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4561  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / TIVO Questions attn: Jeff Jones on: November 08, 2004, 04:15:51 PM
If you're comfortable with the command line a la DOS or Linux and opening up your PC, it shouldn't be a problem.
4562  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Ban on Gay Marriage a winner in 11 states. on: November 06, 2004, 04:52:30 AM
Fair warning: if you think the idea of a higher power is for fools and weaklings, you might as well skip this post.  This assumes that the reader - at the very least - believes we're not the result of some cosmic accident.

Quote from: "RPGHero"

1.  Jesus said whoever hasn't sinned throw the first stone.


Immediately afterward he said to the woman "I don't condemn you.  Now  go and sin no more."

Notice what he said... Jesus didn't say "I don't condemn you - now go and sin all you like - it's no biggie."  You can't embrace the first part and ignore the second.  Homosexuality is a sin - both the old and new testaments support this.

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I have never met a Christian who has never sinned, and quite frankly we all sin in little ways, some in big ways.


Absolutely.  But there's a huge difference between A) screwing up in a moment of weakness, admitting you made a mistake, then moving forward and B) Living a lifestyle that is sinful, claiming it's OK simply because the world says so.  

I have messed up in some huge, collosal ways.  But I don't try to justify it and twist God's word to make it OK so I can continue along that course - I do my best to "go and sin no more".

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It worries me that the number of Christians who attend church regularly is slipping and yet most of us can't seem to see why.


The mainline denominations are hemmoraging members something awful - that is true.  But smaller non-denominational churches are growing at an enormous rate.  The reason is pretty simple though - the mainline churches - United Methodist, Presbyterian, Episcopalian, United Church of Christ - preach a very liberal gospel (not liberal in the poltiical sense).  They go way beyond the "love the sinner, hate the sin" to embracing *everything*, no matter how contrary it is to the Bible.  They have an attitude of "here's the different sides of the issue, now make up your own mind - all truths are equally valid".  I'm not making this up or exaggerating - I am in regular contact with the leadership of one of the biggest denominations in the world - this is straight from their mouths.

But that's the problem - if the mainline denominations are embracing this pluralistic theology, where all roads lead to heaven, what do they have to offer people?  I can get that doctrine from everywhere else - I have no need for the church in that case.  But as much as some try to force the notion that there is no right and wrong, the human heart has a need for answers - we need Truth (capital "T" intended).  And that is why the smaller, evangelical (oooh, there's that scary word) non-denoms are booming - they offer answers.  Not mealy-mouthed, muddled-middle theology.

OK, that's way off on a tangent, but something I think about a lot.

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We need need to start reaching out and pulling our brothers and sisters in and not staring out through our home and church windows and cursing those who won't join us just because we feel we are chosen.


I agree 100% - but I worry about the churches you are in contact with, because that is not the attitude of the ones I see.  I think Christians *do* need to reach out to gays, without embracing the lifestyle and saying it's OK.  It's an incredibly fine line, and unfortunately most Christians tend to go way off the mark in either direction, myself included.  It's something I struggle with constantly.

Anyway, that's all I have to say on the subject - I'm sure the usual suspects will flame this post to ashes, but that's fine.  Have at thee!
4563  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [P] Fun with exit poll statistics on: November 05, 2004, 06:31:47 PM
Quote from: "Sepiche"
Quote from: "VynlSol"
Found this link out on the intraweb:

http://www.nielsbuus.dk/rod/2004election_by_iq.png

Ha!  That's great. smile


It's also a hoax

http://www.sq.4mg.com/IQstates.htm
4564  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Cosplayers. Are these the alpha nerds? on: November 04, 2004, 08:36:19 PM
Quote from: "Bob"
Cosplayers can't be nerds.   Cute girls cosplay.


Yes, but not all cosplaying females are cute.  I'd wager that most of them aren't - it's just that the few cute ones tend to get the lion's share of the attention.
4565  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Cosplayers. Are these the alpha nerds? on: November 04, 2004, 08:34:58 PM
Quote from: "Jancelot"
Quote from: "Laner"
Quote from: "Jancelot"
As much as those people are complete nerds that guy doing the interview came off as a complete ass.


How so?  He didn't do much more than stand there and look confused... which is exactly the reaction I would have in that situation.


As much as I think they are a bunch of weirdos I gues I'm just in to the live and let live philosophy in life.  They're not hurting anybody or anything but their chances to get laid.  He went in to an anime convention for the sole purpose of making fun of them.

Where exactly was he openly making fun of them?  I guess that's what I'm not seeing... making confused (yet funny) faces while they're going on about being "destroyer of souls" and whatnot isn't mean spirited, IMO.
4566  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half Life 2: Countdown to November 16 on: November 04, 2004, 06:27:43 PM
I did my Silver pre-order today...
4567  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sonic Mega Collection Plus on: November 04, 2004, 06:24:26 PM
I'm not a huge Sonic fan, but I'll probably pick this one up... lotsa games for a great price.
4568  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Kate Hudson. Wow. [56k] on: November 04, 2004, 06:04:31 PM
Quote from: "croman"
Best I think she has ever looked is in Almost Famous.  She was just gorgeous in that movie.


See, I heard that constantly before I saw Almost Famous - how she "glowed", etc. etc.  

Then when I actually saw the movie, I was completely underwhelmed.  She's cute, but that's about it.
4569  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Cosplayers. Are these the alpha nerds? on: November 04, 2004, 04:23:50 PM
Quote from: "Jancelot"
As much as those people are complete nerds that guy doing the interview came off as a complete ass.


How so?  He didn't do much more than stand there and look confused... which is exactly the reaction I would have in that situation.
4570  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 7/30) on: November 04, 2004, 03:48:03 PM
+1 to karapcik
4571  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / (P) Ashcroft resignation... on: November 04, 2004, 02:21:04 PM
Quote from: "Falator"
The Country will never be united as long as the Religious right is so fanatical..


Hmmm... Funny how tolerance - the mantra for those on the left -  seems to be a one way street.  The anti-religious demand it from Christians, but yet are only "tolerant" themselves towards ideas they agree with.  I've seen none so fanatical as those who blame the "religious right" for every ill.
4572  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best Game of All Time Round 3 on: November 04, 2004, 04:05:55 AM
Left Side:

Heroes of Might and Magic 2
Ultima VII
Half-Life
Warcraft II
The Secret of Monkey Island
Rise of Nations
Planescape: Torment
Ultima V

Right Side:

Unreal Tournament 2004
System Shock 2
Diablo 2
Grim Fandango
Starcraft
Knights of the Old Republic
Deus Ex
No Vote
4573  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ban on Gay Marriage a winner in 11 states. on: November 03, 2004, 11:00:07 PM
Quote from: "Gratch"

I find it abhorrent that the main requirement for marriage boils down to the presence of a penis and vagina rather than the love and commitment that two human beings share.


Why limit it to human beings? That's pretty narrow-minded.
4574  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Scrapland (PC)?? on: November 03, 2004, 08:35:39 PM
Quote from: "Jumangi"
Don't understand what the point of putting his name on it is for. I guess is because his name is failry unique as I doubt you would get barely 1 in 100 gamers who could tell you anything about the guy.


*shrug* An additional sale is an additional sale, I guess... is EA publishing this one as well?  They were responsible for his name being on Alice.
4575  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 has no manual on: November 03, 2004, 08:32:00 PM
Quote from: "Big Jake"
O.Dogg & Raptorred, thank you for keeping my ever-dwindling faith in humanity somewhat alive.  It's good to see some people who can understand 'principle' rather than 'immediate observation'.


In principle, I *still* couldn't care less if the manual is included with games that don't really need it.

Better?  Tongue
4576  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best Game of All Time Round 2 Results and Tie-breaker on: November 03, 2004, 08:28:37 PM
Quote from: "Scuba-V"
Round 2 results:
Damn anyone who voted for Heroes 2 and Ultima 7!!!  


Like, whatever, and stuff smile

Ultima 7 is hands down the best RPG I've ever played.

I'm disappointed that Gabriel Knight 2 fared so poorly, but it was up against the almighty ( :roll: ) Civilization 2
4577  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Ban on Gay Marriage a winner in 11 states. on: November 03, 2004, 08:22:23 PM
Quote from: "Gratch"

Here's my solution.  Separate the institutions of religious "marriage" and legal "civil union".   Make it so consenting adults can enter into a legal civil union that allows them the legal benefits we currently associate with marriage.  Tax breaks, benefits, etc., etc.  Take the entire religious aspect completely out of it.  Now, if those same people (gay or straight) want to get "married" in the eyes of whatever church they belong to, they are welcome to do so.  Now everybody gets the same legal benefits, and they are free to choose whether or not to make their union a religious affair.  Why is that such a stretch?


Because the gay lobby has already shown they will not settle for "civil union".  They want to redefine marriage to mean whatever the heck they like... to the point of it meaning absolutely nothing.  Which is the ultimate goal.
4578  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Kerry concedes on: November 03, 2004, 08:13:07 PM
Quote from: "Rage"
Anyone who thinks that the founding fathers "Christianity" is what ours is today is ignorant of the history. Go find a textbook and read up on Naturalism and the Founding Fathers.


And I suggest you go find one that was written sometime before 1970, before secular humanism could get its claws into the classroom.  Many of the founding fathers were indeed Christian, and most, if not all, at the very least believed in a Creator.

And seriously, all of these nonsense comments about a "theocracy" is nothing but out of control hyperbole.  Go check out some *real* theocracies... America is not, nor will it be anytime in the near future, a "theocracy" by any stretch of the imagination.  I'm a conservative Christian, and *I* don't want the USA to be a theocracy.  If I thought Bush wanted it or was capable of it, I wouldn't have voted for him.  But such a notion is so far outside of reality, it's laughable.

Besides,  If you have a problem with Bush being a Christian, I guess you have a problem with nearly every president we've ever had...
4579  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 has no manual on: November 03, 2004, 06:41:28 PM
Quote from: "O.DOGG"
I don't see Half-Life 2 having no manual as a problem. What I do have a problem with is seeing that having no manual has not affected the game's price in any way. I remember the excuses for high game prices - the printing of the box and manual but now there is no manual and yet the game still sells for $55. That's my problem. Companies are giving us less and less yet expect us to pay more and more. But, like Jeff said, vote with your wallets.


I dunno - for $55 you're still getting a lot, despite the lack of a physical manual:

Half-Life 2
Counter-Strike: Source
Half-Life 1: Source
Day of Defeat: Source (for another $5 via steam)
plus the original Half-Life/CS:Condition Zero/etc.

Even if most of us have already played the older stuff to death, it's still added value - you're getting much more bang-for-your-buck than, say, Doom 3.  I know I'll play through HL1:S and Opposing Force at least once, in addition to the new content... that's more than a fair trade for no printed manual.
4580  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Kerry concedes on: November 03, 2004, 04:54:34 PM
Quote from: "draegun"
I guess I'll be going to the store to stock up on survival supplies tonight:

plastic sheet
duck tape
rifle and rounds
bottled water
charcoal filtered masks
bug detectors
encrypted cell phones
Oh, and a Heil Bush arm badge


Gracious in defeat, eh?
4581  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 has no manual on: November 03, 2004, 03:44:28 PM
IMO, no biggie.  Nine times out of ten I leave the manual in the box and toss it in the basement.  Even with RPGs I find the manual to be fluff more often than not.
4582  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [P] Fox News projects Ohio to Bush on: November 03, 2004, 03:10:25 PM
Quote from: "kathode"
Quote from: "pr0ner"
I really don't think the provisional votes will be counted.  There some real fishy stuff going on in Ohio from both sides with regards to those, methinks.  Do we REALLY need another 2000?

Mike
We don't need another 2000, but we really do need every legal vote to be counted.   :x


Small correction. Not that I think you're saying that we should count the illegal votes, but I just heard some moron on the radio saying that it doesn't matter if the votes are legal or illegal, they should *all* count.
4583  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half Life 2: No Co-op Mode on: November 02, 2004, 09:47:44 PM
Quote from: "PaulBot"
Quote from: "Jumangi"
Putting coop in a game like Hl2 isn't the same as in DOOM or Serious Sam. Not sure why people can't see that, and expect that it should be some simple thing to do.


It may not be a simple thing to do, but there sure seems to be a lot of people who would enjoy it.


Well, my response to this is always:   There is a small but loud number of gamers who really really want it.  But the majority couldn't care less for the most part.  If co-op was *that* important, publishers would make sure it was available.

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I don't see why it can't be done - it's software - the developers can do whatever they want! It would just take more development time.


It's not necessarily a programming problem - especially in today's heavily scripted games.  What do you do when one person is at one end of the level, and someone is at the other end, and a major scripted event is triggered?  Do you magically teleport the other person into the room?  Do you run the event twice (no matter how illogical it may be)?  The logistics may be impossible to overcome in many cases, regardless of development time or programming ability.  Either that, or remove scripted events for the most part...  and considering devs have been adding more, not less, of them over the years, I don't see that happening anytime soon.
4584  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How to get an estimate on baseball cards? on: November 02, 2004, 07:36:59 PM
How does a trade show compare to ebay?  I ask because my dad collected thousands of cards (we're talking multiple sets of *every* sport card put out between 85 and 98 ), and they're currently sitting in the basement gathering dust.  My mom wants to sell them, but we can't decide on the best method.
4585  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I need a doctor's note on: November 02, 2004, 07:29:34 PM
Quote from: "Sunderer"
Every moron on this thread who is flaming Wolverine must never again use the internet while at work for personal reasons (right).

Since I am not throwing stones (and since I'm the boss), that doesn't apply to me.


I'm at work right now.  But my employer doesn't mind as long as I get my work done.  If the boss were to come in tomorrow and say "no more internet for personal use", I'd stop.  Simple as that.  I wouldn't like it, but they're the ones paying me to do a job.

And as morlac correctly pointed out, it's not so much about the internet use as forging a doctor's note to get out of work.
4586  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Shrek 2 DVD - Why on Friday? on: November 02, 2004, 06:47:27 PM
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Why do people buy food when they go to the movies? Doesn’t it just distract you?


Distract?  In what way? smile

Popcorn is part of the moviegoing experience for me... I don't always get something to eat at the theater, but most of the time I do, and just factor it into the cost (though it is a little sad that the snack usually costs more than the movie!)
4587  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I need a doctor's note on: November 02, 2004, 05:41:50 PM
Quote

Kinda mystified by the response here. He managed to put one over on a shit job and actually come out ahead.



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Pretty shocked to see so many holier-than-thou responses here.I guess attitudes vary a lot more across country than I expected. In Denmark, where I live, this kind of thing isn't a big deal. Naturally, people are expected to be at work, but faking illness is not uncommon.  



It's called "integrity" - a somewhat archaic concept these days, I know, but some of us still try to do the right thing, regardless if we'll get caught or not.
4588  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Who did you vote for today? on: November 02, 2004, 05:37:46 PM
Quote from: "Davidbld"
Why Kerry of course, the only sane, logical choice!!   :wink:


Maybe in BIZARRO WORLD~~~!!!!11
4589  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / DVDSoon.com Hallowe'en Sale on: November 02, 2004, 04:28:09 PM
Quote from: "Sudy Nym"
Honestly, I've been rather frustrated with DVD Soon's service on a couple of occasions in the past.

You're not the only one.  They're not worth the hassle, IMO.  DeepDiscountDVD is just as cheap, and much more reliable.
4590  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I need a doctor's note on: November 02, 2004, 03:09:13 AM
I'm not a doctor, but I play one on teh intarweb.
4591  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Kate Hudson. Wow. [56k] on: November 02, 2004, 02:14:03 AM
Quote from: "Sam Hell"
Wow. I'm gonna move to where ever you guys live. The women must be amazing if Kate just merits a "meh".



(Yes, I realize she's pregnant.  It's a joke)
4592  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Kate Hudson. Wow. [56k] on: November 02, 2004, 12:20:13 AM
gameoverman beat me to it.
4593  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / SP2 and PC Games on: November 01, 2004, 08:29:13 PM
No problems here.
4594  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / TIVO Questions attn: Jeff Jones on: November 01, 2004, 06:30:16 PM
A splitter works fine for me as well-  and I have the very first model Tivo (HDR114, or something)
4595  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best Game of All Time Round 2 on: November 01, 2004, 01:15:13 AM
To the left, to the left:

No vote
No vote
Wing Commander 3
Ultima VII
Thief: The Dark Project
Half-Life
No vote
Wing Commander
The Secret of Monkey Island
No vote
Quake 3
Pharaoh
Outlaws
Diablo
No One Lives Forever
Ultima Underworld


To the right, to the right:

Freespace 2
Unreal Tournament 2004
The Longest Journey
System Shock 2
Diablo 2
Quake
No vote
Grim Fandango
Rollercoaster Tycoon
Starcraft
Command & Conquer Red Alert 2
Knights of the Old Republic
Gabriel Knight 2
Deus Ex
No vote
Starsiege: Tribes
4596  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The GT Pay It Foward Freebies Thread *closing end of 2005* on: October 31, 2004, 08:36:32 PM
These are all PC CD-ROM titles, disc only (I may have the manual for some of these, but they're not at my apartment ATM):

Critical Path
Dragon's Lair (Readysoft DOS version)
Iron Helix
The Journeyman Project Turbo
Mechwarrior 3
Quantum Gate
Superbike World Championship
4597  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 7/30) on: October 31, 2004, 08:33:34 PM
+1 to warning for the great Atari stuff.
4598  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The Road To The Grudge Is Paved In Suck on: October 31, 2004, 03:11:10 AM
Saw it last night.  It was D-U-M, dumb.  Not remotely scary, nor did it make a lick of sense.
4599  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Farenheit 911, for free, online on: October 29, 2004, 07:54:40 PM
I'd rather have someone get me drunk and put it in my butt than watch that again.
4600  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / New Tupac Album This Year, Petition For Original Recordings on: October 28, 2004, 03:29:22 AM
Quote from: "Siljanus"
Isn't he dead?  (Tupac)


Da Makaveli will lives forevah, yo!
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