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8201  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [College football] Rivalry week on: November 22, 2008, 08:32:20 PM
Texas Tech normally doesn't care about Oklahoma.  We're usually too busy nipping at the heels of Texas and/or A&M.  This week will be different.
8202  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Heathens Caused the Market Meltdown! on: November 22, 2008, 07:35:03 AM

Quote from: cheeba on November 22, 2008, 01:40:30 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on November 21, 2008, 08:50:15 PM

The idea that any one religion has a monopoly on any societal strength (or weakness) is puppies. 
I hope you're not talking about the Protestant Ethic.

It was more about the Opinion piece.

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The notion of the Protestant work ethic faced some criticism in the 20th century. The strongest of such criticism was that it revolved mostly around the culture and history of Europe and did not take into account societies that had never been Christian. Examples often cited are East Asian nations like Japan which have a strong work ethic but never had more than a small minority of Protestants. Others feel that the recent economic progress of Catholic nations like Ireland and Brazil makes the term at best of historical use.
8203  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A new poll to illuminate the dark chasms in our lives. on: November 22, 2008, 07:28:04 AM

Quote from: Huw the Poo on November 22, 2008, 12:50:17 AM

Quote from: Gromit on November 21, 2008, 11:12:05 PM

I find it ironic that someone with "Poo" in his username doesn't get this.  slywink  LOL

Heh.  Gotcha.  I was thrown off by the weird yank vernacular.  Bunch?  Such barbaric terminology; over here we'd say scrunch! slywink

Here, it would be scrunchie

8204  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty World at War (360) impressions on: November 22, 2008, 07:25:52 AM
Added happydog to my friends list. 
8205  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Neb. finally gets the law right. on: November 22, 2008, 12:28:58 AM
Good.  No longer will we see a father dropping off nine children between the ages of 1 and 17 while their 18-yo sister is at work. 
8206  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty World at War (360) impressions on: November 22, 2008, 12:08:50 AM
MP in open matches, no private games. That being said, you can be placed in a group that moves together.  Just remember to back out of the match lobby if you hear "bingo bango bongo."
8207  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Heathens Caused the Market Meltdown! on: November 22, 2008, 12:03:56 AM
X = chi, the first letter in Christ in Greek. 
8208  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty World at War (360) impressions on: November 21, 2008, 11:54:52 PM
You get XP for kills (10 for people, 3 for dogs), completing challenges (not XBox achievements), and bonus points for matches.  The short answer is play.  It's very quick at the low levels.
8209  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Civic Literacy Test. on: November 21, 2008, 11:51:19 PM
 bowdown

I was wondering how long it would take someone to edge me out.  Props to Mr. Fed for the tie.
8210  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Florida Teen Live-Streams His Suicide Online on: November 21, 2008, 11:23:03 PM
In a related story, the 20-yo that posed as a boy in the MySpace suicide case testified today.

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Things went awry, Ms. Grills said, after she sent an e-mail message with Ms. Drew’s blessing that said, “The world would be a better place without you.” It was an attempt, she said, to get Megan to stop communicating with the made-up Josh so the ruse could end.

Megan’s response, the message about suicide, had never been revealed by Ms. Grills until this week. Shortly after sending the message, Megan hanged herself on Oct. 16, 2006.

“It was something I didn’t want to remember,” said Ms. Grills, who said she had been hospitalized for depression after the suicide. “I pushed it out of my mind.”
8211  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Florida Teen Live-Streams His Suicide Online on: November 21, 2008, 11:11:48 PM
I would like to know more.
8212  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Florida Teen Live-Streams His Suicide Online on: November 21, 2008, 10:37:29 PM
Depression doesn't allow you to do those things, Turtle.  Mine is mild in comparison to others I have been around and I know I haven't seen the worst of it, but a true depression is like an anchor around your neck.  Wanting to cast it off and not return to it does not allow one to do so.  When you can't see the light at the end of the tunnel, train or not, that's a deep, dark hole to be in. 

I'm glad for you that you have the demeanor that you don't have to worry about that.  Some people don't have the wiring to bootstrap themselves out.  I can do it, but I imagine it's a longer climb for me than you.

At the end of the day, he is responsible for the actions he took.  But his father is going to have to live with the thoughts for the rest of his life that he failed his son, and in a small way, he's right.  But not everyone can be saved.  You can not help those who do not wish to be helped.

And the presented media and world around us do not show us the true horror of someone ending his life.  The comparison that comes to my mind is Full Metal Jacket vs. Budd Dwyer (wiki link).  I don't recommend watching the video of that one to anyone.
8213  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Heathens Caused the Market Meltdown! on: November 21, 2008, 09:50:50 PM
Focus on the Family to cut 202 jobs.

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This year, the charity gave nearly $600,000 in support of Proposition 8, a California ballot measure approved by voters that outlawed gay marriage in the state.

Some critics have said that spending is the reason for the staff cuts, but Mr. Schneeberger accuses those who might want to make that connection of “besmirching” the charity’s work.
8214  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: November 21, 2008, 09:24:11 PM
I stil have to learn the pitch differences between you and Fuzz to know who's bitching about what.  Iirc, Pete has the lower register.  But havign them both in the same channel makes for some interesting nights.  I do believe that they are warping my fwagile wittle mind!   icon_wink
8215  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty World at War (360) impressions on: November 21, 2008, 09:21:09 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on November 21, 2008, 03:23:28 PM

Last piece of advice for right now is that when you find someone, don't take too long lining up your shot before you fire.  I spectated quite a lot last night (I died way too much) and noticed that most of the times that friends were sneaking up on someone, they would take too long to line up the shot and the enemy would be gone or spot them before they fired.  I usually hit both LT and RT at about the same time when using an automatic weapon.  Worry about lining up the shot after the bullets are coming out the end slywink

I tend to wind up doing a Looney Tunes-style outline of people.  I think it's just going to take me some more time to get the fine control down to get a sweeping burst off.  But I'll start trying that.  Just make sure you come get me after I get booted for TKs.  biggrin
8216  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Heathens Caused the Market Meltdown! on: November 21, 2008, 08:50:15 PM
The idea that any one religion has a monopoly on any societal strength (or weakness) is puppies. 
8217  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Florida Teen Live-Streams His Suicide Online on: November 21, 2008, 08:45:45 PM

Quote from: Teggy on November 21, 2008, 08:25:27 PM

This can't be the first time this has happened though?

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The United Kingdom had an online suicide in March 2007, when 42-year-old Kevin Whitrick hanged himself while others watched. According to the BBC, some onlookers tried to stop him while others urged him on.
8218  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty World at War (360) impressions on: November 21, 2008, 08:00:14 PM
You're the closest thing we have to a celebrity around here.  The mere honor of playing with you is one to be savored.  And if we get to shoot you in the head, it's like getting to shake the hand of Will Smith ... with bullets...  nod
8219  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty World at War (360) impressions on: November 21, 2008, 07:52:52 PM
Wow, that's going to be helpful...  Proving that once again, Harkonis is my master now.   bowdown

My first match...
8220  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Florida Teen Live-Streams His Suicide Online on: November 21, 2008, 07:05:50 PM
Sad...

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A Florida teenager who used a webcam to live-stream his suicide Wednesday was reportedly encouraged by other people on the Web site, authorities told ABCNews.com.
...
"The bloggers said that Biggs had threatened to kill himself before and had faked it, so at first they didn't believe him," said Crane. "Gradually, as you read the blog further into the day the bloggers start commenting on how Biggs isn't moving."

Crane said comments on the thread included an exchange about whether the image of Biggs' motionless body was a still photograph or a video, and eventually resulted in one of the site's visitors calling the police, who tracked down the teen through his computer IP address.
8221  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Heathens Caused the Market Meltdown! on: November 21, 2008, 06:01:28 PM
I would say that there's not.  Even the contries that don't have near the intrusion of religion into governmetn are still based on ancient codes of law that had their basis in religious tenets.
8222  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty World at War (360) impressions on: November 21, 2008, 04:48:29 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on November 21, 2008, 04:33:51 PM

*stuff*

I started playing with the crew at level 1 with no console shooter experience.  They have been more than kind enough to invite me when they see me on.  Despite my k/d ratios that have been similar to yours, they realize that I serve a valuable role:  bait.  You see, when the n00bs die, it gives the skilled players the info they need to avenge your death and get the easy kill for the enemy that you flushed.

Seriously, though, just don't TK Fuzz or Pete and you'll be fine.  If you do, take off your headset until halfway through the next match until they've found a new target.  biggrin
8223  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty World at War (360) impressions on: November 21, 2008, 04:24:15 PM
Ah, well, maybe next time.  I'm likely to survive longer, that's for sure.  I spent most of my time on airfield either looking to snipe and seeing NOBODY or moving around and getting shot in the back.
8224  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Heathens Caused the Market Meltdown! on: November 21, 2008, 04:22:10 PM

Quote from: Blackadar on November 21, 2008, 02:46:42 PM

It's grossly insensitive and can be downright insulting - imagine getting a card from someone on Easter that said "Happy to the Death of your so-called God Day". 

That card would be two days late.  I don't think they make cards for Good Friday. 
8225  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty World at War (360) impressions on: November 21, 2008, 04:15:11 PM
I made an accidental discovery last night.  Alone in a tank getting circles run around you by a soldier?  Tap the Y button to move to the gunner position and let him pick you off and steal your tank. 
8226  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cineplexity, Game 2!!! on: November 21, 2008, 04:05:56 PM
Rodney Dangerfield from Natural Born Killers
8227  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Almost makes me wish I had voted for Obama on: November 21, 2008, 05:06:02 AM
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First 100 Days put an end to or moratorium on:
the abortion gag rule

Source, 2001

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President Bush confirmed at a White House lunch for GOP congressional leaders Monday that as one of his first acts as president he will reinstate the so-called global gag rule, which blocks U.S. funds being given to international family-planning groups that offer abortion and abortion counseling.
8228  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Heathens Caused the Market Meltdown! on: November 21, 2008, 05:03:34 AM
You think that's bad, go back and click on the video link and watch him spew it for three minutes with a straight face.
8229  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Heathens Caused the Market Meltdown! on: November 21, 2008, 02:46:35 AM
I don't even know where to start with this moron, so I won't..... *wanders off muttering*
8230  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Almost makes me wish I had voted for Obama on: November 21, 2008, 02:39:46 AM

Quote from: PaulBot on November 21, 2008, 01:18:50 AM

Quote from: Moliere on November 09, 2008, 05:14:56 AM

the death penalty

So he's going to stop abortions?

Roll Eyes
8231  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 21, 2008, 02:33:47 AM
I love the turn that this thread has taken while being slightly bothered that I can no longer risk checking it at work.  Eh, I'll get over it.  biggrin
8232  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: eHarmony update on: November 21, 2008, 12:27:19 AM
You can refuse service to anyone for a good reason, a bad reason, or no reason at all ... as long as it's not an illegal reason.  And in many locales, sexual preference has become an illegal reason. 
8233  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: The Housing Disaster - Who is to blame? on: November 21, 2008, 12:24:57 AM
Six weeks of no foreclosures from Freddie and Fannie (God, those are stupid names that I'm tired of hearing...)

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The six-week halt will begin Nov. 26, a day before the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday, and last through Jan. 9, the companies said in separate statements today. The hiatus is designed to give servicers more time to implement a streamlined loan modification program for struggling borrowers.
8234  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Wizkids gets the axe on: November 21, 2008, 12:07:19 AM
I want a MechWarrior MMO.  Get your connections working on that, Atomic.
8235  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: No Bailout for GM please. Let em die. on: November 21, 2008, 12:03:24 AM
Really?  You're going to use Detroit (twice) as your platform? 

 saywhat retard
8236  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: F/S: Fallout 3 (360) - PRICE DROP on: November 20, 2008, 11:19:29 PM
No prob.  I should probably save money to buy my family Christmas gifts anyway slywink
8237  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: eHarmony update on: November 20, 2008, 11:16:30 PM
I find that argument to be disingenuous.  To my knowledge, a fair number of pastors/preachers/etc. are paid for their services to marry individuals.  Since this is the case, they are in a business.  Would the same argument not allow them to be sued if they were to refuse to perform their paid services to a couple that they do not approve of such as a location where gay marriage was legal?  Can I sue the mohel for refusing to perform a bris on a Palestinian child at request?
8238  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: The Housing Disaster - Who is to blame? on: November 20, 2008, 10:58:57 PM
 Tongue   icon_wink

Show me his rap sheet.

8239  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: No Bailout for GM please. Let em die. on: November 20, 2008, 10:57:07 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on November 19, 2008, 11:45:24 PM

You call this working?  I know it's just one example, but it's a pretty powerful one.

I'm sorry he has this disease and I certainly wish his reality was different.

But show me where the drug has a chance of putting this patient into remission.  This is a heartstring story that attempts to ignore the financial realities.  This case is financial triage.  The costs spent prolonging this man's life can be better used to purchase the services that have a much better chance to save others. 
8240  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: No Bailout for GM please. Let em die. on: November 20, 2008, 10:49:28 PM

Quote from: cheeba on November 20, 2008, 03:01:20 AM

What has the government done better than private industry? Anything? Serious question here, not a challenge.

Police, fire, national defense.  Or do you want rent-a-cops, ADT, and Blackwater protecting your life and property?
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