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3201  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Glee on: May 12, 2010, 10:43:46 PM
Absolutely loved last night's ep, I felt it was one of their strongest to date, with absolutely excellent use of music.  As cheesy and convenient as it was, I thought Finn's take on Jessie's Girl was brilliant, and he is really getting to be a stronger and stronger singer (compare this with the premiere's Can't Fight this Feeling, he's really come a long way).  Makes you wonder if that (the name/song) was planned all along.  Puck did a great job teaming eith Mercedes for Lady is a Tramp, I loved the shift in music style.  The Mercedes/Santana standoff was awesome too, and the grand "One" finale was moving and well delivered.  I wasn't thrilled with Kurt's song choices but I think they fleshed the plotline with his father out very well.  I think a lot of gay men can really relate to those feelings of inadequacy in one way or another.  All in all a real standout ep, and can't wait for next week's Joss Whedon/Doogie show.
3202  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: May 12, 2010, 10:34:38 PM

Quote from: rshetts2 on May 12, 2010, 10:18:38 PM

Typical Lost,  instead of actually giving us any answers of substance they just give us more questions.  I did not care for this episode and felt that it was a waste of an hour this close to the series finale.  Sure we now know the origions of Jacob and the man with no name  (apologies to Clint ) but thats all we know.  Nothing else was really explained.  Oh it did make Jacob look like a douche and confused us even more about his brother.
 I guess all we can hope for is that this episode provides some background to help fill out the great reveal.......  naw,  theyll probably end the series leaving us more confused than we are now.

I'm pretty much in agreement on this episode, definitely a letdown in terms of what could have been revealed.  The only tangible thing they gave us was that Smokey *really* wants to leave the island (and has always wanted to).  Which we pretty much already knew. Oh yeah, and the reveal of who "Adam and Eve" were, I guess that was new info.  Now I do wonder if the magic light spot where Smokey originated is also the critical EM spot that Widmore and Tina Fey are searching for, perhaps it will tie in to his plan for Desmond.  If they can link that all up, I'll give them a higher mark for this episode.
3203  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan: Rise of the Godslayer on: May 12, 2010, 10:15:42 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 12, 2010, 06:58:11 PM

Quote from: rittchard on May 12, 2010, 06:33:38 PM

I ended up getting this on a whim and re-installed last night. I want to check out the new area in all its DX10 glory.

do you get a lot of flickering with the shadows in DX10?

Too soon to tell, I can't even tell if I'm actually running the DX10 engine smile
3204  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 24, Season 8 discussion (there are spoiler tags for a reason): Final Season! on: May 12, 2010, 10:14:36 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 12, 2010, 05:44:03 AM

Quote from: PaulBot on May 12, 2010, 05:42:34 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on May 12, 2010, 03:17:32 AM

I'm interested in how they wrap things up this season.  I'm thinking he has to go back into hiding again because I just don't see them waiving away this stuff and letting him retire to California with Kim. 

Jack will strike a deal with the President, who is so dirty now that she'll agree to anything Jack wants so he won't expose her involvement.

Jack's going to wake up and Patrick Duffy is going to step out of the shower.

Jack is going to flee the country on an airplane.  Unfortunately he ends up on Oceanic Flight 815 and his plane crashes on a mysterious island, and, well, you know the rest.... 
3205  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: May 12, 2010, 10:10:48 PM

Quote from: TiLT on May 12, 2010, 09:11:40 PM

Though now that I think about it the various people the monster has "consumed" are to certain degrees apparent in its personality. It seems to be very protective of Claire (which would be Christian's personality), has elements of Locke ("Don't tell me what I can't do!") and of course a large amount of Jacob's brother's personality. Yet its greatest motivation appears to be to leave the Island, and this is exactly the same thing the brother wanted.

Completely agree on this, particularly the last point.  I am/was very confused about the "entity" vs. the brother, whether they are separate or not.  But given the entire episode basically just drove in the "I want to go across the sea" as Edward's motive (I'm now calling the brother Edward because I was pissed they wouldn't reveal his name, so keeping with Twilight you can have Team Jacob and Team Edward) which seems to imply Smokey really is some form of Edward's soul, or at least possesses his memories and motivations.   
3206  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Official 2010 American Idol Thread on: May 12, 2010, 06:42:15 PM
I absolutely loved the Lee/Crystal duet (giving us a preview of the finale?), and the Casey/Mike one was pretty good too.  The rest of the show I pretty much hated.  Why does everyone have to sing that Kiss from a Rose song?  I can't stand it anymore!  The rest of the solo choices were pretty whacko too, I just don't know about these guys.  At this point I really don't care who goes.  Based on last night, I'd guess Free Willy exits.
3207  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My sexuality may be in question on: May 12, 2010, 06:40:02 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on May 12, 2010, 03:59:54 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on May 12, 2010, 03:57:36 PM

Quote from: Fireball1244 on May 12, 2010, 02:50:19 PM

I'm as queer as folk, and there's no way I'd sit through that Twilight movie. I tried to read the first book to find out what all the buzz is about. Horrendous. Just terrible. Couldn't finish it.

Robert Pattison may be hot, but not in those movies. Way too pale and gaunt.

As a straight guy, when a gay guy tells you you're more gay than him, that's really really bad.

We need rittchard's opinion. He seems to be much more of a teen girl than Fireball. slywink


From my perspective, the Twilight book series is definitely more of a teen girl thing, but not necessarily a gay one.  Of course the addition of shirtless Jacob and his neverending pecs and 6-pack may have changed that a bit from the movie side  thumbsup  I'm not much of a Robert Pattinson fan either.  For hot vampire (and changeling) action, I prefer all of the mens on True Blood.  Yum.

FWIW, I loved the book series, but really it was the finale that solidified it for me.  There were some things the author did that genuinely surprised me and the final X-Men-ish standoff was very cool.  Don't expect big manly battle scenes, but just some interesting twists and turns (and powers).  I do admit for the most part the books read very teen girl angsty, so they can be a challenge to get through.  I still think it's worth it to make it to the finale though.
3208  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan: Rise of the Godslayer on: May 12, 2010, 06:33:38 PM
I ended up getting this on a whim and re-installed last night. I want to check out the new area in all its DX10 glory.

The guild is still there, I guess - it's called The Wanderers (Legacy of Derketo), kind of neat, and I think the city is still there but I completely forgot how to play so I don't know how to get there lol.

I'll probably start a new character or 2 and explore the new area just for kicks, and then maybe try to get my original guy to 80 (left him at 76) and see about the alternate advancement.

I read the new area is mainly for new characters and higher ones (upper 70s) but not much in the middle.  Now I just have to figure out how to get there.  And what "Feats" are lol.  Basically I don't know how to play the game.
3209  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 24, Season 8 discussion (there are spoiler tags for a reason): Final Season! on: May 11, 2010, 05:59:59 PM

Quote from: PaulBot on May 11, 2010, 05:24:45 AM

Lesson learned from tonight's episode: never swallow something Jack wants.

"I don't care what universe you're from, that's gotta hurt."


That was awesome!  I'll never look at a SIM card the same way again.
3210  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck Season 3 discussion (spoilers!!!) on: May 11, 2010, 05:47:12 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on May 11, 2010, 04:55:46 PM

Fingers and toes are crossed. Chuck is my favorite hour of television right now.

Hoping for the best too!  I know it seems like a lot of the main plotlines have been played out but Chuck and Sarah have got to be the most adorable couple on TV right now and I love Adam Baldwiin in the show.  I've read the producers have something special already planned for next season to change things up, so who knows.  I think it's time for them to move on from the Buy More and revamp some of the cast.
3211  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains on: May 11, 2010, 05:43:56 PM

Quote from: LoneStarSpur on May 11, 2010, 05:23:39 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on May 11, 2010, 05:00:03 PM

However it ends, it will go down as my favorite season of survivor ever.

Totally agree. I'm hard-pressed to think of a better season and this ranks up there with 2 as my favorites.

My money is on Parv winning, but I don't think I'd have a problem with any of them winning.

I'd definitely like to see Parv win.  Given she had a target on her back from day one it's pretty amazing she even made it this far.  It took pretty much every trick in the book, from flirting to pouting to a bikini that varely qualifies as clothing to strong alliances to backstabbing to sheer luck to winning key immunities to bold power moves (like the dual idol play - possibily best moment in Survivor history!) to get her this far, she deserves it.  Sandra is weird for me.  Like the season she was in, I barely paid attention to her (and to be honest when this season started I didn't even remember her), but slowly but surely she kind of crawls and weasels her way into your consciousness.  I don't love her but she is certainly a strong strategic contender, kind of like Cirie. 

Russell is definitely the most interesting and fun Survivor ever - but not necessarily the best as he'd like to believe.  His tendency to get impatient, overly cocky and sometimes mean-spirited (perhaps a bit misogynistic or at least disrespectful to some of the strong women) have caused him to make some silly mistakes that weren't needed.  I'm still surprised he lost last season, but I guess he really just pissed people off.

Jerri is such a tool in this season, but I like that she's still around.  She definitely was more fun the first go around, particularly when tormenting Colby.  Speaking of which I don't know what happened to him.  I keep hoping he's faking his horribleness at challenges but I guess that's too much to hope for.  Which leaves Rupert, who I never really liked but has proven to be a bit more intelligent and insightful than I'd imagined.  He could win by sentiment, as it seems that people generally like him in spite of his weirdness.  I guess it was pretty smart to take out Amanda first, because really among the heroes there aren't any "strategy" players left.  I don't think any of the 3 of them really deserves to win this Survivor, but it would certainly be interesting to see if they could pull it off. 
3212  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: iPad game thread on: May 10, 2010, 09:57:57 PM
Bumpity bump. 

Underworlds Ultimate Edition price dropped to $1.99.  I liked it on iPhone but it seemed like there wasn't much improved for the iPad.  At $1.99 I thought it might be worth a second purchase as I do like my Diablo clones.

- - -

Warpgate HD - I finally got some time to play this weekend.  It's definitely a lot of fun and I was very happy with the game.  It's like having the universe to fly around in on your iPad.  I love the main touch interface to just go wherever you touch, but with really nice zoom and camera rotation as well.  I like that the game does feel very "open" in that you are given the opportunity to just go off and do your own thing fairly early in the game, and that you can slowly build and upgrade your ship.  Also like the economy and all the other factions roaming around giving the feel of an "active" universe.  Another neat in game feature is being able to change and choose from your own playlists to replace the in game music.  The latest update added the capability to upload and download your save game progress to the Plus network which is a nice way to give you an online backup.  I know some people were very concerned about losing progress.

Combat was the one main complaint I think people had, and it could definitely use some additional work.  Essentially you just fire whatever weapon buttons you have whenever they are available.

All in all a great experience on the iPad making great use of the full size touch screen.
3213  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Iron Man 2 on: May 10, 2010, 09:03:01 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on May 10, 2010, 07:27:24 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 10, 2010, 07:16:54 PM

Quote
No new Iron Man suit

huh buh? he wore 3 different IM suits this time around: the armor from the end of the first film, the briefcase armor and the armor at the end.  beyond the first IM outfit I think they've all pretty much been the same design with only cosmetic differences.

shhhh, ritt's just being a fuddy duddy!  slywink

can't really expect a new suit every movie though, that's pretty unrealistic

Why unrealistic?  It's all CGI, and it's not like they are starting from scratch as they have about 50 years of comic book art to draw upon.  I guess they only had 2 years between movies.  I also didn't realize there were 3 different suits this time, they all looked the same to me so I guess that's cool. 

Just ignore my fuddy-duddiness, it's more about expectations - I was never much of an Iron Man fan to begin with, I think it was just that the first movie turned out to be such a pleasant surprise for me.  This one was pretty much what I expected from an Iron Man movie.
3214  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: How close are we to wireless desktops? on: May 10, 2010, 08:54:09 PM
Stick an iPad in the keyboard mount and essentially you have a wireless desktop.  Aside from the power cord (which you can disconnect if you feel like) there are no wires to mess with  icon_smile
3215  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan: Rise of the Godslayer on: May 10, 2010, 06:47:30 PM
Is anyone going to play this for official release?
3216  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Inception, Nolan's latest film on: May 10, 2010, 06:44:27 PM
Looked really cool, definitely reminded me of Dark City.  I wish I didn't dislike Leo so much though (there's no logical reason for this, I just don't enjoy his movies), I'm hoping my love for Christopher Nolan and Kitty Pryde/Juno cancel it out.
3217  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Iron Man 2 on: May 10, 2010, 06:42:22 PM
I guess I'll be the fuddy dud and say I was not very impressed and really felt kind of let down.  I'd say it was a fairly average summer action flick and definitely not as enjoyable as the first.  The audience I saw it with seemed pretty happy though, FWIW.

Things I loved:  Scarlett Johannsen in any scene, and her action sequence was awesome - left me wanting more more more.  I found myself wishing I was watching a full Black Widow movie instead.  Also, the new Last Airbender trailer looked sweet!

Things I liked: Samuel L Jackson, but he was barely in it.  Robert Downey Jr was still good, particularly as a drunk and his overall sense of humor.  Effects in general were good.  Avengers, Thor and Cap references.

Things I found disappointing: Gwyneth, felt like a waste of space this go around.  Don Cheadle seemed out of place.  Sam Rockwell, I love the guy but also out of place and just too much of him and I felt like he would never shut up.  Mickey Rourke I thought was going to be awesome and he turned out to be just OK, I would have traded some Rockwell scenes for more Mickey.  No new Iron Man suit  icon_frown  The "drones" looked like Star Wars robot rejects.  I know they needed some non-human fodder to blow up, but seriously these things were pretty lame (as was shown in how easily they were dismissed).
3218  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains on: May 10, 2010, 06:21:47 PM

Quote from: PaulBot on May 10, 2010, 01:05:28 PM

Next Thursday, then next Sunday and it's over! What's gonna happen...

This series has been utterly unpredictable, and with this group of insane players absolutely anything could happen and I really have no way to make a good prediction.

From the commercial, it looked like Russell wanted to flip and grab Rupert/Colby.  With that group you'd imagine they could seduce/mesmerize Jerri and take out Parv and/or Sandra.  Of course Sandra has the immunity idol, which could create havoc in any plan that gets thrown out there, and given her disdain for Russell she might be able to use it to finally take him out.  Strategically any of the players would be crazy to NOT want Russell in the 3.  He has just pissed off too many people, in a way I don't think will be appreciated as good game play, except maybe by JT.  If I were a past winner, I might also want to bring past winners with me for the hope that people wouldn't want someone to win twice (tough call), and perhaps a mule like Jerri - that kind of lends itself to the All Girls finale.

Let's look at the possibilities:

All Boys: Rup, Colby, Russell - Rupert wins, in fact Rup/Colby with anyone, likely Rupert wins

Original Villains: Parv, Jerri, Russell - Parv?

Power Villains: Parv, Russell, Sandra - I think Sandra might win this one

All Girls: Sandra, Jerri, Parv -  tough call, I'm thinking maybe Sandra

Semi-Heroes: Rupert, Colby and Sandra - even though I said Rup earlier, I think Sandra may be able to gather more villain votes

Random Mix: Russell, Sandra, Colby - I can't see how this would ever happen, but I think Sandra might actually beat Colby

Random Mix 2: Rupert, Jerri, Parv - another bizarre combo, prob Rupert would win
3219  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: True Blood Season 3 on: May 10, 2010, 05:42:39 PM
Yeah I already saw an interview where they announced Sookie's new "protector" would be a werewolf.  So what is Sam, chopped liver?
3220  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 8... sorta on: May 10, 2010, 05:40:46 PM
I'm reading it, it was very engaging at first when Joss was writing it, but then it seemed like they went through a very big lull where it just dragged and ignored the main plotline.  Now that they are getting back to the main story it's really gone kind of wonky.  I haven't read this month's issue completely yet, so I'm, not looking at the spoilers.  I can't say I'd recommend thisto anyone....yet, going to see how they finish it out first.
3221  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck Season 3 discussion (spoilers!!!) on: May 08, 2010, 02:35:05 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on May 04, 2010, 05:12:12 PM


Bah you trumped me!  Love the sound of Chuck's voice, who knew?

There's a video out now too, premiered today.  I love the cute little smiles Chuck gives Kat in the beginning and end.

http://www.vevo.com/watch/katharine-mcphee/terrified/USUV71000760
3222  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Official 2010 American Idol Thread on: May 08, 2010, 02:32:48 AM

Quote from: Zinfan on May 07, 2010, 09:15:38 PM

Lady Gaga has ruined Junior High School Student Aaron Kelly for life with her performance the other night, imagine if it had been live instead of taped, JHSSAK would have been on the floor having seizures.  I'm sure if it had been two seasons ago Angels and Demons would have fought on the stage for David Arculetta's soul after that song.

LMAO!!!   thumbsup
3223  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: May 08, 2010, 02:25:53 AM

Quote from: morlac on May 07, 2010, 01:47:53 PM

The Sun/Jin ending was nice and all but no mention of their child?  If that was me and my wife I would be telling her to get the F out and go raise our child.  My wife would do the same.   

We were discussing this at work.  While everyone agreed it should have been mentioned, we differed on how we felt about the ultimate result.  My feeling was they went for the "tragic romantic" ending, i.e. with that last look of fear in Sun's eyes, Jin just couldn't bear to leave her to die/drown alone, even knowing what he "should" do.  Now of course the fact is Sun already made the decision to leave her daughter with her mom/parents when she decided to search for Jin, and Jin never even met his daughter, so there may be some cultural differences to consider as well.  Asian cultures can be remarkably cold (or what Americans would consider cold) when it comes to practicality of children.  Just a thought.  One of my colleagues offered the theory that upon dying or near death they are able to see or have a conscious merge with the alt-reality, and so they were willing to "die" in this one.
3224  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [iPhone/iPad] We Rule!!! addiction on: May 07, 2010, 07:01:09 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 07, 2010, 06:40:16 PM

I can't avoid poking at those enticing little speech bubbles, so I think I will just delete all the houses and make it look like one of the dragons terrorized the village.

If you delete all the houses do you lose all the associated villagers?
3225  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Official 2010 American Idol Thread on: May 07, 2010, 06:27:34 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on May 06, 2010, 04:00:42 AM

And what the hell was that hot mess of Lady Gaga's performance?  I'd have to see a throw down between that and Ke$ha's dancing TV heads to see which was more ludicrous.

lol, come on you have to love those bizarre man-skirts.  WTF do you call those things anyway?  I think I need to renew my gay card because even I was confused.

At this point I just want the season to end so we can watch X-Factor.  I'm sure Simon feels the same. 

Finale:  Crystal vs. Lee.  I'll be bold and predict Lee wins by the hair on his chin as he siphons the leftover tweens and cougars who are still voting for Casey.
3226  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains on: May 07, 2010, 06:24:24 PM

Quote from: Roguetad on May 07, 2010, 04:39:51 PM

Russell melted Danielle's mind at tribal council.  He is strong with the force.  However, he is going to regret his decision not to vote off Sandra when he had the chance.  She is coiled up and ready strike when the timing is right.

Oh yeah baby, I'm loving how Sandra manages to just weasel her way through yet again.  No one even mentioned her and here she is sitting with the immunity idol lol.

What was also awesome was the Jedi mind trick (to continue your analogy) on weak-willed JERRI - which was really the swing vote.  I love that part where right in front of everyone you see Russell whisper "Danielle" to Jerri and Jerri just becomes mesmerized.  Awesome awesome awesome.  I honestly don't see how any season of Survivor will ever be able to compare with this one again. 

I know we've talked about producer input and all that, but as I watch sometimes I can't help but wonder (I don't really believe this, I just think about it) if Russell is a producer "plant" (as in they told him to create as much havoc as possible while simultaneously protecting him from getting voted off) - I mean some of the things he's done are just flat out insane, but they make for awesome TV, and he never seems to get punished (well until the end vote) for it.  He's made some bold moves, but just as many stupid ones.  Last night's flip almost felt like it was more for our entertainment than it was for strategy.  While in principle I agreed it was to his best interest to split the girls, did he really have to do it so stupidly?  I guess you can argue that crap worked in his original season against the dumb chicks he was with, but he's already seen how crafty Parvati is, did he really think he could get away with playing the 2 of them against each other?

In any case, this show is just great.  They should just end it here because next season is poised to be a real letdown.
3227  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: May 06, 2010, 09:43:26 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on May 06, 2010, 09:39:09 PM

Quote from: LoneStarSpur on May 06, 2010, 01:17:55 PM

The whole plane/attack the sub stuff didn't feel right. Uber-paranoid Widmore had only two guards at the plane? The sub was unguarded? Didn't make any sense to me.

The plane was left unguarded so that Locke et al would be blown up (as was explained during the show). The sub was not left unguarded; did you miss all the people in the trees shooting at Locke? They were waiting until people were on the dock to start shooting (i.e. an ambush).

Besides at this point they have limited personnel.  A lot of the people they brought have already died, even Dough Boy went down.  All that's left may be Tina Fey, and she is their chief scientist as well!
3228  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Runes of Magic on: May 06, 2010, 09:41:18 PM
Odd that you bumped this up, I just recently re-installed it and have been playing off and on.  I still feel this is the best free to play traditional MMORPG out there, and it's remarkable that they continue to support it with new content updates.

I'm on Grimdal server (PvP) as Druritt or Rittchard.  Falcon is on as Grenic.
3229  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [iPhone/iPad] We Rule!!! addiction on: May 06, 2010, 09:39:05 PM

Quote from: Fuzzballx on April 28, 2010, 07:27:39 PM

We Rule was my first plus+ game...

was

So seriously screw you guys cause this thread needs to be renamed "Plus+ addiction"

Cause since i started We Rule...i'm now also playing Warpgate and Space Miner...

These guys seriously put out the best iphone games in existence...

If you really love these games you might seriously want to consider an iPad just for them.  Playing We Rule and Warpgate on the larger screen is just a wonderful experience.

- - -

As for kingdom design, yeah I always feel guilty mine looks so ugly.  In all honesty it's not so much the levelling that drives me, but getting more creatures.  I love watching the dragons and griffins flying around, though I think I'm pretty much satisfied now.  I might try to get more horse and giant frogs (definitely the best bang for the buck in terms of getting big creatures).
3230  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: May 06, 2010, 09:34:14 PM

Quote from: Scraper on May 06, 2010, 05:50:28 PM

Quote from: LoneStarSpur on May 06, 2010, 01:17:55 PM

"There is no Sayid!"
"I wish you wouldn't have believed me." (ncl-Locke to ncl-Jack)
I'm pretty sure the "dentist" that Jack went to see knows what's up with NCL (no crash land).
Even as stupid as ncl-Jack is I think he's finally getting a clue that something's not quite right in NCL.
Poor Jin and Sun. That wasn't very nice of the writers.

The whole plane/attack the sub stuff didn't feel right. Uber-paranoid Widmore had only two guards at the plane? The sub was unguarded? Didn't make any sense to me. Maybe smokey did more damage than was shown when he freed the prisoners? Piss poor writing?  icon_lol

I'm still holding out hope that smokey is not the bad guy simply because the idea of Widmore being the good guy is repugnant.  icon_lol

As for Widmore, after this weeks episode I'm starting to think Widmore is actually in league with Smokey. Why in the heck would he attack smokey and not have the stupid fencing ready. He knows Smokey is going to retaliate, but he attacks without having his defenses ready? It doesn't make sense and it was out of character. Plus he didn't show his face at all once smokey was on the attack. The whole thing seemed weird to me.

I think Widmore has his own agenda, though I can't figure it out.  We know his present plan involves Desmond and some sort of time/reality travel(?) using a special EM patch.  It seems to me like he would want to preserve the alternate reality, one in which his son was not shot in cold blood by his own mother.  So perhaps he needs to send Desmond's consciousness back to a point where Desmond can have an effect on making the present "reality" cease to exist?  An obvious turning point would be where Desmond chooses not to push the buttons and brings down Oceanic 815.  That would seem to negate Juliet's sacrifice, but I think you might argue her blowing up of the nuke set off a new branch, a completely different set of circumstances leading to what's happening in the alternate reality (where presumably the island has sunk).  Whereas Desmond's alteration in the present timeline would specifically only keep 815 from falling out of the sky with the island left intact.  The problem with this is that in the first case, it seems like the implication is that the cork is off and Smokey is free where in the latter, the island stays and Smokey is kept in check.  So you have a "good" reality where Smokey is out and about but all our heroes are doing more or less OK.  Or a "bad" reality where all our heroes (except maybe one) are dead but Smokey is still held at the island.  Maybe it's some hidden message that "evil"/dark/bad comes in different shapes and sizes, and you have to be able to recognize the distinction between surface good and real good.

I realize that doesn't make much sense but my brain hurts now from thinking about it lol.
3231  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: May 06, 2010, 05:12:35 PM

Quote from: TiLT on May 06, 2010, 05:44:50 AM

Quote from: rittchard on May 06, 2010, 12:23:45 AM

Quote from: Roguetad on May 05, 2010, 08:55:13 PM

It is hard for me to feel too sad about Jin and Sun knowing that they are still alive in the other timeline.  I don't think the Island timeline will end up being the base timeline, or real timeline.  

Next week's episode is titled "Across the Sea" but the one following is, more ominously, "What They Died For" - which does seem to give the implication the alternate timeline will be "saved" or preserved or folded/merged into.

You should be careful with mentioning the names of upcoming episodes. You'd get banned from Lostpedia for this post, because it's considered a spoiler.

luckily our thread has "spoilers not tagged" in the title!
3232  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Guild Wars is 5 on: May 06, 2010, 12:24:55 AM
I'm still in DUI too, so I should do the same.  What are people doing for core gameplay these days?  PvE or PvP?  Was there new PvE added?
3233  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: May 06, 2010, 12:23:45 AM

Quote from: Roguetad on May 05, 2010, 08:55:13 PM

It is hard for me to feel too sad about Jin and Sun knowing that they are still alive in the other timeline.  I don't think the Island timeline will end up being the base timeline, or real timeline.  

Next week's episode is titled "Across the Sea" but the one following is, more ominously, "What They Died For" - which does seem to give the implication the alternate timeline will be "saved" or preserved or folded/merged into.
3234  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 24, Season 8 discussion (there are spoiler tags for a reason): Final Season! on: May 05, 2010, 06:39:15 PM
Honestly as much as I hated the Starbuck storyline I didn't enjoy the almost misogynistic way they treated her in the last episodes.  I thought I'd enjoy it but it just felt mean-spirited and over the top.  She got bitch slapped, punched, man-handled, water boarded, choked, man-handled some more, and then executed in cold blood.  I dunno, just because the actress is a bit mannish herself doesn't mean she needed to be extra beat up, even some of the worst 24 villains haven't gone through as much.  I'm much more looking forward to next week with Jack, the Russian dude and the blow torch.
3235  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Official 2010 American Idol Thread on: May 05, 2010, 06:35:04 PM
A lame episode with a lame theme and lamer execution.  No offense, but what is the point of this theme other than to make these young contestants even more uncomfortable with unfamiliar material?  I did enjoy Harry Connick Jr's presence and sense of humor, but this flies completely opposite in the face of having the contestants sound "current" and making things their own, particularly when everyone had Harry and the big band there within their arrangements.  Now if this was just a show and not a competition, I love the idea of seeing them get to work with a real pro and a big band, but in terms of the contest, it just didn't work.  This season is really turning out to be a dud for me, kind of sad for Simon's last.

Aaron - awkward.  Casey - even more horribly awkward.  Crystal - nice dress, but awkward and for once I felt like I couldn't even hear her.  Big Mike - I thought the first half was pretty good and he was the only one to actually stylize things in an R&B/Big Mike way, until the second half which felt awkward.  Lee - I love him but it was still awkward.  Predict Casey and Aaron in the bottom 2, Casey should go tonight.
3236  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: May 05, 2010, 06:28:25 PM

Quote from: tgb on May 05, 2010, 04:22:30 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on May 05, 2010, 04:17:37 PM

I may be missing something. But why didn't nonLocke just let them get on the plane with the bomb on it?  The plane would have blown up and they would have all been dead. 

Or once NotLocke had removed the bomb and showed it to them, didn't it make it ok to, you know, take the plane?  Or do the Widmorons have SAMs?

If they got on the plane, he'd have to get on with them so that made sense to me; otherwise they'd know something was wrong if he didn't get on.  As for after he removed the bomb, he explicitly says there might be other traps so it's not safe.  At that point in time everyone (including lame me) believed him.

So I'm guessing he still needs the plane to exit the island completely?  Actually this is rather unclear at this point, since he was lying about needing everyone to go with him.  You'd think once they were all dead he could just turn into smoke and fly across the ocean.  Maybe his smoke transformation range needs to be levelled up lol.
3237  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: May 05, 2010, 07:46:11 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on May 05, 2010, 03:41:52 AM

Gotta narrow the focus to a few candidates. The real question is, Why is Kate still alive?

We learned (if Jack is right) that Smokeylocke doesn't need all the candidates to leave alive...he needs them all dead. But he has to trick them into killing themselves/each other. So we have Hurley, Jack, and Sawyer left as candidates, right? Maybe Kate will narrow them down further.

I think Hurley's going to be the last man standing, btw.

I've actually been betting on Kate being the final island savior.  Just a wild hunch based on a few hints here and there.  Jack is being set up too obviously as the main guy so i kind of ruled him out.  I can definitely see cases for Sawyer or Hurley, but i like the misdirection of Kate.  One thing i saw when rewatching lighthouse was "Austen" listed on the compass - of course they are saying she was eliminated or crossed out but no one's really said why.  The more they play her as being lame and inconsequential the more i think they are trying to mislead us for a twist.  Last hunch was based on reading the original pilot had Jack dying and Kate was supposed to lead the survivors, so this might be consistent with the original vision.  Or i could just be blinded by my Kate fandom smile
3238  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Official 2010 American Idol Thread on: May 03, 2010, 07:03:27 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on April 28, 2010, 11:42:34 PM

Quote from: rittchard
Banshee was over the top but I thought she was OK; I would have preferred a more recognizable Shania song though.

Umm...that was Shania's first #1 hit and the song that put her on the map. I don't think you could have found a more recognizable Shania song.  icon_biggrin

Seriously I had no idea and had never heard it before, and I am a big pop listener.  Going the fun/recognizable route, I would have picked "That Don't Impress Me Much" or "Man I Feel Like a Woman" which I think would have been much bigger crowd pleasers, and much more recognizable to the general populace. And given what happened, I think I was right  icon_lol
3239  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: May 03, 2010, 06:58:06 PM

Quote from: iloveplywood on May 02, 2010, 08:57:24 PM

Quote from: farley2k on April 15, 2010, 06:27:11 PM

I got Air Video working last night from the inside of my network at home - very nice.  Now I can watch all my stuff on the TV with Tversity or on the iPad with Air Video.  I still can't access it from outside (tried from work on the public wi-fi with my iPhone) but that could be a port forwarding issue at home.  Even if I can't get it to work it is well worth $3 for in home streaming.



What videos do you guys watch on Air Video?  I can't watch my itunes library because of DRM as far as a I can tell.  Are you guys ripping DVDs to your computers or am I missing something here.  It seems like a great technology, but I can't figure out much of a use for it so far.

Another thing I'd love is if the iPad could be part of the home share network on itunes.  It seems somewhat silly that I can stream all my iTunes videos on all my PCs but can't do it to an iPad.  Obviously, I could connect an iPad to PC and synch the videos but streaming would be so nice as I'm lazy.

Agreed on point 2, I'm hoping they come up with a good overall solution for this.  I would love it if they could get all that sorted out along with an Apple TV-like box so I could stream any and all iTunes content to my TV or my iPad.  Arguably I could do all of this on my Mac Mini but it's kind of a lot of work for the general user, plus I had trouble getting the video to output to my big TV (grrrrr). 

On point 1, yes, ripping DVDs is a good place to start.  I just finished doing all 3 extended LOTR last night and moved them to my main server; it is so cool to be able to access all of them at a whim from anywhere in the house.  And of course, there is always the real killer feature for Air Video: pr0n  icon_twisted  - seriously there are so many stupid file formats and it supports pretty much all of them, amazing!

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In other news, 1 million sold in 28 days (NOT including 3G!):

http://www.macrumors.com/2010/05/03/apple-reaches-ipad-milestone-one-million-sold/
3240  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Guild Wars 2 on: April 30, 2010, 11:24:52 PM

Quote from: KePoW on April 30, 2010, 06:39:59 PM

Has anyone tried GW1 on Windows 7 64-bit?

I downloaded the client the other day and installed it, and I am getting some major *constant* hitching in-game.  This is on a brand new desktop PC (i5 750, GTX 275, 8 GB ram).

Coincidentally enough, I just installed it today, and I'm also on win 7 64bit.  I haven't played enough to notice anything but I'll let you know if there's anything weird.  Any mode in particular you are playing?
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