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Comment Re:Does anybody ... (Score 3, Interesting) 471

Or maybe Assange has an agenda.

You seriously think Trump is clean?

Actually, yes, at this point.

Here is a guy who's being audited by the Obama administration and has the full force of the Clinton political machine digging into every aspect of his life.

Man, he really must be squeaky clean if all they have is that he only paid the taxes he had too legally and he said "pu$$y" 11 years ago.

Comment Re:Movie Makers Strangling Movie Making Business (Score 1) 342

There are two types of movies being made now: flash bang glitz that might benefit from a large screen but offset by garbage plot and dialog, not worth paying for so I watch at home indie-ish movies with good story and plot but don't really benefit from the big screen so I watch at home

I have to disagree with that statement.

Take the recent film Rams, a very interesting Icelandic film. It benefits immensely from a big screen because of the fairly quiet nature of the film. Sweeping vistas in some shots, etc.

Seeing this on a tablet or computer monitor would be a complete waste of time. I have a 130" CinemaScope screen at home and that is, of course, the preferred venue, but a decent movie house will still be 100 hundred times better than a small screen someplace.

Comment Re:Define "work" (Score 1) 160

Nope. The studies have shown that the calories matter more than the makeup of them. All the issues with fat solids vs protein is from poor studies, not reality.

Wrong. This the same argument that claims that you can burn gasoline or wood in your car.

"BTUs is BTUs Man! No difference!" The human body is an amazing thing to be sure, but the TYPE of fuel does make a difference.

Comment Re:Define "work" (Score 1) 160

And furthermore, fitness, in fact health in general, is one of those things that's hard to get and stay motivated for. Humans have very little incentive to go out of their way to stay in shape for most of their evolutionary history, so there's no one weird trick to the psychology for motivating yourself to stay healthy. Different tactics work for different people. If fitness trackers help 10% of the people stay motivated that's a success for those 10%, and the other 90% just need to try some other method until they hit on something that works for them.

The biggest motivator I have is a profile view in a mirror when I don't suck in my gut. Yikes!

Comment Re:One of the points of having a survival bunker. (Score 1) 332

In an earlier post I wrote about building a bunker for a rich guy in the '80s. He couldn't build it in complete secrecy so tried to disguise it to the permit department as just a really big garage with a cool basement. I really liked the design process, scenarios, etc. I did have to draw the line when he told me that he expected me to break into city hall after final sign off and steal the blue prints that had been submitted.

Comment Re: sure! (Score 3, Interesting) 332

I was a contractor in the '80s and I built a bunker for a client outside Atlanta. He was convinced that everything was going tits up shortly, either from economic collapse or Soviet desperation.

He had flown off carriers during the Vietnam war and had gone through nuclear training. His training had basically taught him that in at least a limited nuclear exchange, most of the stuff simply wouldn't go off. Nucs, at least then, were delicate things that were expected to often be shaken enough in the boost phase that many simply wouldn't work. It was a really fun exercise, to be honest. Studying how much concrete boils off from a particular size explosion, etc. This thing had decontamination showers, weapon lockers, a buried well head, steel shuttered loop holes for firing at mutants, a secret passage leading to a door hidden behind a bookcase, the works. Since he could pay for it from petty cash, it was no problem financially, just like the elite today.

Admit it, everyone here would do the same if they could. If for no other reason than the systems design exercise. Better keep it secret!

Comment Re:Yeah, no (Score 4, Interesting) 275

And I would give the room more emphasis. I spent a lot of time building out my listening room. I have decent but fairly modest equipment but a kick ass room acoustically. I've been to friends homes with $40,000 worth of two channel stereo equipment in a living room and it was largely wasted. The sad fact is that it's usually way easier to spend money on equipment than to build out a room. I was very fortunate in that I was building a new house so I could design a space. Very few people have that luxury.

Comment Re:Completely wrong.... (Score 2) 618

Part of the reason we pay taxes is because they are good for the economy, as they keep money flowing in the economy and increases employment in the public sector thus increasing consumption by the working class

Yes, thats why I break a random window in the city every day. It keeps the money flowing and therefore increases employment and consumption.

Ah, the Zorg strategy!

That's why Detroit is the ultimate national model for the Democrat party.

Comment Re:Pattern Recognition (Score 4, Interesting) 58

In the real world, no studio will ever make much use of this. My oldest son is a trailer editor in Hollywood and he has great stories about the process.

The studios subcontract trailers out to the trailer houses, usually multiple ones for each film. Then they micromanage the crap out of the process at each house. Then they sometimes take all the trailers and re cut in house to come with a Frankentrailer that some committee agrees on. That's often the best case scenario.

My son has been made to make up dialog that's not in the movie at all before. The talent couldn't be gotten to record something so he was instructed to create a line from phonemes cut and pasted into a file. I kid you not. Sometimes a studio will bring in the dailies and have him start picking stuff knowing that the actual film might not even have the scenes after the final edit.

And then there is the fact that many trailers of different length and content are made for different markets and media.

Comment Re:Why do people still go there? (Score 1) 348

As a middle aged U.S. white guy, I've had the same treatment going into Canada with my family before 9/11. Stern looks and questions about my job in the U.S., family, etc. All this and we had documentation of the return flight and hotel reservations for the weekend stay. I can't believe they thought we were trying to sneak in as immigrants or something.

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