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1081  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2009 Tour de France on: July 22, 2009, 07:52:29 PM

Quote from: Pyperkub on July 22, 2009, 07:08:00 PM

Today was a pretty amazing stage as well, starting with Hushovd, and finishing with the Schlecks/Contador charge (including Contador's tactical blunder).  One thing that peeves me about this tour - Lance is almost doing too good of a job as teammate, and I feel as if we aren't getting to see him ride at his best - every day he's holding something back to help the team.

Fortunately tomorrow is the time trial, and he can go all out.  Unfortunately, I'm going to have to watch on tape delay as I need to drop the car off @ 8am PST for service.

One thing to note, AFAIK Contador hasn't won a stage yet, and that used to be one of Lance's big keys in that he felt that the yellow jersey should win at least one stage (I think that partly explains Contador's attack today which left Kloeden in trouble, and then Contador in a dicey situation).

Didn't Contador win in Andorra?  I will have to look that up.  I agree Lance is doing so well but it's frustrating to see him sit back and have to wait.  I hope he comes back next year as a clear team leader.  Fantastic stage today and good for Frank to win.  Contador looks very nervous to me like maybe he is unsure of himself,  there was the ride up to Andorra where he slapped away some fans, the attack that saw him gain a few seconds back on Lance, the attack today that unshipped Kloden and finally the finish today where he finished second where I think he should have coasted across just behind Andy.  It just seems he isn't playing the game the way Johann usually likes things to go.
1082  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Anyone have any experience with Ear Force X1 on: July 19, 2009, 10:23:44 PM
I have the X3 and X4 wireless headsets that work quite well but I don't play online much anymore so I can't report on the mike qualities.  I like them for watching tv when the wife is asleep or doing something else, range is about 20 feet from the transmitter to the headset.
1083  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2009 Tour de France on: July 19, 2009, 08:02:14 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on July 19, 2009, 07:35:45 AM

Quote from: Koz on July 18, 2009, 08:32:06 PM

Garmin and Columbia have always had a rivalry, but it seems it's nastier than many thought. I like it personally, it adds a bit more drama to a Tour that has had almost none outside of the first few days.

I don't get criticizing Astana for their pace setting. They started doing it when the gap was getting rather large and no one else was stepping up. I doubt they would've minded having Hincapie in yellow by a minute or less, but not at 4 or 5 minutes. The most disappointing thing for me was AG2R's totally failure to make a real effort to protect the yellow. Nocentini should be thanking Garmin and their bitterness for staying in yellow because his team sure didn't have it today.

Tomorrow is another uphill finish. I would be very surprised if Armstrong lets Contador go willingly again. I don't think Lance will make a move yet, but I also think he's going to respond to all attacks by the contenders, Contador especially. It wouldn't be surprising to see Cadel Evans or maybe Andy Schleck attacking like mad tomorrow. Hopefully someone does something because the mountain stages so far have been disappointing.

While I'm hoping for a tense stage tomorrow, I just don't think the final mountain is hard enough to see any big changes.  There aren't that many hills in this stage to sap the riders legs so I won't be surprise if it is mostly tempo riding to the top until 1km to go.  Man I hope I'm wrong...

Well I really miscalled that one, Contador looks pretty good right now and I didn't think he could pull quite that large a gap.  Now that Lance look vulnerable I hope other teams try to attack and gain time.  Biggest fear for the rest of the tour is that everyone decides Contador is unbeatable and they don't attack.
1084  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2009 Tour de France on: July 19, 2009, 07:35:45 AM

Quote from: Koz on July 18, 2009, 08:32:06 PM

Garmin and Columbia have always had a rivalry, but it seems it's nastier than many thought. I like it personally, it adds a bit more drama to a Tour that has had almost none outside of the first few days.

I don't get criticizing Astana for their pace setting. They started doing it when the gap was getting rather large and no one else was stepping up. I doubt they would've minded having Hincapie in yellow by a minute or less, but not at 4 or 5 minutes. The most disappointing thing for me was AG2R's totally failure to make a real effort to protect the yellow. Nocentini should be thanking Garmin and their bitterness for staying in yellow because his team sure didn't have it today.

Tomorrow is another uphill finish. I would be very surprised if Armstrong lets Contador go willingly again. I don't think Lance will make a move yet, but I also think he's going to respond to all attacks by the contenders, Contador especially. It wouldn't be surprising to see Cadel Evans or maybe Andy Schleck attacking like mad tomorrow. Hopefully someone does something because the mountain stages so far have been disappointing.

While I'm hoping for a tense stage tomorrow, I just don't think the final mountain is hard enough to see any big changes.  There aren't that many hills in this stage to sap the riders legs so I won't be surprise if it is mostly tempo riding to the top until 1km to go.  Man I hope I'm wrong...
1085  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I'm outa here. on: July 19, 2009, 07:32:33 AM

Quote from: mori on July 19, 2009, 01:30:36 AM

Quote from: Arclight on July 18, 2009, 09:44:55 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on July 18, 2009, 04:33:34 PM

When I take a cross country trip next summer it will also be on a bike but not a Surly;



Only a few more bits to put on it and she's ready to go.

Your bike looks great, have fun!
How long have Triumph been back in the thick of it? I've always loved Harley's. But the old Truimph Bonneville 650cc was a great looking upright twin.

Zinfan has the right idea. Triumph has been back for awhile. I was looking at buying a Speed Triple about 5 years ago. The new Bonnevilles still look great.

I think the mid 90's might be about right for the return of the Triumph's but I'd have to look it up.  The 1050cc triple engine in this bike is very well regarded as one of the best out there and I can report it is lots of fun.  Sorry for the threadjack Cota, pedal on pedal on.
1086  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2009 Tour de France on: July 18, 2009, 07:09:56 PM
Green jersey competition is now over IMHO with Cavendish getting regulated to the back of the field after a dangerous sprint and Thor now leading by 18 pts and only Paris left to sprint it out for points that Mark might be able to get.  Thor can maybe get a few points here and there by riding in a breakaway over some cat 2 and 3 hills before the big hills at the end of stages as we have seen him do already but Mark isn't able to do the same.  It would be nice to see Mark try for some of those intermediate sprints along the way.

As for todays stage, I lost a ton of respect for Garmin and their chase down of George Hincapie causing him to miss the yellow jersey by 5 seconds.  I'm on the fence with Astana since they were riding at the front of the peleton all day and keeping the gap semi-close but they didn't chase that hard and before AG2R came to the front the gap had been going up.  I know George was upset that Astana was on the front when AG2R should have been wasting energy trying to save the jersey but in my mind they were just keeping a reasonable gap so I can live with that.  Absolutely no reason for Garmin to help at the end though especially with it being George looking for the lead in the tour.  If you want to have inter-team rivalry then I say great but you have to respect the people who suffered and strived to pave the way for your team to even be there,  chasing down Hincapie is a tacky bullshit move and while I like all the riders on Garmin I won't be rooting for them to have any success for the rest of this tour.  I'm not feeling lots of grief for Columbia either on the whole Cavendish thing either, it seems they have been blocking too many other teams when their lead out men swing off the line in the final sprint and yes it may have been George one day that didn't try too hard to get out of the way of the other teams.

Man I still can't believe Garmin did that and since both teams are based in the U.S., they all would have garnered good press, stupid, stupid, stupid!!!
1087  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I'm outa here. on: July 18, 2009, 04:33:34 PM
When I take a cross country trip next summer it will also be on a bike but not a Surly;



Only a few more bits to put on it and she's ready to go.

Your bike looks great, have fun!
1088  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie]Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince impression on: July 14, 2009, 11:32:19 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on July 14, 2009, 10:19:02 PM



Reviews have been in the high 90% range on RottenTomatoes, so I have high expectations.  And anything will be better than Transformers. 

Emma Watson > Megan Fox ?
1089  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2009 Tour de France on: July 14, 2009, 11:29:30 PM

Quote from: Lee on July 14, 2009, 11:00:24 PM

You even enjoyed today Pete (well besides the end, which is always exciting when the sprinters go)?  There was nothing going on. Armstrong and Leipheimer both said it was the most relaxed stage of the Tour they had ever rode.

My Tour viewing is going to be iffy for the rest of the month, but I will be sure to catch the Alps.

What you didn't enjoy learning about what kind of shoes David Millar wears?  Yeah pretty lackluster stage today and one I find quite hard to believe the Tour put together for Bastille Day.  It seems the 14'th is usually reserved for a up/down route with some cat 2 and 3 hills in the mix to allow a breakaway (full of French riders for choice) to get away to the finish.  The French won't win any sprint stages and it is so rare that they finish first on top of the high mountains (discounting their win earlier in the week) so I figured they put on a breakaway special for today which would have been a much more interesting race.  I am planning to record the bonus coverage tonight, not to rewatch the race but to see the LeMond piece.
1090  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How I Finally Beat my Credit Card Debt on: July 14, 2009, 06:50:35 PM
Excellent read and well done to you for sticking to it.  That is the kind of plan I need but substitute food in place of money, too much food debt, need to cut back and pay off all those dinners that are collecting interest.  I've always been pretty conservative with regards to money so never got into a situation like that but you certainly did a great job of outlining your journey there and back. I can relate to that feeling that there are bills unpaid lying around, I had a late charge on a phone or some such bill when my wife put it in the "to be filed in file cabinet" pile and I missed it, happy times in Casa Zinfan I can report.
1091  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2009 Tour de France on: July 12, 2009, 04:59:56 PM

Quote from: Lee on July 12, 2009, 03:46:32 PM

Jeez today was boring. They really ruined the mountain stages. Alps should be more exciting at least.

Maybe it's the HD feed but I wasn't bored (too much anyways) during the stage, I'm glad the two riders made it to the finish just ahead of the group.  I like seeing the big mountain passes even if there are no attacks, it is the upcoming days that are a bit of a slog for me with only the scenery to keep an eye on while the breaks go clear.
1092  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2009 Tour de France on: July 12, 2009, 12:43:45 PM
I'm not sure why they decided to put the finish line so far away from the mountians on these two stages, it does make for pretty lack luster racing for the viewer.  There were a couple of highlights that stood out for me.  Cadel Evans attacking at the gun but not really going all out ala Floyd Landis from a few years ago, just a minor dig for who knows why so early in the stage.  The other thing was Saxo Bank trying to drop the yellow jersey so that Astana would have to defend it in the upcoming week, I don't think I've ever seen that tactic before.  It would have been nice to see George Hincape get back to the break and contend for the win but once he dropped back to the pack most of the interest was gone.  I don't expect anything different today but who know is a main contender cracks on the big mountains and the rest try to bury him.
1093  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).
1094  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.
1095  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.
1096  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
1097  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.
1098  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.
1099  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.
1100  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.
1101  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.
1102  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.
1103  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.
1104  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).
1105  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.
1106  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.
1107  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.
1108  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.
1109  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.
1110  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.
1111  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.
1112  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.
1113  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.
1114  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.
1115  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.
1116  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.
1117  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.
1118  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.
1119  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
1120  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.
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