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1361  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Almost Genius... The Autobiography of Drazzil on: December 23, 2004, 12:58:11 PM
Quote from: "vagabond"
Martial arts is fine if you want to improve your physical condition, but it's no better than a good exercise program. It's great for self esteem, if you need it and take it the right way. What it is not going to do for you is enable you to get through any situation in life using pure force. This is movie crap too. Martial arts is just one method of fighting, so is street fighting.

Just have to throw 2 cents in here and disagree with this whole paragraph. Bad martial arts is only good for fitness and exercise. And there are plenty of bad martial arts schools out there. It is not a waste of time if you find a decent school and have the will to train properly. Sure it is 'just another way of fighting'. However, you are taught to fight systematically by people who are experts at it. "Street fighters" learn the hard way so their lessons are painful and effective, but also limited.

I would take a good street fighter who has actually been in fights over any martial artist who has only been sparring any day of the week.

Then you're crazy. That's like saying you'd take anyone who has actually played stickball over Ichiro if he only ever hit batting practice. Whoever wins a fight comes down to a combination of natural abilities, knowledge and experience. Greater experience doesn't automatically equate to victory. And while there is no complete substitute for a real fight, light to moderate contact sparring goes a *long* way to bridging the gap. Combined with the greater knowledge a decent martial artist has, normally it is more than enough.

I had one guy tell me he was a black belt in karate right before I stomped his ass. I never had a day of martial arts training.

Err... greater than 70% odds this guy was some random joe just trying to scare you, or he was from some rent-a-school. All of the true black belts I've known wouldn't ever bother telling someone they had a black belt right before a fight. 1) Why give up the element of surprise and let your opponent know to expect kicks, and 2) You never know what the other guy knows. If he is a martial artist too and knows what style you practice he can be more prepared for certain things. Btw, I have a Magneta belt with pink polka dots. Do you believe me too?

It has a lot more to do with knowing your limitations so you don't get into something you aren't capable of getting yourself out of. More importantly, having confidence and courage.

This is very true. That's another reason why most true martial artists don't fight. Because they realize no matter how good you are random things can make a situation very bad very fast, so they avoid it altogether when possible. And also because they have trained, they have confidence, which breeds courage. That confidence makes people back down a lot of the time.

I'll just say very quickly that of the few real fights I've been in, I've been hit only once - a glancing blow to the forehead that I didn't even feel until the next day when I had a slight bruise that I couldn't actually see. And I've never had to kick anyone or even pull any 'real' martial arts moves. Came down to being able to stay calm because of all the practice, use my blocks and punch the other guy in the face and solar plexus a few times. Usually one *good* hit to the solar plexus will end any fight against 95% of the population.
1362  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Who is this female singer? (No picture/name..) on: December 19, 2004, 07:00:07 PM
She had red or brown hair and looked hot.

I think the only solution is for people to keep posting pictures of hot women until we find the person he is looking for!
1363  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / New Batman Begins Trailer on: December 15, 2004, 12:42:07 PM
Ok that was so awesome I almost peed my pants.
1364  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Earthsea on: December 14, 2004, 02:28:32 AM
Very underwhelming so far. Could they have found a worse actor to play Gedd's father?
1365  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Monday Monkey 12-13-2004 on: December 13, 2004, 05:21:08 PM
Confident in a small amount of makeup to protect him, President Bush spent a day in the park incognito.
1366  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sportsman of the year...Peyton Man... on: December 08, 2004, 10:31:51 PM
Quote from: "Devil"
I just know he drives you guys nuts.

Actually Devil, it is you with your constant pimping of him that drives me nuts slywink Brady is fine in my book because he seems to have his head screwed on straight, although the fact his sister is working that much while being a single mum and going to school is a little disturbing Tongue
1367  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sportsman of the year...Peyton Man... on: December 08, 2004, 03:52:27 PM
Good for Brady. He seems like a classy guy from everything I've seen. Pity some of his fans aren't as classy slywink
1368  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Earthsea on: December 06, 2004, 10:32:17 PM
Well Ursula herself had some scathing comments to make. Ouch. I guess I'll just go in pretending it has nothing to do with the books at all and go from there Tongue
1369  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The record book is Peyton's Place! on: December 06, 2004, 01:56:17 PM
Quote from: "Devil"
Noticed the 2 picks weren't in your stat line.  :wink:

Donovan McNabb - 32/43 464 YDS,  5 TDs, 0 INT vs a team with 7 wins


Carson Palmer - 29/36 382 YDS, 3 TDs, 1 INT vs Baltimore. Palmer played outside too! MVP!!!!

Because clearly the MVP award should be given out for performing well in one game slywink
1370  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best Game of All Time, Final Round! on: December 04, 2004, 09:13:02 PM
1371  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Batman Begins - Teaser Poster on: December 04, 2004, 09:11:54 PM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
Begins what?

They are taking the franchise back to the start and hopefully doing it right this time slywink I think that's what is with the "Batman Begins" part. It is also why the batmobile looks like that - it is a prototype military vehicle, hardly the streamlined thing that we can expect Batman to end up in once he has his shit together.
1372  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Chronicles of Riddick - Director's Cut = Cool! on: December 03, 2004, 04:52:26 PM
I was a bit disappointed when I watched this yesterday. Might have helped if I had seen Pitch Black before it, but still there was potential for a lot more there I thought. The one moment the film just completely lost me was when Riddick was 'read' by those freaky half-dead things with the 'glass' stuff shattering... and Dame Vaako is watching from above and she says "Who is this man?" to herself. It just felt so... off that I completely lost what immersion in the film I had.

Other than that it was a decent enough sci-fi action flick.
1373  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The record book is Peyton's Place! on: December 03, 2004, 04:33:40 PM
Manning wouldn't fit on the Pats.  You'd have to cut a bunch of other players, so the Patriots wouldn't be what they were.  It'll be interesting when Brady's contract is redone though, but right now Brady is a far better value then Manning.

Partly depends how you define value. Bang for buck right now he's better value, because Brady is underpaid. The other thing is, the Patriots don't *need* a Manning behind center.

You are watching games I'm not then, and I think I've seen them all.  The Pats receivers don't get any more wide open then Colts.  Most of the Colts highlights I've seen have guys running 3 or 4 steps ahead of their guys downfield for Mannings throws.   Both the Colts and Pats have good offensive planners and get the players open.  

Both teams get open recievers. What I am talking about is people *wide* open on important plays. Consistently with the Patriots I have seen 3rd and long in big game situations where the other team goes into some kind of a soft prevent defense that apparantly involves giving the WR a 10' cushion.

I don't understand the scheme part?

The scheme part was in reference to Devil, who for some reason seems to think people blame the scheme for Manning's interceptions? I don't know what he's talking about half the time biggrin

Manning is a good QB having a great year.  But until he wins the big game without melting down, he isn't a special player, at least to some.  Its not like he was a big winner in college, then a big playoff winner either.  I just still remember the beating the Jets gave the Colts when Manning didn't play well, and the bad decisions against NE.

Do those 'some' consider Marino to be not a 'special player'? Because let's face it - at the rate Manning is going he at the very least going to be competitive with Marino as far as stats go. He's on track to completely shatter the TDs in a season record. I think at some point you have to give the guy credit for being more than 'good'.

On another note, I have to admit I was a bit disappointed in his contract negotiations. I really expected him to cut a deal so the Colts could make some serious upgrades on the defensive side of the ball. I hope he keeps playing like God the rest of this season and they win the whole thing because after this year things are going to change a bit methinks.
1374  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The record book is Peyton's Place! on: December 02, 2004, 09:30:47 PM
Quote from: "Devil"
The thing I LOVE about the Manning argument is that the Peyton Suck-Ups get so pissed when Brady and/or winning is mentioned.

The double standards come flying. Brady throws in TDs and it was The Team/The Scheme/The Coaches/ The Weather/ etc., but when Manning does it, the only explanation is his all-world greatness. Manning throws INTs and the opposite is true.

See I don't believe I have a double standard in this regard. I freely admit that Brady is a very smart QB who makes great decisions out on the field. I think he gets more credit than is due to him in some instances because a lot of the throws he makes are to people who don't have a defender within 10 feet. It blows my mind that it happens in important games, but it does. Kudos to Brady for seeing the open man and getting him the ball, but I'm not going to fall over myself to call the guy great for it.

I just consistently see Manning put the ball in much tighter spots on a regular basis. He makes some incredible throws. He has to because the team depends on him to score a lot of points in order to win. When Manning throws ints, it is Manning's fault. Not the scheme. His. Just like any human being, he makes bad decisions now and then. And when he is constantly pushing the edge, a mistake on his part usually is a big one. That's the nature of the beast.


He played GREAT in the Denver game last year, but wasn't that the game where Harrison was laying on the ground and the Broncos decided to let him get up and walk 50 yards to the end-zone?

Same game. But that doesn't account for the other 4 touchdowns he threw that day. Or the fact the Colts didn't send their punter out on the field for two whole games of the playoffs.

This should get you going:
The reason the Colts lost the AFC Championship game last year was because of Manning. Big game. Choke.  biggrin

Yup. Big game, Manning made a few bad decisions and the Patriots defense came up big. And because the Patriots are a better team, they won. The Colts D just isn't capable of winning games without a *lot* of help from the offense, and in that game they got no help at all. End of story.

Still have to wonder why you take such delight in harping on this stuff no matter how many times people concede it.
1375  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The record book is Peyton's Place! on: December 02, 2004, 04:02:38 PM
Quote from: "Devil"
Tom Brady led the league in TD passes and he never got the MVP.

Except he also threw 14 picks and had an 85.7 passer rating. MVP indeed.

It's a team sport. Those TDs were due to his WRs making catches and his line blocking.

And this is where you lose credibility with me. Because when the Patriots recievers make catches and the O line blocks, you still give all the credit to Brady and talk about what total crap the Patriots offense is other than him. Obviously more than one person in that offense is doing something right if Brady could lead the NFL in TDs in 2002.

Or if Mr. October doesn't throw 4 picks they might have a better playoff experience. Sorry, I forgot, those were team INTs. The touchdowns, though, were all Peyton! :p

They weren't team ints. They were Manning's ints. And that's the difference between Brady and Manning. Brady can have a bad game and still win. If Manning has a bad game then they lose. Mr. October also lit up Denver the previous game when they had one of the best pass defenses in the league. Against the Pats he played a great defense and he had a bad game.
1376  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The record book is Peyton's Place! on: December 02, 2004, 03:53:25 PM
Quote from: "Scott"
so simplistic that the best thing you can do is say "TWENTY THREE PICKS WITHOUT JAMES!!!!!!" like a trained monkey?

Why do you feel the need to call other people names to get a point across?  Do you think people will take your arguments more seriously because of this?

I don't feel the need. I chose to. Because I was hoping we could have a discussion not have someone repeat the same thing with caps lock on over and over again.

The point a few of us are making is that QB play isn't all about numbers.  There are a lot of other factors involved, and the responsibilities of the players at the position are different.  Quite a few of those TD passes were against the NFC North.  Hardly something for Manning to brag about.

A. I don't see Manning bragging.

B. At the end of the day, the QB's job is the lead the offense to scoring points whilst avoiding turnovers. Given that Manning's team is both winning AND he is putting up incredible numbers, that would indicate more than a little that he is doing his job very, very well. That would put him at the very least in the running for MVP.

C. "The responsibilities of the players at the position are different". That sums it up right there. There are some QBs in the league whose job isn't so much to win the game as it is not to lose it. If they consistently get within field goal range and don't turn the ball over then it is considered a success. In Manning we are talking about a team that lives and dies by his arm. If he plays well, they win. If he doesn't, they lose. It is all on him because he is the central piece to that team. The most valuable piece.

And see? I can do it without calling someone a moron when they don't act like one slywink
1377  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Fantasy Football Question on: December 02, 2004, 12:16:45 PM
Only play the matchup game if it will get you more points. I mean Westbrook catching stuff from McNabb doesn't offset a thing if Barber gets more points for you vs Washington. Keep it to basics. If you like the matchup Westbrook has over Barber, then take him but don't do it because McNabb is the one throwing to Westbrook.

Who do you think will score more points?
1378  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Karate Chimp on: December 01, 2004, 09:51:07 PM
HOly crap that is the coolest chimp of all time.
1379  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The record book is Peyton's Place! on: December 01, 2004, 09:47:19 PM
Don't know if you noticed, but James' backup actually did a pretty solid job that year. Is your view of football really so simplistic that the best thing you can do is say "TWENTY THREE PICKS WITHOUT JAMES!!!!!!" like a trained monkey? So Manning had a bad year. The following year, with James he threw 19 picks. Big deal. He also threw more than 25 TDs both seasons.

And to date, this season he has 7 picks for 41 TDs. Seems to me he is doing his job better than any other QB in the NFL. If the Colts defense steps up and does their job, then maybe the *team* will have a better playoff experience this year.
1380  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The record book is Peyton's Place! on: December 01, 2004, 03:47:00 AM
I think there is one important thing some people are losing sight of - what a player's job is.

The job of the offense is to score points. The job of the QB is typically to 'run' the offense and guide it on its way to scoring points. The defense is then supposed to stop the other team from scoring *more* points.

Depending on how well the offense and defense do their jobs, the team wins or loses.

Now how you can call a single player on a team a 'winner' or a 'loser' based on the performance of the *other* half of his team is beyond me. Manning goes out there and puts points on the board. His offensive line gives good pass protection but is hardly dominating. Harrison is undoubtedly a great WR, but there is a reason Wayne and Stokely aren't primary recievers for other teams. Manning makes those guys better than they would otherwise be. He runs his offense with greater control than any other QB in the NFL and does it exceptionally.

When the Colts met Denver in the playoffs last year, Denver was 6th in passing yards allowed per game. They were 8th in passing touchdowns allowed per game. And Manning tore them to pieces. That he struggled against a Patriots defense that had dominated the NFL all season long doesn't make him a loser - it makes him human.

But when it comes down to it, this year Manning is getting the job done better than any other QB in the league. Whether he can carry that lame-ass defense through the playoffs remains to be seen.  He's getting paid enough he ought to be able to, but we'll see biggrin Either way, he is the best QB in the NFL right now, and if he keeps at his current pace when he retires he'll be viewed as one of the best ever, regardless of whether or not his team wins a Superbowl.
1381  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The record book is Peyton's Place! on: November 30, 2004, 02:10:26 PM
Quote from: "Scott"
It was Manning, against a pretty vanilla defense, who made the bad choices and cost the Colts the game.

Err... you just called the Patriot's defense 'pretty vanilla'? And somehow the rest of what you said is supposed to be believable after that? biggrin
1382  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The record book is Peyton's Place! on: November 30, 2004, 03:35:23 AM
Devil's just jealous Jeff because he wishes Brady were half as good slywink

There is no doubt he's a good QB but what I'm saying is that there are a few guys in the league right now who have done more with far less to work with.

I mean stuff like this is just nonsensical. The point Jeff made originally is that *nobody* has done more at the QB position than Manning this year. Nobody. Let alone 'done more with less'. I am sure you somehow now think that Stokely and Wayne are top tier recievers better than Jerry Rice because Manning is moving the ball around and scoring a ton with both of them. But when Brady does the same thing he is a genius QB who is working with absolute crap.

The simple fact is, football games are won and lost by teams. Pick any player at any position in the NFL as the best player at that position and it might be true. It doesn't mean their *team* is going to win consistently. But given the stats Manning has put up this year it is pretty hard to argue with the fact that he is at this moment the best QB in the NFL, and quite possibly having the best year by any QB, ever. We'll know in a few more weeks. But it is patently obvious that the defensive is the limiting factor for that Colts team. Manning has taken a couple of unknown WRs and turned them into studs. His offensive line is dependable and gives good pass protection but they are not overpowering (ever watched Indy on 4th and inches? They get stopped a hell of a lot). There isn't a single QB playing in the NFL right now you could put in that offense who would put up numbers even close to what Manning has done, or carry that team to as many wins.

There's a reason he is getting paid so much freaking money - because people who judge football talent for a *living* realize he is the best QB out there and they want to keep him. I don't know why you hate the guy so much Devil, but I'm sure there is a good councilor in the yellow pages who can help you slywink Do you hate Marino too?
1383  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Serenity (The Firefly Movie) delayed till Sept '05 on: November 27, 2004, 01:06:48 AM
Finally got time to finish watching the series on DVD last week. I hate FOX so much. Can't wait to see the movie though Tongue None of this has any relevance to the release date news. Thanks for readin.
1384  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / STEAM stole my money!! >:( on: November 20, 2004, 03:42:56 PM
Alice, you really don't seem to be listening to anyone here. So, I am going to draw an analogy so maybe you can understand...

Let's say you go to Wal-Mart to buy Trivial Pursuit. Wal-Mart sells you a copy where the shrink-wrap was already broken, and the box had been opened. You got home and found out that the dice and some of the cards are missing.

Do you:
1) Blame the makers of Trivial Pursuit for Wal-Mart opening the box?
2) Blame Wal-Mart for selling you a game that had been opened such that someone could steal the dice and cards.

Right now, you are blaming Valve for something over which they have absolutely NO control. That's the same as blaming Trivial Pursuit in the above example. Now ten different people have told you how to fix your problem: go and speak to the District Manager for EB. You can likely do this over the phone, so you don't even need to drive anywhere. It would take you TEN minutes.

Now, you can either fix the problem, or you can sit here and whine about it. You've already spent more time whining than it would have taken to fix it in the first place. So how about you try calling and dealing with the problem?
1385  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / My Personal Pat on: November 16, 2004, 01:11:22 AM
Quote from: "Ypmur"
Often happens to me when I'm at a counter being serviced by a clerk.

Err, they are servicing you and still can't tell? What is the going rate for clerks these days anyway? And does it vary from store to store?
1386  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / My Personal Pat on: November 15, 2004, 10:52:11 PM
There is a pat at the Publix down the road from me. Black guy/chick who wears his/her hair in this funky pull-back-do that could go either way. Wearing the gender-neutral Publix stuff and has some funky name I can't remember off the top of my head but that also doesn't give it away. Funny stuff.
1387  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [NFL] Time for the yearly Viking collapse on: November 15, 2004, 02:49:57 AM
I'd be more impressed if it was bumped from a year ago though biggrin I wonder if someone will actually track this thread down in one year and bump it again and it still be true!
1388  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Looking for Medieval Total War (Traded!) on: November 15, 2004, 02:47:23 AM
You have a pm.
1389  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The GT Pay It Foward Freebies Thread *closing end of 2005* on: November 11, 2004, 12:28:25 PM
Fafhrd, does the Gold Upgrade for Operation Flashpoint allow you to play coop online with the GOTY edition people?
1390  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [p] Ashcroft Resigns on: November 10, 2004, 02:23:17 AM
I have to say my respect for this administration will increase dramatically if they do appoint someone moderate to this position. It'll increase even more if Bush actually does reach out to the 48% of the population who hate his guts biggrin
1391  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 7/30) on: November 08, 2004, 05:27:21 PM
+1 to noun too for Raven Shield.
1392  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 7/30) on: November 08, 2004, 05:25:21 PM
+1 to Rage. Both NWN expansions all shiny with manuals.
1393  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Puff Daddy the next James Bond? on: November 06, 2004, 11:03:29 PM
Quote from: "Rage"
Fuck Christian Bale.

Is there some unrequited man-lust there we don't know about? biggrin
1394  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Puff Daddy the next James Bond? on: November 06, 2004, 10:26:38 PM
I've said it before and I'll say it again: Christian Bale

1395  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best Game of All Time Round 3 on: November 04, 2004, 02:25:09 PM
Left Side:

Rome: Total War
Rise of Nations
Planescape: Torment

Right Side:

Unreal Tournament 2004
Baldur's Gate 2
Diablo 2
Master of Orion 2
Knights of the Old Republic
1396  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Looking for the name of a movie on: November 03, 2004, 01:30:15 PM
Krull was a fantasy movie though about humans taking out the big bad ugly creature.
1397  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Wanted: Neverwinter Nights Expansion Packs on: November 02, 2004, 01:52:16 AM
Either or. PM or post below if you have one or both you are looking to unload. I have the original game already.
1398  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The GT Pay It Foward Freebies Thread *closing end of 2005* on: November 01, 2004, 02:46:17 PM
Madden 2003
Chessmaster 6000
Chessmaster 7000 [Taken by Gratch]
Mechwarrior 4: Vengeance [Taken by noun]
Total Annihilation: Kingdoms
F-22 Lightning
Age of Empires
Need For Speed III: Hot Pursuit
Operation Flashpoint [taken by wookie]

These are all CD cases guaranteed, and most will have manuals to boot. If you need to know just pm me and I'll hunt it down.
1399  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Halloween Haiku Contest!! on: November 01, 2004, 01:44:52 AM
I vote for me to make it a five-way tie for first! biggrin
1400  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [P] An Open Letter to Libertarians on: October 28, 2004, 09:40:02 PM
Quote from: "Eco-Logic"
Quote from: "aussie77"
Quote from: "Eco-Logic"
Which I'm sure you realize you started.  

Whatever though, this is silly.

Check again bucko. I did a regular smiley face. You were the one who started with the rolleyes! Nice try though you communist bastard biggrin

(For the humor impaired, this was not a serious post!)

Ah, but when I posted the first one it was 100% appropriate.  See below:

Quote from: "aussie77"
As was pointed out when you posted this over at OO Eco, all evidence suggests that John Hospers in fact had absolutely nothing to do with this letter. Which I guess shows that you really are just posting any random crap you find on the internet that supports your cause biggrin

Yea, cause I knew it wasn't actually written by John Hospers when I wrote it... :roll:

Gah. And if you check the postings again, my rolleyes in response to that was also 100% appropriate. Because, as I pointed out, when you learned it wasn't reliable information you made no effort to retract or qualify it  :roll:

I was making fun of the third rolleyes in the exchange, which you posted along with having forgotten about this thread. Now that's only appropriate if you hadn't actually forgotten about the thread and were being sarcastic. In which case you never replied to my zinger! So there! biggrin
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