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8081  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sleep-related injuries on: February 18, 2009, 06:03:39 PM
I woke up with a pulled muscle in my back, which has me thinking about how unsafe sleeping truly is.

When I was 18, I had acquired a rubber band gun at a local fair. Prior to going to sleep, I had loaded the weapon to its full capacity and laid it on the desk in my dorm room. Approximately three hours later, the weapon discharged. Not factoring this event into the possibilities for the evening, I had not made any specific safety adjustments to the care and storage of said weapon. As such, I was awoken rather suddenly when the discharged rubber round impacted the top of my skull.

On occasion, I have been known to have a muscle spasm that will jerk me awake. When I was about 10, my dresser was positioned right at the head of my bed. So one night, I was positioned near the edge of my bed and proceeded to spasm my head directly into the side of the dresser.

So what sleep-related nonsense have you gotten up to? Any sleepwalkers/sleeptalkers out there like my ex-gf?
8082  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Action Movies: What makes or breaks them? on: February 18, 2009, 05:02:01 PM
You want the epitome of bad effects?  Van Helsing: When Gravity Took a Holiday.

My friends still give me crap about calling out the yank-and-bank manuevers pulled off by Air Force One.
8083  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: T-Shirt Hell going bye-bye! on: February 18, 2009, 04:01:04 PM
I figured there was something wrong with the picture.  Also, there are usually laws in place about going out of business sales that require certain rules to be held.  This came about because of the stores that were perpetually going out of business and never closed.  He may end up against some sort of legal action over this.
8084  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2009 on: February 18, 2009, 04:08:40 AM
A Sniper's Journey: The Truth About the Man Behind the Rifle

I read this one over the course of a week.  At 221 pages before the index, it’s certainly not a weighty read.  The book is 75% about his military career and 25% about the PTSD that he suffers from it, the results, and the beginning of his journey to cope with it.  The timeline covers his enlistment in the Army in 1968 and covers through the Desert Shield/Desert Storm, but most of it is his Viet Nam career.  This book does not glorify the actions he took. He is not a wanna-be Rambo at all.  It presents the training that he took and the missions that he was given in a very no-nonsense manner and covers who he was and how he felt about them.  He was not a dedicated sniper for the course of the war, spending the majority of his time either in the infantry or in vehicle recovery.  All in all, I enjoyed the read and seeing the realities of war through a clear lens of this man’s experience. 

8085  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2009 on: February 18, 2009, 03:49:15 AM
Silent Knights: Blowing the Whistle on Military Accidents and Their Cover-Ups

This book hit a number of my major interests.  This book is focused on military safety, the contributing causes of many accidents, and the steps needed to ensure proper accountability and actions to make our soldiers, sailors, and airmen safer.

As the son of an Air Force retiree who has been in aircraft maintenance for his entire adult life, the book grabbed me as soon as I saw it.  I read it cover to cover the day I bought it.  I certainly wouldn't say that it would be the case for everyone.  It detailed a large amount of the structure of accidents, the investigations that follow, and who controls them.  Unlike airline crashes where the NTSB has purview to investigate and is an independent organization from the FAA, the military is tasked with investigating themselves in any mishap investigation.  They convene two boards, one which will remain internal only and the other for public release.  Both of these boards are usually created by the commander of whatever unit suffered the mishap and are staffed by non-professional investigators.  Since the people involved may wind up on the wrong end later, there's an interest in keeping the convening authority happy.  As such, there is usually not any sort of blame that is laid on any senior ranking failures or people that are connected.  One of the recurring themes in the book is that it often falls to "blame the dead guy" as a filing of pilot error without examining in any great detail what caused said error.  There may be extenuating circumstances such as upgrades not performed, training not scheduled, and yes, even on occasion, maintenance issues.

There is a recurring element of a particular training type of Crew Resource Management, of which the author is a trainer.  He does cite studies that show a marked reduction in accidents and cites in several examples where the training had been approved but not implemented as a contributing factor.  That element does come across as heavy handed, but all in all, I thoroughly enjoyed the book as an insight into the inner working of the military.  Personally, I would love to get my father to read it and share his opinions, but as he's not a heavy reader, I may have to resort only to bringing it up in conversation.

5/5 (for me, at least)
8086  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Pakistan Imposes Sharia Law on: February 17, 2009, 10:42:50 PM
Times of India

On Tuesday, talks between the jirga (elders) of the Taliban and local administrations were expected to bring in new hierarchies. There will be no concept of Supreme Court anymore, says Vilayat. "The headquarters of the new courts for the region will be in Mingora. Cases won't have to be taken to Islamabad any longer," he says.
A Sharia representative, possibly from the Taliban, will be present with greater power in every court. In 1994, such a person was paid Rs 5,000 per month; in 1999, Rs 10,000. The final stop for all appeals will be the Mingora court.

From a judicial standpoint, you have eliminated the federal level of government and granted power to an organization who opposed said government through armed conflict. 
8087  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What are you doing with your tax refund? on: February 17, 2009, 10:32:19 PM
That would be worth it to me to start changing deductions.
8088  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: non-subtitled series on: February 17, 2009, 09:49:32 PM
My family's motto is "What?"  I think it mainly stems from inattention, as the initial volley sails past until someone speaks up, then we're fine.  But then, my father also has a voice best recorded on a seismograph.  I have permanent tinnitus in my left ear. When I went to the audiologist, my left ear was also the better one for hearing.  Go figure...

As for subtitles, my mother used to spend time going over the same scene off her VCR tapes 5 times to hear what weas being said before I clued her in to the subtitles.  I got a big thanks for that one.  I use it on occassion, but it can distract me from actually watching the film as I pre-read the dialogue.  And it can definitely help when dealing with heavily accented characters/actors.  Best example is trying to get into the Sharpe's Rifles series.
8089  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Whats that in the sky? on: February 17, 2009, 04:08:17 PM
Have you ever seen a doc about it?  I don't know much about eye problems, but I would think that it's possibly a sign of an underlying issue that may need to be at least identified.
8090  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii games to play with my non-gamer girlfriend on: February 16, 2009, 10:16:49 PM

Quote from: Godzilla Blitz on February 15, 2009, 09:48:03 PM


Only if he posts hula hoop videos.
8091  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: February 16, 2009, 08:38:24 PM
8092  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: February 16, 2009, 07:35:57 PM
8093  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: February 16, 2009, 07:26:47 PM
Cat's Eye
8094  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: February 16, 2009, 07:04:49 PM
8095  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I am a sucker. on: February 13, 2009, 11:22:15 PM
Make sure you test them on yourself first to make sure they're working.  biggrin
8096  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I am a sucker. on: February 13, 2009, 10:03:12 PM
Good job on the rescue.  Wish I could have a dog, but Dallas apartment living doesn't allow it.
8097  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Happy Holidays - I have a present for you... on: February 13, 2009, 08:50:16 PM
Day ain't over yet, boyos.
8098  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Joss Whedons Dollhouse starts Friday on: February 13, 2009, 08:04:12 PM
Good grief.  I thought I had missed a thread or something. 

Get rid of her and get a DVR.  They make much better roommates.  A lot cheaper, too. 
8099  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Joss Whedons Dollhouse starts Friday on: February 13, 2009, 07:22:43 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on February 13, 2009, 04:29:18 PM

...our live-in-soon-to-be-but-not-soon-enough divorcee...

Wha...?   icon_confused
8100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty World at War (360) impressions on: February 13, 2009, 04:33:59 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 13, 2009, 01:47:01 PM

Dammit!  You win this round, Hadron. slywink

Quote from: GameFAQs
Blood Code
At the story line screen, press: A, B, A, C, A, B, B.

Cheat Mode
Press Down,Up,Left,Left,A,Right,Down at the start and option screen.

Muahahaha!!  I knew it!  biggrin  I wasn't familiar with yours, so I didn't even remember mine until after you mentioned the Genesis specifically regarding the blood code, and then it all came flooding back. 
8101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: She has stolen my puppy....(GT Legal team?) on: February 13, 2009, 12:20:08 AM
Congrats on the resolution.  Now change the locks slywink
8102  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Roman Catholic Church reintroducing indulgences? on: February 12, 2009, 10:42:57 PM
Your arguments sound the same to me as any other historical group of people determined to ferret out heretics.  As Good as the Book is, it was still written by men and reflects the time and society in which it was written.  Men decided which books were included and which were Apocryphal

I am not saying that all interpretations are equal or valid.  I am saying that you are missing the difference between what you consider a Christian to be and what the basic definition is.  Obviously a member of one denomination has issues with the beliefs of another in varying degrees.  And since First World people are (mostly) free today to choose their denomination, the one that has the widest appeal tends to be the one that wins out, rather than any inherent strength in the arguments. 

Your argument of the perversion of the kernel of truth sounds very similar to the argument of militant Islam against the Jews.  They believe that the Jews are still the People of God, but have perverted the Word for their own purposes and shall surely suffer (or be made to suffer) for it.
8103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: She has stolen my puppy....(GT Legal team?) on: February 12, 2009, 10:29:35 PM
I would say that the other thread would also help in a legal sense, since it's communication that is datestamped from well before you were having these issues with the female.
8104  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Roman Catholic Church reintroducing indulgences? on: February 12, 2009, 09:44:55 PM
In the strictest definition, yes.  Your examples are definitive of outlying denominations, sects, and cults.  Being a Christian revolves around one belief, as I stated earlier.  The rest are denominational differences.  

And to my mind, assuming that any one person's way is the only way is tantamount (to me) a statement that that person knows the mind of God, which it the height of egocentricity.  Everyone can say that they are right because that's what they were taught.
8105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What are you doing with your tax refund? on: February 12, 2009, 06:51:08 PM
Mine went to my 80GB backward compatible PS3. 
8106  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).
8107  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
8108  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.
8109  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Satellites were not meant to play bumper cars... on: February 12, 2009, 03:51:15 PM
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.
8110  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.
8111  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.
8112  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Escapist: Zero Punctuation on: February 12, 2009, 01:12:24 AM
Zero Punctuation does Thief: The Dark Project?!?
8113  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Satellites were not meant to play bumper cars... on: February 11, 2009, 11:58:20 PM

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...
8114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: February 11, 2009, 11:50:50 PM
Superhero Movie
8115  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fed Ex or'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..."
8116  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.
8117  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.
8118  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.
8119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Escapist: Zero Punctuation on: February 10, 2009, 03:25:39 AM
Unskippable does Two Worlds.
8120  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.
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