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Thanks for the reminders…

*Adds Feist and The Spirit to Things to Get list*

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I think you ranked not one, but two SNL cast members lower than Jimmy Fallon. I cannot understand this.

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“Who woulda thunk?” I woulda–I picked up the Essential Iron Fist, as part of my general philosophy that big cheap volumes of black-and-white comics are worth buying on general principles, and I was amazed at how damn good it was. This isn’t 70s nostalgia talking, either; I didn’t read ‘Power Man and Iron Fist’, had no particular interest in the character, and just grabbed it off the shelf more or less at random.

But it rocks. Roy Thomas starts the whole thing off, kicking it old-school (because Roy Thomas has a mad love for the pulps), and then you get Chris Claremont and John Byrne writing and drawing it (because this was back in the days when ‘Uncanny X-Men’ was still a bi-monthly title, and so those two had tons of free time), which is why this is where Sabretooth made his first appearance, back before he became overused, and then you get a letter-perfect X-Men guest appearance, then some Claremont/Byrne Marvel Team-Up issues that rock, and then the first meeting of Power Man and Iron Fist, which is one of the best moments in comic book history. (Luke Cage has been coerced into kidnapping Iron Fist’s girlfriend. He subdues her, feeling horrible for doing so, then behind him, this light flares up in the darkness–the Iron Fist. Danny just says, “Mister Cage? Turn around,” and proceeds to hit him so hard he goes out through the wall, and then through the wall of the building across the street, which collapses on him.)

So, in short, Iron Fist totally rocks and it was just a matter of time before we got another good Iron Fist series.

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Nice job with Yau-Man. However, I’m not that hard on Dre. I didn’t think he was stupid…I just thought of him as the flightiest player ever. If Rob Cesternino was able to plan five days in advance, then Dre couldn’t think five minutes into the future. The only bright side of Yau biting it? It paved the way for Earl Cole, a very cool customer himself, to become the first winner to receive all votes. And after putting up with the likes of Lisi, Mookie and Rocky, I’d say us fans were the real winners.

The bad news: from what I’ve heard — and I’m not the sort to dive into spoiler threads — the “favorites” aren’t exactly going to be that good. I heard Rocky might show up, as well as James (aka Rupert 2.0, if you measure how much Probst swings from his jock). You want Yau Man? Apparently, he rejected an offer to come back. Instead, you might have to settle for Cao Boi in the “older Asian guy” role, instead of the less dopey Bruce, who at least made the merge during his season. Oh, and I heard Stephanie would be getting a third shot at the $1 million. Personally, I felt she lost a lot of goodwill during Survivor: Guatemala. I’d make a push for Bobby Jon, since 1. he didn’t get eliminated in a conventional manner either time, and 2. He’s nuts, but it’s a fun kind of nuts. Remember when he and Jamie nearly came to blows? Good times. I wanted Day 39 to end with no tribal council…just Bobby Jon and Jamie in a steel cage, wrestling in grits while “Sweet Home Alabama” played in the background.

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I’ve been in need of a worthy Civ4 opponent…

Track me down if you’d like to get an online game going sometime.

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Don’t forget.. Flash Gordon came to DVD.

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Two things: First, I can tell you right goddamned now what they can still put into Civ 4 — an improved diplomacy model that checks similar government models and weighs them at LEAST as strongly as it does similar religions, a UN that isn’t a fucking afterthought that you can call on your own, specify the motion to be voted on, see where everyone’s voting and then contact individual leaders and try to get them to change their votes, and a unit workshop where your techs discover new weapons or transportation and you get to mix and match them.

In other words, there’s still shit they had working in Alpha Centauri that Civ 4 is failing to do, and that’s unacceptable to me.

Second thing: Yau’s in the next season of Survivor. He’s been on the leaked lists of returning All-Stars and also he’s a semi-regular on the Something Awful forums… or was, until he suddenly dropped out of sight for no apparent reason about two weeks after the last season started.

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Andy…well, here’s hoping. The bad news would be that he’d get the same treatment Rob Cesternino got and get voted out at the first opportunity. From what I heard, the cast will be announced on January 3.

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Nope, don’t like leslie feist much

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[...] Many things in 2007 were good. These, unfortunately, are not some of them. [...]

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“Brad Bird – a likely candidate for the best animation director alive”

After The Incredibles, I’ve felt that he’s the best American director alive, forget the animation marginalization.

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New Survivor cast revealed. I barely remember some of the women. Ticked that Twila and Ian didn’t make it, pissed that Jon Dalton has been brought back…but thrilled about the returns of Cirie, Jonathan, and Yau-Man.

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