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  1. Hanyou

    Interstellar

    Nolan's latest film. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vxOhd4qlnA Discuss. ---------- When I left the theater after watching this movie, I was in something like stunned silence for a good five minutes. Rarely has a movie's narrative so engrossed me. When I did come to, my first thought was...
  2. Hanyou

    The Quality of Modern Pop Music

    The Quality of Modern Popular Music This is meant to be an open-ended discussion--I don't want the parameters to be too rigid. What do you think of popular music, in the present and/or in the past, and how does it fare as artistic product? ------------------------------ Here's my opinion...
  3. Hanyou

    True Detective

    HBO's series True Detective is a throwback to pulp detective novels, as well as an homage to classic Weird Fiction. The opening theme captures the tone of the show. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sp0BjFl-a1Y If you haven't watched it, I don't want to spoil any specific plot details in the...
  4. Hanyou

    Sci-Fi/Action Films

    Any fans of sci-fi/action films? Discuss your favorite films in the genre, or what you think of the genre as a whole. I call this a genre because it has a very specific vibe to it. Action films range from Lord of the Rings to The Dark Knight, but I tend to think of sci-fi action as a series...
  5. Hanyou

    Fleet Foxes

    I've only recently started listening to this folk rock band (though I was introduced to them about four years ago) and I feel the need to see to talk about their music. While they're an indie band, I understand that they're fairly popular. Here are a couple of songs...
  6. Hanyou

    How Do You View the Office of the President?

    Is the president our boss or our employee? Do you view him as a leader or as a servant of this country? ---------- What prompted this question was this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PB7hTuaFvpc Now, Chris Rock is a comedian, and his "the president is our boss" line got a chuckle...
  7. Hanyou

    Music You Like in Genres You Don't Like

    What are songs/bands/artists/albums/compositions you like in genres you're not a fan of? You don't have to hate the genre--you could just be indifferent to it. -------------------- You'll find mostly prog, metal, classic rock, and classical in my library. I actively dislike much rap music...
  8. Hanyou

    Sleeping Dogs

    Sleeping Dogs has a 66% on Steam for the next 20 hours. I have exactly that long to decide if I should buy a game I've heard very little about. Has anyone played this game? Is it good? Bad? Discuss.
  9. Hanyou

    My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Discussion

    We've had a thread about this show before, but it's a ways down. With Season 3 underway, what better time to start a discussion? I know there are MLP fans on here! Feel free to discuss the show, the culture surrounding it (yes, even Bronies), the music, favorite characters, etc. You're...
  10. Hanyou

    If the Fetus Is a Human Being, Is Abortion Immoral?

    Assuming that the fetus, embryo, or fertilized egg being aborted is a human being, 1.) Is abortion immoral? 2.) Should abortion be legal? Pretend the entity of your choice meets the requirements for personhood, but is getting aborted anyway. Is it ever justified? Is it ever unjustified...
  11. Hanyou

    Breaking Bad

    If you've seen this show, then you know how good it is. If you haven't and you're an adult, you should watch it. If you're not old enough to watch brutal stuff, then you should avoid it. The basic premise is that a high school chemistry teacher who learns he has lung cancer starts cooking...
  12. Hanyou

    Flogging Molly

    For those of you unfamiliar with this fantastic Irish folk punk band, here are a couple of samples: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogzlmuH7nuY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1A4QsKB4yw http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8yEqco39T8 Flogging Molly, starting in 1997, released a surprisingly good...
  13. Hanyou

    The "Nostalgia Goggles" Straw Man

    You sometimes have to wonder how certain arguments become popular. One of the most ridiculous arguments bandied about by gamers is the "nostalgia goggles" straw man. Say you prefer an old game to a new one, and many times you're immediately assaulted with allegations that your judgment is...
  14. Hanyou

    Retribution

    link Do you believe retribution is justifiable in private interactions? Is it justifiable through the legal system? Why or why not? I have often heard people describe retribution as revenge, so I think it's incredibly important to separate the two. Retribution is punishment as repayment...
  15. Hanyou

    Can Games Become "dated?"

    Do you think games can get worse with age? Why or why not? Do you believe people who prefer older games to newer ones are wearing "nostalgia goggles?" I hear this argument a lot in the gaming community--that older games are somehow worse because the technology used to make them, the...
  16. Hanyou

    Doom Metal

    Discuss Doom Metal. For those unfamiliar with the genre, it's basically heavy metal, with a focus on heaviness and lyrics usually covering...well...doom. Imagery and sound will usually be evil, dark, etc. and music will usually be slower than other forms of metal. Like most metal, it's all...
  17. Hanyou

    US Army "Kill Team" Posed with Pictures of Murdered Civilians

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/mar/21/us-army-kill-team-afghanistan-posed-pictures-murdered-civilians I have great respect for the men and women who choose to serve in our armed forces. I am fully aware that instances like this are few and far between. However, the only way to describe...
  18. Hanyou

    Self-Defense

    Do you believe people have a right to self-defense? If so, how far does it stretch? If not, what do you propose they should do when their life, liberty, or property are threatened? Discuss. Special note: this discussion has spun off from the gun control thread, specifically Matt's most...
  19. Hanyou

    Don't Ask, Don't Tell

    Recently, the status quo policy of the United States Military regarding homosexual members, Don't Ask, Don't Tell, has been at issue. Do you favor Don't Ask, Don't Tell? Why or why not? What should be done with the legislation? For those unfamiliar with it, here is an explanation...
  20. Hanyou

    Progressive Rock/ Metal

    One of the more underrated genres of music is progressive rock. With its complex musicianship, often long suites, cryptic lyrics, lengthy instrumental sections, and (in many cases) long-winded concept albums, prog proves inaccessible to many, but dedicated listeners are rewarded with rich...
  21. Hanyou

    Power Metal

    What is power metal? It's fast, bombastic, loud, probably a bit cheesy, and technically spectacular. Sometimes it's gothic. Sometimes it's neoclassical. Sometimes it's fully orchestrated. Regardless, it's always spectacular. For those who are familiar with the genre, what are your...
  22. Hanyou

    Anarchy Vs. Totalitarianism

    This is a hypothetical question. Suppose you were given a choice before you were born: you could live in a totalitarian society, where the government controlled and regulated every aspect of your life, or you could live in an anarchic one, where concrete laws did not exist and there was no real...
  23. Hanyou

    Can Religious Beliefs Be Bad?

    I am creating this thread as a kind of counterpoint to the thread concerning atheism. Some of the discussion there was getting into this territory, and the subject matter is really worthy of another thread, especially since the presence of religion covers different ground than the absence of...
  24. Hanyou

    Whaling

    Whaling, specifically the Japanese whaling industry, has become extremely controversial in recent years. Shows such as Whale Wars document protests against this industry, and the entire international community seems to be against it. For a brief history, I suppose Wikipedia is as good a...
  25. Hanyou

    Iron Maiden

    For the uninitiated, Iron Maiden is one of the most readily identifiable, influential metal bands in history. They rose to prominence in the 80's, and have continued to evolve and change their sound throughout their career. If you're a fan, or if you're just curious about the band, this is the...
  26. Hanyou

    The Mosque Near Ground Zero

    Controversy has recently arisen over the construction of a mosque near Ground Zero in New York city. If you are somehow unfamiliar with this controversy, the following video summarizes the initial events: Here's a decent summary of what's happened since: [link] In addition, President Barack...
  27. Hanyou

    Ronnie James Dio

    In honor of the metal legend, who passed away yesterday morning, I thought we'd make a thread dedicated to Ronnie James Dio and his wonderful music. For those not up on the news: http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2010/05/16/metal-rocker-ronnie-james-dio-has-died-wife-says/?hpt=T2 This is a huge loss...
  28. Hanyou

    Democracy

    Post your thoughts on Democracy. Feel free to say what you like, but here are some questions to get you started if necessary. Is democracy fundamentally a good thing? Is there a limit to its merits, and does the number of people taking part in the democratic process matter? What is the...
  29. Hanyou

    The Confederate Flag

    What is your opinion on the Confederacy and its flag? Consider their legacy, their symbolism, and the legality of, for example, flying the flag over a state capitol. I'm leaving the topic fairly open. As for my own opinion, I will go into detail as needed. I would like to introduce this...
  30. Hanyou

    Steampunk

    I started this thread in another forum, but since Steampunk was brought up in the Podcast I figured this might be a good point for discussion. I'm putting this in "Future Zelda" because, while you can feel free to talk about existing steampunk elements, we don't yet have a steampunk Zelda...
  31. Hanyou

    Separation of Church and State: Legality and Ethics

    I actually made this post in another forum awhile back, but figured that now was a good time to post a thread on this topic here since the issue has been brought up in some other threads. Note: Do not be deterred by the long first post; feel free just to read the two bolded questions and state...
  32. Hanyou

    Nightwish

    Since I made this thread, you can assume I'm a fan of Nightwish. I'll articulate why. I run the risk of seeming elitist, so here's a disclaimer: I realize these are just opinions. If you'd like, add an "IMHO" modifier to all my comments. I'm not a huge fan of post-80's metal. There are a...
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