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  1. I was so puzzled by that statement I had to stop in my tracks and pause the show. I then took to Twitter and was shocked that everyone wasn't questioning this statement. It made me question my own understanding of rice and life.
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    NFL Thread

    You could go into depth about their markets and their personalities and the team around them. But mostly it comes down to the past 7 seasons. The Giants have 47 wins to 65 losses. The Steelers have 70 wins to 41 losses. That's why Ben gets an extension and Eli gets destroyed by the media and the fans.
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    NFL Thread

    I'm more and more convinced the Murray to the Cardinals hype has all been a smokescreen. I have no reason to believe this other than a hunch (but then again, I'm not a so called journalist or analyst talking to sources and getting paid to spout this nonsense). I think their goal was to convince other teams that he was their pick in an attempt to get either the Raiders at 4 or the Giants at 6 to trade up with them. There's still a chance this happens with Oakland but I don't see NY making the trade. Maybe if they manage to get a mid-range first round pick offered for Rosen they might decide it's worth going for Murray, but I'm not sure this is something Arizona ever expected to actually happen. This is a weird draft. I wouldn't be surprised if it's one of those rare ones where we don't see QBs fall off the board right away, but I also wouldn't be surprised if 3 QBs went in the top 10. As a Giants fan I'm hoping both two go before our #6 pick so that we get a better defensive player.
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    Life In Pieces

    VERY hit or miss. It has such an incredible cast, and a terrific concept, that it's amazing how bad they're able to make the show sometimes. As an example, Jen being sickened by Greg's "s" sounds is a hilarious concept and a fun riff on both real life pregnancy and typical sitcom pregnancy stories. They could have done an entire 4-5 minute segment on just that, and also sprinkled it throughout the rest of the episode. (It could have culminated in him trying to learn sign language but she still runs to the toilet when he signs an "S".) Instead, she's also sickened by everything else he does, which removes the focus from the actual funny part and turns it into something annoying. The first and last segments (Tyler's demo, meeting with the pregnant girl) were both okay but they had no substantial comedy value. Tim's story - "I've never told you this about me", "Diving?" - was good, but it fell into this show's other trap. Funny setups end in played out, predictable stories. Wouldn't it be funnier and unexpected if he WAS an incredible diver? Was there any question that the girl would pick Matt and Colleen because their cheesy Minions picture? Was there any question that James Brolin's character (haven't bothered learning his name) would pawn the work off on his children? Plus... wouldn't it be funnier if it turned out that after 50 years he discovered he actually was good at all those things and enjoyed doing them? That would be a more unexpected turn of events with so much more room for comedy. If you wanted to return the the status quo at the end of the episode, have the grandmother discover that she likes taking care of him and is jealous, so Brolin lies to her and tells her that the kids were doing all the work. (Which leaves it open for later, he could be caught cooking when she's not around, or holding secret dinner parties, or going behind her as she cleans the house to find spots that she misses.) I don't normally question shows this much or write my own better versions because it's a fruitless endeavour, but I loved this show so much from the start and now it's a huge glob of wasted potential.
  5. I'm not fond of fondant personally, but if you're trying to decorate a cake nothing else comes close to the flexibility that fondant gives you. That's why so many cake shops use it on just about everything they do. Could it be viewed as taking the easy route? I think so. If I were judging I would expect the contestants that use fondant to really show their creativity with it. The wavy brim of the spring hat was a really great and unique use for fondant! Using it for decorative additions like ribbons or flowers is fine. Simply using it to make your cake surface flatter, or to cover over imperfections with your frosting, that's where I would ding you for it.
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    S 4: Ep 15. Salary.

    A Wal-Mart Super Center will bring in yearly revenue in the $10s of millions. Yes, the corporation deals with some of the bureaucracy and financial management of that, but a store manager is still bearing a lot of the responsibility and is the day to day operator. They're not just a step above a floor employee like you might imagine. The unrealistic part is not that the store manager would make that much money, but that Amy would get the job with only a 1 day management training class. (Yes, the district manager was a nepotistic coke-head, but she was right when she said Amy wasn't qualified for the position.) But it's a sitcom, so who cares?
  7. Speaking of bourbon... take a shot every time Nancy points out that something is or isn't Springy? I know it's the Spring Baking Championship and all that, but are you the Spring Police? Do you get paid by the Spring? It's as if Alton Brown pointed out, "I really like your bacon wrapped foie gras, but it doesn't really scream iron to me. It really looks a little more nickel than anything." Wth is "Springy" anyway? Why are sliced almonds Spring-like, but pecans are Fall-like? So many of the fruit that you point out are "Springy" actually peak in the Summer - like raspberries, peaches, and pretty much everything else except citrus fruit and strawberries. Can't it just be... a baking championship that happens in the Spring? Sorry for the rant. Needless to say, there was an awful lot of bourbon being passed around last night. 8.
  8. Is that real hair and mustache!? I don't know how to process this.
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    S04.E14 Minor Crimes

    I was hoping through the entire episode that somehow Cheyenne would become manager. That would be much, much, much more entertaining than Amy!
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    A.P. Bio

    The show just keeps getting better! The murder mystery was the best episode yet, by far. They finally struck the perfect balance with keeping the principle, secretary, and other teachers (and Dave, offense taken!) as side characters in an intertwined plot, while also giving the students much more independent room. What does Michelle's husband do for a living? That house was surely not affordable on a teacher's salary!
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    NFL Thread

    And the Patriots picked 6 other plays before him!
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    Stargate SG-1

    Books based off the movie and started before SG1, those should be fun! I'm going to have to try to find them. We did sometimes see larger machine stations targeting the gate, but they weren't always present or visible. That was probably just due to budget or time issues, or simply because they got sick of showing the same scene of soldiers running to man the turrets. And SG1 just skipped the claymores around the gate in favor of a frequently used, frequently abused self destruct system. 😁 Really, the iris and the wrist band GDOs significantly dampen the threat the gate poses. I think you would be hard pressed to find anyone who likes SG1's Hathor!
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    The Dark Tower

    Before anyone freaks out at the Sam Strike casting (like me), this is a prequel and he'll be playing a young Roland. I read 3 articles about the casting before I discovered that tidbit. Casting a 25 year old - who looks even younger - to play a Gunslinger-aged Roland might ignite the fan base even more than the Idris Elba Roland. (Wait, who am I kidding?)
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    Other Pro Gridiron Football (AAF, XFL, CFL..)

    When I Google AAF I always see tweets from American Action Forum. This is the first tweet I saw today Strangely applicable and yet almost certainly wrong. I'm really bummed about this. It feels like such a strange series of events, as if there's some critical piece of the puzzle not yet known to the public.
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    Stargate SG-1

    I really hated the Priors from when I first saw SG1 as it was airing. On rewatch they're not as terrible as I remember. I think they suffer for many reasons, but mostly 1. The basic premise is "they're like the Goa'uld, but they actually have god-like powers..." 2. We never got to see Priors with any semblance of personality. I like the idea of having an evil Ascended Ancients as bad guys, but like you said, the theory was better than the execution. Instead of introducing an entirely new bad guy I wish the final seasons had focused more on the fallout of the Goa'uld downfall. We could have easily seen the Jaffa turn into enemies of Earth which would have driven a lot of conflict for Teal'c. The Lucian Alliance could have been more prominent. The dominant galactic political system that lasted for thousands of years how now collapsed, there are so many stories to be told!
  16. Yes, and when she did her twee cheer, "gimme an E" or whatever and wouldn't leave him alone until he responded to her... you could see in his eyes how much he hated her in that moment!
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    Stargate SG-1

    No, and I'm really stunned that someone could feel that way about S8 of all seasons! It's the final culmination of everything that has been building up for the previous 7 years. Yeah, it's a little weird without Jack in the field, and they spend a lot less time exploring new worlds, but even at its worst it sticks pretty close to the standard SG1 formula. What do you dislike about Gemini and Prometheus Unbound? In my book those are good episodes and P.U. has one of the higher ratings of the season. If we're going to pick on particular episodes from S8 we have to insert Teal'c's son's wedding episode at the top. That said, I have noticed this feeling and slowed down dramatically on seasons 9 and 10. It's not that their bad, they're perfectly enjoyable episodes and I still love them as part of SG1. But the leadup to S8 was just so enticing and I don't have that same sense of urgency to see these new stories to their conclusion. It took my SO and I about 3 months for seasons 1-8 and about 1 month each for seasons 9 and 10. (A rewatch for me, mostly first watch for the SO).
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    S04.E13 Lovebirds

    People know this show isn't real, right? 😁
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    NFL Thread

    He described the players as "hands twitching and legs shaking." I don't think that's from the cell phones.......
  20. It was especially funny (by funny I mean grating!) to me in this episode when the girl that burnt herself, while crying over the burn, managed to slip in a "back home in Texas!"
  21. ... fish sticks and instant mashed potatoes (and I'm not saying that's a bad meal!) This is certainly a big part of it. Most kids have never heard of half the stuff cooked on this show, nonetheless cooked them.
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    S06:E11 Handi Products

    Almost every episode there's a decision that needs to be made like this. I think it comes down to some combination of 3 or 4 things: 1. The owner is so enamored by some idea that they are blinded to the obvious thing: that a second location is wasting money, that a manager is completely useless, that they don't need to invest $1mm into a new building, etc. 2. The owner knows what needs to be done but just needs validation to make difficult decisions. especially when they've put countless hours and dollars into the thing. 3. The owner knows what needs to be done, but doesn't want to be seen as a bad guy (or can't bring themselves to be the bad guy) when it affects people's jobs. Since Marcus is "100% in charge" the burden is no longer on the owner (especially when it involves firing someone they're close with).
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    S04.E12 Blizzard

    Didn't Sandra have an equally awkward sex gesture in a previous season? I can't remember what it was but I think Amy and Jonah corrected her.
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    S02.E15: Shuler's BBQ

    I love that this experience perfectly exemplifies what Marcus pointed out about why BBQ restaurants are hard to franchise. There are big differences between what people expect from barbecue, mostly based on the region they were raised in. I imagine that someday, someone will extract all the personality and flavor from barbecue and build a nationwide BBQ equivalent of Pizza Hut, complete with lifeless, listless food and cheese stuffed everything. And while I will surely love that the same way I love the likes of Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, I'll still be inclined and required to travel 1000 miles to find the real thing.
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    A.P. Bio

    Students were frequently "missing" from class in the first season as well. They introduced a somewhat large supporting cast but they don't always have stories for them, so we simply don't see them. (Cheaper, I'm sure.) There are also students there each week that don't get any lines. I thought the joke about the girl that Jack thought was new to the class was a little bit of a meta commentary on this. This show has sadly not fixed any of its problems from season 1. (However, the secretary blithely telling the principal that she likes women could easily be an intentional jab at anyone criticizing the show's lack of diversity.) It's still a good, cheap half hour filled with a few big laughs, which is fine by me. But it doesn't give me much hope for its continuation. Although I too thought that Nuns was its best episode yet. The three women teachers are still entirely separated from the main characters and do nothing but detract from the show. It's like when background characters from the Office got their own distinct plots in certain episodes, except that we didn't get the chance to love the characters first, and they get major screen time in every episode which massively overplays the amusing side character and makes you hate them. Why are they still spending time on them instead of on the much more likable students?