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41  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on: November 20, 2014, 01:59:52 PM
Up until the reveal earlier this season, I had held out hope that Skye's father was Howard the Duck.   crybaby
42  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How do you use your tablet on: November 19, 2014, 07:44:03 PM
On the iPad front, the latest iOS 8 patch from earlier this week has done wonders for my old iPad 2.  Post 8, the thing would freeze up for minutes at a time when surfing the web.  Now it's much, much better. 
43  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cards Against Humanity holiday thing on: November 17, 2014, 06:46:43 PM
How can I resist?  Ordered!
44  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Have you ever written anything substantial? on: November 14, 2014, 03:37:01 PM
I've been working on an explosive detective tale set in the Vatican.  It's a two fisted yarn about the men in black and the women who serve them.  It's called "Pontiff with a Pistol".  Here's a sample from the opening page:

Sister Theresa was a habit I didn't wanna break.  But like every other woman in the Vatican, she was already married...and to a guy with far more juice than myself.  The kind of guy who'd burn a bush to get your attention, if you know what I mean.  I tossed back my wine chaser and slid back the little door in the confessional.  "What's your sins, my son.  And I gotta tell ya, you don't beat the last guy's issues with stuffed animals, I'll toss yer ass outta here.".

45  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Doctor Who 8th Series - Goodbye Matt, Hello Peter! on: November 11, 2014, 06:02:40 PM

Quote from: JCC on November 10, 2014, 11:19:25 PM


Spoiler for Hiden:
Not CyberPink. CyberBrigadier (Kate's dad). Either way, I think she teleported. I hope she's back next year, I absolutely loved Missy.

Absolutely loved Missy.  The actress was fantastically fun.  I really hope she returns.  Also, I hope glasses comes back.
46  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: November 11, 2014, 05:58:36 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on November 10, 2014, 06:38:39 PM

Since zombies don't exist, I don't know how you would test this theory short of sticking some corpses on poles.

I'll be right back...
47  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Echo on: November 07, 2014, 02:15:13 PM
"Siri, Alexis...FIGHT!"
48  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: GOP Storms Congress: FulL Control of Senate and House on: November 07, 2014, 01:57:22 PM

Quote from: ATB on November 07, 2014, 01:52:29 PM

Quote from: Lee on November 06, 2014, 10:34:32 PM

Quote from: ATB on November 06, 2014, 09:19:43 PM

Quote from: Alefroth on November 06, 2014, 04:27:25 AM

Quote from: ATB on November 05, 2014, 01:52:27 PM

In a clear rejection of...I'm not sure what, the GOP has taken full control of congress.  Now we know that rather than almost nothing getting done, absolutely nothing will get done.

But, one thing is clear, the dems abuse of power wasn't tolerated at the grass root level and voters kicked them to the curb in a powerful way.  Now if there's a GOP president in 2016 we can finally get this country going in the wrong direction the other way. slywink

What abuse of power?

Read up on Snowden. Also drone strikes on US citizens. Also see: IRS scandal, appointing the former head of the cable lobby to the FCC, etc. etc.

None of which has much of anything to do with the president. All things that relate to the government as a whole.

Did you feel that way when the GOP was in the white house?  I seem to remember GWB being blamed for everything. EVERYTHING.

Bush was blamed for the war and the recession primarily.  On the other hand, Obama opens his mouth to say he feels the pain of an African American parent after the kid dies in a shooting and suddenly he's a race baiter on Fox news shows.  

Of course Bush was blamed for a lot of things during his presidency.  That's natural from the opposing aisle.  But I think Obama had it harder...and I hate to say it, but more than one instance was due to his race (see Birthers).

 
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I wonder why politics is so schizophrenic.  If we all know that neither party can run the country correctly, why aren't we figuring out somethign better?

Andrew Jackson used to have knife fights on the White House lawn during speeches.  We've always had a contentious political process.  I don't really see it ever changing much.  Although I will agree that we need people in both parties that are capable of understanding compromise to get things that are for the greater good.  For all his faults, Clinton was known for his ability to work with the republicans to do just that.  I simply haven't seen a candidate I think is capable of doing the same thing in quite some time though.  I had hopes Obama could do so, but ultimately he failed in that arena.
49  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: GOP Storms Congress: FulL Control of Senate and House on: November 07, 2014, 01:50:31 PM

Quote from: Rip on November 06, 2014, 11:06:08 PM

So it is finally time to admit that "hope and change" was really nothing more than a catchy slogan?

Meh, the job ratings are up (highest since before the repression), a lot of folks have health care that didn't before (and the health care industry on the whole is finally getting the scrutiny it needed so desperately), and gay rights have become surprisingly well accepted.  There's no denying that there are quite a few good things that also came out of the Obama years.

...well, to anyone who isn't predisposed to hating the man to the point of blindness, that is.

Am I disappointed that he didn't work to undo more of the crap that I felt was wrong during the Bush years?  Yes.  That I will agree with.
50  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: GOP Storms Congress: FulL Control of Senate and House on: November 06, 2014, 10:56:16 PM
Anyone who believes Obama initiated any of the things ATB mentions is showing a level of naiveté I consider very depressing.  I'm fine with saying they continued it when they shouldn't have, but the insinuation that this hasn't been going on across multiple presidents and without the tacit approval of both parties at various times is shockingly ignorant.
51  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Echo on: November 06, 2014, 08:21:45 PM

Quote from: farley2k on November 06, 2014, 07:38:57 PM

"Alexis, order a hit on hepcat"


Echo just a pawn in the game of life.   icon_cry
52  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Echo on: November 06, 2014, 07:19:15 PM
The more I read up on it, the less attractive it becomes.  Besides the lack of a sexbot setting, it's also just a standalone unit.  I had hoped it could be hooked up to a tv for media uses.  But apparently not.
53  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Echo on: November 06, 2014, 06:34:39 PM
I think you can, actually.
54  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Echo on: November 06, 2014, 06:21:34 PM
 icon_eek

I want!

edit:  what, no sexbot setting!?!
55  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: GOP Storms Congress: FulL Control of Senate and House on: November 06, 2014, 03:45:49 PM
I'm fine with the change as long as this doesn't mean the tea party or the religious right have any significant power.  If that turns out to be the case though, I fear for a backward slide in the realm of social justice. 

I also hope it remembers just how damaging a person like Ted Cruz can be. 

In short, I hope the smart side of the Republican Party won.
56  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV]Gotham - Batman Prequel on: November 06, 2014, 12:42:00 AM
I just started catching up on this one.  I'm surprised to find that I'm enjoying the political/criminal machinations far more than I thought I would.  Especially Penguin's excruciatingly slow rise to power.  But the real standout for me is the kid they got to play young Bruce Wayne.  That kid is just nailing it every week.  He really makes me believe he's going to someday be one of the most dangerous men on the planet.
57  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: November 05, 2014, 09:42:21 PM
When she wakes up in the hospital, she tells everyone that the last thing she remembered was being attacked by zombies.  When she meets rapey guy in the cafeteria, he reminds her that when they found her she had zombies "almost up to her thighs".  She then tells them she can't remember what happened as she blacked out.  They never showed her being kidnapped in last season' finale, just a shot of the "ambulance" driving away.  It's implied that she was "rescued" by the group now holding her captive.  
58  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gmail Will Give Anyone an Invite to Inbox for One Hour Today (Wednesday) on: November 05, 2014, 09:24:32 PM
Thanks for the heads up, Farley!
59  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: GOP Storms Congress: FulL Control of Senate and House on: November 05, 2014, 08:31:31 PM
You indulge bridges?
60  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: GOP Storms Congress: FulL Control of Senate and House on: November 05, 2014, 07:05:59 PM
Nothing to worry about.  If there's even a slight chance of you being able to troll people, you'll create your own thread.
61  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: GOP Storms Congress: FulL Control of Senate and House on: November 05, 2014, 04:44:41 PM
As Issie mentioned, this is pretty much par for the course in a midterm.  I would've been surprised had the Dems gained ground instead of losing it.  It's as much a repudiation of Obama's administration as the midterms for Bush were for his.  And so on, and so on, and so on....
62  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: November 05, 2014, 04:31:24 PM
Congratulations on your recent discovery of the concept of opinions!   Tongue

Quote from: Scraper on November 05, 2014, 03:01:01 PM

I'm with you on that. I thought this was the worst episode in a long time. Beth is a lame character and I really don't care what happens to her. So that made all the other "bad" characters they introduced even less interesting to me. The ideal ending to that episode would be a horde finding the hospital and killing everyone inside including Beth. That way we can get back to Rick and crew. 

I didn't think it was a horrible episode.  I'm simply saying I enjoyed the previous episodes more.  I like what they're trying to do, but I think the episode suffered from having Beth as the narrator, as it were.  Replace Beth with Carol from the start and it might have worked better for me. 
63  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Doctor Who 8th Series - Goodbye Matt, Hello Peter! on: November 05, 2014, 02:47:40 PM
It was one of the better episodes in a season that's seen some of the worst writing of the show's history since its revival in 2005, but that's not much of a benchmark, unfortunately.

Still, I hope it signals a return to form for the show.  It at least seemed to capture the spirit of a Dr. Who episode instead of floundering around, grasping at so many moods that it felt like it was being written by someone who'd never even seen the show before.
64  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: November 05, 2014, 02:39:57 PM
I can understand what Bullwinkle is saying.  Beth seemed upset with them from the very moment she woke up.  I can chalk some of that up to distrust in a post zombie world, but even when it wasn't clear they were creating a system based on indentured servitude, she was acting oddly recalcitrant.

I still think the previous episodes this season were much better than this one.   
65  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gamergate - Thoughts on: October 29, 2014, 11:38:35 PM
I had to come to terms with the fact that Adam Baldwin is essentially Jayne Cobb.  But not in a good way.
66  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: October 29, 2014, 01:43:16 AM
You forgot your posting history on tv and movies is available for all to read, apparently.   icon_twisted
67  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie]Captain America 3 on: October 28, 2014, 07:51:04 PM

Quote from: Caine on October 28, 2014, 07:03:02 PM

It's also going to introduce Black Panther, who will be getting his own movie November 3, 2017

I've really been looking forward to that one.  I just cannot understand why it wasn't done sooner.  Wakanda is an adventure film's dream environment, for cryin' out loud.
68  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movies]Avengers: Infinity Wars 1 & 2 2018-19 on: October 28, 2014, 07:47:23 PM
I honestly never thought I'd ever see Black Bolt on the big screen.  That would just boggle my younger self.
69  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Constantine on: October 28, 2014, 05:45:42 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on October 27, 2014, 10:57:40 PM

Quote from: drifter on October 27, 2014, 09:24:11 PM

The main character is a brit (which just doesn't jive for me)

Wait, what?

Constantine is meant to be a Brit.

He's also male and has hair.  I wasn't expecting that. 
70  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: October 28, 2014, 05:00:34 PM
Yet another great episode.  This season has really started off strong and just continues to get better.  They're really nailing the pacing.
71  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Crisis of faith or is it over? on: October 27, 2014, 02:34:53 PM
I said this a while back on these forums when a similar discussion was started, but I think it bears repeating:

I will worship anything you put in front of me.  I like hedging my bets.
72  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: October 24, 2014, 08:06:17 PM
Koenig mentions in the first podcast that she had written about Adnand's lawyer while working as a journalist in Baltimore.  She'd been disbarred for something.
73  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: October 24, 2014, 02:53:27 PM
I'm torn.  They added some credence to his testimony in a few places in yesterday's show as well, while tearing down some of Adnan's claims.  I agree that Adnan's lawyer seems to have acted with negligence in quite a few instances.
74  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: October 22, 2014, 04:52:40 PM
She did one thing that was absolutely fantastic from a narration standpoint, and still stands out for me after 4 episodes.  In the first podcast she suddenly uses the f word to describe a situation.  After 30 or more minutes of eloquent and refined language, she suddenly resorts to such a guttural and course manner of expression...and it f'ing worked perfectly.  It really played up the absurdity of the situation.
75  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: October 22, 2014, 04:35:01 PM
I think the perfect ending the series would be the reveal that the host did it!
76  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.
77  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.
78  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.
79  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.
80  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.
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