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Ternaugh last won the day on November 4 2017

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  1. Ternaugh

    What Have You Watched Recently?

    It apparently under performed at the box office, mainly due to competition from other SF movies, like 2010: The Year We Make Contact, which was released a few weeks before. I first saw it while flipping channels, and hitting it on one of the big network movie of the week showings. Gene Simmons was what sold it for me. I also have a soft spot for Michael Crichton's previous work, Looker, which was also a box office flop.
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    What Have You Watched Recently?

    The Black Hole (1979) -- Right after Star Wars hit it big, everyone else had to have their space epic. Disney built this with the remnants of the old studio system, which meant lots of matte paintings, and special effects done in-house. Unfortunately, there isn't much to the plot, other than a general 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea/Dante's Inferno vibe (the latter actually being name-checked early on in the movie). (DVD) Runaway (1984) -- Michael Crichton wrote and directed this "near-future" movie about a cop and his partner who chase malfunctioning robots, and discover a plot concerning magical microchips that are somehow weaponized. Tom Selleck stars, but never really rises above the contrivances of the plot. Gene Simmons plays the villain, a genius scientist who is after the templates to make the microchips and is willing to kill just about anyone to get them. Includes some gimmicky shots from the point of view of a "smart bullet" that tracks by heat signature, which feels like a throwback to the writer/director's earlier work on Looker. (DVD)
  3. Ternaugh

    And now, for your daily dose of cute...

    What, the root beer wasn't enough?
  4. Ternaugh

    Selling Dice - Advice requested

    I've never actually sold any of the dice I've collected myself*, but you might be able to get a quote from Noble Knight Games ( Nobleknight.com ). I've sold some older books for credit in the past, and the deal was very fair. *I tend to buy my dice storage containers at Home Depot, and I've lost track of just how many sets I have. For carrying to games, I tend to use a couple of storage boxes that I got in a Kickstarter a few years ago (a thick piece of felt covers each to prevent the dice from shifting during transport):
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    In other news...

    You mean the diver that Elon Musk lashed out at and called a "pedo guy"?
  6. Ternaugh

    Star Wars 8 complaint box

    Yoda objected to Anakin's training on the basis of Anakin's age, and the strong emotions that he held for his mother. By the end of Episode I, Yoda's concerns were overruled by the Jedi Council, and his training was allowed. Anakin was frequently shown as reckless and impulsive in the prequels, and Luke had many of the same traits*. Yoda really didn't want to train him; the line, "He is too old. Yes. Too old to begin the training," reads as if Yoda is grasping for any reason to avoid it, so I would probably feel that the testing was originally more to appease Obi-Wan's force ghost. *Lucas has been on record saying that there are several themes in the prequels which were meant to echo similar themes in the original trilogy.
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    Star Wars 8 complaint box

    Wait, is this the same Yoda that had to be badgered by a force-ghost into training Luke? His long game seemed to consist of shouting that Skywalker would be too old to train (again).
  8. Ternaugh

    The Academics Thread

    I started consistently making the Dean's List in college when I was taking my upper-level Math and Computer Science courses*. And I absolutely loved writing mathematical proofs. *A CS degree at that time essentially required a minor in Mathematics
  9. Ternaugh

    The Academics Thread

    Back in the 1960s, my Dad taught several high school math and science courses. He would frequently rail against the New Math, even a decade after he stopped teaching. Most of his complaints were similar to those raised most recently by Common Core. I learned to stop asking him for help with my math homework somewhere around second grade, as my school taught many New Math concepts (in the mid-1970s), and he just couldn't see how to work the problems. Tom Lehrer's New Math: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6OaYPVueW4
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    Star Wars 8 complaint box

    I came to a realization a couple of days ago that the reason that I can't really get myself worked up over a lot of Episode VIII is that I've already done it for the Prequels. And somewhere around all of the Joseph Campbell Power of Myth analysis, and reverence of Star Wars as a whole, I came to realize a few things: 1. It's basically a rip-off of Flash Gordon/Buck Rogers with better special effects. 2. Lucas desperately needed a strong editor to tell him "no". 3. Lucas had no idea how to write dialog. 4. At a certain point, Star Wars was more about the toys and other merchandise, and less about the characters and story. 5. You can't be 8 years old forever, and tastes change.
  11. Ternaugh

    Star Wars 8 complaint box

    Oh, I don't know, that looked like the bombing run was being done at less than 300 MPH. It certainly seemed to take forever onscreen to get there.
  12. Ternaugh

    Star Wars 8 complaint box

    Star Wars hasn't ever been consistent with F=ma, and most ships are shown to have a maximum velocity*, even in vacuum. Assuming that she and the ship are travelling at the same velocity, the only added vector for her would have been from the jet of air pushing her out of the ship. That egress wouldn't necessarily be fatal (the scene from 2001: A Space Odyssey is scientifically accurate in that regard), and the assumption that she has not progressed in the Force during the last 30+ years is probably way off the mark. That she obviously had medical problems afterward was also consistent. *Star Wars space ships are more akin to prop planes in most cases, which was carried to an extreme with the various Naboo ships of the Prequels (see the picture here from AOTC as an example). They can accelerate to a maximum "cruising speed" fairly fast, and can brake just as easily. By the way, this also explains the "slow" bombers, as that would totally be modeled on something like the B29 from WWII, which usually had a fighter screen to protect it. As for the Bespin trip, the usual excuse given is that the Falcon's main hyperdrive was down, but their backup hyperdrive was able to limp them there (option 2 is that they got a lift while attached to the star destroyer). Still, it took them enough time for Luke to travel to Dagobah and train extensively with Yoda, so time did pass. Much like a lot of Star Trek ships, the ultimately fly at the speed of plot.
  13. The Wall by Pink Floyd. Currently playing "Mother".
  14. Ternaugh

    And now, for your daily dose of cute...

    "Help me, Obi-Wan Catnobi...."
  15. Ternaugh

    Funny pics

    If it's from Hollywood, you get this: