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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost a friend on: May 28, 2016, 07:19:39 AM
Sincerest condolences and so sorry for your loss and other losses expressed here.  I had a friend at work we lost in much the same way, sudden unexpected heart attack, although he was older, in his early 50's.  I left him on my Lync/MOC for as long as I could, until the pain of his never coming back was worse than his absence.  Things weren't the same but it wasn't until I let go of some of the tangible stuff and only held on to the memories that the healing could start.  All the best.
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Film] Christopher Nolan - Interstellar on: May 20, 2014, 09:24:17 PM

Quote from: rshetts2 on December 17, 2013, 01:31:27 AM

Quote from: kronovan on December 17, 2013, 12:12:15 AM

Gotta love this from the Interstellar movie wiki:
In January 2013, Christopher Nolan entered negotiations with Paramount and Warner Bros. to direct Interstellar. Nolan intended to write a screenplay based on his own idea that he would merge with his brother's screenplay. By the following March, Nolan was confirmed to direct Interstellar, which would be produced under his label Syncopy and Lynda Obst Productions.Though Paramount and Warner Bros. are traditionally rival studios, Warner Bros., who released Nolan's Batman films and works with Nolan's Syncopy, sought a stake in Nolan's production of Interstellar for Paramount... In August 2013, sources reported that Legendary Pictures was in the process of finalizing an agreement with Warner Bros. to "finance 25 percent or more" of the film's production.

Wow, talk about someone (Nolan) writing their own ticket!  Very much looking forward to this and hope it lives up to all it's $ and promise.

Until Nolan proves me wrong as far as Im concerned they can write him a blank check and tell him to go make a movie.  I have faith that he can deliver.
His brother's 2008 Interstellar script is available in places on the net.  If half of what is in there makes it to the big screen, it will be the most ambitious and full of awe sci-fi project to be made in the modern era.
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How common (in the U.S.) was your name in the year you were born? on: August 10, 2013, 04:07:51 AM
502 Males and 63 Females with my first name in my birth year.
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Legend of Conan on: October 27, 2012, 03:20:07 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 26, 2012, 08:24:18 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on October 26, 2012, 03:10:14 PM

 eek crybaby

Arnold looks better at 65 than 99% of all people have ever looked in their entire lives.  His arms are only in their mid-35s and will live on after he dies, choking the sh*t out of people who dissed him.

Seriously, he looks good there, and amazingly great considering he is now collecting a social security check.
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lance Armstrong to be charged with doping by USADA on: August 26, 2012, 03:19:50 AM
Because the organization that runs the TdF is a signatory to the World Anti-Doping Treaty of Awesomeness; a decision by the recognized body of one country has to be honored by all of the other countries.

Whether he was doping/contravening the rules/etc, all of these years later, now it is a witch hunt.  I hate all of these retroactive vacating/stripping of titles and games for off the field issues.   
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You can't fire me... because I quit on: June 24, 2012, 11:53:27 PM
Indeed, best of luck, PR_GMR.
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [god awful music] Hot girls have problems too on: April 28, 2012, 03:56:52 AM
The fake Facebook Chernobyl Conspiracy ad was better.

In fact, I think we know the first venue these gals should "play".
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 28, 2011, 04:39:47 PM

Quote from: Purge on October 28, 2011, 04:03:17 PM

WTF is that from?


Singham Wikipedia
Signham Youtube trailer

EDIT: Great, that is what I get for thinking it might "Dum Maro Dum" and then watching a bunch of Bollywood trailers before I posted.
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Conan O'Brien Stares At Nicole Scherzinger's Cleavage on: September 26, 2011, 05:06:39 PM

Hat tip to Conan gifs
10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Conan O'Brien Stares At Nicole Scherzinger's Cleavage on: September 26, 2011, 04:43:53 PM

Quote from: EddieA on September 26, 2011, 02:25:27 AM

Quote from: Zarkon on September 25, 2011, 08:58:53 PM

Who is Nicole Scherzinger and why do we care about her fake-Hollywood cleavage? Tongue

She is an Austrian physicist and theoretical biologist most famous for formulating an equation that describes how the quantum state of a physical system changes in time, as well as the thought experiment known as Sherzinger's Cat.
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] The Thing Prequel on: September 20, 2011, 03:14:30 AM
Wow, I am generally not concerned about spoilers at all but that trailer was *filled* with them.
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Real Steel on: May 12, 2011, 03:12:25 AM
Next thing you know, they will start expecting people to develop emotional attachments to animals  and toys!  Come on, who is kidding who with this?

Tell me you didn't feel at least a pang of emotion when Wilson floated away.  That wasn't even animated.

It could be good but as they say in the trailer, "we'll see".
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 28, 2011, 08:48:18 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 28, 2011, 12:39:04 AM

this one is for Wonderpug:

I miss my Bart Pug.
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Schwarzenegger is back! on: January 20, 2011, 07:49:55 AM

Quote from: Daehawk on January 20, 2011, 12:05:08 AM

How many terms? FAIL.
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 14, 2011, 03:17:56 AM
I sure hope they are killing the shit of out something because after having a few run-ins with "Scottish" cuisine, they sure aren't cooking edible food with it.
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Shooting at my daughters high school on: January 06, 2011, 03:39:40 AM
More thanks that you and yours came through this OK and condolences and sympathies to those who lost loved ones.  It's a surreal day when what normally resides in the world of the media bursts into our waking lives in a very real way.
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 27, 2010, 12:20:53 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 26, 2010, 11:09:06 PM

Seriously.  I saw the movie, so I get the reference, I guess.  But why the C&H format?  And why a reference to a five year old movie?

Prosecutor: Over Macho Grande?
Witness: No. I don't think I'll ever get over Macho Grande.
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie]Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on: November 22, 2010, 01:46:25 AM

Quote from: Zarkon on November 21, 2010, 08:13:18 PM

Nah.  They'll release the Blu-Ray of part 1 before part 2 comes out, then part 2 before Christmas next year. 

Then they'll wait another year or so before releasing the Ultimate Edition of parts 1 and 2 ($40 each).  Considering it'll be next year sometime before Ultimate 5 and 6 come out.

From Wiki:
Part 1 was released in 2D and IMAX formats on 19 November 2010, and Part 2 will be released in 2D, 3D, and IMAX formats on 15 July 2011
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Every year... parking... grrr... on: November 08, 2010, 07:05:12 AM
Wow, that sucks.   There is very little that eats away at you like someone disrupting your life like that, and then is gleeful about the hardship they cause.

Has the internet made kids like this?  No discipline at any point in the lives up to that point?
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Have You Ever Truly Been Terrified? on: August 03, 2010, 03:28:52 AM
This started out small but wow, its a wall of text now.  

Most of the times I should have been terrified were in the middle of action such that I didn't have time to think about it.    Even in the middle of raging car wrecks, people waving guns, and large-scale melees, I wasn't scared at the time.  A few times where there is that moment of sheer no-mind terror have involved other people and cars coming together in unnatural combinations. Knives have a different effect on me. Weirdly, I am much more afraid in the moment of being stabbed than being shot, although the former is generally longer than the latter; I guess my encounters with people armed with guns has generally been fleeting moments, where the knives have been much longer in duration.  I have been deathly afraid before things start but once whatever it is starts, mostly that part of me turns off. Later on after it is over is a different story, though.

A few though that aren't too hard to talk about:

-As a child, I lived in complete fear of my father.  The most egregious example I can think of, one night he threw the main breaker for some reason and then chased me around the house without saying anything for what seemed forever, which was probably like a couple of minutes in real time.  We lived way out in the country at the time and with none of the lights working, pure glistening terror poured out of me.  When I finally made it to my mother, she had to plead with him to stop in order to get him to leave off.   He was having a grand time, sick bastard.

-Blair witch lost in the woods in the early eighties.  Twelve years old with some compatriots, were were going to walk to the river, which was probably three miles by road.  At some point, someone had a bright idea to take a "shortcut" and end up at a popular swimming sandbar instead of the boat launch at the end of the road. We walked around in what must have been circles for hours before realizing we were less than a hundred yards from the road. After the third hour, I was deathly afraid we weren't going to find our way out before dark and that fear drove me like a horse with flanks streaked with foam.  I was beyond reason, rest, etc. in a total Bill-Paxton-we're-all-going-to-die-I-hate-the-woods way.  I was so completely turned around at that point you could hear the snap as my mind tried to fit my mental map with what I now knew to be where things actually were.

-I once was in a fight that left a guy unconscious and not breathing. To leave out most of the drama, this was in a night club, so once the bouncers got there, broke the fight up (not much to that; they colluded with my buddy, were bored, it was about 15 on 2 of us and we still came out on top, so we didn't mind stopping while we were ahead), and realized what had happened they turned off the music and turned on the lights.  Hundreds of people stopped dancing.  They ripped open his shirt to do CPR and he very visibly kicked back in and began breathing before they could start.   It was shocking, as I had seen plenty of fights but hadn't ever seen anything like that.  I went from shocked to terrified as people then proceeded to tell the cops I was the one who knocked the guy out.  At the start of the fight, my memory just completely blacked out.  I don't know that I would believe that kind of memory loss occurred if I hadn't experienced it first hand.  I thought my friend or someone else had done it.  Luckily, the club owner's wife convinced the police not to arrest me and then I avoided the mob that had gathered to exact justice while the police debated charging me.  Leaving the parking lot, I went around a guy who mysteriously went slow and came to a halt on a yellow at a stoplight.  Despite just narrowly avoiding going to jail, I ran the red; I wasn't in my hometown and wasn't interested in stopping until I was back on more friendly ground.  Looking back, probably 40 people poured out of the corner store and attacked the car who stopped behind that guy at the light.  140mph all the way back to my door.

-Home from college one winter break, I kept thinking someone was following me at night near my house.  I was with a cousin and a friend and we flat out ran away from a car that I thought had been "following" me.  Everyone was laughing until the car screeched around the corner we had just turned on in the worst movie-clichéd way possible.  I was so terrified and adrenaline-ridden that I couldn't literally couldn't drive my Mustang GT in a straight line.  The nose of the car was diving line-to-line across the two-lane road as everyone in the car screamed, either at being pursued so noisily or my out of control driving, or both.  The chase car stayed right on my bumper.  I somehow steered the car back to my house, where my grandfather recognized the car as it slowed down when I turned into the long driveway.  Turns out it was a convenience store owner from nearby who mistook my car for one of vandals who had been harassing him, although it was different year, model, and parts of color.  We confronted him about it that night and I almost lost my mind with rage when he realized he was wrong and tried to blame me for being guilty by running.  Lots of shouting but nothing else came of it.

Please don't PM me for the analyst fee that you all now probably deserve.
21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RIP Damageinc =( on: July 03, 2010, 10:21:19 PM
So sorry to hear about that.  Via con Dios. tear
22  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Defend this human garbage on: July 03, 2010, 05:42:44 AM
I am against capital punishment for a number of reasons.  Most of which I have misplaced after reading that story.

I will say that in a place where we couldn't guarantee that guy would never see the light of day again, at that point you are choosing between he and his unknown future victims, a contest which he loses instantly.  I have no problems with killing in active defense against this kind of depraved barbarity.  

We can, however, seal this filth away from all human contact for the rest of his existence on this planet.  Killing him might be the easy way out.  If in some alternate universe he is later found to be innocent, we can always fish him out.  If he is put to death, that option is no longer available to us.  Although mistakes are perhaps lessening as DNA both includes and excludes people more readily and reliably than other forms of evidence, I don't think that power should be vested in the state when it isn't required.
23  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Mosque Near Ground Zero on: July 03, 2010, 04:13:21 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 27, 2010, 12:12:03 AM

Quote from: Mr. Fed on May 26, 2010, 10:03:38 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 26, 2010, 09:03:14 PM

they should make it equal opportunity and put a church on one side of it and a synagogue on the other. On the other side of the street they could put other religious places too.

Who is "they"?  It's not the government wanting to build the mosque.  The local board has merely approved an application to build it.  Are any other religious groups seeking to build there?

they would be the group building the mosque, but it was more me imagining the humor of putting Christianity on one side, Judaism on the other and wedging Islam in the middle so they can all 'just get along'.

They have that now: its called the Middle East.  How is that working out?
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Alizee -- (NSFVCW... not suitable for very conservative workplaces) on: June 28, 2010, 05:43:37 AM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on June 28, 2010, 02:22:14 AM

I don't get it. What am I missing?

The foreground of that shot and its positioning.
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Alizee -- (NSFVCW... not suitable for very conservative workplaces) on: June 28, 2010, 01:20:12 AM
Someone at TV5Monde is going to h-e-double hockeysticks:

26  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online (Cryptic's new MMO) on: June 03, 2010, 04:55:37 AM

Quote from: Destructor on May 06, 2010, 03:51:08 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on May 06, 2010, 02:43:32 AM

I just know all my builds in late beta seemed horribly underpowered, and I was constantly face planted if I didn't have help (I had fun teaming up but as I've whined with STO, the lack of a dedicated, non-private LFG channel really makes teaming up tougher than it needed to be).

The difference between late beta and release as far as difficulty went was dramatic. It went from reasonably challenging to practically easy-mode when CO launched.

Unless you were a melee player anyway. You were screwed no matter what you did. biggrin

I know I am late to this party but this is completely wrong.  There were huge, huge, huge nerfs post-head start weekend for almost every powerset.  The difficulty curve was reasonable set from late spring through to launch, and only some last-minute Bill Roper ultra-drastic shenanigans caused them to both nerf powers and XP to the point you almost had to do both the Desert and Canada in order to level out to the City.  It caused a vast player backlash as it resulted in a number of quest deadspots in leveling and reduced the amount of fresh quests for a second character to literally none, as you had to do almost every available quest with each character to move up without terrible grinding.

The nerfs continued as a while as apparently someone looked at the time to max-level and decided they had to elongate it somehow and those were their only tools to do it.    The only problem was that they didn't have the content to support that curve by a long shot, and the end-game stuff they had wasn't close to tested enough as it was locked to outside testers right up to close to the end of beta. The in-game ret-con costs were also atrocious, as they decided (and this was probably a long term decision) to charge RMT for them.  Bully for them (death to RMT/Microtransactions in games) but don't force players down that road by extorting them to that.

 I have never had a game go from "must-play" to "worst run game ever" so quickly.  After being in beta for 8 months, I quit logging in after a matter of weeks.   Its just another example of how Cryptic is actually a terrible developer, either due to poor planning, a terrible business model/management, or a combination of the two.
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My sexuality may be in question on: May 15, 2010, 05:28:01 PM

Quote from: Fireball1244 on May 13, 2010, 09:07:19 PM

Quote from: Purge on May 13, 2010, 03:16:34 PM

Quote from: Fireball1244 on May 12, 2010, 11:48:59 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on May 12, 2010, 11:08:35 PM

Quote from: Fireball1244 on May 12, 2010, 11:06:35 PM

Mostly I just want to see that whiny, sniveling, weak little girl who's the main character get killed in a bloody, awful way. I hate her so much.

I take it back. Fireball is a teen girl after all.

You need to read a chapter or so from one of these books. The main character is written as such a pathetic, weak little thing that it comes across as misogynistic.

Your concern, in my small-but-ever-expanding-mind, is hard to reason. See, as a heterosexual, I can associate with men (including gay men) as we all are the same. While everyone reasons differently and tend to behave differently, there are common ties which allow me to step back and draw those connections.

I can associate with women as well, but a lot of it is tied up with genetic attraction. That's not to say I don't have non-sexual relations with women, but barring emotional/familial relations that impede the prime directive, I find that I can see attraction in most women (in varying degrees). I am also very picky (certainly since my marriage in which I lived with guilt over not loving my wife ... turns out I was right not to).

I have found love since, but were I to be gay, I'd think I'd find less association with women, and misogyny would almost be a natural response. Not that I'm saying that gay man=misogyny, but certainly an air of indifference would be - expected?

I'm not sure what to make of this. Almost half of my close friends are women, and that's pretty typical for most gay folks I know. Why would I be indifferent to them just because I don't want to sleep with them?

You have to understand, also, that gays and women in one aspect have a lot in common:

From a non-political perspective, FB, would you not also say that men and straight women are also both sexually attracted to the male form?  Not that should lend itself to close associations but I would also think that there is nothing driving gay men to misogyny any more than straight males.  In fact, I would be inclined to posit that misogyny itself arises from and is driven by a poor reaction to the complexities of heterosexual relationships.
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Kindle: possible promotion for Prime Customers? on: March 21, 2010, 10:54:10 PM

Quote from: Thin_J on March 13, 2010, 10:40:14 PM

Quote from: Chaz on March 13, 2010, 10:16:42 PM

If I had infinite money (or at least more than I have now), I'd be getting one from Oberon Design.  They are gorgeous.  As it is, I just went with the basic cover.  One day I'll get something nicer.

Wow. Those are kind of awesome. Extremely expensive, but awesome.

Holy crap!  I know what I want for my birthday now.  Or at least something I want that I wouldn't want to spend the money on.  At the Kindle 2 price I would be all over that.  Those are awesome.

On the Prime thing again, like for many others, it made Amazon the default go-to for almost any item.  It ended my trips to Brick-and-Mortar bookstores, which used to be a weekly thing for me.  I went into a Barnes and Noble the other day while I was trying to kill some time before an appointment, and while it does make it easier to see a lot of titles in areas I might not seek out online, all I ended up doing was  take phone camera pics of the titles that interested me.  When I got in the car, I ordered two books on the iPhone Amazon app.  icon_twisted

A free second Kindle (I would get a smaller Kindle this time such that I might actually bring it places with me) would put a damper on my growing desire to get a multi-function reader, although I don't plan to start another e-book collection any time soon without serious incentive.
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Official Review] Heavy Rain - PS3 on: March 08, 2010, 06:22:32 AM
I just got this and based upon very little reading about it, finding it incredibly tense.  I struggled with every little decision early on. 

Spoiler for Hiden:
  Is it time for homework?  What if I wait?  What is that on the TV?  Will I need to remember the cast?  Crimeny, I have asked for homework too soon! Back to TV.  Oh, no, I am 10 minutes late for supper!  And the cold.  WHERE IS THE COLD MEDICINE?  Will the killer strike if I turn do the laundry?  What if I leave the lights off?  Does that attract or deter anything from happening.  WHAT TIME IS IT OH NO DINNER!!!! etc.

I had to take a break once I was through that section.  And I know the roller coaster can only pick up speed from here. smile
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movies] James Cameron's Avatar on: December 12, 2009, 07:24:05 PM
Even the reviews that liked it mention the heavy-handed, cliched nature of the plot.  What really saddens me is that now by inserting ham-fistedly environmentalist, radical left wing politics into sci-fi action adventure, yet another venue has been infected with polarizing ideology.  Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, and sometimes I want to just go see a movie without re-fighting the political battles of the Aughts.
31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 03, 2009, 07:26:37 AM

Quote from: stimpy on December 02, 2009, 04:24:01 PM

Whats the guy doing in panel 12?
Looks like he's getting ready to barf, yet there is no payoff in panel 13.
Just a belch? Gas?
12 is a fist pump.  13 is basking in the glow that he has found a really nice twig.

Of course, much like the movie American Psycho, this is all taking place in the protagonist's mind.
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Documentary] Fall of the Republic on: November 01, 2009, 06:16:58 AM

Quote from: Turtle on November 01, 2009, 04:39:24 AM

So, why is a GT staff member posting this here instead of the political forum where this should go?

OMG, Self moderation and government is dead!  The corporation has risen and is feeding us messages!


We are all aware that the senses can be deceived, the eyes fooled. But how can we be sure our senses are not being deceived at any particular time, or even all the time? Might I just be a brain in a tank somewhere, tricked all my life into believing in the events of this world by some insane computer? And does my life gain or lose meaning based on my reaction to such solipsism?
Project PYRRHO, Specimen 46, Vat 7. Activity recorded M.Y. 2302.22467. (TERMINATION OF SPECIMEN ADVISED)
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: One mans garbage is now my 51" HDTV on: September 29, 2009, 02:25:54 AM

Quote from: Canuck on September 28, 2009, 11:02:42 PM

This thread title is misleading.  It should read, "One man's garbage is now my 51" (broken) HDTV. smile

Good luck with the repairs.

I don't know, I like the optimism in the thread title.  I have a 57" Sony RPTV. Best of luck with yours! 
34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Your Search is Over: The Best BBQ Sauce In the Universe Has Been Found on: September 27, 2009, 11:15:01 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on September 26, 2009, 10:28:28 PM

Quote from: Rhinohelix on September 26, 2009, 09:56:38 PM

While this is for those people who prefer "tangy" to "sweet", this is my favorite BBQ in the world:
Luling City Market BBQ Sauce

I love this sauce.  It's also the highest quality BBQ I have had, as well.  They ship their sauce (and their BBQ) anywhere in the continental U.S.

Any chance you could post the ingredient list? I'm curious about it being mustard based as that's not usually what I buy, worst case I guess I could just order a bottle and try it out. I'm also wondering if you've tried their rub.

I don't have any bottles of it right now but I can stop by and pick up another on my way home in a couple of days.  Never tried the rub.  Their stuff is so good that when I think of their BBQ, I generally don't ruin the moment by trying to cook myself. smile
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Your Search is Over: The Best BBQ Sauce In the Universe Has Been Found on: September 26, 2009, 09:56:38 PM
While this is for those people who prefer "tangy" to "sweet", this is my favorite BBQ in the world:
Luling City Market BBQ Sauce

I love this sauce.  It's also the highest quality BBQ I have had, as well.  They ship their sauce (and their BBQ) anywhere in the continental U.S.
36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wherein gellar gives up on Comcast (for TV, anyway) - DirecTV is installed! on: September 23, 2009, 02:53:59 AM
I am not Gellar but I recently got DirecTV after worsening physical plant post-Ike caused me to not only lose data connectivity for large stretches but also not be able to get a large number of channels on any TV in the house.  I got AT&T DSL and DirecTV with the All-everything package.  Now, my experience may be different from other folks but it was without a doubt the best thing I could have done.  The cost is less for DSL+DTV with the High-end package(2 HD DVRs with all non-adult premiums) than Comcast (2 HD DVRs with just HBO premium package).  Not only that but the picture quality is * noticeably* better for HD channels.  Even if I wasn't getting more channels for less money, there are a number of bonuses that stretch that victory even further: the aggregate channels where you can watch all of the different coverage of a single event, such as for golf or tennis; the ability to by sweet, sweet, NFL ticket (curse you Superfan!), the LARGE number of additional HD channels, 3x more by my last count (finally CNN and Fox News in HD!  Tongue)

The only negative I have had so far was some billing weirdness when I made some last minute changes to my order (when the installer was here I decided to drop a third receiver and upgrade my second receiver to a HD DVR from just a DVR). There was some wailing and gnashing of teeth when they auto-deducted 500+ dollars from my account unexpectedly but DTV worked with me to get that fixed and even off the record advised me to reverse the charges with my bank, which got me my money back that day.  In the end, it works out to be a plus to me.

I would walk, not run, to get in on the specials that give you a free special receiver plus money off every month for a year.
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You just have to LOVE FOX news! on: September 21, 2009, 05:35:02 AM
The thing about this is that chances are the view of whether or not you think Fox News sucks depends on your political view.  Lines will tend to be drawn on that basis and thus this should be in the forum section dedicated to that.  This should be moved.

About the awesome paragon of unbiased journalism, CNN deliberately failed to report news in Iraq. That is completely different than overstating a case about who did or didn't cover a story.  To each his own, I guess.

38  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: GDC Austin: Keynote Liveblog: John Smedley on: September 20, 2009, 01:24:54 AM
That is an awesome write-up, Z.  I intended to go this year but stupid real-life work got in the way, again.  Someday I will complete my dream of translating my corporate skills into the gaming industry, despite the caveats that abound.
39  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online Open Beta impressions (starting Aug. 17) on: August 26, 2009, 04:15:35 AM

Quote from: Misguided on August 26, 2009, 01:40:10 AM

Quote from: Destructor on August 26, 2009, 01:16:37 AM

It's amazing the uproar on the forums though. It's sad - it reminds me of the WoW forums (and that's not a good thing). Crazy posters...

I think they have a right to be upset. Communication left something to be desired

This has been the case on almost every occasion I have seen so far.  They seem to need a mouthpiece/evangelist/communications strategy more than any gaming company this century.  That being said, I bought my 6month right after closed beta as well.  I am sure to at least play half that and 6 months+art deco costume+ STO beta was worth it.
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So exercise curbs appetite? on: August 15, 2009, 01:43:49 AM

Quote from: ScubaV on August 14, 2009, 10:15:15 PM

A couple quick links I found.  They seem to indicate that hot, intense exercise suppresses the appetite for some period of time after working out.  Cardio suppresses more than weight lifting, but swimming is the reverse because it lowers body temperature.  Everything I've seen though talks about short-term effects.  I've noticed a somewhat permanent decline in my appetite roughly since I started exercising.  I'm leaving home for med school in two weeks, so my lifestyle will be more like college.  I plan to keep working out, so I'll see if things change.

This was my understanding: running lowered appetite, swimming raised it.  I tend to be in "both lower" camp but then again my body temperature is always a degree low (97.5-97.8 all the time normally).  Done right, exercise lowers eating because lifting your arms to your face is too much work. icon_smile
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