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Comment Re:One great thing (Score 1) 188

Here here. The reason Luke and then Rey were so special and the focus of the movies is because they were above and beyond the normal force users, aka they were naturals. The force is magic, first and foremost so I have no problem with it. And let's not forget Lucas based the whole concept on the Japanese art of Kenpo which is, go figure, a type of sword fighting. If you are one with the force, it will guide your actions, Luke learned fast and so did Rey, so one can see lightsaber dueling to be the most easily tapped into.

And to me, the majority of the training was to try to teach potential Jedis how to not accidentally succumb to the dark side and much less about pure battle-prowess. That's why they wanted them young, not because they couldn't learn later, but because that is when it was easy to teach them right from wrong.

Let's not forget Rey was a badass with her staff on that rough planet for years, obviously using the force naturally during many a fight. Kylo getting hurt is believable to me, because it also means something that Kylo was just part of a huge gut wrenching scene that probably bordered on him thinking about suicide right afterwards anyway. He obviously was extremely conflicted about the whole thing.

Comment Re:The Force Awakens?!?! (Score 1) 188

Well that is disappointing... I want to see stats on the new one, even more so since I can't own it yet.

And to answer my other question, it was the Gamorrean guards with Luke. Here they talk about it, and how in a draft of A New Hope Kenobi was also going to use it on several people:

http://boards.theforce.net/thr...

Comment The Force Awakens?!?! (Score 1) 188

Fun stuff, but they haven't done it on the awesome new movie yet. Baffling.

I don't remember the good guys using the choke... it says Luke did it once. When was that?!?!

In The Force Awakens, you wonder if Kylo Ren is using the dark side 100% of the time or not. How will that be handled?

Jedi Mind Trick... are some species really resistant, or is it an individual thing? Jabba just had a strong will it seemed.

Comment Awesome Japanese Artists (Score 1) 16

With so many great Japanese artists, in the drawing/painting arena, I am willing to bet something in the teachings of writing Japanese Kanji is helpful when learning to draw. Be it attention to detail, hand eye coordination, patience, or some combination I don't know, but I see it time and time again. On topic, this guy was great, and I am sorry to see him go.

Comment Bad Government, Impossible long "O" Pronounciation (Score -1, Offtopic) 57

Just as frustrating as a corrupt government, is trying to pronounce the Australian long "O" vowel. I just watched The Babadook right after watching Crocodile Dundee, and it dawned on me how impossible it is to imitate that sound they make! According to this link, it has 4 vowel sounds in one.

https://answers.yahoo.com/ques...

It also has this weird tonal quality... like high to low to high again. Maybe my Vietnamese born friend could give it a shot with all their crazy tonal difficulties in their language. I mean, how else are these fellows so great at imitating Christopher Walken? Are these guys all Vietnamese in this Youtube?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Comment Re:You always wondered what dinosaurs taste like . (Score 1) 90

They don't taste like chicken... but some things taste more like chicken than other foods we are used to. For instance, alligator tastes nothing like chicken, but relatively speaking, it tastes WAY more like white meat chicken than beef. Frogs legs are in the same category for me. Squirrel I have only had once, and I didn't like it... but maybe it was similar to dark meat chicken, which I am not a huge fan of. Never tried the others on this short list.

Comment First you need a reason (Score 2) 626

Zamenhof's reasons for making Esperanto strike a chord with me. A quote of a quote, from wikipedia:

Esperanto was created in the late 1870s and early 1880s by L. L. Zamenhof, a Polish-Jewish ophthalmologist from Biaystok, then part of the Russian Empire. According to Zamenhof, he created the language to foster harmony between people from different countries. His feelings and the situation in Biaystok may be gleaned from an extract from his letter to Nikolai Borovko:[16]

        "The place where I was born and spent my childhood gave direction to all my future struggles. In Biaystok the inhabitants were divided into four distinct elements: Russians, Poles, Germans and Jews; each of these spoke their own language and looked on all the others as enemies. In such a town a sensitive nature feels more acutely than elsewhere the misery caused by language division and sees at every step that the diversity of languages is the first, or at least the most influential, basis for the separation of the human family into groups of enemies. I was brought up as an idealist; I was taught that all people were brothers, while outside in the street at every step I felt that there were no people, only Russians, Poles, Germans, Jews and so on. This was always a great torment to my infant mind, although many people may smile at such an 'anguish for the world' in a child. Since at that time I thought that 'grown-ups' were omnipotent, so I often said to myself that when I grew up I would certainly destroy this evil."
        —L. L. Zamenhof, in a letter to Nikolai Borovko, ca. 1895

Comment Re:Jack Horner's TEDx talk (Score 1) 68

Yeah, I don't trust Horner. He also said T.Rex was a scavenger, and that has been proven false:

http://phenomena.nationalgeogr...

He also wants a dino-chicken. Basically, I don't like Jack Horner a terrible amount. It seems to me he very much wants dinosaurs to be different than what other paleontologists find them to be. I guess he is good for stirring up publicity at least.

Comment Re:ugh....fluff (Score 1) 477

My 2 year old infiniti with auto-adjusting cruise control is awesome, but it cannot handle weather and other natural phenomena. Rain, even light rain, fog, a sunset directly in front of you, abnormal vehicles (trailers), etc. Auto-cruise just shuts down or you have to shut it down because sensors can't handle it. If sensors cannot handle a light rain today, they may never handle a hard rain. In some parts of the country, like where I live, we get hard rain very often. It would equate to being stuck at home or work for hour(s) past your schedule sometimes half of the days out of a month.

Comment Fuck "all wireless" (Score 1) 450

Less ports b/c use everything wirelessly? Wireless technologies are fine at home... terrible in the office. More terrible in remote offices. We are a windows shop, but I would allow a Mac here or there as a pet device for people who think they can support it on their own. So far, iphones and ipads are all that has worked well enough. Seems like that will contiue.

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