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  1. Sorry to necro this thread. But has anyone retimed these subtitles to the blu-ray release? I just ordered a (assumed legit) copy of the blu-ray standard edition form CDJapan. Was wondering if someone had already done the drudgery of retiming things and might have made the subtitle files available for remastering a subtitled blu-ray. Or, dare I ask? Are there now better subtitles available beyond my meager efforts above? Has anyone improved upon them over the years? ;) --H
  2. Hi All, Sorry if this is old news (rudimentary MWF search didn't show anything). . . A youtube video of a scratch-built radio-controlled VF-1 Valkyrie (two of them, actually) actually flying. . . Raw footage
  3. Not sure if anyone has ever posted about this before. But Nike allows you to customize the colors on the classic Air Jordan (1st Edition) design. On my only trip to Japan several years ago, I stumbled across some of these in Roy Focker's yellow, white, and black. . . and it even had a valkrie silhouette on the back of the heel. I've always regretted not getting them. At least now I can get these (when the wife is convinced. . .). Anyways. . . you can even make a poster. . .
  4. I thought the same thing since I posted even before DT. But rather than point it out, I decided not to give a sh!t.
  5. Incidentally, those who enjoy the redlettermedia.com reviews of the prequels should probably find a way to download them locally. Disney may not have quick so lax a policy towards such extensive use of film footage that they now own.
  6. Can only be a good thing. I mean, how much worse can you get than Jar Jar and the latest Indy movie? Ironically, it could be Disney that rescues them and returns them to their teenage/young adult-oriented roots. But even if episode 7 stinks, we'll at least get a Plinkett review out of it.
  7. Ah well, that skin I scraped together had a good run! Glad to see MW still going strong. Congrats on the successful IPB upgrade Shawn! The new version seems really robust/versatile. I haven't had reason to run an IPB site for a year or two. But seeing this, I may just find a reason. --H
  8. Well, that could be it. But the current admin may want to check the back-end settings. This is possibly something that can be fixed on the MW side of things. A few years ago (during my tenure as admin), we were having trouble sending to a lot of "free email" services. The problem was that a lot of those services were very picky about the header structure of the emails and rejected the way IPB structures its emails by default. The solution was to add a custom header in the forum email settings (this is something done forum-wide by the admin, not by users themselves). If I recall, the code needed was: -femailaddress@server.com (yes, "dash f" run into a legit email address). At that point, email started getting through to those services. I wonder if this settings was (easily!) overlooked and not duplicated when the forums were rebuilt during the last major IPB version upgrade? Best, H
  9. yes. it can be turned off. It's one of the first settings I disable on any new IPB install.
  10. Ridiculous. $400 and its knees don't even bend.
  11. Being the guy who created that logo. . . I'm actually sorta touched that someone liked it enough to steal it. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, etc. =) BTW, that (highly filtered) kite emblem is actually from a picture of the T-shirt they gave away with Robotech Battlecry for the XBox. =)
  12. It should probably be pointed out though that the Japanese soundtrack is very sucky on the ADV release compared to the Animeigo one. The ADV original Japanese track is much less vibrant and quite a bit quieter (and therefore is more distorted and has more hiss because you have to crank it up). The audio track on the Animeigo release is very clean, loud, and vibrant. The dub on Hulu, if anything, will hopefully convince folks to go with the subtitles, and hunt down the Animeigo release.
  13. Eventually, IPB 2.x wasn't going to be supported any longer with security updates. Better to do it now during a planned, methodical upgrade than do it in a rush a year from now when the site is un-updated, vulnerable, and under attack.
  14. Christian appearing isn't really a problem. Since he did that even in the accepted "real" timeline (he appears to Jack in the hospital). Unless you want to dimiss that as Jack being drug addled (though we haven't done that with anything else and it would seem that, well, spirits do appear). So, I don't feel like we need to explain Christian in the church any more than we needed to explain him as he appears to Jack other times. I'm really not concerned with the age of Mile's father. Maybe he's just got good genes! Or maybe the writers forgot to put him in makeup. All I'm saying is that there's ample reason to believe that the alt timeline is no less "real" or more spiritual than anything else. And, again, I think that's the direction they were headed before they come up with the idea of the "church scene" at the end to give the ending and Jack's death real emotional oomph. Otherwise, you'd be watching Jack die and thinking: "Meh, it doesn't really matter, he's obviously going to be okay in the other timeline and be with Kate." I can't really figure out who should be dead in the alt timeline if the nuke caused it. Most were being evacuated. And "our heroes" jumped as a result "back to the future." I can't think of anyone alive in the alt timeline that would have been killed by the nuke. But then again, I'm trying not to think about this too much. As for the island sinking. . . I'm willing to believe that if pulling a stone plug out of the ground can sink it, setting off a nuke next to the same power source would do the same.
  15. I think there's a lot of evidence for the ALT timeline being "real" (and not just a spiritual/afterlife realm). After all, the whole point of the last few episodes of last season was the explicit attempt to create a timeline where the plane didn't crash. Then you have Juliette's "it worked" transmitted by Miles. The very next scene (in the next season) is Flight 815 flying over a sunken island. Then throw in Desmond and his demonstrated ability to travel between multiple timelines. His first journey took place when he pressed the emergency button in the hatch, and came into contact with Faraday (sp?) and Faraday's mother in an alternate timeline (that sure didn't seem like a spirit realm). He seemed to be unique in his ability to sense both universes and arrange to "awaken" the others in the Alt timeline. To me, Christian's statement that "you all created this place where you could find each other, remember, and let go" is pretty clearly referring to the nuke going off and the creation of the alt timeline. I guess the producers once said that it's not clear either way whether the alt universe was created by the nuke. But, well, they're always saying sh*t like that just to f' with the fans (and they once asserted boldly that there would be no time travel in the show, etc.). I'm no expert in theology or mysticism. But I don't know of any "religious mechanism" by which each person creates their own purgatory and is then able to populate it via their own mentally conjured tools in order to find their way to enlightenment. I've read that Jack's son (David) is a creation of Jack's to help him sort out his daddy issues. How does that work? Jack has a hand in creating his own "fix it" mental/spiritual universe where he creates his own son? And the spirits of all his friends are along for the ride and/or are alongside him working their own stuff out?" That is, until their main timeline memories come flooding back? It doesn't seem like the "purgatory" spiritual place was actually necessary at all. . . because as soon as their island memories came back, it was time to go! And it's not even clear that whatever growth and/or happiness they found in the alt timeline was actually retained in their memories as soon as the "awoke" and had their island memories back. So it seems odd that the alt timeline is seen only as a place where they figure out their crap and become "ready." It's not much of a purgatory if the way you get out is to have some dude make you remember stuff that never happened to you as far as you know. Here's my personal take on it all: The alt timeline is just as "real" as the island timeline. However, once their consciousnesses come over from the island timelime, it's apparent, since they've all already "died" (some long after the events we see in the show), that they don't belong where they've awakened. So, they gather together to "let go" and "move on" in that church. My own personal belief/hope is that they exit the church into the bright light and move on to the next life, but David isn't deprived of his father and Locke's wife (?) isn't deprived of her husband because they also stay behind with the consciousnesses of those originally from that timeline (though perhaps with a merged memory of the island timeline folks). Regardless, I think this was the writer's trick to have Jack's death actually matter and be melancholy even along with a "happy ending." Without all the spiritual stuff at the end, his death would have been a lot less poetic. It's hard to feel bad for the dude dying if we know he's just transferred into the alt-timeline Jack. This way, there's closure and a sense of loss. And it's also sad to think of Kate, Sawyer (etc.) living out the rest of their days in the island timeline while missing/mourning their fallen friends.
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