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2761  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: No Bailout for GM please. Let em die. on: December 13, 2008, 11:22:02 PM
The auto industry is going to be broken up under the name "restructuring" one way or another, whether in bankruptcy courts or under the supervision of a government "car czar". It is really a matter of finding the least painful, most effective way to proceed. They are not going to come out on the other side as three independent and profitable companies. More likely, you'll see the best assets reorganized into one US-owned, quasi-nationalized company, and the rest either dissolved or sold off to the competition.

The existing corporations are getting bailout money now to keep a pulse going until the next administration can take over. It is merely a welfare payment administered through private corporations.

If those corporations were dissolved and all of those idled workers were given the government's teat, how much would it cost to suckle them directly?
2762  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: The Housing Disaster - Who is to blame? on: December 13, 2008, 11:11:23 PM
Who's to blame? In our family, it is customary to blame my BIL Paul for pretty much everything. It saves us a lot of troublesome thinking and quarreling, and Paul's a good sport about it.
2763  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Is it Unreasonable to Fear for Obama's Safety? on: December 13, 2008, 11:03:37 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on December 13, 2008, 06:16:03 PM

I figured that if Bush made it through unscathed, then anyone can. 

I think it depends on where you live. In these parts Obama is already considered the greatest president since Abe Lincoln, and it's baffling how Cheney made it through alive.

Of course it's reasonable to fear that Bamalot will end the same way Camelot did. This is Kennedy country, and the parallels are obvious. But any leader will attract hatred from the mentally unbalanced.
2764  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Get Smart - Impressions on: December 13, 2008, 10:55:10 PM
No desire whatsoever to see this one...not even Netflix-worthy.
2765  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Is Blu-Ray here to stay? on: December 13, 2008, 10:48:52 PM

Quote from: HankRaptor on December 13, 2008, 05:50:12 PM


Streaming Video, be it, Roku, Apple TV.. Xbox Live.. As the streaming technology gets better IE: more content available on instant viewing on Netflix.. WHY OWN MEDIA? Store this crap pay for it.


+1. It will eventually be relegated to collectors and hobbyists...among whom I don't number. I have collected record albums, cassette tapes, CDs, and VHS tapes. I eventually abandoned and divested of all of them. I am not going to get suckered into DVDs and Blu-Ray disks for the reasons that Jeff Jones mentioned. There are maybe 10 movies in the history of movies that I would want to watch once a year at the most. Why would I want more than those few disks contributing to the general clutter?
2766  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How often are you sick? on: December 13, 2008, 04:59:59 AM
When I worked among the public (malls and museums) I used to catch every germ that raged through the population. When I worked in offices, I used to catch every germ that parents carry. Now that I work at home and have virtually no exposure to children, directly or indirectly, I don't get sick anymore.

When I do get the flu, it's incapacitating for a day or two.
2767  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wives do the darndest things... on: December 11, 2008, 05:25:54 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 10, 2008, 06:50:26 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on December 10, 2008, 05:23:03 AM

The Bride of Ironrod is not allowed to touch anything in my house. Well, except the washer and dryer...which she very seldom chooses to do.

what about the sink and the stove?

Those are mine. She is not allowed near them. I grant refrigerator access only grudgingly.
2768  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best gift you have given... on: December 11, 2008, 05:21:49 AM
In 1986 we decided to move to Boston. I was going to manage a major bookstore (for a local chain that would soon go belly-up), and she had a fresh Masters degree in journalism but no job. The "no job" part went on longer than anticipated, so she worked a couple of marginal jobs that were way beneath her, and struggled to make extra money freelancing. To succeed at that, she need a word processor.

I researched it and decided that word processors were too limited, and what she really needed was a computer. When I cashed out of my previous job, I'd gotten a $1200 windfall from a retirement account. $1200 was what it took to buy her a Tandy 1000EX, a printer (major item back then), and all the trimmings. It was also my life savings.

She was floored that I put everything I had into a tool for her future career. Of course, it paid off in spades.

A few months after I bought it, I found out that it could also play games.  The Weghted Companion Cube will never threaten to stab you.
2769  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What do you read, or post, on GT? on: December 10, 2008, 05:26:52 AM
Just this forum and R&P. I don't post in R&P very often, but I do scan it regularly.
2770  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wives do the darndest things... on: December 10, 2008, 05:23:03 AM
The Bride of Ironrod is not allowed to touch anything in my house. Well, except the washer and dryer...which she very seldom chooses to do.
2771  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Real or Fake: 2008 Edition on: December 10, 2008, 05:17:56 AM
Although we do feed Greedfest to the minimum extent required of us, we haven't put up any decorations for at least 15 years. The Bride of Ironrod used to insist on setting up a tree over my half-hearted objections. Then, the year that her father died, she brought her mother out here to stay with us for a few weeks over the holidays. Her mother spewed her usual venom all over their tree-trimming bonding exercise that year, and the Bride has never wanted to have a tree since.

Suits me fine. Our house is so crammed with clutter that there's no room for anything anyway. 
2772  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Am I doomed? on: December 09, 2008, 04:53:29 AM
You would be more doomed if you became a lawyer. You are young. Cut your losses and take a path you like.
2773  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ever lived on an Aircraft Carrier? on: December 08, 2008, 03:13:04 PM
My Marine nephew served a tour of duty on the USS Nimitz. Pretty sure they kept him jumping most of the time, even though he's not a sailor. He's an aircraft technician and the Nimitz's aircraft need constant technicianing.
2774  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: The Scientific Method: How much do you know about it? on: December 07, 2008, 05:24:33 AM
It's more reliable than the rhythm method.
2775  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Area51 and other government lies on: December 07, 2008, 05:21:58 AM


The fifth astronaut from the left might look familiar. Hint: He is married to a white woman in the movie. Second Hint: He does not kill her in the movie.
2776  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How accurate is the BMI chart? on: December 05, 2008, 06:16:37 AM
Similar experience here -- lost weight, toned up, and was still just a notch below overweight. I have since crept back into the overweight range and border on obese. Yet, although I'm lugging around some lard, I'm healthy and fit and active. So even though weight loss will be the New Years resolution, I'm not worrying about my BMI.

OTOH, it's well documented that many test animals on calorie-restricted diets live significantly longer than normal-weight animals. If longevity is your goal, staying lean and hungry is a pretty good bet. Me, I'm willing to die a few years earlier in exchange for hamburgers and beer and cigars now.  drool
2777  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How technologically advanced is your office? on: December 05, 2008, 06:08:38 AM
I have a 3.5-year-old laptop and a cellphone of equal vintage. And a lamp, and a window fan. 
2778  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Religious Hatred........Why? on: December 04, 2008, 03:36:32 AM
Holier-than-thou.
2779  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: At What Point is it Stealing? on: December 04, 2008, 03:26:23 AM
Being a low-income sort myself, I'd keep mum unless I was dealing with a mom-and-pop store that needs the income.

Last week the bartender only charged me for two of the three beers that I drank. I thought about pointing it out to her...but those 16 ounces of draft beer cost them effectively nothing. Instead I tipped the bartender an extra four bucks.
2780  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's vent on: December 03, 2008, 04:06:15 AM

Quote from: hepcat on December 02, 2008, 08:53:47 PM


Also, as I get older, I start to realize I can't really stand IT work.  However, I'm afraid to make a career change this late in life.  Maybe someday I'll give myself the kick in the pants to go out and try to find something I love doing.   icon_frown

How old are you? And how much younger will you be when you finally can't avoid change any longer?

My business will show better than 50% growth this year despite the economy, but the rate is flattening. I don't know if I can keep it going much longer in this economy. I have to maintain rapid growth for two more years if Curio City is going to support me, and the odds against that are formidable. If sales flatline after Christmas, I'm going to have to think about another career change.

Fortunately, the business has no debt and very low fixed costs, so it can survive if I have to put it in stasis and become a wage slave until the economy turns around. But getting a job would feel like a personal failure. I really don't want to go back into the workforce if I can possibly avoid it.
2781  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Now we just need some Focker to marry our daughter. on: December 02, 2008, 04:16:33 PM
One of my cats spontaneously started using the toilet when his litter box exceeded his gross-out threshold. He stopped when he realized that (1) it made us happy, and (2) he was befouling his own drinking water.

If you can train your cat to flush, then you're on to something.
2782  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Did You Ever Read Mad Magazine? on: December 02, 2008, 02:55:43 AM

Quote from: Scuzz on December 01, 2008, 10:43:05 PM

It was the South Park of the day.

Nicely said.
2783  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So what was your best Black Friday purchase? on: December 01, 2008, 10:48:45 PM
So how about Cyber Monday? Anybody shop online today?

Curio City is having a decent day so far. No more transactions than expected, but a few nice big ones. I still have an outside shot at hitting my (very aggressive) sales plan for the day. The target numbers for these next three weeks are humbling.

I think the "Cyber Monday" concept is silly, but since I don't support it with any special promotions I don't know if hordes of shoppers are really cruising for online deals today. My traffic reports indicate a pretty average day for this time of year.
2784  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Did You Ever Read Mad Magazine? on: December 01, 2008, 10:34:53 PM
I read it throughout the 1960s. It was considered subversive, at least in our little world, so naturally I was drawn to it.
2785  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: So. If the US Hadn't Invaded Iraq... on: December 01, 2008, 12:32:56 AM

Quote from: cheeba on November 30, 2008, 06:03:08 AM

The people who kept Saddam in power

You realize that's the Reagan administration, right?
2786  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sorry Charlie: Tuna Tragedy on: December 01, 2008, 12:30:34 AM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on December 01, 2008, 12:22:21 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on November 30, 2008, 05:17:30 AM

The marketplace has a way of balancing such things, but often only after it is too late. Tilapia are a "weed" species -- they thrive anywhere and eat anything. They have the advantage of being correspondingly cheap...and have a flavor and texture that matches their low price. Tilapia are really only good in stews. Nobody would ever choose a simple grilled tilapia fillet because, well, yech.

?

Tilapia is often grilled. In fact, I know plenty of people that prefer the taste of tilapia to some other fish.

I don't like either the flavor or the texture of tilapia by itself, but I do use it as an ingredient in stew because it's cheap. Taste is subjective, of course. I like catfish, which many people find too oily. Both are in the same bottom price category. 
2787  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sorry Charlie: Tuna Tragedy on: November 30, 2008, 06:13:25 PM

Quote from: Arkon on November 30, 2008, 11:22:08 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on November 30, 2008, 05:17:30 AM

Quote from: Arkon on November 29, 2008, 11:23:18 PM

So I guess my question is, what is the answer?  Is there some other fish that can be used as a substitute?

I am not a fish person, tuna is about the only fish I eat on a consistent basis.

The marketplace has a way of balancing such things, but often only after it is too late. Tilapia are a "weed" species -- they thrive anywhere and eat anything. They have the advantage of being correspondingly cheap...and have a flavor and texture that matches their low price. Tilapia are really only good in stews. Nobody would ever choose a simple grilled tilapia fillet because, well, yech.

Tuna are much tastier and correspondingly more expensive -- and profitable. So we fish them to the point of collapse. When they reach that point they will be priced out of the average person's budget...maybe they'll recover then, or maybe not. (Tuna have the advantage of being a top predator, so they concentrate pollutants. That makes their flesh unhealthy and helps depress consumption). 

I usually cook fish once a week. If haddock or cod or swordfish are on sale for $6-10 per pound, I make one of those recipes. Otherwise I settle for tilapia or catfish for $4-6 per pound. I don't generally buy tuna because it's too expensive and the supply is erratic, and it's harder to cook well. (Canned tuna is in a different category than fresh fish). 

Sorry guess I should have clarified... I eat canned tuna, mixed with relish, chopped tomatoes and a bit of mayo.  I have actually ordered Tilapia a few times at restaurants.  I guess I was asking if perhaps there was a similarly tasting alternative to canned tuna.

Well, canned tuna tastes mostly like salt; a fresh tuna steak doesn't taste like that. I'd think that any brine-soaked fish would do if the texture is similar. Swordfish comes to the same density and flakiness, but swordfish also has mercury poisoning and high prices to contend with.
2788  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: So. If the US Hadn't Invaded Iraq... on: November 30, 2008, 05:22:34 AM

Quote from: Purge on November 30, 2008, 01:03:11 AM

gleaming white sword of righteousness blessed by the virgin mother of a zombie

Finally I know what I want for xmas.
2789  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sorry Charlie: Tuna Tragedy on: November 30, 2008, 05:17:30 AM

Quote from: Arkon on November 29, 2008, 11:23:18 PM

So I guess my question is, what is the answer?  Is there some other fish that can be used as a substitute?

I am not a fish person, tuna is about the only fish I eat on a consistent basis.

The marketplace has a way of balancing such things, but often only after it is too late. Tilapia are a "weed" species -- they thrive anywhere and eat anything. They have the advantage of being correspondingly cheap...and have a flavor and texture that matches their low price. Tilapia are really only good in stews. Nobody would ever choose a simple grilled tilapia fillet because, well, yech.

Tuna are much tastier and correspondingly more expensive -- and profitable. So we fish them to the point of collapse. When they reach that point they will be priced out of the average person's budget...maybe they'll recover then, or maybe not. (Tuna have the advantage of being a top predator, so they concentrate pollutants. That makes their flesh unhealthy and helps depress consumption). 

I usually cook fish once a week. If haddock or cod or swordfish are on sale for $6-10 per pound, I make one of those recipes. Otherwise I settle for tilapia or catfish for $4-6 per pound. I don't generally buy tuna because it's too expensive and the supply is erratic, and it's harder to cook well. (Canned tuna is in a different category than fresh fish). 
2790  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So what was your best Black Friday purchase? on: November 29, 2008, 04:39:32 PM
Nothing. The only stores I ever shop are the packie, the grocer and the pharmacy, and the clothing outlet once every other year. 

Today I'll buy a 12-pack of Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale and a 6-pack of Mayflower Porter, and we're going out to a show in Cambridge tonight so dinner at Grendels Den. 
2791  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pixar Movies: Favorite to Least Favorite on: November 28, 2008, 04:34:44 AM

Quote from: cheeba on November 27, 2008, 05:40:58 AM

My 4 year old nephew is apeshit for Cars. He's got everything Cars, from pajamas to shoes to the cars themselves. I thought it was pretty good, but I was at least half-drunk when I saw it and I hardly remember anything.

Met a woman tonight whose 4-year-old son is equally apeshit for Cars, so it's constant background noise for her. She said that although it's not the worst movie a kid could force you to see, it's certainly not anything I'd remotely enjoy.
2792  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: No Bailout for GM please. Let em die. on: November 27, 2008, 05:51:59 AM

Quote from: SkyLander on November 26, 2008, 09:42:28 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on November 23, 2008, 07:14:11 PM

Quote from: SkyLander on November 22, 2008, 10:57:36 PM

Depending on the contract it would matter. In a good union contract if you work over 8 hours a day then you get into overtime which is time and a half. While for the majority you don't get into overtime unless you work over 40 hours a week. Which then after that you get into time and a half. I believe the 40 hours a week is a law, this changes state to state but I thought it was pretty universal for overtime.

First let me say that I do work for a union (IBEW 1245) so I have seen contracts for overtime and such not.  There are some workers who get double time for any time over 40 hours and there are lots of "perks" involved with overtime, drive in, missed meals etc.  I was just curious if the UAW had gotten a really sweet overtime deal and not just the vanilla 1.5 times base salary standard.  I guess my original point to cheeba's post would be that I don't think the overtime issue is something that is breaking the big 3 and not the japanese companies.


I work for a union also (IATSE 363) and our overtime is pretty sweet, any work after 12 pm is double time, if we have to work through lunch it's a meal penalty which is time and a half and any time after 8 hours is time and a half. So depending on the situation you can make a lot of money in a small amount of time. I'm sure the UAW tries to shove in as much perks as possible but it depends on the industry and the contracts. But in the end I think it is give and take and I don't think the overtime is killing the auto industry either.

What do you suppose would happen if auto workers were like game developers? You work 80-100 hour weeks during crunchtime and you don't make a penny of overtime, but the bonuses and royalties will make you rich, maybe, if everything goes right and you aren't laid off before they're handed out. And nobody ever retires from a game company. Cars would cost $50 and we'd buy a new one every 3 months because it goes faster and has flashier paint. 
2793  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: No Bailout for GM please. Let em die. on: November 27, 2008, 05:45:42 AM

Quote from: Blackadar on November 26, 2008, 12:29:01 AM

Quote from: corruptrelic on November 25, 2008, 11:06:06 PM


It's funny how the CEOs of the big three flew in on private jets to plead for tax payer money to bail them out of the mess they put themselves in. I'm glad politicians on both sides of the isle called them on that.

Plu-heez.  That was a political stunt, nothing more.  If you want to look at frivolous expenditures, look at the financial sector.

I read that the execs will take a convoy to their next hearing. No kidding. And if they are smart they'll drive Priuses.  icon_wink
2794  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Go to church..live longer...? on: November 27, 2008, 05:42:48 AM
If you could isolate it, you would find that connectedness to a group is the beneficial factor. I'm too lazy to dig up cites but I'm pretty sure that's been amply demonstrated already. A church is a strong and durable social group. Therefore, churchgoers enjoy longer lives -- probably healthier, too.

If you are specifically trying to measure the value of religion on longevity, you'd need to compare churchgoers with Elks, Kiwanis, Masons, Obamaniacs, or any other group that people actively support and identify with strongly.
2795  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pixar Movies: Favorite to Least Favorite on: November 27, 2008, 12:43:16 AM

Quote from: Rowdy on November 26, 2008, 04:35:30 PM

Quote from: GuidoTKP on November 26, 2008, 01:09:22 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on November 25, 2008, 05:50:44 AM

This thread is making me think about dropping Cars from my Netflix list. Is it even worth 90-ish minutes of my lifespan?

Well, my then-5-year-old, who is not a film critic by any stretch, forced my wife and I to walk out on it ... and we didn't mind.  I eventually made a point of watching it on cable just to see how it turned out, but it's the only Pixar movie I can't recomend.  Its not awful, but I thought it was completely devoid of magic.

 saywhat Wow, that is one picky 5 year old!  My kids are enthralled just to be in a movie theatre, never mind what's playing.

It's amazing to me the reactions to Cars... my kids love it.  I think it has plenty of magic.  I think the characters are great, and the change that the main character goes through, and the final race, are both excellent.  It's less 'artsy' than Wall-E, Ratt or even the Toy Story's, but that's ok, it's just a different style.  My almost 5 yr old son lives for all things Cars related, and watches the movie monthly.  Rattatouie and Bugs Life, by contrast, are typically tuned out after 15 minutes, and Wall-E in the theatre was a fun excursion but neither of my kids could tell me what it was about afterwards.

I'm taking it off the list. The movies that kids like most are the ones I like least, and vice versa.
2796  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 119,943 Miles Flown in 2008 - A retrospective on: November 27, 2008, 12:31:50 AM
I managed to fly 0 miles again last year. I am airline-averse because the experience of flying is so unpleasant.

It wasn't always that way. The first few times I flew were fun. Air travel was still too expensive to be very common, so flying was more enjoyable. Security was lackadaisical, although there was some remote threat of hijackings. Aisles and seats were bigger. Passengers were smaller and better behaved (high prices kept out the riffraff). Stewardesses were hired for their looks and wore short skirts. Drinks and snacks flowed freely. Smoking was allowed.

I endure air travel when the destination is worth the pain of getting there, as in a Caribbean island. I would hate to have to travel that way routinely.
2797  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pixar Movies: Favorite to Least Favorite on: November 25, 2008, 03:13:53 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on November 25, 2008, 02:00:57 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on November 25, 2008, 05:50:44 AM

This thread is making me think about dropping Cars from my Netflix list. Is it even worth 90-ish minutes of my lifespan?

Do you have a blu-ray player?

Nope.
2798  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pixar Movies: Favorite to Least Favorite on: November 25, 2008, 05:50:44 AM
This thread is making me think about dropping Cars from my Netflix list. Is it even worth 90-ish minutes of my lifespan?
2799  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: I'm not usually much for the conspiracy BS but... on: November 24, 2008, 11:51:06 PM
It does look the scoundrels in power are looting and pillaging before the new batch of scoundrels comes to town.
2800  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pixar Movies: Favorite to Least Favorite on: November 24, 2008, 11:45:36 PM
They came out over so many years that it's a little hard to compare them as the CG animation state-of-the-art has improved. Toy Story was simply amazing for its day, less so in light of subsequent movies. But what the heck, I'll play anyway.

1. Ratatouille
2. The Incredibles
3. WALL-E
4. Monsters Inc
5. Finding Nemo
6. Toy Story 2
7. Bugs Life
8. Toy Story
9. Cars? (Haven't seen it)

My list looks a lot like Lordnine's.
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