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1361  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Smurfs...they're back! on: June 11, 2008, 06:35:23 PM

Quote from: morlac on June 11, 2008, 06:14:00 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on June 11, 2008, 06:04:06 PM

Part live action? What the hell? There was no live action in the Cartoon. What are going to do, dye someone blue? Or is Gargamel going to be live action?

So wee can see Smurfettes 'Smurf Berries' live and in the flesh.  That dirty little village whore.

Damn, so that's what they meant by berry bush!
1362  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Smurfs...they're back! on: June 11, 2008, 06:04:06 PM
Part live action? What the hell? There was no live action in the Cartoon. What are going to do, dye someone blue? Or is Gargamel going to be live action?
1363  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / ACTA: Copyright's answer to NAFTA on: June 11, 2008, 06:16:21 AM
Well, this truly blows!  eek

 Posting this here because of political implications.

http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/story.html?id=ae997868-220b-4dae-bf4f-47f6fc96ce5e&p=1

If this passes, it's going to change a lot of things here. I truly hope this doesn't come to fruition.

Quote
OTTAWA - The federal government is secretly negotiating an agreement to revamp international copyright laws which could make the information on Canadian iPods, laptop computers or other personal electronic devices illegal and greatly increase the difficulty of travelling with such devices.

The deal could also impose strict regulations on Internet service providers, forcing those companies to hand over customer information without a court order.

Called the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), the new plan would see Canada join other countries, including the United States and members of the European Union, to form an international coalition against copyright infringement.

The agreement is being structured much like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) except it will create rules and regulations regarding private copying and copyright laws.

Full article at the link
1364  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The New BMW Cylon-mobile! on: June 10, 2008, 08:51:09 PM
What I want to know is, what happens when you take it to the car wash?
1365  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Canada losing its "second national anthem"? on: June 10, 2008, 02:19:48 AM
They just announced that CTV bought the rights and that they'll be using it on TSN and the Vancouver Olympics.
1366  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I have found my summer ale on: June 10, 2008, 01:26:19 AM
One of my favourite breweries when I go out to Vermont every summer is Otter Creek.  One of my favourites is Stovepipe Porter.

http://www.ottercreekbrewing.com/
1367  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Four Things I Learned By Watching "G4TV Rewind" on: June 08, 2008, 02:30:07 AM
Kevin Pereira annoys me to no end. I absolutely hate when he goes on to talk about something he has no clue about, trying to look smart. And yeah, the network is pretty much dead to me now since The Lab with Leo got cancelled.
1368  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Actual Duke Nukem Forever gameplay footage! on: June 07, 2008, 08:39:06 PM
This looks like something I've seen before, like in Duke 3d? Where's the innovation?
1369  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The mysterious lightsaber from Hong Kong on: June 07, 2008, 06:54:40 PM
Yep, I have one of those in green. It's pretty cool. And I know of people who have bigger ones.
1370  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Golden Compass points to suck on: June 07, 2008, 04:24:58 AM
What pissed me off the most about it was the chronology of the two major events in the movie. Having the bear fight near the middle and the blowing up of the institution at the end, which totally changed the underlining nature of the story since there were a lot of plot threads in book related to these two events, and now those were gone. The way the movie set things up made everything seem like it was just a simple excersize.
1371  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You want me to spell WHAT?? on: June 05, 2008, 07:57:14 PM
Hmmm, actually it's due to how the forum shortened the link.


Let's try this:

http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=VjzrNWPul9E
1372  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Canada losing its "second national anthem"? on: June 05, 2008, 07:18:55 PM
Not like it matters much to me since I'm not into Hockey, but they could always, you know, write a new theme.  But, I do find that little by little, Canada is losing some of its distinctiveness due to greedy people. First the censorship bill issue and now this. What's sad is that CBC is really the only one still airing lots of Canadian Content. The others like CTV and Global fight each other on who will kick more ass with American TV shows they've bought and then do the signal superstitions thing to get more advertising dollars. Lazy BS.
1373  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / You want me to spell WHAT?? on: June 05, 2008, 07:15:17 PM
http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...Bo6ArgKh4IysCQ


Man, the reaction the kid has once he realizes it's not the word he thought it was is priceless!
1374  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sex and the City on: June 04, 2008, 08:47:25 PM

Quote from: MHS on June 02, 2008, 03:20:33 PM

It also touches a place inside any women who has ever been single and makes us remember what it's like to feel that hopelessness that you're ever going to find someone and that fear that there is something terribly wrong with you and why does everyone else seem to have a boyfriend, which is why so many women relate to it.

I just have to say that this problem isn't exclusive to women. I'm 31 and I've been single since High School. And yes, I do often feel the sense of hopelessness, so I don't really think it's fair to generalize it as a woman-only issue.
1375  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trilogies that got progressively better on: June 02, 2008, 06:21:58 PM
Some of these movies I wouldn't even consider as a trilogy when it comes to them as TV movies or direct to video garbage.
1376  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How much hassle to cross the border into Canada? on: May 31, 2008, 08:26:40 PM

Quote from: Purge on May 31, 2008, 04:04:22 AM

Quote from: Rumpy on May 31, 2008, 01:29:27 AM

Quote from: Purge on May 30, 2008, 08:23:06 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on May 30, 2008, 08:15:55 PM

Yeah, you need a passport starting this year. Don't forget your passport!

wrong (according to border services)

But you DO need one if you're a Canadian entering the US.


Wrong again. slywink

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The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) is a U.S. law that requires all travellers, including U.S. and Canadian citizens, to present a valid passport or another approved secure document when travelling to, through or from the United States from within the western hemisphere. The U.S. WHTI is being implemented in stages by mode of transportation.

The new document requirements were implemented for air travel to or through the United States in January 2007. Final document requirements for those seeking to enter the United States at land or water ports of entry will take effect June 1, 2009.

We still have a year from Monday to travel to/from the US by ground or water without passports. By air has been a requirement since 2007 though (so I guess only wrong for the time being, and assuming you were referring to the OP's stated method of travel).



Yeah, and that's because the office that processes them got overwhelmed due to so many requests since all passports have to pass through one location, and people were getting worried they wouldn't be getting theirs in time due to the wait, until they devised some hubs so that people could get them taken care of there, instead of having to mail their requests in.
1377  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Okay, now that is kind of scary on: May 31, 2008, 08:14:28 PM
Wasn't one of those motion sensitive lights was it?
1378  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How much hassle to cross the border into Canada? on: May 31, 2008, 01:29:27 AM

Quote from: Purge on May 30, 2008, 08:23:06 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on May 30, 2008, 08:15:55 PM

Yeah, you need a passport starting this year. Don't forget your passport!

wrong (according to border services)

But you DO need one if you're a Canadian entering the US.
1379  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Speaker Recommendation on: May 30, 2008, 09:37:01 PM
I picked myself up a pair of Bose Companion II's, and they sound great! Best part about it? You don't even need a subwoofer, seriously. The way the sound is channeled makes a subwoofer an unnecessary thing. And the awesome thing is, the tone is very similar to my old Altec Lansing ACS 33's, with pretty much the same amount of bass. So anyone finding themselves disappointed like me in 2.1's these days, you should seriously consider getting a pair of these.
1380  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sex and the City on: May 30, 2008, 09:32:43 PM

Quote from: hepcat on May 30, 2008, 09:12:37 PM

If I may turn sexist, shallow and ridiculously misogynistic for a few minutes; what the hell happened to Sarah Jessica Parker???  i swear i can remember a time when she was actually the stuff of teenage fantasies.  now she looks like Charles Nelson Reilly in his Lidsville outfit...

She's a prime example of plastic surgery gone wrong. That's what happened.
1381  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sex and the City on: May 30, 2008, 08:19:38 PM
Remember, it's all about the fashion. So that women have new things to want, such as more shoes and handbags, and more shoes.
1382  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How much hassle to cross the border into Canada? on: May 30, 2008, 08:15:55 PM
Yeah, you need a passport starting this year. Don't forget your passport!
1383  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Speaker Recommendation on: May 29, 2008, 08:26:13 PM

Quote from: Giles Habibula on May 29, 2008, 02:42:46 AM

From what I've read, Altec Lansing doesn't make 'em like they used to.


Yeah, that's what I heard too, but I refused to believe it, as I thought, how bad could it really be? I loved my pair of ACS 33's. Great sound with a subwoofer that wasn't overpowering, but delivered a nice rich sound. I thought for sure, they must of improved on this, but instead I've found they kind of went backwards. You still have a subwoofer, yet it doesn't really seem as effective as they used to be, even though they're bigger. What I'm looking for in a subwoofer is depth and midrange.

In general, all 2.1's in the industry seem to be going in the same direction. Lack of midrange, focus on subwoofer, which get bigger and bigger, yet nothing in the middle, so most sounds that need a midrange end up sounding tinny/empty/hollow. I noticed it on the 4121's, and I noticed it with the Logitech Z-4 they had on display. Music kind of sounded OK, but engine sounds sounded more like whimpers. Same thing with stuff like voices in a game. To hear someone, like in LOTR, I had to turn it way up, which then made everything else too loud. 

I've also noticed them saying you need a good soundcard to get them most of them, which frankly I think is unfair. I mean, not everyone can afford a good soundcard. Most of the onboard sound these days does it fine for most people. I just want a set of speakers that work good regardless of what you have it hooked up with.  Good speakers should be able to stand on their own.

So, tomorrow I'm looking at a pair of Bose.
1384  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Andromeda Strain Remake on A&E on: May 28, 2008, 07:39:34 PM
So, who's watching? I remember the original quite clearly, and I think they did a really good job with this remake. They didn't wreck it like most movies/remakes would. Instead, it's a testament to how good a story it is, standing the test of time, if the pacing and story is kept the same without much meddling, save for a few modern references. It's pretty much intact. I'd recommend it for those who passed on it.
1385  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My latest beer test..Yuengling on: May 28, 2008, 07:09:02 PM
My latest find is a Smokebeer from Germany. Absolutely tasty. Quite a treat if you can get your hands on some. It's Schlenkerla.
1386  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Speaker Recommendation on: May 28, 2008, 01:53:00 AM
Well, I went to take a look at the Z-4 in a store and I wasn't particularly impressed as I saw many of the same problems. I ended up not buying them. It seems to be a trend these days. I just don't particularly feel like they make speakers and subwoofers like they used to, where the sound was even with the subwoofer supporting the sound rather than it being there to just add loud booming. There just isn't any depth. In-game sounds are rather hollow/empty sounding on these. I want roar, not whimpers. And not necessarily from big huge subwoofers that don't really do much.

I might spring for some Bose, though they don't come with a subwoofer, but it might not need them.
1387  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Indy IV: Who's in for Midnight??? on: May 27, 2008, 11:10:46 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on May 27, 2008, 09:56:50 PM

Complex questions about the Earth's past??  C'mon, I think you're looking for a different series since they've never addressed that previously.

Well, this is a series about an Archeologist, so yes, I think I'd expect it from it. While it may never have addressed it, I consider it something that doesn't necessarily have to be spoken or mentioned, but be something that's been thought about. Some of the greatest things in our universe are things that are the unexplained.
1388  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Indy IV: Who's in for Midnight??? on: May 27, 2008, 09:36:40 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on May 27, 2008, 07:07:39 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 27, 2008, 07:04:31 PM

Indy 1: 1000+ year old religious folklore
Indy 2: 1000+ year old religious folklore
Indy 3: 1000+ year old religious folklore
Indy 4: several year old non-religious folklore

Huh? 
Spoiler for Hiden:
  I believe the movie says that the Crystal Skulls are several thousand years old and they are certainly religious folklore to the Incans. 

Spoiler for Hiden:
I believe what he has a problem with is the allusion that aliens may have created the Mayan empire, along with the Egyptian pyramids and the like. I agree with him. It kind of doesn't fit and seems lazy to write that off as Alien influence. That seems like giving up the complex questions about Earth's past. That's what Archeologists and Paleontologists are for; digging up the past. In this case, Indy seemed to have dug up the future which goes against the whole of Indy's purpose in general. He'd be out of a job.
1389  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Indy IV: Who's in for Midnight??? on: May 27, 2008, 09:02:47 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on May 27, 2008, 06:59:50 PM

Spoiler for Hiden:
I guess I just don't like peanut butter in my chocolate, and I sure as hell don't like aliens in my Indiana Jones movie. I wish Lucas and Spielberg would both just get abducted and have 6 months of hardcore alien butt sex until they got it out of their system. I assume next we'll get Jurassic Park 4, DINOSAURS IN SPACE!!!

Actually, what I'd love is for Indy to discover that Dragons were really fire-breathing dinosaurs slywink
1390  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chronicles of Narnia: Caspian on: May 27, 2008, 08:26:23 PM
Saw it on Sunday, and I really loved it. Almost as much as the first. Forgot how beautiful the scenery and cinematography was. That should count towards some awards.
1391  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Speaker Recommendation on: May 27, 2008, 03:39:47 AM
Hmmm, Canadians can't order from that site. And upon looking, those speakers sell for around $139 CND elsewhere. Cheapest I've found it for is $116.
1392  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Speaker Recommendation on: May 26, 2008, 08:55:20 PM
Ok, so I picked up a pair of Altec Lansing VS4121's last week, and I think I'll be returning them. While it does have clear sound, the bass is overwhelming, with no real depth,  and there's no real midrange resulting in a tinny sound. Some of the subtleties I heard on my previous set of speakers (Altec Lansing ACS33's) are lost on these. I listen to a wide variety of music, so a good range is important.

I was looking at the Altec Lansing VS 2421 as they seem closest to the ACS33's. I'm not looking to spend much. I already paid $100 CND for the 4121's and that's pretty much the limit on what I'm willing to spend. I'm also not looking to buy 5.1's. Just a good overall 2.1 Speaker system. So, I'm wondering if anyone has anything to recommend in particular. I heard that the Logitech 2.1's weren't that great, but then again, this was coming from the person who convinced me to go with the 4121's. All he was showing us was music with lots of bass.
1393  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Phoenix touches down on: May 26, 2008, 06:20:20 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on May 26, 2008, 02:05:23 PM

Why didn't they name this mission "Viking 3"? It feels like a rerun, except our greater familiarity with the Martian surface dulls the excitement that accompanied those first Viking panoramas, with their red rocks and pink sky. I hope Phoenix's science results are more definitive than the Vikings were.

Because, this is essentially the mission that replaces the failed Mars Polar Lander from years back. The mission that caused a lot of sadness and depression within NASA due to its failure. The one that made NASA second-guess itself. The one that made us wonder if we should just give up space exploration altogether.
1394  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Indy IV: Who's in for Midnight??? on: May 25, 2008, 06:22:02 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on May 25, 2008, 01:22:32 PM

Saw it. As a standalone popcorn movie, it was OK. As an Indiana Jones movie, I felt it was completely different than the other three, didn't fit into the series at all


When seeing it, you have to realize that it's been 20 years since The Last Crusade came out, and things have changed, not only for Harrison Ford, but in the world of Indy, so the tone is sort of different from the last three, and I think that's what a lot of people seeing it have failed to realize. Things have changed too much. It's not going to be the same Indy you saw him in The Last Crusade. The world of Indy has just gone through WWII, when last, it was on the brink of war. Of course things are different.
1395  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Indy IV: Who's in for Midnight??? on: May 25, 2008, 05:48:12 AM
Ok, so I saw it tonight. I thought it was absolutely great. Lots of good humour and the stunts are spectacular! Probably some of my favourite stunts from the series are in this movie.


Spoiler for Hiden:
Though, I do hate the resolution at the end, with the use of CGI and all.


I do have a few minor quibbles overall though. Beginning: Rock & Roll music instead of the Indy Theme. WHY? Ok, I know they used it to set the tone, but to me it felt the opposite. It felt pretty dry.

Whip Cracking: Aside from the one use of the whip in the warehouse, that's all there was of the trusty whip. Come on. Give us a little whip action! An Indy movie isn't the same with his whip.

The Indiana Jones Theme. It was used very sparingly, almost like it was used as an afterthought to remind people that what they were watching, was an Indiana Jones movie. The whole score itself felt underwhelming, and I thought that an Indiana Jones movie deserved something better.
1396  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The alternative to Indy this weekend on: May 24, 2008, 01:44:21 AM
Postal or Indy. Postal or Indy. Hmmm, tough choice!  icon_lol
1397  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What is the Gaming Trend Soundtrack? Contest! on: May 23, 2008, 08:36:36 PM
Off-Topic: Life Less Ordinary - Carbon Leaf
PC Gaming: Still Alive (The Portal Theme song) - Johnathan Coulton
Multiplayer Gaming: If I had a Rocket Launcher - Bruce Cockburn
Hardware/Software Hell: Worse Than Before - Wide Mouth Mason
Trading :Keep the Customer Satisfied - Simon & Garfunkel
Political/Religious: Bone of Contention - Spirit of the West
Massive Multiplayer: It's only me, the wizard of Magicland - Barenaked Ladies Or Log In To You - Arrogant Worms
Console Gaming: Sibling Rivalry - Unknown Author
General Gaming : Born to Lose - Ray Charles, I think?
Feedback: Hanging by A Thread - Nickel Creek
1398  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Boeing Firing High-Energy Tactical Laser... on: May 22, 2008, 10:01:46 PM
That must be why pointing green lasers at planes is illegal.
1399  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Why do companies do this? on: May 22, 2008, 09:17:25 PM
But that doesn't make sense if I open up the package, which has the same documents and all that which has a registration card that tells me to send it in for a longer warranty, but only for US Citizens. It IS a local version. It's what's being sold by the stores. It's what the stores are given. I don't have a choice. I'm simply locked out from the offer.
1400  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Why do companies do this? on: May 22, 2008, 07:56:15 PM
I just picked up a pair of Altec Lansing  VS2141's to replace my aging pair of ACS33's. Great sounding, though I'm a little disappointed in that they sound a little hollow.

Anyway, I usually send in the registration cards, and this one offers a 2 year Warranty for sending it in. But, and this is a big but, it's only valid for American citizens.  Now why do they do this when on the whole,while it's sold in North America. We're just as big customers, so I don't see why people who aren't in the US don't get the same type of support. It just seems a little unfair that customers who pay about twice as much for the same thing, in the end don't get the same type of support. Feels like we get shafted on an otherwise great product.
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