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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 18, 2014, 01:51:41 PM
The only part of Applause I like is the chorus, and that's because the music sounds like old school chip tunes.

I tried out this Dope song, which I hadn't heard yet. The piano is ok, but I don't like her singing. I can see why people would like it, though. It's less generic dance than a lot of what I've heard.

I have no particular bone to pick with Gaga. I'm hard on ALL music. Bad or repetitive lyrics drive me insane, and are a big reason why I listen to mostly instrumental tunes.
2  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 18, 2014, 12:06:18 PM
I have yet to hear a single Gaga song I like. Maybe one, but I forget the name. She's just too generic and repetitive for me(at least her radio stuff is). I imagine it works well in dance clubs and such.

6 hour day at work today due to "good" Friday. We are one of the few landscape companies that gives our Mexican workers the day off because they're big on the religion thing. Or at least my uber Christian boss thinks they are. I have a feeling most of them will use the day to do side work and such.

Looks like a stellar weather weekend coming up. Anxious to get out of here.
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 17, 2014, 01:54:50 PM
Finally finished the Ice Ruins in ALBW with a little Gamefaqs help. I missed lighting one stupid torch.
I just have the fire dungeon left, and then whatever happens with the castle after that.
4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 15, 2014, 02:29:33 PM
I never understood the whole "cat person" or "dog person" thing. I think both are awesome. We have 2 sister cats, and they're great. Cats are about as low maintenance as it gets with pets. One of them follows me around all the time, so my wife calls her my dogcat.

We actually got almost an inch of snow last night in the Chicago area. Goddamn Winter just doesn't want to accept that we've moved on to bigger and better things. I had to bring in all my cold season plants that I've grown. They'd probably be ok, but I'd be pissed if the cold/snow damaged them.
5  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 14, 2014, 11:53:40 PM
I've barely touched A Link Between Worlds. Same thing happens to me every year. Spring hits, and I just don't feel like gaming anymore. Still, I want to finish it off, as it IS a fantastic game. I've been hopelessly stuck in the Ice Ruins. Fuck this area. Too confusing. I'm going to have to follow an FAQ through it. I've done just fine with all the other dungeons, but this one is making my brain hurt.
6  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: April 13, 2014, 03:16:35 PM
Grim, did I ever recommend to you The Elegant Universe?  It's an excellent book about quantum mechanics and string theory, and its strength is that it also makes that crazy material pretty accessible.
I don't recall you mentioning it before. I'll look it up and add it to my long list of "to reads". I'm trying to educate myself more on things of that nature, but I have to space them out in between more fun reads. Don't want my brain exploding.
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 12, 2014, 01:36:04 PM
The problem comes when you want to watch new shows as they air. I would happily get rid of comcast, but then how do I (LEGALLY) watch The Walking Dead, or Doctor Who? Game of Thrones? You're stuck unless you're ok with waiting until they become available for home viewing, which, in the case of GOT, is a LONG wait. I wish they would just let us buy what we want on an individual basis. 99.9% of TV is junk, and I hate having to pay for it.
Plus, who do I go to for internet service if not Comcast or AT&T? I'm sure they're out there, but I don't know of any others in my area.
Anyway, nice day out, gotta garden.
8  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: April 11, 2014, 11:45:26 PM
I finally gave in and started watching Breaking Bad. Did I already mention that here? I don't know. The point IS that after only 4.5 episodes I am only totally hooked. Great show. It's especially dangerous how netflix gives you 20 seconds then starts up the next episode. It's hard not to just keep on going.
9  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: April 10, 2014, 09:53:47 PM
I'm about 20 chapters into Mistborn book 3.  What a great series. 

Make that about 30 chapters now.
aaaaand I haven't even started book #1 yet. Despite it sitting by my reading chair now for a few months.
I DID just finish Cosmos, though.
Review:
I loved the heck out of it, even though I didn't quite understand it all.
Carl Sagan has the amazing ability to make complicated information accessible. I love his writing style, which makes plain his absolute love for the Cosmos, and everything in it. The man is so darn inspiring. I could even hear his voice from time to time as I read certain passages.
A side effect of reading such a book, and even watching the show, is that you end up feeling so damn small. We are but a pin prick on a prick x 10,000,000(and then some!) when it comes to the scale of ALL things. It's overwhelming, and I can understand why not everyone wants to accept that. Facts are facts, though, and we are SO darn lucky to be part of it all.
A must read for everyone. YES, everyone.
10  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: April 08, 2014, 09:41:34 PM
American Hustle -

American Hustle certainly has problems sustaining its ridiculous story and characters, but this is incredibly lively filmmaking with solid performances from every cast member. The story is kind of hard to follow at times because they try to make you look one way while doing something else the other way, but it was very enjoyable. I liked the dynamics of the characters. Christian Bale and Amy Adams in particular were the most impressive. I love Jennifer Lawrence as an actress and she is decent here, but she did not deserve an Oscar Nomination. The whole movie is gorgeous to watch and completely envelops you in its style. It's really nothing more than an incredibly stylish caper film and I don't understand why it was nominated for so many Oscars, but it is a very enjoyable couple hours if you like more mature films. Just don't go in expecting it to blow your socks off.

Yeah you and I have the exact same opinion.  I admire like crazy that the "glorious reviews" didn't worsen your opinion, rather you enjoyed it for what it was and kept the reviews separate --- that's not always easy to do.

I feel the same.  I liked the film, found it wildly *entertaining* but not enough to get why oscar nominations were being thrown at it left, right, and centre.

Thanks! I always try to watch a film separate of the reviews so that I have an unbiased opinion even though I could probably recite the RT score to thousands of movies off the top of my head because I check it everyday to look at new releases and older movies I'm discovering. It's easier to do with films that have good reviews in my experience. Movies that have horrible reviews that I am not enjoying on any level I just immediately go "Yeah, they were right about this and this etc".

My review is several pages back by now, but I basically agree. A fun film, but I didn't think it was one of the best of the year. I agree on Lawrence, too. Flavor of the year, I suppose.
Like Josh, I'm a bit of  a nut for movies, and movie reviews. I follow RT a LOT, despite my issues with it, and read reviews from my few favorite reviewers. I often read them twice(once before and once after) to see how things all panned out. I'm quite good at not allowing hype, in either direction, to cloud my mind when I see a movie. I DO tend to avoid seeing poorly reviewed movies, which I may have previously been interested in, in a theater, though. When trips to the theater are limited, I'd rather go see something almost guaranteed to be great, and leave the mediocre films for home release.
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 06, 2014, 11:07:23 PM
Don't know about elsewhere, but here in the 'states there isn't a University campus around without girls going around to their classes in yoga pants and a tanktop or sweats.
Now hold on a damn second, Yoga pants do not equal pajamas. Yoga pants are in fact the GREATEST creatiom in terms of fashionable attire. I swear any woman wearing them instantly looks 40% more attractive. If the future Mrs. D. wanted to wear yoga pants to our wedding I would have no objections at all, they are that awesome.

As for the whole "bears of rpgs" calendar, do you need swimsuit photos?

100% agreement. Damn, I love me some yoga pants. Also dig the other stretchy type exercise pants that women wear. My wife wears them for all her work outs. YUM.

And that's why they get away with it.
Get away with it? More like "grace us with the pleasure of viewing them in such amazing fashion".

Grim you have to stop inserting text inside quotes !
Dammit! That happens when the whole post doesn't fit into the white space, and I forget to scroll down. I'm actually surprised more people don't do it more often. Or I'm just an idiot.
12  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: April 06, 2014, 11:03:12 PM
Before Sunset -

I didn't like this as much as the first. It's still written very well, and has the same overall feeling, but it was missing something. Maybe that something would have happened if it wasn't so damn short(80 min!). Especially in regards to how it ended, which I just found annoying, and not satisfying. Julie Delpy still looked great, but Ethan not so much. Too much smoking perhaps? Who knows. It was still good, and I'm looking forward to seeing Before Midnight.

I liked Sunset more (but it was also the first one *I* watched, Before Sunrise came after I liked Set so much).

And yeah I don't get what happened.  Younger Hawke looked pretty damn handsome; then I guess he smoked a ton, got his heart broken by Uma Thurman, got reaaallly thin and just...never adjusted physically.


In terms of the ending, I didn't like it either when I was younger (I wanted to SEE SOMETHING!!!), but as I grew up I realized less was more (and with the third [and final?] movie, it basically solidifies the consequences of the ending and that, marriage aside, he is staying with his French flame).

Quote
"Baby, you are gonna miss that plane"

"I know."

I think a kiss or any other sort of "grand gesture" would have been kinda forced.  They were chatting and trying to rekindle something that happened almost a decade ago.  Also, Sunrise and Midnight leave time for things to happen in between a montage, but Sunset makes you watch the series of events with no break (a risky move, but I think it worked...I also have no problem taking a sort-of "virtual tour" of Paris).

Plus, their puppy love was there...it was SO there that nothing more really needed to be said.  Asking the "if you had one night to live" question was an easy trap almost for an obvious answer, and her singing a song with his name in it was just fuel on the fire.  Then there's the scene where they're in the cab; he's talking about a dream he had of her and she reaches out (but gets too shy to completely touch him):



For a movie with no kissing or sex scenes, I thought it captured love and general 'amour' for someone perfectly.  Especially in that "will-they, won't-they" aspect.

If I didn't hit on "what's missing" then I'm not sure what else to say.  Rather, it happens.  Like in a movie I saw recently....

The Grand Budapest Hotel

If you're a Wes Anderson fan, you know what you're getting into.  If you like his work, you'll love this film; if you don't, then you won't.

But anyways, and as a Wes fan, I *loved* this film.  The perfect cinematography, the cast, the messages, the homor, and the usual stylings that make his films a pleasure to watch.

Gustave, played by Ralph Fiennes, plays a *perfect* Gentleman, with great poise, a respectable attitude, a touch of brilliance, a great honesty and kindness and....he's surprisingly potty mouthed for his "character type" bursting into a "holy shit" or "what the fuck" (and its derivatives) when you least expect, but still delivered in such a subtle and soft way it's almost hard to notice --- and it's perfect.

Something did bother me about the whole ordeal.  I'm not too sure the conclusion is terribly revolutionary (the build up was probably better than conclusion itself), or if the plot is just a bit too convoluted, or maybe the sometimes awkward pacing in terms of what takes the "plot's time" up.  But i will say it has the best Klimt-esque painting of two lesbians masturbating I've ever seen and quite possible one of the greatest casts ever assembled (filled with their quirks and charms).

I really, really recommend it if you enjoy Wes' works or are in the mood for something different.  It's not without flaws, but it's a gem nonetheless.

EDIT: Grim, sorry if I quote you a lot here, but I think in some sense we have a similar taste in movies.  Not always our opinions of them (which, IMO, makes the conversations better), but more in what seems to appeal to us x)

Conversation is the whole point! Quote away!
You have an amazing memory. if I wait a week to review a movie, like I did with this one, I have a hard time remembering the details. A week. How long ago did you see it? haha.
Actually, what I really like about these movies is how "real" they are. Sure, they're probably written better than most people's conversations in real life, but everything just feels right. Like the moment you mention above. I also like that there is no guarantee that they are going to end up together in the end. Probably why I liked the ending of the first much more.
Midnight is on HBO On demand, so we'll be watching it soon.
See Gattaca. Great movie.


13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 05, 2014, 09:55:08 PM
Don't know about elsewhere, but here in the 'states there isn't a University campus around without girls going around to their classes in yoga pants and a tanktop or sweats.
Now hold on a damn second, Yoga pants do not equal pajamas. Yoga pants are in fact the GREATEST creatiom in terms of fashionable attire. I swear any woman wearing them instantly looks 40% more attractive. If the future Mrs. D. wanted to wear yoga pants to our wedding I would have no objections at all, they are that awesome.

As for the whole "bears of rpgs" calendar, do you need swimsuit photos?



And that's why they get away with it.
Get away with it? More like "grace us with the pleasure of viewing them in such amazing fashion".
100% agreement. Damn, I love me some yoga pants. Also dig the other stretchy type exercise pants that women wear. My wife wears them for all her work outs. YUM.
14  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: April 05, 2014, 09:44:07 PM
Before Sunset -

I didn't like this as much as the first. It's still written very well, and has the same overall feeling, but it was missing something. Maybe that something would have happened if it wasn't so damn short(80 min!). Especially in regards to how it ended, which I just found annoying, and not satisfying. Julie Delpy still looked great, but Ethan not so much. Too much smoking perhaps? Who knows. It was still good, and I'm looking forward to seeing Before Midnight.

12 Years a Slave -

Pretty much what I was expecting. A very good movie, that could have been a great movie, if not for a few flaws. The best part, of course, is Ejiofor, who is absolutely fantastic. I didn't know who else was in this, so I was surprised as each person showed up. Cumberbatch! Fassbender! Pitt? First two were great. Fassbender in particular, who plays crazy damn well. Pitt just plays himself.
The problem I had was with the way it jumped around in time. I was confused multiple times as to when things were happening. The movie hammers home just how horrible people are capable of being. I had to look away at a few scenes, and I never do that. The story made me wonder how many other blacks went through something similar.
It's not a happy film, but it's certainly important in showcasing a sad part of our country's history.
15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 04, 2014, 08:41:33 PM
I have been carrying group projects on my back my entire life.

Aren't you like 18 or something? You can't really say things like this until you've actually lived a good portion of said life. Maybe I'm wrong, and you're forty. ;-)

Anyway, I'm with the skinny guys here. I'm 6' and weigh about 145. I used to weigh more, but lost almost twenty pounds due to chronic illness issues. No matter what I do I can't gain it back. It's weird. I had to buy all new clothes because of it.

My wife is tall for a woman at 5' 8", and is a exercise nut. When she first started it all about 6 years ago, the weight just fell off, but then it stalled out about 40#'s from her goal(Yes, she was a bit overweight. Yes, she would kill me for talking about it). Because she is tall she carries it well(great behind!), but the stats say she is "obese". She is actually incredibly healthy and her doctors say so. Runs marathons and everything. I say this because I'm one of those fools who used to think what you weigh somehow dictates how healthy you are. She's certainly healthier than I am.

This was an exhausting week at work. Glad it's over. The weekend looks good, weather-wise, and I'm looking forward to some time in my garden.
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