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Re: What's Your Hurdle?

Post  rob on Thu Jul 02, 2009 4:13 pm

It's the whole bloodline , honour, ancestry and nationality issue that piques me the most. It seems so absurd. I thought that by the 40th anniversary of the moon-landing they would have realized we're all heaped on the same pivoting rock. Who cares what country we're part of , what blood runs through our veins or what religious disposition you have, as long as we all get a chance to make a living.
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Re: What's Your Hurdle?

Post  Jakob on Thu Jul 02, 2009 4:14 pm

If you prick us, do we not bleed?
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Re: What's Your Hurdle?

Post  Mekka on Thu Jul 02, 2009 7:00 pm

I'm not going anywhere near a Middle East discussion at this time of night. Coincidentally I 'Stumbled Upon' this http://www.mapsofwar.com/images/EMPIRE17.swf just now.
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Re: What's Your Hurdle?

Post  mediasaurusrex on Fri Jul 17, 2009 4:46 pm

HARRY POTTER.

All aspects/all literature.

Too many books to read/too many movies to digest. In truth, because of the childlike company that I keep, I have seen all of the films. BUT THEY ARE STUCK IN MY THROAT.

There is no way I am going to jump into this. NO WAY. I don't have the time or stomach for such a commitment.

My kids have done the plunge, and I can talk to them about it. I have heard enough about it to hold a decent conversation on the ins and outs of that quiddich game but seriously....WTF. It ain't going to happen.

I wish i could just jack in to some machine and take the download.

INSURMOUNTABLE HURDLE.

No

So all of you people on this site will be suiting up and wearing your wizard capes and shooting each other with your magic wands and I will be quizzical, as I drive by you on the way to a bar to DROWN MY FAILED HURDLE SORROWS at a sports bar.

Sports is another hurdle BTW.
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Re: What's Your Hurdle?

Post  Jakob on Fri Jul 17, 2009 4:50 pm

I certainly understand and share this hurdle. I gave it my best shot but I find myself sinking back to where I started from when I began Project Potter. There's stuff I've grown to appreciate about the series but I wasn't able to embrace it fully.
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Re: What's Your Hurdle?

Post  ori-STUDFARM on Fri Jul 17, 2009 4:50 pm

And I've been keeping quiet thinking I was alone! Nothing really against it, but I can't see anything more than a decent kids book and series of movies.......sorry people!
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Re: What's Your Hurdle?

Post  kumarhk on Sat Jul 18, 2009 1:45 am

mediasaurusrex wrote:
INSURMOUNTABLE HURDLE.
That's what I thought about Star Trek. Never give up. Never surrender.
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Re: What's Your Hurdle?

Post  mediasaurusrex on Sat Jul 18, 2009 6:03 pm

kumarhk wrote:
mediasaurusrex wrote:
INSURMOUNTABLE HURDLE.
That's what I thought about Star Trek. Never give up. Never surrender.

If I was completely out of the loop on Star Trek or Star Wars for that matter, I would probably look at them as insurmountable hurdles too. I just don't see how I can take the hard sell enough to budget the several month absorbtion/catch-up time for that series. The only reason I took the Tolkien books (Hobbit/LOTR) apart was because I had to read the entire series for some college class. So I knocked it ALL OUT in one weekend. That was the way to do it. I simply don't have that kind of fire under my haunches at this point for Harrison Potter. Might I also add that the last movie sucked?

My kids have it easy. Because of my chatter and extensive toy collection, they have so much SW and ST coursing through their systems that they are Gibson-status lethal weapons in all nerd convos.

They also have that Harry Potter stuff on lock too. Harry Potter is some flavor of the moment stuff though. It takes a real stubborn kid/contrarian (in the intelligent elementary school-age bracket)to not read that stuff.

They done made the old man proud.
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Re: What's Your Hurdle?

Post  kumarhk on Sun Jul 19, 2009 12:58 am

mediasaurusrex wrote:
They also have that Harry Potter stuff on lock too. Harry Potter is some flavor of the moment stuff though. It takes a real stubborn kid/contrarian (in the intelligent elementary school-age bracket)to not read that stuff.
If you're implying that intelligent people don't read Harry Potter, then I'll accept the title of idiot with pride.
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Re: What's Your Hurdle?

Post  Bucho on Tue Jul 21, 2009 8:03 pm

mediasaurusrex wrote:If I was completely out of the loop on Star Trek or Star Wars for that matter, I would probably look at them as insurmountable hurdles too. I just don't see how I can take the hard sell enough to budget the several month absorbtion/catch-up time for that series.

I absolutely get the HP hurdle too Rex, and the biggest part of it is that it's aimed at and involving kids. It's not that I don't like getting swept up in escapism and magic, it's that the issues that young peeps deal with are much less compelling to me as a grumpy old fucker than issues with the wider world of humanity. That means the storytelling has to be verging on perfect for me to really get lost in a book or film with children as protagonists, and from the little bit I've read of HP I was pretty underwhelmed by the quailty of JKR's prose. I know people who are smarter than me who like it but I think that's more because they're lucky enough that they haven't lost the child inside them than because the writing itself is anything special.

I still mean to aquaint myself with the Stephen Fry audio books one day, as I think his voice, combined with the advantage that one can take in audio while doing something else, is my best hope for breaking into the HP-verse, but I haven't done it yet.
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