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I hear Beautiful Creatures is a much better movie than it sounds, but I'll probably never know.
These and all other topics are up for discussion below. There'll be a separate Walking Dead thread Monday morning.
I missed an open thread? Dammit!
How can they cancel a show that names an episode as "Love is a Battlefield", and it makes you cry at the end? [Re: Green Lantern]
I just watch the new Die Hard movie. (Spoiler Alert)
There is a scene in the film where a villain is killed that could have been easily saved. The point was explicitly made that he was being killed and that it was not an act of self defense. Am I alone in finding this sort of thing disappointing? It not like Die Hard needs to go for subtlety...Would anyone really be disappointed in an act of self-defense killing the bad guy? I am starting to miss real fake heroes.
How insane is it that the Venture Brothers aired its pilot 10 years ago.
I've been wondering, as a tech and freedom of speech nerd, what do people think of the new Google policies. For those who don't know.
Now that it is also on Canada's and the UK's (among others) Google sites I was wondering how everyone feels about this?
Has anyone been watching The Following? It is really good to start but it is slowly losing my interest. Also, what would they do for a follow up?
life draining alien parasite fish are invading New Jersey, residents say "You got a problem with that?"
"For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love." - Carl Sagan
Saw that in Mutts
A few of you might like this. (Tried to play it on my laptop, froze and I lost my hacksaw....)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2F3ZWEEbF4
Semi nerd related, but Topps trading cards have decided they will exclude any mention of Pete Rose from their new set of baseball cards. His hasn't been mentioned on a baseball card since 1989, but his record of 4,256 hits will remain, just not his name beside it. Its funny, if they were to exclude every baseball player who had a moral failing from appearing on a card, Topps would be out of business. I guess doping, womanizing, drunkenness and being a giant douchebag are all okay, just don't gamble.
Apparently Facebook is still writing off all the bonuses they paid out in 2011, earning them a $429 million refund on a year they took in $1.1 billion in net profits. For some reason when a company compensates employees with stuff other than money that company can write that payment off as a loss on their taxes, and their "employees" were paid $1.03 billion in non-monetary compensation that year, and they brag that in 2013 the amount they'll be able to write off should be $2.17 billion so if they just make that $1.1 billion again we the people of USAlund will owe Facebook a $1.07 billion tax refund this time next year.
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@Dudley_Dawsonwhat Michael said I'm blown away that any one able to earn $9534 in a few weeks on the inetwork.
That's the first week I enjoyed GL's episode more than Young Justice's. And YJ's episode was pretty damn fine
@louieatrest heroes that do the right thing rings false in a society built upon doing the most expedient thing. Last time I saw a hero kill the bad guy in self defense it was criticized in the reviews as contrived and corny.
@louieatrestMcClane has been killing people in cold blood since the first Die Hard.
He is not Superman, or Batman, he kills bad guys if he gets a chance.
@troi mind you that I'm not a mental health professional or anything but I'd say that on a scale from one to ten it's a three
@Someguy Is that for real? My Google doesn't have that. It has the option to "filter explicit results," or not.
I'm watching it, and yeah, it started out really strong, but I agree, it's losing steam. I was thinking that what will likely happen after Hardy apprehends or kills all 6 of the known cult members, the season finale will be that they discover a whole different cell of Joe Carroll's followers acting independently of the first group. Like a terrorist organization. And I think at least one member of the FBI team will ultimately be revealed to be in that second group. That's if the show lasts that long which, since it's on Fox, is unlikely.
@Canadian.Scott I don't watch much tv but I find the idea of a follow up to The Following full of pun potential
@Gallen_Dugall Is that what the cast of Jersey Shore were? I knew it!
@Gallen_Dugall mutts is by far the best drawn newspaper comic strip.
@skrag2112 yeah the Pete Rose thing stinks of a personal vendetta or at best stupid PR advice. It would be different if he'd bet against his team instead of on them. What he did was stupid and he has been banned from the hall of fame, but denying his honest achievements is just being a dick.
@Gallen_Dugall When you base your country motto that business and/or Government will save you, this is what you get. I don't get it. Then again I never understood Facebook. I spend all of my time telling people that ease and convenience, is inversely proportional to safety and security. Facebook is one of those things I use as an example. Just the simple harvesting of information they do for someone to sign up for one never-the-less stuff they get after. (not to mention when I have to fix someone computer from problems that start with the sentence, "I was on Facebook..." We as a nation have had a horrible notion that government protects us from businesses and that money protects us from everything else.
As long as politicians get money from businesses they will never change the tax laws for good. As long as governments see the economy money moving (even if it is money that was moved my identity theft) nothing that will create a long term good will never be done. The longer it takes, the less chance people will change and we will excuse whatever mess we are in to keep it.
@Gallen_Dugall@Dudley_DawsonSo close Spambot...
@Gallen_Dugall @louieatrest I Agree with Gallen, we also have the whole Han /Greedo thing.
@jonap @louieatrest Getting the jump on an armed bad guy is fine, and I do not think you can find a time where he kills someone after he has already been disarmed. What made things bad in this film, IMO, is the announcement that he is going to kill him and it is clearly not an act of self-defense.
@LYT @Someguy The old system was Strict ( Filter Explicit results), moderate, and off. The new format is now you can have moderate (which is default) or filter explicit results (full) but no off. This, right now, effects the image part of the search. They slipped it in on us back in December. Canada and UK got theirs around January 27th.
Right now they are defending it with the porn line. Hey if you want a certain thing you will have to be more specific : I.E. If you were looking for the act of oral sex you would have to put that in specifically. While this is a great way to get this in (by pretending it doesn't effect as many people not looking for porn) this stuff usually leads to a slippery slope of, "Well if you wanted to know about the proposal, you should have asked beetter."
Our News system in America can not always be trusted to give us what we need. Many people missed, and are still shocked to find out, that Americans can be held without trial in America if the Government thinks it could be terrorist related. To find out that one of our systems we use to get information is willing to filter without provocation is disturbing. ( Search engines are based on filtering, but filtering out the weather in your search for He-man toys is different then filtering New He-Man toy banned for promoting unhealthy lifestyle choices out of He-man search because you didn't know about it to ask)
Right now Bing still has the Safe-Moderate-off settings. The Japanese Google search engine also still has safe-moderate-off but is hard to use without a little knowledge of Japanese.
@Futurama4Ever Same here. I have really enjoyed it, but wondered how a show can be sustained if there are only 6 cult members and now 3 are dead?
@LYT @Gallen_Dugall http://lifehacker.com/5665491/top-10-fast-food-recipes-you-can-make-at-home
I saw this and I thought of you... creepy huh?
@troi my mother emails them to me
@Gallen_Dugall @skrag2112 I think the reasoning they use to keep him out is that he only bet on his team when certain pitchers were playing and not betting at all when worse pitchers played.
@louieatrest@jonap@Gallen_DugallMaybe it´s a remnant of his 80s action hero days.
"Big sweaty men! Big noisy guns! Dozens of people getting beaten and slaughtered–per scene! Entire cities razed to the ground! Liberal wimps beware as simple handguns become judge, jury and executioner!
You would not have wanted to run into any of them while lurking in a dark alley. Especially
if you’re a commie-nazi, drug-dealing terrorist leftist cop who’s soft
on crime and likes kidnapping/molesting under-aged white girls in said
alleys. [...] Action stars of two decades ago shot .44 bullets out of their cocks.
Honestly, if me and Charles Bronson were in the same room I’d kill
myself just to make sure he didn’t hurt me".
@jonap @Gallen_Dugall @louieatrest It can be contrived and corny or it can be written as obvious and inevitable that the villan will act in a way that would cause thier own death.
With the Han Solo thing it was clear that he was in danger, and Han had not reached the redemption portion of his story arc yet...by changing this scene Han goes through no personal change, and his character becomes pointless.
It may ring a little false, but in a Die Hard movie, I expect my good guy to always try his best to do the right thing, or it seems a little pointless.
@scarfdemon @Someguy I think it's too easy to forget that on social networks we are not the clients but the product. Users are being sold to businesses for direct marketing purposes. My question is how does this SafeSearch increase their profits? Have they been subject to too many lawsuits or something? My guess is that the American equivalent of the CRTC is standing in thier way of future licenses.
@SomeguyWhat really tees me off (on top of everything you just said) is that looking for help in turning safe search off leads to a youtube video explaining how to turn on filter explicit. Like they think you're stupid and can't figure out the obvious.
Also the 'be specific' thing is sort of bull. Because if you are, they hide you're results behind a box that says "Google SafeSearch Use the SafeSearch menu to filter explicit results." that you have to then click through.
Which means it time for one of my favorite words, asinine!
@Gallen_Dugall @James.k.Polk @LYT in the description of the stuffed crust pizza. I took a little bit of liberty with the quoting
@James.k.Polk @Gallen_Dugall @LYT I don't see that - which link?
@Gallen_Dugall @LYT I'd just like to point out that the page you linked to describes the joy of "jamming meat where it doesn't necessarily belong."
@LYT @Gallen_Dugall in fact since you brought it to my attention, in my mind, you and the sharpener are permanently linked
@Gallen_Dugall @LYT As long as you didn't see the Austrian dick-sharpener and think of me, I'm good.
@Gallen_Dugall @James.k.Polk @Someguy @troi @skrag2112 Well, I admit I have no vested interest here. But I do believe the words "lifetime ban" should mean something. As far as what a baseball card maker does-- that's neither here nor there. They aren't an official arm of Major League baseball, so anything they do, or chose not to do, is their own account.
@James.k.Polk @Gallen_Dugall @Someguy @troi @skrag2112 it's one thing to apply a standard evenly - but this is one man who got treated far more harshly than anyone had before or has since, which he accepted, he took his punishment and paid for his "crime", and now they're piling on by trying to expunge his existence from the record, like a jealous Pharaoh chiseling the names of his predecessors off of monuments.
To my mind this goes beyond "he was bad and should be punished MOAR!" this is "future generations are going to look at what we did and it's pretty obvious we are in the wrong, way in the wrong. There is no way to justify what we did to this guy and it's pretty obvious we did it for our own selfish interests. We're in too deep to admit we're greedy abusive assholes and ask for forgiveness (we'd be sued into oblivion) so our only option is to start rewriting history so that it never happened."
@Gallen_Dugall @Someguy @James.k.Polk @troi @skrag2112 So now we're going to argue that our standards for conduct cannot change over time. Surely you're not suggesting that we revert to the moral code of the early 1800's?
@Someguy @James.k.Polk @troi @Gallen_Dugall @skrag2112 also it's worth noting that there are hall of fame inductees that bet on their teams to lose and others that threw the major end of season games for money. That said most of my knowledge of baseball comes from watching the Ken Burns documentary.
a lot of what Rose is getting dumped on for seems excessive, banning from the hall of fame, okay fine - it's a very harsh punishment, but fine he accepted it and was remorseful, let the man move on, but no, now they want to expunge the guy's name from baseball.
@James.k.Polk @troi @Gallen_Dugall @skrag2112 I'm not a sports fan myself (and unlike most people I mean that sentence to remind people that my words should be given little credit not more) I think the problem here is more the selectiveness of the crimes to punishment. He gambled that his team would win (I think they all should gamble on that. What your team didn't win? Here is your minimum wage paycheck for the season) but since that was against the rules I have no problem with the ban. Then I see those who fail drug tests return, even though their brand of cheating always affect the outcome of games. Even if they never use the substances again that body advantage stays with them for a long time (easier to maintain muscle then create it). They gave him a lifelong ban, and that is their choice, but now to pretend that he didn't exist for accomplishments he did with his own body is re-writing history without mentioning slavery in America. Yes it is shameful but pretending it never happened is not the way. Those accomplishments are his. The shame of breaking the rules are also his.
@James.k.Polk @troi @Gallen_Dugall @skrag2112 It makes sense not to honor him with any further cards and merchandise - but expunging all his previous achievements from the record like they never happened is what seems to be the problem here.
But if you think that's bad, ask a wrestling fan about Chris Benoit.
@troi @Gallen_Dugall @skrag2112 I don't understand. He bet on baseball. It was considered serious enough that he was handed a lifetime ban from baseball. That seems appropriate to me.
I don't understand this feeling that "because other people got away with something, we can never punish the people we catch."
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