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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: JD Book Club: What Are You Reading Now?
« on: July 30, 2010, 03:50 AM »

The Vintage Collection '10-'13 / Re: The Street Date Debate
« on: July 30, 2010, 02:57 AM »
I'm siding with what Jesse wrote back on page 3 ... a street date is a street date, and misguided in this case or not, it's really no different from putting out CDs, DVDs, etc before they're supposed to be sold. That **** would never fly in the electronics department, although I realize toys are much further down the priority list for store managers. But just because some stores have broken the street date (probably unintentionally on the part of lower-level employees) is no reason for Hasbro to just say "Screw it" and let them keep it all out on the pegs.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: CW "ARC Troopers" Battle Pack
« on: July 30, 2010, 02:05 AM »
I think it's great that there's a sort of evolution. I can't picture (in a Star Wars galaxy sort of sense) the clone helmets just going straight from Phase I to Phase II.

Well yeah, but II is already an intermediary stage between I and the OT. How many additional "missing links" do we need?

What's Neyo's helmet supposed to be then, if PHase 1 is AOTC style, and Phase 2 is ROTS style?  ???

Neyo's is way out there...  Then there's the Marine's uniforms.  The "Scout" armor from Kashyyyk...

I think the armor's a constantly evolving thing in the war, ultimately.  New stuff developed for new reasons.  Some legions in the outer rim could be fighting up till the end in the Phase 1 simply because they don't get resupplied as fast or often.  You never know, ya know?

I'm all for specialization/customization, but it's getting to a point where a lot of new guys like the flamethrower trooper look nothing like a clone trooper at all, in color or design.

There's meant to be a core iconic look for the Republic Army, and you can't tell me that the average Joe on the street (in-universe or out of, for that matter) would know that that's supposed to be a clone trooper without being told.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: CW "ARC Troopers" Battle Pack
« on: July 23, 2010, 11:25 PM »
So it's the Phase II armor with the extended helmet fin from Phase I? So what the heck is this--Phase I.5?

...and yes, I realze I've become that humorless guy too mired in continuity to appreciate anything new anymore. :-\

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: July 21, 2010, 05:00 PM »
Can't find many good pictures, but this is Zuleikha Robinson from Rome and Lost.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Bar's open! What'll you have...?
« on: July 21, 2010, 04:59 PM »

The Eye of the Hawk Select Ale was first released in 1984 - a direct response to customer demand for a wider variety of our traditionally brewed ales. Eye of the Hawk Select Ale is produced year round. Generous amounts of Pale and Caramel malt and our special proprietary yeast strain produce an extremely well balanced ale with an alcohol 8% ABV (alcohol by volume). Eye of the Hawk Select Ale is coppery amber in color and characterized by a luxurious caramel malt flavor, a substantial mouth-feel and a slightly warming yet dry finish. Like all of the ales brewed by MBC, Eye of the Hawk Select Ale is bottle conditioned. Bottle Conditioning is a traditional Old World technique whereby actively fermenting yeast is introduced into the mature beer right before bottling, resulting in the development of natural carbonation and rich flavors in the bottle.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Have You "Made the Switch" to BluRay?
« on: July 13, 2010, 09:33 PM »
My roommate got a PS3 so I'm slowly picking up Blu-rays for it. So far I've just grabbed a few that are cheap (my rule of thumb is $10 or less), or super cool like the Watchmen Complete Cut boxset. But it'll be a while before I'm at the point of rebuying stuff I have on DVD.

I agree that digital copies and Video On Demand are the wave of the future, but I think people will always want hard copies of favorite movies for their collection. E.g., I listen to Pandora and have a lot of random crap in my iTunes music library, but I still buy physical CDs for certain favorite bands or when I find a bargain.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Bar's open! What'll you have...?
« on: July 12, 2010, 12:29 AM »
Had the last of my sixer of that the other night. Love that stuff.

I'm on board for anything Ki-Adi-Mundi.

People watching TV in online-only format (e.g. cord-cutters) holding steady at about 4% of US population:

I've been essentially cordless for three and a half months, when I moved out of my parents' place. Being technologically-savvy young lads, my roommate and I didn't see the need to pay for cable when both of us watch everything we want online (Hulu, Netflix streaming, etc.)

The only thing I miss is the news/current events, but I try to catch that when I drop by my parents'.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: JD Book Club: What Are You Reading Now?
« on: July 4, 2010, 05:40 PM »
Just finished Kull and The Fountainhead.

Now on this; it's the complete Lovecraft fiction* in chronological (publication) order.

*Or like 98% percent of it, minus some of the collaborations etc, but "complete" enough for my purposes. After starting with the major stories in the other collection, I wanted to read the rest of the oeuvre in order without having to jump between a bunch of separate anthologies.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What's spinning?
« on: June 29, 2010, 11:43 PM »

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Bar's open! What'll you have...?
« on: June 29, 2010, 03:05 AM »
Gratuitously large image ahoy.

Michael Robinson’s Old Ben Ale is a malty English-style brew boasting notes of dried fruit, nut, and caramel. A slight bitterness balances the combination of five malts in this full bodied beer. Light brown with reddish highlights and good clarity, the ingredients of this English-style brew are all American with the exception of the yeast which is distinctively English. Created to enjoy on cold nights or as an after dinner treat, Mike’s Old Ale is 9% alcohol by volume, about twice that of the average beer. An experienced homebrewer, Mike was recognized as a finalist in the 2008 Samuel Adams LongShot American Homebrew Contest, as well as in the 2007 Samuel Adams® Patriot Homebrew Contest.

Ben Miller’s Mile High Barley Wine is a dark red, flavorful brew with rich plum undertones to complement its caramel malt flavor. A self-proclaimed ‘hop head,’ Ben used several varieties of citrusy American hops in this beer, creating its resiny aroma followed by clean bitterness. Ben’s Barleywine is his 100th homebrew, brewed to commemorate two years of enjoying the hobby.

Jeremy White, who works in the IT department at Samuel Adams, channeled his love of Belgian beers to create his Lemon Pepper Saison, a classic Belgian-style brew. Jeremy’s flavorful, refreshing and lighter-bodied beer is brewed with Grains of Paradise, an exotic tropical spice also found in Samuel Adams Summer Ale. The peppery flavor is complemented by a slightly sweet aroma with hints of vanilla and citrus, making this beer the perfect cool down to a hot summer day.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: 'The Hobbit' movie
« on: June 25, 2010, 04:39 PM »
Now it's a race to see which gets out of development hell first: this or the Star Wars live-action series.

Yes and I remember having similar thoughts then. :P

So ... white gown Leia, Tatooine Luke, R2-D2, and Chewie. Big ******' whoopy doo. The only thing that remotely appeals is what appears to be a telescoping saber.

Like I said, I think I'm just too young to view this as anything other than a gimmick. Probably when they come out with the orange-card POTF2 replicas in 2015, I'll be all over it. :o

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