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7481  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: California Plan: Make Money by Legalizing Marijuana on: February 25, 2009, 04:54:09 PM
Yes, you can.  It's still ex post facto.

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An ex post facto law (from the Latin for "after the fact") or retroactive law, is a law that retroactively changes the legal consequences of acts committed or the legal status of facts and relationships that existed prior to the enactment of the law.
...
In the United States, the federal government is prohibited from passing ex post facto laws by Article I, section 9 of the U.S. Constitution and the states are prohibited from the same by clause 1 of section 10.

Just because it's being used to lighten or eliminate a sentence after the fact, it doesn't change the fact of what the penalties were at the time of conviction.  You would have to pass a corresponding law or rider for amnesty for those already imprisoned.
7482  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Stupidest response from a search engine? on: February 25, 2009, 03:40:48 PM

Quote from: ravenvii on February 25, 2009, 06:59:19 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 25, 2009, 05:47:04 AM

So are those just the most recent searches with those words or what?  It seems apparent that it isn't necessarily the most relevant or most results.

I think those are the most popular search terms.

Yeah, there's no reason why there should be those political searches in my post three months after the election.  And the 'blinking' one is from a Christmas carol.
7483  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What is this new bug that's going around? on: February 25, 2009, 04:52:15 AM
Typhoid Mary never got sick herself, she just served as a carrier that passed it on by indulging in her favorite hobby: cooking.
7484  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Most disturbing movie you've seen? on: February 25, 2009, 04:49:21 AM

Quote from: corruptrelic on February 25, 2009, 02:36:32 AM

I saw the wicker man with Nicholas Cage.. don't think it was 'disturbing' but definitely strange.

I won't watch that one.  I have no desire to be anywhere near anything associated with that "story."
7485  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: For Petes new Pool Table on: February 25, 2009, 04:47:10 AM
Why spend all that money for 1/3 of a bench?  Seems like a whole lot of wasted leather to me.
7486  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: February Dallas GTGs on: February 24, 2009, 11:50:48 PM
A reminder about Friday drinks at Fox and Hound.

>chirp chirp<
7487  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Most disturbing movie you've seen? on: February 24, 2009, 10:06:19 PM
The original Wicker Man.  It didn't help that my gf (now ex) who showed it to me fancied herself a witch and tried to defend the reasons behind the whole thing as perfectly reasonable.  Not that her beliefs would allow that, but still...  :shudder: 

I won't be in the same building when that film is running.
7488  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Stupidest response from a search engine? on: February 24, 2009, 07:04:40 PM
Nice and political...

7489  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What kinds of interests make you a "nerd" or "dork"? Why? on: February 23, 2009, 05:46:29 PM
The truly great of many of these classifications can become boffins.
7490  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty World at War (360) impressions on: February 21, 2009, 07:55:58 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 20, 2009, 11:43:34 PM

Sorry it missed you, stapler.

 icon_lol I'll live. 
7491  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty World at War (360) impressions on: February 20, 2009, 09:07:30 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 20, 2009, 04:45:15 PM


Mildly amusing.  It had potential, but I feel that it failed to deliver what could have been so much more. 
Spoiler for Hiden:
Random sound effects could have really sold it.  Like, say, someone rummaging around in an ice bin...  biggrin

And I really wanted to see the goofball get popped by the sniper.
7492  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Political Quiz on: February 20, 2009, 07:13:47 PM
Economic Left/Right: -3.50
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -2.97

But make sure you provide for a strong common defense.
7493  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: 15 Companies That Might Not Survive 2009 on: February 20, 2009, 07:04:41 PM
My company has a contract with BearingPoint.  As a matter of fact, we just rolled two of their consultants off of our project within the last month. 

For those that don't know, BearingPoint is KPMG's old consulting arm, spun off in 2000, taken public in 2001, renamed in 2002.
7494  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: GM wants more taxpayer money in order to cut 47,000 jobs on: February 20, 2009, 06:05:26 PM
cheeba, that picture is eight sorts of bad-ass. 
7495  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Woman w/8 babies..already had 6.... on: February 20, 2009, 05:59:33 PM
I've gotten to the point where I'm not reading any of the articles or watching any of the coverage because it just keeps feeding on itself.  About the only thing I do now is read the board threads because I'm sure that it isn't being tracked and fed into some statistical database somewhere.

"Here's some more media coverage about the horrors of this woman wanting more media coverage!  Isn't it horrible?  Don't change that channel!"
7496  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Where would you live? on: February 19, 2009, 09:16:03 PM
For those playing at home, that .0001 is 6.336 inches.  Just pray that there isn't a strong breeze.
7497  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Where would you live? on: February 19, 2009, 08:43:16 PM
Vegas, baby!  My childhood home.  
7498  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Apparently we're a nation of cowards now on: February 19, 2009, 07:41:09 PM
I'm more inclined to agree with Blackadar on this one. 

As a white male, I have felt trapped between the whole "celebrate our diversity" versus not speaking about a topic because too many people on all different sides are more than willing to use a Godwin's Law-type argument-ending racism comment if I have any comment about any issues outside my own race. 
7499  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Coldstone Creamery on: February 19, 2009, 07:25:50 PM
Italian ice?  Sounds like a glorified Sno-Cone!  *runs away*  muhaha.... icon_wink
7500  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You're going to love my nuts! on: February 19, 2009, 07:22:31 PM
That would be Billy Mays, who I last saw shilling for ESPN 360.
7501  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MLB - The Show 09 on: February 19, 2009, 04:57:43 PM
I need to fire up the PS3 and give this a look.  Maybe something can make me forget the glory that was High Heat...?
7502  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Coldstone Creamery on: February 19, 2009, 04:14:24 PM
Wiki says Cold Stone and Marble Slab are different entities.  Cold Stone was founded in Tempe, AZ while Marble Slab came from Houston.  Maggie Moo's is a sister chain to Marble Slab.
7503  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Woman w/8 babies..already had 6.... on: February 19, 2009, 04:08:33 PM
My only hope is that whatever child protective services California has (and is hopefully still funded) has a standing weekly appointment at her home for the next 18 years. 
7504  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books - Song of Fire & Ice, Davinci Code, Questions... on: February 19, 2009, 05:17:03 AM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on February 19, 2009, 01:25:33 AM

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Storm of Swords is the best book in the series by an order of magnitude.  I'd recommend stopping there as it actually does a pretty decent job of finding a good ending spot for the first trilogy and wait until at least Dance of Dragons comes out before reading Feast for Crows.

 Also, I am going to take Kevin's advice and read Storm of Swords next.   The story is to damn good to take a break from.  I have enjoyed every minute of it so far and absolutely like it more than Lord of the Rings, and almost any other book I've read for that matter.  In fact, I am going to save my final judgment until I finish the series, but it has a good chance at being my favorite book/series of all time.

Eco

The story is just too darn compelling to even take a break from. 

You ... do know that it may be a while before book 5 and especially the end of this series may see the light of day, yes?
7505  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A long time battle is over. I'm now a CCNA on: February 18, 2009, 09:09:20 PM
Congrats!  Everybody needs more letters after their names.
7506  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Prinny! on: February 18, 2009, 08:37:59 PM
Ghosts 'N Goblins?!?  Even with a thousand lives, I wouldn't be willing to relive that frustration. 
7507  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Prinny! on: February 18, 2009, 07:49:42 PM
I had to go look up WTF this was.  Prinny was our dog's nickname (short for Princess) as a kid, so I associated this with some title meant for 12-yo girls.  I was not expecting demonic, exploding penguins...
7508  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sleep-related injuries on: February 18, 2009, 06:03:39 PM
I woke up with a pulled muscle in my back, which has me thinking about how unsafe sleeping truly is.

When I was 18, I had acquired a rubber band gun at a local fair. Prior to going to sleep, I had loaded the weapon to its full capacity and laid it on the desk in my dorm room. Approximately three hours later, the weapon discharged. Not factoring this event into the possibilities for the evening, I had not made any specific safety adjustments to the care and storage of said weapon. As such, I was awoken rather suddenly when the discharged rubber round impacted the top of my skull.

On occasion, I have been known to have a muscle spasm that will jerk me awake. When I was about 10, my dresser was positioned right at the head of my bed. So one night, I was positioned near the edge of my bed and proceeded to spasm my head directly into the side of the dresser.

So what sleep-related nonsense have you gotten up to? Any sleepwalkers/sleeptalkers out there like my ex-gf?
7509  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Action Movies: What makes or breaks them? on: February 18, 2009, 05:02:01 PM
You want the epitome of bad effects?  Van Helsing: When Gravity Took a Holiday.

My friends still give me crap about calling out the yank-and-bank manuevers pulled off by Air Force One.
7510  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: T-Shirt Hell going bye-bye! on: February 18, 2009, 04:01:04 PM
I figured there was something wrong with the picture.  Also, there are usually laws in place about going out of business sales that require certain rules to be held.  This came about because of the stores that were perpetually going out of business and never closed.  He may end up against some sort of legal action over this.
7511  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2009 on: February 18, 2009, 04:08:40 AM
A Sniper's Journey: The Truth About the Man Behind the Rifle

I read this one over the course of a week.  At 221 pages before the index, it’s certainly not a weighty read.  The book is 75% about his military career and 25% about the PTSD that he suffers from it, the results, and the beginning of his journey to cope with it.  The timeline covers his enlistment in the Army in 1968 and covers through the Desert Shield/Desert Storm, but most of it is his Viet Nam career.  This book does not glorify the actions he took. He is not a wanna-be Rambo at all.  It presents the training that he took and the missions that he was given in a very no-nonsense manner and covers who he was and how he felt about them.  He was not a dedicated sniper for the course of the war, spending the majority of his time either in the infantry or in vehicle recovery.  All in all, I enjoyed the read and seeing the realities of war through a clear lens of this man’s experience. 

4/5
7512  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2009 on: February 18, 2009, 03:49:15 AM
Silent Knights: Blowing the Whistle on Military Accidents and Their Cover-Ups

This book hit a number of my major interests.  This book is focused on military safety, the contributing causes of many accidents, and the steps needed to ensure proper accountability and actions to make our soldiers, sailors, and airmen safer.

As the son of an Air Force retiree who has been in aircraft maintenance for his entire adult life, the book grabbed me as soon as I saw it.  I read it cover to cover the day I bought it.  I certainly wouldn't say that it would be the case for everyone.  It detailed a large amount of the structure of accidents, the investigations that follow, and who controls them.  Unlike airline crashes where the NTSB has purview to investigate and is an independent organization from the FAA, the military is tasked with investigating themselves in any mishap investigation.  They convene two boards, one which will remain internal only and the other for public release.  Both of these boards are usually created by the commander of whatever unit suffered the mishap and are staffed by non-professional investigators.  Since the people involved may wind up on the wrong end later, there's an interest in keeping the convening authority happy.  As such, there is usually not any sort of blame that is laid on any senior ranking failures or people that are connected.  One of the recurring themes in the book is that it often falls to "blame the dead guy" as a filing of pilot error without examining in any great detail what caused said error.  There may be extenuating circumstances such as upgrades not performed, training not scheduled, and yes, even on occasion, maintenance issues.

There is a recurring element of a particular training type of Crew Resource Management, of which the author is a trainer.  He does cite studies that show a marked reduction in accidents and cites in several examples where the training had been approved but not implemented as a contributing factor.  That element does come across as heavy handed, but all in all, I thoroughly enjoyed the book as an insight into the inner working of the military.  Personally, I would love to get my father to read it and share his opinions, but as he's not a heavy reader, I may have to resort only to bringing it up in conversation.

5/5 (for me, at least)
7513  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Pakistan Imposes Sharia Law on: February 17, 2009, 10:42:50 PM
Times of India

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On Tuesday, talks between the jirga (elders) of the Taliban and local administrations were expected to bring in new hierarchies. There will be no concept of Supreme Court anymore, says Vilayat. "The headquarters of the new courts for the region will be in Mingora. Cases won't have to be taken to Islamabad any longer," he says.
...
A Sharia representative, possibly from the Taliban, will be present with greater power in every court. In 1994, such a person was paid Rs 5,000 per month; in 1999, Rs 10,000. The final stop for all appeals will be the Mingora court.

From a judicial standpoint, you have eliminated the federal level of government and granted power to an organization who opposed said government through armed conflict. 
7514  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What are you doing with your tax refund? on: February 17, 2009, 10:32:19 PM
That would be worth it to me to start changing deductions.
7515  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: non-subtitled series on: February 17, 2009, 09:49:32 PM
My family's motto is "What?"  I think it mainly stems from inattention, as the initial volley sails past until someone speaks up, then we're fine.  But then, my father also has a voice best recorded on a seismograph.  I have permanent tinnitus in my left ear. When I went to the audiologist, my left ear was also the better one for hearing.  Go figure...

As for subtitles, my mother used to spend time going over the same scene off her VCR tapes 5 times to hear what weas being said before I clued her in to the subtitles.  I got a big thanks for that one.  I use it on occassion, but it can distract me from actually watching the film as I pre-read the dialogue.  And it can definitely help when dealing with heavily accented characters/actors.  Best example is trying to get into the Sharpe's Rifles series.
7516  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Whats that in the sky? on: February 17, 2009, 04:08:17 PM
Have you ever seen a doc about it?  I don't know much about eye problems, but I would think that it's possibly a sign of an underlying issue that may need to be at least identified.
7517  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii games to play with my non-gamer girlfriend on: February 16, 2009, 10:16:49 PM

Quote from: Godzilla Blitz on February 15, 2009, 09:48:03 PM

WiiFit?

Only if he posts hula hoop videos.
7518  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: February 16, 2009, 08:38:24 PM
Correct.
7519  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: February 16, 2009, 07:35:57 PM
7520  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: February 16, 2009, 07:26:47 PM
Cat's Eye
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