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  1. Hayward is reunited with Stevens in Boston. Congrats, happy for him since this is what you wanted. A better fit than Miami for sure. 

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      Synthetic

       

      Fireworks have made my cats act crazy the past 24 hours. Minnie LOVES IT. I have never seen a cat before excited by loud noises and fireworks like her. It's weird but refreshing at the same time since it's like watching a child. 

       

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      I am not saying at all he is Lebron's level, duh. Nobody really is. Very very few. Lebron is a God among men. Just that I have seen legit video evidence that Hayward competes very hard vs. Lebron and doesn't stand around acting all scared of him like many others do. So perhaps next year Boston grows a pair vs. the Cavs in home games vs. Cleveland.

       

       

      And they don't need PG to get that edge. I'm beginning to think the PG stuff is overblown. He does not perform well against LeBron. Even though he's faced him so many times, he's got an 0-5 playoff record vs him. He may have pushed those Miami Heat teams to a 7 game series, but he didn't come out the winner. I think PG is better off in OKC. 

    3. Jules

      Jules

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      Fireworks have made my cats act crazy the past 24 hours. Minnie LOVES IT. I have never seen a cat before excited by loud noises and fireworks like her. It's weird but refreshing at the same time since it's like watching a child. 

       

      Ok that is odd, I never met a cat who liked that stuff. She must be a secret wild child kitty.

       

       

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      And they don't need PG to get that edge. I'm beginning to think the PG stuff is overblown. He does not perform well against LeBron. Even though he's faced him so many times, he's got an 0-5 playoff record vs him. He may have pushed those Miami Heat teams to a 7 game series, but he didn't come out the winner. I think PG is better off in OKC. 

       

      There are still rumors that PG can end up in Boston someday. lmao That if it don't work out in OKC he may still be traded to Boston. And right now rumors about how Boston is currently shopping Crowder, Smart and maybe Bradley but what the heck ever at this point. 

       

      I got no idea anymore, I am lost.

    4. Jules

      Jules

      All these rumors do is give the real gm Celtics forum guys something to do 24 hours a day.

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  2. ITunes wiped my entire IPod after moving all the files to a new computer. Freezes ITunes when connected, lags the computer all the way down trying to go into the device from Windows.

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    2. Coltsince4

      Coltsince4

      I have the same, ipod classic 80gig.Still working great and still love it!! Sorry about yours bummer.

    3. Synthetic

      Synthetic

      Hold onto that thing cause Apple don't make them anymore. They are selling for insane outrageous prices on EBay.

      The most gig you can get in a current IPod is 64.

    4. radiogirl

      radiogirl

      Same thing happened to me Bogie. Kept getting error messages. Come to find out, my faithful classic 160GB iPod had died a slow 10 year old death. This was several years ago and I ran straight over and got a new one. I needed something to handle ginormous amounts of music and nothing else.

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  3. Today is the sad anniversary if you're a grunge fan. RIP Kurt, and RIP Layne. Nirvana and Alice In Chains marathon, all day. 

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    2. Jules

      Jules

      I know that song by Alice in Chains. I know a ton of their music but I don't think I ever bought anything from them or got it. I admit they were a pretty talented band.

       

      I think when most think of grunge they think "Nirvana" first and Kurt Cobain and probably because well.......yeah they were pretty freaking grungy lol and Kurt died giving him the legend status and all that crap at 27. And granted Nirvana wasn't really all that smooth in sound a lot and was a product of studio production.......they did click hardcore as a band for the short time they had together. They had chemistry. 

       

      Some of the early Manson stuff is also grunge in a way you once told me and you can hear it on Portrait which ironically is still my favorite album of theirs due to cake and sodomy LOL.

       

      At least Manson had lyrics though. Nirvana's lyrics were pretty bland. I am a big fan of lyrics but still have that stupid soft spot for grunge. 

       

      It was sort of that "I don't care" angst movement too that many dug.

       

      I think some grunge could even be called punk at times? Some Nirvana was punk-ish if you dig through it and some STP stuff too maybe even.

    3. Synthetic

      Synthetic

       

      Marilyn Manson's original band "The Spooky Kids" were hardcore grunge or punk, whatever you want to call it. He didn't want to be grunge, and he clashed with his band mates over this when he hooked up with Reznor who produced and pushed the music in a more modern industrial way. 

       

      Grunge was punk rock all over again, same thing. They play the same power chord heavy songs, and it's all muddy sounding and loud. You aren't wrong that production really helped Nirvana. The band fought the producers over Nevermind, and thankfully the producer's won and we got a much more polished sounding album. I listened to their debut 'Bleach' the other day, and I'm always taken back at how horribly produced that album is. 

       

      Alice In Chains was too talented to be called grunge. They are a metal band in my eyes, they certainly had the rhythm section for it to compete with all the big metal bands out at the time. 

       

      I couldn't ever get into Stone Temple Pilots. They became the 70's nostalgia band of the 90's, and I hated that stuff. I would rather listen to the real deal of Bowie or Iggy Pop, rather than a poor imitation of it. I hated that Scott Weiland died last year, since he was so big during my youth. STP's debut album was OK, but everything else fell flat. 

       

       

    4. Jules

      Jules

      At least we got "creep" lol

       

       

       

       

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  4. Day #3 of monster ear infection - still can barely hear on my left side, but that don't stop me from listening to the jams.

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    2. Synthetic

      Synthetic

      Colts are going to be scary next year with that offense. I do not want to play your team Jules! New WR and they got Andre Johnson. can I just buy a blue and white shirt finally? I could totally bandwagon for this team LOL

    3. Jules

      Jules

      Blue and white seems fitting for you......:)

      Offensively I do think we might thrive. But I have been calling Luck for MVP for a while.

      I mean come on screw defense. Thats like so old school.......

      lmao

    4. Jules

      Jules

      Actually yeah, I kinda think our defensive first rounders sometimes suck too. Some REALLY suck.

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  5. Ran across this over the morning and thought you would find it interesting. Seeing as I just spent most of the year binge watching through Miami Vice, I had to go back to Michael Mann's film work and see how it holds up against the bulk of his prime show.

     

     

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    2. Synthetic

      Synthetic

       

      I did not like the Miami Vice movie at all. I've seen so much of the show, and there's so many issues with it. Farrell and Fox have absolutely no chemistry as Crockett and Tubbs. That's really like the #1 problem of the movie. I wasn't even sure they liked each other in the movie, whereas in the show, there's that whole "I got your back" mentality about them with this brotherly bond. In the movie, he leaves Tubbs behind to go on that cruise with the girl to Cuba...in the show, this only happened once, he left Tubbs behind in the episode 'Nobody Lives Forever' and Tubbs gets the crap beat out of him, and this leads to Sonny feeling guilty and trying to make up for it later. People can make fun of Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas all they want, but those two had a chemistry together that has largely been unmatched in buddy cop films and shows. 

       

      If you do like that movie though, I would highly recommend checking out the episode 'Smuggler's Blues'. The entire movie is really like a 2 hour long re-write of the Smuggler's Blues episodes. And yep, it's the one with Glenn Frey pretty much playing himself in it, but he still pulls off a good performance. There is only minor differences between the film and that episode, most notably, Trudy doesn't die but Tubbs is given such a crappy situation at the end. (he jumps, Trudy dies. He don't jump, she still dies)

       

      and the point of where in the film, Sonny leaves Tubbs behind, in Smuggler's Blues, there's the scene where of him and Glenn Frey talking about Vietnam and he says "I had to leave fallen comrades behind, but this one, I CAN'T leave behind". 

       

      I don't know if that movie should've even been made though cause Vice pretty much is a product of the whole 80's era, and it's a definite necessity for the younger generation of 80's loving hipsters, and I don't know if that formula can work in modern setting. Crockett and Tubbs benefited from that environment of the wild wild west mentality of the cocaine cowboys. That all changed in later decades. 

    3. southwest1

      southwest1

      To be completely candid with you Bogie, I never followed the Miami Vice TV show as closely as you clearly did & still do apparently. I viewed Miami Vice the 2006 movie more like co-workers who know what makes each other tick, but they're not hanging out after work going to a local cop dive eating brats, buffalo wings, swallowing an ice cold beer together & bonding. It's not that they don't care about each others welfare; they just appreciate space apart from each other so that when they are in life & death situations respect for their colleague doesn't blur or get in the way of arresting the big criminal fish or killing him as an absolute, last resort. 

       

      Chemistry between central characters matters yes, but in my estimation, Crockett & Tubbs are more like 2 guys who appreciate 1 another's skill sets under cover & they have no desire to be blood brothers or bosom buddies at all. Why them come together against that drug smuggler who hurts Trudy is because these bad guys bleeped up the professionalism & smoothness of their vice unit collectively. Sure Trudy is considered a friend that no harm should come to. However, when a unit gels professionally & you know each members tendencies; when a bad guy messes with that cohesion that took yrs to build an aggressive response of revenge is required. 

       

      I actually liked the feature film better than the series because if you are that close to a partner & something horrific happens to them or a loved one they care about....Your professional relationship is forever tarnished & compromised now because your objectivity is totally lost & you're too emotionally invested in the protection of your parter rather than completing the mission in the field. Some level of distance is mandated to see the big picture, lock up the bad guy, & not become yr partner's guardian angel. 

       

      I like that we don't know if Tubbs will retire from police work to tend to Trudy's needs. I like that Crockett has regrets over falling in love with this money manger & flipping her world upside down. I like that the audience has no idea if this Vice Unit will split up or not at the end of the movie. That's real life. Not a 40 minute show where everybody will be back next week no matter what. 

    4. southwest1

      southwest1

      I do appreciate the insights & familiarity you have with Michael Mann's early work in TV before he became a major motion picture director though Bogie. Thank you. 

       

      Yes, the original Miami Vice TV show was perfect for the era it was produced in. All that is true. However, I applaud Mann for modifying the storyline to fit in a 21st Century backdrop about cops, drug smugglers, people caught in the crossfire; & the toll this kind of work transforms a person into--cold, calculating, stoic, & indifferent with jaded attachment issues. 

       

      I did see some of the original series when it was originally released on network before cable & satellite widened an audiences viewing choices at large. It was a well made show with solid script writing. I just like Micheal Mann now as an established director who cut his teeth on the original TV show, but he doesn't plan on living there forever. TV was a steeping stone to bigger productions in cinema & he's not gonna be a slave to that small screen medium unless Hollywood says Mike you can't cut it as a big screen director anymore. 

       

      He doesn't despise TV perse. No, it's more like his grand visions & storylines are better suited for wrap around surround sound environments with outstanding picture clarity. I also like that his high intense action scenes are few & far in between. He understands that less is more in terms of explosions, chase scenes, & gun violence. All that really matters is the emotional investment the audience has with the characters on both sides of the law. 

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  6. Dreamed I was an action figure

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    2. Synthetic

      Synthetic

      Cracked articles can be fun though many times they get their information wrong through biased opinions.

    3. Coltsince4

      Coltsince4

      Cracked was an American humor magazine. Founded in 1958, Cracked proved to be the most durable of the many publications to be launched in the wake of Mad magazine.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

    4. Synthetic

      Synthetic

      I thought you were talking about Cracked the site that posts two page articles, my bad.

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  7. Me and Justin Bieber are homies - for realz yo!

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    2. Jules

      Jules

      Justin Bieber lately though too has been totally LOL.....

    3. Synthetic

      Synthetic

      Yeah Britney has attended a few games at the dome before. She was at the game where Brees broke Marino's record on MNF, but no pictures ever surfaced of her there, though it was definitely true. She attended some games from 2001-2003 too, and she auctioned off one of her jerseys after Katrina for a charity benefit (an Aaron Brooks one, can't blame her for that) so yeah she's totally a Saints fan

    4. Synthetic

      Synthetic

      I think there was some pictures of her on the Breathe Heavy forum (Britney fan site) that popped up a few years ago, I can't remember for sure. That was a great forum for collecting remixes, but it had waaaaaaaaay too many kids on it.

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  8. Shirley Manson is relevant again?

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    2. Synthetic

      Synthetic

      Yep that Beck. The Grammys still is crap though...Eminem now has more grammys than any other rap artist in history...against who though? No competition. The only rock group to win an award was Tenacious D. That's the music industry's way of reminding is that rock is truly dead.

    3. Synthetic

      Synthetic

      Hey South West, forgot to tell you last week I posted you a Clapton video in that music thread. You'll dig that performance.

    4. southwest1

      southwest1

      Thanks for the key Clapton update Bogie. I will definitely check it out. I just watched the Grammys. I loved what Prince said decked in shiny sherbet orange. "Books matter, black lives matter, & albums [not just singles] matter. Madonna was good, Annie Lennox was good, Rhiana was good, ELO was good, & the Live "Stay with Me" performance with Mary J. Blige was quite moving.

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  9. Saints fans complain about drafting an OL with the 32nd pick, because ya know, when the quarterback takes big hits and gets hurt behind a line that has been in decay for 4 years now, then it's a problem. 

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    2. Jules

      Jules

      Falcons really want to improve that crappy D from the SB. Problem is why don't they improve their crappy coaching and playcalling? If they don't improve the basic things like how to hold a lead when up by 100 points then whats the point?

       

      I told you for weeks and months to be optimistic about the Saints!

       

       

      I gotta go through the list of what everyone drafted. I am painfully behind and about to take a benadryl so I will be in la la land soon tonight.

    3. Synthetic

      Synthetic

      Hope benadryl don't give you bad nightmares...it's why I have stopped taking it. 

       

      I don't know if it's a testament to NE being beaten by the same formula or if the Falcons truly got lucky to have their defense perform at such a high level in the SB. They were the 27th ranked defense and made NE look like garbage for 3 quarters of that game. 

       

      People will study that SB forever, cause it threw all the odds out the window. The stats didn't even matter, a horrible defense made a top ranked offense look useless in that game. That's not even counting all the odds against NE to come back and win due to the Falcons poor coaching.

    4. teganslaw

      teganslaw

      It looks like the Saints are getting Drew Brees plenty of weapons. They should be much improved this season.

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  10. Horns supplied by Maceo Parker, Fred Wesley, joined with the Brecker Brothers. The UFO is real, and it's funky. Mothership, god this record is so awesome

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    2. southwest1

      southwest1

      No problems Jules. I always enjoy your comical deviations. Neither you or Bogie have anything to apologize for ever. Off topic: I hope you 2 are getting a kick out of my Bogie & Bacall film festival review session BTW. I'm really gaining an appreciation for their on screen chemistry actually & I owe u 2 a debt of gratitude for that. Thank you. :)

    3. Synthetic

      Synthetic

      Dark Passage is a good one, and the Big Sleep. Big Sleep is obviously their best film together, Bogart as a detective, the noir in that is supreme. I didn't really care for To Have, and Have Not. It's OK, a bit overrated. Key Largo is great since Edward G Robinson is playing a villain and he gets a chance to really shine in that film as a sorta reincarnation of his character from Little Ceaser (my favorite of his). Edward G was an awesome mobster on screen.

    4. Synthetic

      Synthetic

      If you watch Dark Passage, that's an interesting movie for the first person camera angle in the first hour. There is some interesting parts in that too, which is told from Bogie's perspective in first person, since you're watching the people walk up to him and make eye contact, like the scene where the guy stops him to ask if he knows him from somewhere cause he's dressed nice. Some say, it's a bit disappointing when he comes on camera, cause the first person scenes are th...

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  11. Classic movie, underrated. The original evil daughter 

     

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    2. 2006Coltsbestever

      2006Coltsbestever

      @Tegan, I think she is adorable LOL (sarcasm)

    3. Jules

      Jules

      2006 did you put the ring comment in the wrong thread and meant to do that in the NBA one? But, I do agree with you.

       

      Tegan, I am not a kid person really either but if I could get a gem like this little girl in the movie I might change my mind!!!! lmao 

    4. 2006Coltsbestever

      2006Coltsbestever

      Yeah I put it in the wrong thread.

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  12. 90's R&B weekend 

     

     

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    2. southwest1

      southwest1

      Hey Bogie, speaking of your Saints, I watched "Rebirth Of New Orleans" on NFL Timeline from my DVR tonight. It was very good. 

       

      http://www.nfl.com/photoessays/0ap3000000707006

       

       

      I feel so sorry for all the Louisiana citizens who lost loved ones, homes, everything they own, & those that never got a chance to return to their birthplace & the center of jazz after Hurricane Katrina. 

    3. southwest1

      southwest1

      I hope your cat is okay with no serious medical complications my friend & thanks for your R & B selection. I liked it. 

    4. Jules

      Jules

      Same here, hope the cat will be okay. :(

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  13. Dreamed I was in a John Hughes movie...with no John Candy! Talk about disappointment. No Uncle Buck, what a bummer.

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    2. radiogirl

      radiogirl

      Any Molly Ringwald in your dream?

    3. Synthetic

      Synthetic

      Yes plenty of her, in her prime when she was drop dead gorgeous

    4. radiogirl

      radiogirl

      She was very pretty. I think she is a big reason women paid for botox in their lips!

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  14. I am to be an unofficial/official uncle within the next 15 hours...countdown time!!

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    2. Jules

      Jules

      Yeah too soon to worry about how he will be later lol. But, it's cute. I hope they are all in good health.

      If I ever had a baby I almost would want to raise him/her in another country but many would kill me for saying this. But, it is true....

    3. Synthetic

      Synthetic

      I don't blame you at all, rather raise a kid in Cuba or Bolivia if I had the ultimate choice.

    4. southwest1

      southwest1

      Congrats on becoming an uncle Bogie. I'm happy for you because you are gonna expose this kid to some great music over the years. Nice!

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  15. Everyone has one of these - who 2016 took from you that hurt the most, here's mine - 

     

    #1. David Bowie - all time favorite rock star.

    #2. Prince - last guitar hero I had who was still alive. 

    #3. Carrie Fisher - Galactic space princess, hilarious woman, someone I had several action figures of going back to when I was a young child. 

     

    Just one more week and this horrible year is gone forever. 

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    2. Jules

      Jules

      I love Motley Crue, but no way can I handle reading that Heroin Diaries book. Sounds way too sad.

       

      I have to say though it's not a real party until the ants are brought out. Thats when I KNOW the party is just getting started.

       

      Although I should not laugh since back in my partying days I heard and seen some nutty things myself.  The most famous is "Kevin from St. Louis" but we won't delve into that here publicly.

    3. Synthetic

      Synthetic

       

      The Heroin Diaries is a tear jerker book. It takes a very strong stomach to read without wanting to cry. 

       

      Beyond the drug stories, it's not just that which is sad...There's a lot of great stuff in the book about the racism that Nikki Sixx dealt with, cause he was pretty much raised as a kid by Richard Pryor. it's talked about a lot in the book, his mom dated Pryor and he put up with a lot of racism at a young age, and later on his career, he talks about how disgusted he was at Axl Rose for his racist rants in the past. 

       

      The book also does NOT paint Vince Niel in a good light whatsoever....Vince Neil is a piece of crap anyway, and everyone knows that, but Nikki Sixx's book goes into details how he was always this diva-type singer back in the 80's and thought he ran the band. Nikki wrote all the songs for Motley Crue alongside guitarist Mick Marrs. 

       

      Most Heavy Metal bands work in a pattern of song writing between the bass player and guitar player, while the singer writes the lyrics. Using Ozzy for example since he was mentioned - Diasley and Rhoads wrote all the songs on his debut album as bass/guitar composers. Iron Maiden is another great example, cause you can really hear the bass as a rhythm in their music, and not a surprise that their bass player Steve Harris was writing all the songs alongside Dave Murray going back to the first record. With Motley Crue, oh yes, Nikki Sixx wrote all their stuff, and deserves credit for that. 

       

       

       

       

    4. southwest1

      southwest1

      "Vince Neil is a piece of crap anyway, and everyone knows that, but Nikki Sixx's book goes into details how he was always this diva-type singer back in the 80's and thought he ran the band. " 

       

      I expect lead singers in sold out stadiums to be a colossal pain in the caboose Bogie. Vince Neil, Blackie Lawless, David Lee Roth, & David Coverdale for example all have tremendous alter ego personalities. It's pretty standard among hard rock/heavy metal bands. You have be full of yourself to work a crowd to a frenzy, sell t-shirts, tickets, backstage access, & make a lavish lifestyle of luxury possible.

       

      What I found hilarious is when Nikki Sixx  thought Vince was overrated, fired him, he signs a deal with Warner Brothers records, produces a smash CD called "Exposed" that cracks the top 20 in weeks of it's debut, Sixx replaces Neil with singer John Corabi who is a total dumpster fire vocally; the fans rejected this version of the Crue in droves, & low & behold Vince is back in the lineup & the band starts making serious money again. 

       

      Nikki Sixx is just like Eddie Van Halen after he fired Sammy Hagar. A jack caboose who falsely believed his genius would save the band by finding any fool to motivate a crowd. He grossly miscalculated & to this day Nikki says Vince left the band. No, Nikki. Your addictive personality got hooked on heroin, you thought any buffoon with tattoos could keep the cash rolling in, & I laughed my butt off when Vince made a much better record & forced you to swallow your pride & beg him to return to the Crue. 

       

      Sixx is a  survivor & a sharp guy, but if you ask him even now about the band without Neil at the helm during that period, he lies through his darn teeth. Be a real man Nikki & own it please. 

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  16. Remember that band back in your youth that you bought the album for just cause the cover was so awesome?

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    2. radiogirl

      radiogirl

      I loved vinyls. I had mine displayed around my room. I was a dork. But, music has always been my thang.

    3. Synthetic

      Synthetic

      I did the same thing when I was younger and still do it to this day. I have my Judas Priest Defenders and Screaming For Vengeance mounted up

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  17. I love David Bowie's new video and song. it's so different from him, it's simply astounding

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    2. Jules

      Jules

      Oh my.....I love that song. I never heard it. The lyrics and sound are right up my alley.

      Whoa.

    3. Synthetic

      Synthetic

      It's a cover of a folk song, I think....definitely a cover. Only played on the Ziggy/Aladdin Sane tours. Never was recorded in Studio sadly.

    4. Jules

      Jules

      Regardless, I love the song. Love Love Love it. This version.....Bowie's.

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  18. You are not a real Saints fan if you are rooting for ATL next week.

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    2. Synthetic

      Synthetic

      MIColtsFan Believe me you would think they are all wearing tin foil hats, as bad as their conspiracy theories are. It's always A. Goodell wants us to lose B. The refs are out to get us, C. Our defense isn't that bad. or D. Just blame this loss on Goodell.....sadly I am not making it up about the defense, they literally think we have a good defense even after breaking records for yardage surrendered. It's like trying to argue with a brick wall.

    3. southwest1

      southwest1

      No "Dirty Bird" love here Bogie. The 49ers will crush them. Matt Ryan got lucky vs Seattle. Matty ice is about to be dethawed in the next round of the Playoffs.

    4. Synthetic

      Synthetic

      If ATL some how makes the Super Bowl, that would be the biggest gift to New England or Baltimore.

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  19. RISE UP: Biggest Super Bowl deficit in NFL history...your 2016 Atlanta Falcons. 

     

     

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    2. Jules

      Jules

      Falcons outscored 25-0 tonight in 4th quarter

    3. JPPT1974

      JPPT1974

      Really Falcons choked big time!

    4. Synthetic

      Synthetic

       

      Jules, the Falcons have choked like this for YEARS....Usually against the Saints and sometimes Carolina too. 

       

      Boring predictable team. Matt Ryan won't win MVP next year....Everyone will forget about him after he goes back to being an average QB. 

       

      Note* This is the first and probably will be the only year they had a 100% healthy Julio Jones. 

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  20. Stop making Terminator movies

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    2. Synthetic

      Synthetic

      if you love the first two, you're better off spending an evening watching them with some fine wine. This new one is horrible.

    3. The Fish

      The Fish

      3 was entertaining, not good really, but the robot was hot

    4. Synthetic

      Synthetic

      Kristanna Loken before she did those Uwe Boll movies

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  21. A friend emailed me this over the weekend and I thought of you after I read it, since I know you love Michael Mann's work. This is one of the best analysis I've read on the internet detailing his work. 

     

    A 4 article rundown of Michael Mann's work. 

     

    https://flickeringscreen.net/2009/08/10/michael-mann-week/

     

    Here, he goes through all of his films and the central themes of his doppleganger characters, masculinity, and isolation. The other articles get into small details like the women in his films, the guns (and a great shoutout to the 'Bren Ten' model that was featured in MV), and a very good article breaking down the themes in Collateral and why that film is a msterpiece. 

     

    https://flickeringscreen.net/2009/08/11/1420/

     

     

    Glad he gave props to Manhunter, that's the forgotten gem of Mann's filmography. i re-watched it over the summer after going through a Miami Vice binge. It's incredibly stylistic, and it puts the remake 'Red Dragon' to complete shame...I liked Thief too, he is right that it could almost pass like a gritty episode of Vice back in it's run. 

     

     

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    2. southwest1

      southwest1

      "The writer breaks down how he uses doppleganger characters, as being two sides of the same coin. I never looked at it that way, but he is correct." 

       

      I'm not sure how to directly quote words in status updates like you & Jules know how to do. But, that doppleganger component is definitely a trademark feature of Mann's film work. Cops, thiefs, & mercenaries don't usually have mutual respect for what the other one does. It's about being thorough, taking pride in your profession, & finding another guy on an equal footing that sees what most people don't even notice or respect about their craft even if the hero & villain are at opposite sides of the spectrum. It's a fine blurry line between cop & bankroller; good taxi samaritan & hired killer; money launderer & DEA enforcer. 

       

      What fascinates about Mann is that he knows that there is evil & goodness in everybody & not everybody is a sinner or saint to their core. Anybody is capable of crossing over & becoming the very thing they fought against for yrs. Mann knows the world isn't black & white but very shades of grey. Drug dealers aren't all bad. They are family men, business men, & they value loyalty & profit above all else. 

       

      There's a line in Miami Vice where Tubbs says to Crockett: "I will never doubt you. There's deep uncover & there's which end is up." Where is your head at right now partner? Crockett looks at him like he's about to fall & he's scared because he loves his money launderer mark. He doesn't know how to climb out, drop the act, or if he really wants to. The audience knows he could cross over & be a valuable cocaine asset if he decided to stop working for the LAPD right now. 

       

      And even in Heat where DeNiro shakes Pacino's hand before he dies near those airport runways, both guys are sad & bummed out because they both respected how smart, savvy, & committed the other one was. Nothing else can satisfy that itch---Not money, not women, not domestication. 

    3. southwest1

      southwest1

      "Mann is a genius, I really wish he was still making movies. His films are always prolific."

       

      Absolutely right Bogie! Mann is a genius & you often have to see his films about 3 or 4 times to really comprehend how brilliant he truly is. Wait. Is Micheal really retired from filmmaking? Darn it. Maybe, he's just very selective about his projects & only directs pictures about once every 4 yrs or something. Mann has earned that right. To be picky about what films he puts his seal of approval on. He's right up there with Clint Eastwood in fame & clout to me meaning Mann can do whatever the hades he wants. 

       

      I have to give you credit too Bogie because without your astute recommendation regarding James Caan I never would have seen "Thief" or appreciated the Tangerine Dream soundtrack. Thank you so much. I sincerely mean that no hyperbole or exaggeration there I swear. 

       

      You're a very good next level music & film critic too. I'm not kidding. You know your stuff. 

    4. southwest1

      southwest1

       I read that review on how Mann treats women in his films as some sort of extension on male prowess, bravery, & masculinity. The implication being that women are only present to satisfy men's urges as central characters. I don't know if I agree with that conclusion personally. Here's why...

       

      Let's look at DeNiro's love interest Eady played by Amy Brenneman in 'Heat.' She's a shy graphic designer originally from Minnesota who now works in an LA bookstore. She spots Bob reading a book about metals & fracturing them & she strikes about a conversation with him. He blows her off initially, then apologizes, & the 2 of them eventually sleep together. 

       

      For the 1st time in life, Bob lets his guard down & sees the gentle sweetness in her. I think Eady appreciates Bob's reserved & quiet demeanor too which makes them a perfect match. Eventually, Bob tells Eady what he really does for a living & he gives her cash & the opportunity to stay or to leave him free & clear. He doesn't hit her, kill her, demean her, or humiliate her. He makes the decision completely hers & her's alone. 

       

      Now, you will remember in his conversation with Pacino at the restaurant, DeNiro says he has a woman but he would abandon her in an instant if the heat go too intense & he was forced to run because Al was hot on his tail. 

       

      DeNiro eventually does this very thing shooting a loose end guy who can ID him that the LAPD has flipped & put into protective custody forcing him to leave Eady alone in his car as Al chases him with a shotgun. 

       

      I actually view Bob's abandonment of his girlfriend as a favor & kind gesture on his part. Bob doesn't want her to ruin her life by seeing her man get gunned down & become a criminal's widow. Bob wants her to have a chance at a clean, wholesome life away from bullets, explosions, & prison. Besides, Eady can probably get her bookstore job back on Monday anyway right considering she just resigned 1 day ago IMO. 

       

      Robert looks at Amy Brenneman & his hand gesture toward the car tells her to remain in the car for her own safety. He loved her that much. Did he transfer any funds into her bank account to make her life easier? Who knows. Some critics might claim that DeNiro's bank robbery lifestyle turned Amy's bearings upside down, which might be considered selfish. However, Bob was trying to protect her from physical harm & incarceration as an accomplice since Pacino has no idea who Bob's woman is or what she even looks like. 

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  22. All of a sudden I got ads.

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    2. Synthetic

      Synthetic

      Oh I want some of that, hopefully they pay the fee for the ferry ride.

    3. Jules

      Jules

      I am thinking it will happen around July with Fisher Island. So just be ready for this summer. I sowed the 1,000 dollar seed and I was told via the Holy Spirit sometime around July.

    4. Synthetic

      Synthetic

      I should sow my $1000 seed too and hope the Saints win 10 games. 1 per each thousand.

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  23. Noooooo!!!! Not more celebrity passings! R.I.P. Arnold Palmer. I have no idea how you were as a golfer, but the half and half tea with your name on it, is the best bargain priced tea on the shelf. I can get a great big bottle of it for just 2 dollars....R.I.P., and I just bought some of that today! Wow, what a coincidence!

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    2. Synthetic

      Synthetic

       

      I don't think i could blow your ears out, since all of my recording stuff is leveled around 70%.

       

      Many metal guitar players make the mistake of just turning everything up loud, loud, loud...that's not how to get that solid metal tone. It's more about evening things out. Loudness don't always drown out poor quality, and more often times than not, it amplifies existing noise (pedals plugged in, effects) 

       

      No need to worry. my compressors are set, and I keep everything leveled out so it's not super duper loud. 

    3. Jules

      Jules

      You work volume control well, some just want to make it LOUD LOUD LOUD since thats like super duper uber cool.

    4. Jules

      Jules

      I do like metal, but I swear a full Motley Crue show was VERY harsh. Those guys must have been so insane in their prime.

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  24. Happy birthday to two people today; Marilyn Monroe and Jules! Party it up!

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    2. Synthetic

      Synthetic

      That version of Blue Monday is nuts. There is a Marilyn sample in there somewhere (why I used it). I'd love to know who made that and mixed all those weird samples together

    3. Jules

      Jules

      LOL the Marilyn sample is awesome, I just finally got to listen to it all a bit more. This version is NUTS indeed, in a good way.

      Monkey Man sleeping whoo hoooo

    4. Jules

      Jules

      There is something on Marilyn my dad taped for me too to give to me he said. lol.

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  25. This video is the greatest thing ever 

     

     

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    2. Jules

      Jules

      Glad to see you so excited too, now I want to listen sometime.

    3. southwest1

      southwest1

      Wait, this is a real record/CD? I thought it was just a really bad info mercial or something. 

       

      It sounds like 7 grand is headed your way Bogie. Just Joking! 

       

      The pitch man is wearing a black ski mask. Sounds legit to me. lmao 

       

      Is Trevor a former terrorist? Or does he just kidnap & hold rich US citizens for ransom as a 401 K plan? 

    4. southwest1

      southwest1

      Is Trevor masquerading as a self help, spiritual guru or something? Very odd. 

       

      If it really improves your life, I'm happy for you Bogie, but I think I'll pass. Thank you. 

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