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1  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: GM wants more taxpayer money in order to cut 47,000 jobs on: February 19, 2009, 07:09:28 PM

Quote from: cheeba on February 19, 2009, 06:28:18 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on February 19, 2009, 04:50:02 PM

There's an entire parking lot in the same neighborhood where I work that's full of nothing but brand new, excess inventory GM cars.  In Northern VA, where people will never run out of money.  That should tell you something.
What should it tell you?

In isolation not much.  It could tell one of many things.

The neighborhood where pr0ner works in nothern VA isn't buying GMs
The neighborhood where pr0ner works in nothern VA isn't buying certain GMs
The neighborhood where pr0ner works in nothern VA isn't buying cars
The neighborhood where pr0ner works in nothern VA isn't buying durable goods
GM is storing brand new, excess inventory in a parking lot in the same neighborhood where pr0ner works

You can then attempt to extrapolate from there in a lot of different directions.

I read about these bailouts a lot.  And I still can't find good enough details to know if I support them or not.  I know I don't like that and I lay the blame squarely at the feet of GM and Chrysler and the UAW.

I find that most people on both ends of the argument end up being stupid, misinformed, or disingenuous and I don't think it helps.  If you lived in Michigan and heard the Mayor of Lansing go off a couple of nights ago, you'd have been embarassed for the Detroit 3.  At the same time, to listen to listen to senator Shelby, you'd think he was incapable of ever telling the truth about anything.

As cheeba metions, this was the way out in the open part of "the plan" all along.  Specifically it was part of Congress' plan (not W's).  They wanted to go on their Chirstmas break and they didn't want GM or Chrysler to fold before they got back.  So they put strings on the money to have a better plan before March before more money was to be released.  Being shocked by it now doesn't make sense.
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The saddest music video you've ever seen? on: October 17, 2008, 06:52:11 PM

Quote from: The Grue on October 17, 2008, 06:39:37 PM

I agree that 50s and 60s country was country at its best and I don't listen to anything after.  I will also add that Pyschobilly or Cow Punk music is the greatest thing that happened to country music ever.

Grue.  Some great local Cow Punk from the late 80's and early 90's and the precursor to bands like the White Stripes, Racontuers, and Blanche.

Also if you can find some Custom Made Scare, they have some classics like "Peterbilt Man". 

Man I miss those days.

Probably my favorite psychobilly band is actually more rockabilly than psycho and that's The (Amazing) Royal Crowns.  I tend to like things that either move in the direction of the Cramps or regular ole' rockabilly even if I love the energy of the hard core stuff.
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help settle an argument (Americans only!) on: October 17, 2008, 06:42:02 PM
I rarely used "pissed" but I've been familiar with the term ever since Pink Floyd released The Final Cut as the turn of the phrase is in "Not Now John".  I never used it to mean drunk until we had some friends come up from down under and they used the phrase.  Now if I use it, I'll say "pissed drunk" explicitly.  On the other hand, I don't really used "wasted" either.  I mainly use "Shitty".  I got shitty last night.  She's getting too shitty to drive.  Oh man I am so going out and getting shitty tonight.  Etc...  I picked that up in maybe 91 and it's stuck ever since.  I'll alternate "shitty" with "lit" which I picked up in the early 90s.  Dude, you're lit.  If I have any more I'm gonna be lit.  She's out getting lit tonight.  Etc... 
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The saddest music video you've ever seen? on: October 17, 2008, 06:24:05 PM
The recent one to get me was:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTVSygNKAsg

Gnarls Barkley catches meloncholy in his music that few can reach and the video plays like well acted Tarantino or Kevin Smith, sadness in life in one act scene.

Quote from: Moliere on October 16, 2008, 03:18:42 PM

Quote from: hepcat on October 16, 2008, 02:39:29 PM

Country music died the day Garth Brooks took the stage....

...with the exception of Lyle Lovett and a select few who still captures that unique sound from days gone by. 

Give me Hank Williams, Roy Acuff, Chet Atkins and Patsy Cline any day over most of the current crap. 

I never understood this kind of criticism towards Garth. His music has country themes (rodeos, cowboys, truckers, etc), has a country sound and he dresses the part. His band has fiddle players and other country music specific instruments. In other words he's more country than almost all the pop country singers in the last 15 years. I guess his mistake was that he found mainstream success and brought more people to country music. This might have caused Nashville Execs to water down the country sound to make it more like Top 40 and therefore pleasing to this new audience. The success of the soundtrack for "Oh Brother Where Art Thou" should have told them that people still want to hear traditional country sounds like Bluegrass music. Nostalgia for country music from the 50's seems a little cliché.

That's because Garth didn't kill county music, it's been undead much longer than that.  At least since the Eagles, who tried ruin both rock and country.  Not all great country has to be nostalgic.  I suggest starting with Road Kings or Jesse Dayton, Blanche, Some of the White Stripes, and some early Tiger Army or even some Jewel to get a feel for where modern country can separate itself completely from country radio.  And there is some killer nostalgia country as well.  One needs look no further than the Reverend Payton's Big Damned Band to see the bluegrassy stuff mixed with spirituals, etc...  And then there is Hank III doing...  well... doing something...  And there's even an occasional country radio song or two that breaks out.  Eddie Rabbit or the Mavericks occasionally did something worthwhile.

Cheeba,

While country is associated with twang it's not even close to defining.  I couldn't give percentages but if you try to find things like say, "Wandering Outlaw" by Tiger Army, CCR, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes Love Their Country, Tom Waits singing old Red Bovine songs, Road Kings "Gunslinger Blues"are the sorts of examples that quickly come to mind.  This doesn't even go into traditionals like "Jack on Fire" or when country moves into rockabilly and rockabilly moves into punk.
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Hivemind] Looking for education on bourbon and whiskey... on: October 09, 2008, 07:46:31 PM
I don't drink so much any more, except for tonight.  :o  And I like a number of mixed drinks, so I'm probably in the wrong ball park because I'd not sip on a drink on the rocks and I like my drinks to be mello.  If I were to drink a drink like that I'd grab and pour then  maybe it'd be a Baily's or a Captain Morgans (while a rum, it's not like rum).  If you made me do I traditional drink on the rocks then I'd probably go for Crown Royal as well.  It's much more mello than other whiskeys (as are most Canadian Whiskeys) but more mellow probably means you are less inclined to sit it.

Do vermouth drinks count as mixed drinksif you were looking at scotch and soda or whiskey and water?  There is the whole set of martinis, manhattans, rob roys, rusty nails, etc...

Me?  If I were going to sip a drink, I'd get in season with a sour apple.  (Jager, Apple Pucker, and Pine Apple Juice)

I'm totally a girl drink drunk.
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kidney Stones, holy crap... on: September 26, 2008, 12:40:58 PM
All of my Mexican coworkers swear drinking beer is difference between having kidney stones and not.  I haven't had another since I started drinking beer.  biggrin 

I have done stupid things in life.  A lot of which resulted in a lot of pain.  One of which even left my forearm looking like horse shoe and left me in the hospital for months with said forearm left cut open while they wrenched and peiced me back together on a dialy basis.

Nothing has compared to kidney stone.  I literally wanted to die when my kidneys flared up.  I had to go to the hospital for every bad flare up and they'd put me on so much morphine/toredor(?) my heart would almost stop and that was fine by me becuase the pain still didn't go away but I'd get distracted and tired enough that I could fall passout through the pain.  Except they were afraid that I slept, I wouldn't wake up so they wouldn't let me sleep.

Doctors informed me that the pain from the stones isn't actually passing them, but from the kidney spasms.  Mortin was the big help which seems to keep those spasms in check and therefore keeps the pain down.  Vicodin or the D word pain killer does not got damned thing for the pain.  Doping up doesn't work.  (or doesn't work for me)  Motrin shy of liver toxicity is the way to go, IMO.
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Venture Brothers....going downhill? on: September 17, 2008, 06:40:31 PM
I'm kinda backwards here.  I just started watching Venture Brothers for the second half of this last season and quite by mistake and I totally loved it.  The only episdoe that left me hollow was the nuclear fall out shelter episode.  I loved it so much I was all excited about them showing reruns beginning from 2004.  While I still enjoy them, they just don't have the non stop pace and willingness to go completely out there that the end of season 3 did that hooked me.
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Space Virus on: August 29, 2008, 01:44:43 PM
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 1989 Joker or 2008 Joker? on: August 28, 2008, 02:14:53 PM

Quote from: DArtagnan on August 27, 2008, 06:07:07 PM

It's still comic book fluff, and being pretentious and preachy about it almost makes me queasy.

Who's being pretentious and preachy?

Quote
I'm no big fan of Burton's work either, but at least he didn't saturate his Batman films with a 10-year old's moral concepts and preachy raised finger speeches about humanity. Give me a break.

Actually, the film is saturated with college freshmen and sophomore moral concepts and speeches about humanity.  Maybe you're just way advanced with your sense of morality.  The character in question, the Joker, whom you wanted to relate to and have a back story for is intentionally left with a story we don't know.  He's a mystery.  10 year olds don't explore the idea that we don't really know each other.  That's reserved for people getting out highschool and discovering existentialism.  10 year olds don't come to the conclusion that some people just can't be explained and proceed to build their relationship to them based the premise that they can't be predicted.  That comes later in life, it at all.

The morality of the movie is not God.  It's not going to change the way we see the world.  It's a vehicle for the movie.  It's popcorn.  And it's acting.  And it's vision.  And it's fantasy.  And it's comic book.  It doesn't even have to be deep to generate discussion.  Sometimes watching the tadpoles scamper in the shallows of a pond can be as fun as deep sea exploration.  For me anyway.  The truth of the matter is that I sat there for three hours plus and didn't get uncomfortable in my chair and didn't find myself wanting to watch the time to get to thinking about the next thing in my day.  That's my real gauge for a good movie.  Even a good Disney movie.  *Pick the paper up.  Put in the bag.  bump bump.*

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZjoxSDEvbo

There's some 10 year old morality I can get behing and love.

Bump bump.
10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 1989 Joker or 2008 Joker? on: August 27, 2008, 05:28:11 PM
Nicholson was either a poliltician or a casualty of war in a movie I didn't like.

I was looking forward to Burton's movie but left actively disliking it.  That was about the time I was becoming a fan of the Dark Knight and Burton looked like he was going for that with dark sets and costuming in the movie.  He failed.  He failed miserably IMO.  Mike Keaton was a terrible Batman and the whole movie could all be be boiled down to Burton taking "You think you own the night?" "I am the night." and turning it into "Who do you think you are?" *prance* "I'm Batman."

The Joker was an extension of that nonsense.  An attempt to look all dark and gothic but really just giving Nicholson a podium to be Nicholson.  There was not Joker there for me.  There was actually a sad sort of boredom in bad cheese.  Is that Nicholson's vanity or Burton's direction for the entire film?  I don't know.

Ledger on the other hand had very little screen and was a supporting actor and did a great job with the time he had.  His mannerisms were awesome.  And from the perspective, I get the feeling that Nolan either knows the comics or utilizes people who do.  That feeling extends to the Joker.  Ledger's presence is not JoePescifunny haha.  He's playing his part.  He's become a character.
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Alcohol related conversation within. on: August 20, 2008, 05:19:09 PM

Quote from: Semaj on August 20, 2008, 04:51:19 PM

I just hear tales from other people about other cities and wondered how accurate it was.  As such I used what I know as a base case and wanted to work from there.

I have no idea what the base it.  I don't think there is one.  Like you mentioned earlier, there are people who sit down and shoot the shit and drink an entire fifth and think nothing of it.  I have been known to do it with a lighter booze like Captains.  But even people who drink a fifth in an evening aren't even the hardcore drinkers.  Around here, the hard core drinkers are the ones who have relatively standard day lives and find themselves still going at 06:00 at blind pigs or into the next day after the 3rd shift bars have reopened.  I've rolled with them before.  It's painful to see how much they put away.  It's like they don't metabolize the liquor at all and it makes me wonder what the hell they are doing and why.  And I know when I've rolled with them like this because I duck out and they're still going and you start talking bar tabs at normal regular every day bars for four people well into the hundreds of dollars in addition to drinks gratis.

I'd say joe six pack townie is just that, though.  A six pack.  But Joe Six pack isn't closing the bars at our local pubs and then hanging out after the doors are locked for another three hours before going to someone's place and hanging out some before before the sun comes up and catching first call.
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Alcohol related conversation within. on: August 20, 2008, 04:49:14 PM

Quote from: kratz on August 20, 2008, 03:59:55 PM

I'm a bigger guy than semaj by probably 30 pounds... I have a high tolerance.  25 shots would probably hospitalize me.

Driving after 18 shots is fully idiotic.

Depends on the pourer and the booze and the evening.  25 shots poured technically =  exactly one fifth.  One fifth of Captain Morgans is often just too much fun in an evening.  One fifth of Stolis is often too much of hang over the next day.  Neither is something I'd consider driving after.  And I don't know what would have to come over me to consider drinking an entire fifth of Stolis in a single evening nowadays, anyway.

25 shots at the pub I hang out at could mean anything from three full fifths of weak weak weak booze, which would not hospitalize me but would still fuck me up pretty bad.  Or it could be to upward of six fifths of a mix of a weak and hard booze mix, which would probably literally kill me in a none too pleasant way. 

The idea of drinking competitively with my bartender is just stupid.  I had to learn to starting the socializing with her booze down because drinking with functional alcholics isn't a matter of competition is matter of a high on the pace that never stops, I guess.  Learning to say no was hard to do.  Saying no to hot women offering free booze is counter intuitive down to my very core.  But the idea of consuming 18-25-40 ounces of hard alcohol in an evening is pretty painful and many bar regulars do.  Screw keeping pace.  I drink to enjoy, even if some friend will ask me "if I'd like a nipple on my bottle."

Lately my drinking has approached zero.  I think my new medications are doing an intense workout on my liver.  I had a six pack on night a couple of weeks ago and I was completely wrecked the next day.  Even in the moderation of three beers I tried a week later left me tired the next day.  The pleasure of the ritual of relaxing or getting stoned on booze or whatever you want to call it is all but gone when you know you are going to feel like crap the next day.
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movies you hate that everyone else loves on: August 14, 2008, 07:26:33 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on August 14, 2008, 07:20:35 PM

The jerky animation interferes with my suspension of disbelief by constantly drawing attention to the technique. Oddly, I don't have that same problem with old Harryhausen films, so I can't really explain why Nightmare was such a letdown the last time I saw it. Same complaint applies to Beetlejuice -- the fx were fine for its time, but they look pretty embarrassing now.

I didn't care of Nightmare (nor just almost any Burton film.  I'm surprised at how many I've seen and more surprised at how many I've paid for.  And I totally can't hang with Danny Elfman neither either) but I had assumed that "jerky" was intentional to make the film into something of a Rudolf or Frosty sort of Christmas special.

OTOH Beetlejuice was one of the few Burton movies I enjoyed (and while it didn't stand up well to time I don't think it was FX that made it so.  The comedy and story itself just wasn't timeless)
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Banking help: stopped checks from customer on: August 14, 2008, 06:55:25 PM

Quote from: lildrgn on August 14, 2008, 06:44:53 PM

Quote from: joeyjazz on August 14, 2008, 06:31:49 PM

Give us whatever information of his you can and you'll probably have a google streetview screenshot of him within a half hour.  Bored people with internet access are unstoppable.

LOL. You're probably right about that. But I like to think my Google-Fu is pretty good (brown belt, maybe?). As far as Google is concerned, he doesn't exist. 411 says he doesn't exist. His phones say he doesn't exist.

Though his name is common (Bill on our invoice) and may be listed as the formal version.

Methinks small claims may be in my future.

There are address finders out there that help you begin to trace people:

http://www.zabasearch.com/

For example

Also what does the bank that is allowing him to bounce checks say?  Do they gauruntee a right to privacy for what amounts to check fraud?  $4,000 in bad checks is pretty serious isn't it?  The PoPo might end up taking it pretty seriously too, if he's easy to track.
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movies you love that everyone else hates... on: August 14, 2008, 04:19:10 PM
I'm hard pressed to come up with a movie that I love that is fairly universally hated.  Such movies probably exist but nothing rings a bell.  So rather I'll just list some movies that I didn't hate that everyone else hated:

Jersey Girl
Battlefield Earth

Neither movie will be something I'll jumping up to see again but neither movie left me wanting to get up while watching it or had me screaming at how terrible it was.
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: LucasArts Embargoes "Clone Wars" Reviews on: August 13, 2008, 06:23:25 PM
I was surprised that I was actually debating going to see this.  What ultimately decided "no" in my head was Yoda's voice in the trailer.  It was either a bad impression or Frank Oz's voice went kaput.  Either way, the distraction was so bad that no matter how good the rest of the show, I'd not be able to get into the movie.
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Olympics] China's doing a bang up job... on: August 13, 2008, 03:22:46 PM

Quote from: joeyjazz on August 13, 2008, 01:14:55 PM

Quote from: Shkspr on August 12, 2008, 11:41:33 PM

The most outrageous thing about this whole mess is the fact that had they put the girl whose voice was used out on the stage, every internet troll and their dog would be mocking the kid because her teeth look awkward. 

People would never mock a singer for having slightly crooked teeth.

Concured.
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movies you hate that everyone else loves on: August 13, 2008, 11:51:28 AM

Quote from: scubabbl on August 12, 2008, 10:55:44 PM


Spoiler for Hiden:
Screw you loom of fate. A loom that spins modern ascii binary code into cloth which turns out to be people's names who fate wants killed. A loom? Seriously, that's the best they could come up with? A loom? God damn that's stupid.

Spoiler for Hiden:
While I'm not going to say wanted was a great movie, the loom is a thing on the the woven tapestry/web of fate thing.  Not particularly clever but there for a reason just the same.
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Has Art regressed? on: August 13, 2008, 11:47:08 AM
To the isolation, the street is empty, the diner is mostly empty, void not only people but of stuff, and within it you have a couple and what looks like soda jerk or short order cook talking to the couple and then another man off sitting by himself.  The jerk and couple are in the light and the man by himself, even though he is the center of painting is in shadow there is illumination in the night all around him.

My preference, though is for the first issue of The Tick's interpretation.  "I got a straw!"
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Crossposting on: August 12, 2008, 06:42:36 PM
Three months?   They got me beat.  Yesterday when I went to sign a check I couldn't remember what year it was.  So I figured I'd cross reference by my age and I couldn't remember how old I was.  I am so screwed.
21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Crossposting on: August 12, 2008, 03:02:49 PM
Quote from: Ironrod
If the thread title isn't changed, I know enough to skip the thread at whichever forum I visit second. If you change the thread title, I usually get suckered in. Sometimes I realize that it happened to me again, and I resent that. More often, it's all new to me. I have the memory of a goldfish.

Do goldfishes not have good memories?  I've never tested them.  At least I don't think I have.  Maybe I should try playing that card game where you attempt to flip over matched pictures.  What do they call it?
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Has Art regressed? on: August 11, 2008, 08:32:42 PM

Quote from: Purge on August 11, 2008, 08:02:34 PM

Quote from: kathode on August 09, 2008, 04:09:35 PM

I think you just have to figure out what you like and zero in on stuff like that, like you would with music or cinema or even games.  

I think what bothers me about art is this: there are those who would tell you that you're less-than simply because you don't "get" it; they themselves don't "have" it, they simply gravitate to a BS piece and give it false depth.

That's a subset of Artists or Critics or Humanities Students or the like.  Let the haters, hate.  Take what you can from those that don't hate.  It's pretty cool to gain perspective about something you already enjoy from the passionate, who don't profess to "have it," but do have a broad frame of reference and talk about it.  Especially when they are practicing artists and talk you in such a way as guide you into "getting it" because "it" is what they are passionate about it.  Rather than alienating you, they are giving you expression and interpretation.  They'll communicate for attempts at "success" rather than as attempts as some sort of weapon.
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Has Art regressed? on: August 11, 2008, 12:53:46 PM
It all depends on what you expect from the source, I guess.

I don't get modern art or post modernism or whatever you want to call it but I am often fascinated by it.  I love reading long explanations about what looks like ping pong table mounted on a wall.  I love finding out about authorial presence and texture of medium and rebellion against intentionality and how the war reduced us to a pursuit of absurdity or meaninglessness or whatever.

But when I look, I still see what looks like ping pong table mounted on a wall or a pile of telephones or paint splattered on a wall.

Sometimes I apprecitate technique.  Sometimes I appreciate "getting it."  Sometimes I appreciate the pursuit of getting it.   Sometimes I apprecitate effort.  Sometimes effortlessness. 

At the same time, I like the irony.  You call the MET's acceptance of art acting and reacting, necessarily going forward regression because you long for how you saw how things used to be.

I'm a fickle bitch and I like what I like.  Museums generally don't do much for me because they always seem to divorce work from its context, so the works feel like watching caged animals.  Although every museum seems to have something that grabs me.  Being a proper child of my generation, it's usually some of the impressionists or surrealists.  Some of those people, who in their way regressed from real.  From talent for concrete presentation as we would think of it to give us something else.  And that something can totally put me under a spell.
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movies you hate that everyone else loves on: August 08, 2008, 07:25:08 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on August 08, 2008, 07:02:47 PM

Rushmore gets better with every viewing, LordMortis - you crazy!

Better at not holding my interest and making me all antsy and wanting to get up and do something else and making the not funny even more not funnier and offering proof for the theory of relativity with time moving so slow it's painful when it is around a showing of that movie.  Better and better.  Never again.  Never.


(Everyone loves The Phantom Menace?)
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movies you hate that everyone else loves on: August 08, 2008, 06:53:33 PM
Hate is such a strong word but there is no way you could ever get me to sit through Sideways or Rushmore ever again.  Never, ever, ever, ever.  I also actually paid to see Being John Malkovich on it's opening night, which I was really, really looking forward to and was completely let down and I also paid to see Trainspotting on its opening night and it did such a good job of disturbing and disgusting me to me that there was nothing I could pull from it all.  Trainspotting was the biggest switcheroo of a movie I have ever seen.  The teaser trailer I had seen for it had me rolling in the isles.  I thought it was going to be the funniest movie ever.  But in the movie even the funny scenes from the trailers were less funny in the context.

Oh, and most Tim Burton or David Lynch films...
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Overheard in MN on: July 31, 2008, 08:54:34 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 31, 2008, 08:52:26 PM

wait... popsicles aren't supposed to talk?


 paranoid

Talking popsicles are fine.  Just don't talk back to them.
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Red Bull on: July 29, 2008, 06:57:18 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on July 29, 2008, 06:45:39 PM

These things do nothing for me. My first Red Bull was at the midnight screening of Phantom Menace. I drank two and still almost fell asleep halfway through the movie.

Next time you have a drink, simply have a shot that is two ounces of good vodka and a half can of Red Bull and tell me it does nothing.  Reb Bull plus booze knocks you on your ass.  I don't recommend it.

Red Bull by itself.  Nothing.  Really.  And it's pretty nasty tasting. 
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fall on: July 29, 2008, 06:13:46 PM
It's not fall.  It autumn.  Fall casts such a negativity no the thing.  Let the negativity go.  Embrace the dying as making room for the living.  The smell of death in autumn is simply awesome.  From the leaves, to the burning wood, to the autumnal harvest.  It's way better than the stend of death in the summer.  Rotten meats and strawberries and compost and flies.  Blech.  Autumn sees yardwork going on hiatus.  You can wear shorts or long pants.  You can wear a sweater or a tshirt.  You can work outside and not freeze or sweat to death.  You can turn off the AC without turning on the heat.  

Autumn rains suck, though.
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Red Bull on: July 29, 2008, 05:43:10 PM

Quote from: Caine on July 29, 2008, 05:36:22 PM

i have been dropping the number of hfcs sodas in favor of cane sugar sodas.  one, they taste a hell of a lot better and cane sugar is no where near as bad as the corn syrup.  two, they also cost a bit more, so i buy less, which cuts down on my total intake.  win-win, and thomas kemper root beer kicks so much ass over the big brands, it's not funny.  

i tried a red bull once and was too wired to sit.  this from a guy who drinks a cup of coffee in the morning and usually grabs a grande something or other in the mid morning.

Can you make a list of cane sugar sodas?  I might have to try and keep an eye out.
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone Gonna Get Raped by Their Utility Companies? on: July 28, 2008, 03:02:32 PM

Quote from: Scraper on July 28, 2008, 01:03:42 PM

I use a wood burning stove. Old is once again new and cheap. It's just a bitch cutting up, splitting and stacking all the wood. But I would rather do that than pay for oil or gas.

I hate having paper thin walls.  My AC pumps all the time on the summer and my heat runs constantly in the winter.  If anything comes close to extreme then my (current) climate control bill is about $100 a month of my utility expenses (which I guess I should be thankful for.   icon_confused )  I was talking to my mom this weekend they haven't used that AC yet this year and their tiny wood burning stove heats an entire house easily for a day on single smaller than fireplace sized log.  Wood burning stove technology has apparently become the shiznit.
31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How can I get out of my contract with Sprint? on: July 25, 2008, 03:48:17 PM

Quote from: Eel Snave on July 25, 2008, 03:38:02 PM

Well, it WAS just the phone service, but now I'm mad at everything.  I get dropped calls, and I'm in one of their supposedly good areas.  I drop calls like mad, and it hasn't been until recently that this has started happening.

Unless the phone is going bad, which happens, towers get moved and reprogrammed.  Can you take your phone in to get it updated?  Most phones should be updated every six months or so.

At the same time I despise Sprint CS.  They are the worst.  I wish you the best of luck.  I keep telling myself I'm going to get rid of them but their pricing and phone service has kept me a customer for almost two years after I vowed I was going to quit.  Maybe I'll quit next time.  I really ought to go over to pre paid.

Oh and samsung phones are garbage as far as I Know.  If you have one (which a lot of Sprint phones are) then you've got injury on top of insult.
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Does this paypal offer sound legit? on: July 25, 2008, 03:42:26 PM

Quote from: chaosraven on July 25, 2008, 03:16:54 AM

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I had a package shipped via Global Express Mail to an address in Switzerland. I regularly ship to Western Europe, and Switzerland i've shipped to many times.

The order was just over $640-US. I received a chargeback under the claims of fraud. I tracked the order -- it was delivered in INDONESIA! The USPS was equally curious how the package was destined for Switzerland but was "rerouted" to Indonesia.

From a Google Search of GLOBAL EXPRESS MAIL

link:

http://forums.volusion.com/t4107-.html


The problem was never resolved and the sound from that link is like international shipping via the USPS leaves you holding the bag no matter what happens, in the case of non delivery.

Ebay experiences with EMS

http://forums.ebay.ph/thread.jspa?threadID=300000843&start=80

And identical looking letters:

http://blogs.ebay.com/apcowboyup31

http://www.goaliestore.com/board/hockey-talk/67387-ebay-scam.html

So no, it doesn't sound legit.
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dark Knight Spoilers Discussion Thread! on: July 24, 2008, 04:36:15 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on July 24, 2008, 04:19:38 PM

Then we'll have to disagree.

We don't so much disagree.  I know my thoughts are wrong exactly because of the prison break.  However, if I saw the entire movie that way at the time, I would have been let down and bored by the plot and wouldn't have thought so much of the Joker at the time.

Fiction of the perfect plan, as a rule of thumb, does nothing for me.  I'll be fine if I never read another Stainless Steel Rat sort of book ever again.  If Nolan and company do a third movie, and it has the Riddler, I might be more inclined to accept methodical planning from him, as it would be in the nature of the character.  We'll see.
34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dark Knight Spoilers Discussion Thread! on: July 24, 2008, 04:00:06 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on July 24, 2008, 03:33:13 PM

Quote from: LordMortis on July 24, 2008, 03:19:25 PM

And I didn't see the Joker as all that methodical.  I just saw him as fucking with opposition.  Showing his crazy.  Rolling with the punches, as it were.  But then I may be wrong because his capture and escape was methodical as evidenced by the cell phone surgery.

You didn't see the bank robbery as methodical and calculated?  Each piece of the puzzle being eliminated when they had completed their task?  Or the corruption of Harvey Dent?  Or taking the lead of the criminal underworld?  His criminal achievements weren't at all coincidental.  Yes, he was a scary character, but what made him really scary was that he was not only crazy, but crazy smart.

I didn't see them as necessarily methodical and calculated.  Everything is planned.  But I didn't see those plans at methodical.  I saw his planning as generalized to roll with the punches.  In a "There are no rules, look at what I can do with gasoline" changing sort of way.  Crazy smart was there, but it was make a joke and adapt it sort of crazy smart, or at least I like that view better.  He didn't plan for Dent to get hospitalized, he saw a changing opportunity and he played with it. This crazy smart ability to adapt can fit everything but the capture and prison break.
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dark Knight Spoilers Discussion Thread! on: July 24, 2008, 03:19:25 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 22, 2008, 12:42:20 AM

oh, and whenever I hear Johnny Depp as the Riddler I get goosebumps.....

I don't think it'll ever happen.  Depp is Burton's play thing and and I raterher doubt he'd dare play with Burton's vision.


And I didn't see the Joker as all that methodical.  I just saw him as fucking with opposition.  Showing his crazy.  Rolling with the punches, as it were.  But then I may be wrong because his capture and escape was methodical as evidenced by the cell phone surgery.
36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dark Knight Spoilers Discussion Thread! on: July 21, 2008, 06:57:18 PM
Do we know that Nolan will be doing another film?  Especially as Bale is now doing Terminator movies?  Add to Ledger's death to that and I'd think he'd let the franchise go and use it's success to do his own brand new material.  But then, maybe Nolan is an actualy Batman Fanboi (lord knows he did the films right) and wants to do more Batman films.  

BTW, I loved the quasi sons of the bat sort of thing that Nolan did.  That sort of work exemplifies the touches to move the plot along that I think really show him off in small ways.
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: We are in this generation... WATCHMEN on the walls of world freedom... on: July 21, 2008, 04:08:12 PM

Quote from: hepcat on July 21, 2008, 04:21:32 AM

I find Alan Moore to be an oftentimes brilliant writer (avoiding any mention of his foray into the world of music is probably for the best), but an incredibly obnoxious human being.  I love this quote regarding Zack's previous film 300 and how it ultimately becomes a slam against Frank Miller:

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Alan Moore, the writer of renowned comic book Watchmen, has attacked director Zack Snyder for bringing his creation to the big screen. When asked by Entertainment Weekly if he was curious about Snyder's version of his story, he replied: "I would rather not know." Moore, who previously disowned the Warner Bros adaptation of his comic V For Vendetta, voiced his disapproval of Snyder due to his involvement with 300. "He's the person who made 300. I've not seen any recent comic book films, but I didn't particularly like the book 300,"

Wow.  Maybe he should get together with Tim Burton and they could do a movie togehter and they could kiss brown eyes together, calling out how much people and their contemporaries suck and have another critically acclaimed work that is obviously full of art and talent and vision but is also pretty much unwatchable.
38  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: We are in this generation... WATCHMEN on the walls of world freedom... on: July 18, 2008, 03:30:20 PM

Quote from: Gratch on July 18, 2008, 03:22:50 PM

Quote from: LordMortis on July 18, 2008, 03:17:27 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on July 18, 2008, 03:07:36 PM

And while his resonating work is really helping drive today's comic book films (see his The Killing Joke's often nasty take on The Joker, and Watchmen, and the mostly terrible adaptation of his League of Extraorindary Gentlemen), he has sounded downright hostile in attemped interviews with him about Watchmen.

Don't forget his influence on modern music.  I've been looking for the work he did with Peter Murphy (Bauhaus?) for Flexipop Magazine for forever.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFK2Xq2RyiU

WTF did I just watch?

I don't get to watch the fan video at work, so I don't know, but you were listening to Alan Moore's band the Sinister Ducks from the 80s.
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: We are in this generation... WATCHMEN on the walls of world freedom... on: July 18, 2008, 03:17:27 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on July 18, 2008, 03:07:36 PM

And while his resonating work is really helping drive today's comic book films (see his The Killing Joke's often nasty take on The Joker, and Watchmen, and the mostly terrible adaptation of his League of Extraorindary Gentlemen), he has sounded downright hostile in attemped interviews with him about Watchmen.

Don't forget his influence on modern music.  I've been looking for the work he did with David J (Bauhaus?) for Flexipop Magazine for forever.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFK2Xq2RyiU
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movies] Wanted impressions on: July 14, 2008, 05:03:45 PM

Quote from: hepcat on July 14, 2008, 05:00:00 PM

hmmm...i never made that connection.  I just kept seeing Danny Kaye in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.   icon_biggrin

Never seen it (that I remember).  But I can remember loving old Danny Kaye movies growing up.  Was it any good?
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