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7921  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The past (somewhat rambling) on: October 09, 2008, 03:14:34 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 09, 2008, 02:55:49 PM



yeah, but it was usually a 30 minute wait for a 15 second ride.  At least their coasters were usually a few minutes long. 


are you talking about G Lake or C Point?  C Point had fantastic roller coasters.  Blue Devil, the Superman ride, that great old wooden one that made me reevaluate my life choices in the face of imminent death every time I rode it, etc..
7922  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The past (somewhat rambling) on: October 09, 2008, 02:42:02 PM
but cedar point has   THE DEMON DROP!

it's the closest a person can get to committing legalized suicide, man!
7923  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The past (somewhat rambling) on: October 09, 2008, 01:43:36 PM

Quote from: Speaker2Animals on October 09, 2008, 11:02:56 AM

Nice find. That guy has some neat stuff on that illicit ohio site.

Go back to the main pages, then check out some of the other places he's photographed. I got a kick out of Mike Tyson's abandoned Mansion in rural Ohio(before he moved to Vegas, & the one he used to keep tigers at). Pretty Neat. THink this is the house he had back when Don King was involved & the idea was to keep Tyson training & staying in waaaay rural Ohio, hidden off in Amish country & away from trouble. Mixed results there.

a friend of mine worked for a company that installed gym equipment  around that time period.  one day he got a call to head out to some guy's house.  imagine his surprise when the door opened and there was mike tyson in all his glory.  he said the house was beautiful though.  tyson would pop his head in during the installation and even struck up a conversation with my friend about tyson's animal collection (he had a tiger at the time, if i'm not mistaken) and how difficult it was to get the permits he needed to house them in that area. 

oh, and Rex's Erection was about 3 miles from where I attended college (when I showed up, that is).  it had a great dinner buffet that was dirt cheap...if you didn't mind the sermon that was piped through the dining hall during the evening.
7924  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Heroes Season 3 (spoilers for our less fortunate European friends) on: October 09, 2008, 02:54:15 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on October 09, 2008, 02:23:13 AM

Ritt, apparently Peter/Claire/Adam's healing abilities don't heal damage that was caused when their powers are off.   This is how it's possible for the other Peter to actually die, and how Peter can get a scar in the first place.

if that were true, they'd all three be dead at least a half dozen times over by now.  i'd be willing to buy into that theory with no problems if the writers would simply stick to it.
7925  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CHUCK IS BACK! Chuck vs. The First Date Spoilers! on: October 08, 2008, 08:59:02 PM
Monday's episode was by far the funniest one I've seen.  I watched it with a friend who was visiting and we were both surprised at how much we laughed.  I hope this means they've hit their stride.  I always thought it was amusing, but it went to a whole new level with this last episode.
7926  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Seinfeld, Gates, churros and shoes. on: October 08, 2008, 08:54:41 PM
I think moving to 4 gig allowed the system to rely much, much less on the pagefile.  My drives are a bit older and, even though I place the pagefile on a separate drive from the programs and OS, they were getting thrashed.  Shutting down after playing Warhammer Online used to take about 5 full minutes of slow response after the game client closed, now it's more like 20 seconds.  I've come to the conclusion that 4 gigs is the sweet spot for vista.
7927  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Prison Break - Fall 2008's Best Unwatched show? on: October 08, 2008, 08:47:25 PM
I feel they jumped the shark after leaving the prison, to be honest.  I've tried watching it this season but I'm not diggin' it.  Now it seems to be more an attempt to make Oceans 15 or something.
7928  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Seinfeld, Gates, churros and shoes. on: October 08, 2008, 08:45:05 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on September 13, 2008, 02:59:32 AM

Quote
plus, i work in IT as well and should give it a shakedown beyond the VMware images I maintain for client testing for our apps (although i am definitely not pushing it to our employees until i have no choice

Yeah, as much as I sing Vista's praises as my home OS, there's no way in hell I'm pushing it out to my users.  icon_biggrin We just have too many legacy apps that would likely freak out. I actually do have Vista 64 on my PC at work, and have had no problems, but then again I don't use a lot of the older software on a day to day basis that the rest of the employees do.

Okay, I'm a convert.  I upgraded to Vista 64 the weekend before last after realizing my disk was so fragmented that even defrag wasn't reclaiming everything.   It had been 2 years since my last OS installation, so I figured what the heck, time for a spring (or fall, as the case may be) cleaning.

After making this decision, I went ahead and decided to just go for it and put Vista 64 on the system. 

Took me about 4 hours to get everything just the way I like it and then I spent about 5 hours installing games, tweaking them, etc..  I noticed a marked performance hit in many of the games.  For days this bugged me.  Then I decided to replace the 2 gigs of 5300 DDR2 memory it currently had with 4 gigs of 6400 DDR2. 

...wow.  that made a much larger difference than I anticipated.  The system is running quick and smooth now.  I'm quite happy with the gaming compatibility so far.  There are some quirks (Gothic 3 was a bear to get running correctly and some games still hiccup and ask for the disc even when it's in the tray), but overall I'm quite happy with the upgrade!

consider me convinced now.   icon_wink
7929  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Google: Protecting you from emailing while drunk on: October 08, 2008, 08:37:57 PM
As I sit here, gazing out over the 400 copies of "Dorf on Golf" strewn across my living room, I lament the fact that this service didn't exist sooner....
7930  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The past (somewhat rambling) on: October 08, 2008, 08:24:41 PM
Ohio also has an inordinate number of roadside attractions for a state NOT in the western part of the country.  My father loved those things.  The tackier the better.  I have very fond memories of him dragging us to as many of these sites as he could on our aforementioned annual amusement park tour. 

Offhand I recall Mystery Hill (Where water flows uphill!); Dinosaur Park (installing a 15 foot tall rubberized Brontosaurus statue and proclaiming yourself "Dinosaur Park" always struck me as a bit disingenuous); The Blue Hole (The world's deepest pit!  See the horse and carriage still lodged at the bottom of this natural wonder...of course, it was actually just a tiny plastic horse and carriage model that was reflected off two mirrors...but what the hey!"); and at least 17 miniature golf courses with themes such as horror, comedy, cartoons and premature ejaculation.

7931  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The past (somewhat rambling) on: October 08, 2008, 06:34:15 PM
Getting off the Village People wardrobe discussion:

I grew up in Ohio and I have to say, Geauga Lake always sucked.  Cedar Point was the 12000 pound gorilla across the lake that not only ate Geauga Lake's lunch, it also showed up at its house and had its way with Geauga Lake's wife, mother and various housepets.

I remember getting dragged to Geauga Lake as part of the "Sandusky amusement park tour" Ohioans have to observe each summer.  I also remember coming up with a job description for them:  official apologizer.  they would hire someone to sit outside each of their crappy ass rides and apologize to people for what they just endured. 

"Yeah...I gotta say sorry about that.  The wife's been sick and we haven't had the money to fix up these rides.  Really sorry about that.  Hope you can forgive us."

Speaking of memories of Ohio amusement parks, one of my fondest is of trying to get a job at Cedar Point while a college student.  Cedar Point hired a large number of college kids to run the rides and man the booths during summers.  They also housed the kids, fed them and generally ran it like a youth hostel.  However, after seeing the list of rules they set down for their employees (including curfews, socializing rules, etc.), one of my roommates was prompted to write them a rejection letter after they called and told him he had the job.  In this letter he referred to the park as "Auschwitz on the Lake" more than once. 
7932  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kimbo Slice back on CBS, Oct 4. His Opponent? on: October 08, 2008, 06:12:43 PM
Kimbo?  Shamrock?  who names these peoples??

next up:  Low Cal Topping vs. Hat Rack
7933  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 1 week since my last cigarette on: October 07, 2008, 08:58:12 PM
From Dr. Katz

"My father tried everything to quit smoking.

He tried hypnosis and it didn't really take.

Then he tried that thing with all the needles, what do they call that…

....oh yeah...Heroin. He loves it." —Bill Braudis
7934  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [movie] OSS 117 or Hey, when did the French develop a sense of humor??? on: October 07, 2008, 08:35:26 PM
Rented the French comedy OSS 117 over the weekend after having heard about how funny it was from a friend.  I have to say, it really is a gem.

It's a spy spoof in the vein of In Like Flint or the Austin Powers series.  It's brimming with style and the lead actor has one of those great "mugging faces" that can take even the most serious scene and turn it into a comic one with a sly smile.

Netflix and Blockbuster both have it and I highly recommend adding it to your next movie night.

 
7935  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Long Absence on: October 07, 2008, 07:33:56 PM
While I'm sad to hear of his passing, it makes me happy that he was loved enough to warrant such kind words from his son. 
7936  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Heroes Season 3 (spoilers for our less fortunate European friends) on: October 07, 2008, 04:25:09 PM
Unfortunately, there also exists badly written comic books in the market.  Trying to explain away all the missteps on Heroes over the past two seasons as simply a paradigm shift from drama to comic book overlooks this fact. 
7937  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Heroes Season 3 (spoilers for our less fortunate European friends) on: October 07, 2008, 03:36:42 PM
It seemed to be making an attempt to try to find its footing.  Whether or not it's a case of "too little, too late" remains to be seen. 

suggestion:  dump the time travel arc before you do even more damage to the plot.  plus, create a character bible that outlines what each character can and can't do and covers the history of each character and at least make some effort to refer to it from time to time. 
7938  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Good luck on your test, Pete! on: October 02, 2008, 05:45:21 PM
Good luck.  Personally, I find that taking off my pants during tests helps me to think.
7939  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Heroes Season 3 (spoilers for our less fortunate European friends) on: October 01, 2008, 08:40:06 PM
+1

edit to add that i also dislike being anally raped.
7940  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 1 week since my last cigarette on: October 01, 2008, 07:22:35 PM
Maybe it's only personally applicable, but Green Tea really helped me with the cravings. 

If that doesn't work, try to expose yourself to as many folks with Strep Throat that you can.  Smoking through that requires more effort than it's worth...
7941  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: AFI Top 100 Movie Challenge on: October 01, 2008, 06:43:55 PM

Quote from: Eel Snave on October 01, 2008, 06:38:10 PM

Quote from: hepcat on October 01, 2008, 06:36:22 PM

Quote from: Eel Snave on October 01, 2008, 06:33:34 PM


As an aside, when I was trying to type "City Lights" I accidentally typed "Clity Lights."  Definitely a different movie.

how many times did you have to watch the latter before you realized they were different films?

Like four.  I kept saying, "I thought City Lights was supposed to be a silent movie."

I was the same way with "On Golden Blonde"...
7942  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: AFI Top 100 Movie Challenge on: October 01, 2008, 06:36:22 PM

Quote from: Eel Snave on October 01, 2008, 06:33:34 PM


As an aside, when I was trying to type "City Lights" I accidentally typed "Clity Lights."  Definitely a different movie.

how many times did you have to watch the latter before you realized they were different films?
7943  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: AFI Top 100 Movie Challenge on: October 01, 2008, 06:22:04 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on September 30, 2008, 07:30:39 PM

I'm currently working my way through Lawrence of Arabia (3 1/2 hours). I've been watching it in 30 minute chunks for the past week because that's about as long as I can focus on it in one sitting. It's a really beautifully shot movie, but it's soooooo long........



I watch that film over christmas vacation every year.  it's in my top 5 film list.  o'toole is just so damn amazing.  there's a scene (i won't ruin it in case you haven't reached that part) where he unburdens himself and admits something to another character that obviously pains him a great deal that will just blow you away. 

...now i wanna watch it again, dagnabit.   icon_wink

as for citizen kane, that's actually at the top of my list.  i think your disinterest in the film's story is a contextual problem.  If you had seen this during the heyday of Hearst, it would've had a much stronger impact on you.  Hearst's power during those days cannot even be imagined in this current world of celebrity as power.  he was a force of nature and welles just went after him in a way no man had ever done. 
7944  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [warhammer] Patches, now at 1.01 on: October 01, 2008, 03:09:05 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on October 01, 2008, 11:34:30 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 01, 2008, 07:05:35 AM


I plan on following the Book of Daehawk and starting a new thread for every patch without seeing if this one has been updated  Tongue

I hate to encourage you CK, as it just ends up being painful for us all.  But sometimes you seriously crack me up.   icon_smile

sheesh, get a thread you two...
7945  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Why are there no Warhammer Online Impressions thread? on: October 01, 2008, 02:43:31 PM
Monday night I logged in for a few hours.  Took my level 13 Witch Hunter to a contested area and was just cruisin' around.  Saw a level 22 Squig Herder attacking a low level Empire character.  By the time I got near, the Empire character was dead.  Squig boy sees another enemy and sends his trusty Squig after him.  I stealth and go in for the kill, knowing full well that even a Squig Herder could kill me with that disparate a level difference. 

I hit him with Burn Armor, losing my stealth.  I fully expect him to just turn around and start whaling on me.  However, he just starts running.  I chase after him, using back stabs the whole way.  Finally, he's down to about a quarter health before he realizes that he's being chased by someone almost half his level and turns around to start fighting.  It was a Laurel and Hardy moment when he thought to himself..."Wait, I'm being attacked by a 4 year old!?!?".    icon_biggrin

He killed me, but that was more due to the fact that he'd run to a destruction keep and I couldn't close for the melee kill due to his standing within attacking distance of lvl 55 champion guards. 
7946  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Heroes Season 3 (spoilers for our less fortunate European friends) on: October 01, 2008, 02:26:41 PM

Quote from: The Grue on October 01, 2008, 12:45:30 AM

Watched it and was entertained as usual. But, I don't watch TV shows for the sole purpose of ripping them apart and acting like they anally raped me.

even when they DO anally rape you? 

if victims don't speak out, they just allow the anal raping to continue.  why do you support anal rapings???
7947  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: AoC server merge coming on: September 30, 2008, 09:12:58 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 30, 2008, 05:01:50 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on September 30, 2008, 04:00:18 PM

Thats an impressions thread. Its not for new news on the game.

seems to be plenty of new news in that thread, only an idiot can't see that.

sheesh, daehawk beat up your mom or something  icon_eek
7948  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CHUCK IS BACK! Chuck vs. The First Date Spoilers! on: September 30, 2008, 08:40:45 PM
It's a great little show.  I feel the same way about Chuck as I do Eureka:  great cast that works so well together that they make any inconsistencies in the plot/script a minor annoyance at best. 

My favorite part?

Spoiler for Hiden:
  The almost boyish glee Adam Baldwin's character shows when no one's looking as he races off to watch Jeff eat 90 twinkies in one sitting.
7949  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Heroes Season 3 (spoilers for our less fortunate European friends) on: September 30, 2008, 08:10:13 PM
I was sincerely afraid it was going to be 48 Hours with Noah and Sylar.  Fortunately, the writers came through once again and made it even more ridiculous.   Roll Eyes

I wanna like this show, but it's rapidly approaching Smallville levels of bad writing.
7950  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Appaloosa on: September 29, 2008, 05:09:41 PM
If you'd asked me who I would place on a list of my "best actors of the early 21st century" at the start of the millenium, I would never guess in a million years Viggo Mortensen.  But man, after the LotR trilogy, History of Violence and Eastern Promises the guy has really pulled himself up from his "pretty boy" roles early in his career to become one hell of a fine actor.

...plus, he earns extra points for having been married to Exene Cervenka from X. 
7951  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Appaloosa on: September 29, 2008, 02:36:50 PM
I'm chokin' on my own rage here....   Tongue
7952  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Heroes Season 3 (spoilers for our less fortunate European friends) on: September 26, 2008, 09:05:26 PM

Quote from: Jag on September 26, 2008, 08:59:14 PM

Quote from: hepcat on September 26, 2008, 02:15:05 PM

You know what this season reminds me of?  The second Highlander movie.   icon_biggrin

So that means that Season 4 will reveal they are all aliens?

that's what happened in the 2nd highlander, so it's coming up on heroes this season.

sidebar:  highlander 2 has got to be one of the silliest sequels ever made.  Especially in light of how beloved the original was.  how can you go through the entire first film without even mentioning this fact once and then expect the audience to accept it as official in the sequel?
7953  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Why are there no Warhammer Online Impressions thread? on: September 26, 2008, 03:34:19 PM
I played Stonetroll Crossing three times last night and did not understand what the hell I was supposed to do.  Now I do:  protect guy with flag.   icon_lol
7954  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Heroes Season 3 (spoilers for our less fortunate European friends) on: September 26, 2008, 02:15:05 PM
You know what this season reminds me of?  The second Highlander movie.   icon_biggrin
7955  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Someone Explain Mopping to Me on: September 25, 2008, 09:48:26 PM
Wet end faces away from you...
7956  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Food Lion: Buy 6 Milks Get 1 Free on: September 25, 2008, 08:24:43 PM
I weighed the pros and cons of all the listed grocery savings to be found in this thread and I must admit that they all pale in comparison to a huge trenchcoat with tons of hidden pocket sewn into the lining.
7957  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dont forget Knight Rider starts tonight. on: September 25, 2008, 08:21:00 PM
I will watch this show when the scourge that is reality television has been wiped from the earth, when midget wrestling takes it rightful place alongside professional football and baseball as an American institution, and when Martha Stewart writes and stars in a show about a detective agency comprised solely of hot blonde women who solve each week's crime with the liberal use of sponge baths and cleavage.

7958  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OctoCon III - Chicago - October 4th on: September 25, 2008, 08:10:54 PM
bump

Saturday after next.  Don't forget to keep hydrated during the event.  Special ponchos designed to hold in moisture will be dispensed at the door.
7959  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fringe Premiere on: September 25, 2008, 07:20:01 PM
Well, I felt ep. 3 was a bit of a letdown, to be honest.  I'm still sticking around since it may yet find its footing, though.

The thing that ticked me off was the doctor's suddenly remembering that he was the guy who worked on the chubby guy all those years ago...and that he tore out a section of his wall at home to store a device used in the experiment. 

I defended this type of story device for the first two episodes since those could be explained (albeit thinly) by coincidence.  However, this past episode it was just sloppy.

I hope this isn't an indication of how future stories are going to play out.
7960  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Heroes Season 3 (spoilers for our less fortunate European friends) on: September 25, 2008, 05:15:09 PM

Quote from: dmd on September 25, 2008, 04:02:30 PM

Maybe it'll go into a time loop thing with either Peter or Hiro at the center, and the only way to end it is to chop the head of the insidious Ando.

As long as everyone (including the women) start sporting Goatees, I'm okay with turning the entire cast evil for season 3.
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