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Found some fancy steaks at the supermarket marked down from $19.99/lb to $6.99 because they were close to the sell-by date. They came out so great that I have to marvel at the bargain these two little six-ouncers, represented, as they ended up forming a steak dinner for $2.65 a serving... a great lesson in bargain hunting, as well as the benefits of home-cooking, as that's comparable to the price of a crappy burger at a fast-food place.

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45. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 25, 2014, 15:10 jdreyer
 
BobBob wrote on Jun 25, 2014, 12:02:
jdreyer wrote on Jun 24, 2014, 14:19:
The last bargain I got was a sandwich near its sell by date at a famous nationwide healthfood chain. I spent the next 24 hours throwing up.

Sick

Did you return to the store to complain? They probably have a policy to compensate you for your suffering.

I was actually in the middle of a business trip at the time, so didn't follow up. Just chalked it up to experience.
 
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44. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 25, 2014, 12:02 BobBob
 
jdreyer wrote on Jun 24, 2014, 14:19:
The last bargain I got was a sandwich near its sell by date at a famous nationwide healthfood chain. I spent the next 24 hours throwing up.

Sick

Did you return to the store to complain? They probably have a policy to compensate you for your suffering.
 
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43. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 24, 2014, 20:10 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jun 24, 2014, 19:37:
Creston wrote on Jun 24, 2014, 18:52:
But would it be worse than Lucas' original idea to have a cameo by fucking N-SYNC?

I mean, for all how Tom Cruise is a phenomenal wackjob, he is a pretty good actor, and he usually makes enjoyable movies. (haven't seen the sci-fi groundhog day yet)

I don't think having Tom Cruise in Star Wars would make it somehow worse. Had he played some pansy-ass Jedi who gets cut down like a bitch in Episode II, it wouldn't have made that movie worse.

I think the only problem with Cruise is that he's so iconic, that you get taken out of a film by his mere presence, regardless of what he's doing. I had the same problem with Jackson as Mace Windu. Although, I could see Cruise as a pretty awesome bad guy, if his ego would let him take such a role. And who knows, maybe he'll have on some Darth Maul style makeup and we won't even recognize him.

As for N-Sync, there's precedent. I've liked both Timberlake and Wahlberg in films, so I don't think it's totally out in left field. And you could argue that they've had plenty of practice acting on stage in hundreds of concerts, b/c you know they're not really singing up there.

He likely knows this and would just be an alien under heavy makeup
 
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42. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 24, 2014, 19:47 jdreyer
 
1badmf wrote on Jun 24, 2014, 19:00:
$20 for a supermarket steak?!? good god, hope it was at least a Prime cut. at my local i can get a pack of two choice cuts for about $8, not even marked down. and the best steak i've ever made was just last week, bought a single from target, not even labelled with USDA cut type, and it was amazing. or if i really wanna go cheap i can go to stater bros., buy a single unlabelled steak for $4.

Don't get used to those cheap prices. They won't last.
 
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41. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 24, 2014, 19:37 jdreyer
 
Creston wrote on Jun 24, 2014, 18:52:
But would it be worse than Lucas' original idea to have a cameo by fucking N-SYNC?

I mean, for all how Tom Cruise is a phenomenal wackjob, he is a pretty good actor, and he usually makes enjoyable movies. (haven't seen the sci-fi groundhog day yet)

I don't think having Tom Cruise in Star Wars would make it somehow worse. Had he played some pansy-ass Jedi who gets cut down like a bitch in Episode II, it wouldn't have made that movie worse.

I think the only problem with Cruise is that he's so iconic, that you get taken out of a film by his mere presence, regardless of what he's doing. I had the same problem with Jackson as Mace Windu. Although, I could see Cruise as a pretty awesome bad guy, if his ego would let him take such a role. And who knows, maybe he'll have on some Darth Maul style makeup and we won't even recognize him.

As for N-Sync, there's precedent. I've liked both Timberlake and Wahlberg in films, so I don't think it's totally out in left field. And you could argue that they've had plenty of practice acting on stage in hundreds of concerts, b/c you know they're not really singing up there.
 
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40. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 24, 2014, 19:33 jdreyer
 
Creston wrote on Jun 24, 2014, 18:54:
Ah turtles. Never a hint of gratitude...

Well, given how often people have made them into soup, it's hard to blame them.

Hats off to Cutter for trying to do the right thing, even if he had to break a nail trying.
 
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39. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 24, 2014, 19:30 jdreyer
 
Cutter wrote on Jun 24, 2014, 18:23:
Jenkins you motherfucker!

So no good deed goes unpunished. Driving today and this little turtle is trying to cross the road to get to the pond on the other side - a virtual turtle paradise as it were. So I'm afraid the wee guy is going to get run over because he's moving so slow so I hop out to grab him intent on delivering him to his pond. Well I slam the car door shut...on my index finger. Smashes the nail almost entirely off my finger. It was unreal how much it hurt. I was literally physically staggered and seeing stars, almost thought I was going pass out for a second.

So I go get my first aid kit out of the trunk as my finger is gushing blood all over, gause it up, tape it up, and meanwhile the little turtle makes it across like a boss, over the bottom of a fence - which is impressive by turtle standards and beelines it to the pond. Good for him. Meantime I got to the hospital to make sure nothing is broken and they tell me they need to reinsert the nail because the whole nailbed popped out. So they cut both sides of my finger to pull back the skin to insert the nail back in and than suture it up. Even with the local it hurt like a motherfucker. It still hurts like a motherfucker.

Not sure if there's a moral to the story, but it better have accrued me some good fucking karma with the Turtle gods.

Dude, how are you even typing? Also, ibuprophen is your friend. So is beer.
 
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38. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 24, 2014, 19:28 nin
 
jdreyer wrote on Jun 24, 2014, 19:27:
Dirwulf wrote on Jun 24, 2014, 17:30:
You know it's just going to be a short shot of Tom Cruise running.

You know he's going to appear as a Han Solo style smuggler. Hell, maybe he even plays Solo's son.

OMG STRIKE THAT FROM THE INTERNET IMMEDIATELY, BEFORE IT GAINS ANY TRACTION!

 
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37. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 24, 2014, 19:27 jdreyer
 
Dirwulf wrote on Jun 24, 2014, 17:30:
You know it's just going to be a short shot of Tom Cruise running.

You know he's going to appear as a Han Solo style smuggler. Hell, maybe he even plays Solo's son.
 
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36. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 24, 2014, 19:26 jdreyer
 
nin wrote on Jun 24, 2014, 18:15:
Torchlight FREE, on gog's front page...2 hours left.


Could there be anyone that doesn't own TL at this point?
 
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35. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 24, 2014, 19:25 jdreyer
 
descender wrote on Jun 24, 2014, 16:55:
Guys, I understand what a cameo is. They are usually done in comedies, or the way Stan Lee appears in the marvel movies. The "cameo-er(?)" generally has some considerably obvious frame of reference to the movie they appear in.

What I don't understand is how or why "Tom Cruise" makes a cameo in the star wars universe. It would be AWFUL. This is a considerably worse idea than say.... Jar-Jar.

Or perhaps Samuel L. Jackson?
 
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34. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 24, 2014, 19:19 Beamer
 
1badmf wrote on Jun 24, 2014, 19:00:
$20 for a supermarket steak?!? good god, hope it was at least a Prime cut. at my local i can get a pack of two choice cuts for about $8, not even marked down. and the best steak i've ever made was just last week, bought a single from target, not even labelled with USDA cut type, and it was amazing. or if i really wanna go cheap i can go to stater bros., buy a single unlabelled steak for $4.

The best supermarket steaks I've had are filets from Whole Foods. Their grass fed filets were $27.99 per pound, and "grass fed" seems to be a buzzword, but they were also from a farm about 20 miles from where I bought the steaks. It was a small farm one of my favorite restaurants also used. That was the true distinguisher. Insane price, though.

Out here everything seems to be Painted Hills, which I've found to be pretty good but not incredible.

 
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33. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 24, 2014, 19:00 1badmf
 
$20 for a supermarket steak?!? good god, hope it was at least a Prime cut. at my local i can get a pack of two choice cuts for about $8, not even marked down. and the best steak i've ever made was just last week, bought a single from target, not even labelled with USDA cut type, and it was amazing. or if i really wanna go cheap i can go to stater bros., buy a single unlabelled steak for $4.  
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32. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 24, 2014, 18:54 Creston
 
Cutter wrote on Jun 24, 2014, 18:23:
Jenkins you motherfucker!

So no good deed goes unpunished. Driving today and this little turtle is trying to cross the road to get to the pond on the other side - a virtual turtle paradise as it were. So I'm afraid the wee guy is going to get run over because he's moving so slow so I hop out to grab him intent on delivering him to his pond. Well I slam the car door shut...on my index finger. Smashes the nail almost entirely off my finger. It was unreal how much it hurt. I was literally physically staggered and seeing stars, almost thought I was going pass out for a second.

So I go get my first aid kit out of the trunk as my finger is gushing blood all over, gause it up, tape it up, and meanwhile the little turtle makes it across like a boss, over the bottom of a fence - which is impressive by turtle standards and beelines it to the pond. Good for him. Meantime I got to the hospital to make sure nothing is broken and they tell me they need to reinsert the nail because the whole nailbed popped out. So they cut both sides of my finger to pull back the skin to insert the nail back in and than suture it up. Even with the local it hurt like a motherfucker. It still hurts like a motherfucker.

Not sure if there's a moral to the story, but it better have accrued me some good fucking karma with the Turtle gods.

Damn, that sounds fucking painful.

I always stop to save little turtles, but sometimes they aren't so little, and sometimes the bigger bastards will fucking snap at me. (they're not snapping turtles, fortunately, so they can't reach me when I'm picking them up from behind.)

And I can't help but go "I just saved your dumb, fat, thirty-pound-weighing ass from being squashed by that fucking PETERBILT!"

Ah turtles. Never a hint of gratitude...
 
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31. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 24, 2014, 18:52 Creston
 
descender wrote on Jun 24, 2014, 16:55:
Guys, I understand what a cameo is. They are usually done in comedies, or the way Stan Lee appears in the marvel movies. The "cameo-er(?)" generally has some considerably obvious frame of reference to the movie they appear in.

What I don't understand is how or why "Tom Cruise" makes a cameo in the star wars universe. It would be AWFUL. This is a considerably worse idea than say.... Jar-Jar.

But would it be worse than Lucas' original idea to have a cameo by fucking N-SYNC?

I mean, for all how Tom Cruise is a phenomenal wackjob, he is a pretty good actor, and he usually makes enjoyable movies. (haven't seen the sci-fi groundhog day yet)

I don't think having Tom Cruise in Star Wars would make it somehow worse. Had he played some pansy-ass Jedi who gets cut down like a bitch in Episode II, it wouldn't have made that movie worse.
 
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30. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 24, 2014, 18:24 Cutter
 
nin wrote on Jun 24, 2014, 18:15:
Torchlight FREE, on gog's front page...2 hours left.


Thanks nin. I noticed that Brothers is on the Steam sale today for $3 so I grabbed that based on all the amazing feedback from people around here and in general on that title.
 
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29. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 24, 2014, 18:23 Cutter
 
Jenkins you motherfucker!

So no good deed goes unpunished. Driving today and this little turtle is trying to cross the road to get to the pond on the other side - a virtual turtle paradise as it were. So I'm afraid the wee guy is going to get run over because he's moving so slow so I hop out to grab him intent on delivering him to his pond. Well I slam the car door shut...on my index finger. Smashes the nail almost entirely off my finger. It was unreal how much it hurt. I was literally physically staggered and seeing stars, almost thought I was going pass out for a second.

So I go get my first aid kit out of the trunk as my finger is gushing blood all over, gause it up, tape it up, and meanwhile the little turtle makes it across like a boss, over the bottom of a fence - which is impressive by turtle standards and beelines it to the pond. Good for him. Meantime I got to the hospital to make sure nothing is broken and they tell me they need to reinsert the nail because the whole nailbed popped out. So they cut both sides of my finger to pull back the skin to insert the nail back in and than suture it up. Even with the local it hurt like a motherfucker. It still hurts like a motherfucker.

Not sure if there's a moral to the story, but it better have accrued me some good fucking karma with the Turtle gods.
 
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28. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 24, 2014, 18:15 nin
 

Torchlight FREE, on gog's front page...2 hours left.

 
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27. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 24, 2014, 17:30 Dirwulf
 
Shok wrote on Jun 24, 2014, 17:12:
descender wrote on Jun 24, 2014, 16:55:
Guys, I understand what a cameo is. They are usually done in comedies, or the way Stan Lee appears in the marvel movies. The "cameo-er(?)" generally has some considerably obvious frame of reference to the movie they appear in.

What I don't understand is how or why "Tom Cruise" makes a cameo in the star wars universe. It would be AWFUL. This is a considerably worse idea than say.... Jar-Jar.

Yeah the only thing worse I can think of is Tom Cruise as Jar-Jar.

You know it's just going to be a short shot of Tom Cruise running.
 
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26. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 24, 2014, 17:20 nin
 
Shok wrote on Jun 24, 2014, 17:12:
descender wrote on Jun 24, 2014, 16:55:
Guys, I understand what a cameo is. They are usually done in comedies, or the way Stan Lee appears in the marvel movies. The "cameo-er(?)" generally has some considerably obvious frame of reference to the movie they appear in.

What I don't understand is how or why "Tom Cruise" makes a cameo in the star wars universe. It would be AWFUL. This is a considerably worse idea than say.... Jar-Jar.

Yeah the only thing worse I can think of is Tom Cruise as Jar-Jar.

But then Jar Jar horribly DIES, and it's a two-fer!

 
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