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    I didn't. Back to work now on my chainsaw bayonet.

    I come across a lot of dumb stuff on this forum, most of which I usually just ignore, but that is just "special".
  3. Christmas-in-the-film vs Christmas Film

    Just a speedy reply, usually not my style. My preference, the original silent King Of Kings. Either way, I wasn't thinking of anything that actually relates to the faith. Just the early decorating and use of Christmas music in commercial retail establishments. I do celebrate Christmas with family and friends, but this year I think I first saw decorations and heard it being played about a month ago, and that is just a bit too soon.
  4. update sucks

    For me it's a thread problem. Most of the threads are not anything interesting to look into. Also the footer/signature area seems to be missing.
  5. Christmas-in-the-film vs Christmas Film

    I find it much to early for this crap, and I am NOT an Athiest.
  6. Acquisition of TCM's parent company called off

    Unrelated to the ongoing soap opera cycle, AT&T/Directv is lowering all their prices for new customers. This is the first I have heard of this, nice to see them paying attention to the market. It would be even nicer if that plan propagated to existing Directv customers as well.

    There was once an older color cartoon I saw (think 1960s, maybe WB) where the cartoon was interrupted, and it was revealed the cartoon was being shown through a Moviola type of device, and the film strip had in fact broken in two and was curling up and sticking out at both ends. A human hand gently reached down and pushed the two halves down and back together (no splicing necessary!), then the feature continued.

    Yeah, that's what I think too.

    Same here, but no audio breakup on my end.
  10. ann wedgeworth dies

    The older lady that chased Jack Tripper around. He couldn't get away from her quick enough. (Recovering Three's Company fan here) Rest In Peace
  11. U.S. Suburbs As We Knew Them Are Dying

    I took a look at some images of Fairlane Mall and yes, even similar patterns on the ceiling. As long as the shoppers keep showing up and spending money, then it should be just fine. The problem with Randall Mall was that shoppers who spend money were eventually too afraid to shop there anymore.

    To recap on the bulk downloads so far (all zip files include MD5SUM hashes for integrity checks) July 24 & Oct 26 [6,684 PDF files and 17 WAV files] ~ 20.5GB (9 zip files) Nov 3 [676 PDF files] ~ 2.6GB (1 zip file) Nov 9 [13,213 PDF files] ~ 3.2GB (1 zip file) Nov 17 [10,744 PDF files] ~ 3.7GB (1 zip file)
  13. U.S. Suburbs As We Knew Them Are Dying

    The atrium of the mall had two floors, but the parking lots were on different slopes of land. So when you went in on one way, you came out into the atrium, you were on the second floor of the mall and looking down over the balcony. Then if you went in another way, you would be down on the first floor and looking up at the balcony. At least one of the main anchor stores had three floors (Either JC Penny's or Higbee's, maybe both). All the others had two stories each I think. Here is a pic that illustrates all the different parking lot entry levels. It is a very early drawing, so it doesn't account for most of the stores and shops in the middle yet (at the most there were 200 shops in the middle, about 100 on each level). Here you see all the original anchor stores, as they were from 1976 and well into the 1990s. The one missing anchor store (on the top left), was for a sixth anchor store, was reserved and intended for Halle's, which was never built because Halle's went out of business. So it sat unused just like that until the mall had gone downhill. Towards the end they built a "Magic Johnson Theater" in that spot, and it was short-lived. Look at all the different "Upper" and "Lower" parking levels here: [click on image to expand, the embedding squished it horizontally.] The mall already had three cinemas when it was built, three very narrow rooms. You got to it by going up to the second floor of the atrium. Then you went in and through the ticket counter, and up a flight of stairs to the theaters. There was another flight of stairs to get to the bathrooms. The whole thing was sort of just a cramped little area that only took up one or two small units of storefront in the mall. Here you can see the second-level entryway in the background. This open area was the biggest of its type in the atrium, but there were several others with fountains and other things to see. [click on image to expand, the embedding squished it horizontally.] Here is a close-up picture of the entryway. You can see the ticket booth just inside, and the stairs to get to the theaters. For such a large mall this cinema was cramped and had long lines. The 1976 opening premieres were as follows: Cinema I: The Gumball Rally Cinema II: Walt Disney double-header - The Apple Dumpling Gang & Treasure At Matecumbe (1976) Cinema III: Murder By Death Finally, here is one of the postage-stamp-sized screens (past its heyday), but you get the idea:
  14. U.S. Suburbs As We Knew Them Are Dying

    Yeah, I read something about that. I wonder how that fits into his population reduction plan. Maybe an Experimental Prototype Population Reduction Community Of Tomorrow (E-PoP-R-COT?). They will have forced immunizations for sure. Maybe South Park will cover it in an upcoming episode "Mr. Bates". Judging from the Windows 10 playbook: It sounds like a place that will be micromanaged to the smallest detail. Nothing will be private - expect at least 17 different types of telemetry or ways to get monitored. Changes to your living arrangements will be made behind your back, changes which are bound to disrupt things for you, your belongings may randomly disappear. People will be lured into it with freebies, and said freebies will conveniently become line item additions to the regular costs of your living arrangements, which you will happily subscribe to or rent in the near future just to maintain status quo. But you will still have all your Facebook friends and high-speed Internet. Sounds like complete dog crap to me, but there are probably some people out there who deserve to live at a place like that.
  15. From around the galaxy

    What they really need is some spackling.
  16. Stupid Science

    I'm sure Deep State is onto it.
  17. From around the galaxy

    Google really knows how to take celebration to new lows.
  18. U.S. Suburbs As We Knew Them Are Dying

    In the past when we built things, it was so that we could use them, there was a sense of satisfaction in completion. Now it appears what you are seeing is people making an "investment", and then abandoning it through the lens of the "sunk cost fallacy" warnings of their financial advisors. Abandoning ship or short-selling might benefit the short term investor, but is bad for long term investment and bad for the ecosystem. What these Chinese empty cities look like to me reminds me more of our own military contractors. Just complete and utter disregard for expenses (in particular the top executives of those companies - not your average employee). Some speculate there might be a rhyme or reason to these ghost cities, I don't know that they understand how to conceptualize or plan ahead that far. This is all so new to them, it seems they are just running as far as they can with things before their cash cow dries up.
  19. U.S. Suburbs As We Knew Them Are Dying

    Maybe you've come across this South Park episode. There is a gentrification project around the poorest kid's house in town (Kenny). All these extravagances are centered around this tiny little green house, just to use it as an aesthetic. In fact it is a nuisance for the family (I guess that little part is a divergence). Then there is another big new distraction (a Whole Foods), in another part of the same town. Everyone leaves and promptly forgets about the big building project and it turns to mush. Not sure there is a moral to this correlation, as it just kind of popped into my head. But not to worry. That is only just a cartoon. We actually HAVE a South Park Mall in our area, and it is doing just fine. Mall Map
  20. U.S. Suburbs As We Knew Them Are Dying

    There's a certain amount of sadness to it all. Not to sound too maudlin about it, but basically a good portion of our entertainment lives on as "borrowed time from the past" in the form of older movies that have been saved and preserved. I do try and watch newer movies, but it is just not the same. As for the golf courses, I have never really been a golfer, but there is an abandoned golf course about ten miles from me out towards the country. Beautiful rolling hills and nice topographical features. It has been overgrowing with trees in recent years. Probably hasn't been used since the 1980s. The groundskeeper house is a small cottage on the edge of the property. Now that is just a normal residence. The clubhouse is still there too, it is off on a side-street. I saw it when I was taking a ride with a friend who was more familiar with it and pointed it out to me. He says the older generations who used it most likely just passed on, and then there was nobody else interested. Being out towards the country probably made it less accessible for all but the locals. P.S. Since you mention online shopping, the former Randall Park Mall property is one of several plots of land under consideration to become another Amazon distribution hub. Actually now it looks like they have made some sort of agreement. Well I guess that helps drive your point home. The largest online seller in the world is set to build on the ruins of what was once the world's largest indoor mall (for about a year or two anyway).
  21. re: Forum Update 10/17/2017

    On embedding Youtube videos: Copy and paste the link (from the address bar at top of Youtube video browser window), and then HIT ENTER You're welcome. I've already made a few posts where the video was the last thing in the post (no apparent reason to hit Enter after that), and wondered why it didn't embed.
  22. U.S. Suburbs As We Knew Them Are Dying

    Maybe you've come across the pictures of the former Randall Park Mall near Cleveland. That was at one time the world's largest mall. Two hundred shops in the middle, unheard of amounts of open atrium space in the middle, five large anchor stores, over two million square feet of space on two floors, and a giant parking lot. I used to go across town there once or twice a year many years ago to go shopping, but mostly to walk around and people-watch. It was from the same era and similar in structure to the mall atrium used for the filming of Logan's Run (1976). It was one of those places that early on looked like it would be there forever. Randall Park Mall was basically a mid-1970s combined "cultural sphere of influence" project and gentrification experiment gone horribly wrong. The original owner (actually had ties with the mob at some point) intended to draw people away from the central downtown Cleveland area and build up a large "area of influence" just outside of the city. After a few "unhappy" incidents and about five years, it gained a negative reputation and started to fall out of popularity. It started with a shoe store manager found murdered out in the parking lot. It continued to creep downhill for two or three decades until there were barely any tenants remaining. Then in the early 2000s they boarded it up, shut off the power, and basically abandoned it in disrepair for about a decade (though they left open whatever was being used of the anchor stores). The mall sat vacant for about ten years and then they razed most of that in the last few years and left a few of the former anchor stores standing as separate structures. There is also a large hotel next door, originally part of that project, which is just sitting around rotting away. I've seen some weird things firsthand, but this is probably in the top ten. I disagree though that the suburbs are going away. There has been a move to centralize and try and bring more people downtown, but that has been failing. There are just more smaller stores and shops opening up in the suburbs instead. It seems large open spaces, where large amounts of helpless people are herded together, exposed and vulnerable to high-yield attacks, are getting to be a thing of the past. The Las Vegas shootings notwithstanding.
  23. U.S. Suburbs As We Knew Them Are Dying

    Lots of uncompleted empty buildings in China. In some cases there are entire "Ghost Cities" - no internal structure whatsoever. No floors, no walls, no rooms, etc. Just big experiments in monolithic prefabrication in various stages of non-completion. Some may never be completed.
  24. From around the galaxy

    Maybe he just didn't want to put it anywhere near those junky old cars. I don't know...I think I'd rather deal with the conventional issues of parking, there is a better chance I'd get my car back.
  25. Hi, here's a screenshot. This is Firefox, running in "safe mode", just to rule out any possible anomalies with add-ons. The tab for this forum web page has what looks to be a 3rd party icon. I just tried it on a couple other unrelated browsers and get exactly the same thing. To the left of that you can see that the browser correctly shows the orange DuckDuckGo icon and to the left of that the blue Netaddress icon. Not a dealbreaker, but I used to work for a publisher so branding deviations like this get my attention.

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