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ronebofh July 2 2014, 20:12

we're doomed

Two years ago, Paul Verhoeven's "Total Recall" was remade and released.

This year, Paul Verhoeven's "Robocop" was remade and released.

If the trend holds, in two years, we're going to be saddled with a remake of "Showgirls".

(oh wait of course i'm not the first chump to think of this)

hgfalling July 1 2014, 23:50

quiz answers


Dave Matthews Band, "Remember Two Things"

And for sure we have danced in the risk of each other
Would you like to dance around the world with me?

"I'll Back You Up"
Inside a crowd, five billion proud
Willing to punch it out
Right, wrong, weak, strong
Ashes to ashes all fall down
If green should turn to grey
Would our hearts still bloody beat
If a mountain tumbled away, river dried
Would it stop the stepping feet

"One Sweet World"
The week ends the week begins
She thinks, we look at each other
Wondering what the other is thinking
But we never say a thing
And these crimes between us grow deeper

"Ants Marching"


Duran Duran, "Duran Duran" (aka "The Wedding Album")
I am I, myself alone
Realize I never need to use noone
Money, power, Holy Roads
Freedom puts my faith in none of the above

"None of the Above"
From where I stand
The truth isn't black and white
Alone we live and die
We love and fight

"Breath After Breath"
Mine, immaculate dream made breath and skin
I've been waiting for you
Signed with a home tattoo
Happy birthday to you was created for you
Papers in the roadside tell of suffering and greed
Fear today, forgot tomorrow
Besides the news of holy war and holy need
Ours is just a little sorrowed talk

"Ordinary World"
Fiona Apple, "Tidal"
So I stretch myself across like a bridge
And I pull you to the edge
And stand there waiting
Trying to attain
The end to satisfy the story
"Slow Like Honey"
But as the scenery grows
I see in different lights
The shades and shadows
Undulate in my perception
"Never Is a Promise"
But, oh, it's so evil, my love
The way you've no reverence to my concern
So I'll be sure to stay wary of you, love
To save the pain of once my flame and twice my burn
I've got to make a play
To make my lover stay
So what would an angel say
The devil wants to know
Sting, "Ten Summoner's Tales"
IQ is no problem here
We won't be playing Scrabble for
Her hand, I fear

"Seven Days"

He deals the cards to find the answer
The sacred geometry of chance
The hidden law of a probable outcome
The numbers lead a dance

"Shape of My Heart"
You could say I lost my faith in science and progress
You could say I lost my belief in the holy church
You could say I lost my sense of direction
You could say all of this and worse

"If I Ever Lose My Faith In You"
I never made promises lightly
And there have been some that I've broken
But I swear in the days still left
We'll walk in fields of gold, we'll walk in fields of gold
"Fields of Gold"
hgfalling June 28 2014, 04:50

random post

I have taken a job at Susquehanna in Philadelphia. So for now (until the older kids graduate from high school), I am commuting weekly and coming home on the weekends.

Sometimes I will take the train, but the first two weeks I've driven; the first week because I was carrying a bunch of stuff down there, and the second week so that I could be SURE to be able to stop and watch the US/Portugal game, which I did in a rest stop on the NJ Turnpike. :)

Anyway, driving home is usually late at night, and so I am always thinking of disjointed things that I should blog about, but then never blogging them. So I finally will, you know, do that.

The main route I take into Connecticut is I-684 north to I-84 east, which goes through Danbury and all that. I haven't driven that way in a long time, and I felt sad when I passed Exit 10: Newtown / Sandy Hook.

This week, though, that highway was closed for some stupid reason, so I drove from NYC to New Haven on the worst highway ever. Maybe the 710 in LA is worse, I don't know. But I-95 is just plain awful.

Often I listen to audiobooks or NPR but on this trip home I had grabbed a stack of CDs from my childhood (like 90s music, back when I would buy a CD, or at least get them for 1c from Columbia House). I listen to four albums all the way through on the drive. Two of them seemed to me to have aged pretty well. One was okay. The other was kind of meh. These were all albums that I liked a lot as a teenager. Also I make no claims about my musical taste. You can laud it, criticize it, I will be unmoved.

I thought I would turn this into a game. So I picked up four of my favorite lyrics from each album, and arranged them from "probably obscure," like something off a deep cut that it might be hard to recognize unless you really know (or maybe I have no idea how obvious they all are), up to "kind of mainstream," where if you were listening to the radio in the 90s you might get it. So you can try at each level, and then continue on and refine/confirm your guesses, etc. The letters persist (so album A is the same album in each case). Name the albums, and the songs for extra credit!

**probably obscure**
A)
And for sure we have danced in the risk of each other
Would you like to dance around the world with me?
B)
I am I, myself alone
Realize I never need to use noone
Money, power, Holy Roads
Freedom puts my faith in none of the above
C)
So I stretch myself across like a bridge
And I pull you to the edge
And stand there waiting
Trying to attain
The end to satisfy the story
D)
IQ is no problem here
We won't be playing Scrabble for
Her hand, I fear

**maybe recognizable**
A)
Inside a crowd, five billion proud
Willing to punch it out
Right, wrong, weak, strong
Ashes to ashes all fall down
B)
From where I stand
The truth isn't black and white
Alone we live and die
We love and fight
C)
But as the scenery grows
I see in different lights
The shades and shadows
Undulate in my perception
D)
He deals the cards to find the answer
The sacred geometry of chance
The hidden law of a probable outcome
The numbers lead a dance

**was probably on the radio**
A)
If green should turn to grey
Would our hearts still bloody beat
If a mountain tumbled away, river dried
Would it stop the stepping feet
B)
Mine, immaculate dream made breath and skin
I've been waiting for you
Signed with a home tattoo
Happy birthday to you was created for you
C)
But, oh, it's so evil, my love
The way you've no reverence to my concern
So I'll be sure to stay wary of you, love
To save the pain of once my flame and twice my burn
D)
You could say I lost my faith in science and progress
You could say I lost my belief in the holy church
You could say I lost my sense of direction
You could say all of this and worse

**kind of mainstream**
A)
The week ends the week begins
She thinks, we look at each other
Wondering what the other is thinking
But we never say a thing
And these crimes between us grow deeper
B)
Papers in the roadside tell of suffering and greed
Fear today, forgot tomorrow
Besides the news of holy war and holy need
Ours is just a little sorrowed talk
C)
I've got to make a play
To make my lover stay
So what would an angel say
The devil wants to know
D)
I never made promises lightly
And there have been some that I've broken
But I swear in the days still left
We'll walk in fields of gold, we'll walk in fields of gold
(I thought A and C aged well, D okay, and B not so well.)
captaino June 23 2014, 16:53

Puzzle o' the Day 396!

This one apparently intrigued Richard Feynman at a dinner party. Enjoy!

Draw triangle PQR; call its area A. Place point P' on QR, one-third of the distance from Q to R (that is, closer to Q than R). Similarly, place point Q' on RP, one-third of the distance from R to P, and place point R' on PQ, one-third of the distance from P to Q. Now connect P and P', Q and Q', and R and R'.

a. (The puzzle: medium-easy). The three line segments you've just drawn will bound a triangle that lies within PQR. What's the area of this new triangle?

b. (First follow-up: medium). Replace "one-third" with "x" above, where 0 <= x <= 1. What's the area of the new triangle now?

c. (Second follow-up: medium-hard). Replace the three "x"'s with x, y, and z, where 0 <= x,y,z, <= 1. What's the area of the new triangle now?
captaino June 20 2014, 17:54

Categorical Movies 3! RE-POST

UPDATE: Brave souls wantonhalo , dmorr , hgfalling , and clutch_c among them got 58 out of the 101 answers. But 43 remain -- including some highly gettable ones! See 11., 25., 29., 44., 55., 71., 72., 86., and especially 88. Give it a try! Original post (with answers from the above solvers in the comments) is here.
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This one barely needs these instructions! There are 101 titles below; most of them are from movies, though some are from TV series or episodes thereof. Each title is missing a number; in some of the titles, the number is written in numerals, and in others, it's written with letters. Complete each title with a unique integer from 0 to 100. To the right of each title, in white, is the year of the production and some of its stars. As a small additional hint, no missing number matches the question number. There's lots of low-hanging fruit here. Good luck, and enjoy!

Oh, and if you liked this, try CM 1! and CM 2!

0. ____* (TV movie) 2001; Barry Pepper, Thomas Jane. (hgfalling )
1. ____/____ (TV series) 1978-; Barbara Walters. (wantonhalo )
2. ABC Stage ____ (TV series) 1966; Lauren Bacall, Laurence Olivier.
3. ____ A.D. (aka Anno ____: La distruzione di Ercolano) 1962; Brad Harris. (hgfalling )
4. ____ Again! 1988; Charlie Schlatter, George Burns.
5. ¡____ Amigos! 1986; Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, Martin Short. (dmorr )
6. ____ and Ticking 2011; Tamala Jones, Nicole Ari Parker, Kevin Hart.
7. Apollo ____ 1995; Tom Hanks. (wantonhalo )
8. Around the World in ____ Days 1956; David Niven. (wantonhalo )
9. Article ____ 1992; Ray Liotta, Kiefer Sutherland. (hgfalling )
10. Attila ____: The Rape of Cyprus (documentary)1975; Mihalis Kakogiannis (director).
11. Buffalo '____ 1998; Vincent Gallo, Christina Ricci. (copyright1983 )
12. ____ Candles 1984; Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall. (wantonhalo )
13. Car ____, Where Are You? 1994; David Johansen, John C. McGinley. (hgfalling )
14. Catch-____ 1970; Alan Arkin. (wantonhalo )
15. ____ Charing Cross Road 1987; Anne Bancroft, Anthony Hopkins. (hgfalling )
16. Chisholm '____: Unbought and Unbossed (documentary)2004; Shirley Chisholm.
17. Code ____ 2003; Tim Robbins, Samantha Morton.
18. Dancer, Texas Pop. ____ 1998; Breckin Meyer, Peter Facinelli.
19. ____ Days at Peking 1963; Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner.
20. ____ Days Later... 2002; Cillian Murphy. (dmorr )
21. ____ Days of Night 2007; Josh Hartnett, Melissa George. (clutch_c )
22. ____ Degrees: Give Me Just One Night ("Making the Video" episode) 2000; Nick Lachey. (hgfalling )
23. ____ Degrees of Separation 1993; Will Smith, Stockard Channing, Donald Sutherland. (wantonhalo )
24. District ____ 2009; Sharlto Copley. (wantonhalo )
25. Dogme ____ (Short) 2000; Mauro Podini (director).
26. ____ Dresses 2008; Katherine Heigl. (hgfalling )
27. ____ Easy Pieces 1970; Jack Nicholson, Karen Black. (dmorr )
28. Ed McBain's ____th Precinct: Lightning (TV movie) 1995; Randy Quaid. (clutch_c )
29. ____ Effect 1998; Bill Pullman, Ben Stiller.
30. ____ First Dates 2004; Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore. (wantonhalo )
31. ____ Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 1975; Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher. (wantonhalo )
32. Fondi '____ 2013; Raymond Ablack.
33. Gone in ____ Seconds 2000; Nicolas Cage, Angelina Jolie. (dmorr )
34. Gypsy ____ 2001; Sara Rue, Kett Turton, Karen Black.
35. Hong Kong ____ 1994; Robert Patrick.
36. ____ Hour Party People 2002; Steve Coogan. (wantonhalo )
37. ____ Hrs. 1982; Nick Nolte, Eddie Murphy. (hgfalling )
38. Intangible Asset Number ____ (documentary) 2008; Emma Franz (director).
39. ____ in the Shade 1975; Peter Fonda, Warren Oates, Margot Kidder.
40. I Shot ____ Today ("Get Smart" episode) 1969; Don Adams. (hgfalling )
41. ____ Jump Street 2012; Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum. (dmorr )
42. K-____: The Widowmaker 2002; Harrison Ford. (dmorr )
43. Kamikaze ____ 1982; Rainer Werner Fassbinder.
44. Ladder ____ 2004; Joaquin Phoenix, John Travolta.
45. Level ____: Dark Revelations 2011; Dave Baez, Anthony E. Zuiker (creator).
46. Love at ____ RPM ("Mister Roberts" episode) 1965; Roger Smith. (hgfalling )
47. ____ Meetings ("Parks and Recreation" episode) 2010; Amy Poehler.
48. ____ Men Out 1988; John Cusack. (dmorr )
49. ____ Minutes 2001; Robert De Niro, Edward Norton.
50. ____ Minutes 2007; Al Pacino. (copyright1983 )
51. ____ Minutes 2011; Brittany Snow.
52. Miracle on ____th Street 1947; Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O'Hara. (dmorr )
53. ____ Monkeys 1995; Bruce Willis. (dmorr )
54. Moon ____ 1990; Michael Paré, Roland Emmerich (director).
55. Movie ____ 2013; Emma Stone, Stephen Merchant. (copyright1983 )
56. Ms. ____ 1981; Zoë Lund, Abel Ferrara (director).
57. ____ Mules for Sister Sara 1970; Clint Eastwood, Shirley MacLaine. (clutch_c )
58. ____nd Street 1933; Warner Baxter, Bebe Daniels. (hgfalling )
59. North Dallas ____ 1979; Nick Nolte, Charles Durning. (hgfalling )
60. Ocean's ____ 1960; Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin. (wantonhalo )
61. ____ Palms 2002; Jeremy Davies, Chris O'Donnell. (hgfalling )
62. Passenger ____ 1992; Wesley Snipes. (hgfalling )
63. ____ Pick-Up 1986; Roy Scheider, Ann-Margret. (wantonhalo )
64. Planet ____ (animated movie) 2009; Dwayne Johnson, Seann William Scott.
65. Private Detective ____ 1933; William Powell, Michael Curtiz (director).
66. Psyche ____ 1964; Curd Jürgens, Patricia Neal, Samantha Eggar.
67. P____X Extreme Home Fitness (Video) 2013; Mason Bendewald (director). (hgfalling )
68. ____ Rifles 1969; Jim Brown, Raquel Welch, Burt Reynolds. (clutch_c )
69. ____ Ronin 2013; Keanu Reeves. (dmorr )
70. Rule ____ (short) 1915; Bryant Washburn, P.G. Wodehouse (story).
71. Saturday the ____th 1981; Richard Benjamin, Paula Prentiss.
72. September of '____/Together Again ("After MASH"'s first episode) 1983; Harry Morgan, Jamie Farr.
73. ____ Short Films About Glenn Gould 1993; Colm Feore. (dmorr )
74. Some ____th Parallels ("M*A*S*H" episode) 1976; Alan Alda, Mike Farrell, Harry Morgan. (hgfalling )
75. Squad ____ (TV series) 2012; Christopher Larkin, Travis Van Winkle.
76. SR-____ Blackbird: The Secret Vigil (documentary) Peter Thomas. (dmorr )
77. Stalag ____ 1953; William Holden. (clutch_c )
78. Sum ____ ("Live at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame" episode) 2001; Deryck Whibley. (wantonhalo )
79. ____ Sunset Strip (TV series) 1958; Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Roger Smith. (clutch_c )
80. Superman's ____th (episode of "Comic Book Men") 2014; Kevin Smith.
81. That '____s Show (TV series) 1998; Topher Grace, Laura Prepon. (wantonhalo )
82. The Fighting ____th 1940; James Cagney, Pat O'Brien.
83. The Magnificent ____ 1960; Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen. (hgfalling )
84. The Naked Gun ____ 1/3: The Final Insult 1994; Leslie Nielsen. (dmorr )
85. The NFL's Greatest Games: '____ Championship (documentary) 1998; Alan Ameche.
86. The Number ____ 2007; Jim Carrey, Virginia Madsen. (chaithedog )
87. The Spirit of '____ 1990; David Cassidy, Olivia d'Abo, Roman Coppola (story). (hgfalling )
88. The ____ Steps 1935; Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll. (copyright1983 )
89. The ____th Chamber of Shaolin 1978; Chia-Hui Liu. (gunga_galunga )
90. ____th Hour 2002; Edward Norton, Barry Pepper. (hgfalling )
91. ____ Things I Hate About You 1999; Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles. (wantonhalo )
92. Tlatelolco____ (upcoming); John Leguizamo, Ryan Phillippe.
93. To Gillian on her ____th Birthday 1996; Peter Gallagher, Michelle Pfeiffer.
(copyright1983 )
94. Ulysses ____ (animated TV series) 1981; Matt Birman.
95. United ____ 2006; David Alan Basche. (hgfalling )
96. ____ Up (most recent of a series of documentaries) 2012; Michael Apted (director). (dmorr )
97. ____ Weddings and a Funeral 1994; Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell. (dmorr )
98. What Really Happened to the Class of '____? (TV series) 1977; Tony Bill.
99. When I'm ____ (TV movie) 2004; Paul Freeman. (hgfalling )
100. Winchester '____ 1950; James Stewart, Shelley Winters. (clutch_c )
captaino June 20 2014, 05:00

Daniel Bard's amazing stat line

Poor Daniel Bard. He was wild coming out of college, tamed his wildness when shifted to the bullpen, was effective in the majors from 2009-2011, then saw his career collapse when the Red Sox tried to make him a starter again. He was just released from Hickory (A ball in the Rangers system). He faced 18 batters, walked 9, hit 7, and got two outs. Ouch.

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