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by Anthony Ravenscroft
Thu Jun 23, 2011 1:54 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Green Lantern Review
Replies: 4
Views: 9828

Re: Green Lantern Review

Thanks for the heads-up. It seems like so many "comic book" movies try too hard to capture the cash of BOTH the die-hard ur-fans & the general public who MIGHT have a vague idea what's going on. As such (probably due largely to run-time limits) the films have to leave out important bac...
by Anthony Ravenscroft
Wed Jun 22, 2011 12:46 pm
Forum: General
Topic: They Got My Card Number.
Replies: 13
Views: 6241

Re: They Got My Card Number.

It's easy to find hacking tech -- you can even subscribe to a dead-tree magazine:
http://www.2600.com/

Or attend the annual convention in Las Vegas:
http://www.defcon.org/
by Anthony Ravenscroft
Wed Jun 22, 2011 12:40 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Wathcya watchin'?
Replies: 1642
Views: 309938

Re: Wathcya watchin'?

If you appreciate Herzog, then you need to watch season 3 ep 1 of The Boondocks , "It's a Black President, Huey Freeman." He voices a documentarian who asks wonderfully obtuse questions like, “Now that it looks like Obama is going to win, as a black African-American Negro, are you merely e...
by Anthony Ravenscroft
Wed Jun 22, 2011 12:34 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Falling Skies: what a steaming load of mulch
Replies: 2
Views: 7959

Re: Falling Skies: what a steaming load of mulch

Well, upon review... ...nope, it really does suck. One review referenced on Wikipedia calls the cast "unconvinced & unconvincing" -- bingo. There is a single ray of light: the character "John Pope" (Colin Cunningham), leader of the (now-defunct) anarchist band of racist marau...
by Anthony Ravenscroft
Mon Jun 20, 2011 1:04 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Falling Skies: what a steaming load of mulch
Replies: 2
Views: 7959

Falling Skies: what a steaming load of mulch

Is it a spoiler if I warn people NOT to waste their time? I've been reading & watching & listening to science fiction for more than 40 years. I take the good with the bad, & often even appreciate the truly awful: one of my favorite stupid movies is Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (though t...
by Anthony Ravenscroft
Sat Jun 18, 2011 10:49 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Depression
Replies: 667
Views: 190632

Re: Depression

I'm not anti-drug in the least. I am, however, leery of overprescription, as those doctors who aren't simply lazy seem to go wacky with covering their asses against potential lawsuit for missing a diagnosis. I did get a great laugh from this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMvKIHw7bCI The meshing of...
by Anthony Ravenscroft
Wed Jun 15, 2011 8:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Depression
Replies: 667
Views: 190632

Re: Depression

I am impressed (not positively) that there are now drugs on the market -- advertised on TV -- specifically to combat the side-effects of antidepressants. Naturally, these drugs have their own potential side-effects, like increasing suidical thoughts. Isn't that why I'm supposed to be taking the Zolo...
by Anthony Ravenscroft
Sat Jun 11, 2011 9:23 am
Forum: General
Topic: THE PAVILION ANNEX
Replies: 9947
Views: 1805141

Re: THE PAVILION ANNEX

As much as I dislike people who wallow in their own filth & even wear it as a badge of honor, our culture does not in any way teach logicak thinking, much less the possibility of paradigmatic shift. Everything is "just the way it is." In my family, less than one-fourth of the women get...
by Anthony Ravenscroft
Sat Jun 11, 2011 8:47 am
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Webderland Wine Seminar
Replies: 277
Views: 117291

Re: Webderland Wine Seminar

Sake is pleasant, but I don't go out of my way for it. There's a nice sushi restaurant in Minneapolis, & back when I had a slightly better income I went through the entire selection of sashimi over three visits. Nothing particularly bad or "weird," despite Middle American preconception...
by Anthony Ravenscroft
Sun Jun 05, 2011 11:33 am
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Webderland Wine Seminar
Replies: 277
Views: 117291

Re: Webderland Wine Seminar

Absinthe got a hugely bad rep because it was in such high demand that a bootleg industry flourished. To get that lovely green color, the fakes often used salts of various metals, like chromium & lead. :shock: For some reason, Absinthe never got the same level of government protection as did Char...
by Anthony Ravenscroft
Tue May 31, 2011 10:24 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Webderland Wine Seminar
Replies: 277
Views: 117291

Re: Webderland Wine Seminar

Yeah, ouzo is definitely on my "once in every third blue moon" sipper -- when I crave a taste it's heaven, otherwise it's overwhelming. Now that you mention it, this strikes me as odd, as I easily enjoy straight-up green Chartreuse (though merely tolerate modern absinthe) & even Campar...
by Anthony Ravenscroft
Tue May 31, 2011 10:10 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Doctor Who - Season 31
Replies: 111
Views: 87509

Re: Doctor Who - Season 31

I think I'd like the New Doctor more if he hadn't been so totally upstaged by the two previous tenants of the role. Totally loved the line "Fear me -- I killed them all." Breadcrumbs all over the place, so there's obviously got to be some red herrings. Is River Song the embodied TARDIS? Is...
by Anthony Ravenscroft
Mon May 30, 2011 12:06 am
Forum: General
Topic: Creative Commons
Replies: 112
Views: 45693

Re: Creative Commons

My understanding of "intellectual property" laws in the U.S. is that, in exchange for having the heavy boot of Government ready & willing to enforce its creative citizens' rights to what they create, said citizens will, after a reasonable amount of time to maximize personal profit from...
by Anthony Ravenscroft
Mon May 23, 2011 10:29 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Depression
Replies: 667
Views: 190632

Re: Depression

We had a family friend who was a nurse. She once famously told us, "Nothing undercuts the will to live like chronic low-level pain." Acute &/or severe pain can be fought, but those little aches & pains just eat you away, like water dripping on stone. I've been fighting some yet-und...
by Anthony Ravenscroft
Sun May 22, 2011 12:47 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Sounds of Evil: the Metal Thread
Replies: 699
Views: 135473

Re: Sounds of Evil: the Metal Thread

I won't vouch for the accuracy, but if you want to sing along:
http://www.lyricstime.com/cowboy-bebop-live-in-baghdad-lyrics.html

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