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8321  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Does USPS ever give up? on: November 17, 2008, 08:40:42 PM

Quote from: JohnathanStrange on November 17, 2008, 08:29:03 PM

I know a dude who never got his stuff and USPS claimed they tried to deliver it three times and no one was home to sign for it but he knew for a fact that someone was ALWAYS there 'cause his sister and her girlfriend were staying there and they would've signed for any package. True story.

In y mind, they were otherwise engaged so that they couldn't hear the doorbell....   nod
8322  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Does USPS ever give up? on: November 17, 2008, 07:49:19 PM

Quote from: Graham on November 17, 2008, 07:38:22 PM

I mailed a bill payment in them mail in late June but the financial institution didn't get it.  They wanted me to pay a late fee but I got them to refund it and I have paid online ever since.  About two weeks ago I looked at my statement and it had two payments on it.  I figured out that the check I had mailed got cashed.  I don't think I've had something take four months to get to its destination.

A recommendation on that...  Create a folder and take screenshots of all the confirmation numbers.  That way you don't have to "print this out and keep it in a safe location."  I have a separate folder for each bill and the file names are the paid dates, so I can easily tell what has been paid and what hasn't.  In January, I zip the previous year together to leave me a clean slate.

I had a cable bill that I swore I paid, but I didn't have a confirmation number and it never cleared the account.  So even if it wasn't my fault (not likely), there was no way to prove it and I got to pay the cable reconnect fee.   retard
8323  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty World at War (360) impressions on: November 17, 2008, 07:19:11 PM
After getting schooled by Hark and company every night since release, I am gradually getting better.  Last night, I actually had a couple of matches where my ratio was in the 50% range.  Given that this is my first concerted foray into console shooter MP, I feel confident that the majority of my kills will not always come from Martyrdom...
8324  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wife lost her job, disability woes, unemployment - I need your advice. on: November 17, 2008, 06:20:22 PM
Good luck, Ron, and I wish you and yours the best.  There's nothing I can add besides that.
8325  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Paypal and Mail Donations for GT Now Accepted on: November 17, 2008, 05:55:14 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on November 17, 2008, 05:45:13 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on November 17, 2008, 04:40:23 PM

Can I donate by check? Would I make it out to "Gaming Trend"? Or I'll do a money order, I was going to donate by mail. I've hung out here so much in the last year and a half, it's about time I cough up some cash.  icon_razz

Good question. I'll add it to the top.  If you wanted to donate by check, just make it out to me personally.  I'll update this thread and get it under my name instead of Loren's. smile

And it goes without say, but thank you.

And you, too, can help fund Ron's next trip to Nogales.   icon_wink

It's on my list when my budget frees up...
8326  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you believe? on: November 17, 2008, 04:32:17 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on November 17, 2008, 04:30:25 PM

Quote from: DragonFyre on November 17, 2008, 05:14:11 AM

As far as space-faring aliens - that have visited earth? Maybe. Why not? If there's a close-by alien, and we're the closest planet, I'd say we'd be interesting to observe.

The laws of physics, as we currently understand them, make it nearly impossible to bridge interstellar space in anything close to a tolerable travel time and energy expenditure.

Of course, sf writers have been getting around that for decades, so maybe physics will catch up someday. I agree that watching an infant civilization like ours emerge from its homeworld would be worth the effort, if it were feasible at all. It's not entirely impossible that aliens have visited earth...just extremely unlikely, based on what we know about mass and energy.   

Yes, but compare that with what we "knew" about mass and energy 100 years ago. 

Helium was first liquefied in 1908.  The Geiger counter was invented that year.  The nucleus of the atom wasn't discovered until a year later.
8327  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Blu-Ray Player Recommendations on: November 17, 2008, 04:19:59 PM
Got $3000 to spend?  There's the Sony HES-V1000, a 200-disc Blu-Ray changer.

8328  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Dark Knight DVD/blu-ray release on: November 17, 2008, 04:11:59 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on November 14, 2008, 04:39:18 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 14, 2008, 04:36:34 PM

you're link's not working.

Neither is you're grammar.  Silly bot.

... movie theater candy (Raisonettes, Milk Duds, etc), ...

Ah, the irony...  Pete, you're soaking in it. 



And then there's the Sony HES-V1000, a 200-disc Blu-Ray changer.

8329  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: GAH! My feet hurt! on: November 17, 2008, 04:04:56 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on November 17, 2008, 03:15:43 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on November 17, 2008, 02:29:42 PM

The alternative is to take em to a cobbler and have them stretched slightly.

Damn "cobbler" sounds archaic.

Only when it's not a baked dessert.
8330  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: November 16, 2008, 08:09:03 PM
Get in a game with me.  It quickly become a game of recon by Hadron Smasher death.
8331  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: A big "thank you" to Harkonis... on: November 16, 2008, 08:07:04 PM
Hearing Hark respond to random internet f***tards without even pausing to think is comedy gold.
8332  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you believe? on: November 16, 2008, 07:49:36 PM


My ex fancied herself a witch, a system which I was happy to let her pursue on her own.  After being around her long enough, it became clear that her spells were no different than others' prayers.  They were ritualized actions to request supernatural influence that may or not work.  She believed in ghosts and fancied herself a medium.  I was more inclined to think her as possessing mild multiple personality disorder.  She certainly had enough other mental health issues that this one was not a stretch.

I leave these things to others.  My belief in something does not influence its existence.  If there are ghosts, I will certainly listen to evidence from credible sources.  If there are aliens, the same.  And, yes, that even extends to organized religion.  I guess at this point in my life, I believe in God, but do not have the egocentric nature to think that me asking really nicely will get me what I want or that He has the time or inclination to simultaneously control the spin state of every electron (election?) in the universe.  The rules that we have discovered are there for a reason.  Everything does not happen for a reason (other than causality).
8333  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: November 13, 2008, 07:51:58 PM
In order to save the church tower, it was necessary to destroy the church tower.
8334  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 1 year since I quit smoking! on: November 13, 2008, 07:06:40 PM
We used to have people give money to baggers at the base commissary to circumvent the purchase limits.

You know, the Nazis were anti-smoking... (Wikipedia's featured article today...  saywhat )
8335  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Spoiler Tags No Longer Working on: November 13, 2008, 06:20:46 PM

Quote from: Caine on November 13, 2008, 06:19:37 PM

Quote from: Razgon on November 13, 2008, 06:16:44 PM

Quote from: Caine on November 13, 2008, 06:13:47 PM

damn though.  i hope that feature comes back soon.

a reminder to us all... just how dependant we have become on the machines keeping our secrets...

;-)

perhaps we could post spoilers in 128 bit hashes instead?  slywink

Screw that, ig-pay atin-lay.
8336  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: November 13, 2008, 05:52:02 PM
Pete, I had to Alt-Tab away from the forum twice because I would have otherwise been guffawing at my desk.  Not recommended in a quiet software dev environment.  I have tears in my eyes from stifling.   
8337  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: November 13, 2008, 04:46:12 PM
Watch out for Hark.  I wound up on the opposite team in the first round across from him.  I believe he dropped me a dozen times in the first round before someone had another engagement and they took pity on me and let me be the anchor around their necks for the rest of the night.   icon_wink
8338  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Spoiler Tags No Longer Working on: November 13, 2008, 04:42:36 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on November 13, 2008, 04:37:30 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on November 13, 2008, 04:34:16 PM

I think 13 years is outside the statue of limitations.  If you haven't seen it by now and you were wanting to, what the hell have you been waiting for?  I would say 5 years would be acceptable for most films, 10 would be pushing it.  

I never understand this argument- films don't age the way that games do and as tastes evolve as you get older it's very possible that you may only be just now watching some films from decades past for the first time.  So why spoil something if you don't need to? 

Personally, I don't spoiler films if I can avoid it.  If someone asks me, I will give them ample warning, asking, "Do you want to hear how it ends?" to give them the opportunity to back out.  Usually, they have no desire to see it and won't care if I do.  I've had films spoilered for me and still enjoyed the ride.  Same as if I read the book before I watched the film.  I know the ending, it's about the journey. 

But does anyone at this point, watched it or not, not know the ending to, say, Sixth Sense?  Or half of Shmupty's other movies?
8339  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty World at War (360) impressions on: November 13, 2008, 04:39:29 PM
There will be plenty of time in/around the holidays for Fallout 3 when everyone else is filling family obligations.  I will be off-line game-wise from Wednesday (travel) until probably the following Monday after work.  
8340  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Spoiler Tags No Longer Working on: November 13, 2008, 04:34:16 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on November 13, 2008, 04:17:45 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 13, 2008, 04:07:44 PM

Quote from: Laner on November 13, 2008, 02:55:44 PM

Quote from: farley2k on November 13, 2008, 02:49:35 PM

Rosebud was his sled.

DAMMIT!

Bad spoiler

While a 50 year old movie like citizen kane can't reasonably be spoiled, i would presume that the movie you mention can be...

I think 13 years is outside the statue of limitations.  If you haven't seen it by now and you were wanting to, what the hell have you been waiting for?  I would say 5 years would be acceptable for most films, 10 would be pushing it.  

*Edit: Because it has to be added...

8341  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Why I'd rather play online with GT/OO people on: November 13, 2008, 04:06:06 PM
Courtesy of the Penny Arcade store

8342  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Keith Olbermann is ANGRY (Prop 8) on: November 13, 2008, 05:39:04 AM
I have a hetero man-crush on Keith Olberman.   The Weghted Companion Cube will never threaten to stab you.

8343  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Why I'd rather play online with GT/OO people on: November 13, 2008, 05:17:34 AM
The internet is a wild and wooly place.  Those people scare me...   crybaby
8344  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty World at War (360) impressions on: November 13, 2008, 03:29:13 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on November 13, 2008, 12:56:09 AM

I hate you guys and the forum effect.

Ditto.  Made worse by "the guy at work" effect.
8345  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Seeing double on: November 12, 2008, 08:52:39 PM

Quote from: CrayolaSmoker on November 12, 2008, 08:33:04 PM

I LOLled. Then made reference to this reply on my blog. You're famous!  icon_wink

Yay, me!   icon_biggrin 
8346  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Debug Error on: November 12, 2008, 07:23:43 PM
They're ba-aack.

Line 45
Expected Identifier.
8347  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty World at War (360) impressions on: November 12, 2008, 06:31:22 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on November 12, 2008, 05:51:53 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on November 12, 2008, 05:48:19 PM

Finally going to get the chance to cap the famous PeteRock in the head?   eek  'Cause I can't can't seem to unlock the Sniper Philly fans in Madden.

I knew I picked up this game for a reason! 

Don't you have any other MP games?  I've tried to give plenty of forum members opportunities to cap me in the head in games like COD4, Gears of War, Gears of War 2, Halo 3, Rainbow Six, Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter, etc.  Where've you been? 

The problem is, my fabulous aura makes it difficult to get a bead on me.  Fabulous

Almost picked up CoD4 for the Friday night geezer fest (or some such), but never got around to it.  Played GoW on a borrow and didn't much care for it, so I'm giving GoW2 a pass.  Never picked up Halo 3, never moved to consoles on Ghost Recon, etc.  

So more my fault than yours, certainly. 

As for the "impressions" for the thread title, the cut scenes looked good before Fuzz invited me into MP where I proceeded to assist by giving the enemy a target that ran around like Humphrey the Bear caught out by the park ranger.  Maybe by the time the year is out, I can get to a 1:1 ratio.  I miss the old days where I could manage 5:1 in Medal of Honor on the PC....   crybaby
8348  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty World at War (360) impressions on: November 12, 2008, 05:48:19 PM
Finally going to get the chance to cap the famous PeteRock in the head?   eek  'Cause I can't can't seem to unlock the Sniper Philly fans in Madden.

I knew I picked up this game for a reason! 
8349  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Veteran's Day on: November 12, 2008, 04:22:57 PM
8350  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: November 12, 2008, 03:30:54 PM

Quote from: map on November 12, 2008, 05:28:33 AM

If memory serves me I think Toad and Bo Hoskins[sp?] were out in country once and got an asskicking. Then Toad disappeared[I think].

On a side note, Charles Martin Smith (The Toad) directed Air Bud.
8351  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty World at War (360) impressions on: November 12, 2008, 03:17:55 AM
I'm in.  'Hadron Smasher' (360) will be on a tear momentarily.
8352  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: November 12, 2008, 02:23:38 AM
That was my guess, but I don't ever recall what's-his-name being out in the field.
8353  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Blu-Ray Player Recommendations on: November 11, 2008, 11:42:00 PM
$500 is for the new 160 GB pack.  There are still 80 GBs for $400. 
8354  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Blu-Ray Player Recommendations on: November 11, 2008, 11:06:56 PM
PS3.  You get to keep updated Blu-Ray firmware through the PS3 updates and you get another console.  Any new feature they add to Blu-Ray, You will get.
8355  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: November 11, 2008, 11:00:02 PM
*edit: Nevermind, that was dumb...
8356  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty World at War (360) impressions on: November 11, 2008, 10:34:23 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on November 11, 2008, 10:11:47 PM

It's Veteran's Day in the US today.
Yes, it is.
8357  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mirror's Edge on: November 11, 2008, 07:59:20 PM

Quote from: Jeff Jones on October 10, 2008, 04:22:44 PM

Looks like you'll be able to do lots of parkour-style maneuvers as well.

If I hadn't just rented Casino Royale and watched the docs, I would have no idea what you were talking about.
8358  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 1 year since I quit smoking! on: November 11, 2008, 07:56:31 PM
Congrats, folks.  Keep it up.  Both my parents quit and I look forward to having them around a lot longer now (mostly).
8359  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Veteran's Day on: November 11, 2008, 07:28:05 PM
Through an interesting confluence of events, a relative of someone who works at my company recovered the challenge coin of Michael Thornton from the floorboards of his car when Mr. Thornton had been riding with him.  I was able to see and hold the coin and was wired the rest of the day just from that.

I am the son of an Air Force retired Master Seargent, the nephew of a retired Marine and the grandson of a Navy Machinist. 

While I never got the opportunity to serve (medical reasons), I have the utmost respect for those who do.  Thank you for your service and sacrifice.
8360  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cineplexity, Game 2!!! on: November 11, 2008, 06:22:21 PM
Super Troopers

Quote
Farva: Gimme a litre o' cola.
Burger Guy: What?
Farva: [Annoyed] A litre o' cola.
Burger Guy: [into mic] Litrecola? Do we sell litrecola?
Thorny: Will you just order a large, Farva?
Farva: I don't want a large farva. I want a g**d*** litre o' cola!
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