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4601  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Webmaster, mind your own damn business! on: August 06, 2008, 03:19:17 AM

Quote from: Arnir on August 05, 2008, 10:57:13 PM

Anyone else make up birthdays for these places?

Yes. I have a fake age, birthday, name and address that I use for sites that don't really need to know this stuff.
4602  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: August 06, 2008, 03:17:10 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on August 06, 2008, 03:13:32 AM

You forgot the random hot chick(s) for the start of a new page.  Get on it!  Tongue

I was doing the hotness search while you were typing.   icon_biggrin
4603  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: August 05, 2008, 11:25:09 PM

Quote from: Purge on August 05, 2008, 05:23:58 PM

Gonna have to wait until I get home. Tongue 'bout 4pm CDT.

While we wait for the slacker, since I am the first post of a new page, enjoy the random hotness:

4604  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 05, 2008, 10:12:11 PM

4605  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Direct Daniella on: August 05, 2008, 07:38:21 PM
Two words: acting lessons
4606  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: August 05, 2008, 05:32:15 PM

Quote from: Purge on August 05, 2008, 05:23:58 PM

Gonna have to wait until I get home. Tongue 'bout 4pm CDT.

4607  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gen Con Indy on: August 04, 2008, 04:32:29 AM
Resurrecting 3 year old threads. That's some serious necromancy.
4608  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: August 04, 2008, 03:37:58 AM
Aida Yespica

4609  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: August 04, 2008, 02:06:17 AM
What are the voting rules? I count 7 total votes with me having the most at 3. What's the requirement to pick a new girl?
4610  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: lets talk digital cameras.. on: August 03, 2008, 04:58:35 PM
I've been happy with my Canon A650.

 Product Features

    * 12.1-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality poster-size prints
    * 6x image-stabilized optical zoom; 2.5-inch vari-angle LCD display
    * Face Detection technology and in-camera red-eye fix
    * 21 shooting modes, including 9 special scene modes; Print/Share button
    * Powered by 4 AA-size batteries (4 alkaline batteries included); stores images on SD memory cards (32MB memory card included)

Technical Details

    * Color: Silver
    * Type: 1/1.7-inch Charge Coupled Device (CCD)
    * Total pixels: Approximately 12.4 megapixels
    * Effective pixels: Approximately 12.1 megapixels
    * Focal length: 7.4 to 44.4mm (35mm film equivalent: 35 to 210mm)
    * Aperture: f/2.8 to f/4.8
    * Optical zoom: 6x
    * Digital zoom: 4x (24x combined zoom)
    * Focusing range: Normal: 1.6 feet to infinity; macro: 0.39 inches to 1.6 feet (wide)
    * Autofocus system: TTL
    * Viewfinder: Real-image optical zoom viewfinder
    * Display: 2.5-inch low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color vari-angle LCD with wide viewing angle
    * LCD pixels: Approximately 173,000
    * LCD coverage: 100 percent
    * Shutter speed: 15 to 1/2,000 of a second (settable in Tv and M)
    * ISO sensitivity: Auto, high ISO auto, ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1,600 equivalent (standard output sensitivity, recommended exposure index)
    * Light metering method: Evaluative, center-weighted average, spot
    * Exposure control method: Program AE, shutter-speed-priority AE, aperture-priority AE, manual, AE lock, safety shift, auto ISO shift
    * Exposure compensation: +/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
    * White balance control: Auto, preset (daylight, cloudy, tungsten, fluorescent, fluorescent H), custom
    * Built-in flash: Auto, auto with red-eye reduction, flash on, flash on with red-eye reduction, flash off, FE lock, slow synchro, second-curtain synchro
    * Flash range: Normal: 1.6 to 11 feet (wide), 1.6 to 6.6 feet (tele), when sensitivity is set to ISO auto
    * Recycling time: 10 seconds or less
    * Flash exposure compensation: +/- 2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
    * Shooting modes: Auto, P, Av, Tv, M, C, portrait, landscape, special scene (foliage, snow, beach, fireworks, night scene, aquarium, underwater, indoor, ISO 3200), kids and pets, night snapshot, stitch assist, movie
    * Photo effects: My colors (vivid, neutral, sepia, black and white, custom)
    * Self-timer: Activates shutter after approximately 2- to 10-second delay, custom
    * Wireless control: N/A
    * Continuous shooting : Roughly 1.2 fps
    * Storage media: SD memory card, SDHC memory card, MultiMediaCard, MMC Plus card, HC MMC Plus card
    * File format: Design rule for camera file system, DPOF v. 1.1
    * JPEG compression mode: Still image: Exif 2.2 (JPEG); movie: AVI (image: motion JPEG, audio: WAV)
    * Number of recording pixels: Still image: 640 x 480 (small), 1,600 x 1,200 (medium 3), 2,592 x 1,944 (medium 2), 3,264 x 2,448 (medium 1), 4,000 x 3,000 (large), 4,000 x 2,248 (widescreen); movie: 640 x 480 (30 fps/30 fps LP), 320 x 240 (30 fps) available up to 4 GB or 1 hour per clip, 160 x 120 (3 minutes at 15 fps)
    * Playback modes: Still image: single, magnification (2x to 10x), jump, auto rotate, rotate, resume, histogram, index (9 thumbnails), sound memos, red-eye correction, RAW playback, resize, image inspection tool; movie: normal, special playback
    * Erase modes: Still image: single image, all images; movie: part of movie, all of movie
    * Computer interface: USB 2.0 high speed (mini-B jack)
    * Video out: NTSC/PAL
    * Audio out: Monaural
    * Other: Memory card slot; direct connection to Canon CP and SELPHY compact photo printers, PIXMA photo printers and PictBridge-compatible printers via camera's USB 2.0 high-speed cable
    * Power source: 4 AA-size alkaline batteries, 4 rechargeable AA-size NiMH batteries, AC adapter
4611  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: why i miss Foxtrot as a daily comic... on: August 03, 2008, 02:02:09 PM
4612  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: August 02, 2008, 10:08:47 PM
4613  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Man's head falls off during bus ride! on: August 02, 2008, 08:48:02 PM

Quote from: Purge on August 02, 2008, 08:00:59 PM

Christ almighty ... You'd think you could have at least included a pic of the crimescene... or a head-shot.

4614  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Photos from Comic-Con 08 on: August 01, 2008, 03:37:32 AM
4615  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: When 8 years = 18 weeks on: August 01, 2008, 03:18:09 AM

Quote from: drifter on August 01, 2008, 03:09:37 AM

Be careful on the double dipping; a lot of packages have the disclaimer that if you get employment before its up they stop paying you.
That's only true if I go back to work for the same company.
4616  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: When 8 years = 18 weeks on: August 01, 2008, 12:53:39 AM

Quote from: happydog on August 01, 2008, 12:21:10 AM

What kind of work do you do?
I've spent the last 10 years working in Telecommunications. I've done Sales Support, Account Management and Marketing while managing to pick up my CCDA and CCNA certifications along the way. I am tempted to move away from the Sales side of the house and see if I can't round out my technical experience somewhere.
4617  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My new toy... on: July 31, 2008, 10:33:16 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on July 31, 2008, 10:01:47 PM

Having gone almost four entire days without being able to vacuum due to our current vacuum's recent, unfortunate demise, I feel like a child on Christmas morning about to play with a band new toy.  I am almost giddy with anticipation and anxiously looking forward to vacuuming our living room as if it were once again my first time. 

To provide a complete report back to GT you really need to try it out on different surfaces and on different types of carpet. For example, does it work equally well for picking up lab dog hair as it does for Boston Terrier dog hair? You let me know your schedule and I will provide additional testing areas for you to vacuum.
4618  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: When 8 years = 18 weeks on: July 31, 2008, 09:54:18 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on July 31, 2008, 09:39:08 PM

Did you have any prior warning or did you come in to an empty desk and a simple note reading, "Outsourced to India?"
I was outsourced to Rochester NY.  icon_confused

I knew early last week that something was going to happen. I didn't know how it would be spun or what day it would happen, but I knew it coming soon.
4619  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / When 8 years = 18 weeks on: July 31, 2008, 09:31:38 PM
After eight years with the same company I was laid off today. The good news is that I have 18 weeks of severance combined with my accrued PTO gives me a 5 month paid vacation. The bad news for PeteRock is that I will have additional time to practice my pool game.  icon_twisted

Now its a game of chicken trying to decide how hard to look for another job. If I get another job right away it will be like having 2 incomes for 5 months. Or I can hang out for a few months and not work.
4620  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: July 31, 2008, 01:59:48 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on July 31, 2008, 12:38:09 PM

Blair Witch 2: Electric Bugaboo?

4621  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: July 31, 2008, 01:59:17 PM

I would have picked whiteboyskim's picture except it shows her giant feet and toes. My god, those things are long.
4622  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: July 31, 2008, 04:28:53 AM
4623  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dark Knight Spoilers Discussion Thread! on: July 30, 2008, 06:46:41 PM
I hate going to the theatre by myself so I've been trying to setup a date to see this movie for the last 2 weeks. After 3 failed attempts I finally got to see the movie last night. A few times people in my office started talking about it and I had to literally stick my fingers in my ears while sitting in my cubicle waiting for them to go away.

Where was the Watchmen trailer?! I feel cheated.

The Joker was amazing. His level of insanity, facial ticks, body twitching and mannerisms really added to his creepiness. I loved how he kept changing the story about the origins of his scars. My main complaint was his access to resources even as he constantly killed his own guys (that's great for team morale) and burned money. Is it really feasible that he can load up these two different buildings with dozens of barrels loaded with gas and then do the same thing on two ferry boats with no one noticing?

Did Baman's morals change from BB? At the end of that movie he states "I'm not going to kill you, but I don't have to save you." Putting aside the contradiction of this statement why does he keep saving The Joker and not killing him. This guy is obviously a threat to everyone.

My biggest point of disbelief was Batman dropping Salvatore Maroni from a 2 or 3 story building and he lands straight down on his feet. OK, first of all I had to look away because that was painful to watch. His next scene shows him standing and later he is walking with a slight limp half heartedly using a cane. He would have two broken legs, ankles, hips, spine and or various other bones.

Are we to believe that they really emptied out an entire hospital in less than an hour?

3 different DNA's on the joker card? What, did he swab blood all over the thing or scotch tape their pubes to it? Then they apparently pulled a CSI miracle of getting DNA testing not only done within hours, but making a match to a judge, police commissioner and DA since these people all have their DNA in a database?

Great movie though. I'm thinking about seeing it a second time if its playing at the local IMAX. I hope the DVD has cool extras like Heath Ledger's audition for The Joker role.

One of the best non-Joker lines:
Quote from: Lucius Fox
Let me get this straight. You think that your employer, one of the wealthiest, most powerful men in the world, is spending his nights running around the city beating criminals to a pulp with his bare hands. And your plan is to blackmail this person? Good luck.
4624  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: July 30, 2008, 01:33:29 PM

Quote from: map on July 30, 2008, 12:07:17 PM

I'm sorry. I need someone to take over everytime. Is it still okay if I play? And that would be Walter Matthau with the gun.

No problem. I'll post an easy one.

4625  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: July 30, 2008, 01:19:04 PM
Brooke Burke

4626  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / District of Columbia v. Heller, take 2 on: July 29, 2008, 10:58:40 PM
D.C. Is Sued Again Over Handgun Rules

Gun rights advocates have threatened litigation since the city enacted its registration rules July 16, three weeks after the Supreme Court ruling. The District's acting attorney general, Peter Nickles, said yesterday that the city's and Heller's interpretations of the high court ruling are fundamentally at odds.

This seems like a problem with any Supreme Court ruling let alone the "landmark" Heller case. Now we get to spend months or maybe years for more interpretation on the original ruling.

Is a magazine loaded pistol a machine gun?
Does the right to immediate home defense include the ability to have a working and loaded gun in the house?
Are fees and ballistics tests a burden to getting a registration?

Stay tuned.
4627  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Grind and love it on: July 29, 2008, 09:17:11 PM
Wired article on grinding in Wow.

The thing is, almost no arenas of human endeavor work like this. Many are precisely the opposite, in fact. When you go to your job at the office, there's little or no linkage between effort and achievement: You slave like a madman all year long, only to watch the glad-handing frat guy hired two months ago get promoted above you. And if you're a really serious nerd, the logic that governs interpersonal relationships -- marriage, kids, your parents -- is even more abstruse: Things can actually get worse the more time and effort you put into them.

But grinding? Grinding always works. Always. You get a gold star just for showing up. This is a quietly joyful experience. It feeds our souls, as well as our sense of justice and fair play. We grind because we can't believe what a totally awesome deal we're getting handed here, often the first time in our entire suck-ass put-upon lives.

Personally, grinding still keeps me away from Vanguard and WoW. Every time I think about having to sit down and mindlessly grind out some Crafting, Gathering or fighting I find another game to play.
4628  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: xkcd is awesome today on: July 29, 2008, 08:59:41 PM
Sometimes xkcd confuses me.

4629  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Monte Cristo has left the building on: July 29, 2008, 07:34:04 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on July 29, 2008, 07:17:18 PM

Quote from: hepcat on July 29, 2008, 07:05:41 PM

yeah, i saw that bit on the midnight call and thought, "what a crappy thing to do to the employees".   icon_eek

I once had a coworker who had an even less considerate experience.  He showed up for work one Monday morning and found that the locks had been changed and the doors were chained closed.  Through the windows he could see that all furniture had been removed from the property as well.  Apparently the company he worked for at the time closed that regional office but had no intentions of telling the employees.  They just changed the locks, chained all of the doors, and moved out all company furniture over the weekend. 

Sounds like The Prime Gig. An interesting take on the world of Telemarketing.
4630  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Monte Cristo has left the building on: July 29, 2008, 06:27:19 PM

Quote from: hepcat on July 29, 2008, 05:54:33 PM

Anyone wanna loan me about 14,000 dollars to install a walk in freezer and pay for 1500 Monte Cristo sandwiches before the end of August?

$14k? After paying for the freezer, you're not leaving much left for all the sandwiches.
4631  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Tattoo Thread on: July 29, 2008, 04:27:19 AM

Quote from: jpinard on July 29, 2008, 04:10:10 AM

I don't have a tattoo, but I do have this: 

Have you notified Mulder and Scully?
4632  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pointless vandalism and the irritating inconvenience imposed upon the victim on: July 29, 2008, 03:57:02 AM
I'm just glad to live in a Castle Law State.

A Castle Doctrine (also known as a Castle Law or a Defense of Habitation Law) is an American legal concept derived from English Common Law, which designates one's place of residence (or, in some states, any place legally occupied, such as one's car or place of work) as a place in which one enjoys protection from illegal trespassing and violent attack. It then goes on to give a person the legal right to use deadly force to defend that place (his/her "castle"), and/or any other innocent persons legally inside it, from violent attack or an intrusion which may lead to violent attack. In a legal context, therefore, use of deadly force which actually results in death may be defended as justifiable homicide under the Castle Doctrine.
4633  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: July 29, 2008, 12:32:54 AM
4634  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: GamingTrend Book Club on: July 28, 2008, 09:57:46 PM

Quote from: DonD on July 28, 2008, 09:26:58 PM

I picked up this month's book and The Black Swan.  So pick it for the next one, ok?

Now I'm off to read.

Sounds like a plan. To avoid Doopri calling us Jerks again, lets make The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable by Nassim Nicholas Taleb our August book.
4635  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pointless vandalism and the irritating inconvenience imposed upon the victim... on: July 28, 2008, 09:52:08 PM
I understand that as law abiding citizens we are more concerned about private property than during our mispent youths. Is everyone here saying they didn't do some of this stuff while growing up? I'm not proud of it, but I did my share of egg throwing and random destruction. One time the guy caught me and dragged me over to his car to clean the egg off.  icon_redface
4636  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Getting wisdom tooth pulled- any words of wisdom? on: July 28, 2008, 06:45:05 PM

Quote from: Razgon on July 28, 2008, 06:30:28 PM

Full anesthetic.???? for a wisdomtooth removal?? ookay, well, I've never heard of that before - In denmark its just local anesthetic, goodbye tooth, and you'r good to go home... no trouble whatsoever..

of course, you've just had minor surgery, so common sense is to be observed...

Btw, beware if its in the lower jaw - the lower part of your jawbone has to as strong as the entire upper part of your skull, making it a bitch at times, and it may hold on pretty well to your tooth. Anyways, that should be caught by any decent dentist.

I had just the local. I was interested in hearing my tooth being drilled in half. That was done first and I was shocked with how quickly he plucked the final 3 out in a few seconds.
4637  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pointless vandalism and the irritating inconvenience imposed upon the victim... on: July 28, 2008, 06:27:21 PM

Quote from: kronovan on July 28, 2008, 06:16:48 PM

Is there not a fine against this in your cities? There's a hefty fine for it where I live in and I can say it's rarely an issue. E.g. my condo back ends on to a public walkway where people walk dogs constantly; dawn to dusk. I can comfortably say you'd have to search long and hard for a dog turd amongst the walkway or the fields on either side. We have the dog stations too, where anyone can deposit their recycled bags..

Sure there's a fine, but what's the chances that a cop will be driving by just as your dog drops a load and you walk away without cleaning it up and said cop is willing to stop and issue the fine?
4638  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Getting wisdom tooth pulled- any words of wisdom? on: July 28, 2008, 06:03:35 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 28, 2008, 05:41:12 PM

don't make me break your car window again Tongue

4639  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pointless vandalism and the irritating inconvenience imposed upon the victim... on: July 28, 2008, 05:59:38 PM

Quote from: rickfc on July 28, 2008, 05:31:23 PM

someone apparently let their dog shit in my front yard and just walked away.  I hope that I see the fucker do it if it happens again.   mad

We just installed 6 dog stations around our development. You can still find dog poo within 5 feet of the damn trashcan that includes little bags to clean up after your dog.
4640  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Getting wisdom tooth pulled- any words of wisdom? on: July 28, 2008, 04:40:50 PM
I hope you have a good dentist. I had all 4 pulled at once, one of which had to be drilled in half to extract and I didn't even use the pain meds Rx.
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