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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: An ode to shoveling on: March 03, 2016, 10:02:28 PM
A pair of haiku:

How did it get so hot?
sweating at zero degrees
back-breaking labor

Used to shovel snow
Then moved to Mississippi
I do not miss it.
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: July 17, 2015, 04:16:46 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on July 17, 2015, 01:04:07 PM

Quote from: farley2k on July 16, 2015, 02:50:28 PM

The placement of the final segment of the St. Louis Gateway Arch, 1965

Blown up by Datak and Stahma Tarr in 2048.  icon_wink

3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Mad Max Returns in Fury Road on: June 17, 2015, 06:48:15 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on June 11, 2015, 08:23:07 PM

He is the post apocalyptic version of the wandering stranger from the old samurai flicks or westerns. 


I saw the movie yesterday and LOVED. IT.  Hardy's performance is so reminiscent of (what I remember of) Gibson's in that role that I had no trouble accepting him as the same character.  The wide-eyed stare, the halting, clipped way of talking - Hardy nails it. 

The movie was wall-to-wall action - but the opening narrative sets that tone.  There's not much room for complicated plot when most of the people are just fighting for survival.
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 13, 2014, 07:06:43 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on August 11, 2014, 03:56:46 PM

Being 'universally' panned doesn't explain why they've already announced the sequel.

Sometimes studios are contractually obligated to make more than one movie, irrespective of the success or failure of the movies they've already made.

Not saying that's the case here, just putting it out there.
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Your daily dose of Zen on: March 26, 2014, 07:56:06 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 22, 2014, 04:12:04 PM

What's going to suck is when we finally meet the aliens who've been out there buzzing around all of this, they're going to have different names for everything.

There are between 6,000 and 7,000 languages on this planet already.  What's a couple thousand more?  We'll figure it out. 
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Phoenix Police Shoot, Kill Man Wielding Samurai Sword on: February 13, 2014, 06:28:35 PM
It feels like there's some old adage that's supposed to apply to situations like this... 
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Does anybody know how to get rid of a family of foxes living in the attic? on: August 29, 2013, 08:17:11 PM
From wikipedia:

...Although the red fox tends to displace or even kill smaller predators, it is nonetheless vulnerable to attack from larger predators, such as wolves, coyotes, golden jackals and medium- and large-sized felines.

So, clearly, you need to get some wolves or jackals and put them up there.
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chelsea (Bradley) Manning - when does gender assignment change you on: August 27, 2013, 06:25:49 PM
Journalists aren't there to enforce anyone's (perceived) rules of society, nor are they (nor should they be) the arbiters of such rules.

Further, a journalist who refers to someone in a way they may (for whatever reason) find inaccurate or offensive might be subject to litigation in some cases.  When Prince changed his name to (unpronounceable symbol), journalists went along.  It's his right to be called whatever he wants (newsflash: his real name wasn't Prince, either).  So if Bradley Manning announces that she is now Chelsea Manning, and wants to be referred to as female, why should she not be afforded that?

Finally, "journalists" is not a monolithic entity.  Different journalists may have different approaches.  But laws and journalistic ethics drive a lot of what they do.
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Dark Horse]The Star Wars on: August 13, 2013, 02:18:26 PM
"Original" is subjective.  from what I read, it was based on his original screenplay, not his original notes or other drafts.

That said, I'll be picking it up.
10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A question for MO - do people from England understand people from Scotland? on: December 17, 2012, 09:37:27 PM
"Pikey" is what they call it in the subtitles menu on the disk.  slywink

As for Cockney being deliberately obtuse... there's Cockney, which is a dialect or accent, and Cockney Rhyming Slang, which is a "thieves' cant"-like system of codes.

Cockney is the accent used throughout Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking barrels - though the rhyming slang they employ further obfuscates everything.
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A question for MO - do people from England understand people from Scotland? on: December 17, 2012, 07:29:57 PM

Quote from: Purge on December 17, 2012, 03:38:41 AM

I could understand her well enough - I found people on springer just about as hard to understand ... or why Ricki Lake even had her own show... retard

OTOH, I found the english in Sexy Beast thick enough to turn on subtitles(specifically his friend who's talking about the colour of the pool water near the beginning) - same with Snatch, though Pitt's character was speaking Cockney which is deliberately obtuse.

FWIW, I can understand Neufy, lard tunderin jaysis.

Brad Pitt's character was speaking Pikey - which is Irish Gypsy.  Best part of the movie.

For a good example of Cockney, refer to the movie "Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels".
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Does this make ANY sense? (relationship related) on: April 30, 2012, 09:34:39 PM

Quote from: Crux on April 29, 2012, 12:05:20 AM

She's interested, and I doubt she's playing games. I think she's cautious, and scared of risking too much for nothing. If it is worth the risk for you, then flat out ask her out. See how the pair of you connect. If it rocks, then you have your answer.

This.  All day long. thumbsup
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Norwegian about to be sentenced in the US for aggravated assault... or? on: April 27, 2012, 07:07:09 PM
Ultimately, if he had an incompetent lawyer, if there was no physical evidence, then those are both good grounds for an appeal. Though, if he jumped the curb and popped his tire, as the one article states, and hit a tent post, then there probably is physical evidence:  the blown tire, paint scrapings on the post, a dent to his car, etc.

7+ years does sound a bit egregious, unless he was actually threatening to kill folks.  Then it sounds just fine.

And for the record, the previous behaviors I referred to?  His reaction to being suspended from school for brewing up some cholera blew his punishment out of proportion (he said he was expelled, and said they called him a terrorist).  The university felt he was a danger to himself and others.  There are stalking allegations.  And there are a number of police reports (like a suicide attempt and running over a bicycle "in a fit of anger") that fit the narrative from which I formed my opinion.  Note that I didn't say previous convictions.  But it is strange to me that these kind of allegations seem to follow this guy around.  For the record, I don't believe in luck.

My whole point here is that people are painting him as either "innocent" or "murderous", and I think the truth lies somewhere in between.

He was - in my opinion - careless, stupid, quite angry, and rather confused.  Further, I don't know why if you're lost you would be listening to your radio so loudly that you cannot hear your own passenger.  A number of elements of his story just don't seem rational to me.

Again, this is not the guy you want to be rallying behind, in my opinion.
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Norwegian about to be sentenced in the US for aggravated assault... or? on: April 27, 2012, 04:38:43 PM
A few other points:

She (John's mother) got out and walked alongside, trying to explain to people why they just needed to go a little further.

but, somehow:
John, however, said Thursday during an interview with 12 News from Navajo County Jail in Holbrook, that he had no idea he was on a one-way street.

So, his mother knew enough to get out of the car, walk alongside, and try to explain, but he himself had no idea it was a one-way street?  Doubtful.

This, I think, is the crux of the problem: 
John put the car into reverse, intending to return to the one-way street and continue in the same direction. But as he backed up, he saw a car coming toward him. He "pressed the gas a little too hard," he said, and the Toyota jumped the opposite curb and popped a tire.

Defense attorney Candelaria said the rear of the car approached a food stand on the sidewalk, and "people went nuts." John pulled away, unaware, he said, that anything was amiss.

Witnesses, however, would later tell police and prosecutors that John was making threats, and when he backed across the curb, his bumper nudged a pole of the food tent, dangerously close to the woman and children operating the stand.

The other article you posted confirms this: 
Before making good his escape, Larsgard reversed into a store occupied by a woman and a child. Although he did not hit them, witnesses described the incident as threatening and potentially lethal.

Yeah, when you back into an area occupied by children, we take that seriously.

It's a little more than the "won't somebody please think of the children" argument when there's an actual car backing into where actual kids are.  That's literal danger to literal kids.

Moving on...

this bit:
In the interview with Channel 12, John said he never made threats and was not aware he'd almost backed into a food tent until days later when informed of the charges.

Seems to indicate he wasn't using his rear-view mirrors when he "pressed the gas a little too hard" while backing up.

Then, after the guy hits him in the face, he panics...

John said he panicked, pressing the gas and throwing the car into gear with only one thought on his mind -- escaping his attacker. He said it was difficult to drive in pain, blood pouring from his nose.

According to witnesses and police reports, John pulled away, swerving toward several people as he made a U-turn. Mendoza told investigators the driver tried to hit him.

"He floors it toward me," Mendoza said. "I jumped out of the way just barely."

Making it look like he's actually trying to hit more people.

From my point of view, this guy made a series of serious mistakes, and may or may not have been threatening people verbally at the time.  At a minimum, he's a really shitty driver (and he's been in the U.S. for at least 10 years, so... it's not as if he doesn't know how we drive here).  He's really lucky no one got seriously injured.

In my opinion, he seems like a guy who has a temper control problem (based on his previous behaviors), and he got seriously confused after depending on an unreliable GPS that led him astray, and lost his shit.

I think if Norway needs to point to someone unjustly imprisoned by crazy Americans, this may not be your guy.  I don't think he's blameless here.

Also, this:

"I've been a prosecutor 23 years and a county attorney for two terms in Apache County, and never have I seen such indifference in the truth-finding process," Candelaria said. Larsgard's lawyer.  This is him trying to say the State prosecutor and police have messed up.  He's trying to help Larsgard.  Not sure why TiLT finds that disturbing.

15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Norwegian about to be sentenced in the US for attempted mass murder... or is it? on: April 24, 2012, 08:47:30 PM

Quote from: PR_GMR on April 24, 2012, 08:43:03 PM

Best dramatic performance: To Kristoffer Larsgard, from Oslo, who, in September, was suspended from the University of South Alabama. The 22-year-old Norwegian student has said he intends to take legal action to get back onto his biochemistry course at the Alabama institution, where, he admitted to Norway's Aftenposten newspaper, he and a number of fellow students grew cholera, salmonella and several other harmful germs in the laboratory. Mr Larsgard said he feels he has been called a potential terrorist in all but name after a university official told him he believed the student was planning to contaminate the town's water system. Mr Larsgard said he didn't know what the university was referring to when it says he was involved in serious misconduct, although he has speculated it might have to do with a court case in the state of Illinois, in which he was acquitted, or another incident in which a teacher may have been upset when he missed classes to appear in court.

He's like the Mr. Bean of criminals. Poor guy. He just doesn't get it that he's doing wrong things.

And it was seriously bad timing.  We were dealing with 9/11 and the Anthrax attacks at the time.  NOT the best time to go whipping you up some home-grown cholera.
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Norwegian about to be sentenced in the US for attempted mass murder... or is it? on: April 24, 2012, 08:35:54 PM
Google searching this guy is very interesting...

Again, disclaimer:  Not intending to imply anything.  Just sharing.  This was from an event just after 9/11, so tensions were high.
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Norwegian about to be sentenced in the US for attempted mass murder... or is it? on: April 24, 2012, 08:21:14 PM
Yeah, I wasn't trying to imply anything - I just found it in my Google search and thought it had to be more than a coincidence.
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Norwegian about to be sentenced in the US for attempted mass murder... or is it? on: April 24, 2012, 08:14:50 PM
Is this:

The same guy?

19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: April 05, 2012, 05:43:04 PM

Quote from: Laner on April 05, 2012, 01:48:05 PM

From one of the articles I read, they're pursuing one of Ringo's other sons to fill the drummer's seat.  

From one of the tweets on this topic that I read:  "Pete Best's son has been preemptively fired."
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Mona Lisa Solved? on: December 08, 2011, 08:16:33 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on December 08, 2011, 07:16:52 PM

Quote from: GargoyleBoy on December 08, 2011, 04:14:21 PM

To me, this looks like a lot of pareidolia cobbled together, and less like a veritable explanation.

The Meal?

I'll take that as a compliment, unless he does something to piss me off, at which point I'll change my mind and send you a furious pm, decrying you for your poor sense.

No, I'm not The Meal (TM).  I am GargoyleBoy.
21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Mona Lisa Solved? on: December 08, 2011, 04:14:21 PM
To me, this looks like a lot of pareidolia cobbled together, and less like a veritable explanation.
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What are the people in this office eating? on: November 21, 2008, 06:45:01 PM
Does it smell like sewage?  It might be Lutefisk.  I had a coworker once who used to eat that.  The first time, I actually called facilities management because I thought a sewer line had backed up. 
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: MINI Cooper -- building it on: June 09, 2008, 08:22:07 PM

Quote from: LordMortis on June 09, 2008, 06:32:17 PM

Thanx for ruining the illusion.

I live to serve.

Quote from: LordMortis on June 09, 2008, 06:32:17 PM

Our dream build it in your garage car was the mini mark

Kitt cars weren't all the expensive in the late 80's.  Alas by the time I got a garage, I'd really outgrown the desire to "build" a car.

I still haven't outgrown it, actually.  I just don't have the time or money.
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: MINI Cooper -- building it on: June 09, 2008, 06:23:03 PM
Am I the only one who clicked this thread and ended up disappointed?  I remember back when "building" a car meant you were spending your summer (or more) in the garage, putting the thing together part by part.

Ah, the internet.
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help save my puppy on: May 16, 2008, 06:21:00 PM
Roof your yard.   icon_wink
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Asking her parents' permission on: May 14, 2008, 08:31:25 PM

Quote from: Austin on May 14, 2008, 06:21:09 PM

Quote from: Tokek on May 14, 2008, 06:16:05 PM

So I'm gonna pop the question to my gf and I figured I'd ask here for some advice on how to ask her parents' permission.

How do I go about doing it?  What should I say?  What questions, if any, I should expect from the parents?

Any inputs are appreciated!


Just tell them that you wanted to let them know of your intent to ask her, and tell them that you would like their blessing.

Let me second this and add:

Be sure you ask for blessing, not permission.  Some women are very picky about this.
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Name my kids on: March 21, 2006, 04:24:27 PM
Two goats, eh?

I'd go for Toothgnasher and Toothgrinder.

Or, for authenticity, Tanngnjostr and Tanngrisnr.
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Friday Fun - Picture hunt! on: December 02, 2005, 05:49:51 PM

I want a Jabberwocky.
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Blockbuster false advertising on: February 18, 2005, 08:52:32 PM
Actually, the State of New Jersey is having serious issues with Blockbuster now, about this.

Thing is, Daehawk may shop at a franchise Blockbuster, which (although they may be showing the "no more late fees sign") may not be required to actually follow the policy.  If that's the case, they're definately guilty of false advertising.
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I hate Pants on: January 26, 2005, 08:17:15 PM
Quote from: "HankRaptor"

What if they came in other colors but plaid?

Would you wear this?

31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I told my son about sex tonight on: December 17, 2004, 09:42:21 PM
Quote from: "jpinard"
AHH the horror!!!!!!!!!!!

Mine was basically, "Dont' you dare get a girl pregnant!"

Very close to my experience there.  My mother said to me "You know... if you... get in trouble... take a cold shower."

That was it.
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ratchet and Clank UYA on: November 18, 2004, 03:15:31 PM
Quote from: "EddieA"
I read in a review that you can get the weapons from GC and the first game free in UYA if you have a save from those games on your memory card.


If this becomes a trend in sequel games, I'm completely behind it.  Makes me feel like all that "work" had a purpose.
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ratchet and Clank UYA on: November 17, 2004, 07:23:43 PM
I just finished GC after a long hiatus (I was playing other games after I got tired of whacking things for bolts over and over to get the 3.5 million I needed to max out my weapons and armor).

My question on UYA is:  If I have my GC saved game, can I upload my GC weapons/armor like I could at the beginning of GC?

Or do they start you from scratch again?

I guess while I'm here I should point out that my favorite weapon from GC is the R.Y.N.O. II.  there ain't much that thing can't kill, and I mowed down the final boss with it in under 30 seconds.
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ratchet & Clank - I hate this game! on: November 11, 2004, 10:05:09 PM
Quote from: "Jeff Jones"
Quote from: "CeeKay"
Well, the game had me up to the first hoverboard race.  It's disappointing, but I don't like racing games, I barely tolerated the one required racing part in KotOR.  Luckily the game is on loan from a friend so I'm not out any money.

I just beat the hoverboard race, and it was frustrating at first, but after some practice, I actually got pretty good. I could probably come in 1st most of the time now.

I'm now on to Batalia, and I have a question. I've gathered some gold bolts through the game. I'd read in a FAQ that you can spend them to get better weapons... how? (the FAQ doesn't say).

There are, I believe, two shops that sell gold bolt weapons.  One is near the end of the game, and one is back on the first planet you went to (IIRC), but doesn't show up until later.
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What's the last thing you've copied and pasted? on: October 20, 2004, 04:40:05 PM
36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 11, 2004, 09:31:27 PM
this gives you the last 100 images.
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