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  1. Joe D

    A new, amazing, thorough and hilarious critique of The Phantom Menace

    Thanks for the link, the review was both spot on and hilarious. The prequels could have been epic, instead they were epic fail.
  2. Joe D

    AVG Anti-Virus: update glitch?

    Like others here, I switched to Avast. I could never download any updates from the AVG free server. Unfortunately the free server is the only server that AVG allows you to download updates from.
  3. Joe D

    *** Official ZACK AND MIRI MAKE A PORNO Review Thread

    Very funny movie, the wife and I laughed all throughout the film. Grade: A
  4. Joe D

    A Song of Ice & Fire Discussion

    I keep telling myself I should only read finished series. Maybe Dance will come out in 09.
  5. Joe D

    Dark City Director's Cut in 2006

    I just watched this tonight and I have to agree. The director's cut is not nearly as tight and suspenseful as the original film. The entire experience felt clumsy. The only addition/subtraction that worked was the removal of the opening voice over, everything else is superior in the...
  6. Joe D

    Anyone have a Consumer Reports Subscription??

    Engine Oil Filter Study Engine Oil Filters This is a nice little study that looks at all sorts of filters. I typically use Wix filters for my oil, air, and transmission needs.
  7. Joe D

    2008 Summer Olympics - Beijing, China

    I know a lot of wrestling fans, myself included, are not very happy with the current rules set by FILA, to much is decided on coin flips, last person to score, etc.
  8. Joe D

    Books you've read in 2008

    I finished the rest of The Black Company series by Glen Cook, consisting of Shadow Games, Dreams of Steel, The Silver Spike, Bleak Seasons, She is the Darkness, Water Sleeps, and Soldiers Live. Great great series, I can't say enough about The Black Company books. The ending to Soldiers Live...
  9. Joe D

    Books you've read in 2008

    I also ordered Toll the Hounds from the UK, but it will ship next month along with Return of the Crimson Guard. Two Malazan books in two months, pretty nice. I've been reading Glen Cook's Books of the South, so far, so good. The Black Company is a great series so far.
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    Books you've read in 2008

    Going Postal by Terry Pratchett is the story of how one criminal is given a chance to redeem himself by taking over the dilapidated post office system. This was my first Pratchett book and I must say it was darn impressive. The book was more entertaining and amusing than laugh out loud funny...
  11. Joe D

    The Hobbit (merged thread)

    If anyone deserves to receive the money generated from LOTR and other Tolkien sales it should be Christopher. Christopher has done Tolkien fans a great service over the years by treating his fathers work with utmost respect.
  12. Joe D

    Books you've read in 2008

    The White Rose by Glen Cook. Wonderful book, not as good as Shadows Linger, but still very intense. The Cruel Wind omnibus by Glen Cook, contains the first 3 Dread Empire novels. I am lukewarm on this one, it feels like a 1000 page story crammed into 600 pages. Cook's choppy style which...
  13. Joe D

    Let's talk Beer

    I am currently drinking North Coast Scrimshaw Pilsner and Pilsner Urquell. I love Pilsner Urquell, it has such a distinct hop aroma and taste. Scrimshaw is okay. I went to a far away brew store (:frowning: on being far away) and picked out: Paulaner Celebrator Doppelbock Spaten Optimator...
  14. Joe D

    Blue Jeans lays a smackdown on Monster Cable

    Thanks for the link, that article rules. Shame on Monster.
  15. Joe D

    Books you've read in 2008

    Shadows Linger by Glen Cook. Book 2 in the Black Company series. Wow. The Black Company was a great book, fast, fun, tense. But Shadows Linger blows it out of the water in intensity, characterization, and thrills. About the only thing in The Black Company that was better in The Black...
  16. Joe D

    Books you've read in 2008

    I have finished the first Robert E. Howard Conan book, as well as about 3/4 of the Solomon Kane book. Conan was alright, some stories were great, others good, some bad, but after a while they were very repetitive. Solomon Kane hooked me immediately, I was much more engrossed in the stories...
  17. Joe D

    Regarding the "tax stimulus" refund....

    There is a calculator on the IRS website that will tell you what you are getting. There is no 3,000 - 35,000 scaling for the payment.
  18. Joe D

    Extras - season two

    I really enjoyed this series. Both seasons had some great moments in it and were very funny. As a whole, I enjoyed Extras a lot more than the British office. I guess some of the British Office jokes were over my head. Some of my favorite bits from the two series: Racist test Church...
  19. Joe D

    The Hobbit (merged thread)

    Tolkien estate sues New Line CinemaTolkien estate sues New Line Cinema - Yahoo! News Things aren't looking too good for New Line as well as the new Hobbit films, what was new line thinking?
  20. Joe D

    UFC Ongoing Thread

    I agree that if Lesnar gets some submission defense he is going to be a force. I would not want to be Mir's face today. Lesnar vs Silva would be a good fight.
  21. Joe D

    Tax Rebates Under the Stimulus Package?

    I believe it is January 30 or 31st.
  22. Joe D

    DVD Review HTF DVD Review: Blade Runner: Five-Disc Ultimate Collector's Edition

    I've basically given up on audio commentaries with DVDs these days because I've heard it all before, but the 2nd commentary track with Hampton Fancher and David Peoples is absolutely entertaining and informative.
  23. Joe D

    Books you've read in 2008

    Fevre Dream by George RR Martin. This was a real fun book to read. It is about steamboats, rivers, vampires, and is set in the 1800's. It is an interesting take on vampires and contains a 10-20 page section that is a complete knock out. This was my first non ASOIAF experience by Martin and I...
  24. Joe D

    Black Book (Zwartboek)

    I watched this as soon as it came out on DVD and I thought it was great. So far Paul Verhoven is batting 1.00 with his WWII pics, very interesting films from Hollands POV.
  25. Joe D

    The official BLADE RUNNER SE thread. (Check out page 8 and #790.)

    I got the 4 disc Blade Runner set in SD this week and I popped it in my player because I wanted to check out the transfer. I hadn't expected to watch the whole thing, but the transfer quality and the colors just blew me away so much that I watched the whole thing.
  26. Joe D

    Books you've read in 2008

    I've been meaning to update my reading list in the 2007 thread, but I'll throw them here instead. Starting in late October of 07, I began re-reading George RR Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire Series. This is my first re-read of the series, and everything went fantastic, I typically enjoy most...
  27. Joe D

    My Martin Logan Theater

    Wow, looks great.
  28. Joe D

    buying a car from a private owner

    How about taking the privately owned car to a trusted mechanic and have them look at it for you. Chances are the cost of the service will be worth it for you.
  29. Joe D

    Michael Jackson has passed away...not that one!

    :frowning: This is sad news for beer lovers. Jackson is THE advocate for great beer everywhere and the volume of work that he wrote speaks highly of how he devoted his life for his love of the drink. May he rest in peace and he will be missed. I am toasting a Chimay Blue and a Celebrator...
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