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Re: The Rest of the Best
« Reply #465 on: August 26, 2011, 04:01:06 PM »
 
LoC Rest of the Best - Favourite Bands/b]
            
   
The Aquabats
      

   
The Aquabats (often written as The Aquabats!) are an American rock band formed in 1994 in Orange County, California. They have released five full-length studio albums and have toured internationally. They are best known for their mythology, in which they claim to be superheroes on a quest to save the world from evil through music. As a part of this mythology the band members have adopted superhero pseudonyms and dress in matching costumes. Their eclectic live show often includes onstage "battles" with costumed foes, and the band has built up an elaborate and ever-changing backstory of their origins and adventures, along with a roster of allies and enemies.

The group's lineup has fluctuated significantly throughout their career, with founding members The MC Bat Commander and Crash McLarson as regular fixtures. Jimmy the Robot has also remained a longtime member, having joined the band in 1997. The Aquabats' early work was heavily rooted in the third wave of ska music, with touches of surf and punk rock. Over the years their music shifted towards more synthesizer-based rock with a new wave influence. Their current style blends elements of rock and roll, pop-punk, ska, and synthpop.


Personal thoughts:
   
Deep philosophical messages?  A sound to turn music on it's ear?  Nope.  But this is one of the most fun bands of all time, with a feel all their own.  It's not straight up comedy, but it's goofy and fun as hell.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/uIqLz6LqMsU" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/uIqLz6LqMsU</a>
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/z4tw6vBbwVY" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/z4tw6vBbwVY</a>

Plus the lead singer created Yo Gabba Gabba, the hippest kids show ever made.
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AND THIS IS HOW YOU TEACH KIDS TO COUNT!
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Re: The Rest of the Best
« Reply #466 on: August 26, 2011, 04:52:44 PM »
ENOUGH ABOUT THE FREAKING AQUABATS!


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Re: The Rest of the Best
« Reply #467 on: August 26, 2011, 06:14:40 PM »
Nope.

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Re: The Rest of the Best
« Reply #468 on: January 27, 2017, 08:33:50 AM »
Hey, I'm starting this one up again.  For those who don't know, last time the List of Crap hit 50 lists, we did a Rest of the Best, in which we name things that we love that didn't make previous lists.  Each day for 50 days we go over previous lists to make our own entries until we get to 100.  If you are late, don't worry, you can play catch up.  Just don't go ahead of whatever the topic of the day is.



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Re: The Rest of the Best
« Reply #470 on: January 27, 2017, 08:53:09 AM »
Baron Vladimir Harkonnen

Baron Vladimir Harkonnen (10110 AG - 10193 AG) was the penultimate ruler of House Harkonnen, and the chief architect in the demise of Duke Leto Atreides I of House Atreides during the latter part of the reign of Shaddam IV.

Early Years
Born the son of a Harkonnen Baron, Vladimir showed an early interest in attaining power, and was trained to become the heir to House Harkonnen, ahead of his more mild-mannered half-brother Abulurd. During this time, his father served as head to the House Harkonnen and as Siridar and Baron of the planet Giedi Prime.

Vladimir built upon the earlier success of his predecessors, gradually making House Harkonnen more successful through blackmail, subterfuge and treachery.

Leadership Style
However, his expectations in this sense were not easily achieved. He deemed Glossu too brutish and stupid to be an effective successor. And despite showering Feyd-Rautha with praise and the promise of eventual leadership, his hold over the cunning and impulsive youth remained tenuous.

The Baron recognized efficiency and talent in people, and he has shown remarkable insight in knowing people. This was shown plainly in the promotion of Kryubi and the maintenance of the twisted Mentat, Piter de Vries. This was also implied in the way he developed the roles his nephews (Feyd and Glossu) eventually took, in an ultimate, yet unsuccessful plan to reinstate Harkonnen power in Arrakis.

In addition to sadistic homosexual tendencies, Vladimir Harkonnen also harbored destructive personal inclinations. He had a penchant for medical procedures that encouraged skin infections, and revelled in devising elaborate torture methods for his enemies. Additionally, he flaunted his morbidly obese body form and the health complications that went with it.

As a leader of a Major House, Vladimir proved to be incredibly cruel, earning House Harkonnen its notorious reputation. He had no qualms in using widespread torture, murder and slavery to maintain power. The cruelty also characterized the way House soldiers and administrators handle subordinates and prisoners. And though he was generally cunning, his arrogance and intense hatred of House Atreides proved to be his un-doing.

Death on Arrakis
Vladimir Harkonnen died during the defeat of House Harkonnen and Sardaukar forces at the hands of the Fremen on Arrakis in the year 10,193. While watching the looming Fremen forces he was poisoned with a Gom Jabbar, wielded by a young Alia Atreides, his granddaughter.

When he was killed by Alia, House Harkonnen passed to his na-Baron, Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen. He challenged Paul Atreides to a duel, which Paul won. After Paul defeated Feyd, House Harkonnen passed to the next living heir, the Lady Jessica, who declined the title. Paul then ruled that House Harkonnen passed to himself as the last living heir, and became subsumed into the throne.

However, death was not the end for Vladimir. Paul's sister, Alia, was born with her ancestral memories in the womb, including Vladimir himself. Alia fell victim to the Bene Gesserit prediction and initially shared control of her body with the Baron, gradually falling under his power. The vengeful desires of the residual Vladimir Harkonnen persona proved fruitless due to Alia's eventual success in overcoming her possession by suicide.


Appearance
In his later years, the Baron's most notable feature was his corpulent frame. Vladimir's sheer weight required belt-mounted suspensors to retain mobility, which allowed him to float in midair from place to place, as he was unable to walk under his own power unassisted. The Baron's weight was attributed to a degenerative disease transmitted to him sexually by the Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam.


Behind the Scenes
In the 1984 movie adaptation of Dune, Vladimir Harkonnen was played by the late Kenneth McMillan. In the 2000 Dune and 2003 Children of Dune mini-series the character was played by Ian McNeice. In the former, Harkonnen was given more gritty and hideous appearance, including the presence of black pustules that constantly require draining, as well as made significantly more unstable than in the original book. His fate was also altered slightly in the 1984 film as well: Alia, instead of merely poisoning him, proceeded to also telekinetically shove him through a damaged wall during the climactic battle, resulting in a giant worm devouring him.


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Re: The Rest of the Best
« Reply #471 on: January 27, 2017, 08:54:51 AM »
That's also my favourite portrayal of him, though I just bought the audible adaptation so I'll see how that goes.


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Re: The Rest of the Best
« Reply #472 on: January 27, 2017, 06:57:23 PM »
 
LoC Rest of the Best - Favourite Science Fiction Characters
            
   
Spider Jerusalem
   


Spider Jerusalem is the lead character in the political science fiction comic Transmetropolitan.

The series, which takes place in the far future, focuses on Spider, a famous gonzo journalist, who learns that after years of retirement and isolation, he never fulfilled his contract to write two more books.  To do so, he travels back to The City (just like the Tick) to get back, much to his reluctance, to get back into the game and get a lay of the political landscape just as the next US election is starting up.  He ends up with an assistant (and later another one), as he ends up in conflict with an unscrupulous new candidate nicknamed The Smiler.


Spider is crude, cynical, paranoid but extremely observant and is willing to get his hands dirty to get to the heart of the story.  Though there are a few times the character risks becoming a writer mouthpiece who can do no wrong, we definitely get to see a more complex character as the series goes on.  Despite his cynicism, he truly believes in the power of journalism, even when he fails or faces his limitations.


Interestingly, Patrick Stewart is a big fan of the series and even wanted to appear as the character if it ever became a film or show.  It even came pretty close to being a web series in the early to mid-2000's, but it never panned out.

I also really like the world of Transmetropolitan, which might seem dystopian at first blush but is really just an extreme version of our own world, that definitely has it's problems but also has accomplished amazing things.  It's not a good or bad future, it just is.



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Re: The Rest of the Best
« Reply #474 on: January 29, 2017, 11:09:20 AM »


Jim Beam: Red Stag 80 proof

You know that problem with straight liquor, that it tastes like turpentine. Well, good Bourbon is the least offensive in my opinion.

But Jim Beam Red Stag actually tastes good. Real good. Or at least the 80 proof variety did. They recently cut the alcohol content to 70 proof and it's not nearly as good. Red Stag has a strong taste of Black Cherry, with some Vanilla and Oak. The 70 proof stuff tastes watered down and syrupy, almost like cough syrup. But the 80 Proof was AWESOME.

If you can still find bottles of the 80 proof stuff, you won't be disappointed. Buy it ASAP and hoard it. I wish I had.

BTW, there's also a Cinnamon variety that I quite liked.


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Re: The Rest of the Best
« Reply #475 on: January 30, 2017, 01:24:54 PM »
Arnold Palmer
My favourite drink on a hot day.  For those who don't know (though I think everyone does) and Arnold Palmer is just a fancy way of saying lemonade mixed iced tea at a 50/50 ratio.  It's named after the golfer who famously drank it during games.  There's actually a 30 for 30 episode all about it featuring Will Arnett, so I should check that out.



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Re: The Rest of the Best
« Reply #477 on: January 30, 2017, 06:27:38 PM »
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Ramsay Bolton

I think speak for everyone when I say FUCK RAMSAY. The Battle of the Bastards was the highlight of the show for me. Yes, I did enjoy seeing the High Sparrow get blown to hell in the next episode, but that was somewhat mired by the fact that Marjory also died. But Ramsay.. my only complaint is that they cut away from him being eaten by his own hounds. I would pay to see him getting torn to shreds.

Here's to hoping that in hell, he gets his dick ripped off and is raped for eternity.


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Re: The Rest of the Best
« Reply #478 on: January 31, 2017, 05:01:18 AM »
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