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1161  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.
1162  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.
1163  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.
1164  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.
1165  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.
1166  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [trailer]The Time Travellers Wife on: June 14, 2009, 11:06:15 PM
Yeah, and it's very unlinear.
1167  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.
1168  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.
1169  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.
1170  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.
1171  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.
1172  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.
1173  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.
1174  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.
1175  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.
1176  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!
1177  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
1178  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.
1179  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
1180  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.
1181  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.
1182  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
1183  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.
1184  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.
1185  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.
1186  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
1187  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?
1188  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.
1189  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.
1190  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.)
1191  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?
1192  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.
1193  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.
1194  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.
1195  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.
1196  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
1197  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.
1198  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.
1199  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.
1200  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
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