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General Chat / Which summer is it, anyway?
« on: May 09, 2017, 06:43:09 PM »
Speaking of Mexican food, when I come visit Xerxes we're going on a food tour of California; so be ready for that
When are you trying to come out here? We need to get this food agenda developing.

I probably don't have the bandwidth for another existential crisis road trip until next summer. This last year has been pretty nuts
Summer 2017 IS the next summer. Just do both summers.

So I saw this in the Food Forum, and I thought it deserved its own topic.

Is Summer 2017 NEXT summer or THIS summer... or both?

How do you refer to events like that (like, say it's Tuesday and you want to talk about the Friday that is upcoming. Do you say "next Friday", "this Friday", or something else)?

Game Cage / Ugh. Does anyone else play Marvel Puzzle Quest?
« on: April 13, 2017, 01:12:22 PM »
So this game is years old, whatever; I spend most of my life out of touch. My buddy just introduced me to it in January. I wasn't going to get into it, but when I was in the hospital for a few days after my seizure, I started playing, and this game is like crack. Four months later, I'm still playing too damn much.

Anyone else play?

Food and Fitness / Where my picky eaters at?
« on: April 11, 2017, 12:00:27 PM »
So there's lots of "What's your favorite _____?" topics. What foods can you just not stand?

I have unfortunate tastebuds in that there is just a LOT of food I flat-out hate. It's not that I generally won't try things--I will give a lot of crap a solid effort--but it turns out that I just can't tolerate so much stuff.

So what about you guys? Can you just eat anything (by-and-large)? Is there a list of "normal" food that you can't abide? Let's hear it.

ICT / MCU Defenders vs The Fellowship of The Ring
« on: March 27, 2017, 11:59:21 PM »
Luke Cage
Jessica Jones
Iron Fist
Misty Knight
Colleen Wing


the dwarf guy
some of the hobbit jabroneys
was there anyone else? I don't really remember. Aerosmith's daughter?

Who wins?

ICT / Kong vs Smaug
« on: March 16, 2017, 07:18:53 PM »
It was an easy consensus that Godzilla would destroy Smaug, and it is a consensus that AS THEY CURRENTLY STAND (Quan), Godzilla would roll Kong.

So who wins the battle of these two monsters who can't match up to the Big G?

ICT / Marvel Legacies vs DC Legacies
« on: March 16, 2017, 04:37:19 PM »
1) Thor (Jane Foster) and Hulk (Amadeus Cho)
Flash (Wally West) and Green Lantern (Kyle Rayner)

2) Wolverine (X-23) and Captain America (Sam Wilson)
Green Arrow (Connor Hawke) and Hawkgirl (Kendra Saunders)

3) Spider-Man (Miles Morales) and Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan)
Robin (Tim Drake) and Wonder Girl (Cassie Sandsmark)

General Chat / Letters: The Cracked Article
« on: March 13, 2017, 06:18:53 PM »

ICT / Venom vs Bane?
« on: March 08, 2017, 11:36:07 PM »
This is apparently the next Death Battle matchup.

Uh, is this even a fight? Am I missing something? Shouldn't Venom just destroy Bane?

... not pretty.


The overarching theme of the first several episodes that have been screened are that the show meanders around and has awkward fight scenes, and that Danny is boring.

Ut oh.

Variety's Maureen Ryan spotlighted the show's boring characters and plot, saying "Quite a few dramas in the streaming arena have pacing problems, and even Netflix’s better Marvel programs have displayed an affinity for contrived, time-killing subplots. But “Iron Fist” is the most frustrating and ferociously boring example of Netflix Drift in some time. Not one element of this plodding piece works. The action scenes lack spark, snap, and originality. None of the flat, by-the-numbers characters makes any lasting impression. And as origin stories go, the tale of Danny Rand (Finn Jones), at least as rendered by this creative team, is about as exciting as a slice of Velveeta cheese left out in the sun too long."

IGN's Jim Vejvoda said "[Its] high-rise approach does set Iron Fist apart from the other, grittier and more urban Marvel-Netflix series, [but] it also lends the show a sterile look and feel. Again, it’s all very prime time soap opera-ish. The latter of these first six episodes eventually brings in more comic book-y and fun elements, but Iron Fist is thus far the weakest of the Marvel-Netflix series."

THR's Daniel Fienberg would probably skip the whole season if he didn't have to watch it for Defenders."After three straight creative successes, three above-average character introductions, the partnership between Marvel and Netflix was due for a dud. This isn’t to say that Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage have been shows without flaws… Each show, though, has had virtues of tone and aspiration that made it feel like a complicated superhero TV code had been cracked. [Iron Fist] feels like a step backward on every level, a major disappointment that already suffers from storytelling issues through the first six episodes made available to critics and would probably be mercifully skippable in its entirety if it weren’t the bridge into the long awaited Defenders crossover series.

That quote is just a chunk of the article, though, so feel free to click for more sadness.

I'm pretty sure DC paid people for these reviews. ;)

Debate / George Soros, The Koch Brothers, and others...
« on: February 24, 2017, 07:32:17 PM »
(also: any of the other "This super rich person is funding everything I hate" bogeymen)

Are these guys and their ilk really the huge threats to society/freedom they are made out to be by those that disagree with their policies? Or are they just that... figures with deep pockets that people are angry about because they fund and support causes half the country doesn't like?

Are they subverting the system with their money and influence? Or are they functioning the way the system needs them to keep things moving along without gridlock? Are they too powerful? Are they dangerous? Or are they just bogeymen?

What do you think?

Showcase of the Immortals / Can we talk about Kevin Owens for a minute?
« on: January 23, 2017, 04:21:23 PM »
Bret Hart Categories:
Look - 1 (The guy has the body of your out-of-shape coworker. He's pudgy and looks like he eats bon-bons all day. He has a terribly patchy beard he should just shave if he's going to grow it that poorly. And his face is ALL baby fat. Also, he wrestles the way fat kids swim... in a t-shirt).
Skill - 9 (Absolutely great. He's high-impact, intense, willing to put himself through ANYTHING for a bump--it looked like Sami might have murdered him TWICE last year--and does things that his body style make look impossible for him)
Charisma - 10 (Absolutely brilliant. From his interview ad libbing to his promos to his in-ring activities and yelling. The guy is glorious)

Obviously, this is all subjective, but is there a more imbalanced way to get a 20? Is it too hard even for diehard wrestling fans to take KO seriously because of his appearance? Should he be a main eventer because he deserves it in every skill-related regard, or should he be relegated to the lower card because he looks like such a goof?

What are your thoughts on Owens?

General Chat / So I had a seizure this week. That's new.
« on: January 12, 2017, 04:25:42 PM »
Tuesday afternoon, I was work fretting over how much I had to do, and then... my coworkers and EMTs were waking me up from the floor. Apparently, I had a seizure, but I've never had one before. Luckily, I was sitting at my desk when it happened, so I didn't hurt myself (and I didn't bite my tongue off, either; medical professionals kept asking). It is... a SUPER disorienting sensation. I don't remember having the seizure or anything leading up to it, and when I was being awakened, I had no idea what was happening. I just thought I took a nap.

Since then, I've been in the hospital (yep, still here). All my tests have come back fine, so at least I'm not SICK-sick. I get to lose my license for at least 3 months, though. Damn. Luckily, my wife and I both work in the same town in which we live, so it's about as manageable as possible.

The god damn word "nonplussed".

I swear to god, I distinctly recall hearing/seeing that word a long time ago and LOOKING IT UP because I thought "Huh, there's a neat word". And the definition was, essentially, "unconcerned". And that's how I remembered it for years and years.

Fast forward to a few years ago, and I looked it up again to find some specifics or synonyms or something, and I find it means literally the exact opposite of that.

I asked my wife about it, and she said the same thing: "Oh, that means you're not bothered by something", and was surprised when I told her otherwise.

Are we the only ones on this?

DC Drones / Hey Neo (or anyone, I guess), is it true Kyle's back?
« on: December 13, 2016, 08:41:13 PM »
I remember reading a few weeks ago that Kyle had a possible cameo in the last issue of the Sinestro's Law storyline in Hal Jordan & The Green Lantern Corps. Is this true? Is he back featured in any monthly title (his own or otherwise)?

I was thinking about this last night when they teased trading Sami Zayn to Smackdown. Who would your ideal trades be?

The problem I have with WWE at the moment is that Smackdown has the vastly superior creative and writing, but I like most of Raw's roster more than Smackdown's. So if I had my way...

1) Charlotte to SD in exchange for Natalya
-Charlotte and Sasha had one of the best feuds in 2016, but it's time to split them up. Get Charlotte onto Smackdown so that Becky and Alexa have another competent diva to work with. Natalya isn't awful, but she's boring at this point, so let her go job to Bayley, Nia, and Sasha.

2) Randy Orton, Luke Harper, and Bray Wyatt to Raw in exchange for Sami Zayn, Seth Rollins, and Finn Balor.
-The Bray/Orton angle has made both of them more interesting than they have ever been before. Unfortunately, I still don't care about them. Losing Harper sucks, but he's glued to these two for the moment anyway, so no harm. Rollins, Zayn, and [eventually] Balor all need to get away from the shitty Raw writing staff and into a show where they can shine.

3) The Usos to Raw in exchange for Cesaro and Sheamus
-The Usos aren't awful, but they're terriblly played out by now. Send them to go be Roman's friends. In return, Smackdown gets a great tag team with a fun chemistry that isn't really doing anything at the moment.

4) Dolph Ziggler to Raw in exchange for Kevin Owens
-I realized by trading the entire Wyatts for three babyfaces that I should equalize the ratios. Ziggler has had a career renaissance on Smackdown, but there's still only so much upward mobility for him. Let him take his momentum to Raw and see what he can do. Owens deserves better than the "Seth Rollins Worthless Chickenshit Heel 2.0" booking that Raw is giving him.

I think those would work out great. I'd virtually never need to watch Raw, and Smackdown would become must-see-TV.

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