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8201  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Pain threshold (probably not good for your appetite) on: December 17, 2008, 09:13:45 PM
Due to a dermatological issue, I have been forced recently to confront my pain threshold and the history of pain that leads to my tolerance today.

The current stint involved the "painkiller" to numb the area, which is some of the worst pain that I have ever felt. On a previous surgery, my temples were the injection site. The pain was so bad that my eyes began streaming tears involuntarily.

My childhood history involves nasal warts being treated with the direct application of liquid nitrogen before finally being cured by laser surger in 6th grade. I also had to have the frenulum under my tongue clipped to remedy a speech impediment. Whatever they were using for anaesthetic didn't work well and I remember some excruciating pain from that. As a teenager, I was on asthma medication that needed monthly blood work to ensure my levels were in a safe range.

That leads us back to today where I will be having gauze shoved in this wound for the sixth time in the past two weeks and each new doctor who performs this task (urgent care clinic) commenting that I seem to be bearing up under the pain rather well. With my history, I should hope so...

So how well do you bear up under pain? Do you have a history written in pain? And has that numbed you to life's slings and arrows or made you hyper sensitive to every needle stick?
8202  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I want to take her face ... off! on: December 17, 2008, 08:42:52 PM
A lot more drugs for that woman!

A horribly disfigured woman who lived like an outcast because of her appearance woke up Wednesday with a brand new face.  The Cleveland Clinic announced it has performed the first ever face transplant operation in the U.S. - and the most radical makeover of its kind ever.  Doctors replaced all but the woman's chin, lower lip, upper eyelids and forehead. The other 80% of her face was replaced with one donated from a female cadaver.  They also grafted on facial nerves and muscles so the woman's new face functions - and is not just a mask.
Before the operation, the transplant patient - whose face was ruined by some kind of traumatic accident - could not smile or smell or taste. Now, she can, doctors said.
It is only the fourth face transplant ever.
The Cleveland patient is healing rapidly. Transplant recipients run the risk their bodies will reject their new faces, so they are sentenced to a lifetime of taking immune-suppressing drugs.  A nasty side effect of these drugs is that it raises the odds of a patient coming down with cancer and other diseases.

Bioethicist Arthur Caplan said this is why face transplant patients need to know that assisted suicide is an option if the operation doesn't take.  "If your face rejects, it would be a living hell," said Caplan, of the University of Pennsylvania.
8203  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help me find a Christmas gift for my wife... on: December 17, 2008, 07:44:13 PM
Dude, you're so completely hosed. 

My family has gotten past the whole guessing thing.  We do lists.  There's no guarantee that you'll get everything on the list, but it gives a decent starting point for things other than clothing purchases and "need" items.
8204  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Oh come on now....more plumbing grief on: December 17, 2008, 06:40:43 PM
I got all of that except why Klaxon was capitalized.  I love learning stuff like this. 

Personally, I'm more a fan of the air raid siren.
8205  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: December 17, 2008, 05:36:37 PM
I've been working on clearing rooms via the SWAT method, where you move forward and turn to cover the opposite wall as it comes into view.  I've managed to get a few kills because I've taken a momentary respite in a corner and had someone stream right by me.  Always check the corners. 

Vary your routes.  Don't keep marching down the same paths if there are alternate ways to get there.  Especially when it comes to the radio building on Airfield.  Unless you're playing against Hark, then don't even bother to attempt assaulting it.  Your death will come quickly, violently, and frequently.

Of course, I have the lowest K/D of anyone on my list, so take my advice with a grain of salt...  icon_confused
8206  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: X-Men Origins: Wolverine on: December 17, 2008, 05:07:47 PM
IMDB listed characters:

Wolverine (duh)
Silver Fox
William Stryker
Agent Zero
The Blob
Weapon XI
John Wraith (Kestrel, not credited as such -Isg.)
Scott Summers (Cyclops, not credited as such -Isg)
8207  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: December 17, 2008, 04:05:59 PM
Playing last night w/o Hark and crew, I managed to sneak my K/D up to .46  ninja  Boudreaux got to witness some of my unlikely successes. 

12-7 to finish the night on Airfield.

16-5 on Seelow.  Dogs, Arty * 2.
8208  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Official] Rock Band 2 Impressions on: December 17, 2008, 03:55:48 PM
The article was dated 12/6, so odds are good that there's not going to be one before next year.
8209  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: X-Men Origins: Wolverine on: December 17, 2008, 03:52:57 PM
Silver Fox
8210  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NEWS] Adam Walsh murder solved on: December 17, 2008, 03:49:39 PM
They had bloody carpet from the suspect's car.  They lost it.  Then they lost the car.  Blood samples from a suspected murder weapon was lost as well.  There was no DNA evidence to be had at this late date.  The suspect confessed and recanted twice.  A private investigator(?) was found to be feeding details to the suspect in the hopes of getting a book deal.  The whole investigation was botched from the start. 
8211  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Done with college! on: December 17, 2008, 03:41:03 PM
Great job, Turtle! 
8212  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Official] Rock Band 2 Impressions on: December 16, 2008, 10:47:25 PM

Our super sophisticated estimation process has it that a whole 2.89 of ya even care that Microsoft's Lips microphone won't work with Rock Band or Guitar Hero, but we're about to make just south of three Earthlings a lot happier. Harmonix and MTV Games have been working with Microsoft to provide compatibility (via a patch) with Rock Band 2, though there's no definite date to latch on to. Alright Activision, the bar has been set -- you up to the challenge?
8213  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NEWS] Adam Walsh murder solved on: December 16, 2008, 09:09:43 PM
This is kind of underwhelming.

Hollywood police Chief Chadwick Wagner ... said there is no new evidence in the case...

...after what he called a meticulous review of the record and talks with the investigators, he concluded pedophile and serial killer Ottis Toole abducted and killed the 6-year-old boy 27 years ago.
8214  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NEWS] Adam Walsh murder solved on: December 16, 2008, 09:01:29 PM
Daehawk... that's .... wow....
8215  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / EVE Online - push me off the fence. on: December 16, 2008, 08:50:12 PM
First off, I won't be making any decisions until after the first of the year.  But the idea of EVE Online appeals to the space geek in me.  How much control over the ships does one have, especially the fighter craft?  Is it as button-driven as WoW or is there more of a flight sim element to it? 

What does it take to be marginally successful?  Can you solo and still have fun?

Does anyone still even play it?
8216  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [NEWS] Adam Walsh murder solved on: December 16, 2008, 08:30:59 PM
AP via Google

Authorities in South Florida plan to announce that they've finally solved the 1981 killing of a little boy whose father later gained fame as the host of "America's Most Wanted."  Hollywood police have scheduled a news conference Tuesday afternoon to close the case of the abduction and homicide of 6-year-old Adam Walsh.
8217  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero Metallica for Q1 2009?? on: December 16, 2008, 06:10:53 PM
Metallica for me is very hit or miss, but the chance to play Turn the Page?  Assuming it's not crap and works with RB1 instruments, I may have to buy another GH product.  Damn it! 
8218  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CHUCK IS BACK! Chuck vs. The First Date Spoilers! on: December 16, 2008, 04:57:57 PM
I have over a full page of DVR back log of Chuck.  It has survived being culled and was not begun to be cleared this weekend, as I devoted it to my NCIS backlog.  Once I get in a groove during rerun season, I imagine this will provide me two good afternoons of enjoyment.  Good to know that I have some time before Chuck completely assimilates my DVR hard drive and leaves no room for anything else... smile
8219  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/15) on: December 16, 2008, 04:51:07 PM
I guess I'll be stopping by Gamestop on Thursday then.  Thanks.  Article here
8220  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/15) on: December 16, 2008, 04:32:47 PM
Can anyone confirm that RB2 is actually shipping for Wii?  I saw at least one source that indicated that it would not be shipping until after Christmas.  If it's out, it is my BIL's Christmas Present.
8221  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sent Xbox in for repair...what if it's not a RROD?? on: December 16, 2008, 03:44:50 PM
In the states, Purolator is an oil and filter company.  So I get a little chuckle every time one of you Canucks mentions them.

Yes, I know...

The company was originally organized as Trans Canada Couriers, Ltd. In 1967, it was acquired by the US manufacturer of oil and air filters Purolator—the name was originally an abbreviated form of "pure oil later." In 1987, the company returned to Canadian ownership. Although it retained the Purolator name, it has since had no connection with the oil filter business.
8222  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] What Will Marvel's Sequel to Ironman and The Incredible Hulk be? on: December 16, 2008, 03:41:54 PM
How about Tyrese Gibson as Luke Cage?  Recently of Transformers and Death Race.
8223  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: X-Men Origins: Wolverine on: December 15, 2008, 11:11:05 PM
From a post in the OO version of this thread, it occurred to me that Wolverine would be the best bodybuilder ever.  Since building muscle is all about the damage and rebuilding of muscle fibers, he could build muscle in between sets of the same exercise.  He could basically "Hulk out" muscle-wise in a day of eating and working out. 
8224  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox Experience on: December 15, 2008, 10:40:55 PM
Late Night with hit-by am'BUL-ance!
8225  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Home invasions by the police on: December 15, 2008, 10:05:59 PM
SWAT Sergeant Kevin Cox

Sergeant Kevin Cox was accidentally shot and killed as he and other SWAT team members entered a home during a standoff with a man known to have several weapons.
At approximately 1515 hour, officers began to clear all of the windows in the house by knocking the glass out and removing any blinds obstructing view into the home. As they did so, shots were fired and Sergeant Cox was accidentally struck in the head from a shot fired by members of the SWAT team. Other officers returned fire, wounding the suspect. Officers then fired tear gas into the home, effecting the arrest of the man after he crawled out.

That's right, SWAT in my previous city of residence killed one of their own. 

Subsequent coverage

Richard Robinson, 47, was initially charged with capital murder in the shooting death of police Sgt. Kevin Cox. Subsequent ballistic tests found that none of the guns owned by Robinson fired the fatal shot, and the charge was dropped.

Investigators, aided by the FBI, are now trying to identify the gun linked to the fatality. They remain uncertain whether Robinson fired any of the 13 guns police found in his house. Robinson's attorney, Daniel Hurley, said Robinson has told him that he never fired a shot.

PDF report from the FBI.

Through a lengthy crime scene investigation, we were able to determine that Richard Robinson did not fire any shots, nor was he in a position to shoot Sgt. Cox.
8226  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] What Will Marvel's Sequel to Ironman and The Incredible Hulk be? on: December 15, 2008, 09:53:45 PM
On the competition side, Warner Bros. is listed as producing:

The Flash (2010)
Wonder Woman (2011)
Superman: Man of Steel (2011)
Justice League: Mortal (2011)

And on some odder, non-comic notes...

Where the Wild Things Are (2009)
Untitled 300 Sequel (2010)   saywhat
Hawaii Five-0 (2010)  Roll Eyes
Clash of the Titans (2010)
8227  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / AFL 2009 - Cancelled on: December 15, 2008, 09:27:23 PM

The Arena Football League will suspend the 2009 season as it tries to improve its long-term economic model, the league's board of directors announced Monday.
The arenafootball2 league, the official development league of the Arena Football League, will play in 2009. The af2 operates entirely on its own and is not directly affected by the AFL's current situation.
8228  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] What Will Marvel's Sequel to Ironman and The Incredible Hulk be? on: December 15, 2008, 09:22:40 PM
They should get the guy that does Dr. Orpheus to voice Dr. Strange.  Now THAT I would pay to see in theaters.
8229  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ipod Touch Accessories on: December 15, 2008, 09:20:26 PM
If you don't mind applying two at a time, go buy these.

I wound up ordering the iPhone version of this.  It has a free rotating belt clip and comes with an armband for exercise, which I haven't been using enough....   icon_frown
8230  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: December Dallas-area lunch (Cross Posted) on: December 15, 2008, 09:15:28 PM
Glad you could make it and I'm glad you enjoyed it.  Enjoy your exile to Austin.  smile
8231  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] What Will Marvel's Sequel to Ironman and The Incredible Hulk be? on: December 15, 2008, 08:52:08 PM
Marvel Enterprises Production Company (duplicates eliminated)

Silver Surfer (2009)
The Hands of Shang-Chi (2009)
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
Thor (2010)
Spider-Man 4 (2011)
8232  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] What Will Marvel's Sequel to Ironman and The Incredible Hulk be? on: December 15, 2008, 08:45:52 PM

Marvel Studios Production Company

X-Men Origins: Magneto (2009)
Luke Cage (2009)
Hulk Vs. (2009) (V) (direct to video, appears to be a cartoon -Isg.)
Nick Fury (2010)
Ant-Man (2010)
Iron Man 2 (2010)
Deathlok (2011)
The First Avenger: Captain America (2011)
The Avengers (2011)
Doctor Strange (2012)

Because these projects are categorized as being in production, don't cry to me if they fail to materialize, blah blah blah...
8233  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: December Dallas-area lunch (Cross Posted) on: December 15, 2008, 07:18:08 PM
We had five in appearance, as godhugh was forced to cancel and the elusive GungHo eluded our attempts to garner a sighting. 

My contention that I did not recall the state of the waitress uniform was met with snorts of derision.
8234  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: December Dallas-area lunch (Cross Posted) on: December 15, 2008, 05:08:55 PM
I'm headed out very shortly. 

For January, I'll see if I can't get a geographic reference for everyone and see what might be a more centrally-located location.
8235  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: December 15, 2008, 04:54:27 PM
Certainly a more interesting one than the Castle glitch.
8236  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Shoe in for best video of the year? on: December 15, 2008, 04:47:53 PM
I imagine the Secret Service was not solely in charge of security.  It was a joing governmental function in a foreign country.  This wasn't a crackpot that slipped security, he was a properly vetted journalist. 
8237  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I Might Start a New Hobby: Lock Picking on: December 15, 2008, 04:04:06 PM
Of course, that comes up against the legality of owning and/or carrying lockpicks in your jurisdiction.  Having this as a hobby tends not to be looked upon highly by the local LEOs.
8238  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wife got me a mini-copter on: December 15, 2008, 04:02:12 PM
Whatever you do, do not search for "pocket hole" while at work.
8239  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Winter Blast Coming to Portland on: December 15, 2008, 03:27:37 PM
Both temperature scales are linear, but with different slopes.  The intersection of both is at -40 degrees.  So -40 C = -40 F.

F = (C * 1.8 ) + 32

C= (F - 32) * (5 / 9)
8240  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: December Dallas-area lunch (Cross Posted) on: December 14, 2008, 11:51:38 PM
Last call... And make sure you break out the woolies.  Sorry you can't make it, Dreamshadow.  I'll definitely get in touch with you about January.
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