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Music / Harry Belafonte Appreciation Thread
« on: June 24, 2011, 01:04:35 pm »
This is a very specific issue, of dear importance to me.
This is the thread in which we offer our appreciation of the man responsible for the song they played at the ending of Beetlejuice:
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And also this song:
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But no, this is not a Beetlejuice appreciation thread. That would be far too simple.

Instead this thread is dedicated to the man who has never written a song that you could not dance to.
All his contributions to music have been positive ones.
Type in his name on YouTube and pick a song at random. You will not be disappointed.

For further information:

Discuss, please. Dance while you do it though.

TV / Seth McFarlane's Flintstones
« on: May 16, 2011, 07:00:29 pm »,0,948505.story
This is going to be an actual real life thing.
How could we as a people allow this to happen?
What is wrong with us?
This is like the animation equivilent of finding out they're bringing back Firefly, but they're knocking Whedon off the production staff and putting on the guys who made Date Movie.
I swear, if there is one Fred Flintstone fart joke, I will shoot my television Elvis Presley style.

I've noticed that even in our 6+ years as a forum, nobody ever set up a Sports thread. (We have a "World Cup" thread, but that's about it for sports conversation.)
I've also noticed that this is a thing many people talk about with much amusement. I have seen them do it in places. Whole television networks.
I...I am new at this. I would like to learn how to do this kind of conversation.

I think if we work together, this is a conversation that we can do.

Starting off, I'm actually a bit of a baseball fan. I've been to a number of local games with my family. There's a minor league team in our area that's actually pretty good (at least, compared to the other minor league teams that come to play them...) Unfortunately, I rarely ever get a chance to follow the regular Major League season. (I usually don't even know who's playing in the world series until shortly before it starts up).

Also, this:
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There's also a hockey team in our city, a relatively new one in fact. (A farm team for the NJ Devils). I haven't been to any of their games yet. Not since our native home team up and left the city a few years back. Wounds are still too fresh. I'm hoping to go at some point though.
But anyway, yes.
Let us have this discussion.
(And if there's anything missing from the poll above, which there no doubt is, let me know. I'll just add it in under Golf.)
Anyone have any specifically favorite sports they like to play and/or watch?
Favorite Teams?
Favorite Players?
Favorite Stadiums?
Again, I am new at this and do not know entirely where to start.

Movies / Movies You Make
« on: April 21, 2011, 07:06:12 pm »
Ah, the world of cinema. We partake in its viewing, do we not?
And yet, are we not capable of being the creators of our own cinematic universes?
Fourm, I say to you, WE ARE.
The means are available. The world is out there. Let us do recordings. Let us do them up right.

So, basically, yeah. This is a thread for you to post whatever movies you've made. (Short sketches/longer films/etc...)
Animation, Live action, documentary, twelve minutes of the inside of your pocket because you accidently turned on your cell phone camera, whatever. There's no real restrictions, execpt for those already existent in the forum rules.
(If you do make the kind of movies that break those kinds of rules, that can remain a private thing. That will be your special private thing that you can share with nobody on this website ever and all will be well.)

Don't know how many fourmgoers actually have movies to post, but having a designated place to put them might encourage the fourm's budding cinematographers to come forward. (Also, it'll keep certain people from feeling like they're are horrible spammongers whenever they post their own content in the "off topic topic" or "YouTube video Bonanza" (see: Me))

Anyway, to start us off:
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There's 44 minutes left in the eastern time zone and my determination refuses to let this year's most hilarious day of days be a bust.

Quickly, everyone, decieve each other for amusement! Go!

Music / Musical Duos
« on: March 19, 2011, 12:28:52 pm »
Because sometimes, you just can't do it solo.

But yes, who here has a favorite two person band they find themselves addicted to?
Who has several?
I'm currently into Bird and the Bee:
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and She and Him:
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and of course, TMBG (but they're technically not just a duo anymore):
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I can't be the only one here with a favorite duet. Please people, discuss!

TV / Community
« on: February 21, 2011, 07:48:31 am »
On its second season now.
Consistently low ratings mean it's constantly in danger of being canceled.
Consistently high regard by critics and people on the internet means it almost definitely will be.
And yet I lovingly watch it every week.

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Why do I allow my television heart to knowingly be broken this way?

Anyone else watch this show?
If not, check it out here...please:
(Of the four they list, I'd start with the D&D episode.)

Everything Else / Peanut Butter.
« on: December 21, 2010, 06:29:51 pm »
I got your back Gungnir.

This is the spot.
This is the place.
This is where we discuss that food/condiment/school crafts birdseed adhesive/all-purpose paste of fantasy that we call peanut butter.

Look at it:

So modest, yet so delicious. Capable of filling nearly all our otherwise hollow cups of chocolate and still having enough left over to spread on our most ambitious of sandwiches.

The question is, what have you done for peanut butter in return?
Not much, I am sure.
An unbalanced relationship indeed.

Please feel welcome to converse on these and other related matters.

Art / Font-making anyone?
« on: December 16, 2010, 07:46:26 am »
At some point we just get tired of Helvetica and Veranda do we not?
I've recently learned that font making is awesome and I'm curious if anyone else on the forums has been getting into this or interested in doing so.
I'm curious if we can build up a backlog of fonts native to the community. It'll probably have no purpose beyond being fun, but there are enough free tools on the internet to make it possible and I think there are people on here who'd enjoy it.

Those that I've completed so far are here:
(Only two right now. I'm a bit of a beginner at this, but I like how they came out.)

Any ideas/suggestions/comments on the idea?

Art / Doodle Someone Else's Post!
« on: December 02, 2010, 02:12:35 pm »
Been thinking about making this topic for a while; in part because an illustrated message board would be awesome, and it part because I can't help certain images from popping into my head whenever I read other people's posts.

Basically the rules of this thread are simple:

-If you see a post you feel is worthy of an illustration, make one and put it here. (and mind you, it can be from ANY section. Everything else, RP, etc...)

-Provide some kind of link back to the source, preferably in an easily accessible yet unobtrusive way. (Hyper-linking it under the image to say something like "source," or even through the image itself would be perfectly reasonable. If you can include the screenname of the originator that would be great too.)

-Messaging the person in question to tell them that you've illustrated their post is optional, I suppose, but doing it definitely makes things more fun. It also makes it possible for them to edit their post and include a link to the illustration...if they, you know, wanted to and stuff...just saying they could...

To start things off:

I swear, I couldn't not read it that way.

Everything Else / Could we converse on Theatre? Perhaps? Let us do so.
« on: September 29, 2010, 09:10:52 pm » (You really don't need the wikipedia article for this one, but I felt like posting it anyway.)

Ah, the stage. So empty, yet so full. So big, yet so small. So sincere, yet so easy to type a whole bunch of really pretentious parallel clauses about.

But that aside, watching live theater in person (or participating in it) can actually be an amazingly fun and exhilarating experience if it's done well.
Mind you the majority of my theatrical experience has been with watching or participating in High School and University productions, but it always feels special whenever I can get close to it in any capacity (professional or otherwise).

So, anybody have any favorite plays/stage productions? Favorite playwrights or performers? Productions they want to see? Productions they've worked on?
(Musicals count too)
Let us discuss theatre!

Everything Else / Let us discuss Poetry!
« on: May 01, 2010, 10:17:17 pm »
First off:
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But obscure parodies of classic rural American poets and prime time ABC programming aside,
Last month was national poetry month!

I refuse to believe we have missed out on all the fun.
That is why I propose an entire thread dedicated to our favorite poems/poets/poetry readings/etc...

My favorite poet?
Probably Taylor Mali.
I'm pretty sure he is/was an English teacher. Also, he's awesome.
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But, yes, I am curious about your thoughts on poetry!

Forum Games / I Was A Teenage Ethel Mertz (An Artistic Fourm Game)
« on: January 14, 2010, 02:32:01 pm »
Hey! Long time since I made a post in forum games... (Which I assumed was the best place to put this.)
Anyway, it appears you've decided to play "I Was A Teenage Ethel Mertz" the game where your great ideas become reality!...Sort of.

The 1st person suggests a imagined title/name for something (Book, Movie, Album, Band, TV Show, Painting, Etc...).
The next poster then has to post a representation of that title/name in such a form (Album Art, Poster, Advertisement, Actually drawing Something If they feel up to it.), before they can list their own idea for an intriguing name.

Poster 1:
You know what would be a great name for an album? I was a Teenage Ethel Mertz.

Poster 2:

You know what would be a great name for a Children's Book? Einstein Learns the Bossa Nova.

Poster 3:

And so on.
Feel free to use whatever medium you like.

To start us off:
You know what would be a great name for a move? The Shark In the File Cabinet

Everything Else / The off topic... tropic and other travel stories
« on: August 22, 2009, 09:34:13 pm »
We all quite familiar of course, with the "Bye, I'm leaving for vacation" thread, but not always what exactly happens on said vacations. What travel stories do posters on this board have? Visit any interesting destinations? Land on any far off shores? Conquer any new found civilizations?
No wait...that's probably more tuned for another thread.
Still, I am curious, where have people gone?
What was it like?
and are there any interesting stories or thoughts to go along with it?

I'll share one of mine now:
I visited Orlando once when I was 9. Spent a few days in Disney world, followed by Universal Studios Theme Park. Sure the former was a land of magic, mystery and the diplomacy of Epcot Center, but Universal Studios had the Back to the Future ride. Who didn't want that?
So at the time, Nickelodeon was doing an outdoor game show called "Slime Time Live". On it a group of three contestants would be presented to the viewing audience during commercial breaks and the audience would vote online over who they thought should go in the "Slime Chair". The chair stood there in the sun like a throne, It's purpose made only more obvious by the comically over-sized cannons that surrounded it.
Once one of the contestants reached the chair, a random caller would play an impromptu game of memory and look for a matching pair of cartoon characters. Were they successful, both the caller and the contestant (after being slimed) would receive fabulous prizes of some sort.
I ended up going on this magical show. After winning a few literal "shouting matches" against fellow park goers I ended up in one of the three person groups they put on the show. I ended up in a waiting room filled with video games...which I never really got a chance to play...cause everyone else was playing them...
Each group got asked a personal question, the answer to which would later be announced on air as the contestants were introduced.
For my group, it was "Where in the world would you most like to be, other than here?"
Another person already took my answer of "Pluto" so I instead opted for "Hershey, Pennsylvania"
Let me be clear,
I did not know there was another, possibly competing theme park in Hershey, Pennsylvania
I did not know there was actually a real town filled with people who had regular jobs in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
In fact, except for that they made chocolate there, I did not know much of anything about Hershey, Pennsylvania.
And there could have been a number of reasons the man asking me the question gave me the look he did.
I don't know.
But after giving us all slime time live t-shirts my answer was accepted and used on air.
Anyway, we were the last group to go on of the three groups they'd brought out that day. We spent a while waiting under an open tent in the heat, playing rounds of "Guess who I am?" with the staff and the other contestants.
Finally we were brought out during an episode of Rocket Power and given various cues at which we were supposed to act as crazy as we could.
Since we never actually got the chance to talk, I assume much of our personality was supposed to be communicated by our answers to the earlier question.
I want to remind you that this was Nickelodeon, the guy next to me had said Pluto, the most far off and exotic body in the solar system recognized by mostly any nine year old, and I had said...Well you know what I had said.

Anyway, after a few rounds of going crazy on air, the winner was finally announced. It was not me. Nor was it the Pluto guy actually. It was the 3rd contestant. Unfortunately I forget what geographical location she ended up going with, but I commend her for whatever it was. She and the caller did end up winning a mountain bike.

For myself and the other remaining contestant, we were led away, changed out of our large purple t-shirts and given an issue of Nick Magazine, announcing the coming of two new Nick shows:
Invader Zim and Fairly Odd Parents.
They did not let us keep the T-Shirts.
Also since my older brother and I already had a subscription to nick mag, the issue I'd received as a consolation prize was already waiting for us at home...

We later found a stack of the T-Shirts for sale in the gift shop. Somewhere around $18 I think.

All in all, it was a fun day. My uncle kindly taped the show for us so we do have it somewhere.
I really did enjoy the experience. The people were nice, and I got on television. And I got past my own initial embarrassment once I learned how to laugh about it.

Anyone else have some vacation stories?

Everything Else / So what is college like?
« on: July 24, 2009, 03:53:24 pm »
Seeing as how I'll be attending sometime soon, I was curious what I should expect from college.

Will my undergraduate years different greatly from my under-undergraduate years?
Do the experiences of Justin Long and Drake Bell in various motion pictures speak to the experience? Or the show Greek? Or Undeclared?
Will I have to write 600 page term papers?
Will falling in love be a thing of passion, mystery and intrigue?
Have things been somewhat exaggerated?

I look forward to your responses and or lack thereof.
Also, feel free to post your Majors/Minors

I'm going to be Majoring in English, Double Minoring in Theater and Journalism

P.S. High school graduation was fun, got to speak in front of 400 something people. If anyone's interested I can post the link.

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