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4681  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World's Greatest Dad contestant on: July 16, 2008, 07:36:59 PM

Quote from: Biyobi on July 16, 2008, 07:14:55 PM

So if he would have gone to the meeting wearing a plain t-shirt all would have been okay?  Michigan has some very particular laws on it's books:  "Sex with teenagers is just fine... UNLESS you wear a 'World's Greatest Dad' shirt!!  Oh, you're in trouble now, mister!"

The author needs to go back to school and study up on that writing thing again.
Irony makes this story interesting. I don't see anywhere that a different t-shirt makes the crime ok.
4682  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / World's Greatest Dad contestant on: July 16, 2008, 03:49:39 PM
Does a shirt really make the man?



Quote
A 33-year-old Michigan man is accused of wearing a "World's Greatest Dad" shirt to a meeting for sex with what he thought was a 14-year-old girl.
4683  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Planet size comparison on: July 15, 2008, 09:15:55 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on July 15, 2008, 09:11:02 PM

It's been said that our solar system consists of the Sun, Jupiter, and some assorted debris. And now it's just been said again.

Lucky for us that Jupiter is so damn big. It sucks in a lot of that passing debris so Terra isn't getting hit with nearly as many meteors.
4684  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Teggy attempts to listen to the "A Clash of Kings" audio book, take 4 on: July 15, 2008, 07:34:47 PM
Audio books are great for driving. It makes the work commute much faster. I get through 1-2 books a month from the library while driving around town.
4685  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: July 15, 2008, 04:53:58 PM

Quote from: Eel Snave on July 15, 2008, 03:49:33 PM

I love the one of the dude getting hit in the face with a bat.  I mean, everyone is screaming and ducking, but you, Mr. Tough Guy, aren't swayed by a mere baseball bat to the face.  You probably just shrugged it off and went back to cracking walnuts between your thumb and forefinger.

At least someone is making a halfhearted attempt to protect the kid. Imagine the embarrassment if the picture showed them using the kid as a shield.
4686  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: July 15, 2008, 02:48:55 PM
Incubus
4687  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: July 15, 2008, 02:25:36 AM
 saywhat
4688  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Some unbelievable natural disaster photos (US) on: July 15, 2008, 01:43:45 AM
Pictures from yesterday's monsoon storm here in Phoenix.











4689  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Rocket to the Sun - These Actors Need to go on: July 15, 2008, 01:34:33 AM
Steven Monotone Seagal
4690  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Should I learn piano? on: July 15, 2008, 01:32:19 AM
Less pain on the fingertips learning to play the piano.
4691  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My hidden shame on: July 15, 2008, 01:31:11 AM
4692  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Planet size comparison on: July 14, 2008, 09:21:30 PM
I thought Pluto was demoted?
4693  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Games continue to get smarter on: July 14, 2008, 01:45:55 PM
and less predictable.

Quote
Video games used to come preprogrammed with canned movements that expert players eventually could anticipate and figure out. But recent advancements in video game design - and new game consoles with dazzling computing power - have endowed computer-controlled characters with a sense of self-preservation and unpredictability not seen even a year ago.

Now if they can just stop NPC's from getting stuck on walls and by a branch sitting on the ground.
4694  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: July 14, 2008, 04:22:32 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 13, 2008, 09:47:56 PM

hawt.  got any hot soldering action ones?

4695  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: July 13, 2008, 05:39:59 PM
4696  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2008 on: July 13, 2008, 01:42:50 PM
Read
January
"Guns, Germs & Steel" by Jared Diamond
"War Party" by Louis L'Amour
"Legends of the Fall", "Revenge" and "The Man Who Gave Up His Name" by Jim Harrison
"Shadow of the Giant" by Orson Scott Card
"Going Back to Bisbee" by Richard Shelton
"Water for Elephants" by Sara Gruen

February
"Pillars of the Earth" by Ken Follett
"Life of Pi" by Yann Martel
"The God Gene" by Dean Hamer
"Sock" by Penn Jillette
"The Good Guy" by Dean Koontz
"The Diamond Age" by Neal Stephenson
"The Sound and The Fury" by William Faulkner

March
"World Without End" by Ken Follett
"The Three Musketeers" by Alexandre Dumas
"Fallen Founder - The Life of Aaron Burr" by Nancy Isenberg

April
“These is My Words” by Nancy Turner
“Westward the Tide” by Louis L’Amour
“The Stainless Steel Rat” by Harry Harrison
“The Stainless Steel Rat’s Revenge” by Harry Harrison
“The Stainless Steel Rat Saves the World” by Harry Harrison

May
“Duma Key” by Stephen King
“The Stainless Steel Rat is Born” by Harry Harrison
“The Stainless Steel Rat Gets Drafted” by Harry Harrison
“The Stainless Steel Rat Sings The Blues” by Harry Harrison
“The Thirteenth Tale” by Diane Setterfield
“Freethinkers” by Susan Jacoby
“Mostly Harmless” by Douglas Adams

June
“After Long Silence” by Helen Fremont
“Stationary Bike” by Stephen King
“Pastwatch” by Orson Scott Card
"The Mind of the Market" by Michael Shermer
"Angela's Ashes" by Frank McCourt
"Lisey's Story" by Stephen King

July
“Revolt in 2100” by Robert Heinlein
"Methuselah's Children" by Robert Heinlein
“Tales From Margaritaville” by Jimmy Buffett
“Mike Nelson’s Movie Megacheese” by Mike J. Nelson
"The Joke" by Milan Kundera
"Memory Keeper's Daughter" by Kim Edwards
"The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril" by Paul Malmont

August
“From The Corner of His Eye” by Dean Koontz
“The Black Swan” by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
“The Testament” by John Grisham
"Tweak - Growing Up On Methamphetamines" by Nic Sheff
“The 4-Hour Workweek” by Timothy Ferriss
“Troublesome Young Men” by Lynne Olson

September
“Prey” by Michael Crichton
“Running the Table – Legend of Kid Delicious” by L. Jon Wertheim
“Sole Survivor” by Dean Koontz
“The Korean War” by Max Hastings
“The Rant Zone” by Dennis Miller
“The World of Atlas Shrugged” by TOC
“Thermopylae” by Paul Cartledge
“Cryptonomicon” by Neal Stephenson

October
"Cold Sassy Tree" by Olive Ann Burns
"The Confusion" by Neal Stephenson
“Do Androids Dream of Electric Sleep?” by Philip K Dick

November
“Bleachers” by John Grisham
“The Power of One” by Bryce Courtney
"The Substance of Style" by Virginia Postrel
“The Story of B” by Daniel Quinn

December
"Retribution" by Max Hastings
“The System of the World” by Neal Stephenson
“I Am Legend” by Richard Matheson
4697  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Tony Snow, dead at 53 on: July 12, 2008, 01:07:22 PM
53?! That seems really young. Colonoscopy people. Don't be frightened.
4698  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Just what I need, another expensive hobby [golf] on: July 11, 2008, 09:40:50 PM

Quote from: gellar on July 11, 2008, 08:24:55 PM

Now I'm going to make you spend more money.
icon_evil

Quote from: gellar on July 11, 2008, 08:24:55 PM

Clubs every golfer MUST have in their bag:
- 60 deg wedge. 
He included a second wedge listed as 56 deg. Close enough?

Quote from: gellar on July 11, 2008, 08:24:55 PM

- Since you bought used clubs, make sure the grips are good.
A couple of the grips are new and the others are in great condition.

Quote from: gellar on July 11, 2008, 08:24:55 PM

- Lessons.  If you haven't taken any yet, do it.
I bought them from a co-worker who has been playing for years. He offered to go out to the Range with me and give some lessons. He wants me to start playing so he's motivated to ramp up my skills. Depending on where my interest goes with this game that will be enough to get me started until I want to take professional lessons.

I was thinking about getting one of those nets for the backyard with the little patch of green to hit off for additional practice. Maybe shoes, a glove, balls, tees, all kinds of ways to spend money in this sport.
4699  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: July 11, 2008, 08:39:09 PM
The Bourne Identity
4700  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Welcome Home! on: July 11, 2008, 04:03:43 PM

Quote from: rickfc on July 11, 2008, 03:37:22 PM

How can you play pool around PeteRock?  I mean, all the balls must gravitate towards his fabulosity. 
I play that to my advantage. Wherever he happens to be standing I line up my shot so that they are drawn towards him and into the pocket.
4701  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Welcome Home! on: July 11, 2008, 03:32:14 PM

Quote from: rickfc on July 11, 2008, 03:10:20 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 11, 2008, 03:06:22 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on July 11, 2008, 03:01:45 PM

It was so bad that now when people come in they stop, look around in awe,

don't they already do that though?

Yeah, but because of his fabulosity.  Now, it's for that and his organization skills.  Soon, he will be like the sun; too bright to look at directly.

Try playing pool with the guy. Lucky for me he is usually good about moving away from my direct line of vision when trying to line up a shot. Otherwise the glare from his fabulosity would be blinding.
4702  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Just what I need, another expensive hobby [golf] on: July 11, 2008, 03:26:09 PM
Yesterday I purchased a full set of golf clubs. Technically I had a set already, but they were bought for $5 at a garage sale so you can imagine their quality. I was usually too embarrassed to actually use them. The last time I used them (over a year ago) at the end of the round the club house guy was trying to clean them off with his towel and I told him to stop saying "Your towel is worth more than the clubs".  icon_redface

Although they're used I will be slightly less embarrassed breaking these bad boys out:
Taylor Made r5


Callaway 2004 Big Bertha Irons


Adams Putter
4703  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Welcome Home! on: July 11, 2008, 02:59:54 PM

Quote from: rittchard on July 11, 2008, 02:55:46 PM

Quote from: Scraper on July 10, 2008, 08:42:12 PM

Thank the Lord my work production was starting to get dangerously high. I don't want them expecting that out of me all the time.

I have to agree with scraper. I got way too much work done the last 2 days!  so happy the site is back

The Onion: Productivity

Quote
The Internet went down for 3 hours this morning plunging the nation into productivity.
4704  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Max Payne Trailer on: July 11, 2008, 12:02:19 AM
I loved the game and look forward to seeing the movie based upon that Trailer. Now I just have to watch it before PeteRock writes up his lengthy "this movie sucks donkey balls" review.
4705  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Welcome Home! on: July 10, 2008, 11:59:56 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 10, 2008, 11:39:39 PM

Quote from: Zero on July 10, 2008, 09:59:25 PM

Are there any site glitches?

yeah, you're still here
We all know what CeeKay was doing during those 30 hours of downtime. Just keep telling us that it was a ghost.  icon_wink
4706  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: SCHEDULED DOWNTIME - 7/8/08 - 1:00am PHX TIME on: July 10, 2008, 11:42:35 PM

Quote from: Destructor on July 10, 2008, 10:50:33 PM

Quote from: Moliere on July 10, 2008, 09:55:59 PM

What hapened to the Spell Check opsion? Am I ecpected to know how to spell now?

Get Firefox and let it do it for you.

I'm at work and we have a block on installing our own outside software even if it is better than this Windows crap.
4707  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: SCHEDULED DOWNTIME - 7/8/08 - 1:00am PHX TIME on: July 10, 2008, 09:55:59 PM
What hapened to the Spell Check opsion? Am I ecpected to know how to spell now?
4708  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: All's quiet.... on: July 10, 2008, 09:54:26 PM

Quote from: cheeba on July 08, 2008, 04:24:10 PM

Quote from: Brendan on July 08, 2008, 02:28:20 PM

Again, if you have something to contribute to a meaningful discussion, please do - otherwise, you're just trolling.
This is why it was said before in the thread that it is useless to attempt to talk to you about anything. You are so apeshit into the kool-aid that you've actually rationalized to yourself that McCain's career in politics isn't relevant. I shouldn't have even made the attempt, but oh well, the lesson is learned yet again.

Cheeba, I'm trying to have sympathy for you here, but as of yet I haven't seen anything substantive from you on this question of how McCain and Bush would be any different as President. Do you think there are policy differences? If so, what are they? No personal attacks going on here or name calling. I am just one of the thread lurkers waiting for someone to make the distinction between Bush and McCain.
4709  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: July 10, 2008, 09:30:43 PM



4710  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Welcome Home! on: July 10, 2008, 09:18:58 PM
Does this mean I can't talk smack about this site over on OO behind everyone's back anymore?
4711  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 100 Pushups - 6 week program. Who's in? on: July 08, 2008, 04:31:01 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on July 08, 2008, 03:28:17 AM

Week 1, not bad
Week 2, tougher but still not too bad
Week 3, day 1: WTF?!

I did 36 in the 2nd exhaustion test, which puts me in the 26-30 pushup bracket for week 3.  For the sake of argument let's say I did 26 in the exhaustion test.

The most pushups I can do in a row is 26, and the first set is...25 pushups.

So I'd be pretty much spent right off the bat, then I only get 60 seconds before doing 17, then 17 again, then 15.  For the last set I'm then supposed to do at least 25.  How would this be possible?  If you could barely do more than 25 after a full days rest, how in the world would you hit 25+ after doing 25, 17, 17, 15?  I did 36 in the exhaustion test and I could only manage 25/25, 17/17, 8/17, 12/15, and then just 5 whimpering pushups for the last 25+ set...and that's with breaks longer than 60 seconds before the last couple sets.

I'll still plug away at the program, but the jump for this new week just seems extremely unrealistic.

This was my exact situation tonight since my post week 2 exhaustion test was 27. Week 3 Day 1 sucks ass and I fear Day 2 and 3.
4712  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Want some torture with your peanuts? on: July 08, 2008, 04:10:18 AM
Once we get used to wearing the bracelets on planes we can try it in other places: post offices (no more going postal), bus stations, trains, any government building, the possibilities are endless.
4713  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: GamingTrend Book Club on: July 08, 2008, 03:22:41 AM

Quote from: Doopri on July 08, 2008, 03:01:22 AM

jerks i was in if you picked the black swan - ive considered reading it a few times before and this would have been a great push to get me to do it!

Your first post in this thread is to say we picked the wrong book?  Roll Eyes
4714  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: GamingTrend Book Club on: July 08, 2008, 02:51:34 AM
Alright, let's get this rolling with our first book. I will start the discussion thread at the end of July.

The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril
Paul Malmont

From Publishers Weekly
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.
4715  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: July 08, 2008, 01:14:03 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 08, 2008, 01:00:48 AM

I always knew that ass shot would come back to haunt me.....

and us
4716  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Can we get... on: July 07, 2008, 09:58:29 PM

Quote from: ROTC1983 on June 27, 2008, 05:19:26 AM

Or maybe we can filter out Ceekay? Tongue

Then we'd lose half of this Forum's posts. Imagine the sanity.
4717  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Jesse Helms RIP on: July 07, 2008, 09:17:05 PM

Quote from: Geezer on July 07, 2008, 08:57:52 PM

Judging a person by one reprehensible act is easy.  More likely, Kennedy is, like all of us, the result of innumerable life experiences that all interact in one way or another, and to flatly state that one act is the sum of a person is silly.

True, one act is not the sum total of a person, but leaving a woman at the bottom of a pond is certainly an indication.
4718  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Jesse Helms RIP on: July 07, 2008, 08:48:09 PM

Quote from: Brendan on July 07, 2008, 08:35:27 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on July 07, 2008, 08:03:29 PM

So I guess it's OK to say negative things about Jesse Helms upon his death, but not about Ted Kennedy re: brain cancer?

When did Ted Kennedy die?

His soul died on July 19, 1969.
4719  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Wearing a hat means the terrorists win on: July 07, 2008, 08:44:58 PM
Pubs in Yorkshire have been ordered to ban people from wearing flat caps or other hats so troublemakers can be more easily recognized. This whole CCTV issue just feels like the proverbial pot of water slowly being heated up until we're suddenly sitting in boiling water. Is there such a thing as private property where the owner has a say in what customers can and cannot do at his establishment? They start these policies in public places like an airport or post office and once we're comfortable with that intrusion its moved into banks and now bars.
4720  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: GamingTrend Book Club on: July 07, 2008, 08:32:25 PM
Any other book suggestions before I draw a random person's name to pick our July book?
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