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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sony owes you 5 bucks on: August 04, 2005, 01:52:06 PM
Wow, I didn't see any of those in the theatres.  I feel so proud.  

Though I did have the misfortune of seeing "the Patriot" later on DVD...

       -El Guapo, Console Gold Times.
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Subtle wives? on: July 27, 2005, 12:05:20 AM
I dunno, I think I prefer that to an argumentative "why don't you turn out the lights for once when you leave the room???"

At least this way it's sort of amusing.
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [RP] Hilary Clinton = Political Suicide? on: July 22, 2005, 06:10:08 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
So since Hilary jumped up to 'protect the children' and bent the ESRB over her knee, does this spell the end of the youth vote for her?  Has she single handedly hobbled her own political career?  Discuss...

You speak of a "youth vote" as if it actually exists.

Sorry, but the gamers don't exactly have much political clout.  The reason why politicians get all in such a tizzy whenever anything likes this comes up is because that's what gets them votes.
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The 10 Deadliest animals in the world on: July 14, 2005, 10:49:49 PM
I can't believe the list totally ignored Octopi.
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Small claims court worth it? Need advice. on: July 14, 2005, 10:48:32 PM
Yeah, I would be inclined to say go for it.  Maybe talk to a couple lawyer friends if you have some handy, or maybe see if you can a free consultation with a local lawyer.

But I would at least ask around at the local small claims court.  I suspect that if you say "I've filed a claim in court" that they would be much more willing to negotiate.
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hot Coffee Opinion Piece on: July 14, 2005, 10:43:07 PM
Quote from: "Zarkon"
Like I said in the article... no one is to blame, and that includes us.  This is only happening because 1) Rockstar knows it'll make 'em a shitload of publicity and money.  2)  The watchdog groups get publicity as well.  3)  Sen. Clinton gets press and gets to be seen as 'protecting the children'.  4)  Parents who could give a shit less about their kids can get offended 5) Anti-government people can bitch about the government getting involved in games and the rest of us can 6) bitch about parents needing to do the parenting. :p

Everyone wins!  Huzzah!
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I am HOT! on: July 12, 2005, 01:56:22 PM
Looks like I live (during the school year) in the 3rd smartest city in the U.S.

Behold my genius, and tremble.
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Fantastic 4 Movie on: July 09, 2005, 04:14:42 PM
Quote from: "Purge"
Quote from: "El Guapo"
Trying to explain to me that this movie is enjoyable, after I saw the trailer, would be like trying to explain how gravity pulls up.

Gravity doesn't pull up or down. That's just your perspective. Gravity is a force that is created mass displacement. Lets say the planet is a set of giant underpants, and your house was just south of the "pocket region" (guys, you know which pocket I'm talking about.. the one to hold your keys, or the baked potato you were saving till later slywink ). From the planet-size-plus wearer of said gitch, gravity was pulling you UP into them.

Now go watch FF. slywink

BTW. The property value of your house sucks, partly cuz it's in a swamp, but mostly cuz it's right near the "skidmarked landing strips". :: shudder ::

Yes, it's from my perspective.  My CORRECT perspective.  I drop my keys, they fall down.  That's enough for me, science-boy.
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Movies You'd Walked Out On on: July 07, 2005, 01:31:35 PM
Quote from: "Nth Power"
Quote from: "TheMissingLink"
What the hell is up with so many of you walking out of A.I.?  GOD, I love that movie!  Teddy is adorable, you evil, evil vagabonds!

I agree.  I thought it was a great movie.

Just trust everyone else in the country: it sucks.
10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Confederacy on: July 07, 2005, 02:18:42 AM
Huh, looking at the CSA constitution it seems like the delegates kept putting off drafting their constitution, then realized that they only had an hour before they had to turn it in, and so cribbed the U.S. constitution.
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Best Movie Escape? on: July 07, 2005, 01:50:01 AM
Quote from: "Autistic Angel"
The issue is that you would have no idea what point in the movie you would be entering until after you'd made your choice by running into one of the theaters.  Sure, it's *possible* that you'd luck out and get to spend several days in Rivendell chatting it up with Arwen, but taken as a percentage of the overall film, it's far more likely that you'd find yourself in the heart of Mordor or some impossible battle sequence.

-Autistic Angel

Well, in light of that I'm going to change my vote from Return of the King to ID4.  The actual killing & devastation in that film is relatively limited, so as long as you don't appear in the relatively short sequence where the aliens use their "city-destroying ray", then you're good.  If you appear in a city you can just clear out and stay in some country town until everything blows over.
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Best Movie Escape? on: July 06, 2005, 02:48:28 PM
Do you have to stay within the scenes of the movie?  Otherwise, you could go to "Return of the King", then just stay in one of the battle-free cities (say, the capital of Rohan) until you return to reality.  That would be present the lowest chance of getting your crap ruined.
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Celebrity Rocket to the Sun on: July 06, 2005, 02:44:39 PM
Bono.  He gets his own compartment.
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Fantastic 4 Movie on: July 06, 2005, 02:43:53 PM
Trying to explain to me that this movie is enjoyable, after I saw the trailer, would be like trying to explain how gravity pulls up.
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor Retires on: July 05, 2005, 07:50:28 PM
We'd really need context for this quote.  It could just mean that when you are at the apex of democracy ("liberal" in this context being 19th century 'freedom from gov't' liberalism, rather than modern liberalism), you are by definition most free.  Therefore, any change at all (any "road") would lead closer to slavery.

Still not exactly sure what she's getting at, but the context would be necessary for that.
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor Retires on: July 01, 2005, 06:09:06 PM
I have to say that as a politics-buff I'm really looking forward to this fight.  It's going to be ugly, and I probably won't like the nominee, and a lot of bad laws will probably result, but hey, at least it'll be interesting.

And hey, I'm doing pretty well in law school.  Time to dust off the ol' resume and send Bush a present or two.
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / War of the worlds on: June 30, 2005, 02:06:20 PM
I really don't see why we needed another modern-day remake.  If they're going to make another one, why not faithfully set it in early 20th century London for once?  

Also, the book is much much better precisely because the aliens aren't invincible so the whole thing seems more realistic.  They take out a couple alien crafts with 1905-era artillery.  I think that also makes the illness thing seem at least a little more plausible.
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Guess the Dictator and/or Sitcom Star! on: June 24, 2005, 01:16:41 PM
I did Pol Pot and it guess me correctly.  I dunno if they added Pol Pot later or what...
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Scary precident [Eminent Domain] on: June 24, 2005, 01:09:33 PM
Quote from: "Laner"
...and the judicial tyrrany continues...

Well, this isn't really judicial tyranny (1 r, 2 ns), it's legislative tyranny, since it's the legislatures (in states an cities) that would be doing this.  The judiciary just didn't stop it.
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Scary precident [Eminent Domain] on: June 24, 2005, 10:34:33 AM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
This just pissed me off when I read about it. But weren't the dissenters all conservatives or was it more or less an even split between conservative/not-conservative? smile

The conservative bloc dissented; the majority was the 4 liberal justices plus Kennedy (who concurred, providing a slight limitation that courts can review these takings for blatant economic favoritism - i.e. giving all the property to one company rather than having an open bidding process, etc.)

This could be the first time that I wholeheartedly agree with the conservative bloc over the liberal bloc on the Supreme Court.
21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / So how's the War on Terra going, George? on: June 23, 2005, 09:36:40 AM
This thread's like a car terrible, yet so hard to look away.
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Brain Areas Shut Off During Female *ahem* [NSFW!!!] on: June 22, 2005, 03:30:52 PM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
Quote from: "El Guapo"
How come when these guys observe random women having sex they're "scientists" but when I do it I'm a "pervert"???

You're missing the white coat and clipboard, the marks of all true scientists.

That's odd, the police seemed oddly unpersuaded by my "I had a white coat and clipboard" defense.
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Brain Areas Shut Off During Female *ahem* [NSFW!!!] on: June 22, 2005, 09:33:04 AM
How come when these guys observe random women having sex they're "scientists" but when I do it I'm a "pervert"???
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Star Wars 3-D? Star Wars TV? on: June 21, 2005, 11:46:02 AM
Finally, McCallum explained that the TV series would chronicle the younger years of Luke Skywalker

Oh, great, so we get to see more "whiny Luke"?  Fantastic!  I always wanted to see more of Luke's quests to get to Hashi station.  Will he make it back by his curfew?  Will he be grounded?  Tune in next week to find out!
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / So how's the War on Terra going, George? on: June 21, 2005, 07:56:22 AM
Quote from: "unbreakable"
This is a work in progress.

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26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / So how's the War on Terra going, George? on: June 21, 2005, 07:54:50 AM
It explains exactly why GW and friends want to be in Iraq as long as po$$ible.

Check the date of "Baghdad Year Zero".  It was written in Sept. 2004 long before the elections took place. It contains alot of  hear say and back door meetings that can't be verified or challenged. It can't say anything about the current political/economic situation in Iraq since it was written so long ago and much has changed. I saw nothing in the report that suggests that GW would prefer to damage his political situation further in order to better his personal financial situation.

I knew you would find a dodge.  This is what's called the 'we just dont know' defense.

Ok, I should point out that attacking a source is a perfectly reasonable thing to do in an argument.  If MZW, arguing that Bush didn't lie about WMD in Iraq, pulled out a memorandum of support written by George W. Bush, you would quite reasonably dismiss it as biased (and therefore give little if any weight to its contents).  On a similar (though less extreme) note, he's arguing that Baghdad Year Zero is outdated and off point.  You might not find this convincing, but it's not a dodge.  Feel free to refute his points about Baghdad Year Zero.[/quote]
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / God, I hate human emotions sometimes... on: June 20, 2005, 07:51:49 AM
Yeah, unless your half of the conversation with Misty had a really harsh tone or something, I think she definitely owes you a serious apology as well.  I mean "I know what kind of person you are" for asking for payment for help?  She's not entitled to your labor or anything.

That said, since they're good friends, you should make nice regardless.
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Wow! Not liking Babylon 5 so far... on: June 20, 2005, 07:39:44 AM
Plus I seem to recall the B5 movies sucking, except maybe for the first one.
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / So how's the War on Terra going, George? on: June 17, 2005, 08:06:01 AM
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Wow! Not liking Babylon 5 so far... on: June 16, 2005, 07:59:26 AM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
Quote from: "El Guapo"
Speaking of DS9, I really want to see the episode where Sisko & Garak get the Romulans to enter the war...

If you've never seen it, it's flat-out brilliant. Garek's explanation of everything coupled with Sisko's response is great. I really need to go back and watch DS9 seasons 3-7 sometime. biggrin

oh yeah, I've seen it.  I suppose I should've said, I want to see it *again*.  That episode and the one where Bashir goes to Romulus are probably my favorite Trek episodes.

ah, but enough DS9.  Babylon 5 and such...
31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / So how's the War on Terra going, George? on: June 16, 2005, 07:57:38 AM
ah, and once again a political thread on the internet comes to a conclusion, with the problem having been expeditiously resolved.  Like magic, isn't it?
32  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Diplomacy CG on: June 15, 2005, 07:32:19 PM
Not sure if this should be in general gaming or PC gaming, but since I imagine it'd be primarily of interest to the board game people here, Paradox interactive is making a Diplomacy computer game, which the Diplomatic Pouch has an interview about:

I know the last Diplomacy game was a turd, but Paradox makes quality strategy games, so that makes me hopeful...
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Wow! Not liking Babylon 5 so far... on: June 15, 2005, 07:17:59 PM
Yeah, if the wife loves DS9 she'll really love Babylon 5 season 2 and beyond.  Personally I would say that DS9 Dominion Wars and Babylon 5 seasons 2-4 are my all-time favorite sci-fi.  Only shows that really stuck with me emotionally.

Speaking of DS9, I really want to see the episode where Sisko & Garak get the Romulans to enter the war...
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Starshifter! How's your Progress in KOTOR 2? on: June 14, 2005, 02:13:21 PM
Quote from: "ATB"

My final thought is that this game is still a masterpiece no matter what was left out...but I really would like to see a 'director's cut' someday with all of the missing content placed back in.  I would probably play through it

I hear that there's a group on the internet working to restore the lost content, though it's only for the PC version and obviously we don't really know if they'll ever finish...
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Michael Jackson Verdict is Imminent on: June 14, 2005, 02:09:29 PM
Quote from: "unbreakable"

If someone were truly innocent, I can't see them paying off the accuser, especially when a team of lawyers could win in court for either the same money or less.  Or more, but at least you arent rewarding bad behavior.

I disagree.  Faced with the choice of a lawsuit that could cost, if you lose, somewhere like 4 million, and say you're guaranteed to pay at least 1 million in legal fees regardless, and someone says "I'll go away if you just give me $1 million", I could see myself paying them off.  Consider that if you don't you:

1) Have to pay out a huge amount of money, win or lose
2) Have to go through an embarrassing and extraordinarily stressful public trial (particularly if you are accused of something sexual)
3) Risk losing, and not only having to pay out but also of having, while not a conviction (in a civil case), still a judgment calling you a pervert.

So for the most part I don't regard settling as being of much weight as to guilt.
36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / USS Liberty survivors file war crimes report against Israel on: June 14, 2005, 07:41:32 AM
Wow, if says it's true, it must be true, right?  It is, by definition, what really happened!
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Mr. and Mrs. Smith on: June 14, 2005, 07:36:07 AM
I do pronounce this to be the definition of hot:

But seriously, do you think they'll start having trouble getting married men to star with Angelina Jolie?  They'll have to call their agents and be like "uh, yeah, I'd like to star in this blockbuster, but my wife says I can't"
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Starshifter! How's your Progress in KOTOR 2? on: June 13, 2005, 05:48:35 PM
The ending didn't hurt me so much as it seemed to hurt other people.  But Starshifter, you should look up on the internet (it's available in the KOTOR 2 forums at obsidian entertainment, and probably elsewhere) all of the ending stuff that was cut.  That really would've made the game legendary, IMO.  Lots of great stuff, including more allied involvement in Malachor V - heroic sacrifices, manipulation, etc.  In particular, Kreia (ever the master manipulator) takes whatever love-interest you spurn and uses their feelings to turn them to the dark side (or to her side, at least, if you're evil) and against you.  

But alas, it was not to be.
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Mr. and Mrs. Smith on: June 13, 2005, 05:42:20 PM
Quote from: "Laner"
It was good, but about 15 minutes too long, IMO.  I kept looking at my watch.  And the last action scene is just *so* ridiculously over the top...

Yeah, when they burst out with their guns (I don't think that's too much of a spoiler), I couldn't help but think to myself, "OK, they should *so* be dead right now".  But then again, the point of action movies is generally that the people are ridiculously awesome, so I guess it works.
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Catching up - The Shield on: June 08, 2005, 05:48:06 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Ok, starting season 3, this show rocks.

This thread motivated me to order season 3 from Amazon today.  God that show is good, plus I really liked the ending of season 2 (the montage to "I am overcome" by Live was excellent).  

Plus I really like Shane.  He seemed slightly less retarded in season 2!  At least, he succeeded in not peeing on anyone.
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