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1161  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Idol 2008 on: May 21, 2008, 05:00:59 AM
Well it's over now, time to count up the votes.  I liked the change this year where each singer got to chose from one of ten songs in the song writing contest, not like last year where poor Blake had to sing that sappy "Here is my (shoot me) now".

  I have been a David Cook fan all this time and I liked what he did tonight.  His 3 songs all seemed different from each other and I like that he picked a song he never performed for his own choice.

  Snow Shovel face did his usual ballad, ballad and surprise song choice at the finish a ballad all while straining to keep his eyes open. 

  Not much for me to say in detail, Simon thought that Archie won the night but I hope the voters go for some originality rather than that pap that Utah Slim tossed out there.  And why did they have to add David Lloyd Webber back into the mix?  Back to Broadway for him.

1162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/19) on: May 20, 2008, 05:20:23 AM
Nothing much this week,  Niko will be spending more cash at Perseus in Liberty City.
1163  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [books] Fantasy Recommendation? Update on: May 19, 2008, 07:40:58 AM

Quote from: Gratch on May 19, 2008, 03:29:43 AM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on May 19, 2008, 02:16:53 AM

Quote from: Gratch on April 21, 2008, 12:08:09 AM

My favorite self-contained fantasy book is Tad Williams War of the Flowers.  I cannot recommend that one enough.
I just finished War of the Flowers and absolutely loved it.  Thank you so much for the recommendation.  It was so good that I didn't want it to end.  I loved the premise (which I now understand is pretty overdone in fantasy) of regular guy being transported into faerie. 

Glad you enjoyed it.  It's one that I will recommend over and over again to anyone who will listen.  smile  I actually just finished re-re-reading myself.   I absolutely adore that book, and find new little things each time that I hadn't noticed before.  Surprisingly I really haven't liked anything else Tad Williams has done.  I would love a follow-up to find out what happens in Faerie after the end events.

I just started Keyes' The Born Queen last week.  Unfortunately, it's been about a year since I finished The Blood Knight, and I'm having a hell of a time remembering the characters, their motivations, and how everything fits together.   I really probably should have re-read the first three before jumping the fourth, but I have too many other books I want to read.  The trouble with these 'long gap' series, I suppose...

I'll be curious to see what you think of The Born Queen.  I'm not saying anything to avoid any whiff of spoilers or plotlines.
1164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Get in the fight! (CC5 AAR forum sign up) on: May 19, 2008, 07:33:58 AM
I'll jump in on a PIAT team as well!
1165  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Top 20 Arcade Games of All Time? on: May 10, 2008, 04:52:26 PM
Battlezone  took a lot of my quarters back in the day

I also played lots of Defender, Space War (I think this was the first game I ever played) and many of the others listed above.

1166  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Stimulus Rebates! on: May 10, 2008, 04:37:29 PM
Mine hasn't shown up yet, SSN ends with 04 and I used e-file to pay taxes this year so wtf??  Anyways I don't have plans for the money right now but I am thinking of driving to Utah for some mountain biking so I suppose that might be a good place to use it.
1167  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Idol 2008 on: May 07, 2008, 08:36:30 AM
Jason must have thrown in the towel on the show, that was a nightmare far beyond any other singer from this years top 12 (ok I'll give you KLC's eight days a week song as up there too).  One good thing about David Arculetta is he will never see the snow shovel coming since his eyes are always shut or barely open.  David Cook was just ok but sails through to next week and Syesah is saved by Jason's meltdown (or purposeful attempt to bail out).  No question about it, Dreadlocks is packing his suitcase for the trip home.
1168  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: May 06, 2008, 07:17:37 AM
I came to a fork in the road... so I took it.
1169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/5) on: May 05, 2008, 10:13:28 PM
I'll be buying virtual hand jobs and lap dances in GTAIV  ninja
1170  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You should see my X-ray(update surgery is Monday) on: May 03, 2008, 04:21:36 PM
Good luck on Monday!!!
1171  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Idol 2008 on: May 01, 2008, 08:43:38 AM

Quote from: PaulBot on May 01, 2008, 05:42:53 AM

Noooooo!! She's gone!  crybaby crybaby crybaby

Jason, you should have been gone! It's time to find all those teenage girls voting for him and SMASH their cell phones to bits!!! icon_evil

Ahh well I had Syesha going home but BrOOke wasn't much of a surprise.  How Jason keeps staying around baffles me no end.  I guess I'll just have to get used to the idea that David Archuletta will be the next Idol (does it matter?  I never buy any of their songs) after seeing that guest singer run over and molest him on live TV.
1172  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] How I Met Your Mother on: April 30, 2008, 06:54:51 AM
Bro code "no eye contact during a devil's threeway"   icon_biggrin icon_biggrin
1173  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Reaper (spoilers) on: April 30, 2008, 06:52:38 AM
I liked the show but could only get the CW network on my OTA antenna.  I got a new receiver that doesn't support OTA so now Reaper is toast for me.
1174  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [Xbox 360 GTA IV] Tuesday Night Geezers Gone Gang-Bangin' on: April 30, 2008, 06:50:03 AM
I am not proud that the two races I won were the Soccer Mom (SUV's only) and the Faggio scooter races.
1175  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [Xbox 360 GTA IV] Tuesday Night Geezers Gone Gang-Bangin' on: April 29, 2008, 04:29:16 AM
Only one store doing a midnight release tonight and they are only doing pre-orders, I'll be on sometime tomorrow afternoon Pacific time.  I need to make sure I get a mountain bike ride in before getting a copy somewhere.  I'm counting on there being many many copies available.
1176  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Mario Kart Wii Meetups on: April 29, 2008, 02:07:38 AM
Shoot booted again, oh well I had fun guys.
1177  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Mario Kart Wii Meetups on: April 29, 2008, 01:33:00 AM
Connection test of the internet was good :shrug:  I can now join the WFC (it wouldn't let me get htat far last time) and see that you are hosting race 2, I'll try to jump in next break and see if it works.
1178  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Mario Kart Wii Meetups on: April 29, 2008, 01:26:01 AM
Ok go on without me for the time being, I need to figure out my connection problems, keep getting errors while trying to connect.
1179  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Mario Kart Wii Meetups on: April 29, 2008, 01:18:03 AM
Hmm I lost connection.
1180  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Mario Kart Wii Meetups on: April 29, 2008, 12:57:58 AM
I only see Mookee on friend roster at the moment, does this just mean nobody else is online at this time?
1181  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Mario Kart Wii Meetups on: April 29, 2008, 12:31:32 AM
Never having played a Mario Kart game, I'm in for some fun.  I've just gotten the game and added my friend code to the list in the other thread and registered everyone on that page.
1182  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Mario Kart Wii Friend Codes! on: April 29, 2008, 12:26:50 AM
Zinfan 1547-5625-4585
1183  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.
1184  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.
1185  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?
1186  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
1187  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?
1188  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).
1189  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.
1190  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.
1191  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.
1192  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.
1193  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.
1194  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.
1195  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
1196  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.
1197  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.

1198  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. 
1199  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.

1200  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
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