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8081  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Question: Political posters in common work area? on: January 13, 2009, 08:29:12 PM
Time to break out the policy manual for some research and take it to the powers that be if it's out of bounds.  I always take the time out to read the whole manual for the yearly recertification.  Did mine last Friday and ours has a devoted section.  Something like this would be against the rules in any common area.

I'm a big fan of knowing the policy manual well enough to have a good idea of what's cool and what's not.  Tell me the rules and I'll tell you how to play the game. 
8082  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [English] Payed?? PAYED?!?! on: January 13, 2009, 07:55:15 PM

Quote from: Mookee on January 13, 2009, 07:41:10 PM

"rediculous" also drives me bonkers.

8083  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wealth management president thought to stage airplane crash on: January 13, 2009, 06:17:11 PM
Quote from: CNN
An Indiana financial manager who apparently tried to fake his death by crashing his airplane left on a motorcycle he had stashed in his parachute landing zone, authorities said Tuesday.  Marcus Schrenker fled Harpersville, Alabama, on a red motorcycle he kept at a storage unit leased under an assumed name, officials said.  Schrenker told the leasing agent at the storage facility that he would be back for the motorcycle Monday, the U.S. Marshals Office said.
"When I heard there was a plane crash, my first reaction was, this had to be staged," Tom Britt, a friend in Indiana, told CNN affiliate WRTV. "[My] initial reaction was, 'I bet he wasn't in it.' That turned out to be correct. My second reaction was, he's trying to escape the pressure that was compounding on him."  Britt said he received an e-mail Monday from someone who identified himself as Schrenker. The message said it was all a misunderstanding.
The craft came down near the Blackwater River, 50 to 75 yards from homes
8084  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: January 13, 2009, 03:56:52 PM
...and hiding betties on the other side of high walls means that you can trigger them without getting killed, as they will detonate before you round the corner. 

I've had plenty of betties go off immediately after I see them and begin to backpedal, usually to no avail.  They are helpful to watch the back door for a sniper, make for some easy kills when you know a good placement location, and are a viable weapon system. 
8085  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Happy Birthday PeteRock on: January 13, 2009, 03:50:27 PM
Given the ascendency of his team and current (recent?) illness, PeteRocks birthday has been held over until Sunday.  There is a possibility of a two-week extension afterwards, but that will be determined at the end of the current period. 
8086  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: One dead, four injured in Blackhawk crash at Texas A&M on: January 13, 2009, 03:44:01 PM
Sadly, I am familiar with that term.
8087  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: One dead, four injured in Blackhawk crash at Texas A&M on: January 13, 2009, 12:28:16 AM
Yeah, there was.
8088  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / One dead, four injured in Blackhawk crash at Texas A&M on: January 13, 2009, 12:06:13 AM

One person died when an Army Blackhawk helicopter crashed into a field near the Corps of Cadets quad on the campus of Texas A&M University Monday afternoon, injuring four others on board, according to CBS station KBTX in College Station, Texas.

The Army UH-60 Blackhawk had a crew of five on board, including four members of the Army National Guard and one member of the ROTC staff at Texas A&M who is a recent graduate, according to Texas A&M officials. The helicopter was reportedly taking off when it fell abruptly back to the ground.

According to the College Station fire department, three of the four wounded had critical injuries, KBTX reported.

8089  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Serious flightsimming: f4: af and il-2 on: January 12, 2009, 11:19:35 PM
I hope the sale with the hi res stuff holds until I get paid on Thursday, then.
8090  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you wear any "charity bands" (silicone wristbands)? on: January 12, 2009, 09:16:52 PM
Depends on the amount of cash seized at the time.
8091  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Serious flightsimming: f4: af and il-2 on: January 12, 2009, 08:55:37 PM
Anybody heard anything about Thunder over Vegas??

The chance to fly Thunderbird missions over my childhood home is a strong attractor.  That being said, I've never seemed to master normal formation flying and think air-to-air refueling is one of the most unnatural acts man has ever attempted.  My luck and lack of precision skills would probably having me duplicate the Diamond Crash of 1982..   icon_cry
8092  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wealth management president thought to stage airplane crash on: January 12, 2009, 07:30:19 PM
I don't believe that I have ever seen an ejection system used on anything other than a military craft.  Ejection if a violent, dangerous task made even remotely acceptable by the (non)alternative to military pilots. 

Quote from: FoxNews
The pilot, identified as Marc Schrenker, was taken to a hotel in Childersburg, Ala., by a police officer after the 38-year-old man told officials he'd been in a canoeing accident, WALA-TV said.  The officer was unaware at the time that a single-engine Piper Malibu had crashed in a swampy area near Milton, Fla. The plane crashed at about 9:20 p.m. CST.
Schrenker apparently paid for his hotel room in cash, checking in under a false name, WALA-TV said. He fled into a wooded area near the hotel, police said.
8093  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you wear any "charity bands" (silicone wristbands)? on: January 12, 2009, 07:23:50 PM
Quote from: Wiki
Awareness bracelets gained in popularity in the 2004 when the Lance Armstrong Foundation introduced its trademark yellow Livestrong wristband to raise support for cancer research.[3] By early 2005, silicone wristbands became popular with many charities, such as Make Poverty History and the BBC's Beat Bullying campaign. Other wristbands include wristbands for kidney donation (green), breast cancer (pink), diabetes (blue), multiple sclerosis (orange), epilepsy (half blue, half red), Hurricane Katrina (ocean blue mixed with white), and AIDS (red, made only in Africa). In general, the color of the band describes its cause, and the colors are often the same as the colors of awareness ribbons.

Ribbon colors

AIDS awareness
Substance abuse awareness

Lyme disease (lime green)
Organ transplantation and donation awareness
Environmental protection
Worn by Irish nationalists, representing their want for a united Ireland

Sex trafficking and slavery awareness (navy blue)
"Bring Home Our Troops" campaign
Child abuse awareness
Prostate cancer awareness (sky blue)
Electronic Frontier Foundation's Online Free Speech
Canada's anti-tobacco, anti-second hand smoke
Spain's campaign for the release of Basque terrorists' kidnap victims
"Responsible use of public lands for the benefit of all recreationists"
International No Diet Day
Hydranencephaly awareness

Ribbon-wise they have Diabetes listed as a grey ribbon, Cystic Fibrosis listed as purple.  I found other internet sources that had mitochondrial disease associated with green ribbons.  That being said, I have not ever worn one to support a cause.  My previous employee put out some for employees in an orange color to be a rah-rah type thing. 
8094  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Wealth management president thought to stage airplane crash on: January 12, 2009, 06:57:45 PM
CNN Wire via NY Daily News

The pilot who signaled air traffic controllers that his windshield had imploded and that he was bleeding profusely before his plane crashed was apparently faking the call, and was spotted using a fake name early Monday, authorities said.  Authorities identified the pilot as Marcus Schrenker.
"All indications now are that he made some type of false emergency call (and) abandoned the plane by parachute," Sgt. Scott Haines of the Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office told CNN.  Haines said Schrenker checked into a hotel in the Harpersville, Alabama, area under a false name.
Kathleen Bergen, spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said several factors make authorities believe the pilot may have gotten out of the plane before the crash: a "detailed review of radar data," the fact that the plane was switched to autopilot before it crashed, the fact that military jet crews that saw the crash spotted the door open before the plane hit ground, and the fact that the cockpit was found mostly intact with no one inside.
After the pilot alerted air traffic controllers about the problems he was having, authorities tried to tell him to land in Pell City, Alabama, Haines said. But the pilot "did not prove responsive," and the plane appeared to have been put on autopilot at around 2,000 feet.  Military aircraft from Whiting Field were dispatched to intercept the plane. The flyers fired flares and noticed the plane's door was open and the cockpit was dark, Haines said in a news release about the incident.  The military jet crews saw the plane crash, Haines said. The crash took place about 9:15 p.m. CT.
8095  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Israel Strikes Gaza on: January 12, 2009, 06:25:45 PM
The italics, they burn us...
8096  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Dungy's done. on: January 12, 2009, 06:19:46 PM
Tony Dungy is stepping down from the Colts. 

While the team has scheduled a 5 p.m. press conference, Dungy is walking around the team's complex saying goodbye to players and team employees and informing them that the transition should be a smooth one for new coach Jim Caldwell.
8097  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Friday Fun] Word Association on: January 12, 2009, 05:46:42 PM
8098  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: January's Dallas lunch GTG on: January 12, 2009, 05:42:45 PM
That looks to be workable.  godhugh can make it, I assume wbs' calendar remains open, and I have no issues.
8099  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Watch Heroes or not? on: January 12, 2009, 04:00:31 PM
All that's missing is an appearance by D. B. Sweeney and it's all over....
8100  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: January 11, 2009, 08:38:03 AM
Yeah, I don't enjoy myself when I spend most of the round staring down the barrel of Hellspawn's and Harkonis' tanks...  I tend to get irritable. 
8101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Friday Fun] Word Association on: January 11, 2009, 08:36:49 AM
8102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Martial Artist List] Declare your style and rank on: January 11, 2009, 08:36:11 AM

Quote from: Gratch on January 11, 2009, 04:59:56 AM

2.  I know you're never technically "too old" to start something, but would I - at 34 - have to start in the same class as the 10 year olds?  Not sure if my ego could take that...

Like Kramer??   icon_wink
8103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You're going to love my nuts! on: January 11, 2009, 08:31:26 AM
It sounds like an added sound effect and the view's not clear.  That and I think there was a second thrower...
8104  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] StokEd - is anybody....stoked? on: January 11, 2009, 08:27:48 AM
SSX Blur was released two years ago on the Wii.  No word of it since.
8105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed Reviews on: January 11, 2009, 04:26:58 AM
CeeKay, if you like French Revolution stuff, might I recommend the Sharpe's Rifles series?  15 made for TV movies from the BBC starring Sean Bean as a rifleman during that conflict?  I just finished the 16th  eek episode via Netflix.  The 17th was released on 2 Nov 2008 to British television, so I'm hoping to get more info on it soon.

As for AC, I played it a while, realized that all my combat devolved into quicktime events with the counter system, and sent it back to GameFly. 
8106  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I wanted to look something up on Wiki on: January 10, 2009, 08:43:18 PM
Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo.
8107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Serious flightsimming: f4: af and il-2 on: January 10, 2009, 12:39:51 AM
Want me to make you even more jealous?  My father is on a contract as the head of night shift maintenance for the ENJJPT, which uses the T-38, the non-armed version of the F-5, for advanced fighter training. 
8108  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: January's Dallas lunch GTG on: January 10, 2009, 12:25:16 AM
Somehow I think the logistics of that might be untenable.
8109  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Boston firefighter killed when truck crashes into building on: January 09, 2009, 09:57:02 PM

One firefighter was killed and one received life-threatening injuries when a Boston Fire Department ladder truck crashed into a building today on Huntington Avenue in the city's Mission Hill neighborhood, law enforcement officials said.  The truck barreled into the building at 835 Huntington Ave. at about 2:32 p.m. One city official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the truck may have lost its brakes as it hurtled down a steep hill.
When the truck struck the building, it crashed into a computer lab where seven children, ages 7 to 12, were working on an after-school project, according to resident David Ramos, 46. ... All of the children's injuries appeared to be minor, Ramos said.
Boston Police were trying to determine the cause of the accident. Fire officials on the scene cautioned against speculation about the cause of the crash, but truck maintenance has been an issue during ongoing contract talks between the firefighters' union and the city, as has random drug and alcohol testing of firefighters.
8110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Serious flightsimming: f4: af and il-2 on: January 09, 2009, 08:46:43 PM
My Dad was one of the first 100 crew chiefs on the Eagle.  We spent 77-79 in Bitburg, Germany.  If I recall his story right, he was also on the crew for barrier testing when they ripped the tailhook out of the back because the acceptable speed that McDonnell Douglas had listed was way too high.  He proved it wasn't a maintenance issue because they took Polaroids of all the components before testing.
8111  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: January's Dallas lunch GTG on: January 09, 2009, 08:10:19 PM
Shipping shouldn't be an issue, it's the "handling" fees that'll get you.  slywink
8112  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: January's Dallas lunch GTG on: January 09, 2009, 07:33:09 PM
Unless there are any objections, we'll be moving this to Monday, the 26th.
8113  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: MMO patent violation lawsuit on: January 09, 2009, 07:28:06 PM
One of the things that can impact them on this case is the delay.  I don't know how much parallels there are between patents and trademarks, but there was the case of Whataburger vs. What-A-Burger references laches, the claim that the party "slept on its rights" and that the delay of what, a decade, means that the failure to reasonably exercise their rights in a timely manner negates their claim.
8114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Friday Fun] Word Association on: January 09, 2009, 07:05:21 PM
Billy Mays
8115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Serious flightsimming: f4: af and il-2 on: January 09, 2009, 06:50:16 PM
Several years ago when I was in the heyday of actually playing flightsims (unlike, as my buddy calls it, my current static displays), I went to a party that actually had some military pilots in attendance.  I was actually able to impress them with my knowledge of the radar model and modes and have a bit of a conversation with them. 

It probably helps that I'm an Air Force brat of an aircraft maintainer, but I was (and am) still geeked when I can intelligently talk shop with military personnel. 

Now I need to go bust out my Saitek X-36 (which has a rocker for rudder control) and re-learn my boresite from my TWS....

8116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Windows 7 Beta on: January 09, 2009, 06:44:38 PM
Based on the complicity of Microsoft with the manufacturers on your second point, I would say that a larger portion of the hate is deserved than you are currently willing to attribute to Vista.  Yes, it's not the fault of the OS that it has dishonest parents.  But that doesn't make its behavior any easier to tolerate when it comes to live with you. 
8117  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Friday Fun] Word Association on: January 09, 2009, 06:16:22 PM
8118  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / January's Dallas lunch GTG on: January 09, 2009, 06:10:39 PM
It's a new month, so it's time for lunch.

Initial thoughts (up for debate, as always) are:

Spring Creek Barbeque, 270 North Central Expressway (at Belt Line)
January 30th 11:30
8119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Martial Artist List] Declare your style and rank on: January 09, 2009, 05:06:36 PM

Quote from: Crux on January 09, 2009, 04:56:35 PM

the Grand Master who is an 8th Dan and was a Korean Marine Corps champion

On a related note, an Army buddy of mine told me that everyone he knew that was stationed in Korea came back with at least one, usually two of the the following:

  • A Korean wife
  • mastery of a martial art
  • a crushing case of alcoholism
8120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iTunes DRM going bye-bye! on: January 09, 2009, 05:40:58 AM
When I was using my Sansa, I was ripping all of my CDs to MP3s using iTunes for the easy interface.  Now that I have the iPhone, the library of MP3s syncs nicely.  No issues.
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