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3361  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Schiavo Autopsy Report. <link to news> on: June 16, 2005, 03:44:31 PM
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While I didnt really expect anything less, some of the behind the scenes stuff involving the husband, his lawyer, and the judge doesnt seem to pass the smell test.


To what "behind the scenes stuff" are you referring?

-Autistic Angel
3362  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / So how's the War on Terra going, George? on: June 16, 2005, 03:12:08 PM
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It's a shame some people refuse to let others speak. I like having a good, fact-based discussion.


unbreakable, I have as much of a problem with the Bush administration's policies as anyone, but even I would have to side with th'FOOL and Raven that this thread had little chance of ever producing a fact-based discussion...or even anything civil enough to qualify as a "discussion" at all.  Whether you intended it or not, the post that started this thread is exactly the sort of thing that conservatives will use to suggest that liberals are somehow taking pleasure from this *incredibly* destructive foreign policy.

Turn on any conservative pundit, commentator, or talkshow host for fifteen minutes.  Take your pick.  Now try another.  Notice anything?  One of the core principles at the heart of modern American Conservativism is the absolute and unquestioned belief that liberals are evil.

I'm going to say that again because it really bears repeating, unbreakable: the people you're trying to open a fact-based discussion with believe from the start that your political views are founded in a seething hatred for America and a pure, malicious desire to see it destroyed in as painful a way as possible.

Now go back and read your original post.  It's vague, it insults the way Bush speaks, it includes absolutely no new facts, and it cites Al Qaeda as a source of information for how the War on Terror is failing.  In your wildest dreams, what is the best thing you could possibly have expected to happen with people who were already assuming you want the war to fail?

Even if this forum were 100% liberal, this thread couldn't have produced anything constructive.

If you're at all interested in starting up an actual fact-based discussion with conservatives, here are some rules that you need to keep in mind:

1) Cite your facts, cite your source, and be *extremely* specific on your point of view.  Do you think it's a good thing or a bad thing that Osama Bin Laden is still on the loose?  Why?  How does it help or hurt America?  If you leave these sorts of questions unanswered and let people try to interpret your point of view, conservatives will start from the belief that you hate this country.

2) Assume your facts and your source will be called into question, and provide corroborating evidence from a different source whenever possible.  Remember that in the mind of a conservative, the only truthful journalist is one who's saying something good about Republicans and something bad about Democrats.  Our own government publishes reports on a regular basis that conflict with the Bush administration's rhetoric, like the World Terrorism Reports that Fireball1244 cited in his first post -- cite facts from as many different sorts of sources as possible.

3) Learn to read past personal insults.  Mentally edit them out of whatever you're reading.  Do not respond to them, and absolutely do *NOT* respond in kind.  Again: if you're trying to communicate with someone who assumes from the start that you're literally evil, you have to assume that attitude is going to be reflected in their attitude.  Keep the discussion focussed tightly on the facts, and don't say or even suggest anything that might reinforce their assumptions about you.

4) Check out a conservative viewpoint in advance.  Republicans are so reliant on the strategy of "staying on message" that you'll often find that they're all saying pretty much the same thing at exactly the same time.  The best possible way to prepare yourself for your detractors is to check out what Rush Limbaugh, Michelle Malkin, Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity, and Bill O'Reilly are all saying on the subject.

5) Check out conservative viewpoints on other similar topics in advance, too.  If you think conservative principles conflict with liberal principles, watch what happens when you try to apply two different conservative principles to the same topic.  Was Terri Schaivo about a culture of life, or about Big Government infinging on individual rights?  Is our incredible federal deficit necessary in a time of war, or does it demonstrate an incredible level of fiscal irresponsibility?  If America is supposed to be a Christian nation that cherishes life and the virtues of charity, why are we slashing federal programs with a proven record of helping the poorest Americans to justify a tax cut for the wealthiest 0.1% of Americans?  If you can identify a "strong conservative value," odds are pretty damn good that you can find a "good conservative policy" that is diametrically opposed.

6) Finally, the only reason you should ever attempt a debate like this is if you're trying to change your own mind.  If you're not prepared to hear the other side out and really consider their point of view, you're wasting your time.  You'd never waste your time trying to debate someone else into giving up their religious faith, so don't bother trying to convince someone else to give up their belief in a vast liberal media conspiracy.  Instead, spend your time looking for valid points from the opposition you hadn't considered before, and if you can't address them, be prepared to admit that you hadn't thought about the issue that way.  Your opposition may believe you're evil but don't ever make the mistake of thinking the same about them.

-Autistic Angel
3363  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Batman Begins? on: June 16, 2005, 03:46:03 AM
I've been thinking about whether Batman Begins is a better movie than Spiderman or X-Men, and the more I do, the more I agree with aussie77.  It's phenomenal.

-Autistic Angel
3364  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / So how's the War on Terra going, George? on: June 16, 2005, 02:34:56 AM
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I don't want to sound like the ugly American but why should I care about terrorism in another country besides the U.S? I pay taxes to the U.S. gov't to provide security to this coutry (not another country). What choice targets where conveniently moved to the Middle Easter sphere? Do you mean U.S. soldiers? So you think we should have left the U.S. soldiers in the U.S. so that the terrorists could fight them in the U.S. and blow up U.S. citizens? How exactly would that make you feel about winning the war on terrorism?


That's a good try, MrZubbleWump, but I already wrote a bunch of posts that parodied some of the cold-hearted, selfish, ethnocentric, and bigoted ways conservatives view the world, including the way they'll rationalize the incredible loss of life by equating it to having to pay taxes.  I appreciate the way you condense Bush's foreign policy down into, "Let's get the terrorists so busy killing our troops overseas that they forget to kill our civilians," but the people on this board are already on to you.

For future reference, I think you're going a little bit over the top when you (as your conservative caricature) suggest that you're happy about offering up the lives of our troops and dooming a country full of innocent people to a full-on terrorist onslaught.  It's true that I have my problems with the conservative worldview, but even *I* wouldn't go quite that far.

Try reigning it in a little bit, and don't forget to use the words "liberty," "freedom," "patriotism," "democracy," and "September 11th" at least three times in every post.  It helps create the illusion that you actually believe in what you're saying, no matter how heartless or short-sighted it might be.

-Autistic Angel
3365  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Batman Begins? on: June 15, 2005, 07:41:39 PM
I liked Batman Begins a *lot.*  Aside from one Batmobile scene that's eerily reminiscent of a gag in The Simpsons -- and which has no effect whatsoever on how the scene plays out -- I'd have a lot of trouble finding fault with this movie.

Highly recommended for fans of the Dark Knight.

-Autistic Angel
3366  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Best Master Thief? on: June 13, 2005, 10:17:45 PM
After a particularly emotional breakup with your significant other, you realize that several of "your" possessions are now beyond your reach.  Who would you most trust to slip in and out of your S.O.'s home and retrieve the assigned things without being detected?

The Pink Panther



Garrett



Hudson Hawk



Sly Cooper



Thomas Crowne



Mission Vao



Gwen Raiden



or Ellen Pompeo?

3367  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Almost 30% of all federal prisoners are illegal aliens. on: June 11, 2005, 02:23:47 PM
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In fact, that friend I have who is so supportive of securing our borders said, when I told him of this idea, "It was worth helping Europe and Japan, because they are hard workers. Mexicans and those other people down there are lazy and it would be a waste of time trying to do anything with them.". He doesn't see that as a racist stereotype, he sees it as a simple statement of fact, and he isn't the only one I've say heard something like that.


So, in your friend's mind, Mexicans are too lazy to do any work in Mexico, but they're not too lazy risk their lives illegally crossing the border and then perform back-breaking labor for extremely low wages here in the United States?

I'm either easily impressed or a die-hard optimist about the human condition, but it never ceases to amaze me when people make such blatantly self-defeating arguments with such sincerity.

-Autistic Angel
3368  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Almost 30% of all federal prisoners are illegal aliens. on: June 10, 2005, 01:46:01 AM
I think this is a much more compelling way for Raven to explain his views on illegal immigration than his previous thread complaining about giving people emergency medical assistance.  I may not object to saving people's lives, but I do object to the drain illegal immigration puts on social services, including our overcrowded prison system.

I would like to know, however, if 30% of the federal prison population are illegal immigrants because illegal immigrants are more likely to be violent offenders, or because illegal immigrants lack the money to secure adequate representation.  Prison demographics are frequently invoked by people who wish to suggest that minorities are dangerous, when the real connection is simply the fact that poor people are much less likely to get good legal counsel.

-Autistic Angel
3369  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Bush and Bush on Bush Jr II [RP] on: June 08, 2005, 11:26:21 PM
I would also like to point out that there's a difference between thinking that someone is stupid or thinking that someone believes in stupid things.  For example, conservatives believe that thousands upon thousands upon thousands of reporters, editors, anchors, publishers, and producers working for seperate news organizations around the world are all engaged in some massive conspiracy capable of organizing the spread of misinformation and covering up the truth on a global scale.

That is a very, very stupid thing to believe in.

Does that mean that all conservatives are stupid?  No, not at all -- it only suggests that when given the choice between:

1) abandoning faith in favor of fact, or

2) abandoning fact in favor of faith,

conservatives tend to make the latter choice.  

"Iraq has weapons of mass destruction, but Bush's hand-picked weapons inspectors were just corrupted by liberals!"  "Tom DeLay and Joseph McCarthy and Richard Nixon were all framed!"  "Terri Schaivo was crying out not to kill her when they removed her feeding tube; those liberals just love to see helpless people die!"  Honestly, if these sorts of beliefs aren't arrived at by discounting all available facts and placing all your faith in the Republican party line, how can they possibly exist?

-Autistic Angel
3370  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Bush and Bush on Bush Jr II [RP] on: June 07, 2005, 09:27:02 PM
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And by the way Austitic Angel, you're awesome. I'm a big fan. Seriously. I'm jealous of your abilities. Not that I'm stalking you or anything

Seriously, everytime I see a post by you in a R&P thread here, I always think "Oh boy oh boy oh boy". It's great, I love it.


I wish I could say that there was any skill or inspiration behind any of the posts you linked to, but the fact is that they're all based on the exact same set of precepts:

1) Conservative Republicans are always right, and any fact to the contrary is actually a lie produced by some vast and poorly-defined conspiracy

2) Liberal Democrats are always wrong, and are motivated exclusively by pure, unfettered malice for America, its military, and its citizens

3) "Strong Core Values" apply only to extremely specific situations and attempting to transfer them to any other issue, no matter how similar, results in a severe logical disconnect that must be covered by feel-good buzzwords and anti-liberal name-calling.

Ergo: "Republicans in congress are right to try and save Terri Schaivo because she has an excellent prognosis for recovery (1), liberals will go to any length to murder her (2), and anyone who suggests that it's highly inappropriate for Big Government to try and take control of our lives just hates America (3)."  

It's the Coulter-equivilent to painting by numbers.

Conservative pundits deserve all the credit for pioneering the precepts -- I simply put them to use to see how long it would take for another conservative poster to call me on it.  Raven finally did in this post where I agree with him that Jesus and the "Culture of Life" would disapprove of offering emergency medical care to people in urgent need.

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Just one question though, has anyone ever bit? That is, not recognize the satire?


Not that I know of, but I was also pretty aggressive about discrediting my own argument -- even if someone agreed with the conclusions, the conservative principles used to get there were so steeply opposed to the issue at hand, the end result didn't make any sense.  Again, though: professed conservative values are often so completely contradictory to conservative behavior, pointing out the discrepancy is hardly an achievement on my part.

I'm glad you enjoyed those posts.

-Autistic Angel
3371  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Proof that this is the Bizarro world on: June 07, 2005, 05:25:29 PM
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To be honest though, I kind of agree with what he says here. Nixon did get a bad wrap.


Richard Nixon orchestrated a burglary targetting the democratic party, pressured the CIA to deceive the FBI into halting their investigation on the grounds of national security, and when independent federal investigator Archibald Cox started getting too close to the truth, Nixon's attempts to get Cox fired resulted in the forced resignations of United States Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus.

I do not agree that Richard Nixon simply "got a bad rap."

-Autistic Angel
3372  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Bush and Bush on Bush Jr II [RP] on: June 06, 2005, 05:56:31 PM
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What's wrong with the term 'liberal'? I see nothing wrong with it much like being labeled 'conservative'. Commie would have been different....


I think he was referring to the way you characterized liberals as "hate-spewing."  I found it very interesting that Gratch talked about how he disagreed with the conservative Christians' definition of "strong moral values" in the current administration, and you felt it necessary to counter by complaining about "hate-spewing liberals."  That's the difference between discussing the issues or name-calling -- Gratch identified a specific point of view he disagrees with, while you simply indicted liberals as hate-mongers.

Another current example: look at Raven's thread where he uses the "everybody does it" defense to justify hatred of the French -- unbreakable complains about U.S. foreign policy, and Raven immediately slaps him down as "hating America."

This is an *extremely* common problem I have with discussing politics with conservatives.  No matter which of Bush's policies I raise issues with, I'm told that I "just hate Bush."  No matter what area it is that I think America could improve in, I'm told that I "just hate America."  No matter what flaw in Republican logic I point out, I'm told that I'm "just incapable of understanding."  Conservatives frequently complain that liberals won't engage them in "rational conversation" and focus on "facts," but if every news report is biased, every scientific study is flawed, and liberals are motivated solely out of malice, what could possibly qualify as "rational" or "factual?"

-Autistic Angel
3373  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Bush and Bush on Bush Jr II [RP] on: June 05, 2005, 02:29:22 PM
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The two party system is a joke right now, hence all the voter apathy.


I would have said that the level of voter apathy is a joke right now, hence the fact that we're stuck with a two party system.  Bush's term in office is, by itself, proof enough that the choice between our current two parties can make a tremendous difference in the course of this country *and* the lives of everyday average citizens.  In the last five years, spending on local social programs with a proven record of reducing crime has plummeted, abstinence-only sex education has lead to a marked increase in the rates at which teens engage in oral or anal intercourse because "it isn't real sex," tax cuts have shifted the tax burden onto the poor and middle class, federal spending has skyrocketed thanks to Homeland Security initiatives that have tax payers picking up the costs for plasma screen-equipped employee lounges and lawnmower races, the United States has been condemned by Amnesty International for our policies on prisoner abuse, and thousands upon thousands upon thousands of people are dead in a quest to overthrow a minor despot while the genocide in the Suden rages unchecked.

If people aren't going to the polls because they think the other guy wouldn't handle anything differently, they're simply not paying attention.

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If you could get the whole country to spend... how long does it take ot register to vote, 35 minutes tops... time voting, then maybe they wouldnt be dismissed or ignored so much.


During a recent business trip to Kentucky, one unfortunate gentleman tried to convince me that Terri Schiavo was not only communicative, but also pregnant with Michael Schiavo's child at the time "that judge murdered her.  It's taken me a while to figure out, but if I were to guess, I'd say that the religious right concentrated so accutely on conflating the Terri Schiavo case with abortion issues that some people took it literally.

Increasing voter turnout is a great idea, but in a country where "fact" is a relative concept, I wouldn't know how to get them educated about the issues.

Traditionally speaking, higher voter turnouts lean results towards democrats.  I'm a democrat.  Even so, I'd *much* prefer a turnout of thoughtful, well-educated voters over a vast turnout of people who don't even recognize the names on the ballot.

-Autistic Angel
3374  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Bush and Bush on Bush Jr II [RP] on: June 03, 2005, 01:30:15 PM
I think this country is screwed up because democracy is founded on the principle of civil dissent, yet lately it's become rather mainstream to believe that anyone who disagrees with the current administration is an unpatriotic traitor who hates freedom and wishes harm on our military.

I always thought of politics as the art of compromise, where two different ideologies came together to find a common middle ground that was in the best interests of the people.  Given the level of conservative venom directed at the Republicans who successfully negotiated a deal with Democrats that resulted in preserving the filibuster *and* giving Bush his judicial nominee votes, it seems that my belief is in the minority.

-Autistic Angel
3375  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Bush and Bush on Bush Jr II [RP] on: June 01, 2005, 03:27:05 PM
George W. Bush's administration is the one that rushed our troops into war without adequately armored vehicles or modern body armor and then sought to cut their combat pay during the war, yet he was reelected based on his willingness to "support the troops."

I'm not sure what Jeb Bush could possibly do that would make him unelectable.  That isn't hyperbole -- in a world where 51% of the American people literally believe in liberal media conspiracy so vast that "journalist" becomes synonymous with "liar," I seriously can't imagine what would convince them to vote against another Bush.

-Autistic Angel
3376  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Advent Rising Impressions [Xbox] on: June 01, 2005, 05:18:54 AM
As best as I can tell, Advent Rising wasn't present at E3 -- I haven't been able to find hands-on impressions from the show anywhere.  It seems suspicious that a game would skip out on an opportunity for so much publicity immediately before its release, so I'll be very interested to see some reviews on this.

-Autistic Angel
3377  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Elixir Studios Closes its Doors on: May 30, 2005, 02:56:49 AM
On that note, this evening I successfully deployed my Evil Gravity Beam and used it to pick up the city of Minneapolis and throw it at the moon.  The Forces Of Justice threw up their hands pretty quickly after that.

Evil Genius was crashing *almost* constantly towards the end of the game there, but that didn't make the conclusion of the game any less satisfying.  Like I said: at a time when game development seems to be focussing on graphics and presentation at the expense of innovation, Elixir Studios will be missed.

-Autistic Angel
3378  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOST Season 1 Finale - Nice on: May 27, 2005, 03:11:54 PM
When Boone was using the radio in the beechcraft, he sent out a distress call identifying himself as a survivor of Oceanic Flight 815.  The response he got was unintelligable due to all the noise from the plane, but ABC later ran a promo with cleared up audio where the radio clearly -- and I mean *clearly* -- says, "We're the survivors of Oceanic Flight 815!"

I don't know if I'd go so far as to say that the addition of other Oceanic survivors is a foregone conclusion, but it seems pretty likely.

-Autistic Angel
3379  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOST Season 1 Finale - Nice on: May 27, 2005, 12:58:03 PM
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...and last but not least -- possibly the greatest scene in the first season -- when Walt was taken from the boat. I didn't see that coming and would challenge most to admit they saw that twist ahead of time. Awesome.


I did.

Earlier in the episode, when Sayid and Charlie tracked down Danielle, she confessed to them that she'd heard The Others plotting to take "the boy" and had then kidnapped Aaron with the intention of exchanging him for her lost son Alex.  There's only two boys on the island: Aaron and Walt.

When the electric light from the motor boat came on, I commented to my friend, "This falls squarely into the 'Too Good To Be True' category.  I bet they've come for Walt."  Lost won't always be set on the island, but it won't be time to discover what's happened in the outside world until they've resolved some of the mysteries they've already got going on.

I do agree with people about one thing: I think Lost misfired by denying its audience even one concrete answer in the season finale.  I quit watching The X-Files halfway through the second season when I realized that it was *never* going to offer any sort of real resolution.  Lost, at least, suggests that we'll finally learn the contents of The Hatch next season, but I think it would have been a much stronger ending if they'd ponied up just a little bit more.

-Autistic Angel
3380  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Best Demon Hunter? on: May 25, 2005, 05:45:06 PM
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I dont know any of them but....


Wesley Wyndham-Price was a character who appeared rather briefly in the third season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer before becoming a permenant cast member on Angel for about four-and-a-half of its five seasons.  For a short time he deemed himself to be a rogue demon hunter, but dropped the moniker when he tired of trying to answer the question, "What's a rogue demon?"

Sid the Dummy was, apparently, a master demon hunter who was cursed and turned into a ventrilloquist dummy.  That's about all there is to say about him since he appeared in only a single episode of Buffy and, for some reason, in the Chaos Bleeds video game.

Taki has appeared in every game from the Soul Edge / Soul Calibur series where her goal is ostensibly to slay the demon residing in the cursed sword wielded first by Cevantes, then by Nightmare.  Considering that Soul Calibur III is in production, I'd say she's doing a pretty piss poor job of it.

Raikoh is the protagonist of the Otogi series for the XBox.  He's technically dead, but that does little to deter him from dying some more whenever I pick up the controller.  I *guess* he's fairly successful demon hunter, but frankly, he's also a big bore.

Illidan Stormrage appears during the Night Elf campaign of WarCraft III.  He's blind and has some issues with abandonment and anger management, but if you need someone willing to single-handedly face down a horde of rampaging demons on the battlefield, he's probably your man.

Ellen Pompeo is the lead actress on Grey's Anatomy where, in addition to practicing medicine and screwing her boss, she helps her patients and her friends to conquer their inner demons through an intricate regimen of friendly advice and self-serving pity parties.

The Grue are the race of nocturnal demons who prowl the pitch blackness in the Zork games.  No one has ever seen one as the light seems to keep them at bay, but woe unto the adventurer whose lantern goes out for a prowling Grue can sweep out of the darkness in absolute silence and take him in a single snap of its jaws.

-Autistic Angel
3381  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Best Demon Hunter? on: May 24, 2005, 10:26:35 PM
Doesn't Vampire Hunter D spend most of his time hunting vampires?  They're really more like demon half-breeds and nowhere near as dangerous as the real thing.

I'm surprised that someone voted for Taki.  I'd be hard pressed to name a single demon she's actually defeated -- even Ellen Pompeo's quest on Grey's Anatomy to help people face their inner demons makes her a superior demon hunter to Taki.

-Autistic Angel
3382  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Best Demon Hunter? on: May 24, 2005, 06:33:42 PM
You have awakened in the middle of a moonless night and realized in your attempts to peer through the darkness that you are likely to be eaten by a Grue.  Who would you most trust to dash in an slay the wicked demon before it can swallow you whole...and why?

Wesley Wyndham-Price



Sid the Dummy



Taki



Raikoh



Illidan Stormrage



or Ellen Pompeo?

3383  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / TV Shows Winding Down - Whatchagonnado?? on: May 23, 2005, 01:48:04 PM
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CBS announced last week that summer reality ratings hit Big Brother will return for it’s sixth season on Thursday July 7th at 8pm est.  The thrice-weekly reality show will also air on Saturdays and Tuesdays throughout the summer, with Thursdays once again being the live eviction show.

Often criticized for her robotic delivery and apparent lack of interest in the show, Julie Chen will return as host, a gig she likely has for the duration of the series after her recent marriage to CBS President Les Moonves.

Recognizing Big Brother as the flagship of their summer reality programming, CBS is set to air the longest of three weekly broadcasts of new reality show "Rock Star" at 10pm est, after the Tuesday edition of Big Brother.  In addition to this one hour show, there will be two half hour weekly editions of Rock Star and the hope is that this new series will benefit from the lead-in of Big Brother with fans sticking around to top up their reality fix.

Early rampant rumours that this would be celebrity or All-Star edition were quashed with the announcement in March that applications were being sought.  Prospective houseguests were invited to submit a two-minute video, two colour photos and their completed application form before the April 8 deadline, for their change to follow in the footsteps of season 5 winner, Ohio’s Drew Daniel.

Although surprises are promised, there is no indication of whether this season will succumb to the gimmick laden antics of season 5, with the twin twist and the live brother and sister reunion. According to producer Arnold Shapiro the aim was to find a memorable cast for this personality-driven show.

“Big Brother 6' has some big surprises that will soon be revealed,” said Shapiro. “Our goal this summer is to assemble the most colourful, competitive, and charismatic houseguests we've ever had”.

One such surprise is a new two-storey house for the “hamsters” to play in.
The set used through the first five series was demolished after season five wrapped and was replaced by an office building.  The new two-storey house, with a more loft-style layout has been constructed on former “Yes Dear” studio space and will once again house a myriad of camera’s to catch shots for the television show and the 24 hour live feeds.  The house will as usual have a back yard and will feature a swimming pool almost twice the size of that at the previous set for those essential bikini shots.


The description of Julie Chen's "robotic delivery and apparent lack of interest in the show" sounds about right to me.

Last year, the CBS website aired a live hour-long show called Housecalls that was hosted by Marcellas from Big Brother 4, and Gretchen, a California radio talkshow host.  They were both avid watchers of the live feeds, enabling them to offer a lot of interesting insights and to ask a lot of sharp questions of the evicted houseguests they interviewed.  It was an excellent show, and if they're not going to kick Julie Chen and her collection of camel-toe hip-huggers out on the street, I hope they'll at least bring Housecalls back again this season.

-Autistic Angel
3384  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 the consol that wasn't a console on: May 23, 2005, 03:26:46 AM
If and when the X-Box 360 is either steeply delayed or released and shown to be profoundly flawed, I could see myself coming back here and praising T-Dub's foresight.

As it is, Microsoft delivered a excellent gaming console into a market nobody really thought they could successfully penetrate, secured some fantastic exclusive franchises like Halo, KOTOR, and Ninja Gaiden to bolster their library, and successfully implemented a unified online console gaming service that has proven to be years ahead of the competition.  Microsoft's track record in the console market is pretty solid so far, and it's going to take more than just conjecture to convince me that they're off to a bad start with the X-Box 360.

-Autistic Angel
3385  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Star Wars - Episode III Impressions (OMG SPOILERS) on: May 23, 2005, 12:57:44 AM
The thing that bothered me about the death of Windu's escort wasn't the fact that they were bested by a Sith Lord, but the fact that they were each struck down in a single blow.  I'm not sure why he even feels the need for an apprentice if he can single-handedly slaughter Jedi like they were standard droids.

-Autistic Angel
3386  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Star Wars - Episode III Impressions (OMG SPOILERS) on: May 22, 2005, 04:11:47 PM
I believe it was in one of the DVD extras on The Phantom Menace that George Lucas explained he'd added midichlorians because people wanted to know why some people were strong with the Force and others weren't.

My question was: who, exactly, is asking that?  Has anyone in this thread *ever* spoken with someone who was consumed by curiosity over why Luke Skywalker could make a good Jedi, but Mon Mothma didn't?

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Since when did Windu be so powerful as to beat down a Sith Lord so easily?


I'd recommend watching the first volume of Clone Wars if you get a chance.  Mace Windu is no slouch.

-Autistic Angel
3387  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best PC Game you saw through all the E3 stuff? on: May 22, 2005, 02:52:57 PM
Yes: Spore.

-Autistic Angel
3388  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Futurama to return? on: May 21, 2005, 08:10:11 PM
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Phase out Simpsons....


I think you misspelled the word "throw."

-Autistic Angel
3389  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Star Wars - Episode III Impressions (OMG SPOILERS) on: May 21, 2005, 05:49:37 PM
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"The Force reduced to bacteria" is also a very inaccurate description of what midichlorians are. Midichlorians do not create the Force.


But they do channel it and grant the host organism a sensitivity to the Force.

Is there any reason why a Jedi couldn't just give a blood transfusion to someone else and create a new Force-wielder?  After all, if Jedi are typically recruited as small children and are forbidden from marriage or procreation, they've got to have *some* way to reproduce.

-Autistic Angel
3390  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBOX 360 Backwards compatible (NOT) on: May 21, 2005, 04:11:46 PM
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How is news from the internet outdated over that of a published magazine?


I think he meant, "Here is some interesting, but perhaps outdated news: the new EGM has an article...."

In other words, the EGM article is interesting but outdated, not the reports coming out of E3.

-Autistic Angel
3391  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Star Wars - Episode III Impressions (OMG SPOILERS) on: May 19, 2005, 07:44:54 PM
It seems to me that in the years between Episode II and III, Hayden Christensen successfully evolved from the worst actor on the set to being one of the best.  Even Ewan McGregor sounded pretty flat much of the time, and although I think Obi Wan was supposed to be struggling to maintain his Jedi training and control his emotions, McGregor didn't pull this off nearly as well as Christensen.

As for Natalie Portman, I don't think she could have been worse unless she'd literally delivered her lines by telephone.  While on a shopping trip.

The movie was pretty good besides that.  The only thing that bothered me was how, at the end of the film, all the characters seemed to just accept that they'd arrived exactly where they were supposed to be.  Considering how drastically the galaxy had changed in just a few weeks, I would have expected even a jedi to be a little more shell-shocked.

**** SPOILERS BELOW ****






I also thought one of the best moments in the film was when, during the execution of Order 66 on other worlds, Yoda suddenly dropped his cane and almost fell to his knees from the disturbances in the force.

-Autistic Angel
3392  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Top 5 games you'd like to see re-made? on: May 19, 2005, 01:13:50 PM
I'd also love to see a modern day remake of X-Com.  That game remains incredibly fun to this day -- the gameplay mechanics are so solid, I can't understand why the formula has never been successfully duplicated.

-Autistic Angel
3393  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best video game trailer ever? on: May 18, 2005, 01:22:26 PM
D'oh!

After thinking about it last night, I was just coming here to vote for the Sands of Time trailer; EddieA beat me to it.

I've also got to mention the Halo 2 demonstration footage that was released in June of 2003 -- the 8-minute one that had the player beating back a Covenant assault, stealing an enemy Ghost from its driver, and ended with Master Chief facing down a batallion of plasma lance-wielding Elites.  Though it's not technically a trailer, it got me way more interested in playing the game than any other footage they ever put together.

-Autistic Angel
3394  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOST - 05/11/05 on: May 17, 2005, 06:27:48 PM
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What if Kate winds up being the true villain? Considering that with last week's episode pretty much everything "good" she's done could be considered a means to her escaping, then what if everything she does and tries is just for the sake of her getting away from everyone? Hmmm...


This is not the first time I've heard this sort of comment -- that this was the episode that "proved Kate is evil" -- but I don't really get it.  If anything, this episode proved to me that Kate isn't quite as evil as I though she was.

Prior to this episode, I was convinced Kate was an out-and-out sociopath so divorced from emotion or humanity that she was not only willing, but anxious to manipulate other people into serving her purposes.  Now it turns out that in her private moments, such as when she was in the car crying by herself, or when she risked her own freedom to see her mother for no discernable purpose, that shows a much softer, more human side of her than I've seen up to this point.

-Autistic Angel
3395  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo Revolution pics!! on: May 17, 2005, 05:22:40 PM
According to the presentation, the Nintendo Revolution will be fully backwards compatible with the GameCube.

-Autistic Angel
3396  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / TV Shows Winding Down - Whatchagonnado?? on: May 17, 2005, 02:45:23 AM
Yeah, but....

3397  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Your tax dollars at work on: May 10, 2005, 11:07:40 PM
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Not to mention the fact that refusing treatment has absolutely nothing to do with sealing our border, now does it.


So you'd like us to believe that when you titled this thread, "Your Tax Dollars At Work,' quipped, "Shouldn't we be billing Mexico for this?" and linked to an article about how the federal government is going to begin helping hospitals with the financial burden of providing emergency medical care, you were *not* complaining about your tax dollars being used to save non-American lives?

The simple fact is that "your tax dollars" are used to save non-American lives all the time.  Compare the $10 billion figure in your news articles to the cost of wars throughout history, or the amount of money spent every year by the United States in relief operations around the world.  The U.S. has a long, proud history of stepping in on behalf of the famine, disease, or war-stricken people around the world, but as loudly as the conservatives rail against operations in Kosovo or the Sudan, they're never as comfortable as when they're screaming bloody murder about providing assistance to the people in our own country.

If you want to complain about the financial costs of illegal immigration, it's in your own best interest to focus on the conversation on illegal immigrants getting significant breaks on their college tuitions or suing the federal government for not providing enough water stations for people illegally crossing the border.  Choosing to grouse about "your tax dollars" being used to help out hospitals who are providing life-saving assistance to poor people -- illegal or not -- only opens another yawning hole in the self-aggrandizing Christian conservative "Culture Of Life" schtick.

-Autistic Angel
3398  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rise of Nations 2 on: May 10, 2005, 09:42:07 PM
Although the new theme looks pretty cool, I'm enthused just to have word of another RTS from the team that made Rise of Nations.  That's such an incredibly well-balanced and fun game, they could have announced a game that pits the Poopitrons vs. the Vomitorians and I'd be interested.

-Autistic Angel
3399  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Your tax dollars at work on: May 10, 2005, 09:37:16 PM
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That's very cute. It's also not working. No one is afraid of being called names just because they want the border sealed off. You're going to have to try a new tactic, but if sarcasm is all you have, I guess you might as well throw it out there, out of desperation.


Then accept this as absolute sincerity: I strongly support your right, and the right of every other compassionate conservative to openly complain about how people should be denied access to emergency medical care.

-Autistic Angel
3400  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What kind of Jedi are you?! on: May 10, 2005, 09:07:54 PM
One of my favorite lines from Attack of the Clones is when, in the thick of the opening battle on Geonosis, Yoda cries out, "Around the survivors, a perimeter create!"  Super-obedient clone troopers or not, you're just waiting for one of them to go, "What?!?  I can't understand you; try talking f-o-r-w-a-r-d-s!"

-Autistic Angel
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