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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / "I'll be back." on: July 01, 2008, 05:19:44 PM
If one's bicycle is stolen in China, don't complain to the police.

Jeez Louise!
2  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: District of Columbia v. Heller -- Decision tomorrow on: June 26, 2008, 03:06:41 PM
We've made a pdf copy of the full opinion with all dissents available for download at Popehat.
3  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / John McCain is a turtle. Barack Obama is a zerg. on: June 25, 2008, 04:48:22 PM
Excuse the pimpage, but this review of the Democratic and Republican primaries by Superhiro was too good to keep it to ourselves.
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Age of Conan Original Books on: June 22, 2008, 07:11:41 PM
I almost choked when I read the thread title, but the sentiment is nice, so...

Robert E. Howard competes only with Tolkien for the title of most important fantasy author.  While Tolkien has had the benefit (now) of better movie treatments, and was by far more ambitious and better educated than Howard, in terms of overall quality the difference is a matter of taste which really doesn't compare, like comparing Tolstoy to Dashiell Hammett.

Howard at his best is a master of the pulp short story form, and Conan is his best character in his most fully realized world.  Where Tolkien's books contain long passages of boring prose and bad poems which must be read to fully understand the goodness of the work as a whole, Howard's bad or exploitative stories can be skipped for the good stuff, without much missed.  You are choosing correctly to read the original works as published, the three Ballantine compilations.  The DeCamp/Lee additions of the 1970s paperbacks do the character a great disservice, as they're worse than Howard at his worst, and often tear good stories apart or add fat to a story of lean meat.  Howard was a hardboiled writer whose characters carried swords rather than pistols.

The stories in the three volume set are ordered as Howard published them, and you can track his growth as a writer through the chronology as you can by tracking his friend H. P. Lovecraft's growth through reading the Arkham House versions of his work.

You're in for a treat when you get to the third book, which contains Beyond the Black River and Red Nails, the two best fantasy short stories I can think of.
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: African-Canadians? on: June 20, 2008, 02:30:56 AM
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation actually does use this term.  I've heard it on the radio.  What was curious was that it was followed by a story on farming/land redistribution troubles in Zimbabwe, where the announcers used the terms "blacks" and "whites" rather than African Zimbabweans and European Zimbabweans.

I have no problem with the compound.  It just sounds awkward.
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Looking to Blog on: June 19, 2008, 09:47:52 PM
I'll second Wordpress on the current version.  The earlier version we used at Popehat was so difficult to interface with that sometimes I just wrote my entries in html, but the 2.5 version currently out isn't much more difficult to learn and use than a typical bulletin board control.  In fact it shares many of the same features, so learning it should be a snap.

Blogger is also very easy to use, perfect if you just want to write whenever, but there are just too many nice things it won't do.  It is to blogging what AOL was to the internet.  Easy training wheels.  So it may be a great introduction, but you'll move on if you stick with the hobby.
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How the hell do you promote a website? on: June 17, 2008, 05:53:53 PM
Chris, you have some unused real estate on the right side of your page that could be filled with links.  Perhaps if you link to sites that cover Rock Band, they'll link to you in return.  You could even ask them for an exchange.  As mentioned above, every link that you receive increases your google footprint, so getting the links is about as important as keyword stuffage because of the weighting algorithms used by google and yahoo.

You'll never be on the first page of a search for Black Sabbath Rock Band, but increasing your search engine size helps.
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: June 16, 2008, 11:47:35 AM
Whatever the future may hold, the title of this thread has proven to be a classic.
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: June 07, 2008, 04:23:46 PM

Quote from: Arnir on June 06, 2008, 11:05:31 PM

Thanks.  It looks like out 2nd anniversary will be coming up shortly and I was wondering if it would be a celebration or more memories.  I still don't think that "soon" means what they think it means.

Whose second anniversary?  I registered at OO in October 2004.  If you mean the second anniversary of OO's death in months, that came and went.

Worst late April Fool's Day joke evar.
10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Popehat off line for a short time on: June 04, 2008, 09:24:14 PM
Mark Steyn should be prosecuted for this.
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: June 01, 2008, 02:16:04 PM

Quote from: Hrothgar on June 01, 2008, 03:58:19 AM

Here's a radical idea.  Instead of running off and trying to create a new front page from scratch, why don't you stay here.  I'm talking about creating a true sister site relationship like Gone Gold and Console Gold back in the day.

That seems awfully unfair to ATB, who's just waiting for the OO people to leave.  Where would ATB go if they stay here?

He can't very well go to the Popehat forum, because I've banned him there.  Sometimes I unban him, just so that I can experience the pleasure of banning him all over again.
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: May 31, 2008, 01:53:09 AM
Jeff I'm not sure your post, except for the last sentence, is fair to Rip, as we don't know what communication there has or hasn't been.  We know that Rip took a serious hit to his hardware (I still can't pull up the byteguru site), and we know that he's been working to restore it.  We also know that there have been communications to others, OO staff, to which we weren't privy.  If I had a fire at my office my activity at OO or Popehat would diminish.

I'm fully agreed that Rip doesn't owe us anything, except as a friend.  Perhaps we all should have put Rip in a position where he did owe us something, as customers.  If Rip doesn't want that, perhaps other solutions should be found, but they should be found through civil discussion, as the friends we all are.
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: May 31, 2008, 01:39:55 AM

Quote from: Rip on May 31, 2008, 01:22:36 AM

and why exactly would it matter to me if OO was to no longer consume space and bandwidth from my resources? What exactly is it that I stand to lose? If anything my life would be much easier without any need to concern myself with OO. I don't have a single customer who I receive more than a couple hundred dollars a year that comes from website/domain hosting. The revenues combined from such don't even pay the fees to be able to accept VISA/MC/AMEX. The only reason I even bother is because I care. I have nothing to be gained financially from the life or death of OO. Mr. Fed singlehandedly doubled last years revenue with a single donation.

You should have charged what the site was worth Rip.  I never hosted with you because I didn't need the service, but if you'd put up a paypal link or an amazon donation link I'd have sent money.

That said, sixty days with no information is an eternity in internet time.  I appreciate your efforts for the site as much as anyone, and will send money once it's back up, but to expect people to just shrug and say "oh well" about a site in which you, as a fellow poster not a service provider, put as much love as any of us, I don't quite get.

You have a business to run, and everyone appreciates that.  Your paying customers and your family come first.  Perhaps it's time OO became a paying customer.
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: May 30, 2008, 11:11:33 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on May 30, 2008, 08:34:42 PM

You have NO idea what sort of time commitment it takes to run a front page, and it is like herding wet cats trying to keep a staff of volunteers.  If you go this route, good luck.

And yet you manage to do it Ron, and you do it well.  You run a great site in the bargain, worth it for the front page alone.  Your vibrant forum is a bonus.

But as hard as it is, it has to be done if a renewed Octopus Overlords is to survive in any way, shape, or form.  I don't need to tell you that any web forum has attrition, from members getting tired, moving on, getting banned, or even dying.  Something has to bring in traffic, and as the last year of Gone Gold, and most of the history of Octopus Overlords show, that needs to be a front page that's updated with interesting content on a regular basis.  Recommendations from friends that this is a nice forum for discussion of whatever just don't cut the mustard, not because most people don't have friends, but because most people don't discuss interesting websites with their friends.

So someone will have to do it if an OO renewal is to last.  I don't write this to criticize or disagree with you at all.  I write to emphasize to the powers that be at OO (which, by the way, should always have a link to your site, and your forum, as a "friend" or "allied" site if it comes back, as this is the second time you've provided a temporary or permanent home to a bunch of snotfingered relative but not quite strangers), who are reading this as I know they are, that they need to think about content, and think about it now.

I believe that godhugh is on the right track about assembling a group, and for that matter the OO mods themselves were and are a pretty impressive group, but they need a plan of action and they need it now. When OO assembled it was done quickly (and with all due respect, it assembled as quickly as it did in part because of your stance at the time on political discussion), but this is two months, which is a damned eternity in internet time.

Please forgive me for discussing another site (to which I won't return for various and sundry reasons) on your forum, as I'm a fan of GT and its forum, even though I only decloak here every other year or so.

I'm always lurkin'.
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: April 24, 2008, 10:10:42 PM
Quote from: Sarkus
Yeah, I'm worried as well.  And I don't understand why so many have chosen Popehat.  While it has a gaming page, it's pretty inactive from what I can see, with many of the recent posts being made by people I recognize from OO.  I just don't see the community as thriving on a site that is so generally oriented towards politics (front page, active part of the board, etc.)  And yet, that's where a lot of the most active OO posters are at right now.  They also seem to have stopped talking about OO.

Not a good sign.

Gosh, while I haven't posted here in ages, principally because I don't care to have discussions with one A-hole who used to be prominent here, I've been lurking around the fringes for years and in this thread quite extensively for the past three weeks(!).  I don't think that the loss of OO, ultimately and if it happens, will hurt the community that was built around Gone Gold much at all.  The proprietors of this site have been super-courteous to those of you who adhered to OO, and of course those of us who hang around at Popehat esteem this site highly ourselves.

While I suspect OO will be back next week, the important thing is the community built around it, and that community seems to have stayed alive here.  If the worst happens, Gamingtrend is a fine home for it.  Ron has built a great site, and a great forum, around the ruins of what Rich left him (or didn't leave him).  We who hang at Popehat have the highest regard for this place.  We encourage anyone there to register or reactivate old memberships here, and likewise encourage anyone here to visit our forum if so inclined.  We're all pals.

This is a good place.  Don't worry.  Be happy!
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Costco Return Policy Change on: February 15, 2007, 05:58:45 PM

Quote from: Calvin on February 15, 2007, 04:58:36 PM

ATB is certainly attempting to incite some fights and flames here.

Now THAT'S funny!
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [blog] Daddy horny, Michael. on: November 03, 2006, 08:30:38 PM

Quote from: -Lord Ebonstone- on November 03, 2006, 07:48:01 PM

Quote from: GatorFavre on November 03, 2006, 07:46:47 PM

I dont quite agree with being viewed as what you think you are.  For example, I know some white people that walk around in what would be considered African American attire and listen to rap music and talk in ebonics.  They view themselves as black, while everyone else views them as a wannabe. 
The kicker is confidence.  If the white guy was confident about being a rapper, he'd be considered a rapper.  See:  Eminem, Beastie Boys.

The kicker is talent and hard work.  If a white guy is confident about being a rapper but has no aptitude and isn't willing to work to develop it, he's considered something else.

I am confident I am attractive.   I'm not as confident that I'm a nice guy, or even a safe person to be around.  I'm working on that stuff -- not to actually be nice, but to pass off as being safe enough to get naked around.

So you're the Vanilla Ice of pickup artists.
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [blog] Daddy horny, Michael. on: November 03, 2006, 07:23:18 PM
What if she was a really hot black woman?  (I assume you're white, though I don't know why that is.  Just some vibe.)

And let's say that she was really hot by the standards of black men, standards that don't necessarily prevail among white men.  Meaning that she has a large rump, dark skin - not coffee colored, and frizzy hair, not straight hair.

So let's say she's not that hot to you, though she is to many.  Would you allow her to actualize you?  Or would that thought disgust you?  And let's say you were attending a fine, historically black college such as Morehouse, where Spellman across the street has oodles of 7s and 9s, by the standards of black men.

Would you still complain as much as you do at Northwestern?
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The Prisoner Movie. Um, holy crap? on: August 11, 2006, 10:33:11 PM
ITV is producing a tv update of The Prisoner, starring Christopher Eccleston of 28 Days Later and Doctor Who.

I like Eccleston a lot more than anyone involved with this movie project, but I still think the tv update is a bad idea.  The Prisoner is, imho, the best television show ever made (well, except for I, Claudius).  Any movie and any television show is going to suffer in comparison because it will lack Patrick MacGoohan, who is the closest thing television has to an Orson Welles.

If you haven't seen the original show it's netflixable, and well worth viewing.
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Doctor Who season 2 on: August 11, 2006, 05:19:40 PM
It's actually slightly less consistent.  While it features the worst episode of the show I've ever seen, and I've seen a lot of them, it also has one episode, "The Girl in the Fireplace," that I'd rank in the show's top five stories.  The return of the Cybermen is also nice to see.

The season ending, unlike that of season one, is damned near perfect.  So while it's less consistent, it's better than season one.  I will add for those who thought highly of Christopher Eccleston that getting used to David Tennant will take a while.  I think he's just fine in his own way, but it's a jarring contrast.
21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Fake people on: August 07, 2006, 09:48:39 PM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone"
OO is considered the trailer park of internet gaming forums, and I regret not being able to post at it about as much as I regret not having AIDS.  But don't let my negativity deter you -- that whole internet redneck thing seems to be working just fine for you!

Honestly, for a man with such morbid fear of AIDS, you sure have blown a lot on disguises trying to sneak back into that particular bathhouse.
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Every wonder what people on here look like? POST A PIC! on: October 26, 2005, 11:39:31 PM
Quote from: "Captain Caveman"
I'd post my picture, but I really don't want to be bothered by all the fan mail I'd recieve from all the ladies.

23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / So did Rich kill Octopus Overlords also? on: October 26, 2005, 10:31:29 PM
Quote from: "Mystic95Z"
I cant get to OO either.... Whats this BC that I keep seeing people mention?


The Rebel Alliance to OO's Empire.
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Word to the wise on: August 10, 2005, 09:35:02 PM
Pretty much everything you may want to know about tubgirl and similar images can be found here.

The link is absolutely safe (it's wikipedia) but be careful about some of the links within.
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Out of the Box: NC GG/CG Get-Together Impressions on: October 15, 2004, 02:14:46 AM
So tonight I had the rare pleasure of meeting Flycatcher, the Wiggum-Caveman brothers, and their radiant girlfriends.  Regrettably Emissary apparently could not make it, nor could Austin f/k/a Gerber, nor Yellowking and others from farther afield in North Carolina.  Nonetheless, I had a fine time.  

Alcohol was consumed, but no one was put in the butt.  Impressions follow:

Lift test: Passed.  There's a considerable degree of weight here, not physically but in terms of intellectual substance.  Doctorates and doctorates-to-be abounded, but credentials aside Flycatcher and the brothers are every bit as intelligent and informed in person as their internet personas led me to hope they would be.  Despite the absence of google they more than held their own in topics ranging from children's ability to recognize faces, to genetic manipulation and its potential benefits, to gossip about members of this forum.

Captain Caveman was/is one of the funniest people on gonegold.  He's just as funny and quick on the draw in person.  Quite an achievement.

Graphics: 95/100  Did you know that Ralph-Wiggum doesn't resemble a cartoon character at all?  It's true.  He looks just like Edward Norton.

Sound: 85/100  I probably talked too much, but actually learned some useful crap tonight, which is rarely the case when I hang out with lawyers.  Flycatcher if you don't mind explaining your research to an idiot layman in further depth we should meet for lunch some time.  I'd like to hear more about it,

Gameplay: 97/100  It was very comfortable.  Unlike most meetings with strangers there weren't awkward silences, we had something in common to talk about, and it felt right.  I'm guilty of stereotyping gamers myself, though I am one.  The only nerd at the table was me.

Final rating: Pure gold.

There was discussion about doing this again some time soon, perhaps in November before it gets cold, and on a weekend.  I'd volunteer my house, which is easily accessible from I85 in Durham, if others would like to come.  If any of the North Carolina contingent are interested post dates you might be available.

Thanks guys.  I had a good time.
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / GG/CG North Carolina get-together, Thursday 10/14. on: October 14, 2004, 04:19:31 AM
After tomorrow it can fall off the front page.  Pad.
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Any other Godzilla fans here? on: October 13, 2004, 09:04:36 PM
All is revealed...

yet spoiler-free!

We hope the children who love Godzilla, the people who used to love Godzilla and the youngsters who have never seen Godzilla films at the cinema before all enjoy "Godzilla Final Wars". For Godzilla is the brightest dream and at the same time is the most horrific nightmare of the Japanese cinema.
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / GG/CG North Carolina get-together, Thursday 10/14. on: October 13, 2004, 08:42:54 PM
Thank you Emissary.  I'll edit to reflect that tomorrow is the 14th.
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / GG/CG North Carolina get-together, Thursday 10/14. on: October 13, 2004, 07:04:22 PM
Bring it on.  I'd bring mine but it's with the wife in Denver.
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / GG/CG North Carolina get-together, Thursday 10/14. on: October 13, 2004, 06:33:46 PM
I realize this is short notice and inconvenient to anyone outside the immediate area, but Captain Caveman, Ralph Wiggum, Flycatcher (probably) and I will be getting together for beers at 7pm tomorrow night at the Carolina Brewery in lovely downtown Chapel Hill.  Spouses and dates are definitely invited.

The Carolina Brewery features a variety of excellent beers made on site, and good quality food in the $7 to $20 range.  It's not a family restaurant but not a frat/sorority hangout by any means either.

Any who can make it, new people or ten thousand gonegold posts, lurkers or regulars, would be most welcome.

If you'd like to meet, email me.  We'd love to meet you.  If any decide to come on the spur of the moment, I will be wearing a ballcap that says "Sanitary Fish Market."
31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / R&P Decision on: October 13, 2004, 02:11:16 AM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Its not that I'm out of touch, its just that our growth numbers don't show some sort of spike like you describe.

The forum membership consists of 13 pages of names.  4.5 of those pages consist of members who joined before October 8.  To pick another measure, there are six pages of thread listed in this subforum.  DBT1949's first thread has already been pushed back to page 4.  Now obviously this unscientific sampling doesn't cover viewers who are here for your reviews, news, and front page (I've appreciated your reviews for some time), but to the extent that you have a community on a gaming website, it is in your forum.

All else is audience.

Nuff said from me.  You have a great site.  I'll continue to be part of your audience, and will remember to click through ads when I visit for reviews.  Thanks for tipping me off to the greatness that is Top Spin.

Back to GameSpy Arcade.
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The Skinny on Rich (and Gonegold somewhat) SEE 1ST POST EDIT on: October 12, 2004, 09:18:44 PM
Quote from: "D'Arcy"
Quote from: "RunningMn9"
I've been assuming that we gave that right up when we stored them on someone else's property.

Well, I'm not a lawyer either, but I play one on Internet forums, and I'm pretty sure that, while you certainly grant the owner of a forum copyright by posting there, you also retain it yourself. Why wouldn't you? Waiving it is a major loss, and you don't get compensated for it.

Place this in your sig, if it worries you:

Copyright 2004, D'Arcy, all rights reserved.
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / R&P Decision on: October 12, 2004, 08:06:26 PM
I respectfully dissent.
34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / EVERYONE READ PLEASE on: October 12, 2004, 05:38:26 PM
Quote from: "Fireball1244"

Please note this may be one of seven times in the history of the world that jblank and I substantively agree on something. smile

Kirk McPike

ELIZABETH! I'm comin' to join you!
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / EVERYONE READ PLEASE on: October 12, 2004, 05:09:41 PM
Quote from: "jblank"
So censoring peoples abilities to discuss politics, in one forum, away from the on topic or off topic discussions, hurts the forum? How? How does my talking about the cons of US Iraq policy, with my friends, impact the greater scope of the forum, in any way? The answer is it doesnt. Just like at GG, those that choose to participate in R & P will participate, those that dont want to, wont.

Did the libertarians teach you nothing, boy?  It's only censorship if it's performed by a government.  I realize you're speaking informally, but it makes my eyes burn to see this from you.

To pick up the R & P football and run with it, consolegold is a private house.  The owners do assuredly have the right to kick out anyone who talks back to them, talks about things they don't approve, or indeed anyone whose looks they don't like, for any reason or none.

The political forum was a primary reason I wasted so much time on gonegold over the past six months, though I poked my head into the other rooms too.  I am with you in that I will migrate elsewhere if I can't discuss politics here, not that where I hang out matters in the slightest.
36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / So what is the deal with Thomas Malthus? on: October 12, 2004, 12:53:03 PM
Mr. Sparkle, I summon thee!
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The Skinny on Rich (and Gonegold somewhat) SEE 1ST POST EDIT on: October 12, 2004, 01:21:06 AM
Quote from: "Blackhawk"
Damn me for not getting the joke.  :?:

Soylent Green is people.

To Serve Man - It's a cookbook!
38  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / A picture thread (NSFW) on: October 11, 2004, 11:51:07 PM
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Prophetic words from Bungie's site: on: October 11, 2004, 09:13:16 PM
Rich, I hope all's well
And may your Fed Ex boxes
Always be heavy.
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Favorite GG moment on: October 11, 2004, 03:58:47 PM
Quote from: "Scraper"
WhitePride is memorable for me, simply because he was the worst poster ever to appear on GG. That's saying a lot too.

Wasn't Whitepride just another login for Kahless and Bplotkin?  That was implied in the "who is Kahless anyway?" thread.  I never experienced that person directly until this weekend, but hated it the instant it reared its head here.
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