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@  unluckiness : (28 May 2017 - 07:47 AM)

I'm kinda glad. A couple tie-in stories aside, Secret Invasion was a mess.

@  Steevy Maximus : (28 May 2017 - 07:23 AM)

Almost makes you wonder if some of the aborted Micronauts relaunch concept didn't slip in...

@  Whirl Maximus : (28 May 2017 - 07:20 AM)

Titan Masters could quite easily have been Transformers: Secret invasion, the return of the Mini-cons/Stentarians but noooooo, it had to be whatever the pit it is.

@  Pennpenn : (28 May 2017 - 02:59 AM)

Fairly sure I used too much flour. Oh well.

@  Pennpenn : (28 May 2017 - 02:24 AM)

Scones in the oven.

@  Pennpenn : (28 May 2017 - 01:54 AM)

Considering whether it's worth the effort to make scones

@  Steevy Maximus : (27 May 2017 - 07:36 PM)

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Gundam-Breaker-3-BREAK-EDITION-English-PS4-Game-GOTY-Physical-Version-/142395861602?hash=item2127746a62:g:kb0AAOSw8lpZKS31

@  Steevy Maximus : (27 May 2017 - 07:36 PM)

TMM, free shipping

@  unluckiness : (27 May 2017 - 07:33 PM)

Even if it's just 4 bucks, people shouldn't be patronizing obvious scams.

@  TheMightyMol... : (27 May 2017 - 05:37 PM)

What's the shipping price?

@  Steevy Maximus : (27 May 2017 - 05:18 PM)

Yeah, but it's cheaper than all the Hong Kong sellers running at $65+

@  2017 : (27 May 2017 - 05:07 PM)

It sounds like a scam.

@  Steevy Maximus : (27 May 2017 - 04:32 PM)

I know, RIGHT?!

@  wonko the sane? : (27 May 2017 - 04:23 PM)

Part of me is screaming "no", and part of me says "It's just four bucks, hit it and hope for the best".

@  Steevy Maximus : (27 May 2017 - 04:09 PM)

Hmmm,...do I take the chance on a copy of Gundam Breaker 3 Break Edition for $4 from a China seller with zero feedback?

@  unluckiness : (27 May 2017 - 11:19 AM)

and collect cobwebs

@  Rycochet : (27 May 2017 - 11:06 AM)

Aside from getting stuck in bathtubs and getting eaten by family pets.

@  Bass X0 : (27 May 2017 - 10:10 AM)

Spider-Man toys don't do whatever a spider can either...

@  Pennpenn : (27 May 2017 - 04:38 AM)

Grax is only invisible when no one is looking at them. No idea what's wrong with your Xort.

@  Whirl Maximus : (27 May 2017 - 04:16 AM)

Titan Masters is filled with false advertising, Grax doesn't make any figure invisible and Xort doesn't do anything with gravity. Maybe they'll be in the Transformer toys of tomorrow which will be actual robots with AI.

@  Waspinator : (27 May 2017 - 02:19 AM)

So you can bite his shiny metal ass?

@  unluckiness : (27 May 2017 - 02:12 AM)

Any particular reason TLK Voyager Optimus has his ass painted silver?

@  Noideaforaname : (26 May 2017 - 09:58 PM)

Loki makes life interesting. "I HAVE A PLAN FOR GETTING BACK THOR'S HAMMER!! HE'LL NEED TO WEAR THIS WEDDING DRESS!"

@  Echowarrior : (26 May 2017 - 09:16 PM)

Thor was a great guy. Same as most of the Asgard. Loki was a jerk, though.

@  wonko the sane? : (26 May 2017 - 07:21 PM)

I think thor was just too smart to NOT call us stupid next to him.

@  Pennpenn : (26 May 2017 - 07:18 PM)

Six of one, half a dozen of the other?

@  wonko the sane? : (26 May 2017 - 07:17 PM)

I always interpreted that scene to mean that asgardians weren't capable of breaking down problems in the same way as humans.

@  Pennpenn : (26 May 2017 - 06:58 AM)

I mean, SG1 was a good show on balance. One of my favourite things was Thor admitting he found humans good to keep around because they so often came up with stupid ideas that nevertheless worked out.

@  Whirl Maximus : (26 May 2017 - 05:59 AM)

Those episodes were 1969 and 2010.

@  Whirl Maximus : (26 May 2017 - 05:59 AM)

Stargate sg1 was loosely based on the movie, it thrived on continuity it was impressive how old situations and solutions would come back in unexpected ways. Continuum had it's villain use the characters own solution in two previous episodes against them.

@  Pennpenn : (26 May 2017 - 05:39 AM)

And yeah, name is based on a part of my surname. Can't remember why I picked it. Lost to memories of the primordial early 2000s.

@  Pennpenn : (26 May 2017 - 05:37 AM)

Like how Abydos in the movie is in another galaxy on the far side of the universe, but Abydos in SG1 is the closest world to Earth (and that was the only reason the gate could still get there) and even getting to other galaxies was impossible with the normal gates.

@  Pennpenn : (26 May 2017 - 05:35 AM)

I was very tired when I said that, but what I meant was a lot of stuff that is in the original Stargate movie is contradicted a lot in Stargate SG1.

@  unluckiness : (26 May 2017 - 05:29 AM)

OBJECTION

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (26 May 2017 - 12:48 AM)

I remember a fanfic that had Swindle as Lawyer.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (25 May 2017 - 10:08 PM)

No, I am referring to before Beast Wars: Uprising. I swear Swindle was a lawyer in a story before "A Brush With Infamy".

@  Telly : (25 May 2017 - 09:47 PM)

i cant get the link to work for the life of me. just go to the wiki and type "a brush with infamy" in the search box and itll come up

@  Telly : (25 May 2017 - 09:40 PM)

grr. check the post above this one. stupid non working link and i cant delete shouts...

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (25 May 2017 - 09:25 PM)

I swear I've read the story but now I forget which one it is.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (25 May 2017 - 09:25 PM)

When has G1 Swindle been a lawyer before?

@  Rycochet : (25 May 2017 - 07:20 PM)

All I know about PennPenn is he's so good they named him twice.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (25 May 2017 - 07:02 PM)

Nope.. Pennpenn is actually a Prinny dood!

@  Foffy : (25 May 2017 - 06:47 PM)

I wonder if Pennpenn is related to Sean Penn.

@  Kalidor : (25 May 2017 - 04:31 PM)

PennPenn - What are you talking about?

@  wonko the sane? : (25 May 2017 - 02:13 PM)

It's the only way for wisconsin to build it's population.

@  Bass X0 : (25 May 2017 - 02:04 PM)

Wisconsin law: Whenever two trains meet at an intersection of said tracks, neither shall proceed until the other has.

@  Nevermore : (25 May 2017 - 11:58 AM)

Prequel creep?

@  Pennpenn : (25 May 2017 - 09:47 AM)

The prequel-creep from the original Stargate movie to SG1 is kinda funny.

@  Paladin : (25 May 2017 - 08:12 AM)

clickbaid browser hijacker explains everything?

@  Nevermore : (25 May 2017 - 07:29 AM)

Wow, this explains a lot! http://www.transfo


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#21 Mark Pellegrini

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Posted 30 September 2009 - 02:21 PM

Disregarding Bush's reason for dismissing her, the woman wrote some popular but mediocre kids books. She doesn't deserve every award on the ****ing planet.

I'm sure England will Knight her or make her a Commander of the British Empire like they do with most of their celebrities who make it big in the US. So what's one Presidential Medal of Freedom to her?

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Posted 30 September 2009 - 02:22 PM

Well, it'd be another few karats of gold to amount to... I have no idea how much gold. But hey. At least they didn't consider giving it to Meyer... Even though knowing Bush, he just might have thought about it.

And thanks. Just because iot's classic, doesn't mean it's "OMG THE BEST." There are some classics that stand the test of time, like Edgar Allen Poe. Harper Lee... Eh. TKaM just is a slightly- above-average book that was groundbreaking for it's time. Sure, it had some good parts "Joe Robison's trial, the racist getting killed, any time Boo Radley is involved), but... Eh. It just doesn't reel me in like Fahrenheit 451 or The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe did. I'm more of a sci-fi/fantasy guy when it comes to literature, and, when it comes to books in general, I like fact books about animals, dinosaurs, and space, along with collections of folklore.

Edited by Spin-Out!, 30 September 2009 - 02:25 PM.

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Posted 30 September 2009 - 02:24 PM

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The reason is, of course, totally insane. But I don't think she deserves a medal. She wrote...a good (but not great!) series of books? Woo?

She got an entire generation of children to read. While her stories aren't really noteworthy, the results are.

Twilight also gets people to read! Shudder.

Thing is, as Stephen King put it, J.K Rowling is a good writer, and Meyer... Well, we all chagrinning know how chagrinning bad she chagrinning is.

Also, chagrin.

My point is that 'getting people to read' is, alone, not enough. icon-waspy.gif


Getting people to read is the first step. Good or bad, if you can get someone to like to read then they will hopefillu expand their horizons eventually. Even if its just switching Twilight for Interview with a Vampire; its still a step up from where they where/

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Posted 30 September 2009 - 02:24 PM

I thought "To Kill A Mockingbird" was very interesting, even today.

You want mind-numbing boredom read "A Separate Peace."

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Posted 30 September 2009 - 02:31 PM

Eh, as with anything, it's all a matter of opinion.

Transformers is a brand that really has something for everyone. We are a darn lucky fandom.


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Posted 30 September 2009 - 02:41 PM

I think the trouble is you're usually forced at knifepoint to read literature in school. A lot of it is incredibly dry and mind-numbingly dull, despite some solid gems out there. I would never read Of Mice and Men for pleasure, but I am glad that I did read it, as it's still a solid tale told rather well.

It depends, really. I read for my own enjoyment, and I do read a lot of trashy pulp, although I like to think my tastes have improved (To be fair, it would have been hard for them to go downwards). That isn't to say I don't read something with a bit of heft (I'm forcing myself through The Iliad), but I prefer to read things I enjoy.
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Posted 30 September 2009 - 02:43 PM

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I thought "To Kill A Mockingbird" was very interesting, even today.

You want mind-numbing boredom read "A Separate Peace."



I couldn't be more in agreement with you on both counts.

Grapes of Wrath was also good.

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Posted 30 September 2009 - 02:49 PM

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I thought "To Kill A Mockingbird" was very interesting, even today.

You want mind-numbing boredom read "A Separate Peace."


I loved that book.

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Posted 30 September 2009 - 02:50 PM

Man, on any other forum, this would have degenerated into a flamewar by now. But not here on the 'Spark icon-fire.gif

Transformers is a brand that really has something for everyone. We are a darn lucky fandom.


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Posted 30 September 2009 - 02:56 PM

QUOTE(The Ambassador @ Sep 30 2009, 03:41 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think the trouble is you're usually forced at knifepoint to read literature in school. A lot of it is incredibly dry and mind-numbingly dull, despite some solid gems out there. I would never read Of Mice and Men for pleasure, but I am glad that I did read it, as it's still a solid tale told rather well.

Oh indeed, I loved that book, wouldn't have read it if it wasn't for school.

I also enjoyed Jules Verne's "Journey to the Center of the Earth".

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Posted 30 September 2009 - 02:58 PM

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Man, on any other forum, this would have degenerated into a flamewar by now. But not here on the 'Spark icon-fire.gif


Thatss what I love about this place. It's not just a messageboard or forum, its a real comuninity. We can have discussions over everything, and it tends to remain remarkably civil. Even when there are several posts talking about how they don't like somethgin, it almost never a slur against someone else. It just amazes me how remarkibly diffrent this place is to other places around the 'net.

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#32 Shadewing

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Posted 30 September 2009 - 03:00 PM

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QUOTE(The Ambassador @ Sep 30 2009, 03:41 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think the trouble is you're usually forced at knifepoint to read literature in school. A lot of it is incredibly dry and mind-numbingly dull, despite some solid gems out there. I would never read Of Mice and Men for pleasure, but I am glad that I did read it, as it's still a solid tale told rather well.

Oh indeed, I loved that book, wouldn't have read it if it wasn't for school.

I also enjoyed Jules Verne's "Journey to the Center of the Earth".


I third the love for 'Of Mice and Men', one of the few books I was glad to be 'forced' to read.

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Posted 30 September 2009 - 03:02 PM

I liked Of Mice And Men and To Kill A Mockingbird, but I still don't get why either is considered a must-read classic. Is there a specific criteria for this or something?

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Posted 30 September 2009 - 03:22 PM

Yeah, I think the Reads-Like-A-Badly-Written-Fanfic nature of the last two books disqualifies her for the Medal of WTF.

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Posted 30 September 2009 - 04:19 PM

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I think the trouble is you're usually forced at knifepoint to read literature in school. A lot of it is incredibly dry and mind-numbingly dull, despite some solid gems out there. I would never read Of Mice and Men for pleasure, but I am glad that I did read it, as it's still a solid tale told rather well.

Oh indeed, I loved that book, wouldn't have read it if it wasn't for school.

I also enjoyed Jules Verne's "Journey to the Center of the Earth".


I third the love for 'Of Mice and Men', one of the few books I was glad to be 'forced' to read.


Of Mice and Men is one of my favorite books of all time. It succeeds at everything Grapes of Wrath tried to do, and in a fraction of the pages.


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Posted 30 September 2009 - 04:28 PM

See, I was foced to read Fahrenheit 451 for school. And I loved it. I think Of Mice and Men may be one of the books required for English this year, so maybe I'll read that.

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Posted 30 September 2009 - 04:33 PM

I loved Fahrenheit 451, except for its non-ending. Sure, it was an ending for Montag's character arc, which was really the point of the whole thing, but for the world and narrative that had been established thus far, it felt a bit lacking in other regards. It was a season finale, not a series finale, if you were.

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Posted 30 September 2009 - 04:49 PM

I can't remember anything about that book except for the book burning guy getting chased by a robot dog.

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Posted 30 September 2009 - 05:03 PM

In regards to mandatory literature from high school, I detested the really dry stuff like the aforementioned "To Kill a Kockingbird", "Of Mice and Men" and so on. The stuff I really enjoyed were the more fantasy-oriented books, like "Beowulf" and "The Odyssey". We were supposed to read "Journey to the West" my senior year, but we ran out of time, so I read it on my own and thoroughly enjoyed it.

"Fahrenheit 451" and "1984" I recall reading but feeling mostly apathetic about. I actually don't remember them all that well. They were probably the most modern books they let us read in school. It really irritated me that we weren't permitted to read any modern literature, as if a book being written within the past three decades somehow makes it "bad". Would've loved to have read some Bradbury when I was in school...


Public school curiculum did ONE thing for me, though. I now and forever will have a seething hatred toward the works of William Shakespeare. Perhaps if we'd only read one or two of his plays, I might not hate him so much. But 11th grade literature curiculum in Fairfax County was "all Shakespeare, all the time". We read Romeo & Juliet, Taming of the Shrew, Julius Caesar, Macbeth and Hamlet among others! We spent that ENTIRE year reading nothing BUT Shakespeare.

And the cramming of the immortal bard down our throats didn't begin or end with the 11th grade. I recall in my 8th grade creative writing class, we only actually wrote two stories. So what'd we do during that class if we didn't write? We had to memorize Shakespearian sonnets and recite them. That's what we did. Every day. Instead of writing.

Then there's all the other Shakespeare stories I had to read during different years. I actually wound up reading Romeo & Juliet THREE times between middle school and high school!

And don't even get me started on the fact that the man wrote PLAYS that were meant to be WATCHED, not READ. BLAAAAAARRRGH!


I hate that guy. I hate his plays. If I go the rest of my life without reading anything he penned, it'll be too soon.

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Posted 30 September 2009 - 05:09 PM

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"Fahrenheit 451" ...Would've loved to have read some Bradbury when I was in school...


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