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  1. Gah I wish that were true. I'd say it's more or less true in the music industry given that most bands actually make the majority of their money off concerts rather than CD sales. However, in the movie and gaming industry, piracy does hurt. If everyone pirates movie then the lesser men like camera operators, boom mic operators, security, ect, they start to suffer and their wages get slashed. Actors, actresses, directors, score composers, they are getting paid no matter what. But if DVD/Blu-ray sales fall short, it's the middle men and lesser essential personnel that get caught in the crossfire.
  2. There are some who call me...Tim? Dibs on Calico Jack
  3. It really really really really depends. By that I mean generally the math teaching guides vary per state, and even then they can vary per district, and even then they can vary per school (I come from a very long line of teachers and I'm delving into education a little myself at the moment). There are a vast number out there to say the least. I think the district I'm working at currently uses scholastic (not sure if they just distribute or actually create the teaching guides) so I would start there. You can also go to websites like http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/hs/mathteacherguide.asp which have
  4. Can't say for sure, I tried researching it a bit, but I couldn't come up with anything conclusive. One source mentioned that WB owns the exclusive rights to the Harry Potter universe, which I suppose would include Fantastic Beasts. Whether that means they'd have the ability to create a branch off series without JKR's permission, I couldn't say. It's not uncommon for authors to sell off the rights to material that branches off from a main series along with the main series. My guess is that WB bought the rights, or at least leased them, when they bought the rights for the Harry Potter series.
  5. Fantastic Beasts is more of a catalog of the various beasts that inhabit the world. Generally she offers at least a description and tells you where to find said beast. Some of the catalog entries offer interesting stories, but they are pretty small in scale. I could see someone weaving a story around all the smaller stories presented within the book, but even then the book is like 42 pages long. I would assume that JK Rowling knows a lot more about Newts history, and probably would create a story of his adventures as he discovers and catalogs each creature. I'm not sure it's fair to say it
  6. I'm excited about the prospect, but how it plays out may be entirely different. There's a lot of material she can explore from that world, and I have faith that JK Rowling will find something amazing to write about for the film. Having said that, I know there are going to be people out there who are going to think this is some kind of Harry Potter prequel or have some direct connection to him, and it's not. For us educated fans, we can differentiate, but there are those who will trash it because it has nothing to do directly with Harry. What does this mean? It means it's going to get compared
  7. It's an interesting concept. I think the cinema showings are more to push the 3D aspect since not everyone owns a 3D T.V. I'm actually a little annoyed that everyone keeps pushing 3D, but that's a story for another day. I might catch it at the movies if they show it here, but if I don't I'm perfectly content with watching it at home.
  8. We learn who the next Doctor is in 12 and a half hours ...Who else is excited O_O???
  9. I was pretty young when I first started. Probably a few months after PS came out my parents bought me the book and tried to get me to read it. I was actually staunchly anti-HP back then because my brothers made fun of it (never having read it). When you're a young kid and your older brothers make fun of something you generally follow suit. My parents then bought the audio cassettes (no CD version back then O_O...) and got me to listen to them. Of course the rest is history, I fell in love with the books. As time passed my brothers came around to liking them too. I'm glad my parents had the for
  10. Forums have been in decline for awhile now. The old forum boasted well over 100 members online at any given time and it wasn't surprising if you saw 2000+ posts in one day. This was also true of many other fan site forums. It was around 2007/2008 that everything began to rapidly decline. Social media sites offer direct connections to the celebrities themselves and in some ways a lot more content. While I would argue that forums have more insightful conversations regarding various topics, people seem to prefer the expediency that twitter, fb, tumblr, ect. offer. It also kind of feels like the y
  11. Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury.
  12. You could try a protein supplement or something of that nature. Generally though those protein products sold in sports shops (things like muscle milk, ect) are meant for building and maintaining large muscles. I think it'd be overkill for staying in shape. Diet and exercise are your best bet and it sounds like you've got a handle on things right now. You'll probably end up tweaking your work out. I've added and subtracted things over the last year. I've come to a point where I have my main routine figured out, but I'm still adding and subtracting things. Roll with what works for you. Cardio
  13. Let me start off by saying I'm not a trained professional. The best thing you can do is to consult with a trained professional, or medical professional, and not an online forum. There's nothing more precious than your body, and it's good to have information from a variety of sources. It really depends on what you're trying to accomplish. Protein helps repair and build muscles. If you want to get really ripped, and I mean the type of ripped that body builders have, then the protein at sport shops is the way to go. I've got a feeling that's not the route you want to go so I'd stay with the ord
  14. I can't believe I never saw this thread before. I use to watch anime all the time. I was a fan of Ghost in the Shell, Cowboy Bebop, Trigun, Hellsing, Gundam Wing, Yu-Yu Hakusho, Gunslinger Girls, I'm sure there are tons more that I'm forgetting. I think everyone who watched Dragon Ball Z in the beginning (before they redubbed it like 50 times) and Sailor moon were fans of that. Pretty much if it was on the old Toonami back in the day I watched it. I haven't really found any animes in the past 5-6 years that I've really enjoyed which is probably why I don't watch anime very much these days.
  15. Are you talking about the book she published under her pseudo name? I think I read somewhere that only 1,500 copies were sold, but that it received really rave reviews. It was published around April. The description for this one didn't sound too bad, but I haven't read it yet.
  16. I'd be very surprised if John Hurt took on the doctor role full time. The way I see it there's one of two possibilities for his character. He's either 1) An incarnation of the Doctor or the 1st Doctor before he chose the name or 2) John Hurt is the representation of the Valyard that's suppose to arise sometime between 12th and 13th incarnations. I actually don't think John Hurt would make a bad 12th Doctor but I've got a feeling they'll aim for someone younger.
  17. I feel Europe, the west in particular, has always been more open about sex than the US has. For some reason sex has been a taboo subject for a long time in America, a taboo that was breached in the 60's. Even so, a lot of people are still passé about the subject. When you examine certain countries in Western Europe, lets say GB or France, you'll notice a skittishness on violence rather than sex. For instance in their film rating system, sexual content and nudity won't get you an extremely high rating like say R, whereas a movie with more violent scenes will. It's pretty much the exact opposit
  18. Scalia's dissent to the DOMA ruling is mind blowing. Talk about being extremely bigoted. Same sex marriage is legal now in 13 states (Prop 8 was left for dead, so California can resume gay marriage). Given that California's congress now has a Democratic super majority (in both the house and the senate) it's more likely they'll take steps to officially legalize gay marriage if any opponents attempt a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage here again. On top of that it's extremely doubtful that an amendment banning gay marriage would pass in California now. It barely passed before and sent
  19. The DRM policy was forward thinking that was trying to improve the gaming industry. At first I hated the idea, however, after reading up on it, it makes a lot more sense. A person could have essentially sold their copy of a game that they originally bought for $60 for, wait for it, $60 instead of getting paid a crappy $7 store credit. Not only does the player regain more money through the transaction, the game developer doesn't get screwed on it either. At least Microsoft had the balls to try something new. As for the Kinect nsa-spycam, admittedly it is unsettling, but something a friend sai
  20. Sad times indeed. I kind of wonder if David Tennant didn't talk to Matt during the filming of the anniversary special and warn him about the prevalent fear that the role may typecast a person. A lot of Doctors have done three seasons and ended it (2, 5, 7, 10 [along with 5 special episodes], and now 11). I guess I felt like Smith was going to stay around longer, and I'm sad to see him go. I had my worries after the Tennant era and I have a lot of worries about who will follow up Matt after this. I'm not sure anyone can really match the energy that Smith brought to the role. It's definitely goi
  21. A book shouldn't be judged by its cover, but many times it is. It's literally the first thing you see, it's the first hook. If the cover draws you in you might read the short summary on the back, maybe glance at a few pages. The cover has more to do with marketing and selling a book rather than the actual content of the book.
  22. That estimate is pretty true. To make it backwards compatible would cost hundreds of dollars. Those who already own a 360 probably won't chuck the one they own. It would be convenient to have that feature, but honestly, if it means I save a few hundred dollars I'd be happy to forgo the convenience. I'm not sure what to think of the xbox one right now. I'm a loyal xbox fan, but there are a lot of things about the xbox one that annoy the hell out of me. The first being their attack on used games, the need to have a constant internet connection and constantly powered, the rumors about the kinec
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