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3961  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sunday Skin: The Ron is Falling Down on the Job Edition! on: June 03, 2007, 10:20:38 PM
3962  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / AA Baseball manager takes arguing to the next level on: June 02, 2007, 09:23:23 PM
3963  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Pest Control on: May 31, 2007, 05:04:44 PM
We rent a house, and we live near a river. We get a lot of bugs and spiders and even frogs at our house. We don't mind the frogs, but we are constantly finding spiders and bugs inside our house.

Because we rent, should it be the landlord's responsibility to pay for it since it his house, or would it be ours? I know it won't hurt to ask him if he'd pay, but I wanted to see what other's think
3964  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone going to see Pan's Labyrinth? on: May 30, 2007, 12:09:46 AM
I rented it last thursday but didn't have time to sit down till Sunday night.  Put it in the dvd player, and it was all in subtitles.  I never heard of this movie until OO and here, and didn't follow the threads really.  I had no desire to sit and read a movie that night, so back it went.  Maybe some other time
3965  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pirates 3 Impressions (Spoilers) on: May 29, 2007, 12:40:16 PM
I watched it yesterday, and I enjoyed it.  I thought it was better than the 2nd one, and I thought the first one was ok.
3966  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MOVED: EVE devs cheat again..close forums on: May 27, 2007, 07:24:19 PM
This topic has been moved to Massive Multiplayer Madness.
3967  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: May 26, 2007, 02:02:52 AM
3968  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Budgets on: May 25, 2007, 08:33:22 PM
Over the last two weeks I've been making a spreadsheet tracking our finances for the next year.  Thanks to SmoothB I used that template he gave me to track expenses. 

Before Erin and I were married we were both heavy in debt.  Before I met her, I was so close to coming up for air, and then things fell through.  So when we got married our debt was combined, and after talking about our goals we decided this is the first thing we got to get rid of.  Over time our goals have changed (not going to buy a house right away after the debt being paid off is one example) but having kids has always been something we both have set our sights on, only waiting till we can get a better handle on our financial situation.

Anyways, we have used the following strategies to reduce our bet.

We closed a few accounts that we don't use.  I personally don't like the idea, I think it will hurt our credit score by doing that, so we compromised and closed a couple that we don't really need.

I transferred a high interest card to a new card that gave me 3.9% on balance transfers, and Discover will pay for one month's interest every 6 months if we make our payments on time.  Haven't seen a better offer than that.  We also get 0% on new purchases, but that won't happen.  They operator also waived the balance transfer fee.  The only thing that I wish was different was that they would have given us more line of credit.  I was hoping to transfer one card to another, and the amount they gave us wasn't enough.

Both Erin and I, called our credit card companies and asked if they could lower our interest rates.  Erin got them to go lower on hers.  I got United Chase Card to give me 4000 points and lowering my interest by 3%.  It was better than nothing.  That's the card I transferred money away, so now the balance has been cut in half.  I'm waiting a an offer from an exisiting credit card account to transfer the remaining. 

All of our accounts are basically the same interest (besides the Discover) so we are paying off cards that have the lowest balance.  That way it will free up the minumum payments, and we feel like we are making process.   

As we pay off cards that miniumum payments that we would be making would be going towards the next lowest balance card.  And it goes on and on like that. 

I'm getting a raise in July, while Erin is getting a $200 a month raise in August, so that will speed things up.  I'm also getting another raise in January.  So by January Erin and I will be making about $500 a month more than we are now.

Erin's car will be paid off in December that frees up another $154. 

So with that said, if nothing will happen between now and next May, we will be debt free.  However I'm realistic and I know that won't happen.  March began the birthday season, and it doesn't stop until October.  We made agreements that we won't pay more than $20 on Friends and $30 on  Family, we can't afford to.   We also have a wedding to attend, any my wife is the maid of honor, so there's some expenses on our behalf.  We had a great tax return last year, and we expect even more.

So I'm expecting to be truly out by August of next year, but if we do a good job managing our finances we might make it out earlier.

It's a huge relief to see the progress we have made since we've been married (8 months) and see what's in store in the future.

3969  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 'Lost' 5/23/07 -- H-O-L-Y C-R-A-P!!! (Spoilers) on: May 25, 2007, 08:16:13 PM

Quote from: Nth Power on May 25, 2007, 07:16:02 PM

Quote from: naednek on May 25, 2007, 05:17:16 PM

Quote from: Nth Power on May 24, 2007, 11:09:23 AM

I wonder who's funeral no one went too?  Was it visible in that newspaper clipping?

I think it's pretty obvious it was Juliet. 
Really?  I was thinking maybe Sawyer or Ben.  The funeral worker said no one showed up for the funeral, so I would assume it would be someone without any close ties and I'd think Juliet's sister would be there if she died.   

I don't know, I don't see Jack crying over Sawyer or Ben.  It had to be someone he held close.  Juliet's sister could be dead as far as we know.  Yes I know Ben showed juliet that she was alive, but do we really trust him?
3970  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBox Live vs Sony Online on: May 25, 2007, 06:58:09 PM

Quote from: Ridah on May 25, 2007, 06:39:20 PM

True, but the XBL service has had much time to patch and be refined. Sony's service will see the same refining with future patches.

yes but xbox live had those features from the start up.  In today's technology it's really no excuse for sony to be so primitive
3971  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 'Lost' 5/23/07 -- H-O-L-Y C-R-A-P!!! (Spoilers) on: May 25, 2007, 05:17:16 PM

Quote from: Nth Power on May 24, 2007, 11:09:23 AM

I wonder who's funeral no one went too?  Was it visible in that newspaper clipping?

I think it's pretty obvious it was Juliet. 
3972  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MOVED: Starting up WoW again on: May 24, 2007, 12:07:58 AM
This topic has been moved to Massive Multiplayer Madness.
3973  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sucker Punched at McD on: May 21, 2007, 05:04:23 PM
3974  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Caption This on: May 21, 2007, 01:57:25 AM
3975  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Xbox 360 on: May 21, 2007, 01:52:23 AM

Microsoft is scheduled to release a special edition Xbox for ‘The Simpsons’ movie. Only 100 will be made.
3976  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Starcraft 2 confirmed (finally)? on: May 19, 2007, 07:09:06 PM
Man I can't wait.  I loved SC. 

What gets me, people are complaining about the graphics.  Do you not remember what SC looked like, it was a complaint back then, but the gameplay overrode those complaints.  Blizzard has never been known to have good graphics.  EVER.  They are known for great gameplay, balanced units, and overall, a fun game to play.
3977  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / There's something wrong with this forum... on: May 18, 2007, 05:47:56 PM
141 guests viewing the forum.   

Dude and Dudettes, stop lurking and join up!

3978  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jerry Falwell dead on: May 18, 2007, 05:36:45 PM

Quote from: warning on May 18, 2007, 05:28:21 PM

Here's my comment (and vague attempt to get things somewhat back on topic):

Falwell was pretty rabidly anti-gay but doesn't the Catholic Church also consider homosexual behavior a sin?  I'm surprised to see you so vigorously defending Catholicism Kirk.  I don't see them too far removed from where Falwell stood unlike, for example, the United Church of Christ or several other Protestant denominations.

I was going to ask that question (without the links) but wasn't sure if it was too personal, and didn't want to make him feel uncomfortable.  (not that I'm saying you are doing that Tongue )
3979  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jerry Falwell dead on: May 18, 2007, 04:57:15 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on May 18, 2007, 04:53:56 PM

Quote from: Fireball1244 on May 18, 2007, 04:52:26 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on May 18, 2007, 04:36:36 PM

You have some serious personality problems, man.

And you're a coward who flees and whines whenever anyone demands that you provide support for your asinine positions. Hey, some of us are still waiting to hear just how, precisely, the Democratic Congress could have held Nixon accountable after he'd resigned and been pardoned. You bolted that thread so fast after being asked to explain that nonsense that it made heads spin.

I'm done with you.

Excellent. I win.

Wow... this guy just doesn't know when to quit, does he?

Does anyone know if Kirk is actually RunningMan9?  They seem to have the exact same asshat qualities.

I'll assume you didn't see my post, so I'll give it a last warning.  Get back on topic, and lay off the personal attacks.
3980  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jerry Falwell dead on: May 18, 2007, 04:52:00 PM
Ok, this thread has gone way off topic.  Please go back to making fun of the death of Falwell Tongue 

If you like to discuss whether or not Catholicism is fake, or whatever you are talking about, please create a new thread.  Thank you.
3981  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Transformers Pics (Now NSFW) on: May 18, 2007, 05:29:40 AM
yeah,  a transformer that rollerblades, instead of runs.  That looks retarded.
3982  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: May 18, 2007, 05:07:48 AM
3983  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dude, are you driving a girl car? on: May 16, 2007, 04:55:41 PM
My dad just recently bought a Purple PT Cruiser.  It's embarrassing.
3984  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo 3 = September 25 on: May 16, 2007, 03:59:38 PM
I never understood why Halo has suceeded.  The level repetiveness just ruins the game for me.  It's too cookie cutter and shows no creativity or uniqueness.  Even the enemies are limited as far as variety goes.  I think the few things that really grabs people are the multiplayer, sound, character and the weapons.

I know it's a breakout game for consoles, but translated on to a PC, it's very mediocre.  been there done that. 
3985  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MOVED: Intel Price Cuts - July 22 on: May 15, 2007, 09:59:34 PM
This topic has been moved to Hardware / Software Hell.
3986  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jerry Falwell dead on: May 15, 2007, 08:34:18 PM
1: I'm no supporter of this person.  I'm a christian, he's totally misrepresents what a Christian is.

2: I'm fully aware of Falwell's character, and understand why many people don't like him.  

3: I received a report from a user stating that the thread was in bad taste.  I was trying to guide the thread from going down that path.

4: When a user delibertely states that he won't follow the warning, that's where I gave my warning of if the thread gets out of hand (I shouldn't have said continued) then I would lock it.  
3987  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jerry Falwell dead on: May 15, 2007, 06:21:21 PM

Quote from: Darkstar One on May 15, 2007, 06:08:12 PM

I'm sorry--respect is earned.  Jerry Falwell earned no respect with his bigoted life.

And I see nothing about "respect for the dead" in the CoC.

Other Rules
The Moderators and Gaming Trend Staff reserve the right to add or subtract rules or edit this list.

While "respecting the dead" is not in the COC, listening to a mod's warning is expected. 

With comments you have made, this thread can quickly become a flamewar and we want to avoid that. 

If it continues, the thread will be locked.
3988  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jerry Falwell dead on: May 15, 2007, 06:06:53 PM
While many people do not agree with him or even like him, please keep it respectful.
3989  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Any GT cyclers out there? on: May 15, 2007, 12:10:37 AM
Has anyone heard anything about Iron Horse Mountain Bikes.  This guy on craigslist was selling a Trek 720 for $75, and a Iron Horse for 100.  I'm meeting with him tomorrow to look at it, and he agreed to $80 for the Iron Horse.  The trek had already sold.  I don't know the model, since he was at work when I called, but in general how's the Iron Horse.
3990  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / MOVED: Opinions on this LCD? on: May 12, 2007, 07:03:39 AM
This topic has been moved to Off-Topic.
3991  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Opinions on this LCD? on: May 12, 2007, 07:03:20 AM
crap, I read it as a computer monitor...

Back it goes, Thanks gellar
3992  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / MOVED: Opinions on this LCD? on: May 12, 2007, 05:01:56 AM
This topic has been moved to Hardware / Software Hell.
3993  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / MOVED: New Modems on: May 10, 2007, 12:59:31 PM
This topic has been moved to Hardware / Software Hell.
3994  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Another ban announcement on: May 10, 2007, 12:56:40 PM

Quote from: corruptrelic on May 10, 2007, 12:42:56 PM

Looking at the above example posts, I'm having a hard time finding any justifcation for it. So he had some 'pirated' dreamcast software for sale with his dreamcast system, but when it was brought to attention, he asked the thread to be locked.

A joke about Hetz? Wow..

And finally calling an old lady who ran into (and possibly killed) a guy an "old cunt"? I guess that could be considered inappropriate (we're all civilized adults here, at least I think) but is that grounds for being banned?
Did anyone honestly really take any offense to that?

It's one thing to ban the Crowleys who come here posting 'goatsee' crap or pictures of animals, but to ban long-standing members of the community to what seem like such small offenses, IMO, is taking it too far.
Of course I'm not a mod and this isn't my board (so I completely respect what Ron & crew do with their house) but at the same time, it's not too hard to tell when someone is a real problem around here and actually deserves to be banned.
To me personally, Kobra didn't seem like one of those people.

Just my 2 cents.

Kobra wasn't banned for a single incident.  It was a series of actions that had taken place over time.  A few months back we modified the COC to add/change some rules, and added a guideline to what would happen if a person broke these rules.  Everyone got an email from the boards of these changes, and they have been posted on the forums. 

We didn't go out of our way to try to get Kobra off these boards.  The same goes for Hetz when he was banned.  It was a series of events that caused it.  Kobra had many warnings about his demeanor here.  As warning stated earlier, once  you get a warning or temp ban, mods will pay more attention to that person.

There has been some people who have been banned, came back, and since has had no problems with the community.  Unfortunately that wasn't the case for Kobra.
3995  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: May 08, 2007, 03:25:52 AM
3996  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Whoa! on: May 08, 2007, 03:25:34 AM
3997  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / MOVED: site has gone realllly BIG on: May 07, 2007, 12:46:30 PM
This topic has been moved to Forum and Site Feedback.
3998  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: May 07, 2007, 12:42:22 PM
3999  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So I broke my brother in law's finger in 3 places yesterday on: May 06, 2007, 06:37:22 PM
hardly.  He played through it for over an half our.  Afterwards we were moving furniture.  At one point we had to move a bed, and that was the last straw for him, you could see the pain shoot to his head. 

Brittle might be word you're looking for Tongue
4000  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / So I broke my brother in law's finger in 3 places yesterday on: May 06, 2007, 05:52:30 PM
Last night we had the in-laws over for an early mother's day gathering.  My brother in law and his son brought over the football, and we throwing it around after dinner. 

I threw the ball to my Brother in Law and it jammed his finger.   We ended up playing another 30 mins thinking it was just dislocated finger.  When we got inside we checked the damage and his finger was really swollen.  We still figured it was dislocated, he even popped it back in place.  This morning he went to the doctor, and turns out I broke his finger in 3 places. 

I think I need to try out for the niners.  I always had a good arm and decent aim.
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