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2481  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Any Country Music fans? on: December 08, 2004, 04:37:10 PM
I don't really like Country Music either, but my finance loves it.  I've seen Keith Urban with her twice now and he is pretty good.  He is a really good guitar player and listening to him isn't unbearable.
2482  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / First night of WoW. Awesome on: December 08, 2004, 04:26:23 PM
Quote from: "Lockdown"
Oh my friend...  you ain't seen nothin' yet !


What date is the wedding again?


April 2nd!  smile  I better get some good gaming in before then eh?
2483  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW- Server and Player lists READ FIRST POST on: December 08, 2004, 03:38:52 PM
leo8877, Pacific, Bronzebeard, Horde, Skelleth, Rogue, Undead, Never's End, Herbalism/Alchemy

Eco, Whisperwind, Alliance Night Elf,  Hunter
2484  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / First night of WoW. Awesome on: December 08, 2004, 02:40:38 PM
So this is what happened last night. I created my account, spent 20 minutes creating my Night Elf Hunter named Eco then joined the world. I had every intention joining Almost Heroes last night. I wanted to at least do one question before doing that though so I had an idea what to expect. I did the tutorial quest of kill x boars and x baby night sabres and 3 hours later I was a level 5 Hunter who had forgotten you're to send Rage a tell and lost track of time completely. So I went to sleep.

I had a great time last night though. At first I wasn't totally sure, but once I figured things out things really kicked into gear. I accepted a quest to go near the entrance of the cave north of the starting location (for night elves) and there were level 4 spiders everywhere. Luckily I found a level 5 warrior there who wanted to go into the cave and told me he would help me get to the quest person outside the cave if I would go into the cave with him. We decided to go into the cave first. It was infested with spiders. Pretty tough on my weak little level 2 butt, but we made it through. Later that night I had a quest to go in there myself and steal and egg. At that time I think I was around level 3 so it would be close. I thought what the heck, I'll try it before bed and if I die I die. When I went in there were 2 others going in so I didn't really get attacked much. As soon as I started to steal and egg though, the mammoth spider came after me. I fell down a hole and was cornered by 4 spiders and my health was as low as it had ever been. Some how I managed to run away from them all, regroup and go get my egg.

Anyway, I look forward to playing with you guys. I should get to work now!
2485  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Help a Devil at work... on: December 07, 2004, 10:00:52 PM
I think I'm in worse shape than Devil.  I have a brand new copy of WoW installed on my computer at home, waiting to be played by me yet I have to wait another hour to get home. :twisted:
2486  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 Level Help Thread on: December 07, 2004, 07:21:19 PM
Quote from: "godhugh"
There's a door there which has a beam keeping it from opening. Go into the room that's to the side so you can see the beam. Use the grav gun to move the beam out of the way and you can go on.

Took me a while to figure that part out as well.

Thanks a lot man!  I'll do it when I get home.
2487  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / High Rise Fire in Chicago [5 Alarm] on: December 07, 2004, 03:51:38 PM
Yea, the video was wild.

That building didn't have a sprinkler system on the upper floors yet.  That's crazy, I thought every large building these days had a sprinkler system.
2488  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW Lingo: Help! on: December 07, 2004, 03:50:14 PM
What about instance?

It seems it's where items/mobs/other things spawn from time to time, correct?
2489  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW Lingo: Help! on: December 07, 2004, 03:32:06 PM
Awesome.  Thanks for the info guys!  

If there is anything else I need to know let me hear it!
2490  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / ESPN College Hoops 2k5 - Impressions on: December 07, 2004, 03:30:53 PM
I'm playing legacy with the Chattanooga Mocs and having a blast.  I don't like all the recruiting though, I wish I could set that to auto.  Is that possible?  

My record is 1 - 2 got beat by the Vols.

The Mocs actually beat the Vols this year though!
2491  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW Lingo: Help! on: December 07, 2004, 03:17:12 PM
Quote from: "RickinMich"
Jp.. I played every race and every class in the beta.  Took all characters to at least 10th lvl to get a feel for them.

My favorite char by far, based on it's sheer versatility, is the Shaman.  I got an orc shaman up to 31st in beta and now to 22nd in retail.  The shaman has excellent ranged nukes, a couple of DoT's, can heal (other chars and your own) and buff (tho buffs are thru the use of totems, which are cool in and of themselves).  Finally, he's more than an above average melee char.  Also, at 20th lvl, you get Ghost Wolf, which is like a shape change that gives you a 40% speed increase.  There's nothing cooler than a group of 4 or 5 shamans running in wolf form.  smile  When you're ready for a change from Fearme... try either an orc or tauren shaman and enjoy.   Rick

See, this is where I get overwelmed.  There are so many things I don't understand in mmorpgs, yet I'm picking up WoW on my lunchbreak today.

What does AGGRO mean?  I understand it has to do with drawing the attention of a mob to you, but what does it stand for.

What are buffs?  DoT's?

I'm planning on playing either a Shaman or a Rogue and I understand I'll need to use macros when playing a rogue.  Are they easy to setup?  

What other words do I need to know?  

The extent of my RPG experience is broken down below:

Secret of Mana (favorite)
Chrono Trigger
Shadow Run
Baulders Gate
Knights of the Old Repulic

SWG (belch)

Thanks in advance!
  What are ranged nukes?
2492  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Which games will you pack away with your system? on: December 07, 2004, 03:07:28 PM
Xbox Games I will keep:

PoP:  Sands of Time
Beyond Good & Evil
Burnout 3
ESPN Football
ESPN College Hoops
2493  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / High Rise Fire in Chicago [5 Alarm] on: December 07, 2004, 01:42:07 PM
Quote from: "unbreakable"
Oh shit, I think two of my friends work in that building.

Did you find out for sure if they work in there or not?  Are they ok?
2494  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 Level Help Thread on: December 07, 2004, 10:57:27 AM
I'm now stuck on Anticitizen One.




I'm at the point where you enter this area with some stairs, some of which are blow away to make them unpassable.  There are a few combines above and below you.  The only way I've been able to move is to the bottom, there are some pipes you can jump out on which bring you to a ladder, which you can climb up and get a few supply crates, then you can climb back up the ladder, but not as far as you were when you first came into the room.  I don't know where to go.  The doors appear to be locked and the stairs are blow out where you need to go up.  Help!
2495  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Anyone tried Knight On-Line? It's free at first... on: December 07, 2004, 04:42:30 AM
Someone try it and tell us what its like.
2496  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / High Rise Fire in Chicago [5 Alarm] on: December 07, 2004, 04:24:22 AM
You can watch live video here:

God be with the firefighters.
2497  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The games you've been playing on: December 06, 2004, 02:21:39 PM
HL2:  DM


ESPN College Hoops 2K5
Pro Evolution Soccer 4
2498  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Naked WoW Avatars? on: December 06, 2004, 02:18:49 PM
Quote from: "warning"
All I know is my Night Elf lady looks pretty hot in her skivvies.


Pictures I say!  (jk)
2499  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / No Apprentice love? - 12/02/04 on: December 03, 2004, 08:11:42 PM
Good episode.

Also glad Ivana is gone.  That was quite a stunt.  A $20 candy bar...

I think Kelly is going to win.
2500  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Job Interview Today: update [GOT THE JOB] - QUICK! New Dev. on: December 03, 2004, 03:30:30 PM
Quote from: "ericb"
Can you give an overview of what you do and what might be involved in starting in a job like you have?  Personally I'm getting a little burned out in IT, have no job prospects (even with three degrees) and wouldn't mind being in a job market that is actually growing and paying well.

Sure thing eric.

What I do currently is a lot different than what I would be doing if I get the job.  Currently I do investment research and trades for a Senior Financial Advisor.  I make 100% of the recommendations and trades for her clients (over 450).  I develop unique portfolios based on the clients risk tolerance and comprehensive financial plan (if they have one).  I run hypothetical illustrations for each portfolio I develop and create an illustration/presentation presenting the recommendations to the client.  On large cases, I may sit in with the advisor during the appointment to go over the portfolio myself.   I also take care of all the technical things for our team, a role I kinda got stuck in.  

If I’m offered the new job I’ll be an AIMR & GIPS (Global Investment Performance Standards) Verifier.  Investment Management companies report the Returns of their products and until recently it didn’t really matter if the returns were verified by a 3rd party.  Well after all the investment scandals and issues the entire industry has changed and most Investment Management firms have already started seeking 3rd party verification.  It isn’t a requirement right now, however, by 2010 every Investment Management firm (approximately 1,500 in the nation) will have to be verified.  Once the relationship is developed and the contract is signed (annual), your job as a verifier is to ensure that the firm is compliant.  Investment Management firms must have their portfolios put into a composite.  For example, all of their Large Cap Value Portfolios lumped into one composite to generate a Large Cap Value performance number.  Initially you would interview the company and show them a sample of a compliant performance report for one composite.  They would review the sample and tell explain to you how close they are to being compliant.  Then you would tell them how to use their current system to develop a compliant performance report.  After they have implemented the new system, you would travel to their business and review what they have done and make sure their composites were developed correct (ensuring they didn’t cherry pick their best LC Value stocks for example).  You would review the trade tickets and stocks that they bought and interview the managers.  Then give your stamp of approval verifying that the performance numbers are 100% compliant.  The industry for verifiers is booming because their aren’t many companies that do it and the need is being realized more and more by the I Mgt companies and that will only increase between now and 2010.  The fees charged to verify are enormous.  I was blown away.  

To get into the Financial Services industry, like I’m doing right now, you’ll just need to obtain a Series 7, Series 66 (or 63 depending on the firm) and a Life/Health Insurance license.  To obtain those you will have to be sponsored by a firm.  Anyone can become a financial advisor regardless of what their degree is in.  Finding a non-selling job like I’m doing now is a little different.  I would just ask around the planning firms in your city if they need any licensed help.  

To become a verifier one needs a background in Finance or Accounting and needs to be willing to go for the CFA as I said above.  AIMR, the company that administers the CFA is developing a new exam specifically for verifiers that will likely become mandatory.  It will not be 3 levels like the CFA though and shouldn’t be as overwhelming.  Let me know if you have any other questions.
2501  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Job Interview Today: update [GOT THE JOB] - QUICK! New Dev. on: December 03, 2004, 05:33:49 AM
Thanks for the advice Spiff.

The interview went really well.  The President is going to look at the schedule of one of the other employees over the pas year and figure up how often they had to travel and give me a concrete example of the frequency to expect.  If after reviewing it, I'm comfortable with it, we will "proceed", if I'm not he thanked me for "giving it a thought".  

So, I should receive that information from him this weekend and will probably make a decision by early next week.

Job sounds super sweet though, and the industry is booming (AIMR Compliance Verification).  

I'll update you all next week.
2502  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2 Deathmatch just released via steam on: December 02, 2004, 10:10:45 PM
Quote from: "DonD"
I tried a mostly empty server (me plus 2 others), and still had ridiculous amounts of lag.

The gravity gun was interesting for about a minute, then I got tired of it.

The 'real' weapons also seem very underpowered, even against foes with zero armor.

All-in-all, not too impressed.

- Don

I can't imagine how they seem underpowered.  I seriously haven't had much lag at all either.  Strange.
2503  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Book/Movie Recommendations on: December 02, 2004, 08:21:28 PM
Andromeda Strain by Michael Critchin [sp].  

I enjoyed it quiet a bit.
2504  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I got a job! on: December 02, 2004, 08:20:04 PM
Congrats man!
2505  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Lycos Vs. The Spammers on: December 02, 2004, 08:19:38 PM
And manhacks.  We need manhacks to go after the spammers and those who use spyware.
2506  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW Sales... it's official on: December 02, 2004, 07:12:48 PM
I wasn't impressed with Ghost at this year's E3 at all.

WoW on the other hand, I haven't bought yet, but plan to soon!
2507  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Cheap Laptops? on: December 02, 2004, 05:34:53 PM
IBM is the best laptop you can buy imho.

Anyway, I also have a laptop for sale Poomba.

An IBM Thinkpad T22.

P3 900Mhz
512 RAM
40 Gig HD
Windows XP Professional
Wireless NIC

It's in really good shape.  I can post pictures if you want.

I'm asking $530 for it, shipped.  Let me know if you're interested.
2508  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Job Interview Today: update [GOT THE JOB] - QUICK! New Dev. on: December 02, 2004, 05:13:01 PM
Quote from: "Spiff"

Definatley go for it if the travel is as light as your friend says.

As far as the CFA goes, do it. I have some friends that have the designation, and say the designation definately helps in the future.

That being said, a 34% pass rate is pretty reasonable. I earned my CPA, and it was a bitch. The 34% is higher than the first time pass rates for the CPA exam though. The actual numbers for first time candidates passing all 4 parts (Auditing, Business Law, Fin Acctg & Reporting & Regulation) of the examon their first try are right at 20% or so. The figures go up as candidates re-take the exam, but first timers fare very poorly in comparison to those sitting for the Bar exam or Medical boards. The main drawback is study time. I spent a boatload of time studying the areas I didn't take in college (Consolidations & Not for profit Hospitals and Universities), and alot more time reviewing what I did take. That, and being up-to-date on the current tax legislation at exam time can be a pain, but well worth it. Don't let the thought of more study hold you back. Do it!

Good luck!

Thanks Spiff.  I definitely won't let the CFA be a reason not to take the job if it's offered to me.

Would you say studying an 2 hours a day and 8 hours during the weekend (18 hours a week) would be reasonable?  I'm just trying to figure out when I would study and still have time with the wife.  

I could then do an hour before work, an hour after work, and during the weekend it would obviously be a lot easier.  

I studied like heck for the Series 7, which I know is a helluva lot easier.
2509  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Job Interview Today: update [GOT THE JOB] - QUICK! New Dev. on: December 02, 2004, 04:30:53 PM
Quote from: "Lewpats"
Good Luck Eco biggrin

You should also ask what kind of help they give for taking the test since it is so hard.

You bet I'll ask them that!  I wish they would just tell me to finish my MBA and that would be enough.  Very unlikely though... :cry:
2510  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Job Interview Today: update [GOT THE JOB] - QUICK! New Dev. on: December 02, 2004, 04:06:34 PM
Many of you know I've been having issues with my Boss.  Well today I have my first interview (tonight after work actually).  It's for a pretty sweet position with a whole lot better money.  I'm not really worried about this interview as I spoke with the President of the company on the phone yesterday and he pretty cool and laid back and he is the one who called me.  So, I'll just be myself and try not to do anything crazy and I'm sure I'll be fine.

There are some negatives to the job though.  On the description of the position it says that it requires travel of up to 2 weeks per month.  I brought this to his (the president) attention yesterday and told him straight up that I wouldn't be able to do that, getting married in April and all.  He told me it's actually more like 2 days, per week, every 3 weeks.  A friend of mine works there and he is going to have her look back at her schedule for this year and figure out how often she was gone.  If it's more like the 2 days per week thing I can handle that, especially since the money is so right.  Also, the traveling would be pretty cool, to cities like NYC, Chicago, Denver etc., so that is appealing in a sense.  I refuse to be away from my wife for 2 weeks though, consistently.  

Now for the other negative.  The position requires that the person have an interest in acquiring the CFA Designation (Chartered Financial Analyst).  The CFA exam is split up into 3 levels, Level 1 has a 34% pass rate (lower than the pass rate for the CPA exam), and with level 2 and 3 the pass rate decreases even more.  A good friend of mine just sat for Level 1 and failed it.  He is bright, great at what he does (Equity Research) and had a similar GPA to me.  The CFA takes so freaking much time to study for.  I can't even imagine.

So, I'm still going to the interview despite these two negatives, thinking that maybe they'll be able to ensure me that I won't have to travel 2 weeks per month and that if I take the CFA and fail I won't be out of a job.

Likely?  Probably not.

If they offer me a lot more than I'm expecting, which is already 50% more than I currently make, I'm sure my fiance and I could make it work.  

Wish me luck...
2511  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / A Pirate . . . MMO? on: December 02, 2004, 02:15:14 PM
Sweet.  Thanks for the heads up.

No. Pirates of the Burning Sea will have a variety of professions available. You can be a naval captain, battling enemy navies and pirates. Or be a privateer, with official sanction from your sovereign to loot and pillage the merchant ships of the enemy. For that matter you can be a free trader, moving valuable cargo from port to port, or work your way up through one of the massive trading companies. And because our RPG system is not class-based, you can change your profession again and again over the life of your character.

2512  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2 Fans Enjoy! on: December 02, 2004, 02:09:41 PM
I've played for about 2 hours or so and it isn't laggy at all for me.  The last server I played on before quitting my ping started off great, then it spiked to 200 or so, I needed to go to bed though so I didn't really care.  

Great game.  I really like that outdoor map with the rocket launcher.   smile
2513  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2 Deathmatch just released via steam on: December 02, 2004, 03:33:14 AM
I played it for about an hour this evening and had a blast.  It was pretty chaotic, but extremely fun.  

I can't wait for more maps and Team Fortress Source smile
2514  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / [FS] IBM ThinkPad T22 (P3 900Mhz) on: December 01, 2004, 05:50:53 PM
Hi all, I have an Thinkpad that is in great shape that I no longer need.  I used it for school and graduated in 2003 and my new job provided me with a new laptop.  It currently has Windows XP Professional, Office XP and Adobe Photoshop, and Firefox (plug for the best browser out there)

IBM Thinkpad t22 laptop
Pentium 3 900mhz
512 mb
40gig (pretty sure on this, will confirm when I get home)
14.1 lcd
around 5 pounds
Battery is in good shape

I'll also throw in my wireless network card, I'll have to get the brand of it when I get off work tonight.  I can format it and reinstall XP if needed.

I'm asking $570 for it shipped, OBO.  Let me know if you're interested.  I can also post some pictures of it if asked.  
Bush/Cheney '04
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2515  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Karate Chimp on: December 01, 2004, 05:29:38 PM

LOL smile
2516  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2 Fans Enjoy! on: December 01, 2004, 01:42:35 PM
Quote from: "Daehawk"
Quote from: "Eco-Logic"
Quote from: "jonsauce"
Looks like Alyk is kicking ass in Nova Prospekt smile

I wish Alyk  would come help me setup the damn turrets in Nova Prospeckt when they're knocked down.

I'm going to beat that part right now though, be back in a bit with an update.

he never came back with an update. The bugs got him!

Actually, I finally beat it last night.  I just went into one of those small cells, setup a turret on each side of the door and held the other one.  What a tough spot.  Now I'm on that AntiCitizen board.  It's awesome.  Very very cool board.
2517  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Elisha Cuthbert is 22 today [56k warning I suspect] on: December 01, 2004, 06:02:43 AM
2518  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What's your GOAT of the Year so far? (PC edition) on: December 01, 2004, 04:02:08 AM
Doom 3 without a doubt.  It's nothing but a beautiful, too dark mess.
2519  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2 Fans Enjoy! on: December 01, 2004, 03:56:48 AM
Quote from: "jonsauce"
Looks like Alyk is kicking ass in Nova Prospekt smile

I wish Alyk  would come help me setup the damn turrets in Nova Prospeckt when they're knocked down.

I'm going to beat that part right now though, be back in a bit with an update.
2520  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Is WoW worth it as it is right now? on: November 30, 2004, 07:30:36 PM
Anyone mind telling me what End Game means in terms of a MMORPG?
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