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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Decent looking Sci Fi movie coming out Tuesday: Sunshine on: January 10, 2008, 07:56:12 PM
Definitely a haunting movie. Lovely and full of thought provoking themes.

A couple things really bothered me and I'm usually one to suspend disbelief first, drive trucks through gaping plotholes second but:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Two things really bothered me. 1) Why did Trey make the STUPID mistake of not correcting the shield angle and how did this slip past Icarus? Why wasn't this double-checked by anyone - like Kaneda for example, or even Cassie? I'm assuming they're both qualified navigators. 2) WTF did Icarus NOT warn the crew about an additional UNKNOWN crewmember being on board? I just had the feeling Icarus was omnipotent. Also she fought to take control of the ship during the shield repair sequence and had to be overridden. Wouldn't she have realized the error in the course alteration? I did read that Trey was hyper-conscientious and competent and that he felt he had to do the work himself and not trust the work to the computer, but that still doesn't wash with me.

I still enjoyed the movie and I look forward to checking out the commentaries by the director and science adviser.
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hitman Movie Trailer on: July 02, 2007, 02:53:24 PM
I dunno, he played a pretty good miserable son of a bitch in Deadwood  Roll Eyes
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wild rc helicopter video on: June 09, 2007, 06:25:07 AM
Hate to see how many helicopters wound up as plastic confetti so he could get to that level - amazing stuff.  eek
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Starcraft 2 Officially Announced on: May 21, 2007, 03:33:22 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on May 19, 2007, 03:05:17 PM

Personally?  I'll be buying this on Day 1 and playing it until Diablo III is released.  Then my proper loot-whoring can continue. 

You, sir, have said it!
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How Secure Are You In Your Job on: May 10, 2007, 01:10:08 AM
I'm on a contract with Ford... that should say it all. It's very scary around my cube farm. Supposedly, my team is "mission critical" and I'm a "franchise player" but I know the reality is we're a box on an org chart somewhere that could go <blip> at the whim of some high level doofus. I'm constantly exploring my options...
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What does FTL mean? on: April 17, 2007, 04:00:32 PM
In Detroit, I think it means "Fuck the Lions," but I might be wrong...
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2007 (Keep It Updated) on: April 17, 2007, 03:56:52 PM
Just finished Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill, who just happens to be Stephen King's son. Good book and a quick read. Decent characters and dialogue, and a good story.

I want to pick up The Road next, I think. I read an excerpt, and I did read Blood Meridian a few years back - great book that one.
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Silverfall Impressions on: April 01, 2007, 02:54:28 AM
I had a hell of time getting things working on my new computer. Vista didn't seem to want to play nice with it.

I found this link:  to be very helpful. I followed the procedure and VOILA, I'm able to play. Now to spend some time with the damn game actually playing, instead of configuring. I was starting to have DOS 6.2 flashbacks for a while there...
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I begin my new amp build... on: March 21, 2007, 02:45:50 PM
That'd be so cool if it were a bass amp  icon_biggrin

Just kidding - that's pretty friggin' awesome, actually. Good luck and do post some clips when you're done!
10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: No, Simba did not almost die today. But he probably wishes he had. on: March 17, 2007, 04:23:15 AM
Dunno if it's related, but the symptoms sound similar. There was a news story here - local - about a massive pet food recall. Mostly wet (cans) and pouches. A couple "major" brands were listed like Iams and Eukanuba. None of the dry foods were affected though.
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 300 - What'd ya think? [Movie] on: March 11, 2007, 04:11:08 AM
Loved it. Wife thoroughly enjoyed it - plenty of eye candy for both of us smile

Yeah, it wasn't the "deepest" movie ever, but damned if I was not entertained. It was a spectacle to see.
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Fun timewaster - sorry if it's a repeat on: March 06, 2007, 08:35:03 PM
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Is this how it will all end? on: February 28, 2007, 03:56:17 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 27, 2007, 03:47:24 PM

Quote from: jblank on February 27, 2007, 03:32:55 PM

Now if we could just kill Junebugs, Spiders, Mosquitos, Ticks, and Fleas.
and Yellowjackets.

These guys and wasps are the dickheads of the stinger set, but save the honeybees!
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I think I'm done with the fantasy genre for now on: February 26, 2007, 03:32:15 PM
Make sure you follow up with Green Mars and Blue Mars - it's a wonderful trilogy!
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The stuff of nightmares on: February 23, 2007, 04:30:30 PM
"Is this gonna be a stand up fight or just another bug hunt?"
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How many Computers/Televisions in your house? on: February 23, 2007, 04:29:01 PM
2 TVs
5 PCs
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Any good guitar trainers for the PC out there? on: February 21, 2007, 06:14:10 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on February 21, 2007, 04:57:08 PM

My brother tried out eMedia a few years ago.  I have no idea if he even installed it, but I certainly never saw him use it.

Also, I don't believe it (at the time) let you hook up your guitar to the PC.  That may have changed with current versions, which is a moot point if you are using an acoustic guitar, I guess.

AFAIK, eMedia has no way of letting you hook your guitar to the computer. I'm not sure I've heard of anything that does that. I know it's no big deal for a keyboard through a MIDI interface, but not sure about guitars. The eMedia thing's more like an instructional video.
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Any good guitar trainers for the PC out there? on: February 21, 2007, 04:12:53 PM
This is a good tool to learn the fretboard - has some very good drills on it, actually. Having knowledge of the fretboard will help you out tremendously down the road. Being able to find the notes is half the battle smile

Also the eMedia stuff was interesting - I tried out the bass version. It was actually fun and I did learn a few things.
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Super Mario World of Warcraft on: February 12, 2007, 01:48:07 AM
 thumbsup icon_smile
20  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Do you play MMOs from 1st or 3rd person perspective? on: February 05, 2007, 02:48:02 AM
It's funny. In EQ, I played only in first person, but now with WoW and DAoC, etc, it's only 3rd person.
21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fitness regimen/program? on: January 16, 2007, 06:10:49 PM

Quote from: Interloper on January 16, 2007, 06:07:05 PM

I cannot recommend the program at enough.  It isn't a temporary diet, but rather a lifestyle.  It just teaches you proper health via nutrition and diet selection, excercise, etc.  It teaches you why water is important, why some foods are worse than others, why eating certain items at certain times of the day can destroy a days worth of work, etc.  Basically, I was killing myself with my diet - and I thought I was eating right! I learned an awful lot from the book, and even more important, went from being 40 lbs overweight to being in the best shape of my life within months, and have maintained it for several years now.  Really, that book was a godsend for me and you cannot go wrong with it.  Just remember, there are no easy ways out - if you want long lasting fitness, it will take a lifestyle change and work.

Amen and amen - I can't agree more with this. I've been following the program for about 3 months now. I've shaved a ton of body fat off, dropped 40 pounds of scale weight, have GREAT cholesterol/triglyceride levels for the first time in my life. The book was well worth the fee. I have a long way to go, but I feel I've finally found a way to get my house in order, so to speak.
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's a great song by The Who? on: December 21, 2006, 05:41:12 PM
Can't Explain
My Generation
Won't Get Fooled Again
and the others already mentioned - good stuff.
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A great stop motion movie. on: December 04, 2006, 12:01:19 AM

Quote from: lildrgn on December 03, 2006, 06:21:23 AM

I see your fantastic stop motion movie (AWESOME! Love the music!) and raise you a fantastic stop motion movie featuring video games!!

2:33 FTW! smile

24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Bo Schembechler dies on: November 17, 2006, 05:49:29 PM

RIP, Bo  :icon_sad: icon_cry
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Neverwinter Nights 2 Impressions on: November 01, 2006, 04:24:07 PM
I ordered it, based on a couple of my WOW guildies with older systems saying it played fine on their boxes. I meet the suggested reqs in all but video card (it's a mobile Radeon 9700 w/ 256 MB of RAM), so I'm hoping it will at least be "playable" on my machine (playable to me - enough eye candy on so it doesn't look like crap and a decent frame rate).
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Amazing RC Flyer - INDOORS! on: October 09, 2006, 02:18:27 PM
I was so proud of myself when I learned to simply take off and land.

Unreal and so cool!
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anybody up for a DIY VR Plane project? on: September 29, 2006, 04:46:51 PM
That was amazing - guy's a good RC pilot too - stuff he was doing in the video seemed a tad "risky" to me smile When I learned to fly, I was taught by a guy who was actually a pilot and he told me he felt flying RC was harder because you can't "feel" what the plane is doing. Man, how cool to have a setup like that... /drool
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Interesting Titan Quest Mod - the TQ Vault on: July 31, 2006, 07:22:30 PM

I haven't had a chance to try this out yet, but it sounds great. Basically, it provides a way to transfer items between characters and to store things in a shared vault. Can't wait to give it a go. The Titan Quest community is cheering this one.
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Are you the destroyer of threads? on: July 21, 2006, 03:21:19 PM
Put a fork in it...
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lamenting on the past - Favorite RPG of all time on: July 17, 2006, 03:48:32 AM
Allowed or not, I have to say BG II - never had a game suck me in the way it did. I got BG 1 the day it was released. Loaded it and tried my best to get into it. I had to start it and walk away from it 3 times before I finally got hooked. Then I immediately started BG II and played it obsessively.
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / IGN Titan Quest review on: July 07, 2006, 02:35:38 PM
Thanks! Makes sense to me now.
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / IGN Titan Quest review on: July 07, 2006, 01:51:22 PM
Quote from: "unbreakable"

I'm doing Warfare/Defense.  Actually, I wanted to have a dual weild guy, but for some reason my DPS tanks when I equip a second weapon.  I'm starting to have my doubts over whether dual weild is a viable build...

I started a battlemage yesterday (earth/warfare). I saw this too! Why would my dps and attack speed drop if I equip an offhand weapon? I don't get it. Anyone have an insight into this?
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / IGN Titan Quest review on: June 29, 2006, 04:33:29 AM
Got it and loaded it without out issue. Played for hours tonight (thanks to Blizzard's FUBAR patch on WoW) and it was a BLAST! Game's a lot of fun and for me it worked fine without nary a hitch.

My only gripe is that my otherwise powerful system is gimped now because I have no upgrade path for a better video card (I've got a gaming notebook). At the game's defaults, it ran pretty well and it is a lot of fun so far. Really scratches that old Diablo itch (in someways better than D2 did - don't crucify me for saying that <G>).
34  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / DDO admits defeat - introduces 'solo mode' on: June 29, 2006, 04:30:34 AM
I love the group aspects, but there were times when I a) couldn't find a decent group or b) commit to the time required. Not being able to solo effectively killed DDO for me. I might have to give it another shot now.
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / IGN Titan Quest review on: June 27, 2006, 02:02:57 PM
They almost fault it for being a Diablo clone - I revel in it smile

So funny... When Diablo first came out, I was a flight sim/Doom kinda guy. I had a gift certificate to CompUSA and I kept picking Diablo up and putting it back down. Finally, just pulled the trigger (I know... I know...), installed and gaming changed for me that day. Diablo was just amazing. I couldn't understand why I waited/hesitated. It was the perfect gateway drug for Everquest and WoW...
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / IGN Titan Quest review on: June 24, 2006, 10:26:04 PM
Thanks for posting that, Siege - buyer's remorse greatly diminished and looking forward to the game again!
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / IGN Titan Quest review on: June 24, 2006, 05:42:23 PM
I pre-ordered immediately after my first session with the demo. I thought: "Look at all those class possibilities! Look at the replay." I guess I took some stuff for granted (e.g. monster/loot randomization). Dang...
38  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Clowns - Funny, Scary, or Indifferent? on: May 23, 2006, 06:43:38 PM
It's the strangest damn thing...

I managed a haunted house for a couple of years for a friend. I took care of making sure all the actors were doing their thing. I'm 6'4" and have been told I can be physically imposing. I had the makeup artist really do a number on me so I was scarred up and freaked out looking - to top it off, I put white contact lenses in (doctor's prescription only!), and I was scary - my trick was to be in the place on the other side of where people thought the scare was, and to startle 'em, give 'em a quick look, and fade away.

I thought I did a good job scaring people until I heard the howls of terror coming from OUTSIDE the damn house.

We had a guy dressed in a clown outfit - big honkin' red nose, big Bozo hair, whiteface, all that good stuff. He told me he could scare the crap out of people more if I let him walk around outside and mingle. On a slow night, I let him do his thing. It was CHAOS!

People crying, wetting their pants, running away like all the devils of hell, etc etc - I do not exagerate here.

For the next year, I set up a room that a couple of clowns working tandem as the final scene on the way out the door - people were laughing and goofing a lot until they got to the end and the crying and screaming started.

It's got to have some deep-seated psychological roots. I'm not scared of clowns per se, but they're creepy to me. Interesting subject.
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Favorite music videos? on: May 18, 2006, 05:12:08 PM
The one that transfixed me was Johnny Cash's version of Hurt (the Nine Inch Nails song). Powerful stuff.
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Replaying Baldur's Gate on: April 26, 2006, 05:02:58 PM
Oh, man - thank you! I've been thinking about playing some of the older D&D games - how cool would it be to play BG1 as a monk! smile It took me a couple of tries before BG "took" but once it did, I couldn't wait to play it, and then BG II was just amazing to me. Good excuse to go back to 'em again.
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