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05/26/2018 - 8:54am Dundirk dialog

I found the lack of dialog in Dunkirk made it more realistic.  In the moment, would you have wanted to learn the name of someone who was probably going to die soon?  I thought it brilliantly conveyed that sense of being trapped and isolated and the growing despair. 

The only detail I'm conflictied about is the refusal to use the word "German" or its variants.

But yeah, if you're looking for a dialog-driven plot, look elsewhere.  It is not a conventional movie in that respect, although it had more dialog than the last Jason Bourne movie by far.

05/26/2018 - 7:28am So many...

From the original All Quiet on the Western Front to the recent Dunkirk, I love most of them, even when they were clear propaganda from WWII, like some of the John Wayne ones.  They still teach a lot about the nation at that moment.

I used to watch them with my dad, who was in occupied Europe in WWII. The only ones he didn't like were comedies/spoofs.

05/24/2018 - 7:14pm Klinger

Ah, yes.  Klinger!  I'll see if they're open Monday.  That would fit the day quite nicely.

05/24/2018 - 12:34pm Exactly

Yes, he's the one I got the idea from.  Hope it attract them...

05/24/2018 - 9:12am Vacationing in lovely Toledo...

Working through Sunday, not flying to Toledo until Monday, so I'm extending my weekend through Tuesday. I've been thinking of focusing on the clear liquors this time, just to go with a sort of a theme...gin, vodka, that sort of thing...I'll be dining out instead of grilling.  I'm not sure what makes for an appropriate place to dine out on Memorial Day, or what's even open in Toledo Monday...Using Lyft so I can drink with impunity...

Thanks in advance for any advice / bang.

05/21/2018 - 12:57pm Ah, yes...

Hottest classic cartoon character of all time.  Who needs to go to Magnus' site when you can get Cinderella right here?

05/17/2018 - 1:35pm non-extant, not a school, but...

Can we make the old (Detroit) Tiger Stadium count?  I still miss that place.  I always wanted to go up in the third deck. Never got the chance...

Ilinois actually is a surprisingly good place.  My understanding is they have the largest seating capacity goalline to goaline of any stadium.  Maybe that's just apocryphal, but it is a good place to watch a game in spite of the lame tradition the team has.  Went there with the MMB and then again a couple of times a number of years later. 

05/15/2018 - 4:44pm You'll have to pay...

Insurance will be a huge factor.  You can drive your Miata, but it will soon become clear that the vast majority of fatalities will be caused by drivers who drive their own cars instead of allowing the car to drive itself.  So, yeah, for an extra $5k a year, go ahead and make yourself a hazard to all the "responsible" people letting the car do the driving.  I'm being a bit Orwellian, obviously, but I think we are headed to that point within 15-20 years.

05/15/2018 - 4:39pm Has to happen, unfortunately...

Automated cars will have to talk amongst themselves and the environment.  For instance, what happens when a car approaches an intersection where a cop is directing traffic?  There is no foreseeable technology that will deal with that aside from the cop having a transponder that will communicate with all self driving cars. 

05/15/2018 - 1:43pm minority opinion, but...

Scrolled down to find someone mentioning this. 20,000+ Americans will die this year in auto accidents, of which 99.99% are due to driver error, not to mechanical failure or bad engineering.  People, as a whole, are not capable of driving safely.  That point is statistically irrefutable.  Cars need to drive themselves.  I want my car to drive me home from the bar tonight.  New cars should now be capable of doing that.  My gripe is that they still can't.

05/02/2018 - 1:20pm I'm just waiting for a GIF of

I'm just waiting for a GIF of that donkey...

05/01/2018 - 4:22pm Great point

We may all be inwardly, shamefully thankful to / for Ole Miss by season's end.

04/29/2018 - 10:17pm The dollar amounts

You can start and cap out doing quite well even without an MBA.  Yeah, the rest was spot on.  "Ridiculous" was a bit harsh on my part...

04/29/2018 - 10:16pm The dollar amounts

You can start and cap out doing quite well even without an MBA.  Yeah, the rest was spot on.  "Ridiculous" was a bit harsh on my part...

04/29/2018 - 10:10pm 1987

Was in the MMB for the 1987 RB against Arizona State.  I was surprised that it didn't look as well-kept as Michigan Stadium on the outside.  It needed some refreshing. The game was disappointing, as it felt like Bo just couldn't quite get the guys going.  Of course we landed Cooper out of the deal, so I suppose it was a good investment. 

As part of the band, it was actually a difficult bowl trip.  The parade starts so early, and of course it's New Year's Day, so you're exhausted the whole day. And Michigan's marching style back then was physically demanding.  Other bowl trips gave a lot more free time and were just more laid back. I also thought the parade route was underwhelming.  Pasadena seemed a bit more slummy than I expected.  But of course I would still have preferred to go to the Rose Bowl every year.  Only got to go once. 

The Fiesta Bowl (1986) was actually the most pleasant one to go to as a band member.  M beat Nebraska, which was great, and there seemed to be a lot of money floating around where we got treated well and had lots of opportunity to make it feel like a nice vacation.  The Sugar Bowl was a lot of fun too, except we lost a heartbreaker.  Stupid Bo Jackson...

The only bowl games I've attended since leaving the band were the debacle in Jacksonville for RR's last game and the Orange Bowl a couple years back -- two unpleasant experiences. 

But yeah, the Rose Bowl itself is a special place.  Second best in football.

04/28/2018 - 2:04pm Ridiculous

My daughter (EE) made over $100k last year, her first year on the job after graduating.  Yeah, she'll get her MBA soon too, but she'll live comfortably between now and then.

Michigan engineering + MBA = $$$

02/18/2018 - 3:13pm Yesssss!!!!!

Woo hoo!!!!!!

02/14/2018 - 8:44am Respectfully disagree

Personally, I was going to ask why this was considered OT.  To each his own, I guess...

01/31/2018 - 1:09pm Bob Ufer on WJR

I miss them both.

01/29/2018 - 4:21pm Excellent!

Glad to hear it.  If you ever met the man and didn't like him, you have no heart.  A truly good guy and a part of the Michigan family. Head coach here was a bad idea and absolutely did not work out, but I wish nothing but good things for him and his family.  Godspeed.

01/24/2018 - 4:04pm This deserves its own thread

Typically, who does the riding in such a scenario?  I'm conflicted...

01/23/2018 - 1:38pm Yep. He is 100% correct and

Yep. He is 100% correct and so wrong on so many levels.

01/18/2018 - 11:11am I just reminded God about

I just reminded God about him...

01/06/2018 - 3:18pm About that furniture...

...and your mother-in-law is blessed to have you.  Good man, Seth!

10/04/2017 - 2:23pm Solid writing

+1 for the use of "acquitted themselves well."  Very Harbaugh-speak of you.

But I'm excessively drunk for a Wednesday afternoon.  When I sober up I might be less impressed...

Edit:  Oh, wait, I see I can't +1 an op.  You'd think I'd know that after 9 years on this board...

10/02/2017 - 6:13pm Happy-go-lucky and

Happy-go-lucky and care-free.  Typical Harbaugh.

 

09/07/2017 - 9:36pm The state is evacuating

UF is too close to the I-75 evacuation route. They can't have any additional traffic in that area. It's already a mess.

08/21/2017 - 12:51am BG, KY

Just arrived in Bowling Green, Kentucky.  Staying with my daughter, a Corvette engineer.  Planning on touring the Corvette Plant in the morning, then catching the eclipse in the parking lot of the plant when she sneaks out.

08/13/2017 - 5:12pm Well, sort of...

The problem is it looks like he didn't want to do anything.  This incident happened quite a while back, and he did nothing until everything blew up last night.  McElwain did the right thing under pressure, apparently.

08/10/2017 - 10:21am I don't know.  I found it

I don't know.  I found it enlightening that they want to score every time they have the ball.  I had always wondered about that. 

08/06/2017 - 11:45pm I dismiss out of hand anyone

I dismiss out of hand anyone whose favorite Beatles album is the White Album.

John was the greatest of the Beatles.

Dani California is the best RHCP song.

Stevie Nicks' live version of Landslide is terrible compared to the studio version.

I listened to Led Zeppelin more in the 1980s than in all the decades since combined.

 

Guilty pleasure song:  "No Release" by Rainbow.  Fabulous guitar opening.

07/29/2017 - 4:16pm Childhood photo cute, but not

Childhood photo cute, but not excessively so.  Skeptical...

07/28/2017 - 12:07pm Found it.  KMG a Romanian /

Found it.  KMG a Romanian / Dutch company...  A big oil company, apparently....

07/28/2017 - 11:59am builder?

Does anyone know the company that designed / built the ride?  I'm wondering what other ventures they have.  Not at all minimizing the human tragedy, but clearly there is an engineering failure in design, probability of modeling failure / potential human error, something...

07/25/2017 - 12:22pm Perhaps drinking the Kool-Aid, but...

If we go 0-10 against Ohio State I will assume no one else could have done any better and hope Harbaugh stays another 10 years so he can even the record.  I can't fathom anyone doing a better job here.

04/22/2017 - 9:23pm Tigers pitcher

Since I was a little kid, I've always wanted to be a starting pitcher for the Tigers.  But I'd have to be good--like the next 30 game winner or something...

...and then I'd have to remember not to steal money from pension funds.  That's where it all goes south...

04/12/2017 - 6:55pm +1

+1 for any reference to Godzilla, regardless of context...

04/06/2017 - 11:29am John's humor

John had an hilarious sense of humor.  I remember him telling a story on the first day of MMB "hell week" about a time when a bee was flying around in his pant leg while he was standing at attention.  He dead-panned it perfectly.  One of the best-told stories I've ever heard.

 

01/04/2017 - 9:56am Love it!  Thanks for

Love it!  Thanks for embedding.

 

12/29/2016 - 1:12pm I learn so much here.

I learn so much here.

12/29/2016 - 12:58pm +1 for more Butt.

+1 for more Butt.

11/01/2016 - 4:29pm Stanford band

A fellow trombone player got a free ride at Stanford for grad school.  He went to their first rehearsal, thinking maybe he'd join.  They had a keg in the front of the band hall, which he was assured would be full at the start of every rehearsal.  They also had a sign up front that said "no fat chicks."  He was ambivalent, but in the end he couldn't make it work with his schedule. 

This was in the late 80s.  I think they have become less misogynist over the years.

10/27/2016 - 1:18pm Where?

Yeah!  Where is it?  I zoomed it to 400% and all I could see was maybe Lucky Charms marshmallows placed into nice neat rows.

Then again, I have been drinking during lunch hour...

08/23/2016 - 4:23pm Good stuff

A nice pick-me-up after a bad 24 hours on the recruiting side of things.

08/22/2016 - 5:23pm Sad

If anyone but Harbaugh were our coach, I'd be a bit depressed right now.  The next several years are going to be a slugfest.

08/18/2016 - 10:20am Good to have you back!

Entertaining, as always.  I always look forward to your work.  Thank you!

07/19/2016 - 2:39pm If you have kids...

I'm playing it as another way of connecting with my daughter.  Otherwise I never would have bothered.  But it's been fun walking around town with her people-watching as everyone plays.  I think it's largely harmless, and the fad will soon pass.

07/15/2016 - 11:38am Best M experience ever

This game was the closest thing I've ever had to a Fantasy experience.  A friend of mine was best friends with Fred Jackson, and Fred got us seats with the coach's families, right around the twenty.

We drove up the night before in a torrential rain, found a hotel room, then went to the hotel where the team was staying.  We met Fred in the hotel bar and had a few drinks together.  He kept saying, "We're gonna kill these guys."  He was supremely confident, and almost giddy about it -- giddy even for Fred.  He knew they had a special team that year.  He was also talking about who was going to go to the NFL.  "Charles is gone," he said.  He was right about that, of course.  "Brian doesn't have the arm for the NFL."  He was wrong about that one, or at least Griese managed to overcome the lack of arm strength. 

Bo and Jerry Hanlon were also in the bar, but I was trying to not look like a geeky fan, since we were there as Fred's guests, so I didn't approach them.

Then of course the game the next day was incredible.  We did get a couple eggs tossed at us by Penn State fans before the game, but we spent a couple hours just milling about around the stadium before the game, and that was the only incident.  We also met Jim Brandstatter on his way to the booth.  He was walking up a grassy hill hauling a big case, puffing like a steam engine.  We offered to give him a hand, and he knew my friend personally, but he insisted it wasn't a problem. 

I was in the MMB for five years, but that weekend topped it all.

Great memories.

07/02/2016 - 3:17pm Screwdrivers

Vodka and orange juice.  Lots of it this afternoon.  A sentimental favorite.  First thing I ever got drunk on.  While camping on the Muskegon River when I was 9. 

02/11/2016 - 12:28pm Wow!  Lost in Space was

Wow!  Lost in Space was scary-correct!