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07-10-2012, 01:50 AM
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Just finished the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy for the first time. I'm wondering why I took so damn long to read it now. Really enjoyed it. And now I want to read the rest of the series. Right now. And many other unrelated books. I need to read a lot more often.

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07-10-2012, 06:59 AM
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Just finished the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy for the first time. I'm wondering why I took so damn long to read it now. Really enjoyed it. And now I want to read the rest of the series. Right now. And many other unrelated books. I need to read a lot more often.
They are all excellent, Douglas Adams was a genius.

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Watched Moneyball yesterday and that is easily one of my most favorite sports movies. Really curious to how accurate the movie depicts all of the moves that Billy Bean made and why he made them.

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Watched Moneyball yesterday and that is easily one of my most favorite sports movies. Really curious to how accurate the movie depicts all of the moves that Billy Bean made and why he made them.
I watched that a couple of weeks ago, really good movie.

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I watched that a couple of weeks ago, really good movie.
There was just something about the way the movie was filmed and how watching the movie I really felt like I was sitting in on negotiations between GMs. Loved seeing how he built his team and just the explanation of Moneyball itself. The little girl stole the show in her scenes when she sang (helped by great reactions by Pitt).

Does anyone know how much Billy Bean ended up getting paid with the A's?

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Watched Crazy, Stupid Love last night. Had no expectations. It was pretty good.

Scene with Steve Carell in the sauna with Ryan Gosling had me dying with laughter.

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I haven't seen the Moneyball movie yet but the book is quite good.

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I lol'd at that last night. Oh, how language barriers can be hilarious.

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don't even think he misused it. That tali chump was always stroking himself over his "genius" and RamJam let him haver

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Didn't watch last night's Master Chef yet...but there's quite a few I'm ready to see go home.

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don't even think he misused it. That tali chump was always stroking himself over his "genius" and RamJam let him haver
You could also take it as certain ppl butchered their fish do bad that he was saying master bait, as in he destroyed the fish.

I look forward to Masterchef so much every week now. There are like 4 or 5 really good cooks on there this year.

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Becky almost has to win. She is by far most consistent.

Becky
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Monti? or the one with the nose

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Becky almost has to win. She is by far most consistent.

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Black dude
Monti? or the one with the nose

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I think the top 4 are

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forgot about italian guy. chinese chick ****s up too much even if she did nail the urchin

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forgot about italian guy. chinese chick ****s up too much even if she did nail the urchin
Lol, that sounds like a new saying I will use. That chick totally nailed the urchin.

Agreed, I still think she's got the overall talent. Monti is right there though. Not sure what happens behind the scenes but everyone hates her

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Are you talking about Felix or Christine as the Chinese chick?

Frank is the Italian guy, Josh is the black guy.

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Felix I assume. Blind girl's gonna go soon i think.

just can't see her going on much farther unless she wins a challenge

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Are you talking about Felix or Christine as the Chinese chick?

Frank is the Italian guy, Josh is the black guy.
I'm terrible with names (as you can see). I don't know why but I just don't retain that information anymore unless someone really leaves an impression on me. Forget it if the names are strange let alone "normal" like in Game of Thrones

But yes I was saying Felix.

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I'm terrible with names (as you can see). I don't know why but I just don't retain that information anymore unless someone really leaves an impression on me. Forget it if the names are strange let alone "normal" like in Game of Thrones

But yes I was saying Felix.
I'm a name person...it annoys me sometimes, but really comes in handy other times.

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07-10-2012, 05:19 PM
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Watched Moneyball yesterday and that is easily one of my most favorite sports movies. Really curious to how accurate the movie depicts all of the moves that Billy Bean made and why he made them.
Some of it is accurate, some isn't. His scouting staff wasn't nearly that antiquated or resistant to change, his manager wasn't nearly that difficult to deal with, and many of the players are depicted pretty loosely.

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Some of it is accurate, some isn't. His scouting staff wasn't nearly that antiquated or resistant to change, his manager wasn't nearly that difficult to deal with, and many of the players are depicted pretty loosely.
Couple questions for ya...

1. Did he really trade Pena just to get the lineup he wanted?
2. How much did he get paid by the A's to stay?
3. I don't recall the Red Sox team that won the World Series as a team that won it by "embracing" Beans system. Was this true as was written at the end of the movie?
4. Was the system truely brought to Billy by another person (played by Johna Hill)?

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Couple questions for ya...

1. Did he really trade Pena just to get the lineup he wanted?
2. How much did he get paid by the A's to stay?
3. I don't recall the Red Sox team that won the World Series as a team that won it by "embracing" Beans system. Was this true as was written at the end of the movie?
4. Was the system truely brought to Billy by another person (played by Johna Hill)?
Having read the book about a year ago, I don't remember everything, but...

4: Yes. Jonah's character (Paul Depodesta) was a stat geek who looked at the metric-type stats while Beane and the A's staff were all looking at the traditional "5 tools" of Hitting for Average, Hitting for Power, Throwing, Fielding, and Speed/Baserunning. Beane himself was a highly touted prospect and considered elite according to his 5 tools and the fact that he "looked the part" of a pro baseball player even as a high school player. He seemed to be a future star according to what a star is supposed to be, so they never considered his mentality for the game, temperament, compete level, or some of the metric stats that Paul would later introduce.

So, when Beane retired and eventually took charge of the A's, he started to realize that the existing system was flawed. Also, he realized that if he went after the highly touted prospects in the draft, they would command expensive contracts that the A's couldn't afford, so he went for guys who flew under the radar but had redeeming qualities - namely the ability to simply get on base, regardless of speed, power, physical build, fielding, etc...

He also picked up veteran players who were starting to go "over the hill" but who retained the key attributes that he was looking for. This is how he was able to assemble the great teams, because the big market teams could outbid him on the players that EVERYONE wants but he wouldn't face that opposition if he took players with "warts".

edit: I haven't seen the movie yet, so I don't know how much of the book is covered or how Hollywood-ized it is.

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Watched Crazy, Stupid Love last night. Had no expectations. It was pretty good.

Scene with Steve Carell in the sauna with Ryan Gosling had me dying with laughter.
i really liked this movie. i normally don't mind romantic comedies, but this one was actually truly funny.
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I think the concept of an Assassin's Creed movie is doomed to failure to begin with.
this is what i'm afraid of, 2 hours is not nearly enough time to explain all of the little things that make the game amazing. i'm assuming they'll make it about the first game, then if it does well make a bastardized version of 2, brotherhood, and revelations put together, then make one about 3. however even focusing on one of the games at a time there's just not enough time to introduce the concept of the animus, get desmond into the swing of it, introduce all the history, introduce and assassinate each target, and then finish with the final fight.
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Assassins creed story In the video games is cool enough to make a cool movie an he action scenes would be epic
the story line is fantastic, but how well will it translate.

they made a series of short videos as a prequel to asscreed 2 that were great, i'm not worried about their ability to do the action. but as with every book and game that gets turned into a movie, i question how well they'll do the details, plot twists, and historical background that make the game good.

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Moneyball was definitely better than I thought it would be.

My biggest issue is that they made it seem as if Bradford and Jeremy Giambi were acquired in that off-season when in reality they weren't. They were already on the team.

They also forgot to mention that David Justice was actually traded to the Mets first by the Yankees for Robin Ventura. The Mets then traded him to the A's.

Another thing that irked me a little was that they didn't mention Hudson, Mulder, and Zito at all. Miguel Tejada was also absent from the movie as well. He won the MVP that year albeit undeservedly.

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