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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: November 19, 2013, 09:40 PM »
Like him being in a "basic survival" mode, walking till he died, thinking he saw Penny, even the name Brian (I missed or didn't connect why he chose that name)... 

It was part of the graffiti on the building he was looking at in the opening moments of the episode.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: November 18, 2013, 01:24 PM »
I didn't really get pouring out the spaghettios either, but in retrospect probably a smart move. If you meet new people in the zombie apocalypse, and they offer to feed you right off the bat, there is probably a high probability of poison and/or roofies. Stick with the sardines.

It's not that The Governor thought they were laced with something, it's just that he's kind of a foodie and only likes the real thing.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: It's The End of the World As We Know It
« on: November 17, 2013, 12:52 PM »

Well of the Souls / Re: Indy on Blu-ray!
« on: November 15, 2013, 10:39 AM »
You know the only change I'd ever like to see in Raiders would be for them to remove that wall of fire when Belloq's head explodes.

it wasn't there originally and they only added it in to avoid an R rating.  It'd be better without it.

I'm not so sure about that now, after seeing this today:

The flames did help to cover up how goofy that thing looked.


And there are some things happening actually related to this topic:

For the first time ever, the first three films in the Indiana Jones saga will be available individually in high definition when they arrive on Digital HD November 19, 2013 and on Blu-ray with a digital copy available through iTunes December 17, 2013

The individual Blu-Rays are the same as the ones in the box set, except they have digital copies available through iTunes.

Individual Blus around $17, box set around $43 currently on Amazon

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: November 15, 2013, 12:06 AM »
I agree about Tyrese's hammer...  Bad weapon choice... Very probe to sticking in a skull.  If you're demoing drywall, try doing it with the claw or blunt end of a typical carpentry/roofing hammer...  Your hammer will get stuck.

Gif related:

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: November 12, 2013, 07:32 PM »
Between the dating show and The Nerdist I honestly don't recall anything he did, but I enjoyed his stand-up special more than I thought I would, and his new show Midnight I find funny actually.  TD, he's sometimes all that's holding it together.  Look at the way he clearly had more than enough of Manson.  Tell me with a straight face you thought he handled that poorly.  :)

I thought we were talking about how funny he is, not how competent of a host he is. But yes, to his credit, he was in a tough position there and handled it satisfactorily. (That's the best you're gonna get out of me. Sorry.)

I did enjoy a bluegrass Radiohead medley he did as part of Hard 'N Phirm a few years ago, and I have enjoyed the handful of Nerdist podcasts I've listened to, but that has less to do with him as host, and more to do with the fact that I already liked his guest going into it. He gets some really good guests to do those things.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: November 12, 2013, 03:42 PM »
Most of the people that would offer the best insight into the show are all behind-the-scenes, but the average WD viewer isn't gonna watch a bunch of no-names talk to each other on a couch for sixty minutes. So instead we get episode commentary and analysis from these third-rate "celebrities." It doesn't exactly make for good TV, either way.

One of the editors of Breaking Bad, Kelley Dixon, started doing an insider podcast early into that show's run, and they were really interesting and entertaining to listen to. She's edited on Walking Dead too. It'd be cool if she (or someone) could put together a similar podcast for Walking Dead. I'm kind of surprised there's not one already.

Re: Hardwick

I just do not find the dude funny in the slightest. I watched his stand-up special and I don't think I laughed once during the whole thing. A lot of people must like what he's doing, though. He's been on TV in some form or another for, what, like almost twenty years now?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: November 12, 2013, 02:22 PM »
Chris Hardwick sucks. If AMC has to have two hours of Walking Dead content every Sunday night, I'd rather they give fifteen more minutes to the show itself and take Talking Dead down to 45. It's ridiculous that they gave that crapfest a full hour.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: November 6, 2013, 12:31 PM »
No clue who the girl was but she can sit around looking cute too I guess

Oh and yeah I'll reiterate the Bob thing...  Darryl/Bob talked about his demons and Darryl pats him on the back, only to have Darryl, Tyrese, and Michone have to save Bob because he's hanging onto a half-drunk bottle of Old Crow like he's Elsa and it's the Holy Grail about to cross the seal (Matt will hate that reference).

Well of the Souls / Re: Hasbro List Of Cancelled Toys :(
« on: November 1, 2013, 09:31 AM »
Got to be this:

No, Zombie Indy was supposed to be a sneak preview figure from Indiana Jones 5.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: October 29, 2013, 09:29 AM »
Can't believe I forgot to mention the bit about the radio. It was quickly overshadowed by the car hijiinks with the herd, but who WAS that on the radio?

Seems like maybe a good way to introduce another comic favorite...drum roll please: ABRAHAM

You read it here first.

News of Abraham's casting got out a couple weeks ago. No one mentioned it here, though.

‘Walking Dead’ Adds Michael Cudlitz, Josh McDermitt; First Photo Of Sgt. Abraham Ford

JD Sports Forum! / Re: JediDefender Fantasy Basketball 2014
« on: October 24, 2013, 10:25 AM »
I'm in. Thanks Brent.

I can't make the draft tonight but I don't have a problem with an auto-draft, as long as everyone promises not to pick Kevin Durant.

JD Sports Forum! / Re: JediDefender Fantasy Basketball 2014
« on: October 24, 2013, 03:14 AM »
Can a brother get an invite?

matt_birchall (at) yahoo (dot) com

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: October 23, 2013, 07:27 PM »
Fox News: America's obsession with 'The Walking Dead' is hurting our society

   By Dr. Manny Alvarez

Dr Manny's Notes
Published October 17, 2013

Is watching “The Walking Dead” seriously hurting American society?

I would argue ‘Yes.’  Hate me all you want, or call me paranoid and misinformed, but there is one common theme that is pervasive in American pop culture today: violence.  Even more specifically, zombie violence. The idea of a zombie-infested world inspires fantasies of monsters possessed by an uncontrollable rage to kill, and viewers get a thrill imagining what it would be like to participate in this new world order.

We also see this zombie obsession in many videogames.  Even more disturbingly, these games create environments for young children, in which they are exposed to an imaginary world where they get to play with firearms and place themselves in dangerous situations that they find exciting.  And studies have shown that these videogames can sometimes condition people, especially young children, to be apathetic towards violence.  That’s why they’re labeled M for Mature.

This obsession with the undead in television and other media is quite puzzling.  The concept of zombies has been around for decades, and their mythology has even been studied by scientists to prove that such an outbreak can never occur. Yet, whether it be in books or film, zombie popularity has only increased after having originally been popularized by the 1960s film, “The Night of the Living Dead.”

Now, it seems that zombies on television are part of our daily routine.  The obsession also permeates into other facets of our lives, such as with so-called Zombie Runs, in which people dressed as zombies chase other “civilians” to make them run faster towards the finish line.  Even scientists at the National Institutes of Health have spent time creating an apocalyptic how-to guide on dealing with a zombie outbreak.

Give me a break. As a doctor and scientist, I know one thing for sure: When you’re dead, you’re dead.  Our brains should be less focused on imaginary zombie hordes and more focused on harnessing the tools that we need in order to enhance our lives, whether it be music, education, science or the classics. Entertainment should help us soothe our brains so that we can ease our minds of some of the stress from our daily lives. 

With this country heading towards a socialized system of government, in which officials don’t want you to think or focus on what is important for your own personal growth, I’m sure they’re more than happy to let you obsess over something as stupid as zombies. 

And in turn, you ultimately become the zombie.

Wake up and smell the coffee.  Stop obsessing over eating brains, and focus on cultivating your own.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Favorite Breakfast Cereal
« on: October 19, 2013, 08:03 PM »
Stoltz, yes; Pulp Fiction, no. It's a rare still from The Big Lebowski. Stoltz was originally cast as Jeff Lebowski and shot many scenes as The Dude before the filmmakers decided to go in a different direction and recasted the role with Jeff Bridges.

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