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Old 11-12-2011, 04:20 PM   #51
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I am geography nerd. When people talk about knowing someone or going to "Czechoslavakia", I rage.


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I'm half Czechoslovakian.


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However, you could never go to Czechoslovakia because it is no longer a country.
Somehow "Czech Republican" or "Slovakian" aren't as exciting to say.
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However, you could never go to Czechoslovakia because it is no longer a country.
:/ I thought this was common knowledge?
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That comic was stains and Big Bang Theory is poop from a butt (how anyone can get it up for Sheldon aka "Least Likable Character on Television" is beyond me).
Sheldon isn't meant to be likeable. He's meant to be an annoying know it all pain in the ass. I think he's a great character, and that a lot of people forget you have to have characters you don't like as people in a show. I love that show, it's one of my favourites.

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Anti-anything fans who are just as rabid as the fans are just as annoying. It's fine to dislike something, but when you get your hate-on over it, you're no better than those who defend it to the death. Get some damn perspective.
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Somehow "Czech Republican" or "Slovakian" aren't as exciting to say.
I see what you did there...
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I am geography nerd. When people talk about knowing someone or going to "Czechoslavakia", I rage.


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But since Czechoslovakia actually existed, wouldn't anyone that was from there prior to it being split in 1993 still technically be considered Czechoslovakian?
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I see what you did there...
Used a perfectly logical name for someone from the Czech Republic?
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Some of these are mine, some are answers to others:
  1. The nerd vs. geek dynamic. Nerds imply technical or intellectual prowess of a potentially obsessive, esoteric or exclusive nature. Geeks mirror similar nerd tendencies but lack most of the social or interpersonal skills to "fit in". You can be a chimera and be a nerdy geek or a geeky nerd, but most straight-up geeks need to either be schooled in the finer arts of tact, subtlety and non-verbal interpretation, receive medication to turn their Asperger's down from 11, or be piled into a rocket and shot into the Sun.
  2. People who anally rape Latin sayings and terminology. I've never taken Latin in school but you sort of minor in it as a scientist, and if you study language etymology you find a lot of interesting aspects. If you use i.e. when it's supposed to be e.g., you will be shot. If you think "QED" and "non-sequitur" are phrases you can toss around casually without having any idea of what their real meaning and context are, you will be shot. If you choose to argue logic on the Internet or in person, if you repeatedly confuse an argumentum ad hominem with a post hoc ergo propter hoc logical fallacy, you will be shot.
  3. Comics - Dear J.G. Jones, I realize your fetish for drawing characters to resemble famous celebrities or actors, but please, fucking enough already. I get the reason you used Eminem's likeness in Wanted, and used Jason Priestly in some of the Amazing Spider-Man books but go back and make something original. I really don't need to see Tori Spelling as the face of Poison Ivy, thankyouverymuch (although I wouldn't turn a blind eye if you sqozed her in as Granny Goodness). My other beef with comics are these endless reboots, but that would require enough volumes to fill a wing of the Smithsonian, so I won't engage that here...
  4. People who obsess over anime as if the Japanese are the only culture that came up with truly innovative and creative comics, science fiction and martial arts stories. I don't knock the genre, and I find a lot of it intriguing, but some of you need to stop looking down your nose at anything NOT anime as if it's less than hammered dog shit. I do realize American cinema has pretty much stolen 95% of their good film ideas from Japanese concepts and films, but we're a simple people with simple pleasures and short attention spans. Let us have our Matrix without threadshitting all over it on every online forum on the globe.
  5. People who don't get obvious Star Wars jokes. OK folks, the first movie came out in 1977. It's pretty much a staple of cinema and pop culture WORLDWIDE, and they practically fucking shipped the film out like they were mailing samples of Tide. If I go to a work casual function full of science types wearing this:

    and you gave me a look like it was a 3,000-year-old picture written in Sanskrit, get the FUCK out. You know what a Jedi Mind Trick is but you don't know the dialogue that propagated the term? Go get your fucking shinebox and get off my goddamn planet!
  6. In a similar vein, what's with all the George Lucas hate? Dude made the first three films with very little if any filming input beyond the first three and they were excellent. You just knew if he was going to go all OCD over the prequels they were going to suck. Absolute power corrupts absolutely, and by the time Episode 1 pre-production rolled around, no one even coughed in respose to the dialog he wrote that made the screenplay for Backdoor Sluts 9 look like an Oscar contender by comparison. Accept that even artists get old and lose their touch, then move along to something like the new animated Clone Wars series that doesn't suck like a proverbial black hole.
  7. Nerd chic. While I do appreciate the fact that it's now become cool to be nerdy, what took so long? I mean, it's not like the nerds were helping the cool kids or the cute girls fix their computers or work on term papers just in the last ten years or so. Everything on the Internet now which everyone finds so cool originated in some virginal, Sweet-Tart addicted dweeb back in the 70s and 80s. In the beginning there was Star Trek and porn, and the Net was without form in the void. From there we derived the Information Superhighway, so don't think it was all enlightened intellectuals driving the bus. I mean, look Stacey, I realize how awesome you think your iPhone is now, and you're glad I was able to repair your laptop over Yahoo chat after you got that virus, but where was your "nerd love" back in college when I was showing you how to program your homework in dBase III whilst trying not to become overly distracted by your expansive cleavage and wonderful perfume (and your complete obliviousness to my serious case of the not-gays)? I know where your nerd love was: Buried behind your left ear like a used piece of bubble gum while Kyle the Human Kielbasa banged you all night and never went down on you ONCE (which you oh so wonderfully pooh-poohed about to me the next night when I asked what was wrong during study group; that twitch you saw in my face was the pain of your words lancing my heart like a Ginsu knife)! Fuck you and your post-modern nerd attraction you superficial waste of a zygote!
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I nerd rage over the religious/scientific ways of thought. I mean even if I achieve a perfect mind/body/spirit balance and live forever..I'm still stuck on a effing planet that will blow up when the sun goes supernova. So if my God/Goddess/or whatever doesn't give me the vision to get off this planet after all these centuries or if I figure out a way and get shanked right before I do it..it really makes me wonder what the eff is the real deal. Then I watch movies like Groundhog Day and figure..I might as well make the best of it.
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First thing's first...I gotta give most props to savethemurlocs11 as everything she's said in this thread has been the gospel truth. That comic was stains and Big Bang Theory is poop from a butt (how anyone can get it up for Sheldon aka "Least Likable Character on Television" is beyond me).
The Big Bang Theory TV show is simply nerd blackface. Nothing more.

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Sheldon isn't meant to be likeable. He's meant to be an annoying know it all pain in the ass. I think he's a great character, and that a lot of people forget you have to have characters you don't like as people in a show. I love that show, it's one of my favourites.

Anti-anything fans who are just as rabid as the fans are just as annoying. It's fine to dislike something, but when you get your hate-on over it, you're no better than those who defend it to the death. Get some damn perspective.
But if we can't be anti-something, the Internet will wink out of existence like a thought in Kim Kardashian's brain. Our dislike has a voice that must be heard, especially when someone is wrong online!
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But since Czechoslovakia actually existed, wouldn't anyone that was from there prior to it being split in 1993 still technically be considered Czechoslovakian?
Depending on region and lineage one could be either Bohemian, Czech, or Slovak.
Czechoslovakia as a country was made into being after the dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Empire after WWI.
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Sheldon isn't meant to be likeable. He's meant to be an annoying know it all pain in the ass. I think he's a great character, and that a lot of people forget you have to have characters you don't like as people in a show. I love that show, it's one of my favourites.
Oh, I'm well aware of how character dynamics work in television. If Sheldon were a secondary character then he'd be fine for me...but he isn't, he's both the main character and the character that receives the best writing in the show. What that amounts to is a ton of screen time devoted to an unlikable prick who has (from what I've seen of various seasons of the show) little character development. He started as a prick, is still a prick, and dominates the show with his screen time - in short, as a character he isn't for me.

Also Penny is completely unlikable too. That whole show just grinds my gears, but everyone's entitled to their own preferences.
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Ever so sorry for the double-post, but I just saw this:

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In a similar vein, what's with all the George Lucas hate? Dude made the first three films with very little if any filming input beyond the first three and they were excellent. You just knew if he was going to go all OCD over the prequels they were going to suck. Absolute power corrupts absolutely, and by the time Episode 1 pre-production rolled around, no one even coughed in respose to the dialog he wrote that made the screenplay for Backdoor Sluts 9 look like an Oscar contender by comparison. Accept that even artists get old and lose their touch, then move along to something like the new animated Clone Wars series that doesn't suck like a proverbial black hole.
George Lucas is a monster, and it has very little to do with Episodes I-III, although those films are, in fact, inexcusable for many reasons. It has more to do with what he's gone and done with IV-VI. Now I'm aware that he's the creator of the universe, and the argument that he can play with his toys however he wants etc., but while I understand where people are coming from when they defend him in this way that doesn't mean I have to agree with it. In fact, I don't even buy it.

You see, while George is responsible for creating Star Wars, it has long since gotten away from him. It has a life of its own, and whether he likes it or not it is his legacy to the world. But more than that it has had a significant impact on the childhoods of at least two generations. Now, if he was treating this legacy of his with dignity and leaving it alone like a sane person would I'd have no beef with the guy. Or if he were going back and simply making what he had already committed to film look better (as in HD up-rezzing, and sure even adding better effect to lightsabers/explosions and such) I'd be cool with it too. But he hasn't been...he's been ret-conning what is essentially every child's introduction to science fiction as a genre. Greedo shooting first fundamentally changes who Han Solo is at the beginning of that saga - a change that most people would agree is for the worse. And adding in Hayden Christensen in as helmet-less Vader/Anakin's force-ghost? Yeeeesh.

But I think the worst part of Lucas is the fact that he keeps making films. And instead of doing something new, something people can't bitch about because they don't have nostalgic ties to, he keeps going back to his old wells and churning out turds. He's like the worlds worst alchemist - all he can do now is turn your childhood favorites into shit. Look at the awful (awful) things he did to poor Indiana Jones. Even Speilberg said the crux of that movie was poodoo. I just want the guy to explore new stories and stay away from the stuff I grew up on.

(Also when you say "new animated Clone Wars" I really hope you mean Genddy Tartakovsky's joint and not the new CGI one...because unless I'm mistaken they're bringing Darth Maul back for the CGI one and that is probably the stupidest Star Wars related thing I could imagine for a post-episode-I world)
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I HIGHLY disagree that he's the main character. I consider it either split billing, or Leonard as the main character. I think especially from seasons 3 - present that they've given each character their own major arcs. I don't think he gets the best writing either. I personally think Leonard's sarcasm is the best thing in the show.


I also love that "nerd blackface" is a fucking buzzword now because nerds who can't take a joke decided to get all offended.
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George Lucas is a monster, and it has very little to do with Episodes I-III, although those films are, in fact, inexcusable for many reasons. It has more to do with what he's gone and done with IV-VI. Now I'm aware that he's the creator of the universe, and the argument that he can play with his toys however he wants etc., but while I understand where people are coming from when they defend him in this way that doesn't mean I have to agree with it. In fact, I don't even buy it.
In many ways I equate George Lucas with Steve Jobs - an artistic "type" but someone who is not talented enough to create it all ex nihilo, and certainly too obsessive-compulsive to ever treat it properly and be done with it. This is not to say Jobs or Lucas were untalented, Jobs was a phenomenal businessman and a predictor of cultural desires, but when you have a guy who calls someone at Google during church to complain about how wrong the tone of the yellow "O" in the Google logo renders on the iPhone, this is clearly someone who has lost partial touch with reality. Lucas was known from day 1 of the original trilogy to be a horrible writer and was not an "actor's director". He would never have been able to garner the performances in Empire the way Kirshner did. He was first and foremost an idea man, someone who surrounded himself with (initially) innovators and geniuses who gave life to those ideas, and later with sycophants and producer hucksters too afraid of his power in the business and too greedy to say boo.

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You see, while George is responsible for creating Star Wars, it has long since gotten away from him. It has a life of its own, and whether he likes it or not it is his legacy to the world. But more than that it has had a significant impact on the childhoods of at least two generations. Now, if he was treating this legacy of his with dignity and leaving it alone like a sane person would I'd have no beef with the guy. Or if he were going back and simply making what he had already committed to film look better (as in HD up-rezzing, and sure even adding better effect to lightsabers/explosions and such) I'd be cool with it too. But he hasn't been...he's been ret-conning what is essentially every child's introduction to science fiction as a genre. Greedo shooting first fundamentally changes who Han Solo is at the beginning of that saga - a change that most people would agree is for the worse. And adding in Hayden Christensen in as helmet-less Vader/Anakin's force-ghost? Yeeeesh.
Artists have always been known to go back and edit their work, and Lucas is showing he can do just that only in a terrible, uncreative, slipshod fashion. If Da Vinci had the same audience as Lucas, I am sure his fans would have been outraged at his modifications to some of his earlier works.

Don't get me wrong, I AGREE with you on what he's done, and why all of the modifications were completely unnecessary, but Spielberg has shown he can do the same thing - he ruined ET to make it somehow less violent? Not a single shot was fired in the original film but yet he digitally edited out the guns?

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But I think the worst part of Lucas is the fact that he keeps making films. And instead of doing something new, something people can't bitch about because they don't have nostalgic ties to, he keeps going back to his old wells and churning out turds. He's like the worlds worst alchemist - all he can do now is turn your childhood favorites into shit. Look at the awful (awful) things he did to poor Indiana Jones. Even Speilberg said the crux of that movie was poodoo. I just want the guy to explore new stories and stay away from the stuff I grew up on.
Again, the measure of any artist lies often in their continual creativity. Lucas peaked in 1984 and was never to return to his earlier glory. The new movies show that, the storylines and the desire to go back and use technology to somehow improve it also show that. I would also say look at Kevin Smith - for almost 20 years he hasn't stepped out of the shadow of his original Jersey "Askewniverse," constantly revisiting and monopolizing characters who don't really develop, but still keep him employed and theaters filled with rapt audiences.

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(Also when you say "new animated Clone Wars" I really hope you mean Genddy Tartakovsky's joint and not the new CGI one...because unless I'm mistaken they're bringing Darth Maul back for the CGI one and that is probably the stupidest Star Wars related thing I could imagine for a post-episode-I world)
I meant both Clone Wars series. Tartakovsky's was excellent, but (in my opinion) the animation, voice acting and cinematography were a fundamentally different experience. It was like seeing Spider-Man through the eyes of someone who didn't understand or know American culture. Whoever wrote the character of Grievous for the third film thoroughly ruined the incredibly kick-ass character he was in the animated mini-series; it's sort of like how Trek handled the Borg - they were initially these soul-less automatons that rolled over everything in their path, but when you pull back the curtain in later episodes, they were just victims of a Wizard "Queen" who wouldn't let them have a heart or a brain.

As for the new Clone Wars series, I like more of the backstory, not necessarily the entire storyLINE. Grievous is just a huge cybernetic pussy in this one, and it's one-part drama, two parts Three-Stooges antics (with the robot army) and 1 part legacy to the original history of the milieu.

I do get the hate, really. I just don't linger on it because at the end of the day, the voices of a million nerds suddenly crying out in terror and outrage will be suddenly silenced by the noise of the blender George uses to create his energy drink, which he makes with fresh spinach, orphan tears and ground up $100 bills. He doesn't care. Nobody cares.
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I also love that "nerd blackface" is a fucking buzzword now because nerds who can't take a joke decided to get all offended.
Go watch a dozen episodes of Amos and Andy or some of Jolson's comedy, and while the impact of the new buzzword should in no way diminish the impact of the original term, the underlying tone of the new series is identical to the older ones.

If you were an outed nerd in any TV series circa 1980-2000, you had to either be a gifted criminologist, a secret agent or an alien. Seeing nerds do nerd stuff and engage in day-to-day nerd humor went over like a lead balloon until it became "cool".
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"Used a perfectly logical name for someone from the Czech Republic? "
I was thinking just Czech-itself should suffice?

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I was totally in smartass mode. Alas, it didn't land.

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Oh, but the dub of SHin-Chan is arguable the best dub ever XD
It's because they took much of the essence of the show and rewrote things while trying to keep to the spirit... and just throw in a ton of awfully great jokes.

Penny's dad and Maso being my favorites.
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It's because they took much of the essence of the show and rewrote things while trying to keep to the spirit... and just throw in a ton of awfully great jokes.

Penny's dad and Maso being my favorites.
See, Georgie's character has me ROLLING! XD
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See, Georgie's character has me ROLLING! XD
I like Georgie being made into a Neo-Con. Hell, I like the entire show.
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"The signal to butthurt ratio in this thread is getting worse."
Did you mean "single" instead of "signal?"
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