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Hard Choices / Re: Stevie Wonder's Greatest Album
« on: December 08, 2006, 09:42:12 pm »
InnerVisions

Living just enough, just enough for the citaeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

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Hard Choices / Re: HARD CHOICES: Martin or Living Single?
« on: December 08, 2006, 09:39:29 pm »
Silly Silly Silly

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General Discussion / Re: Help Me Choose A HEFfer: Toya Or Jenn
« on: December 07, 2006, 10:09:45 pm »
Ain'tctouchin this one Gilligan, you can be on that island by yourself.  Besides, the old school HEF gents no that no one compares to the Mystical Magical Wand!  (Nothin against Toya and Jenn, I'm just sayin....)

 :-*

Magic Wand is a 10th level ninja with laser eyes yo...

 :-*


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General Discussion / Re: Help Me Choose A HEFfer: Toya Or Jenn
« on: December 07, 2006, 10:07:18 pm »
and Magic Wand is a chick?  For real?

For REAL
(I see you missed the "What is your favorite fantasy" thread on the old forum ... oh my gooooodness!)   :D

 :-[


::)



 8)

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General Discussion / Re: Help Me Choose A HEFfer: Toya Or Jenn
« on: December 06, 2006, 11:18:54 am »
Uh...do Toya or I get a SAY in all this?

Jenn,
You're not really asking permission to "SAY" something, are you?

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Latest Flicks / Re: Deja Vu -- Worth Seeing
« on: December 05, 2006, 03:15:47 pm »
Does Mrs. Blue know that you had her son at the cinema terrorizing other movie patrons?

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In The News / Re: Winter Is HERE! Look Outside
« on: December 05, 2006, 10:59:18 am »


Welcome aboard, Magic Wand, and welcome back!  ;D

So where have you been?

You mean....since that incident with the elephant in Bangkok?

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Thank you for the EXCELLENT post, Officer Goat!

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In The News / Re: Winter Is HERE! Look Outside
« on: December 05, 2006, 10:45:23 am »
The sun is shining in ATL and there's no precip.
That hardly qualifies as winter.

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Vox Populi / Re: most dangerous & safest U.S. cities report 2006
« on: December 05, 2006, 10:42:50 am »
Apparently, they are taking 'Brotherly Love' more seriously. ;)

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Latest Flicks / Re: BORAT: Sacha Baron Cohen is at it again.
« on: December 01, 2006, 11:05:18 pm »
Speaking of DVDs....

Letter from China: In Shanghai, a search for ‘Borat’ turns up a crackdown on piracy
December 01, 2006
Howard W. French / International Herald Tribune


SHANGHAI: It all began with a search for “Borat.” Yes, “Borat,” the popular and somewhat controversial comedy that spoofs life in the central Asia nation, Kazakhstan.

One of the cheap pleasures of life in Shanghai in recent years has been the almost instantaneous availability of just about any Hollywood movie of any size. Hereabouts, they are hawked, together with myriad other counterfeit goods, in the impromptu bazaars that constitute some of this city’s most famous streets.

When “Borat, Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan” was late in coming, my first thought was that it was a victim of political correctness. Officials in Kazakhstan had been angered by the depiction of their country, and I briefly imagined the neighborly Chinese authorities blocking the DVD, or at least delaying it’s arrival here.

Come to think of it, though, I hadn’t seen any recent Hollywood titles being flogged on the streets here. I’d had my eye out for “The Last King of Scotland” and “Stranger than Fiction,” and they didn’t seem to be on sale either.

Curious, I visited the Ka De Club, the downtown DVD shop other foreigners had introduced me to with a knowing wink and smile when I first moved to Shanghai, three years ago. There, wide- eyed foreigners and a few Chinese customers circled the tables where the latest releases were stacked, snatching at them like sharks after chum.

I hadn’t been to the store for many months, though, and was told it had moved to another site.

The next weekend I went there, only to be told there were no Hollywood films. When I asked why, the smiling clerk said there was a crackdown under way. “Come back in 10 days,” she said, implying it would soon pass.

A Chinese friend introduced me to another shop, whose name he said was Blockbuster, just like in the United States, though with no affiliation. I went there during my lunch hour one day, only to discover that they, too, had nothing recent - and had changed their name to Hollywood Hits.

That was a couple of weeks ago, but the drought has continued. At this point, I kept looking, no longer desperate to watch “Borat,” just curious to know what was going on. Could it be that China was finally, genuinely living up to its repeated pledges to crack down on a major form of intellectual property theft?

A quick search online turned up a few clues. As it turns out, there has recently been something called the 100 Days’ Action Campaign Against Piracy. Nationwide, officials said, there had been 141 arrests and over 58 million counterfeit films, books and other products seized.

Asked for comment, officials in Shanghai’s Intellectual Property Administration bureau confirmed the campaign and said they were still carrying out orders from the central government to crack down on piracy. “We’ve been inspecting the locations where DVDs are sold, confiscating the fake ones, educating the sellers and fining them,” said Xu Hanping, an enforcement officer with the bureau. “We are assigning more people to this problem than we ever have before.”

Who knows if it will last, especially with a name that speaks of a 100-day campaign. There is certainly plenty of doubt online, where there has been a lively exchange of commentary among fans of black market DVDs, including this gem of skepticism: “After the forest fire, weeds will once again prosper once spring comes.”

On the basis of their experience, the cynicism is warranted. Chinese people have seen way too many campaigns come and go not to view them that way, especially amid a huge scandal here involving illicit enrichment of city officials.

If nothing else, though, the crackdown has already proved something important: that the Chinese government can do something about a problem it has often all but pleaded powerlessness over.

Indeed, all it takes to realize how unconvincing that pose is, is a small thought experiment. Just imagine what would happen to purveyors of DVDs featuring the banned religious group, Falun Gong, or the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama?

Perhaps, though, just perhaps, there is something more to this moment than an ephemeral crackdown. With the government pushing hard to create more value added for its industries, to foster the emergence of Chinese brands that can compete on the global stage, recent statements by senior Chinese leaders seem to suggest an appreciation of the double- edged sword that the country’s massive piracy represents.

For the complete column, please see this link:
http://www.iht.com/articles/2006/11/30/news/letter.php

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Hudlin TV / Re: Did Anybody Like Chris?
« on: December 01, 2006, 09:47:07 pm »
Catching up on a ton of TV that I've missed.
Did anyone like, "Everybody Hates Chris"?

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Very tough choice.
I cried at the end of both movies.

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Hard Choices / Re: HARD CHOICES: Martin or Living Single?
« on: December 01, 2006, 09:30:19 pm »
Gotta go with Living Single.
I thought Martin was too silly.

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Hard Choices / Re: HARD CHOICE: OATMEAL OR GRITS
« on: December 01, 2006, 09:28:46 pm »
Grits is the greater delicacy.
Oatmeal has to be of a certain type to be palatable.
Grits is good no matter what!

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