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Top 10 Superhero Films of All Time

2020.09.09 10:40 JAMESFAULKNERSS Top 10 Superhero Films of All Time

Everyone has their own lists, and everyone will have their own opinion. This list includes films that not only have a good story, staggering box office numbers, and mystifying visual effects but also a strong international appeal, even a global cult following, and most importantly, a strong villain. Here are our top ten superhero films of all time.
📷 Captain Marvel
2019 was a big year for Marvel. Not only were they able to garner over $3 billion at the box office, but they also introduced their first female superhero-Captain Marvel.
The Brie Larson starrer was a film that preceded the Avengers: Endgame and sort of had a similar job that Black Panther had for Avengers Infinity War.
No question about Larson’s acting prowess but there are very few who consider the film better than Wonder Woman. Even Marvel fans weren’t too excited about Larson, someone like Emily Blunt would have certainly made them appreciate the film more. Furthermore, Larson’s endeavor to connect the film with her activist movement didn’t help the film’s PR strategy. As a result of this, there isn’t much excitement about the sequel of Captain Marvel.
Man of Steel
Zack Snyder’s 2013 film was pitched as a film that will reinstate Superman as the most powerful superhero in pop culture and announce the arrival of the DCEU (DC Extended Universe), aka Justice League franchise, at the box office. The film was reasonably successful because of the visual spectacle, Henry Cavill’s persona, and Hans Zimmer’s deeply engaging soundtrack.
However, lackluster villains, no proper planning, and abysmal editing in film’s sequels led to the eventual downfall of DCEU.
DC is in the rebuilding phase after the shocker of the Justice League and is looking forward to bringing the franchise back on track.
Thor: The Dark World
The second film in the Thor franchise was the final film that Natalie Portman did with MCU before she parted ways citing creative differences. However, she will return as Jane Foster almost after a decade with the fourth installment of the Thor franchise (Thor: Love and Thunder)
The film gives more insights on Asgard than the first film, and although it could be criticized for utilizing scientific annotation in a wrong way the cinematography, action, and the acting of the ensemble cast makes the film worth a watch.
Wonder Woman
2017 blockbuster directed Patty Jenkins remains to this day arguably the best film of the DCEU franchise, and before that, there wasn’t anything really substantial in terms of fan appeasement. However, DCEU has been in the rebuilding phase, and with recent films like Shazam and Aquaman, there is so much to look forward to.
The Gal Gadot starrer also has a sequel in line, which is gearing up for the October the 2nd release date.
Avengers: Infinity War
It broke the record of Avatar in a matter of days and remained the highest-grossing film of all time until, of course, its sequel was released. Avengers: Infinity War is famous for his powerhouse of stars, visual effects, and Josh Brolin’s dominance as Thanos.
The climax of the film is very dark and arguable will remain the darkest moment in Marvel film history for a long time. I mean, how dark can Marvel get? It’s not DC. This should be the threshold.
Infinity War is an insane film, and I mean the literal word-insane. Ten years before, if somebody had mentioned an idea like this, he or she would have been called nuts. The film should have been impossible to make, but it happened, and for it to happen, several blockbusters had to be made in order to set up the events in Infinity War.
The sheer audacity and the strategy involved to create a franchise like this is nothing short of a work of genius.
Doctor Strange
It was the second film in phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and starred Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch in the titular role.
Doctor Strange possessed both magic and intelligence, and this origin film firmly established Cumberbatch’s prominence in Marvel’s plans for the future. He is arguably the frontrunner, along with Brie Larson, to take the place of Robert Downey Jr as the face of the franchise.
Batman (1989)
Tim Burton’s film was the first installment in the Batman franchise, which slowly but surely lost its way with its sequels.
The film had Michael Keaton starring as Batman and Jack Nicholson as the Joker. The film explored Batman’s early days (which Matt Reeves is also planning to do) and his rivalry with the supervillain Joker.
The film was critically approved and attained commercial affluence. Despite the likes of Christian Bale, Ben Affleck, and Robert Pattinson donning the caped crusader suit years after, Michael Keaton has remained one of the most beloved Batman actors.
But as a fun fact, there were voices at that time that said nobody could surpass Jack Nicholson’s Joker. Not to doubt Nicholson’s virtuosity, but the voice turned out to be wrong…the point, which we will address with the first ranked film in our list.
The Dark Knight Rises
Although it is regarded as one of Christopher Nolan’s weakly written scripts, the soundtrack, cinematography, sequence, and the acting done in the film are top-notch.
Nolan reluctantly agreed to do this film and finally bid adieu to the Batman franchise as a director. The film perfectly ended the story of Bruce Wayne and gave the possibility of continuation through Robin’s character, but the franchise hasn’t been touched upon ever since.
It ranks on 12th position in the highest-grossing films of all time and is Christopher Nolan’s highest-grossing film ever. Nolan co-wrote the script of the film along with his brother Jonathan and David S. Goyer. Just like its prequel, the focus was mainly on the visuals and the story and less on the action.
V for Vendetta
It’s not so much of a superhero film, but it is one of the rare films ever made. V for Vendetta was a DC film based on the 1988 storyline of a limited series of the same name from DC Vertigo comics.
The film starred Hugo Weaving and Natalie Portman in lead roles. The film is filled with symbolic significance, acting brilliance, and powerful dialogues. Portman won a Saturn Award for this film and it is one of her best performances.
The Dark Knight
The 2008 film directed by Christopher Nolan is arguably one of the best films ever made. The film is always held in juxtaposition with the vintage film Godfather but the most surprising thing is that it wasn’t even nominated in the best film category at 2009 Oscars.
The film holds the pedigree of not being just the best superhero film ever made but also the best crime thriller ever made.
The ensemble cast of Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, and Aaron Eckhart delivered a performance that is unfathomably difficult to recreate if not impossible to surpass.
So, here were our top 10 picks for the best superhero films of all time. There can be few honorable mentions that you would argue should have been there in the list itself such as Avengers: Endgame, Logan, Wolverine, Deadpool, Superman Returns, etc.
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2020.08.25 18:31 GoosiMane Loren Lannister, Knight of House Lannister

Character Name: Loren Lannister
Starting Title(s): Ser
Age: 24
Physical Description: FC
Starting Location: Where the magic happens
Attribute: Strong
Skill Points: 20
Skills: COM: Swords+Shield Proficiency, Footwork MAR: Logistics EDU: Geography
Mastery: Duelist
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Username: GoosiMane
Discord Username: goose
Other Characters: None at this time
Birth Name:
Gender: Male
Date of Birth: 359 AC
Location: King’s Landing
Culture: Andal
Religion: Faith of the Seven
Affiliations: House Lannister
Eye Color: Blue
Hair Color: Blonde
Liege: Lord Jason Lannister
Predecessor: Tommen Lannister
Loren may not be one to ever tower over another man, his build still showed a man with obvious strength and power. With a face that more often than not held a disapproving scowl, Loren embodied the usual traits of an entitled Lannister.
As proud and confident as anyone in Westeros, there is no mistaking that Loren is a Lannister, and there is certainly no mistaking that Lannister is the greatest and most powerful house in any of the seven kingdoms in his mind. Loren has had troubles his entire life forming any “real” friendship with others, always seeing people he meets as either beneath him or in his way to power.
Loren Lannister was born soon after the end of the Sundering of the Reach, after the Lannister forces had settled down from their efforts to secure the rebel’s side. In typical Lannister style, Loren was born into a life filled to the brim with every physical want or need to live a childhood as lavish as only those rich as Lannisters could live. Even as a young child, Loren was not one to back away from any challenge, legitimate or otherwise, and in particular rushed to do whatever his older brother Manfred did.
Jealousy began early with Loren, and he felt like he was always living in the shadow of someone else: his cousins were the “true” Lannisters who ruled Casterly Rock, even the cadet branches who ruled both Lannisport and Castamere were always looked upon more highly than his own family. Being the second son, even his own immediate family was a source of conflict with him, as Manfred, his older brother, was given the attention normally given to the eldest son. Tales of the great Jaime Lannister only fueled the boy’s fierce ambitions. He was determined to be the next great swordsman so gallant and talented that all Seven Kingdoms would know his name. Loren spent every chance he could find in the training yard, much to the displeasure of his other tutors and maesters. His childlike dreams and ambitions made it difficult for the young lad to befriend his siblings or other boys his age, Loren could never fully separate training with competition and he became alienated from family and friends alike.
In 368 AC, when he turned nine years of age, Loren left Casterly Rock for the first time to squire under the talented Benedict Marbrand in Ashemark. Even with the realm seeing relative peace, Benedict still became the strict and determined mentor that Loren needed to further his own personal goals. Loren thrived under Benedict’s demanding and rigorous tutelage, and so many of his young days and nights were spent following Benedict around in his shadow. Despite the relative peace and calm throughout the Westerlands, Loren still constantly strived to learn what he could about warfare from Lord Marbrand, and although he struggled to comprehend how to apply what he learned in theories into practice, Loren had a relatively easy time wrapping mind around the less glorified aspects of leading men.
In 377 AC, the day Loren turned eighteen, he was knighted under the light of the Seven and returned home to Casterly Rock a fully fledged knight, eager to finally begin making a name for himself. He’d heard whispers of his brother’s renown while squiring at Ashemark, but until he returned home Loren had no idea Manfred, known as the Red Lion, was so infamous throughout the entirety of the Westerlands due to his skill on both the horse and other types of saddle. Thoroughly disgusted at the shame that Manfred’s actions brought to their name, his already incredibly strained relationship with his brother grew only more tense.
With his return to Casterly Rock, Loren spent more and more time, when outside the training yards, around his cousin, Eleyna. Eleyna’s personality seemed to draw Loren’s interest to her more and more every day; her conviction and passion to acquire what she desires struck a chord within the young Lannister and the two of them became close as if they were brother and sister instead of mere cousins. Loren’s ambitions made it easy for his mind to be twisted with any complaint or sneer about her brother’s, Jason Lannister, ineptitude. As a boy, Loren had dreamed of becoming one of the greatest swordsman like Jaime Lannister, but thanks in no small part to Eleyna, Loren began dreaming of a new goal in his life. One that seemed obtainable to the teenage: remove his weak cousin from his position and assume the role as the Lord of Casterly Rock himself.
One person stood completely in his way: his annoyingly popular and loved older brother, Manfred. Even if he could get Jason removed then the title would just pass to Manfred instead… Loren knew he needed to figure some way to ruin Manfred’s popularity and propel himself into the good graces of the westerners.
Unfortunately, before Loren could attempt to begin to make his own name for himself throughout the Westerlands, Daena Targaryen invaded Westeros.
Despite the fear and trepidation Loren felt when imagining fighting against the largest dragon known in history, he couldn’t help but feel a burst of eagerness to fight. Would this be his chance to outshine his brothers, his opportunity to make a name for himself? Loren Lannister, the hero from Casterly Rock… With his naive sense of yearning and resolve burning within him, Loren joined the main Lannister force to relieve his mother’s home, Crakehall.
Though given no real command over any significant amount of troops, Loren saw his first real taste of battle at Crakehall and the young man thrived in the horrors and gore of combat. At the least, the practice and work he spent mastering the sword thrived for Loren; his talents and abilities as a leader of men had left much to be desired. Always eager to fight his enemies in duels, he’d often forget his duties as a commander in the effort to kill with his own blade.
The skirmishes that ravaged the southern borders and the chaos that ensued, however, met Loren’s strengths well. No longer burdened with leading men in pitched battles, Loren was “freed” to hunt down and kill whoever he could find. Acting much like his elder brother, any Golden Company prisoner joined their afterlife soon after being captured.
The Battle at the Goldvein played out much in the same way as the Siege of Crakehall for Loren: many times over he would forsake his duties as commander to fight and pursue his enemies to fight in single combat. Despite his failings as a commander, Loren still managed to make a name for himself as he fought his way to a handful of Golden Company lieutenants and killed them all himself, causing a rout of a section of the sellsword line.
After Daena’s dragon and snatched her own victory from the jaws of defeat before moving to fight the rest of Westeros, Loren remained in his homeland to help the Westerners lick their wounds and rebuild. Learning of his brother leaving his battered home to fight still failed to surprise him but still infuriated Loren. He knew his fool hearted brother would always seek out the most glory…
Loren spent the entirety of the war following the Battle of the Goldvein travelling nearly the whole of the Westerlands. He focused on helping those noble families that had lost so much, men, gold, castles themselves, to rebuild and hopefully find some way to muster another force to beat back Daena once again should she return. Bandits and vagabonds who tried using the chaos and destruction of the war to fill their own pockets soon learned of their folly when Loren arrived, for none of them were ever truly a match for the Lannister, and the lion refused to take prisoners.
Though Loren spent the majority of his time and efforts along the southern border, he met the beautiful and fair Agnes Tully during this time during a brief stint in the north. Loren lusted after the woman from the time he met her, never truly falling in love, but appreciating Agnes’ looks and outgoing personality, Loren kept her near him at all times as he travelled the Westerlands. As she grieved for the loss of her lord uncle and cousin, Loren found her easily enough to convince of his grand and ambitious plans.
With the War of the Last Dragon ending, Loren returned finally to Casterly Rock, feeling an undeniable sense of ambitious satisfaction. Daena and her followers were defeated, his cousin Eleyna whispering her encouraging words in his ear, both his father and brother had perished in the war, and he would be claiming a woman with a name that could give him pull in the Riverlands. It seemed the Gods began to smile upon Loren. In 382 AC, Loren and Agnes married in Casterly Rock as Agnes turned of age.
Everything seemed to be going pleasantly according to plan, if not a bit slowly for the ambitious man’s taste, until without warning his despised older brother returned home. Thought to be dead, Loren had to suddenly deal with one of the largest troubles in his schemes while showing the “proper” face of a brother happy to see a family member seemingly return from the dead.
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2020.08.20 16:25 holyother_ Epstein Death Certificate discrepancies + other interesting coincidences. I come with proof

(https://i.imgur.com/6ewoL9v.jpg) [Death Certificates]
A few days I posted Epstein death certificate with the post saying how come these women have the same signature and I got downvoted and people commented
-That’s a signature font used in e-docs
-But likely it’s a signature font or stamp..
Red - Well... I did more digging. Qoute from Cdc medical examiners’ and coroners’ handbook “Obtain all signatures; rubber stamps or other facsimile signatures are not acceptable. If jurisdiction provides, authenticate electronically.” pg7 https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/misc/hb_me.pdf also check E-signature requirments for medical documentation https://med.noridianmedicare.com/web/jfb/cert-reviews/signature-requirements it gives examples at the bottom.
Dr. Vincent Tranchida was the medical examiner assigned to autopsy Heath Ledger . https://imgur.com/gmkAE3K. In 2011 he moved and became the chief medical examiner for Dane County, Wisconsin. Very next year he hired Kristin Roman & later Kirsten Lindi from New York. https://www.channel3000.com/dane-county-to-hire-second-medical-examine
Green - still find it very odd that the filing time and Epsteins time of death is exactly the same.
Pink - Another interesting bit check the date above Steven Schwartz signature, its 11 of August and the date of disposition is 13 of August, now look at the death certificate of Fotis Dulos Steven Schwartz signature and date match the disposition date 5th of February but it was filed on 2nd of February. When does Schwartz sign off on the death certificate on the day of the filing or on the day of disposition? If its the on the day of the filing then it wouldnt match Fotis Doulos death certificate if its on the day of disposition then it wouldn’t match Epstein certificate.
My thoughts without evidence
Roman was chosen either
Because people who killed Epstein plan to reassign her back to Wisconsin in future. This wouldnt arise any suspicions. Shielding her from the limelight and nosy reporters. Who knows may be that’s what happened to Tranchada.
-Because she was doing an autopsy on “Epstein”. Medical examiners don’t take fingerprints to confirm identity. Their job is to determine the cause of death & fill in the death certificate. Name and other personal detail are provided to the medical examiner via death registration form. In Epsteins case that form was filled in New York Presbyterian Hospital. In theory she wouldn’t have a clue if its Epstein or Mr.Smith lying on her table. There is a possibility that it was Epstein lookalike. This would explain why the death certificate was filed in a hurry.
Here are my questions for you guys to ponder over
-What are the odds of Tranchida, who worked on such a high profile suicide case in NY, end up with Dr. Roman in Wisconsin. Who would later be assigned an Epsteins case?
-Why does Landi and Roman have the same signature?
-Why did Dr.Roman leave Wisconsin to perform an autopsy on Epstein? (I couldn’t find any info on why she ended up back in New York).
-If Epstein lawyer, his brother and Dr.Roman believe it wasnt suicide why was his date of disposition so promt?(3 days after his death.) For comparison Heath Ledgers date of disposition was after 7 days.
If by chance any of you are acquainted with a medical examiner show them the two death certificates maybe they will notice something out of the ordinary. Its also vital to understand the whole sequence of filing. Eg
The signing order? Eg does Schwartz sign after filing? Does Gretchen sign before or after Schwartz?
Who does the filing? Is it the actual medical examiner or does it get passed on?
Can the filing be done 24/7 or is it restricted to working hours?
Edit: I think you guys are focusing on the wrong thing. My opinion on the event is meaningless. You guys should focus on the facts I provided and with your help and research we might be able to piece it together and discover what really did occur.
Edit 2: I forgot to mention I have also emailed my findings to Johnny Vedmor an investigative journalist. His article was posted here few days ago about Nicole Junkermann.He replied that he found this very interesting and that he would look into it.
Edit 3: I found another death certificate with the same signature font
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2020.08.20 16:01 holyother_ Epstein Death Certificate discrepancies + other interesting coincidences. I come with proof

Epstein Death Certificate discrepancies + other interesting coincidences. I come with proof
(https://i.imgur.com/6ewoL9v.jpg) [Death Certificates]
A few days I posted Epstein death certificate with the post saying how come these women have the same signature and I got downvoted and people commented
-That’s a signature font used in e-docs
-But likely it’s a signature font or stamp..
Red - Well... I did more digging. Qoute from Cdc medical examiners’ and coroners’ handbook “Obtain all signatures; rubber stamps or other facsimile signatures are not acceptable. If jurisdiction provides, authenticate electronically.” pg7 https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/misc/hb_me.pdf also check E-signature requirments for medical documentation https://med.noridianmedicare.com/web/jfb/cert-reviews/signature-requirements it gives examples at the bottom.
Dr. Vincent Tranchida was the medical examiner assigned to autopsy Heath Ledger . https://imgur.com/gmkAE3K. In 2011 he moved and became the chief medical examiner for Dane County, Wisconsin. Very next year he hired Kristin Roman & later Kirsten Lindi from New York. https://www.channel3000.com/dane-county-to-hire-second-medical-examine
Green - still find it very odd that the filing time and Epsteins time of death is exactly the same.
Pink - Another interesting bit check the date above Steven Schwartz signature, its 11 of August and the date of disposition is 13 of August, now look at the r death certificate of Fotis Dulos Steven Schwartz signature and date matches the disposition date 5th of February but it was filed on 2nd of February. When does Schwartz sign off on the death certificate on the day of the filing or on the day of disposition? If its the on the day of the filing then it wouldnt match Fotis Doulos death certificate if its on the day of disposition then it wouldn’t match Epstein certificate.
My thoughts without evidence
Roman was chosen either
Because people who killed Epstein plan to reassign her back to Wisconsin in future. This wouldnt arise any suspicions. Shielding her from the limelight and nosy reporters. Who knows may be hats what happened to Tranchada.
-Because she was doing an autopsy on “Epstein”. Medical examiners don’t take fingerprints to confirm identity. Their job is to determine the cause of death & fill in the death certificate. Name and other personal detail are provided to the medical examiner via death registration form. In Epsteins case that form was filled in New York Presbyterian Hospital. In theory she wouldn’t have a clue if its Epstein or Mr.Smith lying on her table. There is a possibility that it was Epstein lookalike. This would explain why the death certificate was filed in a hurry.
Here are my questions for you guys to ponder over
-What are the odds of Tranchida, who worked on such a high profile suicide case in NY, end up with Dr. Roman in Wisconsin. Who would later be assigned an Epsteins case?
-Why does Landi and Roman have the same signature?
-Why did Dr.Roman leave Wisconsin to perform an autopsy on Epstein? (I couldn’t find any info on why she ended up back in New York).
-If Epstein lawyer, his brother and Dr.Roman believe it wasnt suicide why was his date of disposition so promt?(3 days after his death.) For comparison Heath Ledgers date of disposition was after 7 days.
If by chance any of you are acquainted with a medical examiner show them the two death certificates maybe they will notice something out of the ordinary. Its also vital to understand the whole sequence of filing. Eg
The signing order? Eg does Schwartz sign after filing? Does Gretchen sign before or after Schwartz?
Who does the filing? Is it the actual medical examiner or does it get passed on?
Can the filing be done 24/7 or is it restricted to working hours?
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2020.08.01 11:15 stormebreaker After VERY long consideration, I have finally determined a Top 30 List

These are my top 30 favourite films of all time, not what I believe to be the 30 best movies of all time (that's a whole other list.) But yes, I had a lot of fun rewatching some of these and, in some cases, relive my childhood.
Number 30 - "About a Boy" (2003)
Director: The Weitz Brothers
I remember the first time I watched About a Boy was on TV with commercials every 25 minutes (and I hate that), but I was so hooked on this romantic comedy and what I believe to still be Hugh Grant's best acting performance to date.
Number 29 - "There Will Be Blood" (2007)
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
I mean TWBB is a bonafide masterpiece and is probably one of the best films ever made. If I had to choose my favourite thing about it, it would be Daniel Day-Lewis' relationship with everyone in his life (especially Paul Dano) and how he continually exploits them for his personal gain.
Number 28 - "Nocturnal Animals" (2016)
Director: Tom Ford
In my opinion one of the most underappreciated films of the 21st century. Jake Gyllenhaal, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon and Aaron Taylor-Jones all should have won the Oscar that year. If you've never seen it, I adore you to check it out.
Number 27 - "Ratatouille" (2007)
Director: Brad Bird
One of my childhood movies. I always cried as a kid at the end, just because I didn't wanna leave the world.
Number 26 - "Citizen Kane" (1941)
Director: Orson Welles
I know, unpopular opinion (especially for those who went to film school), but Citizen Kane is just one of these movies I was always drawn to. Plus I love Orson Welles.
Number 25 - "Casino Royale" (2006)
Director: Martin Campbell
A Bond film had to get on here and Casino Royale is probably the best of the bunch. I think I watched most of the Bond movies with my mother and I cherish these memories. Can't wait to see No Time to Die with her.
Number 24 - "The Hurt Locker" (2009)
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
The Hurt Locker is special. I've heard that it's complete bullshit compared to actual military, but I love it nonetheless. Plus it has probably my favourite ending of any movie ever.
Number 23 - "Memento" (2000)
Director: Christopher Nolan
Another movie they like to show in film school. The execution of it is genius and the story really hits me everytime I see it. I don't care that it has a "gimmick".
Number 22 - "Birdman" (2014)
Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Iñaritu
Yeah I was blown away when I watched it. I've never seen anything like this before, plus I act myself so I know the feeling what Michael Keaton is going through in this movie.
Number 21 - "Apocalypse Now" (1979)
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
The first time I watched Apocalypse Now, I accidentaly watched the Redux, which was very overwhelming. I prefer the original 1979 cut.
Number 20 - "Cars" (2005)
Director: John Lasseter
Yeah Cars is weird, I'll give you that (why are there sidewalks?). Cars was my ultimate childhood movie, which I watched almost everyday. I can still pop it in and get some enjoyment and nostalgia out of it.
Number 19 - "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" (2004)
Director: Michael Gondry.
I cry every single time. I'm an emotional guy leave me alone. Both Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet were absolutely snubbed by the way.
Number 18 - "Alien" (1979)
Director: Ridley Scott
Ridley Scott can be very hit and miss, but Alien is without a doubt the best of the bunch. I've seen all the other Alien movies and I wished I skipped Alien Resurrection.
Number 17 - "Edward Scissorhands" (1990)
Director: Tim Burton
Such a beautiful movie. The one that put Johnny Depp on the mat. I was honestly kind of disturbed by it as a kid, but I still see it as a children's movie because its story is very "real", if you know what I mean.
Number 16 - "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" (2019)
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Unpopular opinion, I know. But this movie has everything I need out of a comedy, and the acting is phenomenal. The soundtrack is great too.
Number 15 - "2001: A Space Odyssey" (1968)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
It's perfect, what do you want me to say?
Number 14 - "Psycho" (1960)
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
This movie was my introduction to horror, which is now one of my favourite genres. Norman/Norma Bates is probably my favourite character ever.
Number 13 - "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991)
Another perfect movie. The first interrogation scene still gives me chills.
Number 12 - "Raging Bull" (1980)
Director: Martin Scorsese
Number 11 - "No Country for Old Men" (2007)
Director: Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
Oh, I love it so much. All the actors are great. It's also one of these movies where you would remove one scene, or rearrange a few scenes, it would ruin the whole movie.
Number 10 - "The Wolf of Wall Street" (2013)
Director: Martin Scorsese
It feels like Marty took everything he ever learned and put it in one movie to create his best movie to date.
Number 09 - "The Shining" (1980)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
The greatest horror movie of all time. Shelly Duvall gets way too much shit for her performance, I think she deserved the Oscar so damn much.
Number 08 - "Inglourious Basterds" (2009)
Director: Quentin Tarantino
I watched this at a drive in theatre a few weeks ago, one of the best cinema experiences I ever had. Also Christoph Waltz is peek acting.
Number 07 - "The Godfather" (1972)
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
It was either this or Part II, but I've gone with this, because without it Part II obviously wouldn't exist. And Marlon Brando's absence was felt in the sequel, even though Robert De Niro did a great job as well.
Number 06 - "The Prestige" (2006)
Director: Christopher Nolan
One of these movies where I'm mindblown everytime. I could literally watch it everyday.
Number 05 - "Lady Bird" (2017)
Director: Greta Gerwig
Lots of personal significance for me. The second best film of last decade.
Number 04 - "Dark Knight" (2008)
Director: Christopher Nolan
Greatness. Just greatness. RIP Heath Ledger.
Number 03 - "Fight Club" (1999)
Director: David Fincher
My ultimate go to movie when I want to watch something with my friends. I love to see the expressions on their faces when the twist happens.
Number 02 - "Parasite" (2019)
Director: Bong Joon-Ho
I was mezmerized the whole movie. The greatest movie of the 21st century so far. One of the greatest movies ever made, and it's more than just recency bias.
Numbee 01 - "The Shawshank Redemption" (1994)
Director: Frank Darabont
I know, boring choice, but it's true. I cry ever single time at the end. Everything about the movie is great. And the overall message of the film is the best anyway.
Get busy livin'... or get busy dyin'.
Thank you.
Sorry for robbing your and my time.
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2020.07.28 09:31 guns_n_gardenias Cards Against Humanity Custom Word List! 😈😈😈

I didn't copy the cards word-to-word (the sentences may be too long?) so I broke them down a bit. Also, I filtered out most of the more... NSFW kinky sex-related stuff. Me personally, I don't feel comfortable with people drawing d*cks and vajayjays in a Skribbl game, so I took them out. Feel free to add them back in, if you're okay with it. I also took out some names that aren't really significant to me and the group of friends I play with. There's PDFs of the cards online and their expansions, that's where I got my references :>
Barack Obama, Sarah Palin, pool, tears, hat, cool, Auschwitz, fart, walk, stray, old people, smell, fire, Lunchables, Keanu Reeves, smallpox, Hurricane Katrina, Racism, Kugel, snapping turtle, Michael Jackson, impotence, Natalie Portman, The Big Bang, Holocaust, geese, bees, Jew, gay, AIDS, drama club, overcompensation, sand, birthday party, pleasantry, Queen of England, menstruation, Teletubbies, agenda, abortion, Bible, Tom Cruise, all-you-can-eat buffet, shrimp, parking lot, Denny's, Martha Stewart, raptor attacks, dental, dam, condom, abstinence, tentacles, Nazis, America, global warming, science, ring pops, plastic surgery, butt, Axe Body Spray, Paris Hilton, Seppuku, James Bond, lick, binge, purge, cannibalism, piercing, electrocution, soup, child abuse, alcoholism, fetus, yeast, booby traps, prayer, Kanye West, puberty, heroin, agriculture, team-building, goblins, sea of troubles, obesity, chivalry, falcon, Bill Nye, Hot Pockets, BATMAN, iced caramel macchiato, dessert pizza, Domino's, fire, blunt, men, Steve Irwin, The KKK, SAT exam, golden showers, popcorn butter, Tiger Woods, Gandhi, pout, ethnic cleansing, Twinkies, pterodactyl, Ronald Reagan, Will Smith, Martin Luther King Jr, Four Loko, ghosts, natural selection, intelligent design, popped collar, The Underground Railroad, necrophilia, substitute teachers, land mines, The Amish, Elmo, post-modernism, midget, soul, passive aggressive, kibble, flash flood, human combustion, vampire movie, The Hamburglar, Justin Bieber, Heath Ledger, me time, incest, tension, emotions, Viagra, rich, lumberjack, dead parents, cat pee, nocturnal, fabulous, Arnold Schwarzenegger, chainsaw, Darth Vader, Bananas in Pajamas, canned tuna, Vikings, the heart of a child, leprosy, Britney Spears, Asia, math, hoopla, placenta, fraternity, Cards Against Humanity, Mathletes, destruction, stranger danger, iPhone, pre-teen, Existentialist, Dysentery, The Pope, Facebook, Genghis Khan, Oompa Loopas, M. Night Shyamalan, socks, voicemail, awkward, fingers, catapult, sperm whale, Creed, Red Sea, roller skates, explosives, Estrogen, dungeon, puppies, Grandma, lockjaw, fear, flightless bird, underpants, herpes, Michael Bay, abs, Robert Downey Jr, thermonuclear, windmill, corpses, New Age, saxophone, seduction, poor, homeless, sunshine, rainbows, benefit, Adderall, free sample, kidney stone, accident, Mad Cow Disease, yodeling, The South, sniff, lollipop, party pooper, Kool Aid, folk music, Japan, white people, prancing, tweeting, amputee, gymnastics team, lifetime of sadness, grave robbing, bowels, world peace, centaurs, casualty, hustle, Shaquille O'Neal, hot people, Stephen Hawking, girls, Italy, relationship status, Kamikaze, repression, scalp, Mexico, child beauty pageants, murder, friction, lobotomy, attitude, leash, cigarette, cuddling, stab wound, mouthwash, drunk, sniffing, glue, minority, college, drinking, yogurt, crumpets, pee, breakfast burrito, robot, love, re-gifting, Tamagotchi, dying, cookies, bake-sale, lamp, clinic, listening, wheelchair, monkey, hair gel, mime, Pac-Man, Harry Potter, peanut butter, parents, forget, lab rats, alternative medicine, high, high five, Chinese food, Happy Meal, power, sleep, night, Vin Diesel, dinner, billionaire, statue, wizard, baseball, app, acid, gas, haiku, time travel, hole, loneliness, chocolate, nothing, racism, cat video, lamprey, toilet, money, cops, acoustic guitar, hoodie, death, fire ants, possession, cowgirl, society, shots, maniac, scream, shotgun, flashback, Vietnam War, butterscotch, mall, unlimited breadsticks, conga, dimension, velcro, disco, PowerPoint, Samuel L. Jackson, mustache, punching, texting, Internet, pants, energy drink, lava lamp, Satan, cooking, bus driver, Pikachu, pregnant, 'Murica, NASCAR, Urban Dictionary, Cthulhu, cat, Ghostbusters, drunk text, carousel, haunted, cheese grater, beekeeping, coffin, litter box, smoke detector, hot sauce, dragon, slow clap, doll house, liberty, justice, hamster, one trillion dollars, Fifty Shades of Grey, Oprah, veterans, physics, bar mitzvah, Detroit, diarrhea, implants, email, socks, black hole, wedding, customer service, pizza, donkey, candy, Popeye's, motel, public restroom, puns, first date, Wikipedia, fundamentalism, Ellen DeGeneres, Monty Python, eugenics, Europe, reality show, euthanasia, toilet paper, Sonic, waxing, skinny jeans, gas station, gold digger, sperm bank, rock-paper-scissors, Hello Kitty, feminist, husband, roommate, clown, trombone, Ben and Jerry's, salmonella, first world problems, dominoes, diapers, millionaire, ninja, mentos, Diet Coke, pearl necklace, magnet, scorpions, pinata, sheep, uncle, nuns, snake, dentist, time machine, English, squirrel, whale, angry, tax, steal, giant squid, chewing gum, ginger, Taylor Swift, hairball, girl scouts, wife, Stormtrooper, the dark side, Pop-Tarts, Black Friday, sneezing, dinner, gynecologist, Asian, hoarder, frat boy, sacrifice, hunting, atheist, church, immigrant, asphyxia, The Civil War, drama club, Indian food, incompetence, childhood dreams, bloodlust, bath salts, choir, facial hair, The Holy Grail, wedding cake, centipede, Saturday morning cartoon, Kim Kardashian, bedbugs, beef, beer, fisherman, crabs, tea party, kumquat, belly button, Osama Bin Laden, blood diamond, volcano, waffles, stutter, mouth, facelift, boy bands, toenails, bunnies, casserole, Michigan, deaf, butter, unconditional love, Muhammad Ali, muscles, war crimes, Twilight, hopes and dreams, chimpanzee, clam chowder, girl scouts, women, troll, Mickey Mouse, cousin, knuckles, check, face, cryogenic, consultant
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2020.07.22 07:32 naphkid42 The potential problems of a final season for Teen Titans

Researching potential updates for a season six has become almost an annual (or sometimes even more frequent) ritual for me. I've signed countless petitions promoting a final season since I was in middle school, but I recently have been worried that a return to the series over a decade later could do more harm then good.
Obviously there are qualms people have with reboots, but I've been too blinded for closure to think critically of what a final season would mean for the show. The issue is that final send off for the show would mainly be a nostalgia trip for many fans, meaning for CN (Or any network) to make it worth their while they'd focus on bringing back characters and tyinf up loose ends (Terra, Slade, etc). However a final season would have to be focus on Starfire since she's the only character that was not given a dedicated arc like the other Tirans. In a perfect world, a sixth season was already produced years ago but CN has just been sitting on it. I don't trust any team to be able to be unbiased in creating not only a finale to the series but also a follow up to season 5 without getting tied up in call backs to the first 5 seasons knowing we'd eat that shit up. I can already see every episode being full of easter eggs and refences that they would focus less on the characters and plotlines and more on feeding into our nostalgic appetite. I'm starting to think Khary Payton was right (Even if his tone was borderline "disrespectful") in his comicon speech about a reboot. As much as we wanted a proper send off, that ship might have already sailed.
People shit on The Dark Knight rises a lot but I think that the impact of Heath Ledger's death is forgotten sometimes. The final installment could have been a much different story than what we were given, even if it was still meant to focus on Bane. There was no significant death (To my knowledge) in the team that brought us the original series but the impact Go! has had and the amount of time that's passed could have a similar affect on what a sixth season could look like. Asking the writers to tie up loose ends, give Starfire a more developed arc, satisfy our nostalgia, AND provide a finale for the entire series that the show deserved might be too big of a task at this point.
I would still flip my shit if season six was confirmed, but I doubt I'm alone in assuming that optimism died out years ago. I just think that I'm done trying to keep up to date with potential leaks or rumors surrounding it. I'll just stick to rewatching the season 5 finale every month.
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2020.07.21 18:34 naphkid42 The potential problems of a final season

Researching potential updates for a season six has become almost an annual (or sometimes even more frequent) ritual for me. I've signed countless petitions promoting a final season since I was in middle school, but I recently have been worried that a return to the series over a decade later could do more harm then good.
Obviously there are qualms people have with reboots, but I've been too blinded for closure to think critically of what a final season would mean for the show. The issue is that final send off for the show would mainly be a nostalgia trip for many fans, meaning for CN (Or any network) to make it worth their while they'd focus on bringing back characters and tyinf up loose ends (Terra, Slade, etc). However a final season would have to be focus on Starfire since she's the only character that was not given a dedicated arc like the other Tirans. In a perfect world, a sixth season was already produced years ago but CN has just been sitting on it. I don't trust any team to be able to be unbiased in creating not only a finale to the series but also a follow up to season 5 without getting tied up in call backs to the first 5 seasons knowing we'd eat that shit up. I can already see every episode being full of easter eggs and refences that they would focus less on the characters and plotlines and more on feeding into our nostalgic appetite. I'm starting to think Khary Payton was right (Even if his tone was borderline "disrespectful") in his comicon speech about a reboot. As much as we wanted a proper send off, that ship might have already sailed.
People shit on The Dark Knight rises a lot but I think that the impact of Heath Ledger's death is forgotten sometimes. The final installment could have been a much different story than what we were given, even if it was still meant to focus on Bane. There was no significant death (To my knowledge) in the team that brought us the original series but the impact Go! has had and the amount of time that's passed could have a similar affect on what a sixth season could look like. Asking the writers to tie up loose ends, give Starfire a more developed arc, satisfy our nostalgia, AND provide a finale that the show deserved might be to big of a task at this point.
I would still flip my shit if season six was confirmed, but I doubt I'm alone in assuming that optimism died out years ago. I just think that I'm done trying to keep up to date with potential leaks or rumors surrounding it. I'll just stick to rewatching Things Change every month.
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2020.07.20 15:45 hm021299 Not sure what I'm doing

I downloaded Tinder and Bumble a week and a half ago. Set up good profiles and I get a lot of matches. Little dopamine hits when I get a message or a new match. Sometimes I have good conversations with interesting people. I went on a virtual date and it went pretty well. But (to quote Heath Ledger's Joker) I'm like a dog chasing cars. I don't know what I'd do if I actually caught one. I feel like I want to be seeing who's out there and thinking about the possibility of someone else, but I'm not even close to being over my ex. I still cry about her every few days. I don't want to keep waiting for her because I know she doesn't want a future with me. I feel like I'm in a weird in-between stage where I can picture myself with other women but I'm not ready to actually do it? I know I should just do what feels right but everything feels right and wrong at the same time.
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2020.07.17 06:17 NerdyGayGirlinHell Homophobic Jokerbeard

This happened at a convention. I'm a professional cosplay model. I decided to go to a con with my girlfriend Lilly. Lilly and I decided to cosplay as Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy. I was wear Suicide Squad Harley Quinn. I skip around with my girlfriend. I was having fun and holding Lilly's hand.
There was a Gotham theme photo booth. Lilly took my hand and paid $3.00. We posed and kiss. We walked away. We decided to go to cosplay break area. I don't know if all cons have this but it should be a thing. The break area means no cameras and sit down. Lilly went to the restroom. I was sitting alone and relaxing. I felt a tap.
Me:Hi, may I help you?
JB: Can I take a photo? Since I'm the Joker
Let me describe him. He's was tall. Overweight. No beard but he was Heath Ledger Joker. It was expensive but can't afford deodorant? His BO smell burnt my nose.
Me: no photos allowed here.
He walks away. Lilly comes back and hugs me. We went to the comics area and look for The Umbrella Academy comics. ((I'm a huge fan of the comics and the show)).
I felt a tap and saw Jokerbeard again but with his friend.
JB: Can my friend and I take a photo with you Harley?
I held my bat and pose. Lilly held the camera and smile uncomfortably.
JB: A kiss on the cheek?
Me: I have a girlfriend
JB:Harley is straight
Me:She's dated Poison Ivy. Which is a much more healthy relationship.
JB:I'm not taking a photo with a f ((I'm not saying the slur))
Me: then have a nice day. Lilly could you hand the camera back to this overweight smelly Joker.
She hands back the camera and pull me away from the comic area. As she was trying to calm me down, he followed and went on how being gay is wrong, calling me names and how I'm in a phase and go back to d****. So many people surrounded me as I have angry tears. Lilly and I went back to the hotel room. We just cuddled and watched Mr. Reddit entitled parents. I would like to say I never saw him again but he was at cons that I was a booth model.
Edit: yes I'm so called neckbeard bait. I'm curvey and a professional cosplay model. I'm also pale skin.
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2020.05.28 03:55 MoneyRhubarb8 I (28 F) am having doubts of my boyfriend (27 M) of 5 months

In the beginning, everything was absolutely perfect. He was exactly the boyfriend I have always dreamed of. He is the kindest, sweetest, affectionate, and most loyal boyfriend I ever had. He calls me the most beautiful girl in the world, his angel, and his goddess. All of our dates were amazing and he treats me like a princess. I met his parents, stepmom, and his two friends, who are all very nice people (he hasn’t met my family and friends yet due to coronavirus). We are both huge movie buffs and we like to discuss every movie we’ve seen, unleashing our inner film critics. I was on cloud nine. Since the lockdown, we haven’t been seeing each other in person so we text and/or FaceTime everyday. As we start to get to know each other a little more, I’m starting to notice some red flags popping out at me.
Early in the relationship, he told me that he has several mental illnesses: ADHD, anxiety, depression, PTSD from a nonfatal car accident in early childhood, and possibly bipolar based on his black and white thinking. I really appreciated him opening up his problems to me and I was more than happy to help in any way. He’s also hostile towards his dad and stepmom and he claims that their kindness towards me is just a facade (although he does seem to get along with his mom pretty well).
Later on, he admitted that he has only dated two other women before me and neither relationship lasted longer than three months. From the start of our relationship, he has been very clingy and borderline obsessed with me. He hopes to be engaged by this Christmas (we’ve known each other for less than a year). He has been asking me questions regarding marriage, children, living together and even if I wanted to be buried or cremated after I die. No joke.
What concerns me the most is how he’s so obsessed with violence. His favorite movies include: Scarface, Anything with the Joker, Kill Bill, House of 1000 Corpses, and the The Halloween Series. He recently admitted that one of his guilty pleasures is watching graphic torture movies, which I absolutely despise. I do enjoy some scary movies but I just can’t deal with extreme graphic violence. I should have seen this a lot sooner than I did. I’m also alarmed of how he idolizes the Joker (the Heath Ledger and Joaquin Phoenix versions), who is his all-time favorite movie character. He has a big Joker tattoo on one of his forearms, a couple of Joker-related posters adorn his bedroom walls, and he frequently quotes both of these Jokers. Sometimes he laughs when he recites them. He seems to really enjoy the death scenes, especially ones that involve mass killings.
Just before the lockdown, we decided to watch the Joker (2019) together at his place. He loudly laughed when the Joker fatally shoots a character in the head, with blood splattering everywhere. I didn’t think much of it at first since I assumed that it was nervous laughter but now I’m not so sure. He also said that he doesn’t care for Batman or any other superheroes and he seems to love the idea of a movie when the Joker defeats and/or kills any members of the Justice League. When I asked him why he’s so enamored with the Joker, he told me that he’s an excellent example of not caring about what others think of you and that he looks up to him. This is driving me crazy.
Thankfully, nothing bad has happened yet and he still acts like the kind and gentle boyfriend who I love. I am starting to have second thoughts about our relationship and my feelings for him have changed. My cop uncle even checked for any criminal records but nothing was found. I don’t want to end the relationship just yet, but I’m very worried about his behavior. The most heartbreaking part is that I’m still in love with the sweet, caring guy I’ve always known. I really hate to break someone’s heart like that, especially someone who’s madly in love with me. But, I’m honestly scared to dump him because I have no idea how he’ll handle it.
I feel like I’m dating two very different guys at the same time. I understand that lots of men like violent movies and/or video games but he seems to take it to the next level. It’s so hard to believe such a sweet, sensitive, loving guy like him would be so obsessed with brutal violence. Should I be concerned about this?
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2020.04.08 14:05 Shenanigamer 10 Things I Hate About You is the origin story for The Dark Knight’s Joker

I know, I know but hear me out. Recently watched 10 Things I Hate About You for the first time this past weekend. This was my first time watching it, so I was seeing Heath Ledger’s character (Patrick) through the lens of his now legendary Joker performance. Because of this, some of the behaviors of the character really stood out to me. Some things I noticed:
  1. having, and being proficient with, a butterfly knife in school (only had knives on him when arrested in TDK)
  2. lighting a cigarette in school
  3. playing with the flame from a bunsen burner with his hand
  4. drilling a hole in a textbook immediately upon turning around to “talk” to someone
  5. executing a complicated song and dance gesture to win over Julia Stiles’ character (Kat) with confidence and ease (see all the plans in TDK)
  6. comically disregarding authority by smacking a campus security guard on the rear
  7. encouraging multiple stories to explain his absence from school for a year because it amuses him (“Want to know how I got these scars?”)
A lot of this isn’t that Joker-ish by itself, but taken as a whole?
Anyway, the college Kat wants to attend in 1999 is in NY. My theory is that life decides to “introduce a little chaos” into Patrick’s life. As a result, Kat dies in 9/11 flying back from visiting Patrick in Gotham City, the nearest he could find work and lodging to Kat. Unable to cope with “things not going according to plan,” Patrick blames himself and seeks revenge by joining the military. There’s already several theories that he was special forces due to his varied weapon usage and guerrilla tactics on display in The Dark Knight. If so, it’s safe to assume that he has seen, and done, some unsavory things. As a result, he comes to see life as meaningless. He’s eventually wounded (the scars) and discharged, and he returns to Gotham City a broken man at the same time whispers of a masked vigilante begin to spread through the rougher parts of Gotham City.
Most importantly, this movie is where he gets the idea for the “bad guys” (cool kids at school) to pay him to deal with a problem (Kat) that’s in the way of their ultimate goal (dating Kat’s sister). Whereas this innocent enough high school scheme resulted in Patrick finding love and, temporarily, putting his more self-destructive tendencies behind him, his scheme in The Dark Knight was much darker after the events in his life. This scheme leaves him with an unhealthy obsession with Batman and on the other end of the spectrum from where he was headed with Kat in his life.
Now, I’m not saying that 10 Things needs to be watched before fully appreciating The Dark Knight but it did feel like this made watching 10 Things for the first time an even better experience. What do you think?
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2020.04.01 00:19 Lurtz_Of_Orthanc [H] Tons of Polys, Sets, Figs ft. Fellowship & 2020 Holiday BAM [W] Star Wars, Superhero, Middle-earth, misc. minifigs


It's crazy that two weeks have gone by already, but trading is the one thing that a great activity to do while staying inside & social distanced - so it's time for another update to Lurtz’s Trade Post!

Latest update:

Loose minifigs are 100% up-to-date and now feature all 2020 Holiday characters and for the the first time, I now have the FULL Fellowship of the Ring available to trade! In addition to all my other loose Middle-earth items, I am willing to trade all 9 members as a set - this isn't easy to find these days, typically pulls around $150-200 on eBay. I do have singleton extras of specific characters if you only have a few gaps you need to fill, just let me know.

Standard Preamble:

There’s an overwhelming amount here by design - I've made a point to include everything from the simplest polybag or trooper to the most coveted Revan, Ahsoka, even an SDCC figure or two. There's a fair few things here I won't let go unless it's for my highest priority wants - typically, the more valuable the figure, the better the deal is going to need to be. On the flipside, there's much, much more I'm looking to move to collectors who need it more than I do, so for some things I have in excess I'll happily add on a bonus or trade more towards your favor - it all depends on the deal, so don't hesitate to reach out! You never know what the right offer will be. I'm working on importing my entire inventory of sealed items to Brickset for easier visual browsing, so look forward to that in the weeks to come - but as you can guess from the list below, it might take a minute or two!


Minifigures for trade - generally in good working order, no cracks or loose joints. 99% are as-is and are thus pictured without accessories for the most part, but I can track down specifics on request depending on the trade, especially common lightsabers, blaster etc. This is also just the tip of the iceberg - my full collection goes much, much deeper, so if you're looking for something you don't see here, just ask!


All are new and sealed.

Set # Item Name
20203 Level Two Kit 4 Flight Designer
30116 Rapunzel
30167 Iron Man vs Drone
30200 Zombie Coffin Car
30203 Friends Mini Golf
30205 Pop Star Show Stage
30213 Gandalf at Dol Guldur
30215 Legolas Greenleaf
30244 Anakin's Jedi Interceptor
30265 Worriz' Fire Bike
30274 AT-DP
30284 Tractor
30293 Kai Drifter
30303 The Joker Bumper Car
30315 Moon Buggy
30323 My First Fish
30350 Volcano Jackhammer
30351 Police Helicopter
30361 Fire ATV
30365 Space Satellite
30375 Sira's Adventurous Airglider
30376 Knighton Rider
30382 Baby Velociraptor Playpen
30398 Friends Camping River Bridge
30406 Unikitty Roller Coaster Wagon
30410 Mia's Water Fun
30411 Chocolate Box & Flower polybag
30422 Kai's Mini Dragon
30428 Green Mech Dragon
30447 Captain America's Motorcycle
30449 The Milano
30450 Royal Talon Fighter
30460 Rex's Plantimal Ambush
30472 Parrot
30524 The Mini Batwing
30525 The Guardians Ship (Benatar)
30528 Mini Master-Building Metalbeard
30546 Krypto the Superdog
30556 DOTS Mini Frame
30602 First Order Stormtrooper
30603 Batman Classic TV Series - Mr. Freeze
30604 Cosmic Boy
30606 Nightwing
30607 Disco Batman Tears of Batman
30609 Green Ninja Lloyd
30611 R2D2
30615 Edna Mode Gamestop
30624 Obi-wan Kenobi Collectible Minifigure
40109 Mini Mini Cooper
40176 Scarif Stormtrooper
40178 VIP LEGO Store
40265 Friends Tic Tac Toe
40268 R3-M2
40288 BB-8
40298 DJ Polybag
40299 Kessel Mine Worker
40300 Han Solo Mudtrooper
40304 Duplo Counting
40434 Reindeer
41508 Volectro
75522 Mini Droid Commander
853958 Chicken Skater Pod
2000416 Duck
4000036 LEGO Play Day 2019 Polybag
5000063 TC-14
5000202 Elrond
5001621 Han Solo of Hoth
5001622 Lego Employee
5002112 Friends Bracelet Polybag
5002123 Darth Revan
5002127 Flashback Shredder
5002130 Good Morning Bilbo Baggins
5002145 Rocket Raccoon TRU Ravager Bag
5002938 Stormtrooper Sergeant
5002943 Winter Soldier
5002946 Silver Centurion
5002947 Admiral Yularen
5002948 C-3PO (Red Arm)
5004388 Nexo Pack
5004406 First Order General
5004408 Rebel A-wing Pilot
5004915 Sensei Wu Keychain
5004929 Tiger Tuxedo Batman Pod
5004930 Batman Accessory Pack
5004933 Learn to Spell
5005230 Zane's Kendo Training Pod
5005244 Teen Groot Keychain
5005376 Darth Vader Pod
6142156 Friends Letter Polybag
6182882 City Police Mission Pack Polybag
6313092 Surfer Van


All are new and sealed - yes, even the older stuff!

Set # Item Name
4191 Captain's Cabin
6177 Basic Bricks Deluxe
7048 Troll Warship
7094 King's Castle Siege
7187 Escape from Dragon's Prison
9390 Mini Tow Truck
9394 Jet Plane
9493 X-wing Starfighter
9470 Shelob Attack
9476 The Orc Forge
10236 Ewok Village
10243 Parisian Restaurant
21003 Seattle Space Needle
21015 The Leaning Tower of Pisa
21019 Eiffel Tower
21109 Exosuit
21110 Research Institute
21301 Birds
21312 Women of NASA
31000 Mini Speeder
31001 Mini Skyflyers
31023 Yellow Racers
31062 Robo Explorer
40138 Christmas Train
40139 Gingerbread House
40141 Bricktober Hotel 2015
40186 Year of the Pig
40220 London Bus
40221 Fountain
40222 Holiday Countdown Calendar
40223 Santa Snowglobe
40251 Piggy Bank 3 in 1
40252 Volkswagen Beetle
40254 Nutcracker Midi
40289 Diagon Alley
40292 Christmas Gift
40293 Christmas Carousel
40320 Plants from Plants
40333 Battle of Hoth
40334 Avengers Tower w/Mark VIII
40335 LEGO Ideas Space Rocket Ride
40336 Newbury Juice Bar
40337 Mini Gingerbread House
40338 Christmas Tree
40355 Year of the Rat
40361 Olaf's Traveling Sleigh
40362 Battle of Endor 20th Anniversary
40370 Steam Train
40408 Drag Racer (Hidden Side)
40433 Batman 1989 Limited Edition
41230 Batgirl Batjet Chase
41231 Harley Quinn to the Rescue
41233 Lashina Tank
41485 Finn Brickhead
41498 Boba Fett and Han Solo in Carbonite
41626 BrickHeadz Groot & Rocket
42011 Race Car
42065 RC Tracked Racer
66596 Super Battle Pack 2-in-1
70500 Kai's Fire Mech
70503 The Golden Dragon
75025 Jedi Defender-Class Cruiser
75040 General Grievous' Wheel Bike
75087 Anakin’s Custom Jedi Starfighter
75119 Sergeant Jyn Erso
75175 A-Wing Starfighter
75183 Darth Vader Transformation
75193 Millennium Falcon Microfighter
75218 X-wing Starfighter
75219 Imperial AT-Hauler
75237 TIE Fighter Attack (4+)
75915 Pteranodon Capture
75916 Dilophosaurus Ambush
75920 Raptor Escape
75932 Jurassic Park Velociraptor Chase
76000 Arctic Batman vs Mr Freeze
76001 The Bat vs Bane
76006 Iron Man: Extremis Sea Port Battle
76102 Thor's Weapon Quest
79015 Witch-king Battle
79017 The Battle of Five Armies
853570 City Prison Island Accessory Set
4002017 Nutcracker
5003082 Classic Pirates Set
5004419 Classic Knights Set
5004932 Travel Pack
5004936 Cavemen Pack
5004939 Bricktober Batman 2017
5005156 Gingerbread Man
5005250 Banana Suit Guy
5005254 Bricktober Potter 2018
5005255 Bricktober Jurassic 2018
5005256 Bricktober Avengers 2018
5005257 Bricktober Ninjago 2018
5005358 Minifigure Factory
X 100 Year North America Minifigure
X SDCC Vixen


All are brand new & sealed, never opened. This is my full personal stock, so many of these I will only trade for priority items, but always open to hearing offers! CURRENTLY HAVE ALL DC SERIES MINIFIGS AVAILABLE.

Series # Minifigure
71001 Revolutionary Soldier
71007 Complete Series 12 16 Total Bags
71007 Princess
71007 Swashbuckler
71007 Pigman
71008 Paleontologist
71010 Gargoyle
71010 Mad Scientist
71010 Zombie Businessman
71010 Tiger Lady
71010 Trick Or Treater
71010 Banshee
71011 Lazor Robot
71011 Shark
71011 Golden Warrior
71011 Satyr
71011 Skunk Lady
71011 Spaceman Classic
71012 Disney Complete Series 18 Total Bags
71012 Mickey Mouse
71012 Minnie Mouse
71013 Babysitter
71013 Antarctic Photographer
71013 Banana
71013 Ice Queen
71013 Penguin Boy
71013 Secret Agent
71013 Devil
71017 Lobster Batman
71019 Sushi Chef
71019 Cornflake Wu
71019 Asian Punk Rocker
71020 Dr Phosphorus
71020 Beach Joker
71021 Dragon
71021 Classic Police Officer
71021 Blue Brick
71022 Harry Potter Complete Series 22 Total Bags
71022 Percival Graves
71022 Hermione
71023 Wizard of Oz 4 Combo
71023 Tin Man
71023 Dorothy
71023 Giraffe
71023 Golf Lord Business
71023 Benny
71024 Disney Series 2 (most available)
71026 DC Series 1 (most available)



Sorted by priority from highest to lowest within theme. If the minifigure is from a polybag, I'll happily trade for a sealed version!


Even if they are not listed here, I'll usually entertain offers involving rare characters or good armybuilder troops!

Item # Minifigure
sw0315 Shadow ARF Trooper
sw0485 Leia Slave
sw0384 Shirtless Maul
sw0387 Queen Amidala
sw0815 Scarif Stormtrooper(s)
sw0316 Savage Opress
sw1005 Finch Dallow
sw0472 Count Dooku
sw0494/5 Mandalorian Maultrooper(s)
sw0499 Sith Warrior
sw0759 Ahsoka Tano Adult
sw0483 Ree-Yees
sw0332 Eeth Koth
sw0500 Jedi Knight
sw0586 Darth Vader Tan Head
sw0490 Padme Amidala Arena
sw0421 Agen Kolar
sw0418 Palpatine Dark Red
sw0769 Death Star Trooper
sw0927 Mimban Stormtrooper
sw0982 Imperial Transport Pilot
sw0570 Ithorian
sw0950 Range Trooper
sw0795 Imperial Hovertank Pilot
sw0937 R5-A2
sw0933 R2-BHD
sw0572 Astromech Droid
sw0573 RA-7 Protocol Droid
sw0936 2-1B Desert
sw1044 Imperial Crewmember UCS ISD
sw0392 Even Piell
sw1007 Scout Trooper
sw0837 Clone Trooper Phase II Gunner
sw0995 Rebel Fleet Trooper
sw0860 First Order TIE Pilot Redstripes
sw0629 Clone Trooper Phase I Lieutenant
sw0608 Clone Pilot Phase II
sw0393 R3-D5
sw0248 Mon Calamari Officer
sw0327 Anakin Short Legs
sw0474 Poggle the Lesser
sw0438 Clone Trooper Sergeant Phase I
sw0996 Kashyyyk Battle Droid
sw0518 Kashyyyk Clone Trooper (or sw1002)
sw0973 Lando Calrissian Cloud City
sw1033 Finn Bacta
sw0811 Thrawn
sw0910 Clone Trooper Phase I
sw1020 Zuckuss
sw0480 Coleman Trebor
sw0687 Rodian Alliance Fighter
sw0689 Duros Alliance Fighter
sw1060 Klatoonian Helmet
sw1059 Klatoonian Ultron
sw0609 Clone Pilot Phase I
sw0522 Clone Trooper Phase II 212th Battalion
sw0523 Airborne Trooper Phase II 212th Battalion
sw0524 BARC Trooper
sw1028 Wookiee Warrior
sw0622 The Inquisitor
sw0246 Hondo Ohnaka
sw0887 Luke Old
sw0796 Imperial Death Trooper
sw0579 General Veers
sw0419 Anakin Coruscant Sith Face
sw0969 Cloud Car Pilot
sw1067 Lando Old Man
sw0493 Mechanical Maul
sw0247 Admiral Ackbar
sw1052 Astromech Turquoise
sw0924 Quay Tolsite
sw0770 Grand Moff Tarkin


Item # Minifigure
sh039 Lex Luthor (armored)
bat016 Scarecrow GITD
sh527 Green Lantern Jessica Cruz
sh428 Green Lantern John Stewart
sh052 Dr Doom
sh083 Clark Kent
sh118 Wolverine Mask
sh116 Storm
sh143 Superboy
sh128 Nova Corps Officer
sh597 Maria Rambeau
sh213 Scuba Iron Man
sh519 Lex Luthor (Superman)
sh212 Hulk Minifigure
sh030 Chitauri Foot Soldier
sh029 Chitauri General
sh084 Iron Patriot
sh168 Iron Legion
sh211 Lightning Lad
sh365 Magneto
sh534 Batman Yellow Lantern
sh080 Faora
sh027 Iron Man Toy Fair 2012
sh054 J Jonah Jameson
sh434 Vixen SDCC
sh520 Sheriff Deadpool SDCC
sh047 Arctic Batman
sh435 Batman Tactical
sh046 Batman Electro
sh032 Deadpool
sh068 Pepper Potts
sh066 War Machine
sh133 The Joker (Heath Ledger)
sh436 Cyborg
sh197 Starfire
sh373 She-Hulk
sh207 Arsenal SDCC
bat026 Harley Quinn
bat018 Poison Ivy
sh062 Bane (Tom Hardy)
bat008 Killer Croc
sh130 The Collector
sh358 Wonder Woman Short
sh021 Two-Face Henchmen
sh535 Batman Armored
sh556 Ocean Master


I will always entertain almost any offer involving Middle-earth figures, even if they are not listed here.

Item # Minifigure
lor022 Uruk-hai Handprint (w/ printed shield if possible)
lor009 Rohan Soldier
lor027 Cave Troll
lor070 Soldier of the Dead (grey hands)
lor069 Soldier of the Dead (brown hands)
lor004 Samwise Gamgee
lor082 Radagast
lor025 Lurtz
lor011 Moria Orc
lor008 Uruk-hai
lor043 Goblin Soldier 1
lor032 Goblin Soldier 2
lor064 Mouth of Sauron
lor107 Dain Ironfoot
lor044 Goblin Scribe
lor014 Boromir
lor066 Aragorn
lor086 Lake-town Guard
lor110 Gundabad Orc White Forehead
lor020 Haldir
lor016 Merry
lor012 Pippin
lor057 Bilbo Bluecoat
lor0111 Bain Son of Bard Vest
lor077 Gundabad Orc Hair Shoulder Spike
lor018 Ringwraith
lor081 Necromancer


Item # Minifigure
col144 Plumber (need Plunger)
col005 Zombie
col007 Robot
col070 Lizard Man
col081 Classic Alien
col138 Judge
dfb006 Mustafi 2
dfb015 Gotze 19
dfb009 Muller 13
dfb016 Kruse 23
dfb003 Boateng 17
dfb002 Neuer 1
dfb014 Kramer 20
dfb001 Low
tgb001 Brawny Boxer
tgb004 Judo Fighter
tgb009 Agile Archer
tgb008 Horseback Rider
col008 Demo Dummy
col048 Gorilla
col067 Royal Guard
col002 Cheerleader
col004 Circus Clown
col014 Forestman
col010 Super Wrestler
col058 Sailor
col085 Bandit
col140 Mermaid
sim022 Mr. Burns
col103 Daredevil
col043 Sumo
col304 Boxer
col203 Carpenter
col037 Fisherman


Item # Minifigure
gen003 Nesquik Bunny Rabbit
iaj031 Mola Ram
poc006 Angelica
tnt018 Baxter Stockman
iaj035 Temple Guard 2
ava001 Aang
ava006 Zuko
ava007 Katara
ava002 Sokka
iaj045 Elsa Schneider
iaj041 Kazim
iaj042 Grail Guardian
poc011 Jack Sparrow w/hat
tlr003 Red Knee
tlr016 Captain Fuller
tlr019 Cavalry Soldier (or 020 or 021)
poc008 Cannibal (or poc009)
sr002 Snake Oiler
poc042 Silent Mary
poc041 Officer Magda
poc038 Lt. Lesaro
poc021 Philip Swift
poc005 Admiral Norrington
pop011 Seso
pop009 Sheik Amar
poc017 Gibbs
poc018 King George's Officer
poc020 Mermaid Curved Tail
poc025 Mermaid Syrena
njo255 Ghost Student
poc007 Blackbeard
tlr004 Dan Reid
tlr005 Frank
tlr006 Ray
dim031 Sonic
dim030 E.T.
tlr007 Chief Big Bear
poc031 Davy Jones
tlr015 Latham Cole
scd013 Lighthouse Keeper
poc032 Maccus
dim025 Ethan Hunt
sc034 Mercedes-AMG GT3 Driver
pop001 Alamut Merchant
poc015 Hadras


Item # Minifigure
atl020 Atlantis Temple Statue
sp114 Brick Daddy
sp047 UFO Alien Red Undecorated Helmet
sp101 Skull Twin
sp010 Explorien Droid (or sp011)
sp041 Spyrius Droid
uagt036 Electrolyzer
gs006 Red Robot Sidekick
njo370 Ed Walker
ac010 Toxic Cleanup Scientist
mof011 Zombie Groom
mof010 Zombie Bride
nex098 Lord Krakenskull
nex095 General Garg
tlm053 Plumber Joe
tlm052 Plumber Apprentice
nex099 Fancy Pants
pha007 Amset-Ra
pha008 Anubis Guard
agt027 Magma Commander
cas420 Troll King
uagt028 Antimatter
uagt016 Terabyte
agt023 Dollar Bill
alp021 Alpha Team Android
tlm071 Vitruvius Medallion
nex121 White Stone Statue
nex106 Stone Clay
nex107 Robot Hoodlum
njo088 Cyrus Borg
njo254 Master Yang
hs007 Captain Jonas
uagt034 Professor Brainstein Mech
uagt032 Sharx
uagt021 Invizable
agt007 Gold Tooth
agt017 Fire Arm
din003 Specs
agt019 Slime Face
agt005 Saw Fist
tlm035 Kebab Bob
tlm043 Hank Haystack
pha010 Helena Tova
uagt025 Toxikita Armor
uagt012 Retox
cas443 Armored Knight
cty0933 Bellhop
njo118 Karlof
njo063 Snike
njo005 Chopov
cas491 Kingdoms Mill Peasant
mof012 Zombie Driver
tlm047 Frank Foreman
tlm054 Dr McScrubs
cty1103 Truck Driver
cty0971 Construction Worker
air049 Airport Pilot
air055 Airport Pilot
twn336 Beach Tourist Female


Item # Minifigure
colhp04 Draco Quidditch
hp148 Draco Malfoy
hp136 Marcus Flint
hp198 Death Eater Book 4
hp171 Slughorn
hp181 Hermione Book 3
hp182 Cornelius Fudge
hp183 Executioner
hp149 Susan Bones
hp193 Ernie Prang
hp155 Dementor

Other miscellaneous boxed set interests - prefer sealed, doesn't need to be pristine - will consider all offers though. Sorted by priority.

Item # Set Name
7189 Mill Village Raid
9476 The Orc Forge
9471 Uruk-Hai Army
10223 Kingdoms Joust
7868 Mace Windu's Jedi Starfighter
8037 Anakin's Y-wing Starfighter
80101 Chinese New Year
80102 Dragon Dance
7197 Venice Canal Chase
7915 Imperial V-wing Starfighter
7931 T-6 Jedi Shuttle
7753 Pirate Tank
7957 Sith Nightspeeder
4183 The Mill
4181 Isla de Muerta
5984 Lunar Limo
79106 Cavalry Builder Set

Most of my priorities are minifigures, but I'm also seeking:

970cm00 Medium Legs - Dark Bluish Gray, Dark Blue, and especially Dark Brown - Dark Brown are a #1 priority, actively looking for multiple of these.
Minifigure heads - strongly prefer one-sided over two-sided, looking for anything from the past ~9 years or so (older stuff lacks detail), variety preferred - exclusively seeking any/all FLESHTONES, not anything yellow.
Always open to interesting offers even if it's not listed, particularly for Superheroes, Star Wars, Middle-earth... or anything licensed really with interesting/useful minifigures is something I'll consider!
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2020.03.11 21:12 allnerdsbewareme Tim Burton's Batman (1989) is not as good as people make it out to be

I'm not saying that it is the worst adaptation. Batman and Robin (1997) holds that distinguished dishonor. I'm not even indicating that Keaton did a bad job. He was simply a poor casting choice. Moreover...to date, I don't think any live-action film adaptation of Batman has truly captured the essence of the character to a tee. That said, a few have come close.
Many fans frequently cite Keaton's two-film turn as Batman as being the litmus test by which all other portrayals should be measured. I disagree. While Keaton did an excellent acting job, he simply didn't capture the personality and physical traits that best characterize Bruce Wayne/Batman in comics. I will give credit where it is due. He DID do an excellent job of illustrating a damaged psyche and a brooding persona.
For one, Keaton is...relatively speaking, not a physically imposing man. He stands at 5'9 with a fit, albeit average build, where a comic accurate Batman is 6'2 and 240 pounds of near pure muscle, a true physical specimen. Keaton even has a noticeable receding hairline with a curly hairdo. This may have worked in the 1940's-1960's, but not for what is supposed to be a comic accurate Batman.
The Joker. No disrespect to Jack Nicholson, who is an amazing actor. He also doesn't do a bad job. I simply feel that his portrayal does not capture the full essence of the Joker. He's simply not as scary as people make him out to be. Heath Ledger, in my view, holds that distinction. Maybe I've just been spoiled. Aside from his laugh, the mannerisms did not capture the Joker's vocals.
The batsuit. Horribly designed in my opinion. It looks nearly impossible to move in, and severely hinders fight sequences. The cowl also looks like crap.
The fight sequences. Unimaginative. Although the suit, as mentioned, hinders this. The sequences are simply boring. Additionally, simple thugs appear to present a significant challenge to him. A comics accurate Batman would wipe the floor with cannon fodder street thugs.
The casting in general. Aside from the main characters, Pat Hingle did not make a good Commissioner Gordon, Michael Gough was not the best choice for Alfred, and...Billy Dee Williams (mustache and all) as Harvey Dent?? Really?
As for the writing, a part of what makes the Joker such a frightening character is that his backstory is...by his own admission...."multiple choice." Making him a gangster named Jack Napier, who coincidentally murdered his parents, does a disservice to the character and the mythos.
Choosing Prince and Danny Elfman to score the music for the film? Completely counter-intuitive for the dark and gritty atmosphere that was intended for the movie. It made the film more campy and cartoonish.
Other films have done it better. I could keep going, but I think I've made my point. I feel that the film, while a better than average try, was a failure as a comic adaptation. Kevin Smith even felt as much. When Tim Burton said he would never read a comic book, Smith said, "that explains Batman."
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2020.03.02 01:03 Moral_Metaphysician Does Anyone Have a Clue About How to Fight Back Against Trump’s Racism?

Does Anyone Have a Clue About How to Fight Back Against Trump’s Racism?
Thomas B. Edsall
Moderates and progressives have a lot to lose by ignoring each other on this crucial question.
Can Democrats diminish the bigotry that Donald Trump has unleashed in this country?
Stung by the success of Trump’s anti-immigrant, racist campaign themes in 2016, left-of-center advocacy groups — think tanks, unions, progressive academics and Democratic consultants — are developing tools this year to counter the continuing Republican assault on liberal values, based on the optimistic assumption that the reservoir of white animosity is not so deep that Trump is assured re-election.
These efforts on the left challenge the long history of Republican success in exploiting race and a host of ancillary issues — crime, welfare, social disorder, family breakdown, homelessness — a history that includes Richard Nixon in 1968 and 1972, Ronald Reagan in 1980, George H.W. Bush in 1988 and Donald Trump in 2016.
That history points to the relentless power of racial resentment in American politics. Despite polling that shows greater acceptance of racial equality, this issue is as potent a source of political strength for Trump today as it was for Nixon a half century ago.
There are myriad studies, as I have noted (along with many others) that show the continuing effectiveness of race and immigration as wedge issues. These studies continue to appear at an alarming rate.
Take “The Trump Effect: An Experimental Investigation of the Emboldening Effect of Racially Inflammatory Elite Communication” published earlier this month by four political scientists.
The authors, Benjamin Newman, Jennifer Merolla, Sono Shah, Loren Collingwood and Karthick Ramakrishnan, all at the University of California-Riverside, and Danielle Casarez Lemi of SMU, wrote:
We find that exposure to racially inflammatory statements by Trump caused those with high levels of prejudice to be more likely to perceive engagement in prejudiced behavior as socially acceptable.
In other words, if the president of the United States denigrates Muslims, or Hispanics, or African-Americans, then anyone can.
Significantly, Newman, Merolla and their colleagues determined that “the magnitude of this effect is enhanced when exposure to inflammatory speech by Trump is coupled with information that other political elites tacitly condone his speech,” as leading Republicans have done through their continuing acquiescence.
While Trump’s rhetoric improved his prospects in 2016, Merolla wrote by email, in 2020 the result may be mixed:
When individuals experience feelings of anger in relation to the political environment, they are more likely to participate in politics so I suspect that it did help drive increased turnout. However, his rhetoric has also led to increased anger on the other side of the aisle, so it has also likely driven higher turnout on the left, especially during the 2018 midterm election.
A forthcoming paper by Desmond King and Rogers M. Smith, political scientists at Oxford and the University of Pennsylvania, “White Protectionism in America,” makes a strong case that Trump, unlike his Republican predecessors in the White House, has gone far beyond rhetoric and token gestures to substantively address the concerns of his anti-immigrant and socially conservative supporters.
King and Smith catalog in great detail Trump’s success putting in place policies favored by racially conservative Americans but with a new focus on active white protection, rather than simply colorblind efforts to constrain positive governmental actions. Trump has fanned the anger of many white supporters convinced that post-1970 federal policies have unjustly favored people of color.
Trump has fueled this anger and solidified his support among “his anti-immigrant and socially conservative supporters,” combating this “alleged white victimization,” King and Smith argue, by requiring:
protectionist measures including tolerating racial profiling in policing and reversing some extant civil rights policies; subverting others through deregulation or neglect; and favoring measures which go beyond colorblindness, such as stop-and-frisk practices and demands for identification triggered by racial and ethnic identities, as well as anti-Muslim immigration restrictions.
In an email, Smith wrote that he and King “can’t estimate how effective the white protectionist message will be for Trump,” but:
You don’t need to specialize in quantitative analyses of elections to know that the cult of personality Trump has inspired means that he is a far more effective voice for this view than anyone else in American politics. Having him at the top of the ticket this time around has to help in advancing white protectionist messages and policies successfully.
Now let’s look at some of the Democratic and liberal thinking focused on undermining Trump’s divide-and-conquer strategy.
On Wednesday, for example, the liberal Century Foundation issued a lengthy study, “How Progressives Can Recapture Seven Deeply Held American Values.”
The authors, Simon Greer, founder of Cambridge Heath Ventures, and Richard D. Kahlenberg, a senior fellow at the foundation, note that:
Working-class Americans do not want to be lectured about what their motivations are, and ascribing misogyny or racial animus to any group of potential voters is not a winning strategy for building a coalition.
One of the authors’ central arguments is that liberals have ceded to conservatives a monopoly on such themes and values as faith, family, country and law and order. They have done so because Republicans have “added a meanspirited twist to these mainstream values” as a way of attacking women’s and gay rights, blacks, antiwar protesters and single mothers.
“Because progressives appropriately reject the harsh right-wing interpretations of these values,” Greer and Kahlenberg write, many progressives have “stopped talking about these ideas altogether, sticking to a discussion of public policy solutions and an array of facts, rather than the powerful values that underlie them.”
In support of their argument, they cite research by two sociologists at Stanford, Jan G. Voelkel and Robb Willer, who argue in “Resolving the Progressive Paradox: Conservative Value Framing of Progressive Economic Policies Increases Candidate Support,” a paper that was published last year, that voters are less concerned with candidates’ specific policies than with the values they espouse:
We found that a presidential candidate who framed his progressive economic platform to be consistent with more conservative value concerns like patriotism, family, and respect for tradition — as opposed to more liberal value concerns like equality and social justice — was supported significantly more by conservatives and, unexpectedly, by moderates as well.
Voelkel and Willer conclude by citing the “progressive paradox,” that Americans “support many core progressive economic policies at high levels, yet rarely elect progressive candidates, a paradox widely discussed in academic and popular literature.”
They argue, however, that:
when progressive candidates frame their policies as consistent with conservative, as opposed to liberal, values, they receive greater support from conservatives and moderates.
Notably, they add, “there was no backlash to conservative framing among liberal participants.”
A second study of possible shifts in Democratic messaging strategies includes a set of relatively moderate proposals that are less challenging to the left wing of the party, but which still ran into opposition from more vocal liberals.
The Race-Class Narrative Project, a 2018 report, has become a strategic blueprint for many of the Democratic Party’s allied organizations, especially organized labor.
It’s based on the research of Ian Haney López, a law professor at Berkeley and the author of “Merge Left: Fusing Race and Class, Winning Elections, and Saving America,” who worked closely with Anat Shenker-Osorio, founder of ASO Communications.
The Race-Class project, which was sponsored by Demos, a progressive think tank, argues that 59 percent of the electorate is neither reliably liberal nor reliably conservative, but in the middle, cross-pressured on issues of race. These voters are “persuadables.”
For Democrats, winning over a large share of the persuadable electorate in no easy task, according to the authors.
On the plus side for Democrats, persuadables agree on ending racial discrimination, on the negative impact of divide and conquer tactics, on the value of working together, on the reality that African Americans face greater obstacles than whites.
On the negative side of the ledger, according to the report, these middle ground voters “have concerns about ‘reverse racism’ and discrimination against whites;” a sizable majority agree “focusing on race doesn’t fix anything and may even make things worse;” and “persuadable adults believe that people of color who cannot get ahead are mostly responsible for their own condition.”
In other words, these persuadable voters provide fertile ground for conservative appeals to racial resentment.
The Race-Class narrative makes specific recommendations on the language candidates should use when taking on issues of race.
Politicians, according the report, should say “our opponents point the finger for our hard times at blacks, new immigrants and Muslims” instead of saying “our opponents are racist against blacks, new immigrants and Muslims.” Why? “Framing scapegoating as tied to economic concerns allows audiences, including whites, to see that their well-being is tied to rejecting racial resentment.”
How effective would adoption of the recommendations in the Race-Class narrative report be?
One place where the Race-Class strategies were tried was in the 2018 state and federal elections in Minnesota. The results — a series of Democratic victories, some in the face of explicit Republican attacks on immigrants and urban crime — suggest that there may be significant value in the report.
Shenker-Osorio, noting the need “to be cautious about making unprovable statements about how any intervention can be credited,” wrote by email:
We won big in the state — flipping the Minnesota House, winning five of seven Congressional races, two State Senate seats, all of the state executive races and boasting the highest turnout of an election with noteworthy participation nationally. The coalition behind Greater Than Fear did impressive work, I say admittedly without objectivity.
Under the banners of “We Are Greater Than Fear,” the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, liberal interest groups and the candidates themselves explicitly rejected Republican attempts to capitalize on fears of Somali immigrants and claims that Muslim Democrats fostered terrorism.
In an ad shown during halftime at the 2018 Super Bowl, Tim Walz, the successful Democratic candidate for governor, praised the racial and ethnic mix of the state, the “immigrant farmers, lumberjacks and miners, champions of freedom and refugees, and people who’ve been here all along, the Anishinaabe and Dakota.”
“We’ve proven that when we come together as one Minnesota we can do anything. I’ve seen it,” Walz told viewers. “In this state we don’t fear the future, we create the future. And when we stand together, we win.”
In the race for state Attorney General, Doug Wardlow, the Republican nominee, running against Keith Ellison, a Muslim, wrote in a fund-raising letter: “As a Muslim, Ellison has hung around radical Islamic groups and defends known terrorists.”
Almost immediately, four religious leaders — Rabbi Marcia Zimmerman of Temple Israel, Pastor Laurie Eaton of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Grant Stevensen, a pastor from St. Paul, and Imam Asad Zaman, of the Muslim American Society — denounced Wardlow. Ellison won.
A group of Democratic firms, led by Lake Research Partners in partnership with ASO Communications and Brilliant Corners Research and Strategies, poll-tested various Democratic messages on race for the Race-Class report. In addition to polling, they used focus groups equipped with hand-held dials to register favorable or unfavorable audience reaction to a liberal as opposed to a conservative, Republican message.
The most effective liberal-Democratic message read:
America’s strength comes from our ability to work together — to knit together a landscape of people from different places and of different races into one nation. For this to be a place of freedom for all, we cannot let the greedy few and the politicians they pay for turn what you look like, where you come from or how much money you have into reasons some of us matter and others don’t. It’s time to stand up for each other and come together. It is time for us to pick leaders who reflect the very best of every kind of American. Together, we can make this a place where freedom is for everyone, no exceptions.
The Republican opposition message, in its entirety, read:
Our leaders must prioritize keeping us safe and ensuring that hard working Americans have the freedom to prosper. Taking a second look at people coming from terrorist countries who wish us harm or at people from places overrun with drugs and criminal gangs is just common sense. And so is curbing illegal immigration, so our communities are no longer flooded with people who refuse to follow our laws. We need to make sure we take care of our own people first, especially the people who politicians have cast aside for too long to cater to whatever special interest groups line their pockets, yell the loudest, or riot in the street.
In the polling done for the Race Class report, all the Democratic messages received higher ratings than the opposition message, but there was a clear warning signal. The Demos report found that the opposition message
is very strong with persuadables. Among persuadables the opposition message has the lowest convincing rating, but the average dial rating is higher than several of our messages. Several themes of the opposition message resonate with persuadables including ‘keeping us safe’ and “we need to make sure we take care of our own people first.”
Just as the Greer-Kahlenberg proposals would face opposition from the Democratic left, the same is true of the more moderate messages and themes suggested in the Race-Class narrative.
Ian Haney López, in his book “Merging Left,” noted when he outlined his proposals to various group, he
met rejection from race-focused advocates in my lectures on university campuses. As I came to see cross-racial solidarity as the key to both racial justice and economic fairness, I began delivering the same lecture I gave to the unions at colleges across the country. In those progressive settings, much of the pushback came from the students most committed to racial justice.
That is, the students most committed to racial justice were wary of any alliance with working and middle class whites.
Haney López elaborated in an email:
I’m using the students as a stand-in for the larger community of racial justice activists — people focused first and foremost on justice for communities of color who see the problems besetting these communities primarily through the lens of a racial analysis.
For this constituency, Haney López continued, “certainly one concern is whether a coalition is possible with work-a-day whites.” But, he added,
The deeper resistance of most racial justice activists to the race-class approach is rooted in frustration with the liberal whites who wield most of the power, formal and informal, in liberal institutions, from universities to unions, foundations to the media to the Democratic Party. From these liberal whites, racial justice activists have too often heard that they should wait, that their arguments are divisive and disruptive, that they should subordinate their concerns to larger goals.
For the Democratic Party, race and immigration remain crucially important in terms of both values and policy. The key question is whether the party is structurally capable — under an extraordinary barrage of hostility directed by Republicans at African-Americans and immigrants — of finding politically effective ways of addressing race and immigration. Has the left wing of the party become so discouraged, so defensive — and so embattled — that it now perceives a critical mass of whites as intractably hardened and unswervingly opposed to minority interests? If moderates and progressives are locked in on either side of such a chasm, what will it take to make peace?
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2020.02.28 02:06 an_ordinary_platypus Movies where the main character doesn’t tell their loved ones what they’ve done?

This is an odd question, so I’ll try to articulate it. I watched 10 Things I Hate About You (1999) for the first time today. It’s a funny film and I love Heath Ledger’s performance in it. Heath’s character, Patrick, is initially paid by a guy to take the girl out on a date. I figured she would find out in the third act and would get pissed at him, which is what happened. But it made me wonder: are there any movies where the protagonist does something that they hide from their significant other, and never tell them about it? (Like if the movie had ended with Heath’s character never telling his girlfriend that he had initially been paid to take her out.)
The only one that I can think of is About Time (2013): Tim never tells his wife that he can time travel and that he often traveled back in time in order to make up for the mistakes he made in their relationship. Any other examples?
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2020.02.22 06:56 Rocknocker DEMOLITION DAYS, PART 95

He still came around making trouble, but oddly enough, our little cul-de-sac corner was more-or-less Batshit Crazy-free for the next 34 months.
After that, things sort of calmed down. Well, one of his older boys thought it would be fun to attack Khris, push her off her bike, and try and steal the Uzbek sapphire amulet I had gotten her years earlier.
Khris is not a small girl; she is a corn-fed daughter of the vast cow-pocked hills and rolling pastures of Baja Canada. She didn’t take lightly to some weasely little Arab probably future pole-smokers trying to steal from and assaulting her.
It took more than one punch, but Khris coldcocked the elder of the Guano Insano clan and laid him out so an undertaker could have taken easy measurements. Oh, he was still breathing, but I nevertheless think he was shammin’, playin’ possum until Daddy Dearest could come and rescue him from the rage of wrathful Wisconsinians.
Liam and I were sitting in the porch area of his villa, smoking cigars, drinking our sunrisers, watching the tableau unfold. We both thought Khris handled the situation well, particularly the outcome. The miscreant was out cold’n a foundered mackerel and Khris didn’t heel-stamp him in the chuckle-bits nor curb-stomp his head even though he had initially, and without provocation, punched Khris in the head.
Major stylistic points, Khris.
After 6 or 7 of his offspring rant to alert him, Señor Srībaśita Inasēna came over to shovel his insensible frogspawn up off the tarmac. He was ranting and raving, screaming and splitting the air with threats, dark oaths and other forms of bad noise.
He headed straight for Khris to administer a smackdown, as Khris resolutely held her ground.
I merely stood up and asked Khris if she needed some help.
She replied in the negative, stating that this fool wasn’t going to be much more of a challenge than ‘his idiot kid’
I swear, he went, even more, batshit crazy. However, something clicked and Señor Srībaśita Inasēna looked over his shoulder to see not one, but two near-identical way-more-crazy than he extra-large people standing there, both with cigars and icy cold drinks. He suddenly seemed to experience a spate of total recall how one of the large apparitions said he’d begin him on his journey toward room temperature if he so much as sneered in our direction.
He scooped up his unconscious spawn, muttered something none of us could make out, and scurried back to his loathsome piece of home real estate.
That was more or less the end of our run-ins with Señor Srībaśita Inasēna and his extended tribe.
Swing forward to the late summer. The weather calmed a bit and one’s skin didn’t immediately bubble every time one went out to collect the local morning news-rag. Things were going well for the cul-de-sac; jobs were advancing apace, children were doing well in their various studies, people were, oh what was that word? Ah, yes, happy.
Happy people do fun things.
So, it was decided it was time we have a block party.
Of course, Liam came up with the brilliant idea that we should have a pig roast.
“Umm, Liam”, I ahemed, “In case you forgot, we live in an Arabic Muslim country in the Middle East. Pigs and pork and porcine parts are sort of verboten around here. “
“Ok, Rock”, Liam laughed, “I know that, you know that, my hat knows that. But we Brits must have our bacon, sausage, and chops. It’s in our DNA. Besides, I can get one flown in through my company; under the wire. I could sneak him over here easily. We’d just have to keep him under wraps until bar-be-que time rolls around. You’re from Texas, so…”
“Adopted native son” I corrected.
“Right”, Liam continued, “But you were from Baja Canada first, so you must know how to cook a whole pig…”
“That right, I do, but…, I said, “…you want to bring a live pig in here, and keep him for a while until we can sort out the cooking necessities. We can’t use the industrial-sized stoves in the rec center at the pool. That’d raise a few eyebrows…”
Es and Cassandra wander over, listen for a bit and exclaim “Are you both out of your tiny, little minds?”
I had to admit, as I poured Liam and myself a refill, that the idea did have a certain ‘Up Yours!’ mouthwatering bacon-scented charm.
So, all four of us sat outside and over beer, vodka, and white wine for the ladies, we brewed up a perhaps passable project for our pig party.
The thing was, I’d be gone offshore for a couple of weeks and the pig would have to live at someone’s villa, under wraps, for that time; which actually escalated to 3 months.
Esme, surprising as always, volunteered to take on the task.
Might have been the white wine talking, but she admitted to missing bacon as well.
“OK, but we’re going to need a bar-be-cue pit. Where and when?” Liam asked.
“I’ll talk to Shiehk Gungan and secure permission for a Hawaiian-style pit bar-be-cue for someone or other’s fake birthday. If we can get Vonn and Honey Bee on board, their villa’s backyard backs up to a tall brick wall bordering the alley behind the City Centre. I could put in a pit there easily, and it would be out of the purview of prying eyes.” I said.
“Good”, Casandra said, “Let me get the gin and tonic makin’s and get Vonn and Honey over here as well as Dane and Dyad. Gonna have a block party, make sure you invite the entire block.”
Over the term of the afternoon, we had our plans.
Liam would secure a pig for us; approximately 200-300 pounds, on the hoof. It’d stay in our backyard under both our sun tarp and Esme Srs.’ care until Pig Killin’ Time. Liam, Vonn, and I would handle that little chore. I’d get permission to ‘dig’ a pit and install the bar-be-cue pit in Honey and Vonn’s back yard. Liam and I would handle the actual roast, and we’d all chip in for charcoal and wood smokin’ chunks, and whatever else we could find.
Dyad said she knew many, many farmers it the area and many had fruit trees, in various stages of repair. Certainly, some of that would smoke up a treat. Persimmon, pomegranate, fig, mango, durian, banana…all the earmarks of a weird pig roast.
So we had a date, a plan and the ingredients for a complete fiasco. Since Sr. Guano Insano was no longer part of the picture, and as we had few interlopers, this might actually work without all of us being tossed into the hoosegow.
I’d liberate a bit of pit diggin’ materials from work, just a small amount of dynamite, C-4, and Primacord; I already had the blasting machines. Vonn and Liam would lay in the charcoal and wood for the actual pig roast and well, Bob’s your uncle.
I went offshore to complete the 12th well on the platform and had to deal with all the logistics, bureaucracy and other sanctioned horseshit that comes with the territory. It took almost exactly 3 weeks, and at that time, Esme’s initial negative reaction to pig-sitting had changed considerably.
She had named the critter and found it to be a rather clever, and even sociable, beast. She even allowed it free reign of our house.
The name she chose was one from an old, endearing structural professor: Prof Pinkus (Prof. Pink-ass).
This was an unforeseen complication.
“Es, remember, “ I said over the phone, “That pig is not a pet. It’s not your buddy. It’s not going shopping with you. It’s going to be the guest of honor at a block party. Perspective, please.”
“Oh, Rock”, Es gushed, “I know that. It just makes it easier to keep up with Prof. Pinkus if you treat him like a pet rather than livestock.”
“Es!”, I yell, “He IS livestock. Soon to be deadstock. Soon to be crisply pit barbequed to a crackly crunch. He’s not your friend, he’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner!”
“OK, love you too.” Es says, ignoring me, “See you soon. Safe flights. Keep the shiny side up.”
I hang up. “Oh, shit. This does not bode well.” I mused on the flight shoreward.
I have to admit, pigs can be personable animals. Canny, inquisitive, seemingly intelligent. But even so, that does not trump them being delicious, appetizing, and delectable generators of bacon. Prof. Pinkus is going to be ham, bacon, and sausage soon. Not a boon companion.
The next day I ‘dig’ the pit for the barbeque. I used a shovel for exactly 2 minutes and dynamite, C-4, and primacord for a few more. Vonn was astonished that I not only dug a 6’x6’x4’ wide hole in less than an afternoon, but that I did it while smoking a cigar, drinking an, ok, several icy adult beverages, and never even breaking a sweat in the hellish late summer heat.
The Bobcat with the mounted backhoe, which I had ‘borrowed’ from work, helped a little.
Liam wandered over after the pyrotechnics were done. He didn’t care for them as the noise ‘offended his ears’. Truth be told, he had seen enough pyro jobs go south in his line of work and wanted nothing to do with them. I assured him I was a licensed Master Blaster as well as the one and only Motherfucking Pro from Dover, but it took some time to get him up to speed on the use of explosives for fun and profit.
We let the pit settle, as it was in mostly in desert sand held together with a bit of aeolian clay, or loess. We kept it wet and covered with sheets of canvas. It’d be fine for our pit barbeque in the days hence.
Vonn, Liam and I fabricobbled a cover for the pit which was made of thatched palm fronds supported by ½” pine furring-strips frame along the outer surface. Dane found a hunk of tin stove pipe and we fashioned a nicely workable chimney for the cover. Once the fire was going, and the pig in its new home, we could set the cover over the pit, shovel earth over it to seal it off and use the iris-valve in the chimney to regulate airflow.
One looks at it now, it would almost appear that we knew what we were doing.
Probably nothing was further from the truth.
We needed to ‘season’ the pit, but first, we needed to line the pit with rocks. This serves to hold the heat, and will even out its distribution. But, all we have to use is limestone around here and if limestone ever gets wet, there might be water in the fractures of the rocks. Heat that up to over 1000C and you’ve got yourself a nifty little bomb.
Of course, this will not do…
So, I get on the phone with several ‘exotic’ marble companies in the big city of Duhu. I call around asking if they might have some scrap sheets of granite, quartzite, granodiorite or marble.
Sure, for a price.
However, there was this one place where I knew this guy…
He took in huge, and I mean 4m x 5m x 5m blocks of exotic rock from the subcontinent; black granite, “Reaping Equinox’ black and white ‘granite’; most all these ‘granites’ were granodiorites, Inferno Granite, Black Sunset granite sliced thin into façade facing dimension stone, it was absolutely gorgeous in cross-section. However, the best stuff was igneous-metamorphic, tougher than a $2 steak, and just laughed at diamond carbide saw blades.
“Oh, sure now Mr., Dr. Rock”, Mr. Prakash Dongerkerry, the owneoperator of one particular lot I scavenge for Esme’s continuing lapidary hobby, “I’ve got some beauty stuff here for you. But I need some help with these couple of blocks I received from Kerala. Great rock, very pretty, but too tough. Burn out many saws, boss. You can help maybe?”
“Sure, Prak”, I replied, “I can help, no sweat.”
So, next Friday Liam and me, we eased over to the granite factory, C-4, blasting caps and Primacord in hand. Prak was a little apprehensive about using high explosives in a densely populated area, but after Vonn reminded him that he was working with the Motherfucking Pro from Dover, he relaxed some.
I crawled all over those blocks, marking with orange spray paint the nature fractures, flaws, and features of each block. Asked Prak how he’d like them split, and he indicated parallel to the major axis.
It couldn’t be easier. There was a main body-fracture system normal to the σ1 stress direction. The one’s parallel to the σ2 and σ3 were minor and nowhere near as clearly developed.
I smooshed some C-4 into a test fracture, primed it and shot it without much ado. It was surprisingly quiet for a detonation. A cute little C-4 POP.
A large slab of rock fell off the main block, severed as nicely as a hunk of cold butter from a hot knife.
Prak was thrilled. I only had another 12 or so shots to go.
They all more or less came off as planned. One or two busted when they bounced, even after the addition of old car tires below where I was blasting.
Prak, good to his word, showed us a huge pile of 1.25” thick sawn quartzite slabs that were rejected for mostly cosmetic reasons. It takes a bit of math, a bit of doing, and a lot of C-4 to extract slabs enough to line our fire pit from stem to stern, top to bottom.
Once installed, the pit was a tad less wide, a bit less deep, and a smidge less long, but it was the only Precambrian-quartzite lined bar-be-que pit in this or any other known galaxy.
We celebrated the initial fire up with whiskey and hors-d'oeuvres. I stuck with vodka, ice, lime, citrus stuff, and a Jamaican cigar.
The pit flared from the amount of dry wood we initially used. It burned very quickly into a pile of glowing embers. Now, we added some local lump charcoal and popped on the top, now sporting an exhaust chimney with a rather large, intrinsically-safe, unusually commercial-looking dual-temperature thermometer that somehow just appeared out of the ether.
We took it all the way up to 1,000C. Although it was designed for ‘low and slow’, we wanted to see how it would perform under alternative conditions.
We let it simmer for a few hours, then decided to kill the fire by closing the iris valve. Thus deprived of oxygen, given a few hours, the pit would be cold to the touch.
The next day, we opened the pit and shoveled out the dead embers. The pit was well and truly cold. Upon examination, it seems that the quartzite had fused to the sand on the outside of the pit. Also, sand had filtered down into the cracks around the pit, like in the corners, along joints, and been fused there as well.
The damn thing would now hold water if we wanted. We had a natural glass-lined fire pit now. We decided to try out some racked & stacked chickens first before we slowly made our way pig-ward.
We staked split chickens out on various levels in the pit. We had worked up a series of adjustable metal frames where we could lay the staked-out poultry. The racks popped right in place and after a couple of hours, hey presto bar-be-qued peri-peri chicken. And hot-butter roasted chicken. And for the uninitiated, roast chicken with smoked Hungarian paprika and Indian ghee. A real Iron Chef fusion-style mixture.
Liam and I took his Grady White out on the Persian Gulf and managed a couple of dorados, or Mahi, a largish shark, and a couple of kingfish off the deeper shipping banks. Fileted up and tacked in place, we played around with the smoking woods. Mango was just weird. Fig was weirder, almost vinegary; but not terrible. Pomegranate/tangerine tree smoked Mahi, seasoned shark steak, and Kingfish was the hit of the week. So easy, yet so tasty. It went well with Es’ famous Navajo Fry Bread.
We were gaining confidence. Prof. Pinkus’ days were numbered. We decided that the Eid al Fitr would be the time that we’d been preparing our porky pit pig production.
How’s that for cultural sensitivity? Break the Ramadan fast with a pig roast.
We’re all about cultural sensitivity.
Anyways, we hemmed and hawed over the methods of dispatching our soon-to-be-delicious 325 pounds of Professor Pinkus.
One wag suggested we have it OD on tranquilizers, trip him out a la Heath Ledger. Use loads of Nytol®, Dramamine™, oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, alprazolam, and doxylamine."
It was straight out of the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers©.
We all agreed it was funny as hell, but that it probably wouldn’t work.
Then we thought we might go all Halal, just slit the pig’s throat with a very sharp knife, and let it bleed out.
Rejected as to being too thrashing, too noisy, too Arabic, and just plain uncivilized.
I thought I could get hold of a 12 gauge shotgun and some Foster Deer slugs. But again, noisy and messy. Besides, I’d have to borrow a shotgun, and that might raise some eyebrows.
We’ve managed to keep Prof. Pinkus under wraps now for almost 3 months. Hate to blow it right before the feasting was to begin.
In the end, all it took was an 18-pound maul and a solid whack to the right side of the head.
More sensitive viewers might want to skip a dozen or so paragraphs ahead. Just fair warning™.
I was elected to deliver the coup de grâce.
After walloping a bound and gagged Prof. Pinkus upside the head and basically caving in the skull, severing the skull-spinal cord connection at the atlas/axis connection, it was instant lights-out, he felt nothing.
We had already apologized to Prof. Pinkus, and thanked him for his contribution.
Seldom before has lunch ever been so noble.
Prof. Pinkus freezes and collapse, the legs give way, and the neck goes rigid. We picked up the extraordinarily sharp butcher’s knife sitting there, one hand under the chin and pull the head back. The other hand takes the sharp, stout knife under the neck and slices across the neck back to the bone of the vertebrae.
The knife hand loops around to the poll of the head, pushes down and forward while the hand under the chin pulls back and rearwards, so the neck vertebrae connecting tissue cracks. Knife hand back down under the neck, chin hand slides up and a finger hooks into the trachea and slice between the separated vertebrae.
With our previous practice and experience, 10 to 15 seconds from hammer strike to the semi-decapitated head.
Grisly but necessary.
Hanging the beast by its back hocks, well out of sight of any casual interlopers, we bleed the animal out into 5-gallon buckets, saving the precious juice. Vonn and I have visions of homemade blütwurst, blood-n-tongue sausage, and zultze or schwartamaga; lovely, lovely headcheese.
But that’s for later. Vonn gathers the blood in gallon-size freezer zip bags.
Now to scalding the corpse, scraping off the hair and external epidermal debris. We had a tub of boiling water into which Prof. Pinkus went. It was a boring, tedious, annoying repeated dunk-soak-raise-scrape-return until the carcass was clean and smooth and removed of all nasty gunk on the outside.
Now comes the really icky part™, gutting and scraping out the carcass. Before opening the abdominal cavity, it was required to de-bung the animal. Cut around the anus, go in deep but not too, pull the bunghole out, seal with zip ties, and cut and discard. Now the lower GI tract is sealed from leaking when the rest is removed. We also have to remove the male dangly bits in a similar manner as Prof. Pinkus was a boy hog.
Still hanging, we open the hog from sternum to groin, letting gravity aid us in helping Prof. Pinkus literally spill his guts. Right down into a waiting gut-bucket, or galvanized 50-liter steel tub. The chest region is split open further and the lovely and delicious major organs are singly removed by hand. Heart, liver, kidneys, etc., lungs, gall bladder, spleen, pancreas, and a few other organs are discarded.
With that, we open the hog to where it will lay flat on the roasting rack. It is then hosed off and generally cleaned up before we give a good going over.
After it dries, the whole gutted critter is washed in wine. Evidently, it’s a French thing according to Honey Bee.
We wrap the hog in burlap, soak it down in cheap-ass wine and let it sleep 24 hours or so in Liam and Cassandra’s freezer chest.
The next day, the fire is started in the fire pit. We have lump charcoal, bucket after bucket of fruit tree chunks soaking in water and probably half a rick of firewood to keep the party going the next 24-36 hours.
We retrieve Prof. Pinkus from his cool, not frozen state, say hello and proceed to arrange him staked to the cooking frame in a belly-down, butterflied posture. Internally, he was well seasoned with dry rub after the obligatory internal rubdown with Napoleon brandy. We placed 40 garlic bulbs, kosher sea salt, olive oil, black pepper, and liberal amounts of Old Bay, to taste beneath him.
So, it was up to me to get the external goo ready for the pig. Kansas City-Style Sauce? Eastern North Carolina Vinegar Sauce? South Carolina-Style Mustard Sauce? Piedmont or Lexington-Style Dip? South Carolina-Style Mustard Sauce? Texas-Style Mop or Basting Sauce? Alabama White Sauce? Wisconsin Drunken Religious Experience Sauce?
“Ah, the hell with it!”, I venture, “Sauces come much later. Too early; they caramelize, crystallize, and burn. We’ll go for a good rub instead.”
I mean, who doesn’t enjoy a good rub now and again?
Anyways, which fucking rub? Kansas City Rib Rub? Mustard Rub? Spare Rib Rub? Memphis-Style Rib Rub? Porker's Rib Seasoning? Best Odds Rib Rub? Carolina Dry Rub? Texas Dry Rub? Jamaican Jerk Dry Rub? Classic Pork Dry Rub?
Too much choice! Seasoning overload!
I call over everyone involved in this little soiree and instruct them to come up with a rub we can all enjoy. I had to kill and gut the critter, it’s about time I go all Subsurface Manager, and delegate out some parts of this project.
So, over beer, G&T’s, vodka and lime soda and various Froggy wines, ‘my’ crew came up with a rub that was simple, tasty and ironically reflects some of the culinary aspects of the region we’re currently defiling.
• Smoked Hungarian Red paprika
• Brown sugar
• Caster sugar
• Black pepper
• Kosher salt
• Cayenne pepper
• White pepper
• Chili pepper
• Dehydrated garlic
• Dehydrated onion
• Fenugreek
• Red Cardamom
• Turmeric
• Ginger
• Garam masala (Cumin, Coriander, Green and Black Cardamom, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Cloves, Bay leaves, Peppercorns, Fennel, Mace, and dried Chilies.)
They went to the co-op, bought buckets of the individual spices and played the rest of the day at getting to that one perfect combination for our resting porker.
I don’t remember the exact breakdown of the proportion of the spices, but whatever it was, it tasted brilliant. Now we had about 8 or 9 pounds of the stuff. We were ready to go.
Prof. Pinkus was set on the cooking rack, belly open and down. He was doused internally once again liberally with cheap Indian Napoleon brandy and secured to the rack atop all the garlic, celeriac root, boudin, and small new potatoes.
He was tied in place with heavy organic hemp twine and had his mouth propped open to facilitate circulation of the pit’s heat and convection. He looked very Pink Floydian. One almost expected him to take flight.
The exterior of the porker was treated to a nice rubdown. I swear I saw him smile once or twice when Honey Bee insisted on a sensual massage to make the resultant meat that much more tender. Olive oil infused with lime oil and garlic after a thorough wash with more brandy. Followed by a liberal rubbing of dry rub.
Finally, ready to go, we tented the porker loosely with industrial-strength silver aluminum foil. The frame with its cargo was lowered and locked into place for at least 24 hours. Probably closer to 36, as we’re going ‘low and slow’.
We take turns, between hands of poker, cribbage, and Schafskopf, as well as numerous G&Ts, Yorshs, and vodka and lime drink cocktails, to check on our prized porker. We kept the temperature right at 2050 F as best we could.
The voluminous smoke coming off the barbeque pit was our one concern. It packed an amazing aroma and filtered around the whole compound, dragging in expectant pikers, leeches, and other forms of human ectoparasites.
We told them we were smoking a whole camel, Texas-style, a la filét de hump, and wouldn’t be ready for another couple of days; so piss off. That seemed to get rid of all but the most insistent. We finally got rid of him by using a leaf blower and directing a stream of high-velocity roast-pork laden smoke his direction each time we had to add more fuel to the fire.
Time marched on and the time finally came: the deep internal ham’s temperature hit 180 degrees F.
Prof. Pinkus was ready to make his debut. But first, we needed to get him out of the barbeque pit and over to Vonn’s garage to rest a while.
More futzing, more aluminum foil, and more beers later, Prof. Pinkus, in all his delectable roasted glory was cooling out from atop a pair of sawhorses. Of course, he had to rest after his ordeal, but that didn’t mean we couldn’t manage a few samples.
He was done to a turn. It was incredible. Crispy-crunchy-crackly over lean, moist and insanely flavorful meat. Not bad for a bunch of bumbling international mugs on their first Middle Eastern pig-roast pit-roast endeavor.
Everyone made up their own version of sauce for sandwiches and dipping. We decided that we’d never all agree on one sauce, and 4 or 5 on one porker would be just too damn many.
So, please yourself. Just do it, yourself.
Behind closed doors, Liam and I were once again elected to reduce Prof. Pinkus to primary parts. We were hopefully disguising the fact that here sits 185 pounds of delectable roast pork in a very Muslim country on one of their highest holy days.
So it was a bit unnerving when Sheik Gungan showed up and asked: “What was that wonderful aroma?”
We said smoked beef…lamb…camel…turducken…Tyrannosaur… anything other than what it really was.
He asked for a sample.
What could we do? We couldn’t well refuse now, could we?
We gave him some of the best bits to try.
“Lovely, gents, just lovely. Next time, for reference, more garam masala, and a little more rosemary. I find it really brings out the subtle flavors of pork.” He smiled, wiping his pork-sticky fingers on my HGGTG towel.
“You old fraud”, we all smiled at once.
“What?”, he shied, raising his eyebrows, “It’s for scientific evaluation purposes. It’s therefore allowed. Now, do you have any cold beer, gin-n-tonics, or vodka and lime, which I’m hearing is very nice together, that I might also scientifically sample?” he smiled toothily through his long white beard.
We had made another powerful friend. Although it cost us one smoked Boston Butt, actually off the shoulder, that’s butcher’s for you, and a half a liter of homemade Texas-style barbeque sauce and another of Esme’s homemade fennel and caraway-infused coleslaw.
Everyone on the cul-de-sac now had a freezer full of pit-roasted pork. The Brits got their sausage once Vonn and Liam figured out how to use the Osterizer® Stuffing Horn. That was almost as much fun as doing the pit-barbeque. Never leave to Brits what Baja Canadians can better do.
We distributed the bacon and hams, and the rest divided whatever was left. Which was a lot of pit-roasted pig pieces and parts.
The bones made their way into gaily wrapped gifts and were posted anonymously to Mr. Guano Insano. We hoped he appreciated all our effort.
I used Esme’s great-grandmother’s old German recipe for Headcheese. Basically, boiled smoked pork head meat in aspic jelly. With dill pickles. And pickled eggs. With special spices.
Well, I don’t give a shit. We like it.
Anyways, summer slowly slid south and the temperatures during the day got slightly more tolerable. Liam and I decided to forego his boat for a while, as launching and recollecting required us to put Liam’s boat in the water HERE and recover the boat THERE. It was trucked, via road, from the recovery place to the launch place.
Why? Damnifweknow.
It only cost something like US$5 to ship the boat back to the launch area and they actually did a good job hosing and steam cleaning the boat before parking it back in its rental dry dock. These were still the early days before gas was king in Qutur, so things were still ridiculously cheap. There were exactly 3 high rise hotels back then, as compared to the insane silhouette presented by Duhu’s current evening sun.
I had flown over some likely looking flats that might hold snook, grouper, and tarpon on my last flight back from the rig. I translated that onto whatever road maps we could find here, as most everything was a state secret, ground verification was a must.
Liam and I tossed a couple of surf rods, a cooler full of beer and some bait into the back of his new diesel Mitsobitchy Prago™, and we were off to the north of town, the least developed chunk of Duhu real estate to date.
We drove down a rip-rap road that was more just a pile of random rocks trucked into the bay area and dumped into something that resembled a straight line.
I was less than confident that we weren’t going swimming today, but Liam relished every bounce, bolt and jolt. He confided in me that one of the big reasons he took the job here in the Middle East was that he’d never in a million years be able to afford a truck like this back in bonny Scotland™. He confided that he couldn’t have even afforded the fuel for this diesel-slurper back in the UK, it was that dear.
So, down the path we rebound. I was watching the water on both sides of the narrow groin, and saw it was getting deeper, but very slowly. I looked at my GPS and saw that we’d driven some 3.5 km out to sea at this point.
“Liam”, I said, “That’s a fuck of a long way to reverse.”
“Ah, Rock”, Liam assured me, “ No worries, Doctor. It’s all a loop. We can just drive our way out of any trouble.”
I remained unconvinced.
We came to a breach in the ‘jetty’. There was some heavy marine equipment mounted on barges. They were working a large cut, ostensibly for cargo ships to pass through. There was to be a swing-bridge built after they cleared the channel, but with all these loose rocks, it was putting paid to their scheme.
We parked and wandered over to who appeared to be the head guy.
“G’Day”, “Liam says, “What’ the big fucking holdup? We’ve got fish to catch, mate.”
Liam had previously spent a few years down in Australia as if it didn’t show.
“Oh, hello”, the natty clad black man said, “We’re having a bit of a time with loose rocks here. Supposed to be angular to lock in place, but by the time they get here from the quarry, they’re a sharp as bowling balls.”
I introduced myself and Liam as he was back in the boot snaking a beer. The black feller introduced himself as Zafir Djaballah, a civil engineer late from Algeria.
“So”, I said to Zafir, “If I’ve got this straight, you cut a channel and want to line it with rip rap. But the rocks won’t stay put. How deep are you cutting and what’s the size of the channel?”
“Oh, 35’ east-west, 15’ north-south. About 15 meters deep.” He relates.
“And the road metal? Where’s that from?” I ask.
“Arabia”, he tells us, “They quarry it there and transport it here. It’s costly, but that’s about the only option we have.”
Liam looks to Zafir. “Hey, Zafir?”, Liam asks, “Y’ken who this guy is?” as he points to me.
Zafir shakes his head “I just met Dr. Rock.”
“That’s not all who he is”, Liam smiles widely, “That, my friend, is the Motherfucking Pro from Dover! If he can’t fix your little problem, he can damn sure make it go away…”
Zafir looks to me as if to ask: “What the fuck, sir?”
“Well, Zafir, “ I say, “I’m a bit of a dab hand with explosives. This sounds like a really simple problem. Drill a grid of 2 meter centered holes, and prime them with a waterproof explosive. Detonate together electrically and there you go. Channel dug and already filled with angular limestone blocks. Easy-peasy.”
Zafir looks over the water and puzzles and puzzles.
“But sir’, he says, “Where would I find such explosives and such expertise?”
“Well…for starters”, I said, “You could ask me.”
He leads us over to a company trailer, where Liam and I drank beers, smoked cigars and told the superintendent of our plans. The Egyptian superintendent, Qaaid al-Zahra, later ‘Randy’ (Quaid?…never mind) scrutinized all our identification. He was actually very impressed when he came across my Blaster’s credentials.
“Doctor”, Qaaid said, “I do like your plan. The drilling is no problem, the problem is obtaining the explosives.”
“Look, Qaaid”, I said, “Leave that to me. You’re working for a government company, I’m working for a government company. What difference does it make? How long to drill the grid of holes Liam and I laid out?”
“Oh, probably about a week”, Qaaid said.
“OK, how about this?”, I said, “Liam and I will be back out here unless the weather’s being stupid and we’ll set and prime the charges? After which, we’ll make certain everything’s green and blow this little project for you?”
“If you can, Inshallah.”, Qaaid said.
“Even if we’re out of shallah”, I said back to Randy.
That Sunday, after Liam backed us down the 3.6 km or bouncy un-turn-around-able path he drove us out on, I ordered some Kinepax liquid binaries, as it came in easy-to-use 1-meter threaded lengths in various diameters. Qaaid was drilling 3.5” diameter holes, so the 3.00” nominal OD threaded length would be a breeze. I ordered a couple of spools of shock tube, comb connectors, deflectors, and tie-ins, and a 25 kilo box of ‘Elephant Shit’.
We make sure each hole was blown clean with a high-pressure water hose. Since the water here was only 8 meters deep, we could get by with regular lightweight skin diving gear. I could leave my wetsuit, diver’s helmet and all that heavy-duty ice-diving gear at home for this trip.
Liam and I would pre-form the charges, each exactly 6 meters in length, to match the depth of the drilled holes. Individual 1-meter units just screwed together, pin and box style, it was the utmost in simplicity. Rather like Seismogel™, but packed a considerably higher wallop. All told, we would be setting off some 36 nodal points, each 6 meters deep with 6 meters of binary which weighed 5.3 kg/meter.
Turn the crank and we’d be planting approximately 1,145 kilograms or 2,524 pounds of high-energy binary explosive.
Hmph. A new personal record.
Like Guinness even cared.
So, once we got the high sign from Randy that the shot holes had been drilled and cleaned, the next part of the project was up to us.
We were both PADI-certified. Liam had done some oilfield related diving in the North Sea some years ago. I was a veteran of the Ice Wars from the days of Future Passed back in Baja Canada.
The waters here were calm, gin-clear, and warm.
The dives here weren’t work, this was a paid vacation.
I had liberated a trailer for all our pyrotechnics and Liam was elected to use his Prago as the tow vehicle. We bounded our way out to the Liam’s Pass, as we had dubbed it, with a work trailer containing some 2,750 pounds of high powered, binary explosives bouncing behind. I also had all my explosives paraphernalia there as well: new waterproof galvanometer, which in and of itself, is rather the achievement. Pliers, spare batteries, couple pair of blaster’s tools, the usual.
Lia and I had our dive gear in the back of his Prago.
A couple of single tanks, backpacks, regulators, hoses, and a few belts full of divers weights.
These must have been of Islamic origin as they are specifically prohibited by the Bible. Deuteronomy 25:13, “Thou shalt not have on thy belt divers weights, a great and a small.” And Proverbs 20:23, “Divers weights are an abomination unto the LORD; and a false balance is not good.
Why there should be proscriptions against SCUBA gear in ancient, desert-dwelling, shepherding Iron Age writings is what keeps Biblical Scholars up at night.
Although I agree, a false balance underwater keeps your Swimmer’s Ear from healing up.
At the pass, we park and call over for a half-dozen ‘helpers’. They were nominal employees of the company, but more indentured servants. Today, they were going to earn their water wings. We had a couple of large pneumatic rafts that we’d use to transport he charges to their final water resting site but damned if Liam and I are going to swim laps every time we needed to set a new charge.
So, indoctrination and Explosives For Dummies.
Safety first, second and last.
Who here can swim?
You guys can stay. OK, the rest of you blokes, bugger off.
Here’s the deal, Sparky. There are 36 lengths of Kinestix with primers already set. Those go last, as that’s where I tie in to detonate. The rest of the 1-meter long tubes are identical. Pin on one end, box on the other. Thread them together and use a single ‘O-ring’ between each. Snug them up good and tight, but don’t go too crazy. Those are binary liquids, and I’ll give them a good smack with a hammer before they go into the hole. I really only have to do the last one as once initiated, these liquids can mix in milliseconds, but I’m all for safety and doing things right the first time.
OK, so, one raft will carry the 36 initiators, that is, the last bits to go. The other rafts will carry the 5-meter long strings of connected explosives. Liam and I will be down on bottom and you guys just stay up on surface, dog paddling or treading water, but slowly feeding the lengths of tubing down to us. When you reach an end, pop on one of the other lengths, the one with the primer.
To be continued.
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2020.02.13 06:01 whirlpool4 Events for Thu 2/13 - Sun 2/16

it's that time, boys and girls. hope you're able to find something grand to do for Valentine's Day as well.
** All weekend *\*
Valentine's/Anniversary Weekend; Boxi Park Lake Nona
Thursday, Feb 13 -- Lati-2 (Latin Night) 6:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb 14 -- SoundUp 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb 15 --Adam & Beav 1 p.m. -- The Naked Cupcake Truck 6 p.m. -- Chasing Amy 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 16 -- Claire Vandiver 1 p.m. -- The Sunday Vibe 5 p.m.
** Thu 2/13 *\*
3p - 8p: Pre-Valentine's Day Market; Orlando Brewing, 1301 Atlanta Ave, Orlando, Florida 32806; Our Pre-Valentine's Day Market is a great place to get your last minute gift for that special someone, or a great excuse for a date on a Thursday! We have an excellent list of vendors, food, and live music for you to enjoy as you peruse the various booths. Each purchase from a vendor will get you $2 off a beer and entry in a raffle for the chance to win a date night at the brewery! Shop, drink, eat, and support local.
5p - 10p: Treat Yourself S'mores Night; The Thirsty Topher, 601 Virginia Dr, Orlando, Florida 32803; Wondermade's amazing Marshmallows are featured in our Treat Yourself S'mores Pairing. We will have a variety of s'mores combos and a paired suggestion. Hang out while we fire up your decadent sandwich!! This event is first come, first serve and ends when supplies run out!
5:30p - 7:30p: For the Love of Dogs; Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi, 7972 Via Dellagio Way, Orlando, Florida 32819; We're starting the Valentine's Day celebration early and inviting all dog lovers out to the patio for a dog-friendly celebration! Leash up your four-legged furry friends and come sample our new doggo's only patio menu with three signature dog-safe items to choose from. Whether your best-friend chooses the Chicken & Rice, the Fish Scramble, or the poochie favorite—Bangers and Mash, we guarantee your pup will love his or her treat. But, this party isn't just about food, it's also to benefit a great cause—The Pug Rescue of Florida. In addition to our donation of $1 from every doggy dish served, our fantastic sponsoring partners will be providing even more incentives to help raise money for the Pug Rescue.
> Our good friends from Woof Gang Bakery will be on hand passing out doggie goodie bags with complimentary treats and grooming supplies*
> Elizabeth Ashlea Pet Portraits will be on-site with an instaworthy background perfect for pics to let your pup make all the boys and girls in the yard jealous of their jet-set night out on the town
> The Pug Rescue of Florida will be on hand to raffle out various gifts and prizes, and they're setting up their world-renowned Pug Kissing booth, so don't miss your chance to kiss a pug for charity!
You're probably already making plans to join us, but just in case we wanted you to know...we're taking care of the humans too! For every doggy dish purchased, our friends at Kirin want to gift you a complimentary Kirin Draft. We can all toast to that!
6p - 9p: 8th Annual Galentine's Day Celebration!; Redlight Redlight, 2810 Corrine Dr, Orlando, Florida 32803; Galentine's Day is only one of the best days of the year! What a treat that this February 13th will be our eighth year celebrating! C'mon out and bring all of your best ladies and celebrate with us! Festivities begin at 6pm. DRINK: Enjoy $2 off glasses of wine & champagne for you to cheers the wonderful women in your life. EATS: Savories by the lovely Chef Jes Tantalo. Sweets by Buttermilk Bakery and Kelly's Homemade Ice Cream. SHOP: Treat yo'self and your best gals to local loveliness all while supporting some of our favorite female business owners in Orlando! Hey gents, this is also an opportunity for you to snag gifts for your ladies with a beer in hand, just in time for Valentine's Day! What is Galentine's Day? Basically, it's like Valentine's Day, only instead of celebrating the love you have for your significant other, you spend it with your best girlfriends, who are, after all, your soul mates, and therefore deserve a holiday all to themselves, too. Where to Park: There is lots of available parking at the Audubon Park school directly behind us! There is a walkway that will lead you to our back entrance.
6p - 9p: Galentine's Day; B Nice Orlando, 151 East Washington Street, Orlando, Florida 32801; What's Galentine's Day? It's only the best day of the year! Ladies, join us at B Nice Orlando for an evening that's all about celebrating your best friendships! There will be light bites, libations, pop-up shops and more! Need more incentive? A portion of the proceeds will help support the 10th Annual Wine Women and Shoes Orlando, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida's largest fundraiser of the year. More information and tickets can be found at www.wwsorlando.org.
6p - 10p: Galentine's & Valentine's Day Dessert & Beer Pairing; RockPit Brewing, 10 W Illiana St, Orlando, Florida 32806; What happens when we team up with world-class Chef, Chef Bob Aungst, to have him whip up some desserts for our Valentine's Day Dessert Pairing? You end up a with world-class dessert and beer pairing you won't find anywhere else this Valentine's Day. Starting off with "Ball & Strikes" a "beerbon" ball made and paired with our Imperial Gold Strike Golden Stout. A Golden Stout aged with Coconut, Chocolate, Vanilla and Coffee. We then move on to Black Velvet, a raspberry black forest cake paired with Velvet Whispers our Raspberry & Chocolate Berliner. Finally, we end the pairing with "PROOF's in the PUDDING". A bread pudding made with our Blackstrap Con Leche stout, paired with a very special version of our Blackstrap Con Leche aged with Chef Bob's Bourbon Barrel Aged coffee beans. Three very unique desserts paired with three very unique beers. This pairing is self-directed. Meaning you'll enjoy the pairing and focus on each other, the beer and the desserts. You don't need us bothering you while you enjoy this.
6p - 11p: 2nd Annual Galentine's Day Celebration!; Castle Church Brewing, 6820 Hoffner Ave., Orlando, Florida 32822; -Register for our Beer and Chocolate tasting at 7PM with Chris in the Lounge. Only $15 per person (Beer included)! Email [email protected] to RSVP...only 25 seats available! -Ladies get BOGO drafts all night long -There will be sushi specials out back fpr the whole weekend starting this night
6p - 12a: Galentine's Day; The Cloak & Blaster, 875 Woodbury Rd, Ste 108, Orlando, Florida 32828; "What's Galentine's Day? Oh, it's only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just kick it ... Ladies celebrating ladies." - Leslie Knope, personal hero (Parks and Recreation) It's time for our fifth annual Galentine's Day when we get together to celebrate the wonderful ladies in our lives! So join us with your gal pals and treat yourself to a special menu, cocktails, and treats for all Galentine's reserved parties. (Complimentary Galentine reservations are now available through our website, https://www.cloakandblaster.com/reserve, with your requested time and party size. Please indicate GALENTINE'S DAY in the notes.)
6:30p - 7:30p: Valentine's Couples Class - Introduction to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu; Orlando Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 28 W Michigan St, Orlando, Florida 32806; For a different kind of date night, bring in your significant other for a lighthearted lesson into Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Your favorite OBJJ couple, Tito and Shivani, will be teaching some partner drills and introductory techniques. Don’t worry you will only have to partner with the person you came with. Stay after for some sweet treats too! This class is open to the community and best of all, FREE! No experience required. This class is specifically for beginners. Normal workout attire will do.
7p: I Choose You Beer Pairing Event!; Player 1 Video Game Bar, 8562 Palm Pkwy, Orlando, Florida 32836; I Choose You Valentines Candy and Beer pairing. 10 Beers (3oz each), 10 Candies. $20 Per person Or $35.00 For Two! (*\* please see event page for more info **)
7p - 9p: Galentine's Day Party presented by The Kitty Beautiful; The Kitty Beautiful: A Cat Cafe - Downtown Orlando, 360 State Lane, Orlando, Florida 32801; "What’s Galentine’s Day? Oh, it’s only the best day of the year. Every February 13, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst." - Leslie Knope. So, we may not have frittatas, but we've got the three next best things, wine, chocolate and cats! Join us at The Kitty Beautiful for a celebration of the things that make life worth living, and make it even more special by doing that with your friends.
For just $25, you get:
* A wonderful selection of chocolate delicacies baked just for us by Jess of Batter Designs Bakery. White chocolate raspberry, milk chocolate ganache, salted caramel and dark chocolate with sea salt, and chocolate covered strawberries are going to be available, and perhaps some other surprises!
* What's chocolate without wine? Enjoy a wine for each selection selected by Russell Trahan, former Sommelier of Club 33 in Disneyland. A sparkling white wine, a buttery chardonnay, a fruity pinor noir, perhaps even a tasty sauvignon....you'll see what Russell has selected for you and he'll be there to explain why.
* And of course, you get to play with up to a dozen free roaming cats in our cat area for up to two hours. Play board games, sketch a cat, or just relax and enjoy the kitty cuddles.
We'll also have the rest of our menu available, in case you wanted a latte, kombucha, grilled cheese, avocado toast, or anything else we offer.
Reservations can be made now at https://thekittybeautiful.as.me/galentines -- we have limited space so don't wait too long!
7p - 9p: Charity Bingo - The Barber Fund; Hamburger Mary Orlando, 110 W Church St, Orlando, Florida 32801; We have a very special night planned as we work to raise money for The Barber Fund, an amazing local charity that assists those battling cancer by paying for living expenses so they can concentrate on healing. Trixie Deluxxe hosts the evening, so expect a lot of fun, laughs, and prizes too. Seating at 7pm, with Bingo starting at 7:30pm. Reserve your table at 321-319-0600
7p - 9p: Galentine's Day Paint Night; GB's Bottle Shop and Tasting Bar, 531 Virginia Dr, Orlando, Florida 32803; Celebrate Valentine's Eve with a laid back paint night, hosted by Pop-Up Picassos. We're painting a plant still life on canvas. Cost is $20/ painter, or $25 includes bottomless mimosas (paying tribute to Leslie's fave meal-- breakfast). Also included, a waffle snack. Yum! Please sign up in advance, either at the Shop or with Pop-Up Picassos (link below).
** Fri 2/14 *\*
3p - 12a: Sideward VDAY Dessert & Beer Pairings; Sideward Brewing Co., 210 N Bumby, Orlando, Florida 32803; Bring your date by for a night cap - we're offering a couple special house made dessert items with accompanying pours of specialty beers.
4p - 12a: Valentine's Day AXE THROWING; Axe On Axe Off - Axe Throwing Venue, 1355 Sand Lake Road, Orlando, Florida 32809; Are you looking for something fun to do with your Valentine this Valentine's Day?? Are you Single and want to let out some aggression or possibly meet someone new??? Well Axe throwing is the perfect activity to do on Valentine's day for both couples or singles!!! Come check out Orlando's largest and highest rated Axe throwing venue Axe On Axe Off! We are conveniently located directly across from the Florida Mall! Our Valentine's Day Special is 2 people throw for 1 hour for just $45!! Must redeem by registering on our website www.axeonaxeoff.com and use the coupon code: V_Dayaxe20 (offer not valid for Walk-ins)
5:30p - 8:30p: Valentine's Day Sunset Paddle; Lake Life Paddle, Belle Isle; Tired of the usual over-priced Valentine's Day dinner with the long wait? Looking for a fun Valentine's Day Adventure that's outside the box? Come join us for a gorgeous sunset paddle session on Lake Conway. No experience? No problem. You can learn a new skill together or you can choose to kayak. You will paddle through a Cypress Tree lined canal out to middle Lake Conway. The historic Nela Bridge is our destination where you'll watch the sun go down and the sky turn colors as the evening sets in. We'll provide a light snack of chocolate covered strawberries on the water and our guides will have beer, wine and water to share. 5:30 to 7:00 pm After paddling back to our home location, we'll sit and enjoy a bonfire by the canal. Tiki torches will line the water and we'll have music playing. Dinner will be provided by Mama Mia's Pizza, some of the best pizza in South Orlando. Each couple will receive a complimentary bottle of champagne. Every paddler receives a Valentine's day Rose 7:00 to 8:30.
$50 Valentine's Day Adventure Includes: -Rental of Paddleboard or Kayak and all equipment -Lesson and guided tour with instructors -2 Slices of New York Style Mama Mia's Pizza -1 bottle of complimentary champagne per couple -One Red Rose (*\* please see event page for more info **)
6p - 12a: Galentine's & Valentine's Day Dessert & Beer Pairing; RockPit Brewing, 10 W Illiana St, Orlando, Florida 32806; What happens when we team up with world-class Chef, Chef Bob Aungst, to have him whip up some desserts for our Valentine's Day Dessert Pairing? You end up a with world-class dessert and beer pairing you won't find anywhere else this Valentine's Day. Starting off with "Ball & Strikes" a "beerbon" ball made and paired with our Imperial Gold Strike Golden Stout. A Golden Stout aged with Coconut, Chocolate, Vanilla and Coffee. We then move on to Black Velvet, a raspberry black forest cake paired with Velvet Whispers our Raspberry & Chocolate Berliner. Finally, we end the pairing with "PROOF's in the PUDDING". A bread pudding made with our Blackstrap Con Leche stout, paired with a very special version of our Blackstrap Con Leche aged with Chef Bob's Bourbon Barrel Aged coffee beans. Three very unique desserts paired with three very unique beers. This pairing is self-directed. Meaning you'll enjoy the pairing and focus on each other, the beer and the desserts. You don't need us bothering you while you enjoy this.
6p - 2a: Valentine's Day Pajama Party; The Cloak & Blaster, 875 Woodbury Rd, Ste 108, Orlando, Florida 32828; It's Valentine's Day, and per tradition, we're celebrating romance (or your loathing of it) with comfortable pajamas, all-night cartoons, and brunch-inspired specials! We've incorporated some of our favorite breakfast items into the menu for the night, and we're offering a casual, laid-back twist on Valentine's Day - perfect for couples or anyone simply looking for something to do on another random Friday. Reservations are recommended for large groups / private dates to guarantee space. Please head to our website at www.cloakandblaster.com/reserve to book your complimentary table.
6:30p - 10p: Valentines Day Movie Night at The Nook; The Nook on Robinson, 2432 E. Robinson St, Orlando, Florida 32803; Free Movie Fridays presents: 90s Rom Com Double Feature. Films will be screened in our back lot! Seating will begin at 6:30 pm
7pm: Never Been Kissed (Drew Barrymore is a babyfaced journalist looking to make her big break happen. So she goes undercover as a student in high school. Things get complicated when she starts to fall for her high school teacher though. I guess there were no ethical issues with age of consent in 1999.)
8:30pm: 10 Things I Hate About You (An adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew, Julia Stiles plays Kat. She is smart and abrassive, and since this is still a 90s comedy, that means she doesn’t really attract the boys. Through a series of hilarious events Kat is put into a position where she needs to decide if she will date the effortlessly charming new guy, Patrick (played by a young Heath Ledger). What will she do!? Will she let her guard down long enough to find true high school love?)
Bring chairs as seating will be limited. Food from Gringos Locos, Iron Cow, Badass Sandwich, or anywhere you'd like is welcome! Outside drinks are not. Beer, Wine, Hard Seltzer, Cider, and Non alcoholic beverages available inside The Nook. No cover // 21+. A Valentine's day dance will begin immediately after screenings.
7p - 9p: Modern Love: Pitch-Your-Friend; Ivanhoe Park Brewing Company, 1300 Alden Road, Orlando, Florida 32803; If you're looking for love — or just trying to help/laugh with a romantically frustrated friend — come join Pulptown and Ivanhoe Park Brewing for our hilarious new dating show, Modern Love: Pitch-Your-Friend. First things first, we'll "break the ice" with a new can release from Ivanhoe Park Brewing. (More info on that coming soon!) Then we'll invite locals to "pitch" a single friend of theirs to the crowd. They'll give a five-minute presentation on why their friend makes for a perfect date, then hand the show over to the audience for a quick Q&A before the single friend is sent back into the wild to a sea of prospective suitors. 😍 Do you have that friend who can't seem to find the love they deserve? Put them up on the dating block and submit an application here (https://forms.gle/euPF31HiL6FVmQkA6) to tell us why they are so great! Submissions will be accepted through February 7th. Looking for a date, or just a laugh? Grab a ticket and come join the fun. This event is open to people of all gender and sexual identities looking for love.
7p - 9p: Valentine's Day Beer Dinner; Orlando Brewing, 1301 Atlanta Ave, Orlando, Florida 32806; Get your tickets now for our very exclusive Valentine's Day Beer Dinner in the brewery! For $35 per person you will get a pre-fixed 3 course menu with options for the main course. The Menu is as follows: Garden Salad - a mix of romaine lettuce & spring mix topped with carrots, cucumber & tomatoes. Served with ranch dressing. Your choice of Salmon or NY strip steak sitting on a bed of asparagus spears and served with a side of fingerling potatoes. Lemon Panna Cotta - a creamy citrus panna cotta topped with mixed berries coated in a honey grand marnier gastrique. After dinner ends there will, as always, be live music outside in our beer garden. Enjoy a night under the stars with your special someone.
7p - 10p: Valentine's Concert; Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N Forest Ave, Orlando, Florida 32803; Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Leu Gardens! A special Valentine’s Concert on Friday, February 14, 2020 from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. featuring: Dave Capp Project, Slickwood, Mud Rooster Blues. Pack dinner picnic full of your favorite foods and drink, alcohol is permitted, and bring seating, either chairs or blanket for this amazing outdoor concert (click for Event Map). Advance Tickets on sale Wednesday, January 29, 2020 – online only. Advance tickets can only be purchased online. Sales tax and online fees apply. Tickets are available until sold out. Advance Admission: $15 per person (*\* please see event page for more info **)
7p - 11p: Kill Cupid Party at DLBC; Dead Lizard Brewing Company, 4507 36th St, Orlando, Florida 32811; Single this Valentine's Day? Don't want to celebrate the hallmark love holiday? Come to Dead Lizard, we will be your Anti-Valentine's Day Dates! Buy a fellow anti-love day patron a beer and get your beer on the house! Single? We want to show you some craft beer love! Get BOGO FREE Crowler fills
7p - 2a: Rawr: A Anti V-Day Emo party; Player 1 Video Game Bar, 8562 Palm Pkwy, Orlando, Florida 32836; Drink Specials!! bleeding heart - tyku black sake with sprite and grenadine sinker. box of chocolates shot- geken sake and chocolate syrup. emo music all night! bring out the black and pink and heavy eyeliner for this one night event!
8p - 12a: V-Day Vampire Ball in VAULT 5421!; VAULT 5421, 5421 International Dr, Orlando, Florida 32819; Valentine's Day SUCKS, so join us February 14th, for a Vampire Ball in VAULT 5421! FREE EVENT! Vampire movies & shows such as Only Lovers Left Alive, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Interview with a Vampire, Lost Boys, Castlevania, What We Do In The Shadows, etc playing on our big screens... Try our limited, special blood bag cocktails! Enjoy dark tunes and Cosplay Cage-Dancing by Jacqueline Obsidian! Come in fancy vampire attire to receive 1 FREE SHOT or soda, with your first bar purchase! (Just mention your attire, when you're placing your order at the bar, for your FREE shot or soda.) Everyone dressed for the theme will also receive a 15% OFF storewide!* (20% for our Loyalty VIPs) Come early and enjoy our Happy Hours from 5pm-8pm featuring 20% OFF all drinks, including our themed drink SPECIALS and 100+ bottle selection of mostly craft and import beers, ciders, meads, sakes and wines! (Please note our store Gods & Monsters is All-Ages friendly, but our bar VAULT 5421 is 18+ to enter and 21+ with valid ID to purchase alcoholic beverages.)
8p - 2a: Black Heart Social Club // No. 3; Will's Pub, 1042 N Mills Ave, Orlando, Florida 32803; BLACK HEART SOCIAL CLUB: A Night of Emotional Music. The Black Heart Social Club returns for its third year in a tribute to the saddest songs ever written. Featuring string backed performances of sad pop perfection from Mike Dunn & Co. and a rotating cast of Orlando's favorite voices. Jordan Foley + Luke Wagner + Rachel Decker + Jeni Valtinson + Joshua Jacobs + Mary Hannah Light Butler + Matthew Tonner + Elizabeth Ward and more! With a special EMO COVERS set from Cat Ridgeway / Cat Ridgeway & the Tourists. Valentines Day is for LO_ERS. Come fill in the blank.
10p - 1a: Valentine's Day 80's Prom; Tin Roof Orlando, 8371 International Dr, Ste 100, Orlando, Florida 32819; Party like it's 1989 at Tin Roof for our Valentine's Day Prom feat. the Leonard Brothers Band! Come dressed in your best 80's prom attire!
10p - 2a: Valentines Day Sadie Hawkins Dance; The Nook on Robinson, 2432 E. Robinson St, Orlando, Florida 32803; Sock Hop and Swing are back for another Sadie Hawkins Dance!! Machine Gun Kristin (+ Jeffrey Howard) Returns for an All Vinyl 50/60s era sock hop and swing. Only this time it's Ladies Choice! Come dressed to impress because there will be a free photobooth out back to take couple or stag photos. Come show us your best moves as you hear some of the best the era has to offer! 21+ No Cover
** Sat 2/15 *\*
8a - 10a: 7th Annual Quack Attack on Poverty 5k; Harbor Park at Lake Baldwin, 4990 New Broad St, Orlando, Florida 32814; We're excited to announce Quack Attack 2020 is open for registration! Join our flock at www.quackattack.org and waddle your way through a USATF certified 3.1 mile course featuring a bubble, squirt gun, and quack zone. Registration includes a split ring duck float, t-shirt, and participant medal. #JoinTheDuckSide
9a - 10a: Post Valentine's Day Bootcamp and Beer!; Bootcamp and Beer, 1236 North Orange Avenue, Orlando, Florida 32804; By popular request, we will be doing a bootcamp and beer on Saturday, February 15th at 9 am! More information on the sponsors to come! As usually we will all be heading over to the Hammered Lamb afterwards for food and beer! Ten dollars gets you an hour long workout and a beer!
9:30a - 11a: Puppy Love Paddle & Brunch; Lake Ivanhoe Boat Dock, Orlando, Florida 32804; Show some Valentine's Day love to your best friend with a fun morning on the water and dog friendly brunch afterward. Learn a great new sport with your best friend. No experience is necessary to try this. We have a very calm, friendly way of introducing your dog (and you) to paddling together. Don’t have a dog? That’s ok, come enjoy the day with us.
$30 event fee includes: -All equipment for you and your dog (board, paddle, safety vest). -Lesson and guided tour around Lake Ivanhoe, multiple instructors will make sure you and your dog enjoy your time on the water safely. -Photos of you and your doggo on the water together.
Please use your best judgment. If your dog doesn’t play well with others, you are welcome to schedule a private puppy paddle session. Have your own board or kayak? The event is free. You are welcome to join in the lesson for your pup, tips for your instructor are much appreciated. Stay for an awesome brunch at The Hammered Lamb, a dog friendly restaurant. Have you tried their Bloody Mary Bar? It's the best one in Orlando.
12p: Valentine’s Day Workout; Blue Jacket Park, 2501 General Reese Ave, Orlando, Florida 32814; Come out for our mid month meetup!!! This time we will be doing partner exercises for Valentine’s Day!! As usual kids are welcomed and be ready to work! And no you don’t need to bring a partner in order to workout!!!
12p - 4p: Cupid's Undie Run — Orlando; Elixir Orlando, 9 W Washington St, Orlando, Florida 32801; This February, be part of something great. Cupid’s Undie Run is a “brief” fun run that takes place in the middle of a BIG party. That’s right: party, run (a mile-ish, at your own pace), party – all to find a cure to neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that affects 1 in every 3,000 children born. We encourage undies, but we get that it’s not for everyone, maybe costumes are more your style? So whether you start a team with your friends, join a team, or run solo, just come out, have a blast, and raise some money for NF research!
12p - 5p: 2020 Indie-Folkfest at the Mennello; Mennello Museum of American Art, 900 E Princeton St, Orlando, Florida 32803; The sixth annual Indie-Folkfest at The Mennello Museum of American Art takes place Saturday February 15th from 12 -5. This FREE outdoor festival is our way of celebrating this amazing community in the Valentine's Day spirit, gathering together to support our phenomenal local culinary, musical, and artistic talents. Located in the museum’s sculpture garden, this event is a free family friendly and pet-friendly way to enjoy the arts of Orlando while raising funds to keep programs like this and our Free Family Fundays engaging and inclusive! (*\* please see event page for more info **)
12p - 6p: Booze and Boards Second February Gathering; Redlight Redlight, 2810 Corrine Dr, Orlando, Florida 32803; GAAAAAAAMES, wanna play some? Redlight Redlight calls to us with it's fantastic tables and space, tasty beverages of many kinds, and super nice staff. Let's get together and play games and enjoy the company of other humans beings :D Don't forget to bring games to play of course, or if you want to play a thing that you don't have, make sure to talk about it, and I'm sure one of us will say "Hey! I've got that one, I'll bring it with!" Then they'll forget and we'll all be sad, it'll be great. (*\* please see event page for more info **)
12:30p - 10p: 25th Annual Valencia Film Celebration; Valencia College East Campus, 701 N Econlockhatchee Trail, Orlando, Florida 32825; Each year Valencia College’s nationally recognized and acclaimed Film Program, host an amazing event that showcases some of Valencia’s finest feature films, as well as short films made possible in part by our own film students! The event also serves as a fundraiser for the current Film Students' short film productions! There will be a special even for Alumni at 5 pm! This is an event you don't want to miss! Come out and support the brilliant minds of the future!!!
** Sun 2/16 *\*
11a - 5p: First Annual Charity Flag Football Game; Gordon Barnett Park, Orlando, Florida 32808; Come out and support Michael Hearts Academy as we raise money for the first annual summer camp for individuals with intellectual developmental disabilities. All donations and proceeds will go directly to Michael Hearts Academy.
2p - 5p: Marching Forward Screening; Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd, Orlando, Florida 32801; In honor of Black History Month Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings and the Orange County Regional History Center proudly present a special showing of the award-winning UCF film “Marching Forward.” The recent winner of the Atman Award for Diversity in Film, “Marching Forward” deals with race relations in Orlando during the 1960s and how a love for music united the bands of two high schools: Jones and Edgewater. The film is the fourth that associate professor of history Robert Cassanello and associate professor of film Lisa Mills have made in the past decade along with students in their honors class at the University of Central Florida. It spotlights the efforts of two dedicated band directors — James Wilson of Jones High School and Delbert Kieffner of Edgewater — who were inspired by music to cross color lines in the days of Jim Crow in Florida. This is a free event. Parking is available at the Library Garage, 112 E. Central Blvd.
8p -7a: Low Dough All Night Skate; Astro Skate Orlando, 866 S Goldenrod Rd, Orlando, Florida 32822; Sunday, February 16, 8:00pm - 7:00am, $9.99 (skates extra) The biggest all night skate of the year!
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2020.02.07 15:52 LukeWilsonStupidNose ‘Do you want to do a superhero movie?’ - answers from directors, writers, actors and actresses (2020 update)

I did one of these a couple years ago and people seemed to like it, but I figured it could use an update.
Take these with a grain of salt, of course, this is more for fun than anything. It’s a pretty long post so I’d probably recommend just skimming through for any names you’re interested in.
Pedro Almodóvar
It’s too big for me! I like to see what I’m doing, to direct movies the same day. You have to wait too long to see the results. I like being able to impose my opinion as a director. I’ve made 21 movies. I’m used to doing it the way I like, not fitting with the Hollywood system. (Vulture, 2019)
Darren Aronofsky
You never know. I mean, Superman would always be interesting. But they’re already deep into reinventing him, so that’s not going to happen for a long time. I think with those films you have to be careful because they are about communicating with as big an audience as you possibly can. Audiences who go to see those films expect a certain type of movie. (CinePop, 2017)
Gemma Arterton
I’m not really into superheroes and stuff like that. But you never know. (HeyUGuys, 2015)
Olivier Assayas
I mean, I enjoy it as a viewer. I don’t think I would touch it as a filmmaker, but I can certainly understand the fun one has with that material, not to mention the admiration I’ve always had for the writers and artists of the comic books. Once in a while, I still do read X-Men comics. I’m just fascinated by the complexity of the narratives and the ambition of the storytelling, which is way beyond whatever they’re doing in the movies. (AV Club, 2015)
Ari Aster
I’ve received some really enticing and cool offers, and I certainly want to hear what the offers are, but I am self-generating. I have so many films I want to make that I’ve written that are so vivid in my head.... Never say never, I definitely want to look at everything that comes my way, but it’ll take a lot to pull me away from these projects that are sort of on the tip of my tongue and that I’m ready to make. (Happy Sad Confused, 2019)
Michael Bay
I wouldn’t want to, it’s not my thing, it’s just not my gig. (Collider, 2016)
Orlando Bloom
I do read [the Marvel comics] a little bit. Who’s the British one? Captain Britain! There you go. Terrible costume, though. (BBC Radio 2, 2018)
Emily Blunt
Not particularly. (Variety, 2018)
Bong Joon-ho
I don’t think Marvel would ever want a director like me. I don’t expect any offers from them anytime soon. Of their movies, I did enjoy the films by James Gunn and James Mangold’s Logan, and I think there are great directors who can handle great projects like that. (Variety, 2020)
John Boyega
I sat down with Marvel years ago, but that’s not the direction I want to go at all. (ComicBook, 2019)
Danny Boyle
I wouldn’t be very good at it. I saw the Spider-Man movie, the animation, and I thought it was wonderful, but out of my league. Normally when you see a movie like that, you think, “I could maybe do that.” I didn’t think “Maybe” with this. It had a sensibility that felt truthful to its origins. Whoever made this, it is part of their bloodstream. You’ve got to recognise that you have no idea how to get there. I don’t think you should attempt one unless it’s in your bloodstream... Comics really aren’t in my bloodstream. (Empire, 2019)
Alison Brie
I would love to. I think especially after working on GLOW, where we all felt like we were superheroes, in a way it has satisfied my desire to do something like that. But in some ways it’s only whet my appetite. (Business Insider, 2017)
James Cameron
I’m not the slightest bit interested in laboring in someone else’s house. (Daily Beast, 2017)
Timothée Chalamet
I want to work with good storytellers and good directors on projects that are fresh, and on roles that feel challenging. Like Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight, or Christian Bale in that film, or Tom Hardy and Anne Hathaway in The Dark Knight Rises. If it was something of that caliber, then that’s awesome. (Variety, 2018)
Toni Collette
It’d be super-fun to be a superhero. I’m not averse to any particular budget. I’m just averse to a shitty story. (Metro, 2015)
Olivia Colman
I’ve always wanted to play a Marvel baddie. I’m not sure I fit the mould, though. Like a powerful, extraordinary woman. Somebody with superpowers would be really fun, but I’m not sure how many middle-aged women they have in Marvel. (Vulture, 2016)
Sofia Coppola
I love making small low-budget films where I am really allowed to do it the way I want, and I think when you have those huge franchises there are a lot of cooks in the kitchen and meetings in conference rooms. But I’d never say never. (The Independent, 2017)
Bryan Cranston
I don’t want to do a character that has been done several times before. I don’t want to be compared, like, “Well, his Commissioner Gordon was yada yada yada.” I don’t want to do that. I want to take something that hasn’t been done. (ScreenGreek, 2018)
Tom Cruise
I’ll never say no if I find something that’s interesting, and I think an audience would like to see it, and they’re going to be entertained by it, and I feel like I can contribute something. (MTV, 2018)
Guillermo del Toro
Well, I co-wrote a whole screenplay on Justice League Dark for Warner Bros., so that’s your answer. I love Deadman, I love Demon, I love Swamp Thing, Zatanna. That’s a universe, is one thing. I’m very attracted to that side of the DC universe. But I’m not a superhero guy. For me to like a superhero, the superhero needs to be a monster. (ComicBook, 2019)
Leonardo DiCaprio
You never know. They’re getting better and better as far as complex characters in these movies. I haven’t yet. But no, I don’t rule out anything. (ShortList, 2015)
Zac Efron
I would do it in a second. I’m just waiting for the right opportunity. (Elle, 2017)
Taron Egerton
I love Marvel and I love the movies and I’d love the excuse to get in shape. (Variety, 2019)
Robert Eggers
Absolutely not. (Bloody Disgusting, 2019)
Cynthia Erivo
Yes. My body is suited to it. And I’d love to see what that experience is like. I think I could have a good time doing it. (Hollywood Reporter, 2020)
Giancarlo Esposito
I love those guys at Marvel. We’ve been trying to figure out how to collaborate on something. (ComicBook, 2016)
Rebecca Ferguson
I don’t think my goal is to throw myself into Marvel university. I love their stories, some of their characters are great, but I do it for the stories, for the people you work with, for the directors. We’ll see. (Metro, 2016)
David Fincher
Maybe. I was open to doing a zombie movie. I think in terms of stories — I don’t want to have to go and they say, “Okay, you have to dream up something for Meteor Man.” Or whatever. I don’t want to have to cobble together something around a pre-existing mask or uniform or cape or idea. (SXSW, 2019)
Jodie Foster
No, not interested in the franchise hero, superhero movie at all. It’s just not what I do. I’m glad other people do it and there’s always been those kinds of films, and there will always be those kinds of movies. It’s just now there’s been kind of, there’s a word for it in business where features as a business model have been more keen on, 95 percent of what they do is $200 million plus action films that appeal to all four quadrants that are these high-risk action films. It’s just not what I do. (ScreenCrush, 2018)
Cary Fukunaga
No, not really. I feel like they’ve all been taken... I do think there’s a place to make intelligent, big films. It depends on sensibility, too. I loved Guardians of the Galaxy. (Vulture, 2015)
Greta Gerwig
I would be open to doing a bigger film but at the same time I think, for me, one of the guiding principles of what I try to do to make my career as I have tried to make it, I always have a sense of what I would drop everything for and I think the thing that I would drop everything for is my own work that I write and that I make. It’s not that I’m not interested in those things, it’s just that they don’t come first. (Silver Screen Riot, 2015)
Hugh Grant
[I was recently offered one, but] there was a scheduling and family issue. Otherwise, I was absolutely up for it. It was a juicy role. It was a baddie. I love a good baddie. (Variety, 2019)
James Gray
I have no problem with Marvel. I’ve taken my children to Marvel movies and it’s a great experience — a bonding experience. It’s beautiful, and those films are brilliantly made. I loved the first Captain America. Terrific movie. So it’s not about shitting on them. The problem is not that — the problem is only that. It’s like if you went to the supermarket and you saw only one brand of cereal. Special K is all they had. Special K is not a bad-tasting cereal, but if that’s the only one you could get it would be awfully frustrating. If the movie business starts catering to smaller and smaller groups, it’s going to start hurting itself in a major way. I would argue that it already has. It’s my job as a director to try and push back against that a little bit. (IndieWire, 2019)
Eva Green
I really like physical stuff, actually. Even 300, I loved doing the training. It was thrilling to play that very strong woman. You get out of your head as an actor and you find the character through physical training. I’d love to do more of the superhero stuff. (ComingSoon, 2019)
Jon Hamm
It depends on the script, what the story is. I am a huge comic book fan, always have been. I have read comic books since I was nine or younger. And I am pretty knowledgeable about a lot of them. And I like the genre, and I like when they are done well. (Hollywood Reporter, 2018)
Armie Hammer
I haven’t seen a superhero movie in a long time where I thought, “Fuck, I wish I was in that.” You know? So for me there’s not, like, a huge rush. (Happy Sad Confused, 2017)
Neil Patrick Harris
I’d love to be some sort of villain in a big-budget action movie. Or a superhero franchise. That’d be rad. (Interview Magazine, 2015)
Ethan Hawke
I guess I’ve been offered things like that that didn’t appeal to me. You have to be careful about what you’re famous for. You don’t want to be famous for something you don’t love. It brings people a lot of pain when that happens. (ScreenCrush, 2018)
Lucas Hedges
I don’t see myself signing a long-term contract. That sounds frightening. Some of those actors who are in those movies really make challenging material work. That’s really impressive. I don’t see that as a challenge I’m dying to take on. (Hollywood Reporter, 2019)
Taraji P. Henson
I would love to be a Marvel superhero. (The New York Times, 2017)
Ron Howard
I’ve had opportunities over the years. I really feel like you shouldn’t make a movie as a kind of exercise. You have to be all the way in. I was never a comic book guy. I like the movies when I see them, especially the origin stories. I never felt like I could be on the set, at 3 o’clock in the morning, tired, with 10 important decisions to make, and know, intuitively, what the story needs. (Happy Sad Confused, 2015)
Glenn Howerton
If Marvel came along and wanted me to play a superhero, I probably would because I think that would be really, really fun. (GQ, 2018)
Charlie Hunnam
I didn’t grow up a comic book fan and I haven’t really seen any of those Marvel films or the Batman films. It’s just not really my taste.... It’s not part of my vision for my career or what I aspire to. (Yahoo, 2017) taste.
Peter Jackson
I’m not a superhero guy. (Empire, 2019)
Lily James
I want to do more action. I want to be a superhero. (Refinery29, 2016)
Barry Jenkins
I’m friends with Ryan Coogler, and just seeing his path from Fruitvale Station to Black Panther, and seeing that his voice has arrived at Black Panther intact and he’s creating on this scale that I think has far more reach than the scale I’m creating on right now. Yeah, if the right character presented itself — I can’t imagine Ryan directing Doctor Strange, I just can’t. But I think even superheroes are characters. And I think what Ryan did so well in Black Panther was showing the human being that T’Challa is. So, if something like that presented itself, yeah, I’d be interested. So long as I had the freedom to create the way I create. (Houston Chronicle, 2018)
Charlie Kaufman
Of course. But — no one wants me to do that. (IndieWire, 2016)
Jennifer Kent
The opportunity has been there if I really wanted to pursue that path and it still probably is to some extent. I am excited by this aboriginal Marvel character, Manifold. Aboriginal culture is the oldest culture in the earth; it’s so sophisticated and deep. It would interest me to take that out to the planet. There could be some amazing story there. (IndieWire, 2019)
John Krasinski
I would love to be in the Marvel universe. I love those movies because they’re fun, but I also think they’re really well done. And certainly a lot of my friends are in those movies. (Total Film, 2020)
Mila Kunis
No, that’s a lot of working out. Lots of those people are hungry, and you have to be because you have to be in shape and I don’t want to be hungry for 10 years. (MTV, 2018)
David Lowery
I grew up reading Marvel comic books and it’s a joy to see the aesthetic replicated on screen so thoroughly. Yet the aesthetic is so well-grounded at this point I don’t think there’s anything I could contribute to it. So the answer is likely no. But I do love superheroes, so there might be the right superhero movie out there I may want to delve in. (Maclean’s, 2017)
Rooney Mara
I don’t really get offered those parts, or maybe I do. I don’t even know. Maybe I do and I just don’t even realize it and just say no to them. For me it’s just all about the director and it’s all about the script and the story. (Deadline, 2016)
Matthew McConaughey
I did Sing, I did Kubo and the Two Strings. But other than that I’m like, what have I done that my kids can see? ... I’ll be there in a little while! I’ll do something. (Fandango, 2018)
Adam McKay
We’re always kind of talking. I think Feige is just the greatest, and what they’re doing is amazing. (Happy Sad Confused, 2018)
Christopher McQuarrie
I must tell you, the possibility of my doing a superhero movie is remote in the extreme. (Twitter, 2019)
Sam Mendes
The funniest letter I got — they were sending [a packet for] The Avengers, right? For directors to pitch — and I got a package, which was full of comic books, but no treatment; there was no script. But the cover letter said “Marvel’s Avengers will be released on May 3, 2012” or whatever it was. That was the first sentence of the cover letter. Not, “We have the pleasure of enclosing the materials…” or “Here is the script for…” But the release date.... I mean, that’s not my world particularly. I’ll go see it, particularly with my kids, but I didn’t want to make it. (Moviefone, 2012)
Sienna Miller
I feel quite content. It’s a huge commitment to have the ambition to be playing those parts and to be doing those roles. I don’t know that I have that, the ambition that it takes, the drive that it takes. Yes, I think I have subconsciously shied away from that, I think the idea of that is daunting. (The Guardian, 2017)
Helen Mirren
Oh yes! ... I’d probably have to be the baddie. You know, because I’m British. (CineMovie, 2013)
Viggo Mortensen
I’m just looking for good stories, and the ones I’ve happened to find and commit to have happened to be in other countries, or are independent films. I’m not trying to avoid any kind of budget or genre of movies. (LA Times, 2016)
Elisabeth Moss
I don’t think I’m good at the whole green screen thing, but I’m not averse to trying it out. I’m more into, like, a weird concentration camp miniseries [laughs]. That’s a sure path to my own Marvel movie. (MovieMaker Magazine, 2019)
Carey Mulligan
I don’t think I would be very good in something like that. (The Resident, 2018)
Eddie Murphy
No! I’m going to be 60 in a year. Who would I play? The old brotherman? I guess that’d be the character.... Man, fuck that. I can’t be standing around in a movie with a stick and shit, pointing and telling people, “Oh, you should do this or that.” I’m just not down with the whole superhero movie thing. But, if I had to, I guess I could play a villain or some shit like that. (IndieWire, 2019)
David Oyelowo
I tread with caution around the notion of those kinds of characters. Depending on which one of them you’re playing, there’s always a danger you’re going to get so identified with this larger than life character that it could become tougher for audiences to believe you in other roles. (The Wrap, 2015)
Al Pacino
I would do anything that I could understand in terms of how I fit in it. And you know, of course if I could fit in it. Anything’s possible. You know, I did Dick Tracy and I got an Oscar nomination, so come on. (Deadline, 2014)
Dev Patel
I had a wee bit of a scarring experience when I attempted to be a part of a franchise, and it didn’t quite hit the mark. It makes you evaluate what kind of mark you want to leave on the industry. (Esquire, 2016)
Jordan Peele
So many of those properties — it’s a childhood dream to be able to essentially see what you saw in your imagination as a child, watching or reading or whatever you were doing with that stuff. It’s a filmmaker’s dream. But you know, I feel like I only have so much time. I have a lot of stories to tell, and it just doesn’t feel right. It just doesn’t feel right. I’m a comic book and graphic novel appreciator, but I can’t call myself a true fan boy. (Rolling Stone, 2019)
Sean Penn
You asked me with a camera on this face and in this time of my life if I would be a superhero? (laughs) Maybe, if there’s a very funny one. (Reuters, 2015)
Brad Pitt
I don’t think so. I think there’s enough. I don’t think I have anything to add. (24 Oras, 2019)
Daniel Radcliffe
If it was good enough and something I was interested in. I’m not sure if I’d sign up for something that was another seven or eight films or ten years, but a shorter franchise, yeah. (Business Insider, 2016)
Lynne Ramsay
When I was 15 or 16, I had a boyfriend who was an obsessive fan [of comics]. His apartment was so full of comic-books he made a path through the boxes to get places.... My boyfriend at the time was always on about the psychology of the characters, the ones that he really liked tended to have these strange histories. A lot of them are quite Freudian and strange. I liked Bill Sienkiewicz’s work, and Alan Moore is so special.
The ones I liked were deeply, darkly screwed-up reflections of the world – where you can see how they became what they became and that past was super-psychological.... There’s some amazing things in graphic novels and comic-books, and they taught me a lot about filmmaking as well. Someone said to me that You Were Never Really Here’s like a graphic novel. I think I’ve learned a lot about filmmaking through comic-books, in terms of how to tell a story visually. That had an influence on me. If you’re able to do it without a committee, with a real set approach to it, where you have freedom and people trust you, that would be amazing. (Yahoo, 2018)
Eddie Redmayne
I love the films. You know how in summer, when studios compete for people to see their summer blockbusters, I am their dream. I see all of them. I would never rule out the opportunity to be in one. (The Sun, 2015)
Nicolas Winding Refn
I love Hollywood. I love glamour and glitz. I love camp. I love vanity, I love egos, I indulge in all that, but the bigger kind of approaches or the offers that have come my way or the interest, in the end, I’ve always just felt that I wasn’t the right person in the end for it. Doesn’t mean that it won’t happen. I mean I would love to do one of those comic book movies. (Collider, 2019)
Kelly Reichardt
There’s absolutely no danger of that happening [laughs]. But maybe there’s something for me somewhere in between that and my sort of films. I did really enjoy doing my little wagon crash in Meek’s Cutoff. It was one of the most fun things I ever did, and I suddenly realized, “Oh, this is why people love to smash things up. It’s so much fun!” (Variety, 2016)
Boots Riley
I have a problem with superheroes in general, because, politically, superheroes are cops. Superheroes work with the government to uphold the law. And who do the laws work for? Put it like this: We all love bank robbers, because we know that in the two sides of that equation, the robbers are the ones to root for, not the banks. Only in superhero movies and the news do they try to make us think we’re against the bank robbers. (The New York Times, 2018)
Guy Ritchie
I’m up for it.... I’m a guy that likes to work so I’m gonna work. And I’ll work with whatever I can to make it work. I’m not an absolutist about what a genre is so I’m not a no-man, I’m a yes-man when it comes to making something manifest. (Variety, 2017)
Gina Rodriguez
I would love to be a superhero—that’s all I want to do is play a superhero. (E! Online, 2015)
Saoirse Ronan
If a script came along that was strong, interesting, original, I would take it. A good script is a good script. (Vogue, 2018)
Winona Ryder
No one is banging my door down to be a superhero. I don’t know how good I would be. I have low bone density, so I don’t know if anyone really wants to put me in a cape and chuck me out a window. (Collider, 2016)
Josh Safdie
A studio offered us to do a sequel to this huge comic-book thing. We just said, “No, we don’t wanna do that!” But we are interested in working in the studio system. (The Independent, 2017)
Andrew Scott
Absolutely, I wouldn’t say no. But it very much depends on the character. And what exactly it is that you’re doing. I’ve definitely had conversations about that world before, but as yet, it hasn’t transpired. So for me, it just depends on the acting requirement. The films are definitely really cool. So, I don’t know. We’ll wait and see. (Digital Spy, 2019)
Amanda Seyfried
They’re highly enjoyable. I love being an audience member. I just don’t want to put on the suit. Nope, I’m not into [stunts]. That’s not where I see my career going. (Late Night with Seth Meyers, 2015)
Alexander Skarsgård
If you do it with the right tone, then sure. (The Guardian, 2015)
Steven Soderbergh
Well, look, those movies are bananas. I see some of them and I’m like, “I couldn’t direct 30 seconds of that.” Just because so much of my time would be spent on things I’m ultimately not interested in. You look at my career, and it’s mostly just two people in a room. Two people in a room to me is exciting. If you look at history, it's the way gigantic things happen; it’s the result of two people in a room. I’ve always felt that was the richest tapestry you could come up with. So anything that isn’t about that, I’m immediately kind of like, “Well, why isn’t it two people in a room?” So you’re just spending all this time having conversations with VFX people, instead of with actors about what the scene is. And that’s what I’m interested in. It’s not that I’m a snob. It’s just that I wasn’t into comic books as a kid, and I’m not interested in things that don’t have to do with performance. (W Magazine, 2017)
Aaron Sorkin
I happen to have meetings coming up with both DC and Marvel. I have to go into these meetings and tell them as respectfully as I can that I’ve never read a comic book. It’s not that I don’t like them. It’s just that I’ve never been exposed to one. So, I’m hoping that somewhere in their library is a comic book character that I’m gonna love and I’m gonna wanna go back and start reading from the first issue on. (ComicBook, 2017)
Lakeith Stanfield
I would love to play the Joker. That’d be beautiful. (Jimmy Kimmel Live, 2020)
Kristen Stewart
I think maybe what I’ve learned is that I don’t want to do another [big franchise] ever again [laughs] … No, I mean, sure. Maybe. I never really limit myself. (Konbini, 2019)
Justin Theroux
There are younger guys than me that are better at it than I am. I’ll leave it up to them. (Vulture, 2014)
Jean-Marc Vallée
If the script is great, yeah. But so far, it’s not my cup of tea. (Hollywood Reporter, 2016)
Paul Verhoeven
If I could add some other level to it, but if it's the same as whatever those other people are doing right now, then no. No! I'm not saying it's not possible, but, like, when they wanted to pit Batman against Superman [laughs, hands flailing] My God! (Metro, 2016)
Denis Villeneuve
No, because I’m not from that culture. I’m French-Canadian which means that my culture is European. I was influenced by authors from France and Belgium, and Europeans are graphic novelists. Honestly, I know very little about most of them. (Happy Sad Confused, 2017)
Mark Wahlberg
I’m not leaving my trailer in a cape. (American Film Market, 2016)
Lulu Wang
[Big movies like that are] really made by committee. And that’s one of the reasons I don’t want to do it right now. Because I haven’t figured out my voice yet as a filmmaker. (Hollywood Reporter, 2019)
Denzel Washington
I haven’t been approached. You know, we’ll see what happens. (Joe.ie, 2018)
Ben Wheatley
They usually take people after two films, and [Free Fire was] film six. So you can safely say they’ll not come fucking knocking on my door. (Q&A, 2017)
Olivia Wilde
Totally, yeah. Absolutely. (MTV, 2019)
Evan Rachel Wood
I would love to be a superhero or something. (Cinephiled, 2014)
Steven Yeun
I’d like to do anything, if it comes my way and moves me I’m into it. (South China Morning Post, 2020)
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2019.12.16 21:14 secondarie_throwaway For married straight guys, also known as So You Say You Can't Get A Date

Although I am more of a lurker here than anywhere else, I notice a lot of posts from married men (or even worse, from their wives) that go something like:
"I'm a great dude and want a girlfriend, but for some reason women just aren't interested. Meanwhile my wife has a great boyfriend and I'm jealous and lonely. We opened our marriage a couple months ago. What should I do?"
Am I ever the right person to come to for advice on THAT!
I'm a poly woman in her thirties who chooses solo poly because I absolutely love my very demanding job. Until recently, I had two relationships. Right now, I'm down to just one and dipping a toe in the dating waters again, and it is reminding me of all the mistakes that married men make when dating. So here is my advice for married straight guys looking to date straight women. I cannot offer advice on any other front. But this advice boils down to:
Know Thyself. Grow Thyself. Show Thyself. WHOA Thyself.
Know Thyself. Why are you dating, dude? If your answer is "because my wife wanted poly and so I thought I'd see what's out there" (which is a SURPRISINGLY COMMON ANSWER, believe it or not), I'm outta there faster than a kid chasing an ice cream truck.
If you can't give me a good answer to the theoretical ("why are you dating?") or to the concrete ("so, how often are we going to get to see each other?"), you haven't done enough thinking to really KNOW yourself and what you can bring to a relationship with me. In monogamy, that's much easier than it is in polyamory. Most mono people are looking for the same thing: marriage, happily ever after, maybe a dog or a baby or something. Poly people can be looking for a wide variety of things, from a second nesting partner that's on par with a spouse to a friends-with-benefits arrangement. Know what you want and be upfront about it, and we'll know much sooner whether we're a match.
Grow Thyself. "So what do you like to do for fun, dude?" "Well, me and my wife..."
I don't care if your wife has, in the words of Heath Ledger as Patrick Verona, beer-flavored nipples. I'm not on a first date with her. I'm on a first date with YOU, to get to know if I want to date YOU. So I want to know what YOU think, say, feel, do. If there's a hobby that you and your wife like to do together, phrase it as "I like to carve marionettes out of my turds," not "me and my wife like to carve marionettes out of our turds." I'll find out naturally later that this weird fucking hobby is something you do together, but for the first date? Leave your wife out of it.
If you can't do anything but talk about how awesome your wife is, it's time to Grow Thyself. Pick up a hobby. Read a book. Learn an instrument. Whatever it is, become something other than your wife's husband.
Show Thyself. This goes both for dating profiles and for our dating life, but we'll start with the first. 90 percent of dating profiles out there are terrible. Shirtless bathroom selfies and photo-less profiles abound, as do profiles that say something incredibly generic like "I like coffee and hiking and my dog." After you Grow Thyself into a full, interesting human separate from your spouse, it should be easy to Show Thyself on a dating profile by using photos that show off that awesome new turd marionette you carved, or reading that amazing book that you want to talk about on our date.
The second part of this is honesty. Show me the authentic truth that you have inside of you. Yeah, it's scary. Dating is scary. Vulnerability is scary. But it's all part of dating. You remember dating, right? Well, that's what you're doing now, only this time you already have someone else in your life. You still have to do the hard parts of dating - the values conversations, the sex conversations, the walking away when it's clear we won't be compatible. Which leads me to...
WHOA! Thyself. OK, buddy, I know you are excited to be on a date with a real, live poly woman. But that does not mean we are compatible. I know the dating pool is tiny when you're poly, and so it can be REALLY FUCKING EXCITING when you have a good date - believe me, I know. I'm guilty of not WHOA-ing myself, too. But it's important because if in two or three months it turns out something about our lives doesn't easily fit together, or we just need more time to decide if we see each other in it for the long haul, it needs to be easy on both of us to slow our rolls and decide if this can stand the test of time.
I am living proof that there are single, solo poly women interested in dating married men! Your pool (and my pool) is small, it's true, but if you honestly assess what you can bring to a relationship and remember what dating is like, you will find that girlfriend you want. And if you both want the same things, it'll be well worth the wait. My surviving relationship is six years strong and we are both incredibly happy.
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2019.10.22 13:54 liuidaxmn Daily analysis of cryptocurrencies 20191022(Market index 39 — Fear state)

Daily analysis of cryptocurrencies 20191022(Market index 39 — Fear state)


Bank Of Cambodia To Allow More Control With Blockchain Payments Assistant Governor at the National Bank of Cambodia Serey Chea said that blockchain payments will enable greater financial control and remittance efficiency in an interview with CNBC published on Oct. 22. Chea said that the National Bank of Cambodia has experimented with domestic blockchain payments for retail, but the main interest is testing them for cross-border transactions.
Cashaa Launches Banking Solution For Indian Crypto Owners Banking services platform Cashaa is offering a solution for Indian crypto owners facing banking restrictions imposed by the country’s central bank, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). The service, starting from Oct 23, allows users to deposit up to one crore rupees (~$141,012) per month to purchase cryptocurrencies.
UK Economic Secretary On Proposed Crypto Ban: FCA Operationally Independent From Government On October 21, John Glen, Economic Secretary to the UK Treasury, replied to a series of questions related to cryptocurrencies, with most of them about the effects of the the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)’s proposed ban on the offering of crypto-based investment products to retail investors. According to Glen, the FCA is operationally independent from government. “The government continues to endorse the approach set out in that the Cryptoasset Taskforce report as the right way to facilitate innovation while protecting consumers and firms,” he said.
CFTC Chair Says Ether Futures ‘Likely’ In 2020 Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman Heath Tarbert believes the crypto world will see Ethereum futures contracts sometime in 2020. Speaking at Georgetown University in a fireside chat during the first day of DC Fintech Week, Tarbert told moderator Chris Brummer that he “absolutely” believes Ether futures could trade in the next six to 12 months.

Encrypted project calendar(October 22, 2019)

ZRX/0x: The 0x protocol (ZRX) Pantera blockchain summit will be held on October 22. Locus Chain (LOCUS): 22 October 2019 Public Test Begins Public test runs for three days from October 22nd to October 24th. IOTA (MIOTA): 22 October 2019 EclipseCon Europe Next week, join Lewis Freiberg, our Director of Ecosystem, to learn how to build an ecosystem around IoT focused distributed ledgers. TRON (TRX): 22 October 2019 TRC20-USDT Bonanza “… @Huobiglobal . Deposit #TRC20- #USDT, enjoy APR up to 30%, starting from 00:00, Oct, 22 to 00:00, Nov, 1, 2019(SGT).” PCHAIN (PI): 22 October 2019 Ama with Founder & CEO “Jeff Cao PCHAIN founder & CEO, will host an AMA on 22nd Oct at 11:00 PM (UTC+8) in the @Binance_DEX Telegram.” iExec RLC (RLC): 22 October 2019 AMA “Tuesday 22 October 2019. You can ask the team anything you want until Thursday 17 October.”

Encrypted project calendar(October 23, 2019)

MIOTA/IOTA: IOTA (MIOTA) IOTA will host a community event on October 23rd at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles with the theme “Connecting the I3 Market and Experiencing Purchase and Sales Data.” BTC/Bitcoin: The WBS World Blockchain Summit (Middle East) will be held in Dubai from October 23rd to 24th. Cardano (ADA) and 1 other: 23 October 2019 WBS Dubai “One of a kind gathering of 500+ curated & pre-qualified investors, CEOs, CIOs, CTOs, Heads of Blockchain, Chief Digital Officers CloakCoin (CLOAK): 23 October 2019 (or earlier) CloakCoin Competition “CloakCoin competition : solve the CloakCoin ENIGMA transaction, 3rd round.” Loom Network (LOOM): 23 October 2019 Singapore Meetup “Unstack the Stack Series: Loom Network” from 6:30–8:30 PM (SST). BTGS/Bitdog: ZG.COM will open the BTGS currency and coin transfer business at 14:00 on October 23, and open the BTGS/USDT transaction pair on October 23 at 18:18. Waltonchain (WTC): 23 October 2019 Transfers Suspended “$WTC deposits and withdrawals on #TaibiExchange will be suspended from 00:00 Oct 22 (UTC+8) and are estimated to resume at 15:00 Oct 23

Encrypted project calendar(October 24, 2019)

BCN/Bytecoin: Bytecoin (BCN) released the hidden amount of the Bytecoin block network on October 24. Horizen (ZEN): 24 October 2019 Weekly Insider Team updates at 3:30 PM UTC/ 11:30 AM EDT: Engineering, Node network, Product/UX, Helpdesk, Legal, BD, Marketing, CEO Closing thoughts, AMA. ANT/Aragon: Aragon (ANT) Aragon Network will hold the theme “DAO: ICO and DeFi next step” in Hong Kong on October 24th? DATA/Streamr DATAcoin: Streamr DATAcoin (DATA) Streamr Network Technology Exchange and Project Development Conference will be held in London on October 24th. Lisk (LSK): 24 October 2019 Coding Workshop — Berlin “During this workshop you will acquire the skills to create custom transactions with the Lisk Alpha SDK using Node.js.” BTU Protocol (BTU): 24 October 2019 Africa IT Expo “Our co-founder @vidal007 will be speaking at upcoming @africa_aitex [African IT Expo] held in #Rabat #Morocco on 24th of October.” Matrix AI Network (MAN): 24 October 2019 YouTube AMA YouTube AMA from 3PM, October 24 (GMT+8). Utrum (OOT): 24 October 2019 AtomicDex Listing “We are pleased to announce that Utrum coin OOT is getting listed on Komodo Platform Decentral Exchange — AtomicDEX. “

Encrypted project calendar(October 25, 2019)

ADA/Cardano: Cardano (ADA) The Ada community will host a community gathering in the Dominican Republic for the first time on October 25. Crypto.com Coin (CRO): 25 October 2019 Live AMA with CEO “Live AMA with our CEO @Kris_HK on @cryptocom’s Twitter next Friday, 25 October, 11AM HKT.” GST/GSTCOIN: GSTCOIN(GST)LBank will be online GST on October 25, 2019 at 16:00 (UTC+8), open trading pair: GST/USDT, GST/ETH.

Encrypted project calendar(October 26, 2019)

KAT/Kambria: Kambria (KAT) Kambria will host the 2019 Southern California Artificial Intelligence and Data Science Conference in Los Angeles on October 26th with IDEAS. BTC/Bitcoin: CoinAgenda Global Summit will be held in Las Vegas from October 26th to 28th Horizen (ZEN): 26 October 2019 (or earlier) ZEN 2.0.19 Upgrade Zen 2.0.19 upgrade at block #610000, which is expected around October 26.

Encrypted project calendar(October 27, 2019)

ICON (ICX): 27 October 2019 Money 20/20 USA Event Money 20/20 USA in Las Vegas from October 27–30.

Encrypted project calendar(October 28, 2019)

LTC/Litecoin: Litecoin (LTC) 2019 Litecoin Summit will be held from October 28th to October 29th in Las Vegas, USA BTC/Bitcoin: Mt.Gox changes the debt compensation plan submission deadline to October 28 ZEC/Zcash: Zcash (ZEC) will activate the Blossom Agreement on October 28th Stellar (XLM): 28 October 2019 Protocol 12 Upgrade Vote Horizon v0.22.0 has been released, which supports Protocol 12. This gives everyone ample time to prepare for the Protocol 12 upgrade vote Celsius (CEL) and 3 others: 28 October 2019 Litecoin Summit “…The Litecoin Summit offers two fun, jam-packed days with something for everyone.” XFOC (XFOC): The IDAX platform will be online XFOC and will open the XFOC/USDT trading pair at 13:00 on October 28. MEDIUM (MDM): The IDAX platform lists MDM and will open MDM/BTC trading pairs on October 28th at 15:00. ZB/ ZB Blockchain: The “2019 Hamburg Intercontinental Dialogue Conference” hosted by ZB.com will be held from October 28th to November 9th at the Four Seasons Hotel Hamburg, Germany. BQT (BQTX): 28 October 2019 Down for Maintenance BQTX.com will be down for maintenance on the 28th of October from 7 to 12am UTC.

Encrypted project calendar(October 29, 2019)

BTC/Bitcoin: The 2nd World Encryption Conference (WCC) will be held in Las Vegas from October 29th to 31st. ICON (ICX): 29 October 2019 Decentralization “As a result, the decentralization schedule of the ICON Network has been changed from September 24, 2019 to October 29, 2019.” Ark (ARK): and 10 others 29 October 2019 WCC 2019 Second annual Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Technology event, World Crypto Conference (WCC), October 29th — October 31, 2019. Insifa (ISF): 29 October 2019 Prototype Alpha “We from Insifa have decided to be more open. Our Prototype will be developed in scrum. This means new releases every two weeks.”

Encrypted project calendar(October 30, 2019)

MIOTA/IOTA: IOTA (MIOTA) IOTA will host a community event on October 30th at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles on the topic “How to store data on IOTA Tangle.” TRON (TRX): 30 October 2019 SFBW19 Afterparty “TRON Official SFBW19 Afterparty from 7–10:30 PM in San Francisco.” Horizen (ZEN): 30 October 2019 Horizen Quarterly Update Join our first Quarterly Update on October the 30th at 5 PM UTC/ 1 PM EST. Deeper look into Engineering, BD, Marketing, and more. Aeternity (AE): 30 October 2019 Hardfork “The third hardfork of the æternity Mainnet is scheduled for October 30, 2019.” Valor Token (VALOR): 30 October 2019 Transaction Fees Resume “It’s September and the SMART VALOR Platform is still waiving transaction fees for all members, until October 30th!” Aragon (ANT): 30 October 2019 Singapore Meetup “Aragon on DAOs and DeFi” from 6:30–8:30 PM. Kambria (KAT): 30 October 2019 Outliers Hashed Awards Outliers Hashed awards from October 30–31. Ethereum Classic (ETC): 30 October 2019 Cohort Demo Day “ETC Labs hosts it’s 2nd Cohort Demo Day. Learn about the companies and project being accelerated through the Ethereum Classic ecosystem.”

Encrypted project calendar(October 31, 2019)

Spendcoin (SPND): 31 October 2019 (or earlier) Cross Ledger Mainnet “Cross Ledger Mainnet Release and SPND Token Swap,” during October 2019. Spendcoin (SPND): 31 October 2019 (or earlier) Blkchn University Beta “Blockchain University Beta goes live,” during October 2019. Stellar (XLM): 31 October 2019 (or earlier) Minor Release “We will have 6 Minor Releases in 2019; one each in February, March, May, June, August, and October.” Bitcoin SV (BSV): 31 October 2019 (or earlier) BSV Conference Seoul No additional information. Seele (SEELE): 31 October 2019 (or earlier) Public Network Mainne launch has been moved to Oct 31 . Howdoo (UDOO): 31 October 2019 (or earlier) Howdoo Live on Huawei Howdoo begins its exciting partnership with Huawei with listing as a featured app starting in October. Chiliz (CHZ): 31 October 2019 (or earlier) App Soft Launch Soft launch of Socios App by end of October. Dent (DENT): 31 October 2019 (or earlier) Loyalty Program “Afterburner loyalty program launch for all 21,6 Million mobile #DENT users will be in October!” IceChain (ICHX): 31 October 2019 (or earlier) Wallet Release IceChain releases wallet during October. Chiliz (CHZ): 31 October 2019 (or earlier) New Partnerships New sports and new teams joining Socios (+more updates and events) will be announced in the upcoming weeks. Horizen (ZEN): 31 October 2019 Weekly Insider Team updates at 3:30 PM UTC/ 11:30 AM EDT: Engineering, Node network, Product/UX, Helpdesk, Legal, BD, Marketing, CEO Closing thoughts, AMA. PCHAIN (PI): 31 October 2019 (or earlier) New Website No additional information. IOST (IOST): 31 October 2019 (or earlier) New Game on IOST “Eternal Fafnir, a new role-playing game developed by INFUN is coming to you in Oct.” Achain (ACT): 31 October 2019 Mainnet 2.0 Launch “… The main network is officially scheduled to launch on October 31.” Mithril (MITH):31 October 2019 Burn “MITH burn will take place on 2019/10/31 2pm UTC+8. “ Aergo (AERGO): 31 October 2019 (or earlier) Aergo Lite V1.0 Release AergoLite, which brings blockchain compatibility to billions of devices using SQLite, released during October 2019. TE-FOOD (TFD): 31 October 2019 (or earlier) Complementary Product “Development of a new, complementary product with a new partner, which we hope to be launched in September-October.” Edge (DADI): 31 October 2019 (or earlier) Full Open Source Code base for the network fully open-sourced in September or October. BlockStamp (BST): 31 October 2019 (or earlier) ASIC Miner Prototype In orderr to ensure BlockStamps continued decentralization, we will release a BST ASIC miner for testing. Perlin (PERL): 31 October 2019 (or earlier) SSA Partnership “Perlin has partnered with the Singapore Shipping Association to create the International E-Registry of Ships (IERS)” Skrumble Network (SKM): 31 October 2019 (or earlier) Exchange Release “3rd dApp: Exchange Release,” during October 2019. EDC Blockchain (EDC): 31 October 2019 (or earlier) Blockchain Marketplace “As you already know, our ECRO blockchain marketplace is ready for release, and will open to the global community in October!” BlockStamp (BST): 31 October 2019 (or earlier) ASIC Miner Prototype In orderr to ensure BlockStamps continued decentralization, we will release a BST ASIC miner for testing. XinFin Network (XDCE): 31 October 2019 Homebloc Webinar “XinFin — Homebloc Webinar 2019” from 9–10 PM. Akropolis (AKRO): 31 October 2019 (or earlier) Alpha Release “Delivers the initial mainnet implementation of protocol. All building blocks will be united to one product.” Hyperion (HYN): 31 October 2019 (or earlier) Economic Model The final version of the HYN Economic Model launches in October.

Encrypted project calendar(November 1, 2019)

INS/Insolar: The Insolar (INS) Insolar wallet and the redesigned Insolar Block Explorer will be operational on November 1, 2019. VeChain (VET):”01 November 2019 BUIDLer Reunion Party BUIDLer Reunion Party in San Francisco from 8–11 PM. uPlexa (UPX): 01 November 2019 Steadfast Storm — PoS/PoW split (Utility nodes ie. master nodes) — Upcoming Anonymity Network much like TOR — Privacy-based DApps — Reduced network fees. Enjin Coin (ENJ): 01 November 2019 MFT Binding “ICYMI: On Enjin Coin’s 2nd anniversary (November 1), Enjin MFTs will be bound to hodlers’ blockchain addresses…” Auxilium (AUX):01 November 2019 AUX Interest Distribution Monthly interest distribution by Auxilium Interest Distribution Platform for coinholders. Also supports charity. Havy (HAVY):01 November 2019 Token Buyback “Havy tokens buyback, Only in 1 exchange between Idex, Mercatox & Hotbit. The exchange depends on the most lower sell wall.”

Encrypted project calendar(November 2, 2019)

Kambria (KAT): 02 November 2019 VietAI Summit 2019 Kambria joins forces with VietAI for the annual VietAI Summit, with top experts from Google Brain, NVIDIA, Kambria, VietAI, and more!

Encrypted project calendar(November 4, 2019)

Stellar (XLM): 04 November 2019 Stellar Meridian Conf. Stellar Meridian conference from Nov 4–5 in Mexico City. Cappasity (CAPP): 04 November 2019 Lisbon Web Summit Lisbon Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal from November 4–7.

Encrypted project calendar(November 5, 2019)

Nexus (NXS): 05 November 2019 Tritium Official Release “Remember, Remember the 5th of November, the day Tritium changed Distributed Ledger. Yes, this is an official release date.” NEM (XEM): 05 November 2019 Innovation Forum — Kyiv NEM Foundation Council Member Anton Bosenko will be speaking in the upcoming International Innovation Forum in Kyiv on November 5, 2019.

Encrypted project calendar(November 6, 2019)

STEEM/Steem: The Steem (STEEM) SteemFest 4 conference will be held in Bangkok from November 6th to 10th.

Encrypted project calendar(November 7, 2019)

XRP (XRP): 07 November 2019 Swell 2019 Ripple hosts Swell from November 7th — 8th in Singapore.

Encrypted project calendar(November 8, 2019)

BTC/Bitcoin: The 2nd Global Digital Mining Summit will be held in Frankfurt, Germany from October 8th to 10th.

Encrypted project calendar(November 9, 2019)

CENNZ/Centrality: Centrality (CENNZ) will meet in InsurTechNZ Connect — Insurance and Blockchain on October 9th in Auckland.

BTC — So far, BTC has hit a high and fallen back, reaching a maximum of US $8371. At present, BTC has retreated to around us $8200. In the past 24 hours, the net capital inflow of BTC has exceeded US $50 million, and the market capital inflow has decreased significantly compared with the previous period. In terms of the 4-hour line, BTC rose and fell yesterday, with a long shadow. There is a big resistance near the $8400 above. It is possible that BTC will continue to move back in a short term. Sex increased. The medium-term trend is still long. As long as the support of 7800 US dollars is kept below, it is difficult for the air force to dominate the panel. Short term below support around $8100. In terms of operation, close to the resistance level can properly stop the surplus, while maintaining the strategy of bargain hunting.
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2019.10.21 20:40 bryanmesserschmidt Gotta find my destiny, before it gets too late

Three days ago, I watched the film Ten Things I Hate About You, the 1999 teenage romantic comedy with Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles as two high schoolers who fall in love with each other. They were actually in their teens when the film was shot, which I found really surprising. This movie has been on my mind for the past few days. I found the relationship Kat and Patrick had to be really believable, even something teenagers could find themselves in, which made me think about why I have never been in a relationship in my life.
Some things about me: I’m a twenty-five-year-old man. I work as a teacher. And I want to know what it’s like to fall in love with a beautiful woman before I shuffle off this mortal coil. I’ve found in my reflection that I haven’t done a whole lot to actually make this happen, although I will say that my 25-year-old self will actually make the effort to ask out a woman I’ve never talked to before. But I’m not entirely sure what I’m struggling with.
I have a pretty athletic physicality from running marathons and half marathons, I’m pretty smart, and I’m kind and patient toward my students. I care about building positive relationships with students so that it’s easier for them to approach me and complain or ask questions. If you met me, you might be surprised that I’ve never been in a relationship. (If you met one of my sisters, I think you would be surprised, too, at how, at the age of 31, she’s never been in a relationship, even though she has a great personality and is super successful.)
Now, I’ve laughed about my inability to get a date for years, but as time has passed, I have grown more and more tired of laughing. The question, “What’s it like to kiss a woman?” needs to be finally answered and the question “What’s getting in the way of you falling in love?” shouldn’t be posed a year from now. I’m serious about this. The passage of time can provide the illusion of progress, and it’s easy to convince myself that I have gotten better at talking to attractive women over the years, but that is more so a result of experience than it is of maturity.
I’ve asked four women out on a date over the past three years. One said yes and three said no. Now, that’s not bad at all in terms of percentages. Baby, I got a 25% success rate! (That’s for the time being.) But that is abysmal in terms of how often I make a serious effort to get a date, which leads me to my first honest question.
I work at a school that doesn’t have any women my age looking for a relationship. I live in a neighborhood that’s full of apartments full of people who don’t talk to each other or spend time outside. Simply put, where do I position myself so that it becomes much, much, much more likely for me to meet attractive women my age? And how do I muster up the emotional strength to drag myself to these places and events when I have to grade assignments and create lesson plans for much of my free time? Volunteering seems like my best option, especially since I want to meet somebody with a generous spirit. I live in a moderately-sized city, so the idea of going to meetups to meet people with similar interests is somewhat possible. All in all, though, it’s hard finding the time to date when I’m working a lot as a teacher.
Once I have found my target, how do I approach her without resorting to pickup lines or coming across as inauthentic or rehearsed or aloof or practically uninterested? I have read terrible advice for this across the interwebs and feel close to despair. How do I properly convey to a stranger that I am romantically interested in her without making her squeal in terror?
Once I am in the thick of it, the setting of the date has been established, the time has arrived and so has she, how do I let her know that 1. I am serious about finding someone who is a good fit for me--somebody whose tough and patient and creative--to be partners for life? and 2. that I won’t dilly dally in making small talk, that I’ll cut to the chase and begin building intimacy?
I appreciate your feedback. Now I might be a little loopy from all the Dayquil I’ve taken recently, but it’s no bother.
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Heath Ledger & Mary-Kate Olsen's Alleged Relationship ...