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3361  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Learning to drink coffee on: July 08, 2008, 04:26:05 PM
I went the other way... I only drank black coffee for 15+ years... then in the last 10 months or so when I switched to decaf I started adding cream... I think I require it to be somewhat bad for me on some  level or something.
3362  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Learning to drink coffee on: July 08, 2008, 04:12:26 PM
The best thing I did for my alertness and energy was cut out caffeine entirely.  It's rough going there for a while, but I think it works in the end... you feel better.

I drink a pretty good amount of decaf w/ a bit of cream and no sugar every morning, and then try to just drink a lot of water... and a lot of beer. Tongue
3363  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 100 Pushups - 6 week program. Who's in? on: July 07, 2008, 05:38:11 PM
I'm starting week 2 over this week... I had to take a break from it because I was having some shoulder pain that wasn't going away and that was keeping me from being able to throw in our sunday game.

Disappointing.
3364  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Band Recommendation: Witchcraft on: July 04, 2008, 08:30:23 PM
Doesn't strike me as Morrison-esque in the least... definitely a lot of early Sabbath Ozzy in there.  Everything about the band, including the singer, sounds perfect for an early 70s band.  Something new and different...
3365  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bicycles on: July 03, 2008, 07:17:54 PM
I've got a 3 speed Electra Cruiser... if you don't have to go up any big hills, and you don't have to go further than a mile or two on a given trip, I think they are super fun... Comfortable, cool...  If you need a little more flexibility, their Townie series seem like good bikes.

http://www.electrabike.com/
3366  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movies] Wanted impressions on: July 03, 2008, 07:14:38 PM
I feel he was guilty as well.

In the end, I wasn't comfortable with what Wanted was, regardless of its aspirations...
3367  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movies] Wanted impressions on: July 03, 2008, 06:29:10 PM

Quote from: hepcat on July 03, 2008, 05:50:23 PM

Wanted, as I've stated from post 1, is an action film on par with Shoot 'Em Up.  Both are good at what they do:  giving the audience over the top action.  Neither aspire to anything higher.  if you believe Wanted was trying to do so, then I feel you misunderstood the intention of the film. 

I think you are completely incorrect in your assessment above. Shoot 'Em Up succeeds where Wanted fails because Shoot 'Em Up is comfortable being an over the top action flick and in fact revels in it, while Wanted wants to have story and depth that it just can't maintain... or even establish.

3368  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movies] Wanted impressions on: July 03, 2008, 06:12:11 PM
You get so cranky.
3369  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movies] Wanted impressions on: July 03, 2008, 05:28:08 PM

Quote from: hepcat on July 03, 2008, 05:05:11 PM

Quote from: kratz on July 03, 2008, 04:48:21 PM

So... you thought that the retarded premise was awesome? Alright.

no, i was simply stating that if you were looking for an awesome story in a summer action film yet loved "Shoot 'Em Up" then your future as a movie critic is seriously in doubt.    icon_wink

Yeah, I was not really referring to the story, but to the premise.  As I was saying in my last reply, Shoot 'Em Up had a simple story, but one that worked.  Wanted was trying to be too complicated with the story, but failing at both being complicated (because it was so 'done'), and failing at filling in the gaps.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Specifically, that there is an automatic loom that is spitting out a hit list.  It's controlled by 'fate'. wtf?

Quote from: hepcat on July 03, 2008, 05:05:11 PM

Quote
Shoot 'Em Up was much smarter, told a better story

To quote your earlier post:  "What the....?"

Did we see the same movies?

Quote from: hepcat on July 03, 2008, 05:05:11 PM

Quote
(the Jolie 'origin' story... ugh, I think they got the idea for that one from a 4th grader). 

Jesus, what kind of 4th graders are you freakin' hanging out with?   icon_lol

In terms of 'oh, I need to convince a character to do something... I'll do it with a story this character who is already here happens to conveniently have lying around! 

Quote from: hepcat on July 03, 2008, 05:05:11 PM

Quote
What passed for back story for the characters was either done in a crappy voice over (show, don't tell!)

yeah, you're right...remember that extended flashback scene explaining Mr. Smith's backstory...oh wait...there wasn't one!

You think that's how you show a backstory?  What made the backstory in SEU effective was the lack of the 'This happened, then this happened, then this happened' voiceover (preceded, I might add, by a 'This happened then this happened' prologue)... they just let the character establish himself, and then let slip a few key nuggets about his past as part of a conversation the bad guys are having about him... then they let you fill in the blanks yourself.  It's smarter, and it gives the audience credit for being smart enough to both figure some stuff out on their own and engage them in their individual perception of the character.  With Wanted, we were told absolutely everything about the character throughout the whole movie.  There wasn't any depth to *any* of the characters.

Now, I'm not saying that Shoot 'Em Up was a masterpiece of character development... but for mindless action, it was just a much smarter, better made and more entertaining film.

Quote from: hepcat on July 03, 2008, 05:05:11 PM

apparently you and I both saw a film called "Shoot 'Em Up".  The only problem is that you're remembering it incorrectly.   icon_biggrin

Fondly... remembering it fondly.
3370  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Band Recommendation: Witchcraft on: July 03, 2008, 05:02:37 PM
For fans of early Sabbath, Cream, Stoner Rock, Doom...  very classic rock sound, cool songs, great playing...

You can check out a few tracks (mostly from their new album, which isn't out on MP3 yet... July 15th) on their myspace:

http://www.myspace.com/witchcraftswe

Looks like they are a small US tour.

I just bought their last album, 'Firewood' (on Amazon).  Really, really good... it's interesting for something that sounds so old to be so fresh.

http://www.amazon.com/Firewood/dp/B00175KU66/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=dmusic&qid=1215101055&sr=1-2

Anyway... thought some of you might enjoy it.
3371  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movies] Wanted impressions on: July 03, 2008, 04:55:51 PM

Quote from: Moliere on July 03, 2008, 04:53:27 PM

"The material is only so good" is another way of saying it was terrible.


Indeed.

Quote from: Moliere on July 03, 2008, 04:53:27 PM

Spoiler for Hiden:
I don't care how much adrenaline you have, nobody is jumping through a high rise window with enough momentum to carry them across the street to the next building while firing away on their guns.

See... that really doesn't bother me... that's the sort of implausibility that I can let slide in the name of having fun... but taken with everything else, it just collapses under the weight of the combined suck.
3372  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movies] Wanted impressions on: July 03, 2008, 04:48:21 PM

Quote from: hepcat on July 03, 2008, 04:03:40 PM

I honestly thought Wanted didn't take itself as seriously as it could given the plot that evolves throughout the film.  If you didn't understand that some of the film's subplots were basically laughing nods to The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and the Matrix...well...I don't know how to respond to that diplomatically.   icon_biggrin

If so, the writers of this film were not smart enough to be doing it on purpose.

Also, I think you meant to type that you 'loved Shoot 'Em Up, but it was purely a vehicle for the gunfights.'

Shoot 'Em Up was much smarter, told a better story, *had better action* (which is a big deal when you are making a silly action flick, which they both were) and did not have the completely ridiculous jumps in logic that Wanted trotted out every 5 minutes.  What passed for back story for the characters was either done in a crappy voice over (show, don't tell!), or a total cliche to serve as explanation for the implausibility of the basic premise (the Jolie 'origin' story... ugh, I think they got the idea for that one from a 4th grader).  Shoot 'Em Up had a much simpler, more easily maintained story that didn't have to spend as much time explaining itself, and could just serve as the backdrop for some fun shoot 'em up.

Wanted made the mistake of having a totally hackneyed story with no surprises (oh, that's his dad? didn't see that coming!), but still thought it was being terribly clever and hitting you with some real 'gotcha!' moments.  For me, it failed on almost every level.  I mean honestly, we all could've done with a lot more naked Angelina Jolie.

Quote from: hepcat on July 03, 2008, 04:03:40 PM

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  It actually expects us to think that this retarded premise is awesome.
 

No, I think that's more a fault on your part.    slywink

So... you thought that the retarded premise was awesome? Alright.
3373  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movies] Wanted impressions on: July 03, 2008, 03:38:09 PM

Quote from: hepcat on July 01, 2008, 06:50:25 PM

But Wanted is like Shoot 'em Up (another recent fave of mine) in that it's there to display great gun fights and over the top action.  However, unlike Shoot 'em Up, Wanted has a better story with a fully developed (albeit hard to swallow at times and containing more than a few little holes) story driving it.

What the ...?

Shoot 'Em Up was on a *completely* different level, and, very importantly, never took itself seriously... Wanted never laughs at itself even for a second.  It actually expects us to think that this retarded premise is awesome.
3374  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movies] Wanted impressions on: July 03, 2008, 03:35:03 PM
I went with a couple of buddies last night...  holy shit it was terrible.

There were no surprises in the plot... completely predictable, cliched.  Bad dialog... a few action sequences that were sort of fun... a pretty good shot of Angelina Jolie's naked ass... a premise that redefines idiotic, and that's on top of the already pretty damn dumb bullet bending premise.

Totally just pandering to the lowest common denominator.  I cringed the second the shitty voice over started, and it just got worse from there.

My buddy Miguel, who thought Smokin' Aces was the best movie to come out last year, who likes everything bad, thought it sucked... that's how bad it was.

I'm astounded at the cast they convinced to do the movie... did they not read the script?  I'm also astounded that it got favorable reviews...

Don't go anywhere near this, even on DVD.  This made 300 look like The Departed.
3375  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Battlefield: Bad Company Weekend! on: July 02, 2008, 11:17:53 PM
Gamefly sent me this on the 25th... so far it hasn't shown up yet. Bastards.
3376  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Hostages Rescued in Colombia on: July 02, 2008, 10:11:56 PM
Pretty interesting... I just re-read Killing Pablo.  Columbia is one fucked up place.
3377  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Escapist: Zero Punctuation on: July 02, 2008, 07:37:17 PM
Good stuff.
3378  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Telecaster Project on: July 02, 2008, 06:59:12 PM
A LP Jr is the same size as a LP standard (though not the same *depth*).  Standards are definitely thick guitars, and reissues like mine have a big neck, but the body outline itself is pretty small.

I think a Strat would be bigger than both the telecaster and the les paul, I think.
3379  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Free Agency/Off-Season on: July 02, 2008, 05:59:46 PM

Quote from: Arkon on July 02, 2008, 04:58:33 PM

Bah, the Red Wings managed to sign Hossa to a 1 year deal...might as well start engraving the cup now, sheesh.

Whoooooo!!!

I wonder what line he'll end up with.
3380  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Telecaster Project on: July 02, 2008, 05:59:25 PM
Telecaster bodies are pretty decently sized... bigger than my les paul, for sure.  Pretty wide.  Or is that tall?

Everything looks small on me... and the angle in that picture above combined with the 72 oversized headstock definitely exacerbates it...
3381  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help me find a song / 7" record on: July 02, 2008, 04:47:33 PM
So from what I can gather, this song was never released... it only exists in this movie...

So I've been trying to get all of the lyrics down based on the few times it shows up in the movie, and I'm doing pretty good, but I'm lost on a couple of spots, so maybe there are some good lyric investigators here who are able to hear the lyrics past the rest of the movie noises...

If so, the movie is available for instant viewing on netflix:

Warning... the movie is NSFW, and if you are offended by bare breasts, the second scene is not for you...

http://www.netflix.com/WatchNowMovie/The_First_Turn-On/60023230?trkid=228949

The song is played at:

about 32 minutes - cut up, but it does the bridge, but not the second verse
about 49 minutes - whole song
about 59 minutes - cuts before the bridge

Here's what I have so far:

Quote

last night just wasn't long enough
the guys had to break us up on the beach
well, how about this one? you can sleep over

all the girls ain't like you
you're the one who's so nice to me
i said baby, my baby, you're the one i need

chorus:
well i want you all to myself, i want you over
before we get caught (out) in public
come on sleep over, yeah

my heart is beatin'
anticipatin' come on let's go
i said 'call up your daddy', tell him you're busy'

we got close enough in the bushes
but i got to bring you back in the house
i said ?????? you can sleep over

bridge:
????? sleep over
????? sleep over

So it's one line in the second verse and then the bridge...

Possibly something like 'you're still special to me in the morning - sleep over'? that might be a stretch...

Also, the movie is funny as shit.  And offensive as hell.

"Make sure she's really screaming loud."
"Screaming? Why, do I hurt her?"
3382  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 100 Pushups - 6 week program. Who's in? on: July 02, 2008, 03:44:41 PM
Yeah... I just don't know what I'm talking about... I have discovered I do breath in on the way down, and out on the way up... heh. SMRT
3383  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Telecaster Project on: July 02, 2008, 03:41:07 PM
Those little bodies and super figured wood... not for me... gimme a good J or P bass.
3384  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Photography] - Omaha Storms (Not 56K friendly) on: July 02, 2008, 03:31:25 PM
Very cool.
3385  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Telecaster Project on: July 01, 2008, 10:09:32 PM
Um... fairly high middlin'?  If everything went according to plan, this would have been pretty simple, it was the complications that required some finesse.

Can you solder?  That's the one part that doesn't consist of screwing things together.  Making sure you have a complete parts list and being patient with your work are the most important parts to a worry free build. You also obviously need to know how to set the thing up once it's assembled, but if you play a lot it's probably all stuff you've adjusted before - action, relief, etc.  Depending on the type of tuners you get, you will probably have to use a rubber mallet to seat some body and tuner ferrules, and do it in a way that doesn't fuck up your finish... relatively easy though.
3386  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Telecaster Project on: July 01, 2008, 09:55:05 PM

Quote from: lildrgn on July 01, 2008, 09:48:27 PM

Kratz: that's tight. Did buying the parts and stuff end up costing as much as a new equivalent? And g/l with a new bassist. And the pushups too. I can see that they're working wonders. slywink

Heh, well... that picture is from April, so I hadn't started the pushups yet...

Buying the parts cost more than if I'd bought what Fender currently sells as a Telecaster Deluxe, but it's a much nicer instrument than what I would've gotten from them unless I'd gone with a Fender Custom Shop instrument... which would've been about 5x more...

Parts wise, if I take into account parts that I recycled (pots, caps, pickups) this is in the range of $1000 - $1200, a production Deluxe goes for about $650 - $720, and a custom shop deluxe (which are rare as hell to find anyway) would be in the neighborhood of $4 - 5K.
3387  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 100 Pushups - 6 week program. Who's in? on: July 01, 2008, 09:51:39 PM
I think I inhale on the way up... kind of use that drop to push the air out...
3388  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Telecaster Project on: July 01, 2008, 08:00:32 PM

Quote from: Booner on July 01, 2008, 07:24:58 PM

Quote from: kratz on July 01, 2008, 07:01:20 PM

Quote from: Booner on July 01, 2008, 06:31:43 PM

Turned out nice Kratz, but enough already!

So... you are saying I shouldn't link to any pictures of my Les Paul? Tongue

A new one? Well...it has one too many strings to tempt me, so post away! biggrin

Man, from your myspace page I see your looking for someone to shore up your low end. I hope it was a mutual split at least. You getting any bites? One avenue is to post a thread on the TalkBass Players Wanted Forum. There are a few bass playing members there.  slywink

Hey, no... it's the same one you saw on our myspace.  It's tits.

The bass player split is amicable, but I really wish he wasn't leaving... one of my best friends.  He just wants to concentrate on his own band that he plays guitar in.  Getting a bass player is pretty tough here since it's so small... there are bass players, but not really good ones who are on the same page with us musically.

joey - yeah, it'd be sweet if we could get Zac to move out here. smile
3389  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Telecaster Project on: July 01, 2008, 07:01:20 PM

Quote from: Booner on July 01, 2008, 06:31:43 PM

Turned out nice Kratz, but enough already!

So... you are saying I shouldn't link to any pictures of my Les Paul? Tongue
3390  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Telecaster Project on: July 01, 2008, 06:58:04 PM

Quote from: joeyjazz on July 01, 2008, 06:17:13 PM

That's the exact guitar I've been looking to build myself for about a year and a half now, I really dig the walnut color, though I almost grabbed an arctic white body off ebay over the winter (it almost went for $70 or so).

Very cool guitar.

Edit:  All the pickguards I've seen for it have 4 holes to install each pickup instead of the more common 1 hole on each side because of the proprietary Fender pickup.  Is the one you got available as is or did you have to get it customized?

The cool thing about Warmoth is that you can get each piece customized for what you want, so I had the pickguard set up for gibson style humbuckers with two adjustment screws (and smaller holes, since the Fender humbuckers are extra wide)... the mounting setup is custom, and I got to pick the neck profile (it's a boat... and a monster).

If I had it all to do over I would've gotten it drilled for grover mini rotomatics instead of the klusons, which are a weird size that no other tuning machines come in, and aren't particularly great... I had a couple mounting screws shear off and it led to all SORTS of headaches.

If I'd had more money, I would've gotten both the neck and body unfinished and sent them to RS Guitarworks to get finished in nitro cellulose lacquer... as it was, I should've looked into doing it myself w/ stuff from ReRanch, but... oh well.

Small considerations in the end, as I'm really quite happy with it.
3391  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Telecaster Project on: July 01, 2008, 06:06:18 PM
Yeah, fer sure.
3392  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Bond movie trailer rules on: July 01, 2008, 05:24:41 PM
Looks good... I liked the feel of Casino Royale, though I could've done w/o the Return of the King and the sinking houseboat...
3393  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Telecaster Project on: July 01, 2008, 05:11:10 PM

Quote from: ATB on July 01, 2008, 04:55:00 PM

Don't know how I missed this thread as I find your building of X rocker component threads very interesting.

Why was the sticker illegal?

Edit: I also find it very cool that you don't just know how to play em, but build em too.

Sticker is illegal because it's not really a Fender... which makes it, technically, counterfeit.

I didn't really 'build' this one... I assembled it.  Building the amp was a much, much more impressive feat. smile
3394  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Telecaster Project on: July 01, 2008, 04:51:26 PM
Oh yeah, I finally have pictures of the finished thing... the strat thread reminded me I hadn't posted one here...

Sorry you gotta look at my ugly mug to see it. smile

3395  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movies]Wall-E Impressions on: July 01, 2008, 04:10:43 PM
Though as I mentioned before, I was nodding off due to some pretty powerful exhaustion, the more I think about it the more I think that it probably was one of the weaker films.  I would still prefer it to Cars, Bug's Life... but maybe only more than those two.  I really just need to see it again and see what I think on a second viewing.

Was it the movie putting me to sleep? Dunno...

Blade Runner is one of my favorite movies, but it still puts me to sleep when I watch it these days
3396  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need help pricing a used guitar (American Fender Strat) on: July 01, 2008, 04:07:01 PM
Man... I don't know much about Fenders, and the ones I do pay attention to are telecasters...

I would imagine your guitar was around $800 - $1000 new, yeah?  I would be really surprised if you could get that much for it now... link me to some of the ones that are like yours and selling for a lot of money and I can probably tell you why they are going for more...

You could also try going here and asking: http://www.thefenderforum.com/forum/index.php?s=

Definitely have pictures though.

3397  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 100 Pushups - 6 week program. Who's in? on: July 01, 2008, 03:20:31 PM
Man, bummer on your degirling.

I went and played in our Sunday baseball game, and my right shoulder is kind of screwed up... real sharp twinges that seem in the joint itself... couldn't throw really at all.  I did day 1 of week 2 last night, and it was really hurting me, especially right when I'd finish a set of pushups.  Feels like the ball wants to rip out of the socket.  In the final set I managed only 10 less than my final set of week 1 day 3.  I am not happy.  I'm getting on a schedule that will give me two days of rest between day 3 and baseball, though... hopefully that helps.
3398  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: If tattoos actually told the truth... on: July 01, 2008, 12:41:12 AM

Quote from: Mr. Fed on July 01, 2008, 12:24:30 AM

On an adoption board I used to frequent before it became insufferable even for an adoption board, a woman left in huge huff ragging on all the "liberals" because people made fun of her for insisting that all tattoos are "trashy."

I think I worked too much today... I had to read that 5 times to make sense of it.
3399  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: If tattoos actually told the truth... on: June 30, 2008, 10:00:28 PM
Looks like he's got some skills.

The guy I've been going to recently is Curtis @ Tribal Rites in Ft. Collins, CO.

http://tribalritestattoo.com/main.html

You can navigate to some of his stuff from there.
3400  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wife Issue (Advice?) on: June 30, 2008, 09:46:59 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on June 30, 2008, 05:08:36 PM

This sets off all kinds of red flag alerts to me from past experiences. 

That time some guy in your Counter Strike clan got mad at you because he thought you were letting him get killed totally does not apply here.
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