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8201  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So any interest in doing a Forum weight loss challenge? on: August 29, 2008, 01:48:15 PM
Okay, down to 200 from 220.  Switched to a low carb diet after seeing a report in the New England Journal of Medicine that showed the results of a 3 year study.  Seems high cholesterol and weight were both significantly reduced in the low carb plan when compared to 3 other popular diets (low fat and another called the "Mediterranean diet").

Started the couch to 5k plan about 45 days ago.  I'm up to half mile run, quarter mile walk, rinse repeat ad nauseum.

170, here I come.   icon_wink
8202  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Old geezer rat bites big one on: August 28, 2008, 05:59:52 PM
Canada has a military???

...when did THIS happen?!?

...wait....wrong thread.
8203  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: James Ellroy on: August 28, 2008, 05:44:23 PM
Yeah, Black Dahlia was also disappointing, I must admit.  But Street Kings is so amazingly shallow when compared even to that film that I had to check the credits again to make sure I didn't actually see a similarly named James Elroy credited instead of THE James Ellroy.   icon_wink
8204  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: James Ellroy on: August 28, 2008, 05:32:14 PM
I just watched Street Kings because James Ellroy is listed as one of the screenwriters. 

...I gotta say, it was a big disappointment for me.  I saw none of the character depth or complex story that I've come to expect from Ellroy.  To me, it seemed extremely derivative and superficial.  I can't believe that Ellroy was that invested in the process of creating this film.   icon_eek
8205  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 1989 Joker or 2008 Joker? on: August 28, 2008, 04:01:40 PM
Please, just move on.  This derail has become tiresome at this point.
8206  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Impressions on: August 28, 2008, 03:59:57 PM
I've logged so many hours in the 360 version of Oblivion that I've decided I'm going to restart (and hopefully this time finish) the Shattered Isles expansion on the PC with the new version 2 poopmod that some kind folks are currently working on.  I also need to finish the Dark Brotherhood and Fighter's guild lines while I'm at it.  Hopefully going this route will make the experience fresh enough that I won't notice stuff I've already done countless times in my many, many hours on the 360.   icon_wink

edit:  poopmod version 2 is done!   (hope it's okay to cross post this.  If this is a breach of etiquette please let me know and i'll remove it)
8207  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 1989 Joker or 2008 Joker? on: August 28, 2008, 02:59:53 PM
We now return to our regularly scheduled program.

I have to agree somewhat with Yellowking.  I thought Ledger gave a much stronger performance than Nicholson (as pointed out by others, Jack was just being Jack for the most part), but I thought his Joker was lacking some of the over the top maniacal antics that I've come to expect from The Joker as depicted in the comics.  I'm not trivializing Ledger's accomplishments though.  If the Joker had been a new character without such a rich history, I'd have been knocked out of my seat by his work!
8208  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 1989 Joker or 2008 Joker? on: August 28, 2008, 02:43:34 PM

Quote from: DArtagnan on August 28, 2008, 02:34:34 PM

I wonder if you get the same urges when you read reviews around the net, and if you notice just how "condescending" people can get when they don't enjoy something.

Most folks around here don't (consistently) tell folks that they're morons if they don't agree with their view.  You really should seek out professional help.  I was sincere in my appraisal of your issues and I think you need to look into yourself to see if perhaps there's something that can be done.  You've been the object of many, many thread fights over the last year or so, both here and at OO, and perhaps it's time to accept the idea that that may be due to some subconscious need to elevate yourself at the expense of others.  If you want to be able to exist within a social environment such as an online forum without constant conflict, you're going to need to do something about the way in which you express your opinions.  Everyone argues on the 'net from time to time, but I don't think I've seen as high a number of negative reactions to a poster as you seem to collect in your travels.

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You demonstrated long ago that you didn't have the kind of online personality that I would ever invest anything emotional in.

If you're investing any emotion in responses from folks in an online forum, you should probably reevaluate your participation in such venues. 
8209  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: please tell me this gets easier on: August 28, 2008, 02:33:26 PM

Quote from: rickfc on August 27, 2008, 07:58:09 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on August 27, 2008, 07:50:06 PM

So this is what happens when you grow up?  Man, I've had a full time job for 6 years now, and I still go to bed and get up whenever I want. Tongue

Standing on the corner selling your mangina for crack does not count as a full-time job.  slywink


I consider it more of a hobby than an actual job...
8210  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: City of Heroes Issue 13: Architect (mission creator; day jobs) on: August 28, 2008, 02:32:15 PM

Quote from: Destructor on August 27, 2008, 10:18:03 PM

Quote from: hepcat on August 27, 2008, 06:56:38 PM

Okay, the architect thing just sounds great.  really screams "innovation".  i may have to resub when they release this!

Not to be a party pooper, but the little known game Ryzom has the exact same feature already included. Yeah, they got canned and just returned from the grave, but they still have the feature available.

That said - I was excited to hear that CoX was getting it back at the 4th Anniversary, and I'm still excited to get it soon.

hmm...i never played that one.  may be worth seeking out.
8211  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GRAW 2 Postmortem on: August 28, 2008, 02:11:20 PM
I love, love, love the map packs for GRAW2 that were released.  Especially the one that includes a ton of old maps from the original Ghost Recon PC series.  It brings back such fond memories when I load up those maps and try to go it alone.  It's like replaying the original series but with all the new bells and whistles.  If you haven't picked these DLC's up, I can't recommend them enough.

Heck, now I wanna organize a GRAW2 night to play these maps in MP.   icon_wink
8212  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 1989 Joker or 2008 Joker? on: August 28, 2008, 01:55:25 PM
I understand that being contrary is what makes you feel special.  Makes you feel like you're somebody.  It's oftentimes a symptom in cases of almost debilitating low self esteem.  I realize that you're driven not by actual logic or true bouts of insight, but by a pathology that dictates that in order for you to justify your existence you must belittle all others whenever the opportunity arises. 

I actually am not angry or upset with you.  In fact, I pity you.  It must be very difficult for you and I can only imagine the anguish you feel when you're unable to convince others of your superiority. 

I hope you someday get the help you need, truly I do.   icon_cry
8213  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 1989 Joker or 2008 Joker? on: August 28, 2008, 12:32:15 PM

Quote from: DArtagnan on August 28, 2008, 10:20:50 AM

I don't like anything?

But it's not true!

I like Hellgate, Too Human, and even Space Siege (though not much).


No you don't, and you know it.  You're just saying that because those games were not well reviewed/liked.  Don't be such a predictable drone.  Pete's right:  you're just contrary for the sake of being contrary.

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Anyway, I'm glad you enjoyed Dark Knight. So did I, really, and I believe it's a fine film in terms of entertainment. Does it belong where the hype originally placed it (No. 1 on IMDB)? No, and you all know it. I haven't checked the score, but I'm pretty sure it'll end up below top 10 - which is somewhat more realistic.

your original statements implied that anyone who thought the story in The Dark Knight had any depth was a 10 year old child.  Now you're simply saying it's not the best movie ever made.   Problem is, no one took issue with the idea that it wasn't the greatest film ever made.  You're just hoping to get SOMEONE to agree with you, it appears. 

Try this statement next:  "It's got people in it!  And there's talking!".  You may get someone on board after that.   icon_lol
8214  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 1989 Joker or 2008 Joker? on: August 28, 2008, 12:08:33 AM

Quote from: PeteRock on August 27, 2008, 09:55:26 PM

I think most here are competent enough to develop unbiased opinions about a film's quality without buying into an alleged mass hysteria. 

not me.  i actually do form my opinions based solely on what others tell me.  speaking of which, i'm gonna need your opinion on Babylon AD after it opens.  i really need to know what i think of it.
8215  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OctoCon III - Chicago - October 4th on: August 27, 2008, 09:46:28 PM

Quote from: Graham on August 27, 2008, 09:36:54 PM

Wish you were doing something this weekend, but I should be able to make it that weekend.  I doubt I'll have my copy of BSG by that time though.   crybaby

man, i really wanna try BSG.  it was snapped up so quick at gencon that i actually saw a faint, smoke shaped figure of the box for a few minutes at the FFG booth....
8216  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 1989 Joker or 2008 Joker? on: August 27, 2008, 09:45:07 PM

Quote from: DArtagnan on August 27, 2008, 09:32:50 PM



"It's not who you are inside, it's what you DO that defines you!"


a parrot can quote a man, doesn't mean he understands what he's quoting though.

seriously, do you ever post anything that doesn't come across as being written by the comic book shop owner from the simpsons?    icon_lol
8217  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OctoCon III - Chicago - October 4th on: August 27, 2008, 09:27:42 PM
If I show up in a cop outfit and place a boombox on one of the tables...run like hell.
8218  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OctoCon III - Chicago - October 4th on: August 27, 2008, 08:09:40 PM
I'll be there in full costume signing autographs from 9 am to 10:30 am.  After that I'll be hanging around in a speedo, heckling players.
8219  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 1989 Joker or 2008 Joker? on: August 27, 2008, 07:47:23 PM

Quote from: noun on August 27, 2008, 06:43:24 PM

Quote from: DArtagnan on August 27, 2008, 06:07:07 PM


I'm no big fan of Burton's work either, but at least he didn't saturate his Batman films with a 10-year old's moral concepts and preachy raised finger speeches about humanity. Give me a break.

Elaborate on the 10 year old moral concepts, please.

he didn't understand the actual message of the film and is giving you his view based solely on this inability to grasp that message.  therefore the elaboration will simply be an extension of that misunderstanding.  ergo:  pointless
8220  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: City of Heroes Issue 13: Architect (mission creator; day jobs) on: August 27, 2008, 06:56:38 PM
Okay, the architect thing just sounds great.  really screams "innovation".  i may have to resub when they release this!
8221  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Impressions on: August 27, 2008, 05:37:44 PM
Yeah, I do NOT look back fondly on the umpteen gates I had to close in the main quest.  What made it even more unbearable for me was that each one had hall after hall and room after room that looked exactly alike.  It was so friggin' easy to just wander in a circle for hours until you found the one right door amongst the 1200 that looked exactly the same that I almost threw my controller down in disgust more than once.    icon_mad
8222  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: please tell me this gets easier on: August 27, 2008, 05:22:27 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on August 27, 2008, 03:58:13 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on August 27, 2008, 02:07:30 AM

It gets easier.  And if you need reassurance, think of all the people like me that had to go to school full time and then work 30 hours a week to keep a roof over their heads.

Or those of us who had to go to school full time and then work 60 to 70 hours a week to keep a roof over our heads, food on the table, and loans paid on time.  I still wonder how I ever managed to survive.



christ, it's like listening to my grandmother

"One gumball...that's all we had during the war...one gumball...AND THE NAZIS TOOK IT!"

 Tongue
8223  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Passchendaele the movie. on: August 27, 2008, 05:18:16 PM
wait...Canada has a military???

When did THIS happen!?
8224  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Support Your Local USMC Kato on: August 27, 2008, 04:17:44 PM
Thank goodness you're okay, kato.  We were all hoping for the best and I'm glad to see it came to pass.  Now get your uncovered ass home.
8225  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fatal Frame 2: Crimson Butterfly on: August 27, 2008, 12:29:12 AM
I've had this for my 360 for a while now and never got past the first hour in the game.  I'm currently on a retro kick, finishing up fable right now, so it may be high time to actually sit down and play this one through.
8226  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jay Leno sucks on: August 26, 2008, 11:57:24 PM

Quote from: rickfc on August 26, 2008, 10:20:27 PM

Quote from: The Grue on August 26, 2008, 10:18:36 PM

Quote from: papasmurff on August 26, 2008, 10:13:31 PM

Letterman sucks.....so does conan.....Leno is the only one I will watch

Wow.

Srsly.  The only way that Leno would be good would be if they just let Kevin Eubanks play for the whole hour.

dang, and i like papa s...how can i accept this revelation!?!



8227  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jagged Alliance DS on: August 26, 2008, 07:34:24 PM
I remember when they announced that Europa Universalis was coming to the PSP.  That never saw the light of day, as far as I can tell.   icon_cry
8228  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Use of Playstation Network has been suspended? on: August 26, 2008, 07:12:10 PM
I had you banned.  I didn't like the way you refused to call me "Your Lord and Master" the last time we played together....


 Tongue
8229  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tropic Thunder on: August 26, 2008, 07:05:27 PM

Quote from: Fellstrike on August 26, 2008, 05:48:59 AM

if only this still worked ... it was up the other day but didn't have time to watch it *sigh*




wait..did you just post a pirate warez video site link?   icon_eek

who wants to take up a collection for KD's legal fund?   icon_lol

8230  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jay Leno sucks on: August 26, 2008, 06:46:13 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on August 26, 2008, 06:44:52 PM

Ferguson is awesome- he doesn't even need guests.  I could watch just an hour of him talking to the camera. 

would you go so far as to say he's "dreamy", kevin?
 

 Tongue
8231  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Perry Bible Fellowship guys on: August 26, 2008, 06:29:15 PM
You can be nostalgic for your grandparents, simple living and a more innocent age without including the soul deadening aspect of Hee Haw, you know.

I still wake up in a cold sweat, convinced Minnie Pearl is outside my door wantin' to "get frisky" with me.  My father actually used her instead of Satan as an example of what happens to bad people.
8232  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jay Leno sucks on: August 26, 2008, 06:18:25 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on August 26, 2008, 05:51:05 PM

I think they've already said explicitly that Conan's style will change when he moves to the Leno slot. 

you mean he's actually told the press that he's going to stop being funny???


 icon_twisted
8233  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: There's a special level of hell for this guy on: August 26, 2008, 03:46:47 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 26, 2008, 03:37:31 PM

Quote from: hepcat on August 26, 2008, 02:54:22 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 26, 2008, 02:23:35 PM

hey, if you leave your bike unlocked on my property then I'm going to use it.




 Tongue

unfortunately, in ceekay's book, this rule also applies to wives and house pets....

don't forget underwear.  which reminds me, could you drop down a few sizes on it?

too bad you're not referring to waist size.  unfortunately, the area you're referring to cannot be reduced in size.  i apologize for the embarrassment you've endured.
8234  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Perry Bible Fellowship guys on: August 26, 2008, 03:38:51 PM

Quote from: Moliere on August 26, 2008, 04:17:07 AM

Quote from: hepcat on August 25, 2008, 06:47:49 PM

Comedy is truly open to personal interpretation.  There can be no right or wrong when telling folks what makes you laugh...

..unless we're talking about the following:

Mama's Family

Hush up! That's some serious comedy gold right there.


well, i wanna thank you for reopening numerous teenage traumas in the form of suppressed memories.  thanks...thanks a lot.
8235  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jay Leno sucks on: August 26, 2008, 02:57:33 PM
that's a valid fear, unfortunately.   icon_cry
8236  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: There's a special level of hell for this guy on: August 26, 2008, 02:54:22 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 26, 2008, 02:23:35 PM

hey, if you leave your bike unlocked on my property then I'm going to use it.




 Tongue

unfortunately, in ceekay's book, this rule also applies to wives and house pets....
8237  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jay Leno sucks on: August 26, 2008, 02:48:52 PM

Quote from: The Grue on August 26, 2008, 02:42:10 PM

Quote from: cheeba on August 26, 2008, 12:33:32 PM

He's funnier than Dave Letterman, as is just about everyone else on the planet.

You take that back!!!!!  At least if we're talking about Dave back on NBC.  He's still funny today, though.

letterman = comedy gold

conan = comedy gold

leno = Hee Haw


(although, to be fair, back when leno used to regularly guest on the letterman nbc show, he was one funny mofo.  since taking over for carson, he's had to tone it down to a level that older folks would understand/not be offended by/can tell to friends.) 
8238  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Perry Bible Fellowship guys on: August 25, 2008, 07:00:58 PM

Quote from: The Grue on August 25, 2008, 06:53:41 PM

Quote from: hepcat on August 25, 2008, 06:47:49 PM


Mama's Family

Hee Haw skits


I dunno....that shit was funny to me when I was a kid growing up in the deep South.



my father loved Hee Haw when I was a kid.  I was forced to watch it each Saturday night (at least I think it was Saturday nights..my mind has since entered a defensive state and refused to recall details about that period in my life).  To this day I openly weep and try to run when I see someone emerge from a corn field.
8239  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Perry Bible Fellowship guys on: August 25, 2008, 06:47:49 PM
Comedy is truly open to personal interpretation.  There can be no right or wrong when telling folks what makes you laugh...

..unless we're talking about the following:

Mama's Family

Hee Haw skits

Any movie with the names Jason Friedberg and/or Aaron Seltzer associated







8240  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Preview] Hands-On with Fable II on: August 25, 2008, 05:57:21 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 25, 2008, 04:24:31 PM

10 things you need to know about Fable 2.  All I know is one thing-  I WANT IT NOW!!!!!!!!

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You're also able to choose between protected and unprotected sex when you get busy with your partner(s), the latter leading to pregnancy and children. You'll be the most important influence in the lives of your children, so if you're an evil bastard, your child will likely be a bully. If you don't treat your wife well, she can fool around behind your back and will eventually ask for a divorce - taking half your worldly possessions with her. And if your wife dies, your children will be shipped off to the orphanage. It's a cruel world.

And in a very interesting twist, if you choose to be a female adventurer you'll have to carry and bear any children you have, leaving your husband to tend the homestead.
   icon_lol
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