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1041  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Official 2010 American Idol Thread on: April 29, 2010, 08:49:50 AM

Quote from: rittchard on April 28, 2010, 05:50:52 PM

Who goes home?  Really tough call as these 6 are really starting to distinguish themselves from each other, so voting blocks will be what it's all about.  I really don't have a good feel on what the blocks are like, but I wouldn't be surprised to see Banshee go home tonight.

Good call, I didn't really see that coming this week but can't say I'll miss the screeching much although she did bring the quirky to this season and her outfits were original at least.  Casey in the bottom 2 even after a highly praised performance, not looking great for him.  I have no idea what voting block is going for Archuletta lite but I'd like to see him go soon.  One plus for the show tonight, no group sing along with poor lip syncing.  Skipped all the guest performances as well figuring I'm not going to buy their songs anyway. 

So AI wants it hip and current so we get Rolling Stones week, Beatles week and now Sinatra?  At least last year it was Rat Pack theme so there were a few more songs on the table but this year it all seems to be about only one artist's catalog and that sucks.
1042  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official Notice of Joke Retirement on: April 27, 2010, 07:06:41 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 27, 2010, 06:33:12 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on April 27, 2010, 06:25:51 PM

I like to pull the old, "Third floor....Housewares, lingerie!" in an old-fashioned elevator man voice.

Hello, Mister YK..... going..... down? icon_twisted

That's what she said!
1043  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FS - Mass Effect 2 (360) on: April 25, 2010, 11:39:46 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on April 25, 2010, 09:14:40 PM

I've got a copy of Mass Effect 2 for Xbox 360.  The DLC code is unused (as the game is still in the shrink. slywink )   

I'm thinking 40 shipped? 

pm sent
1044  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Official 2010 American Idol Thread on: April 22, 2010, 09:05:07 AM

Quote from: rittchard on April 21, 2010, 11:23:13 PM

Quote from: Toe on April 21, 2010, 10:13:45 PM

Lastly I thought Kara's comments where so stupid, almost worthy of paula. Something like "You know why they call you that? (momma sox), 'cause you just schooled all those contestants".  saywhat No, they call her that cause 1) she's a new mom and 2) she treats the other contestants in a motherly-like fashion. I think the judges really should steer away from telling her how much better she is than the rest. She does not want to hear that since she feels connected to them. All it will accomplish is to get her pissed off with them and the show more.

Totally agree with this...

As for Crystal I've been of the opinion since day one that she has some personality issues that may clash with her winning.  Talent-wise, she's the best, but that doesn't mean she will win.  I actually don't think she's as good as all the praise she gets, some times when she gets into the singing it sounds like screaming to me, but whatever.  Lee is my favorite at this point, but honestly even he isn't that good - he's like a better looking but constantly nervous, which tends to make me a bit uncomfortable watching him.  All in all this season has definitely (IMHO) been one of the worst overall fields in terms of quality contestants, I wonder if America is just running out lol.

Yeah nice observation Toe, Mamasox don't need to school anybody.  The only thing that worries me is the potential for her to go Diva on the show and get demanding.  I loved the mic stand and when she brought out the rug a few weeks ago that was cute as well but will she hold the show hostage due to her talent?  I really really don't think that will be the case but it did come to mind.
1045  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Official 2010 American Idol Thread on: April 22, 2010, 09:00:09 AM

Quote from: Captain Caveman on April 22, 2010, 03:11:12 AM

Quote from: Toe on April 22, 2010, 03:07:25 AM

Who got voted off tonight? I didn't extend the DVR so missed it.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Tim Urban, with Casey and Aaron Kelly joining him in the bottom 3

I had an extra 15 minutes on my DVR and still didn't come close to seeing the end, Elton John was singing when my recording ran out.  Thanks for the result spoiler, I don't think I could have lasted another minute of IGB.
1046  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Official 2010 American Idol Thread on: April 21, 2010, 09:16:54 PM

Quote from: rittchard on April 21, 2010, 06:33:54 PM

Quote from: Arclight on April 21, 2010, 01:26:35 PM

Just give the friggin title to Crystal and have done with it. If she doesn't win then American Idol is worse off than I thought. Of course IMHO   icon_wink

I heard rumors she was upset with the show for some reason, anyone else heard anything?

All I saw was reports that she was talked out of leaving by Ryan Seacrest.  Seems she was having an attack of homesickness and was headed out the door from what I read.  I hope she manages to last the remaining 6 weeks and take the crown, Idol would crash and burn this season without her IMHO.
1047  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Official 2010 American Idol Thread on: April 21, 2010, 08:44:40 AM
Are you kidding me???  Six semi-talented warm up acts and then Wow! Crystal hits the stage and destroys any competition left this season.  Maybe I'm overreacting but I just loved her performance, starting out a capella with such a strong steady tone and adding in the band as she went along.  Sorry Sheboygan but that is how you use your voice to set the song up, not screeching just because you can.

Casey-  Strange song choice and no real emotion to go along with it so trouble ahead for Casey in the coming weeks but probably not this week even having to go first.

Lee-  Love "The Boxer" as a song but I didn't get the same vibe as the judgery seemed to find.  Still think his voice can't hold notes as long as he needs to hold them.

Tim-  Whatever Tim that seemed like not just one but 3 steps back after the last two weeks performances, bottom 3 I think but perhaps staying around for another go round.

Sheboygan-  I'm different on her compared to the judges, I like when she sings down low like she did at the start of the song and the high notes I can take or leave.  I thought it was a better performance than the judges gave her credit for.

Aaron-  Hmmm can't say I recall much about his rendition of "I can fly" other than that it seemed to start pretty poorly and got better.  Bottom 3 and maybe heading home.

Royal with Cheese-  Nope, not liking this song at all so Beep-Bloop past it since it is close to 1am and I need to get to bed soon so saving my time for MamaSox in the pimp spot.

Bow-Er-Sox! Bow-Er-Sox! Bow-Er-Sox!- Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!  Everything was working for her from the dress to the song choice to the voice to the arrangement to the pimp spot to the fly mic stand and finally to her finish on the song and not to forget her talk with Ryan on stage at the end.  Watched her performance 3 times and will be picking up the iTunes version pronto and maybe even getting the video clip (which I never do).  If she doesn't win then something is wrong in Idol land and the tweenagers should be banned from ever voting again.

edit to add- Will we see Sibohan in the bottom 3 this week?  I think it is a strong possibility it will be her or Royal joining Aaron and Tim on stage tonight
1048  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Official 2010 American Idol Thread on: April 10, 2010, 08:06:26 PM
Yeah good riddance to the save, now we don't have to watch the judgery fake argue if they are going to save someone.  This week I predict Andrew (big stretch since he is always in the bottom 2) and........ Tim!  Go home Timmeh!   
1049  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Official 2010 American Idol Thread on: April 08, 2010, 07:32:45 PM
Damn I thought we had a chance to remove the Royal with cheese off the menu last night but the judges save steps in and ruins it all.  Nothing big Mike has done this season made me want to give it a closer listen and no chance he makes it to the top 4 or 5 so might as well go home now and save us the trouble of hearing that falsetto again.  One can hope for double elimination next week and the way the voting has been going I'm not sure who would end up in the bottom 3 week to week except maybe Andrew who seems to get just enough votes to survive if someone else has a bad week.  I was late watching the performance show so no recaps but Crystal wins the year with her comment on Lee and Andrew having little baby Danny Gokeys, I had to rewind that 5 times just to laugh again and again.  It will be interesting to see what Adam Lambert does has mentor next week, perhaps Sheboygan can start a screaming contest with him.
1050  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Blizzard's Matchmaking Service on: April 01, 2010, 09:49:13 PM
I'd prefer a 1v2 option with me being the 1.  Very funny
1051  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DSi XL Impressions on: March 31, 2010, 09:11:43 PM
I tried an experiment with my new DSi-XL (curse you forum effect) and my old DS light using Infinite Space.  I put my camera on a tripod so it would always be the same distance from the two systems and then took some pictures hoping that it might make a decent comparison between the two.  Lets see if it works at all.

At a Tavern with DS light

and XL

Battle scene with DS light

and XL

I need to go look again at the XL battle scene as I don't remember it looking that pixiliated (sp?) but perhaps this will help in some decision process for someone.
1052  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Official 2010 American Idol Thread on: March 31, 2010, 04:07:33 PM

Quote from: Toe on March 31, 2010, 01:39:34 PM

Lee-  I thought he did a pretty awesome job. He quickly got into he "power mode" and pretty much slayed it from there. He did cut off the end note prematurely but that just a minor thing. He definately climbed up a few notches in my eyes.

That is what I forgot to write, his song ended very strangely like he forgot the note or couldn't hold it at all.  Could be a problem down the road for him.
1053  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (03/29) on: March 31, 2010, 09:30:39 AM
God help me but maybe "America's Test Kitchen-Let's get cooking".  I use their web page all the time.

Also debating getting a DSi-XL, not sold on it yet.
1054  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Official 2010 American Idol Thread on: March 31, 2010, 09:19:52 AM
First off.... Stop fucking around with the format producers!  I don't need to see what is happening back stage, I don't need to see the judges walking onto the stage or coming back from a smoke break, I don't need post performance comments from the singers.  None of that makes for added enjoyment, it just adds to the slog to get through this show.

Sheyboygan-  Oh girl you had better hope the screaming meemie fans save you as I expect they will because that wasn't good at all.  The only time it didn't sound flat and way off was when the backing singers were overpowering your vocals.  I wish I could have slapped Kara when she said the screams were the only good part, way to ensure we get more of that week after week, it's getting to the point that I'd rather hear Danny Gokey scream again while singing Dream On than be subjected to the banshee one more time.

Casey-  Not bad but nothing all that great, he just seemed to stand there on stage with little movement and I thought both the backing singers and the band were too far away from him (this was true for all the performances that used them tonight minus Crystal who had the singers right at the piano).

Large Mike-  All right that was pretty good I thought but I didn't like him singing behind the judges, not sure what he was trying to do there.  The song was good and since he was sitting down we weren't served a extra large side of ham along with the song.  I hadn't liked any of his stuff before this week but I'm willing to admit that he can go far in this thing.

Didi-  NOOOOOOOOoooooOOOOooooo!!!!  Dang it Didi I had hopes you could bring it together for yourself but that was bad.  Started out flat and never went anywhere (dang it that is what Randy said too, curse you Didi for making me agree with him).  I'm not agreeing with Simon or Kara about how you are lost, last week was passable and the week before that was "Playing with Fire" which was really good so hang in there even if you are the judges punching bag this year, nobody else beside Tim is treated as harshly. Do not turn into Megan Joy!  Caw! Caw!

Tragic Tim-  Booooo!!! Boooo!!  Get the hell off the stage!

Andrew-  Oh so close but then F'n Ryan had to bring up "Straight Up" so there goes another double shot.  Really good vocals I thought and best of the guys I think.  Maybe this season won't be quite as bad as it looked just one week ago.

KatieBot-  Zzzzzzzzzz... whaaa?  Did Katie sing another old song?  Of course she did and it wasn't all that good either, she reminds me of Remiel from a few seasons ago who just sang songs that other Idols had sung before her (and always much better than her).  Look for Idoltary to break out the robot Godzilla clips for her.

Lee-  Good again and it was so easy to see the improved confidence during his performance but still miles to go, I thought his shoulders were going to break when he was singing to Usher he had them so scrunched up.

Crystal-  Whew!  Took a chance and it payed off to some extent but Simon was right, she needs to stay true to herself.  Tonight she looked less confident and her comments to the judges seemed to show that as well, usually she is Joe Cool up there but not this time as she got talking about fashion and other stuff, not what MammaSox really thrives on.  She looked pretty good in that dress though.  Loved the song.

Aaron-  Decent but he didn't manage to get the notes Usher wanted him to hit so it was rather blase overall, I figure the producers couldn't get Crystal on last again so had to trot out Aaron for the finish, not a performance worthy of the pimp spot.  Ellen needs to back off the "hey you look 11" jokes, I'm not sure a 16 year old kid will take that well.

Usher was a pretty good mentor I thought when he wasn't talking about connecting to the audience which he did many times.

Bottom 3  Tim-KatieBot-Didi with Tim heading out the door I hope, hate to see yet another girl head home leaving only 3 girls and 6 guys.
1055  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Poll: What Internet browser do you use most? on: March 30, 2010, 02:14:27 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 08, 2010, 01:46:06 AM

Quote from: KC on January 08, 2010, 01:44:17 AM

Firefox + Adblock FTW!

this + noscript.

This ++
1056  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Official 2010 American Idol Thread on: March 30, 2010, 02:09:56 AM

Quote from: YellowKing on March 29, 2010, 08:37:54 PM

You know things are bad when Entertainment Weekly (which kisses American Idol's ass on a regular basis) has a headline on the cover which reads:

"American Idol Top 12: Why Can't They Sing?"

Ouch.  icon_biggrin

Ever watch Michael Slezak and Idolatry on the website?  No ass kissing there but plenty of funny stuff, highly recommended viewing and be sure to check out last seasons shows. [Kristen] "Put the Go in Gokey!"[/Kristen].  I will say they are pretty nice to the ousted contestants who show up on Idolatry after being voted off but the rest of it is pretty hard (That's what she said!) on everyone even Adam from last season.
1057  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Your next American Idol on: March 30, 2010, 02:01:31 AM
Randy- "Dawg that's what I'm talking about! Way to hit it out of the park, a bit pitchy in parts but you worked it out!  One million billion percent yes!"

Ellen- "Tango Tango?  No, Tangyou Tangyou very much!"

Kara- "I've never cried before during this show but that was just beautiful, so beautiful.  Next week you would do better to sing a song written by me and that will show that you are a true package artist."

Simon- "I have to agree with...... Randy!  Perfect song choice, well sung and frankly the only one tonight that didn't make me want to bolt to X-Factor immediately!" 

Very nice film btw. 
1058  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Official 2010 American Idol Thread on: March 25, 2010, 06:34:07 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on March 25, 2010, 05:17:14 PM

No surprise at the outcome. Paige was truly horrific.

New drinking game: any time one of the contestants says "I just wanted to have fun up there", drink a beer. You'll be passed out by the end of the show.  icon_biggrin

Make it a competition, one player has to drink for "I just wanted to have fun" while another has to drink any time "song choice" is mentioned.  Who passes out first?  Oh and everyone drinks when Sheboygan screams, Big Mike picks somebody up and of course double shots any time "Straight Up" is brought up.
1059  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Official 2010 American Idol Thread on: March 24, 2010, 05:48:23 PM
Well the wife who "never has time to watch Idol"  somehow managed to watch it and then delete it from the DVR before I got home from work so no recap from me this week.  Dang I wanted to see the Paige train wreck that I've read about.  I always like Powersox's songs and Didi is my non-front runner favorite that I like to hear so I miss them this week.  Sheboygan screamed at the end of the song again right?  Well I can't see how the judges have the balls to tell Crystal to lose the guitar which is a integral part of her "being an artist" while slobbering all over Screamy McScreamster's weekly vocal violence.
1060  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Infinite Space [DS] on: March 22, 2010, 12:35:24 AM
I'm liking it so far but I've only gotten to chapter 2.  It can be very frustrating at times but I find I've put a lot of hours into it and still looking to play more.
1061  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [HBO]The Pacific on: March 18, 2010, 01:34:32 AM

Quote from: Jaddison on March 18, 2010, 12:32:06 AM

any of you who fly on a commercial jet get more radiation in one flight that most people in naval nuclear power get from the reactor over an entire career.

Unfortunately i can only say that about operational reactors for me.  As an enlisted nuc after qualifying at prototype early i was "given" to a shut down prototype that was undergoing an overhaul of sort.  I ended up int eh reactor compartment lagging Main coolant piping and one of my pipes had a 25 REM/hr hot spot.  i ended up getting about 2 REM over a couple of days.  Most Navy nucs never come within sniffing distance of a REM over their lifetime at least with the source being a Navy nuclear power plant.

  Oh the stories I could tell about radiation exposure having been an ELT in the navy for six years and a Chemistry and Radiation Protection Tech for the last 25 years at Diablo Canyon.  But what does that have to do with The Pacific?  nothing really except for that one time on shore leave in Subic Bay..... well never mind about that.

  I caught the first episode on DirectTV's 101 channel and while it was very good I'm not going to be subscribing to HBO to watch it, the violence and bloodshed isn't something I enjoy watching no matter how accurate.  My tastes have changed and for some reason this show bothered me to watch, I have nothing against it at all and was surprised at my reaction to it.  I did like watching Band of Brothers so I'm not sure why I've changed my viewing habits now.
1062  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Official 2010 American Idol Thread on: March 18, 2010, 01:26:36 AM

Quote from: rittchard on March 18, 2010, 12:16:11 AM

Quote from: PeteRock on March 17, 2010, 08:39:21 PM

I've been pretty underwhelmed this season.  In years past I've enjoyed a number of performers and didn't mind watching with my wife, but this season no one really stands out, I have yet to be wowed other than when Andrew did "Straight Up" early on (he needs to sing some Sublime ASAP), and for me everyone else just blurs together as equally forgettable. 

Siobhan sounds too nasally and like she's doing something funny with her throat, Crystal is unique, she knows who she is, and she's got a great voice, Didi, while struggling at times, did a reasonable job, but outside of Crystal overall I think this season's field is disappointingly weak.  In the past I had Chris Daughtry, David Cook, Allison Iraheta, Kris Allen, Blake Lewis, and a few other stand-out performers to catch my eye, but this season I can't find a single singer who stands out for me.  Everyone seems equally mediocre and forgettable.  And for the life of me I can't see why Siobhan received so much praise.  She hit that scream note pretty well, but the rest of the song just sounded odd to me.     

I'd have to agree with you, this season is really turning out to be kind of a dud/bust for me so far.  The judges are all over the place, even more so than in years past.  One minute they want you to "be yourself" or skew "younger" or "make the song your own" then the next they punish the contestants for taking the advice.  They keep talking about how recordable someone's voice is or how good they sing, but then criticize for not enough "drama" or "wow factor."  Clearly Siobanshee delivers the "drama" by dressing weird, getting weird lighting and screaming.  Don't get me wrong, I think she's kind of interesting and fun to watch on stage, but she's not someone I'd necessarily buy music from.  I think that's really the problem I'm seeing, the discontinuity between finding the best singer/recording artist vs. the most dynamic performer, and the conflicting advice from the judges because of this.  Ideally you'd get both in a single package but this year there doesn't seem to be anyone who emobides that.  Then you add the bizarre voting dynamics and different voting blocks, where clearly the tweens hold a huge impact, and you have the makings of a very strange show.

Good point on the judges, I'm getting sick of hearing "package artist" or "this is the type of artist you are going to be", the voters don't care how packageable you are or where you are going, they want to see a good singer on stage that night before they vote.  I do wish they would stop having the judges come out from behind the stage at the start of the show, AI really shouldn't be about them at all other than what they thought of the performance.  I also wish the judges didn't get to look in on rehearsals during the week as it's pretty clear they make up a lot of their comments before Ryan even takes the stage at the start of the night.  I'm curious to see how AI works next season with Simon gone, the others are so meh even Ellen who is only worth listening to when she has a good joke.
1063  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Official 2010 American Idol Thread on: March 17, 2010, 07:00:22 PM

Quote from: rittchard on March 17, 2010, 06:38:08 PM

Quote from: Toe on March 17, 2010, 12:25:25 PM

Paige: I thought it was a horrible performance from start to finish. I am just amazed that lots of people apparently think she is a good singer. I just can not see it, even in the slightest. 99% of the time I can find some redeeming quality in their singing and, while I might not like it, see where others would. For her, I just do not get it at all.

The LA Times had an article today on last night's ep, and after reading what they wrote about Paige I have to say it bumped her performance and song selection up a notch for me. 

And Miles! A black woman taking on "Honky Tonk Woman" -- beyond that, declaring herself a honky-tonk woman -- claimed redemption for all those Jagger and his mates shagged, stole from and occasionally dishonored, from backup singer Merry Clayton to mentor Tina Turner to the anonymous slave women fetishized in "Brown Sugar," a song that will never make the "Idol" cut.

Kind of an interesting interpretation which had never occured to me.

In no way do I think Paige is deep enough to have sung that for redemption for past wrongs to black women.  It smacks of last weeks "Smile" disaster that was sung for Michael Jackson, bleh.  It was crappy singing for me both weeks.  As for the others;

Didi -  I liked her song even if she almost lost it a couple of times as Simon said, I like her so maybe I grade it higher than it was due to likeability. 

Sheboygan -  Yep my best of the night and she had the producers on her side with all the dramatic lighting and the red stairs make a return from Adam Lambert's performances of last season.  I really liked it except for the scream near the end that didn't really connect the last phrase she sang to the words just before the scream.  The parts surrounding the scream were so well done I think the song would have benefited from not having the Lambert trademark in it.

PowerSox -  Pretty good and there were moments in the song that were great but no doubt to me that it was the second best performance of the night.

The rest?  Eh I just can't seem to care about them at all, nothing stands out in the decent area and Tim's song was a train wreck all around.

Are the producers telling the judges to make it all sunshine and happy faces this year?  There really wasn't any commenting on how bad the singer was, just either "it's good" or "hey better than last week so good for you".  I wonder if they are worried about the strength of the field in positions 3-12 that they want to get the fans interested in them in any way they can.  Simon was the only judge who seemed to hear what I did and comment on it and even he was much less critical that normal for the night.  I thought Crystal got the most critical comments of the night even if it was one of the top two performances, everyone else seemed to get a pass on any issues they had with their songs (Sheboygan excepted since she killed it tonight Dawg!)
1064  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Official 2010 American Idol Thread on: March 12, 2010, 09:21:44 AM
Ummmm wow, just wow on the girls side of the elimination.  No way did Lilly get beaten out by Katie/Paige/Lacey and Katelyn was better than Paige and Katie as well.  Looks like clear sailing for Powersox since none of the remaining women have a chance against her, Lilly was the only one who I thought could maybe rise to the occasion with maybe Katelyn having some good weeks as well but Katie/Lacey/Paige have no chance.  I guess Sheboygan might do it as she is weird and different but so far I really have only heard her one note from a week ago and not much else.  As much as I like Didi she is too fragile and will have weeks that the pressure will get to her, I really hope she proves me wrong but I can't shake that feeling.  I do like Crystal and would like to see her in the finals but the competition was gutted tonight on the girls side.

The guys?  Eh I can't make myself watch an entire song performance from any of them so no cares either way with who goes home,  I guess I'm sorta surprised Andrew survived over Alex but perhaps there is room for only one Lambert on Idol.

The judges are tools of the highest order with all their interplay amongst themselves, the show really should not be about them other than what they thought of the performance.  I don't need to see Simon and Kara draped over each other and stop with the "you could win this thing" stuff, that didn't work out too well for Alex this week did it Ellen?
1065  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Official 2010 American Idol Thread on: March 10, 2010, 05:17:51 PM
Katie - ZZZZZZZZZZ...  More of the same from her, yes she sang a current song but it had the style of the the previous ones, just boring with no real excitement or "moments" as the Dawg says.

Siobhan - Hmmm are the producers pimping her?  She was the only one to get any sort of pre-performance moment where she got to talk about her dad and such.  I didn't like the song she sang that much and she did nothing to change the lyrics away from boy to girl which threw me off a bit.  Is she just going to sing songs that allow her to hit her one note sometime in the performance and hope that gets her through?  It was ok but not great for me Dawg.

Lacey -  Surprise performance for her I thought.  I liked the song and how she sang it and couldn't help noticing that she had absolutly no intro at all, just a quick throw in from Sibhons finish to Laceys start.  I thought she did really well.

Katelyn - I didn't like it but how much of that is the song?  I can't stand "I feel the Earth move" and this version didn't change my mind at all.  She looks good and perhaps she will stay around after this but I'd never vote for her based on that performance Wurlitzer playing or not.

Didi -  When Ryan said she was singing "Rhiannon" I was like "oh no! what a disaster in the making"  as nobody ever comes off well compared the Stevie Nicks IMHO.  As she started in on the slow version I have to be truthful and say I really wasn't liking it and since she is one of my favorites I kept saying "no no no" and getting ready for tears when the judges tore her apart.  Imagine my surprise when they all really liked it.  I went back and watched it again this time trying not to compare it with the much more up tempo Fleetwood Mac version and I have to say that yes it actually was pretty good standing on its own, well done Didi.  Ellen gave her very good advice about how now matter how good you are there will be critics so suck it up and play on.

Paige -  Smile as you walk out the door Paige, that was a mess and not even a hot mess at that.

Bow-Er-Sox, Bow-Er-Sox, Bow-Er-Sox! -  err sorry I watch Idolatry over on and when ever they mention Crystal they play the beginning of Queens "We Will Rock You" while saying Bowersox.  Nice work again that I would buy from Itunes, I just hope the relentless pimping from Simon et al stops soon.  We can all see she has talent beyond most of the others and don't need this "best of the night" "one to beat" "one million percent in for next week" sthick that they have going on.  Give us some thoughts about the weeks performance instead please.

The Albino -  Or Lilly if you prefer, I now can't look at her without thinking of the Albino from "The Princess Bride" since I read a post pointing that out last week.  Pretty good but hard to go from Crystal playing the electirc guitar to Lilly on the mandolin like Tiny Tim (ok Ukulele for him but it looked close).  She will be safe this week but it wasn't great for me.

Who goes?  Paige for sure and the other one will be a toss up between Katie and Lacey who sang well this week but was very weak the previous weeks.
1066  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Official 2010 American Idol Thread on: March 04, 2010, 08:09:22 PM
Crystal was very very good last night, she just seems to be wearing her songs like she wrote them instead of just covering them like so many of the other guys/girls.  Rittchard she sang a Clearance Creedwater Revival song and a well know one at that "As long as I can see the light" but did it in such a way that CCR never entered my mind while she sang and I thought that was a good thing.  Lily was pretty good in her song "A Change is gonna come" I believe but it wasn't quite like Crystal's ability to own it.  Sibohan's "note" was the only thing interesting about her performance but I like her and I'm sure she will go pretty far.  Didi, Didi, Didi no girl that just didn't work and man is she ever fragile up there, I don't want to watch when she get eliminated (perhaps tonight I think) as it will be brutal.  I really like Didi but she isn't living up to the level she sang Terrified at and that it is too bad.  I sorta see what they are talking about with Katie, they want her to be energetic on stage yet when she sings I think of Michelle Phifer (sp?) in the Fabulous Baker Boys laying on a piano singing torch songs even with "Put your records on".

I really hate the "wrong song choice!", "Dude mix it up make it your own!", "Oh man that just didn't work, you don't want to change that song like that!" crap that they put out and even Simon commented on it and I think you are right about him just itching to bolt to X-factor.

Who is going home?  I'd have to say Haeley who sang "The Climb" while smiling all the while during a song about overcoming adversity, it was just weird and not well sung anyways (and had to follow Crystal).  And sadly I have to say Didi unless she gets some votes from people who don't want to see her cry.  Pinkhair (Lacy) could go as well I suppose but I felt she was better this week than Didi.  Does it really matter at this point?  Crystal seems to be so far in front and Simon saying it was like finding out Kelly Clarkson had talent the first time won't help the others.  The only thing that will slow her down will be the ridiculous theme weeks where she has to sing a Disco song or cover Wayne Newton.  The guys? no idea at all, I couldn't watch most of the show so didn't get a feel on how they sang.
1067  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: what was your first DVD? on: March 03, 2010, 06:47:19 PM
The Fifth Element
1068  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Official 2010 American Idol Thread on: February 23, 2010, 12:39:52 AM
None of the guys stood out to me and I'm in with y'all about liking Crystal Bowersox and Didi.
1069  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Playing Music - What's giving you GAS? & Current Gear on: February 14, 2010, 06:29:52 PM
Well I'm just learning to play the piano so any GAS attacks revolve around them.  I have a Casio Priva PX-800 console style digital piano at home but I'm looking for something I can move around a bit and expand my practice time so a trip to Guitar Center was on and I got to try  a few pianos out.

First up;

Korg SV-1 73 key piano that I had my eye on for a few months, great for portability and the piano sounds were very good but the action felt just a bit bouncy for my taste but still a contender.

Why the Korg action didn't thrill me is pictured below;

Roland RD-700GX with Ivory Feel keyboard action, very good piano sounds and I loved the keyboard action and feel.  It is a full 88 key instrument so is quite a bit larger and heavier than the Korg but I won't be moving it that much, it's not like I'm in a band or anything.  When I decided the Roland might be a contender then I had to add in the next digital piano as well, similar size and weight.  The Yamaha CP-5 that has yet to arrive in stores (anticipated sometime in March) but got huge reaction at the 2010 NAMM show along with its more expensive sibling the CP-1 that is out now for a cool $5k which is far too much for my blood.

I'm waiting for the Yamaha to arrive and then make up my mind, the Korg is still in the running because the size and weight are ideal and it will certainly be enough instrument for me.  The Roland is a great piano but along with the CP-5 they are a bit bigger than I'd prefer. 
1070  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck Season 3 discussion (spoilers!!!) on: February 14, 2010, 05:42:08 PM
What this song err show needs is more cowbell Casey!  No need to focus on Chuck and Sarah every episode, take the recent episode of House where they showed a day at the hospital from Dr Cuddy's viewpoint with funny snippets of House and his team interwoven into the mix.  So maybe they can have the main story line be Elle and Morgan trying to uncover Chuck's secret and the cameras only show a glimpse of Chuck/Sarah/Casey and what they are doing every once in awhile. The way they do it now is just the opposite, we know the whole storyline and the setup but when Elle sees Chuck in some compromising situation it isn't surprising or after 3 seasons all that funny.
1071  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Official 2010 American Idol Thread on: January 16, 2010, 07:37:43 PM

Quote from: rittchard on January 15, 2010, 12:43:46 AM

Quote from: soulbringer on January 14, 2010, 10:10:41 PM

Come on if you didnt love Pants on the Ground you must lookin like a fool with your pants on the ground.   thumbsup

LMAO!  I can't believe I forgot about that - you know he'll be back on the finale for sure.

Calling it now that Seacrest will be parading around with pants on the ground and a hat on sideways during the finale as well.
1072  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Going to be scarce for a while on: January 16, 2010, 07:35:59 PM
1073  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck vs. Season 3 - Mondays 8/7C on NBC. on: January 13, 2010, 09:07:12 PM
I agree it is getting old with the does she doesn't she thing, why not flip the issue?  Have Chuck and Sara in a relationship but having to hide it from everyone so you have them in love pretending not to be in love while posing at being in love.
1074  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Gaming Headphones on: January 13, 2010, 08:58:47 PM
I use the X-4's for my 360 and an older set of X-2's for TV.  The funny thing is that either headset will work with either receiver so if I wear my X-4's into the living room while the tv is on they will pick up the audio just fine.  I'm not sure what would happen if both receivers were within range of each other (about 20' is max distance I get from either set) but they are far enough apart that it isn't an issue.
1075  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Official 2010 American Idol Thread on: January 13, 2010, 08:53:04 PM
Too early of course to make any impressions except that Victoria Beckham is a stick!  When Kara falshed us during the finals to show up bikini girl you could tell she was in great shape but how much skinner did Becks look?  Too skinny I'd say. 

I like the stories since that keys me in that I need to stop fast forwarding the DVR and maybe listen to the audition, I have no need to hear the crazy deluded ones screech out a terrible song.
1076  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Whats your anagram name? on: January 12, 2010, 05:47:58 PM
Only one seemed to be a candidate for a forum name

Flickering Id

1077  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Poll] How many times has your Xbox 360 died? on: January 12, 2010, 05:41:59 PM
Launch unit was lunch after 4 months but the replacement (it was a new unit since I had a warranty from the store I bought it from for replacement) is still going strong aside from the misc disc read errors I'm getting now.
1078  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Modern Warfare 2 Impressions [And official GT Review] on: January 12, 2010, 05:37:02 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on January 12, 2010, 04:45:59 PM

Terminal, Highrise and Skidrow are my least favorites strictly due to their imbalances.  Whoever designed Highrise needs to be shot.  They made it so you can shoot into starting spawns from starting spawns and that's just horrible design.   Terminal and Skidrow (SR more than Term) are bad because of the ability to completely lock down the map from one side that is vastly better than the other tactically.  A competent group camping the outside in terminal can contain the enemy to inside the building and wreck havok.  On Skidrow the loading dock side can be locked down by 3 good players, two in some cases depending on the other team's skill. 

In a game where we had GT'rs on both sides Kato and I were able to hold that half of the map just the two of us and maps really shouldn't be that easily containable.

Rundown has the potential to be locked to one side or the other, but neither side is hands down easier to do so and that doesn't bother me as much. 

Invasion is really nasty if you can get your team to hole up on the embassy side of things, but otherwise is a pretty balanced map imo.

Forget balance I hate Wastelands because I can't see anyone!  I struggle trying to find someone to shoot even if I'm looking at the minimap for red dots, if I head over to one chances are they see me coming and cap me first.  I'm also guilty of looking at a spot on the map thinking "Hey is that a bush or a player?  BOOM! KILLCAM!! oh it was a sniper."   It would be fun to see a persons kills/deaths per each map, I'm sure Wasteland is my worst map by far.
1079  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck vs. Season 3 - Mondays 8/7C on NBC. on: January 12, 2010, 05:24:52 PM

Quote from: DragonFyre on January 12, 2010, 04:33:39 PM

Spoiler for Hiden:
Holy crap - the end of last night's episode... eek

And then... ruined by the teaser for next week.

My thoughts exactly
1080  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Modern Warfare 2 Impressions [And official GT Review] on: January 12, 2010, 02:13:38 AM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on January 11, 2010, 09:02:05 PM

Wow...must have been great if it caused you to post for the first time in 9 months.

It was pretty funny during the times I didn't have CSL muted, that NYguy dude was livid and it probably didn't help we copied his clan tag among other mischief.

On a side note I really can't play in a team of Hark/CSL/Calvin/Notbob (hehe)/Jarrod/Kato etc...  I find I can't find kills fast enough as any unskilled player is downed quickly by the power team and the skilled players on the other team destroy me so fast.  Last night I had a match were I was 0 0 and 4 and another one where I also didn't get a kill.  Add that to many other matches where I only managed 1-3 kills and it's time for me to either bail out to FFA where I sometimes even win a match (it's true I tell you) or try get a 10 foot tall shoe gun wielding amazon to turn her hair into a dragon that eats angels.
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