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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I just saw a movie which makes Hostel look like Sesame Street on: June 06, 2008, 03:53:40 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on June 06, 2008, 01:20:34 PM

And now it's in my netflix queue. smile

Same.  We'll give it a shot and see how it goes.
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Energy prices and the selling of my truck on: June 05, 2008, 06:51:23 PM

Quote from: PaulBot on June 05, 2008, 06:40:05 PM

Quote from: Ibby on June 05, 2008, 06:30:51 PM

My brother-in-law just bought one of those 4 door Jeep Wranglers, saying they offered him a deal too good to pass up.  I bet his commute is 55 miles roundtrip.  Hope he enjoys it.

Ouch. I wouldn't drive something like that 55 miles a day if someone gave it to me!

Are you considering a used motorcycle? I'm just thinking about how to get great MPG as cheap as possible. Buy only how much motorcycle you need - not one of those with a small car engine beneath the seat  icon_biggrin

I'd probably be happy with one of the smaller bikes.  I'm 5'8", so something small and agile like a Honda Rebel would be perfect for my commute.   The 250cc gives me enough power and allow me time to get my riding skills up.   There's a huge market for used Rebels, so there's no reason I can't find one when I'm ready and then in a few years, trade up if that's what I want. 
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Energy prices and the selling of my truck on: June 05, 2008, 06:30:51 PM

Quote from: PaulBot on June 05, 2008, 06:00:05 PM


It's $4/gal today. Next week it'll be more, and a year from now it'll be really painful. The spiraling gas prices are not stopping anytime soon.

If you're a couple years away from buying another vehicle and will be buying new, the Chevy Volt may be out, and be even better at saving fuel than today's hybrids. Of course a couple years from now they'll be many other high MPG options too. It looks like cars are becoming like computers: you buy one now and in six months a better one (at MPG) comes out. It's about time. Too bad it took insane gas prices to kick the auto industry in the butt and get them moving.


Right.  We're not quite at $4/gal here; it's been floating between $3.80-3.90, but we know prices will never go down.  All it takes is one rough hurricane season in the Gulf of Mexico this year, and watch it spike to $5? $5.50? $6?  At $6, my motorcycle purchase would be an absolute no-brainer, and would make a good transitional buy for me to hold off car payments as long as possible.

There's a very tiny part of me that's happy to see gas prices going up...something to get the alternative fuel a good swift kick in the pants.  Shame that it has to come about in this way though. 

My brother-in-law just bought one of those 4 door Jeep Wranglers, saying they offered him a deal too good to pass up.  I bet his commute is 55 miles roundtrip.  Hope he enjoys it.
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Energy prices and the selling of my truck on: June 05, 2008, 05:49:09 PM
I'm going to be in the market to buy a new car sometime in the next two years.  Or at least as long as I can stand my 97 Jeep Wrangler's 19mpg and spending roughly $170/month at $4/gal.  The wife still drives her 96 Saturn, so we've been spoiled the last few years with no car payments and reasonable gas prices.  Her car still gets great mileage so we're not in any kind of real hurry to upgrade. 

I've considered snapping up a motorcycle for my daily commutes, but I'd still need almost 2 years of that before I'd actually be saving money after the purchase price. 

In the end, I know for sure we'll be buying one hybrid, and possibly two. 
5  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan (It's Golden!) on: May 14, 2008, 08:43:12 PM
I confess my closet appreciation for all things Conan will probably result in myself giving AoC a shot.  Can't wait.
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Survivor 4/10 on: April 25, 2008, 08:16:17 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on April 25, 2008, 08:03:46 PM


Amanda is afraid to take a stand and piss anyone off and is worthless as a result, just like last season. James doesn't have any game, he can't scheme or lie, just like last season.

Erik is just clueless, I think the shock of losing his man-crush has killed him.

It's the boneheaded decisions that have me yelling at the television, yet keeps me entertained and certain to continue watching.

Ozzy flipping off the remaining survivors as he took his seat on the jury was a hoot.



7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Survivor 4/10 on: April 25, 2008, 07:57:53 PM
Evil bitches indeed.

Since the immunity idol didn't get played, it gets yet another hiding spot.  Since Natalie wasn't thinking when she selected Jayson to go into Exile, when the choice comes around this week, there'll be some better planning I bet.

While I hate seeing the girls being so smug about their maneuvering, I can't understand how the rest of the players are being so apathetic about it all.  Natalie, Parvati and Cirie are playing to win, while the morons like James, and Amanda are content to let things happen.  All Amanda or James or Erik had to do was tell Jayson that his stuff was being rummaged through, and that they found his idol, and go from there. 

As it stands now, the girl group has to start thinking ahead.  How long will it take before Parv and Cirie decide to turn the tables on Natalie?  Or Natalie gets a scent of the betrayal and goes running to James/Amanda/Erik for help?  Good times.

I've missed the past couple seasons of Survivor, but I think this may be the most entertained I've been since the very first one.  The contestants actually have some personality, and with all the backstabbing, there's never a dull moment. 
8  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Delayed (It's Golden!) on: April 23, 2008, 08:24:51 PM
It looks like they're trying to eliminate a lot of the 'whack-a-mole' from the healer side of things.  From the videos I've seen of the level 20 pvp weekend, the main healing class depends on an AoE heal and a cone-of-effect healing spell. 

So, for the Priest of Mitra, it's all about positioning your allies so that they get hit by their cone of healing spell.  There's no individual healing targeting.  Not sure if that follows the Bear Shaman and Tempest of Set classes as well, but it shows Funcom is trying to switch things up a bit.
9  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Anyone still playing WoW/Is there a GT guild? on: May 16, 2007, 06:51:56 PM

Quote from: Jag on May 16, 2007, 06:48:47 PM

Quote from: Ibby on May 16, 2007, 06:46:34 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on May 15, 2007, 12:43:20 AM

Quote from: SuperHiro on May 14, 2007, 07:26:25 PM

I think the MOST active one is OO's guild on Emerald Dream. that's an RP/PvP server.

BWAHAHAHA!!!  I can totally see them being the kind of things which dwell on RP servers.

We simply joined that server because we thought there'd be less idiots, and by and large, that's the case.  We wanted a PvP environment, and there happens to be a few RP guilds on there, or so they claim.   Beyond that, I'm not sure what "kind of things" we are.

I think he means you're a freak Ibby....but we already knew that biggrin

QFT!
10  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Anyone still playing WoW/Is there a GT guild? on: May 16, 2007, 06:46:34 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on May 15, 2007, 12:43:20 AM

Quote from: SuperHiro on May 14, 2007, 07:26:25 PM

I think the MOST active one is OO's guild on Emerald Dream. that's an RP/PvP server.

BWAHAHAHA!!!  I can totally see them being the kind of things which dwell on RP servers.

We simply joined that server because we thought there'd be less idiots, and by and large, that's the case.  We wanted a PvP environment, and there happens to be a few RP guilds on there, or so they claim.   Beyond that, I'm not sure what "kind of things" we are.
11  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Goodby WOW mods....(at least some of them).... on: November 22, 2006, 04:45:46 PM
I'm a big fan of the flying pets myself, and I guess the only reason people use them, namely the large bats from the Plaguelands, is that they help obscure your opponents view when in PvP.   I doubt I'll ever level up a hunter, but if I did, it'd be a big honkin' winged beast.
12  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Goodby WOW mods....(at least some of them).... on: November 20, 2006, 05:23:35 PM
I think the pet attack speeds for hunters is a good change.  I want to see a more varied collection of pets out there.   Enough with the cats already. 

And the decursive and clickheal nerfs?  So what?  If you're a healer and depend so completely on the Emergency Monitor, it's time to relearn the basics.   Blizzard has said that from BC on, the decursing tasks that you currently see in MC and BWL won't be there anyway.

13  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Burning Crusade Player List on: October 25, 2006, 04:25:23 PM
I HATE  you all.
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tom Chick disses GT! on: August 17, 2006, 04:57:07 PM
I've always liked Tom's reviews, and felt he had a pretty firm grasp on what's hot or not in the gaming industry.
15  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Instructions for checking out Ubuntu Linux on: August 17, 2006, 04:39:31 PM
Those instructions look spot on.  I hadn't realized the ISO image I burned doubled as an actual Live CD, so I was confused for a moment when I never saw any installation prompts.   Why bother with Knoppix when I could use Ubuntu?  Having root being disabled confused me at first, but since I'll be putting it on a home machine, the worst security problem I'll have is my 3 year old son closing windows when I'm not looking.

The machine I was trying to install it on has hardware problems, so I was never actually able to do anything more than tinker with it, but what I saw, I liked.   
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Interesting Titan Quest Mod - the TQ Vault on: August 17, 2006, 04:08:01 PM
You only have to use the monitor if you access your characters' inventory and modify it in some way.  It's a far more elegant way to shuffle items around than setting up a lan game or using someone's server.
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hockey Talk! on: March 10, 2006, 06:23:19 PM
I'm pleased with Dallas picking up Willie Mitchell for Skoula and a prospect.   the guy's a stud, but a free agent at the end of the year.  Who knows where he'll sign next year.  I consider it a good pickup.  

Shit though...perhaps we can put him on the powerplay too.  God damn we need some help with the man advantage.  22nd in the league ain't going to cut it in the playoffs.
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hockey Talk! on: March 09, 2006, 07:37:32 PM
Who would want that clown anyway?
19  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WOW-leaked 1.10 patch notes on: March 03, 2006, 06:40:22 PM
Patch notes look to be real.

http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/patchnotes/test-realm-patchnotes.html
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Wheres our modern day I76? on: January 04, 2006, 06:08:28 PM
I believe the Nitro Pack was the combo.  I have it too.  Hmm...might need to break it out of storage as well.
21  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW Addons on: December 23, 2005, 05:17:33 PM
The most recent auctioneer mod works fine for me.  The older version I had wouldn't let me move items around in my packs once I loaded it up.  Go to http://auctioneeraddon.com/

3.2.0.0620 is the most recent release.
22  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / So how is WoW going? on: August 04, 2005, 04:32:17 PM
Nice site Jessie!
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The Best is Yet to Come (Day 2, Bar Exam, Complete) on: July 28, 2005, 09:52:28 PM
Rage, while waiting for your scores, you'll have time to join me and Koz on a  WoW PvP server.  You know you want to.
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [ Books ] - Jordan's Wheel of Crap gets an update on: July 28, 2005, 09:51:28 PM
Quote from: "warning"
Quote from: "Qbe"
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
Quote from: "Qbe"
"Wheel of Crap".
"Temple of Elemental Crap".

Come on, ToEE deserves more credit than to be paired with Wheel of Time like that.


I'm merely repeating the title warning gave it.

For what it's worth, Ibby lays claim to that creative title.  Not that I disagree....   biggrin


Hey, it is what it is.
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [ Books ] - Jordan's Wheel of Crap gets an update on: July 28, 2005, 04:36:15 PM
Quote from: "Rage"
Honestly? I barely made it through Book 1, decided the guy was a complete hack, and read all these threads with barely controlled incredulity.

Now, to be fair, I like all sorts of stupid books and mediocre authors. But this guy...long winded and dull comes to mind.


I started reading this series before the publication of book 2.  It was rather fresh at the time, and Jordan had this interesting way of hinting at all this backstory and history just waiting to be revealed.   He's detailed oriented to a fault certainly, but outside the first boring 50 pages or so, had just enough carrot-on-a-stick to get me through.    Now? It's trash.
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [ Books ] - Jordan's Wheel of Crap gets an update on: July 28, 2005, 04:31:40 PM
Every now and then, I like to scroll through his Amazon reader comments with some sort of sadistic glee.  When the general consensus across thousands of comments is 1 star, you know something's wrong.  

Unlike Martin's books, which I love to go back and reread, and just got finished doing last month, I find the idea of rereading WoT just absolutely mentally revolting.
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [ Books ] - Jordan's Wheel of Crap gets an update on: July 27, 2005, 09:00:36 PM
I give you Knife of Dreams to be released in October of this year.

As much as I detest Jordan's work now, I will still read it.  Having put many hours into these books, I might as well finish it out with these last couple of books.  Maybe he'll be done in 6 years or so.  Regardless, this will be the first WoT book I won't buy and will wait for my local library to get its copies. [/url]
28  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Flavor of Linux? on: July 14, 2005, 08:37:17 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Oh I do piss em off.  

"Hey, I was playing Battlefield 2 last night and, hey you should really pick up that game...oh wait, you run Linux.  Don't worry, you'll see it in another 10 or 15 months, just wait."


Cold, man. Cold.
29  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Flavor of Linux? on: July 13, 2005, 04:45:58 PM
8.0 huh?  Having never used it myself, we have a number of 7.x machines that are rock solid, I heard there were lots of security issues with 8 upon release.  Obviously there's no support for it now, but I wonder why they require that particular version...
30  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Flavor of Linux? on: July 12, 2005, 06:02:00 PM
You don't even need to install one if you don't want to.  You can burn a copy of Knoppix onto a bootable CD.  When you boot a machine with Knoppix, the OS runs under memory and will mount your drive(s) for access.  

If you really do need to install one, Fedora Core v4 might work for you.  It's Redhat's workstation OS.  Installation is a snap.   You can just leave everything at default.

I've used Mandrake and FreeBSD as well, but had more experience with Fedora.
31  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Battlefield 2 In-Game Nicks *Important* on: July 08, 2005, 12:44:02 AM
I play as [CG]Ibby.
32  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Wow, June 27th... on: July 06, 2005, 05:28:12 PM
Quote from: "Koz"
Quote from: "Sparhawk"
The last post was June 27th in this section of the forum.

WAKE UP!

 :lol:


I may be returning to WoW in a month-ish or so. That should make a lot of people excited.


Woot! I just got in last night after 2 months off.  Attany lives!
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Some Vampire: Bloodlines questions on: July 06, 2005, 05:25:29 PM
Troika just ran out of creative juice near the end.   Let's take a very boring set of hallways laid out in a grid, and populate it with hundreds of ninjas.  Yeah, ninjas!
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Some Vampire: Bloodlines questions on: July 06, 2005, 05:19:01 AM
While I didn't use god mode, I did max out every stat I had there near the end.  NO way I had the patience to go through that without help.
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Some Vampire: Bloodlines questions on: July 05, 2005, 10:21:51 PM
I've got a new 6800nu video card being shipped to me as we speak (for BF2), so at least I'll be able to compare the two cards and see whether the bottleneck was cpu or video.
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Some Vampire: Bloodlines questions on: July 05, 2005, 04:15:15 PM
On a P4 2.53ghz with 1GB of ram and a Ti4600, it was slower than a one legged dog.  Ended up playing through at 1024x768 since 800x600 made the maps unreadable in game.

The most irritating performance issue for me was every now and then, my character would keep trying to go straight after trying to turn and change direction.   Since my Ventrue was melee specific, it make hunting down some of the enemy guys a pain.  I'd whip out my katana, and run for them, then run past them, THEN finally be able to turn around to give 'em a good whack.
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Some Vampire: Bloodlines questions on: June 30, 2005, 03:51:24 PM
I've only played through as a Ventrue, but I think the next time will have to be Malkavian.
38  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Video card help (installation) on: June 23, 2005, 11:00:35 PM
DrJones has it right.   You need to disable the onboard video in your bios before you put the AGP card in.
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What's the point of ordering 1 day shipping from newegg.com. on: June 23, 2005, 04:52:40 PM
I've ordered dozens of parts from Newegg over the years, and never had a ny problem shipping (but only used standard ground, never 1 day).

Hope you get your card soon. I'm getting ready to order a 6600GT as well.  The price is just perfect, and will be replacing a venerable, but trusty, GF4 4600.
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Greatest American Rock Band on: June 23, 2005, 04:48:36 PM
I don't know about anyone else, but I cringe everytime I hear Jimmy Page's playing on Black Dog. Yeesh.  

Alex Lifeson was never that sloppy.
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