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7641  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: The paradox of transgendered people and same-sex marriage on: May 12, 2009, 07:15:04 PM

Quote from: Doopri on May 12, 2009, 06:36:17 PM

i sorta-kinda understand the point the lawyer is trying to make (i didnt read the article but im guessing hes talking about the lack of unified and coherent marriage laws?).

but at least from this perspective he is certainly, well, "lawyering" - is a male or female who undergoes a sex change operation REALLY now a member of the opposite sex?

Well, he's commenting on a need to unify both marriage laws and laws regarding acceptance of sex changes. He's giving examples of how simply crossing a border can make your sex change, and then the corresponding ramifications on who you can marry.

Certainly a complicated topic, much more so than same-sex marriage. For example, what if a man feels like he's a woman, but his life would be threatened in some way by gender reassignment surgery, so he just dresses like a woman. Can he still live and be recognized as a woman? We already have a heated debate over where life begins - imagine trying to figure out where man ends and where woman begins.
7642  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Beatles: Rock Band on: May 12, 2009, 06:14:12 PM
[outrage]There's no whammy bar on a bass![/outrage]
7643  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / The paradox of transgendered people and same-sex marriage on: May 12, 2009, 06:05:54 PM
Really interesting op-ed in the Times about what happens when one of the parties in an "opposite" marriage changes gender.

A lawyer for the transgendered plaintiff in the Littleton case noted the absurdity of the country’s gender laws as they pertain to marriage: “Taking this situation to its logical conclusion, Mrs. Littleton, while in San Antonio, Tex., is a male and has a void marriage; as she travels to Houston, Tex., and enters federal property, she is female and a widow; upon traveling to Kentucky she is female and a widow; but, upon entering Ohio, she is once again male and prohibited from marriage; entering Connecticut, she is again female and may marry; if her travel takes her north to Vermont, she is male and may marry a female; if instead she travels south to New Jersey, she may marry a male.”
7644  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Atari pulls out of E3 on: May 12, 2009, 01:48:58 PM
Isn't Atari just a name? They are Infogrames, right?
7645  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Woot!! I now have an XBOX!! on: May 12, 2009, 01:02:05 PM

Quote from: Razgon on May 12, 2009, 09:09:23 AM

Okay, I've tried Gears of War now, and must admit, I have a hard time getting into it. Its VERY hard for me, even on "casual" setting. I've only played a little, gotten a bit further than the the fountain area in the beginning. Is there anything that should keep me going in the game, that makes it way better than it is right now?

Use cover all the time and always look for chances to flank the enemy, because the game is expecting you to. I definitely found hardcore mode to be too hard for me the first time I played, so there's no shame there. The game is definitely fun if you give it a chance.
7646  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Golden Compass points to suck on: May 12, 2009, 01:43:50 AM

Quote from: metallicorphan on May 11, 2009, 10:55:55 PM

yeah i loved the books-the first one being called Northern Lights here in the UK,not Golden Compass...not sure why they changed it,both titles are relevant to the story,and Americans know what the Northern Lights are,seen as though they are usually in your Continent

You can read about this in places. Apparently prior to naming the trilogy 'His Dark Materials', Pullman was thinking of using part of a different quote that included 'Golden Compass'. It was not a reference to the alethiometer. However, the American marketing crew somehow got wind of this but though it did refer to the alethiometer. By the time Pullman found out, they had gotten so exited about calling the US printing of the first the book 'The Golden Compass' that he basically had to deal with it.
7647  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Golden Compass points to suck on: May 11, 2009, 10:09:15 PM
A little thread necromancy here. I finally got around to watching this the other night. I was really hoping that it had just been overshadowed by the whole religious protest hub-bub, but no, it unfortunately just wasn't very good. The reordering of the bear fight and Bolvangar totally threw me for a loop, and as someone who has read the books, it was distracting. In general, it just felt like movie was just steaming along as fast it could, missing all of the detail. In the book, you learn so much more about the world, Lyra, the gyptians, the witches (who are hardly present at all), the bears etc. and here it was just crammed into under 2 hours. A good comparison would be Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, where I thought they did a fantastic job compressing a very long book into its essential story. But in book 5 of a series there's a lot less you need to educate people about, and the didn't do a very good job here.

Word is the movie did a lot better overseas, so it could conceivably get a sequel, but it seems unlikely. They'd probably have to replace Lyra, for one, as she's several years older now.
7648  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the New Star Trek- now with impressions and spoilers! on: May 11, 2009, 04:26:27 PM
Something I just realized - they built the Enterprise on Earth? How did they get it into space? You'd think they'd build ships of that size in orbit.
7649  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Joss Whedons Dollhouse starts Friday on: May 11, 2009, 03:27:09 PM
So, no comments on the finale? Did anyone understand the bit about the doctor being programmed to hate the engineer? Not sure if I missed something.

Kind of odd that they would choose prisoners as the first dolls. I mean, makes sense in that they were looking for volunteers, but to the criminal, the time would be instantaneous, and there would be no rehabilitation of any kind before they were dropped right back on the street. Also, I was wondering how they explain what's going on to these people's families? Especially the ones that go to the attic to never be heard from again? Maybe a requirement for working at the dollhouse or being a doll is that you have no family at all.

Anyway, ratings were the lowest for the entire season, so its not looking good frown
7650  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the New Star Trek- now with impressions and spoilers! (tags broken) on: May 10, 2009, 10:00:13 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 10, 2009, 09:47:12 PM

Quote from: jblank on May 10, 2009, 09:41:51 PM

Excellent film and a great reboot to the series.........................but, my little quibble is with how Kirk went from Cadet, to Captain, in basically 2 days. That seems extremely far fetched but I guess was necessary for "movie reasons". Also, it seems this really messes up the universe of Star Trek in that now, this early in the timeline, there are NO Romulans and only 10,000 Vulcans? All of the great stories on TNG and DS9 that involved those two civilizations, are basically non-canon and don't really happen.

there's still Romulans.  the Romulan homeworld thing didn't happen until about 150 years after Nero showed if I'm understanding the timeline right.

That's correct. The supernova doesn't occur until many years in the future, and now could be prevented, given what they know. The issue regarding Vulcans does still apply. I am curious what they will do about the Klingons. Abrams has said that he didn't want to use Klingons as the enemy because they have been portrayed as friends of the Federation in too many tv series and movies and it would have felt odd.

I didn't mind Pike's assignment of Kirk to first officer as he obviously felt very strongly about Kirk's abilities. However, that Starfleet would extend the battlefield promotion past the crisis seemed a bit far-fetched.
7651  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Mobile version of forum no longer working? on: May 10, 2009, 09:50:23 PM
yes, it's the same. The exact wording is "The requested page can not be displayed".
7652  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Mobile version of forum no longer working? on: May 09, 2009, 10:35:25 PM
I often read the forums using my Treo, and SMF provides a mobile-friendly version of the forums when you visit with Windows Mobile IE. However, since the most recent updates, I get a message like "this page is not currently available" or something when I try to visit with my phone. Is there a setting that needs to be turned back on, perhaps?
7653  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Land of the Lost on: May 09, 2009, 04:07:30 AM
I saw the trailer and some other bits with Star Trek and I'm not really fond of the changes they made. It's no longer a father and kids thing, which is an odd change to make. Looks like it could be funny, but I'm not sold yet.
7654  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Beyond Good and Evil 2? on: May 09, 2009, 03:27:12 AM
Holy crap that looks awesome, although a big departure from the original BG&E style of play. The movements actually reminded me a bit of Assassin's Creed. Could there be a shared engine between this an AC2? Or this could be completely fake. Either way, it's cool.
7655  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the New Star Trek- now with impressions and spoilers! (tags broken) on: May 09, 2009, 03:08:05 AM
OK, I can finally read this thread smile

I really enjoyed the movie, although I would certainly agree that someone who is fan will get a lot more out of it than someone who is not. There is a lot of fanservice in there, but it was done in respectful and clever ways.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I didn't read a lot about the movie beforehand, so I assumed it was a reboot or retelling or along those lines. I really don't generally like time travel/paradox stories, but I really appreciated the way Abrams knit this story into everything that came before it. Well done.

I did have some questions about the timeline, and I'm sure I can read up on the internet to find out if they messed anything up. For example, they make a great little reference to Archer and his beagle, but I kind of assumed that Archer would have been long gone before Kirk was born. Perhaps not, and the beagle might not have been Porthos but a descendant or other. Not a big deal even if they didn't get it right.

I thought the Spock/Uhura relationship came out of left field, but my wife and I thought that it was possible that the relationship might have ended long before TOS, or there are a number of ways the death of Kirk's father might have created minor changes in the ways things happened. Again, not a big deal.

The only things I didn't really like were 1) the whole swollen hands bit, which seemed really out of place and 2) Winona Ryder. Not that I have anything against Winona Ryder, it just seemed very odd that they took a relatively young actress and made her look older for a pretty small role as Spock's mother. It was distracting.

I was also surprised at the lack of Abrams-verse cameos. Not even Greg Grunberg? EDIT: according to IMDB, he was actually in it, but just his voice  icon_lol

In the end, I didn't really think the movie was as tightly paced as it could have been (in particular, Kirk's crash landing on the snow planet and subsequent encounter with the local wildlife felt a little odd, although it was an understandable means to an end) and maybe didn't feel as epic as I wanted it to be. I also wanted them to put in some of the movie/TNG music, but that's just nitpicky. Overall though, I did really enjoy it, and would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys the Star Trek universe.

Oh, and btw the name for real fans is "Trekker" smile
7656  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Now I can spam the forums even more efficiently !! on: May 08, 2009, 05:26:17 PM
it's apparently in Vista too, you just have to turn it on in the control panel.
7657  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bejewled Blitz on Facebook is digital crack on: May 08, 2009, 03:38:08 PM

Quote from: hepcat on May 08, 2009, 03:14:59 PM

What the heck is a "BiL"?   icon_confused

7658  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bejewled Blitz on Facebook is digital crack on: May 08, 2009, 02:53:27 PM
My BiL topped 190K this week - he photoshopped the badge into his profile picture  icon_lol
7659  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Manny Ramierz expected to be suspended 50 games on: May 08, 2009, 12:16:50 AM

Quote from: Moliere on May 07, 2009, 11:15:07 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on May 07, 2009, 10:44:06 PM

Quote from: Moliere on May 07, 2009, 10:00:01 PM

What's the big deal. He just needed a little help putting his hoo-hoo-dilly in the woman's cha-cha.

I cant believe the add they put on this site with that story. LOL.

I use the Firefox Adblock Plus add-on so I miss all that cool stuff.

I get ads for Marvel Digital Comics. I think the ads are tied to the reader, not the article.
7660  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bejewled Blitz on Facebook is digital crack on: May 07, 2009, 10:12:26 PM
1 minute games (so it's never a big deal to just play "one more"), friends; scores right in your face, leaderboard updated every week. Must...stop...playing...
7661  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Game of Thrones TV series starting casting on: May 07, 2009, 06:42:34 PM
I bet there will be lots and lots of boobies in this.
7662  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [ps3] RealTriggers on: May 07, 2009, 06:41:23 PM
I keep forgetting to post this. If you have a PS3, these are $5 well spent. Makes the controller feel a lot better.
(someone feel free to slap a GT referral link on there)
7663  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's the difference between an IRA and a Roth IRA? on: May 07, 2009, 06:13:17 PM
Oh, by the way, if you are getting this through your employer, you might also be able to use a Roth 401(k), which is a relatively new plan. It's sort of mix between the two in that you use after tax money, but there are no income restrictions. They started offering this at my place and I need to look into it because I have Roth IRA that is rotting away (can no longer add to it, but it is getting hit with yearly fees because of low balance).

Here's the crazy IRA matrix from wikipedia:

7664  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Manny Ramierz expected to be suspended 50 games on: May 07, 2009, 05:21:36 PM
That's just Manny being Manny.
7665  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Bad news for Fireball's continued mockery... [JTP] on: May 07, 2009, 05:21:06 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on May 07, 2009, 05:10:13 PM

Well, fuck.  Another T-shirt to retire.

Well given that the GOP probably doesn't want Palin as their candidate anymore, it could still apply for a 3rd party ticket.
7666  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Game of Thrones TV series starting casting on: May 07, 2009, 05:14:00 PM
I knew who it had to be before I even clicked the link. He's a really good actor and I think he'll do great in the role.
7667  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's the difference between an IRA and a Roth IRA? on: May 07, 2009, 05:05:49 PM
Also keep in mind that after you reach a certain income level, you are no longer allowed to contribute to a Roth IRA.
7668  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel Digital Comics on: May 06, 2009, 07:32:34 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 06, 2009, 07:18:52 PM

The missing issues Is the reason I've held off on subscribing for now. Knowing it luck all the ones I'm interested in (like Secret Wars) won't be complete.

I could definitely see it being a downside for people who have followed the comics for a while. Good for people like me an Octavious who have read little to none.
7669  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 1 vs. 100: Could this actually be interesting? on: May 06, 2009, 07:21:07 PM
Won't it be very easy for the person to have a computer in front of them to google the answer? (I haven't read the article).
7670  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel Digital Comics on: May 06, 2009, 06:18:32 PM
I does have a lot of old stuff. For example, it has Uncanny X-Men and Amazing Spider-Man going back to the 60's. If you visit the site they list every issue that they have. The tricky part is seeing the missing issues when they have a lot. I don't know yet what is missing from the Uncanny X-Men because I haven't looked really closely. I did look at Secret Wars, and they only had issues 1-8. Looks like they only have the first 30 issues of the original Wolverine line. They appear to fill in some issues over time, but it will obviously be a while before all the Wolverines would be filled in.
7671  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel Digital Comics on: May 06, 2009, 05:30:59 PM
That's a great site, thanks!
7672  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Kindle on: May 06, 2009, 04:46:01 PM

If I was to get one of these, I would definitely kick in the extra $130 and get the DX. Much bigger, more storage, and the thing should last a long time, so the extra cost would be spread over the life of the device. They really do need to get color, though, because this would be great for magazines and comics.
7673  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Megan Fox in a tight, tight corset! on: May 06, 2009, 04:16:33 PM

Quote from: McNutt on May 06, 2009, 04:08:58 PM

Quote from: Teggy on May 06, 2009, 03:52:24 PM

The one "dumb young girl" thing she did was to get her (now ex) fiancee's name written next to her vajayjay. I'm sure her next partner is going to love that.

Who did this?

Megan Fox.
7674  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Marvel Digital Comics on: May 06, 2009, 04:15:56 PM
I decided to sign up for a year of Marvel Digital Comics last night. I have read very few comics in my lifetime and this seemed like a nice low-cost way to get a ton of "fun" reading material.

I read Uncanny X-Men #1 last night, which was a hoot. It really lets you see the way people were thinking in the 60's. It also appears that the original version of Magneto was ridiculously powerful.

My question was really about read order. I know in 90's when college buddies of mine were reading comics, it was extremely popular to spread stories across 3 or more titles. When did they start doing this, and is there any good source for looking up when you should be reading other titles for crossovers? Did they tell you in the comics themselves or did you just have to be "in the know"?
7675  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Megan Fox in a tight, tight corset! on: May 06, 2009, 03:52:24 PM
I tend to be "it depends" on tattoos on women. Words written across one's ribcage don't really do a whole lot for me, but other things can be intriguing. The one "dumb young girl" thing she did was to get her (now ex) fiancee's name written next to her vajayjay. I'm sure her next partner is going to love that.

As far as her job goes, Hollywood seems to be perfectly happy to deal with tattoos with makeup and editing. Neither she nor Angelina Jolie are hurting for work.
7676  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RIP Dom DeLuise on: May 06, 2009, 03:36:59 PM

Quote from: Arclight on May 06, 2009, 01:56:39 PM

I love old Dom. Some of the inter-action between him and Burt Reynolds on gag-reels and such were hilarious.

I have to admit one thing though. I thought he was gay all this time. What stuff has his kids done?

His kids are all over the place - I think Peter (who you might remember from 21 Jump Street) does mostly producing or directing now, and he is heavily involved in Stargate. I see the other kids acting all the time - one of them had an extended run on Gilmore Girls and another is on one of the Disney shows.
7677  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Joss Whedons Dollhouse starts Friday on: May 06, 2009, 01:33:36 PM
Finally caught up last night. I think I read the same thing as some other people, that Alan Tudyk was supposed to play Alpha, but knowing Wash, it didn't seem to fit. I got a little suspicious when he changed clothes and was in such good shape, but I just chalked it up to the fact that actors just generally stay in shape. So, in the end, I was still pretty surprised.

So, no one has mentioned - when they brought back the old head of security in Victor's body, he called out for "Whiskey". They made some crack about him wanting a drink, but my immediate thought was that there was a doll in the room, codename "Whiskey" (which fits the military alphabet system they use for the dolls). My first thought was that it was the doctor, but later in the episode, she mentions that she was there when Alpha was first created.

EDIT: although, I guess if she's a doll, they could make her remember whatever they want her to remember.
7678  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Trailer out for MAG (PS3) on: May 06, 2009, 01:08:09 AM
Definitely interested in this if they can get the communication and party system right. But I want them to change the name to "Massive Ass Game".
7679  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Guilty TV pleasures on: May 05, 2009, 02:53:33 PM
Definitely Degrassi: TNG.
7680  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Next fall's tv schedule starting to come out... on: May 04, 2009, 09:24:44 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 04, 2009, 09:20:38 PM

Re: last point - Stargate?

Stargate Atlantis, etc. would be spinoffs from the original Stargate series. In this case, a second Parenthood tv series, based on the movie, is being made with no connection at all to the first series (which was nearly 20 years ago). This would be sort of along the lines of having a new MASH series that assumed the series with Alan Alda never happened. I bet this has happened, but I can't think of an example off the top of my head.
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