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1201  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: SyFy Channel on: March 17, 2009, 07:43:39 PM
At least the Space channel here in Canada has actual Sci-Fi. Star Trek, Star Trek: TNG, DS9, Voyager, Stargate SG1 & Atlantis, Eureka, and just recently added to the schedule, Dr Who and Torchwood, and many more.

And you seriously can't beat their TV commercials. Good stuff there.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrMk9hP4OnY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpp9t9svpdk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fH_C4Of1KvY
1202  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Robot teacher smiles, scolds in classroom on: March 17, 2009, 02:54:37 AM
I was given a Pleo for Christmas and it's pretty cool. You definitely tend to see it more of a pet rather than a robot.
1203  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: SyFy Channel on: March 17, 2009, 02:44:52 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on March 16, 2009, 11:18:55 PM

Do you suppose somebody got a fat bonus for dreaming up "SyFy"?  nod

No, cause someone else already dreamt it up as posted earlier in this thread.
1204  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: SyFy Channel on: March 16, 2009, 06:37:53 PM
Interesting. I guess that explains why Syfy Portal changed their name. Maybe they were kindly nudged to change it.

Looks like I was right: http://www.airlockalpha.com/news426164.html

The logo looks horrible. Like someone created something in photoshop. Not unique enough to market.
1205  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NBC goes Sci-Fi over the summer with Merlin, Meteor & The Storm on: March 15, 2009, 06:37:30 PM

Quote from: mori on March 15, 2009, 03:53:40 PM

What happened to Top Gear? I thought that was coming as a replacement show.

They didn't pick it up. They commissioned it knowing what it was, but after seeing it, they said, Nah.
1206  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Live Action TV Series begins casting on: March 11, 2009, 06:33:16 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on March 11, 2009, 05:17:36 PM

Star Wars: The Young Han Solo Chronicles.   drool  Now THAT, I would watch. 

I reserve judgment until I see a trailer.

I'd watch a Boba Fett: Body Hunter series.
1207  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What are the "must-watch/must-have" television series on DVD? on: February 27, 2009, 08:30:35 PM
No mention of Corner Gas? It's one of Canada's best and I can safely say it's better than most American sitcoms on TV these days. No laugh track to remind you that you have to laugh.

Here's an episode example from one of the best episodes: World's Biggest Dirty Cracked Hoe
1208  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: WTF is up with the forum at the Wing Commander CiC? on: February 24, 2009, 09:51:29 PM
Not to mention that the Freespace engine is now open source, isn't it? Maybe they're still bitter over the Wing Commander movie  icon_lol
1209  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Most disturbing movie you've seen? on: February 24, 2009, 07:57:05 AM

Quote from: Gratch on February 23, 2009, 10:17:25 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on February 23, 2009, 10:02:36 PM

Pan's Labyrinth. Seriously. I hated that movie because it seemed so cruel and unnecessarily violent. Left me feeling numb.

Same here, but I think that had to do more with my personal expectations.  I thought it was a fantasy film with a bit of real-world war movie thown in, rather than the other way around.

Yeah, that's the same reason for me, actually. It's all due to the marketing they had for it, both the trailers and the website. They played it off as a dark adult fantasy, with very little mention of the war.  It's categorized as fantasy/horror, and I simply don't watch horror. Well, you know, they had to get people into the seats somehow; people who wouldn't normally see movies of that type. I doubt it would of had as much reception if it were really honest. And to be honest, it was an average movie. The story was interesting, but the violence and the gore was so over the top that it distracted me on what otherwise could of been a good story. None of the things that were supposed to give hope to the girl in a dark time, ie Pan, gave any hope at all. I just found them to add insult to injury; ie Pan was cruel to her when he shouldn't have been, and the movie had bad thing happen one after another.  Made me numb for days.
1210  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Most disturbing movie you've seen? on: February 23, 2009, 10:02:36 PM
Pan's Labyrinth. Seriously. I hated that movie because it seemed so cruel and unnecessarily violent. Left me feeling numb.

Other than that, The House of Sand and Fog. There's a truly disturbing scene where the main character commits suicide by suffocating to death by putting a bag over his head.
1211  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Night at the Museum 2 on: February 21, 2009, 06:44:53 PM
Ok, I might be one of the few, but I thought the first one sucked. Doesn't help that I can't stand Ben Stiller.
1212  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Coldstone Creamery on: February 18, 2009, 06:34:17 PM
They've now made a deal with Tim Horton's to start selling donuts and coffee at their locations.
1213  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Coffee Addiction on: February 17, 2009, 09:50:05 PM
If you can find Maté tea, it's one recommended for coffee drinkers that want to switch to tea as it gives you the around the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee, except that it doesn't make you jittery or give you withdrawals. And actually, Maté doesn't have caffeine. I know that contradicts my earlier statement, but it has herbs that simulate the effect of caffeine, hence the lack of jitter. Celestial Seasonings makes a good one called Morning Thunder.

http://www.celestialseasonings.com/products/detail.html/black-teas/morning-thunder
1214  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Whats that in the sky? on: February 17, 2009, 09:06:14 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on February 17, 2009, 06:48:11 AM

I have to set mine on something tall and add rocks or something under them so they are pointed right and are steady. I just cannot keep then steady held up to my eyes. also i have what i call ghost vision. Its like the old tvs with gosted images. Even with 1 eye closed. I see the object then see a ghost to one side thats even with the real one and then another on the other side thats a little lower than the real thing. It sucks. If I blink it clears up mostly. At night I have starshines and such fromn bright stuff. didn't used to. I blame 14 years of sitting in front of this computer.

Get a tripod and one of these:  http://www.escience.ca/telescopes/RENDER/5/2035/1041/14265.html
1215  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: WWII photos in color. on: February 17, 2009, 08:53:05 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on February 17, 2009, 01:30:51 PM

Also, I've always found Nazi pagentry remarkable- but to see it in color as the citizens would have, I can see why it was so easy to get a caught up in it. Just wow.

Yeah, no kidding. It's almost as if they were living like royalty despite the theatrics of war.

I saw a pretty interesting documentary about Hitler once. It was actually about his like of cars, and how he'd attend races before the war, how he commissioned the VW Bug, and how all of that translated to the machines of war when it came time to it. It was fascinating. An aspect of him you don't often get to hear about.
1216  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Whats that in the sky? on: February 17, 2009, 06:12:58 AM
You'd be surprised how well binoculars can work. Some prefer them to telescopes and even build special tripods for gigantic binoculars.
1217  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Whats that in the sky? on: February 17, 2009, 01:34:02 AM
Most likely Venus. I'll have to ask my Dad later.
1218  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: WWII photos in color. on: February 16, 2009, 08:53:09 PM
Incredible. There are a few that do look colorized, like the one mentioned earlier in the thread, and the 2nd to last of the gun firing. The explosion on that one looks like it's been painted on and doesn't look realistic at all. And if you look to the right of the image, you can see blue splotches which are different from the rest of the background, like if someone had been trying to fix the background using the same paintbrush as the one used for the explosion.
1219  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: PC Keyboards on: February 14, 2009, 09:28:06 PM
That almost looks like a Klingon keyboard if you'd put Klingon symbols on it lol.

Looks like a nice keyboard though. Wouldn't mind having one.

I have the original Saitek Eclipse, in red. I love it as I find red easier to see in the dark than blue, but like you, some of the keys have worn off.
1220  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A picture of irony on: February 11, 2009, 07:25:06 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on February 11, 2009, 06:17:32 PM

My biggest issue with ginormous SUVs isn't their fuel efficiency, but with the driver's inability to negotiate parking lots and parking spaces.  If you can't park it you shouldn't be driving it.  Suburban Arizona housewives who drive 19 passenger SUVs to the local grocery drive me absolutely mad with their inherent inability to simply park their vehicle.  Things only get worse when they try to leave their parking space.   

Heh, I think the US should have their own version of the Canada's Worst Drivers show. It's so entertaining to watch.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICJ19S1lF1M
1221  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fences, by Stardock on: February 07, 2009, 12:14:43 AM
Reminds me of Windows 3.1 lol.
1222  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Land of the Lost on: February 04, 2009, 02:47:25 AM

Quote from: Scuzz on February 02, 2009, 04:30:45 PM

Quote from: ericb on February 02, 2009, 02:01:30 PM

I hate to say it but the trailer actually looks pretty good.



i thought that looked terrible....not a Will Farrel fan..

Same here. He's like Jim Carrey. You see him in a movie, you've seen them all. I've only liked about 2 Jim Carrey movies that I liked  and they were Fun with Dick and Jane, and Man on the Moon. The one I liked with Will Ferrell was Elf. I've liked those because they're different enough, but for the most part, there's not enough variance between each of their characters, and they always WAY overact, even for a comedy.  In fact, I'm surprised there hasn't been a Jim Carrey/Will Farrell movie yet as their styles seem to compliment each other.
1223  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: "What if Britney Spears was 100 feet tall and belly fat?" - I love Yahoo Answers on: January 31, 2009, 03:08:41 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 31, 2009, 12:55:12 AM


Ben Kingsley all the way. He even wears earings.
1224  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hope for Narnia? on: January 30, 2009, 08:37:11 PM
That's good news. I liked both, even though Caspian was a little more action oriented than the first. And visually, they looked really good.
1225  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I love it when a plan comes together! on: January 29, 2009, 11:20:33 PM
I'd be much more interested in a Magnum P.I movie with the original cast. Not a reboot, but a continuation.
1226  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Is there reason to hope?! on: January 29, 2009, 11:18:27 PM
Nope, you'll forever be let down. I continue to be let down by some of my favourites.
1227  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's a good digital video camera? on: January 29, 2009, 08:20:39 AM

Quote from: Crux on January 17, 2009, 09:26:31 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on January 17, 2009, 07:14:15 PM

If you want one that's easy to edit, I recommend getting Mini-DV, otherwise you're going to be pretty limited with the amount of video you can record.

?

The hard drive cameras allow you to record up to 30 hours of footage. All your editing is done digitally. It's easy as cake.

My bad. You're right. What I really meant to say that while digitally, you might get more storage space, Mini-DV still has better quality. You get many more hours out of HDD because the video is compressed a lot.
1228  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Foundation Trilogy Movies..... on: January 20, 2009, 10:24:49 PM
Exactly, because even though it's science fiction, there's enough science in it to make it plausible.
1229  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Foundation Trilogy Movies..... on: January 20, 2009, 08:09:12 PM
I hope it's not dumbed down. If the psychohistory aspect of it is dumbed down for the audience, it would easily break it.
1230  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: We Are One concert on: January 20, 2009, 02:10:42 AM
I do find it odd how such a big event is on HBO when it should be on a regular cable channel. I found the audio to be terrible, which was particularly noticeable during Tom Hanks' speech, like it was corrupted or something. It kept breaking up.
1231  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Outlander..a Chris roberts movie..ya the Wing Commander guy on: January 17, 2009, 07:17:48 PM
Almost seems like the opposite of this, which was based on a Poul Anderson novel.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110024/

Book was awesome. Movie not so much apparently.
1232  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's a good digital video camera? on: January 17, 2009, 07:14:15 PM
If you want one that's easy to edit, I recommend getting Mini-DV, otherwise you're going to be pretty limited with the amount of video you can record.
1233  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Order this drink the next time you go to Starbucks *forgot the soy* on: January 12, 2009, 07:56:00 PM

Quote from: kadnod on January 12, 2009, 07:09:00 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on September 25, 2007, 09:42:42 AM

In a grande, they'll add two teabags.

Heh. I got a grande London Fog today, and was all happy the barrista gave me two teabags.  I thought she was doing me a favor.  Now that I know the truth, I've got post-caffination depression.

It's the same idea behind Cappuccinos. Doubling the size won't double the amount of caffeine. It will only dilute.
1234  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What dead game series should Bethesda get next? on: January 11, 2009, 07:50:37 PM
I'd say Crusader. Make it a Tactical based RPG Shooter.
1235  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Friday time waster on: January 10, 2009, 05:40:40 AM
Try this. It doesn't matter what you do on the way down as long as you land head first. That's the way you score. If you do it head first, that's how you get your 9.0 or 9.5. All other positions lead you to lower scores, so you want yourself to land straight and head first. If you do that, you're guaranteed to win the level no matter what. Not in a ball head first, but straight head first. Guaranteed win, I guarantee you.

Once I figured out the way to win, it was all a matter of getting myself in the right position without worrying if I was bouncing around or not and I was getting high scores nearly every level. My lowest ones are in the 8's.

On 14 right now, I just got 9.1
1236  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Friday time waster on: January 09, 2009, 10:04:02 PM
Not sure what I'm doing wrong, but I can never get near enough what's needed for level 5.

Hmm, nevermind, I got a 9.7 on that, got an 8.0 on 6, and when 7 loaded it locked up Firefox completely.

Trick is that it doesn't matter if you get hit along the way as long as you hit the water right, so you can use the rocks to your advantage to bounce around. Just scored a 9.5 on 9 with this trick.
1237  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Windows 7 Beta on: January 09, 2009, 08:41:30 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on January 09, 2009, 06:39:18 PM

Suffice it to say Vista should not be compared to Windows Me.

Nope, you're right. It should be compared to MS Bob!  icon_lol They've admitted it themselves that it was on the same level of failure, that it was their biggest mistake since then. At least Windows Me sold, and you didn't have the amount of backlash that Vista had, but you had people returning Vista and seriously wanting XP back. MS has extended XP support yet again, right through to Window 7's launch.

As someone who so beautifully says in one of the newsletters I subscribe to:

Quote from: Windows Secrets
Vista is looking more and more like the Edsel of the computer industry. Presumably as a result of slow uptake by corporations and individual users, Microsoft last month confirmed that it will allow OEMs and smaller-scale "system builders" to pay as late as May 30, 2009, for copies of XP ordered by Jan. 31. (Vendors won't have to pay Microsoft until the systems sell. MS previously had been expecting payments for copies of XP by Jan. 31.)

Combine this news with reports that Windows 7 may ship as early as mid-2009, and it looks like Microsoft is ready to relegate Vista to the binary scrapheap. Maybe the company's recent $300 million marketing push for Vista wasn't so successful as Microsoft claims it was.

http://windowssecrets.com/2009/01/08/02-XP-deadline-extended-toward-launch-of-Windows-7/?n=story1
1238  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Robert Downey Jr is Guy Ritcthies' Sherlock Holmes on: January 06, 2009, 05:24:21 AM

Quote from: Windows95 on January 05, 2009, 05:58:07 AM

For a really good portrayal of Holmes, nothing beats the old British ITV series The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes .  It was made in the late 80's through to the mid 90's, and was run over here on PBS.  The series covered most of Conan Doyle's stories and was considered the most faithful adaptation of his work.  Jeremy Brett portrayed Sherlock Holmes brilliantly, faults and all.  While near the end of the series Holmes overcomes his cocaine addiction (this was done with the permission of Conan Doyle’s family), and was still well done and felt true to the character.

Yep, that's my favourite portrayal. Some complain that he doesn't wear his famous hat and cloak, but you do see him with it from time to time. And I loved how they pretty much went by the book and brought the different stories to life.

Btw, this summer, I bought Sherlock Holmes: The Unauthorized Biography.  Haven't read it yet, but the concept was fascinating and it caught my eye.

http://www.amazon.com/Sherlock-Holmes-Unauthorized-Nicholas-Rennison/dp/0802143253
1239  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Robert Downey Jr is Guy Ritcthies' Sherlock Holmes on: January 04, 2009, 07:00:46 PM
Honestly, I think the casting in this is totally wrong. In fact, Downey looks more like a Watson than a Holmes. If I were the casting director, I'd switch the roles around and give Jude Law the role of Holmes with his hair slicked back. Downey's role looks more like a Charles Chaplin style tramp.
1240  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: XP/Firefox not saving my logins on: December 31, 2008, 09:55:23 PM
Long shot here, but have you tried creating a new profile? Might be a problem with your current profile. Maybe a file related to it has been corrupted.
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