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Bartimaeus

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  1. NFL is such a danged copycat league. Whooping the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium is the Packers' thing! (e): Of course, right after I say that, the Cowboys get 2 TDs...
  2. Yeah, if HoonDing posted that, I'd be having a hoot - instead, I'm not even able to read it until someone else quotes it. What a shame.
  3. Hey, I'm of the opinion that we may very well be frauds, too. We're probably just better frauds than the Cowboys is all, .
  4. I'm hoping this will be the Cowboys', "Wow, the Cowboys are actually good...for real!" game, where they then immediately get embarrassed the next week to someone much worse.
  5. lmao (Context: Trump's guy, Matt Bevin, lost the Kentucky governorship tonight)
  6. Thanks for linking, that was all over the place but still sort of great. Interested to see where it goes. Love the setting and premise*, and there were some immediately likeable characters on top of it. (e): Hope it gets picked up by someone - I see that this was an indie production. *Charlie's aim will no doubt remind NWN2 players of Kaelyn the Dove, even if the setup to get there is very different...
  7. It was pretty bad. The offensive line got manhandled similarly to week 1 @ Bears, which got Aaron Rodgers doing that thing that magnifies the problem tenfold where he refuses to take shorter plays and instead keeps trying to sit in the pocket for ten seconds waiting for that big play downfield that never comes. In other words, the exact opposite of what you want to happen in a situation where your offensive line is getting destroyed.
  8. The person in government was elected or appointed by someone who ran on serving their citizens, and is entrusted with powers, duties, and responsibilities to do so. When they accept a bribe, through our legal bribery system or not, they tend to do things that run contrary to their elected or appointed purpose/promises and against the wishes of their voters. There would be no need to bribe them to take a stance they already had, right? They're the ones that ran on doing right by their citizens - the briber did no such thing, and is merely taking advantage of the bribee's moral capriciousness and, if the bribe is legal, our legal system allowing such to happen. It's not that the briber did nothing wrong per se (morality still exists even if our corporate world insists to this Earth's fiery end that it doesn't), but they're not the ones that're turning around and selling me and my fellow citizens out for a dime after promising to do the exact opposite and getting voted in for it.
  9. To be fair, books as a medium are significantly better (at least for me) at carrying fantastic and crazy elements than film.
  10. The Shining (1980). I wasn't sure that I'd like it going into it (my impression was that the movie was too over the top and absurdist for me), but it's actually fine overall. Still, I wasn't big on the more fantastic elements of the movie: would've preferred them to tone it down for something a little more grounded, but the fact that I still thought it was decent even going into it with a "meh" outlook is nice. Shelley Duvall was the star of the show in this for me - her subtle way of just kind of taking Jack's abuse as he gets more and more insane until she reaches her breaking point was great. I'd seen the "here's Johnny!" scene isolated before, and I always thought she seemed ridiculously, comedically overwrought, but it was a completely different experience with the context of seeing the rest of the movie first.
  11. ...You ever read a person's post and instantly get the feeling "this is not a genuine poster - real people (i.e. people who are not trying to play a character) don't talk this way"? @algroth ...I know absolutely nothing about this band, haha - was just trying to link a working video. I'm so very particular about vocalists that I can't listen to most music, which makes my opinion for music pretty negligible for most people, .
  12. They tried to sneak him in right after having a "tribute to veterans" segment or something along those lines while the stadium was already pre-cheering, and it was positively Spongebob-esque in it instantly changing from cheers to boos. You hate to see it.
  13. is it tho too bad I don't like the vocalist
  14. I'm not really playing anything that needs the d-pad - no fighting games or anything of the sort, mostly just an occasional indie and retro game (and if necessary, I have a cheap Logitech controller if I really need to exclusively use the d-pad). I have a physical condition with my hands that causes them to wear and get aggravated very easily, and the condition is only getting worse with time. Years ago, I remember playing Bloodborne on the PS4 and having to stop playing frequently due to the toll it was taking because of the dualshock controller. I am pretty sure I would not last for long at all today with something like that, unfortunately.
  15. The problem I have with dualshock-type controllers is that they're rather uncomfortable and the left analogue stick being deeper into the controller makes it too difficult (...and aggravating to my thumb) to control. Seems like I'm stuck with these terrible Xbox One controllers...although the Switch Pro Controller is interesting, I might try one of those next just for the heck of it.
  16. Yeah, there are way too many different kinds of ports on laptops to know what a "flatter ethernet"-looking port actually would be, especially not knowing the age of the laptop. Most likely, it is not anything network-related at all. I'm kind of curious to see it nonetheless, because I'm unable to think of anything that really looks like an RJ-45 (ethernet) port besides an RJ-11 (modem) port - RJ-45s are a totally hollow port, which basically nothing else on a PC is or really even looks like it is. (e): Picture that might help: Only the RJ-11 looks anything like an RJ-45 to me, but you said "flatter", not "thinner", which doesn't jive with that.
  17. It seems like from the trailer that people that were previously saying "no way are the leaks true, it's way too stupid" are now saying "oh my gosh, the leaks are all true, this is so dumb".
  18. Dak Prescott's level of play (not style, mind you, but level) reminds me a lot of Kirk Cousins': he and his team will destroy and pile up great stats against lesser teams, but there's a sickening tendency for them to fold in the worst ways against good teams or in season-breaking situations. The key, it seems then, is to ideally never find yourself in those kinds of situations, but that's not really how football works. It especially becomes harder once you actually pay them real money and the quality of their supporting cast starts to drop, and then you start adding in key injuries occurring as the season progresses. ...Uh-oh. In contrast, look no further than the Packers walloping the Cowboys a number of times throughout the years in critical games even while the talent and injury disparity between the two teams has often been absolutely nuts (that 2016 playoff game we had absolutely no business even playing in, never mind winning - we were broken on so many levels that year and that game). I don't pretend to understand how it keeps happening, but it does. Maybe it's time for a coaching change.
  19. Anyone familiar with any Xbox 360/One controller alternatives that aren't junk? Should ideally be in the same style - analogue stick in the top left, analogue stick in bottom right, so no dualshock setups (where the left analogue stick is instead in the bottom left - I already have a Logitech dualshock-style controller, and while it's okay for some stuff, it's simply not what I want for general usage). The reason for "not Xbox" being that I've gone through three Xbox One controllers in about a year and a half total (not each!) and they all started having annoying malfunctions, so I'm kind of concluding that their reliability is hot garbage...and you can't really buy Xbox 360 controllers anymore. Additionally, there are serious driver issues with Xbox One controllers on Windows 7, which I'll be on for the foreseeable future, so that's just another annoyance on top of it. (e): words
  20. I wish I could be that easygoing with movies, but I get way too easily annoyed by stuff my brain identifies as weird. Probably why I'm usually very pick with what I watch and only watch a movie or two a month usually, .
  21. "dream logic" That reminds me of how a RedLetterMedia video said more or less the same thing about Suspiria (1977), which I also thought was extraordinarily painful. I think I might start avoiding any movies where anybody even remotely implies it being "dream-like". Seemingly not to my taste.
  22. I believe it's the Italian version, The Mask of Satan (UK-sourced BluRay/DVD combo with both the Mask of Satan and Black Sunday - we watched the former, and it's my understanding that that is the Italian version). I saw a different trailer for Viy yesterday after we watched The Mask of Satan (since we looked it up and saw that it was based on it). I think I would die from the awkwardness of this film if I saw it, . At least Black Sunday has a cool poster.
  23. La maschera del demonio AKA The Mask of Satan AKA Black Sunday (1960). An Italian film, it's difficult to believe that this was released only a year before Viridiana (I picked out Viridiana, the person I generally watch movies with picked out this one) - it's so dated in almost every single way except maybe visuals to a degree. A rather miserable watch, it had really bad audio (why was the original audio track removed and then the movie redubbed with a new Italian track? So awful...is this an Italian thing?), lots of awkward editing and scene transitions, hit-you-over-the-head-obviousness, ultra predictable plotting, and just laughably terrible characters that were making me hope evil would win the day from almost the start of the movie, which, of course, they didn't, and instead the young fop who I was hoping to be the first killed is the "hero". Ugh. (e): Also, I have a special hatred for movies where women swing wildly between the acting dichotomy of "stupid and hysterical" vs. "pathetic and/or fainting". Bah.
  24. I'm of the opinion that any penalties that aren't strictly a matter of player safety should be eliminated, simply because the amount of penalties have gotten insane and it's hurting the sport. The biggest casualties of this would be a good percentage (but not all) of holding on offense (...and instantly, offensive line play gets better across the league, which is currently a serious problem both in terms of performance and penalties - ye' gods, so many holding penalties every game), and on the other side of the ball, you get rid of a lot of pass interference calls as well. You still can't mug receivers, but hand fight to your heart's desire, don't ever turn your head around to play for the ball, etc. I would also think that makes referees' jobs much easier and lets them focus on the stuff that actually matters, but who knows, maybe they start screwing that up, too. I've heard the "you shouldn't let the game be in a position to be decided by the refs" defense a hundred times for these sorts of incidents, but it always rings hollow for me, then and now. The NFL is designed for parity, and it's not a coincidence that many games end up being within a TD between a win and a loss, where the referees putting a thumb on the scale absolutely does affect who wins. So sure, Detroit had many opportunities to put away the game (had an amazing first quarter, did little to nothing the rest of the game), but yeah, they got screwed.
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