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    Thread: Have you ever met a President?
Post: Have you ever met a President?

I live just outside of Allen, actually, and I like beer. Carter's book signing was really interesting. I went with a devout Republican friend of mine, and a rumor was going through the line that Cart...
Randy Ray Politics 3 846 April 17th, 2013, 09:18 AM
    Thread: Estate tax
Post: Estate tax

The idea is to prevent dynasties of the super-wealthy who contribute little to society. I plan to die broke, myself. :)
Randy Ray Politics 3 769 April 17th, 2013, 09:13 AM
    Thread: Left vs. Right
Post: Left vs. Right

It seems like both sides have conflicting ideas about freedom. In the United States, anyway, the Left believes strongly in personal freedom--the freedom to have an abortion, the freedom of expression,...
Randy Ray Politics 8 1,539 April 17th, 2013, 09:10 AM
    Thread: Robert Charles Wilson's Spin
Post: Robert Charles Wilson's Spin

Has anyone here read Spin by Robert Charles Wilson? It's the most recent science fiction novel I've read, and I loved every minute of it. It had a great premise, interesting and relatable characters,...
Randy Ray Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors 1 594 April 13th, 2013, 09:57 AM
    Thread: Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Post: Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

I somehow had never gotten around to seeing Close Encounters of the Third Kind until last night. We watched it for family movie night, but 3 of the 5 of us gave up on it and left to go to bed before i...
Randy Ray General Movies 3 504 April 13th, 2013, 09:52 AM
    Thread: Have you ever met a President?
Post: Have you ever met a President?

I've met two Presidents in my lifetime, and I came within 100 feet of meeting a third. The first President I met was George W. Bush. I met him and spoke to him briefly when I was visiting Austin, Tex...
Randy Ray Politics 3 846 April 13th, 2013, 09:47 AM
    Thread: Torture, or meanness?
Post: Torture, or meanness?

Waterboarding, hypothermia, and stress positions would all constitute torture, IMO. Torture has a couple of practical problems, I think. For one thing, it's notoriously unreliable as a means of gettin...
Randy Ray Politics 16 1,792 April 13th, 2013, 09:38 AM
    Thread: Same sex marriage
Post: Same sex marriage

I'm of two minds on same sex marriage, because there are two kinds of marriage. One is a religious sacrament, and the other is a government-recognized partnership of two people. One way that the gove...
Randy Ray Politics 21 2,004 April 13th, 2013, 09:29 AM
    Thread: Best Vernor Vinge Novels?
Post: Best Vernor Vinge Novels?

I read Rainbows End, and I was disappointed. The first half of the book, about a man recovering from Alzheimers in the early 21st century, was really interesting, but the author felt the need to inclu...
Randy Ray Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors 2 1,789 May 1st, 2012, 09:23 AM
    Thread: Eliza Dushku joins the Marvel Universe as...... ?
Post: Eliza Dushku joins the Marvel Universe as...... ?

I used to own stock in Marvel Comics before they were acquired by Disney. That turned out to be a good investment.
Randy Ray Super Hero Movies 5 1,213 May 1st, 2012, 09:20 AM
    Thread: If The Avengers movie had been filmed in 1978...
Post: If The Avengers movie had been filmed in 1978...

I thought this video was terrific.
Randy Ray Super Hero Movies 2 1,114 May 1st, 2012, 09:19 AM
    Thread: Sequel to Abrams Star Trek on the way?
Post: Sequel to Abrams Star Trek on the way?

I saw another related rumor about who Cumberbatch is playing, but I don't know how to post it in invisotext?
Randy Ray Star Trek 86 11,918 May 1st, 2012, 09:14 AM
    Thread: BBC Mini series Jekyll. New look at a old Tale
Post: BBC Mini series Jekyll. New look at a old Tale

My wife and I just started this series last night, and so far, we love it. Jekyll is a more-or-less direct sequel to the original novel, which is a nice touch. James Nesbitt's performance is delicious...
Randy Ray Vampire Movies and TV Shows 4 1,128 March 21st, 2012, 07:36 PM
    Thread: Best Vernor Vinge Novels?
Post: Best Vernor Vinge Novels?

I read an interesting interview with Vernor Vinge today, and I also read a review of one of his books in a recent issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, so I'm thinking about giving his...
Randy Ray Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors 2 1,789 March 21st, 2012, 07:33 PM
    Thread: Dejah Thoris before John Carter
Post: Dejah Thoris before John Carter

The Arthur Adams cover is my favorite in some ways because I just really dig his style. But I'm also really fond of the racier covers, for the obvious salacious reasons.
Randy Ray Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors 14 2,177 March 21st, 2012, 07:30 PM
    Thread: Happy birthday, William Shatner
Post: Happy birthday, William Shatner

You know what's amazing is that William Shatner LOOKS like he's only 50 years old. I think I look older than the Shat, and I'm only 42.
Randy Ray Star Trek 41 5,732 March 21st, 2012, 07:27 PM