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1081  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Looking for a new fantasy novel/series on: August 25, 2009, 04:54:44 PM
What about Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge? That one always gets thrown about in these types of threads. Reading it now and it's pretty good.

For what it's worth, I didn't like Ender's Game either. Didn't like the theme of the book, ie kids fighting wars. It rubbed me the wrong way.
1082  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Your Search is Over: The Best BBQ Sauce In the Universe Has Been Found on: August 25, 2009, 04:27:47 AM
It's actually pretty spicy, enough to give any food a kick anyway. They rate it at medium:

http://www.presidentschoice.ca/FoodAndRecipes/GreatFood/ProductDetails.aspx/id/18652/name/PCSmokinHabaneroBarbecueSauce/catid/178
1083  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Your Search is Over: The Best BBQ Sauce In the Universe Has Been Found on: August 25, 2009, 01:16:50 AM
You all fail.

This is the holy grail:

President's Choice Smokin' Habenero /w Tequila


Ingredients
Glucose/fructose, sugar, water, tomato paste, white vinegar, salt, seasonings (contain habanero powder), poblano pepper purée, mustard flour, onion and garlic powder, caramel colour, concentrated lime juice, tequila, soya sauce (water, wheat, soybeans, salt, sodium benoate), citric acid, natural flavours.


So so good. We use it on everything. Comes in a 2 Litre bottle.
1084  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 10 Greatest Cars on TV on: August 09, 2009, 06:09:55 PM
Why isn't the Delorean in the original list? It's not there in place of that hunk of junk from the 70's show??
1085  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Buld your own Companion Cube on: August 07, 2009, 10:42:22 PM
I thought I was going to see someone build their own Borg cube... I'm disappointed. Tongue
1086  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I hate cable monopolies..and a fee Dell mini 10 netbook on: August 07, 2009, 06:14:48 PM
Yeah, tell me about it. Where I live, we only have one cable company.
1087  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: So, what do you think the big MMO of the fall will be? on: August 06, 2009, 11:52:05 PM
You can also kill an opposing faction's NPCs while on the other side, which is fun. I think the amount of points you get for killing it depends on how important the NPC is. It's fun to know that NPCs aren't invulnerable.
1088  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Paula Abdul leaves American Idol on: August 06, 2009, 10:05:38 PM
They need another female singer to take her place. I vote for Mariah Carey.
1089  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bryan Singer doing 2012 mini-series for Sci Fi on: August 06, 2009, 09:48:40 PM

Quote from: Laner on August 06, 2009, 11:18:59 AM

Quote from: metallicorphan on August 06, 2009, 06:28:34 AM

EDIT:BTW..why is it 'SyFy'..is this a new way of spelling Sci-Fi..shorter way perhaps,or is it a name of a company(not meaning the Sci-Fi channel)

You can't copyright the term "Sci-Fi"

Right, so then they buy the SyFy name from a site that's been using it for years and pretend they're came up with an original name, without giving credit where it's due.
1090  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [ABC] Defying Gravity on: August 06, 2009, 02:31:16 AM

Quote from: Scuzz on August 04, 2009, 11:18:47 PM

but I want an interesting sci-fi exploring space show that doesn't have the crew fucking each other and worrying about abortions.

give me some intersting people, an intersting ship and interesting problems each week

i don't need phaser cannons and aliens with human bodies except for one "different" feature

why can't I have this, why

Yeah, an extended version of Race to Mars comes to mind. That mini-series was great. Was pretty much what I envisioned Mars by Ben Bova to look like visually. Too bad a whole series couldn't be done this way.
1091  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [ABC] Defying Gravity on: August 03, 2009, 08:02:11 PM

Quote from: DoomyDoom on August 03, 2009, 06:56:11 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on August 03, 2009, 06:29:58 PM

At least they didn't throw science out the window

Did you watch the climax near the end where that chick got sucked out?

I assume near the end of the first half, because she got pulled back in by the end of the second.
1092  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [ABC] Defying Gravity on: August 03, 2009, 06:29:58 PM
Yeah, this was pretty bad. It felt pretty stale, and there was no chemistry between any of the characters. At least they didn't throw science out the window. But other than that, it was pretty bland.
1093  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: has this Remake been mentioned yet?..Total Recall on: July 31, 2009, 09:51:53 PM
Damn, why can't Hollywood make anything original anymore? I mean, there are tons of awesome novels to make movies out of these days. I haven't even seen Total Recall yet. They can't remake it.

I want to see Snow Crash made into a movie. I want to see Jennifer Government made into a movie. There was an old Ben Bova novel that I read once that seemed like it would make a good movie. It was about a society that used a holodeck-like box to solve any disputes by fighting in them to relieve stress, claiming it was safe until someone dies from it.
1094  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: July 31, 2009, 09:32:35 PM
Crap, I PMed them to you instead of emailing them. Is that Ok? I didn't keep a copy of the PM so that I could email you them.
1095  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Perhaps warm weather isn't ALWAYS better than cold weather... on: July 28, 2009, 11:48:01 PM
Been raining a lot here lately. Too much rain. Got a few terrential downpours within the last few days.

The result?

http://www.northernlife.ca/news/localNews/2009/jul/flooding260709.aspx
1096  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Madonna-new pics of freaky arms on: July 28, 2009, 07:36:37 PM
She looks like she's got anorexia or something. Doesn't look normal in any case.
1097  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Katy Perry - Best Rack in Show Business? (NSFW) on: July 27, 2009, 06:06:38 PM
Anyone notice how she resembles Zooey Deschanel?  It's the eyes. Very hypnotic eyes.
1098  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Stargate Universe Casting plus teaser on: July 25, 2009, 12:49:17 AM
Anyone notice Richard Dean Anderson in the first scene?
1099  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sam Raimi to direct Warcraft movie? on: July 22, 2009, 10:15:49 PM
I believe they could be doing worse. This is actually a pretty big coup, and maybe it means the movie won't suck like many video game movies. What other video game movies have had big name directors attached to them? Uwe Boll doesn't count.
1100  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: (TV) The Colony - Post Apoc. Survival on: July 22, 2009, 10:13:37 PM
Not sure when we'll get it in Canada, but it sounds similar to Pioneer Quest where the people had to live for a year like Pioneers did and encounter the same harsh conditions.
1101  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: So, what do you think the big MMO of the fall will be? on: July 22, 2009, 10:05:17 PM
My guess would be that people check out Aion for the awesome graphics and then quickly go back to WoW or whatever else MMO they're playing when the graphics lose their effect on people.
1102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The New Doctor Who and his companion on: July 21, 2009, 07:09:00 PM
I like the suit, which looks like a throwback to the 70's, but I wish they'd change the actor. I thought that Steve Coogan would make a good Doctor.
1103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Apple tells M$ to stop with the ads? on: July 19, 2009, 07:42:23 PM

Quote from: gellar on July 18, 2009, 09:47:37 PM

Quote from: iloveplywood on July 18, 2009, 09:41:46 PM

Quote from: mytocles on July 17, 2009, 08:33:47 PM

I'm afraid that I'm somewhat limited by my own knowledge-base and abilities to "learn new tricks" - but, wtf? There is no "backspace" key on an Apple laptop? Was it that important for them to separate themselves from MS, that one of the most common keystrokes was left in the dust?   eek

Is this still true?  I remember being in shock when trying to use my wife's IMac and not seeing a backspace key, what a pain in the rear.  Has the Mac finally discovered right-clicking?


As far as right clicking goes, on a Macbook, there is a very elegant multitouch system that acts as a right click.  I much prefer this to traditional PC trackpads - it's fantastic.  Similar to the keyboard, if you plug in any mouse, right click works as expected.

One of the things I was amazed when I first got a MacBook was the multitouch trackpad. Man, those things are slick. One finger moves the pointer, two finger scrolls a page. It became second nature to me and I find it really natural.
1104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What Band would you like to see get back together? on: July 19, 2009, 06:53:26 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on July 17, 2009, 04:45:14 PM

I could use some more Crash Test Dummies.

Never broke up. They still tour. They mostly do the festival circuits these days, and sometimes Brad Roberts goes solo. In fact, there's a new Crash Test Dummies album being worked on now.
1105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jake G. as Prince of Persia on: July 19, 2009, 06:30:07 PM
That just looks epicly bad.
1106  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So - Lunar landing gone from NAsa on: July 17, 2009, 05:35:48 PM
Here's a neat site that recreates the whole mission in realtime:

http://www.wechoosethemoon.org/
1107  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Book -> Movie] The Time Traveler's Wife on: July 17, 2009, 02:47:41 AM
Yeah, the book is awesome. I'm a little apprehensive about the movie though. I worry that they'll spend too much time focusing on the romance and not enough on the sci-fi part which is equally important.
1108  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion, anyone heard of this MMO? on: July 16, 2009, 02:40:36 AM
I can tell you that, having used Stigma stones, they can unlock new skills. Considering their drop rate is rare, you have more of a chance of picking something up that someone doesn't have. And you can slot up to 4 of them, so I expect things to get pretty interesting with the variety out there.
1109  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: hey Ron, we got a job for you! (new TMNT movie) on: July 14, 2009, 06:30:02 PM

Quote from: Destructor on July 14, 2009, 02:17:36 PM

They're making a new movie after the utter bomb of the 3rd one?

Fucking Hollywood. Crushing my memories once again.

They already did. It was a CGI movie.
1110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Daggerfall now released for free on: July 14, 2009, 01:23:28 AM
Maybe I'm missing something, but I can't figure out how to swing my weapon at the first rat in the tutorial. Using the left mouse button just says "You see a rat", and the right mouse button doesn't do anything. I even reconfigured the swing key to Z and that won't work either. What am I doing wrong? I died in the tutorial. This is embarrassing.

Nevermind. Hold right mouse button and move the mouse in the direction you want to swing.
1111  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion, anyone heard of this MMO? on: July 13, 2009, 06:03:21 AM
Yep, unless things have changed, they were on track with September a few months ago when I was testing it.
1112  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What books need a movie on: July 13, 2009, 03:34:08 AM

Quote from: PeteRock on July 13, 2009, 03:30:28 AM

Quote from: Crux on July 12, 2009, 06:25:03 PM

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six with the right director.

Holy shit I forgot about this.  What a fantastic book.  And I loved the ending.   icon_twisted  Great call on Rainbow Six. 

Apparently there is a planned 2010 movie release.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0414429/
1113  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What books need a movie on: July 13, 2009, 03:15:01 AM
You're right. I meant Mercury, my bad. That book sucked hard.

The best part I liked about Venus was the journey.
1114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What books need a movie on: July 12, 2009, 07:49:35 PM

Quote from: Mithridates on July 12, 2009, 07:26:44 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on July 12, 2009, 07:18:48 PM

Unfortunately, Ben Bova has written a lot of crap lately. His Venus and Mercury books have been more comic-book or fantasy-like with his own universe's agenda instead of the greatness that was Mars, which really disappointed me because I knew he was capable of better than that.

I'll disagree.  Out of all the "planet-titled" books that Bova wrote, I found Mars and Return to Mars the least interesting. I really enjoyed Venus and the Asteroid Wars books in particular.

Really? I guess it's all down to taste then, but I found his later books were terrible, almost as if he was grasping at straws and was more interested in creating his universe and forgot the science. Venus, I found was particularly insulting as first and foremost the story wasn't even about Venus, but his Skytower or whatever it's called as the primary focus of the book. Venus was pretty much relegated to being mentioned here and there. It was like false advertising. I wasn't reading about Venus, I was reading about a skytower project which so happened to have Venus mentioned. Let me put it this way. It's part of his planetary tour books, and I expected to have it set on Venus, where Venus was a primary focus of the story, but it was far from that. That particularly pissed me off.


In Mercury, there was a villain, and right there, is when I felt things were different.

With Mars on the other hand, he stuck to realism and a realm of believability, instead of going off fantasy style with his own agenda, and that's where I was impressed. The landscape itself was the villain. It was more about survival on a foreign planet.  That's the Ben Bova I expected in his later stories, but never got. Somewhere down the line, he switched from hard sci-fi to fantasy sci-fi and started getting all fantastical.
1115  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Which Superman II is Cannon? on: July 12, 2009, 07:30:07 PM
It's hard to say. I really liked some of the Donner cuts, but overall, it left me wanting. There were some of his cuts that I thought should of been in the original. Like the part where Clark goes back and gets his powers back. I like the way that was explained, as in the original it just kind of came out of the blue with no explanation.
1116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What books need a movie on: July 12, 2009, 07:18:48 PM
I agree about Mars by Ben Bova. That would make a great movie. I've read many Books set on Mars and I still think he had the most realistic portrayal of what it would be like, no offense to Kim Stanley Robinson. The closest we came to that was the Discovery Channel miniseries, Race to Mars.

Unfortunately, Ben Bova has written a lot of crap lately. His Venus and Mercury books have been more comic-book or fantasy-like with his own universe's agenda instead of the greatness that was Mars, which really disappointed me because I knew he was capable of better than that.

Another great book I think would make a great movie is Darwin's Radio by Greg Bear. Loved the story.

The Last House in the Galaxy by Andy Secombe would make a really cool movie. I LOVED that book. Think Douglas Adams with a modern day setting England, where an Alliance of a multitude of aliens end up on Earth and use a rich couple's estate as a refuge to plan their attack against their enemy.
1117  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What Band would you like to see get back together? on: July 12, 2009, 06:54:26 AM

Quote from: Booner on July 12, 2009, 05:11:49 AM

Off the top of my head.......Soundgarden would be someone I'd like to see do something new.


I was just thinking of that. An interview I saw recently had Chris Cornell saying he didn't think it would be a possibility, however.
1118  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best TV Theme Song on: July 10, 2009, 09:15:02 PM
Dukes of Hazzard?
1119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Awesome App Megathread on: July 03, 2009, 05:56:09 PM
One of my favourite apps of all time is one called Mailwasher. It acts as a sort of in-between that you run before your mail client. It logs into the mail server and fetches the headers and you can see exactly what you have in waiting for you in your account. Then you can mark specific mails such as spam and viruses (which are easily marked), hit the process button deleting all the crap that you've told it to delete, leaving only the good stuff to be picked up by your mail client. This has saved me loads of pain, particularly for my Dad's computer which otherwise would be a minefield of spyware and viruses. Ever since I started using it, I then trained my parents to use it, which cut down dramatically on the crap.

The free version is limited to one account, but there's a Pro version with additional accounts among other features.

www.mailwasher.net
1120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Asteroids on: July 03, 2009, 05:35:06 AM

Quote from: kronovan on July 02, 2009, 08:00:46 PM

Quote from: Hiccup on July 02, 2009, 04:49:02 PM

I thought Armageddon was based off Asteroids.

Heh...both Armageddon and Deep Impact. smile

I thought Deep Impact had the better story while Armageddon was the one to get more attention.
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