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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's Talk Yogurt on: July 27, 2014, 10:30:33 PM
For a good low cal version, I use plain yogurt but add banana and mandarin oranges from the can-- let a little of the light syrup they're soaking in seep into your bowl for a little more sweetness.
2  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: WAZ 7/3/14 on: July 04, 2014, 03:25:03 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on July 03, 2014, 05:26:47 PM

Zeke, they're trying to do you a service by labelling the burgers that came from gay cows.
I would just like to note for the record that this made me lolz.
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Wire: Where have you been all my life on: July 02, 2014, 02:45:31 AM

Quote from: ATB on July 02, 2014, 02:12:36 AM

Season 4 is the greatest season of television of all time.

Start to finish it is perfect. Absolutely perfect.  Just frigging amazing.

Agreed. Heartbreaking and beautiful.
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2013 GOTY/GOAT on: December 14, 2013, 02:54:45 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 13, 2013, 05:36:49 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on December 13, 2013, 05:36:00 PM

Quote from: Caine on December 13, 2013, 05:00:44 PM


GOAT definitely is A:CM, only by virtue being picked up instead of Simcity, for the despicable approach they took to marketing the game and how badly they mis-managed it.  it wasn't a pretty game to look at either.

I'm confused. Does GOAT not equal Greatest of All Time? From Caine's quote and a few other things, it sounds like it is supposed to the worst game of the year?

Godawful, Obnoxious And Terrible.  Kinda like your brother Tongue

 *Fist Shaking*

5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NBA2k14 on: November 20, 2013, 03:10:50 AM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on November 20, 2013, 01:37:47 AM

Whoa.  icon_eek
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The "No Next-Gen Console" Support Group on: November 19, 2013, 04:30:11 PM
The last couple of console cycles, I was desperate to have one on day 1.... even to the point of paying a $200 premium from a seller to land an Xbox 360 right away. But this year is different. I'm completely content with PC gaming at the moment. My rig, while not cutting edge, still plays most things at top or near-top settings, and the games are plentiful and cheap (wake me when Humble Bundles come to the console). As a result, I don't feel the same urgency to pick up a new console like I've had in the past. Honestly, the big draw for me at this point is not the games, per se, as they don't seem overly compelling yet, but the other media features of the Xbox One. But I'm content to see how these are received by the public before deciding whether it warrants a purchase. By then, better games should be available too... ideally, ones that I couldn't buy form my PC even cheaper.
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 4 Days until Xbone. Which system are you getting? on: November 18, 2013, 06:11:45 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on November 18, 2013, 06:08:47 PM

Sounds like DR3 is not the prettiest game in the world but it is loads of fun. I'll take fun over graphics any day.
This is the same reason why RW sleeps with ugly but wild women.
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad on: November 07, 2013, 04:28:32 AM
Just a quick update: I got a 16GB Air today... and my goodness, the upgrade from my old 1st gen model is enormous! Everything is so snappy. Even my kid's dinky little toddler games look completely new with the higher resolution and increased animation and responsiveness. Though I couldn't have predicted that his favorite thing from the upgrade is Siri. He keeps saying, "show me Mars!" and loves how a google image of it pops up. Ah, to be two again...

Thanks again, Blackjack, for highlighting the Target deal for me, otherwise I never would have pulled the trigger. I can't believe they gave me $200 for my old one.
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad on: November 06, 2013, 01:54:32 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on November 05, 2013, 11:16:05 PM

Penny Arcade Report was noting that Target stores are giving $200 Target gift cards for ANY functional iPad, regardless of model or condition [ONLY Nov. 3-9]. So if you have a crappy old 1st gen or iPad 2 that still works, it seems like a good deal. On more recent models, can probably get better from Gazelle and the zillion other trade-in companies (or eBay etc.). I might to do it with my 3rd gen for simplicity's sake (most trade-ins I've checked on it are about $210 range).

Thanks for highlighting this deal... I just took advantage of it to unload my clunky 1st gen iPad. Unfortunately, they were all out of iPad Airs (this despite their online site saying the store had it online), so I'm now the proud owner of a $200 target gift card but no iPad.

My kid is gonna freak when there's no iPad in the house when he wakes up tomorrow.  icon_biggrin
10  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: it's time for the next round of SHUTDOWN SHOWDOWN!!!!!! on: September 30, 2013, 07:41:19 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on September 30, 2013, 06:54:00 PM

These fuckers need to do their fucking jobs.
The scary thing is, that's what they think they're doing. Crippling the government is a feature, not a bug.
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How are you feeling about your pre-orders now? on: September 28, 2013, 02:01:37 AM

Quote from: YellowKing on September 28, 2013, 01:24:28 AM

I've already got a box that does nothing but play games, it's called my PC.

HOT TIP: I hear it has some other useful features....
12  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: it's time for the next round of SHUTDOWN SHOWDOWN!!!!!! on: September 27, 2013, 11:05:36 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on September 27, 2013, 11:01:09 PM

I don't know how it's going to play out, but I wish they'd quit fucking around and do their jobs -- namely, governing. I've seen this movie too many times to get engrossed in the details. Just work it out.

And if you can't, we're going to declare the tea party a terrorist organization and break it up.
Damn straight. Nothing makes me roll my eyes more than a pol boasting about going to Washington and refusing to compromise "principles". You know what one of your principles should be, dipshit? Governing effectively.
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Grand Theft Auto V on: September 20, 2013, 08:14:52 PM
Trying to hold out for the PC version.... but man, I'm honestly shocked how good these pics look on the current gen systems. Makes me giddy for the PC or next gen versions.
14  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Is our children learning? on: September 13, 2013, 12:44:15 PM
Science starts with evidence and devises a theory to explain it. Creationism/intelligent design starts with a conclusion and seeks out evidence to support it.

The great thing about the theory of evolution is that it's true whether someone acknowledges it or not. There is no scientifically valid alternative to teach. The alternatives are not science.
15  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Is our children learning? on: September 12, 2013, 05:56:42 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on September 12, 2013, 05:34:48 PM

Also, I believe while our theory of evolution is correct, there's a reason it's called a theory. It can't be proven conclusively, so to call it a "fact" lumped in with the age of the Earth is incorrect.
And this is perhaps the #1 misunderstanding of science by the general public. A theory in science is an overarching framework that all of the known evidence supports. When evidence is found that is not consistent with the theory, it's revised and refined. That's how science works. The amount of data supporting the theory of evolution stacked on top of each other would reach the moon at this point. Sure, certain evidence about mechanistic aspects of evolution are continuously updated with new information (Darwin for instance did not have access to the genome), but the theory of evolution itself is indisputable.

A scientific theory is not the same as a laypersons theory. The theory of evolution and the theory of the flying spaghetti monster are not equally valid scientifically. The former is an empirical question, testable and falsifiable. The latter is none of these things. That does not mean that the latter can not have a very valid and meaningful role in somebody's life, but it is not a scientific concept and should not be included in the teaching of science.
16  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: how come we're not attacking syria? on: September 10, 2013, 03:44:45 PM
So weak/indecisive = not blowing shit up? Perhaps getting the best outcome we can given awful circumstances should be the prevailing metric of success rather than some insecure need to throw our weight around. If the goal is to deal with these prohibited chemical weapons, actually seizing them seems much more effective than hoping to 'splode them with bombs or crossing our fingers that our military action deters their future use. Not to mention the lives and money saved by not waging an attack... one that may be clean and quick, but might involve unforeseen escalation.

It strikes me as quite ironic that many of the loudest voices calling Obama naive in his foreign policy are the same that claimed Iraq would greet us as liberators.
17  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: how come we're not attacking syria? on: August 31, 2013, 10:17:20 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on August 31, 2013, 10:05:18 PM

They'll authorize it. I would bet money on it. I don't believe Obama would roll the dice if he only thought he had a 50/50 chance of winning. He had to have been really confident in the evidence to even consider letting Congress have a say, particularly after the recent British embarrassment.
I just can't see this being approved by the Rand Paul isolationist wing of the party (which is rapidly increasing and likely represents the majority of Republicans in the House). Perhaps though a coalition of House Democrats and hawkish Republicans would give enough votes to authorize, but I doubt the Tea Party contingent is going to be on board.

As an aside, how crazy is it that Democrats and neocons are now on the same side? Just tells you how easily "principles" shift depending on who's in power.  
18  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: how come we're not attacking syria? on: August 31, 2013, 06:15:30 PM
Yep. Seeking Congressional approval is not only a nice precedent for future military engagements, but it's smart politics. Now members of Congress can't just wash their hands of this mess and criticize from the outside. They have to take a stand. It'll be especially interesting to see which side the more hawkish Republican members of the Senate (e.g., Graham) take when their constituents are so overwhelming against intervening.

Edit: my reply was to YK.
19  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Marijuana. Just watched a documentary. on: August 23, 2013, 08:20:59 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on August 23, 2013, 06:27:57 PM

No time to make an analytical post right now, but I've been a more-or-less daily smoker for 40 years.

Is the former due to the latter? slywink
20  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Are there... on: July 25, 2013, 11:13:05 PM

Quote from: naednek on July 25, 2013, 08:34:04 PM

Eco, you're more than welcome to post in R&P.  Just do so respectfully.

Also, are you jblank's brother?  I thought I heard that you were a long time ago, but I can't remember.  I know jblank has a brother who posts on GT/OO.
That was Yankeeman. I don't think he's posted in years.
21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Orgasm on: July 20, 2013, 02:48:10 PM
R&P arguments at OO.
22  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: What will Obama's Scandals Be? on: May 30, 2013, 02:06:55 AM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on May 30, 2013, 01:42:29 AM

I rarely come across people day to day that favor obama.

Ah, the ol' Pauline Kael problem.

Perhaps those who you encounter are not representative of the U.S. population at large? Obama won the election after all. Consider it another inconvenient fact.

Quote
You're nothing more than an outlet for venting my frustrations to the ignorant/uninformed.

So those substantiating their opinions with cited facts are the ignorant and uninformed ones. Gotcha.

Seriously, Eco, is it so hard to conceive that smart and informed people can have differing political opinions? You're playing into the "living in a bubble" conservative stereotype here.
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox: Always online, no second-hand games, 50GB Blu-ray and new kinect(EDGE) on: May 21, 2013, 06:55:19 PM
XBLA games confirmed to NOT be transferable.

This is getting ugly.
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox: Always online, no second-hand games, 50GB Blu-ray and new kinect(EDGE) on: May 21, 2013, 06:53:01 PM
I've moved on to playing games almost exclusively on the PC, so if I pull the trigger on the new Xbox it will be for the multimedia capabilities. Five years ago, I never would have anticipated saying that.
25  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: The most liberal president ever on: May 18, 2013, 03:36:28 AM
Gotta go with Nixon. Fuckin' EPA!
26  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Pleased? on: April 07, 2013, 12:56:58 AM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on April 06, 2013, 10:12:28 PM

I would simply put nothing by Obama. 

Redistribution remains core to most of his actions.

Redistribution has been happening for decades and continues under Obama (but not in the direction you fear):

27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So what would ya say.....ya do here? on: April 04, 2013, 03:04:06 AM
Psychology professor. Teach and conduct research (mostly on autism)
28  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Sequestration on: March 15, 2013, 02:27:00 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on March 14, 2013, 08:45:45 PM

You mean governing by soundbites might not be a viable long-term strategy?  I'm shocked. 

I dunno. Sounds pretty catchy to me:

29  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Sequestration on: March 14, 2013, 08:10:52 PM
I'm too lazy to check, but I assume Obama's point is that immediate austerity measures are a myopic response to the debt, and may even exacerbate it in the long run by further weakening the fragile economy. A more prudent solution to the long-term debt problem is to focus in the here and now on economic recovery, which sequestration and other reactionary spending cuts could damage. A bolstered economy would then generate more revenue for addressing the deficit, at which point revamping the entitlement programs and otherwise reducing spending could be accommodated without the same level of economic damage. So yeah, the debt is a serious issue, but focusing exclusively on it in the short-term may be counter-productive.

30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What Are Your Favorite Sad Songs? on: March 13, 2013, 03:21:37 AM
Oh man, so many. But here is one that just came up on random from my collection:

Whiskeytown - Factory Girl
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Telltale]The Walking Dead on: March 07, 2013, 12:28:38 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 06, 2013, 11:58:15 PM

season 2 aiming for Autumn 2014.
Damn, that's a long way away. We all might be devoured by zombies by then.
32  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Sequestration on: February 23, 2013, 03:52:20 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on February 23, 2013, 03:12:41 AM

They say that MA will lose 60,000 private-sector jobs by the end of this year. As a medical and scientific hub, Boston gets more federal R&D money than just about anybody else does, especially from the NIH and the DoD.

Yep, I'm in this boat. I'm an assistant professor at a public state university and recently had my first large grant reviewed pretty favorably by NIH... not enough to get funded, but it scored well enough to give me a decent shot on the next round (you are allowed one resubmission). With current budgetary constraints, NIH was already funding only about 10-15% of submissions, but with sequestration threatening to cut NIH even deeper, the funding rate will drop even lower. These grants not only support important biomedical and mental health research, but they also fund student training opportunities and research assistant positions that are often the pipeline for developing the next generation of scientists. So there are long-term effects beyond the science that won't get done.

I'll be fine, though, as I'm salaried and don't depend on grant funding to stay employed. This is one of the main reasons my wife and I bailed on our previous positions in med schools, where you're screwed if you don't get grants, and headed back to the arts & sciences. We have to teach now and serve administrative functions so we have less time for research, but it's a small price to pay for getting off the federal teat treadmill. Still, it's disappointing that the grant proposal my research has been building toward for many years may go down in flames because of petty political pissing matches.
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: <Brag> What's your Life's Greatest Achievement? </Brag> on: February 08, 2013, 03:16:30 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on February 08, 2013, 01:41:00 AM

I used to run a science museum bookstore and arranged many author appearances by well-known scientists and astronauts. (Sold Stephen Hawking a book once.) The best was Apollo 13 Commander Jim Lovell, who'd written a book called Lost Moon that was being made into a movie starring Tom Hanks -- maybe you've heard of it. I hosted him (Lovell, not Hanks) for a whole day. He did a routine book signing outside the planetarium in the afternoon (and signed the back of a poster with a very kind, personal autograph for me, which is still on my wall today). In the evening he gave a sold-out multimedia presentation in the museum's largest auditorium and then did another book signing.

Like most academic institutions, the museum was heavily silo'd -- that is, divided into departments that competed with one another for turf and dollars and only cooperated under duress. Most employees viewed their main responsibility as deflecting work onto other departments. So arranging all of this was a huge achievement, especially for someone from the low-status museum store -- I got the theater people, the auditorium people, the planetarium people, the parking garage, the education department, and even marketing to work together to bring off a successful event that people remembered fondly for years afterward. I even introduced Lovell myself, which is the only time I've ever spoken before a large crowd (hundreds of people).

In between appearances, after the exhibit halls were closed, Lovell and I walked through the museum's small spaceflight exhibit where we had mockups of Apollo command and landing modules. He told me a bunch of personal anecdotes about the 13 mission that weren't in his book or the movie, growing more and more enthusiastic as he went on, and pointed out the LEM's targeting reticule that he'd used for seat-of-the-pants navigation. Before they cut the LEM loose he snapped that part off and pocketed it; it is displayed on his mantle as his personal souvenir of the mission.

That was the best day of my working life. In fact, I knew that I'd peaked, and I left my bookselling career within a year.

 thumbsup
34  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Women in combat on: January 29, 2013, 01:43:21 AM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on January 28, 2013, 11:54:37 PM

Quote from: hepcat on January 28, 2013, 12:44:40 PM

Martin Luther King and Abraham Lincoln were Republicans,  so let's not lump everyone into one big ball.  Every party has extremists. 

The fact that they were members of the Republican party is a different consideration.  The political parties are *constantly* adopting different ideological positions to win over voters.

Case in point: In 1936, FDR won over 97% of the vote in Mississippi.. Seems the deep South didn't always despise big government... 
Spoiler for Hiden:
... at least until it wasn't just for white people anymore.  paranoid
35  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Humble THQ Bundle on: November 29, 2012, 06:34:55 PM
 eek
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2012 Gaming Character of the Year? on: November 29, 2012, 01:51:15 AM
Definitely Lee from TWD.

Runner up is my brother Ralph-Wiggum in XCOM. He is one helluva master sniper.  ninja
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2012: GOTY/GOAT of the year? on: November 27, 2012, 03:57:14 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on November 27, 2012, 02:59:55 PM

My GOTY hands down is The Walking Dead
Me too.

Runner up is XCOM.
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Telltale]The Walking Dead on: November 22, 2012, 04:35:55 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 22, 2012, 04:17:55 AM

Quote from: spigot on November 22, 2012, 02:08:28 AM

Question for those who've completed it and watched through the credits:

Spoiler for Hiden:
So Clem is walking through the fields and sees two figures in the distance. Isn't that Omid and Christa? Why does Clem look terrified at the sight of them? Did I miss something? Just some nebulous setup for the next series?

yeah, that didn't make sense:

Spoiler for Hiden:
for fields like that she'd have to have gone way out of her way-  the beginning showed the train much closer to the city.

needless to say I finished up.  great story (definitely not my GOTY since I doubt I'd ever replay it), the comparison of decisions made at the end were screwed up though as they didn't specify what they were, they all said 'title description' or something like that.

Yeah, mine said that as well. The only flaw in an otherwise great conclusion. I'm guessing that the first decision was
Spoiler for Hiden:
Whether you chose to have your arm cut off
and the last one was
Spoiler for Hiden:
whether you chose to have Clem shoot you or leave you
.

As for the post-credit epilogue:
Spoiler for Hiden:
The fear Clem displayed must mean that the two people in the distance were not Christa and Omid. Perhaps it's a tease for the starting point of the next season of the game?
39  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Benghazi Gate on: November 16, 2012, 06:33:06 PM
What is the evidence of the administration knowingly misled the public (i.e., a cover-up) versus simply communicating information that they later learned was incorrect? This whole thing strikes me as a desperate attempt for it to be the former, without much evidence. For the life of me I can't figure out what the administration would gain by lying about the reason for the attack.
40  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: CIA Director Petraeus resigns on: November 13, 2012, 01:09:44 AM
So, is Patraeus a cheater, or just someone who engaged in cheating behavior?  icon_wink
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