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1  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2009: Weep for the Wicked on: January 14, 2009, 12:55:00 PM
'Prisoner' actor Patrick McGoohan dies in LA
Jan. 14, 2009, 11:49 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Patrick McGoohan, an Emmy-winning actor who created and starred in the cult classic television show "The Prisoner," has died. He was 80.

McGoohan died Tuesday in Los Angeles after a short illness, his son-in-law, film producer Cleve Landsberg, said Wednesday.

McGoohan won two Emmys for his work on the Peter Falk detective drama "Columbo," and more recently appeared as King Edward Longshanks in the 1995 Mel Gibson film "Braveheart."

But he was best known as the title character Number Six in "The Prisoner," a surreal 1960s British series in which a former spy is held captive in a small village and constantly tries to escape.
2  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2008: Weep for The Wicked on: December 29, 2008, 02:54:20 PM
There goes another one...

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Singer-songwriter -producer Delaney Bramlett, who penned such classic rock songs as "Let it Rain" and worked with musicians George Harrison and Eric Clapton, has died. He was 69.
Bramlett died Saturday shortly before 5 a.m. at UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center in Los Angeles as a result of complications from gallbladder surgery, his wife Susan Lanier-Bramlett said.
Born in Mississippi, Bramlett enjoyed a career in the music business that spanned 50 years. With his then-wife Bonnie Lynn, he created the Southern blues-rock band Delaney & Bonnie & Friends. The group opened for Blind Faith, which featured British guitarist Clapton, in 1969.
He is perhaps best known for standards such as "Superstar," co-written with Leon Russell, which was recorded by Usher, Luther Vandross, Bette Midler, The Carpenters and most recently, Sonic Youth, in a version featured on the Grammy-nominated soundtrack of the movie "Juno."
He co-wrote "Let it Rain" with Clapton, who also recorded it, and "Never Ending Song of Love," which was recorded by more than 100 artists including Ray Charles, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Patty Loveless and Dwight Yoakam.
During his career, he performed, co-wrote or recorded with stars such as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, John Lennon, Dave Mason, Billy Preston, the Everly Brothers and Mac Davis. He also produced artists including Etta James and Elvin Bishop.
He recently released an album, "A New Kind of Blues," on independent label Magnolia Gold Records.
3  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2008: Weep for The Wicked on: December 18, 2008, 04:27:22 PM
The Reaper is working OT!

'Apocalypse Now' actor Sam Bottoms dies
Dec. 18, 2008, 3:05 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Sam Bottoms, who had small but memorable roles in the 1970s classics "Apocalypse Now" and "The Last Picture Show," has died. He was 53.

Bottoms, one of four actor-brothers, died Tuesday of brain cancer at his home in Los Angeles, wife Laura Bickford said.

In "Apocalypse Now," Francis Ford Coppola's 1979 Vietnam War epic, Bottoms played pro surfer-turned-soldie r Lance B. Johnson, who takes to the waves amid bombs and bullets under the orders of the maniacal, surfing-mad Lt. Col. Bill Kilgore played by Robert Duvall.

"He was a handsome, tall young man and very sweet-natured and seemed to be right for that part," Coppola said Wednesday. "Sam was a good actor. Of course, he comes from a family that had a lot of theatrical activity."

In his 1971 film debut, a 15-year-old Bottoms starred alongside his best-known brother, Timothy, in "The Last Picture Show," playing a mute and mentally handicapped boy forced by friends to lose his virginity to a prostitute.

Sam Bottoms said he was in Texas to visit his brother, who was the film's lead, when director Peter Bogdanovich saw him and cast him in the part.

Brothers Joseph and Ben are also actors.

Sam Bottoms was born in Santa Barbara in 1955, the third of four sons of sculptor James "Bud" Bottoms. He began acting in local theater at age 10.

After his 1970s films, Sam Bottoms went on to appear in the Clint Eastwood westerns "The Outlaw Josey Wales" and "Bronco Billy," and Coppola's 1987 Vietnam film "Gardens of Stone."

He more recently appeared in the films "Seabiscuit" and "Shopgirl."

He is survived by his three brothers, his parents and his wife.
4  Community / License to Improvise / Re: [Popular Mechanics] Top 5 High-Tech Guns for Next-Gen Infantry on: July 23, 2008, 11:50:45 PM
Yeah.  It's my Marine's wife's favorite weapon. ....a little creepy. LOL

 I just took my sons out shooting for their first time Saturday. I proud to say both boys did very well, much better than this blind old man. My oldest took to the 12 gauge like he was born to it. After missing the first two clay birds, with a little coaching from my friends, he started knocking them down consistently. The 12 gauge is his favorite firearm now.

Even  my youngest "winged" the first couple of birds. I, being a blind old man, kept shooting below the damed things.


Just thought I'd share.
StalleRatte
5  Products / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: future plans on: March 18, 2008, 11:09:50 AM
to follow along i have an interview friday, with a hobby store. i mean sure its hobby town, but it is a job for now. and its not grocery.

Good luck,
Employment seems to be going around  Smiley Several of my friends and aquaintances that have been unemployed have gotten jobs lately!
6  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Shadow Unit (Emma Bull & Elizabeth Bear make Borges proud) on: March 18, 2008, 12:26:24 AM
This would make my kind of game!

Don't be surprised if you see a SHADOW UNIT Spycraft slot at Diecon or Archon this year.

Oh how I wish The Crucible was out!

James Bolivar DiGris
7  Products / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: The Pain Ray.... on: March 14, 2008, 11:25:12 PM
My chief concern is simply that as painful as it appears to be, there's no way it won't be viewed as escalation, and extreme escalation at that. It's great the procurment lead can giggle about having been pulsed for 3 whole seconds. You get someone already aggitated and hit them with that unwillingly and they're gonna go from riled to LETHALY pissed off in those 3 seconds and you can shout "don't worry it's non-lethal!" at the top of your lungs (patting yourself on the back the whole time for how civilized you are for using a weapon described as "being dipped in scalding water"), but the fact remains you've just started a fight that's gonna get somebody killed.

The magic phrase thats going to come into play afterwards is
"Why did you attack and kill that man?"
"Because I was in so much pain I feared for my life."
"The weapon is said to be non-lethal"
"When you are being hosed down by a 100,000 watt microwave oven and can't even see the source of your pain, that's not immediately apparent..."
"Self defense it is. Next case."

I have to agree here. To my mind ANY use of pain will only discourage those not commited to the 'cause', whatever that is.

I think a better non-lethal discouragment weapon would give great PLEASURE from a distance. I would like to see anyone attacking while experiancing an orgasm  Wink
8  Products / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: future plans on: March 11, 2008, 11:47:59 PM
Yes it is! If you remember, I was doing a contract job last month (that took me into this month). The company I was doing the job for had asked me to do it after I interview for a position, thay were looking at me for the position but wanted to test the waters, so to speak. Last Monday I told them that another company was planning on makeing me an offer (true) and that got them off their asses and make me an offer. The other company was in Rockford (up by Chicago) and I would rather stay here so I'm very glad to take their offer.

Thanks

I JUST GOT A JOB OFFER


WOOOO HOOOOO

Gratz man! That's awesome.
9  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Great White North AKA My Home on: March 10, 2008, 11:27:52 AM
The weather  here in St Louis has been schizophrenic, last weekend it was in the seventies, the next day we have 10 inches of snow, then the  day after it melts in 40 degree sunlight:)
This was all last week

Weird. Shocked

10  Products / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: future plans on: March 07, 2008, 08:17:50 PM
I would love to see some Slavic races - a vast and varied mythic culture that is all too ignored.

The Auld Grump
*EDIT* Eek! When did I pass a thousand posts?!!

errrr...thirty... post... ago?

Sorry to be a smart ass but

I JUST GOT A JOB OFFER


WOOOO HOOOOO









The very happy and relieved
James Bolivar DiGris
11  Community / Off-Topic / Re: RPG Documentary on: March 04, 2008, 10:50:09 PM
Well done Salsa,
I would have tried to examine some of the other prominant RPGs besides D20 but all in all I thought it was quite satisfactory Grin

James Bolivar DiGris
12  Products / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: Living Spycraft UNITAS Pre-made characters on: March 04, 2008, 10:26:37 PM
Kruelos, I've got them. If you want you can PM me your email address and I'll send them to you.

Nice to see you back, did yu ever update your GM sheild like you were planning?

James Boliar DiGris
13  Products / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: Toolkit releases? on: March 03, 2008, 06:21:25 PM
Lets see you guys have families, day jobs, work on projects for Crafty, go to conventions (I know, I've seen you at one!), post on the forums (not just this one but on RPG.net and Enworld at least), watch DVDs and go to movies, play videogames, online and platform specific and I assume eat and socialize. Tell me... when do you sleep?

Sounds like the perfect life to me... Lots of good family lovin', lots of good gaming at cons and with friends, and getting paid to create play and write material for games... Toss in the video games, the movies, and general cyber-geek hobbies to boot... Shoot, that's sounding pretty darn good. Where do we sign up? Wink

I think it's a good life but I can't get all that done and I usually sleep 6 hours a day. I just don't understand where they find the time!
14  Community / Customer Service / Re: Mongoose Hiring Printing Out Again on: February 29, 2008, 03:12:04 AM
I'd report it. You paid a fair price for a book that shouldn't be falling apart. I worked long enough in retail to know they won't feel your taking advantage of them if you think you are getting sub-standerd merchandise.
15  Products / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: Rocketship Empires on: February 28, 2008, 10:19:42 PM
It seems interesting, but i tried to register in the forum and gave up after the 5th try. I'm tempted to buy it but i think i will wait a little to see what the people say about it...



The revues at RPGnow seem mostly favorable. Quite a few gave 5 out of 5 with one giveing it a 2.
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