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681  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Stan Winston RIP on: June 17, 2008, 12:38:08 AM
CNN is reporting it.

682  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Melaleuca on: June 16, 2008, 10:45:36 PM
They have some decent products, my best friend's mom swears by their products.

Their cleaning products are decent and works and supposedly all natural.

That said, yes, they are a pyramid scheme, but at least they have decent stuff.
683  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: See you all in 6-7 months!!! on: June 16, 2008, 10:01:34 PM
Thanks Kato and be safe out there!
684  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Stan Winston RIP on: June 16, 2008, 07:14:38 PM
His Wiki article is already updated with his death, June 15, 2008, of cancer.

Can't find anything in the news though

EDIT: Found this on /Film:

And Ain't it Cool News:
685  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Spore Creature Creator to be released on June 17th (PICS!) on: June 16, 2008, 06:15:00 PM

Quote from: Purge on June 16, 2008, 02:54:03 PM

Quote from: fyedaddy on June 16, 2008, 02:34:05 PM

Quote from: Gratch on June 16, 2008, 02:26:18 PM

Quote from: Dimmona on June 16, 2008, 04:42:56 AM

I shudder to think what other stuff we'll see get created with this thing:

That is just wrong on so many levels.  So why couldn't I stop laughing?

That video clip cost me half my coffee and lots of dirty looks.


 eek icon_eek icon_lol icon_lol
686  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Ultra cheap but capable PC -- does it exist? on: June 14, 2008, 03:32:39 AM
Saw this today and thought I'd resurrect this thread:
687  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I might be laid off tomorrow on: June 12, 2008, 07:56:39 PM
Sorry to hear that you got laid off but that does sound like a decent severance package.

I agree with everyone when they said the commute is horrendous.  I did a 1.5-2 hours commute for a year and I was glad when I switched jobs.

Good luck with the job search!
688  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Discovery Channel] - When We Left Earth on: June 09, 2008, 05:22:57 AM
Anyone watching this series?  I'm currently on the laptop in the TV room watching it.  I love it!!  I'm a big space program buff, so this series is a treat for me.  Even thinking about purchasing the dvd set (wishing I have Blu-ray though).
689  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Anti-virus program needed on: June 09, 2008, 05:12:52 AM
At, the forum that I'm training to remove malware at, they recommend Avast and Avira
690  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: BSODs on: June 07, 2008, 05:09:10 PM
I'm running an AGP x1950pro, it's about time I overhaul my system.  I also have been using the high settings and just playing around with the advanced settings by turning off shadows, using shader 2.0, etc.  Read that in another post a while back.

The memory usage is probably what causes my BSODs as I only have 2gb memory on this system.

I've been playing CoD4, PotBS, Sins of a Solar Empire and the Witcher lately without any BSODs.  I'll try AoC again this weekend.

691  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: BSODs on: June 07, 2008, 06:39:30 AM
No overclock on this one, haven't done it since I built it.

Video card is fairly new, a few months old.

Same with power supply, it's an Antec SmartPower 500w, less than a year old.

Ran the memtest overnight and then some, I think it ran almost 24 hours since I left it running while I went work.

I haven't played Conan in about a week and no BSOD since then.  I've played other games and my system is back to being stable.  I'm still thinking that there's something with Age of Conan that just doesn't agree with my system, could be that memory leak.
692  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Any scuba divers here? on: June 05, 2008, 08:48:18 PM
I still remember the "don't surface faster than your air bubbles" rule and stick by it.
693  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Any scuba divers here? on: June 05, 2008, 05:52:10 PM
I'm a certified open water diver with PADI but I haven't gone in a few years so I will definitely need a refresher course.

It does get expensive, but it was a lot of fun.
694  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lightning Photos from NE Colorado Storms on: June 04, 2008, 11:44:00 PM

Quote from: Canuck on June 04, 2008, 11:20:57 PM

Holy crap Enough, are you a professional?  Those are some damn nice photos!

+1   eek
695  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 75 bucks on: June 03, 2008, 05:32:07 AM
$15 to fill up my Ninja 250.  Gets about 57-60mpg and goes 100+mph tops.

A couple of months ago, it only cost me about $11 to fill the thing up.  icon_frown
696  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: BSODs on: June 02, 2008, 05:21:09 PM
Yup, drivers are all fully updated.

It's funny though, I didn't play Age of Conan at all this weekend due to work stuff and my pc haven't had the BSOD once.  I'm thinking it's tied to the game somehow.
697  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: BSODs on: June 02, 2008, 12:40:49 AM
It boots fine in regular mode, it just would give me BSODs seemingly at random.  I can go a few days without BSODs but sometimes I can get them twice a day.  The surefire way of getting one is to play Age of Conan for a while and I will usually get them after I quit the game and try to start firefox.
698  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / BSODs on: June 01, 2008, 05:09:32 AM
Lately I've been getting an increasing amount of BSOD, mostly PAGE_FAULT_IN_NON_PAGED_AREA, and a couple of MEMORY_MANAGEMENT.

I ran memtest86 through the bootable cd and it cleared the memory.

I usually get the Page fault error after I play Age of Conan and try to start firefox, but sometimes it would BSOD when I'm not doing anything.

Any other ideas on what may be causing this?

P4 3GHz
ECS 848P-A V2.0 motherboard
2GB Ram
699  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Xbox 360 Premium System F/S on: May 29, 2008, 09:46:56 PM
I so want one so I can play GTA IV, unfortunately, my finances is not allowing anymore purchases for the next couple of weeks  crybaby
700  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Name and Server List on: May 28, 2008, 07:51:58 PM
22 Dark Templar
701  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: $429 base gaming rig (add video card) at Circuit City on: May 28, 2008, 07:12:09 PM
Sold out  crybaby

Anyone know of anything similar to this?
702  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: $429 base gaming rig (add video card) at Circuit City on: May 26, 2008, 06:58:48 PM
Hmm, I may have to wait on the Kindle and purchase this instead with the tax rebate check.

I have an Antec SmartPower 500 on my old machine that I can transfer over, so I'll just need to get me an 8800 card.

Thanks for bringing this to my attention!
703  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: $429 base gaming rig (add video card) at Circuit City on: May 25, 2008, 09:44:17 PM
I wonder how easy it is on that case to change the power supply.
704  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: AoC - Wanderers now Recruiting!! (Playing on DERKETO Server) on: May 23, 2008, 09:50:57 PM
My CC pre-order copy just came in so I'll be trying it out this weekend.  This may spell the end of PotBS if I like it.
705  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Indy IV: Who's in for Midnight??? on: May 22, 2008, 09:59:03 AM
Definitely very entertaining, a lot of classic Indy moments.  Me likey!
706  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Indy IV: Who's in for Midnight??? on: May 22, 2008, 03:17:24 AM

Quote from: PeteRock on May 22, 2008, 03:03:57 AM

Quote from: Thin_J on May 22, 2008, 02:59:58 AM

Screw the midnight crowds.

Have you ever been to a midnight show?  Any one I've attended has had a high energy and excitement level, but once the film starts the entire crowd goes absolutely silent as every person in the theater is typically there for one purpose.  To be the first to see a highly anticipated film.  Now, if you were referring to Friday night crowds?  Then I would agree completely.  But I've found midnight crowds to be the best to see highly anticipated films with. 

I agree.  Midnight crowds are usually the most enthusiastic crowd and they're usually are fans.  I've been to quite a few midnight showings where people are dressed up, very into the movie/series, friendly and will include you in their trivia games or any games that they happen to bring.  When the movie starts, they're pretty quiet, of course there's the occasional outbursts of clappings and cheerings but usually at the right moments.

I love midnight showing crowds!
707  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Indy IV: Who's in for Midnight??? on: May 22, 2008, 02:49:26 AM
Me and the GF just got tickets for tonight, the 12:01am showing.  We'll probably be heading over right after her favorite show, Ghost Hunters.
708  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Any good laptop deals at or under $500? on: May 21, 2008, 10:07:24 PM
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709  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon Gold Box Video Game Deal Day on: May 21, 2008, 05:19:24 PM
Right now it's Rock Band Special Ed for PS2 for $99.99 on their lightning deal. tempted...
710  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Indiana Jones Fedora Now Available on: May 21, 2008, 04:35:41 AM
I'm gonna see if I can find some time to head to Disneyland and use my annual pass to pick up the fedora.  Will post some pics once I got them.
711  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Indiana Jones Fedora Now Available on: May 21, 2008, 01:05:47 AM

Quote from: msduncan on May 21, 2008, 12:03:40 AM

Here is the direct product link from Lucas Film LTD:

Don't get ripped for $50

Hmm, that looks just like the ones they sell at Disneyland.  The price is about the same as well.  I wonder if it's the same one.
712  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dracula Origin adventure game! on: May 15, 2008, 09:41:01 PM
Oh man, that looks good.  Hmm, I may have to figure out how to slip that in the budget.
713  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Asking her parents' permission on: May 15, 2008, 09:14:11 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on May 15, 2008, 09:07:13 PM

Quote from: Boudreaux on May 15, 2008, 08:59:50 PM

Well, I'm too far removed to really be judgmental about her parents, but it seems odd that if they want her to be "financially stable" that they seem to be waiting for a would-be husband to come in and solve that problem for her.  Unless you're bringing a lot of financial baggage or debt into the marriage that she'll be saddled with, marriage only tends to help the financial situation (one residence, one set of bills, tax incentives, etc.)

I think some people are just bad for each other, at least in the respect that they can act as enablers for the worst vices of the other.  So if you take two financially irresponsible people and put them together that's not necessarilly a recipe for altering the habits of either.  Now, I'm not saying that's the case with Tokek at all but just as a hypothetical. 

As an extreme example, I know that if my financially irresponsible daughter wanted to marry a freeloading bum with no prospects, I wouldn't exactly want to give my blessing no matter how much they profess their love for each other.  I just don't think that's what most parents hope for their children.

The flipside is that if it was a nice, smart young guy with a good prospects but currently in a low paying job, while I may worry about their finances, I would still happily give my blessing. 

I'm not exactly the best money manager in the world, neither is she, but we've learned to curb and manage our finances throughout the year.  Granted, it will probably be a rough start for a few years but I'm damn sure that we can pull it through and come out ahead later on.  I stuck with her through the diagnosis of breast cancer, through months of chemo and radiation, so I think the finances thing will be a walk in the park.
714  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Asking her parents' permission on: May 15, 2008, 09:10:30 PM

Quote from: Blackadar on May 15, 2008, 09:02:45 PM

Quote from: Tokek on May 15, 2008, 08:42:56 PM

They didn't give a "no" but they didn't exactly give a "yes" either, so we may still go through with it after we make sure that her parents will be ok with it and won't cause awkwardness for her in family gatherings.

I don't disagree with your decision to ask them.  As I said before, if you wanted to do it and had the relationship, more power to you.  It's not required, however.

But here's where I disagree with you.  Both you and she are in your 30s - by FAR adult enough to decide who you'd like to spend the rest of your life with.  As such, it shouldn't make a damn bit of difference whether her parents are "ok with it" or whether it causes "awkwardness".  This decision is perhaps the most important one both you and she will make in your lives and it's your decision alone.  While you can ask for their advice or even their blessing, no one else can make this decision for you.  And if you can't start your lives together regardless of whether they want to give their approval, then there's little long-term hope for your relationship because they'll dominate your relationship for the rest of your days. 

After reading the above phrase, all I can say is that she needs to cut the strings and you need to grow a pair.  Either she is the love of your life or she's not.  Either propose or don't.  But waiting on someone else's approval on the most critical decision of YOUR life is absurd. 

Someone else at the office said pretty much the exact same thing to me today and I don't disagree.  However, I've been raised with the mindset that family is everything.  When no one else in the world will help, family will.  Granted that view is not exactly widespread anymore but I still believe it.  It's a little tough to let go of something so ingrained.  On the other hand though, my family are all excited about it when I told them that I was going to ask her to marry me and wholeheartedly supported me, so either way, we'll have at least 1 side of the family that'll invite us to their gatherings, lol!
715  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Asking her parents' permission on: May 15, 2008, 08:42:56 PM
Austin: I think we did meet in Long Beach, on 2nd street at a mexican restaurant a few years back.

The parents said that they would like for her to have a better financial start than they did when they first got married, plus they said that we're both in our 30's which, according to them, is even more important to have a more stable financial base.

Boudreaux: I asked them for their blessing just because it's the right thing to do and because their family is extremely close to each other.  It's also the way I've been raised and I hope, if I do have a daughter, that the man who wants to marry her will come over and ask for my blessing.  I'm a little old fashioned in that sense.  They didn't give a "no" but they didn't exactly give a "yes" either, so we may still go through with it after we make sure that her parents will be ok with it and won't cause awkwardness for her in family gatherings.

Sarkus: Personally, I don't think it's being over protective, I think of it as being parents.  I mean, I brought up those exact concerns with my gf before when we were talking about it.  They just don't want her to have financial hardships like they went through.

Btw, thank you all for the kind words and the inputs and the debates.
716  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Indiana Jones Fedora Now Available on: May 15, 2008, 07:00:27 PM
Hmm, I see it all the time at Disneyland and they're way cheaper there, I think $30-$40.  Doesn't come with a hat box though and possibly not of the same quality as the $100 one on ThinkGeek, but looks just as cool (or dorky).

If anyone wants one, I can see how much it is next time I go to Disneyland and pick one up, just pay me cost + shipping.
717  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Asking her parents' permission on: May 15, 2008, 06:24:15 PM
We may go over there and have a talk with her parents or I'm pretty sure she will after she's calmed down a bit.

Her friends and my friends are all saying that the reasons her parents gave were not good enough and that we should just get married and prove them wrong.  We'll see.  I'll give it a few more days to think it over.
718  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Asking her parents' permission on: May 15, 2008, 04:49:57 PM
I'm 30 and she's 35.  I do have a stable job and so does she, we both just have not-so-good credits and that's what her parents mean by "not financially stable."  They're worried about where we will live, when we can afford a house, etc.  I understand where they are coming from though, as I have brought up the same concerns with her before.

Her family is extremely close with each other and I told her outright that I don't want to be the cause of a rift or awkwardness in her family and I will walk away if that's the case.  I told her that if we were to elope, I want to make sure that it will not cause her to be "unwelcomed" in family gatherings.  I know that sounds harsh but I told her that the reason for marriage is to expand families, not to tear them apart.

We may still go through with it since she's the kind of person who loves to prove people wrong when they said it can't be done, but I told her that she'd better make sure that at least her parents are ok with it and that it won't create any awkwardness with her family.

We'll see.
719  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Asking her parents' permission on: May 15, 2008, 07:04:12 AM dice.

It wasn't a total loss though, they said "whatever makes her happy, they'll go with it" but as far as blessing goes, they're not willing to give 100% because they don't think I'm financially stable enough.  They did gave me props for having the guts to show up and ask, all by myself.

I've had this talk with her before and it was pretty much the exact same concerns that her parents have so it wasn't much of a blow to me, but it was pretty devastating to her.  Now she feels guilty cause she feels that she made me do it.  My friends and her friends are saying we should elope, lol, we'll see.
720  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Asking her parents' permission on: May 15, 2008, 02:10:14 AM
Wish me luck, I'll be heading over to her parents' house in about 20 minutes.
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