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41  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Aurora and gun control on: July 23, 2012, 04:15:08 PM
I live in Wyoming, where a concealed carry law was passed last year that allows any non-felon to carry a concealed weapon without a permit or training.  I have to admit I'm concerned about getting shot accidentally at Safeway by some idiot that doesn't have any idea how their shoulder holster works.

I just don't think this is a gun control issue - it's a cultural one. The statistics between handgun ownership and gun deaths show a correlation between those things but not necessarily a causation.  You could conclude that a high percentage of handgun ownership = a high % of handgun deaths but you could also conclude that a culture that glorifies violence to the point that gun ownership is desirable also = more ownership but more directly leads to deaths.

It's too bad we can't have any meaningful discourse about kids being at that theater without people screaming that we're trying to blame the victims.

I obviously don't think the victims share any individual blame for the tragedy but I think our culture bears a lot of blame, myself included. The most anticipated cinema event of the summer is a ultra-violent movie. People in our culture think it's ok to expose young kids to that level of violence. That exposure may have have actual effects in real life. It wouldn't be that shocking, would it?

As an aside, I also disagree with the popular media characterization of people who do carry handguns as people who 'live in fear' or are looking for trouble.  The people I know that carry aren't fearful. Guns make them feel safe or secure (whether that's true or not) and, in particular, empowered. That makes a statement about our society as well.
42  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: (personal text) How would you decipher this? on: July 23, 2012, 03:54:29 PM
It's A - she's either saying she's interested in a relationship, or she could just be letting you know that she appreciates your supportive text.  Either way, it's brownie points.

Ask her to clarify?  That's crazy - who wants to 'clarify' a comment that's supposed to make someone feel good? 

Just keep the conversation going.
43  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Prometheus (previously Alien the Prequel) on: July 11, 2012, 04:34:09 PM
I recently read a quote from Bret Easton Ellis talking about why he didn't like the movie adaptation of American Psycho that I think applies to Prometheus: 

"I think the problem with American Psycho was that it was conceived as a novel, as a literary work with a very unreliable narrator at the center of it and the medium of film demands answers. It demands answers. You can be as ambiguous as you want with a movie, but it doesn’t matter — we’re still looking at it. It’s still being answered for us visually."

I loved the movie and didn't at all mind the things that didn't add up because the characters in the film are unreliable. The pilot speculates about the facility being a bio weapons factory but he doesn't really know. The scientists speculate about how the black goo works but they don't really know either - all of those answers are beyond them.

Sometimes I wish filmmakers were just allowed to put their vision on film and just say - This Is What Happened.  Maybe it doesn't make sense, you figure it out, but this is what happened to these characters. They don't know why and neither do I but here it is. Kind of like the classic film Picnic at Hanging Rock.

But then the director has to do a press tour and answer questions and try and explain and it all gets convoluted and in the end, Ellis is right.  Film demands answers.
44  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Feeling Defeated on: June 18, 2012, 05:28:50 PM
It's amazing how resilient parents and kids can be. Keep fighting.  Hope things turn around soon.
45  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2012 NHL Playoffs (Finals) on: June 06, 2012, 04:37:57 PM
I can't believe that this is the best hockey the NHL has to offer, though.  Ugh.

The Devils don't even have a skill player on the roster with the hands to elevate a puck and hit the top shelf. 

Unless you're a Kings fan, the Finals games have been snoozers.
46  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Dragon's Dogma Xbox 360 on: June 05, 2012, 02:56:40 PM
PM Sent!
47  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: PS Vita, Impressions! on: May 16, 2012, 08:46:51 PM

Yeah!  Where are the demos and videos?  Sony, meh.
48  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor 2012: One COMPLETELY Lame World on: May 16, 2012, 08:43:09 PM
The season was terrible and the final three were so bad that we didn't even get any decent drama from the final statements and questioning.

Usually, the final 3 start to say things to draw distinctions between themselves and the other finalists and that usually starts some friction but they were so lame, they didn't even do that. Kim said she played a great strategic game but the other two played better social games. They couldn't even get up the nerve to contradict Kim at the end for the million dollars and talk about how her game wasn't that great, since she took the blame for every blindside. 


And at some point - they have to make Jeff play a season.  Get his ass out there.
49  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: May 15, 2012, 09:42:25 PM
The queue screen is great. Installed, waited in queue for two hours because the servers I don't need to play on are full, then got disconnected and went on-line to find that servers are to be down for another two hours.

Good stuff.
50  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Immortals coming out 11-11-11 on: May 04, 2012, 05:16:27 PM
Haven't seen this and didn't realize it was the same director as The Fall, which is one of my all-time favorite movies.  Also, absolutely one of the best child-actor performances ever given.
51  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: What's everyone's Vita usage like these days? on: April 13, 2012, 03:55:12 PM
I've been playing a ton of FIFA - love the rear touch panel integration for shooting - and MLB: The Show. Both are just great sports games and have to be the best on a portable system. But the PSP was also a great platform for mobile sports gaming as well.

MLB has all the modes you could want. Franchise, where you can run a fantasy draft or use updated rosters, Season, Road to the Show. You can choose from three different pitching methods (meter, pulse, analog) and several batting methods so it seems like anyone could find a comfortable way of playing.

My hands do cramp some when playing FIFA because I'm always trying to keep my fingers off the back panel until I'm shooting, so I'm looking for some of those grips to help.
52  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Organized Competitive Adult Sports... on: March 30, 2012, 02:58:29 PM
I don't think you can include slow pitch softball as a 'competitive sport.'  C'mon, someone is lobbing a giant ball underhand at you to whack, like you would for a six year old.  Grown men in uniforms doing that is clearly 'for entertainment purposes only.'

I coach Babe Ruth baseball but for adult competition over the summer, I got nothing.
53  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Your Post-Apocalyptic Soundtrack on: March 27, 2012, 03:32:45 PM
1. Martha My Dear - The Beatles (Apocalypse Theme)
2. Cold Day in the Sun - Foo Fighters (Zombie Kill)
3. Remember Me - Eminem (Chased by the Horde)
4. Mama's Trippin' - Ben Harper (Killing my Loved One)
5. Ties that Bind - Alter Bridge (Finding New Love)
6. I'll Do Anything - Jason Mraz (The Final Stand)
7. Question! - System of a Down  (Made it Through)
8. Wrong Turn - Jack Johnson (Discovering a Bite)
54  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] American Horror Story on: December 23, 2011, 02:25:32 AM
Absolutely loved the show from start to finish. Easily the best horror series on TV.  Angela Lange deserves an Emmy.
55  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Windows Phone] Mango on: November 30, 2011, 04:12:43 PM
Purge - what do you integrate the phone with, in terms of email/calendar desktop software?  Do you use Outlook at home or work?

Since I've had an android phone, I've done all my integration with Gmail and love the Mango interface but fear that it won't adapt well, since I don't use Outlook in any form. I'm sick of the Android bugs and crashes, though and am ready for something more stable.

Which phone do you have?
56  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Legend of Zelda: The Skyward Sword on: November 22, 2011, 04:36:46 PM
Thanks for taking the time to write all that up, Ridah. I appreciate your thoughts on the game and especially the controls.
57  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 3 on: November 16, 2011, 04:42:36 PM
I agree with the map criticisms that they're all just too small and cramped. I guess Infinity Ward really took the "camp-hating" crowd to heart and really eliminated places on the map with long sight lines where snipers could add support. Most maps just turn into close-quarter killfests.  I liked Nuketown too, but now there's no variance.

Or maybe BF3 screwed up my perspective. I loved MW2, liked Black Ops a lot but am struggling with this one.
58  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] AMC's Hell on Wheels on: November 08, 2011, 09:18:23 PM
Such an intriguing time period with the dispersement of Civil War soldiers into regular life, the tension between guys that fought on opposite sides and racism and Indians and the new frontier.  I thought they did a great job with the elements and appreciated that they didn't spend time narrating the backdrop, building into the characters instead. 

I'm looking forward to the rest of the season.
59  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield 3 on: October 31, 2011, 06:28:47 PM

I love that I can finish a round with 8 kills and 10 deaths and still be on top of the leader board because of capping flags, reviving teammates and spotting. It's great that you actually get rewarded (except for unlocks) for, y'know, working on the objective of the game.

I hate that it's so damned hard to find anyone who will use a mic or is willing to stay together as a squad or work together. It's astounding. On four different servers yesterday I tried to leave and join squads to find some guys talking or using mics and finally found one guy. We had a good time keeping each other alive and wreaking havoc on the other team. Why aren't people on the mic? Are they on party chat?  It can't be right that more people playing OTP in NHL 12 are mic'd up than those playing BF3.  Right?

60  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield 3 on: October 28, 2011, 03:47:37 PM
I tried to get on last night but servers were shite. 

Like others, my default server filter setting were for Europe, so make sure and check those. I saw much better connections with Western US servers of course.

The hard thing about trying to join friends or a party is the server set up. If they're playing in a server that's full, as most are after a few rounds, there doesn't seem to be a way to join them. 

I still can't figure out how to link my EA/Xbox accounts. Battlelog, feh. 

I forgot how much more relaxing and tactical BF is, though. I played the crap out of BF2 on my PC but since have gone down the MW2/COD/Black Ops trail. It was fun to actually think about where to spawn, what target to attack, where to best place the tank, get Points for Suppression!  Good times but a big adjustment.
61  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield 3 on: October 24, 2011, 08:02:33 PM
It makes me a little nervous that they haven't provides reviewers with any console copies of the game - PC only. I hope the frame rate holds up not the 360 and PS3.
62  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: October 04, 2011, 06:46:51 PM
Crazy that the 4S price level stayed the same.

What does that mean for iPhone 5? Does it launch next summer at 299 / 399 / 499 price points?

63  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Kindle: Kindle Tablet? on: September 27, 2011, 06:34:24 PM
Based on the doomed and rejected Playbook hardware?  Ugh, count me out.
64  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NHL 12 on: September 15, 2011, 03:29:00 PM
The last one I bought was NHL 10 and absolutely loved the 5-on-5 multiplayer mode.

Is that now the EASHL thing?  Does it work well or do you have connection problems?  Do you have to be on an organized team or in a league to jump into a game or is there a good matchmaking system?

Thanks for any info!
65  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: September 15, 2011, 03:07:21 PM
I agree - the One More Turn factor kept me up waayyyy too late last night. It's very immersive - I lost my best Combat advisor in a stupid raid and my Leader to old age - that sucked. I did put a 17 year old girl who has Excellent leadership qualities in my ring, so we'll see how that goes.

Great game.
66  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Goodbye Spartacus, you will be missed on: September 12, 2011, 06:27:37 PM
By Jupiter's Cock, that's sad.
67  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Entourage, Season 8 on: September 12, 2011, 06:26:48 PM
Crap. Entourage used to be funny, sexy and edgy. The finale was whiny and lame. Some sentimentality is fine but it turned into Guiding Light. Ugh.
68  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: xbox live account hacked...I blame PSN on: August 25, 2011, 04:33:00 PM
It was 9 letters, 3 capitalized (the first, sixth and seventh). No punctuation or numbers. 

I don't think I ever logged into or used it on the web. I'm certainly to blame for not keeping the Windows Live part current. It had been so long since I logged into it outside of the 360, it was still linked to an e-mail account I haven't had for 3 years. So, when hackers changed my info on the account I didn't receive the notification e-mail.

What's strange is that I hadn't purchased points through my 360 for maybe two years. Last week my daughter wanted to transfer Rock Band 2 songs to RB3 so I purchased enough points through the console for the transfer fee - $4.99 worth. Within an hour of that transaction, the hackers had recovered my account to a modified console, purchased $75 worth of points and transferred them to their account. Can't be a coincidence.

69  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: xbox live account hacked...I blame PSN on: August 25, 2011, 03:31:44 PM
MS tried to blame my account being hacked on bad password practices also. But my gamertag was tied to a Windows Live account I use for nothing else and the password was just a series of letters, the first of which represented a word in a quote I like. I can't believe that anyone guessed that password and I didn't use that password in any other Playstation/Hotmail/Gmail or other account that could have been compromised.

There's got to be something else going on.
70  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jorge Luis Borges on: August 24, 2011, 10:08:53 PM
Labyrinths is a great collection of his, my favorite fiction piece being "The Lottery in Babylon".
71  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's your best Scam email? on: August 24, 2011, 03:58:29 PM
My favorite:

Happy and a Prosperous new year to you,how are you doing hope you fine and in perfect order.My names are James Morttey i am 16 yrs old and i am from DR Congo,i came to Ghana after the murder of my parents 2 mouths ago by hired assasin by someone i don't know,before they got to him in the house he revealed to me that i should come to Ghana with the documents in a small box,if i get a trust worth foreign partner to help me make claim to the fund he deposited in an Escrow account in Unique trust Bank Ghana.The woman whom i am with now cannot read she is not correct and people around call her crazy woman,and she cannot help me in this matter,i am contacting you to help me as my foreign partner so i can get my life back,go to school and have a family that will care for me,i do know what to do that is why i am contacting you to assist me. Thank you.
72  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox live account gone? on: August 23, 2011, 11:54:25 PM
They're probably just going to ask you for your 360's serial number and console ID. Even though the original tech took that info from me, they called from the investigation team an I had to give it to them again. That was last Wed and I haven't heard anything since.
73  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox live account gone? on: August 23, 2011, 04:07:39 PM
Mine was hacked last week also. They added 10,000 Microsoft points, then spent them at 250 points a pop for "Generic Game" which MS says just means they transferred the points to a modified console.

Now I can't play any of the save games tied to my account and I have to wait up to 30 days to get my $75 back while MS does an "investigation". Even though the phone tech could tell immediately that a modified console had been used to transfer the points, since their system couldn't track where they'd actually gone or what had been purchased.  Ugh.

Of course, MS says XBox Live Accounts can't be hacked - that I must have given my Windows Live password info to someone in an e-mail or a forum or something.  Yeah, right. I set that account up when I purchased my 360 on launch day and hadn't logged into it outside of my gamer profile since.

MS needs to do more to keep modified consoles off of the Live network, ensure they don't have any points purchase capability and get rid of the incentive for hackers to steal account info and purchase points.
74  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NEWS]Child remains found in Orlando near Anthony home on: July 07, 2011, 09:00:54 PM
I think the men on the jury are just hoping they can get laid... "Hey, I was on your jury y'know.... we should hang out."

Really, though, CSI has ruined the justice system. All the jurors want everything tied up in a nice little TV show package with explanations and a Scooby-Doo style confession at the end and if they don't get that, then they acquit on 'Reasonable Doubt'.  Most cases just aren't that cut and dried with indisputable concrete evidence. If they were, they would have been settled.

75  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NEWS]Child remains found in Orlando near Anthony home on: July 06, 2011, 06:36:09 PM
That was easily explained to the jurors in court - she wasn't missing. She accidentally drowned in the pool and her Dad stuck her in the back of her car. Mystery solved.
76  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Falling Skies: Spielberg Produced Alien Invasion Drama for TNT on: June 21, 2011, 09:46:34 PM
Ugh.  The second half of the pilot was entirely centered on human vs human conflict when I imagine most people tuned in to see the human vs. alien conflict.

What happened in that conflict? Nothing. Humanity has no prospects for survival as the aliens focus on the elimination of smaller and smaller groups. Yet that doesn't keep people from tossing a frisbee around in the meadow. Woo woo!
77  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Game of Thrones TV series starts now! on: June 21, 2011, 09:41:38 PM
A hallmark of the series is that characters aren't necessarily black and white - lots of shades of gray.

Joffrey's bodyguard (the scarred Hound) is a good example - he prevents Sansa from either leaping off the rampart to her death or pushing Joffrey to his death - but does it in a way that doesn't get her in more trouble.

My wife says - what's up with that? I thought he was an evil guy?  Maybe... Lots of characters have their own motivations that aren't exactly clear.
78  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Survivor Redemption Island Rob vs. Russell on: May 13, 2011, 10:49:26 PM
Yeah, you have to admit that Philip's strategy to get to the end was perfect - almost too good.  He's definitely everyone's guy to take to the finals.

If he ends up giving his super-secret-weapon speech and winning the whole thing, he will have to be considered one of the best players to ever win the game.
79  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Survivor Redemption Island Rob vs. Russell on: April 08, 2011, 03:45:28 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on April 07, 2011, 08:28:00 PM

Matt needs to realize that making friends is not the most important aspect of the Survivor experience. Being the nice guy results in incredibly stupid mistakes, like telling Rob everything about his decision not to jump to the other side.

Hey, it's not his fault.  That's what his God wanted him to do. Apparently, his God wants Rob to win.

80  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [FILM] Restrepo on: April 08, 2011, 03:41:52 PM
I recommend reading the book (WAR), then watching this film, which is fantastic.

It's all the better, though, when you know the backstories from the book.  For example, in the film they show the meeting with the Afghani whose cow was killed after running into the barbed wire.  The actual story in the book, though, is a riot and explains the looks the soldiers exchange when talking to the guy.

I agree, what a shitty mission.  All the more shitty since the U.S. has since abandoned all of the bases, positions and territory that those guys fought for.  Restrepo's loss was for less than nothing. Frustrating.

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