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by Lucky Jack Aubrey
Tue Apr 30, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: MCU
Replies: 212
Views: 18459

Re: MCU

One more major problem. The "woman" scene, where all the females line up in the final fight. I mean, I recognize that some "girl power" is necessary for representation. But could it be... I dunno... less cheesy? I'm no feminist, so my eyes were rolling at the scene. But I ca...
by Lucky Jack Aubrey
Fri Apr 26, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Console/Portable Gaming Over The Years
Replies: 21
Views: 1354

Re: Console/Portable Gaming Over The Years

Interesting read - thanks Cap'n.

Particularly interesting is the point they make about the Xbox line not being all that popular worldwide - and the accompanying dominance of Playstation 4 the last few years.
by Lucky Jack Aubrey
Thu Apr 11, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Space Thread
Replies: 150
Views: 15252

Re: Space Thread

Nicely done SpaceX.

I hope they have some alternate video of the center core landing.
by Lucky Jack Aubrey
Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Antivirus software
Replies: 37
Views: 2435

Re: Antivirus software

I am planning to try Bitdefender. Any experience? It's a pretty good product, but I found it to be aggressive - a bit too aggressive. After having used BitDefender for four years, last month I tired of the struggle and switched all of our household PCs and laptops to Trend Micro. The reason? Bitdef...
by Lucky Jack Aubrey
Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What shows are you recently watching?
Replies: 183
Views: 19460

Re: What shows are you recently watching?

Currently following Westworld on HBO. All in all, I'm glad to see it has been renewed for a third season. On network TV, I followed Young Sheldon through its first season. Not bad. Not great, but not bad. Currently waiting for Vikings to return on The History Channel. And, of course, the final seaso...
by Lucky Jack Aubrey
Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The Movie/Film/Cinema Thread
Replies: 8
Views: 889

Re: The Movie/Film/Cinema Thread

Re-watched The Caine Mutiny recently. A slightly underrated movie, imho - features Humphrey Bogart, Fred MacMurray, Van Johnson, Jose Ferrer...even has Lee Marvin. It's probably underrated now at least partially because it is sometimes corny (which I love). Has anybody here read the book by Herman W...
by Lucky Jack Aubrey
Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Nasa to make Major Martian Announcement
Replies: 17
Views: 2054

Re: Nasa to make Major Martian Announcement

Captain Ned wrote:
Get your ass to Mars.

Genius.
by Lucky Jack Aubrey
Thu Mar 15, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: End of an Era - Toys R Us
Replies: 31
Views: 2901

Re: End of an Era - Toys R Us

Suckage. Toys R Us was the place to buy Nintendo cartridges - even bought Atari 2600 and Intellivision games there. Model ships and planes, too. I haven't set foot in one in more years than I can remember, though.
by Lucky Jack Aubrey
Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:51 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 457
Views: 38265

Re: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted

Hysperspace travel does not create a destructive wake everywhere along its path because--despite the emptiness of space--damage from common travel would be a rampant, galaxy-wide problem. It's not just military ships out there. You'll have many, many more dedicated to space freight, all making hype...
by Lucky Jack Aubrey
Sun Jan 21, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 457
Views: 38265

Re: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted

Assume that any normalspace to hyperspace transition is not instantaneous and that the transition creates a wake of bent normalspace as the transition is made. In my mind, the wake is what did the damage to the First Order fleet and that the effect also means the destruction of the ship still in tr...
by Lucky Jack Aubrey
Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 457
Views: 38265

Re: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted

Rogue One was phenomenal. If they make another "side" movie that good, I'll be happy. The good thing about Darth Vader is that he seems to be pretty easy to CGI with modern technology. As long as James Earl Jones' voice survives, Vader lives on. Of course, any big guy of approximately Dav...
by Lucky Jack Aubrey
Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:13 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 457
Views: 38265

Re: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted

The milking of the sea cow was intended to be repulsive. I get that. However, it struck me as awkward, forced, and out-of-place. It could easily / should have been left out altogether. The film would not have been lessened in the slightest.
by Lucky Jack Aubrey
Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Why do USB connectors (almost) never fit well?
Replies: 21
Views: 4493

Re: Why do USB connectors (almost) never fit well?

It does seem that, if the USB port is in a location where I can't see it clearly (e.g. back of a computer case), I may spend a minute flipping the male connector over and over several times trying to get it to insert correctly (no jokes, please). Of course, that could be attributable to my own perso...
by Lucky Jack Aubrey
Tue Dec 26, 2017 5:07 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 457
Views: 38265

Re: STAR WARS TIME!

Ryu Connor wrote:
Try as she might, Leia could not get the broader New Republic worlds to accept that The First Order was a real threat.

Hmmm. I find their lack of faith disturbing.
by Lucky Jack Aubrey
Wed Dec 20, 2017 12:06 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 457
Views: 38265

Re: STAR WARS TIME!

derFunk's link to Ars brings up some interesting points, and others here have mentioned that Luke doesn't seem like our old Luke . Now, full disclosure: I am a GenX-er who saw and clearly remember ANH when it first hit theaters in the 70s. And, yes, it was the baddest-ass thing I had ever seen. ...
by Lucky Jack Aubrey
Fri Mar 31, 2017 11:43 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Naval Fans: World of Warships is now Open Beta
Replies: 26
Views: 5284

Re: Naval Fans: World of Warships is now Open Beta

Yummy. Des Moines. Nine 8-inch rifles with radar-directed fire, 330lb AP shells, and autoloaders, so each tube can fire 10 rounds/minute. Also fully-protected against 8" fire (US design policy was to armor against the guns carried on the ship). If it weren't for the manpower requirements, I'd ...
by Lucky Jack Aubrey
Fri Apr 15, 2016 5:19 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Johnny Crackhead does it again
Replies: 23
Views: 6212

Re: Johnny Crackhead does it again

Rarely have I seen someone work so incredibly hard at effing up their own life. If you ever watched him play in college, he seemed like a bundle of nerves most of the time. Maybe that sort of high-intensity personality lends itself to drug and alcohol abuse, but all I can think of is "Stupid, b...
by Lucky Jack Aubrey
Sat Mar 26, 2016 7:50 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: RIP Licketysplit
Replies: 63
Views: 5144

Re: RIP Licketysplit

A very friendly, gentlemanly poster. Here's to you, Lickety - rest in peace.
by Lucky Jack Aubrey
Mon Jan 04, 2016 5:35 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: So, this new Star Wars movie - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 313
Views: 24089

Re: So, this new Star Wars movie

Chrispy_ wrote:
The clincher for me is that I thought I heard Obi's voice(s) during the weird "touch the lightsaber" flashback!

In fact you did hear Obi-Wan's voice, which was a fusion of Alec Guinness' and Ewan McGregor's voices (which I thought was a nice touch).
by Lucky Jack Aubrey
Mon Dec 21, 2015 11:11 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: So, this new Star Wars movie - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 313
Views: 24089

Re: So, this new Star Wars movie

I think Rey and Kylo Ren will prove to be twins. Just because Han and Leia didn't mention a daughter doesn't make this impossible. At this point, Kylo Ren isn't even a wart on Darth Vader's ass. He's far too emotionally unstable, unlike his cold, calculating, and utterly ruthles...
by Lucky Jack Aubrey
Wed Nov 25, 2015 1:36 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Johnny Crackhead does it again
Replies: 23
Views: 6212

Re: Johnny Crackhead does it again

Don't count out Dallas. Jerry Jones loves the guy, and wanted to take him last year instead of Zack Martin. He probably would have, too, if the entire rest of the organization (including his own sons) hadn't threatened to mutiny. Tony Romo is 35, and if Jones can get Johnny Football away from Clevel...
by Lucky Jack Aubrey
Wed Oct 07, 2015 7:28 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR Ad
Replies: 19
Views: 1335

Re: TR Ad

Hmm... ads for Harvard Business School, Ezo, Nissan, and Rackspace (no pun intended). None of these make any sense.
by Lucky Jack Aubrey
Thu Jun 25, 2015 6:28 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Pete Rose is officially toast
Replies: 20
Views: 5484

Re: Pete Rose is officially toast

Or, do what my buddy says: he got a lifetime ban. As soon as he's dead, reinstate him and put him in the HoF then. But then Shoeless Joe should be there now. I agree with this. The one hope that Pete Rose has (for posthumous reinstatement) is that there seems to be no real evidence that he ever thr...
by Lucky Jack Aubrey
Fri Feb 27, 2015 7:32 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Firefox memory hole?
Replies: 51
Views: 4994

Re: Firefox memory hole?

Just yesterday I started noticing that Firefox runs a CPU core flat-out even after I close the browser window, and I have to kill the process to get it to stop. My thoughts had drifted to wondering about a browser hi-jack, and I was considering uninstalling and re-installing.
by Lucky Jack Aubrey
Tue Dec 02, 2014 4:50 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Planetary Annihilation Steam Sale
Replies: 11
Views: 1694

Re: Planetary Annihilation Steam Sale

I kickstarted TA also, and I'm glad to know that others are also finding it, er, unpolished.

Played a few Forged Alliance skirmishes over the weekend - it still holds up for me.
by Lucky Jack Aubrey
Tue Aug 12, 2014 10:06 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: R.I.P. - Robin Williams
Replies: 30
Views: 3266

Re: R.I.P. - Robin Williams

Growing up, I busted a gut many times laughing at Mork from Ork. That doesn't diminish how much I enjoyed his later works, but Mork will always be my foremost memory of him.

Prayers for his family.
by Lucky Jack Aubrey
Sat Aug 09, 2014 12:42 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Oak Island Money Pit
Replies: 7
Views: 1366

Re: Oak Island Money Pit

Thanks for posting that. I hadn't heard of it before, and it's a fascinating read.

To me, the mystery of who the hell put/built there the various items/structures that have been discovered is at least as interesting as what was being sought.
by Lucky Jack Aubrey
Thu Jul 03, 2014 9:54 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Fireworks
Replies: 9
Views: 1749

Re: Fireworks

Here in the semi-rural area where I live outside of Dallas, you can buy and shoot off most fireworks. The amount of banging and booming that goes on around here on the 4th (and New Years) is pretty impressive. Some folks nearby shoot off some stuff that's near-professional quality. The reports can b...
by Lucky Jack Aubrey
Tue Jun 24, 2014 10:52 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Do you ever get "too old" to play games?
Replies: 76
Views: 8670

Re: Do you ever get "too old" to play games?

I'm well into my mid-40s. I still love gaming, particularly PC gaming, and I think I always will. However, as others have stated, I just don't have a lot of time to commit to it. When I game, I like to pick it up for a while, enjoy the hell out of it, and put it down again, all without having invest...
by Lucky Jack Aubrey
Wed Mar 19, 2014 9:55 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Captain Ned...
Replies: 63
Views: 4586

Re: Captain Ned...

Interesting. I didn't remember Ned being that draconian. Tip o' the hat to you, Ned, for addressing the situation as you chose to do here in this thread. Hopefully that will satisfy the OP...

...and then you can LOCK THIS THREAD!!! :P
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