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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Mozilla Firefox recommendations on: October 14, 2004, 06:14:14 PM
Oh, I also like Dictionary Search.  Lets me select and right-click a word in a page to have it automatically looked up in dictionary.com in a new tab.  A minor convenience, I suppose, but one of those minor conveniences that makes a difference over the long haul.
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Mozilla Firefox recommendations on: October 14, 2004, 05:32:07 PM
Adblock is one of my favorites.  It allows me to specify some wildcard expressions that commonly identify imported advertisement elements in a page (e.g. */ads/* or *adserver*), and simply strip them all out of the page.  It also allows you to view a list of the URLs of all blockable components of any given page, so that you can quickly block and unblock them, or more quickly identify the common URL substrings that you want to block.

Makes it sound like a lot of work, but with only a dozen or so such expressions I hardly see any ads at all on my web pages anymore.  Dramatically speeds up the loading time of ad-heavy sites, and reduces the clutter of my browsing experience.
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / RTW: Factions and Units. on: October 14, 2004, 05:00:45 PM
I'm playing a Greek campaign as well, and their strength has more to do with throwing money around than developing interesting armies.  Apart from the distinctive hoplites, their units are a little more prosaic and lacking in diversity - and you have to give up on any cavalry ambitions you may have had.  Naval battles become more significant as well.  The Roman factions have the widest spread of units, I think, but I'm interested in trying out the Britons or Egypt just for a different take.
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 news - does this actuall make people feel better? on: October 14, 2004, 03:52:02 PM
To answer the original question, it makes me feel better.  To be this long overdue with this much anticipation, and then to still have people stubbornly taking their time to work things out ... well, I can't help but feel reassured that it's not a big cluster****.
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [film] Team America: World Police on: October 14, 2004, 03:48:50 PM
I was going to see it, until Sean Penn warned me off.
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Talk to me about Vietnam on: October 13, 2004, 08:45:07 PM
No worries.  I grew up in Asia, and spent a couple years in the Peace Corps in rural Africa.  Traveling hardships I can handle.  I'd just like to get some ideas about events or places I shouldn't miss.
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / You ever make coffee and... on: October 13, 2004, 04:33:52 PM
You should really have a cup before you make a pot.  That should be a warning on the label.  Starbucks or something for the primer, and then "OK, now I'm fit to operate the percolating machinery."
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Talk to me about Vietnam on: October 13, 2004, 01:56:50 PM
I think the Vietnamese cognoscenti of Gone-Gold-That-Was were Lost in Transition.  Can we send out search parties to all forums in the gaming world?  Just so I can get an answer?

In the interim, I'm going with the Graham Greene tour.  Find a young woman who represents to me the intractable beauty of Asia and wallow in the world-weariness that only an opium pipe can make right.
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Talk to me about Vietnam on: October 13, 2004, 12:34:59 PM
The Vietnam of the last five years or so, that is.  Anyone been, or living there?

Going to be there for three weeks next month, and I'm trying to dig up some tips and suggestions on where to spend my time.  I'll be based mostly out of Saigon (I know, officially Ho Chi Minh City, but it seems like even the Vietnamese still tend to call it Saigon) in the South, but a train trip up north isn't out of the question.
10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / R&P Decision on: October 13, 2004, 02:23:51 AM
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If we are permitted to raise political issues (properly labeled) in the "Off Topic" forum, then why does the caption for that forum say:
"Talk about anything you want other than Politics and Religion"


I notice in the stickied forum policies, under the Religion and Politics heading, that item has been labeled "Under Review."  I think these little shifts are in process ... or under discussion.

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give us some time.
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / R&P Decision on: October 13, 2004, 01:59:26 AM
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still no R&P forum, if you are looking for that, you are in the wrong forum


Was never a fan of the idea.  Just don't want to miss the water cooler talk that can range a bit.
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / R&P Decision on: October 13, 2004, 01:53:26 AM
I confess to some puzzlement.  No, I don't mean that in a snarky way, I just mean to say that the clarification still leaves me a little confused.

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AgtFox:  From my perspective as a mod, reporting the news is fair game (such as the Fox FCC fine or whatever), but if the continuing discussion in that thread delves into the political landscape of things, it will be closed.

I noted in another thread (I don't remember which one) where Ralph Wiggum asked a few questions that I would allow news of a politician dying (for instance), but that we talk more about the person than their political past or what they mean from a political point of view.


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KD: Ok here's the situation. I want to re-clarify our stance. Nobody is censoring anyone here. A question like "Hey did you vote today?" is fine ... You wanna talk about the latest debate? Do so with a bit of caution in the off topic forum and label it CLEARLY with [P] Debate in Tempe. The second I think we have gotten into some assinine immature non-productive bullshitery I'll lock the thread.


Does this represent a shift in stance (from "Don't be political" to "Don't be non-productive")?  Or a difference of opinion between AgtFox and yourself?

I understand you're trying to be reasonable and accommodating, Ron, but this all seems fairly murky - the sort of murkiness in mod policy which can shoot itself in the foot.  The "political landscape" is not tolerated ... unless you label it clearly and be careful not to be asinine?  

Coupling a strong readiness to act decisively with some rather foggy criteria (along the lines of "Don't go overboard") sounds to me like a recipe for trouble.
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / R&P Decision on: October 12, 2004, 10:13:29 PM
It seems really tactless to me, but on the range of lesser evils, this space seems the least among them:  for people looking elsewhere for their conversation fix, where would they be going?

Many thanks to CG for its warm hospitality and thoughtful consideration.
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / CG Music Thread - What are you listening to? on: October 12, 2004, 09:55:58 PM
Still listening to The Magnetic Fields' I (picked it up for the second run this year).  I would be listening to the Arcade Fire as well, if it wasn't sold out at every store I've been to in the last week.
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / EVERYONE READ PLEASE on: October 12, 2004, 08:57:02 PM
I'm a little slower on the uptake than most.  Actually took 4 days of a non-responsive URL for me to decide maybe I should go hunt around for the answer ... and it brought me here.

Is it great to see some of the old names?  Sure.  Am I impressed with the hospitality?  Absolutely.  Do I have any particular loyalty to Console Gold and a desire to stay?  Not really, but we'll see.  It's a little too soon for the relationship talk, so I can't declare myself one way or another.  I admit I've come here initially merely to bear witness to GG's demise.  Feel like I'm a guest star on Six Feet Under.

I went to Gone Gold because - as others have put it - the "one-stop shopping" conversation market.  Most of the things I wanted to talk about would appear in a single forum, and a significant fraction by people I might respect.  I became a shrewder consumer of games, much improved my CD rack, got to kick the tires on films, books, and got a window onto people's lives occasionally.  Even had a few conversations with some emotional and philosophical heft.

I am an R&P lurker, and so should probably weigh in on that as well.  Always felt the GG separation was a (to use one phrase near at hand) "colossal error of judgment," even though I was an infrequent participant, at best.  Whether a separate forum or no, I think making room for such talk enriches the forum space, even if many of the threads (as they are in each forum) are throwaways, and best skipped over.
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The Skinny on Rich (and Gonegold somewhat) SEE 1ST POST EDIT on: October 12, 2004, 08:10:52 PM
Just posting to mark my attendance, since I don't have many words at the moment.  Just standing by, bearing witness, whatever else one does at a wake.
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