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My son wanted to try to play YuGi-Oh, which I have no experience with. So he bought some cards  and ask me to play. So, I sat down, and started to listen to him explain the rules (based off of watching YouTube videos). As he started, I looked at my cards and MY EYES!!!! MY GOD, MY EYES ARE BURNING!!!! WHO THE HELL THOUGHT THAT 3PT TYPE WAS A GOOD IDEA TO EXPLAIN CARD EFFECTS!!!

Jeez, the art itself is actually pretty awful on these things, so I have no idea why so much of the card is dedicated to it.

Side note 1: Looking at the original Japanese cards, when using Japanese characters, it doesn't look so bad.

Side note2: Apparently one of the ways you can spot a fake YuGi-Oh card is that the fakes use a larger, actually readable, font size.
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After watching pirates getting taken down by fruit and egg launching kids in "Hook", I can't but wonder when the gritty and realistic reboot is going to happen.
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Field of Dreams is still a wonderful movie
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So my daughter is working on a project with a couple of other girls for school about scientist. Every time they try to print a picture of someone, only Robert Hooke gets printed. Who, as legend has it, was kind of a jerk...so much so that Isaac Newton was rumored to destroy the only "official likeness" of him in existence when he took over the official scientific community after Hooke died.

HOOKE'S REVENGE FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE!
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In an effort to find recent example of coming-of-age teen movies, I watched "Sex Drive" the other night. It's an interesting movie in that it starts out as an "American Pie"-ish raunchy sex comedy but then turns into a sweet romantic comedy while the using "The Sure Thing" as an example...plus there a bit of "Better Off Dead" in there, too, in that the world the characters live in surrounds them with absurd events no matter what they do, and no one seems to mind or care.

One of the most fascinating things in it is the character of Lance, the best friend, who in a John Hughes movie would be treated as the typical geeky friend, but in this he's the mentor who always knows what to say, always rolls a 20 when rolling for charisma without ever coming off as smarmy in every situation, and always is positive with everyone he comes in contact with, befriending everyone. "Everyone likes Lance" is rallying cry in the movie, which is true and it's easy to see why, but when the their female friend that they are on the trip with tells the main character "don't be like Lance" there's also a moment of truth to it, too. 

Anyway, it was just an interesting character that I don't think I've ever seen before in a movie, especially in a movie like this.
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I really liked it too. It was very surprising.
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Last night, it was a perfectly clear sky, and I decide to pull out the telescope to look at the bright star next to the moon.

Well, that turned out to be Jupiter. But the funny thing is that I was getting what I thoug was some lens flare-ish artifacting through the glass; when I zoomed in on the astronomy app it turned out that those were actually 4 moons of Jupiter.

So yeah, that was pretty cool for a backyard telescope under a ton of suburban light pollution.
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So jealous. Call us next time.
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I finished the Baz Luhrmann version of Great Gatsby last night. I had never read the novel, so I knew very little about the story. I thought it was interesting that Peter Parker is one of the main characters (no web-slinging on the Gatsby grounds, however). 

But researching it after the movie, I found it interesting that "was Daisy driving" is a thing, since Fitzgerald really never calls it out, and you are left to believe whatever the characters say about it.
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Oooooh they made a live action film for Fatal Frame....The scariest video game ever! Sweet.
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Internet argument being what they are...I'm kind of annoyed by internet denizens arguing that either Jurrasic Park and Star Wars revolutionized the art of special effects in movies so much that they CHANGED EVERYTHING....and then use the example of how they were mesmerized when they were eight when they watched it.

While I agree that added something going forward, I can't agree that they the most...influential..special..effects ever if you've never bothered to look in the past earlier than your childhood.

To me, it seems like the special effect that CHANGED EVERYTHING would be whoever figured out how to seamlessly mask out live footage with matte paintings, since now you didn't have to build enoromous sets or ship the entire crew off to exotic places.

(I'm kind of discounting some of the trickery of stop motion even though King Kong was certainly impressive in it's day or Metropolis miniatures, and some basic film language stuff like editing and montage, as I'm not sure if that's truly a "special" effect, even though it did change everything)

Anyway, I'm not sure what single movie this would be; clearly it's before Wizard of Oz, which has some amazing seamless matteing effects.
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As usual, it was Lawrence Welk ruining the lives of the children in the seventies with drug propaganda. 
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+scott slomiany Probably did this song to get the young hippie crowd to watch, because they have to have someone to replace the old geezers who were their main audience and were dying off.
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The sure sign of Michael Bay's talent: when given almost unlimited funds, he creates a series of movies about living giant battling robots that, even when you put them all together, you care less about them than a single fighting robot (that even isn't alive, and every character in the movie acknowledges is essentially a puppet) in Real Steel.
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How do people make a quick .pdf of images/carads and some text simply on a mac? Microsoft Word, on windows, let's you mass import all of your images at once, then you set your margins, and then you are done.

But for some reason Word on a mac only lets you import 1 image at a time...which is quite infuriating when you are trying to import a series of images for a deck of cards.

I tried downloading a few free word processor programs from the mac app store, and they either didn't let you mass import images either, or didn't let you set the margins to less than half an inch (.45 of an inch is required to get 8 cards on a single sheet of paper).

I also tried a "contact sheet export method" from iPhoto, but that wound up displaying only cards per page for some reason (again, I think its because that won't let me set up margins).
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