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7961  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.
7962  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.
7963  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.
7964  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.
7965  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?
7966  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.
7967  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/16) on: March 19, 2009, 07:37:03 PM
CoD:[email protected] 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.
7968  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.
7969  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.
7970  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."
7971  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.
7972  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
7973  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...
7974  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.
7975  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.
7976  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?
7977  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: File this in the 'You can't make this (bleep) up' Dpt: on: March 19, 2009, 02:45:58 PM
Quote from: Reuters
ST POELTEN, Austria (Reuters) - Josef Fritzl was sentenced to life in a psychiatric hospital Thursday for locking up and raping his daughter over 24 years, fathering seven children with her, and causing the death of an infant son.
They said his condition would be re-evaluated in 15 years and, in theory, if he were deemed cured, he could be released. But both Fritzl and his lawyer has said they expected he would have to spend the rest of his life incarcerated.

Fritzl, 73, had pleaded guilty to incest, rape, enslavement, coercion and murder, by neglect, in the death of a newborn boy underground. He initially denied the murder and slavery counts but reversed his plea after watching 11 hours of videotaped testimony from daughter Elisabeth screened in court Tuesday.

Fritzl was found guilty of murder of the newborn, the most serious charge, because he failed to seek help despite knowing the boy was in danger of dying.
7978  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Weekend World at War - Friday night CoD:WaW on: March 19, 2009, 02:33:33 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on March 19, 2009, 02:05:12 PM

bayonet jumping?

Equip a bolt action rifle with a bayonet and then jump at the same time as you melee an enemy.

You will go flying into the air, and you can get onto rooftops etc!
7979  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Escapist: Zero Punctuation on: March 19, 2009, 04:16:57 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 19, 2009, 12:49:45 AM

Quote from: Destructor on March 18, 2009, 11:58:45 PM

And the ending line? DAMN.

I wonder what he has against lazy knickers....


7980  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Is it worth getting a home inspector on a new home? on: March 18, 2009, 04:28:36 PM
Wouldn't your homeowner's insurance kick in to cover any issues once the warranty goes belly up?
7981  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: SMF ERROR on: March 18, 2009, 03:51:21 PM
Preview in Console, attempting to post in Console, and trying to pull up this thread. 
7982  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Finish the sentence: I wish that the PS3... on: March 18, 2009, 03:50:40 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on March 13, 2009, 07:43:23 PM

Oh no... paranoid
7983  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Vasectomy on: March 17, 2009, 05:02:50 PM
A HS buddy of mine will most likely be going in for this in the near future.  After his twin boys and his daughter, they were more than happy to be done with it, but neither wanted to go under for the requisite procedure.  After getting news that someone fell asleep in QC and that they are due for their 4th, it's likely that he will wind up experiencing this joy.

On a side note, when I was a teenager, I walked into the dining room while my parents were talking with some old family friends.  Right as I walked in, Dad mentioned that after I was born, he went in for his vasectomy.  I promptly turned on my heels and walked back out the way I came in.
7984  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Sexiest.... on: March 17, 2009, 04:22:13 PM
I watched the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre a few years back (I assume that's the scene referenced above) and it made me nauseous.  I just don't care to watch simulations of torture and murder. 
7985  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kings starts Sunday, March 15th on: March 16, 2009, 02:54:45 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 16, 2009, 05:14:00 AM

Quote from: mori on March 16, 2009, 03:32:12 AM

I gave it a honest 20 minutes but slowly lost interest and had it as background noise for its second hour.

I haven't watched it yet, but the few reviews I've read said if you can make it past the first hour without losing attention then things start to click.

So it's set up like a Tad Williams novel?
7986  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: March 16, 2009, 04:31:08 AM

Quote from: lildrgn on March 13, 2009, 07:09:26 AM

Anyone know what the original source is?

And Gromit, you're late.  Pi Day was yesterday.  smile

7987  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NBC goes Sci-Fi over the summer with Merlin, Meteor & The Storm on: March 16, 2009, 04:27:17 AM
Who needs an American Top Gear when I can laugh myself silly on the British Top Gear on BBC America?
7988  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MLB - The Show 09 on: March 14, 2009, 09:35:46 PM
Clawed my way back above the Mendoza line.  Have played through my third goal set, of which I managed to get 3/4.  After I got only half of the second set, I got a threatening note from the PTBs.   crybaby  I'm currently rated 5/6 for SS in my organization and 3/32 in the AA league at my position.  I have gotten stealing bases down and I am currently succeeding at a 2:1 rate with 12.
7989  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Any word on MLB 2K9 for the Wii yet? on: March 14, 2009, 05:44:51 AM
I got a haunted bat glitch in MLB 09 The Show during RttS batting practice.

It's not a bug, it's a "feature!"
7990  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It was all Rihanna's fault............. on: March 13, 2009, 08:27:54 PM
In the event that she physically assaulted him, he would certainly (imho) be within his rights to respond.  That being said, there is a level of response that is appropriate.  And it does not appear in this case that the levels of force used were equal on both sides. 

Quoting law-enforcement sources, [TMZ] said that Rihanna had told police she was the victim of escalating violence and the perpetrator was Brown. It said she had told them Brown had been violent towards her in the past and that the attacks were getting "more violent" as time went on.
7991  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Chuck Norris for Pres?? of TEXAS! on: March 13, 2009, 07:59:13 PM
And leave me in the equivalent of West Berlin?  No thanks.
7992  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2009 Running/Triathlon training and motivation thread on: March 13, 2009, 07:55:38 PM
For biking endurance, there's always the Hotter'N Hell 100.  100 miles on the bike in North Texas in August.
7993  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Finish the sentence: I wish that the PS3... on: March 13, 2009, 07:38:35 PM
I wish that I could add friends to my list through the PSN website and not be required to do it through the console.

My 360 manages that just fine...
7994  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It was all Rihanna's fault............. on: March 13, 2009, 07:36:57 PM
That's a sad state of affairs that anyone would think that anything short of a physical attack by Rihanna would be deserving of Brown's response.
7995  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Looking for a ship comparison chart on: March 13, 2009, 06:48:49 PM
Sea Stallion, transform and roll out!
7996  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2009 World Baseball Classic on: March 13, 2009, 06:30:00 PM
Japan, Korea, Cuba, and Mexico advance to Pool 1 - Petco Park, San Diego.

Venezuela, USA, Puerto Rico, and Netherlands advance to Pool 2 - Dolphin Stadium, Miami

Games start Saturday with Netherlands vs. Venezuela at 1 p.m. EST, United States vs. Puerto Rico at 8 p.m. EST.

Sunday games are Japan vs. Cuba at 4 p.m. EST, Mexico vs. Korea at 11 p.m. EST.

Twelve games total to be played through Thursday
7997  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist: 03/13/09 Edition on: March 13, 2009, 06:04:22 PM
MLB 09 The Show. 

I will be attempting to get a run-of-the-mill Bluetooth headset connected, load up my friends list with other players, and trying to badger people to play some online games so that we can see if doing an online league is viable.
7998  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MLB - The Show 09 on: March 13, 2009, 04:57:31 PM
Spring training has been the highlight of my short career.  I was shipped to AA, started at 2B for most of the games they allowed me to play, and I am currently hitting well below the Mendoza line.  They have moved me to SS for a couple games and at least one game in RF.  crybaby  I did get my first HR last night and have made enough training points to get the three goals that are training oriented.  Hitting .300 isn't even a choice at this point. 
7999  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: SMF ERROR on: March 13, 2009, 03:33:46 PM
4 attempts to preview a reply all generated the error.
8000  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Number of posts per page on: March 13, 2009, 03:31:02 PM
:plugs ears: I can't hear you lalalalala  slywink
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