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I saw this on a big, dumb-ass, black Humvee while driving around over the weekend.  And being the Star Wars geek I am, and having a SW-themed personalized plate of my own, I immediately wondered if the driver was a fellow fan.  We all know Wedge, but the 2 following it is what really made me wonder (2 being Wedge's callsign or whatever).

And for what it's worth, I didn't get a look at the driver, so I couldn't tell if they would have fit with the average SW-fan demographics (male, between 16-50 years of age, wearing Yoda ears hat, no females in car).

What do you guys think?

Watto's Junk Yard / Say, what's your favorite warm beverage?
« on: January 18, 2006, 04:00 PM »
Hot chocolate?  Coffee?  An espresso?  Cappucino?  A latte?  Hot tea (because you're a "hottie")*?  Hot apple cider?  Warm milk?  Something else?

I only start this (seemingly-inane) topic because I got me one of them newfangled Tassimo single-cup coffee makers, and I'll be damned if it's not the most-kickass invention of all time. 

(Funny article, where that pic comes from, by the way.)

I'm enjoying some lovely hot chocolate from it, even as we speak.  Because you see, it's not only a coffee-maker, but it also makes most of that other stuff I mentioned, too (with the exception of the cider and milk), provided you've got the "t-disks" for them.

But anyway, it's great.  I find myself using it more for hot chocolate than anything, but I've also liked the tea.  The cappucinos and lattes (what's the difference in those two, anyway?) aren't too bad, either.

I'm really not too much of a coffee drinker, I guess.  On the rare occasion when I will have some ("yes, have some")*, I load it up with so much milk and sugar that it can hardly be considered "coffee" anymore.

What about you?



Watto's Junk Yard / So, do you. . . sudoku?
« on: January 15, 2006, 03:18 AM »
It's easy to learn, but difficult to master.

Day 5 at the Mall of America

Elayne takes me to Cereal Adventure, which is a mini theme park run by General Mills, makers of Trix and Lucky Charms and Cookie Crisp.

There is a mini golf course there, as well as an interactive exhibit on how Lucky Charms is made.  Here it is shown how the leprechauns are first flayed and then pulped to be turned into the marshmallows.  Off to the side are waist-high piles of abandoned little green hats that will be shipped back to Ireland under international treaty.

"Am I the only one who finds this a little bit creepy?" I ask aloud.  Elayne ignores me.  "You can have your picture taken and put on a box of Wheaties," she says.

That's insane, I say.  I can't masturbate to a picture of myself.  Where are the Mary Lou Retton boxes?

We then go to the Cereal Adventure Cafe, which claims to have all the General Mills cereals for sale.  They have the monster cereals Boo Berry, Count Chocolua, and Frankenberry.  I am surprised to learn that they have never heard of Fruit Brute, which featured a werewolf.  They have never heard of Yummy Mummy, who was a mummy who was fruit flavored.  I wonder if they really have any business running a "cereal adventure" cafe at all.

Watto's Junk Yard / Does this guy disturb anyone else here?
« on: August 24, 2004, 08:09 PM »

There's just something that I can't quite put my finger on about this guy.  I find him bothersome and annoying, but at the same time, as soon as one of his commercials comes on, I can't look away. . .

It's as if I'm hyp-no-tized. . .  by. . .  the TV!

Watto's Junk Yard / U2
« on: August 24, 2004, 03:57 PM »
Achtung, Baby! New U2 Release Set

Nov. 23 is going to be a beautiful day for U2 fans.

Bono and the boys have announced plans to release their still untitled album in the U.S. then, a day after it drops in the U.K. The first single, "Vertigo," will hit radio on Sept. 24, while a video for the song will debut in October.

U2's 11th studio album, produced by Steve Lillywhite, is the follow-up to their multiple Grammy-winning 2000 disc, All That You Can Leave Behind. Besides "Vertigo," other song titles rumored to be on the Irish rockers' set include "Tough" and "Full Metal Jacket."

The band has been previewing tracks to select music industry types, and the buzz has been tremendous. Time magazine's Josh Tyrangiel says the new CD "is just full of confident, expansive guitar rock from the masters of the form. All the old tricks--the Edge's echoing guitar notes,Larry Mullen Jr.'s martial snare--still work...[Bono] has enormous assuredness, and the occasional cracks in his voice make the bad-relationship songs (and, as always, there are quite a few) darker and more dramatic."

U2 fan site @U2 quotes VH1 Senior Vice President Bill Flanagan saying, "It's the best album they have ever done. It's going to knock [listeners] out." And British rock writer Neil McCormick tells Hot Press magazine that "Vertigo" "is like the early U2 pumped up in the 21st century, a really exciting record."

The album's release will apparently not be impacted by the disappearance of early version of the album. A compact disc containing unmixed versions of the tracks went missing from a recording studio in Nice, France, in July, prompting worries that the songs could be leaked to the Internet, potentially costing the quartet, arguably the most popular rock band in the world, and its label, Interscope, millions in lost revenue.

With French investigators still not finding what they're looking for, Bono told London's Daily Telegraph that the group may try and head off such a disastrous leak by making the album available early as a legal download on Apple's iTunes should file-swappers get their hands on it.

"If it is on the Internet this week, we will release it immediately as a legal download on iTunes, and get hard copies into the shops by the end of the month," the singer said. "It would be a real pity. It would screw up years of work and months of planning, not to mention f--king up our holidays. But once it's out. It's out."

A cursory scan of the major music-swapping sites haven't turned up any of the MIA tracks.

For now, the album will be on shelves--and iTunes--in November, with a U.S. tour slated for the spring.


(And yes, although I'm a casual fan of U2, this thread is little more than an opportunity to mock this thread from our buddy Durge from just a couple months ago. . .

Watto's Junk Yard / The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
« on: August 18, 2004, 09:30 PM »
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

This is the new flick from director Wes Anderson (Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums) and (the washed-up and unfunny) Bill Murray.

Click here for the trailer

Awesome cast:

Cate Blanchette
Owen Wilson
Anjelica Huston
Willem Dafoe
Jeff Goldblum

And I'm sure the other Wes Anderson players will be there somewhere, as well.

Typically, I've got problems with pictures involving a lot of water, but I think I'll like this one a little more.

Releases December 1st, 2004.

Watto's Junk Yard / Kilborn Calls It Quits at 'Late Late Show'
« on: August 13, 2004, 09:34 PM »
Saw this on Bloody Disgusting:

LOS ANGELES - Craig Kilborn has decided to quit CBS' "Late Late Show" after five seasons, leaving the network to find a new host for the hour that follows "Late Show with David Letterman."

"It was easily the greatest job I've had, and CBS was very generous in their offer to re-sign me," Kilborn told Daily Variety. "But I simply want to try something new. I can now focus on writing and producing different television projects I haven't had time for."

Not one to pass up a gag, Kilborn added: "And this is cool: I will continue to wear makeup in my everyday life."

Kilborn had drawn solid ratings for CBS since he took the time slot over from Tom Snyder. Since 1999, the audience had grown 34 percent to this season's average of 1.7 million viewers.

He likely will wrap up his tenure by within a month, according to a source close to the production, Variety reported Friday. The program is produced by Letterman's company, Worldwide Pants.

CBS, which learned of Kilborn's decision Thursday, had no comment on his replacement, a CBS spokesman said Friday.

There was immediate speculation that Conan O'Brien, whose contract with NBC's "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" has more than a year to run, might be a candidate if he could eventually could end up with Letterman's job.

Industry speculation has it that Letterman is likely to exit late-night TV before Leno does.

Kilborn was the original host of Comedy Central's "Daily Show" and had a role in the 2003 film "Old School."


. . .And millions of people will continue to watch Conan.

Go back to ESPN, Kilborn--you suck. But please, don't go back to the Daily Show.  (Like they'd have your smug, pompous, unfunny ass back, anyway.)

Watto's Junk Yard / Cuddle party, anyone?
« on: August 11, 2004, 02:04 PM »
Cuddle parties let strangers get touchy-feely

NEW YORK - It's not about sex. It's all about the touchy-feely experience of snuggling up to perfect strangers wearing pajamas.

The grab fests are called cuddle parties, and since they started in New York in February, hundreds of people have paid $30 each to touch and embrace others in intimate gatherings.

Everyone needs to be cuddled, especially in lonely New York, say creators Reid Mihalko and Marcia Baczynski who say it's a good way to meet new and interesting people.

But the rules are clear. The PJs stay on the whole time and participants are reminded of Rule No. 7: "No dry humping!"

In case things get too steamy, a small chime is kept on hand. Before the cuddling begins, the chime is struck several times so everyone gets the message.

"We've never used it," said Mihalko, who said sexual arousal does occur, and that participants shouldn't be turned off or scared by erections. "They happen."

The idea for cuddle parties loosely came about after Mihalko, a 14-year masseur, began giving massages to other masseurs who never got the chance to receive them.

Signs that people need to be touched were brought home one day when Mihalko said he noticed a woman bawling from the emotional release that a massage provided her at an outdoor stand in midtown Manhattan.

"It started out as a joke," said Baczynski. "Now we talk about cuddling all the time. It's just been amazing."

Curiosity is a big driver for people who attend cuddle parties, and it is a better way to meet people than going to a bar, getting drunk and spending the night with someone just because of the need for some affection, she said.

A cuddle party is really about communication and not therapy, say the organizers.

Before any touching begins, participants gather in a circle to hear the rules and voice any questions or concerns. The first rule is that the event is not clothing optional, pajamas must stay on and sex is not permitted.

Participants team up into pairs and to ensure the boundaries of what is permissible are clear, they practice saying "no" to the question, "May I kiss you?"

An introduction to cuddling ensues, first by hugging three people. People then get in a circle on their hands and knees, rub shoulders and moo like cows. After a bit of swaying, everyone falls to their side, which puts them into an easy cuddling position.

Cuddle parties are intended for people who are emotionally sound. People in therapy or who are seeing a mental health professional are asked to consult their doctor before signing up for a party and to tell organizers of their situation.


One group on an overcast Sunday drew a mix of mostly single people in their 30s and a smattering of older people.

A repeat customer who called herself a born-again Christian said it was good to cuddle up to another person, albeit a perfect stranger, after a hectic week.

"I felt good. I had a particularly stressful week," said the woman, who did not wish to be named.

Friends had warned her that the parties would be nothing more than thinly disguised preludes to sex, but she dismissed those worries as alarmist and unfounded, saying, "It's not about sex."

Like others, the chance to meet someone was a consideration in attending a cuddle party.

"People in a way are looking for a connection," said Fernando. "It's weird, but not unusual."

A man named Dwayne H., who described himself as introverted, said he thought the parties would help him relax before strangers and help him express his feelings.

"I have a problem showing emotion," he said.


I'm trying to think of something funny here, perhaps involving OCB or jjks, or both--or perhaps something on even a larger scale, like between JD and Rebelscum, but I think that perhaps it's best not to say anything at all.

Modern Classifieds / FS: Hasbro 12" from 1996-2004
« on: August 9, 2004, 10:38 AM »
Hasbro 12"

POTF2 - 1996
Admiral Ackbar
Anakin Skywalker Masterpiece Edition (BOXED)
AT-AT Driver
Ben Kenobi
Ben Kenobi (BOXED)
Boba Fett
Boba Fett (Electronic)
C-3PO Masterpiece Edition (BOXED)
Cantina Band - Figrin D'an
Chewbacca - furry
Chewbacca - 13" plastic
Darth Vader with Removable Helmet (Electronic)
Dewback with Sandtrooper
Emperor Palpatine and Emperor's Royal Guard
Emperor's Royal Guard
Grand Moff Tarkin with Interrogator Droid
Han Solo in Carbonite Block with Han Prisoner
Han Solo Endor (BOXED)
Han Solo Hoth and Tauntaun
Lando Calrissian
Luke Ceremonial (custom head)
Luke Hoth and Wampa
Luke Hoth (BOXED)
Luke Jedi
Luke Jedi & Bib Fortuna (BOXED)
Luke X-Wing Pilot
Ponda Baba
Princess Leia Boushh
Princess Leia Ceremonial - 1999 Portrait Edition (BOXED)
Princess Leia Slave & R2-D2 - Jabba's Prisoners (BOXED)
R2-D2 with Detachable Utility Arms
Sandtrooper with Imperial Droid
Snowtrooper (BOXED) x 2
Speeder Bike with Scout Trooper
TIE Fighter Pilot
Tusken Raider with Gaffi Stick
Wicket (BOXED)

Episode I - 1999
Anakin Skywalker
Aurra Sing Masterpiece Edition (BOXED)
Battle Droid
Battle Droid (custom red)
C-3PO (Electronic)
Darth Maul
Darth Maul (Electronic)
Darth Maul with Sith Speeder
Mace Windu
Obi-Wan Kenobi
Pit Droids

POTJ - 2000
Death Star Droid (with Mouse Droid) x 3 (BOXED)
Death Star Trooper x 2 (BOXED)
Luke Skywalker 100th Action Collection (BOXED)
Sith Lords 2 Pack: Darth Vader and Darth Maul (BOXED)
Watto (BOXED)

Saga - 2002
Dengar (BOXED)
Jango Fett
Jango Fett (Electronic)
Zuckuss (BOXED)

OTC - 2004
Luke Tatooine (BOXED)

Anyone else hate this bastard?

I will admit that I liked him back before I even knew who he was, before anybody knew who he was, before he was "Matthew Lillard, Freddy Prinze Jr.'s butt buddy", back in Serial Mom.  

But ever since then, from his role in the original Scream, to "co-starring" with the also-awful Prinze in every movie either of them do (remember when you and your best friend would be a "package" when picked for the kickball teams at recess?  Same deal with these two flunkies), he's irritated the hell out of me.  Topping it all off for Matthew Lillard is his role as "Shaggy" in the ultra-fantastic (and by "fantastic", I mean "terrible") Scooby-Doo movies.

Probably the worst part of all is that he's the newest Hollywood actor to have the dreaded "Ralph Macchio Syndrome".  The last ones that had it were the entire cast of "Beverly Hills 90210"--this is the unfortunate disease where actors continue to play the same 19-year-old characters well into their middle age.

Lillard, in real life, is actually 52 years old, on his third marriage, and is recovering from quadruple-bypass surgery, yet he's playing Lindsay Lohan's secret crush, Davey, in the new movie "Confessions of a Teenage Mean Girl Part 2: Freakier Friday", coming out this Christmas.

He will be the one responsible for the decline of western civilization.

So, I've never ordered a case of anything before, and I've been meaning to get all of my VOTC figures by the case, but I've heard some things that say that if you're a little slow or late in ordering a case from EE, they may not have enough to fill your order, and you'll be S.O.L.

Any truth to that, in your guys' experience?  Or do you pretty much order cases as soon as they're available?

I'm wanting to order two cases of both VOTC Wave 2.5, and whatever the new one with the ROTJ assortment is.

Should I even bother at this point?

Watto's Junk Yard / Time for some new flip-flops.
« on: July 26, 2004, 05:46 PM »
(And no, this doesn't have anything to do with John Kerry or the Democratic National Convention.)  :P

So, after a late-night trip to Wal-Mart the other day on a search for OTC junk, during which I nearly split my kneecap after hitting a puddle while wearing some three-year-old, five-dollar Wal-Mart special flip-flops, I've decided it's time for some new ones.

(And yes, that was the most poorly-constructed sentence in the history of the internet.)

So here's what I'm looking at:

The Sanuk Fur-Real Classic

Around $30-35 at most places, I can't help but think "man, that's a lot of money for a pair of flip-flops", but, while price-searching flip-flops last night (something I never in a million years thought I'd ever be doing), I saw some sandals for one, two, even three-hundred dollars.  So I guess the thirty bucks doesn't seem so bad.

What about you guys?  Any flip-flop connoisseurs in the house?

(And yes, I am a bit hesitant to post this thread due to jjks' known foot fetish--but I feel that flip-flops are too important not to have their own thread here.)

Watto's Junk Yard / The Borat Thread
« on: July 25, 2004, 11:56 AM »

`Ali G Show' speaks with many voices

Perhaps even funnier are Cohen's two other alter egos, Borat, "Kazakhstan's premier journalist," and Bruno, a gay Austrian fashion victim. In the first two episodes of the second season of this imported character study, Borat wrangles his way into an Oklahoma city council meeting and forces the members into a 10-minute moment of silence for what he claims is the anniversary of a massacre back home.

And from an article in yesterday's "Oklahoman":

Journalist Borat Sagdiyev's prank hasn't been forgotten at City Hall.  His 17-minute appearance at the traffic commission included comments on "US'n'A" democracy, the role of women in government, digestive troubles and his romantic intentions toward a female commissioner.

This "incident" was even featured as a story on at least one of our local news channels.

I was totally unfamiliar with Borat and the rest of "Da Ali G" crew until I saw the first episode of the new season last week, and man, it was good stuff.

The second episode, with the OKC prank, airs tonight at 9:30 Central on HBO.

Well, the title's leaked, and so is the new packaging, and we're seeing Episode III toy threads creep into the other sections like Saga and OTC.  Plus, it's only a matter of weeks or months before we know the contents of the sneak preview wave, and all that junk.

So. . .  when?

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