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161  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gamergate - Thoughts on: October 22, 2014, 04:33:24 PM
Going slightly off topic onto the broader one of women in the tech industry, I listened to a great NPR piece this morning about the supposed reasons for the decline of women in computer sciences that started in the early 80's.  The theory presented was that the home computer market, which provided such a boost to the computer sciences and was almost always a common staple in any household that produced a future programmer or computer engineer, was targeted solely at male youths.  Advertisers treated them as toys for male children in any marketing endeavor.
162  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gamergate - Thoughts on: October 22, 2014, 03:49:24 PM
But here's the catch:  she's actually not fighting anyone.  She's just doing what she's always done:  pointing out sexism in video gaming.  Trying to create a dialog on how gaming can be more inclusive now that women are starting to show interest in gaming on a steadily increasing basis.  Both from a player standpoint, as well as an industry insider one.  Asking her to ignore them is essentially telling her to just shut up.  And I know that's not what you're saying.  I'm just pointing out that in this case, she should keep speaking up.
163  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gamergate - Thoughts on: October 22, 2014, 02:01:59 PM
I would imagine it's tough to ignore threats about being raped, having your husband's severed genitals jammed down your threat and other such lovely bon mots directed at you via social media and your home phone though.  

She (and all women who are being treated this way) should speak out.  It's the only way to get the silent majority of mature and decent gamers on the internet to add their voices.  There will always be obnoxious brats on the internet who think this shit is funny, but hopefully someday they'll be marginalized.  Right now though?  They're practically running the show.
164  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: October 22, 2014, 01:47:40 PM
That's my take away too, but the guy who found the body keeps popping up in my head too whenever I think of who might have done it.
165  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gamergate - Thoughts on: October 21, 2014, 08:41:16 PM

Quote from: ATB on October 21, 2014, 08:28:09 PM

That said the whole forum given to fools claiming there's justice in EVERYTHING needs to stop.

Hey, cool...the opposite works just as well.   icon_wink

This particular event is not a case of "fools claiming there's injustice in everything".  This particular event is a case of idiots getting outraged that some girls want access to a clubhouse they think belongs just to them and trying to scare them off.  When they're called on it, they point to something off in the distance and scream, "HEY, WHAT'S THAT OVER THERE!?!" and run away like the cowards they are.

This article on Giant Bomb sums everything up quite succinctly, I thought.
166  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gamergate - Thoughts on: October 21, 2014, 07:42:51 PM

Quote from: Lee on October 21, 2014, 02:38:06 PM

Why sympathy for the movement initially? The whole thing started because a girl slept with a journalist who didn't review her game, despite the claims otherwise. There has never been any legitimacy to the movement since it was based on weak links that in the end didn't hold water. It seems like it's just an excuse for kids to troll.

Did I miss something where any truth/reason was presented in this whole thing?

Nope, that was my takeaway as well.

The whole thing is just an excuse for trolls to practice misogyny while pretending to fight over some imagined ethics in journalism hullabaloo.  When someone speaks out against that misogyny, they're immediately labeled a "Social Justice Warrior" as if it were an insult, even though the name sounds pretty goddamn cool and rad to me.
167  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: October 21, 2014, 07:31:42 PM
I've been addicted to the aforementioned Serial lately.  Such a fantastic show. 

But my biggest recent discovery, and also my most surprising one, is Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast.  It's surprising because the show is primarily about the history of Hollywood and its numerous personalities.  He interviews celebrities like Dick Cavett, Marty Allen, Barbara Feldon...people with fantastic stories about the entertainment biz.  It is NOT what you would expect.  And it's incredibly entertaining.  You haven't lived until you've heard Dick Cavett dryly say, "I don't know what he was fucking doing...maybe the darn guy was sleeping?  Can I say darn on this show?"
168  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Liberal Fascism in Houston on: October 19, 2014, 12:54:04 PM
Of course, when the IRS DOES look into it, you cry foul and scream that they're being unfairly targeted.  No one wins unless they believe the same thing as you.  Of course, to be fair, that can be applied to almost everyone.
169  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: HBO to start "no cable sub required" streaming service in 2015 on: October 16, 2014, 07:56:45 PM
I would imagine you'd also get access to a ton of movies too.
170  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: HBO to start "no cable sub required" streaming service in 2015 on: October 16, 2014, 07:50:34 PM
If I have a choice between hitting the play button on my Roku for the True Blood series finale, or getting my ass out of my chair, putting on pants, finding my library card and driving 20 minutes to the nearest public library, guess what I'm going to enthusiastically support?

...and no, it isn't "the right to leave my apartment without pants".
171  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Liberal Fascism in Houston on: October 16, 2014, 07:25:54 PM
I love how ATB tries to mask his personal prejudices as sincere curiosity.  It's like a racist asking someone why Asians are such horrible drivers.
172  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Should Police Departments Have Military Gear? Obama says "Let's look into it." on: October 14, 2014, 06:58:27 PM

Quote from: Turtle on October 14, 2014, 12:00:40 PM

This is especially disturbing given all the evidence that what you wear for your occupation has a big effect on your mindset and even abilities

Well, my job as Goofy at Disneyland explains a lot...
173  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: October 14, 2014, 06:52:17 PM
I don't think that was Morgan Jones.
174  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Crisis of faith or is it over? on: October 06, 2014, 08:38:25 PM
Good lord, Purge.  You're wasting away in your avatar.  Someone's been hitting the gym, haven't they?  

...and it's not me.  I can never find a place to put my ashtray and beer cozy.   icon_cry

Lookin' good, my man!
175  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: We lost a forumer last night :( on: October 06, 2014, 07:15:59 PM
Jesus, it seems like just yesterday I was reading one of his replies to a post.  My heart goes out to his family.   icon_cry
176  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Space Hulk on: October 03, 2014, 03:17:48 PM
If you like Space Hulk, you may be interested in Earth Reborn.  It has a very unique action system that involves assigning drawn or purchased action tiles to each character every turn.  I love that.  Just wish I could get it to the table more often.
177  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Strain on: September 30, 2014, 07:36:03 PM
Super soldier serum.
178  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Strain on: September 30, 2014, 07:04:01 PM

Quote from: Crawley on September 30, 2014, 06:43:12 PM

Plus this is only occurring within Manhattan so people commuting during the day for work are likely not seeing most of the bad shit.

I'm fairly certain that if I was commuting in from Long Island and I passed a few dead bodies lying in the street, or a huge number of boarded up/looted stores on my way into the city, I'd take notice.

This show is a mess when it comes to everything but the rat catcher, Abraham and the undead Nazi.  I'm hoping that the appearance of the oddly down home sounding Vampire hit squad shakes things up a bit, though.

Side note:  did the master bring enough hoodies for all his minions?  Or do you think he's going to run out soon?
179  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Strain on: September 30, 2014, 03:23:32 PM
I have to agree that the show is entertaining...but probably not in the way you think.  The show is laugh out loud funny in many places.  I look forward to things like a vampire Peter Murphy wannabe who, even after becoming undead, realizes he looks cooler wearing a wig and runs around sporting one now.  We also have a city that alternately looks like it's under siege in one scene, while displaying normal traffic and folks walking around without a problem in the next.  It's hilariously all over the place.

And when your Big Bad is the spitting image of Beaker from The Muppets?  Well...comedy gold, Jerry!
180  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Crisis of faith or is it over? on: September 29, 2014, 01:16:46 PM
People.  People are the problem.  Never underestimate their ability to warp even the most innocuous of things into a justification for ethnic cleansing, murder, rape, and subjugation.

That being said, I'm hearing good things about Scientology!  If you have 15 minutes and 1200 dollars, I'm betting they'll talk to you!
181  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Star Realms on: September 25, 2014, 01:22:16 PM
Looking forward to it.  This has become my go to deck builder lately.  Well, when I'm playing head to head with another person, that is. 
182  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Sons of Anarchy Season 6 on: September 25, 2014, 01:13:54 PM
The show has been a hot mess since the end of season 1.  I would've preferred it if Sutter had stuck with his original vision of Hamlet in a biker gang setting.  But he's veered off course so far over the years that it stopped being a show I watch for character development and dialog, to a show I watch to see how raunchy they can get.  It's not good television by any means, but it certainly is something I tune into each week...although often with an embarrassed feeling. 

I also came to the conclusion last night that this show is just one giant MMO.  Each week Jax goes to a new guild and they give him a quest to raise his reputation points with them.
183  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Nymphomaniac on: September 22, 2014, 04:11:44 PM
I believe one of those was in the trailer as well... said "shot".
184  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Nymphomaniac on: September 22, 2014, 01:43:41 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on September 21, 2014, 03:18:06 PM

Quote from: Punisher on September 17, 2014, 07:16:55 PM

Quote from: Teggy on September 16, 2014, 08:46:33 PM

They put out a teaser trailer for the new version that's basically 30 seconds of penetration shots. I don't think I'll post it here.
The teaser is in Farley's link anyway... might be NSFW!

"Might" is quite the understatement. There was more NSFW material in that 30 second trailer than in most porn movies I've seen.  eek

You seriously expect us to believe you last 30 seconds? 

185  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Nymphomaniac on: September 22, 2014, 01:43:01 PM

Quote from: hitbyambulance on September 21, 2014, 05:16:12 AM

i have not cared for any Lars von Trier film i have ever seen. i really had high hopes for _Melancholia_, but i felt it did not live up to its promise/premise at all.

I have to agree.  I've yet to see anything from von Trier that I didn't shut off after 10 minutes.  I'm not going to say they're horrible as I'm sure some folks enjoy their stuff.  And more power to them.  But they're definitely not my kind of entertainment.
186  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Nymphomaniac on: September 17, 2014, 02:46:30 PM
Can you perhaps give us an artist's rendering?
187  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Nymphomaniac on: September 16, 2014, 06:48:42 PM
Depressing sex that's no fun for the woman?  Dude, that's 90 percent of the internet.
188  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Nymphomaniac on: September 16, 2014, 06:17:06 PM who attend showings in a trench coat.
189  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Summer TV Binge Watching Report on: September 16, 2014, 05:31:55 PM
You've never watched Fringe?  

Oh man, you're in for a big treat called Walter.  John Noble not winning an Emmy for that role was criminal.
190  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: September 16, 2014, 04:59:16 PM
I'll say.  It only lists Lovelace on mine now!
191  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Summer TV Binge Watching Report on: September 16, 2014, 04:38:54 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on September 15, 2014, 06:37:32 PM

I have started Parks and Recreation and finished Season 1, but it hasn't grabbed me enough that I'm itching to get back to it. We also started Once Upon a Time but we're only about 5 episodes in.

Parks and Recreation isn't my favorite comedy, but it is a good one.  It doesn't have the laugh out loud, insanely genius heights of an Arrested Development or a Community.  But it does have Ron Swanson and Andy Dwyer...two of the best supporting comic characters in a sitcom working today.
192  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: A quick look at some new games on: September 11, 2014, 03:44:20 PM
Hoplomachus is a game I've looked at in the past.  I like the idea of it (especially since Ricky Royal of Ricky's Box of Delights put it in his top 10 best solo games video review a little while ago), but the cost is keeping me away.  Especially since you can't seem to get it at online retailer prices. 
193  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Space Hulk on: September 11, 2014, 03:09:09 PM
You have cards as a stand in for the miniatures in Death Angel, but you could easily replace those cards with miniatures.
194  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Space Hulk on: September 10, 2014, 05:30:30 PM
Yup, love me some Death Angel.

I have the 3rd edition of Space Hulk that was released years ago.  Unfortunately, the damn tiles started warping almost minutes after I unpacked it.  It's not unplayable, but it is certainly annoying.
195  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Apple Watch on: September 10, 2014, 05:28:23 PM
196  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Apple Watch on: September 10, 2014, 05:21:34 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on September 09, 2014, 10:48:59 PM

The idea that it not require a phone is ludicrous.

It may be ludicrous with today's technology, but in my opinion it's the only way these things will ever be worth a damn. I'm not spending $350 to carry around a piece of equipment that offers the same functionality as my phone as long as I'm also carrying around my phone.

Yup.  My thoughts exactly.

While the idea that I could finally live the dream that I first had when I saw Elroy Jetson watching TV on his watch years ago is seductive, it's not 350 dollars for the watch, another <?>$ for the phone seductive.
197  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: I'm a former Jehovah's Witness, AMA! on: September 10, 2014, 05:09:41 PM

198  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So, um, Jack the Ripper is Solved on: September 08, 2014, 07:27:22 PM
Whew, I was beginning to worry that the trail had turned cold.
199  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [comics] New 52 - what is it exactly? on: September 05, 2014, 02:58:33 PM
200  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So, I quit smoking... Again... on: September 05, 2014, 02:56:04 PM
I'm at about 6 or 7 years myself.  Honestly, the best way to quit is to just quit.  I tried the gums, the wellbutrin and others.  But they never took hold.  Eventually though, I just got tired of the smell and constantly being out of breath.  

Give it about a month.  Then hang out with someone who smokes.  If you don't get immediately embarrassed after realizing what your non-smoking friends had to deal with when you were around and a smoker, I'll be surprised.
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