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1321  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Took in a stray/abandoned/runaway dog on: June 21, 2006, 03:48:05 PM
I would put up an ad that the dog was found... but be sure to describe the puppy poorly and emphasize the ticks, so that no one comes to claim him. smile

When you took him to the vet, or when you do, be sure to do a check for an RFID. Hopefully there won't be one.

Dogs are good.
1322  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Steve Ballmer, Meet Young Frankenstien on: June 20, 2006, 05:54:28 AM
He was trying to excite the crowd of Developers at a Windows conference. "DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS!"
1323  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Attack on Constitution planned on: June 16, 2006, 04:21:54 PM
There is very little threat of this actually occurring. Let's look at the text of the Constitution:

The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress; Provided that no Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first Article; and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate.

So that's 34 states which would have to have their legislatures vote in favor of this convention.

Let's be frank: this is a ploy to help Republicans, as the Democratic Party is not corporately in favor of this crap but the not-so-Grand Old Party is. You can be fairly certain that this nonsense, should it move forward, would be approved in Republican-controlled legislatures (there are 20) and defeated in Democratic-controlled legislatures (there are 19) and likely defeated in the Democratic-controlled chamber of split legislatures (there are 10).

Even if the Republicans get it through their Legislatures and the one "non-partisan," unicameral legislature, they'd need to find 13 other legislatures to pass this nonsense. That's a long haul proposition in an environment when the "OMG, teh gays!" is a Republican political meme of diminishing returns (no bump for the GOP from this summer's amendment nonsense).

Add to that the fact that the Republicans are in danger of losing control of four or five more chambers (tilting, perhaps, the entire legislatures in Iowa and Montana against the GOP), and that the Democrats can undercut this effort with an appeal to the "states rights" mentality that the Republicans have spent decades spreading, and the road to ratification for this nonsense seems unnavigable.
1324  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hasbro to release 'classic' Transformers on: June 02, 2006, 06:03:17 AM
I like the Optimus Prime, Rodimus and Starscream figures. I think they all look pretty cool.

But what's up with Rodimus turning into a sports car? He turned into a sports car when he was Hot Rod. Once he became Rodimus, he turned into... umm, that car that wasn't as cool as a sports car.
1325  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / X-Men 3 on: May 31, 2006, 05:41:19 PM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
Quote from: "Fireball1244"
I like several badly made movies.


I DO NOT LIKE GIGLI. Yes, I own Gigli on DVD, but only because someone I care about decided that it was "our movie" and gave it to me on DVD. I could no more throw it away than you could part with the beautiful Jar-Jar Binks gifts I've given you over the years.
1326  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Dell Unveils the Luggable! on: May 31, 2006, 04:47:02 PM
Behold the abomination.

An 18-pound, 20", multi-piece "notebook." And it's even uglier than the average Dell XPS system. I mean, seriously... who is the market for this thing? And what sort of battery life does it get (nowhere on Dell's website goes into that).
1327  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / X-Men 3 on: May 31, 2006, 05:43:21 AM
My friend Ferguson bought a bunch of DVDs that had VHS-recordings of the entire series on them. It was pretty good, but the recordings were very choppy. Most of my interest in X-Men comes from the more recent Marvel Ultimates line. Growing up a DC kid, I've always found the continuity of the 616 Universe to be hard to follow, particularly the way the X-Men and the rest of the Marvel universe often seemed to have incompatible continuities.
1328  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / X-Men 3 on: May 31, 2006, 05:02:08 AM
Quote from: "Farscry"
Quote from: "Fireball1244"
Quote from: "Jumangi"
The fanboys wanted this to be some mangum Opus type end to a trilogy, and when it didn't fullfill their comic book fantasy they get all worked up.

Well, isn't that insulting.

I have to say, I find it rather insulting how so many people are claiming that it's a fact this movie is crap, or that, if you enjoyed it at all, you can't possibly be a fan of the X-Men from the comics.

Not all of us who are complaining about the gaping deficiencies in the script and direction of this film are denigrating those who liked the movie -- there's nothing wrong with likely a badly made movie, I like several badly made movies.

The comment I was replying to, however, was aimed specifically at those who didn't like the movie. It's entire point was to denigrate.

Surely you can see the difference between "this movie was poorly written, and was episodic with no narrative drive" and "only fanboy losers don't like this movie." One critiques the film, the other attacks other posters.
1329  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / X-Men 3 on: May 30, 2006, 08:30:11 PM
Quote from: "Jumangi"
Quote from: "Dafones"
And yet it's raked in an approximate 107 million dollars in its openning (Memorial Day) weekend.

My guess is because most people just treat it as a big assed blockbuster superhero flick, with lots of action and stuff. In other words they don't get all fixated on how some director is maybe fucking up their precious comic book series.

The fanboys wanted this to be some mangum Opus type end to a trilogy, and when it didn't fullfill their comic book fantasy they get all worked up.

Well, isn't that insulting.
1330  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / X-Men 3 on: May 29, 2006, 05:17:44 AM
Bad films are often commercial successes. They're still bad films.
1331  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / X-Men 3 on: May 28, 2006, 09:30:27 PM
The gist of my opinion, from my review of the film:

A distressing mishmash of plot points, characters and CGI effects that swirl about brightly and loudly, Ratnerís pretentiously-named The Last Stand ultimate falls flat. It lacks the coherent story and momentum of the first two films, and is an unsatisfying conclusion to what should have been a phenomenal movie trilogy. While The Last Stand doesnít fail on every level, it fails on enough of them to destroy any enthusiasm for a potential X-Men 4....

No super-hero franchise has ever maintained quality for more than two films. In the 1980s, Superman III failed to live up to the grandeur of its predecessors. In the 1990s, Batman Forever marked the return of campiness and the end of greatness for the Dark Knightís franchise. Both series faltered in large part due to the departure of the directors from the original films. Sadly, the X-Men series has suffered the same fate. While the visual flair and action in the last act makes this a somewhat amusing summer popcorn flick, itís not enough to make The Last Stand a satisfying X-Men movie. Fans of the series would do better to just stay home and rewatch X-Men United on DVD.
1332  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 8... sorta on: May 25, 2006, 06:50:54 PM
Season 4, the non-stop continuing arc roller-coaster, was my favorite season of Angel. I appreciated season 5, but a lot of it was somehow... bittersweet? It's a shame they all got rushed at the end. I think the series ended perfectly, however.

Buffy on UPN was certainly different. Season 6 might as well have been titled Buffy the Happiness Slayer. Season 7 started out so well, but then just floundered after the mid-season three parter, listlessly bounding about for something to do until the last five episodes, which were good, but could have been great if the rest of the season hadn't set up so many cool little things that they couldn't all be paid off in the end.

Though I liked that they had Xander and Andrew end up together. That was clearly the whole point of the season.
1333  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Another year, another video race... on: May 20, 2006, 10:09:36 PM
There was some fear that the dog would not like being strapped to dynamite and filmed, but Chili seemed to revel in her star turn. She was whining at the door all day to be let in to be part of the movie, and seemed to like her brief time on the set.
1334  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Another year, another video race... on: May 18, 2006, 07:54:33 PM
The actor in the chair was very clever.
1335  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Superman Returns - new full trailer - OMFG!!! on: May 03, 2006, 05:08:24 AM
This trailer makes me very happy.
1336  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Thoughts on Flight 93 movie. [melancholy] on: April 26, 2006, 11:03:40 PM
Regarding the time scale, nearly 7,000 Americans died at Iwo Jima, and the film adaption of it was released in 1949, about four years later. Not comparing the two events, but it was the first "true story" movie about a large loss of life that came to mind that I knew was made quickly after the fact.

I haven't seen the trailer, so I can't comment on the merits of this film, but I think that 9/11 is a reasonable topic for consideration through artwork, including fictional movies and books, etc.  

I'll see this movie at some point in the next few weeks, I'm sure. If done right, the film should be absolutely wrenching to watch. That's not necessarily bad. There's more to film than entertainment.
1337  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Paramount's late April Fool's Joke on: April 25, 2006, 05:58:34 AM
Braga and Berman, combined as Bermaga, were the ones that trainwrecked Star Trek.

I don't like this idea. I didn't like this idea when it was going to be Star Trek 7, and I don't like it anymore as Star Trek 11.

You want Captain Kirk and Spock? Okay, then: let's go all out -- do a real Star Trek movie, with new versions of the classic crew, but with no continuity connection with the established Star Trek universe. That could be interesting -- a Battlestar-esque reimaginging of the entire Star Trek canon: CGI Klingons, modern Episode III-style effects, the works. In fact, in a decade or so, that's a movie I would like to write.

But Dawson's Trek? It'll just fuck up continuity. Spock is like ten years older than Jim Kirk, but they're going to be in Starfleet academy together? Nonsense.

You know, one of the problems both Trek movie franchises have had was the absurd amount of time that the crews stayed together. The Next Generation crew was together for 14 YEARS and for the last seven not a single character received any rank promotion. How does that even make sense?

The Classic Trek movies, as great as they were, became even more plausible. Aside from the gaps between TOS and TMP and TMP and TWOK, the crew of the Enterprise worked together for 27 YEARS and by the end you had one ship where three officers held the rank of captain and three more were ranked commander. I suppose you could say they were at the ends of their careers and Starfleet let these great officers pick their assignment, but that much brass on one starship? It strains credulity.

But if they do this new movie, suddenly the core of that crew will have worked together for their almost their ENTIRE ADULT LIVES. What?!

I really love Star Trek. That's why I want it to go away for awhile. I've said it before, and until I see any reason to say otherwise, I'll continue to say it again:

Star Trek ended when Captain Sisko died.
1338  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Superman 3...D Returns! on: March 31, 2006, 09:24:13 PM
Let's hope that they do.
1339  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The Ultimate Showdown on: February 26, 2006, 07:08:44 AM
I don't know if it's been posted before (a check didn't show anything), but this may be the best Flash cartoon ever.
1340  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Happy 29th to WBS on: February 19, 2006, 09:28:28 PM
1341  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Favorite 007 on: February 15, 2006, 07:50:23 PM
Quote from: "th'FOOL"
Quote from: "Starshifter"
Why Connery?  What are your reasons besides the fact that he was the first Bond and pretty much defined the role.

Asking 'Why Connery?" is like asking 'why is the sky blue?"  Because it's the best damn color for it, that's why!

The sky is blue because of the refraction of light caused by the composition of our atmosphere.
1342  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Favorite 007 on: February 15, 2006, 07:49:50 PM
I threw my vote to Lazenby, but only because he was in the one truly great Bond film, On Her Majesty's Secret Service.

If I had to ignore the quality of the movies and base solely on performance, I guess I'd go with Connery, even though he was way too blue collar and way, way too Scottish. Unfortunately, the others are all damaged, too: Moore was too goofy, Dalton was uneven in his two films, and there was never anything unique about Brosnan's Bond, he in no way made the role his own.

Dalton could have been great, had he done a few more films in the same style as The Living Daylights. No telling what Lazenby could have amounted to.

Casino Royale is intriguing. Though I'm increasingly in the camp of folks who think that they should go back to the Cold War and do the Bond films as period pieces -- without a central villain like Spectre or the Soviets that stand even when the individual villains fall, the Bond films have been lacking something special.
1343  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / G'Kar Has Died on: February 15, 2006, 08:07:48 AM
Andreas Katsulas, the actor who played G'Kar on Babylon 5, Tomalak on Star Trek: The Next Generation and the one armed man in the film The Fugitive, died on February 13, 2006, of lung cancer. He was 59.

Very sad.  frown

"I believe that when we leave a place, part of it goes with us and part of us remains. Go anywhere in the station, when it is quiet, and just listen. After a while, you will hear the echoes of all our conversations, every thought and word we've exchanged. Long after we are gone .. our voices will linger in these walls for as long as this place remains. But I will admit .. that the part of me that is going .. will very much miss the part of you that is staying."
G'Kar, Objects in Motion
1344  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Give the Vice President a gun and look what happens on: February 13, 2006, 04:08:41 AM
I was wondering, what if he had killed this guy? Wouldn't that be involuntary manslaughter? What would happen if the vice president committed a felony? I'd imagine he'd have to resign.

Note, I'm not wishing this happened. Just curious.

I like that Cheney travels around with a bunch of doctors and a funeral director.
1345  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hopes for X-3... fading........ on: February 13, 2006, 04:03:41 AM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
Spiderman is going to be looking at the same problem when and if Raimi ever jumps ship- what major director wants to work on a property already instrinscially linked with a specific director?

Joel Schumacher.
1346  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hopes for X-3... fading........ on: February 12, 2006, 09:53:49 PM
Personally, I think the new Superman film looks amazingly good.

The trailer for Superman was one of the most emotionally powerful trailers I've seen in a long time.
1347  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hopes for X-3... fading........ on: February 11, 2006, 08:36:03 PM

Spoiler for Hiden:
That noticeably reduces the amount of eye candy in the film.

At least there's still Bobby.
1348  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hopes for X-3... fading........ on: February 11, 2006, 06:59:03 PM
Where the hell is Cyclops in all of this?
1349  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Should a cartoon really cause so much violence and hate? on: February 10, 2006, 10:39:02 PM
Quote from: "dbt1949"
What about American flag burning within the United States.That would set a number of people off.

Yes, but it's still speech, and one has a fundamental right to burn the flag.
1350  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Should a cartoon really cause so much violence and hate? on: February 10, 2006, 09:05:56 PM
Quote from: "Victoria Raverna"
Quote from: "unbreakable"
Quote from: "Victoria Raverna"
To muslims, it is bad to make drawing of their prophets or god, even a good beautiful drawing of their prophet is not allowed. These Danish drawings are even worse because they not only draw the prophet, but they also make fun of him.

The problem here is that MUSLIMS cannot make drawings of Mohammed.  Since the people who created the cartoons are not muslim, it doesn't matter.

Since they also believe people shouldnt drink alcohol, and that women need to wear veils, should we likewise follow their rules so we aren't offending them?  We do it when we are in their countries, but since THEY are in OUR countries, they need to be the ones showing respect for how we do things.

I think bible is full of bullshits. And since I'm not christian, is it okay for me to shit and pee on bible? And if I do that, the christians that are mad at me are just a bunch of intolerant morons?

Why shouldn't you be able to desecrate a Bible? I'm a Christian, and while I'd think you're a blithering idiot, it wouldn't send me into a rage. Why should my beliefs dictate your behavior?

We have a right to free speech, and that includes the right to criticize and critique the beliefs of others, be they religious or secular.

Is it inappropriate to draw a political cartoon featuring the Virgin Mary or the Pope or Jesus as a critique of the altar boy scandal in Catholicism? Or are religions somehow supposedly be held immune from criticism?

But you know what? The content of the cartoon doesn't matter. The right to free speech supercedes the non-existant right to "not be offended." We have a RIGHT to say things that offend other people.

That's what the crowd rioting in the street hates -- they don't want us to be able to do, say or think anything that they don't this is proper. The attitude on display in these streets is the manifestation of everything that is evil about religious fundamentalism -- it is the greatest threat to human liberty in the history of the world.
1351  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Last 4 eps of AD air tonight on: February 10, 2006, 07:27:11 PM
Fox never moved the show in the middle of a season. They pumped a ton of effort into promoting it, particularly leading into the second season. I don't think any other network could have done better with the show.

That's why I want it on Showtime, not ABC.
1352  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Last 4 eps of AD air tonight on: February 10, 2006, 06:23:14 PM
I agree. Fox didn't kill AD, the American viewing public's indifference to its style did. Lamentable, but not Fox's fault.
1353  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Kinky Friedman for Governor of Texas 06! on: February 10, 2006, 07:47:51 AM
I've seen it. It's funny. He'd be a terrible governor (though not worse than Perry, I'd imagine).

It's doubtful he'll make the ballot. He's limited in that he has to get petitions by people who both DIDN'T vote in any primary and WON'T sign Strayhorn's petition. Strayhorn WILL make the ballot, and I think that may make things much harder for Kinky.

But that may just be wishful thinking.
1354  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Kinky Friedman for Governor of Texas 06! on: February 09, 2006, 04:35:55 AM
Voting for Kinky Friedman is an excellent way to support Governor Perry's reelection bid.
1355  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The new thriller starring Tom Hanks... on: February 07, 2006, 04:27:12 AM
Looks pretty good. Scary.
1356  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / WB & UPN to merge on: January 24, 2006, 06:33:30 PM
Read all about it.

The network that brought us bad Star Trek spin offs and Top Models is merging with the home of 7th Heaven and Smallville to create a new network that... will still fail to challenge the Big Four.

My question is what happens to cities with affiliates for both. In Dallas is it UPN 21 or WB 33 that's going to get the shaft?
1357  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Underworld Reviews on: January 23, 2006, 03:27:49 PM
Not fair by half. You know that was a Christmas present from someone I love very much ... enough so that I love him even though he gave me that for a Christmas gift.

It's "our movie." Sheesh.
1358  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Underworld Reviews on: January 23, 2006, 03:28:26 AM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
Quote from: "CrayolaSmoker"
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
Unfortunately so. Other than a stellar sex scene up front, the movie was lame. Deafening sound design, no first act at all because it was practically all flashbacks to the first movie (thereby allowing me to never have to see it - it is now removed from my Netflix queue) and little more than roaring monsters start to finish. High art? Hardly. But still is was just lame. I was stunned when Derek Jacobi showed up. I thought, "He's too good an actor for this!" Oh well, a paycheck is a paycheck. smile

I suspect you have a more 'refined' view of movies than I do.  I know why I'm going to this movie, and just from the trailers, I'm going to get exactly what I want. smile

No, he really doesn't.  Trust me.  biggrin

wbs, fireball and I saw the first showing this morning.  It was... okay.  A watchable, but uninspired, dumb action film.  If it wasn't for Beckinsale's sex scene and a ludicrous(ly funny) helicopter crash I'm not sure I'd remember any of it.

If you're only interested in seeing Beckinsale writhing sans clothes, I'd bet dollars to donuts the sex scene will be online shortly.  Just like the one from BloodRayne.

I counter with this.

1359  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Underworld Reviews on: January 23, 2006, 03:23:35 AM
I enjoyed it, but I also liked the first one. Something about the set up really appeals to me. Scott Speedman (all naked and pretty in this one) is certainly part of it.

I'd give it a B, maybe a B+.
1360  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Battlestar Galactica Tonight? on: January 08, 2006, 04:49:01 AM
My initial thought last year when the two ships went to war with each other was that Roslin could, technically, promote Adama to outrank Cain. She wouldn't accept it, of course, but I think her crew would -- her XO seems very uncomfortable with her actions of late. In fact, I'm presuming that his discomfort will be the end of her -- she's trusting him too much.
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