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Music / Podcasts?
« on: February 18, 2018, 11:03:51 PM »
Not a music topic per se, but figured it was the most appropriate subforum.

Any podcast recommendations? I subscribe to a few:

- The TSN Hockey Bobcast with Bob McKenzie. Hockey related (obviously), but Bob is a legendary insider with some fantastic stories and great perspective. The podcast isn't always about hockey - it often includes discussion on TV series, wine, and testicular cancer.

- Still Untitled: The Adam Savage Project. Adam Savage is an uber nerd, in the best kind of way.

- The Ongoing History of New Music. One of the longest running radio shows cataloging the history and development of Alternative music. If you can catch the live radio show on 102.1 the Edge (Toronto Alt Rock station), you'll get the full show. Sadly, the podcast only includes 6 second song clips due to licensing fees. Over 800 episodes and counting!

Any recommendations?

Movies & TV / Re: Last Jedi thoughts with spoilers
« on: January 08, 2018, 07:03:52 PM »
Maybe Ep 12 will be Tarantino's 12th and final movie in his 10 and I'm done list?


Movies & TV / Re: Last Jedi thoughts with spoilers
« on: January 07, 2018, 02:39:39 PM »
It waves off mysteries Ep. 7 set up that could've led somewhere

Saw it twice over the holidays. Have to say that this was one of the things I appreciated most about it. TLJ was an unexpected (and delightful) Star Wars movie. It subverted traditional archetypes, and deliberately undid some of the completely unnecessary BS from TFA (cf. Kylo Ren's stupid helmet, Rey's parents). It is also significantly better on a second viewing.

It's not Empire, for sure. But it has two of the best lightsaber battles, was way more visually interesting, and Mark Hamill killed it in his role. Only disappointments were: Luke calling it a "laser sword", too many fucking Porgs, and Phasma.

Now we wait for JJ Abrams to ruin the trilogy!

General Discussion / Re: Marijuana
« on: January 07, 2018, 02:30:07 PM »
Recreational use will be fully legal here in Canada by July (medical use was already legal, and RCMP operated on "Hey, don't flaunt that shit" approach to recreational usage mostly).

I've long supported the legalization (and taxation) of marijuana. I don't see how it's any different than alcohol really. Also, props to Tim and others for making healthy decisions for themselves. It can be tough to draw those boundaries. Good for you!

My mother in law used edibles to help with the nausea and pain from dealing with cancer - she found it was way more effective for day to day pain management than opiods, which totally fucked her up. I've also seen cannabis oil transform the lives of a couple of people with serious mental health issues.

Just don't fucking drive when you're drunk/high/sleep deprived. Please.

General Discussion / Re: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
« on: January 07, 2018, 02:20:26 PM »
Happy holidays to all.

2017 can die in a fire for me personally. 2018 has got to be better!

Gaming General / Re: Your newest games
« on: January 07, 2018, 02:19:21 PM »
Just picked up Civ VI (for $12! Thank you Humble Monthly!).

Other Tech Toys / Re: Thrustmaster: Warthog - Review
« on: November 04, 2017, 12:59:16 PM »
Thrustmaster. hehehehe.

Honestly, I read the entire review that was. "... is the most expensive HOTASS you can get before going into the super specialist market."

"The first thing is you want your HOTASS to provide all the buttons and switches you need to keep your hands on the ... stick"

"I can press that while my thumb is doing something else".


Gaming General / Re: NeoGaf
« on: October 24, 2017, 10:22:54 PM »
I refuse to associate with anything Penny Arcade. Because the comic is fucking terrible.

General Discussion / Re: Epic thread of win
« on: October 24, 2017, 10:21:04 PM »
Newfoundland (where Dildo is located) has some great town names... Killbride, Hate Bay, Grosswater Beach, Blackhead, Placentia, Blow-Me-Down, Come-by-Chance, etc.

Gaming General / Re: NeoGaf
« on: October 23, 2017, 01:20:19 PM »
I've been linked to NeoGaf a few times. Never joined because it just seemed overwhelming.

I suspect we're going to see a lot more of this moving forward and that's a good thing - I'm not a woman, but I've seen enough #MeToo posts from my female friends to be seriously horrified.

Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« on: October 23, 2017, 01:16:18 PM »
Finished both Assassin's Creed Unity and Assassin's Creed Rogue. Of the two, I thought Rogue was infinitely better. Much more variety, story line was more compelling. Was fun to see the background to other AC games (especially AC3 which remains my favourite).

I was interested to play an AC game set in the French Revolution, but I thought they wasted a lot of the potential for the setting. The whole Assassin's Council thing was interesting, but ultimately wasted. And some of the gameplay mechanics were weird - Arno was basically Spiderman, scrambling up walls he shouldn't have been able to (even for an AC game!).

Now to go through my backlog and pick something new to play!

Music / RIP Gord Downie
« on: October 20, 2017, 10:23:03 PM »

Gord Downie dead at 53 of brain cancer

For those of you who aren't Canadian (or from Buffalo), Gord Downie was the lead singer of the Tragically Hip, affectionately known as Canada's House Band. Their last concert was broadcast nationally, with an estimate one third of the population of Canada watching. He was the cultural equivalent of Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, and Michael Stipe rolled into a single person.

I've been listening to the Hip all week. Glad I got to see them on their final tour.

Movies & TV / Re: bladerunner 2049
« on: October 20, 2017, 10:13:56 PM »
Finally saw it this week. I've seen the original (twice, theatrical release only both times, and it was about 15 years ago, so I'm a bit fuzzy on the original).

I was spell-bound for the entire three hours. Visually stunning, the soundtrack is amazing and intense, and the performances were absolutely fantastic. Possible consideration for inclusion in my top 10 favorite movies (although the fact that it fails the Bechdel test is my one niggling issue).

Music / Re: new Queens of the Stone Age
« on: August 29, 2017, 09:51:44 PM »
Quite liking it too. They had advertised that this album was the one which would get your feet moving, and damn, they sure didn't oversell, I was dancing on my way to the train this morning.

QotSA is tight in execution, but usually much looser on the form, that may be what I am missing a bit in this album, but still a good one :) TBF, the only QotSA album I don't like 100% is Era Vulgaris, and Song for the Deaf is literally my favorite record ever.

Totally agree - one of the things that appealed to me immediately with QotSA was how tight they were as a group. They're just as tight on this album as they've always been, but I feel like there's less space in the songs. It's still ridiculously self-indulgent though - only 'Head Like a Haunted House' approaches a length suitable for radio, pretty much everything else is a 5-6 minute jam. It's absolutely danceable, and I'm loving the guitars over the whole record. I feel like 'Un-reborn Again' and 'Hideaway' are the only two weak songs on the album, and they're not even bad songs. But I cannot get 'Domesticated Animals' and 'The Evil has Landed' out of my head.

My only gripe so far is while the guitar hooks are as catchy as always, there's not as much variation in how they're played. It's a small disappointment, and hardly worth noting.

If anyone else is interested, you can listen to the entire album on YouTube, to decide if you want to buy it.

Music / Re: new Queens of the Stone Age
« on: August 26, 2017, 12:35:12 AM »
The album is good.

Really good.

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