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1936  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: December 27, 2009, 06:12:42 PM
Also, the TV version was terrible. :D
1937  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 24, 2009, 11:08:34 PM
Oh, I forgot to say I bought that and watched it!  I got the two Criterion Collection DVDs: "The Final Cut," which is apparently the Gilliam-approved version, and the "Love Conquers All" version, which is apparently the one that's been shown on TV.  Have only watched the Gilliam version so far.

Isn't there a Blu-Ray edition with a couple of different versions on it?

It's possible, but I didn't look for it after finding it really cheap on DVD.  I wasn't sure how I'd feel about the movie, and the PS3 does a good enough job of upscaling things for movies I'm unsure of.


I saw The Princess and the Frog today, and it was pretty good!  Not the greatest movie I've ever seen, but not bad either.
1938  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 22, 2009, 12:15:34 PM
[Yeah, Labyrinth just has David Bowie wearing pants that are way too tight. 

Pants, magic pants. ;)

See Brazil. Now. :)

Oh, I forgot to say I bought that and watched it!  I got the two Criterion Collection DVDs: "The Final Cut," which is apparently the Gilliam-approved version, and the "Love Conquers All" version, which is apparently the one that's been shown on TV.  Have only watched the Gilliam version so far.

I've seen Time Bandits a number of times, but on VHS.  Keeping my eye out for a copy of it on DVD, but haven't come across one, and don't care to look online yet.
1939  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 21, 2009, 11:41:23 AM
Watched Labyrinth last night with my wife, her brother, and his 7-year-old kid.  When we said "let's watch this," my brother in law said "Labyrinth?  Is that really a kids' movie?"  We were like "yeah, of course it is!"  And he said "isn't this the one with the eyeball hand guy?"

Turns out he was thinking of Pan's Labyrinth.  Big difference. :D
1940  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 17, 2009, 06:18:25 PM
We've watched all of Firefly over the course of the last week or so, and will watch Serenity this weekend.  I'd seen them all once before, but my wife never had.  She's not much of a Joss Whedon fan, so she didn't think she'd like it, but I knew once she "met" Kaylee, she'd be hooked, as they have a lot in common.

We also watched the first episode of Sigmund & The Sea Monsters, an old Sid & Marty Krofft show we'd never seen before.  I have 3 things to say about that show:
1) What's up with the title?  Sigmund is a sea monster.
2) Dang, those kids are ugly.
3) Those Krofft boys must have done truckloads of drugs.  I've seen at least three of their series now, and Land of the Lost is by far the least trippy.

And finally, we watched the first episode of a Twilight Zone-like show from the UK called Tales of the Unexpected.  The first season and a half were based on Roald Dahl stories, and the first one was pretty intense.  It was about an old dude who bets a young sailor that he can't light his Zippo 10 times in a row without fail.  If the sailor does it, he gets the old man's new Jaguar (car, of course), and if he can't, the old man gets to cut off his left pinkie finger.
1941  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: December 13, 2009, 08:27:38 PM
Finished the audio book of the latest Wheel of Time - The Gathering Storm.  Great stuff.  The new guy did a really good job - I loved most of the first 11 books, but in some parts, I think book 12's actually better because it was written by someone other than Jordan.  A big part of the theme is growing up, and throughout all of Jordan's books, the main characters didn't really get much more mature.  For example, in this one, there's a bit where Aviendha says that Rand's not stupid for not getting something - just uneducated.  If Jordan had written this book, she never would have gotten to that point.

Oh, and splitting it into 3 books was absolutely the right decision.  This one was chock full of plot advancement - can't see how he could have logically moved it forward any more quickly than this.
1942  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 11, 2009, 01:50:45 AM
Watched The Adventures of Baron Munchausen again tonight - hadn't seen it in a while.  Love it.  It reminds me, though, that I still haven't seen Brazil...
1943  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Sega Saturn and Apple bracelets on: December 09, 2009, 12:52:33 PM
We were trying to convince a local yarn store to carry this stuff - they could even make patterns and sell them, without too much trouble.  But A) you don't live by me, and B) they totally dropped the ball, and presumably, a kitty carried it off after that.  (Heh - yarn ball joke.)

My wife found a company that actually sells what you'd need.  She says they'll sell in smaller quantities - most places that make it sell amounts like "10 tons" - and that they'll dye it.
http://durafil-conductive.com/product.html

Of course, if you were just looking to make an iPod holder, you wouldn't need that.  Just if you were making something people would touch the screen through.
1944  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Sega Saturn and Apple bracelets on: December 09, 2009, 10:22:50 AM
That is made of awesome. :)

Oh, something you want to look into - conductive yarn.  Use a little in the fingertips of gloves, and they'll work with touch screens like an iPhone.
1945  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: December 07, 2009, 11:11:16 PM
More kiddie books for me - read the first two "Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy" books.  They're simple and entertaining. :)

Oh, and listening to the audio book of the new Wheel of Time book.
1946  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: November 18, 2009, 10:50:04 PM
I've been watching the original V on DVD lately.  Made it through the original miniseries and the second miniseries, and a few episodes of the actual series.  The series... isn't so good.

Also watched Stephen King's Silver Bullet.  It was terrible, but I don't care. :)
1947  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: November 10, 2009, 10:05:53 AM
Well, like you said - I thought it was better than most of season 8.  I haven't actually watched the whole thing in a while, but I remember that I only liked the last episode of that season... and even that is mostly because of the very last scene.  A moment of redemption for Arnold "don't call me Ace" Rimmer.

[-- 43 - Int. Far end of Corridor -----------------------------Raz--27:11--]
[RIMMER present]

[Stunned and in pain, RIMMER is on his hands and knees on the deck, the heat of the expanding fire singeing his back. Slowly he holds up the strip of paper with the microbe formula; it has caught fire as RIMMER fell to the deck, and perhaps a third of it has burned away already]

RIMMER Smeg...

[Struggling to retain consciousness, RIMMER lets the paper fall and sinks tiredly to the deck; nothing left to run to, and soon nothing even to run from. Exhausted, the air in the corridor growing hot and thin, RIMMER watches the flames lick at and burn away his last chance of salvation, when a foot, wearing a brown, open-toed sandal, crushes out the flames]

[Enter DEATH]

[RIMMER follows his eyes as they track slowly up the tall figure, whose body is completely obscured by flowing robes that seem to be teased by a whistling wind and somehow distanced from the heat and flames around them. The figure carries a long pole, to which is attached a long, curved blade]

DEATH Arnold Judas Rimmer. Your life is over. Come with me.

[Extending a hand, DEATH helps RIMMER to his feet as his deep, booming voice drones on]

DEATH We will travel to the River Styx, where you will place a coin in the -

RIMMER Not today, matey!

[Abruptly, RIMMER knees DEATH solidly in the groin. The ethereal one drops his scythe and falls to his knees like the proverbial sack of potatoes]

RIMMER Remember: "only the good die young".

[A spring in his step, RIMMER turns on his heel and dashes away]

[Exit RIMMER]

DEATH That's never happened before...

[DEATH collapses onto the deck]
1948  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Music written by me (Patrick "Ramza" Gann) on: November 08, 2009, 11:53:46 AM
Downloading right now.  With any luck, this will be listening material for my flight later today. :)
1949  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: November 04, 2009, 06:18:47 PM
Thanks to a local thrift store, I have a bunch of books in the series.  I'll give them a read and judge for myself.  Thanks for the info.

Finished re-reading book 10 or so of the Wheel of Time series and went back to the Alvin Maker books for a break.  Then I'll try to finish up Wheel of Time so I can get the new book, as well as the new Hitchhiker's Guide book.
1950  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: November 04, 2009, 11:23:01 AM
I read the first book in that series (it's the one that starts with Magician's First Rule, right?), thought it was OK... and then was told that the series quickly becomes pretty much all about S&M.  Do you think that person was right?
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