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(Wired)   "Lord of the Rings" filmmakers partied after winning 11 Oscars, but chose a fan club to party in. Shows how effective a Tolkien ring network can be   ( divider line
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2005-01-28 03:30:43 PM  
Disk too shall pass.
2005-01-28 03:32:23 PM  
Glass Dragon?
2005-01-28 03:32:39 PM  
Wait, back up, how much for this unisex cable extensioning?
2005-01-28 03:33:01 PM  
BNC connectors? Meh, these use the large IBM unisex connectors. Great for extending cabling. We're ethernet now, but many corporate customers still run token ring in some of the older installations.

We didn't get rid of ours completely until a little over a year ago. The transition was painful to say the least.
2005-01-28 03:35:01 PM  
2005-01-28 03:35:39 PM  
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2005-01-28 03:35:47 PM  
This is some Baudy humor! Coax anyone and they'll tell you that this thread is a twisted pair.
2005-01-28 03:36:18 PM  
farkvergnugen: Not only did Ma Bell run a baudy house, but tape librarians will mount anything.

Yeah, but will they su root?
2005-01-28 03:36:18 PM  
Tell me more about this sex cable extension. Because I've ordered devices like that before - wasted a pretty penny, I don't mind telling you. And if the sex cable extension works, I'll order a dozen.
2005-01-28 03:36:55 PM  
Does the fact that I understand the joke mean I'm old or just a geek? Right, I'm both.
2005-01-28 03:40:08 PM  
At work, we plug our unisex cable extensions into CAUs, as opposed to MAUs.

/better corn-fed than red
2005-01-28 03:43:49 PM  
That headline makes Baby Jebus cry. Then laugh a little. Then cry again.
2005-01-28 03:44:28 PM  
Finally, a funny FARK headline :)

/geek and proud
2005-01-28 03:44:37 PM  
I speak for the other 90% when I say 'WTF?' to this thread.
2005-01-28 03:45:46 PM  
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2005-01-28 03:46:02 PM  
Very good headline!
2005-01-28 03:49:14 PM  
Wow someone finally watched 3rd and 4th dvds in the Extended Edition. They talked about the Oscar night in one segment and how they all went to the party for the Tolkien fans
2005-01-28 03:50:31 PM  
Nerd's of the world unite!
2005-01-28 03:50:31 PM  
I'm playing Return of the King right now, and it took me 4 hours to beat the damn level with the Ghost King in the caves. The level with the Mumakil attacking from both sides of the cliff sucks too, cuz Legolas and Gimli just sit on their asses the whole time and don't cover for me when all those arrows come flying at me. Damn lazy bastards....I have to babysit them and keep their health up, but they don't protect me...

2005-01-28 03:50:54 PM  
"Tolkien ring network"

BWWWAAAAAHAHAHAHAHA! Props to submitter. Am I showing how long i've been in IT 'cause I get this?

/Best. Headline. Today.
2005-01-28 03:50:55 PM  
Laughed so hard I PDP'ed my 11/70....
2005-01-28 03:53:25 PM  
Amusing? The headline was Amusing, the article was straight "Cool".
2005-01-28 03:53:50 PM  
I'm glad everyone gets it. I, for one, have no clue wtf the joke is. I clicked on comments hoping someone would explain, but I had no idea everyone would be wetting themselves over the headline and thus confusing me even more...

/apparently not quite the nerd I'd always hoped I was.
2005-01-28 03:57:19 PM  
2005-01-28 03:57:37 PM  
What is a Token Ring Network?

No clicky clicky, too busy. . . . . .
2005-01-28 03:58:44 PM  
I still don't get it.
2005-01-28 04:02:15 PM  
In case it hasn't been stated already...

Welcome To Last Year.
2005-01-28 04:02:50 PM  
This joke goes back to the early 80's even.
2005-01-28 04:03:43 PM  
Token Ring networks. A form of communication between computers. Archaic/legacy.

Tolkien, same pronounciation.

anyone who ever had to deal with token rings will laugh. anyone who just read it in some TCP/IP primer will type that they get it, but they won't fully comprehend or understand the humor, but may partake.

simple enough?
2005-01-28 04:07:44 PM  
Token ring technology allowed for more efficient use of the network (Hosts pass a token to gain control, rather than recover from expected collisions as in Ethernet) but alas the cheaper implementation costs of Ethernet caused it to win out.

Still think Token Ring was a superior tech.
2005-01-28 04:12:12 PM  
you can't equate being a computer user with being a geek anymore. Have you seen how many people are using the Internet? even "cool" and "hip" people are doing so! we're gonna have to pick on the 92 sided-dice playing D&D nerds from now on.
2005-01-28 04:14:30 PM  
The best features a girlfriend-proof man who spent six months building a chain-mail suit.

ha ha...girlfriend-proof man, that's classic
2005-01-28 04:16:08 PM  
Let me be the first to say it:

Peter Jackson's visions of The Two Towers and The Return of the King SUCKED.

Re-read the books, and tell me why Faramir had to attempt to take Frodo to Gondor in TTT.  Tell me why Wormtongue had to kill Saruman in RotK.  Could it be Hollywood sensationalism?!

I should've known what to expect from the "visionary" that brought us Meet The Feebles.
2005-01-28 04:25:17 PM  
Does anybody care what Thraeryn thinks?

Thought so.

/If you're going to blame anyone, blame a public that's too stupid to understand Tolkien
//golf clap to submitter
2005-01-28 04:28:35 PM  
Do I care what MasterThief thinks of my opinion?  About as much as he cares about mine.

You can give the mind behind Bad Taste your money if you'd like.  I'm not inclined to.
2005-01-28 04:28:47 PM  
I seriously don't get the headline

/ducks from angry nerds
2005-01-28 04:31:24 PM  
While it didn't cause me to dislike the film trilogy as a whole, I do have to agree with Thraeyn somewhat and say that Sauraman's death in RotK extended edition was like a kick in the junk.
2005-01-28 04:36:17 PM  
In the family jewels?

For the rest of you farkers; getting the headline in this case is not necessarily a good thing. It means you've been deprecated.
2005-01-28 04:36:47 PM  
bonus points to anyone that can tell me what BNC stands for........
2005-01-28 04:37:49 PM  
Thraeryn: Tell me why Wormtongue had to kill Saruman in RotK.

Wormtongue does kill Saruman in RotK. It's just in a different location than in the book--Orthanc vs. the Shire.

/not geeky enough understand headline immediately, but got it upon a second read
2005-01-28 04:38:10 PM  
Wormtongue offed Saruman because they didn't include the scouring of the shire. Faramir wanted to take Frodo to Gondor so that he can give his father the gift of the ring.
2005-01-28 04:43:33 PM  
I'm glad everyone gets it. I, for one, have no clue wtf the joke is. I clicked on comments hoping someone would explain, but I had no idea everyone would be wetting themselves over the headline and thus confusing me even more...

Consider yourself lucky.... I just feel really old now...
2005-01-28 04:47:47 PM  
Yeah, Wormtongue does kill Saruman eventually in the book.

But the theatrical version allowed for the possibility that things progressed as they did in the book and the audience simply wasn't seeing it.

The Extended cut rubbed it's departure from the original plot in your face, all in the name of a cheap, hollywood-y comuppance and an attempt to create dramatic tension where none was needed by trying to make it uncertain where Sauron would strike first...

(Oh, I dunno... maybe where the forces of Mordor had struck first for the entire second age? You know, following that convenient dotted line from Minas Mordor to Cirith Ungol to Minas Tirith!)

How's that for geeky?
2005-01-28 04:58:47 PM  
Maybe if you watch the extended DVDs the screenwriters will explain to why they did what they did with Faramir and Wormtongue.

2005-01-28 05:05:43 PM  
Anyone who does not like these movies does not like movies. It is that simple. This is easily one of greatest and most accurate book-to-movie adaptations ever made (well, Fight Club is the greatest book-to-movie adaptation ever made, but I won't talk about that), and also one of the greatest films ever made.

Anyone that has the sheer ghall to complain about minor details that were changed by the film convinced themselves that the film would be terrible a long time in advance, and spent each and every second of the film searching for details that would justify that opinion.

That said, the movie's Balrog was SO not an accurate portrail. Come on, the "shadow about it" reached out like two vast wings. The wings were not real, and were not really wings. Don't even get me started on the magma skin. Underneath the fire, the Balrog is smooth and slimy.
2005-01-28 05:18:47 PM  
Red Space Dragon - what if you simply dont like that kind of movie?
2005-01-28 05:22:53 PM  
Normally, I'd have burst out laughing at this, but I could only muster A LO "HA.", AT Most. Maybe I need some more FIBER in my diet, and less big MACs?

OK, is this horse dead yet?
2005-01-28 05:24:47 PM  

Damn right, because Jackson made one of the best, if not the best, movie trilogy ever.

And the Matrix ... ugh, the first one was really all there was to that series, they totally farked up the 2nd and third movies. Pair the original Matrix with Animatrix, and that's all you need.

Sorry man, I have to violently disagree with you on this one. The second and third Matrix films were a triumph over the original. Yes, they are hard to understand, but that doesn't mean that they are a bunch of crap stitched together by some greedy half wits, which many people say because they didn't understand the films.

Hell, I was very into the trilogy by the end of the second one, and the third one still confused me. True depth requires interpretation, and that interpretation requires effort. Effort that critics and most of the "entertain me" public refuses to put into it.

Yeah, LOTR had some very beautiful scenes. But overall, the story is outdated. It's a modern epic, dealing with problems of modernity. The Matrix trilogy is very post-modern, where the world is not GOOD vs EVIL, GOOD over here, EVIL over here, now SMAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASH! It's a set of films about evolution: transcend and include. I think we've reached the limits of modernity, and thus, I think that the Matrix is a great expression of that.

What's funny is that people like LOTR and the first Matrix films for the same reason: The dualistic good vs evil simple to follow plot. The first matrix film follows the typical hero cycle very well, and people could understand it because it's the same story that's been told for thousands of years. The second and third films took that and put it on its head, (although some elements of the structure were still there, it was adapted.) and that is why they are so great, they are breaking new ground, breaking the Hollywood archetype.

Add to that the fact that they are weaving in vast amounts of religion, philosophy, science and mythology, and it's just awesome. It shows the common thread running through all of these things, and provides interesting analogies to the conclusions and worldviews of these widely varying topics.

Tolkein took one idea by a Greek Philsopher and ran with it. (The simple golden ring that makes you invisible and how the power of invisibility would corrupt you, demonstrating the inherent evil in man.)

And don't whine to me about how annoying Keanu Reeves is or anything like that, because the overly homoerotic Hobbit love fests were waaaaay more annoying. And LOTR had it's visual effects limitations too. LOTR was also overly dramatic in a corny way. The Matrix had this too, but I felt there was an element of self-humor to it. Neo is made fun of in the films on multiple occasions for being dumb.

I just don't find LOTR challenging, you sit back, think New Zeland is beautiful, watch good and evil clash, and then go home. They had some cool stuff in them, but as far as I'm concerned, don't hold a candle to the Matrix trilogy.

So yeah, call me a twelve year old fan boy in my parents basement, never gonna have sex with a girl, don't have a life. Whatever. But the Matrix trilogy is good stuff.

dasco­rco­r­[nospam-﹫-backwards]l­i­amg*com if you really want to get into it, or if you sorta agree with me and want to discuss.
2005-01-28 05:27:18 PM  
Red Space Dragon you are kidding about the balrog right? those wings didnt work in the movie. and we didnt see the climb of the slimy creature to the top zirruk (i know that is wrong). Read your second paragraph again if you were being serious.
2005-01-28 05:49:08 PM  
It's a party, full of nerds, for a movie, based on a 35 year old book, about hobbits, elves, wizards, and other fantasy crap. We weren't even there, we're talking about it, on the internet, by using bad puns, and then making worse puns to make fun of earlier ones.

We are truly nerds amongst basements
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