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Movies and Television / Re: What have you seen lately
« on: November 16, 2017, 03:50:00 PM »
Well, that I could believe ...

But come on ... they found child size jumpsuits with the exact same pockets, etc. etc ...

Much less the proton packs that look like something someone would charge 500 bucks for on Ebay lol ...

And don't get me started on that ghostbusters trap he made .... I mean, it looked like the actual prop from the movie!

LOL! And th gadget that trapped the ghosts lol!

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General Discussion / Re: Podcasts
« on: November 16, 2017, 03:47:53 PM »
My podcasts are much more fun lol!  ;D I like to listen to Eddie Trunk, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Clark Howard, Dave Ramsey, and Tech News.

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Politics / Re: Roy Moore Accused of Child Molestation
« on: November 16, 2017, 03:45:57 PM »
Moore should step down. If found innocent, then postpone the vote on his position or have a re-vote if found innocent afterwards.

What is wrong with these celebs and politicians?

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Politics / Re: Senator Al Franken Apologizes To Woman For Sexual Abuse
« on: November 16, 2017, 03:42:26 PM »
Definitely should resign or be removed.

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Politics / Re: Franken Rescues Republicans from Sex Scandal Morass
« on: November 16, 2017, 03:41:50 PM »
So, you agree that Frankenstein should resign his position, yes?

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Sports / Re: 2017 College Football Season
« on: November 13, 2017, 03:46:40 PM »
I just don't see how we let that receiver go WIDEEEE OPEN down the middle the field and catch a ball that almost any other players couldnt have caught cause he was so damn wide open.

And the 2 passes when it was 3rd and 1 and then 4th and 1. Just run it up the gut.

Bad. Bad play calling to finish it out.

Hard to keep hold of the fact that this is a very young team on offense. And we had 3 guys who broke records at their positions last season (quarterback, wide receiver, and tight end) leave school early to go into the NFL draft. Its hard to fill those shoes.

It will take some time. I think Jackson will continue to grow as a QB and I think he's going to be really good. A year can make all the difference in the world. A year and a great recruitment class.

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Movies and Television / Re: What have you seen lately
« on: November 13, 2017, 09:19:50 AM »
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I think the first season was definitely better, but that's because I didn't know what to expect when I watched the first season. So, everything was "new" to me.

Completely agree.

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By season two, there are expectations being formed, and almost always, sequels and second seasons don't live up to the first season.

Agree with this as a historical reference, but things are quickly changing. For example, Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire, Dexter, Man in the High Castle are just a few examples of how programs in recent times have changed the game by becoming even better than the first. Once the "world" is created, the showrunners have a vast sandbox to play in.

This is most directly related to the fact that seasons and story arcs can be planned out long-term, as there is no reason any longer to cancel tv shows so prematurely due to the fact that as a minimum, they can fill out a streaming library. Basically, any non-network show can eek out at least 3 seasons at this point. This allows slow starters to find an audience, and allows for foreshadowing and plot development on a much grander scale.

Westworld is a prime example of a show that has benefited from this. I absolutely expect the second season to blow the roof off the first and this show will become HBO's Game of Thrones replacement.

With all that said, I feel like Stranger Things did not get better ... it was a little more "popcorn" entertainment as opposed to organic character and plot development as the first season was. But, my thing is that ... this is basically the formula of the 80's franchises ... so whether intentional or not, the Duffer Brothers created something that, so far, is an ultimate homage to 80's movies, while being individually unique at the same time.

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I'll admit, though, if these seasons had more episodes, it wouldn't be as good. I think 8 episodes is the magic number for shows like this. Basically like a "miniseries".

Completely agree. While we all want "more," that's the problem with a lot of network shows .. They have to fill 22 episodes. Sometimes less is more.

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This is probably the only "horror" show my wife will watch, and it's basically because it's in the vein of Goonies, and she loved the Goonies.

Love the quotes there on "horror." lol ... I agree, it's such a weird hybrid of "family 80's film" mixed "just over the line" horror without becoming a true horror spectacle. In other words, it's a "fun" scary as opposed to something disturbing.

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But I think the biggest appeal to me, other than the characters themselves, is the fact that the show's setting is based in the 1980's. My favorite decade by far, and this show lets me get lost in time. I wished there were more period shows as well done as Stranger Things.

Love the setting also, and as mentioned, it truly captures the "feel" of the period... But, with the caveat of feeling like the movies of that time period as opposed to what it felt like to live in that time period. If that makes sense lol.

If you like the 80's, Halt and Catch Fire from AMC is a 80's setting as well, and moves into the early 90's by it's end.

I have to give Boardwalk Empire, Mad Men, and Deadwood props for the "most realistic" period settings though. As good as Stranger Things is in this department, there are a lot of Easter Eggs and product placement that wouldn't have been that realistic back then. Those Ghostbusters costumes? Come on. We all know you weren't getting ANYTHING that authentic back then lol.

Seems like I remember the parents sewing the patches on to the costumes, but if they made those costumes, they did one heck of a job, lol!

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I loved Star Trek back in the day. I haven't gotten into all of the spin-off series after TNG though. As for George Takei, just add his name to the very growing list of actors getting exposed for their past sins. Before it's all said and done, there will be some actors you won't be surprised by, and others that you will not believe.

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Sports / Re: 2017 College Football Season
« on: November 13, 2017, 09:09:17 AM »
I tell ya, for some reason, Georgia Tech always gives the Hokies trouble. They could be a winless team and will still play like a #1 ranked team against VA Tech. Just seems like there are certain teams that match up well against other teams, and no matter the situation, those teams are going to win.

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Sports / Re: NFL 2017 Season
« on: November 13, 2017, 09:07:03 AM »
I have Kirk Cousins in my Draft Kings matchup this weekend. I need him to show up and play BIG TIME!

Hah, sorry about that! He played So-So, definitely not big!

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Sports / Re: NFL 2017 Season
« on: November 10, 2017, 09:58:54 AM »
As of today the Cowboys have lost Ezekiel Elliot for 6 games. His suspension has gone into effect.

Which means the Redskins will be playing the Cowboys in three weeks without having Elliot in the backfield. He has killed us the last three times!

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Politics / Re: Roy Moore Accused of Child Molestation
« on: November 10, 2017, 09:40:56 AM »
Well - let's wait and see what the facts are. Remember democrats denied every accusation towards Bill Clinton and some even defend his behavior now. If this is true about Moore  then I don't want him in public office. And also you saying Moore probably thinks such behavior is just fine for an upstanding Christian is based on your biased opinion of Moore and not reflective of Christian values. Do you think this type of behavior should be acceptable for non - Christians?

Maybe you are not aware of the fact that Moore has made a political career of proclaiming his devotion to Christianity. That makes his behavior even more heinous. Do you get that?

So child molestation is less heinous is committed by a non-christian?

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Music, Photography, Books and Art / Re: Metal Appreciation
« on: November 09, 2017, 10:00:31 AM »
This might sound like I'm telling my age but for some reason vinyl had more of a feeling to it.

Vinyl seems to have a bit more depth and warmth to its sound. I strictly give analog, through and through, credit for that. I compared Heart's 1985 album from vinyl to CD. The vinyl just seemed to have the sound I remember  hearing on the radio. This warm, rich sound of that album on record drew me in to sit back and listen to the entire album in one sitting. Listening to it on CD, yes, completely cleaned up. No background noise, crystal clear...um...clarity. But, there was a coldness to the sound. The music also seemed quieter, but I kind of blame that on whatever mechanism was used for the analog to digital transfer. In short, while the CD sounded great, and I enjoyed listening to the CDs in the beginning. Back in the day, I listened to everything on cassette tape. My dad had a horrible record player. The needle had long needed replacing, and the speakers were horrible. I think he bought it back in the 60's, and it was pretty old when us boys started playing around with it. Our records sounded down right terrible on it. Of course, most of our records were 45's, which generally tend to not be as good quality as the full album record. But anyway, we never had a great sounding record player, so us boys always bought cassettes and listened to our stuff on boomboxes. The commercial cassettes were so poor in sound quality that I could wear one out in the matter of a week. I remember having Journey's Frontiers album on cassette, and I wore out the side with Separate Ways on it to the point where you heard more background noise than you did the actual music. So, when I bought their Greatest Hits on CD and listened to that song, I was blown away by how great it sounded. But, as years went by and I finally invested in a decent turntable, I realized how much I had missed from listening to music on cassette all of those years. Heck, I realized how much better, how much more alive the music sounded on vinyl than CD.

Right now, I'm waiting to purchase some better speakers and a cartridge upgrade for my turntable before I start playing my records again. Plus, right now, if I try to play records, my kid will destroy them!

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General Discussion / Re: Sick News Of The Day - Charlie Sheen Not Winning
« on: November 09, 2017, 09:50:20 AM »
From The National Enquirer

Charlie Sheen has been accused of raping actor Corey Haim in 1986 when Haim was 13 years old.

https://www.nationalenquirer.com/true-crime/charlie-sheen-corey-haim-rape-claims/

I would just about bet you that sexual acts like this are as commonplace in Hollywood as is giving your wife a quick kiss on the lips as you're walking out the door to go to work. I don't even begin to fathom just how much of a "free for all" Hollywood truly is, sexually. I mean, think about it. All of these allegations coming out in the media - accusing actors that you would have never thought would conduct themselves in such acts, tells me that the Hollywood fame culture is marred in things we wouldn't even begin to comprehend as being real. That isn't to say every single Hollywood star indulges in the taboo that rules Hollywood, but I would bet you quite a few of the most powerful and richest in that culture have some very deep, very dark secrets that would probably blow our minds if those things ever got out in the media, or we happened to witness it first hand. And, this is going to be completely my opinion, not trying to be offensive or anything, but Hollywood is so powerful with persuasion, that it has a very heavy hand in shaping the culture in America. By shaping the culture in America, it has the power to form opinions in a lot of people's minds. Hollywood is the main driving force behind pushing the homosexual lifestyle out to as many eyes as possible. And it usually a very simple tool of rinse and repeat until you've seen it so much in everything, that it's considered normal and those who think it isn't are fascist, phobic and bigoted. There was a time not too long ago where homosexuality and transgenderism was considered a mental illness among the majority - regardless of religious or nonreligious background. Now, Hollywood has done such a great job in brainwashing the masses, that people have the reverse idea. That religion is a mental illness, abortion shouldn't be a problem because the "thing" inside the womb isn't a living human until it's outside of the womb, and homosexuality is God-given and created, and people can have multiple genders. And people call that progress? Where are we progressing to? It isn't the all-loving, all-inclusive world that people mistakenly think will turn America into a Utopia. It's progress toward a country heading toward its demise. And it shows just how scary it is that the masses are gullible enough to fall for it.   

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Movies and Television / Re: What have you seen lately
« on: November 08, 2017, 09:44:39 AM »
They are def doing a season 3. It has not "officially" been greenlit, but the Duffer brothers (Creators/Writers/Exec Producers) said in a story today that they are currently writing the 3rd season and are planning to delve more into the characters rather than increasing the magnitude of the show this go round.

Again, although it does not "officially" have the green light, this is nothing more than a formality. The Duffer brothers have openly said they have a 4 seasons planned and Netflix execs have said they are trying to get the brothers to span the story into 5 seasons worth of material.

I have to say, I was not as impressed with the second season as I was with the first from a storytelling perspective. Not that it was "bad." The events just did not occur as organically. However, it was absolutely entertaining and difficult to stop watching on any given episode. The cliffhangers really drew me into "starting" the next episode, which basically turned into watching the rest of the episodes, lol.

The best thing about the first season is that it really does feel like a movie from that time period. It gives off the same vibes as the Spielberg classics although with just the right amount of extra "edge" to feel modern in ways. It was also very well shot, written, and acted. It was a well made 9 hour movie that balanced being individually excellent while giving just the right amount of homage to the classics ....

The second really felt like an 80's sequel ........... Where the first 80's movie would be well made and introduce and interesting universe and characters, and the sequels inevitably would play up whatever the audience found entertaining ...

And I think that's what it comes down to for me ...... The first season had merit as a standalone, the "sequel" season was pure entertainment in the same way the Lethal Weapons were, Rambo, Rocky (even released late 70's) ...... Most of those franchises started out the same way. I mean Rocky was an OSCAR WINNING MOVIE for cryin out loud. Even though I love them all and Rocky V is a fav, it definitely a'int Academy Award material lol .....

I don't know if it was intentional or not, but the Duffer Brothers latched onto something that made this feel like the ultimate homage to the 80's in so many different ways.

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Also watched Mindhunter on Netflix .... about the creation of the profiling methods that the FBI uses. Made by the director/creator of House of Cards, Se7en, Fight Club, Social Network .....

Pretty interesting ... I would say what makes it so interesting is the philosophical and scientific questions it brings up ... It has that monotone dragnet type feel to it. Worth a watch.

Also, if you've never seen Fight Club or Se7en, you are missing out. Probably two of the most mind blowing surprise endings ever ... Both changed the game in Hollywood when they came out.

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One other thing, looks like Spacey is out of House of Cards. They may continue the show, but Netflix mandated that they will not bring it back if Spacey is involved at all. Regardless of the man's personal issues, he played a character that owned the show. The world of that show does not work without his character, and I seriously doubt I will be continuing with it.

Honestly, the show  has been going downhill since Frank Underwood became the president. I think the best ending would have been the season finally when he walked into the Oval Office with that ominous music in the background. The aura of the show was about the long strategic game he was playing to reach the pinnacle. Once he reached it, there was just no climax that could equal it.


I think the first season was definitely better, but that's because I didn't know what to expect when I watched the first season. So, everything was "new" to me. By season two, there are expectations being formed, and almost always, sequels and second seasons don't live up to the first season. That being said, I quite enjoyed the second season. I'll admit, though, if these seasons had more episodes, it wouldn't be as good. I think 8 episodes is the magic number for shows like this. Basically like a "miniseries". I think I did read somewhere that Stranger Things was going to be 4 seasons, and a possibility of a fifth. I would say that the Duffer Brothers need to have this done before the kids all grow up. It's not going to be nearly as good once these kids are teenagers and college age.

This is probably the only "horror" show my wife will watch, and it's basically because it's in the vein of Goonies, and she loved the Goonies. If it was more like the American Horror Stories, she wouldn't watch it. But I think the biggest appeal to me, other than the characters themselves, is the fact that the show's setting is based in the 1980's. My favorite decade by far, and this show lets me get lost in time. I wished there were more period shows as well done as Stranger Things.

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