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8201  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Holy Land Foundation defendants guilty on all counts on: December 01, 2008, 05:07:58 PM
I've seen that argument brought up before.  I still have not seen a source to back it up.  And one would figure that a time period such as the founding of our nation combined with the British penchant for bureacracy would mean a lot of source documents. 

I'm not saying there isn't any evidence, I'm just saying I have yet to see anyone present it.
8202  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My neighbour sucks at parking on: December 01, 2008, 05:00:56 PM
What's that white stuff?

On a serious note, check with your local DMV/DPS and see if there's a way to file a complaint.  I know some locales have a way to request someone be re-tested so that they can be stopped before mowing down a local marching band.
8203  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OMG I'm SO PUMPED. ROLL TIDE!!!! I WANT AUBURN!!!!! on: December 01, 2008, 04:52:03 PM

Quote from: The Grue on November 30, 2008, 04:09:01 PM

Quote from: Mithridates on November 30, 2008, 12:56:25 AM

So, why do I keep hearing 1 loss Oklahoma should be ahead of 1 Texas, when Texas beat them? And if Texas goes, then why not Texas Tech, who beat them?  And if TT goes, then why not Oklahoma because they spanked them?

Why is head to head an acceptable "tie-breaker" in some situations and not others? 

I was talking with some people when I was in Texas this past week and they indicated that in the Big 12 with tie-breaker scenarios that instead of looking at head to head, they look at how badly teams beat other teams.  I was perplexed, but they said that was the way it was. 

Those people were ill-informed boobs and make Texas football fans look bad.  Here is the official breakdown.  The shorthand is record, record, record, record, BCS, winning percentage, rock/paper/scissors/lizard/Spock.  Good luck getting past #5.  #6 wouldn't have mattered.
8204  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pixar Movies: Favorite to Least Favorite on: December 01, 2008, 04:48:12 PM
The Incredibles
Finding Nemo
Monsters Inc.
Toy Story
Toy Story 2
Bug's Life

I caught part of The Incredibles over the weekend and was sucked back in.  I love watching the aircraft shootdown, partially for the radio communications that she's delivering.  It's a very powerful scene.
8205  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Shirt Woot Clearance! on: December 01, 2008, 06:27:06 AM

Random Shirt

Size selection is available, of course, but there is a limit on the day's orders.  Get hopping.
8206  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: THE PEOPLE ARE FIGHTING OVER 360's!!!!!!!!! on: November 30, 2008, 09:41:59 PM
People suck (present company excluded).
8207  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Finally, some good news! on: November 27, 2008, 05:00:49 AM
I'm glad that finally something really good has come your way.  After all you and your family have been through, he and you really deserve it.
8208  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Barbara Bush resting after surgery (and looking HOT!) on: November 26, 2008, 08:53:00 PM

Damn, that's some surgery!!
8209  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I'm rich! on: November 26, 2008, 08:27:14 PM

Quote from: JohnathanStrange on November 26, 2008, 08:16:52 PM

I'd probably donate a thousand to the top ten posters here

Must ... pad ... faster...

KD would be double-dipped as he's Top 10.  And I think Pete should be given special consideration for the density of his posts.
8210  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cineplexity, Game 2!!! on: November 26, 2008, 08:02:03 PM
Groundhog Day

Bill Murray goes perverted while socially engineering the blonde from the diner, getting her to play dress-up.  He diverts the funds from the armored car.  He converts Andie McDowell into believing he's actually a decent guy.  And he takes piano lessons leading up to the big finale.
8211  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox Experience on: November 26, 2008, 04:33:47 PM

Quote from: kathode on November 26, 2008, 04:20:47 PM

Sony movies are apparently back on Netflix now.

Cool beans.  Thanks for the heads up.
8212  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I'm rich! on: November 26, 2008, 04:29:10 PM
They're getting craftier.  The lady that got snowed received letters from "President Bush", et al.  I would love to see these docs and see if they pass a cursory examination.  The heart of a good lie is a little bit of truth.

Of course, the linked story is over three years old...
8213  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: November 26, 2008, 04:10:36 PM
I will be on furlough until Sunday at the earliest.  Headed back to the world to spend the holidays in a rear area without worring about artillery strikes, snipers, or those effing dogs...
8214  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Thanksgiving weekend, games, and you on: November 26, 2008, 04:05:43 PM
None.  Thanksgiving at the 'rents place 200 miles away.  Christmas is there, as well, and the XBox with Rock Band may be making the trip, as my sister and BIL will be down and they are both fans.
8215  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help My Cat Sanctuary Win $100K -- (Cross posted at OO) on: November 26, 2008, 04:02:48 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on November 26, 2008, 01:30:37 AM

8216  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help My Cat Sanctuary Win $100K -- (Cross posted at OO) on: November 26, 2008, 01:30:37 AM
8217  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pixar Movies: Favorite to Least Favorite on: November 25, 2008, 09:16:21 PM
I liked Cars...
8218  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Holy Land Foundation defendants guilty on all counts on: November 25, 2008, 08:34:31 PM
Canada, the EU, Israel (obviously) and Japan share our opinion of Hamas.  And they were elected in 2006, 11 years after the US put the label on them.
8219  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jury duty fail on: November 25, 2008, 08:27:36 PM
I would have thought your tactic would have been more that, as a federal employee, you think anyone who isn't is out to contaminate the essence of your natural fluids.
8220  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: How do we make this permanent? on: November 25, 2008, 08:22:36 PM
We're going to equip you in style, sir.  No mere hammer will do.  It's titanium crowbars for you!

8221  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Holy Land Foundation defendants guilty on all counts on: November 25, 2008, 08:20:54 PM

A jury on Monday determined that the Holy Land Foundation and five men who worked with the Muslim charity were guilty of three dozen counts related to the illegal funneling of at least $12 million to the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas.

The unanimous verdicts are a complete victory for the government, which streamlined its case and worked hard to carefully educate jurors on the complex, massive evidence presented in the trial. Guilty verdicts were read on 108 separate charges.
“It’s a sad day,” said Mohammed Wafa Yaish, Holy Land’s former accountant and himself a witness of the trial. “It looks like helping the needy Palestinians is a crime these days.”
Opening statements at the Earle Cabell Federal Courthouse in downtown Dallas began Sept. 22. Over the past two months, prosecutors attempted to prove that five former charity organizers used Holy Land, once the largest Muslim charity in the U.S., to funnel an estimated $60 million to the militant group — most of it before 1995.

Hamas was designated as a terrorist organization by the U.S. in 1995, and the trial centered on the $12 million the government said Holy Land and supporters funneled to the group after that date.

Defense attorneys argued that the foundation was a legitimate, non-political charity that helped distressed Palestinians under Israeli occupation. They accused the government of bending to Israeli pressure to prosecute the charity, and of relying on old evidence predating the 1995 designation.
8222  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help My Cat Sanctuary Win $100K -- (Cross posted at OO) on: November 25, 2008, 08:07:39 PM
Sea kitten
8223  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Left 4 Dead Impressions on: November 25, 2008, 07:33:45 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on November 25, 2008, 07:21:55 PM

Honestly, you've dismissed it, and I'm betting there is no convincing you, but I wasn't sold on it from the demo, either, and I've spent way more MP time playing L4D than either CoD or GoW this year.

A necessity on my limited budget with Christmas on the horizon.  I have co-op zombie killing in CoD when I want it.  It's not really an either/or situation.  If I had seen enough to interest me, I might still have put it on my list for after the new year.  But I didn't get nearly enough enjoyment out of it, not even enough to finish the demo. 

I would pick up EndWar, NHL 09, or Mirror's Edge before this one.  And honestly, I won't be picking up any of those before a price drop, most likely.  If I was simply looking for a good MP experience, I would have jumped on GoW2, but my time with the original led me to believe that, as popular as the first was, there wasn't going to be enough changes to warrant me enjoying it as much as CoD.
8224  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jury duty fail on: November 25, 2008, 07:16:19 PM
Then she filed for habeus corpus.
8225  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox Experience on: November 25, 2008, 07:02:42 PM
This is just the latest step in making the home-built PC a thing of the past.  You gave up IRQ settings and batch files, you gave up having to make any effort to patch your games, now they have you installing the game to a hard drive.  DRM is pushing people away from PC gaming.  A decade from now, there will be no PCs, only consoles.  MUHAHAHAHA!!!!
8226  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Left 4 Dead Impressions on: November 25, 2008, 06:24:02 PM
Camp I can handle.  Camp implies humor.  I saw none of that to be had. 

I got CoD:W@W.  I'm covered on MP fun.
8227  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Left 4 Dead Impressions on: November 25, 2008, 05:12:49 PM
Played the demo.  Zoombies, ripping off HL tongue grabbers, smokers (  saywhat ) FTL.  I'm out.
8228  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jury Duty Fail Fail................ on: November 25, 2008, 05:10:29 PM
Venancio Gaona, chairman of the non-profit El Concilio de Fresno, said Sunday evening the groups believe the station portrays Hispanics in a bad light and doesn't report their accomplishments. He did not cite any examples.

"[Hall] represented the corporation, and we have to assume that this permeated his staff," Gaona said. "They seem to feel that we are still farmworkers and subject to their whims."

Way to make hay out of that one...   Roll Eyes  One bad apple and all that....
8229  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTA4 DLC: The Lost and The Damned on: November 24, 2008, 09:39:43 PM
You're about a month late for zombies.

8230  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pixar Movies: Favorite to Least Favorite on: November 24, 2008, 08:51:38 PM
I need to revisit Incredibles now that I don't have a pissed gf to worry about.  That may have influenced my viewing of it a bit.
8231  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Week 12 on: November 24, 2008, 08:50:16 PM
That proves it!  I always knew Pete was a fair weather fan.  slywink
8232  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Week 12 on: November 24, 2008, 04:36:00 PM
Reid and McNabb don't talk about Bench Club


Against the host Ravens Sunday, Donovan McNabb was pulled after the first half after he went 8 for 18 for 59 yards, two interceptions and a fumble lost. He and replacement Kevin Kolb combined for 132 yards, 4 INTs and a 12.5 QB rating.
The Philadelphia Eagles franchise quarterback looked uncomfortable during his second-half benching Sunday. His face had a look of disappointment, shock and loneliness. With a hood over his head, it suggested McNabb also experienced a sense of embarrassment.
"I'm not going to sit here and tell you that I didn't think it needed to be done at that time," Reid said. "I'll evaluate it and see what needs to be done here, coming up for this game on Thursday.''
Yet it was interesting that Reid did not personally tell McNabb he would not return to the game. Instead, Philadelphia quarterbacks coach Pat Shurmur informed McNabb at halftime that he was being benched.
8233  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need for Speed: Undercover on: November 24, 2008, 04:13:52 PM
Some of us have been lurking and waiting for the expert's opinion. 
8234  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need help on a home theater system on: November 24, 2008, 05:29:41 AM
CNet has a few words to say on the subject.  Top 2 on the list have wireless rear speakers.
8235  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Stranglehold on: November 24, 2008, 05:24:08 AM
Just got this on demo from Gamefly, which I loaded up after playing the demo recently.  Saw the PC version over at Half Price Books today for $10.
8236  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Seriously cool gift for a Firefly Fan on: November 24, 2008, 02:20:12 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on November 24, 2008, 12:36:33 AM

Tubes cost more to mail.
But there are tubes running into my house!
8237  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox Experience on: November 24, 2008, 12:29:17 AM
You pretty much have it right.  No waiting on the streams.  Attached are the plans (bottom two aren't streaming allowed).  My current Watch Now queue has 84 movies in it from Pan's Labyrinth to the original Psycho to Akira to Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.  Any Sony movies will be PC viewable, but not XBox viewable (freakin' Sony...   disgust). 
8238  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Seriously cool gift for a Firefly Fan on: November 24, 2008, 12:19:34 AM
$8 to have it rolled and not folded?  That's highway robbery!
8239  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: No Bailout for GM please. Let em die. on: November 23, 2008, 05:53:12 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on November 23, 2008, 04:22:53 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on November 22, 2008, 08:30:36 PM

Quote from: cheeba on November 22, 2008, 06:55:06 AM

That ignores overtime which is a significant chunk of the UAW worker's paycheck.

What would you suggest the automakers do to reduce overtime? 

More and better robots?

Trained octopi.  4x more arms.
8240  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Keith Olbermann is ANGRY (Prop 8) on: November 23, 2008, 05:52:12 PM

Quote from: brettmcd on November 23, 2008, 04:05:22 PM

I dont agree at all with this, but can someone explain to me how a constitutional amendment can be declared unconstitutional?    Ive read thats one of the arguements that people are using to try and get the courts to overturn prop 8.    I dont want this to be law, but it seems to me that the only way to overturn it would be another constitutional amendment.

The court can review it and toss it out on its ear.  See the Line Item Veto Act of 1996.
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