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Freehold DM wrote:
It's eerie when noone is on the street. Absolutely noone.

And especially when the Noone in question is Peter Noone.


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Patrick Curtin wrote:
One of more successful mental hacks this year has been overcoming my fear of crowds/cities.

I've found that alcohol helps.


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Kyuss - Blues For The Red Sun


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"LOL" or "lol" (IPA pronunciation: /lɑl/, /loʊl/), derived from an acronym for laugh(ing) out loud, a popular element of Internet slang, was first documented in the Oxford English Dictionary in March of 2011. Those of you who feel that this is a corruption of the language should remember that the common English word "goodbye" derives from the Middle English abbreviation "godbwye" ("God Be With Ye"), which started being fully pronounced during the Early Modern period and eventually arrived at its modern spelling.


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During an early 1960 tour, several members of The Silver Beetles (later known simply as The Beatles), adopted pseudonyms: singer/guitarist John Lennon became Long John; lead guitarist George Harrison became Carl Harrison (after "Blue Suede Shoes" singer Carl Perkins), bassist Stuart Sutcliffe became Stuart de Staël (after painter Nicolas de Staël), and singer/guitarist Paul McCartney became Paul Ramón (note that The Silver Beetles did not at this point have a drummer.

In 1974, musician Douglas Colvin began calling himself "Dee Dee Ramone," in homage to McCartney, and his new as-of-yet-unnamed band (composed of ex-members of Tangerine Puppets and Sniper) decided to take "Ramone" as both a pseudonymous surname and band name. Over the years, the Ramones have included numerous members, including bassist/singer Dee Dee Ramone (Douglas Colvin), guitarist Johnny Ramone (John Cummings), singer Joey Ramone (Jeffrey Hyman), drummer/producer Tommy Ramone (Tamás Erdélyi), drummer Marky Ramone (Marc Bell), drummer/singer Richie Ramone (Richard Reinhardt), drummer Elvis Ramone (Clement Bozewski), and bassist/singer C.J. Ramone (Christopher Ward).


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These guys are f*&$ing lightweights.


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Celestial Healer wrote:
Patrick, I plan to stay in the hotel, so as not have to commute home at night after much liquor. I am good with the floor if that is what's available :)

Hey man, I called dibs on the floor. You'll have to sleep in the bed like a loser.


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A friend recommended that I listen to Baroness' latest album, Purple. I haven't gotten around to listening to the whole thing, mainly because I've been listening to this one song on repeat for days:

Baroness - "Chlorine And Wine"


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The album cover art to Canadian rock band Rush's 1981 album Moving Pictures is a visual pun on the title, and a triple entendre. The first meaning is represented by the movers carrying pictures, with the second by the people watching them who are emotionally moved by the pictures. The third meaning is shown on the back cover, where the entire scene is revealed to be a set for a motion picture.

The film crew shown on the back cover actually shot the scene with motion picture film, and the album's front cover is a single frame from this film. This was revealed to Rush concertgoers several years after the album's release, when the still image was projected on a large screen behind the band, and then suddenly came to life as a full-motion film sequence.

Though originally released in 1981, Moving Pictures was played live in its entirety for the first time to open the second set of each show during Rush's 2010–11 Time Machine Tour.


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The role of Andre "The Puppetmaster" Toulon in Charles Band's 1999 direct-to-video prequel film Retro Puppet Master was apparently difficult to cast. Though numerous actors tried out for the role (including a pre-fame James Franco), the role eventually went out to 20-year-old Greg Sestero (in his earliest credited film appearance), who was hired on the spot due to his ability to speak with a French accent.


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captain yesterday wrote:

I once got drunk and blacked out, passed out at my ex-girlfriend's (currently my wife) boyfriend's parent's house, in a city 50 miles away, and his entire family is deaf.

It was pretty confusing to say the least.

I've only ever gotten blackout drunk twice in my life.

The second time was at a friend's wedding, where I remember nothing past the band finishing their first song, but I apparently stayed after the reception to help take out the trash and stack all the tables and chairs.

The first time, though, involved me face-planting into the floor in the middle of a conversation with some girl that a friend introduced me to, then a trip to the hospital, after which said friend picked me up, drove to the dry cleaner's to pick up a suit, and then dumped me off at his step-brother's place in a strange town while he went off to officiate a wedding. I woke up on a stranger's couch in an empty house with the front door open. Ever seen 28 Days Later? It was kind of like that.


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captain yesterday wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:
I've slept in five-star hotels, London back alleys, in the backs of pickup trucks, and out under the stars. I'm good wherever.
I've slept in a closet, and under a half pipe, also a canoe.

Dude, I spent 15 years in the Scouts, from Cub Scouts as a kid all the way up through Explorers in my twenties. Name a large object or physical feature, and I've probably crashed on it.

I almost gave one of the foremen at work a heart attack after I fell asleep on a pile of rocks using a piece of faced insulation as a blanket. Everyone came back from their lunch break, and they didn't notice I was there until I woke up.


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Freehold DM wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:
Celestial Healer wrote:
Where are you staying in town, Dave?
Haven't gotten that far yet.
would it be possible to stay with Patrick? Or would that be too much?

Too much for me, or for him?


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Signs that you've been doing this for a while: posting about tattoo received six years ago, then immediately checking all over to see if there's one or two that you'd forgotten about.


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Patrick Curtin wrote:
Celestial Healer wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:
Hey CH, you do the train thing. What's a ballpark price for a ticket?

Round trip from Boston? Probably around $100 or so.

Edit: my bad. That's what I recall for a one way ticket. So double that.

About what I thought. Is it worthwhile to pre-buy? Or can I pick them up at the station? I just don't want to be boxed into a certain train

If need be, you could take the train to somewhere outside the city, and I could pick you up on the way down.


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Topical. The copy editor in me cringes at some of the stuff that got missed, but all in all a great read.


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During pre-production for Boaz Davidson's 1987 film Going Bananas (written by Menahem Golan and released by the Cannon Group), Davidson and Golan originally intended to have the character of Bonzo the Ape be portrayed by an orangutan named Manis (best known for portaying the character Clyde in 1978's Every Which Way But Loose, opposite Clint Eastwood). Golan eventually went so far as to schedule a boardroom meeting with Manis in which Golan pitched the script to the orangutan. According to Golan and Davidson, the orangutan declined, and the role of Bonzo ended up going to the human actor/stuntman Deep Roy (Blake's 7, Big Fish, Star Trek) dressed in an ape costume.


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Late night drinking session with new roommate. Both fans of Jameson, Bud Lite, & Star Wars. Bros 4 life.


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Freehold DM wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:
Haladir wrote:
Ah, absinthe. Wonderful stuff... if you like the flavor of anise
Anise ... Ugh. Not a fan.
drink iiiiiiiiiiit

no no no no no no no no no no no


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Limeylongears wrote:

The first draft of the Beatles' 'Yesterday' ran as follows.

"Scrambled eggs
Oh my baby, how I love your legs
Not as much as I love scrambled eggs."

And this is why John wrote most of the Beatles' lyrics. You can see this level of lyricism pop up again during Paul's solo career.

Bip bop, bip bip bop / Bip bop, bip bip band / Dig your bottom dollar / Put it in your hand

Or, even better:

I'm gonna do it to you, gonna do it / Sweet banana, you'll never give up / We're gettin' hi hi hi in the midday sun

Paul McCartney should stick to playing bass and occasionally fronting a Nirvana reunion show (this actually happened).


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Shore Acres Drive - "Not Now, Ambien Walrus"
David Montanye - "Busy Busy Busy"
First Class - "Beach Baby"
Have Heart - "Bostons"
Simon & Garfunkel - "Bridge Over Troubled Water"

The Knack - "That Thing You Do!" ('The Wonders' cover)
The Knack - "I Want Ya"
Alkaline Trio - "Radio"
Against Me! - "I Was A Teenage Anarchist (acoustic)"
Mark Erelli - "Unraveled"

Rush - "Freewill"
Rush - "Red Barchetta"
Rush - "The Spirit Of Radio"
Rush - "Force Ten"
Rush - "Limelight"

Mastodon - "High Road"
Mastodon - "Tread Lightly"
Spraynard - "Pond"
Peter Mulvey - "Words Too Small To Say"
Peter Mulvey - "Black Rabbit"

MaxNormal.TV - "Angel Claw"
Weezer - "The Good Life"
Marilyn Manson - "Snake Eyes And Sissies"
Coheed & Cambria - "Devil In Jersey City"
Hidden Hospitals - "Bone Scraper"

Modern Baseball - "Your Graduation"
Buzzy Girl Flynn - "South Goodman (live)"
Andrew Jackson Jihad - "I Wanna Rock Out In My Dreams"
Michael Sembello - "Automatic Man"
Over Arm Throw - "Dumb Reminders" (No Use For A Name cover)

The Amazing Shakes - "Shiver And Shake"
Gin Blossoms - "Hey Jealousy"
Gin Blossoms - "Hey Jealousy ('Dusted' version)"
Gin Blossoms - "Angels Tonight"
Gin Blossoms - "Hold Me Down"

Van Morrison - "Domino"
Them - "Baby Please Don't Go (live)"
The Band - "Acadian Driftwood"
The Murderburgers - "(I'll Always Be A) BottomFeeder"
Municipal Waste - "Sadistic Magician"

Bridge Under Fire - "Brendan Won't Let Me Call This Song 'Endless Mike'"
Bridge Under Fire - "Hetero-Flexible"
America - "Til I Hear It From You" (Gin Blossoms cover)
Stevie Nicks, with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around"
Dax Riggs - "Wall Of Death" (Richard Thompson cover)

The Menzingers - "Nice Things"
Ride - "Twisterella"
Jawbreaker - "Big"
Patsy Watchorn - "The Orange And The Green" (Anthony Murphy cover)
Plumtree - "Scott Pilgrim"


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The Eldritch Mr. Shiny wrote:
Celestial Healer wrote:
[T]hey're strong so you don't need many. Absinthe knocks me on my ass.
weak

CHILDREN'S BOOZE.

Liberty's Edge

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Celestial Healer wrote:
[T]hey're strong so you don't need many. Absinthe knocks me on my ass.

weak


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Honestly, one night stands have never interested me. A couple have happened, but they were mostly just kind of awkward and forced as opposed to enjoyable. If I'm going to a bar, it's to drink, not to meet women.


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Director Sammo Hung wanted to name his 1984 martial arts comedy (filmed on location in Barcelona, Spain, and starring Jackie Chan and Yuen Biao) "Meals On Wheels," but the title was changed to "Wheels On Meals" by superstitious executives at Golden Harvest Studios due to their previous two "M"-titled films (Megaforce and Menage A Trois) being box office failures.

Wheels on Meals was the first of two films which paired star Jackie Chan against kickboxer Benny "The Jet" Urquidez (the other being the 1988 film Dragons Forever). At one point in the final battle between the pair, a spin-kick performed by Urquidez is so quick that the resulting airflow extinguishes a row of candles. This is shown on-screen, with no cuts or trick photography.

By 1984, shooting in Hong Kong had become practically impossible – firstly, because the stars had become so famous that they could not walk through the streets with impunity, and secondly due to the mounting difficulties in obtaining a permit from the government in order to film in Hong Kong. When Hung took his cast and crew to Barcelona, he wanted to strongly establish the locations in Barcelona as real, and to avoid shooting interiors at Golden Harvest. In comparison to Hong Kong, the Spanish authorities were very cooperative in allowing the use of locations for filming, even for car chases and fight scenes.


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I just realized that my reasons for liking two of my favorite bands are quite similar, despite the bands' outward dissimilarity.

3-piece NoCal punk band Jawbreaker features a tight rhythm section comprising bassist Chris Bauermeister and drummer Adam Pfahler. Singer/guitarist Blake Schwarzenbach sounds OK at singing and guitar, but writes amazing lyrics that drive the songs home.

3-piece Canadian prog rock band Rush features a tight rhythm section comprising singer/bassist Geddy Lee and drummer Neil Peart. Guitarist Alex Lifeson is very good, but pales in comparison to his bandmates, and Peart's lyrics shine through it all.

Compare:

Jawbreaker - "Parabola"

Rush - "Limelight"


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*Virtual Friends Simulator (with guns and space magic)


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Sometimes I think I should get back into the dating scene. And then I realize that I can barely take care of myself and my own health, much less devote half my time and energy to another person. And that's why I keep replaying Mass Effect.


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New roommate moves in tomorrow. First time I won't be living by myself since 2014. Going to be weird.


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Using a knife, if one cuts a "fun size" Nestle Crunch candy bar at the second upright of the "N" and just after the second upright of the "H" in "CRUNCH," the candy bar now reads "INCH" and measures one inch in length.


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Spent last hour and a half trying in vain to get Photoshop to play nice with my tablet. It was working fine yesterday, but today, half of the features don't work, and there isn't really any concrete reason why. Looks like I'm not getting any work done tonight after all.


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It's like a big truck that goes through a series of tubes. Nothing like the internet.


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Drejk wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Drejk wrote:
*sigh* Why are you on the wrong side of the world... Why can't you met in York? Though it would be even better if you came here!

we ARE meeting in york.

NEW YORK

New? What was wrong with the old one?!

The weather wasn't s*%&ty enough.


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David M Mallon wrote:
Orthos wrote:

"Here we go again..."

- Eeyore

"Here we go again..."

- C-3P0 (Anthony Daniels), Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

"Here it goes again..."

- OK Go, "Here It Goes Again"


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Orthos wrote:

"Here we go again..."

- Eeyore

"Here we go again..."

- C-3P0 (Anthony Daniels), Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi


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After the release of director Anthony Page's 1979 comedic mystery film The Lady Vanishes, the once prolific Hammer Film Productions did not have a single release until 29 years later with 2008's web serial Beyond the Rave. Hammer's next film didn't come until 2010, with director Matt Reeves' critically-acclaimed Let Me In, a remake of the 2008 Swedish film Let The Right One In. Since then, Hammer Film Productions has released several more horror films, though not nearly as many as were released during the 1955-1972 "golden era," including The Resident (2011), The Woman In Black (2012), and The Quiet Ones (2014).


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Not gonna lie, I teared up a little.


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Celestial Healer wrote:
I went back to my renegade Mass Effect playthrough, since Elder Scrolls Oblivion got too buggy to be fun anymore. It is fun how many people you can bump off in ME2 if you are trying to get your renegade score as high as possible.

no no no no no no no


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Since its introduction in the 1993 video game Doom, the "Doom door" stock sound effect has achieved memetic status, making its way into numerous other media. For example:

  • The SGC blast doors on the 1997-2007 sci-fi television series Stargate SG-1
  • The opening sequence and commercial interstitials on the documentary series Modern Marvels (1995-present)
  • Doors on the titular ship in the 1997 horror / sci-fi film Event Horizon
  • Doors on the NSEA Protector in the 1999 comedy sci-fi film Galaxy Quest
  • The character JP's (Joel David Moore's) office doors in the 2006 comedy Grandma's Boy

In addition, the sound effect was also used for the character Rey's speeder transport in J.J. Abrams' 2015 film Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.


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In the Star Fox series of video games, the character Peppy Hare often suggests to Fox McCloud that he "do a barrel roll" to get himself out of trouble. However, the aeronautical move executed by Fox McCloud's ship in nearly all of the games is actually an aileron roll.


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Treppa wrote:
Or go straight to the Jäger.

Off-brand NyQuil is way cheaper and tastes the same.


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Ezra Bridger (Taylor Gray): "I do not fear you!"
Darth Vader (James Earl Jones): "Then you will die braver than most."
- Star Wars Rebels


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Director Troy Duffy's 1999 film The Boondock Saints went through a long and difficult casting process before finally settling on the final lineup of actors. Only one of Duffy's first-choice actors (comedian Billy Connolly, playing the character of Noah "Il Duce" McManus) made it into the film.

For the protagonists, twin brothers Connor and Murphy McManus, (played in the film by Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus, respectively) Duffy wanted actors Stephen Dorff and Mark Wahlberg, and when they both declined, Brendan Fraser, Nicky Katt, and Ewan McGregor were considered. For the character of FBI agent Paul Smecker (eventually played by Willem Dafoe), Duffy sought both Kenneth Branagh and Patrick Swayze. Sylvester Stallone, Bill Murray, Mike Myers, Kevin Spacey, and Robert DeNiro were also considered for the part.

Actors Brad Pitt, Keanu Reeves, and Ethan Hawke expressed interest in roles in The Boondock Saints, but were rejected by Duffy for various reasons.


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Before director J.J. Abrams was selected to direct the 2015 film Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, he was one of two main contenders for the job, the other being actor/director Ben Affleck.


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C-list R&B artist Mike Posner (of the songs "Cooler Than Me" and "Bow Chicka Wow Wow") was a star cross-country runner in high school, and later attended Duke University, where he graduated magna cum laude in 2010 with a degree in sociology.


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Freehold DM wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
I am thinking you'll take either the N or the F. Again, I will check.
Yeah it'll be cool. I've never gone on the NY subway.
The first words that come to mind when I think of the NY subway start with the letters "N" and "F." Weird coincidence, I guess.
you had a good time on it. At least I think you did.

I successfully distracted myself from having a panic attack, so I'd call that a win.


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The "Reaper horn" sound effect from the Mass Effect video game series is based on an audio recording of a metal dumpster lid opening and closing.


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Cole Deschain wrote:
I'm Hiding In Your Closet wrote:
What do you call them? "Moose-equalizers?"

Snowmachines.

Because they are not toys.[/indignant nostril-flared snorting]

And, I suspect, because in the early days, they weren't competing in the popular imagination with snow-making equipment at ski areas... but yeah.

May have to go make a "How to speak Alaskan" primer somewhere around here...

Up where I'm originally from (New York's eastern Adirondacks), they're "sleds," or, less commonly "rigs" or "skids." They don't much go for multi-syllable words in the Champlain Valley.

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