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One board that I visit (that some of you might have seen me mention before) is the Home Theater Forum.  It's membership numbers are huge--somewhere around 45,000 members, I believe.  Literally, there will be more members just online there at three in the morning than there are total at this site.  And, just due to the inherent nature of the subject matter, the crowd there is roughly the same age as it is here--a few teenagers, and some members in their forties and fifties.  But mostly, everybody there are in their twenties and thirties, just like here.

What's interesting, is that there's absolutely no language filter.  None.  If I want to go over there and call George Lucas a mofo for not putting "the films" out on DVD, I can, and nobody would blink an eye.  Now, they do have one rule, which is not to use any profanity in a title of a new thread, but other than that, you can pretty much say what you want (as long as it's not a blatant attack toward another member).

Even more interesting, though, is that really, never does anyone abuse it.  In nearly four years of being a member over there, I can't remember a single incident of anyone really freaking out, and cussing up a storm about someone or something.  I think one of the reasons for that, is that the staff there is really vigilant about potential "trouble situations", and I think everybody there realizes that if they freak out on somebody, they're gone.  And I think that's one thing that this site has in common with places like the HTF--that the mods take a pro-active stance, and aren't passive like they are over at R-------m.

And I can understand the concern that some people may have--you let one thing go, what's next?  But I really think that with the right combination of mature members and good moderation, you're not going to see people take advantage of the small freedoms they're allowed to have.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What you talkin' 'bout Gray Davis
« on: November 13, 2003, 10:12 PM »
You people are nuts, up in the land of 10,000 lakes, boy. . .

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Actually, it came from the YakFace forum years ago, long before Rebelscum even had a message board. I know because I'm the one who brought the idea to Philip when it became clear he needed a set of rules.

Whoops!  My apologies, then.  

Yakface had boards. . .  Who knew?   :-\

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Personally, I think it's a great guideline, especially if you're running an all-ages board populated by fans of a PG-rated franchise and feel the need to cover your ass.

Yeah, well, not me.  There's gotta be about a dozen or two other Star Wars-themed boards out there, all with the exact same mindset, that "hey, we might have a nine-year-old participating, don't want to corrupt his fragile little mind!" or "we don't want to be responsible for him getting in trouble", whatever.

Well, that's great for them.  But personally, I'm in my late twenties and I appreciate, for one, the small, little freedom of being able to say "ass" if I want to say "ass, or "bastard" when I want to say "bastard".

This is a tiny, tiny board, and we're all mostly in our mid-20's and 30's, and I think most of us should be able to handle the occasional PG-13-rated words just fine.  And, like I said, if not, there's a plethora of other boards out there which will be happy to turn ass into ***, dick into ****, and bastard into ******* for you. . .

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What you talkin' 'bout Gray Davis
« on: November 13, 2003, 09:50 PM »
Each Governor of Minnesota gets an Official Portrait which is then displayed in the Capital Building.  Here is The Body's...notice the black clouds, him standing taller than the Capital Building resting his hand on a statue of the the thinker.  I seriously laughed out loud, and I usually don't laugh out loud at stuff

That--that's real?  



Oh my God, that's the most pompous (and unintentionally silly) thing I've seen since like an early '80's Styx album cover or something. . .

Good Lord. . .


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Yeah, I think that's pretty much P----- W---'s credo, and his alone.

I like the idea that here, I'm allowed to use a naughty word or two every once in a while, that I've learned in the twenty-three years since I saw Empire in the theatre, at four and a half. . .

On second thought, you know, I think they should ban all of these PG-13 words, and we can just start talking like Fluke Starbucker:

Gosh!  Wow-ee!  Jeepers!  Golly-willikers!

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Anyone feel like going to Home Depot?
« on: November 13, 2003, 12:28 PM »
Yeah, I saw that a few months ago.  Easily one of the best things ever committed to film since The Dukes of Hazzard.

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**warning: Scantily clad women with power tools**

You say that like it's a bad thing. . .  

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: G.I. Joe PSA Remixes
« on: November 13, 2003, 12:14 PM »
By the way, here's another site that's got some of these things, in case the above link is just too slow:

http://www.ibrecords.com/media/

They don't have as many, but that site seems to be much faster. . .

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Watto's Junk Yard / G.I. Joe PSA Remixes
« on: November 13, 2003, 11:32 AM »
I posted this over at R-------m a few months ago, but, for whatever reason, it never went anywhere, so I'll give it another shot here:

http://otto.homedns.org:8888/gijoe/

(Beware:  Some language is unsafe for work, so you might want to turn the speakers down a little lower.)

Hey, kid!  I'm a computer!

Enjoy!

(Interesting Virex Trivia:  I've never seen a full episode of the G.I. Joe cartoon, or any of the movie, for that matter.  Same goes for Transformers.)   :o

(I still think these things are hilarious, though.)

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What's spinning?
« on: November 13, 2003, 10:28 AM »
Ahh. . .  Air Supply.  My parents listened to their greatest hits cassette when I was growing up, and I hated it.  Still do:





Earlier playing:  Gordon Lightfoot’s “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”, and some miscellaneous Grateful Dead, along with some (awful, awful) Guns N’ Roses “rarities”.  (All on the same MP3 disc.)

Now playing:  Not a damn thing.

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Did I blink and miss it at Rubblebum?  I think I saw it for one second.  What happened?

It was "moved".  To the secret Administrative section.  Never to be seen again by mere mortals' eyes.

I am awaiting my doom. . .   :-X

(Not my fault what words their software allows and doesn't allow. . .)   :-\

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Anyone else catch that?   :o

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Well, you kind of beat me (off) to it, Scott, but I wanted to do a test of George Carlin's Seven Dirty Words (and look for a counterpart thread over at R-------m soon)

1. ****
2. Piss
3. ****
4. ****
5. (it worked!)
6. (it worked!)
7. knockers


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Ass.  Bastard.  Dick.



Awesome!  Totally awesome!

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Who's Hotter
« on: November 12, 2003, 09:49 PM »
Now...who's hotter

Keira Knightly

vs

Natalie Portman

Neither.

Eat a sandwich, girls.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What's spinning?
« on: November 12, 2003, 09:46 PM »
Something goofy was going on with this smiley :-[ and the quote code

Yeah, I had some difficulty with that earlier today, with my "Pearl Jam hat" post in the pics to names thread.  Had no idea what I was doing wrong.  Strange.

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Didn't erase anything...YET :-*

Watch it, Gregg. . .

Still playing:  The voices   :-\

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