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1401  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / No fresh start for you! Pay up, 130 years! on: October 05, 2005, 05:57:15 PM
I was worried you might get caught in the terrible new bankruptcy law when we talked about this a few weeks ago. I had thought it went into effect in January, though. You know you've got my support and that I'd do whatever I can. Not that there's anything I can do.

The health insurance system in this country is deeply broken. The number of insured continues to fall, the costs of insurance continue to rise, and the coverage provided continues to recede. There's absolutely no reason it has to be this way.
1402  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / "Shining" Happy People on: October 04, 2005, 08:47:03 PM
From Roger Ebert by way of my friend Ferguson, here's a video clip trailer where someone took "The Shining" and made cut a trailer that makes it look like a touching family dramedy.

1403  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Arrested Development is still great. on: September 22, 2005, 08:10:24 PM
1404  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOST Season 2 Premier Tonight on: September 22, 2005, 06:09:26 AM
Okay, some dipshit at ABC listed the bullshit, boring, idiotic, worthless "recap" at 7:00 CDT as "Lost." Seeing it listed at 7:00, my Tivo dutifully recorded it. Since I set Lost to record 3 minutes into the next hour, Tivo doesn't record anything at 8:00. So I have no series premiere.

Fuck ABC and their bullshit "recap." Networks seem to exist to make it harder to watch the shows I want to watch.
1405  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Comic Discussion: The Upcoming DC Crisis (Identity/Infinite) on: September 16, 2005, 08:59:27 AM
JLA was a big issue this week, as noted above. The fraying relations between the major heroes is handled quite well. I hated seeing that stupid new Supergirl (here's hoping she dies in Crisis... yeah, I know, won't happen), but Zatanna's actions were very interesting.

I loved seeing Dr. Light II and Dr. Light I duke it out in Green Arrow. The creation of Dr. Light II was a major point in Crisis on Infinite Earths. Over in JSA Classified (which I Byrne-Stole), Psycho Pirate himself has returned. A few months ago, Harbinger was in Superman/Batman, and last week both Lady Quark and Pariah (!) were in Villains United. Aside from Alexander Luthor of Earth-3, that's pretty much the whole cast of characters to be created for and survive Infinite Earths. Things are definitely converging here!

I'm really enjoying the "unified" feel of the DCU as this story approaches. Seeing similar themes, recurring characters and references to the same moral dilemmas cropping up in books across the company really lends aa air of authenticity to the universe.

Some big questions remaining before INFINITE CRISIS arrives: who is Mockingbird (Alexander Luthor? The Monitor?)? Will the JLA dissolve just as the DCU's villains are uniting? And, of course, which Flash will they kill this time? :-)

The DC Insider column at the back of the books spoiled a bit of the set up for the first issue of INFINITE CRISIS, basically letting the astute reader know the endings of all four of the lead-in miniseries. Regardless, I'm looking forward to these final issues, and I'm counting the days until INFINITE CRISIS arrives.

And what's really nice is that this IC lead in has been so cool, it's almost totally distracted me from the fact that All-Star Batman & Robin is basically crap.
1406  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Y'all seen the new iPod? on: September 12, 2005, 03:20:59 AM
The nano is pretty cool, but I'm waiting for an update to the regular iPod. The low end model is currently 20 GB. I have a 15GB Gen 3 iPod, which is about 85% full. Once the low end iPod hits 30 GB, I'm buying one.

If the price comes down a bit, in a couple years I could see myself replacing my iPod Shuffle with an iPod Nano.
1407  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Im still waiting for the New Orleans Relief fund ..... on: September 06, 2005, 04:23:49 AM
Are you sure, Mitch? I would have sworn it was a childhood encounter with mosquito spraying that did that to your face. :-)

I'm down in Houston right now, for a job interview tomorrow. The hotel is full of refugees. When I got off the elevator, there was a girl sitting in the chairs opposite, writing in a pad. She got out of NO with her boyfriend and his family, but has no idea where her parents are. frown

Even those who haven't been killed... how long will it take for people to reconnect?
1408  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Im still waiting for the New Orleans Relief fund ..... on: September 02, 2005, 10:30:37 PM
Not quite sure if that's a compliment or not....
1409  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Im still waiting for the New Orleans Relief fund ..... on: September 02, 2005, 05:45:33 AM
Quote from: "Devil"
Fireball - Keep us posted on how things are going since you may have a better grasp on what's going on in the way of help for these people. Thanks!

By far the best way to help is to give money either to the American Red Cross ( or to the local food banks in the areas where refugees are being taken. They're being inundated with "stuff," but what is needed is good, old-fashioned, imminently flexible cash.

Of course, I say this, yet my Dallas Young Democrats are going to do a toy drive for the kids in Reunion Arena. Oh well. :-)
1410  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Im still waiting for the New Orleans Relief fund ..... on: September 01, 2005, 08:27:38 PM
I had friends in Manhattan on Sept. 11. It took almost a week before they could get phone calls in and out (they lived in SoHo). I suspect it'll be even worse in the damaged areas from Katrina.

As most folks know, I work for the Democratic Party, and we're being swamped both with people looking for ways to help get funds to Louisiana, and with folks trying to get a grip on how to best help the refugees being brought here to Dallas. This whole situation is overwhelming on so many levels.
1411  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Deficits Don't Matter (yeah, right) [P] on: August 30, 2005, 03:48:18 PM
It's not the economy, it's the budget that's at fault. Bush cut taxes way too much, and has raised spending way too quickly, thus resulting in staggering deficits. The man has never vetoed so much as one spending bill from Congress, even the pork-laden energy and transportation bills passed last month. Fiscal discipline simply isn't in his nature, apparently.
1412  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Google Talk on: August 24, 2005, 09:02:43 PM
I should be able to get away at 6:00 on Friday. Let's do dinner and the flick (and Tiger!).
1413  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Google Talk on: August 24, 2005, 08:22:35 PM

Jabber support is present in iChat 1.x in Panther. Just follow their instructions, and it should work. And I'm pretty sure that the next time we have dinner (still need to see the Aristocrats) that my Tiger DVD might accidently come along for the ride. :-)
1414  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Google Talk on: August 24, 2005, 08:07:22 AM
Email or PM me if you would like my GoogleTalk name — its my Gmail account address, so I don't wanna publicly post it.
1415  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Tipping? on: August 15, 2005, 05:35:26 PM
I tend to tip very well when service is good, upwards of 20%, which is my normal baseline (for ease of math as much as anything else). I tipped 50% last week at lunch with the Texas delegation to the Young Democrats of America convention. One poor waitress, 42 Texans, 90 minutes to get in and out. There were some snafus, but I thought she did a stellar job.
1416  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / If Not Hell, then Cupertino, CA, Has Just Frozen Over on: August 02, 2005, 11:28:21 PM
So it rolled out to the Apple Stores today? That's pretty cool. And this thing didn't leak, either. Not bad.

I'm a huge fan of my Kensington Studio Mouse, so I don't need this new Apple Mouse. but if my next Mac comes with one, I'll definitely give it a look. I'm a big, big fan of most everything Apple designs.
1417  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / If Not Hell, then Cupertino, CA, Has Just Frozen Over on: August 02, 2005, 06:01:24 PM
At most 5 years too late. There was no reason to switch to a two-button mouse until the advent of Mac OS X. And even OS X runs just fine with one button.
1418  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / If Not Hell, then Cupertino, CA, Has Just Frozen Over on: August 02, 2005, 03:45:44 PM
Apple Computer releases a multi-button, scrolling mouse

These are strange times.
1419  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What are your pet peeves? on: August 01, 2005, 11:43:03 PM
God, I hate loud eaters. I have a friend I don't eat with because they smack, and their mouths hang open and its sick. I can't eat while watching that. Sick, sick, sick.

Slow drivers drive me nuts. Get out of my way. Jesus.

People who talk slowly or take forever to get to the point .... not my favorite people. My time is too valuable to listen to you stammer. Just spit it out.

Coffee. I hate coffee. The stench of that noxious beverage immediately removes my appetite. Coffee is bad. There will never be a coffee maker in any home in which I live.
1420  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Microsoft Windows Vista on: August 01, 2005, 09:13:05 PM
ME was a disaster on my system. I paid $50 to have my printer and scanner stop working. My printer eventually got updated to working status. I wasn't willing to shell out bucks for a new scanner driver. Now, the steps ME took towards unifying the driver model and integrating the Windows 2000 shell were good steps. It's just that ME was never supposed to be released (it was thrown together because a home edition of Windows 2000 died in the womb), and it really showed. Rough edges abound.
1421  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Stationery Question on: August 01, 2005, 05:51:31 PM
1422  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Microsoft Windows Vista on: August 01, 2005, 05:50:49 PM
The release window is Q4 2006, which is about 18 months away.

If my PC will handle it, I will likely upgrade. I like to be running the newest set of software, and while it pales compared to Mac OS X, Windows XP has been a pretty solid release from Microsoft.
1423  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Stationery Question on: August 01, 2005, 07:46:09 AM
Okay, let's say (of course, totally hypothetically) that I'm starting my own personal business and I'm buying some stationery. And let's say that a letter I write goes for more than one page... what do I print the second page on? Do I print it on the same full letterhead (with name, logo, address, phone, email, web, slogan, etc, on it) or do I use a more simplified letterhead for the second and subsequent pages?

Or do I just use the same stock of paper, but blank?

I'm glad to say, this is the biggest question holding up my launch. smile
1424  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Comic Discussion: The Upcoming DC Crisis (Identity/Infinite) on: July 25, 2005, 08:10:49 PM
Quote from: "AgtFox"
So, they will fast forward to the time after Superman's "For Tomorrow"? since that was set one year ahead as well (one of the reasons people thought Kyle Rayner was going to survive Hal Jordan coming back and the end of his series).

Hopefully they won't even mention "For Tomorrow." That story was just absolute garbage.

1425  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Longhorn becomes Windows Vista on: July 22, 2005, 07:50:22 PM
Of course, a window is the barrier keeping you from the beautiful vista.
1426  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / A brief moment of honesty reveals a chilling agenda. on: July 20, 2005, 08:15:43 AM
Quote from: "Raven"
Open borders attract terrorist.

I could post many more articles about this, but would they really do any good. You seem to argue on emotion, not on reason, and your favorite tactic is to attack and insult.

And you conflate Hispanics with Illegal Immigrants, when the two are not the same.

A suspected terrorist operative came in through the Canadian border. Yawn. We survived the Cold War against a far more dangerous enemy with very open borders. Terrorist boogeymen are the last reason to mess with our relationship with Canada or Mexico.

Honestly, why should I waste any more time with you.

I'm only here right now because you're fairly amusing. And I like the black-and-silver color scheme.

And I haven't moved the goal post.

Sure you have. You've been arguing over the quote all night -- but now, no, it's the article, not the quote. The quote seems to now serve no purpose, when before it appeared to be the linchpin of your Grand Unifying Conspiracy Theory about the browning of America. Why, some nobody Hispanic woman said something glib about Texas being part of Mexico. Best sound the alarm. And be sure to ignore the opinions of people who, you know, actually live in Texas. Or, at least, that's the circle this thread went in for hours.

But now it's about the article itself.

I think the agenda is quit real, and quit chilling. Keep the borders unsecured, for as long as possible, so as many illiegal immigrants can pour into America, in as short a time as possible, regardless of the impact on the economy, environment, healthcare, taxes, education, crime, or national security.

Yes, that must be it. The Mexican government wants everyone in Mexico to go to America, because that would work out very well for them. Look, the only reason we have illegal immigration is because we, as a nation, WANT and REQUIRE it. You don't want illegal immigration? Good. Neither do I. So, let's come up with a way to legally get those laborers over here to work for the wages our economic stability requires us to pay them.

And with this newfound political muscle comes an arrogance, and the comment I quoted in my initial thread is a reflection of that arrogance.

By definition, illegal immigrants have no political muscle. They have no vote. If a city is 90% illegal immigrants, and they all hate you, but the 10% that aren't love you, and there's an election, you win, because that 90% has NO political clout and can neither vote NOR give money to campaigns or PACs.

The only domestic political clout Hispanics have is that wielded by Hispanic citizens of the United States. So, either, the political clout you worry about does not exist or you're bemoaning the fact that a lot of Americans -- people who are just as American as you will ever be -- are Hispanics. Which takes us back to the race.
1427  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / A brief moment of honesty reveals a chilling agenda. on: July 20, 2005, 07:36:50 AM
Quote from: "Raven"
Do you really think they make your argument any stronger?

Your paranoia doesn't really require an A game.

The Mexican Gov't hands out free information on how to enter the US illegally, and fanatically applies pressure on Washington to keep our borders unprotected.

Fanatically? You have evidence of this fanatacism? And is it fanaticism regarding open borders, or more of the "please don't shoot people trying to get into the US" sort of thing?

Clearly illegal immigration is a problem. However, there is a need and a desire in the United States for these workers. We want them here, to take the jobs we won't and be paid the wages we can't live on. We can't afford the true cost of our goods, so a porous border provides a deflationary pressure that keeps prices down. Clearly, this is a haphazard solution. Better and more safer would be to legalize transient Mexican workers, as well as a lower standard wage for them, and make what's happening BECAUSE WE REQUIRE IT TO happen above board.

And thanks for completely ignoring the link I provided.

Your thread title mentions a "chilling admission," and then you chose to pull out and highlight that incredibly idiotic quote. Yet now you say that wasn't what you really thought? That I should read the whole article to get your point of view? Huh? Then why highlight that paragraph, and spend two pages arguing over the meaning of it? You're moving goalposts now.

And not that you'll respond to this point, but regardless on how you feel towards illegal immigrants, shouldn't we protect our borders, if only for security reasons?

Security? You mean... GASP... the TERRORISTS? Give me a break. You're more at risk of being killed by a car being driven by a drunken sea otter than being killed by a.... GASP... TERRORIST who swam across the dirty Rio Grande to blow up a dirty city with his dirty bomb. We need to beef up our border patrol so that we can more efficiently check and process people entering the country... but only because that will make the free flow of goods, capital and economic interdependency more efficient, not because we're afraid of bad men in turbins.

Frankly, I'm more afraid of our porous northern border than our porous Southern border. Those Canadians. You know, they club seals. Scary people.

I'm not going to die in a terrorist attack, and neither are you. The bogeyman is not in the closet, and he's not hopping across the Mexican border, either.
1428  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / A brief moment of honesty reveals a chilling agenda. on: July 20, 2005, 06:15:46 AM
Quote from: "Raven"
First of all. I simply pointed out that a member of LULAC claimed that Texas had been "conquered" by Hispanics, which I felt was not just inaccurate, but highly insensitive.

Your post in no way indicated that you thought the quote was "inaccurate" or "insensitive." In fact, given that you chose that quote to underline your post, it seemed very much that you agreed with it. There was nothing to indicate otherwise.

But I'm a bigot for calling that asshole out.

No, you appear to be a bigot because you appear to hold to the notion that there is a vast pan-Hispanic conspiracy to overthrow the government of the United States. Or was it to pollute or precious bodily fluids? I can never keep track.
1429  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / A brief moment of honesty reveals a chilling agenda. on: July 20, 2005, 04:42:36 AM
The quote in your first post said nothing about illegal immigration. It said that Texas had been taken over by Hispanics, which is:

1) Wrong.

2) Racist, the way you're using it, which is to paint this as a bad thing.

3) Denigrating to millions of Texas Hispanics who are just as much a citizen of this country as any Anglo.

You presented this claim that Texas had been taken over by Hispanics as "chilling." Why is the presence of a large population of Hispanic Americans in Texas chilling?

I think its a rather good thing.
1430  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / A brief moment of honesty reveals a chilling agenda. on: July 20, 2005, 03:24:36 AM
No, your racist attempt to imply that eeeeevil Hispanics were trying to take this country away from the Great White People who took it away from the red heathens is not "pointing out someone else's race baiting."

Your entire first post was an anti-hispanic, racist exercise in baiting. This whole thread exists simply because you seem to hate hispanic people found some nonsense quote to support your notion that they are "taking over" the nation.
1431  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / A brief moment of honesty reveals a chilling agenda. on: July 20, 2005, 01:28:56 AM
Quote from: "Raven"
Quote from: "godhugh"

I heard a white guy in Arkansas raped someone. We should get rid of all the white people in Arkansas. Destructive people, that's what they are.

Time to whip out the race card, huh.

Your quote in the first post started the race baiting.
1432  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / A brief moment of honesty reveals a chilling agenda. on: July 20, 2005, 01:28:28 AM
Quote from: "Jumangi"
The people who don't think the flood of illegal immigration isn't that big of deal don't live in one of the states being affected by it. Being a Arizona resident I see it every day.

I'm a native Texan. We have a vibrant, wonderful Hispanic community in this state. We would be a far lesser community without them.
1433  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / A brief moment of honesty reveals a chilling agenda. on: July 20, 2005, 01:25:56 AM
Quote from: "Raven"
You can make any jokes you want, but not everyone shares your sense of humor when it comes to this subject, and for those Americans who are getting a bird's eye view of just how destructive illegal immigration can be, you're dismissive attitude might be seen in poor taste.

Nonsense. I live in Texas, the same as CrayolaSmoker. This state has not been taken over by hispanics, and anyone who says it has been is an idiot. I'll leave it to other to discern what sort of person might take the glib chatter of an idiot as gospel.

Illegal immigration is an economic problem. If 3 million people are coming into this country every year to take jobs that those of us already living here won't take because they're not economically worth the sort of pay that Americans demand, then we have a core economic issue to deal with. I'm not sure how to deal with it -- but I certainly don't want to be paying 2 to 3 times more for my produce and meat.
1434  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Batman Begins? on: July 10, 2005, 03:47:08 AM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
Then who was the chief architect of the Zero Hour? I seem the remember that being an ex-Green Lantern.

It was Hal Jordan, but he didn't die at the end.

Also, do the comics masters, be it DC or Marvel, do a major revamp every few years and assign it the "Crisis in..." label? You and I had a talk some time ago about that and you said whenever the word "Crisis" appeared in the title of something, it was the most serious thing you would see in the comics world.

It is in the DC comics world. I don't think Marvel's ever had anything similar, though their Infinity books got to be something of the same scale, IIRC.
1435  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Batman Begins? on: July 10, 2005, 02:37:22 AM
Quote from: "AgtFox"
Jason Todd, Donna Troy and Hal Jordan all being back from the dead is supposedly key to the Infinite Crisis along with the "Trinity" of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman.  I started up a thread somewhere around here talking about it, but it never really caught on.  Maybe I should update it.

I wonder if any other than Hal will still be alive at the end of Infinite Crisis.

I am not surprised Jason is alive especially with the swerve during Hush by Loeb.

I was SO disappointed that it wasn't Jason in Hush, particularly given how that moment in the graveyard just hit me like a ton of bricks. After that, the real identity of Hush was something of a disappointment.

Now they are saying it was indeed Todd that battled Batman during Hush and that Clayface was put in at the last moment.  Someone asked Jason how he came back alive in the last Batman issue and he kind of blew it off.  A Lazarus Pit dip usually brings about insanity like what happened with Riddler during Hush and Ra's on many occasions.  Jason hasn't shown any insane tendencies yet.

The thing is, the insanity is only temporary, and it appears that Jason was brought back to life YEARS ago -- he's aged at least four or five years since his death. Which would be, what, about 10 years worth of issues? Maybe Jason's return is a long-unknown remnant of Zero Hour. ;-)
1436  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Batman Begins? on: July 10, 2005, 02:35:28 AM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
Quote from: "AgtFox"
Jason Todd, Donna Troy and Hal Jordan all being back from the dead is supposedly key to the Infinite Crisis along with the "Trinity" of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman.  I started up a thread somewhere around here talking about it, but it never really caught on.  Maybe I should update it.

Wait a second. I thought Hal Jordan came back during Zero Hour as the chief villain? Or has he died and been reborn since then?

Hal hadn't died at that point. Hal died a few years after Zero Hour during the Final Night -- he sacrificed himself and all his power to reignite the Sun. He ended up in Purgatory, and for a brief time was the human incarnation of the Spectre -- the spirit of God's vengeance. He's now fully back from the dead, and restored as a Green Lantern (of which there now appear to be six or seven, as opposed to just John Stewart and Kyle Rayner as before).
1437  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Batman Begins? on: July 10, 2005, 01:38:19 AM
Quote from: "stiffler"
Does nobody else realize how stupid it is that Jason Todd was brought back from the dead?  With the exception of wbs you all seem giddy about this turn of events, which is one of the worst things I have read in a long time.  If Batman suddenly had the ability to fly would you even blink?

Batman has had people around him come back from the dead on numerous occasions -- including Ra's al Ghul. The notion of Jason's death really doesn't have any resonance for Batman anymore. He's basically been over it for years. This dredges it all back up, and gives Batman, effectively, a replacement villain for the immortal Ra's, who died for the last time (ha ha) about a year ago.

I realize this is a fucking comic book, but to just wipe away what was such a great story and had such an impact on Batman...

How does it wipe away? It all stems from it. Jason isn't a good guy anymore, because of what he went through due to what he now sees as "Bruce's weakness." It's a twist, to be sure, but its an interesting one. And it's been handled remarkably well. They teased us with this two years ago, and then reintroduced it very carefully. And they've got some of their best writers working on it (Judd Winnick).

Jason's return might not last beyond Infinite Crisis, but its one of the most genuinely surprising "returns" in the DC Universe in recent years.
1438  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Batman Begins? on: July 09, 2005, 09:57:01 PM
Well Batman went nuts after Jason died, but that was over a decade ago, and he's long past that. When he discovered two years ago that Jason's body was missing, he sorta freaked out again, but its been quite busy since then.
1439  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Batman Begins? on: July 09, 2005, 09:13:14 PM
Nope, it seems that Jason Todd has finally come back from the dead (what a shock in comic world). I'd imagine someone dunked him in a Lazarus Pit.
1440  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Batman Begins? on: July 09, 2005, 07:10:21 PM
Joker's origins aren't covered in Year One (nor is he even featured in Year Two), but remember Year One didn't cover everything that happened that year. During the events of Year One, Batman foiled a heist at the Ace Card company that ended up chasing the bad guys into the chemical plant next door. These guys were part of the Red Hood gang -- three gangsters and the Red Hood, though in truth the Red Hood was just a guy in a mask, and a different guy everytime. This time, the Red Hood was a down-on-his-luck comic, who ended up falling into the chemical vats and emerging insane and as the Joker.

Or at least, that's how the Joker sometimes remembers his origin. He's so crazy, he's not exactly sure where he came from, though the Red Hood notion is pretty well established.

There's a new Red Hood in Gotham today. He's a violent vigilante who's first action was beating the crap out of the Joker. With a crowbar. Because the Joker did that to him once... before he tied him to a bomb. Welcome back, Jason. smile
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