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46  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 28, 2014, 09:36:11 PM
Stay strong, Clueless, and keep us posted on how things go.
47  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: World Cup 2014 (starts June 12, kiddies!) on: June 28, 2014, 09:34:58 PM
How about that Chile-Brazil match, eh?  Chile totally outplayed Brazil, especially in the second half.  I feel like Chile deserved the win.  I'm not a Brazil fan at all.  I think they're a horribly overrated team. 

And Colombia vs. Uruguay- that was an unexpected result.  

The matches I'm most looking forward to are Costa Rica- Greece (since they're the surprise hits) and Netherlands-Mexico (Netherlands was my birth country so I cheer for them along with the US, and Mexico has Ochoa- my favorite goalie.)
48  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 26, 2014, 12:56:38 PM
Sorry to hear about your double-whammy, Clueless.  Though I'm glad to hear you're in remission.  You'll be one of the people I'm thinking of when I'm riding in the American Cancer Society Philly Bike-a-Thon next month. 
49  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: World Cup 2014 (starts June 12, kiddies!) on: June 24, 2014, 09:04:49 PM
Definitely a World Cup of surprises, that's for sure.  I'm keeping my eye on Mexico (Ochoa is my favorite goalie of the cup right now) and Costa Rica (because they're a serious dark horse). 
50  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 24, 2014, 07:40:50 PM
Highlights of Nikstock 2014 (A camping festival we played this weekend):

-Me jumping into the crowd mid-song and trying to start a pit while catching everyone completely off guard.

-Playing firewood Jenga at some friendly folks' firepit

-Witnessing a desperate smoker offer my guitarist $20 for his last cigarette. He accepted it.

-"Teenage Dumpster Abortion Placenta"

And now that the school year is over (I work at a high school), training for the Philly Bike-a-Thon begins in earnest!

This sounds awesome. xD
Minus teenage dumpster abortion placenta. Brr
Definitely good return on that cigarette.  Well done on a nutty weekend full of rock, fun, and crazies! :)

My favorite summer festival, Smitefest, is still coming up.  It's a week after the Bike-a-Thon I'm riding, so that should be killer.  And I'd tell you the truth behind "Teenage Dumpster Abortion Placenta" but I'd rather let imaginations run wacky. 
51  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: World Cup 2014 (starts June 12, kiddies!) on: June 24, 2014, 11:50:29 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KKgR5YWmYg

As much as I dislike EA, this Landon Donovan commercial is great.
52  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: June 23, 2014, 10:17:12 PM
I just finished reading the third book in the Mistborn trilogy.  I'll eventually read Alloy of Law, but I need a break after such an epic series. 

It's no secret that I thoroughly enjoyed Mistborn.  The magic system was really cool, the characters were engaging, and the action scenes were incredibly written.  This is, again, a series that rewards patience and perseverance.  Stuff that has you scratching your head in book 1 may not be explained till book 3, but the revelation moments are great.  It definitely feels like Sanderson planned out the novels very well and probably kept extensive notes rather than just "writing as he went along" like many fantasy authors do.  I loved those moments where it seemed like Sanderson was going to write himself into a corner only to realize that it was part of his plan all along. 

Brilliant series.  Highly recommended.
53  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: World Cup 2014 (starts June 12, kiddies!) on: June 23, 2014, 06:55:49 PM
There's actually debate over the whole "stoppage time" thing in soccer.  Many believe it's arbitrary and that soccer should evolve like other sports and allow the clock to be stopped when an injury is being tended to.  But I like that each half is 45 minutes nonstop.  That takes stamina.  And it's why soccer is not commercially viable in the US.  They can't take "commercial time outs" to air commercials during the game like they do in American football or something.  And halftime in soccer is pretty short; not enough time for "a word from our sponsors." 

But, seriously, soccer is a slow sport to evolve or modernize.  It's only now that FIFA is using goal line technology, because of so many BS calls in the 2010 World Cup.  The officiating is still weak, but that's neither here nor there.  And I'm seeing teams dive a lot less.  Back in 2006, Portugal dove all the time and whined about every call.  They haven't done that as much here. 

I think a big reason why soccer is slow to modernize is because of its global popularity.  See, a healthy majority of countries who are soccer fanatics are poor countries.  It's not an expensive sport for poor people to play.  All you need is a ball.  It's not like other sports where you need helmets, pads, sticks, specialized goalposts (be they uprights in American football or 10 foot high baskets in basketball) which costs money.  So because soccer is a relatively inexpensive sport to play, the kajillions of poorer people in the world can play it, and since modernization is expensive...
54  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 5th Anniversary Edition on: June 23, 2014, 06:42:00 PM
Yay! 

Although it's a hike, we have a couple shows in western PA coming up.  The biggie is a camping festival called Smitefest in Jersey Shore PA (near Williamsport) July 18-19.  Smitefest was my favorite camping festival last year. 
55  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 5th Anniversary Edition on: June 22, 2014, 08:51:57 PM
Klyde, I love your member title.  Okay, the blue hair and ashin' skills are impressive too. 

56  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: World Cup 2014 (starts June 12, kiddies!) on: June 22, 2014, 08:49:15 PM
That's because the US got sloppy during stoppage time.  They kept turning the ball over, their defense was all over the place, and Portugal capitalized on it.  Had the US just kept passing the ball to each other for a minute and kept it near Portugal's goal, then they would have kept the win. 

And I call BS on the yellow card given that US player. 

Again, I'm glad that FIFA's finally using goal line technology, but the officiating is still pretty weak. 
57  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: June 22, 2014, 08:41:52 PM
UHF is on tv:)  Haven't seen it in years.  Everyone should have some Weird Al once in awhile.

CONAN THE LIBRARIAN
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-JURWq4Xve1U/T5rFUtc6W3I/AAAAAAAAAVg/iHomy9bc-js/s500/conanlibrarian.gif

I prefer Gandhi 2 myself.  It's one of my mom's favorite movie moments as well.  Go figure, eh? 
58  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: World Cup 2014 (starts June 12, kiddies!) on: June 22, 2014, 08:30:43 PM
You know, if you had told me before the games that Spain would be eliminated in the first round, Portugal would be on the ropes in the first round, and in a group featuring Italy, England, Uruguay, and Costa Rica that Costa Rica would emerge as the dark horse leader, then I would have called you out of your flippin' mind. But there it is..
59  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 22, 2014, 03:42:20 PM
Highlights of Nikstock 2014 (A camping festival we played this weekend):

-Me jumping into the crowd mid-song and trying to start a pit while catching everyone completely off guard.

-Playing firewood Jenga at some friendly folks' firepit

-Witnessing a desperate smoker offer my guitarist $20 for his last cigarette. He accepted it.

-"Teenage Dumpster Abortion Placenta"

And now that the school year is over (I work at a high school), training for the Philly Bike-a-Thon begins in earnest!
60  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: World Cup 2014 (starts June 12, kiddies!) on: June 20, 2014, 01:56:34 PM
Whoa, Cinderella dark horse!  Costa Rica took down Italy and are moving on.  No one ever thought they'd survive the group of death they were in.  And England's out.  Costa Rica's been playing inspired futbol this cup.  
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