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7841  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
7842  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.  
7843  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. 
7844  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
7845  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...
7846  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.
7847  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> ).
7848  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?
7849  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.
7850  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???
7851  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...
7852  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. 
7853  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.
7854  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
7855  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.
7856  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).
7857  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"?
7858  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.
7859  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.
7860  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.
7861  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
7862  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.
7863  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
7864  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
7865  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!!!???!!
7866  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.
7867  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
7868  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.
7869  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.
7870  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.
7871  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Stereotypes...sometimes they have a grain of truth on: December 29, 2008, 07:37:35 PM
(cross posted from OO)

From this week's menu board at the deli in the basement of our building...which is run by a Chinese family.  Check out Thursday's special. 



I chuckled when I saw it, but didn't know how to tell the very nice owners about it.

 icon_eek
7872  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Left 4 Dead (360) Anyone in? on: December 29, 2008, 03:35:16 PM
Got it for the PC yesterday thanks to the steam holiday sale.  username: hepcat

Played through No Mercy last night and died right at the end.  yeah...i suck.   icon_cry
7873  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [music video] it's wrong...so wrong on: December 28, 2008, 07:34:47 PM
crap...i should've known that if it had the word "jizz" in it, that ceekay would've already posted a link.   tear
7874  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: [FFG] Android... on: December 28, 2008, 03:03:38 PM

Quote from: Brendan on December 28, 2008, 02:06:53 AM

Now you've got me all excited - my copy of BSG arrives on Tuesday.  How many players did you have?

all games I've played have been with 5 players so far.  With 6 players (and I think maybe 4) you get to use an extra rule for sympathizers, but I've never had the chance to try it.

I really think it shines the closer you get to 6 players, though.
7875  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [music video] it's wrong...so wrong on: December 27, 2008, 10:31:44 PM
yup... wrong.

gotta get out all my 8 year old sense of humor before the new year.  so please excuse me...
7876  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: [FFG] Android... on: December 27, 2008, 10:17:02 PM
Okay, I had my annual christmas board gaming marathon with a group of childhood friends earlier this week.  The clear winner was BSG.  This was my third time to play and this time it just all clicked.  The first two times we were struggling with some of the rules and we had a player who didn't understand the concept of "cylon" in the context of the game.  This last time it was just perfect.  The guy we thought was a cylon turned out not to be, and my friend's wife who I thought was doubtless a human turned out to be a cylon.  Much, much fun.

Pandemic also turned out to be a winner.  I really enjoyed it.  We put in about 3 games and lost the first two.  It's pretty cool the way the game can suddenly turn on you when you think you have it beat.

Dominion was a close third.  I still love this game but I think people are getting tired of me pushing it on them whenever we all meet up  icon_wink.  If you don't already have it, I highly recommend it.

Finally, I got to play a full game of Touch of Evil (from the folks who brought us the great Last Night on Earth board game).  Although last in the order of games in my opion, it was still great fun.

Someone earlier mentioned Axis and Allies.  I've been drooling over the anniversary edition that was just released.    If i could justify the 80 bucks or more it costs, and was sure I could find willing players in the chicago gang, I'd be all over it. 


edit:  oops, i think the anniversary edition of AA was what greeneggs was talking about.
7877  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ballad of Douche Quadbike on: December 19, 2008, 06:10:37 PM
I know it lessens me, but god do i find this whole thing funny....
7878  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Spirit on: December 19, 2008, 06:07:01 PM
Those characters are pretty big ticket items in the superhero world, though.  The spirit hasn't had a significant presence on comic book stands in many, many years.  The only reason this one got screen time is because Miller is a big time fanboi of Eisner's work.  I just wish he was a big time director to boot.   icon_cry
7879  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Spirit on: December 19, 2008, 02:52:34 PM
ah dang it. 

Quote


Variety says:

    plunges into a watery grave early on and spends roughly the next 100 minutes gasping for air. Pushing well past the point of self-parody, Miller has done Will Eisner's pioneering comicstrip no favors by drenching it in the same self-consciously neo-noir monochrome put to much more compelling use in "Sin City."

The Hollywood Reporter says:

    truly a mess. Fans of "Sin City" and "300" will populate theaters for the film's opening, but boxoffice will fall quickly. The film's campiness might then pull in a different sort of aficionados -- those who celebrate films such as "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" for their silly acting and overripe dialogue.


I had hopes it might still turn out to be good, but I have yet to see even one positive word written about the movie.  I'm a huge Spirit fan and this sucks because it effectively means there will either never be another Spirit film, or we won't see another one for at least a couple of decades.  Box office receipts may save it if people are desperate and there's nothing else playing (see Scary Movies I, II, III, IV, XII and MXXII), but I have a sneaking suspicion that that won't happen with this one.
7880  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Clearing the Backlog/Cheapgamer on: December 18, 2008, 09:16:42 PM
I'm also going into saving mode.  I haven't picked up a full price game since Fallout 3. 

Currently playing:

Gothic 3 (always wanted to go back and finish it with the community patch)
Fable 3 (almost done)
Fallout 3 (for some reason I burned out after 30 hours.  now i'm trying to work up the will to go back.   icon_confused)
The Witcher Enhanced (chapter 3 and going strong)


Always on rotation:

Burnout Paradise
Catan - Arcade
Ticket to Ride - Arcade
Sins of a Solar Empire
Med II - Total War
Space Rangers 2


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