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7321  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Americans really aren't all that weird on: July 23, 2009, 09:55:29 PM
I was going to repost my find, but that thread is dangerous for me while I'm still at work.  Thanks for doing the lifting.

I think we found the next step below furries...

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I met Momo at a fan convention. Momo, who makes X-rated body-pillow covers and sells them through his one-man club, Youkouro, which translates roughly as Furnace of Child Love, was there on business. The convention was being held inside a stuffy warehouse filled with boxes of 8-by-10, pamphlet-style, home-brewed manga and swarmed with thousands of anime fetishists, mostly men. Many 2-D lovers are unsatisfied with what the market has to offer, so they custom-make their own fantasy goods and come to conventions to barter and socialize with the like-minded. We left the warehouse and made our way to a fancy shopping mall, where we sat down on a bench. Momo began to flip through a catalog of more than a dozen prints of prepubescent anime characters with giant doe eyes in erotic poses.
7322  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Red Faction: Guerrilla Impressions on: July 23, 2009, 06:11:27 PM
Because the MOAB is nifty and I want to share, here's what the U.S. military uses:  Future Weapons
7323  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] NBC's Meteor: Path to Destruction on: July 23, 2009, 04:16:29 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 23, 2009, 03:22:52 PM

would it be possible to cause a huge object that has already entered the atmosphere to completely reverse it's course using nuclear explosions?

Probably not.  And it sounds like you'd just be trading one cause of extinction for another.  Because, as we all know, fallout is made of rainbows and gumdrops.
7324  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2009 on: July 23, 2009, 03:59:41 PM

Quote from: Moliere on July 23, 2009, 03:25:37 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on July 23, 2009, 02:54:12 PM

Spoiler for Hiden:
Agoraphobia is "fear of wide open spaces, crowds, or uncontrolled social conditions."  One who has it would be running for houses and such, afraid to be outside, rather than afraid to enter a house.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Claustrophobia then? Or fear of the unknown, i.e., Xenophobia?

Spoiler for Hiden:
Claustrophobia would work. 

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Claustrophobia is usually described as a fear of enclosed places. A more accurate description might be 'a fear of not having an easy escape route' because for anyone who experiences this phobia this is the predominating feature - you feel a need to be able to get out or get home, quickly.
7325  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2009 on: July 23, 2009, 02:54:12 PM
Spoiler for Hiden:
Agoraphobia is "fear of wide open spaces, crowds, or uncontrolled social conditions."  One who has it would be running for houses and such, afraid to be outside, rather than afraid to enter a house.
7326  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: July 23, 2009, 03:25:13 AM
7327  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: July 23, 2009, 01:29:14 AM
map is correct.

Simon is amusing.
7328  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: July 22, 2009, 08:10:32 PM
Nope, it's a scruffy John Cusack.

7329  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: July 22, 2009, 05:53:26 PM
Being John Malkovich
7330  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obesity: The New Child Abuse? on: July 21, 2009, 06:22:24 PM
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If an employer offers financial incentives to employees for lowering cholesterol, losing weight or stopping smoking, the amount of such rewards generally may not exceed 20 percent of the cost of coverage.

I have an issue with providing credits for lowering numbers or ceasing activity, as it fails to do anything for people who have already met them.  I've hated that crap ever since I was in elementary school and seeing crappy students that I regularly beat out in grades get awards for "most improved" while I got squat.

I would have a major issue with someone getting lower rates than me because they stopped smoking when I never started.  If the bonus goes for all non-smokers, that's fine.  But don't penalize me just because I never had a crappy habit that required motivation to stop.
7331  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The New Doctor Who and his companion on: July 21, 2009, 05:25:21 PM
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The serial The Deadly Assassin established that a Time Lord can regenerate twelve times, for a total of thirteen incarnations (although at least one Time Lord, the Master, has managed to circumvent this). To date, the Doctor has gone through this process and its resulting after-effects on nine occasions, with each of his incarnations having his own quirks and abilities but otherwise sharing the memories and experience of the previous incarnations.
7332  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Goodbye iTunes! I've got something better.... on: July 21, 2009, 04:06:34 PM

Quote from: MrDuck on July 21, 2009, 03:47:45 PM

The only thing I've got to bitch about is how I wish my iPhone was bigger in space (16 just doesn't cut it for my musical-storing needs...).

*Sighs*  icon_frown

My co-workers swear by Simplify Media.  Leave your machine on and just access it via phone.
7333  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [trailer] Moon on: July 21, 2009, 03:02:02 PM

Quote from: ROTC1983 on July 21, 2009, 10:14:21 AM

I will try to catch it on Friday.  If I have to go myself to watch it, I will smile

What, does your designated movie watcher have the week off?
7334  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How to get skinny? (toned) on: July 20, 2009, 03:46:47 PM

Quote from: Moliere on July 20, 2009, 03:43:06 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 20, 2009, 03:39:46 PM

Quote from: Moliere on July 20, 2009, 03:34:27 PM

Quote from: Canuck on February 13, 2009, 01:21:48 PM

I'm about 5'9 and 72kg.
What is this "kg" thing you refer to?  icon_confused  Are you mixing the correct and proper measurement system (pounds, feet & inches) with that confusing base 10 metric system?
I thought he was saying he weighed the same as 72 Kevin Greys......
Or he's 5 meters, 9 centimeters tall in which case he probably has a really good BMI.
I bet it's a bitch to stand up straight in a moderate wind.
7335  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/20) on: July 20, 2009, 03:23:29 PM
Nothing on that list appeals to me this week.  I may go get Warlord and Worms 2 from XBLA if I can ever remember to buy more points.
7336  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: July 19, 2009, 04:45:21 PM

Quote from: Destructor on July 19, 2009, 03:54:19 PM

Found scattered around the web:


That one gets saved off to my HD.  icon_lol
7337  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movies you love that everyone else hates... on: July 19, 2009, 05:17:21 AM
I think I just found a new one to add to the list. 

Stark Raving Mad

It's a goofy little heist movie from 2002 that takes place with a vault robbery underneath a rave held in Chinatown.  It has Seann William Scott as the lead who breaks the Fourth Wall, Lou Diamond Phillips as a white-haired gangster, Adam Arkin as a club owner, and Dave Foley beating the crap out of someone. 
7338  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NBC] Persons Unknown on: July 18, 2009, 06:18:01 PM
It appears to be worth a look.  With the previous murder mini-series and this, if they all show promise, we may be seeing a shift in drama to shorter, tighter series.  Not necessarily a bad thing, seeing as so many get too drawn out to continue to deliver quality.

News from Beyond Hollywood:

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Today comes good news, with Variety announcing that NBC has picked up the show, which includes the 13 episodes that have already been produced. There's no word when NBC plans on launching the show, but once it does air, like all big network shows it'll be given a pretty short leash to perform or else.
7339  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Walter Cronkite passes at 92 on: July 18, 2009, 12:46:28 AM
USA Today

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The Associated Press confirmed that they deep-baritone Cronkite has died at 92. In the anchor seat at CBS News With Walter Cronkite from 1962 to 1981, "Uncle Walter," as he was affectionately known by his millions of viewers, came into the USA's living room each weeknight, offering a measured presentation of the news of the day.
7340  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Goodbye iTunes! I've got something better.... on: July 17, 2009, 11:25:19 PM
iTunes notifies you when you remove something from the list that it will remove it from any synced devices.  If you treat iTunes like WinAmp, I can see it causing issues. 

I have no idea how KD uses iTunes and make no assumptions or assertions, as his problems may be caused by issues other than anything I have ever seen.
7341  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie]Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince impression on: July 17, 2009, 07:50:08 PM
It's all those Brits you've been hanging out with.
7342  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So - Lunar landing gone from NAsa on: July 17, 2009, 07:49:25 PM
Cool, raydude knows rocket surgery!
7343  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Kindle on: July 17, 2009, 07:47:40 PM
A publisher re-thought their e-book strategy, decided they didn't want some stuff on the Kindle any more, and Amazon pulled it off the Kindles of people who had purchased it and gave them refunds. 

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This is ugly for all kinds of reasons. Amazon says that this sort of thing is “rare,” but that it can happen at all is unsettling; we’ve been taught to believe that e-books are, you know, just like books, only better. Already, we’ve learned that they’re not really like books, in that once we’re finished reading them, we can’t resell or even donate them. But now we learn that all sales may not even be final.

The books?  1984 and Animal Farm by George Orwell.
7344  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So - Lunar landing gone from NAsa on: July 17, 2009, 07:29:09 PM
Mangetic media was a new thing and very expensive.  Heck, the BBC didn't hang on to some of it's shows.  Go look for the lost Doctor Who episodes.  You have tight data storage and failsafes now because there have been plenty of stories to learn from over the last 40 years.

How many thousands of businesses have gone under because a disaster hit and they lost all of their records?  Heck, there was a disaster at the National Personnel Records Center in 1973 that lost a bunch of records.  Doing geneology for a former service member?  Well if his records are from:

Army Personnel discharged November 1, 1912, to January 1, 1960 -  80% lost
Air Force Personnel discharged, September 25, 1947, to January 1, 1964 (with names alphabetically after Hubbard, James E.) - 75% lost

you very well might be out of luck.

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No duplicate copies of the records that were destroyed in the fire were maintained, nor was a microfilm copy ever produced. There were no indexes created prior to the fire.  In addition, millions of documents had been lent to the Department of Veterans Affairs before the fire occurred.  Therefore, a complete listing of the records that were lost is not available.
7345  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie]Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince impression on: July 17, 2009, 05:09:20 PM

Quote from: Razgon on July 17, 2009, 04:46:33 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on July 17, 2009, 04:40:34 PM

What do grass snakes have to do with it?

you guys dont know what snogging is??  eek

Spoiler for Hiden:
I do, I was just interested in the etymology of the word and foud it interesting that there was a Danish meaning, especially in light of you being our resident Dane.
7346  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So - Lunar landing gone from NAsa on: July 17, 2009, 05:04:29 PM
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Climbing down the nine-rung ladder, Armstrong pulled a D-ring to deploy the Modular Equipment Stowage Assembly (MESA) folded against Eagle's side and activate the TV camera.[24]

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109:21:07 Aldrin: Did you get the MESA out?

109:21:09 Armstrong: I'm going to pull it now. (Pause)

[Neil is pulling the D-ring which releases the MESA, attached to the side of the LM under Buzz's station, and lets it swing down into an accessible position. Once down on the surface, he can adjust the MESA height if necessary. Training photo S69-31080 (scan by Paolo Dangelo) shows Neil working at the MESA. A drawing of the MESA shows the location of the TV camera which will show Neil's climb down the ladder.]

109:21:18 Armstrong: Houston, the MESA came down all right.
...
109:24:48 Armstrong: That's one small step for (a) man; one giant leap for mankind. (Long Pause)
7347  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So - Lunar landing gone from NAsa on: July 17, 2009, 04:55:22 PM
LRO pictures of the Apollo landing sites.

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And mind you, these pictures are not even the highest resolution LRO can provide; future observation will have twice this much detail!
7348  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie]Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince impression on: July 17, 2009, 04:40:34 PM
What do grass snakes have to do with it?
7349  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What Band would you like to see get back together? on: July 17, 2009, 03:09:19 PM
The Blues Brothers.
7350  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: IL-2 Sturmovik for Xbox and PS3? on: July 17, 2009, 02:39:52 PM
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With arcade controls, handling your aircraft will be pretty easy and you'll have unlimited ammunition and fuel, and should be able to pull off moves like loops fairly easily. For the more hardcore crowd there'll be a simulation mode that's far more strict with regards to what can be done in the plane, and will lock your viewpoint to only the in-cockpit view. For anyone looking for mix between arcade and sim, there'll be realistic mode, where you'll still be able to flip between three camera views (behind the plane, from the nose, and in-cockpit), but will have more to be concerned about than in arcade.

Hopefully the gauges actually work.
7351  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: We like the games, the games that go Boom on: July 17, 2009, 02:53:23 AM

Quote from: Arclight on July 16, 2009, 07:18:47 PM

Black Eyed Peas like the boom too..

Boom, boom.........Pow!
At least that's what Fergy said..

Wrong, it was SpongeBob.
7352  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Water Filtration Pitchers on: July 17, 2009, 12:53:20 AM
Every time I think of these, I hear the commercial in my head:  "The Brita Wata Filta!"
7353  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: July 17, 2009, 12:50:29 AM
2001
7354  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 confirmed! on: July 16, 2009, 10:39:48 PM
I figure what's been said above is the case.  This is simply a near infrared lamp with an infrared camera, which would be useless outside the range of the lamp.  The $20k versions rely on light enhancers that use ambient light exclusively and do not require an additional light source to function properly.
7355  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: July 16, 2009, 10:37:29 PM
Correct.
7356  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: July 16, 2009, 07:56:08 PM
No.
7357  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Travel is Glamorous on: July 16, 2009, 02:28:18 PM
I can sum up my hatred for Friday's in four words:  Four nachos, eight dollars.   icon_mad
7358  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Travel is Glamorous on: July 16, 2009, 02:16:40 PM

Quote from: mytocles on July 16, 2009, 06:01:06 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on July 16, 2009, 04:11:38 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on July 16, 2009, 03:54:34 AM

New England is not steak country so Bugaboo and Outback pass as steak houses

In Texas, we have steak houses attached to stockyards.

Izzy, are you saying that as a metaphor or allusion of some sort?  When I was but a wee tyke, we lived in Arizona.  On car rides, we'd have to pass through various areas that contained stockyards.  Unless they've improved the smell of offal and blood - it's nothing I'd want next to a restaurant, lmao.  icon_eek

I haven't actually stopped there, but there is one between my current city and my previous city where there are pens next to the steakhouse.  I believe that it is primarily used for market day rather than any actual full harboring (definitely no slaughtering) of cattle.  It's the only thing for miles around, so I imagine that it does a brisk business on market day.

I haven't had any issues with Outback, but once I discovered Texas Roadhouse, I haven't made an effort to go back to Outback.  I don't even need the menu for TR.  New York Strip, medium, house salad w/ honey mustard on the side, and a bowl of chili.  The Weghted Companion Cube will never threaten to stab you.  Now if I could just get them to stop putting cinnamon in the butter...
7359  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: July 16, 2009, 02:12:24 PM
7360  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: July 16, 2009, 02:04:46 PM
Watchmen
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