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  1. 13 points
    Val had her first monarch appear from it's chrysalis this morning at 8:15.
  2. 5 points
    Well guys finally found a 390t down at a stereo shop completely rebuilt (supposedly) looks to be in really good condition. Plays nicely. Bummer it didn’t come with handles..... so a diy er like me has some parts from a tfm55x that has some handles that are the same size just gotta drill 2 new holes and I’ll have some handles lol paid more then I wanted to pay but at least I got one
  3. 4 points
    OK, no one has mentioned all the spaghetti westerns..., and of course, the list of greats with Clint Eastwood..., but for me, it's Sergio Leone's early epic, Once Upon A Time In The West (1968). If you can find it, get the wide-screen - the cinematography is excellent. This movie is a revenge battle between Frank (Henry Fonda) and Harmonica (Charles Bronson). Fonda doesn't know why Bronson has come after him and his notorious gang - which you learn in the end (I won't spoil it). This movie came out when Fonda was recognized and type-cast as a hero character in many post WWII films. To see him play the part of a ruthless killer turned moviegoers off and actually hurt the film's success in the box office - but critics eventually recognized it as a significant film of its time (1968). The movie is excellent work by Leone, with a star-studded cast - and is one I check out every so often. The violence (killing and against women) is tough to get through in some places - like in the very beginning when Frank kills a small kid in cold blood. But understand, Leone is making the point and stretching the boundaries about how "wild and lawless" the early west really was. Gangs of bandits and killers like that led by Frank (Fonda) were not uncommon plagues upon towns, trains and dirt-farmers trying to live and just scratch out an existence each day. While at the same time, those same lawless gangs were exploited/used by the upper 1% at the time to move "progress" forward at the expense, pain and loss to the lower 50% - that is, to build railroads in this movie - but the analogy is made and one can conclude oil, gold, and other industries did the same thing. Excellent epic cinema - lots of gunfight violence a little sex, and intense mystery-drama demonstrate that life had little value as the story plays out with stars like Fonda, Bronson, Jason Robards, Jack Elam, Claudia Cardinale, Woody Strode, and many others you'll recognize. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt000064116/
  4. 4 points
    Billy Idol White Wedding (Pt 1)
  5. 4 points
    Somewhat "historical semi-fiction" is this one of my favorites..., Having lived in Houston, been on a few oil rigs, and worked in the Oil & Gas industry, I know people like this movie portrays. There Will Be Blood (2007) IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0469494/fullcredits Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and Starring Daniel Day Lewis, as Daniel Plainview with a very long list of unknowns. This Movie is an adaptation of Upton Sinclair's 1927 novel "Oil !" The story is about the early California Oil discoveries in the central valley as prospectors looked for get-rich and cutthroat activities to get rich "first" off the inevitable value that Oil was to have. There's some extreme story lines here that make one really realize that the over-romanticized elements of getting rich off the economic riches of the earth are not all that they are cracked up to be. D.D. Lewis is a silver miner, and strikes oil instead..., and the rest is about the way his life corrupts on his ruthless quest to screw everyone around him to get ahead. His life does not turn out well.
  6. 3 points
    Well guys in weird turn of events I scored a 2nd 390t haha then one I initially bid on and lost by 5 bucks I guess the person never paid and the guy just relisted at a buy it now price. scored it 30 dollars cheaper then what I would have won it for lol good things do come every once in awhile
  7. 3 points
    Here's my offering, Mark.
  8. 3 points
    Great movie.... and Morissa Tomei is so HOT
  9. 3 points
    I love this film. It was a great tool in raising my kids to learn right from wrong, confusion, and how people manipulate. My favorite quotes from noble characters, and the not-so-noble characters..., can you tell which?: Westley: "As you wish." (get's one tactfully out of just about any family argument...) Westley: "We are men of action. Lies do not become us." Westley: "Life is pain. Anyone who says different is trying to sell you something." Westley: "You mean you'll put down your rock and I'll put down my sword, and we'll try to kill each other like civilized people?" Inigo Montoya: "Hello! My name is Inigo Montoya! You killed my father! Prepare to die." Westley: "No! to the pain." Westley: "I'll explain and I'll use small words so you'll be sure to understand. you warthog faced buffoon." Inigo Montoya: "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means." (after Vizzini says "Inconceivable" again and again.) Vizzini: "You only think I guess wrong! that's what's so funny! I switched glasses when your back was turned! Ha ha! You fell victim to one of the classic blunders - The most famous of which is 'never get involved in a land war in Asia' - but only slightly less well-known is this: "Never go against a Sicilian when death is on the line!' Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!" (then he dies). Vizzini: "I've hired you to start a war. It's a prestigious line of work, with a long and glorious tradition." Vizzini: "You're trying to kidnap what I've rightfully stolen."
  10. 3 points
  11. 3 points
    This one took flight at 10:15 AM. Two hours after emerging from the chrysalis.
  12. 3 points
    I am a Kevin Costner fan. To many to list but I will throw this one at you guys. His movies are fun. Sean Penn. An Incredible actor. Watched this just last night on Blu-Ray.
  13. 3 points
    What I meant was it plays no skipping nice n quiet etc etc. im pretty sure it’s rocking stock tubes so I’m sure I’ll be upgrading those in the future. i haven’t listened to it on my system yet took me 3 hours to drive it home in 105 degree weather had to get my beauty nap in haha just got the tfm55x handles installed almost looks like it belongs Tubes are marked 6dj8 ecc-88 guessing stock
  14. 3 points
    I went down to West Chicago - it was a ZOO. Very cool, and this picture is from the overpass, to get to the other side of the rail yard. It doesn't do the size of that engine justice. I got down there, but couldn't get close - it was shoulder-to-shoulder once I did. I'm going to go down first thing in the AM Sunday, and see if I can get close to it, around dawn. The traffic jams there with pedestrians everywhere in that small town really made it difficult / almost dangerous to get around. Thanks for the tip, Mark. I would have missed it if you hadn't posted the message.
  15. 3 points
    Oldie but a goodie!
  16. 3 points
    I really enjoy the Tom Clancy based films (except Patriot Games - I don’t know why, but that one never did it for me). This clip from Clear and Present Danger was one of my go-to demos during my Laser Disc heydays... I loved Marisa Tomei in My Cousin Vinny (and she was not hard to look at either!). So many great one-liners - “Whatta you, a fookin’ World traveler?” ”Yea, you blend...” ”My biological clock is tickin’ like this (stomping foot)!”
  17. 3 points
    My favorite directors are Akira Kurosawa, Alfred Hitchcock, Peter Weir, Francis Ford Coppola, Satyajit Ray, Bernardo Bertolucci, Ang Lee, Merchant and Ivory (and a few more...) . The Criterion Collection has some real gems.
  18. 3 points
    Another one that doesn't seem to have quite the catalog of knowledge is SoundHound. I use it and Shazam. I find SoundHound to be better for me for how I use it - I capture music unknown to me and then, when I am shopping at McKay's I pull up the history and start looking. I know Shazam has the history as well but it has "stranded" me a few times at McKay's, leaving me unable to retrieve my history shopping list. If you guys get down to TN & NC be sure to take a shopping list and plenty of $$. They have new and used CDs, LPs, DVDs, SACD, etc. Most are used and priced from $.25 for "very scratched" to regular price for an in-demand, new or unusual release. FWIW - I have bought tons of the very scratched items and never had one not play. Most music is divided by genre and artist - except for the very scratched section. Those are just added to the shelves as they come in. It's a real easter egg hunt looking through them... The book selection and video selection is massive as well. It is easy to spend hours in the stores... http://www.mckaybooks.com/our-story
  19. 3 points
    I guess as I age I should get used to seeing these, but it doesn't mean I have to like it... 😞 RIP Rutger - great talent indeed. The Hitcher was an obscure movie he played a serial killer in. It was an intense, somewhat strange movie back in the day.
  20. 3 points
  21. 3 points
    I enjoy history related movies, especially ones that shows our past and rights that have been restored. And not to be negligent in respect this one's on my list too.
  22. 3 points
    Someone very wise shared this with me..., 1. don't ever listen with an intent to "respond..." 2. listen with the intent to "understand," then 3. ask questions, to learn more, until you do, then 4. avoid human nature's call to "hear what you want to hear..." 5. if responding infers someone else is wrong, don't respond, it wasn't your responsibility anyway... 6. if you attempt to infer someone's an a__hole, you will appear a bigger one... 7. let the "crowd" in the long-term, uncover who the real a__hole is... 8. silence says way more than human nature allows humans to fully know. That has served me well on the internet, and email... (I have crossed the line a few times, and it never turned out well)
  23. 2 points
    A great ride, starting with the short story, ending with the trilogy; recent post about climate change reminded me of this story. 1. Rendevous with Rama: Set in the 22nd century, the story involves a fifty-kilometre-long cylindrical alien starship that enters Earth's solar system. The story is told from the point of view of a group of human explorers, who intercept the ship in an attempt to unlock its mysteries. 2. Rama II: the focus is no longer on alien mysteries, but on the petty concerns of an unlikely assortment of cosmonauts. The 12 specialists chosen to explore a second Raman craft passing through human space 70 years after the first are more involved with adultery, religion and media contracts than they are with scientific advancement. 3. The Garden of Rama the massive spacecraft Rama is back, but the luster and sense of wonder generated by its first appearances have eroded. The once-exciting vessel, a "cylindrical worldlet," has been turned into a cheaply painted backdrop for an equally garish exposition of vice-lord politics. When Rama returns to earth and demands a sample of humanity for observation, a lying, corrupt government hands over 2000 citizens. These individuals serve as a microcosm to reflect most of today's big sociological problems, thus implying that in 300 years no existing problems will have been solved nor will any others have been created. 4. Rama revealed A massive alien starship carries its human passengers to the end of their generations-long odyssey and toward an epic confrontation with the mysterious Ramans
  24. 2 points
    Dennis Miller and I are putting our collective heads together. Just the way that I like it too! He does all the thinking, and I do all the window dressing. So keep your eyes wide for the 'Dennis Project' to morph into the 'Greg and Dennis Project Presents:' Act one: The first take.
  25. 2 points
    This was quite good... Not what I expected.
  26. 2 points
    Alice Cooper I'm Eighteen (LIVE 1979)
  27. 2 points
    Agreed - outstanding performance by Russo. The chemistry between her and Brosnan was excellent, with a solid supporting performance from Dennis Leary. One of the few remakes that bested the original, IMHO.
  28. 2 points
    Mark's favorite Costner film reminded me of my favorite Rene Russo film... Which is, The Thomas Crown Affair (1999) with Pierce Brosnan, Denis Leary and Faye Dunaway. A remake of the original, from 1968 with Steve McQueen - also a good film. Some great intrigue, an incredible Tango and live action created by Director John McTiernan (of Hunt for Red October, Die Hard). Many remember the "marble staircase scene," immediately following the "tango scene"... 😉
  29. 2 points
    Alice in Chains I Stay Away
  30. 2 points
    This is by far my favorite Kevin Costner film -
  31. 2 points
    I always liked this western!
  32. 2 points
    There are more Monarchs yet to eclose in Val's Monarch Lab? Looking forward to more pics of all in your Lepidoptera Zoo. I am following one Monarch pupa in the wild.
  33. 2 points
    Milkweed is OK, but we're running out of food for the swallowtails. They love dill and parsley. Look carefully- there are lots of little instars.
  34. 2 points
    Nice. Most likely standard SovTeks.
  35. 2 points
    Cool. Let me know when you want some vintage tubes to try.
  36. 2 points
    Love to hear your impression!
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  38. 2 points
    Soundgarden Fell On Black Days (HQ)
  39. 2 points
    What tubes does it have? What do you think of the sound?
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  44. 2 points
    Looks like Big Boy 4014 will be in Chicago this weekend...:-) https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/big-boy-worlds-oldest-locomotive-trnd/index.html
  45. 2 points
  46. 2 points
    The Doors Love Me Two Times (LIVE Europe 1968)
  47. 2 points
    That was such a great piece ..... "lost like tears in the rain"..... Rutger wrote that himself as he thought the original was too wordy...
  48. 2 points
    Nothing on that list that isn't, at least, good fun. No embarassment there! Totally cool! I had not seen it until fairly recently (within the last couple of years), so I looked it up. I watched the B&W version, first. It is still incredibly relevant and very well done! I still collapse into a fit of literal hysteria when I think about this one - something to do with the "toaster" in it. Took me ages to recover when it first came out.
  49. 2 points
    Doubt this is off the beaten path? I know there was a recent remake, but I just don't think it could possibly compare. No desire to see it. I bought this movie on DVD about 12 years ago. I'd seen it several times over the years, but wanted to see it again. I used to watch a lot of movies with my kids, mostly Disney and the like. Youngest was probably about 10 at the time. They wanted to watch it so .... OK. They sat thru the entire movie - loved it .... it's 2.5 hours long.
  50. 2 points
    Well, maybe an update here. The Kharma expands. It was just too big for Dennis and I to handle alone. Bruce (Rockstar4U) may be joining the effort in the woodworking department. I won't give up any secrets just yet. We got some kool ides in the oven though.
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