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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's 6 pounds 2.3 ounces 19 inches long? on: December 17, 2007, 11:48:42 PM
Deadzone, she's a beauty! Congratulations to you and your wife, and best of luck getting sleep for the next 6 months.
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: BEST YOUTUBE. MUSIC. VIDEO. EVER. on: October 11, 2007, 04:46:39 PM

Quote from: ATB on October 11, 2007, 12:16:34 PM



1. Who is the first guy singing?


Roger McGuinn, guitarist and lead singer with The Byrds.
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you call it Soda or Pop? on: October 01, 2007, 04:57:18 PM
That map is off. I've never heard anyone from Chicago say the word "pop" when referring to soda.
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Skinny on Rich (and Gonegold somewhat) SEE 1ST POST EDIT on: September 26, 2007, 03:46:29 PM
For what it's worth, before GG went down for good (maybe a year ago or so?), Rich posted a short letter on the site apologizing for the way that things went down. I don't remember the gist of it all, but I think it was all covered on OO, if someone wants to search the EBG archives over there. I wrote him a quick e-mail thinking him for all his work, and he replied very graciously and said he wanted to get back into playing computer games again. It kind of seemed like he'd had some really rough times but was finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Wherever he is and whatever he's doing, I hope he's happy and is gaming again.
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kidney Stones on: September 20, 2007, 03:55:32 PM
This thread has made me want to drink 3 gallons of water, just to be safe.  eek
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Children and video games : when is it too soon? on: September 20, 2007, 03:48:20 PM
My 2.5 year old daughter likes sitting on my lap and helping me pop balloons with Winnie the Pooh. I've got a couple toddler-oriented games for her, and she likes watching the action on the screen. I don't think she really understands that she can make things happen by playing with the mouse or keyboard yet, but I'll be teaching her that stuff. First things first, though. Get her potty trained, and then teach her to use a mouse. I'm sure she'll be beating me at Tiger Woods Golf by the time she's five.
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I hate seeing my team lose, but I hate it more on: September 12, 2007, 03:41:35 AM

Quote from: Calvin on September 10, 2007, 06:24:32 PM

Quote from: Grievous Angel on September 10, 2007, 04:01:17 PM

Looking forward to the Chiefs/Bears game next week. After getting beaten badly by San Diego, the Bears need a week off.

Bonus points if anyone on the Chiefs manages to injure Rex Grossman or Cedric Benson. Not like, permanently or anything, but enough to knock them out for a few games and give someone else a shot.
Who is going to run the ball behind Benson? Your brilliant team traded the best running back it has had in 20 years to the Jets. Lawl?

That would be Adrian Peterson, who also fumbled against San Diego but at least isn't a douchebag. So he's got that going for him over Benson. After Peterson, it's anyone's guess. I think Urlacher might be somewhere up there on the running back depth chart.

The Thomas Jones trade was not well received in Chicago, as it was primarily done because the GM paid Benson far too much money to sit on the bench for another year, not because Benson had done anything to deserve being the starting running back.
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Maybe we SHOULD leave Britney alone! on: September 12, 2007, 03:37:16 AM

Quote from: Thin_J on September 12, 2007, 01:45:55 AM

I didn't make it past the ten second mark.

The complete and utter breakdown comes near the end. It's definitely worth watching for that.
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I hate seeing my team lose, but I hate it more on: September 10, 2007, 04:01:17 PM
Looking forward to the Chiefs/Bears game next week. After getting beaten badly by San Diego, the Bears need a week off.

Bonus points if anyone on the Chiefs manages to injure Rex Grossman or Cedric Benson. Not like, permanently or anything, but enough to knock them out for a few games and give someone else a shot.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [OOTP Baseball] 4OTP looking for owners on: August 26, 2007, 04:33:32 AM
Hey guys, one of the OOTP 2007 online baseball leagues I'm in, the 4OTP, is a few owners down, and we're looking for some replacements. We've got at least 4 teams open, and possibly more if we don't hear back from a few people. It's a historical league that started in the 2006 season and just finished off its 3rd season. The open teams are the Marlins, Tigers, Dodgers and Giants. If you're interested, check out the home page and look around a little. The online web reports can let you check out the available teams, as well. If you're interested, send an e-mail to [email protected] along with the team you want. If it's still available, we'll get you set up quickly. Let me know if you've got any questions.

GA
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Guild Name Generator on: August 24, 2007, 09:19:31 PM
Not sure which is more badass, The Pirates of Royal Deathstorm or World of the Team Cats. Then again, The Fun Ninja has a lot going for it. You'll die smiling!

As an aside, the The Swedish Fish Spire guild offers the best candy. Mmmm, Swedish fish.  drool
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Friday Time Waster: Boomshine! on: August 24, 2007, 07:41:52 PM
4 out of 55 on the last level. Now that requires some talent.

(and 270)
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Whats the temp where you are? on: August 17, 2007, 08:51:44 PM
97 F according to Google. There were some afternoon thunderstorms, and it may rain again any minute now, but it's not providing all that much relief.
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Which Transformer are you? on: August 16, 2007, 02:51:36 PM
68% Optimus Prime, which is odd because I was skewing heavily Decepticon for the entire quiz. Apparently that last question about killing spiders immediately redeemed me.
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Michael Vick Indicted on: August 14, 2007, 04:45:06 PM
Michael Vick may take a plea deal.

Of course, seeing as how one co-defendent took a plea deal and the other two may do the same, he really doesn't have a leg to stand on now. I think he was looking at a maximum 6-year sentence if convicted on all counts, so I wonder what the deal will be. Surely he'll have do serve some time as a result.
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: If by "suicide" you mean "whacked" then suicide it is on: August 13, 2007, 10:02:15 PM
I'm sure the Chinese toy industry will be much safer now that this one guy is dead. Feel free to lick all the Sasame Street toys you want, kids!
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: BloodRayne 2: Deliverance (Direct to Video) on: August 13, 2007, 09:42:34 PM
Whatever happened to his Dungeon Siege movie with Burt Reynolds and Gimli? Was it a direct-to-DVD release as well, or is it still waiting to be unleashed upon an unsuspecting public?
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 13, 2007, 05:53:50 PM
If you've seen so many cat pictures that you're ready to puke:
http://www.videosift.com/video/One-way-to-break-up-a-cat-fight
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: That One Toy on: August 10, 2007, 04:20:39 AM


My college roommate had one of these. He brought it with him from college, and it served as the coffee table in our apartment for two years. It also saw some hellacious battles between his GI Joes and my Battletech toys.
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Barry Bonds Breaks Hank Aaron HR Record! on: August 08, 2007, 04:56:41 PM
I thought A-Rod's only weaknesses were mannish-looking strippers and on-field bush-league dickery.  icon_confused
21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Barry Bonds Breaks Hank Aaron HR Record! on: August 08, 2007, 02:19:13 PM
Congratulations to Barry Bonds. However he did it, he did it, and it can't be taken away now.

I am rooting for Alex Rodriguez to break Bonds' record, whatever it ends up being. A-Rod may be a jackass too, but he's considerably less loathsome than Bonds is.
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jade Empire contest? on: August 07, 2007, 02:23:27 AM
Got it; now I just need a greatly reduced workload so I can actually have time to play it.

Thanks again for running the contest, Ron.  thumbsup
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bonds is 2 away! on: August 06, 2007, 02:53:28 PM

Quote from: ATB on August 06, 2007, 02:53:54 AM

Quote from: Grievous Angel on August 05, 2007, 08:28:43 PM

Appropriately enough, the pitcher who gave up last night's home run was once suspended for using steroids.

seriously?

Seriously.
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bonds is 2 away! on: August 05, 2007, 08:28:43 PM
Appropriately enough, the pitcher who gave up last night's home run was once suspended for using steroids.
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Resignation Horror Stories - Anyone have one? on: August 02, 2007, 04:39:58 AM

Quote from: brettmcd on August 02, 2007, 01:05:09 AM

Someone before said not to do an exit interview because of 'risks' involved.   Ive done then as an employee leaving a company, and now as a manager when an employee voluntarily quits.   I guess I am curious what the risks to an employee doing one would be.

I would guess damaging relations with your former employer should you actually go and tell the truth about why you're quitting, but I fail to see why one would burn bridges like that. When I had my exit interview, I didn't mention stifling boredom and the vast salary/respect gap between sales and the rest of the employees. I did point out to HR how criminally understaffed my department was, and that there were a lot of good editors who were doing way more than their fair share of work. I don't know if it helped, but I believe they've added on an extra position since I left.
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sports: Pitcher Rod Beck found dead in home. on: August 01, 2007, 12:45:12 AM
That's really too bad. He was a good pitcher and a great entertainer, and it's a shame he couldn't get past his demons.
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Michael Vick Indicted on: July 31, 2007, 05:44:02 PM
Great. Being near Atlanta, I can't avoid Falcons games if I try. Who's their starting quarterback now? Joey F'ing Harrington, that's who. That's who I'm going to be watching for a dozen or more games this season? Damn you, Vick.

I really wish I could watch more Bears games. Rex Grossman may not be that much better than Harrington, but his flashes of brilliance are so much fun to watch. Joey's flashes of competence aren't nearly as interesting.
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hey Hollywood, leave my childhood alone, dammit! on: July 30, 2007, 07:12:08 PM
The trailer is up in all of its shit-eating glory. Click below.

puke

On the bright side, they look more like the Chipmunks are supposed to look like. Not that it'll save the movie from being awful, of course.
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bonds is 2 away! on: July 28, 2007, 04:06:24 PM

Quote from: Destructor on July 28, 2007, 01:31:26 PM

That steroid drug addict needs to get beaned with a ball and taken out of the game for good before he breaks the record.

As big as his head is nowadays, you'd think it'd be a hard target to miss too. Oh well. It'll just make Alex Rodriguez's record-setting home run that much better.
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Advertising Slogan Generator on: July 27, 2007, 02:37:12 PM
Nobody puts Grievous Angel in a corner.  nod
31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Advertising Slogan Generator on: July 27, 2007, 01:29:40 AM
"Reccomended by Dr. Grievous Angel"
"It's Shake 'n' Grievous Angel, and I helped"
"There's first love, and there's Grievous Angel love"
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Vote for my Brother's Band by Friday on: July 27, 2007, 12:32:40 AM
Hey, they're pretty good! Which means, of course, that they'll never get far on the show, but they got my vote.  icon_smile
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How hot does it get where you are? on: July 27, 2007, 12:26:51 AM
Atlanta's summers are mostly in the 90s to 100s with high humidity and daily afternoon rain showers. Pretty brutal, but the winter (my first Atlanta winter after 30+ Chicago ones) was mostly in the 40s, with nary a flake of snow to be found. That more than made up for the burning death of summer.
34  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: My PC is selectively mute on: July 26, 2007, 02:43:49 AM

Quote from: javahead on July 25, 2007, 07:46:39 PM

ConPan > Sounds & Audio Devices > Sounds tab > scheme?

I fiddled with a few things, and that seems to have helped. Some stull is silent, but I can at least get audio with Web pages, which is a big plus. Thanks, javahead!
35  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / My PC is selectively mute on: July 25, 2007, 03:53:04 PM
This is a bit of an odd problem. My computer no longer makes any sound in select applications. If I'm running a program (iTunes, a game, Windows media player), it plays sound. But the little startup and shutdown tunes are gone, there's no sound when I'm using an IM program (though I get sound when using my web cam), and no web sites make any sound (so YouTube videos are all silent movies, and myspace songs don't play). Anyone know why this would be happening, and are there some settings I could mess with that would fix this?
36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: P-DAY +2 (impressions/spoilers within) on: July 25, 2007, 05:04:41 AM
Finished it earlier tonight, and it was about as good a capper to the series as I could have hoped for. Thoroughly enjoyable. I'm not even sad that the series is over, because it was a hell of a good ride. That, and I'm relieved about the fact that I can now actually use the Internet again.  icon_smile
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jade Empire contest? on: July 23, 2007, 06:06:52 PM
Yay!  icon_biggrin

I've been wanting to play this game, but I've never gotten around to buying it. That's one thing I can scratch off my Christmas list.
38  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Michael Vick Indicted on: July 18, 2007, 03:52:52 PM
According to an article I read in the AJC, Vick bought the house that was used as a staging area for the dog fights just a couple months after the Falcons drafted him. I'll never understand why he'd get involved with something illegal when he had his entire football future ahead of him, but if he's convicted, I hope he spends every minute in jail thinking about how he pissed away his future on something so stupid.

Oh, and during the time he was on injured reserve with a broken leg in 2003, he still found time to go to South Carolina to enter a dog in a fight. That's a unique form of rehab, Mike.
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: July 16, 2007, 10:57:45 PM

Quote from: GuidoTKP on July 16, 2007, 08:17:54 PM

Quote from: ROTC1983 on July 16, 2007, 07:42:18 PM

Quote from: Mr. Fed on July 16, 2007, 07:06:15 PM


That is nuts...

Seriously.

Did the pitch count?  I.e., was it treated as a ball?

It was a fowl ball.
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Balancing work and exercise on: July 16, 2007, 10:54:03 PM
I get up early to run or work out. While it has necessitated earlier bedtimes, I really don't miss the extra hour of video gaming or messing around online, and I find I actually have more energy the rest of the day when I start my morning off with a workout.
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