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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A thread about concerts.
« on: February 25, 2014, 12:33 PM »
Got tickets for the farewell Motley Crue tour (with Alice Cooper) when it hits Chicago in August.  I've never seen Alice Cooper before, so I'm really excited to catch this show.

I was thinking the same about Alice Cooper. 

I haven't bought my tickets yet, but am planning to catch the Crue when they are here in Dallas in July.  My only sticking point is my wife and I are taking my daughter to Disney World for her first time and that will also be in July.  My wife wants to shoot me because part of me wants to plan vacation around a concert.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: TWD-To Read or Not to Read
« on: February 17, 2014, 06:41 AM »
They are certainly a lot different and I've been debating the same thing.  I bought Compendium 1 and read that as the first half of season 4 was winding down.  It goes from the beginning up until the end of the prison run.  I don't think it would have ruined anything for me had I read it earlier.  That said, I'm in the same boat as you and can't decide if I want to start reading Compendium 2 just to see what "might" happen.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: JD Book Club: What Are You Reading Now?
« on: February 13, 2014, 06:18 AM »
I'm on my fourth book in about a month and a half. Woohoo for free time now.

I've been wanting to read "Undaunted Courage" by Stephen Ambrose for a very long time and got it as a gift a few years ago. So far, it is somewhat interesting, but unlike a lot of Ambrose's work, it is a little tedious and overly wordy. Very, very unlike most of Ambrose's work that I normally like. However, I've always heard its a good read, so I'll keep plugging onward.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: JD Book Club: What Are You Reading Now?
« on: February 4, 2014, 09:57 PM »
Interesting and easy read.  However, as a historian I have a problem that Kilmeade doesn't actually leave citations in the text or any real endnotes.  He simply has a selected sources at the end.  In the history world, that doesn't fly too well.  He also mentions in his foreward that some of the conversations are made up based upon notes and letters.  So while the "historical" aspect is good and I have no doubt of the action taking place, the conversations leave something to be desired and only build drama.  With that in mind, I would count this book a very good piece of historical fiction.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Official Television Thread
« on: January 25, 2014, 08:52 AM »
I thought I may have seen it mentioned, but is anybody watching HELIX?

I've been DVRing the show and last night finally sat down to start watching. I got about 20 minutes into it and it was so slow developing I shut it off in favor of watching my DVRd Pawn Stars.  Does anybody have any thoughts on Helix?  I was hoping for something good to serve as a fill in of sorts until TWD is back on.

Also, did anybody watch the two episodes of The Assets that ABC ran? I actually enjoyed that show and was a little irritated it got canceled after two of six episodes aired.  I guess my cup of tea on shows isn't exactly the same for everyone else.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: January 6, 2014, 08:16 PM »
Brent I've got a copy of compendium 1 that I'm about to sell if you're interested.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: JD Book Club: What Are You Reading Now?
« on: January 6, 2014, 06:36 AM »

Started this last night and I'm about 50 pages in.  So far it's typical of Clancy and its just a bunch of story lines to get started.  I imagine after about 100-150 pages it will really take off.

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.

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