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  1. A Warning to Moai Vincent

    Careful. Questions like this usually get the big blockhead to say something like, "WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN HERE, WE WILL ALWAYS BE HERE." And hooked on a feeling is fine, but is been co-opted by Guardians of the Galaxy since this thread started. The thread tune of the week is Mister John Denver, the Destroyer of World's, "Country Roads." Country Roads
  2. Display Case vs. aircraft sub-forums

    This, right here. I've never understood this complaint about forums. "Unread posts," just brings up all the new stuff, and I read what interests me.
  3. knights of the orange tail

    Small Diameter Bomb, more formally, a GBU-39 (SDB-I) or a GBU-53 (SDB-II). SDB Fact Sheet
  4. Display Case vs. aircraft sub-forums

    Wait....there’s blackjack? And hookers?
  5. USMC KC-130 Crash, Fatalities

    They’re not going to be posted. It was unlikely before, but the recently released DoD policy on OPSEC makes it even more unlikely.
  6. Thanks for the detailed pics, Solo.
  7. The Last Jedi (Spoilers)

    Seriously, WTF is "SJW?" I have no idea what you guys are talking about.
  8. A Warning to Moai Vincent

    A toast to the giant stone head!
  9. The Last Jedi (Spoilers)

    There's plenty of reasons to dislike the film. The opening space battle was a huge disappointment to me. I don't know why the latest round of movie makers can't seem to put together an interesting space battle, but one X-Wing against a fleet of Star Destroyers (and a.....Dreadnought? I dunno, it's hard to be intimidated by something that didn't make it past the first scene) is NOT what I'd like to see. Battle of Yavin, Battle of Endor, heck, even the Battle of Scarrif's space component were far better examples. This was like something out of the Iliad....single man epic combat? I didn't get it. Like I said, lots of things to dislike, but there were some interesting creative decisions that help move the Star Wars universe forward as well. You may not like or agree with them, but they're there. My point was...and I stand by it...some of the criticism being levied against the film says a lot more about the writers' personal political views than it does about the films. People are looking for outrage, and they're finding it....sometimes in some very strange places, as I described above.
  10. The Last Jedi (Spoilers)

    Wow, I think you are reading WAY too much into this, or you're reading FAR too much from dark, overly analytical corners of the internet. There are a lot of issues with The Last Jedi, and I can't say I loved every creative choice they made, but some of the things you're ranting about are non-issues or things you're reading in of your own accord. Or perhaps you've read them elsewhere, and are making an unnecessarily angry stand on issues you didn't fully think through. Let's talk about the shirtless Kylo Ren scene first, shall we? I've seen a lot of people complaining about this scene, and frankly, I don't get it. It was a very brief moment in the movie, and it was meant to push uncomfortable physical intimacy onto Rey to make her even more uncomfortable. Remember, neither of them can control these links, they're being pushed upon them by Snoke. And neither of them wanted nor was ready for this particular connection: Rey is storming around Ach-To to confront Luke and is angry and disheartened, and Kylo is in his personal quarters, probably fuming over his last encounter with Snoke and is in the middle of changing. They both say they'd, "rather not do this right now." Rey being uncomfortable with him being partially disrobed just increases her distaste for the moment, making it even more disquieting, and more uncomfortable for her. In that sense, the scene works extremely well. I'm not sure how on earth you get that interpretation from a shirtless male, but if you're THAT uncomfortable with lack of clothing, how do you even go to the beach? Serious question there. And I've read elsewhere, "there was no point to him being shirtless, Star War doesn't need nudity." Yeah....good thing they've never shown a Star Wars lead character in a state of undress before: Or worse, good thing they've never tried to use undress to objectify a Star Wars lead! Moving on.... Your complaints about the Rebels/Resistance looking scruffy seems odd to me. Yes, they are constantly on the run. The Rebels have ALWAYS looked scruffy in Star Wars movies: It's part of how you visually depict an undermanned, under-resourced, underdog who is fighting a vastly superior military force. So I don't get that. You've also made two references to "fat, out of shape." I'm curious as to who you found to be, "fat and out of shape" in the film, because that doesn't resonate with me. I'll tell you what I do remember though! A scruffy, overweight guy from the first film, Star Wars! That's right, before it was even called, "A New Hope," the first Star Wars film had a scruffy, overweight guy....hell, they even called him, "Porkins," for crying out loud: So I don't think this is some new phenomenon, even if there is a fat, out of shape character in TLJ (and I really can't remember one, so I don't think it was a lead). And speaking of leads, your complaint about female leadership in the Rebellion/Resistance seems equally poorly placed. This is hardly the first time they've used female leads in this universe: There are others: Padme Amidala, Leia, Jyn Erso....in fact, if you include the EU or many, many comic storylines, there are probably more named, human women leaders than there are male throughout Star Wars. Seems Geekdom has long looked up to women leaders in Sci Fi. Go figure. Look, I think the film has some serious issues. Personally, the slow-speed space chase throughout the entire film drove me insane. You want to have relentless enemy pursuit across the galaxy, even following through seemingly impossible light-speed jumps, fine...there are ways to make that narrative work. Personally, I recommend the episode, "33" from the early 2000s Battlestar Galactica, because they did it perfectly. The way it was handled in TLJ was maddening. Personally, I feel very few stakes for any of these new characters, because they're mostly flat, singular tropes, with very little depth. But the accusations you're making? Yeah, dude, I think you're really, really reaching.
  11. The Last Jedi (Spoilers)

    SJW? What bias was the shirtless scene trying to create?
  12. What Santa Flew, 1942

    As usual, well done, Al! Entertaining and well built.
  13. F-35 news roundup

    Blatantly incorrect.
  14. No smoke generator or sky-writing equipment required. They just got lucky with a relatively low, stable contrails level and low winds aloft. Allowed their flight track to visibly hang around for a while, preserving their "art."