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8321  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Odd Work Tasks That You Never Thought You'd Do on: January 02, 2009, 05:22:35 PM

Quote from: Gratch on January 02, 2009, 03:42:12 PM

Pepsi out the nose hurts, damn you!

Root beer is worse.  The bubbles that get in there stick around for a few seconds.  Hurts like hell.
8322  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Bond movie trailer rules on: January 02, 2009, 08:25:01 AM
Watched it this afternoon.  It's down to one showing at the mall AMC theater.  Which means it should be headed for optical disc-ing quickly.  I enjoyed it.  It wasn't anything spectacular to write home about, but I enjoyed it. 
8323  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Are you a theater goer? on: January 02, 2009, 02:14:35 AM
Just got back from the theater for QoS before it leaves for the optical disc-ery.  Got there 20 minutes early, got a seat on the rail (no one in front of me for an accidental kick).  The only thing that was memorable about the non-film experience was that the first half of a part of 4 split around me when they arrived.  I found it odd when one of them stayed to my left, and the other crossed to my right.  The women folk arrived during the previews, when one of them asked if I would move down.  I countered that I had my seat due to the rail in front of me, and she let it go.  Moving down would have put me in seat-kicking territory.  I do my best, but am usually good for one accidental tap.  I usually apologize when I do it, but again, that's why I took my seat at the rail.
8324  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Odd Work Tasks That You Never Thought You'd Do on: January 02, 2009, 01:56:02 AM

Quote from: Moliere on December 31, 2008, 11:32:56 PM

Being hired as a temp to shred resumes of people looking for a job.

Irony WIN!
8325  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 1st Gen Zune Owners Get Screwed on: December 31, 2008, 11:25:30 PM
Look for hepcat's upcoming documentary/horror film: The Day the Music Died.
8326  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: December 31, 2008, 10:33:57 PM
Or at least screaming "whore" an awful lot...  slywink

I've got another hour on the clock.
8327  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Odd Work Tasks That You Never Thought You'd Do on: December 31, 2008, 10:30:52 PM
My story's tame, but I'm sure you folks have some real winners.

As I finish out my day/year here at work, I'm doing research on Wikipedia on the proper formatting of postal codes for addressing reasons.  The issue started with the page breaking the Canadian postal code across two lines due to the space in the middle.  A sample from my notes:

Postal code wrapped between two lines.  Issue has been corrected by the replacement of any space characters in 4th character position with a non-breaking space.  A review of other country postal codes while not exhaustive, suggests Czech Republic, Ireland (pending), Slovakia, Sweden comply with the fourth character as a space formatting.  Morocco contains a space in the third character when properly formatted.  The United Kingdom has dynamic spacing which may appear in the third, fourth or fifth position.  These possible issues have been added to the fix.

So what other odd work tasks have you come across that they didn't print in the brochure or your textbooks?
8328  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: December 31, 2008, 09:48:39 PM
I almost asked you what your GamerTag was.  You've got a friend request.

As I type, Hark, temple, steelers, Pr0ner and Kato are all slacking off and playing a variety of games. 

This keeps up and we can regularly fill a 12 person room for Team Deathmatch games..
8329  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Viacom to Time Warner: Happy New Y....... on: December 31, 2008, 09:24:25 PM
So the current system is like welfare for cable channels and does not reflect a capitalist society where the free market decides what is available?  I'm fine with them going away.  Specialty channels will still exist as conglomerates like Viacom can leverage the cash cow funds to fund the startup channel while they find their demographic and footing.  Independents can go through a start-up phase just like other new independent media outlets and other companies, finding investment capital up front to fund them until they can make a profit. 

Just because the package deals are the status quo doesn't mean that it's the only or best way.  "Because the status is not quo."
8330  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Viacom to Time Warner: Happy New Y....... on: December 31, 2008, 08:56:42 PM

Viacom Inc and Time Warner Cable were at a standoff on Wednesday, but hoped that top executives would step in to resolve a dispute that threatens to prevent more than 13 million U.S. subscribers from seeing shows like "Dora the Explorer" and Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show".
At issue is an extra $35 million to $40 million that Viacom wants Time Warner to pay for carrying its cable channels, including MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon.  Time Warner has refused, saying the economic climate makes it impossible to pass along such costs to its customers. Viacom has denied Time Warner's request for an extension of the current terms.  Instead, Viacom threatened to pull its TV networks from Time Warner at midnight on January 1 unless a deal was reached.

Viacom is, of course, taking the high road...

"Why is Dora crying?" read an advertisement Viacom placed in The New York Times. "Time Warner is taking Dora off the air tonight! Along with 19 of your favorite channels."
Viacom is arguing that it deserves more money because viewers spend more than 20 percent of their time with its networks, but its fees amount to less than 2.5 percent of Time Warner's revenues from customers.

Can we just move to an a la carte system and be done with this nonsense?
8331  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wall-E on: December 31, 2008, 08:06:12 PM
"In many instances life expectancy varied considerably according to class and gender. Life expectancy rises sharply in all cases for those who reach puberty." 

Getting to be an adult helped dramatically.  Heck, only one of Lincoln's four children lived past his teenage years.
8332  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Congress giving themselves another pay raise.. on: December 31, 2008, 07:11:26 PM
At least they stopped sponsoring a team of athletes that sported their advertisments in a foreign country.
8333  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Are you a theater goer? on: December 31, 2008, 07:05:16 PM

Quote from: msteelers on December 31, 2008, 06:54:46 PM

During and right after college we were going probably about 5 times a month. Student discounts rock

Now that I live in a large city, I will go out of my way to avoid giving money to Cinemark.  In my last city, they didn't have any sort of discount, they came in with the first mass multiplex (12, later 16), built a stadium seating 17, and ran every other provider in town out of business.  Once they had a monopoly, they proceeded to remove all of the DTS sound systems from their theaters, since they no longer needed to "waste" them on a market where there was no longer any competition.  mad  It was like a Cuban revolution where we were all prepped for the dawning of a new era, and the new boss's shine wore off pretty quickly once they had consolidated power.

Actually, based on my DFW stomping grounds, I would have to go out of my way to patronize them.  My only gripe is that they own the IMAX theater here.  

And with that diatribe, I hit 1000 posts...
8334  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Are you a theater (as in stage productions) goer? on: December 31, 2008, 06:59:21 PM
Aside from being in a few performances in elementary school and attending a very few at higher levels of public education, I haven't been to any in a while and may need to start looking into seeing what Dallas has to offer in this regard.  That being said, for all my lunch buddies that have spawned or are about to, you might be interested in the Dallas Children's Theater, which I drive past on a regular basis.  
8335  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Years Resolutions on: December 31, 2008, 05:34:39 PM
8336  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: December 31, 2008, 04:58:21 PM
Right names, wrong positions, Pete.  Owain gunned me down.  And in my defense, which I announced at volume last night in my own defense, my TV has intermittent issues with the red color fading out, so when text pops up in red, it is very difficult for me to read.  But yeah, I was still laughing about that when I went to bed last night.  Thanks for avenging me, Pete.   icon_lol

If the scene at Barcadia is less than thrilling, I'm sure I'll be returning to my domicile to work on flipping to my first Prestige this evening.  Franziskaner and Shiner on tap FTW!

Sorry to hear about your wife's grandmother.  I hope the trip for your wife goes as smoothly as can be expected.
8337  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Years Resolutions on: December 31, 2008, 04:43:23 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on December 31, 2008, 02:03:33 PM

Over the holidays with the weather getting cold, an abundance of food, and my wife getting very sick due to her pregnancy (thus forcing us into a lot of eating out), I gained back all but 2 pounds and have definitely noticed my gut reappearing.

You could always learn how to cook. ninja   Massive brownie points for the pregnant wife/new mother.

I'll be working on the weight as well.  I'm down to 270 from 280 at the start of last year, but I've been slacking massively the last three months due to various poor excuses and have made no progress.  I need to take my own advice and learn to start eating in more.  Chick-Fil-A and Whataburger being two blocks from home is not good for me. 
8338  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movies] Australia on: December 31, 2008, 04:40:25 PM

Quote from: hepcat on December 31, 2008, 04:33:06 PM

Is it true that Jackman spends two thirds of the movie walking around in a sash that reads "World's Sexiest Man -2009"?

How the hell did he get into your closet?
8339  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: December 31, 2008, 04:34:29 PM
Buy a charging cable for work, YK, especially if your overlords allow you to listen to music in your cube.  Pandora will kill it in a day.  AOL Radio will kill it quicker.
8340  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movies] Australia on: December 31, 2008, 04:30:40 PM
Moulin Rouge: The Drinking Game - every time they rip off a song, drink.  Death will come swiftly.
8341  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wall-E on: December 31, 2008, 04:29:05 PM

  • Upper Paleolithic - 33
  • Neolithic - 20 (advent of agriculture)
  • Bronze Age - 18
  • Pre-Columbian North America - 25-35
  • Medieval Britain - 20-30
  • Early 20th Century - 30-40
  • Current world average - 66.12

Andorra has the world's longest life expectancy of 83.5 years.
8342  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NASA] Columbia Crew Survival Investigation Report Released on: December 31, 2008, 12:35:16 AM
How about some NASA Spinoffs??

Freeze Drying Technology - one of the benefits of this advancement in food preparation includes simple nutritious meals available to handicapped and otherwise homebound senior adults unable to take advantage of existing meal programs.

Portable Cordless Vacuums - Black & Decker developed a computer program for Apollo moon sample drills to optimize the design of the drill's motor and insure minimal power consumption. That computer program led to the development of a cordless miniature vacuum cleaner called the Dustbuster.

Enriched Baby Food - Commercially available infant formulas now contain a nutritional enrichment ingredient that traces its existence to NASA-sponsored research on algae as a recycling agent for long-duration space travel.  The substance is added to infant formulas in over 65 other countries.

Water Purification - Commercially, this system is benefiting people all over the world who need affordable, clean water, especially in remote locations where well water may be heavily contaminated.

Solar Energy - high-performance single crystal silicon solar power cells with the efforts of a NASA-sponsored coalition whose goal was to develop remotely piloted aircraft, intended to fly unmanned at high altitudes for days at a time and requiring advanced solar power sources that did not add weight.

Land Mine Removal - Thiokol Propulsion uses surplus rocket fuel from NASA to produce a flare, the Demining Device, that can safely destroy land mines and help NASA reduce propellant waste.
8343  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Off Season on: December 30, 2008, 10:56:09 PM
Bills to retain Jauron for 2009 season

And you can now call Matt Ryan "ROY"
8344  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wall-E on: December 30, 2008, 10:17:31 PM
Don't forget about the Burn-E short on the disc.  My family heartily enjoyed that one over the holidays.

And as for garbage disposal, you could always go the Superman IV/Futurama route and just launch it into space/the sun...
8345  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Happy Holidays - I have a present for you... on: December 30, 2008, 09:01:00 PM
Knightshade Dragon: The George R. R. Martin of site redesign?  Film at 11.
8346  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How did you choose your Gamertag or Forum name? on: December 30, 2008, 08:52:21 PM

Quote from: lildrgn on December 30, 2008, 08:41:55 PM

...there already is a lildrgn out there, I suppose.

...who has never used it.
8347  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NASA] Columbia Crew Survival Investigation Report Released on: December 30, 2008, 08:15:13 PM
There is no such thing as perfectly safe.  There is such a thing as safe as practicable.  There may not have been ways to definitevly say that they could have lived, but there are elements here that could have raised their chances.

Designing a parachute system that has to be activated manualy is tech behind normal skydiving.  Reserve chutes are designed to deploy at predetermined altitudes.

If there were an accident where your shoulder belt failed and it was determined to be a systemic issue, the NTSB would be all over the manufacturers to fix the problem and refit/replace the defective units.  

NASA research has pioneered medical and scientific technoloogy that saes lives and has a daily impact on life on this planet.  Part of NASA's budget funds the Glenn Research Center.  It's more than just fodder for techno artists and pretty pictured of nebulae.

As for the suits, it would require a design that interfaces with the next craft as far as design of the control systems and room requirements.  There's not going to be a solution that can be delivered for the existing STS fleet.
8348  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Happy Holidays - I have a present for you... on: December 30, 2008, 08:00:47 PM
If you click on the "new" marker, it takes you to the first new post, which works if you read the whole thing the last time you were there.  Otherwise, the individual post title to the right of the name is a permalink to that particular post if you didn't get to read to the bottom.  

Permalink to your post, Ike.
8349  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NASA] Columbia Crew Survival Investigation Report Released on: December 30, 2008, 07:52:02 PM
Four is tied into the suit design aspect.  Equip them with EVA-type suits for launch and re-entry and the vacuum and temperature issue is solved.  Fix the seatbelts and you've helped with the accelleration issue.  Make the parachute so that it can be triggered by ground control and/or automatically and you've addressed issue 5.  

Oh, and here...

The Obama transition team, in meetings and requests for information from NASA, contractors and others with a stake in the process, has asked whether increased financing can narrow the five-year flight gap by speeding development of the new spacecraft. The advisers have also asked what the costs and consequences might be of continuing to fly the shuttles for at least one or two additional flights, or even to keep flying them until the next system is ready.
8350  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How did you choose your Gamertag or Forum name? on: December 30, 2008, 07:06:28 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on December 30, 2008, 07:01:55 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur 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?

Shush.  She's better off not knowing about midichlorians.

You'll notice I didn't elaborate.  I figured that she would either remember if she was familiar with the source or feel free to disregard the reference if she was not.  I'm waiting for a Highlander 2-like revisiting of the film that will at least make it tolerable. 
8351  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.
8352  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?
8353  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.
8354  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.  
8355  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Friday Fun] Word Association on: December 30, 2008, 04:56:33 PM
8356  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.
8357  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
8358  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.
8359  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.”
8360  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.
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