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8481  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's with all the Coldplay hate? on: June 20, 2008, 06:08:05 PM
continuing the derail:

anyone can have a bad photo taken

8482  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's with all the Coldplay hate? on: June 20, 2008, 05:21:08 PM
I just can't get into Radiohead.  I don't know why.  I like similar sounding bands from time to time, but for some reason I just find them grating.  Tom Waits I can listen to all day, though.  His gravel voice just makes me feel inexplicably good.

Coldplay suffers from the same unjustified dislike as Radiohead on my part.  The only thing I can think of is that I've inextricably associated the personal lives of the band members with their music and that causes me to be biased against them as I often find their antics disingenuous or outright obnoxious.  However, I understand that musically they're very talented and that my dislike, as mentioned, is a very personal and subjective issue.  

8483  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Ego Post] The Dirty 30 on: June 20, 2008, 03:50:06 PM
Happy Birthday!
8484  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Early word on "Iron Man" on: June 20, 2008, 03:43:06 PM

Quote from: McNutt on June 20, 2008, 03:33:41 PM

Quote from: JCAnejo on June 20, 2008, 03:27:31 PM

How can you take a Super Hero that has been around for ages and make him a new creation just baffles me.

I don't understand this statement.  Are you saying the movie should be in the 60s?

i think that's what he's saying.  however, the comics themselves constantly update characters for new generations (john byrne's superman, for example) so why should movies not be able to do the same thing? 
8485  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Too funny not to share! (pc game becomes all movies) on: June 19, 2008, 06:07:41 PM

Quote from: Butterknife on June 19, 2008, 05:59:16 PM

I thought it was clever enough.

he just wants you kids to stay out of his dang yard!
8486  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: RPG - Good News and Deals on: June 19, 2008, 03:37:18 PM
Hmmm....just installed the demo for Depths of Peril and, while it seems to have installed successfully, it gave me a "Can't find network resource" error towards the end of the installation process.
8487  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Netflix why????????? on: June 19, 2008, 01:50:43 PM
Additional profiles still adhere to the parent member's number of checked out dvd's though, don't they?  they don't give you the ability to have more than 3 out at a time if that's your membership level, right?
8488  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Netflix why????????? on: June 19, 2008, 01:43:57 PM
The only reason I can see for doing this is that they think they might make more money if people open new accounts for other family members now.  It really is a stupid and annoying move, though.  It shows a lack of respect for the customers.

I was pretty ticked off when they got rid of the "Releasing this week" feature they offered off the New Releases page.  It listed all the dvd's being released that week in a handy checklist format.  Since they got rid of it, I've had to flip between dvdtalk.com's release list and netflix each week...which is a pain in the butt.
8489  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Origins 2008 on: June 18, 2008, 05:18:37 PM

Quote from: hentzau on June 18, 2008, 05:07:06 PM

I just got offered free hotel and tickets for Origins if I would put in a couple of hours a day being a booth monkey at Twilight Creations.  But I can't.  Cause I've already got plans to go to WizardWorld and have to get my daughter from camp.

Sucks.

...i'm choking on my own rage here
8490  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Origins 2008 on: June 18, 2008, 04:37:31 PM

Quote from: chaosraven on June 18, 2008, 04:29:52 PM

Quote from: hepcat on June 18, 2008, 04:05:31 PM

I'll PM you with a RL name so you can look us up at the hotel Friday.

CeeKay doesn't have a RL Name?

That's very sad.



but safer for his family and friends...
8491  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Origins 2008 on: June 18, 2008, 04:05:31 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 18, 2008, 03:46:57 PM

so, anyone going to Origins this year?  Last year there was an attempt to organize a get together but RL issues ruined most of the con for me, but this year I should be available to meet and greet, probably in the evening after 8 or 9 (I'm not sure of my schedule and can't look it up on the site).

Alright, this year you have no excuse to avoid the chicago gang, you dork.  We'll be at the Drury hotel attached to the convention center.  Zarathud and Seppe will be getting there Thursday afternoon, while I'll be arriving either Thursday night or early Friday morning.  We're all scheduled for the Arkham Horror game at noon on Saturday and the Car Wars game at 6 pm that same day, so try to get into them if you want to play with us losers.

I'll PM you with a RL name so you can look us up at the hotel Friday.

8492  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Gamefly used game sale on: June 18, 2008, 02:43:31 PM
I'm not sure if this is a limited time offer or not.  Looking around their site, I can't find any indication of which it is.
8493  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How can they charge this much?!? on: June 18, 2008, 02:39:52 PM

Quote from: Purge on June 17, 2008, 04:35:44 PM

I think it would have been funnier if Ironrod had said that about hepcat.

whoa there pal, let's not get everyone's hopes up!  i don't play for that team!



not that there's anything wrong with that...
8494  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kung Fu Hustle - Why all the praise on: June 18, 2008, 02:36:07 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on June 18, 2008, 07:49:20 AM

though I've never seen cabin boy, I thought the line was 'would'ya like to buy a monkey?'  sicne I watched Letterman a lot during that time period and he'd say it about a dozen times per show every night again and again and again. slywink

here's the clip   icon_biggrin

the line is actually "Would you like to buy a monkey?"
8495  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kung Fu Hustle - Why all the praise on: June 17, 2008, 08:41:09 PM

Quote from: JCAnejo on June 16, 2008, 11:50:01 PM

Quote from: hepcat on June 16, 2008, 05:43:37 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on June 15, 2008, 11:29:07 PM

KFH is the only movie other than Ice Pirates where I laugh so hard I cry every time I watch it.

My well documented love of Cabin Boy now seems a bit less embarrassing....

My wife and I  loved Cabin Boy tries to have the kids(13 & 18yr old girls) watch it and they shut it off in a couple of minutes



wanna buy a monkey?
8496  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Battlestar Galactica 6/13/08 - spoilers on: June 17, 2008, 05:44:29 PM
I think aintitcool posted a rumor that there was going to be more than 10 episodes filmed for after the break.  However, that article is now gone from their site.  Guess it was too good to be true.   icon_frown
8497  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How not to act while at work on: June 17, 2008, 05:25:17 PM

Quote from: Debris on June 17, 2008, 05:21:15 PM

One with your follicular knowledge should know that they were a 'hair' band.

in my musical dictionary "hair band = heavy metal" if said band existed between the years 1982 and 1994....   Tongue
8498  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Call me Schleprock...now with updates on: June 17, 2008, 05:17:04 PM
thanks for the kind words.  I attribute my success in this endeavor almost solely to Peterock's constant chidings that his wife was more of a man than i was...

...err...you know what i mean.
8499  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How not to act while at work on: June 17, 2008, 05:15:08 PM

Quote from: Debris on June 17, 2008, 05:11:37 PM

Is it strange that Hep stating that Whitesnake was Heavy Metal disturbs me more than the thought of a Golden Girl foursome?

they aren't?

(and if you try to describe them as some type of "intelligent rock band" i'm going to climb through the internet and just slap you silly)
8500  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How can they charge this much?!? on: June 17, 2008, 04:24:39 PM

Quote from: Ridah on June 16, 2008, 03:34:35 AM

It includes a coupon good for a 2 blow jobs at participating massage parlors, did you not read the last bit?

I tried to redeem that friggin' thing but when I walked into the joint I was greeted by Ironrod wearing a badly fastened toga and carrying a bottle of Jergens....
8501  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: June 17, 2008, 04:08:56 PM
steeeeeaaaaaaadddddddyyyyyyyy


8502  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Talk me out of getting a Zune? on: June 17, 2008, 04:01:35 PM

Quote from: fyedaddy on June 17, 2008, 03:58:33 PM

Quote from: rickfc on June 16, 2008, 11:08:58 PM

I have a Zune 30, and I couldn't be happier.

Are there any other differences between the 30 GB and 80 GB versions other than the storage capacity and price?

correct me if i'm wrong, but I think the 80gb version is smaller.  however, you can probably get a 30gb version dirt cheap if you look around online.
8503  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Gamefly used game sale on: June 17, 2008, 03:55:52 PM
(whoops, initially posted this in Off Topic)

I got this from the great site cheapassgamer.com so all credit goes to their amazing folks.

Gamefly has some great deals on used games right now.  I just ordered Burnout Paradise and Blacksite: Area 51 for the 360 for less than 35 bucks total (free shipping, it seems).  I also used the google checkout option and that seems to have dropped the tax off my bill as well.  Not sure if that will remain so when it shows up on my Amex bill, though. 

Mass Effect $19.99
Devil May Cry 4 $19.99
Stranglehold $9.99
Jericho $9.99
The Darkness $12.99
Blacksite: Area 51 $12.99
Assassin's Creed $17.99
Burnout Paradise $19.99
Timeshift $14.99
Kingdom Under Fire: Circle of Doom $14.99

Devil May Cry 4 $19.99
The Club $19.99
Jericho $19.99
Lost: Via Domus $17.99
Unreal Tournament III $17.99

Manhunt 2 $14.99
NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams $14.99
Victorious Boxers: Revolution $15.99
Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law $14.99
8504  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How not to act while at work on: June 17, 2008, 03:40:01 PM

Quote from: Laner on June 17, 2008, 03:19:53 PM

Quote from: hepcat on June 17, 2008, 02:43:59 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 17, 2008, 02:40:37 PM

Quote from: hepcat on June 17, 2008, 02:36:06 PM

...in hindsight, maybe I should've gone with Poison's "She's My Cherry Pie"?



good idea, except Warrant did Cherry Pie.

I actually feel a sense of pride in not knowing that....
yeah well, you knew enough about Whitesnake now, didntcha? smile

whitesnake is the robert de niro of heavy metal...

...you know, there are times when you write something you just never thought you'd see in print. 
8505  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie]The Incredible Hulk on: June 17, 2008, 02:51:29 PM

Quote from: PR_GMR on June 17, 2008, 02:48:28 PM

Quote from: CeeKay

(and PR_GMR is working on the Zombie Juice Project)

I need some extract from M Night Shyalaman's brain before the Zombie Juice potion can be completed.

After "The Crappening" and "The Bitch in the Pool" I would rethink involving M Night in anything that would involve the entertainment business...
8506  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How not to act while at work on: June 17, 2008, 02:48:46 PM

Quote from: PR_GMR on June 17, 2008, 02:44:47 PM

Quote from: hepcat on June 17, 2008, 02:43:59 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 17, 2008, 02:40:37 PM

Quote from: hepcat on June 17, 2008, 02:36:06 PM

...in hindsight, maybe I should've gone with Poison's "She's My Cherry Pie"?



good idea, except Warrant did Cherry Pie.

I actually feel a sense of pride in not knowing that....

Don't pay attention to Ceekay. He's wearing a Winger T-Shirt.

i've always envisioned Ceekay as owing a muscle van with a Frazetta mural painted on the side and wearing a Stryper shirt whenever he leaves his tastefully decorated ranch style home that also happens to have a fountain in the front yard depicting an amazon warrior fighting off a Sabretooth tiger....
8507  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How not to act while at work on: June 17, 2008, 02:43:59 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 17, 2008, 02:40:37 PM

Quote from: hepcat on June 17, 2008, 02:36:06 PM

...in hindsight, maybe I should've gone with Poison's "She's My Cherry Pie"?



good idea, except Warrant did Cherry Pie.

I actually feel a sense of pride in not knowing that....
8508  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How not to act while at work on: June 17, 2008, 02:36:06 PM
So I'm working in the server room earlier today and I decide that with the weather getting hotter and hotter lately, it's time to pull the industrial fan out of storage and get it set up. 

I head down to storage and lug the dang thing up to the office on the third floor.  As I'm installing it, the new secretary walks by and says, "What'cha ya doing?".

Being a complete jackass and totally devoid of the voice of reason that most humans have, I reply, "Getting everything set up for my remake of the White Snake video for Here I Go Again."

She says, "...huh?" 

"I'm playing Tawny Kitaen while Len over in accounts receivable is playing David Coverdale.  He's pulled his Prius around front to the delivery entrance and I'll be using that for my 'writhing scenes'."

At this point I can see that she's quite uncomfortable with this conversation and is looking towards the exit like a Guantanamo Bay prisoner looking at the world beyond the fence.

"I couldn't get a smoke machine on such short notice, but I'm thinking if we do this near the building's designated smoking area, we'll get the same effect..."

At this point one of the bosses comes around the corner and she strikes up a conversation with him as quickly as she can, leaving me with my fan.

...in hindsight, maybe I should've gone with Poison's "She's My Cherry Pie"?

8509  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie]The Incredible Hulk on: June 17, 2008, 01:46:50 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 17, 2008, 06:01:21 AM

WRRROOOOOOONNNG!!!!


there's only ONE MAN who can save us now you dirty sluts!!!! AHHHHHHHH!!!!!!AAAHHHHHHH!!!!!AAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!!



how goes your work on the Sam Kinison revitalization project?  Did you get that zombie juice from Haiti you'd been searching for?
8510  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: See you all in 6-7 months!!! on: June 16, 2008, 08:46:03 PM
stay safe, old boy!
8511  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Stan Winston RIP on: June 16, 2008, 08:40:21 PM

Quote from: PR_GMR on June 16, 2008, 08:23:31 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on June 16, 2008, 07:54:02 PM

I guess most of his stuff was before my time and Clash of the Titans didn't have a big impact.

On some related news, I read today from several sources that there will be a 'Clash Of The Titans' remake, scripted by Lawrence Kasdan... who's also writing the live-action Robotech film. There will also be a 'Near Dark' remake.. And if all these news weren't painful enough to get, Marty and Kroff are seriously threatening to make a HR Puffenstuff live action movie.. and another for Sigfrid And The Sea Monsters.

Hollywood--where creative cinema goes to die.

while i wish they'd try to make original stuff, hiring kasdan could be the only saving grace for these remakes.  the man has had more hits than misses in his long career.

Quote from: Kevin Grey on June 16, 2008, 07:54:02 PM

Quote from: TK-421 on June 16, 2008, 07:21:03 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on June 16, 2008, 06:55:22 PM

Holy Crap!  I feel similar to hepcat.  As a young movie geek, Stan Winston, along with Rick Baker, Rob Bottin, Greg Cannom on makeup effects or ILM, Boss Films, or Dreamquest Images on visual effects was enough to get me to watch just about any movie. 

Don't forget John Dykstra, Richard Edlund, Ray Harryhausen, etc

Never was a big Harryhausen fan.  I guess most of his stuff was before my time and Clash of the Titans didn't have a big impact.   Never a huge fan of Dykstra other than his work on Star Wars obviously.  Edlund formed Boss Films, of course who were quite a rival for ILM for a time. 

i wish there was an internet forum version of the spit take as that's what happened when i read the line "Never was a big Harryhausen fan" in your post.  harryhausen was a god, man!!   icon_eek
8512  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Stan Winston RIP on: June 16, 2008, 06:47:42 PM
When I was a wee lad I wanted to grow up to become a special effects artist.  I attribute that childhood desire in no small part to Stan Winston.  I never pursued the dream but I'm still thankful for all the great movies he's brought us over the years.  RIP, Stan.  You were one of the greats.
8513  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] The Crappening (spoilers?) on: June 16, 2008, 06:23:37 PM
American Splendor was pure cinematic bliss.  I thought it was a truly great film and that Paul nailed that incredibly fascinating character.

As for The Happening, I will watch it when it appears on the TNT or TBS high def channels...and only if there's nothing else on.
8514  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie]The Incredible Hulk on: June 16, 2008, 06:18:44 PM

Quote from: Shinjin on June 16, 2008, 05:50:24 PM

Quote from: hepcat on June 16, 2008, 05:38:10 PM

From now on I'm just going to call the police if I see someone wearing a b-cap in that manner....


How does that translate for visors? 

it translates into this:  "THE 'TOP IS YOUR GOD, WORSHIP THE 'TOP, THE 'TOP BRINGS PROP COMEDY TO THE WORLD AND FOR THAT YOU SHOULD BOW DOWN AND KISS HIS FEET, YOU UNDESERVING BASTAR..."

whoa...what just happened there??? 

did...did the 'top just tell me to kill again?
8515  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kung Fu Hustle - Why all the praise on: June 16, 2008, 05:43:37 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on June 15, 2008, 11:29:07 PM

KFH is the only movie other than Ice Pirates where I laugh so hard I cry every time I watch it.

My well documented love of Cabin Boy now seems a bit less embarrassing....
8516  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie]The Incredible Hulk on: June 16, 2008, 05:38:10 PM
Saw it on Saturday and enjoyed it.  It was good, matinee escapism.  The amount of action was good but wasn't bogged down by too much self-awareness (the problem with the first one, imho).

Although, maybe I'm just remembering it badly, but I could have sworn that Lee's Hulk looked less "cartoony" than the new one.    icon_confused

Also, after countless times seeing it in the movies, I've come to the conclusion that if you wear a baseball cap with the bill pointing forward, that automatically means you're trying to hide.  From now on I'm just going to call the police if I see someone wearing a b-cap in that manner....

8517  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Talk me out of getting a Zune? on: June 16, 2008, 02:37:57 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 16, 2008, 02:31:34 PM

it all depends on whose tit you want to suck from.  MS's tit gives bitter beer, like Natural Light, but Steve Jobs gives sweet vanilla flavored goodness, like ambrosia.

You might want to look around and see if there's any news of an updated Zune coming out soon.  IIRC it's been awhile since they updated the hardware.

the 80 gig came out not that long ago (last summer, if i'm not mistaken) so i doubt we'll see an updated zune anytime soon.
8518  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Talk me out of getting a Zune? on: June 16, 2008, 02:14:09 PM
I honestly doubt that Microsoft would bail on the Zune.  It's their only real foothold in the lucrative mp3 market and I think we all know that Microsoft would chew its own arm off before giving up on a chance to make some cash.   icon_wink

I love my Zune.  It's a 1st gen and I got it cheap but it's been a real tank.  It's been dropped, left in a hot car all day and used on many bike rides and it's held up just fine.  The only real complaints I have are the aforementioned annoying software used for transferring files to it (although nothing will ever be worse than itunes, imho) and some bad firmware updates that caused the thing to just plummet in battery life.  They fixed the latter problem in a later firmware update, though.

8519  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Call me Schleprock...now with updates on: June 16, 2008, 02:02:33 PM
Update:  I got my beloved Matrix back Friday afternoon.  The dealership put in a whole new engine.  They also put in a new battery while they were at it since mine was supposedly not holding a charge very well.  Total cost out of pocket:  120 dollars.  The rest was covered by the insurance agency. 

I do have to say though, I get the distinct feeling that my dealership took the insurance company for every penny they could get.  The service manager at the dealership seemed to almost take pride in the number of things he got them to pay for.   icon_confused
8520  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Notes from the South on: June 12, 2008, 11:52:12 PM
Hepcat vs. The Angry Sushi Chef

So last night, in between marathon Law and Order: SUV viewings (seriously, does TBS, USA and TNT play ANYTHING ELSE during the week???), I decided I was going to get sushi for dinner.  I head to the hotel after work to change and then drive down the street to a Japanese restaurant I'd noticed earlier that day on my way to the client site.

The place is empty except for one young asian gentlemen waiter and an elderly asian woman behind the sushi counter.  I tell the young waiter that I'm there for take out and he gives me a list of items to order from.

I check off a spider roll, a spicy tuna roll and some rice.  I then hand it to the elderly asian woman behind the counter.  She snaps it out of my hands and throws it down on the counter in front of her.  I don't think anything of it and go back to reading my paper.  About 10 minutes pass and nothing's happening.  After another couple of minutes the elderly asian woman starts screaming like a banshee at the young guy.  They're screaming at each other in Japanese at the top of their lungs.  I'm only a couple of feet away so I move to a table to get away from it.  Eventually the waiter comes over to my table and just stands there apologizing and motioning at the woman.  I don't understand what's going on so I just nod like a moron the whole time.

After another minute or two I stand up and motion that I'd like to pay for my take out order in the vain hope that it'll hurry up my food.

"But you didn't get anything?" the waiter replies in a puzzled tone.

"What about the sushi I ordered?"  I say, indicating the sushi counter and the elderly harpy standing there in what I swear is a defensive lineman attack stance.

"She quit!  Sorry!"  he says.

Now I'm utterly confused.  It seems that the harpy from hell has gotten so angry about something that she's quit.  However, her version of quitting doesn't involve storming out.  Instead it seems to exhibit itself in much the same way a perturbed bull would if constantly prodded with a long stick. 

"But...I...what...but..." I have no idea what to say, so I start to leave.   Then I hear this soul shattering shriek from the soul sucking she beast behind the counter. 

"Wait!  She says she make you sushi now!" the waiter says, stopping me before I can make my way out.

"But...I....what....but...."  I got nothin' at this point.

Silently, I walk back to my stool at the sushi counter like a death row inmate heading to ol' sparky.  The waiter brings me a coke and I just sit there staring at it while Dracula's grandmother begins some of the most violent sushi prep I've ever encountered.

Eventually, she tosses my order in a bag and thrusts it at me.  I pay and head back to the hotel...


...and damn if that wasn't the best damn raw fish and soft shell crab I'd ever had.
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