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  1. How I'd describe Important if True: science inspired improv comedy.
  2. The Asian Film Thread

    A lot of great stuff has been covered! All Japanese: One of my favorite Kurosawa movies, not yet mentioned is Red Beard. I'll second High & Low as well. Basically everything he ever made is worth the watch. Tetso the Iron Man: landmark Cronenbergian body horror movie The punk films of Sogo Ishii. Two cool ones are: Burst City - kind of post apocalyptic, low plot, Warriors vibe. Exceptional footage of 1982 Tokyo punk/hardcore bands especially THE STALIN featuring the original brick throwing madmen. Electric Dragon 80,000V - 2001 movie starring Tadanobo Asana (Kikihara in Ichi the Killer). Kind of like a Godzilla or comic book movie of two electric throwing dudes having a showdown. Ishii & Asano also made a cool blown apart garagey punk band March 1.67 to support the movie.
  3. Important If True 46: Cut Your Hair

    Wax Houses of Baby: I've got a lot of records, and in the last few years there has been an increasing focus on reissuing unearthed obscurities, and I've started suspecting much of it is fake. There are a few notable instances of this. Tax Scam Records: For a short window in the late 70s a loophole let labels write off unsold inventory. A bunch of record labels sprung up and generated these extensive catalogs, 10 of labels with hundreds of "releases". They would print up inventory lists, then press SOMETHING (or in some cases not at all? not all have been discovered). They'd only a handful of copies and send them to distributors as samples. Aspiring bands would release multiple records under different names, they would just press bootlegs or unfinished records. Sometimes the artists didn't know. The most notorious is Tiger Lily records, connected to the Genovese crime family. One of their best releases is Stonewall, psych/hard rock: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6h6NehjFvds It's been repressed a few times in recent years, but in the insanely unlikely case you ever stumble across a battered old copy, grab it. There are less than 10 known copies and the only one that was sold went for 5k. There is also a Richard Pryor record on Tiger Lily which was pressed in a regular quantities. If you liked the TV show Fringe (side note: stats pretty bad, gets excellent, ends pretty well), one of the main characters is a drug addled scientist who does a lot of hallucinogens and occasionally references his favorite psychedelic record by a band called Velvet Sedan Chair. Long story short, the producers actually made a VSC lp, and hid them randomly in record stores. To my knowledge there have been about 5 copies located and none have hit the open market in the last 5 years or so. I desperately want one: https://www.discogs.com/Violet-Sedan-Chair-Seven-Suns/release/2847380 In the world of punk scum there was a long running compilation series called Killed by Death. They exclusively comped songs by increasingly impossibly obscure US bands from the 77-79. This in many cases was done by people to boost the value of something they discovered in an effort to flip their cornered inventory. Of course, by the 11th release it was entirely made up bands: https://www.discogs.com/The-Frothy-Shakes-Killed-By-Death-11/release/2690201
  4. Important If True 45: Wax House, Baby

    If there is ever a Thumbscon I hope Cool Nick Breckon is a popular cosplay.
  5. Is Steam (Valve) Good? If not, what then?

    to piggieback on what Applesin is saying, the only chance for "positive migration" (people leaving for something better, as opposed to fleeing something bad) would be something like GoG making their games 1st party platform only (although I don't think that did great things for EA). Reducing the platform cut doesn't get the developers more money if the potential audience is smaller. Steam has 125 million accounts. Witcher 3 sold 700k on GoG, which was the largest marketplace for the game. If that is only 10% of GoG's users (which has to be very low) then they have at most, half the audience of Steam.
  6. Is Steam (Valve) Good? If not, what then?

    I'm genuinely baffled by the utter lack of quality control on Steam. I have trouble understanding what it gets Valve to have a $2 asset flip with junkyard typography? Ok, they're arbitraging some value in trading cards, but like can that be that much real money? I'm always pleasantly surprised by GoG. They seem to maintain a nice selection of not-junk while being open to smallish games, I like the way they sort virtual boxes, and not being able to buy Assassins Creeds doesn't personally affect me. The forums can be a little janky, in that they're not exactly moderated but it's not the same sewer as Steam.
  7. has nobody tried a modern, ironic take on the john romero ad? also, i bet "video game designer" would actually be a very useful skill in some kind of robot war for the fate of the earth? we'd probably need to abstract the battlefields, or use clever software to befuddle the enemy.
  8. So I'm not sure if i just skipped a part of this cast, or just am forgetting an older story, but Nick says something about "like the time I knocked over the Krispy Kreme" sign. Is this part of the greater Thumbs ARGverse?
  9. For the exercise inclined, I think this is one of my favorite on the web: http://www.exrx.net/Lists/Directory.html GIFs detailing good form, and hard to understand medical explanation of anything you might want. They have guides to any type of routine you might want. I've only ever really done 3 Day Splits (this version: Chest/Triceps, Back/Biceps, Shoulders/Legs).
  10. Movie/TV recommendations

    Oh man, we just finished American Vandal, and it is exceptionally good. Funny, tragic, and impeccably built and acted. I love the way it turns in on itself.
  11. Important If True 32: A Wish Upon a Star

    in the interest of nick being full of it all the time i think the jury is way out on stretching, and i believe the consensus is that if you're just lifting weights it does more harm than good.
  12. And Abyss Odyssey, which is like outsider metroidvania. I think it was discussed on Thumbs, maybe Danielle era? I dig their games, because of their rough edges, as much as in spite of. They're also based in Chile, so a little off the front lines of software development.
  13. Movie/TV recommendations

    Oh man, thanks! I wish I had picked up R100 in time. That looks right on too.
  14. Stargate

    Oh man, I love Stargate! (not Atlantis so much though) There is a remarkable amount of gas in the SG1 tank for a show that went on for like 10 years, and managed to get stronger in its last years after RDA burnt out. I also really liked Dark Matter. I haven't seen Travelers on Netflix yet. I also am ambivalent to the movie, or maybe hostile because Roland Emmerich is kind of a hacky bummer. Has anybody plunked down the All Access money? Are they widescreen episodes, which I think you get on the DVDs or the old TV 3:4s that are on Hulu?
  15. I just started this episode but one tiny aside that stuck with me. Chris started by mentioning the unresolved stories, etc. A weird one for me is how Nadine DOES resolve hers. She shoveled her way out of the shit, and is living a fulfilling life and lets Ed/Norma live theirs, which is just kind of funny until you view it through the whole season and how the opposite turned out for the Coopers. How the obsession unwinds their lives.