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7321  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: OctoCon IV - Chicago - March 28th on: January 13, 2009, 07:20:09 PM
I'll be there, so wear raincoats.
7322  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 24: Season 7 (spoiler tags are certain!) on: January 13, 2009, 04:31:25 PM
I don't know, I'm not feelin' the love so far.  It just seems like they've got a template posted up in the writers' room and they're simply referring to it for each plot point.  I hope they break away from their formulaic approach, but I'm not optimistic.
7323  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 24: Season 7 (starts tonight!) on: January 12, 2009, 09:25:53 PM
I had a minor revelation last night while watching 24.  In the past, I've always found the filler stories to be annoying.  I found them to be mostly weak and unsatisfying in light of the main story.  However, it hit me last night that 24 couldn't survive without them due to the show being framed in real time.  If it weren't for the cutaways to alternate stories during extended periods of transportation or bathroom visits in the main story, we'd have a show that consisted of numerous shots of Jack sitting in the passenger seat of a car going, "So...Bob was it?  How about those Colts?".
7324  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Watch Heroes or not? on: January 12, 2009, 09:13:14 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 12, 2009, 09:07:24 PM

crap, I didn't notice the Barbara Bush option until after I voted  disgust

here, let me help you choose between the two:


George W. Bush's daughter



Mrs. George Bush Sr.



7325  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Happy Birthday PeteRock on: January 12, 2009, 09:06:15 PM
whoops...happy bday -1 day!
7326  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Watch Heroes or not? on: January 12, 2009, 09:01:41 PM
For me, it's like watching Jerry Springer.  I never want to, I even lie if caught, but when they bring out the pregnant 17 year old who lives with her 57 year old lover in a trailer park in Arkansas and the chairs start to fly? Well...there's no turning back for me at that point.
7327  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Big 360/PS3 game sale at Best Buy 1/11 on: January 12, 2009, 04:39:04 PM
I'm not that interested in NGII but I stopped in while shopping for other stuff yesterday.  Didn't see any copies of the game on the shelves.  However, they had TONS of Guitar Hero III bundles for 39.99.  This was at the Evanston, IL store.  It may be a chain wide sale, though.
7328  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: 13 Month XBOX Live Gold Card for $30 on: January 12, 2009, 04:37:24 PM
ditto.  saw it on cheapassgamer.com and ordered one.  i'm debating getting two at this cost.   icon_eek
7329  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Robert Downey Jr is Guy Ritcthies' Sherlock Holmes on: January 08, 2009, 06:00:30 PM
hmmm...i'd heard that jeremy brett's portrayal of holmes was highly regarded by the doyle estate.  i'll add it to my netflix list as well.  thanks! 
7330  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Spirit on: January 07, 2009, 07:59:29 PM
Forgot to check in on this one after it was released, what with all the holiday madness.  So off I went to check for reviews.

Oh man, 14% at Rotten Tomatoes   icon_eek

Quote
It's not just that it's obvious from the train wreck onscreen that Miller hasn't ever truly directed a movie before; it's hard to tell if he's ever even seen a movie before.

Quote
First, Robert Rodriguez tried to make a Frank Miller movie. Now, Frank Miller is trying to make a Frank Miller movie. (Advantage: Rodriguez.)

Quote
The style is willing. But the spirit is weak.

a $1 rental might be TOO much to ask for this one.
7331  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My girlfriend snores... on: January 07, 2009, 05:32:23 PM
I was going to just post "Boy, I'll say!", but thought better of it... ninja
7332  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Friend Arrested, Legal Questions Inside on: January 06, 2009, 10:22:55 PM
I think the takeaway from these replies is that being in this person's life can only lead to trouble for you.  Is he a childhood friend?  A family friend?  A school friend (from his actions, I'm going to assume not a college friend)?  

You say he's "good" but is he someone who really wants to change?  Or are you just setting yourself up for disappointment after disappointment in trying to help him?

I recently had to make a tough choice similar to this when a friend I'd known for years fell back into drugs yet again.  No matter what I did, he just kept going back to it.  I finally had to just let him go.  He's now jobless and living with his mother at 43 years of age.  If that doesn't scare him straight, I don't know what will.  Your friend may be the same way.  Prison may be the only way for him to realize that he's screwing up.  Sounds harsh, but it's really the only answer sometimes.  
7333  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Friend Arrested, Legal Questions Inside on: January 06, 2009, 09:22:51 PM
My best, non-professional advice would be to start hanging out with a different crowd. 
7334  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Red Alert 3 Impressions on: January 06, 2009, 03:35:36 AM
Picked this up on sale at BB for 29.99.  I wanted it from day one but I'm trying to save some cash on games.

Played the tutorial and a bit of the campaign and then went online for an automatch.  Fully expected to get some kid who would pick on my newbness.  Imagine my surprise when I got a player who asked if I was new and then proceeded to give me tips, helping me out with suggestions and tactics for that map.  What a world of difference it makes when you meet a good bloke in a game.  I'll definitely have to keep practicing though...I really sucked.   icon_frown
7335  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Robert Downey Jr is Guy Ritcthies' Sherlock Holmes on: January 05, 2009, 09:24:10 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on January 05, 2009, 01:13:05 PM

My favorite Sherlock movie is Without a Clue with Michael Caine and Ben Kingsley

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0096454/

+1

God I love that movie.

Quote
Holmes (speaking to a small audience that has gathered around him): I'm reminded of the curious case of the Manchurian Mambo...
Watson: Holmes, could I have a word?
Holmes: Yes, what is it?
Watson: I believe that was the Manchurian Mamba.
Holmes: Mambo, mamba. What's the difference?
Watson: Well, very little, except that one is a deadly, poisonous snake, while the other is a rather festive Carribean dance.
Holmes (returning to his audience): It was a night like any other, when suddenly a knock came at the door. I opened it, and there were these Manchurians, doing a rather festive Carribean dance...
7336  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Just got laid. Off that is. on: January 05, 2009, 08:51:49 PM
Ah man, I'm sorry to hear that.    icon_cry  I hope something comes along quickly.  Let us know what your mad skillz are so we can at least keep you in mind if something comes along in any of our daily lives that might be something you'd be interested in. 

I'm going into savings mode myself.  I'm IT at a small company and even though we've had an unusually good last couple of months, most of last year was so abysmal that I'm still wary.   For Christmas I even decided to forgo the usual video game haul and asked for a new suit for interviews, in case it comes up.
7337  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 1st Gen Zune Owners Get Screwed on: January 02, 2009, 09:05:32 PM

Quote from: drifter on January 02, 2009, 09:01:58 PM

yeah she took out the battery, did that a few times today too.  Now she is looking at the 80GB Zune from Circuit City; must be nice to be a hot woman married to a dumbass like me that after 15 years just says "Ok" to everything she wants.

 icon_lol to the latter comment.

i wonder if perhaps some damage wasn't done to the unit when taking out the battery?  i read a few forum posts during the "crisis" on wednesday that were complaints from folks who'd bent something they shouldn't have when removing the battery.  supposedly it's not the easiest to do on those systems (i haven't done it because I haven't needed to so far <fingers crossed> ).
7338  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 1st Gen Zune Owners Get Screwed on: January 02, 2009, 08:55:13 PM
I waited to hook mine up until about 9am on New Year's day and it came right up after it had enough juice.  From what I'm reading, that's the case for most 1st gen zune users.  I got nothin' if it's still freezing at the same spot on yours.  Did you try to take out the battery or anything before microsoft issued their "wait until tomorrow" fix?
7339  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 1st Gen Zune Owners Get Screwed on: January 02, 2009, 07:07:01 PM
Try letting it power down overnight.  It may still have enough charge left that it's not fully rebooting when power is connected to it.  Leave it off the PC while it discharges and then try plugging it into you computer via the usb cable.  It will show the image of a power adapter on the screen of the zune while it powers up, but then it should boot when it has enough of a charge.  Also, make sure the date and time on your computer is correct.
7340  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Odd Work Tasks That You Never Thought You'd Do on: January 02, 2009, 03:38:07 PM

Quote from: disarm on January 01, 2009, 01:17:46 PM

as a doctor, i've done a lot of unusual things that i'd rather not repeat...most of which people really don't want to read about here...

your forum name wouldn't be a clue as to what these mysterious jobs were, would it???
7341  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 1st Gen Zune Owners Get Screwed on: January 01, 2009, 03:00:59 PM
Plugged it in this morning and after charging a bit, it booted right up.  Looks like Microsoft narrowly avoided a lynching there...
7342  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 1st Gen Zune Owners Get Screwed on: December 31, 2008, 11:22:20 PM
Gedd over at OO posted a link to an update from microsoft .  in short, the problem will resolve itself at midnight tonight as the internal clock rolls over to 2009. 

thank god, that really sucked. 
7343  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 1st Gen Zune Owners Get Screwed on: December 31, 2008, 06:23:36 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on December 31, 2008, 06:12:47 PM

Hey! Kenny Loggins is a God among men, and Gordon Lightfoot is what would happen if you gave Jesus an acoustic guitar.

If by "men"" you meant "12 year old girls", then yes; and if by "jesus" you meant "drunken rhesus monkey with a missing middle finger", then yes again, my friend.


...of course, someone will point out that my zune is full of nothing but 1335 copies of the same song.  but in my defense, "the wheels on the bus go round and round" is a multifaceted song that works on so many levels.
7344  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 1st Gen Zune Owners Get Screwed on: December 31, 2008, 06:00:17 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on December 31, 2008, 05:40:24 PM

It's fun reading this thread while listening to my perfectly working 80GB Zune.

 stirthepot





yeah, but if i remember correctly, it's 80 gigs worth of freakin' Kenny Loggins and Gordon Lightfoot!   Tongue
7345  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Deadwood - Finally on: December 31, 2008, 04:52:19 PM
This show and Mad Men had/have two of the most talented writing staffs I've ever encountered on television.  Each line of dialog is/was like a carefully crafted piece of art with amazing depth.
7346  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movies] Australia on: December 31, 2008, 04:43:09 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on December 31, 2008, 04:40:25 PM

Quote from: hepcat on December 31, 2008, 04:33:06 PM

Is it true that Jackman spends two thirds of the movie walking around in a sash that reads "World's Sexiest Man -2009"?

How the hell did he get into your closet?

Oh SNAP...  (My new year's resolution is to use Oh SNAP in a lot of my posts...at least until KD permabans me....which, in hindsight, should have occurred 12 minutes after I registered on his site).
7347  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movies] Australia on: December 31, 2008, 04:33:06 PM
Is it true that Jackman spends two thirds of the movie walking around in a sash that reads "World's Sexiest Man -2009"?
7348  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Years Resolutions on: December 31, 2008, 04:26:42 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 31, 2008, 04:25:50 PM

Quote from: hepcat on December 31, 2008, 04:23:54 PM

good luck...i literally have no "best and brightest" characteristic.  i'm surprised i even get a reflection in the mirror every morning.

there's always your hair, or your plae white ass  icon_twisted

are you trying to ask if you can plae with my ass???

p.s.  and yeah, i don't know what came over me there.  my hair is amazing.  LD, i'll send you a bottle of Aveda confixor along with the administrator's manual i wrote for my hair.
7349  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Years Resolutions on: December 31, 2008, 04:23:54 PM
good luck...i literally have no "best and brightest" characteristic.  i'm surprised i even get a reflection in the mirror every morning.
7350  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Years Resolutions on: December 31, 2008, 03:42:47 PM
I will not post a reply to this thread...

AH DAMN IT!


well, since i broke the resolution already...


Quote from: YellowKing on December 31, 2008, 02:03:33 PM

My only real resolution is to get in shape before the baby arrives in August.

congratulations YK, I didn't even know you were pregnant!  any idea who the father is?  I'm betting it's CeeKay.
7351  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 1st Gen Zune Owners Get Screwed on: December 31, 2008, 03:35:28 PM
my favorite post from the zune support board:

Quote
Mine is frozune.  The fix can't come zune enough.  Does anyone know what the reazune is?  I'm azuneing it's the clock. 

 icon_lol
7352  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 1st Gen Zune Owners Get Screwed on: December 31, 2008, 02:55:06 PM
 icon_biggrin

all kidding aside, I don't know how MS is going to fix this problem.  I just let my zune battery drain (it was almost there anyway) and then tried hooking it up to my pc to see if it would be okay after a reboot.  same problem came up.  if the problem occurs during the boot i don't see how MS is going to be able to apply a patch to address it.
7353  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 1st Gen Zune Owners Get Screwed on: December 31, 2008, 02:40:51 PM
I actually had to listen to NPR on my way into work today.  Did you know that stuff is happening out there in the world???!!!   icon_eek icon_eek icon_eek
7354  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / 1st Gen Zune Owners Get Screwed on: December 31, 2008, 02:23:07 PM
(I also posted this at OO since there are a lot of zune owners over there as well)

I'm currently having this problem.  Apparently so are a lot of other 1st gen zune owners.   mad


UPDATE:  Well, looks like this is hitting ALL 1st gen zune owners.  The official MS support boards are on fire.   If I weren't so ticked off right now, I'd be laughing.    icon_eek
7355  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: We have to be a bit more careful with what happens on our PCs... (SSL Broken) on: December 30, 2008, 09:10:16 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 30, 2008, 08:00:52 PM

that's it, someone turn off the interweb.

but....but....porn!!!???!!
7356  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How did you choose your Gamertag or Forum name? on: December 30, 2008, 08:57:47 PM
I took hepcat from an old flintstone's episode where Fred becomes a hipster.  It just cracked me up as a kid.

I wish I had some intricate, highly detailed history for the name....but it all comes down to me laughing my butt off when someone called Fred by that name.

...i'm easily amused.
7357  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: We have to be a bit more careful with what happens on our PCs... (SSL Broken) on: December 30, 2008, 06:37:36 PM
 icon_eek

wow...just...wow
7358  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Happy Holidays - I have a present for you... on: December 30, 2008, 03:08:10 PM
I take it the new site will incorporate the webcam that I've set up in my bathroom? 

This will help immensely in the area of funding as people will pay a lot of money to block that feature.
7359  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Deadwood - Finally on: December 29, 2008, 09:58:33 PM
I sometimes find myself crying out in my sleep for Mr. Wu....


God, I miss that lovable, homicidal slave trader.
7360  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Stereotypes...sometimes they have a grain of truth on: December 29, 2008, 08:45:36 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on December 29, 2008, 08:08:13 PM

Come on, leo.  No "I ror'd" joke?  Slacker.

 icon_lol

but as i noted on OO, i can only shudder at what grammatical atrocities I'd commit if forced to write something in any language other than english.
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