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1281  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best gift you have given... on: December 10, 2008, 09:56:11 PM
My Dad works in his workshop a lot, and he's the kind of person who likes to listen to the radio when working. He always used to use a headset with a built-in radio and wear safety earmuffs on top of them. I always looked at that and didn't think it was a safe solution, considering all the noise he was subjecting himself to in order to listen to the radio. So, I found a pair of safety earmuffs with a radio built-in. Should of seen the look on his face when he saw that, as he had absolutely no idea anything like it existed. To this day, it's his favourite present.
1282  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Real or Fake: 2008 Edition on: December 10, 2008, 04:19:57 AM
Fake. Those self-shaping trees are pretty cool.
1283  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Something Keeps Deleting My Browser Settings- Virus? on: December 08, 2008, 08:49:41 PM
It could be Sinowal or Mebroot as it's called now. That thing's nasty as it lives in the Master Boot Record and uses rootkits to hide itself, then downloads different viruses.

Might want to try this: http://www.f-secure.com/blacklight
1284  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best Headset for Skype? on: December 07, 2008, 05:22:01 AM
Well, mine's not USB as I couldn't find that in the store when I was looking for a headset. Apparently the USB version aren't available in Canada for some reason. They're the analog version of these:

http://www.plantronics.com/north_america/en_US/products/computer/multi-use-headsets/audio-650-usb


They're really comfortable too. In the past I've had problems with headsets hurting my ears over extended period of use, but these don't due to the way they're designed.  And the sound is excellent.
1285  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best Headset for Skype? on: December 06, 2008, 10:07:43 PM
I really like my Plantronics headset. Of all the ones I had previously tried, including many Logitechs, this one blew them all away.
1286  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Trek Online (Cryptic's "other" new MMO) on: December 02, 2008, 03:48:13 AM
Heh yeah, I guess so, although as a CEO, I think he would of had a say into what made it into the game or not, so while he's not fully responsible, I do think he was at least partially responsible for the decisions and direction the game was heading in, including the membership scheme that people were very unhappy with.
1287  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pixar Movies: Favorite to Least Favorite on: November 27, 2008, 07:51:21 PM
You know, it's interesting hearing about Cars. I didn't care for it. I thought it was dull and boring, but certainly one of their more marketable efforts towards children.  Maybe that's why Disney feels they should make a sequel. When I look at the list of movies though, Cars is the odd one out and doesn't seem to really belong. Think about it for a moment. Cars is the only one of their movies that may speak more to Americans than the rest of the world, what with the love of NASCAR. Maybe it's a regional thing, as there's really little pull for me in it and a lot of the jokes get lost on me, being in the north. Which is odd, because I do love cars in general. The other movies have a wider range of appeal.
1288  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Postal via Kotaku on: November 24, 2008, 09:09:49 PM
The ironic thing is that it sounds like he's gone postal against the system  icon_lol
1289  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Twilight...vampire flick on: November 18, 2008, 01:29:44 AM
I saw the trailer for it on TV and I didn't recognize Daniel Radcliffe, but my first thought was that he looked like a goth. Ugh.
1290  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2012 on: November 16, 2008, 12:07:32 AM
I thought it was actually one of the better recent disaster movies.
1291  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the New Star Trek Crew! on: November 15, 2008, 07:05:33 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 15, 2008, 06:05:02 AM

Quote from: McNutt on November 15, 2008, 06:04:14 AM

It looks good, but I still don't like the teen hearthrob feel to Kirk.  A guy in his 20's is given command of this ship???

I hear he's not quite given command through the normal channels.

Yeah, I bet we'll hear him brag about how he cheated the Kobayashi Maru.
1292  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Good post-apocalyptic music? on: November 15, 2008, 12:06:27 AM

Quote from: kratz on November 14, 2008, 10:51:32 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on November 14, 2008, 09:25:59 PM

REM's End of the World? Though I'd go with this more frantic version http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=OENjixZd_Oo

My fucking ears.

Heh, sorry you don't like Tongue
1293  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Good post-apocalyptic music? on: November 14, 2008, 09:25:59 PM
REM's End of the World? Though I'd go with this more frantic version http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=OENjixZd_Oo
1294  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Trek Online (Cryptic's "other" new MMO) on: November 06, 2008, 06:15:03 AM
Noooo, dammit, seems they've hired Bill Roper, as Design Director. The game is officially doomed now...  icon_confused Design Director? You kidding me? After the catastrophic failure of Hellgate: London, I wouldn't let him design anything.

http://www.startrekonline.com/node/106

Edit: Whoops, I just realized it said it was for Champions Online, but still, I wouldn't let him design anything. It might doom the company.
1295  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: What would be good settings for a new MMO? on: November 05, 2008, 11:20:32 PM
Dune's what I was thinking of lately. I've always thought it would make good backstory for an MMO. Can't believe it hasn't been done yet.

A Civil War MMO might be fun.

And Snow Crash would be a shoe-in for a great MMO, considering the Multiverse practically defined a virtual world with avatars long before any MMOs. Or maybe combine both Snow Crash and Diamond Age since both of those have often been thought of to be one world in different times.

Psst, Blackjack, not quite the same concept, but I think this would be right up your alley slywink

http://www.vectorstorm.org/get-games/full-games/mmorpg-tycoon/
1296  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: David Tennant to depart from Doctor Who. on: October 30, 2008, 07:32:24 PM
That's too bad. I've really grown to like Tennant as the Doctor compared to my initial thoughts.  And he seemed to want to go on as long as the BBC needed him, and even said he wanted to do a movie or two.
1297  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dream Analysis? on: October 22, 2008, 05:17:41 AM
Cats and dogs too. It was fierce. The campground was flooding.
1298  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dream Analysis? on: October 21, 2008, 10:11:12 PM

Quote from: Orgull on October 21, 2008, 06:56:48 PM

In version one of the dream, as I pack to leave the weather turns nasty, horrific nasty, like tornadoes and huge storm surges.

Well, I can't help you, but I've had this happen last year when I was camping. It was time to leave and we had to pack in the rain. We're talking a deluge due to a nearby hurricane. Like nails.
1299  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Indy IV: thoughts, reviews, spoilers galore!! on: October 20, 2008, 07:50:49 PM
Hah, I can't even keep track of my own arguments anymore...  icon_lol
1300  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Indy IV: thoughts, reviews, spoilers galore!! on: October 20, 2008, 06:00:14 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on October 20, 2008, 02:38:56 PM

The far-fetched religious stories are based on ancient artifacts and legend, which fits for a fantastical archaeologist adventure.  The alien story is based on stories invented in the 50s, which isn't as fitting for a fantastical archaeological adventure.  When you hear "archaeologist" do you think of people digging up religious and/or historical artifacts or do you think about people digging for proof of alien conspiracies?

It's the genre-jumping that rubs me the wrong way. We had three movies based on a religious theme (Temple of Doom was still religious in terms of the cult aspect). Then they just up and jump it into X Files country.

Compared to previous Indy installments, this feels more like a modern concoction than something to do with the past, which is what the others were about. Putting aliens in a story like this feels like a copout, especially with the ending that didn't make sense.


Bingo. I think when archaeology delves into alien artifacts, it becomes xeno-archaeology, which would be a specialization that I don't think Indy would have. The ending made it feel like it was half-finished.
1301  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Indy IV: thoughts, reviews, spoilers galore!! on: October 19, 2008, 07:18:08 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 19, 2008, 04:50:18 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on October 19, 2008, 04:46:47 PM

story elements made no sense and weren't even part of the Indiana storyline (when the blubberfuct was he a Colonel in the military investigating government crash sites or doing CIA work overseas  retard). 

During WW2. 

Yeah, "Codename: Jack Ryan", you know? slywink It's all supposed to make sense in Harrison Ford's movieverse. Maybe that's why his character in Firewall was so badly wanted.


Yeah, the whole alien angle just sucked. What made it worse was that there was practically nothing leading up to it or no explanation for why the aliens were there. It just was. And we're just supposed to take it? It was one of the most WTF'd endings of all time.

The best part for me were the motorcycle stunts as they're being chased in the city.

And I still think that the soundtrack sucked. The familiar theme was hardly there. I wanted the movie to open with the epic score, but instead opened with rock and roll, and it kind of felt empty. They could of at least done a rock and roll version of the theme, which would have helped a bit. But instead, the theme only appeared from time to time to remind us that the crap we were watching was Indy.
1302  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Indy IV: thoughts, reviews, spoilers galore!! on: October 18, 2008, 08:47:47 PM
The worst part about this? They actually want to make another one. I sure hope they've learned their lesson here if they do. I'd rip it out of canon, especially due to the end.

I'd actually like to see an Indiana Jones movie that shows him in his first adventure, or more to the point, adventures leading up to him getting the 'Indiana' Jones name. Something sort of like the TV series did.
1303  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the New Star Trek Crew! on: October 17, 2008, 08:31:28 PM
Actually, it does.
1304  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help settle an argument (Americans only!) on: October 16, 2008, 09:31:15 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on October 16, 2008, 04:30:19 PM

then there is 'Taking the Piss'..which is short for 'Taking the Mickey'..or making fun of someone

Well now, I think you're going to have to explain that one to some people Tongue
1305  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help settle an argument (Americans only!) on: October 16, 2008, 09:20:52 PM

Quote from: Canuck on October 16, 2008, 08:16:56 AM

Doh!! Well I'm pretty sure us Canadians use it relatively frequently.  I'll just conveniently forget I ever made this poll smile

I'm Canadian and I've never used it. If I say I'm pissed, it's when I'm pissed off.
1306  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the New Star Trek Crew! on: October 16, 2008, 06:49:31 PM

Quote from: walTer on October 16, 2008, 05:55:36 PM

Let me preface by saying that I am a huge fan and very much looking forward to the movie....and no one was more disappointed in Enterprise- I so wanted it to be awesome.

But, is it just me or these photos make the show look like some teen-angst-ridden CW version of One Tree Hill in space or some such show?  I hope I am wrong but I see those photos and I can't help feel a sense of doom.

Yep, that's what I feel.
1307  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Hivemind] Looking for education on bourbon and whiskey... on: October 11, 2008, 04:11:43 AM
My Dad picked up a bottle of Laphroaig Scotch Whisky from Islay (as mentioned by Disarm) and it's quite good. Nice and smooth and subtle flavour. Though it's quite expensive at $40 a bottle for the 10 Year, though they have varieties up to 40 year. Probably considered one of the better Scotch Whiskies.

http://www.laphroaig.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laphroaig

Btw, if you happen to be passing through the US/Canadian border, make sure to take a trip to the Duty Free. They tend to have some good deals on the Crown Royal for 2 bottles for the price of one.
1308  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My kidney stone is back or something(updated 10/9/08) on: October 10, 2008, 10:18:55 PM
Yeah, too much salt is no good. Not to mention too much salt can bring your blood pressure higher. I've got a friend who can't have a grain of salt, if you can imagine. His body can't process it. He's got a kidney disease.
1309  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My kidney stone is back or something(updated 10/9/08) on: October 10, 2008, 09:29:31 PM
Man, I'm cringing just reading this and hope I never have to go through any of this. I don't know what you're eating, but I'd be seriously considering changing your diet if I were you. Do you eat a lot of fatty foods? Deep Fried?
1310  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What movie should I watch on Halloween? on: October 09, 2008, 09:27:45 PM
Ghostbusters, surely!
1311  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Alanis who? John Mayer, Baby! on: October 08, 2008, 11:51:19 PM
Yep, Chris Thile is an incredibly talented musician.  I like his stuff. His album Deceiver is quite good.
1312  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Why, Michael Bay? Why? on: October 03, 2008, 09:48:03 PM
So, what do directors do when they can't find work? Do they become remake directors? According to his upcoming list of movies, it would seem like it.

I can just hear the tagline now. "When the baby rocks, the cradle WILL fall."

You just know Micheal Bay will turn this into an action movie. Bada bing, bada BOOM, he's got a remake!
1313  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: That woman is beautiful...or is she? on: October 02, 2008, 08:38:21 PM
That picture on the lower right, they managed to make her like a lifeless alien.
1314  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: That woman is beautiful...or is she? on: October 02, 2008, 08:22:56 PM
There's airbrushing, and then there's overdone airbrushing. To me the ones that get overdone are uninteresting. A lot of airbrushing removes depth of the image. And so what if people aren't perfect? That's part of the charm. Imperfections are being removed by 1's and 0's. Is this what we want to be remembered by?
1315  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Back to the Future... 2, or 3? on: October 01, 2008, 06:32:52 PM

Quote from: joeyjazz on October 01, 2008, 09:22:06 AM

I can see debating whether 1 or 2 is better... bringing #3 into the equation seems on par with comparing The Godfather III to the first two.

I think he meant to compare sequels not which is best out of the trilogy, Mcfly! Now if we're comparing all of them, then the first is easily the winner.
1316  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Back to the Future... 2, or 3? on: October 01, 2008, 12:44:01 AM
Three. It was the more interesting one out of the two. But two had hovercars and hoverboards... Hmmm.
1317  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jonas Brothers stole my man card! on: September 28, 2008, 06:47:22 PM
God, I find them so annoying. The newest "no talent" on the block. They can't sing, they can't play and they sound like crap, like a weasel being sucked into a hair dryer.
1318  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Friend is on the new Survivor on: September 26, 2008, 09:15:54 PM

Quote from: Laner on September 26, 2008, 07:44:15 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on September 26, 2008, 07:36:03 PM

Why does Survivor always have to be in warm climates?
I agree with you in principle, but the producers are going to keep it set in a locale where the participants can wear as little as possible.

Well, I think wearing as little as possible is a pretty weak excuse if you ask me. They could have games like  polar diving and sled dog races. Other times off camera could have them in a heated cabin which I think would be a good compromise.
1319  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Friend is on the new Survivor on: September 26, 2008, 07:36:03 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 26, 2008, 02:51:20 PM

Quote from: Scraper on September 26, 2008, 01:46:53 PM

If Survivor is going to last longer they really need to mix it up.

make it a true survivor and give everyone a revolver, six bullets and nothing else on a deserted island.

Better yet, set it in the arctic. Warm climates have become boring. Why does Survivor always have to be in warm climates? Where's the fun in that when you know what to expect in them? Finding an isolated location in the arctic would be easy enough. Set it near Resolute Bay, the northern-most point of civilization, and they'd be near it in case of emergency, yet still far enough.
1320  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dont forget Knight Rider starts tonight. on: September 25, 2008, 06:16:59 PM
I thought it was fun, but it certainly took liberties and managed to make the original look like it was rocket science. That scene where KITT is on fire and where they strip was completely ridiculous.

While the dialogue was pretty bad, it was actually an improvement on the pilot movie, and KITT finally did sound like a computer. A bit like HAL, actually.
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