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General Chat / He Will Not Divide Us, round 3
« on: March 11, 2017, 12:58:16 PM »

Shia and co. hang a HWNDU on a flagpole with no visual cues as to where it is and livestream it.

Within 48 hours, 4chan posters deduce the location based on contrail patterns, astronomy, and sound triangulation. They remove the flag and run up a MAGA hat and Pepe shirt on the flagpole.

That's some Batman level shit.

Music, Movies, Tv and Books / Self/Less
« on: January 14, 2017, 02:34:31 AM »
Fuck Rogue One, or whatever number Star Trek is on, this is what a great action sci-fi movie should be. It's on HBO Go/Now currently.

Briefly: old, rich, dying man (Ben Kingsley) pays shady scientist to put him in a healthy young body (Ryan Reynolds) that's been cloned for him. Then he starts having hallucinations...

Very entertaining and unlike the franchise queens above that coast on nostalgia, is well worth the time to watch.

Debate / Mark Blyth, Brown University Economist is Fucking Cool
« on: November 21, 2016, 07:12:23 PM »
The era of neoliberalism is over. The era of neo-nationalism has just begun. - Mark Blyth

I've been listening to his online lectures about the global economy, Brexit and the US Presidential elections. He is what I'd imagine Hari Seldon would be like in real life. He's not very optimistic on the future of the Euro and free trade.

The rise of Trump and others like him ("Trumpets"):


US Presidential Elections:




Current TV Shows / Alan Partridge Mid Morning Matters
« on: November 19, 2016, 03:54:57 AM »
I slept on Season 2 dropping. It's fantastic.

"It looks like Mommy Pea and Baby Pea have finally pushed Daddy Pea too far.  It's... the Black--Eyed Peas."

Current TV Shows / The Atlanta Thread
« on: October 29, 2016, 02:38:32 PM »
I'm digging this show. Are you digging this show?

General Chat / Pentagon fucks over veterans, surprising no one.
« on: October 26, 2016, 12:56:51 PM »


Long story short: Back during the war in Iraq, the Pentagon gave out signing bonuses to soldiers because they were facing manpower shortages. Years later they realized they gave out bonuses to soldiers who weren't eligible for them. Now, the Pentagon is demanding the money back.

The USA's support for its troops is usually lip service only so I'm really not surprised.

Marvel Zombies / Waid and Samnee's Black Widow
« on: October 19, 2016, 06:21:36 PM »
Anyone reading this?

Mark Waid and Chris Samnee have been quietly putting out a cracking new Black Widow series. Nothing revolutionary, just a taut, well-written espionage book with gorgeous art that supports the story and doesn't compete with it.

If you liked Fraction's Hawkeye or Waid's Daredevil, you'll like this.

Marvel Zombies / Doctor Doom is now Iron Man
« on: October 19, 2016, 06:17:49 PM »

I have nothing against a Doom-centered series but

A) Doom should be too proud to assume a lesser man's mantle.

B) I would really have preferred someone other than Bendis write this.

C) The face turn is just a bit too over the top. "I was a villain... Now I'll be a hero!" No. Adults don't talk like that, it sounds like a mid-life crisis. A treatment that Byrne gave Namor is his solo run would be more fitting. Show don't tell.

ICT / Jack Reacher vs. John Wick
« on: October 11, 2016, 02:31:01 PM »
In anticipation of their new movies.

Both have 48 hours to gear up and prepare, then they are released into opposite ends of New York City. They know they have to kill each other, they know their target has the same orders, but they don't know where their target is other than that he's somewhere in NYC.

Food and Fitness / Realistic Fitness Goals
« on: September 30, 2016, 06:15:43 PM »
For the average guy who has a 9 to 5 job, +/- family, who isn't dedicating himself to three hours of exercise a day, what do you think makes a good list of overall, generalized fitness goals? I.e. no specializaiton; it's great if you can squat and deadlift 600 pounds but if you can't run a mile at a time it's no good. It's great that you can run a mile in 5 minutes but if you can't bench press a weight bar it's no good.

Able to touch your toes and sit comfortably in a squat?
Run three miles at a time (30 min or less)
Squat 1.5 your body weight?
Swim half a mile at a time?
Run a quarter mile in... 80 seconds?

Music, Movies, Tv and Books / The Nice Guys
« on: August 20, 2016, 03:29:40 PM »
I just saw this. I'm a huge fan of "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang", and I know a couple of other people on here (Barry? Scourge?) are as well. And I typically like Shane Black (I actually enjoyed Iron Man 3's non-superhero elements and think it would have been even better if they dropped the typical superhero stuff and focused more on Tony and the fake Mandarin, and didn't include the real Mandarin at all, but I digress.)

This movie certainly seems like a spiritual successor to "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang." A buddy film/detective story set in L.A. which flips the roles of the leads. Ryan Gosling is the Robert Downey Jr. character, a funny character with plenty of vices and who's not very helpful in a  fight, but who somehow manages to pull out a win when things look hopeless. Russell Crowe is the Val Kilmer character, the more physically formidable of the pair. Unlike KKBB, though, Gosling is the detective and Crowe is the quasi-outlaw.

The Nice Guys doesn't capture lightning in a bottle like KKBB. It's less than the sum of its parts. There are plenty of scenes that demonstrate Black's style of humor (unconventional heroes, quirky bad guys with a sense of humor, somewhat convoluted plots that make sense once you realize that the bad guys are often as clueless as the good guys), but the story never pans out. Gosling is great but is a bit TOO comical, a parody of RDJr's character in KKBB. Crowe isn't that great. He doesn't do justice to the humerous elements of the script and doesn't really have much of a personality. Amelia (Margaret Qualley), the girl they are looking for, is never really developed, and Kim Basinger is a dud as the mastermind villain. Keith David is wasted as a hitman.

KKBB was so good though that I will probably always check out whatever Shane Black does, simply because even if the overall movie isn't great, there will always be a handful of enjoyable scenes. And that pretty much sums up The Nice Guys.

ICT / Pretty cool Batman scene
« on: August 05, 2016, 10:22:05 PM »
From Batman #4. I'm digging this series. Batman isn't as asshole in it. He's competent, he's capable, and he doesn't act like a dick to his friends and proteges. That's all I ask for, people.

Current TV Shows / Liquid Sailor's Favorite New TV Show
« on: July 01, 2016, 05:28:54 PM »

“I’ve had this idea for a while about a young woman who is a feminist and who imagines herself to be “woke.” I think that a lot of the time, we have this idea that when you are, like, “woke” — and please always put this in quotations! — that you should always have your shit together. But I know that often for me, as a black woman of color, I feel like I’m supposed to represent these ideals and values that I was taught as a young lady. Like I’m supposed to carry myself in a special type of way, but oftentimes I’m, like… I’m still in my 20s, and still kind of a mess. So it’s a show about somebody in their 20s who has all these social ideas, but still does not have it together. [Pauses] And she’s, like, goofy and silly and funny!”

Which, when you think about it, is a perfect thing for a courageous young woman with real convictions who is just figuring herself out to say.

Music, Movies, Tv and Books / Wreck-It Ralph 2 has been announced
« on: June 30, 2016, 09:01:23 PM »

The animation studio has unveiled a sequel to Wreck-It Ralph that will hit theaters March 9, 2018.

I'm stoked, I think this was my favorite Pixar movie.

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