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13761  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Rocky Balboa Impressions (from last night's pre-screening) on: December 15, 2006, 06:56:44 PM
I am truly excited about this movie and I've never seen I or II.

I've seen the fight from II, of course, or the best moments of it at least at the beginning of III.

III is one of my greatest movie memories from childhood.  Mr. T and Hulk Hogan? Come on!

I watched Rocky IV again just a couple of years ago and I was screaming my head off.  What a great movie.

V should never have been made.

I've been meaning to do I and II...maybe I'll rent em.

13762  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Complete 360 BC List? on: December 15, 2006, 05:10:19 PM
Where Can I find the comprehensive 360 Backwards Compatibility List?
13763  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Would you rather "Live Free or Die Hard"? on: December 15, 2006, 04:38:46 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on December 15, 2006, 03:27:28 PM

I am disappointed Bruce went bald for the role. True it's almost been 20 years since McClane went Nakatomi on the first crew of bad guys but I miss the McClane "look."

/holds out hope

I agree. Bald bad ass isn't McCLane's character. He should be a balding paunchy middle aged guy who gets drawn back into something.  Not Yul Brenner.
13764  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Would you rather "Live Free or Die Hard"? on: December 15, 2006, 04:37:58 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 15, 2006, 03:59:22 PM

Quote from: ATB on December 15, 2006, 01:47:12 PM

In T2 they actually convinced you that Arnie was dead. 

You actually thought he was dead?  Here's your clue phone back you poor, poor boy.

[

Um. Hello. If you saw the first one you knew that the Terminator wasn't dead until his eyes went out. Well guess what. His eyes went out in T2.  I was like "Oh $h!&...I guess sarah's gonna have to figure a way out of this one."

13765  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Terminator Discussion Group (massive spoilers herein) on: December 15, 2006, 04:35:26 PM

Quote from: Blackadar on December 15, 2006, 04:14:18 PM

However, it's that final scene in the bunker that redeemed the movie for me - John Connor, trapped with Kate Miller (Claire Danes), realizing that fate cannot be stopped and learning to accept it.  It's interesting how it entirely contradicts the T2 premise of "there's no fate but what we make".

That's the only good thing in the whole film.

T3 should have been entirely future based.  It should have shown the actual rise of the machines and the beginning of the war.

T4 should be Pt 2 of the actual war and end with Michael Biehn going through the time machine.

T5 should be the end of the war and the reemergence of humanity.

T6 should feature Tommy Machine Gunn as an up and coming Terminator Model who Arnie Knocks out in the street.

Ok I'm not serious about that last one...
13766  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Would you rather "Live Free or Die Hard"? on: December 15, 2006, 01:47:12 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 15, 2006, 04:06:39 AM

Quote from: ATB on December 15, 2006, 02:54:52 AM

I wonder if it will be as bad (or worse) than the intolerably bad Terminator 3.

T3 was fun.

Here that sound? That's the clue phone ringing. You may want to answer it so you can get a clue.

Quote from: other crazy guy
T3 was better than it had any right to be despite more than a few choices that were just... odd. If I had one majorly negative thing to say it would be the whole film felt rushed.

If you compare 3 to the first two which are both masterpieces, it's not even ironically laughable at how poor T3 is.  1 and 2 are events with complex science fiction plots intertwining.  3 is a popcorn action movie.  It doesn't belong in the series. It's like Rocky V.

Was there any doubt in T3 that Arnie would win? 

In T1 you had no idea if the good guys would win. In T2 they actually convinced you that Arnie was dead.  Talk about suspense.  T3. Terminatrix. PLEASE!
13767  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: gasoline+pants+fire = internet's biggest idiot? on: December 15, 2006, 01:43:12 PM
That's something.
13768  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wiimote Straps Recalled on: December 15, 2006, 01:40:17 PM

Quote from: Arkon on December 15, 2006, 12:59:13 PM

Wait... I thought it was only morons who played way too hard that were having problems.... seems to me a recall would indicate a whole lot more than that.

That's what I thought too!


Good thing I'm not an early adopter! retard
13769  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Would you rather "Live Free or Die Hard"? on: December 15, 2006, 02:54:52 AM
It looks terrible.  CGI car flips. Ridiculous car into the helicopter.

They've gotten Independence Day into my Die Hard.

I wonder if it will be as bad (or worse) than the intolerably bad Terminator 3.

What's the story in this movie?  Trailer sure doesn't convey it. Die Hard: masterpiece. DHII: Very good. Great small part work by a pre NYPD Andy Sipowitz. DHIII: ATROCIOUS DHIV: by the trailer, makes III look like I.

Know what movie I'm actually Pumped about? Rocky Balboa...that's what.  I can't believe it myself.
13770  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: At Last: Recognition for a Job Well Done! on: December 14, 2006, 08:16:11 PM

Quote from: Qbe on December 14, 2006, 07:57:42 PM

Quote from: Austin on December 14, 2006, 04:29:46 PM

Quote from: Qbe on December 14, 2006, 04:26:10 PM

One year we got spiral-bound notebooks with the company name.


NotebookS!  Sweet!  If you lose one, you have another!

Or was it 1/person?  frown

1 per person.  They didn't want to blow the budget.

All things considered, I'd rather have the spiral notebook.  At least that's practical.

Every time I look at this thing I think of the Fuscili (sp) Jerry episode.  I'm afraid someone's going to sit on it.
13771  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: At Last: Recognition for a Job Well Done! on: December 14, 2006, 06:06:34 PM

Quote from: Mr. Fed on December 14, 2006, 05:34:20 PM

Quote from: ATB on December 14, 2006, 05:32:02 PM


The little card came with it states the following:

Quote from: Crappy Statue Insert
INUKSHUCK
(in-ook-shook)

INUKSHUCK is an Inuit word meaning "image of man's spirit". Originally, the Inuit built these manlike sculptures of rock along Canada's northern shores as markers to lead their way. Today they serve as symbols to remind us of our dependence on one another and the importance of strong relationships !



Hmmm.

Quote
By speaking the word "Inuk-chuk," ("Big Man") Apache Chief could grow to vast sizes. The limit to this ability has never been revealed, but in an episode titled "Colossus," Apache Chief "Inuk-chuks" himself to cosmic proportions to battle the Colossus, a titanic space creature that plucked Earth from its orbit and placed it in a small (relative to him) glass bottle.

Well, sadly, I've said the word several times and I'm still not titanic.
13772  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: At Last: Recognition for a Job Well Done! on: December 14, 2006, 05:32:02 PM

Quote from: stimpy on December 14, 2006, 05:12:33 PM

Whats it supposed to be?
A star?
Is it related to something you do at work?

Does it do anything, like move?
Is it posable?

I'm intrigued!!!!!

The little card came with it states the following:

Quote from: Crappy Statue Insert
INUKSHUCK
(in-ook-shook)

INUKSHUCK is an Inuit word meaning "image of man's spirit". Originally, the Inuit built these manlike sculptures of rock along Canada's northern shores as markers to lead their way. Today they serve as symbols to remind us of our dependence on one another and the importance of strong relationships !

Hopefully your interest isn't because you're an HR manager and want to give them to your staff.  If such is the case, I would like to make a youtube video of me smashing you with a sledgehammer.
13773  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: At Last: Recognition for a Job Well Done! on: December 14, 2006, 04:42:05 PM
Oh I guarantee it wasn't 5 dollars. If I had to guess, I'd say they range in at 30-60 dollars per with the engraving.  Yep. nice Amazon Gift card would have been much more appreciated...

Dimensions are:

Base = 6 inches x 3 inches
Statue is 4 inches high and 3.5 inches
13774  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Recognition for a Job Well Done! Now Updated with More Crap! on: December 14, 2006, 03:43:14 PM
So instead of my team getting any type of bonus this year (it would have been small...maybe 200.00 or so) for some unprecedented industry recognition in the field of learning and development, we got this (I've omitted the company name and some other text from the engraving):




Now I will say that we don't get bonuses ever as that's not our reward structure. But in the past, we did get small AMEX gift checks for what is considered being tops.  Now we're tops again in two places- it's never happened before.  And we got that.


I'm seriously considering making a youtube video of me smashing it with a sledge hammer...but I'm sure it'd come back to me and I'd get fired.

Oh and if you're wondering: It's supposed to be an indian statue that represents our dependence on one another.
13775  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: GoW MP Games Friday 10 PM also Saturday 10 PM EST Dec 15/16 on: December 14, 2006, 01:41:36 AM

Quote from: PeteRock on December 13, 2006, 04:49:38 PM

It seems I have a Christmas party on Saturday night as well.  Friday night is the company party from 6pm until around 11pm (cocktail hour followed by seven-course meal served personally by the chef, which should take some time), so if I'm going to play at all Friday night, it won't be until 11:30pm or midnight Arizona time (2am Eastern).  If I'm home earlier I'll definitely keep an eye out for people still playing online.  On Saturday our boss/friend is having a party at his house, and I have no idea how late that may run, but I probably won't be available until later Saturday night as well.  But, as with Friday, I'll check in when I get home to see if anyone is left playing.  Odds are I may show up too late, when everyone is already finished for the night, but I'll give it a try nonetheless.   



My giant heart is breaking.
13776  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: GoW MP Games Friday 10 PM also Saturday 10 PM EST Dec 15/16 on: December 13, 2006, 04:17:06 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 13, 2006, 03:13:51 PM

I may show

Sure thing, Sally.disgust
13777  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / And thus, the Vonage Experiment comes to an end on: December 13, 2006, 03:46:03 PM
After 11 months, I have given Vonage the boot.

We experienced voice drops from the get go but the 15.00 or so per month savings (X2) was worth the occaisonal issue.

Then, of course, the voice drops out completely when I receive or send large files.  Hmm Okay. I'll try to avoid doing that when I'm on a call.

A bit later, for whatever reason, my ability to dial into conference calls became spotty. Okay. This is now impacting my ability to earn a living.

Then, within the past 3 weeks it has been: voice drops, the problem with the files, having to say hello for 15 seconds before the person calling us can hear us, having to wait 10 seconds for a dial tone,  having to wait 25 seconds before outgoing calls actually ring and a partridge in a pear tree.

So I called Embarq (formerly Sprint- who I have never heard ANYTHING GOOD about (either wireless or voice) <sigh>) and are using them as my local and long distance carrier.

Adios 21st century. Welcome back 20th!
13778  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: "You have already made a post." on: December 13, 2006, 01:11:21 PM
I don't believe it's happened since the upgrade.

THE TERRISTS LOSE!
13779  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Video of Gary Jules' Mad World song from Gears of War game commercial on: December 13, 2006, 12:24:41 PM
2nd one.

And I think the Gears of War commercial with this song in it is one of the suckiest attempts to blend music with content I've ever seen.

Is there an overarching theme to the song that I'm missing that some how connects to the game?

I ask because the song sucks and I cannot stand listening to the whole thing.
13780  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: GoW MP Games Friday 10 PM also Saturday 10 PM EST Dec 15/16 on: December 13, 2006, 01:27:56 AM

Quote from: gellar on December 12, 2006, 08:36:28 PM

Chainsaw FTW.

gellar

Gellar I'd love if you made an appearance Friday/Saturday...
13781  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: GoW MP Games Friday 10 PM also Saturday 10 PM EST Dec 15/16 on: December 12, 2006, 08:34:50 PM
Which day should we put you down for?
13782  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: GoW MP Games Friday 10 PM also Saturday 10 PM EST Dec 15/16 on: December 12, 2006, 01:47:39 AM

Quote from: Calvin on December 11, 2006, 11:07:07 PM

ok sure

Believe it when I see it basketball boy.
13783  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Have you had XBox 360 problems? on: December 11, 2006, 07:30:21 PM
I haven't yet had mine 3 months and no signs of trouble although the fan has gotten a little noisier...
13784  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Okami (and others) $10 at Wal-mart -- Your mileage will vary! on: December 11, 2006, 03:21:01 PM

Quote from: Austin on December 11, 2006, 02:11:57 PM

Quote from: Kobra on December 06, 2006, 01:37:45 AM

So I walked out, and will continue my boycott of SatanStore.
  icon_lol Until they have a low low price on something I want.  Go Boycott!


And touche.
13785  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / GoW MP Games Friday 10 PM also Saturday 10 PM EST Dec 15/16 on: December 11, 2006, 03:19:31 PM
I will be sans 360 until thursday and must get my fix.

Who is in?
13786  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: apocalypto, mel gibson's latest on: December 11, 2006, 12:40:23 PM

Quote from: Calvin on December 11, 2006, 08:02:10 AM

Quote from: ATB on December 07, 2006, 02:00:11 PM

Quote from: jblank on November 24, 2006, 03:30:52 AM

Ditto. Just like The English Patient and Shakespeare in Love,


If you know Shakespeare, you realize how brilliant Shakespeare in Love is. The writing makes that film a masterpiece.

As for English Patient.  That is probably #1 on my Worst Movies Ever list.

I know Shakespeare, and I know that Shakespeare in Love is an AWFUL movie.

ATB: Bah, you horsebackbreaker! You are as to knowledge as cake is to the starving.  You know of it, but are not formally acquainted!  <flourish>  <ATB exit>
13787  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just bought an Xbox360 and build date is 12/10/05?? on: December 11, 2006, 12:37:16 PM
Take it back.

Then buys Gears of War so you can join us online for virtual (and virtually delicious) carnage.
13788  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I take back all the negative things I said about Elite Beat Agents. on: December 11, 2006, 12:36:18 PM
Indubitably. It was late. I was young and emotional. I spelled the word wrong.

13789  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I take back all the negative things I said about Elite Beat Agents. on: December 11, 2006, 02:48:55 AM
Got to Canned Heat tonight and as mentioned it is the first song that doesn't match at all to the beat. I managed to get through it with a crappy score and unlocked and beat the first bonus scenario.

Let me just say, the first scenario after the first bonus, Christmas Gift, had me balling my eyes out.
13790  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Military Folks- Abu Ghraib Question on: December 11, 2006, 12:35:30 AM
So there's a story on 60 minutes tonight about the guy who blew the whistle on the AG situation.

He is so unpopular now, that he has to live in a secret location. His lifelong friends abandoned him and he's viewed as a rat.

Military people/former or current- Is the bond between soldiers SO strong that morality must be eschewed to protect that bond?

He's drawing lots of fire because he exposed the prison scandal. It's 'bad for America'. 

The quote that really got me is 'Never put the enemy before your fellow soldiers'.

I was flabberghasted at that!

I cannot understand the band of brothers phenomenon as I've never served, but how can a man be considered a traitor for upholding a moral code that is even greater than that of the military?

I'm not asking the question well, but this story has shaken me.
13791  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weird 360 Sound Issues on: December 11, 2006, 12:16:46 AM
It appears to be my receiver being wonky.  I had it fixed when I left town so hopefully it'll stay fixed.
13792  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Sales Numbers for November on: December 11, 2006, 12:14:01 AM
If that Wii number is true:  eek
13793  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 -- Keep it or sell it? on: December 10, 2006, 12:11:45 AM
A quick look of closed ebay auctions just now shows that the prices have come down drastically.  They're hovering in the 750 to 850 ranges now.

With ebay and paypal fees your profit margin is slipping.

However, you could wait it out and see if there's a spike at Christmas and then sell it or just keep it.

Personally, there's nothing out there I want to play on PS3. Resistance is the only title that looks good to me and nearly every review I've read/heard/whatevers says that it's rather derivative.
13794  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: GoW 10 PM EST 12/8 and 12/9 <giggle!> on: December 09, 2006, 10:40:13 PM
I'm not in tonight, but my 1 week anniversary of playing MP (last night) was a blast.

Hope to try again next week.

13795  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: I'd like to ban Superhiro on: December 09, 2006, 02:29:06 PM

Quote from: Calvin on December 09, 2006, 07:05:57 AM

Quote from: ATB on December 09, 2006, 07:02:29 AM

Not to stir up another hornet's nest, but I was playing GoW multi with LE tonight and he's a rather nice, cordial fellow.

He was racking up kills like nobody's business, but he didn't brag or trash talk...and when someone got the drop on him he gave credit where credit was due.


Wrong thread? LE is usually good at games, thast probably why. I will so kick his ass at GoW though. Guaranteed.

Big talk from a schmo who never accepts invites.  I think you're a sally.
13796  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: I'd like to ban Superhiro on: December 09, 2006, 07:02:29 AM
Not to stir up another hornet's nest, but I was playing GoW multi with LE tonight and he's a rather nice, cordial fellow.

He was racking up kills like nobody's business, but he didn't brag or trash talk...and when someone got the drop on him he gave credit where credit was due.

13797  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Is Lord Ebonstone banned? on: December 08, 2006, 11:29:13 PM
And we've come full circle.

Let's hug and move on. 
13798  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: GoW 10 PM EST 12/8 and 12/9 <giggle!> on: December 08, 2006, 07:59:31 PM
I may actually be on tonight instead. Date night has been moved to saturday.
13799  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Weird 360 Sound Issues on: December 08, 2006, 07:58:53 PM
I'm getting so sound from the dashboard (you know the up sound or side to side sound).

Also, i'm playing dead rising and while I am getting great sound for the most part, there are areas where I"m getting none.

For example when otis calls I can't hear the chime.

Sound is registering in the receiver as 5.1 but it's acting very finicky.

Is this a greater known issue or do I just need to check my speaker wires...?
13800  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A friendly reminder about images in signatures on: December 08, 2006, 06:16:24 PM

Quote from: Purge on December 08, 2006, 04:19:11 AM

Quote from: ATB on December 06, 2006, 06:01:14 PM

Not Purge, he should just be banned....
Was that...  saywhat a dig? From ATB? Ooo, hold on a sec... I know I left my "Surprised look" around here somewhere..

oh, wait.. here it is!  disgust

Winnar!
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