4.02.2010

The Most Offensive Thing Ever Said To Me

I'm still shocked.  How could someone be so wrong?  How could this happen?

I blame Obama - he's got to be responsible - I listen to Fox News.

Over on Bell (in a post that has since disappeared... what happened?) someone commented that the Imperial Guard reminds him of Starship Troopers.  A movie this dude liked.

Really.

So I said something like, "Man, how did they gut such a great book?  Heinlein wrote the best military SF novel of a the last century and some yahoos in Hollywood make a string of bad films.  They didn't even have Jump-Troopers... but at least they had a decent shower scene."

To which I get this reply - and be warned, some of you might find this offensive, much like I did:


genotype wrote, in response to Brent:

The movie ruled. I read the book, sorry, it was kinda boring in comparison (not unlike Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep vs Blade Runner). Jump troops would have been cool though. And shoulder mounted nukes. The fun and escapism in the book was overshadowed by the propaganda and made me feel like I was at a political rally. In the movie it was kind of making fun of tinfoil hat wearing paranoia. I liked it.


...

I don't even know what to say.  I mean, I can deal with someone who liked the film - hell, someone out there probably likes Wing Commander - but not liking the book?  Sure, it was political, but in a way that identifies with the military mindset; sometimes, there are valid reasons to fight.  Still, as fiction, it was way ahead of its time - many SF elements that we take for granted in film today came from ideas in that book.

Genotype doesn't like the book...  I find this hard to accept.  My stomach hurts.  I'm going to see if Jawaballs is on Twitter yet: I need to be able to find him at all times...

Brent

PS - I find it hard to compare DADoES with Blade Runner; they're too different.  I loved both.

14 comments:

Tom said...

Post and comment are still there on BoLS, oh and as for your comment - I concur 100%

Jwolf said...

If there is anything that proves we moderate with a light touch, this qualifies.

I share your pain, but bringing light to the wilderness is our calling.

Anonymous said...

If you listen to Fox you probably can't read anyway.

Brent said...

Anon... ha!

Sayz u.

:)

Crazy Red Praetorian said...

While playing in a store in Houston, the subject of Starship Troopers came up. A young emo kid said that he didn't know that there WAS a book.
I asked him if he read, he said yes.

BOOKS? I asked and he replied "yeah but only sci-fi.........like HALO and FINAL FANTASY."

Civilization is doomed....

Evil Homer said...

Try Armor by John Steakly (sp?) along the same lines, slightly better armored combat scenes. Same military mindset.

Try David Gerrold's War Against the Chtorr for Heinleins military thinking taken to extremes. Indoctrination rules.

Love fox news. Beck is my homeboy.

Bye the Brent if you need to borrow let me know. I've got all the listed titles.

Col. Corbane said...

I quite liked the first film, I just took it as a bit of light entertainent.

During my nid days, I found myself cheering the arachnids.

Although I've never read the book, I'm worried it'll spoil the film!

Slate_Blank said...

You may also like "Forever War" by Joe Haldeman.

Evil Homer said...

Great book Slate. Forever Peace wasn't bad either for being written so long after the first.

Brent said...

Homer -

Armor is a favorite, but I'd love to borrow some of the other titles.

My stack is down to two books; if I don't have something in waiting, I'll drive myself nuts pacing around at night.

Brent

James said...

Eh. Didn't like the book either. But then, I've never been a Heinlein fan. IMHO, Heinlein routinely comes across preachy and without any rhythm. But then, that is my own take.

Herr Fernseher said...

The 30 minute TV sit-com version ruled. I saw the movie, sorry, it was boring in comparison (not unlike any movie that's been made into a TV serial). A youtube clip would have been UBER cool though. (As long is it wasn't one of those 7 minute long, boring ones.) And make it anime! The fun and escapism of the movie (and even the TV show) was overpowered by the fact that I am a f-ing retard who can't watch anything without a hand on a mouse, game controler, or myself. Hopefully political rallies will become obsolete as more and more people make drool, not politics. In the TV show, it was kind of making fun of people who try to fight mind-control with irony and tin foil. I liked it! I also really like commercials, especially the ones that flash alot and are really obvious about what I'm supposed to buy...

PracticalJohn said...

That movie was the shit!!! One of my all time favs. Don't listen to this schmegma tasting faggot. Go and buy the movie and book. Thats right....both of em because they are genious. To Brent- You are a fucking douche. Please god go jump off a building and try and land on some minorities with the same thoughts as you. Eat shit and die.

Fuzzbuket said...

hmmm this is a promblem in currnet society films>books :(
im 13 and not ONE of my mate had heard of 1984 or animal farm :( they all thought i was making reality TV refrences :(

its a sad world


BTW

notverypracticaljhon you are a complett douche brent Must spend Loads of time on this blog and you who cant EVEn be botherd at least following a blog come up and randomly say something nasty about someones opinions.if you like the film GREAT but no need to be such a retard about others opinons.

(A new favorite!) Anon: I haven’t even bothered playing a game of 6th yet, cause I have read the rules, and actually understand how they interact with units. I know my armies no longer function how they should, and so I need to change them.

Strictly Average: 'cause 6-inches is all you get.

Stalking Jawaballs since 2009.

Jawaballs: "My butt just tightened up."

Brent, preferred 2-to-1 over Not Brent in a recent, scientific poll.

Brent: emptied the Kool Aid and DRINKING YOUR MILKSHAKE with an extra-long straw.

Unicorns don't exist.

Home of the Stormbuster, the Dyson Pattern Storm Raven.

I'm a comment whore and this whore is getting no play.

Not Brent hurts Brent's feelings.

I think, therefore I blog.

"You should stop writing for everyone else and worry about your crappy blog." - Anon.

Not Brent has been spotted lurking around with a green marker.

He's not like a bad guy from a cartoon, all devious but never quite evil, Not Brent is bad beans, man, bad beans.

Dethtron: "Again I feel obliged to remind you that trying to sound smart only works if you are."

MVB: "I am not one to join the unwashed masses of self-titled 40k experts out there distributing advice from their blogs about exactly how your list should be built..."

Shiner Bock on tap: that's how I choose hotels.

Strictly Average: The Home of Hugs and Gropings.

Don't feed the trolls!

MoD: "Welcome to Brent's head."

Competitive is Consistent.

Dethtron: "...you could use that extra time to figure out a way to get your panties unbunched and perform a sandectomy on your vagina."

Dethtron: “When calling someone an idiot, it's generally best to avoid making grammatical mistakes.”

Warboss Stalin: "You know, if it actually WAS funny, maybe I wouldn't mind."

Mike Brandt: "It's not a successful bachelor party if you don't misplace someone".

"The Master Manipulator (every store needs one): "...now, enough stroking."

Kirby: "I don't know about gropings. Seriously, Brent, keep it in the pants, please."

Loquacious: "No matter how hard I tried, I couldn't get Hugs & Gropings or Stalks Jawaballs into Brent's little tribute."

Captain Kellen: "I rate this article a Brent on the Faith Hill to Nancy Pelosi scale!"

Drathmere: "Come for the balls, stay for the Brent? Kind of disturbing, man."

Go no further, lest thee see something thine eyes would fain look past!

Isabelle: "So, thank you for supporting your local and not so local unicorns. A noble gesture like that can show some scared kids out there that they don't have to hide from everyone and it's ok to be who they really are."

There is nothing more interesting than We The People... in all our beautiful, ugly glory!

On Internet Advice: You see, I have an almost religious belief that's it's a huge, colossal waste of time.

...I think I'll call it the Gun Shy Pattern Stormbuster, because after the Internet destroyed my first humble effort, I find I'm a bit worried about the reaction to this one.

Lauby: "Is it left over from that time you thought that you could just complete step one 12 times to meet the mandates of that court order?"

Not Brent: "I guess we'll have to read on and find out. Signed, Not Brent. Especially today."

Cynthia Davis: "I think the scrolling text is from Glen Beck's new book."

Grimaldi: "Spamming certain units creates interesting possibilities but also fatal weaknesses."

Purgatus: "Math can inform decisions. It cannot make decisions."

Thoughts? Comments? Hugs and gropings?

You'd be that much quicker to figure out what I mean when I refer to a Unicorn if I covered it in a rainbow flag.

SinSynn: (To Brent) "Curse you and your insidious influence on the internets..."

Dave G (N++): "You know you're an internet celebrity when your following is more akin to tabloids."

I prefer the term Internet Personality (or IP) myself, seeing as how I coined it.

Lauby: "Your attempt to humanize him as failed. I feel nothing but scorn for his beard - it's like a warcrime or something."

BBF: "I've always thought you are a good player but I finally figured out that you are a great player. It's hard to see sometimes because your personality is engaging, sincere and quite charming - to me that is kind of a rare combination."

'Clearly cheating?' I didn't misspeak: you jumped to conclusions. If you'd like to apologize I'll be happy to send you an autographed picture of my ass.

Ass.

I thought I was doing alright before I realized I was losing.

Age and treachery beats youth and vigor every time.

Popular Posts