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8361  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: hepcat, you can finally hit it! on: May 13, 2008, 08:35:13 PM
Sweet Mama Potato Pie!  Look at that spring chicken!

She's got that "come hither" look that says, "I may be dead before you make it past the foyer, but if not and I hang on until you get to the bedroom, you're gonna get you some sweeeeeet lovin'!"

now, if only i could get Estelle Getty into this Sailor Moon outfit I bought a while ago, I can make this weekend a "Golden Girls Menage-a-WOW!"
8362  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Reaper survives on: May 13, 2008, 07:53:12 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 13, 2008, 07:49:17 PM

Quote from: hepcat on May 13, 2008, 07:23:54 PM

I had heard, however, that it had been renewed.  If it is truly gone, then I will perform a dance of joy here on these forums for all to see.

yep, it's dead.  start dancing pony.


WHOOPEE...there IS a god!

now...WATCH ME DO THE WHITE BOY SHUFFLE!



p.s. I loved this comment from a user who replied to the article in the Hollywood Reporter announcing the cancellation:

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First New Amsterdam, now Moonlight. There is just no place on TV for something a little different than the cookie cutter shows.

 icon_lol   Oh, the irony...

8363  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Vlad & Niko on Saturday Night Live on: May 13, 2008, 07:52:05 PM
Hell, even Garret Morris was funnier than 90 percent of the "comics" they've employed in the last 10 years on SNL.  He played up the whole "I'm a token cast member" bit and brought true sarcastic humor to racism that pointed a mirror back at the audience in many of his appearances.


I will admit that Ferrell was a diamond in the rough during the last decade or so, but I most definitely view him as the exception to the rule.
8364  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Reaper survives on: May 13, 2008, 07:45:57 PM
Think about it, why in god's name would you get upset if you suddenly discovered you were going to live forever, never age, could get blood from animals or via blood banks, had a best friend who was ALSO a vampire, could knock boots with mortal women, and had super powers?  hell, vinnie barbarino in moonlight can even parade around town in broad daylight.  it's like having cancer, being told you're cured and then moaning about missing having cancer every damn day to anyone who would listen.
8365  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Reaper survives on: May 13, 2008, 07:37:09 PM

Quote from: rickfc on May 13, 2008, 07:31:13 PM

Quote from: hepcat on May 13, 2008, 07:29:31 PM

I thought it was universally agreed upon that the premise, story and casting were just abysmal.

I thought the premise was ok; it was the execution that was terrible.  Hell, Forever Knight was leaps and bounds better...

emo vampire detectives stopped being a legitimate premise about 10 years ago...after the 23rd attempt to use them in a tv show.  it was only due to the almost god like writing abilities of Whedon that Angel didn't become ridiculous. 

Someone should write a damn vampire detective show where the guy's freakin' happy he's going to live forever and gets to score with all the babes.
8366  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Stimulus Rebates! on: May 13, 2008, 07:32:04 PM
mine came through today.  i checked the "where is my rebate" page the irs runs yesterday and it noted that it was going out on the 13th.

already spent it paying off my visa card.   icon_frown
8367  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Reaper survives on: May 13, 2008, 07:29:31 PM

Quote from: Zarkon on May 13, 2008, 07:25:12 PM

I loved Moonlight.  Heathens!

god, i'm sorry zark...but really?

what did you like about it?  and i'm not being facetious, I really am curious.  I thought it was universally agreed upon that the premise, story and casting were just abysmal.
8368  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Vlad & Niko on Saturday Night Live on: May 13, 2008, 07:26:56 PM
John Belushi vs. Jimmy Fallon...

...sorry, i didn't mean to humiliate some of you.   icon_wink

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Go back and watch actual, full episodes of the original cast.  There are just as many clunkers in there as there are now.

no...there's not.  it's not even close. 
8369  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Reaper survives on: May 13, 2008, 07:23:54 PM

Quote from: Andrew Mallon on May 13, 2008, 07:11:39 PM

Moonlight's been canceled.

I posted a personal review of it on OO back when it premiered.  In summary, I decided it was better to pay a neighbor 20 bucks to repeatedly kick me in the nuts than have to sit through 10 minutes of "Vinnie Barbarino: Irish Detective" (as I like to refer to it).

I do occasionally go back and watch an episode here and there because it is truly so awful that i never fails to get a chuckle out of me at some point (my current fave is the constant nasal sound that the poor schmuck from Veronica Mars makes whenever he's in a scene...I swear, he sounds like my 70 year old dad whenever he speaks, what with all the bodily noises he makes).

I had heard, however, that it had been renewed.  If it is truly gone, then I will perform a dance of joy here on these forums for all to see.
8370  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: battlestar galactica - where do I start? on: May 13, 2008, 05:47:13 PM
Yeah, after writing that little ending to my post I just knew it was gonna get me pegged as having a mancrush on Helo.   icon_cry

...oh well, at least mcnutt made the trip from the wasteland's of OO to do so!
8371  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Detroit Zoo on: May 13, 2008, 02:51:29 PM
I think it's great that the government of Detroit cares enough to keep these animals safe by placing them safely away from the average citizen...   Tongue
8372  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GTA4 impressions thread on: May 13, 2008, 02:37:59 PM

Quote from: CSL on May 13, 2008, 08:32:52 AM

You didn't like the McCreary's? Damn - Packie is my homeboy!

ditto...Carmen, however, is a character I continually have to fight the urge to shoot in the face whenever I get in a car with them.
8373  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Vlad & Niko on Saturday Night Live on: May 13, 2008, 12:01:22 PM
Thank god i can buy the first few seasons of snl on dvd now....
8374  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: battlestar galactica - where do I start? on: May 13, 2008, 04:02:50 AM

Quote from: Darkstar One on May 12, 2008, 02:17:55 PM

Watch the old show.  Then buy the DVD's of the new show.  Watch them.

Then cringe in horror at the travesty they made of it.

Prescription meds mixed with alcohol will make a person say the craziest things.  You need to stay off the keyboard when you're this high, my friend.  Remember the whole, "I really think a 12 foot tall Mickey Mouse could take Michael Jackson in a fair fight" thread you started the last time you took a handful of Vicodin with a tumbler of Scotch?

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I want Space Opera, not Soap Opera.

Does Guiding Light and General Hospital incorporate a lot of boxing episodes these days?

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Start with the original series and watch all that one.

That's like telling someone they can enjoy fine wines better by drinking Liquid Plumber.

anway, as an aside, the guy who play Helo is still my vote as a person who should become a huge action star.  the guy's ripped...plus, in the episode with the religious faction that everyone looked down on and that featured him almost solely, he stole the show with some damn fine acting.  Really impressed the hell out of me.  Now when I see a big budget action film with one of the current crop of Hasbro Acting School graduates in it, I think what it would be like with him in it.  I would expect it would only make the film better since I probably wouldn't be as distracted by the horrible acting.
8375  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Shadowgrounds Survivor - $5 on Steam this weekend on: May 13, 2008, 02:05:13 AM
wow, a great game for 5 bucks!  thanks for the heads up!
8376  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Target clearance watch - April update! on: May 12, 2008, 09:06:49 PM
They restocked on Kingdoms and NWN2:MotB at the target near my apartment, but they're still priced at 20 bucks.  I swear, there's absolutely no rhyme or reason on these clearance sales. 
8377  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTA4 Hints and Tips? on: May 12, 2008, 08:42:32 PM

Quote from: Teggy on May 12, 2008, 07:45:32 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on May 12, 2008, 04:40:45 PM

Hasn't worked for me so far.  Kiki's perk, on the other hand, has definitely helped me out in a pinch. 

Same for me.  I'll call Carmen and she'll say something like

Spoiler for Hiden:
breathe more slowly to lower your heart rate

but nothing will happen.

Spoiler for Hiden:
ditto.  i've yet to see her perk actually work.  methinks there's a bug.
8378  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GTA4 impressions thread on: May 12, 2008, 04:18:03 PM

Quote from: rickfc on May 12, 2008, 04:06:28 PM

Geez, yesterday, Three Leaf Clover kicked my ass.  I tried it three times before reloading my save game so I'd get all the ER money back and going on a few dates.  I'll try it again tonight and see what happens.  mad

As mentioned earlier though, it truly is a great mission.  I finished it on my fourth try.  tough but rewarding.
8379  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: call of duty 5...already playable? on: May 12, 2008, 04:15:24 PM
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That turned out to be a hoax.

aw crap, that sucks.
8380  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: call of duty 5...already playable? on: May 12, 2008, 03:50:49 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on May 12, 2008, 01:57:43 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 10, 2008, 12:46:42 AM

well, the plan is to have a new CoD every year so the fact that it's already playable in not a surprise.

Yea, that is the plan.  Alternating between Infinity Ward and Treyarch every year to keep em coming.  As far as it being playable, yea....this just in, water is wet and fire is hot.  Of course it is already playable.  Way to state the obvious Kotaku.  Knockout journalism there...

Hey, Gears of War 2 is already playable too!  I should make a news post...

I thought I'd read somewhere that IW had put the kibosh on other studios making CoD games from now on?
8381  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GTA4 impressions thread on: May 12, 2008, 03:45:18 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 12, 2008, 02:50:43 PM

Quote from: hepcat on May 12, 2008, 02:22:37 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on May 12, 2008, 02:14:28 PM


One thing I would like to see in the next installment or DLC- silenced weapons and/or stealth kills.

my god, if this game included even 1/10th of the stealth mechanics from a Splinter Cell or Thief game I'd imagine my poor old mind would just overload on pure fun and I'd end up in a vegetative state. 

that'd be great up until the one and only 30 minute stealth mission that you must pass without so much as an alarm to continue the story.

I think that adding in stealth as an option would be fine.  Don't make it essential during any one mission, but make it available for those missions whose design could lend itself to that style of gameplay.  For example:  assassination missions could be accomplished through stealth with the aforementioned knife kills and silencers as opposed to the "go in with guns blazing" approach that most of them currently have.  However, a player certainly could choose to go the latter route if they so wished.  If slow and steady gameplay annoys a player, then they could choose to avoid the former approach.
8382  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GTA4 impressions thread on: May 12, 2008, 03:28:00 PM
I discovered the Stunt Jumps last night.  Those are great fun, I must say.
8383  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GTA4 impressions thread on: May 12, 2008, 02:22:37 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on May 12, 2008, 02:14:28 PM


One thing I would like to see in the next installment or DLC- silenced weapons and/or stealth kills.

my god, if this game included even 1/10th of the stealth mechanics from a Splinter Cell or Thief game I'd imagine my poor old mind would just overload on pure fun and I'd end up in a vegetative state. 
8384  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GTA4 impressions thread on: May 12, 2008, 02:11:23 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on May 12, 2008, 01:55:53 PM

but that anyone giving it a perfect 10 is retarded plain and simple. I'm looking at you, [insert any video game publication here].

ladies and gentleman, may I present the one true source of all opinions.  please refer to this man for any future opinions you may wish to form.   icon_twisted
8385  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GTA4 impressions thread on: May 12, 2008, 01:34:15 PM
Sign of a great game:  just when I start to feel it's become TOO difficult, something clicks and you get past the tough stuff.   It's like a zen moment where you stop fighting the game and just go with it.  Some games just remain too damn difficult due to poor design.  GTAIV, thankfully, does not have this problem for me.   icon_biggrin
8386  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Steak-Ums on: May 10, 2008, 05:16:48 PM

Quote from: Lee on May 10, 2008, 12:23:12 PM

You have always wanted one but you didn't even know what they were? Just the idea of a frozen product with the word steak in it's name got you excited?


seeing you use the word steak in that damn reply got me excited.  i loves me my greasy meat...
8387  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GTA4 impressions thread on: May 10, 2008, 02:59:36 AM
sigh...unfortunately i've progressed far enough into the game that i'm at the point where the missions go from moderately difficult to just plain frustrating for me.  i sure could use a difficulty slider on this one.   crybaby

8388  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Speed Racer on: May 10, 2008, 02:57:21 AM
loved this review:

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Shapes hurtle toward you, then recede abruptly, each bearing some fragment of narrative information that has now passed you by forever. Nausea and anxiety begin to wash over you in overlapping waves.
8389  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dealing with a difficult coworker on: May 09, 2008, 01:55:33 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 09, 2008, 01:07:46 AM

As a developer, I say you just need to pay more attention.  slywink

i'm sorry, were you speaking?

 Tongue

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You're from Chicago...you know how to handle that shit...make him dig his own grave before you kill him with his shoe...

take 1 rat, 1 butane torch and 1 copper bowl.  place rat on developer's chest and place bowl over rat.  heat bottom of copper bowl with butane torch.  rat has only one direction he can possibly go.

...enjoy pop tart in developer free office!
8390  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dealing with a difficult coworker on: May 08, 2008, 08:43:57 PM
Well, I don't want to use the term "crazy" because on OO there was at least one person who claims to have Aspergers who also happens to be one of the nicest, most coherent guys around.    icon_wink

But good advice all, I must say.  And for those with humorous replies, I appreciate the smile it brought to my lips.   icon_biggrin

I think what I need to remember are two things:

1) He's called everyone who's ever worked with him here an idiot at some point.  When we had a small development team during our heyday, he thought each of them was idiotic.  When we had a dedicated Oracle DBA he constantly told me how useless the guy was.  And when we had a Q&A guy who's only job was working with him, I remember more than one instance where a voice was raised in frustration from that side of the office.

2) There's a silver lining in this in that it will hopefully motivate me to work harder.  I have been discouraged with my job for the last couple of years so perhaps I can take away from this a "revenge fueled sense of purpose".   Tongue


8391  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dealing with a difficult coworker on: May 08, 2008, 07:59:56 PM
I guess part of the problem is that this person expects me to have been involved with every aspect of his coming and goings for the past 7 years.  I do have other duties here, as I mentioned earlier.

However, I suppose it is also true that I should document every one of my dealings with him. It would probably help in my day to day interaction with him.  Since his mind works in a very ordered manner and he spends hours obsessing over the smallest detail, I assume it must frustrate him if others don't do the same.
8392  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Dealing with a difficult coworker on: May 08, 2008, 07:44:15 PM
So as some of you OO folks may remember, I work with a person who I strongly suspect has Asperger's Syndrome.  He's extraordinarily brilliant but completely lacking in most social skills.  He also obssesses over things to an alarming degree.  He's our software developer and I'm the system admin in our small (approximately 20 employee) company.  My primary responsiblilty is running our Oracle and MSSQL database servers, our Exchange email server, the mobile PDA's connection to the Exchange server, maintaining about a dozen total servers between here and a data center, and making sure our primarily travelling employees have working computers and connectivity.

In the last couple of years I've started doing more QA stuff, writing documentation, and working more closely with this developer.  I admit to leaning on him quite a bit for help but since I'm not a developer and I'm filling roles that force me to work in waters I'm not familar with, I didn't think it was that big of a deal. 

However, I've noticed over the last year or so that this developer gets very moody with me.  Almost openly hostile at times.  It always occurs when I have to ask him a question regarding his software for documentation or deployment purposes, or whenever I'm forced to work within his development environment (he's a diehard linux guy who has to use all open source software for development).

Finally, after I got yet another tart reply from him when asking him about his build environment for a legacy VB6 application I haven't touched since last May, I decided to just have a sit down.

...which turned into a steady stream of the most demoralizing comments I've ever encountered in a workplace.  I was basically told he was sick of having to hold my hand and that I kept asking redundant questions over and over again.  Considering that we hadn't worked with the product we were discussing earlier in almost a year, I found that answer to be a bit curious...but I let it ride. 

One of my biggest character flaws, I suppose, is that I'm always ready and willing to take the blame for almost anything.  (Hell, I still feel guilty for the Hindenburg.)  So I didn't really try to defend myself.  Even when he kept telling me that he kept notes on everything he did in our software versioning tool.  Now, as even my boss has noted as recently as this week, the numerous branches he creates when "organizing" these notes makes it very difficult to follow his development path during a project.  But again, I didn't bring this up.

In the end, I told him I'd try to follow a new process of documenting each and every single thing I did when working with him and then store that documentation for further reference in future cases.

The end result:  I'm sitting here completely demoralized.  I'm actually feeling nauseous at this point. 

Anyone have any experiences like this they can share that might make me feel better? 

...of course, I'm aware I'm also inviting tons of "you ARE an idiot!" replies, I suppose.  But at this point, I don't think I could be made to feel worse.   icon_frown
8393  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTA4 Hints and Tips? on: May 08, 2008, 03:04:34 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on May 08, 2008, 02:31:56 PM

Hmm, I checked repeatedly for a speedboat and could never find it even during the last part of the mission. 

Spoiler for Hiden:
run out the door of the abandoned hospital and head straight.  there's a gap in the chain fence.  look for a ladder and head towards it.  over the side you'll see a dock and there should be a speedboat sitting there.  not sure why wouldn't see it since it's in every help faq for that mission i've seen.   icon_confused
8394  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Why do people still listen to Rush "I love my Oxy" Limbaugh? on: May 08, 2008, 02:47:41 PM
He lost any credibility he might have had when I heard some of his earlier broadcasts calling for no second chances for drug addicts.  This was about 5 or 6 years before he went on "Hillbilly Heroin". 
8395  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Save the world from Uwe Boll and get a free pack of Strident Gum on: May 08, 2008, 02:45:18 PM
248166

We're doing God's work here, people.  Keep it up.
8396  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Zune update: Marketplace now has tv shows on: May 08, 2008, 02:26:46 PM
Finally, the Zune can begin to compete with apple's itunes.  the latest zune software update includes marketplace access to tv shows.  it's a small list right now, but it should grow.  now, if the netflix/microsoft partnership takes off then we could see some pretty cool stuff come down the pipe.

also, zune firmware 2.5 is out.  it allows users to play the aforementioned tv shows on their zunes, as well as brings gapless playback and the return of autoplaylists. 
8397  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTA4 Hints and Tips? on: May 08, 2008, 02:08:05 PM

Quote from: rickfc on May 07, 2008, 09:16:05 PM

Quote from: Caine on May 07, 2008, 09:15:09 PM

Spoiler for Hiden:
i looked for it and didn't see it. 

Spoiler for Hiden:
Weird.  It may spawn after the cops get there, then.

Spoiler for Hiden:
  yep...apparently the sound of 700 SWAT members assaulting an abandoned hospital with automatic firearms and helicopters makes some guy with a speedboat really curious and he docks right outside the door.   icon_wink

i looked for it before i did the mission and it wasn't there, but after the cutscene it spawns.
8398  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: A Gala Event to Honor a Terrorist on: May 07, 2008, 08:28:20 PM
I would think ed wouldn't endorse anyone who at any point in their lives espouses violence as a means to an end if I'm reading his initial post correctly.
8399  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: A Gala Event to Honor a Terrorist on: May 07, 2008, 08:20:10 PM

Quote from: Eightball on May 07, 2008, 07:57:07 PM

Quote from: hepcat on May 07, 2008, 06:10:15 PM

History is written by the winners, baby!  if you wanna justify your terrorist actions, just do it on a large enough scale to make the other guy back down!


Brucie???

nope...Ted Baxter



8400  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GTA4 impressions thread on: May 07, 2008, 08:15:52 PM

Quote from: KePoW on May 07, 2008, 07:26:06 PM

Quote from: rickfc on May 07, 2008, 07:14:31 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on May 07, 2008, 07:12:43 PM

What kind of clothes do you guys have Niko wear?  I tried the suit with no tie for a bit, but I am back to the starter leather jacket, jeans, and sneakers.

Suit right now.  Funny thing is, there's a mission where you need to get a job interview, and the dude is telling me I need to get a suit even though I was standing in front of him in a suit.  Tongue

did you have dress shoes?

ha...i forgot to wear those and got rejected on that mission at first.
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