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by Broomstick
2017-06-23 01:00pm
Forum: Fantasy
Topic: CAA study shows diverse casting increases box office potential across all budgets
Replies: 29
Views: 364

Re: CAA study shows diverse casting increases box office potential across all budgets

I've found TV, while having multiple issues, has been a lot better in this regard, at least in the past. A major factor there is that while TV does cost a lot of money it's still orders of magnitude cheaper than the movies. It's a lot easier to get funding for a TV show perceived as risky than for ...
by Broomstick
2017-06-23 12:58pm
Forum: Fantasy
Topic: CAA study shows diverse casting increases box office potential across all budgets
Replies: 29
Views: 364

Re: CAA study shows diverse casting increases box office potential across all budgets

Correct. She's not a hero, she's a heroine - she is a badass because she is such a remarkable woman . Frankly, Gal Godot, doing most of the scene re-shoots while 5 months pregnant, including action scenes, is also pretty badass herself. I think they picked the right actress for the role. Yeah. I th...
by Broomstick
2017-06-23 10:44am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: What is your opinion on GMO foods and irradiation food treatment?
Replies: 17
Views: 231

Re: What is your opinion on GMO foods and irradiation food treatment?

Yes, it's hilarious when I run into some anti-GMO woo-woo type who wants their organic chicken but claims to detest "game meat". Honey (it's usually a woman), that "organic chicken" you praise is one of the most modified organisms on Earth! If you want "natural" fowl yo...
by Broomstick
2017-06-23 10:38am
Forum: Fantasy
Topic: CAA study shows diverse casting increases box office potential across all budgets
Replies: 29
Views: 364

Re: CAA study shows diverse casting increases box office potential across all budgets

As a slight tangent, or maybe more of a return to topic: This is actually fairly well known, but here it is again: Nichele Nichols was becoming frustrated with her role as Lt. Uhura just opening "hailing frequencies" and little else and was planning to quit. Martin Luther King, Jr. talked ...
by Broomstick
2017-06-23 10:17am
Forum: Fantasy
Topic: CAA study shows diverse casting increases box office potential across all budgets
Replies: 29
Views: 364

Re: CAA study shows diverse casting increases box office potential across all budgets

Wonder Woman knows she's female and she doesn't shy away from it, nor is she obnoxious about it. That's because this iteration of Wonder Woman is supremely comfortable being who she is. She doesn't need to prove anything. She's equally at ease in armor or in a ball gown. She's a supreme warrior AND...
by Broomstick
2017-06-23 07:56am
Forum: Fantasy
Topic: CAA study shows diverse casting increases box office potential across all budgets
Replies: 29
Views: 364

Re: CAA study shows diverse casting increases box office potential across all budgets

It's quite funny to see people on other boards downplay Wonder Woman's feminity. That her gender somehow doesn't matter at all. In a sense, this is true. Wonder Woman, even if she's very much a woman, is not traditionally feminine. She is not meek, submissive, in need of rescue or protection. She i...
by Broomstick
2017-06-23 01:45am
Forum: Fantasy
Topic: CAA study shows diverse casting increases box office potential across all budgets
Replies: 29
Views: 364

Re: CAA study shows diverse casting increases box office potential across all budgets

Yeah. One of the things that really appealed to me about the new Wonder Woman film was all the clearly over-40 Amazons. Wow! Women in their 50's doing important things! Being strong! Kicking ass! Yeah, sure, the Amazons are all immortal, but they weren't all cast as 20 year olds. The queen and the g...
by Broomstick
2017-06-23 01:35am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: What is your opinion on GMO foods and irradiation food treatment?
Replies: 17
Views: 231

Re: What is your opinion on GMO foods and irradiation food treatment?

I once had an opportunity to taste irradiated meat. It tasted just like the same thing but not irradiated. Generally, unless you're talking about still-twitching muscle tissue, it's dead when you eat it. It's certainly dead after it's cooked. People who asserted irradiated food tastes different beca...
by Broomstick
2017-06-21 12:13am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: General North Korea thread
Replies: 356
Views: 48157

Re: General North Korea thread

My guess is that after Warmbier's trial something prompted a beating and it got out of hand, leaving him brain dead. The North Koreans waited until his other injuries healed before releasing him to the US. Another theory I've heard, which would also seemingly fit with the facts as we know them, is a...
by Broomstick
2017-06-20 01:03am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Grenfell Tower Block Fire in London
Replies: 87
Views: 3490

Re: Grenfell Tower Block Fire in London

Video footage of when firefighters first saw Grenfell tower ablaze It's disturbing to hear professional fire fighters saying things like "how are we gonna do that?", "Oh my god", and "How is that possible?". It just further underscores that is NOT typical of a fire in ...
by Broomstick
2017-06-19 04:34pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Unmanned convenience stores
Replies: 31
Views: 665

Re: Unmanned convenience stores

Isn't that kind of like saying that Netflix sucks for the millions of Americans who still don't have broadband Internet? Nope, because Netflix still offers a DVD-by-mail service. In fact, last I checked there is still a greater array of choices for their by-mail service than for their broadband. Ac...
by Broomstick
2017-06-19 12:45pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Unmanned convenience stores
Replies: 31
Views: 665

Re: Unmanned convenience stores

Well... that sucks for about 90 million just here in the US (about 33% of Americans still do not own smartphones).
by Broomstick
2017-06-19 11:35am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Unmanned convenience stores
Replies: 31
Views: 665

Re: Unmanned convenience stores

You punch your list into your phone as you walk over, scan the QR code your app created at the machine, tap your card against the reader, and walk away with your chips and energy drinks, or condoms and pop tarts, or whatever else you went out for. Yeah, that's just gonna suck for the millions of pe...
by Broomstick
2017-06-18 08:56am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: RIP Stephen Furst (Vir Cotto, Flounder)
Replies: 4
Views: 223

Re: RIP Stephen Furst (Vir Cotto, Flounder)

Unfortunately... I'm not. Furst lost something like 80-100 pounds after being diagnosed with diabetes, but no matter how controlled, the disease takes its toll. No matter how well managed, diabetes treatment is not as good as a functioning pancreas and proper insulin response in the cells. It's like...
by Broomstick
2017-06-17 11:11pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Unmanned convenience stores
Replies: 31
Views: 665

Re: Unmanned convenience stores

Given that they've got about fifteen square metres of footprint to a store, two or so people with clearly delineated tasks should be able to make it clean in that time provided nobody shat on the floor or anything. I used to do thirty square metres on my own in about forty minutes, so it doesn't se...
by Broomstick
2017-06-17 12:31pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Unmanned convenience stores
Replies: 31
Views: 665

Re: Unmanned convenience stores

Yes, for better or worse, I think this is the future for at least some retail applications. Scanners can be remarkably efficient - the security cameras above the checkouts in my store have robust item recognition and you would still have a human monitoring things. Presumably, if there was some probl...
by Broomstick
2017-06-17 10:34am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Republican Politician Shot: Steve Scalise
Replies: 122
Views: 3812

Re: Republican Politician Shot: Steve Scalise

You have proof, I trust, that the "average grot" gets free (from his perspective) physical therapy and not just life-saving emergency care. You think they just wheel people out of Johns Hopkins and dump them in the street each day, leaving them to twitch their limbs helplessly? No, they t...
by Broomstick
2017-06-17 10:30am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Republican Politician Shot: Steve Scalise
Replies: 122
Views: 3812

Re: Republican Politician Shot: Steve Scalise

Update on Steve Scalise's current condition:.. .snip .... In summary, he suffered significant internal bleeding when the bullet fragmented upon entering his hip. His condition is improving, but he's still in really rough shape. Bleeding has been stopped, but he's going to have an extensive hospital...
by Broomstick
2017-06-17 07:11am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: A question on bath towels
Replies: 16
Views: 388

Re: A question on bath towels

I don't feel the need to wash my bath towel after 30 seconds of touching my body, which I literally just cleaned . If my bath towel were dirty after that amount of use, I'd look first to my hygiene in the shower to figure out why I'm still dirty after washing myself. ^ This. Seriously, folks, I'm u...
by Broomstick
2017-06-17 06:59am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Grenfell Tower Block Fire in London
Replies: 87
Views: 3490

Re: Grenfell Tower Block Fire in London

But, still, how the fuck IS this allowed? How have we, as a society, got ourselves into a situation where a human being has made a decision to wrap a residential tower block in a flammable material to save £5k. I've no doubt whoever made that decision is feeling like the biggest cunt who has ever l...
by Broomstick
2017-06-16 01:01pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Grenfell Tower Block Fire in London
Replies: 87
Views: 3490

Re: Grenfell Tower Block Fire in London

On what level did wrapping a tower block in fossil fuel seem like a good idea? Some people really, really want to save money... The burnable cladding is cheaper than the fire resistant cladding. How is this even allowed Budget cuts, reduction in inspections, alternations in code/laws to stop "...
by Broomstick
2017-06-16 12:46am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Republican Politician Shot: Steve Scalise
Replies: 122
Views: 3812

Re: Republican Politician Shot: Steve Scalise

We haven't seen that level of conflict since the 1860's. Thank god. Americans are far too inventive when it comes to new and horrible ways to conduct violent conflict. (Yes, there was violence in the 1960's, but the closest we came to shutting down an entire city for "days" were the Detroi...
by Broomstick
2017-06-15 09:32pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: My Mom has Cancer
Replies: 27
Views: 1500

Re: My Mom has Cancer

Best wishes - I hope you can find some happiness in these days, amidst all the worry and medicine. If you do, treasure those moments.
by Broomstick
2017-06-15 06:29pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Republican Politician Shot: Steve Scalise
Replies: 122
Views: 3812

Re: Republican Politician Shot: Steve Scalise

So... the perpetrator lived in a van down by the river? Like Chris Farley's SNL character Matt Foley? I am so going to hell for laughing at that, but is there any meme that screams "LOSER!" louder? On a more serious note - it's why tossing people on an economic trash heap is dangerous, bec...
by Broomstick
2017-06-15 06:01pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Grenfell Tower Block Fire in London
Replies: 87
Views: 3490

Re: Grenfell Tower Block Fire in London

Oh boy, the same contractor rebuilt four other towers nearby, and at least one of them has the same shelter in place bullshit posted on the walls according to a resident. They should be evacuated before a drunk terrorist smoker with a matchbook burns all of them by accident on his way to rent a tru...

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