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7801  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sent Xbox in for repair...what if it's not a RROD?? on: December 16, 2008, 03:44:50 PM
In the states, Purolator is an oil and filter company.  So I get a little chuckle every time one of you Canucks mentions them.

Yes, I know...

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The company was originally organized as Trans Canada Couriers, Ltd. In 1967, it was acquired by the US manufacturer of oil and air filters Purolator—the name was originally an abbreviated form of "pure oil later." In 1987, the company returned to Canadian ownership. Although it retained the Purolator name, it has since had no connection with the oil filter business.
7802  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] What Will Marvel's Sequel to Ironman and The Incredible Hulk be? on: December 16, 2008, 03:41:54 PM
How about Tyrese Gibson as Luke Cage?  Recently of Transformers and Death Race.
7803  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: X-Men Origins: Wolverine on: December 15, 2008, 11:11:05 PM
From a post in the OO version of this thread, it occurred to me that Wolverine would be the best bodybuilder ever.  Since building muscle is all about the damage and rebuilding of muscle fibers, he could build muscle in between sets of the same exercise.  He could basically "Hulk out" muscle-wise in a day of eating and working out. 
7804  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox Experience on: December 15, 2008, 10:40:55 PM
Late Night with hit-by am'BUL-ance!
7805  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Home invasions by the police on: December 15, 2008, 10:05:59 PM
SWAT Sergeant Kevin Cox

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Sergeant Kevin Cox was accidentally shot and killed as he and other SWAT team members entered a home during a standoff with a man known to have several weapons.
...
At approximately 1515 hour, officers began to clear all of the windows in the house by knocking the glass out and removing any blinds obstructing view into the home. As they did so, shots were fired and Sergeant Cox was accidentally struck in the head from a shot fired by members of the SWAT team. Other officers returned fire, wounding the suspect. Officers then fired tear gas into the home, effecting the arrest of the man after he crawled out.

That's right, SWAT in my previous city of residence killed one of their own. 

Subsequent coverage

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Richard Robinson, 47, was initially charged with capital murder in the shooting death of police Sgt. Kevin Cox. Subsequent ballistic tests found that none of the guns owned by Robinson fired the fatal shot, and the charge was dropped.

Investigators, aided by the FBI, are now trying to identify the gun linked to the fatality. They remain uncertain whether Robinson fired any of the 13 guns police found in his house. Robinson's attorney, Daniel Hurley, said Robinson has told him that he never fired a shot.

PDF report from the FBI.

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Through a lengthy crime scene investigation, we were able to determine that Richard Robinson did not fire any shots, nor was he in a position to shoot Sgt. Cox.
7806  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] What Will Marvel's Sequel to Ironman and The Incredible Hulk be? on: December 15, 2008, 09:53:45 PM
On the competition side, Warner Bros. is listed as producing:

The Flash (2010)
Wonder Woman (2011)
Superman: Man of Steel (2011)
Justice League: Mortal (2011)

And on some odder, non-comic notes...

Where the Wild Things Are (2009)
Untitled 300 Sequel (2010)   saywhat
Hawaii Five-0 (2010)  Roll Eyes
Clash of the Titans (2010)
7807  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / AFL 2009 - Cancelled on: December 15, 2008, 09:27:23 PM
Words

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The Arena Football League will suspend the 2009 season as it tries to improve its long-term economic model, the league's board of directors announced Monday.
...
The arenafootball2 league, the official development league of the Arena Football League, will play in 2009. The af2 operates entirely on its own and is not directly affected by the AFL's current situation.
7808  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] What Will Marvel's Sequel to Ironman and The Incredible Hulk be? on: December 15, 2008, 09:22:40 PM
They should get the guy that does Dr. Orpheus to voice Dr. Strange.  Now THAT I would pay to see in theaters.
7809  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ipod Touch Accessories on: December 15, 2008, 09:20:26 PM
If you don't mind applying two at a time, go buy these.

I wound up ordering the iPhone version of this.  It has a free rotating belt clip and comes with an armband for exercise, which I haven't been using enough....   icon_frown
7810  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: December Dallas-area lunch (Cross Posted) on: December 15, 2008, 09:15:28 PM
Glad you could make it and I'm glad you enjoyed it.  Enjoy your exile to Austin.  smile
7811  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] What Will Marvel's Sequel to Ironman and The Incredible Hulk be? on: December 15, 2008, 08:52:08 PM
Marvel Enterprises Production Company (duplicates eliminated)

Silver Surfer (2009)
The Hands of Shang-Chi (2009)
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
Thor (2010)
Spider-Man 4 (2011)
7812  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] What Will Marvel's Sequel to Ironman and The Incredible Hulk be? on: December 15, 2008, 08:45:52 PM
IMDB FTW!

Marvel Studios Production Company

X-Men Origins: Magneto (2009)
Luke Cage (2009)
Hulk Vs. (2009) (V) (direct to video, appears to be a cartoon -Isg.)
Nick Fury (2010)
Ant-Man (2010)
Iron Man 2 (2010)
Deathlok (2011)
The First Avenger: Captain America (2011)
The Avengers (2011)
Doctor Strange (2012)

Because these projects are categorized as being in production, don't cry to me if they fail to materialize, blah blah blah...
7813  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: December Dallas-area lunch (Cross Posted) on: December 15, 2008, 07:18:08 PM
We had five in appearance, as godhugh was forced to cancel and the elusive GungHo eluded our attempts to garner a sighting. 

My contention that I did not recall the state of the waitress uniform was met with snorts of derision.
7814  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: December Dallas-area lunch (Cross Posted) on: December 15, 2008, 05:08:55 PM
I'm headed out very shortly. 

For January, I'll see if I can't get a geographic reference for everyone and see what might be a more centrally-located location.
7815  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: December 15, 2008, 04:54:27 PM
Certainly a more interesting one than the Castle glitch.
7816  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Shoe in for best video of the year? on: December 15, 2008, 04:47:53 PM
I imagine the Secret Service was not solely in charge of security.  It was a joing governmental function in a foreign country.  This wasn't a crackpot that slipped security, he was a properly vetted journalist. 
7817  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I Might Start a New Hobby: Lock Picking on: December 15, 2008, 04:04:06 PM
Of course, that comes up against the legality of owning and/or carrying lockpicks in your jurisdiction.  Having this as a hobby tends not to be looked upon highly by the local LEOs.
7818  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wife got me a mini-copter on: December 15, 2008, 04:02:12 PM
Whatever you do, do not search for "pocket hole" while at work.
7819  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Winter Blast Coming to Portland on: December 15, 2008, 03:27:37 PM
Both temperature scales are linear, but with different slopes.  The intersection of both is at -40 degrees.  So -40 C = -40 F.

F = (C * 1.8 ) + 32

C= (F - 32) * (5 / 9)
7820  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: December Dallas-area lunch (Cross Posted) on: December 14, 2008, 11:51:38 PM
Last call... And make sure you break out the woolies.  Sorry you can't make it, Dreamshadow.  I'll definitely get in touch with you about January.
7821  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Winter Blast Coming to Portland on: December 14, 2008, 11:50:14 PM
They're not keeping it, they sent it to TX.  Current temp is 73 just after sundown.  Tonight's low is expected to be tomorrow's high.   mad
7822  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 14, 2008, 07:51:26 PM
7823  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Winter Blast Coming to Portland on: December 14, 2008, 07:49:23 PM
I had to turn on my air conditioner last night  ninja
7824  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: December 14, 2008, 07:45:29 PM
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A 5’4” stunner with natural 32DDD sweater kittens

 
7825  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wife got me a mini-copter on: December 14, 2008, 07:40:40 AM
Woot has the Excalibur 9094 RC Skycrawler for $19.99 at the moment.
7826  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cineplexity, Game 2!!! on: December 14, 2008, 12:44:10 AM
The Ref

Denis Leary holds the family of Kevin Spacey and Judy Davis hostage while masquerading as a marriage counselor attempting to get them to make up so that he can escape with the loot of his Christmas Eve robbery.
7827  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Throw us a bone (site redesign related) on: December 13, 2008, 08:18:00 PM
I killed the President of Paraguay with a fork.  How have you been?
7828  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Captain Kirk's chair..own one today on: December 13, 2008, 08:16:18 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 13, 2008, 07:37:54 PM

I wonder if you could modify that into a toilet....

So you could boldly "go" where no man has "gone" before?
7829  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: December 13, 2008, 07:10:45 PM
Have you never worked for a company with a "Reply to All" problem?
7830  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Is Blu-Ray here to stay? on: December 13, 2008, 07:07:42 PM
I believe Blu-Ray will be a marginal success.  That being said, I wouldn't be caught dead investing in whatever they say will be the next storage vehicle.  Blu-Ray will get a boost as we proceed to a PC storage media as well.  There are already BR drives for PCs.  It will progress like DVD did to be a burnable storage medium.  It may never be as successful as DVD has been, but I believe it will become a mature product.  There are still people in this country on dial-up that do not want to upgrade to broadband and the current infrastructure can not handle an unchecked growth in streaming content.
7831  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: KB Toys files Chapter 11 on: December 13, 2008, 01:40:36 AM
2008 China is equal to 1980's Taiwan is equal to 1960's Japan.

Give it a decade or so and you'll be amazed at the quality that Chinese production can put together.
7832  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Oh come on now....more plumbing grief on: December 13, 2008, 01:34:50 AM
My dad had a similar issue involving a gas line.  The homeowner's insurance covers,well, the home.  The gas company's responsibility starts at the end of your property.  Anything between the two?  Get ready to pay for it in full.  Dad, of course, had to hire someone so that he didn't blow himself and/or the house up.
7833  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nov 2008 NPD Sales Stats on: December 12, 2008, 09:58:18 PM
That's why I round everything up in my head.  $3.99 is $4 to me.  During my time at cell phone CS, I would tell the customer when doing any math that I was rounding up.  Each additional line was $10, not $9.99., etc.  Makes for nice, easy numbers to work with.
7834  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: December 12, 2008, 09:44:26 PM
Jet Pilot?
7835  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: December 12, 2008, 09:41:22 PM
I'm already planning my trip to Zanzibar Land.
7836  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: December 12, 2008, 09:24:36 PM
What was the line about WWI soldiers using Metal Gear to lure troops out into the open?
7837  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Looking for advice on a reward for a special employee... on: December 12, 2008, 09:15:46 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on December 12, 2008, 09:13:32 PM

Quote from: Caine on December 12, 2008, 09:06:27 PM

perhaps it's better you put a good note in her file instead.

 unibrow

Just don't forget to...collate.  unibrow

Lamest ... innuendo ... EVAR!  Tongue
7838  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Looking for advice on a reward for a special employee... on: December 12, 2008, 07:24:24 PM
her...  and yes.  biggrin
7839  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Looking for advice on a reward for a special employee... on: December 12, 2008, 07:06:23 PM

Quote from: gellar on December 12, 2008, 06:45:19 PM

This is why I refuse to take on any direct reports.  Too many variables and HR craziness to consider.

gellar

Sometimes things can work out.  I got to debrief a subordinate after I left my last company.
7840  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nov 2008 NPD Sales Stats on: December 12, 2008, 07:02:04 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on December 12, 2008, 06:50:14 PM

Haven't Gamers Like Us wanted more mainstream acceptance of gaming for a long time now?  Well, we got it and this is what it looks like.  How naive of us to assume that Gamers Like Us would continue to outnumber Gamers Like Them when it happened.

"I was geek before geek was cool."
"Everyone likes it now, so I hate it."

It's the same old story.  Go read the comments on some of the news article talking about the speculation on the $99 4GB iPhone for Walmart and you'll see the exact same kind of elitism.  Some people are happy to be marginalized because they get the esprit de corps that others get from sports, fraternal organizations, and membership in other groups, structured or not.  Everyone wants to feel superior to everybody else, wants to bask in the "you don't get it" mentality.  It's human nature.
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