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The Heretic

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    ironic nihilist & cheerful pessimist
  • Birthday 10/20/1975

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  • Gender: Not Telling
  • Location: Earth
  • Real name: Utter Kunt
  • Interests: Philosophy (Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, Post-Structuralism, Existentialism, German Idealism)
    Literature (Bret Easton Ellis, Dostoyevsky, Jorge Luis Borges, William Gibson)
    Anime (Evangelion, FLCL, Samurai Champloo)
    Television (Rome, Sopranos, The Wire, Mad Men, Spartacus: Blood & Sand)
    Film (Bladerunner, Fight Club, The Matrix, Closer, Being John Malkovich, Primer, The Dark Knight)

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  1. The Heretic added a post in a topic 2016 NFL Super Bowl thread   

    Game summary: the Broncos absolutely pulverized the Panthers 24-10. The Panthers were no slouches on defense themselves, with Ealy and Kuechly on one side, but Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware on the other side got the 2015 MVP rattled.  
    The Panthers were down 6 with five minutes to go and they had the ball. Result? A failed run on first down. A failed pass attempt on second down. Von Miller put the MVP out of his misery with his second strip-sack of the game. And that play was quite telling: the stripped ball was loose on the ground, with guys scrambling for it... QB Newton's eyes were clearly fixed on it, but he didn't even try to dive for it in the scrum. The Broncos scored their first offensive touchdown a couple plays later, and that was the ball game.
    Congratulations to Manning for the Elway-like perfect retirement.  
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  2. The Heretic added a post in a topic How did you get here?   

    Philosophy of science? My condolences.  
    Welcome to the sleepiest forum on the Internet, regardless   
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  3. The Heretic added a post in a topic 2016 NFL Super Bowl thread   

    Aye I will be cheering for the Denver Broncos tomorrow at the SB party. I eagerly anticipate a close game, like last year where no lead was safe until the clock read 00:00. 
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  4. The Heretic added a post in a topic 2016 NFL Super Bowl thread   

    Super Bowl 50 pick
    Carolina Panthers vs Denver Broncos (+5.5)The aging, battered Gunslinger on his last legs vs the young, brash, athletic MVP favorite? I doubt anyone could've weaved a more Hollywood-ish narrative between the Super Bowl quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Cam Newton.  But the key matchup is between the Broncos' defensive line and the Panthers' offensive line. The Broncos have the best pass rush in the league, spearheaded by twin unholy terrors in Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware, and enough depth (Shaq Barrett, Derek Wolfe, Malik Jackson, Vance Walker) to keep the defensive line fresh and violent for 60 minutes. However they'll be facing a very stout offensive line: the Panthers tackles Remmer & Oher haven't given up a sack the entire playoffs and the guards Turner & Norwell are both above average. Even if they can't contain the Broncos' relentless pass rush, QB Newton is powerful enough to shrug off would-be sack artists and make the throw or scramble for the first down. While the Broncos' excellent secondary won't have much trouble with the mediocre Panthers' receivers, Newton will buy time & make just enough plays.  Second key matchup: the Panthers' defense vs the Broncos' pedestrian offense. The Panthers are almost as good on defense as the Broncos, and they'll be led by tackling demon LB Keuchly & Thomas Davis, a great instinctive middle backer who reads QB, jumps on weak passes, and covers sneaky slot receivers with relish. The Broncos' offensive line is solid, but they will not be able to control the line of scrimmage to generate a running game. Although the Broncos' receivers are clearly superior to the Panthers' corps, the stubborn Panthers' defense will pressure Manning long enough to force him to second guess himself.  It will be close, and the Broncos might have a lead in the fourth quarter, just because Manning is a first-ballot Hall of Fame legend. But MVP Newton will make enough clutch plays and seal the game for the Panthers' first championship in franchise history. Carolina, 20-17 
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  5. The Heretic added a post in a topic Movies i've seen...   

    I expected nothing less. However. William Gibson was so impressed with Chappie and has been trying to promote it on Twitter like a shameless PR firm:
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  6. The Heretic added a post in a topic Movies i've seen...   

    Admittedly, numbers for film is a lazy way of doing reviews, but they denote my overall impressions. To be fair to these films, I should put some more effort in reviewing them - at least the good ones like Interstellar and Birdman. 
    American Sniper was pretty underwhelming, and proof that the insular nature of Hollywood has gotten worse over the years.  
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  7. The Heretic added a post in a topic Movies i've seen...   

    Perhaps this thread should be revived. Here are the films I've seen over the last 12 months:

    Birdman 9.5
    Kingsman 8.0
    Ex-Machina 9.0
    Chappie 7.0
    Avengers Age of Ultron 8.0
    Mad Max Fury Road 9.0
    Ant Man 7.5
    Jurrasic World 8.0
    Inside Out 8.5
    Mission Impossible Rogue Nation 8.5
    The Martian 9.0
    Tomorrowland 6.5
    Terminator Genysis 6.5
    American Sniper 6.0
    Man from UNCLE 6.5
    American Ultra 6.0
    Focus 7.0
    Maleficent 6.0
    Exodus Gods and Kings 6.0
    Star Wars TFA: 7.5
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  8. The Heretic added a post in a topic 2016 NFL Super Bowl thread   

    I suspect the Broncos' defense will hold the Panthers' offense to around 20 points. The question is whether the Broncos' offense is capable of scoring 20 or more.  
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  9. The Heretic added a post in a topic Movie: The Martian, co-worker impressions.   

    Indeed. The Martian, while an excellent film that doesn't cheat plot points with magic, is true science fiction for this reason alone: 
    Every person making important decisions about the mission is scientifically literate. This was one of the main tropes of the classic, Hugo Gernsback-styled space age scifi from the 50s. 
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  10. The Heretic added a topic in Play   

    2016 NFL Super Bowl thread
    This will be the 50th Super Bowl, between the Denver Broncos & Carolina Panthers. I hope it'll be a classic, either way, tho Las Vegas opened the game at -5 for Carolina.
    I will post my picks next Wednesday. 
    Feel free to add your thoughts! 
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  11. The Heretic added a post in a topic 2016 NFL Playoffs - Conference Championship Picks   

    The AFC championship game sounded like a great game by all accounts.   
    Of course I failed to watch it, due to family commitments: my little sister's birthday party at a nice Persian restaurant by the beach. That I forgot to set up the DVR is entirely my fault. Were it the Super Bowl...   
    Glad that Peyton Manning gets a chance to limp off the sunset with a ring. 
    I did manage to catch the first quarter of that horrific NFC title game: Carson Palmer suffered a Full Delhomme (quarterback turns the ball over 5 times) at the worst possible time.  
    Stopped watching the massacre by the middle of the second quarter. Palmer was up against a potentially all time great team on the road, fighting off that 10 years of Bengals stink, etc.   I should've known better. 
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  12. The Heretic added a topic in Play   

    2016 NFL Playoffs - Conference Championship Picks
    That Packers-Cardinals game will go down in history as one of the most memorable ever.
    Because I lucked into 4-0 last week, I have even less confidence in predicting the last games before the Super Bowl.

    New England Patriots @ Denver Broncos (+3)
    or Brady @ Manning XVII
    While the Patriots lost to the Broncos back in November, that was with QB Brady throwing to nobody - no WR Amendola, Edelman, or TE Gronkowski for the final minutes of the fourth and in overtime. While Brady will have his weapons back, it's true that he hasn't had much luck in Denver, career-wise: 2-6, and zip -2 in the playoffs. Right now, Brady is the superior QB, with that quick release, but Manning has the superior defense and homefield advantage.
    QB Manning wasn't great last week against the Steelers, but that could be factored by dropsies that infected his receiving corps (7 drops). Manning is a mortal 5-11 against Brady all-time, but he's at least 2-2 in the playoffs, and the home team won all games. However, because Manning is a pale shadow of his former self (throwing 17 picks to a mortal 9 touchdowns) it won't be enough to prevent Belichick and company from making their 7th Super Bowl.
    New England by 2
    Arizona Cardinals @ Carolina Panthers (-3)
    It is rare to see two Heisman trophy winning QBs in Palmer and Newton face off in the playoffs, and even more so when they are the two top QBs from the past year.
    The Panthers absolutely must pressure Palmer, refuse to allow him time to throw, or he will pick apart that defense. The Cardinals had trouble with QB Wilson, who is the closest thing to Newton in the NFL. The Cardinals are pass-oriented, while the Panthers base everything on their number 2 ranked rushing attack. Both teams are about equal defensively, with Cardinals slightly better against the run, and the Panthers slightly better against the pass. Palmer has the superior WR corps in Fitzgerald,, but Newton is the more physical QB.
    The biggest problem for the Panthers is that their secondary is crippled, and cannot really cover all three of the Cardinals' receivers (Fitz, Floyd, Brown). The Cardinals have enough depth to control the Panthers' receivers, including TE Olsen.
    The NFC title game is a crapshoot, because in the past 8 years, all NFC title games have been decided by a single score or less, and four went into overtime. The strongest reason to go with the Panthers is that they haven't lost at home all season long. But the better reason to go with the Cardinals is that their defense is more reliable than the Panthers' receiving corps.  
    Arizona by 3
    Last Week: 4-0
    Playoffs to Date: 7-1
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  13. The Heretic added a post in a topic 2016 NFL Playoffs - Divisional Round   

    A hard-fought, but well-earned 4-0 this weekend. Meaning I'm off to celebrate:

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  14. The Heretic added a post in a topic 2016 NFL Playoffs - Divisional Round   

    If I recall correctly, Muraii is a Steelers fan?
    The Steelers have a history of performing well in the playoffs, and Rothlisberger is one of the most clutch QBs in league history. His shoulder is "numb" enough to play today. Meaning they pumped him full of enough painkillers to knock out a family of four. 
    That said, the Broncos receivers are dropping easy ones from Manning. ETA: five in the first half alone.

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  15. The Heretic added a post in a topic 2016 NFL Playoffs - Divisional Round   

    Seattle, having scored 21 straight, after being down 31-0 at halftime, demonstrates character. But they need two more scores to at least tie, and there's only six minutes left.
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