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1081  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.
1082  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.
1083  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.
1084  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.
1085  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.
1086  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best TV Theme Song on: July 10, 2009, 09:15:02 PM
Dukes of Hazzard?
1087  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
1088  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.
1089  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Perhaps warm weather isn't ALWAYS better than cold weather... on: July 01, 2009, 06:55:05 PM
Try weathering (ha!) -30C (-22F) and come back and say cold is better. Yeah, didn't think so Tongue
1090  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: MP3 Player Recommendation on: July 01, 2009, 06:34:05 PM
My parents both got Sandisk Sansa Fuzes for Christmas. They look and feel like iPods.
1091  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fuel on: June 30, 2009, 10:01:42 PM
I wish Codemasters would team up with Invictus again and make an 1nsane sequel. I freaking loved that game and to me, there's no off-road game that came close. It introduced some fun capture-the-flag mode never before seen in a racing game.

I would check out Project Torque. It's made by Invictus. It's a free to play racing MMO that includes many different kinds of modes, including arcade, sim,  ctf, free roaming, drag racing, etc and has some pretty good damage modeling. Includes a mix of made up and licensed vehicles. I discovered it recently and been having a blast with it.

http://project-torque.aeriagames.com/
1092  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Billy Mays dead on: June 30, 2009, 09:13:27 PM
This is a funny video of him going through a McDonald's Drive-through.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtYdDK1uTDI
1093  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Billy Mays dead on: June 29, 2009, 06:22:54 PM

Quote from: GatorFavre on June 29, 2009, 05:33:22 AM

I honestly didn't care about Billy Mays, in fact, I hate him.  That is until I watched Pitchmen.  He seemed like such a great guy on that show and you couldn't help but love it when he was on the screen.  He's loud and larger than life but so much fun to watch.  I feel bad for Sully frown  I wonder if Pitchmen will go on without him?  It's one of the few new shows that's found it's way onto my DVR.

Maybe they'll replace him with Vince, aka the Shamwow pitchman.
1094  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Megan Fox is HOT thread...lots of big pics NSFW on: June 29, 2009, 06:17:54 PM
You forgot Kate Winslet.
1095  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Billy Mays dead on: June 28, 2009, 06:41:39 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on June 28, 2009, 05:12:27 PM

Wow, he was on Conan last week promoting his new show.
He, like MJ, was 50. So odd!

Conan gave him a hard time, and I was glad for it, as I'm not a big fan of his. But he was good at his job.

His segment on Conan was hilarious. Actually gave me some respect for him.
1096  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Megan Fox is HOT thread...lots of big pics NSFW on: June 27, 2009, 09:03:22 PM
Now we're cookin'! Damn, those eyes drill right into me  icon_lol
1097  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Megan Fox is HOT thread...lots of big pics NSFW on: June 27, 2009, 07:36:43 PM
She may be hot, but I dunno, I think she's of little substance.
1098  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion, anyone heard of this MMO? on: June 27, 2009, 07:10:04 AM

Quote from: Razgon on June 25, 2009, 06:42:42 AM

Quote from: Rumpy on June 25, 2009, 05:49:14 AM

Hehe, she's in a Star Trek RPG group that I'm in.

 eek so, the Geek really DO inherit the earth!

You bet. Check out her profile: http://www.aiononline.com/us/community/development_team/meet_liv.html
1099  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion, anyone heard of this MMO? on: June 25, 2009, 05:49:14 AM
Hehe, she's in a Star Trek RPG group that I'm in.
1100  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I need some new music on: June 24, 2009, 09:08:08 AM
Just remembered another band after coming across them that would be along the lines of what you're looking for.

The Mudmen:

http://www.mudmen.ca/

Check out their songs on Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/themudmen
1101  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion, anyone heard of this MMO? on: June 23, 2009, 09:28:31 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on June 20, 2009, 01:18:15 PM

Podcast number 1

WOW Lani Blazier is such a hottie. Not seen her before. I think she is the hottest babe in a gaming company. Hmm need to make an award for that.

Yeah, she is. And I know her, which is how I got into the closed beta smile
1102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Doctor Who Special on: June 23, 2009, 09:16:48 PM

Quote from: DragonFyre on June 23, 2009, 08:49:29 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on June 23, 2009, 06:56:07 PM


...

Alex Trebek?

lol that was my thought too when I saw that. I'll take Doctor Who? for 500, Alex.

As for if it's true or not. Well, I'd agree otherwise, but this reads more like a press release rather than assumptions.
1103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Doctor Who Special on: June 23, 2009, 05:51:07 PM
Holy freaking crap. This is even better than the rumours that were floating around. This is a doozy.

I came in late with the new generation of Doctors starting with Eccleston. I had my reservations with Tennant as I didn't like him at first, but he's grown on me, but I still prefer Eccleston.
1104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tim Burton-Alice In Wonderland on: June 22, 2009, 08:03:00 PM
I actually really liked the 1999 TV movie version. It had a great cast.

Robbie Coltrane as Tweedledum
George Wendt as Tweedledee
Whoopie Goldberg as the Cheshire Cat
Ben Kingsley as the Caterpillar.
Miranda Richardson as the Queen of Hearts
Martin Short as the Mad Hatter.
Peter Ustinov as the Walrus
Gene Wilder as Mock Turtle
Christopher Lloyd as the White Knight.
1105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Didn't Circuit City go out of business? on: June 22, 2009, 02:35:11 AM
Systemax, I think is TigerDirect's parent company. They're now a Circuit City partner, and I'm guessing they took control of the Circuit City domain.
1106  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Didn't Circuit City go out of business? on: June 22, 2009, 02:29:40 AM
Systemax, I think is RadioShack's parent company. I might be wrong, but the name does sound familiar.
1107  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Arrested during a haircut on: June 21, 2009, 07:08:24 PM
A crime of bad hair?  icon_lol
1108  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Indy 5 in the works on: June 19, 2009, 08:08:17 PM
Less CGI, please! The thing I hated about Indy 4 the most was its reliance on CGI. The movie didn't need to have a groundhog!
1109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Starforce returning on: June 19, 2009, 06:05:10 AM
Who was it who was on a crusade against Starforce on GG? Was it Jeff Jones? I remember when the boycott was started all those years ago by people discovering its existence and their problems with it. It was an interesting thread. I hope the people who make Starforce have learned their lesson. Hopefully now there will be labels on the box.
1110  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Trek TOS on: June 18, 2009, 10:25:08 PM
I'd love to see TNG in HD, though that would be hard to do apparently, as they did all the effects on film, which is harder to clean up. Some of the first season episodes are really showing their age. Encounter at Farpoint in particular could really use some enhanced special effects.
1111  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I need some new music on: June 18, 2009, 08:26:42 PM

Quote from: kratz on June 18, 2009, 03:23:08 PM

Ok, some of that stuff is much better... I still don't think it's particularly good. smile

Well, that's fine. I guess you just don't like them, and I can respect that opinion, but to say that they are what they are when all you got to listen to was stuff from Myspace, you get a wrong impression of their material, which is really quite widely spanning. They've got traditional material, original songs that sound like traditional material (Old Black Rum, Goin' Up, England), and original songs that are more pop rock and less celticky (which is probably what you got your impression from), and they come from one of the most isolated places in Canada, Newfoundland, where their musical culture is still heavily ingrained into their everyday lives. Like them or not, they're that province's most successful band to date, having brought their musical culture to the rest of the world. I am a fan, but like I said, their earlier material, their Up, Play and Turn albums is what I would turn people onto rather than what's more recent. I bought their latest album, Fortune's Favour, but haven't listened to it much at all as it sounds more adult contemporary like you mentioned. Hearing that type of music from them as a first judgement can easily put people off, and that's what frustrates me about them. They were more unique back in their earlier days, and in the hopes of catching more respect down south, have changed to a more mainstream accessible sound, which ironically takes away what the band has going for it in the first place. Which is why their all traditional album fared so well. That's what they do best, yet they chose to ignore the sales of that album as a sign of what they should maybe be doing, and instead went with more of a mainstream unoriginal sound.

But yeah, I guess looking back, he wants some harder stuff. In that case, Carbon Leaf and Spirit of the West would fall in there nicely.  For Spirit of the West, I'd recommend their Hit Parade Album. That's a great album to start with full of their hits and then some. They also have an anniversary 2 Disc set.

For Carbon Leaf, I'd look into their Indian Summer album. Carbon Leaf doesn't so much do Celtic Rock. They do a version of Mari-Mac like GBS does, which is actually based on GBS's version, but their music is celtic infused rock, where they insert rock versions of jigs and reels into their songs. They're known for some great versions of Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin songs.

Recently found a site that lets you listen to full songs. Check out Carbon Leaf here:

http://www.playlist.com/searchbeta/tracks#Carbon%20Leaf
1112  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Fallout 3, WTF. on: June 18, 2009, 06:22:11 PM
Tried installing without Games for Windows? I never installed it and didn't have many problems. From what I've read over on the official forums, there are more problems with the game that creep up when you have Games for Windows installed for some reason.
1113  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I need some new music on: June 18, 2009, 01:57:38 AM

Quote from: kratz on June 17, 2009, 11:05:59 PM

I'm sorry, but Great Big Sea just sounds like adult contemporary folk rock.  If you like it, okay, you like it... I just don't think it's a good recommendation based on what he asked about.

Modern stuff, like from their Fortune's Favour and Something Beautiful albums, maybe. I don't really like their more recent material as it's more pop rock rather than Celtic, and quite sappy I might add. Like I said, their previous albums are better, and then there's The Hard and The Easy which is an album of all traditional material. Label said it wouldn't be a good idea, they went ahead with it anyway and turned out to be their best selling album to date. But what I'm saying is, it's as good a recommendation as any of the other ones here. It just might not be as hard as he's used to with the ones he listed. The stuff they have on their Myspace page is not a good example of their material, so of course if you see that, that's what you're going to be judging them by.  And of course, I'd agree with you if that's what I first heard too. Stuff like this is what I'm talking about:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MD0XihILQzk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0SpwEdU5ak
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHgIJAQbH14
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKifepOopo8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKJeLgArPpw


Oh yeah, I also recommend Carbon Leaf.
1114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I need some new music on: June 17, 2009, 07:31:20 PM

Quote from: kratz on June 17, 2009, 06:47:16 PM

Great Big Sea sounds like the worst of contemporary christian... without being, apparently...

Definitely nothing like the bands he mentioned...

And Celtic Punk? They're a Celtic Sub Genre. These days Great Big Sea are about as close to pure Celtic as you're going to get in a big band, perhaps closer than those two bands are. And if you deny them that, then well, I'm not sure what you consider Celtic.  They sing traditionals and originals and have been very successful at it and have been getting their songs out of a Newfoundland Songbook, much like the guy that was posted here yesterday.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MD0XihILQzk



But yeah, Spirit of the West is good. Actually listening to them right now.
1115  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I need some new music on: June 17, 2009, 06:08:44 PM
Great Big Sea if you haven't discovered them yet. They're probably as pure as you can get these days. Start with their Up, Play and Turn albums. I've found their older material a lot better than their recent stuff.
1116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: some days MS cannot win on: June 16, 2009, 08:08:10 PM

Quote from: Freezer-TPF- on June 15, 2009, 02:51:44 PM

Something like The Apple iPod/iTunes stuff seems to be much more of a tying problem, IMHO.

Hello, Zune! Tongue I don't understand how people can complain about the ipod being tied to iTunes when the Zune is tied to the Zune software. It's all relative. If you put out a product like the ipod, you need some method of delivery. Most players on the market don't (Sandisk Sansa) and require two or three different pieces of software installed to do the things a unified software platform should be doing. So far MS and Apple seem to be the only ones who understand that.
1117  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Looking for a good backlit keyboard on: June 15, 2009, 06:10:08 AM
I'm surprised that they make it only in blue, as any astronomer would tell you, it's easier to see red in the dark. In fact, I have an astronomer friend who got Saitek to make it in red, and they became the more popular version of the  original Eclipse. Red lets the eyes naturally adapt to the dark, so you see it better than say, blue.
1118  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Taking of Pelham 123 on: June 15, 2009, 01:24:15 AM
The original one is on WGN right now.
1119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [trailer]The Time Travellers Wife on: June 14, 2009, 11:06:15 PM
Yeah, and it's very unlinear.
1120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [trailer]The Time Travellers Wife on: June 14, 2009, 08:26:45 PM
Yeah, that's what I'm worried about. Hopefully future trailers show off more the time-traveling aspect.
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