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3121  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 24, Season 8 discussion (there are spoiler tags for a reason): Final Season! on: April 06, 2010, 06:14:22 PM

Quote from: lex on April 06, 2010, 02:17:58 AM

What are they going to do now?  Show Jack and Renee have breakfast?

Yeah but only after they GET IT ON!!!!

Pretty good 2 hours last night, I was pleasantly surprised and definitely caught off guard with the ending. 

And as much as I hate the inconsistent writing on Starbuck, she is so much better as a fighting, semi-crazy bitchy psycho than she was earlier in the season. 
3122  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck Season 3 discussion (spoilers!!!) on: April 06, 2010, 06:10:44 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on April 06, 2010, 11:59:40 AM

Quote from: disarm on April 06, 2010, 01:29:25 AM

awesome episode...definitely would have made a great end to the season/series if they hadn't gotten the extension, but i can't wait to see what they do next icon_cool
Yeah I was enjoying the last few minutes and thinking, "they should've saved this for the series finale."  icon_smile

Exact same thought from me - even the way they filmed it felt like a (pretty satisfying) series finale.  I wonder what was up with that.
3123  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: April 06, 2010, 05:50:09 PM

Quote from: Chaz on April 05, 2010, 11:55:28 PM

Win7 (and Vista before it) have so far made the updating process pretty seamless and invisible.  Every so often, I get up in the morning to find that my PC has installed a new update.  That's pretty much it.  I imagine that's pretty similar to the Mac process (or do they just forgo updates, and compile them into their yearly cat-themed new OS version?).  I feel like if your laptop isn't usable out of the box, you should probably take it back and get one that is.  If it's not usable because you're installing a whole new OS on it and that requires all kinds of drivers, well, is that the laptop's fault, or yours?

I'm a fan of Windows 7 as well, which is why I ended up installing it on all the netbooks I've owned.  I had one come with XP, and the other 2 with Vista.  Admittedly that was my issue for not being satisfied with the installed OS, but honestly Vista on a netbook with 1GB of RAM was not pretty.  XP was OK but it was really time to upgrade.

That said, there's still something different beween the end user experience even when things are all set up.  I can go weeks without sync-ing/rebooting my iPhone or doing any sort of "maintenance" and I hope the iPad will be similar.  My PCs (and Macs as well) are often updating and requiring reboots, which is obviously not a big deal, but still an annoyance in relative comparison.  All other things equal, wouldn't it be nice to not have to see the "!" or get pop-ups about software updates?

- - -

Regarding overheating and bad wifi, haven't seen either problem yet.  I've had my wireless go a bit wonky once but I think it was because my iMac was trying to download the entire season of Glee at once and sucking up all available bandwidth.  I didn't think that should matter but as soon as I stopped it things went back to normal.

- - -

Bathroom use - hell yeah!  It's not much different from reading a magazine or book or newspaper and in some ways is easier.  You just have to be careful, and set it down somewhere before touching anything unclean. 
3124  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: April 05, 2010, 11:13:06 PM

Quote from: ravenvii on April 05, 2010, 11:00:24 PM

Quote from: hepcat on April 05, 2010, 06:38:05 PM

if your pc is updating every 10 hours with new drivers and security updates, you may want to have someone take a look at it.  My guess is you have a virus.

Every 10 hours? No. He never said that, neither - you just pulled that out of your behind.

The first 10 hours? Hell yes. And that's what he said.

I think he was trying to be funny but I totally didn't get the joke.  If it wasn't a joke it was a total misread of what I wrote. 

Here's a short version of the "out of box" experience for the Archos 9 tablet: install battery, wait for battery to charge, turn on and run standard windows first time setup.  Install drivers, find out the touch interface was optimized for Win 7 Ultimate.  Install all Windows updates prior to using Windows upgrade.  Install Windows upgrade - ends up after a day in Fail.  Install Win 7 Ultimate from scratch (need external drive).  Windows Update.  Down load and re-install all newest drivers.  Windows update.  Install various keyboard solutions because included one sucks.  etc etc.  Within the first few days I must have rebooted about 20 times.   The last netbook I got was not quite this bad, but there were still plenty of updates, drivers and reboots before I got it up and running the way I wanted.
3125  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: April 05, 2010, 10:12:30 PM

Quote from: SkyLander on April 05, 2010, 09:46:43 PM

I guess it is all in the frame of mind. From how I see them marketing it it is a replacement for netbooks. What netbook doesn't have a USB port or SD card slot? It's forcibly limiting you in what you can do. It is a direction things are going that I'm not liking.

Believe it or not, I do agree with you for the most part on the file transfer options.  They are all more or less "work-around" things and more intended a "cloud" device.  My guess is they just didn't want to support the gazillion things they would have had to if they flat out put in a USB port.  And as for SD, they probably didn't want to pick a single format to support over all the others on the device, and leave that to the peripheral/accessory side.  But those are just excuses, certainly some kind of easier traditional file system would have been nice.

That said I think your comment above really hits the nail on the head, so to speak.  I think a lot of the "conflict" comes in terms of frame of mind and your expectations based on your frame of mind.  If you look at the marketing, there isn't anything directly saying they are netbook replacements.  Yes, there is cross over in functionality, but the whole "netbook killer" idea is more something coming from reviewers and forumgoers.  The fact is a netbook (particularly newer ones) is going to do a lot of things more effectively than the iPad can, particularly as you've mentioned in terms of handling files and peripherals.  But another fact is that there is a subset of people (say like my parents) who don't want or need all that extra stuff that we've grown used to, and the iPad offers a superior interface to do things like surf the web or read ebooks.  

So if you wanted to be critical, you could argue this is basically a "dumbed down" machine to make things easier for the general populace.  On the flip side, you could argue it's doing things smarter and more efficiently to make life easier on the end user.  You handle all your file transfers and printing, etc on the desktop or laptop, and this guy is merely the hub that benefits after you've (or someone else has) done the hard stuff on the other machine.

Like it or not, the iPad and subsequent tablet/pads are creating a new niche that's independent of the traditional ones (netbook, laptop, eReader, portable game console, PMP, etc) we are used to.  Of course there will be a lot of crossover, but they simply aren't intended to replace all of these things in one fell swoop.
3126  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [iPhone/iPad] We Rule!!! addiction on: April 05, 2010, 09:55:51 PM
Oh no, just when you thought it was safe, ngmoco has another one of these inane games (also on Plus and also free).  Has anyone tried this?

http://appshopper.com/games/godfinger-for-ipad
3127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: iPad game thread on: April 05, 2010, 09:35:28 PM
That Scrabble feature sounds cool.  Do they also have turn-based gameplay like Words for Friends?  I already bought it for single player but I'd love to do a turn-based with any of you guys if that works.

Any reviews on Warpgate, it certainly sounds intriguing.  I can't tell exactly what kind of game it is, I thought somewhere it said RTS but I'm not sure if they meant full-on RTS like Starcraft (doubtful) or maybe some sort of hybrid.
3128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [iPhone/iPad] We Rule!!! addiction on: April 05, 2010, 09:33:02 PM

Quote from: Clay on April 05, 2010, 12:10:00 PM

My plus / we rule name is: nuderickjames

This has got to be the best user name ever!
3129  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [iPhone/iPad] We Rule!!! addiction on: April 05, 2010, 09:30:29 PM

Quote from: Chaz on April 05, 2010, 06:16:09 PM

Because he's a dirty tease.

You know it's interesting the ONLY person I've had trouble with this so-called "bug" is with wonderpug.  I think he's running some kind of scam/cheat software, damn you Pug!!!!   icon_razz
3130  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: April 05, 2010, 09:24:42 PM
Grue - I'm "rittchard" on We Rule!!  Surprise!!!

Quote from: SkyLander on April 05, 2010, 07:10:26 PM

Quote from: rittchard on April 05, 2010, 06:34:55 PM

- 2 days of use, probably around 10 hours-ish of actual use time; (no jinx please), not a single crash, no drivers to download, no Windoze updates, not even a single reboot.  Soooooo refreshing to just get to USE a device I bought, for once.

Why can't I just USE my devices? Like taking the SD card out of my camera and just plugging it into my SD slot on my desktop? Or just plugging it into the plethora of USB ports I have? Or the ability to print from anywhere without having to go into a separate app that costs 4 dollars? I can never just USE things any more.

I get your point.  But hey, no one's saying the iPad is perfect at first release.  I think most people are saying they love it for what it is and all the tons of things that it can do, instead of worrying so much about a missing feature or 2.  

FWIW, neither of the things you mentioned were an immediate concern for myself personally, and at least both have been addressed in one form or another.

http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC531ZM/A?fnode=MTc0MjU4NjE&mco=MTcyMTgxODg

As for printing, as you mentioned you can choose to download an app if you need that feature now (there's a free lite version too).  Hopefully it will be included in the OS 4.0 announcement, along with direct video streaming from iTunes.

http://www.activeprint.net/apple-iphoneipadipod-touch/
3131  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: April 05, 2010, 06:49:41 PM
Just when you thought it was safe to avoid Apple hype:

http://www.macrumors.com/2010/04/05/iphone-os-4-0-preview-event-scheduled-for-this-thursday/
3132  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Flash Forward on: April 05, 2010, 06:41:42 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on April 05, 2010, 03:08:07 PM

Quote from: LoneStarSpur on April 01, 2010, 02:55:05 PM

How does a show go from really, really good one week to epic suckitude the next?

Baffling.

Agreed.  The whole Somalia trip was terrible. 

I thought it was pretty cool (particularly the last part with Dmitri), what did you hate about it?
3133  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Clash of the Titans Re-Make on: April 05, 2010, 06:40:48 PM

Quote from: Kagath on April 05, 2010, 05:57:10 PM

Quote from: Purge on April 03, 2010, 06:54:01 AM

I saw it. It was an action flick, and I enjoyed the simplicity. I enjoyed the medusa and the witches, and even the giant scorpions.
This sums up my matinee viewing. Went in not expecting much and thus was not too disappointed. I watched in 2D.

About the same for me, saw it in 3D though.  Unfortunately the 3D kind of bugged me and I ended up falling asleep for a bit in the middle.  The end sequences were pretty well done and I definitely love watching Sam Worthington, though he's a bit stale.  It's a bit odd because I think the last movie I saw was Percy Jackson which had a very similar "plot" overall and a similar vibe of using good actors in kind of odd roles (Ralph Fiennes I really thought did a strange take on Hades).  I actually think some elements were done better in Percy than in Clash.  While Clash's Medusa sequence had better action, Uma Thurman's over the top performance of Medusa in Percy was much more compelling. 
3134  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: April 05, 2010, 06:34:55 PM
Some more random additional comments:

- We Rule for iPad just RULEZ!!!!  Need more GT friendz!!!!   icon_razz

- 2 days of use, probably around 10 hours-ish of actual use time; (no jinx please), not a single crash, no drivers to download, no Windoze updates, not even a single reboot.  Soooooo refreshing to just get to USE a device I bought, for once.

- Watched the director's cut Pilot of Glee while walking on the treadmill last night.  Absolutely gorgeous video but I realized I needed some Bluetooth speakers to really enjoy the audio.  So I surfed the web for some research and then ordered some off Amazon using the iPad smile  BTW Glee rocks!!!  

- StreamToMe.  Wow wow wow.  Others may have already discovered this (Mac only at the moment).  For $3 it essentially does a real-time conversion and streaming to your iPad (iPhone version too) with amazing speed and quality.  I don't get how they did this so effectively, when Flip4Mac takes so long to just convert a WMV video on the same computer.  MP4, AVI, MOV, FLV, MPG, MKV, MP3, AAC, WMA and WMV formats.  Pr0n lovers rejoice!!!

http://projectswithlove.com/streamtome/

- In my impressions blog, I complained about file (pdf specifically) transfers.  Turns out it really is just as easy as connecting to iTunes and hitting the Apps tab on your iPad.  From there you can choose to "Add" files to your individual Apps, so click on iPages and then select doc files you want to move over.  One thing that kinda sucked was I couldn't get ctrl-click to work (maybe it should be command click?) to choose individual files.  Shift-click worked fine.  Once you're in the App you can immediately see all the files you copied over, and convert them if necessary.  Not the most straight-forward thing in the world, but certainly not difficult.

- The hardest thing about today is getting through the whole day without it.  I didn't want to bring it work without ample protection.  
3135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: iPad game thread on: April 04, 2010, 09:11:14 PM
So far I'm very impressed with Plants v Zombies and Real Racing.  Dungeon Hunter is pretty sweet too, though i need to get used to the touch interface (didn't like the virtual stick).  In terms of games I want, i would love to see MTG implemented on the iPad, preferably with an online component.  I think it could be a huge hit and moneymaker if done well.
3136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [iPhone] We Rule!!! addiction on: April 04, 2010, 09:07:08 PM

Quote from: Chaz on April 04, 2010, 07:37:19 PM

Huh.  I have no status bar for construction, and it's been sitting there a damn long time.  At least an hour.

New buildings take a day or so to get built, probably nothing to worry about.  This is a very very casual game unless you are an insane min/maxxer like wonderpug smile.  Now technically you could go crazy and just keep planting corn nonstop since you get xp and cash for 0 cost but i think its more intended to check in a few times a day or even just once a day depending on your gaming style.

Regarding some of the problems people are having, i think they are having trouble with their servers, so be patient.  Sometimes I just logout and try again an hour later.  Also it helps a lot to play on wifi vs spotty 3G.
3137  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: April 04, 2010, 08:57:11 PM
Ok I've finally got my full first impressions up on my blog.  Its pretty long so be forewarned.

http://rittchard.wordpress.com/2010/04/04/the-ipad-has-landed-first-impressions/
3138  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: April 04, 2010, 02:11:05 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 03, 2010, 10:00:58 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on April 03, 2010, 08:31:59 PM

I thought there'd be more buzz here today...are you guys not impressed with your devices?  I don't have one, I just thought the thread would be off the charts today.

they may say it ok, but u bet they're busy crying in disappointment  slywink

Hehe, I got mine around 2pm PST and after about an hour of syncing I pretty much have not put it down. Im pretty much lost in love with it lol.  So many apps to try and things to play around with, rest assured I'll have a full first impressions soon enough and will cover individual apps as well.  Practicing typing on the keyboard for the first time in this post, thus far i haven't made a single mistake that wasn't corrected except for the capitalization of the I back there. It's not the most comfortable way to type but it is incredibly responsive and accurate (in terms of correction).
3139  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Resident Evil: Afterlife on: April 03, 2010, 05:08:49 PM

Quote from: Tokek on April 03, 2010, 03:23:43 PM

Milla Jovovich and Ali Larter, those are the 2 reasons I'd watch this flick.

Ali Larter is back too?  Sweet!!  Can they give her some of her Heroes powers (ice, water, super strength, whatever) so she can match up just a tad better with Dark Phoenix, I mean Milla Phoenixovich?
3140  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [iPhone/iPad] We Rule!!! addiction on: April 02, 2010, 10:12:11 PM
Honestly I don't really understand it, but I have been playing this "game" for weeks now with some other GTers, slowly growing my kingdom by planting fruits and vegetables and buying and selling wood, rock, dresses and school projects.  If someone described this to me as a game I should be playing I would probably slap them in the face.  But somehow I can't stop and I often get distracted by thinking my crops are dying, like even when I'm driving home from work!  And I am constantly jealous of everyone else's city designs, and wondering what strategic mastery Wonderpug is using to level up so quickly.  

There's something oddly satisfying about harvesting your plants and getting taxes through the touch interface.  I love the feeling when I have saved enough money to get one of the cool new buildings, and then hoping it will generate a new minion to walk around my kingdom aimlessly.  And I like the idea of a social/multiplayer game that is so stress free.  I really like that I can just jump in for a few seconds, or play quite a while longer moving things around and optimizing my crops.

Still I can't see this game having much more longevity, and yet I thought the same thing on day one, but here I am still.
3141  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: April 02, 2010, 10:06:17 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on April 02, 2010, 09:39:48 PM

Quote from: rittchard on April 02, 2010, 09:32:53 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on April 02, 2010, 09:06:31 PM

Mookee if you think that's cool, you should google the Microsoft Courier.

Not sure how the Courier is a better solution, as it splits the nice relatively large screen into 2 smaller ones.  If the idea of course is to remote control your desktop PC with the most efficiency, I don't see how the Courier has any advantage in that aspect.

I thought he just wanted w7 on a tablet, you can all move along now.  Nothing to see here.

Ahhh - if that was indeed the case, you can already get Windows 7 on the Archos 9 PCtablet.  I posted about it in the Hardware section a while back.
3142  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains on: April 02, 2010, 09:38:58 PM

Quote from: Crawley on April 02, 2010, 08:16:58 PM

I also have to give it up to Jerri for realizing her old way of playing Survivor just isn't going to work and that Russell will really be an asset to her. But it sounds like Parvity is looking to start an all girls alliance...or did I hear that wrong? Didn't she mention something like that that right in front of Russell? Russell no like.

Yeah that was interesting, though I think she was trying to explain how she defeated a power player the last time around, or how she won.  It made sense in context but Russell didn't look thrilled.  What I do love about Russell is how he somehow manipulates his "dumb girls" to actually make the suggestions of what he wants to accomplish.  Notice he didn't bring up getting rid of Rob directly, it was Danielle (I think).  He did this last season as well.  Only when his back is really against the wall does he go for one of his master strategy type of plays (like last week).

I have to say from a "gamer" point of view this is shaping up to be the best season of Survivor ever, every week keeps surprising me.  There hasn't been that "lull" period where you sit and watch an alliance take people out one by one.  I was genuinely surprised to see Rob go, particularly this soon.  I actually thought he was a favorite to win the whole thing up until last week due to the Villains' numbers and his power position in the tribe.  Russell flipped it in one bold move and the fallout was incredible.  Crazy crazy stuff.

Sadly though at some point there's going to be a ton of useless girls (Courtney, Danielle, Sandra, that other blond chick) hanging around along with my fave girls Parv, Amanda and Jerri, I really am not sure how that will play out. 
3143  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: April 02, 2010, 09:32:53 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on April 02, 2010, 09:06:31 PM

Mookee if you think that's cool, you should google the Microsoft Courier.

Not sure how the Courier is a better solution, as it splits the nice relatively large screen into 2 smaller ones.  If the idea of course is to remote control your desktop PC with the most efficiency, I don't see how the Courier has any advantage in that aspect.
3144  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: April 02, 2010, 06:32:30 PM
Nice review from Businessweek after a day of use:

http://www.businessweek.com/technology/ByteOfTheApple/blog/archives/2010/04/thoughts_after.html
3145  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: April 02, 2010, 06:02:03 PM
Here's a new remote desktop App that looks pretty sweet.

The video is pretty goofy trying to clone Apple ads but the actual App demo looks solid.

http://www.macrumors.com/2010/04/02/wormhole-remote-to-offer-seamless-desktop-access-from-iphone-ipad/

http://wormholeremote.com/
3146  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: April 02, 2010, 03:41:39 AM
There are a ton of apps already available for purchase.  I just spent around $100 for hardware I don't even have yet.  Someone please help me.   saywhat
3147  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I love it when a plan comes together! (A-Team movie for the uninformed) on: April 02, 2010, 03:40:44 AM

Quote from: Eel Snave on April 02, 2010, 03:32:36 AM

I have a huge mancrush on Liam Neeson.  In.

Liam Neeson but no love for Bradley Cooper?!?!??  Come on!!!!

Preview looked OK but BA seems kind of disappointing to me.  He just doesn't seem to convey any of the intimidation that Mr. T did so well.  In other words he's more like Lukewarm Ass instead of Bad Ass.
3148  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Official 2010 American Idol Thread on: April 01, 2010, 05:08:53 PM
Timmeh!!!!  Go Vote for the Worst!!!

Sadly I did like Didi but at this point I'm pretty disappointed with this season all in all.  Might as well give me some cheap eye candy and train wreck footage as long as possible.
3149  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: April 01, 2010, 05:07:01 PM
Anyone watch Modern Family?  Absolutely awesome episode last night and really gets right to the heart of us technogeeks slywink 

http://abc.go.com/watch/modern-family/235331/256466/game-changer
3150  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: April 01, 2010, 02:11:28 AM
Oh yeah, and in case you are on the fence or want to get a really good idea of the iPad in motion, Apple has posted some really good guided tours of the core functions and iWork:

http://www.apple.com/ipad/guided-tours/
3151  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: April 01, 2010, 02:01:50 AM

Quote from: JayDee on March 31, 2010, 02:02:48 PM

Quote from: TiLT on March 31, 2010, 01:57:51 PM

Well, with only 7 episodes left, one of them being two hours long, the way I saw it was that if Walt wasn't in the locked room in the sub, he wasn't coming at all. We now know that Walt wasn't in that room.

Ah, I see.

I think the actor that plays Walt grew up too fast to be used on the show now. He's six years older but the show is only three years further along in their story. That's a big difference for someone Walt's age.

I read somewhere they were going to try to do something to acknowledge or tie up Walt's storyline.  It was vague but it almost sounded like they were considering using CGI or something like that.  Maybe for the finale...

I called Desmond in the submarine to my friends at work so I was pretty happy about that.  Now the question is what are the plans for him?  Given that he is the one who brought down Flight 815 by not pushing the button, plus his time travel ability as "the constant"- is it possible they want to use him to send his consciousness back in time so that he doesn't shoot the plane down?  And thereby creating the alternate universe and/or "merging" the realities?  But what would Widmore possibly gain by doing this, unless he wants to create a reality where the Losties (and Ben) never existed so that he can control the island (an alt-alt reality)?   Ack I think my brain is going to explode.

Either way it was a fun episode, I'm glad they acknowledged some of the new "rules" for what Lockemonster can and cannot do, and what he needs to do to get off the island.  
3152  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: April 01, 2010, 01:49:16 AM
Mossberg reviews the iPad:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304252704575155982711410678.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_LEADNewsCollection
3153  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Official 2010 American Idol Thread on: March 31, 2010, 05:16:23 AM
Someone must have put the pressure on because this week was a definite improvement.  They've been calling this one of the weakest casts and deservedly so. 

Siobhanshee - pitchy through the fire, she pulled off a couple of good scream notes but overall I thought she tried to do too much with the song.  I thought she sounded the best during the smaller pretty parts of the song, I wish she had just kept it contained like that

Casey - Hold on.  Sounds really good again but I'm getting a bit bored of him

Big Mike - I thought he did an awesome job and this was the first week I felt his performance was contender-like in a Reuben sort of way.
 
Didi - ouch ouch ouch.  First week she blew it for me, I thought the arrangement was just flat out weird, kind of too fast or something for the proper mood of the song.  She's lucky Tim is still here to take the fall for her.

Teflon Tim - Sweet Love?  Really?  He actually hit some tough notes but it was like watching a creepy (but super cute) robot sing.  It kind of freaked me out in spite of how adorkable he is.  Should be gone this week.  I'm happy (and so is he it seems) that he made it to the tour and Top 10.  Time to exit stage right, Timmy.

Andrew - finally returned to the competition with an acoustic "Forever" - I thought the idea was better than the actual vocal implementation but all in all a very solid performance.  I think they put weird makeup on him which makes him even creepier for me, but oh well.

Katie - Chain of Fools.   Great vocal for her, but compared to gals like Fantasia she still pales.  I feel bad that the judges are so divided in their advice to her, must be horrible for someone so young.  I wouldn't be surprised to see her in the Bottom 3.

Lee - sounded fantastic on Treat Her Like a Lady.  He still is missing the confident star factor, he always appears nervous and self-doubting and stiff in front of , but damn does he sound good.  Maybe they should just send him into the studio and let him record.

Crystal - absolutely fantastic rendition of Midnight Train to Georgia.  First time in the competition I really really liked her (as opposed to just appreciating how good she was).

Aaron - Ain't No sunshine.  It didn't come out as good as I thought it would based on the practice.  Just OK all in all. 

Bottom 3: Tim, Didi and Katie.  Tim is ready to exit and should be done barring some bizarre turn of events.
3154  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck Season 3 discussion (spoilers!!!) on: March 30, 2010, 08:50:15 PM

Quote from: disarm on March 30, 2010, 04:11:53 AM

tonight's episode was absolutely fantastic...a near perfect mix of fun and serious moments.  while there was a ton of plot development around Chuck, Sarah, Shaw, and The Ring, they also managed to work in a lot of really great time with the supporting cast.  personally, i've really enjoyed all of this season's episodes, but i think tonight was one of their best.  as for next week...holy crap what a twist!

Ditto to everything above!!!! 

Comedically, I could not get enough of the "he really fills those slacks" comments!!  And the "it should be lively" comment.  There's got to be a couple of gay writers on the team.  What was the other word they kept using to describe him? 
3155  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: March 30, 2010, 08:45:54 PM
I think the "issue" of multitasking on a mobile device is actually really interesting and I've thought about it a lot.  Unfortunately I don't have the time at the moment to discuss it in further detail.

So instead I leave you with this cool link to check out a lot of the new iPad Apps.  Utilities-wise, I'm really interested in Bento, OmniSketch and Brushes.  Game-wise, Plants vs Zombies will be a must buy, and I'm interested in Real Racing and Fieldrunners.

http://appshopper.com/ipad
3156  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: March 29, 2010, 08:36:47 PM
Mine still hasn't shipped and I ordered within the first hour of pre-ordering frown
3157  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: March 28, 2010, 08:46:49 PM

Quote from: Ridah on March 28, 2010, 06:13:10 AM

Quote from: DarkEL on March 28, 2010, 01:30:05 AM

Checked Order status today and my iPad has moved into "prepared for shipment" status. Woot!!

Next 7 days of waiting are going to be unbearable.

Damn, anticipating it that badly huh?

I've been counting down the days for about a month now smile  This week is going to be a lot of fun, I'm sure it will be similar to the last iPhone release where people spent half the day tracking all the fedex planes coming from China  icon_lol

This is a bigger deal to me than most, though, I think, because of all the wasted money and failed attempts I've had to get something like this, starting with the original Apple Newton all the way to the Archos 9 Pctablet.  That's roughly 15 years and thousands of dollars of trying different devices and being disappointed time and again.  I really think this is it - not necessarily perfect in gen 1 implementation, but pretty damn close to finally being the "right" device.
3158  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: March 26, 2010, 03:28:54 AM
LOL thx Pug!  Just curious does adding roads and other niceties help anything or is that purely for your own pleasure?  I have to say I was pretty jealous of some of your towns looking so well organized.  I finally saved up enough to get a Windmill which I just think is the coolest thing, don't know why lol.  I don't know how long the honeymoon period will last but I am just finding this game so oddly enjoyable, something weirdly satisfying about touching the crops and gold etc to gain gold and xp.
3159  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: March 26, 2010, 12:38:54 AM

Quote from: TiLT on March 25, 2010, 12:44:40 PM

My current theory is that Lost actually has a similar setup to Fringe (another JJ Abrams show) in that there are two realities in opposition to each other. The twist here is that Nemesis isn't trapped on the Island. He's trapped in our dimension, and the Island is what stands in the way of him returning to his own. This is why things seem so much brighter in the flash-sideways sequences. Nemesis simply isn't present in that dimension, though he is trying really hard to come back.

This would also explain how the two realities will be merged. At some point in one of the next few episodes the cork will pop and the gateway between these two realities will open. The remaining Losties will then have to desperately stop Nemesis in order to protect their alternate selves, though they may die or corrupt themselves in the process. With this in mind we can also assume that the flash-sideways sequences are indeed sort of the epilogue to the show.


I find this a very compelling and intriguing theory.  The only thing I wonder about is in the flash-sideways we've seen the island/cork is sunk, which kind of implies the opposite, that Nemesis is free in THAT dimension.  Which could also imply that Jacob was lying all along, and Smokey is a good force that was being held back.  That would be a fun twist if they could pull it off, but it doesn't look like they are going that direction.
3160  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: V Returns on: March 25, 2010, 04:42:03 AM

Quote from: Arclight on November 28, 2009, 09:42:55 AM

The "extreme" amount of ships in the ending ripped a bit at my suspension of disbelief....a bit of over kill I think. But hey, we'll see what happens to them on the way to the blue marble in space.

They wanted to come prepared this time, knowing Earth is prepared to beat off alien attacks with killer viruses (computer and biological), plus we keep an ample supply of balloons to disperse our viruses.  And of course we have Will Smith.
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