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1761  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need suggestion on a good wine on: December 05, 2008, 04:26:45 PM
PeteRock is so awesome.
1762  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Friday Fun] Word Association on: December 05, 2008, 04:25:43 PM
Cocoa Puffs
1763  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How fast can you type? on: December 05, 2008, 01:23:49 AM
94.65 wpm.

However, I know I'm much faster than that when typing out my thoughts rather than transcribing from another piece of text. I've never been very good at "copy" typing.
1764  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How technologically advanced is your office? on: December 05, 2008, 01:20:15 AM
Current office: XP Professional Latitude D630 notebooks (dual-core). All LCD screens, about half the office with dual-LCDs. Blackberries throughout. So not too shabby.

However, the new job will be even more cutting edge. While the computers themselves are a mixed bag, I'll be working with some top-of-the-line network technology. Cisco stuff, really high speed fiber, ginormous data storage centers, etc. I can't wait.  icon_biggrin
1765  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Area51 and other government lies on: December 04, 2008, 08:28:20 PM
Of course countries keep secrets. It's called national security and defense. It's far more plausible to believe that our country has secret bases to develop and test new airplanes and weaponry than to believe it's designed to hide captured alien technology.

The irony is that the government is only too happy to encourage the UFO belief, because it distracts people from what's really going on (high-level technological research on new ways to fight and win wars).




1766  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What is the cost of parenthood? on: December 04, 2008, 12:22:01 AM
A co-worker today described having a kid as "a thrill ride that you can't get off."   icon_smile

1767  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Don't want to be too premature but... on: December 03, 2008, 07:19:20 PM
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LOL.  so, are you going for that one too?

All joking aside, we probably will. My wife wants three, I want two, but in either case we're not getting any younger. Considering the trouble we've had over the last two years, I imagine she'll want to get the ball rolling pretty quickly after this one is born.
1768  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Don't want to be too premature but... on: December 03, 2008, 04:08:57 PM
Nice! Congrats Arkon!!!

1769  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Father Involvement Commercials on: December 03, 2008, 04:37:05 AM
It doesn't help that many, many commercials do nothing but push the stereotype that mom is the only important figure in the household. Start paying close attention to commercials and watch how many portray the man of the house as an immature wannabe adolescent, a football-obsessed ogre, or an idiot who can't even pay his own bills. Heck, even the rare ads that actually show a dad interacting with their kids often portray the dad as either an incompetent buffoon with no control over his children or an unbearably strict taskmaster.

My wife didn't believe this until I pointed it out to her, and then she started noticing it everywhere. It's pretty sad.
1770  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's vent on: December 03, 2008, 04:28:05 AM
Bad stuff is going to happen whether you are around to experience it or not. The only control you have is your reaction to it. I choose not to waste time reacting negatively. Life's too short. Focus on what you can directly influence. The rest is just random chance. Truthiness!
1771  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Now we just need some Focker to marry our daughter. on: December 02, 2008, 04:24:17 PM
Good luck with that. I can't even get mine to use a litterbox properly. Taking a dump, then climbing outside the box and scratching the linoleum is not a valid method of covering your waste.
1772  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Week 13 on: December 02, 2008, 03:27:19 PM
The Panthers are without a doubt the worst 9-3 team I've ever seen. How the hell Jake Delhomme has remained consistent enough to win 9 games is completely beyond me. They must be slipping steroids in his Bojangles biscuits.
1773  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Did You Ever Read Mad Magazine? on: December 02, 2008, 03:45:35 AM
I am still soooo tempted to get this:

Every issue of MAD Magazine from 1952-2006 for $30



1774  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / YK Is Spawning! (Cross-Post from OO) on: December 01, 2008, 09:59:19 PM
Figured I'd post it here to share the good news with my GT friends who may not get over to OO:

As many of you know, my wife suffered an ectopic pregnancy last December after a year and a half of trying to get pregnant. It was a pretty devastating loss for us. Miraculously, however, she suffered no damage to her tubes, so we have been trying again for the past year. Still frustrated by our lack of success, my wife had a dye test done to ensure there was no blockage. The doctor told us many people get pregnant after the dye test because it flushes you out, so he suggested we try again for 3 months before taking any further measures.

Well lo and behold, it worked. YellowQueen is indeed preggers. Evidently my "guys" finally got off their lazy asses and did something for a change.

We are still very, very cautious. Even though the docs tell us everything is just fine with YellowPrince (or YellowPrincess, as the case may be) so far, it's very hard to shake the anxiety from what happened last time. The good news is that the doctors share our concern and are monitoring things very closely this time around. So far, however, YQ's prognosis has been excellent every time we go in. We're going in for another ultrasound on the 8th, so we should have a little more info on how little YP is doing.

A new job and a new baby is more luck than anybody should be allowed to have in one year, especially me. I certainly don't take it for granted. I've found myself thanking God/the Fates/<insert cosmic force of choice> every day for giving YQ and I this opportunity. This is going to be one ridiculously super-loved baby.

Needless to say, 2009 should be....interesting!
1775  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Did You Ever Read Mad Magazine? on: December 01, 2008, 09:54:10 PM
I was a MAD magazine fanatic as a kid. I not only had a bona fide subscription, but I had a ton of the thick paperback digests. My granddad was a big fan and would buy them for me all the time.

One of my older cousins had a huge stack of old MAD and Cracked magazines, and one day when I was visiting he gave them all to me. As a kid with no disposable income, this was like winning the lottery. I spent countless hours reading and re-reading those.

My favorite part of the whole magazine was the fold-in joke on the back cover. I would sometimes even design my own.

I haven't read one in years, unfortunately, but I have nothing but great memories of those magazines.

 

1776  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: ESA is after me..thats new :) on: December 01, 2008, 09:43:34 PM
One of the best April Fools jokes I ever pulled was sending a buddy of mine (who pirates a LOT) an authentic-looking but totally bogus cease-and-desist letter from his ISP threatening legal action and all sorts of heinous punishments for his activity.

He called me scared to death that he was going to federal pound-me-in-the-ass prison. He was so relieved when he found out it was a joke that he couldn't be mad at me.  icon_biggrin
1777  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sometimes it's hard not to laugh... on: December 01, 2008, 06:28:07 PM
In the privacy of your own home is one thing. When they start taking off their pants and peeing on the floor of Wal-Mart well then, I imagine that's when the true test of parenting begins.
1778  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So what was your best Black Friday purchase? on: November 29, 2008, 03:07:48 AM
We went out to the mall. Tons of great deals (almost every store had Buy 1 Get 1 Free, or Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off), but we just weren't in the mood to buy anything. I have a feeling we're not alone.
1779  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Finally, some good news! on: November 27, 2008, 03:46:57 AM
Awesome lildrgn, that's great! I hate that your little one has had to go through that, but glad to hear he's doing better. Hint: Suggest that he wish for more wishes!
1780  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pixar Movies: Favorite to Least Favorite on: November 25, 2008, 01:52:44 AM
1. Toy Story 2
2. Finding Nemo
3. The Incredibles
4. Toy Story
5. Monsters Inc
6. Wall-E
7. Ratatouille
8. Cars
9. A Bug's Life

Funny how people's perceptions differ. I've found I liked the movies more that I was least hyped about seeing. That's why WALL-E and Ratatouille fell out of the top 5. I was so hyped going in, they ended up being utter disappointments.  WALL-E *only* ranks #6 because of the first half of the movie. I thought the second half was crap.

1781  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Warhammer - Is the player base leaving on: November 21, 2008, 04:48:30 PM
Well, I finally pulled the plug on my account after having not played in about a month. It was not an easy decision. I had every intention of going back to it after the gaming glut was over, but I'm starting a new job in January and don't think I'll really have the time to devote to an MMO. Hopefully I'll be able to come back after things settle down next year and try out the new classes, but for now I didn't see the point in paying for a subscription I wasn't using.   crybaby
1782  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Heroes - What Happened to a once promising show? on: November 20, 2008, 06:30:05 PM
The show is just too complex for its own good. The writers obviously think the way to make audiences take a "comic book show" seriously is to pack it with as many plot threads as possible. The problem with that approach is that while they are very good at creating "wow" plot points, they're very bad at keeping them consistent from episode to episode and wrapping them up neatly. I honestly think the show has become so complex even the writers themselves can't figure out what they created.

There's absolutely no reason time travel had to be even a minor plot point, much less a major one. That automatically introduces an enormous layer of complexity in and of itself. Season 3's mantra of "good is bad, up is down, left is right, light is dark!" adds yet ANOTHER layer of complexity. It's utterly ridiculous.

They need to get rid of about half the characters, drop the time travel stuff, clearly divide the factions between good and evil, and let them duke it out. Once the show is stripped down to that level of simplicity, then they can go in and start adding nuances like shifting allegiances. 
1783  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Civic Literacy Test. on: November 20, 2008, 03:56:36 PM
27/33. I'm happy with that. The ones I missed were mostly the weird conceptual ones, and not the ones based on US History.
1784  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bee slaughter at the BBQ! on: November 19, 2008, 07:10:49 PM
My grill cover had blown off last week, and I kept forgetting to go out and put it back on.

So I was in the backyard raking, remembered it, went to pick it up, and shrieked like a frightened girl.

I was so loud my wife came running out from inside the house to see what was going on.

In picking up the cover, I had flipped up the dead, mutilated carcass of a bloody squirrel, which landed about two inches from me. I'm assuming this "gift" was a present from the neighbor's outdoor cat.

Needless to say, I'm a bit wary of grill covers now.
1785  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: COD World at War on PC, anyone? on: November 18, 2008, 07:30:21 PM
I'm YellowKing in-game.
1786  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: COD World at War on PC, anyone? on: November 18, 2008, 04:48:38 PM
There's a server listing (with filters for game type and some other things) which will search the intrawebz and find games for you. You can also add Friends via invites and see when they're online and what servers they're on. Huge improvement over CoD4 in terms of hooking up with buddies.
1787  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: COD World at War on PC, anyone? on: November 18, 2008, 01:18:37 PM
My CoD clan has come to the startling conclusion that in general, WaW's maps beat CoD4's maps hands down. I think the big difference is the size. Playing the sniper class is actually possible now. Aside from 3 or 4 maps, none of them feel cramped like CoD4's often did.

The one downside is that they don't scale as well to a smaller number of players. This is where my clan is going to run into some trouble, because ordinarily the most we'll have on is a 6 on 6 or 8 on 8. Those kinds of numbers are just too small for some of the larger maps like Downfall or Seelow. I think what we're going to try to do on those maps is restrict our game modes to CTF and other goal-oriented game types where we know we will have people concentrated around certain areas.

We've come to a consensus to make the switch permanently to WaW, and it was solely due to the map selection. In general everybody likes the modern setting better, but the WaW maps are just so much fun to play that it was an easy decision.
1788  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: COD World at War on PC, anyone? on: November 17, 2008, 09:53:25 PM
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In a significant number of areas that is impossible though. In some missions they even spawn (and respawn) enemies in areas that you are not able to reach. Charging there will just get you shot at from all sides.

You're doing it wrong.  icon_biggrin

Seriously, Kratz is right. The trick to Call of Duty (and it's been true of every game in the series) is to keep moving, take ground, and flank when possible. It's not about blindly charging into the thick of enemies - it's about taking out your most serious threats, then pushing forward when you have an opening. If you sit there all day trying to deplete the infinite spawn, you're wasting your time, and if you try to just run past the enemies you're on a one-way road to Frustrationville.

I''m really puzzled at the people who are having so much trouble. I've played every game in the series, and this was by far one of the easiest campaigns in the series on normal difficulty. I can count on one hand the number of levels I had to try more than twice to beat. Sorry, but I really just don't see anything that was done differently here than how it was done in the past four games and expansion. 

 
1789  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you believe? on: November 17, 2008, 09:43:04 PM
Jack White is a genius. That song, however, is atrocious. It's one of the few things he's ever done that I didn't love. I blame Alicia Keyes.
1790  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: COD World at War on PC, anyone? on: November 16, 2008, 05:14:25 PM
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I'm finding it hard to motivate me to finish COD5 at the moment. It just leaves me cold. Consider me bitterly disappointed.

That's odd. I found COD5 to be much easier than COD4. Sorry you were disappointed in it, but I thought it was a very solid entry into the CoD series, and didn't see anything about it that was particularly frustrating or broken.
1791  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Friday the 13th Trailer on: November 16, 2008, 12:49:06 AM
I'm all for the return of the old-fashioned slasher film, but it's really disappointing that Hollywood continues to just go back and rehash the old ones instead of coming up with something original.
1792  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you believe? on: November 16, 2008, 12:44:11 AM
I'm an open-minded skeptic. I don't jump to the conclusion that ghosts and stuff exist, but I am open to the idea that there are phenomena that go on that we don't yet have the knowledge to explain. It is ridiculous to think that in 2008 we have reached complete understanding of the entire universe, so I think it is unreasonable to automatically discount anything that doesn't fit neatly into our preconceptions.

On the other hand, we must be very careful not to claim something as evidence just because it fits with an assumption not based on sound science. Ghost hunters are quite guilty of this. They will declare that the appearance of an EMF spike is evidence of a ghost, when we have no scientific reason to believe that A) ghosts exist or B) that their presence causes EMF flucutations. This kind of "house of cards" reasoning can lead even very reasonable people down erroneous paths.

I thoroughly enjoy watching shows like Ghost Hunters or UFO documentaries. Like Mulder, I want to believe. But I'm also very careful to not commit to beliefs that are not supported by sound scientific evidence.
1793  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sirius Owners - Music Advice on: November 15, 2008, 05:01:25 AM
I've heard both Old Crow Medicine Show and Hank III on Outlaw in the past couple of days, so I think you're good to go.

I'm definitely disappointed in Siriusly Sinatra - while I know the name should be a dead giveaway, they're way too Sinatra top-heavy. I heard like four Sinatra songs in 20 minutes the other day. Don't get me wrong - I LOVE Frank Sinatra, but one of the things I loved about High Standards is that they played a wide variety of artists, and didn't necessarily always play their most mainstream stuff. Listening to this channel is like throwing in my Sinatra/Dean Martin greatest hits albums - great music, but stuff I've already heard countless times.

That's been the only downer for me so far, though. I've been very happy with Sirius XMU/Alt Nation/Lithium as compared to XMU/Ethel/Lucy, and I've also enjoyed Classic Vinyl and Classic Rewind as much as Top Tracks and Big Tracks.

The new Sirius channels seem much more DJ-heavy than their XM counterparts. That's not necessarily a bad thing, as I like most of them so far, but it was noticeable - at least at my major listening times (morning and evening commute).
1794  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Prison Break - Fall 2008's Best Unwatched show? on: November 14, 2008, 09:58:38 PM
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they really should have called the show something else, like The Scofield Chronicles or something since half the series didn't involve breaking out of prison.

But every episode of the show has revolved around the events surrounding the original prison break. Every character, conspiracy, and plot point in some way relates back to that single event and the circumstances surrounding it. Geez, if every TV or movie title had to be a literal summary of the contents of the plot, we'd live in a boring world with freakishly long movie marquees and 500-page TV Guides.

1795  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sirius Owners - Music Advice on: November 13, 2008, 01:04:20 PM
I'm completely hooked on Outlaw Country. I don't know how it compares to XCountry, but I'm loving it.

I've been pretty impressed with the "new" XMU so far. XMU was by far the station I listened to most before the merge, so I was very familiar with their content. It *seems* that Sirius XMU has been playing a lot more bands I had not heard from before - may just be my imagination or luck of the draw, but I've really enjoyed it so far.

Lithium/Alt Nation seem about the same as Lucy/Ethel, so no problems there.

I'm not quite as impressed with Siriusly Sinatra as I was with High Standards, but I need to give it some time.
1796  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Darkfall - beta registration on: November 12, 2008, 07:40:27 PM
I don't think it's vaporware - I've seen far too many videos, developer chats, etc. However, I still have my doubts about it coming out this year for the US.
1797  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sirius Owners - Music Advice on: November 12, 2008, 04:33:17 PM
As you all probably know, XM's channel lineup changed today due to the Sirius merger. This merger basically resulted in nearly all of XM's music channels being replaced by their Sirius counterparts.

So, I'd like some advice from Sirius owners on what channels are their favorites so I can check them out. Right now I'm a little lost looking at all the new station names.
1798  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: XM's Cinemagic Halloween Horrorfest! on: November 12, 2008, 04:25:46 PM
Yeah I was pretty shocked driving into work this morning when almost every single one of my Favorites had new icons and new names. A gutting indeed!

I'm OK with it so far, as the stations match up pretty well (Lithium for Lucy, Alternative whatever for Ethel, etc.) I'm definitely going to check out Outlaw Country, as that is right up my alley.

I checked out Siriusly Sinatra for a bit this morning, and it was OK though from a cursory listen it seemed a little more mainstream. I used to like the old DJ for High Standards (can't remember his name) because he'd occasionally pull out some really obscure little gems. I'll reserve final judgment until I've had a chance to listen to it for a few weeks.

I'm going to start a new thread to get some input from Sirius owners.

 
1799  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: XM's Cinemagic Halloween Horrorfest! on: November 12, 2008, 04:15:28 AM
Yeah, never having had Sirius, I'm not sure whether to be upset, neutral, or excited. Doesn't look like I'm losing anything I loved; it's just being replaced with the Sirius version. I've heard good things from friends about Sirius' music channels though, so I'm cautiously optimistic.
1800  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Guns N' Roses - Chinese Democracy on: November 11, 2008, 04:09:25 AM
Rolling Stone review is out. 4 Stars.

Let's get right to it: The first Guns n' Roses album of new, original songs since the first Bush administration is a great, audacious, unhinged and uncompromising hard-rock record.

Suck it, haters.  icon_razz
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