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@  TM2-Megatron : (04 December 2019 - 10:22 PM)

Still not the weirdest thing a Nic Cage character has done in a film

@  TheMightyMol... : (04 December 2019 - 04:00 PM)

Couldn't be worse than him pissing fire as Ghost Rider.

@  Rycochet : (04 December 2019 - 03:38 PM)

The Tim Burton Superman Movie is the DC movie we deserve. It would have Nic Cage in a technosuit punching polarbears.

@  Paladin : (04 December 2019 - 02:59 PM)

Wonder Woman was great. Shazam was amazing. Aquaman... exists.

@  RichardT1977 : (04 December 2019 - 01:54 PM)

TBF, Aquaman and Shazam! were pretty good.

@  TheMightyMol... : (04 December 2019 - 01:00 PM)

Not a difficult feat.

@  Benbot : (04 December 2019 - 11:50 AM)

You just put more effort into telling a compelling story than all of WB's execs.

@  Cybersnark : (04 December 2019 - 11:41 AM)

Cue the flashback to Jonathan, reassuring a terrified child: "What you are is never as important as who you are." Cue Superman's response to Brainiac: "I already know who I am."*John Williams fanfare plays*

@  Cybersnark : (04 December 2019 - 11:38 AM)

I don't think we even really need to see Krypton. I'd start with Clark growing up in Kansas, thinking he's normal, and follow him through the development of his powers. There've been enough alternate takes on Krypton that it could actually work as a mystery; is this the pre-Crisis utopia, the sterile science world, or the relic of a fallen empire? Brainiac was there, and he tempts Clark with the knowledge of what he really is.

@  Otaku : (04 December 2019 - 11:12 AM)

First, a Krypton film, ending with baby Kal-El being found on Earth.  Then Supe's early career film, establishing his values... and if Jonothan Kent needs to die, it happens because of something like a heart attack while Clark is savnig folks on the other side of the world.  After we know Clark minimizes property damage and never kills, have Zod & Company show up and force him to make tough choices.

@  Otaku : (04 December 2019 - 11:07 AM)

Man of Steel seems like someone came up with a Superman trilogy and then the execs said "We've got to catch up to Marvel, make it one film!".  I don't mean that based on the film's actual pacing, but because various story beats make more sense to me if they weren't all squished together.

@  Cybersnark : (03 December 2019 - 07:44 PM)

I've been wanting to write a Superman movie trilogy for years; "Man of Steel" (featuring a Terminator-like Brainiac) was going to be first, with "Last Son of Krypton" (featuring the Eradicator) as the sequel and "Man of Tomorrow" (in which Luthor makes his face-heel turn) as the conclusion. Thanks to Snyder I have to re-arrange my titles.

@  Nevermore : (03 December 2019 - 06:15 PM)

I still wish "Man of Steel" had instead been an adaptation of both the John Byrne miniseries of the same name and the Jeph Loeb/Tim Sale miniseries "Superman For All Seasons".

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (03 December 2019 - 04:42 PM)

A take I just read: Man of Steel is shot with such a lack of lighting that it is easier to discern what is going on in a porn film.

@  Maximus Ambus : (03 December 2019 - 12:20 PM)

Making Soylant is harder then it looks, it's not like the movies, you have to keep whacking and hacking at the ingredient, it'll scream and fight, maybe bite but eventually it will go down.

@  Paladin : (03 December 2019 - 11:48 AM)

varies from person to person.

@  Benbot : (03 December 2019 - 11:34 AM)

It's an acquired taste

@  CORVUS : (03 December 2019 - 11:17 AM)

Soylent? Its pretty awful.

@  unluckiness : (03 December 2019 - 02:49 AM)

Depends on your denomination of Christianity

@  Patch : (02 December 2019 - 05:52 PM)

@Benbot Do they have a soy-free version? Like maybe just "Lent?"

@  Maximus Ambus : (02 December 2019 - 02:03 PM)

Just occurred to me 'Autobot' Megatron happened in Target 2006.

@  Benbot : (02 December 2019 - 11:48 AM)

have you tried Soylent? It's pretty good! https://soylent.com/

@  Paladin : (02 December 2019 - 10:01 AM)

i prefer free-range human usually. pain in the ass to hunt though...

@  TheMightyMol... : (02 December 2019 - 09:42 AM)

If your human is all bones, you may have purchased a skeleton by accident. Contact your grocer to inquire about exhange policies.

@  Maximus Ambus : (02 December 2019 - 09:31 AM)

Vegans are categorised as human therefore just fall under Soylant, they are usually all bones.

@  wonko the sane? : (01 December 2019 - 04:47 PM)

Cause... that latter one is technically all burgers anyway.

@  wonko the sane? : (01 December 2019 - 04:46 PM)

So... a burger made without meat, or a burger made with the meat taken from a vegan?

@  Maximus Ambus : (01 December 2019 - 04:22 PM)

I had a vegan burger last week, this week I'll give a vegan steak a shot.

@  wonko the sane? : (30 November 2019 - 12:37 PM)

a proper paradox would have broken the board. Nice try though.

@  Maximus Ambus : (30 November 2019 - 01:47 AM)

This shout is empty.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (30 November 2019 - 12:01 AM)

I've got the admit. tubi tv is great. It's got a lot of stuff.. Including Super Sentai.

@  Steevy Maximus : (29 November 2019 - 10:35 PM)

There is frankly no better place to (legally) find schlock on the internet for free than Tubi TV

@  Steevy Maximus : (29 November 2019 - 10:33 PM)

It's got all the graphic violence and gratuitous nudity a late 80s OVA should have.

@  Steevy Maximus : (29 November 2019 - 10:32 PM)

Available for free with ads on Tubi TV.

@  Steevy Maximus : (29 November 2019 - 10:32 PM)

It's "Goku: Midnight Eye". Originally produced in the late 80s, it apparently wasn't dubbed until the late 90s given Steve Blum was the lead.

@  wonko the sane? : (29 November 2019 - 06:38 PM)

The description makes it sound like some high grade, mid 80's shlock. Which, frankly, is my groove.

@  TheMightyMol... : (29 November 2019 - 12:37 PM)

Was wondering how long it would take someone to ask.

@  wonko the sane? : (29 November 2019 - 09:58 AM)

okay, it's been like two days so far: what anime is this, cause I'm dying to know.

@  Steevy Maximus : (27 November 2019 - 09:23 PM)

You know you're in for a good time when an old anime starts with a crime lord uses roller skates in his cybernetic legs to skate down the side of the building, launches to a dock and into a getaway boat.

@  Pinkcolliebot : (26 November 2019 - 03:55 PM)

Hey Everyone I'm Making The TF Roll Out Short "Gotta Go Fast!"

@  Benbot : (26 November 2019 - 12:52 PM)

That's what I was hoping for. But here I am, at work the following day.

@  wonko the sane? : (26 November 2019 - 12:29 PM)

You say "die in bed" and I'm thinking "why is that a problem?".

@  fourteenwings : (26 November 2019 - 07:06 AM)

If you don't get out of bed ever your muscles will lock in super-uncomfortable ways and you may get blood clots

@  MEDdMI : (25 November 2019 - 08:53 PM)

You did nothing, and so rocks fall down and you die.

@  TheMightyMol... : (25 November 2019 - 08:35 PM)

But that's not you doing something, that's something being done to you.

@  MEDdMI : (25 November 2019 - 08:28 PM)

Unless a meteor crashes down on your bed while you're in it.

@  wonko the sane? : (25 November 2019 - 07:08 PM)

I've been trying for the last few hours to find an argument to counter this... and I can't do it.

@  TheMightyMol... : (25 November 2019 - 03:32 PM)

The most dangerous thing you can do is get out of bed in the morning. Everything else that happens is a consequence of that one terrible, terrible decision.

@  wonko the sane? : (25 November 2019 - 03:28 PM)

Driving, by itself, is dangerous. Anything done to compromise the concentration of the pilot just makes things worse.

@  Benbot : (25 November 2019 - 12:46 PM)

Actually, I think you could make a reasonable argument for saying driving with glasses is dangerous. That is, more dangerous than driving with contacts or perfect vision. You have poor peripheral vision with glasses.


March Mayhem 2015: Post Your Bracket!

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#61 Magnusblitz

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Posted 20 March 2015 - 04:42 PM



In the first round, every higher seed was the favorite to win, except for (16) Road Caeser, who was a 7-21 dog to (17) Raiden. The next closest was Ruination over Tripredacus (15/28, 53% favorite), Rail Racer over Nexus Prime (16/28, 57% favorite), and Landfill over Centuritron (17/28, 61%). Everyone else was at least a 20/28 (71%) favorite.


Only one person picked poor last seed Sixturbo to upset top seed Devastator.


That same person picked Sixturbo to win it all.


More people (three) picked Sixwing to upset #2 Predaking in the first round than picked #7 Liokaiser to get upset by Superion Maximus.


The most popular pick to win it all (out of the 24 complete brackets) is Predaking (8 votes). Devastator is the second-most at 3 votes, Defensor and Nexus Prime both have 2. Nine combiners got one vote.


Predaking (10 votes) is the most popular pick to reach the title matchup, with Devastator (4) and Menasor (4) behind. While most people think Predaking or Devastator will win if they get there, no one gives Menasor a chance to win the whole thing despite being the most popular pick in the "southern" half of the bracket.

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Posted 20 March 2015 - 05:36 PM

And the last mistake... Tigerpaw28 did not pick a winner (of a Bruticus/Menasor final).


Anyways, I've finished the spreadsheet, uploaded as a image here: http://imgur.com/16dYh1b(LARGE IMAGE WARNING)




Fascinating stuff, thanks for taking the time to put it together.

I did fairly well, but I dunno what I was thinking picking Perceptor to beat Monstructor. I wanted it too much!

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Posted 20 March 2015 - 06:05 PM

Modified my Functionist Four...didnt realize the brackets weren't set normal like.

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Posted 20 March 2015 - 06:27 PM

Ok round one I did ok I got 13 out of 16 not perfect but it's not over yet.  


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#65 Magnusblitz

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Posted 20 March 2015 - 06:35 PM

Standings after round one: http://i.imgur.com/TgDn0vB.png

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Posted 20 March 2015 - 06:53 PM

Sweet! Thanks for the spreadsheet tallying you're doing Magnusblitz.




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Posted 20 March 2015 - 11:26 PM



We're going to have to have Rewind move over in the booth to make room for Manusblitz so he can do his commentary from on high. 

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Posted 21 March 2015 - 12:22 AM

Hm...according to Manus' sheet, Computron has Raiden beat. Showing that people saying it will be an American G1 Cartoon win might be correct, which is shown even more by Piranacon vs Predaking. Yet Superion and Magnaboss are so close in a 16-9 vote. Which from what I can see at first glance, will most likely be the closest match of the next round. For many people, this coming round is gonna be make or break. But from the current trend of voting, I'm gonna predict a Superion victory against Magnaboss. 


And to be honest, I seriously thought Landcross would've taken Magnaboss. Still don't see why he didn't besides Magnaboss being a giant elephant lion eagle thing that looks cool. But like I said in that single forum, Landcross had the power in numbers as well as the simple fact he was three combiners in one combiner. Tripling the power somewhat.



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Posted 21 March 2015 - 07:23 PM

Seriously, Magnusblitz, that is awesome, and hugely appreciated scoring and tallying and analyzing!  Outstanding, thank you!  :thumbsup

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#70 Tigerpaw28

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Posted 21 March 2015 - 11:14 PM

And the last mistake... Tigerpaw28 did not pick a winner (of a Bruticus/Menasor final).


Anyways, I've finished the spreadsheet, uploaded as a image here: http://imgur.com/16dYh1b(LARGE IMAGE WARNING)


I'll be happy to edit in BScorpinok75, Rosicrucian, GB Blackrock and Tigerpaw28's fixes when I see 'em.

Thanks for catching that.


I'll be the one person predicting that Menasor goes all the way.


My completed bracket is attached.

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#71 BScorpinok75



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Posted 22 March 2015 - 10:18 AM

To be sure my update is seen:

Functionist Four

Liokaiser vs Raiden

Devestator vs Predaking

Last Stand

Raiden vs Devestator

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#72 Magnusblitz

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Posted 22 March 2015 - 01:44 PM

Already had BScorpinok's fixes in, added in Tigerpaw's final pick as well.


Still need correct semifinals/final from Rosicrucian and GB Blackrock.

Edited by Magnusblitz, 22 March 2015 - 01:45 PM.

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Posted 22 March 2015 - 02:28 PM


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Posted 23 March 2015 - 11:04 PM

And voting is done for this bracket. Damn you Bruticus! Bah, you overused combiner!




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Posted 23 March 2015 - 11:14 PM

I think he's likely met his match in Predaking, though.

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Posted 23 March 2015 - 11:29 PM

Neither Monstructor or Bruticus would like have won out against Predaking.

Liokaiser vs Menasor and Superion vs Computron are the two rounds I feel has the most potential for an upset this round. There has always been somewhat of an air about Menasor and Superion being boring, but with the new CW toys I feel that both groups are having a surge in popularity. Though Liokaiser has always been a big favorite of the Fandom, and Computron has a more interesting line up and story with them; but then I might be a bit biased there.

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#77 Magnusblitz

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Posted 24 March 2015 - 12:06 AM

Updated bracket after round 2: http://i.imgur.com/iIkaGvT.png



31 - Rhapsody

30 (tied) - TheSupernova and SoS

29 - GB Blackrock, who also has the advantage of being able to re-do his final picks

28 - Gargunkle


Andrusi, Verity Carlo and Robowang have had all their future picks already eliminated and can't score any more points.

#78 Magnusblitz

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Posted 24 March 2015 - 01:42 AM

Here's a couple charts I threw together looking at each combiner's win %: http://i.imgur.com/2CPvXmh.png


Obviously it's tool in analyzing strength of each character is somewhat limited - because it depends on matchup. But I think there's a few interesting things to note.


The top four (Dev, Predaking, Bruticus, Superion) all got to face Micromaster combiners named Six(whatever). I don't really think there's any big difference in fandom among the MM guys to make a huge difference. Predaking actually did better than Devastator by a negligible amount (1 vote) but there's a decent drop-off to Bruticus and another drop-off to Superion, before jumping back up with Defensor over Construction Maximus. Maybe the MM guys are actually liked more than the Energon combiners? I think, though, that Superion might be one of the weaker of the top seeds.


Computron also did pretty badly in the first round, for an American G1 dude, only getting 57% of his vote while lower seeds like Abominus and Piranacon cleared 70%. This might be due to matchup, though (ROTF Devastator has some fans!). The next big dropoff, unsurprisingly, is at the end of the G1 dudes, as no one except Raiden cleared 60%.


Sure enough, the five lowest seeds who made it on to the next round all fell under 40%, except for Ruination. Is Ruination popular, or Liokaiser weak? I'm leaning towards the former (people seem to really dig his name) but it could also be that Liokaiser was overseeded.


The other 7 matches with at least one American G1 guy can be broken down into two groups - the G1 vs G1, and the G1 vs non-G1 matchups (okay, yes, Raiden is technically G1, I'm abbreviating here). Of the guys forced to cannibalize their own American G1 brothers, Devastator and Bruticus both hit 55%, while Predaking hit a whopping 68% over Piranacon. While Piranacon might be somewhat weak (lower than any Amer-G1 dude in the first round except Computron, who had to go up against ROTF Devastator), I think Predaking is just really strong and likely to win the whole thing.


For the guys who got to slaughter non-G1 dudes, Defensor and Menasor both hit 60%, Computron rebounded to hit 64% and Superion hit 66%. Superion is interesting since I supposed him weak above, but it may be more due to Magnaboss just being really weak opposition (Landfill and Raiden both had stronger profiles than he did).


What does all this mean? Looking at the matchups ahead, I'd say that Devastator/Defensor will be pretty close, Predaking should beat Bruticus by a comfortable margin, Menasor will likely edge Liokaiser (though I also sense there might be a push in popular opinion for Lio), and I think Computron can upset Superion.


(Also, I'm bored)

Edited by Magnusblitz, 24 March 2015 - 01:44 AM.

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Posted 24 March 2015 - 09:27 AM

Updated bracket after round 2: http://i.imgur.com/iIkaGvT.png



31 - Rhapsody

30 (tied) - TheSupernova and SoS

29 - GB Blackrock, who also has the advantage of being able to re-do his final picks

28 - Gargunkle


Andrusi, Verity Carlo and Robowang have had all their future picks already eliminated and can't score any more points.


Thanks for the reminder.


Just to keep as much of my original intentions intact as possible, let's go with... Final Four: Bruticus beats Defensor, Superion beats Menasor. For final game. Bruticus beats Superion.


That cover it?

Edited by G.B.Blackrock, 24 March 2015 - 01:05 PM.

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Posted 24 March 2015 - 09:40 AM


Thanks again for all the stats work on this event. Would you mind putting together your ideal bracket setup using a serpentine system? We'll likely have a "how to improve this for next year" thread at some point, and I expect that will be a key point.