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1121  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.
1122  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Arrested during a haircut on: June 21, 2009, 07:08:24 PM
A crime of bad hair?  icon_lol
1123  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!
1124  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.
1125  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.
1126  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
1127  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.
1128  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.
1129  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.
1130  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.
1131  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.
1132  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.
1133  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.
1134  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [trailer]The Time Travellers Wife on: June 14, 2009, 11:06:15 PM
Yeah, and it's very unlinear.
1135  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.
1136  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [trailer]The Time Travellers Wife on: June 14, 2009, 07:30:59 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on June 14, 2009, 05:08:53 PM

Hmmmm, I dunno. I like time travel stories. Romances, less so. That trailer looks an awful lot like a love story with a gimmick. I suppose I'll wait for the reviews.

It's much more than that. The writer deftly wrote a story with so many twist and turns due to the time travelling, that you wonder how she even began to write it. I picture the writer with post-it notes everywhere to assemble her timeline.  It's more like a science-fiction love story. The sci-fi plays heavily into it. I see it as a classic, much like Back to the Future was for ther 80's. There's a lot of depth in the book. It's very complex, and intelligently makes things work without making the reader feel stupid by hitting them over the head with things. It's one of my favourite recent novels.

The trailer does disappoint me. It's played off as more of a romance, and shows less about the concept of the story. For example, I'd be showing off his disappearance the first time he meets Claire in the first 10 or 20 seconds of the trailer. It saves the time-travelling aspect until later.
1137  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: YouTube HD..why isn't it HD? on: June 14, 2009, 05:48:47 AM
Yeah, HQ will just give the video better quality if the original video is good to begin with, which is fine in most cases, and includes better audio.  HD is when the video switches to a wider version of the player.
1138  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [trailer]The Time Travellers Wife on: June 14, 2009, 05:24:11 AM
I loved the book. I hope the movie doesn't mess up the story. It was quite complex, even moreso than Back to the Future in terms of paradoxes, but all making sense in the end.
1139  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [trailer] Moon on: June 13, 2009, 12:55:33 AM
It has a 2001 vibe to it. Looks good. The robot reminds me of HAL.
1140  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Outlander..a Chris roberts movie..ya the Wing Commander guy on: June 06, 2009, 11:31:58 PM
Just saw it today. I thought it was fairly interesting.
1141  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Final Tonight Show with Jay Leno Friday/First Conan O'Brien one Monday (yay!) on: June 05, 2009, 05:49:12 AM
Ok, I gave him another chance tonight and he was much better. His Foley segment was hilarious. Had much more of a Tonight Show vibe to it overall.
1142  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Internet Explorer 6.0 Users - This is for you on: June 04, 2009, 08:24:39 PM
heh, honestly, gamers would be the last people I would think would still be on IE 6.
1143  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Redesign Launched? on: June 04, 2009, 07:54:04 PM
I'm impressed. Loads quickly, looks slick and clean and professional without a lot of extra stuff that slows down a site.
1144  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Total Eclipse of The Heart (Literal version) on: June 04, 2009, 07:40:20 PM
That must be the funniest literal version of any song, ever. That's brilliant!
1145  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Where's Waldo? on: June 03, 2009, 03:02:31 AM
I posted this on OO awhile back. I'd watch it based on that. It would kick some ass!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kg4ztJ32iPI
1146  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic announced on: June 02, 2009, 10:27:37 PM
Damn, that just reinforces why I believe Bioware will make a great MMO.
1147  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Final Tonight Show with Jay Leno Friday/First Conan O'Brien one Monday (yay!) on: June 02, 2009, 08:46:08 PM
Hehe, I found a clip of first time Tonight Show appearances for Jay Leno and David Letterman doing standup.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfUVxIUkmA0
1148  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Final Tonight Show with Jay Leno Friday/First Conan O'Brien one Monday (yay!) on: June 02, 2009, 06:13:41 PM
I thought it was lame. Seriously, Will Ferrell?? You can't do better than that for your first day with the Tonight Show? I expected some bigger name who's been around longer. Someone with more bang.
1149  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the New Star Trek- now with impressions and spoilers! on: June 01, 2009, 05:59:19 PM
So, I was watching The Dark Knight last night and I couldn't help but think that the actor who played Harvey Dent would make a good William Decker if they ever have the character in a future movie.
1150  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Messenger bags aka Man purses - any suggestions? on: June 01, 2009, 05:35:24 PM
When I got my MacBook, I needed a laptop bag, but I wanted one that didn't look like a typical laptop bag, and I ended up with a messenger style bag made for Laptops. It's a pretty sweet bag. I managed to get one of the last ones in the colour I wanted on Amazon, so I don't know if they're still distributed to Amazon. The cocoon they speak of is made out of memory foam to absorb impact. They also make backpack style bags.

I ended up getting this: http://www.pakuma.com/products/choroka_k2.htm

And yeah, here it is on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Pakuma-Choroka-Messenger-Black-CAS-CHOROKA-K2-BG/dp/B001KLQVKQ
1151  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: recommend me a Mac Pro on: June 01, 2009, 05:03:39 PM
Being a Mac, it will just work, and that's the beauty of it. Just plug in a camera and it will work without any fuss, for example. And yeah, I'm betting that iMovie will be all you really need. If you ever need more control in the future, you could always upgrade to Final Cut.

And if you're talking financial simulations, I'm not quite sure what you mean,  and I'm not sure if this would apply here, but iWork (Apple's Office competitor), and in particular, Keynote (Powerpoint equivalent), can export presentations to high resolution quicktime, which you can then import into iMovie and edit as you like. This way, you could have a simulation running on a loop uniformly on every Mac. Pretty powerful feature if you ask me, and just looks beautiful.

Oh yeah, video files are just huge, especially if you go the high quality route, and do a lot of projects like I have. I had a project file as big as 17GB. It rather adds up quickly and eats up at your HD space. I had a lot of projects taking up space and I wanted to clear it out and move it somewhere for archiving. Couldn't put the files on DVD because they were too big, so I had to get myself an External HD just to be able to do something about it.
1152  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Trek Online (Cryptic's "other" new MMO) on: June 01, 2009, 07:29:38 AM

Quote from: Daehawk on May 31, 2009, 11:11:23 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on May 31, 2009, 07:39:57 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on May 31, 2009, 07:02:47 PM

Excalibur class ship Sounds like a cool ship and its like a refit of the Constition class so it looks cool too. Not sure on all the glowy parts these ships have but we'll see. Ill make do with them for a ST MMO.

Actually looks more like an Ambassador class (aka Enterprise-C to me.)

To me, Ambassador class  looks more like a squat boxy Galaxy glass.

Well, that doesn't surprise me considering it was the predecessor to the Galaxy Class. It was actually what they were considering to be the Enterprise-D before the show began.
1153  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sometimes, they really do got talent... on: June 01, 2009, 06:54:08 AM
whaaa?? Ok, that dance group was good, but honestly, it didn't really stand out from any other dance group I've seen. Seemed more like a tired gimmick that would quickly die out. I thought Susan Boyle deserved the win a lot more and had more of a timeless quality to her.
1154  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Logitech G-19 Keyboard on: June 01, 2009, 06:49:31 AM
lol I do strafe a lot, even in MMOs that use the wasd combination. Honestly not sure why the w and d haven't worn out like the others lol.

But, I guess I have to live up to my name somehow. slywink
1155  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: recommend me a Mac Pro on: June 01, 2009, 02:00:15 AM
Ahh, thanks for that. I didn't know about that site. I bookmarked it for future reference smile Do they ship to Canada?
1156  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: recommend me a Mac Pro on: May 31, 2009, 09:33:10 PM
Yeah, I would probably max the ram and HD options you get. That's what I did with mine.  Good call on the adapter, Ralph. It's an adapter unique to the Mac, and you wouldn't want to be stuck without it considering you'll be hooking it up to a projector. And just in case, I'd also get the DVI Adapter in case the projector you'll be using has DVI imputs , which frankly is the way I choose to go when available. Everything is so much sharper that way.
1157  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Logitech G-19 Keyboard on: May 31, 2009, 09:21:15 PM

Quote from: Giles Habibula on May 31, 2009, 05:51:00 AM

Okay, after reading some reviews of the Saitek Eclipse II, I see that many of the folks who have used it for a year or more are complaining that the key letters are wearing off, so instead, here's a link to the original Eclipse I for $39, which is the one my gf swears by, and does not appear to have that problem.

I have one of the originals, with red lighting, and trust me, it does have that problem. My A, S, and Left shift have worn off.
1158  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Trek Online (Cryptic's "other" new MMO) on: May 31, 2009, 07:39:57 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on May 31, 2009, 07:02:47 PM

Excalibur class ship Sounds like a cool ship and its like a refit of the Constition class so it looks cool too. Not sure on all the glowy parts these ships have but we'll see. Ill make do with them for a ST MMO.

Actually looks more like an Ambassador class (aka Enterprise-C to me.)
1159  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion, anyone heard of this MMO? on: May 30, 2009, 07:43:43 PM

Quote from: Arclight on May 30, 2009, 09:59:12 AM

Quote from: Rumpy on May 30, 2009, 07:59:06 AM

Quote from: Arclight on May 29, 2009, 09:56:32 AM

Any news on when this game might hit N.America?
The graphics, from the 2 videos I just watched, were really nice looking. So that's one point in their favor.


Well, the Alpha/Friends & Family/Open Beta phase just ended and they're gearing up for closed beta now. Can't really say much beyond that, and the reason for the lack of hype would be that they're not ready just yet to start hyping it since they're not at that point yet. And yes, lots of localizing. The game's really outstanding graphically and you often do have to think in a 3rd dimension.

For not saying much beyond that, you said enough that I saw a few feet beyond that. (um, I think?) paranoid nod

Did I say too much?
1160  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: recommend me a Mac Pro on: May 30, 2009, 07:37:19 PM
In general, any Mac is good at video editing. I have a Black MacBook Core 2 Duo that I bought for video editing and I haven't looked back. It's great.

To that end though, It would be useful to know what kind of videos you'd be making, and if you intend to go the Final Cut Express or Final Cut route instead of iMovie. iMovie is great at starting off with and comes with every Mac, but if you intend to make more complex videos, Final Cut Express would be worth to take a look at. Most people are very happy with the results they get with iMovie though.
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