't you realize how the welfare state disincentivizes work and restricts growth? BEING OPPOSED TO A WELFARE STATE DOES NOT MEAN BEING OPPOSED TO HELPING THE NEEDY. I give a portion of my income to charity, and I hope every decent person does. (By the way, surverys year after year show that conservatives are far mote charitable than liberals.) Everyone should give charity according to his means. But that is voluntary. Government taxation and redistribution into welfare programs is NOT charity. It is theft that disincentivizes work. I hope you can undertand the difference.

One of the biggest tragedies of the high-taxation/welfare-state society is how some people have delegated charity, a most noble endeavor, to government, a most despicable institution.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on November 12, 2016, 05:27:01 PM
It is true that we do not have a truly free market anywhere these days. And that's to be expected: Those in power inevitably pass laws giving themselves more power, rather than less.

But the countries that have the most-free markets have the most prosperity. The most socialized markets are the poorest.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on November 12, 2016, 06:13:32 PM
Do you think the democrats are likely to be in the position he GOP was at the start of the primaries? Divided, disconnected from their voters and weakened by 4 years of blocking the country?


That's how the media puts it: Republicans in Congress are simply "blocking the country" or "obstructing" because they don't want to pass Obama's leftist agenda. You know sumthin? A president is not a king. Maybe we should say Obama is guilty of obstructionism for refusing to pass the Republicans' conservative agenda?

It is amazing how you (and many Europeans, I find) just parrot the media line, which mostly parrots the Democratic Party line. I can't blame you, because you don't live here, so you can only know what you hear from the media.

I was interviewed by the UK Guardian at a Young Republicans' watch party during the final presidential debate. After I read the article, I understood why so many Europeans believe what they do about US politics. The whole article - THIS WAS  supposed to be a news article , not an opinion piece - was so anti-Republican, it's incredible. These are what the Guardian's "news" articles look like.  :)

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/oct/20/young-republicans-final-debate-despise-donald-trump?client=safari

"Steve Ridge" is the fake name I gave the reporter. The quotes are accurate. Though this reporter makes it seem that I am ONLY supporting Trump cuz of my pro-life stance. That's not true. There are other reasons as well. But the quotes are accurate  :)
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Post by: titoli on November 12, 2016, 06:35:03 PM
Businesses create jobs and economic growth; not gov't. Gov't just steals from one and gives to another, confiscates and restricts.

Calvin Coolidge (and Berlusconi) said as much.
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Post by: titoli on November 12, 2016, 06:37:01 PM
And I'm just remarking you don't want Michael Moore endorsing your program, whatever it is.

MM wouldn't endorse my program, that's for sure.
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Post by: noodles_leone on November 13, 2016, 03:40:38 AM
Don't you realize how the welfare state disincentivizes work and restricts growth? BEING OPPOSED TO A WELFARE STATE DOES NOT MEAN BEING OPPOSED TO HELPING THE NEEDY. I give a portion of my income to charity, and I hope every decent person does. (By the way, surverys year after year show that conservatives are far mote charitable than liberals.) Everyone should give charity according to his means. But that is voluntary. Government taxation and redistribution into welfare programs is NOT charity. It is theft that disincentivizes work. I hope you can undertand the difference.

One of the biggest tragedies of the high-taxation/welfare-state society is how some people have delegated charity, a most noble endeavor, to government, a most despicable institution.

You're talking about prehistorical versions of the welfare state. Most developed countries in the world have been actually working on these issues and refining the mechanisms for decades.
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Post by: noodles_leone on November 13, 2016, 03:47:31 AM
That's how the media puts it: Republicans in Congress are simply "blocking the country" or "obstructing" because they don't want to pass Obama's leftist agenda. You know sumthin? A president is not a king. Maybe we should say Obama is guilty of obstructionism for refusing to pass the Republicans' conservative agenda?

It is amazing how you (and many Europeans, I find) just parrot the media line, which mostly parrots the Democratic Party line. I can't blame you, because you don't live here, so you can only know what you hear from the media.

I was interviewed by the UK Guardian at a Young Republicans' watch party during the final presidential debate. After I read the article, I understood why so many Europeans believe what they do about US politics. The whole article - THIS WAS  supposed to be a news article , not an opinion piece - was so anti-Republican, it's incredible. These are what the Guardian's "news" articles look like.  :)

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/oct/20/young-republicans-final-debate-despise-donald-trump?client=safari

"Steve Ridge" is the fake name I gave the reporter. The quotes are accurate. Though this reporter makes it seem that I am ONLY supporting Trump cuz of my pro-life stance. That's not true. There are other reasons as well. But the quotes are accurate  :)

Once again, you're assuming I have very simplistic views of the situation. I perfectly understand how a modern democracy works and why the party that doesn't own the executive power doesn't have to follow the president's line. I wasn't talking about that, I should have been clearer. I was talking about the numerous high ranked republicans who have publicly stated their plan was to block everything Obama tries in order to secure a republican presidency in 4 years, scratch that, 8 years. It wasn't the line every republican followed, but it still was the line several highly influential ones did follow... which probably hurt both parties, clearing the room for Donald "I'm not a Republican anyway" Trump.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on November 13, 2016, 10:58:03 AM
Once again, you're assuming I have very simplistic views of the situation. I perfectly understand how a modern democracy works and why the party that doesn't own the executive power doesn't have to follow the president's line. I wasn't talking about that, I should have been clearer. I was talking about the numerous high ranked republicans who have publicly stated their plan was to block everything Obama tries in order to secure a republican presidency in 4 years, scratch that, 8 years. It wasn't the line every republican followed, but it still was the line several highly influential ones did follow... which probably hurt both parties, clearing the room for Donald "I'm not a Republican anyway" Trump.

You are referring to a quote by Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader, from several years ago. I did not like what he said.
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Post by: noodles_leone on November 13, 2016, 11:10:26 AM
You are referring to a quote by Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader, from several years ago. I did not like what he said.

I sure hope you didn't :) Now let's see if the democrats fall into the same trap.
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Post by: stanton on November 13, 2016, 02:31:18 PM
That's how the media puts it: Republicans in Congress are simply "blocking the country" or "obstructing" because they don't want to pass Obama's leftist agenda. You know sumthin? A president is not a king. Maybe we should say Obama is guilty of obstructionism for refusing to pass the Republicans' conservative agenda?

It is amazing how you (and many Europeans, I find) just parrot the media line, which mostly parrots the Democratic Party line. I can't blame you, because you don't live here, so you can only know what you hear from the media.

I was interviewed by the UK Guardian at a Young Republicans' watch party during the final presidential debate. After I read the article, I understood why so many Europeans believe what they do about US politics. The whole article - THIS WAS  supposed to be a news article , not an opinion piece - was so anti-Republican, it's incredible. These are what the Guardian's "news" articles look like.  :)

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/oct/20/young-republicans-final-debate-despise-donald-trump?client=safari

"Steve Ridge" is the fake name I gave the reporter. The quotes are accurate. Though this reporter makes it seem that I am ONLY supporting Trump cuz of my pro-life stance. That's not true. There are other reasons as well. But the quotes are accurate  :)

Listening to Steve Ridge I get the notion that maybe Europeans understand the USA better than most of its citizens ...

Btw, does Steve Ridge know that the Nubian princess got 18 votes?
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on November 13, 2016, 06:29:34 PM
Listening to Steve Ridge I get the notion that maybe Europeans understand the USA better than most of its citizens ...

Btw, does Steve Ridge know that the Nubian princess got 18 votes?

Re: Steve Ridge: What happened was, as the debate is going on, I was cheering when Trump said he opposes abortion, so this guy came up to me and said he writes for the Guardian and wants to interview me. That's why the conversation revolved around abortion so much. It is shocking to these liberals that some people actually respect the sanctity of human life  :) The place was crawling with reporters. All the (few dozen) young Republicans in liberal New York were at this one event!

RE: The Nubian Princess: No, she was a prude until she met this white boy  :)
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Post by: noodles_leone on November 14, 2016, 02:10:18 PM
This Steve Ridge interview is hillarious :)
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Post by: dave jenkins on November 14, 2016, 02:29:38 PM
This Steve Ridge interview is hillarious :)
This was the funniest bit:
Quote
On its Facebook page the bar was marketing an event on Friday night where women were entitled to free vodka between 11pm and midnight.There was no free vodka on Wednesday. A bottle of Stella Artois cost $9, according to a man I asked.
Always point out the most important things! Well, it is the Guardian.
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Post by: noodles_leone on November 16, 2016, 07:03:13 AM
Just for our friend Drink and his well-documented libido, an unedited screenshot from the lingerie videos I shot yesterday:

(https://scontent-cdg2-1.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/s750x750/sh0.08/e35/15101601_363750780626094_3034548072848818176_n.jpg)
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on November 16, 2016, 08:25:02 AM
Just for our friend Drink and his well-documented libido, an unedited screenshot from the lingerie videos I shot yesterday:

(https://scontent-cdg2-1.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/s750x750/sh0.08/e35/15101601_363750780626094_3034548072848818176_n.jpg)

 O0

Was this an ad?
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Post by: noodles_leone on November 16, 2016, 08:52:12 AM
Several internet commercials, actually. For a lingerie company.
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Post by: dave jenkins on November 17, 2016, 07:47:51 AM
You did the photography, CGI, what?
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Post by: noodles_leone on November 17, 2016, 12:11:52 PM
I'm directing and producing the videos, which in this low budget case includes the cinematography and the editing. The technical crew included 1 girl for make up and hair, and 2 camera operators who also happened to be AD. Right now I've got one guy working on the CGI.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on November 17, 2016, 02:11:34 PM
Who is running the casting couch?
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Post by: noodles_leone on November 17, 2016, 02:23:42 PM
Who is running the casting couch?

 :D

No casting. The brand knew from the start the girl they wanted. They actually signed a contract with her even before I got involved... and I'm sorry but she's married  :-[
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on November 17, 2016, 04:58:28 PM
Where is the Director's Cut - The unrated version  >:D
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on November 17, 2016, 05:26:23 PM
she's married  :-[

Would you want your wife prancing around in lingerie for every guy in the world to gawk at?
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Post by: noodles_leone on November 17, 2016, 11:36:03 PM
Whatever brings food on the table...
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Post by: dave jenkins on November 18, 2016, 10:33:15 AM
Right now I've got one guy working on the CGI.
I was joking about the CGI. Do you really have someone doing it? What does he/she actually do?
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Post by: noodles_leone on November 19, 2016, 04:07:22 AM
On this particular shot, for instance, he's adding butterflies, he's putting her "frozen mid air" on a sky background while her hair are still moving in the wind.

We have another moving picture to do as well as 2 video ads where the girl is gonna go out of the frame like in my Zombie Apocalypse music video. Those are going to be used as Facebook ads.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on November 22, 2016, 09:51:29 PM
Obama gave Presidential Medals of Freedom today to every liberal kook in Hollywood

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/obama-s-medal-freedom-picks-part-legacy-n687131
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Post by: noodles_leone on November 23, 2016, 01:28:29 AM
Don't worry, the Antichrist is soon leaving the WHITE house for good.
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Post by: dave jenkins on November 23, 2016, 07:06:08 AM
Don't worry, the Antichrist is soon leaving the WHITE house for good.
May he never DARKEN its door again.
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Post by: noodles_leone on November 23, 2016, 08:24:50 AM
May he never DARKEN its door again.

Take that, Mr B. Hussein O. !
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on November 23, 2016, 06:57:10 PM
Did I tell you I got Trump's autograph?

17 years ago. I still have it.

I saw him outside Trump Tower. With two babes younger than his youngest daughter.
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Post by: titoli on November 24, 2016, 01:16:56 AM
Now, this is pure idiocy, only in US can happen:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-isDnneRuo

I presume she breaks down when she listens to this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_VfGVKzcfs

Of course, she's probably pretending, still I can't see how one can put up with this display of hypocrisy.
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Post by: noodles_leone on November 24, 2016, 06:09:19 AM
I'd call this stupidity rather than hypocrisy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqIsc8ooXug
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Post by: dave jenkins on November 24, 2016, 10:27:22 AM
Now, this is pure idiocy, only in US can happen:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-isDnneRuo

I presume she breaks down when she listens to this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_VfGVKzcfs

Of course, she's probably pretending, still I can't see how one can put up with this display of hypocrisy.
I can't believe you're still watching CNN.
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Post by: titoli on November 24, 2016, 10:54:42 AM
I can't believe you're still watching CNN.

You're joking? I stopped watching tv since at least 30 years.
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Post by: noodles_leone on November 25, 2016, 02:40:41 AM
From the same series:

Still:
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5565/30861888000_faf882e8ba.jpg)

High resolution still:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/seldoon2/30861888000

Animated version:
(http://i.giphy.com/GcvlNuGqr0mju.gif)

High resolution animated version:
https://vimeo.com/192834353
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Post by: cigar joe on November 25, 2016, 04:24:26 AM
cool
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on November 25, 2016, 06:20:24 AM
It's a shame your name is not Donald Trump. Then you could move on her, automatically start kissing her, grab her by the pussy, (win the presidency) ...
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Post by: noodles_leone on November 25, 2016, 07:03:03 AM
I should work on that. Start by a couple of appearances at WWE events and then move on to reality TV.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on November 25, 2016, 09:06:38 AM
This lingerie company is pretty bad. Panties that are solid black in front and have flowers in back? I didn't like the two-toned design in the first picture, either, with the blue and white. In other words, I like the babe more than the lingerie. In other words, I'd rather see her without the lingerie. n_l, when are you getting into porn??????

I know I know, the point of this is supposed to be the filmmaker, not the babes or the lingerie. Sorry, I got distracted  ;)
Speaking of which, do you do still photography also, or only video? Are you the cameraman in the pic above?

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Post by: noodles_leone on November 25, 2016, 10:36:26 AM
n_l, when are you getting into porn??????

Hey, who knows, they always have jobs! And they're always jumping on the latest technologies. 3D, VR, you name it.

Speaking of which, do you do still photography also, or only video?
I only do stills as a hobby (or as a training for composing images), or when my clients ask for some specific stills on set when I'm shooting videos for them. Most of my competitors say you're supposed to ask for more money when this happens, but I'm not gonna lose a client over a few hundred bucks. I'd rather be the cool guy.

I think I've only got 2 paid gigs as a photographer, one of which ended up being a disaster. It's definitely not my job.

Are you the cameraman in the pic above?

I was not. I was both the director and the DOP, but not the operator. As much as possible, I'm trying to have cameramen on my crew so that I can focus on working with the talents (especially in this case  :P ) and keep my eyes on the monitor. The job is always done better when the director isn't the guy fighting with the focus ring. In this particular case, though, I framed the shot and handed the camera to one of the 2 cameramen we had before shooting "ACTION!".

Now, that particular cameraman, he actually works in porn. He's rather in the editing room than on porn sets and he's editing "sexy documentaries" rather than actual porn videos, but he's doing so for Marc Dorcel, Europe's biggest porn production company. And part of the job is blurring out genitals to make the videos broadcast ready.
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Post by: dave jenkins on November 25, 2016, 01:20:34 PM
From the same series:

Still:
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5565/30861888000_faf882e8ba.jpg)

High resolution still:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/seldoon2/30861888000

Animated version:
(http://i.giphy.com/GcvlNuGqr0mju.gif)

High resolution animated version:
https://vimeo.com/192834353
The animated version is a gas (the flashbulb going off--nice touch!). How does the animated version get used?
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Post by: noodles_leone on November 25, 2016, 06:43:19 PM
As a sponsored post on Instagram and Facebook :)
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on November 26, 2016, 03:51:10 PM
Metallica released a new album a few days ago. I bought it on iTunes but haven't listened to much of it yet. I have no great expectations for it. Haven't liked much of what they have done since the 1980's.
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: Kurug3n on November 26, 2016, 06:23:46 PM
Metallica released a new album a few days ago. I bought it on iTunes but haven't listened to much of it yet. I have no great expectations for it. Haven't liked much of what they have done since the 1980's.

I can understand the dislike from the Black album to St. Anger (though I do enjoy a couple songs here and there) but Death Magnetic was solid stuff.
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on November 26, 2016, 06:45:17 PM
I can understand the dislike from the Black album to St. Anger (though I do enjoy a couple songs here and there) but Death Magnetic was solid stuff.
Death Magnetic was definitely better than St. Anger, but they have never gotten close to the greatness of Ride the Lightning/Master of Puppets since the mid-80's. Maybe Cliff Burton, may he rest in peace, was the heart and soul of Metallica after all.

Metallica has released one great album in the past 30 years: S&M  ;)

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Post by: drinkanddestroy on November 27, 2016, 12:00:50 AM
From the same series:

Still:
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5565/30861888000_faf882e8ba.jpg)

High resolution still:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/seldoon2/30861888000

Animated version:
(http://i.giphy.com/GcvlNuGqr0mju.gif)

High resolution animated version:
https://vimeo.com/192834353

n_l, how about changing your signature? I'd rather see the hot babe in the ugly lingerie than the ugly babe in the ugly t-shirt  ;)
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: noodles_leone on November 27, 2016, 04:27:31 AM
I'll stick with the Zombie girl, just because that McDonald zumba t-shirt doesn't make any sense.
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: dave jenkins on November 27, 2016, 07:33:01 AM
I'd rather see the hot babe in the ugly lingerie than the ugly babe in the ugly t-shirt  ;)
What makes you think she's ugly? She's acting!
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on November 30, 2016, 11:20:45 AM
n_l's next lingerie shoot http://bigstory.ap.org/article/0a3254fd58354e398ec44047d24a283d/gem-studded-victorias-secret-show-prepares-rock-paris
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: noodles_leone on November 30, 2016, 12:30:45 PM
What makes you think she's ugly? She's acting!

She's actually pretty good looking :)

n_l's next lingerie shoot http://bigstory.ap.org/article/0a3254fd58354e398ec44047d24a283d/gem-studded-victorias-secret-show-prepares-rock-paris

I may have to take some insurance policy.
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on November 30, 2016, 12:56:34 PM
Netflix is now allowing you to download shows so you can watch when you are offline http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-tn-netflix-download-20161130-story.html
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: noodles_leone on November 30, 2016, 01:06:57 PM
I saw that this morning! I'm gonna use it as soon as this Friday.
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on November 30, 2016, 09:59:28 PM
I was just glancing through the SLWB statistics page http://www.fistful-of-leone.com/forums/index.php?action=stats

I noticed that we have not had any new members sign up during the past five months (June through November 2016.) Previously, in the entire history of the SLWB, which goes back to November 2002 (168 months), there have been a TOTAL of only five months in which there were no sign-ups, the last one being in 2011. But now the past five months of seen no new  sign-ups at all.

I suggest we try to bring our friends who are Leone fans/movie fans onto the boards. Believe me,  I am happy that we are not like other boards with a million members spewing crap, but I do think that a message board that basically has a single-digit number of active users can be in danger of eventual extinction. I wouldn't want to advertise it blindly all over the world and invite rif-rafs or hackers, but I do think we should make an effort to get some more good people on board.

Also, becoming a new member is a somewhat tedious process, as new members have to email the moderator with their username and password (that's how Cal set it up to fend of automated hackers.) I wonder if the new web master Richard has not been responding to the applications? Totally guessing. He has been the new web master for around a year; it could have nothing to so with him. I sent him a PM. It's  just weird that suddenly in the past five months, we have no new signups. IMO we should try to change that  :)
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: noodles_leone on December 01, 2016, 01:45:31 AM
I was just glancing through the SLWB statistics page http://www.fistful-of-leone.com/forums/index.php?action=stats

I noticed that we have not had any new members sign up during the past five months (June through November 2016.) Previously, in the entire history of the SLWB, which goes back to November 2002 (168 months), there have been a TOTAL of only five months in which there were no sign-ups, the last one being in 2011. But now the past five months of seen no new  sign-ups at all.

I suggest we try to bring our friends who are Leone fans/movie fans onto the boards. Believe me,  I am happy that we are not like other boards with a million members spewing crap, but I do think that a message board that basically has a single-digit number of active users can be in danger of eventual extinction. I wouldn't want to advertise it blindly all over the world and invite rif-rafs or hackers, but I do think we should make an effort to get some more good people on board.

Also, becoming a new member is a somewhat tedious process, as new members have to email the moderator with their username and password (that's how Cal set it up to fend of automated hackers.) I wonder if the new web master Richard has not been responding to the applications? Totally guessing. He has been the new web master for around a year; it could have nothing to so with him. I sent him a PM. It's  just weird that suddenly in the past five months, we have no new signups. IMO we should try to change that  :)

There may have been some technical or administrative glitch. But the main thing leading us to extinction here is the fact that Leone and his work aren't discussed anymore on these boards, which kind of defeats the purpose of registering for an account. The whole board apart from "off topic" is now a SL encyclopedia with dates for Morricone concerts.
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on December 01, 2016, 05:46:37 AM
There may have been some technical or administrative glitch. But the main thing leading us to extinction here is the fact that Leone and his work aren't discussed anymore on these boards, which kind of defeats the purpose of registering for an account. The whole board apart from "off topic" is now a SL encyclopedia with dates for Morricone concerts.


For the people who jave been hete a while, there is only so much we can discuss regarding the same six or so movies. But I am not sure if the potential new members are aware of that and are staying away for that reason. Also, that's another reason I like when new members join - besides ensuring the longevity of the board and makig for lively discussions, the new members often revive discussion in Leone-related topics, because they come here initially to discuss Leone (just like we all did when we first signed up).

Anyway, inasmuch as a board with leas than ten regular posters is in danger of extinction, I think we should be proactive in trying to bring in new users.

Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: noodles_leone on December 01, 2016, 09:59:29 AM

Anyway, inasmuch as a board with leas than ten regular posters is in danger of extinction, I think we should be proactive in trying to bring in new users.


Exactly. We could also change our opinions on infamous topics. For example, for now on, I'll argue that CoR is Leone's best movie and that he went downhill from there. Also, the US theatrical versions of OUATITW, DYS and OUATIA are better than the European ones.
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on December 01, 2016, 10:06:28 AM
I spoke to Richard. He said due to excessive spam, he had temporarily disabled all new signups. He re-enabled it now; hopefully, we can get new signups without the spam. There's gotta be a way to ensure against those automated signups.  :)
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on December 01, 2016, 10:07:31 AM
Exactly. We could also change our opinions on infamous topics. For example, for now on, I'll argue that CoR is Leone's best movie and that he went downhill from there. Also, the US theatrical versions of OUATITW, DYS and OUATIA are better than the European ones.

In all seriousness, I do like it when once in a while we have a good discussion on a Leone movie. Not just complaining about a new BRD release or whatever, but an actual discussion on a Leone movie. That is nice.
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on December 01, 2016, 10:11:17 AM
Amazon Prime will include HBO, for an extra fee https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2016/12/01/you-can-now-get-hbo-on-amazon-prime/?utm_term=.6a6209999fa7

BTW, I was thinking for a while of making a new thread entitled something like "The Future of Movie/Viewing Formats," to discuss anytime there are new developments in disc or streaming technology, or 2K or 4K or whatever, cuz new developments will constantly be happening. We have a thread for Technical Discussion/Gadget News, etc., which we've been using for discussion of gadgets like BRD players and TV's. Maybe we can expand that to include movie-viewing formats, or I can make a new thread. Cuz IMO that is worthy of a separate discussion thread, not in this Random Shit thread  :)
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: dave jenkins on December 01, 2016, 12:42:12 PM
In all seriousness, I do like it when once in a while we have a good discussion on a Leone movie. Not just complaining about a new BRD release or whatever, but an actual discussion on a Leone movie. That is nice.
Well, kick one off. Why bemoan the fact that there are no more Leone movie discussions, when all you have to do is start a new Leone movie discussion? Or revive an old one?
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on December 01, 2016, 01:16:14 PM
Well, kick one off. Why bemoan the fact that there are no more Leone movie discussions, when all you have to do is start a new Leone movie discussion? Or revive an old one?

 ;D

I don't do it just for the sake of doing it. When I have a real issue to discuss, I do. Speaking generally now about the future of the board  ;) But anyway, now that Richard is allowing new signups, hopefully we'll get some good ones, not spammers  :)
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: titoli on December 06, 2016, 05:17:06 AM
Latest PC moronics from Trumpland:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/12/05/kill-mockingbird-huckleberry-finn-banned-schools-virginia-racism/

Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: dave jenkins on December 06, 2016, 09:44:29 AM
Latest PC moronics from Trumpland:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/12/05/kill-mockingbird-huckleberry-finn-banned-schools-virginia-racism/
What's this got to do with Trump? The PC nonsense goes back decades.
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: titoli on December 06, 2016, 10:20:00 AM
What's this got to do with Trump?

Trumpland is short for U.S.A.
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: dave jenkins on December 06, 2016, 11:51:00 AM
Trumpland is short for U.S.A.
Looks like it's long for U.S.A.
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: noodles_leone on December 06, 2016, 01:08:26 PM
Looks like it's long for U.S.A.

It conveys a couple of nuances that aren't as clear in "U.S.A."
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: noodles_leone on December 14, 2016, 05:53:41 AM
More videos from the lingerie series:

https://vimeo.com/album/4307093

Those have been okayed by the client. Still working on 2 "cinemagraphs" and 2 fake 3D Facebook ads.
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: dave jenkins on December 14, 2016, 06:01:07 AM
Still working on 2 "cinemagraphs" and 2 fake 3D Facebook ads.
Say what?
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: noodles_leone on December 14, 2016, 06:14:47 AM
Say what?

Cinemagraph: animated photo just like the first one I showed (first video in the Vimeo album)
Fake 3D Facebook ad: video that uses the same 3D effect I used on my Zombie Apocalypse music video. The best example I know of is this one:

https://www.facebook.com/SteepFR/videos/818707164937880/?autoplay_reason=all_page_organic_allowed&video_container_type=0&video_creator_product_type=0&app_id=119211728144504&live_video_guests=0
(you have to imagine you're scrolling down your Facebook feed on mobile and this video takes the whole screen)
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on December 20, 2016, 07:48:37 PM
Why Austria Is Restoring a 1924 Film That Predicted the Rise of the Nazis

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/12/09/why-austria-is-restoring-a-1924-film-that-predicted-the-rise-of-the-nazis/?utm_term=.caa7828fb5b1
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on January 13, 2017, 02:15:23 AM
My newspaper got me a press pass to cover the Trump inauguration. I told DJ; first thing he said is that I better be sure to pass along the news to n_l ASAP. I am sure he'll be jealous  ;)
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: noodles_leone on January 13, 2017, 02:28:49 AM
 ;D

Have fun!

That being said, I know a girl who lost a couple of toes (frozen) during the Obama inauguration 8 years ago, so be careful.
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: dave jenkins on January 13, 2017, 07:32:23 AM
That being said, I know a girl who lost a couple of toes (frozen) during the Obama inauguration 8 years ago, so be careful.
Yikes, no shit? Man, Drink, take care (although I understand the weather is supposed to be pretty balmy this time).
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: noodles_leone on January 13, 2017, 08:32:14 AM
Yikes, no shit? Man, Drink, take care (although I understand the weather is supposed to be pretty balmy this time).

Yeah, she and a whole group of students (including my ex) went very early in the morning to secure a good placement. The couple of hours before sunrise got her toes despite the efforts of the medical team that was on location. And the effort was pointless for the other ones too: 15 minutes before Obama arrived, the VIPs were placed right in front of everyone, suddenly blocking the view for those who had come early.
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on January 14, 2017, 04:30:00 PM
Yeah, she and a whole group of students (including my ex) went very early in the morning to secure a good placement. The couple of hours before sunrise got her toes despite the efforts of the medical team that was on location. And the effort was pointless for the other ones too: 15 minutes before Obama arrived, the VIPs were placed right in front of everyone, suddenly blocking the view for those who had come early.

Sorry to hear about that. Hope she is doing okay. Do you know which toes were amputated? I have heard that losing the big toe is a really big deal, as it affects one's balance.
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on January 14, 2017, 04:32:28 PM
I hate political events; but a job's a job. It's funny: Anyone I tell about the events that I go to is insanely jealous, but for me, I have to hold my nose while I am there. I hate political crap. I prefer that people be free to make their own decisions in life, rather than having them made by someone in 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C.  ;)
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: dave jenkins on January 14, 2017, 05:02:29 PM
I hate political events; but a job's a job. It's funny: Anyone I tell about the events that I go to is insanely jealous, but for me, I have to hold my nose while I am there. I hate political crap. I prefer that people be free to make their own decisions in life, rather than having them made by someone in 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C.  ;)
Thank you for making this thread a political event.
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: noodles_leone on January 16, 2017, 01:23:31 AM
Drink, never let DJ's federalist snark temper your free speech.

Also, why don't you move to Texas? You'd be further away from Washington there than I am from Moscow.
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on January 16, 2017, 01:45:02 AM
Drink, never let DJ's federalist snark temper your free speech.

Also, why don't you move to Texas? You'll be further away from Washington there than I am from Moscow.

If I moved to Texas, I would be letting DJ's federalist snark temper me. I'll stay right here in the Big Apple and be the shining light in the gutter  >:D
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: noodles_leone on January 20, 2017, 11:56:52 AM
Lol, the USA just became a third world country.
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: PowerRR on January 20, 2017, 05:03:01 PM
Fuck.
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on January 24, 2017, 10:58:36 AM
The Shia LeBouf meltdown continues https://goo.gl/KGIxev  ;D
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: noodles_leone on January 24, 2017, 11:35:43 AM
The Shia LeBouf meltdown continues https://goo.gl/KGIxev  ;D

Hey, he may have been responsible for the Lebouf films live marathon but you guys did this one to yourself!
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on January 24, 2017, 11:40:14 AM
You know that when leftists talk about "uniting," they mean uniting all leftists. When they talk about "love," they mean loving all leftists. All you need is to have them meet one God-fearing white person from the South and you'll see how much hate and division spews out of the mouths of these flower children  >:D
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on January 24, 2017, 11:45:20 AM
BTW, Trump speaks frequently about improving the lives of those living in the inner cities, of ridding those communities of crime and gangs and violence. At the Republican National Convention, discussing the Pulse nightclub shooting at his nomination acceptance speech, he spoke about how attacks on the LGBTQ community will not be tolerated. Yeah, this all sounds very divisive  ::)

Anyone who thinks people are better off working than receiving welfare, or who wants to protect the lives of the unborn, gets labeled a "divider" by the leftists. In that case, "divisive" is quite a compliment  ;)
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: noodles_leone on January 24, 2017, 12:21:52 PM
Lol no




 >:D


Seriously, your country is messed up. Not only because of the Donald, but because of divided it is. Nobody's spending their time attacking "conservatives" or "liberals" in Europe. We have debates where only the far right and far left supporters get as heavily criticized as what I can see in the US. The politicians are attacked on a daily basis by almost everyone, but actual people, not so much.
You should all calm down, let people protest if they want (it's not like they're doing a coup or anything), let whoever wants to go into whatever bathroom they want... how can you even get worked up (either way) on these things is beyond me.
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on January 24, 2017, 05:12:40 PM
Nobody says they can't protest. It is a cherished right in our First Amendment, the freedom of speech and the freedom to petition government for redress of grievances. Europeans, of course, have no such rights guaranteed by Constitution; everything is up to the whims of majority government.  :P

In USA, no one could ever even think of banning burkas.
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: dave jenkins on January 24, 2017, 05:30:14 PM
In USA,  could ever even think of banning burkas.
Yeah, France actually tells people what not to wear! F**king fascist bast**ds!
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: noodles_leone on January 25, 2017, 12:08:16 AM
I'm not sure you got a single word of what I said... but I agree, the burka thing is fascist and unconstitutional. Just don't be sure it would "never" happen in the US, I would have said it could "never" happen in France too.
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on January 25, 2017, 12:25:10 AM
I'm not sure you got a single word of what I said... but I agree, the burka thing is fascist and unconstitutional. Just don't be sure it would "never" happen in the US, I would have said it could "never" happen in France too.

Something like that could never happen in USA - we have a Constitution that guarantees certain rights no matter what the majority thinks.

I did get your point about how political argument has become personal and divisive.  I fully agree that people should be able to discuss and debate issues without getting nasty about it. While there does happen to be no question that Trump is a crude human being,  the issue of political divisiveness has nothing to do with Trump. Obama was no gentleman in  that regard, and the most laughable thing about his entire presidency is  how he campaigned about supposedly being a uniter and he was anything but that. I do not know if you follow American politics closely, but honestly – and I say  this as a Trump hater – do not believe what the media tells you about Trump. I read articles from major news outlets like Associated Press and Reuters all day long, I have to, unfortunately, as part of my job, and I am telling you that they are out to get him like they have never been out to get anybody else. Seriously.

Making Trump out to be the cause of divisiveness in politics is like making him out to be the cause of hurricanes and tornadoes. It is ridiculous. Politics was divisive before he came into office and will be divisive after he leaves.

 Many people, both on the left, and on the right – including me – despise Trump, and they're unhappy or furious that he is president. All I'm saying is that this notion of Trump being the source of divisiveness is ridiculous. Shia Meltdown LeBouf does not care about divisiveness. All he cares about is having a leftist in the White House
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: noodles_leone on January 25, 2017, 12:32:44 AM
No he's like Trump: all he cares about is to get people to talk about him ;)

(About the burkas in France: we also have a constitution and it's against those things. Be careful, being "sure" will never do anything to stop things to happen. Here, it took several laws, that went a little further each time, over the course of a decade and several administrations. Nazi style :) )
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: dave jenkins on January 25, 2017, 06:30:37 AM


(About the burkas in France: we also have a constitution and it's against those things. Be careful, being "sure" will never do anything to stop things to happen. Here, it took several laws, that went a little further each time, over the course of a decade and several administrations. Nazi style :) )
You can make all the laws you want in the US, but if a court rules a law unconstitutional, the law has no force. The only way you could have dress codes in the US is if the constitution itself were changed--a very difficult proposition.
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: noodles_leone on January 25, 2017, 07:05:57 AM
Same here. The thing is real world is more complex than what you can write in a constitution, so you can always argue an article vs another one or discuss the idea behind some word, which is what happened here.
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on January 25, 2017, 08:16:22 AM
True, a constitution is only as strong as the people enforcing it. America has certainly done many unconstitutional things. Nothing is impossible; I should say it is much more difficult to enact certain laws in America, but nothing is impossible. Absolutely. Even in the US of A
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: noodles_leone on February 10, 2017, 12:53:20 PM
My brand new filmmaker's showreel: https://vimeo.com/198682398
(at last: my previous one was from 2013)
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: cigar joe on February 10, 2017, 03:25:30 PM
My brand new filmmaker's showreel: https://vimeo.com/198682398
(at last: my previous one was from 2013)

Great!
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: Dust Devil on February 11, 2017, 04:12:12 AM
My brand new filmmaker's showreel: https://vimeo.com/198682398
(at last: my previous one was from 2013)

If Rutger Hauer ever starts doing beer commercials again I hope he calls you! :) O0 8)
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: Dust Devil on February 11, 2017, 04:12:37 AM
(I'm kidding, keep up the good work!)
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: noodles_leone on February 11, 2017, 07:21:37 AM
Hey, I'd love to make beer commercials with Rutger!
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: Dust Devil on February 11, 2017, 10:25:32 AM

Who wouldn't? :)
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: dave jenkins on February 11, 2017, 04:41:37 PM
My brand new filmmaker's showreel: https://vimeo.com/198682398
(at last: my previous one was from 2013)
O0 O0 O0 O0 O0 O0 O0 O0 O0 O0 O0 O0 O0 O0
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on February 19, 2017, 09:01:55 PM
Train derailment at Hoboken station today;  over 100 injured, at least one fatality https://goo.gl/JIkSw4

This station was used for the scene with the lockers in OUATIA, where the gang keeps the suitcase with cash. One of the places to visit for anyone doing the OUATIA tour in the New York area. CJ, DJ and I visited several years ago. (The room with the lockers are, I am sure, not affected by this crash - the locker-room level is upstairs from the level that has the trains.)

parts of the station were damaged and will have to be rebuilt; not sure about the locker area.



Since this crash,  I had been meaning to visit.

The Nubian Princess lives near Hoboken, and we occasionally went out to Hoboken to party, so I figured one day I'll go and check it out and see  whether the locker area was damaged by the crash.

 I kept pushing it off ... and now The Nubian Princess and I are DONE! Tonight, I was kindly told to come to her apartment and get my shit out of there  :) so was my last chance to check out the station. So I went to the locker area .....  and I am very pleased to report that the locker area  was NOT damaged at all by the crash  :) :) O0

Viva Leone!
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: cigar joe on February 20, 2017, 03:46:31 AM
good news O0
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on February 20, 2017, 08:43:37 AM
good news O0

Indeed - both about the lockers and the girl ;)
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: noodles_leone on February 20, 2017, 10:44:43 AM
No princess bashing!
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on February 20, 2017, 11:27:40 AM
I am an Americans; I have no use for royalty  ;)
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: dave jenkins on February 20, 2017, 12:59:29 PM
I am an Americans; I have no use for royalty  ;)
You are also supposed to be a journalist, but I guess you have no use for grammar.
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: noodles_leone on February 20, 2017, 01:17:43 PM
Also, a nation that has never beheaded its King hasn't yet earned the right to say "I have no use for royalty".
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on February 20, 2017, 02:09:06 PM
U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 9, Clause 8: "No title of nobility shall be granted by the United States"
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Title_of_Nobility_Clause

 ;)
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Post by: dave jenkins on February 20, 2017, 02:53:01 PM
Also, a nation that has never beheaded its King hasn't yet earned the right to say "I have no use for royalty".
We never had a king to behead. We did the best we could to demonstrate George III was unpopular here, but the Atlantic was at the time an insuperable barrier.
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Post by: noodles_leone on February 20, 2017, 03:01:36 PM
U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 9, Clause 8: "No title of nobility shall be granted by the United States"
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Title_of_Nobility_Clause

 ;)

;)

We never had a king to behead. We did the best we could to demonstrate George III was unpopular here, but the Atlantic was at the time an insuperable barrier.

I have to admit a tea party is the best way to piss off a British king.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on February 20, 2017, 05:59:52 PM

a tea party is the best way to piss off a British king.

A tea party is also the best way to piss off a Democrat.

Or a French commie.

Or the entire People's Republics of Los Angeles and New York.

 >:D

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Post by: noodles_leone on February 21, 2017, 01:34:26 AM
Or pretty much any human being.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on February 21, 2017, 01:37:30 AM
Or pretty much any human being.

Any human being that likes high taxes.

TEA = Taxed Enough Already


Don't confuse the Tea Party with Trump.  The Tea Party has nothing to do with Trump. Tea Partiers are sick of high taxes and government controlling our lives. People who believe in liberty. Which I know you Frenchies know nothing about  :P
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Post by: noodles_leone on February 21, 2017, 01:37:49 AM

Talking about pissing off French commies, here is an article that is pissing off the French twitter community (a rather small one, Twitter never took off here except among journalists) right now:

http://pamelageller.com/2017/02/paris-lost.html/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Is this woman famous in the US or is she just another crazy blogger from the dark side of the Internet?
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Post by: noodles_leone on February 21, 2017, 01:39:22 AM
Any human being that likes high taxes.

TEA = Taxed Enough Already


Don't confuse the Tea Party with Trump.  The Tea Party has nothing to do with Trump. Tea Partiers are sick of high taxes and government controlling our lives. People who believe in liberty. Which I know you Frenchies know nothing about  :P

I know I know, the tea party and the Sarah Palin crowd were the worst things the US were capable of 4 years ago. You guys really know how to lower the bar year after year :)
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on February 21, 2017, 02:52:16 AM
Talking about pissing off French commies, here is an article that is pissing off the French twitter community (a rather small one, Twitter never took off here except among journalists) right now:

http://pamelageller.com/2017/02/paris-lost.html/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Is this woman famous in the US or is she just another crazy blogger from the dark side of the Internet?

I never heard of her
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on February 21, 2017, 02:57:15 AM
I know I know, the tea party and the Sarah Palin crowd were the worst things the US were capable of 4 years ago. You guys really know how to lower the bar year after year :)

It is really amazing how Frenchies consider low taxes and limited government and individual liberty to be lowering the bar. More government and less liberty somehow equals advancement and progress? Somehow, liberals want more government for everything. Execpt abortion (actually, they want government to pay for that.) they are horrified at the prospect of government infringing on a woman's liberty to prevent the killing of an unborn child, but otherwise they are horrified at the prospect of liberty for anything else.

If wanting higher taxes somehow equals advancement and civility and progress, then I proudly say I am backward and unadvanced

You work hard for your money, n_l. I think  you should get to do with it what you want to do with it; not what Hollande or Valls or Le Pen or whoever the next elected official is wants to do with your money.
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Post by: noodles_leone on February 21, 2017, 03:31:33 AM
I don't really care about taxes but I know they are a much more complex issue than you make it look like. "Who does deserve money: the guy who works his ass off or the guy who's in trouble?" isn't the kind of question that can be answered by A or B. So let's not enter this boring discussion :)

And while I'm still not entering the discussion at all:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wpzvaqypav8
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Post by: noodles_leone on February 21, 2017, 03:34:56 AM
I never heard of her

Good, thanks.

For the record she's lying to a point it's laughable: she's basically labeling the french equivalent of Greenwich Village - but way more gentrified - as a no go zone.
We have a few protests here and there because of the gross police scandal we're having right now (police officers who allegedly raped a guy with a nightstick), but just the regular stuff... and nothing out of control will EVER happen in le Marais  ;D
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Post by: cigar joe on February 21, 2017, 04:18:12 AM
never heard of her either...
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on February 21, 2017, 05:58:47 AM
I don't really care about taxes but I know they are a much more complex issue than you make it look like. "Who does deserve money: the guy who works his ass off or the guy who's in trouble?" isn't the kind of question that can be answered by A or B. So let's not enter this boring discussion :)

And while I'm still not entering the discussion at all:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wpzvaqypav8


I do not mean to debate taxes; all I am saying is that lower taxes and lower gov't spending is what the Tea Party is all about. Nothing else.

I know that the media likes to associate the Tea Party with everything it hates about right-wingers, but the fact is that the Tea Parties began as protests on April 15 - Tax Day - TAXED ENOUGH ALREADY. Being anti-Tea Party means being pro-high taxes. No way aroud it. You can slap the face of Sarah Palin or whichever right-wing politician you don't like onto it, but the fact is that the Tea Party was and is a spontanoeous response to what many people saw as taxes/spending that was way and is way too high
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Post by: noodles_leone on February 21, 2017, 07:45:31 AM
No:
Being anti-antisemitic people doesn't mean to be pro Zionism.
Being anti-anti taxes people doesn't mean being pro high taxes.
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Post by: noodles_leone on February 21, 2017, 07:47:03 AM
never heard of her either...

Ok then she's just your regular nuthead.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on February 21, 2017, 08:06:36 AM
No:
Being anti-antisemitic people doesn't mean to be pro Zionism.
Being anti-anti taxes people doesn't mean being pro high taxes.


Bro, the Tea Parties were completely peaceful protests against high taxes and spending. That's all. Unless you are foolish enough to accept the idea that Tea Partiers come along with other baggage that the left-wing media tries to convince you of - and perhaps I can't blame you because you were not at any Tea Parties in the United States; you just heard the crap spewed by the likes of about it by the left-wing media - there really is no way around it: opposition to the Tea Party cannot be squared with anything other than support for high taxes and government spending.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on February 21, 2017, 08:07:31 AM
Ok then she's just your regular nuthead.

 Precisely. Kinda like some Frenchie I know ...  ;)
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on March 03, 2017, 01:00:52 AM
Are there any Chinese movies out there on DVD, with English subtitles? Do such things exist? (The new babe is from Hong Kong. Doesn't speak any English at all. I'm teaching her. Right now, she knows exactly four words: "go home" and "bad boy" 😆)
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Post by: cigar joe on March 03, 2017, 05:48:09 AM
Are there any Chinese movies out there on DVD, with English subtitles? Do such things exist? (The new babe is from Hong Kong. Doesn't speak any English at all. I'm teaching her. Right now, she knows exactly four words: "go home" and "bad boy" 😆)

Teach her how to play 隱藏香腸 "hide the sausage"  >:D
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Post by: dave jenkins on March 03, 2017, 06:11:02 AM
Are there any Chinese movies out there on DVD, with English subtitles? Do such things exist? (The new babe is from Hong Kong. Doesn't speak any English at all. I'm teaching her. Right now, she knows exactly four words: "go home" and "bad boy" 😆)
Who the hell elected you Secretary General of the UN of sex?
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Post by: dave jenkins on March 03, 2017, 07:35:52 AM
Are there any Chinese movies out there on DVD, with English subtitles? Do such things exist?
Uh, you are aware, right, that there are two different types of spoken Chinese, Cantonese and Mandarin? If your new babe comes from HK her spoken language is probably Cantonese (but perhaps she also understands Mandarin). That means you not only need English subs, you need audio in Cantonese. HK discs tend to have dual audio options. Chinese films released on disc in the US tend to have a single audio track.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on March 04, 2017, 06:31:03 PM
She says she speaks both Cantonese and Mandarin.

I need American movies with Chinese subtitles. Do Region1/A American DVD/BRD come with Chinese subtitles?
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Post by: PowerRR on March 04, 2017, 08:58:41 PM
drinkanddestroy
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Post by: stanton on March 05, 2017, 05:01:57 AM
She says she speaks both Cantonese and Mandarin.

I need American movies with Chinese subtitles. Do Region1/A American DVD/BRD come with Chinese subtitles?

Pfff, show her Norwegian films with Greek subtitles (they look nice), then you have time for other things.
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Post by: dave jenkins on March 05, 2017, 06:20:23 AM
She says she speaks both Cantonese and Mandarin.

I need American movies with Chinese subtitles. Do Region1/A American DVD/BRD come with Chinese subtitles?
No. Start shopping at YesAsia.com.
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Post by: Novecento on March 05, 2017, 02:25:12 PM
Uh, you are aware, right, that there are two different types of spoken Chinese, Cantonese and Mandarin?

There are a few more than that - those are just the most internationally well-known.
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Post by: Novecento on March 05, 2017, 02:45:06 PM
My favorite piece of amusing English subtitling in a Chinese movie:

"We'll chop his arms and legs off, then he'll be impotent."
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Post by: dave jenkins on March 25, 2017, 04:03:07 PM
http://www.odditycentral.com/news/this-drip-proof-wine-bottle-may-be-the-greatest-scientific-breakthrough-of-our-time.html
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on March 25, 2017, 05:54:10 PM
http://www.odditycentral.com/news/this-drip-proof-wine-bottle-may-be-the-greatest-scientific-breakthrough-of-our-time.html

🍾😀
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Post by: noodles_leone on March 26, 2017, 07:43:49 AM
Now you're talking
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Post by: dave jenkins on April 21, 2017, 05:56:26 AM
Drink, here's some info on France. Sounds more reliable than what that bullshitter Noodles_Leone is always handing out: https://www.city-journal.org/html/french-coming-apart-15125.html
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Post by: noodles_leone on April 21, 2017, 06:02:24 AM
I'm not answering that because of Sunday's elections: I may very well have to emigrate and change my name depending on the results.
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Post by: cigar joe on April 21, 2017, 06:59:38 AM
I'm not answering that because of Sunday's elections: I may very well have to emigrate and change my name depending on the results.
  O0
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Post by: dave jenkins on April 21, 2017, 08:42:15 AM
You can always come here. In spite of what you've heard, we're still accepting immigrants. Drink and I will give you a character reference. O0
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Post by: noodles_leone on April 21, 2017, 09:24:43 AM
 ;D ;D ;D

I'm coming anyway, at least in California in early July. I have a week of shooting there (for a French cheese brand, of course). I'll probably extend my stay for a week or two to show the cool National and Tribal parks of Nevada, Utah and Arizona to my girlfriend. And pray for a couple a days next to the remains of the OUATITW arch.
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Post by: PowerRR on April 21, 2017, 10:46:39 AM
;D ;D ;D

I'm coming anyway, at least in California in early July. I have a week of shooting there (for a French cheese brand, of course). I'll probably extend my stay for a week or two to show the cool National and Tribal parks of Nevada, Utah and Arizona to my girlfriend. And pray for a couple a days next to the remains of the OUATITW arch.
swing by Colorado while you're at it - I'll be there a week in mid July
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on April 21, 2017, 11:14:11 AM
DJ, let's take a trip to the arch in July ... if you can stand the scorching temps. Arizona in July is not a great idea of a vacation  ;)
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Post by: cigar joe on April 21, 2017, 11:23:04 AM
DJ, let's take a trip to the arch in July ... if you can stand the scorching temps. Arizona in July is not a great idea of a vacation  ;)

You got to go at first light until about 9-10 then it's siesta till sunset.  O0
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Post by: dave jenkins on April 21, 2017, 06:46:06 PM
DJ, let's take a trip to the arch in July ... if you can stand the scorching temps. Arizona in July is not a great idea of a vacation  ;)
I'm OK with this. I'll likely be in Seattle for July, but I can certainly fly down to Phoenix. Some time after the 7th would be best.
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Post by: cigar joe on April 22, 2017, 02:50:37 AM
I'm OK with this. I'll likely be in Seattle for July, but I can certainly fly down to Phoenix. Some time after the 7th would be best.

I'll be in the area maybe also, heading to Seattle and Montana first, then LA and a small tour of the Southwest, Death Valley, Grand Canyon area.
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Post by: dave jenkins on April 22, 2017, 06:12:08 AM
Dates? And should I fly to Phoenix, or Vegas?
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Post by: noodles_leone on April 22, 2017, 08:02:51 AM
I'll probably be shooting between July the 2nd and July the 9th.

Unrelated and pretty cool:

http://www.indiewire.com/2017/04/darren-aronofsky-new-york-times-ads-the-truth-is-hard-1201807894/
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on April 22, 2017, 05:58:58 PM
I'm getting a week off, sometime in July. Can't confirm dates until about a month before.
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Post by: dave jenkins on April 22, 2017, 07:14:52 PM
Things, as they're shaping up, are pointing to the week of the 10th. That's the week to clear. Otherwise you'll be taking your trip by yourself.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on April 22, 2017, 08:42:28 PM
But no way am I spending my summer vacation in Arizona. I'm thinking two days in Arizona, then 5 or 6 days somewhere nice and near water.

Waddaya say, DJ & CJ?

Maybe we can pop in on Cusser in Arizona, too  O0
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on April 22, 2017, 08:49:34 PM
I just checked my calendar. The previous week works better for me: something like Sunday July 2-Monday July 10. Would that work for you, DJ, or do you have to be in Washington over July 4?
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on April 23, 2017, 12:48:13 AM
we can also drop by Denver in July to check out this Western exhibit or wait till it comes to Montreal starting October 14  http://www.fistful-of-leone.com/forums/index.php?topic=12933.msg189159#msg189159  :)
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Post by: PowerRR on April 23, 2017, 06:18:02 AM
Cool. I'll be in Denver. I'd go to that
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Post by: noodles_leone on April 23, 2017, 01:37:38 PM
The election results are looking ok.
- We will get a moderate right wing president who believes in the EU, I'm totally ok with that
- The Far right gets a disappointing (for them) score, but they're still #2, which doesn't look good (they were #1 in polls for months if not years, it only changed in the last 2 weeks)
- The Trump wannabe and corupt conservative is out and is going to be eaten alive by his own people
- The crazy commie reaches an historical level but still doesn't reach #3
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on April 23, 2017, 05:41:05 PM
The election results are looking ok.
- We will get a moderate right wing president who believes in the EU, I'm totally ok with that
- The Far right gets a disappointing (for them) score, but they're still #2, which doesn't look good (they were #1 in polls for months if not years, it only changed in the last 2 weeks)
- The Trump wannabe and corupt conservative is out and is going to be eaten alive by his own people
- The crazy commie reaches an historical level but still doesn't reach #3

The nationalist or "far right" in France and Germany is completely different than even the nationalists in America. They share  opposition to globalization, trade and immigration. But in America, many of these nationalists have some lited-government ideas (like reducing entitlement, reducing spending on non-military programs, reducing taxes and regulations, etc.; also, many of them are socially conservative. In Europe, the economic ideas of these so-called "far-right" are Big Government all the way. (Somehow, the leftists have managed to make everyone forget that Nazism stood for National SOCIALISM. Yes, socialists.

So, while Trump/Bannon (whom I hate) share an opposition  to globalization, trade and immigration with the " far right" in Europe (whom I despise), their differences are almost as many as their similarities. And despite what the leftists in America try to tell you, there has never been a shred of evidence that Bannon or Trump are anti-Semites. And the "far right" in Europe do not give a damn about social issues.

Bottom line: Donald Trump is a jackass whom I loathe, but comparisons to the National Front are ludicrous.

Anyway, No doubt, between Macron and Le Pen, of course I am rooting for Macron. He'll win easily.

The guy met his wife when she was his high school teacher, 25 yeas his senior!!
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Post by: noodles_leone on April 23, 2017, 10:34:11 PM
Oh you know, there are a lot of people around Marine LePen. Right now, she follows a clear national socialist path, which is the strategy designed by her advisor Florian Philippot (a guy who doesn't believe in anything, who's brilliant... and is openly gay, which is cool, but you can imagine how hated he is by some people in the party). But her father was a libertarian like you (while being a tad more antisemitic than you :) ). Trump and Jean-Marie would have got along very well. The monarchists, the skinheads, the colonialists, those in favor of re-migration and many other people are now voting for the Front National.


The funny thing is all these groups hate each other. I cannot wait for this party to kill itself, which will happen as soon as Marine's results become disappointing.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on April 23, 2017, 11:04:10 PM
Oh you know, there are a lot of people around Marine LePen. Right now, she follows a clear national socialist path, which is the strategy designed by her advisor Florian Philippot (a guy who doesn't believe in anything, who's brilliant... and is openly gay, which is cool, but you can imagine how hated he is by some people in the party). But her father was a libertarian like you (while being a tad more antisemitic than you :) ). Trump and Jean-Marie would have got along very well. The monarchists, the skinheads, the colonialists, those in favor of re-migration and many other people are now voting for the Front National.


The funny thing is all these groups hate each other. I cannot wait for this party to kill itself, which will happen as soon as Marine's results become disappointing.

Le Pen's father is a fucking Nazi. You can't be a libertarian and a Nazi. That's like saying you're a libertarian communist, or a pro-life abortionist.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on April 23, 2017, 11:06:41 PM
Interesting story: Proof of Turks committing genocide on Armenians (as if proof is necessary) was just found in an archive of the Armenian Patriarchate in Jerusalem

https://www.google.com/amp/s/mobile.nytimes.com/2017/04/22/world/europe/armenian-genocide-turkey.amp.html
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Post by: noodles_leone on April 24, 2017, 12:12:54 AM
Le Pen's father is a fucking Nazi. You can't be a libertarian and a Nazi. That's like saying you're a libertarian communist, or a pro-life abortionist.

He was a -racist and antisemitic- libertarian an heart, especially since the mid 2000's. Some even say he was a right wing anarchist. My personal theory is that he never wanted to reach the Presidency (one former militant even heard him saying "God forbid" when a close friend told him he had chances).
Those people are scumbags, don't believe what they say, watch what they do.

Interesting story: Proof of Turks committing genocide on Armenians (as if proof is necessary) was just found in an archive of the Armenian Patriarchate in Jerusalem

https://www.google.com/amp/s/mobile.nytimes.com/2017/04/22/world/europe/armenian-genocide-turkey.amp.html

 O0

My family is from Erzurum (one of the region that suffered the most from the genocide).
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Post by: dave jenkins on April 24, 2017, 08:53:03 AM
I just checked my calendar. The previous week works better for me: something like Sunday July 2-Monday July 10. Would that work for you, DJ, or do you have to be in Washington over July 4?
Nope, my Dad's birthday is the 7th. I found a first class ticket from JFK to SEA for $211 and bought it, departure on July 3rd. I wouldn't be able to leave again until after the 7th.
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Post by: dave jenkins on April 24, 2017, 08:54:01 AM
The guy met his wife when she was his high school teacher, 25 yeas his senior!!
That's a movie I'd like to see.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on April 24, 2017, 08:58:01 AM
That's a movie I'd like to see.

You can read about it here https://www.google.com/amp/www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4438296/amp/At-age-17-Emmanuel-told-d-marry-me.html  and many other places online; I just chose the most tabloidy site  ;)
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on April 24, 2017, 08:59:53 AM
Nope, my Dad's birthday is the 7th. I found a first class ticket from JFK to SEA for $211 and bought it, departure on July 3rd. I wouldn't be able to leave again until after the 7th.

Ok, let's see what happens. I would not be able to confirm anything more than a month in advance anyway. We can discuss it again around the beginning of June.
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Post by: noodles_leone on May 07, 2017, 12:31:24 PM
So Marine Le Pen got far less than she was almost sure to get (35, maybe 34% when she was aiming at 40% and could easily have reached 42-43%).

Sorry USA, the world will keep on laughing at you  :-* :-* :-*
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on May 07, 2017, 02:01:03 PM
So Marine Le Pen got far less than she was almost sure to get (35, maybe 34% when she was aiming at 40% and could easily have reached 42-43%).

Sorry USA, the world will keep on laughing at you  :-* :-* :-*

We're much better off now than with Hillary as president.

We're looking at health-care reform, tax reform, a growing economy, a foreign policy that stands up to North Korea, a massive resuction in insane regulations and the administrative state, restoration of religious liberties ....

Trump is awful. But every single day I get up and thank God that he beat Hillary.

p.s. America has the oldest president and youngest First Lady. France has the youngest  president and the oldest First Lady i ;D ;D
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Post by: noodles_leone on May 07, 2017, 02:24:31 PM
You're as good/better as you want, you're still the world's favorite running gag  >:D around 108 days and counting, still a lot to go  >:D

Ps: Maybe they should switch First Ladies.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on May 14, 2017, 03:14:40 PM
NBC is bringing back Will and Grace. I've never watched it, but this is sure a blast from the past

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_TV_NEW_SEASON?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-05-14-17-52-17
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on May 14, 2017, 03:17:59 PM
RE: the French election here is a great op-ed from The Wall Street Journal

https://www.wsj.com/articles/taking-liberties-with-france-1494285220

Taking Liberties with France

Macron inherits a nation lacking in both religious and economic freedom.

By William McGurn

May 8, 2017

France’s long and troubled relationship with the liberty part of liberté, égalité and fraternité isn’t hard to understand once you realize that the national motto goes back to Robespierre. Unfortunately, Sunday’s presidential election confirms that the French ambivalence to liberty remains alive—and debilitating.

In his victory speech, Emmanuel Macron told his fellow French citizens that the election turned “a new page in our history.” This is doubtful. The more prosaic explanation is that, given the choice before them, French voters reasonably opted for the certainty of a status quo with some tinkering around the edges over the uncertainty of radical disruptions promised by Marine Le Pen and her National Front party.

In an election that saw the first French president decline to seek a second term, the humiliating public repudiation of the establishment parties, and the election of the youngest French leader since Napoleon, the most striking aspect was that there was no real challenge to the reigning political orthodoxies. Indeed, in a race supposedly filled with so much anger and angst, the greatest irony is that the candidate furthest outside the French mainstream, Ms. Le Pen, far from questioning these orthodoxies promised to double down on them.

What are these orthodoxies? There are two. The first is the state’s dominant role in the French economy. The second is the state’s role as enforcer of France’s official nonreligion, done formally under the principle of laïcité, a century-old innovation whose original purpose was to check the Catholic Church.

Apparently it occurs to no one in France that a fair part of their two chief crises—a stagnant economy and a Muslim minority that has not assimilated—are fueled by the same source: a lack of liberty.

France’s lack of economic freedom is no secret. Whether it is the exalted role the French government plays in private enterprises or the state itch to intervene in any economic arrangement between consenting French adults, the assumption is that government knows best. One price of this arrangement is unemployment that hovers at around 10% overall, and at more than 20% for people under 25.

To his credit, Mr. Macron promises reforms such as eliminating 120,000 state jobs, cutting the corporate tax rate and making it easier to hire and fire workers. But anyone who thinks Mr. Macron a champion of economic freedom would do well to check out his Trump-like push for a “Buy European” program, as well as his vow to make “the protection of European industry” central to “re-inventing” the European Union.

Even so, while it’s easy to blame France’s leaders for their dirigiste instincts, the sad truth is that these men and women are probably more liberal than the people they represent. Put it this way: Whenever some foreign producer introduces the least form of competition—whether it’s an Uber car ride or Spanish fruit—what’s the popular response? Riots and resentment.

There’s a similar dynamic in religion. In the past, a right-wing French candidate might have opposed laïcité in an effort to consolidate support from the nation’s Catholic voters. But Ms. Le Pen recognized that laïcité could be a club against Muslims.

It’s worked that way, too, on everything from the ban on headscarves to the removal of non-pork alternatives from school menus. The state strategy is to force French Muslims to assimilate by cracking down on their religious expression and demanding they become good European secularists. In an article last year in the New Republic, Elizabeth Winkler addressed the flaw in this approach:

“In the wake of terrorist attacks, it may strike some as counterintuitive to loosen—or even abandon—laïcité,” she wrote. “But allowing Muslims greater freedom to express their beliefs in peaceful ways may make them feel more accepted and less stigmatized by the country they have made their home.”

Again, French orthodoxy holds that strictly enforcing secularity will make societies tolerant. But even on its own terms, that’s not the way it’s working out. The same French government that insists on limiting religious expression has proved unable either to assimilate French Muslims or to keep French Jews safe from Islamist attack.

The somewhat hopeful news is that Mr. Macron has made comments—e.g., that laïcité should not be “vindictive”—that hint he might recognize that a cramped French secularism may be making things worse rather than better. But even if he does, it’s not clear the French public is ready for more religious freedom. A recent poll by Ipsos, for example, found the vast majority welcoming restrictions on Muslim expression.

This is the France Mr. Macron inherits, whose citizens believe authorities should police the bathing suits of Muslim women and make life difficult for any foreigner who dares to offer French men and women some product or service at a better value than what they are now getting. If Mr. Macron really hopes to reinvigorate this France, the best way to start is by pushing for more liberté, not less.

Write to mcgurn@wsj.com.
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Post by: noodles_leone on May 16, 2017, 05:59:12 PM
That's an heavily oriented piece. While I don't disagree with the general idea, the journalist oversimplifies issues and his examples just aren't true... Especially when he talks about what French people want.

Anyway, I'm in a hotel room in Saint Louis, Senegal watching CNN talk about the new (new (new (new))) Trump scandal and it's pretty funny.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on May 16, 2017, 07:49:42 PM
That's an heavily oriented piece. While I don't disagree with the general idea, the journalist oversimplifies issues and his examples just aren't true... Especially when he talks about what French people want.

Anyway, I'm in a hotel room in Saint Louis, Senegal watching CNN talk about the new (new (new (new))) Trump scandal and it's pretty funny.

There is definitely a major reliance on gov't in France. But much more importantly ....

 ;D wtf are you doing in Senegal?

I'm buddies with their ambassador to the USA. I've been promised their five-star treatment anytime I decide to show my face there
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Post by: noodles_leone on May 16, 2017, 11:34:21 PM
I'm shooting a film for a French cheese brand. Same reason why I was in Morocco 3 weeks ago... and same reason why I'll be in Vietnam in June and in California in July. Very cool project.

More importantly: how the hell did you become friend with the ambassador?
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Post by: dave jenkins on May 17, 2017, 05:23:21 AM
More importantly: how the hell did you become friend with the ambassador?
No doubt Drink is screwing his daughter.
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Post by: noodles_leone on May 17, 2017, 06:11:35 AM
Now everything makes sense.
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Post by: dave jenkins on May 29, 2017, 01:05:29 PM
Happy Memorial Day, and respect for all those who serve or who have served.
(http://i.imgur.com/2TDbawel.jpg)
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on May 29, 2017, 02:13:46 PM
Happy Memorial Day, and respect for all those who serve or who have served.
(http://i.imgur.com/2TDbawel.jpg)

Indeed  O0
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on June 12, 2017, 12:30:41 PM
Forbes' 2017 list of 100 highest-earning celebrities

https://www.forbes.com/sites/natalierobehmed/2017/06/12/celebrity-100-the-worlds-highest-paid-celebrities-of-2017/#ff7de764d92a

(of course, to see the full list, they make you click 100 times)
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Post by: cigar joe on June 27, 2017, 07:39:39 AM
Random Musings Thread for drink to ponder.

A 50 foot Woman would have about a 4 foot vagina.  :o
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Post by: dave jenkins on June 27, 2017, 12:28:58 PM
CJ, you heading west this summer?
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Post by: cigar joe on June 27, 2017, 02:42:11 PM
CJ, you heading west this summer?

Yes but doing Las Vegas - Grand Canyon - Monument Valley - Death Valley - Los Angeles, then Seattle - Montana August 6th through the 22nd.
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Post by: noodles_leone on June 28, 2017, 11:49:16 PM
I'm just back from a shoot in Vietnam (that's my crew on every pic):

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4174/35438288962_3766d4f4e6_z.jpg)
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4287/34797681753_bd1b9e7746_z.jpg)
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4158/35220108470_168339287b_z.jpg)
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4027/35220123130_f70e5619ec_z.jpg)


I'll be shooting in California from July 3rd (LA) through the 9th (San Francisco) and then driving around Las Vegas - Grand Canyon - Monument Valley for the next 2 weeks. I'll miss Mr Cigar Joe by just a few days.
I'll probably meet with Sony and Firecracker in LA.

After all these journeys, my second semester is going to feel very slow.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on June 29, 2017, 02:46:18 AM
 O0 O0 O0

It'll probably be about 48 degrees Celsius when you visit the arch  ;)
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Post by: noodles_leone on June 29, 2017, 03:33:19 AM
At least it will be dry. Vietnam was like 35 degrees Celsius, but with 90% humidity. That was hard.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on June 29, 2017, 10:06:37 AM
At least it will be dry. Vietnam was like 35 degrees Celsius, but with 90% humidity. That was hard.

wet t-shirt contest >:D
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Post by: cigar joe on June 30, 2017, 03:34:08 AM
I'm just back from a shoot in Vietnam (that's my crew on every pic):

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4174/35438288962_3766d4f4e6_z.jpg)
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4287/34797681753_bd1b9e7746_z.jpg)
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4158/35220108470_168339287b_z.jpg)
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4027/35220123130_f70e5619ec_z.jpg)


I'll be shooting in California from July 3rd (LA) through the 9th (San Francisco) and then driving around Las Vegas - Grand Canyon - Monument Valley for the next 2 weeks. I'll miss Mr Cigar Joe by just a few days.
I'll probably meet with Sony and Firecracker in LA.

After all these journeys, my second semester is going to feel very slow.

That's too bad I'll be at the arch on the 7th of August.
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Post by: noodles_leone on June 30, 2017, 04:22:27 AM
wet t-shirt contest >:D

It was a permanent "wet everything" contest. Unfortunately, there is a point where too steamy really become too steamy to be sexy   :P

That's too bad I'll be at the arch on the 7th of August.

:-\

I'd love to stay around longer but I really need to get back for the last days of the shoot in France. The worst part is that my girlfriend found a way to stay in the USA for a couple weeks after I live! I'm jealous now.
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Post by: dave jenkins on June 30, 2017, 06:14:00 AM
That's too bad I'll be at the arch on the 7th of August.
Hmmm . . . is there any way I can join you?
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on June 30, 2017, 11:27:41 AM
I'm flying to Orlando next week for a Metallica concert on Wednesday. Then driving to Tampa for a baseball game on Thursday.
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Post by: cigar joe on June 30, 2017, 01:48:28 PM
Hmmm . . . is there any way I can join you?

When are you going to be in Seattle?
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Post by: dave jenkins on June 30, 2017, 03:56:26 PM
July 3 - August 29.
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Post by: cigar joe on June 30, 2017, 04:13:52 PM
July 3 - August 29.

We'll be there in Seattle between the 12th and 15th then heading to Montana.
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Post by: dave jenkins on July 01, 2017, 01:41:26 PM
August?
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Post by: cigar joe on July 01, 2017, 05:37:30 PM
August?

Yes
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Post by: dave jenkins on July 14, 2017, 07:45:57 AM
Not just Bastille Day, but the centennial of the entrance of the US into WWI.

Meanwhile, 3 Colors Macron:
(https://gdb.voanews.com/4A565D42-5278-4AAC-81F7-A9CFFF07EF27_cx2_cy18_cw93_w650_r1_s.jpg)
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Post by: Jessica Rabbit on July 14, 2017, 08:19:08 AM
Happy Bastille Day.
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Post by: cigar joe on July 16, 2017, 10:28:45 AM
(https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-79WRZCZtEcY/WWgHY6cUbCI/AAAAAAAAMQk/pGTVuo1hpqsh-xLNmb61BZPHOj8FOL-YQCEwYBhgL/s640/DSCN4405.JPG)
Woman With No Name
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Post by: dave jenkins on August 11, 2017, 09:37:04 AM
For Drink: http://ultimateclassicrock.com/metallica-carpool-karaoke-video/
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Post by: noodles_leone on August 11, 2017, 01:11:51 PM
Drink and DJ, if the guy you voted for ends up causing WW3 and we all get killed, I swear I'll not talk to you for at least 2 weeks.




Apart from "Told you", of course.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on August 11, 2017, 04:00:51 PM
Drink and DJ, if the guy you voted for ends up causing WW3 and we all get killed, I swear I'll not talk to you for at least 2 weeks.




Apart from "Told you", of course.

I DID NOT vote for Trump. I was hoping he'd beat Hillary, but the name I wrote on my ballot was the Kenyan girl. Who is not even eligible to be president.
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Post by: dave jenkins on August 11, 2017, 06:16:07 PM
Somebody on this board spends too much time listening to fake news broadcasts. A complete waste of time . . .
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Post by: noodles_leone on August 11, 2017, 07:40:36 PM
I DID NOT vote for Trump. I was hoping he'd beat Hillary, but the name I wrote on my ballot was the Kenyan girl. Who is not even eligible to be president.

Sorry. I keep forgetting. In the end I guess your vote doesn't matter anyway since NY is a blue state no matter what, isn't it?
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Post by: noodles_leone on August 11, 2017, 07:41:33 PM
Somebody on this board spends too much time listening to fake news broadcasts. A complete waste of time . . .

Leftish mainstream fake news media.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on August 12, 2017, 06:00:11 PM
Sorry. I keep forgetting. In the end I guess your vote doesn't matter anyway since NY is a blue state no matter what, isn't it?


Correct.

And if NY were a red state, my vote wouldn't mean anything anyway.

Anyway, if anyone is to blame for nuclear war, it's Kim Jong Un. But like a  typical Frenchman, you blame America  ;)
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Post by: noodles_leone on August 13, 2017, 03:39:32 PM
Nobody voted for that crazy shithead who decimated a good chunk of his own family and mistresses. I can go on record and say he's worst than Trump if that makes you happy ;)
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on August 13, 2017, 05:06:04 PM
Nobody voted for that crazy shithead who decimated a good chunk of his own family and mistresses. I can go on record and say he's worst than Trump if that makes you happy ;)


Well Obama's (and Bush's, for that matter) policy of appeasement with North Korea (both Kim Jong Il and Kim Jong Un) has clearly been a failure. Maybe a policy of toughness is what's needed to succeed.

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Post by: noodles_leone on August 14, 2017, 01:14:04 AM
Of course not. This is not how any of this works (including what was previously done against North Korea as well as the notion of "failure").

The only positive effect of your great leader, though, is that the whole world is now ignoring the USA as much as possible, which in many cases turns out to be a good solution. The EU is getting stronger and more unified as the USA are getting weaker on the international scene, for instance.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on August 14, 2017, 02:16:59 AM
Of course not. This is not how any of this works (including what was previously done against North Korea as well as the notion of "failure").

The only positive effect of your great leader, though, is that the whole world is now ignoring the USA as much as possible, which in many cases turns out to be a good solution. The EU is getting stronger and more unified as the USA are getting weaker on the international scene, for instance.

Brexit = a "stronger and more unified" EU  ::)
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Post by: noodles_leone on August 14, 2017, 02:25:50 AM
Brexit = a "stronger and more unified" EU  ::)

1) Brexit was voted 7 months before the Trump inauguration so it's off topice ;) Also, I'm not sure Brexit would have won after said inauguration, considering the worldwide backslash against xenophobia and populism your election cycle created.
2) Brexit means a weaker a more divided UK. It sure means a more unified EU (there is no possible debate about that). And if you ask me, it will on the long term mean a much, much stronger EU too. The UK has been destroying EU from the inside for decades.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on August 14, 2017, 02:41:32 AM
1) Brexit was voted 7 months BEFORE Trump was inaugurated. I'm not sure at all it would have won after the Trump victory, considering the worldwide backslash against xenophobia (which was the reason #1 behind Brexist) and populism your election cycle created.
2) Brexit means a weaker a more divided UK. It sure means a more unified EU (there is no possible debate about that). And if you ask me, it will on the long term mean a much, much stronger EU too. The UK has been destroying EU from the inside for decades.

2. Perhaps the EU was destroying the UK rather than the other way around.

1.  While I am 100% anti-populism, anyi-xenophobia and  pro-immigration, I think that you should not simply dismiss as xenophobia a concern over unfettered immigration by people from a region that largely despises Western civilization. I think that it is understandable to make a distinction between  unfettered immigration from Mexico and immigration from Syria.

Trump is against Mexican immigration, and I am 100% opposed to him on that. But I believe that the anti-immigrant  sentiments expressed by Brexit are more about resentment over having Brussels telling London how many possible would-be terrorists have to be allowed into the country.

 
Certainly, not all Muslims are terrorists.  I am all for allowing legitimate refugees or people simply seeking a better life for themselves to go anywhere they want to. But basically allowing unfettered and unscreened immigration from places like Syria is dangerous.

 And I will say it again: I certainly prefer Trump as president over Hillary Clinton, but I completely despise Trump and I am adamantly opposed to his war on Mexican immigrants and his war on trade.  The fact that he is better than Hillary Clinton does not mean he is good - it just means that she would have been much worse  ;)
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Post by: noodles_leone on August 14, 2017, 02:58:33 AM
2. Perhaps the EU was destroying the UK rather than the other way around.

1.  While I am 100% anti-populism, anyi-xenophobia and  pro-immigration, I think that you should not simply dismiss as xenophobia a concern over unfettered immigration by people from a region that largely despises Western civilization. I think that it is understandable to make a distinction between  unfettered immigration from Mexico and immigration from Syria.

Trump is against Mexican immigration, and I am 100% opposed to him on that. But I believe that the anti-immigrant  sentiments expressed by Brexit are more about resentment over having Brussels telling London how many possible would-be terrorists have to be allowed into the country.

 
Certainly, not all Muslims are terrorists.  I am all for allowing legitimate refugees or people simply seeking a better life for themselves to go anywhere they want to. But basically allowing unfettered and unscreened immigration from places like Syria is dangerous.

 And I will say it again: I certainly prefer Trump as president over Hillary Clinton, but I completely despise Trump and I am adamantly opposed to his war on Mexican immigrants and his war on trade.  The fact that he is better than Hillary Clinton does not mean he is good - it just means that she would have been much worse  ;)

1 - Maybe, maybe not, but the fact remains that the Trump election created a worldwide backslash against xenophobia and populism, which means that Brexit advocates would have a harder time now to get their (mostly stupid) points across.

2 - Yeah but actually, no. I know you're on the other side of the ocean but if you had closely followed the Brexit thing and knew what the EU actually is you would know that:
a) Even the most respected Brexit advocates were forced to make up links between EU and unrelated immigration "problems" to try to show a negative impact of the EU on the UK (remember the UK doesn't belong to the Schengen Space so Brexit will have no direct impact on imigration). The reasons the UK rejected the EU have nothing to do with what the EU actually does.
b) Even if you think the UK is better without being in the EU (which is a theory nobody could make a compelling case about so far), the fact is that they were never really in the EU. They were in with very well negociated conditions, which kind of means they had all the advantages of the EU and almost none of the cons. They lost all of it by resetting the negotiations and now have no leverage.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on April 15, 2018, 10:55:04 AM
https://apnews.com/a222175200014c66b2fff96c8b34eb3e/Gay-rights-lawyer-immolates-self-in-NYC-in-ecology-protest
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: noodles_leone on April 18, 2018, 08:09:19 AM
https://apnews.com/a222175200014c66b2fff96c8b34eb3e/Gay-rights-lawyer-immolates-self-in-NYC-in-ecology-protest


Didn't work that well, did it? It was in the news for, like, 2 hours top.
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Post by: dave jenkins on April 18, 2018, 08:18:27 AM
Yeah, I hope the guy had other, better, undisclosed reasons for topping himself.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on April 19, 2018, 02:10:20 PM
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2018/04/18/its-the-coldest-and-snowiest-april-on-record-near-the-great-lakes-and-residents-are-fuming/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.23d34f449362

https://www.detroitnews.com/story/weather/2018/04/19/april-track-coldest-143-years/532994002/

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/weather/ct-met-april-weather-could-set-records-chicago-20180418-story.html

Somehow, the eminent scientist Leo DiCapario will still determine that 2018 was the hottest year ever.
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Post by: noodles_leone on April 19, 2018, 11:41:54 PM
You live in the only country in the world where climate change is still a debate. Yet again evolution too is still a debate in the US so the whole thing isn’t surprising.
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Post by: dave jenkins on April 20, 2018, 10:21:46 AM
You live in the only country in the world where climate change is still a debate.
Not at all. All well-informed Americans know that 1) Climate always changes; and 2) Anthropogenic climate change is entirely unproven. There is one debate, though: Are we properly prepared for the coming ice age? There is no agreement on this.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on April 20, 2018, 10:51:47 AM
You live in the only country in the world where climate change is still a debate. Yet again evolution too is still a debate in the US so the whole thing isn’t surprising.

No, I imagine that religious people anywhere in the world believe in the Bible's version of how the world came into existence rather than Darwin's. As for secular people, they do have to cling to something – once upon a time, it was LSD; today it's climate change. That's their religion. Seriously, look at their language. They talk about believers and deniers. They're a Godless religion  >:D
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Post by: dave jenkins on April 20, 2018, 12:58:19 PM
No, I imagine that religious people anywhere in the world believe in the Bible's version of how the world came into existence rather than Darwin's. As for secular people, they do have to cling to something – once upon a time, it was LSD; today it's climate change. That's their religion. Seriously, look at their language. They talk about believers and deniers. They're a Godless religion  >:D
O0 O0 O0
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Post by: noodles_leone on April 21, 2018, 12:58:02 AM
Not at all. All well-informed Americans know that 1) Climate always changes; and 2) Anthropogenic climate change is entirely unproven. There is one debate, though: Are we properly prepared for the coming ice age? There is no agreement on this.

Anthropogenic climate change is proven. Only in the US it is still a debate.

No, I imagine that religious people anywhere in the world believe in the Bible's version of how the world came into existence rather than Darwin's. As for secular people, they do have to cling to something – once upon a time, it was LSD; today it's climate change. That's their religion. Seriously, look at their language. They talk about believers and deniers. They're a Godless religion  >:D

You can imagine it but it won’t change the facts: in other developed countries, Darwin (or more precisely, the theory Darwin started and that has been greatly improved since then) isn’t a debate even among the most religious people. I’m sure you can find a few nutjobs anywhere, but nothing more. There is no debate on this topic in Europe, for example.
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: cigar joe on April 21, 2018, 04:35:16 AM
No, I imagine that religious people anywhere in the world believe in the Bible's version of how the world came into existence rather than Darwin's. As for secular people, they do have to cling to something – once upon a time, it was LSD; today it's climate change. That's their religion. Seriously, look at their language. They talk about believers and deniers. They're a Godless religion  >:D

Actually, we do know that climate always changes, and when I lived in Montana for 24 years, and returned to NYC I did notice that the air was cleaner, but that wasn't the climate. Shit I remember waiting for the train at Queensboro Plaza at about sundown and seeing these ridiculously colored sunsets, pink and purple hued. So environmental regulations did change NYC for the better.

Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on April 21, 2018, 05:52:09 PM
Actually, we do know that climate always changes, and when I lived in Montana for 24 years, and returned to NYC I did notice that the air was cleaner, but that wasn't the climate. Shit I remember waiting for the train at Queensboro Plaza at about sundown and seeing these ridiculously colored sunsets, pink and purple hued. So environmental regulations did change NYC for the better.



don’t confuse pollution - real pollution, which undoubtedly affects air quality - from greenhouse-gas emissions, an entirely different issue.
Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: noodles_leone on April 22, 2018, 08:54:15 AM
CJ wrote that it "wasn't the climate"  ^-^

Different issues, same scientific consensus. Even the NASA is on board. Only the (few) scientists that are paid by the fossil fuel and industrial lobbies disagree. The very fact that the thing isn't a debate anymore everywhere else in the world should at least make you guys rethink the issue.

PS: solar panel and wind turbines industries aren't that powerful as a lobby.
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Post by: cigar joe on April 22, 2018, 10:35:29 AM
CJ wrote that it "wasn't the climate"  ^-^

Different issues, same scientific consensus. Even the NASA is on board. Only the (few) scientists that are paid by the fossil fuel and industrial lobbies disagree. The very fact that the thing isn't a debate anymore everywhere else in the world should at least make you guys rethink the issue.

PS: solar panel and wind turbines industries aren't that powerful as a lobby.

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Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on April 22, 2018, 02:46:13 PM
Well why would you mix a discussion of pollution with a discussion of global warming?

The climate ALARMISTS have been referring to greenhouse-gas emissions as "pollution," as if that will settle the debate - after all, who wouldn't be against "pollution"? Pollution is certainly bad, but nothing to do with greenhouse-gas emissions, whether or not you believe in global warming.

We have been freezing our asses off all across the U.S. this winter. It's April 22 and the high temps have never broken out of the very low 60's. Many days have been colder, and nights have been damn near freezing. The leftist response is that it's not "global warming" anymore, it's "climate change." When they were calling it "global warming," at least you could argue over the date; now that they've retreated and are calling it "climate change," it's an argument that can't even be dealt with.

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My only complaint about global warming is that there's not enough of it. Here is a great op-ed http://www.jeffjacoby.com/20620/the-blessings-of-climate-change I'll cite a few paragraphs of it

In the church of climate alarmism, there may be no heresy more dangerous than the idea that the world will benefit from warming. Zealous preachers seek to scare their flock with forecasts of catastrophe, horror, and threats to civilization. Anyone who demurs is denounced as an apostate: an anti-science "denier."

But the truth — the inconvenient truth, to coin a phrase — is that while climate change brings negatives, it brings positives too. Polar melting may cause dislocation for those who live in low-lying coastal areas, but it will also lead to safe commercial shipping in formerly inhospitable northern seas, and to economic opportunity for high-latitude residents in places like Point Hope.

Shifts in climate are like shifts in the economy: They invariably spell good news for some and bad news for others. Falling interest rates are a blessing to homebuyers but a curse to savers; a strong dollar helps consumers buying imports but hinders exporters selling abroad. In the same way, changes in climate generate winners and losers. Some of global warming's effects will be disagreeable; others will be very welcome.

Worldwide, cold kills 20 times as many people as heat, so a warming planet will save lives. A plethora of data confirms the greater deadliness of cold weather, even in countries with very different climate patterns. One study of mortality rates, for example, found that deaths from cold outnumbered those from heat by a ratio of 33-to-2 in Australia, and 61-to-3 in Britain. Of 2,000 weather-related deaths in America tallied by the Centers for Disease Control, 63 percent were caused by excessive cold vs. 31 percent caused by excessive heat.

A warming planet will also be a greener planet. Is a greener planet. Rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have already led to "persistent and widespread increase" in leaf cover — i.e., greening — across as much as half of the world's vegetated regions, according to a study published in Nature last year.

Title: Re: The MTSURMT (Microblogging/Tweeting/Status Update/Random Musings Thread)
Post by: noodles_leone on April 27, 2018, 02:59:06 AM
Well why would you mix a discussion of pollution with a discussion of global warming?

The climate ALARMISTS have been referring to greenhouse-gas emissions as "pollution," as if that will settle the debate - after all, who wouldn't be against "pollution"? Pollution is certainly bad, but nothing to do with greenhouse-gas emissions, whether or not you believe in global warming.

We have been freezing our asses off all across the U.S. this winter. It's April 22 and the high temps have never broken out of the very low 60's. Many days have been colder, and nights have been damn near freezing. The leftist response is that it's not "global warming" anymore, it's "climate change." When they were calling it "global warming," at least you could argue over it; now that they've retreated and are calling it "climate change," it's an argument that can't even be dealt with.

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My only complaint about global warming is that there's not enough of it. Here is a great op-ed http://www.jeffjacoby.com/20620/the-blessings-of-climate-change I'll cite a few paragraphs of it

In the church of climate alarmism, there may be no heresy more dangerous than the idea that the world will benefit from warming. Zealous preachers seek to scare their flock with forecasts of catastrophe, horror, and threats to civilization. Anyone who demurs is denounced as an apostate: an anti-science "denier."

But the truth — the inconvenient truth, to coin a phrase — is that while climate change brings negatives, it brings positives too. Polar melting may cause dislocation for those who live in low-lying coastal areas, but it will also lead to safe commercial shipping in formerly inhospitable northern seas, and to economic opportunity for high-latitude residents in places like Point Hope.

Shifts in climate are like shifts in the economy: They invariably spell good news for some and bad news for others. Falling interest rates are a blessing to homebuyers but a curse to savers; a strong dollar helps consumers buying imports but hinders exporters selling abroad. In the same way, changes in climate generate winners and losers. Some of global warming's effects will be disagreeable; others will be very welcome.

Worldwide, cold kills 20 times as many people as heat, so a warming planet will save lives. A plethora of data confirms the greater deadliness of cold weather, even in countries with very different climate patterns. One study of mortality rates, for example, found that deaths from cold outnumbered those from heat by a ratio of 33-to-2 in Australia, and 61-to-3 in Britain. Of 2,000 weather-related deaths in America tallied by the Centers for Disease Control, 63 percent were caused by excessive cold vs. 31 percent caused by excessive heat.

A warming planet will also be a greener planet. Is a greener planet. Rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have already led to "persistent and widespread increase" in leaf cover — i.e., greening — across as much as half of the world's vegetated regions, according to a study published in Nature last year.



Ok, once and for all, it isn't a "leftist" argument, it's a scientific (scientifist if you will) one. There is no way YOU can go around that: man made climate change is proven and isn't even debated anymore in the scientific community apart from a few (American) scientists openly PAID by the fossil fuel industry.

Now, about climate change being a good or a bad thing, I don't know, what I know is insurance companies think it's pretty bad for business. Some say "it's bad but we'll manage it" and others say "It's way too bad for us insurance companies, let's fight it". I know it because it's Lucie's job to talk with them :)

Last, about fossil fuel helping economies: they have helped economy in the past, time to move on and embrace change like the real free market proponent you say you are. All the most recent studies show that most (not all, but most) developing countries would be economically much better off by investing in renewable energies than in fossil fuel. Turns out these countries tend to have plenty of sun or wind available. Man up and embrace change instead of winning that leftists are hurting profits (hint: they are from the point of view of Total shareholders, they aren't from a full market perspective).

I suspect your dislike of leftists blinds you on the topic (while the world is literally laughing at your whole country for listening to real life Daniel Plainview and the like instead of actual scientists).