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2013-07-26 06:39:09 PM
Aidan: The incentives were put in place for filming in Michigan, and several companies started investigating it. A few (2 or 3?) small films were filmed here...

Like "Transformers" and "Gran Torino?" The book on which "Gran Torino" was based took place in the Twin Cities, but the location was moved to Highland Park because the tax breaks were so good.
 
2013-07-26 06:46:14 PM
I would kind if like to go there and see it. Probably cheaper yet far less safe than going to Chernobyl though.
 
2013-07-26 07:01:59 PM
 
2013-07-26 07:32:05 PM

Weidbrewer: It's always been a shiathole.


No, it hasn't, as even a quick glance through these photos will tell you.

It's pretty scary how much of a shiathole it's turned into.  They say Seattle's next.
 
2013-07-26 07:36:14 PM

bangmaid: Anyone in management knows that when someone points out others' shortcomings, it is because they are self conscious, have low self esteem, and suck at their job.


Err are you pointing out someone else's shortcomings ? Just checking ... ya know, to see if I should hire you.
 
2013-07-26 07:39:41 PM

Man On Pink Corner: They say Seattle's next


(asking out of genuine curiosity, and ignorance, in absolute humility) who is they and why ? I think Seattle is a particularly beautiful city and wonder why.
 
2013-07-26 07:39:42 PM

Slartibartfaster: bangmaid: Anyone in management knows that when someone points out others' shortcomings, it is because they are self conscious, have low self esteem, and suck at their job.

Err are you pointing out someone else's shortcomings ? Just checking ... ya know, to see if I should hire you.


He's not the quickest crayon in the shed.
 
2013-07-26 07:50:47 PM

silvervial: This is similar to what they are attempting to do with the Postal Service.


You know, I know there's some really fine people working for the United States Postal Service, but that entity as a whole needs to shape up or shut the fark down.  As someone that deals with a LOT of shipping on a daily basis, they are far and away the worst at their jobs.  UPS does everything they do better.  Does it cost more?  Of course it does, because they're actually getting shiat done.  People can biatch about how they personally had a bad experience with UPS or how UPS lost their package one time, but you know what?  At least their policy isn't "Well, that sucks.  Do you have anything else I can mail for you? No?  NEXT!".  UPS is far more cooperative on pretty much every level, and they actually handle damage claims.  USPS will abuse your package, lose your package, send it to the wrong address, then have the audacity to tell you to your face that it's not their responsibility.  fark USPS.

/I know this has nothing to do with the thread or the topic, just felt like venting
//Thanks for that.
 
2013-07-26 07:51:08 PM

Slartibartfaster: Man On Pink Corner: They say Seattle's next

(asking out of genuine curiosity, and ignorance, in absolute humility) who is they and why ? I think Seattle is a particularly beautiful city and wonder why.


It is.  And so was Detroit.  That's what people keep missing: as a mid-twentieth century city, Detroit was one of America's crown jewels.  But all of their Faberge eggs were stacked up in one financial basket.  In the 1970s, Seattle was as dependent on Boeing as Detroit was on the auto industry.  Fortunately, Microsoft and Amazon came along to diversify the employment base and bring money to town.

Seattle's city government isn't much more competent than Detroit's, and if anything we have less infrastructure to work with.  I think what happened to Detroit would also have happened here if it weren't for the technology sector.  I think it still could, given the right (wrong) combination of events.  Boeing is more or less fed up with the entire state, and I imagine their customers feel the same way about them, at least in the commercial airplanes sector.  If they ever pull up stakes, this area will be far too tech-heavy for its own good.
 
2013-07-26 07:51:16 PM

mooseyfate: He's not the quickest crayon in the shed


ok, I'm keeping/borrowing/stealing that.  It was always my expression that he/she is not the brightest bulb in the chandelier and that expression was lost on at least half the folken I told it to and I lived in Redneckistan/Greeely CO for 7 years.  You are now Favorited as I am unemployed, it is all I can do, ATM.  Do keep posting.
 
2013-07-26 07:56:23 PM

Man On Pink Corner: .


thank you
 
2013-07-26 07:57:35 PM

mooseyfate: silvervial: This is similar to what they are attempting to do with the Postal Service.

You know, I know there's some really fine people working for the United States Postal Service, but that entity as a whole needs to shape up or shut the fark down.  As someone that deals with a LOT of shipping on a daily basis, they are far and away the worst at their jobs.  UPS does everything they do better.  Does it cost more?  Of course it does, because they're actually getting shiat done.  People can biatch about how they personally had a bad experience with UPS or how UPS lost their package one time, but you know what?  At least their policy isn't "Well, that sucks.  Do you have anything else I can mail for you? No?  NEXT!".  UPS is far more cooperative on pretty much every level, and they actually handle damage claims.  USPS will abuse your package, lose your package, send it to the wrong address, then have the audacity to tell you to your face that it's not their responsibility.  fark USPS.

/I know this has nothing to do with the thread or the topic, just felt like venting
//Thanks for that.


You know, in my life I haven't traveled far and wide. But the countries I have been to make me appreciate the USPS greatly. I can stick a stamp on a letter, a bill or whatever, and be 99.999999% sure it will get there. But there are countries, Mrs. Fool is from one of them, where they have no decent postal service. It makes it hard for basic commerce. In fact, I think a decent Post is what differentiates a 'developed' nation from the rest.
 
2013-07-26 08:07:11 PM

mooseyfate: You know, I know there's some really fine people working for the United States Postal Service, but that entity as a whole needs to shape up or shut the fark down.  As someone that deals with a LOT of shipping on a daily basis, they are far and away the worst at their jobs.  UPS does everything they do better.


Ive had less problems with the USPS (internationally) than UPS
I once had a UPS driver drive up my driveway, come to my door and deliver me a card saying "your package was unable to be delivered because your address cannot be located"
I looked at the farkWIT driver for a few seconds and decided it probably was not worth explaining to him.
He smiled with rotting teeth and breathed on me happily and drove away (smelt like a squirrel crawled up his ass and died on the way to his throat)
So I disagree with your assessment.

// UPS are dickheads
/ Had similar (but not quite so spectacularly "fail") with UPS on three continents
 
2013-07-26 08:15:56 PM

desertfool: You know, in my life I haven't traveled far and wide. But the countries I have been to make me appreciate the USPS greatly. I can stick a stamp on a letter, a bill or whatever, and be 99.999999% sure it will get there. But there are countries, Mrs. Fool is from one of them, where they have no decent postal service. It makes it hard for basic commerce. In fact, I think a decent Post is what differentiates a 'developed' nation from the rest.


Slartibartfaster: Ive had less problems with the USPS (internationally) than UPS
I once had a UPS driver drive up my driveway, come to my door and deliver me a card saying "your package was unable to be delivered because your address cannot be located"
I looked at the farkWIT driver for a few seconds and decided it probably was not worth explaining to him.
He smiled with rotting teeth and breathed on me happily and drove away (smelt like a squirrel crawled up his ass and died on the way to his throat)
So I disagree with your assessment.

// UPS are dickheads
/ Had similar (but not quite so spectacularly "fail") with UPS on three continents


Like I said, just venting.  It's been a long week and USPS farked me twice, coming and going.  I understand the basic need of a USPS, but they seriously do need to get their shiat together.  Every true shipping problem we've experienced at work as been through USPS, and that's saying something considering they only handle a 1/4th of what we ship.  UPS handles the other 3/4ths, and that's quite a bit.  Not Amazon-esque, but still a pretty high volume of packages ranging from padded envelopes all the way up to 100+ lbs. boxes full of expensive product.  The simple fact is that we can't trust USPS with the bulk of our shipping volume because they're too irresponsible and their policies regarding lost/damaged packages, especially internationally, are horrible.
 
2013-07-26 08:18:36 PM

specialkae: mooseyfate: He's not the quickest crayon in the shed

ok, I'm keeping/borrowing/stealing that.  It was always my expression that he/she is not the brightest bulb in the chandelier and that expression was lost on at least half the folken I told it to and I lived in Redneckistan/Greeely CO for 7 years.  You are now Favorited as I am unemployed, it is all I can do, ATM.  Do keep posting.


Glad I could bring a smile to your face!  Hope your employment situation improves soon, I know how that can be.  Unemployed for 9 months before I found my current job, and that shiat suuuuuuuucked.

/the unemployment, not my current job.
//I'm literally in love with my job now.  I think it's making my wife jealous.
 
2013-07-27 02:11:37 AM

mooseyfate: Oh wait, the city is almost completely recovered and neighborhoods that were war-zones or worse before the storm are now pleasant communities.


What kind of fantasy world do you live in? New Orleans East, Lower 9th, etc. are still a post-apocalyptic hellhole.

That and crime is still an issue in the city.

I mean I love New Orleans as much as the next person and I'm happy to see it thrive in a way it wasn't able to prior to Katrina, but I'm also a realist who realizes that there are still plenty of issues to resolve in New Orleans.
 
2013-07-27 09:59:01 AM

Man On Pink Corner: Slartibartfaster: Man On Pink Corner: They say Seattle's next

(asking out of genuine curiosity, and ignorance, in absolute humility) who is they and why ? I think Seattle is a particularly beautiful city and wonder why.

It is.  And so was Detroit.  That's what people keep missing: as a mid-twentieth century city, Detroit was one of America's crown jewels.  But all of their Faberge eggs were stacked up in one financial basket.  In the 1970s, Seattle was as dependent on Boeing as Detroit was on the auto industry.  Fortunately, Microsoft and Amazon came along to diversify the employment base and bring money to town.

Seattle's city government isn't much more competent than Detroit's, and if anything we have less infrastructure to work with.  I think what happened to Detroit would also have happened here if it weren't for the technology sector.  I think it still could, given the right (wrong) combination of events.  Boeing is more or less fed up with the entire state, and I imagine their customers feel the same way about them, at least in the commercial airplanes sector.  If they ever pull up stakes, this area will be far too tech-heavy for its own good.


Thats stupid. Part of Detroits problem was the white flight and the crack epidemic. Because people are not psychotically racist like they were in the past there isnt going to be such an issue in Seattle. You act like amazon and microsoft are the only things in town. Plus if anything run diwn neighborhoods in Seattle, like the CD are a thousand times better than they were 20 years ago, and even 10 years ago. Seattle is not headed towards a Detroit like collapse. Thats really one of the dumbest things I have ever heard.
 
2013-07-27 11:22:10 AM

Mrtraveler01: I mean I love New Orleans as much as the next person and I'm happy to see it thrive in a way it wasn't able to prior to Katrina, but I'm also a realist who realizes that there are still plenty of issues to resolve in New Orleans.


My point wasn't that New Orleans is now a Utopia.  Every city has problems, and at least now NOLA seems to be focused on dealing with them.  My point was that bangmaid doesn't know his asshole from his earhole, and was completely off-base in trying to insinuate that I'd somehow wronged New Orleans with my past job at a disaster restoration company.
 
2013-07-27 11:27:03 AM

Mrtraveler01: mooseyfate: Oh wait, the city is almost completely recovered and neighborhoods that were war-zones or worse before the storm are now pleasant communities.

What kind of fantasy world do you live in? New Orleans East, Lower 9th, etc. are still a post-apocalyptic hellhole.

That and crime is still an issue in the city.

I mean I love New Orleans as much as the next person and I'm happy to see it thrive in a way it wasn't able to prior to Katrina, but I'm also a realist who realizes that there are still plenty of issues to resolve in New Orleans.


Also, I'm not sure when the last time you were down was, but much of those blighted areas you're referring to are now recovered quite well.  New Orleans East and Lower 9th got leveled by Katrina, but they've definitely recovered.  I'm not saying there's not still boarded up houses, but the house-flipping market in New Orleans has taken off from where it was even 4 years ago.  I drive through neighborhoods I haven't been through in a few years and I'm always floored to see restored and raised houses where before there was nothing but 2x4's and overgrowth.

/so in otherwords, the complete opposite of Detroit.
 
2013-07-27 04:30:46 PM

ace in your face: Thats stupid. Part of Detroits problem was the white flight and the crack epidemic. Because people are not psychotically racist like they were in the past there isnt going to be such an issue in Seattle. You act like amazon and microsoft are the only things in town. Plus if anything run diwn neighborhoods in Seattle, like the CD are a thousand times better than they were 20 years ago, and even 10 years ago. Seattle is not headed towards a Detroit like collapse. Thats really one of the dumbest things I have ever heard.


For the record, I hope you're right!
 
2013-07-27 06:36:23 PM

mooseyfate: Mrtraveler01: mooseyfate: Oh wait, the city is almost completely recovered and neighborhoods that were war-zones or worse before the storm are now pleasant communities.

What kind of fantasy world do you live in? New Orleans East, Lower 9th, etc. are still a post-apocalyptic hellhole.

That and crime is still an issue in the city.

I mean I love New Orleans as much as the next person and I'm happy to see it thrive in a way it wasn't able to prior to Katrina, but I'm also a realist who realizes that there are still plenty of issues to resolve in New Orleans.

Also, I'm not sure when the last time you were down was, but much of those blighted areas you're referring to are now recovered quite well.  New Orleans East and Lower 9th got leveled by Katrina, but they've definitely recovered.  I'm not saying there's not still boarded up houses, but the house-flipping market in New Orleans has taken off from where it was even 4 years ago.  I drive through neighborhoods I haven't been through in a few years and I'm always floored to see restored and raised houses where before there was nothing but 2x4's and overgrowth.

/so in otherwords, the complete opposite of Detroit.


Wow, way to shrug off what's happening in Midtown. Jeez.
 
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