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1041  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] In Plain Sight on: June 04, 2008, 08:56:32 AM
The show is going to have to improve quite a bit if it is to keep me around. 
Things I didn't like;
The mother (how I hate whats her name, always some flaky ditzy space cadet)
The sister with the hidden secret, why bring it to the house of your sister the U.S. Marshal?
The sidekick- too slicked back, wearing all black in New Mexico in the summer?
The car- hey did she get a engine rebuild after the first 10 minutes?  cause it stopped smoking after that.
The HD signal- for some reason the picture was very grainy and didn't look much like HDTV to me even if it was in 16:9

I will Tivo a few more episodes and give it a chance.
1042  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/2) on: June 02, 2008, 04:29:09 PM
Maybe Indy if the reviews look good.
1043  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] In Plain Sight on: June 02, 2008, 06:03:06 AM
I think Burn Notice is July 10th and my favorite, Eureka is late July like the 25th or so.
1044  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Honda FIT.. anyone have one? on: May 28, 2008, 09:41:38 AM
I should mention that my wife wanted the standard Fit, I thought the Sport model was worth the extra cost (I forgot about the 15" alloy wheels, that was a better option than the 14" to my mind).  Wife hates to use cruise control and never used the remote entry on her previous Civic.  Why?  Sheesh I never know what she is thinking, I love cruise and the remote entry keeps the key from scratching the paint at the least.
1045  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bicycle odometer question on: May 28, 2008, 09:27:10 AM

Quote from: Canuck on May 28, 2008, 08:55:12 AM

I just installed an odometer/speedometer on my bicycle and I have a quick question.  When you're installing the magnet and the sensor, does it matter where on the spoke it goes?  I mean, if I install it took close to the center of the wheel I'm not going to get inaccurate results am I?  Or should it be the same anywhere on the wheel?  (I'm assuming some sort of mathematical equation involving r or pi is involved.)

The only math involved is how many times the magnet passes the sensor, the position on the spoke doesn't matter at all.  The bike computer has the diameter of your wheel inputed into it and from that it can determine how far the bike travels for each revolution of the wheel, and since it can also determine the time between the revolutions it can determine speed.  Yeah I'm sure Pi and r squared are in there somewhere so that's why I use a GPS computer now  icon_biggrin
1046  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/26) on: May 26, 2008, 09:40:03 PM
Nothing for me this week.
1047  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Honda FIT.. anyone have one? on: May 26, 2008, 09:38:00 PM
My wife drives a Fit.  It should be noted that she only ever drives Hondas (and yet when I told her not to mention that to the salesman she ignored me  icon_evil).  We test drove the Civic and Fit the same day and both of us liked the handling of the Fit to the Civic which seemed heavier and more disconnected from the road.  The sticker on the cars show the automatic having a 1 mpg better gas consumption compared to the manual, we got the auto but I don't know if real world driving proves out the sticker or not.  The wife loves the car and it can really handle a lot of stuff inside.  I don't really drive it much (probably have driven it less than 25 miles) but the front passenger seat is comfortable.  This is a standard Fit by the way, not the Sport version but I don't see anything that you get in the Sport that would change the basic handling and performance of the car.
1048  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Get in the fight! (CC5 AAR forum sign up) *updated with teams!* on: May 25, 2008, 07:38:52 PM

Quote from: Sarkus on May 25, 2008, 07:34:14 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on May 25, 2008, 07:30:24 PM

Blimey kathode, a Panther tank!  Let's brew it up with our PIAT.  Hmmm better give the manual a reccy first;
Quote
From the 1943 British Army manual Projector, Infantry, Anti-Tank:

'Lie on the back and rest the projector on the chest, with the bomb support pointing over one shoulder and the shoulder piece flat on the ground. Keep the front support clear of the body and arms. Place the insteps on the shoulder piece, one foot on each side of the outer casing. Grasp the trigger guard firmly with one hand from underneath; with the other grasp any part of the projector that will give good leverage. Sit up or bend the knees if necessary, according to cover. Pull the outer casing away from the shoulder piece and turn it anticlockwise as far as it will go. Pulling with the hands and pushing with the feet, continue to pull on the outer casing until a click is heard. Considerable effort is required to overcome the resistance of the mainspring. The click denotes the action is cocked.'

Hey kathode how would you like a promotion to gunner? Hey is that Sarkus over there all alone?  Sarkie fancy a turn with the bomb dispenser?

Uh, not really.  I'm trained on the Bren and since there are four in this outfit that's what I should be on.  Maybe Canuck should join you?  disgust

Blah blah Bren..  blah blah.  The PIAT team is where the Victoria Crosses go!  Nothing to it, just sneak up to within 30 ft(!?!?!) of a tank and let the bombs fly, fame and fortune are sure to follow.
1049  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Get in the fight! (CC5 AAR forum sign up) *updated with teams!* on: May 25, 2008, 07:30:24 PM
Blimey kathode, a Panther tank!  Let's brew it up with our PIAT.  Hmmm better give the manual a reccy first;
Quote
From the 1943 British Army manual Projector, Infantry, Anti-Tank:

'Lie on the back and rest the projector on the chest, with the bomb support pointing over one shoulder and the shoulder piece flat on the ground. Keep the front support clear of the body and arms. Place the insteps on the shoulder piece, one foot on each side of the outer casing. Grasp the trigger guard firmly with one hand from underneath; with the other grasp any part of the projector that will give good leverage. Sit up or bend the knees if necessary, according to cover. Pull the outer casing away from the shoulder piece and turn it anticlockwise as far as it will go. Pulling with the hands and pushing with the feet, continue to pull on the outer casing until a click is heard. Considerable effort is required to overcome the resistance of the mainspring. The click denotes the action is cocked.'

Hey kathode how would you like a promotion to gunner? Hey is that Sarkus over there all alone?  Sarkie fancy a turn with the bomb dispenser?
1050  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: GTA IV Multiplayer on: May 24, 2008, 01:52:04 AM
I'll jump out of the single player in order to join in on some MP action.
1051  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So while drying myself off from taking a shower... on: May 23, 2008, 06:23:13 AM

Quote from: naednek on May 23, 2008, 12:51:26 AM

I'm folding the towel to put back on the towel rack, and to my horror, I see a spider on the otherside of said towel.  I nearly screamed like a girl. 

Ahh the rarely seen towel spider!  Did you know they always travel in pairs?  One on each side of the towel?
1052  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Idol 2008 on: May 23, 2008, 03:29:50 AM
What do Justin Guarini, Clay Akin, Bo Bice and David Archuleta have in common?  Well aside from finishing second in Idol?

Spoiler for Hiden:
They all sang "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me".  Maybe Clive knew Archie wasn't going to win so cursed him with this song
1053  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Thinking of changing vehicles (man card lossage?) on: May 22, 2008, 09:26:10 PM
If you want room to fit (caution upcoming pun alert) into an economy car then look at a Honda Fit (I warned you!).  My wife drives one and I like it alot.  I wish I could relay real world mpg numbers to you but the wife won't track them at all, claims to hate doing that sort of thing.  The car has lots of room and while not a luxury car it seems well put together as you might expect from a Honda.

As for me?  I "drive" a Piaggio MP-3 scooter while getting 58-60mpg.
1054  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Idol 2008 on: May 22, 2008, 04:35:05 PM

Quote from: Arclight on May 22, 2008, 01:37:00 PM

Quote from: tjg_marantz on May 22, 2008, 12:45:48 PM

Just to rewind a bit, I just watched last night Fantasia's appearance from a few weeks back.

Sorry but I dug it. It wasn't the cookie cutter shit everyone else does when they show up there. It was more suited to a small-ish concert venue where people expect it but I'm sorry. I liked that she is doing her thing and I enjoyed it.  ninja

I'm not the only one then. I'm not a huge fan of Fantasia but the girl walks down her own road, and I like that.




Thanks Jimmy the Fish for that pic  ninja
1055  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Idol 2008 on: May 22, 2008, 04:26:20 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on May 22, 2008, 04:17:16 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on May 22, 2008, 07:36:43 AM

...(but hey according to Robin from HIMYM Bruce Springsteen is the American Bryan Adams so that was Legen...wait for it...... DARY having him on smile).

Blasphemy.  Don't ever go to NJ.  Comments like that could get you killed.

I thought just showing up in NJ could get you killed?  Or stranded in the pine barrens and forgotten forever?  icon_biggrin
1056  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Idol 2008 on: May 22, 2008, 04:23:23 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on May 22, 2008, 12:57:21 PM

I thought the Gladys Knight sketch ran too long, but it was cool to see Jack Black, Ben Stiller, and Robert Downey, Jr. on stage together. Then I realized they're all in the new movie Tropic Thunder and that this was just another piece of marketing. Ugh.


I never got that it was a marketing ploy until some one mentioned Tropic Thunder, that did take the shine off the bit for me.  And did Randy use the snow shovel on Captain Kangaroo in order to steal his suit?  That was oh so bad a look.  Paula was heading for a Janet Jackson Super Bowl moment when she was up on the stage swaying around during the "You are my brother" song.  Paula also called it a week or two ago for Cook, man that can't be good for future seasons if she and Simon are trying to out do each other in predictions.
1057  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Idol 2008 on: May 22, 2008, 07:43:34 AM
And padding my post count...

Simon looked pretty happy after they announced the results and his apology to Cook just before they announced the winner was a surprise.  I wonder if indeed he played the voters by making them think Cook had no chance.

:edited to add:

While missing a chance to pad my awesome post total I need to add;

The bit with the crazy "I am your brother" singer had me reaching for the remote to fast foward past it but then the USC marching band showed up and since they brought along 4 or 5 of their cheerleaders I stayed to drool  drool  If USC ever changes those sweater dress uniforms to something else then hell has frozen over and life isn't worth living.
1058  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Idol 2008 on: May 22, 2008, 07:36:43 AM

Quote from: tripwire on May 22, 2008, 05:23:13 AM

Wow, i'm surprised

12 million whacks upside the head, and no shot of daddy  crybaby



There was a quick shot of Archie's family after the announcement and Daddy Dearest was applauding along with the rest of the family, if he was putting on a good face he was doing a good job of it, it seemed genuine.

I had a hunch once they announced early in the show that it was a runaway 56% to 44% vote result that Cookie had won.  With all the support seeming to be going to Archuletta, this early foreshadowing kinda gave me that feeling that Cook would win.

I actually liked the show tonight, it must have been a hoot for Cook to sing with ZZ Top and David Archuletta got New Republic for his band, I'm not familiar with them but it seemed nice enough.  Ok I'm with Pete on Bryan Adams (but hey according to Robin from HIMYM Bruce Springsteen is the American Bryan Adams so that was Legen...wait for it...... DARY having him on smile). 

Donna Summers didn't look all that happy to be singing next to the very hot looking Syesha during her pimp song  drool and I thought BrOOke did a good job singing with Graham Nash but at times I couldn't tell if she was trying to look at the audience or reading the teleprompter hoping not to forget the words.  Speaking of forgetting the words, nice work David Hernandaze for his slip up during the final group song.  Carrie Underwood looked great and I bet the view from the mosh pit was something to behold since that suit jacket-dress she had on was so very short, didn't like the song though.  Jordin Sparks looked out of place to me, I kept thinking she wasn't moving very well on stage (but let's not get crazy and think she was anywhere near as bad as Fantasia last week) and the song was very Meh for me (nice quick pan to see Blake in the crowd as she was singing).

  Even having just watched Iron Man I didn't recognize Robert Downey Jr. as the third Pip along with Stiller and Black,  I liked the bit and Gladys could really sing so very well.  I may just download that song for the charities. I have to give thumbs down  thumbsdown to the oh so long Love Guru bit with Mike Myers, it just dragged on and on and wasn't remotely funny until he tried to get Cook to shave off his beard, that was the only bright spot.  It could have been redeemed if Ryan had driven that stupid cushion into the mosh pit and exploded in a fireball that forever removed the swaying arms of those clowns down there.

  I guess in the end Cook seemed so nice and open while Archie just stood there and spouted dreck prior to and after singing his umpteenth ballad.  I guess almost all of Syesha's vote block went to the Cookie Monster who handled his victory and final song very well. 

Congratulations David Cook!!!

p.s. I agree that Amanda looked like she would rather be anywhere else than that stage tonight and I for one would not have missed her.

p.s.s.  I even liked the commercial showing the outtakes from the car bits, Guitar Hero not so much, I wonder how rittchard liked that one?  icon_biggrin
1059  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Idol 2008 on: May 21, 2008, 05:00:59 AM
Well it's over now, time to count up the votes.  I liked the change this year where each singer got to chose from one of ten songs in the song writing contest, not like last year where poor Blake had to sing that sappy "Here is my (shoot me) now".

  I have been a David Cook fan all this time and I liked what he did tonight.  His 3 songs all seemed different from each other and I like that he picked a song he never performed for his own choice.

  Snow Shovel face did his usual ballad, ballad and surprise song choice at the finish a ballad all while straining to keep his eyes open. 

  Not much for me to say in detail, Simon thought that Archie won the night but I hope the voters go for some originality rather than that pap that Utah Slim tossed out there.  And why did they have to add David Lloyd Webber back into the mix?  Back to Broadway for him.

 
1060  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/19) on: May 20, 2008, 05:20:23 AM
Nothing much this week,  Niko will be spending more cash at Perseus in Liberty City.
1061  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [books] Fantasy Recommendation? Update on: May 19, 2008, 07:40:58 AM

Quote from: Gratch on May 19, 2008, 03:29:43 AM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on May 19, 2008, 02:16:53 AM

Quote from: Gratch on April 21, 2008, 12:08:09 AM

My favorite self-contained fantasy book is Tad Williams War of the Flowers.  I cannot recommend that one enough.
I just finished War of the Flowers and absolutely loved it.  Thank you so much for the recommendation.  It was so good that I didn't want it to end.  I loved the premise (which I now understand is pretty overdone in fantasy) of regular guy being transported into faerie. 

Glad you enjoyed it.  It's one that I will recommend over and over again to anyone who will listen.  smile  I actually just finished re-re-reading myself.   I absolutely adore that book, and find new little things each time that I hadn't noticed before.  Surprisingly I really haven't liked anything else Tad Williams has done.  I would love a follow-up to find out what happens in Faerie after the end events.

I just started Keyes' The Born Queen last week.  Unfortunately, it's been about a year since I finished The Blood Knight, and I'm having a hell of a time remembering the characters, their motivations, and how everything fits together.   I really probably should have re-read the first three before jumping the fourth, but I have too many other books I want to read.  The trouble with these 'long gap' series, I suppose...

I'll be curious to see what you think of The Born Queen.  I'm not saying anything to avoid any whiff of spoilers or plotlines.
1062  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Get in the fight! (CC5 AAR forum sign up) on: May 19, 2008, 07:33:58 AM
I'll jump in on a PIAT team as well!
1063  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Top 20 Arcade Games of All Time? on: May 10, 2008, 04:52:26 PM
Battlezone  took a lot of my quarters back in the day

I also played lots of Defender, Space War (I think this was the first game I ever played) and many of the others listed above.

1064  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Stimulus Rebates! on: May 10, 2008, 04:37:29 PM
Mine hasn't shown up yet, SSN ends with 04 and I used e-file to pay taxes this year so wtf??  Anyways I don't have plans for the money right now but I am thinking of driving to Utah for some mountain biking so I suppose that might be a good place to use it.
1065  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Idol 2008 on: May 07, 2008, 08:36:30 AM
Jason must have thrown in the towel on the show, that was a nightmare far beyond any other singer from this years top 12 (ok I'll give you KLC's eight days a week song as up there too).  One good thing about David Arculetta is he will never see the snow shovel coming since his eyes are always shut or barely open.  David Cook was just ok but sails through to next week and Syesah is saved by Jason's meltdown (or purposeful attempt to bail out).  No question about it, Dreadlocks is packing his suitcase for the trip home.
1066  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: May 06, 2008, 07:17:37 AM
I came to a fork in the road... so I took it.
1067  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/5) on: May 05, 2008, 10:13:28 PM
I'll be buying virtual hand jobs and lap dances in GTAIV  ninja
1068  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You should see my X-ray(update surgery is Monday) on: May 03, 2008, 04:21:36 PM
Good luck on Monday!!!
1069  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Idol 2008 on: May 01, 2008, 08:43:38 AM

Quote from: PaulBot on May 01, 2008, 05:42:53 AM

Noooooo!! She's gone!  crybaby crybaby crybaby

Jason, you should have been gone! It's time to find all those teenage girls voting for him and SMASH their cell phones to bits!!! icon_evil

Ahh well I had Syesha going home but BrOOke wasn't much of a surprise.  How Jason keeps staying around baffles me no end.  I guess I'll just have to get used to the idea that David Archuletta will be the next Idol (does it matter?  I never buy any of their songs) after seeing that guest singer run over and molest him on live TV.
1070  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] How I Met Your Mother on: April 30, 2008, 06:54:51 AM
Bro code "no eye contact during a devil's threeway"   icon_biggrin icon_biggrin
1071  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Reaper (spoilers) on: April 30, 2008, 06:52:38 AM
I liked the show but could only get the CW network on my OTA antenna.  I got a new receiver that doesn't support OTA so now Reaper is toast for me.
1072  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [Xbox 360 GTA IV] Tuesday Night Geezers Gone Gang-Bangin' on: April 30, 2008, 06:50:03 AM
I am not proud that the two races I won were the Soccer Mom (SUV's only) and the Faggio scooter races.
1073  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [Xbox 360 GTA IV] Tuesday Night Geezers Gone Gang-Bangin' on: April 29, 2008, 04:29:16 AM
Only one store doing a midnight release tonight and they are only doing pre-orders, I'll be on sometime tomorrow afternoon Pacific time.  I need to make sure I get a mountain bike ride in before getting a copy somewhere.  I'm counting on there being many many copies available.
1074  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Mario Kart Wii Meetups on: April 29, 2008, 02:07:38 AM
Shoot booted again, oh well I had fun guys.
1075  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Mario Kart Wii Meetups on: April 29, 2008, 01:33:00 AM
Connection test of the internet was good :shrug:  I can now join the WFC (it wouldn't let me get htat far last time) and see that you are hosting race 2, I'll try to jump in next break and see if it works.
1076  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Mario Kart Wii Meetups on: April 29, 2008, 01:26:01 AM
Ok go on without me for the time being, I need to figure out my connection problems, keep getting errors while trying to connect.
1077  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Mario Kart Wii Meetups on: April 29, 2008, 01:18:03 AM
Hmm I lost connection.
1078  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Mario Kart Wii Meetups on: April 29, 2008, 12:57:58 AM
I only see Mookee on friend roster at the moment, does this just mean nobody else is online at this time?
1079  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Mario Kart Wii Meetups on: April 29, 2008, 12:31:32 AM
Never having played a Mario Kart game, I'm in for some fun.  I've just gotten the game and added my friend code to the list in the other thread and registered everyone on that page.
1080  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Mario Kart Wii Friend Codes! on: April 29, 2008, 12:26:50 AM
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