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 The Dark Knight kicked ass. And Heath Ledger as the joker more than lived up to all the hype. Go see it.

Some of the Imax shots actually had my heart pick up a bit lol.
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And it turns out the process is a bigger pain in the ass when you're on the other side of the state, and have to rely on 15 different emails to get all your questions answered instead of just walking through. 
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Cody Wilder has not smoked a cigarette since last Monday night.
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Mostly because I'm bored, and also because I'm curious if anyone will actually ask anything, we are off with the "ask me anything" post in March. Making this post public in case anyone would like to post their question anonymously. I'll answer later in a later post that may or may not be friends only depending on the kind of questions that pop up.
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Granted otcub and writerbear81 are the only people on LJ not in the area (coincidentally none of my local friends that are on LJ use it regularly) who have ever been to my apartment, but I'm a pretty huge movie buff. As it goes, I'm also a big home theater buff and try and snag up as much as I can with my ultra-low college budget.

----equipment I have rant----

That means an Onkyo reciever & surround speakers, an Infocus in72 projector & 4 elemental designs ehq 12" subwoofers currently. I'm on my 4th receiver if you count back when I first started plugging shit into a tv, and my 3rd subwoofer setup (8" onkyo powered sub that came with it, then a 15" sub in a ~9 cubic foot box tuned to 20hz, now the 4 12's in an isobaric 8 cubic foot enclosure tuned to 22 hz).

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It used to be that going to the theater was the only way the common person could truly experience the surrealistic wonder of the latest big budget production. The first time I went to the movies was in my hometown, and while I remember hardly nothing about the film itself I just remember that my baby sitter was going to see "8 Seconds" with her boyfriend and took me along. It was the only theater within 60 miles. Seriously, google Ida Grove and just see what you find. Most of the downstairs level also served as the local video rental store, and along one wall was a counter where you could buy sodas and snacks. Among them, the almighty double lollie (thank you google). Most likely because I was a kid, but also just because it was awesome, every time I would go to a movie there I would want to climb up the spiral metal staircase to the small balcony on the second floor. I would go with my $0.25 for candy and my eagerness and be excited just to be there, regardless of the fact that my 5 year old self had no idea what I was watching.

Now several years later, when I go to the movie theater, the experience is one of self-preservation rather than excitement. "How can I go and enjoy the movie, and do my best not to get screwed over?" Please forgive me if I don't want to get a lien on my car to afford soda, popcorn & tickets for 4 people at the local multiplex. Especially when in today's world most households have a television that's large enough to enjoy watching at a distance. As a kid, the only way to get the feeling of a big screen at home was to sit 16 inches away from the 200 pound microwave housed in its own wooden cabinet (as if not for decoration but on a pallet) that housed your rear-projection radiation emitter. Any closer than about a foot and a half, and you'd feel that ever-so-strange tingling sensation on your arms and face. The kind of static that let even the most naive child know that the monstrous boob tube wasn't safe to sit too close to.

The sad truth is that for many people today, the only reason to go out to watch a movie is to see the new film as soon as possible. Theaters nowadays offer only a marginal visual & audio advantage. And more importantly, they have lost their sense of awe. The glitz and glamor is gone. Where is the fantasy in today's movie theaters? What happened to the larger than life setting, where the building became the host for the movie's magic? Most theaters today share the same layout: a big open lobby with neutral-colored walls separated from the long hallway of screens by a 17 year old ticket collector who quite clearly hates their job.

I don't want to see the theater-going experience to fade away as another technological fossil. But I must say, going to the movies doesn't have the same charm it used to. I can go rent a movie from the local store and watch it on a ~80" screen with full surround right here in my apartment, and have as much soda and popcorn as I want for a few bucks. I can't imagine I'm alone on that front either - I'm sure there are a large number of people nowadays who would just as soon stay home as go into town and hope that they didn't get stuck in the theater with the newborn baby or the teenage girl who just has to check her cell phone every 2 minutes. Personally, I would love to see the magic come back. I want to see spiral staircases leading to balconies, and exceedingly fake gold paint on the sculpted woodwork. When they bring the silver back to the silver screen then there's going to be an excited little boy ready to buy into the fantasy.
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Gotta say, I wasn't impressed.

Then again, I was pretty consistently disappointed with season 3, and in fact was hoping that the season 3 finale would suck so I could quit watching the show altogether but it surprised me. My problem with season 3 wasn't that it was dull, it just made no effort to resolve anything in the show. Every time it seemed like some aspect of the show might wrap up they'd just make up some new BS. Season 3 just seemed like a huge distraction to me, indicating the writers themselves don't know how to resolve things.

The season 4 premiere wasn't bad, but I was glad I had it recorded on the DVR because it was boring enough that if I had to sit through commercials I would probably have turned it off. The screentime Jack & Hurley got in the flash-forward just seemed like another big distraction from season 3. They've already alluded to the same things in last season. Why dedicate 1/3-1/2 of this new episode to the same "clues"? If you're going to do something like that, at least provide more insight.

So yeah, I'll be following the show again, but so far it looks like another season of runaway wtf-ness.

Season 1& 2 were awesome. They didn't really provide many answers either, but at least they provided some. And at that point, the show was new enough that the orgy of randomness hadn't just become a new routine like it is now.
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"Just recently my son Bobby came out to me. I had been worried for awhile. His teachers said most of his grades were slipping and he seemed depressed and withdrawn.

Bobby said he'd been hiding it for awhile because he was afraid I would reject him. I sat him down and told him that I loved him and that God loved him, but that his salvation was in danger if he did not resist his unnatural tempations. I told him how being gay would mean he would live a shorter life, and that if he couldnt change his orientation he could be celibate like most the ex-gays are. He started crying saying something along the lines of "I knew you wouldnt understand! You're just like everyone else!" before running to his room and slamming the door.

What did I do wrong? I dont want to lose my son, but I fear I already have. I talked it over with his therapist, who had the ludicrous idea that homosexuality was unchangable and that trying to repress could lead to lots of psychological damage (I've dropped him and will try to be finding another therapist with more moral beliefs). I wouldnt be surprised if he's the one who's feeding my son all the homosexual propaganda about how its 'ok' to be gay. That, or how homosexuality has engulfed the media, making it seem 'cool' and 'hip' and how they were just another oppressed minority. You didnt have to worry about seeing two men making out on tv at my age! I dont want to sound like a fanatic, but Im worried what other effects will come out of this increasingly secular, immoral society obsessed with filth.

Am I too late? Or is it possible to save my son"

According to the link, her son killed himself as a result
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Album meme rules
1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random
The first article title on the page is the name of your band.

2. http://www.quotationspage.com/random.php3
The last four words of the very last quote is the title of your album.

3. http://www.flickr.com/explore/interesting/7days/
Thethird picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.(Although I find that sometimes the designated random picture isn'table to be downloaded. In that case, I reload and take the first thirdpicture that is downloadable.)

You then take the pic and add your band name and the album title to it, then post your pic.
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Poll #1038933 Just one easy click

If you were voting only on "the gay issue", would you support a candidate who has said they would fight for civil unions over marriage?


My views - feel free to skip if I bore you

First off, I'm extremely glad that Logo & HRC were able to put together this discussion with several candidates. I really don't watch much Logo tv at all, but saw a commercial for this and was glad that there was a venue available so that several unpopular questions could be raised directly and not censored by Fox news.

That said, I must say I have been annoyed by a few panelist questions. For one, the issue of domestic partnership / civil union vs. marriage. I understand that the semantics denotes a second class status. I really do. But I am also agitated that some of the panelists focus so much on the semantics and use it against some of the less-liberal candidates. Yes, I'm talking to you Kucinich fans. I'd love it if all the sudden no one cared about same-sex marriages - but that's not true. It seems like gay activists are so intent on keeping their eye on the prize that they fail to see the steps that lead them there. Our country is much more progressive than it has been, but it is still has problems and always will. It baffles my mind that some people are so discriminatory. Given our country's current status quo, a lot of people still aren't ready for same-sex marriages. I'd much rather have domestic partnerships or civil unions or whatever you prefer to call them than nothing. Does that mean the gay/lesbian community should be satisfied once that goal is reached? No. But I do think it is extremely foolish of the gay & lesbian community to continue to alienate itself from its adversaries rather than work towards a compromise and then progress from there. I'd rather have civil unions in 4 years, and then have the semantics changed to marriage 10 years later than have to wait until I'm 60 years old to have any legal recognition because I was more concerned with the wording.

My point is, at the end of the day the people who give eloquent speeches but alienate the opposition that they rely on to garner votes stands little chance to the realist who compromises to reach a major milestone in civil rights. I say end injustice first and argument semantics afterwards. Job security, benefits, insurance, parenting rights, semantics. Which is the least important to you in the big picture?

Sorry for rambling. I just don't understand the "all or nothing" mentality.
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Birthdate:August 6
Birthplace:Ida Grove, IA
Current Location:Blacksburg, VA
Eye Color:Brown
Hair Color:Brown
Overused Phraze:Totti's Biscottis
Animal:Siberian white tiger
Drink:Dr Pepper!
Alcohol Drink:White Russian or any beer
Body Part on Opposite sex:Torso
This or That
Pepsi or Coke:Pepsi
McDonalds or BurgerKing:McD's
Strawberry or Watermelon:Watermelon
Hot tea or Ice tea:Ice Tea
Chocolate or VanillaVanilla
Hot Chocolate or Coffee:Tough one
Kiss or Hug:Hug
Dog or Cat:Dogs.. definitely
Rap or Punk:both
Summer or Winter:Summer
Scary Movies or Funny Movies:Funny... although a lot of scary movies are also funny
Love or Money:I'll take each
Bedtime:Damn late
Most Missed Memory:Dirtbiking
Best phyiscal feature:No clue
First Thought Waking Up:Shit its the afternoon
Goal for this year:Follow through with things
Best Friends:Prolly James & Jam 3
Weakness:Too blunt
Fears:The future
Heritage:Irish / Scottish / English / Native American
Longest relationship:4 mos lol
Ever Drank:Hahaha
Ever Smoked:Yeah
Ever been Drunk:I'm a Hokie
Ever been beaten up:Not that I remember
Ever beaten someone up:Yes
Ever Shoplifted:Yes
Ever Skinny Dipped:No
Ever Kissed Opposite sex:Oops
Been Dumped Lately:No
Favorite Eye Color:Any
Favorite Hair Color:Red I would probably have to say
Short or Long:Short Skirt, Long Jacket
Height:My height or shorter preferably
Style:Their own
Looks or Personality:Personality, but can't ignore looks
Hot or CuteCute
Drugs and Alcohol:Drugs.. not likely. Alcohol, don't care under normal circumstances
Muscular or Really Skinny:Muscular
Number of Regrets in the Past:A lot
What country do you want to Visit:Hm... Hungary again
How do you want to Die:Speeding hella fast
Been to the Mall Lately:Nope
Do you like Thunderstorms:Who doesn't
Get along with your Parents:Yeah
Health Freak:Nope
Do you think your Attractive:Sure
Believe in Yourself:Usually
Want to go to College:Am
Do you Smoke:so far
Do you Drink:yes
Shower Daily:Yes
Been in Love:I thought so
Do you Sing:In the shower
Want to get Married:Yup
Do you want Children:Hopefully
Have your future kids names planned out:Few ideas
Age you wanna lose your Virginity:Not telling
Hate anyone:Radicals in any group

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