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'Les Miserables' Extended Trailer: Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman & Tom Hooper Explain Movie

'Les Miserables' Extended Trailer: Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman & Tom Hooper Explain Movie

Commented Sep 20, 2012 at 15:10:38 in Entertainment

“Such a crappy video. The movie looks amazing, but to claim, as the folks featured do many times, that this kind of filming of a musical on screen with the actors singing live "has never been done before" is either ignorant or empty marketing-speak. Just look up "Jesus Christ Superstar 2000" on YouTube and prepare to be blown away.”
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Debating the Two-Party System

Commented Feb 18, 2011 at 12:31:30 in Politics

“Can we stop using the term "two-party system"? Our system makes no allowances for any parties. They're not mentioned anywhere in the Constitution, nor are there any allowances made for any political processes at all other than dates for voting and vague dictates about states organizing their own election systems.

We definitely need new voices in our political dialogue. The media perpetuates a constant "A" vs. "B" narrative because it's cheap, easy and it has a nice hook. It's an ongoing soap opera that would get infinitely more complex and less soundbite-y if 3 or 4 or even 5 groups needed to be included in any of their staged face-offs.

WE are to blame for this. We've let ourselves be brainwashed by the two major parties. We buy their line about how we can't "waste" a vote on somebody who doesn't have a "D" or an "R" next to their name. We nod our heads when somebody says that they can't vote for that level-headed Green/Libertarian/Reform Party candidate because they "can't win."

(Such a preposterous notion, that somebody on a ballot "can't" win. Since when do we care more about backing somebody who "can" win over our desire for governance from the people that we feel are most qualified and best represent our interests?)

For all of our claims of loving a free market, we seem pretty content to let a bunch of political hacks impose controls on the marketplace if ideas.”
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Proposition 8 Overturned: Gay Marriage Ban Ruled Unconstitutional

Commented Aug 4, 2010 at 17:07:08 in Los Angeles

“Nice to see Step 1 accomplished.”
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3D Express Coach (PICTURES): China Plans Huge Buses That Can DRIVE OVER Cars

Commented Aug 4, 2010 at 16:34:37 in Technology

“I live in Beijing and am excited as all get-out to see these go up and to ride in one next year.

Let me re-type that last part: ...and to ride in one NEXT YEAR.

How long did Phoenix take to put in a simple, low-capacity streetcar line? *10 YEARS?!* China gets a whiff of a cool idea and they turn it around and put shovels into the ground within six months! This thing will be operation on over 180 km of streets by the end of 2011! If the entire population of my home city of Boston went ga-ga for an idea like this and everybody was behind it, it would still take us 5 years of permitting, planning, budgeting and court battles before a single jackhammer started going. We'd be over budget before construction even began. (Look up the history of the development of the Greenbush Line outside Boston for a prime example.)

It absolutely pisses me off to see China speed ahead of the USA on almost every front. Not because I hate China or anything (far from it- I live here and LOVE it!), but because we can do so much better. *We* should be the ones coming up with this kind of stuff and they should be stealing it from *us*, not the other way around.”

redbean2009 on Aug 4, 2010 at 17:27:03

“PULEEZ. Having lived in China myself, I feel self-righteous enough to point out that China is not only as corrupt as the U.S but waay behind in design know how.

The work that a 2nd year Art Center (in California) student produces surpasses this. The fact that is got green-lit is proof of the level of corruption going on in China. I am surrounded by industrial designers that are pissing in their pants laughing over how ridiculous this design is.

But you can rub all this in my face when bridge bus is built by next year, or almost does after people have been displaced and the contractor has run off with the money.

We really can and should have pride in the level of innovation that comes out of Art Center and places like it. In fact a lot of brilliant work is done at Ford and GM but is destroyed by management and the public never gets to see it. THAT is the problem -not innovation.

Maybe I'm wrong and the bridge bus will be a great success. At that point I'll wish you a real xin nian kuai le. -Happy New Year.”
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3D Express Coach (PICTURES): China Plans Huge Buses That Can DRIVE OVER Cars

Commented Aug 4, 2010 at 16:24:36 in Technology

“There are designated turn lanes on all of Beijing's major arteries (which is where, I assume, these kinds of lines would be concentrated). If you want to turn you need to be in that lane If you're not in that lane then you ain't turning. Beijing drivers are AWFUL!!!!! I think that these buses could act as herdsmen and actually IMPROVE the flow of traffic beneath them.”
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3D Express Coach (PICTURES): China Plans Huge Buses That Can DRIVE OVER Cars

Commented Aug 4, 2010 at 16:16:38 in Technology

“Good points. As someone who lives in Beijing I think that I can address them:

1) They are already building 5 subway lines right now with several more in the planning stages. When competed Beijing's will be the largest subway on Earth. Unfortunately, the population is simply increasing too rapidly for current mass transit roll-outs to keep up. Planners were expecting 20 million people in Beijing by 2020. Estimates this year put us at 22 million. And the roads are JAMMED, man. They need quick solutions.

2) The way that the film (and the translation on China Smack) puts it, and based on how people drive in Beijing today, I think that tracks/grooves in the roads will IMPROVE traffic flow. The drivers here are unbelievably awful.

3) As for turns, the details on China Smack note that intersection signals can be coordinated to prevent people from getting stuck during turns. Also, the turn lanes/lights here actually are one of the few parts of traffic flow that work.

4) Traffic planning,I think, would actually be easier. If these kinds of lanes are bracketed, they could replace the current BRT lanes that already exist and provide higher capacity & higher speeds. The way that Beijing's streets are laid out, it would not be difficult for them to designate these bus corridors, thereby herding traffic onto specific arteries.”