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I almsot forgot that Comic Con was happening.  Kinda miss going... especially seeing all these people i like and want to meet all there.  But I also remember what a horrible mess the place is in terms of population density its become and am glad I don't have to deal with it. 

I actually do wonder if Chip and I were ever at SDCC at the same time and missed each other.

Short Films / Re: Nathan Fillion in Uncharted
« on: July 16, 2018, 10:50:52 pm »
Well, Sony owns it...

Short Films / Nathan Fillion in Uncharted
« on: July 16, 2018, 09:49:21 am »
Total fan service.  And awesome.  Just pure Fillion.

Music / Re: What Are You Listening To Right Now?
« on: July 11, 2018, 10:41:10 pm »
An actual rock band performed "Dayman" from "Always Sunny" (couldn't find a thread for it) and it's awesome.

Music / Re: Hottest Music Videos Of All Time (NSFW)
« on: July 07, 2018, 10:55:00 am »

Music / Re: Hottest Music Videos Of All Time (NSFW)
« on: June 25, 2018, 08:58:04 pm »
I don't know "hottest of all time," but dang.

So, history: the hook of this song I heard when I was a kid, it's from something older than this track.  I never knew the name, and the last time I heard it was in 1998 (or so) in a commercial for a compilation CD.  So I'd been looking for that commercial since, thanks to youtube and so on.  No luck.  Then I manage to get a small walk in today and put on an old playlist that I hadn't sorted through yet and all of a sudden: I hear the melody.  I'd had it on my iPod for at least 8 years and didn't know it.  Nuts.

Now this isn't the actual song.  I did some digging and found that melody was used in another song, and that's the one I was looking for, Reach Up by Perfecto Allstars:

The fact that this music video is stupid and the song is annoying and repetitive in no way diminishes my elation at wrapping up this loose end.

Music / Re: What Are You Listening To Right Now?
« on: June 19, 2018, 09:56:43 pm »
I'm sure you've all heard this song, even if you haven't posted it.  But I want to.  Partly because, of course, I have a story to go with this.

When I was in high school, the first friend I met was this kid named Matt, and we got like a house on fire.  There were always these gold  records hanging on the wall in his house and it was Nashville so I never really thought about it, but one day I asked what they were for.  "Oh, my dad was in a band called Toto, he did this song 'Africa.'"

So once this new cover came out and became a meme sensation, part of my brain keeps imagining Matt's dad going "...why am I getting all these royalty checks all of a sudden?"

Music / Re: Record This! (The Home and Pro Recording Studio Thread)
« on: June 08, 2018, 04:50:15 pm »
So this barely counts as a recording studio thing, but I ordered Dropmix on a whim since it was 5p% off on Amazon and just got it in the mail today.  Been playing on it for... I don't even know how long, but it is D*MN addictive.  It's sort of a card game, you have five sots and various cards that trigger music cues from different songs (vocals, guitar, bass, trumpets, piano, drums, etc) and you can use them to basically DJ on the fly without any pro equipment.  It's pretty fun and real easy, my only issue is that there were waayyyyyy too few vocal tracks, things began to feel repetitive pretty quick.  I ordered some expansion packs but all five card types are assorted together, you can't JUST get vocals, or more trumpets, or anything you might have an affinity for, and that kinda sucks.  It would be nice to... I could pipe the audio into my computer pretty easily, but there'd be a delay, I think it would be interesting to find a way to use my own collection of vocal tracks and sound effects with this live.  I could do it in post if I needed to, but it wouldn't be the same.

Now Playing: Movies / Re: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse(2018)
« on: June 06, 2018, 09:23:36 pm »
Insane to think we're seeing Gwen in a movie already!  Remember the days when a comic book idea would take 20 years to reach the big screen?

Looks like an interesting looking cartoon, too.... stylized, but still a cut about Saturday morning cartoon.  And action oriented in a way CGI animated movies usually aren't.  If this works, maybe it'll prove a viable format for other action IPs that might not work as live action features (something I thought Imagi might do ten years ago, before they went under).

Oh, it's Hailee Steinfeld as Gwen.  Nice choice!  Jake Johnson is Peter.

Television / Re: Arrested Development (Season 4 - 2013)
« on: May 30, 2018, 10:36:27 am »
I feel like there MIGHT have been some pressure from Netflix to make it more binge-able, but honestly I don't know.  It's a thing that happens quite a bit with streaming services, possibly the confidence in knowing that the audience can watch another episode right off the bat.  But it leads to less fulfilling individual episodes.  It's sort of like how British shows without commercial breaks (or HBO type shows) don't build in cliffhangers to make you stick around during the commercials, they don't need to, and this one level above that.

The show itself they can film out of sequence, based on the actor's schedules and location availability which makes production a bit easier, they can film the whole thing like one big movie.  Which I suppose leads to thinking of the thing as one big movie that can be broken down into chunks.  And I suppose that making those chunks more complex by making them complete is far more work than we suspect.  I dunno.

I am curious how often people re-watch/re-bunge shows of this nature, as opposed to more episodic series.  What brings me back to shows like AD, Star Trek, etc is wanting to see "the episode where so-and-so happens" and then falling into the trap.  Thinking about a show as a 13-episode movie is more daunting, less casual.  It's a commitment, even if it's a light show.

Television / Re: Arrested Development (Season 4 - 2013)
« on: May 29, 2018, 10:59:33 pm »
So I watched the new season, or half season, or whatever you want to call it, and... I enjoyed it.  The big issue is still that it feels like just one really long episode rather than actual satisfying chunks (especially given the first half of episode one was one long recap), which is a big issue I have with streaming shows.  But on the plus side, the show feels much closer to the original show, there's still some really egregious green screening, they revisit or rebuild a ton of old locales (like the visitation room from prison or the banana stand)... but it still feels too far removed, you know?  I can't imagine myself wanting to revisit this season as background like I do with the original run.

They do benefit from not having to do as many call-backs like season four did, where they brought back every stray thread to satisfy fans.  The quintuplets, Annyong, everything got screen time.  .

Lindsey was an issue that I was curious how they would tackle, I think they found a good out for her.  But her loss, combined with the cast still having few group scenes together, plus the lack of episodes with endings, makes the show feel more sparse than it probably really is.

(This is, incidentally, why i also have a picture with Colin Hanks)

Yeah, I did Tower a few times (I remember seeing Michelle Branch perform there because I'm ANCIENT) but it seems like I got into it right at the tailwind of things, so I was never in attendance in its' prime.  I do remember a WALL of black-cased VHS tapes that you could rent, which I obviously never could, and wondering what was on those.  Something about an indistinguishable tape always stirs my imagination.  To this day, when I see there's a place that sells tapes or DVDs I want to go in there, as if what they have won't be the same sh*t you can get at any other store!

So I just saw this.  Theatrically.  Which was quite cool.  Really dug it, loved the characters in it, but it did leave me feeling a but wistful.  Not just for the world of the record store (though my Tower was always tricky to get to), but also because I really never gave a d*mn about a job like that... and I can't imagine that I ever would.  Which is kind of a sucky place to be.

But I obviously couldn't help but think about the whole way the thing fell apart, wondering how it could have gone differently.  First, I can't help but think "this is how ALL companies have to end.  I mean, what else can you do, wrap everything up, call it a day and go home?  No,  these things just keep moving forward until they pound themselves into dust"  I know it wasn't a documentary about the economics of it, but the fact that there weren't any fresh faces from the 80s or 90s... that stuck out to me.  Where were the kids who grew up making mixtapes, scratching records, the ones who didn't define their collections by a list of records on a shelf but how they interacted with it?  Of course the internet took them all by surprise and they made some bad business decisions, but didn't it seem strange that a company whose big thing was youthful energy and pure adoration for music just kept getting OLDER?

Off-Topic / Re: I Saw A Celebrity, Get Me Outta Here!!!
« on: May 17, 2018, 07:52:44 pm »

Colin Hanks.

Oh, and Leonard Maltin.  But also, Colin Hanks.

DVD's & Blu-rays / Re: New DVD's Coming Soon........
« on: May 14, 2018, 05:42:45 pm »
Shout! Factory is still going strong, heck, they have a sub-brand dedicated to horror now... heck, I think they own GKids, which just got the licensing rights to the Miyazaki flicks.

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