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4601  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.
4602  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.
4603  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?
4604  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.

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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.
4605  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: July 29, 2008, 12:32:54 AM
4606  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.
4607  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
4608  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.
4609  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?
4610  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

 ninja
4611  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.
4612  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.
4613  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.
4614  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
4615  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"?

4616  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.
4617  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.

4618  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.
4619  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: July 28, 2008, 03:16:10 AM
He Was a Quiet Man
4620  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: July 28, 2008, 01:55:24 AM
Correct
4621  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: July 27, 2008, 07:05:24 PM

4622  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: July 27, 2008, 05:27:30 AM
4623  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: July 26, 2008, 09:18:19 PM
4624  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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcQ7RkyBoBc

Could be a page from my life.

Awesome! "You can't arrange them by penis."
4625  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: July 26, 2008, 01:37:41 PM
4626  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.
4627  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.
4628  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.
4629  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / GT Book Club: The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril [Spoilers] on: July 25, 2008, 08:43:25 PM
From Publishers Weekly
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Malmont's debut thriller reads like pages torn from the pulp magazines to which it pays nostalgic homage. It's 1937, and the nation's two top pulp writers—William Gibson, author of novels featuring caped crime fighter "The Shadow," and Lester Dent, the creator of do-gooder hero Doc Savage—are trying to solve real-life mysteries that each hopes will give him bragging rights as the world's best yarn spinner. Gibson follows rumors that pulp colleague H.P. Lovecraft was murdered to the fog-shrouded Providence, R.I., waterfront. Dent tracks clues to an impossible killing through the bowels of New York's Chinatown. As the two adventures dovetail, they spawn sinuous subplots involving tong wars, secret chemical warfare, pirate mercenaries, kidnappings, revolution in China and weird science run amok. Lovecraft, L. Ron Hubbard, Louis L'Amour and Chester Himes all play prominent supporting roles and offer piquant observations on the penny-a-word writing life that conjure a colorful sense of time and place. Like the pulpsters he reveres, Malmont doesn't let the facts get in the way of his storytelling, and the result is a fun, if wildly improbable, pulp joyride.

This book is the perfect example of why I like book clubs. Who knows how long it would have been before I would have ever been introduced to this gem of a novel. At 370 pages it was a quick read made even faster by the tempo of the action taking place.

I enjoy historical fiction novels that give me a new perspective on different eras. In this case its the 1930's when pulp fiction writers were entertaining America. Lafayette Ron Hubbard aka The Flash was the comic relief of the novel. Forever trying to gain the respect of his peers and vanquish them in the race to be #1. This created both amusement and annoyance from those around him. Lester Dent's wife Norma was my least favorite part of the book. She seemed to be a bored housewife that tried to replace not being able to have children with a search for treasure. The dramatic irony throughout the book was a bit heavy handed. Whether it was The Flash talking about religion or Orsen Welles talking about reinventing how movies are made if he had the chance to bring The Shadow onto the big screen I suppose one has to expect this kind of thing from a historian looking backwards on the era he's writing about.

For those that enjoyed this book I would highly recommend The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon. Instead of the 1930's pulp magazine backdrop you get the 1940's-1960's emerging comic book industry.
4630  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Could this be the item that brings the house of cards down? on: July 25, 2008, 08:03:45 PM
What "house of cards" is going to be brought down? Bush is about to leave office. The most that could happen is a few underlings will be indicted and might go to jail. Do you think future elections won't be manipulated in some other fashion?
4631  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Ben Stein thinks Obama is Hitler! on: July 25, 2008, 08:01:35 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on July 25, 2008, 12:19:09 PM

To me, the net result of generating public interest in the political process far outweighs any individual candidate's policies.

As much as I want people involved, thinking and talking about the political process I still am more concerned about the candidate's policies. Bush has certainly demonstrated the ability of the President to fuck with all our lives.
4632  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Max Payne Trailer on: July 25, 2008, 05:01:59 AM

Quote from: CSL on July 25, 2008, 04:31:42 AM

Cut out the flying demons/angels and tone down the bullet time aspect, then tone up the idea of a man broken by the loss of his family and you'd have an okay movie.

It still might be okay though if it manages to hit the sweet campy, but still okay zone that I though Constantine lodged in well.

Bullet Time made Max Payne. Why would you tone that down?
4633  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bethesda's Penny Arcade Fallout comic on: July 25, 2008, 04:59:13 AM
Great marketing tool. Who says only Blizzard knows how to handle the pre-release hype of its games?
4634  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FALLOUT 3 on: July 24, 2008, 10:21:46 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on July 23, 2008, 03:57:07 PM


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Brown is the new black.  With the landscape being a desolate wasteland, how much brown, rusted brown, copper-tinted brown, and dusty brown can one person take?

PeteRock will not be happy to hear this.

Thanks for the write-up.
4635  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Does this paypal offer sound legit? on: July 24, 2008, 07:45:18 PM
Tell them you only accept hookers and blow as payment.
4636  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 100 Pushups - 6 week program. Who's in? on: July 24, 2008, 04:27:24 PM
For those struggling to meet the increased intensity level I recommend switching to



Although eating 20 or 30 of these at a time might cause some brain freeze pain.
4637  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: July 24, 2008, 01:12:04 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on July 24, 2008, 12:38:49 PM

As I can't GT during work, go ahead and guess and then check the properties. If you got it, post another!

Is there supposed to be a picture here?
4638  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I Think This Just Might Work [possibly NSFW] on: July 23, 2008, 09:36:19 PM
I'll stick with math.
4639  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: July 23, 2008, 08:52:08 PM

Quote from: Simon on July 23, 2008, 07:42:55 PM

Haven't seen it but is it The Grand?

Correct. Wait until its on broadcast TV. You're not missing much.
4640  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: July 23, 2008, 07:29:45 PM
Here's the giveaway picture.

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