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Chit Chat / Re: The Life Thread
« on: December 25, 2021, 07:02:56 PM »
Merry Christmas, everybody. Hope you’re all warm, cozy and happy.

Baseball / Re: 2021 playoffs
« on: October 07, 2021, 12:58:11 PM »
Anyone have access to the MLB statcast commentary? Im not even sure if its offered every game or not.

Oh and the Yankees lost  :D

Yeah "I" caught two bad breaks this year.

My wife got to feel the crushing disappointment of rooting for the Mariners. I wanted to potentially see a playoff game, she wanted to go to the stadium one more time because the crab fries stand was closed both games she attended this year. I told her the Ms would fail, which of course they did. I truly believe she became a Mariners fan that day.

Meanwhile I don't even know what to say about the Yankees at this point. Maybe it's just not possible to have the kind of dynasty they used to (I'd point to Houston, but, well....)

Chit Chat / Re: The Movies Thread
« on: September 09, 2021, 08:43:17 PM »

This...looks a whole lot better than I thought it could be.
Hopefully makes up for the hot mess the last two movies were.

I can't wait.

I think I'm the only person on the planet who considers Revolutions his favorite of the 3, and I don't even mind Reloaded.

I like the direction the trailer seems to be going in, especially if it's a bit less ensemble and the focus is on Neo and Trinity (it's a bit Toy Story 4, yeah?).

Given the absence of Laurence Fishburne, I'm also curious if they're following from The Matrix Online MMO. Supposedly, the Wachowskis wanted the Matrix to be a multi-media thing (thus the Animatrix), and why some games like Matrix Online and Enter the Matrix are considered canon to the story.

What's interesting about that, is in the MMO, part of the story was Morpheus trying to recover Neo's body from the machines because he believed Neo's memories were embedded in the Matrix and he could be resurrected. Later in the game, Morpehus died, which would explain his absence here and could potentially explain the plot (what if they recovered Neo's body but had to build their OWN matrix to "perform" the resurrection? Lot of directions to go here)

Anyways, count me in. Red pill secure.

Chit Chat / Re: The Movies Thread
« on: August 23, 2021, 12:45:00 AM »
Arsenic and Old Lace
Cary Grant Priscilla Lane
As a kid when Id hear Cary Grant Id just roll my eyes, just another one of mom n dads old actor faves from those stupid black n white films.
Luckily, I began to appreciate said films a little later.

Same boat! I actually watched Rear Window and Run Silent, Run Deep on separate plane flights and that broke me out of the mindset. Problem now is, those movies can only be watched at home, and my wife hasn’t reached that mindset yet with black and white movies.

Pro Football / Re: 2021 Pro Football Thread
« on: August 17, 2021, 08:16:31 PM »
Invalid Tweet ID

Well that's one way to phrase it, NBCLA.

Chit Chat / Re: The Life Thread
« on: August 17, 2021, 05:42:52 PM »
Life update: am married.

Chit Chat / Re: Your Unpopular Opinion
« on: July 11, 2021, 01:44:01 PM »
Pretzel bread sucks

…there’s been some real unpopular opinions here, but this is the one that makes you a monster.  ;D

Chit Chat / Re: The TV thread
« on: July 09, 2021, 01:19:04 PM »

Just a quick drive by here.

Mostly unknown actors with good chemistry and screen presence.
Series is three seasons with a solid premise.
Hundreds of years from now, society is doomed. Historians link present day to be the most destructive to the future, so in order to save mankind, an AI "director" sends travelers back in time.
Instead of the Terminator route, jumping in to bodies, killing the person, travelers consciousness dives in to a host at the precise moment that person would have died, thereby, not killing anyone. the new consciousness then lives out the life of that host, hopefully with noone being wise.
At the same time, the team that jumped continues to complete missions in order to preserve the human race.
Each team has a doctor, a historian, a team leader, a tactician and I forget what else
Despite some filler dialogue typical episodic editing and directing, the story arc is well thought out, profound and meaningful.
This series has elements of a procedural but I would hesitate to identify it as such.
Its worth an investment at just three seasons long

This a Netflix show? That's a real interesting premise.

We just started For All Mankind on Apple TV+, but literally only one episode in so not much I can say about it now. The alternate history of Russia landing an astronaut on the moon before us in that pilot episode was a heck of a starting gimmick though, curious to see where the rest of the show goes (admittedly, months ago, I had the second season ending spoiled for me, but that's what got me wanting to watch because it sounds intense).

Chit Chat / Re: The Life Thread
« on: June 29, 2021, 07:55:29 PM »
My parents were never anti-maskers, no, it's just since they've been vaccinated themselves I guess they decided they were fine now. Which, I mean, I get it, you're in your late 60s and all and it sucks breathing with the mask on and you did what you're supposed to do, get the vaccine, but with this delta variant out there, and the fact that you could, especially in a place like SC where people DON'T get vaccinated, spread it to others and the immunocompromised, I'm not thrilled with their post-vax stance.

As far as being vegetarian, never, EVER would have considered it. But, my fiancee, before she moved to SC and we met, was vegetarian (well, pescatarian, she did and we do eat fish). Anyways, she gave it up in Myrtle because Myrtle's grocery stores and restaurants weren't too accommodating to that crowd. But, when we moved to Washington she wanted to get back to it, and I was iffy, but when I got my job at Comcast out here, one of my coworkers was vegan, and yes, he was the type to talk about it and push it on everyone, BUT I actually learned a LOT from him even though I didn't go full vegan.

And especially with the latest stuff like the entire Morningstar Farms selection, Beyond, Impossible, it was actually an easy transition for me to make. My fiancee always said she'd still eat meat on special occasions, like on a vacation or whatever. I actually went two years with no meat, and finally broke that this past January when we took a brief trip to the mountains in Wenatchee for our anniversary and did outdoor dining at a real nice Italian place. Got me some chicken parm that was fantastic.

EDIT: I'll also note here, I HAVE felt genuinely better since giving up meat. Less lethargic, just overall better physical feel. What's great is this past year, during the pandemic, I didn't exercise one bit because I suck, and yet, I gained 0 pounds. Not snacking had a lot to do with this, I was very good about avoiding temptation at the grocery store and if I don't get something then, I won't like, go out at 9 PM when the craving hits me. I'm lazy, I need the snacks to already be in the house, so yeah, I think the combination of very minimal snacking and removing meat from my diet over the past year helped me maintain a healthy weight. And you know, they always say removing red meat's better for your blood pressure or cholesterol or whatever, and that red meat leads to cancer, so hopefully I'm setting myself up for success in those areas too.

Oddly, going back "home" to Myrtle, I did hit up a few places. My old chinese restaurant, got my chicken and broccoli, the chicken felt yuck to me now, but I will say the brown sauce they used was still FANTASTIC coated on top of the white rice, which I guess was always the real appeal.

Even more odd to me, given the previous chicken parm anecdote, I went to my favorite Italian place and got some chicken parm this past week too, but was unsatisfied. The cheese and sauce were good, but the chicken was kinda dry and not crispy at all.

Then lastly, I hadn't eaten beef in nearly 3 years, but I went to my favorite sub place (I hadn't planned on it, but my son actually wanted to eat there) and I got a meatball sub, partly out of science, and partly out of nostalgia. Unlike the other two it actually still tasted great, but it left me feeling bloated and disgusting, and a lot of abdominal cramps which I don't really get with the chicken, so I think that's officially the last of beef for me, which is fine. I've got greater burger substitutes, and somewhat strangely, I don't really miss steak at all.

The crazy thing about sushi is my ex-wife was always trying to get me to eat it. We'd go to the hibachi steakhouse and she'd get simple tuna rolls and I'd always be like "WHY IS THE RICE COLD, THIS IS DISGUSTING."

Fast forward a few years to back when I was in the Navy and we ported in Hong Kong back in 2011, I went with one of my buddies willingly to a sushi place and just....ate it like a normal human being. Still a tuna roll! Same thing! Just had to be in that mindset I guess. Haven't stopped since.

Chit Chat / Re: The Life Thread
« on: June 28, 2021, 04:51:03 PM »
Got to spend the 19th-26th in Myrtle Beach. City itself is still garbage, with even more garbage apartment complexes going up on every corner, so many trees gone. Suppose that's the story everywhere.

BUT! Fortunately I had a very good time and a very good trip. Got to see my son for the first time in over a year and spent the whole week with him which was great. We stayed at my parent's place as did my brother and his two nieces, so had everyone together. Brother grilled out two of the nights, steaks, burgers (which I didn't eat the beef burgers, but he got some Beyond for me), shrimp, tuna steak (those two I ate with no hesitation).

Spent some time at the pool, got to catch up with some old friends for sushi, and even hit the theater with kiddo to see Fast 9, even though he's never seen any of them and I've only seen, oddly, 1 and 5. We enjoyed it for the "switch your brain off" entertainment that it was, haha.

The one crazy thing to me was the day before I flew out, I had to make a quick run to a grocery store up here. WA had only recently lifted its mask mandate, and a few employees had no masks, and a few customers, but majority were masked.

Fly to South Carolina the next day, go to a grocery store, there are like, 1% of people masked. Not only that, my own parents shamed me for trying to wear one in the store. "We've all been vaccinated, you don't need it!" No shit, I wasn't looking out for myself. Bizarre times.

But yeah, all-in-all just a relaxing, fun trip. Was nice to see the family and especially kiddo. Figured out he'll be getting my 2012 Cruze in October as his first car. I'm sad, there goes my stick shift (especially since we're both working from home, fiancee and I figure we'll just share her automatic. Very saddening). Also, kiddo just got his permit, and despite me living all the way out in WA, somehow I was the first person to take him out driving (for only ten minutes, but still, gotta break that ice initially). So I got to have a big dad moment too.

The only Win PC I have at the moment is my work laptop, so I feel more comfortable sitting this one out this time. Doesn't look like the game's available on Mac.

Console Gaming Discussion / Re: Madden 22
« on: June 17, 2021, 04:05:19 PM »
This is a good start but I'm hoping for more. Granted, I'll likely buy it anyway because my brother and our buddy we do a co-op franchise with likely will (whereas my brother and I both skipped 21 this year).

I like the staff additions with coordinators and team executives, the practice initiatives and the home field stuff (the note about things playing different on All-Pro is also encouraging), but still looking to see RFAs (2K had it), looking for more flexibility in contracts (2K had the ability to front load or back load), and I want to see the game engine itself.

In the trailer, people on the reddit are already pointing out stuff like the ball floating through the QBs hands. This isn't the end of the world, but if it's the same janky gameplay with a glossy sheen, I'll be disappointed.

Although, like I said above, probably getting this regardless of reviews based on external pressure, haha. Now I just need to find a PS5 for my brother.

Chit Chat / Re: The Life Thread
« on: June 14, 2021, 08:47:24 PM »
That sounds like an awesome time Crewe! If I ever make my way to Colorado I'll have to copycat some of this, not so much the roller coasters as I am a certified scaredy cat when it comes to those, but the gold mine and Breckenridge sound incredible.

Like you, I want to make my way to CO eventually and go to the Rockies stadium. My brother went here a few years ago and said the stadium is amazing, one of his favorites.

Chit Chat / Re: The Movies Thread
« on: June 09, 2021, 07:17:43 PM »
Seems sort of appropriate this is the next reply in succession:

Bo Burnham's Inside (on Netflix)

Watched this a few days ago and it's stuck with me ever since.

The quick background is, Bo left standup comedy about 5 years ago due to onstage panic attacks. He was planning a comeback, which is when the pandemic hit, and over the past year he recorded this special in his home (I'm pretty sure he has a "studio" in his backyard, based solely on the ending shot of his previous Netflix special, "Make Happy"). The special bounces around so many subjects, some all at the same time, but basically deals with the initial "oh man, there's a pandemic" into "everything has gone wrong and I have 0 idea how to cope."

It's a brilliant look at the past year in total, but also the line between performance and authenticity, as well as our genuine selves and our online selves. Particularly for someone like Burnham, who rose to fame from the early days of Youtube, and seeing him tackle the ill effects the internet has had, especially during the past year, with his own success derived from it is pretty gripping (although he seems to fall firmly on the "this was a mistake" side, if you take the special at face value).

One of the reasons Burnham is so beloved is he's not a typical stand-up comedian, he's a performer, and his live shows are full of parody songs and big showy effects, ending typically with a showstopper number. In Inside, his creativity is put to the test and I was genuinely fascinated by the different setups he constructed (I can only imagine the amount of hours spent downloading and installing software, waiting for equipment/props/clothing to arrive, programming the various lights and such, editing in post, etc that this all took). My favorite is easily during the song "I'm Turning 30," where 3 lights (one off-screen) and an iPhone screen combine for a pretty great 80s throwback and visual homage.

Burnham's never held back on mental health commentary in his shows, and Inside is no different, although it's much more intense. I imagine it's somewhat hard to be sad when you're in front of a crowd of 1000s (anxious, sure, but sad, maybe not?), but here we see Burnham at what he calls his all-time low. At one point he's surrounded by various clutter while laying on the floor, head on a pillow with a microphone resting next to it, covered by a blanket. It's unclear at times whether these cutaways (which there are multiple; some of Burnham setting things up, some of him talking to the camera seemingly candidly) are authentic or performative, and the truth likely lies somewhere in between.

Much like my favorite show, Bojack Horseman, Bo's great at both comedy and existential dread, and the special isn't without that. If your serotonin is particularly low, you may want to stop at the Intermission and come back another time. As the year goes on, it keeps looking like this pandemic will only get worse, as well as the world outside of it, Burnham starts to lose himself more and more. While he may have warmed up to the idea of staying inside forever, he realizes that won't keep him safe, as politics, global warming, and various other calamities seem to threaten our existence every moment of the day lately. We see him face this calmly during "That Funny Feeling," an incredible modern, camp-side take on "We Didn't Start the Fire." Lines like "The world at your fingertips, an ocean at your door" and "That unapparent summer air in early fall" accentuating the true enemy of us all waiting to pounce once this pandemic is over and the world "returns to normal."

Burnham covers personal subjects as well, such as the panic attacks he began experiencing on stage, as well as things like performing with no audience throughout he show (in previous specials, Bo's always had a rough time with his audience, one of his shows he states "if you can live without an audience, you should do it." Here, we see him clamoring to create to distract himself from reality (at one point, speaking to the camera, he acknowledges this, stating if he finishes the special, he has to go back to living life, so he'll just never finish the special so he can forever remain distracted from reality), and throughout the performance he uses audience noise at various points, culminating in an incredibly personal performance in "All Eyes on Me," at one point grabbing a camera he's using and swinging it around the room with him to simulate the audience's view.

All of this is to say, absolutely watch this. At 90 minutes, it's fantastic, and I've barely scratched the surface here (I have trouble determining if my favorite song is That Funny Feeling, All Eyes on Me, or one I haven't even mentioned here, "Welcome to the Internet" which is FANTASTIC).


Chit Chat / Re: The TV thread
« on: May 21, 2021, 07:43:50 PM »
well then, no apple tv to other sources lol

No sir, no apple tv for me. Maybe when their lineup gets a bit more

Yeah, Ted Lasso and MQ are really good, but we don't use it for anything else, and had we not gotten the first year free I wouldn't have signed up. Still though, if anyone in the family gets a Macbook for like, college or something, just make sure they give you the sign-in info because there's still some gems.

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