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1121  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.
1122  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.
1123  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.
1124  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.
1125  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.
1126  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.
1127  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.
1128  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!
1129  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
1130  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.
1131  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
1132  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.
1133  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.
1134  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
1135  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.
1136  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.
1137  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.
1138  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
1139  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?
1140  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.
1141  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.
1142  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.)
1143  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?
1144  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.
1145  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion, anyone heard of this MMO? 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.
1146  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Anyone have any experience with Trend Micro Anti Virus? on: May 27, 2009, 06:41:08 PM
Yep, NOD32 here. Just had to renew my subscription, actually.
1147  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: War of Canadian Aggression on: May 26, 2009, 11:27:11 PM

Quote from: Arclight on May 26, 2009, 09:00:14 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 26, 2009, 07:39:03 PM

Be careful of Arclight.... He's one of those Candians, with the wee beady eyes and that little smirk that says 'you know you're  going to eat my poutine'.....

I'm one of those too........well, I don't like poutine and I don't have beady eyes.......but yeah, I'm a Canuckle.. nod

I'm one of them too, but I don't like Hockey.
1148  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need book recommendations/ideas on: May 26, 2009, 09:52:47 PM
The Last House in the Galaxy by Andy Secombe. I'm currently reading through it, and it's an awesome, funny book. Basically, if you liked Douglas Adams, you'd love this. It's Sci-Fi/Fantasy with Douglas Adams style humour.

Quote
Across the aching wastes of space a terrible war is raging. The Gologons, long relegated to being the garbage disposers of the Galaxy, have finally rebelled, and now rampage across the universe, led by the pitiless Gulgus Filch. The only thing standing between them and universal domination is a small breakaway faction of the United Planets Federation.

Meanwhile, in rural Devon, Sir Mortimer and Lady Trenchard are trying desperately to prevent their beloved, crumbling Hambledon Hall from falling into the hands of a City whizz-kid who plans to turn it into a weekend conference centre. If the Universe is to have any kind of hope, the UPF needs to find a safe place where they can gather and plan a counter-attack. And because of its handy location at the terminus of a wormhole (opening beside an azalea just beyond the ha-ha), Hambledon Hall is ideally situated to provide just such a haven
1149  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the New Star Trek- now with impressions and spoilers! on: May 26, 2009, 05:46:14 PM

Quote from: McNutt on May 26, 2009, 03:26:39 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on May 26, 2009, 12:45:02 AM

They don't have inertial dampers yet, after all.

They don't?  I thought inertial dampers were what kept everybody from flying out of the front of the ship when the exited warp.

Yeah, they do. Heck, if I remember right, it's even mentioned in the movie.
1150  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the New Star Trek- now with impressions and spoilers! on: May 25, 2009, 09:53:21 PM
Everywhere, really, which is why I say that it was overused.
1151  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the New Star Trek- now with impressions and spoilers! on: May 25, 2009, 07:26:57 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 25, 2009, 06:37:37 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on May 25, 2009, 05:51:15 PM

Speaking of which, most shakycam usage has some explanation in the plot, like in Cloverfield. Are we to assume it's a redshirt holding the camera and really needing to go? Aside from that, while it's supposed to feel immersive, due to that, it actually does otherwise as you'd never have a crewman walking around with a camera. It's technical, yeah, but how else would you get that kind of camera work? Tongue

Did you need an explanation for the simulated depth-of-field effects in WALL-E?

Err no, because it's an animated movie. Such things are just taken for granted to fulfill the movie experience.
1152  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the New Star Trek- now with impressions and spoilers! on: May 25, 2009, 05:51:15 PM
I didn't see the Bourne movies either, but you really notice with this movie because it hasn't been done before with a Trek movie and essentially feels out of place. I actually felt it took me out of the action and felt less immersive because it was so distracting. I'd rather have clean shots when watching Star Trek. It felt like the camera man really needed to go pee and couldn't find the head in the Enterprise.

Speaking of which, most shakycam usage has some explanation in the plot, like in Cloverfield. Are we to assume it's a redshirt holding the camera and really needing to go? Aside from that, while it's supposed to feel immersive, due to that, it actually does otherwise as you'd never have a crewman walking around with a camera. It's technical, yeah, but how else would you get that kind of camera work? Tongue
1153  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the New Star Trek- now with impressions and spoilers! on: May 24, 2009, 05:05:17 PM

Quote from: Razgon on May 24, 2009, 08:12:46 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on May 23, 2009, 03:51:40 AM

Quote from: Rumpy on May 22, 2009, 06:05:48 AM

Quote from: Zinfan on May 21, 2009, 09:37:24 AM

Saw it tonight and loved it but there was too much "shakey cam" for me, made it hard to focus on the action.  I'm getting old I guess.  Oh and I hate (HATE) movies that have some sort of applause scene at the end (ok Star Wars (the original) gets a pass on that), it just looks hokey to me.

Yeah, the shakey cam was one of my disappointments about this movie. Great movie, but just too much shakeycam. It becomes particularly jarring.

We just saw it today. I had two complaints: shakeycam made the action too hard to follow, and much of the music was over the top. Otherwise these two trekkers had a blast. Leaving aside any trouble with quibbles, this movie was firing on all cylinders.

The McCoy actor was channeling DeForest Kelly perfectly, the Spock actor meshed with Leonard Nimoy, and the Kirk actor knew better than to try to play Shatner playing Kirk. They even withheld Simon Pegg's scene-chewing Scotty until late in the movie. Good judgment all around.
  again, please tell me where the shakycam was? I dont like that normally, and have no clue where it is in this movie :-)

You're kidding, right? It was all over the place, the most noticeable during the ship battles where it wasn't focusing on any one part of the screen, but shaking constantly. Then character closeups would pan fast from one to the other and shake, instead of staying steady. This was the most blatant overuse of shakycam I've ever seen. It fit in BSG, but felt out of place in Star Trek and was very distracting. Almost like someone had to go pee while holding the camera.
1154  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the New Star Trek- now with impressions and spoilers! on: May 22, 2009, 06:05:48 AM

Quote from: Zinfan on May 21, 2009, 09:37:24 AM

Saw it tonight and loved it but there was too much "shakey cam" for me, made it hard to focus on the action.  I'm getting old I guess.  Oh and I hate (HATE) movies that have some sort of applause scene at the end (ok Star Wars (the original) gets a pass on that), it just looks hokey to me.

Yeah, the shakey cam was one of my disappointments about this movie. Great movie, but just too much shakeycam. It becomes particularly jarring.
1155  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Robert Zemeckis' A CHRISTMAS CAROL on: May 21, 2009, 10:45:41 PM

Quote from: Jeff on May 21, 2009, 09:44:59 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on May 21, 2009, 05:43:47 PM

I do like the Patrick Stewart version a lot.

+1 (million)

Patrick Stewart was easily the best Scrooge ever, even better than George C Scott's version.

Well, I still like the George C Scott version, but as a modern interpretation? I think it's one of the best, right along there with Micheal Caine playing Scrooge in A Muppet Christmas Carol.
1156  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Robert Zemeckis' A CHRISTMAS CAROL on: May 21, 2009, 05:43:47 PM
Ugh no. I hate Jim Carrey.  Pass.

I do like the Patrick Stewart version a lot.
1157  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [trailer]Sherlock Holmes on: May 19, 2009, 08:23:47 PM
Meh. That doesn't look like Holmes at all. I too thought it would have a more serious tone to it. I hate how Robert Downey Jr. looks as Holmes. It goes against canon. I've always seen Holmes as a quiet sophisticated individual, which the cocaine addiction contrasted. I really want to see a serious big screen Sherlock Holmes story. We haven't had one in a long time, not this crap.
1158  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Battleship the Movie on: May 19, 2009, 08:11:27 PM
This would only be good if Samuel Jackson is in it. Can picture it now:

"You motherfucker sank my battleship! I'm going to sink you whole damn motherfucking fleet!"

Ironically enough, Monopoly I could see working the best.
1159  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the New Star Trek- now with impressions and spoilers! on: May 18, 2009, 06:08:02 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 18, 2009, 12:40:58 AM

weekend estimates are 43 million.  damn, I was hoping it would crush Angels and Demons but I guess Tom Hanks new hairdo helped carry the movie ahead by about 5 million.  this weekend brings out the big guns.

I heard that it's the most successful franchise reboot, beating out Batman Begins, Superman Returns and whatever else.
1160  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: ....I've been hesitant to say this, but... on: May 18, 2009, 05:38:50 PM
Another possibility would be a blood clot. Those are usually followed with pain and numbness.
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