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1401  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.
1402  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.
1403  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.
1404  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.
1405  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.
1406  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
1407  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
1408  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.
1409  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.
1410  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.
1411  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 25 years but not for his worst crimes on: May 21, 2008, 08:19:59 PM
Good. Maybe this should stop the influx of boy bands.
1412  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How do you back up iTunes? on: May 20, 2008, 08:10:24 PM
You can also export your library to a file. This will essentially keep your library, including playlists and songs bought on itunes, which makes re-authorizing much easier. Do this along with the backup of the whole directory.
1413  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Black Book: A Gem of a movie on: May 19, 2008, 09:14:34 PM
Those who are using his bad apples to judge his career and avoiding this one, you're missing one heck of a gem. Everyone makes a turd, but not everyone can make a gem. This is one he should be extremely proud of, putting it at the top of his resume. It's his crowning achievement, the one he's probably waited all his life to make. This is one extremely cool movie, and deserves a rightful place in movie history.  So, if you have doubts, watch it at least once and tell me you didn't like it.
1414  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Black Book: A Gem of a movie on: May 19, 2008, 07:34:16 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on May 19, 2008, 04:04:37 AM

Quote from: Rumpy on May 18, 2008, 09:24:16 PM

There's a German movie which most people haven't heard about, directed by Paul Verhoeven, which I've just seen today, and thought it was absolutely fricken brilliant! It's a movie about a Jewish singer living in Holland during WWII,  who infiltrates the regional Gestapo headquarters for the Dutch Resistance. It's utterly brilliant, with so many twists and turns, and so many details it's like a novel unfolding before your eyes. Everyone needs to see this underrated gem. Simply a masterpiece of filmmaking.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0389557/
It's a Dutch movie!

Paul Verhoeven is, even with his horrible misses, one of my favorites. I haven't seen all his old Dutch movies, but Soldier of Orange, while not a classic, is a very good movie.
Napolean, #gg's Dutch member, was very happy about this one when it came out but I sadly missed it in theaters.

Oh right, sorry. I must of gotten confused because the Germans play such a big role in this movie. Some of it sounded German. I never saw Soldiers of Orange. Is it any good?
1415  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Black Book: A Gem of a movie on: May 18, 2008, 09:24:16 PM
There's a German movie which most people haven't heard about, directed by Paul Verhoeven, which I've just seen today, and thought it was absolutely fricken brilliant! It's a movie about a Jewish singer living in Holland during WWII,  who infiltrates the regional Gestapo headquarters for the Dutch Resistance. It's utterly brilliant, with so many twists and turns, and so many details it's like a novel unfolding before your eyes. Everyone needs to see this underrated gem. Simply a masterpiece of filmmaking.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0389557/
1416  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A thing of beauty on: May 18, 2008, 01:45:50 AM
Were they maybe filming Top Gear? Or the American version of Top Gear? Looks nice.
1417  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fox to use less commercials? on: May 16, 2008, 10:22:08 PM
When the commercials are about 3 times as loud as the actual show, where the volume level for the show itself is very low, it drives me away from the channel.
1418  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Oh...Oh NO. NKOTB Reunites. Tour Planned. on: May 16, 2008, 10:19:16 PM

Quote from: morlac on May 16, 2008, 09:20:17 PM

I think, as a fan, you will want to pay close attention the the third set of pictures as they represent what I was talking about above.

I'm offended that you think I'm a fan! I said no such thing!  Tongue I don't even know who the hell they are for the most part, nor do I really care.
1419  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fox to use less commercials? on: May 16, 2008, 07:34:02 PM

Quote from: Asharak on May 16, 2008, 07:21:12 PM

Quote from: PR_GMR on May 16, 2008, 06:39:20 PM

Quote from: Zaxxon on May 16, 2008, 06:01:08 PM


I'm also surprised to hear that Whedon's new show is on Fox.  After Firefly he stated in no uncertain terms that he would never work with Fox again.  I guess he likes being paid.

This is par for the course in high-stakes Hollywood. No matter how badly a TV network or a movie studio screws you, you better be ready to be diplomatic and do business with them in the future.

I believe it has more to do with the fact that Eliza Dushku is involved. As I heard it, the development deal was between Fox and Dushku and, after Whedon pitched the Dollhouse idea to her, she convinced him to come on board and help make the show.

- Ash

So, it's her dollhouse, and she's playing Barbie? This sounds better than the actual show itself.
1420  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Demo Lego Indiana Jones..im stuck on: May 16, 2008, 07:30:50 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on May 13, 2008, 09:55:40 PM

Ya the camera is horrid. The controls are at least remappable though.

I agree. I just finished playin Lego Star Wars, and there's this part in Revenge of the Sith where you have to use force powers to activate ledges and jump onto them before they retract again, and using your force powers again to activate more ledges in order to jump onto platforms. The problem is that the camera angle makes this very difficult to do, as most of the time, you're directly under the platform that you're supposed to jump onto, and the perspective makes it hard to see that. What makes this worse is that you actually have to do this in order to proceed to the next part. And this is for kids? Some of the level design leaves a lot to be desired.
1421  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dracula Origin video..new adventure game! on: May 16, 2008, 06:20:13 PM
Yep, where games are the same, with a new setting. Not to mention that they like using Starforce. Or liked anyway. Not sure if they still use it. As pointed out, Dreamcatcher is their parent company. It's more or less just a division they've started using ever since they started publishing other type of games.
1422  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fox to use less commercials? on: May 16, 2008, 06:14:29 PM

Quote from: Arkon on May 16, 2008, 04:27:56 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on May 16, 2008, 04:20:25 PM

Quote from: Arkon on May 16, 2008, 04:17:47 PM

I wish they would go to what I saw done when I was in England years ago.  The show aired commercial free, and then the 10 minutes after the show, before the next show was commercials.

Was that the case for all British shows?  I'm probably talking about my ass here (maybe metallicorphin can chime in) but I know that a lot of shows are broadcast on BBC which is, I believe, government funded and therefore commercial free while other "private" stations still use regular commercial advertising. 

To be honest this was about 12 years ago.  I was on my way to Namibia and had a few day layover in London.  I just remember all the shows we watched had the commercials all slotted after the shows were over.  So say 12:00-12:50 was the show, then 12:50 - 1:00 was the commercials.


British shows typically run longer due to no commercials, which is why shows like Top Gear are cut up for American audiences, resulting in a lot of stuff missing, literally becoming Best of segments.
1423  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fox to use less commercials? on: May 16, 2008, 05:51:37 PM

Quote from: ChaoZ on May 16, 2008, 03:19:00 PM

I suspect that's exactly what they had in mind. That'll really mess with people who download shows.
I wonder how Canadian broadcasters are planning to approach this. It means shows will run 5 minutes longer if they stick to the old-style commercials (if the show has factored them into the plot structure at all).

I don't think it matters all that much for Canada since we already have less commercials in the first place, which is why ASN  show music videos and other stuff to fill the gap.
1424  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: May 15, 2008, 05:11:44 PM
I think OO needs Viagra. It's been down for too long and probably needs help to get up and running again.
1425  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Oh...Oh NO. NKOTB Reunites. Tour Planned. on: May 15, 2008, 05:07:08 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 15, 2008, 02:19:43 PM

MENUDO!!!!!!!!!!

Heh, funny you should say that. I never knew about that band until awhile ago, when a show I was watching had a new generation of the band. Basically, all new members and none of the originals. At this point, it's not the same band at all. Time for a new name instead of rehashing a name. It was ridiculous to say the least.

Oh and ATB, long awaited by girls of course.
1426  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NASA news conference to announce mystery discovery on: May 15, 2008, 04:50:32 PM
Yep, Supernova. They were talking about it on the radio yesterday.
1427  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Alaskan playground on: May 14, 2008, 07:04:30 PM

Quote from: Destructor on May 14, 2008, 01:51:41 PM

That's what I call a slight change of climate. Only way you could get worse is moving from Arizona to Alaska. biggrin

Or even worse, Resolute Bay, northernmost edge of civilization. My Dad lived there for about a year doing research. Seriously, you have to live carefully the further north you go. People have been known to lose appendages due to frostbite.  At this point, I'd rather be sweating. And that's the difference between hot and cold. You won't melt with the heat, but you'll lose things in the cold if you aren't protected enough.


Quote from: ArmyOfOne on May 14, 2008, 02:16:57 PM

I moved from Canada to Florida.  I think I got the better end of the deal.

Maybe. Though I bet you miss the Auroras. Alaska would be an astronomer's dream. Dark place, no street lights; just pure darkness, and the chance of freezing your bananas. A lot of what astronomers strive for amid all the light pollution. Cold? What cold? Astronomers tend to do crazy things to get at what they want, including freezing outside for hours.

1428  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Alaskan playground on: May 14, 2008, 04:48:49 AM
I have a friend who moved from Florida to Alaska if you can believe it. Loves it there.
1429  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Yet another reason to avoid Vista on: May 12, 2008, 09:36:55 PM

Quote from: tjg_marantz on May 12, 2008, 03:50:44 AM

Millenium, meet Vista.
Vista, meet Millenium.

More like,

BOB, meet Vista.
Vista, meet BOB.

1430  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Canadians: Is Bell Internet faster than Rogers Cable? on: May 12, 2008, 08:27:11 PM

Quote from: ChaoZ on May 12, 2008, 05:01:03 PM

I'm looking into alternative providers right now.

Heh, does that mean you'll be changing your avatar? Those beaver mascots annoy me. And man, is Bell ever relentless! It's been about a year and a half since we quit Bell and went with VoiP through our cable company. Bell's been at us ever since, trying to get us to reconsider. The truth is, they don't give a dam (haha) when you're with them, only when you're not. They're too big for their own good and don't know the meaning of customer service and competition, charging an arm and a leg for basic services.  They have the gall to harass us with telemarketing calls day after day.
1431  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Clone Wars Trailer on: May 12, 2008, 08:15:48 PM
I'm not very impressed. This is more likely to win over kids though. I just don't think it will be a must-see.
1432  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Speed Racer on: May 08, 2008, 09:45:02 PM
How is this even a remake? They didn't make a Speed Racer movie before, did they?
1433  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Speed Racer on: May 08, 2008, 07:11:03 PM
I think it looks like someone was on LSD when they created the special effects. I know it's supposed to be a cartoon, but the live action doesn't particularly blend well with the CGI from what I've seen so far, and then the CGI itself isn't all that impressive with some of it looking quite bad, like something I would have expected 5 years ago.
1434  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: id Software hiring for DOOM 4 on: May 08, 2008, 02:29:17 AM
I never played Doom 3. I guess I will eventually.

Though since the setting is pretty much a reboot of the 1st Doom, will Doom 4 actually be Doom 2 rebooted? There's a lot they could do with the Hell on Earth setting.
1435  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The greatest invention in the history of mankind. on: May 06, 2008, 06:11:26 PM

Quote from: chaosraven on May 06, 2008, 03:41:16 PM

I think I just had an Organasm.

Is that a combination of Organism and Orgasm?  eek
1436  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: May 06, 2008, 05:22:41 AM
May the fork be with you.
1437  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Early word on "Iron Man" on: May 04, 2008, 06:28:22 PM
That was awesome. I came in there with no expectations at all and walked away very impressed. I thought everything about the movie was well thought out, like they had thought of every single detail, every down to the little touches that made me smile. The acting was really good and the story was probably one of the best I've seen in a recent superhero movie.

While half of the people in the theatre left before the credits were over, a bunch of us stayed til the very end.
1438  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Makes two dozen lubricated balloon animals!...OR.... on: May 03, 2008, 01:42:57 AM
Give them away to charity...
1439  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Good hostage movies? on: May 02, 2008, 06:42:16 PM
Midnight Run with Robert DeNiro and Charles Grodin.

I love that movie!
1440  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: May 01, 2008, 07:04:50 PM
So, what's the definition of 'Short'?

1.   having little length; not long.
2.   having little height; not tall: a short man.
3.   extending or reaching only a little way: a short path.
4.   brief in duration; not extensive in time: a short wait.
5.   brief or concise, as writing.
6.   rudely brief; abrupt; hurting: short behavior.
7.   low in amount; scanty: short rations.
8.   not reaching a point, mark, target, or the like; not long enough or far enough.
9.   below the standard in extent, quantity, duration, etc.: short measure.
10.   having a scanty or insufficient amount of (often fol. by in or on): He was short in experience.
11.   being below a necessary or desired level; lacking: The office is short due to winter colds and flu.
12.   Cookery.
a.   (of pastry and the like) crisp and flaky; breaking or crumbling readily from being made with a large proportion of butter or other shortening.
b.   (of dough) containing a relatively large amount of shortening.
13.   (of metals) deficient in tenacity; friable; brittle.
14.   (of the head or skull) of less than ordinary length from front to back.
15.   Stock Exchange.
a.   not possessing at the time of sale commodities or stocks that one sells.
b.   noting or pertaining to a sale of commodities or stocks that the seller does not possess, depending for profit on a decline in prices.
16.   Phonetics.
a.   lasting a relatively short time: “Bit” has a shorter vowel-sound than “bid” or “bead.”
b.   belonging to a class of sounds considered as usually shorter in duration than another class, as the vowel of but as compared to that of bought, and in many languages serving as a distinctive feature of phonemes, as the a in German Bann in contrast with the ah in Bahn, or the t in Italian fato in contrast with the tt in fatto (opposed to long).
c.   having the sound of the English vowels in bat, bet, bit, hot, but, and put, historically descended from vowels that were short in duration.
17.   Prosody.
a.   (of a syllable in quantitative verse) lasting a relatively shorter time than a long syllable.
b.   unstressed.
18.   (of an alcoholic drink) small: a short drink.
19.   Chiefly British. (of whiskey) undiluted; straight.
20.   Ceramics. (of clay) not plastic enough to be modeled.
21.   Ropemaking. hard (def. 39).
–adverb
22.   abruptly or suddenly: to stop short.
23.   briefly; curtly.
24.   on the near side of an intended or particular point: The arrow landed short.
25.   Baseball.
a.   with the hands higher on the handle of the bat than usual: He held the bat short and flied out.
b.   in a fielding position closer to home plate than usual.
–noun
26.   something that is short.
27.   that which is deficient or lacking.
28.   the sum and substance of a matter; gist (usually prec. by the).
29.   shorts,
a.   trousers, knee-length or shorter.
b.   short pants worn by men as an undergarment.
c.   knee breeches, formerly worn by men.
d.   Finance. short-term bonds.
e.   Mining. crushed ore failing to pass through a given screen, thus being of a larger given size than a specific grade. Compare fine (def. 29a).
f.   remnants, discards, or refuse of various cutting and manufacturing processes.
30.   a size of garment for men who are shorter than average: He wears a 42 short.
31.   a garment, as a suit or overcoat, in such a size.
32.   Military. a shot that strikes or bursts short of the target.
33.   Electricity. short circuit.
34.   Prosody. a short sound or syllable.
35.   Baseball. shortstop (def. 1).
36.   Movies. short subject.
37.   Finance. short seller.
38.   a deficiency or the amount of a deficiency.
39.   Chiefly British. a small drink of straight whiskey; shot.
–verb (used with object)
40.   to cause a short circuit in.
41.   to cheat by giving less than is expected or deserved; shortchange.
–verb (used without object)
42.   to short-circuit.
—Idioms
43.   come or fall short,
a.   to fail to reach a particular standard.
b.   to prove insufficient; be lacking: Her funds fell short, and she had to wire home for help.
44.   cut short, to end abruptly; terminate: Her nap was cut short by a loud noise from outside.
45.   for short, by way of abbreviation: Her name is Patricia, and she's called Pat for short.
46.   in short,
a.   in summary.
b.   in few words; in brief: In short, this has been rather a disappointing day.
47.   make short work of. work (def. 52).
48.   run short, to be in insufficient supply: My patience is running short.
49.   sell short,
a.   Stock Exchange. to sell stocks or the like without having them in one's actual possession at the time of the sale.
b.   to disparage or underestimate: Don't sell Tom short; he's really an excellent engineer.
50.   short and sweet,
a.   pleasantly brief.
b.   pertinent: We're in a hurry, so make it short and sweet.
51.   short for, being a shorter form of; abbreviated to: “Phone” is short for “telephone.”
52.   short of,
a.   less than; inferior to.
b.   inadequately supplied with (money, food, etc.).
c.   without going to the length of; failing of; excluding: Short of murder, there is nothing he wouldn't have tried to get what he wanted.
[Origin: bef. 900; ME schort (adj.), OE sceort; c. OHG scurz short, ON skortr shortness, scarcity]

—Related forms
shortness, noun

—Synonyms 4. Short, brief are opposed to long, and indicate slight extent or duration. Short may imply duration but is also applied to physical distance and certain purely spatial relations: a short journey. Brief refers esp. to duration of time: brief intervals. 5. terse, succinct, laconic, condensed. 6. curt, sharp, testy. 7. poor, deficient, inadequate, wanting, lacking. 12. crumbly. 14. brachycephalic.
—Antonyms 3, 4. long.
Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1)
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2006.

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