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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: THE ENDLESS, POINTLESS thread
« on: March 22, 2017, 10:50:37 AM »

I came here to post that I heard a local DJ talk about poutine this morning. I almost did the Beavis and Butthead laugh.

I have to admit, I have a hard time thinking of poutine, or seeing it on a menu without being the same way.

I'll never see Beavis and Butthead without thinking they look like Don Jr. and Eric Trump.

But, the poutine is NOTHING compared to the "Big Jazz Burger" at one of my local restaurants. I will have to photograph it and add it here. Ever... single.... person in my party saw it on the menu, and thought it said something other than "Jazz"... it was the font choice.  I was literally afraid I would slip and order the incorrect burger. (insert Beavis/Butthead laughing here).

I have been a little hesitant to watch another samurai movie so soon after Seven Samurai. I'm thinking of just skipping both and going right to Last Man Standing, which I've never seen.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Night Owl Cafe...
« on: March 19, 2017, 02:34:02 PM »
AKA, have you tried Chamomile tea? Not sure it would help you get a full night's sleep, though. It might just help with being relaxed enough to fall asleep in the evening. What happens when you wake up in the middle of the night? Are you wide awake, and unable to get back to sleep?

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Night Owl Cafe...
« on: March 19, 2017, 11:36:05 AM »
I've been prescribed those extended release sleeping pills, and they don't have enough power to put me to sleep, so I'm just woozy all the time. The regular zolpidem/ambien, works well for me, but my main problem isn't staying asleep, but falling asleep. Still, sometimes I will wake up in the middle of the night, so I just take another, or a half of another. I never have that drunk/woozy feeling throughout the day. If you get the 10mg, you can try just taking 5 mg, which may be enough to knock you out, and then 5mg if you wake up in the middle of the night. I would at least try that and see if it isn't a better solution that what you've been taking.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Night Owl Cafe...
« on: March 19, 2017, 12:14:14 AM »
I'm sure tonight's feature presentation will have special appearances from cast members that I prefer to never see again . Let's just hope I don't kill any more puppies.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: THE ENDLESS, POINTLESS thread
« on: March 18, 2017, 11:26:39 PM »
Learned something new tonight.

Flight myths debunked: Airplane facts you need to know

Air conditioning on a plane spreads viruses

Stuck in a cramped cabin with hundreds of other passengers breathing the same air for hours on end is a recipe for the spread of disease, right? Well, in fact the air circulated in an aircraft cabin is probably cleaner than that in your regular office building. Fresh air is drawn from outside of the aircraft via the jetís engines and passes through hospital-grade filters before entering the cabin. The planeís cabin air is refreshed about 20 times every hour. Besides, if youíre afraid of germs, itís the tray table you should be worried about.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
« on: March 18, 2017, 11:05:00 PM »
Every time we lose a big one, I can't help but think "and yet, Keith Richards is still alive." 

And then, found this was posted on Keith Richards' official Facebook page tonight:

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Night Owl Cafe...
« on: March 18, 2017, 10:36:24 PM »
Yeah, I was thinking it was the pain meds, because I am on them still, and a very strong dosage.

The dreams I've been having are so unlike my normal bad dreams. They're more realistic, very personal, and absolutely awful.

Well, it's time for another one. I'm heading there now.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Night Owl Cafe...
« on: March 18, 2017, 06:59:18 PM »
Are you on the extended released sleeping pills? If so, try the regular kind that pack a punch, knock you out, but wear off in about 3 hours.

I'm sleeping really well, but I had surgery about a week ago, and every single night since, my dreams have been awful. I remember them for a little while, then they're gone. I still remember last night's dream --I killed a puppy -- accidentally, but I covered up the death of this puppy, and it was caught on camera, and somehow or another, it went viral, or something. So, I was the puppy killer, ruined forever for life.

Every night... these kind of dreams, which are really just dreams of extreme anxiety, and yet... I feel completely fine and not anxious when I'm awake.  :(

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Movies I have watched this week
« on: March 18, 2017, 05:32:27 PM »
Tilda is one of my favorites too -- may need to watch that this weekend.  O0

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: 2016 Movie Discussion
« on: March 11, 2017, 11:59:03 AM »
There's probably some truth to what KC wrote about height -- I remember there being a lot of stories about fighting between Cruise and Pitt during the filming of Interview with the Vampire because Cruise was very self-conscious of his lack of height and looking shorter than another leading actor.

Matt, you grew up in Philadelphia, right? I also want to ask about what the story is behind the giant clothespin. :o :D

I was born and raised in Jersey, just past Camden NJ which you can see in the first image. I was doing one of those "You know you're from Jersey if..." surveys and one of the questions was "You say you're from Philly".  I don't really know why, but most of us do that. And yes, SK, I've Rocky Balboa-ed those Art Museum steps a few times.  8)

As for the Giant Clothespin, I'm glad you asked, because I looked into it, and found that the artist likes taking everyday objects and making them huge.  The artist is Claes Oldenburg, and a Google Image Search brings up a lot more of his pop art:*

I particularly like his bike tire:

And his ice cream cone:

As for our Clothespin, other see some hidden meaning to it... like two lovers embracing, and the 76 symbol (the wire part, which shows the 6 on the side we see, and probably the 7 on the other side. It was commissioned for the Bicentennial, 1976, so that makes sense.

Here's another I think is cool -- his three way plug looks like a cannon in the right setting.

Here's a few shots of Center City Philadelphia:

This is from One Liberty Place's Observation Deck. It's 57 floors up, and the highest point for public access in the city. It was fully enclosed, which I was disappointed by -- the glass was dirty, and the colors usually get messed up when shooting through glass. In this pic, you can see City Hall with the bronze statue of William Penn, the famous PSFS building, and the Ben Franklin Bridge. Everything on the other side of the Delaware River is Camden, NJ.

City Hall with William Penn atop:

The Giant Clothespin, which has been around almost as long as I can remember (built in 1976):

The tallest building in Philly is Comcast Center. I liked how the glass building reflected the smaller more ornate buildings around it:

And finally, my favorite Philly Bridge, the Ben Franklin Bridge, as seen from Penn's Landing:

This is the place to post about Yojimbo(1961) and compare it to A Fistful of Dollars, and the Bruce Willis remake Last Man Standing

Thanks to Elizabeth for recommending these films for this round.  :)

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: THE ENDLESS, POINTLESS thread
« on: March 06, 2017, 10:02:31 PM »
I went to Philly, and did a little photography.  :)

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Best & Worst Restaurant Chains
« on: March 06, 2017, 09:59:18 PM »
No, they're not in Hawaii.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: THE ENDLESS, POINTLESS thread
« on: March 03, 2017, 09:44:49 PM »
So much material ...   ;D

(Showing restraint before I offend others with my sense of humor.)

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: THE ENDLESS, POINTLESS thread
« on: March 03, 2017, 05:31:33 PM »
Happens every time I leave town. :(

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: 2017 Academy Awards
« on: February 28, 2017, 11:33:24 PM »

I would support the Academy strongly encouraging presenters to avoid making political speeches.

I agree with this. The Presenter shouldn't be doing anything up there except presenting. It's not their moment, and they shouldn't turn the focus away from the nominees.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: 2017 Academy Awards
« on: February 27, 2017, 09:11:19 PM »
Well, there are plenty of cinefiles who do care about all those categories. Screenwriter, cinematography and documentary categories interest me, and I'm not even a cinefile.  They did move about half of the categories to another night which isn't broadcast for this reason. It's just one night a year, and it's not all that long. It's the length of a baseball game.

As for the awards speeches, I may not agree politically with anything said in the speeches, but if that's what the person who wins the speech wants to talk about in their 45 seconds, they should use it however they want. They've earned it, and it's their time. They also live with the consequences of what they say.

Were there any surprising speeches this year, or any particularly political announcements? I haven't been following it very closely.

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