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1081  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2009 Tour de France on: July 11, 2009, 11:50:46 AM

Quote from: Koz on July 11, 2009, 12:49:37 AM

One thing I find interesting is there are only three uphill finishes in the Tour this year, today being one of them. I think that's going to favor breakaways and may make things interesting for the traditional climbers who try to get their time on final uphills. Of course the monstrous second-to-last stage ends with an almost 30km climb up HC Mount Ventoux and I'm sure we will see plenty of fireworks on that final climb.

I'm a bit wishy washy on the lack of uphill finishes.  I love them for the drama when the attacks are forthcoming but they can be dull sometimes if nobody wants to attack until the last kilometer.  A stage that has big mountains near the end can be fun for the viewers if the descent is tricky and the chase to get back on the wheel of a rival can be fun too. If you want to succeed in that type of stage you MUST attack early in the climb to gain enough time to stay clear to the finish.  Adding to the excitement is if the big riders are trying to catch a breakaway on the climb before the descent, will they make it?  How much time will they gain on the chase to the finish?  What we need is a modern day Claudio Chiappucci to go out on a long long breakaway that has the others chasing for the whole of the day (1992 TdF).
1082  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Civilization IV: The Complete Edition on: July 11, 2009, 12:38:28 AM
Just picked up the Civ Complete and installed FFH2 and wow I'm impressed.  I played Civ4 quite a bit when it came out but never got to the point of raising the difficulty beyond Warlord, I started a FFH2 game on warlord and promptly lost the game in 10 turns.  I used my scout to explore a dungeon that popped a giant spider which took out all my units and a ghoul stormed my city.  Quite a change from regular Civ and most enjoyable.  It is going to take a long time to learn the new stuff they added, I may take Ironrod's suggestion and play a few BTS games first as I've never played that.
1083  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2009 Tour de France on: July 11, 2009, 12:33:56 AM

Quote from: Lee on July 10, 2009, 09:18:24 PM

Both Lance and Levi said in post race interviews that they followed the team plans, but that Contador's break away wasn't planned, not that they were surprised.

And this is Astana not T-Mobile with Kloden and Ulrich chasing down Vino a few years back.

  If Contador's charge was spur of the moment I hope it lights a fire under Lance and Levi and we get a repeat of the '86 Tour that saw LeMond and Hinault battling across the mountains within their own team after the Badger reneged on his promise to help Greg after the '85 Tour, which by the way was really the EPIC TdF not this years version.
1084  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best TV Theme Song on: July 11, 2009, 12:26:00 AM
I always liked the theme from Lexx (third season)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2u2Cj16ufA&feature=related
1085  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2009 Tour de France on: July 10, 2009, 07:21:49 PM
Actually I love it when unknown riders manage to get rewarded on mountain stages with a win.  I also loved the shot of his brother riding in with the big pack 28 minutes later with a huge smile on his face, happy for his team and brother.  As for the Astana thing, not a big surprise being so close to Spain that Contador took off near the end and he does look good but you can't judge Lance's form based on that, once Alberto took off Lance had to sit on wheels until the finish even if he had the power to jump across.  I'd like to see them send Levi out on a charge up the next mountain and see if he can get some time in hand.

Sorry to hear about the fish tank Pete.
1086  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2009 Tour de France on: July 10, 2009, 12:38:15 PM
I'm hoping the riders who have lost time so far will try to get it back today and give us a exciting stage.  In the past, especially when Lance was winning all the time, the other riders were hesitant to attack Lance and they just tried to keep close even if they were behind in time, I guess they were waiting for Lance to crack rather than attacking him.  In the TdF's since Lance retired the peleton could expect lots of attacks as there were more riders with the thought that they could win so lets hope that attitude is still around and Astana has to work very hard to control this race.
1087  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2009 Tour de France on: July 10, 2009, 12:33:14 PM
I'm loving the HD feed for the TdF, the shot of David Millar racing up the road towards that palace in Barcalona was fantastic.  I can't wait to see the mountains and crazy crowds in HD this year.  There is one thing that bugs me and I don't really know why, the machine that prints chalk messages on the road.  I love the handmade names and drawings that the fans cover the road with (ok the giant penis's not so much) and this machine just seems too sterile and perfect to be interesting.  If you want a message on the roads of the TdF then buy a ticket over and do it yourself.
1088  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2009 Tour de France on: July 09, 2009, 02:30:30 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on July 09, 2009, 01:57:22 PM

Quote from: Lee on July 09, 2009, 02:25:48 AM

Quote from: Zinfan on July 09, 2009, 02:21:53 AM

They could have done a better job of showing the peleton coming on like a train (heh) through the town to almost make up the whole gap, I didn't think there was any way that Skil rider was going to catch Vockler so no drama there.

The live guys, Phil and Paul, were just as surprised as we were. I think everyone forgot to check the time differences as we were wondering if Voeckler would just fall over as he rode to the finish. smile

Exactly.  The big drama is that even though Voeckler was the hero of France in 2004 by wearing yellow for 10 days, he has never won a Tour stage.  It was an important milestone in his career to cross the line first, and they typically focus on the race leaders as the line nears anyway.  It certainly was surprising to see the peloton come tearing around the corner when you only expected a handful of riders, but it was important to show Voeckler's run at the finish as it was an emotional one and a well-earned victory.  I would have liked to have time checks on the peloton, but unfortunately it was entirely forgotten during Voeckler's emotional win.

Fair enough, and it must be remembered that Phil and Paul are commenting off the French television feed, neither they nor VS has control over what is shown on the tv.  I still contend that it would have been even more nail biting had we known the peloton was so close to catching up.
1089  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2009 Tour de France on: July 09, 2009, 02:21:53 AM
They could have done a better job of showing the peleton coming on like a train (heh) through the town to almost make up the whole gap, I didn't think there was any way that Skil rider was going to catch Vockler so no drama there.
1090  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2009 Tour de France on: July 08, 2009, 07:15:56 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on July 08, 2009, 02:50:55 PM

Quote from: Teggy on July 08, 2009, 02:46:25 PM

Were you implying that the entire peloton stopped to take a leak?

Usually large groups leave the road to go to the bathroom as part of the peloton because that is when it is easiest to catch up, and teams do so together so that if the rest of the peloton doesn't use that opportunity for a bathroom break the domestique and support riders can help to catch up with the peloton.

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What if someone had gotten slightly ahead and made the train crossing? Doesn't seem like that would have been fair.

All riders are forced to wait as it is an obstruction in the course and riders can't use it to their advantage.

Not quite true in all cases, in the 2006 Paris-Roubaix race, Canellara was out in the lead alone and had 2-3 rides trying to catch him,  Cancellara made it past a train crossing but right after he passed it the lights came on and the barriers came down.  The chasers decided to ride around the barriers to continue the chase and even though they finished second and third (IIRC) they were disqualified for that act.  Now Tom Boonen got to the crossing while the gates were down but once the train passed he also bypassed the barriers and continued on, he was not disqualified (I think he should have been, could have been two trains eh?) and got credit for second place.  I also remember a stage of the TdF where the very start of the race had all the leaders of the jerseys out in front a bit (Lance was in yellow at the time) and they got across a crossing just before the train arrived, Lance did a little fake charge away from the stopped peleton but of course waited for them all to catch up.  I waste way too many brain cells remembering some of this stuff.
1091  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2009 Tour de France on: July 07, 2009, 08:39:40 PM
While I'm a fan of watching team time trials, I think they have too much effect on the overall race setting.  Cadel Evans is now almost 3 minutes behind and probably out of contention, and Carlos Sastre is also a ways behind.  I don't think the other teams are going to attack Astana with much conviction in the mountains since Astana now have 4 top riders atop the time sheets.  I'd also would rather see Lance 15-30 seconds behind Contador or Levi at this stage as that would allow him to attack in the mountains and see if anyone follows him, as it is now he will sit with the main contenders and let the other two ride up the road.
1092  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2009 Tour de France on: July 07, 2009, 03:29:05 AM
It isn't like this is the first time the wind has caused a break in the peleton, in 2003 or 4 they were riding in Brittany when a split occurred and U.S. Postal took off and gained over a minute.  It's good tactics to press your advantage like that even if you gain time on a team mate.  Once in the mountains Levi or Contador can try to escape up the road while Lance watches the main rivals but that only works if Lance or Levi or Contador have a lead or are very close to the lead and can put pressure on the other teams.  I don't thing Lance got to where he is today (or even where he was in 2005) by just having fun and not caring about winning, if shown the finish line he will go for it.  I also believe he has his eyes on a prize that has eluded him in previous tours, winning atop Mont Ventoux (I believe he could have won in 2001 but allowed Marco Pantani the win, much tears and finger pointing ensued afterwards)  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykoRaPLq02A ,  I look for him to really target this stage (and it is the second to last stage this year as well, that is a bit of a change, you almost never see a huge mountain so near the end).
1093  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The "Fabulous One" is not so fabulous any longer. At least financially. on: May 25, 2009, 01:13:52 AM
No gun toting goons to make sure you don't try to sneak out with the next generation piss cake design?  Best luck in moving forward from this.
1094  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the New Star Trek- now with impressions and spoilers! on: May 21, 2009, 09:37:24 AM
Saw it tonight and loved it but there was too much "shakey cam" for me, made it hard to focus on the action.  I'm getting old I guess.  Oh and I hate (HATE) movies that have some sort of applause scene at the end (ok Star Wars (the original) gets a pass on that), it just looks hokey to me.
1095  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: May 21, 2009, 08:59:08 AM
The biggest surprise for me is that I enjoyed the final show as much as I did, when Adam started singing Beth and I realized K.I.S.S. was about to come on and sing with him I had to laugh and then watch it twice over, loved it.  Lionel Ritchie was good but a pretty uncomfortable song to sing in duet with Gokey, Allison and Cindi Lauper had a pretty good song performance as well.  Rod Stewart was a mess and I don't think he needed to be out there alone on stage singing Maggie May and lyrics about leaving school, dude school is long over for you dawg.  I liked the Carlos Santana number as well, it was funny seeing Allison glom onto Adam every time they were anywhere near each other on stage.

Good for Kris winning it all and beating out Adam, I didn't think he could do it and never really caught onto his abilities until late in the competition.  Neither one is a loser in this result as Adam will be in high demand, I think the losers will be the next season audience as I don't see another Adam coming along anytime soon.  Oh and Kara singing with Bikini girl (enhanced version) was pretty funny as well.
1096  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Unusuals on: May 19, 2009, 04:05:19 PM
I liked it well enough,  sorry to see it go.
1097  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Road on: May 15, 2009, 05:44:12 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 15, 2009, 04:36:32 AM

After all the hype the book got I thought it was pretty disappointing.  Not bad, but when it was over I just felt like "That was it?  Really?"

Yep same for me although I had the book on AudioCD.
1098  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CHUCK IS BACK! Chuck vs. The First Date Spoilers! on: May 15, 2009, 05:40:56 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on May 15, 2009, 05:31:40 PM

fwiw, EW TV columnist Danny Ausiello has now updated Chuck's likely status for next season (which I guess should be known for sure about next Tuesday) to...

http://ausiellofiles.ew.com/2009/04/fall-tv-cheat-s.html
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Now a safe bet. (Yay!)
icon_biggrin

It says only a 13 episode deal.  WTF?!?  Come on NBC get it together already.
1099  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Scrubs Finale last night (Spoilers) on: May 07, 2009, 04:45:22 PM
The finale got preempted by local coverage of the fires near Santa Barbara so I'll have to find it later, perhaps on the web.  Hope it was a good one (I didn't read the posts above) as I've watched all the Scrubs seasons.
1100  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: May 07, 2009, 06:22:50 AM
Well I'm sorry to see Allison go, she seemed to be getting a bit more comfortable with the show and that could only have helped her in the long run.  Producers again messing with the results by announcing Kris first even though he probably wasn't the top vote getter leaving us to ponder which of the 3 left was out.  So does Adam go emo with Madworld or rock out with Whole lot of love for his song choice or does he perform another new one?  I figure Danny will sing Hero to get the wife pimping going full speed and I have no idea what Kris will do.
1101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: May 06, 2009, 10:16:04 PM
The thing is I remember many of Adam's songs but I can't say the same for the other 3, they just fade after a week or so.  No other singer has sung well enough for me to take a second look at what they did but Adam is pretty consistent in that regard.  When it comes to singers choice what do Danny/Allison/Kris have to fall back on that was memorable?  I guess Kris could try his song from last week (whatever it was) but as for the other two, I can't think of a previous song that was a big result for them.  Of course Adam WAS in the bottom 2 last week so who knows what the voting public is going to do, I think if Adam is booted off then I'd be less likely to follow the show to the end, I'd probably just tune in for the final.
1102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: May 06, 2009, 05:55:06 PM

Quote from: kathode on May 06, 2009, 03:42:06 PM

Gokey scream, this is hilarious:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6wiYAJjaGo

 icon_lol

Oh and hearing that again actually make me hope Danny isn't eliminated (not that I think he would be anyways) tonight so he won't do that once more.
1103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: May 06, 2009, 05:52:44 PM

Quote from: Toe on May 06, 2009, 02:45:06 PM

Quote from: Arclight on May 06, 2009, 01:54:04 PM

Quote from: Toe on May 06, 2009, 12:20:26 PM

Quote from: Arclight on May 06, 2009, 10:31:31 AM

I don't think there are too many people who can see Adam losing this thing. He's head and shoulders above the rest.

He was 4th last week, and that was after one of his standard performances, so he can definately lose. I think many underestimate how many people do not enjoy his style. I thought his performance was mearly ok, for example, and definatly not worthy of the praise the judges (and others) heap on him. I thought he was out of tune in spots where he is singing "normal" which, to me, takes a lot away from the song. He could very well be going home tonight.



Anyone taking any action on this? I'd love to take your money.  nod

I thought he was more popular than he apparently was based on last weeks results. If he was 4th after a standard Adam performance (which the crowd and judges thought was amazingly awesome), what makes you think he is gonna jump ahead leaps and bounds this week, especially after not-so-great song choice (imho)? The adam-lovers will keep on loving, but do you really think he is going to convert many folks this week or pick up Matt's voters? Meh, maybe. I guess you could argue that Chris and Danny's performances were weak enough to keep Adam out of trouble but who really knows. Anyone could go home tonight based on last week's results and Danny's horrible performance this week. It would be foolish to think otherwise.

Well last week Allison jumped from the bottom 3 the week before to the top two so I think Adam can do that as well.  The producers were sure to give us the replay of Adam heading to the bottom 3 at the start of last night show as a not so subtle reminder to vote for Adam.  Add on the pairing of the duets and it is clear who got the best pimping this week.  I'd love to see Danny in the bottom 3 but I'm not sure we'll see that tonight since there are only 4 left, I can't remember if they do a bottom 3 at this point in the season.
1104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Would You Buy a house within 5 Miles of a Nuclear Power Plant? on: May 06, 2009, 09:21:03 AM

Quote from: Turtle on May 06, 2009, 02:13:21 AM

If I recall, modern nuclear plants have a design based on uranium balls or pellets that make it physically impossible or at least very difficult to meltdown, even without supervision.  Not sure if your plan is an older rod and graphite model.

There's also a lot of stuff saying the waste water from a nuclear power plant's cooling system is less radioactive than beer water, but I'd rather do proper research on it.


Shearon Harris is a Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) it doesn't use graphite to moderate the reaction, in fact no U.S. nuclear power plant uses graphite.  PWR's use control rods to regulate reactor power in combination with boron concentration in the primary coolant, during normal 100% power operation almost all the control rods are withdrawn except for a control bank that is used for fine adjustment of the neutron flux, the boron is diluted out as the fuel burns up in order to keep the number of thermal neutrons constant and keep reactor power at the required level.

As for the waste water, it depends on which cooling system you are talking about.  At Daiblo Canyon the reactor is cooled by the Reactor Coolant System (RCS) which in turn transfers its heat to the secondary system (turning the secondary system in to steam hence called the Main Steam System (MS)).  The steam is condensed back into water in the main condenser that has seawater running through it.  The Main Steam and Seawater systems are unaffected by the radioactivity of the RCS but the Main Steam system has chemicals added to it to reduce corrosion of its piping systems so I wouldn't want to drink it.
1105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: May 06, 2009, 09:08:22 AM
Slash got it right, Adam's voice seems to come effortlessly and right on pitch.  I loved his performance and that is such a hard song to get anywhere close to acceptable if you aren't Led Zepplin.

Allison was trying a bit too hard for me and the judges were correct to call her on the lyrics, there just wasn't enough words other than cry baby.  She did look better and the new hair should help her a bit I would think.  I could see her singing a Jefferson Airplane song, how about "White Rabbit"?  Probably not for the drug message in there but I bet she could do a good job with it.

Kris/Danny duet was bad to my mind, Kris was singing at a lower volume than Danny and they didn't mesh all that well.  Did not like the song choice either.

Kris singing the Beatles and not my favorite song from them and surely not his style. I will say at least it wasn't Kristy Lee Cook's countrified "Eight Days a Week" from a couple of seasons ago.  Of all the classic rock groups I would think the Beatles would be the hardest to sing and somehow put your own spin on it.

Danny Ouch Ouch Ouch that sucked major and why didn't the judges blast him for lyrics like they did Allison?  He wasn't really singing anything other than dream on over and over followed by the horrendous off key final note.

Adam/Allison-  Man I loved this duet and Allison looked so much more confident up there with Adam, it seemed they were having fun and doing a great job in the process.  I hope Simon is right and that duet saves Allison.

Based on what I saw, Danny should bet outta there but like everyone else if I was putting money down on it I'd have to pick Kris to wave bye-bye.
1106  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Would You Buy a house within 5 Miles of a Nuclear Power Plant? on: May 04, 2009, 06:21:50 AM

Quote from: Destructor on May 04, 2009, 12:49:02 AM

Quote from: Moliere on May 03, 2009, 11:43:57 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on May 03, 2009, 11:32:43 PM

by the way I hear things about Palo Verde,  ninja
It's all good.  paranoid

Strangely enough, I looked through the Wiki entry before posting before. That and I had to Google the thing because I wasn't sure how to spell it.

Yep the diesel thing is a big one and the fact that management didn't take positive steps to fix the situation is a big flare to the NRC.  Don't live close to Davis Besse , I'm still not sure how the reactor head situation was allowed to continue for so long when they had plenty of signs that something was wrong.
1107  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Would You Buy a house within 5 Miles of a Nuclear Power Plant? on: May 03, 2009, 11:32:43 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on May 03, 2009, 11:26:20 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on May 03, 2009, 05:52:16 PM

Oh and what plant is it?  I'm curious since we hear good and bad things about each plant and how it's run.

Shearon Harris.

It has had...some issues with the NRC. But I'd be interested in an insiders POV.

Shearon Harris isn't a plant that we hear much about (that is a good thing) but I'll have to ask a few people at work who have been there.  I think they actually have applied for a permit to build two more reactors on that site, this can be good or bad for you.  Good could mean higher property values for homes in the area while construction is underway and afterwords for housing the additional permanent plant staff.  Bad would be increased traffic during construction.

by the way I hear things about Palo Verde,  ninja
1108  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: May 03, 2009, 06:57:17 PM
So with the new format of 4 judges, how are they going to do the top 3 song picks?  In other seasons Simon, Randy and Paula each gave one contestant a song to sing but with Kara now in the mix how is it going to work?  I wonder if Simon gets to choose a song for all three and the others each pick one.  Curious to see Adam in the bottom 2 but he seemed to be taking it well, he doesn't need to win this thing.
1109  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Would You Buy a house within 5 Miles of a Nuclear Power Plant? on: May 03, 2009, 05:52:16 PM
Oh and what plant is it?  I'm curious since we hear good and bad things about each plant and how it's run.
1110  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Would You Buy a house within 5 Miles of a Nuclear Power Plant? on: May 03, 2009, 05:50:37 PM
It would certainly cut down on my commute time to work  icon_lol.  I've worked at Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant for the last 25 years and while I'm no rah-rah supporter of the company I work for, I'd have no trouble living that close to the plant.  As for what I do out there?  Chemistry and Radiation Protection technician so I actually sample the release paths and I know what they are discharging and in what levels, there are very strict procedures and limits on those things.  As Jiffy pointed out I'd be more concerned if it was a chemical plant, I hate some of the things we work with (Hydrazine being one of them) since they are very toxic and wouldn't want to be near where they are produced.
1111  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help Pete With His Pool Hustler Nickname on: April 29, 2009, 09:50:01 PM
Arizona Fabs or AZ Fabs
1112  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: April 29, 2009, 08:49:01 AM
It's too late for me to write up any comments on tonights show, too tired but I wonder if Ryan will walk down the stairs tomorrow in a white suit?  Could be funny.

Matt, Allison and Kris in bottom 3 not that I think they deserve to be there (Matt does I think) but Danny and Adam are too powerful to force out at the moment, Allison would make it to the top 3 if she had a personality just like Simon says but without it she is gone this week or the next.
1113  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CHUCK IS BACK! Chuck vs. The First Date Spoilers! on: April 28, 2009, 05:43:58 AM
Great episode and I loved the setup for the next seasons villian, I hope there is a next season for sure.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Chuck isn't the only one with the new intersect
1114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: April 24, 2009, 05:14:03 PM
So the wiki says next week is Rat Pack Standards with each singer doing 2 songs.  Gah I hate these theme weeks and reaching 40+ years back and then having the judges say you aren't relevant?  mad  So Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Junior... that's a lot of songs to pick over but it may be another tough week for Allison [paula]having to shop in the men's store [/paula].
1115  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: April 23, 2009, 08:21:03 PM
Yeah Lil is gone!!!  They didn't sugar coat it very much for her in the end.  Anoop wasn't a surprise but I'm with many others who figured Matt and not Allison in the bottom 3.  Boy the girls are not getting many votes this year, seven singers left and both girls end up in the bottom 3.  So next week seems like a Thunderdome death match between Troll doll and the Hatt to see who gets to say in the mansion one more week. After this weeks voting results it certainly looks like Adam, Kris and Danny are going to make it to the top 3, I'm not sure who will be in the final besides Adam.  Gokey may have to pull the wife card back out in order to beat out Kris if Kris keeps up his momentum.

Archuletta looked like he was expecting the snow shovel to the face at any moment, still singing with eyes shut.  Didn't care for the song at all and the disco revival wasn't very good either, HDTV isn't meant for aging stars.
1116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: April 22, 2009, 09:29:48 PM

Quote from: rittchard on April 22, 2009, 08:09:30 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on April 22, 2009, 03:36:42 PM

I have to say that when I was watching Kris's performance I immediately thought that rittchard would be swooning in his living room, batting his eyelashes at the TV.  Looks like I was right.   icon_wink 

You hit that dead on the nail!!!  Swoon is the perfect word  icon_razz


P.S. Archie is singing tonight so no more mean snow shovel comments!!!

I'm dusting off the snow shovel now that I hear Arculetta is singing tonight but maybe my aim will be off and it will smack Gokey instead.
1117  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Miss California's Answer to Controversial Issue Sparks Controversy on: April 22, 2009, 08:51:00 AM
She seems to agree with the majority of voting Californians anyway since Prop 8 passed.
1118  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: April 22, 2009, 08:44:01 AM
Disco sucks!

Lil- Bleh, not enjoying anything she sings since the top 12 and still they give her stage time to talk back to the judges, nobody else seems to get this vote perk.

Kris-  Ahh very good rework of the song, I liked it better than Adam's twist on his song but of course the judges didn't give near as much props to Kris.  Best week for him from my viewpoint

Gokey-  Not liking him at all, didn't like the song, didn't like his singing, didn't agree with the judges at all. 

Allison-  Finally they managed to change her look a little bit, love the fact Ryan almost pulled her off her feet at the end of her segment.  Ok song but she sings in a low register that isn't suited for Disco week so she did about as well as I thought she would but the final part of the song wasn't good for me dawg.

Adam-  Madworld redux.  Another slow song that was ruined for me by the totally unnecessary screeching near the end.  I did like the overall performance but not as well as the judges liked it, I do agree with them that he hits all his notes spot on.

Hatt-  They saved him just so he could torture us this week with a strange version of Staying Alive.  There were parts of his arrangement where I thought everyone had forgot the words since there wasn't any music nor any words playing, just strange to me.

Anoop-  Dim all the Lights?  More like Turn Out the Lights for Anoop, engrave one of the bottom three stools with his name already.

So Anoop, Hatt and ill in the bottom 3.  I don't care who goes but I know my DVR will be fast forwarding through their goodbye performance since DISCO SUCKS and I don't want to hear sucky singers sing Disco songs.  Matt and Anoop outta here but who ever is left standing is gone next week since they can't stand against Adam,Gokey,Allison but may be Kris on an off night.
1119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: April 15, 2009, 08:40:28 AM
Not a good week for sure, plenty of songs to chose from and all were uninspired except for maybe Kris's

Allison-  Like rittchard I didn't get the judge love for this one, seemed monotone even when she tried to go up in register, just not enough variation throughout the song for me to enjoy it.  She is getting more comfortable on stage though, I do wish she would change her look more from week to week, Lil at least manages that trick.

Anoop-  Sigh I don't like Bryan Adams and I didn't like this version of this song, I thought Quinton had really good advice for Anoop that Adawg didn't pull off. 

Adam-  A song choice that you can't really perform much different than the original, some nice bits in there but lots of high pitch screecthy stuff too.  I felt Adam hit all the notes as he intended to sing them unlike the other singers tonight who all seemed to miss here and there.  That last note really didn't sit well with me, too high and too long.

Matt-  I thought the beginning of the song was pretty good but when he got to the middle, the notes were too high and that continued to the end.  That changed the whole feel of the song and I didn't like it at all.

Danny Goaway-  Yep Endless Love  crybaby,  this is the second time I've seen the mentor give advice that Danny just throws away and does his own thing (R&B week was the other) and like last year when Andrew Lloyd Webber told Archie to keep his eyes open when he sang, all I could do is watch Danny's hands move around.  He needs to go back to glasses as well but maybe he wanted the cameras to have a better ability to see his tears.  I didn't think he hit more than half the notes he was trying to sing and I got no emotion out of him from this song. Simon was right, it was boring.

Kris-  He sang this at such a low volume, I kept waiting for a change in tempo/energy that never showed up.  I did like the very beginning much more than the end and the end came quickly, it seemed like a short song that he didn't do enough with.

Lil-  Wow she did get the Simon shit sandwich tonight what with Simon's comments to Allison and then his critique of Lil, not that she didn't deserve it.  She sang the song in too high a key and the gospel/R&B twist just took away all the meaning of the song, why would you hit loud high notes on snow and the final rose in the song?  Her only hope is that sassing back to Simon garners her some votes.

Overall a disappointment for sure.  I think the way they did judges comments will hurt Lil and the others who didn't get Simon comments.  Simon liked Allison, Adam (of course) and Danny (why why why) so they should be safe but Lil is bottom 3 material for sure and might be a goner (except they allowed her time to respond to Simon, do they favor her for some reason?).  I'd say Anoop and Matt hit the stools as well.  Kris is a possibility as well.  Sigh, there needs to be a bottom 4 this week.  I want Lil gone but figure on Matt for the boot with no judges save given. Oh and Paula's comments to Lil?   retard retard retard
1120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: April 14, 2009, 09:52:39 PM

Quote from: rittchard on April 14, 2009, 06:10:45 PM

Quentin Tarentino is the "mentor" this week for film songs.  I'm not sure what qualifies him, but didn't he also do this once before?

Anyway, here's hoping Adam will sing something from Priscilla Queen of the Desert.

No No No!  Memory from Cats! is the only answer.  I'm betting Adam knows what the song is about unlike Jason Castro last year.  icon_biggrin

I'm betting Lil sings some Disney song

Gokey can sing "Unchained Melody" from the movie Ghost!
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