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1361  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.
1362  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.
1363  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?
1364  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.
1365  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.
1366  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.
1367  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.
1368  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.
1369  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.
1370  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The new thriller starring Tom Hanks... on: February 07, 2006, 04:27:12 AM
Looks pretty good. Scary.
1371  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?
1372  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.
1373  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.

1374  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+.
1375  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.
1376  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What did you get for Christmas? on: December 30, 2005, 04:23:43 AM
I got Arrested Development Season 2, some gorgeous shirts from Express, The Complete Calvin and Hobbes and a calendar that is all pictures of beagles! That last one's like a present that you get to open every month.

I also got a check from my aunt that threatens to suddenly morph itself into a new video iPod.
1377  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / So who's going where for the holidays? on: December 24, 2005, 06:27:38 PM
Quote from: "Xmann"
thanks about the kinds words regarding my trip.  as far as donations go, i didn't ask for any.  it would have helped considering i'm in school full time and the wife worked her fingers to the bone to get me there.  i hated to ask for any support, i considered the sacrafice we made minimal to what those children deal with on a daily basis.  i would have felt selfish.
i don't want to derail the thread so i'll say thanks again and if anyone is interested, i'll start another thread about my trip and some pictures/stories when i return.
Merry Christmas everyone.

I would love to see pictures of the trip. It's great that you're being so giving of your time and money during the holidays.
1378  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / So who's going where for the holidays? on: December 23, 2005, 06:28:08 PM
I'll be in Boerne, Texas, this Saturday and Sunday for Christmas with my parents. I was supposed to go with my fellow Dallas Young Democrats officers to Las Vegas for New Years Eve, but that's fallen through, so I'll be in Dallas next weekend.

Two days in Boerne... land of the 28.8 dial up. God help me.
1379  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Another upcoming Star Trek movie? on: December 15, 2005, 05:37:00 PM
Insurrection, for its flaws, was a better movie than Nemesis, so I'm glad it made more.

Regarding more Star Trek films... it'd be hard for me to get excited about one at this point. Perhaps some more time between films (it's only been three years since Nemesis). I'd want at least 7 years between Nemesis and another Trek film, and I'd prefer 10.

1380  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Suggest you don't open any pm's from The Dude on: December 14, 2005, 10:15:06 PM
Mine was titled "FLAMING HOMOS INSIDE." Not sure if I got the same pics as everyone else.

If he posted from a school, this could be a chance to do some real response -- nothing like a nice, warm expulsion to highlight the holiday season. Seriously, let's take the gloves off and fuck this guy up for life.
1381  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Must have iPod gadgets on: December 09, 2005, 09:59:20 AM
I use a cassette adapter, which works well for me. I'm also a fan of the iPod Dock, mainly because I don't like clattering my iPod around my desk. My Third Gen iPod (I'm down to 1 gig of free space and fighting an urge to buy me a 5th Gen iPod) came with a Dock, but it's an added cost extra on new iPods. The cool thing is that the new Universal Dock will let you output video from your iPod to a television, as well as photos, with the right AV cables.

The iPod can record voice notes, if you add the right expansion device, though I'm not sure if they've been updated for the iPod 5 yet.
1382  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Merge Microsoft Excel files? on: November 29, 2005, 07:24:27 PM
That's a good idea. I hadn't thought about taking it into a real database program. I have Access on Windows, and FileMaker on Mac. Hopefully, either would be up to the task at hand....

Now the only problem is that I'm not very good with either!

1383  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Merge Microsoft Excel files? on: November 29, 2005, 04:40:24 PM
So, I've got 80 Excel files that represent all the voting precincts in a certain district, and I want to combine them all into one master file for the whole district. Is there any way to run a command to squeeze them all into one file, with one added to the end of the other?

So far, Excel Help has been no help whatsoever.
1384  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Solar eclipse and thoughts of the moon on: November 28, 2005, 06:43:54 PM
The moon likely wasn't captured, but was instead produced by the impact of an object around the size of Mars into the side of the still-forming Earth billions of years ago. The molten planet would have been able to survive the impact, and the material jettisoned into orbit would have been malleable enough to form into a spherical body. Given that some sort of inertial force is pushing the moon farther away from the Earth, this is, I believe, the most widely-held theory as to the creation of the moon.
1385  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Have you ever woke up on an operating table? on: November 28, 2005, 05:49:18 PM
Quote from: "CrayolaSmoker"
Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to go start IVs and insert foleys.  :wink:

You are a truly terrible human being.  :evil:
1386  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Solar eclipse and thoughts of the moon on: November 28, 2005, 05:43:11 AM
Quote from: "CrayolaSmoker"
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
Normally when I walk outside and see the moon really close to Earth, I scream like a little girl, freak out that the world is about to end, and run inside and hide under a bed.

True story.  Took us a week to talk him out from under there.

And I still stand by my original vote: leave him there.
1387  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Have you ever woke up on an operating table? on: November 28, 2005, 05:36:25 AM
Quote from: "CrayolaSmoker"
Most of the procedure is kinda boring, but when they finally SHOVE the tube in, it's rapid, forceful, and brutal.  The patient grunted like she'd been sucker-punched in the stomach by a professional boxer.  One of my fellow nursing students almost fainted it bothered her so much.

Hah. What a wuss. I never faint at my job.
1388  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOST? More like SUCK. on: November 28, 2005, 05:29:46 AM
LOST may be losing me. I hate Ana -- I fucking hate her. I hate almost all "tough gurl" type characters, and I really, really hate this actress. Attitude does not make a character interesting. Attitude makes a character hateable. That's not a word, but I don't care.

Every time that bitch is on screen, I lose interest in LOST. I don't give a shit about her backstory, don't give a damn about her pathos, I just want to see her die a painful, painful death.

I'm not one of those types that demands that a show go the way I want it to go or I stop watching. I hated it when they took my eye candy away (Boone) in the later part of last season, but it didn't impact my appreciation of the show. But if they're going to make She Ra Mopey Bitch Girl a main character, I may just stop watching. She is unwatchable, and she makes the show unwatchable.

I mean, we were finally getting answers, we finally got some progress and movement, the bunker is uber-cool, the Dharma Corporation is shifty and interesting -- but instead of moving that forward I've had to watch that horrid woman walk through the jungle for the last few weeks. BORING. BORING. BORING. Dammit -- DO SOMETHING! Start by killing Ana, and then go back to the bumper. Hell, retconn that entire subplot out -- just drop Ana, and pretend like Eko and Bernard were ALWAYS with the real group of castaways. Do something. Anything. But get rid of the bitch and get the story back on track.

If this show goes down the crapper the way ALIAS did after the midpoint in season 2, I will never, ever watch anything connected to JJ Abrams again.
1389  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Who here blogs? on: November 19, 2005, 11:48:27 PM
I blog on politics, technology and pop culture very sporadically at

I'm also a staffer at Burnt Orange Report, which is Texas's premiere left-of-center political weblog. As of this writing, my most recent post is the top story at BOR:
1390  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / SUPERMAN RETURNS TEASER TRAILER - HOLY CRAP!!! on: November 18, 2005, 10:04:59 PM
Brandon Routh is hot so I fail to see the purpose of this debate.

If I can believe that William Shatner was a starship captain, I can accept that Brandon Routh is what Christopher Reeve would look like after seven years in space.

In fact, this mathematical equation, displayed in graphic form, proves it:

1391  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / SUPERMAN RETURNS TEASER TRAILER - HOLY CRAP!!! on: November 18, 2005, 02:55:16 PM
Quote from: "TheGameAh"
Quote from: "JLu"
I've been away from the books for a while; but I thought since the 1986 reboot he was Clark Kent first, and Superman second since his powers didn't manifest until his late teens?

I believe you're right.  But I'm referring to the movies mostly.  Clark Kent didn't have much of a role in the movies I thought.

Spiderman 2 and Batman Begins I thought were a nice idea of how a superhero movie should be made.  You should care just as much about the human side as the hero side.

Slight OT:  One of the great mysteries of the universe.  How the hell did Margot Kidder land the part of Lois Lane?

I think she kept passing out in the producer's lawn and they gave her the part to make her go away.

One thing I'll give Kidder is that she stood up for Richard Donner, as did Gene Hackman. That's one of the reasons the Salkinds dropped them both from Superman III. In the end, I doubt they minded that much.
1392  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / SUPERMAN RETURNS TEASER TRAILER - HOLY CRAP!!! on: November 18, 2005, 02:53:40 PM
Quote from: "unbreakable"
Another interesting facet about his character is that, unlike just about any other hero, he IS Superman.  His alter ego is Clark Kent.  There really aren't too many heroes who come to mind in a similar situation.

Well, that hasn't truly been the case since 1985. The modern, Post-Crisis Superman IS Clark Kent, that's who he thinks of himself as, and his life as Clark is far more real than his life as Superman. Pre-Crisis Superman was practically the opposite.

Post-Crisis Batman, however, IS Batman, and he even describes his Bruce Wayne persona as his "mask."

That cool speech in Kill Bill revealed that Quentin hadn't read a comic book since 1985... but clearly did read the review of Superman: The Movie that was in the New Republic.
1393  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / SUPERMAN RETURNS TEASER TRAILER - HOLY CRAP!!! on: November 18, 2005, 07:47:42 AM
In the hands of a good creative team, Superman is NOT a boring character. Of all the major superheroes in the DC Universe (the universe which for obvious reasons includes almost all the iconic heroes), Superman has the most genuinely human soul. That means he can be tortured, and torturing characters is the heart of good drama.

He's hard to write well because he's so iconic. And because he's become a very obvious messianic character*, and messiahs can be difficult to present in interesting ways, due to the impulse to make them too perfect. But what makes Superman better than, say, Captain Marvel, is that he's not one-note or one-dimensional. He's a very alien being trying to live out what he believes to be the best traits of his adopted world, but not always succeeding. For example, Superman has on more than one occasion killed his opponents, even though that's a violation of his own moral code.

* - The messianic subtext of the Superman story really gained steam in the late Silver Age, and reached its apex with Superman: The Movie, where Jor-El is presented as a divine figure sending a Kal-El, his only son, to earth as a savior.
1394  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / SUPERMAN RETURNS TEASER TRAILER - HOLY CRAP!!! on: November 18, 2005, 06:02:20 AM
That trailer made me cry, I'm so giddy. Could the greatest superhero movie of all time finally get a worthwhile sequel?

"It is for this reason above all, their capacity for good, I have sent them you.... my only son...."

I believe a man can fly.
1395  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOST - 11/16/05 on: November 17, 2005, 06:22:47 AM
I thought the opening of this week's episode was interesting and familiar:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Close up of an eye. Camera pulls back, and it's Ana Lucia. She's floating in the ocean. She scrambles up the beach towards a man who is performing CPR on a woman. She kicks the man in the kidneys and steps on the woman's throat, breaking her trachea. Then she yells at the man.

She stumbles towards the tail section, where the engine is still running. There's some guy there, yelling "I can walk!" and dancing around his now useless wheelchair. She shoves him into the engine, turning him into a fine pink mist, and blowing up the tail section.

The explosion throws her a number of yards, and she lands in a heap right beside a hugely pregnant woman. She punches the woman right in the stomach, then turns to the big fat guy who was trying to help her and insults him for being such a big fat fatty Mcfatterson. Then she pokes him in the eye.

Then she is put in charge of everything due to her obvious leadership skills. (This was written by Dante at the Straight Dope).
1396  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Arrested Development pulled off FOX, effective immediately! on: November 11, 2005, 04:02:20 AM
You can't really say Fox didn't give AD a chance. They pumped a lot of promotional money into the first and second seasons, and tried to find it a safer timeslot. An audience just didn't materialize, and that sucks.

It's still my favorite show on TV. I'll miss it. frown
1397  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Comic Discussion: The Upcoming DC Crisis (Identity/Infinite) on: November 10, 2005, 09:24:49 PM
Issue 2 is out -- and things are getting tres cool:

Spoiler for Hiden:
The body count for last issue was pretty high. But Damage didn't die, which is good, because he's cute. Also, it seems that the "other" Lex Luthor is gathering people from alternate Earths... perhaps his actual goal is not to wipe minds, but to recreate the Multi-verse?

Alternate Lex has the same color eyes as Alexander Luthor from Earth 3.

Our Lex is seemingly struggling between two competing personalities -- what appear to be the pre-Crisis Lex-1 and the post-Crisis Lex.

Power Girl's secret origin is: she's actually Power Girl! That's pretty cool.

And Superman-2, as much as we all love you: Parallax wants his plot back -- didn't you read Zero Hour? This won't end well for you!
1398  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [P] Texans -- Please Vote Today! on: November 09, 2005, 04:29:45 AM
Thank you to everyone who went out and voted the right way on this one. I know voting can be a pain in the ass, and I really appreciate you taking the time to do it -- particularly Crayola and Whiteboy and their respective missuses.

75% in favor. That's the worst result on this issue, ever.

I think I'm going to leave.
1399  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [P] Texans -- Please Vote Today! on: November 08, 2005, 02:09:52 PM

Today is election day in the Lone Star State, and there is a ballot measure up for a vote that MUST be defeated. Proposition 2 would write discriminatory, anti-gay language into the Texas Constitution that would bar the state from recognizing any "incidents" of marriage between same-sex couples, including civil unions from out of state, and perhaps even wills, medicals powers of attorney and joint adoption arrangements.

Under Proposition 2, state agencies, municipal and county governments, Texas universities and schools and public hospitals and fire departments and police forces would be unable to offer partner benefits, meaning they won't be able to compete on a level playing field when seeking to hire many qualified applicants for these sorts of positions.

Turnout for off year elections is VERY low -- perhaps as high as 16% statewide. So far, turnout has been huge in Austin, the Melrose region of Houston and Cedar Springs in Dallas, and very low in most of the rural, conservative counties -- there truly IS a chance to defeat proposition 2, and your vote really WILL count.

Please, go to the polls, and vote AGAINST Proposition 2. Polls are open until 7:00 pm tonight.

Don't know where to vote? Email me at [email protected], and I probably can look it up and tell you. Thank you!
1400  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / King Kong Official Trailer on: November 07, 2005, 03:02:40 PM
Three hours? How much did they pad and drag out this thing? The original was only 100 minutes long. I could see adding another 20 minutes in the form of CGI-fighting on Monster Island, but 80 more minutes in this one? Something's wrong there.
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