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3121  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: June 17, 2008, 07:34:56 PM
 icon_surprised nod

Oh my God, It's Full Of Stars.
3122  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How not to act while at work on: June 17, 2008, 04:45:35 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 17, 2008, 04:35:00 PM

Quote from: hepcat on June 17, 2008, 03:40:01 PM

Quote from: Laner on June 17, 2008, 03:19:53 PM

Quote from: hepcat on June 17, 2008, 02:43:59 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 17, 2008, 02:40:37 PM

Quote from: hepcat on June 17, 2008, 02:36:06 PM

...in hindsight, maybe I should've gone with Poison's "She's My Cherry Pie"?



good idea, except Warrant did Cherry Pie.

I actually feel a sense of pride in not knowing that....
yeah well, you knew enough about Whitesnake now, didntcha? smile

whitesnake is the robert de niro of heavy metal...

...you know, there are times when you write something you just never thought you'd see in print. 

almost everytime I post.  I should use my powers for good, like creating a Golden Girls reunion where they all have lesbian sex.



Ohhh, what a splendid idea, Ceekay! Then..... you can join all four of us.
3123  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: June 17, 2008, 04:20:10 PM
Luke--Use the Force.
3124  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How not to act while at work on: June 17, 2008, 04:18:41 PM

Quote from: hepcat on June 17, 2008, 03:40:01 PM

Quote from: Laner on June 17, 2008, 03:19:53 PM

Quote from: hepcat on June 17, 2008, 02:43:59 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 17, 2008, 02:40:37 PM

Quote from: hepcat on June 17, 2008, 02:36:06 PM

...in hindsight, maybe I should've gone with Poison's "She's My Cherry Pie"?



good idea, except Warrant did Cherry Pie.

I actually feel a sense of pride in not knowing that....
yeah well, you knew enough about Whitesnake now, didntcha? smile

whitesnake is the robert de niro of heavy metal...

...you know, there are times when you write something you just never thought you'd see in print. 

 icon_lol
3125  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie]The Incredible Hulk on: June 17, 2008, 02:48:28 PM
Quote from: CeeKay

(and PR_GMR is working on the Zombie Juice Project)

I need some extract from M Night Shyalaman's brain before the Zombie Juice potion can be completed.
3126  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How not to act while at work on: June 17, 2008, 02:44:47 PM

Quote from: hepcat on June 17, 2008, 02:43:59 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 17, 2008, 02:40:37 PM

Quote from: hepcat on June 17, 2008, 02:36:06 PM

...in hindsight, maybe I should've gone with Poison's "She's My Cherry Pie"?



good idea, except Warrant did Cherry Pie.

I actually feel a sense of pride in not knowing that....

Don't pay attention to Ceekay. He's wearing a Winger T-Shirt.
3127  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How not to act while at work on: June 17, 2008, 02:39:57 PM
This is why you're still single. You made the mistake of not making the video more timely. If you would have said you were remaking Nelly's 'Its Getting Hot In Here' you would be banging her now.
3128  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Jogo de Buraco Online - Venha se Divertir Com Seus Amigos! on: June 16, 2008, 09:46:21 PM

Quote from: rickfc on June 12, 2008, 02:57:26 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 12, 2008, 12:36:07 AM

Quote from: Eduardo X on June 11, 2008, 09:02:47 PM

Could be a Brazilian poker player. Or even Angolan!

I'm betting it was an Andorian.

Puerto Rican...Those Puerto Ricans are slimy...

I kid, I kid...

WHAT did you just say?! Puneta, carajo, cabron, hijo de la gran puta!  Tongue

3129  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Gore endorses Obama on: June 16, 2008, 09:37:05 PM
He will step to the plate tonight at an Obama campaign event in MI. I just got an email from the Obama campaign announcing Gore's endorsement:

Quote
Dear Armando,

 A few hours from now I will step on stage in Detroit, Michigan to announce my support for Senator Barack Obama. From now through Election Day, I intend to do whatever I can to make sure he is elected President of the United States.

Over the next four years, we are going to face many difficult challenges -- including bringing our troops home from Iraq, fixing our economy, and solving the climate crisis. Barack Obama is clearly the candidate best able to solve these problems and bring change to America.

This moment and this election are too important to let pass without taking action.


It goes on to say yaddah, yaddah, yaddah give money. Hillary's (un)concession ended the torturous Democratic presidential candidate process. Gore's endorsement is but frosting on the cake, but still welcome.
3130  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: See you all in 6-7 months!!! on: June 16, 2008, 09:27:22 PM
Yes, man, be safe!
3131  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Stan Winston RIP on: June 16, 2008, 08:23:31 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on June 16, 2008, 07:54:02 PM

I guess most of his stuff was before my time and Clash of the Titans didn't have a big impact.

On some related news, I read today from several sources that there will be a 'Clash Of The Titans' remake, scripted by Lawrence Kasdan... who's also writing the live-action Robotech film. There will also be a 'Near Dark' remake.. And if all these news weren't painful enough to get, Marty and Kroff are seriously threatening to make a HR Puffenstuff live action movie.. and another for Sigfrid And The Sea Monsters.

Hollywood--where creative cinema goes to die.
3132  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Stan Winston RIP on: June 16, 2008, 06:36:02 PM
I stumbled onto this breaking news article at SuperHeroHype.com. Stan Winston has passed away. His name may not be familiar with you thought it sould be. Stan Winston and his FX studio was largely responsible for the awesome special effects in movies 'The Terminator' and 'T2', 'Aliens' (the alien queen), 'Jurassic Park' and many other landmark sci-fi blockbuster flicks. He and his studio worked on 'Iron Man' and were currently working on the new 'Terminator 4' film. He was an icon in the FX industry. R.I.P. Stan.  icon_frown
3133  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Talk me out of getting a Zune? on: June 16, 2008, 02:55:21 PM
(Yellowking and PR_GMR stand against a white background)

Yellowking: Hi! I'm a Zune.

PR_GMR: Hi! I'm an Ipod.

(Roman walks into the shot)

Roman: I'm not sure which one of you to buy.

Yellowking: Buy me. I've FM radio!

PR_GMR: ... So you can listen to that Nickelback song a thousand times a day on your local corporate radio station.

PR_GMR: I'm easy to use. I fit in your back pocket. I can be easily synced using Itunes on a Mac or a PC. I come on a regular or a nano size. I can play video--

Yellowking: So can I!

PR_GMR: I can play video from the tends of thousands of selections easily purchaseable thru Itunes. There are also thousands of podcasts. Your favorite songs can be had just for one buck each.

Yellowking: I can do all that!

PR_GMR: We are so charming... even Radiohead finally agreed to have all their music available thru ITunes.

Yellowking: I got Radio--Oh wait, I don't.

PR_GMR: I can be easily put into any music dock, and provide life to any house party. If I go on the road, I can be easily plug into any USB equipped car stereo. I can even store your favorite family pics.

Yellowking: (getting visibly upset) Well, I can do all that. And it doesn't matter.. Because I hate you. Hate for you drives the very core of my CPU. The only reason I exist is to spite you. Steve Jobs is the spawn of Satan! Hear me roar!!

(Yellowking drops to the floor, ranting and raving, foaming at the mouth)

PR_GMR: I can easily go jogging with you. Just put in a pair of earbuds, and is your sweet, sweet favorite music as you get fit.

(PR_GMR shrugs, puts on his earbuds, clicks on his Ipod and runs off-stage)


(meant only in jest to YK  Tongue )

 

3134  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] The Crappening (spoilers?) on: June 16, 2008, 12:32:36 PM

Quote from: Blackadar on June 16, 2008, 11:47:39 AM

Quote from: Soulchilde on June 16, 2008, 11:35:42 AM

Zombies would have made this movie awesome

Zombies make any bad movie a good bad movie.


Shut up with the Zombie talk on the Shyamalan thread. You don't know he could be skulking around the net, reading forums, looking for his next 'great idea' for a pretentious, 'spiritual' summer blockbuster. He comes across this thread. Next you know, we'll be watching a film about a sole character who dies of a long, painful unknown disease. After 2 hours of 'buildup', the character dies and comes back from the dead in the final frames of the film as a zombie. And Shyalaman casts himself in that role the whole way thru. He'll call it 'The Rising', and you suckers will pay 10 bucks next summer to see it.  Tongue
3135  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie]The Incredible Hulk on: June 15, 2008, 05:38:38 PM
I watched it last night. My impressions are similar to YK's. I rank the movie around 70%. Entertaining, but not as good or witty as 'Iron Man'. It's a very straightforward tale, with good action sequences and light in character. I get the feeling that some character-development scenes were cut out of the film, since all the characters in the film--from Ed Norton's Bruce Banner to Tim Roth's Emile Blonski--come out a little flat(this explains why Ed Norton is not doing publicity for the film). Liv Tyler as Elizabeth Ross was ok, though I'm afraid this confirms she doesn't have any acting chops; she came across plastic for me.

I did like the nods of the hat to Stan Lee and Lou Ferrigno; Ferrigno in particular got a crowd-pleasing cameo. I also liked the brief use of the Hulk TV show's music in one of the scenes when Banner is walking into a Mexican town, being down and out.

Spoiler for Hiden:
That was cool how they introduced 'The Brain' by having Mr. Blue get altered by Hulk's blood at the lab. Also, I got the feeling that the final scene where Robert Downey walks in as Tony Stark was tacked on in there. It probably was supposed to come after the credits, but the sucess of 'Iron Man' prompted Marvel to re-edit 'Incredible Hulk'. It was neato nonetheless. Lastly, the next-to-last scene, where Bruce figures out how to control the Hulk, was a great touch--no more 'reluctant hero Hulk' in the next movie since he now knows how to control his power.

I say.. bring forth another sequel. I want to see more Hulk.
3136  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] The Crappening (spoilers?) on: June 15, 2008, 05:21:38 PM
 icon_lol icon_lol at 'The Crappening'.

Shaymalan has gone off his rocker, indeed.
3137  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: June 14, 2008, 03:59:25 PM

Quote from: CSL on June 14, 2008, 10:00:19 AM

Quote from: Rip on June 14, 2008, 09:11:22 AM

I can only give away that this person doesn't reside in the United States. ninja2

I'm in charge of OO now? Cause if I am I'd like to know, so you know I can do more in one hour than everyone else has done in two months,

I, and I suspect many others, don't particularly give a damn about the backlog of other OO posts that existed before the crash by now - I think we just want an OO forum back. Even then a useful backup of the previous OO could be made in due time. Really, what's the goddamn delay? I know it doesn't take this fucking long to get a simple forum together, though maybe it does if you're relying on Rip.

CSL, a bit too rough, bro. I know many are upset with this situation. Some have thrown the towel on OO coming back. A few of us are still keeping the faith that the site will be reborn sometime this summer. But we have to keep cool about this. There's no need to harsh about this. We don't want to widen a rift that was caused in the first place by an accidental server meltdown.
3138  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tim Russert dead [confirmed] on: June 13, 2008, 08:21:34 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on June 13, 2008, 08:16:19 PM

Quote
It's sad because he would have found this fall the most exciting of his career since this race is so interesting.

Definitely. It's going to seem utterly hollow without his commentary. Watching him around election time was like watching a kid in a candy shop.

Agreed. To die at age 58, not even 60, and to miss this particular election is tragic in his case.
3139  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tim Russert dead [confirmed] on: June 13, 2008, 08:09:49 PM
What!? Damn, that is sad news. I too watched him on 'Meet The Press'. He seemed in good health. A sad day for the world of broadcast news.
3140  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Notes from the South on: June 13, 2008, 06:19:53 PM
Quote
Eventually, she tosses my order in a bag and thrusts it at me.  I pay and head back to the hotel...


...and damn if that wasn't the best damn raw fish and soft shell crab I'd ever had.

That's usually the case--the best things in life are usually the hardest pain in the ass to get.  icon_lol
3141  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: June 13, 2008, 04:49:46 PM

Quote from: LordMortis on June 13, 2008, 03:45:59 PM

Quote from: PR_GMR on June 13, 2008, 03:05:44 PM

Here's a nice quick and easy Thin Spaguetti recipe I learned a couple of months ago. Very tasty with a nice side of grilled chicken.

I'm going to blasheme.  The best Spaghetti:

One or two quarts of whatever spaghetti sauce.  I use Ragu or Prago traditionally or cheese.  Whatever's on sale.  Season it with basil, hot sauce, etc... to taste.  Throw it on the slow cooker over night or simmer it for two hours, either or is fine to thicken it.  

If you are making chicken parm then sautee the chicken in the suace.  If not then make meatballs to go in the slow cooker or the simmering sauce.

I mix the meatballs up.  A pound of ground round or a pound of spicy pork and a pound ground round.  An egg or two.  A splash of milk.  A ton of italian bread crumbs.  A splash of hot sauce.  Maybe some parm cheese and assorted seasonings.  Bake at maybe 350 for maybe eight minutes.  They should be healthy brown meatball looking.  Dump them in the sauce.

Dump a pound of Muellers Speghetti into boiling water.  Dash of salt, drop of oil.  Boil for eleven minutes or slightly less.  Never overcook the pasta.  Drain throughly.

Put into a deep 9x13 pan.

Slop on sauce and breaded chicken breast or meatballs and then is the most imporatant part.

Spread 4 to 6 cups of quality shredded mozeralla, 1 cup of quality shredded provologne, 1/2 cup of Old Asigo on top.

Broil until cheese just starts to brown.

Serve with fresh bread or rolls.

Quality cheese is what makes quality spaghetti.  The rest simply enhances the broiled cheese experience.  

Spaghetti without broiled cheese is not longer edible for me.

This indeeds sound very yummy, Mortis. I will try your recipe soon!
3142  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie]The Incredible Hulk on: June 13, 2008, 04:46:19 PM
Liv Tyler has one of the most beautiful faces in Hollywood. She definetely 'gives good face', as Madonna put it many years ago. Now, I get the impression that Liv doesn't look all that great naked. Some of the recent pics I've seen of her give me that impression. Her boobs.. I'm just sayin'... may not be altogether there.
3143  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [movie]The Incredible Hulk on: June 13, 2008, 03:19:44 PM
It's finally here--the 're-boot' of the Hulk franchise. Although I thought the first trailer looked like ass, the movie is getting surprisingly favorable reviews, and it's so far tracking at 71% at RT. Here's what the Hollywood Reporter had to say:

Quote
It turns out Marvel Studios knows how to make solid movies out of Marvel Comics. The production arm of Marvel Entertainment is 2-for-2 in 2008, hitting home runs with "Iron Man" and now "The Incredible Hulk." "Iron Man" has more wit and style, but "Hulk" is a neat thrill ride with an intelligent script by Zak Penn and smart, well-paced direction by the French director of "The Transporter" series, Louis Leterrier.

The film does represent a sea change from Ang Lee's "Hulk" in 2003, which had the temerity to delve into Oedipal conflicts, repressed memory and scientific hubris. This movie emphasizes action over introspection, but star Edward Norton, who reportedly tinkered more than a little with the script, makes certain the hero still broods over the curse of his cells poisoned by gamma radiation.

The film is poised to carry the weekend buoyed by an unbeatable combination of buzz and hype. The franchise is safe...

CNN.com just posted that:

Quote
Imagine Jason Bourne in stretchy pants. That's the basic idea in Marvel's relaunch for Stan Lee's Jekyll-and-Hyde character, "The Incredible Hulk."..

...(the movie) It's all pretty straightforward, and there's nothing wrong with that. French filmmaker Louis Leterrier ("Transporter 2") doesn't carry the same intellectual or artistic baggage with him that Ang Lee does, but he seems more in touch with the comic book's pop mythology. Moreover, his jokes are funnier...

O Right, I'll bite. I'll make some time for it this weekend.


3144  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: June 13, 2008, 03:05:44 PM
Here's a nice quick and easy Thin Spaguetti recipe I learned a couple of months ago. Very tasty with a nice side of grilled chicken.

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Barilla PLUS® Thin Spaghetti with Cherry Tomatoes and Basil (Spaghettini Barilla PLUS® con Pomodorini e Basilico)  Ease of preparation: easy

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 14 minutes

Servings: 4-6

Regions:

Wine pairing: White

 



Ingredients

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon garlic, chopped
5 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 box BARILLA PLUS Thin Spaghetti
1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese

BRING a large pot of water to a boil.
HEAT olive oil and garlic in a large skillet until garlic turns golden yellow.
ADD cherry tomatoes, salt and pepper. Cook for 2 minutes
COOK pasta according to package directions. Drain and add to sauce mixture.
ADD basil and toss over medium heat for 1 minutes. Sprinkle with Parmigiano cheese and serv

Quote from: Rip
I could use a good Manicotti recipe.

I oblige!

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Ground Turkey and Spinach Manicotti (Manicotti con Tacchino e Spinaci)  Ease of preparation: average

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook time: 40 minutes

Servings: 4-6

Regions:

Wine pairing: Red

 



Ingredients

1 box BARILLA Manicotti
1 pound ground turkey
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 pound mushrooms, sliced
1 package (6 ounces) fresh baby spinach, coarsely chopped
to taste salt
to taste freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, grated
1-1/2 jars BARILLA Marinara Sauce


PREHEAT oven to 375. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
COOK Manicotti according to package directions; drain and cool.
COMBINE ground turkey, eggs, cheese and vegetables in a large bowl.
FILL manicotti with meat mixture. Pour of ˝ jar sauce into 13x9 inch baking dish.
Place manicotti in prepared baking dish. Cover with remaining sauce. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
BAKE covered with aluminum foil for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake 10 additional minutes

 icon_smile
3145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Reasons you don't play certain genres on: June 12, 2008, 11:41:31 PM
Sports Games. I don't think I care for them because I game to have experiences I can't have in real life, such as casting fiery magic spells on monsters or conquering the galaxy with an armada of spaceships. Sports are just too ordinary for me. Also, I prefer to watch sports not play them. The closest I have to sports games are the SSX series on my PS2, but that's because they're over-the-top (and a bit sci-fish) renditions of snowboarding.

I also don't care for racing games or flight simulators. Again, though fraught with danger, those are things I could potentially experience in ordinary life (with some training and expense), so they don't hold my interest.

War games are too abstracted for me to figure out. They're too much about statistics and number crunching and not about the real visceral experience of war. I much prefer a good RTS over a turn-based war game.
3146  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: June 12, 2008, 04:31:46 PM

Quote from: chaosraven on June 12, 2008, 04:28:55 PM

Quote from: Remus West2 on June 12, 2008, 03:50:18 PM

Quote from: LordMortis on June 12, 2008, 03:46:58 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 12, 2008, 03:36:17 PM

you ever wonder who discovered that an egg was edible?  I mean, someone had to see it falling out of a birds butt and then decide to try and eat it.....

More to the point, what makes eating a chicken's mentruation so much better than eating most other animal's mentruations?  Really.  You'll eat some random chicken's cycle but when it comes to your girlfriend, oh no, you won't play that game.  That's just gross.  You insensitive prick.
Speak for yourself prude.  How can you call yourself a fan of the Red Wings when you won't even indulge a horny girl on her period?













excuse me I have to go  puke

Tomato Soup.

1 (14-ounce) can chopped tomatoes
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 stalk celery, diced
1 small carrot, diced
1 yellow onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup chicken broth
1 bay leaf
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup heavy cream, optional

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

Strain the chopped canned tomatoes, reserving the juices, and spread onto a baking sheet, season with salt and pepper, to taste, drizzle with 1/4 cup of the olive oil and roast until caramelized, about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a saucepan, heat remaining olive oil over medium-low heat. Add the celery, carrot, onion and garlic, cook until softened, about 10 minutes. Add the roasted chopped canned tomatoes, reserved tomato juices, chicken broth, bay leaf and butter. Simmer until vegetables are very tender, about 15 to 20 minutes. Add basil and cream, if using. Puree with a hand held immersion blender until smooth.

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Hey how many times can I use fix-a-flat before I actually have to replace the tire? No sidewall damage, no exposed threads.

Hmmmm... inappropriate reference to red wings, check. recipe, check. casual car stuff, check.

Reference to OO still being down? <---- check.

Carry on.



I told you the thread will turn into swapping recipes.
3147  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: June 12, 2008, 02:31:03 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 12, 2008, 02:18:45 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on June 12, 2008, 01:44:32 PM

We are so far off topic that I can't even SEE the topic from here, but...

I think the topic changed itself over a short time.

Nice. Darwinian thread evolution.

Hopefully, Rip and co will be succesful with their OO database restore this weekend. Otherwise, I wonder how long before this thread turns into people swapping recipes and discussing casual car repairs.
3148  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: June 12, 2008, 01:24:33 PM

Quote from: LordMortis on June 12, 2008, 01:00:34 PM

On a related note,

Why is it that we sometimes design devices that require power and that we design that power to have a level control and we design that level control to exceed the maximum reasonable potential for the device?

Why would you make a radio (or amp or whatever) and have the power level go to ten on them where ten is designed to exceed what the amp or speakers can handle?  Why is the accelerator in your car explicitly designed to give enough vroom to red line and blow your engine?  And yet on a lawn mower where you don't control the throttle as you driving, they put a governor on the engine.   icon_confused  And at the same time, they're smart enough make High on my oven not kick out so much flame that I burn down my house.  They know enough to make high my electric mixer not burn out the mixer motor.  (They don't however sell a "cheap" mixer with enough strong enough motor to mix gingerbread.  Kiss that thirty bucks as well as an expensive batch o' gingerbread goodbye.  I hate you, molasses.)  Yet sure enough if I go to charge a battery on high, I'll melt the transformer on the charger every time I walk away.

Human beings must be given the choice to be self-destructive.  Tongue
3149  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Decent looking Sci Fi movie coming out Tuesday: Sunshine on: June 11, 2008, 09:56:27 PM

Quote from: McNutt on June 11, 2008, 09:25:36 PM

This is the movie that could have been.

Agreed. Two thirds of its way in, 'Sunshine' looks and feels like one of the best sci-fi movies of the decade. And then that plot twist comes in, turns the movie into just another slasher flick, almost throwing the whole thing into the dustbin. A shame.
3150  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The New BMW Cylon-mobile! on: June 10, 2008, 07:08:53 PM
You wouldn't want anyone with scissors near that thing. That would be:  crybaby
3151  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie websites... on: June 10, 2008, 03:28:48 PM
My well-rounded regimen consists of RottenTomatoes (mainstream films), The Hollywood Reporter (the biz), Box Office Mojo (the box office receipts), and Indiewire.com (indie films). I get my film news fix fast then I get the hell out of there. Probably because I run Horror-101.com (horror films), I don't have the time to check/read anything else. I agree with you, KD, about Moriarty at AICN--He's the only guy that's readable in there. Harry Knowles is just a huge fanboy that has no writing skills whatsoever.

I also hate most of the design of these film websites. Most of them try to pack as much images and information on the front page as possible leading to messes like CHUD.com. Less is more, imo.
3152  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Transformers 2: Revenge Of The Fallen... on: June 09, 2008, 11:55:03 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on June 09, 2008, 09:28:55 PM

Oh, they are filming scenes for this at the ridiculously named Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum Annex near Dulles Airport here in Virginia:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/photo/2008/06/06/PH2008060603924.html

Center site:
http://www.nasm.si.edu/udvarhazy/

I visited the center soon after it opened in 2005. They hadn't completed the Space part of the exhibit at that point. It's a really fun place but the $12 parking fee annoys a lot of people, and there's no subway/train ride to reach it.

I'm curious about where they're filming in there. Lebouef (I'll never remember how to spell his name) is among those there for the shoot.

The Wash. Post had an item about director Michael Bay eating dinner in Georgetown.

Ohhhh, I should go track him down. Give him a piece of my mind about how to make the new movie better and then hit him up for some funding for my project.  Tongue
3153  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPhone 3G announced - only $199 for 8GB on: June 09, 2008, 07:42:45 PM
Yeah, I think I'll be switching to AT&T and getting the 3G 16 gig version later this summer. Here are the new phone stats from Gizmodo.com:

Quote
Key Features:
Charcoal Back
Solid Metal Buttons
Same 3.5" Display
Camera
Flush Headphone Jack
Dramatically Improved Audio

3G Advantage
Showing a EDGE vs 3G comparison loading a webpage, 3G took 21 seconds. EDGE...waiting...waiting...uhh...59 seconds! Same phone, same location. 2.8X faster - and they claim loads webpages faster than Nokia N95 (33 seconds) or Treo 750 (34 seconds).

Battery Life
8-10 hours of talk time
5 hours 3G talk time
5-6 hours of browing
24 hours of audio battery

And GPS!

And it's coming to 70 countries over the "next several months."

More Affordable
$199 for 8GB

$299 for 16GB (which also comes in white)

Coming July 11th
3154  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Overheard At Work on: June 09, 2008, 06:18:00 PM
He knew you were walking by and used a code sentence to let the other person know he was being overheard.

You might be the turtle, though.  saywhat
3155  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How much of your life have you lost to Gaming Trend? on: June 09, 2008, 05:58:38 PM
2 days, 5 hours and 19 minutes. Just a newbie.  icon_smile
3156  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Transformers 2: Revenge Of The Fallen... on: June 09, 2008, 04:54:15 PM
..is the official name for the sequel, due in theaters summer 2009. The film started shooting several weeks ago in location in LA and PA, where the opening sequence reportedly takes place in a steel mill. Now, speculation has begun as to what 'The Fallen' refers to in the title. Will Jazz be back from the dead? Will Starscream try to assemble his own army, or will he resurrect Megatron? Will Devastator be in this movie (yes, please!!)? Lastly, The Fallen is actually a character from the TF comics--will it be about this character?

Click on the link for a cool shot of Arcee, the female motorcycle autobot, which is rumored to be on the sequel.
3157  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I vote we declare June 9th a global holiday on: June 09, 2008, 01:44:18 PM
See... This would have worked better if you would have posted the thread.... one day before, you know what I mean. Some of us become incarcerated for 8 hours the minute we step on the work building.  Tongue
3158  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Classic RPG updates - Planescape Torment, Fallout2, Arcanum on: June 08, 2008, 03:54:39 PM
I really should track down a copy of 'Planescape: Torment' and 'Arcanum'.
3159  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: WOW... wtf? on: June 08, 2008, 03:07:22 PM
I've heard and seen pictures of feet-binding before. Yeah, that's crazy. But what people will do to their bodies to make them more 'aesthetically pleasing' doesn't faze me anymore.
3160  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I just saw a movie which makes Hostel look like Sesame Street on: June 06, 2008, 08:00:23 PM

Quote from: Two Sheds on June 06, 2008, 07:36:20 PM

I understand what a horror movie is, PR. That wasn't my point. My question was about this type of horror movie. From what I've seen (the first SAW, a couple others whose titles escape me), it just seems like the entire point of these "torture porn" movies is to watch, well, torture and death. Look, if a movie is good I'll watch it. I've seen plenty of what I would call good horror movies. But these (and, admittedly, I haven't seen the movie in question in this thread so this may not apply) seem like they're just about the gore, and everything else is window dressing. There isn't any real "meat" (pardon the pun). Sure, it's suspenseful, etcetera, but aren't you really just waiting for the next super gory moment? That's the idea I get from advertising (Unrated! Goriest movie ever!!!) and what (little) I've personally seen.


Well, I thought I answered your question in a general sense, TwoSheds. But, to be specific about the Torture Porn subgenre, I agree that there isn't much 'meat' to most of these films. I think that the first 'Saw' and 'Hostel' were basically *it* for the best of the genre, and most of the films after have been opportunistic cash-ins (though, the Saw films have been getting better and better with each sequel, but that's due to the 'puzzle' quality of the scripts). To dare speculate further, I think there's something nihilistic about the human experience that drives some to experience catharsis by watching these films or read horror comics or get tons of painful piercings or listen to death metal and the like.
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