Scorsese is my favorite director and has directed my favorite movie of all time Goodfellas. It seems he never disappoints with his mobster movies, goodfellas, casino, the departed etc. The cast is obviously stacked as well. I’m also pretty sure this is Al Pacinos first time working with Scorsese as well. I’m really hoping it’s not a let down.
There is a scene in Casino towards the end where the assembled bosses are deciding whether or not they kill a union representative Andy Stone. Every mobster assembled seems to have nothing but praise for Stone and indeed there seems no reason to kill a man who until this point had been nothing but loyal, however one of the bosses Remo Gaggi is hesitant simply asking “Look , why take a chance ?” and Stones fate is sealed. In Casino, the scene was darkly comedic another reflection of the absurdity and callousness of the mob. However The Irishman finds its central tragedy in those five words. Death is an ever present companion in the Irishman. Hoffas murder is shown to us in the first five minutes and every gangster that appears on screen is briefly captured in a moment of celebration or amusement so that the viewer is informed of how they met their end. The film itself takes pains to show the decay of its protagonists reducing them to nothing over time if they are not killed outright. What’s more is that most if not all of the killings shown in the film are utterly pointless most of them driven by greed pettiness ,paranoia, laziness or a combination of the four. At times the pointless nature of these killings is played for comedy (a man is gunned down because of a simple miscommunication an event the Frank simply describes as a “bad hit”) and for tragedy (the betrayal of Hoffa is what truly damns Frank and Russell) but always an air of meaninglessness hangs over them. The impish charm of Scorsese’s earlier gangster films is stripped away and all that is left is a steely contempt for this world that reminds me David Chase’s work on The Sopranos (funny enough Scorsese didn’t actually enjoy the series though both works tread similar ground). Death is given with such dispassion in such coded language that it takes a second to realize the mob bosses have ordered a man to be murdered as if by coding their order they distance themselves from what they do. But as the film emphasizes time and time again takings someone’s life always has consequences, no man is an island after all. By killing so casually one damns themselves to a personal hell they will never truly escape. Frank and Russ spend most of their lives steeped in death and killing and are ultimately forced to watch their lives slip away with Frank in particular left truly alone unable to feel remorse for what he’s done and the lives his ruined and unable to repair what he has broken. In the end all he has left is his memories and a death few will mourn, loyal to dead men and codes that have been broken so many times as to become meaningless. When we last see frank he is alone with what he’s done, staring at the door left slightly ajar hoping that someone, something will come in to rescue him from the prison he has made for himself but we know that it’s not coming all that’s coming for Frank is death and end to a wasted life.
[RESOURCE] Sauce, noodles, rice, and oil in Hong Kong that are not made in China
A list of food items not made in China, translated from https://www.facebook.com/groups/2798734860192968/permalink/2908814829184970/ The list is for Hong Kong. The same product sold at other places may have a different country of origin. I hope this list will inspire people in other places to make similar lists. Sauce ✔️ Made in Hong Kong: Lee Kum Kee 李錦記 (soy sauce & oyster sauce only), Tung Chun 同珍 (chilly sauce only), Yuet Wo 悅和醬園, Kowloon Soy 九龍醬園, Tai Ma 大孖 ✔️ Made in Taiwan: Kimlan 金蘭 ✔️ Made in France: Heinz 亨氏 ✘ Made in China: Lee Kum Kee (except soy sauce & oyster sauce), Yummy House 美味棧, Knorr liquid seasoning 家樂牌鮮露, Maggi 美極, Yu Pin King 御品皇, Swanson 史雲生, Select 佳之選, Pearl River Bridge 珠江橋牌 Noodles ✔️ Made in Hong Kong: Gourmet Alley 錦華坊, Nissin Cup Noodles 日清合味道 (mini only), Nissin Demae Iccho (except non-fried black garlic oil cup noodles) 日清出前一丁（黑蒜油非油炸杯麵除外）, Doll Bowl Noodle 公仔碗麵 ✔️ Made in Taiwan: Imperial Big Meal 滿漢大餐 ✔️ Made in Vietnam: Fuku Instant Noodles 福字上湯伊麵 ✔️ Made in South Korea: (Ottogi?) Cheese Bokki （不倒翁？）芝士撈麵, Nongshim packaged noodles 農心包裝麵 ✔️ Made in Thailand: Chewy 超力, Imperial Banquet (Thai Rice Vermicelli, Ho Fen, Pad Thai) 金御膳米粉河粉金邊粉 ✔️ Made in Italy: Select Pasta 佳之選意粉, Barilla ✔️ Made in Greece: Barilla ✔️ Made in France: Casino ✔️ Made in Turkey: Best Buy 超值牌 ✔️ Made in Australia: San Remo ✘ Made in China: Fuku Bowl Rice Vermicelli 福字碗裝米粉, Sau Tao 壽桃牌, Select Chinese Noodles 佳之選中式麵, Imperial Banquet Green Bean Vermicelli 金御膳龍口粉絲, Nissin Cup Noodles 日清合味道 (except mini), Peacock Brand 孔雀牌, GOF 高富牌, Swan Brand 天鵝牌, Doll Fried Noodle 公仔炒麵王, Doll Instant Mifun 公仔米粉, Doll Dim Sum Noodle 公仔點心麵, Nissin Harusame 日清杯粉絲, Nongshim Kimchi Ramyun Cup Noodle 農心辣白菜, Nongshim Shin Ramyun 農心辛辣麵, Nongshim Clay Pot Cup/Bowl Noodle 農心石鍋杯/碗麵 Rice ✔️ Made in Thailand: Gelephant 金象, Greendotdot Rice Trio 點點綠三色米, Best Buy 超值牌, Golden Phoenix 金鳳, Grain 01 一造米 ✔️ Made in Hong Kong: Kam Heung 金香, Gelephant Pearl Rice 金象牌珍珠米, Cherry Blossom Castle Brand 櫻城牌, Kangaroo Brand Low GI 袋鼠牌低升糖指數 ✔️ Made in Australia: Double Ram 雙羊牌 ✔️ Made in USA: Chewy Kumai Pearl Rice 超力熊井珍珠米 ✔️ Made in Taiwan: Koshihikari Rice 越光米 ✘ Made in China: Greendotdot (Millet, Black Rice, Ten Grains Rice) 點點綠（小米、黑米、十穀米）, Imperial Banquet (Pearl Rice, Brown Rice) 金御膳（珍珠米、香糙米）, Tinnmi Sushi 金田禾, Pik Heung To 碧香稻 Oil ✔️ Made in Canada and Packaged in Hong Kong: Imperial Banquet Canola Oil 金御膳芥花籽油 ✔️ Made in South Korea and Packaged in Hong Kong: Imperial Banquet Corn Oil 金御膳栗米油 ✔️ Made in Hong Kong: Lion & Globe 獅球嘜 ✔️ Made in Malaysia: Mazola 萬歲 ✔️ Made in Canada: Tripod 寶鼎 ✔️ Packaged in Singapore: Select 佳之選 ✘ Made in China: Imperial Banquet Peanut Oil 金御膳花生油, Knife 刀嘜
NEW AND IMPROVED! (sort of) Random Stuff Selector (Regularly Updated)
Har har good joke at the end there, title This is a complete Redo of my not-at-all-patented Random Weapon Slector from about a year back, which was in heavy need of updating. (especially after that damn akimbo update.) Want weapons picked out for you? Throwables, characters, even your masks? It's all here! (Within reason. I'm not typing out all those fucking melee weapons, because they wouldn't even fit in Wheel Decide anyway and besides which you care less then I do, and I don't care at all.) Incidently the limit on Wheel Decide is why there's no 'all weapons' - all those Akimbo weapons pushed the number of Primary weapons avaliable above 100, so it's kind of untenable. Sorry! No Ultimate Edition tables have been offered as appropriate - If they'd only remove a single option, or leave you with either 1 choice or no choice, I haven't done them, if only to keep this thing cleaner when/if I need to edit it. They'll also remove the selections as they're rolled, so if you don't like one particular thing (or you can't use it), feel free to reroll, safe in the knowlege that you won't get it again. (Unless you refresh the page.) Extra Picky versions of the weapon selections are also in the works, and will be added in When I can be arsed ASAP. As always, Big thanks to Chosen_Sewen, who created the originals, and derek1092766286, who raised a good point about people who desire particular weapon types and the chance involved, which made me decide to make a few other selectors.
Hey /techsupport/! I have the strangest virus ever. At least, I think it's a virus. It started a while back, I was browsing using Firefox, and I suddenly got a pop-up advertisement. I use adblock, so it was kind of weird, but I did not think much of it. A few weeks later, ABP had updates a few times, and it still wasn't removed. I scanned my PC a few times using AVG and Avast, but no results. I then used ABP to block it, I still wasn't sure if it was a virus or not, but at least I did not have to look at it. It's still there, for instance, when I start up Internet Explorer. I normally never use it though, so I didn't really care. But now, for some reason, it is happening to Steam too. I did a boottime scan with Avast, and scanned a bazillion times with Microsoft Security Essentials, but nothing came up. Does ANYBODY know what the hell I am dealing with? EDIT: Also, the ads range from "Win 50,000 dollars free casino money!" to "Hot moms want to bang in your neighborhood!" UPDATE: After running rkill.com, FlashcookiesView and GMER, it still did not disappear, so I tried to find more out about the ad. The ad I got at that very moment lead to http://content.yieldmanager.edgesuite.net/atoms/ed/af/79/96/edaf79964fe085ea7c083f4de6441be5.gif. I did not go there to be safe. Then, checking the source, I found this: http://ad.xtendmedia.com/st?ad_type=ad&ad_size=300x250§ion=3440945 After googling xtendedmedia, I found out they are a company that tracks data or something like that. So I googled how to get rid of it, and I got on a website from "Do Not Track Plus". I installed the add-on (in Firefox, the browser I mainly use), and I removed the ABP custom blocks I previously added to stop it from popping up in Firefox. Turns out, it's gone! Installing DNTP for FF also stopped the same thing with IE! Now here's the kicker: Steam still has it. FUCK. I could not find out much about it, but when I right clicked it and clicked "copy link", it gave me this: http://www.google-analytics.com/bv?type=mat, but putting that into my browser got me nowhere. So the cookies are using google analytics or something? I'm so tired of this crap, does anybody know how to fix this? EDIT: Like Remo_253 said, I do not think its a virus, seeing as it's not detected by any AV scanner.
MAFIA FIX Not smitten with this early one from May 1972. The fourth book published, it's a step forward in the development of the ongoing characters, and it has some amusing one-liners ("Wouldn't that turn America into a nation of drug-users?" answered by "As opposed to?") and a few chilling moments. But MAFIA FIX also has a threat that's rather mundane for the Destroyer, too many secondary characters that don't go anywhere, some satirical shots that misfire, and an oddly ineffective spoof of three classic adventure heroes. So I'd have to say it's near the bottom on my list of the first few years of this series. A humongous load of heroin has arrived in America, fifty tons of ninety-eight per cent pure stuff. Reportedly, this is a six-year supply turning up all at once; the idea is that the mob will flood the country with the drug at a cheap price, then demand more for it once millions get good and hooked. Corruption and inefficiency in the DEA and FBI and other agencies means that our country's only hope is with a supersecret and completely illegal organization known to only four men -- its director, the sitting President, and two hired assassins. This is CURE of course, created to save the Constitution by breaking its laws. Its enforcement arm consists of a single man, a New Jersey police officer whose death was faked and who was taught a devastating martial arts by an elderly Korean. (Remo Williams and Chiun are just beginning to grow into the characterizations we will later know and love.) CURE's first and only director is Dr Harold Smith, the strictly disciplined, sour-faced cheapskate with high ideals. Smith (not yet called Smitty by the still-bitter and resentful Remo) has a personal stake in this heroin-busting operation. His own daughter is an addict, going cold turkey at the moment on a farm in Vermont. Personally, I thought this attempt to lend some pathos and emotional involvement from Smith doesn't work; we don't meet the daughter, didn't know her beforehand and have no particular attachment to her. The only effect her addiction has on the story is that Smith actually says "please" twice to Remo. The Destroyer goes undercover (in the most transparent way) as a writer for a magazine. His technique for investigating is to confront various mobsters and police officials, and then openly ask them about the heroin. The idea is that he will then get information from the hit men sent to quiet him. So most of the book consists of Remo wandering around, insulting and being offensive to everyone, casually killing people and also having marathon sex sessions with the mayor's daughter. After enough pages have been filled, he confronts the real mastermind giving orders to the gangsters, and this surprise villain follows the formula quite often used in the early books. The book uses straightforward Mafiosi as its villains, with Don Dominick Verillio and his crime family carrying the action. They're the whole traditional package -- Sicilian, church-going, hand-kissing, cold-blooded murderers. This is at the same time that Mack Bolan was ripping into them in his own immensely popular paperback series (and I imagine the publishers at Pinnacle were pushing Sapir and Murphy to be more like the successful Executioner premise). You can get equal mileage from Mafia and Nazis -- they're useful bad guys to use as cannon fodder -- but the Destroyer books work better with more imaginative and borderline whacky menaces like Mr Gordons, Sheila the Tiger Woman or Arieson. Remo Williams at this point is an intriguing if not fully realized character. He has not yet gone over entirely to Sinanju himself. The new Destroyer is still a wiseguy from Jersey, blunt and crude and angry about this new dark life he was shanghaied into leading. (When a cop who knew him "in life" starts to recognize him, Remo immediately kills him before he can speak his name; and this troubles him the rest of the book.) At this point, the mythology of Sinanju as the awesome source of all martial arts is still being worked out. If you had only read the later books, you might be surprised to see Remo break training by having a cigarette (he intends to pick up some chewing gum to hide the smell). And it's downright bizarre that he phones Chiun and asks him to make lobster with wine sauce for dinner...! The strict duck and rice and water regimen would not come along for a little while. (I often think that this restricted diet and lack of enjoyment in sex after the training reaches a certain point helps to keep Remo from being TOO smug. His powers come with a high price, and the reader who has a nice dinner with his wife and later slips into bed with her may feel that he wouldn't necessarily give all that up to be able to run up walls and dodge bullets.) Here is where Chiun starts to get into watching soap operas, where Remo first recites the lines from the BHAGAVAD GITA that become his personal mantra and which give him added power at crucial moments . And we learn that CURE did try twice to repeat using the drug that puts a man in a deathlike coma so that they could fake his executions and get possible replacements for this loose cannon Remo. Both times the men died for real. The implication is that something odd and inexplicable is going on below the surface with the Destroyer. Even Smitty is beginning to wonder about Chiun's babbling "about Oriental gods taking the bodies of dead people and seeking revenge on evildoers." There's a very neat running gag about a new technique called the floater stroke, and the danger if it misses its target. Sure enough, at a critical moment, the intended victim faints from fright (thereby accidentally learning a great secret of martial arts, that simply collapsing is the fastest method of getting out of the way) and the force of the floater turns back. Remo passes out as his arm dislocates. Later on, Remo and Chiun became so powerful that they could easily take out most of the Justice League, but I like the early books where their techniques were creative elaborations of actual martial arts and carried a certain element of risk. Three guest stars turn up at the end. Worried and annoyed that the US hasn't been able to stop the impending drug epidemic, top agents are sent here from Great Britain, France and Japan. These are obvious parodies of James Bond, Hercule Poirot and Mr Moto. Spoofs like these work best when there's a certain amount of affection and respect shown for the originas, with some exaggeration of their qualities. No such luck here. The three visitors are shown as useless and foolish, but it is revealing that they do immediately turn up right at the secret drug processing plant that Remo took the whole book to locate. And it's interesting that (for once) the Destroyer pulls his punches and just leaves them unconscious when he normally kills everyone who annoys him beyond a certain point. The guest star who gets the most time on stage is a British agent, "an enormously fat man who looked like Hoagy Carmichael after six months of forced feeding." The Hoagy reference is of course Vesper Lynds' description of Bond in Fleming's CASINO ROYALE. As for the odd notion of 007 being grossly overweight, I guess it might have something to do with the film DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER, still fresh in moviegoers' minds in 1972. Sean Connery had noticeably put on weight by that time, although it's inaccurate to call him obese by any reasonable standard. The British spy fools around with the latches on his trick attache case while Remo punches out the surrogate Hercule Poirot ("a round little man with a head like an egg and a twisty little mustache") and Mr Moto ("a silly looking Oriental with thick eyeglasses", apparently a Peter Lorre reference). Then the Englishman manages to shoot himself in the foot and still grab credit for shutting down the drug factory after Remo leaves. Sapir and Murphy were often very funny and quotable ("The difference between a democracy and a dictatotship, he thought, is that thieves tend to rotate more in a democracy..") but this snark at famous fictional spies falls limp and is neither incisive nor amusing.
I was playing for about 2 and a half years while going to school and working part time jobs, before I realized I was going to make a living solely from poker. The turning point was when I decided to go for supernova elite on Pokerstars in 2007.
Actually there's a hand against Justin Bonomo that I played on the big game in which I had AxJd and check shoved the river as a bluff. Makes me cringe a little- although, I'm not sure it was such a bad play :)
My beliefs as a Christian haven't really affected my relationships or my approach to live games except in that I'm trying to not put in such long sessions anymore playing cash. That is more of a health thing though.
Doubting your abilities is something that almost every poker player struggles with. It's hard not to during the downswings. Overcoming this is difficult, but a lot of times you just have to play through it.
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