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7601  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / All that's missing is a wood chipper... on: March 12, 2009, 09:18:25 PM
CNN

Quote
The owner of a Nebraska car dealership and two executives were in police custody facing theft charges Thursday after 81 cars were taken from the dealership's lot, authorities said.

Alan Patch, 52, the owner of Legacy Auto Sales in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, was being held in Tooele County, Utah, Scottsbluff police Capt. Kevin Spencer told CNN. Rachel Fait, 37, Legacy's comptroller, was arrested in Tooele County on Wednesday, and Legacy general manager Rick Covello, 53, turned himself in to Scottsbluff officials Thursday, Spencer said.

Police became aware of the case Tuesday, when they received a call from Toyota company officials, Spencer said. Toyota told police they had received a call that all of Legacy's new Toyotas were gone from its lot.

Employees arriving at the dealership for work on Tuesday also found the three executives gone, police said. They had packed up their personal possessions. Some computers were gone, as well. Fait and Patch's homes in Nebraska were on the market and empty, Spencer said.

In all, authorities found, 81 vehicles -- mostly Toyotas but some Fords as well, valued at more than $2.5 million -- had been moved off Legacy's lot over the weekend and on Monday. At least some of them were moved by a Utah transport company that was paid with a fraudulent cashier's check, Spencer said.

Authorities have been trying to track down the cars, he said. Seven of them were found at a Utah auto business; 16 others were sold at a Utah auction. Others were found in Las Vegas, Nevada, Spencer said, but police do not have an accurate tally of how many remain missing.
7602  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Chuck Norris for Pres?? of TEXAS! on: March 12, 2009, 08:53:59 PM
Spain - 1519 to 1685, 1690 to 1821
or

France - 1685 to 1690


Mexico - 1821 through 1836


Republic of Texas - 1836 to 1845


Confederate States of America - 1861 to 1865


United States of America - 1845 to 1861, 1865 - present
7603  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Chuck Norris for Pres?? of TEXAS! on: March 12, 2009, 08:31:22 PM
Doubtful, as the Republic of Texas Constitution lasted all of nine years before being replaced by the new version that led to the joining as a state. 

Article 3 covers the office of president.
Article 6 covers the requirements.  Three years of residence would be the standing requirement if the document were put back into effect.
7604  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Chuck Norris for Pres?? of TEXAS! on: March 12, 2009, 08:03:55 PM
I do recall a lot of people stating that they would leave the country if Bush won ... and then not doing it.
7605  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: SMF ERROR on: March 12, 2009, 08:02:54 PM
 ... ate my new topic in MP...   tear

*edit: gave me the error, but posted it anyway....   saywhat
7606  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Factfinding mission: MLB 09 The Show Online League on: March 12, 2009, 08:02:08 PM
The thing that I have been waiting for for years: be a part of a full online league for a sports game.  So MLB 09 The Show seems to be picking up a fair amount of interest, so I would like to play a league. 

This is to get the ball rolling, judge interest, discuss options, etc. 

Quote
Online Season Leagues
Along with improvements to the traditional Online Leagues, MLB 09 will offer major additions to Online Season Leagues! New Online Season Leagues will allow you to hold a fully functional draft and utilize a Flex Schedule, allowing players to play games ahead in the schedule.
7607  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MLB - The Show 09 on: March 12, 2009, 07:59:10 PM
My Madden league went belly up fairly quickly.  I suppose I could try to run it...  I'll set up a thread in MP.
7608  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MLB - The Show 09 on: March 12, 2009, 07:23:03 PM
So who's setting up the online league?
7609  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Number of posts per page on: March 12, 2009, 05:36:36 PM
I refuse to believe that the people of Sedona know crap since it's evident that they call them "vortexes" and not vortices.
7610  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/9) on: March 12, 2009, 05:13:29 PM
I picked up MLB '09 The Show last night and played it well past my bed time. 
7611  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk . . . bodywash! on: March 12, 2009, 02:42:58 PM
Shut down the forums!  If you're waiting for Pete, it might be a while.
7612  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MLB - The Show 09 on: March 12, 2009, 02:32:32 PM
I caved early and picked it up last night.  Started as a SS (2B) and was drafted by the Angels ... who now have 6 people at that location and only two 2Bs.  My very first at bat was a dropped 3rd strike that let me get on base.  I was then promptly picked off by the pitcher despite the fact that I had not increased my lead at all.  With a speed of 55, I apparently strike fear into the hearts of pitchers that I'm going to run like the wind. 

RttS has very much a "one more game" kind of appeal.  I played about half of the spring last night and am sitting with a .277 average with 5 RBIs and one SB, which came after I was sent to steal training and worked out what I'm supposed to be watching for.

7613  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mirror's Edge on: March 11, 2009, 10:54:49 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on March 11, 2009, 10:25:06 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on March 11, 2009, 03:00:32 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on March 11, 2009, 03:23:08 AM

I also want Bioshock so I'll get one for my birthday smile

I'm close to finishing it and have been selling off some old games, so if you're interested in an inexpensive, used copy kept in top condition then let me know.

Sounds great.  Definitely let me know when you're ready to sell some older games. 

Chris

There's several on the block already.
7614  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MLB - The Show 09 on: March 11, 2009, 08:49:46 PM
Catcher would be great if you actually got to call the game and the pitcher was able to shake off your calls.  I may have to pick this up this week so I'm up to speed for my work/dentist/baseball day next week.
7615  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Live Action TV Series begins casting on: March 11, 2009, 06:39:48 PM
I'd rather go post-RotJ.  Re-cast the main characters and let's go with Heir to the Empire.
7616  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Gaming Trend Twitter account! ---GEARING UP FOR SXSWi on: March 11, 2009, 05:37:39 PM
Nothing like being at the mercy of a capricious, whimsical authority.  Yay, randomness!
7617  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Gaming Trend Twitter account! ---GEARING UP FOR SXSWi on: March 11, 2009, 05:26:57 PM
So what did they say about the ban?
7618  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Live Action TV Series begins casting on: March 11, 2009, 05:17:36 PM
Star Wars: The Young Han Solo Chronicles.   drool  Now THAT, I would watch. 

I reserve judgment until I see a trailer.
7619  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FUEL and weather effects on: March 11, 2009, 05:14:40 PM
Myto, over the weekend, I installed WMP 11 and was able to turn my XBox into a living room Media Center through the WMP Library function.  And this is with XP SP2.  I did it by following the instructions.  No muss, no fuss, all my MP3s now playable from the TV.

NOLF 2 did tornados first.  Firefight in a trailer park.
7620  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Worms out 3/7/07 on: March 11, 2009, 03:51:30 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 11, 2009, 03:22:17 AM

Great playing with you tonight, Isgrimnur.  Sorry about complaining so much while we played, but it was pretty frustrating fighting both the controls and the weapon changes when I still have such vivid memories of my glory days on the PC versions.

Not a problem.  Made me feel better about my bitching two weeks ago when I picked it up.  Maybe we should hijack the GotM for April and go back to Worms Armaggeddon...?
7621  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Does this make Obama a re-gifter? on: March 11, 2009, 03:49:27 PM
It goes both ways...

Quote from: The Atlantic
U.S. elected officials can't accept significant presents, as everyone knows, and such presents are particularly frowned on when foreign nationals are involved.  But sometimes, when "non-acceptance would cause embarrassment to donor and U.S. government," the President of the United States just can't say no. Which is why George W. Bush, his family, and his senior staff have ended up the proud owners of the following gifts (among many, many others), as catalogued in a State Department registry.

  • Approximately 300 pounds of lamb, from His Excellency the President of the Argentine Nation and Mrs. Kirchner (value: $1,500)
  • Desktop models of Marine One and the Royal British helicopters, from His Royal Highness Prince Andrew, Duke of York (value: $500)
  • A 41" x 60" mohair wall hanging depicting a village scene with children, from the First Lady of the Republic of Botswana, Mrs. Barbara Mogae (value: $225)
  • A 23-ounce Lady McDuffies Gourmet Lemon Cream Cheese Cake, from His Majesty Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei (value: $41)

Quote from: U.S. News
When the National Archives conducts a show-and-tell tomorrow of gifts that the first family has received from heads of state and others, it will include most of the nice and expensive items the Bushes plan to put in their new presidential library at Dallas's Southern Methodist University. But there are loads of others that the Bushes don't want but couldn't return because nonacceptance would have caused a international incident. Well, now we can tell you what's on that list, thanks to the State Department's Office of the Chief of Protocol.

How about a $42 pair of opossum leather gloves from Helen Clark, New Zealand's prime minister? Or a white traditional Afghan pantsuit, worth a whopping $135, from President Hamid Karzai? Then there are the "elastic sided" boots complete with a $40 shoeshine kit from Australia. No wonder the State Department puts this note after each gift under the "Circumstances justifying acceptance" category: "Non-acceptance would cause embarrassment to donor and U.S. Government." Some of the gifts are pricey, like the $6,000 Baccarat crystal bowl to the first lady from French President Nicolas Sarkozy. Many are edibles that the Secret Service seized. And some gifts come from people we wouldn't expect, like the $750 silver and gold Tibetan butter lamp from the Dalai Lama. And were the givers sending a signal to Bush by giving him these CDs: Jazz for Quiet Moments; Born to Survive: The Best of Troy Cassar-Daley; and Spirit of the Bush?

Finally, what was the president of Vietnam thinking, giving the president an electric harp and speakerphone, worth $4,500?
7622  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Google Earth 5.0 on: March 11, 2009, 03:42:14 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on March 11, 2009, 06:21:02 AM

32 9'59.31"N 11050'52.08"W Airplane graveyard in AZ

Officially known as 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG).

7623  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama's proposed 2010 budget juices carriers for more cash on: March 10, 2009, 07:24:45 PM
Reuters

Quote
AT&T to invest $17 billion in capital spending, add jobs
AT&T Inc (T.N) on Tuesday said it plans to invest $17 billion to $18 billion on capital spending in 2009, with about two-thirds to be used to improve its wireless and wired broadband networks.  The company, which had said in December that it was eliminating 12,000 jobs, also promised that it would add nearly 3,000 jobs in growth areas this year while cutting jobs in its traditional wired phone business.  The new jobs would be added in its wireless, video and broadband business segments, it said.

Chief Executive Randall Stephenson said in a statement that data traffic on its network was growing at an annual rate of about 50 percent a year.  "We expect demand will only escalate when the larger economy rebounds, and AT&T's continued strong network investment will help ensure that we're fully ready to support the next wave of economic growth," he said.

The company said it would expand its U-verse video service to pass 30 million home in 2011, up from 17 million. AT&T also said it would expand its high-speed wireless service to another 20 new markets this year. It said that it currently offers such services in nearly 350 U.S. metropolitan areas. It also said it would add 2,100 new cell sites across the country.

That's the whole article, btw. 

So somehow taxing them heavier is going to grow the economy better than letting them spend their money in technology buildouts and capital expeditures?  The taxes will either cut into their cash, likely affecting their buildout plans, or they have to pass this along to the consumers, worsening the burden on consumers.  The landline business was circling the drain anyway, and I'm sure that anyone that is interested in moving to the wireless and data fields will have a leg up on outside hires, especially since AT&T is union friendly.
7624  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Worms out 3/7/07 on: March 10, 2009, 05:47:46 PM
Thread Necromancy!  I didn't have a console when it came out.  I picked it up a couple weeks ago.  Let's get some wormage going!  Please?
7625  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Need more H.A.W.X. players! on: March 10, 2009, 05:35:12 PM
Pretty much.  Forgive me if you know all of the below, but this issue put me on tilt.

Part of the HUD is a flight path vector (FPV).  Despite where you are pointed, it is supposed to show you where you are travelling.  So if say, you're nose is pointed up, but you're losing altitude, the FPV will be below the horizon line.  In HAWX, you can gain altitude while the FPV stays below the horizon.



The 'W' at the top of the picture reflects where the nose and 'W'ings are pointed.  The FPV is the circle with the cross at the bottom right of the picture, kind of like seeing the engine, wings and tail from directly behind.  So while the F-18 is pointed near where his enemy is, which is 25 degrees on a downward angle, his aircraft is actually moving downward at a 35 degree angle. 
7626  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How many games do you buy (How often) on: March 10, 2009, 04:11:27 PM
My last full price purchases were CoD:W@W on Veteran's Day and EndWar before Christmas.  Then I picked up three PeteRock Special Editions on the pool cue fire sale, two of which I still haven't loaded.  I picked up Worms from XBLAh a couple weeks ago.  I'll be picking up MLB 09 The Show next week (and probably a headset with it).  It helps that I have a Gamefly membership.
7627  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Mega Snowstorm for the Northeast - Here it comes! on: March 10, 2009, 03:53:00 PM
Keep your snow, I'll keep your ducks.







Taken last night on my walk.
7628  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Firefly's Capt. Mal's new show..Castle on: March 10, 2009, 05:13:14 AM
I missed it.  Recording is set for next week and I guess I'll have to watch the premiere on teh intarwebs.
7629  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are your gaming plans for the weekend? on: March 09, 2009, 08:16:06 PM
I actually picked it up about a week ago.  I was impressed that roping made it into the game, but I haven't been able to go over the top like in Armaggeddon.  And I miss my Baseball Bat and the flames from the barrels and my poor, lost flamethrower.
7630  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are your gaming plans for the weekend? on: March 09, 2009, 06:28:14 PM
C-

CoD got played and I went with some Worms. Now if I can just beat challenge 20...
7631  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Watchmen Trailer on: March 09, 2009, 05:24:38 PM
Wolverine/Rorschach I'm a Marvel. I'm a DC.
7632  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A visit to London (advice appriciated) on: March 09, 2009, 04:05:18 PM
How about the Texas Embassy Cantina?  The location is tied to the former White Star shipping line.
7633  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MLB - The Show 09 on: March 09, 2009, 03:17:10 PM
Chaz throws at people's heads...  biggrin

My current plan is to pick this up on the 18th for an evening of baseball after my dentist hollows out and fills two of my wisdom teeth.  I suppose if I'm going to MP, I need to see about getting miked up on the PS3 as well.  Any recommendations?
7634  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Stupid Time Change on: March 09, 2009, 03:07:22 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on March 09, 2009, 02:58:17 PM

I love DST, but don't see why we have to keep reverting to Daylight Wasting Time. They keep shortening that...let's do away with it entirely.

I'm with you on this one.
7635  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Firefly - ships of it's universe? on: March 09, 2009, 03:01:14 PM
Serenity RPG
7636  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Off Season on: March 09, 2009, 02:59:09 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on March 09, 2009, 05:26:04 AM

Fixed!

 Tongue
7637  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hangover on: March 09, 2009, 03:57:03 AM
Very Bad Things it isn't.  It's going to take more than that trailer to pique my interest.
7638  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: GTOfficial PS3 Network Name REQUEST THREAD on: March 09, 2009, 12:52:08 AM
IsgrimnurTTU for the Big Black Console of Death.
7639  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Need more H.A.W.X. players! on: March 09, 2009, 12:28:35 AM
There's not a big enough "Off" switch in my brain to suspend disbelief to enjoy this game.  If you're going to model a HUD and have it function, you'd damned well make it work properly.
7640  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Watchmen Trailer on: March 08, 2009, 11:48:30 PM

Quote from: Razgon on March 08, 2009, 10:26:15 PM

Quote from: The Grue on March 08, 2009, 09:35:47 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 08, 2009, 06:58:23 PM

Quote from: The Grue on March 08, 2009, 06:33:08 PM

Yeah, I guess I will probably skip.  I liked it back in the day when movies hinted at gruesome things, but left it to your imagination.  Now Hollywood feels they have to show everything and it is a big reason I don't watch too many movies anymore.

I get what you're saying in general, but in the case of Watchmen they didn't add any gore for gore's sake; it was all stuff that was in the graphic novel. 

No, I know that.  I don't want to see it represented in film in high detail.  In the comic there's maybe a panel or two and it looks like a cartoon.  Hollywood has gotten good with gore and I just don't like looking at it, despite the fact I know it isn't real.  Doesn't matter whether they added it or not...I still don't like it.  You can still get the point across without showing it at all.  For instance, let's say you have a gun pointed at a guy's head.  In the older days, they would cut to something else (black or do a transition) and you would hear a gunshot.  You knew what happened.  Now they feel they have to show it and I don't like looking at it.

but...but, you'r[e] a GRUE!

He stays in the dark so that he doesn't have to see what happens when he eats.
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