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  1. How do you turn the TV on? Is there a "tv" button on the remote that you use? If so, then the remote probably still thinks it's set to "tv".
  2. I love when Costner just wastes arm-sling guy, who was set up as the feared hired gunslinger. That guy almost never dies quickly.
  3. YES - not so much his other efforts, but this definitely sums up H8 to me. QT consciously tried to make a QT movie.
  4. I've seen both of these previously, own both on dvd, and am a big QT fan overall. And both were as I remembered when I re-watched them for this - I liked M7 much better The thing with H8 that I keep coming back to is I wanted to like it much more than I actually did. I love QT's movies, and even the things he produced / wrote / had a hand in automatically make my movie shelf. When i first saw it, I felt H8 was his weakest effort, and this recent viewing confirmed that. The casting, especially adding Goggins to the mix, really made me think this would be his best film. Nearly 3 hours of QT-style dialog with these greats? How could you not like that? I envisioned Boyd Crowder verbally sparring with Jules. The funny thing is, we kind of got that, but it didn't work for me. It all felt very forced. I can't explain much else beyond that, because on the surface, it's everything it was supposed to be, yet it felt so sterile. Maybe it would have been a better film at 90-120 minutes - maybe there would have been more tension. We got too much, and in that nearly 3 hour length, it all got lost. I was bored by the end. Maybe he shouldn't have made 2 westerns in a row? This same cast in another era/story might have produced a much better film (am very much looking forward to his Hollywood film). M7... what else can you say? It's a great way to spend an evening. The Yul and Eli show is fantastic. It might not be as refined or as meaningful as its Seven Samurai inspiration, but it's more fun ("the walls were built to keep you in" is akin to "now yous can't leave"). The one complaint I have is I could do without counting up to 7, and the reiterations of "how many are there"? We get it - there's 7 of them. Other than that, grab some popcorn and take in a fun old-style western.
  5. I'm 53 and feel this way. I had a great time at every stage of my life, and things are, more or less, where I want them now. I have some friends that pine for the old days, which I find a little strange. To me, it would be horrible to think that things never moved up from when I was 20 / 25 / etc. I do realize this could all change - I'm not 100% sure when/if I'm 80 and in not-so-great health that I'll think "yea, right now = the best ever". But I'm also hopeful that if I do hit a point where life starts going downhill that I look back at the entire body of work with the satisfaction that I truly enjoyed it all.
  6. The coda is what really gets me. Every time I listen to it. Would be much less of a song without it.
  7. This was a great thread. Thanks Doc Oc. I may post a top 25 / 15 / 10 sometime next week when I have a little time. I'm sure this thread will still be on the front page.
  8. Iconic speaker. Not for everyone, but they definitely brought something to the party, and probably forced other manufacturers to think a little differently. If I had room / another setup, I wouldn't mind seeking some out. Bose used to make quality stuff - today, they specialize in that deep, somewhat muffled sound that makes a small speaker sound "big". I can't blame them, as that's where the mainstream $$ is (and Sonos/etc took note).
  9. something I got into recently is high-end / vintage audio equipment, and vinyl records. Not "sounds good enough" sound bars or sonos or stuff like that, but restored gear from the 70's and 80's. Marantz / Denon / large ADS Speakers, etc. Things that when you listen to them, you just stop and take notice at how good it all sounds. Used record stores are fun. Another hobby of mine is movies. Especially pre-1980 stuff.
  10. Yea, pointing to outliers like this should always be taken as the exception, and not the rule. I have relatives who were/are home-schooled in a fairly casual manner, and they are essentially ruined as young adults, because guess what - they don't have Ben Franklin's curiosity and thirst for self-improvement. But they are good at Fortnite.
  11. I've written two non-fiction business books that were published. I don't know how others do it, but I first outlined them into the chapters / subchapters. Once I had that down, I wrote every day. Sometimes an hour, sometimes 20 minutes, but every day I wrote something. Each book took me a few months. I went the traditional publishing route. I'm somewhat happy I did because it felt more 'real'. Anyone can self publish, but it takes something more to get published. Plus, first seeing my book on the shelf in a Vegas Barnes and Noble while on vacation was something I'll never forget. You're probably not getting that if you self publish. That said, you make almost nothing when going with a publisher. I averaged about $1.50 a book, and sold about 5,000 of each (which is decent, but nothing superb - no NYT best seller list or anything). You also don't own the rights. My books are out of print now, and I don't own the writing, so they just rot - maybe if I owned the rights, I could update them/etc. Still, it was a good experience, and "published author" is something I'll always be. I might write another one at some point.