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1  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Crisis of faith or is it over? on: October 21, 2014, 08:23:41 PM

Quote from: Rip on October 14, 2014, 02:13:59 PM

Quote from: Fireball on October 13, 2014, 05:39:34 PM

Conservative Christians are destroying Christianity. A religion that hates gay people, denigrates women, denies science, etc, has no future because it has no truth or grace in it. Liberal Christians aren't doing enough to stop the right-wing hijacking of our religion, though it does seem some of us are finally waking up to this.

I'm a Sunday school teacher, active in my local parish, and obviously I'm not going anywhere. But I see my friends, particularly my gay friends, being driven further and further away from religion because they increasingly associate with nasty, bigoted people like Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum, or charlatans like Joel Olsteen. What's bad about American Christianity is so toxic, it makes the far greater part of it that is good harder to acknowledge.

Ummm, I pretty sure the things you have issues with were that way long before there was even an "America" or American Christianity whatever that is.

Must be all those American Popes..............

If anything Christianity has been hijacked by liberals not the other way around. Not that such is a bad thing, just noting that Christianity is far less "right wing" today than it ever has been which makes accusations that it has been hijacked by conservatives almost laughable. The views of today's "conservative Christians" would be the views of the bleeding heart leftist Christians just a few decades ago.

 If you want to discuss a religion that has been hijacked by conservatives let's talk about Islam.

Christianity is based on the word of God, as given to us in the Bible.  It's a defining characteristic of being a Christian - you follow the words of Christ, which are in the Bible.  Christ extensively quotes the Old Testament, the prophets and law all point to Christ, it's all in the Bible.  Therefore it would be absurd to want to be a 'Christian' and yet not believe in the Bible and want to live the way the Bible and Christ teaches.  If you are such a Christian, what defines your religion?  Certainly not Christ - he pointed to the Bible, including the OT law and prophets, in everything he taught. 

So if that's a given, it follows that all the 'conservative' things that Christians believe should be tested against the Scriptures.  Likewise for the 'liberal' things.  When you do that, as Rip said, it's far more likely that today's church has been hijacked by liberals, not the other way around.  Abortion wasn't something people would have ever considered prior to the sexual revolution, so of course the church 100 years ago didn't have a formal position on it.  Today (aka the last 50 years or so) we need to, so the church looks at what the scriptures say and decides it's position.  The church has always however talked about the sin of homosexuality, the roles of men and women, the relationship between science and faith, and our utter dependence on Christ as our only salvation.  It's a fallacy to say these are things that conservatives have added to the agenda.  As our western culture has changed, the church has come under fire for different things that no longer jive with the popular culture, and parts of it have splintered off to appease the more liberal mindset.  This has happened throughout history, and I'm sure will continue for the rest of history.

2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Transformers 4: Age of Extinction on: July 04, 2014, 10:15:28 PM
I just got back from an afternoon showing of this.  Based on reviews and this thread I was expecting an epic trainwreck, but actually I didn't think it was that bad.  I'd rank it much higher than #2, better than #3, and probably pretty close to the first.  It was a little less silly, a little less sexist, and a little bit closer to respectable than previous entries.  Not a great movie by any means, but I didn't find the plot to be as incomprehensible as reported.  I actually liked some of the callbacks to the old cartoon origins of characters...

Spoiler for Hiden:
Galvatron as a reincarnation of Megatron, Lockdown as a bounty hunter.  The reason for the Dinobots not showing up until late was perfectly fine, and I thought they were great as the calvalry.  No mention of Witwicky at all was a little jarring - wasn't Bumblebee supposed to be his best buddy?

Anyway... a solid 6, maybe a 7 out of 10.  Some plot holes, maybe, but definitely not as bad as the critics are saying.

edit: oh ya, the product placement.  I definitely did not find it as obnoxious as everyone is saying.  I was looking for it because it keeps getting mentioned, but if I hadn't known ahead of time to watch for it I probably wouldn't have thought much of it.  Sure, the Bud Light shot was pretty obvious, but otherwise it wasn't that bad.
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (01/20) on: January 21, 2014, 07:11:42 PM
Here too.  Way to go, Bill!
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on: January 10, 2014, 08:45:14 PM
I was thinking of checking out Intelligence based on how similar to Chuck it looks.  Is there a Sarah analog? 
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Old man winter sucks. on: January 07, 2014, 03:47:07 PM
A friend and I often have a friendly debate about who has the worst winter - Edmonton (me) or Winnipeg (him).  I secretly think that Winnipeg has it worse.  Even though you guys are further south, the humidity and the wind off the lake probably pushes it over the edge.  At least in Edmonton it truly is a 'dry' cold most of the time.  (with the exception of all the bizarre freezing rain we're getting this year...)
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [HELP!] Job seeking advice needed on: October 17, 2013, 04:16:18 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on October 15, 2013, 10:09:28 PM

Recruiters and hiring managers look at any single resume an average of 7 seconds. Your resume needs to catch their attention and intrigue them enough to entice them to want to know more. Don't do more than one sheet, front and back if you need to, but no more.

While I don't want to speak for all hiring managers, as a hiring manager I will say this varies widely and is probably a bit of an urban myth.  If I have a stack of resumes on my desk, I spend a few minutes at minimum on each one.  If I am looking for the right fit for a given position, it would be stupid to scan and discard a resume after a few seconds without having any idea of that persons skills, last few experiences and qualifications.  A resume of 2 or 3 pages, if it's formatted well, doesn't frighten me off.

Maybe a head hunter or someone trying to fill a ton of open positions might not follow this process, but usually the hiring manager is looking for a small number of candidates for a small number of positions and isn't having to deal with thousands of resumes.  I suppose your mileage may vary depending on the seniority of the position you're looking to fill; lower level positions would probably have more resumes and perhaps are being dealt with more casually.
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Total War: Rome 2 on: September 04, 2013, 04:57:45 PM
I'm kind of surprised to read the impressions above.  Rome Total War was in my top 3 games of all time, so I had this pre-loaded and took the day off work.  I'm usually VERY cautious about release dates (MOO 3 and HoMM V ended the glory days of day 1 gaming for me) but I took a chance on RTW2.

I'm running on extreme settings and haven't had a problem of any kind yet, and I played for about 6 hours yesterday.  I completed the prologue and then played a few hours worth of a new campaign.  I haven't seen too many bugs or problems - one issue where when I targeted my spy on a city the action menu wouldn't come up, but that was about it.

The AI seems serviceable.  The strategic AI is smart enough on Hard; I left a city on the coast undefended to move up towards the front lines, and the cpu enemy sailed his forces right past my army and took the city behind me.  The tactical AI isn't genius, that's true, but I haven't seen it do anything too stupid yet.  For the most part it just moves up it's ranged forces, and then tries to flank.  Yes, it's fairly easy to pull it apart but I don't know what the alternative would be; should the AI stubbornly stay in formation no matter what kind of pounding it's taking?  It seems to charge when it doesn't have a choice.

The UI is a bit difficult but I'm getting used to it.  My biggest annoyance so far is not seeing at a glance what tech I'm researching or how it's coming along; I always dismiss the notification that a new tech has been researched (which is very generic) and then completely forget to set a new one until the end of the turn when the reminder comes up.  I like the new strategic view, I like the change to armies having to be with commanders (which prevents me from having to build garrisons or fight 800 stupid little 1 unit armies everywhere), and I like the way naval is integrated with land armies.  I hated Naval in Shogun.  

There was a question about how much food you have - there are 4 critical info bites displayed on the bottom right of the UI: money, next turn projected income, food... and something else that I can't remember.

So far I'm not disappointed with my purchase, although I can't remember the last time I paid $60 for a game.  It's Rome Total War but bigger and better.  I showed my kid a cavalry charge into the rear of some slingers and we both laughed with glee.  That's what RTW is supposed to do, so I'm good.

**edit: oh, and the comment about the speeches: this change is awesome!  Instead of a dumb cutscene before every battle, your commander makes a speech to his men the moment you start the battle!  If you stay zoomed in to your forces as you give them their initial orders you hear them exhorting the troops while they're preparing, getting into formation and starting to march.  The speech gets more and more animated as they get closer to the moment of battle.  Same for naval, you hear your admiral telling his men to get ready, steady, steady...!  It feels very realistic and much more atmospheric than the old speeches before battle.  I love this one!
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Kick Ass 2: Balls to the Wall on: August 16, 2013, 03:54:24 PM
He changed his mind.  It happens.  When he first signed on, probably years ago, he felt one way.  Things changed for him.  That's not unreasonable.  I respect people saying he should give the money back, but I don't really understand why.  Sure, that would demonstrate his convictions, but he still did the work.  If your company did something you absolutely could not respect over a course of x months, would you return your paycheques in protest?  Or would you express your unhappiness, maybe even quit, and go about your life?

I agree that he should never have signed on in the first place - I assume all involved were familiar with the source material.  But I don't see why it's so unreasonable that he quietly says he changed his mind, apologizes to his co-workers, and leaves it at that.
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What D&D character are you? on: August 14, 2013, 07:56:00 PM
Neutral Good Human Cleric (5th Level)

Ability Scores:
Strength- 13
Dexterity- 11
Constitution- 17
Intelligence- 15
Wisdom- 16
Charisma- 16

I like it!  nod
10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Kick Ass 2: Balls to the Wall on: August 14, 2013, 05:26:13 PM

Quote from: ATB on June 24, 2013, 05:02:45 PM

Is this a goof or is he for serious?

Just an honest question, have you seen the source material?  I have never read the comics, and thought the first Kick Ass was mildly amusing but not a big deal.  Recently I came across the graphic novel for Kick Ass 2 (note it was prominently displayed on a table in a book store where children could easily read it), knew the movie was coming out soon, and browsed through it.  It was sickening.  

Spoiler for Hiden:
Murder of young children.  Gang rape of a teenage girl.  Brutal Butchery of hundreds of innocents, parents of nearly all the major characters being murdered in front of their children.  Dog's decapitated head on a major character's body.  Hit Girl decapitating one of the villians and using her head as a trophy.  All in a smarmy, ha ha this is funny tone.

Shortly after I heard of Jim's decision not to promote the movie.  I think it's the right call.  I understand now that many of the more graphic parts are not in the movie, despite Mark Millar desiring that they should be and the movie should be as controversial as possible; presumably the guys at Fox told him that he was out of his mind.  Either way, I won't ever look at another Mark Millar comic again.  It was disturbing.
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Finished my Re-Read of the LOTR Trilogy; What Next? on: August 11, 2013, 03:29:44 AM
If you've read the Hobbit, the Lord of the Rings, and the Simillarion, you've covered most of it.  You could read the Children of Hurin, but that was written / edited by Christopher Tolkien based on his dad's notes.  It's not bad.  Nothing near as good as LOTR though.
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Social vices - do they limit you? on: August 10, 2013, 11:50:43 PM
I often feel this way.  I don't drink, I don't smoke, I am social but not a fan of parties, I am mostly indifferent to music, and I often feel like I'm a little bit of an outcast on the social side as a result.  Not many of my friends are into gaming or technology - they all want to smoke and drink and go fishing or play airsoft.   icon_neutral  I'm just glad I like sports or I would literally have nothing to talk to people in my circles about.
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Finished my Re-Read of the LOTR Trilogy; What Next? on: August 10, 2013, 11:47:09 PM
Read the Malazan Book of the Fallen series.  I'm also a huge Tolkien fan, but the Malazan world is just so incredibly rich and varied and well fleshed out they have become my favourite fantasy universe ever.  It's truly amazing, given the scope of the world and the sheer number of characters, races, gods / beings, etc. but after reading the series you can't wait for more.  The best part is the whole 10 book series is complete, and when you're done all 3 million words of that, there are lots of supporting novels by Ian Esselmont to start on.
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Your favorite opening line of a book on: July 26, 2013, 09:38:28 PM
Couldn't resist?

"Better to be silent and thought a fool than speak and remove all doubt"   Tongue
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Your favorite opening line of a book on: July 26, 2013, 03:51:26 PM
"In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth."
16  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: What the Sam Hill... cpu / mobo problems on: July 23, 2013, 06:50:25 PM
I did try that at the time, didn't work.  Thanks for the tip though.
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Ostrich Pillow on: July 04, 2013, 07:31:23 PM
I would over heat in about 10 seconds in that thing.  Might be useful for sleeping outside in winter in Canada.  Plus what do you do when someone talks to you and you can't see them?  And what about your hair - do you really want to get on the plane with sweaty bed head after your power nap in the airport?

I'm out!
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Superman: Man of Steel on: June 26, 2013, 04:41:17 PM

Quote from: Reemul on June 26, 2013, 07:32:52 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on June 25, 2013, 10:06:54 PM

Quote from: Rowdy on June 25, 2013, 04:09:08 PM

http://io9.com/the-most-important-scenes-from-man-of-steel-as-i-remem-516405346?utm_source=recirculation&utm_medium=recirculation&utm_campaign=morning

This is awesome and sums up so many of the thoughts I was having while watching the movie.  So much of it didn't make sense!


Good god, yes.  That hits so many nails on the head, but this bit in particular is the biggest issue with this reboot:

Quote
Zod:...“Dark and tortured” and “Superman” never belong in the same sentence, unless that sentence is “Superman met his dark and tortured friend Batman for coffee.”

Superman: That’s not fair! People love Batman, and he’s dark and tortured. So why is it bad for me to do the same thing?

Zod: Because that’s the exact antithesis to what Superman is supposed to be. He’s supposed to be better than us, to inspire us, to not make the same stupid mistakes humans do. He’s supposed to have every reason to be dark and tortured, given his origin and the evil he’s seen, but he never loses his hope and optimism — not just for himself, but for the entire human race!

Also, it brought up another thing that occurred to me:

Spoiler for Hiden:
The solution to the villain plot is literally deus ex machina.  God in the machine.  The god-like Kryptonian who is an AI in the ship gives the way to defeat Zod to the human.

Its no wonder you didnt enjoy it if all that stuff is going through your mind, normally i sit down with a note pad jotting down all my thoughts, pulling the film apart etc etc, rdeally adds to my enjoyment  drool

Um, I'm not trying to think of anything while I'm watching a movie, the movies job is to make sure I'm NOT thinking - "what?  why the hell wouldn't Clark just go get the dog?"  "whoa!  Shouldn't Supes be thinking of the people in that building he just knocked over?"  When someone says something really dumb to you, are you able to just turn off the part of you that realizes that what was said was dumb?
19  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: What the Sam Hill... cpu / mobo problems on: June 26, 2013, 04:26:37 PM
Bit the bullet and replaced the CPU with a 3570K.  I first tried to get it running in my P8P67 Pro, and it booted but it was giving me all kinds of headaches.  The DRAM error led lit up, then while trying to troubleshoot that (I know the RAM is fine) on a breadboard, after 4 or 5 successful starts suddenly the CPU error led lit up and the board wouldn't POST again!

At that point I nearly threw everything out the window, but I pulled out the new mobo, mounted the new CPU, and suddenly everything was fine.  I'm going to assume there were issues with the BIOS version on the old board with the new CPU.  Supposedly the P67 is compatible with the Ivy Bridge CPU but only with a BIOS update - and I had no way to successfully boot up the board to the BIOS in order to get it updated.  Rather than jumping through a bunch of hoops I just used the new Gigabyte Z77 board.

So, long story short, I now have what appears to be a dead i5 2500k (although I'm absolutely mystified how, and I'm very suspicious that the chip might still be ok); an apparently functional P67 board that just doesn't work for my new cpu, and a brand new i5 3570K on a Gigabyte Z77 board.  I spent $400 I really didn't want to spend, all after trying to swap out a video card.  Stupid computers.  This is the kind of thing that pushes people to consoles.

I'm pretty annoyed - that 2500K and P67 Pro was an awesome combo.  I've had that build running for a long time (2 years?) and it was OC'd to 4.5 ghz without a sweat.  I had no intentions of touching that system for at least another couple years.  Oh well...
20  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: What the Sam Hill... cpu / mobo problems on: June 25, 2013, 05:18:49 PM

Quote from: TheAtomicKid on June 24, 2013, 03:47:59 PM

Thinking through the logic on it. With new intel boards, chips, the gpu is connected directly to the cpu via the pci-e lanes these days. When you inserted the new gpu initially... you mentioned being careful in the vacuuming, but did you have everything unplugged etc? (and even so, it could have been static discharge at this point from your hand through the gpu, and into the board/pci-e lanes)... all you need is to have more negative charge than the motherboard, and it will happen, even if nothing is grounded. (which folks, is why those static straps you wear are grounded through a big resistor... the ground is to drain the static so everything has the same charge level as your local ground, and the big resistor is so you don't fry yourself accidentally, since _you are grounded_) smile )

Atomic

Ya, I'm quite sure everything was unplugged - I was on the kitchen table (wood) and the power cord from the PS wouldn't even reach the nearest outlet.  It must have been some kind of charge from the vacuum.
21  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: What the Sam Hill... cpu / mobo problems on: June 25, 2013, 05:17:23 PM
Well, if it's the CPU, I'll have to buy a new one, although I really really loved my i5 2500k   crybaby

Once I get the new CPU I'm inclined to test it in the first motherboard to see if the original mobo was ok or not.  If it's still good I can return the second one and recoup some of my expenses.  I dislike reseating CPU's multiple times, but for $170 I guess it's worth the hassle.

Any recommendations on a worthy successor to a 2500k?  I'm not upgrading the rest of the system so I don't need an i7 which will be head and shoulders over everything else in the box, and money is a bit of an issue.  I really liked Sandy Bridge... maybe an i3 Ivy Bridge or Haswell? 

Thanks for the help, by the way, guys.
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Superman: Man of Steel on: June 25, 2013, 04:09:08 PM
http://io9.com/the-most-important-scenes-from-man-of-steel-as-i-remem-516405346?utm_source=recirculation&utm_medium=recirculation&utm_campaign=morning

This is awesome and sums up so many of the thoughts I was having while watching the movie.  So much of it didn't make sense!

http://www.avclub.com/articles/science-estimates-that-the-damage-done-by-man-of-s,99165/

And this!  Have these people not ever seen Superman before?
23  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: What the Sam Hill... cpu / mobo problems on: June 24, 2013, 02:53:35 PM
Yes, my first post maybe wasn't clear - I'm testing the motherboards without a video card now.  Motherboard with a CPU, heatsink / fan and RAM - that's it; no drives, no cards.  Both motherboards act exactly the same with both power supplies.  (1 second spin up then power down)  The only common point in testing both is the CPU, which is why I'm thinking it's next to replace, but I just can't understand how the CPU could have possibly failed.  When I reseated it I cleaned it carefully with rubbing alcohol and examined the pins and socket very carefully, and I don't see any visible damage, scorch marks, etc.  Not to say that I would see everything, but nothing jumps out as a problem.

I haven't yet tried resetting the CMOS, I will try that, although on the second motherboard which came straight out of the box there wouldn't seem to be much point...
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Superman: Man of Steel on: June 23, 2013, 02:32:12 AM
While I thought the action was well done, somehow I don't think the public would welcome with open arms an alien being who
Spoiler for Hiden:
single handedly knocks down half of Metropolis.  How many people died as collateral damage while he was fighting with Zod, and when he was crashing spaceships into cities?  Somehow I don't think the world would be that forgiving of a being that they just found out about doing that kind of damage.  Metropolis looked like an atom bomb went off.  The destruction in Avengers with the friggin Hulk and an invading alien army was a lot more "realistic" for super heroes interested in actually saving people.  What happened to limiting collateral damage?  The level of destruction pulled me right out of the movie. 

Also, as someone else mentioned,
Spoiler for Hiden:
the bit with Pa Kent rather getting sucked up by a twister than have his super powered son try to save him was ridiculous.  Here's an idea - maybe let Clark go get the dog so he can use his powers to get back safely with no one being the wiser?  That felt very contrived.  Hell, even if Clark had saved him, it wouldn't have seemed out of character - what teenage son wouldn't try to go help their dad get back?

Entertaining movie but felt like you really really had to check your brain at the door.
25  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / What the Sam Hill... cpu / mobo problems on: June 23, 2013, 02:00:55 AM
I need some help trying to troubleshoot a dead PC.

A week ago I swapped out a video card in my gaming machine.  i5 2500k on an Asus P8P67 mobo.  Everything was unplugged and turned off.  I did use a vaccum cleaner with a plastic crevice tool to suck some dust out of the case fans and the corners of the case - as far as I know I didn't get anywhere near the mobo or cpu.

After putting in the new vid card the machine won't POST.  Fans spin for 1 sec and then everything powers down.  My case doesn't have a speaker (Antec 900) so I don't know if there's a beep code being generated.

I disconnected all drives and left only mobo, RAM and cpu.  Same behaviour.  I tried a different known good power supply.  Same issue.  I bought a new motherboard (Gigabyte Z77 DH3), carefully removed the cpu and heatsink, reseated it in the new mobo, and tried both power supplies without success.  So now I've tried two mobos and two powersupplies.  I've tried both motherboards with one stick of RAM and two.

This leaves me with the unlikely options that BOTH RAM sticks are dead or the CPU is.  However from what I've read the CPU should be very difficult to damage barring overheating, and I doubt both RAM sticks died simultaneously.

Do I need to buy a new CPU?  Should I try the original mobo again?  Go buy a case speaker to find out if there are any beep codes being generated?  Any other ideas?  I am boggled that changing out a video card has killed my PC!
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/PS3] Dragon Age 3: Inquisition on: June 05, 2013, 07:57:19 PM

Quote from: Greg Wak on June 03, 2013, 12:10:16 AM

Quote from: The Grue on June 02, 2013, 08:45:12 PM

Quote from: skystride on November 30, 2012, 11:06:19 PM

I'm recently replaying Skyrim (quit earlier due to bugs) and the world design is simply the best I have ever seen in any video game.  The combat system is lacking though (Bethesda just doesn't get it even after so many Elder Scrolls games).

Wouldn't it be awesome if Skyrim had Dark Souls combat? Or Dragon's Dogma combat, for that matter.

Not for us non twitch players it wouldn't. While I enjoyed most things about Dark souls I had to give up because I never got good enough at the combat.

Have you tried Dragon's Dogma?  The combat is not ultra twitchy, it's a bit more complex than Elder Scrolls combat and much much more fluid (which is what I hate about ES combat).  You can see Capcom's fighting game heritage come out in that game.  DD combat (even if they slowed it down a touch so as not to be to great a change) in an ES world would be amazing.
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Kids] I need a movie about horses and/or ponies on: January 24, 2013, 04:01:04 PM
Probably a little too advanced for a toddler, but at 6 and 8 my kids loved both Sea Biscuit and Secretariat.  They didn't get all the nuances of course but during the racing scenes my 6 year old would look at me wide eyed and say 'my heart is going CRAZY!'   icon_smile

But Tangled is probably more the speed of a 3 year old girl. 
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: December 27, 2012, 04:52:14 PM
I thought it was fantastic, will definitely be going for a second viewing with my 12 year old.  For those who still can't understand how a small book has been turned into three movies there is a lot of content in the movie that has been fleshed out from appendicies and other Tolkien material.  Its like the Hobbit plus other stuff that helps with background for the LoTR movies.  For instance, in the book the 'Necromancer' in the Mirkwood and Radaghast the Brown are throw away paragraphs.  In the movie that's an hour of content which helps to tie two very separate stories together.  You can see Gandalf starting to put the pieces of the picture together; the main story of the Hobbit is presented as a story within a larger story (LOTR) which is exactly the way the book fits in with the larger trilogy.

If you liked LoTR, or if you like Middle Earth, the extra content is not 'boring' or a slog.  It's awesome.  A lot of the extra time is spent fighting Orcs or exploring the dwarves back stories, so I fail to see how that could be considered boring at all.

Besides, most of the criticisms came around the high frame rate and 3d, not the story.  I saw it in 2d the first time; may try the HFR version the next time around.

29  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Rev. Graham: Obama won because Christians didn't vote on: December 20, 2012, 07:17:17 PM

Quote from: hepcat on December 02, 2012, 08:35:14 PM

So am I to assume that you back ATB's belief that a Mormon president would lead to the apocalypse?    Tongue

But on a more serious note.

Quote from: Fireball1244 on December 02, 2012, 06:27:20 PM

That's the crux of the issue: traditional Christians and Mormons mean very, very different things when they say that Jesus is the Son of God. The traditional Christian view of the Trinity and the Mormon view of the Trinity are irreconcilable. From a theological point of view, this is the most important belief in Christianity. It forms the core of the historic Creeds (which themselves predate the established canon of the Bible)..

If you view Christians with that narrow a definition then you've effectively stated that the following groups are also not allowed to call themselves Christians:

Unitarianism
Binitarianism
Christian Science
Jehovah's Witnesses

I tend to shy away from sectarian definitions and just go with the belief that believing in Christ as the son of God makes one a Christian in the broadest sense of the word...which is what I go with as someone looking in from the outside.  Is that wrong?  To a Catholic or a Lutheran or any other specific group within the faith that believes so, then yes, I'm sure I am.  But as history has shown us, that's standard operating procedure in religion when discussing someone who doesn't believe exactly as you do.


You are correct that certainly Christian Science and Jehovah's Witnesses (I'm not familiar enough with the other beliefs) are not considered Christians by most if not all Christian churches.  Fireball summed up nicely the fact that there are significant differences in their definitions around Christs role. 

Lutherans / Baptists / any flavour of protestant Christianity are 'quibbling' about interpretation of the sacraments, or the liturgy, or various splinter understandings of scripture, but all have the same core beliefs.  Catholics have nearly all the same core beliefs but obviously there are significant differences in both understanding and the sacraments (hence the Reformation).  All believe in the same God and the same Bible.  Still Christianity.  However when a sect or cult starts adding new persons or beliefs, such as new books that are on the same plane as the Bible, then you are no longer following Christianity but have created a new religion, with Christianity as your random seed perhaps.

30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Warner Developing Justice League Movie? on: November 28, 2012, 06:06:05 PM

Quote from: ATB on November 28, 2012, 03:51:50 PM

I'm not all that familiar with comic book heroes, but hopefully if this comes together they'll avoid a problem my wife and I saw in Avengers: lame heroes.

You have Thor, Iron Man and Hulk just wrecking it up and the Capt., Arrow guy and Spy girl are basically engaging in lame sub plots to make them seem useful.

I mean what is the Flash going to do in an intergalactic fight? Run around and make people dizzy?  Aquaman will help a family stuck on a sinking boat escape by having them float out away on a raft made of dolphins! Wonder Woman is just a female Captain America.

You've got superman and batman. And I guess Green Lantern.  Same problem as avengers.

I can kind of see your point about Black Widow and Hawkeye in comparison to the super-powered folks in Avengers, but you clearly don't know your DC comic characters.  Wonder Woman is the second most powerful hero in the DC universe after Supes.  She goes toe to toe with super villians all the time.  She's probably very parallel to Thor, except instead of Norse mythology they went with super powered Amazons.  If anything Batman is the one you should be picking on.  Batman in a fight with Darkseid or Doomsday is not going to have much to do.  Having said that - you should watch the DC Justice League cartoon, because they deal with that very side of things.  Batman always seems to get by by being a tactical genius and having gadgets or equipment to handle virtually anything.
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hold me, I've become a PC gamer on: November 14, 2012, 07:32:46 PM

Quote from: Teggy on November 13, 2012, 10:16:20 PM

Quote from: PR_GMR on November 13, 2012, 09:58:45 PM

I just walked by a Gamespot... and there was a line of dudes outside waiting to buy Black Ops 2. I *just* don't get the appeal of those games. I had to chuckle a little.

Hey man, I just said that I play my PC a lot, I didn't say I've become a snob! I still don't play TBS, 4X and RTS games. slywink

LOL - you just described me to a tee.  Sniggering at all the guys lined up to by the annual release of COD before I go home to play Civ, Elemental or some indie RTS game.  smile  Although I'm not a total snob - reviews convinced me to play Halo 4, and I picked Skyrim on the 360, not the PC, so I could sit on my comfy couch.
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dilemma with new phone on: October 17, 2012, 06:04:53 PM
Thanks for the thoughts everyone...  I'm leaning towards the 4S at this point since I'm pretty dependent on apps, and also having those apps to share with the other apple devices in the house.  However, Purge mentioned the windows phone and frankly I had forgotten all about that and I am definitely interested in seeing how that turns out - a full fledged Windows device that works seamelessly with my pc intrigues me.  At the very least, it might flush out some lower prices on used iphones and recent android phones.  So I'll probably hold off on this for a few more weeks.
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 17, 2012, 04:27:05 PM
Ouch.  That looked really really painful.
34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Dilemma with new phone on: October 15, 2012, 09:46:19 PM
Please help me make a decision about a new phone!

I have a Iphone 3GS which is nearing the end of it's life.  I am thinking of upgrading to a 4S (I can get one for $380) but keep waffling back and forth between Apple and trying out an Android phone.

Here are the facts - I'm an IT professional and am not put off by the more technical side of Android.  However, my household has a lot of Apple products - ipods, iphones and an ipad, so I kind of like that everything is centralized in Itunes.  I also love the app store, although I don't have any experience with apps on the Android side.

I use my phone for calling, GPS for bike riding (and tracking my rides), Golf (GPS for distances, have a great app!), internet radio, Facebook and some surfing, and four or five times a year for games and video watching while flying on business trips.  Converting video from torrents or whatnot to mp4 for my phone is sometimes a pain, although lately most of the shows I download come in the mp4 format already.

I'm kind of intrigued by the Galaxy SIII or the HTC one... but knowing that I like (not love) the Apple infrastructure and not being sure what comes with Android I'm on the fence.

What say you?  $380 for a 4s seems like a good deal... not sure if I should take the plunge, or if any of the Android phones would meet my requirements better than my iphone.
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 10, 2012, 03:25:08 PM
That's awesome!  The best part is that you can keep the colors on the walls as long as you don't move your gaze away from the dot...  I've been able to see the red and tan buildings and the trees for 5 seconds as long as you don't refocus.
36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Looper on: October 09, 2012, 06:02:50 PM
Sid was the loop.  If it wasn't for Sid none of the conflict between young Joe and Old Joe would have ever happened...  Sid was the reason Joe's loop got closed, and Joe was the reason Sid grew up and started closing loops.  Seems pretty integral to the storyline.
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Looper on: October 07, 2012, 12:18:54 AM

Quote from: disarm on October 05, 2012, 08:29:51 PM

I saw it last weekend and agree that it's a really good movie...interesting concept, good action, and it's a time-travel movie that actually holds up pretty well under scrutiny. It's definitely one of the better scifi movies that I've seen in quite a while  icon_cool

I actually thought that while it was pretty interesting take, and I loved how the lines between good guy and bad guy were very blurry, the time travel logic broke down pretty fast. 

Spoiler for Hiden:
The scene where they dismembered young Seth to get old Seth to come back (only to be killed), while impressively disturbing, was broken.  They proved that they changed Old Seths history by doing things to young Seth - so obviously then that should extend to the thirty years that Old Seth spent up to that point!  As soon as they started cutting off feet and hands clearly Old Seth would never have left that hospital bed, never did anything for 30 years and would never have run away, even assuming he had existed until his loop...  Wasn't the whole point of not killing young Seth because the future impact would be too catastrophic, according to Abe?

I think Young Joe killing himself was more consistent, although it's harder to follow the loops.  At that moment Old Joe ceased to exist... so that means that nothing Joe did after that event ever happened.  No future mob life, no killing off the mob (so I assume Abe and the gang appeared as soon as Old Joe disappeared), no killing of the kids, etc.  They implied that the future was totally changed, so I guess that one works.

Just felt like they were a little inconsistent in the writing around the impact of changes in the past on the future.
38  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movies] ... I'd never like to see again. on: September 15, 2012, 06:30:49 PM

Quote from: hepcat on September 15, 2012, 03:56:43 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on September 15, 2012, 05:56:15 AM


As for movies I hated the first time and never want to see again,

sigh...purge, just go ahead and change the initial post to include movies people hate too.  some folks REALLY want others to know what they don't like I guess.   icon_lol

Are we in danger of running out of internet space?
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Doctor Who on: September 15, 2012, 01:49:46 AM
Ya, the weeping angels are pretty creepy but the silence was probably a close second.
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movies] ... I'd never like to see again. on: September 15, 2012, 12:16:18 AM

Quote from: Gratch on September 13, 2012, 02:04:44 PM


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Serbian Film - glad I sat through it but I have no desire to watch it ever again.

I made the mistake of reading a summary of this film once after someone mentioned it as possibly the most horrific thing ever put on film.  Call me a wuss, but I was honestly really shaken simply by reading its summary on a Wiki page.  I can't imagine actually watching it.

I completely agree.  I regret even reading what the movie was about.  I was disturbed by the wiki summary for several days afterwards.  I do not understand why a movie like that should exist.
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