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481  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Remote Controlled Helicopters on: May 14, 2009, 03:37:38 PM

Quote from: Canuck on May 14, 2009, 10:11:05 AM

They sure look like fun-I love how you can add a camera onto the  copters.  You could spy on that good looking girl skinny dipping in the pool next to your house biggrin

Why do the helis have to sets of rotors?  Does a single set not produce enough lift?  And what's up with this helicopters flying upside down?  How do they do that?  Is that possible (obviously I can see why no one would try it) with conventional helicopters?

I'm not sure of the technical term, but I believe that is for counter-torque, to prevent the copter itself from spinning the opposite direction of the main rotors.

Ale
482  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: The paradox of transgendered people and same-sex marriage on: May 13, 2009, 07:32:27 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 13, 2009, 12:50:30 AM

Quote from: Doopri on May 12, 2009, 10:12:23 PM

and gees wonderpug those numbers are staggeringly high - i NEVER would have guessed that (scary stuff no?)

any clue on if its a recent trend or has the data not been kept for that long?

No idea about the data, and I too was surprised at how high the rates were.  Don't follow you on the scariness, though.  Did a hermaphrodite attack you when you were young?  I'm more frightened by what I'm hearing from you and Alefroth so I think I better just stay away from the thread before I get depressed.

My response was intentionally bigoted to highlight the notion that gender determination isn't as simple as XX or XY.


Ale
483  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Top soil / grass info request on: May 13, 2009, 03:54:34 PM

Quote from: kratz on May 13, 2009, 03:40:33 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on May 13, 2009, 02:18:08 AM

For the last 5 -7 years or so we've been parking our car in the front yard near the front door... ...Is there something I should know about?

Yes, but I'm not going to be the one to say it.

But no one could say it better =)

Ale
484  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: The paradox of transgendered people and same-sex marriage on: May 12, 2009, 09:39:17 PM

Quote from: Brendan on May 12, 2009, 07:40:06 PM

Quote from: Doopri on May 12, 2009, 07:34:17 PM

XX
XY

if legality doesnt follow this also... we need more lawmakers who passed biology class

That's a pretty naive assertion, given Klinefelter's, Turner syndrome, and all of the other variant chromosomal disorders (XYY, XXX, XXY, X, etc).  Where do those people fit in?

People? Mutants, more like.

Ale
485  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Miss California's Answer to Controversial Issue Sparks Controversy on: May 05, 2009, 07:41:22 PM

Quote from: Mr. Fed on May 05, 2009, 04:20:24 PM

Quote from: Fireball1244 on May 05, 2009, 04:16:03 PM



I mean... why? Why do conservatives continue to listen to and hold up Samuel Wurzelbacher as some symbol of the working man? The man is a fucking imbecile!

Well, to be fair to the Republicans, certain segments of the Left can't criticize good ol' Joe without sounding like snobbish, elitist, privileged douchebags.  That's a tactic the Republicans have used to some advantage for decades -- front some partial-toothed banjo-strummer, wait for the arugula crowd to wail that he's just so declasse, n'est ce pas?, then reap the resulting working-class resentment. 

Heh, arugula. How American.

Ale
486  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Miss California's Answer to Controversial Issue Sparks Controversy on: May 01, 2009, 03:52:35 PM

Quote from: Mr. Fed on May 01, 2009, 06:07:34 AM

Some people never seem to grasp that empowering and encouraging government to get involved in element X of your life has a natural tendency to empower and encourage government to get involved in area Y of your life, for nearly any values of X or Y. 


By the way, the Miss California pageant organization paid for her boob job shortly before the Miss America pageant.

Pageant culture is sicko.

Some weird language in there, too- 'bosses', and 'fired'? Sounds like it's more of a job than a contest.

Ale
487  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: new crack in world of warcraft. on: April 24, 2009, 04:32:24 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 24, 2009, 04:07:58 PM

aparrently the game was not addictive enough, they needed to add in more crack with a Peggle add-on.

Hopefully they'll add some achievements for it.

Ale
488  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Miss California's Answer to Controversial Issue Sparks Controversy on: April 22, 2009, 09:35:44 PM

Quote from: Purge on April 22, 2009, 05:29:08 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on April 21, 2009, 06:14:40 PM

However, just because Miss California's opinion is, in my opinion, shallow and ill-considered, that doesn't make it offensive.
-Autistic Angel

Wow, that fixes up the SS / AA issue right there. No bristling involved.

I find it funny that SS = StutzStaffel and AA = Alcoholics Anonymous ... good times down at the local community club for sure. biggrin

Oh, and I am totally against gay marriage. I think Gay rights do not need to be tied to a religious word that is explicitly against such things. They instead should be tied to something like lifemate, and all non-religious unions should also adhere to the term.

Then, when god springs forth and abolishes religion, it won't screw with the lifemates.

What makes marriage a religious word?

Ale
489  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Miss California's Answer to Controversial Issue Sparks Controversy on: April 22, 2009, 03:53:12 PM

Quote from: brettmcd on April 22, 2009, 12:01:32 AM

Like it or not, (and I dont) she agrees with a majority of americans on this subject currently.    This whole controversy is just silly to me.


I'm not sure how you know that.

Ale
490  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Miss California's Answer to Controversial Issue Sparks Controversy on: April 22, 2009, 03:52:04 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on April 22, 2009, 08:51:00 AM

She seems to agree with the majority of voting Californians anyway since Prop 8 passed.

What about her saying Americans get to choose? Yeah, if you happen to live in a select few states. Is she really that out of touch? Bad answer regardless of what she believes.

Ale
491  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DON'T... watch Nic Cage movies on: April 16, 2009, 10:27:03 PM

Quote from: Jaddison on April 16, 2009, 09:36:29 PM

How about Wild at Heart?  I love that movie and his role.  Valley Girl is still fun to watch.  i thought he was decent in Peggy Sue got Married as well.

He was totally tubindicular in Valley Girl.

Ale


492  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: WoW gearing up for Lich King on: April 16, 2009, 10:19:50 PM

Quote from: jersoc on April 16, 2009, 03:44:25 AM

Quote from: Alefroth on April 15, 2009, 09:47:54 PM

Quote from: jersoc on April 14, 2009, 10:35:30 PM

i know. like i said. been waiting since 1. i figured after 4 years they'd still be able to deploy a patch, guess not. at least we're going to get free time. well not officially, but they have in the past.

oh well at least sacred 2 is here to keep me occupied. just frustrating cause we were going to hit ulduar and it's looking bleak cause people will most likely give up.

I'd think in 4 years you'd learn not to plan a raid on patch day.

Ale

cool story bro. it doesnt fall on me to have wow working. it falls on blizzard. it's 100% their fault. Also tuesday is pretty much the only day cause that's when we have the majority of players. I don't work normal hours and just wasted an entire week's of timers. so that's cool.

Think, then type.

I'm not defending Blizzard, I'm just talking about learning from experience.

Ale
493  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Possible FS: Samsung 40" LN40A750 LCD. Only 45 days old. $1075 on: April 16, 2009, 03:46:58 PM
Why do people post things they aren't sure if they want to sell? You just trying to test out the most people will pay for it?

Ale
494  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: WoW gearing up for Lich King on: April 15, 2009, 09:47:54 PM

Quote from: jersoc on April 14, 2009, 10:35:30 PM

i know. like i said. been waiting since 1. i figured after 4 years they'd still be able to deploy a patch, guess not. at least we're going to get free time. well not officially, but they have in the past.

oh well at least sacred 2 is here to keep me occupied. just frustrating cause we were going to hit ulduar and it's looking bleak cause people will most likely give up.

I'd think in 4 years you'd learn not to plan a raid on patch day.

Ale
495  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: I may have just become a believer in universal healthcare on: April 14, 2009, 04:49:53 PM

Quote from: brettmcd on April 13, 2009, 11:51:17 PM

 There are other ways to bring down health care costs you know.    All big government will do is raise the costs, its too bad you arent intellectually honest enough to consider that.

What are they, and why haven't they been implemented then? What was the obstacle?

Ale

496  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: True or False. You would complain if.... on: April 11, 2009, 10:22:35 PM
Doesn't sound like he explicitly denied you because of politics. He could keep you from even coming in the store, why wouldn't he be able to refuse you a sale? Forget about it and buy your ammo elsewhere.

Ale
497  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO: Book 7 Update on: April 11, 2009, 10:09:26 PM

Quote from: Arclight on April 10, 2009, 05:55:17 PM


There needs to be some introduction of something totally new and fresh into the game-play aspects of MMO's. A paradigm shift if you will.

Business as usual isn't going to wash with the masses much longer....


I don't buy that. When was the last time books had a paradigm shift? I think they're still pretty popular.

Ale
498  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Billy Bob Thornton is a douchebag on: April 10, 2009, 05:46:29 AM

Quote from: Purge on April 09, 2009, 05:49:35 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on April 09, 2009, 02:23:17 PM

I'm still trying to figure out how Sally Fields is a douchebag.

"You Love me, YOU REALLY LOVE ME!"

Tongue


Billy-Bob Thornton, IMHO opinion, isn't an actor so much as a caricature of a sociopathic inbreeding program. That's just me; I don't stick him in the actor column. Your opinion may vary, but that's where you'll be wrong. slywink
 

Douche or not, I can't believe you could watch Sling Blade and still say he's not an actor.

Ale
499  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Thinking about getting a PS3... on: April 09, 2009, 05:31:46 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on April 09, 2009, 01:19:40 AM

Alefroth, there were some 80 GBs that were BC, but not all of them, and I don't believe the new ones are.  I specifically waited for them to come back out last summer to ensure that I could still get my PS2 goodness on.

Ah, indeed you are right. Hadn't thought of that. When I got mine over a year ago, I was looking around for a used 60gb, but they were just too expensive, so I settled on the BC 80gb.

Ale
500  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Thinking about getting a PS3... on: April 09, 2009, 05:29:14 PM

Quote from: The Grue on April 08, 2009, 11:17:00 PM

Quote from: jblank on April 08, 2009, 10:52:13 PM


No "e" in Blu-Ray.


I am sure you have never made a typo...


The exact same "typo" twice in one sentence? Come on.

Ale
501  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Thinking about getting a PS3... on: April 08, 2009, 11:48:32 PM

Quote from: The Grue on April 08, 2009, 11:17:00 PM

Quote from: jblank on April 08, 2009, 10:52:13 PM


No "e" in Blu-Ray.


I am sure you have never made a typo...

Yeah, I guess he could sell it and have leftover money, but the PS3 is a pretty good Blu-Ray player, plus the standalones cost...what?....$250?  He isn't going to be able to sell the PS3 for the $400 a new one is worth.  So, maybe he gets $100 extra for it?  How many times do we come on this message board and see people post that they sold something and regretted it?  Is $100 worth that?  Guess that is up to him.

How important is backwards compatibility to you? I haven't come across any PS2 games (granted, not all that many) that haven't worked on my 80gb. If there are some in particular you're concerned about, you can the Playstation site to see if they play on the 80.

Ale
502  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: MMO - Fallen Earth on: April 05, 2009, 11:03:53 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on April 05, 2009, 10:08:40 PM

I just got my beta invite. im off to see whats what.

What, so soon?  icon_biggrin

Ale
503  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Phineas and Ferb on: April 01, 2009, 03:40:26 AM
I thought this was going to be about the Freak Brothers.

Ale
504  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Hivemind] Looking for education on bourbon and whiskey... on: March 30, 2009, 12:34:50 AM
You're going to want a different glass if you plan on drinking much scotch. It's much more aromatic than bourbon, so you'll want something that concentrates the vapors. Something like a sherry glass, or ideally, this-




The Glencairn glass.

Ale


505  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RIP Natasha Richardson on: March 20, 2009, 08:16:30 PM

Quote from: GatorFavre on March 20, 2009, 08:07:19 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on March 20, 2009, 06:14:27 PM

Some of you here really surprise me and disappoint me.  There have been countless other threads about famous people dying.  Not once did I go into those threads making off the cuff comments or turning it into a debate of some kind.

I simply liked this actress.  That is all.  I was really sad to hear about this.  I just finished watching The Parent Trap with my kids a little over a week ago.  I was just looking to share my thoughts and take some comfort in the thoughts of others who may feel the same way.  It's that simple.  It you really never heard of the person or have nothing to say just stay out of the thread.  Is that too hard to do?

 

It's the internet.

Actually, it's the Internet.

Ale
506  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Computer Parts and a Zune on: March 13, 2009, 09:19:31 PM

Quote from: ROTC1983 on March 13, 2009, 07:55:57 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on March 13, 2009, 07:06:30 PM

If Kagath passes on the Zune, let me know.  Although, I need to research whether the data cable for the old version will work with the 4gig...

Kagath is asking about the CPU and motherboard smile

And the Zune  icon_biggrin

Ale
507  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk . . . bodywash! on: March 12, 2009, 10:09:35 PM

Quote from: joeyjazz on March 12, 2009, 02:42:31 PM

I use Dr. Bronner's liquid peppermint soap as a bodywash, it's cheap compared to a lot of other options and a bigger bottle of it lasts me seemingly forever.

I was sure I was the only one. Been using it for a couple of decades. I use lavender, however, because that's what my wife prefers. We tried the peppermint, but it was actually too cooling for us.

Bronner's is involved in a big lawsuit at the moment, against some companies that are dubiously claiming their products are 'green'.

Ale
508  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Asparagus: It's just not worth it. on: March 06, 2009, 06:49:44 AM
Heh, it's something, isn't it? My first time was quite a scare. I was just a kid and my mom thought I had a kidney infection. I've heard that whether it makes your pee smell is genetic, as is the ability to smell it.

Ale
509  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: California Plan: Make Money by Legalizing Marijuana on: February 25, 2009, 02:56:23 PM

Quote from: Teggy on February 24, 2009, 06:39:55 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on February 24, 2009, 06:20:34 PM

What do you do with all the people who are in jail for weed now? Grandfather them in? Or let them go?

If you are in jail for breaking the law, why should you get out just because the law changes? You still broke a law, and breaking a law means you should be punished.

Are you serious? You can't keep someone imprisoned for something that isn't illegal anymore.

Ale
510  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Political Quiz on: February 21, 2009, 05:35:35 PM

Quote from: Moliere on February 20, 2009, 04:47:09 PM

Take the test.

No surprise, I ended up with

Economic Left/Right: 7.25
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.10

putting me in the bottom right of the bottom right hand box indicating social and economic freedom.

You'd think there would be more people in that quadrant, but it seems pretty deserted.

Ale
511  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone have this cell phone? on: February 21, 2009, 05:30:42 PM
I've had the Samsung for a little over a year, and can't wait for the contract to be up.

As a PDA, it's ok. As a phone, it's pretty bad.

It's just very cumbersome. Whenever I talk, I guess my face opens up random applications via the touchscreen.

I do like the keyboard. Best feature it has. Maybe I'm not taking full advantage of the phone, but I really couldn't recommend it.

Ale

edit: Sorry I misread your post, I thought you were looking for opinions before you bought it. I hope it works out for you. Let us know what you think.
512  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone here make their own hard cider? on: February 20, 2009, 07:31:44 AM
I made 4 gallons back in October from fresh pressed cider. I just used a liquid ale yeast. Drank what I didn't give away in a couple of months, and it was good. Dry, as always. I've never added any sugar.

Last weekend while making some mead, I found a carboy full of dandelion wine that I made at least 5 years ago and had forgotten about. Still had an airlock in it, but the rubber stopper was decomposed. I think I'll eventually taste it.

Ale
513  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: REDESIGN STATUS UPDATE on: February 14, 2009, 07:51:27 PM

Quote from: cheeba on February 14, 2009, 04:08:19 PM

Quote from: Jeff on February 14, 2009, 01:31:01 PM

This was funny reading this just above your sig. Thanks for starting my day with a laugh!
So you don't know the difference between bitching about a website and outing a specific person for saying something dumb? Why am I not surprised, considering you couldn't answer that simple question of mine in the other thread, lol.

Lighten up, dude. It's just an Internet forum.

Ale
514  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 12/08) on: February 13, 2009, 05:34:00 PM
+1 to Caine for a smoooth deal.

Ale
515  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A picture of irony on: February 11, 2009, 11:34:38 PM

Quote from: gellar on February 11, 2009, 09:02:38 PM

Quote from: Alefroth on February 11, 2009, 08:58:00 PM

Quote from: gellar on February 11, 2009, 07:28:02 PM

Quote from: cheeba on February 11, 2009, 07:18:38 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on February 11, 2009, 06:17:32 PM

If you can't park it you shouldn't be driving it.
Absolutely agree there.

You know what's strange?  I can parallel park our LR3 land yacht WAY better than I can park my Subaru subcompact.  Something about the height, reverse radar beeps, the automatic transmission, and the auto lowering side mirrors makes that mfer a dream to park.  My car with it's on the floor view, high idle, and 6 speed is considerably more difficult.

gellar

You have a Justy?

Ale

My Impreza has less than 100 Cu.Ft of interior volume (passenger and cargo) and is thus, I believe, classified by the US Gubment as a subcompact.  I too find this odd, but it's apparently the case.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vehicle_size_class

gellar

Wow, really? I bet the Justy has more than that  icon_biggrin

Ale
516  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pete Rock, your pool table is ready on: February 11, 2009, 11:16:46 PM

Quote from: cheeba on February 05, 2009, 08:57:02 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on February 05, 2009, 08:40:01 PM

A great number of competitive, amateur players would strongly disagree with your stance, as would the WPA.  Monopoly is "just a game."  Pool is a recognized sport.
If you can't pull a groin in it, it's not a sport. It's a game. It's a game where you take a stick and you poke a ball on a table.
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Your oversimplification certainly trivializes the sport.  Such as describing wrestling as "one man grabbing another man's genitals", or football as "overgrown men prancing around a grassy field".  You know as well as I that your oversimplification was intentional and petty, not at all meant to make an accurate description of the game.  And it only continues to undermine your perspective further.
No, that is an accurate description of the game, and it's hilarious that you're so worried about image that you're arguing this point. The cue is what? It's a stick dude. Take a look at them. Even if they're carbon fiber or whatever, they're still just a stick. The balls are... well, balls.
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Regardless of image, "poking balls with sticks" does not a game of pool make.
No, it doesn't. Pool is always about poking balls with a stick, but poking balls with a stick is not always pool. It's like an apple is always fruit, but fruit is not always an apple, if that concept is difficult. Sometimes it's 9-ball or snooker. Other times it's just poking a ball with a stick.
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But rather than concede that while playing pool on unregulated materials can be fun yet still conflicts with standard pool rules and regulations, you instead oversimplify the sport in order to make a fickle attempt at undermining my own point of view through petty, inaccurate discriptions of a recognized sport.
This is where that whole agree to disagree thing I proposed earlier should come into play. You say I oversimplify the "sport" (lol), I say you overcomplicate it. I don't care about undermining your view. You can view it however you want. It's still a stone cold fact that pool requires you to poke at balls with a stick.
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But I guess if you're going down, what better way than in a blaze of misunderstood glory.
Going down? There's another activity best done without pants.

I bet you were on the high school debate team.

Ale
517  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A picture of irony on: February 11, 2009, 08:58:00 PM

Quote from: gellar on February 11, 2009, 07:28:02 PM

Quote from: cheeba on February 11, 2009, 07:18:38 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on February 11, 2009, 06:17:32 PM

If you can't park it you shouldn't be driving it.
Absolutely agree there.

You know what's strange?  I can parallel park our LR3 land yacht WAY better than I can park my Subaru subcompact.  Something about the height, reverse radar beeps, the automatic transmission, and the auto lowering side mirrors makes that mfer a dream to park.  My car with it's on the floor view, high idle, and 6 speed is considerably more difficult.

gellar

You have a Justy?

Ale
518  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: DS, 360, GC, PC games for sale on: February 06, 2009, 06:59:51 AM
PM sent for Fable 2.

Ale
519  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Europe in 23 Days - Travel Journal Part 4: Italy on: February 03, 2009, 12:52:56 AM
Great travelogue. Keep it coming, but maybe consider a T1 warning in the title  icon_biggrin

Ale
520  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: I'm all for gov't agencies saving money, but this is ridiculous. on: February 03, 2009, 12:46:48 AM

Quote from: cheeba on February 02, 2009, 06:44:12 AM

What are stamps for?

They are proof that you have paid for the service of having an envelope or parcel delivered from one part of the country to another. They are sticky on one side, and have different values. It's a pretty cool system.

Ale
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