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    Quote Originally Posted by Mistwell View Post
    I think they made the song FOR that show.
    This show? That aired a year after Coulton released Code Monkey? Yeah.... I don't think so.
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    4 out of 5 Androids escaping Westworld agree. If you are going to hole up somewhere in the greater L.A. area, Frank Lloyd Wright's textile block houses can't be beat. I laughed out loud when I saw them in the Millard House in Pasadena. I knocked on the door once, but the inhabitants were playing loud music and didn't answer. It's a short walk from the Greene & Greene Gamble House, both well worth a visit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nail bunny View Post
    This show? That aired a year after Coulton released Code Monkey? Yeah.... I don't think so.
    Perhaps not....still a great show though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiningbrow View Post
    4 out of 5 Androids escaping Westworld agree. If you are going to hole up somewhere in the greater L.A. area, Frank Lloyd Wright's textile block houses can't be beat. I laughed out loud when I saw them in the Millard House in Pasadena. I knocked on the door once, but the inhabitants were playing loud music and didn't answer. It's a short walk from the Greene & Greene Gamble House, both well worth a visit.
    I attended a party at the Blacker house recently. I did a lot of staring and oohing and awwing. It had secret doors!
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    I salute you. I've never been to the Blacker House. The Thorsen House in Berkeley is one I know well (it's home to a local fraternity). Greene & Greene settled in Pasadena because their parents had moved there. It was a hotbed of Arts & Crafts activity in the late 19th & early 20th cc. Ernest Batchelder had an important ceramics works there. We have some of his pictorial tiles in our living room fireplace. It's been a while since I've been to Pasadena, but it's a lovely place. I've seen several of the Wright textile block houses used in commercials or as sets in television series, particularly futuristic ones. It was an innovative building technology for the time, but it's not so great for seismically active areas. The buildings have required a good deal of restoration.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiningbrow View Post
    I salute you. I've never been to the Blacker House. The Thorsen House in Berkeley is one I know well (it's home to a local fraternity). Greene & Greene settled in Pasadena because their parents had moved there. It was a hotbed of Arts & Crafts activity in the late 19th & early 20th cc. Ernest Batchelder had an important ceramics works there. We have some of his pictorial tiles in our living room fireplace. It's been a while since I've been to Pasadena, but it's a lovely place. I've seen several of the Wright textile block houses used in commercials or as sets in television series, particularly futuristic ones. It was an innovative building technology for the time, but it's not so great for seismically active areas. The buildings have required a good deal of restoration.
    Honestly part of me was sad. I was thinking, "How the hell did we get to this achievement in building homes, and then slide back into the cookie cutters we settled on for today? How did we ever decide to choose function over all aesthetics to this extend?"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mistwell View Post
    Honestly part of me was sad. I was thinking, "How the hell did we get to this achievement in building homes, and then slide back into the cookie cutters we settled on for today? How did we ever decide to choose function over all aesthetics to this extend?"
    Cheap, mass-market materials coupled with fast construction for the end result of big fast profits will kill artisanship and creativity every time, in every arena. Voltaire made a great song about it.
    "I'll tell you something," he said, as if he had said nothing that day. "You're walking on gallows ground, and there's a rope around your neck and a raven-bird on each shoulder waiting for your eyes, and the gallows tree has deep roots, for it stretches from heaven to hell, and our world is only the branch from which the rope is swinging."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Palaralae View Post
    Cheap, mass-market materials coupled with fast construction for the end result of big fast profits will kill artisanship and creativity every time, in every arena. Voltaire made a great song about it.
    I guess that explains the complete lack of any artistry in today's buildings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mistwell View Post
    Honestly part of me was sad. I was thinking, "How the hell did we get to this achievement in building homes, and then slide back into the cookie cutters we settled on for today? How did we ever decide to choose function over all aesthetics to this extend?"
    Well, you are forgetting that most of Greene and Greene's clients were very wealthy businesspeople. The Thorsens made a bundle in the lumber trade and in shipping if memory serves. Gamble was the heir to the Procter & Gamble fortune, so these are bespoke, one off buildings with a major convergence of craftsmen, like the Hall brothers, two cabinetmakers responsible for the elaborate main stair in the Gamble House entrance hallway. I don't remember who was responsible for the art glass and the ceramics like the gorgeous work in the dining room, but you get the idea.

    Mass produced materials are not necessarily awful, nor are inexpensive mass produced houses necessarily ugly. It's just a whole lot easier to create something beautiful when you have a big budget. And many modernists were so preoccupied with economy that they lost control of the execution often with less than ideal results. Most of the really stunning modern architecture I can think of was designed for wealthy individuals or companies, so money is often important to the achievement of beauty. The Millard house was designed for a wealthy widow. The materials were inexpensive: rebar, cast concrete and wood, but the design was unusual and it required more labor hours and talented builders than a standard house of the same size from the 1920's.
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    Just finished watching "The Domestics". Thoroughly fun post-apocalyptic romp, quite entertaining.

    I had heard about it just as it was leaving theatres so I didn't get to see it on the big screen. Glad I got to see it.
    "I'll tell you something," he said, as if he had said nothing that day. "You're walking on gallows ground, and there's a rope around your neck and a raven-bird on each shoulder waiting for your eyes, and the gallows tree has deep roots, for it stretches from heaven to hell, and our world is only the branch from which the rope is swinging."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Palaralae View Post
    Just finished watching "The Domestics". Thoroughly fun post-apocalyptic romp, quite entertaining.
    You had me at post-apoc...
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    Quote Originally Posted by nail bunny View Post
    You had me at post-apoc...
    I also just dl'ed a post-apoc show called "Jericho" that some people were recommending to me. Apparently it only had two seasons, but I will give it a go. Also got some other PA stuff that I haven't watched yet, "Escape from L.A." "A Boy And His Dog", "The Postman" etc.

    When I was asking for PA movie/show recommendations, I was amused to see some folks really enjoyed the movie "Snowpiercer" (another one I've got, but haven't seen yet) and some people downright HATED it. I mean reeeeally loathed it. One dude I know said he'd rather be forced to watch "The Book of Eli" (absolutely GREAT for setting/background and a couple other things, but utterly horrible in just about everything else) thousands of times than rewatch "Snowpiercer" once.

    With only bad beer and stale popcorn, to boot.
    "I'll tell you something," he said, as if he had said nothing that day. "You're walking on gallows ground, and there's a rope around your neck and a raven-bird on each shoulder waiting for your eyes, and the gallows tree has deep roots, for it stretches from heaven to hell, and our world is only the branch from which the rope is swinging."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Palaralae View Post
    I also just dl'ed a post-apoc show called "Jericho" that some people were recommending to me.
    Jericho is good. It's a more 'realistic' take on the nuclear war post-apoc.

    Also got some other PA stuff that I haven't watched yet, "Escape from L.A." "A Boy And His Dog", "The Postman" etc.
    Escape From LA is less post-apoc and more 'action', in fact I wouldn't call it post-apoc at all. It's also pretty cheesy. You've never seen A Boy and His Dog? What is wrong with you? It needs to be at the top of your list. The Postman was better than I expected it to be, but then Costner was in love with the book so he tried very hard to be as faithful as possible.

    "Snowpiercer"
    Never watched it, never wanted to.

    "The Book of Eli"
    The Book of Eli was pretty good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nail bunny View Post
    You've never seen A Boy and His Dog? What is wrong with you? It needs to be at the top of your list.
    I had never even heard of it until I started asking & looking for movie/show recommends for Wasteland stuff.

    Quote Originally Posted by nail bunny View Post
    The Book of Eli was pretty good.
    What is wrong with you?

    I mean, other than the extremely groan-worthy plot, wholly unbelievable firearms sequences and obvious gag-worthy-ness of religious proselytization...like I said, it was decent for some of the setting and the relatively believable-ness level of "dirty" of basically anything post-apoc* especially when water is scarce.



    *my biggest pet peeve of PA movies; people running around in Horrible Situations, yet they and their clothes look remarkably clean and freshly-laundered.
    "I'll tell you something," he said, as if he had said nothing that day. "You're walking on gallows ground, and there's a rope around your neck and a raven-bird on each shoulder waiting for your eyes, and the gallows tree has deep roots, for it stretches from heaven to hell, and our world is only the branch from which the rope is swinging."

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    I just got hulu, what should I watch? Already planning on 11.22.63 and Brooklyn 99

    Edit: First thing I did is find a Chrome extension that mutes commercials.
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