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Apr. 27th, 2017 10:07 am
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Be still my heart; thou hast known worse than this.

Homer (900 BC-800 BC)
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Steve Rosenberg gains rare access to Russia's Arctic Brigade, close to the border with Finland.

Trump's America

Apr. 27th, 2017 12:14 am
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Trump's election was a celebration for some, a calamity for others. What's the state of the nation now?

What exactly is a gated shifter?

Apr. 27th, 2017 12:28 am
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I watch all these car reviews, and I never understand what they mean when they mention the car is a "gated manual" or has a "gated shifter".

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The US says the Thaad system in South Korea will soon be able to take out threats from the North.
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President Trump seeks to renegotiate the trade deal with Canada and Mexico, rather than abandon it.
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A massive explosion followed by a fire has hit near the international airport in Syria, activists say.

Finn washes his face like a cat.

Apr. 27th, 2017 01:56 am
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...is this normal poodle behavior?
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Posted by Bill Watters


Something no convention-goer ever wants to hear, The Show Has Been Cancelled, especially when it’s mere days before the show was to open. Even as attendees, guests, and exhibitors had been in the midst of packing to head off to the Edward Village Michigan Hotel in Dearborn, Michigan, word was posted to the event’s social media platforms and website:

We are coming to you with a very heavy heart to inform you that, due to circumstances beyond our control, the 2017 Midwest Media Expo has been cancelled. For the past year we have been working hard to bring you a very special event, and it pains us greatly to have to make such an announcement, especially this close to our event date. We understand how much this event meant to everyone, and we apologize for this happening so suddenly. At this time, we are making arrangements to assist those displaced by this turn of events and those affected should expect we will be sending off notifications immediately to go over available alternatives.

We will be making further statements as we are able to discuss things, but know that we are working with good people to help us in this dark hour. Thank you very much for your understanding.

Morgan Kollin
Chairman of the Midwest Media Expo

Exhibitors, guests, and pre-registered attendees were notified via email over the course of the day on Tuesday.

The hotel and convention center’s Facebook page has been flooded with angry commenters plunging their star rating down to 2.0 with more than 380 1-star ratings. The assumption by the reviewers is that there had been a fully executed and paid-up contract that the hotel broke out of hand. We’ve reached out to Mr. Kollin to find out of that was the case, or if there were enough elements still on the table that gave the hotel the legal wiggle room to tap out at the 11th hour.

The website Nerd & Tie did some digging and came to the conclusion that it was based at least in some part to “with an irreconcilable issue with the venue’s current management” and the event’s production team.

The hotel underwent an ownership change last year and proceeded to dump it’s sales team (the individuals responsible for booking large events). Working with event venues is a large enough challenge, often with salespeople changing fairly regularly. However if you lose (read: fire) an entire department, then legacy working relationships and understandings may fall by the wayside. This could be one of those cases where the event staff was expecting a similar relationship but when it became clear that it wasn’t to be the case things started to unravel.

We’ve reached out to both hotel and event staff for comment and will update as we learn more.

The Midwest Media Expo Is Cancelled Three Days Before The Doors Were Set To Open

Things consumed April 2017

Apr. 27th, 2017 01:46 pm
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Long list of stuff I have read and played etc!

Note that almost all the tv and movies are on Australian Netflix.
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Posted by Jeremy Konrad

Alien Day Ticket

I celebrated Alien Day all day today, and finished off the “holiday” by attending one of the Regal Alien Day screenings of Ridley Scott‘s original classic Alien. For attending, we got a commemorative ticket, and before the movie started Scott himself told us to stick around for a special sneak peak of the upcoming Alien: Covenant. The original film still plays so well now after all these years, and with every viewing it solidifies itself as one of my favorite films of all-time. After the credits rolled, the screen went black, and we were off.

The footage started with the prologue released online earlier in the day, titled The Crossing. In it, David (MichaelFassbender) and Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) are onboard the Engineers ship from the end of Prometheus and are heading to their homeworld. Here, watch it now, I will wait…













After that, we got some new footage. The first scene was the crew, including Daniels (Katherine Waterson), Walter (Fassbender, playing dual roles), Christopher Oram (Billy Crudup), Karine Oram (Carmen Ejogo), and Tennesse (Danny McBride) flying their ship down to the surface of a familiar planet, and showing us some of the interplay between the lot of them. McBride shines in this scene, being subtle with his humor, and we get some gorgeous shots of the ship as it lands and the scene faded to black…

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Which led to the other, much longer scene was the one that impressed and grossed out. We then cut to some of the crew rushing back to the ship, dragging along two of the crew members who seem to be infected with something. As viewers who have seen Alien films before, we know where this is going. Pilot Feris (Amy Seimetz), Karine, and their male crew member drag him vomiting and convulsing into the medical bay, where his skin starts to break. Feris runs out of the medical bay and and locks Karine and the dying crew member in there, while she contacts Christoper over coms in hysterics. They are dragging another member infected with them. Cut back to the medical bay, and…well…a Xenomorph bursts through his back while his insides spill out of the giant hole in his back. The Xenomorph has a different look this time, and is white. It is PISSED. It sees Karine across the room and begins to attack her, as Feris gets back to the room with a gun and starts firing away. Karine is killed, and the Xenomorph starts chasing and then attacking Feris in the cargohold of the ship. As we cut to the other group, they see the ship suddenly explode into flames, as Feris has shot a canister that causes the explosion. Christopher falls to his knees and cries out, while Daniels and the rest watch in horror as a second white Xenomorph bursts forth from the mouth of the other infected crew member, and runs off into the wild as the scene fades to black.

This scene was BRUTAL. This is Ridley Scott with the gloves off and not pulling any punches whatsoever, the Xenomorph births are quite frankly disgusting and gross to witness, as entrails and organs pour out of the bodies of the infected crew members and blood is everywhere. So much blood in fact, that Feris, Karine and even the Xenomorph slip and fall on it in the medical bay. These Neomorphs as they have been named start off small and angry, but by the time the scene was over they were evolving and growing a an alarming rate.  I was a little shocked that they showed us this, as it not only seems to be the first glance of a Xenomorph in the film, but featured many characters death scenes. Feris gets it the worst, at least without birthing an Alien, as after the ships blows up you see her stumble out of the ship completely engulfed in flames and fall over. The brutality of all this was unnerving and made me squirm in my seat, and that is exactly what I wanted from this film, so I could not be more excited. One thing I will say though: after seeing the iconic chestbursting scene in the original right before this, it really made me wish they used practical effects for this, the Xenomorph is effective, but looks like CGI. The original feels so vivid and real, it took me out of it for a second initially.

This film is going to be the most visceral and brutal Alien film we may ever see, and I for one could not be more excited. May 19 cannot come soon enough.

I Saw 10 Minutes Of Alien: Covenant And It Was Brutal, Gory, And Beautiful *SPOILERS*

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Mush up Pirates of the Carribean with the original Guardians of the Galaxy in a blender with some cheese, and give it a flouro 80s candy coating, and you get this movie. If you can turn your brain off and enjoy the silliness and explosions it's pretty fun. Not very deep and mostly about A Man And His Father Issues but gives the female characters more to do than the last movie. The perfunctory attempts at a Peter/Gamora romance are ineffective but also pretty easy to ignore (I usually like that kind of pairing but this one doesn't work for me) and the Gamora and Nebula sister relationship gets the exploration that was missing from the original. I feel like they sanded off the unhealthiness of Peter and Yondu's relationship for convenience, but otherwise enjoyed the story, which is all about family. Mantis's character felt like a bit of an Asian stereotype but her arc was ok. None of the female characters get sexualised very much and Chris Pratt is super pretty.
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In all of the tributes to Jonathan Demme I've seen so far, nobody compiling the best-of lists has mentioned one of my favorite movies of his. I can't tell if that's because it was a television production or because it's just that obscure or maybe I'm the only person who loves it that much, but either way I'm just going to leave this here: American Playhouse's Who Am I This Time? (1982). Christopher Walken as Harry, Susan Sarandon as Helene, score by John Cale; it's a showcase for its two stars and a beautiful exploration of the way that other people's words can be the truest way to speak for yourself. It's still not streaming anywhere that I can find, but it is available from Netflix and libraries on DVD and it's worth tracking down. It goes one better than Vonnegut and I don't say that about many things. I am not pleased that the person who directed it is dead. Some theater around here had better show Stop Making Sense (1984) soon.

[edit] David Byrne wrote for his memory.

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