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  1. TheSaint

    What happened to awesome space movies?

    I think you could make a movie out of the saga of trying to make a movie out of Ringworld. It's been in Development Hell for decades. Last I heard (stop me if you've heard this one before) it has been bought by Amazon. I hope that they give it the treatment it deserves. Man-Kzin Wars could be adapted into a great serial, something similar to the new Battlestar Galactica in scope, especially if they pull in some of the hidden stuff that was only revealed later in the story line. (No spoilers for the uninitiated, but those of you who know will know.) I think they could also pull off The Tales of Beowulf Shaeffer, Gentleman Adventurer! There are plenty of stories they could adapt, and the concept has a lot of room for growth. Give it a bit of a pulpy, over-the-top, Indiana Jones-ish vibe, but still keep the gritty hard sci-fi aspects.
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    What happened to awesome space movies?

    Welcome to Hollywood. Space was big. Everyone had to make a space film. There were tons of space films, some were good, some were awful. And then, space fell out of fashion. Now, apparently, Robin Hood is big, everyone has to make a Robin Hood film. It's the nature of the beast. The real problem is the enormous cost of making films these days, especially science fiction films. Nobody wants to front $100-200 million to make a movie if they aren't sure they're going to make money on it. And, despite what they may want to tell the public, their shareholders, or their immediate supervisors, studio executives do not have any surefire way of knowing what will or will not make a movie successful. This is why we have movie franchises, and A-list actors, and boutique directors, and, basically, the entire Hollywood machine as it is today. Because once something has made money once Hollywood is much more willing to bet on it making money again. You can find very creative people making films these days, but they are mostly making low-budget independent films. That's where you find people willing to take risks. But it's kind of difficult to make a sweeping sci-fi epic with a $100,000 budget.
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    Really Old Websites

    I think AOL is now the best example of, "A shadow of your former self."
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    Really Old Websites

    Oh, gosh, webcomics. I used to follow Goats, which started in 1997 and ended in 2010. Bit soured on it since Rosenberg flaked on his Kickstarter. I still follow Dork Tower, which also started in 1997. I wish Kovalic was more consistent with updates. Schlock Mercenary has been going since 2000, great strip. Girl Genius has been going strong, with a great story, three gorgeous full pages a week, rain or shine, since 2002. Phil and Kaja are the serious work ethic role models in the web comic world.
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    Thread to complain bout stuff

    I'm not disagreeing with this. ASRS is in a better position than most state pension plans, but it isn't completely in the black either. Magic 8-Ball says: Cannot predict now.
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    Thread to complain bout stuff

    I think if all I did was tech support I would be a lot happier with my job. (Neglecting for the moment that I've been in IT for over 20 years at this point and I'm still doing tech support.) The problem is that I get assigned big ongoing projects with deadlines. But I'm still doing tech support. So I'm working on the project, then I get a help desk call, so I can't work on the project anymore. Then I spend all day working on help desk calls. Then the next day I'm all, "Where the Hell was I on the project?" Just as I'm getting back into the project, here comes another help desk call. Or I'll get one really nasty help desk call that takes all day, or a couple of days, to solve. Or some other system I'm responsible for falls over and catches fire, so I'm off the project for a day or two while I'm trying to get that fixed (and keep up with the help desk tickets at the same time). Or the CIO calls and says, "Drop everything! This is really important!" So I wind up doing his nonsense for a day or two. And this kind of stuff just keeps happening over and over. (All while I keep getting help desk calls.) And, before I know it, it's two or three months later and my boss is all, "Why is your project stalled!" Some people complain that they don't have one boss, they have two or three? I have about four hundred bosses. (That's how many people work on campus.) It gets old. I just wish it was more like most big IT shops: Get the ticket, work the ticket, close the ticket. Get the next ticket... But, on the other hand, the checks don't bounce, I get silly amounts of time off, I have "shut up and pay the man" health insurance, and I get a real, honest-to-God pension plan. So, I put up with it. <shrug>
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    Thread to complain bout stuff

    I currently work in IT at a community college. You should listen in on the calls I get from the computer science professors some time. And people sit up nights and wonder why I'm not enthusiastic about the value of a college education. One of my best friends used to be a bigwig in corporate sales for Rackspace. But he's moved on to bigger and better things.
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    What funny/interesting thing happened in your life today?

    Has it eaten any lawyers yet?
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    Thread to complain bout stuff

    My cardiologist has me on atenolol for the same reason, although I'm on a very low dose. I was hoping he would take me off of it when I went in for my biennial checkup last month, but no dice. Better luck in two years I suppose. Quit the go-juice and get more exercise, man. As I heard it put in a documentary my wife was watching, "Exercise is the closest thing to a wonder drug that we've found." When I worked for 99 Cents Only Stores (The first time. It's a long story.) I wound up supporting their ancient POS system that ran on DOS, so everything was command line. One morning I got one manager on the phone who I needed to walk through a relatively complex procedure. The problem was that, no matter how many times I told her not to, no matter how many ways I explained it, whenever I would pause in reading out the commands to her she would press Enter. If I had to turn a page, or stop to think, or take a breath, suddenly there she was on the phone, "Okay, now it's saying, 'Syntax Error at...'" "NO! Stop! Now we have to type that all over again!" At which point I would be treated to a minute long lecture about how she wasn't a computer person and I needed to bear with her and talk slowly because she had never done anything like this before and blah blah blah. It was maddening. I was struggling to maintain my composure. A procedure that should have taken five minutes wound up taking almost half an hour. My boss's office was right next to my cube, so he overheard the whole thing. When it was finally over he came out and, in his best drawl, asked, "Wuz shee duumb?"
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    Thread to complain bout stuff

    I don't think Vanamonde is actually taking heart meds. I think he's suffering from moderatoritis. It's been known to make people chronically tired and irritable. I should know, I suffer from the related malady, techsupportinitus.
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    Really Old Websites

    Steve Jackson Games Daily Illuminator. Contender for oldest blog, started in November of 1994.
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    Thread to complain bout stuff

    Well, when I say, "social media" I'm referring to the specific subset of mass-market, general purpose social media sites: Twitter, Facebook, etc. Forums like this are a completely different beast. And, trust, me, it's not just about the IQ of the membership. I frequent some truck forums where the average IQ is barely above room temperature. (But also be careful, because some of those "room-temperature IQ" guys are some of the nicest, salt-of-the-Earth, give-you-the-shirt-off-their-back kind of guys I've ever met.) Forums have a focused subject, they're moderated, they aren't collecting your data for nefarious purposes, etc. I had this discussion with a friend of mine a couple of months ago, and he was all, "Well, you know Facebook isn't all bad. I've reconnected with a few old friends through Facebook." And I said, "You really think that the level of rancor, vitriol, and division we're experiencing in the country today, a great deal of which can be directly attributed to the rise of social media, is worth reconnecting with a few old friends who you probably aren't even talking to anymore?" And he was all, "Well, when you put it that way...."
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    Thread to complain bout stuff

    Every day I grow more of the opinion that social media is one of the worst things that has ever happened to the human race.
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    Thread to complain bout stuff

    YOU HAVEN'T WATCHED FIREFLY!!! It is seriously one of the best science fiction television shows ever made. Stop whatever you are doing. Go to Amazon. Buy the Anniversary Set. Binge watch it. Thank me later.