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David L ReinkeNov. 08, 2016 - 10:06AM JST
Generally I do like the show. Yes, some episodes are better than others, but that is true of most episodic television. For me, the annual Tree House of Horror episodes are the Simpsons at their best.
"Flanders is the Devil?!"
"It's always the one you lest expect."
Two more seasons? -- I'm onboard, All the Way.
Posted in: 'The Simpsons' renewed through historic season 30
David L ReinkeNov. 01, 2016 - 08:54AM JST
What you have circled in your photograph are German military decorations, some of which existed before Hitler was even born.
The Iron Cross dates to 1813. The Iron Cross 1st Class is normally worn on the left breast of the tunic, usually centered on the pocket (if the tunic has pockets).
The Knight's Cross was instituted by Hitler and is normally worn at the throat. It was awarded in various grades including with Oak Leaves, Oak Leaves & Swords, Oak Leaves Swords & Diamonds and one award of the Knight's Cross with Golden Oak Leaves Swords and Diamonds.
Hermann Goring awarded himself the Grand Cross of the Iron Cross, simply a physically larger version of the Knight's Cross. (He had earned the Blue Max as a Fighter Ace during the First World War.) Ah that Hermann G, he did love medals.
David L ReinkeOct. 03, 2016 - 10:23AM JST
This is definitely 'American-Chinese' food, that said...
Their Firecracker Chicken is pretty tasty.
Posted in: America’s Panda Express Chinese fast food chain is coming to Japan
David L ReinkeSep. 08, 2016 - 11:53PM JST
Perhaps, for gaming, the 4K HDR format with be a big hit. (Sports and live broadcasts as well) but for film...
There is no doubt that 4K HDR has amazing resolution and looks great, but for movies it simply does not look right. What's missing is the 'grain' we have become accustomed to from years of watching actual film projection. Perhaps those who just toddlers now will view 4K HDR as normal, but for those of us who are old enough will likely never think so. Well, at least I will not.
We have a Sony 65" 4K and our Blu-ray discs look great, and I like the idea of a PlayStation with 4K but as we mostly watch movies on our system, I doubt we will upgrade to HDR. Now my grandsons on the other hand...
And do not forget: Sony & Panasonic have already announced 8K broadcasts of the 2020 Olympics. Perhaps the PlayStation 5 will be 8K...?
Posted in: New PlayStation 4 products aim to keep Sony in lead
David L ReinkeJul. 28, 2016 - 12:25AM JST
The current 6" Black Series is very well done, though also very expensive, at $20 per figure on average, their 3.75" line is something of a disappointment in terms on construction and figure articulation. On the other hand...
The new Galactic Heroes figures on display at this year's SD ComicCon feature robust construction and imaginative design. Indeed they look good and are perfect for playing "big battles for small hands."
The other potential mega-hit is the new AT-AT.
Not as big as the BAT-AT, more in line (size wise) with the original AT-AT released in the 1980's, the new version will be expensive at $300 but in addition to having lights & sounds, it will also walk! Controlled by your smart phone these now very noble walking tanks are set to occupy living rooms all over the world.
Posted in: 'Star Wars' may propel U.S. toy industry to best year since 1999
David L ReinkeJul. 22, 2016 - 11:41PM JST
This is all about PR for his new film.
In Hollywood all publicity is good publicity.
That's why Stone was at ComicCon in the first place, and it looks like his remarks are having the desired effect.
Mission accomplished for Stone and his production team.
Posted in: Oliver Stone warns of Pokemon Go 'totalitarianism'
David L ReinkeJul. 14, 2016 - 10:47PM JST
"For the Nippon Kaigi crowd, it's a bit like the Pope retiring. There's just no precedent for it."
Unless one goes far enough back in history, to the years leading up to the Gempei Wars. Of course then, the emperor retired as a ploy to gain more power as an "advisor" to the newly installed emperor, but it is very doubtful that is the plan here...
Posted in: Imperial Household Agency denies emperor's wish to abdicate
David L ReinkeJun. 29, 2016 - 09:27AM JST
The finale was a lot of fun and there were many parts I liked, but for me the best was Arya's revenge -- sweet indeed.
Next season should be a hot one.
Posted in: 'Game of Thrones' season finale scores record ratings
David L ReinkeJun. 28, 2016 - 01:18PM JST
Yes, the Season Finale was a pretty good episode, particularly Arya.
Next season should be pretty fierce.
Posted in: HBO says Brexit won't hurt 'Game of Thrones' production
David L ReinkeJun. 05, 2016 - 10:17AM JST
Perhaps this will be made available in HD on Blu-ray for sale here in the US?
Posted in: New film about Japanese historical swords, forging techniques now playing in select theaters
David L ReinkeMay. 25, 2016 - 12:48AM JST
Good point Katsu78, and this is where parents need to be informed consumers so they can select the best set for their kids. There are still plenty of sets available that are more "generic" (which is to say not tied to a specific theme or film) that allow for more 'free form' play and construction.
It is also worth considering just who if purchasing these sets. Many are older collectors who will build the Death Star or the Avenger Tower and then put its on display. For kids, they might also build a pre-designed firetruck or castle, but once they start playing with it these items will rarely remain as built.
There is a book, Extreme Bricks by Sarah Herman c2013, that catalogs just what one can build with Lego, and the photos are simply amazing. It proves that with enough time & talent (and bricks) you really can build anything. There are other books on this very topic and they might serve to inspire young engineers.
Posted in: Toy 'arms race' turning Lego violent: study
David L ReinkeMay. 24, 2016 - 12:18PM JST
Tempest in a teapot.
LEGO is a great toy.
With enough time & talent (and enough bricks) you really can build anything.
David L ReinkeMay. 23, 2016 - 11:48PM JST
Interesting -- more than 70's year after the war and we are still making new, and important, discoveries. This book should prove to be a fascinating read.
Posted in: Mountbatten’s Samurai: Imperial Japanese Army, Navy Forces under British control in Southeast Asia, 1945-1948.
David L ReinkeMay. 14, 2016 - 12:51AM JST
Trump as Groucho Marx?
That is an insult to true Marxists the world over.
Trump is precisely the type of pompous blowhard the Marx Brothers took aim at.
Posted in: Trump's brand of populism: Is he the next Andrew Jackson? Or the next Groucho Marx?
David L ReinkeMay. 08, 2016 - 12:46AM JST
Are there no new stories to tell?
Posted in: 'Predator' reboot to begin filming by October
David L ReinkeMay. 06, 2016 - 12:14AM JST
Lawrence Kasdan's film, Silverado.
Posted in: 'Magnificent 7' revives forgotten story of black cowboys
David L ReinkeApr. 15, 2016 - 09:05AM JST
"...O’Reilly and Dugard the most widely read historians..."
Historians? These two?
This topic, the final year of the war in the Pacific, has been covered very well indeed by John Toland (Rising Sun - The Decline And Fall Of The Japanese Empire, c1970) and by Max Hastings in his book, Retribution - The Battle For Japan 1944-45, c2007.
As for the atomic bomb, there are several books the very best of which are:
The Making Of The Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes, c1986
American Prometheus - The Triumph and Tragedy of J Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird & Martin Sherwin, c2005
History Wars -- The Enola Gay And Other Battle For The American Past by Edward Linenthal & Tom Engelhard, c1996
Posted in: O'Reilly's next 'Killing' subject: Japan, at end of World War II
David L ReinkeDec. 30, 2015 - 12:37AM JST
Star Wars singing contest ... Where's Bill Murray?
Nothing but Star Wars,
It's got to be Star Wars,
All of the time."
--Bill Murray, SNL
Posted in: 'Kohaku' New Year’s Eve singing contest will be invaded by 'Star Wars'
David L ReinkeDec. 16, 2015 - 09:16AM JST
LEGO -- the best toy ever.
I played with LEGO when I was younger, as did my daughters and now my grandsons. With enough time, talent, and bricks, you really can build anything.
Posted in: Building blocks for the future
David L ReinkeDec. 14, 2015 - 01:25AM JST
"...people here simply can't act and almost all Japanese films are strange and boring..."
Chushhingura (any number of versions)
Fires On The Plain,
The Human Condition,
A host of incredible actors in the Kabuki Theatre:
Yes, I which more actors were that 'bad.'
Posted in: Teaser gives us our first peek at Japan’s upcoming Godzilla movie
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Dec. 07, 2016 - 02:45AM JST
albaleo: @turbostat Fair point. But have any of those packs been known to explode?
Posted in: JR Yamanote Line train in Tokyo temporarily suspended after carriage fills with smoke
Dec. 07, 2016 - 02:36AM JST
I have to agree with Smith.
Posted in: Abe going to Pearl Harbor for remembrance, not for apology: gov't
Dec. 07, 2016 - 02:22AM JST
Islam is an enormous problem in Britain as in many other parts of Europe. Drastic action…
Posted in: British communities becoming segregated: report
Dec. 07, 2016 - 02:20AM JST
Surprising news. First PM I can remember who left of their own volition, either PMs lose…
Posted in: 3 early bids to replace Key as New Zealand PM
Dec. 07, 2016 - 02:17AM JST
Answer me this: what good did Obama's Hiroshima visit do? Don't pick at a scab, it…
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