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8081  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How has the economic downturn affected you? on: September 19, 2008, 04:27:41 PM
My 401k is just tormenting me.  I've ALWAYS put the max amount into it, and to open the maintenance page for my account and see that I'm losing my investments faster than I'm contributing is really depressing.  I know that realistically, it's not analogous to actually losing money, but man is it bringing me down.

Other than that, things are just generally slow at work right now.  We have a couple of prospects in the pipe, but right now I'm just doing busy work (catching up on some internal IT documentation, brushing up on my SQL, etc.).  I work for a small firm so my experience is limited, unfortunately.  If something were to happen to this place, I'd be hard pressed to return to a large company.   I also doubt I'd remain in Chicago.  I'm a small town boy who's just about had his fill of urban life. icon_frown
8082  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fringe Premiere on: September 19, 2008, 03:48:41 PM
Whedon is a rarity, however.  The man's talent is so friggin' great that he hits the ground running with anything he does.  Since we can't clone the man and have him write every show on television, we have to hope that other writers develop the same level of writing over time that Whedon just whips out of his sleeve on a minute's notice.   icon_wink

8083  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Eureka - Here Come the Suns on: September 19, 2008, 03:08:25 PM
Quote
It all began way back in October 2007 when the Sci Fi Channel announced to the Eureka staff that 1) we would have an official commercial sponsor this season, one that was kicking in a lot of dough and would therefore 2) require tons of product placement throughout Season Three.  We were also told that 3) ONE EPISODE in Season Three would have to incorporate a storyline in which the actual product HAD to save Eureka somehow, or at the very least, be INDISPENSABLE to Carterís Act 5 solve.


Dang it, why couldn't Trojan have stepped up their effort during the bidding war?
8084  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [Warhammer] a few questions for the vets on: September 18, 2008, 05:52:03 PM
what's the color hierarchy for loot?  I believe purple is the highest, but what's the other possible levels?

8085  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fringe Premiere on: September 18, 2008, 05:16:53 PM

Quote from: walTer on September 18, 2008, 04:30:29 PM

Well, I just get the feeling that they are slapping a story together and then -- ok like in the last episode, there was a killer out there- and then he was a killer that was an old cold case, that oh just happened to be related to crazy doctor's work years ago, that just happened to be a case that had a huge emotional effect on the FBI agent (forget her name now), then he was and experiment from a co-worker of crazy dude and low and behold it is part of the Pattern....what?



are you talking about the pilot?  they went to get the doctor because he was involved in similar research years ago.  that wasn't random.

if you're talking about the latest episode, the "Pattern" is the underlying theme. the team was directed to this case by higher ups who are part of this conspiracy.  it remains to be seen how random this was.  you're crying foul before the rules have been explained or even explored.  for someone who loved the x-files, that seems rather strange.   icon_wink
8086  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fringe Premiere on: September 18, 2008, 04:16:49 PM

Quote from: walTer on September 18, 2008, 04:13:51 PM

At least if this show were like the X Files it would be good.

Wow, talk about a random-no plot - makes no sense show.  It really is just not a well written show.  Still recording but that cancel button is getting closer to being pushed.

define "random-no plot".  i'm not sold on the show as of yet, but i don't understand what that means.  there was a plot, it fell within the realm of the show's premise and it made sense (albeit in a goofy ass manner at times). 

as for holding it up to a standard using x-files as the measuring stick, i hope we haven't all forgotten the sheer stupidity of the conspiracy plot that chris carter tried desperately to weave into the show even when it became so moronic that it made your head spin.

i'm giving the show some leeway as it finds it footing.  i'm hoping it gets rid of the writing staff it currently has in favor of talent that wasn't culled from that horrible Night Stalker redux.  I'm also hoping they flesh out the mad doctor a bit more and don't end up making him a comic foible.  he needs to have an undertone of menace to him, imho.

8087  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: YouTube Link of the Day on: September 18, 2008, 03:49:21 PM

Quote from: rickfc on September 18, 2008, 03:41:59 PM

Quote from: hepcat on September 18, 2008, 03:39:22 PM

Small Wonder


BEST.SHOW.EVER

while drunkenly watching late night tv in college many, many moons ago, an episode of this show appeared out of nowhere on some obscure channel.  after the credits rolled, we began to write a message to the head writer asking him, "for the love of god, please take your own life.".

...we really should have mailed that.
8088  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: YouTube Link of the Day on: September 18, 2008, 03:39:22 PM

Quote from: JohnathanStrange on September 18, 2008, 02:24:06 PM

Okaaaay...I guess I'm neither drunk nor bored enough yet to find either funny. I'll try again later though.

don't bother, my guess is that you will never find them funny.    icon_wink

not an insult, just a fact that everyone has different tastes in humor. 

however, if that were a clip from Mama's Family or Small Wonder and you were raving about how funny it was, I'd be forced to slap you.

8089  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fringe Premiere on: September 18, 2008, 03:29:37 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on September 18, 2008, 12:20:47 PM

Not to completely derail the thread here, but...

How does the tv series Torchwood compare to this show?  I've had two different people mention it to me.

Previously to just now looking it up, I had never even heard of it.  Are Fringe and Torchwood similar? 

I absolutely loathe Torchwood.  The guy who plays Captain Jack is just pure ham.  In small doses on Dr. Who, he's likable.  Given a leading role and he's just cheesy beyond belief.  Everything he does ends in a pose and his constant mugging for the camera just grates on me.

The stories show promise every now and again, but then the writers are forced to shoe horn in sexual content because they want the show to be "edgy".  They also seem to be under a direct mandate to make every single person on the show bisexual...even guest stars.  I'm still waiting for house pets to start copulating on screen with like genders. 

Fringe, at least so far, has been less goofy and (with the exception of jackson) a little better in the acting department.

As for content comparison, Torchwood is the Red Shoe Diaries version of X-Files, while Fringe is the Misfits of Science version of X-Files.
8090  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Harkonis and company -- where are you? on: September 17, 2008, 07:59:03 PM

Quote from: msduncan on September 17, 2008, 07:44:15 PM

Interesting --  I registered under what I thought was The Wanderers.   But instead it was The Wanderers - Explorers of All.    No idea what that is all about.

dude, that's a NAMBLA site!!!

( Tongue)
8091  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Harkonis and company -- where are you? on: September 17, 2008, 07:09:10 PM
I can't invite (i'm a peon) and I won't be on tonight (gaming with a friend) but when i logged in last night after getting my preorder head start, there were quite a few folks running around with the words "The Wanderers" under their character names.  Just send one a tell and they can find someone who can invite you in.
8092  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: YouTube Link of the Day on: September 17, 2008, 06:48:33 PM
Richard and Sal.  Ya gotta love those two...   icon_lol
8093  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Harkonis and company -- where are you? on: September 17, 2008, 06:43:25 PM
Duncan, what took you so damn long   icon_wink

If i'm not mistaken, most of us are on Ostermark on the Order side.  come join the light side....
8094  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Zune software update 3.0 on: September 17, 2008, 06:35:41 PM
ah, you're talking about playlists only (and albums, artists, etc. found in playlists).  now i get it.

yeah...no...nothin' like that that i can find.
8095  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Venture Brothers....going downhill? on: September 17, 2008, 06:33:47 PM

Quote from: Teggy on September 17, 2008, 05:22:55 PM

well, looking at the episode list, I guess sealab devolved pretty quickly.  The early episodes were pretty coherent, like the one with the kid from the make-a-wish foundation and Debbie interviewing people to father her baby, but then you got in to stuff like the Bizarro episode and the one where the captain is playing golf through the station. That stuff was funny at times but often had me shaking me head.

Brak went bad when they changed the Mom's voice. That was really jarring.

Yeah, i agree.  The first two seasons of Sealab are priceless.  Murph was my hero.  Unfortunately, after the actor who voiced him passed away, they lost their momentum.   icon_cry
8096  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Twilight...vampire flick on: September 17, 2008, 06:29:56 PM

Quote from: Farscry on September 17, 2008, 04:49:11 PM



The fact that the author is a devout Mormon who set out to write wholesome stories promoting good values and vetted by her minister explains a hell of a lot about these books.

Jeebus, why don't they just call the series "Big Love: Transylvania"?
8097  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Zune software update 3.0 on: September 17, 2008, 06:27:16 PM

Quote from: hentzau on September 17, 2008, 06:21:48 PM

Quote from: kadnod on September 17, 2008, 06:17:23 PM

Quote from: hentzau on September 17, 2008, 05:53:33 PM

My question:  Why can't they add a shuffle function to playlists???  Or even to an album?  Or an artist?  WOuld that be so hard to do???


Maybe I'm misunderstanding the question, but isn't that option under "settings:music"?

Ah.  So I have an option to turn on a permanant shuffle mode, and from there the playlists, albums, etc will always shuffle.  Not quite as elegant as having an option at the top of the playlist that said "shuffle" but I can live with it.

I'm confused.   icon_confused  I'm looking at my zune right now and at the top of every section except playlists are the words "Shuffle All".  Maybe I'm misunderstanding what you're looking for?
8098  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: September 17, 2008, 05:49:39 PM

Quote from: Purge on September 17, 2008, 05:12:52 PM

Quote from: Purge on September 17, 2008, 04:53:17 PM

Down again. frown

Up again.

 icon_cry


(okay, okay...just kidding)
8099  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fringe Premiere on: September 17, 2008, 03:11:02 PM
Supernatural is still the best horror based show on prime time.  I like Fringe and think it shows promise if they give the crazy doctor more screen time, clear up the conspiracy plot (really, it just seems tacked on at this point) and get some good talent to craft "monster of the week" shows (right now it's like they've hired all the former writers from that abysmal Night Stalker remake); but Supernatural has decent horror stories combined with some genuinely funny moments with actors who I honestly thought I would never like in a million years.  Over the course of the last few seasons, the writers on Supernatural have figured out the proper formula for the show and have it down to a science at this point.  I'm really looking forward to tomorrow night's season premiere.
8100  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Warhammer Online headed to Open Beta on 9/7 on: September 17, 2008, 02:39:07 PM
the books need to be opened, damnit!  i believe an oversight committee consisting of YK, Ritt and Soulbringer should be convened to go over the numbers (leave me out since I can't count to 11 without dropping my pants)! 
 
8101  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan producer/game director quits Funcom on: September 17, 2008, 02:13:37 PM
It was fun for a month, but ultimately it became just the same old song and dance for me.  To be clear, ALL mmorpg's lose my interest after a period ranging from a month to 6 months.  The ones that have kept me longest (EQ2, DAoC, City of Heroes/Villains, LOTRO and WoW) do so primarily because of content (especially when it comes to starting up new alts) or because of neat loot that I can use to really make a difference in my character (WoW is especially good at this...and the new Warhammer appears to be following that paradigm so far...although whether that lasts remains to be seen).  AoC has one starting zone for all characters and the drops weren't terribly impressive to me.  The much ballyhooed interactive combat was really just a gimmick, imho.  I didn't really see any substantial strategy involved in the combat, to be honest.

In the end, it was a very pretty game with some nice mechanics, but nothing to really push it ahead of the pack.

8102  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Warhammer Online headed to Open Beta on 9/7 on: September 17, 2008, 01:58:47 PM
I feel we should investigate corruption in the guild.  this "guild tax" seems a lot like union dues.  i fear we have a jimmy hoffa at the top tier....    icon_twisted
8103  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [Warhammer] a few questions for the vets on: September 17, 2008, 12:09:12 PM
i was joking.  i went with "Gage" for my witch hunter on ostermark.
8104  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [Warhammer] a few questions for the vets on: September 16, 2008, 07:51:21 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on September 16, 2008, 07:42:26 PM



Basically RP servers act as a somewhat effective filter for screening out 10-year old WoW-kiddiez who like to name their characters SirFartsALot.





<shakes head as he scratches something off his notepad>

how about "BeefHammer"?  that's kind'a warhammer-ish, isn't it?
8105  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [Warhammer] a few questions for the vets on: September 16, 2008, 06:38:25 PM
Thanks Sky, that makes me feel a bit more comfortable...although I also feel Reemul brought a more appealing idea to the table in that I've always wanted to ask guys pretending to be chicks in an mmorpg to "look upon my sword".





....



(joking...good god...joking)
8106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Perfect CRPG - What would YOU want? on: September 16, 2008, 06:14:57 PM

Quote from: brettmcd on September 16, 2008, 06:02:05 PM

Shadowrun universe, done in a baldurs gate 2 style of play.    The only game I would ever play.

i would buy that in a new york minute...
8107  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [Warhammer] a few questions for the vets on: September 16, 2008, 06:02:38 PM
Since this is becoming the go to thread for war questions, i have one on etiquette.

due to the wanderers choice in servers, i'm planning on making a character on ostermark.  this will be my first real experience with an RP server in an mmorpg (i tried one in wow but quickly abandoned my character after a few days), so i'm not sure how i should behave.  is there a guideline somewhere with suggestions on how to talk, act, etc..?

thanks for any suggestions!
8108  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Zune software update 3.0 on: September 16, 2008, 05:57:22 PM

Quote from: kratz on September 16, 2008, 05:48:33 PM

It IS about time. Literally.

Does it have a compass in the stock?

careful with that zune, ralphie...you'll blow your ears out
8109  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Warhammer Online headed to Open Beta on 9/7 on: September 16, 2008, 05:25:49 PM

Quote from: Xmann on September 16, 2008, 05:23:43 PM

without having to go through this entire thread, i have a quick question....

for someone who didn't play the beta or preorder or anything, can i just go to D2D and download the game and start playing today or do i have to wait a couple days?   is today just for beta players and those who preordered?  i was in Best Buy and looked for a copy and they didn't have any yet.

i don't know about the D2D question, but i would imagine that if you wanted to play today for sure, you could just pick up a pre-order box at best buy.  I was at my local BB at lunch and there were a ton of those things still on the shelves.

just use the pre-order key that's on a slip of paper inside the box at the mythic account page (after creating an account, of course) and you should be good to go.
8110  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Zune software update 3.0 on: September 16, 2008, 05:15:34 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on September 16, 2008, 04:49:14 PM


 and there is now a setting to add a clock to the display which is great.

it's about freakin' time!   icon_biggrin
8111  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Zune software update 3.0 on: September 16, 2008, 04:01:22 PM
whoo hoo.  been waitin' on this one.  unfortunately, i didn't hook up my zune to my computer on my out the door this morning so the device update will have to wait until I get home tonight.
8112  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Twilight...vampire flick on: September 16, 2008, 01:40:33 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on September 16, 2008, 01:29:16 PM

Quote from: hepcat on September 16, 2008, 12:47:46 PM

What we NEED is a vampire version of Van Wilder.  A Nosferatu who enjoys the heck out of being undead.  Now THAT would be worth seeing.

Stubbs the Zombie?  There could be dancing...

as long as i don't have to press corresponding buttons on a controller to continue watching the film, i'm in...
8113  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tropic Thunder on: September 16, 2008, 12:53:18 PM

Quote from: Ridah on September 15, 2008, 10:24:49 PM


Agreed, the writing was pretty lame for the most part. I have to guiltily admit I did most of my laughing during the Simple Jack scenes...

methinks therein lies the answer to your dislike for the writing in the rest of the film.   Tongue

it wasn't a great comedy, but i still thought it had its moments.  i don't regret the cost of seeing it in a theater.
8114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Twilight...vampire flick on: September 16, 2008, 12:47:46 PM
What we NEED is a vampire version of Van Wilder.  A Nosferatu who enjoys the heck out of being undead.  Now THAT would be worth seeing.
8115  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Warhammer Online headed to Open Beta on 9/7 on: September 16, 2008, 12:04:49 PM
For those of you getting authentication errors this morning when trying to update your game for the SE, try changing the password.  It may be a coincidence and the authentication servers came back online during the 3 minutes it took me to change the password, but it worked for me at 7am Central Time (SE was supposed to start at 7am Eastern, so I waited an hour before trying to find a resolution).  After numerous authentication failures, I just went into my mythic account page and changed my game account password.  Patcher started up right away.  Like I said, could be coincidence and they just started them up an hour later for SE head start, but it's worth a try if you're still having issues.
8116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Burn after Reading - Impressions (Spoilers, natch) on: September 15, 2008, 09:49:08 PM

Quote from: DragonFyre on September 15, 2008, 09:47:42 PM

Quote from: kathode on September 15, 2008, 09:13:54 PM

I found it difficult to empathize with any characters whatsoever. 

I emphasized with JK Simmons' character. Man, he was brilliant.

"The russians?"

Just his general attitude to all that was going on as it was relayed to him was priceless. 
8117  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tropic Thunder on: September 15, 2008, 09:43:41 PM

Quote from: hentzau on September 15, 2008, 03:03:05 PM

Man.  I must have seen a different movie from everyone else.  I went to a matinee of this last week, and couldn't wait for it to be over.  I even viewed the call from work that took me out of the theater for five minutes a welcome interruption.  I laughed like a half dozen times, maybe.

(And the only reason I was in the movie was because the movie theater dropped an early screening of the movie that I wanted to see, and this was the next thing showing...)

Please remember that you berated me for hating Clerks II.  Now you will be ridiculed as you ridiculed me.  Grab the edges of the table and get ready....


 icon_twisted
8118  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Burn after Reading - Impressions (Spoilers, natch) on: September 15, 2008, 09:18:55 PM
I saw it saturday and while I enjoyed it, it still pales in comparison to many prior coen efforts.  the characters were just too one dimensional.  pitt's character, for example, had no back story whatsoever.  not even a slight hint as to what makes him tick.  i usually look for these details in a coen film but found them missing this time around.

As i said, i enjoyed it.  I laughed out loud more than once.  But i can't recommend it for anything beyond a rental or a bargain matinee. 

oh, and the funniest parts of the movie involved J.K. Simmons.  He was hilarious in his befuddlement.
8119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DRM] Red Alert 3's DRM crapola revealed on: September 15, 2008, 08:15:18 PM

Quote from: Huw the Poo on September 15, 2008, 08:13:02 PM

  If a copy-protection could be used that not only works, but also presents only a tiny inconvenience to the paying customer, I'd be all for it.  Hell, Starforce almost made the grade! slywink

but wouldn't that interfere with those who wouldn't purchase the game, but would download it anyway?   icon_wink
8120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DRM] Red Alert 3's DRM crapola revealed on: September 15, 2008, 07:56:30 PM

Quote from: Huw the Poo on September 15, 2008, 07:26:31 PM


I was careful to point out that I'm talking about people who wouldn't have bought the game anyway, in which case I think the crime is victimless.



I'm also not trying to be a jerk, but you seriously don't believe that, right?  I mean, that's just wrong on a level that cannot even be debated.  The victim is the person who created the item.  By downloading it illegally, you're taking the money that would potentially be in their pockets from that sale away from them.  And this crap about theft not applying to anyone who wasn't going to purchase it anyway is just ridiculous.  If they weren't going to purchase it, why are they downloading it?  that's like me stealing tampons.  If I wouldn't purchase tampons (being a guy), why in the hell would I take them for free?

if you download it, you wanted it.  if you wanted it, the potential for a sale exists.  end of story.   icon_eek

Look, i can't stand the DRM used by EA in the aforementioned games.  However, I also place the blame squarely at both EA's AND a software pirate's feet.  EA for overreacting and instituting knee jerk reactionary anti-piracy measures, and the warez scene for making them react at all. 
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