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@  CORVUS : (05 April 2020 - 06:41 PM)

CONTAGION is on my current watchlist. I'm kicking it off with OUTBREAK, and I have a whole lineup of pandemic-based films. I treat this stuff as a fear-innoculant.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (05 April 2020 - 03:52 PM)

My point is that of late, Taiwan's government executed lockdown procedures to great success. Vietnam has done similarly.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (05 April 2020 - 03:34 PM)

Didn't SARS just suddenly stop before it got very far?

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (05 April 2020 - 03:24 PM)

*raises eyebrows due to familial knowledge of SARS*

@  Steevy Maximus : (05 April 2020 - 01:43 PM)

It was uncomfortably real in 2011, it's downright scary in relation to the current pandemic.

@  Steevy Maximus : (05 April 2020 - 01:42 PM)

It is, almost to an uncomfortable point.The virus portrayed in that film was FAR more aggressive and fatal than Coronavirus, but the sourcing and spread and impact hit REALLY close to home compared to what we're dealing with now

@  Maximus Ambus : (05 April 2020 - 04:50 AM)

Actually on the subject, I've hard a lot of people refer to a 2011 film called Contagion that they think is relevant.

@  Maximus Ambus : (05 April 2020 - 01:11 AM)

Ah well, I'll stick to the classic British sitcoms: One Foot in the Grave, Til Death Do Us Part and They Think It's All Over.

@  TM2-Megatron : (05 April 2020 - 12:53 AM)

There's always the original, cheesy as it is

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (05 April 2020 - 12:10 AM)

Dunno... Tonight one of the major networks showed a movie with plagues.. including that listening to their leader causes the first born to die. ;P So nah.. I think the Stand could work. :D

@  TM2-Megatron : (04 April 2020 - 09:18 PM)

That's probably the last thing anyone needs to see, at the moment. Maybe when we get to the end of June/beginning of July and we can venture back out, it might be possible to find some enjoyment in The Stand.

@  Maximus Ambus : (04 April 2020 - 02:08 PM)

I suppose the CBS adaptation of Stephen Kings The Stand will be delayed.

@  Rycochet : (04 April 2020 - 11:26 AM)

We'll always be together. Together in electric dreams.

@  Rycochet : (04 April 2020 - 11:25 AM)

Please remember that in these times of social distancing, we'll always be together however far it seems.

@  wonko the sane? : (03 April 2020 - 12:41 PM)

It arrived! Yay!

@  wonko the sane? : (03 April 2020 - 11:25 AM)

Given how the virus lasts about 3-4 days on metals and plastics, it's about the only way to go about getting stuff right now. I ordered a monitor mount for my desk and the delivery has been pushed back twice already.

@  Maximus Ambus : (03 April 2020 - 11:04 AM)

He ordered it online, says it was to keep those delivery boys in business. I did the same a week ago with some Transformers Studio Series figures off Kapow. Don't know if it's wise or not considering.

@  wonko the sane? : (03 April 2020 - 09:12 AM)

You'd be the first. Everyone else has either been frustrated cause the one they wanted was sold out (like during boxing week.) or rushing to replace something broken.

@  RYNO : (03 April 2020 - 08:53 AM)

I actually walked into a store the other day and just randomly decided to buy at 32inch TV. It was just a Vizio, and grabbed a Mounting Bracket for it. No duress. Just a spur of the moment wanted a TV for my master bedroom.

@  wonko the sane? : (03 April 2020 - 07:31 AM)

Conversely: I've never met a person who wasn't buying a TV under duress... so... yeah.

@  wonko the sane? : (03 April 2020 - 07:20 AM)

I think I've met maybe two people other than myself who count cables before buying a TV.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (03 April 2020 - 05:33 AM)

Seriously.. HDMI splitters and switches are so bloody finicky, but most tvs don't have enough inputs.

@  Maximus Ambus : (03 April 2020 - 05:09 AM)

Just spent a hour trying to get my brothers new Samsung TV to read his Playstation and Blu Ray player only to find he was using a HDMI splitter.

@  Steevy Maximus : (02 April 2020 - 11:07 AM)

I could never master oral bullshittery. But in my day I was quite adept with the written word.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (01 April 2020 - 11:32 PM)

You have mastered the art of Bulljive. You must use this power only for good, or entertainment.

@  Sabrblade : (01 April 2020 - 08:58 PM)

This morning, for one of my online classes, I had to give a positive oral presentation about a play that I hated having to watch. I went into it completely unprepared and just winged it. My professor LOVED my presentation and thought it was excellent. She believed every word I said and honestly thought that I enjoyed that miserable play. Best April Fools ever!

@  ▲ndrusi : (01 April 2020 - 10:06 AM)

Happy Everyone Thinks They're A Comedian Now Day!

@  Donocropolis : (31 March 2020 - 05:45 AM)

Who, I might add, has never been photographed together with Byteman. Just sayin'.

@  Sabrblade : (30 March 2020 - 10:27 PM)

Bruce Wayne's cyberpunk cousin?

@  PlutoniumBoss : (30 March 2020 - 09:27 PM)

Laser Wayne

@  Sabrblade : (30 March 2020 - 09:08 PM)

Luther Unum

@  PlutoniumBoss : (30 March 2020 - 07:09 PM)

Or Lee Derwon.

@  Steevy Maximus : (30 March 2020 - 06:51 PM)

Not to be confused with Leader I

@  Steevy Maximus : (30 March 2020 - 06:50 PM)

He was Leader Uno

@  Steevy Maximus : (30 March 2020 - 06:50 PM)

He was the OTHER Leader 1

@  TheMightyMol... : (30 March 2020 - 06:29 PM)

Or Sideways.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (30 March 2020 - 05:26 PM)

On the other hand, this is Armada we're talking about. It could have actually been Metroplex.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (28 March 2020 - 11:08 PM)

Oh yeah, that was Fort Max. My bad.

@  LBD "Nyt... : (28 March 2020 - 09:12 PM)


@  LBD "Nyt... : (28 March 2020 - 09:11 PM)

Christmas Maximus?

@  Maximus Ambus : (28 March 2020 - 01:13 PM)

At least the ozone layer is healing. unless this is a 0.0000000001% thing it's sounds like good news.

@  ▲ndrusi : (28 March 2020 - 09:27 AM)

(But only pretty sure, not 100% sure.)

@  ▲ndrusi : (28 March 2020 - 09:26 AM)

Pretty sure y'all were thinking of Fortress Maximus yesterday.

@  Bass X0 : (28 March 2020 - 12:38 AM)

Dare! Dare to believe you can survive 2020!

@  Steevy Maximus : (27 March 2020 - 08:18 PM)

Baja Blast is back at retail!

@  TheMightyMol... : (27 March 2020 - 03:47 PM)

Shame he wasn't around more. He seemed like such a jolly, happy soul.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (27 March 2020 - 02:16 PM)

No, he was definitely Metroplex. You could tell because he was in Metroplex's distinctive red and green coloration.

@  Paladin : (27 March 2020 - 02:11 PM)

that was Leader-1. or possibly Jolt. maybe Grindor...

@  PlutoniumBoss : (27 March 2020 - 01:57 PM)

Metroplex was in Armada, in a flashback. He was the same size as everybody else. I thought that was the joke.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (27 March 2020 - 12:39 PM)

@Rodimus Supreme: Gah! You are right! How'd I get that mixed up? x.x;

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Holiday Feasts. What you having?

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#1 TriBlurr


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Posted 24 December 2015 - 12:47 AM

So I thought this might be a fun topic.

This is my first time cooking Christmas dinner myself.

I'm preparing a Turducken which I'm brining the night before. I'll be making a chorizo sasauge stuffing to go with. I'm also prepping a lamb crown, roasted veggies, and overdone potatoes. Also making cornbread biscuits.

For dessert, I have made apple and bumbleberry pies. I also have homemade cookies in ginger and chocolate sugar varieties.

I like to cook.

What's your dinner plans?

Edited by TriBlurr, 24 December 2015 - 12:47 AM.

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Posted 24 December 2015 - 06:14 AM

Ooh. Good thread.


Every year on Christmas Eve, my wife makes her traditional Cuban dinner of pork shoulder, black beans and rice, yuca, and fried plantains. For dessert, we will be having some of the peanut butter/chocolate chip cookies she made yesterday with ice cream.


EDIT: Oh, I forgot. I'm making Christmas Eve breakfast this year. Bacon, egg, and cheese biscuits and hash browns. And on Christmas morning, we always have cinnamon rolls. :)

Edited by Big Show, 24 December 2015 - 06:16 AM.

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Posted 24 December 2015 - 07:27 AM

Tonight will be a friend's gathering/potluck for all of us without relatives near by. The host is making a ton of fried shrimp and I'm going to contribute with grilled eggplant.

Tomorrow is with a very dear friend. He is doing his 14 hour tomato sauce with sausage and homemade meatballs. I put it over brown rice but everyone else will be having pasta. I'm making an old garlic bread recipe my grandmother gave me that I always liked.

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Posted 24 December 2015 - 11:35 AM

Tomorrow will be Dim Sum!

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#5 wonko the sane?

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Posted 24 December 2015 - 11:39 AM

Today is beef soup for lunch, and pancakes and bacon for dinner.


Tomorrow though: BARBEQUED TURKEY! Mash, stuffing, gravy, carrots, corn, and all the traditional stuff, including about 4 extra people at the table.

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Posted 24 December 2015 - 12:03 PM

Christmas eve: Pizza. Lots of it.

Christmas day: Beef wellington at my parents'.

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Posted 24 December 2015 - 12:07 PM

I remember growing up my family would always do the same thing every year for Christmas dinner, which was basically Thanksgiving dinner again. There would be turkey, mashed potatoes, casseroles. All that stuff.


I never really liked it. We just had all this a month ago on Thanksgiving, why do it again now? 


Last year it was just my brothers and I, so I tried to think of something different to do. My answer was to make spaghetti, but a 'super' kind.


It had two types of sausage, chicken, ground turkey, ground beef, and meatballs in the sauce, which I make a damn good sauce.


Well yesterday I realized we hadn't gone shopping for Christmas dinner, and my roommate works today. By the time he's off, the stores will be closed, so I just opted to buy dinner myself.


Well, I couldn't think of what else to do, so spaghetti it is again. Not sure if this will become the tradition, but I have all my meats ready to go, as well as the cheese to add to the sauce.

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Posted 25 December 2015 - 04:05 AM

I could deal with a Spaghetti dinner, especially after I came across the Mozzerella stuffed meatball recipe on youtube lately.


We celebrated on the 23rd with a Glazed Sliced Ham, Candied Sweet Potatoes, Butter Sauteed Green Beans, Corn taken off the cob from our garden this summer, A Raspberry Vinagrette Spinach Bacon Salad, a typical veggie tray, a Ritz, Summer Sausage and ColbyJack tray, and some of my mom's Coconut bon bons, Washed down with multiple types of Sparkling Apple Cider (non alcoholic). It was good.


Though I'm not making anything this year, for the large family gatherings I usually have made my Mexi Cheese and Chicken Pasta bake.


About 2 cups worth cubed Cooked Chicken(I typically buy a package or 2 Southwestern Precooked Slices)

About 1/2 to 1 full box of Pasta of choice (I usually go Penne or Mini Penne, but Macoroni, Rotini, ect works)

A can of Black Beans (rinsed if normal but occasionally I get the seasoned ones and keep the excess juices)

1 small can of Mexicorn or Southwestern Corn

1 large can of Tostitos Salsa Con Queso ( I recommend Tostitos as Store brands never quite come out right, also works well with the Queso Blanco)

A bag of Shredded Mexican Blend Cheese

Optional - 1/2 to 1 cup milk (to help spread the queso), Crushed Tortilla, Dorito, or Frito Chips, Sliced Jalepenos (preferredly non fresh to suit others palettes), Sliced Olives, French Fried Onions....


Essentially Cook your Chicken and Pasta. Blend them and the Beans, Corn and Queso together, pour into a casserole dish, top with the shredded cheese and the optionals. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes, Not a dish the timid tend to go for but as long as you don't go overboard with the optionals it's usually pretty mellow cheesyness with enough of a kick that most people would enjoy.


It just occurred I should try switching out the chicken for some Beef taco meat....

Edited by Daith, 25 December 2015 - 04:07 AM.

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#9 wonko the sane?

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Posted 26 December 2015 - 12:23 PM

And now: for the greatest part of christmas! The leftovers! For lunch today: turkey on a Portuguese bun, with light mayo and a sprinkling of fresh cheese (I used some of the Gouda from last night!). Sometime next week: turkey a la king!

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Posted 26 December 2015 - 12:39 PM

So, so jelly.


Nothing on Christmas Eve. Last night I went out to the only restaurant that was open and had sushi.


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Posted 29 December 2015 - 04:25 AM

I was gonna have the tradtional Jewish Christmas meal of chinese food...but I've been having some stomache issues, so I just had..left overs of some kind...don't even remember..might have just been some chicken.  Might finally get the chinese food tomorrow night.

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Posted 29 December 2015 - 07:16 AM

My sister treated the family to a buffet.


I ate my guilt.



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Posted 29 December 2015 - 05:22 PM

For the past decade or so, my brother puts together a themed holiday breakfast for everyone in the family on Christmas morning.  Every year is a different theme and the dining table and surrounding area is completed decorated in that theme.  He'll even put together a printed out themed menu with each breakfast dish called some kind of silly name based on the theme.  It's almost like sitting down in a restaurant for a holiday breakfast.


This year the theme was, "Ginger Bread People."  The dish I had chose was called, "Boys to Ginger Men: Can't Dunk This!"  It contained and I quote, "Round Breakfast Pan Style dish with all the greatest hits in one record!  Hashbrowns, scrambled eggs, cheese, sausage, ham, peppers, onions, gravy, and salsa."  All that was in between 2 huge spinach tortillas and decorated (holiday themed, of course) to loosely resemble a vinyl record.


As for Christmas dinner, we really don't go all out on that.  Used to back when I was a kid, with everything basically being a copy of Thanksgiving dinner, but everyone got tired of that.  So now for the past several years, we just have a big oven baked ham with yams, mashed potatoes, fruit salad, and regular salad.  I usually don't eat very much for Christmas dinner, as the themed Christmas breakfast keeps me filled up for most of the day.

#14 wonko the sane?

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Posted 29 December 2015 - 05:26 PM

I don't even know if we're doing anything on new years day... considering the 2nd is my sisters birthday (and the bitch wants seafood!) and on the 3rd we're road tripping to ottawa (2.5 hour trip.) to visit my grandfather in the veterans home.


Frankly... I could murder a home made mac and cheese. That would be all it took to make me happy on new years day.

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Posted 30 December 2015 - 08:36 AM

The holiday feast we had started on Christmas eve.  Where my mom made lot of Italian food.  We had lasagna, spaghetti with meatballs, garlic bread, fruit salad, normal salad and even order some pizza for my niece and nephew.   Then on Christmas day when we hung out with the extended family we had another feast of Honey ham, turkey, stuffing, mash potatoes, cranberry sauce and just lot of traditional Christmas foods. Where for deserts we had various pies, cookies, and cup cakes.  So much good food.


With New Years approach I usually go to a party were we have pancake meal at midnight which will be fun.

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Posted 30 December 2015 - 03:24 PM

A family friend who hunts gave me like ten pounds of venison as a gift - the best cuts are going in the dehydrator for jerky (*drools*) but the ground deer is going in some awesome chili for a NYE feast. It shall be epic. :thumbsup


Hug, I should not have come out and said that Deer Jerky is imminent. Some of you crazy huggers would kill a Wheels for that shit and are a little too close geographically for comfort.  :p  :D