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1321  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Exxon posts record high quartly profit...again on: July 31, 2008, 05:40:20 PM
I was just thinking the other day that I might be in the market for a hybrid SUV, since a little dudette is coming soon. So I saw this beauty:

http://www.hybridsuv.com/mazda-tribute/2008-mazda-tribute-hybrid-review

29 MPG city, 34 hwy

I was sold. Then I saw that they've only got a production run of 350 vehicles and only selling in California. WTF?!? Who the hell thought it would be a good idea to make a limited amount of what the public wants?
1322  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Exxon posts record high quartly profit...again on: July 31, 2008, 05:31:27 PM
Thank you Exxon for providing me with excellent returns and a nice dividend. Oh, and thanks for the DRIP as well!
1323  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Graphic Audio Books on: July 31, 2008, 11:42:04 AM
Whoa, they have the DeathLands series. IIRC, there were a few good sex scenes in the books. I wonder how they'll handle that? smile
1324  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Math question on: July 31, 2008, 11:06:35 AM
So essentially, the right half of that drawing is all you need. Finding the angle was just extra credit smile.
1325  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fall on: July 27, 2008, 03:55:22 AM
The contractor that fixed my house told me that he grew up in Arlington, but he wants to live somewhere where he can walk around in shorts and a shirt all year round. I told him, 'you're the first person who's ever said that who grew up here. Most people say they like the coming of winter, the cold, and the snow.'

He says, 'theyr'e full of crap. Tell me this, have you ever heard someone say "I can't wait to retire and move someplace where I can shovel snow in the winter?"
1326  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A boba tea version of Starbucks - would you go there? on: July 24, 2008, 02:45:55 PM
Only if they offer the hot version of boba tea. Of all the places that sell boba tea (and I've been to ones in Hawaii and here in Virginia) why is the only one that sells hot boba tea in New York City's Chinatown?

Why can't people understand that on a cold winter's day the last thing you'd want to have is a cold boba drink? And that hot boba drinks really hit the spot?

Add a few appetizers like wontons and spring rolls, chairs and tables, and you have a good idea of what Saint's Alp Teahouse on 39th 3rd Ave in NYC is like.
1327  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Back from Maui 08 on: July 22, 2008, 07:31:14 PM
Congrats! Glad you had a good time. I can't wait to go back and visit Maui again. Maybe next year <crosses fingers>.
1328  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Empire:Total War] - Strategy fans should love on: July 18, 2008, 01:15:11 PM

Quote from: ROTC1983 on July 18, 2008, 03:32:39 AM

I was able to see the naval combat in person at the E3...all I can say is it looked amazing smile Werewolf

How do they handle fleet combat? Can you command individual ships to move independently or do they follow the lead ship? Can you give naval squadron commands like 'line turn', where the lead ship turns then each ship goes to where the lead ship was and then turns (i.e. like 'column left march' for marching drills) or 'flank turn' where all ships turn at once to the desired heading?

Do they require ships to be in command and control? I.e. ships have to see the lead ship (and his signal flags) in order to do anything. Or are they like the Borg and they can do whatever they want whenever they want?

I'm guessing the movement is dumbed down for these, so I'll wait for a mod that simulates realistic fleet maneuvering.
1329  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 08 Coverage Begins! on: July 17, 2008, 06:49:46 PM

Quote from: TC Weidner on July 17, 2008, 06:08:24 PM

and yes< I understand for downloading a movie or just weekend viewing 1080 may not be necessary, but to own it, why would you settle for something inferior?   Prices will come down,they always do.

I'll buy in when said prices come down. As you say, they always do, so why rush into it?
1330  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Left 4 Dead - E3 character designs? on: July 16, 2008, 08:00:56 PM
http://www.left4dead411.com/news/2008/07/new-l4d-character-designs/

1331  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Axis and Allies - Game 2 anyone interested? on: July 11, 2008, 01:25:33 PM
In case anyone is still following, Game 2 is done. The Allies won after Germany capitulated and the allies worked together to weaken and invade Japan!
1332  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.
1333  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.
1334  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.
1335  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.
1336  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
1337  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.
1338  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

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

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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:
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-689194118682834081

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.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

 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?
1339  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.
1340  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.
1341  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.
1342  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.
1343  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
1344  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
1345  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
1346  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

9/10

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.
1347  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.
 
1348  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.
1349  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.
1350  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!">
1351  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
1352  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:

http://www.badastronomy.com/bablog/2008/05/26/best-image-ever/

"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."
1353  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.
1354  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
1355  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.
1356  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: megan fox fans look here!! on: May 16, 2008, 01:40:57 AM
Cue the Moving in Stereo song.
1357  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!"
1358  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.
1359  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.
 
1360  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.
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