Out of the Blue

Merry Christmas to all who are celebrating! And happy Chanukah 2016 to all celebrants as well, as the festival of lights began at sundown yesterday. As planned, things are quiet here, which is quite pleasant. The weather is pleasant too, surprisingly so, as it's unseasonably warm and surprisingly sunny today... I can recall more than one Easter that was more wintery than today. But traditions live on, as we got in our annual viewing of Bad Santa last night. Here's hoping things are going just the way you want where you are.

Celebratory Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Generals.io.
Story: John Williams Hasn't Seen a Single Star Wars Movie. Thanks HARDOCP.
Media: First Trailer: Ridley Scott's "Alien: Covenant." Thanks nin.
Watch Saturday Night Live crew remove an entire set between bits.
Crushing Christmas with hydraulic press. Thanks HARDOCP.
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Dec 26, 2016, 12:42
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Dec 26, 2016, 12:42
 
RIP, George.

53 is much too young.
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Dec 26, 2016, 01:58
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Dec 26, 2016, 01:58
 
RIP, George Michael.

And FUCK YOU, 2016.
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Re: First Trailer: Ridley Scott's
Dec 25, 2016, 23:28
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Re: First Trailer: Ridley Scott's Dec 25, 2016, 23:28
Dec 25, 2016, 23:28
 
So, it is a reboot? Based on the trailer it's cable/satellite bait. I'll wait for it to hit the movie channels. I'll have to see some really good reviews to bother seeing it in the theater.

Edit: Looked around a little more, apparently "Alien: Covenant Will Bridge Prometheus And Alien" I stand by what I said before.
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Dec 25, 2016, 22:57
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Dec 25, 2016, 22:57
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SlimRam wrote on Dec 25, 2016, 18:31:
George Michael just died, he was 53.

Sad. The man could sing.
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Dec 25, 2016, 21:13
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Dec 25, 2016, 21:13
 

George Michael dead: Singer dies of 'heart failure' in bed on Christmas Day aged just 53

man thats prophetic... how did it go again?

Last Christmas, I gave you my heart

whoa...
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Dec 25, 2016, 21:03
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Dec 25, 2016, 21:03
 
RedEye9 wrote on Dec 25, 2016, 15:52:
jdreyer wrote on Dec 25, 2016, 15:43:
Saw Rogue One yesterday. Really, really good. Highly recommended. It's darker than TFA, and feels like someone said "Let's make a Star Wars Private Ryan!" The Rebels operate in gray areas, so it's not the binary morality of the other movies. The action is well choreographed and intense (bordering on R-rating). And the story is cleverly dovetailed with A New Hope. It's not perfect, some of the characters, while well acted could have been better developed. And speaking of John Williams, the score sorely missed him.

Spoilers: I admire the ending: pretty much everyone dies. There's no hope of a Rogue 2. Also, the CG Tarkin and Leia looked a bit plasticky. I respect that they pushed the technology to the limits, but it's not quite there yet.
Agreed, as far as the CGI goes Spoilers: it's almost hits the uncanny vally, but it's not quite there yet. how they did it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-KJGLRmt0w

I saw it yesterday and despite being the a 3D IMAX showing there was barely anyone in theater, I don't even know if it was 1/4 full. I got a nice seat in the middle and nobody sitting next to me. Probably the most relaxing theater experience I've had in a long time.

I pretty much agree with your assessment, well acted but things felt like they needed to be fleshed out a bit more.

Spoilers: I gotta say the CGI it's pretty damn close to looking real, but there were a few times it kind of seemed out of place (The facial movements of Tarkin while speaking broke the illusion the most IMO). Overall I think they did a good job with it though, mostly it wasn't off putting and makes me wonder how long it will be till they can make a CGI humans you can't tell are CGI. I felt a little pang when I saw Leia given the events of the day.
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Dec 25, 2016, 20:39
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Dec 25, 2016, 20:39
 
Happy holidays, mortals!

After a dinner of roast Fell Beast (aka a gigantic and somewhat bad-tempered turkey), Ms Sauron #1 and Ms. Sauron #2 are binge-watching Studio Ghibli movies (currently Whisper of the Heart).

Breakfast tomorrow will be hobbit pancakes.

I'm enjoying the break, and look forward to taking over Middle Earth in 2017.
Kittens!
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Dec 25, 2016, 19:30
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SlimRam wrote on Dec 25, 2016, 18:31:
George Michael just died, he was 53.

I would say,"Suck it 2016" but somehow, this doesn't seem...quite right to say *cough*.

That's saddened me..he always seemed like a decent fella, except when he was being erm, indecent. RIP George.
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Dec 25, 2016, 18:53
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Dec 25, 2016, 18:53
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SlimRam wrote on Dec 25, 2016, 18:31:
George Michael just died, he was 53.

I would say,"Suck it 2016" but somehow, this doesn't seem...quite right to say *cough*.

Yeah, came by to post that. Was always a fan of his. Man, so many good people gone this year, meanwhile dicks like Trump and Co. just roll on. Fuck this year in the ass - not like that's a bad thing or anything, just the figurative F in the A.
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Dec 25, 2016, 18:47
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Cutter wrote on Dec 25, 2016, 15:45:
P.S. Enh, on that Alien trailer. Didn't hook me remotely as much as the new Blade Runner one. Good that it has Billy Crudup in it. Always liked his work, especially as Pre in Without Limits.

I was also left underwhelmed. I expected this movie to give us a look at the Engineers home planet and the workings of their civilization. All I saw was the same old xenomorph bloodfest, oh right, this time it's different because we have a back-buster instead of a chest-buster. Rolleyes
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Dec 25, 2016, 18:38
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Dec 25, 2016, 18:38
 
SlimRam wrote on Dec 25, 2016, 18:31:
George Michael just died, he was 53.

I would say,"Suck it 2016" but somehow, this doesn't seem...quite right to say *cough*.
Ok, i laughed.
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Dec 25, 2016, 18:31
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Dec 25, 2016, 18:31
 
George Michael just died, he was 53.

I would say,"Suck it 2016" but somehow, this doesn't seem...quite right to say *cough*.
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Dec 25, 2016, 18:26
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Dec 25, 2016, 18:26
 
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich praised the style and substance of Donald Trump’s suggestion for a new nuclear arms race, calling the president-elect’s use of Twitter to make major policy pronouncements “brilliant.”

Gingrich, an informal Trump adviser, told “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace that the longstanding U.S. policy of reducing the number of its nuclear weapons has “failed.” He claimed that it has enabled former Cold War foes China, North Korea and Russia to rebuild or expand their capacities.

Trump tweeted on Thursday that the U.S. “must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.”

“Let it be an arms race,” Trump said. “We will outmatch them at every pass. And outlast them all.”
The revolution war will not be televised tweeted.
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Happy merry holidays to Blue and all the rest of you.
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Happy holidays to all!
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JOYOUS KWANZAA!!
Dec 25, 2016, 17:32
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JOYOUS KWANZAA!! Dec 25, 2016, 17:32
Dec 25, 2016, 17:32
 
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich praised the style and substance of Donald Trump’s suggestion for a new nuclear arms race, calling the president-elect’s use of Twitter to make major policy pronouncements “brilliant.”

Gingrich, an informal Trump adviser, told “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace that the longstanding U.S. policy of reducing the number of its nuclear weapons has “failed.” He claimed that it has enabled former Cold War foes China, North Korea and Russia to rebuild or expand their capacities.

Trump tweeted on Thursday that the U.S. “must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.”

“Let it be an arms race,” Trump said. “We will outmatch them at every pass. And outlast them all.”
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Dec 25, 2016, 17:24
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Dec 25, 2016, 17:24
 
Happy Holidays, everyone! Party2

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Dec 25, 2016, 16:48
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Merry Christmas to all
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Dec 25, 2016, 16:31
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RedEye9 wrote on Dec 25, 2016, 13:14:
Binge watching Goliath on Amazon with Billy Bob Thornton and William Hurt.

AMAZING SERIES! Would love to see another season/series.

Merry Whatever your celebrating/drinking folks! Be safe and watch out for idiots/nutcases!
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Dec 25, 2016, 15:52
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jdreyer wrote on Dec 25, 2016, 15:43:
Saw Rogue One yesterday. Really, really good. Highly recommended. It's darker than TFA, and feels like someone said "Let's make a Star Wars Private Ryan!" The Rebels operate in gray areas, so it's not the binary morality of the other movies. The action is well choreographed and intense (bordering on R-rating). And the story is cleverly dovetailed with A New Hope. It's not perfect, some of the characters, while well acted could have been better developed. And speaking of John Williams, the score sorely missed him.

Spoilers: I admire the ending: pretty much everyone dies. There's no hope of a Rogue 2. Also, the CG Tarkin and Leia looked a bit plasticky. I respect that they pushed the technology to the limits, but it's not quite there yet.
Agreed, as far as the CGI goes Spoilers: it's almost hits the uncanny vally, but it's not quite there yet. how they did it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-KJGLRmt0w
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