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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: JD Book Club: What Are You Reading Now?
« on: December 21, 2013, 09:08 AM »
I'm finally able to get into reading what I want again.  So I decided to celebrate with "Duel of Eagles" which is a pretty good story on the US involvement in the Texas Revolution, the people, and the events leading to Texas independence.  Really good story if you are into the history of Texas.  What's really cool is it takes into account the Mexican perspective and accounts of the war.  A lot of historians tend to neglect that particular aspect of history.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Done with Grad school!!!
« on: December 21, 2013, 09:02 AM »
Yes I was, and still am teaching.  So what "spare" time I had was totally consumed with this.  I feel for my wife because she didn't hardly talk to me the past six months after our daughter went to bed.  Of course, until about two years ago, she was also working on her masters as well, so needless to say we are looking forward to actually having conversation again.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Done with Grad school!!!
« on: December 20, 2013, 12:55 PM »
Wonderful job! Are you going for your Phd now?

I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought of it and I'd like to just to make it easier to get a college job.  However, I'll bomb any foreign language classes and I haven't found a doctoral program online yet for history.  So for the time being, I'm going to be happy with what I have.

Watto's Junk Yard / Done with Grad school!!!
« on: December 20, 2013, 06:39 AM »
Happily, I have finished grad school!!!  In February I will be conferred with a Masters of Arts in Military History with a concentration on War Since 1945.

This week my thesis was approved by the History department with no edits.  Being that all my coursework was online, there is really no way for an oral defense.  So instead, I had a very rigorous set of readers go through it with a fine tooth comb.  I was told it was solid, and my only problem was the future need for even more proofreading (I agree after reading through it for a fourth and fifth time after I thought I had caught all my errors) and also to dig even deeper in my research.

I received an A in the project class, and therefore should graduate with honors.  I'm stoked as I've worked really hard the past few years.  I know my wife is excited to finally have me back and not pounding away on the keyboard for 2-3 hours every night.

Anyhow, I'm excited and just wanted to I need to go see if I can upgrade to a new job with better pay.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: December 7, 2013, 04:59 PM »
Totally unrelated to the recent series of events, I stumbled across the video below on youtube.  Some of you may or may not have seen it, but I can't help but laugh my butt off every time I see it.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: December 3, 2013, 06:42 AM »
I just thought of this when I read Jesse's post...Bob and his box.

What if he's been the one feeding the rats to the walkers?  Bob was a medic and consequently probably had some interest in anatomy.  With that in mind, Tyrese found that one rat that had been cut and stretched out as if to be dissected.  It may be nothing at all, but it is just something that popped into my mind.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: December 2, 2013, 06:31 AM »
I really enjoyed the episode last night, a lot.

I hated to see Herschel go, but when he was captured at the beginning I figured he'd be taking Tyreese's spot from the comic.  BTW, I just finished reading Compendium 1.  I'm waiting for C2 to show up in the mail. 

I figure everyone will meet up somewhere on the road, at least a few of the main characters will.  I don't see how they could just push Rick/Carl off on their own and still maintain the other characters who were able to bolt on the bus, or neglect to bring fan favorite Darryl back.

I was wondering a bit about the tank.  Like you guys have mentioned, why are they shooting holes in their potential home?  And second, why in the world did they have an M60?  Those haven't been used in service is more than 15 years. I know one guy was supposed to be NG and bolted with a tank, but in this era that would have been an M1.  Oh well, suspend belief.  I'm sure in the real world an Abrams would have been much harder to get on loan.  Also in the comic, the driver had spent months trying to figure out how to drive it and the main gun was never used.

All in all I liked the episode.  My wife only passively watches the show because I've got it on.  She and I are both in agreement the hardest part of the show, especially last night, is seeing the kids die.  Even if its just TV, as a parent it's a kick in the gut to watch that.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: November 19, 2013, 12:28 PM »
I noticed that about the mom too. I pulled up IMDB to see if somehow it was the same person.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: November 17, 2013, 10:55 PM »
For once, the slow pace didn't bother me.  I've enjoyed pretty most all of this season.

I can't stand the Governor, but I like that they brought an element of humanity to the guy and it didn't seem like it was forced.  It actually seemed like he cared.  Of course, there is no telling what will end up happening to the little girl he's "adopted." 

Good episode all the way around IMO.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Holy Crap I'm a Dad!!!!....again!
« on: November 16, 2013, 10:10 AM »
Congrats dude!!!  Didn't even know you guys had another one on the way.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: November 11, 2013, 06:37 AM »
I don't bother with Talking Dead anymore.  Hardwick is an idiot and not very funny at all.  I DVR so I can get the preview for the next week.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: November 10, 2013, 11:07 PM »
Interesting...wonder how the whole Rick/Darryl dynamic is going to play out now.

Good episode and certainly leading up to a good one next week.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: November 9, 2013, 08:37 AM »
Absolutely on the tires...  And hoses and belts...  Cars let sit for years rarely just pop back to life.  The older a car the better in this world.  And two modern mopar muscle cars in the show despite in one instance it being a clearly bad choice is suspect. ;) Musta paid for the cgi those weeks.

Absolutely agree with this, especially about the old cars.  When I deployed in 2002, I left my truck at my mom's house.  I told my step dad to take it out and drive it to work about once a week just to allow the tires to roll over, belts to flex, and so the gas wouldn't just sit in the tank and turn to gunk.

However, I'll give TWD a pass on the dynamics of the cars just because I love the show and don't want to nitpick too much.  I appreciate that they have no electricity and that was one of the first things to go.  Once people stop working at the power plants, the power goes out.  The History Channel did a show a few years ago called "Life after People." Really good show and I think they said the lights might stay out 2-4 weeks if people weren't around before the fuel would run out and the automated systems would shut down.  Nuclear power would be a little different and might actually end with a nuclear meltdown because nobody was around to manage the cooling system for the fuel rods.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: November 4, 2013, 06:59 AM »
I thought last nights episode was great.  It's amazing to me how going into four seasons they can still develop a character even more.  Rick, needless to say has been a wild ride and will continue to be after last night.

Darryl, I don't even know what to say.  His character continues to grow deeper and deeper.  As for Carol, I'll be interested to see what happens to her, how Darryl and the group react, and it affects everyone else.  Part of me says Rick made the right decision for Carol.  She would get killed as soon as people find out what she did.  I think even Darryl would be a little pissed about her.  I'm basing that on how he handled the alcoholic and what he said about making friends and trusting them.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: October 21, 2013, 06:39 AM »
Hahahaha...I see whatcha did there.^^^

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