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Comment: Re:Not an April Fools post! (Score 1) 145

No doubt due to the fact that in much of CA (the densely populated areas next to the coast) you can survive without an AC or any type of heating.

With a little more insulation than usual, you can do that pretty much anywhere in the USA. Oddly, California has higher standards for insulation than pretty much anywhere in the USA. We would very much like the rest of you to catch up sometime.

Comment: Re:No such thing as clean coal (Score 1) 145

Yes, the idea that EVERY kind of coal is radioactive contaminated is bullshit.

Right, just the majority of available coal. We've used up the most convenient deposits of it, just like everything else.

And if you collect it an deposit it somewhere it is not more radioactive then the highest yielding uranium ores.

Which suggests the question, is that actually that wonderful? Also, whether it's being collected. Maybe in Germany. Not in the USA or China, though.

The highest contaminated fly ash is 'just ad the edge' that it would be commercially viable to

...make poisonous drywall out of it, as they have done in China?

You can google for the amount of 'dust' (mercury etc.) that is emitted by a german plant. It is in the range of a few kg per year.

Assuming you believe those figures.

Comment: Re: Woop Di Do Da! (Score 1) 145

ou can think their relatively mild moderate climate for that,

You can mostly thank our massive population. There are more people living in and around Los Angeles alone than the population of at least half the states in the nation — probably far more if you count illegals correctly, something the census can never possibly accomplish.

Comment: Re:Contradiction in article summary (Score 1) 206

by Grishnakh (#49385905) Attached to: Why More 'Star Wars' Actors Don't Become Stars

'really, everyone in this low-income school has a personal trainer and stylist? And these people manage to have perfect hair as soon as they wake up or after running through the mud?'

US shows (and Canadian ones aimed at the US market too) take this to an extreme in other ways too. Notice that shows about young, broke 20-somethings always have them living in luxurious houses and apartments, usually in swanky city centers where rent is astronomical?

Comment: Hmmm.... (Score 1) 71

Actually, the scary thing is....the same "brilliant" folks trying to negotiate with the new found life forms are the SAME one we currently have trying to negotiate a nuke deal with Iran.

So, need for invasion....we'll just be giving ourselves away in the end. SO, be prepared to become an incubating unit web-wrapped to a wall nearby to your home.

Comment: Re:The dissenting voice, (Score 1) 65

by Grishnakh (#49385859) Attached to: We're In a Golden Age of Star Trek Webseries Right Now

The problem is that the Hollywood remakes aren't very good: they fail to include what made the original so great in the first place. We can see this perfectly with JJ Abram's Star Trek movies: lots of great effects, but a crappy story and over-the-top action without any of the philosophy or character development that made the original Star Trek special.

Comment: Re: This is great news (Score 1) 98

by Grishnakh (#49385781) Attached to: Thousand-Year-Old Eye Salve Kills MRSA

That's why you subject the ancient remedies to modern testing.

And even in cases where they're harmful, at the time it was probably better to suffer with the side-effects than have the original disease. It's no different today; every medication can have negative side effects; we're just better at designing and manufacturing drugs to minimize or eliminate these side effects than before.

Comment: Re:Maybe because the movies were not that good? (Score 1) 206

by Grishnakh (#49385577) Attached to: Why More 'Star Wars' Actors Don't Become Stars

No, 4-6 were good popcorn movies. They weren't high art by any means, but they were far better than the Prequels which were trash. The reason is simple: in 4-6, other people were able to cover for George's inability. The prequels suffered for bad direction and horrible dialog (/script). In 4, his (now ex-)wife edited the script. If it weren't for her, 4 would have the same utterly horrible dialog as the prequels, and 5 and 6 might not have happened. George was also a better director back then, because his ego wasn't as big. 5 was great because it had different writers (Brackett/Kasdan) and a different director (Kershner). 6 was OK because it too had a different writer (Kasdan/Lucas) and a different director (Marquand).

With the Prequels, Lucas did everything, and no one wanted to say anything to him because his ego was so big and he had put himself in charge of everything, so the results are predictably bad. Lucas was never much good at writing a script or even directing actors, but he refuses to admit it.

Comment: Re:Contradiction in article summary (Score 1) 206

by Grishnakh (#49385499) Attached to: Why More 'Star Wars' Actors Don't Become Stars

Natalie Portman and (by most accounts) Hayden Christenson are actually good actors, but you wouldn't know it from the Star Wars prequels. When you have direction that lousy and a script/dialog that lousy, even the most talented actor is going to look bad. According to TFS, Portman even complained that after the Prequels, everyone thought she was a bad actress.

You can't judge an actor by a single movie. Cruise really is a good actor, that's one reason he's had such a long career. Too bad he's also badshit insane with that Scientology crap.

Comment: Re:Contradiction in article summary (Score 1) 206

by Grishnakh (#49385459) Attached to: Why More 'Star Wars' Actors Don't Become Stars

Schwarzenegger can't act but was perfect in the role of an emotionless machine that can't act.

Schwarzenegger was a good fit for several of his parts only because of his body, nothing else. His thick Austrian accent (esp. on a time-traveling robot) didn't exactly add to the realism.

Comment: Re:Contradiction in article summary (Score 1) 206

by Grishnakh (#49385441) Attached to: Why More 'Star Wars' Actors Don't Become Stars

From what I've seen in recent years on TV and in Hollywood movies, getting a part seems to require not so much talent, but a LOT of $$$ for dental work. Getting all your teeth re-capped and made perfectly shaped and white like that isn't cheap. And you'll need that to get any major part on even a low-budget TV show.

Pay attention when you're watching some TV show at the actors' teeth. Then look around you at the teeth on everyone you know.

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