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8601  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / With Friends Like This... on: June 23, 2008, 07:21:29 PM
So I get this oversized box today at my office address.  Unfortunately it's covered in giant, hand drawn hearts, looks like a belated Valentine's Day gift from a secret admirer and has a return address with a man's name.  I open it up and find a 12" plastic Elvis Presley as portrayed in the movie Bubba Ho Tep...giant sunglasses and jumpsuit included.

...so now everyone in the office wants to know when my life partner and myself are heading to California.

All I can say is...thanks PR_GMR...you bastich.   Tongue
8602  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: AoC Patch Notes June 23 on: June 23, 2008, 04:05:44 PM
Anyone else have issues yesterday with the temple of mitra in the noble district?  the clipping was turned off or so badly broken that people were being "trapped" in the temple after falling through the floor when entering.  Some were able to get out by using the fountains to launch themselves upwards, but most were just using the asura skill to teleport out.
8603  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: AoC Patch Notes June 23 on: June 23, 2008, 03:34:03 PM
They should nerf ToS even further by having one arm tied behind their backs at all time.   Tongue
8604  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: African-Canadians? on: June 20, 2008, 08:26:12 PM

Quote from: Moliere on June 20, 2008, 08:16:30 PM


Wouldn't "Native American" be anyone born in the U.S.?


if you're white it means you call yourself "Cherokee".   icon_wink
8605  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: African-Canadians? on: June 20, 2008, 06:34:10 PM
I used to work with a guy named Caesar whose parents were from Guatemala.  When they came to this country they vowed to raise their children as Americans, however.  They tried to only use English around the house, although they did teach them to be proud of their heritage.  They just wanted them to assimilate as well as they could since they themselves felt the pressures of being immigrants. 

We both were assigned to a long term job in El Paso, Texas a few years ago.  We'd heard about the cheap tequila that could be purchased in Juarez across the border, so we crossed over one night to stock up.  On the way back, the border guards stopped us to check out our purchases.   They quickly passed by me and fixated on Caesar.  For some reason, they had trouble believing he was American.  The conversation lasted about 5 minutes and went like this:

Guard:  (says something in Spanish)
Caesar:  Huh?
Guard: (repeats the same thing in Spanish)
Caesar:  Dude, seriously, English.
Guard:  Where are you from?
Caesar:  Jersey
Guard:  Jersey, huh?
Caesar: It's in the U.S..
Guard:  I know where it's at!  How come you don't speak Spanish.
Caesar:  Cause i'm from Jersey?
Guard:  Don't be smart!
Caesar:  Alright.
Guard:  You sure you're not from here?
Caesar:  Pretty sure I'm from Jersey.
Guard:  Alright, go ahead.

The guard seemed genuinely upset at the time that Caesar wasn't fluent in Spanish.  He later told me that he knew SOME Spanish but that he really only had one rule:  if he heard the word "muerte" he'd run.

8606  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Space Rangers 2: Reloaded on: June 20, 2008, 06:19:55 PM
man, i'd love to get this off impulse, but 40 bucks is cutting into my already assigned gaming dollars for the next two months.   icon_frown
8607  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: RPG - Good News and Deals on: June 20, 2008, 06:13:25 PM

Quote from: StevenPeeler on June 20, 2008, 12:37:09 AM

Quote from: hepcat 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.

Did you install the demo directly from us (Soldak)?  If you did, I don't know why on earth it would give you that error.  There shouldn't be any resources required outside of the installer and it doesn't try to access the internet or anything.

i was installing it directly from the demo link in impulse.  i wonder if that was what caused the problem?  in any case, it works so it obviously didn't cause the install to fail, just made it look like it did.  played about an hour and i was mighty impressed.  good game!
8608  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

8609  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.  

8610  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Ego Post] The Dirty 30 on: June 20, 2008, 03:50:06 PM
Happy Birthday!
8611  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? 
8612  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!
8613  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.
8614  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?
8615  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.
8616  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
8617  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...
8618  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.

8619  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.
8620  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...
8621  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?"
8622  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?
8623  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
8624  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
8625  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.
8626  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)
8627  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....
8628  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: June 17, 2008, 04:08:56 PM
steeeeeaaaaaaadddddddyyyyyyyy


8629  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.
8630  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
8631  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. 
8632  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...
8633  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....
8634  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....
8635  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"?

8636  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?
8637  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: See you all in 6-7 months!!! on: June 16, 2008, 08:46:03 PM
stay safe, old boy!
8638  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
8639  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.
8640  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.
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