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1  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama on the Colbert Report on: December 17, 2014, 08:34:22 PM
(To set the record straight before this snowballs...I was funning y'all. I'm still a couple of years short of 60; I don't usually eat dinner til 8; and I don't go to bed til 1:30 or 2 am. I don't watch much TV, though, so I only ever see Colbert and Daily Show clips online.) icon_smile
2  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama on the Colbert Report on: December 17, 2014, 07:02:54 PM

Quote from: Scraper on December 17, 2014, 02:04:36 PM


I'm actually surprised that 22% of Colbert's audience is 60+ I would have thought that number would be much lower.

We can't change the channel when we're asleep.
3  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama on the Colbert Report on: December 17, 2014, 12:29:26 AM
Yeah, AFAIK Nixon was the first.

Two big differences: First, Nixon went on Laugh-In to reach a hostile demographic (young people), whereas Obama went on Colbert to reach a friendly but tuned-out demo (more young people). Nixon risked alienating his natural supporters (Laugh-In was not a show for aged conservatives) whereas Obama did not. Second, Obama had a specific goal (health insurance enrollment) whereas Nixon...well, I don't know what he was thinking. Trying to appear hip, I suppose. He ended up looking ridiculous instead.

Actually, I just learned that Nixon's appearance was two months before he was elected President, so maybe Clinton really was the first. Never mind.  icon_smile
4  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama on the Colbert Report on: December 15, 2014, 11:30:17 PM

Quote from: RuperT on December 15, 2014, 09:15:07 AM


Correct me if I'm wrong Kraken  Tongue, but Nixon was not Mr Hollywood (which is to say, hip), and could conceivably affect his image with a cameo.  Obama has little to gain; detractors actually complain he's too cool. Did Nixon do much more of that stuff?


True, but he also risked his gravitas with his supporters by being the first president to ever appear on an irreverent, youth-culture TV show. A lot of people were scandalized. Did it help his image with the young? I doubt it. We kinda resented the vietnam war.

Quote from: Lee on December 15, 2014, 06:38:44 PM

@Ironrod: Between Two Ferns is supposed to be painfully awkward. They are all like that, no matter who the guest.

Oh. Well, mission accomplished then. Humor is a funny thing. Or it isn't.
5  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama on the Colbert Report on: December 14, 2014, 08:11:03 PM
Finally saw the Colbert segment last night -- previous links were all broken due to copyright. Thought it was pretty funny...unlike his Two Ferns appearance, which was just painful.

Presidents have been doing pop culture at least since Nixon said "Sock it to me" on Laugh-In. Generally doesn't bother me, although I do cringe when it's obvious that the President is out of his depth as an entertainer.
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Inside Out - Pixar's next movie on: December 10, 2014, 11:25:44 PM
That looks clever.
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: TV Viewing and Spending Thresholds Discussion on: December 07, 2014, 02:49:32 AM

Quote from: WorkingMike on December 06, 2014, 03:44:24 AM

If someone came along and gave me the ability to buy the shows i actually watch for half the price, I would sign up in a second. Give me the ability to change those channels every quarter or so.

That would indeed be the magic bullet. Someday someone will figure out how to implement it. I don't know how many channels we get -- well over 100 -- yet between us my wife and I probably never watch more than 10 of them.

My cable company tries to accommodate by offering tiers ranging from basic cable to superdeluxe digital HD plus plus plus, but that just ends up being overcomplicated and confusing. Don't make me choose between your packages; let me design my own package. I realize that licensing agreements and pricing are what make it impossible. One of these days the consumers will get the upper hand over the providers. That day draws nearer with every person who dumps cable and cobbles together the sources that they want. Too much trouble for me -- I want one bill, one program guide, one controller -- but I salute those of you who have the patience and fortitude to go your own way.

(edit) Better yet, let us subscribe to shows instead of channels. That's how people watch TV. I don't care or even know what network most of my stories are on. Man, that would totally shake up the entertainment industry.
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: TV Viewing and Spending Thresholds Discussion on: December 05, 2014, 03:33:29 AM
As a cable subscriber, I wish there was a reduced-price no-sports package. I know the sports channel licenses are the cable companies' biggest expenses, and I resent having to pay for them. I also wish I could set the cable guide to hide all the sports channels so that I don't have to constantly surf past them.

I might drop cable when we replace our TV with one that can handle streaming (our current set only has one HDMI port and it's busy, so I can't easily plug in one of those streaming jobbies). Although since we have cable internet, and neither of us wants the complexity of having to assemble our viewing from half a dozen different sources, we'll more likely stick with cable out of laziness and inertia as long as the price doesn't go crazy. I hope cable prices will drop or hold the line as more and more people migrate away from it.

Our cable/internet company is a nonprofit municipal utility so I don't feel the hatred that Comcast and Verizon customers do.
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: November 27, 2014, 05:31:00 PM
Down for me, too, and with the holiday it's probably going to stay down.
10  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Liberal Fascism in Houston on: November 27, 2014, 03:00:33 AM

Quote from: Harpua3 on November 26, 2014, 11:31:20 PM

Quote from: hepcat on October 16, 2014, 07:25:54 PM

I love how ATB tries to mask his personal prejudices as sincere curiosity.  It's like a racist asking someone why Asians are such horrible drivers.

Who doesn't know that!?!

They sure do keep their property up nice, though.
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Jurassic World on: November 26, 2014, 10:41:41 PM

Quote from: Suitably Ironic Moniker on November 26, 2014, 04:07:16 PM

As for creating a new dinosaur, why not?
I'm more concerned about "why?" There are thousands of known dino species, most of them obscure (as velociraptors were until the first JP movie). Introducing some silly dino-human mutant is the only storytelling reason I can imagine for making up a new one. If they do that then this series has officially jumped the megalodon.
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What is your phone's current up time? on: November 26, 2014, 12:42:11 AM
0:33  icon_lol

For some reason I occasionally enter a state where I can connect to the google and look stuff up, but not go to any websites. Then some of my apps start bitching about losing their connection. Happens every few weeks. Rebooting makes it better.
13  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Sarah Palin demands...DEMANDS...impeachment. Can still see Russia from porch. on: November 22, 2014, 06:23:37 PM
The hits just keep on coming. Don't ever change, Sarah.

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Sarah Palin said today that illegal immigrants from Mexico should be put on boats and sent back across the ocean to their home country.

In an interview with Fox News tonight, the former Alaskan governor was asked about President Obama’s new plan to partially legalize some of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in America. Palin dismissed the president's idea as “amnesty” and offered an  unconventional solution of her own.

“If I were Obama I’d put all 11 million of these folks on boats and send them back to Mexico,” she opined. “The liberal media says it’s impossible to deport that many people. But I say we can do it if we have enough ships.

“Let’s commandeer all the cruise ships, all the fishing vessels and all the yachts those fat cat Obama donors own. And then let’s pack ‘em full of illegals and send these people on a one-way cruise to Mexico City.

“The long voyage back across the Mexican Ocean should give them plenty of time to think about how they shouldn’t be coming here to America and jeopardizing our freedom and prosperity by breaking our laws.”

(OK, it was satire. Had me going though, and I'll bet it got you, too.)
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: November 18, 2014, 03:09:08 AM

Quote from: Lee on November 17, 2014, 10:38:24 PM

I enjoyed it, until the van landed on it's wheels. It was clearly going to land front end first in the real world. icon_twisted

That wasn't even filmed well. Shot of van leaving bridge, nose-down. Cut! Van lands on wheels. Bothered me more than most discontinuities do, and I'm usually pretty forgiving.

Otherwise it was an OK episode. I agree about the flashbacks-within-the-flashback, though. The smoke metaphors were heavy handed and didn't add anything. Weren't Darryl's cigarettes (Morleys) the same brand they smoked in the X-Files? I know I"ve seen that prop before. Aha, it goes deeper than I thought:

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The X-Files: The Cigarette Smoking Man, played by William B. Davis, smokes this fictional brand, as does Agent Monica Reyes. The X-Files is probably the most well known use of Morley cigarettes. In "Brand X," Mulder and Scully visit Morley Tobacco's headquarters after one of the employees is murdered.
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Have you ever written anything substantial? on: November 15, 2014, 03:27:03 AM
I forgot all about technical writing. I wrote the manual for Caesar III (about 150 pages IIRC), all of the walker dialog, and most of the in-game text. Ditto for Children of the Nile and pretty good chunks of Pharaoh and Civil War Generals 2. Also wrote the text strings for one of the characters in Lords of the Realm II, although I forget which character it was (the Baron maybe?). A lot of that was just grind-it-out stuff but there was some creative component in imbuing feedback with character and humor. I was credited as Writer on C3 and CotN.
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Have you ever written anything substantial? on: November 13, 2014, 01:49:57 AM
I kept a journal from age 18 to about age 35, writing a couple of pages a few times a week. Old school longhand in notebooks, baby. I used to have great penmanship. Stopped doing that when I went on antidepressants and lost the compulsion to write.

Got 3/4 of the way through a sf novel when I was a teenager. It was a long-distance collaboration with another, older writer whom I met through fan publications -- we mailed manuscripts back and forth; mine were typed, his were handwritten. Lost my motivation after he committed suicide. It was a post-apocalyptic Ultimate Computer kind of story. It wasn't very good, except that we did predict the Internet (which we called Monolith) back in 1976. Computers in every home connected by telephone lines was his crazy idea.

I blog about my business every Friday. Nobody reads it. The link is in my sig if you want to see why. Been doing that for the better part of 10 years and I have something like 400 entries. I guess it's what remains of my compulsion.

17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: November 10, 2014, 10:58:48 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on November 10, 2014, 08:13:51 PM

  It's already pretty well established that the zombie heads are near mush in this world anyway. 

And yet their jaws and teeth rip through healthy flesh like tissue paper. Never fails to bug me.  saywhat
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Echo on: November 07, 2014, 12:32:38 AM

Quote from: Lee on November 06, 2014, 10:27:21 PM

Quote from: farley2k on November 06, 2014, 09:53:47 PM

I like the idea of a device not tethered to my phone personally but I know I am not in the majority.  



So you think this sounds useful? Especially for that price point? I am really curious about who would want this and why. What does it offer that you think you might use daily, while not annoying everyone else you live with?

I don't want one; my phone periodically tries to convince me to talk to it (say "hey google") and I want no part of that. Hypothetically, though, I can see the appeal of a standalone device that doesn't need recharging and -- most important -- doesn't require a subscription or a monthly payment. You pays your $200 and you're done. But yeah, not being a whole-house integrated thing makes it little more than a toy.
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Doctor Who 8th Series - Goodbye Matt, Hello Peter! on: November 06, 2014, 06:24:44 AM
Tough crowd.

The relationship between Clara and the Dr came into sharp focus with one line: Did you really think that I care so little for you that betraying me would make a difference?
20  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: GOP Storms Congress: FulL Control of Senate and House on: November 05, 2014, 11:35:42 PM
It's pretty clear that Republicans didn't win so much as Democrats lost, and they lost primarily because people deeply dislike Obama. So this Republican wave has a mandate to...um...not be Obama? Or something like that.

This fellow's take on it is interesting: It was a victory for the Left.
21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Doctor Who 8th Series - Goodbye Matt, Hello Peter! on: November 05, 2014, 04:10:56 AM
No love for last week's "Dark Water" episode? I thought that was one of the best-written hours of Dr Who ever.
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: October 14, 2014, 05:32:16 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on October 14, 2014, 11:27:02 AM


As for post credits, my DVR cut it off early (just as the person started turning around).  Did they reveal who that was?

The character's name was Morgan Jones. I didn't recognize him and had to have it explained. Pretty cool that they're going to tie up an old loose thread.
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: October 14, 2014, 12:03:49 AM
They are bringing back a character from S1.
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: October 13, 2014, 09:47:15 PM
Agree that the episode was firing on all cylinders. Glad to have TWD back, and equally glad that they didn't stretch out the Terminus story arc any farther. The whole cannibal culture conceit was a bit of a stretch IMO, in spite of the "Then" scenes that tried to justify it. It was OK, just glad they didn't dwell on it any longer than they did.
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Money pit so it seems. on: October 10, 2014, 11:02:07 PM
We've only ever owned one house. We bought it 25 years ago for $148,500 and we still owe about $76,000 on it. In its current condition it's probably worth around $225,000; it will be worth closer to $300,000 if we can fix and improve a few key things -- obviously, I don't want to put more than $75,000 into doing that since that's what I figure the improvements will be worth. That's not a great return strictly as an investment, but we were housed for 25 years and our mortgage payment is less than half of what rent would cost nowadays. We didn't spend much on maintenance in all those years, and that's catching up with us now.

The house is 102 years old and we're only its 4th owners, so people do tend to live here a long time. Its location is nearly ideal for our lifestyle.

Our tentative plan is to sell in 10 years. We will be at full social security retirement age and (bonus!) our mortgage will be paid off, so we can use the proceeds to buy another, more elder-friendly house in cash. Housing prices are lower where we plan to retire.
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Money pit so it seems. on: October 10, 2014, 04:05:24 PM
There's no access to the attic so who knows? At least the roofers discovered that it's well-insulated. I didn't know if there was any insulation up there at all.
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Money pit so it seems. on: October 09, 2014, 10:55:57 PM
Wiring is on our maybe-eventually-someday list. They told us when we bought the house 25 years ago that it needed to be updated. We have an old-school fuse box with some knob & tube wiring still in place. The house is 102 years old.

Five years of un- and underemployment set us back a long way on home maintenance as we cannibalized all of our short-term savings and most of our home equity line. Finally bought a new $8,000 roof last week -- I can take the bucket out of my office, hooray! Now saving aggressively for a paint job next year because the house looks like hell. After that, we can start to think about some of the cosmetic improvements that we've wanted for years, maybe even a kitchen or bathroom makeover. My wife is a year and a half away from the magical age of 59-1/2 when she can access a long-stagnant Roth that's got home improvements written all over it.

Wiring? Yeah, wiring comes sometime after that unless a renovator simply can't work with what we have.
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: October 08, 2014, 01:11:25 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 07, 2014, 10:12:55 PM


That was cool. I would pay money to see that movie.
29  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Crisis of faith or is it over? on: September 27, 2014, 09:39:30 PM

Quote from: Gratch on September 27, 2014, 07:40:35 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on September 27, 2014, 03:20:01 PM

I think it's more important to be as good a person as I can rather than ascribe to a religious dogma. 

That's pretty much the manta I live my life by.  If it means I can't get into some sort of exclusive afterlife club because I didn't happen to do it "in the name of Jesus", then so be it.

I don't know if there are gods or souls or an afterlife or any of that. Probably not, but could be. I'm confident, though, that those things will get along fine regardless of what I do or don't believe. If it turns out that my eternal fate (if any) depended on observing particular rituals or saying magic words during my brief time on earth then I'm going to demand to see the management, because that's a petty way to run a cosmos.
30  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Crisis of faith or is it over? on: September 27, 2014, 07:17:01 PM
Well, it's quite possible to be spiritual without being religious. I'd even call that normal among my circle of acquaintances.
31  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Crisis of faith or is it over? on: September 26, 2014, 10:36:10 PM
It sounds like you are trending toward a generic spirituality or mysticism -- deism, animism, or some other paganism -- rather than a religion. Religion is about answers based on revealed truth, not questions. That makes it the opposite of science. Science thrives on "unanswered things" and does not ask you to believe in it except as a powerful method of investigating and understanding the material world.

While I think all religions can be philosophically illuminating, none of them are as "true" as they think they are, and none are worth joining or following unless you crave the social inclusion.

I don't believe in any religion (obviously) nor am I very spiritual, so this probably isn't the perspective you're looking for.
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cholesterol Blues (Paging Pete Rock) on: September 25, 2014, 05:45:49 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 25, 2014, 02:36:22 AM

Man, you guys are really making me look forward to the next few years when my 30's turn into my 40's.   frown thumbsdown

Or you can just ignore it. Mine was kind of high when I had it checked 6 or 8 years ago. They wanted me to come back and do a fasting test. Bzzt! I'll pass. I'm 57 and I've already outlived my usefulness anyway.
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Apple Watch on: September 13, 2014, 09:56:58 PM
4 signs Apple has completely given up on being cool (from Cracked.com)

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so far, the Apple Watch seems tailor-made for old people.

#4. Old People Love Wearing Gadgets
#3. It's Made for People Who Are Falling Apart
#2. It Caters to the Stores Where Older People Shop
#1. The Emojis Are Great for Wizened Eyes

If you're still not convinced Apple is now the company of high-wader khakis and nostalgia for Barry Goldwater, check your iPhone's music. Apple surreptitiously just gave you a new U2 album most of the population never wanted. It's basically Apple's version of a birthday present you never asked for, only they got confused and snuck it in the drywall of your house.


Being a bona fide old person myself, all I can say is I already have a watch.

Seriously, the whole "wearable tech" paradigm feels like something marketing people keep trying to convince techies is the Next Big Thing.
34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My awesome/awful Friday on: September 07, 2014, 04:07:17 PM
I've had to euthanize two cats. Looking into their eyes as the life goes out is heartbreaking.

Our current cat is 16.5 years old and mostly healthy, but I know that the euthanasia scene is likely to be repeated before very much longer. I'm dreading that day, whether it's months away or a year. None of our previous cats ever lived past 17.

So I understand how you feel about Vader, and I'm sorry to hear about it. Eventually the happy memories will crowd out the sad.   

35  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: [Ukraine] Crimea River on: August 29, 2014, 04:13:31 PM
I had thought that Putin would stop at Crimea. It looks like I was wrong. Having determined that there won't be any military consequences, he is going for the land corridor to his new province.
36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: One of my dogs died suddenly today. on: August 24, 2014, 09:02:42 PM

Quote from: Eel Snave on August 24, 2014, 02:52:17 AM

Quote from: Lee on August 23, 2014, 11:28:13 PM

That's horrible. Does the vet have any idea what it could have been?

No, we didn't even take him to the vet. He died at home, and he died so quickly we didn't have time to take him. Just a few breaths and he was gone.

That's got to be especially hard if you had no warning. At least he didn't suffer a long illness. Sorry to hear about it, though.
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 24, 2014, 09:00:09 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on August 24, 2014, 06:21:20 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on August 24, 2014, 05:52:20 PM

Looks like this movie has already left one of the two multiplexes that are convenient for us. Tuesday is its last day at the other one. I hope to be able to see it next Tuesday before it's gone.

It's still the seconds highest grossing movie out right now, doesn't really make sense to pull it.

I'm guessing most places are turning over for Labor Day weekend. It will still be showing through next weekend in some more distant theaters. Realistically, though, those aren't convenient so we won't see it if we don't go by Tuesday. Wife will be home that day so it should be doable. On the plus side ticket prices have fallen to $7.50 so we'll get out of it for $20 with popcorn.

Back when I used to go to movies regularly they stayed in theaters for months. Nowadays even the top movies seldom run for more than 4-6 weeks. Maybe Hollywood is just turning out too much product.
38  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 24, 2014, 05:52:20 PM
Looks like this movie has already left one of the two multiplexes that are convenient for us. Tuesday is its last day at the other one. I hope to be able to see it next Tuesday before it's gone.
39  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Should Police Departments Have Military Gear? Obama says "Let's look into it." on: August 24, 2014, 02:37:33 AM

Quote from: ATB on August 23, 2014, 10:00:34 PM


Besides, the army will need the equipment when we invade Iraq again.

We'll make more. The economy depends on it.

While I'm not dead-set against urban police departments having heavy weaponry to counter extreme threats, I do believe that its use should be strictly constrained.
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: {Movie]Automata on: August 22, 2014, 03:30:07 AM
Looks like somebody is playing fast and loose with Asimov's 3 Laws. Regardless, count me in. (Especially since I just finished watching Robot and Frank a few minutes ago.)
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