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Slugfest Of Doom / Vincent vs. John Wick
« on: May 19, 2017, 02:29:00 AM »

Wrestling & MMA / Bret Hart on MadTV back in the day
« on: May 17, 2017, 04:24:28 AM »
Never saw this until just now. I think this is just a walk on, after he was like the featured guest the year before.

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And here's the Grudge Match between Bret and Will Sasso on Nitro. Youtube commenters correctly note that Sasso does a better job selling that most of WCW's roster at the time.

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General Discussion / Space Jam (1996)
« on: May 10, 2017, 09:27:26 PM »
No reason for this, other than the fact that the official website for the film is still running, twenty-one years later.

Mid-90s website design ruled. (Best viewed on Netscape Navigator)

General Discussion / The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu)
« on: May 07, 2017, 07:52:56 PM »
Anyone's wife/girlfriend making them sit through this?  :)

I kid, I kid - I think it's pretty good so far. Joseph Fiennes in this role looks like CM Punk.

General Discussion / The Dark Tower (2017)
« on: May 02, 2017, 05:11:21 PM »
Due to be released August 6th. The first trailer is set to drop at some point this week.

General Discussion / One of those "Celestial Perspective" star charts
« on: April 30, 2017, 03:54:34 AM »
that's supposed to show us how small and insignificant we are in the grand scheme of things. This one was so good, it almost worked!

General Discussion / Colossal (2017)
« on: April 24, 2017, 12:44:32 AM »
Just caught this today, and enjoyed it. Anne Hathaway plays chronically drunk chick Gloria, who gets kicked out by her boyfriend and moves back into her childhood home in Upstate NY, then to reunite with childhood acquaintance Oscar (played by Jason Sudeikis). While there, she discovers she has an avatar in the form of a 100-foot monster, which, at 8:05am EST each morning, appears on a riverfront in Seoul, South Korea and wreaks (unintentional) havoc.

This was marketed as a fairly light-hearted comedy, but it actually takes a notably dark turn in the 2nd half, which is part of the reason I enjoyed it.

Slugfest Of Doom / Robert McCall vs. John Wick
« on: April 16, 2017, 03:12:23 AM »

General Discussion / Fargo (Season 3)
« on: April 14, 2017, 04:00:57 AM »
Season premiere next Wednesday (April 19th). This season supposedly set in 2010.

General Discussion / IT (2017)
« on: March 29, 2017, 03:56:42 PM »
First trailer is out.

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I'm mildly discouraged.

Tech-apalooza / Smart phones
« on: March 28, 2017, 12:26:18 AM »
This is a very very basic question, but I don't own a smartphone, so I don't even know the correct jargon to know if I'm asking it the correct way, but here goes.

Let's say the iPhone is a "type of smartphone." Let's say the Android is another "type of smartphone." What are some other "types of smartphones" - analogous to the Android and anything which supports iOS?

Tech-apalooza / Any experience with
« on: March 20, 2017, 10:49:53 PM »
I have a static IP, and would like to change it up from time to time. Anyone have experience or knowledge in this area?

No noble reason for this - I'm just trying to circumvent a reddit ban.   :fr:

General Discussion / Neato Pictures
« on: March 10, 2017, 01:29:55 AM »
Submitted without comment.

General Discussion / Logan (2017)
« on: March 02, 2017, 01:02:27 PM »
Everyone's loving this in advance. Watching the trailers, I get the impression that there's a bunch of backstory I should be up to speed on before I sit down to watch this one. I've seen most, perhaps all of the X-Men/Wolverine films they've come out with, but I can't remember any important details. So, if anyone's got a few sentences explanation of how we got to bearded Logan driving around the desert with a half-dead Professor X in the backseat, feel free to hit me with it. Go ahead and spoil the previous movies for me, if necessary.

General Discussion / John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)
« on: February 11, 2017, 07:26:20 PM »
Even more ridiculous than the last. I know to bitch about Keanu's acting is to beat the deadest horse in the Universe, but for some reason, I can't even buy him as a sour, brooding hitman. Nor is he as athletic as I'd expect him to be to keep up with all the bad guys. A couple of times, it seemed like he was moving in slow motion.

Anyway, Wick is pulled back into the assassination business, when an old acquaintance pays him a visit and demands he fulfill a blood oath to him. This sets off a chain reaction that leads to every hitman/woman on earth trying to kill him. Multiple headshots ensue.

If they make a third one, I will absolutely see it.

General Discussion / Santa Clarita Diet (Netflix)
« on: February 06, 2017, 02:31:04 AM »
Just started in on this. Tim Olyphant and Drew Barrymore are two boring, risk-averse realtors in Santa Clarita, CA. Then one day, Drew dies, then wakes up with no vital signs, but with a newfound zest for life.

An R-rated dark comedy. Half-hour episodes. Check it out.

General Discussion / Real sport moments vs. Sports movie moments
« on: February 04, 2017, 11:55:43 PM »
What's the top moment in American sporting history? And if what happened in sports movies were actual historical events, would any thing we've witnessed top the top moment in American sporting history.

If Rocky actually did beat Drago in Moscow on Christmas Day, that would have to beat Miracle on Ice, right?

General Discussion / Split (2017)
« on: January 28, 2017, 09:05:16 PM »
Just saw this. M. Night's latest. Three teen girls are abducted by Kevin (James McAvoy), a guy with 23 distinct personalities. As the girls attempt various failed escapes, a few of Kevin's more dominant/creepy IDs promise them that they are to be sacrificed to a forthcoming Beast. On the outside, Kevin's therapist (Betty Buckley) begins to suspect something amiss with her patient - claiming to be one personality while behaving like another. One of the abducted girls has her own troubled upbringing, which figures prominently in the film's climax.

I didn't see The Visit, so apart from that, this might be M. Night's best directing work since The Village back in 2004. McAvoy is great. And we get a nice cameo at the end.

General Discussion / The Mick (FOX)
« on: January 24, 2017, 12:57:59 AM »
Anyone else watching this show?

General Discussion / Homeland (Season 6)
« on: January 18, 2017, 03:22:47 AM »
And we're off. Not sure what ludicrous plot developments are on tap this year, but the first episode lays out the threads pretty cleanly - not much confusion.

Also, I assume we're in the final countdown before Carrie and Quinn finally start sexing the place up.

Tech-apalooza / MS Paint
« on: January 16, 2017, 10:45:44 PM »
I just started playing around with this program yesterday. Here's my question - I'm adding text to JPEGs. Once the text is embedded (if that's the right word), is there anyway to go back and re-edit that text? I try to click on it, but I get a new text box, when I just want the old one to go in and fix something.

General Discussion / Givling
« on: January 13, 2017, 07:41:55 PM »
So I signed up for this around two years ago. It's an online trivia game, available via browser, and also as an iOS and Android app - the goal of which is to crowdfund and ad-fund student loan and mortgage payments.
 Here are the basics:
 1). It's free to sign up, and you're never, ever forced to pay in money of your own.
 2). Each day, you get one Free Play. You're given a series of True/False questions. Get them right, you keep playing, accruing points. Three wrong answers, and you're done for the day. You're randomly paired with 2 other players, and if you're combined scores for the day are the highest, you win a share of a daily cash prize (currently not very much - today's was $190.00, but hold that thought).
 3). If you want to play more than once per day, you can buy Coins - one for each additional play. Each Coin costs $0.50, and each purchase of coins incurs a $0.30 transaction fee (So, if you bought 10 Coins at once, it would cost $5.30).
 4). Everyone who signs up is assigned a Queue Number, based on the order they signed up (mine is #21237 - they currently have over 100,000 registered users). They select 10 users at a time to enter their Live Funding Queue - to see their student or mortgage loans paid off. Three of those users are chosen in chronological order. Another three are chosen among the game's top funders (those buying Coins). And the last four are selected randomly from the pool of remaining users in a lottery system. For those last 4 users, the odds are stacked in favor of those who play their Free Play every day, interact with ads, and invite new users to join. The more often you play and get others to join up, the better chance you have of landing in the Live Funding Queue.
 5). Givling is a start-up, and they just came out of beta testing about 6 weeks ago. The game has seen a dramatic increase in usage and funding since then (they were averaging less than 1000 players a day, now they're up around 6,000 people a day and climbing). More advertisers are signing up, and more players are playing, which means that the loans will be getting funding more and more quickly.
 6). Right now, Givling is currently funding ten loans in its first Live Funding Queue - totaling approximately $418,000. They have funded about 27% ($114,826). Every day, it moves up a little bit more, and as more advertisers and players sign up, the rate of daily increase will, itself, increase - instead of a few hundred dollars a day, it'll be a few thousand. Until this thing blows up, it's difficult to know just how quickly these things will get paid off.
 7). You don't need either an outstanding student loan or mortgage to sign up or play. If you get selected for the Live Funding Queue and you don't have either, you can sell your spot in the LFQ to another player. If you don't have a mortgage (or student loans), but anticipate having one or both in the future, signing up now would be a good idea for that reason.
 8 ). Why do I care if you sign up? I don't work for Givling - I'm JAG with my own student loan debt to pay off (and possibly a mortgage down the line). But if you sign up with my invite code (AS225966), then I earn points toward getting selected in the next Live Funding Queue (and you can invite your own friends to join and do the same).
 Some people are inherently skeptical about things like this - I get it. And some people have moral issues with the idea of people getting help to pay off their financial obligations - I understand this argument less, but I don't really want to argue with anyone about it. But if you have student loan or mortgage debt, if you like playing trivia and can spare a few minutes a day playing it, you should consider signing up.
 I'm happy to field any questions. The link to the site is below. You can also check them out on Facebook and Twitter (@Givling) and my invite code is AS225966 - please consider using that if you decide to sign up.

General Discussion / Better Call Saul (Season 3)
« on: January 12, 2017, 01:54:13 AM »
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Season 3 debuts sometime this spring. No premiere date set yet.

General Discussion / Taboo (FX)
« on: January 10, 2017, 02:36:37 PM »
I'm intrigued by this show - despite not having no real idea what it's about. The trailers and commercials I've seen don't really get at it. Maybe it's just the sight of Tom Hardy being weird and creepy.

Series premieres tonight.

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