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15881  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / NEWS : (360) Fusion Frenzy 2 announced for a 2006 release on: July 28, 2006, 07:55:20 PM
Man I HOPE they bring back Kung Fu Chaos... biggrin
15882  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What is your diet? on: July 28, 2006, 07:23:38 PM
Quote from: "Scott"
I've never believed in 'fad' type diets, like Atkins, sorry Knightshade smile.  The only real way to lose weight is to exercise and eat less.

Atkins was a fad; high protein, fibre and raised fat diets have been around for a LONG time.

The thing is that a low carb diet is also known as another name : Hypoglycemic control diet. It prevents elevated blood-sugar, thusly reducing insulin levels and reducing ones chances of getting type 2 diabetes (IIRC).

Also, I used to weigh 365lbs (at 5'9"!) and I'm down to 247lbs. Exercise has had a part in it, but if you talk to any specialists in the dietary field, they will all tell you that your food intake has the biggest impact on weight loss.

I am a testament to that. I doubt I could get below 180lbs at my current frame (I've been in the gym 3-5 days a week for 1.25hrs with anaerobic training). I'm moving into having a separate cardio workout, but that's slow going. at my height, I'm a pretty thick. I'm bigger than my old pic put up way back when.

I "fell off" my high-protein diet about 1.5 years ago when I went to a dietician who recommended a "moderate" diet as you've suggested. To be fair I've tried to stick to the guidelines; but carbs do NOT fill you up. I am going back to the high-protein next week. I want to get down to ~220 by the end of the year. (and I'd like to be able to break my 315 bench-press ceiling).
15883  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion coming to the PSP? on: July 28, 2006, 03:39:55 PM
It would have to scale down to Eye of the Beholder 2.  :shock:
15884  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Are you the destroyer of threads? on: July 28, 2006, 03:37:52 PM
Quote from: "stiffler"

15885  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / news posting on: July 28, 2006, 03:36:15 PM

front page news, IMHO.
15886  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What the...Ninety-Nine Nights demo up in the marketplace! on: July 28, 2006, 03:34:17 PM
DW:Empires is DW + Risk. biggrin

I play that nightly.
15887  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / I like the black background better on: July 28, 2006, 02:53:17 PM
I've kept the black.
15888  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / NEWS : (360) Fusion Frenzy 2 announced for a 2006 release on: July 28, 2006, 02:38:34 PM
Here's the link

Xbox 360 party genre game from Hudson arrives in the U.S. this holiday

Microsoft announced today that “Fuzion Frenzy 2” will make its way to store shelves in the United States this holiday. Published by Microsoft and developed by Hudson, “Fuzion Frenzy 2” is a party game for Xbox 360 set in space that combines futuristic arcade action, superior mini-games, tournament modes, and custom tailored games with online features such as multiplayer and customizable tournaments.

Players are able to create their own unique tournaments that can be shared on Xbox Live while building achievement points. Radical themes and characters utilize the visual HD technology of the Xbox 360. Gamers can also use tournament cards that are either won or given out to defeat their opponents in rank, select the next mini-game to be played, or choose their next destination planet.


“Fuzion Frenzy 2” offers a variety of 40 mini games that a wide audience can play. Players battle new tournaments on seven different planets by competing in games such as the Collision Collusion, Turbine Jumper, and Super Slam Dunk which is a advanced slam dunk shootout played in low gravity where players try to steal the ball from their challengers to score a slam dunk.

If they make this a $40 game, I'm in.
15889  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Are you the destroyer of threads? on: July 28, 2006, 01:50:30 PM
How about two tags getting added to this thread... NSFW and NSFL.

NSFL = Not Safe For Lunch. Cripes man, I don't know WHY they'd make a lace dress in that size.... unless of course it's the drapes.  :shock:
15890  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What the...Ninety-Nine Nights demo up in the marketplace! on: July 28, 2006, 01:21:01 PM
Who says it's a gal, and who says the question is in THAT direction? slywink

...not that there's anything wrong with that.  :oops:
15891  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What the...Ninety-Nine Nights demo up in the marketplace! on: July 28, 2006, 01:19:29 PM

...that is all.
15892  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / AMD to Acquire ATI on: July 27, 2006, 01:02:00 PM
MS owns the technology used this time around; next gen they can get another MFGR to build the components to include it (we ARE talking about 2010 or later for this though...)
15893  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone else noticing the lessening of fanboy bitch fights? on: July 27, 2006, 12:45:25 PM
Quote from: "ATB"
Quote from: "Victoria Raverna"
PSP lost to DS. PS3 is looking real bad compare to XBOX 360. So fanboys of those two products are now in

I was gonna say that Nintendo is so clearly the winnar of everything, everyone else has submitted.

Nintendo is the hobbits at the end of Return of the King. Everyone is bowing down before them in reverence...even those once divided by all the conflict.

In the book Sarumon enslaves the Hobbit race. The movie glazed over that.
15894  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / How do I make an external display the primary on a laptop? on: July 27, 2006, 12:40:17 PM
I assume you have the ext. monitor set up as a different display, and not just a "second display" of the same image.

To move your taskbar to a second display do the following (I assume XP):

  • Right-Click on the TaskBar >> Properties
  • Remove the "Lock the Taskbar" check >> OK
  • Click on the grey (gray in US terms) space on taskbar, and drag it to the other window.
  • Once you have it placed, repeat Step 1, and in Step 2 put the check back in.
  • [/list:o]

    To actually set up the other window as primary, it would depend on your video card mfgr and their driver setup. It's likely found in Control Panel >> Display >> Settings Tab >> Advanced, however moving the Start Taskbar should accomplish what you set out to do. Windows should use the display with the taskbar as default.
15895  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Join networks with hidden SSID, how? on: July 27, 2006, 12:33:49 PM
No prob. smile I hope it helps!
15896  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Lance Bass (finally) comes out on: July 27, 2006, 12:31:11 PM
Quote from: "jimmyorr99"
Quote from: "TheMissingLink"
He was the most likely suspect of them all, imo.

I always giggle when I see Joey Fatone's name.  Haha, Joey Fat One.  Hehehehe!
You know I've been making that joke for years. He actually was quite hefty for awhile too, making it even more ironic.

Appropriate. Not Ironic. Fat One would be ironic if he were skinny like a rail. slywink
15897  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Interesting article on Blu-Ray and HD-DVD on: July 27, 2006, 12:23:37 PM
First of all, the players *WERE* $1000+ for the pro-scan models. Comparing today's 480p prices with the 480i's of yesteryear is flawed. Hell, now we have upconverting players which apparently do pretty well.

As to the format wars, I'll throw my lot in with the HD-DVD. This isn't a Sony-Hate thing, or a Sony-Stupid-New-Format-that-goes-away-faster-than-UMD thing... it's for the functionality.

HD-DVD's, as I understand it, still give you the DVD option on the other side of the disk. Just because I buy one HD-DVD player doesn't mean I don't have any SDTVs with older DVD players. This is a big selling feature. (BC + portability and not having to buy the same movie twice). Also, the protective layer is thicker on the HD-DVDs (BR requires more meat and less bun, as it were). This also means that the BR disks can't add a DVD layer; effectively making it impossible to be backwards compatible.

Since HD-DVD is using new compression, whereas BR is MPEG2 (at this time) the space benefits for video playing is negligable. They're also having problems with producing BR disks, which means you're looking at a higher cost per disk (to buffer their wallets on mfgr failure rates).

Check out #183 blogcast on for more info on HD-DVD and BR. (yes, it's from MS, so there is a grain of salt; MajorNelson has an open invitation to BR to come on the show, unedited, to state their benefits. Thus far, no word on that).
15898  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Need some creative input! on: July 26, 2006, 08:02:59 PM
"Ernie's Happy Whorehouse : Bring your Own SapCatchers


Why I Shouldn't Let Just Any Company Determine My WebPresence"

That is ONE title.

15899  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Join networks with hidden SSID, how? on: July 26, 2006, 06:25:55 PM
That depends on whether you're using MS Networking or the client software for your NIC to control it.

What is the make and manufacture of your NIC?

Here's what you do with defaults (no WPA/WEP encryption, no other software except MS, no USB dongle with setup info,and no specified Network Key).
  • Right-click MY Network Places  >> Properties
  • Double-click on Wireless Network Connection >> View Wireless Networks
  • Choose "Set Up a wireless network for a home or small office" >> NEXT
  • Type in SSID name, select "Automatically assign a network key" >> NEXT
  • Select "Set up network manually" >> NEXT
  • Finish.
  • [/list:o]

    There. You're done. If you have any exceptions to the settings above, the wizard allows you to enter them. Go to town. I'd offer some screenshots, but I doubt it's worth it for this question. biggrin
15900  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Chromehounds FS/FT on: July 26, 2006, 03:43:25 PM
15901  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HDTV for gaming.. on: July 25, 2006, 10:58:17 PM
on a digital signal I'd have to agree. On analog, however (for instance speaker cabling) it is more important to have a better cable.

Oh, and who says I pay retail? biggrin

The reason I'm SURE of the 80%+ retail markup on ANY cable is cuz a buddy of mine works for visions... If I can't find the cable I want at the right price online (shipping, time restraints, yadda yadda) I'll pop in over there and pick some up for approx 50% discount. (and that's still paying cost+10%)

I got the Xbox1 monster cable (component w. optical cable) for 35USD. They were selling (for the pair) at approx 85USD.

Buying any name-brand product can be a ripoff, depending on what the competitors have to offer.

Seriously, do NOT use the ones that came with the VCR as your Component set though. I'll smack you myself. :lol:
15902  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / The Title of the site on: July 25, 2006, 07:16:18 PM
That's it; this site is disjointed. I quit it.

15903  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / And the Joker could be... on: July 25, 2006, 07:11:07 PM
Quote from: "jimmyorr99"
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
I couldn't see Toby as Spidey, but that worked ok. smile
YEah, I'm hoping for the same type of phenominon here actually. i thought Toby was a terrible choice, but he really nailed the role.

I disagree... he may be spiderman on-screen, but he ain't witty enough. Spidey is with the wisecracks... Toby? Nut-sew-mush.

As to the Joker; I want to see twisted rather than campy. Sociopathic and scary... Like American Psycho.
15904  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / You must somehow defeat an orc on: July 25, 2006, 07:09:07 PM
Quote from: "drifter"
Distract Orc by say something witty like " Hey is that Elvis over there"

and then

I steal the peach

What if the Orc had removable 'nads? I'd suggest using your Chi upwards to destroy his life-force, rather than having a pair of souveniers.
15905  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Han Solo Vs. Indiana Jones on: July 25, 2006, 07:06:35 PM
mind you, there was that "Aw hell" where Indy shoots the guy with the sword. That was a Han Solo moment, IMHO. (and not part of the original script, IIRC).
15906  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Are you the destroyer of threads? on: July 25, 2006, 05:09:29 PM
What about the doctor from Futurama? He looks gentle.. slywink
15907  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Are you the destroyer of threads? on: July 25, 2006, 04:20:10 PM
The alternative is "The Jaws of Life"
15908  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What were you for Halloween? on: July 25, 2006, 04:17:47 PM

You might wanna "pimp your look" with some big shaggy chest-hair. slywink Steal some of carrot-top's pubes; that'd help. :lol:

15909  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / "Stars are Blind" by Paris Hilton is a GREAT song! on: July 25, 2006, 04:15:59 PM
Quote from: "TheMissingLink"
Baby...I'm perfect

/em holds out the shredder for TML's man card
15910  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / DVD Tuesday - 07/25/06 on: July 25, 2006, 04:13:18 PM
Animaniacs 1
Pinky & the Brain 1

15911  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So who here is running the 360 with a VGA cable? on: July 25, 2006, 04:11:06 PM
I am loving my VGA 360 cable (dell 2405FPW FTW!!) and have had no problems.

I haven't tried H1,2 and CrimsonSkies on it since getting the cable from Zarkon.
15912  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / You must somehow defeat an orc on: July 25, 2006, 03:22:31 PM
Quote from: "Gratch"
Carrot pubes are not the best way to start one's morning.  Please pass the eye bleach.

Oh dear god yes. I was thinking the same thing.

I've just used the 1second plumber on my eyes. I can now blink my rectum.
15913  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Canadians... heard of this place? on: July 25, 2006, 03:20:18 PM
I would agree; Banff and Jasper are beautiful places. driving through the rockies is stunning; driving through the canadian shield is almost as pretty.
15914  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / "Stars are Blind" by Paris Hilton is a GREAT song! on: July 25, 2006, 02:07:22 PM
Quote from: "Nth Power"
Stars are blind, but I bet they wish they were deaf.

No, but I wish they were mute.  Cool  I remember back in the day where people had... you know... TALENT. That seems to have gone the way of the Ed Sullivan Show (who, critically speaking, wasn't a talented person either).
15915  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The site of the night - on: July 25, 2006, 02:04:33 PM
Man, I was wondering why there wasn't an NSFW tag on this thread.

CS, it would seem the graphical interpretation would be something right up an RN's alley (ooo, the pun!). biggrin
15916  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / And Optimus Prime's voice is done by... on: July 25, 2006, 02:00:43 PM
... and a crotch-shot. :shock:
15917  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / First Picture of Venom *potential spoiler* on: July 25, 2006, 01:22:05 PM
Quote from: "Dafones"
I never thought that the symbiote actually altered the human (or other alien, I guess) within, only that it encompassed him or her, enveloped him or her. But I guess there's room for a little cinematic leeway. (Leeway? Leaway? Anyone?)

Naw, it just didn't alter Spidey in that way. Even in the comics Venom got a whole lot bigger, and worked differently. Don't think of the human as being a peanut inside an M&M; it's more like yeast making bread rise.

The alien, as a symbiot, alters the genetics of it's host. Originally the Alien suit was given to Spiderman in the Secret Wars; it allowed him to function in outer space without needing a space suit (or to even breathe). It didn't seal him and give him an oxygen tank; it removed his need to breathe and strengthened his body to remove the risk of explosion / implosion in space. In Venom's case, it was turning him into a Spiderman killer. Since he gets taller and stronger (muscle tissue and bone alteration), what would stop him from changing teeth? Also, the integration is permanent with Venom; it's not like some superpower that turns on. He just invokes most of the change at once.

Brock was scorned by Parker / spidey (his own fault, and there's no point in discussing why as Marvel will re-make history like they've done so many times before), and saw himself as big and sinister, so the symbiot accomodated that mental state. It also integrated itself in his mind and two became one; spiderman didn't even know the suit was alive until after the war. There was a battle of wills to expel the suit from his system.

Or at least. that is how I remember it.
15918  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Han Solo Vs. Indiana Jones on: July 25, 2006, 12:59:17 PM
Space Rogue VS. History Teacher?

Han when he shot first.

The actor that portrayed Indie would SO have his ass kicked by Han Solo's actor. biggrin
15919  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HDTV for gaming.. on: July 25, 2006, 12:55:44 PM
Quote from: "Thin_J"
Quote from: "JCC"
Even if you do buy a quality cable, Monster is a serious rip off.

Yes. Retail markup over cost on those things is over 100% at some places.

Guess what? Most cables have at least an 80% mark-up. Monster just charges more than some other companies (such as AR). If an Accoustic Research cable is $80, monster will be approx $100. Monster has different classes of cables now to meet the needs of the budget buyer. AR has the same thing although they aren't as obvious.

Monster is in a different league than your generic cable mfgrs. Non-oxidizing, cut-resistant cables aren't cheap, no matter who you go with. Thing is, most people figure "hey! I'll just use these shoe-string RCA cables that came with my VCR in 1987 to connect my component video! I are so smart, yumm!"

Fact is, monster, like any premium cable mfgr, has a higher caliber product. If you don't want to pay for the premium, then don't. Saying they're a rip-off isn't a fair statement. They DO charge for having their name product, but that isn't different than any other company.

If you go with a "budget cable" chances are that company also has a premium line as well (likely not under the same name much like appliance mfgrs and car mfgrs), and they too will be charging premiums for it.

When it comes to straight cable, AR and Monster are comparable; I have both. I don't use the "free outta da box" cables; I pay a premium for the better products so why would I connect them with bad cabling?
15920  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / First Picture of Venom *potential spoiler* on: July 24, 2006, 05:19:26 PM
Quote from: "Dafones"
How the hell does the symbiote make Brock's teeth pointy?

Have you ever read "The Necroscope"? Vampirism is a symbiotic relationship there as well (the book is at least 15-20 years old). Venom always reminded me of the vampires in the book. The suit isn't like a tapeworm where it exists inside him as a wholey separate entity; much like color-changing cool-aid it occupies the body constantly, and then reacts when triggered.

Also, he's not a villian (or wasn't prior to me stopping the reading of comic books). Neither was sandman. They reformed sandmans character (doh! the PUN!) and Venom moved to get away from his undying hatred that drove him to put people in harms way to draw out Spidey/Parker.

When they finally stopped fighting, Venom decided to do good (in his own way). He became a dark hero. Then his kids went and made him work with spidey again (the advent of Carnage and his offspring).
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