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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sims 2: Nightlife and Sims 2: Open For Business on: September 14, 2005, 08:18:25 PM
I'll probably pick it up, but I'll wait a few months for the modders to fix the inevitable bugs and annoyances that Maxis won't address.
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What happened in the year that equals your post count? on: September 09, 2005, 02:56:44 PM
In the year 67,

* Linus succeeds Saint Peter as pope.
* Vindex revolts, first in a series of revolts that lead to Nero's downfall.

My first thought at reading that was : Linus + Vindex = Linux!  So that was apparently the year that Linux was created.
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Prison break? on: August 30, 2005, 11:32:36 PM
I watched both episodes and I can't see watching any more.  It was OK but pretty much requires you to check your brain at the door.  For example, he's claiming to be diabetic so he can make regular visits to the infirmary.  However since he's not diabetic, the insulin is making him sick and the doctor is getting suspicious.  So he gets his hands on some pills to block the insulin, takes one *on the way* to the infirmary, and that's enough time to send his blood sugar reading way up.  Um, yeah.  But what really got me was the bolt subplot that episode 2 revolved around.  I don't want to spoil it, but when we see why the bolt was so important, I immediately came up with about a zillion reasons that wouldn't have worked.  They might as well just have him sprout wings and fly out of the prison since that would make as much sense as some of the stuff he's doing.
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What are your plans for the weekend? on: August 23, 2005, 04:52:53 AM
I was out of town visiting my sister this weekend.  Saturday we went to the Festival of Sail in San Diego, Sunday we went sailing, and today we went to the Wild Animal Park.
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Multiplayer Turn Based Zombie Game on: August 11, 2005, 02:13:39 PM
Quote from: "Starshifter"
Look me up Cyjon - we can watch each others back!

I've left the area, trying to get to East Boundwood where all the OOers are. I'm currently in East Becktown. It's slow going because I just can't resist using APs to snag DNA as I go rather than just sprinting along. It'll probably be another couple of days until I get there.
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Multiplayer Turn Based Zombie Game on: August 08, 2005, 03:31:03 PM
I signed on as Cyjon, a NecroTech scientist in Foulkes Village.  I also messed around as a zombie, but there's a lot less to do.  You can't open doors or use objects so I wandered around until I found someone on the streets and chewed on him until I ran out of AP.
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's so interesting about "MUSIC"? on: July 29, 2005, 05:45:19 AM
Quote from: "Destructor"
It's funny - for the longest time, I was one of those people who hated rock/rap. Just wasn't my thing. Now, thanks to my pharmacist at work, I love rock as long as it doesn't get too involved with the pointless yelling and screaming. 'Classic' rock, if you would.

It's funny - for the longest time, me too. I pigeonholed all rock music as people screaming tunelessly. Meanwhile I listened to muzak. Not even "easy listening", but that syrupy instrumental crap you hear in elevators. Hey, I'm not proud of it, I'm just being honest slywink. I switched the radio between this muzak station and a classical station. Well, right by the muzak station was a light rock station and once I accidentally tuned in to it. After listening to a number of songs, they gave the station ID. "What?" I thought. "That's a rock station. Eww.  Um, but I've enjoyed the music.  Hmm.  Maybe this rock and/or roll stuff isn't so bad." Since then I opened myself to a wide variety of music.

Now my playlist includes a wide variety of music styles, even bands such as Metallica, Nirvana, and Linkin Park.  And I'll never listen to that muzak crap again.

As for the original poster, I remember reading a long time ago that people enjoy music because it triggers endorphins. Of course, they say that about anything anymore.
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Are you happy? on: July 28, 2005, 05:43:46 AM
I've actually been thinking about this very question a lot lately.  Basically, I'm kinda happy, though I could be better.  Part of it is that as I get older I get more philosophical about stuff and things don't get me down as much.  Some examples:

JOB: Self employed which gives me the benefit of great flexibility (absolutely critical because of the next section) and doing work I enjoy, but has the problem of erratic income and no benefits. I'm currently between clients so will be running up the credit cards for a bit. But money trickles in and I keep finding little opportunities so I'm not doing so bad.  Certainly better than going back to an 8-5 wage slave job that I hate just so I can pay the bills.

FAMILY: My mother died last year and we were very close. However she was quite sick (among other things they discovered bone cancer a couple days before she died) so it was really just as well she didn't linger. I moved to Phoenix last year to help my sister take care of her new baby who has a whole slew of medical problems, thus the reason job flexibility is critical.  The baby, depending on who you listen to, is either severely brain-damaged, completely blind and deaf, and doomed to a life of struggle and misery...or she's got some moderate sensory and developmental problems that will clear up over the next few years as her brain fixes itself (a wonderful trick babies can do that we old folks can't) and by the time she hits kindergarten she will be just like other kids.  Needless to say, we lean toward the latter position and her recent development supports this.  I'd rather nurse false hope than false despair.

RELATIONSHIPS: It's been over 13 years since I last had a date.  It bothered me for the first few years, but really doesn't now.  I like being by myself and not answering to anyone. I stopped chasing women years ago and it certainly gives me more time for important things like gaming smile

I'm certainly more the half-empty type than the half-full type, but that doesn't mean I have to be miserable.  I'd rather have a glass that's half empty than one that's completely empty.  I've reached a point where I feel like life is just a ride that I can't control, and once I realized that, most of my stress went away.  It sounds like a depressing philosophy, but it's really been quite liberating.
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I am HOT! on: July 12, 2005, 03:35:50 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Sweet!   Here are some stats for where I live:

Personal crime risk (100 is national average; lower is better)    170    
Property crime risk (100 is national average; lower is better)    229    
And its 108 degrees today.   Why do I live here again?

You need to move to the 'burbs.

Personal crime risk (100 is national average; lower is better)    57    
Property crime risk (100 is national average; lower is better)    102
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / How many PC games do you have installed? on: July 12, 2005, 03:28:28 PM
Having a bigger hard drive is kind of like moving to a bigger apartment. You don't actually have more room, you just collect more crap.  My currently installed games:

Anarchy Online
City of Heroes
Divine Divinity
Evil Genius
Fallout 2
Ghost Recon
Hearts of Iron
Hearts of Iron 2
Neverwinter Nights
Railroad Tycoon 3
Riddick EFBB
Sid Meier's Pirates!
Silent Storm
Splinter Cell 3 Demo
SWAT 4 Single Player Demo
The Sims 2 (plus University)
Thief 2
Tropico 2
UT 2004

I keep meaning to uninstall the ones I'm not playing (you know, like 80% of them) but I never get around to it. A perfect example is Republic. I installed that February 2004, played for about an hour, got bored, have never touched it since. I think it's safe to assume that I'm not going to get back to it, so I should take the thirty seconds to uninstall.
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Phantom of the Opera on: June 26, 2005, 02:28:11 PM
My sister and I went to the show yesterday, and it was great.  The technical effects were stunning.  This theater was rennovated a few years ago specifically because of the technical demands of their first performance of Phantom.  My sister loved the costumes; I didn't notice them much except for the Masquerade outfits, which were spectacular.

The only weak spot IMHO was the guy playing the phantom.  We both felt his voice was mediocre.  His performance in the first act was fine, but in the second he went over the top, playing the phantom like some strutting comic book supervillain.  I'm curious whether you and your wife liked him, KD.

Great show overall though.
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Phantom of the Opera on: June 21, 2005, 05:56:38 PM
I'm going to this show on Saturday with my sister and I believe they are also orchestra seats.  Should be fun.

My sister bought these tickets months ago and they were not cheap. So her Greek fiance, after a many-month battle with immigration <insert rant about US immigration policies> is finally close to getting his visa and for a while it looked like he was going to come in, of course, on Saturday. Now they haven't seen each other in over a year.  Plus he's never met his year-old baby daughter (who has had a bunch of medical problems since before birth), so meeting him at the airport was pretty important.  She was really torn between either throwing away this expensive ticket or sending friends (along with the baby) to pick him up.  However, "luckily" there have been still more bureaucratic delays, so no problem.  And I'm sure he'll be here by the time his daughter graduates high school  :roll:
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Wow! Not liking Babylon 5 so far... on: June 01, 2005, 11:31:52 PM
Yeah, season 1 is pretty awful.  I only kept watching because the glimpses we got of the overall story arc kept me intrigued.  Much, much better in season 2.
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need some anime recommendations on: May 26, 2005, 01:33:29 AM
Quote from: "warning"
Boogiepop Phantom - weird.  I only saw an episode but had no idea what was going on.

Isn't that pretty much the definition of anime smile

I liked Boogiepop but, like a lot of anime, you need to watch the whole series to get the story, then watch it again once you actually know what's going on.

Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex - saw one episode and it was okay.  Not great.  Didn't really grab me.

The episodes are uneven. There are "standalone" episodes which are, well, standalone. Then there are "complex" episodes which are the overall story arc. Now that I've seen the whole thing, I enjoyed it and am watching it again.

I'd also recommend Betterman.  In particular, the first few episode have some very creepy, atmospheric moments.

There was another one I was going to recommend but my mind just went blank.  It's hell to get old...
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Where did your online name come from? on: May 24, 2005, 05:41:04 AM
Crayola Smoker's story is my favorite so far smile

As for me, many years ago I was creating a character for the game Autoduel. I envisioned a guy who was so good with his vehicle it was like they were a blend of man and machine, and people called him "Cyborg". With such an unusual first name, I needed a plain last name. Cyborg Smith? Nah.  Cyborg Jones?  Yeah, that's it.

That name stuck with me for some reason and I used it in a lot of games and in the early days of internet/BBS stuff.  However it was too long, two words, and inappropriate in a lot of settings such as fantasy RPG. So I eventually shortened it to Cyjon. Considering it's origin, I suppose it should be pronounced "sigh-joan" but I say "sigh-john".

As I mentioned on OO recently, I found out years later that Cyjon is actually a surname among Polish Jews (a variation on the word Zion). I occasionally get hits on my site from Polish IP addresses searching "Cyjon" and I even recently got an email from a guy named Cyjon wondering if we were related.
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Where do you live - and what's so special about it? on: May 23, 2005, 05:08:22 AM
Phoenix, AZ.

I moved here because this is where my baby niece lives, which makes it the best place on earth  Cool

I like the warm winters, and don't mind the blistering summers (we're in the middle of a record breaking 110+ heat wave right now).  I like the lack of that daylight savings time nonsense.  I came here from Albuquerque and, even though Phoenix is something like 6 time bigger, it doesn't feel bigger. Traffic sure flows better here than Albuquerque.  If I gave a damn about sports I'd be happy, because apparently we have a bunch of teams here.
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sprinkler System Anyone have one? on: May 19, 2005, 03:29:41 PM
I have one, but I can't help you.  We Phoenicians don't turn off our sprinklers in what passes for winter out here smile
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Top 5 games you'd like to see re-made? on: May 19, 2005, 03:27:08 PM
Master of Magic and Outlaws are the top of my remake list.
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Crossroads of life on: May 09, 2005, 05:29:03 AM
If you like chemistry and math you might consider chemical engineering.  Lots of chemistry, lots of math, and lots of other stuff (thermodynamics, fluid flow, etc).  And an engineering degree will likely have better job prospects (and salary) than a science degree.
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Time Traveler Convention on: May 04, 2005, 03:01:01 PM
21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hybrid Cars? on: April 12, 2005, 03:50:47 AM
On hybrids in the carpool lane, the answer is both yes and no.  There was an article in the Phoenix paper about a month ago.  IIRC several years ago Arizona voters said yes to allowing hybrids in the carpool lane.  The problem is, federal law says no.  The feds say that hybrids still use gasoline so don't count as alternate fuel. Arizona figured that if they pushed it, the feds would withhold highway funds since technically they'd be breaking the law.  So they dropped it.

However, some state out east (Vermont?) was in the same situation and decided to go ahead. They are fighting with the feds, but meanwhile sales of hybrids have shot through the roof and there are so many on the road that people are complaining about congestion in the carpool lanes.

I think the feds will probably change their mind and start allowing hybrids since the public opinion seems to be going that way.  However, for the near future, hybrids get to crawl along with the rest of the commoners.
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / So who here runs their own website? on: March 25, 2005, 02:34:47 AM
My personal site is at At the moment it's a repository for the music videos I've made, all using footage from the old CGI series ReBoot. Once I get bored with that, it'll probably become something else. It's also got a subsection on the cutest baby ever.
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Does Silent Storm use Starforce???? on: February 19, 2005, 01:37:55 AM
No it doesn't.  I believe Silent Storm was released well before Starforce came along.
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / TiVo Revolution! Are you with us? on: February 14, 2005, 06:14:09 PM
Quote from: "HankRaptor"
You have to have it in your house a month before you truly understand how revolutionary it is.

When I win the lottery, my plan is to set up a charitable foundation which will buy give everyone TiVO...for one month.  That's the key -- give 'em the first taste for free and get 'em addicted  :twisted:
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 14, 2005, 04:50:14 PM
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Greatest American Hero on DVD on: February 14, 2005, 04:10:13 PM
Yeah, kind of a one-joke show, and that joke was tired by the end of the pilot.  I watched it for Robert Culp.  Well, and to look at Connie Sellecca.
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / TiVo Revolution! Are you with us? on: February 14, 2005, 04:05:47 PM
DirecTiVo, upgraded to 147 hours of capacity.  Bigger TiVo is like having a bigger house -- more room for all your crap.  I've got movies recorded 3 years ago that I'm really going to watch some day.  I've got the entire series "I, Claudius" and "The Prisoner" that I'm really going to watch some day.  I live in fear one of the hard drives is going to fail and I'm going to lose it all smile
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Survey] What do you do for a living? on: February 11, 2005, 01:49:06 AM
Quote from: "PaulBot"
I'm a hit man for a company that must remain nameless.

Now that you've blown your cover, you will be liquidated for security reasons.  Have a nice day  Cool
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 07, 2005, 04:52:05 AM

That's Braille for "Why are you touching my breasts?"
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 03, 2005, 08:22:59 PM
The page is in Russian, but according to Babelfish " were formed in Geneva on the shore of lake Leman in the consequence of the cold wind, whose speed exceeded 100 km/h."  Yikes.

31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Survey] What do you do for a living? on: February 03, 2005, 08:14:16 PM
I'm a programmer, most often in a language called LabVIEW.  I work from home by contract which is both good (set my own hours) and bad (no benefits).  One nice thing about this job is the variety.  I've written software to operate spectrometers used by semiconductor manufucturers.  I'm currently working on applications for a national laboratory to analyze radioactive tracers used in groundwater tests.  And soon I'll start a project to provide control software for a furniture company's new manufacturing center.
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 29, 2005, 09:04:19 PM
A followup to the catapult one

33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Don't Drink the Water in Mexico...I mean Phoenix on: January 25, 2005, 07:51:23 PM
Did you watch the press conference this afternoon?  I watched about ten minutes before getting sick of the usual reporter antics: asking stupid questions, asking questions that have already been answered fifty times, and so on.  To me it seems that the city is simply being extra cautious and that there is a negligible chance of a problem.  The press is blowing it out of proportion.  For example, all the news reports say "three of the five purification plants are offline *gasp*" without bothering to note that two of them were already offline because the canal is undergoing maintenance so has no water in it.  I think the city is more concerned with people cutting use to reduce the load on the purification plants.

Of course, I actually live in Peoria and we apparently aren't affected by all this :p
34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Major Blizzard Bearing Down on Northeast! on: January 22, 2005, 08:12:03 PM
Quote from: "Andrew Mallon"
I live in Tucson and they're predicting high temperatures in the low to mid 70s today  Cool

*waves from Phoenix*

I'll take 110 degree July days over 24" of snow any time.
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Where's the love for Hearts of Iron 2? on: January 21, 2005, 06:12:15 PM
I posted my impressions of the demo but there didn't seem to be much interest here.  As mentioned, the OO forums seem to have more HoI 2 players.

I consider this easily the best Paradox game ever.  Although Paradox has a shaky track record with bugginess, they at least seem interested in learning from their mistakes.  This has got the be the most stable product they've produced.  They implemented a lot of features and fixes fans wanted to see.  They strongly support the mod community (even to the point of including the CORE mod in HoI Platinum).

I love the new research system, naval battles, "movement is combat", and on and on.  I love that I can form my own alliances.  In my first game, the US was head of its own alliance of Central and South American countries which was more powerful than any of the other alliances.  Ooh, and I love the "sunk ships" list.  And the government sliders.  And on and on and one.

I do have a few little niggles.  Although the air mission system is overall much better than HoI 1, it does get frustrating to lose a battle because your stupid tac bombers decided to help the battle next door where you have a 10:1 advantage.  I also wish I could change the default org limit on missions -- 20% is WAY too low.  The automated convoy system frequently lags needs by several days, particularly oil.  In the above mentioned game, the Philippines (my puppet) got attacked by Japan and joined the Allies rather than my alliance (which would have made more sense since I was at war with the Japanese also).

The biggest problem I had was allies keeping my units in supply.  As the US, I had a bunch of units on Sardinia preparing for an invasion of Italy.  The UK kept them in supply for a while, then stopped.  I didn't notice, and they all dropped to org 0.  I picked them up, figuring I had to ship them back to the US, but then I noticed by transport (rebased to Sardina) was in supply.  I unloaded them, and they were in supply...for a while.  Then they stopped again.  I finally launched a desperate attack on Sicily just to capture my own territory.  Note that during this time I was trading HUGE amounts of supplies and oil to the UK for free, so they certainly had the stockpiles.  And the German and Italian navies were destroyed, so there was no interference with the convoys.  Very frustrating.

OK, actually the BIGGEST problem was that I got to July 2, 1942 and the game crashed.  I had a save at July 1, and it still crashes every time it turns to midnight, or even if I try and save again during the day.  I haven't gotten around to sending the save to Paradox to see if they can reproduce it.

I've quit playing for now, not because of the crash but just because things are too stressful and this game is fun but requires too much attention for right now.  I'm playing Pirates which is more the type of beer-and-pretzels game I need right now.  When things settle down, I'll go back again.
36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 20, 2005, 06:59:22 AM
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 19, 2005, 03:18:01 PM

38  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / SE 5th Elelment DVD on: January 10, 2005, 05:11:37 PM
Quote from: "ElijahPrice"
Chris Tucker does get under my skin a little bit...

Actually, this is the ONLY Chris Tucker movie that I can stand. He's just so massively over the top that he's funny rather than annoying. And Bruce Willis's reactions to how annoying he is makes it even funnier.
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 09, 2005, 03:07:33 PM

Ah, nostalgia.  "This new software is available on cassette tape and will run on the standard 3.5k memory in your VIC 20 home computer".  Cutting edge stuff!
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 08, 2005, 03:08:48 AM
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