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641  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: R.I.P. Whitney Houston on: February 13, 2012, 03:20:24 AM
Well, I don't tend to mourn celebrity deaths overall; I feel bad for their families a bit, but I never pretend to know them and as my family has suffered some losses in the past few years especially, I save my grief for those whom I truly care*. Nevertheless, I can understand how people feel a connection to an actor or singer or writer, any artist that is able to reach people with their talent. The media may be salacious, but I think a lot of people do mourn the loss of a talent such as Whitney Houston had, or Phil Hartman had. It's especially jarring to when it happens prematurely, as it had in both of those cases. In any case, I don't see the point in demeaning those who may have identified with those artists; the fact that they are mourned is proof that they were successful in connecting with their respective audiences.

*I will always miss Patrick Swayze. He was just cool.
642  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Impressions, tweaks and more! on: February 12, 2012, 11:01:23 PM
Sunday, 1800 EST, is anyone having trouble getting Skyrim to work? It checks for updates for the mods (which I wish I knew how to turn off) and then pops up the windows error saying that the game stopped working. I'm sure it's one of the mods, but it's not the one that it stops on and I don't feel like unsubscribing and resubscribing later. Anyone have a fix?
643  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: R.I.P. Whitney Houston on: February 12, 2012, 10:16:14 PM

Quote from: Crux on February 12, 2012, 09:32:04 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 12, 2012, 08:36:08 PM

So it's a messed up society that celebrates a person for their talent?

It's the type of talents our society idolizes people for that makes our society messed up. She sang songs. She had a beautiful voice. Our society makes her and people like her a point of obsession.

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So, in your opinion, what was the most important thing about her?

You know, I don't know.. because I don't know her. I'd sure hope it wasn't her voice. She was born with a fantastic set of vocal chords. If that is what defines her a person rather than the choices she made in her life then she wasn't much of a person. I'd care far more about what sort of friend/mother/sister/person she was to the people around her and that she met in life than her winning the genetic singing lottery. She didn't choose the latter, but the former is the choices that define who she really was. And that's why she should be mourned or not mourned. You people are sad over the loss of a voice, not a person.

Many societies have glorified artists; that started way before the US even came into being. It's such a silly thing to be upset about. It's human nature to look up to some people. I never heard one person say, "That Whitney Houston is a real intellectual" or "Thanks for curing cancer, Ms. Houston". She won accolades for her singing and rightfully so, for she was a great singer, whatever you think of her song choices. Yes, it'd be nice if everybody glorified the teachers, cops, firemen, etc. but that's not going to happen. If you think it's so silly, then why ate you even in here. Seems to me, you're trying to come off as superior. Personally, I feel bad fr her mother and daughter who are no more responsible for whatever addictions she had than anybody else not named Whitney Houston. Additction sucks, but she had more opportunities than most to get help. Maybe she tried and the damage was already done; who knows. What I do know is that it's ridiculous to get overly worked up about celebrity worship. It's irrelevant to the particular topic and it's futile.
644  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mystery GOG countdown (now general GOG discussion) on: February 07, 2012, 03:38:05 AM
GOG generally does the work for you to make it work.
645  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2011 Superbowl Discussion on: February 06, 2012, 05:26:30 AM
I meant more in the play-calling and coaching aspects. The Pats were doing reverses and double reverses and using deception; everybody and Eli's brother knew that the Giants were probably going to run it up the middle on any given play. The Pats' receivers did Brady no favors; otherwise the game would have fallen the other way.
646  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2011 Superbowl Discussion on: February 06, 2012, 04:41:24 AM
Yeah, the only silver lining if the Pats had won would have been that Kraft would have something good come out of the past year. It's weird; as much as I hate the Pats, I like Kraft. He seems like a reasonable good hearted guy. Frankly, as happy as I am about the Giants victory, the Pats played a better game. Eli really got the victory for us, with an assist by Maningham with that catch. The Giants' play calling is astoundingly simplistic. They only want to run the ball up the miiddle the first two downs before letting Eli have a shot 3rd down when the defense knows we're going to pass. Plus, we have no secondary. Oh well, we still won, so that's all that matters tonight.
647  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2011 Superbowl Discussion on: February 06, 2012, 02:56:29 AM
YEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
648  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: AP Just reported Steve Jobs passed on: February 02, 2012, 05:58:35 PM
Saw the topic back on the front page and feared that he died again. Whew!
649  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 02, 2012, 03:59:28 PM

Quote from: TK-421 on February 02, 2012, 02:12:01 PM

You're right, the posting of an animated gif wherein a dog is nearly injured but thankfully is not is EXACTLY the moral equivalent to raising dogs to be fight and die in a pit.

Good on you.



We really need a sarcasm font.
650  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 02, 2012, 02:09:12 PM

Quote from: TK-421 on February 02, 2012, 01:19:39 PM

Hey, I know this is the internet where everybody loves to come off as morally superior to complete strangers but while you are feeling so awesome about what a wonderful person you are and totally above posting something as horrible as that gif keep the following in mind:

1.  The owner does not appear to be significantly harmed in any way other than possibly suffering a sprained wrist and/or bump to the head.
2.  The dog is clearly shown to be OK and capable of walking after the incident.

If the results had been different (say like the dog being sheared in two) or the outcome left to be far more ambiguous (such as the dog shown rising up the door and the clip ending before showing the dog to be OK) then I would not have posted it.

To me it's more about how an owners moment of inattentiveness caused what very nearly might have been a tragedy but in the end we can breath a sigh of relief that the neither the dog nor the owner were seriously injured (that we can tell though the evidence supports it).

But as long as you are comfortable up there on the high horse I'm cool with that too.

Whatever, Mr. Vick!!!
651  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2011 Prowbowl (Yawn) Discussion on: February 02, 2012, 02:11:10 AM

Quote from: naednek on February 01, 2012, 07:07:33 PM

Quote from: Suitably Ironic Moniker on February 01, 2012, 05:47:39 PM

Well, the Prowbowl is over.

So glad you noticed.  Like I said, I usually change the thread titles on Thursdays, been that way since preseason

Dude, I didn't mean to offend, I was just gently mocking the misspelling.
652  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2011 Prowbowl (Yawn) Discussion on: February 01, 2012, 05:47:39 PM
Well, the Prowbowl is over.
653  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] M.S. One a.k.a. Lockout on: January 30, 2012, 05:26:04 PM
I know that Guy Pearce is a loose cannon, but hopefully, he's also a rogue agent. That would make it even better.
654  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Touch on: January 26, 2012, 09:28:22 PM

Quote from: rittchard on January 26, 2012, 07:49:18 PM

It's a little like Know1ng meets Pay It Forward, but from the creator of Heroes.

a.k.a., the 8th ring of Hell.
655  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2011 Championship Weekend Discussion on: January 23, 2012, 03:49:00 AM
Hey, I'd love for the Giants' defense to be able to tackle as well as the 49ers and as my father put it tonight, the Giants' secondary were like plow-horses versus the 49ers stallions. Our o-line was weak through most of the game; Eli had almost no time on a number of plays (and ample time on a few). All in all, 49ers are the future from where I sat. Still, go Giants!
656  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2011 Championship Weekend Discussion on: January 23, 2012, 03:40:19 AM
Go NY Football Giants! What a tight game. SF was faster and more aggressive than NY. If not for Williams, we would have gone home, but if not for Manning, we wouldn't have had enough points to have capitalized. Congrats to both teams and I look forward to history repeating itself in a couple of weeks.
657  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2011 Championship Weekend Discussion on: January 21, 2012, 03:32:57 AM
Alex Smith wishes he had that kind of retardation.
658  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2011 Championship Weekend Discussion on: January 21, 2012, 03:03:03 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on January 21, 2012, 02:56:16 AM



How the hell can you root for this guy?  Go Niners!

Yeah, it's real tough to root for a guy who quietly goes about the business of dragging his team kicking and screaming into the playoffs, a guy who is cool under pressure and wins the game in the fourth quarter again and again. Plus, he's an Ole Miss grad. Hoddy Toddy! go Giants!
659  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Thought Ubisoft's 'always connected' activation was bad? It gets worse. on: January 20, 2012, 04:14:28 AM
I haven't purchased an Ubisoft title at all since they started this DRM policy. There were a couple of games that tempted me, but they are so over the top on punishing the legitimate consumer that I cannot support them.
660  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2011 Divisional Playoff Discussion on: January 17, 2012, 05:06:15 AM
Go NY Football Giants x !

Just had to even it out a bit. slywink
661  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Recommend a TV series on DVD please? on: January 17, 2012, 01:15:38 AM
Battlestar Galactica
662  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2011 Divisional Playoff Discussion on: January 16, 2012, 03:12:31 AM

Quote from: naednek on January 16, 2012, 03:02:25 AM

lucky.
wait, 49ers.com is saying they don't go on sale till Wednesday.  How'd you get a ticket?

Gellar is Steve Young.
663  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2011 Divisional Playoff Discussion on: January 16, 2012, 12:50:51 AM
Go NY Football Giants!!
664  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Impressions, tweaks and more! on: January 09, 2012, 10:19:41 PM
Downloading now.
665  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: January 07, 2012, 12:43:01 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on January 06, 2012, 07:15:16 PM

Definitely the last two.

Also look at Carcassonne, Elder Scroll, Small World, Bang and Ticket to Ride.

And if you like Reiner Knizia, the man has just about exploded all over the app store.

For more suggestions: BGG and iPadBoardGames

Elder SIGN. You did it again slywink.
666  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Found out my mother has cancer today on: January 05, 2012, 04:49:54 AM
I'm sorry for your mother's news and wish the best of luck to both of you in dealing with this.
667  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GT Community: Pick your favorite PC game of 2011 on: January 02, 2012, 12:48:15 PM
Skyrim, please.
668  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Impressions, tweaks and more! on: December 20, 2011, 09:45:56 PM
Well, playing with the new patch installed has been a frame rate sucking experience. It's like a slideshow now.
669  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 17, 2011, 04:09:06 AM
I don't think that he was attacking those who posted the images in here or was saying that they shouldn't be here. It's just an opinion, folks; nothing to see here, please move on slywink.
670  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 14, 2011, 02:50:23 AM
I didn't know Glenn Beck is a furry.
671  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2011 Week 14 Discussion on: December 12, 2011, 05:08:10 AM
Talk about a nail biter. Thank Tebow Coughlin iced the kicker and the Giants blocked it. If it went to OT and the Cowgirls got the ball first, the Giants shitty pass defense would never have held up. Great game.
672  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My weekend was assassinated by Minecraft on: December 08, 2011, 11:48:22 PM
Is there a guide for beginners, preferably one that is easily printable? I would like to give it a go but it is rather daunting to jump in fresh. Thanks for any assistance.
673  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Impressions, tweaks and more! on: December 08, 2011, 05:05:14 AM
Just played for a few hours myself, and it worked like a charm. I swear they nerfed "sneak" with one of these patches, though. I am maxed out with about 120% in extra enchantments and I am getting spotted in situations where I used to be invisible. Not a bug though, I assume.
674  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 07, 2011, 03:59:03 AM
More like a comma.
675  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2011 Week 13 Discussion on: December 05, 2011, 01:18:21 AM
It would have been a fine game if the f#%@ing Giants pass defense had shown up for at least the final GB possession.
676  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Impressions, tweaks and more! on: December 01, 2011, 12:00:14 AM
I installed the patch and haven't noticed any new issues, though it didn't fix the bug I experienced with the mission at Fort Sungard.
677  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Muppets on: November 29, 2011, 07:06:56 PM
I went to go see it with my mom on opening day and we both sang along with Rainbow Connection. Loved it so much.
678  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's Thanksgiving. What's Your GOTY? on: November 23, 2011, 10:21:04 PM
Had it come out any other year, my GOTY would have been Witcher 2, but that was before Skyrim. That will probably be my GOTY next year, too.
679  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPhone-4 must have apps. IYHO on: November 21, 2011, 10:10:06 PM
Flipboard is an awesome app for reading various websites and media.
680  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioware's New Franchise on: November 09, 2011, 12:47:31 AM

Quote from: Purge on November 08, 2011, 06:20:28 PM

Quote from: farley2k on November 07, 2011, 09:28:29 PM

It could be scripted concept art during a cutscene.

... during event gameplay.


Don't forget the QTE.
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