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7881  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: I'm all for gov't agencies saving money, but this is ridiculous. on: January 30, 2009, 04:00:59 PM
That's one day you can get caught up on the classics using "View Now."  Don't be a greedy, wasteful consumer.  That's what got us in this mess in the first place icon_wink
7882  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jerry Bruckheimer doing G-Force movie! on: January 30, 2009, 03:37:13 PM
I love how the link reinforces your signature line. 
7883  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Google creates tools for Internet transparency on: January 30, 2009, 02:47:13 AM
Sounds like the perfect project for a stimulus package.  We got the government checkbook out, let's incentivize the production so that the companies can build it on the country's dime and make the money off of the service contracts.  Economic stimulus and new jobs.
7884  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: January's Dallas lunch GTG on: January 30, 2009, 02:45:13 AM
I won't weigh in on that, but I will say that this has been a monthly event since October.  And since this one will be as late January as it can be, it shouldn't be a few more weeks before we get the February one.  If you decide to stay out, it won't be missing your one shot at meeting some of the DFW members.
7885  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A little Pat on the Back - My Company, and Me, make Dallas TX a little brighter on: January 30, 2009, 12:38:37 AM
Good job!  Although I do think you have one of the most un-green logos ever invented.

7886  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I love it when a plan comes together! on: January 29, 2009, 11:29:35 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on January 29, 2009, 06:55:14 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on January 29, 2009, 06:37:37 PM

Cobra Commander is being played by Tommy from Third Rock from the Sun...

Who is actually an excellent actor.

That he may be, but I have a hard time seeing a 27yo actor playing the megalomaniacal head of a wide-reaching army.  But then, it is The Rise of Cobra, so maybe it'll work.  As long CC and Duke don't tangle over a WB-esque relationship with Scarlett...
7887  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: January 29, 2009, 11:04:28 PM
The IP Austin posted and The Meal quoted works like a charm.  The town still exists, they've just closed the road you use to get there.
7888  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Resident Evil 5 demo coming 26th on: January 29, 2009, 10:14:57 PM
For those die-hard RE fans, might I recommend a rainy-day purchase of an umbrella?



7889  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Patrick Swayze stops treatments on: January 29, 2009, 09:52:17 PM
They run in frequently enough, I don't think anyone will forget it.
7890  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Google creates tools for Internet transparency on: January 29, 2009, 07:46:58 PM
Get DARPA involved and start laying fatter pipes.  Throttling is a holding action that will not solve any long-term problems.  Internet usage is only going to get higher, not contract. 

And mobile ISPs still have to interface with the wired networks anyway, just like cell calls get routed through the POTS once they hit your local tower.
7891  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I love it when a plan comes together! on: January 29, 2009, 06:37:37 PM
The guy playing Duke in G. I. Joe will also be in The Stanford Prison Experiment, which I hope will be worth watching.

Cobra Commander is being played by Tommy from Third Rock from the Sun...

At least Ray Park will be Snake Eyes.
7892  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: another History of Fallout deals on: January 29, 2009, 06:35:56 PM
I started playing the original Fallout for the first time this weekend.  Interplay had some legs and a profound effect on the industry.  I'll have to remember to go back and read this one.
7893  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: it's websites like these that piss me off (mis)informing the public on: January 29, 2009, 06:34:01 PM
Dear god, the stuff is everywhere.

Yoplait Light Fat Free Yogurt: Nonfat Yogurt with Aspartame & Other Sweetener

Ingredients?  #2 is HFCS.  #10 is Aspartame.  14 G of sugar on the Nutrition Facts panel. 
7894  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pet Allergy Tests? on: January 29, 2009, 06:21:47 PM
One would actually have to want to own a Chihuahua...
7895  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: January 29, 2009, 05:14:51 PM
I agree with The Grue.  When you get to hard, there are songs where it is not tenable to be bridging to orange with your pinky, as it is easier to shift up with the strength of your index finger than overworking the pinky.
7896  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pet Allergy Tests? on: January 29, 2009, 04:28:23 PM
Myself, I am allergic to cats at a level of 3 out of 4 based on their scale.  I was never tested for dogs, but my reactions lead me to believe that my level with them is 1.  I can be around dogs and even play with them, but I need to wash my hands immediately thereafter, as any contact with my eyes afterwards will not result in a pleasant experience.

And as for just testing it, again, allergic reactions take time to develop.  Just sticking your face in varios dog furs isn't going to give you the information that you would need.
7897  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pet Allergy Tests? on: January 29, 2009, 04:00:16 PM
Scratch test, which its own brand of hell.  She gets to lay face down on a exam bed while the techs deliberately scratch her back in about 20-30 places and put all the local allergens on her back.  You then get to sit there while the body does its thing, not moving, while the itching begins, and you can do nothing about it.  Then, some maddening time later, they come back in and write down all the numbers of how badly inflammed each location got.  They will provide some cream for afterwards to stop the tortuer, and you will be good for sympathy points to wash her back off when you get home.
7898  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It's Tax Time! on: January 28, 2009, 10:18:37 PM
Refund is currently "pending" in my account.   I filed before receiving Form 5498 from my 401k to rollover IRA transfer.  And since it was an internal transfer, there was no 1099-R to worry about.
7899  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: January's Dallas lunch GTG on: January 28, 2009, 10:17:13 PM
Expected attendance list at this time:
  • Me
  • whiteboyskim
  • Dreamshadow
  • godhugh
  • Fretmute
  • GungHo
7900  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: January's Dallas lunch GTG on: January 28, 2009, 10:14:47 PM
We are indeed. 
7901  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Here comes the snow on: January 28, 2009, 04:59:24 PM
After rising today, realizing that it was going to take at least 30 minutes to chip my car into a driveable condition, probably an hour to get to work on ice-slicked roads with plenty of people around that don't know how to drive on ice and likely an hour drive that might result in damage to my vehicle, I decided that one day of PTO was not worth the risk and frustration that would entail me leaving the house before the afternoon thaw.
7902  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amaozon Kindle on: January 28, 2009, 04:19:02 AM
I swore off posting about the Kindle.  Nope, not gonna do it.
7903  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: January 28, 2009, 04:17:16 AM
7904  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / 2K Games Coupon on: January 27, 2009, 09:44:36 PM
$10 off, can be found here, good through 01/31/09, in-store purchases.

Fine print is :
  • Civ Revolution for 360/PS3
  • NBA 2K9 for 360/PS3/PC
  • NHL 2K9 for 360/PS3/Wii
  • Civ IV: Colonation for PC
  • Bioshock for PS3
  • Carnival Games for Wii/DS
  • Carnival Games Mini Golf for Wii
  • Dora the Explorer ... Saves the Snow Princess for Wii/DS
7905  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Ad astra per aspera on: January 27, 2009, 09:28:30 PM
At 18:30 Eastern time on January 27th, 1967, the Apollo 1 capsule caught fire during a test, causing the deaths of Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom, Command Pilot; Edward H. White II, Senior Pilot; and Roger B. Chaffee, Pilot.



At 11:38 Eastern time on January 28th, 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger was lost when the O-ring seal on the right solid rocket booster failed, resulting in the deaths of Francis "Dick" Scobee, Commander; Michael J. Smith, Pilot; Judith Resnik, Mission Specialist; Ellison Onizuka, Mission Specialist; Ronald McNair, Mission Specialist; Gregory Jarvis, Payload Specialist; Sharon Christa McAuliffe, Spaceflight Participant



At 09:00 Easter time on February 1st, 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia was destroyed due to a breach in the thermal protection system of the left wing caused by a piece of foam during launch, leading to the loss of  Rick D. Husband, Commander; William C. McCool, Pilot; Michael P. Anderson, Payload Commander; Michael P. Anderson, Payload Specialist; Kalpana Chawla, Mission Specialist; David M. Brown, Mission Specialist; and Laurel Clark, Mission Specialist.  A time-lapse of the weather radar which detected the Columbia reentry trail can be seen here.

7906  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Here comes the snow on: January 27, 2009, 04:53:45 PM
Dallas is expecting the worst icing conditions in five years.  It's been raining since yesterday, so everything is nice and wet for the temperatures that have been dropping since the sun went down last night. 

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By the evening, nearly a quarter inch of ice could be on roadways, trees and overpasses in Dallas.
7907  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Weekend World at War - Friday night CoD:WaW on: January 27, 2009, 04:33:38 PM
I got an update when I signed on last night.  Anyone know where to find the list of changes short of digging through the Treyarch forums?
7908  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Budweiser: King of Beers or Cow Pee in a Bottle? on: January 27, 2009, 04:28:01 PM

Quote from: Rubyeye on January 27, 2009, 03:58:45 PM

I am supposed to go play dodgeball tonight followed by drinking and talking with the ladies at the league bar followed by our kickball HH marathon that falls on Thursday this week and of course would go out for a bit on Friday and stupid Super Bowl on Sunday. 

I may have to quit drinking.

But then what will you do during recess? 
7909  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/26) on: January 26, 2009, 10:56:23 PM
I still have to play through the first two....  Should be nice and cheap by the time I get to it...
7910  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: January 26, 2009, 10:40:58 PM
Righty-o.  I love that movie.  It's darker than dark, the Vegas sequence can be kinda brutal, but after that, it's comedy gold, Jerry!

Sorry for the delay, I forgot that I had answered that one and forgot to check back.  Moliere was kind enough to remind me.
7911  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBox 360 Conundrum... on: January 26, 2009, 10:19:36 PM

Quote from: Godzilla Blitz on January 26, 2009, 10:12:45 PM

The other thought I had was that perhaps I could find a Holiday bundle at a different store with a Jasper chip in it, then return the Falcon Holiday Bundle to that store. But I've also heard that most places scan the serial number of the system? Do all places do that? And then again, I'm not sure how comfortable I feel with this ethically. Technically, an unopened system is an unopened system, but still.

There's also the SKU issue.  Unless the barcodes match identically, you will be SOL anyway. 
7912  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do we have any pool players here at GamingTrend? on: January 26, 2009, 09:57:33 PM
Is that the one with a Phoenix feather in the core?   icon_wink
7913  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: January 26, 2009, 09:56:24 PM
7914  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Playoffs - AFC/NFC Championship Games on: January 26, 2009, 08:21:39 PM

Quote from: Blackadar on January 26, 2009, 08:13:25 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on January 26, 2009, 07:02:01 PM

You all still have nothing on hardcore soccer supporters.
 ninja
Man U, wankers!

The Yankees of the Premiere League.  When Man U and Chelsea play, people in Nigeria die.

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But in Nigeria the obsession is now going too far - after the Champions League final in May, seven people in Nigeria died in clashes between Manchester United and Chelsea fans.
7915  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/26) on: January 26, 2009, 05:47:12 PM
I will be giving Coraline a rental on PS2 format for my BC PS3.  For those who aren't familiar with it, it's based on a book by Neil Gaiman and soon to be a major motion picture.  It's a really dark kid's story set in an .
7916  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Paul Rudd, Jason Segel? I'm there... I Love You, Man on: January 24, 2009, 07:20:27 PM
Just got done watching FSM.  2/5 stars.  Decidedly Meh.  I got as many laughs out of the 5-minute gag reel as I did the film.  It was good to see Mila Kunis in a non-Jackie role.

And I will be so happy when Jonah Hill's 15 minutes of fame are up.  I can not stand him.  Bill Hader is not far above him on my list either. 

Jason Segel lays it on a bit thinck, but I guess it doesn't grate on me in HIMYM, since he's not the sole focus for the entire episode.  Everything in moderation, I suppose.
7917  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wolverine & the X-Men on: January 24, 2009, 06:30:34 AM
Psst.  Over here...
7918  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CSI: Vegas with Grissom gone on: January 24, 2009, 06:27:07 AM

Quote from: Daehawk on January 24, 2009, 03:55:43 AM

Gonna miss him. Not sure how it will work out without him on there. He is supposed to appear off and on but it wont be the same Im afraid. Im worried that it will be the end of the show.

Too bad Peterson won't.  I think it can have promise, but I haven't watched the latest yet.  The preview looked good and it looks like they're not trying to replace Gil, which they couldn't do anyway.  If they can get the rest of the lab cast to step up and get some more decent CSIs to fill the void since they lost Sara, Warrick, and Gil, they'll be okay.  I'm not going to discount it without a shot.

I certainly gave it a shot with ER, but once they got rid of Greene's wife and killed off Gallant in a two minute sequence, I just couldn't take any more of Neela's whining, didn't care for Morris, and John Stamos just got on my nerves.
7919  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 24, 2009, 06:21:48 AM
Yeah I replied before I read that.  Glad someone around here knows Deutsch. 
7920  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: A cop, a secret agent, and a stripper...house of the Dead - Wii on: January 23, 2009, 11:31:59 PM
Time will tell.  If there were a way to turn it off while using the gun, I'd love it.  But again, I'd have to buy a Wii and that's not likely, so I guess my minor quibbles are in vain.

Oh, and Wiki says: 
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Also, a new feature called Battle Screen will add challenge to the game. It will expand the camera beyond the screen, forcing players to move their point of view. The game will also once again feature two player co-operative play.

Now if they'll just get around to implementing head-tracking, I'd be all over it.
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