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1321  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Fourth of July Reflections on: July 05, 2008, 08:27:50 PM

Quote from: Moliere on July 05, 2008, 07:57:55 PM

Quote from: CSL on July 05, 2008, 11:24:21 AM

Quote from: Drazzil on July 05, 2008, 06:07:40 AM

I have been pondering this great document and the History of the United States of America for a while now.

No you haven't
Love the irony here when your very next statement is: "That couldn't have come off any more as any more cocky." Grammar check, ahem. I guess you really mean to say that Drazzil has a different viewpoint than the Noted Historian and is therefore wrong.

I prefer to think of him as a legend in his own mind. Seriously, just because his job lets him read more books than most people doesn't mean much.
1322  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Looking for things to do in Maui on: July 01, 2008, 11:53:09 PM

Quote from: naednek on July 01, 2008, 11:46:23 PM

Go snorkling on the quicksilver.  They take you out to the dormant volcano in the ocean (can't remember the name of it) where you see the most beautiful fish, the water is so clear, it's like looking at a fish tank.  They also take you to turtle bay, where you swim with giant turtles.  Depending on the year, they also take you out to the newest part of maui, they say the water is so clear there, and the dolphins hang out there.

Molokini Crater. Yeah we did that exact same snorkeling route - Molokini Crater then Turtle Bay. Man, you're bringing back great memories! Next trip back I definitely have to revisit Maui.
1323  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Looking for things to do in Maui on: July 01, 2008, 11:22:40 PM
Also, don't forget there's a superferry now that can take you and your rental car from Maui to Oahu. Just in case you wanted to do a day trip to Honolulu.
1324  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Looking for things to do in Maui on: July 01, 2008, 11:20:03 PM
+1 for Kaanapali beach. My wife and I went to several of Maui's beaches and found it to be our favorite. Its got the best mix of beach, surf, sand, and amenities.

We didn't get to do the road to Hana because she gets carsick easily and the Hana road is a lot of twists and turns. The thing you have to remember about doing the road to Hana is that its not about getting to Hana. Hana itself is not really anything special. Its about stopping along the way to see the various waterfalls and scenic points. I think really the point of getting to Hana is so you can turn around and head back. So, if you don't think of it as SPEEDING to Hana but just taking a lazy drive and stopping along the way you should find it fun.

We also did horseback riding at the Mendes Ranch. The two hour ride took us up in the mountains and then down to the shore and back to the ranch. The local guides are funny and you will never hear Hawaiian pidgin spoken quite like the guides speak it there. I had to pause a few seconds sometimes to parse it all before translating for my wife smile.

Snorkeling is excellent too.

As for food we loved this small place near the Kaanapali beach resort. Found it! Aloha Mixed Plate. Good food for cheap. You still won't go wrong if you ask the folks at the hotel where THEY eat. That's how we found a lot of the good places on Maui.
1325  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Rockband] New owner - any tips? on: June 26, 2008, 01:54:31 PM
Most importantly, don't ever try to download from Xbox live with a PS3. That will just lead to frustration  slywink
1326  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Quiz: Star Wars or WWII Reference? on: June 17, 2008, 09:23:33 PM
Ugh, 1 wrong:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Maquis. And it was exactly because of DS9 that I missed it. I remembered hearing it in a sci-fi reference so went with both.
1327  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Spore Creature Creator to be released on June 17th (PICS!) on: June 17, 2008, 12:00:14 AM

Quote from: disarm on June 16, 2008, 11:38:11 PM

Quote from: morlac on June 16, 2008, 06:48:54 PM

Quote from: Tokek on June 16, 2008, 06:15:00 PM

Quote from: Purge on June 16, 2008, 02:54:03 PM

Quote from: fyedaddy on June 16, 2008, 02:34:05 PM

Quote from: Gratch on June 16, 2008, 02:26:18 PM

Quote from: Dimmona on June 16, 2008, 04:42:56 AM

I shudder to think what other stuff we'll see get created with this thing:

That is just wrong on so many levels.  So why couldn't I stop laughing?

That video clip cost me half my coffee and lots of dirty looks.


 eek icon_eek icon_lol icon_lol

Wow, go f*** yourself....literally!

while it is a little sad that someone spent the time to make that, it's actually pretty damn funny and i'm a little bit impressed  icon_smile

I wonder what special abilities that design gets?
1328  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Axis and Allies - Game 2 anyone interested? on: June 15, 2008, 09:37:52 PM
well, I'm back now and won't be going anywhere anytime soon. So Boudreaux, if you want to bow out, I'm interested in game 2. I'd like to be one of the allie this time though smile.
1329  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Axis and Allies - Started on: June 11, 2008, 03:48:01 PM

Quote from: Remus West2 on June 11, 2008, 03:00:10 PM

Quote from: Turtle on June 10, 2008, 08:38:52 PM

I'll go if they serve vodka.

Oh and this is what happens when Japan forgets to maintain its navy:

No, this is what happens when Japan gets stupid and forgets to build INF to place into the Industries he has.  The navy issue would have been resolved otherwise.  I would have had 3 fighters and 2 bombers to remove your naval forces and still dominates the mainland.  Or I could have just removed your forces from the mainland and kept pressuring Russia.  Could have except that I am stupid.  Argggh.

S'Ok Remus. The way I see it, in A&A there is tremendous pressure on Germany and Japan to make the right moves almost all the time. Missteps by the axis can be very deadly. In this particular case the misstep was doubly deadly because now the Allies have a foothold on the Asian continent and Japan has to either build transports to re-invade Asia or start building them out of India.

Crap, I spoke too soon. The Brits just took back India.

Either way the Allies now have more breathing room.
1330  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPhone 3G announced - only $199 for 8GB on: June 11, 2008, 02:46:40 PM
As a stockholder, I say, let Apple keep doing the voodoo that they do best. Whatever it is, jedi mind trick, Chewbacca defense, shaman spirits, or dark mojo that keeps fans buying the new version year after year, let 'em keep doing it. I'm right there with Jobs, laughing all the way to the bank slywink.
1331  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Axis and Allies - Started on: June 11, 2008, 01:06:55 PM
Territories are held by the last unit to move through them. You don't have to garrison units. UK landed in Karelia SSR with several tanks, which blitzed through unoccupied Ukraine.
1332  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Axis and Allies - Started on: June 11, 2008, 02:10:32 AM
I'd like in on the next game - US side smile
1333  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Axis and Allies - Started on: June 10, 2008, 06:59:08 PM
Oh bollocks. I think we're all going to the pub now smile
1334  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Polar Bear Butchers (GT Forum CC5 AAR) on: June 09, 2008, 12:36:48 AM

Quote from: Canuck on June 08, 2008, 11:26:00 AM

Oh and raydude's got some kind of horseshoe up his rear (or a horrible curse) as his partner bites the bullet again but he somehow survives.

Virtual raydude knows he's not coming back as a zombie, so he's trying really hard not to get killed.  icon_biggrin
1335  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Classic Video Game Theme Song Quiz on: June 06, 2008, 05:54:41 PM

Quote from: The Grue on June 06, 2008, 05:40:35 PM


Missed Rygar.  I never spent too much time with any of the three choices on that question, so had a 33.3% chance of getting it right.

Same for me. 9/10, missed Rygar. I would have gotten it if they had included the sound that Rygar makes when his shield hits enemies. I seem to remember more a bass line too.
1336  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Polar Bear Butchers (GT Forum CC5 AAR) on: June 05, 2008, 04:20:51 PM
I take back what I said about the PIAT. Unlike the Yank's bazooka we can actually fire this thing from indoors and survive! A pity the second Sarkus bought it though. I was just starting to like the guy. Sorry Sarkus** but I'll be keeping my distance from you, seeing as you guys are bullet magnets.
1337  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Polar Bear Butchers (GT Forum CC5 AAR) on: June 01, 2008, 03:23:17 AM

Quote from: Sarkus on June 01, 2008, 12:24:02 AM

Just be quiet.  Raydude doesn't have to know she's been with everyone else at least a half dozen times.  ninja

I didn' ask and she didn' tell. Oy, another Sarkus? Your brother was a good lad mate. But you should learn to bring along some firepower for them close encounters.
1338  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Polar Bear Butchers (GT Forum CC5 AAR) on: May 31, 2008, 10:28:18 PM

Quote from: Canuck on May 31, 2008, 02:00:05 AM

I'm not sure what raydude got his medal for.  I suppose he did help take out a tank at very close range and then was defending against approaching German infantry with only his pistol.  That qualifies for a George medal I think smile

I tried to keep Jerry from getting their damn hands on that PIAT. Poor Arkon. That was a bloody good shot mate, and I was proud to be your teammate.

Oh, and let my name rest in piece if I should die. And send my virtual regards to dear Inga back in Iceland.
1339  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: May 30 - The Day We Believe! on: May 31, 2008, 01:06:32 AM

Quote from: Huw the Poo on May 30, 2008, 10:50:51 PM

As a matter of fact, all the aliens are quietly converging on a point in our solar system to bear witness to the alignment of Earth, Sol and the galactic centre in 2012 to witness the potential birth of a new energy.

So there.

I hope the new energy isn't us!!! <runs screaming "Solyent Green is people!">
1340  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Axis and Allies - Started on: May 29, 2008, 02:37:40 PM
Oh man. You mean we just got the equivalent of Bletchley Park and US Naval Intelligence cracking ENIGMA and MAGIC? Damn. smile
1341  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Phoenix touches down on: May 27, 2008, 07:47:40 PM
I like what the bad astronomy dude says about that photo as well:

"Think on this, and think on it carefully: you are seeing a manmade object falling gracefully and with intent to the surface of an alien world, as seen by another manmade object already circling that world, both of them acting robotically, and both of them hundreds of million of kilometers away.

Never, ever forget: we did this. This is what we can do."
1342  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Polar Bear Butchers (GT Forum CC5 AAR) on: May 27, 2008, 04:20:03 PM
a right cock-up this one is, eh Arkon? 'Ere we are with this PIAT, short for penile insert up the ass of the tank, and then high command decides to assign the 6 pounder to the 'effing new guys. I tell you, I have a bad feeling about this.
1343  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Get in the fight! (CC5 AAR forum sign up) on: May 18, 2008, 01:37:07 PM
raydude here, signing up for PIAT team.

"Remember, use the PIAT only if you have to, mate" - Company of Heroes
1344  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Axis and Allies on: May 16, 2008, 09:06:53 PM
I'm in. Count me in for one of the axis powers, maybe Japan.
1345  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: megan fox fans look here!! on: May 16, 2008, 01:40:57 AM
Cue the Moving in Stereo song.
1346  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Can you believe this prom dress? on: May 15, 2008, 09:15:31 PM

Quote from: rickfc on May 15, 2008, 07:43:55 PM

Quote from: Razgon on May 15, 2008, 07:40:54 PM

Why is things like this on CNN?

I'll agree with you there.  It was on a local station here in Houston, but I don't see why this is national news.

Agreed. The news station could have saved us all the trouble by doing an internet search on the prom dress guidelines, asking her if she signed the form and returned it, and then telling her "Damn girl, you broke the rules, of COURSE you aren't going to the prom! We don't need to axe you any more questions!"
1347  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Axis and Allies on: May 15, 2008, 04:20:38 PM
Is it using the rules for Axis and Allies Revised? The revised edition defines victory cities where each side controls 6 of 12. Then players can decide how many victory cities to play for. Playing for 8 victory cities helps keep the game from lasting forever. Plus the revised edition added artillery and destroyers and changed the eastern front to have more smaller territories.
1348  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: call of duty 5...already playable? on: May 12, 2008, 07:40:18 PM
If it uses the COD4 engine then we can finally witness the penetrating power of the BAR and .30 cal MGs. I'm hoping it does more shifting around to different services too. Perhaps flying as a gunner on the Dauntless dive bomber or shooting the AA guns while under air attack.
1349  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need advice on Silent Hunter 4 mods on: May 11, 2008, 01:36:47 PM
I just reinstalled SHIV myself. I read that Trigger Maru - Overhauled was THE all-in-one graphics, sound, and realistic elements mod. So I just installed that. Looks pretty good so far.

I like the addition of the knots, minutes, miles scale on the map.
1350  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan sex on: May 02, 2008, 01:37:47 AM

Quote from: skystride on May 01, 2008, 05:14:25 PM

I don't think anyone is masturbating to their toons so the fact that porn is two clicks away really has nothing to do with it.

I sort of like the idea of a physically weaker female character wielding heavy armor, a big sword and standing toe to toe with male counterparts.  The contrast appeals to me.  Same kinda reason why a lot of people like the protagonist in Heavy Metal.  Or the Brienne character in Game of Thrones and she wasn't even hot so it's not just about physical looks.

I also like the idea of chicks w/ swords, guns, or who can generally kick ass. They appeal to me. The best is when I play a female character that then proceeds to kick some male character's ass such that the male player gets upset. Ahhh, Chun-Li, you were my go-to girl.
1351  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's End War on: April 30, 2008, 04:16:08 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 30, 2008, 03:29:21 PM

Quote from: raydude on April 30, 2008, 03:03:32 PM

I have not seen any word that it is being developed for the PC. In fact, the whole reason why they are doing voice commands and a "madden style" interface was to try to make it an RTS developed for the console platform first.

Gamespot has it listed for the PC as well as a couple of articles that mention it being released for the PC.

Heh. I need to visit gamespot more often. I tend to just visit IGN and they only show Endwar for the consoles. Someone also needs to tell ubisoft to update their official Endwar website: and put a "games for windows" icon up there.
1352  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's End War on: April 30, 2008, 03:03:32 PM
I have not seen any word that it is being developed for the PC. In fact, the whole reason why they are doing voice commands and a "madden style" interface was to try to make it an RTS developed for the console platform first.
1353  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Buying a new vehicle soon, need advice on: April 27, 2008, 02:41:06 AM
The dealers like to use strength in numbers in terms of having their sales team pressure you into buying a car you don't want. Turn the tables, bring as many friends as you can with the understanding that the friends follow your lead.
1354  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Shouldn't employees of game stores know a little about their industry? on: April 04, 2008, 04:35:29 PM
I buy games online
Still browse at gamestop if a
hot chick is inside
1355  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Shouldn't employees of game stores know a little about their industry? on: April 04, 2008, 02:41:29 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on April 03, 2008, 09:38:47 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 03, 2008, 09:27:28 PM

On what planet is it a good idea to directly insult something that a customer clearly holds dear, using it as a screen name, and by the transitive property, insult the customer himself?  I'm sorry my screen name wasn't R0Xr7 or something.  Sheesh.

not a good sales tactic, maybe - but far preferable to fawning, & kinda refreshing in it's honesty smile ...

One could just expect the employee to 'zip it'. Thus the customer is neither fawned over nor insulted.
1356  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Move to DFW. Everyone else is. on: March 27, 2008, 03:43:59 PM
I almost did about 5 years ago when I interviewed with Northrup Grumman there. Their F-16 simulator there was pretty cool. It seemed okay, but nothing grabbed me and said "move down here ASAP!".
1357  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Fantasy? on: March 25, 2008, 07:20:21 PM
Seeing the way Yuna used her guns makes me want to see a guns fighting game, using some sort of gun kata like in the movie Equilibrium. That would be cool.
1358  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: March 25, 2008, 01:23:22 PM

Quote from: The Grue on March 24, 2008, 08:58:19 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 24, 2008, 08:38:00 PM

In related news for you Wii owners, Rock band is coming on June 22.  However, no online DLC plans at this time.  Ouch to you!

Not only no DLC, but I don't think it even has online play period.  Double ouch.  Guitar Hero has Rock Band beat with features on Wii.

where are you guys reading this info? I can't seem to find it on the intarweb frown
1359  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Starcraft the board game on: March 23, 2008, 04:17:29 PM
Lets not forget Broadsides and Boarding Parties. It had ship to ship fights and melee combat via miniature figures. Still, for some reason I didn't even know it existed even when it was being sold in stores.
1360  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: March 14, 2008, 07:16:37 PM
On the bright side this will please all 5 people who've been asking after this thrash pack.

I kid, I kid!  Tongue
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