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  1. Argonath Diver

    NBA 2019 - Now the Joy in My World is in Zion

    It was a meme to incorrectly use the verb on a sports board I read ages ago before the word Meme had coalesced into its present form. I'm not sure why so many sports fans swap the verb and adjective, but it's definitely one of the most prevalent simple errors I know of. I'm sure other common spelling errors are mostly eliminated by autocorrect, but obviously this one along with the eternal your/you're level stuff won't be fixed by that any time soon.
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    Jeopardy! A salute to Alex Trebek

    I was one of the nerds in high school. One of the somewhat socially awkward guys in our clique was often teased for his prowess in random trivia. Well, fast forward to him with his shiny doctorate at a superb school, he gets on Jeopardy and wins six figures up through the tournament of champions. He also spoke the world of Trebek, for what it's worth. I'm with you on the losing of family to cancer front. Fuck cancer.
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    The Voice Inside My Head vs Any Other Voice

    I am completely unable to listen to Audiobooks. I simply cannot parse fiction at a non-variable rate, if that makes sense. Sometimes I'll spend several minutes on one single paragraph - be it an important plot development, a wonderful piece of prose, or the like. Conversely, I will absolutely zoom through some exposition or dialogue sometimes, nearly even skimming, but slow back down to a snail's pace if I really am into the scene. I do not drive for my commute, though, as I live in an urban setting. If I'm on the train, my headphones are solely for music - I am somewhat better at listening to talk radio or podcasts, but even those aren't for me. I am moving halfway across the country at the end of the month, perhaps I'll re-try the audiobook thing then!
  4. I believe Tolomei herself owns up to her snack here later on. Or was this Sulfur's work he admits to later as well? This is why I can't read multiple series at once, I've jumped into some Erickson and now even my careful re-reading of Abercrombie not two weeks ago is fading.
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    Watched, Watching & Rewatch Redux

    Yes, it hit a bit higher than boxofficemojo and early tracking predicted. Alas, it cost a whole ton of money to look so good, and looks like it'll lose a hefty chunk - like Jupiter, Ascending (which was terrible), it simply cost far too much to generate very little buzz to justify a sequel. Oh well, I will probably pick up the 3D blu ray down the road.
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    Watched, Watching & Rewatch Redux

    I really enjoyed Battle Angel Alita. Superb action scenes throughout, especially as one of the last bastions of fans of 3D-enhanced films. Plenty of cyborg parts flying at me throughout was quite fun. I thought the manga eyes would put me off, but it worked just fine, and the two teens had a great vibe. Most of the actors seemed to enjoy hamming it up. The plot zipped along, hit the usual tropes, and set itself up nicely for a sequel no one ever expects will actually be filmed. It was surprisingly violent with cyborgs being ended in all sorts of grisly ways, and got some solid gags in without any really groan-worthy moments. It's too bad it's doing so poorly, I imagine the final How to Train Your Dragon will take a big chunk of its target audience.
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    Watched, Watching & Rewatch Redux

    Without going into any spoilers, I finished The Umbrella Academy, only by compressing the last five or so episodes with increased amounts of fast forwarding through awful scene after scene. I wholly regret wasting any time at all on it. The music was solid, I guess? Nonspecific vague spoilers for: My comic junkie buddy was really hyped for this, I got to it first, he is still plunging forward anyways - I'll be interested to hear his opinion. I have to imagine the comic is vastly superior.
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    Trailer Thread V

    I also thought that trailer for The Hustle looked god awful. Then again, I am supremely biased, as Steve Martin and Michael Caine are in my pantheon of amazing people on and off camera. And I cherish Dirty Rotten Scoundrels to this day. Hell, I just watched it two weeks ago for the who-knows-how-many-ith time. I have to agree that having any male play the role of a master manipulator/seducer wouldn't exactly play in 2019. Or, hell, I don't know maybe it would.
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    Star Wars Thread: I KNOW WHAT THAT IS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I'm pretty stoned, and I've re-read that post several times and am no closer to figuring it out, myself.
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    Watched, Watching & Rewatch Redux

    I have not gone to the theaters to see The Lego Movie 2 yet, as a ticket, snack and drink cost me about as much as a healthy bar tab, but I will at some point. Its release did prompt me to invite my movie buff buddy over to watch the original - he'd missed it for whatever reason. I love The Lego Movie so much. As a kid, I was such a massive Lego nerd that I wrote a letter to the company, with attached designs for some of my robots I'd created. Thirty years later, my mom still has their letter of induction to the Builders Club (I think that was the honorary name) they sent back; it was one of the coolest things that's ever happened to me. I peaked at age 7. I could babble for pages about what I love about the original film. I have a big projector screen and 3D goggles. I shamelessly love 3D movies, as they look better in my opinion in my living room than they do in the theater. This movie was absolutely made with 3D visuals in mind; some of the action sequences are simply incredible on my setup. My buddy was barely dodging the pieces flying toward his recliner. Before I sat him down for Coraline a few years ago, he was a determined 3D-hater. He'll grudgingly put on the glasses at my place - I only use them for movies truly made for it, not those garbage upconverted summer flicks. Ugh. I was also a fiend for those mid 80s blue and grey spaceships, and I love Charlie Day. I was absolutely laughing and crying uncontrollably the first time he build that *incredibly awesome* spaceship. One of my favorite moments of any movie, ever. Also, Lego Batman, the neat plot shift near the end, all the incredible models and sets created. Enough from me. I do hate that song.
  11. Man, the trouble with re-reads like this are that am always either far behind or far ahead. I've already chugged through most of the first novel. The introductory chapters were as fun as I remembered them. I remember my first adventure through these books. I thought I had very cleverly guessed the characters' fates, and I couldn't have been more wrong. Joe doesn't spend much time on scenery, does he? I have absolutely no idea what Adua looks like. Occasionally, the vaguest aspects of a room are described. On a related note, I told myself I wouldn't look at a map until I'd gotten a decent idea of geography from the text. Unfortunately, that doesn't exist - at least not in the first half of The Blade Itself. His dialogue, action, and inner monologues keep pages turning, though. On a minor note, I really enjoy how often he types out an interjection in just the right spots. Instead of "Logan cursed, and ..." we get "Ugh." Logan said. Can't wait for the sex scene grunts later on! Is it next week yet? I want to complain about Malachus Quai soon!
  12. Looking forward to this. I'll dive in as well; it's been a few years since I re-read the original series, though I just did the stand-alones again in 2018.
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    MLB Offseason 2018: Harper, Your Herald Boras Sings

    I swear I typed out the Dodgers there, hah! Yeah, Yankees are a bit confusing on their end as well. I am not sure how to get players performing very well in their mid 20s years to be paid fairly, if we aren't going to see big money for guys past 30 any more. I've always been a proponent of large incentives on play, but it's a very flawed system, and players want guarantees. 2021 will definitely see some big changes, won't it?
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    MLB Offseason 2018: Harper, Your Herald Boras Sings

    Wow, every day I expect to see one of the two big FAs signed for a megadeal, and every day passes with no news on the signings front. Surely one of them will go soon?! I can't believe we heard hype about these two all last year and their incoming record-setting deals, and now we see the Yankees signing Pollock, the Cubs spending as much money as I have on free agents, and nary a peep about these 350, 400 million dollar deals that were supposed to be offered by half the league. I don't really want either guy on my Cardinals for those prices, but good gosh, surely a team will give Harper 275m? Or are they all like me saying "you know he really only had the one absurd season, the rest of the time he's been, well, pretty darn good?" Perhaps the next CBA, we will see sweeping changes, with young phenoms getting far larger deals than the current absurd and failing system of team control and arbitration is allowing.
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    Watch, Watched, Watching: The Art of the Rewatch edition

    I hardly ever watch TV anymore. Cut the cable long ago, now even my Netflix and Amazon lay dormant for the most part. I simply am not an episodic TV kind of watcher anymore. I don't really follow what shows are trending, unless I hear about something second-hand through my bar customer chatter, facebook, or sites like this. So I have no idea why the hell I got hooked on Lucifer on Netflix (just finished the first season). It's corny as all get out, but I love shows with the framework of "Okay, it's Matlock, only this time he's a ____ !" Heck, I can watch Psych and be totally content and that show is eye-rollingly schlocky sometimes. I don't recall hearing chatter about Lucifer other than vaguely remember it being a show that maybe people liked, that may have been cancelled and/or renewed. Upon looking it up, I was very surprised I'd not heard of it - I love Neil Gaiman, damnit! For a decade, The Sandman has been on my list of things I keep meaning to dive completely into, despite my general malaise when it comes to reading comics. Anyways, it'll be nice to cruise through knowing people continued to enjoy it. For now I will enjoy ridiculously beautiful people solving paint-by-numbers whodunits, with the occasional bargain barrel fight scene or CGI.