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8201  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How did you choose your Gamertag or Forum name? on: December 30, 2008, 07:04:31 PM
Oh, and as for my Gamer Tag, I spent probably 30 minutes futzing over it.  Isgrimnur is taken by some snot-nosed British punk.  I hate adding numbers and other nonsense after my tag, so I had to find something else

As I am a science-y nerd with a love of particle physics, and Hadron Collider was too long, I went with Hadron Smasher.
8202  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How did you choose your Gamertag or Forum name? on: December 30, 2008, 06:58:07 PM

Quote from: mytocles on December 30, 2008, 06:42:54 PM

- "midichlorians" - how can it be that I do not know that word?

Have you not seen Star Wars: Episode 1?
8203  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [NASA] Columbia Crew Survival Investigation Report Released on: December 30, 2008, 06:54:58 PM
Press Release

From the report:

  • The first event with lethal potential was depressurization of the crew module, which started at or shortly after orbiter breakup. (The suits they wear are stopgap and not designed to be integral with the design of the shuttle. -Isg)
  • The second event with lethal potential was unconscious or deceased crew members exposed to a dynamic rotating load environment with nonconformal helmets and a lack of upper body restraint. (the shoulder seatbelts failed. - Isg)
  •   The third event with lethal potential was separation from the crew module and the seats with associated forces, material interactions, and thermal consequences.  This event is least understood due to limitations in current knowledge of mechanisms at this Mach number and altitude.  Seat restraints played a role in the lethality of this event.
  • The fourth event with lethal potential was exposure to near vacuum, aerodynamic acccellerations, and cold temperatures.
  • The final event with lethal potential was ground impact.  (There is a parachute system, but it currently requires manual activation. -Isg)

Full report with recommendations is here.

February 1st will be the 6th anniversary of this tragedy.  I hope that NASA implements these recommendations so that we can minimize the risk to the lives of our space pioneers.
8204  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How did you choose your Gamertag or Forum name? on: December 30, 2008, 05:56:23 PM
In HS, my buddy had co-opted Eolair for his tag on every game we played.  He got me into reading Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, the source for his tag.  I coopted mine to fall in line with his, since Eolair and Isgrimnur were best friends.  
8205  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Friday Fun] Word Association on: December 30, 2008, 04:56:33 PM
8206  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Happy Holidays - I have a present for you... on: December 30, 2008, 04:37:29 PM
Spoiler Tags, people!

Spoiler for Hiden:
Glad to hear you guys have hit the home stretch.  I'm looking forward to it.
8207  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Playoffs - Wild Card Weekend on: December 30, 2008, 04:29:36 PM
IND takes down SD
MIA beats BAL
PHI backs over MIN
ATL rolls over ARI
8208  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: X-Men Origins: Wolverine on: December 30, 2008, 04:20:44 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 30, 2008, 04:27:32 AM

Quote from: Rich on December 30, 2008, 03:06:37 AM

Who is Weapon XI, I remember Weapon XIII (fantomex) but not XI?

it looks like Weapon XI was made up specifically for the movie.

You are correct, sir.

Weapon Plus

No individual with the 'Weapon XI' moniker has been seen, but John Sublime has mentioned it.

Scott Adkins has reportedly been cast as Weapon XI in the movie X-Men Origins: Wolverine It has not been revealed what sort of powers he will wield.
8209  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 - A Sinking Ship? on: December 29, 2008, 09:07:44 PM
Land in sight: Sony cuts PS3 production cost by 35%

The console, thanks to its Cell processor, expensive XDR memory, a pricey GPU and a Blu-ray drive, may have carried a production cost of nearly twice its retail price initially.
According to iSuppli, the first version of the PS3 carried an estimated bill of materials of $690.23 (according to a 2007 estimate, which was down from more than $900 estimate in 2006), while the newly revised PS3 is believed to cost Sony $448.73 in materials, manufacturing and box content. This number is still above the console’s $399 retail price, but the new design allows Sony to cut its losses dramatically.

iSuppli said that the revised PS3 design (80 GB) contains about 2820 individual parts, compared to 4048 in the previous-generation model with a 60 GB hard drive. All of the key integrated circuits in the new PS3 have undergone changes and employ more advanced process geometry compared to the previous model, the market research firm said. Key parts, which include Nvidia’s Reality Synthesizer, IBM’s Cell Broadband Engine and Toshiba’s I/O controller are now manufactured in 65 nm, cut the overall power consumption of the PS3 and reduce the number of discrete components in the console.
“With its new-generation PS3, Sony has come closer to breaking even, although it probably hasn’t quite reached that mark yet,” said Andrew Rassweiler, director and principal analyst, teardown services, for iSuppli. “With iSuppli’s estimated PS3 cost at $448.73, the product retailing in the United States at around $399 and taking into account other expenses, the PS3 may be able to break even in 2009 with further hardware revisions.”
8210  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chronicles of Narnia: Caspian on: December 29, 2008, 07:33:40 PM
Magicians's Nephew and Last Battle would be hard to do for a mainstream audience and Horse and His Boy would be difficult to spin off with nowhere to go after the one film.  That being said, it sucks that we couldn't get at least the core 4 done.
8211  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty World at War (360) impressions on: December 29, 2008, 07:21:49 PM
I saw you on last night, but didn't wish to disturb your video watching(?) last night by pinging an invite.  I believe we had 10 people on at once last night.  The MP is still going strong at the moment.  I think it will still be going strong through late February when Street Fighter 28.5 Super Mega Hyper Turbo Chinchilla Edition comes out.
8212  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/22) on: December 29, 2008, 06:22:53 PM
I bought the EndWar/headset pack at "Best" Buy on the way out of town for the holidays ... and not just for the headset.  I'm looking forward to screaming at my TV and actually getting a response out of it.

I actually had to get a guy to check the back and get one out of the stock room for me on the night of the 23rd. 
8213  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Braggin on my gun helicopter on: December 29, 2008, 06:20:15 PM
Congrats to your nephew being the best of the best of the best!
8214  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Week 17 on: December 29, 2008, 05:44:17 PM
From a Bills fan in Dallas, congrats to the Eagles and thanks for the Dallas beatdown.  And thanks for reminding us that there's a third column in the record keeping and that it's not just reserved for hockey and soccer.  Can I borrow some Eagles gear for the Vikes game on Sunday?  After all, Philly is the only NFC East team not to get a ring off of Buffalo's back.
8215  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Yes, Virginia, on: December 29, 2008, 05:31:10 PM
Yes, but note that you were taught none of these things.  What grade is it when you were taught the proper cubic foot volume of a bushel of wheat?  Been educated on Kansas weather patterns lately? 
8216  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's Endwar RTS on: December 29, 2008, 05:07:13 PM
I played the demo and liked it enough to pick up the headset deal at Best Buy (and not just for the headset Tongue ) before I left town for the holidays.  I'll most likely pick it up and toy with it sometime over the New Year's holidays.  (I'd really like to get to Prestige on CoD by year's end).  I'll def. be looking for some MP goodness once I get a handle on it.
8217  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/22) on: December 23, 2008, 10:53:36 PM
I saw the EndWar/headset deal on their website as well.  Probably stop and try and pick it up before I leave town this evening.
8218  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jeebus I'm BORED!! on: December 23, 2008, 10:51:26 PM
This should keep you busy for a few minutes.
8219  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: December 22, 2008, 06:05:42 AM

Quote from: pr0ner on December 21, 2008, 08:28:32 PM

Having someone call me (and others) a coward = not cool.

You know who you are.

I must not have been around for this...    saywhat
8220  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Worst Fantasy Football coaching ever. on: December 22, 2008, 06:03:22 AM
I got nowhere in both OO leagues, but have ridden a 6-6-1 record to the finals this weekend against some HS buddies.  I don;t have the tracking, but it looks like Rivers gave me some good numbers through the air, Antonio Gates had short yards, but two TDs, and the rest look good.  Hopefully I can pull it out and have bragging rights until next season.
8221  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: December 20, 2008, 05:09:33 PM

Quote from: Canuck on December 20, 2008, 01:26:23 PM

When you're typing an email or MMS message, can you get the screen to flip so that it displays horizontally? 

Safari will flip the keyboard.  MMS and e-mail will not.  A little practice with knowing which part of your finger will hit it will improve your skills quickly.  And there is autocorrect.

For the Bluetooth, I know the initial firmware did not have that feature available.  I've never messed with it, so I can't tell you for sure, but I haven't seen anything that says they have changed it.
8222  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: December 20, 2008, 06:48:06 AM
Being a tank whore gets you nasty voice messages about not playing the game "properly."  Just ask Hark. biggrin
8223  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help me find a Christmas gift for my wife... on: December 20, 2008, 06:39:18 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on December 20, 2008, 04:01:01 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on December 18, 2008, 04:06:26 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on December 18, 2008, 03:22:23 AM

My wife already has three of everything. She wants one more. The only thing she actually needs is a new computer, so that's what I'm buying her. But I want to let her pick it out, and I don't want to shackle her to a particular store or brand, so I'm not buying a gift certificate. I still have no idea how I'm going to present this gift on xmas morning. I'd like to give her something to unwrap, even if the gift itself is really just money.

Get the budget in banded stacks of $1s from the bank, get a cheap briefcase, and wrap that.

What an amusingly inconvenient idea! I think I like it.

If you do, I would love to see pics.
8224  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Here comes the snow on: December 19, 2008, 10:36:25 PM
Laner, you're the man!  Thanks.
8225  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 - A Sinking Ship? on: December 19, 2008, 09:06:30 PM
Bring your own!
8226  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Drinking habits and me on: December 19, 2008, 09:01:28 PM
You have two too many worse.  No one can control themselves when they drink too much.  The question is are they someone who can't control themselves when they drink. 
8227  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Here comes the snow on: December 19, 2008, 08:06:10 PM
Keep 'em coming.  Anybody got the chops to make animated graphics out of these?
8228  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] What Will Marvel's Sequel to Ironman and The Incredible Hulk be? on: December 19, 2008, 07:11:36 PM
Ironman: Will someone please let me into my building?  I have a powered suit of armor in there just like the last two I flew out in, but I need someone to sneak me in.
8229  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NEWS]Child remains found in Orlando near Anthony home on: December 19, 2008, 07:06:51 PM
Current press conference.

The remains have been confirmed by nuclear DNA analysis by the FBI that it is Caylee Anthony.  There is no evident trauma to the bones.  Toxicology is still outstanding.  Manner of death is homicide.  Cause is undetermined at this time and may be revised.
8230  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Drinking habits and me on: December 19, 2008, 06:50:28 PM
The Journal of the American Medical Association defines alcoholism as "a primary, chronic disease characterized by impaired control over drinking, preoccupation with the drug alcohol, use of alcohol despite adverse consequences, and distortions in thinking."

Once a week does not meet most people's definition of "impaired control" or "preoccupation" unless he's keeping track of how many days until he can do it again.  It does not appear that there are any consequences that most people would consider "adverse."  A hangover is expected.  He is not doing serious harm to his school/work/relationships.  His thinking seems to be rather clear and considered on the subject. 

I will agree that there is a spectrum to all behavioral issues and chemical dependence, it doesn't sound like he's in need of structured assistance unless or until he wants to make a change and can not.  Just because someone asks this question does not automatically that the answer is yes.
8231  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Drinking habits and me on: December 19, 2008, 06:13:51 PM
Dihydrogen monoxide kills thousands every year.  Please write your members of Congress and have them outlaw the sale, possession, and use of this deadly chemical that exists in every home in the country!
8232  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: December 19, 2008, 03:25:46 PM

Quote from: Mithridates on December 19, 2008, 02:47:55 PM

Not sure that I want any of these, but I'm happy to see BNL debut on Rock Band.  Would love to see "Falling for the First Time" as DLC.

I want "One Week" for the vocals.   icon_twisted

Then give me "Pepper" from the Butthole Surfers.
8233  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Spirit on: December 19, 2008, 03:21:58 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 17, 2008, 04:31:11 PM

Quote from: Gratch on December 17, 2008, 04:25:34 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 17, 2008, 04:23:57 PM

I guess I'll have to settle with getting drunk and watching the Star Wars Holiday Special.

Same as every Christmas then, eh?


yeah- the Three Wise Men, Jack, Jose and Ron, will all come over for their annual X-Mas get together  icon_wink

I've met Jack a time or two.  Jose and me have hung out a few times.  I don't believe that I know who Ron is. 

Pierre and I, however, are great friends.
8234  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Escapist: Zero Punctuation on: December 19, 2008, 05:10:56 AM

Quote from: Destructor on December 19, 2008, 03:42:32 AM

And "Okay, I got just a bit worked up" Yahtzee does Sonic Unleashed for the Wii.

Comedy GOLD, Jerry!
8235  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: December 19, 2008, 04:55:06 AM

Quote from: Moliere on December 18, 2008, 11:45:42 PM

The Never Ending Story
8236  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Does Caroline Kennedy want to be president? on: December 18, 2008, 11:30:25 PM
Biden would be 74.  I seriously doubt (a) he would want it or (b) he would get it in a walk even if he did.  He's less than two years younger than Cheney.  Would you have pegged them as that close in age?
8237  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: December 18, 2008, 11:23:29 PM
8238  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Drinking habits and me on: December 18, 2008, 11:06:03 PM
I think it can be a sign of deeper issues.  That's why it's one of the questions and not a solitary indicator.  Drinking by yourself is not in itself a danger sign just as a sore throat is not a clear indicator of a cold, merely a possible indicator that there may be more symptoms waiting to present or not yet diagnosed.
8239  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: December 18, 2008, 10:59:44 PM
Bad Santa
8240  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Want a Space Shuttle for the front lawn? on: December 18, 2008, 10:24:28 PM

If your organization has the right stuff, it could display one of the U.S. shuttles that NASA plans to retire from service in 2010.  The space agency sent a notice this week to museums, schools and similar institutions to gauge their interest and qualifications for properly housing Discovery, Atlantis or Endeavour.
The privilege of showing off a shuttle won't be cheap -- about $42 million.  This figure will include $28.2 million for the removal of hazardous chemicals -- such as ammonia, used as a coolant, and nitrogen tetroxide and hydrazine, used as fuel; $5.8 million for moving the shuttle via a carrier aircraft to its new location; and $8 million for preparing the shuttle for display, Curie said.  A carrier aircraft will be the only way to deliver a shuttle to a landlocked location, and such aircraft will no longer be in NASA's budget once the shuttle program ends.  After chemicals are drained from the shuttle, its estimated weight will be about 170,000 pounds, Curie said.
Asked whether NASA had considered trying to sell the shuttles on eBay, [NASA spokesman Michael Curie] laughed: "No, that probably wouldn't be the prudent thing to do with something paid for by taxpayers' money."
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