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121  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Homeowners Insurance on: November 08, 2012, 03:41:25 AM
Have had Metropolitan for over 15 years, and had one claim, which was very smooth and got paid a lot more than expected. However, just today talked with Allstate because Met's premium keeps going up. Allstate is able to provide the same policy for considerably less.

Ale
122  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Romney: June Jobs Report 'Kick In The Gut' on: July 07, 2012, 02:57:57 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on July 06, 2012, 09:08:05 PM

It's all fun and games until you try to pin Romney down about HIS plan.

Quote
Romney has plainly calculated that he can win without explaining what he’d do as president, and seems intent on becoming the “generic Republican candidate” that pollsters include in surveys (and that often outperform real Republicans). He seems to be making two assumptions: The country is in such dire shape that simply being against Obama is enough, and his background at Bain Capital is a sufficient qualification to get him elected. His campaign is a sustained exercise in avoiding risk.

I know Romney's jobs plan has something to do with tax cuts for billionaires and magic pixie dust, but I'm a little hazy on the details.

No, I don't think you are.

Ale
123  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Risk of non-citizen voters at center of election year struggle on: June 05, 2012, 04:27:53 AM

Quote from: pr0ner on June 04, 2012, 04:03:04 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on June 04, 2012, 04:16:07 AM

Quote from: pr0ner on June 04, 2012, 03:21:03 AM

Quote from: Pyperkub on June 04, 2012, 03:05:59 AM

Quote from: pr0ner on June 03, 2012, 11:48:36 PM

Quote from: Fireball1244 on June 02, 2012, 05:29:24 PM

Democrats are *not* trying to allow non-citizens to vote. The Republicans are trying to block actual citizens who are more likely to vote Democratic from voting by setting up "proof of citizenship" standards that millions of Americans can't meet -- particularly poor Americans, old Americans, women and college students.

That's quite the outrageous claim.  Got concrete proof?

Yes.  Florida's voter purge has already been called into question because of it

And this is proof how?

It's the latest point in a long-running pattern.  The wave of restrictive new voting regulations that have been pushed into law by Republican state legislatures around the country.  Shuffling around which forms of photo ID are acceptable, passing draconian new restrictions on voter registration drives, cutting back on early and absentee voting...Florida even went out of its way to specifically ban early voting on the Sunday before the election, conveniently blocking the Get Out The Vote events traditionally held at many African American churches.

And then there's series of "isolated incidents" that occur every year where Democratic-leaning districts suddenly receive a rash of phone calls warning them that the election is being held a day later, or their polling place has been closed and the lines elsewhere are expected to be three hours long, or that police officers are going to be prowling around for unpaid parking tickets and broken tail lights.  My favorite variant: a "volunteer from the Democrat's campaign" calls up to thank you so much for your support, but victory has now been assured and you should feel free to relax at home.

The Republican Party isn't responsible for this punctual spate of isolated incidents, of course.  It's some shadowy, uncatchable prankster making thousands of robo-calls on their behalf, and they're anxious to decry "dirty tricks by both sides."  Republicans couldn't possibly be involved because they're much too busy trying to motivate voters in their own way.  Are you a registered Republican, pr0ner?  My mother is, and I've seen the push polls they drop in her mailbox every election season.


1) Barack Hussein Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid want to slash the defense budget and rely on Europe to provide for our national defense!  Should Republicans continue to stand up for American independence?  Y / N

2) Republicans have a bold plan to get our America's economy moving in the right direction!  Should they abandon their principles and give in to the failed policies of Barack Hussein Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid?  Y / N


So really, it's less of an "outrageous claim," and more of a "factual claim of outrageous behavior."  See the difference?


-Autistic Angel

Once again, this is proof how?

At least Blackadar could provide some, which I appreciate.

So you've got nothing to say about the proof?

Ale
124  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Salem on: March 31, 2012, 05:31:43 PM

Quote from: cheeba on January 25, 2011, 04:20:05 AM

Quote from: hepcat on January 24, 2011, 07:44:51 PM

it was only a matter of time....

Yeah, doesn't take long after the ubiquitous cries of, "game has PvP? omgz GRIEFERS who are sociopaths who only want to destroy my game, ahhhhh!!!"

What's the point of misrepresenting reality?

Ale
125  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 80s Music on: March 03, 2012, 05:08:41 AM

Quote from: Barrakketh on March 03, 2012, 02:55:22 AM

Lots already mentioned, but I don't see any love for Canadians so far. So, I'll add:

Strange Advance
The Spoons
The Box
Men Without Hats
Gowan
Honeymoon Suite
The Payolas
Rock and Hyde
Haywire
Saga
Roman Grey
Frozen Ghost
Idle Eyes
Parachute Club

Ooh, I love Eyes of a Stranger. Didn't know they were Canadian. Did you purposely omit Loverboy?

Ale
126  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 80s Music on: March 01, 2012, 06:10:44 PM

Quote from: Eel Snave on March 01, 2012, 04:53:25 AM

Snap, I forgot to mention the Talking Heads. I love Fear of Music and Remain in Light.

Also, I dig "Paul's Boutique" by the Beastie Boys.

OK, so let's break it down a little further. Which album should I start with for these artists?

Prince
The Clash
Adam Ant
Peter Gabriel
The Smiths
Joy Division
The Police

1999
Give 'em Enough Rope (London Calling close second, but I think GeER is tighter and more focused)
Friend or Foe
Security
Meat is Murder
Closer
Can't choose between Zenyatta Mondatta or Ghost in the Machine

They're not 80's, but Talking Heads: 77 and More Songs About Buildings and Food are both superb.

Ale
127  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 80s Music on: March 01, 2012, 04:23:16 AM
That's ok, I forgot The Clash, but then saw you had it  icon_biggrin

Ale
128  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 80s Music on: March 01, 2012, 04:12:41 AM
U2
Husker Du
Dead Kennedys
Circle Jerks
Joy Division
The Plimsouls
Modern English
The Police
The Pretenders
Blondie
The Motels
TSOL
Oingo Boingo
The Cars
Talking Heads
Iron Maiden
The Scorpions
Adam Ant
Siouxsie and the Banshees
The Minutemen
R.E.M.
The Jesus and Mary Chain
Echo and the Bunnymen
X
The Smiths
New Order
Camper van Beethoven
The Violent Femmes
Wall of Voodoo
The Pixies

and many, many more.

Ale
129  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 80s Music on: March 01, 2012, 03:54:35 AM
There is an enormous amount of good music from just about every genre. It's really one of the most diverse decades of music I can think of.

I'd suggest one of the 80's stations of the music streaming services as a start. Do you have a predilection for any particular genre?

Ale
130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Old Game Revival Thread - What games do you want to see updated / sequeled? on: January 23, 2012, 07:22:43 AM
SunDog: Frozen Legacy
Earth Orbit Stations

Ale
131  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Soda Stream thoughts? on: December 11, 2011, 12:07:31 AM
I've had one for over two years, and make 3 to 4 bottles of bubbly water per week. The only flavors I've tried were Lemon-Lime and Tonic. They were OK. It mostly gets used for the bubbly water, which we drink a lot of. I'd really like to get the one with the glass carafe, but it's so much more expensive.
132  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Woolly Mammoth to be Brought Back to Life on: December 06, 2011, 03:03:01 AM

Quote from: hepcat on December 05, 2011, 02:53:40 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on December 05, 2011, 02:14:51 PM



Not really sure why they are cloning the Mammoth,is it 'because we can'?..which is fine by me,i am not going to go all Jeff Goldblum ...one thing does concern me is that mammoths are a lot bigger than Elephants,so surely when its born it will be bigger than a normal baby elephant,unless they genetically mess about with the size,it doesn't sound good for the elephant who's womb this is going in

if it is 'because we can'...why don't they do the Dodo bird?,we discovered that bird and then 80 years later it was extinct,at least it would deserve a 'second life',as it was us who made it extinct in the first place

Sarah Palin has hunted, killed and eaten every single game animal in existence.  It's only natural that her vast fortune now be funneled into the creation of new, more dangerous prey.  If she and Trigger (or whatever the kid's name is) aren't feasting on Mammoth Burgers by this time next year, the terrorists have won.

I don't think her womb is big enough, either.

Ale
133  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Rick Santorum Believes Muslims Should be Profiled on: November 29, 2011, 04:51:16 PM

Quote from: Scraper on November 29, 2011, 03:17:02 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on November 29, 2011, 01:31:34 PM

They should, as should African Americans with their pants at their knees, wearing red or blue bandannas.   

So should all white men who appear on the People's Court, and all doctors of famous people, and all catholic priests, and all college football/basketball coaches, and all Mexicans driving low-riders, and all 16 year old kids who advertise on Craig's List, and all white girls who text during a trip to the Governer's Mansion, and all people who use the the term "logic". We can add to the list as more crimes are committed. That would be the type of country I want to live in.

Profile everybody! It's the only way we'll be safe.

Ale
134  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 26, 2011, 06:14:29 PM

Quote from: Calavera on November 26, 2011, 02:20:07 PM

Quote from: Chordian on November 26, 2011, 11:01:29 AM


Please don't kill the messenger. Tongue

When has anyone cared about the feet or yards in a mile? Great, now I know it takes ~ 1800 steps to walk a mile. Woooooo!

And sometimes I wish more people knew that a pint (16 oz) was a pound (16 oz). (But how many grams to a cm^3?  icon_wink)

My pint of molasses is more than a pound. My pint of whiskey is less.

Ale
135  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Today is Veteran's Day - thanks dbt & others! on: November 11, 2011, 08:19:12 AM
Army vet 82-88

Thank you.

Ale
136  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Free Steam codes for ARES and Sanctum - from indie royale deal on: October 31, 2011, 02:29:17 AM

Quote from: Caine on October 30, 2011, 08:22:58 PM

I also have keys for ARES, Nimbus and Sanctum.  

I'd like the one for Sanctum, please.

Thanks,
Ale
137  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lindsay Lohan to pose for Playboy on: October 27, 2011, 08:09:13 PM

Quote from: TiLT on October 27, 2011, 01:12:20 PM

Quote from: Razgon on October 27, 2011, 11:37:20 AM

Man, some of you guys are really mean.

She's not here to read this stuff, so how is it mean?

You've got an odd notion of what it means to be mean.

Ale
138  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lindsay Lohan to pose for Playboy on: October 27, 2011, 08:08:28 PM

Quote from: Razgon on October 27, 2011, 03:32:08 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 27, 2011, 02:07:02 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on October 27, 2011, 01:53:45 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 27, 2011, 01:22:46 PM

I have a distinct disdain for the celebrity types who continually break the law then simply thumb their nose at the courts, which has basically been Lindsay's MO for the last 3-4 years.  If any one of us had done even half of the things she did (i.e. DWI, drug possession, hit & run accidents, theft, failing to comply with a single court order, etc.), we'd be in jail for years, yet she is out partying and posing for Playboy. 

Agreed, but I blame the CA court system.  Seems to be two different set of rules

True, but I see why they don't really want to deal with the celebrities though.  The jail system is already so woefully understaffed and underfunded that they simply can't handle the circus that something like Lindsay going to jail would bring.  Knowing this, celebrities like Lohan simply use it as an excuse to do anything and everything they want, instead of simply being decent citizens like the rest of us.

Yeah, I agree - My apologies, no idea why this struck a chord with me. I am now going to do something never seen before on the internet.

I apologize for my temper and rudeness!

I don't think you were out of line, whether Lindsay is 'here' to read it or not.

Ale
139  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A real-life 'Kick-Ass' on: October 15, 2011, 05:48:55 AM

Quote from: PR_GMR on October 14, 2011, 03:17:59 PM

A black superhero.. with a flat-top haircut? Auesome!

Word up.

Ale
140  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: 9-9-9 sounds really dumb on: October 14, 2011, 02:30:48 AM

Quote from: pr0ner on October 14, 2011, 02:03:17 AM

Quote from: Pyperkub on October 14, 2011, 12:39:07 AM

Even better - did it come from Sim City?

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Long before Cain was running for president and getting attention for his 999 plan, the residents of SimCity 4 -- which was released in 2003 -- were living under a system where the default tax rate was 9 percent for commercial taxes, 9 percent for industrial taxes and 9 percent for residential taxes. (That is, of course, if you didn't use the cheat codes to get unlimited money and avoid taxes altogether.)

The campaign staffer who came up with the plan had no comment.   ninja2

You really think Herman Cain couldn't come up with that idea on his own?

I think not letting Muslims in his administration is all his.

Ale
141  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The best damn PS3 commercial you'll ever see on: October 06, 2011, 02:10:12 AM
Most excellent.
142  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 06, 2011, 12:01:07 AM

Quote from: Toe on October 03, 2011, 09:35:22 PM

Amazing photo from NYC Police Aviation Unit of 9/11 that I had not seen before.

Spoiler for Hiden:

Wow, Semendinger. That must have been rough.

Ale
143  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Re: Amazing Soccer Goal on: October 04, 2011, 07:45:10 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on October 04, 2011, 05:03:18 PM

Quote from: Crux on October 04, 2011, 03:27:01 PM

It was fantastic. I can't tell which I am more impressed by - the bicycle kick, or the first touch he made that helped set it up.

I'm more impressed by the touch myself, wow.  He is so young too.

Sent from my PC36100 using Tapatalk

I think the second touch was just as awesome. It was like he passed to himself.

Ale
144  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Reading glasses: tell me about them on: September 25, 2011, 12:45:32 AM
Reading glasses are just basically magnification lenses for the condition that typically starts in the 40's where small, close, objects and print get hard to see. I started needing them a couple of years ago. I use the 1.5. I got a pair with little LED's for reading in bed at night.

Ale
145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Railworks 2, soon to be Railworks 3: Train Simulator 2012 on: September 23, 2011, 09:20:44 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 23, 2011, 04:16:34 PM

almost forgot the update is supposed to be out today, may have to fire this up obver the weekend to check out the new prettiness.

Mine wouldn't start after the upgrade. Haven't looked into it at all yet.

Ale
146  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 22, 2011, 10:49:39 PM


I think it's fake, because nothing is "Made in the U.S.A." anymore.

Ale
147  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III on: September 22, 2011, 07:58:15 PM

Quote from: TiLT on September 22, 2011, 07:03:16 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on September 22, 2011, 06:02:34 PM

Quote from: TiLT on September 22, 2011, 05:51:54 PM

I see it's time for me to weep bitter tears over the abuse of the word "isometric" again.  crybaby

slywink


This is where it comes from in regards to video games:

Isometric Projection - a method for the visual representation of three-dimensional objects in two dimensions

Sure, I know what video gamers think it means, and why they think it means exactly that. It still doesn't mean I need to sit here and accept it.  icon_razz

Why would you not accept something that is accurate and properly used?  icon_biggrin

Ale
148  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 22, 2011, 07:48:33 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on September 22, 2011, 12:58:26 PM


Does everyone see why this is funny?  ninja

Spoiler for Hiden:
FWIW, I think he's unloading

I think I would be, too.

Ale
149  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 20, 2011, 07:24:39 PM

Quote from: Purge on September 20, 2011, 02:36:10 PM

Quote from: Moliere on September 20, 2011, 06:29:42 AM



Funny but incorrect on several counts.

To make the image true, it would need to read: " Without the Oxford comma: we invited the strippers JFK and Stalin."

You'd need to lose both commas, and uppercase their names. Odd that Oxford is uppercase. I suspect that this is simply trolling since one who knows of the Oxford comma would surely not make the mistakes they did.

I think it's correct as is, comma-wise, any way.

Ale
150  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Am I just sexist? on: September 16, 2011, 12:34:33 AM

Quote from: corruptrelic on August 15, 2011, 04:41:48 PM


Invisible XBOX.

Ale
151  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Lifestyle] Breaking my addiction to white powder. on: September 13, 2011, 04:05:15 PM

Quote from: hepcat on September 13, 2011, 03:53:03 PM

Quote from: Purge on September 13, 2011, 02:51:46 PM

Quote from: hepcat on September 13, 2011, 02:36:13 PM

I sure hope Canada eventually develops a post Agrarian society and makes that leap to Industrial!

I'm pretty sure our percentage is a little better than yours in terms of population %. Tongue

Birchbark may be versatile for both starting fires and underwear lining, but it sucks as a WiFi router. Tongue



Listen pal, we let canada exist for one reason and one reason only:  to keep Bryan Adams in check.  you stick to your end of the deal and we'll let you exist in peace.

Didn't they already break the deal?

Ale
152  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sacred 2 - Anyone had any luck running this in Windows 7? on: September 09, 2011, 06:08:45 AM
I had trouble getting it to work. No text in buttons, etc. Sorry I don't remember what I did, but I played it for 20 minutes and realized it just didn't hold up well and haven't played it again.

Ale
153  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Lifestyle] Breaking my addiction to white powder. on: September 09, 2011, 05:57:34 AM

Quote from: ravenvii on September 07, 2011, 03:18:47 PM

Quote from: Crux on September 07, 2011, 10:05:04 AM

Quote from: ravenvii on September 07, 2011, 02:24:07 AM

Quote from: Crux on September 06, 2011, 09:11:15 PM

And for the record, Paleo and atkins are not the same thing. Paleo advocates no grains of any sort, along with no dairy. The reasons for this aren't directly related to calories or body weight, but that's really a separate discussion that I wouldn't want to derail this one with.

Correction: (AFAIK), dairy *are* allowed on the paleo diet, as long as you are not lactose-intolerant. Along with sugar and the ilk, the amounts has to be controlled, however.

The bad guys in the Paleo diet are grains and legumes.

Nope. Genuine paleo calls for no dairy. Eating dairy is the most common 'cheat' for paleo eaters however, because it doesn't have the same drastic effect on them that grains do after not eating them for a while. Even then, most hard-core paleo people will cheat with cream in their coffee, the idea being that cream is mostly fat and contains very little of the proteins that are in dairy that are considered 'bad'.

If they drink coffee, they're not on the paleo diet.

Coffee are made from coffee beans, which are legumes.

I did some Googling, and you're right; some paleo diet interpretations eliminate dairy, while some others accept limited amounts of dairy.

They all, however, say that grains and legumes are out. So if you eat legumes... sorry.

Whether it's allowed on the Paleo diet or not, coffee beans are not legumes. They are the seed of a fruit.

Ale
154  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Just reinstalled Win7 - I need a new background on: September 06, 2011, 06:39:02 AM


Larger version here- http://vorpal.us/img/waveofthefuture.jpg

Ale

155  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Netflix to lose Starz on: September 02, 2011, 04:01:21 PM

Quote from: Sparhawk on September 02, 2011, 02:12:18 PM

My largest beef with Netflix is that they NEVER have new movies available for streaming the day that they're released. I wanted to watch "Troll Hunter" this week and it is only available via physical disk.  icon_frown

Who has them available for streaming day of release?

Ale
156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Deus Ex] Video walkthru on: August 19, 2011, 12:34:00 AM
Nice interview. Looking forward to the rest. It's interesting to see how much they can do with Excel. What did you think of the original hacking game? Did it really seem too complicated?

Ale
157  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Otherland - The MMO! on: August 17, 2011, 09:19:46 PM
Looks ambitious, but unfortunately seems more like Second Life or Entropia Universe than a traditional MMOG.

Ale
158  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Coffee Help please.. 2 Years Later on: August 17, 2011, 08:57:18 PM
What kind of roaster do you have, Z-Corn?

Ale
159  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FS/T LA Noire (360) on: August 07, 2011, 02:03:51 AM
PM sent.

Ale
160  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III on: August 05, 2011, 02:02:09 AM

Quote from: rshetts2 on August 04, 2011, 02:47:52 PM

The real money AH is going bring the account hackers out in full force.  Now instead of just gaining access to your account they can actually buy a bunch of stuff on your "method of payment" as that is directly linked to your AH purchases.  Someone is going to get their credit card absolutely raped by this. 
 Its going to be real interesting to hear the fallout when someone has their account hacked and the hacker uses their cc to buy $1500 worth of crap, that the hacker listed on the AH just for that purpose.
 Of course anyone one who plays this game without an attached authenticator is a fool but worry not, the world is full of fools.  Besides Im not completely sold on the security those authenticators provide, at least where a skilled determined hacker is concerned.

Not quite that bad

Ale
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