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  1. Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

    I am glad I decided not to make any early judgement about this movie. After a second viewing of it I really am starting to like it. Not my favorite by any means but it is a much needed shift in the films for sure. The most important explanation that we could have been given in the film, we were given imo. Light rises to meet the darkness and darkness to meet the light. Yeah that is correct, I believe just a powerful dark side force user. Some think he is the Prime Jedi but I do not think so myself.
  2. What are you listening to?

    From my favorite songwriter. Only biggest indie fans would really know who this guy is. I love the transition at about 2:10.
  3. What are you listening to?

    From one of my favorite albums ever.
  4. My Swing (cipher)

    This should be an interesting year coming up. I will try and work on the swing a bit over the winter if I can find the time. I definitely want to give it one more solid effort on correcting the driver swing as soon a spring hits. I also picked up a Ping G driver which seems so much more forgiving(I have only hit it once at the range though) than my SLDR TP was. I am not sure what I was thinking with that one other than it was a cheap driver to buy when getting back into playing again after the injury.
  5. Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

    In original post with the article that Erik linked(which included the statement I was referencing and quoted a couple times which was "I’ve read several things that make a very good case for the Empire as the good guys") the author of the actual article states: I have an issue with the first disclaimer or whatever you want to call it as far at the article remaining relative. There are the films, there is Expanded Universe, however there is still official canon outside the films. http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Wookieepedia:Canon_policy So as I best understand this would include the shows Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and Star Wars Rebels and the StarWars.com databank. I have not spent much time in the databank but have watched much of the shows with my kids. The information from these official canon sources a is plenty to write a lengthy response to the original article and the others if one wanted. However it really is not fair to the original article as he did not have that information back in 2002 when the article was written. If you want to keep the conversation as it seems you guys do to just the movies, then it is just a useless back and forth conversation and I agree there is no point. I am just pointing out in this post that official canon includes sources that now shed a lot more light on the Empire as also not being the good guys so to speak. If someone wants to consider looking at those sources that is great. I would be happy over the next couple weeks to do a write up citing this canon(you don't have to be an expert, which I am not either, you just have to look it up), but I don't really want to be accused of taking this all too seriously again. I just thought it was a fun and lighthearted philosophical discussion. Maybe not as I did not have the time yesterday or today when my work starts to provide complete responses at this time.
  6. Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

    That wasn't your statement. So does a naval ship they are military personnel. Sure. I can refrain, that is fine with me.
  7. Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

    I did not make the original statement, I simply responded to it with mine. I am yet to see the proof of the first one, just silly click-bait articles that are trendy. The burden is not on me. I already did some quickly off the top of my mind, listed at five good reasons why, and attached a video showing just one example of genocide and enslavement by the Empire. I am no expert either, I just know barely enough of the other stuff out there to know it is an exaggerated theory. No, it had a military installation on it. The Death Star, the ships, those are military installations with military personnel. You said, "I’ve read several things that make a very good case for the Empire as the good guys." I have not been making a case for the Rebels or the Jedi. Only that the Empire and the First Order are not the good guys. I disagree there is not much of a case for that, and no proof.
  8. Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

    My statement is accurate, so I don't need to convince you. If you won't watch the cartoons or look into the recent supporting material, how could I convince you anyway? Maybe if I have time in future I will find some clips and material like the one example I quickly found to counter argue each point in one of these links but I don't really see the value in doing so for the time it will require to put together at this moment. Maybe in a week or two. If it is more fun for some to see the Star Wars universe that way, that is fine by me, you just won't be right. I do agree with you on TLJ but FA should have changed that for you with the Hosnian System.
  9. Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

    Even if I confine my information to films, the recent shows, comics, and games which all are canon it backs up my statement. The films are just a chapter in a book, and I would not base my point on them alone. I can see some argument for the Jedi not being the "good guys" even though many of the points in those links are quite silly, but there is no way the Galactic Empire would take that place. I could take nearly every point in those links and argue it suits the Empire(and the Sith) better as well.
  10. Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

    In cannon there are many, many examples. There were many abductions and manipulation of force-sensitive children, enslaving people groups, there are many examples of mass murder across the galaxy, and the murder of anyone who did not meet their expectations to name just a few. Opinions otherwise are just attempted justification and trendy click-bait.
  11. What are Your 2018 Golf Goals?

    What I mainly want to do is to improve my long game. I will likely work with some evolvr instruction to do so.
  12. Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

    I am trying to allow for some time to let this movie grow on me.
  13. Ratings (out of 5): Lodging Quality: 4Value: 5Location: 5 Talamore Golf Course Quality: 4Value: 4Conditioning: 4Layout: 4 Mid South Golf Course Quality: 5Value: 4Conditioning: 5Layout: 5 http://www.talamoregolfresort.com Lodging The lodging located on the Talamore Golf was pretty nice. There was a decent amount of space for basically town home type villas and the conditions were nice. I did not really notice a ton of wear and tear but then again I have stayed in some pretty rough hunting camps over the years so I am pretty easy going with that stuff. I enjoyed the spot as well being situated in the tall pines you tend to imagine when thinking of the Pinehurst area. The Pavilion was a nice spot to hang out as others have mentioned. The pulled pork dinner they did for us was great and a lot of fun as well. Talamore I enjoyed Talamore golf course. It is a fairly simple and relatively easy course compared to Mid South. I like the overall design of the course and look. I agree with others that were some goofy things going on with fairways being cut off and rough starting in weird spots. On holes like number one though it helps some of the longer hitters from ending up down in the hazard. Greens were a bit firm but I did not have a ton of trouble holding the greens. Overall I really like what they have done with this course with the renovations and removing bunkers. I like the placement of the deep sod wall bunkers as well. It gives the player something to think about indeed. It is a great course and I think the price is reasonable for the area as well. My favorite hole at Talamore is number 18 and is shown above. This is a great finishing hole and with the fairway and water slanting left and the green on the left you have to decide how much you want to cut off. It definitely favors the long hitters as they can go between the two bunkers closest to the water. My goal was to play just to the right of the closest bunker on the right, leaving a little longer shot in. Mid South Mid South is just a very well designed golf course. I really enjoyed playing this course. The holes are challenging and enjoyable to play. The range, the range balls and practice green are all great. This course is in great shape overall and the changing the greens back to the way Palmer originally designed it seems to be a great change. I was surprised at how well they played for how fresh the change was. They played a bit softer and faster than Talamore. The bunkers are very fun to play out of on this course. I really like the sand here...I think maybe a bit too much though. This course is probably one of the better deals and places to play in the area. If I am back in the area I will be playing this course again. I won't beat a dead horse too much but, yeah, don't try to eat lunch in the clubhouse. Get something quick from the hut at the turn. Hole #6 from the back side shown above. My favorite hole at Mid South was hole #6. This is a great and challenging par three. It does not look all that tough but at 160 yards and swirling winds it is no easy shot. If you play the yardage there is a good chance you may end up in the water on a slight miss-hit. If you played a club extra you can end up in the back left bunker if the wind does not hold the ball up enough. I was able to experience all possible outcomes on this hole. I saw a lot of balls end up in the water from other players as well. I loved playing these course and this was truly an experience I will not forget. Playing these courses made the experience that much better.
  14. Ratings (out of 5):Polos Quality: 5Value: 3.5Comfort: 5Aesthetic Appeal: 5 Pants and Shorts Quality: 5Value: 3.5Comfort: 5Aesthetic Appeal: 5 Hat Quality: 5Value: 4Comfort: 5Aesthetic Appeal: 3 https://www.ping.com/apparel/default.aspx?gender=male My Review: I really enjoyed receiving our uniforms from Ping for the Newport Cup. It added a lot of enjoyment to the experience to have team uniforms that were of such nice quality. The polo shirts we received were very nice. I like the look of the Newman shirt the most. I did not really notice or was bother by the seam as others may have been. I think the two tone look is very nice on these shirts. I also like the look of smaller size of the collar on all these shirts. The feel of the fabric is nice and the shirts breathe nicely as well. These are one of the best fitting golf shirts I have used as well. It just has a much more modern fit that is not too loose as some of the golf shirts I have used in the past. I like all of these shirts and will continue to wear them for many rounds of golf. The pants that we received worked great as part of this complete set. They had a similar nice modern slim fit like the shirts. The look of these pants is great. I purchased some Adidas golf pants this year before heading to the Newport Cup and I won't be wearing them much as the Ping pants have a much better fit and feel. The the soft rubber grip on the inside of the waist as you can see above is nice for holding your shirt tucked in. I had no problems with my shirts coming un-tucked. The shorts(shown above) fit great as well and have a great look. Basically they are the same as the pants just in a short. I like the look and feel of the hat overall. I prefer a bit more support instead of the loose look in the brow of the hat, but overall I think it is a great product. The material and the Ping logo patch are a great look. I am not completely sold on the adjustable leather strap in back but it does seem to work with the patch. I enjoyed testing and wearing this new line of clothing from Ping. I will definitely continue to wear all of the products we received from them. My one gripe with major brand name golf clothing and products in general is I feel as if they are so overpriced. These items are quite expensive. I purchased a similar looking, feeling and fitting golf shirt from Target for around half the price. Maybe the quality will not last though, I am not sure. Either way,it is not the biggest deal though since it is not like you have to buy a large collection of clothing each year. A shirt or two per year is probably all I would desire to purchase on average anyway. I have no worries about the quality of the Ping clothing line as they always have a commitment to making great golf products.

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