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Watto's Junk Yard / The Wilco Thread
« on: June 21, 2004, 11:29 PM »
They're my favorite band; they gotta new album out tomorrow; they're on tour this summer; they deserve their own thread.

My 57-year-old dad left me a voicemail today, asking how he could go about getting a copy of "Spiders" from the new record.  Blew my f--king mind.  I guess he read a review of the record somewhere or heard about it on NPR or something, and decided he needs it for himself.

Wow.  A few years ago, I would have been mortified if my dad listened to the same stuff I did, but now I think that was the coolest thing in the world.

Don't know if I should just pick up an extra copy of AGIB tomorrow, or if I should make him a cool little Wilco/Tweedy compilation disc.

As for as the new record, it's out in stores tomorrow.  Looks like both Best Buy and Circuit City are the places to beat for it, at $11.99.



Also found out that there's a new Wilco book (!) that just came out:



Amazon page

Think I'm gonna order it sometime this week.

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Site Feedback, Suggestions, and Help / A suggestion from Virex:
« on: June 14, 2004, 11:25 PM »
Make the annoying people go away.

Permanently.

Including me, if necessary.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Honda Accord: Anyone drive one?
« on: May 13, 2004, 12:44 AM »
So, it's about that time.  Looking at getting an Accord in the next couple of weeks--just kind of trying to find out if any of you guys have one, and how much you like it if so.

Looking at one of the 1998-2002 EX two-door Coupe models (like the body style a little more than the new ones).

Any advice/thoughts/recommendations/pontifications/remembrances/suggestions/insults/jokes/money you can send my way?

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Watto's Junk Yard / Boy threatens teacher. . . with Nutter Butter!
« on: April 24, 2004, 12:39 PM »
Boy suspened over peanut butter threat

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - A sixth-grader was suspended after school officials accused him of threatening to expose a highly allergic teacher to peanut butter cookies, the boy's father said yesterday.

Loubert Gabriel said his son, Jules, 12, had been kept out of class since April 2, after a girl in his social studies class at South Orange Middle School told the teacher that Jules had made the threat. A May 13 hearing is scheduled.

The father said Jules was carrying a snack packet of Nutter Butter cookies and made a comment about having "something dangerous" but never said he had a weapon. "They mishandled this," Gabriel said.

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So, say you were to have a car.  Pretend this car was a 1991 Toyota Celica on it's last legs, that you were planning to get rid of in a month or two anyway.  Now imagine that where you live, a huge, nasty hailstorm came through, and knocked out the back window of your Celica, along with causing a good dozen or so hail dents all over the hood and top of the car.

Are you with me so far?

So what would you do?  Remember, you're getting rid of the car in a few weeks, anyway, so is it worth spending the money to get the back window replaced (not even worrying about the hail damage)?  Or would you just tape up the back window with some plastic and bear with that until you get a new car?

(Oh, and also, you only have liability insurance, because your car's a piece of sh!t, so having the insurance pay for it is not an option.)

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So, with all of the rumors running rampant that the impending Vintage OTC line is going to be so "limited", I've bought into the hype, and am now seriously considering preordering a case of the first wave so I don't miss out on anything.

Problem is, I've never preordered an entire case from anybody, ever before.

So, I need advice from you guys that have and do preorder(ed) cases.  

Who's good?  Who sucks?  Anything I need to know in particular?

I've found four sites so far that are taking preorders on VOTC Wave 1 (Entertainment Earth, ShopStarWars, New Force Comics, and Kebco), and the prices range from $76.95 at Kebco, to $89.99 at EE and SSW.

I love you guys.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Virex Bueller's Day Off
« on: April 12, 2004, 01:57 PM »
I'm taking a day off from work today.  I called in "sick"--I'm kind of sick, but I could probably work if I wanted to.  

But I've got other stuff to do--air up my tires, wash my car, return something to Target, organize the Star Wars room, plus, do my taxes.  

The thing is, I know that by the time I lay my head down to sleep later this evening, I won't have accomplished any of that.

I'm going to hang out here all day.

Damn you people.

He was the walrus.  I could be the walrus.  I'd still have to bum rides off people.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Freaks and Geeks: Anyone a fan?
« on: April 4, 2004, 04:40 PM »
Anyone else remember this show which (sporadically) aired four-to-five years ago on NBC?



I watched it when I could back then, and really liked it.

And now, after several years of internet petitions and such, it's finally getting released on DVD this month--in both a $50 six-disc set, and in a limited $120 eight-disc set, packaged as a yearbook from the high school from the show.  

I have heard so many good things so far about these sets--I've got the regular set ordered from Amazon, and am really looking forward to going through all 18 episodes over the next few weeks.

Fantastic, underappreciated series--both for this guy:



and for the Star Wars references scattered throughout (the show is set in 1980--and it feels like about that long since I've seen an episode. . .)

Anyone else like/love this show?

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Watto's Junk Yard / Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
« on: March 15, 2004, 10:05 AM »
One of the oddest-titled movies I've ever heard of is coming out this Friday.   It's starring Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Elijah Wood, and Kirsten Dunst, and it's written by Charlie Kaufman, the guy behind Being John Malkovich and Adaptation.  I've always been a Carrey fan, more or less, and have always had a thing for Kate Winslet as well.  

I don't know how to describe the plot, because I don't know that much about it, but it looks like it might be a cross between Total Recall and Vanilla Sky or something--neither of which are the greatest movies in the world.  :)  And the first time I saw the trailer, it looked like a mess, but after reading about it over at the HTF, the couple of people who've already seen it had nothing but great things to say about it.  And then on the Today show this morning, Gene Shalit gave it a really good review, too.

Neither are the greatest sources for movie reviews, I realize, but all the positive word-of-mouth makes me really curious about this flick--especially after seeing the trailer, which I was lukewarm at best on.

I'll try and find a synopsis and put it up here in a bit, but until then, anyone interested in this flick at all?

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Other Collectibles / TOMY/Kotobukiya "Real Mask Magnets"
« on: March 6, 2004, 12:43 PM »
Galactic Hunter story and pics

Anyone interested in these things?

Eight characters/"masks" total:

  • Artoo-Detoo (full-body)
  • C-3PO
  • Darth Vader
  • TIE Fighter Pilot
  • Stormtrooper
  • Tusken Raider
  • Jawa
  • Eighth "mystery" character (which I'm assuming is Boba Fett)
A package of eight will sell for around 3,000 Yen in April.

A couple of questions, because I'm a dumbass:

-How much in U.S. dollars is 3,000 Yen?

-And I've never ordered any Japanese imports before--what's a good import site to order these from, or should I just wait for them to hit Ebay?

-If I want doubles of a certain character, would it be best to order a full set, and then try to pick up the double separately, or should I just order two sets, and then sell off the rest of the second set?

These things remind me of those MicroMachine heads from a few years ago--the little clam-shell type things that had mini dioramas in them.  I liked those so much, I glued little magnets on the backs of 'em, and had those up on the 'fridge for a while.  These things are obviously much nicer, though.

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Watto's Junk Yard / The Amazon "Share the Love" Thread
« on: January 29, 2004, 03:32 AM »
So, do you guys know about the Share the Love deal at Amazon?  If not, here's a brief synopsis:

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Each time you place an order for books, music, DVDs, or videos with us, we'll offer you the chance to e-mail your friends and give them an additional 10% off the items you bought. (You select which items, of course.) If any of those people purchases one of those items within a week, you'll receive a credit to use the next time you shop with us! Your credit will equal the dollar amount of your friend's 10% discount. Let's say you bought a CD for $15 and decided to Share the Love with a friend on that purchase. Your friend would be able to buy the same CD for $13.50. You would receive a credit for $1.50 (the difference) to use any time in the next 30 days. You are eligible to receive one credit per item shared.

You can visit Amazon for more details.

Anyway, I'm getting ready to order some DVDs from Amazon, and figured I'd see if anyone else would be interested in sharing the virtual love on them.  It's a fairly good deal they've got going, which benefits both parties.

So here's what I'm going to order, and if you're interested in doing the STL thing on the same titles, just post a reply in this thread with your e-mail address and what title you're wanting the STL discount on, and I'll hook you up when I order them in a day or two.

  • American Splendor (currently $19.56 before STL)
  • Lost in Translation (widescreen) ($18.89 before STL)
  • Rain Man: Special Edition ($13.99 before STL)
And, like mentioned above, you'll get 10% off those prices with the STL discount applied.

And, by all means, if any of you guys have any other titles you are buying that you want to STL on, feel free to list them here.

(Aside to jjks:  "Share the Love" is just a figure of speech--not literal.  Thanks.)

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I ask because as of this post, I've got 110, and some of those are looooooooong.  :)  Any limits to them?  I'm too lazy to delete stuff on a regular basis, so I'd like to know.

Thanks.

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Hey, kids.  

So, uh. . .  For Christmas, I got this nifty little "movie trivia day-by-day calendar" thing from Suncoast.  Typical stuff, but as a bonus, at the first of every month of 2004, they put in a coupon for their store, good for that month only, that you can use. . .  to buy stuff. . .  at their. . .  store.  

For example, for January, they've got a "$5 Off any Anime DVD" coupon, for any Anime DVDs regularly priced at $19.99 and above, good from 1/1/04 to 1/31/04.  Now, two things here:  

 - I have no interest in Anime whatsoever;

 -and even if I did, I sure as hell wouldn't be buying anything from Suncoast, with their usually-exorbitant prices.

But anyway, I figured that maybe someone here would be interested, for whatever reason, and rather than just throw the coupons I'm not interested in away, I thought I'd offer them up to you guys.

So, if you want a coupon, just post a reply to this thread, first-come, first-served, and send me a PM with your mailing address, and I'll drop it in the mail for you.

(I will reserve the right to keep any coupons that may interest me--which, flipping through, it doesn't look like that many of them do.  But I'll update this thread each month with a new coupon for that month.)

What do you guys think?  Does this idea suck, or does it suck?   :-\

(And post a reply if you want the $5 Anime coupon for January.)  :)

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Watto's Junk Yard / A Festivus, for the rest of us!
« on: December 22, 2003, 11:55 PM »


Many Christmas's ago, Frank Costanza went to buy a doll for his son. He went to reach for it because it was the last one, but so did another man and as Frank rained blows upon him, he thought there could be another way. The doll was destroyed, but out of that, a new holiday was born. It was called Festivus. No, not feminist, festivus. A festivus for the rest-iv-us..........

DECEMBER 23rd

The Holiday Itself...

During the last few weeks in December when Festivus takes place, families and friends get together at the dinner table and have something called "the Airing of Grievances". Durning this time, we share with family and friends all the ways they had disappointed over the past year.



After the Airing of Grievances, we get together right in the same night to do something called "Feats of Strength". This is where the head of the household tests his/her strength with another friend or family member. The great honour is given out to a different person each year. This year, Cosmo Kramer was given the honor but turned it down to George Costanza as he had an appointment.







Now for the pole. No it is not a tree. A pole, no decorations. Frank Costanza believes that tinsel is very distracting so there are no decorations. The pole is tall, silver, hollow, long, skinny, and heavy.

[The text here, I lifted from a similar post I made last year at R-------m (which I lifted from somewhere else before that).  The images, I stole from some other site just now.]

Anyway, Happy Festivus, Everybody!!!

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Watto's Junk Yard / Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums of 2003
« on: December 10, 2003, 09:34 PM »
50.  50 Cent  Get Rich or Die Tryin'
49.  Ryan Adams  lloR N kcoR
48.  The Bad Plus  These Are the Vistas
47.  David Banner Mississippi: The Album
46.  Basement Jaxx  Kish Kash
45.  Beyonce  Dangerously in Love
44.  Blink-182  Blink-182
43.  Blur  Think Tank
42.  Brand New  Deja Entendu Triple
41.  Johnny Cash  Unearthed
40.  Cat Power  You Are Free
39.  The Dandy Warhols  Welcome to the Monkey House
38.  The Darkness  Permission to Land
37.  Dashboard Confessional  A Mark, a Mission, a Brand, a Scar
36.  Drive-By Truckers  Decoration Day
35.  Kathleen Edwards  Failer
34.  Electric Six  Fire
33.  Fannypack  So Stylistic
32.  Fountains of Wayne  Welcome Interstate Managers
31.  Al Green  I Can't Stop
30.  Jay-Z  The Black Album
29.  Junior Senior  D-D-Don't Don't Stop the Beat
28.  R. Kelly  Chocolate Factory
27.  Kid Rock  Kid Rock
26.  Kings of Leon  Youth and Young Manhood
25.  The Libertines  Up the Bracket
24.  Linkin Park  Meteora
23.  John Mayer  Heavier Things
22.  Metallica  St. Anger
21.  Van Morrison  What's Wrong with this Picture?
20.  Willie Nelson and Ray Price  Run That By Me One More Time
19.  The New Pornographers  Electric Version
18.  OutKast  SpeakerBoxxx/The Love Below
17.  Peaches  Fatherfucker
16.  The Postal Service  Give Up
15.  Radiohead  Hail to the Thief
14.  Robert Randolph and the Family Band  Unclassified
13.  The Raveonettes  Chain Gang of Love
12.  Damien Rice  O
11.  Richard X  Presents His X-Factor Vol. 1
10.  The Shins  Chutes Too Narrow
09.  The Sleepy Jackson  Lovers
08.  Sting  Sacred Love
07.  The Strokes  Room On Fire
06.  James Blood Ulmer  No Escape From the Blues: The Electric Lady Sessions
05.  Rufus Wainwright  Want One
04.  The White Stripes  Elephant
03.  Yeah Yeah Yeahs  Fever to Tell
02.  Neil Young and Crazy Horse  Greendale
01.  Warren Zevon  The Wind

Initial thoughts:  First I've heard of The Shins!  I'll need to check them out--they sound hot.

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