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Comedy Gold / Rob Lowe Roast
« on: September 05, 2016, 08:06:28 pm »
Rob Lowe Roast

Half way and so far it's brutal... But funny as hell.

Cause Ann Coultor is just getting slammed. Yes, we know all the jokes about Rob. It's the others slamming the other guests that make this very funny. I'm sure Comedy Central will replay.

Check it out

Off-Topic / Watch Ya' Mouth
« on: August 23, 2016, 06:14:03 am »
This looks fun...'

Watch Ya' Mouth

Music / Pennsylvania Slim
« on: August 21, 2016, 07:33:13 pm »
Pennsylvania Slim

Saw these guys Saturday night at my favorite restaurant, Table 3, Saturday evening. It was a perfect evening. The food was awesome and the band sounded so good. Pennsylvania Slim is tall charasimatc front man. Plays and sings so smoothly. The drummer was spot on, and the keyboardist/bass player blew me away. He played all songs with left hand playing bass on keys, and right hand playing ryhthm and keyboard lead. And he sang backup. Simply amazing watching this 3 piece band.

Off-Topic / Bootleg
« on: August 17, 2016, 03:49:17 am »
We talked bootleg recently in the phone thread. Thought it a good way to to educate ourselves so we don't get taken.

I've been mildly interested in Yeti products. I do use a travel cup every day. But... I use it in house too and need to microwave the contents, which a Yeti mug could not do. Then again, maybe my plastic mug is horrible at retaining the heat.

Yeti vs the oven

Off-Topic / Word of the Day
« on: August 08, 2016, 01:58:27 pm »
So words and terms go through fads. People grab onto something and just abuse the hell outta it. Words like 'Awesome', 'Amazeballs', etc.

So the two words I noticed that people are abusing the hella lot is...




What da hell. These folks are constantly saying it.

Now Playing: Movies / Gender Flipping Remakes
« on: August 02, 2016, 09:47:18 am »
This is so disheartening. We've discussed remakes many times before. IMO, I find most remakes a complete waste.

Now, because of the Studio's always searching for the next avenue, apparently 2016 Ghostbusters gave studio's yet another reason to not become creative.
'Ghostbusters' to 'Splash': Why Gender-Flipping Is the New Gritty Reboot 31

Yesterday afternoon, the industry trade papers reported that Disney was mounting a remake of Splash, a 1984 romcom starring a young Tom Hanks smitten with part-time mermaid Daryl Hannah. Remaking a popular favorite that's not surprising. What was shocking, however, was the way Disney turned the tide on this announcement's reception by swapping its leads' genders, casting movie star/second-coming-of-Gene-Kelly Channing Tatum as the merman and hot-streak character actress Jillian Bell as the ordinary Hanks type. It could have easily been another soul-deadening studio plan to prop up a moldy premise Weekend at Bernie's-style and market it to a new generation. Instead, Splash 2.0 sounds like it has the potential to be an interesting prospect.

Fans attacked the idea of women busting ghosts and that's the best, most inspired thing about this blockbuster

Conjuring a massive payday used to be as simple as applying a new layer of grit to a property that audiences know and love, and sitting back as the brand familiarity pays for itself. Maybe folks have gotten wise, or maybe the people making movies are just having an off year, but either way, it's not working as reliably as it used to. Think of the movie industry like a big children's soccer game, with everyone chasing after the highly lucrative ball regardless of what positions they've been assigned to play. The Gritty Reboot has now officially rolled out of bounds, and it's starting to look like the gender-flip movie is the trend du jour.


Music / Queen's Boulevard
« on: July 31, 2016, 02:53:52 pm »
Queen's Boulevard

Saw these guys recently in one of our many free outdoor concerts. The singers voice is high and at first had taken me off guard.
But I tell you what... it worked. One of the best outdoor local bands we've seen to date. They just rocked the place and the music was spot on. I came to like his voice doing some of the more traditional lower voice range songs.

Fantastic show.

Off-Topic / $100,000 Wedding
« on: July 30, 2016, 01:25:57 pm »
$100,000 Wedding

Yep, some very close friends of ours threw their only child a $100,000 Wedding and Reception. My judgment doesn't matter.
The wedding was nice. It was In-The-Round, which was different, but other than that... it was OK. I have no idea where they spent the money.

We just happened to know are immediate neighbors, who were there. Otherwise, not a soul.

At least we got these fun photos...

Travel / Cabo San Lucas (Mexico)
« on: July 16, 2016, 02:12:55 pm »

Well, we fly tomorrow. I've never been to Mexico. My wife planned this out. She found some time in her schedule before it gets busy and thought this would be a easy, quick, inexpensive trip. Well, inexpensive is a relative term. I don't know what to expect. I plan to relax at this one. Snorkel when I can.

Work really is busy, but I learned long ago, you have to take time out. No one will ever remember you for your work. They will remember you for who you are. Vacation as often as you can.

Like usual, probably won't take many pictures. I do take pictures, but they wind up going no where.

If you've been, let me know, the good and the bad. I'm just gonna wing. The wife has some stuff planned.

Television / Lost In Space (2018)
« on: June 30, 2016, 12:06:42 pm »
Well... this just announced.

Lost In Space (2018) Netflix

Will Robinson will soon find himself in danger again, thanks to Netflix.

The internet-streaming giant announced Wednesday that it has ordered 10 one-hour episodes of an updated "Lost in Space," based on the popular 1960s classic sci-fi series.

The show, which will premiere in 2018, is likely to be a bit edgier than the Irwin Allen original, which aired for three seasons from 1965 to 1968 on CBS (CBS is the parent company of CNET publisher CBSinteractive). Like the original, the reboot will follow the adventures of the Robinson family, explorers stranded light-years from home.

"The original series so deftly captured both drama and comedy, and that made it very appealing to a broad audience," Cindy Holland, Netflix's vice president of original content, said in a statement. "The current creative team's reimagining of the series for Netflix is sure to appeal to both fans who fondly remember the original and to create a new generation of enthusiasts around the world."

The new series is being produced by Legendary TV, with Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, the screenwriting team behind the films "Dracula Untold" and "Last Witch Hunter" writing the new series.

Off-Topic / All things Health...
« on: June 03, 2016, 11:19:11 am »
Well, we've mentioned things about health throughout the site, we've not made a thread.

Ladies and gentlemen, it's time.

First... I'm OK... No, I'm good. It wasn't that way 24 hours ago.
I'm not trying to bring drama, but I'm slowly realizing how serious my health got and just give others a heads up to take your health seriously. I do and always have. Somehow this snuck up on me.

Admittedly I'm pretty sedate during winter, but become active at the first signs of tolerable weather. That being said, my activities has picked up. Walk a lot with my wife. The garden is major work. Regular yard and house stuff. 2 weeks ago, I started a project that involved concrete. Simple 2x2 and 2x4 concrete slabs. I'm convinced it was this hard effort that broke loose the blockage in my heart. Since then my walks become painful in the chest and more so down my left arm. Climbing 2 flights of stairs with a backpack was dreadful. More pain. I made an appointment with my doctor Tuesday. We talked and set up a stress test... Immediately. I took the stress test yesterday and they saw some significant abnormalities. It was suggested I go to cardiac center then or the next day. I went then and was in the operating room 2 hours later.

So I had 90% blockage in the front artery and 80% in the back artery. The 3rd was clear. I was hoping I had strained some muscles. Not thinking blockage. I have a history of cholesterol. My doc and I have made efforts to address it. I've been taking cholesterol medicine for about 3 years now and it's been working. My numbers are looking far better. But, obviously I still have plaque build up, so my doc, cardiologist and I need to re-evaluate.

The procedure is amazing. It's about an hour and I'm wide awake. Today, the preferred method is to go through the wrist. They put a small straw in the major wrist vein. They snake the catheter through the wrist, up the arm and into the heart. Watching on a monitor, they check all the openings. Once they see where the blockage is forming, they snake a small metal laced stint into position. They apply air and the area balloons large spreading the stint outward and pushing the fatty material about and thinned out. They don't scrape the material due to high risk of material floating into areas it should never go. Now the artery is open to original size. Flow to the heart and I'm back to normal.

I'm watching all this happen. I slightly feel the catheter in my arm.

Textbook blockage and strint repair. I'm back in recovery. I'm fine and theoretically could be good enough to go home. But they wanted a night of observation.

Got home hours ago.

I need to be inactive for about 3 days. No lifting or major use of my right hand. That vein is repairing itself and don't want to pop it open.

Expect to go back to work Monday. Do yard work and play drums in about 10 days... Because of my wrist vein.

My lesson learned...  is to listen to your body. Pay attention to everything you put into it.

My concrete project was a blessing in disguise. I believe if I did not do it, my blockage would have continued to worsen and the possibility of something far less, like shoveling snow could have triggered a heart attack. Possibly death. Heart attacks is devastating to the heart and other parts of the body. My heart is very healthy and the blockage needed attention.

I've been slowly tackling my eating habits. Now it's going to be full time attention. I'm not to far removed from eating right. Just need minor adjustments. I should step up my heart pumping with activities 24/7. Not just summer. I sincerely feel sitting at my cubicle 40 hours a week is contributing to my health issues. Work seems very supportive of all thing health. I intend to find out what more they can provide me. For myself I need to get away from desk, far more.

As the doc said, some times it's just bad luck. I do not have family history of heart disease. My mom has always had high cholesterol. I'm the only one in the family, besides her.

He told me, I just did everything right addressing the symptoms. I do feel lucky. I did think I was smart about it. But I can be smarter.

The Concert Venue / Concert App?
« on: June 01, 2016, 10:18:12 am »
Is there some kind of system or app that I can plug into. Putting in the artist name and it telling me when they will be performing in town?

Short Films / The Looking Planet
« on: May 27, 2016, 07:57:32 am »
The Looking Planet

Extremely creative sci-fi fairy tale of the creation of the Solar System

Comic Books & Art / Defaced Bills
« on: May 16, 2016, 09:26:52 am »
Yep, I do find these as art and very creative...

Defaced Bills


Now Playing: Movies / Matthew McConaughey Makes Noises
« on: May 16, 2016, 09:17:31 am »
Good gawd, some people have time on their hands.

funny for about 30 seconds...

Matthew McConaughey Makes Noises

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