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  1. Chris, you are 100% right about the Hammond narration. It slew me as an eleven-year-old and it hasn't lost any of its power since. The reason that Minnie Driver's character responds to Hammond sometimes is that the quotes are from Hammond's autobiography, which had been published recently and which Driver's character was reading prior to the plane crash... or something like that.
  2. I had a generally nice but uncritical dude at my work practically fight to the death for the honor of Passengers on the basis that it wasn't so terrible that it burned down his house and killed his cat. I have no idea why some people are sometimes willing to stake their claim on the right for movies to be boring and shitty without criticism.
  3. If you're interested in making cocktails at home but don't have a big budget for it, it's easier than you think to shop around for cheap versions of fancy liqueurs. Not knockoffs, not really, but less storied competitors to the "great" labels out there. For instance, a bottle of green Chartreuse costs at least $60, but Dolin Genepy des Alpes is quite similar (a little less bitter and vegetal) is less than $30. Even with more affordable aperitivi like Campari and Aperol, Luxardo makes Luxardo Bitters and Luxardo Apertivo that are five or six bucks cheaper and just as good. The best part is that—unless they're wine-based like Cocchi, Dubonnet, or vermouth—these liqueurs functionally last forever, with only a little crystallization, and make any liquor into a cocktail with a splash of soda and lime or lemon juice.
  4. I've heard this a lot, but I think it's really a way for Rothfuss to have his Mary Sue cake and eat it, too. When I really and truly lost patience with the series was Felurian.
  5. That's incredibly apt and true. Also, especially towards the eleventh century and onward, the general sense of history and human progress was the opposite of our modern positivism: things were better in the past, closer to the state of grace in Eden, and moral decay was seen as more significant than technological advancement. And, FYI, a petard is a small explosive charge set within a conical or rectangular plate of metal, used to breach walls or gates. You get hoisted with your own petard because it goes off prematurely and the blast flings your body in the air: in Shakespeare's time, whence the saying comes, the emphasis of "hoist" was on the direction of the motion and not the means.
  6. The funny thing about the medieval mind (and the mind of the average human in general) is that they'd be much more likely to be impressed by the aspects of modern life that fit within their frame of reference: you wear purple, you have spices and perfumes freely available for use, you eat meat with every meal, you bathe more than once a week. By those standards, even members of the working class today live like minor nobility. A small box that shows strange pictures and plays music in foreign tongues? The tinker the next village over has one that does the same, albeit not nearly so small or so fine. They'd lack the context to appreciate what a colossal feat a smartphone is, at least insofar as what distinguishes it from the talking heads and levitating thrones that already littered the fictive landscape of the Middle Ages.
  7. I am wildly excited for Annihilation. The director and the cast seem like such a great match. My only reservation is that Garland says that he wrote the ending without having read the other two books in the trilogy, although I've heard buzz that the endings end up broadly similar anyway.
  8. If it helps, I went through a period in my twenties where I got panic attacks on planes and sometimes in cars, and it wasn't specifically a fear of either. It was a psychosomatic response to specific sensory input, something about the vibration when landing a plane or when suddenly braking a car that triggered it. I never understood it fully and it went away just a few years ago without any further treatment.
  9. In the symbology of Japanese game shows, at least, O and X correspond to "correct" and "wrong," so it certainly doesn't seem apocryphal to me.
  10. Hey! My friends and I were really into it, circa 2003-2004, but they started adding a lot of pay-to-play elements and we all fell off. It was pretty much a successor to Worms in my gaming diet, at the time.
  11. Apparently, it was intentional. The American licensees knew that it was an unremarkable shmup in a market glutted with them and, since they only had control over the packaging and marketing, decided to make those as unique and ridiculous as possible. My favorite repository of bad NES, Genesis, and SNES box art, usually driven by American licensees not knowing what a game was about or knowing and trying to hide it because it was too Japanese, is an old gallery put together by Todd Ciolek, a former 1-Up and ANN writer. My favorite is, of course, Tagin' Dragon, but there's also a heavily airbrushed "street brawl" cover for a Streets of Rage knockoff called Streetsmart:
  12. Man, the first fifteen minutes are packed full of vintage Idle Thumbs bits: Python-esque musical interludes over ranting, a Boost Bindburn, Twilight Princess guy, Chris being baffled Remo-style... It must be the Far Cry 2-ness of Breath of the Wild causing the throwback, but I love it!
  13. Tom Chick gave it a very positive review: http://www.quartertothree.com/fp/2016/03/28/38636/
  14. Yeah, I feel the same. I didn't pick up the Orange Box until a couple of years later, and all of my time with Team Fortress Classic just made me feel revolted by the "evolved" experience of TF2.