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7481  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amaozon Kindle on: February 09, 2009, 06:36:12 PM

Quote from: kadnod on February 09, 2009, 06:19:42 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 09, 2009, 06:05:50 PM


That "voiced" feature is going to be awesome or hillarious or possibly both.

Two words: Kindle porn.
7482  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: February Dallas GTGs on: February 09, 2009, 06:09:16 PM
Let's do Paesano's.  They're open 11-2 for lunch.
7483  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Support for a terminally ill friend on: February 09, 2009, 04:46:31 PM
See if the company PTB would set up a memorial award/scholarship in her name.  Make it something that she has a passion for to really reflect her personality and work.  Better to do it now when she can help make the input than after she's gone.
7484  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Was watching the Bond series again and ... on: February 09, 2009, 07:00:07 AM
How about the Film Sound Cliches?

(You're right about the red-tailed hawk).

Personally, I loved Big Bang Theory's take on:

Quote
People never answer the door until the doorbell or knocking has sounded at least three times

When Penny answered after the second knock, Sheldon still had to knock a third time.
7485  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2009 on: February 09, 2009, 06:55:43 AM
READ
Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land 4/5
Silent Knights: Blowing the Whistle on Military Accidents and Their Cover-Ups (purchased and read in a day) 5/5
A Sniper's Journey: The Truth About the Man Behind the Rifle 4/5
An Illustrated History of World War II: Crisis and Courage: Humanity on the Brink 4/5
The Complete Peanuts 1967-1968 and 1969-1970 (Box Set) 5/5
The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb - 4/5
The Liveship Traders by Robin Hobb - 3.5/5
The Tawny Man Trilogy - 4/5
First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong 4/5
The Mistborn Trilogy
---
READING
A History of the Jews
The Complete Hammer's Slammers Volume 2
7486  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Was watching the Bond series again and ... on: February 09, 2009, 03:27:12 AM
I'd like to sell you a Wilhelm, only slightly used. 
7487  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 08, 2009, 11:20:04 PM
Yeah, but the base URL is for a less kid-friendly pay site.

Don't get me wrong, I'm a fan, I'm just saying.
7488  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movies] Push on: February 08, 2009, 03:58:29 AM

Quote from: rittchard on February 08, 2009, 02:42:58 AM

There's also a pretty hot chick in there for you straight guys (Camina Belle).  She reminds me of a grown up Winnie from Wonder Years.

Camilla Belle:



Grown-up Winnie:

7489  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 07, 2009, 09:07:47 PM
7490  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: February 06, 2009, 07:43:18 PM
Correct.
7491  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: February 06, 2009, 07:22:20 PM
Incorrect.
7492  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: February 06, 2009, 06:50:35 PM


No properties, please.
7493  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: February 06, 2009, 06:44:48 PM
Man on Fire
7494  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pete Rock, your pool table is ready on: February 06, 2009, 04:31:07 PM
Odds are that it would be an Ikea flatpack.  Some Assembly Required, wot wot?
7495  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Israel Strikes Gaza on: February 06, 2009, 04:14:48 PM
With friends like these...

The UN has stopped all aid shipments into Gaza because Hamas has stolen supplies twice this week.

Quote
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) announced Friday that it was suspending all import of aid into the Gaza Strip because Hamas had seized the supplies for the second time this week.  According to the agency's press release the recent looting involved hundreds of tons of food. "During the night of February fifth 10 truckloads of flour and rice were taken from the Palestinian side of the Kerem Shalom Crossing into Gaza," the statement from spokesman Christopher Gunness said.  He said the food "had been imported from Egypt for collection by UNRWA today," but was "taken away by trucks contracted by the Ministry of Social Affairs." The ministry is run by Hamas.

Fatah isn't too happy about it either.

Quote
Fatah on Friday condemned allegations against Hamas that the Islamic movement had seized a United Nations aid shipment bound for Gaza, according to a statement.  According to Barakat Al-Farra, a Fatah official, forces affiliated with Hamas attacked a convoy of humanitarian aid from the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) on Thursday.
...
Farra condemned the alleged actions by Hamas, while praising UNRWA’s “decades-long” commitment to Palestinian refugees in Gaza and the West Bank. He applauded UNRWA’s actions in Gaza during Israel’s three-week assault there, as well, particularly the “bold statements” they made against Israel’s “crimes” during the war.  “We previously warned [Hamas] and called on them to stop any attack against UNRWA,” Farra said.  “We had previously tried to stop this problem, but it seems nothing has changed—in fact, the problem has worsened,” he added. “How does Hamas ask for a larger role in the reconstruction of Gaza? How can they who steal food and support donated for our people be considered reliable?” Farra asked.
7496  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pete Rock, your pool table is ready on: February 06, 2009, 04:04:22 AM
The bar I used to frequent in Lubbock had 6 coin-op bar tables.  We noticed one night that the balls were all screwed up.  So we put in coins to all the tables to get the balls out so we could straighten out the setup.  Somehow we would up with eight 2's, 7 of a couple others, and short on some other balls.  Who the hell smuggles extra balls into a bar and steals others?
7497  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Land of the Lost on: February 06, 2009, 02:21:56 AM

Quote from: Scuzz on February 05, 2009, 10:45:55 PM

Who is the chick in the Egyptian themed outfit?

JoAnna Cameron from Shazam and The Secrets of Isis.
7498  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Land of the Lost on: February 05, 2009, 10:45:04 PM

Quote from: hepcat on February 05, 2009, 09:50:46 PM

Remembering this show has opened a floodgate of traumatic memories I'd hoped to suppress through drugs and alcohol over the years...



thanks....just....thanks

That's from 2001 (quotes).  You're looking for this one:

7499  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Does anybody really think these bailouts will work?... on: February 05, 2009, 04:40:03 PM
So California has taken the Statue of Liberty to heart? 

Quote
Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!
7500  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How many of you have a smartphone? on: February 05, 2009, 03:45:20 PM
iPhone 3G here

Quote from: Canuck on February 05, 2009, 05:44:57 AM

I wish I could combine my PDA with my current cellphone. 

Duct tape.
7501  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Doing my part for the bailout, I guess... Circuit City/Chase rant on: February 05, 2009, 03:33:20 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on February 05, 2009, 05:23:27 AM

How does that add up to $100 when Kratz finished up his payments as per his first post?

It doesn't.  It was in reference to the second part of Caine's post.

And CitiBank and Capital One just jacked up my minimum payments as well... 
7502  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: I'm all for gov't agencies saving money, but this is ridiculous. on: February 05, 2009, 03:31:04 PM
2.5 hours is the tops that I've had to wait and that was on a Saturday.  I've had weekdays where it's less than 1 hour before they call me and even once where they called imemdiately and told me to come in. 
7503  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Escapist: Zero Punctuation on: February 05, 2009, 04:10:23 AM
Little Big Planet

Stop it at the 3:00 minute mark and jump to the 3:14 mark, then just turn it off at 4:57.  You will thank me when you hear what you missed.

And Unskippable does Grandia III
7504  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / February Dallas GTGs on: February 05, 2009, 03:57:19 AM
Before you spend all day on the 14th with the woman, come meet up with your fellow board members for lunch on the 13th (or another day that is mutually acceptable).  Anyone know of a good Italian restaurant in the N. Dallas/Richardson/Plano area?

Also, come join me and ride out the Friday rush hour traffic with drinks and bar games on the 27th at Fox and Hound at 112 W Campbell Road in Richardson.
7505  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rockstar working on open ended Wild West game on: February 05, 2009, 03:44:17 AM

Quote from: Creepy_Smell on February 05, 2009, 03:29:38 AM

Yeah. Nice change from current times. Now if only they would do steampunk or a carwars/interstate76 style thing since they have the vehicle/person combat down decent enough.

I lived in Lubbock for 18 years.  There are no mountains in that area.  It truly was an alternate reality game.
7506  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pete Rock, your pool table is ready on: February 05, 2009, 03:39:29 AM

Quote from: PeteRock on February 05, 2009, 12:22:24 AM

I compare playing pool on a space-table to playing quoits on composite boards.  While composite boards are designed to play similar to real slate, they still aren't the real thing, and there are little things about playing on slate like the sound, how the quoits stick to the boards, etc, that can never be re-created with any other material.  While composite plays like slate, it doesn't play as slate.  Hence why I will be having true slate boards shipped to me in Arizona.  While composite might be cheaper and easier to ship, it just doesn't quite play like real slate, no matter how well they may have been engineered. 

Shee-oot, out here in Texas we just play washer pitchin'.  And the wiki says that the original hobs were set in clay for quoits.
7507  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Doing my part for the bailout, I guess... Circuit City/Chase rant on: February 05, 2009, 03:31:21 AM
As much as I hate to defend any CC company...

Chase fees

Quote
Beginning in February, Chase added a monthly service charge of $10 to select accounts and increased its minimum payment from 2 percent to 5 percent.  Spokeswoman Stephanie Jacobson said the changes will affect cardholders who have carried large balances over two years and who have made little progress paying them off.  Jacobson said the changes affect less than 1/2 of 1 percent.
7508  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 12/08) on: February 04, 2009, 11:46:22 PM
+1 to PeteRock!
7509  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Does anybody really think these bailouts will work?... on: February 04, 2009, 04:38:57 PM

Quote from: brettmcd on February 04, 2009, 04:30:20 AM

States should be collecting more then the feds do and doing the vast majority of what the federal government does at a state by state level.

We lost that war a long time ago.  1865, iirc.  We had the misfortune of being on the same side as the slavery people.  When your side loses the moral high ground, it doesn't matter what your financial argument was. 
7510  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pete Rock, your pool table is ready on: February 04, 2009, 04:22:19 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on February 04, 2009, 03:46:23 PM

I just struggle to see The Enterprise actually functioning as a pool table.  Because if the surface doesn't play like a pool table, then for me any enjoyment goes right out the window.

Ooh, a three-tiered pool table with the upper tables connected to the lower through the engine mounts like a mini-golf type tube system.  That would be badass!
7511  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Windows 7 Beta on: February 03, 2009, 09:52:44 PM
SKUs announced

Quote
Microsoft has officially announced the five versions of Windows 7 it will sell at launch within the United States, together with a version specifically designed for low-cost netbooks.  The five versions available for U.S. customers will be:
  • Windows 7 Starter
  • Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Windows 7 Professional
  • Windows 7 Enterprise
  • Windows 7 Ultimate
But Microsoft will only sell Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows 7 Professional at retail, in a bid to eliminate some of the confusion caused by a plethora of Windows Vista versions.  A sixth version, Windows 7 Home Basic, will only be sold in emerging markets, Microsoft said.
...
And that means that a single version – Home Premium – will be offered to consumers, with a separate version – Professional – offered to businesses. Both the Home Professional and Business SKUs will contain discrete features that aren't overlapped to the other.
...
Windows 7 Ultimate Edition, meanwhile, won't be sold directly to consumers. Instead, Windows 7 Ultimate will be an upgrade offered only as an add-on, which also means that consumers will be forced to pay for Windows 7 Home Premium or Windows 7 Professional, and then pay again for the upgrade.
7512  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pete Rock, your pool table is ready on: February 03, 2009, 09:47:28 PM


or



???
7513  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: I'm all for gov't agencies saving money, but this is ridiculous. on: February 03, 2009, 08:08:29 PM
Paid my last medical bill online.  The urgent care clinic even has web check-in where I can do other stuff during the 2.5 hour wait to see the doctor.
7514  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pete Rock, your pool table is ready on: February 03, 2009, 07:23:31 PM
Heck, I even read the original article.
7515  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pete Rock, your pool table is ready on: February 03, 2009, 07:04:01 PM
The glass forms the element that the slate normaly does.  Supposedly the surface is a resin that duplicates the feel and consistency of felt.  If it indeed does its job well enough, it would also have some impact resistance to preserve the underlying glass/slate.
7516  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Worms: Anyone Else Ever Play it This Way? on: February 03, 2009, 02:35:43 AM
I liked roping, was never an expert at it, and I don't know that I could overcome the limitations of a console controller to perform the necessary maneuvers.  And hitting those one-pixel dots of dirt is annoying as all get-out. 
7517  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Land of the Lost on: February 03, 2009, 02:23:54 AM
I enjoyed Will in Stranger Than Fiction and who can forget Frank the Tank?  He can do good roles at times, but for me, he's still more miss than hit.
7518  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CHUCK IS BACK! Chuck vs. The First Date Spoilers! on: February 03, 2009, 02:08:41 AM
I am so close...  I have a 3D starmap book that came with glasses...  but they're red and green...  icon_evil
7519  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Super Bowl Commercials on: February 03, 2009, 01:57:45 AM
Bridgestone was teh awesomez.
7520  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New DVD/BD releases 2/3: "I like to watch" on: February 03, 2009, 01:53:05 AM
Madagascar 2
Being There
Zack and Miri
Nick and Nora

all added to Netflix.  I will have to look and see if BD Office Space reviews make it worth the money.
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