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1561  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Soft water?! ARGGGHHHH! (New Apartment Woes) on: November 17, 2004, 07:58:31 PM
The complex itself softens the water as it comes in. They filter it (I hope they're not also taking out the flouride, I like having strong teeth). It tastes funny out of the tap.

There's no resident's association, and I'm not sure if our lease allows us to set one up. In any case, the building is only 11% occupied so far (80% leased out, though), so there aren't many of us to go complainin' and I don't have many immediate neighbors.
1562  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Soft water?! ARGGGHHHH! (New Apartment Woes) on: November 17, 2004, 07:25:55 PM
If it comes out of a well it is almost certainly hard water.
1563  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Soft water?! ARGGGHHHH! (New Apartment Woes) on: November 17, 2004, 05:28:49 PM
I've lived in Dallas for most of my life, actually. But most of that was up in the (ahem) Park Cities. I used to live in the Village off of US 75. Now I'm down at 1001 Ross Avenue.

Yay, my swank new bed from Crate & Barrel just arrived. This makes me happy enough to ignore the limp water in this place for a few days. When in doubt, surround me with pretty new things.

And for the record, if you're a gay man complaining about soft water, don't describe the water you like as being "hot, hard and strong," because people will look at you funny.
1564  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Soft water?! ARGGGHHHH! (New Apartment Woes) on: November 17, 2004, 05:04:31 PM
The water in Lawrence, KS, is definitely soft.

Soft water is, basically, water that has a low levels of mineral content, while hard water includes more minerals. Hard water can dry out your skin (so it's bad for my exema), but it is also much better at getting things clean since it has a bit of "grit" to it. With soft water, I feel like I have to scrub to get soap off my body.
1565  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Soft water?! ARGGGHHHH! (New Apartment Woes) on: November 17, 2004, 03:55:39 PM
So I moved into my new apartment in downtown Dallas. I love the view. I love the new floor layout. I love that I'm the first person to live in my unit.

But I hate my bathroom. Not only is the bathtub too shallow to take a bath in (it's like sitting in a not-quite-waist-deep puddle), not only does water get EVERYWHERE when I shower (am I supposed to spend 15 minutes sopping up water every morning?), not only does water puddle up and not totally drain out of the tub -- but every day I've felt a bit less clean that I should after my shower.

And then last night I noticed that my clothes had a ... greasy ... feel when coming out of the washing machine.

And today I learned the truth: the bastards soften the water. They take Dallas' beautiful, hard, deliriously perfect water and ruin it by stripping it of its strength and vigor. The water in my apartment is a tepid, slimy mess. Soft water. I hated living in Kansas because of the soft water, and now I'm paying for the "luxury" of water that doesn't do the job.

I could put up with the structural inanities of the bathroom -- layer up towels on the flat surfaces, squeegee quickly, keep the water running while taking a bath -- but the soft water is unbearable. Had I known about this (I wish I had known to ask) I would never have signed a lease at this place. I love taking showers, or at least I did. But what good is a shower that doesn't really make you feel warm, doesn't really get you clean, and that leaves you feeling slimy?

My new place is fabulous. Beautiful. But I because of this, I wouldn't recommend the complex to anyone. Ever.
1566  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Anyone reading "Identity Crisis"? (SPOILERS FOR IS on: November 12, 2004, 02:41:53 AM
Yeah, it points to Atom. But the current thought is that it might not be Ray, but Jean. She did have access to all his patents. Perhaps her own exposure has given her sort of a complex about superhero family members, and she wants to punish the entire world she's tried to escape? Or something?

I dunno, but I can't wait until issue 7!
1567  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Balance vs. Bias in the Media on: November 11, 2004, 09:10:51 PM
Yeah, this nonsense notion of "balance" which is let Side A have their say and then let Side B have their say is entirely why (television, mostly) journalism in modern America is so problematic. The news media SHOULD have a bias -- a bias towards empirically verifiable truths. The print media still does a pretty good job of this, particularly more thoughtful publications like the New Republic.

But treating "Intelligent Design" and evolution as if they were equally potentially valid and equally deserving of consideration is absurd. One is science, the other is religion dressed up in a funny outfit.

We need to find away to re-instill a passion for the truth for the sake of truth, right for the sake of being right and a desire to tear down those who lie and mislead in our media. People who try to support such absurd notions as creationism/ID, geocentricism and the like should be TERRIFIED of the media, for the media should be all about tearing apart arguments and showing who's right, not just reporting what talkingheads have to say.
1568  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Anyone reading "Identity Crisis"? (SPOILERS FOR IS on: November 11, 2004, 08:09:42 PM
Well, that's actually the thrust of this story, the secondary characters, whose identities are often more public and who are often a lot more "human" than Superman or Batman. The writer does a very good job of getting you up to speed. I had never met the Elongated Man's wife before issue 1, but I was able to follow the story and understand that she played a role in an earlier incarnation of the JLA back in the day.
1569  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Anyone reading "Identity Crisis"? (SPOILERS FOR IS on: November 11, 2004, 07:26:39 PM
I don't know if there are any other comic book fans around these parts, but if there are I'd love to discuss this series. I've been phenomenally impressed with this story -- the pacing, the interaction between the characters, the giving of due to minor and background characters, the emotion raised by some of the deaths. And now, the incredible climax of the next-to-last issue -- little bitty footprints, huh?

DC typically reserves the word "CRISIS" for really big events nowadays, and I think this series has lived up to that. But I'm always interested in what other people think. The moral issues being raised in the series (the JLA has been systemically erasing events from the memories of villains... and other members... for years) and the changes it's going to bring to the wider DCU (Jack Drake is dead, Elongated Man's a widower, the Atom may be... no, surely not... but still... little bitty footprints...). Comics are a mythology in and of themselves, and I find them interesting to consider from that perspective, as something that reflects back on the wider culture.

So, I may be wasting my typing here, but if anyone has any thoughts on this series, I'd love to get a conversation going...
1570  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Ban on Gay Marriage a winner in 11 states. on: November 11, 2004, 05:50:17 PM
Unless the Republicans can whip together another 15 GOP Senators in the next couple years (not bloody likely), the Federal Marriage Amendment will never pass. You've got anywhere between 3 and 7 Republicans who won't vote for it, and after this election only one Democrat, maybe, who will. 55-3+1 is not 67.

The odds are equally long in the House of Representatives.

State Constitutional amendments are more problematic because they are generally passed by votes of the people and it is always -- ALWAYS -- dangerous (and evil) to put the rights of a misunderstood and widely maligned minority group up for a vote. If you had put interracial marriage up for a vote in 1955, it would have failed across the nation, and in many places states would have voted 90%+ in favor of banning it. Even today, gay marriage bans aren't getting that sort of support.

And as the most anti-gay members of our population age and die off (there is a large age-based cleavage on this issue), they're going to start to fail, and then start to get overturned.
1571  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Ban on Gay Marriage a winner in 11 states. on: November 11, 2004, 04:42:02 PM
Quote from: "Butterknife"
farley -- I learned the same thing you did.  But democracy, and voting, is a "will of the majority" system.  If they didn't want the majority to make the decisions, they shouldn't have allowed people to vote.

The Bill of Rights is there to counterbalance the system (checks and balances, remember).  It protects the minorities from the will of the majority.  Note, though, that certain things people think are their rights are not specifically stated in our laws as a right, and so therefore are not actually protected from the will of the majority.  Marriage is one of these things.


Rights need not be specifically enumerated in the text of the Constitution in order to exist and be recognized. Marriage is a recognized inalienable right of adults in our society -- read Loving v. Virginia.
1572  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Ban on Gay Marriage a winner in 11 states. on: November 11, 2004, 04:40:47 PM
Quote from: "Butterknife"
No more bigoted than making a law against murder.


Murder hurts other people. The fact that I'm gay doesn't hurt anyone. The fact that my gay friends Han & Luke (names changed to protect the not present) live together, have a life together, own property and function as a couple together, does not hurt anyone.

However, the bigotry of people who voted for these Hate Amendments does hurt me. And it does hurt my friends. A few years ago, Luke was deathly ill. The hospital refused to recognize Han's power of attorney in such situations, and wouldn't even let him go back and visit Luke, much less make medical decisions for him. They had to track down Luke's aunt, and then they were shocked... shocked I tell you... that the aunt reamed them out for not listening to Han.

Bigotry and malice is clearly present in this debate, but the good, moral, law abiding gay Americans are the victims of it, not the Christians and other fanatics who are seeking to impose their way of life on everyone around them.
1573  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Ban on Gay Marriage a winner in 11 states. on: November 11, 2004, 04:37:56 PM
Quote from: "Laner"
Because the gay lobby has already shown they will not settle for "civil union".  They want to redefine marriage to mean whatever the heck they like... to the point of it meaning absolutely nothing.  Which is the ultimate goal.


DO NOT ASCRIBE SUCH MOTIVATIONS TO ALL GAY PEOPLE. The gays I know, including me, do not want to see marriage become "absolutely nothing," we want it to endure and grow to become more than it is today. We support marriage. We do not seek to destroy marriage. We wish to be married because it is an institution that we value, because we hold the same wishes, dreams and goals as any other Americans -- to find a person we love, build a life together (and marriage is designed to make it possible for two people to build one stable life together) and to be a family (with or without children, just like straight people).

Are there some gays who would like to see all vestiges of the current marital culture destroyed? Certainly. But there are also scores of virulently anti-marriage straight people, and in terms of sheer numbers undoubtedly far more of them.

There is no single "gay lobby," just as there is no "gay lifestyle." I think you'll find that most of us would gladly settle for "civil unions" if it means having access to a societal framework which legally supports our relationships.

We want to be able to visit our loved ones in the hospital, which is often reserved only to family members.

We want to be protected from being forced to divulge the contents of our most private conversations in court, just as husbands and wives are protected.

We want to be able to pass on our belongings to the person we've built our life with tax free upon death, just as spouses can, so that the life we build can endure for our loved ones (including children) should tragedy befall us.

We want to be legal next of kin, with unquestioned ability to make decisions legal, medical and otherwise for each other should one partner become incapacitated or gravely ill. Some would say "set up powers of attorney," but those do not provide a guarantee, and when it comes to gay couples there is a history of such arrangements being broadly ignored.

We want second parent rights for each other's children, for the same reasons.


Mainstream gay people are just like the rest of you. We're not perverts, we're not fundamentally immoral, we're not evil. We do not prey on children, we do not "recruit," for that's just simply impossible. We cannot make ourselves "not gay," if that were possible we all would have back in our teens -- but we also now recognize that we're just as valid, just as moral and just as deserving as anyone else of full societal recognition and protection. We're not hiding anymore, we're not going to be ashamed anymore, and you can't bludgeon us back into the closet with condemnation and bigotry.

We work in your offices. We go to your churches. We have kids in your schools... and we also teach your kids in the schools. We live on your block. We pay our taxes. We serve in the military. We love our country just as much as any heterosexual. We are, by and large, just like you.

We're not the drug addled, sex crazed misogynistic predators our enemies make us out to be, and perhaps that's what scares them the most.
1574  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / iPod Photo Ad Campaign (May Not Be Work Safe) on: October 27, 2004, 06:47:44 AM
Apple's getting a bit risque. ;-)




Yes, yes, straight porn would be more appropriate. But... ummm... I don't have any.[/img]
1575  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Thinking of buying an Apple computer on: October 24, 2004, 06:12:08 AM
Quote from: "Lee"
256 megs is not enough though. I will soon be popping in another gig of memory. The built in speakers are good, but I will need something with a little more base. Oh and I hate the one button mouse, it's just silly.


I don't mind the one button mouse, but I use a multibutton Kensignton Studio Mouse instead. I'd recommend it highly.

As for a Web browser, I use OmniWeb 5.1[/quote], which is the Safari rendering engine in a more featureful browser application. It's not free, but I've found it to be very much worth the price.

I also use Safari a lot, and I think very highly of Firefox.

Don't use Internet Explorer.

Glad you're happy with your overall experience. smile
1576  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Thinking of buying an Apple computer on: October 20, 2004, 09:57:30 PM
Is it an external hard drive? Because, yeah, a Mac can read an external Windows formatted hard drive (at least, in my experience). Of course, the system disk has to be HFS+.

And yes, if you plug in your iPod, it will/should format and work for the Mac. However, you need to move all your music to the Mac first, or else it will wipe it all off the iPod (which is a one way only syncing device, recall).

As for where to purchase, check out MacMall.com or MacWarehouse.com. They typically have Apple's MSRP, minus a few bucks, but invariably throw in freebies like RAM or a printer or something.
1577  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Thinking of buying an Apple computer on: October 20, 2004, 07:30:33 PM
You know, Mitch, the way I burn through these things, I woulda been happy to hook you up with one of my previous Macs at a very reasonable rate, installment plan and all.*






* - installment plan includes very onerous interest rates, but what's 27% monthly compounded interest between friends? smile
1578  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Thinking of buying an Apple computer on: October 20, 2004, 07:00:57 PM
Quote from: "Lee"
I think a 17" 1.8ghz iMac would be good with 512 megs, but can I add another 512 easily when I have the money to do so? iMacs look like they are hard to upgrade. Can you even upgrade them once they are built? I can't add a hard drive but can I upgrade the hard drive at a later time?

Would that iMac run Adobe Photo Elements good? Maybe I should forget photo editing on it and leave that for the PC?


That would run Photoshop Elements extremely well. PSE ran well on my old 800 MHz G4 iMac, I suspect it will fly on the newer model. As for upgrading, the previous poster was correct, this is the most expandable iMac ever, though some upgrades would likely void your warranty. Still, you just pop off the back (screws, I think) and you've got complete access to the logic board. It's almost as clean a design as my G5 tower.

If you already have a nice screen, you might want to look at the new $1,499 Power Mac G5. Similar speed to the new iMacs, but with upgradable video, more RAM slots, 3 PCI slots and a space for a second internal hard drive.

Kirk
1579  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Thinking of buying an Apple computer on: October 20, 2004, 04:24:21 PM
There is security in obscurity. However, if Windows shipped with the sort of default security the Mac does, if ports were closed, if programs required authorization, if most log ins didn't run as effective root accounts -- ie, the sort of stuff they're beginning to do in earnest with Windows XP -- then the deluge of malware faced by Windows users wouldn't have crested quite so high.

As advantages go, this is a receding one for Apple, as Microsoft is finally taking security seriously. But the major sticking point continues to be the need for Administrator access to run many software packages. Until Microsoft starts shunting people into less powerful user accounts by default, or gets very serious about blocking software launches not specifically requested by end users (through lots of authorization pop up windows, like in OS X), Windows users will continue to be at risk in a way Mac users are not.
1580  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Thinking of buying an Apple computer on: October 20, 2004, 03:32:08 PM
Quote from: "Laner"
And that's precisely the attitude I'm talking about.  

So you're saying there are no holes anywhere that can be exploited?  The dozen or so security updates I've installed this year seem to say otherwise.  Not running as root doesn't guarantee anything.  Yes, it's *more* secure, but it's not foolproof.

Pride goeth before the fall, and all that.


It's not pride, it's a security model that's been tested and retested for 20+ years. While it is possible for a virus to destroy all of a user's documents, sure, it is staggeringly unlikely that some hacker out there is going to find a hole in the tried-and-tested Unix security underpinnings of the Mac OS.

Again, the most destructive piece of malware to ever come out for Mac OS X has been the iTunes 2 installer.

On top of the permissions model, software that is being launched for the first time other than by direct user activation must prompt the user before it can run. Software that will make changes in any way to the system or library files must receive an administration password before it can run, even if the administrator is the active account. This stuff just isn't going to happen suddenly like it does on Windows, which is by default pretty insecure (SP2 is much better in my experience).

Also, with no ActiveX, there's no environment for web applets to install software. Mac OS X ships with all network ports closed and it requires an administrator password to open them.

I run Virex on my Mac, but I've never needed it. However, Macs can be virus carriers when it comes to things like Word macro viruses. Our lab at the newspaper used to be infested with a Word virus. It couldn't harm our Macs, but folks had to save files out as RTF to strip away the macros before taking documents to Windows machines.
1581  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Thinking of buying an Apple computer on: October 20, 2004, 06:37:44 AM
Not likely, no.

The problem isn't just the emulation slow down, it's the fact that Virtual PC does not hook into the Mac's native video hardware, so you're running  atop an emulated, baseline, non-3D enhanced, "shared memory" virtual video controller. Video performance in Virtual PC sucks. For using an Access database, or running an old DOS game (I run a presidential election emulator from the 1980s on Virtual PC at my office sometimes), it's okay. It's also quite useful for checking what a web page will look like on the majority platform. But in no way is it usable for Windows based games, or even advanced DOS based games.

Microsoft wanted to fix this in Virtual PC 7, which came out last month, but they had to change their schedule of features for that release when Apple rolled out its line of 64-bit computers. Virtual PC 6 couldn't run on a 64-bit machine, so that became the priority.

I'm hoping that Virtual PC 8 will include better native video support, but even then games on a low end Mac through emulation would be a pain in the butt since Apple doesn't precisely use high grade video cards in their low end machines (even their high end machines typically have middling cards).

Macs simply aren't gamer rigs. They're very good at what they do, but that's not really what they do.
1582  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Where you're sitting right now.. let's see it! (56k beware) on: October 20, 2004, 05:55:53 AM
Here's my place. It's messy because I'm moving in a month, so it's like "ehh, why pick up?"

1583  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What's the last thing you've copied and pasted? on: October 20, 2004, 05:43:55 AM
http://www.mysterypollster.com/main/index.rdf

I was pasting the URL of an RSS feed into my aggregator. At work, the last thing I remember copying and pasting was "Scott Mechlowicz"... cause I was wanting something pretty to look at to get me through the harsh, cold misery of my workday.
1584  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Thinking of buying an Apple computer on: October 20, 2004, 05:38:07 AM
Quote from: "Lee"
I am thinking about getting a Mac too. My problem is I don't want to put a major investment into it, but I don't think I could handle the 17" eMac monitor. I am debating. I basically want the Mac for music, web surfing, and picture editing. I want it to be my daily use computer and my PC to be my game computer. Problem is Mac's aren't cheap.


Get the new iBook G4. It's $999 and has a 12" screen, but they're the best computers I've ever used. I love my iBook G3, and use it almost exclusively for writing, in lieu of my Power Mac G5 or my HP laptop. The low resolution (1024x768) wouldn't be a crimp in anything you plan to do, with the possible exception of image editing. Though I happily used Photoshop on an iMac at that same resolution for almost two years.

I'm a big proponent of OS X. It's gorgeous, extremely easy to use and rock solid, since it's built on top of Unix. Apple has achieved the sort of desktop usability in OS X that the Linux folks have been struggling to grasp for over a decade. The bundled software (Mail, Safari, iTunes, iCal, iMovie, Garage Band, iPhoto) covers the vast majority of what an average user would do with their machine... even some productivity stuff if you're happy with TextEdit, the Word-compatible rich text editor that ships with the OS.

There's also a great deal of commercial-quality shareware available for the Mac which is rarely seen on store shelves but which makes up a major portion of the Mac environment. Nisus Software's Nisus Writer Express is a great Word replacement that does the stuff that Word does that 90% of us use, but with less kruft and a better UI, and it saves by default in the Word-compatible .rtf format. Apple's Keynote is the same thing for PowerPoint.

I've been a Mac user for well over 10 years, and would be happy to offer help/advice/whatever you or the OP need regarding a Mac purchase.
1585  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Thinking of buying an Apple computer on: October 20, 2004, 05:15:18 AM
Quote from: "Laner"
Personally, I don't think it is.  There's nothing wrong with OS X, but it's certainly not the computing nirvana that the Macolytes claim.  It does some things better than Windows, and it does some things worse than Windows.  Some people will point to the lack of viruses and spyware, but honestly they're not a problem on my Windows machines either.  And if there ever is a serious OS X virus, it's going to tear through Mac systems like tissue paper because no one is protected.


That's unlikely. By default, every Mac system is protected because it has inherently more security, due to the very tight Unix permissions model. Most Windows users run in the equivalent of Root mode, which is not an active option in Mac OS X. There is no way a virus on your Mac could actually damage the Mac OS without you giving it explicit permission to do so, and even then the damage it could do would be very limited.

Of course, a virus could destroy all your documents, but hell, a bad iTunes 2 installer used to do that. slywink
1586  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sell me on another browser than IE on: October 15, 2004, 07:12:53 PM
Bar none, the best web browser on the planet is OmniWeb. Preset workspaces alone are worth the price of the software... but probably not the price of the Mac required to run it.

So go with Firefox. It's fast, pretty and extensible. I've switched my entire 30-Mac, 5-PC company over to it, and everyone is happy. Except my boss. He's never happy. Which is good, because he's a mean old man.
1587  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / 007, you're fired!!!! on: October 15, 2004, 06:10:45 PM
Being realistic, I'm hoping for Jude Law.
1588  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Logins change from GG to CG? on: October 15, 2004, 05:54:15 PM
I was Kirk McPike at Gone Gold.

I'm still Kirk McPike, of course. But here, I'm not. Oooh, existential headache.
1589  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Occasionally, I'm ashamed to be a Canadian on: October 15, 2004, 05:51:00 PM
I like dogs. Any dog can be a good dog, if trained properly.

And if I had a dollar for every time I had sixty-cents, I'd be Canadian.
1590  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOST - 10/13/04 - HOLY CRAP!!!!! on: October 15, 2004, 03:47:16 PM
I totally saw the ending coming from the first shot in the episode where he's twitching his toes on the beach with a stunned look of joy on his face. I even called it out loud, so my friend Ferguson can vouch for me on that. smile

If Jack's hallucinating, that would explain the man in the suit. I also got the feeling that we'll be seeing the black woman's husband at some point. Perhaps there's another community on the island? Perhaps they could end up in conflict over resources/etc. We'll see.

Each episode is spanning 1 to 1.5 days, kinda like Twin Peaks. So if they keep that pace, our pals here may only be stranded on that island for a few months before the end of the series (provided they get rescued or escape at the end). That would help explain why they don't all grow really long beards and/or lose dramatic amounts of weight, but it would also limit the sort of building-our-own-civilization type stories they could tell.

There are something like 14 major characters, so I expect we'll be having a few more establishment episodes before we learn more about what makes this island so strange.
1591  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [P]KERRY/EDWARDS ELECTION DIRECTIVE on: October 14, 2004, 05:08:17 PM
Quote from: "Eco-Logic"
LOL, you seem to forget that votes were counted and the personality-lacking Gore still would have lost.  


That's disputable (most show a Bush victory, but some media recounts favored Gore, depending on the criteria used), but that's not what I was talking about.

What I was talking about was the thousands of black Floridians who came to the polls and were turned away because their names were on the lists of felons who were barred from voting, even though they were not felons. That Katherine Harris told the firm which compiled the list to use a broad standard, even after being told that this would result in many, many false positives.

The NAACP started receiving complaints from disenfranchised voters less than an hour after polls opened in Florida. What happened there was a disgrace to our democracy, and was certainly no accident.

That Katherine Harris could be both in charge of administering the election and be the head of Bush's Florida campaign is so sleazy that it makes me sick. That should be illegal in this country. In fact, all vote administration related offices should be strictly non-partisan, and those in them should not be allowed to act as a member of a partisan organization.

So, let's see. Republicans tear up Democratic voter registration cards in Oregon and Nevada, so hundreds, if not thousands, of voters will show up on Nov. 2 and discover that they're not actually registered to vote, despite having done so. And Katherine Harris leads a purge of blacks from voting rolls in Florida -- precisely enough of them that Bush won, with a little help from a badly designed ballot and confused voters in Palm Beach County.

And you have the gall of accusing the Democrats of being sleazy just because they're telling their folks to be on guard for Republican intimidation tactics?
1592  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [P]KERRY/EDWARDS ELECTION DIRECTIVE on: October 14, 2004, 04:31:48 PM
Looking at this memo, or the one page that's been made available, I see nothing problematic with it. It's saying to lay the groundwork in advance to combat typical forms of Republican voter intimidation prior to the intimidation become clearly present. What's wrong with being proactive to combat voter intimidation?

After what the Republicans did in Florida in 2000, Democrats are right to be wary.
1593  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [P] Kerry documentry before the election on: October 13, 2004, 09:20:15 PM
Yes, we definitely need to break up these ever-growing media companies. It's absurd to have a corporation that can through fiat of the politics of its ownership screw around with an election like this. No one company should be able to own more than 5 or 6 TV or radio stations. Period.
1594  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Urge to kill rising, most hated commercial category on: October 13, 2004, 05:21:52 PM
Is that the herpes commercial with the jingle? My friends and changed the lyrics to "Living my life! With herpes on my crotch!"

I swear, I thought that advertising hit its nadir with "Mom, do you ever get taht.... not so fresh feeling?"
1595  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [R] So the next debate is in Tempe Arizona on: October 13, 2004, 04:13:04 PM
These debate tickets are so expensive that even God couldn't afford 'em.

There, the R tag is now justified.
1596  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Third Presidential Debate on: October 13, 2004, 03:31:03 PM
All questions in the third debate will be about domestic policy issues. While homeland security will undoubtedly be brought up, the focus will be on the loss of jobs over the last four years, outsourcing, abortion, stem cells, gay marriage and the like.

This is not particularly friendly territory for the president.
1597  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Urge to kill rising, most hated commercial category on: October 13, 2004, 03:26:49 PM
I totally agree about prescription medicine ads. They should be banned again.

I feel bad for doctors who are berated by patients who come in saying "My television thinks I need a prescription for sudoberablax."

The least they could do is prominently tell us what, in particular, the drug is supposed to treat so I don't suddenly worry that I'm not getting enough of some drug with a catchy tune... even though it's for kidney failure and my kidneys are fine.
1598  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [R] So the next debate is in Tempe Arizona on: October 13, 2004, 03:10:43 PM
Quote from: "Destructor"
I heard from somebody who got their 'early voter' card to mail back that there are TEN people running for president. TEN people.

Maybe not ten, but it was at least 8 people. Short of the two and Nader, I hadn't heard of a single one of them. Why are they even trying? Just to give the US a 'choice'?


Some of them are just vanity candidates, others are running because they fervently believe in a political philosophy which just doesn't fly with the average American -- ie, folks like the lets-get-theocratic Constitution Party.

And some are running because they feel compelled in their later years to undo all the admirable things they did to protect and help consumers and average Americans earlier in their life. Yes, I'm looking at you, Mr. Nader.
1599  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [R] So the next debate is in Tempe Arizona on: October 13, 2004, 03:08:29 PM
Quote from: "noxiousdog"
John Anderson got 6.6% in 1980 as an independent.
George Wallace got 13% in 68 as an independent.


Wallace also racked up 46 electoral votes (8.5%), since almost all of his vote was concentrated in 8 states from the old Confederacy. He's the only third party since the first part of the 20th Century to win electoral college votes.
1600  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [R] So the next debate is in Tempe Arizona on: October 13, 2004, 03:05:54 PM
I'd be willing to bet that those tickets are being scalped. Chances are that both parties are given a certain number of tickets, with a certain number made available for students at the college the debate is being held at. The parties pass them out to major donors and party regulars, some of whom may be trying to make a quick $200,000 on them.
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