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1401  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Looking at Grills on: May 22, 2007, 01:36:59 PM

Quote from: Tebunker on May 22, 2007, 01:04:55 PM

I'm a charcoal guy, and I have a big grill with a smoker on the side. I'll throw wood chips in the fire box/smoker with some coals and I'll slow cook stuff in the big part. Personally, if you enjoy grilling, and you really put some effort into it then it's hard to beat charcoal.

Ditto. Charcoal grill here as well. Don't have a smoker though, just a conventional Weber bowl grill. With the one-touch cleaning system its definitely less of a pain in the ass to clean than the grills my Dad used to use. And you can't beat charcoal for the taste, IMHO.
1402  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Favorite War Movies on: May 17, 2007, 02:38:50 PM
Das Boot
1403  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Public transportation too expensive? on: April 19, 2007, 02:30:04 PM

Quote from: Calvin on April 17, 2007, 08:23:05 PM

(walk several blocks to metro both ways, sit with smelly disgusting regular people, etc)

Weird. When I rode the metro to go into DC on a weekday during rush hour I just saw people in business attire or in uniform.
1404  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: HDTV Hookup Question on: April 18, 2007, 06:16:26 PM
As a related question, what happens if the HDTV only has one HDMI input and one wants to hook up an upconverting DVD Player AND the HD cable box?
1405  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Canada to buy 100 Leopard II Tanks on: April 13, 2007, 01:35:24 PM

Quote from: Calvin on April 13, 2007, 11:08:02 AM

Why not try to buy, you know, real tanks, like the revision models of the M1A1 with dust grilles, effective rear composite plating, and a really big gun CSL? smile

I would think the Germans know a thing or two about tanks smile.
1406  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You know it's bad for Don Imus........ on: April 12, 2007, 06:16:14 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on April 12, 2007, 06:04:41 PM

I agree, there should be more controversy about Limbaugh's racist comments, but he is preaching to the choir.  Rather than shaking their heads, they are nodding them.  That's why Fox gets away with it too: their viewers are just looking for an outlet which parrots their viewpoint... and everyone else is already aware of their position.

I'd love to see a Limbaugh vs. Sharpton no-holds-barred cage match. How can we set this up? Can we get Limbaugh to comment on the controversy somehow and have Sharpton be a caller?
1407  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: House Passes Iraq Pullout Timetable on: March 29, 2007, 06:54:18 PM
The supporters of seeing the war in Iraq say that if we withdraw too soon the terrorists are going to follow us home. And fight us here.

I was thinking about this the other day. Don't we have home turf advantage if the terrorists fight here? Wouldn't we be the citizens who don't support the invaders (the terrorists)? Wouldn't the terrorists then have a harder time smuggling arms through borders and not have a sympathetic state nearby to provide them with weapons and training camps?

In short, isn't it time we bring back the concept of a strong America and say "Bring it!" ?

1408  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 300 - What'd ya think? [Movie] on: March 26, 2007, 03:25:34 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on March 24, 2007, 12:03:37 AM

It's actually because watching a phalanx at work for the whole movie wouldn't be all that exciting, at least for an action film.  In fact... it might come across as rather sickening.

What it really looks like is butchery, not fighting.  And would you rather watch people butchered by a machine-like formation, like cattle, or watch a movie with really cool, choreographed fight scenes?

Personally I thought the first phalanx scene looked pretty damn cool and would have wanted to see more of it. Perhaps w/ variations, like if the Thespians tried to do their phalanx but several in the front rank faltered, which meant the Spartans would have to march up in phalanx to help.
1409  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 300 - What'd ya think? [Movie] on: March 23, 2007, 03:51:52 PM

Quote from: gameoverman on March 22, 2007, 06:47:46 AM

I'm talking internal logic.

Here's an example of internal logic in this movie:  The Persians, on more than one occasion, send emissaries to talk to Leonidas/Sparta.  Okay, what are the 'rules' governing this that the audience should know?  Well, by having the Spartans kill the Persians each time, the rules are that there is no diplomatic immunity in this story- everyone is fair game.   That's acceptable, the writers can set the rules of their own story, so no diplomatic immunity is the rule.

I'm sorry, what other emissaries? Are you referring to the guys w/ spears coming out of their mouths? Maybe the Spartans called them emissaries in the movie, but in the graphic novel they were advance scouts. And the "arrows blot out the sun" guy, he just lost his hand right?
1410  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 11 Million of yours to US = OK. A couple guys putting out a fire not ok? on: March 15, 2007, 08:57:12 PM
Lest we think immigrants only take menial or minimum-wage tasks from the get go, we have had, and are having, a large influx of immigrant nurses from outside the US; Philippines, India, and other places.
1411  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 11 Million of yours to US = OK. A couple guys putting out a fire not ok? on: March 13, 2007, 07:37:44 PM
Quote from: ATB
Good point.  But just wait. We'll start sending out subs to sink those boats and deploy anti-aircraft guns to blow those planes out of the sky.  W00t!

The point here is - the only reason Mexico is even being considered for getting a "pass" on the immigration issue is that people can walk from there to here. That makes it real hard to swallow for the rest of the world that isn't able to walk to the US and therefore waits their turn in line to LEGALLY enter.

Make it fair for everyone I say.
1412  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 11 Million of yours to US = OK. A couple guys putting out a fire not ok? on: March 13, 2007, 06:42:14 PM

Quote from: ATB on March 13, 2007, 02:08:22 PM


Of course I wouldn't! I would submit my name, struggle through beaurecratic hell for a couple years, watch my kids starve and then on the off chance that some over paid government worker does her job, I might get a call that says sorry, but the country is full. Try again in six months.

Yeah, sure you would.

Weird. That's EXACTLY what we went through for immigration. Minus the starving thing and getting told the country is full. And as a first generation immigrant I seriously don't think Mexico should be cut a break just because they can WALK to the US. Think of all the immigrants who have to wait their turn because they live HALFWAY ACROSS THE FREAKIN WORLD. Mexico should be no different.
1413  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 300 - What'd ya think? [Movie] on: March 12, 2007, 02:52:31 PM

Quote from: Calvin on March 11, 2007, 04:47:52 AM

Which historical account? Hehe-this type of justification is very, very, very tenuous at best. The only line attributed to that battle that all historians agreed on throughout time was "all the better, we shall fight them in the shade." Historians of the time disagree on almost every other significant detail of the battle except for the outcome-and I certainly cannot imagine that more than a word or two directly spoken has survived the test of time smile

Someone should go tell the Greeks then. There's a monument to Leonidas at Thermopylae which reads "Come and take them" in Greek. And the Greek First Army Corps has that as their motto.
1414  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Silent Hunter 4 - Gold - whoo! on: March 08, 2007, 06:36:24 PM
I'm in. Already pre-ordered. Will be fun to see Pearl Harbor in the 40's, along w/ Aloha Tower. Listening to Tokyo Rose, Glen Miller while on patrol. Getting orders to rescue downed fliers, inflitrate Marine Raiders, and sink Marus. I can't wait!
1415  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How rare is your name? on: March 06, 2007, 07:54:15 PM
Raymond - RAYMOND is the #36 most common male name.
0.488% of men in the US are named RAYMOND.
Around 597800 US men are named RAYMOND!

Espiritu - Espiritu is the #14076 most common last name.
0.001% of last names in the US are Espiritu.
Around 2500 US last names are Espiritu!
1416  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Race to the Bottom: Who has the worst TV? on: March 01, 2007, 05:52:39 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 27, 2007, 04:00:12 PM

I just remembered I have a 25' PanaSamSonyIba'ish TV sitting in the corned ever since I got my HDTV.

That doesn't sound like its the main TV to me.  Tongue
1417  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Race to the Bottom: Who has the worst TV? on: March 01, 2007, 05:51:33 PM
Wow, I thought I was ghetto with my 10 year old 27" Sony. Yes that is my main TV.
We did lose the original remote to it and had to get a new universal remote. However, the uni-remote doesn't let us access the TV's configuration menu - and there are no buttons on the TV itself that let us adjust brightness, contrast, etc. And to top it all off, the sound seems to be going bad. Premium cable channel sound output is softer than regular channels. Anyone else experience that?
1418  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Attack Helicopters unsuited for modern combat? on: January 30, 2007, 10:31:54 PM
One does not have to put a lot of effort into researching the Stryker effectiveness to debate this. One could simply go to the same source as Kobra and find a "MORE RECENT" analysis of the Styrker vehicle:

http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/library/news/2007/01/mil-070123-mnfi01.htm

On another note, looks like Hawaii will be getting a Stryker brigade as the 25th Inf Division ("Tropic Lightning") will be upgrading a brigade at Schofield Barracks w/ Strykers.
1419  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Carmack isn't AGAINST Vista, as the front page puts it on: January 12, 2007, 09:15:18 PM
Carmack MEH on Vista
1420  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Final Fantasy XIII TV ads have started....in Japan on: January 03, 2007, 03:18:21 PM

Quote from: Hetz on January 03, 2007, 12:26:56 AM

I am sorry to the entire forum for putting you all through this. I honestly don't go looking for fights. I get excited about consoles/games/life whatever...and I tend to post in a manner that shows my enthusiasm for my hobby. I don't go into XBox threads and crap all over them saying "PS3 RULZ DOODS!!!" or that the system sucks, in fact I think the 360 is a great system. I try and just be positive about the PS3 or whatever my thread is about.

I think part of the problem is that while it is public knowledge that you own all three next gen consoles you have of late only really been excited about the PS3. Are the upcoming 360 and Wii titles not exciting enough for you? If not I'd gladly take that Wii off your hands smile.
1421  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Has anyone ever been to a shooting range? on: December 27, 2006, 09:18:11 PM
I remember going to an outdoor range in Hawaii as part of the JROTC class during High School. It was my first time shooting a gun - a .22 rifle actually. We first went through orientation...point the rifle downrange, always make sure the bolt is open and clear before heading downrage to collect the target, etc. Then we had about 10 shots each from prone, kneeling, and standing positions. Part of the class grade (5% or something like that) was actually based on how well one did at the range, and you could qualify for the marksmanship badge if your score was high enough. I just remember the rifle was heavy as hell in kneeling and standing positions, especially since I took my time lining up the shot.

I've only shot one more time since, about four years ago with some friends and my wife (girlfriend at the time). It was an indoor range and I loaded and shot a Glock a few times.

Neat, but I think I'll stick to melee weapons (sword, staff) for now. smile
1422  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk about Coffee. on: December 22, 2006, 02:07:34 AM

Quote from: ROTC1983 on December 22, 2006, 01:03:01 AM

Kona coffee rocks.  Since I live on the islands, it is pretty easy for me to get, but I do enjoy a nicely brewed cup in the morning. 

+1. I have my relatives mail that stuff to me whenever they can. I don't get the blended stuff though (10% kona or less, meh). Pure Kona medium roast is where its at.
1423  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Virtua Fighter 5 announced! on: December 21, 2006, 09:33:14 PM
wow, this just nudged me one step closer towards getting a 360 sometime next year. Guitar Hero for 360 might push me over the edge.
1424  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: If kobra can whore companies so can I! on: December 12, 2006, 08:19:03 PM
I like B&N. If it weren't for them I wouldn't have a place to go to while my wife shopped.
1425  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battle Stations Midway on: November 30, 2006, 03:17:30 PM
Personally I'm hoping the grand strategy and task force level combat work well and relatively realistically. I fail to see how one can make a good Pacific War, theater level game without some sort of fog-of-war and intelligence work. I'm not talking about blacked out areas either. I'm talking about sending scouts out and seeing piddly transports when in reality they are the main carrier task force.

Oh well, one can dream.
1426  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / paid off every month on: November 21, 2006, 03:20:49 PM
$0. We use our Amazon.com credit card for most everyday purchases - food, gas, clothes, etc - then pay it off at the end of the month. Then every so often Amazon mails us a $25 gift coupon that we can use to buy gifts from them for birthdays and such. Win-win.
1427  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ultimately, in a couple years, which console will have won this generation? on: November 14, 2006, 04:05:23 PM
[Stan]
Wait, so my only choices are giant douche Microsoft or a turd sandwichSony ?
[Stan]

Note, the point being that Sony is just as evil, gigantic, in love with its own interests as Microsoft. I know there are 3 choices in the poll smile.
1428  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ultimately, in a couple years, which console will have won this generation? on: November 14, 2006, 03:16:40 PM
Whichever one gets the bright idea to sell additional songs for Guitar Hero 2 on its internet service.
1429  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need a new gaming rig, but should I wait? on: November 03, 2006, 06:29:47 PM

Quote from: Mystic95Z on November 03, 2006, 06:26:10 PM

Dont even bother with the quad core processors at this point.

Wasn't planning on it. Was hoping the market would cause the core-2 duo prices to drop then.
1430  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need a new gaming rig, but should I wait? on: November 03, 2006, 06:01:50 PM
Even if going for the core duo processors, wouldn't it be better to wait until the quad processors come out? My theory is that the release of the quads would bring a price drop in the duos. Especially the core 2 duo extreme cpus. Last I read, the first quad cores were going to be released sometime late November. Anyone read differently?
1431  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Want Exclusives? Then You Want Microsoft for the Next 7 months on: November 02, 2006, 04:14:45 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on November 02, 2006, 03:09:43 PM

To me the exclusive titles are what define the console.  If a title really interests me and there is only one console that has it, then obviously I would be very compelled to buy that console.  How many people bought a PS2 because of GTA3, or an Xbox because of Halo? 
Well, true, I bought the Xbox because of Halo. But, my decision wasn't further influenced by the ratio of Xbox exclusivity titles versus PS2 exclusivity titles. I just bought what I wanted to play.

However, I am inclined to purchase the Wii because I am intrigued by the system of control. It does not bother me that a game may or may not also be available for another console - as long as the Wii version of the game caters to its unique controller methodology.

The fact that the majority of big companies, at leaset in the US, are doing multi-platform releases tells me that buyers don't particularly care about exclusivity either. If they did, then there would be no market for a title that was not exclusive. In other words, I get the jist from this thread that people here won't buy a title if it came out for other platforms. Yet, the market is telling me that the majority of gamers don't share that sentiment.
1432  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Want Exclusives? Then You Want Microsoft for the Next 7 months on: November 02, 2006, 02:59:48 PM
I'm sorry, remind me again why an exclusive title makes it more appealing? When I buy a single console (such as the Wii), I'm buying titles that I can play on that system. Do I really care that the same title can be played on another system? Am I missing out on some "special enjoyment of the game" that players of exclusive titles get high on?
1433  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Are we sure Wii won't be a hit with non-gamers? on: November 01, 2006, 06:43:44 PM
All I know is this:

I showed my wife, who doesn't play video games, the E3 clips for the Wii. I said "I want one." She said "Forget you, I want one for myself!"

This Wii could jump-start us into being a gaming couple.
1434  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Whatcha playing this weekend? (Oct 6.7.8) on: October 06, 2006, 04:38:22 PM
Company of Heroes
Company of Heroes
and, oh yeah, Company of Heroes
1435  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I bought a bottle of sake...what's the best way to drink it? on: September 23, 2006, 01:44:48 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on September 23, 2006, 09:02:02 AM

Sake is very much an aquired taste and most people I know don't care for it because it seems so harsh.  It's more tolerable cold or chilled, but it still maintains some of it's unique flavors.

Sake isn't a rice beer, though there are some really good rice beers available, sake is a hard liquor.

I used to think sake was harsh and bitter and yucky. Then I found some information online, and from Japanese friends. Basically the information boils down to: sake, like wine, has different levels of quality, sweetness, and whatever else one uses to describe the flavor of alchohol. Personally I find the Sho Chiku Bai brands equivalent to Milwaukee's Best. Other than that, I don't have a brand preference, but I do prefer the sake types called Ginjo-shu or Daiginjo-shu. Those typically go down almost like water and then I feel a pleasant warming sensation in my chest.  If you're lucky you can find imported sake bottles on which the American importer has put info about the level of sweetness and acidity along with more descriptions about the flavor. I tend to go towards the more sweet sake as that goes down a lot better than the Milwaukees Best stuff.

However, I have found that ALL sake generally gets more bitter if you have leftovers after its been opened and are trying to save the leftovers for another night. So, invite some friends and have them help you down the entire bottle in one sitting. I also find that, warm or cold is not the end all be all to enjoyment of sake. Its serving sake with friends and observing the sake ettiquette. In this case, the pourer always pours for others, never for himself. Then someone else will take the bottle and serve the original pourer. Also, sip the sake because as soon as the cup is empty it must be refilled. To me THAT is the point of how to enjoy sake.
1436  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Company of Heroes retail name list on: September 23, 2006, 01:32:11 PM
raydude
1437  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Defcon preorders have started on Steam $9.95 on: September 22, 2006, 06:18:37 PM
Excellent! My preorder for the boxed version is now in.  nod thumbsup
1438  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Company of Heroes Impressions on: September 22, 2006, 02:47:57 PM
On retreating, there are a few instances where a final stand is indeed better. Last night my friend and I were playing vs. two random people on Mechagen's War, VP win conditions.  We were down to 100 points while the Germans had about 300. Still, we held all the VPs so their ticker was counting down quite fast. I was airborne and had an airborne squad guarding the rightmost VP when I saw 3 squads of grenadiers coming up the road. I didn't have enough resource to drop another airborne squad and my friend didn't have any infantry to send.

So, rather than retreating I waited until all three were by the VP. Some were shooting at me and one grenadier squad was trying to cap the VP but they were all clumped together. Satchel charge right into the middle of the group. My satchel thrower (last man alive) managed to throw it before he died. 4 seconds later, a mighty explosion and I saw our VP bar return back to our possession. (It does that if you stop capturing the VP before it goes to neutral).

We came back to win the game smile.
1439  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Company of Heroes Impressions on: September 21, 2006, 08:56:27 PM
In one of the tutorial missions the narrator makes a comment, something like "you can also reinforce from a forward base or a halftrack".
1440  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What Kind of Tank is being used in the Thai Coup? on: September 21, 2006, 12:54:14 PM
If I'm not mistaken, calling a country a banana republic is more of a statement of opinion by the writer on a given country rather than a categorization of said country.

The bottom line is CSL tried to pin the usage of banana republic on geographic location rather than country parameters (dictatorship in disguise, country size, exports). I assume CSL meant that 'banana republic' identifiers were limited to the Central and South Americas, where the phrase is more often used to describe countries in those regions. However, this is not the case and banana republic can be used with reference to any country worldwide.
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