June 30, 2012

Open Thread and Free Movie
— rdbrewer

Dancing Hot Dog rates it "friggin awesome."



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1 not first

Posted by: wierd flunky at June 30, 2012 03:01 PM (tlhtD)

2 I LOVE the monolith monsters! Science! Unstoppable Monsters! (except for ONE weakness). CAN MAN SURVIVE?!?!?!?!?!?

Posted by: Comrade Arthur at June 30, 2012 03:01 PM (rktaC)

3 i think i'm supposed to say, "hot diggity dog?"

Posted by: willow at June 30, 2012 03:02 PM (TomZ9)

4 What is the name of the fellow doing the voice-over narration at the beginning of this and most other '50s SF movies?

Posted by: Steve Poling at June 30, 2012 03:03 PM (db5YN)

5 Who can watch the Monolith Monsters when there's Texas Rangers baseball on?  Geez..  cya after the game though... heh

Posted by: Yip in Texas at June 30, 2012 03:04 PM (Mrdk1)

6 Are you serial?

Posted by: ManBearPig at June 30, 2012 03:04 PM (BVkEs)

7 4 Barky McFuckstick

Posted by: wierd flunky at June 30, 2012 03:04 PM (tlhtD)

8 Charlie Sheen never ages.

Posted by: Winning at June 30, 2012 03:05 PM (BVkEs)

9 When you think about it, how often is the "science" in Science-Fiction geology? There's this movie, a nifty end-of-the-world novel Moonseed* by Baxter. Hard to think of more off the top of my head. *That's a fun book. Chapter 1 - Venus explodes.

Posted by: Comrade Arthur at June 30, 2012 03:06 PM (rktaC)

10 Meteors!

Posted by: wheatie at June 30, 2012 03:07 PM (MbB0O)

11 *That's a fun book. Chapter 1 - Venus explodes.
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Did it tip over?

Posted by: Rep hank Johnson at June 30, 2012 03:10 PM (AUeaU)

12 X-Files black oil but with rocks?

Posted by: Purp (@PurpAv) at June 30, 2012 03:10 PM (4Ej4K)

13 SMOD approves.



Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD 2012 at June 30, 2012 03:10 PM (Gk3SS)

14 When SMOD comes for me , please let alex be close by to stomp me out first . ... a morons prayer .

Posted by: Bill D. Cat at June 30, 2012 03:16 PM (npr0X)

15

Posted by: Steve Poling at June 30, 2012 08:03 PM (db5YN)

 

Paul Frees. He's actually in the movie "The Thing From Another World".

Posted by: HH at June 30, 2012 03:17 PM (v+ExF)

16 Well thanks rdbrewer. Movie thread and SMOD...

Posted by: HH at June 30, 2012 03:19 PM (v+ExF)

17 Meatiers?

Posted by: huerfano at June 30, 2012 03:21 PM (bAGA/)

18 "Dancing Hot Dog rates it 'friggin awesome.'" I paint this!

Posted by: Zombie Dali at June 30, 2012 03:21 PM (C8mVl)

19 With the Virgin of Pilar suckling the toothbrushes and the wheels of fishes! And the baked beans! Always the baked beans!

Posted by: Zombie Dali at June 30, 2012 03:24 PM (C8mVl)

20 Has that hot dog been sufficiently taxed?

Posted by: Taxin' John Roberts at June 30, 2012 03:25 PM (AwMQp)

21 Friggin awesomely inaccurate science in that prologue/intro!

Posted by: ParisParamus at June 30, 2012 03:27 PM (GFX++)

22 Paul Frees is also the voice of Boris Badenov and the host of the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland. One of the greats.

Posted by: epobirs at June 30, 2012 03:27 PM (kcfmt)

23

Dang. Now I want to go to the snack bar...

 

Which, as I recall, was about $1.50 for a single slice of very, very bad pizza.

Posted by: HH at June 30, 2012 03:28 PM (v+ExF)

24 "Horrors of Spider Island" was even better. Lots of girls, nudie suits, and one...only one spider. Also, it features the most awesomely 'B' movie plane crash in history.

Posted by: Sticky Wicket at June 30, 2012 03:29 PM (L7hol)

25 #23

The Pizza still sucks...but now days, that limp and soggy slice will set you back at least five dollars.

Posted by: Sticky Wicket at June 30, 2012 03:30 PM (L7hol)

26 has Kucinich seen this movie?

Posted by: chemjeff on the phone at June 30, 2012 03:30 PM (AwMQp)

27

Posted by: epobirs at June 30, 2012 08:27 PM (kcfmt)

 

Actually, Haunted Mansion was someone else, if I recall correctly. Can't think of his name, but the same  guy who sang the songs on "The Grinch That Stole Christmas".

 

Had an odd name.

Posted by: HH at June 30, 2012 03:32 PM (v+ExF)

28 Meh. I was scarier.

Posted by: The Tabonga at June 30, 2012 03:32 PM (N8ZZU)

29 26---" has Kucinich seen this movie?" I believe he's actually in it. Under the rock.

Posted by: Margarita DeVille at June 30, 2012 03:33 PM (C8mVl)

30 27 Boris Karloff? maybe

Posted by: wierd flunky at June 30, 2012 03:33 PM (tlhtD)

31 "You call that an obituary? THIS is an obituary." http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/9365640/Count-Robert-de-La-Rochefoucauld.html (hat tip Transterrestrial Musings)

Posted by: rickl at June 30, 2012 03:34 PM (sdi6R)

32 so I am at the local team baseball game (Mink League, somewhere below A division ) and it's the bottom of the 1st and the home team already has 8 runs. heh

Posted by: chemjeff on the phone at June 30, 2012 03:34 PM (AwMQp)

33 #32

Did the other team not show up?

Posted by: Sticky Wicket at June 30, 2012 03:35 PM (L7hol)

34 Meh. I was scarier.
Posted by: The Tabonga at June 30, 2012 08:32 PM


Hey, you're from Hell aren't you?  How are Teddy Kennedy and Bob Byrd liking the new digs?

Posted by: huerfano at June 30, 2012 03:36 PM (bAGA/)

35 Actually, Haunted Mansion was someone else, if I recall correctly. Can't think of his name, but the same guy who sang the songs on "The Grinch That Stole Christmas".

Had an odd name.

Posted by: HH at June 30, 2012 08:32 PM (v+ExF)

--Same dude who voiced Tony the Tiger ("They're Grrrrrrrreat!")

Posted by: logprof at June 30, 2012 03:37 PM (TgZVh)

36 33 they are here physically their pitcher just didn't get any calls

Posted by: chemjeff on the phone at June 30, 2012 03:37 PM (AwMQp)

37 Boris Karloff = Grinch.

Posted by: Mama AJ at June 30, 2012 03:39 PM (SUKHu)

38 35 Still think it was Boris Karloff. Seriously

Posted by: wierd flunky at June 30, 2012 03:39 PM (tlhtD)

39 #27

No, I assure you it was Paul Frees. Very well documented.

And music by Animal Man.

Posted by: epobirs at June 30, 2012 03:39 PM (kcfmt)

40

Sorry. Thurl Ravenscroft. The singer in 'Grinch', and the voice of Haunted Mansion.

 

No wonder I couldn't remember his name, but I just looked it up.

Posted by: HH at June 30, 2012 03:41 PM (v+ExF)

41 31 "You call that an obituary? THIS is an obituary."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/9365640/Count-Robert-de-La-Rochefoucauld.html

(hat tip Transterrestrial Musings)

Posted by: rickl at June 30, 2012 08:34 PM (sdi6R)


Thanks for that.

Bookmarked.

Posted by: Craig Poe at June 30, 2012 03:43 PM (BVkEs)

42 Ok maybe BK was the narrator, or maybe I'm insane.

Posted by: wierd flunky at June 30, 2012 03:44 PM (tlhtD)

43 Show recommendation:

Mad Men gets all the hype, but Hell on Wheels is a great show on AMC. Watched the first season (a brisk five episodes) yesterday for free thanks to Redbox.  Great show if you're a fan of Westerns.  Not as enjoyable as Deadwood, but it'll do as a placeholder in the genre.

Posted by: logprof at June 30, 2012 03:44 PM (TgZVh)

44 that limp and soggy slice will set you back at least five dollars.

You're not doing the pizza, the pizza's doing you.

Posted by: Purp (@PurpAv) at June 30, 2012 03:45 PM (4Ej4K)

45 Thurl Ravenscroft?

Posted by: Little Miss Spellcheck at June 30, 2012 03:46 PM (a5ljo)

46 Thurl Ravenscroft.

Posted by: The Tabonga at June 30, 2012 03:46 PM (N8ZZU)

47 Ok maybe BK was the narrator, or maybe I'm insane


That is not a binary choice.


Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD 2012 at June 30, 2012 03:47 PM (Gk3SS)

48

"or maybe I'm insane."

 

Possibly, but yes indeed, Boris did narrate it. He just didn't do any of the singing.

 

Hope this helps...

Posted by: HH at June 30, 2012 03:47 PM (v+ExF)

49

Wiki says:

In the mid-1960s, Karloff gained a late-career surge of American popularity when he narrated the made-for-television animated film of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and also provided the voice of the Grinch, although the song, "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" was sung by American voice actor Thurl Ravenscroft.

Posted by: Mama AJ at June 30, 2012 03:47 PM (SUKHu)

50

>>That is not a binary choice.

 

Word!

Posted by: CJ Roberts at June 30, 2012 03:48 PM (SUKHu)

51 The new highway bill has got me thinking about infrastructure. What new infrastructure does America most need? What are the biggest bottlenecks? I'm mainly thinking about transportation infrastructure, although energy infrastructure is really the most important. When I look at the broad sweep of history, rising living standards seem mainly linked to getting ever cheaper forms of energy. Which is the main reason I hate the eco-nazis so much because they purposefully are trying to raise the cost of energy for Americans and willfully impoverishing your fellow citizens is really fucking evil. Anyway, the US spends $120B+ a year on the highway bill. And that's just federal money. Where do you think that money would get the most bang for the buck?

Posted by: Flatbush Joe at June 30, 2012 03:48 PM (ZPrif)

52 .

Posted by: ARRRRRRRRRRRRR at June 30, 2012 03:49 PM (N8ZZU)

53 Binary choice? I'll take "C"

Posted by: wierd flunky at June 30, 2012 03:49 PM (tlhtD)

54 Only one b-movie? It need to be at least a science fiction double feature picture show! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-qtYcEo6bM

Posted by: The Political Hat at June 30, 2012 03:51 PM (XYqoq)

55 In addition to the Haunted Mansion, other places Frees voice could heard at Disneyland of old were:

Adventures Through Inner Space
Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln
Pirates of the Caribbean with a homage in the third movie.

Voiced Toucan Sam and the Pillsbury Doughboy.

Really huge resume.

Posted by: epobirs at June 30, 2012 03:51 PM (kcfmt)

56 Last night I watched "The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra" on On Demand. It was a pitch-perfect send-up of stuff like this, and really entertaining.

Posted by: Palandine at June 30, 2012 03:53 PM (g7D8V)

57 Is John Roberts the new Jerry Sandusky?

Discuss....

Posted by: Craig Poe at June 30, 2012 03:57 PM (BVkEs)

58 10-0 in 2nd and here comes rain

Posted by: chemjeff on the phone at June 30, 2012 03:57 PM (AwMQp)

59 Thurl Ravenscroft did plenty of work for Disney, including SINGING in the Haunted Mansion (one of the singing busts is him but often assumed to be Walt Disney's face) but he is not the Ghost Host.

Check out his bio on IMDB. He can be heard in several places at the park, like the monorail. Stood 6'5" and was a courier pilot during WWII. Another amazing resume.

Posted by: epobirs at June 30, 2012 03:59 PM (kcfmt)

60

Posted by: chemjeff on the phone at June 30, 2012 08:57 PM (AwMQp)

 

You getting rain? Hope some of that comes down here...

Posted by: HH at June 30, 2012 03:59 PM (v+ExF)

61 BTW, just saw "Ted", the Mark Walberg movie about his Teddy Bear who comes to life.   Hi-freakin'-larious.  The bear steals the show as a foul-mouthed, un-PC wisecracking slacker.  If you like that Animal House, Caddyshack, Clerks sense of humor, go see it.  Might be funnier than any of those films.  Plus, Mila Kunis is in it.  What's not to like?  Definitely not for kids, though

Posted by: Ombudsman at June 30, 2012 04:00 PM (AxHOT)

62 #57

They don't press charges for metaphorically screwing every child in America.

Posted by: epobirs at June 30, 2012 04:00 PM (kcfmt)

63 Invasion of the Saucer Men was equally pretty cool -- probably better.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDQTDwu8vsI

Posted by: Needlehand at June 30, 2012 04:00 PM (7+pP9)

64 And Frees directed 'The Beatniks' which became a truly great MST3K episode. A dubious honor.

Posted by: epobirs at June 30, 2012 04:02 PM (kcfmt)

65 Monolith monster is a fine slice of SF cheese. If you like it, check out- Kronos http://www.veoh.com/watch/v10496532CjBsf8rN Great 50's sf. Also- The Magnetic Monster First Man Into Space

Posted by: naturalfake at June 30, 2012 04:03 PM (G9qZk)

66 62 #57

They don't press charges for metaphorically screwing every child in America.



Very profound answer.

Posted by: Craig Poe at June 30, 2012 04:04 PM (BVkEs)

67 120 billion? Most bang for the buck? Sounds like enough to buy ma a Lamborg, ahh Lambir, ahh, a damn 69 Camero.

Posted by: teej at June 30, 2012 04:04 PM (Vdd8W)

68 Flipping around I see Nascar is on. One thing I don't understand is -- when they are just showing a couple cars, or the lead pack -- why don't they put up the picture of the driver and their main sponsor logo? When I watch Nascar (I watch some, but not a lot, I'll tune into the end of the race) I often can't tell just by looking at the car who the sponsor is. The cars are moving too fast or too small to make out the sponsor ad clearly. This is less of a problem for famous sponsors (like M&Ms or Coke) with easily recognized logos. But the less famous sponsors are just hard to recognize blurs. Nascar is a sponsor-driven sport. So anything that gets the logo on the screen would be good for the sport. And anything that gets the names and faces of the drivers more easily known is good. Seems like putting the name, face and sponsor of the cars being show on TV in the corner would be an obvious thing for any motorsport that features drivers in helmets and fast-moving, hard-to-see sponsor logos.

Posted by: Flatbush Joe at June 30, 2012 04:05 PM (ZPrif)

69

The first episode of Mystery Science Theater 4000: The Obama administration

 

Posted by: wierd flunky at June 30, 2012 04:06 PM (tlhtD)

70 @60 - Yup. Send that rain about an hour and a half SSW.

Posted by: teej at June 30, 2012 04:07 PM (Vdd8W)

71

Posted by: epobirs at June 30, 2012 08:59 PM (kcfmt)

 

I'll be. You are correct. Granted, it's been many the year since I've heard those voices.

 

Funny thing is. First time I ever saw "The Thing" and heard Frees talking, I knew who he  was based on watching way too many cartoons...

Posted by: HH at June 30, 2012 04:08 PM (v+ExF)

72 Meh. I was scarier.


Posted by: The Tabonga at June 30, 2012 08:32 PM

Best movie review ever:

From Hell it came. And to Hell it can go.

Posted by: Riften Guard at June 30, 2012 04:08 PM (+Myj9)

73 HH you can have the rain huh it's kinda neat, the players are on the field helping to deploy the tarp

Posted by: chemjeff on the phone at June 30, 2012 04:10 PM (AwMQp)

74 Speaking of horror movies... Just finished watching "Grave Encounters" on Showtime SHC A found footage horror movie based around those crappy Ghost Hunter shows on the History channel or A&E. Surprisingly creepy and effective. Delivers some great shocks and scares. If you see it on, turn off the lights and get your ghost on.

Posted by: naturalfake at June 30, 2012 04:12 PM (G9qZk)

75

Posted by: Riften Guard at June 30, 2012 09:08 PM (+Myj9)

 

Ouch!!!

 

That had to burn...

Posted by: HH at June 30, 2012 04:13 PM (v+ExF)

76 Totally stolen from The Andromeda Strain! Wait.

Posted by: eman at June 30, 2012 04:14 PM (ejmiE)

77 Seems like putting the name, face and sponsor of the cars being show on TV in the corner would be an obvious thing for any motorsport that features drivers in helmets and fast-moving, hard-to-see sponsor logos.

Posted by: Flatbush Joe at June 30, 2012 09:05 PM (ZPrif)

    Joe, NASCAR is in trouble.  I used to have tickets to the June Dover race.  In the mid-90s I could have scalped the for twice their value.  I gave them up circa 2007.  I was shocked this year to see the stands half-empty.  NASCAR blames the economy, and partly true, but their main problem ts that there are no larger-than-life characters anymore - no Junior Johnsons, Richard Pettys, Allisons, and of course, Dale Sr.  It's just a bunch of white-bread Stepford racers.  No compelling reason to watch. 


Posted by: Ombudsman at June 30, 2012 04:15 PM (AxHOT)

78 Lots of wasted film in this one. Lots of long shots of cars being parked and people gathering their shit and marching up to a door and going in and putting down their shit.

Posted by: eman at June 30, 2012 04:16 PM (ejmiE)

79 The problem with NASCAR is that soccer is more exciting.

Posted by: garrett at June 30, 2012 04:16 PM (HdBP0)

80 ust finished watching "Grave Encounters" on Showtime SHC

A found footage horror movie based around those crappy Ghost Hunter shows on the History channel or A&E.

Surprisingly creepy and effective. Delivers some great shocks and scares.

Posted by: naturalfake at June 30, 2012 09:12 PM (G9qZk)

Please explain the appeal of this genre.  I don't get it.  Being scared, to me, is not pleasurable.

Posted by: Ombudsman at June 30, 2012 04:17 PM (AxHOT)

81 Recently got Brian Keene's "The Conqueror Worms" at a yardsale for $2. I've not read such cheese since the sell-by label on that Stilton in the back of the fridge.

Basically the oceans rise, for what reason I don't know, and a horde of 3-foot-wide earthworms take over what's left of the world, which is apparently West Virginia.

Posted by: Boulder Toilet Hobo at June 30, 2012 04:17 PM (QTHTd)

82 The problem with NASCAR is that soccer is more exciting.

Posted by: garrett at June 30, 2012 09:16 PM (HdBP0)

It didn't used to be.


Posted by: Ombudsman at June 30, 2012 04:18 PM (AxHOT)

83 More exciting than NASCAR or Soccer:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogPZ5CY9KoM

Posted by: epobirs at June 30, 2012 04:21 PM (kcfmt)

84

Let's blame ESPN.

...and the restrictor plate.

Posted by: garrett at June 30, 2012 04:21 PM (HdBP0)

85 I think all those guys are incredible drivers. I don't care for how strict they are on the cars. Set a maximum ci engine size. Minimum safety standards to be met and turn 'em loose. Different cars. Different aero. Different handling. It gets real interesting again real fast.

Posted by: teej at June 30, 2012 04:22 PM (Vdd8W)

86 Thurl Ravenscroft sounds like an H. P. Lovecraft character.

Posted by: rickl at June 30, 2012 04:23 PM (sdi6R)

87

Posted by: Ombudsman at June 30, 2012 09:17 PM (AxHOT)

 

Number of problems with all those kind of shows. But to me, is if you and I are together in a situation, and something odd or weird happens, me yelling at you "What The F%%K WAS THAT?" doesn't really add any cool, calm logic to what may have just happened.

 

It's all just exploitive, and with no really looking into explanations.

Posted by: HH at June 30, 2012 04:24 PM (v+ExF)

88 @77 Yeah, I know. Nascar has been hit hard. Harder than any of the big sports. Which is why they might have to change things up. I have a couple theories: 1) I think the internet/twitter/facebook/etc have shortened our attention spans. That makes long races harder to follow for the average viewer. If you just tune into the middle of the race, what are you watching? Most sports have some pretty clear drama/objective. NFL: Offense is trying to get a first down. Defense is trying stop them NBA, NHL, Soccer: Offense is trying to score. Defense is trying to stop them. It's easy for a viewer to jump into the middle of most sports and see who's winning, who's losing, and what the main players are trying to do. With Nascar it's just ...cars going by. In a circle. And the leader is often buried in the middle passing lapped traffic, so it's not obvious at first who's in front. Putting up faces might help the audience identify more with the drivers and see who is who. Not just an anonymous blur of logos.

Posted by: Flatbush Joe at June 30, 2012 04:24 PM (ZPrif)

89 NASCAR needs to adopt Spy Hunter rules.

Posted by: garrett at June 30, 2012 04:25 PM (HdBP0)

90 41 One of the commenters at TTM said, "And… Hollywood can’t come up with any new stories. That’s a seven-movie set right there."

Posted by: rickl at June 30, 2012 04:26 PM (sdi6R)

91 @  85  


    That's the way it used to was. Quit watching due to the restrictor plates, body templates, etc.  They took away all the fun stuff that allowed those guys to run.

Posted by: irongrampa at June 30, 2012 04:26 PM (SAMxH)

92 right field m.flickr.com/photo.gne? id=7475928834&s=54617256&sig=38ff5cdf7beffcdb5545671d78006595&time=1341105927

Posted by: chemjeff on the phone at June 30, 2012 04:26 PM (AwMQp)

93 I can remember when a Charger looked like a Charger. A Monte Carlo like a Monte Carlo. Hell, they even ran a GTO Judge a year or two.

Posted by: teej at June 30, 2012 04:26 PM (Vdd8W)

94 Alfred Hitchcock is still the greatest director of all time.

Posted by: ErikW at June 30, 2012 04:28 PM (/tQ+8)

95 oopz did I break the blog? sorry

Posted by: chemjeff on the phone at June 30, 2012 04:28 PM (AwMQp)

96 Please explain the appeal of this genre. I don't get it. Being scared, to me, is not pleasurable. Posted by: Ombudsman at June 30, 2012 09:17 PM (AxHOT) It makes some chicks horny.

Posted by: Underground Vulgarian at June 30, 2012 04:29 PM (SI8HJ)

97 @95 Don't flatter yourself cj.

Posted by: teej at June 30, 2012 04:29 PM (Vdd8W)

98 I also think the improved safety has taken some of the daredevil image away from Nascar. (I know it's supposed to be all caps, but I'm lazy). Meanwhile the x-games motocross trick guys routinely injure themselves in gruesome ways. People like that. Or, at least, they find it exciting to know the drivers are risking life and limb. I also think Danica hurts the sport. It takes away from the image of masculine bravery. You don't seem 5'2 chicks pulling off double backflips on a motorcycle and the crazy x-games stuff. Cause there's no chick who can do it. Danica is a short term thing that brings ratings for a bit, but leaves the sport worse off after she's gone. If a woman could compete at the NBA level I think interest in the NBA would decline. A lot of hype at first, but then people (men and women) would think, oh, this isn't as impressively athletic as i thought.

Posted by: Flatbush Joe at June 30, 2012 04:30 PM (ZPrif)

99 btw chem, we're gonna play a little place called Fosters towards the eom. Date not set yet.

Posted by: teej at June 30, 2012 04:31 PM (Vdd8W)

100 teej oh ok I know fosters that is awesome

Posted by: chemjeff on the phone at June 30, 2012 04:33 PM (AwMQp)

101 teej do you have any KC gigs?

Posted by: chemjeff on the phone at June 30, 2012 04:34 PM (AwMQp)

102 @80 ...Please explain the appeal of this genre. I don't get it. Being scared, to me, is not pleasurable. Posted by: Ombudsman at June 30, 2012 09:17 PM (AxHOT) I suppose it's that horror movies like a roller coaster ride for the mind. But I've loved horror movies ever since I was a child. Granted to first ones I saw were B&W cheese on late night "SciFi Theater". Things like "The Cape Canaveral Monsters" which terrified me at the time, but in reality weren't all that scary. If I'd seen something like, oh I don't know, Cronenberg's "The Fly" or Carpenter's "The Thing" first as a child it would've been way too much and like you I wouldn't enjoy horror movies now. That being said, I have no interest in torture-porn movies like Hostel or Wolf Creek.

Posted by: naturalfake at June 30, 2012 04:35 PM (G9qZk)

103 Hey there's a patch of storms I might catch the edge of. Excuse me while I go out and turn off the sprinkler and do a rain dance.

Posted by: teej at June 30, 2012 04:35 PM (Vdd8W)

104

NASCAR needs to adopt Spy Hunter rules.

 

Posted by: garrett at June 30, 2012 09:25 PM (HdBP0)

 

 

A buddy bought a sit-down Spy Hunter console for $6,000 way back in the day. It was fucking cool, he set it up in his living room.

 

If I remember right, the reset switch was on top and back right.

 

Now I have the Peter Gunn theme stuck in my head.

Posted by: ErikW at June 30, 2012 04:35 PM (/tQ+8)

105 Alfred Hitchcock is still the greatest director of all time.

Bafongul!

Posted by: Fellini at June 30, 2012 04:36 PM (N8ZZU)

106 One idea I have, and the purists would hate it, would be to award extra points for the leader at the 1/4, 1/2, and 3/4 points in a race. Gives the drivers and viewers intermediate goals to shoot for and watch. And on personality. Nascar and the fans say they want personality. Kurt Busch is a personality (albeit a goofy looking one, big problem that) and he can't find a sponsor or keep a ride. They say show personality -- just don't curse or say anything mean or make any comment that hints at violence. The appeal of the sport has been violence. It's exciting when one driver purposefully wrecks another. I loved the old bristol where they could spin each other without destroying each other. It's great when one guy can wreck another early in the race and the other guy survives for payback late in the race. That's drama. The higher speed tracks mean that whoever gets wrecked first is probably done for the day. Shorter, slower tracks produce more exciting racing, IMO.

Posted by: Flatbush Joe at June 30, 2012 04:36 PM (ZPrif)

107 94 Alfred Hitchcock is still the greatest director of all time.

Posted by: ErikW at June 30, 2012 09:28 PM (/tQ+



I concur.

Posted by: Craig Poe at June 30, 2012 04:38 PM (BVkEs)

108

I think you can get a brand new sit down MsPacman/Galaga for $2500 or so...I've never seen the Spy Hunter, though.  

That'd be a cool piece of furniture.

Posted by: garrett at June 30, 2012 04:38 PM (HdBP0)

109
   Always liked the 1/4 mile racing.  I participated in it frequently, sometimes even on a dragstrip. Racing the family ride was kinda dicey, though. If you broke, you were in deep shit.

Posted by: irongrampa at June 30, 2012 04:39 PM (SAMxH)

110 I also think the improved safety has taken some of the daredevil image away from Nascar. (I know it's supposed to be all caps, but I'm lazy).

Posted by: Flatbush Joe at June 30, 2012 09:30 PM (ZPrif)

Was about to say that.  Agree.  Part of the mystique of a racer is that you might die.  Not that I want anyone to die, but with all the safety measures, racing is safer than driving to work.

Posted by: Ombudsman at June 30, 2012 04:39 PM (AxHOT)

111 Excuse me...didn't BK also provide voice talent for a few early PC games? There was an Amiga game I used to play..you had to battle your way past several screens of nasty killer robots, and BK would occasionally say "Stay a while...stay Forever!".

Posted by: Sticky Wicket at June 30, 2012 04:40 PM (L7hol)

112 Not that I want anyone to die, but with all the safety measures, racing is safer than driving to work.
***
I'll fix that

Posted by: Stephen Chu at June 30, 2012 04:40 PM (AUeaU)

113

Posted by: Flatbush Joe at June 30, 2012 09:36 PM (ZPrif)

 

So I suppose they don't do the old  'Figure Eight' tracks anymore?  Saw those when I was a kid. Talk about driving...

Posted by: HH at June 30, 2012 04:40 PM (v+ExF)

114 Was about to say that. Agree. Part of the mystique of a racer is that you might die. Not that I want anyone to die, but with all the safety measures, racing is safer than driving to work.

Racing is definitely safer than driving home with me.

Posted by: Ted Kennedy at June 30, 2012 04:41 PM (6j180)

115 #111

You're thinking of Impossible Mission on the C64. It was ported to other systems but that was the version most people played. (The first version shipped on the Atari 7800 had a fatal bug that made it impossible to finish and the title all too accurate.)

Posted by: epobirs at June 30, 2012 04:44 PM (kcfmt)

116

That'd be a cool piece of furniture.

 

Posted by: garrett at June 30, 2012 09:38 PM (HdBP0)

 

 

My buddy has been looking for a stand up TRON console but the asking price is insane, something like $25,000 plus.

Posted by: ErikW at June 30, 2012 04:44 PM (/tQ+8)

117 The trouble with Dan "Icka" Patrick isn't the female issue. She's just such a little dick. There are better females in the sport already, but none of them were VH-1 personalities first. That's all she'll ever be.

To hear the complaints, some of you fellas would really enjoy a USAC sprint car race. No, not "Sprint Cup." Ask your grampaw, he'll know. 

Posted by: comatus at June 30, 2012 04:46 PM (ZOlM3)

118 Alfred Hitchcock is still the greatest director of all time.

Posted by: ErikW at June 30, 2012 09:28 PM (/tQ+
 
Is there really any doubt?  Just watched "Rope" for the first time in years.   Brilliant

Posted by: Ombudsman at June 30, 2012 04:46 PM (AxHOT)

119

1/4 mile racing was awesome.  Riverside Park Speedway, modifieds.  Love those open wheeled babies.  Prostocks were way cool too.

Hi all, just got back from the  Funny Bones Comedy Club.  Bobby Slayton was there, fucking hilarious.

 

Posted by: jaimo at June 30, 2012 04:47 PM (gj1NH)

120 oh that would be awesome, a standalone video game as a table in the man cave how much do they typically run?

Posted by: chemjeff on the phone at June 30, 2012 04:47 PM (AwMQp)

121 Soccer: Offense is trying to score



I have seen absolutely no evidence of that. And I grew up with soccer players and the Bastard Ex was a college soccer player so I've seen a metric fuckton of soccer.

Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD 2012 at June 30, 2012 04:47 PM (Gk3SS)

122 sorry just read 108 $2-3k isn't too bad.really

Posted by: chemjeff on the phone at June 30, 2012 04:49 PM (AwMQp)

123 That's the lamest Dancing Hot Dog I ever saw. No wonder his friends ditched him. Dancing Popcorn: Oh, I thought that was tomorrow. Dancing Soda: I don't fell so good. Dancing Candy Bar: me and soda are going to see Ted. What a loser. Have fun going to the the lobby all by yourself, Mr. Lips and Assholes wrapped in Bologne.

Posted by: Spicy Meatball at June 30, 2012 04:49 PM (mxnUd)

124 Obama is a stuttering clusterf*ck of a miserable failure.

Posted by: steevy at June 30, 2012 04:49 PM (Xb3hu)

125 Pretty much sizes up soccer for me:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=f27IqVo5-Oc

Posted by: epobirs at June 30, 2012 04:50 PM (kcfmt)

126 There is no penalty for non payment of this portion of your tax/penalty.
The IRS cannot impose a penalty for nonpayment of the ACA TAX.

From FactCheck.org:
The law prohibits the IRS from seeking to put anybody in jail or seizing their property for simple refusal to pay the tax. The law says specifically that taxpayers “shall not be subject to any criminal prosecution or penalty” for failure to pay, and also that the IRS cannot file a tax lien (a legal claim against such things as homes, cars, wages and bank accounts) or a “levy” (seizure of property or bank accounts).

What happens if you refuse to pay only that TAX amount?

Will the IRS sue for the relatively small amount of the TAX if they can't collect a penalty? Or threaten criminal sanctions?

Here is the language from the law according to Congress' Joint Committee on Taxation's most recent update, March 16, 2012:

C. Excise Tax on Individuals Without Essential Health Benefits Coverage (sec. 1501 of the Senate amendment and new sec. 5000A of the Code)

On page 33, the first full paragraph should be deleted and replaced with the following description of the limitations on administration and procedure of section 5000A as enacted:
1 The penalty applies to any period the individual does not maintain minimum essential coverage and is determined monthly. The penalty is an excise tax that is assessed in the same manner as an assessable penalty under the enforcement provisions of subtitle F of the Code.

2 As a result, it is assessable without regard to the restrictions of section 6213(b). Although assessable and collectible under the Code, the IRS authority to use certain collection methods is limited.

 Specifically, the filing of notices of liens and levies otherwise authorized for collection of taxes does not apply to the collection of this penalty. In addition, the statute waives criminal penalties for non-compliance with the requirement to maintain minimum essential coverage. However, the authority to offset refunds or credits is not limited by this provision.

If you don't want to pay the penalty tax or the tax penalty – It looks like you could limit your withholding!

Posted by: infoman at June 30, 2012 04:50 PM (8QbmU)

127 thank you steevy for providing the always necessary context

Posted by: chemjeff on the phone at June 30, 2012 04:50 PM (AwMQp)

128

Posted by: Ombudsman at June 30, 2012 09:46 PM (AxHOT)

 

I've never even heard of that one.

 

I'm looking it up on YouTube right now.

Posted by: ErikW at June 30, 2012 04:51 PM (/tQ+8)

129

What took ya so long Steevy?

Posted by: jaimo at June 30, 2012 04:52 PM (gj1NH)

130 $2395 is a lot of money but 125 classic arcade games!

http://tinyurl.com/6ukkggz

Posted by: epobirs at June 30, 2012 04:52 PM (kcfmt)

131 "You call that an obituary? THIS is an obituary."

http://tinyurl.com/cbm2uls

Posted by: rickl at June 30, 2012 08:34 PM
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Damn.

Worthy of a double post (but Pixy made me tiny it).

Posted by: Time Travelling Flaneur at June 30, 2012 04:53 PM (ay6+/)

132 Heh.

I remember watching NASCAR movies in 1966 that were just a collection of crashes. The best ones were when the cars went airborne and landed in the stands.

Posted by: Oris Barloff at June 30, 2012 04:53 PM (7+pP9)

133 Next week, you should do Terrorvision.

Posted by: CAC at June 30, 2012 04:57 PM (SSRbR)

134 Yeah, I prefer the shorter track racing. The off-road racing series make good TV. Big old trucks, really, with dune buggy suspensions running on motrocross style courses with jumps. Tons of bumping and banging and metal flying. Hasn't been a success on TV, though. And all the dirt and mud mean it's impossible to see the sponsor logo. Which is why they should just put the logo on the screen whenever Car/Truck/Bike X is on the screen. The high gas prices have hurt Nascar's fanbase. I also think younger Americans (under 35-40) are less extroverted. The internet is turning us into a nation of introverts. So increasingly 20 and 30 something guys would rather stay home and play video games than go on a long road trip to a Nascar race and get hammered in the infield. Americans are less interested in public craziness, I think. People like things to be more ordered and safe than they used to, it seems.

Posted by: Flatbush Joe at June 30, 2012 04:58 PM (ZPrif)

135 123- " Have fun going to the lobby all by yourself, Mr. Lips and Assholes wrapped in Bologne." I paint this!

Posted by: Zombie Dali at June 30, 2012 05:00 PM (C8mVl)

136 Who wouldn't want to die from injections of 200 proof alcohol from disembodied hands with syringes as fingernails?

Posted by: Saucer Men at June 30, 2012 05:00 PM (7+pP9)

137 Who wouldn't want to die from injections of 200 proof alcohol from disembodied hands with syringes as fingernails?

Before or after the Roberts decision?

Posted by: Boulder Toilet Hobo at June 30, 2012 05:03 PM (QTHTd)

138 131,
Holy crap!
Count Robert de La Rochefoucauldwas quite a guy!


Posted by: ChrisP at June 30, 2012 05:04 PM (626PS)

139 Boris Karloff died in 1969. Maybe some early games used sound clips from his movies or his TV show, but he certainly wasn't recording new ones.

It might have been one of the thousands of people who believe incorrectly that they can do a Boris Karloff imitation.

Posted by: Trimegistus at June 30, 2012 05:05 PM (ojYWk)

140 Racing the family ride

Dya think Mom will buy that the tranny just fell out at McDonalds and got here to the track by accident?

Posted by: DaveA at June 30, 2012 05:06 PM (XG53A)

141 Ombudsman and ErikW, Alfred Hitchcock Presents in on Antenna TV Network at midnight most nights. Saturday's it is on at 11. Antenna Network is a network that we get on Comcast at 295. His tv shows are great. Many have murder with a sense of humor. And a little tip. If your spouse is digging a big hole in the basement floor, move out!

Posted by: nerdygirl at June 30, 2012 05:20 PM (+iR5Y)

142 Guy Benson should be in the top five. So freakin adorable. Am in central Ohio - thankfully with power and air con, but no cable/internet. Seem to be in small pocket of city that has power. Most of my family are here, crammed into my 800sq ft apartment. Good times. iPhone with Verizon 3G is keeping me in the loop! Also, hotter than hell out even now at 10:30pm.

Posted by: tdpwells at June 30, 2012 05:32 PM (F3ie+)

143 OOPS wrong thread lol

Posted by: tdpwells at June 30, 2012 05:33 PM (F3ie+)

144 So this is where Stanley Kubrick got the idea for his first scene in 2001 Space Odessy...

Posted by: Jackson at June 30, 2012 06:50 PM (AygoL)

145

I saw this in a horror movie once.  Suddenly they all disappeared. 

 

Then the creepy noises started...

Posted by: hello? at June 30, 2012 07:12 PM (9sUlj)

146 more of these movies, please.

Posted by: Sgt. York at June 30, 2012 11:34 PM (pqW4Y)

147 What a great way to be awake in the middle of the night More, please

Posted by: Invaders from Mars at July 01, 2012 01:26 AM (pDhJ6)

148

Mmmmm, Lola Albright...  The approachable, high class but down to earth beauty.   Who is her equal today?  A rhetorical question. 

 

Posted by: Leonard Pinth-Garnell at July 01, 2012 02:42 PM (PtuJp)

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