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8001  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Roman Catholic Church reintroducing indulgences? on: February 12, 2009, 05:49:56 PM
Christianity is a broad category: Belief in Christ as the Messiah.  Your points are more geared to the denomination level, of which there are four major categories:  Catholicism, Protestantism, Orthodoxy, and Nontrinitarian (Jehovah's Witnesses, Latter Day Saint movement, Unitarianism, Christadelphians, Oneness Pentecostalism).
8002  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So If I'm Going to Philly, Where Do I Go to get a REAL Philly Cheesesteak? on: February 12, 2009, 05:13:12 PM
8003  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Roman Catholic Church reintroducing indulgences? on: February 12, 2009, 04:06:35 PM
My understanding is that is where the priests and saints all come in.  You basically ask them to intercede for you and pull God aside and plead your case for you.  This is a key element to the base of the Protestant Reformation and the 95 Theses:

26: The pope does well when he grants remission to souls [in purgatory], not by the power of the keys (which he does not possess), but by way of intercession.
8004  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Satellites were not meant to play bumper cars... on: February 12, 2009, 03:51:15 PM
Quote
The command's Joint Space Operations Center was tracking 500 to 600 new bits of debris, some as small as 10 centimeters (3.9 inches) across, in addition to the 18,000 or so other man-made objects it has catalogued in space, Kodlick said.

The collision occurred at roughly 780 kilometers (485 miles), an altitude used by satellites that monitor weather and carry telephone communications among other things, he said.

"It's a very important orbit for a lot of satellites," he said.

The International Space Station flies at a lower altitude and is the command's No. 1 priority in attempting to prevent collisions, Kodlick said.

and it was a T-bone collision.
8005  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dos a cero! on: February 12, 2009, 04:17:25 AM
The preceding is now captioned for the futbol impaired.
8006  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Good luck on your test, Pete! on: February 12, 2009, 01:20:24 AM
I got a decidedly Rimmer vibe from that post, Pete. 

Seriously, good studying and good luck.
8007  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Escapist: Zero Punctuation on: February 12, 2009, 01:12:24 AM
Zero Punctuation does Thief: The Dark Project?!?
8008  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Satellites were not meant to play bumper cars... on: February 11, 2009, 11:58:20 PM
Reuters

Quote
A privately owned U.S. communications satellite collided with a defunct Russian satellite in the first such collision in space, a U.S. military spokesman said on Wednesday.

The collision involved a spacecraft of privately owned Iridium Satellite LLC and a "non-operational" Russian communications satellite, said Air Force Lt. Col. Les Kodlick of the U.S. Strategic Command.

I bet that made one heck of a flare...
8009  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: February 11, 2009, 11:50:50 PM
Superhero Movie
8010  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fed Ex or PDP.com's fault... on: February 11, 2009, 09:22:20 PM
I'm amazed they didn't quarantine a 5-mile radius and detonate the box "just to be sure..."
8011  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Why did obama have a list of reporters & the order in which he would call them? on: February 11, 2009, 07:43:13 PM
She's a Dorian Gray portrait come to life.
8012  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A picture of irony on: February 11, 2009, 05:58:50 PM
Call me when they start selling the military surplus with the snorkel.
8013  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So If I'm Going to Philly, Where Do I Go to get a REAL Philly Cheesesteak? on: February 10, 2009, 09:47:03 PM
Wiki aarticle on Geno's controversy.
8014  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Escapist: Zero Punctuation on: February 10, 2009, 03:25:39 AM
Unskippable does Two Worlds.
8015  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What are you doing with your tax refund? on: February 10, 2009, 03:20:42 AM
$1100 went to last year's dental work (Capital One loan paid in full), $250 went to December's medical bill that the insurance decided to apply my deductible to, I bought Life on DVD as well as last year's Peanuts box set, $50 worth of Pete Rock special edition games, and likely the rest will sit there until I need to pay off this year's dental work.
8016  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amaozon Kindle on: February 09, 2009, 11:12:08 PM
Watch where you spread thoughts like that, rittchard, it might get you into trouble...   icon_wink
8017  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Holy crap. I just realized it's been 10 years since I joined GoneGold. on: February 09, 2009, 10:07:44 PM
On the internet, nothing is truly gone forever.  For those who want to see it:
Spoiler for Hiden:
revisit January 24th, 2002 and the forum

For those who don't, don't.
8018  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amaozon Kindle on: February 09, 2009, 06:36:12 PM

Quote from: kadnod on February 09, 2009, 06:19:42 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 09, 2009, 06:05:50 PM


That "voiced" feature is going to be awesome or hillarious or possibly both.

Two words: Kindle porn.
8019  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: February Dallas GTGs on: February 09, 2009, 06:09:16 PM
Let's do Paesano's.  They're open 11-2 for lunch.
8020  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Support for a terminally ill friend on: February 09, 2009, 04:46:31 PM
See if the company PTB would set up a memorial award/scholarship in her name.  Make it something that she has a passion for to really reflect her personality and work.  Better to do it now when she can help make the input than after she's gone.
8021  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Was watching the Bond series again and ... on: February 09, 2009, 07:00:07 AM
How about the Film Sound Cliches?

(You're right about the red-tailed hawk).

Personally, I loved Big Bang Theory's take on:

Quote
People never answer the door until the doorbell or knocking has sounded at least three times

When Penny answered after the second knock, Sheldon still had to knock a third time.
8022  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2009 on: February 09, 2009, 06:55:43 AM
READ
Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land 4/5
Silent Knights: Blowing the Whistle on Military Accidents and Their Cover-Ups (purchased and read in a day) 5/5
A Sniper's Journey: The Truth About the Man Behind the Rifle 4/5
An Illustrated History of World War II: Crisis and Courage: Humanity on the Brink 4/5
The Complete Peanuts 1967-1968 and 1969-1970 (Box Set) 5/5
The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb - 4/5
The Liveship Traders by Robin Hobb - 3.5/5
The Tawny Man Trilogy - 4/5
First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong 4/5
The Mistborn Trilogy
---
READING
A History of the Jews
The Complete Hammer's Slammers Volume 2
8023  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Was watching the Bond series again and ... on: February 09, 2009, 03:27:12 AM
I'd like to sell you a Wilhelm, only slightly used. 
8024  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 08, 2009, 11:20:04 PM
Yeah, but the base URL is for a less kid-friendly pay site.

Don't get me wrong, I'm a fan, I'm just saying.
8025  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movies] Push on: February 08, 2009, 03:58:29 AM

Quote from: rittchard on February 08, 2009, 02:42:58 AM

There's also a pretty hot chick in there for you straight guys (Camina Belle).  She reminds me of a grown up Winnie from Wonder Years.

Camilla Belle:



Grown-up Winnie:

8026  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 07, 2009, 09:07:47 PM
8027  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: February 06, 2009, 07:43:18 PM
Correct.
8028  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: February 06, 2009, 07:22:20 PM
Incorrect.
8029  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: February 06, 2009, 06:50:35 PM


No properties, please.
8030  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: February 06, 2009, 06:44:48 PM
Man on Fire
8031  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pete Rock, your pool table is ready on: February 06, 2009, 04:31:07 PM
Odds are that it would be an Ikea flatpack.  Some Assembly Required, wot wot?
8032  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Israel Strikes Gaza on: February 06, 2009, 04:14:48 PM
With friends like these...

The UN has stopped all aid shipments into Gaza because Hamas has stolen supplies twice this week.

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The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) announced Friday that it was suspending all import of aid into the Gaza Strip because Hamas had seized the supplies for the second time this week.  According to the agency's press release the recent looting involved hundreds of tons of food. "During the night of February fifth 10 truckloads of flour and rice were taken from the Palestinian side of the Kerem Shalom Crossing into Gaza," the statement from spokesman Christopher Gunness said.  He said the food "had been imported from Egypt for collection by UNRWA today," but was "taken away by trucks contracted by the Ministry of Social Affairs." The ministry is run by Hamas.

Fatah isn't too happy about it either.

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Fatah on Friday condemned allegations against Hamas that the Islamic movement had seized a United Nations aid shipment bound for Gaza, according to a statement.  According to Barakat Al-Farra, a Fatah official, forces affiliated with Hamas attacked a convoy of humanitarian aid from the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) on Thursday.
...
Farra condemned the alleged actions by Hamas, while praising UNRWA’s “decades-long” commitment to Palestinian refugees in Gaza and the West Bank. He applauded UNRWA’s actions in Gaza during Israel’s three-week assault there, as well, particularly the “bold statements” they made against Israel’s “crimes” during the war.  “We previously warned [Hamas] and called on them to stop any attack against UNRWA,” Farra said.  “We had previously tried to stop this problem, but it seems nothing has changed—in fact, the problem has worsened,” he added. “How does Hamas ask for a larger role in the reconstruction of Gaza? How can they who steal food and support donated for our people be considered reliable?” Farra asked.
8033  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pete Rock, your pool table is ready on: February 06, 2009, 04:04:22 AM
The bar I used to frequent in Lubbock had 6 coin-op bar tables.  We noticed one night that the balls were all screwed up.  So we put in coins to all the tables to get the balls out so we could straighten out the setup.  Somehow we would up with eight 2's, 7 of a couple others, and short on some other balls.  Who the hell smuggles extra balls into a bar and steals others?
8034  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Land of the Lost on: February 06, 2009, 02:21:56 AM

Quote from: Scuzz on February 05, 2009, 10:45:55 PM

Who is the chick in the Egyptian themed outfit?

JoAnna Cameron from Shazam and The Secrets of Isis.
8035  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Land of the Lost on: February 05, 2009, 10:45:04 PM

Quote from: hepcat on February 05, 2009, 09:50:46 PM

Remembering this show has opened a floodgate of traumatic memories I'd hoped to suppress through drugs and alcohol over the years...



thanks....just....thanks

That's from 2001 (quotes).  You're looking for this one:

8036  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Does anybody really think these bailouts will work?... on: February 05, 2009, 04:40:03 PM
So California has taken the Statue of Liberty to heart? 

Quote
Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!
8037  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How many of you have a smartphone? on: February 05, 2009, 03:45:20 PM
iPhone 3G here

Quote from: Canuck on February 05, 2009, 05:44:57 AM

I wish I could combine my PDA with my current cellphone. 

Duct tape.
8038  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Doing my part for the bailout, I guess... Circuit City/Chase rant on: February 05, 2009, 03:33:20 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on February 05, 2009, 05:23:27 AM

How does that add up to $100 when Kratz finished up his payments as per his first post?

It doesn't.  It was in reference to the second part of Caine's post.

And CitiBank and Capital One just jacked up my minimum payments as well... 
8039  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: I'm all for gov't agencies saving money, but this is ridiculous. on: February 05, 2009, 03:31:04 PM
2.5 hours is the tops that I've had to wait and that was on a Saturday.  I've had weekdays where it's less than 1 hour before they call me and even once where they called imemdiately and told me to come in. 
8040  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Escapist: Zero Punctuation on: February 05, 2009, 04:10:23 AM
Little Big Planet

Stop it at the 3:00 minute mark and jump to the 3:14 mark, then just turn it off at 4:57.  You will thank me when you hear what you missed.

And Unskippable does Grandia III
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