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1041  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How did you choose your Gamertag or Forum name? on: December 30, 2008, 09:40:18 PM
Contrary to the name, I don't enjoy Zinfandel wines, the name stems like many others from a game.  Jump into the way back machine to the date September 25th 1997 where in Ultima Online launched and I joined the Napa server.  Deciding to name my archer Zinfan Dale (didn't like Del for some reason or I just couldn't speel) was a quick choice and that name as been my forum moniker ever since except for one other board where I chose Otter.  Otter was my first Xbox Live handle but I let the sub lapse and at the time you couldn't get your name back once it "expired" so I needed to come up with another one that suited my playing style,  Otter Chaos fit pretty well and was available so there you have it. 
1042  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need some photography advice on: December 29, 2008, 05:04:14 PM
Ken Rockwell has a guide on how he sets up his D40.  I used similar settings for my D50 and really liked the results.

http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/d40/users-guide/index.htm
1043  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tomb Raider: Legends Impressions (all platforms!) on: December 28, 2008, 05:42:53 AM
I'm stuck on the final battle and don't see any real way I'll ever get past it, too bad since I've enjoyed the game so far.  I just don't have enough health packs to take the boss down.  I'll take a break and then maybe try Anniversary next and move to Underground after that.
1044  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Pet Photos] Happy holidays from the pets of the community... on: December 28, 2008, 05:39:39 AM
Star wonders why I'm taking so many pics, had to try out some settings for my D50.

1045  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My Accomplishment on: December 28, 2008, 12:44:20 AM
I need to get back into this game, the Wii has just been sitting there for quite a long time now.  I liked SMG and I probably have 4 stars  icon_biggrin
1046  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kung Fu Panda on: December 27, 2008, 05:01:19 AM
I've got DirectTV recording the HD version off of PPV right now, probably will watch with the wife this weekend.  The other tuner is picking up Tropical Thunder so plenty of choices to watch.
1047  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ollie's retired and moving in. on: December 27, 2008, 02:07:56 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 27, 2008, 01:41:27 AM

w00t!  grats!  are you going to change his name to Santa's Little Helper?

I believe in these times of credit card crunch the name should be Santos M Halper!
1048  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Mistwalker's Cry On Cancelled on: December 26, 2008, 05:56:51 PM

Quote from: warning on December 26, 2008, 12:22:50 PM

Cry off?

Crysis?
1049  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Help with Vista choices for a new system build... on: December 26, 2008, 05:53:41 PM
I used the OEM "system builder" version of 64 bit Vista on my build earlier this year and there were no issues at all.  If you read the package it states this version can only be installed using the OEM Preinstallation Kit (OPK) but some searching on the interwebs showed me that that isn't the case and I just put the disc in the optical drive and it installed Vista.  I've no idea about Microsoft support issues, the computer does all the automatic or manual system updates like normal.  I'd say go for the system builder version if it saves a few dollars, I'm not sure what the retail version of the OS comes with in the box.
1050  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My new toy (and a chance to say "I told you so")... on: December 24, 2008, 05:49:11 AM

Quote from: Scuzz on December 23, 2008, 04:58:14 PM

Ah, men discussing the best vacuum cleaner and how to use it.....


I must be on the wrong forum, pardon me................

Damn and I was just about to start a thread extolling the virtues of my new gas range  crybaby
1051  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Which pc case would you buy... on: December 20, 2008, 06:32:30 PM

Quote from: ibdoomed on December 16, 2008, 08:43:19 PM


The CM HAF932 is my new favorite cheap case.

I have this case and it is great except that I had to unplug the leads for the power LED, that thing is a frigging laser!  I think I could get a blue suntan if I was exposed to it's light for a short period of time.  Other than that I love the case, plenty of room and lots of cooling.  Just a bit outside the price range though for this thread.
1052  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help me find a Christmas gift for my wife... on: December 18, 2008, 01:43:26 AM
If she wants an outdoor swing seat, maybe you could add one of those outdoor propane heaters so you can sit outside in colder weather?  Some thing like this costco one? http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product.aspx?Prodid=11308603&whse=BC&topnav=&browse=&lang=en-US&s=1
1053  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help me find a Christmas gift for my wife... on: December 17, 2008, 06:13:06 PM
One thing I've gotten is the past that gets lots of use was a microwaveable pillow filled with flaxseed.  The seeds hold heat for a long time and my sister loved hers when she was pregnant.  Here is a link to someone selling similar items http://beckys_bags.tripod.com/index.html .   
1054  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CHUCK IS BACK! Chuck vs. The First Date Spoilers! on: December 16, 2008, 09:57:31 PM
Great episode but man did they miss a golden chance to dress Casey up as Santa's Elf!  Yippie Ki Yay. 
1055  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Angel seasons 1-5 box set for $50.99 on: December 12, 2008, 07:12:04 PM
Thank you! I never watched Angel but was a Buffy fan so I've ordered this up.
1056  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ever lived on an Aircraft Carrier? on: December 09, 2008, 05:27:32 AM

Quote from: JohnathanStrange on December 09, 2008, 03:37:10 AM

I think she may be doing well since you've not mentioned anything outrageous. Her email photos from the ship and Japan seemed to show a very happy swabbie. Swabbie? Is that correct? Anyhow, she seemed to have friends and some fun time so it's not all duty duty duty.

Squid is also acceptable  Tongue
1057  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/08) on: December 08, 2008, 11:19:53 PM
Probably nothing but is Prince of Persia for the PC a new release?  If so I might get it.
1058  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ever lived on an Aircraft Carrier? on: December 08, 2008, 03:36:26 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on December 08, 2008, 03:27:32 PM

I've never lived on one, but I did briefly visit one whilst looking for my father.

I feel compelled to reply [James Earl Jones] "Lettuce I am NOT your father" [/James Earl Jones]   icon_biggrin
1059  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ever lived on an Aircraft Carrier? on: December 08, 2008, 03:34:26 PM
I was stationed on the U.S.S. Carl Vinson for 2.5 years.  I guess it depends on what her rate is as far as how busy they keep her.  I was an Engineering Laboratory Technician working down in the reactor rooms so we kept fairly busy but it wasn't as regimented as my time on the U.S.S. South Carolina (cruiser) where they kept you going from 0600 till 2200 and you still had to stand watches at night if it was you turn.  The aircraft carrier was more set up for 24hr flight ops so they didn't keep everyone up like the cruiser all day long.  It is not like a regular job but probably not as rigorous as you imagine either at least while at sea.  In port things tend to ease up a bit and I worked semi regular hours and had time off at night and weekends sometimes (but not always, you still have to man the ship 24/7 with a reduced crew).
1060  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 Impressions PC Edition on: December 08, 2008, 05:51:03 AM
Well I'm about to give up on FO3, I get constant crashes now.  I've tried disabling the quadcore threading since that was identified as causing similar lock ups to mine but it didn't help and I can't stand restarting my computer anymore just to play 30 seconds of this game,  I wish they would fix this problem, I don't think I'm the only one with this issue.  I'll spoiler where I'm locking up just in case

Spoiler for Hiden:
In vault 112 I've entered the simulation section but every time I enter a house the game freezes.  Since this is part of the main plot I don't think I can go any further.
1061  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Don't want to be too premature but... on: December 03, 2008, 10:44:01 PM
If it turns out to be twins you are going to have to move to a zone defense as your man to man scheme will leave one uncovered.  Congrats.
1062  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone have a kindle, or can figure out if I can buy kindle books as gifts? on: December 03, 2008, 10:40:45 PM
I love my Kindle!  And I cried the day I fired it up and the upper right hand side of the screen was smeared, like some one had put vasiline jelly on it (but not having any kids this was not the case).  A call to Amazon and they overnighted me a new one ,took the old one back (it was about 5 months old) and got my books onto the new kindle.  Very good customer service IMHO.  As far as the screen issue I have no idea what happened, it was in a protective slip cover but it may have been smooshed in my bag?
1063  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: No Bailout for GM please. Let em die. on: November 27, 2008, 06:49:36 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on November 27, 2008, 05:51:59 AM

Quote from: SkyLander on November 26, 2008, 09:42:28 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on November 23, 2008, 07:14:11 PM

Quote from: SkyLander on November 22, 2008, 10:57:36 PM

Depending on the contract it would matter. In a good union contract if you work over 8 hours a day then you get into overtime which is time and a half. While for the majority you don't get into overtime unless you work over 40 hours a week. Which then after that you get into time and a half. I believe the 40 hours a week is a law, this changes state to state but I thought it was pretty universal for overtime.

First let me say that I do work for a union (IBEW 1245) so I have seen contracts for overtime and such not.  There are some workers who get double time for any time over 40 hours and there are lots of "perks" involved with overtime, drive in, missed meals etc.  I was just curious if the UAW had gotten a really sweet overtime deal and not just the vanilla 1.5 times base salary standard.  I guess my original point to cheeba's post would be that I don't think the overtime issue is something that is breaking the big 3 and not the japanese companies.


I work for a union also (IATSE 363) and our overtime is pretty sweet, any work after 12 pm is double time, if we have to work through lunch it's a meal penalty which is time and a half and any time after 8 hours is time and a half. So depending on the situation you can make a lot of money in a small amount of time. I'm sure the UAW tries to shove in as much perks as possible but it depends on the industry and the contracts. But in the end I think it is give and take and I don't think the overtime is killing the auto industry either.

What do you suppose would happen if auto workers were like game developers? You work 80-100 hour weeks during crunchtime and you don't make a penny of overtime, but the bonuses and royalties will make you rich, maybe, if everything goes right and you aren't laid off before they're handed out. And nobody ever retires from a game company. Cars would cost $50 and we'd buy a new one every 3 months because it goes faster and has flashier paint. 

You pretty much describe management above.  One thing the unions don't subscribe to is working hours without getting paid for them for the promise of a bonus (that may or may not happen) further down the road, the amount of said bonus up to the whims of your bosses.
1064  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help My Cat Sanctuary Win $100K -- (Cross posted at OO) on: November 25, 2008, 09:09:45 PM
Green spotted venomous death frog.
1065  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jury duty fail on: November 25, 2008, 08:17:24 PM

Quote from: Mr. Fed on November 25, 2008, 08:10:30 PM

I just walked back from court, where I was excused for cause from a panel of prospective jurors.

Apparently they don't like it when you explain why you think cops and gang members both lie.

[Dr. House]  Everybody lies [/Dr. House]
1066  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jury duty fail on: November 25, 2008, 07:04:36 PM

Quote from: Caine on November 25, 2008, 06:59:12 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on November 25, 2008, 06:19:13 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 25, 2008, 05:09:06 PM

Quote from: JohnathanStrange on November 25, 2008, 05:00:24 PM

I met my ex-girlfriend while reporting for jury duty. That's all I remember about that day. So many memories...

so you were involved in that eHarmony case?  Tongue

I believe they got entangled in legal briefs.

i think he asked her to handle his docket. 

His motion was denied
1067  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jury duty fail on: November 25, 2008, 06:19:13 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 25, 2008, 05:09:06 PM

Quote from: JohnathanStrange on November 25, 2008, 05:00:24 PM

I met my ex-girlfriend while reporting for jury duty. That's all I remember about that day. So many memories...

so you were involved in that eHarmony case?  Tongue

I believe they got entangled in legal briefs.
1068  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help My Cat Sanctuary Win $100K -- (Cross posted at OO) on: November 24, 2008, 10:49:54 PM

Quote from: Farscry on November 24, 2008, 06:01:36 PM

I got a raccoon when I did it. A mean, nasty, VICIOUS raccoon!

My elephant will smash your evil raccoon, do not worry.
1069  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/24) on: November 24, 2008, 10:46:06 PM
Chrono Trigger buying urge rising... rising.....  IN!!.  Never played the original(s) so it will all be fresh to me.
1070  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help My Cat Sanctuary Win $100K -- (Cross posted at OO) on: November 23, 2008, 07:16:00 PM
Bear,  I would like a raccoon someday!
1071  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: No Bailout for GM please. Let em die. on: November 23, 2008, 07:14:11 PM

Quote from: SkyLander on November 22, 2008, 10:57:36 PM

Depending on the contract it would matter. In a good union contract if you work over 8 hours a day then you get into overtime which is time and a half. While for the majority you don't get into overtime unless you work over 40 hours a week. Which then after that you get into time and a half. I believe the 40 hours a week is a law, this changes state to state but I thought it was pretty universal for overtime.

First let me say that I do work for a union (IBEW 1245) so I have seen contracts for overtime and such not.  There are some workers who get double time for any time over 40 hours and there are lots of "perks" involved with overtime, drive in, missed meals etc.  I was just curious if the UAW had gotten a really sweet overtime deal and not just the vanilla 1.5 times base salary standard.  I guess my original point to cheeba's post would be that I don't think the overtime issue is something that is breaking the big 3 and not the japanese companies.
1072  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Civic Literacy Test. on: November 22, 2008, 10:49:32 PM
You answered 26 out of 33 correctly 78.79 %
1073  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Hardware/PC games for sale for sale on: November 22, 2008, 10:38:14 PM
PM sent GoldC
1074  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: No Bailout for GM please. Let em die. on: November 22, 2008, 08:30:36 PM

Quote from: cheeba on November 22, 2008, 06:55:06 AM

That ignores overtime which is a significant chunk of the UAW worker's paycheck.

What would you suggest the automakers do to reduce overtime?  Hiring more workers would be far more cost intensive since you would have to pay them the standard wage and benefits and whatever other costs (training etc.) that might entail.  I don't know what the UAW workers get for overtime but if it is time and a half then I would think that is more cost efficient than growing the size of the work force.  Of course the management could streamline production and reduce overtime that way, I'm sure they've tried that but if what you say is true then they still feel the need to provide more than 40 hrs/week for the workers.

Can you compare the overtime earned between the UAW and the non-union workers?  I'd be curious to see if one works longer hours than the other and if there is a difference in compensation for the overtime.
1075  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help My Cat Sanctuary Win $100K -- (Cross posted at OO) on: November 22, 2008, 08:07:21 PM
Cow for me as well, I want a kinkajou
1076  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help My Cat Sanctuary Win $100K -- (Cross posted at OO) on: November 21, 2008, 06:34:07 PM
mouse for me today, will vote again tomorrow.
1077  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/17) on: November 18, 2008, 06:04:32 PM
Still playing Fallout 3 and need to finish up Dead Space so I'll pass this week and pick up Tomb Raider later if reviews are good.  Left 4 Dead is a maybe. 
1078  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CHUCK IS BACK! Chuck vs. The First Date Spoilers! on: November 18, 2008, 07:29:45 AM
To quote Judge Smails-- "Top Notch! Top Notch!"

Excellent episode tonight even if you could see the cliffhanger coming and who knew Casey could sing?
1079  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: A big "thank you" to Harkonis... on: November 15, 2008, 08:32:09 PM
I hear he counted to infinity twice.
1080  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Questions about the HD Changeover Feb 2009 on: November 12, 2008, 10:23:36 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on November 12, 2008, 10:06:59 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on November 12, 2008, 09:17:58 PM

edit to add:  Over-the-air digital is really pretty amazing.  Since it's a digital signal, the reception is an all or nothing affair--you can't really have snowy channels.  If you get a station, it's crystal clear.

This is what I have.  I get HD over the air and it's all or nothing. So if I get HD over the air that means I'm not going to lose all my channels come Feb and am digital ready or whatever, right?

Yes you are set and have no need to do anything further.
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