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  1. Activity: Count Your Unread eBooks

    03 March 2021 - 06:39 PM

    So I thought of something while I was on my kindle the other don't SEE your E-book ToRead pile.

    Yeah, you can scan through it as you look for something to read...but it doesn't register in an amount does it? It doesn't SIT in piles on your floor or shelf and nag you to read them like your normal pile, right? Out of sight, often out of mind.

    Combine this with the sheer amount of ebook sales and freebies you can get on the daily....

    And you can end up with a bigger list than you thought...

    So I thought it would be fun if we posted our ToRead/Unread ebooks off our reading devices to see the sheer volume of I'm sure I'm not alone in being staggered by how many unread ebooks I have:

    spoilered for size (Note: Most of these I only paid between $1-3 each, and in some cases free...I'd say maybe only 6-8 books on here were bought at regular prices)


    Go for it people, list out your unread ebooks and see how truly unwieldy the lists are!
  2. The State of Movie Theatres Post-COVID

    26 January 2021 - 02:47 PM

    So I've seen people have this conversation and I'm wondering what everyone's feelings are about it.

    I will state up front that I was pre-COVID a massive movie-goer. Have been since I was a youngster, and in fact while movie-going doesn't produce the same feelings it had when I was a kid (movies before VHS and whatnot and even after were a HUGE deal; I think we've lost that), I still went all the time, as did my wife.

    That said, I now have ZERO interest in sitting in a movie theatre again. Not this year, nor going forward.

    I feel like the shift in theatres and movies on the big screen is happening and while COVID is the catalyst, that this was coming for a long time. Streaming and digital changed the game. Iv'e been able to rent a few first run movies and watch them at home, on our own TV and Sound System, with our own snacks (read: not overpriced), and no interruptions ect. This is something that people talked about before COVID hit, but I think it's become more ubiquitous now...that in this era of technology the ONLY thing that movie theatres now bring is that the screen is big, and you might not have the sound system to really sell a movie that depends on big, bombastic sound.

    That's all movie theatres hold as a bonus, and to get it I need to deal with talkers, testers, irritating people, and a hefty price tag for snacks and tickets. Filthy seats, sticky floors, ect.

    If you said to me that I had to watch all the next MCU movies at home for the same ticket price...I would pay it in a heartbeat over the theatre. I would not have likely said that in 2019. MCU movies were 100% "we're going to see this in theatres" movies for me.

    Warner Brothers is banking on this shift to get subs to HBO MAX in the current year, to the tune of losing some bigger directors who are mad at them like Nolan and Villenueve.

    But things DO change, and directors need to accept that...but like every other big paradigm shift...they will need to be dragged kicking and screaming. CDs gave way to digital and then streaming, books gave way to ebooks, physical games gave way to digital. First run movies will likely be no different.

    The question is: Is COVID the last straw that shoves it forward, or will it be years before that happens.

    Something interesting I learned recently...while kids will watch Netflix, or D+...nine times out of ten they watch YouTube instead...and I don't think my nieces and nephews of the TV watching age EVER watch regular cable TV...they either stream or they watch YT clips. It's a fundamentally different scene, and I'm interested to see how Gen-Z and Gen-Alpha (yes that's what my kids generation are called, born in the 2010s) just embrace the home systems and reject the movie theatres.

    EDIT: I also feel like streamers like Netflix have upped their game a bit recently on that front. I especially liked THE BOY WHO HARNESSED THE WIND, and while I didn't like THE MIDNIGHT SKY, the ambition is VERY filmi, EXTRACTION Was cool, AVA was cool, MANK was EXCELLENT, So was OLD GUARD, and even fluffy stuff like ENOLA HOLMES was fun.

    What is everyone elses thoughts on this?
  3. Weis & Hickman Suing WOTC!

    20 October 2020 - 12:26 PM

    So I didn't know where to put this...but I just read a news report (will link below) that Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman were commissioned in 2017 to pen a new trilogy of Dragonlance novels to refresh the book brand under Hasbro/WOTC. Weis & Hickman who have written all the main sequence DL novels to date, had not written a novel in the D&D setting since 2009's DRAGONS OF THE HOURGLASS MAGE (which was abandoned from a printing POV making it prohibitively expensive for someone like me).

    It sounds like they had written at least 2 volumes of the new trilogy, tentatively titled DRAGONS OF DECEIT, and DRAGONS OF FATE...but that recently things went south when WOTC got into hot water for their D&D arm, Magic the Gathering arm with sexism, and misogyny, and even workplace harassment...and Weis and Hickman's book series got unceremoniously ditched after 3 years on the back of that hot water (and nothing they did themselves) with the WOTC lawyers using double speak that terminates the contract but they claim doesn't break it?

    That sounds like what's going on anyways.

    And as a big fan of both authors AND their work in the Dragonlance setting I'm well on their side in this. My hope is that the 10mill suing tag is enough to force WOTC's hand to finishing the deal.

    Because as someone who collects and still enjoys the Dragonlance titles, ESPECIALLY Weis and Hickman's input, I'm like blown away as I didn't even know that new DL novels were supposed to be happening!

  4. New Erikson interview on Youtube!

    07 October 2020 - 12:54 PM


  5. Justice League: The Snyder Cut

    21 May 2020 - 12:57 PM

    Yes, it exists. It has always existed in rough cut form (though a tonne of people claimed that it didn't). I've gone into this before, but Snyder was already well into Post-Production when he had to walk away from it and Whedon/WB chose to reshoot 90% of it.

    And then late last year you saw almost the entire cast tweeting out "ReleaseTheSnyderCut...and people wondered about it. And Snyder tweeted out a photo of the canisters for the rough cut.

    So I kind of knew this was coming, but it's nice to see it come to fruition...

    Here is the livestream Snyder did for a MoS re-watch (you can skip to the end) where he reveals the poster for the Cut/release date on HBO Max at the end to a bunch of people on Zoom (including Cavill who coaxes Snyder to make the reveal) and it sounds like HBO may split it into 4 hour long segments like a miniseries since it will be so long.

    At any rate, as someone who liked MoS and BvS (Ultimate Cut), I'm really interested in seeing what he intended for this flick...with stuff like Green Lantern and Darkseid tease back's going to be vastly different from what Whedon reshot and WB released. According to DOP Fabian Wagner a bare fraction of the scenes he shot made it into the final film as Whedon released it, and we know the score by Junkie XL was completed and thrown away to be redone completely by Elfman. All that's really left is the FX shots, and editing/finishing. As such, a 2021 release date accommodates that (and employs people who are apparently running out of work to do from home during COVID 19) and from what I heard a 20-30Mil price tag that WB is ponying up for this (adding in that it's completely different people in charge now which is why this is happening).

    Also, was anyone else aware that Harry Lennix's character was always intended to be, and IS Martian Manhunter? Apparently that reveal is in the Snyder Cut, along with the trashed GL stuff.


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    01 Feb 2021 - 20:31
    happy 44th!
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    01 Feb 2019 - 18:04
    Thanks man!
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    01 Feb 2019 - 18:01
    Happy #42 - the meaning of everything!
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    01 Feb 2019 - 18:00
    Happy #42 - the meaning of everything!
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    01 Feb 2018 - 20:08
    Thanks man!
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    01 Feb 2018 - 19:57
    Happy #41
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    04 Dec 2016 - 01:55
    Done, sorry Ando, I didnt realize it was full.
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    03 Dec 2016 - 18:00
    Hey, could you make a little bit of room in your inbox?
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    17 Mar 2016 - 22:32
    lol, I focused right on 'redolent' too! Not sure why, but I felt like it was worth pointing out with my post :P
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    02 Feb 2014 - 13:11
    LOL. Truth. Thanks Sombra.
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    02 Feb 2014 - 08:47
    Wow, you're old. ;)
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    Mrs Savagely Wishy Washy 

    11 Jun 2013 - 11:46
    Where iz you? Haven't seen you for ages on the forum!
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    13 May 2013 - 15:24
    I've not actually watched it yet. I've been awaiting the English dub (and a theatre release in Canada)...but I hear it's insanity and sets some things on their ear.
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    09 May 2013 - 03:38
    Oi, you and I need to talk some Evangelion 3.33
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    Salt-Man Z 

    08 Apr 2013 - 15:40
    Looks like he got in a fight with Illy (not a particularly difficult feat) and decided to take some time off. Miss you, buddy! At least I still see you on FB and Twitter. :)
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