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7521  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need show, have money on: March 25, 2009, 09:50:40 PM
Freaking Brits...

Farscape : The Ultimate Complete Collection - 95.77

It looks like it includes all 4 seasons and the Peacekeeper Wars and is available new.  Now I just need to get a Region Free DVD player....
7522  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hochuli Rule (and others) Approved on: March 25, 2009, 09:28:04 PM
Washington Post

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The NFL's team owners voted today to expand the scope of plays subject to instant replay review, including making one modification that would have remedied this past season's notorious officiating gaffe by referee Ed Hochuli.

Hochuli erroneously called a fumble by Denver Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler in the late stages of an early-season game an incomplete pass, negating a game-saving fumble recovery by the San Diego Chargers. Because the call could not be overturned via a replay review, the Broncos retained possession of the ball and went on to score a touchdown and a game-winning two-point conversion.

The owners voted today to make such a play subject to a replay review. Under the new rule, the defensive team can be awarded possession of the ball if it made a recovery and the review shows the play to have been a fumble rather than an incomplete pass.

The rule was proposed by the NFL's competition committee and approved by the owners today. It goes into effect next season.

The owners also voted to make a call of a loose ball being out of bounds before it's recovered subject to replay review. That stemmed from a botched call of a kickoff being out of bounds, when actually it wasn't, during the NFC title game.

Another change was approved to modify the system by which the draft order is determined. The 12 teams that reach the playoffs now will automatically have the 12 lowest draft spots. That wasn't necessarily the case before, since the draft order had been based strictly on regular season records (although the two Super Bowl teams did have the two lowest draft spots). That goes into effect next year.

A team no longer gets a second chance at an onside kick at any point during a game. That previously had applied only to the final five minutes of a game.
7523  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need show, have money on: March 25, 2009, 09:22:52 PM

Quote from: warning on March 25, 2009, 09:05:34 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on March 25, 2009, 08:49:38 PM

I haven't seen much of Farscape but I certainly wouldn't call it a comedy. 

I laughed a lot.  Just not in a good way. icon_wink

Muppet hater!
7524  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New game - post the first image in your My Pictures folder! on: March 25, 2009, 09:22:02 PM
Fire up the DoS attack, boys!  We're going back after the Germans!
7525  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / F-22 crashes near Edwards AFB on: March 25, 2009, 08:15:00 PM
CNN

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An Air Force F-22A fighter jet crashed Wednesday near Edwards Air Force Base in California, Air Force officials said.  The single-seater crashed about 10:30 a.m. for unknown reasons, the officials said.  The status of the pilot was unknown.
7526  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New game - post the first image in your My Pictures folder! on: March 25, 2009, 08:09:06 PM
This one more accurate, then?



And to keep it on topic, here's from my work machine:
7527  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New game - post the first image in your My Pictures folder! on: March 25, 2009, 07:47:31 PM
For those who aren't familiar, there's a new shirt up every night at midnight Central for $10.  They they do the weekly reckoning that starts on Fridays where they rank the current 27 shirts in production and whatever finishes out of the top 20 are offed at the end of Monday.  Anything you don't get on Deal of the Day is $15.  They also do Random day where the price drops to $6.66 a shirt and you can end up with just about anything that they've sold previously. 

Maybe this one would work better for your town, Myto.   Click to go to that shirt's page.

7528  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii SD card storage channel!!! on: March 25, 2009, 07:37:15 PM
There are three different sizes for the cards in general.  



There's SD, miniSD, and microSD.  I know the micro usually come with a full-sized SD adapter.  

Wiki also covers the capacities.

  • Standard SD: 4 MB to 4 GB
  • SDHC: 4 GB to 32 GB
  • SDXC: 32+ GB to 2 TB

SDXC was just unveiled at CES 2009.  Of course, there's nothing available that's compatible with it yet.  icon_confused
7529  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New game - post the first image in your My Pictures folder! on: March 25, 2009, 07:11:53 PM

Quote from: mytocles on March 25, 2009, 07:02:59 PM

Also, I don't know the Secret Greeting either!   icon_cry

A recap is buried in the podcast from Oct 21, 2008, initially from Feb 2008.  Click on the gray button in the first post.
7530  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New game - post the first image in your My Pictures folder! on: March 25, 2009, 07:00:48 PM
I saw that shirt in the wild on St. Patrick's Day.  He did not respond appropriately to the Shirt Woot secret greeting. 
7531  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What is your "perfect day"? on: March 25, 2009, 05:19:29 PM
I'll have to ponder my answer, but my suggestion to you would be that you need to plan and schedule your weekend without plans and schedules.  Talk to the wife and see about scheduling that weekend free of commitments, either to spend together doing what you described or buy her off with her perfect day to get you one of yours. 

Free time isn't free, you know. 
7532  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: F-117A Pics on: March 25, 2009, 04:31:09 PM
Yeah, because even John McClane can take out an F-35.  slywink
7533  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New game - post the first image in your My Pictures folder! on: March 25, 2009, 03:34:09 PM

Quote from: Gromit on March 25, 2009, 11:39:11 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on March 25, 2009, 03:18:11 AM

Quote from: Gromit on March 24, 2009, 06:36:39 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on March 24, 2009, 04:36:54 AM

I doubt you want to see my scanned annual review from 2003...

Haha!  That same company did my cheesy graduation pic from IDMT school at Sheppard!   icon_biggrin

Rumor has it that they're going to ship all the medical training down state.

It's no rumor.  All medical AFSC training will be co-located in San Antonio.  In fact, all armed forces medical training will be there together...they're looking at 2011, IIRC.

I guess that makes sense from an economy of scale and keeping the same standards, but a part of me really hates to see the draw down of all these bases due to actions like this. 

My Dad works at Sheppard, so I get some updates about what's still going on in the USAF.  They wouldn't let me serve, so I have to get my fix somehow.
7534  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Get them away from me! I need help! The noms, they're EVIL! on: March 25, 2009, 03:30:45 PM
I just remembered that I still have Jaime's work address and Sam's Club allows you to order directly from the website...  icon_twisted
7535  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Escapist: Zero Punctuation on: March 25, 2009, 04:16:56 AM
Unskippable does Resident Evil 5.
7536  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: House passes 90% tax on Bonuses for TARP recips. on: March 25, 2009, 03:52:46 AM
The meme that never dies.  As gamers, I would hope no one is a photosensitive epileptic, but you have been warned.
7537  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New game - post the first image in your My Pictures folder! on: March 25, 2009, 03:18:11 AM

Quote from: Gromit on March 24, 2009, 06:36:39 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on March 24, 2009, 04:36:54 AM

I doubt you want to see my scanned annual review from 2003...

Haha!  That same company did my cheesy graduation pic from IDMT school at Sheppard!   icon_biggrin

Rumor has it that they're going to ship all the medical training down state.
7538  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Get them away from me! I need help! The noms, they're EVIL! on: March 25, 2009, 12:33:47 AM
Should I mention the ability to get them in convenient 44 oz buckets?  The seatbelt in your vehicle should hold it nicely for your commute. 

7539  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: F-117A Pics on: March 24, 2009, 10:40:00 PM
 eek  I don't believe that I was aware of this craft.  I knew about the AT-38 and F-5, but I don't recall hearing about the Super Tweet!  Thanks!
7540  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need show, have money on: March 24, 2009, 05:18:24 PM
They are indeed.  I have the first season in the original complete set and am hoping that the OOP status does not last long.  They are available for purchase through iTunes, however.  IIRC, they were $40 a season, but I may be remembering incorrectly.
7541  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 6 MONTHS since my last cigarette! on: March 24, 2009, 04:20:40 PM
Great, kid! Don't get cocky.
7542  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: House passes 90% tax on Bonuses for TARP recips. on: March 24, 2009, 03:25:22 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on March 24, 2009, 02:46:45 PM

Quote from: Blackadar on March 24, 2009, 01:24:42 AM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on March 23, 2009, 12:40:32 PM

Quote from: Moliere on March 20, 2009, 10:30:25 PM

Quote from: corruptrelic on March 20, 2009, 10:07:44 PM

Still I agree with KD, this is OUR money being paid out to these people.
Do you feel this way about other government subsidies and handouts? It would be nice if people had this kind of outrage towards farm subsidies, for example.

Yes, I think it's lame to have people starving and paying farmers not to farm.  There are some programs that are worth supporting, but for every one of those there are 100 that are either flat out shameful or just so badly applied as to appear shameful. 

Your ratio is probably reversed.  It's the 1 program in 100 that you hear about that is shameful / stupid / fraudulent.

Probably so.  Forgive the hyperbole, it's just that the ones that are bad are REALLY bad.  I really don't give a crap about whether hamsters can mate in space, but I suspect there is a million dollars being spent studying it.

So studies of mammalian development in a zero-g environment that might be able to be extrapolated to allow our species to take to the stars has no value to you? 

Every project that gets money had to pass a review process somewhere.  Just because you place no value on it doesn't automatically mean that there is no value to be gained. 
7543  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New game - post the first image in your My Pictures folder! on: March 24, 2009, 04:36:54 AM
I doubt you want to see my scanned annual review from 2003...
7544  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Warner Brothers launches DVDs to order on: March 23, 2009, 09:44:57 PM
LA Times

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Over the last 12 years, Warner Home Video has released about 1,200 vintage films from its vast library on DVD. But that still leaves about 3,800 feature titles that have yet to make their digital debuts. At the studio's current release rate of 100 per year, they wouldn't all be available until midcentury.

So in an industry first, the company today is, in a manner of speaking, inviting the public into the vaults to order what it wants. And like the neighborhood pizzeria, it won't make it till you order it.

Among the titles available are several early Clark Gable films, including "Possessed" and "Men in White"; "Love," Greta Garbo's silent version of "Anna Karenina"; "This Woman Is Dangerous," with Joan Crawford; "Abe Lincoln in Illinois," with Raymond Massey; and "Wisdom," with Emilio Estevez and Demi Moore.

The only catch: Not everything in the vault is on the menu yet.

The consumer who visits www.warnerarchive.com initially will find 150 classic titles from Warner Bros. Pictures, MGM and RKO that each can be ordered either as a computer download ($14.95) or as a DVD ($19.95) that arrives in the mailbox approximately five days after purchase.
...
But now there is a system that permits manufacturing on demand -- not only creating the DVD but also placing it into a hard plastic case featuring custom art, wrapping it and shipping it.

"We can make two DVDs or we can make 2,000 [of a title]," says Feltenstein. (Sorry, Blu-ray fans: It doesn't work for you.)

What the DVDs don't come with are any extras -- no commentary tracks, no deleted scenes, no "making-of" features. You get the film and, if it's available, the original trailer.

As for picture quality, the website allows customers to preview each title to see how it looks.

"We have digital masters of all of these films that have been created by the company as part of preservation and restoration [of films]," Feltenstein says. "Some of them are in better condition than others. Most of them are pretty good. All of the films will be released in their original aspect radio."

Warner Home Video will continue to release titles from its library in the traditional manner -- including some of those being offered now in the manufacture-on-demand series. This simply speeds up their availability for fans who don't want to wait any longer.
7545  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL] Thanksgiving games announced on: March 23, 2009, 09:30:36 PM
I love the reporting in the Denver story.  "Although the Broncos rarely play at home on the holiday, they're often the visiting team."  That's Pulitzer material, I tell you.

Heck, they don't even get the name of the stadium right.  "Invesco Field at Mile on Thanksgiving Day"  Or maybe it was just censored for inappropriate content...?
7546  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [NFL] Thanksgiving games announced on: March 23, 2009, 09:17:33 PM
Detroit to host Packers for Thanksgiving

Freep

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This will be the Lions' 70th Thanksgiving game, and the Packers are their most traditional opponent. This will be the 19th time they have hosted them on the holiday. They have hosted the Bears 15 times.

The last time the teams met on Thanksgiving was 2007. The Packers won, 37-26. The Lions have lost their last five Thanksgiving games, all by large margins.

Dallas to host Oakland for Thanksgiving

Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

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Dallas and Oakland have met nine times in the regular season with the Raiders leading the series 6-3.

The Thursday, Nov. 26 matchup will have several intriguing storylines including the friendship between longtime Raiders owner Al Davis' and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. Kickoff is 3:15 p.m.

The game will also feature a matchup of former Arkansas running backs, Dallas' Felix Jones and Oakland's Darren McFadden. The pair set many rushing records nationally and for the Hogs while in the same backfield for three seasons. Both were selected in the first round of the 2008 draft. Oakland took McFadden fourth overall and the Cowboys took Jones 22nd overall.

Denver to host Giants on Thanksgiving [NFL Network]

9 News

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The New York Giants and Denver Broncos will play at Invesco Field at Mile on Thanksgiving Day, the first Thanksgiving home game for the Broncos in 46 seasons.
...
The last time the Broncos played at home on Thanksgiving was in 1963, when they lost 26-10 to Oakland.

Although the Broncos rarely play at home on the holiday, they're often the visiting team. This will be Denver's third Thanksgiving game in the past five seasons.

They are 3-7 all-time on Thanksgiving.
7547  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bad start for the week for aircraft on: March 23, 2009, 08:13:40 PM
Reports of a C-17 crash have been greatly exaggerated.

AFTimes

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Air Force officials said the C-17 crew was performing a map-of-the-earth exercise where the pilots fly at an extremely low altitude, which Gulick said could be perceived as a near crash. Pilots fly map-of-the-earth patterns in combat to evade radar identification.

Personally, if I'm going to try and evade radar, I'm going to use nap-of-the-earth flying.
7548  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I tied my shoes on: March 23, 2009, 08:00:41 PM
My father has an odd way of tying his shoes that involves "tossing" one of the strings over.  I've watched him do it a bunch of times, and can not duplicate his method.  
7549  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What is it that bugs people about RIP threads? on: March 23, 2009, 07:55:05 PM
The view is very much colored by the person making it.  Some people extend that same reasoning to pets based on their personalities, others see dogs/cats/birds as replaceable with no inherent differences between dog A and dog B, especially if from the same breed.  I would say that most of the "higher order" of animals represent a smaller differentiation than people do, but I'll state that I believe that to be a rather specie-ist (specious?  icon_wink ) argument.  Chalk me up for a sliding scale on the issue.  I'm not going to put much stock in the value and non-replacability of the local earthworm family, but definitely see the difference between individuals of the higher order of animals. 

For actors, I don't feel any sense of mourning for the loss of a favorite, but I do reflect on their work that I enjoyed.  And to bring it back to a societal level, the feelings that I remember and share with this community allows me to connect with other people who enjoyed them as well.  I can reflect and share my experiences and hear from others that may have gotten something else out of the experience.  I can go back and re-watch that work again or go find some new gems that I may have missed. 
7550  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Bad start for the week for aircraft on: March 23, 2009, 06:16:30 PM
CNN

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An Air Force C-17 transport plane crashed Monday near Olney, Texas, callers to police there said.

The C-17 is used for airlift of troops and cargo to operating bases.

The Olney Police Department reported that callers said the plane was flying low to the ground, and then crashed.  Olney is about 45 miles south of Wichita Falls and 130 miles west of Dallas.

A spokesman for Sheppard Air Force Base said he could not confirm the crash.

A rancher in the area said a search was under way.  "All the emergency vehicles and everything are still scouting around here," said Clint Neal, who owns 1,000 acres in southern Archer County, just north of Olney. "There's some spotter planes flying around, but nobody's found anything."  He described his land as thickly wooded, "a lot of thick brush, deep canyons."

The C-17 is a large, military transport aircraft. It measures 174 feet long (53 meters) with a wingspan of 169 feet, 10 inches (51.75 meters).  The aircraft is operated by a crew of three -- pilot, copilot and loadmaster, according to the Air Force.

Montana crash was a single engine plane, Pilatus PC-12.

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Seven adults and seven children, possibly headed for a ski trip in Bozeman, were killed, the Associated Press reported.

Japan crash was a Fed Ex plane.

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Officials said the pilot, Kevin Kyle Mosley, was 54 years old and the co-pilot, Anthony Stephen Pino, was 49. Both were American.
7551  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What is it that bugs people about RIP threads? on: March 23, 2009, 05:53:56 PM
I didn't use the word "sacred," I said valuable.  And just remember, someone somewhere doesn't consider your life valuable either.  Whoever gets the power and will to act on that first will win out, which is not a game I want to see played with my life in the balance. 

You want to argue sacred, go find someone else.  You won't see me carrying that flag. 
7552  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What is it that bugs people about RIP threads? on: March 23, 2009, 05:31:37 PM
Forget the religious trappings for a moment.  Human life is valuable because it is irreplaceable.  Once a person is gone, who that person was is gone forever.  No amount of cloning will be able to replace that person's developmental history to recreate exactly who that person is.  And we likely won't have to worry about Sixth Day recreations of that within this lifetime.  Even "identical" twins wind up with different personalities because their experiences differ. 
7553  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Need Settlers of Catan stragegy advice on: March 23, 2009, 04:55:14 PM
I have full version of Catan for the XBox.  I have the Carcassonne demo, but have not yet played it, although I've heard good things and I do have a respectable board gaming pedigree.
7554  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Alaska Airlines flights cancelled ... due to volcano on: March 23, 2009, 04:13:53 PM
BizJournals

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Alaska Airlines said its cancelled 19 flights due to the eruption of the Mount Redoubt volcano near Anchorage.

Nineteen flights into Anchorage and flights out of the city were cancelled as a safety precaution related to the pattern of ash at altitude created by the eruption of Mount Redoubt, the airline said.

Alaska Airlines, a subsidiary of Alaska Air Group Inc. of Seattle, operates up to 50 flights a day in to Anchorage.

We recognize these cancellations will significantly impact our customers intending to travel to or from Alaska, said Ben Minicucci, COO and vice president of operations for Alaska Airlines, in a statement.
7555  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/22) on: March 23, 2009, 03:42:28 PM
Officers jumped out at me, so I went looking for details.

WWII strategy by a Russian developer where you play the U.S. Army taking on the Germans...

Even the Russians don't want to play the Eastern Front.

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One of the big selling points for the game is set to be the 25km x 25km maps, which have resulted in rounds that can take hours to complete. There'll be no fog of war in the game, but your map will be restricted in terms of enemy intelligence, meaning that they could be just around the corner and you won't know it. You'll be able to command airborne units, jeeps, tanks, ambulances, and greyhounds, while on the German side you'll see tanks such as the Mach I, II, III, and IV.
7556  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: [TX] Want a divorce? Go to class! on: March 23, 2009, 03:35:27 PM

Quote from: Purge on March 20, 2009, 02:33:05 AM

They should take a lesson from us.

Odd things happen when you start letting ministers run the government.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Yes, I'm aware of the difference.
7557  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk . . . bodywash! on: March 22, 2009, 10:16:42 PM

Quote from: SkyLander on March 22, 2009, 09:36:31 PM

Wouldn't "pouf" be pronounce powf?

That's enough out of you.
7558  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What is it that bugs people about RIP threads? on: March 22, 2009, 06:39:03 PM

Quote from: Big Jake on March 22, 2009, 04:00:16 PM

You didn't have any involvement in their life. 

Turn the telescope around.  People post because the people that died had some sort of impact on the poster's life, even if it was a two-hour film to help them escape their normal, everyday lives.
7559  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Star Trek TV series? on: March 22, 2009, 06:35:29 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on March 22, 2009, 03:51:49 PM

Think of the pilot, Encounter at Farside.

Farpoint

Farside would have been an episode done by Gary Larson.
7560  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kill Bill in 60 seconds on: March 22, 2009, 06:29:29 PM
That took 30 seconds too long and had a disturbing lack of bunnies.
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