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3001  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Olympic opening ceremony on: August 10, 2008, 02:47:25 AM

Quote from: disarm on August 09, 2008, 08:27:55 PM

Quote from: mori on August 09, 2008, 07:07:53 PM

I did not watch it but did I hear this right? They spent $100 million in fireworks? icon_eek

there were definitely a lot of fireworks, but i can't imagine  them costing anywhere near that much.  a quick Google search turns up rumors that the entire ceremony may have cost near that much, but not the fireworks alone.  the real answer isn't public knowledge though...
Try 300 million. The figure was divulged last night during the broadcast.
3002  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Olympic opening ceremony on: August 09, 2008, 04:21:38 AM
I just finished watching it on TiVo delay. That lighting of the torch is the most ludicrously awesome thing I've seen in my entire life!  icon_surprised
3003  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Wire: Where have you been all my life on: August 09, 2008, 03:33:42 AM
You're in for a treat, as the series gets better with each season. Now, each season tells a somewhat self-contained story-arch, so when you get to Season 2, you'll get introduced to a whole set of new characters (Season 2 was centered around shady dealings on the docks and crooked teamsters). Season 3 got back to the city's drug dealing problem. Season 4 was centered around the problem of the failing inner city education system. I've yet to watch the final season. Waiting for it to hit DVD soon.
3004  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Olympic opening ceremony on: August 09, 2008, 02:52:57 AM
Their massive presentation was impressive. They had a long LED setup on the stadium floor that stretched to 500 ft. The calligraphy dancers, painting on the surface as they danced, were very inventive. But I think I was the most blown away by the printing-press blocks which were choreographed to emulate wind and water and at the end it turned out there was people in each one of those things.  eek

Now Im getting a kick out of the Chinese cheerlearder girls. They've been dancing well over an hour as the delegations fill the stadium. Oh, and Puerto Rico just entered the stadium. Yayyyy! (I'm watching on TiVo on a delay.)
3005  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movies you hate that everyone else loves on: August 09, 2008, 01:45:45 AM

Quote from: Andrew Mallon on August 09, 2008, 01:38:25 AM

Saving Private Ryan is absolute garbage. It's a formulaic movie complete with a ridiculous, manipulative ending. Thinking of the scene at the end, "Tell me I've lived a good life" makes me want to puke. I don't know why people like this movie so much, I guess they think well-crafted action scenes are more important than a decent script. Other war movies that I despise: Blackhawk Down and A Few Good Men.

Other "good" movies that I walked out of the theater include A.I. and Shakespeare in Love. Oh, Braveheart and Gladiator suck donkey balls too.

Harsh.
3006  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Olympic opening ceremony on: August 09, 2008, 12:51:51 AM
Anyone watching? The Chinese are putting one hell of a show. Gorgeous stuff!
3007  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Guild Wars summer '08 resurgence on: August 08, 2008, 11:14:05 PM
This weekend is double-Alliance XP weekend. Alliance Battles (AB) is arguably GW's most fun multiplayer mode. It's PvP that you can jump in without being uber and still have a hell of a fun time. Jump in game this weekend and join us for some AB'ing!
3008  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movies you hate that everyone else loves on: August 08, 2008, 09:32:49 PM

Quote from: rickfc on August 08, 2008, 09:06:43 PM

The Godfather (All)

I understand not liking part 3, which was a bad idea from Coppola.. but, the first two? You should revisit them.
3009  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movies you hate that everyone else loves on: August 08, 2008, 08:19:37 PM

Quote from: Purge on August 08, 2008, 08:10:46 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on August 08, 2008, 08:05:31 PM

Any animated feature from Dreamworks. 

Seriously?

Shrek 1, Kung Fu Panda, Flushed Away and Over The Hedge were worth watching IMHO.

Meet the Parents and Meet the Fockers were not, however.

Which reminds me, I didn't like Over The Hedge. One of the most unfocused, manic, unfunniest animated films of recent memory. I wouldn't say all of Dreamworks animation is bad, but that one I didn't like.
3010  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movies you hate that everyone else loves on: August 08, 2008, 06:17:33 PM
The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe. You know, it's like a fantasy... but for the kids.. with ridiculous armies of humans, centaurs, lions, bears and every goddamn animal battling with not one drop of blood shown. Sorry that I didn't read the book as a kid. I found it to be third-rate fantasy at best.
3011  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movies you hate that everyone else loves on: August 08, 2008, 06:03:48 PM
I have a deep-rooted dislike for anything having to do with Firefly and the feature film Serenity. I think Joss Whedon is severely overrated.

Crash. It's such an astoundingly preachy movie. To this day, I don't understand why it got as many accolades as it got.

The Boondock Saints. I don't hate-hate this movie, but I think it's overrated. To me, it's a Tarantino knockoff that appeals to people with an Irish fetish. I don't know.. maybe I should watch it again.
3012  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Entourage returns next month! on: August 07, 2008, 04:50:55 PM
... and I don't have HBO!  crybaby
3013  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Guild Wars summer '08 resurgence on: August 07, 2008, 04:48:26 PM
hepcat, I sent you an invite late last night! Warning, I tried to send you an invite but it tells me that none of your toons exist (?). Are the toons active and did you spelled their names correctly?
3014  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Guild Wars summer '08 resurgence on: August 06, 2008, 07:15:42 PM

Quote from: hepcat on August 06, 2008, 06:55:36 PM

I do believe I'll fire up my copy this weekend.  Pound for pound, only the Elder Scroll series has seen as much game time out of me in the last 10 years.   icon_biggrin

i'm ONE mission away from finishing the first game.  plus, i'd like to get some more time in with my assassin/dervish in the expansions.

hepcat, when you reload the game this weekend, post your main here so we can send you an invite into the new guild.

rittchard, I do believe ArenaNet is indeed addressing the issues you posted on GW2. The world PVP aspect, specially, sounds enticing.
3015  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Knight-Templars heirs sue the pope on: August 06, 2008, 05:54:21 PM
Historical Reparation Sillyness for the win!

Whatever happened to 'get over it'?
3016  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Guild Wars summer '08 resurgence on: August 05, 2008, 05:35:02 PM

Quote from: Arkon on August 05, 2008, 04:36:18 PM

Since I haven't played this since the original launch... is there more PvE content now?  Perhaps with the expansions there is enough PvE content that I won't have to worry about the PvP.

Between the original game and the Factions/NightFall/Eye Of The North expansions there's a crap-ton of PvE content to get thru in GW, Arkon. Many people have this erroneous notion that the game is mainly PvP and that's not the case. You can play this game for months without touching the PvP. Also, you can start the game with either the original or Nightfall or Factions for a decent price and buy the other expansions as you go along. Check it out at guildwars.com and see if you want to join us in-game,man.
3017  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Guild Wars summer '08 resurgence on: August 05, 2008, 03:53:36 PM

Quote from: KePoW on August 05, 2008, 02:54:52 PM

http://www.kepow.net/webpost/gw100.jpg

Is that the Guild tab you're talking about?  Don't see any way to leave guild.

I believe DonD is correct. you click on the box to the left on your name and it gives you the option to leave the guild.

DonD, will be happy to send you an invite later tonight. Make sure you've left whatever previous guild you were a part of so that the invite goes thru.
3018  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Guild Wars summer '08 resurgence on: August 05, 2008, 02:22:06 PM

Quote from: KePoW on August 05, 2008, 01:27:36 PM

How do I leave the old guild?

You should be able to go into your Guild tab and click on the Leave Guild button, I believe.

Dreamshadow/Nathan, I tried sending you an invite last night but you hadn't left the old guild yet so I'll resend it again later tonight.
3019  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I just saw Fight Club for the first time. on: August 05, 2008, 03:00:26 AM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on August 05, 2008, 02:41:21 AM

One of the best and most important movies of the 90's in my opinion.

And one of the most difficult to make. 'Fight Club' cost the head of Twentieth Century Fox its job at the time. There was a huge backlash against the movie, from from both critics and audiences. It took several years for them to come back and admit that the movie was genius.
3020  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Guild Wars summer '08 resurgence on: August 04, 2008, 10:24:11 PM

Quote from: Dreamshadow on August 04, 2008, 09:06:39 PM

Oooh..I need to finish up the Prophecies and Nightfall campaigns..I may try to join you.  Add Nathan Starcutter (and many others) to the list.  I'll look you up on the weekends.


Will you send you an invite tonight!
3021  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Rick Roll on: August 04, 2008, 05:50:25 PM

Quote from: Sarkus on August 04, 2008, 05:31:59 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on August 04, 2008, 02:44:03 PM

Quote from: Sarkus on August 04, 2008, 03:50:29 AM

Yeah, I'm kind of disappointed by the mods letting this go on and on.  Jackassery is something I thought GT was above. tear

Let what go on?  I don't really care to moderate what is considered funny.  If the community doesn't care for this stuff then presumably they will be vocal in that (and indeed some have been) and perhaps peer pressure will check it. 

But nothing in these threads constitutes a breach of the CoC IMO and, as such, I don't see why these threads should have been locked.  Could they have been merged?  Perhaps but we don't do that every often either.

Personally, I don't think posting multiple threads as some sort of meta-joke is very funny and if it becomes constant then maybe we can decide on an official policy against it.  But, for now, these type of meta-jokes don't seem frequent enough to take such action. 
.

I just think six threads on the same topic, four of which were done just to be funny, is too much.  What's the point of moderating a board if you're going to just allow people to spam away like that? 

Also, this line from the CoC strikes me as possibly applicable:

Quote
The posting of inflammatory, rude, repetitive or offensive messages designed to annoy or antagonize other posters or disrupt the flow of discussion is not allowed here.

I'd argue that the multiple threads constitute repetitive messages designed to annoy.  You might even argue that some of them were offensive, given the issue that was originally being discussed.

People can joke around all they want, I just don't think we needed four additional threads started, as was the case in this situation.

IMHO, obviously.



I think a better question is why you're making a big whoop out of this. The threads have died out, it's a new week, and people have moved on. It's you who's keeping the threads alive with your posts. Why not simply ignore the posts if they didn't appeal to your sense of humor? This is what most of us do. Now you're calling for 'mod action' and god knows what.

I didn't want to say anything.. but, seriously, you're being petty.
3022  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Guild Wars summer '08 resurgence on: August 04, 2008, 02:41:07 PM
This thread is sure getting a lot of views... but, where are the responses?!  nod

We sure had some fun in Guild Wars last night. Zaxxon and Toxo joined our budding guild, then we embarked on a vanquish of The Sage Lands. This turned out to be an epic two hour undertaking, and we lost Toxo halfway as he got disconnected. But we all made a good bundle of cash (at least 6 platinum each),and got a bunch of XP and gold loot. If anyone's still itching for some GW, get in-game and send me, or Tareeq, or Zaxxon or Toxo a message. Or respond to the thread!

My toons:

Peear Geemar
Persephone Giamra
Primavera Giamra
Xterminating Angel

Tareeq's toons:

Fivefold Happiness
Polly Morphous
and a bunch of others

Zaxxon:
Zaxxon Zingledorf
and a bunch of others

Toxo:
Toxo Exsulum
and a bunch of others

See you in game!
3023  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Man's head falls off during bus ride! on: August 03, 2008, 04:14:36 PM

Quote from: hepcat on August 03, 2008, 03:38:23 PM

as i noted in my initial post, i regard this crime as shocking and down right frightening.  i have nothing but the utmost sympathy for the victim's family and I'm apalled at the extent of evil displayed by the murderer. 

however, gallows humor has existed since the moment humans traded fins for feet (or, if you're a creationist, were plopped into the garden).  it's in our dna to make light of things that scare us.  it helps us to deal.  yes, tasteless at times.  but it doesn't mean those making jokes about the situation are any less aware of the gravity of the situation.

in any case, as pointed out, this thread was purely an attempt to poke fun at the number of threads that popped into existence after the first one.

+1. This crime is so absurd, atrocious and over the top that I think it's only human nature to try and put some distance between our everyday world and the crime with some dark humor.  Of course, we feel terrible about the victim in this situation. This poor man hit the lottery for terrible things happening to people. Think of the odds of someone going psycho in a full bus and stabbing you to death and decapitating you.
3024  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Mass decapitations besiege a city! on: August 03, 2008, 03:49:22 PM

Quote from: hepcat on August 03, 2008, 03:40:02 PM

Quote from: PR_GMR on August 03, 2008, 06:43:53 AM


Nooooooooooo. Send me those. You got any Kim Kardashian ass shots?

you got a wide screen monitor?

My laptop is widescreen... the more the better to accomodate Miss Kardashian's fabulous ass-ets.  icon_biggrin

I was at a Fells Pt bar when you posted to me last night, Ceekay. That's why I posted that I was drunk.
3025  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Mass decapitations besiege a city! on: August 03, 2008, 06:43:53 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 03, 2008, 05:09:42 AM

Quote from: PR_GMR on August 03, 2008, 05:07:31 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 03, 2008, 04:53:33 AM

Quote from: Sarkus on August 03, 2008, 03:25:27 AM

Is Wayne Brady gonna have to report a bitch?


 finger



Don't send me any ass shots, Ceekay. Oh, god I'm drunk

ok.....

* CeeKay tears up the Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel and Jessica Alba ass shots.
Nooooooooooo. Send me those. You got any Kim Kardashian ass shots?
3026  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Mass decapitations besiege a city! on: August 03, 2008, 05:07:31 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 03, 2008, 04:53:33 AM

Quote from: Sarkus on August 03, 2008, 03:25:27 AM

Is Wayne Brady gonna have to report a bitch?


 finger



Don't send me any ass shots, Ceekay. Oh, god I'm drunk
3027  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Mass decapitations besiege a city! on: August 02, 2008, 11:06:17 PM
The link leads to my own film production website which is on the vanilla side. What? You thought I was Crowley or something!  icon_razz
3028  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Mass decapitations besiege a city! on: August 02, 2008, 08:54:24 PM
The thing that happened on the bus in Canada is spreading! It's happening more frequently. I couldn't believe it myself. What the (radio edit) is wrong with people! And why are they talking about a flying blade chopping people's heads off!

 icon_twisted
3029  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Guild Wars summer '08 resurgence on: August 02, 2008, 06:06:49 PM
Still looking to play some GW? The game still has a very healthy population and some of us are back playing. Tareeq and me have started a two-man guild called 'No Longer Seriously Playing' (NASA) and we're playing on weekends. Specifically, Sunday nights. If you still have goals to complete in GW we welcome you to join us, just let me know in this thread and we'll send you an invite. My main is Peear Geemar and Tareeq's is Fivefold Happiness.
3030  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Transformers quote thread on: August 02, 2008, 05:04:41 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 02, 2008, 04:46:32 PM



and of course, for our out of context quote:

Quote
we're really taking a pounding. Don't know how much longer we can hold out.

 icon_lol

Oh, I got you one better! I just noticed this one while watching Transformers The Movie this morning:

Spike: If this doesn't stop it, nothing will.

Bumblebee: The explosives are activated. Let's get out of here!

(Spike and Bumblebee race for the escape ship)

Bumblebee: Hurry, it's gonna blow!

(Spike and Bumblebee blast off. The moon planetoid falls into Unicron's mouth and explodes)

Spike and Bumblebee: Oright! Hurray! Way to go!

(Unicron is still there)

Spike: Look, it isn't even dented! Oh, SHIT, what are we going to do now!

.
.
.
Yes, he does actually say 'shit'! And this was supposed to be a kid's movie!

 icon_lol icon_lol



3031  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Transformers quote thread on: August 02, 2008, 04:17:56 PM
From: Transformers The Movie, 1987

Megatron: Prime!

Optimus Prime: One shall Stand. One shall Fall.

Megatron: Why throw away your life so recklessly?

Optimus Prime: That's a question you should ask yourself, Megatron.

Megatron: No! I'll crush you with my bare hands.

(music: You got the touch! You got the power!)

 icon_biggrin
3032  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: GT is recruiting! We need iPhone reviewers on: August 01, 2008, 04:05:40 PM

Quote from: Chicho on August 01, 2008, 03:36:34 PM

first post!  icon_twisted

I recently purchased the new iPhone 3G and would like to participate in the testing and reviewing of new and current apps.

Welcome Chicho. I couldn't help but notice that your username means 'little roll of stomach fat' in spanish.  icon_lol
3033  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The age of re-runs on: August 01, 2008, 04:03:27 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on August 01, 2008, 03:34:28 PM

Sorry, PR-GMR, but I found your screenplay of the "Louisiana Hacksaw Debacle" slightly derivative. Changing the primary villain's name to "Corduroyface" didn't really fool anybody.

Hehehe, YK. I don't like talking much on the boards about my projects. I'm one of those 'don't announce anything until you've got something to show' people. But believe me, I'm working on something and I think it's special. I'll leave it at that.

Quote from: leo
Well YK already answered it, it's money.  Financiers are not willing to take risks on expensive, unproven IP.  They just want to pump out rehash that sells lots.

Exactly. Unfortunately, now more than ever, major studios (and game companies) don't want to take risk on someting that won't sell. As an indie filmmaker, I'm looking at a very steep hill climb for my first feature film. In the end it comes down to how much passion and drive the artist has to make something original happen. Those are the standout works you'll be seeing in the next few years--from the guys who fought hard to bring them to you.
3034  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The age of re-runs on: August 01, 2008, 03:18:54 PM
Believe me, some of us are out there trying to do something original. Do not lose hope.
3035  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [news] Jeebus, this is creepy on: August 01, 2008, 03:17:38 PM
Think about the lack of remorse, the void of emotion, the inability to feel guilt, and the disconnect between action and consequences that these murderers have. There are people out there incapable of getting in touch with their own humanity. I wouldn't be surprised if they find the victim wasn't the first one of this individual. This monster didn't give a shit if he got caught or shot to dead in that bus after butchering that man. He was too far gone. I'm surprised Canadian police didn't smoke him right on the spot, which they could've rightfully done.
3036  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The new Mummy movie is...maybe not so good on: August 01, 2008, 02:26:25 PM
It's now at 13% Rotten with 60 reviews: 52 rotten, 8 fresh. Anyone who goes to see this is practically throwing their money down a hole, I'm afraid.
3037  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Serial Murder in Ciudad Juarez on: August 01, 2008, 02:24:32 PM
Yes, I've heard the horror stories about Juarez. These bordertowns are just near lawless. Your aunt should move out of there pronto. Better to be broke and be in a safer city.
3038  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [news] Jeebus, this is creepy on: July 31, 2008, 10:43:10 PM

Quote from: hepcat on July 31, 2008, 05:24:29 PM

Man decapitated on bus

how long before this makes its way into a horror film?

It already is.

(PR whistles, stares into space and walks away)

Now, in all seriousness, the dude that did this is a sociopath. And there are many sociopaths walking among us every day.
3039  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Macbook Pro battery go boom :( on: July 31, 2008, 10:16:16 PM
Well, this time there's been a happy ending to my battery trouble. I took the Macbook to the Apple Store in Columbia, MD. David, the very efficient man at the Genius bar, took a quick look at my busted battery and promptly went searching for a replacement. He swiftly found one in the back, swapped it in, had me sign some paperwork, and sent me on my way. All free! I'm now back home cruising the net on my laptop again.  icon_biggrin
3040  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The new Mummy movie is...maybe not so good on: July 31, 2008, 04:14:49 PM
I will do as I did with the second 'Mummy' movie--I will avoid it like the plague. I'll just go watch 'The Dark Knight' or 'Hellboy 2' again.
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