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    Quote Originally Posted by Sinx View Post
    I don't really follow college football at all. There are way too many teams. Lol. I follow the NFL pretty closely though because I have a fantasy league with my friends. That said, I try and keep up with how Notre Dame and Indiana University do. Notre Dame is undefeated so that's always exciting. I root for IU in basketball mostly, but I like to follow their football team as well. I actually went to their game this past weekend but they got absolutely killed.
    I'm looking at the teams Notre Dame played against and I am pretty confident that if K-State was to play against them we would win. Oregon too. I mean 62-51 against USC. Yah we can win against them. The only threat that would be pretty viable is Alabama.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plawsky View Post
    Seriously, Homeland is amazing. I was worried that the first season would go down as a one hit wonder, but season two is even better. The only show I've watched that might be better than Homeland is Breaking Bad - they both have seats reserved in the TV Show Hall of Fame (if there is one).

    In other drama, Boardwalk continues being great, Walking Dead is a HUGE improvement over season 2, and Dexter is a big jump up from previous seasons. While I didn't watch the first season, I'm digging the new American Horror Story. Nashville, however, is pretty bland, but I live in Nashville, so it's fun to see a show full of places around me; at the same time, I think that people who work in the music industry here are actually less likely to enjoy it, which is probably why I'm not a big fan. And despite a great premise, Revolution is falling flat, though I'm not surprised by any means. It is certainly not the next Lost.
    Do you guys ever feel a strong sense of peer pressure about the movies and TV shows you watch?

    I often feel like I'm the only guy at the watercooler who's not in the "Really Really Good TV Club". I've taken a peek at the big shows--Breaking Bad, Walking Dead, Mad Men, Sons of Anarchy, American Horror Story, Boardwalk Empire, etc--but none of them have grabbed me. It makes me wonder if my heavy Diet Coke consumption has warped my tastes in TV.

    I listened to a podcast earlier today where some culture writers talked about "opting out" of major cultural phenomena, and how many people on the outside of such a happening tend to guard themselves by feigning knowledge of the material. (Say, for example, you're the only guy in the civilized world who hasn't read the Harry Potter series, so you pick up enough knowledge through casual conversation to at least pretend that you're not an outsider.)

    Is it okay to be a poseur to shield yourself against isolation? Or should everyone take the moral/ethical high road and freely confess our distaste for, say, the Walking Dead?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RockyBanks View Post
    Do you guys ever feel a strong sense of peer pressure about the movies and TV shows you watch?

    I often feel like I'm the only guy at the watercooler who's not in the "Really Really Good TV Club". I've taken a peek at the big shows--Breaking Bad, Walking Dead, Mad Men, Sons of Anarchy, American Horror Story, Boardwalk Empire, etc--but none of them have grabbed me. It makes me wonder if my heavy Diet Coke consumption has warped my tastes in TV.

    I listened to a podcast earlier today where some culture writers talked about "opting out" of major cultural phenomena, and how many people on the outside of such a happening tend to guard themselves by feigning knowledge of the material. (Say, for example, you're the only guy in the civilized world who hasn't read the Harry Potter series, so you pick up enough knowledge through casual conversation to at least pretend that you're not an outsider.)

    Is it okay to be a poseur to shield yourself against isolation? Or should everyone take the moral/ethical high road and freely confess our distaste for, say, the Walking Dead?
    I have been trying to get into the 616 X-men stories and so far I am about 40% of the total material and I have had the problem of feigning knowledge. so I guess feigning knowledge is o.k. I think the better option is just not speak out. I like the walking dead comics because they are fun but the TV series is really really boring like 70% is talking and 20% is killing zombies and the 10% is the oh! crap moment at the end but I don't outright say it as much because it seems popular opinion is that people like the walking dead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sage6paths View Post
    I have been trying to get into the 616 X-men stories and so far I am about 40% of the total material and I have had the problem of feigning knowledge. so I guess feigning knowledge is o.k. I think the better option is just not speak out. I like the walking dead comics because they are fun but the TV series is really really boring like 70% is talking and 20% is killing zombies and the 10% is the oh! crap moment at the end but I don't outright say it as much because it seems popular opinion is that people like the walking dead.
    I hear you. I think I'm the only meat-eating male in the Deep South who isn't watching The Walking Dead.

    Also: total knowledge/understanding of the 616 X-franchise is unpossible. Abandon all hope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RockyBanks View Post
    I hear you. I think I'm the only meat-eating male in the Deep South who isn't watching The Walking Dead.

    Also: total knowledge/understanding of the 616 X-franchise is unpossible. Abandon all hope.
    I'm still going to try. At least getting to 80%. I really don't want to read any of the 90's X-men because of the art but I heard Chris Claremont and Jim Lee's X-men is good so I may want to try it out. I have read Uncanny x-men from #394 up to the recent issue. that was... hard. Reading X-factor was easy because most of the stories were awesome but some of the stories in Uncanny were really horrible. Mostly Chuck Austens run. I did like extinction team and all that. I think I am moving on to X-Men legacy next. So far I have finished X-Factor, half of Uncanny, and all of the adjectivless x-men series starting from 2010, new x-men and astonishing x-men. I'm not giving up hope though. I want to be an x-men knowledge master.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sage6paths View Post
    I'm still going to try. At least getting to 80%. I really don't want to read any of the 90's X-men because of the art but I heard Chris Claremont and Jim Lee's X-men is good so I may want to try it out. I have read Uncanny x-men from #394 up to the recent issue. that was... hard. Reading X-factor was easy because most of the stories were awesome but some of the stories in Uncanny were really horrible. Mostly Chuck Austens run. I did like extinction team and all that. I think I am moving on to X-Men legacy next. So far I have finished X-Factor, half of Uncanny, and all of the adjectivless x-men series starting from 2010. I'm not giving up hope though. I want to be an x-men knowledge master.
    Not sure if I wanna high-five you or shake my head in pity, lol. More power to ya.

    When it comes to the realm of comics, I sometimes feel myself bending to a pressure similar to what I described above. I find myself outside of a particular crowd/following, and I feel a pressure to dive into a franchise--wallet-first, of course--for reasons other than quality. As a comic fan, it's easy to fall victim to information overload.

    I have to continually remind myself of the best advice I've ever read on these forums: "Read quality comics."

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    Quote Originally Posted by RockyBanks View Post
    Not sure if I wanna high-five you or shake my head in pity, lol. More power to ya.
    You can high-five me and the walk away shaking your head in pity if that makes you feel any better. I feel sometimes that the X-Universe was made for kids that were born in the 80's and lived in the 90's reading it. I kind of feel left out. That's probably why I like Ultimate Comics so much because I grew up with them.

    So how was your holiday?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sage6paths View Post
    You can high-five me and the walk away shaking your head in pity if that makes you feel any better. I feel sometimes that the X-Universe was made for kids that were born in the 80's and lived in the 90's reading it. I kind of feel left out. That's probably why I like Ultimate Comics so much because I grew up with them.

    So how was your holiday?
    Not bad. Spent a couple hours shooting the bull with my Comic Book Guy, which is always fun. Came home with some good books.

    "Team-Up" was the name of the game today, I think. I picked up A+X #1, and it impressed the hell out of me: it's a perfect specimen of the fun, freewheeling team-up comics that I'm such a sucker for.

    I also picked up Mark Waid's The Brave and the Bold #11 from a few years ago, "starring" Superman and Ultraman. (I grabbed it because my CBG was only asking $1, and I always get a kick out of the Crime Syndicate.) I use quotes around "starring" because the bulk of the issue actually focused on the Challengers of the Unknown. No big deal though, because the issue has a few really fun moments, such as Ultraman marching into the Daily Planet as Clark Kent, punching a coworker in the face, and making out with some hot blonde.

    How'd Monday treat you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RockyBanks View Post
    Not bad. Spent a couple hours shooting the bull with my Comic Book Guy, which is always fun. Came home with some good books.

    "Team-Up" was the name of the game today, I think. I picked up A+X #1, and it impressed the hell out of me: it's a perfect specimen of the fun, freewheeling team-up comics that I'm such a sucker for.

    I also picked up Mark Waid's The Brave and the Bold #11 from a few years ago, "starring" Superman and Ultraman. (I grabbed it because my CBG was only asking $1, and I always get a kick out of the Crime Syndicate.) I use quotes around "starring" because the bulk of the issue actually focused on the Challengers of the Unknown. No big deal though, because the issue has a few really fun moments, such as Ultraman marching into the Daily Planet as Clark Kent, punching a coworker in the face, and making out with some hot blonde.
    My basic knowledge of Ultraman and the crime syndicate is from the DC animated movie "Crisis on Two Earths". They were a pretty evil team. I did like owl-man though he was cool.

    How'd Monday treat you?
    Meh it was pretty boring day. My only highlight is watching the Philip DeFranco show. Have you watched his daily shows they are hilarious to watch everyday. Today's episode.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sage6paths View Post
    Meh it was pretty boring day. My only highlight is watching the Philip DeFranco show. Have you watched his daily shows they are hilarious to watch everyday. Today's episode.
    Never seen it until now. Funny stuff, I might have to follow.

    Also, Alexa Vega? Daaaaaaaaaamn...

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    Quote Originally Posted by RockyBanks View Post
    Never seen it until now. Funny stuff, I might have to follow.

    Also, Alexa Vega? Daaaaaaaaaamn...
    Of definitely his show is really entertaining and informative. Really Philly Defranco and Reddit and CBR forums pretty much makes up my internet life right now. So I'm not entirely bored. Reddit has the weirdest community though. I just lurk over there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sage6paths View Post
    I'm still going to try. At least getting to 80%. I really don't want to read any of the 90's X-men because of the art but I heard Chris Claremont and Jim Lee's X-men is good so I may want to try it out. I have read Uncanny x-men from #394 up to the recent issue. that was... hard. Reading X-factor was easy because most of the stories were awesome but some of the stories in Uncanny were really horrible. Mostly Chuck Austens run. I did like extinction team and all that. I think I am moving on to X-Men legacy next. So far I have finished X-Factor, half of Uncanny, and all of the adjectivless x-men series starting from 2010, new x-men and astonishing x-men. I'm not giving up hope though. I want to be an x-men knowledge master.
    my advice, don`t do it. i have embarked on a similar quest last year, and i got through the entirety of uncanny, x-men/legacy, x-force, x-factor and the teen books, and up until new x-men there is only very little worth reading. claremont`s 80`s stuff did not age well (don`t get me wrong, if i read it as it came out i would have loved it, but right now, the ever-present captions describing powers and naive storylines just don`t read well) and his 00`s stuff was horrible (x-treme x-men still gives me nightmares). lobdell`s stuff was very 90`s, so once again it doesn`t read well. after that, the whole onslaught clusterfuck happens, and x-line didn`t recover until new x-men (preceded by the HORRIBLE eve of destruction storyline).

    90`s x-force is just silly to read, with the tough guy poses and all. x-factor was ok, but very infantile until david took over with issue 70 (or close). david`s run was actually pretty good. teen books are also not particularly worth it. new mutants didn`t age well and generation x varied in quality, and is ignored by all writers anyway.

    furthermore, at this moment, noone can really say that there is such a thing as x-men continutiy anymore, as it would be silly beyond belief. proffesor x died and returned like 5 times (the same goes for him being in wheelchair). jean grey history is fucked up beyond comprehension. the same goes for psylocke, cyclops (e.g., he was apocalypse at one point) and numerous other x-men. rogue lost/regained her powers like million times. magneto went from megalomaniac, to well-intentioned terrorist, to teacher, back to megalomaniac, then genocidal maniac then back to well-intentioned terrorist. not to mention crap like joseph, thunderbird, marrow, adamantium-less wolverine etc. plus, a lot of stuff that years were devoted to are ignored completely now - e.g. graydon creed, legacy virus, personified cerebro... if you tried to piece all of it together into one history, it would make no sense whatsoever anyway.

    if i could start again, i would essentially just consider new x-men the starting point, and just work with selective continuity. more or less, i would work with the assumption that x-men existed before new x-men, and that some stuff happened. e.g. giant sized, dark phoenix saga, days of future past, mutant massacre and age of apocalypse (which although from 90`s kicks ass). the rest can be fairly safely ignored, if you have a basic idea of x-characters history.

    i`m writing all this, because i want to save you from my own mistakes. you are going to pour a lot of money and time into comics which at the end of the day are probably not worth it. furthermore, if your aim is to get to know the x-lore, then there are better and more economical ways to do that, without plowing through decades of currently ignored material. maybe that`s just me though:)
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    Quote Originally Posted by RockyBanks View Post
    Do you guys ever feel a strong sense of peer pressure about the movies and TV shows you watch?

    I often feel like I'm the only guy at the watercooler who's not in the "Really Really Good TV Club". I've taken a peek at the big shows--Breaking Bad, Walking Dead, Mad Men, Sons of Anarchy, American Horror Story, Boardwalk Empire, etc--but none of them have grabbed me. It makes me wonder if my heavy Diet Coke consumption has warped my tastes in TV.

    I listened to a podcast earlier today where some culture writers talked about "opting out" of major cultural phenomena, and how many people on the outside of such a happening tend to guard themselves by feigning knowledge of the material. (Say, for example, you're the only guy in the civilized world who hasn't read the Harry Potter series, so you pick up enough knowledge through casual conversation to at least pretend that you're not an outsider.)

    Is it okay to be a poseur to shield yourself against isolation? Or should everyone take the moral/ethical high road and freely confess our distaste for, say, the Walking Dead?
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    I hear you. I think I'm the only meat-eating male in the Deep South who isn't watching The Walking Dead.
    I used to feel the need to like football because most of my friends like it. In the UK, football seems to be the only general consensus of conformity. Now, I just say I don't like it. I simply cannot be bothered to sit down for ninety minutes just to watch a ball go up and down a pitch. In fact, I normally can't sit still for that long for anything. But that's my personal opinon. But in the UK, if you go up to anyone and say something about the The Walking Dead, the chances are, nobody will have a clue what you're talkiing about.

    In the UK, there isn't really much of a general consensus of anything, except for maybe football.

    I HATE television and the sheer amount of shit that's on it. Especially when adverts pop up every ten minutes, trying to sell you stuff you don't want. It pisses me off, to the point where I end up smashing up the TV with uncontrollable rage.. Why is it when you're watching something, buisnesses are always advertising meaningless shit at you. I'm like 'Leave me the fuck alone! No, I don't want want to buy your product. No, I don't want to watch actresses who only have a job because they have a nice loooking chest. No, I'm not hungry. No, I don't have problems with my vagina. No, I'm don't need 100 different types of detergent that supposedly removes all stains. No, I don't want to always have to choose between Coke and Pepsi. No, I don't want to watch an entire season of sport, only for it all to restart the next year. No I don't want to vote for something in which I have absolutely no clue what decisions I'm voting voting for. No, I don't want car insurance, when you're all ripping me off anyway. No, I don't want to advocate a holiday tradition without a good reason for it. Leave me alone!!!

    If I'm at home, I'm either on the Internet talking to you guys, making phone calls to different council members or sometimes playing my Playstation. The rest of the time, I'm out, either at work or with friends.

    Looking at America from an outside perspective, I'm staggered by how much general consensus there is. Everyone seems part of a stereotyped group of interests. There must be a lot of peer presure to like everything, and I imagine it must be pretty strenuous trying to watch so much TV and so many internet videos all the time. I just imagine everyone in doors watching TV and when they go out to see friends, all they talk about is what TV they've watched. I would go mad if I had to sit down and watch so much TV, especially with all the commercials popping up every ten minutes.

    The Walking Dead is one of the only things I like watching, but I'm not sure if that's only because I read the comics. But still, thank you America for providing something I actually like on TV. Not many countries can manage that. However my biggest complaint, is that after watching just ten measly minutes of it, more fucking advertisments keep trying to sell you stuff. I really cannot be bothered to sit there doing nothing, waiting for a programme to come back on. I feel like every time I watch TV, I'm mostly just flicking through channels trying to find something reasonably good, but all I can find is adverts on like 70% of the channels.

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