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81  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Who here is familiar with Stargate SG-1? on: November 16, 2007, 05:38:23 PM
I want to see a Wraith-Goa'uld hybrid...
82  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [HEROES] - Season Two. Anyone IN? [spoilers inevitable] on: November 06, 2007, 05:48:13 PM
There's also unfortunate talk that NBC saw the writer's strike coming and purposely re-tooled a script for December to act as the season finale if need be.

On the other hand, NBC/Universal could possibly move Battlestar Galactica to network TV...
83  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: King Tut Mummy on display for first time on: November 05, 2007, 03:46:36 PM
This is a triumph!

I'm making a note here: HUGE SUCCESS.
84  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hope for SUV owners? on: October 31, 2007, 06:43:59 PM
High school dropout shows up GM engineers with both improved mileage and more horsepower
85  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: *Sigh* CCNA....again....and again....and again on: October 30, 2007, 11:12:02 PM
Bite the bullet and ask Brian for study help.  He's already got a tutorial lesson plan made to help me get my cert.
86  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dragonlance Movie being made. Take cover. on: October 24, 2007, 07:55:16 PM
Dragonlance got me into the D&D books in general.  Since then, I've become a hardcore Forgotten Realms guy.  Oh, and Ron, the books you were thinking of with the cleric/MacGyver guy is a series of books called The Cleric Quintet.  Good series.

I can only hope that this thing doesn't make any money so they don't attempt it with my beloved Forgotten Realms characters.  I would rather them stay on their pages than be ruined on screen.
87  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [HEROES] - Season Two. Anyone IN? [spoilers inevitable] on: October 23, 2007, 03:14:58 PM

Quote from: Purge on October 23, 2007, 02:19:50 PM

Who is "Daddy"?

I hope he can still absorb powers rather than being "full".

Maybe he has inventory slots, and since he got the subscription based hellgate, he has more inventory slots and use his brother as a mule.
I think Bob is Daddy.  It makes sense, given the parent/child connections of most of the heroes.
88  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Team Fortress 2 on: October 16, 2007, 04:12:10 PM
I got to play last night on the OO server.  I am also one of these folks who never really played TFC and I'm just getting into the dynamic of the game.  I love it!  Since I knew I was getting the Orange Box, I loaded up Fortress Forever to get used to the style of the game.  I must say, I'm a big fan of the game; both its comedic qualities and refined gameplay from each class' perspective.

I think the only name I saw on last night that I recognized was Gellar, but there were good times had by all.  I tend to lean toward Medic/Pyro/Heavy (if there's another medic) when I play.  Which map has the train station?  cp_well?  Anyway, I had racked up a number of kills to a guy named woober who had been playing as a scout against my pyro.  I saw him type in chat "I hate pyros and (another class that I wasn't paying attention to)" right after I had killed him.  Ah, good times.
89  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What do I want for my birthday? on: October 11, 2007, 11:40:04 PM
I'm not kidding when I say everyone who can (health-wise) should purchase bacon salt.  Would I be exaggerating if I said it changed my life?  For the better?

No, I would not.
90  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What do I want for my birthday? on: October 11, 2007, 05:11:30 PM

Quote from: mytocles on October 10, 2007, 06:34:28 PM

Book Category:  "Good Omens"


At Amazon:  $7.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25.

"The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist."

"The book is a comedy and a quasi-parody of the 1976 film The Omen (as well as other books and films of the genre), concerning the birth of the son of Satan, the coming of the End Times and the attempts of the angel Aziraphale and the demon Crowley to avert them, having become accustomed to their comfortable situations in the human world. A subplot features the gathering of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse—War, Famine, Pollution (Pestilence having retired in 1936 following the discovery of penicillin), and Death..."

(At least now we know where Crowley went...)

This is an awesome book.  I am a huge Gaiman fan and have read most of his works.
91  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What do I want for my birthday? on: October 09, 2007, 11:38:49 PM
My love for the bacon salt knows few bounds.  It doesn't taste fake.  I've been on Nutrisystem for the past few months (66 pounds lost, baby!) and only recently discovered the happiness that is bacon salt.  It has given me the strength to lose the last 50 or so pounds to reach my goal weight.  Nutrisystem food isn't that bad these days (think "Lean Cuisine" from the market) but it is oh so much better with the bacon salt.

Can I say it again?  Bacon salt. Ooh yeah that's nice.
92  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What do I want for my birthday? on: October 09, 2007, 12:48:34 AM
You want the greatest invention mankind has ever been lucky enough to own:

Bacon Salt.

I bought some of this and oh my god is it a great way to add the flavor of bacon to anything.  No saltier than table salt, no calories, completely kosher and vegetarian, I'm planning on buying this for many people this holiday season.  I just got the sample pack and am quite happy.  It makes many Nutrisystem entrees taste decent and doesn't add calories.  Would you normally sprinkle a bit of salt on your veggies?  Try this stuff.  It's like wrapping salty bacon-love around every asparagus spear or broccoli floret. 

Yes, I realize my moniker "WarPig" and "salty bacon-love" are a bit close in description. 
93  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [HEROES] - Season Two. Anyone IN? [spoilers inevitable] on: October 08, 2007, 11:14:51 PM

Quote from: Scoop20906 on October 08, 2007, 10:40:40 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on October 08, 2007, 03:28:02 PM

Tonight is Episode 3.


Lockdown, this young woman is super hot. Man, am I glad they added her to the cast.

You could just never get her alone without her brother hanging around...could he like sit outside a soundproofed room with headphones on or something whilst I showed her just how gorgeous she was?  I really wouldn't want to die from Venom X-Files oil a weird nerve agent.
94  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Things to Do in Tucson, Arizona on: October 02, 2007, 10:32:37 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on October 02, 2007, 09:06:48 PM

I would strongly suggest visiting the Sonora Desert Museum.  Think of it as a combination botanical garden and zoo.  If you've never been to Arizona, or haven't made it a point to explore the landscape, this is a must-see.  You have to drive through part of Saguaro National Park to get there, which is incredibly scenic (imagine a forest composed entirely of Saguaro cactus with switch-backs and incredible views that reach all the way into Mexico), and the museum itself is absolutely stunning.  Great views, amazing flora and fauna, a decent sit-down restaurant as well as quality counter service, programs throughout the day, and it really provides you with an in-depth glimpse into the wildlife and vegetation of southern Arizona.  A beautiful place my wife and I visit a few times a year.  And as the weather starts to cool things are really starting to grow again.

I would highly recommend it.   

I always forget about that place.  He's right, Rowdy, I'd pick the Museum over Old Tucson any day.

Having grown up in a small town in the desert near Tucson and basically lived there until I moved to Phoenix in '97, I forget how many other folks find it so beautiful and interesting.  To me, coyotes, mountain lions, scorpions, rattlesnakes, cacti, mesquite trees and the like are just life, not WILDlife. smile  It's a blast, though.  Especially if you can get the tarantula guy to let the thing crawl on you.  Muy bueno.
95  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Things to Do in Tucson, Arizona on: October 02, 2007, 08:49:21 PM
There's actually a lot to do in/around Tucson.  I don't know how much of a shutterbug or naturist you may be, but Colossal Cave is a blast.  Old Tucson might be something to research; I know they've been doing a lot of renovations lately.  As far as downtown, Hotel Congress is a neat, old place with a lot of cool decor to photograph.  They've also got a nice bar/restaurant.  I guess it all depends on what you'd like to do!
96  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Stargate Atlantis tonight all! on: September 28, 2007, 10:11:19 PM
Whoops, my bad.  Sorry, man!
97  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Stargate Atlantis tonight all! on: September 28, 2007, 09:07:33 PM
Not Weir...Carson.
98  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: YOUR favorite television series of all-time is... on: September 27, 2007, 05:26:44 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on September 27, 2007, 05:15:53 PM

Great thread.  I definately must eventually watch some Babylon 5.

Nobody mentioned Deadwood (yet).  I have never seen an episode, and was hoping someone would pick it and give me the skinny.  I see it all the time in the stores, and always contemplate picking it up "sight unseen", so to speak.  I seem to remember some people talking fondly of it a long time ago.  Perhaps it hasn't "aged" well?

I loved Deadwood.  I own the first 2 seasons.  All in all, a fantastic show with amazing writing.  Apparently, education in the old West meant that you spoke very well or that you swore every other word.  There's a reason my avatar's character is called "Swearingen".  The morning after I watched Deadwood, my road rage language would include the word "cocksucker" a lot, which I don't normally say.  If you've seen the show, you know why.

The plotlines and characters in Deadwood kept me hooked from the get-go.  The writers make you maintain a vested interest in the welfare of the characters and throw just enough curveballs to make you want to come back episode after episode.  The way the writers just quit was a kick in the nuts to everyone who loved that show.  basically, after the 3rd season, most of the plotlines are still wide open and only a few things have been resolved.  The writers told HBO to F off and bailed without finishing the series.  HBO, from what I've heard, has tried to get them back to write a few 2-hour miniseries episodes to end the series, but I've heard nothing lately.  Hell, I'd be happy with a "Serenity"-style end just to finish it up.
99  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: YOUR favorite television series of all-time is... on: September 27, 2007, 04:34:24 PM
MASH, Firefly, Star Trek...all good.  Seinfeld is epic.  If I had to pick an absolute favorite, though, it'd have to be MASH.  I LOVED ban of Brothers, but I agree with Kevin; it seems more like a miniseries.  I will give the next iteration its due (WWII in the Pacific, Tom Hanks and Spielberg all over it again, due 2010 I think).
100  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: House is in da house!!!! (season 3 spoiler alert) on: September 26, 2007, 07:05:58 PM
Was there a new director?  I saw a lot more "shaky handcam" shots, which in abundance can ruin it. 
101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Mystery Meat on: September 26, 2007, 07:04:09 PM
I had a joke about an ass-kicking contest, but I eated it.
102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: House is in da house!!!! (season 3 spoiler alert) on: September 25, 2007, 04:22:26 PM

I love the commercial...House sitting in front of a lecture hall.  "In 6 weeks, 1 of you will be gone.........along with another 28."
103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Family Guy Tonight! on: September 24, 2007, 06:14:54 PM
I was impressed at the number of blatant other movie references of movies that I find hilarious.  Airplane, The Blues Brothers, National Lampoon's Vacation...all classics.
104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: TV Squad's Flash Gordon First Look on: September 16, 2007, 07:35:15 PM
Agreed.  The "hawkmen" were an incredible disappointment.  The girl and I have both decided to drop Flash and pick up Torchwood on BBC America.  I think it's got promise, and I can't ignore all the Doctor Who tie-ins. 
105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Food] Favorite cheese? on: September 06, 2007, 09:33:59 PM
Hmmm, type and subtypes of cheese.  I like smoked gouda over gouda, creamed Havarti over Havarti (almost melts in your mouth, great in a roast beef panini), mild cheddar over sharp, and not a big Swiss fan.  I like Brie and Muenster, most Mozzarella, Feta, and Asiago.  I, too, am not a fan of bleu cheese.  There are other cheeses that I've tasted, but am on the fence about.  Sage Derby is good, unless I'm not in the mood for it.  I've also tried an Irish dill cheese that was heavenly the first time I had it...and when I had it again, I almost couldn't stand it.  I think it was the other cheeses I had been tasting throwing it off.  Love the pepperjack, had one made with jalapenoes, it was awesome.
106  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Home Refinance on: September 02, 2007, 11:06:44 PM
Okay Ron, here's the scoop.  When I got stupidly canned from you-know-where, I went to work at a mortgage company.  Last week, we just laid off 2/3 of our staff.  The reason fees are so heavy right now is because lenders resell their loans to investors; and since the housing bubble burst, people can't afford the ARMs that are expiring.  People are defaulting on loans, so the investors that have their own investments backed by these mortgages are losing their investments.  So, nobody wants to use mortgages (mostly subprime; loans over $417,000 or to people with iffy credit/work histories) to back their investments.  Because there are no investors buying loans from lenders, lenders are forced to tighten their guidelines and make it harder for people to qualify.  Even then, nobody wuill buy the loans from the lenders.  So, companies go out of business (New Century, Accredited) or lay off a bunch of people (Us, Countrywide in their Alt-A section) to cut costs.  The ones who are left have parent companies with big balance sheets capable of servicing and holding a certain amount of loans over time.  We were bought by Barclay's back in February, and they are backing us with a several billion dollar balance sheet.  We're only a wholesale lender, so you'd have to go through a mortgage broker, which is going to rape you with extra points and fees in order to keep their buisiness.  Less lenders means less business for brokers, so they are charging more fees.

In short (or not), I would look for any refinancing you can get through any government-backed loan program.  I would research Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and loans directly from the FHA.  Beyond that, people in the business I talk to say Lending Tree is still decent.  You'll at least find those lenders more willing to work with lower fees or extra points.  The downside to the market in general is you will most likely still end up with a larger monthly payment.  I wish you luck, my friend.  The resources are out there, they're just a bit more scarce than usual.
107  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The best time to win a primary... on: August 15, 2007, 04:47:55 PM

Quote from: Purge on August 15, 2007, 02:36:32 PM

Potatoe. That's the word he'll put in for you.

I LOL'ed.  Whatever happened to Dan Quayle?
108  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: TV Squad's Flash Gordon First Look on: August 14, 2007, 06:16:26 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 14, 2007, 02:51:49 PM

well there's always the upcoming S&M episode!

Curiously, I have NO problem with this whatsoever.

I'm also hoping it ramps up as well.  The studio's idea of what Mongo should look like should be downloaded and erased like Zarkon's memory.  As a matter of fact, I think I'll lead an attack on the studio right now...

Dive, my Hawk Men!!   DIVE!!!!
109  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Human Weapon on: August 14, 2007, 05:03:07 PM

Quote from: DamageInc on August 14, 2007, 03:20:54 PM

The football guy seems to lack some respect though. Just a perception.
I like the show though.
I agree with this statement, but it may be due to his lack of a more Eastern martial arts background, which is very big on respect in high context societies.  I'm not making excuses for the guy, just hoping he picks up on it over time.

And yes, Ron.  My eyebrows raised at that thrust kick in the last Savate fight.
110  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Human Weapon on: August 13, 2007, 11:56:11 PM
Episode last night was on French Savate.  It was awesome, showing roots on naval ships where on-deck fighting required holding on to ropes and kicking a lot.  This evolved into some amazing balancing-act snap kicks that all came from rotating hips.  Quite entertaining...and the big guy is apparently a world class heavyweight wrestler.  Not "professional" wrestling, either.  He demonstrated some control and knowledge of centers of gravity that betrayed at least a modicum of training.  pthbt.
111  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How hot does it get where you are? on: July 27, 2007, 12:03:32 AM

Quote from: Destructor on July 26, 2007, 07:03:17 PM

But look on the bright side for us who live in Arizona (or downtown at least) - our winters rock (60-70 degrees for a high). Makes the summer (and the oh-so glorious monsoon season) bearable.

Aye.  I live in the Coronado historical district in downtown Phoenix (NORTH of I-10, thankyouverymuch) and the winters are just perfect.  From November through usually April, it's beyond pleasant.  Right now, not so much.  At least those in the east/west valley get rain.
112  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 10 Things I hate about Star Trek on: July 24, 2007, 05:16:07 PM
Damn it, this is where I show my true colors, and they are not pretty.  Almost a fuscia/mauve that I don't like sharing.

The fundamentals of science are in almost every Star Trek gadget.  The concept of the "dilithium crystal" is to control the energy release from a matter/antimatter reaction.  Antimatter is real, they've made it at CERN.  We know the consequences of matter meeting antimatter in an uncontrolled reaction.  BOOM.  So, a way was written (see "fictionalized") to control the reaction.  The idea of a crystal doing so is simple; crystals in specific shapes have been used to coalesce/focus different forms of light/EM energy for a long time.  Why not something even higher?  It's not that large a leap in the theory.  Granted, it's nothing we can conceive of now, but, then again, neither were 3 1/2 inch floppy disks back in the 60's, and look where we got those.  Matter/energy conversion, particle weapons, and even warp theory all have solid bases in current science.  Hell, scoience may be used TOO much in many episodes.  There are some leaps, but this is supposed to be several hundred years in the future.  

Unbreakable - I agree about Star Wars.  There's not even an attempt at explanation (I'm throwing away the idea of "midichlorians" because they make me throw up a little bit every time I think of it) of the force.  Even their space ships and "science" is dropped in favor of storyline.  I'm not knocking it, either.  I love the Holy Trilogy.  There's no "what's better" argument to be had.  I simply disagree with the statement that Star Trek is fantasy more than science.  It's okay, we can agree to disagree.

I also agree with your statement about the "hard science" fiction.  Michael Crichton is a good example of an author in that genre, and his books had to get simplified significantly to become movies.  Oh, and I think Isaac Asimov is rolling in his grave at "I, Robot".  Just my opinion.
113  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I is da ironmans. on: July 24, 2007, 04:32:36 PM

Quote from: Purge on July 24, 2007, 02:43:34 PM

Of course... because Marvel Canada rips of Marvel USA.  Roll Eyes

Pulled originally from Wolverine lore, as I recall...damn you, Canada!  All high and mighty with your socialized health care and practically legal they really are high and mighty...
114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I is da ironmans. on: July 23, 2007, 07:25:55 PM

Quote from: Purge on July 20, 2007, 06:17:35 PM

He'd be a B list, someone like Deaths Head would be C.

Or Puck, or the X-Factor folks.

He has had his own comic for years... he's not A list (Superman, Spiderman, Hulk, Wolverine) but I would put him above Ghost Rider and Daredevil.

Wasn't Puck originally in the Canadian group Alpha Flight?
115  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 1-18-08 Trailer Online on: July 13, 2007, 12:44:47 AM
Sorry y'all, the Ethan Haas sites are cool, but not related to 1-18-08.  Here is the scoop.

It's fun, though. smile
116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What robot genre needs ILM's special effects treatment next? on: July 09, 2007, 10:03:33 PM

Quote from: Jarrodhk on July 09, 2007, 09:53:23 PM

Mechwarrior.  I love the universe more than just about any other Sci-fi property out there.

Voltron??  I seem to remember liking the vehicle version sooo much better than the lions version.  Although I haven't seen the former recently, and CN is showing the lion version early mornings lately. 

I agree wholeheartedly.  Inner Sphere vs. the evil clans!  I see clan medical facilities being infiltrated and robbed for clan tech.  I see the Draconis Combine leading a full scale assault on a clan base with Warhammers and Atlas'...pardon my drool.

EDIT: Actually, and I know I'm going to upset the purists, being one myself.  The story of the Butlerian Jihad and the machine wars (Dune prequels written by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson for the uninitiated) could be done with dramatic success.  It may not have been written by the master, but the story was good, and cymeks would just be awesome.  I did enjoy the books, though I consider them "in the style of" Dune.
117  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What is your all-time favorite cereal? on: July 02, 2007, 07:21:49 PM
Honey Nut Cheerios.
118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Half Life 2: Episode 2... Oct 9th on: June 19, 2007, 07:54:01 PM

Quote from: Turtle on June 19, 2007, 01:39:58 AM

I'm referring to both.  The graphics to TF has always been cartoonish, same for the graphics.  Although back then they had little choice but to make the graphics cartoonishly stylized.
I'm not sure I understand...The graphics have always been cartoonish, same for the graphics?
119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I had my head peeled today on: June 04, 2007, 07:24:23 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on June 01, 2007, 10:24:26 PM

As in shaved completely bald. The Tele Savalas look. It was 7 months worth of growth up there. Was past my coller and my bangs were down to my nose. I decided to just do it all out and had it shaved off to the skin. This coming from the guy who at one time could sit on his hair smile

It feel GREAT! I usually keep it a flat top but this is even better. Strange but good. My scalp actually feels kinda numb. Ill get used to it. I can now dress in a red and black outfit and say "engage number one" smile
Quick!  Grow it back!  You've lost your grammar/spelling skills!!
120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do You Carry A Knife? on: May 29, 2007, 06:35:50 PM
I carry this on my belt every day:

I have a Leatherman PST II in my backpack as well.  I also carry a Leatherman Micra in my pocket/on my keychain.
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