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1081  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with boron concentration in the primary coolant, during normal 100% power operation almost all the control rods are withdrawn except for a control bank that is used for fine adjustment of the neutron flux, the boron is diluted out as the fuel burns up in order to keep the number of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.
1082  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.
1083  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.
1084  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
1085  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.
1086  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.
1087  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.
1088  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
1089  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.
1090  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
1091  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].
1092  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.
1093  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.
1094  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.
1095  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.
1096  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
1097  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!
1098  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Drakensang english demo (win a copy!) on: April 10, 2009, 08:42:07 PM

Quote from: Fez on April 10, 2009, 06:13:25 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 09, 2009, 07:32:06 PM

I think there's a hotkey for that too.

I wish there was, I couldn't find one to set for it.  Kind of annoying double-clicking on a character portrait all the time to select the group (or clicking on the thing in the lower right corner, which is even more out of the way).

I thought the period key was the hot key for select all?
1099  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/6) on: April 10, 2009, 05:51:05 PM
I might give DCS: Black Shark a whirl, I would love to play another helicopter game.
1100  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: April 10, 2009, 05:47:02 PM
The thing that may derail Adam is the stupid sappy song that wins the song writing contest.  Can you see him singing "This is my now" that Cook and Archie had to sing last year?  On second thought it could be cool to see what he does with it.  Maybe Adam throws in a bad performance to try and get booted after the judges can no longer save him, he is assured some sort of contract after what he has done and probably won't like the terms the winner has to abide by.  Allison does have the potential to be a Jordan Sparks and maybe AI will spend some effort on trying to change her look, she may make the top 2 but it is hard to see that when she has already been in the bottom 3 twice and those performances were better than any of Lil's.  Allison won't make the top 2 unless she changes up something soon.
1101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: April 09, 2009, 08:27:41 AM
Well I think they got it right by RMA'ing Eye Mac.  He really shouldn't have tried for that high note again, even more cringe worthy tonight.  Anoop is in trouble ending up in the bottom 3 and almost out but maybe he will pick up the Scott vote bloc next week.  I'm not sure anyone of the bottom 3 were worth using the "save" on, they can't win against Allison/Danny/Glambot so why bring them back?  What's the deal with that Flo Rida song?  A song about oral sex on AI or am I mistaken about the meaning of the lyrics "You turn me right round when you go down"? 
1102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Drakensang english demo (win a copy!) on: April 08, 2009, 04:34:12 PM

Quote from: Destructor on April 06, 2009, 01:26:11 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on April 05, 2009, 06:43:56 PM

Quote from: Redfive on April 05, 2009, 02:15:47 PM

This game seems cool, I just wish I could get it to run without crashing frown
I have the same problems, sometimes it causes my system to do a memory dump and restart.  Error message flashes up about an IRQ number being less than.... (I don't have time to read the rest).  There are times I've played for a few hours without a crash but yesterday I got maybe 10 minutes in before it dumped.

The IRQ number notice is an old WinXP error that basically means you're having conflicts with either the graphic card or a non-motherboard based soundcard. I don't remember which. You don't happen to own a Creative soundcard, do you?

Nope and I'm using Vista 64 bit not XP.  My sound card is on the motherboard.
1103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: April 08, 2009, 08:28:43 AM
Ahh the theme that Carrie Underwood used to sing Alone, songs from the year of their birth.

Gokey,  Yep same ol same ol.  This years Archuletta, good singer with no variation between weeks

Kris -  I hate this song so it may cloud my reactions but I hated his version of it even more than the original, perhaps a bottom 3 this week

Lil Tina -  Yikes did she go to Megan for dance/stage moves?  Horrible presence on stage and the song didn't have any power at all.  No time for Ryan to pull her kids on stage to get awww votes. Bottom 3

Anoop -  True colors?  Hmm hard to sing a Cindy Lauper song with her distinctive voice but it was ok, I didn't like it as much as the judges did though.

Eye Mac -  I liked his change from being the piano man and was surprised the judges hit him so hard but that high note was pretty bad.

Allison -  Nice song choice and I liked her rendition of it as well, nice and deep.  Kelly Clarkson like?  maybe but watch Kelly sing "Some stuff like that there" from season 1, Allison isn't quite there.

Hatman -  Another song choice I hate and I didn't like it at all, I was floored by the judges reaction, I just don't see it.

Glambert - Wow, I would buy that version of the song...  Adam has built up quite a list of songs that are different and creative (as far as AI goes) and seems to be the front runner now, strong each week.  Loved it mucho and he did manage to hold the screams to the bare minimum.

Bottom 3  Kris/Lil/Hatman  Time for a guy to head home, just can't see there being 6 guys and Allison left so I'm guessing Matt Hatman heads home unless the judges save him (which they might)
1104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: April 08, 2009, 08:12:09 AM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on April 08, 2009, 06:07:35 AM

What song did Adam sing? Paula's drug induced ramblings caused the show to go overtime by 5 minutes which means my TiVo cut the end off.

Madworld by Tears for Fear.  Fantastic job too, loved it.
1105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I hate when I have to work the next 6 days... on: April 07, 2009, 04:20:35 PM
Ahh I'm looking forward to 40 hr weeks,  I've been on 12hr days/6 days a week (plus a couple of times worked my one day off) since early January.  8 hours days are going to seem like a breeze.
1106  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Any interest in an XBox 360 Pro 20GB? also an 8800GT on: April 07, 2009, 01:00:51 AM
I bid 67 Quatloos for the 360.
1107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Drakensang english demo (win a copy!) on: April 05, 2009, 06:43:56 PM

Quote from: Redfive on April 05, 2009, 02:15:47 PM

This game seems cool, I just wish I could get it to run without crashing frown

I have the same problems, sometimes it causes my system to do a memory dump and restart.  Error message flashes up about an IRQ number being less than.... (I don't have time to read the rest).  There are times I've played for a few hours without a crash but yesterday I got maybe 10 minutes in before it dumped.
1108  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: April 02, 2009, 08:10:00 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on April 02, 2009, 05:59:28 PM

Megan did the caw caw thing at the end of her performance during Motown week.

Ahh now I remember, she just caw'ed right?  She didn't flap her arms that time but it was still stupid to the nth degree.

I couldn't look closely at Lady CaCa it was too painful to watch but moving the zipper to her mouth would have been a good move as Pete notes.
1109  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: April 02, 2009, 04:46:12 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on April 02, 2009, 07:54:20 AM

The whole resurrection of the cawing bird thing was just weird and an appropriate cap to end of the road of one of the more bizarre singers they've ever had on the show.

As bad as Megan was, she was tame compared to the "wtf" trainwreck that is Lady GaGa. Is that what passes for popular music nowadays? Good lord, shoot me now.

Had she done the bird thing before?  If so I'd thankfully forgotten about it, it was very stupid.

Lady GaGa was oh so bad, I'd never heard of her before and hope to never again.

David Cook's song was alrite dawg but I kept thinking the whole theme of it was the same as one of the judges favorites he sang from last year, "Be my Baby".  Girl leaves but will be back.
1110  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: April 02, 2009, 05:35:29 AM
Not a moment too soon for Megan and I was a big fan just two weeks ago.  Sheesh way to cop an attitude girl and I believe that cost her lots of votes in the end.  The girls are going to have trouble this year getting into the top 4, Allison to me seems the better singer but has already fallen into the bottom 3 twice now and Short Round just isn't that good at singing Diva songs.  I still think Lil Short Round ends up in the bottom 3 instead of Allison if Ryan hadn't featured her kids during the show last night.   I can see Anoop and Matt trading places on the stools each week until they are eliminated, their voting blocs seem very fickle and move from one to the other.  It seems to me Adam, Danny and perhaps Kris can have an off week and survive but the others really can't do that.  I liked that Simon told Megan she had no shot at the save (I think we all knew the only one they would have saved was Allison) and avoided the charade of a judges conference.  Pete is right about Megan and her disrespect for the whole AI show, she acts like the one who is 16 years old in the competition (perhaps a female Danny Noreiga type if you remember him from last year).
1111  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: April 01, 2009, 03:55:53 PM
I'm a bit rushed today so I'll just say I agree with almost everything rittchard has written.  Megan is really on the slide down hill and should be in the bottom 3 and I can't believe I agree with Paula on anything but she was right to tell Megan to just sit on a chair and sing, Big Mac Round probably could have been fighting for one of the stools as well but Ryan tossed her a "save" by getting one of her kids to hug Randy, that should translate to a few votes.  I guess I didn't gel with MacJoel, I kept thinking his voice lacked power compared to the other singers.  Kris and Adam managed to make songs I never wanted to hear again into something worth listening to so good for them and easily into next week.  Allison sang really well in the beginning of her song but I didn't care for the last part of it, tough to stand on stage and take criticism on your outfit at 16 years old, boo to the judges for focusing on that and not giving more input on her song.  Danny; whatever, same o' same o' (Just like snow shovel David from last year).

Bottom 3 is same for me as rittchard; Megan, Matt and Anoop with Anoop heading out the door.
1112  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So family guy on 3/29 had the full star trek TNG cast on it... on: March 30, 2009, 11:23:02 PM
I laughed at the ending bit where Picard is complaining that he didn't get to use his 5 prize tickets and how he could have combined with Jordi for a Troll Head pencil topper.
1113  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: March 28, 2009, 03:54:07 PM

Quote from: rittchard on March 27, 2009, 08:55:06 PM

LMAO Crawley!

P.S.  Was I the only one who wanted to see a Stevie/Scotty duet?

haha I never even thought of that!! Very good.

I like Crawley's idea about using the save next week just to end that whole sthick, but I do worry about the week after they use it as I think the show will play up the "oooohhh"  X was saved last week, but now two go!
1114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: March 27, 2009, 09:08:54 AM
rittchard sees something there, I never would have picked Matt for the bottom 3.  Perhaps his going first (he did didn't he?) cost him votes and there are way too many guys for the voters to split up on.  No girls in the bottom 3 this week either, again once the herd of guys thins out we will see if Megan and Short Round can survive and Allison has already visited the stools of shame and despair(sosad).  How long can Eye Mac last on his vision quest (doh, I gotta stop these bad puns)?  I'm guessing he may outlast Kris or Matt and maybe both.  I'm cynical but perhaps his being in the bottom 3 and everyone having to help him find the right place to stand on stage will garner votes for him next week (not that I think he is playing it up at all).

No surprise Oil Rig was sunk and no save forthcoming, that was a travesty during his sing out what with them all horsing around.  And that brings up another thing that is bugging me this season... The judges are showing up far too much on camera during the performances.  I used to like to keep any eye out for when the camera might catch a shot of the judges table and try and get some indication on how they might be reacting but now they seem to show those guys more than they feature the audience, not good IMHO. 

The only singers I see the judges tossing a save to would be Adam, Danny and Allison.  The others had just better hope the show wants to use its new toy this year cause Simon isn't going to vote to save anyone else unless its to feature the new rule.

If they announced next weeks theme I missed it but I'm glad MoTown week is over, nothing against it but I've heard those songs soooo many times.
1115  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: March 26, 2009, 05:19:58 PM
I liked Adam's performance, he can put his own twist on songs, top vote getter this week I'm betting.

Allison:  Yes much better and by far the best female vocal of the night

Anoop:  Still doing well and solid choice to move on

Danny:  Didn't care that much for it, he is dropping on my list as I think Matt and Kris were better this week

Kris:  It's alright dawg, not outstanding but solid singing

Short Round:  Judges were right that she missed her best chance to make a statement with Motown week, maybe she is better at other types of song but I was surprised at how flat her performance was

Matt:  If he had a sob story to tell I think the judges would rate him higher, nice transition from piano to just singing on stage

Megan:  Sigh, I'm OUT! on the Megan bandwagon, not so much because of her singing which was bad but in her interview she referred to herself in the third person and then after the judges ripped her she was pretty cocky about having voters out there who would get her onto next week.  I wonder if prior to last week she was worried about the "pretty blond singer" voting bloc splitting between Alexis and herself but when she wasn't even in the bottom 3 and Pinky got booted perhaps now she is overconfident.  Anyways it really was a turn off for me and I predict bottom 3 for her.

Oil Rig:  Nope not going to happen and Simon was right to tell him so, he just doesn't have the ability to sing against the others at this point.  Bottom 3 and out

Eye Mac:  See Oil Rig but has sympathy vote bloc that will see (hehe) him through a few more weeks.  Not strong in anything other than playing piano, may show up in the bottom 3

My prediction is Oil Rig, Eye Mac and Megan at the bottom with Sarver heading home.

1116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CHUCK IS BACK! Chuck vs. The First Date Spoilers! on: March 25, 2009, 05:54:48 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 25, 2009, 02:21:54 PM

Quote from: Beer Goggles on March 25, 2009, 01:49:48 PM

Quote from: PaulBot on March 24, 2009, 09:34:15 PM

Quote from: DragonFyre on March 24, 2009, 08:48:25 PM

  Topic drift!

Not really since we are also talking about HIMYM.

hate to bust your HIMYM but this is about BSG here.

Yeah BSG talk, did you catch who is guest starring in Chuck next week?
1117  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Get them away from me! I need help! The noms, they're EVIL! on: March 25, 2009, 05:52:49 PM
Don't go looking for the chocolate covered ones in Trader Joe's, don't say I didn't warn you.
1118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist Gaming Plans - 3/20 on: March 21, 2009, 08:11:25 PM
Getting some time in on Drakensang, I've only started the game and am in the starting zone.
1119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: March 20, 2009, 06:31:31 PM

Quote from: Crawley on March 19, 2009, 06:46:09 PM

The Judges Save was all drama without any meaning again last night. Anyone notice how the judges were barely paying attention to Alexis' performance when she was singing for her life? I think Simon looked up for a bit when she walked towards the judges table but no one else was paying attention which indicated to me the whole thing is a farce.

Not that its going to change much but that whole element is as unnecessary as the judges walking out from behind the stage on the competition night.

Out the final 2 up there Alexis should have been the one staying but neither of those two had a shot in hell at winning as is.

That was ridiculous during Pinky's singing, it had to be all show since they didn't do that last week before booting PRG.  I bet they were all chatting about what a douche Ryan is and how Carrie Underwood isn't all that and a bag of chips.

I agree neither Sarver or Pinky could win and I didn't think they would have saved her no matter how well she sang, we've seen in the past how the judges actually make up a lot of their opinion by watching rehearsals during the week.     

Cool here is a vid clip of Paula making that mistake and critiquing Jason Castro for a song he hadn't sung yet
1120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: March 20, 2009, 06:25:21 PM

Quote from: rittchard on March 19, 2009, 06:00:40 PM

So onto last night!  Nice surprise, bye bye Pinky!!!  Not that I hated her but it broke my Final 5 prediction, and I was clearly way off on Blindy.  It just makes the show more interesting/unpredictable for me now.  So you guys were right about Sarver, he is likely the next to go.  I thought he had a bigger hick fanbase but I guess not.  I like it when they tell you the bottom 3 so you can get a better sense of voting blocks, etc.  I wish they had told us the top 3 too, but oh well. 

Next week:  MOTOWN, woowoo!  Free ride for Little Short Round!!!!

Pinky Tuscadaro only had one standout performance and that was during the top 36 weeks.  Her songs this week and last weren't as well done and lacked any connection with me.  I was not surprised to see her in the bottom 3, when Ryan started the show talking about shocking results and her and Sarver were the last two standing, I knew she was gone.  I would have thought Sarver wouldn't have the voting bloc to survive against her since there were two girls in the bottom 3 and lots of other guys for the tweens to vote for.  Maybe Cougars for Cook rallied up and jumped onto the Sarver express.

Love the  Short Round nickname for Lil, perfect.  She gets the get out of jail free card this week but it could be tough for Sarver again and Allison may be a weekly bottom 3 unless she can develop a personality.  I hope Pinky's voting bloc goes over to Meghan  icon_biggrin
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