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4601  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.
4602  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.
4603  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.
4604  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?

4605  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.
4606  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: July 31, 2008, 04:28:53 AM
4607  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.
4608  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.

4609  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: July 30, 2008, 01:19:04 PM
Brooke Burke

4610  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.
4611  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.
4612  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: xkcd is awesome today on: July 29, 2008, 08:59:41 PM
Sometimes xkcd confuses me.

4613  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.
4614  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.
4615  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?
4616  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.
4617  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: July 29, 2008, 12:32:54 AM
4618  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.
4619  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
4620  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.
4621  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?
4622  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

4623  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.
4624  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.
4625  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pointless vandalism and the irritating inconvenience imposed upon the victim... on: July 28, 2008, 04:38:56 PM
This seems to be a common problem. At the last HOA meeting there was a discussion of this happening because the neighborhood teens are bored. My car goes in the garage every night to reduce this kind of random vandalism.
4626  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: July 28, 2008, 04:55:12 AM

Quote from: Simon on July 28, 2008, 04:23:18 AM

Haven't seen Moliere's but is it Flawless? Kind of looks like Demi Moore in make-up holding a diamond, hence the guess.

Impressive!  thumbsup
4627  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: July 28, 2008, 04:08:19 AM
At what point is it no longer considered "baby fat"?

4628  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: GamingTrend Book Club on: July 28, 2008, 03:28:04 AM

Quote from: ravenvii on July 28, 2008, 03:24:57 AM

The House of Leaves?

Haha, just kidding, just kidding... unless many of you haven't read it, then I'm not kidding!!!

The ex-wife read it. I wonder how much more difficult it is for the publisher to print his books. The crazy type face, text formatting, colors, random font changes, etc. She enjoyed the book though.
4629  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: July 28, 2008, 03:20:22 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on July 28, 2008, 03:16:49 AM

Quote from: Moliere on July 28, 2008, 03:16:10 AM

He Was a Quiet Man

Ding ding ding!  We have a winner.

That was a great and slightly disturbing movie.

4630  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: GamingTrend Book Club on: July 28, 2008, 03:18:03 AM

Quote from: Canuck on July 28, 2008, 02:05:57 AM

I'll check and see if our library has this "Chinatown" book-if so I'm in.

The "Chinatown" book discussion thread has been started. Still looking for ideas for the August book.
4631  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: July 28, 2008, 03:16:10 AM
He Was a Quiet Man
4632  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: July 28, 2008, 01:55:24 AM
4633  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: July 27, 2008, 07:05:24 PM

4634  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: July 27, 2008, 05:27:30 AM
4635  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: July 26, 2008, 09:18:19 PM
4636  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: July 26, 2008, 08:57:00 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on July 25, 2008, 08:34:23 PM

The Website is Down

Could be a page from my life.

Awesome! "You can't arrange them by penis."
4637  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: July 26, 2008, 01:37:41 PM
4638  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: July 26, 2008, 05:03:47 AM
No reply yet? That looks like Charlie Wilson's War.
4639  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / We're supposed to believe them, why? on: July 25, 2008, 11:06:44 PM
The Top Ten Myths in FBI History

Myth #10) The FBI has Nikola Tesla’s plans for a “death ray.”

Myth #9) The FBI has “X-Files.”

Myth #8) Elliot Ness was an FBI agent.

Myth #7) Machine Gun Kelly gave FBI agents their “G-Men” nickname.

Myth #6) The FBI prosecutes cases.

Myth #5) There were no minority agents during the Hoover years.

Myth #4) The Bureau routinely spies on the American people.

Myth #3) The FBI doesn’t cooperate with other agencies.

Myth #2) The FBI has files on every American.

Myth #1) The FBI can’t or shouldn’t do intelligence.
4640  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: GamingTrend Book Club on: July 25, 2008, 08:45:41 PM
Post your suggestions for the next book to be read by the GT Book Club.

I still have my same two:

The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
Bestselling author Nassim Nicholas Taleb continues his exploration of randomness in his fascinating new book, The Black Swan, in which he examines the influence of highly improbable and unpredictable events that have massive impact. Engaging and enlightening, The Black Swan is a book that may change the way you think about the world, a book that Chris Anderson calls, "a delightful romp through history, economics, and the frailties of human nature."

The Cult of the Presidency: America's Dangerous Devotion to Executive PowerThe Bush years have justifiably given rise to fears of a new Imperial Presidency. Yet despite the controversy surrounding the administration's expansive claims of executive power, both Left and Right agree on the boundless nature of presidential responsibility. The Imperial Presidency is the price we seem to be willingly and dangerously agreeable to pay the office the focus of our national hopes and dreams. Interweaving historical scholarship, legal analysis, and cultural commentary, The Cult of the Presidency argues that the Presidency needs to be reined in, its powers checked and supervised, and its wartime authority put back under the oversight of the Congress and the courts. Only then will we begin to return the Presidency to its proper constitutionally limited role.
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