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1521  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Deals of the Week on: April 02, 2005, 07:41:34 AM
Much Thanks Zarkon!
1522  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Deals of the Week on: March 28, 2005, 11:16:50 PM
Quote from: "Zarkon"
Deals for 3/6 posted now smile


Is this dead again?
1523  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Things that sound too good to be true... on: March 12, 2005, 07:36:48 AM
Quote from: "Harpua3"
I was thinking the same thing. I may just do that...


If you find it, please post... while not my cup of tea, I'm curious as to whether it is all BS or not.

Here's the epinions page on the book:

Epinions

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The book is helpful, don't get me wrong. But for the price of the book go and check it out at the library. Better yet every program in his book is available online, with criteria to be met, and the applications to go with them. Simply go to http://www.cfda.gov and find the program you are interested in.

The site mentioned is called Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance. It is a wonderful search engine within itself. You can find information by criteria, interest, program, or look through the entire catalog at all programs.
1524  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Please help support free speech on the Net on: March 12, 2005, 07:35:02 AM
Quote from: "Sharpshooter"
Actually, Hal Turner used to run a Neo-nazi radio show but I believe it was shutdown due to lack of funds.  The reason his real estate website doesn't say anything is probably because it wouldn't be real good for business...


Quick google reveals this from ratbags:

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The second site is The Hal Turner Show owned, obviously, by mad radio announcer Hal Turner. While Fred is a single-issue hater and ranter, Hal is a bit more eclectic and adds racism to the religious bigotry and homophobia. (Hal seems to be having some trouble deciding whose side he is on in the Middle East at the moment. As he hates both Arabs and Jews, he doesn't know quite what to do about the Palestinians.)
1525  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Things that sound too good to be true... on: March 04, 2005, 09:20:52 PM
Quote from: "Harpua3"
Quote from: "corruptrelic"
Still.. has anyone here tried Lesko's program?


  Lol, the joker/riddler. Thanks guys, lots of interesting ideas/comments so far. I really do want to know if anyone has used his program though. Anyone else care to comment?


I was thinking that it would be a good thing to look for his book at the library,  if you can find it...
1526  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Things that sound too good to be true... on: February 28, 2005, 09:57:36 PM
Most of these are Multi-Level Marketing (also known as MLM)schemes, if not outright Pyramid/Ponzi schemes.  YMMV, of course.

Pyramid scheme wiki

MLM wiki

Ponzi wiki

Even in the best case, the odds are it will end up costing you more money than you will ever make.  If they ask you for *any* money up front dial your bullshit detector to it's highest level and make sure you don't get taken.
1527  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Deals of the Week on: February 28, 2005, 09:43:50 PM
Ohhhh - My Hero!
1528  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / CBS Football Pre-Game show (rant) on: January 18, 2005, 07:55:37 PM
Quote from: "Exodor"
I just wish CBS would can it already with the little "football theme song" they play as they go to EVERy freaking commercial break.

I never really noticed it until last week, when I was watching football while my wife was around.  It about drove her crazy.  Now it gets to me, too.


Fox games are so pleasant by comparison.


Fox is horrible -- they are the ones who started adding sound effects to their graphics.  Their baseball telecasts are THE WORST.  Who the heck needs an engine racing sound to go with an animated baseball as they switch.

I think it was originally a NASCAR marketing ploy.

Now ESPN is copying it with over-decibeled sound effects for the Top 10.

end rant.
1529  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Aliens, Conspiracies, and India on: January 12, 2005, 12:29:04 AM
LOL!

I love how the author of the first story is "Staff Reporter".  Couldn't even bear to put their name on the story.

Here's another story by India Daily's "Staff Reporter":

Evidence of Extra-terrestrial mind control in India – like in America politicians are forced to cover up
1530  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What classic tv show car would you choose.... on: January 11, 2005, 11:52:42 PM
The Mach 5!
1531  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Need some TV recommendations on: January 11, 2005, 11:47:23 PM
I'll second Buffy, seasons 1-4.  Season 1 is very low budget but you can see the potential.  So far season 5 is good too, but the show definitely loses some of it's quirky charm as the show goes on and delves into some more 'serious' stories.  Haven't watched 6 or 7 yet.

x-files are also good - much better than I expected.  I always hated the show  based on its desire (based on my early perceptions) to promulgate UFO and conspiracy theories.

Twin Peaks - tough to find the pilot or season 2 however

The Prisoner

Other, non-SF/Action/Adventure shows:

The West Wing (seasons 1 -3).  The show drops off a cliff once Sorkin is removed from creative control.  It won multiple emmy's for a reason

SportsNight - another Sorkin show.  Entire 2-season run can be found in one DVD set.
1532  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Your anticipated games of 2005 on: January 05, 2005, 08:32:22 PM
Call of Cthulu
Serious Sam 2
1533  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / your 'classics i finally played this year' list on: January 04, 2005, 06:08:34 PM
Halo
1534  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Apparently Adrenaline Vault is dead/dying on: December 31, 2004, 08:08:51 AM
Gonna miss avault too.  Excellent gaming site.  I think I'll be lost if VE and Blues go next...
1535  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / EB Games after Christmas Sale on: December 28, 2004, 08:08:03 AM
$30 for bloodlines might grab me...
1536  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Greatest Universal Remote Ever! on: December 28, 2004, 08:01:35 AM
Quote from: "coopasonic"
Quote from: "Pyperkub"
One thing that some of the earlier Universals had a problem with was losing all your Macros when the batteries died.  Make sure you get one with a backup system (backup battery, other), or you will likely return it, like my roomate had to with his favorite Universal.  Otherwise you'll have to go through the hassle of reprogramming the remote frequently, as those universals can eat batteries.


Two things, memory is retained when the batteries are removed and even if you do lose all of the programming, you just need to connect the remote to your PC, log in to the harmony site and reload the programming (even if you throw your remote against the wall and have to buy a new one).


Nice.
1537  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Greatest Universal Remote Ever! on: December 27, 2004, 07:39:21 PM
Quote from: "coopasonic"
Quote from: "Bulletpig"
If this gave me full functionality of all my stuff with one remote I would consider it.

Pig


That's specifically why I selected this one. It can control up to 15 individual devices. As new components are released support for them is added to the configuration web site. It has enough buttons for most everything, plus up to 6 custom label buttons on the LCD screen for each activity.

In fact, this remote can switch my TV to other inputs instantly, something the remote that came with the TV couldn't do (watching a DVD meant switching the video input 5 times, no more)!

It takes some setup time, collecting model numbers on your components, configuring extra buttons that aren't automatically configured, but in the end it's completely worth it to me.


One thing that some of the earlier Universals had a problem with was losing all your Macros when the batteries died.  Make sure you get one with a backup system (backup battery, other), or you will likely return it, like my roomate had to with his favorite Universal.  Otherwise you'll have to go through the hassle of reprogramming the remote frequently, as those universals can eat batteries.
1538  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Fantasy Football] Playoff Roster Question on: December 16, 2004, 01:45:52 AM
Gotta be PIT.  PHI has injuries across the front line and might have some serious trouble stopping the run.  Also, Vinny has had some good games, whereas Manning has gone straight down.  Picks and Sacks galore.  Dallas might even give Philly a run in that game, if they have trouble stopping Jones.
1539  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Wheel of Time installation help! on: December 08, 2004, 07:01:19 PM
Quote from: "Bulletproof"
It's always helpful to search the publisher site for technical issues, especially for older games or obscure issues. In this case, it took me approximately 2 minutes. after typing "GO WHEEL OF TIME PC GAME" into internet explorer to find this.

Product Specific Issues for Wheel of Time on Windows® XP

and more specifically this....

Error: "Critical Error: Co-initialize"

Have fun with the game....


ONe thing, the publisher's info simply says to disable third party sw, though it does mention Gravis by name.  It's still a lame support site.
1540  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Charlie Brown Christmas allways gets me... on: December 08, 2004, 06:54:10 PM
Quote from: "Laner"
Quote from: "Sparhawk"
I actually think Charlie Brown Christmas is boring. The music is great, but the actual show is just a snoozefest. I thought that when I was a kid too, so it's not just an adult thing for me.


That's why I like it so much.  It's the antithesis of the Christmas season in many ways - it's low-key and quiet, unlike the high-stress, high-pressure hurry that threatens to crush us mere mortals during December.  There's plenty of OMG XMAS SANTA COMING!!!!11 specials - Charlie Brown is a nice change of pace.


Exactly.  One thing I was disappointed in last night though was the second 1/2 hour.   It did a decent job of maintaining the spirit, but I really hated the 'quick-cut' storyboarding.  It was rather jarring after the pacing of the original.  It appears as if it was done in 2002 or so, after Schulz passed.
1541  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Movie Quote Game - Round 2 on: December 07, 2004, 09:41:44 PM
Quote from: "Crusis"
I think I messed the first quote up a bit, I think he says "I'm either in love with your daughter or I've found a new found respect for life".

But the timing with Ackryod saying the same thing 2 seconds later cracks me up every time.

There are so many great quotes in that movie.  Can't remember it but when he is talking to his therapist and says something like "why don't you want to treat me, I know where you live." is just LOL funny!

OH!  And the conversation with the dad:

"What do you do?"
"Professional killer"
"Ah - it’s a growth industry"

That Sponteneity one is tickling the back of my mind ... gimme a few.


I'll add another hint:

"Make love in a hammock!"
1542  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / "The Matrix" was a rip-off? WTF? on: December 06, 2004, 08:52:49 PM
FYI I did a little hunting and the Salt Lake paper that printed that story also has a retraction where they say:

"In reference to the recent article entitled "Mother of the Matrix Victorious," some information has been deemed misleading. Ms. Sophia Stewart has not yet won her case against Joel Silver, Time Warner and the Wachowski Bros. The decision on October 4th enabled Ms. Stewart to proceed with her case, as all attempts to have it dismissed were unsuccessful. Ms. Stewart's case will proceed through the Central District Court of California. "

http://www.slccglobelink.com/news/2004/11/16/News/Corrections-805777.shtml
1543  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Earthsea on: December 06, 2004, 08:49:50 PM
Some disappointing news:

http://www.ursulakleguin.com/UKL_info.html

It may end up decent, but....
1544  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Earthsea on: December 06, 2004, 08:37:25 PM
Quote from: "Gedd"
Yes!  It shouldn't be hard to tell that I'm a fan of the Earthsea books. smile


LOL - I liked the first book and the recent (couple of years) bk 4, but 2 & 3 never resonated as much...
1545  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Brin's Earth a reality? on: December 03, 2004, 07:17:23 PM
Quote from: "Dreamshadow"
For the record,  Earth, by Brin, is one of my favorite science fiction novels out there.


Amen - currently he is still putting too much paradigm-shift endings into his novels, but for Earth it was appropriate and fun.

There is a lot to be gleaned about directions our future society might take in this book, as well as good read.

If you'll recall though, there were some major upheavals getting to the book's time period, the root causes of which are still present in current day society...
1546  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Movie Quote Game - Round 2 on: December 03, 2004, 06:48:13 PM
Quote from: "Crusis"
Grosse Pointe Blank - John Cusack ...

-Crusis

\
I had googled it because I couldn't remember (and it was really bugging me - I could hear Ackroyd's voice but couldn't place it), but I didn't feel right answering - got another?  I'll throw out one in a similar vein:

"Sponteneity has it's time and place!"
1547  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Movie Quote Game - Round 2 on: December 01, 2004, 06:27:54 AM
Quote from: "Pyperkub"
Ed Wood?

if so here's one:

"I can't even get real drugs here.":  Bonus points for context/characters...

(edit for correctness).


Hint (another line from same movie):

"Language Lessons.  Inspired words from a man who knows how to ski."
1548  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Movie Quote Game - Round 2 on: November 30, 2004, 08:11:06 PM
Ed Wood?

if so here's one:

"I can't even get real drugs here.":  Bonus points for context/characters...

(edit for correctness).
1549  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / "Supreme Court Hypocrisy" for $2000, Alex on: November 30, 2004, 05:06:37 PM
Quote from: "MrBad"
You're talking about the north frieze right?  The one depicted here:

http://www.supremecourtus.gov/about/north&southwalls.pdf

Doesn't actually have the ten commandments.  It has Moses with commandments 6-10 partially visible.  Commandments 6-10 are not particually religious.  Additionally, other historical lawgivers appear.  Some of the other ones are also religous, such as Solomon and Muhammad.


Sweet link - thanks for teaching me something new today.
1550  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Brin's Earth a reality? on: November 30, 2004, 05:02:41 PM
Dunno if you saw this but pervasive surveillance in public places is becoming a reality:

http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9588_22-5470286.html

David Brin's Earth depicted a near-future society in which pervasive surveillance had massive implications for culture.

Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/055329024X/qid=1101834100/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/103-3586458-6139839?v=glance&s=books

Thoughts
1551  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Need fantasy books for my X-mas list on: November 30, 2004, 04:57:12 PM
If you can find them, here are some alternate fantasy novels that are fun:

The Shattered World - Michael Reaves
     Very fun book about a shapeshifting thief in an intriguing world setting

Dream Park - Larry Niven
      Futuristic Theme Park running D&D games in real life.

The List of 7 - Mark Frost
       Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in a Political-Mystical intrigue.

Eragon - Christopher Paolini
        Fun book with Epic ramifications about a kid finding a dragon's egg.

A Wizard of Earthsea - Ursula K. Leguin
        First book in a trilogy about a young wizard and the danger of pride.
1552  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone into hacker games? on: November 30, 2004, 01:17:55 AM
Anyone seen a PDA version of Decker?  It seems like it would be perfect...
1553  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOTR Time Again - Holy crap! on: November 30, 2004, 01:04:28 AM
Of course, I still have to watch the Two Towers extended edition (I'm glad I at least proceeded to unwrap it and look through the box...)
1554  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Christmas Recommendation/Wishlist Thread on: November 25, 2004, 09:57:14 PM
Rome is absolutely fun if you have any interest whatsoever
1555  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / College Football! on: November 08, 2004, 07:31:51 AM
Hey Jeff, don't forget about the SEC championship, even if they lose to GA, Auburn will likely play Tennessee again...
1556  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / College Football! on: November 08, 2004, 03:53:55 AM
Sorry, but as much as I'd like to see it,  'SC wont lose to my Bruins.

Orange: USC Oklahoma
Rose: Cal Wisconsin
Sugar: Georgia WVA
Fiesta: ??? vs ACC champ

??? = Utah, Michigan, Texas, Auburn

this is assuming Georgia beats Auburn this week coming up and then wins the SEC, otherwise swap Auburn in for Georgia
1557  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Forget the Election - On to Basketball Season! on: November 04, 2004, 07:38:23 AM
Sorry, but the NBA regular season is boring.  Wake me up when the playoffs are coming.
1558  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half Life 2: No Co-op Mode on: November 04, 2004, 04:11:30 AM
Even with Serious Sam there were levels in single player that don't show up in Coop.  If a level was too scripted it was simply yanked from the Coop level progression.

FWIW - I'm one of those gamers who are 99% more likely to buy if coop is in place, especially shooters.  I've skipped every shooter this year because Coop wasn't included.  I really want to play Painkiller, but I'm much more likely to actually finish it (and thereby get my money's worth) if it had Coop.
1559  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Reformatting and Install on a Dell on: November 04, 2004, 04:03:56 AM
Sounds like they just tried doing a reinstall, not a format and reinstall.  Many new dells come with another backup/tools drive/partiition that can cause problems.  Make sure to back anything needed up (files, etc..), then reformat before reinstalling.

Have a CD ready with AntiVirus +recent definitions, as well as Windows XP SP2 ready if your CD doesn't have SP2 integrated, if you possibly can.  Driver CD that came with the Dell is also mandatory (otherwise you might not be able to get a Network or modem driver going to get drivers and patches...
1560  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Burning App suggestions needed. on: November 04, 2004, 03:59:51 AM
FYI, many new CD's have some sort of copy protection built in - which may be your problem with Green Day etc...
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