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Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued
« Last post by Dincrest on Today at 07:53:18 PM »
I had some time to read more Lord of the Rings.  I'm in the middle of the chapter "Treebeard" in The Two Towers.  I must say, this and the preceding chapter "The Uruk-Hai" have been two of my favorites because they're Merry and Pippin chapters.  Merry and Pippin actually have personalities, unlike everyone else (particularly the folks in the Fellowship) who are all just boring slabs of exposition.  Like, when Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli talk, I have trouble telling who's who since none of them have distinctive personalities and have all just been interchangeable mouthpieces for exposition.  Aside from Merry and Pippin, only Treebeard has shown a personality.  Tolkien's worldbuilding is incredible, but his characters leave much to be desired. 

One thing is bugging me from the Uruk-Hai chapter, though.  When Grishnakh
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frisks Merry and Pippin for the McGuffin in order to stage a mutiny against Ugluk, Pippin teases him by saying, "Gollum, gollum" and referring to the ring as "my precious."  HOW?!?!?!?!  There is NO WAY that Pippin had any prior knowledge of Gollum to even know to do that.  And no amount of logic-leaping rigmarole is making this make sense to me. 
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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« Last post by Electricb7 on Today at 07:35:06 PM »
I have had movie-pass for months and have yet to use it. I'm so lazy!
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The Soundroom / Re: Holiday music thread (tis the season)
« Last post by Dincrest on Today at 06:26:53 PM »
My favorite Charlie Brown holiday song by Vince Guaraldi is "Little Birdie" from Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. 

And here's another fun one: Deck the Halls by Kasio Kristmas (it's instrumental) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ga5aX-YsfYM
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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« Last post by Arvis on Today at 02:55:34 PM »
while I've actually seen a lot of movies, I havn't seen a lot of boring action summer blockbusters.

Ok, it all makes sense now.  Good on you.
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The Soundroom / Re: Favorite Albums of 2017
« Last post by Rucks on Today at 02:54:15 PM »
without Zach De La Roccha to prop them up, the rest of the members of Rage have spent a lot years grasping at straws.

Audioslave wasn't a total disaster, but Tom Morello hasn't really hit the musical sweet spot since ROTM stopped making new music.
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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« Last post by Rucks on Today at 12:17:47 PM »
^ go home and watch Beverley Hills Cop
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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« Last post by Starmongoose on Today at 12:08:55 PM »
the last two Star Trek movies were some of the worst films I've seen

You must not watch many movies.

I pretty much vet every piece of media before I view it. I'm happy on waiting for word of mouth to form a general idea of whether or not I should spend my time on something. So while I've actually seen a lot of movies, I havn't seen a lot of boring action summer blockbusters.
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The Soundroom / Re: Holiday music thread (tis the season)
« Last post by Arvis on Today at 11:40:47 AM »
I feel that Vince Guaraldi’s "A Charlie Brown Christmas" soundtrack always deserves a shout out whenever holiday music is mentioned.

Really didn't think I would be posting in this thread, but randomly saw the name "Vince Guaraldi" and now have to, once again, tell Frosty that he's a good person with excellent taste.

My Vince Guaraldi station is my most played Pandora station, all year 'round.
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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« Last post by Arvis on Today at 11:39:13 AM »
the last two Star Trek movies were some of the worst films I've seen

You must not watch many movies.
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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« Last post by Agent D. on Today at 11:03:21 AM »
I repeatedly tell myself "don't use high grade painkillers like vicodin or oxycodone, they make you sick" and I try so hard not to, but every once in a while a pain hits me waaaayyyyy to hard and I cave and use one....and I ALWAYS regret the massive bout of nausea I deal with after...

Riding on 8 hours now, still feel like I wanna puke.
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