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7361  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: July 17, 2009, 12:50:29 AM
7362  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.
7363  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: July 16, 2009, 10:37:29 PM
7364  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: July 16, 2009, 07:56:08 PM
7365  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
7366  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...
7367  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: July 16, 2009, 02:12:24 PM
7368  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: July 16, 2009, 02:04:46 PM
7369  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Travel is Glamorous 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.
7370  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Water Filtration Pitchers on: July 16, 2009, 04:09:10 AM
I fill water jugs at kiosks.  Filtered city water tastes just dandy to me.
7371  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Escapist: Zero Punctuation on: July 16, 2009, 04:02:55 AM
How about Overlord 2??
7372  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Dems say lets tax the rich, again..... on: July 15, 2009, 09:57:38 PM
I love how the statement of facts about robbery are being repeatedly construed as tacit approval of theft.  Roll Eyes
7373  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Would you buy the Crunchpad? on: July 15, 2009, 09:53:24 PM
Would you buy the Crunchpad?

Nope.  I have an iPhone (3G) and I don't miss Flash at all.  The price point is similar, no word on Capt. Crunch's data needs/plan/costs, and the bigger size makes it less attractive to me.
7374  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie]Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince impression on: July 15, 2009, 05:25:56 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on July 15, 2009, 05:06:10 PM

Ive never read one of the books or watched one of the movies. Ive wanted to watch them though since the 2nd one came out. Just never have...heck I still haven't watched the final 2 LotR movies either..did see the first and read the pretty boring book.

But isn't the guy playing Harry getting a tad too old to make these movies now? Isn't Harry a little kid in the books? Or did he age in the books.

On a more serious note...

For LotR, The Council of Elrond almost killed my desire to read the next two "books."  Keep going, it gets better.

As for Potter, each book/film represents one year of schooling for a total of seven years of school.  The first book would represent ~6th grade, the last being senior year. 

From an actor point, yeah, it's getting a bit 21 Jump Street, but it won't be an issue as long as they keep cranking on them.  There's only one more book/two more movies for the final year of schooling.
7375  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2009 Tour de France on: July 15, 2009, 04:20:02 AM

Quote from: Zinfan on July 14, 2009, 11:29:30 PM

Yeah pretty lackluster stage today and one I find quite hard to believe the Tour put together for Bastille Day. 

7376  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [FILM] Big Fan on: July 15, 2009, 04:13:53 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on July 15, 2009, 03:07:54 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on July 14, 2009, 02:24:41 PM

Would a trailer help anyone's interest?

Yes, actually.  That makes it look like a pretty good film.

I'm still learning the CeeKay method.  It's harder than it looks.
7377  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Dick Cheney Told the CIA to make Secret Assassination Squads. on: July 14, 2009, 02:58:47 PM
The program -- launched in the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks -- was never operational.

This, as well as the fact that he's no longer Vice President is probably a good reason that this isn't causing riots in the streets.  And I don't believe that Al Qaeda leaders meet the definition of foreign leaders (i.e., heads of state, political leaders). 
7378  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [FILM] Big Fan on: July 14, 2009, 02:24:41 PM
Would a trailer help anyone's interest?
7379  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 confirmed! on: July 14, 2009, 03:51:29 AM
Bite me, Sharkticon!  Tongue
7380  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Star Wars: The Star Destroyer Missions on: July 14, 2009, 03:20:13 AM
Don't tease us.
7381  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 confirmed! on: July 14, 2009, 02:49:37 AM
I want to know what the MSRP is.  I would love to take nightly walks decked out in NVGs.  I'm sure the cops wouldn't think anything of it.
7382  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Dems say lets tax the rich, again..... on: July 14, 2009, 12:37:13 AM
I'm not saying that it does, just that after the FDIC started insuring funds, depositors were not directly on the hook for thefts. 

Even before, I find it hard to say that if a bank were robbed that the funds lost could be definitely attributed to Bob Jones' account.  But I have no specific information on what happened before that time.
7383  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Dems say lets tax the rich, again..... on: July 13, 2009, 10:53:51 PM
It depends on when.  Before the FDIC was founded in 1933, I couldn't tell you, but after that, it was replaced with the government's money.  While technically this is the people's money after 1933, the loss of which would have been deferred out over millions of people, a neglible impact to each individual tax payer.
7384  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: gotta love the woot writers on: July 13, 2009, 09:46:39 PM

Quote from: drifter on July 13, 2009, 09:33:04 PM

8331.68 is the Dow Jones and I do believe I get me a bag of crap as my order ends in 8.

You believe wrong.

7385  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] The Hurt Locker on: July 13, 2009, 07:38:53 PM
IMDB's map is pretty good for finding stuff.  Clicking on it does a geo search based on where you clicked.  Pretty nifty.
7386  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I need a tourniquet to stop the financial hemmorhaging. Preferably in pink. on: July 13, 2009, 03:48:22 PM
Wallowing reminds Pete of dirt.  And one as Fabulous as he would never freely associate with dirt of any kind.
7387  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What Band would you like to see get back together? on: July 13, 2009, 03:25:58 PM

Quote from: Alefroth on July 13, 2009, 03:23:14 PM

The Pogues

You mean these Pogues??
7388  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Which Superman II is Cannon? on: July 13, 2009, 02:58:48 PM

Quote from: Freezer-TPF- on July 13, 2009, 02:51:30 PM

Also, Superman III should be watched in this order:

1.  Open the case.
2.  Throw the disc away.
3.  Forget Superman III ever existed, especially the brutally embarrassing Atari scene.

Yeah, go watch Cloak and Dagger instead.
7389  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: MTG - getting started on: July 13, 2009, 03:42:05 AM
Some people just took lands, wrote "wolf" on them, and put those into play.  Makes it easier to keep track of tapping, etc., than counters would be.
7390  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What books need a movie on: July 13, 2009, 03:40:14 AM
As long as we can keep Willem Dafoe away from it, I'll be happy.  John Clark, he ain't.
7391  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] The Hurt Locker on: July 13, 2009, 12:34:03 AM
I just got back from it.  It is definitely a good film and worth a watch.  It gives you a good feel for who these guys are and, to an extent, what's going on inside their heads.  The film doesn't pull any punches in terms of violence, but doesn't go overboard just because it could have.  Everything seems at an appropriate level and realistic.  8/10
7392  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MLB - The Show 09 on: July 12, 2009, 08:46:15 PM
I just finished off my second season, had "my mind put at ease" that I wasn't going to spring training, and then would up going from starting at SS to backup SS with my .220 BA.  They started using me as a pinch runner for the 2010 season, which is good, as I am decent at stealing.  Then they started playing me at 2nd and even I even got one play in at catcher with a popup in front of the plate.  Well, the starting goals they gave me and I apparently started developing my own personal plate patience (I got to a 3-1 count!  biggrin ) and managed to exceed the .360 OBP they wanted for the 5 series to open the season.  I made all of my goals, got called up to AAA, and more than doubled my salary (too bad there's nothing to spend it on...).

I'm glad that I was finally able to make some progress, because I was getting frustrated at not making my goals and threatening e-mails from management.
7393  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: gotta love the woot writers on: July 12, 2009, 05:48:59 PM
Those are still better odds than most of us have ever seen.
7394  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: gotta love the woot writers on: July 12, 2009, 05:13:44 PM
I got my woot lights and a 10% chance of a BoC.  Not bad for not hitting the site until almost 2 a.m. on their birthday.

*and the site shows that they're still available... insane.
7395  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Sarah Palin RESIGNS! on: July 12, 2009, 06:33:53 AM
Or how about Scientific American's The Physical Science behind Climate Change??

Good climate scientists, like all good scientists, want to ensure that the highest standards of proof apply to everything they discover.
The physical science assessment focuses on four topics: drivers of climate change, changes observed in the climate system, understanding cause-and-effect relationships, and projection of future changes.
Drivers of Climate Change
 Growth rates for concentrations of carbon dioxide have been faster in the past 10 years than over any 10-year period since continuous atmospheric monitoring began in the 1950s, with concentrations now roughly 35 percent above preindustrial levels (which can be determined from air bubbles trapped in ice cores). Methane levels are roughly two and a half times preindustrial levels, and nitrous oxide levels are around 20 percent higher.

How can we be sure that humans are responsible for these increases? Some greenhouse gases (most of the halocarbons, for example) have no natural source. For other gases, two important observations demonstrate human influence. First, the geographic differences in concentrations reveal that sources occur predominantly over land in the more heavily populated Northern Hemisphere. Second, analysis of isotopes, which can distinguish among sources of emissions, demonstrates that the majority of the increase in carbon dioxide comes from combustion of fossil fuels (coal, oil and natural gas). Methane and nitrous oxide increases derive from agricultural practices and the burning of fossil fuels.
Changes Observed in the Climate System
The many new or improved observational data sets that became available in time for the 2007 IPCC report allowed a more comprehensive assessment of changes than was possible in earlier reports. Observational records indicate that 11 of the past 12 years are the warmest since reliable records began around 1850.

The odds of such warm years happening in sequence purely by chance are exceedingly small. Changes in three important quantities—global temperature, sea level and snow cover in the Northern Hemisphere—all show evidence of warming, although the details vary.
frost days and cold days and nights have become less common, while heat waves and warm days and nights have become more common.
Attribution of Observed Changes
The 2001 IPCC report concluded it was likely (more than 66 percent probable) that most of the warming since the mid-20th century was attributable to humans. The 2007 report goes significantly further, upping this to very likely (more than 90 percent probable).

The source of the extra confidence comes from a multitude of separate advances. For a start, observational records are now roughly five years longer, and the global temperature increase over this period has been largely consistent with IPCC projections of greenhouse gas–driven warming made in previous reports dating back to 1990. In addition, changes in more aspects of the climate have been considered, such as those in atmospheric circulation or in temperatures within the ocean. Such changes paint a consistent and now broadened picture of human intervention.
Two important advances since the last IPCC assessment have increased confidence in the use of models for both attribution and projection of climate changes. The first is the development of a comprehensive, closely coordinated ensemble of simulations from 18 modeling groups around the world for the historical and future evolution of the earth’s climate. Using many models helps to quantify the effects of uncertainties in various climate processes on the range of model simulations.
The second advance is the incorporation of more realistic representations of climate processes in the models. These processes include the behavior of atmospheric aerosols, the dynamics (movement) of sea ice, and the exchange of water and energy between the land and the atmosphere. More models now include the major types of aerosols and the interactions between aerosols and clouds.
Projections of Future Changes
How will climate change over the 21st century? This critical question is addressed using simulations from climate models based on projections of future emissions of greenhouse gases and aerosols. The simulations suggest that, for greenhouse gas emissions at or above current rates, changes in climate will very likely be larger than the changes already observed during the 20th century. Even if emissions were immediately reduced enough to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations at current levels, climate change would continue for centuries. This inertia in the climate results from a combination of factors. They include the heat capacity of the world’s oceans and the millennial timescales needed for the circulation to mix heat and carbon dioxide throughout the deep ocean and thereby come into equilibrium with the new conditions.

To be more specific, the models project that over the next 20 years, for a range of plausible emissions, the global temperature will increase at an average rate of about 0.2 degree C per decade, close to the observed rate over the past 30 years. About half of this near-term warming represents a “commitment” to future climate change arising from the inertia of the climate system response to current atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases.
We are now living in an era in which both humans and nature affect the future evolution of the earth and its inhabitants. Unfortunately, the crystal ball provided by our climate models becomes cloudier for predictions out beyond a century or so. Our limited knowledge of the response of both natural systems and human society to the growing impacts of climate change compounds our uncertainty. One result of global warming is certain, however. Plants, animals and humans will be living with the consequences of climate change for at least the next thousand years.
7396  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best TV Theme Song on: July 11, 2009, 01:57:19 AM
Quantum Leap
7397  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I need a tourniquet to stop the financial hemmorhaging. Preferably in pink. on: July 11, 2009, 01:54:54 AM
So sorry to hear about your loss and water issues.

It reminds me that several years ago, there was a similar issue with the toilet tank in my parent's rent house.  It cracked and drained, which of course dropped the ball to refill it.  All while the tenants were away on vacation.  There was water pouring out the front door of the house when the tenant's mother stopped by to check on the house.  It had been days since it cracked...

The damage sounds about on par.  Baseboards, carpet, etc.  Good luck and let us know what we can do to help.
7398  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My cat has fleas... How to fight the infestation? on: July 10, 2009, 05:57:02 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on July 10, 2009, 05:53:01 PM

I am also the insect magnet in any group. My blood type is A+.

7399  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Mechwarrior coming on: July 10, 2009, 05:42:46 PM
My Saitek X36 will love this.  Torso twisting via rocker bar FTW!!
7400  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Venting: It's not going to be me this time. on: July 10, 2009, 05:39:01 PM
Can we get an update?  Have things escalated, cooled down, status quo?
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