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7801  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Free iPhones! on: February 28, 2009, 06:36:14 PM
Yeah, but you have to deal with Sprint... 

7802  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2009 on: February 28, 2009, 06:23:35 PM
An Illustrated History of World War II: Crisis and Courage: Humanity on the Brink

A good coffee table book on the subject, but not really lacking in any really interesting information than I already knew.  The pictures are wonderful and definitely not the same tired pictures that get re-used everywhere else.  If the idea of the book appeals to you, then I would recommend it, but I certainly wouldn't push anyone off the fence about it.

7803  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone played Quake 3 on PS2? on: February 27, 2009, 10:25:58 PM

Quote from: Destructor on February 27, 2009, 09:07:50 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 27, 2009, 03:30:18 PM

Quote from: corruptrelic on February 27, 2009, 09:47:05 AM

I sure hope not since I just got it! (Used slim model)
you got the extended warranty, right?


If you got it from Gamestop, you have 30 days (or is it 2 weeks?) to return/replace it if it's not working.

He got it at GameStop, just not from GameStop...
7804  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I have moved up in the world! on: February 27, 2009, 10:21:44 PM
7805  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: February Dallas GTGs on: February 27, 2009, 05:56:54 PM
GTG is cancelled due to lack of available parties.
7806  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Free iPhones! on: February 27, 2009, 05:49:54 PM
The current rate plan is $30 in the U.S. for a 3G iPhone.

The difference between the rate plans between the "free" iPhone and two year contract results in $360 more ($15 * 24mo)  than I pay for the same rate plan. 

And I paid $300 for my 16 GB up front, meaning I still come out $60 ahead on that deal.

Obviously these offers are not in direct competition, but it's all about the deferred cost of ownership. 
7807  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Weekend World at War - Friday night CoD:WaW on: February 27, 2009, 05:44:07 PM
Dome, alright?!?  Freak... disgust
7808  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Free iPhones! on: February 27, 2009, 04:22:13 PM
Look for an Apple video camera to compete with the Flip in the next 12 months.  Of course, that's just me spitballing...
7809  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Going rate for two kids? $2000 or a cockatoo on: February 27, 2009, 04:03:39 PM
Fox News

NEW ORLEANS   A Louisiana woman is accused of trading two young children in her care for a pet cockatoo and $175 cash from a couple who had been trying for years to have their own child, authorities said Thursday.  Donna Greenwell, 53, a long-haul trucker with an arrest record from Pitkin, is charged with aggravated kidnapping, along with would-be adoptive parents Paul J. Romero, 46, and Brandy Lynn Romero, 27, of Evangeline Parish.

"The Romeros had good intentions from what we see," said Keith Dupre, a detective with the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office. "They really wanted to take care of the kids. The kids were well-dressed and seemed to be treated good by the Romero family."

The transaction for the 5-year-old boy and the 4-year-old girl was negotiated by phone after Greenwell spotted a flier posted at a livestock barn selling a cockatoo for $1,500 and called the Romeros on Feb. 18, Dupre said.  Although Paul Romero had three children from a previous marriage, Dupre said, he and Brandy had tried unsuccessfully for years to have a child together.

When they told that to Greenwell, she allegedly offered to hand over the boy and girl for about $2,000. When the Romeros said they couldn't meet the price, Dupre said, "Ms. Greenwell agreed to make an even trade: the bird for the kids."

Greenwell showed up with the children at the Romeros' home the next day and said she would also need $175 for an attorney to complete adoption paperwork, Dupre said. But she had no authority to put the children up for adoption.
Authorities believe Greenwell began caring for the children about a year ago at the mother's request.  The detective said Greenwell "stated that the mother was having a hard time and asked her to baby sit. She said one month led to two months and two months led to a year."
7810  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call Of Duty [email protected].new Makin map now available on: February 27, 2009, 03:51:36 PM
Apparently when the sun rose on Makin, the tide went out.  No more deep water by the beach.  It also appears that they moved in the fences, but I won't swear to that one. 
7811  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Most disturbing movie you've seen? on: February 27, 2009, 03:45:26 PM
Wiki states that reports are about 40% of it was fake, but there was a lot of real footage covering animal deaths and war footage, at least in the first title.
7812  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: February Dallas GTGs on: February 27, 2009, 03:40:41 PM
The going rate is $1000 or 1/2 of a cockatoo.
7813  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 27, 2009, 04:40:18 AM

Quote from: lildrgn on February 27, 2009, 04:21:38 AM

Looks like Calvin put on some lbs.

His shirt is unbuttoned and hanging forward. His physique is not present in sufficient evidence to make that determination.

That picture, though, is all kinds of cool and makes me both happy and sad at the same time.
7814  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Weekend World at War - Friday night CoD:WaW on: February 27, 2009, 03:01:48 AM
Apparently the tide went out.  There's no deep water, so no getting the challenge for falling and living.  Doing it now is death.  And that achievement is much more fun to get on Cliffside or Dome.  It also appears that the water edge of the map has been moved in as well.
7815  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: HAWX demo on XBL tomorrow Feb 11th on: February 27, 2009, 02:58:00 AM
I'm out.  Getting out-turned by drones, having my aircraft climb while the flight path indicator is below the horizon line, and the sheer arcadey-ness of it means I wouldn't be able to enjoy it. 
7816  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: February Dallas GTGs on: February 27, 2009, 12:16:44 AM
Given that I have 34.75 hours accounted for at the moment, it looks like I can get an early start.  I will most likely set up court in the room to the right of the front door and look to get a pool table.  If anyone needs it, PM me and I'll give you my cell.  I'm shooting to make it there no later than 5:30.
7817  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: February 26, 2009, 09:37:10 PM
That looks like a really fat Tim Allen.  Other than that, I got nothing.
7818  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Natural Resources Defence Council: Softness Equals Ecological Destruction on: February 26, 2009, 07:17:31 PM

The tenderness of the delicate American buttock is causing more environmental devastation than the country's love of gas-guzzling cars, fast food or McMansions, according to green campaigners. At fault, they say, is the US public's insistence on extra-soft, quilted and multi-ply products when they use the bathroom.

"This is a product that we use for less than three seconds and the ecological consequences of manufacturing it from trees is enormous," said Allen Hershkowitz, a senior scientist at the Natural Resources Defence Council.

A campaign by Greenpeace seeks to raise consciousness among Americans about the environmental costs of their toilet habits and counter an aggressive new push by the paper industry giants to market so-called luxury brands.

More than 98% of the toilet roll sold in America comes from virgin forests, said Hershkowitz. In Europe and Latin America, up to 40% of toilet paper comes from recycled products. Greenpeace this week launched a cut-out-and-keep ecological ranking of toilet paper products.
Americans already consume vastly more paper than any other country about three times more per person than the average European, and 100 times more than the average person in China.

Barely a third of the paper products sold in America are from recycled sources most of it comes from virgin forests.

"I really do think it is overwhelmingly an American phenomenom," said Hershkowitz. "People just don't understand that softness equals ecological destruction."

Personally, there is a line that I'm not willing to cross.  But then, I buy one of these every year.  I'm not exactly a heavy user.  I hear some female-heavy households could destroy my purchase in a month or less.
7819  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GT Member "Semiconscious" Destroyed My Chances at Marriage and Gave Me an STD on: February 26, 2009, 06:42:05 PM
Well, that ought to help get you over the hump for those last 30 days...

Hell, at this point, you should just cancel the order.  Since the purchase was never completed, technically you had some supernatural assistance in keeping your resolution.
7820  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Most disturbing movie you've seen? on: February 26, 2009, 06:26:28 PM
They always eat the fabulous first...  ninja
7821  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GT Member "Semiconscious" Destroyed My Chances at Marriage and Gave Me an STD on: February 26, 2009, 05:59:19 PM
This thread delivers.
7822  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]GTAIV:The Lost and Damned on: February 26, 2009, 05:51:51 PM

Quote from: DamageInc on February 26, 2009, 05:03:44 PM

I would really like to see a whole GTA based on the MC concept, but incorporate something like OCC to make custom rides and paint schemes.

Creating your own ride kinda takes the T out of the GTA concept. 
7823  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: California Plan: Make Money by Legalizing Marijuana on: February 26, 2009, 04:57:06 PM
The cities and towns will just pass regs making it against the rules to assist the DEA, who will become PNGs in Cali, making it very difficult to operate independently.  Just like a certain city did when addressing illegal immigration and the INS.
7824  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Weekend World at War - Friday night CoD:WaW on: February 26, 2009, 04:44:47 PM
7825  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Green Lantern: The Movie on: February 26, 2009, 04:34:52 PM

Quote from: Scuzz on February 26, 2009, 04:14:57 PM

Wasn't Bruce Lee Kato, kickass sidekick of the Green Lantern, on TV?

That was the Green Hornet, soon to be played by Seth Rogan.   Roll Eyes  (GH, not Kato)
7826  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Escapist: Zero Punctuation on: February 26, 2009, 06:12:06 AM
Continuing on a numeric theme, we get Fear 2.

And Unskippable gets The Bouncer.  "Deah, Kingdom Hearts!"
7827  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Woman w/8 babies..already had 6.... on: February 26, 2009, 05:41:05 AM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on February 25, 2009, 11:35:10 PM

Quote from: morlac on February 25, 2009, 11:21:32 PM

She has pretty much whored herself and family out to the media anyhow by selling pictures of the babies, selling the rights to her story and taking $$$ for exclusive interviews. 

Just about everyone does that now...

I didn't expect you to make the populist argument.  Just because a large number of people do it doesn't make it right.
7828  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Woman w/8 babies..already had 6.... on: February 25, 2009, 10:42:06 PM
The whole world operates on trading your personal skills for other goods and services.  And prostitution is in the Bible...
7829  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Off Season on: February 25, 2009, 10:37:52 PM
Props to Warrick Dunn for being a class act.

Warrick Dunn never let on to the students and guests at Brooks-DeBartolo Collegiate High School on Wednesday afternoon that he had been cut.
The Bucs issued a press release shortly after 2 p.m. announcing that Dunn, along with fellow veterans Derrick Brooks, Ike Hilliard, Cato June and Joey Galloway had been released by the team in order to create playing time for younger players.
Many guests did not know the Buccaneers had released him until word began circulating at the post-speech reception. A Brooks-DeBartolo spokesman said the school found out minutes before Dunn's scheduled 1 p.m. appearance. School administrators lauded him for being a "class act" and following through with his scheduled appearance.
7830  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Woman w/8 babies..already had 6.... on: February 25, 2009, 10:24:44 PM
Yup.  Ah, the joys of Inequation.

In programming languages and electronic communications, the notations

x != y
x /= y
x <> y

I have seen ~= as well.
7831  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 25, 2009, 09:41:13 PM
And I thought it was a brilliant piece of satire.  I don't see a problem with it.  Nor do I see anything in the Code of Conduct that would apply.
7832  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Spring Training on: February 25, 2009, 09:18:14 PM
Texas is currently crushing KC 9-5 in the bottm of the 3rd.  Still plenty of time to blow it.
7833  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA] Fun board games/card games with local multiplayer... on: February 25, 2009, 08:12:31 PM
I found a site that may help find some stuff w/ a little digging.

XBox MP's Game catalog where you can search for games by various MP options. 
7834  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA] Fun board games/card games with local multiplayer... on: February 25, 2009, 07:26:33 PM
Yeah, Catan's out for multiples local

Online support: Engage in multiplayer on Xbox LIVE (1-4 players, limited to one player per console) with Voice Chat enabled.
7835  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Political Quiz on: February 25, 2009, 07:11:43 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on February 22, 2009, 06:42:46 PM

Looks like I'm more moderate these days:

Economic Left/Right: -7.75
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -8.67

Socialist Anarchist!   Tongue icon_biggrin
7836  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA] Fun board games/card games with local multiplayer... on: February 25, 2009, 07:03:30 PM
Catan defaults to 4 players, bots available to fill the slots.  It's playable SP against three bots or online with a full complement.  Bots even fill in when people drop.

I enjoy Catan a great deal.  And for more than the ability to use the line that "I've got wood for your sheep."  biggrin

As for Robo Rally, come on over to OO Forum Games.  We are currently running our 2nd game of Robo Rally.  I ran the first and am playing in the second.  Once that's done, I will be running the third game.
7837  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Most disturbing movie you've seen? on: February 25, 2009, 06:36:17 PM

Quote from: Orgull on February 25, 2009, 06:26:08 PM

There was this war movie with Mark Hammill I saw part of once. It had a scene where several soldiers hiding in foxholes get run over by a tank. That made me sick. Dunno what movie that was though.

The Big Red One??
7838  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kid's Books Recommendation Thread on: February 25, 2009, 05:23:26 PM

Quote from: Scuzz on February 25, 2009, 05:11:23 PM

She loved the Madeline De'Engle books.

Madeleine L'Engle
7839  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.

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.
7840  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.
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