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1481  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Politics] Do you live in Dallas, TX? If so, PLEASE READ! on: May 21, 2005, 02:46:28 PM
Quote from: "unbreakable"

Holy dogshit! Texas! Only steers and queers come from Texas, Private Cowboy! And you don't look much like a steer to me, so that kinda narrows it down!


Sorry, couldnt resist  Tongue   If I lived in Texas, I would help you out.  Gunny seems to think it's a non-issue as well, albeit for a different reason.

I'm glad we dont have those sorts of problems here in Illinois.

And you have the Cubs and Wrigley Field. I'm sort of jealous all around. smile
1482  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Politics] Do you live in Dallas, TX? If so, PLEASE READ! on: May 21, 2005, 02:45:20 PM
Quote from: "mytocles"
Hey, I live in Massachusetts, and I still read the post, but wouldn't you want to say "Texas" instead of "Dallas" in the title?  It's a statewide proposal, correct?  The more the merrier!

Good Luck Tongue

Yes, it's a statewide proposal, but the key votes appear to be coming from Dallas County. I'm not certain who the swayables are in other counties. smile
1483  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Star Wars - Episode III Impressions (OMG SPOILERS) on: May 21, 2005, 04:46:01 AM
Quote from: "Jumangi"
Quote from: "Driver"

You know, what?  I really liked it. smile  That midichlorian bullshit kind of makes sense.

I liked the ROTS allot too but thats still going to stay as a dumb idea on his part along with Jar jar. The force reduced to bactieria? No thats just lame.

"The Force reduced to bacteria" is also a very inaccurate description of what midichlorians are. Midichlorians do not create the Force.
1484  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Politics] Do you live in Dallas, TX? If so, PLEASE READ! on: May 21, 2005, 03:28:27 AM
If you live in Dallas, please, please, please contact either Senator John Carona or Senator Royce West and ask them to oppose House Joint Resolution 6!

HJR6 would bar any sort of recognition of same sex relationships in the State of Texas. It only takes 11 votes in the Senate to block this unnecessary and horrid little bill, and opponents of the measure are on the verge of having those votes. However, both Carona (a Republican) and West (a Democrat) are now wavering in their opposition and say feedback from their districts will determine their vote!

So please, if you support equality, freedom, self-determination and liberty -- and live in Dallas (I know several of our posters do) -- please contact your state Senator and ask him to oppose this measure!

The Senate is in session this weekend, and the Senators and their staffs will be available on Saturday, so please call immediately.

Senator West's Austin office phone number is (512) 463-0123.

Senator Carona's Austin office phone number is (512) 463-0116.

When contacting the Senators, you likely will not be asked your reasons for opposing the bill. However, please keep these points in mind:

    * This amendment is redundant, as Texas already has a "Defense of Marriage" law.

    * This amendment would expose GLBT Texans to even broader discrimination.

    * This amendment will make Texas a less welcoming place for GLBT-friendly businesses and GLBT entrepreneurs.

    * There is no risk that a decision similar to that of Massachusett's Supreme Judicial Court would "suddenly" legalize gay marriage due to differences between the Texas and Massachusetts Constitutions.

    * A similar amendment in Ohio has had unexpected and unwelcome side effects, such as removing "domestic abuse" protections from all unmarried couples, and thus could endanger all Texans, regardless of sexual orientation.

Find out who represents you in the Texas Senate, and contact them:

Thank you!
1485  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Star Wars - Episode III Impressions (OMG SPOILERS) on: May 20, 2005, 07:07:31 PM
Grievous was badly injured at the end of the second Clone Wars series, thus his cough early in ROTS and clutching of his chest.
1486  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Star Wars - Episode III Impressions (OMG SPOILERS) on: May 20, 2005, 06:25:55 PM
Quote from: "farley2k"
Wow.  I hated this movie.  It was so stupid, so weak and just so overdone.  

1. Why does Mace Windu go from wanting to arrest Palpatine to trying to kill him?  Just becuase that made it seem easier for Anakin to choose to attack him?  Makes no sense, none.

He was going to arrest Palpatine when it seemed like the Sith Lord was spent and powerless. After Palpatine struck back at him, he realized that he was too powerful to contain, and had to die.

2. What the is up with Padme "losing her will to live"?  That is just the stupidest reason on Earth!  Just having her die in child birth was fine, it worked, it was believable, it was neat.  The whole will to live thing was just cheesy.

That's mere opinion. I thought it worked well.

3. How come with "Order 66" Yoda can feel them dying but no other Jedi can?  Oh, right he is the best, coolest....or he just needed some cheap way to explain him living.

800 years of training? And who says that other Jedi couldn't feel it happening? Perhaps they were too busy dying to respond.

4. Do we really think Captain Antilies would keep C3-PO and R2 for roughly 15-18 years?!  And still be flying the same ship?  Oh sorry it was the same style....but the style of every other ship changed....just not that one.

No, that was the same ship. We don't know if it's the same Captain Antilles, but it's safe to assume it was. Given the delapidated state of the Galaxy in A New Hope, it makes sense that Senator Leia would still be travelling in the same vessel. Particularly with all of Alderaan's financial resources being put to use as part of the Rebellion.

5. If you love Anakin like a brother - don't let him fucking burn to death!  Just kill him mercifully![b/]  Seriously, I was just sitting there thinking - if that is what he does to his brother...well crap.  And come on!  If the goal was to kill Anakin why leave when he was still alive?  

I'll admit, I wondered this. But then, even if I loved someone, I'd probably be a bit pissed at him for trying to, you know, kill me, and I wouldn't want to walk down there and give him the chance to grab me and pull me into the lava.

[Oh sorry one last one....when did R2 learn to squirt oil out of himself?

Even droids must urinate?
1487  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.
1488  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.
1489  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
1490  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.
1491  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
1492  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.
1493  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.

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.
1494  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.
1495  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.
1496  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.
1497  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.
1498  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.
1499  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.
1500  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.
1501  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.
1502  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?
1503  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.
1504  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.
1505  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.
1506  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.
1507  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.
1508  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?
1509  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.
1510  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.
1511  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.
1512  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.
1513  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.
1514  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.
1515  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.
1516  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?
1517  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."
1518  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.
1519  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.
1520  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.
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