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« Reply #1740 on: May 03, 2012, 01:24:32 PM »

Huh:

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« Reply #1741 on: May 03, 2012, 02:41:35 PM »

Mercatorized maps lie to us all.

Anyone who's driven the length of Maine can tell you that.
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« Reply #1742 on: May 03, 2012, 03:00:57 PM »

Is THAT map above even correct?

I mean, look at the size of the UK compared to the US. The USA from north to south is only the length of 2 UKs.....
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« Reply #1743 on: May 03, 2012, 03:07:25 PM »

Mercatorized maps lie to us all.

Anyone who's driven the length of Maine can tell you that.

All maps lie, due to trying to convey three dimensions of vast distance into two dimensions on a piece of paper..
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« Reply #1744 on: May 03, 2012, 05:28:20 PM »

"A survey with random American schoolkids let them guess the population and land area of their country."

I'm sorry, but what adult who doesn't work for Rand-McNalley could come close to guessing the land area of the US?  I'm pretty good with geography, but I've never paid attention to the numbers.  There's a huge difference between knowing how many square miles something is and just knowing what countries are larger than others. 

Also, I didn't know people misjudged the size of Africa that much.  It's the second largest continent.  How else are you going to judge it besides, "It's freakin' HUGE!" ?
They make it sound like it's astounding that Africa is larger than all those countries"...combined!"  Well, that might be astounding if Africa were just a country, for instance that China is just about as big as all those countries combined (excluding the U.S.)  Now that's kind of impressive.  It's not that impressive that a continent, which is made up of a bunch of countries, is as big as a bunch of countries put together.
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« Reply #1745 on: May 03, 2012, 05:46:47 PM »

Puts them Haggard novels in perspective.
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« Reply #1746 on: May 03, 2012, 05:56:45 PM »

I didn't read the info on the picture at first and thought it was inferring that Africa sucked so hard that if there was actual intake of continental breath that it would inhale all those other countries into its belly.


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« Reply #1747 on: May 03, 2012, 05:58:30 PM »

Nah, this is the latest continental drift theory.
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« Reply #1748 on: May 03, 2012, 06:26:28 PM »

Puts them Haggard novels in perspective.

As well as the search for the Nile's source.

Maybe Opar does exists. They just misplaced it.
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« Reply #1749 on: May 03, 2012, 06:37:07 PM »

Puts them Haggard novels in perspective.

As well as the search for the Nile's source.

Maybe Opar does exists. They just misplaced it.

ooo la La! 

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« Reply #1750 on: May 03, 2012, 07:12:04 PM »

Speaking of wacky images, if Kevin doesn't have a Swordsman 'stache in real life I'll be real disapointed.
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« Reply #1751 on: May 03, 2012, 07:19:34 PM »

Speaking of wacky images, if Kevin doesn't have a Swordsman 'stache in real life I'll be real disapointed.

It's a full on 'Mirror Universe' evil 'stache and goatee. 
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« Reply #1752 on: May 04, 2012, 07:37:18 AM »

"A survey with random American schoolkids let them guess the population and land area of their country."

I'm sorry, but what adult who doesn't work for Rand-McNalley could come close to guessing the land area of the US?  I'm pretty good with geography, but I've never paid attention to the numbers.  There's a huge difference between knowing how many square miles something is and just knowing what countries are larger than others. 

Also, I didn't know people misjudged the size of Africa that much.  It's the second largest continent.  How else are you going to judge it besides, "It's freakin' HUGE!" ?
They make it sound like it's astounding that Africa is larger than all those countries"...combined!"  Well, that might be astounding if Africa were just a country, for instance that China is just about as big as all those countries combined (excluding the U.S.)  Now that's kind of impressive.  It's not that impressive that a continent, which is made up of a bunch of countries, is as big as a bunch of countries put together.

Fortunately, I learned all about this stuff ages ago from state-sponsored educational programming:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Zm6HzN5YVI" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Zm6HzN5YVI</a>
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« Reply #1753 on: May 04, 2012, 07:44:01 AM »

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« Reply #1754 on: May 04, 2012, 08:15:00 AM »

My bet is that Spidey is slated for Avengers 2, especially if Amazing Spider-Man does anything except sink like a rock.
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« Reply #1755 on: May 04, 2012, 08:24:53 AM »

I believe the Spidey movies are by a completely different company than the one who has released the last big spate of Marvel U movies that have led to Avengers, hence no crossover.

Ditto for X-Men.
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« Reply #1756 on: May 04, 2012, 08:27:57 AM »

The old ones were, but I was pretty sure the new movie was back under the Marvel banner.
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« Reply #1757 on: May 04, 2012, 08:45:44 AM »

The old ones were, but I was pretty sure the new movie was back under the Marvel banner.

I think it's the opposite, actually.  My understanding is that Sony's contract allows them to keep the Spider-Man license for... a long time (maybe even in perpetuity, though it's hard to imagine Marvel being quite THAT dumb), but only so long as they keep making Spider-Man movies. 

That's the reason the new movie exists, pretty much - after Sam Raimi dropped out of the franchise, the idea was to crank out a relatively cheap Spider-Man film as a "placeholder", presumably until they get another big budget Spidey movie a few years down the line with bigger names, etc.

Though there's some suggestion that, while this may have been the *plan*, the new movie actually is a big-budget affair (going from $80m to $220m), perhaps because the suits realized "Hey, this is actually a pretty good movie!"

OTOH, this might just be hype.  Even if you are trying to make a cheap "placeholder to fulfill contractual obligations" movie, you don't want to advertise that fact.
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« Reply #1758 on: May 04, 2012, 08:53:22 AM »

The old ones were, but I was pretty sure the new movie was back under the Marvel banner.

I think it's the opposite, actually.  My understanding is that Sony's contract allows them to keep the Spider-Man license for... a long time (maybe even in perpetuity, though it's hard to imagine Marvel being quite THAT dumb), but only so long as they keep making Spider-Man movies.  

That's the reason the new movie exists, pretty much - after Sam Raimi dropped out of the franchise, the idea was to crank out a relatively cheap Spider-Man film as a "placeholder", presumably until they get another big budget Spidey movie a few years down the line with bigger names, etc.

That was pretty much my understanding, too.

EDIT: Yep, this one's still being made by Columbia/Sony:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Amazing_Spider-Man_%282012_film%29
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« Reply #1759 on: May 04, 2012, 09:03:42 AM »

This is where my lack of business understanding shows...

Why wouldn't Columbia/Sony (spider-man) or Fox (x-men) give permission to tie their movies into the Marvel movieverse for a piece of that billion-dollar pie?

don't give Marvel full rights, just make them pay for usage.
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« Reply #1760 on: May 04, 2012, 09:07:29 AM »

This is where my lack of business understanding shows...

Why wouldn't Columbia/Sony (spider-man) or Fox (x-men) give permission to tie their movies into the Marvel movieverse for a piece of that billion-dollar pie?

don't give Marvel full rights, just make them pay for usage.

If I had to guess? They probably can't agree on how big everyone's slice of pie is going to be.

That's a lot of what sunk the Halo movie deal I referenced in another thread, I believe.
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« Reply #1761 on: May 04, 2012, 09:19:27 AM »

Not to mention that there would be a lot of complexity when it comes to ancillaries.  Making a deal to have Spider-Man make a cameo in Avengers might be relatively straightforward.  But can Spidey be in the Avengers coloring book?  Spider-shaped pasta in the Avengers themed pasta?  Etc.
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« Reply #1762 on: May 04, 2012, 10:15:29 AM »

Not to mention that there would be a lot of complexity when it comes to ancillaries.  Making a deal to have Spider-Man make a cameo in Avengers might be relatively straightforward.  But can Spidey be in the Avengers coloring book?  Spider-shaped pasta in the Avengers themed pasta?  Etc.

Actors, too. Andrew Garfield might have signed on for X amount of Spidey sequels, but would a major role in an Avengers movie count as one of those sequels? Probably not, so they'd have re-negotiate that contract, etc etc.
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« Reply #1763 on: May 04, 2012, 10:53:02 AM »

Business is dumb.
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« Reply #1764 on: May 04, 2012, 11:01:16 AM »

Marvel made a lot of bad deals back in the day.  Hence why there was no Torch in the second FF cartoon and why Marvel movies were the poster boy for BAD.   Now that Marvel can produce them themselves they keep the rest of their characters in house.  But Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four and a couple of others are still in old deals. 

And the whole super greedy aspect of these things is also why the live action TV Batman is not on DVD and why the Six Million Dollar Man only recently made it to DVD.  When you mix in more than one production company or rights holder it becomes a boondoggle. 
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« Reply #1765 on: May 04, 2012, 08:05:08 PM »

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« Reply #1766 on: May 07, 2012, 07:11:25 AM »

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« Reply #1767 on: May 07, 2012, 11:14:20 AM »

So I Googled "bat fan" and...

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« Reply #1768 on: May 07, 2012, 12:13:19 PM »

So I Googled "bat fan" and...



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« Reply #1769 on: May 07, 2012, 12:19:35 PM »

I like slicing salamis with it. 
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