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  1. I used GIMP, it is good. But tends to be generic and you need a lot of add-ons. I had to use an add on cause it kept scaling the printing to fit, instead of keeping the proportions Now I use Paint.net, and much happier. THo i have had to add in a printing add on, since the base version scales the images to fit the printing area.
  2. saw the new movie again. It was actually better the second time. And of course, I am an emotional person, and still had tears in my eyes the whole time after... The music was lacking. And i don't blame John Williams, I blame JJ Abrams, who didn't let the music lead a scene. Yea we got the Force theme at certain parts, and we got the Theme song. But there was no Imperial March, Binary sunset, Duel of the Fates, etc that stood out. It was in the background, and put in as an afterthought. I still do not know what Finn, Rae, and Poe's theme melodies are. I could hum off the top of my head Vader, Anakin (TPM), Liea, Luke, Yoda, and Even the Emporer (RotJ) theme melodies. But none of the new characters. Of course it could be the sounds system at my theater. Both times i saw it in the same one.. so I don't know. But my one gripe is the movie plot is so much like ANH, and the last 2/3 of RotJ that I really cannot say it was great. There is a "Future Macguffin plot coupon" that everyone wants and can help the heros. but big baddies have a big bad thing and use it, so heros must stop them from using it again. heros exploit the "Attack Its Weak Point" and save the day. But i still have to say the Dialogue was Far better then anything in Episodes 1 2 or 3 also... this is the second time my movie was interrupted by kids less then 8 getting up to go the bathroom or get more popcorn/soda. and again, an Autisic person had a fit halfway though the movie and had to be almost carried out
  3. as my wife was sick, i didn't get much. Which is typical of Christmas. I always spend more on gifts then I recieve. Mainly because most everyone in my family splits my gifts betwean Christmas and my birthday 31 days later. So that means i get less gifts for both. Numerous times i got "IOUs" that were never fufilled
  4. well, the fact that SOMEONE got stabbed in the chest by someone he knew might be a good reason for the PG-13 That and torture scenes.. they always get Pg-13 or more
  5. My wife is the wine drinker, and has introduced me to some good wines. We tend to like Fruity sweet complex wines. Have a really nice german Spatletze (late harvest) that is as sweet as a Riesling, but a lot more flavorful without being syrupy There is an award winning local vineyard just north of lacrosse about an hour drive that has won some national and international awards. I am also good friends with one of the owners at Elmaro Vineyard
  6. a better example of durability of fighters is in Revenge of the Sith where anakin uses his fighter to scrape off the buzz droids on Obi-wans fighter.
  7. I missed the boat on professional curling. never got on a team, never had the time nor finances to travel. I really don't feel comfortable skipping at the competitive curling level.. it it like suffleboard, high speed takeouts, and little or no margin of error Disney created the inquisitors (see star wars rebels) There is no reason why they cannot create a totally new villain (snope) from scratch. The EU fans want to see the connection to canon. Disney has been borrowing more from Raplh MaQuarrie concept art then EU Because it is cool Happy life day everyone. one week until the end of the world.. or at least this forum.. right?
  8. in other news. Highly possible I will be heading to Philly near the end of May next year for the National Arena curling Championships
  9. My scotch "bookend" for the beginning of curling season was a 12 year Alberfeldy highland single malt scotch. Nose has a nice fruity smoke sherry smell to it. Taste has some sweet light peatyness, that has a nice mouth feel and finishes the the malt and some faint citrus. JOhnny walker blue is just for those who want something that is older then 20 years and is less expensive... but then if you are going to go beyond 15 years I don't see the point of blending except to hide flaws. Black bottle has the better value, and is held in high regard when I go curling. Could can throw away the cap after opening it and not have to worry when at the club. If i am going to spend over $100 on a bottle of scotch, I would want a single malt and at least a 20 years. There isn't much difference on whiskys past 20 years. I higlhy recommend for Bourbons.. if you want to try them.. woodford reserve. Top shelf quality you can get at a store. and NEVER buy the Blue bottle of highland scotch called "Le Haug" Every reviewer hates it, and felt snookered by the marketing gimmick of an inferior product
  10. Yea keyan... you knew the saber was the one from ANH and ESB if you paid attention to the trailers anyone who has seen the movie, KNOWS what the true spoilers are. Heard one guy got sent to the ER for spoiling it while walking out of the theatre
  11. Mark Hammil had a contract for Ep 4-6 that he had to appear in 7-9 if there was ever one. But the ending seemed rather forced and tacked on. Not to mention the lack of dialouge and the struggling attempt of the Actor/Actress to convey something after MTFBWY was spoken to make it the final line Also I see a lot of people didn't notice that Luke's saber had a blue blade, and looked like the one from ANH/ESB. Which makes it was the one that Anakin originally had. Not the green one he made in RotJ
  12. okay.. .seriously everyone. Watch "The Expanse" on the Syfy channel. They have the first four episodes free on demand/online, and my wife and I just watched the 4th episode and it was AMAZING, best one so far. I was on the edge of my seat I was so excited, and I read the books and knew what was going to happen.
  13. John Boydega was on Jimmy Fallon last night. Quite funny. JJ Abrams called him up and invited him to a coffee shop.. then told him he got the one of the leading roles. Johns reaction? "I GOT A JOB!!!!" Not a spoiler > I think I have some ideas who Rae's parents are. Also the latest Big Bang Theory was a riot. The group were seeing the movie, and it was transposed with a sex scene, to illustrate to some nerds that seeing this movie is like having good satisfying sex. Wil Wheaton (who players Evil Wil wheaton in BBT and wore a Star Trekuniform to the movie) has one of the best lines "Yea.. well, live long and SUCK IT!"
  14. Just saw it. OMG did not see SPOILER coming. Usual tropes and homage to the originals. Good humor, Finn is the reluctant hero. Rae is the Hero that doesn't want to face her destiny. Not as good as ESB (nothing really can top that) about as good and enjoyable as RotS... with better acting and writing, and less CGI
  15. I also use Sky Map for star gazing. another I recommend is ISS Detector. which is a great one for finding planets, Iridium satellites, and ISS sightings.
  16. Government exists because not everyone can agree. So it seems to me almost anarchist to shut someone out that doesn't agree with you and just live in an echo chamber with only people who agree with you, that you almost instantly think of someone as a non-conformist when they disagree. Some of my best discussions i have ever had were with someone who actually wanted to discuss their opposing viewpoint with me, and wasn't afraid to be proven wrong. often in the end it comes to "I see why you feel that way, and I understand your point of view" But to end all contact, because "That was the last straw" with no warning, or chance to apologize. It seems to me he just wants to stay safe in his bubble and doesn't want to have to justify it
  17. My older brother (half brother, same mom) posted an article on FB about how the recent vote by congress to defund planned parenthood was a good thing. The article lost it's legitimacy when it claimed "Experts" didn't find any tapering with the undercover video that tried to show PP was into baby organ harvesting.. which it wasn't besides the point... Suffice it to say my brother is a very strong conservative, and I am more moderate, leaning liberal. I replied to his article posted to inform him, that OUR mother while she had MY brother as an infant was having trouble keeping his weight up. She went to PP to get advice and help. Also, before she had me, she went to PP for pre-natal care to I would be healthy at birth. My Mom and I had many conversations about this topic before she passed away 5 years ago. I went on to tell my brother that were are healthier and better off because of PP. The next day my brother sends a text to my wife, that she is welcome to visit. But my brother doesn't want to see me anymore, or have me in his life anymore because of all my political post, and commentary. Merry Christmas? I really have no clue what to do... as it seems i have lost my brother, and there is nothing I can do about it
  18. There is nothing like a bar win wisconsin, when the football team wins a game on the final play
  19. I have read the book series "The Expanse" by James SA Corey. SyFy is making a Tv series based on the book, and the Pilot episode is streaming free online. my Wife and I watched it yesturday. I do not watch much TV. Except for football. The last shows I religiously watched SW: rebels, Clone wars, and Game of thrones. that's it The Expanse is going to be a show I watched. And the pilot episode is amazing. I know what is going to happen because I read the books, but that does not take away my excitement. There are some good lines, good character banter, amazing sets and the writing is great. "I am coming in, I don't want to see any hairy bits"
  20. If you think an asteroid field, caused by someone blowing up a planet is beautiful
  21. We have a local event here in Lacrosse called the Turkey trot. Either a 2-mile walk, or a 5 mile run. Afterwards you get a free pumpkin pie. My wife and I have done this since we got married every year. It is a real positive and fun event, because everyone is enjoying the holiday with friends and family. Weather wasn't too bad either.. for late November in Wisconsin. 50 degrees, with Fog and light Drizzle. Got home and our Quiche was ready, hot drinks were prepared. And we are enjoying the Macy's thanksgiving parade. Cats sleeping and we are planning to have our Traditional dinner before watching the Green Bay Packers beat the Chicago bears and Tie up the all time series between these two long time rivals (93-93-6) Happy thanksgiving everyone
  22. That video was originally posted in March. Glad you finally got around to noticing it I swear a lot of "epic" videos go viral about every 6-12 months as someone finds out about it
  23. Formally filing harassment against the manager. From talking to the HR manager this isn't the first time someone has done this. And i was told by 3 other people in manegment that dropping the F bomb isn't acceptable, and i shouldnt' be doing that. *rolls eyes* when someone is in your face, yelling at you.
  24. well since we are on the topic of quitting jobs. I have decided, afterconsulting my wife that I am looking for a differant job, and hoping to quit my current one by end of march, jsut before the busiest time of the year for my work. Just got tired of being jerked around. I have to schedule my 2 full weeks of vacation next year, by the end of the month. Out of the 5 years i have worked there, I have only gotten a full week off once due to senoirity BS. yet they can make me work overtime, with as little as a notice at the start of my shift, and maybe a day to work on my day off. The "loss prevention" manager is a Little Napoleon who has micromanaged us to death in the name of safety. I now have a $2 glove to cut boxes with, a pair of $5 gloves, that don't fit, to move wooden pallets with, Badly fitting safety glasses when I am riding on a forklift. I now have to beep by horn at every aisle, and 3 times at the end of an aisle or cross aisle (I actually got taken into the office once for beeping TOO many times at the end of the aisle) a blue light on my forklift that EVERYONE complains is too bright and gives me headaches all day. And today, Mr Napolean came running up to me as I was moving away, asking if I had safty glasses to wear, I put them on, and he comes into my face asking if I am wearing them. I flipped out and told him to "Knock it the F#$% off and leave me along" He got made and yelled at me to come ot the office. When we got to the office he told me "Sit there, or keep walking out the door" Where he called the new BUILDING manager who got recently promoted and wanted a "witness" And i basically lost it getting tired of his harrassment of me. Not once while he has been on the warehouse floor has he ever noticed i did anything right, instead he has Always pointed out something I was doing wrong. (see above about beeping my horn too many times) oh.. an MR Napolean didn't have time to resolve it cause he was suppose to leave. basically making a mess for the others to clean up So it ended up while I had a 15 minute cooling off period, which turned into 25 minutes, as my direct supervisor, My manager, HR manager, and building manager hashed it out. It was my lunch time I told them I was going to take my lunch, before anything happened. In the end I talked to my supervisor, and Manager about the issues, of getting properly fitting safety glasses and gloves, and I never got a chance to talk to the HR manager about the harassment cause she was gone So tomorrow I am going to my manager and complain i was told to talk to the HR manager, BUT SHE WAS NEVER THERE yesturday after the incident before i had to leave. FML
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