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7561  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.
7562  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.
7563  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. 

7564  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!
7565  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.
7566  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.
7567  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. 
7568  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...
7569  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Warner Brothers launches DVDs to order on: March 23, 2009, 09:44:57 PM
LA Times

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 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.
7570  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...?
7571  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [NFL] Thanksgiving games announced on: March 23, 2009, 09:17:33 PM
Detroit to host Packers for Thanksgiving


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

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

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.
7572  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.


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.
7573  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.  
7574  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. 
7575  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Bad start for the week for aircraft on: March 23, 2009, 06:16:30 PM

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.

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.

Officials said the pilot, Kevin Kyle Mosley, was 54 years old and the co-pilot, Anthony Stephen Pino, was 49. Both were American.
7576  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. 
7577  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. 
7578  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.
7579  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Alaska Airlines flights cancelled ... due to volcano on: March 23, 2009, 04:13:53 PM

Alaska Airlines said it’s 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.
7580  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.

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.
7581  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.
7582  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.
7583  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.
7584  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.


Farside would have been an episode done by Gary Larson.
7585  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.
7586  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need show, have money on: March 22, 2009, 06:26:09 PM
Stargate Atlantis started concurrent with Season 8 of Stargate: SG-1.
7587  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Joss Whedons Dollhouse starts Friday on: March 21, 2009, 01:58:45 AM
When the musical number comes around, I want to see a dance routine by Whiskey, Tango, and Foxtrot.
7588  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Internet Explorer 8 released on: March 20, 2009, 04:23:48 AM
I couldn't care less.  Firefox works great for me and we just upgraded to IE7 at work for our dev.  I get the feeling 8 will be off at least a year before we have to make the move.
7589  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/16) on: March 19, 2009, 08:27:16 PM
Any word on how arty is treated for the subway?
7590  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: House passes 90% tax on Bonuses for TARP recips. on: March 19, 2009, 07:47:44 PM
$5 billion.

This will set a very dangerous precedent if passed.  If this passes, I expect a class action suit as soon as the first tax payments are due.  I'm sure this issue will end up before the Supreme Court if this goes forward.
7591  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/16) on: March 19, 2009, 07:37:03 PM
CoD:W@W map pack is likely.  My incomplete back log is too large for me to justify anything that isn't a drooling, ravening COTY candidate that I MUSTMUSTMUST have.  Heck< I haven't even loaded two of the three games that I got from Pete's cue sale.
7592  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: starting new threads on: March 19, 2009, 07:26:20 PM

Quote from: papasmurff on March 19, 2009, 06:59:37 PM

yes...ceekay just admitted to derailing topics........

I added that to the calendar for you.
7593  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / [TX] Want a divorce? Go to class! on: March 19, 2009, 07:23:10 PM
Dallas News

AUSTIN — Texans who have children and who are seeking a divorce would face an additional hurdle — a mandatory 10-hour counseling course — under legislation sponsored by a Panhandle Republican.  Rep. Warren Chisum of Pampa, a social conservative who has frequently offered measures related to marriage, said he hopes to spare kids the anxiety and emotional stress that come with a divorce by their parents.  His bill would require couples to attend workshops in “conflict management, communication skills and forgiveness skills." This, he contends, would help reduce the state’s 50 percent divorce rate.  The workshops can cost up to $150.

Under the bill, a spouse seeking a divorce would have to complete the 10-hour course before filing court papers; otherwise, the divorce petition would be dismissed.  The other spouse would be encouraged to take the same course within 60 days. If he or she did not, a judge could use that as a factor when awarding property, alimony and child custody. 

The bill is popular with social conservatives, marriage counselors and some lawyers. Supporters of the measure say it isn't designed to bail out horrible marriages, but rather to save unions that have fallen on hard times.
In 2005, Chisum sponsored a state constitutional amendment that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman. In 2007, he sponsored a law creating a statewide marriage-education program; that measure doubled marriage license fees but offered a discount to couples taking a counseling course.
7594  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [NASA] Interim Problem Report 119V-0080 on: March 19, 2009, 07:14:50 PM


A small bat that was spotted blasting off with the space shuttle Sunday and clinging to the back side of Discovery's external fuel tank apparently held on throughout the launch.

NASA hoped the bat would fly away before the spacecraft's Sunday evening liftoff, but photos from the launch now show the bat holding on for dear life throughout the fiery ride.

"He did change the direction he was pointing from time to time throughout countdown but ultimately never flew away," states a NASA memo obtained by "Infrared imagery shows he was alive and not frozen like many would think ... Liftoff imagery analysis confirmed that he held on until at least the vehicle cleared [the] tower before we lost sight of him."

Officials at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., where Discovery launched from a seaside pad, said the bat's outlook after launch appears grim.

"Based on images and video, a wildlife expert who provides support to the center said the small creature was a free tail bat that likely had a broken left wing and some problem with its right shoulder or wrist," NASA officials said Tuesday. "The animal likely perished quickly during Discovery's climb into orbit."
The bat was perched between one quarter and one third of the way up on the north side of the fuel tank, which is the side that faces away from the orbiter. NASA estimated the surface temperature of the tank at that location was between 58 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit, even though the canister was filled with super-cold liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen.

In the hours before Discovery's liftoff, NASA's Final Inspection Team (called the "ICE team") investigated whether the creature would pose a risk to the shuttle if its body impacted the orbiter's sensitive heat shield tiling. Ultimately, NASA officials signed a waiver confirming that the bat was safe to fly with.

"The bat eventually became 'Interim Problem Report 119V-0080' after the ICE team finished their walkdown," the memo said. "Systems Engineering and Integration performed a debris analysis on him and ultimately a Launch Commit Criteria waiver to ICE-01 was written to accept the stowaway."
7595  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2009 Running/Triathlon training and motivation thread on: March 19, 2009, 06:41:08 PM

Quote from: El-Producto on March 19, 2009, 06:29:25 PM

I find the American race fees to be REALLY high compared to what we pay in Canada.  None of the marathons here are over $100, but the entry fee for New York is $240!!!

2008 had 37,899 runners.  $9,095,760 gross from enrollment costs alone.
7596  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RIP Natasha Richardson on: March 19, 2009, 06:37:35 PM

Quote from: Suitably Ironic Moniker on March 19, 2009, 06:26:25 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on March 19, 2009, 04:30:19 PM


Here ya go.

Even easier.  biggrin
7597  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty World at War (360) impressions on: March 19, 2009, 05:46:15 PM
Now if they'd just put tanks back into Hardcore...
7598  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty World at War (360) impressions on: March 19, 2009, 05:01:34 PM
800 for the map pack.
7599  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: GI Health Care.... on: March 19, 2009, 03:13:43 PM
Stop loss is due to end.

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates announced yesterday (3/18/09) that the Army will phase out the unpopular practice of "stop-loss," which mandates that soldiers stay in the Army beyond their service obligation, over the next two years.

In the meantime, the Pentagon will offer extra pay to soldiers who continue to serve under the policy, Gates said.

About 13,000 soldiers are serving under the stop-loss policy, nearly double the total of two years ago. Gates said the goal is to reduce that number by 50 percent by June 2010 and to bring it down to scores of soldiers by March 2011.
The Army Reserve will no longer mobilize units under stop-loss policy beginning in August, the Army National Guard will follow suit in September, and the active-duty Army, by January. Currently, the Army has 1,452 Reserve soldiers, 4,458 National Guard troops and 7,000 active-duty soldiers on stop-loss.

Effective this month, the Army will also pay soldiers who are under stop-loss an extra $500 per month, and those payments will be retroactive to October, when they were authorized by Congress, Gates said.

Still, Gates said that changes "do carry some risk," and that the Army retains the authority to use stop-loss under "extraordinary" circumstances. But he said that should happen only in an "emergency situation where we absolutely had to have somebody's skills for a specific, limited period of time." Such decisions would be made by the secretary of the Army, he said.
7600  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] I Love You, Man = Thumbs Up on: March 19, 2009, 02:50:27 PM
How does it compare to, say, Forgetting Sarah Marshall?
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