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7121  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Folks with central air - what temperature are you keeping it at? on: June 01, 2009, 04:59:26 PM
I love having central air, but I try to just keep things comfortable enough so it doesn't jack our energy bill up too badly. We rent our house and it's not perfectly insulated, so setting a low temp would mean running the air pretty often.

I think I got it going a little earlier than I wanted to this year and have been running it at 76. I think last year I tried to keep it at 78, so I bumped it up to 77 this morning while the house was still cool. We have the dog at home during the day, so we can't really run it on a timer.

What are other people setting their AC at?
7122  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FF7,MGS,RE:DC all coming to US PSN on: June 01, 2009, 04:39:51 PM
Rated by the ESRB...

http://g4tv.com/thefeed/blog/post/696028/TheFeed.html?utm_source=g4tv&utm_medium=twitterblog&utm_campaign=twitterblog_thefeed&intcid=twitterblog_thefeed
7123  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: recommend me a Mac Pro on: May 31, 2009, 03:20:18 AM
The bottom of the line Mac Pro is silly powerful and probably not even needed unless they are doing really serious video editing. A nice MacBook Pro and Final Cut Express is probably plenty if they are just doing internet-based video, or even an iMac. Heck, I have the low-end standard MacBook (the white one that has Firewire) and it edits great with iMovie and I'm sure it could handle Final Cut.

Again, it kind of depends on exactly what they are planning to do.
7124  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSM3 Review Scores on: May 30, 2009, 07:51:11 PM
Based on the general concensus for Infamous, at 71, Ghostbusters must be awesome at 85.
7125  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: recommend me a Mac Pro on: May 30, 2009, 07:44:16 PM
Just don't go with a an aluminum Macbook as they don't have firewire. What kind of video editing are they doing? Broadcast quality or other?
7126  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: RPG peeves on: May 29, 2009, 09:05:11 PM

Quote from: Destructor on May 29, 2009, 08:57:39 PM

Why do you have to purchase your weapons, armor, spells, and items in every single MMO even though the entire populace knows you're the only group in the entire universe that can save them?


icon_lol
7127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / RPG peeves on: May 29, 2009, 07:56:36 PM
Why do I have to wear a special bracelet or cast a spell in order to find out how many hit points a monster has or what element they represent? I hate that.
7128  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: When did you lose your religion? on: May 29, 2009, 04:53:12 PM
I was raised Jewish and followed the fairly typical suburban Jewish path - synagogue on high holidays, Hebrew school, bar mitzvah, etc. My parents were not particularly observant but at least tried to educate us to believe in god and respect our heritage.

I had a somewhat similar experience to DragonFyre in that while I had friends, I was certainly relegated to the more geeky outer circle. Being a good person yet seeing greater happiness go to people who do not seem to deserve it certainly makes you question how the world works. I have seen too many bad things happen to good people. My aunt, who was probably the nicest, most generous person I have ever met, was an observant Jew and died in her late 50's after an extremely painful, protracted battle with bone cancer. Based on all I had seen, it seemed that if there was a god, then he/she simply set the world spinning like a top and just watched to see what would happen. I had no real desire to take interest in a god that took no interest in me. On top of that I developed a general disdain for organized religion the more I learned how it had historically contributed to hate, death and destruction (particularly, knowing that I would have been killed in WWII Germany simply based on who my ancestors were hit home)

Freshman year in college I took a course in evolution (we read Sagan's "Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors" and he visited our class) and in a breakout session we went around the room describing our feelings on god. This was the first time I verbally stated that I was pretty sure I was an atheist. My friends and my family gave me everything I needed to feel purpose in life, and science explained my existence better than I felt religion could.

I once asked my uncle (husband of my aunt mentioned above) why he though that the old testament said what it did about keeping kosher - was it to help people avoid eating food that could make them sick, etc. He told me that you just have faith and do what it says. I really saw our differences right in front of me right then - blind faith is just something I can't subscribe to.
7129  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Wikipedia bans the church of scientology on: May 29, 2009, 02:22:04 AM
Possible ban in France, now this...

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/05/29/wikipedia_bans_scientology/


edit: ah, crap, maybe this belongs in r&p. Move if necessary.
7130  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Bible is based on forgeries? on: May 28, 2009, 06:23:06 PM

Quote from: Fireball1244 on May 28, 2009, 03:08:04 PM

Is a human life any less beautiful and meaningful if suddenly there is no God? Are your kids any less wonderful if there is no God?

The point of our lives is to make the world a better place for future generations. Isn't that point enough? Must there be a God up in the sky approving of our actions to give them meaning?

I will just +1 this.

And I will offer this quote from the movie "Contact", which while a little trite, I've always though was a good summary of what being human is all about, and why all I need to get by in life is friends and family:
Quote
You’re an interesting species, an interesting mix. You’re capable of such beautiful dreams and such horrible nightmares. You feel so lost, so cut off, so alone, only you’re not. See, in all our searching, the only thing we found that makes the emptiness bearable, is each other.
7131  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Creationism Reading Material - Macintosh is evil. on: May 27, 2009, 07:49:57 PM
Consensus around the net is that it is a hoax, but a very well crafted one. Supposedly the same people who do Landover Baptist did it (and there is a whole section on it requesting that people help shut down Landover Baptist). The thing that sticks out to me (besides the orbital cross) are the pictures of the contributors, which very much remind me of the way the contributor pictures in the Onion look.
7132  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty 4 now has 13million players on XBL on: May 26, 2009, 11:10:14 PM
I assume this means 13 million unique since launch? Not 13 million unique in the month of May?
7133  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Twitter] Who do you follow? on: May 26, 2009, 07:07:12 PM

Quote from: Moliere on May 26, 2009, 06:58:52 PM

Twit-what? I haven't jumped on this fad. As far as I can tell there is no reason to get 140 character updates on anyone's day to day actions/thoughts. I will wait for the RSS feed to my Google Reader if it's something important.

I think what is really interesting about Twitter is the real-time nature of it and the sort of "critical-mass" nature of it. The search tool they have is critical in this.

For example, you might have a friend who tweeted about the prop 8 vote. You could quickly search on "prop 8" (or better, use one of the established hash codes like #prop8) and you'd see what everyone is saying about it. You can use it to see what people are saying about the sports event you are watching, you could even use it as a search engine with real people behind it by putting a question out and having others respond to it.

I think there's a lot of neat stuff in there, but you have to manage the signal to noise ratio. Like any other kind of social media technology I think it is trying to find its place, but there's a lot of interesting things happening with it. There are also a lot of sites that use the api to do interesting things. Twitterfall.com is pretty interesting just to see the amount of information that is being Tweeted.
7134  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Twitter] Who do you follow? on: May 26, 2009, 06:46:22 PM
Decided to dive back into Twitter and see what it's good for. Curious what people think is worthwhile to follow?

I already follow GT, so you don't have to go there biggrin
I am following GiantBomb, but they seem to mostly just post links to whatever article they just posted, so I could use a better video game feed.
I am following Macworld and they guys who run TidBITS, and they are both pretty quiet.
I also follow this guy who posts every time the Mets game changes score and the current winning probability - cool without the overkill of a pitch-by-pitch type feed I've seen.
7135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The RPG vs. FPS time sink paradox on: May 26, 2009, 06:34:47 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 26, 2009, 05:56:13 PM

It's been the opposite for me.  I can put hundreds of hours into a good multiplayer shooter

To be clear, I was referring specifically to SP. I've certainly killed my share of hours on CoD MP.
7136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The RPG vs. FPS time sink paradox on: May 26, 2009, 05:51:24 PM

Quote from: Gratch on May 26, 2009, 05:48:24 PM

Doesn't help that most RPG's are very front-loaded, so the endgame ends up feeling either incredibly dull or ridiculously difficult.  Lost Odyssey was the worst offender of this in recent memory.

Oh great, now you tell me smile
7137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The RPG vs. FPS time sink paradox on: May 26, 2009, 05:40:40 PM
Why is it that no matter how good an FPS is, I seem to be ready for it to end around the 8 hour mark, but I will happily let hour upon hour slip by while I explore an RPG for some weapon with a fun name that boosts my stats up an extra point? The corollary being that my likelihood to finish an RPG (in fact I have never finished a turn-based RPG) works in inverse to the growing hit points of the bosses I encounter.

(and I am currently about 22 hours into Lost Odyssey)
7138  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 confirmed! on: May 25, 2009, 03:36:08 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 25, 2009, 03:00:13 AM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on May 25, 2009, 02:46:07 AM

Is it intentionally choppy so as not to show off too much? If so, it's annoying as crap.

well, you see, they called me up the other day and said 'Hey, CeeKay, we got this guy, Erotic Midorikawa or something like that, who we really want to annoy.  any ideas?'  so, I pondered for a moment, and replied, 'well, he loved CoD4, and is probably looking forward to your new trailer for MW2.  so, I guess if you really want to annoy him, you could make it really choppy'.  so, yes, it's intentional.

 icon_mrgreen

I found that the windows media version was really choppy, but the quicktime version worked great. Well, except for the fact that it stopped about 20-30 seconds from the end and wouldn't go any further.
7139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Shareware Age on: May 25, 2009, 12:35:43 AM
Freshman year in college we had a lot of fun working through the Commander Keen shareware versions. A 3D version of that license might actually be pretty fun.
7140  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need help winning a trip to NY on: May 24, 2009, 12:30:26 AM

Quote from: Sith Lord on May 23, 2009, 11:19:33 PM

Woo hoo!

The producer has already called and told me that the Dinosaur won by a landslide when the current votes were combined with the anchor/judges scores. I've been told to report to the restaurant tomorrow morning at 6 AM for the follow-up segment. Woo hoo!!

If I understand correctly, the segment will air tomorrow morning (Sunday, 5/24) at approximately 7:30 or 8:30 AM depending on your time zone and which of the 3 live feeds your local affiliate has elected to air. Check your local listings, I guess.

Thanks a ton to those who cast their vote on my behalf.

Will we be able to recognize you from your pale skin and somber attire?
7141  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Issues when quoting on: May 23, 2009, 08:00:21 PM
I've actually seen a weird issue with spoiler tags when using Safari on Mac. Sometimes (not always) when someone uses spoiler tags, opening the tags only results in a thin area visible, You have click into the area and drag down to scroll through the text.
7142  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lost Odyssey - new trailer and impressions on: May 23, 2009, 02:19:46 AM

Quote from: Andrew Mallon on May 23, 2009, 12:59:25 AM

Quote from: Teggy on May 22, 2009, 02:37:15 PM

I am about 11 hours into this game and just finished
 
Spoiler for Hiden:
Lirum's funeral

OK, so we have:

1. long cutscene
2. switch to other location with 2 battles you can't lose (should have been a cutscene)
3. another cutscene
4. 2 meaningless fetchquests
5. more cutscene
6. ridiculous torch lighting "minigame"

I think the whole segment was about 45 minutes long with no ability to save at any time. Plus, they broke up a well done, emotionally heavy scene with a really stupid minigame (that I actually had to look up a faq on because it didn't seem to work right!). I am enjoying the game, but that whole part just really poorly done.

I thought you could go in the house and save at the upstairs save point?

You know, that's possibly true, I didn't think of that. When you first enter the house, you certainly are encouraged to stay on the ground floor, which triggers the start of this long sequence. The next opportunity would be at the start of the fetch quests, and I didn't think to try and go in the house at that point. I did actually try to run out to the port to save during the fetchquest, but it doesn't let you leave the area. If they had stuck the save point outside the house instead of upstairs, it would have been a lot less obnoxious.
7143  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Looking for good online store for Chuck Taylor All Stars on: May 22, 2009, 09:02:30 PM
Zappos.com is popular and they have a wide selection of Chucks. I'm not sure what price you are looking for. Standard high tops are going for $45 there.  I went through a ton of pairs of Chucks in the 90s and that's probably around what I was paying then.
7144  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The "Fabulous One" is not so fabulous any longer. At least financially. on: May 22, 2009, 08:58:22 PM
At least you get a 3 day weekend! Oh...wait.

Bad news, but I'm sure you will land on your feet. Best of luck...
7145  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need help winning a trip to NY on: May 22, 2009, 06:26:09 PM
Dinosaur BBQ and Nick Tahou's are probably the two central/western NY institutions I wish had taken the opportunity to check out when I lived up there.

This contest seems a little odd, though. Only 4 contestants, and none from Memphis even?
7146  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Creationism Reading Material - Macintosh is evil. on: May 22, 2009, 06:22:36 PM
That set of sites is a joke, right? Some of it seems very obviously a joke (the orbital cross, for example) and then other things seem scarily realistic.
7147  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 5-22-2009: Memorial Day Weekend Edition on: May 22, 2009, 06:14:32 PM
Lost Odyssey, probably try to finish up 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand. I do need to get back and finish up Shadow Hearts.
7148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise : DEMO IMPRESSIONS! (newfangled poll too!) on: May 22, 2009, 05:45:09 PM

Quote from: Godzilla Blitz on May 22, 2009, 05:41:40 PM

Ah, I see. That clears things up a lot. Thanks.

But does that mean that I can't select a challenge unless I host a lobby?

That's correct. You can of course influence what is chosen if people in the room are talking. But a nice addition, I suppose, would be a kind of suggestion system where you could suggest the next event to the host using the menus.
7149  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise : DEMO IMPRESSIONS! (newfangled poll too!) on: May 22, 2009, 05:33:33 PM

Quote from: Godzilla Blitz on May 22, 2009, 05:18:29 PM

Cool.

I tried online the other night but quickly got confused.

First I was in some mode where cars were randomly driving around the city. Then that "game" ended and I found myself in a race, which was clear enough. Then that ended and I was back in some random driving around town mode. There was some sort of a scoreboard on the side, but it didn't really look like anyone was paying it any attention. I tried to do an online challenge, but they were unselectable from the online menu.

It's either poorly designed or I'm stupid. Or some combination of both.

The standard mode for multiplayer is "Freeburn". It essentially uses the entire map as a lobby for everyone to do whatever they want. Whoever is hosting the lobby can choose what to do, be it the sort of co-op challenges or races.

The scoreboard records information about what the people in the room have done in Freeburn during the session, such as longest jump, best power parking, etc. I have done a lot of the co-op challenges with friends. It's a great social MP experience if you are just looking to hang out and chat while playing a game.
7150  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lost Odyssey - new trailer and impressions on: May 22, 2009, 02:37:15 PM
I am about 11 hours into this game and just finished
 
Spoiler for Hiden:
Lirum's funeral

OK, so we have:

1. long cutscene
2. switch to other location with 2 battles you can't lose (should have been a cutscene)
3. another cutscene
4. 2 meaningless fetchquests
5. more cutscene
6. ridiculous torch lighting "minigame"

I think the whole segment was about 45 minutes long with no ability to save at any time. Plus, they broke up a well done, emotionally heavy scene with a really stupid minigame (that I actually had to look up a faq on because it didn't seem to work right!). I am enjoying the game, but that whole part just really poorly done.
7151  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Good apartment dogs? on: May 21, 2009, 09:36:26 PM
Strangely enough, Greyhounds are supposed to be great apartment dogs because they really just like to lounge about. Certainly a bit on the bigger side, though.

Could go with Whippets, which are sort of like small Greyhounds. Very sweet dogs, my in-laws have a pair. You have to take care of them in cold weather, though - not sure where you live.

7152  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why is Sacred 2 so popular and.... on: May 21, 2009, 06:52:30 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on May 21, 2009, 05:46:13 PM



Quote from: Teggy on May 21, 2009, 04:47:10 PM

4. The game did a horrible job of explaining how it worked and didn't even spell out things in the manual. The combat system, charms, etc.

I agree.  I remember watching the 1Up show where Dyak explained more mechanics of the game than anyone would learn from the manual or in-game help texts.  I still have no idea how the runes and charms work.


I think I mentioned this in some other thread, but my facepalm moment with Too Human was when I was on the last level of the game and a note comes up on the screen that says "to continue attacking in one direction, hold the right thumbstick". The game waited until the last level to tell me this and I have been flicking the stick for each attack for the entire game. Granted, it may have been in the manual, but this is something the game should have told me the first time I swung my sword at someone, and I have no idea why it finally told me 10 hours into the game.
7153  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sam Raimi on: May 21, 2009, 04:52:22 PM
I really hope they don't do an Evil Dead remake. Any attempt to have another actor try to recreate Ash is just going to be a disaster. Make an Evil Dead 4, fine. Make another story in the same universe but with different characters, fine. But please, not this.
7154  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why is Sacred 2 so popular and.... on: May 21, 2009, 04:47:10 PM
I haven't played Sacred, but the things I didn't like about Too Human:

1. The character classes seemed to be tuned for co-op and not single player. I used a commando and got the 100 deaths achievement on my first run-through of the story.

2. The death animation was endlessly long. See #1.

3. The boss battles were awful, probably the worst I've ever seen.

4. The game did a horrible job of explaining how it worked and didn't even spell out things in the manual. The combat system, charms, etc.
7155  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Miss California's Answer to Controversial Issue Sparks Controversy on: May 20, 2009, 09:12:52 PM
Apparently the New Hampshire bill was shot down because some of the members of their state congress didn't approve of the Governor's provisions that allowed churches to refuse to do same-sex weddings. The thought being that it codified discrimination.

I'm kind of surprised that they would take that opinion. Separation of church and state would seem to be the goal in a lot of this.
7156  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The curious tale of "Big Lurch" on: May 20, 2009, 05:00:34 PM
There was a very disturbing story on digg about a father who was high on PCP or something similar and literally bit the eyes out of his son's head. This horrifying story reminded someone of the story of "Big Lurch", a rapper who, also high, killed and ate his girlfriend (well, parts of her). He pleaded insanity, also saying that his record label kept him stocked with drugs and encouraged him to do outrageous things to maintain his image. The judge did not buy this and sentenced him to life in prison. A crazy story, and I'm really surprised I've never heard of it, considering it happened 7 years ago. I'm also surprised it hasn't been turned into a horror movie.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Lurch
7157  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Whats the best free DVD ripper? on: May 19, 2009, 09:28:45 PM
I believe Handbrake is really popular.
7158  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Some Pretty Cool New Functionality at GiantBomb on: May 19, 2009, 08:59:13 PM
SL, you haven't gotten 10002 kills in Battlefield BC yet?

Oh, and outside of PoP and Tomb Raider DLC (which I assume have rare achievements because not many people have played), my rarest achievements are some secret achievement from PoP and the achievement for getting half of the awards in Battlefield BC.
7159  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ten Years Ago Today, Childhood Dreams Died Screaming on: May 19, 2009, 04:37:17 PM

Quote from: Scuzz on May 19, 2009, 03:36:20 PM

Who told Lucas he could write dialouge.

I believe the famous quote from Harrison Ford to Lucas was something along the lines of "you can write this shit, but you can't say it."
7160  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [search] WolframAlpha - killer new information tool on: May 19, 2009, 01:47:30 PM
It seems very targeted towards finding certain kinds of information, usually related to math and analysis. For example, if I put in a simple search like "Who are the Beatles?" the best it can do is give a simple description (that they were a rock band in the 60's) and then allow you to search Google. If I do "Who are the Rolling Stones?" it gets nothing at all.
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