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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: February 05, 2011, 02:55:20 AM
I got 2 $20 PSN gift cards for Xmas.  Tonight, I finally went to the RB store and cashed them in.  Holy hell, the DLC content over the last 3 months is fantastic!  I grabbed some Johnny Cash, REM, Paul McCartney AND the Bowie pack.  I still need to get go back in and get London Calling.  Queen and the Doors would be good pickups as well.   

I broke down and bought my first set of glasses last week.  Its a huge help to be able to read the words when you sing!  Time to grab some beers and head down to the basement!     
2  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: So, if the Repubs sweep back into congress, will this forum come to life again.. on: November 03, 2010, 10:31:34 PM

Quote from: Blackadar on November 03, 2010, 12:36:32 PM

As one of the most far-left folks on this board, I say this about the midterms:


Excuse me sir but, perchance, is this your nose? 

3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: October 03, 2010, 03:39:53 AM
All in for REM. What a nice surprise!   
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wow we don't write letters like we used to on: September 06, 2010, 02:28:55 PM
I was just thinking of buying the Civil War series to watch with my son.  The amazing thing is that this letter isn't an outlier.  Ken Burns found and incorporated hours and hour of correspondence as good as this to make his series come alive.  He incorporated letters like this from the home front, the battlefront, privates, majors, generals...all walks of life, north and south.  Writing like that is a lost art.  Nice find and nice reminder. 
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Green Day: Rock Band Impressions Thread. (now with Official Review!) on: June 11, 2010, 01:54:09 AM
I got a couple of hours in last night with my wife on vocals and me on my Ion.  We got our *sses handed to us in Expert and had to click back to hard.  Ouch.  After pouting a bit, I realized I'm going to have to sink some hours into upping my speed to knock this one out.  Green Day makes things really interesting with their habit of jamming 3 songs into one.  I still give it a Big Thumbs Up as I love the music and I can see it will take me some time to beat this. I'll probably have to keep at it until RB 3 comes out. 

Side note: I accidentally found one of my Father's Day presents in the laundry room.  It's a drum practice pad.  Is she trying to tell me something?  icon_confused
6  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Need help with Warhammer minis (Inquisitor/Mordheim?) on: May 01, 2010, 05:02:01 AM
I was in this same position in 2006.  When my son turned 12, I decided it would be a good father-son project to paint and game a miniature army.  My son had a greater interest in fantasy than historical so we agreed to start with fantasy and then move to the other in the future.  I too was warned about Warhammer but once I showed my son the Battle for Skull Pass starter kit,  we were hooked.   

The Good:  Over a couple of years, we finished 2000 pt. dwarf and Orc/Goblin armies. I let my son strategize what units to build out each army with.  We made a good painting team.  I was better at techniques like drybrushing and inking and he was better at finesse and fine detail.  The few battles we've had with our armies were great but we've definitely spent more time painting than playing. Also, it's amazing how far our painting skills progressed from the first Goblins we painted.
The Bad:  My son's homework and after school  activities keep him so busy that he hasn't painted in over a year.  Before he bailed, he asked for a Tomb King army for Christmas.  Working the Bartertown website, I put together an "affordable" one.  It sat for some time before I put it together and this winter, I started painting it by myself.  My daughter saw me working on the Carrion figures last week and expressed an interest in painting so I think I'm going to bring her in.   thumbsup

All in all, Warhammer is expensive and a substantial commitment to assemble and paint. I'm not complaining.  WH was a fun while it lasted.  It got me back into painting and I'm moving into historical minis.  I just started a Field of Glory 15mm Carthaginian army and I have a Roman army in the wings.  If you and your boys can paint/assemble together and everyone enjoys it, well, then it'll be a big win for you.  Good luck, whatever you choose!
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: WWII Then and now pics on: April 03, 2010, 04:47:26 PM
There's something about photos that bring history home in a way that a good narrative can't.  I don't think I've seen any of these photos before.   Thanks for sharing, Canuck. 

8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Psychological myths on: February 24, 2010, 09:56:58 PM

Quote from: Default on February 24, 2010, 09:09:42 PM

Just another biased website, reinforcing their own beliefs. You can find (or finance) a study to agree with whatever you think.

Lets not be too hasty.  Malcomb Gladwell's piece on FBI profilers  is worth reading, assuming you haven't already made up your mind.   

There is a deeper problem with F.B.I. profiling. Douglas and Ressler didn’t interview a representative sample of serial killers to come up with their typology. They talked to whoever happened to be in the neighborhood. Nor did they interview their subjects according to a standardized protocol. They just sat down and chatted, which isn’t a particularly firm foundation for a psychological system. So you might wonder whether serial killers can really be categorized by their level of organization.

Not long ago, a group of psychologists at the University of Liverpool decided to test the F.B.I.’s assumptions. First, they made a list of crime-scene characteristics generally considered to show organization: perhaps the victim was alive during the sex acts, or the body was posed in a certain way, or the murder weapon was missing, or the body was concealed, or torture and restraints were involved. Then they made a list of characteristics showing disorganization: perhaps the victim was beaten, the body was left in an isolated spot, the victim’s belongings were scattered, or the murder weapon was improvised.

If the F.B.I. was right, they reasoned, the crime-scene details on each of those two lists should “co-occur”—that is, if you see one or more organized traits in a crime, there should be a reasonably high probability of seeing other organized traits. When they looked at a sample of a hundred serial crimes, however, they couldn’t find any support for the F.B.I.’s distinction. Crimes don’t fall into one camp or the other. It turns out that they’re almost always a mixture of a few key organized traits and a random array of disorganized traits. Laurence Alison, one of the leaders of the Liverpool group and the author of “The Forensic Psychologist’s Casebook,” told me, “The whole business is a lot more complicated than the F.B.I. imagines.”
9  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Go Scott Brown! on: January 19, 2010, 11:40:30 PM
The circular firing squad is already hard at work even though the results are hours away.  That's a bad sign for the Dems. 
10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: weird disappearance on: January 19, 2010, 04:14:49 AM

The scary part is how similar this sounds to the story of the St. Thomas kid who went missing and was found in the Mississpi river. 

Current story: 
But at the 47-minute mark, the call ended abruptly. The teen shouted an expletive, and the phone went dead.

Investigators brought in search dogs, and they led investigators to woods by the bank of the Yellow Medicine River. The river's depth ranges from knee high in certain areas to 15 feet in others. At the time Swanson went missing, it was flowing high and fast.

2009 missing story.
"The last part of the phone conversation was just -- like -- getting further and further away. Either he was getting away from the phone or the phone was getting -- further away from him. And then it was eventually very quiet. . . Then the conversation just took a bad turn and there was like 'Help' and 'Oh my God,'

The search for Dan Zamlen is over. The body of the missing University of St. Thomas student was located and recovered from the Mississippi River in St. Paul early Friday afternoon

11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 14, 2010, 03:40:55 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on January 13, 2010, 11:56:05 PM

Great find Bullwinkle.  My stomach hurts from laughing.  +1000.   icon_lol
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Demon's Souls PS3 US version on: January 02, 2010, 01:11:18 AM

Quote from: semiconscious on January 02, 2010, 12:54:05 AM

i had a black phantom help me clear 1-4 (including the dragon!)... but that was when i was playing the chinese version smile (they also did a good job ostracizing people using things like the scraping spear & acid cloud in pvp)...
I  was thinking about doing this myself but then I remembered that if the person you help doesn't kill you (the Black Phantom) before going on to the Boss Battle, you die and lose a level due to not being killed in battle.  THAT would hurt...
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Demon's Souls PS3 US version on: January 01, 2010, 11:36:57 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on January 01, 2010, 11:26:58 PM

Yeah, black phantoms can totally mess with you.

Had one invade my game just today...ran right by me! I was like, "Ooookay..." and I had read about SOME being nice. It's rare, but apparently it happens.

Anyway, I keep on going and I'm fighting this baddie and WHAM, nailed in the back. Bastard.
I've never had a Black Phantom help me.  If one was going to, they'd better tell me their intentions via a message on the PSN or bow or something.  I once summoned a Blue Phantom who appeared and then refused to move from the spot until he texted me "Find Another."  He must have taken one look at my leather armor and decided I needed two Blue Phantoms to get past the next Boss Battle.  Great helper, that one.
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Demon's Souls PS3 US version on: January 01, 2010, 10:53:16 PM
In my current run, I started as a Wanderer and then drifted over to a Priest build.  My character was weak in the early going so I shot for the Blueblood Sword build.  At level 60, I'm a jack of all trades with decent melee ability thanks to the Blueblood Sword.  When melee fails me, there is always the Wrath of God miracle. 

I'm hooked on PvP so I've been spending a lot of time at the Adjudicators Archstone waiting to be invaded.  When I get killed, I invade the same location and repeat the cycle.  The Adjudicators Archstone is like a freeway for PvP at my current level and the Black Phantom invasions come in waves.  The sheer number of builds I've see in PvP is amazing.  Just today, I ran into a someone with double Katanas, a thief/dagger build (no shield, all backstab. Very dicey but he won in the end), and a witch with the genuine witches hat!!! A majority of players tank it and sadly, I fought someone in Brushwood armor who felt it necessary to employ a scraping spear.   disgust

I've seen Black Phantoms that take a bow to rub it in after they kill me.  Once, upon being invaded in Adjudicators Archstone, I hid in the room with the NPC so I could peek down the hall and try to ambush the Phantom.  The Phantom snuck in the unguarded door and when I happened to look to my left, I discovered he was standing nose to nose with me.  He must have thought I was a NPC!  I don't know who was more surprised when I ran out of that was hilarious. 

GOTY is about right. 
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Demon's Souls PS3 US version on: December 23, 2009, 06:05:35 PM
I am so addicted to this game.  The ironic part is that I almost quit it entirely after multiple crash and burns in the early going. 

I still get "buck/demon fever" when I invade as a black phantom.  My heart starts beating like I just ran a 5K.  I forget to cycle up the right spell, forget to cycle up the right recovery items and run around alot in a panic.  If you get a message that the black phantom mortal_man2 is invading, you can pretty much bank a win.   icon_smile

I love it just the same and the white world tendency is opening up a bunch of stuff I haven't seen before.  And my Witch character is moving along much much better than the Thief I gave up on.   It helps that I just got Miralda's armor and an insanity catalyst. 
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Flight of the Conchords on HBO on: December 12, 2009, 03:39:06 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 11, 2009, 11:56:09 PM

Apparently, it's not an HBO thing.  The network wanted them back, but writing a show and writing the songs just proved to be too much for the boys.
I was just thinking of the parallels between Flight and another of my comedy favorites, Fawlty Towers.  John Cleese and his wife doubled as both writers and actors in that series but after two successful seaons, they hung it up.    crybaby
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Flight of the Conchords on HBO on: December 11, 2009, 11:25:18 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 11, 2009, 09:49:51 PM

Dammit!  I was so ready for more works of genius like this
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So, I've aquired an interest in writing on: December 01, 2009, 03:59:10 AM

Quote from: Razgon on November 30, 2009, 10:16:23 PM

Very nice stuff, everyone - thanks, and keep it coming!

So, how do people find the idea?

Ideas are bouncing around in your head and you just have to put them down on paper.  I recommend you start a writer's journal and take it with you everywhere you go.  Write down anything of note that you hear or think that might be fodder for a story.  Think about interesting things that happened to you in your lifetime.  Those nuggets can be great starting points for characters and stories.  I also found it useful to eavesdrop on  conversations in public places and write down clever bits of dialogue.  If you can get sharpen your ear for dialogue, your writing will be that much better since dialogue can be difficult to get right.

I second the creative writing recommendation.  The assignments, deadlines and feedback from your prof (and peers) can only help you grow as a writer.
19  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: So My Medical Insurance Premiums are going up 9.5% this year...but get this on: November 25, 2009, 03:16:19 AM

Quote from: cheeba on November 25, 2009, 12:29:49 AM

Quote from: kadnod on November 24, 2009, 07:34:52 PM

You couldn't possibly "know" that you were supposed to be born a cat or Catman or a copy of My Neighbor Totoro.  You would have no frame of reference.  If you believed you were one of these things, you're either batshit nuts or basing your assumption on some sort of phoney baloney impression of what you imagine it would be like to be one of these things. 

But you don't know that unless you go through it. At least that's what the people here are using as an argument.
It's pretty simple to wrap your mind around this if you try even a little bit.  When you were growing up, did you make a choice to be straight or gay?  Did you choose to be masculine or feminine?  Do you think a psychologist could convert you from being straight to gay or from masculine to feminine?
20  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: So My Medical Insurance Premiums are going up 9.5% this year...but get this on: November 21, 2009, 11:07:55 PM

Quote from: Gryndyl on November 20, 2009, 07:12:15 PM

For those saying that this is not a personal choice surgery and should be covered, would you also agree that this man's surgeries should have been covered by insurance? If not, how is the situation different?

sexual orientation-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- the shirt I wear tonight. 

Gender choice lies to the left side of the spectrum and the choice to become a cat man lies to the right.  I admit that I'm not well read on cat men so feel free to link to any research or stories that show differently.   
21  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: So My Medical Insurance Premiums are going up 9.5% this year...but get this on: November 11, 2009, 11:54:16 PM
It's easy to make fun and hurl snap judgments when it comes to something most of us don't understand.  These stories from NPR and The Atlantic  opened my eyes on the subject of transgender.  The collected stories of kids as young as 3 suffering from gender-identity disorder tore my heart out for both the children and their parents who are trying to deal with it.  It left me thinking there's something more at work here than people who are "confused" or going through a phase.   

Quote from: The Atlantic
Today, the notion that gender is purely a social construction seems nearly as outmoded as bra-burning or free love. Feminist theory is pivoting with the rest of the culture, and is locating the key to identity in genetics and the workings of the brain. In the new conventional wisdom, we are all pre-wired for many things previously thought to be in the realm of upbringing, choice, or subjective experience: happiness, religious awakening, cheating, a love of chocolate. Behaviors are fundamental unless we are chemically altered. Louann Brizendine, in her 2006 best-selling book, The Female Brain, claims that everything from empathy to chattiness to poor spatial reasoning is “hardwired into the brains of women.” Dr. Milton Diamond, an expert on human sexuality at the University of Hawaii and long the intellectual nemesis of Money, encapsulated this view in an interview on the BBC in 1980, when it was becoming clear that Money’s experiment was failing: “Maybe we really have to think … that we don’t come to this world neutral; that we come to this world with some degree of maleness and femaleness which will transcend whatever the society wants to put into [us].”
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Womens Soccer and the gentler sex....... on: November 08, 2009, 02:40:26 AM

Quote from: Einsteinium on November 08, 2009, 01:02:20 AM

The most violent society on earth was the Amazon society; They not only were a warrior race, but they practiced self-mutilation (searing one breast off at puberty to prevent it interfering with archery), infanticide (they would either expose male babies, or if they were merciful, abandon them with their fathers.
Um, you mean the most violent fictional society.  Herodotus was writing about a Greek myth when he describe the Amazon society. 
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Beatles: Rock Band on: October 10, 2009, 11:08:18 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on September 28, 2009, 05:12:35 PM

Sadly I think I am about done with this game.  I've 5 starred everyting on drums except Good Morning and everything on guitar except Back in the USSR. We've had the Beatles Rock Band party and played everything with the usual weekly Rock Band group. Also my wife has gold starred just about every song on vocals. I wish the DLC was coming at a faster pace. I probably won't touch the game again until Abbey Road comes out in October.
My wife and I kept at this until we could both finish story mode on expert in one day-her on vocals and me on drums.  Since then, I've tried to learn to do harmony while drumming.  Since my wife always done vocals, this has been an interesting experiment.  I had to improv a boom for my mic stand so I could sing and drum simultaneously.  I stink up the drumming and the harmony when I try to do both so I today, I did harmony with no instruments.  It was a fun afternoon with my wife and I trading places on lead vocal and harmony.  Once you figure out your vocal range and the songs that best suit you, it can be pretty cool when one person does lead and a second does the harmony right.  Our best duo song is "Sgt. Pepper/With a little help from my friends"  and we sound pretty darn good thanks to her better voice and range.  

Now, if I could just do harmony while drumming.      
24  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama....what has he done that is so objectionable.... on: September 16, 2009, 12:33:14 AM

Quote from: Scuzz on September 15, 2009, 11:11:24 PM

And giving one example, especially one from West Virgina does not an arguement win.....
If you reread what I wrote, you'll see I gave the Democratic primary voters in WV as an example to support your argument.  The unique thing about WV at that moment was that in the whole Presidential race, I hadn't heard any other voters who were willing to say that kind of trash into a reporter's microphone.  Most people who have those kind of thoughts hold them in tight.  That's why it merited attention in the political news of the day and thats why I mentioned it. 

I do have to ask though...if you had voted for Obama because he is black, would that fit your definition of a racist vote or voter?  During the campaign season, I saw Romney win almost all of the Mormon vote.  I saw Obama win most of the black vote.  I saw Hillary killing in the over 40 female demographic.  Kennedy got most of the Catholic vote in 1960 and one day I expect a Hispanic candidate to sweep the hispanic vote when he runs.  I don't see racism, sexism, religionism or any other ism in this but others do and I'm interested to hear why. 
25  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama....what has he done that is so objectionable.... on: September 15, 2009, 10:05:53 PM

Quote from: Scuzz on September 15, 2009, 09:13:20 PM

There are also people who support Obama for the sole reason of his race, they are racist as well if they think that, but are also a very very small minority. 
There were women over the age of 40 who were going to vote for Hillary because she was a woman.  Would that make them sexists?     

Quote from: Scuzz on September 15, 2009, 09:13:20 PM

As a republican ... I almost voted for Obama only because he was black. My rationale, I thought having the first black president could be one of those moments in history that would have more meaning in the long run to the country as a whole, even beyond any policies he could enact.
Admit it, you were just copying Cheeba. 

Quote from: Scuzz on September 15, 2009, 09:13:20 PM

it is absurd to say the majority of conservatives are racist...
Indeed.  Some of the most racist crap I heard in the 2008 campaign came out of the Democratic primary in West Virginia.  NPR had reporters outside of polling places and when they asked for the voters to share who they voted for and why, a number of them explained why they didn't vote for Obama by saying "I'm not taking orders from a black man," "I'm not voting for a black man" and so forth.  The NPR reporter explained that they didn't ask for the voters to share their views on race.  These people willingly said it into a microphone of their own volition.  It made me sick to my stomach. Racism is not confined to one political party or another nor one region of the country or another.   icon_confused
26  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama....what has he done that is so objectionable.... on: September 15, 2009, 03:26:01 AM

Quote from: brettmcd on September 15, 2009, 02:13:04 AM

You mistake me for someone who voted for Bush or approved what he did in his presidency, you would be wrong in doing that.   All of those things Bush did, I opposed.   And if you don't remember the conservative uproar when Bush started talking about amnesty you were not paying attention, its a major reason it never got passed.

The bailouts were wrong when bush did them and wrong when Obama did them, doesn't matter what party they belonged to.

And no cap and trade hasn't passed, but it is something Obama 100% supports and wants, so its a reason to dislike him and his policies.
I know you aren't/weren't a fan of Bush.  You made a list so I was going off of that disrespect to you. 

I can't help but notice that that while Republicans opposed some Bush policies that Obama continued, they didn't scream Bush is a liar, they weren't marching in the streets and having tea parties.  During the Bush years, the only fear that Fox News peddled was fear of another terrorist strike.  My protestations are aimed squarely at Conservatives who didn't like Bush at the end of his 2nd term but hated Obama at the start of his.  If, in another dimension, Bush was currently President, I can't imagine Tea Parties, the Million Bag March on Washington or Fox skipping his Presidential addresses.  Republicans might grumble that he wasn't a real Conservative but at least he would be one of their own. 

The OP asked what Obama has done that is so objectionable.  I can't help but deduce that it was to win the Presidency as a (D). 
27  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama....what has he done that is so objectionable.... on: September 15, 2009, 01:50:23 AM

Quote from: brettmcd on September 14, 2009, 10:28:34 PM

Ok, on immigration he believes illegals already in the country should be able to become citizens, rather then actually do his job as president and work to enforce the laws in America and have them deported.    If you broke the law to come here illegally you should never have the opportunity to become a citizen of a country whose laws you obviously dont give a damn about.

Obama's notion of allowing illegals a path to citizenship is surprisingly similar to Bush's but I don't remember any Tea Parties about it. 

Quote from: brettmcd on September 14, 2009, 10:28:34 PM

The federal government shouldnt be owning parts of banks and other companies like they do now, thats a specific thing I disagree with Obama on.
The Fed bailout of Wall Street and GM/Ford was a continuation of what Bush started.

Quote from: brettmcd on September 14, 2009, 10:28:34 PM

Cap and trade if passed as the president wants will destroy our economy as it would be nothing more then an energy tax.   You want to combat greenhouse gases do things like build nuclear power plants to help with the issue.
If passed, it would be one marked change between Bush and Obama in the items you listed.  It has not passed. 

Quote from: brettmcd on September 14, 2009, 10:28:34 PM

And the philosophical differences between liberals and conservatives are very important in this, so they cannot be left out of the disscussion of what is objectionable about Obama.   Much of it comes down to the simple question of what powers and what things the federal government should be doing and spending money on.    Many of the things that Obama wants, like Obamacare, are not valid things for the federal government to be spending money on.
Help me understand how Bush's Medicare Part D is ok but Obama's plan, an expansion of what Bush started, is objectionable.  And the Federal budget exploded from 5 trillion to 10 trillion with no Tea Parties and no screaming at Bush but now, suddenly, the deficit is an issue.  If you weren't in the streets protesting over the last 8 years, I have to wonder, why now? 

It is ironic that on the Far Left, people are shouting that Obama is Bush, part Deux.  On the Far Right, people are shouting that Obama is Chavez/Muslim/Anti-Christ/Socialist/Communist/Nazi. As someone has already pointed out, he can't be all of these things. 
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2009 NFL Season has started! on: September 14, 2009, 12:35:04 PM

Quote from: mori on September 13, 2009, 08:11:49 PM

Quote from: brettmcd on September 13, 2009, 08:07:51 PM

Wow, Adrian Peterson continues to show why he is the best player in football today.    That long run of his was amazing.
I especially enjoyed the "get the fuck out of my way" head slap on the Cleveland defender. icon_lol
Unbelievable.  He does that with another defender around his ankles.  The close up is at the 44 second mark. 
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Got myself a meat smoker on: September 08, 2009, 12:47:29 PM
Welcome to the world of smoked meat!   You'll find your smoker will make you a hit with the neighbors.  I smoke a couple of batches a year for our neighborhood parties. 

I've used this site for the last 4 years.  While its off the Weber Bullet Smoker website, the recipes for rubs, brining, prepping and temperatures (internal and cooker) should apply equally well to all smokers.  Just skip any directions that refer to charcoal.   icon_wink

And lastly, if you need to feed a party, try smoking a Pork Butt (aka Boston Pork or Pork Shoulder).  At about $1.59 a lb., this is one of my favorite cuts to smoke.  Good luck and give us some reviews this fall. 
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Achievement Unlocked] You Haz Babby! on: August 12, 2009, 10:47:06 PM
Congrats!  I'm pretty sure you have a future Hall of Fame Gamer there. 
31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] The Hurt Locker on: August 10, 2009, 02:21:40 AM

Quote from: PeteRock on August 09, 2009, 05:52:03 AM

Easily one of the best films of the summer, and one of the best war films I've ever seen. 
+1.  I'd rank it up there with Black Hawk Down, Saving Private Ryan and Band of Brothers.  And Blackjack, thanks for the links.
32  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Franken/Coleman - predictions? on: June 30, 2009, 09:55:36 PM

Quote from: Laner on June 30, 2009, 08:55:59 PM

They vote a wrestler in as governor, and comedian as a senator
Clearly, we should mock every state or country that votes in an entertainer as a politician.
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best swordfight in a movie on: May 01, 2009, 03:17:49 AM
Like PeteRock said, Rob Roy was a good one. 
34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Most disturbing movie you've seen? on: February 28, 2009, 05:56:06 AM
Three pages and no one has mentioned David Lynch's Eraserhead? That movie was chock a block full of stuff that makes nightmares.
35  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama to Halve Deficit in 4 years? on: February 27, 2009, 03:49:33 AM

Quote from: Moliere on February 26, 2009, 06:14:06 PM

Keynsian economics really needs to be put out of its misery. The only thing the spending bill (lets not kid ourselves that it will stimulate anything) will do is crowd out private investment and cost us a shitload of money in future costs to pay the interest on borrowed money.

There was an insightful interview this week with Richard Koo, a leading economist in Tokyo about Japan's lost decade and our financial crisis. 
The Japanese government tried to spur growth by reducing interest rates — from 8 percent to zero. But despite that drastic action, Koo says, "absolutely nothing happened — no increase in asset prices, no increase in economic activity."  Here, Koo sees a parallel to the current situation in the United States, where the Federal Reserve has dropped interest rates, to little avail.

Like Japan in the 1990s, the U.S. is suffering what Koo calls a "balance sheet recession." When asset prices collapse, the people who bought those assets with borrowed money are left with balance sheets underwater, and all they want to do is pay down debt.  "People are no longer maximizing profits the way it's assumed in economics. They're minimizing debt. The invisible hand of Adam Smith works in the opposite direction," he says.

With private borrowing and spending frozen, the Japanese government stepped in, spending on highways, bridges and other infrastructure, and running up big deficits. Where the Japanese government erred, Koo says, was in worrying about those deficits. It cut back prematurely on the stimulus. The economy faltered, and the government had to resume spending.
His conclusion is that our stimulus plan is just what is called for.  I hope that people smarter than me help lead our country out the hole we've dug ourselves. 
36  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama to Halve Deficit in 4 years? on: February 23, 2009, 10:59:15 PM

Quote from: Laner on February 23, 2009, 08:14:19 PM

Upper middle class, sure, but they're not making enough to get slapped with the same ridiculously high graduated income tax rate that multi-millionaires have to pay.
Here is a table of the current tax rates. 

2008 Tax Rate Schedules-Married Filing Jointly

10% on the income between $0 and $16,050
15% on the income between $16,050 and $65,100; plus $1,605.00
25% on the income between $65,100 and $131,450; plus $8,962.50
28% on the income between $131,450 and $200,300; plus $25,550.00
33% on the income between $200,300 and $357,700; plus $44,828.00
35% on the income over $357,700; plus $96,770.0

Your relatives are looking at a 3% boost from their current 33% rate to a 36% rate when the Bush tax cuts expire.  Not good but it shouldn't put them out of their home. 
37  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 12/08) on: January 05, 2009, 11:53:40 PM
+1 to Turtle...
38  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: who here plays warhammer 40k table top on: January 05, 2009, 02:40:01 AM
I paint and play Warhammer fantasy and I would highly recommend the Vallejo Gaming paints.  Their paint comes highly recommended.  I am very happy with the results and there are on line guides so you can take the colors recommended by Games Workshop and find the Vallejo equivalent.   

Good luck and I hope you get hooked as bad as I've been hooked.   icon_biggrin
39  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Heathens Caused the Market Meltdown! on: November 21, 2008, 04:00:36 AM
I'm pretty sure the author was high when he wrote that...think of the author as a Republican Hunter S. Thompson and then it all makes sense. 
40  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: What does "drinking the Kool Aid" mean? on: October 30, 2008, 01:48:48 AM
Did someone say Kool Aid?  Oooooh Yeaaaah! 
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