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3281  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Deficits Don't Matter (yeah, right) [P] on: September 01, 2005, 12:48:59 AM
Quote from: "Devil"
AA - I seem to remember you piling on in the other thread. If you didn't, I apologize but if you did let me know how I "can be a man about it" and I'm all for it!


Quote from: "Devil also"
It would be one thing if AA and unbreakable argued on these issues, but they don't. They stomp around, pounding their chests, telling you how right they are and how wrong you are. No amout of information changes this. Why bother?


So, you can't remember who I am or what I might have done in "the other thread," but you're positive that I'm impossible to reason with?  Based on your first statement, you're in a very bad position to try and make the second.

If you're going to pop into a thread and start tossing off personal snipes which have nothing to do with the topic at hand, it's probably in your best interest to decide in advance what your target is supposedly guilty of.

-Autistic Angel
3282  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Deficits Don't Matter (yeah, right) [P] on: August 31, 2005, 05:42:51 AM
Quote from: "Laner"
You do realize "separation of church and state" appears nowhere in the constitution or the bill of rights, and has been taken out of context from the letter it was orginally coined...


Let's take a look at that letter, shall we?  Here it is, verbatim, as posted online at the Library of Congress website:

Quote from: "Thomas Jefferson"
Mr. President

To messers Nehemiah Dodge, Ephraim Robbins, & Stephen S. Nelson a committee of the Danbury Baptist association in the state of Connecticut.

Gentlemen

The affectionate sentiments of esteem & approbation which you are so good as to express towards me, on behalf of the Danbury Baptist association, give me the highest satisfaction. my duties dictate a faithful & zealous pursuit of the interests of my constituents, and in proportion as they are persuaded of my fidelity to those duties, the discharge of them becomes more & more pleasing.

Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man & his god, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, thus building a wall of separation between church and state. [Congress thus inhibited from acts respecting religion, and the Executive authorised only to execute their acts, I have refrained from presenting even occasional performances of devotion presented indeed legally where an Executive is the legal head of a national church, but subject here, as religious exercises only to the voluntary regulations and discipline of each respective sect.] Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.

I reciprocate your kind prayers for the protection and blessing of the common Father and creator of man, and tender you for yourselves and your religious association, assurances of my high respect & esteem.

(signed) Thomas Jefferson
Jan.1.1802.


The phrase and its context seem very, very clear: religion is solely between a man and his God, government cannot legislate opinion (ie. religious convictions), and there should therefore be a wall of separation between the church and the state.

Specifically which part of that do you feel has been "taken out of context" over the last several decades?

-Autistic Angel
3283  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Deficits Don't Matter (yeah, right) [P] on: August 31, 2005, 03:46:48 AM
Rage is the one who told Devil to back off of unbreakable -- I was just adding on to say that, to the best of my knowledge, Devil doesn't have any reason to antagonize me, either.

Sorry if that wasn't clear.

-Autistic Angel
3284  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Prison break? on: August 31, 2005, 03:42:15 AM
I only missed the first ten minutes of the two-hour premiere, and although things picked up near the end, I came away with mixed feelings.  It's an interesting *idea* for a series, but I have serious doubts about the overly complex setup -- unlike Lost which introduces viewers to the characters in fairly deliberate and memorable ways, Prison Break sort of shovels them at you all at the same time.  The end result can be pretty disorienting, with scenes and characters that don't initially seem to have anything to do with the previous four segments.

I'll be willing to give the series another shot, partially because it competes with *nothing* in this timeslot, but I'm not hooked yet.

-Autistic Angel
3285  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Deficits Don't Matter (yeah, right) [P] on: August 31, 2005, 03:32:11 AM
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WoooHooo!! About time Robin (AA) came to Batman's aid!!

I love you guys!


Seriously man, this is getting old in every R&P thread Unbreakable is in. He hasn't said anything particularly crazy or even as hostile as normal, and yet you constantly heckle him with the "holier than thou" in the RP threads-why not just respond to the arguments instead of going for the cheap shots?


I'm interested in the fact that Devil, who doesn't appear to have anything at all to do with the conversation in this thread, is now trolling for a response from me.  If I've done something to offend him, or ever even interacted with him in any way, I'm not aware of it.

Devil, if you have some problem with me, be a man about it and speak up or keep it to yourself.  Nobody on this forum has anything to gain from your attempted flamewar.

-Autistic Angel
3286  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Deficits Don't Matter (yeah, right) [P] on: August 31, 2005, 03:13:38 AM
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It hasn't mattered. The proof is in the past. Not in some liberal economist's load of crap.


Yes: all those wild-eyed liberals over at the National Center for Policy Analysis and working for Goldman-Sachs.

You avoided my question.  If spending deficits don't matter, why do governments bother collecting taxes at all?  Why not borrow and borrow and borrow infinite amounts of money and never worry about paying it off at all?

It seems like a fairly simple question, and if you can find a way to make that economic model work, I *guarantee* you a Nobel Prize in Economics.

-Autistic Angel
3287  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Deficits Don't Matter (yeah, right) [P] on: August 30, 2005, 10:54:43 PM
As far as I can tell, Toe and (by proxy) th'FOOL are answering unbreakable's post about deficit spending with two basic arguments:

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When are you going to realize that economic trends are not conveniently stopped and started every time a new president takes office? That the surplus of Clinton's term was largely influenced by the economic trends in place long before he came into office? Or that the cause of the current deficit can be traced by long before Bush was elected? I am guessing you won't though.


1) President Bush, who consistently slashes federal income (taxes) and massive spending increases (Medicare prescription drug plan which costs *billions* more than he suggested; Iraq War funds which are deliberately omitted from the budget proposal) bears no responsibility for unprecedented deficit spending.

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Heh, thats what I wonder too. Because when we had that almighty surplus I was earning a living, getting by, having fun. Before that I was earning a living, getting by, having fun. Now that we have a big deficit I am earning a living, getting by, having fun.

When and if I can't earn a living, get by, and have a little fun because of our economy, I will be sad probably. Adapt, adjust, move on. Life's too short.


2) Deficit spending doesn't matter anyway.  As long as they can eek out a living (and, apparently, even if they can't), deficit spending doesn't actually affect anything.

By this logic, shouldn't government immediately repeal all taxes and increase funding for all foreign and domestic projects to their maximum levels?  If deficit spending is nothing but a hot-button political issue, why should any taxes exist at all -- government could just pay for everything from road maintenance to universal health care and never collect a dime from the citizens!  And why are all those conservative Republican economists lying about the catastrophic effects this sort of behavior will have on our economy in the future?

First "Intelligent Design", now the "Toe & th'FOOL Theory of Macroeconomics, Reductive Monetary Economics, and Applied Time-Series Econometrics."  Take that, Empirical Rationalism!

-Autistic Angel
3288  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / About the Dreamcast thing on: August 29, 2005, 07:25:07 PM
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In all seriousness General, I respect your zeal but do you have any code skills to back up your vision?


Or a viable business plan?  Or business contacts?  Potential investors?

-Autistic Angel
3289  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The mediocre hulk - how is it? on: August 29, 2005, 03:48:03 AM
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Is the time limit in the demo (after which it expired you turn into Bruce and lose) a constant obstacle in the game, or did they just put that in the demo to limit gameplay?


I've played several hours worth of Ultimate Destruction now, and there have not been any instances where the Hulk was in danger of turning into Bruce Banner.  There are some timed missions, like one which tasks the player with protecting a building for a set amount of time, or others which require a target to be destroyed before it reaches its destination, but nothing along the lines of what you've described.

I think that time limit in the demo was just added to limit the gameplay.

Incidentally, I thought the game was an entertaining diversion at first, but once the game started pitting me against flying Hulkbuster assault mechs, the fun *really* got started.

-Autistic Angel
3290  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Quick Thought on: August 28, 2005, 03:46:41 AM
I can think of at least one misleading thing in the title of this thread.

-Autistic Angel
3291  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Engrish on: August 27, 2005, 01:05:55 AM




I *love* the fact that "Jedi Council" is translated into "Presbyterian Church."

-Autistic Angel
3292  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / CG editorial has made me have serious Xbox 360 2nd thoughts. on: August 21, 2005, 03:17:29 AM
As far as I'm concerned, the in-package component video cables and wireless controller would practically be worth $100 by themselves.  The fact that I'll also get the 360's hard drive and forever free myself from buying memory cards is just icing on the cake.

I don't know what percentage of the potential market is going to share my thinking on that, but I know which 360 I'll be buying.

-Autistic Angel
3293  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Who have you met? on: August 20, 2005, 06:37:34 PM
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Barkley's definitely an interesting figure. Speaks what's on his mind, no matter what it may be. Enjoyed when he played for Houston. I also think he's a hell of a lot smarter than some people believe.


Charles Barkley used to be a recurring guest on CNN's Talk Back Live.  The show ended its run quite a while ago, but from what I remember, Barkley was well spoken and could bring an interesting perspective to the conversation.

-Autistic Angel
3294  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Solar Powered Prius on: August 18, 2005, 04:36:59 PM
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If we install 2 square meters of photovoltaic panels on the car and we collect 10% of the energy from the sun as electricity (well within present PV efficiency), we can theoretically go about 8 km each day on just the sun's energy. If we drive 24 km on a sunny day, that is enough to reduce our gasoline consumption by 33%.


With gasoline prices at their current levels, I'm not sure you need to be a "crystal-gripping hippie type" to like the idea of cutting your gas consumption by up to one-third.

-Autistic Angel
3295  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Man, Beyond Good & Evil really is fantastic! on: August 17, 2005, 08:08:28 PM
A lot is made of the end of Beyond Good & Evil, but I also *loved* the way the game began.  I can't remember another modern game that drops the player into immediate life-and-death combat without so much as a tutorial screen(!).  I don't know if Jade was supposed to have any melee combat experience before that moment, but the game sure did a good job of making it feel like she was just winging it because that's exactly what I was doing.... Cool

-Autistic Angel
3296  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Ways to end Piracy on: August 16, 2005, 11:01:02 PM
I don't think there is a sub-forum for this.

-Autistic Angel
3297  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / F.E.A.R. SP Demo out on: August 14, 2005, 06:56:58 PM
I don't recall any "elevator dudes" in the demo.

-Autistic Angel
3298  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dungeon Siege II: Anyone care? on: August 12, 2005, 10:21:22 PM
GameSpot has posted their review of Dungeon Siege II.

-Autistic Angel
3299  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / F.E.A.R. SP Demo out on: August 12, 2005, 01:26:20 PM
I have a couple friends who prefer the sound quality of non-Sound Blaster sound cards, but I've always been extremely happy with my Audigy 2 ZS card.  The F.E.A.R. demo works well on my system at 1024x768 with every graphical option cranked up to max *except* anti-aliasing,  anisoscopic filtering, and soft shadows, all of which are off.  (Actually, the game seems to run just fine with soft shadows on, but it defaults to off so that's where I've typically left it.)

For the record, my system specs are:

P4-3.2 ghz
1-gig Corsair low-latency DDR2 Dual-Channel RAM
Two Western Digital 76-gig Raptor hard drives (RAID 0)
ASUS GeForce 6800 Ultra AGP video card
Audigy 2 ZS sound card

-Autistic Angel
3300  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / New Serenity trailer! on: August 09, 2005, 10:32:28 PM
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It's ... huge!


This signature is formatted to the maximum size allowed at the GameSpot message boards.  I don't know what other boards allow -- this image may indeed be too big for anyone to use at most other places.

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I love it. Absolutely love it. Excellent job.


 smile  Thank you very much!  smile

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Wheres Jayne or Inara or Kaylee?


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Hey! Let's not forget Shepard Book (Ron Glass).


I figured "less is more" and decided it was better to leave a few people out rather than risk making the picture "too busy."  That's usually my logic when I've fiddled with something to such an extent that I've lost all ability to critique the end result....  smile

Anyways, hopefully it looks interesting enough that one or two people who weren't already familiar with the film will check out the website.  Thanks to everyone for the feedback!

-Autistic Angel
3301  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Best 'Big Brother' Devictee? on: August 07, 2005, 10:37:34 PM
I firmly believe that the rise of reality television has lead to a dramatic rise in the quality of regular old scripted shows.  With series like Grey's Anatomy, Boston Legal, Lost, Jake In Progress and the tragically cancelled Eyes, there were more new shows on television last season that I enjoyed than I can remember at any point in my lifetime.  If reality television is going to continue forcing producers and writers to up their game, I hope they keep cranking out lame Bachelor shows forever.

Man, I *still* can't believe Eyes was cancelled.  frown

-Autistic Angel
3302  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Darn you Ron!!! Re: locked thread, lol! on: August 07, 2005, 10:16:36 PM
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Ron, he's talking about resurrecting the Dreamcast, not curing cancer or bringing about world peace.


In the locked thread, The General specifically says that his plan includes the ability to make himself, his wife, and his animals survive "until the end of this world."  It's pretty clear that his plan for global sweeping change either includes some sort of biological immortality, or the second coming of Jesus Christ.

Therefore, there's really only a 50% chance that resurrecting the Dreamcast will come into play.

-Autistic Angel
3303  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Best 'Big Brother' Devictee? on: August 07, 2005, 09:16:13 PM
As we all know, the current "America's Choice" vote marks the first time since the first season that the viewer's input has been officially recognized in any way by the show's producers.  Ideally speaking, who would you be the most excited to see forc--...er, "allowed" to return to the Big Brother for the duration of the competition, and why?

Kaysar



Eric



Michael



Ashlea



Julie Chen



The General



Ellen Pompeo

3304  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / New Serenity trailer! on: August 07, 2005, 03:21:31 AM
I make no claims to any sort of Photoshop skills, but if anyone else would like to make use of my Serenity signature, you're welcome to it.



-Autistic Angel
3305  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Quick Question about The Future on: August 06, 2005, 09:48:20 PM
I don't understand the question.  If The General is going to change the world sometime before Q4 2007, how could he possibly expect that anyone else could predict their own future with any degree of accuracy?

-Autistic Angel
3306  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Chappelle's Show is Done on: August 05, 2005, 01:28:32 PM
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Yeah, success has a funny way of fucking with your head. Ask Andy Richter.

IMO, he had a hit show, should stick with it til the bitter end.


That's like saying The Simpsons is a hit show, so Futurama, despite being far, far better than its predecessor, should never should have come into being.

I loved Andy Richter Controls The Universe.

-Autistic Angel
3307  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What's wrong with "banned" Crowley? on: August 04, 2005, 09:40:55 PM
I've never even *seen* the OO website much less registered to post there -- in fact, I don't even know what "OO" stands for -- but I know for a fact those bastards deserved whatever they got.

*shakes fist*

-Autistic Angel
3308  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Best Survivalist Zombie Killer? on: August 04, 2005, 05:29:39 PM
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dumb question i suppose, but what does Ellen Pompeo have to do with zombies?


Ellen Pompeo has as little to do with zombies as she can possibly help, but as with everyone else on the list, sometimes people find themselves in circumstances beyond their control.

During the filming of the original pilot for Grey's Anatomy, three of the cadavers which were on loan from UCLA went missing for several days -- so long, in fact, that the scene requiring them had to be cut from the production.   It wasn't until the series was picked up by ABC for its nine-episode run than the cadavers were found stuffed into seperate waredrobe trunks...except now, they each had abrasions on their feet and bullet holes drilled neatly through their skulls.

Coincidence?

-Autistic Angel
3309  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Dog Cloned on: August 04, 2005, 02:08:03 PM
I agree with Rage: cloned human organs could save thousands and thousands of lives every year, but I don't see the appeal of having cloned humans walking around.  I have not seen The Island myself, but *if* it suggests that we'd need a population of living clones willing to donate their own organs, that's just silly -- scientists are already making great advancements in learning how to either grow or bioengineer specific body parts (kidneys, corneas, etc.)

-Autistic Angel
3310  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / back to work! on: August 04, 2005, 03:22:25 AM
Do you teach in a public school?  If so, you'd literally be the first public school teacher I've ever spoken to whose "summer off" wasn't filled with continuing education requirements, tutoring, summer school, preparing for new state or federal education requirements, etc, etc, etc.

I've volunteered my time at a lot of different public schools and worked with many, many different teachers, and I've never once met one who wasn't working their butt off twelve months a year.

-Autistic Angel
3311  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hell's Kitchen Finale on: August 02, 2005, 05:58:51 PM
My favorite part was when Michael had to practice how to be a loud, critical jerk in the dorms before taking Ramsey's role as head chef.

I enjoyed this series a lot, and I was happy that Michael won the whole thing.  I didn't have anything against Ralph per se, but Michael was clearly the superior chef and I hope things continue to work out well for him in Chef Ramsey's kitchen.

-Autistic Angel
3312  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Best Survivalist Zombie Killer? on: August 01, 2005, 01:41:39 PM
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hmmmmm, i would have to go with the house of the dead crew.


Well, technically you aren't voting to spend time with the whole crew, just with G, the guy in the middle.  Any fool can kill zombies with a gun or a cricket bat or a chainsaw, but that dude *types* zombies to death and delivers some epic dialogue while he's at it!  Booyah!

-Autistic Angel
3313  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Best Survivalist Zombie Killer? on: August 01, 2005, 12:18:15 AM
Oops!  In a moment of carelessness you dropped your guard and have bitten on the arm by the world's most appealing corpse, Morgan Webb.  It won't be long now: you're already starting to feel a deep-seated craving that fruits and vegetables just aren't going to satisfy.

Which of the following survivalist zombie killers would you most want to spend your final hours with *and* trust to blow off your head the first time you lunge for their sweet, sweet brain?  (And why?)

Kenneth


 
Jill



Ash



G
 


Shaun



Patrick Galloway


 
Samanosuke Akechi



Ellen Pompeo



-Autistic Angel
3314  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Look at this photo on: July 31, 2005, 10:30:14 PM
I have an idea: let's all antagonize General until he lashes out at us, and then the mods will have cause to ban him!

-Autistic Angel
3315  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / New Serenity trailer! on: July 30, 2005, 04:40:09 PM
My advice to people is that if they watch the series through "Our Mrs. Reynolds" and still don't care for it, they need not go any further.  It's not that the series goes downhill from that point -- it actually continues to get stronger and stronger right up through the end -- but if you can't enjoy yourself during that episode, you're just beyond all hope.

-Autistic Angel
3316  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best cover art for a game on: July 30, 2005, 04:12:35 AM
Oh, and don't forget:



It may seem like an odd choice, but compared to every other game on store shelves, a stark, midnight-black box really caught the eye and conveyed exactly the sense of unease and forboding The Avatar felt upon returning to Britannia this time around.  It was a brilliant marketing choice.

-Autistic Angel
3317  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best cover art for a game on: July 30, 2005, 04:03:11 AM
I reserve the right to declare my favorite box art at a later date, but for the moment I'll say that I've always been partial to



This one is good, too:



-Autistic Angel
3318  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / YOUR Favorite Superhero [56k] on: July 29, 2005, 09:31:32 PM


Serenity

-Autistic Angel
3319  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nexus backgrounds for you guys & gals on: July 28, 2005, 01:43:50 PM
The game looks even better in motion, but like kathode, I quit playing on the final mission because it seemed completely impossible.  My ship would reach one of the points it was supposed to visit, and a batallion of enemies would spawn and blow it to smithereens.  Bah.

Nexus is a project developed by a team that really knows how to code a fantastic rendering engine, but has no idea how to develop a good game to go with it.  I keep hoping I'll hear about some talented modding team that releases a solid total conversion package, but it doesn't look like the game was popular enough to spawn much of a community.

-Autistic Angel
3320  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / HOLY CRAP!!! VOLTRON Movie Announced!! on: July 27, 2005, 04:49:43 AM
I was always partial to Chip n' Dale's Rescue Rangers.

-Autistic Angel
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