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Jan 16th, 2008 at 2:17pm
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I figured I'd start a new thread since it's been a while.

Now most of you know me and thus have probably heard me rant about what Sci-Fi became and is trying to become.  I felt a twinge in my soul when I found out that ECW coming to Sci-Fi WASN'T a joke and for 1-3 hours a week...my station would be showing wrastlin'.  I've even come to somewhat love the crappy horror movies...even if that means canceling great shows like...oh I don't know...FARSCAPE.  Now let's see if this man will bring the station back...or if we'll get more shows that will render Sci-Fi Channel into another TNT.

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Dave Howe flies to top of Sci Fi
Hammer steps back from day-to-day control
By JOSEF ADALIAN

Dave Howe has been beamed up to prexy of Sci Fi Channel, with longtime Sci Fi chief Bonnie Hammer stepping back from day-to-day control of the channel she helped build into a basic cable powerhouse.

I should have know a woman was involved in trying to ruin my shows.  Women are always trying to change couch potato geeks and trying to give them make overs so they can date their really ugly and fat friends so the good looking ones can get with the jocks!

Howe will now have direct oversight of Sci Fi's L.A.-based original programming department, which had previously reported to Hammer. He'll also control marketing, global brand strategy and the net's rapidly expanding digital domain.

Do you know what any of those words in that list mean?  If I were to make a guess I think they're saying they're going to bring in bull riding, a weekly Lifetime movie, and a makeover show.

Hammer will still be involved in Sci Fi, but she made it clear that the network was now Howe's to run.

"I've had my shot, and our team was able to take Sci Fi from basic obscurity to a No. 6 channel," Hammer said in an interview Tuesday. "I'm still going to be a part of the process, but far more distantly. It's time for someone else to have their fun and take it to the next level. I have tremendous faith in his abilities."

What does she mean she help to bring the show out of obscurity?  She was just lucky to work in a time when Farscape, Battlestar Galactica, and a bunch of other good shows came about.  See and she talks about having fun and "taking it to the next level".  What's that mean?  More reality shows and shows that have nothing to do with science fiction?  She probably though..."Hey guys...let's mess with these geeks...Wrestling and Reality Superhero shows!"

Promotion marks a rapid ascent for Howe, who joined the NBC U cabler six years ago from the BBC.Howe started at the net as exec VP of marketing and brand strategy. He was upped to g.m. in 2004 and has helped oversee the marketing and development of programming such as "Tin Man," "BSG" and "Eureka."

Really...how hard is it to market BSG?  Hey people...want to see the best show on TV?  Ya it even answers questions it brings up and has plot conclusions...unlike that homosexual LOST show....and it makes more sense than Heroes Season 2 did.

Howe worked with Hammer and original programming chief Mark Stern to reshape the Sci Fi brand, making the network more appealing to a non-geek crowd. Cabler ended 2007 with its best ratings and revenue since its launch.

WHAT THE F$!@*&^$&%%$@!k!!!  What's the point of having a station called the Sci-Fi Channel?  How many people flip to that channel, knowing what it is and say,....wow...I was not expecting Sci-Fi shows...I thought I could get some BLOODY WRESTLING to watch.  And "more appealing to a non-geek crowd"?  Is that why you have horrible B movies (I repeat myself) like MANsquito and Harpies and other shows that are just so bad that I can't even watch them (...ok I can watch them but half the time I think...ya know with the budget they could give me at least 1 more episode of Farscape or Dead Like Me or Firefly or John Doe).  That would be like me bringing a show to Lifetime that's a game show and it's to see how far a man can punch a pregnent woman...if you cause a miscarriage while wearing the Confederate flag...double your points!  How about having Food Network bring you a work out program with only skinny, good looking people?  How about forcing TNT to stop playing the same movie 4 times a day and ruining good movies like Shawshank Redemption?  How about Telemundo having English speaking programs to cater to our non-Mexican friends?  This just makes no sense.  Yes...they might need the money gained from such shows as wrestling...but hey...if they would stop making shows no one watches...they would save and make more money.

It also will no doubt increase speculation that Hammer could be poised for another promotion within the NBC U cable universe. She's overseen USA and Sci Fi for four years now, paving the way for major growth at both cablers. And with Jeff Gaspin promoted last year to a bigger gig within the conglom, there'd be room for a new exec to just focus on heading up all of the Peacock's cablers.

Yes...yes...go and ruin another great station.  How about making G4 TV even less like TechTV was?

"I'm a happy camper, and they treat me very well here," Hammer said of her NBC U bosses. "My assumption and my hope is that I will be around for a long time."

Howe identified several major immediate and long-term goals, most of which revolve around expanding the Sci Fi brand and building revenue streams not directly connected to the linear network.

Smiley

"This brand has so much more untapped potential," Howe said. "My role is to really figure out how we take Sci Fi as a cable network and build it into more of an affinity lifestyle brand.

WTF does that even mean?   Smiley

"As things stand, we're primarily a cable TV brand," he added. "In five years' time, I'd love to be able to say that Sci Fi is no longer just a cable network but a category killer in videogames, mobile and the youth market."

Howe said that by the end of that five-year frame, he'd like to see one-third of Sci Fi's revenues coming from sources other than the cable channel. He also hinted that he's been having talks with sister company Universal Studios about launching a movie brand linked to the network.

"I'd love for there to be a Sci Fi Pictures label out there," he said, emphasizing that nothing was imminent.

Other priorities for Howe include:

    * International expansion. "At the end of 2007, Sci Fi was in 10 markets," he said. "By the end of 2008, we're hoping to be in 20 markets, and I think we might even surpass that."

    * Digital. Sci Fi launched a tech-themed site last year and has plans for more specialty offshoots of its Sci Fi.com hub. "You'll see us diversifying and spin off into more stand-alone websites," Howe said, identifying men 18-34 as the target of Sci Fi's digital love.

    * Replacing "Battlestar Galactica." Signature skein is preparing to exit, and Howe, working with Stern, is keen to find the next big scripted success for the channel.
     More than one option
         o (Film) Battlestar Galactica
         o (Tv) Battlestar Galactica
           Series Information, Seasons, Credits, Awards
         o (Tv) Battlestar Galactica
           Series Information, Seasons, Credits, Awards

Good job...let's just slaughter a shows that's waiting to die peacefully and with dignity...and let's just strip away its flesh so that it'll be picked clean and the fans can tare out their eyes with a rusty spoon.

"We just screened two pilots," Howe said. The WGA strike "has slowed us down, but it won't stop our growth in 2008."

Exec is also keen on continuing Sci Fi's expansion into unscripted series, pointing to the success of shows such as "Ghost Hunters."


Ok...I've got to go stick my finger down my throat now from looking at all those terms that have no real meanings as remembering that Billy Baldwin played in Harpies which I watched all the way through.

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Reply #1 - Jan 16th, 2008 at 2:32pm
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So I saw Cloverfield just a bit ago and I went in hating the hype and not really caring about it all that much.

I do have to say that it was worth seeing and I have to say it's one of the better monster vs. city/populace movie I've seen.

I'd give it at least a B+ and at most an A- .  I thought the ending was a bit bad and that's where it lost a lot of points from my scorecard.

I don't want to say anything more than that just in case people watch it.  However if you know and probably heard my gripes about todays movies you'd know how rare it is for me to give any current movie more than a C.

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Reply #3 - Jan 20th, 2008 at 12:24am
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The number one reason why Picard is better than Kirk...

http://hardcoredinosaursex.ytmnd.com/

Dinosaurs don't rape Picard.

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Wow Picard fans are getting so desperate now to try and win their point with their minimal points that they've resorted to making stuff up.

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This coming from a guy who used to sculpt fat, naked men with clay.

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Exactly.  Briney is an expert on the matter, so if he says it looks convincing, who are you to argue?   Tongue

Now, here's the logical question.  What era did that dinosaur come from?

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Reply #8 - Feb 3rd, 2008 at 8:18am
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Could the next Indy movie take us back to the warehouse where the Ark is stored?



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It should be noted that the writing on the crates is in English, not German.

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You have to remember that the Ark was crated up in an American box inside the Nazi box so as not to touch the Ark and become all melty.

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Hey guys,

Briney and I decided we'd like to try a podcast and so we started one up for this Saturday around 8 PM on talkshoe

http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/14391

The topic of the podcast will be about movies and I hope to make it a routine thing.  If anyone can join that'd be great.  The good thing about talkshoe is that you can have other people call in and there's a chat and we'd think it'd be fun to talk about movie.

So go to the link on Saturday at 8.

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Reply #12 - Feb 7th, 2008 at 3:35pm
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Are you entertaining all questions?  Or just movie questions?


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More along the lines of movie questions...however if you can keep some of the 4 letter words out that'd be nice.

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Reply #14 - Feb 7th, 2008 at 3:51pm
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Any movie?

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I can't promise we know every movie or remember all the movies...but ya...pretty much any movie.  We've got a few questions written between us (1/2 a dozen from each other so we're more spontaneous) but we're shooting for an hour and if it's less than that oh well.  But it'd be fun if you guys could call in..be on air and all that.

Talkshoe.com has pretty much all the info you need to be a listener and it should be fun.

Hopefully I'll have the software figured out and all set by then.

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So I heard this remake of battlefield earth was in the works, is that true?

...had to go there.

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I've only seen the GOOD ones...1,2,6, and 9

  

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I don't know how many of you are planning to join Briney and myself for our first podcast but I thought I'd put up instructions on how to fully interact with the podcast using the stuff from talkshoe.  I figure, I have the time...might as well help people out.


To fully participate (talk, listen, & chat), you will need to Sign Up as a TalkShoe member, create a 10-digit PIN, and download the TalkShoe Live! Pro software. (the following links are just that:

http://www.talkshoe.com - the main page and the place to start to sign up to be a member.  This will get you into the chat room and also able to call in and help give us something to talk about.  This is where you can download Talkshoe Live! Pro if you want.  It's a more "advanced" chat tool.

I'm not entirely sure how smooth this will be so you'll have to forgive us if we don't carry out the show perfectly the first time.)

Find the Community Call of interest and click its name or photo icon. From the Community Call page, click the Purple Talk button which launches the TalkShoe Live! Pro software. From this software, you can chat and hear the audio of the Community Call.

(http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/14391 - that our show's site.  You can click on listen live just to listen or if you dled the Live! Pro tool then you can log on to the chat and listen as well.  I believe you need to sign up to listen live but I know you don't have to be a member to download the show after it's recorded and hosted on the site.  However, you'd miss out in listening to us LIVE!)

If you want to talk via telephone, Skype, etc., use your phone to call 1-724-444-7444 and follow the audio instructions.  These include typing in the typing in the show code (14391) and then typing in your PIN code that you entered when signing up (they recommend using your phone number and it's nice just because it's easy to remember).

The reason why we kinda wanted to do this at 8 on Sat. is that many people who have cell phones gets nights and weekends free.  This being a long distance number, and almost everyone having a cell phone, we'd figure this would work doubly well.  The problem is, and this is why I'd like to get at least a few live listeners is because if you can't hear us well then you can type in the chat and we can try and figure what to do.

Hope that helps!  See ya Saturday at 8!

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Reply #19 - Feb 8th, 2008 at 8:28am
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I have a few questions ready, now if I can only remember to call in...

Anywho until then, Captain Kirk is gay, discuss.
  
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"I'm gay for Captain Kirk" you mean?

You and me both....GROWWWL

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I'm not entirely sure how smooth this will be so you'll have to forgive us if we don't carry out the show perfectly the first time.)


I demand perfection!  Instant, flawless perfection!

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Good podcast gentlemen, I'll certainly tune in next week as well.  Kind of inspired me to do a podcast too  Tongue what do you think of Gamer Geeks?
  
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I'd listen to it...sorry we couldn't get to your call...we just were surprised to have listeners and callers already!

Here's the first episode of Film Geeks to listen or to download!

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Sorry I couldn't participate!  I'm definitely planning on watching the show, though.

For what it's worth, I think a "Geeks with Guns" show would be awesome.

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Crap!  I did forget to call in.  Bob you're fired for not reminding me!
  
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Wow, now I'm thinking about digging out my 35mm camera and taking some shots of my AR15's posed in front of the network rack.

Nothing is sexier than a Bushmaster XM15 leaning against a Cisco 1760.

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Yeah, your gun girl pics.  That's not right.

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If you have a microphone for your computer I found out you don't need to use your phone to call in.  There's a free program called Gizo Project and it allows people to make free calls from computer to computer or to a SIP.  If you need help setting it up for the next show...contact me and I'll walk you through what you need to do.  The quality of our next podcast...at least on my end...will be better.

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spanky wrote on Feb 11th, 2008 at 11:47am:
Please seek professional help.


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Rabble mooku samble blaaa.

That's 'I hate you' in my crazy made-up space language.
  
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spanky wrote on Feb 12th, 2008 at 8:51am:
Rabble mooku samble blaaa.

That's 'I hate you' in my crazy made-up space language.


Wow, thanks!  I've always wondered what language you're mother was lapsing into during the heat of the moment...

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Star Trek XI has been announced!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0796366/

The cast list looks... umm... interesting

Sylar is Spock, Hoot/The Hulk Eric Bana is a Romulan, Karl Urban (the sniper/bad guy from the second Bourne Movie and from the Doom Movie) is Bones, Harold from Harold and Kumar is Sulu, Shaun of the Dead is Scotty, and Jennifer Morrison (Dr. Cameron from House) is Kirk's wife.

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I wonder if they're going to kill his wife in this one?  Plus, do you think it's a good idea to give Kirk a wife...then he can't get with any of the crew, aliens, or various other women species and be the sex symbol he is.

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Reply #34 - Feb 14th, 2008 at 12:09pm
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Maybe they'll just make him a Mormon, then it'll be cool?

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Reply #35 - Feb 17th, 2008 at 2:31am
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Today, Sunday at 8 PM, Briney and I will once again be hosting our Film Geeks show.  I hope you can all make it and have some fun.  Join us...won't you?

http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/14391

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Reply #36 - Feb 17th, 2008 at 12:18pm
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Dang it, I won't be able to catch this one either.  Meredith and I will be driving back from Buffalo, New York today.  We probably won't be back until around 9:00pm.   Sad

Best of luck!

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Reply #37 - Feb 17th, 2008 at 12:27pm
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No prob bob...drive carefully!  Hope everything went well.

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Reply #38 - Feb 18th, 2008 at 9:06am
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We made it back just fine, thank you.  I have a new found hatred for dilapidated Honda Civics, though.  I swear to God, I had the pedal all the way to the floor for eight solid hours yesterday and never busted 80mph.

Admittedly, we did make the entire trip on 17 gallons of gas, though.  It would've taken 34 in the Jeep of Doom.

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Reply #39 - Feb 18th, 2008 at 9:51am
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You must have driven one without V-TAK!
  
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Reply #40 - Feb 18th, 2008 at 10:22am
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What?  No, what?  We are no longer friends.
  
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Reply #42 - Feb 18th, 2008 at 12:40pm
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I couldn't get the VTEC to kick in, yo.  Hell, I couldn't even get the windshield wipers to work correctly.

The most annoying aspect of the drive, though, was the malfunctioning cruise control.  I had to drive without cruise control for seven freakin' hours.  Do you know what a pain that is?

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Reply #43 - Feb 18th, 2008 at 1:13pm
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99.5% of the the eight-hour trip took place on I-90.  I went at the same speed on the same tollway for the whole trip.  Cruise control would've been awesome.

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Reply #45 - Feb 18th, 2008 at 4:59pm
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I went at the same speed on the same tollway for the whole trip.


See, that was your problem right there.  You should vary the speed from 20 under the speed limit to 5 over.  Then when you see a cop try for double the speed limit!

Speeding ticket + wreckless driving = double points, right?
  
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Reply #46 - Feb 18th, 2008 at 5:23pm
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Reply #47 - Feb 18th, 2008 at 5:31pm
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That is what Carmageddon taught us.
  

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Reply #48 - Feb 18th, 2008 at 6:13pm
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That and you get more bonus points for when you have a pedestrian stick to the hood of your car.

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Reply #49 - Feb 18th, 2008 at 7:45pm
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Grammar Nazi says:  Wreckless driving is great.  It's the reckless driving you have to watch out for.

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Reply #50 - Feb 19th, 2008 at 12:07am
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Episode 2 is up and ready to download and/or stream.

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Eventually the grammar nazi thing is going to get old bob.  When it does may I suggest horrible stabby death?
  
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For what it's worth, the Grammar Nazi is considering defecting to Mother Russia.

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Reply #53 - Feb 19th, 2008 at 9:11am
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Doesn't a Grammar Commie mean that the group agrees on what structure or word is correct and the controlling party is just a figurehead of sorts?
  

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Reply #54 - Feb 19th, 2008 at 9:47am
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In a perfect world, yes.  In the real world, it's just the opposite.  The group's opinion doesn't really matter, but they're forced to pretend that they agree with the controlling party upon fear of death.

Remember, English doesn't borrow from other languages, it follows them down dark alleys, mugs them, and searches through their pockets for loose grammar.

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Reply #55 - Feb 21st, 2008 at 10:01am
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Now I don't have much of a filter between what I think and what I say...but taking it away would be a huge mistake!

I can see it now.  Why does typing in all the addresses I used in this program have to be so boring?!?!  *mind wonders* Uh oh, why is porn popping up??  No not now!  *boss walks by*  I win the chance to work for another company!
  
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Reply #56 - Feb 21st, 2008 at 3:38pm
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There is no way that thing is going to cost $300 when it hits the market.

Absolutely no way.

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Reply #57 - Feb 23rd, 2008 at 6:11pm
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http://www.firstshowing.net/2008/02/20/its-official-live-action-akira-confirmed-...

Akira live action set for 2009...

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Reply #58 - Feb 23rd, 2008 at 6:24pm
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My very first anime...I'm just scared who they're going to tap for the roles as well as cutting out huge amounts of storyline to appease an American audience.

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Reply #59 - Feb 23rd, 2008 at 11:35pm
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On Sunday at 8 PM...Briney and I will be holding our 3rd episode of Film Geeks - http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/14391 - join us won't you.

Briney has also been floating the idea of having a Creation/Christianity podcast as well sometime soon.

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Reply #60 - Feb 24th, 2008 at 12:51am
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Well, it can't be any gayer than the "re-release" they did a few years back.

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My apologies, I did not make it on time, and was pretty lame.

I am sorry.

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Reply #62 - Feb 25th, 2008 at 12:29am
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Episode 3 Is Up!

You can check out our podcast here - http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/14391

You can email us at film.geeks@yahoo.com with any questions you want answered and if they're good we might even put them in the show. We would also love fan and/or hate mail which we'd also be willing to air.

We've also started a MySpace page here - http://www.myspace.com/filmgeeksshow

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Wouldn't you guys rather have a FilmGeeks@GeekCrew.Net e-mail address?  Or FilmGeeks@WesDownersMom.com?

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Published: February 22, 2008

SAN FRANCISCO — A group led by a Princeton University computer security researcher has developed a simple method to steal encrypted information stored on computer hard disks.

The technique, which could undermine security software protecting critical data on computers, is as easy as chilling a computer memory chip with a blast of frigid air from a can of dust remover. Encryption software is widely used by companies and government agencies, notably in portable computers that are especially susceptible to theft.

The development, which was described on the group’s Web site Thursday, could also have implications for the protection of encrypted personal data from prosecutors.

The move, which cannot be carried out remotely, exploits a little-known vulnerability of the dynamic random access, or DRAM, chip. Those chips temporarily hold data, including the keys to modern data-scrambling algorithms. When the computer’s electrical power is shut off, the data, including the keys, is supposed to disappear.

In a technical paper that was published Thursday on the Web site of Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy, the group demonstrated that standard memory chips actually retain their data for seconds or even minutes after power is cut off.

When the chips were chilled using an inexpensive can of air, the data was frozen in place, permitting the researchers to easily read the keys — long strings of ones and zeros — out of the chip’s memory.

“Cool the chips in liquid nitrogen (-196 °C) and they hold their state for hours at least, without any power,” Edward W. Felten, a Princeton computer scientist, wrote in a Web posting. “Just put the chips back into a machine and you can read out their contents.”

The researchers used special pattern-recognition software of their own to identify security keys among the millions or even billions of pieces of data on the memory chip.

“We think this is pretty serious to the extent people are relying on file protection,” Mr. Felten said.

The team, which included five graduate students led by Mr. Felten and three independent technical experts, said they did not know if such an attack capability would compromise government computer information because details of how classified computer data is protected are not publicly available.

Officials at the Department of Homeland Security, which paid for a portion of the research, did not return repeated calls for comment.

The researchers also said they had not explored disk encryption protection systems as now built into some commercial disk drives.

But they said they had proved that so-called Trusted Computing hardware, an industry standard approach that has been heralded as significantly increasing the security of modern personal computers, does not appear to stop the potential attacks.

A number of computer security experts said the research results were an indication that assertions of robust computer security should be regarded with caution.

“This is just another example of how things aren’t quite what they seem when people tell you things are secure,” said Peter Neumann, a security researcher at SRI International in Menlo Park, Calif.

The Princeton researchers wrote that they were able to compromise encrypted information stored using special utilities in the Windows, Macintosh and Linux operating systems.

Apple has had a FileVault disk encryption feature as an option in its OS X operating system since 2003. Microsoft added file encryption last year with BitLocker features in its Windows Vista operating system. The programs both use the federal government’s certified Advanced Encryption System algorithm to scramble data as it is read from and written to a computer hard disk. But both programs leave the keys in computer memory in an unencrypted form.

“The software world tends not to think about these issues,” said Matt Blaze, an associate professor of computer and information science at the University of Pennsylvania. “We tend to make assumptions about the hardware. When we find out that those assumptions are wrong, we’re in trouble.”

Both of the software publishers said they ship their operating systems with the file encryption turned off. It is then up to the customer to turn on the feature.

Executives of Microsoft said BitLocker has a range of protection options that they referred to as “good, better and best.”

Austin Wilson, director of Windows product management security at Microsoft, said the company recommended that BitLocker be used in some cases with additional hardware security. That might include either a special USB hardware key, or a secure identification card that generates an additional key string.

The Princeton researchers acknowledged that in these advanced modes, BitLocker encrypted data could not be accessed using the vulnerability they discovered.

An Apple spokeswoman said that the security of the FileVault system could also be enhanced by using a secure card to add to the strength of the key.

The researchers said they began exploring the utilities for vulnerabilities last fall after seeing a reference to the persistence of data in memory in a technical paper written by computer scientists at Stanford in 2005.

The Princeton group included Seth D. Schoen of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, William Paul of Wind River Systems and Jacob Appelbaum, an independent computer security researcher.

The issue of protecting information with disk encryption technology became prominent recently in a criminal case involving a Canadian citizen who late in 2006 was stopped by United States customs agents who said they had found child pornography on his computer.

When the agents tried to examine the machine later, they discovered that the data was protected by encryption. The suspect has refused to divulge his password. A federal agent testified in court that the only way to determine the password otherwise would be with a password guessing program, which could take years.

A federal magistrate ruled recently that forcing the suspect to disclose the password would be unconstitutional.


Am I the only one that is reminded of AfroTech Mods?  These guys are seriously crazy hax0rs.  If they are ever in the area, I'm going to buy them a Bawls...

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Reply #65 - Feb 27th, 2008 at 12:00pm
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Starship Troopers 3



I wish I was kidding.  You can check out the trailer here: 

http://www.filmschoolrejects.com/news/starship-troopers-3-marauder-movie-trailer...

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Reply #66 - Feb 27th, 2008 at 12:23pm
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Holy awesome movie batman!

...I still need to see the second movie!
  
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If you were to listen to our show on Sunday you would have heard this news 3 days ago. Mawha ha ha ha!

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I am not going to lie.  It is very hard for me to remember to catch your show.

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Apparently Briney missed it too.  HA!

Am I the only one who thinks a combination of Super Troopers and Starship Troopers would be awesome?  Starship Super Troopers?

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Starship Troopers 2 is horrible.  I wanted to gouge my eyes out with a rusty spoon when watching that movie.  The only thing it has in common with the first is the title of the movie...not even a co-ed shower scene!

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I heard it has bewbies.

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Increasingly autonomous, gun-totting robots developed for warfare could easily fall into the hands of terrorists and may one day unleash a robot arms race, a top expert on artificial intelligence told AFP.
"They pose a threat to humanity," said University of Sheffield professor Noel Sharkey ahead of a keynote address Wednesday before Britain's Royal United Services Institute.

Intelligent machines deployed on battlefields around the world -- from mobile grenade launchers to rocket-firing drones -- can already identify and lock onto targets without human help.

There are more than 4,000 US military robots on the ground in Iraq, as well as unmanned aircraft that have clocked hundreds of thousands of flight hours.

The first three armed combat robots fitted with large-caliber machine guns deployed to Iraq last summer, manufactured by US arms maker Foster-Miller, proved so successful that 80 more are on order, said Sharkey.

But up to now, a human hand has always been required to push the button or pull the trigger.

It we are not careful, he said, that could change.

Military leaders "are quite clear that they want autonomous robots as soon as possible, because they are more cost-effective and give a risk-free war," he said.


Several countries, led by the United States, have already invested heavily in robot warriors developed for use on the battlefield.

South Korea and Israel both deploy armed robot border guards, while China, India, Russia and Britain have all increased the use of military robots.

Washington plans to spend four billion dollars by 2010 on unmanned technology systems, with total spending expected rise to 24 billion, according to the Department of Defense's Unmanned Systems Roadmap 2007-2032, released in December.

James Canton, an expert on technology innovation and CEO of the Institute for Global Futures, predicts that deployment within a decade of detachments that will include 150 soldiers and 2,000 robots.

The use of such devices by terrorists should be a serious concern, said Sharkey.

Captured robots would not be difficult to reverse engineer, and could easily replace suicide bombers as the weapon-of-choice. "I don't know why that has not happened already," he said.

But even more worrisome, he continued, is the subtle progression from the semi-autonomous military robots deployed today to fully independent killing machines.

"I have worked in artificial intelligence for decades, and the idea of a robot making decisions about human termination terrifies me," Sharkey said.

Ronald Arkin of Georgia Institute of Technology, who has worked closely with the US military on robotics, agrees that the shift towards autonomy will be gradual.

But he is not convinced that robots don't have a place on the front line.

"Robotics systems may have the potential to out-perform humans from a perspective of the laws of war and the rules of engagement," he told a conference on technology in warfare at Stanford University last month.

The sensors of intelligent machines, he argued, may ultimately be better equipped to understand an environment and to process information. "And there are no emotions that can cloud judgement, such as anger," he added.

Nor is there any inherent right to self-defence.

For now, however, there remain several barriers to the creation and deployment of Terminator-like killing machines.

Some are technical. Teaching a computer-driven machine -- even an intelligent one -- how to distinguish between civilians and combatants, or how to gauge a proportional response as mandated by the Geneva Conventions, is simply beyond the reach of artificial intelligence today.

But even if technical barriers are overcome, the prospect of armies increasingly dependent on remotely-controlled or autonomous robots raises a host of ethical issues that have barely been addressed.

Arkin points out that the US Department of Defense's 230 billion dollar Future Combat Systems programme -- the largest military contract in US history -- provides for three classes of aerial and three land-based robotics systems.

"But nowhere is there any consideration of the ethical implications of the weaponisation of these systems," he said.

For Sharkey, the best solution may be an outright ban on autonomous weapons systems. "We have to say where we want to draw the line and what we want to do -- and then get an international agreement," he said.


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Reply #73 - Feb 28th, 2008 at 2:07pm
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Reply #74 - Feb 28th, 2008 at 2:23pm
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So briney is the one responsible for skynet?

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Reply #75 - Feb 28th, 2008 at 5:06pm
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Reply #76 - Mar 3rd, 2008 at 4:11pm
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Reply #77 - Mar 3rd, 2008 at 5:18pm
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I will email you some good questions...I saw snakes on a plane this weekend, it left me full of questions.

Sadly I will be gone this weekend on a small road trip.  Cool

...briney did a tribute movie to micheal bay?  I am reminded of a quote, "When you are younger baseball cards are pieces of your idols.  When you are an adult they are just pictures of other men.  That is creepy, get rid of them."
  
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Reply #78 - Mar 3rd, 2008 at 8:26pm
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I hope you guys lambasted Mr. Bay for Pearl Harbor.  That movie was pure tripe.

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Reply #79 - Mar 4th, 2008 at 2:50am
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Reply #80 - Mar 4th, 2008 at 8:31am
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I hope "everything" doesn't include Pearl Harbor and that atrocious Lionel Richie music video.

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Reply #82 - Mar 11th, 2008 at 2:11pm
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Reply #83 - Mar 11th, 2008 at 2:31pm
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Reply #84 - Mar 11th, 2008 at 2:47pm
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I thought the punisher was a pretty good movie.  Travolta made a good bad guy.  Not that hard considering he is crazy in real life.
  
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Reply #85 - Mar 11th, 2008 at 3:13pm
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There have been 2 Punisher movies...I liked the new one but the Dolph Lungrend one sucked and blew at the same time.

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Reply #86 - Mar 11th, 2008 at 4:26pm
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You guys should dedicate a segment to horror movies.  I'd pay good money (at least $0.25 to $0.50) to see a show about Killer Klowns from Outer Space and Dead Alive.

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Reply #87 - Mar 11th, 2008 at 6:15pm
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We talked a little about that 2 shows ago (Killer Klowns that is) but I'm sure we could do some slap stick horror movies.  The only problem being...I'm sure Briney's too much of a snob to have seen much of them.  So you might actually have to join the show live or something like that.

Dead Alive with the lawn mower, the zombie sex, and the freaky zombie baby...funny stuff.

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Reply #88 - Mar 11th, 2008 at 9:29pm
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snob? meh, they just aren't appealing. Killer Klowns was just silly.
  

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Reply #90 - Mar 11th, 2008 at 10:15pm
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The lawn mower scene was one of the best moments in horror history, bar none.

You guys could also focus on some of the better horror movies out there, like House on Haunted Hill or Silent Hill.

Another topic to consider would be bad sequels, like Saw III, Dungeons and Dragons 2, etc.

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Reply #91 - Mar 11th, 2008 at 10:40pm
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Wow you're mental if you think Silent Hill was good.  The cop was really hot though...so I'll give you that fact.

If we do bad sequels with Saw III and D&D 2 then do we have to have the originals be bad as well?  Or just sequels in general.  I think if we did it either way however, we could list anything other than T2.

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Reply #92 - Mar 12th, 2008 at 8:47am
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Dude, Silent Hill rocked!

There were some decent sequels besides T2.  The Empire Strikes Back wasn't horrible.  Even Return of the Jedi was reasonably good, if you ignored the recycled plot.  The "prequels" were another story, of course.

Here are some of my least favorite sequels:

  • Jaws III (and IV for that matter)
  • National Lampoon's European Vacation (Seriously, WTF?)
  • Caddyshack II
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: Turtles in Time (Also came out a few years too late)
  • Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (Again, the original sucked, but this was a pile of crap)
  • The Matrix Reloaded (Action was great, but the plot blew)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (I don't know how this movie made any money, let alone $400m!)
  • 2 Fast 2 Furious (The first one sucked too, but it went downhill from there)
  • Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (Superman III was pretty ghey too)
  • The Ring 2
  • Son of the Mask (Who didn't see that one coming?)
  • All of the crappy Disney sequels.
  • Highlander 2 or Highlander Endgame
  • Battle Royale II (Most disappointing sequel of all time)
  • Starship Troopers 2 (There is a reason nobody ever heard of this)
  • Neverending Story 2 and 3


If you guys get really bored, you could always have a Uwe Boll night.  I'd show up for that one!

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Reply #93 - Mar 12th, 2008 at 11:19am
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I don't really count Empire or Jedi as a sequel seeing as it's all the same story line.  Like I don't count Back To The Future 2 and 3 or Kill Bill Vol. 2 as sequels either.

Having Uwe Boll on would be scary...he use to be a pro boxer and he beats people up who make fun of him.

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Reply #94 - Mar 14th, 2008 at 3:19pm
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This week on Film Geeks we will be discussing movies made from comic books.

You too can join in the conversation not only in listening to the show live but also chatting in our chat field and even calling in live. We'll go on as long as we need to for everyone to be heard.

This week our topic is governed by four rules:

1) Had to have been a comic book or graphic novel first
2) In order to talk about a movie you must have read at least one of the comics the movie was based on and have seen the movie(s)
3) Has to be a movie released in theaters. Can't be a TV show, or a made for TV movie, or straight-to-DVD movie.
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Reply #95 - Mar 14th, 2008 at 4:09pm
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I think you need to throw a couple more restrictions on there, Stewie.  For instance...

  • Your mother must weigh at least 250lbs.
  • Your favorite food must be tofu.
  • You must own and drive a Volkswagen Golf STD.
  • You must be a Tibetan monk.


Just to keep things fair, you know!

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Reply #96 - Mar 14th, 2008 at 10:03pm
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For you Babylon 5 fans like me...you might appreciate...and be jealous...of this:

Bruce Boxleitner!



Bow, minons, bow

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Reply #97 - Mar 14th, 2008 at 11:54pm
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Do you think I could get Wes's mom to sign an autograph for me?

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I would seriously pay...SERIOUSLY...$20 to have her sign this picture!

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...she's the one on the left...this must be a satellite photo to get her all in though.
  

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Reply #99 - Mar 16th, 2008 at 12:43pm
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The woman on the right is pretty hot, too.

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Her number is 1-900-talk-dirty.


I mean...I heard...from a friend that...
  
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Episode 8 - Geeks In Love (Good Chick Flicks)
  

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Yeah, I was trying to figure that out too.

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Well...that's what the show was about.

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http://www.thinkgeek.com/stuff/41/pteq.html

This is a must have for any office.  Bob might want to hide his though.  Mexicans and preggers and what have you.
  
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That's a whole new level of ick.

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So this means bob has how many illegitimate children?

...I kid, wes' mom says he has a problem hitting the right hole.
  
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spanky wrote on Apr 1st, 2008 at 2:43pm:
...I kid, wes' my mom says he has a problem hitting the right not falling into the hole.


Fixed it for ya.

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Where is Wes, anyway? Every now and then he responds to the Wes' mom jokes with a big F U Bob, and then hes gone for another 6 months.
  

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Is he still a carnie?  Maybe he's working overtime these days keeping all of the other carnies in line.

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Anyone have his cell number?  He gave me a number...like 2 years ago, so I am not sure how accurate it is...


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The cell phone number I have for him is:  1 (719) 235-7571

The home phone number is:  1 (719) 360-5698

His mom's phone number is:  1 (269) 279-2586

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I have 1.719.432.5325

I think thats the latest, but unsure.
  

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I have the number bob listed as his home phone.

Quick briney, when was the last time you spoke with him?  Which is the most recent number.

Dang carnies always moving around changing their number.

I aslo have his moms number: 1-900-she-ahoe
bobs moms number: speed dial 1
brineys moms number: speed dial 2
and lastly pats number: speed dial 3

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Reply #116 - Apr 1st, 2008 at 5:31pm
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Reply #117 - Apr 2nd, 2008 at 8:28am
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Call him up and demand that he make an appearance!

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Reply #118 - Apr 9th, 2008 at 11:16pm
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So I finally had some time and got back into making another episode of B Movie.  This is my 4th episode and it's shorter than my other episodes.  Feel free to subscribe to my youtube page to be updated when others come out.  Any suggestions for B movies is always accepted as well.  The following will be the links to the new episode and the ones after will be a link to my page and to my other videos.

War Of The Robots
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSM6itU2QAI
Episode 4 - Part 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0uNBjlK8AY
Episode 4 - Part 2


http://www.youtube.com/user/agentx216
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Intro video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2ZUAm3lP88
Episode 1

Killer Klowns From Outer Space
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_VPYB_qBRc
Episode 2 - Part 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08EO7RdBbKU
Episode 2 - Part 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v43fs5A9pa0
Episode 2 - Part 3

They Live
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Episode 3 - Part 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzqVs3Rv8o0
Episode 3 - Part 2

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Reply #119 - Apr 10th, 2008 at 8:27am
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If you did a show on Killer Klowns from Outer Space, you have to do a show on Dead Alive.  It's a rule.  Seriously, look it up!

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Reply #120 - Apr 10th, 2008 at 10:09am
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Are any of you guys planning on seeing Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed next weekend?  We should find a theater that is somewhat central to all of us and plan a road trip.

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Reply #121 - Apr 10th, 2008 at 12:23pm
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I definitely want to see the movie, I wonder if there will be protests maw ha ha.

Dead Alive would be ok to do.  For a Peter Jackson flick there isn't much of a plot.  The lawnmower scene is like 5 minutes in length and there's zombie sex and crazy zombie baby.  It's a perfect example of what those campy B horror movies would be like if they were backed by Hollywood.

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Reply #122 - Apr 10th, 2008 at 1:03pm
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If you guys ever decide to cover retarded TV shows, here's a candidate for your first episode:

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CBS Axes Reality Show After 1 Episode

NEW YORK (AP) -- The secret talents of celebrities will remain hidden. CBS is axing its new reality show "Secret Talents of the Stars" after only one episode.

The first airing Wednesday had former "Star Trek" actor George Takei singing "On the Road Again." Only 4.6 million people tuned in - and thousands tuned away as the hour continued.

The reality show also had Clint Black doing standup comedy and Mya tap-dancing. Danny Bonaduce is among the celebrities whose secret talents will be kept to himself.

CBS officials say news programming is expected as a temporary replacement.




Who ever would've thought this show could fail?  Come on, can't you just feel the raw potential this has?

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Reply #123 - Apr 10th, 2008 at 1:27pm
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The more and more I learn about George Takei and his gayness and his weirdness...the weirder I feel.  After all I did watch him with his shirt off and holding a sword!

  

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awww, I'm afraid that makes you gay as well.

  
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Reply #125 - Apr 10th, 2008 at 5:33pm
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Well then I'll just have to make an appointment with your mom to change me.  Woo hoo!
  

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Reply #126 - Apr 10th, 2008 at 5:43pm
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I'm pretty sure that sleeping with Spanky's mom would only make you gayer. 

Video at 11.

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Reply #127 - Apr 20th, 2008 at 9:31pm
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Title: EPISODE11 - Darth Geek
Time: 04/20/2008 08:00 PM EDT
Episode Notes: This week we are covering bad guys. The movies that were made good by bad guys. As well we cover bad, bad guys.

Download it here - http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/14391

Our blog - http://filmgeeksshow.blogspot.com/

Next week's show topic - Best and worst animated films in the history of cinema.
Next, Next week's show topic - unintentional comedies

I also got contacted by a Hollywood writer and producer!

Read about it here - http://filmgeeksshow.blogspot.com/2008/04/accelade.html

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Reply #128 - Apr 21st, 2008 at 1:24pm
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Next week's show topic - Best and worst animated films in the history of cinema.


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Reply #129 - Apr 21st, 2008 at 1:32pm
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If it was released in theaters...you can be our star expert on that topic.
  

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Reply #130 - Apr 21st, 2008 at 1:46pm
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X wrote on Apr 20th, 2008 at 9:31pm:
Best and worst animated films in the history of cinema.


Best:  Akira and Appleseed, hands down.
Worst:  Straight-to-DVD sequels to classic Disney movies.  Thanks for raping our childhood, Disney.

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Reply #131 - Apr 21st, 2008 at 1:48pm
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X wrote on Apr 21st, 2008 at 1:32pm:
If it was released in theaters...you can be our star expert on that topic.


Spanky, you should note that Stewie never specified "traditional" theaters.  I'm sure the $0.25 per minute truck stop "theaters" will pass muster!

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Reply #132 - Apr 21st, 2008 at 2:18pm
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Reply #134 - May 1st, 2008 at 10:10pm
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What do you guys think of Quarantine?  It looks like Cloverfield meets Zombie Flick, which isn't a bad thing in my book...

http://www.apple.com/trailers/sony_pictures/quarantine/index.html

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Reply #135 - May 2nd, 2008 at 12:26am
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If you would have listened to Film Geeks on Saturday, or downloaded the show...you would have already known this!

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Reply #136 - May 3rd, 2008 at 11:03am
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Join us this Sunday at 8 PM EST - http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/14391 - for some big news that's happening with us at Film Geeks. Our little show and blog are growing each week and each month and the news we'll be announcing will show that.

We recently mentioned in our Accolade post that Patrick was recently contact by Hollywood director and writer, Josh Stolberg. I, Patrick, wrote a review for his movie "Kids In America" which you can check out here - http://filmgeeksshow.blogspot.com/2008/03/kids-in-america-patrick-movie-review.h... and through an IMDB.com message this was his reply:

"Hey there,

Thanks for a nice write-up about my movie. It made me smile.

Cheers,

Josh"

So I wrote him back in almost utter shock that a Hollywood director would contact a random internet movie reviewer. I thanked him for his message and reading the post and that I was infatuated with one of the actresses in the movie, Stephanie Sherrin. In my message back I also asked him for an autograph and that I would send him something to sign. The following was his response:

"Hey bud. I think I still have a couple of posters left that were signed by the cast (including Stephanie). Smiley

Just tell me where to send it to and I'll get it out to you as soon as I get a chance. I'm a little screwed for time this coming week but I should be able to do it the following.

Take care,
Josh "

So this was even more amazing to me. Then, on Friday, I received the poster. So here it is and a close up on the pictures. It's signed by all the people on the poster and Josh Stolberg as well.





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Reply #137 - May 3rd, 2008 at 4:25pm
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If I watch that movie and it sucks, I'm going to hold you personally responsible.

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Reply #138 - May 3rd, 2008 at 6:48pm
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Hey, you might not like it.  I did though and the red headed chick is HAWT!

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Reply #139 - May 5th, 2008 at 8:28am
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Yeah, but she's a ginger!

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She's not a ginger...gingers are icky icky...she's just a hot red head with fair skin.

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She is a daywalker.

Once the others learn the secrets to surviving in the sunlight we are all doomed!
  
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Some retarded four-year old on an iMac made a CGI-based film, and George Lucas decided it should be a Star Wars movie.  Check out this crap...

http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/1809991325/video/7744414/

I don't think George Lucas or Genndy Tartakovsky have ever seen Appleseed, because they'd be embarrassed to release something as weak as that trailer.  The CG from the Jedi Knight PC games was better than that garbage, and those games are older than Wes's Mom.

Hopefully the plot won't suck as badly as the animation.  It'd better have General Grievous in it or it will be a complete waste of time.  There was way too big of a gap between Episode 2 and Episode 3, so hopefully this will fill in some of the plot holes.

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Reply #143 - May 12th, 2008 at 9:33am
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Its a freakin Saturday morning cartoon!!!

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Briney, you need to play Mario Kart Wii at the next LAN party so we can make you an even gayer avatar.

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steering with the nunchuk for the win! huge advantage vs someone that is playing with the stupid tilt sensor.

We play it at lunch here at work, and whoever has the nunchuk-steering seems to win. But brawl is much more fun anyway!  Smiley
  

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*Snore*! WHA?! Oh sorry...I was just waiting for a decent Wii game to come out...wake me up in the next 2 to 3 years.

Star Wars lightsaber game anyone?

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I haven't tried it with the nunchuk, but I bet you're right.  The thing I hate most about the wheel is the lack of shoulder buttons.  You've only got one button for power-sliding, and it'll slide the kart whichever way you're facing.  With the prior titles, you always had two shoulder buttons, so you'd slide in the direction of the shoulder button you pressed.

It seems like I'm always inadvertently sliding in the wrong direction, and I'm a power-sliding whore, so it really screws me up on some maps.

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X wrote on May 12th, 2008 at 1:33pm:
*Snore*! WHA?! Oh sorry...I was just waiting for a decent Wii game to come out...wake me up in the next 2 to 3 years.

Star Wars lightsaber game anyone?

X


You haven't played Super Smash Bros. Brawl or Zelda: Twilight Princess yet, have you?

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No...because I play...good games.   Not rehashed games boxed to appease people before they riot for no original content.

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