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41  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama seeking 1/2 Billion for Syrian Opposition on: August 12, 2014, 05:50:59 PM
I'm about 100 pages into Cobra II, and at one point, they were counting on leveraging the existing Iraqi armed forces and police to keep the peace so that we could send fewer troops.  Talk about a pipe dream.  They wanted to fight a war of their own choosing, keep the troop footprint as low as possible to tamp down discontent at home, and make an example out of the regime, convinced on faulty intelligence that there were still WMDs.
42  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read 2014 Edition on: August 11, 2014, 07:43:41 PM
Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
43  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama seeking 1/2 Billion for Syrian Opposition on: August 11, 2014, 06:00:00 PM
What does it say when Laura Ingraham blames our initial intervention for their current sorry state of affairs?

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Ingraham added that she was “not saying” she wanted to see U.S. forces return to Iraq: “I don’t know if there’s a good solution right now, which is a horrible thing to say for the United States of America.”

Later in the segment, Ingraham pointed out that al Qaeda — through its ISIS offshoot group — was “becoming the Islamic state.”

“We tried to do all these things in Iraq, now Iraq is worse off!” she exclaimed. “I mean, I hate to say that, but Iraq is worse than before we went in to Iraq. Christians are gone, there’s no sense of order at all.”

“Saddam Hussein is gone. That’s a good thing, but what’s left? A more embolden Islamic state.”
44  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 11, 2014, 05:29:37 PM
Personally, I want to see Guardians beat Sin City this coming weekend.  There doesn't seem that there's anything else on the docket in the coming month that will have near the widespread appearl.
45  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 11, 2014, 03:56:46 PM
Being 'universally' panned doesn't explain why they've already announced the sequel.
46  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (08/11) on: August 11, 2014, 02:58:12 PM
Nada.
47  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 10, 2014, 10:12:05 PM
Turtles opened at $65 million.  Guardians has $41.5 million for weekend #2.
48  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: I'm a former Jehovah's Witness, AMA! on: August 08, 2014, 03:28:50 AM


Which one has it right?
49  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Where do you stand on the crucial topic of hotdogs? on: August 07, 2014, 07:46:54 PM
I do not have any objections to copious amounts of cheese.
50  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Where do you stand on the crucial topic of hotdogs? on: August 07, 2014, 07:26:55 PM
I had one of the above coneys at GABP, and documented it at the time.

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Sat down before gametime, seats were already in the shade. Perfect weather, as it was warm with the occasional breeze off the river. I had a bratwurst before the game, which was decent. Later on, I bought a Skyline coney. Whatever it is you people in Ohio are trying to pass off as chili is disgusting. That was the worst-tasting attempt at a chili dog I have ever had the misfortune to pay for.

And I don't do mustard or onions.  
51  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Where do you stand on the crucial topic of hotdogs? on: August 07, 2014, 06:10:16 PM
Tell you what, Scraper.  If you want to send me a can of Skyline, I will sample it again, under whatever preparation instructions you determine, and report back.  I will even defer your costs.
52  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Where do you stand on the crucial topic of hotdogs? on: August 07, 2014, 05:44:33 PM

Quote from: Scraper on August 07, 2014, 05:08:08 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on August 07, 2014, 04:45:17 PM

I tried Skyline when I was at a Reds game.  Skyline is crap.

Shut your mouth. That's either a lie or a faulty opinion. Either way it's wrong.

My sister forsook the stomping grounds of her youth and married a Clevelander; both now reside in Columbus.  I have visited the Buckeye state on any number of occasions, and it has many things to recommend it.  Skyline "chili" is not one of them.  And anything that is routinely served over spaghetti doesn't deserve the name of chili, anyway.
53  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Where do you stand on the crucial topic of hotdogs? on: August 07, 2014, 04:45:17 PM
I tried Skyline when I was at a Reds game.  Skyline is crap.
54  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Where do you stand on the crucial topic of hotdogs? on: August 07, 2014, 03:31:25 PM
Boiled, then pan crisped.  Served with chili and cheese.
55  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ebola outbreak on: August 05, 2014, 02:50:51 PM

Quote from: farley2k on August 04, 2014, 06:20:49 PM

Quote from: ATB on August 04, 2014, 03:00:29 PM

Pretty fascinating article about a secret super experimental drug that appears to have saved the americans.

At least we can save the white people

When the locals are attacking health workers through panic and fear, trying to sell them on taking an experimental drug is probably a non-starter.

You don't put your rescuers at risk when the victim has a chance to take you down with them.
56  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360] Tropico 5 on: August 05, 2014, 01:41:27 PM
I love it when things I post end up on the front page. biggrin
57  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (08/04) on: August 04, 2014, 05:41:21 PM
Correction: International Snooker from Steam.
58  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360] Tropico 5 on: August 04, 2014, 04:52:30 PM
Banned in Thailand

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Kalypso Media can confirm that Tropico 5, the latest installment of the hugely popular dictator sim, has been refused distribution in Thailand. The Board of Film and Video Censors (part of the Ministry of Culture) informed Kalypso Media's Thailand distributor New Era that Tropico 5 would not be granted a release status in the country. They stated that 'some contents of the game are not appropriate for the current situation,' but did not pinpoint the exact content which caused concern. After consideration, New Era has decided not to appeal the decision.
59  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 8/1/14 on: August 04, 2014, 03:09:18 PM
I need to do some more research with Vassal.  I pulled up one module and got the map and units, but there was nothing in place to bulk load the units.  Of course, I was doing a modular-type wargame that has more than one scenario with different units, placement, etc.  I may need to scale back the features to something a bit lighter to get my feet wet.
60  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (08/04) on: August 04, 2014, 03:07:30 PM
Nada.
61  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So when do you quit? on: August 04, 2014, 03:07:07 PM
File for FMLA for the care of your mother.  Then, you have the weight of the federal government behind you when you tell them to sod off.
62  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ebola outbreak on: August 04, 2014, 03:03:24 AM
Like Gruinard Island?
63  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: I'm a former Jehovah's Witness, AMA! on: August 03, 2014, 05:16:40 PM
Let's make up for lost time, then shall we?







64  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 8/1/14 on: August 03, 2014, 03:19:54 PM
Added in some Trackmania2 Stadium last night, and now I'm fiddling with Vassal.
65  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 8/1/14 on: August 03, 2014, 01:03:00 AM
So far, it's been NHL 14 and Pool Nation.
66  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ebola outbreak on: August 01, 2014, 08:01:46 PM
Ah.  Well, aside from Caine's speculation, it's a non-starter, as we've seen. The government is capable and willing to throw money at the problem to get people that know what they're doing to actually take on the work voluntarily.
67  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: August 01, 2014, 05:23:31 PM
It was cheaper during the Summer Sale.  Take that for what it's worth.
68  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ebola outbreak on: August 01, 2014, 04:20:59 PM
Well, the NIH dropped $28M on the problem back in March, some of which went to Colorado to develop quicker testing.  And the DoD has spent $140M to try and find a treatment. 

The only link I can find to the Gates Foundation is tin-foil-hat conspiracies that they fund a bioweapons lab that is the source of the current outbreak.

69  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Child of God on: August 01, 2014, 03:06:06 PM
 icon_lol
70  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Child of God on: August 01, 2014, 02:49:16 PM
I didn't know you played bass.

71  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Child of God on: August 01, 2014, 02:40:51 PM
I learned it by watching you!
72  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Child of God on: August 01, 2014, 02:34:47 PM
So they butchered your biography?
73  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ebola outbreak on: August 01, 2014, 01:56:20 PM
Yeah, just like the government forced all those defense industry firms to create those weapons like the M-1, F-15, F-16, F/A-18.  Companies live and die for fat government contracts.  The idea that there's any forcing going on in product creation is ludicrous, especially when the government protects their ensuing monopolies.
74  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ebola outbreak on: July 31, 2014, 07:52:30 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on July 31, 2014, 07:44:57 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on July 31, 2014, 07:40:03 PM

Chikungunya has made it here, and has a confirmed case that doesn't originate from Caribbean travel.  A bribe in the right place to let someone get on an international flight, and we've got serious problems.  The big thing keeping Ebola from being truly terrifying is that it's spread by fluids, not through the air.  That, and it's acquired from African animals.  It would be quite difficult for it to obtain a foothold here in the US, and then migrate to a wild animal population repository.  It's a bit different when your society doesn't require the eating of wild animals.

Good points. 

It does spread from sweat though, right, as that's a fluid?  That, and our awful open southern border, is why I'm more concerned.

I believe so, but again, you've got to connect the dots.  How much travel is going to originate in African areas, head to Mexico via some path, and then trickle across the southern border?  Especially for people that are consuming bush meat or those that come in close proximity to said people?
75  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ebola outbreak on: July 31, 2014, 07:40:03 PM
Chikungunya has made it here, and has a confirmed case that doesn't originate from Caribbean travel.  A bribe in the right place to let someone get on an international flight, and we've got serious problems.  The big thing keeping Ebola from being truly terrifying is that it's spread by fluids, not through the air.  That, and it's acquired from African animals.  It would be quite difficult for it to obtain a foothold here in the US, and then migrate to a wild animal population repository.  It's a bit different when your society doesn't require the eating of wild animals.
76  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ebola outbreak on: July 31, 2014, 04:10:55 PM
And that, dear friends, is where governments are supposed to thrive.  To do for the people what the markets will not.  Of course, short term re-election terms have made long-term planning for the betterment of anything take a back seat to pandering to the base.
77  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (07/28) on: July 30, 2014, 07:44:53 PM
But that's not the question posed by the thread. smile
78  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (07/28) on: July 30, 2014, 05:29:46 PM
Nope, I mean Pool Nation from Cherry Pop GamesPure Pool is from VooFoo Studios.
79  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Hercules - Don't Look Now, but it's Actually Turning out to be Good. on: July 30, 2014, 05:04:28 PM
The idea that he didn't know squat about it a year before the rights were sold was probably a good indicator.  Again, Steve was a career worker in the industry.  I have a hard time feeling bad for him if he had a crappy contract.  Not only that, per the interview I linked, Radical reached out to him to work on the title that they wanted.

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For “Hercules: The Thracian Wars,” one of the flagship titles from Radical Comics, Publisher and President Barry Levine wanted a creator with a spectacular angle for the ancient character—and found him in Steve Moore.

This wasn't something Steve created and then sold to Radical.  It was contract work that Steve signed on for.  As such, he should have had no expectation of continuing ownership rights any more than you would to something you create at your employer's request.

Perhaps that industry is different in terms of expectations of artists, but at the end of the day, it's the business people and the lawyers that determine what's legal.

So I find it hard for myself to feel, in this case, that he was "screwed", or that he should have had any expectation of future financial considerations if it wasn't explicitly listed in his contract.  He was free to feel whatever he wanted to.  I just don't feel that he had any right to be mad at Radical.  He should have been mad at  himself and whatever representation he had for signing a short-sighted contract.
80  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Hercules - Don't Look Now, but it's Actually Turning out to be Good. on: July 30, 2014, 04:32:13 PM
Funny, you would have thought some of that hostility would have come out in the interview he gave in 2008 about Radical and the film.  As much as he valued being a freelancer and having been in the industry for 40 years, you would think he would have had a better handle on the contracts and rights issues.
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