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481  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A few nerdy Star Wars questions on: August 29, 2008, 01:19:18 PM
Where was it said that Anakin was a virgin birth?  I don't remember that.

Everything Palpatine said to Anakin seemed like a load of crap designed to string him along, so I never put much faith in it.
482  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A few nerdy Star Wars questions on: August 29, 2008, 04:14:32 AM

Quote from: cheeba on August 28, 2008, 08:46:51 PM

Quote from: TiLT on August 28, 2008, 08:23:31 PM

I thought the midichlorian concept, while a bad idea to begin with, got a little cooler in Episode 3 when Palpatine insinuated that he had bio-engineered Anakin through manipulation of midichlorians. So while Anakin may have been technically born to a virgin mother, his father was actually Palpatine in a way, and he could only do it thanks to the existence of midichlorians.

It's not enough to save the concept, but it made it moderately salvageable in my mind.
It wasn't Palpatine that bio-engineered Anakin, but Palpatine's master... uh, see if I can remember, Darth Plagus?

Here's what the Emperor says at that opera thing:
You ever hear the tragedy of Darth Plagus the Wise? ... Darth Plagus was a dark lord of the sith so powerful and so wise he could use the force to influence the midichlorians to create life. He had such a knowledge of the darkside he could even keep the ones he cared about from dying.

Hmm, though I guess he goes on to say:
He became so powerful the only thing he was afraid of was losing his power, which eventually of course he did. Unfortunately, he taught his apprentice everything he knew, then his apprentice killed him in his sleep. Ironic, he could save others from death, but not himself.

So I guess that would certainly imply that the Emperor had power to create life.

But how does that mean Anakin was bioengineered?  I'm not making the connection.
483  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Old geezer rat bites big one on: August 28, 2008, 08:49:19 PM
Yeah, that just sounds like gross living eek
484  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A few nerdy Star Wars questions on: August 28, 2008, 03:26:13 PM
I remember Yoda telling Obi Wan about the new life after death technique, but it seemed that Obi Wan skipped the whole death part.  He just vanished. I don't think they did that just to avoid the gore, because Vaded pokes at the robe because he doesn't know what just happened. Obi Wan's warning that he was going to become more powerful than Vader could possibly imagine was a bit exaggerated too.

As for Vader fighting just to keep Luke from going to the dark side, I don't think there's a chance Vader and the Emperor weren't in agreement as to how this was going to go down. The Emperor would goad Luke into attacking him and Vader would stop him and the battle for second in command would be on. I just don't know why Vader wouldn't just let Lukes saber strike the Emperor.  Even Sith have a sense of self preservation. Make that "especially Sith."
485  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / A few nerdy Star Wars questions on: August 28, 2008, 02:42:00 PM
These might have been answered in some extra material I haven't seen, but they've always bugged me:

1. Why did Obi Wan disappear when Vader struck him down?

2. Why is Vader cool with the Emperor trying to replace him win Luke? I know he asked Luke to rule with him, which I assume meant overthrowing the Emperor, but he seems to be cool with his master making him fight his son just to see who will live

3. Anakin is supposed to bring balance to the force, but what possible meaning could that have other than balancing out the good/bad force ratio?  If it was heavily weighted in favor of the good guys, why would the one to bring balance be welcome?
486  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kimbo Slice back on CBS, Oct 4. His Opponent? on: August 27, 2008, 01:16:57 PM
No matter who wins, this one is going to end early.  Kimbo is either going to land a barrage from which Ken can't recover or Ken will get him to the ground and break his ankle.  Kimbo has never (I don't believe) faced anybody with decent ground skills. Ken has a real chance to take Kimbo out of his element and show him what's in store if he ever gets to fight real MMA fghters.  Of course I wouldn't be surprised if Ken, knowing this is his last hurrah, listens to the Elite promoters and tries to make this a standup match.

Everybody knows that their precious baby, Kimbo, is a sideshow attraction and would get destroyed by a real fighter. 
487  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: BSG prequel movie and series on: August 26, 2008, 02:03:41 PM
I like those names.  This has strong potential. I wonder if they'll avoid throwing in all the mysticism of BSG.
488  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This seems a little overboard to me..What do you think? on: August 21, 2008, 10:06:27 PM
I think the mother is teaching the girl a very important lesson: it's ok to break rules you don't like.  Consequences?  We'll worry about those later.
489  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPhone renders all forms of dice obsolete - Pen and Paper fans rejoice!! on: August 21, 2008, 07:38:42 PM
Too bad the battery won't last your entire session.
490  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Watch bugs fight to the death!!! on: August 21, 2008, 01:24:54 PM

Quote from: Sparhawk on August 21, 2008, 04:24:13 AM

Quote from: McNutt on August 21, 2008, 04:15:25 AM

There's a big difference between killing a bug in your house and enjoying watching two things being forced to fight to the death.

lmao no it is not. I bet you kill more bugs per year than the fatalities that occur on that tv show.
You really don't see the difference?  I'll kill a bug that's in my house (important distinction), but that doesn't mean that every day I hope to find a bug there just so I can take joy in watching it die.

I'm not equating Bug Fights to dog fighting.  No, I don't really care that these bugs are dying.  What bothers me is the mentality of someone who stages these fights.  That's a little disturbing.
491  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Watch bugs fight to the death!!! on: August 21, 2008, 04:15:25 AM
There's a big difference between killing a bug in your house and enjoying watching two things being forced to fight to the death.
492  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Watch bugs fight to the death!!! on: August 20, 2008, 10:20:38 PM
This is the kind of thing you'd expect from a child, but it is sad that this is what adults thought would be good entertainment.
493  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Payback... :) on: August 18, 2008, 10:01:30 PM
Piss in a rectangular bucket for a week then lean it against their door before they go to work.  Eat aparagus every day for added payback.
494  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Windows Live Mail or Thunderbird? on: August 14, 2008, 02:16:48 AM
Thunderbird was good when I used it, but it let in a lot of spam.  I switched to Gmail about a year ago and never looked back.  To this day I've received one spam through Gmail and I don't believe a single good message was flagged as spam.  I don't know how they do it, but they're leagues ahead of Thunderbird and Outlook at tagging spam.
495  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movies you hate that everyone else loves on: August 08, 2008, 06:23:28 PM
Happy Gilmore

Office Space

496  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Does this movie download site look legit? on: August 06, 2008, 03:58:32 PM
Thank you for an enjoyable read.  Please let us know how that $4 Russian bootleg works out. 
497  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Knight-Templars heirs sue the pope on: August 06, 2008, 01:53:31 PM
This has bad novel written all over it:

"They challenged the Pope in an attempt to right an ancient wrong.  Now they're vanishing one by one.  Only the Grail can save them now."
498  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World's Greatest Dad contestant on: July 16, 2008, 07:57:22 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on July 16, 2008, 07:51:45 PM



Well, I don't think it condones pedophilia to point out that the t-shirt is in questionable taste.

Agreed, but the line should have read "A man wearing a 'World's greatest dad' shirt is accused. . ."  Biyobi was pointing that out, not that the shirt wasn't funny considering the circumstances.
499  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World's Greatest Dad contestant on: July 16, 2008, 07:49:00 PM

Quote from: Moliere on July 16, 2008, 07:36:59 PM


Irony makes this story interesting. I don't see anywhere that a different t-shirt makes the crime ok.

The point was the perp wasn't accused of wearing the shirt, as was written in the story. 

500  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPhone 3G launch today on: July 16, 2008, 06:12:32 PM
I'm going to get one, I just don't know when.  I'm moving to Texas Saturday and will have to give up my work phone, so I'll need to buy an iPhone before then.  The local store has the 16GB, but not the 8GB.  I seriously doubt I'll need that extra 8GB, but damn if it isn't tempting.
501  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Proof that Men Have Better Friends... (Joke for today) on: July 07, 2008, 02:30:47 PM
I like it!   icon_lol
502  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Mutant Chronicles trailer on: July 05, 2008, 06:37:21 AM
Join in the conversation.
503  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Thinking about my first shotgun on: July 04, 2008, 02:18:55 AM

Quote from: msduncan on July 03, 2008, 11:45:44 PM

My favorite shotgun, and one that my entire family (and my wife's side) uses routinely for protection, hunting, target shooting, etc....

Is a 12 gauge Belgium made Browning A-5.    The beauty of this firearm is second to none...and the recoil operation is satisfying and like engineering art.      At 100 steps, the pattern is amazingly tight.



Still readily had at gun shows.    Every hunting club we've joined the younger crowd has turned their nose up at this firearm thinking their new Benelli shotguns would shoot circles around them.      Every single time they have been stunned when the Browning shoots circles around their Winchesters and expensive new Benellis.



My family has one.  It is indeed a great gun.
504  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPhone 3G announced - only $199 for 8GB on: July 03, 2008, 06:22:36 PM
I'll be out of the country until the 14th, but I plan on buying one when I return.  Hopefully the supply will still be there.
505  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPhone 3G announced - only $199 for 8GB on: July 03, 2008, 06:05:34 PM
Is the line for people who just have to get it the day it comes out or is there a supply issue?
506  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Mutant Chronicles on: July 02, 2008, 07:15:25 PM

Quote from: hepcat on July 02, 2008, 07:12:38 PM

and mcnutt:  the video didn't look that dark on my system.  those images you posted are almost unviewable.   icon_confused

Good.  I'm not sure why my video played that way, but I'm glad the movie isn't going to look like that. 
507  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Mutant Chronicles on: July 02, 2008, 07:11:52 PM
Maybe my browser is playing them at really dark levels, but here's how most of the trailer looked on my computer:







I can't see any kind of detail in those shots because they're too dark. 
508  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Mutant Chronicles on: July 02, 2008, 06:21:17 PM
Shooting everything in the dark is a pet peeve of mine.  Mostly it's done at night to create "atmosphere" (see most horror movies), but sometimes it's done because that's the director's style (see David Fincher).  This movie makes even the daylight scenes very dark so that you can't make out much detail at all.  The shot probably was illuminated, but during postproduction it appears they darkened everything up significantly. 
509  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Mutant Chronicles on: July 02, 2008, 06:12:33 PM
Do they not want us to be able to see anything?  Why was everything shot in such complete darkness?  I couldn't even make out a most of the faces.
510  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Bond movie trailer rules on: June 30, 2008, 06:10:06 PM
I'll watch this one.  I had a ton of little nitpicks about the last one which kept me from loving it, but the tone was exactly what I wanted. 
511  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: There Will Be Blood on: June 30, 2008, 01:59:36 PM
Spoiler for Hiden:
That confused me too.  I think I read that they were different people.
512  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Aliens and Predators, what do they eat? on: June 30, 2008, 01:57:53 PM
Back to the original question, I don't know how the aliens grow.  In the first movie we see the little alien tyke after it blows out of John Hurt's chest.  If I'm not mistaken the next time we see the alien it's fully grown with no way of having been fed.  I guess that's just a story oversight. 
513  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Aliens and Predators, what do they eat? on: June 29, 2008, 11:28:39 PM
Come to think of it, I never saw Captain Kirk take a shit.  What does he do with his waste?
514  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wife Issue (Advice?) on: June 27, 2008, 09:12:39 PM
This sounds like it's not 100% related to the Myspace message.  You need to have a long conversation and ask her why this is coming up, because one message is not reason to mistrust your spouse.
515  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Phone is now picked! - iPhone on: June 27, 2008, 08:53:00 PM
I think I've decided on the iPhone too.  Right now I have a Blackjack which is okay, but I have to give it up when I leave this job in a month.  The iPhone seems to do everything I want it to do and the internet capability is too good to pass up. 
516  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Perry Bible Fellowship guys on: June 27, 2008, 05:04:30 PM
517  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Perry Bible Fellowship guys on: June 26, 2008, 09:26:32 PM
I don't get the first one.  I mean I get the Ghostbusters reference, but I guess I don't understand it.
518  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Mr. Magorium’s Stupid Emporium on: June 26, 2008, 08:13:38 PM
Saying something is gay is not at all like saying something is nigger.

I can ask a gay friend "Is this a gay nightclub?", but I don't think I'll ask a black friend "Is this a nigger nightclub?"  That's pretty damn offensive and I hate even typing it, but I do so to prove a point.  Did cheeba mean insult KD?  I don't think so.  Maybe it's a tired joke, but it's not that over the line.  I have gay friends and I doubt they'd be offended if I said what cheeba said.  They'd probably agree.
519  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Video Game Sound Challenge on: June 26, 2008, 03:32:25 PM
10/18.  Of course I've never played [Dog Name].   icon_biggrin
520  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Good Cell Phone Earpiece on: June 26, 2008, 02:44:53 PM
I recently ordered a Jawbone from the Apple Store (they're sold out around here) and had them next-day air it to my girlfriend.  I called today to cancel my order since she didn't receive it (it's been a week).  Yeah, that's about all I have to offer.  Sorry.
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