EDSBS Offseason Survival Guide 2013
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The Brothers K, by David James Duncan: In my opinion, it fits firmly within the genre called "Great American Novel." It is definitely one of my favortie books of all time. --mnHorn (Seconded by alpelican; this is my favorite book ever.)George Washington: A beautifully shot, simple story. One of my favorite movies of all time. There's a Criterion Collection version, so Hulu Plus members can stream it. --mnHornCatfish (The Manti Te'o Story): A guy who got burned in an online relationship helps others connect with people they've been talking to online for years. Sometimes they're who they say they are, sometimes they're not. The host is super understanding of these people even if they're ignoring a million red flags. Kinda interesting for a group of people who spend a bunch of time talking to strangers on the internet. - AllicollsDaria - Biting MTV cartoon from the 90's dealing with a sardonic and intelligent teenage protagonist. Biting satire of high school life and becomes incredibly touching and dramtic in the final two seasons. - Nick Petrilli
Cowboy Bebop: Near future space adventure show following bounty hunters set to a bebop jazz soundtrack. Delves heavily into philosophical, particularly existential, themes and crises. Western influences, particularly noir. - Nick Petrilli
The off-season seems to require something that reflects loss and indulges in drinking too much -- and this community seems fixed on the authentic. So I nominate the entire Arab Strap catalog. Good entry point: "Mad for Sadness" or "Monday at the Hug and Pint." Also the members' individual work, esp. Malcolm Middleton's "Waxing Gibbous" or Aidan Moffat's collaboration with Bill Wells, "Everything's Getting Older." - My real name is Dick Whitmanhttp://th-eats-blog.tumblr.com/post/35527568538/th-cooks-four-cheese-baked-mac-n-cheese-en-casserole MAKE THIS MAC 'n CHEESE OR ELSE GOD HELP YOUR SOUL - HolzermanLagunitas Sucks: SRSLY (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/220/74986) --mnHornMakers Mark 46 - Not too expensive, delicious - LongtimeLurkerWent to the Temecula vineyards a few months ago; far and away the best we had was the Falkner 2011 Viognier (https://www.falknerwinery.com/shop/cart.php?m=product_detail&p=62). Also not bad: the Hart 2010 Zin, but I can't find a link for that. - My real name is Dick WhitmanFar Cry 3 - Top notch open world FPS. Story drags at points, but excellent gameplay and plenty of side content more than make up for it - BigCat
A Lesson Before Dying, by Ernest J. Gaines: A college-educated black man returns to his small southern town in the Jim Crow Deep South at the behest of his grandmother to teach a prisoner on death row "how to be a man." In doing so, he must confront his own distaste for his hometown and the segregated South. --mnHornThe Long Good Friday: It's awesome. Just look it up. Also on Criterion for you Hulu Pluss subscribers. --mnHornReaper: A college dropout works (with his friends) for the Devil collecting souls that have escaped from Hell. Probably only available on Netflix. - Big GrizzVenture Bros. - For everyone who grew up on Hanna-Barbera animation and the long winded adventures of Johnny Quest and the like. It draws on so many different cartoon tropes of yesteryear, has biting, sardonic humor, and it's beautifully drawn, an anomaly compared to its Adult Swim brethren - Holzerman (seconded by Guynemer--my favorite non-Archer cartoon by a country mile) a million times this -WW04 - to infinity - b0mberManSamurai Champloo - Samurai era sword action with awesome soundtrack. One of series like Cowboy Bebop. Three characters on a journey across japan during the time period with a basic over all story guiding the characters that they update every couple of episodes with most of them being one of stories. Same formula as Cowboy Bebop. Basically Cowboy Bebop with samurai. It's awesome. Watch it. -Wallacewade04Also just about anything with Jason Molina's name on it: Songs: Ohia ("The Lioness," "Didn't It Rain," and best of all, "Magnolia Electric Co."); Magnolia Electric Co. ("Josephine," "Trials and Errors," "What Comes After the Blues"); under his own name ("Pyramid Electric Co."). If you like blues-influenced rock, this is for you. - My real name is Dick WhitmanYeah it's Paula Deen but y'all it is so good and so easy. This feeds ALL THE PEOPLE for not a lot of money, tastes amazing, looks impressive and can be prepared the night before so your hungover ass can just throw it in the oven in the morning. I recommend halving the butter in the praline topping though. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/baked-french-toast-casserole-with-maple-syrup-recipe2/index.html --Lady CommenterDogfish Head Midas Touch: find some, drink it, thank me later.Old New Orleans Spiced Rum - I'm not a spiced rum guy. Seriously, I'm not a Capt. Morgan kind of bro, but I like this stuff. -Wallacewade04Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand). Consistently awesome across vintages and usually under $20. Rich and complex, not overly sweet and absolutely none of that oak nastiness. Even people who turn their nose up at white wine like it. If I get home from the hospital and there's not a bottle chilling in the fridge Spencer will be sleeping on the back deck. --Lady CommenterCiv ?: Whichever version you may play (I will probably be playing IV). Not particularly new or anything. Build and maintain an empire to become the dominant society in the world. - Elm City Horn
The Revolution Was Televised by Alan Sepinwall: Critic Alan Sepinwall writes an oral history of the "golden age" of television, discussing the histories and origins of shows such as Oz, The Sopranos, The Wire, Mad Men, and more. - Nick PetrilliBrother: An intriguing movie from 2000 about a Japanese gangster exiled to America, where he runs with his brothers small, multi-ethnic crew and inspires them to bigger (gang-related) things. An interesting take on the "gangster movie" genre. - BigCatSherlock: With six 90 minute episodes, Sherlock (BBC) is a modern interpretation of some of Arthur Conan Doyle's most famous Sherlock stories. Witty, interesting, exciting, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. - Nick PetrilliArcher - Spy agency with some serious (but hilarious) issues. Pretty much mandatory viewing if you're going to understand half the comments on the site. -a5ehrenAzumanga daioh - Like winnie the pooh, but with people instead of stuffed animals. Incredibly cute ZZR81024If, on the other hand, you want sweet indie pop, give Savoir Adore's "In the Wooded Forest" a try. - My real name is Dick WhitmanBilly Gomila: And the Valley Shook's Recipe Section. Updated every week, lots of Cajun/Creole goodness, soon to also include BBQ. http://www.andthevalleyshook.com/atvs-recipes Cigar City anything, really. --robert guiscardOld Overholt Straight Rye Whiskey - An awesome intro to rye whiskey and cheap at $16 per 750ml bottle. Try it in an Old Fashioned: 1-1/2 oz rye, 1/2 oz sugar(/simple/bar) syrup, 2 dashes bitters (orange bitters is best), stir and serve on rocks in a short glass.-DogrelBlue Fin Pinot Noir: a good, crisp noir that is generally easy to drink and pleasant. Not a wine that will blow you away, but it is certainly a crowd pleaser if you like pinot noirs. $4 at Trader Joe's. - Elm City HornStarbase Orion: As close as you'll get to Master of Orion II for the iPad, in case you can no longer get your fix of the original. -- SpartanDan
Judd ssh might scuff loo yb Mitt Cree gs tax loo offWhat's Up, Doc? -- 1972 Buck Henry screwball screenplay that is simply funny. Ryan O'Neal, Barbara Streisand, and Madeline Kahn in her first role. Also the brilliant, but now largely forgotten Kenneth Mars. And oh, ALL the character actors. Best car chase scene ever. -- Counter TrapCracker: series from UK channel ITV1 in the early 90s (for the most part) starring Robbie Coltrane as a psychologist involved in police invesitgations, before he was known for being an overgrown groundskeeper from Yorkshire. The dialog for Coltrane can be a bit much, but design, but it's full of good turns by character actors. On Netflix Streaming. - DC Trojan.Initial D- It's a japanimation series about a tofu delivery boy who also races his father's tofu car. The charatcers race Mt. Akina and other various mountain towns in Japan. Toatl waste of time....when football's on. atl_reb87.On the other other hand, if classical is your thing, look up some of Michael Praetorius' work. Probably the best of the late Renaissance composers. His Mass for Christmas Morning is an excellent place to start. - JonadanSt Bernardus Abt 12 - Rumor is that they stole the Westy recipe when the breweries were co-located during WW2, but either way it is damn delicious if you're into Belgians. I prefer it when the weather is cold, but good any time. -a5ehrenStartopia: an old starbase-simulation by Bullfrog, so you know it has quirky humor aplenty. Think of it as a Caesar-style city builder, in space. Available at gog.com for cheap. --Guynemer
Two good food books: Michael Ruhlman's Ratio, which lays out the basic chemistry of most of the foods found in a Western kitchen, and Make the Bread, Buy the Butter by Jennifer Reese, who makes everything from ginger ale to Camembert at home and analyzes what's worth the trouble to DIY and what you should just buy at the store. --Lady CommenterSleepwalk With Me - Comedy written and staring comedian Mike Birbiglia. It's based loosely on his real life struggles with his relationship, starting his comedy career, and his increasingly severe REM Sleep Disorder Behavior, which cause him to act out his dreams while sleeping. - Profoundly VagueSons of Anarchy: From the makers of the Shield: it's basically the biker gang's version of The Sopranos. It's well written, well acted, and gives an interesting insight to the biker gang culture. It's on Netflix Instant as well. - Charles UFIf you think Local H is just a one-hit wonder, think again. Check out their entire discography, especially As Good As Dead, Pack up the Cats, and Here Comes the Zoo. Their sound is very much a continuation of what came from Seattle in the late '80s/early '90s, but the lyrical content is a lot less apathetically jaded and more actively angry in its cynicism. - HolzermanUnibroue La Fin Du Monde -- Supposedly one of the best beers in the world, this Belgian Tripel's from Quebec and is only found in bottle form. Delicious stuff. I've only seen it in the U.S. at Father's Office locations in the L.A. area, but it's definitely around. -- JohnCassilloCrusader Kings 2: "Game of Thrones, the Strategy RPG." The development company bills this as a "lord and vassal simulator," but it's so much more than that. If you liked Civ at all, you'll love this game. On Steam. Buy it and kiss your male and/or female significant other goodbye. http://kotaku.com/5972744/why-crusader-kings-ii-should-be-game-of-the-year --robert guiscard
The Chronicles of Amber, By Robert Zelazny: A series of adventure/fantasy books with publishing times stretching from the 1970s-early 1990s. Split into two separate five-book arcs. First is excellent. Second is worth reading, if you find the first decent. Available individually or as a 10 book collection. - BigCatBrick -- esoteric Joseph Gordon Levitt film (directed by the same guy who directed and wrote Looper) in which a stereotypical Private Investigator story is transplanted to a large 1990s public high school (with the drama club playing the part of the cabaret, etc). Tends to be a love-it-or-hate-it affair, but definitely worth a look if you want to try something different. --UnstableMongooseInspector Morse. Drawn from the PBS "Mystery" series. John Thaw plays the title character and based on Colin Dexter's novels. Who knew Oxford (England, not Mississippi) had so many murders? Some full episodes available on You Tube. -- Counter TrapI HIGHLY recommend a band simply called, "HURT". I have seen them in concert many times and they are by far a favorite. The lead singer is a classically trained violinist that essentially started playing rock out of rebellion against strict religious parents. His background in music pays huge dividends int heir work, and he often plays violin on several songs. -- BoilerTMillFor Dark Beer people: Old Rasputin or Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout; For not-Dark Beer People: Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale (I refuse to endorse any beer which has been intentionally fouled up for shipment to India by sail) -- UnstableMongooseDead Space 3 - third game in the Dead Space series. Imagine Resident Evil 4 meets Bioshock. Great system great characters super scary zombies. The first two will mess with your sleep in the best way and in Febuary the third will hopefully continue the trend. -Wallacewade
Not strictly a book: if you're at all interested in soccer, take a look at The Blizzard, a quarterly magazine of long form articles by some top notch writers, not just from the UK. Available to download on a "pay what you like" basis. Hey, the Euro seasons carry you through May. - DC TrojanUn Chien Andalou - Salvador Dali helped make a movie once, and this is it. It's as artsy and surrealist as you'd hope, yet also stays charmingly lighthearted for the most part. Made in 1929, it's in the public domain and is only 16 minutes long; it's short, sweet, strange and free.-DogrelDoctor Who. You've been telling yourself for years that you should finally check this show out. Just do it. Start with Christopher Eccleston's first season so you can keep up with the story later, but bear in mind it doesn't REALLY get good until David Tennant takes over as The Doctor. -- Vince Young (Seconded by SpartanDan - though if you're really pressed for time you can start with Series 5, Matt Smith's first year.)"Babel" by Mumford And Sons -- epic folk rock that sounds like it's from the middle of Appalachia... but is actually by 4 British guys. It works WAY better than it should. -- Vince YoungLeinenkugel's Sunset Wheat. The best wheat beer I've had, hands down, and some seriously yummy stuff. One case where the popularity and availability is warranted.-DogrelThe Game of Thrones mod for CK2 - It exists, and is amazing. By far the best GoT game in existence. -a5ehren
The Truth About Sharks and Pigeons: an absurd, Douglass Adams-esque story about a run-of-the-mill Londoner who is tapped by a secret race of pigeons to save the world. - Elm City HornHappy Endings: If Friends were filmed today, and was actually funny, it would be Happy Endings. ABC's horrendous and may cancel it soon, so get your fill now. -- JohnCassilloChickenfoot is what Sammy Hagar and the other ex members of van halen have been up to latley highly recomended ZZR81024Harpoon Brewery Rich and Dan's Rye IPA - Hoppy, crisp, with a slight malt aftertaste, this Rye IPA is tough to beat for the price. It is also 9-ish percent ABV. Unfortunately, if you're not in New England (congratulations!) it can be hard to come by. My dad did find some recently in a Rouse's in New Orleans, for whatever that's worth. -The Ghost of Jay CutlerHotline Miami - Murderous, super-violent, drug-fueled rampage through 1980s Miami. Worth it for the soundtrack alone if you're into electronic music. -a5ehren
The Gone-Away World by Nick Harkaway: A novel about the end of the world and the people who try to put it together after; also features mine-hunting sheep, mimes, ninjas, and some of the best characters in recent fiction. One of the best books I've read. --Mild PlaidDid you faggots really put Catfish on here?Old school video game kick -- Homeworld (1999), being the first true 3D space strategy game and having an amazing, well-composed soundtrack. If you can't find a copy, Homeworld 2 (2005) should do for a substitute. -- UnstableMongoose
True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey - stunning imagination of the life of 19th c. Australian outlaw Ned Kelly, written enitrely from Kelly's perspective, in language drawn from the letters he himself wrote. Booker Prize winner - My real name is Dick WhitmanNewsradio - Understand why Phil Hartman was a genius. Great ensemble comedy from the mid 90s with Stephen Root, Dave Foley and Andy Dick at their best. And Maura Tierney in her prime (drops mike) - b0mberMan
The Forge of God by Greg Bear Not your standard alien invasion story. Starts up with scary stuff like "hey, a Jovian moon is gone" and "this mountain should not be here." -- Counter Trap
Potato: A History of the Propitious Esculent - John Reader - It's a history book about potatoes. It has the story of the first baked potato. What more do I need to say? Truffle Shuffle
Masters of Rome series by Colleen McCullough. If you're into historical fiction and/or ancient Rome, you'll probably love it. Spans the advent of Gaius Marius to the Battle of Actium.
For sci-fi/fantasy fans (again): look up something by Guy Gavriel Kay. Tigana is excellent - and also his first. I hear his later books are even better, but haven't gotten around to them yet. - Jonadan
Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson: Is it a cyberpunk techno-thriller in modern times? Or is it a World War II-era treasure hunt? Or is it a love story? Yes. -- Vince Young (seconded by SpartanDan) (thirded by Guynemer) (fourth'd by ML Overdrive)
Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey: Part space opera, part detective/noir story, part frontier/colonization of the solar system. First book of The Expanse series. -- SpartanDan
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson: One of the best cyberpunk novels, with a bit of Sumerian mythology thrown in. -- SpartanDan (seconded by Guynemer--really, I love all of Stephenson's work)
The Flashman series: Stephen Garcia as a 19th century British "gentleman"/cavalry officer. Hilarious, and definitely not PC. --robert guiscard
if you haven't read Chuck Palahnuik yet I can suggest his works, he's known for Fight Club but you should try Invisible Monsters and Choke -WW04
The Signal and the Noise - Wizard Nate Silver walks you through a bunch of the basics behind statistics and modeling. -a5ehren
Check the Technique: it's a sort of liner notes for classic hip hop albums. The author interviewed a bunch of rappers/producers talking about classic albums they released. Albums listed here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Check_the_Technique:_Liner_Notes_for_Hip-Hop_Junkies -quickaskzoey
"Foundation" series by Asimov -- seminal science fiction work, something that every sci-fi fan should read at least once. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foundation_Series (start with classic trilogy--Foundation, Foundation and Empire, Second Foundation) -- UnstableMongoose
Christopher Moore, incredibly genre-crossing shit, pretty much anything of his is good, but start with "Bloodsucking Fiends; A Love Story." Also, Philip Kerr's Bernie Gunther series of detective novels. If you're looking for sci-fi, Red Mars by Kim Robinson is hard science and a great series kickoff to boot. -seminole
Ready Player One by Ernie Cline - sci-fi story of what happens when a Bill Gate/Steve Jobs type dies and leaves the keys to his empire hidden in an online world and everyone is trying to find it. Good pacing and full of great 80's pop culture/music/movies/sci-fi references. The audiobook is narrated by Wil Wheaton and is excellent.
The Rise of Theordore Roosevelt, Theodore Rex, and Colonel Roosevelt by Edmund Morris - at first I thought that 3 books on this man was ludicrous but read the first on a friends' suggestion. His life can probably fill 3 more books. Fascinating reads. - b0mberMan
Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan - Great mix of sci-fi thriller and pulp noir detecitve novel. - b0mberMan
The Ballad of the Whiskey Robber by Julian Rubinstein - Great true story of a bank robber/professional hockey goalie/Transylvanian/folk hero in post communist Hungary. Quick read. - b0mberMan