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8321  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: December 18, 2008, 10:59:44 PM
Bad Santa
8322  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."
8323  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cineplexity, Game 2!!! on: December 18, 2008, 09:20:40 PM

A very wealthy Burt Reynolds pursues a poor stripper, Demi Moore, who attempts to blackmail him so she can get money to fight for custody of her daughter.
8324  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Live action Cowboy Bebop on: December 18, 2008, 08:27:31 PM
That would be such a disparate voice casting as to be disconcerting.
8325  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox NXE Snowglobe! on: December 18, 2008, 08:02:32 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 12, 2008, 01:38:46 PM

It plops all your friends in it with you

Even better, he was "plopped" in.
8326  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: December 18, 2008, 07:54:53 PM
I will be on.  I don't have to go to the doctor's for another stuffing until Saturday.  I may try to brave a bit of Christmas shopping on the way home, so assuming I don't die, I'll be on.
8327  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 - A Sinking Ship? on: December 18, 2008, 06:20:02 PM
Not to mention that I can see the difference on my 27" 720p TV just fine, tyvm. 
8328  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: More Engine Please on: December 18, 2008, 06:12:02 PM
Thank you.


Impacted the ground coming out of a loop at the Kingsville air show in Texas. The aircraft was from Shaw AFB, South Carolina. Pilot, Major Brison Phillips, did not eject. Six minutes into the scripted airshow the pilot executed a double Immelman maneuver to 21 seconds inverted followed by a split S maneuver. The inverted maneuver was standard to maintain position with ground references and the show line. Due to strong winds and unfamiliar ground references, the pilot channelized his atention on the ground references and the show line but not at his power setting en 12° dive angle. Higher than normal power and the dive caused him to descend rapidly from 6,300 feet to 4,200 feet and accelerate from 132 knots to 444 knots. The pilot recognized this and pulled maximum G's but impacted the ground

8329  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: December 18, 2008, 06:04:48 PM
I stuck with Hardcore for FFA even so.  I honestly don't enjoy Core that much due to the arcade-y feel to it.  I still enjoy playing with you guys.  It's just nice to see occassionally that I don't completely suck.  I still had a few bad rounds last night, but I'm improving slowly.  Being able to shoot at anything that moves helps.. biggrin
8330  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: More Engine Please on: December 18, 2008, 05:35:39 PM
Can you point me at the incident?
8331  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Williams Pinball Classics News Post on: December 18, 2008, 05:20:49 PM
I just can't get into computer pinball.  There's not enough of a feedback to scratch that itch.

My local Fuddruckers has the new Indiana Jones machine.  I have one of the top five scores on it atm.  

And I used to play the old Indiana Jones machine when I was a commissary sacker at the AFB when I was was 18.

And when I get back to Vegas, screw the slots, I'm going to the Pinball Museum in between naps and trips to the Hold Em tables.  
8332  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: December 18, 2008, 05:13:40 PM
I actually played a game on Castle in FFA where nobody glitched... saywhat
8333  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: December 18, 2008, 04:39:55 PM
You people make me play badly. 

Last night, I played FFA in general Live cesspool.  My K/D is up to .47.  I went 29-20 on Dome with three recon, two arty and one dog call.

8334  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost another of my little dog buddies today on: December 18, 2008, 04:23:20 PM
My condolences.
8335  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: More Engine Please on: December 18, 2008, 04:15:09 PM
If it's this one, the pilot did make it out in one piece.


September 14, 2003: 31-year-old Captain Chris Stricklin, flying Thunderbird 6 (opposing solo) failed to pull out of a dive but safely ejected at Mountain Home AFB in southwest Idaho. Stricklin miscalculated the altitude required to complete his opening maneuver, a "Split S". The elevation of the airfield was about 1100 feet higher than the team's home base at Nellis AFB. He climbed to an inadequate altitude of just 1670 feet above ground level, instead of 2500 feet, before initiating the pull-down dive of the Split S maneuver. Stricklin ejected when the rapidly descending F-16C was only 140 feet above ground - just 0.8 seconds prior to impact. His parachute deployed just above the ground and he sustained only minor injuries from the ejection. There were no injuries to any personnel or spectators on the ground.

Lucky to get out with his life.  Lost his ride.

McSpadden says Stricklin is an exceptional officer. "He is an extremely talented pilot. He came in here and made an honest mistake," says Lt. Col. McSpadden. But that mistake has cost Stricklin his prestigious spot on the Thunderbird team. "He's assigned to Washington D.C.," says McSpadden. "He's working in the Pentagon there in one of the agencies."
8336  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help me find a Christmas gift for my wife... 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.
8337  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: December 17, 2008, 11:51:33 PM
Hark, I didn't know it was going to be a "snow" day for you...   icon_wink
8338  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?
8339  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.
8340  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.
8341  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.
8342  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
8343  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)
8344  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.
8345  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.
8346  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: X-Men Origins: Wolverine on: December 17, 2008, 03:52:57 PM
Silver Fox
8347  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. 
8348  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Done with college! on: December 17, 2008, 03:41:03 PM
Great job, Turtle! 
8349  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?
8350  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.
8351  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NEWS] Adam Walsh murder solved on: December 16, 2008, 09:01:29 PM
Daehawk... that's .... wow....
8352  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?
8353  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.
8354  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! 
8355  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
8356  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
8357  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.
8358  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.
8359  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.
8360  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. 
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