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7321  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you use the Preview function here? on: May 27, 2009, 07:19:55 PM
BB Code tests for the most part.  After that, I'll quick edit when I've a word.
7322  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The RPG vs. FPS time sink paradox on: May 27, 2009, 04:58:53 AM
My RPG threshold is one night.  It never fails.  I will start the game, enjoy it, and play for hours for the first evening.  And then I will likely never go back to it, as the mental baggage of going back into it is so high that I can't make myself load the game.  I'll play multiple seasons of baseball on the same title, play the same shooter in MP for hours a night for weeks on end (SP, once I'm done, I'm done.  Replaying at a higher difficulty is something I won't do). 

I did, however, get a WoW Rogue to 70., which was the cap at that time, but again, MP has a different vehicle that gets you to play.
7323  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Bible is based on forgeries? on: May 27, 2009, 04:55:32 AM
One would have to, as the universe had to age just to get to hydrogen, much less magnesium.
7324  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tired of reading same books over and over...need suggestions on: May 27, 2009, 12:39:33 AM

Quote from: Gratch on May 27, 2009, 12:15:20 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on May 26, 2009, 09:36:38 PM

I'll second the Dragonbone Chair.  It starts slowly, but once it gets going, it's a heck of a ride.

I couldn't get into these at all.  "Starts slowly" is the understatement of the year.  However, his War of the Flowers is one of my all-time favorite fantasy novels.

Slowly equals about 300 pages, I'll grant you.  I tried reading one of the VR books he wrote and couldn't get into it. 
7325  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: A History of Video Cards on: May 26, 2009, 10:20:13 PM
I started with a Diamond Viper V330 2D/3D (4MB), to which I then added one Diamond Monster 3D II 12 MB card, then another for SLI goodness.  Nothing like doing the combinatorics on the 12 possible driver combinations to figure out which one would work correctly... 

These days, I couldn't tell you what the card is 30 days after I bought it.  It truly was a more memorable marketplace back in those days.
7326  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Twitter] Who do you follow? on: May 26, 2009, 10:16:24 PM

Quote from: Moliere on May 26, 2009, 09:42:34 PM

Way too much noise with very little substance. It just seems like a way for people to self-promote themselves.

Three of those are web comic artists, one is an author and public speaker, and the last is a web journalist.  Every last one of them is in a position where self-promotion is pretty much a required skill.  I don't wait with bated breath for updates from any of them and sometimes do not check it on a weekly basis.  I have plenty of places to get my "heavier" content.  That's not Twitter's wheelhouse.  If it's not your bag, it's not you bag.
7327  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tired of reading same books over and over...need suggestions on: May 26, 2009, 09:36:38 PM
I'll second the Dragonbone Chair.  It starts slowly, but once it gets going, it's a heck of a ride.

I recently finished the Farseer trilogy by Robin Hobb and enjoyed it.
7328  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Twitter] Who do you follow? on: May 26, 2009, 09:31:06 PM
Tycho from Penny Arcade
Gabe from Penny Arcade
Wil Wheaton
Scott Kurtz of PVP
Angela Gunn, a tech writer formerly blogging for USA Today, now working for Beta News.  Her latest article at the time of this posting is pretty good.
7329  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 5-22-2009: Memorial Day Weekend Edition on: May 26, 2009, 08:32:03 PM
Saturday was a rousing game or Rebuild the Workshed Door that Dad and I played until after dark.  Learning the special move of Hinge Placement turned out to be more difficult than expected

Sunday was a change of pace with a grid-based game called Laying Sod.  It was resource-based and the carrying capacity of the vehicle we had selected was insufficient to properly fill in the playfield.  Dad proceeded to use the same vehicle to make a second trip on Monday, while I headed back home and got to play some Rock Band 2 on the Wii at a friend's house.
7330  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I've graduated! on: May 26, 2009, 07:47:08 PM
Congrats on the paper, Turtle. 
7331  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: M. Shamalamadingdong Night's Last Airbender movie on: May 26, 2009, 07:44:09 PM
What a twist!
7332  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The "Fabulous One" is not so fabulous any longer. At least financially. on: May 22, 2009, 09:48:46 PM
Damn, Pete.  I'm sorry to hear that.  Good thing you're not rated PG yet, as I'm sure you have some R-rated statements to voice about the situation. 

Now go find a job that doesn't revolve around asbestos abatement.
7333  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the New Star Trek- now with impressions and spoilers! on: May 22, 2009, 09:42:55 PM
Spoiler for Hiden:
Spock is faculty in the new film.  He created the Kobayashi Maru test in the current film.  He was also a professor over Uhura in her classes.
7334  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [iPhone/iPod Touch] Chess with Friends on: May 22, 2009, 08:08:01 PM
biggrin  Those are the premium areas.  And you don't want to scare away the squares with too much detail in the marketing message.
7335  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 5-22-2009: Memorial Day Weekend Edition on: May 22, 2009, 06:34:55 PM
Headed out of town.  Nada.
7336  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [iPhone/iPod Touch] Chess with Friends on: May 22, 2009, 06:29:08 PM
"RedHotPawn.com  Come watch hot pawn-on-pawn action.  We have sections for all your chessrotica needs including bishop-takes-rook and knight-takes-queen.  RedHotPawn.com.  Come get checkmated.™"
7337  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: May 22, 2009, 02:52:20 PM
My question would be why not the obvious tie-in of "Zombie" by the Cranberries....?
7338  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Inglorious Bastards on: May 22, 2009, 02:49:43 PM
The opening shot of Room 4, which is like 10 minutes without a cut, is cinematographic gold! 
7339  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [iPhone/iPod Touch] Chess with Friends on: May 22, 2009, 02:48:04 PM
The instructions I got said to hold down the Home button and then press the power button.  But, yeah, that's the gist of it.
7340  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Inglorious Bastards on: May 22, 2009, 02:44:05 AM
WBS, have you seen Four Rooms?  While not his film in its entirety, the final room is and I believe that the film as a whole holds up remarkably well.
7341  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [iPhone/iPod Touch] Chess with Friends on: May 21, 2009, 09:27:49 PM
Just to geek this thread up some more, I give you algebraic chess notation!



In my more ambitious moments, I have thought about charting some of my games for posterity.  None of the ones I've played against Godzilla Blitz, Destroyer of Defenses of course.    icon_wink
7342  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2009 on: May 21, 2009, 09:08:00 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on May 21, 2009, 08:49:53 PM

The end of Robin Hobb's Assassin's Quest pissed me off so much that I will never read something else Hobb writes ever again.  What a waste.

 saywhat

I would be very interested to read your spoiler tags as to why you did not care for it.
7343  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [iPhone/iPod Touch] Chess with Friends on: May 21, 2009, 07:39:15 PM

Quote from: Tokek on May 21, 2009, 05:56:12 PM

My coworker just joined and is looking for people to play, I told him I'll post his user name here zthf20

I started a game with him.  By the way, thanks for moving your knight off of f6 ... biggrin

7344  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sam Raimi on: May 21, 2009, 04:28:22 PM
I guess he'll be taking home a nice bonus to his salary.
7345  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Great Time for Union Raises ...... on: May 21, 2009, 03:50:33 AM
Who did they negotiate this against?  Is there not an employer representation to temper the union's mandate?
7346  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [iPhone/iPod Touch] Chess with Friends on: May 20, 2009, 05:49:37 PM
To steal a phrase from a friend of mine, we can get you a dummy cord for that thing. 
7347  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CHUCK IS RENEWED! Chuck vs. The Third Season **spoilers for S2**! on: May 20, 2009, 02:50:14 PM

Quote from: DragonFyre on May 20, 2009, 02:28:15 PM

Leaving the audience wanting more is a good thing. Most frequently I turn off a show when it's outstayed its welcome. And if you look at this past season of some shows, like the office (28 episodes long?) or some older shows like Star Trek (26 episodes long) - you get some pretty bad story ideas in there because they have to fill out the season. I'm pretty sure we'd never see things like an entire episode dedicated to Picard playing his flute;

Wil Wheaton is currently writing a book, Memories of the Future, about the first season's episodes of TNG.  He writes about, er, his writing on his blog.  Here in a post about some of his recent efforts regarding "Encounter at Farpoint."
7348  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Dodge-Isuzu dealer has his business taken out from under him on: May 19, 2009, 10:08:32 PM
It's not a private business, it's a franchise.

Orlando BizJournal

Quote
Seven Central Florida Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep dealerships are among 789 nationwide that Chrysler wants to drop as part of a bankruptcy restructuring plan.

The dealerships are: DeLand Dodge, DeLand; Courtesy Chrysler Jeep, Casselberry; Courtesy Chrysler Jeep, Sanford; Bob Dance Dodge, Sanford; Jimmie Vickers Jeep, Merritt Island; Osman Lincoln-Mercury-Jeep, Melbourne; and Sunshine Dodge, Melbourne.

Chrysler, which is restructuring under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, has asked a judge for permission to eliminate a quarter of its 3,200 dealerships across the country. The car manufacturer, which filed for bankruptcy protection April 30, said it needs to cut ties with the dealerships to save money.

And it doesn't look like the dealership is to be "taken away ... without compensation and given to another dealer at no cost to them."  And the dealers are already taking action against Chrysler.
7349  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Pirates Seize Ship Crewed by Americans on: May 19, 2009, 08:44:26 PM
Only if we can get you treated for avatar ADD...
7350  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Battleship the Movie on: May 19, 2009, 08:42:15 PM
Axis and Allies: The Movie
Diplomacy: The Movie
Risk: The Movie

I may not have a good handle on this new forum game...  icon_redface
7351  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fall 2009 TV Schedules - what will you be watching? on: May 19, 2009, 08:07:21 PM
Actually, I meant the website.
7352  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fall 2009 TV Schedules - what will you be watching? on: May 19, 2009, 07:31:49 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 19, 2009, 07:30:28 PM

I'm waiting for the site I usually get my tv info from to put together a nice graphical representation o f the schedule and then I'll post what I'm watching.  Much easier to look at than multiple lists.

You'll share, yes?
7353  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So they repaired Hubble on: May 19, 2009, 06:37:37 PM
Obama submitted for another $2 billion for NASA, 1 from the spending bills and the 2nd in FY 10 spending. 
7354  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fall 2009 TV Schedules - what will you be watching? on: May 19, 2009, 06:10:49 PM
I will have an in-depth review later.  Every year, I do up a spreadsheet to lay out what I want to watch and have to make some decisions due to DVR 2-program limitations.  I may have to start a retrospective and show you what I was interested in at the start, what got cancelled out from under me, and what I dropped quickly.

I think one year, my TV spreadsheet had me listed at 40 hours a week.  That did not last long at all.
7355  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [iPhone/iPod Touch] Chess with Friends on: May 19, 2009, 06:07:56 PM
Thanks.  I felt kinda bad on being such a creampuff in our first few games... smile

Looking back through it, move 21 was a big blunder on my part.  I took a pawn with my bishop that immediately pinned that bishop to the queen, which lead to its loss without answer on your 22nd move.  That put you ahead on pieces and it was a long downhill slide after that. 
7356  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie[ UP! .....Pixar's new one on: May 19, 2009, 03:29:19 PM
Meet the Robinsons was better than Ratatouille.  I saw them both at a double feature. 

Up looks fantastic and I will be at the theater to see it in short order after release.  My sister is all agog about it as well.
7357  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [iPhone/iPod Touch] Chess with Friends on: May 19, 2009, 04:44:53 AM
Yeah, getting Godzilla stomped repeatedly has a way of smashing insights into your head.  As much fun as watching you chase me around the board would be, I'm going to resign our game.  No point in wasting both our times as you shepherd me off to a corner to checkmate me.
7358  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the New Star Trek- now with impressions and spoilers! on: May 18, 2009, 10:06:51 PM
Green Lantern first - do we go with the yellow or wood? Either version could be killed with a No. 2 pencil.
7359  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chucky joins MNF!! on: May 18, 2009, 09:06:53 PM
Fear of flying...  Didn't stop Madden.  That's all I'm saying.
7360  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2009 on: May 18, 2009, 07:49:38 PM
I went the chronological route, since the Tawny Man stuff is set and written after Liveship.  I seriously thought about skipping Liveship completely, but finally decided that Farseer was good enough that she got some goodwill before I went digging for the prize at the bottom of the box in going straight back to Fitz.
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