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7321  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Beatles: Rock Band on: June 03, 2009, 03:45:07 PM
Count me out, then.  I'm not a huge Beatles fan and I certainly don't want to be swapping discs when I don't feel like All Beatles, All the Time.  Now as long as they make LEGO and/or RB2 exportable, I will pick up that one. 
7322  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: June 03, 2009, 02:41:23 AM
That game certainly demonstrated the need to not take penalties. Three power play goals.

And for the record, I hate glass-banging morons sitting in the rich seats.   icon_mad
7323  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I need to see the video clip to this. (Ass plant on Slim Shady) on: June 03, 2009, 01:12:56 AM

Quote from: hepcat on June 02, 2009, 11:48:55 PM

Just out of curiosity, of those who are saying he's stupid and unfunny, who found Clerks II funny?

I honestly didn't care much for it.  If it had been a new IP, I probably would have ejected it.  It got a pass because it was Kevin Smith and Clerks.
7324  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I need to see the video clip to this. (Ass plant on Slim Shady) on: June 02, 2009, 11:33:26 PM
I ejected Borat during the driving instruction.  SBC has no appeal to me at all.
7325  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2009 is upon us on: June 02, 2009, 03:14:47 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on June 02, 2009, 03:09:29 PM

Teamxbox are saying that APB IS being developed for the 360 also

http://news.teamxbox.com/xbox/19833/All-Points-Bulletin-Coming-to-PC-and-Xbox-360/


innnnteeerreeesting!!

My interest will be higher if the old arcade game is playable inside it.
7326  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: "I'm Feeling Lucky" on: June 02, 2009, 02:46:26 PM

Quote from: Moliere on June 02, 2009, 04:32:17 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on June 02, 2009, 04:23:12 AM

Quote from: gellar on June 02, 2009, 03:53:25 AM

It gets to my actual LinkedIn profile.

It goes to a disambiguation page for me, as there are five of us.  I am the first on the list.  Although I wouldn't mind being Director of Slot Operations at Grand Victoria Casino in Chicago, Global Industry Leader at Chemtura in Philly, or Manager at Business risks in Melbourne.

Funny, you never came across as a Wayne.  ninja

 icon_eek  Stalk much?  icon_lol
7327  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: "I'm Feeling Lucky" on: June 02, 2009, 04:23:12 AM

Quote from: gellar on June 02, 2009, 03:53:25 AM

It gets to my actual LinkedIn profile.

It goes to a disambiguation page for me, as there are five of us.  I am the first on the list.  Although I wouldn't mind being Director of Slot Operations at Grand Victoria Casino in Chicago, Global Industry Leader at Chemtura in Philly, or Manager at Business risks in Melbourne.
7328  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2009 is upon us on: June 02, 2009, 04:00:16 AM

Quote from: Teggy on June 02, 2009, 01:00:48 AM

Watching the EA show now on the TiVo. What and odd start they chose with all the Littlest Pet Shop and Charm Girls Club stuff. The audience seemed to be mocking them.

(There's someone on here that programs the Pet Shop stuff, right?)

Butterknife has a thread over at OO
7329  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 1 vs. 100: Could this actually be interesting? on: June 02, 2009, 03:06:24 AM
Maybe it's a back end process to get those awarded and they will notify you and/or it takes a day or two. 
7330  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Was it worth it? (GM bankruptcy) on: June 01, 2009, 08:13:27 PM
Excellent.  I used to shop almost exclusively at Walmart in my last community.  I didn't care much for that community, so that makes me feel warm and fuzzy.
7331  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Folks with central air - what temperature are you keeping it at? on: June 01, 2009, 08:00:32 PM
I can manage mid-70's (freaking apartment analog thermostat!) when I get home, and 70-72 to sleep.  As to the assertion that raising and lowering the thermostat not being cost effective, there appear to be a multitude of sites that disagree.

Madison Gas and Electric

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Fiction: It costs as much or more to heat a home back up after a setback. (Or to cool the house after a summer setup.)
Fact: The longer your house remains at the lower temperature, the more heat you save.

Everyday Wisdom

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Another myth regards the efficiency of adjusting the settings down or up for heating and cooling, respectively, when you don't need it, such as at night or when no one is home. This myth, in fact, states that your furnace will work harder than normal to heat your home back to the desired temperature after the thermostat  has been set back, resulting in little or no savings. This is not true, as has been proven by years of research and field observations. The longer your home stays at an increased temperature when cooling or reduced temperature when heating, the more energy and money you'll save. This is because your heating and cooling costs depend mostly on the difference in temperature between outdoors and indoors. When you turn the thermostat up in the summer or down in the winter, you are simply reducing this temperature difference. If you adjust your thermostat back 10 or 15 degrees during the hours while you're away at work or while sleeping, , your energy savings can be anywhere from 5-15% on your energy bill.

The Department of Energy's energysavers.gov

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You can save around 10% a year on your heating and cooling bills by simply turning your thermostat back 10°–15° for eight hours. You can do this automatically without sacrificing comfort by installing an automatic setback or programmable thermostat.
...
In the summer, you can follow the same strategy with central air conditioning, too, by keeping your house warmer than normal when you are away, and lowering the thermostat setting to 78°F (26°C) only when you are at home and need cooling. Although thermostats can be adjusted manually, programmable thermostats will avoid any discomfort by returning temperatures to normal as you wake or return home.
7332  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sacrifices you make as a husband. on: June 01, 2009, 02:38:08 PM

Quote from: stimpy on May 31, 2009, 04:11:53 AM

Apparently, he felt that green lights made him look "black", and thus he instructed us to climb all the rigging and remove all the green filters.

Other than that, the gig went great and he was quite gracious after the show.

That was one of my few "M&M"* moments.

But the green ones make you hit a home run!
7333  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: June 01, 2009, 12:57:42 AM
One heck of a swing between the halves of that first period...
7334  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: LEGO Harry Potter and Indiana Jones 2 on the way. on: May 31, 2009, 10:25:48 PM
I wasn't aware of the delay.  Thanks for the info.
7335  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Bible is based on forgeries? on: May 31, 2009, 10:24:33 PM
I think the issue here isn't so much the fear of spiritual reprisals.  There are people that cloak themselves in their religion as a method of proving to themselves and others that their actions are correct.  Even if they are shown to be wrong, they have the "Get Out of Hell Free" card with the ability to seek forgiveness.  So you've got both sides of the coin believing that there will be no spiritual repercussions, one side just has to follow the correct checklist.

Oh, and as for altruism, we don't have a monopoly on that.

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Frans de Waal, PhD, director of the Living Links Center at Yerkes, and a research specialist led the capuchin study. They had researchers participate in a tokens-for-food exchange program with eight adult female capuchins. Each monkey was set up in three scenarios: Get paired with a relative, an unrelated familiar female from the same social group, or an unknown female from a different group.

The researchers then gave the capuchins a choice. One token (the selfish choice) gave that female capuchin alone an an apple slice. The other, prosocial token option (the sharing one) gave both capuchins an apple slice.

The monkeys most often chose the prosocial option. When a monkey was with with a relative or familiar female, she predominantly selected the sharing token. She didn't when she was with a stranger.

"The fact the capuchins predominantly selected the prosocial option must mean seeing another monkey receive food is satisfying or rewarding for them," said de Waal. "We believe prosocial behavior is empathy based. Empathy increases in both humans and animals with social closeness, and in our study, closer partners made more prosocial choices. They seem to care for the welfare of those they know."
7336  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: LEGO Harry Potter and Indiana Jones 2 on the way. on: May 31, 2009, 10:09:38 PM
Make it 6 and a subscription.  I didn't realize that Champions was due out in a month and a half.
7337  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC-PR] Matrix Online Ship/Beta Date on: May 30, 2009, 06:12:05 AM
June 01, 2004
7338  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: LEGO Harry Potter and Indiana Jones 2 on the way. on: May 30, 2009, 04:31:04 AM
And my game budget goes up another $60.  I think I'm sitting at close to $300 for the rest of the year.
7339  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: G.I Joe Update on: May 30, 2009, 03:27:43 AM
And people wonder how you get 21k+ posts.... smile
7340  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Matrix Online Dies at around 4 years on: May 29, 2009, 09:36:24 PM
I have not seen mention of this game in years.  Their marketing has been nonexistent.  I was not even aware that it was still in operation.
7341  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: May 29, 2009, 08:30:20 PM
706_3-1?
7342  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist: 05/29/09 on: May 29, 2009, 05:08:34 PM
Headed to Houston tomorrow for the RB party.  Tonight and Sunday will probably be FarCry 2 as I do laundry.  I get to play the same stretch for the third time, as I died the first time and a power outage wiped my progress last night right before I saved my progress...
7343  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman : Arkham Asylum on: May 29, 2009, 04:21:57 PM
I'm likely in for this one.  That, along with Ghostbusters, CoD, and either NCAA or NHL...  ~$260....   *sigh*
7344  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Palm's new "Pre" phone/Web OS at CES (Palm's last stand?) on: May 29, 2009, 02:56:57 PM
Yeah, me and a lot of my co-workers were all "WTF?!?" when we heard about that merger.  Why buy a company with a completely incompatible network?
7345  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: ABC's TV Series "Wipeout"... on: May 29, 2009, 04:43:19 AM
Just watched it from the website.  Entertaining in the extreme.
7346  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Bible is based on forgeries? on: May 29, 2009, 03:59:38 AM
Jeff, it's turtles all the way down.
7347  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Oak Ridge Boys Demand Relevancy... on: May 29, 2009, 12:30:47 AM
When did Dumbledore and Chris Gaines join the Oak Ridge Boys?
7348  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Logitech G-19 Keyboard on: May 28, 2009, 11:09:34 PM
Amazon has it listed at full retail for pre-order.  It's not currently listed at NewEgg.
7349  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Palm's new "Pre" phone/Web OS at CES (Palm's last stand?) on: May 28, 2009, 11:07:21 PM
AT&T has PDA/iPhone Data at $30, texting is $20.  450DT/5K NW/UM2M would be $39.99.  Total would be $10 less than the Verizon plans above.

Yeah, Sprint's cheaper, but they are hemmoraging customers and need to do something to try to staunch the flow. IIRC, they are always near the bottom of the list.
7350  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 3D Realms Shut Down? (Massive store update coming) on: May 28, 2009, 10:22:08 PM
An interesting coincidence is that what DNF represents in racing circles ... Did Not Finish.
7351  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Lord of The Rings games coming on: May 28, 2009, 09:44:37 PM
That's what my comment was based off of.

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In The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest, preparations are underway in Hobbiton for a great party to welcome Aragorn, King of Gondor, and honor Samwise Gamgee for his service during the War of the Ring. The children of the town are eager to learn more of this great man and so Samwise, now Mayor, embarks on a tale of the revered warrior, Strider—as Aragorn is known in his Ranger days—and his most valiant battles. Players assume the role of Aragorn and embark on his greatest quests from The Lord of the Rings trilogy as they wield his sword, bow or spear on foot and on horseback through an action-packed gameplay experience. On the Wii platform, two-player co-op gameplay featuring Gandalf will allow kids, families and friends to work together in the heart of the action.

The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest is being developed for Wii by Headstrong Games and for NDS, PS2 and PSP system by TT Fusion, scheduled for release in fall 2009.
7352  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Palm's new "Pre" phone/Web OS at CES (Palm's last stand?) on: May 28, 2009, 09:38:43 PM

Quote from: ROTC1983 on May 27, 2009, 07:25:44 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on May 27, 2009, 07:19:31 PM

This doesn't seem quite as clear a confirmation as PreCentral makes it out to be, but the AT&T CEO talks about "seeing it" carrying the Pre once the Spring exclusivity time period runs out...

CEO Confirms: Pre Coming to AT&T
http://www.precentral.net/ceo-confirms-pre-coming-att
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After defending his network's glass jaw and complaining about how much data the iPhone uses, CNN reports that "Stephenson added he sees AT&T selling the Pre after the exclusive arrangement with Sprint expires."  We pretty much expected it, but it's nice to hear it from AT&T themselves.

Nice, I do hope this occurs sooner than later smile

From my time with AT&T Mobility (nee Cingular), expect 6 months at the earliest.  That was about the delay we would see on new Blackberries, but of course it will depend on the contract that was signed. 
7353  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Lord of The Rings games coming on: May 28, 2009, 09:17:10 PM
Now we wait for the Saturday-morning cartoon tie in.
7354  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / You've just faked the kidnapping of yourself and your daughter! What's next? on: May 28, 2009, 05:54:16 PM
"I'm going to Disney World!"

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Authorities are looking into additional charges of theft against Bonnie Sweeten, the Bucks County mother whose bogus claim of being kidnapped with her 9-year-old daughter set off a massive law enforcement manhunt and a national media frenzy.  The saga ended yesterday at Walt Disney World, where Sweeten, 38, had flown with daughter Julia Rakoczy Tuesday after emptying thousands from various bank accounts and using a former coworker's driver's license to travel.
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The efforts to track down Sweeten - which included an Amber Alert and massive local and national media coverage - began when she told a Philadelphia 911 dispatcher about 1:45 p.m. Tuesday that she had been abducted by two black males and stuffed into the trunk of a Cadillac.  Authorities said she made several calls in which she claimed the men had kidnapped her after a minor accident at a busy intersection on Street Road in Upper Southampton.  Several calls were cut off, but Sweeten spoke at least twice with a Philadelphia dispatcher.  In the calls, Sweeten indicated that her daughter was with her, but the girl's voice could not be heard, said Lt. Frank Vanore, a Philadelphia Police Department spokesman.

Police who responded to the Street Road scene found nothing to indicate an accident or a struggle. Authorities nevertheless issued an Amber Alert for the child and began a region-wide search.  Though police initially treated the case as they do most reported kidnappings - approaching it with an open mind and considering a range of possibilities, including a hoax or a custody dispute - officers found Sweeten's 911 call especially convincing.
7355  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Beatles: Rock Band on: May 28, 2009, 04:53:15 PM
The old school language...

(Sept) = 7
(Oct) = 8
(Nov) = 9
(Dec) = 10

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November retained its name (from the Latin novem meaning "nine") when January and February were added to the Roman calendar.

Modernity FAIL!

I'm going to laugh my ass off if LEGO Rock Band outsells this.  I'm not confident that it will, but that would make my day.
7356  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Guns guns guns! on: May 28, 2009, 04:49:01 PM
The problem with that mentality is that there are no places that some other people are not willing to carry a gun.  People have been killed at their place of employment, be it blue collar or white, people have been killed at school, in church, in their hotel rooms, etc. 
7357  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: loaves of bread on: May 28, 2009, 04:41:18 PM

Quote from: kadnod on May 28, 2009, 03:38:06 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 27, 2009, 11:05:07 PM

Why can't they sell half loaves of bread? 

Because it will confuse kids trying to buy a loaf of bread, a container of milk and a stick of butter.

I heartily approve of this post.   thumbsup
7358  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Bible is based on forgeries? on: May 28, 2009, 03:54:45 PM
I think that there's a delineation that some people fail to make.  You won't see these same types of threads attacking belief in the soul, the grace of God, etc, because they are the realm of faith.  What most of us seem to have issue with is applying faith to the physical existence of evidence that supports a claim.

No, none of us can say that the universe was formed on a Tuesday, but the better our instruments get, the smaller the gap that we can file it into.  It's like saying to start with that you went and saw a play last year.  Okay, let's examine that further.  Can we figure out what month it is?  You remember it was right before Thanksgiving, so we've narrowed it down to November.  Great, what else can we find.  Ah, here's the ticket stub with the exact date and time.

As a local geology professor stated, religion does not belong in science because science is, at its base, the search for fact.  The idea that you are going to interject faith into it is antithetical to the entire idea of science.  Science is all about making observations and predictions and repetition.  Faith does its best to avoid making predictions and does not hold up under repetition.  One can not determine why one prayer was answered and another was not.  You can make the same prayer twice and get separate results.  There are no variables to consider, no reagents at work, no flowchart that determines the outcome.  

So let science figure out the facts of how the universe started and when.  We'll be happy to cede to you the question of why.  Perhaps God created the Big Bang.  As a scientific-minded person, I'm ok with that.  My interest in the science does not preclude that, but there had to be forces at work.  Perhaps God is a watchmaker, but that still implies that there are rules and functions that are self-sustaining processes that do not require the constant attention of the Creator.  The job of the scientist is to figure out those rules and functions and does not concern itself with who built the watch.  
7359  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [iPhone/iPod Touch] Chess with Friends on: May 28, 2009, 05:18:10 AM
You want bad?  I have a work bracket that we are currently working through the second time with 8 players.  The guy that sits in the adjacent desk to me has had two people forfeit.  One lost their phone and the other left it in his pocket when he went swimming!

Oh, and I got checkmated in 13 moves in the second level...
7360  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wednesday / Thursday time waster - Crush the Castle! on: May 28, 2009, 04:48:04 AM
I got 17 on a croquet-style stone collision.

21 is difficult.

24 is a lot harder than it looks. After fighting it for a while, I then managed to one-shot it...  Odd..
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