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1081  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [Xbox 360 GTA IV] Tuesday Night Geezers Gone Gang-Bangin' on: April 28, 2008, 11:56:24 PM
Yo!! another reason to pad my post count, I managed to get the whole day off tomorrow so look for me to be representing!!! This shizt is whack!!  Dibs on the name Omar! .... Wait what?? Omar was playing for the other team?!?!?  Ok I'm Brodie then..

p.s.  I miss The Wire.
1082  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [Xbox 360 GTA IV] Tuesday Night Geezers Gone Gang-Bangin' on: April 28, 2008, 11:17:27 PM
Hmm I can't get off of work completely but if things work out I may be able to pull half shift and get online at around 8:30 PST.
1083  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTA4 impressions thread - midnight approaches/virtual BJs imminent! on: April 28, 2008, 11:14:13 PM
Can we set up a MP mode where one group tries to pick up the hookers and escort them off the map while the other group tries to stop them?
1084  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/28) on: April 28, 2008, 04:41:19 PM
Maybe GTAIV if the reviews are decent, I heard it's an ok game  ninja
1085  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer is coming to a DS near you! on: April 28, 2008, 08:11:21 AM
Not knowing what I was doing I somehow managed to get to level 29 before getting ganged up on.  I had a +5 katana and a +5 iron shield, both plated but I lost the katana on level 26?? when some armored thingie kept hitting me and unequipping my stuff.  I carried on with a +1 katana I had found and seemed to be doing so well until monsters broke most of my jars and I used up all my healing.  Fun run.  I did find a mastersword that I stashed, I'll try to level it up.  I have one question, how do you level an item up once you've used the blacksmiths on a run?  do you shelve the item and have your Shiren die so you reset back to lvl 1?
1086  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: When will the price of gasoline change your habits? on: April 28, 2008, 07:57:00 AM
Not really bought for gas savings but more for parking at work but I ride a scooter to work almost every day.  I get 60mpg and it's a hoot to ride to work so a win win for me (the wife hates it though).
1087  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTA4 impressions thread - stores are receiving them! on: April 26, 2008, 06:29:50 PM
I like the 360's controller better than the PS-3's for driving of any type so 360 it is for me.  Hope to get some MP action in but alas my work schedule limits that ability.
1088  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Idol 2008 on: April 25, 2008, 08:11:40 AM
My hope is that David A's fan base has peaked and that any voter for Carly, Syesha or BrOOke  will not jump on his bandwagon after their singer is eliminated.  I'm hoping the voters shift over to David Cook but who knows how many votes Archie gets each week, he may out draw the others combined.

Snow shovel to the face Archie, snow shovel indeed!

Too bad Kristy Lee Cook is gone, she could have rocked Niel Diamond's  "America" for the patriotic vote.

I hope someone sings "Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show"  (I bet Amanda would have done it), Well I hope David A doesn't sing it but anyone else would be fine.  Other than those two songs I have a hard time thinking of Neil's other works.. I guess Song Sung Blue and Sweet Caroline are a couple of others.
1089  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Idol 2008 on: April 24, 2008, 09:13:42 AM
Well Well very surprising result night.  Both BrOOke and Jason knew they were destined for the stools of shame and yet neither hit the bottom 2.  Like Randy said, this week was all about popularity not ability and while I was never a Carly fan, I though she did quite well with her song.  Syesha also sang great but ended up at the bottom, her fan base must be slipping or BrOOke picked up all of KLC's fans.

So Carly heads home and we don't have to see her husband (ever notice that the producers seem to only show him for a split second?) and his crazy face tats.

With Neil Diamond week next (really? Neil Diamond?  Was Burt Bacharach too busy?) I'm betting for another round of popularity voting and Syesha heads home no matter how well she sings.
1090  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Idol 2008 on: April 23, 2008, 08:52:25 AM
Yep train wreck for Jason!  Dog, you gotta know that song was sung by a cat on Broadway for years!!  And a female cat to boot.  I see trouble on Castro street this week, in the bottom 3 no doubt and I have him heading for the door.

BrOOke will join him on stage at the bottom, that restart isn't going to do her any favors.  The final one of the 3 is a toss up between Syesha and Carly but I'll say Carly since I liked Syesha's song better.  Paula for once had some insight when she said Jesus Christ Superstar was too high a register for Carly and I agree, it just sounded off a bit.

To quote Tony Kornheiser on his radio show "I just want to hit David Archuleta with a snow shovel at this point", his songs all sound the same to me, nothing new at all, week after week.

David Cook did a decent job on his song and while Micheal Crawford is the gold standard, I'm not sure the AI voting public is that familiar with Andrew Lloyd Webber's stuff in the first place.

Jason, Memory is sung by a cat.. A CAT!!!! Dude you gotta pick better songs for yourself.  I think if KLC was still around and got to sing Don't Cry for me Argentina, she would have survived this week.
1091  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [books] Fantasy Recommendation? on: April 21, 2008, 06:14:02 PM
All these posts and I'm the first to mention Terry Pratchett and his Discworld novels?  icon_biggrin

I'd say read Small Gods if you can find it, very very good book.

Another SciFi book I really enjoyed and is a single volume would be John Steakly's Armor.  In fact I'm going to dig it out and read it again.
1092  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amaozon Kindle on: April 21, 2008, 06:04:10 PM
I bought one for my Mom and she seems to like it.  I'd get one myself but am in the $400 price is too high club as well.  I was willing to spend the money to get Mom something she wanted but until I get a chance to see one in action in person my reading will be done in a book.
1093  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/21) on: April 21, 2008, 05:59:03 PM
No games this week but I may be replacing my DS which refuses to turn on now.  icon_twisted
1094  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bike Pr0n on: April 19, 2008, 04:59:38 PM

Quote from: El-Producto on April 19, 2008, 10:49:41 AM

Nice bike Zinfan!

Are those mechanical disks, or hydraulics?

I had a Divinci with hydraulic, and I hated them so much, I got rid of the bike.  So fussy.  The mechanical disks entrigue me though.

They are Formula K-24 hydraulic's and they work great, not fussy at all for me.  They are also the first disc brakes I've ever used, my old bike had the V-brakes.
1095  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bike Pr0n on: April 19, 2008, 08:38:39 AM
I'll play, my new Ventana El Rey 29'er mtb.

1096  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Idol 2008 on: April 17, 2008, 09:30:19 PM
If it is David vs David in the finals I'd also pick A to win just based on the fact they will each have to sing some sappy song that won the writing contest.  Last year there was no way Blake could do anything with that horrible song whereas Jordan could put her style on it.  I expect the song this year will be similar and that would easily favor Archeletta.  I've rooted for Brooke all this season but have to agree that she has reached the limits of her voice, the same can be said for Syesha but Carly still has some further abilities to reach for. 
1097  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Idol 2008 on: April 17, 2008, 08:52:46 AM
Next up Andrew Lloyd Webber?  Hmmmm lots of choices there I guess, who is going to sing the theme from Cats "Memory" (my guess, Carley)?

Someone will also have to lock up the South American vote by singing "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina" BrOOke perhaps?

It seems to me to be a foregone conclusion that David Archeletta will sing something from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Jason Castro I have down for "The Music of the Night".  But on second thought he likes the guitar and it's ilk so he could go with "Banjo Boy" from By Jeeves

Maybe David Cook can put forth a reworking of "Shakalaka Baby" from Bombay Dreams

Syesha can sing some song that Sarah Brightman did.  And I hope they have Sarah come out and sing a song on elimination night.

1098  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: April 17, 2008, 08:29:07 AM

Quote from: JohnathanStrange on April 17, 2008, 03:27:45 AM


It would be inconceivable for OO not to return. The finest fighting force ever assembled scattered to the far corners of the Internet?


I believe the word you want is unpossible
1099  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: April 16, 2008, 09:46:51 PM

Quote from: The Meal on April 16, 2008, 09:34:10 PM

This is Outage Day 13.  As one of the original vOOlunteers who spent his time lending a hand at that site, I'm questioning my own motivations for returning to the scene.  I know that the current limitations of that forum software are going to be a major hurdle made more difficult to overcome after seeing some greener grass in other places.


Well I hope it comes back, GT is websensed at work and work is where I do all my heavy forum posting.  You can't expect me to post lots and lots on my own time!  Quality will suffer!  Won't somebody please think about the websensed?!!!??
1100  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Idol 2008 on: April 16, 2008, 09:19:54 AM

Quote from: rittchard on April 16, 2008, 04:37:27 AM

Well Mariah night has come and gone, definitely an interesting one!

Prediction: Syesha, Carly and Brooke in the bottom 3.  I've incorrectly predicted Syesha going home already so I'm going to go out on a limb and guess Brooke leaves this week.

I agree on the bottom 3 but I see Syesha heading home, on a week for diva songs (I think of her as a diva singer) she didn't bring enough to the stage.  David Cook's song was very well done, I listened to it twice and may even think of downloading it, which would be  a first for me for an AI song.  The guys did far better than I imagined they could while the girls all under performed.
1101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer is coming to a DS near you! on: April 15, 2008, 09:58:29 PM
I'm just getting started myself.  I've only made it as far as the mines before getting smacked down with a summon trap  icon_twisted.  I like the game, just need to figure out how best to survive, I died once because I couldn't find a rice ball.
1102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Wish Lists? on: April 15, 2008, 07:41:07 AM
For some fun songs at a RB party-


Bat out of hell

Paradise by the dashboard light

Two out of Three ain't bad

1103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What do you look like? on: April 15, 2008, 07:24:37 AM

Quote from: Daehawk on April 15, 2008, 02:23:05 AM

2. Zinfan...a scooter rally? For real? Ive never seen one of those go by or even heard of one. What ya riding there? Were there any old 70's era Hondas? I had one my wife's cousin gave me but I ended up breaking the clutch and selling it for squat..DUMB ME!  crybaby

No 70's Honda's, lots of vintage Vespa's and Lambretta's.  Most of the crowd were on modern era Vespa's and I ride a Piaggio MP-3.

I think there were over 100 scoots on the ride but I never got a chance to count.  Lots of fun!  Here is a bit of the gang heading out at the start of the ride.

1104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What do you look like? on: April 15, 2008, 12:30:27 AM
Me with my helmet up at a stop during the Rides of March scooter rally.
1105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Wish Lists? on: April 14, 2008, 11:53:07 PM
Forget bands and albums, we need movie soundtrack downloads.

I demand the Apocalypse Now music for Rock Band!!  hmmm I wonder how much fun it would be to play Ride of the Valkries and have helicopter blades in the background?
1106  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Idol 2008 on: April 14, 2008, 05:32:54 AM

Quote from: Jeff Jones on April 13, 2008, 10:57:46 PM

I can't stand Mariah Carey, but I'll watch to see how David Cook adapts to it.

I *really* wish they'd do away with "theme nights" or the mentor crap, and just let them sing what they want (as long as they can get a license for it). It would greatly improve the show.

Btw, I think KLC did a great job this week, and that David Cook pretty much sucked (still hope he wins though)

While I thought KLC sang quite well I hated her stagecraft.  The whole performance seemed so unnatural and forced.  Mariah eh?  Well she may be able to survive if one of the guys bombs but I think all the other female singers can out do her on these type of songs.  It will be interesting to see what song Brooke has chosen to sing.  I don't get all the support for Carley, she doesn't appeal to me at all as a singer and I had her pegged to go home last week and from her reaction she did to.
1107  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Idol 2008 on: April 13, 2008, 10:15:43 AM

Quote from: YellowKing on April 12, 2008, 10:42:21 AM

Sure.  But KLC sucks. I mean, she's really bad.  Seriously.

Never underestimate the power of country music fans to embrace that which is suck.

She could also break out the skimpy outfits to try and stave off another week of elimination and I'd be ok with that  icon_twisted.  Any idea what next weeks theme is?  I can never seem to find a list of what is coming up.
1108  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Save the environment, go Nuclear on: April 11, 2008, 09:53:42 AM

Quote from: CSL on April 11, 2008, 08:16:33 AM

Quote from: warning on April 10, 2008, 11:19:20 PM

Quote from: Doopri on April 10, 2008, 10:47:45 PM

While not looking to get into an argument I also am in the nuclear business (I've worked at the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant for  24 years).

now im not normally terribly superstitious but come on did it have to be built HERE???  wasnt there like a happy carebear springtime ridge or gorge of infinite luck nearby?


Critical Failure Valley already had a coal plant - they had to built it at Diablo Canyon.

Well first choice Death Valley had already been taken as well.  icon_biggrin
1109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer is coming to a DS near you! on: April 10, 2008, 06:33:11 PM
My copy finally arrived on my doorstep in a box that had been beaten within an inch of it's life, lucky that this is a DS game with stout packaging and it survived quite well.  Stand by for rescue requests!
1110  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Big Bang Theory - Theme Song on: April 10, 2008, 06:28:56 PM
I like the show and keep a few episodes on my Tivo for re-watching.
1111  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Save the environment, go Nuclear on: April 10, 2008, 06:22:52 PM

Quote from: The Meal on April 10, 2008, 05:23:50 PM

Quote from: Moliere on April 10, 2008, 02:59:32 PM

Quote from: The Meal on April 09, 2008, 08:34:11 PM

This went around work about a month ago (I'm in the biz).  Not even the folks here beleive everything he wrote.  But still, fun read.
Since I am not in the biz can you be more specific about which parts are not believable? It seemed like a pretty reasonable and logical argument for the use of nuclear energy.
To avoid turning into a douchebag, I'll give someone else the opportunity to step in and answer this (possibly only after reading the article).  The difference between that someone else and me would be their desire to get into an argument.

If nobody steps up, I'll see what I can come up with.


While not looking to get into an argument I also am in the nuclear business (I've worked at the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant for  24 years).  His article seems a bit too light handed on a few issues such as
The replaced rods will be removed and transferred to a storage pool inside the containment structure, where they can remain indefinitely (three feet of water blocks the radiation)

err I wouldn't go near an expended fuel rod that was shielded by only 3 feet of water!  Ours are under 27 feet and there are numerous design elements that go into that figure.  He is also pretty offhand on the issue of recycling the fuel, while it is true that much of an expended fuel rod is reusable, getting it out isn't an easy task.  He ignores low level radioactive waste (a big cost for us to dispose of) and is wrong when stating there isn't any discharge to the environment.

There is no release into the environment. The fuel rods come out looking exactly as they did going in, except that they are now more highly radioactive. There is no air pollution, no water pollution, and no ground pollution.

Actually there is some release of radioactive gas and liquid to the environment during normal operation and while his comment about the fuel rods is correct (except they aren't as shiny anymore) his statement that they are "now more highly radioactive" is an understatement, they are now lethal if you get anywhere near one, say 3 feet from one even if it is underwater.  There are many many safeguards to prevent that from occuring but you can't just disregard it with an off hand comment.

I guess the overall tone of his lecture was too light on the difficulties and downsides of nuclear power in order to make his point.  I support the business but people really should be told the reality of it.
1112  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: April 10, 2008, 05:53:25 PM
While I do post (infrequently) on both boards, GT is websensed at work so I tend to spend more time on OO, go figure.  I sometimes have trouble remembering which thread on which board I've posted in but I believe it was the OO American Idol thread that had some of my incoherent ramblings in.... How about KLC this week eh?  She should have been gone weeks ago but rises to the occasion and will probably stay another week (hmmm methinks I should have searched GT for an AI thread  paranoid).

In an effort to provide more background info on me I can tell everyone that I commute to work on a ChrisGrenard approved Piaggio MP-3 like this one;

That isn't me by the way, just a stock photo showing how the bike leans.
1113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer is coming to a DS near you! on: April 08, 2008, 02:40:49 PM
Hmmm my copy of the game seems to be lost in the mail  icon_evil.  Shipped out of Bell, Ca on 3/27 with an estimated delivery date of 4/2.  I hate the USPS tracking system as you can't get any update of the package location until it's delivered?  I suppose I'll have to talk to them when I get a chance but I'm working too many hours to take time to stand in line and find out where my game is.   I figure by the time I get the game there won't be anyone left playing to rescue me when I die  icon_biggrin
1114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: MotoGP - SICK Save on: April 01, 2008, 04:10:06 AM

Quote from: Canuck on April 01, 2008, 04:05:50 AM

I don't get it.  What's a save?  I was sure this was going to be some kind of MotoGP game replay video or something.

If you look closely you can see that he uses his shoulder and knee to pick the bike back up onto its tires.  The bike had lost traction and was sliding along the pavement before he managed that trick.
1115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer is coming to a DS near you! on: March 26, 2008, 05:47:14 PM

Quote from: Turtle on March 26, 2008, 05:16:27 PM

Ah crap.  GT effect has me now, I'm getting this for some nice portable dungeon crawling.

Same here, I should have it next week I guess.  Couldn't find it locally in the big box stores or the game stores so had to get it from Amazon.
1116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This could be the geekiest thing I've ever done... on: March 12, 2008, 06:39:21 AM
Bring your own bananas with you, I hear the have no bananas in Scranton PA.
1117  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: According to TurboTax, I owe $3,000 to the government on: February 12, 2008, 02:49:24 AM
I'm feeling your pain!  My wife works part time (24hrs/week) and I can't seem to get the Feds or State to with hold anything from her pay check.  Claim single and 0 deductions and this year her W-2 had a total of less than $200 federal and state combined taken out!  This is on over 20K!! Insane to say the least and very expensive when you combine it with my income.  Let us say that I have your 3k covered and then some.  I'm going to have to go to a tax expert to see what can be done about taking money out throughout the year, this is stupid.
1118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/21) on: January 21, 2008, 04:53:05 PM
I'll wait and see on Burnout for the 360.  Need something new for the DS so maybe Advance Wars.
1119  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Iranian Boats (possibly with GWB at the helm) Harass US Warship on: January 10, 2008, 06:22:56 AM

Quote from: unbreakable on January 10, 2008, 02:52:59 AM

Quote from: Zinfan on January 10, 2008, 12:45:37 AM

Well have you watched the video?  Story untrue?  Hoax?  Normal for Iranian gun(?)boats to claim that they are going to explode another ship in international waters?  U.S. Navy dubbing sinister voice over the video tape?

No, I don't need to watch the video, because what can it possibly prove?

How do you know what was said?  Do you speak Persian?

I guess I do speak Persian since I understood what was said, it turns out Persian is just like English!  I suppose watching the video might give more insight into what happened but I can see that it would in no way change your opinion of what happened or who was telling the truth.
1120  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Iranian Boats (possibly with GWB at the helm) Harass US Warship on: January 10, 2008, 12:48:22 AM

Quote from: ATB on January 09, 2008, 11:02:21 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on January 09, 2008, 10:05:43 PM

I'd say they were bringing a scimitar (curved for better slashing!) to a gun fight.

Or they loaded them with explosives a la the Cole.

True if they were intending to attack vessels but the Iranian government says they were just identifying ships, again how would they turn back a ship if they had no guns but were loaded with explosives?  Whatever they were doing they were ill equipped to do whatever the Iranians said they were supposed to be doing.
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