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Isaac continues his year of anime with a robot show that looks even more Japanese than usual. :p
 
This week, Try Fighters Thursday fell on a Friday, due to life getting in the way a bit.  Thank you for your patience, folks!

The setup from last week's episode paid off beautifully, and I was fascinated to see how the writers tied everything together thematically.  What do I mean by that?  Well, click on the link below to go to Threat Or Menace to find out!
Sorry this one's a day late, folks.  It's been a very busy week in Casa Del Sher, but we're here *now*, so let's get right to it. A common complaint I'd heard from many fellow Try fans was that none of the mech designs for Team ...
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Another #Nerdy9th   post, prompted by the last couple of posts.

One actress I always love seeing in a movie is Meg Foster. 

I can see you saying, 'Who?!' I have to admit that before the Internet, I used to just think of her as 'Kirstie Alley with wolf eyes'. And she's kind of awesome. Even in roles that were perfectly innocent, she used to terrify me, as a kid.

Those eyes are just unearthly and for some reason, they made me want to hide behind the couch when I saw her in something as a small child.

But her genre resume is impressive. She's played witches and goddess, supervillains and psychopaths, in everything from Deep Space 9 to They Live to Masters of the Universe to Leviathan to Lords of Salem. 

And she's made all of them better.
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Ah yes, I remember those eyes.
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Reposting this for the daytime crowd. If you  +1ed on replied in the last thread, I already have you circled and we're good to go.

Google Plus, for some reason, has steered a little more than my fair share of the crazy my way lately. Until I drop off whatever algorithmic radar that sends people to post about their various excretions in my threads, I'm going to throttle back to mostly private posting, except for stuff like Nerdy 9th posts.

Why am I bothering to mention this, you may ask? Because I suck at circling people back. I have about 50,000 people following me and I've followed back less than a thousand.

SO! If you enjoy my posts (or pointing and laughing at me for posting dumb stuff) and I haven't circled you back, give me a ping by +1ing or commenting on this thread or the reshare I'm going to do tomorrow and I will add you to the fold.

To everybody else, I'll be back when the heat is off. :D
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RPGs, both general and indie and music all sound like fun things for me. :)
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Why do I suspect that smart watches with this software installed without the kids knowing is going to help a lot of parents preserve a lot of teenage virginity over the next few years? :D

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Well, even more, statistically, than you'd expect from a sample group of teenagers wearing smart watches.
This smart watch recognizes abnormal motion and alerts caregivers
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These games are a big part of of my video gaming history. KOTOR was great and wonderful, but JK:JA was the source of so much fun with a certain roomie back when I lived in South Carolina.

Even if the Marines did teach him to be a camping, turret-planting bastard. :D
 
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...and while The Force Unleashed had gameplay and glitch problems, I remember thinking at the time that the storyline blew away the Star Wars prequel movies.
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I think there's some sporty thing going on today that involves the foozeball.

Since that's not my thing, I'm watching futuristic bloodsports all day!

Rollerball 
Death Race 2000
The Hunger Games
The Running Man

And if I have time, anything else that fits the genre and comes to mind.
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+Stephen King I agree the blood of heroes is a pretty good film for low budget
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Oh no! Kickass women might make girls violent!

As somebody who grew up sisters, I can assure you, assure you, that girls are already violent. They are just better at covering their tracks than boys, usually.

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A new generation of kick-ass heroines has experts worried about a rise in teen girl violence. But are their fears overblown?
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I do think that in the past couple of decades there's been a proliferation of really shallow implementations of the "strong female character" as a female character who just kicks ass a lot, but isn't necessarily strong in the sense of being an interestingly written character.

But this article is good: the answer given to the question in the title is "if you look at actual statistics, no."

My daughter loves shows in which female characters fight: she was quite taken with both Black Widow in The Avengers and Emma Peel in the other Avengers. ("Mrs. Peel's got some MOVES!") But she also abhors actual violence.
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Isaac's dad joins us this week for a look back at Radio Shack and what it meant to them as a father and son.
 
Today's article on Threat Or Menace is a little different, and more than a little special to me.  Today, my dad +Monty Sher joins Threat Or Menace to contribute a reminiscence of the good old days of Radio Shack, back when they were at the forefront of the computer industry.  Now that the chain is shutting down, it's a good time to look back on the wonder they once provided us.  
I have many memories as a young boy of going to RadioShack with my dad, as once upon a time, they were at the forefront of the ...
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For this #nerdy9th post, I'd like to talk about the great intersection of two of my nerd loves.

Guest casting in games.

What do Jose Ferrer, Lauren Bacall, Sidney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, William Powell, Myrna Loy, Sidney Poitier and James Mason have in common? They have all had 'guest star' roles in virtually every RPG campaign I've ever run.

Greenstreet as been a Nero Wolfe knock-off, a sly wizard, a mayor and a hapless scientist in space. Bacall has been an elven queen, a changeling serial killer and a power-armored mercenary, etc.

Guest casting is something I love doing and I rarely tell the players about ahead of time. I have just enough impersonation skill (which is to say not much) to give them a hint of the character in my head,  sometimes they pick up on it, sometimes they don't. Either way is fine for me. I guest cast for me, more than the players.

But having a stable of actors in my head does make it easier to improvise NPCs on the fly. Do I need practical, scary, British and cold? Terence Stamp comes to mind, and I can play him on the fly. Do I need breezy, smart and sardonic with a side of urbane style? Myrna Loy. 

You'd think it would get old for the players or for me, but somehow it never has. And it's one of my best GMing tricks for getting into an NPC and making them come alive with their own speech patterns and mannerisms.

I know the players usually go insane with an urge to kill my Vincent Price in full Three Musketeers Cardinal Richelieu mode. And Orson Welles as the doomed king never fails to make them try to help, even though they know, on some level, that said king is going to end up part of a tragedy. 

So yeah. Part shortcut, part homage, all mine. My cast of thousands from classic Hollywood, making gaming more fun for my players and for me.
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I'm down with that!
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A minor and most trivial personal update:

Google Plus, for some reason, has steered a little more than my fair share of the crazy my way lately. Until I drop off whatever algorithmic radar that sends people to post about their various excretions in my threads, I'm going to throttle back to mostly private posting, except for stuff like Nerdy 9th posts.

Why am I bothering to mention this, you may ask? Because I suck at circling people back. I have about 50,000 people following me and I've followed back less than a thousand.

SO! If you enjoy my posts (or pointing and laughing at me for posting dumb stuff) and I haven't circled you back, give me a ping by +1ing or commenting on this thread or the reshare I'm going to do tomorrow and I will add you to the fold.

To everybody else, I'll be back when the heat is off. :D
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Yes.  More crazy, please.  And nerdy.  We like nerdy.
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I finally caught up on Marvel trades up to the Death of Wolverine storyline last night.

The mini-series itself was thoroughly 'meh'. Just ... meh.

But some of the stories around Wolverine's adamantium-coated demise were great.

Like X-23, one of the most problematic characters in Marvel, actually showing depth and a much, much better motivation than her previous grimdark/salacious nonsense.

Or, my personal favorite, an issue where several people and groups, completely independant of one another, around the world, decide the best wake they can have for Logan is to engage in some senseless violence against a lot of hapless thugs/rednecks/ninjas.

Even Daken was tolerable in his storyline. Though the fact that he put a liplock on a Hydra guy and spared him from being slaughtered because they used to sleep together is enough to tell me he won't be the one taking up the Wolverine mantle any time soon.

Marvel is progressive, in some ways. But not that progressive.
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Deadpool already did it

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Oh, you had me at fin de siècle Parisian brothel, but I didn't know it was true love until the saber duel in the zeppelin.
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One of my favourite films, it was a regular Sunday afternoon showing on ITV in my youth. In fact, you may also enjoy The Wrong Box http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Wrong-Box-Michael-Caine/dp/B001TO5XPS
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