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  1. You are wrong on so much, and this is another example of that being the case. Anyone who was actually involved in the situation knew that what got IRON in trouble was poor leadership in the run up to, and the earliest stages of the war, in that they were telling different groups different things, and their own membership even different things from that. If you think anything VE was doing was "prodding" IRON, you are sorely mistaken and have no idea of the level of relationship we carried through that war. LoSS begged for an entry so they wouldn't find themselves chained to the other side. I have no care, and never had any care for LoSS, but VE was in a position to help a coalition-member out, and we helped out. IRON was being set up by people, sure, but the people doing the setting up didn't have the intelligence or the ammo to make it happen, and there were enough people in the coalition advocating for IRON to make sure nothing could ever form. Just the fact that you think that VE is "squarely in the platysphere" shows how little you know, and how little weight your analysis holds. Why don't you ask people in VE or TOP what they think of each other, and you might actually gain some knowledge about how the political atmosphere is in CN beyond what gets filtered to you by your buddies.
  2. http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/chi-harold-ramis-dead-20140224,0,2259309.story They don't make movies like they did during his heyday, but he is one of the pioneers of the 80's Reagan-era fight-the-power style movies. His humor was as intelligent as anyone writing and directing movies has ever been, and that intelligence is what lets his movies hold up today while many others from the era simply can't hold on. The movies all had a heart to them. There were the occasional gross-out scenes, and vulgarity, but overall the movies were tone-based, in that it was the overall themes that made you laugh, not necessarily the one-liners, even though there were plenty of those. I think the earliest writers of the Simpsons owe Harold Ramis a great debt, because his comedy paved the way for precisely what the Simpsons became so successful in the early 90's. Here are my five favorites, probably in order but who knows. I'm sad and need to binge-watch. Groundhog Day (1993): This movie came out when I was eight, and I saw it in the theaters. I hated it. I just didn't get it. Years later, something beckoned me to give it another shot. It is absolutely the classic of its time, and I think it is one of the most perfect movies ever made, something that wouldn't translate to television, books, or to any other era of moviemaking. Just the premise itself is incredibly fun and original, and its execution is flawless, primarily because of Bill Murray, but also because he has such richness on the page to work with, and superb direction throughout the movie. This is one of my all-time favorite movies, because with Harold Ramis gone, there is no chance anyone could ever think up a plot so intricate but have it flow like music. Multiplicity (1996): This movie gets no love from people that aren't probably within 2-3 years of me. I love this movie for the same reasons I love Groundhog Day, because its so intricate, but flows so well, and is the absolute perfect representation of what is so wonderful about Michael Keaton. Seeing the four sides of Michael Keaton is amazing (especially #4. "She touched my happy Steve"), but its the fact that everything in a premise so unlikely stays together and again, flows well, is a testament to the direction and writing of Ramis. Caddyshack (1980): His directorial debut, and no one needs me to rehash how amazing this movie is. Chevy, Billy, and Rodney in their primes could make any movie pop, but again, it was Ramis (and Doug Kenney and BDM) that wrote them and the characters who say them. Ghostbusters (1984): Another movie I don't need to sell anyone on. Makes me sad knowing all the holdups led to GB3 not being filmed before Ramis passed. Back to School (1986): This is a Rodney movie through and through. But until the day I die, anytime I double back to check out a girl when with a group of friends, either myself or someone else will say "Honey, you're perfect". He also wrote and/or directed Animal House, Meatballs, Stripes, and Analyze This. A true legend of comedy has died today, and even though the intelligent but heartwarming comedies Harold Ramis would make fell out of style 20 years ago, it makes me sad knowing that there is one less person alive still trying to make them.
  3. Honestly, if you want to make your mark in the community in a positive way, this is a good way to do it, not through your forum posting. The interview is wildly biased, but you (seem to) make no pretensions about being unbiased, and therefore, taken at face-value, these on-the-record interviews make for very fun reads.
  4. The sad thing from this is that what you say will still lower many people's opinions of HB, because you are associated with them far more than their actual government is. But it is a good step forward for HB for sure, as some people are absolutely not government material.
  5. It seems like you call Umb "filth" and NG "polarizing", but you seem to be describing them similarly. People that don't love NG probably think they're filth, and those that love Umb probably feel similarly about them as you feel about NG.
  6. Goldie


    With regard to your NPO section: That road goes both ways, because it is NPO's attempts to push themselves to the place they were at before that makes them the target of alliances, and they have a history of shoving people aside for their own ends. Those are the kinds of things not easily forgotten, so it leaves them in a place where they find themselves a 'fall back' target.
  7. "VE was on the verge of surrender after a long and retarded negotiation in which QueenHailee asked for input then went manic and disappeared when she received it, then--while preaching to all of us about our selfish idiocy over DH terms--NPO derailed the VE surrender in a weeklong battle over getting their name in the surrender-to list. Then NPO convened DH peace negotiations against the will of the vast majority of the coalition, thus precluding VE's surrender at all since they knew they could just hang out for whole-Umbrella peace. Thus we lost the crucial serious first surrender." Kind of true. We approached surrendering when it seemed like the end of the war was being dragged out because GATO/TLR/NG decided to wrangle for weeks about how they would go about exiting peace mode, as they "didn't want to be Sparta" (their words, not mine) and sit the whole war out in peace. Lot of talk, no action, with the promise of another "month" of war after they exited peace mode, and since everyone knew they'd ever actually leave, I told Umb I was going to AI rather than wait for Godot. Dicking around Brehon on that was funny, as it was easy securing AI's support for not including NPO on the surrender document, as I wasn't going to surrender to an alliance by name that didn't officially declare war. We were also looking for things like guarantees of no terms for Umb, which AI and others agreed to, but Brehon got pissy and the talk of surrender died. I'm normally not one to do this, but whatever, these logs are funny: [19:46] <Brehon[NPO]> Hey Goldie [19:47] <Goldie[VE]> sup [19:48] <Brehon[NPO]> Just a quick question: Did you or did you not post up an acknowledgment of war with NPO (after giving me an opportunity to post a DOW). And did I not also put up a clerical post in which I too acknowledged our alliances at war? [19:48] <Goldie[VE]> i did [19:48] <Brehon[NPO]> Additionally did I not grant you what you asked for in the Dave war? [19:48] <Goldie[VE]> what did i ask of you in the last war? [19:48] <Brehon[NPO]> So whats the heartburn at NPO? [19:48] <Brehon[NPO]> Where you not given an out the moment you asked for it? [19:49] <Brehon[NPO]> Did I not make that out as easy as possible? [19:49] <Goldie[VE]> this is based solely on the fact that there were alliances that hit us without declaring wars, to surrender to those alliances condones that [19:49] <Brehon[NPO]> I am trying to understand what the issue is with NPO and VE? [19:49] <Brehon[NPO]> Did you hit Ai? [19:49] <Goldie[VE]> i have zero issue with NPO [19:50] <Brehon[NPO]> Am I not chained to them? [19:50] <Brehon[NPO]> In fact the ONLY chaining ally I have [19:50] <Goldie[VE]> stop using questions in each of your statements lol [19:50] <Goldie[VE]> this isnt personal against NPO, this isnt personal against anyone [19:50] <Goldie[VE]> i have a lot of respect for what you do [19:50] <Goldie[VE]> i just dont respect the decision to use 'attack on one is an attack on all' [19:50] <Brehon[NPO]> It looks that way. In fact it looks like you guys are intentionally pissing on us. [19:51] <Goldie[VE]> as justification for not declaring a war [19:51] <Brehon[NPO]> When I posted on MW, I included everyone else we were actually at war with. [19:51] <Goldie[VE]> no, i just want to be clear that i dont want to surrender to alliances who didnt declare a war on us or who we didnt declare war on [19:51] <Brehon[NPO]> I acknowledge your post as well. [19:52] <Brehon[NPO]> You acknowledged a state of war in your post Goldie. This is pure political poppycock. [19:53] <Goldie[VE]> youre taking something that isnt directed at you personally, very personally, so ill just nip this in the bud and let you cool down [19:54] <Brehon[NPO]> I am not angry in the least. I think this is indeed a political pissing on the NPO. [19:54] <Goldie[VE]> thats your incorrect interpretation [19:54] <Goldie[VE]> im not in any mood for pissing on anyone [19:54] <Goldie[VE]> least of all people who i have no beef with [19:55] <Goldie[VE]> we fought a good war with each other, we can continue that level of respect with each other [19:55] <Goldie[VE]> or we can think that this is a personal attack and not have that respect [19:55] <Goldie[VE]> it isnt [19:55] <Brehon[NPO]> But thats just it, you aren't doing that. You are saying it, but not doing it. I don't undetsand why. [19:56] <Goldie[VE]> put two and two together [19:57] <Goldie[VE]> regardless of any level of respect we can have for each other, i do not condone people purposefully ignoring the time-honored tradition of officially declaring war [19:57] <Brehon[NPO]> The fact you acknowledged war and I did my clerical clean up. The moment you aknowledge that war you had no ground to stand on with this /shrugs [19:58] <Goldie[VE]> as i would not expect those who ignore that to get irked by not being officially surrendered to [19:58] <Goldie[VE]> so you should make a note underneath the peace agreement [19:58] <Goldie[VE]> that you acknowledge this as a surrender to NPO [19:58] <Brehon[NPO]> Or we just keep going /shrugs [19:58] <Goldie[VE]> thats fine [20:11] <Brehon[NPO]> Something interesting... you are so bothered by this DOW bit, but you had no problem asking if NPO would sign anything that has reps on it. Gotta have some consistency brotha. However if you didn't ask that of NPO, then I stand corrected. [20:11] <Goldie[VE]> i asked AI if they would [20:11] <Goldie[VE]> QH volunteered that you wouldnt [20:12] <Brehon[NPO]> ahh [20:12] <Brehon[NPO]> Fair enough then, I retract the comment on consistency. [20:12] <Goldie[VE]> if youll sign something that says that no reps will be taken of my allies [20:12] <Goldie[VE]> then i would have no issues with putting my concerns aside [20:13] <Brehon[NPO]> My word has been solid in my actions. I have said time and time again NPO has no desire for reps and we don't support any rep movement. We have war, there is no reason for reps.
  8. Star Wars came out in 1977, not 1969. Episode III is pretty much the only watchable movie from the prequels, which isn't saying much. CGI, when impeccably used, and used to enhance the natural images you see on the screen, can add a depth to a movie that you simply can't replicate without either exorbitant cost, or can't do, period. Look at the LOTR movies for an example of CGI being used as a tool to supplement what is going on, the battle of Helm's Deep being a perfect example, where CGI has taken hundreds of orc warriors and replicated them enough to look like tens of thousands, but doing it so seamlessly you get lost in the battle, and feel like you are actually watching all of those tens of thousands of extras storming the walls. Consider a movie like the original Star Wars, or Jaws, or Jurassic Park. Why do those movies still hold up today as watchable? The storylines in the case of Jaws or Star Wars aren't that involved, and Jurassic Park was an analog movie coming out in an emerging digitally imaged age. But look at the effects. When you see the X-Wings flying over the death star, they look real, because they are real scale models flying over a real set. There are no blurred lines, no images that stick out as being sharper than their background, or vice versa. Jaws still terrifies because there is a real model there, not a digital image. You know the shark is fake, but it doesn't look fake, and you lose yourself in the terror that the three hunters feel. Same as with Jurassic Park, which in my opinion has the best effects of any movie I've still ever seen. Why? Because when that &#33;@#&#036;@#&#036; Tyrannosaur peers into the window, it isn't a digital image of it, that I know is fake, no, its a life-size animatronic model that has been finely tuned to act like a real dinosaur, as far as we can imagine them acting. The dinosaurs are more than mere props, they come off as actors, no more or less life-like than the humans playing the hunted roles. Contrast that to the Star Wars prequels. There is so much CGI going on, and its used to prop up the plot in so many places, used exclusively in many others, and overdone in nearly every sequence of the movie. Half of the characters in the film were drawn digitally, and when they stand next to human characters, they look out of place. There is no thrill in watching fake-looking robots attack fake-looking Gungans, on a fake landscape. The movies also had pretty silly objectives in a lot of them, silly comparing to how vast and grand the objectives of the original trilogy were. Episode IV was about Luke discovering the force, forming a ragtag team to save Leia with Han and Chewie, and joining up with the outnumbered rebels to destroy the epitome of evil, minutes before they, and their entire rebellion, would be destroyed. That's a plot that, while merely space versions of a lot of old plot devices and cliches, works. Compare it to Episode I, which was about Two Jedis rescuing a princess from a &#33;@#&#036;@#&#036; trade federation, then accidentally running into the highest potential Jedi in the universe, while people that live underwater fight robots sent to destroy their planet, and in the end there's a big space battle and a pretty epic lightsaber duel. Oh, and I forgot, there was a drag race in the middle for some reason. Things could have been a little tighter, no? Of all the ways to introduce the Star Wars universe, you went with podraces, Gungans, and trade federations? In its most simple terms, Episode V is about that ragtag team having to split up to find themselves, Luke finding his way to becoming a Jedi, and Han finding his way to escape his past and falling in love. The split-up leads to trouble, and in the end of the movie both are in bleak spots, but they find themselves on the brink of the completion of their quests, and with hope for reuniting in the future. The movie achieves those themes really well, with action coming in smaller spurts interspersed around the movie, and ending with the be-all, end-all lightsaber battle of the Star Wars universe. Episode II could have been just a carbon copy of that with the Han and Luke characters both rolled into Anakin, but spiced up with the dark side stuff. There's Anakin questing to become a Jedi, escape his past, and fall in love, all as he drifts closer to Palpatine. I just think they do it very weakly. These things don't develop, you aren't seeing Anakin exhibiting growth from the beginning of the movie to the end, which is the point of the whole movie, and what made Empire so great. Anakin starts off madly in love with Padme, he starts off as being in the middle of his training, and he starts off at really the same place with regard to who he is as he was at the beginning of the movie, save the important scene where he butchers the Tuskan Raiders. Lucas at this point knows that the audience is aware that Anakin will turn into Darth Vader, that Obi Wan will persevere, that Padme will birth Luke and Leia, so he criminally neglects developing the characters, expecting the audience to just picture in their head how they'll be going from point A to point B, and not caring to present the journey. Episode VI is the ultimate resolution, although not without flaws of its own. It carries forward the hope from the previous movie, with an exciting rescue with many interesting layers, and reunites the gang. Once together again, the audience braces for what happens when they work together, which is take down the bad guys, and that's exactly what they do. There's definitely a level of corniness in the movie, and you can see Lucas' penchant for odd sidetracks and weird characters that don't really develop the plot much, but it isn't to the Episode I level yet. And, at this point, Lucas had built up so much good will with the first two movies, that you could forgive a lot of that so you could see the story tie up its loose ends and conclude. Episode III has a lot of the same qualities, which is saying that it is the best of the prequels, and Return is the worst of the originals. I agree that the emotion is there. There is no more character developing to do, so Lucas fully abandons it, leaving just working toward resolutions. Seeing Anakin fall to pieces and sever ties with Padme/Jedis, and violently, is the money shot the audience had been waiting for, so we were ready to appreciate the battle scenes, and the finished transformation to Vader. III works in relation to II because whereas Revenge didn't need the character development, and had a more rational, Star Wars universe related storyline, Attack desperately needed character development, and had another one of those trade federation/gungan style "why are they here, couldn't this whole scene have been cut" storylines, that naturally didn't work. The combat scenes were epic, but the entire trilogy is based around the birth of Darth Vader, don't ignore that in why Revenge works better than the others. The lightsaber battle was the best of the prequels, but the emotional backbone of the third film is Vader's birth, with those who love him (Obi Wan and Padme), powerless to stop it. Padme tries to save his mind using love and affection, and can't. Obi Wan tries to save his mind using force, and can't. To find the true hole in the prequels though, you have to ask yourself, why did Anakin not allow himself to be saved? Why did this boy who felt loyal enough to those who saved him to assist them in destroying people he had no quarrel with, and then later commit to their training, and repay the loyalty from that training to help them win another climactic battle against robot armies, decide to turn against them to the point that love and reason wouldn't be enough to have him even consider not becoming the epitome of evil? He didn't get a seat on the council? He felt that people were working against Palpatine? Are those reasons enough to throw everything and everyone away to kill everything in sight? I just don't get it, and that's why the third movie, and the prequels as a whole, fail miserably.
  9. I remember it being a lot longer than a week before PB-NpO, but it is hilarious looking back at how perfectly fine certain people were with NpO getting stomped then, who then turned around and tried to keep NpO from getting it when they actually got hit.
  10. You mean there was a time and place in where just by one declaration you could hit JB, Fran, JorJor, Daggarz, and yourself? Man, sign me up for that.
  11. Goldie

    'Sup Irene.

    The beers are a six pack of Sierra Nevada Torpedo IIPA, a bomber of Long Trail Double IPA, and a bottle of Dogfish World Wide Stout. And of course, the Champagne of Beers.
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