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Chit Chat / Re: The Top 5 Thread
« on: April 18, 2019, 11:26:00 PM »
Top 5 Movies You Drop Everything and Start Watching When It's on TV


Long subject, fairly self explanatory. Doesn't matter if it's the start of the movie, partly in, halfway, or towards the end, when you're scrolling through the guide looking for something to watch, and you see it, you change to that channel immediately.

(For the cord cutters, just think back to before)

My 5:

1) Jaws - just happened today, which inspired me to choose this topic, but it's not the first time it's happened. Honestly, it might be my "perfect movie," there's so much going on, both on the surface and underneath (no pun intended), and the performances are stellar. I have to see that Indianapolis scene every time.

2) Shawshank Redemption - I imagine we might see a lot of this, since it was, what, TCM that played it all the time? A feel good movie, despite some very, very low points, and one of the few movies where voiceover narration truly works. Iconic performances from Freeman and Robbins.

3) Matrix Revolutions - everyone craps on this movie, but u love it, and back when it first hit cable and was on nearly every day, there was a good chance I'd end up watching it. Kept waiting for Neo to win that last fight, never did happen...

4) The Thing - what more can I say? Similar to Jaws, lots on the surface and underneath here, with an incredible cast, gruesome practical effects, and that score.

...I might need to seek it out to watch tonight, now.

5) Jurassic Park - yup, still. Goldblum. Neil. Dern. Attenborough. Spielberg nails it again, pulling a reverse Jaws and letting you get real close and personal with these creatures. Everyone knows the theme song by now, and everyone also hates Newman as much as Jerry did because of this movie.

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Pro Football / Re: Guess the Year
« on: April 17, 2019, 11:26:52 AM »
Gonna close up shop on this one as we got our usual crew to respond.


1990 it was! Fun story, Rodney Peete was the Lions actual starter, but this Gagliano fellow still led the team in interceptions.

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Pro Football / Re: 2019 Pro Football Thread
« on: April 15, 2019, 04:37:03 PM »
well that didnt last long.

I just got looks at work from genuinely laughing out loud at this.

Yeah, I mean, a new football league always SOUNDS interesting, but it doesn't seem like we'll ever have more than just NCAAF and NFL, with the rare Arena League or similar off-shoot puttering around.

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Chit Chat / Re: The TV thread
« on: April 15, 2019, 04:33:18 PM »
Revelation that will surprise no one: I just like to hear myself talk.

or, BSB'd, I suppose: I just like to read my own words.

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Chit Chat / Re: The TV thread
« on: April 15, 2019, 02:43:08 PM »
BCS IS better than BB, and it's rather funny that the Cartel stuff that was obviously the main proponent of BB is easily the worst part of BCS (or, at least, needs to be refined to go back to focusing on Nacho and stop doing the fan service thing with Gus).

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Pro Football / Re: Guess the Year
« on: April 15, 2019, 01:34:35 PM »
Division alignments and team locations accurate.

This list is the quarterback with the most interceptions thrown for each team in a season. This means that they may be the starter (most cases) or they might not be. Your job: guess the year.


Jeff George – IND
Dan Marino – MIA
Marc Wilson – NE
Ken O’Brien – NYJ
Jim Kelly - BUF

Boomer Esiason – CIN
Bernie Kosar – CLE
Bubby Brister – PIT
Warren Moon - HOU

Dave Krieg – SEA
Billy Joe Toliver – SD
John Elway – DEN
Jay Schroeder – LAR (A)
Steve DeBerg - KC

Troy Aikman – DAL
Timm Rosenbach – PHO
Randall Cunningham – PHI
Mark Rypien – WAS
Phil Simms - NYG

Vinny Testaverde – TB
Rich Gannon – MIN
Don Majokowski - GB
Bob Gagliano – DET
Jim Harbaugh - CHI

Jim Everett – LAR (N)
Joe Montana – SF
Chris Miller – ATL
Steve Walsh – NO

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Chit Chat / Re: The TV thread
« on: April 15, 2019, 01:23:29 PM »
Mad Men

I just finished up this series for the first time and I really enjoyed it.
For one, I love the era and two, the show integrates the culturally significant events of that time. Everything from the Cuban Missile Crisis, Kent Stat, MLK, moon landing, etc...
This show is about loneliness in life and in the business and how people deal with that internally. It also is a great representation of the cultural shift from the early 60's to the 70's. The misogyny and sexism are off the charts and for me at least, its tough to watch sometimes, but necessary.
Excellent character growth here among several main players, well portrayed all the way around.
Mad Men is a heavy drama in a slow burn and I think it's worthwhile. It may even edge in to my top five all time.

This and Breaking Bad were the first two shows that my fiancee basically made me watch from start to finish on Netflix when we started dating. Preferred Mad Men, myself, although both are excellent at what they do.

I had some issues getting into the show during it's first season, for sure, but basically from "Mr. Campbell, who cares?" onward it was incredible. The JFK episode absolutely had me in tears, admittedly, and I love that time period (mostly the music?) and how faithfully they recreated living in it.

Also, it's kind of nice to explore ads when they were still figuring shit out, and not just "scream as loud as you can and use a lot of bright colors and piss poor jokes!" like it is nowadays.

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Chit Chat / Re: The Life Thread
« on: April 12, 2019, 11:35:55 AM »
Say I miss an easy spare. No problem right? Come back, string some marks together, easy recovery. Not for me. I would berate myself, "An 8 year old blind kid could make that shot are you kidding me? Just kick me off this flipping team, I shouldn't be allowed to bowl with shots like that." and on and on. By then, as you know, it was over, that game was over, and the next, and the next.
And all the while, I hear everyone having a good time, but I choose to sink. I KNOW its going to make me worse, but I like it! I want it, I deserve it. Would ruin my night, and sometimes even the next day, over what? I feel absolutely foolish even putting this out here,
but you can imagine the rest. Just terrible.

I mean, this it, right? Other people miss a spare or a strike and they go "Ah that's too bad" and go pick their beer back up. We miss that and think "We're the worst, we're holding the team back, they're going to hate us because they'd be winning every tournament if we weren't on the team, we're going to get kicked off the team and they won't speak to us."

It's like, a combination of expecting too much of ourselves and putting way too much stress and pressure in situations that DO NOT call for it, and a fear of rejection, like, I have to be perfect otherwise everyone will hate me.

It's a lot, but, it is nice that someone gets it, even if I also wish you didn't get it, just for you own peace and sanity, heh.

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Chit Chat / Re: The Top 5 Thread
« on: April 11, 2019, 04:02:51 PM »
2)Thor Ragnarok
6)Guardians of the Galaxy #1


I realize I'm nitpicking, but would we consider Thor and GotG separate franchises, or are they both part of the MCU?

Also, am I allowed to pick Batman (1989) and The Dark Knight, even though they're both DC/WB, and both Batman, but separate?

It's nowhere near that important, right? Alright, anyways, my 7:

1) The Godfather
2) Jaws
3) Ghostbusters
4) Vacation
5) Alien
6) Captain America: The Winter Soldier (I'm going MCU, singular)
7) Mad Max: Fury Road


So, we start off pretty thoughtful, introspective, and dark, with The Godfather. Inject a little hope into the equation with Jaws, still fairly dark. It's getting later in the marathon, so lets pick things up a bit with Ghostbusters and Vacation, get some laughs in. Now, it's getting later, you may have started falling asleep a bit, so lets terrify that sleepiness out of you with a pure horror classic with Alien. After, we're going to increase the action and levity with Cap America, and finish it out with pure adrenaline in the form of Fury Road.

I tried to not go all superhero, and yes, I've left off Star Wars, but I still feel like Cap covers that same ground, to an extent. Debated some Mission Impossible films (honestly, Fallout is fantastic) and Casino Royale as well, which is a classic, and obviously a larger franchise, but Alien is just too good for me to leave off.

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Chit Chat / Re: The Life Thread
« on: April 11, 2019, 02:44:36 PM »
thanks for the kind words everyone. Yes it is the wifes depression. I do wish she would get some help, but I can only beat my head against the wall for so long.

This has been a thing for me as of late.

My fiancee and I have an odd dynamic, I suppose, me with the Borderline Personality Disorder, her with the Bi-Polar. It gives us help supporting each other, but, just being there for someone isn't always enough if the cycle is just going to repeat itself.

I've been having trouble since late February with the darkness just creeping in. I've had thoughts of self harm lately because it just feels like things are only going to get worse, you know? And I know that's not true, I know I can't predict the future, but lately everything, even the things I love, movies, books, but also things like work, even my impending marriage to her, has all felt meaningless. Like, we live, we die, and eventually, however long it takes, the world moves on and what was the point of it all, you know?

I don't know how to fix this nihilistic viewpoint that has suddenly attached itself to me. I think part of it is protection, my distaste for the current state of US politics and the way that I personally view things heading, it doesn't look great and with my son growing up in whatever the world is about to be, whether it's a climate-change affected hellscape or whatever worst-case scenario my mind presents me with, somehow the "none of this matters" is almost comforting, but also the side effect is the complete lack of joy in any activity.

There's also been an issue with just having 0 confidence in myself. I was up for, and had a very good opportunity to be chosen, for a promotion here at work just a few months ago. I'd talked to my boss about it a few times before the position officially opened, and by the time it did, I was sunk into this thing I'm dealing with and declined to apply for it.

I'm tough on myself for any mistake. Mistakes to me are the end of the world. They are not missteps, they are not practice, they are simply failure. I see things in a very success/fail way, which is weird, because you can make a mistake and recover from it and things end fine, even if there's a slight mess to be cleaned up, but my brain, in the moment, doesn't care about any of that. I fucked up, it's a knock against me, and I don't deserve a promotion. That's how my brain thinks.

I don't actually have health insurance. I'm a contract worker, so the healthcare plan is pretty pricey, vs being an actual full time engineer (or, at least, I assume the benefits aren't pricey for full time engineers at MS). I recently found an organization here in Seattle called OpenPath that provides therapy services with a membership cost ($50). I think there may be a qualification process to be approved for that, I have to look into it more, but it's given me some hope. Looks like their in-network providers charge between 30 and 60 bucks per session, which isn't terrible, and I know I need help beyond what me or my fiancee have been able to accomplish.

It's been really rough lately, and this has given me something of a light at the end of the tunnel, and I'm really hoping it'll make a difference, because, it's just really hard going everyday feeling like everything's coming to an end and that you're not capable of doing...anything. At all. That you're just a fuck up moving from one fuck up to another.

Anyways. I dunno. I guess I'm venting, which was half the point of this thread, to an extent.

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Baseball / Re: 2019 Season
« on: April 09, 2019, 11:07:35 AM »
I live in Seattle, but I am a Yankees fan. Which is to say: the only thing I care about when I go to a Mariners game are: A) are the Yankees their opponent and B) if not, how cheap are the tickets?


All this winning is not helping B.

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Chit Chat / Re: oh you didnt know?
« on: April 03, 2019, 06:21:59 PM »
A gender reveal party is a thing? I just learned about this...celebration?
So the doc gives an envelope with the sex of the unborn to a specified person (not husband or wife) then everyone spends an ungodly amount of money on both pink and blue crapola. Then you have the big reveal with confetti guns and all the accompanying excess...seems, unnecessary to me
THEN you still have the bridal shower and all that jazz.....
None for me, thanks

It was a gender reveal party that led to the California wildfire this year, or so I read. They like, blew something up and something blue or pink was supposed to come out, but, pyrotechnics plus Cali plus drought.................

Anyways. I'm not one to judge people's preferences, do whatever makes you happy, and outside of the example above, it doesn't cause anyone harm. It seems like an excuse to me to, what, get more gifts (do you do a baby shower AND a gender reveal?) and inconvenience friends, but I'm also a curmudgeon.

Although, it does seem inconvenient when trying to select gifts, but, again, I likely just lack imagination.

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Chit Chat / Re: The Movies Thread
« on: April 03, 2019, 05:04:46 PM »
I guess I don't get why we need a Joker movie, especially one covering an "origin," and I'm very curious as to what Todd Phillips does with this. It stands outside DC's cinematic universe, which, fine, I can accept that that it's a one-off movie, which is something we haven't seen much for superheroes these days outside of maybe Hellboy or Venom lately.

But Joker? Are we supposed to empathize with Joker that he becomes one of the leading kill-count villains because he was...bullied? Are we going to get a reason, or is he going to just snap one day (which has always been my own interpretation because, it's kind of the point of the Joker).

I don't know, I just....it's a weird concept, making a Joker movie, placing it either in the 70s or just doing a visual homage to Scorsese and that 70s time period, and I'm really curious to see what it ends up being because it seems like it might be unlike anything we've seen in the realm of comic book movies, or it could be an utter trainwreck.

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Chit Chat / Re: The Movies Thread
« on: April 03, 2019, 10:44:41 AM »
https://io9.gizmodo.com/a-new-clown-prince-rises-in-the-first-teaser-for-joker-1833749728


On the one hand, I'll probably end up seeing it because I'm a sheep and I go to the comic book movies when they release. I even saw Venom (I REFUSE TO SEE MORBIUS UNLESS THE REVIEWS ARE SOMEHOW AMAZING WHICH THEY WON'T BE).

This whole project has sounded weird from the start, and the trailer certainly didn't convince me that it wasn't, but I still just don't understand why? I don't know, it certainly can be good, best thing it has going for it is Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker does seem like a perfect match.

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Baseball / Re: 2019 Season
« on: March 29, 2019, 02:36:14 PM »
https://deadspin.com/i-guess-were-doing-baby-shark-this-season-1833662586

This is already my favorite thing.

that's a nope from me lol
As if I needed another reason to hate the Rangers


Let loose, relax, have some fun, do do dodo dodo

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