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I do apologize for not getting in touch with anyone last night. One would not normally expect a Thesis Defense that started at 1pm to result in my getting home at 10:30 that night, but then again, I foolishly miscalculated just how much academics can just sit and drink and talk.

The Chair of the English Department said he had never seen a Thesis Defense that had looked so much like a peer discussion group and less like an inquision. (Still looked like a grueling two hours, I don't envy you X!)

The end result is that my father is now a Doctor of Medieval English ... and he is not going to let me live this one down for a while.
In about an hour I am going to watch my father defend his PhD. After that I believe that my family wants to go out to dinner, but honestly I have no idea what the plans are.

I don't expect to be out past 8 ... so what might work is that Blades could pick me up from my parent's place around 7:30-8ish and take me out to the GNHQ. I will post more details later if I can.

That is my idea, otherwise discuss amongst yourselves.

VLAD, GO TO CLASS
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Happy Birthday,
To Our Own Personal Baroness
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Random Linkage:
* Sarcos Exoskeleton: A real exoskeleton right out of sci-fi being produced for the military. The American military, I think.
* 'Temples of Damanhur': Big crazy underground hidden temples.
* Games Radar - Feel Inferior by Watching 10 of the Godliest Gamers in Action: Nobody cares about a 5 minute Mario run, the Tetris guy is playing a version that lets him hold a piece for later use, but the rest? Neat.
Greed 2007, Part Deux

Books:
* Tim Powers - Expiration Date
* Tim Powers - Anubis Gates

Comics:
* Y the Last Man, Volume One: Unmanned
* Jack of Fables, The (Nearly) Great Escape
* Fables Volume 9: Sons of Empire
* Buffy: The Long Way Home (Season 8)
* Absolute Sandman, Volume Two

* Check out the iBooks application on Facebook, go to 'wanna read', and look! Presents! (Except the ones I can borrow off youse guys.)

DVDs:
* Heroes
* Robot Chicken
* Sneakers
* The MST3K Collection, Volume 6
* Kids in the Hall: The Complete Season 2

(Seriously) Always Good:
* Futureshop Gift Certificates

The most awesomest Lego Porkins Motivational poster ever!
Since Vlad and Twinkles don't love us, or care enough about X to be here when she is in town, it looks like Festivus will have take place on Thu Jan 3rd. It will happened at the GNHQ as Jericho will have had his fill of homeless squatters and cold cut dinners at his place over the holidays.

Ideas for New Years… start throwing them up.
I would like to do the buffet thing on New Year's day again.
That's okay! You just eat your chili; don't feel the need to call me, or log onto Skype, or anything.

No, no. I'm fine.

*sniff*
My list is pretty open ended...

*Books*
-Whatever that book was that Jericho showed me in Chapters.
-Any other military/sci-fi series you think I might like(no Wheel of Time crap, that's never gonna end now)

*DVDs*
-Scrubs Season 4
-Sopranos Season 3
-Serenity, the Firefly movie

The DVD series are rather expensive so would probably require people to group up for them.
Might I suggest we start dinner at 8, not 7. It is going to be a long slow crawl out to Orleans tonight methinks.

Everyone prepped and ready to go?
I'm Mr.T, and I'm a Night Elf Mohawk!...Shut up Foo!
Jericho's Festivus List of Greeeeeeeeed

I know this looks large, but this is a shared list, so remember to check with Willow as to what you are thinking of, she can be reached at willow @ magma.ca

Blu-Ray Movies:
-Blade Runner 5 disc ultimate edition (Available Dec. 18th, cheap!)
-Purple Rain (yes Purple, lossless audio of the soundtrack is cooler the school)
-Stargate
-Payback: Straight Up edition
-Hellboy
-Enter the Dragon
-Spiderman: The high definition trilogy (group thing)

Games:
-Uncharted: Drakes Fortune (PS3)
-Ratchet and Clank Future (PS3)
-The crappy Box (PS3) No Orange Box please, apparently it takes a dump on the PS3...stoopid Valve...
-Folklore (PS3)
-NHL 08 (PS3)
-Diasgaea: Afternoon of Darkness (PSP)

Misc:
Cool Travel Mugs
Geek Thanksgiving is Tommorrow!!!

No one has updated with what they are bringing, so some ideas if people are stuck:

-Salads (green or pasta)
-appetizers (M&M & Loblaws have some great throw in the oven ones)
-desserts, only need 1 or 2 of these.
-simple main courses like meatballs, pastas, etc....

Start time of 7ish, food will be served and eaten around that time, so lets all try to get there (Vlad) around 7pm =-)

I will bring some drinks and chips/nuts as snackies as well as the fud!

Bad news as well, due to her schedule on friday (working super early) and the fact that she hasn't seen the kids much, Willow has decided stay home tomorrow (sniff). But I will make sure to eat enough for both of us...
The "ME ME MEEEEEEEEEEE....IT's ALL ABOUT MEEEEE" Christmas list

GAMES

Half Life 2: Orange Box(PC)
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (PC)
Disgaea: afternoon of darkness (PSP)
Final Fantasy: Tactics (PSP)
Jeanne D'arc (PSP)
Ratchet and Clank: size matters (PSP)

MOOOVIES

Blade Runner Blu-Ray (that's right. I don't own a blu-ray but my roomate does)
Rattatui

And of course Gift Certificates are awsome. I'm happy with the EB, Futureshop or Bestbuy.


Since I can't do any more Xmus shopping until someone posts something, I'm bored and have been surfing.

The Baroness has been cast. Interesting choice.

Jointlocks and Takedowns for Sticks and Cane scroll in 2007 articles.
See what happens when Sylar eats Spock's brain!
I just posted a list three weeks ago! And don't know what to cross off it yet. But let's see if I can supplement with a couple of things:

Books
The Time Traveler's Wife -- Audrey Niffenegger
I See By My Outfit -- Peter S. Beagle
Absolute Sandman Volume 2 -- Neil Gaiman
Kobolds Ate My Baby rulebook
Drawing Dynamic Hands -- Burne Hogarth
I Am America (And So Can You) -- Stephen Colbert

DVDs
Due South seasons 3 and 4 (cheap at Amazon)

Gadgets
USB heated gloves
Blade Runner umbrella (black & white)

Gift Certificates
Amazon
Futureshop
Superstore/Loblaws (I want new dishes)
Rangoli
Gleeee!

I know I talk about Blogcritics to much, but I am writing a review for the upcoming Futurama movie and I just found out I am going to be interviewing David X Cohen as well!!! I have no fing idea what I am going to talk to him about...some thoughts so far, but advice would be appreciated:

-his early days and stepping into the lead role on Futurama
-thoughts on appearing in the show
-since he started as a writer (and still writes for Futurama) his thoughts on the strike
-His thought son the futurama ressurection (there will be 13 new episodes and 4 movies)

anything else? I think I have 15-30 minutes...
Darth's 2007 Festivus List...
OF GREED!


This year I'm making it real easy on you guys!
GOONIES ACTION FIGURES!

I want the full set: Mikey, Mouth, Data, Chunk and Sloth!*
*(may want to check with Witchcraft, as she is very aware that I want these)

Plus some filler stuff.
LEGO

Dwarves' Mine
Any of Indiana Jones sets (can't find a damned release date)

GAMES
Odin's Sphere (PS2)
Persona (PS2)
Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness (PSP)
Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions (PSP)
Jeanne D'Arc (PSP)
Ratchet and Clank: Size Matters (PS2)

Gift Certs
I don't really need anything from Chapters, Futureshop or EB, but they are always appreciated. Money towards SCUBA gear would be cool (I need fins).
I would appreciate if Christmas lists could be posted soon, since I'm doing most of my shopping online and need to place orders in time for things to be shipped to my parents' place. :)

Also, New Year's plans? If I'm supposed to be packing an evening gown, I need to know by December 20, so no last-minute jiggery please!
You all rock. Thanks. :)
DARTH!!!

Did I leave my silver PSP at your place last week? On the bookcase area to the right of your couch?
Hey Jericho, hope you had fun at your work function. Those business dinners can be a real trial but I hope the chips fell your way. If the waitress was hot I hope you were smart enough not to pok'er. Haha

Spaz =P
VLAD!
Get Your Ass to Class On Saturday!

Talk to all you peeps when I get back!
Free Rice
Forgot to mention, I am out for Geek-Night tomorrow, I commited to a work event and it happens to fall on thursday...

Since Darth is 'ahem' in Halifax, it is just Vlad, Blades and Guppenheimer...
My copy of Transformers is snitty. :/ Can I get a receipt? Was it Luau or Jericho who gave it to me? GIANT ROBOTS!
A game tailor made for Vlad? A new in development system for the PS3 lets you draw your own creatures, backgrounds, items on paper and play them almost instantly in a mini game once they are scanned onto the PS3 via the PlayStation Eye, CRAZY!!!

Click here for the Deets and Videos
HOLY SWEET JEEBUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Marvel Comics Launches Digital Archive
Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited allows online access to comic books and graphic novels for $5 per month.

I have had dreams worse then this...5 dollars, unlimited access to EVERYTHING (including graphic novels) if book publishers did this they would have me as well...subscribing right now!!!
Geek Thanksgiving Post!!

Venue: Blades House of Broken Dreams - aka GNHQ
Time/Date: Thursday November 22nd, 7PM start, party till we drop
Food: BYOF & BYOB - Potluck to the extreme!!
Attire: Pants optional

Fud (I will update this with food deets as they arrive in comments):
Blades - DeathHammer Chili
Jericho and Willow - Spicy Marinated Chicken and Special Potatoes
A reminder that Geek Night Thanksgiving is coming up next week! Details?

I am going to be posting my Festivus list fairly soon. This is not just me being greedy ... I do need to get started on my shopping as soon as possible and I'm trying to get people to start a-posting as soon as possible.
Gah...5 yes FIVE disc Blade Runner Blu-Ray released before Christmas...how much you say? 100 dollars? NO!! 50 Dollars? NO!! 28 dollars!!!!!!!!!!!!! This has to be the best deal I have ever seen...check out the deets, I am in geek heaven, I don't care which one of you gets this for me, but once my Festivus list of greed is ready this will be at the top of it....GAAAAHHHHH! High Definition Blade Runner, lossless 5.1 audio...le sigh....

Disc One
RIDLEY SCOTT'S ALL-NEW "FINAL CUT" VERSION OF THE FILM
Restored and remastered with added & extended scenes, added lines, new and cleaner special effects and all new 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio. Also includes:
* Commentary by Ridley Scott
* Commentary by executive producer/co-screenwriter Hampton Fancher and co-screenwriter David Peoples; producer Michael Deely and production executive Katherine Haber
* Commentary by visual futurist Syd Mead; production designer Lawrence G. Paull, art director David L. Snyder and special photographic effects supervisors Douglas Trumbull, Richard Yuricich and David Dryer

Disc Two
DOCUMENTARY DANGEROUS DAYS: MAKING BLADE RUNNER
A feature-length authoritative documentary revealing all the elements that shaped this hugely influential cinema landmark. Cast, crew, critics and colleagues give a behind-the-scenes, in-depth look at the film -- from its literary roots and inception through casting, production, visuals and special effects to its controversial legacy and place in Hollywood history.

Disc Three
1982 THEATRICAL VERSION
This is the version that introduced U.S. movie-going audiences to a revolutionary film with a new and excitingly provocative vision of the near-future. It contains Deckard/Harrison Ford's character narration and has Deckard and Rachel's (Sean Young) "happy ending" escape scene.

1982 INTERNATIONAL VERSION
Also used on U.S. home video, laserdisc and cable releases up to 1992. This version is not rated, and contains some extended action scenes in contrast to the Theatrical Version.

1992 DIRECTOR'S CUT
The Director's Cut omits Deckard's voiceover narration and removes the "happy ending" finale. It adds the famously-controversial "unicorn" sequence, a vision that Deckard has which suggests that he, too, may be a replicant.

Disc Four
BONUS DISC - "Enhancement Archive": 90 minutes of deleted footage and rare or never-before-seen items in featurettes and galleries that cover the film's amazing history, production teams, special effects, impact on society, promotional trailers, TV spots, and much more.

* Featurette "The Electric Dreamer: Remembering Philip K. Dick"
* Featurette "Sacrificial Sheep: The Novel vs. The Film"
* Philip K. Dick: The Blade Runner Interviews (audio)
* Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep Cover Gallery (images)
* The Art of Blade Runner (image galleries)
* Featurette "Signs of the Times: Graphic Design"
* Featurette "Fashion Forward: Wardrobe & Styling"
* Screen Tests: Rachel & Pris
* Featurette "The Light That Burns: Remembering Jordan Cronenweth"
* Unit photography gallery
* Deleted and alternate scenes
* 1982 promotional featurettes
* Trailers and TV spots
* Featurette "Promoting Dystopia: Rendering the Poster Art"
* Marketing and merchandise gallery (images)
* Featurette "Deck-A-Rep: The True Nature of Rick Deckard"
* Featurette "--Nexus Generation: Fans & Filmmakers"

Disc Five
WORKPRINT VERSION
This rare version of the film is considered by some to be the most radically different of all the Blade Runner cuts. It includes an altered opening scene, no Deckard narration until the final scenes, no "unicorn" sequence, no Deckard/Rachel "happy ending," altered lines between Batty (Rutger Hauer) and his creator Tyrell (Joe Turkell), alternate music and much more. Also includes:

* Commentary by Paul M. Sammon, author of Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner
* Featurette "All Our Variant Futures: From Workprint to Final Cut"
I loves me my new iMac... OK OK I loves me my girls new iMac. But hey I get to set it up and everything so that's something right?
I want this Steampunk Monitor more then I can describe...seriously it is cooler the school. Click here to see it in all it's glory and how to make it.
This could be an interesting documentary.
This has been a totally fucked up day in a fucked up week. Anyway...

Thursday Post!
-LAIR!
-Due to work issues, I'm not sure if I will be able to make it to Aikido tonight. I'll post in the comments when I get home whether I am going or not.
-KAMB! New rules (same as the old rules, mostly).
-We can try the webcam out if X is home.
-Damn! I really need some Fanta with Rum right now.
Great Chester Copperpot! This would have been the most awesomest!
Holy Chester Copperpot! This would have been the awesomest!
GO Jimmy Chow!!!
Geek Night at the Lair this week as I am in Halifax next week. For those of you with allergies, I suggest you start taking pills now since Blades is to much of a wuss to sit with the window open. I now have a webcam that (sort of works) through MSN, but not Skype.
KAMB! as I finally got the new rulebook in the mail.

I'm a Believer! A video for 'Apollo's Pad', a show Vlad and his East Coast Crew were working on.

and finally Garbage Can Samurai
Legend of Zelda: Pain in my Ass, Part One and Part Two.

"Meet the old man at the waterfall" is the new "times are tough".
Happy Birthday Guppy!!!
Joss Whedon's new series
Since Darth and Vlad apparently forgot how to use a computer I guess I will decide the night for them! =-)

Boston Pizza at St. Laurent for 8PM - Silver City 10:20 PM show of 30 days of Night

For the Gupster Festivus celibration - Huzzah!!!