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  1. And forgot that I pulled up this article a few years back: https://web.archive.org/web/20000226041437/https://www.nsnews.com/issues99/w060799/lang.html After his fishing days, he was a grip on Sayle's 8 Men Out, and seems like from there that's how he got into acting...
  2. Been a long while since I've logged in and longer since I last posted! Resurrecting an old thread after finally seeing the always amazing John Sayles in his 1991 film City of Hope. Stephen J. Lang showed up as a cop here as well, and apparently uncredited! Of course he's been in other Sayles films, as the previously mentioned Limbo, he also was in the highly recommended Lone Star. Digging City of Hope as well, a good inner city drama touching on a lot of social issues.
  3. I just watched the first three-four episodes The beginning of it had me a little worried, the show's protagonist comes off a bit like Jessie Eisenberg portraying Mark Zukerberg in an FBI suit and it is much more of a set-up to establish this 1970's landscape, luckily things pick up in Ep2 and had me hooked 'til the wee hours of the morning. Definitely recommended!
  4. An interesting piece from NPR about "prion disease" that was identified in Papua New Guinea, and something similar, chronic wasting disease, is present among wild elk and deer, question raised if it could be spread to humans that eat infected animals? ...of course we all remember how prions came into play with the Marburg virus in MM https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/09/06/482952588/when-people-ate-people-a-strange-disease-emerged?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20160906
  5. I'm a little surprised at the lack of discussion (I should be one to talk...as I am not a regular and this is probably the first time I've visited the forum in a year or so) but second ep was written and directed by James Wong, the third was wr/dr by Darin Morgan, and this week's ep was done by Glen Morgan, who is also serving as co-executive producer for these new episodes. Really enjoying it from start...and I imagine to finish, shame there's not more than 6 eps, but word about the upcoming "season finale" makes it sound like the window is open to more episodes next year...
  6. I read the headline the cannibal restaurant but didn't read the article...wonder if they had a secret recipe?
  7. This got posted on a Facebook archaeology page, new article in Forbes: https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2015/05/20/ancient-mesoamerican-recipe-for-cooking-human-flesh-stuns-archaeologists/?utm_content=buffer1bfce&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer At the site of Tlatelcomila near Mexico City, a fairly early site dating to the Late Formative 700-500 BC before a lot of the great civilizations of Mexico as the Classic Mayans, Teotihuacan, Aztecs... human remains were excavated that have evidence of being butchered and cooked. Something that I have not really seen done much is that bones are not just analyzed for seeing how they were butchered but also looking a the cooking techniques used as well as what seasoning might have been used with chemical analysis. Don't think it was in a skillet with potatoes and onions Here's the academic article published in the latest journal issue of Archeometry: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/arcm.12178/abstract?campaign=wolearlyview
  8. I'm glad an old friend/acquaintance sci-fi geek and film music composer raved about Orphan Black on facebook, so I checked it out! Quite happy with the show, really pulls you in from the get-go (another MM parallel is the clone thing done with Force Majeure and The Innocents/Exegesis...with clones committing suicide), Tatiana Maslany is such a great young talent, Orphan Black hopefully will propel her to greater things in her future career with the amazing work she's doing portraying all the different clones. That said...didn't really like the season 2 finale reveal and the direction season 3 is taking
  9. :( that's so very sad. Horrible things are done, family's keep secrets to the point even the parents, who have issues of their own (undocumented, poor, unmarried?, abusive relationship, contested custody?), did not know what happened and kept the disappearance a secret due to fear of deportation.
  10. I'm a little shocked no one has mentioned the series for a couple of years now! The series finale was brilliant. Kudos to Vince Gilligan for the concept, to his great writing staff and the actors that were perfect for the roles, it really garnered deserved success and popularity, it was the most talked about thing this past Sunday night (right next the the White House shutdown currently happening), I think there weren't many that didn't love or like the final episode, Gilligan did the whole 5 seasons on his own terms, no premature cancelling, no prolonged extra seasons from the network. I'll put up spoiler tags in case someone reading hasn't watched these last episodes yet... How many others fell in love with this show as much as I did? I'm so glad that here on Mexico's AXN channel Breaking Bad was the mid-season replacement for Lost...otherwise it would've taken me a while to get word about the series. From the first episode I had to go WTF? returned to watch it a couple weeks later and quickly I was hooked. And it never let me down. Here's to hoping that we get another series that manages to get everything gelling so well together soon, and finds critical acclaim and popularity. Gives me hope that tv can come up with decent stuff after all...
  11. Finally getting to watch the show from the beginning! Gotta say that if I had watched this from the 1st ep I would've been hooked immediately... Good job Bryan Fuller!
  12. hmmm? https://welcometotwinpeaks.com/news/david-lynch-twin-peaks-revival-ray-wise/
  13. Sadly the Cybermen episode was a tad on the disappointing side for me (not bad, but didn't quite get the Gaiman brilliance like he brought into The Doctor's Wife, though I have a feeling it could've been due to editing down the episode to fit into an hour?) but The Name of the Doctor took us right to the front door of the 50th Anniversary where we should be. The first and last minute of this season finale are really going to make most long time fans squeeeeeee!
  14. An old friend made mention on facebook of a Netflix original series called Hemlock Grove, that it's trying to be Twin Peaks-ish, maybe unsuccessfully, but has a great musical score. So I just signed up for a free trial and am checkin it. Well, not so sure about the Twin Peaks influence, it's there, but I almost get more X-Files vibe out of it and the post-Twilight teenage-supernatural thing going that's gotten so trendy, though is more interesting and weird than most such shows. In fact, check out the trailer...notice the ouroboros? Also as I'm just into the second episode, one of the female characters is seeing visions of an angel, hmmmmm. Not sure what to make of the show yet, but worth a look if you have Netflix... here's the trailer:
  15. I'll need to check this one out...hope its on Hulu or if not on Netflix? I just watched Defiance, another SyFy original series that I guess just started? A friend recommended I give it a look since her brother likes it...not exactly what I expected but it's interesting, I'll keep watchin, even if I have doubts it's really finding an audience....
  16. I got to see the first three episodes of the Doctors Revisted, though unfortunately not the latest one on Tom Baker. And I have to say the last few episodes of new Doctor Who eps have had a very classic feel to them, a bit updated of course....which is a pleasant surprise, as while the Christmas special was great with the pre-intro to a new companion, the opening of the new 1/2 season was a bit off it seemed, like many other season with a new companion. Can't wait to see the cybermen again this weekend as written by Neil Gaiman and then the season finale! and then the 50th Anniversary Special in the FALL!!!
  17. Aw man how cool! An ex-housemate (who also turned out to be a good friend of an old friend of mine later) was an entomology grad student at UIUC, I went to at least one of the festivals...times like this that I miss being back in IL
  18. YAY! I saw it on Monday (and I watched it after a somewhat unexpected LotR marathon of my own: I found a fantastic deal on the extended trilogy on blu-ray so I had to watch them all after not having seeing any of them in at least 6 years) and quite enjoyed The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey I completely agree, while keeping in the tone of a children's story, PJ added in stuff to both make it more enjoyable for kids as well as built continuity into and darkness of LotR not present in the book for the adults. Really well done, my only quibble was the Brown wizard's sleigh of rabbits looked too fake and silly, otherwise I thought the rest of the CGI heavy use was great (Gollum especially) and came through well w/ the new 48 frames per second format. The new format to me made slow scenes look sped up even though they weren't...but maybe it was just me. I'm definitely seeing it again, probably in 2D. I didn't think it was too long or that the film dragged at all...perfect IMO so that the audience knows exactly what is going on without reading the book, and an excellent idea to split it into two films....I really could not have imagined The Hobbit as one film, it would've been rushed and bad IMO. Not too sure about the third film bridging The Hobbit and LotR, wait and see on that....
  19. Oh man...sorry but this might be a bit of a rant on Jim Vieira. He was all over the map and really had a convoluted argument. When he started the lecture, I was a little confused given the title being about "stone builders, mound builders and giants" and prefacing his talk with the problem of the "racist paradigm"....which in fact, springs from ideas of mysterious, lost ancient races, giant or otherwise (there was at one time a belief that "mound builders" was a race killed off by the Native American tribes before the Europeans arrived)...I had hope that when he started talking about Cahokia Mounds and Mississippians it might go somewhere more factual, but ended up being more of a talk about racist conspiracies perpetuated to the present day by the Smithsonian, conspiring to cover-up age-old evidence. Um yeeeeaah.... ...I will admit he is correct about the Smithsonian having an agenda, a racist one in line with manifest destiny and the greater agenda of the rest of the US government agenda to solve "the Native American problem" they faced up into the end of the 19th century (if not well up into Great Depression?) by systematically and forcibly trying to contain or incorporating them into European-America society. And much of this was perpetuated by a lack of understanding of world history and the sciences at that time...there instead was a literal interpretation of the bible prevalent in this day, a belief in the supernatural was widespread and unfounded theories were concocted lost races that were not Native American. This even extended into Mexico where the Aztec temples were destroyed and largely built over, other archaeological sites in the Mayan region and other areas of Mesoamerica remained mysteries to both Europeans and others, even though it was only a couple hundred years ago that the Nahuatl-speaking Aztecs and their subjects thrived before Spanish colonization, reduced to a forgotten memory of savage and mysterious past, completely disconnected to the modern reality of the most populous native groups living within the new nationhood of Mexico free from Spanish rule. The Smithsonian were paying for Native American skulls, both ancient and modern, so they could study them, extracting measurement data...we were in the very beginnings of formulating scientific methods and theories though quite in its infancy with very questionable methods, motivations and biases. Though by the beginning of the 20th century, things began to change...anthropologists like Franz Boas and later by the 1930s-40s archaeologists began a process of developing academic disciples and research methodologies that were not psuedo-scientific and antiquarian but had the first attempts in trying to remain objective via the scientific method, more nuanced in description to fully understand cultural ways rather than focusing on artifacts (both "modern" and prehistoric) as treasure; but instead as insights into everyday life of people different than those of European lives. So the "racist paradigm" in archaeology pretty much got dropped by around WWII (significant that biological science (and the social sciences) was establishing itself concurrently with the rise of Hitler and his agenda to support an Aryan race as superior to all "races" lost in history, that we say the sciences mature to discard ideas of ancient lost races building monumental architecture in the Americas), theories and more robust research began in archaeology during the 50s, 60s, 70s where the "racist paradigm" (I think it's really a misnomer to call it a paradigm, it really was just a sign of the times) gave way to descriptive paradigms, "new archaeology" paradigm (melding science and anthropological theory), post-structural/post-modern paradigm (dwelving deeper into theory)... I don't know much of anything of the archaeology of New England (I know much more about Cahokia, Mississippians, a little about Hopewellian effigy mounds) but the earliest sites in the Americas in this region, talking about 10,000+ years before present, prior to the construction of any monumental architecture in the Americas, is the subject of debate now at fairly high circles in the archaeological community, that perhaps there was European contact via ice bridges into Canada and Northeastern US, though this would've been very isolated and this early possible contact would not have last as the Holocene brought on warmer climate melting any possible ice sheets that could've connected Europe, Greenland, and North America. We have conclusive proof of Viking contact into Canada with well researched and documented habitation sites, though this was isolated as well. It is possible that the stone structures mentioned in the lecture, with proper research, are part of isolated European contact with North America prior to the 16th century. Could also be very early abandoned European-American colonial constructions. (as a sidenote, locally here in Mexico, an acquaintance of mine, American caver/journalist of mine found underground aqueducts called "qanats" which is a Middle Eastern technology, which has not been documented very much at all in the historical record of Spanish colonization, but clearly was brought to Latin America by early Spanish colonists when establishing early colonial settlements which required much less effort than building above ground aqueducts before they had "cooperative" labor forces of the local native populations.) The accounts and pictures of giant skeletons reported/received by the Smithsonian are part of the "racist paradigm", likely a lot of it is exaggerated or completely fabricated by a public and even scientists of this time with beliefs and superstitions that giants existed in a past, before there was widespread education, before science really developed, before historians really has a cohesive body of work to teach... ...not to say that anomalies don't exist at all...but to propose that there are conspiracies hiding anything giant skeletons discovered in the 19th century is so far fetched and convoluted with respect to an idea of a "racist paradigm" I cannot give Jim Vieira much credibility at all. I wish he had talked a little more about the physical anthropologist working on repatriation of some of those 8-foot skeletons, as I have a hunch there was something irregular in how these individuals were discovered and curated.
  20. Got a shock reading this today: Lance is taking a shot at writing a comic book! https://www.darkhorse...Hell-You-Ride-1
  21. Cross-pollinating threads: Darlene you need to get on watching Fringe! In the episode leading up to the finale of last season there's a plot point of locating areas where lightning strikes twice :)
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