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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Civ 4 discussion on: June 23, 2005, 02:58:07 PM
KD, can you post a link nto the 'behind the scenes' look?
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOST - 05/11/05 on: May 17, 2005, 01:52:19 PM
What I don't understand is what the hell killed the pilot?  Remember that?  Way back when?  There was a giant 'thing' that disturbed the tops of 30 foot trees as it walked by.  It pulled the pilot out of the plane in the tree, and left his body way up in the canopy.  It was no polar bear.  And yet, there clearly was a giant monster, and the survivors sure don't seem very worried about it....
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is the sea cucumber a fruit or a vegetable? on: May 04, 2005, 08:17:07 PM
As a saltwater aquarist, I can tell you that sea cucumbers are major consumers of algae and detritus, but can do major damage to a tank if they die, normally by being sucked into an intake....
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / "Seven" Final Scene Performed by Stuffed Animals on: April 21, 2005, 02:32:50 PM
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What's in the box?!?!?!?!??[
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOST - 03/02/05 - HOLY CRAP! on: March 03, 2005, 08:09:03 PM
my fave moment:

Hurley "I'm spry!"
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOST - 02/16/05 on: February 23, 2005, 08:05:03 PM
I thought the ep was outstanding, and I'm even more excited about the previews for tonight.  I think this is really going to be great.
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Dear FM Radio... on: February 22, 2005, 06:35:19 PM
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Dear FM Radio...


Enjoy the last decade of your dominance before you are replaced by satellite radio, just like you replaced AM.....  biggrin
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bards Tale Impressions on: December 08, 2004, 08:49:53 PM
Just for the record, it's now after the 'end of november', and the BT is still selling for $49.99 at best buy....  http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?id=1093469404844&skuId=6851356&type=product

So I guess *some* of the predictions here weren't spot on....  biggrin
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bard's Tale on: December 08, 2004, 05:54:33 PM
This game is the most refreshing RPG I've played since Baldur's Gate (the original).  It is outstanding.  Hilarious, fun, and interesting.  Granted, the gameplay will start to wear on you, but the dialogue and voices are just so top notch, that I'm willing to overlook an awful lot.

Anyone else playing this?
10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What should I do? (stolen money) on: December 06, 2004, 02:29:28 PM
Personally, I'd be more annoyed by the fact that someone came into my bedroom while I was asleep.  That freaks me out.  Way more than forty bucks.  I'd be getting a fricking alarm today if I were you.  What if he was a member of GG, got drunk and tried to put it..... oh, nevermind  :o
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Quantum Theory/Mechanics on: November 29, 2004, 07:41:04 PM
Can anyone point me to a simple summarization of the ideas of quantum theory and quantum mechanics?  I tried wikipedia, but it's quite complex.
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Unscrewed cancelled, TSS "morphing". on: November 12, 2004, 02:24:25 PM
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....and I could never sit through and entire episode of TSS.


Just like I couldn't sit through a whole post BY TSS!!!!  Oh, the syncronicity of it all!!!!!
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What happens when the U.S. has overdrawn its loans? on: November 09, 2004, 04:01:21 PM
Actually, I would be that the amount we owe other countries is pretty small.  It's what we owe individuals and companies that is scary.  Every time you buy a US Govt savings bond, you're loaning the govt money....
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOST - 10/3 on: November 08, 2004, 02:42:13 PM
...which begs the question, once they do each character's backstory in its own episode, what then do they do?
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Ban on Gay Marriage a winner in 11 states. on: November 08, 2004, 02:03:35 PM
I hope Laner hasn't left.

I just want to know where in the new testament Jesus says that it's a sin.  Because I think it's safe to say we can 'throw out' Leviticus, because if we followed those rules, we'd be in jail.  And besides, if I'm going to base something on it, I want to hear Jesus say it.  God in the old testament is very clearly either filtered through many different people's eyes, or is a very different god altogether.  

So, can anyone elucidate?
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Any word on this? on: November 08, 2004, 12:56:51 AM
Any word on this?
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Ban on Gay Marriage a winner in 11 states. on: November 05, 2004, 09:05:09 PM
Butterknife, I wasn't trying to be a jerk, I really am trying to understand.

But I guess where I fail is, I just can't figure out why you think homosexuality is morally wrong.  I can understand if you find it personally distasteful, but morally wrong?  What moral absolute was violated?
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Ban on Gay Marriage a winner in 11 states. on: November 05, 2004, 06:55:07 PM
I actually PMed someone that has taken part in this discussion and is on the other side of this issue to try and understand how I can possibly be wrong on this.  I mean, since I'm in the 40% of Michigan residents that think that anyone should be able to marry anyone, the majority of people think that I'm wrong.  And I just don't understand how.  So I PMed this person asking them to please help me understand.  And that offer goes to anyone.  Please.  How can I be so wrong?
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Apprentice 11/04/04 - WHAT THE HELL?!?! on: November 05, 2004, 05:11:00 PM
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Don't speak, unless spoken too. Go with the pack. If the boss is hammering someone, you hammer them too. Stick your neck out, it gets cut off. Pretty much like life at an actual company.


I consider this the tragedy of modern business.
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Ban on Gay Marriage a winner in 11 states. on: November 05, 2004, 05:08:15 PM
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You know, I actually thought of a scenario that could justify the denial of the "benefits" of marriage to gay couples. (Please note, this is me inventing a fictional reason for the benefits. I am not saying this IS the reason.) What if the reason for the marriage benefit was to encourage procreation and having the ideal environment (2 parents) for the child(ren).


In this case, though, would 'they' be just as morally outraged by marrying to 70 year olds?  Or how about a couple that has made it clear that they have no intention of bearing children?  Shouldn't that be just as morally outrageous?
21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Why everyone should vote: on: November 04, 2004, 06:24:31 PM
I'm not implying that I think Bush and Kerry are intelligent, but rather, I'm implying that to get to the point where you can run for president, I think you pretty much have to have compromised your morals, broken several laws, sucked up to numerous special interests, called in countless favors, and crushed several innocent people.  Basically, I'm saying that I think they're both dirtbags.
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Ban on Gay Marriage a winner in 11 states. on: November 04, 2004, 04:26:24 PM
This whole thing makes me ill.  What if the ammendment proposal had said that anyone born on a Thursday should not be allowed to marry?  How is this different?  I don't care how hard anyone tries, no one will ever be able to convince me that this is anything other than xenophobia.  Has anyone seriously come up with a non-religious reason to pass something like this?  I know earlier in this thread there was a discussion as to it being morally offensive to some people.  But why?  Is it also morally offensive to you when two 90 year olds get married?  Mixed race couples?  I mean, come on.  At one point do we allow personal biases get in the way of people's rights?
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Why everyone should vote: on: November 03, 2004, 02:12:40 PM
The sad part about this is that both of these cantidates are pretty lame.  To get to the point where you can even consider running for president implies that you've been through so much sucking up to so many different people and groups, it's just impossible to get a good cantidate to that point.

Realistically, how many people out of 300 million Americans do you think could legitemately run for president every four years?  Because if Bush and Kerry are our best and brightest, then I'm very scared for the future.
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Why everyone should vote: on: November 02, 2004, 08:12:07 PM
If the test is easy, then it does nothing more than the American government class did in your senior year of high school.  If it's hard, then you exclude huge portions of the population....    which I don't think is NECESSARILY a bad thing, except that you would exclude huge demographic chunks of data.  And then you end up with taxation without representation and all of that.  I think you have to allow everyone to vote if they want to, no matter the cost.  Otherwise, you end up creating divisions, which I insist is a huge problem.
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / (p) Why everyone should NOT vote.... on: November 02, 2004, 08:04:17 PM
(this is meant as a counterpoint to the "why everyone should vote today" thread.  It's a devil's advocate opinion.)

In our system the way it currently is, the people that care vote.  By that, I mean that if you feel particularly strongly about an issue or cantidate, you go out and vote for them.  If you don't have a strong feeling either way, you probably don't go out and vote.  The question I ask is:  what is wrong with that?  As it is, more informed people probably have stronger opinions.  They're probably more likely to vote.  

Doesn't making people feel guilty if they don't vote just push a bunch of apathetic people into voting booths who have no idea who or what to vote for?  Wouldn't you rather just let "voting natural selection" take place and get votes from the people that feel strongly enough to vote?

I understand the legacy of what it took to get you the vote.  And I don't mean to undermine or demean that.  But if people just don't care, is dragging them kicking and screaming to the polls doing anyone any good?  How?
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Why everyone should vote: on: November 02, 2004, 07:11:11 PM
But you have to pass an American government class in order to graduate.  So you already have to display a minimum level of competency.  People come out of high school having just passed exactly what you're asking for.  And I would contend that the average high school voter is probably a crappy one (ie apathy, distance from any real issues, etc).

In my opinion, if the average adult feels strongly enough about something to get off their butt and go vote, then that's all I can ask.  I think that if you try to restrict the vote to a select group, you create a societal division that can do nothing but cause problems.
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Fantasy movie by 17yr old on: November 02, 2004, 06:07:04 PM
I think he may need to hire some writers, but his work is tremendous for what it was.  I'll be he draws some real attention with that....
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Why everyone should vote: on: November 02, 2004, 05:40:35 PM
What good would knowledge of the system do?  It has nothing to do with the issues typically.  Everyone in Michigan has to go through American Government in their senior year of high school.  So right when they turn 18, they likely have exactly the knowledge you're looking for.  Does that mean you think that 18 year old Americans are good voters?
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Why everyone should vote: on: November 02, 2004, 04:16:06 PM
But you're setting an unrealistic standard.  If you asked the 'average American' to spend time researching every issue before they voted, which part of their responsibility would you have them drop?  I mean, people are so busy that they don't even have time to sleep, and you want them to research issues, take tests, etc?

I agree with you that it would be nice if people were more educated on issues, but I disagree that it can be a requirement.  What happens is, if people feel strongly enough about something, they vote.  If not, they don't.  So in a sense, you do only get people that actually have an opinion.

Putting requirements around voting, though, is creating a group of 'elite' members of society, an idea which this country has been fighting against for thirty years, albeit unsuccessfully at times.

One of the problems as I see it is that there is no truly impartial source for information on issues.  For instance, every locality has proposals on the ballot all of the time.  But you never actually get to see facts about them.  You only see the two different sides advertising repeatedly.  

Another problem is party voters.  I think this is the true tragedy.  This is a voter who votes for someone soley on party affiliation rather than because of any knowledge of the person's platform.  I almost wish it was illegal to list party affiliation on ballots.
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Why everyone should vote: on: November 02, 2004, 02:52:29 PM
One of the big objections raised here was that to get into politics far enough to run for president, you have to basically be a member of an elite club and sell your soul.....

Doesn't putting requirements on being able to vote establish exactly the same kind of elite club?
31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / virus in .txt file? on: October 20, 2004, 04:04:02 PM
Yeah, that's what I thought.  This was just pure text though.  a pure .txt file.  Having an argument with my ineffective IT staff....
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / virus in .txt file? on: October 20, 2004, 01:29:40 PM
Is it possible to get a virus from opening an attached .txt file?
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Morrowind plugin DVD list [continued from GG] on: October 15, 2004, 01:46:37 PM
I'd like to sign up as well.  I'd be willing to donate money to this cause for sure.
34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Need Dinner Idea for Tonight on: October 14, 2004, 03:31:43 PM
I need an idea of a good dinner for tonight to make for friends and their teenage kids.  I'll have about 20-30 minutes to cook it.  Any good suggestions?
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Best commercial! on: October 14, 2004, 01:11:27 PM
I love the Nissan commercials from a few years ago.  Not the 'dogs love trucks' ones, but the one:

with GI Joe rolling up in his convertible and stealing Barbie away from Ken

and the 'Danger Zone' one with the pigeons.  

Those both killed me.  You used to be able to go to advault.com and watch old commercials whenever you wanted, but now it's a pay site.  tragedy.
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Warhammer Online Online again on: October 13, 2004, 07:27:49 PM
You could do a 40k thing with a WWII Online kind of deal.  Where you could play a character in different ongoing battles, do insurgencies, spec-ops, whatever.....

It would be kind of fun to pilot an eldar jetbike in an assault on a space marine fortress or something....
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Scrubs 10-12 on: October 13, 2004, 06:01:54 PM
I think Scrubs may be about to jump the shark.  I just don't know how a show can possibly get any better.  Last night's was so good, I was amazed.  The show is just freaking hilarious.
38  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Let's talk about the upcoming NBA season on: October 13, 2004, 05:19:23 PM
I'm really excited to see how the East shakes out this year with NJ basically a scrap heap.  Between Miami, Milwaukee, NO(*), Indianapolis and Detroit, I think you have the top of the pile in the East.  With Detroit clearly getting better, I think they're the favorites (ok, so I'm a homer), but it's really going to be interesting....

EDIT * - Totally forgot NO went to the West now!  Changes things even more....
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Day 4 without Pepsi... on: October 13, 2004, 05:06:20 PM
Serious question, KD, do you think that cutting out diet pop will help you lose more weight?

When I switched from full octane mt. dew to diet, I lost about ten pounds in the first month alone.  I'm totally addicted to diet now though.  I easily drink two liters of diet pop a day.  Other then peeing a lot from all the caffeine, I'm not feeling any ill effects.... that I'm aware of (cue scary music)
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Starting a business on: October 13, 2004, 05:00:43 PM
So me and a couple GG refugees have been talking about starting a small business over the last couple months.  The problem is, we don't really know where to start.  Does anyone have any web resources they recommend on the steps you have to take or any tips to help the process out?
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