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1481  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Why do they hate America? on: May 20, 2005, 04:02:01 AM
Quote from: "Daehawk"
LOL..Id love it if bosses caught all the slackers at that crap and fired them on the spot. I saw a big line of them on the news tonight and the wife and I had a good laugh poking fun at the dorks. Teenagers and under I might understand but I saw people my age in that line in dressup. Embarassing.


I hope you feel the same way about the losers who walk around in sporting team jerseys.
1482  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Oh Good Lord, I've Graduated on: May 12, 2005, 06:14:20 AM
Okay, a test confirms it: I look like a doofus in my cap and gown.
1483  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOST - 05/11/05 on: May 12, 2005, 05:01:30 AM
Well, we did learn that whatever it is that was driving Kate to run, it goes all the way back to her childhood. We're also seeing the resolution of some of the plot threads and storylines from earlier in the year as secrets people had been holding (three big ones in this episode alone) were brought out into the open, to some degree or another.

I wonder how they'll handle the raft. If it launches, I'd find it hard to believe that it would ever find its way back to the island -- short of some sort of magical intervention -- and I'd hate to lose the characters who are presently planning to ship out.

I am very interesting to see the Others. And I loved seeing Danielle delivering what was very, very Delenn-like dialogue. smile
1484  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Your tax dollars at work on: May 11, 2005, 07:07:54 PM
Quote from: "Raven"
It's amazing to me how anyone could possibly argue that illegal immigrants don't negatively impact our environment, educational system, transportation system, crime, healthcare, and any other social issue that's important to American citizens.


There's no question that they have an impact on those services. However, is the economic benefit gained by the wider culture from the availability of illegals willing to work for, literally, illegally low wages enough to offset that "impact" should be the real question. I don't think you would like the results if we actually got rid of all those working illegally in the United States.

As for medical care, if they're here, and they seek emergency care, we have a moral obligation to provide it just as we would provide it to anyone here by birth or visa. However, I see no reason not to patch them up and then ship them home.

EDIT: Actually, I can see a reason not to do that: it might discourage them from seeking medical care, and thus create a situation that could easily foster a major public health crisis.
1485  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Who here is seeing Star Wars Episode 3 opening night? on: May 11, 2005, 03:45:37 PM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
Got the tickets for the midnight show, as well as the next day's 7 p.m. digital screening. biggrin


How strange, I'm going to those showings, too! slywink
1486  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Oh Good Lord, I've Graduated on: May 10, 2005, 06:40:35 PM
Quote from: "drifter"
Or even worse.  They want to start collecting those loans.


I managed to avoid that situation. I worked my last two years through college, so I'm graduating without any loans due.

When I do graduate school, I'll probably have to find some sort of loan support, though.
1487  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Oh Good Lord, I've Graduated on: May 10, 2005, 06:39:22 PM
Quote from: "disarm"
congratulations fireball!  what's your degree and where are you off to next?


Thanks. My degree is in political science. I'm not sure what I'm going to do next. I'm taking to a lot of folks in the party establishment here in Dallas, it's just hard finding political employment in a non-political year. We'll see. I may end up homeless and destitute.

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i had my medical school graduation ceremony on sunday and it's hard to believe all those years of schooling are really over.  even worse, everyone wants to keep calling me 'doctor' now slywink


Congratulations, Doctor Disarm.
1488  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Oh Good Lord, I've Graduated on: May 10, 2005, 03:15:24 PM
Just pulled up my student access website at SMU, and all the little buttons are green. I've actually graduated from college. And with a 3.4 SMU cumulative GPA. God help us all.
1489  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / A Hero Falls- Episode III music video on: May 02, 2005, 07:13:06 AM
I'm very pumped for this movie. It looks like there's not a lot of space battling, but a whole hell of a lot of lightsaber dueling in this one, and those are my favorite parts of all the movies. From the two trailers, I count at least four lightsaber fights:

Anakin/Obi-Wan and Dooku
Palpatine and all those Jedi
Anakin and Obi-Wan
Palpatine and Yoda

And since General Grievous did some heavy duty lightsabering in Clone Wars, I assume we'll see him get in on the action somewhere.

I. Can't. Wait.
1490  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Napster on: April 29, 2005, 02:13:33 PM
You shouldn't get charged. Your free trial period is the billing cycle in question. Once that is up, the account will go away.
1491  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Kevin Smith has seen Episode III... on: April 28, 2005, 04:28:38 AM
Oh, you want to make it a pic war, huh? ;-)



If you walk without rhythm, you won't attract the droids.
1492  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Kevin Smith has seen Episode III... on: April 28, 2005, 01:50:37 AM
Quote from: "Dafones"
Smith was basically like, "F&ck Jar Jar. F&ck him up his stupid ass." I'm paraphrasing though.


Be careful what you say. Whiteboy is a huge Jar Jar fan. He has lots of Jar Jar toys and books.
1493  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Adobe Buys Macromedia FAQ in Plain English on: April 26, 2005, 08:08:57 PM
PDF is transglorious. I use and create PDFs all the time. It's by far the best printing-standardization format out there. I literally couldn't do my job without it.

Of course, on a Mac, you don't have to suffer with Adobe's craptacular Reader software, which is slow, hungry and ugly.
1494  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / New Pope. on: April 19, 2005, 08:54:45 PM
I'm not very happy with this. Ratzinger is the personafication of everything I hated about John Paul II's later years. The Church will harm itself doing this. Talk all you want about the booming African and South American churches, but those aren't the ones that keep the Church in gold goblets and silk robes.

Frankly, the thought of a man who considers me to be inherently evil, immoral and a threat to "family" as pope makes me want to wretch.

On the plus side, I won't have to worry about getting weepy or emotional, or even the least bit sad, the next time a pope dies.

Here's hoping his tenure is much more John Paul I than John Paul II.
1495  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [DVD] Primer on: April 13, 2005, 11:48:55 PM
I've not seen the movie, but the writer/director spoke at the SMU Student Filmmakers Association Film Festival last year and is extremely attractive.
1496  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Revenge Of The Sith (1337 subtitles) on: April 13, 2005, 10:19:28 PM
It's hilarious, but I don't understand a lot of it. TG? LFG?
1497  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Do you post at the Octopus Overlords too ? on: April 12, 2005, 03:02:34 AM
While I post at both boards, and certainly think highly of this board (it has the added bonus of being the board my two best friends in the world post to), I post a lot more at OO. Mainly because I'm only interested in the "off topic" stuff.
1498  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Transformers the Movie on: April 07, 2005, 03:49:15 PM
Yeah yeah yeah.

But will it be "Beyond Good, Beyond Evil, Beyond Your Wildest Imagination"?

And they best get the original cartoon voice actors, or the movie will blow.
1499  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The Pope Has Died on: April 03, 2005, 02:41:39 PM
Quote from: "Crowley"


I have no idea what that means.
1500  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The Pope Has Died on: April 03, 2005, 07:51:28 AM
My rambling, probably grammatically-troubled, consideration of the loss of Pope John Paul II.
1501  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The New Napster on: March 02, 2005, 11:52:26 PM
Quote from: "Laner"
Quote from: "Dafones"
Quote from: "Laner"
the iTunes Music Store *only* offers protected AAC files... no MP3s.


No shit? Wow, that changes things. Can those AAC files be shared on P2P programs, or are they secure to your computer or player?

Nope, they're tied to your account.

There is a program or two out there that will strip the protection from the music purchased at iTMS, while still retaining your information embedded in the file (so if it gets distributed around the world, it's identifiable).  Which is what I've done to the handful of Protected AAC files I have - I'm not about to share them via P2P or any other method, but at the same time I'm not going to let Apple restrict what I do with the music I've legally purchased.


That seems reasonable to me. I wonder if the notion of an identifier tag without actual usage restrictions was ever floated? I suppose it'd be impossible to come up with an identifier marker that couldn't be faked, though.
1502  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The New Napster on: March 02, 2005, 06:28:28 PM
Quote from: "Dafones"
Quote from: "Laner"
the iTunes Music Store *only* offers protected AAC files... no MP3s.


No shit? Wow, that changes things. Can those AAC files be shared on P2P programs, or are they secure to your computer or player?


Why would legal services be distributing music that you could then put on a thieving network?
1503  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Email App? on: February 15, 2005, 06:45:39 PM
If MacMail is what you're calling Apple Mail, then that's what I use at home. At work I use Microsoft Entourage.
1504  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Google Does Online Maps on: February 09, 2005, 07:26:47 AM
Google's stuff always seems to kick total ass. First, they make the only usable webmail ever. Now, they totally redo maps. Have you looked at their other beta stuff? Google News is excellent. So is Google Suggest (fun to see how much you have to type before your name comes up). Their technological prowess continues to astound.
1505  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Israel and Palestinians agree to cease-fire on: February 08, 2005, 05:10:27 PM
This is a very promising turn of events. Retracting Arafat's infiitada would go a long way to bringing credibility to the leadership of Palestine. However, Hammas is pleding to continue its campaign of terror. Abbas needs to find a way to stop them without undermining his own political base. Not easy.

But none of the challenges facing Palestine are easy. Arafat's autocratic rule, his depsotism, has prevented the development of the apparatus of a proper state. Abbas needs to continue to hold elections, he needs to instill the rule of law. And that must include laws against violence against Israel and Israelis.

I hope Abbas is up to the challenge. The Palestinian people, the bulk of them who are not violent terrorists, deserve a state. Arafat committed himself to a course that, in the end, insured that such a state would never exist. Hopefully Abbas can do better.

Unlike Arafat, Abbas owes his authority to the democratic process. Let us hope that debt plays out in his policy decisions.
1506  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Gay Cartoons? on: February 04, 2005, 08:09:14 PM
Quote from: "Rob_Merritt"
Thats right, there isn't. IF and I do mean IF the public schools were showing the proper way for a boy to go into a gay bar and to bottom for 6 other boys on the pool table THEN there might be a vaild concern.


Damn, I graduated from school way too early.
1507  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Gay Cartoons? on: February 04, 2005, 08:05:39 PM
My statement was a general statement and had no particular bearing on this thread or the OP in particular.
1508  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Holy HELL!!!! Star Wars Ep 3 footage on: February 04, 2005, 07:57:41 PM
That's gotta be a bit sped up.
1509  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Gay Cartoons? on: February 04, 2005, 07:57:15 PM
I think one must be intolerant of oppression which is targeted at a vulnerable minority group. Particularly when children (in this case, the children of gay-led households) are involved.
1510  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Gay Cartoons? on: February 04, 2005, 07:18:16 PM
Quote from: "Andrew Mallon"
Right on! Because anyone who has any concerns or shows the slightest degree of uncomfortableness about this should be immediately labeled a hatemonger and shouted down. You know, instead of listening to them to see if they have a valid concern or not?


What valid concern could they possibly have with showing a gay-led family as one of the many kinds of families in America, other than concerns rooted in hate and malice?
1511  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Gay Cartoons? on: February 04, 2005, 07:13:17 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
The right and wrong would be whether the teacher condemns or condones it.  Its not their place to give their opinion on the matter, just to provide the facts - yes, there are groups out there choose lifestyles outside of the 'norm'.


Being gay is not a "lifestyle."
1512  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Gay Cartoons? on: February 04, 2005, 06:16:27 PM
First of all, that's a different topic than this cartoon, which is about all the different types of families there are. Are not gay families one of the types of families out there?

Second, is a book that shows Heather and her two moms any more of an indoctrination than a book that shows how neat life is in China? Or how Christmas celebrations are nifty yet different around the world? Or how every religion has its own interesting customs? Of course not. They're books written in bright and happy language because that appeals to kids, and they're showing kids that the world is a far more varied place than their home life. Certainly that is an important function of the socialization aspect of education.
1513  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Gay Cartoons? on: February 04, 2005, 06:02:53 PM
This is absurd. It's a cartoon about families. Here's a family with a mom who works. Here's a family with a mom and dad. Here's a family where the kids live with grandma and grandpa. And here's a family where there are two moms. Families come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, isn't that neat?

Gasp. The horror.

Hello, welcome to the real world. The civilly unionized lesbian couple is just as legitimate  family as any other. You'd be hard pressed to find a major school district in America without kids from gay-headed households.

It is offensive that the reactionary right would try to make it somehow "wrong" to even mention that these families exist. Worse yet, it victimizes the children of gay parents. Not that conservatives give a damn about such children. They're happy to... what's the phrase... oh yes... leave them behind.
1514  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Enterprise be dead... on: February 04, 2005, 03:14:40 PM
It´s been a bad show, and it's end is finally here.
I'm sick of Star Trek, which I used to hold so dear.
I just hope that this show's Rick Berman's last. Please don't let him stay.
Don't let that jerk make bad Star Trek no more, let's just send that hack away.


Cause it's time for a break. When even your true fans don't care.
Let's give Star Trek a rest. Until they put some thought back in there.
I´ve got other shows to watch, there's no room for bad Trek in my day.
I can't take it anymore. I'm sick of Trek, I'm sick of dreck, please let's send Berman away.
1515  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Survey] What do you do for a living? on: February 03, 2005, 04:31:17 PM
I am the head of the graphic design department (which is me and a bunch of student employees) for the small independent company which publishes the newspaper and yearbook at Southern Methodist University. I coordinate the production of ad copy for local clients, and the proofing of ad copy for clients who send us in their ads.

I am also in charge of our various websites.

I also manage the 30-machine Macintosh portion of our company network. Which isn't that much to do. Macs basically maintain themselves, and there's no spyware, malware or viruses to worry about. The three Windows machines we have are in a constant state of duress,  but that's not my problem.

I also prepare and design promotional materials for our company, and the advertiser kits we send out to potential clients.

On the side, I occasionally do some freelance graphic and web design. Mostly for friends and Democratic political groups.
1516  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Please sign this Metallica Petition on: January 19, 2005, 09:24:24 PM
Whoever wrote that petition has, at best, a passing familiarity with a language, but I'm not sure that language is English.
1517  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Got my iPod Shuffle today on: January 18, 2005, 03:21:14 AM
I ordered it within 90 minutes of the end of the Stevenote.
1518  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Got my iPod Shuffle today on: January 18, 2005, 02:54:22 AM
I do believe it's a one-playlist device. When you click on the iPod Shuffle in your Sources pane, it lists  the songs on  the device, and has some controls at the bottom, including an option regarding what playlist to sync it to.



My playlist in question is actually 900+ songs long. It randomly picks from that playlist to fill up the iPod when I hit the "Autofill" button.

Now, I can leave the iPod Shuffle in my sources pane, and go in and carefully organize the playlist, with it plugged in or not, and then sync that playlist onto the Shuffle and play through it linearly, but there's no mechanism that I can see to sync more than one playlist on there.
1519  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Got my iPod Shuffle today on: January 18, 2005, 02:19:11 AM
Yes. Sorry. smile
1520  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Got my iPod Shuffle today on: January 17, 2005, 10:25:36 PM
Quote from: "Jancelot"
Coming from a happy iPod owner and officially-jealous-of-your-Shuffle person I still thought this was very funny (especially after dealing with people who work at the Apple stores).  Apple's marketing team is certainly top-notch and this is a fun poke at its effectiveness.



Yeah, I've seen that. It's pretty clever. Though it'd be more clever if they used the right typeface for the Apple logo. smile
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