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Post  Jakob on Wed Sep 23, 2009 3:33 pm

I'm pretty sure Cheney just liked to sunbathe nude on his roof and didn't understand Google Earth isn't live.
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Post  weathereye on Thu Sep 24, 2009 12:09 am

I Google Earth every place I read about, fictional or otherwise. Books, newspaper articles, websites, whatever. I just like seeing the world, I guess. I spent some time this afternoon browsing the mansions on the Bridle Path in Toronto. When podcasting pays off, I'll probably buy one.

lobablanca.com is the coolest blog on the Internet.
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Post  ro karen on Thu Sep 24, 2009 4:22 pm

weathereye wrote:lobablanca.com is the coolest blog on the Internet.

Embarassed Smile Now that's high praise, especially coming from you, sir. Helps erase the mental image of Dick Cheney's nude sunbathing escapades affraid
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Post  GAB on Thu Sep 24, 2009 6:26 pm

It's become my gateway-blog. So much easier to read what Ro's reading than to manage links in my favorites by myself.
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Post  Jakob on Fri Oct 02, 2009 3:18 pm

Yeah, the Freddy reboot is an odd one. Apparently it's going to be a more serious, darker take on the character. But he's such a camp character, I can't see how they're going to make that work. The character only worked because it's vaudeville. Especially when all the leaks I've seen for it so far have him looking identical to the original. Weird. Not sure what they're think they're going to accomplish. I foresee this being a career-killer for Haley.
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Post  weathereye on Wed Oct 07, 2009 12:37 pm

Karen's full-on assault on the Washington Redskins was the best thing I've read in a while. She sums up exactly what the problem is and draws perfect parallels with the N-word. Nice bit of writing there, Ro. I give it two tomahawks up.
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Post  Jakob on Wed Oct 07, 2009 1:05 pm

The other day on the street I was given a coupon for a free haircut from "Head Quaters Salon." I only want to go to see if the actual signage says the same thing.
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Post  GAB on Wed Oct 07, 2009 10:12 pm

weathereye wrote:Karen's full-on assault on the Washington Redskins was the best thing I've read in a while. She sums up exactly what the problem is and draws perfect parallels with the N-word. Nice bit of writing there, Ro. I give it two tomahawks up.
You know, never accept the "brand value" argument. That gets way too much play.
In the world's most popular game, teams change their uniform designs -- at times, less often, even colors -- every year. Why? Sales go up when you change things around. There are obsessed fans who will always have to have their personal replica of the current jersey.

The soccer team I cheer for has more than one "team name" although I don't know all the history behind that. Would it be a marketing mistake to change "mascots" every year? Yes. There is big money to be made in making the occasional uniform change, and very little risk in a strategic name change.
Is there really an argument that the Washington Bullets lost value in the NBA when they became the Washington Wizards? Really?

The real question is what the new team name should be. How about The Monuments?
"Is that the Washington Monument, or is the nation's capitol just happy to see me?" Razz
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Post  Jakob on Wed Oct 14, 2009 4:10 pm

So Wesley Crusher's books are going to go up a cent every volume? That's underhanded. Hook you and reel you in. I didn't think he was like that.
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Post  ro karen on Wed Oct 14, 2009 9:49 pm

Jakob wrote:So Wesley Crusher's books are going to go up a cent every volume? That's underhanded. Hook you and reel you in. I didn't think he was like that.
Come on, Jakob...it'll be a penny increase a book Wink Plus, in his defense, he claims that the price thing was his wife's idea. Of course it was, Wil...of course.
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Post  GAB on Mon Oct 19, 2009 1:46 pm

I have not read Stranger in a Strange Land, so this isn't a comment on the book itself. I'd just like to agree that I hate seeing rape used (or referred to) as a device. It's too hideous and weighty of a thing to ever "get right" in a fictional story; or, if it were ever to be conveyed fully and properly with appropriate gravity and perspective, well then it would be almost impossible to read without tossing the book across the room.

I guess I don't like seeing "rape" as a plot device, and we see that far too often.
In the film Leaving Las Vegas, for example, my biggest issue with the movie is that I don't want to be in the hotel room when "the team" rapes her and I'm fully convinced there is no reason for it from a plot perspective. You know what's going to happen, so why try to "show it"? It damned sure didn't make her return home more poignant. That part was pretty over-powering as it was.

It's like the "incurable movie disease." Once the decision is made that something terrible must happen to a character, it feels totally by-the-numbers if the author comes up with rape.

Oh, and speaking foolishly about it may be just as annoying as including it as a cheap plot device.
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Post  Tony on Mon Oct 19, 2009 5:11 pm

I must talk to you about David Bowie. What an interesting introduction fate choose for your first exposure, Little Wonder.
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Post  Jakob on Mon Oct 19, 2009 9:16 pm

Shit. I'm clearly behind on my wolfing. Nothing is making sense. I'll catch up tomorrow.
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Post  weathereye on Tue Oct 20, 2009 6:27 pm

As much as I enjoyed the Wil Wheaton Wh-riteup (and loved the ornery graphic), I still think he's a dink, Wesley was a dink, and that rainbow unitard was dinkish. That said, I'll probably read the stupid book.

I liked the font snobbery, though.
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Post  rob on Wed Oct 21, 2009 2:26 pm

Reading this thread without having read loblanca.com is what the world would like when the universe has reached the end of its expansion and begins collapsing inwards. Comments would appear and be read first , then the relevant blog post would show up and be read to understand comments. But then again , am I leaving out our mind and memory in this wicked inverted space-time continuum? If so it means we wouldn't actually have to read the blog to understand the comments yet would have to read it anyway because of the insuperable and willy-nilly retrograde march of time . bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce
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Post  Mandi on Wed Oct 21, 2009 9:59 pm

Rob. That pleases me. Thank you.
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Post  ro karen on Thu Oct 22, 2009 9:04 am

rob wrote:Reading this thread without having read loblanca.com is what the world would like when the universe has reached the end of its expansion and begins collapsing inwards.
Wait...does that mean that we've somehow created a warp bubble that is now collapsing? Will the Traveller arrive in time to help Wesley prevent a total collapse? Or has my font snobbery caused Wesley to revert to full dink mode in which he'll refuse to help? alien
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Post  ro karen on Thu Oct 22, 2009 9:13 am

GAB wrote:In the film Leaving Las Vegas, for example, my biggest issue with the movie is that I don't want to be in the hotel room when "the team" rapes her and I'm fully convinced there is no reason for it from a plot perspective. You know what's going to happen, so why try to "show it"? It damned sure didn't make her return home more poignant. That part was pretty over-powering as it was.
Excellent example, GAB. They didn't need to show the actual event to have made it powerful. At least Mike Figgis didn't add her assault as a plot point; if my memory serves me correctly, Sera is raped in the book as well. In contrast, I'm still trying to figure out (hidden for those who have yet to see 300)
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why Zack Snyder felt the need to add Queen Gorgon's rape as a subplot to the screenplay version of 300. If that's the only way you can think of to give Lena Headey more screen time, you should really go back to the drawing board.
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Post  Tony on Thu Oct 22, 2009 6:28 pm

ro karen wrote:
rob wrote:Reading this thread without having read loblanca.com is what the world would like when the universe has reached the end of its expansion and begins collapsing inwards.
Wait...does that mean that we've somehow created a warp bubble that is now collapsing? Will the Traveller arrive in time to help Wesley prevent a total collapse? Or has my font snobbery caused Wesley to revert to full dink mode in which he'll refuse to help? alien

I'm afraid dear Wesley has finally succumbed to the effects of The Game, and is mentally unavailable to assist you at this time. No, wait, is he faking it to save the ship?! Come to think of it, it always sort of freaked me out to see the TNG crew faking what was, basically, an orgasm.

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Post  GAB on Tue Oct 27, 2009 10:02 pm

I know that Audition is quite different from Funny Games, but those are a couple movies that I'm not in any hurry to watch. I really enjoyed Ringu, though, preferring it a bit to the American remake.
Next up for me on the Halloween film front is a documentary retrospective from the House of Hammer.
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Post  Jakob on Thu Oct 29, 2009 7:08 pm

Yep. Told ya Drag Me To Hell is the shiznitting bombdigity!

That David Spade commercial is offensive. And I'm the last person to be offended by anything. Anything.
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Post  GAB on Tue Nov 03, 2009 12:02 am

Love the horror list, and it's inspiring me to chime in. I haven't done the horror homework to produce a real list, but here's some from my own eclectic experience. I'm going to use the random-ordering device of "when I thought of it" rather than a ranking.

1) The Blair Witch Project - all the reasons that Karen mentioned.

2) Poltergeist - granted, this one would be PG-13 now, but I just love the fact that this film by the maker of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was PG and still scary and fun. (And his follow-up, Lifeforce, it totally a guilty pleasure.)

3) Videodrome - I've always tolerated the excesses of David Cronenberg with relative ease, and this one is so surreal that it more or less tolerates me. I saw this in an almost empty theater at the last showing of the night ... and went to the first showing the next morning to confirm that I hadn't just dreamed up several plot elements.

4) A Cold Night's Death (aka Chill Factor), made-for-TV in 1974 - ABC Tuesday Night Movie of the Week, back when many of those were quite well made. This one is a two actor character study set in "The Thing" territory.

5) Duel - speaking of ABC's Movie of the Week. Another small-screen thriller focusing largely on character. More famous, although perhaps less esteemed in my mind than A Cold Night's Death.

6) The Shining - Missed it when I was in high school, but I saw it my freshman year in college at a midnight showing. I didn't have a car that year ... and that was a long 1/2-mile walk from the movie theater.

7) Ringu - The Ring is fine, too. Karen's right: there is something about the video itself and a couple of other scenes that are just shiver-inducing. The girl is more frightening in the American remake, but I much prefer the backstory and "logic" from the original.

8 ) Phantasm II - it's the only sequel on this list, and I don't really think it is better than the original ... I just enjoy it more. There is a much sharper cheese factor, and Angus Scrimm gets more lines. Rather than being spooky in the distance (and behind the door), he gets to be in-your-face a bit more. The Tall Man is the star of this show for me. Not the jocks or the chicks or the flying ball. With him, Phantasm 3-4-etc. are stupid movies, but the most frightening thing I can imagine is how crap all of those movies would be without him.

9) Scream and Scream Again - I've decided that I prefer Amicus Horror to Hammer Horror. The quality isn't higher, and many of their ideas stand firmly on the Hammer foundation, but it is what I saw first as a kid. This one has Vincent Price, Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee ... but they share almost no screen time together! It also has zombies, vampires, frankenstein-creations, and vats of powerful acid. Oh yeah!

10) Cube. I could make an entire Top List (maybe not 10, but at least 5) of just anthology films like Trilogy Of Terror and Dead Of Night, but I'll go-Canadian with this one. I really do like the idea behind Cube. Execution isn't bad, either -- pun intended.
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Post  Jakob on Thu Nov 19, 2009 10:31 am

And I was all excited to read The Road too. Hype-killer. Sigh.
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Post  GAB on Thu Nov 19, 2009 10:50 am

Jakob wrote:And I was all excited to read The Road too. Hype-killer. Sigh.
Yes. The book is on the pile, not buried too deep either.
Now I have to decide whether to drop it down the list of get in right away. ... I feel like I'm jamming with the brass section that backed up Violent Femmes on their Hallowed Ground CD (the Horns Of Dilemma).
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Post  GAB on Thu Nov 19, 2009 10:52 am

Oh, and I just needed a new link to get back to the Loboblanca comments thread that I love. The front page only forum-links to Simply Syndicated (not that there's anything wrong with that).

The "forumotion.com" URL is now in my favorites on its own. Cool
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