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81  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cars 2: It stinks! on: November 01, 2011, 04:05:11 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on November 01, 2011, 11:21:57 AM

So is this worth renting for two adults who are generally big Pixar fans and thought Cars 1 was kind of ok?

Might be worth a rental, particularly for adult Pixar fans, moreso than children Pixar fans.  Pixar animation is still very good - although the story in this one is weak, even compared to the original Cars which is considered by many to be Pixars lower tier.  I wouldn't show it to any huge Cars 1 fans though, since it's so different in tone and content.
82  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need a new hat on: October 12, 2011, 02:28:05 AM
If you do end up with a patch, I say own it and get a naval captains cap.  And a navy blazer, and a pipe.  You're a teacher, right?  I think it works.
83  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: ...sigh... considering wearing an eye patch full time...for "health" (no pirate) on: October 12, 2011, 02:24:37 AM
My son was born with something very similar, although I can't say if the term Duane's Syndrome was ever diagnosed.  He had surgery at 2 years old.  He still favors one eye, and tilts his head to read or focus on close tasks, although at this point his vision seems to be 20/20 or close to it.  It's unnerving to see him turn his head 45 degrees to read, but when you cover the good eye he can still read perfectly.  I'm very afraid of a situation like you describe for him later in life, though.  I don't think you're being overly dramatic, and I completely understand and sympathize how this might severely degrade your quality of life.

For what it's worth, I'd recommend gathering your courage and going for the surgery.  You're only 39, you have many many more years of life ahead, and even if you choose to wear a patch (which, if you have a valid medical reason isn't douchey at all) surely that's going to have an impact on the long term health of your good eye.  I would be pretty depressed if at 39 I had to give up golf, baseball, basketball, or anything that required depth perception.  If you refuse to consider the surgery, though, then maybe you can try to find a monocle that blocks out the bad eye and go for the Monopoly dude look?
84  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Off Season 2011 on: September 19, 2011, 10:34:26 PM

Quote from: gellar on September 19, 2011, 05:51:35 PM

Quote from: Devil on September 19, 2011, 05:47:50 PM

Quote from: Kagath on September 19, 2011, 05:10:27 PM

Wings might take him. icon_twisted

Perfect fit in Jersey. Plenty of money for him next year too. We'll make it work.  icon_wink

He's not a UFA for four years, yo.  We'll take your next 4 first rounders slywink.

I'd give up the Oilers next four first rounders for Doughty.  He'd compliment the core quite nicely.
85  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 17, 2011, 04:21:01 AM

Quote from: Toe on September 16, 2011, 01:41:05 PM



I miss the Cosby show.  We used to sit around as a family and watch that every week.
86  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Lifestyle] Breaking my addiction to white powder. on: September 10, 2011, 03:30:20 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on September 10, 2011, 02:44:01 PM

Quote from: Purge on September 10, 2011, 04:51:27 AM

Quote from: pr0ner on September 10, 2011, 04:21:18 AM

Meh.

thumbsup

You're still wrong - I just don't care enough to spell it out.

 Roll Eyes
87  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Lifestyle] Breaking my addiction to white powder. on: September 06, 2011, 07:53:18 PM
All of this is very interesting and all, but where does ICE CREAM fit in?  Because I need a diet that will allow me to consume 4 liters of Ice Cream per week.  kthx.

Put me firmly in the camp of low carb being a healthy life style - I use Atkins / Paleo / whatever they want to call it this week every couple years to slim down and always feel great.  My problem is that I love me some pasta, fresh baked bread, potatoes and ICE CREAM.  Very very hard for me to stay off those things long term.
88  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Firefox 6, anyone tried it yet? (previously discussing 5) on: August 24, 2011, 08:32:10 PM
I really liked the idea of pinned app tabs and promptly pinned several different gmail accounts, gmail docs and reader and facebook.  That worked great for a few days, until I opened a new browser window for some reason or another - then later closed them both.  The next time I opened FF expecting to see all my pinned app tabs, they were all gone.  I've readded them and subsequently lost them several times since then.  They seem very flaky.
89  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why most people don't finish video games on: August 17, 2011, 05:40:38 PM
I must be the exception - I hate trying to play multiple games at a time, and I will play a game I start until it's done - 10 hours or 100.  Besides the very occasional FPS or RTS multiplayer with a friend or two, when single player games go away, I won't be a gamer any more.  I play games to experience a story.
90  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: San Diego Comic Con 2011 Cosplay (NSFW) on: July 25, 2011, 03:46:40 PM
What I don't get is why no one ever cos-plays as Jabba at any of these events.  Seems like a free pass to walk around holding the collars of a bunch of Leia's.
91  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Off Season 2011 on: July 19, 2011, 08:56:29 PM

Quote from: ScubaV on July 19, 2011, 05:04:49 PM

Does Osgood get in the HoF?  He's got the stats, but playing for Detroit will count against him.  I've said it before, but if the Wings won Game 7 in 2009 he would've been the Conn Smythe winner and his place in the HoF a dead lock.  Maybe not first ballot, but eventually.  But they didn't so it's questionable.

No way Osgood gets in the HoF.  Far from a household name in hockey.
92  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cars 2: It stinks! on: July 12, 2011, 03:41:52 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on July 01, 2011, 12:44:13 AM

Quote from: Rowdy on June 30, 2011, 08:38:17 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on June 30, 2011, 05:27:01 AM

Quote from: Rowdy on June 30, 2011, 04:09:52 AM

Biggest problem with Cars 2 is that Pixar took a franchise that appeals to 4 - 10 year olds and added cars with guns, cars with missile launchers, cars with tasers, beloved character cars with bombs strapped to them.  Explosions!  It's like Michael Bay consulted on the movie.  Cars are frequently given orders to kill other cars.  A car is 'tortured' prior to being 'killed'.  It's completely jarring, and so completely, totally off tune from the first Cars movie.  WTF, Pixar?  My family and I love your movies because they're child-like and innocent.  Who's idea was it to think James Bond was a really a good fit with the Cars universe?  

The first comments from my 7 and 9 year olds mouths were "that was weird".  My 7 year old wanted to know why they put guns on Tow-Mater, when he's a tow truck, he's supposed to help people.  My 9 year old was frustrated that they kept cutting away from the race scenes, that he was interested in, to focus on spies and secret agents and 'action' scenes.  

I've watched Cars and listened to Cars playing on the DVD player in the van about a thousand times, and I still sometimes get misty when Lightning stops, loses the race, and goes back to get the King.  It's a movie with a moral center and a good message.  It may be simplistic in many ways, but it's got emotions, some genuine laughs, and a heart.  I think I laughed once in Cars 2, and at no point was I in any remote way moved by anything going on on-screen.  Cars 2 is the first Pixar movie that just seems to be about money, and the first Pixar movie I won't be buying on DVD.

Now, see, everything you describe is what made Cars 2 look interesting to me (on paper, anyway).  I thought the world of spies was a great way to avoid a story rehash and add some excitement to an otherwise drab scenario.  To me it seemed a perfect fit.  I didn't find the racing stuff interesting at all in the first movie.  It was only when they started really getting into the meat of the death of old time Americana that it started getting interesting, IMO.

I'm not saying I wanted a Micheal Bay dumbed down experience, but a Pixar movie with that level of excitement could be really great.

That's fine - but are you the target demographic, little boys (and girls) who are excited by animated race cars?

Could Pixar do a great spy movie?  Probably.  But why take a franchise about 'cute' race cars aimed at little kids (Cars skews youngest of all the Pixar movies, in my opinion) and try to shoe horn it in there?  If you want to make a spy movie, then do - just don't call it Cars 2 and then make it not about racing or Americana at all.  I don't hate James Bond - I just think it was a bizarre combination, and considering their audience for this film, a very poor decision.  I can't tell you how many two and three year olds we saw in that theatre with us.  I'm sure they had no idea what was going on.



I don't think I am the target demo.  I think the target demo is the kids who saw Cars in 2005 and are now 5 years older.  You know what those kids like?  Spies and explosions.  And not just the boys.  My daughter has an ongoing spy thing that is only overpowered by her wizard fixation between Hermione and Alex Russo (sadly, mermaids have been left in the wet dust).  She had next to no interest in the original, but even though I've told her that the sequel isn't getting great reviews, she's still excited to go.

I also think that younger kids enjoy the excitement involved with spies, especially if their older sibling is coming along.

As far as leaving racing and Americana behind, there were a lot kids who didn't care for the racing element (again, see my daughter), so leaving the track is a good idea.  Where can cars race around but not be going in circles?  Hey, don't spies have cool cars?  Yes.  Yes, they do.  And this is a new movie.  Just as Toy Story 2 and 3 are not about avoiding the neighborhood bully and learning to love all toys (people), Cars 2 is trying not to do a rehash.

I'm sorry you and your kids didn't like it.  I'm sorrier that they seem to not have pulled it off, but I'm not sorry they tried this angle.

Honestly, I see this as a very smart move on their part, and I'm sad it seems it didn't come together.


So, you keep talking about how people that didn't care for the original movie would like the change - why call it Cars 2 then?  Why not make a new Pixar film about spies and explosions and car chases that your daughter and all the kids that are now too old for the first Cars apparently can go see?  Why fool all the kids and parents who DID like the first Cars movie, by making a sequel that's completely different in tone, setting and content?  The only reason you call this movie Cars 2 is for a cash grab - make sure you get all the fans of the first one.
93  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cars 2: It stinks! on: July 12, 2011, 03:36:58 PM

Quote from: godhugh on June 30, 2011, 11:49:18 PM

Quote from: Razgon on June 30, 2011, 08:45:12 PM

People take two year old children to the movies?? Thats pretty crazy in itself

Why? My two year old is perfectly capable of going and sitting through a movie. She went to Tangled when she was 22 months old and did great and is looking forward to the new Winnie the Pooh movie.

I hear the next Winnie the Pooh movie is a bank heist movie.  Winnie plays the ringleader.  Disney wants to go in a new direction with the characters, since the kids that loved Winnie the Pooh are now much older.   icon_wink
94  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Off Season 2011 on: July 11, 2011, 03:58:20 AM

Quote from: gellar on July 11, 2011, 03:51:37 AM

Uh... Smyth has stated in interviews that he asked specifically for the trade.  He only denied it once because he didn't want it to get out.

http://lakingsinsider.com/2011/06/26/smyth-talks-about-trade-to-oilers/

Interesting, I hadn't heard that follow up from Smyth.  Guess he requested it then.  Nice to hear a player that wanted to come back to Edm, in that case.  Ok, guess Lombardi's not a slimeball - still don't get the griefing in the papers though.
95  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 7/8/11 on: July 11, 2011, 03:54:38 AM

Quote from: PeteRock on July 09, 2011, 04:16:28 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on July 08, 2011, 02:54:30 PM

Nobody told me that if I played Oblivion I got to listen to Patrick Stuart send me to find his son, Sean Bean.  So I'll likely be playing that some.

 saywhat

Now that is successful avoidance of a spoiler, and for quite some time.  And here I thought I was behind the times trying to get into Fallout 3. 

I loved Oblivion.  I completed every single achievement, every side quest, and explored every cave and ruin I stumbled upon.  My primary advice would be to complete the Kvatch main quest storyline where you have to close the Oblivion gate early on before you've leveled up too much.  All other quests were manageable regardless of level, but Kvatch was an unusual exception.  Most had little trouble with it, but I had leveled up so much that the enemies I encountered were borderline impossible to defeat. 

This weekend I'm hoping to give Fallout 3 one more honest try before deciding to move on.  If it grabs me, great.  If it still doesn't, then it'll be time to try something else.

That's interesting.  I had the opposite experience, I've tried to get into Oblivion three times, and every time I'm bored silly after a few hours, or frustrated with the silly combat mechanics.  But Fallout 3 is one of those rare games that sucked me right into the universe and I put 150 hours into.  Considering how similar the games are, it's strange how one is loved and the other so inaccessible.  In theory, Oblivion (esp. with all the cool mods) should be a game I'd play for a long, long time... something about the combat and the leveling system though, just pushes me right out of the world.
96  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 7/8/11 on: July 11, 2011, 03:49:42 AM

Quote from: Kagath on July 08, 2011, 07:05:02 PM

Quote from: PR_GMR on July 08, 2011, 05:30:11 PM

Quote from: Kagath on July 08, 2011, 05:25:14 PM

Uncharted 2 360 - Almost at the end I am guessing. Should finish it next play session.

Really? On the 360? When did this happen?  icon_razz
Oops. I wasn't supposed to break the news. Very hush hush. I'll have to kill you now. Sorry.

I would kill just to get Uncharted 1 & 2 on the 360.  They're the only PS3 exclusives I've considered owning a PS3 for.
97  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Off Season 2011 on: July 11, 2011, 03:37:19 AM

Quote from: pr0ner on July 11, 2011, 02:13:42 AM

Dean Lombardi speaking on the Ryan Smyth trade:

"The bottom line for me, I would have rather invested my money with Bernie Madoff than invest in Edmonton's word".

Oh well.  I don't understand these guys that want to hash it out in the media.  What's Lombardi going to prove by slamming Edmonton over and over again in the LA Times?  Is he trying to take over for Bryan Burke?  Dude, either get over it or deal with it internally.  It's been pretty much a non-story in Edmonton, I'd love to argue from the other side but Oilers management is collectively shrugging.  Maybe he's still sore that Penner would apparently rather play in Edmonton than for the Kings?

Based on this side show he's had running for three weeks now, I'm starting to buy into the theory that moving Ryan Smyth was his idea from the start and that he made up the story that Smyth asked for a trade (which Smyth denies - he's said that he said Edmonton would be his preference only IF the Kings wanted to trade him).  Seems like a GM I kind of admired is maybe a bit of a slimeball.
98  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Transformers: Dark of the Moon - Please use Spoiler tags on: July 08, 2011, 03:31:02 PM
Sorry, folks, I thought threads for movies and tv series were generally considered enter at your own risk spoiler zones.  My apologies.
99  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Transformers: Dark of the Moon! 6-29-2011! on: July 05, 2011, 09:10:06 PM

Quote from: PR_GMR on July 05, 2011, 09:02:38 PM

Quote from: Rowdy on July 05, 2011, 08:58:14 PM

Quote from: PR_GMR on July 05, 2011, 06:15:26 PM

Glad to see that there are some people who are seeing this third installment as not the greatest thing since slice bread, but yet a good time at the movies for Transformers fans. My whole point with this Bay-Transformers-Hate internet phenomena is how people are missing the middle ground. I'm on the middle ground. It's not Shakespeare, yet it's not Planet 9 From Outer Space.  nod

Spoiler for Hiden:
Despite the 2hr 40 min run time of this 3rd movie, they got the plot sound and right. There's a slow-burn narrative following the Decepticons latest play to take over the world. Very much enjoyed the scary take on Lazerbeak; a decaying, megalomaniacal Megatron; and the treacherous Sentinel Prime (and bravo to Bay for casting Leonard Nimoy on the role. Nimoy voiced Galvatron in the the '87 animated Transformers movie. It seems they did their homework). The Autobots were fine. It was good to see a kick-ass Sideswipe.. and rough to see Ironhide's death. The Wreckers were just fine. The old Autobot scientist was just cute, though don't understand why they didn't just introduce Percepter or WheelJack instead (unless he was supposed to be one of those. I didn't catch his official name). A complain I can lobby at Bay is that he forgets there's a whole canon of Autobots to choose from. There's still too much focus on Optimus Prime and Bumbleebee. Come on Bay? How about Omega Supreme, Ultra Magnus, or Hot Rod?!

The 'Battle Of Chicago' is what makes the movie, imo. It was just Bay at his purest and unabashed action filmmaker form. You even got human paragliders! How cool were they? By the time the Decepticons shit hits the fan, it hits the fan properly. Shockwave was just scary awesome; his riding, burrowing, all-consuming worm form was truly a sight to behold. Starcream's ultimate takedown at the hands of Sam was properly heroic. And the final confrontation between Optimus, Sentinel and Megatron was just all kinds of bad-assery! Yea, it was all just CGI porn and definetely not a flick for women.. but just very well done cartoonish action.

If a 4th film is made.. and that's a given considering this third one has already taken $460 mil worldwide in 6 days.. I hope they finally introduce some long-overdue characters from the Transformers canon. Please, let's finally see the fucking Dinobots! Let's finally see Galvatron, Cyclonus and Scourge? How about you take a crack at the triple-changin' Astrotrain? How about Unicron? Those characters are waiting with much potential.

Now the question is.. Will Bay and Lebouf be back for No. 4? They've both said they're done.. but money talks in Hollywood, so we'll have to wait and see.

Given how many main characters, particularly on the Decepticons, are killed in this movie, I don't see how they could make a 4th film.  Also, they've gone from minor battles in a city, to wrecking a the great pyramid, to wrecking a city.  What could Bay possibly do in number 4?  Blow up the moon?

You obviously have never seen 'Transformers: The Movie' (1987). You do know Unicron is a planet-sized Transformer, right?  icon_razz

Yes, I do know that.  However, unless you're suggesting 3 hours of Optimus hacking up a planet with his energy sword and Bumblebee dancing and shooting the ground underneath him, I'm not sure how a planet sized antagonist works for a film.  
Spoiler for Hiden:
Particularly considering any known Decepticon characters like Megatron or Starscream who could be in partnership with Unicron are now dead.
 It would be the same problem that the Fanatasic Four Silver Surfer movie had.  An antagonist the size of Unicron or Galactus doesn't work very well on film, when the good guys are earth bound and several orders of magnitude smaller.
100  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Transformers: Dark of the Moon! 6-29-2011! on: July 05, 2011, 08:58:14 PM

Quote from: PR_GMR on July 05, 2011, 06:15:26 PM

Glad to see that there are some people who are seeing this third installment as not the greatest thing since slice bread, but yet a good time at the movies for Transformers fans. My whole point with this Bay-Transformers-Hate internet phenomena is how people are missing the middle ground. I'm on the middle ground. It's not Shakespeare, yet it's not Planet 9 From Outer Space.  nod

Spoiler for Hiden:
Despite the 2hr 40 min run time of this 3rd movie, they got the plot sound and right. There's a slow-burn narrative following the Decepticons latest play to take over the world. Very much enjoyed the scary take on Lazerbeak; a decaying, megalomaniacal Megatron; and the treacherous Sentinel Prime (and bravo to Bay for casting Leonard Nimoy on the role. Nimoy voiced Galvatron in the the '87 animated Transformers movie. It seems they did their homework). The Autobots were fine. It was good to see a kick-ass Sideswipe.. and rough to see Ironhide's death. The Wreckers were just fine. The old Autobot scientist was just cute, though don't understand why they didn't just introduce Percepter or WheelJack instead (unless he was supposed to be one of those. I didn't catch his official name). A complain I can lobby at Bay is that he forgets there's a whole canon of Autobots to choose from. There's still too much focus on Optimus Prime and Bumbleebee. Come on Bay? How about Omega Supreme, Ultra Magnus, or Hot Rod?!

The 'Battle Of Chicago' is what makes the movie, imo. It was just Bay at his purest and unabashed action filmmaker form. You even got human paragliders! How cool were they? By the time the Decepticons shit hits the fan, it hits the fan properly. Shockwave was just scary awesome; his riding, burrowing, all-consuming worm form was truly a sight to behold. Starcream's ultimate takedown at the hands of Sam was properly heroic. And the final confrontation between Optimus, Sentinel and Megatron was just all kinds of bad-assery! Yea, it was all just CGI porn and definetely not a flick for women.. but just very well done cartoonish action.

If a 4th film is made.. and that's a given considering this third one has already taken $460 mil worldwide in 6 days.. I hope they finally introduce some long-overdue characters from the Transformers canon. Please, let's finally see the fucking Dinobots! Let's finally see Galvatron, Cyclonus and Scourge? How about you take a crack at the triple-changin' Astrotrain? How about Unicron? Those characters are waiting with much potential.

Now the question is.. Will Bay and Lebouf be back for No. 4? They've both said they're done.. but money talks in Hollywood, so we'll have to wait and see.

Given how many main characters, particularly on the Decepticons, are killed in this movie, I don't see how they could make a 4th film.  Also, they've gone from minor battles in a city, to wrecking a the great pyramid, to wrecking a city.  What could Bay possibly do in number 4?  Blow up the moon?
101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cars 2: It stinks! on: June 30, 2011, 08:38:17 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on June 30, 2011, 05:27:01 AM

Quote from: Rowdy on June 30, 2011, 04:09:52 AM

Biggest problem with Cars 2 is that Pixar took a franchise that appeals to 4 - 10 year olds and added cars with guns, cars with missile launchers, cars with tasers, beloved character cars with bombs strapped to them.  Explosions!  It's like Michael Bay consulted on the movie.  Cars are frequently given orders to kill other cars.  A car is 'tortured' prior to being 'killed'.  It's completely jarring, and so completely, totally off tune from the first Cars movie.  WTF, Pixar?  My family and I love your movies because they're child-like and innocent.  Who's idea was it to think James Bond was a really a good fit with the Cars universe?  

The first comments from my 7 and 9 year olds mouths were "that was weird".  My 7 year old wanted to know why they put guns on Tow-Mater, when he's a tow truck, he's supposed to help people.  My 9 year old was frustrated that they kept cutting away from the race scenes, that he was interested in, to focus on spies and secret agents and 'action' scenes.  

I've watched Cars and listened to Cars playing on the DVD player in the van about a thousand times, and I still sometimes get misty when Lightning stops, loses the race, and goes back to get the King.  It's a movie with a moral center and a good message.  It may be simplistic in many ways, but it's got emotions, some genuine laughs, and a heart.  I think I laughed once in Cars 2, and at no point was I in any remote way moved by anything going on on-screen.  Cars 2 is the first Pixar movie that just seems to be about money, and the first Pixar movie I won't be buying on DVD.

Now, see, everything you describe is what made Cars 2 look interesting to me (on paper, anyway).  I thought the world of spies was a great way to avoid a story rehash and add some excitement to an otherwise drab scenario.  To me it seemed a perfect fit.  I didn't find the racing stuff interesting at all in the first movie.  It was only when they started really getting into the meat of the death of old time Americana that it started getting interesting, IMO.

I'm not saying I wanted a Micheal Bay dumbed down experience, but a Pixar movie with that level of excitement could be really great.

That's fine - but are you the target demographic, little boys (and girls) who are excited by animated race cars?

Could Pixar do a great spy movie?  Probably.  But why take a franchise about 'cute' race cars aimed at little kids (Cars skews youngest of all the Pixar movies, in my opinion) and try to shoe horn it in there?  If you want to make a spy movie, then do - just don't call it Cars 2 and then make it not about racing or Americana at all.  I don't hate James Bond - I just think it was a bizarre combination, and considering their audience for this film, a very poor decision.  I can't tell you how many two and three year olds we saw in that theatre with us.  I'm sure they had no idea what was going on.

102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cars 2: It stinks! on: June 30, 2011, 04:09:52 AM
Biggest problem with Cars 2 is that Pixar took a franchise that appeals to 4 - 10 year olds and added cars with guns, cars with missile launchers, cars with tasers, beloved character cars with bombs strapped to them.  Explosions!  It's like Michael Bay consulted on the movie.  Cars are frequently given orders to kill other cars.  A car is 'tortured' prior to being 'killed'.  It's completely jarring, and so completely, totally off tune from the first Cars movie.  WTF, Pixar?  My family and I love your movies because they're child-like and innocent.  Who's idea was it to think James Bond was a really a good fit with the Cars universe? 

The first comments from my 7 and 9 year olds mouths were "that was weird".  My 7 year old wanted to know why they put guns on Tow-Mater, when he's a tow truck, he's supposed to help people.  My 9 year old was frustrated that they kept cutting away from the race scenes, that he was interested in, to focus on spies and secret agents and 'action' scenes. 

I've watched Cars and listened to Cars playing on the DVD player in the van about a thousand times, and I still sometimes get misty when Lightning stops, loses the race, and goes back to get the King.  It's a movie with a moral center and a good message.  It may be simplistic in many ways, but it's got emotions, some genuine laughs, and a heart.  I think I laughed once in Cars 2, and at no point was I in any remote way moved by anything going on on-screen.  Cars 2 is the first Pixar movie that just seems to be about money, and the first Pixar movie I won't be buying on DVD.
103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: NHL Off Season 2011 on: June 30, 2011, 03:46:07 AM

Quote from: JayDee on June 29, 2011, 01:34:14 AM

With regards to the elite forwards vs. elite D debate, ask the Capitals how their score-first, defend later approach to building a team has worked for them.

Fair enough, but ask the 80's Oilers how it worked out while you're at it.  Goalie is definitely a factor, as is the league, I suppose.  I'm not suggesting you can win without good D - just saying I don't think you can't go wrong picking goal scorers.  Worst comes to worst it's relatively easy to move a point getter for a stay at home D-man.
104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Off Season 2011 on: June 28, 2011, 09:44:09 PM

Quote from: ScubaV on June 28, 2011, 03:56:02 AM

Quote from: Rowdy on June 26, 2011, 02:32:54 AM

Quote from: kronovan on June 25, 2011, 11:17:05 PM

Everyone thinks Flyers managment is on crack - I think Oilers Management is on crack. They have one of the worst defences in the league and the take Nugent-Hopkins over Larsson. Good for Lou and the Devils managment to have the sense of Larsson's worth and recognize their need to strengthen their D core. How much you want to bet the Oilers suck again next year with one of the worst GAA's. Not that Nugent-Hopkins isn't a potentially great NHL center, but IMO the Oilers 1st and foremost need to help their goalie.

I would have been just as happy with taking Larsson, but the logic goes that good D-men are much easier to acquire than goal scorers, in this era of low scoring games and incredible goalies.  A team can't really go wrong loading up on offensive pieces.  Also, the Oilers have several highly regarded D prospects in the pipeline already.  Regarding last year, we had multiple injuries on D - Whitney and Smid were both out for significant periods of time, which also had impact on players like Gilbert who is much better with Whitney, for some reason.  I agree Larsson could have stepped in and made an impact immediately, but you can never go wrong taking the best player in the draft.  Considering Larrson went fourth, at least two other teams thought he wasn't the top player this year.

I'm not sure I agree.  Maybe decent D are easier to find than decent forwards, but I'd argue that at the very good to elite level defensemen are much harder to come by.

Elite level D are pretty scarce, but you can win with solid D.  If I can only have one of an elite D-man or an elite scorer, I'll take the 50 goal scorer every time.
105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Off Season 2011 on: June 27, 2011, 02:55:47 PM

Quote from: gellar on June 26, 2011, 04:36:08 PM

Quote from: JayDee on June 25, 2011, 04:12:53 PM

Quote from: Rowdy on June 25, 2011, 04:02:53 AM

Welcome home, Smytty!

RNH and Ryan Smyth coming home... it's a good day to be an Oilers fan.

Not so fast. Deal appears to have fallen through due to Brule's health.

Trade finally goes through.

Sequence of events, best as I can gather:
1. Smyth informs LA he would prefer a trade back home due to family reasons.
2. LA calls EDM and says 'hey, give us some draft pick for Smyth.'
3. EDM says OK... and here's Sheldon Souray!
4. LA says 'LOLNO.'
5. LA calls CGY and says 'hey, give us some draft pick for Smyth.'
6. CGY for some inexplicable reason is interested.
7. CGY re-signs Tanguey, can no longer afford Smyth under the cap. This makes a lot more sense, which is confusing since Calgary rarely does anything that makes a lick of sense.
8. LA calls EDM and says 'Ok seriously, a draft pick and some rube under contract we can buy out so we can replace Smyth with BRAD RICHARDS or Gagne or fucking somebody.'
9. EDM says 'Gilbert Brule! (who was once favored over Kopitar, seriously.)
10.  LA says 'That'll work, certify his health and we're all good.'
11.  EDM says 'Certification?  WHO NEEDS CERTIFICATION?  Trust us!'
12.  LA again says 'LOLNO.  Can't buy out if he's not certified.  We learned from the Rags and Chris Drury!'
13.  EDM proceeds to do fuck all for a day or so for some reason.
14.  EDM says 'Fuck, fine... Colin Fraser and a 7th?'
15.  LA says 'FINALLY, DICKHOLES.'

Deal done.

lol - that was probably the way it went.  If they just wanted to buy someone out anyway, why not Souray?  Jerks.  slywink
106  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Off Season 2011 on: June 26, 2011, 02:32:54 AM

Quote from: kronovan on June 25, 2011, 11:17:05 PM

Everyone thinks Flyers managment is on crack - I think Oilers Management is on crack. They have one of the worst defences in the league and the take Nugent-Hopkins over Larsson. Good for Lou and the Devils managment to have the sense of Larsson's worth and recognize their need to strengthen their D core. How much you want to bet the Oilers suck again next year with one of the worst GAA's. Not that Nugent-Hopkins isn't a potentially great NHL center, but IMO the Oilers 1st and foremost need to help their goalie.

I would have been just as happy with taking Larsson, but the logic goes that good D-men are much easier to acquire than goal scorers, in this era of low scoring games and incredible goalies.  A team can't really go wrong loading up on offensive pieces.  Also, the Oilers have several highly regarded D prospects in the pipeline already.  Regarding last year, we had multiple injuries on D - Whitney and Smid were both out for significant periods of time, which also had impact on players like Gilbert who is much better with Whitney, for some reason.  I agree Larsson could have stepped in and made an impact immediately, but you can never go wrong taking the best player in the draft.  Considering Larrson went fourth, at least two other teams thought he wasn't the top player this year.
107  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Off Season 2011 on: June 25, 2011, 04:02:53 AM
Welcome home, Smytty!

RNH and Ryan Smyth coming home... it's a good day to be an Oilers fan.
108  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Off Season 2011 on: June 25, 2011, 04:01:44 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on June 25, 2011, 01:46:04 AM

Sharks acquire 6-foot-5 defenseman Brent Burns & 2012 2nd Round Pick from Minnesota for Devin Setoguchi, Charlie Coyle & 2011 1st Round Pick.

That's a head scratcher.  That's a huge overpayment for Burns - he's a good dman, but not worth a 2nd line player, a good prospect AND a 1st rounder.  Not even close.  Burns for Setoguchi might have been fair.
109  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Off Season 2011 on: June 24, 2011, 08:44:13 PM

Quote from: gellar on June 23, 2011, 09:02:50 PM

HUGE day of trades.

Obviously the one I care about the most - Kings send Wayne Simmonds, Prospect Jesus (Brayden Schenn), and a 2nd round pick to Philadelphia for Mike FUCKING RICHARDS.  I AM SO HAPPY.

In Philly's other trade of the day, they send Jeff Carter to the Blue Jackets for Jakub Voracek, plus first and third round draft picks.  Nash gets a real (near) elite center.  I can't wait to watch that line play.

Philly just signed Bryzgolov to a 9 year deal worth $5.6M annually.

Current rumors surrounding Calgary - They've asked Regehr to waive his no-trade to go to Buffalo.  They are also interested in Ryan Smyth of the Kings.

Edmonton is interested in reacquiring Smyth, which would make sense.  LA may be wanting to dump Smyth's cap hit to make a run and Brad Richards, though I'd consider that a long shot.

In any case, TODAY IS A GOOD DAY.

Awesome for LA, whoever's in charge in Philly is on crack.  I heard the GM seemed less than happy when announcing the trades, maybe this is an owner meddling (an owner who I hear was very very hot for Bryzgolov, too).  Trading Mike Richards for prospects that will hopefully turn into Mike Richards =  retard
110  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Off Season 2011 on: June 24, 2011, 08:41:59 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on June 24, 2011, 03:16:35 AM

The Flames asked Robyn Regehr to waive his no-movement clause so they can trade him to Buffalo.

Also, the Kings are talking to the Flames as well about Ryan Smyth because the Oilers are dragging their feet.

However, Smyth's $6.25 million cap hit for 2011-2012 is lunacy.

I'd hate to see Smyth in red, and I can see some value in his coming back to the Oilers as a mentor (even not liking his cap hit) but why the Flames would consider going after him is beyond me.  Latest I heard is that Smyth has refused to waive his NT clause to go to Calgary though.   Tongue  I'd like to see the Oilers pick him up, even if it wouldn't be the best financial move.  Throw the fans a bone, Tambellini, maybe he'll teach the kids about grit.
111  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2010-2011 Stanley Cup Playoff Thread on: June 17, 2011, 03:14:15 AM

Quote from: kronovan on June 16, 2011, 03:41:47 AM

Quote from: Rowdy on June 16, 2011, 03:35:02 AM

Quote from: kronovan on June 16, 2011, 02:55:21 AM

OK, barely being able to hear what Bettman was saying because the fans booed him so loudly was priceless.   icon_twisted

God  I can't wait until Lucic hoists the cup.

Ya, what the hell was up with that?  That was a whole new level of Bettman hate.  Seemed a little inappropriate.

You obviously don't know the history of the Canucks and Bettman - nothing inappropriate about it at all. And shame on Oilers fans if they wouldn't do the same thing; Winnipeg could already have it's 1st NHL season under it's belt if it wasn't for the monumental ego of that weasel.

Shame on fans for shutting up and letting the man talk while he's trying to present the Con Smythe and the Stanley Cup, instead of booing so loud he can't do his job and get out of the way?  I noticed plenty of beer cups and other debris being thrown at him too - classy.  It was embarrassing to watch, regardless of who it was they were jeering.
112  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2010-2011 Stanley Cup Playoff Thread on: June 16, 2011, 03:35:02 AM

Quote from: kronovan on June 16, 2011, 02:55:21 AM

OK, barely being able to hear what Bettman was saying because the fans booed him so loudly was priceless.   icon_twisted

God  I can't wait until Lucic hoists the cup.

Ya, what the hell was up with that?  That was a whole new level of Bettman hate.  Seemed a little inappropriate.
113  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2010-2011 Stanley Cup Playoff Thread on: June 16, 2011, 03:34:02 AM

Quote from: pr0ner on June 16, 2011, 12:30:25 AM

Quote from: Canuck on June 16, 2011, 12:19:45 AM

I love the way the Canuck crowd belts out the national anthem! I've never seen another crowd do it like that.

I guess you missed the Portland Timbers' home opener this season.

And the Oilers 06 playoff run, where our anthem singer simply stopped trying to compete with the crowd and just held up the mic for the crowd to sing at all the home games about half way through the playoffs.  One of the best moments I've ever been a part of.
114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: US to Canada move, maybe? on: June 10, 2011, 09:59:34 PM

Quote from: TheEgoWhip on June 09, 2011, 09:17:45 PM

Quote from: Rowdy on June 09, 2011, 07:40:11 PM

Quote from: TheEgoWhip on June 08, 2011, 11:47:04 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on June 08, 2011, 09:29:22 PM

Sorry, Zeke, no advice here, although we do have plenty of bus drivers. What we do need is plenty of doctors though. Maybe you can go to med school? slywink

Is this shortage a result of state healthcare system?

I'd say it's more a result of the private healthcare system to the south of us.  All our best doctors would rather open private practices in the US and get paid truckloads for a smaller workload than work in the Canadian healthcare system and get paid the set wage that the healthcare budget allows for.  That's a very simplistic view of it, of course, but basically what it boils down to.

I'd think that over time that would degrade the overall quality of care available.  With the option to go south to make more money that would drain not only the number of doctors but the overall quality of them over a long enough time.

It does over time, yes.  Same issue with nurses and paramedics in many cases, although it's not a consistent curve - some doctors would rather practice where they're needed most instead of just following the money.

To the question about insurance, some provinces charge a monthly premium which is similar to an insurance premium which covers all the services available under the provinces health plan.  So instead of 'free' health care, you pay x dollars per month and then can use any of the services you need.  There are supplemental insurance policies as well for dental, drug, etc. if you don't have employer provided benefits.
115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: November releases on: June 09, 2011, 10:39:37 PM
Batman, take about a month, trade it in and pickup Skyrim.  Will pick up Battlefield sometime later on the cheap.
116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: US to Canada move, maybe? on: June 09, 2011, 07:40:11 PM

Quote from: TheEgoWhip on June 08, 2011, 11:47:04 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on June 08, 2011, 09:29:22 PM

Sorry, Zeke, no advice here, although we do have plenty of bus drivers. What we do need is plenty of doctors though. Maybe you can go to med school? slywink

Is this shortage a result of state healthcare system?

I'd say it's more a result of the private healthcare system to the south of us.  All our best doctors would rather open private practices in the US and get paid truckloads for a smaller workload than work in the Canadian healthcare system and get paid the set wage that the healthcare budget allows for.  That's a very simplistic view of it, of course, but basically what it boils down to.
117  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: US to Canada move, maybe? on: June 06, 2011, 09:03:56 PM
I think Canadian politics would make you crazy.  Most of the country is far more liberal and 'politically correct' than the US.  And yes, while we have some of the best countryside in the world for fishing, hunting and that sort of thing, it comes with 7 months of cold winter, so if you're used to the southern climate you might not like it.
118  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Well, crap. Big Bang Theory eps? on: May 24, 2011, 03:07:47 PM
Respectfully, what's wrong with torrenting an episode of a TV show?  saywhat  I understand not pirating a movie or a game, but TV that you pay for and just happened to miss?  Recording it on the PVR is ok, but downloading someone elses copy that they recorded on a PVR is bad?  That's new to me...
119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: May 20, 2011, 05:11:13 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 19, 2011, 08:52:30 AM


This was incredible.  Wow.
120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck Season 4 discussion (spoilers!!!) on: May 17, 2011, 04:48:02 AM
Morgan?  Really?  I thought the name of the show was Chuck?  Decent ep, if a little rushed... but I miss the good old days of Sarah in her Shnitzel house outfit jumping up on the counter to scare off Lester.  Should be an interesting final season, though.  Chuck as a billionaire should be good for some laughs.
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