Comment #3070 by: Dave at about 09:56 on March 5, 2008
So who is the new king?

  Comment #3069 by: gB at about 15:22 on March 4, 2008
Attention gamer-dorks...
Gary Gygax died today.
The king is dead. Long live the king!

  Comment #3068 by: Adam at about 00:18 on February 24, 2008
Uncle Rico's van is for sale! Check it out: Uncle Rico's Van on eBay

  Comment #3067 by: Gun Nut Dave at about 14:26 on February 21, 2008
I recently dodged the bullet (pun intended)on taking community adjustment case that was considered at such a high risk for being the victim of a drive by shooting that I was forbid to meet with him, either at his home or in my office. We would have had to conduct or sessions on "neutral turf."

I recently became aware of a paradigm shift in my own thinking. There was a time, not so long ago that I exercised care when I visited notoriously dangerous places like 14th street in Rock Island or Heatherton in Davenport, because those were the places where people were more likely to be carrying guns. I now make the blanket assumption, wherever I am, that men between the ages of 14 and 30 are "packing."

The thing is, while this is certainly not comforting to me, I also do not believe that gun control is the answer. A black market economy will not be affected by gun bans, not with the number of firearms already in circulation. Better control of ammunition might help slightly, but ultimately I think you have to ask yourself why possession of marijuana or a stolen car stereo carries a stiffer penalty than illegal possession of a firearm.

It also makes you wonder when FUBU is going to release their new Kevlar line.

  Comment #3066 by: BurninatorX at about 11:06 on February 20, 2008
Woodburn in.

My checking of the forum is pretty random... but I appreciate it's existance.

It is clear from the various violent events taking place in our country, and specifically in the schools, that what we need is:
1 - more weapons
2 - easier access to weapons
3 - more lenient laws on carrying concealed weapons
4 - laptop bags with pistol holsters

More firefights please!

I'm so frustrated... Sunday night some people were held up at gun point in a parking lot a half a block from our house... the parking lot of a place we visit regularly. It's not the mugging that surprises, or, really scares me... it's the gun.



  Comment #3065 by: Kris at about 18:35 on February 19, 2008
I'm still aliiive and kickin' as the Simple Minds like to put. I check da forum every few days or so, but have definitely slacked of on the checkin' and the posting as of late. Much has been going on in my life, some of it good, some it bad. I don't feel like going into any of it here, partly because my grammar sucks, and also I'm a lazy man who doesn't feel like typing it all out. I don't think I have seen you face to face Adam in near a year. You should let me know next time you are in town. I'll stop over and say hell.

  Comment #3064 by: gB at about 12:23 on February 19, 2008
I think I may still have some of those scrolls somewhere. Autumn may have some as well.

Now it's time for wavy lines of CHIPS AHOY!

  Comment #3063 by: gB at about 12:20 on February 19, 2008
Dave: I think you mean "groomsdudes". I hope Dave L can make it. You've given him a year and half to sort it out so hopefully he shall.

Mitch: Mr Jackson is directing like 8 movies right now. He's busy. Guillermo Del Toro (Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth, Devil's Backbone and, uh, Mimic) is set to direct Los Hobbit and the follow-up flick wot takes place between Hobbit and FOTR.

Also, in addition to New Line not paying various peoples who worked on the LOTR flicks (hence the audit by Mr Jackson resulting in the very public feud during which New Line said they'd never work with him again ever no matter what ever and then had to backtrack after all of seven people went to see their new big fantasy epic about compasses and talking bears or whatever) they failed to pay the Tolkien estate the $150 million they promised them. Basically, New Line was on the verge of bankruptcy, put every last dime into LOTR, made like 6 billion dollars and then didn't pay any of the people responsible.
So, yeah, the Tolkien Estate is suing them and trying to halt production of The Hobbit. And rightfully so. Thing is, if the various legal wranglings take a few years to straighten out, Peter may be freed up to direct! So yay! Peter has final say over script, director, etc according to his agreement with New Line. Plus, he has Bilbo's house in his back yard. Literally.

In other random lawsuit movie news, Fox is suing Warner Bros over the Watchmen flick, claiming they own the film rights to the book. And maybe they do but the movie's already halfway done being filmed. No way is any judge gonna shut down production. They'll settle.

Adam: I saw that SW ascii thing a long time ago (in a galaxy far far away). I'll have to take another look. Neat.

Mitch (again): We'll have to arrange a play date.

  Comment #3062 by: Dave at about 11:35 on February 19, 2008
It's my homepage at work so I check it most weekdays. Not so much on the weekends. Despite my lack of regular commentary, I feel something is absent in my life if there are no posts over a few days.

BTW Caciona and I have set the date and booked the venue for the wedding/reception. It will be at The Lodge (Blackhawk Park not Jummers, although the decor is remarkably similar)Saturday October 17, 2009. I have asked, in no particular order, for Adam, Kris, Josh and Wade to be my groomsmen. There is a fifth position which will be offered to Dave Lohman should he be able to make it.

  Comment #3061 by: Mitch. at about 11:33 on February 19, 2008
gB: I can probably totally borrow Blue Harvest from a friend and watch it with you if you're interested.

Both the Robot Chicken and Family Guys' take on S.W. are very watchable and quite funny. There are a couple scenes in Blue Harvest that make you go "huh?" but it's still pretty great.

I also heard through a 3rd party that the Hobbit is NOT being directed by Mr. Jackson...? I also heard that production has halted...??

I watch Hannah every Saturday, I also enjoy Raven.

  Comment #3060 by: Adam at about 11:24 on February 19, 2008
I assume you must have come across this: Star Wars in ASCII

It is interesting.... for a few minutes. But gets a little tedious. Reminds me of "The Scroll" and that big "art" program we made on the ADAM computer.

  Comment #3059 by: gB at about 08:33 on February 19, 2008
I know Jason Woodburn checks Le Forume on a semi-regular basis. And Mitch is always lurking about. Vanessa isn't on the internet enough to matter anymore. Sometimes there's a Bob.
As for me? I'm here every day. Rain or shine.

  Comment #3058 by: Adam at about 01:16 on February 19, 2008
"Copy that." "File's done." "B-Ding!"

  Comment #3057 by: WadeMS at about 00:11 on February 19, 2008
Insomnia activated, bed time 2/3rds down. BING

  Comment #3056 by: Adam at about 16:35 on February 18, 2008
Can I get a roll-call here? I'm curious if anybody checks in here.

Kris, are you alive?
Wade, Still kickin'?
Vanessa - what about you? Are you still the Macha?

Now get in your squads, smell my black glove, and get to the wall!

  Comment #3055 by: Adam at about 16:34 on February 18, 2008
I'll figure out a way to get you the full version of Blue Harvest because it is nothing if not fun.

  Comment #3054 by: gB at about 15:06 on February 18, 2008
I've seen Blue Harvest / Robot Chicken SW clips online but I've not seen it all in one go. What I saw was mostly pretty awesome.
I don't know what season Family Guy is in now, (5? 6? 7?) but the last stuff I saw was back in Season 3.

  Comment #3053 by: Adam at about 13:48 on February 18, 2008
Have you seen Family Guy's Blue Harvest?

  Comment #3052 by: gB at about 13:41 on February 18, 2008
Shame-facedly, I admit that I can recite the storyline to many an episode of Hannah Montana. It's pretty terrible but not half as insipid and dumbed down as The Suite Life of Zach & Cody. I flat out refuse to watch Corey In Da Howse or That's So Raven.

  Comment #3051 by: Adam at about 13:24 on February 18, 2008
(Sarcastically) Ha-ha, you know who Hannah Montana is!

  Comment #3050 by: gB at about 13:16 on February 18, 2008
I know that when Annah goes back to Kindergarten tomorrow, I'll pack some extra grenades in her Hannah Montana backpack.

  Comment #3049 by: Adam at about 12:59 on February 18, 2008
Yeah - That's pretty much why I don't read too many blogs. They end up infuriating me and it just gets my blood pressure up.

I know every time I'm approached by a psychopath with a gun, I exercise the better of valor: I run!

On a car-related site that I sometimes visit, a discussion was started about how this guy "needed" a gun because of the "times we live in." I could see where the discussion was headed, so I fled. That's a conversation you simply can't win.

  Comment #3048 by: gB at about 16:12 on February 17, 2008
I read some right wing conservative dickhead blogs last night wot said they were appalled that our nation of coddled, wussy kids didn't fight back and throw their laptop computers at the gunman, taking him out.
They were also horrified that none of the students in the lecture hall were packing concealed weapons.

  Comment #3047 by: Adam at about 21:46 on February 14, 2008
Killing spree at NIU today. Sad, very sad.

  Comment #3046 by: Mitch at about 12:56 on February 14, 2008
gB: Please e-mail me your e-mail.

  Comment #3045 by: Short Round at about 12:07 on February 14, 2008

May 2008

  Comment #3044 by: gB at about 23:51 on February 13, 2008
So there's a new Clone Wars cartoon series coming out. It's done in a 3D animation style and, judging by the trailer, looks pretty much like a SW video game. Lucas is putting the first 3 or 4 episodes together and releasing it theatrically. Weird.
The 2D Clone Wars cartoons were pretty neat and far more entertaining that the prequel trilogy. But do we need more Clone Wars cartoons? Do we need ANY more Star Wars? I think I shan't bother with this.
I need to watch Empire Strikes Back soon to remind myself of how rad SW once was. Before the dark times.

  Comment #3043 by: Mitchell at about 14:30 on February 13, 2008
Ther here Will Be Blood is not as linear as "about an oil tycoon". Other than No Country For Old Men this is by far one of the best picture- stories I have seen in the last 3-5 years. I'm guessing it's not getting pushed very hard in the market because of the ending; it is not a typical Hollywood feel-good ending. This story is uber-dark and I tell everybody I know to go and see it.

Right now the hot thing to do is to make a rated R comedy with alot of toilet humor and boobs and whatever. I'm sure most of it's crap but there are a few good one's out there. I do/did like Superbad, it was whitty and fun. And yeah it was like every-other comedy ever made but what comedy isn't?

  Comment #3042 by: gB at about 08:52 on February 13, 2008
Spartans isn't a blockbuster but it's the 4th place movie in its 2nd week out and I find that depressing. There Will Be Blood is the new Daniel Day Lewis movie about oil tycoons from the guy who directed Boogie Nights and Magnolia. It's the fave for Best Picture this year and by all accounts is iconic in its magnificence. It's not doing all that well though. Probably on account of it's about oil tycoons. Still, I really look forward to seeing it.
I suspect it'll be one of those movies like English Patient or Sixth Sense that critics worship but nobody goes to see until it wins an Oscar and then suddenly it's the #1 movie in America after being out for months. Then again, the DVD / download market is changing the cinematic experience so perhaps not.

  Comment #3041 by: bo8b at about 00:33 on February 13, 2008
Yeah, Grahm... that's the one. Glen is pretty amazing in it, too.

  Comment #3040 by: Adam at about 19:51 on February 12, 2008
I don't know what "There Will Be Blood" is. I can't imagine "Meet the Spartans" has done particularly well -- has this other movie performed dismally?

  Comment #3039 by: Movie Joe at about 15:44 on February 12, 2008
Meet The Spartans has grossed more dollar signs than There Will Be Blood. There's only one reasonable response to this information. We must poison the beer supplies of every frat house in America.

  Comment #3038 by: gB at about 00:45 on February 11, 2008
Whomever talked you into seeing that "movie" needs to be hit repeatedly in the crotch. With bullets.

  Comment #3037 by: Adam at about 23:01 on February 10, 2008
Oh my god... Um - yeah, I was talked into watching "Meet the Spartans" yesterday. It was perhaps one of the worst movies I have ever had the misfortune of viewing. Had I had the option, I would have walked out. There was so much toilet humor (read: guys getting hit in the crotch)... it was just pathetic.

  Comment #3036 by: gB at about 12:57 on February 8, 2008
Once is the romantic one with Glen Hansard as the musician, right? He's the singer for the rad rad rad Irish band - The Frames.

Bo8b, not digging monster flicks is okay. I cant stand most animé but I still consider myself a total geek.

  Comment #3035 by: Adam at about 23:34 on February 7, 2008
Check out the film "Running with Scissors". I think most of my friends would like it.

  Comment #3034 by: bo8b at about 22:51 on February 7, 2008
Also, I agree with you, Grahm, regarding modern "comedies." Most are just dumb.

I saw a little indy film on DVD called "Once" that I really enjoyed, though. Everyone should check this out. The music was terrific, and the story was really very sweet.

  Comment #3033 by: bo8b at about 22:49 on February 7, 2008
A friend drug me to Cloverfield two weekends ago. I walked out about an hour in. I didn't mind the hand-held camera or anything, I just didn't like it. I cared about precisely zero of the characters and the dialog was laughably bad. Now, having said that, the monster stuff was wicked, but I didn't find it cool enough to make up for the pieces I didn't enjoy.

Maybe... dare I say it?... I'm just not that into monster movies. Everyone has their own likes and dislikes, I suppose, but I fear I lose geek points for admitting that.

  Comment #3032 by: Adam at about 09:25 on February 5, 2008
On of my colleagues traveled to India last year, as I had. While on his trip, he kept a blog of his experiences. It can be located here: Scott's writing is very, very funny -- I'm not sure if it's funny if you don't know Scott, but check it out if you have a chance. Start at the bottom....

Scott is now on a multi-continent trip starting in Manila. He has decided to add to this blog, and so far it is entertaining.

Like most blogs, start at the bottom and read up to follow his adventures chronologically.


  Comment #3031 by: gB at about 08:44 on January 31, 2008
And Jason:
Yes. You have my number. Jef is supposedly to be in town this weekend as well.

  Comment #3030 by: gB at about 08:43 on January 31, 2008
I pretty much hate comedies these days. Mostly it's on account of the 21st Century brand of comedy is to not make there be any jokes or dramatic irony or madcap hijinx or any other stuff that typically defines the comedy genre. Sometimes this works. The UK Office is tremendously funny in a whole new way. Napoleon Dynamite was terribly uncomfortable to watch though there were a few non-sequitor lines so bizarre as to evoke a Pythonesque feel.
"This is a liger. (points to drawing of a manticore) It's pretty much my favorite animal."
"Do the chickens have large talons?"
They're funny in the same way that "night vision and lockjaw" is funny. The story itself (weird kid dances in moon boots and somehow maybe saves the day or something) was just nonsense. It feels like a bunch of underdeveloped characters sitting around waiting for the movie to happen. Maybe that's postmodern and clever but to me it just feels contrived and lazy.

Of course there's the other extreme as well. Check out the trailer for Meet The Spartans to see how unfunny "jokes" can be.

I'll just stick with movies about monsters and spaceships and superheroes and hobbits.

  Comment #3029 by: Mitch at about 11:04 on January 30, 2008
Can you catagorize Superbad as a "film"?

  Comment #3028 by: Burninator X at about 07:06 on January 30, 2008

Hope you all are well.

I'll be arriving in the QCA on Thursday, and departing on Monday.

As ever, it's been hard to pin my family down on making plans with me.

Tentatively, I'm hoping that the next few days will look like this:

Thurs-hang with parents
Fri-visit Iowa City, spend some time with friends there
Sat-hang with family, then do something with QC friends in evening.
Sun-chill with family

So, I guess I'm basically saying I'd like to do something with y'all on Saturday evening. People are welcome to come out to my parents' place for some gaming, or I could drive downtown, or whatever.

Regarding Superbad,
I enjoyed myself watching the film, but I really felt like I was watching a bunch of stuff that some fairly funny people had just thrown in a script, parts of at least two different movies. I always get a little irritated when this sort of thing happens - like these people aren't paid enough money to edit their screenplays and tighten them up? Plus, they could have gotten double the money out of us - one cinema visit to see "McLovin meets the Cops", and another to see "Silly Teen Geek Romance Party Movie Where it Turns Out that the Cute Girl is Somewhat Smart and Actually Likes the Socially Inept Geek".

I did laugh a fair amount, though.


  Comment #3027 by: Adam at about 20:39 on January 29, 2008
Oh -- I soooo shouldn't have done that.

The new one is much more aggressive! :)

  Comment #3026 by: dick4d at about 19:44 on January 29, 2008
So I am using my laptop for the first time since Mitch used it, and this was my home page. I have spent the last 15 minutes reading movie reviews and misc. stories that turned a boring/weird mood day, into one I don't hate as much.


Also, I hear Adam has another Marauder. Does this mean more 3 a.m. burnouts in Madison? Time will tell.

  Comment #3025 by: Mitch at about 11:04 on January 29, 2008
I thought it was really funny. McLovin' was great.

  Comment #3024 by: Adam at about 22:07 on January 28, 2008
I watched "Superbad" over the weekend. I really enjoyed it. It had me laughing out loud several times. Mitch, Dave, Kris: You'd like this movie. Wade: You may like this movie. Grahm: Do not watch this movie, you'll hate it.

  Comment #3023 by: Mitch at about 12:40 on January 24, 2008
But can you really rely on the people's opinion that clapped after Phantom Menace? I guess I will see it it sounds fun. Go see There Will Be Blood. Holy shit.

  Comment #3022 by: gB at about 12:01 on January 24, 2008
Cloverfield isn't the Second Coming of Cinema some folks are saying it is but it's SUPER FUN TIME AWESOME! Way more monster footage than I was expecting. It's a short film (86 minutes, I think) and after the first 15 minutes of exposition, the city blows up and everybody dies and there's a giant monster knocking down buildings. Rad. I really loved it. Folks in the theater applauded when it was over. I haven't heard that since Phantom Menace.

  Comment #3021 by: Mitch at about 07:36 on January 24, 2008
Any verdict on Cloverfield?


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