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Old August 30th, 2004, 05:24 PM
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Apollo XIII

Don't know how many of you out there have kids, but I have a couple that never cease to amaze me. My 4 year old, turning 5 on October 1, has proclaimed tonight that her favorite movie, above all others, is Apollo 13 aka "The Space Movie." We've just turned on the dvd for a short viewing before bedtime.

Her favorite scene? The launch. That's just badass.
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Old August 30th, 2004, 06:19 PM
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This is my favorite scene:

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Old August 30th, 2004, 07:50 PM
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Mmmmm......... NICE
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Old August 31st, 2004, 04:29 PM
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Not to hijack this thread, but....

For you Kung Fu fans, I just recently found out that the pilot and complete first season of Kung Fu are available on a three-DVD set. It's just $30, which I think is a damn good deal for this much entertainment and enlightenment. I just got confirmation that my copy is on its way:


"Greetings from Amazon.com.

We thought you'd like to know that we shipped your items today, and that this completes your order.


The following items were included in this shipment:
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1 Kung Fu - The Complete First Season $29.99 1 $29.99

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Shipping & Handling: $2.98

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Total: $29.99

Paid by Amex: $29.99

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For those of you who are too young to remember Kung Fu, the show is not as fortune cookie-esque or Kung Fu Theatre as you might think. It's really well done. Man, I can't wait for these DVD's to get here. Get your copy today!




"Snatch the pebble from my hand...."
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Old August 31st, 2004, 08:38 PM
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Caine: "Of all things, to live in darkness must be the worst."



Master Po: "Fear is the only darkness. Never assume that because a man has no eyes, he cannot see. Close your eyes. What do you hear?"

Caine: "I hear the water; I hear the birds."

Master Po: "Do you hear your own heartbeat?'"

Caine: "No.'"

Master Po: "Do you hear the grasshopper at your feet?"





Caine: "Old Man, how is it that you hear these things?'"

Master Po: "Young Man, how is it that you do not? Listen for the color of the sky. Look for the sound of the hummingbird's wing. Search the air for the perfume of ice on a hot day. If you have found these things, you will know. "


That's some good shit.
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Old August 31st, 2004, 08:44 PM
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VINCENT
So if you're quitting the life,
what'll you do?

JULES
That's what I've been sitting here
contemplating. First, I'm gonna
deliver this case to Marsellus.
Then, basically, I'm gonna walk the
earth.

VINCENT
What do you mean, walk the earth?

JULES
You know, like Caine in "KUNG FU."
Just walk from town to town, meet
people, get in adventures.

VINCENT
How long do you intend to walk the
earth?

JULES
Until God puts me where he want me
to be.

VINCENT
What if he never does?

JULES
If it takes forever, I'll wait
forever.

VINCENT
So you decided to be a bum?

JULES
I'll just be Jules, Vincent -- no
more, no less.

VINCENT
No Jules, you're gonna be like
those pieces of shit out there who
beg for change. They walk around
like a bunch of fuckin' zombies,
they sleep in garbage bins, they
eat what I throw away, and dogs
piss on 'em. They got a word for
'em, they're called bums. And
without a job, residence, or legal
tender, that's what you're gonna be
-- a fuckin' bum!

JULES
Look my friend, this is just where
me and you differ --

VINCENT
-- what happened was peculiar -- no
doubt about it -- but it wasn't
water into wine.

JULES
All shapes and sizes, Vince.

VINCENT
Stop fuckin' talkin' like that!

JULES
If you find my answers frightening,
Vincent, you should cease askin'
scary questions.

VINCENT
When did you make this decision --
while you were sitting there eatin'
your muffin?

JULES
Yeah. I was just sitting here
drinking my coffee, eating my
muffin, playin' the incident in my
head, when I had what alcoholics
refer to as a "moment of clarity."
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Old August 31st, 2004, 08:58 PM
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John, tell me that you didn't memorize all that!!!
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Old August 31st, 2004, 09:01 PM
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No, Grasshopper. It's called Google.

Here's another one:

"Your tread must be light and sure, as though your path were upon rice paper. It is said a Shaolin priest can walk through walls. Looked for, he cannot be seen. Listened for, he cannot be heard. Touched, he cannot be felt. This rice paper is the test: fragile as the wings of the dragonfly; clinging as the cocoon of the silk worm. When you can walk its length and leave no trace, you will have learned."

Maybe Bill Burke can incorporate that into his Tread Lightly! clinics.
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Old September 1st, 2004, 12:14 AM
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Screw hijack, that is some brilliant writing. Kung Fu was my favorite shows as a kid. I cannot even see one of the Carradines without having some seriously reflective moments. Add that to some of Tarrantinos "Pulp" and you have the baddest of the bad. Thanks John...look forward to seeing you shortly
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Old September 1st, 2004, 08:38 AM
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That is some good stuff y'all. You know, I watched Reservoir Dogs again the other day and it just lacks the poetry of the Pulp. Except for the one scene where Mr. White tells Mr. Orange the ins and outs of getting the store manager to cooperate during a robbery.

"When you're dealing with a store like this, they're insured up the ass. They're not supposed to give you and resistance whatsoever. If you get a customer or an employee who thinks he's Charles Bronson, take the butt of your gun and smash their nose in. Drops 'em right to the floor. Everyone jumps, he falls down, screaming, blood squirts out his nose. Freaks everybody out. Nobody says fuckin shit after that. You might get some bitch talk shit to ya. But give her a look, like you're gonna smash her in the face next. Watch her shut the fuck up. Now if it's a manager, that's a different story. The managers know better than to fuck around. So if one's givin you static, he probably thinks he's a real cowboy. So what you gotta do is break that son-of-a- bitch in two. If you wanna know something and he won't tell you, cut off one of his fingers. The little one. Then you tell 'im his thumb's next. After that he'll tell ya if he wears ladies underwear. I'm hungry, let's get a taco."


Plus, it ain't Kung Fu, but hearing Mr. Blonde ask "You gonna bark all day little doggie, or are you gonna bite?" is some seriously good shit.
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Old September 1st, 2004, 08:50 AM
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now that you all have strolled memory lane..

The xmas trip to Houston is on for this year, and I'm rounding up all the cousins and aunts and uncles and planning a trip to the Space Center, for some space history and space fun.
Yea John, I remember, lots of photos of the space watches, gotta remember to pack the omegas.
DW

Last edited by david : September 1st, 2004 at 08:51 AM. Reason: spelling
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Old September 1st, 2004, 12:26 PM
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The only thing I've thought about all morning is this damn Kung Fu DVD set. Here's another one:

"Discipline your body, Grasshopper, that you may find a greater power. When the heart knows no danger, no danger exists. When the soul becomes the warrior all fear melts as the snowflake that falls upon your hand." - Master Po

"How does one find the strength within himself?' - Caine

"By being one with all that is without himself. That prevails which refuses to know the power of the other. Where fear is, does not danger also live? And where fear is not, does not danger also die? Where the tiger and the man are two, he may die. Yet where the tiger and the man are one there is no fear. There is no danger, for what creature, one with all nature, will attack itself? Be yourself and never fear thus to be naked to the eyes of others. Yet know that men so often mask themselves that what is simple is rarely understood. The dust of truth swirls and seeks its own cracks of entry and a tree falling in the forest without ears to hear makes no sound. Yet it falls." - Master Po

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Old September 1st, 2004, 01:49 PM
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I've never seen an episode. For $30.00 I might buy it just for these bad ass quotes.

John, did you go NDA or are you going to have to wait for it to arrive?

Rob
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Old September 1st, 2004, 02:49 PM
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What does NDA mean?

Actually, Rob, I think you of all people would love Kung Fu. You should get the DVD set.
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Old September 1st, 2004, 03:10 PM
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NDA Next Day Air.

I'll be out tonight. I'll check best buy
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Old September 1st, 2004, 03:16 PM
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Aaaah.

No, I think it's being delivered by donkey. I selected the "free shipping" option on the Amazon cart. ETA is September 7th.
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Old September 1st, 2004, 04:24 PM
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Rob, here's some more chop suey philososphy for you:

"The hands are the eyes and tongue of touch. Through them a man may reach out and see another's feelings or speak his own." - Master Po

"Is it not sad, Master, that the hands of a man may strike a blow as well as caress?" - Caine

"Pain and pleasure are like two bells side by side. The voice of one makes a trembling in the other." - Master Po

"Are pain and pleasure then so alike?" - Caine

'"Are the eyes and tongue not alike? We see the butterfly and an ugly wound. The same tongue that screams also laughs. There are nerves which can bring on an illness of the body or in the spirit, and those which can restore health. Those nerves are like millions of tiny rivers, and to master these rivers is to be master of the body through which they run." - Master Po
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Old September 1st, 2004, 04:38 PM
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LOL

I guess we will be getting a steady stream of quotes until the video is delivered.

Do you remember that quote I sent you a few years back that's a famous Taoist story?

This is a lack luster translation. I can't find the one I really like.

I could always see this being used to describe how you don't have to be in your Tao to cut well with a Benchmade knife.

Enjoy,

A cook was butchering an ox for Duke Wen Hui.
The places his hand touched,
His shoulder leaned against,
His foot stepped on,
His knee pressed upon,
Came apart with a sound.

He moved the blade, making a noise
That never fell out of rhythm.
It harmonized with the Mulberry Woods Dance,
Like music from ancient times.

Duke Wen Hui exclaimed: "Ah! Excellent!
Your skill has advanced to this level?"

"What I follow is Tao,
The cook puts down the knife and answered:
Which is beyond all skills.
"When I started butchering,
What I saw was nothing but the whole ox.
After three years,
I no longer saw the whole ox.

"Nowadays, I meet it with my mind
Rather than see it with my eyes.
My sensory organs are inactive
While I direct the mind's movement.

"It goes according to natural laws,
Striking apart large gaps,
Moving toward large openings,
Following its natural structure.

"Even places where tendons attach to bones
Give no resistance,
Never mind the larger bones!

"A good cook goes through a knife in a year,
Because he cuts.
An average cook goes through a knife in a month,
Because he hacks.

"I have used this knife for nineteen years.
It has butchered thousands of oxen,
But the blade is still like it's newly sharpened.

"The joints have openings,
And the knife's blade has no thickness.
Apply this lack of thickness into the openings,
And the moving blade swishes through,
With room to spare!

"That's why after nineteen years,
The blade is still like it's newly sharpened.

"Nevertheless, every time I come across joints,
I see its tricky parts,
I pay attention and use caution,
My vision concentrates,
My movement slows down.

"I move the knife very slightly,
Whump! It has already separated.
The ox doesn't even know it's dead,
and falls to the ground like mud.

"I stand holding the knife,
And look all around it.
The work gives me much satisfaction.
I clean the knife and put it away."

Duke Wen Hui said: "Excellent!
I listen to your words,
And learn a principle of life."
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Old September 1st, 2004, 04:49 PM
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Oh yeah? Try this one on for size:

"Shape clay into a vessel; it is the space within that vessel that gives it value. Place doors and windows in a dwelling; it is the openings that bring light within. Set spokes within a wheel; it is the emptiness of the hub that makes the spokes useful. Therefore be the space at the center. Be nothing and you will have everything to give to others." - Master Po

That's some deep shit there.
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Old September 1st, 2004, 05:00 PM
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Chuang Tzu is my hero



Hui Tzu said to Chuang Tzu:
“All you teaching is centered on what has no use.”

Chuang Tzu replied:
“If you have no appreciation for what has no use,
you cannot begin to talk about what can be used.

“The earth for example, is broad and vast,
But of all this expanse a man uses only a few inches
Upon which he happens to be standing at the time.

“Now suppose you suddenly take away
all that he actually is ot using,
so that all around his feet a gulf yawns,
and he stands in the void
with nowhere solid except under each foot,
how long will he be able to use what he is using?

Hui Tzu said:
“It would cease to serve any purpose.”

Chuang Tzu concluded:
“This shows the absolute necessity
of what is supposed to have no use.”.
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Old September 1st, 2004, 05:05 PM
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That's pretty deep my fortune cookie brother, but it has no use.

Try this one for a more practical approach:

"5. In all fighting, the direct method may be used for joining battle, but indirect methods will be needed in order to secure victory.

6. Indirect tactics, efficiently applied, are as inexhaustible as Heaven and Earth, unending as the flow of rivers and streams; like the sun and moon, they end but begin anew; like the four seasons, they pass away to return once more.

7. There are not more than five musical notes, yet the combinations of these five give rise to more melodies than can ever be heard.

8. There are not more than five primary colors (blue, yellow, red, white, and black), yet in combination they produce more hues than can ever been seen.

9. There are not more than five cardinal tastes (sour, acrid, salt, sweet, bitter), yet combinations of them yield more flavors than can ever be tasted.

10. In battle, there are not more than two methods of attack--the direct and the indirect; yet these two in combination give rise to an endless series of maneuvers.

11. The direct and the indirect lead on to each other in turn. It is like moving in a circle--you never come to an end. Who can exhaust the possibilities of their combination?"

--Sun Tzu, The Art of War
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Old September 1st, 2004, 05:11 PM
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Not too shabby...

I capitulate.
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Old September 1st, 2004, 05:35 PM
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Oh man. That's it? Sucka, you gotta watch some Kung Fu. "Listen for the color of the sky. Look for the sound of the hummingbird's wing. Search the air for the perfume of ice on a hot day. If you have found these things, you will know."
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Old September 1st, 2004, 06:16 PM
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"It is not the drill bit you seek, but the hole."

-Master Ron
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Old September 1st, 2004, 07:04 PM
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OK, all of this Chow Yun Fat talk is making me crave some Chinese food. Not some lettuce wrap or orange chicken bullshit at PF Chang's. I mean the real deal Chinese food. Stuff with X's in the names. Is anyone up for another run to Sam Woo's? That, or we can do a dim sum run at NBC or somewhere else.

If we do the Woo's run, we can stop off at Callendar's after for some pie action to cap off the meal. If we go for sum dim, we can stop off at one of those Asian Trash tapioca joints and sip our smoothies through a 1" diameter straw. I'm definitely cool with either, but I'm inclined toward the dim sum because we've done the Woo's thing already.

This sticky rice wrapped in a lotus leaf cigar is THE SHIT:





That sticky rice is easily my favorite of all of the dim sum delicacies. It's rice and mushrooms wrapped in (I think) lotus leaves and then steamed. I think there's some mystery meat in there too. The lotus leaves give a slightly and pleasantly bitter taste to the rice. Kick ass. In contrast, the Phoenix Claws (fancy name for chicken feet) suck:



You think you're getting something exotic, but it's just basically chicken skin. Eating chicken skin off a chicken's toes sucks. Nothing special at all.

Har gow (shrimp wrapped with wonton skins and then steamed) is the shit:



And of course there is the old stand-by: shu mai (mystery swine tissue of unknown origin wrapped in some kind of pastry skin and then steamed):



Shu mai is good stuff. Damn, I want sum dim. Here's a menu sampling:



Even with the pot sticker bullshit on the menu, you know that place is authentic. They can't spell "shrimp".

If we go, wear your yellowest gold jewelry for best service. Even better, wear a very yellow gold necklace with a jade elephant on it to maximize the experience. If you guys are really into it, we can go and see a Jet Li movie afterward.
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