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  1. Ah, that stings even worse. Those 60s Martins are the sh*t from what I hear. I will go full A-Team and track it down for you. And there's only like a 40 percent chance I will accidentally destroy it in an explosion.
  2. That's actually pretty interesting; I was not aware of the history with First Act stuff. I guess the quality craftsmanship versus mass production angle is a huge decision for guitar companies (and a lot of companies in general) and affects their brand recognition forever. There's immediate profit in getting your product out there to as many new guitar players as you can on the largest scale possible, but the people who stick with it and become lifelong musicians will move on to another brand once they get a bit of experience and realize what else is available. First Act is now the Natural Light of guitars, for better or worse. Cheers.
  3. I'm kind of curious about this, being from the flat-ass plains of the Midwest and frightened at any incline above 20 degrees or so: I've read stories about people hiking the entire length of the Appalachian Trail, and then looked at their accompanying before/after pictures. It's like the mountains suck them away in a hazy meth cloud before depositing them, bewildered, back into society. Is this real? Is this a thing? If so I will be creating a weight-loss program called "Hike the Appalachian F*cking Trail And That's It." Check it out on QVC. I need our resident mountaineer @RutgersJetFan to weigh in here as well.
  4. I was not aware of this project, but after looking around a bit I found some info. It's apparently not a "remake" (hopefully the idiot Hollywood types have learned their proverbial lesson after Overboard, Point Break, Arthur, Robocop, Judge Dredd, and about four hundred others. Obviously not counting on it, though) but a "sequel." “There’s a lot of things going on with [Big Trouble in Little China]. We are in the process of developing that, and let me tell you, the idea is not to actually remake Big Trouble in Little China. You can’t remake a classic like that, so what we’re planning to do is we’re going to continue the story. We’re going to continue the universe of Big Trouble in Little China. Everything that happened in the original exists and is standalone and I think there’s only one person that could ever play Jack Burton, so Dwayne would never try and play that character. So we are just having a lot of fun. We’re actually in a really great space with the story that we’ve cracked. But yeah, no remake. It is a continuation, and we are deep into development on that as well, and I think you’ll start hearing some things about that probably soon.” Not that any of the pre-release rhetoric matters, but I will check it out if they at least attempt to respect the source material and not sh*t directly in the faces of the people who enjoyed the first movie.
  5. Ugh. Just reading that bums me out. I've had exes threaten to smash my guitars, and a handful have used them for their own personal clothing racks, but I've been fortunate in the bitter girlfriend category when it comes to my music stuff. My wife would never mess with any of my guitars out of spite. If she got that angry, she'd walk right past them and take a rusty machete to my penis while I was sleeping. I'm not sure which option is more favorable... probably not the penis one. Better in the long run to get the Martin-stealer out of your life but it's still a tough pill to swallow. That guitar would probably be worth a couple grand today and sound awesome. Not to bring up bad memories, but do you remember what model it was?
  6. Ah, good times. One of my first memories is of playing Atari at my neighbor's house. Berzerk is one that sticks out in my mind as being a favorite of mini-Bombdirt. I can still beat my kids at just about any video game (Fortnite included, but they don't even play that one. They'd rather dick around on Minecraft or Roblox) and I take pride in that. I always tell my children that daddy will be better than them and all their classmates at every game or sport forever, and they just roll their eyes and say, "Okay whatever dad. By the way the Jets suck." Having daughters is fun emotionally. Also, if anyone feels like messing around on Fortnite my screen name on there is Bombdirt as well. Realistically I'm just an average player but I'm always down to help people with Battle Stars and all that crap.
  7. Aaaaaaah thank you! I knew there was another upcoming major release I was looking forward to playing. Holy crap, how could I forget about Fallout 76? I guess my brain isn't working right in my old age. That's another game that's going to eat up a couple months of my free time. I'd better tell my family and friends that they won't be seeing much of me until spring, unless they want to come visit me on the couch.
  8. Yeah, I don't think I'll be going outside for the next several months. The new Tomb Raider comes out in two weeks, and though I haven't been super-impressed with the feel of the reboot games (if I wanted to play Uncharted, I would just play Uncharted), I am a Lara Croft fanboy and must behave as such. Then in October comes Red Dead Redemption 2. I had a lot of fun with the last one and will definitely be picking up the new installment. Come January I will likely move on to the Resident Evil 2 remake, which looks really cool. Yeah, I'm that douche who plays every Resident Evil title they put out. I love the franchise. I know there are some more upcoming releases that I plan on picking up which I'm forgetting, but those are the big three for me off the top of my head. I'll be coming into this thread to nerd out on each one.
  9. This is what Mass Effect: Andromeda should have looked like. I will definitely check out this game.
  10. You don't want that thing lying around your house if you don't like it. It's like... a fire hazard or something. You should give it to me. I'm not a great player by any means, but I feel like I sound a lot better when I try out expensive gear. I still suck and everything, but it's a more pleasant-sounding suck. I have zero experience with those parlor-sized guitars, but I've tried a few Dean acoustics in my day and never had a bad time with one. And I'm kind of a Martin homer, so I would also say you can't go wrong with anything from them. Also I'm in agreement with you guys that hitting the acoustic room at GC (or whatever shop is close to you) is the best way to figure things out when you're looking for a new guitar. I could spend all day messing with the acoustics at Guitar Center. It's almost as fun as annoying the staff with a few ear-splitting "May I Help You" riffs on the main floor.
  11. Yeah, that makes sense. And that would work if not for Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Shia jumped in with his "I don't play by society's rules" character and just came off as a total f*ckhead. I mean, I like Shia as an actor in a handful of movies but this "tough guy" role (and entire film) was a derivative disaster of mind-boggling proportions. They weren't even trying to mask the fact that they were blatantly ripping off another movie to visually establish Shia's character's personality with the least effort possible. I think we should distance ourselves from Shia's bulls*t half-assed Brando impression in the last movie and make Short Round a bit more relatable. (I say this like you and I are actually cowriting the script--which maybe we should. Realistically we would probably do a better job than a pro with no regard for the source material.) In my thinking, Short Round had all those cool adventures and a dramatic life when he was young but then settled into the proverbial rat race and forgot who he was. His character's initial motivation would be to "find himself" and recapture some of that former glory by hooking up with Indy again. As the movie progresses he rediscovers his inner badass. Bam. Character development. They give Oscars just for having that these days. That's how they do it in Hollywood. (Well, they snort a bunch of coke first, but you get the idea.)
  12. The more I think about this idea (yes, I spend time thinking about stuff like this instead of using my powers for good), the more I like it. I'll type out a rough synopsis of what I've been mentally kicking around the past couple of days and see what you think. It's similar to yours in many ways, which makes me think that this is the obvious direction the franchise should go. Short Round is now right around 30; he became an amateur historian/archaeologist like his mentor Dr. Jones but works some crap office job to pay the bills--so he's got a healthy need for some good old fashioned adventurin' like he used to do with Indy. Short Round goes to visit Indy in the States, but when he arrives Indy has gone missing. After a surprise meeting with Marion and some background explainery from her, he discovers Indy had been working on finding [INSERT MACGUFFIN HERE], and [MACGUFFIN] happens to be related to an area of Short Round's expertise. (There are a TON of great Eastern Asian historical storylines they could go with here.) Short Round picks up the trail, which introduces us to the Bad Guys (some relation to the Lao Che crime syndicate from Temple of Doom), and eventually arrives in Shanghai where he tracks down Indy. The two of them find [MACGUFFIN] after some action sequences (believable ones that take into consideration that Indy is f*cking 70 years old) and save the proverbial day. At the end Indy buys a new hat and offers Short Round his fedora, but Short Round puts on a Yankees cap instead. (And I know the "missing mentor" trope is played out in movies as a plot device, but if you're going to cast Harrison Ford and introduce Short Round as the main character it works for motivation.) In this film Short Round starts out as kind of an awkward pussy when it comes to fighting since he's basically just an office drone but he gets more proficient as the Bad Guys come after him. Maybe he picks up a whip at some point and hilarity ensues. And no karate. A younger John Cho-type would be perfect for the Short Round role. And I don't like saying the phrase "John Cho-type" because there are a million great Asian actors who could fit the bill, but I reference him because most people are familiar with Cho's work and he's got that everyman likability the role would require.
  13. Have you heard this song? You'd probably enjoy it. The music doesn't start until almost a minute into this video, but it's a fun song worth a listen. On a personal note, I used to think the prequels sucked, but then I suffered through the cinematic abortions that were The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. Consequently, I owe Jar-Jar Binks and Hayden Christensen a HUGE apology. I'd rather watch Episodes I-III a hundred times than have to sit through Mary Sue mastering the Force in 15 seconds and a dull, jaded Luke Skywalker drinking fresh-squeezed CGI alien titty milk.
  14. I think it's because it takes too much work and resources to raise the movie-going public's awareness on a new project no one is familiar with and get people interested in going to see it. If you do a reboot/remake of an existing franchise you immediately have that brand recognition and people get an idea of what to expect from the title of the film alone. It streamlines the marketing process to its simplest form. I'm with you though. I guarantee there are a thousand undeveloped scripts floating around Hollywood right now that would make great films. Unfortunately most of them will never make it to the screen.
  15. I don't know if you've seen the "South Park" episode where they not-so-metaphorically explored the effect that Kingdom of the Crystal Skull had on Indiana Jones fans, but it pretty much sums up my disdain for that fourth film more so than I could ever hope to express on my own. That said, I love Indiana Jones. I grew up on Indiana Jones. I used to think that Temple of Doom was a weak film. Not anymore. I walked out of Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. I saw it in the theatre, my enthusiasm waned from the opening CGI groundhog Jar-Jar-Binksian intro, and later when the "inter-dimensional beings" poisoned the screen I walked out. I had never walked out of a movie before, but I walked out of that one. Now Temple of Doom is Citizen Kane. Short Round is a great character and I'd much rather see him take the proverbial fedora than some forced and awkward Wild One clone who is far more douchebag than he is Brando. Love the idea.
  16. I wouldn't mind having those retro consoles; haven't picked one up yet partly because I'm kind of pissed at Nintendo for only making like five of them when they first came out. I would think a company that big and experienced would anticipate demand and actually make enough product to satiate consumers instead of whatever bullsh*t sales strategy that debacle was, but I guess that's why I'm not a Professional Business Guy. But I digress. As far as the Madden thing goes, I'll try a new one out every few years or so but I honestly haven't been wowed by the franchise in quite a while. It just seems like the same crap over and over with slight upgrades in graphics here and there. Maybe I'm just old and jaded but it's not nearly as fun as it used to be and feels stale in just about every aspect.
  17. That's a terrible picture of it, and I can't argue with the dull paint job--next to ivory, the red is probably my least favorite Strat color. Also notice the cool backlight on the Gibsons and the lack thereof on the Fender product. It's rigged! Just sayin'.
  18. Probably similar to it at least. I'm not a Gibson expert (or novice for that matter) but after googling the different model numbers a lot of those ES ones follow the same design and just update it as time goes along. It's basically a Les Paul/hollowbody hybrid, which I think is what made it look so interesting to me. Here's a shot I found of Howe's guitars:
  19. This is how I feel. Call me old school but I'd rather have a single amp in a room full of guitars than a pedal that mimics them all. It's just not the same.* *Translation: I need an excuse to collect as many guitars as possible. Speaking of which, I'm an unrepentant Fender homer (I normally run a Strat through a Fender half-stack as my base setup) but I went to a 311 show last week and saw Nick (their singer) playing a Gibson ES-137. Holy crap is that thing ever beautiful. Sounds amazing as well. Waaaaaaant.
  20. That does look pretty cool. I don't know if it's powerful enough to make me sound like less of a sh*tty player, though. I think I would need a wizard or something for that. In all seriousness though, if I had $1800 in my hand to spend on music stuff, I think I'd just buy another guitar. I could get a pretty nice Martin acoustic or another Strat for that amount of cash.
  21. You should go old school and pick up Tecmo Super Bowl. Relive the average physical condition of left guard Mike Haight, for example. Much more rewarding.
  22. If you buy me one I would be happy to write up a nice review of it. Seriously though, it does look pretty nifty. Anything that makes me sound like a less-sh*tty player is A-OK in my book.
  23. Incredible voice, great performer. RIP ma'am.
  24. *Puts tinfoil hat on* This is a coelacanth. It was thought to have gone extinct five million years ago before its rediscovery in 1938. The first time a live specimen was caught on video came in the last decade or so. This is exhibit number one according to cryptozoologist nerds. Could it mean that Aquaman is a real thing? Probably.
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