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Well Halo 5 will be here....in 2015!

16 May 2014 - 06:51 AM

So MS just announced Halo 5: Guardians and showed off some possible cover art:







That being said, some Halo purists will decry the continue pillaging of a game they adore.  Others who hate Halo for being Halo will continue to do so.  Then there are the weird people like me (and many others I assume since they keep making Halo games) that love the Halo universe, story and gameplay.  Yep, I'm a strange fish all right.


So, There's a female spartan with a battle rifle on the top image while the Chief is mirrored below.  Considering the blue glow from her visor...is this Cortana?  Hrm...  Who knows?


Some of y'all will have even more cool stuff I'm sure.  Or others of you will take the chance to say I'm such a moron for liking Halo past CE (or Marathon if you're a hipster =P).


Love you guys!

Dave Brockie - Lead Singer of GWAR dies at his home

25 March 2014 - 09:49 AM



This saddens me greatly.  Loved the band, shows, it all.  The world of satirical music, silly metal, and fans of gross out stuff has lost a great hero.



Given the Adam Muema thread...

05 March 2014 - 07:41 AM

And the crazies that followed.  I want to ask/say some things that I knew would be about as unfootball as most of that thread.  I choose here, for better or worse.


As I see/read/deal with people in a similar boat to Meuma (non-orthodox Christianity, erratic behavior, ect), I have to ask, what's the deal?  Where is the balance?  What is their motivation?  I am speaking mainly of Christianity, but the issues with crazy religious teachings aren't exclusive to Christians.


Now I ask this as a born and raised Episcopalian(though I am moving quickly towards an ambivalent, universal agnosticism), college graduate, having read the Bible (finally), and someone who interprets literature for a living.  I'm also a big believer in science, in observation, and internal motivation.  So when I see someone like Meuma who follows a youtube God (is that an accurate description?), I ask, what is going on in his head?


I think back to someone I know, who used to be a very open minded, free thinker, inquisitive explorer.  He meet someone in a mega church (which is a complete other topic...), who got him involved in the band, then he joined up after the death of his father, and radically changed who he is.  He's happy, so I do not begrudge him his happiness.  That's one thing I'd like to express here.  I do not begrudge anyone who has a belief system that makes them happy.  I do not believe anyone is wrong per say, but I also find some religious behavior to be unacceptable (Westboro Baptist Church).


When you look at the ancient mythology of bygone civilizations, do many people understand the role of the myths?  Like the ancient Greeks?  Their myths taught lessons of history, behavior, and faith to the people.  Modern folks dismiss them as pure myths/fantasies.  But to those Greeks 2500 years ago, they were as true to them as a holy text is to someone of faith today.  It looks like to me that people do not understand the role of allegory, or history, and context.  Which is extremely dangerous because that leads to some of the crazy stuff we see out of folks like the Westboro Baptist Church.  To me, this is the line where people are getting the faith stuff wrong.  This is where I feel like people miss the point of the old testament in the Bible.


I have been taught in church (Christ Church, Charlotte NC in the mid 90s) that the old testament was the history of Christians before Christ.  That there are some things we do, a lot of things we don't do from there.  It allows us to place a context on the words of Jesus so that we understand his importance, aside from being the son of God.  I don't get why people jump into the old testament so often in order to prove their superiority to others, quoting things like Deuteronomy and Leviticus.  Those are very interesting books of the Bible, but from a historical perspective.  Are we expected to live the loving life of a Christian (in my understanding) using the extremely ugly books of the Bible?  Or should we understand that Jesus and the New Covenant were leading down a different path than what came before?


Of course this leads also into the science deniers.  The "Young Earth" believers, like from the Bill Nye "debate."   Why are folks so adamant about the factual nature of a book that naturally contradicts itself?  Talk about a real head scratcher!  If God created us in his image, aren't we doing "his will" by exploring, by discovering, by asking questions to learn more about the beauty of creation?  The Young Earth people read seven days, and assume that it's seven of our days.  What if God's time scale is completely different from ours?  I mean, an Earth year and a Jovian (Jupiter) year are two completely different things.  Time scales different depending on where you are in the solar system.  Then again, many Americans believe the Sun revolves around the Earth (sorry Copernicus and Galileo!)...


I could go on, but I imagine that there will be enough "TL:DR - Ur goin' to H311!" kind of stuff.  I look forward to it.


This is kind of a limited medium for expressing ideas.  I am trying to be intellectual in my process of understanding.  Why do I want to understand?  Because I work with human beings of diverse background daily.  I want to be able to understand where they come from so that I can work with them most effectively.  The extreme religiosity of some people confounds the heck out of me.   I'd appreciate intelligent responses instead of outright attacks.  Then again, this is the Tinderbox, and I just brought a lit blow torch into a matches and gasoline factory...


So Titanfall?

18 February 2014 - 08:37 AM

Any of you PC master racers or Xbox One folks got your hands on the beta yet?  I've heard its out there for everyone.


Looks like a tight shooter with some cool wall walking and giant, explody mechs in it.  The online only is very different, but then again, aren't most of us connected most of the time we game anyways?


Any players out there?  I'm sticking to my 360, so I'm interested to see what it does for that console.

Scheme versus Talent! A new draft gameshow!

14 January 2014 - 11:22 AM

OK, not really.  At all.


But something fun to talk about (debate or flame each other), is the role of scheme when evaluating players.  I've been reading up on the draft to help salve my bitterness over the end of our season, and there are so many interesting reads about players, systems, opinions, ect.  It got me thinking about how and why certain players would be successful for us.


So let's talk.  We have more than enough football acumen as armchair QBs/GMs/Coaches so this aught to be fun.


I'll go first with wide receivers, because I've been thinking about how awesome it would be for Cam to sling rockets to some of these guys coming out.


A first note is to really think about what we ask our WRs to do (Scheme!).

1.  You have to be willing to block.  For Cam, RBs, and guys who make a catch.  Therefore the Panthers need to find WRs who don't mind getting physical.

2.  You have to be a good route runner.  Shula-ball this year was more about control than the free wheeling, everyone go for broke days of Chud-ball.  I didn't see as many "long" routes (then again admittedly my watching was limited by desire to see us win, see superstitions).  Since Smith's YPC was way lower than his career mark, I'm going to assume that despite the long plays of Ginn, or LaFell's 90 yarder, most of our passing plays were short to intermediate.  Therefore someone who can run routes really well should be high on our list.

3.  Catch in traffic.  I think we've seen a lot that we will attack the middle of the field with crossing routes.  Going with the blocker, it'd be great to find guys who can attack the middle of the field fearlessly.  With the NFCS getting better, and more physical, you're going to get popped down there, but that's where there will be some open passes, especially if the Bucs go Tampa 2 again.

4.  Excellent hands - well...you got to be able to catch with your hands, occasionally make some crazy, sportscenter grab because Cam will hit you high.  This kind of goes without saying?

5.  No diva attitude.  Since 89 kind of left the diva boat by in large (not completely!), can we handle a prima dona a la Terrell Owens in his prime?  Sometimes these types make hall of fame careers (Mike Irvin?), but will that work on Cam's team?


So now the fun debate.  There have been some fans calling for a Julio Jones type trade to get Sammy Watkins.  He's so very good.  I did watch the Orange Bowl and he was nearly uncoverable because he's so freakishly good.  Oh, and he's a great athlete too!  Then there is Mike Evans, the big monster who caught all the improv balls from Manzel at A&M.  He's almost big enough to scare safeties away.  Frankly, I wouldn't want anger him for fear he might consume me...  


Which is better for us?  Sammy makes his QBs instantly better, and I think he very well could be worth the move.  He's one who can make something out of nothing, a la mid 00's Steve Smith.  But he'll be a top 5-10 selection.  If we stay where we are, Evans may not fall, but if he did, he would be an excellent addition as well.  Going down to Benjamin out of FSU, he's not as polished as many other guys in the draft, but he's got some magic to his game.  


What say you draftnics?  Based on what we're running this year, who fits best?  Who can we reasonably get 1st?  2nd?  3rd?  Y'all know a lot more than I do!  I thought this might be an interesting mental exercise as we wait for the football summer to roll around.

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