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3241  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?


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?
3242  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. 
3243  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!!!

- 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.  
3244  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.
3245  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.
3246  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.
3247  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).
3248  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?
3249  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.
3250  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.
3251  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. 
3252  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.
3253  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:
3254  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.
3255  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
3256  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.
3257  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.
3258  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
3259  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:
3260  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.  
3261  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: April 01, 2010, 01:49:16 AM
Mossberg reviews the iPad:
3262  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.
3263  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? 
3264  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.
3265  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
3266  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.
3267  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.
3268  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.
3269  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.
3270  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains on: March 25, 2010, 04:39:15 AM
Wow, just a brilliant episode!  I realize the editing was done deliberately to manipulate the audience but I was sucked in hook line and sinker.  Loved loved loved seeing the shock on everyone's faces, including my own at the Villains tribal.  I couldn't figure out what had gone wrong in the split-vote strategy, if someone had flipped or just screwed it up.  I think I missed exactly what Russell said to Tyson - was it that simple manipulation that had Tyson change his vote and screw himself over?  Either way I loved watching Russell give the idol to Parvati, so dramatic, especially since I was thinking it was a futile attempt.  Another shocking survival for Russell, just how many lives does he have?

On the heroes side, the editing was done to make you think Colby was going, but clearly the discussions had turned and they didn't show it.  Well done, and I was glad to see James go.  Really hope we can see Colby step it up next week. 
3271  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 24, Season 8 discussion (there are spoiler tags for a reason) on: March 25, 2010, 02:45:17 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on March 25, 2010, 01:25:04 AM

Quote from: EddieA on March 23, 2010, 08:33:22 AM

I thought it was a neat little twist.  They lulled us into thinking there wouldn't be a mole this season, and they actually managed a surprise without killing off a main character.  I'd rather see them execute an old plotline well (as this was) than have surprises out of nowhere just for the shock value.  The action has ratcheted up nicely these last two episodes, and I think they've finally hit their groove for this season.

I would agree except for the mole twist.  Not one hour ago she was in tears ready to confess to the corrections officer.  This turn doesn't make any sense even by 24 standards.

Sadly I have to agree.  If she was such a kick-ass mole there was absolutely no reason for her to act scared and wimpy when meeting Wade and Dufus at her apartment, not to mention let them bitchslap her.  If she was in danger of losing her cover, there was no time to mess with their stupid demands, she should have just shot them both in her apartment.  Instead she jeopardizes her identity and her mole cover by helping them with an inane bank robbery.  The only thing more inane would be a mountain lion hiding in the bank.
3272  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: March 25, 2010, 02:39:46 AM

Quote from: Vidiot on March 25, 2010, 02:15:17 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 24, 2010, 06:29:56 PM

It is an addicting little game, isn't it?  Especially for the low low price of free. And what other games let you repeatedly have Rittchard sew dresses for you? 

Star Wars Galaxies?  You know that might have been someone else.  All I really remember Rittch giving me a lot of stims.

Eightball was the ultimate seamstress, I still need a few more dusters (or whatever those jackets were called) slywink
3273  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: March 24, 2010, 11:14:16 PM
I keep losing strawberries, are they the only crops that go bad?
3274  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: March 24, 2010, 11:13:12 PM

Quote from: jament on March 24, 2010, 10:58:28 PM

It's more like two marooned angels who have a differing opinion on the character of the human race than a God/Devil thing.

That's a cool interpretation!

One question I have.  If we pre-suppose that Jacob is telling the truth about the island serving as the cork that holds the Smoke Monster in check from leaking out and spreading, what does this mean for the alt-universe where the island has sunk?  Does that mean that he is free to roam/spread in the world, and if so, why does there seem to be no repercussions to our cast?  In fact it looks like our heroes are for the most part doing better in the alt-universe.
3275  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: March 24, 2010, 04:52:32 PM
Come on!  We need more peeps to join us in We Rule!  It's so fun!
3276  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Official 2010 American Idol Thread on: March 24, 2010, 05:29:11 AM
This season is quickly becoming kind of a dud, it's like the race to figure out who is #2.  But oddly enough having said that, I wouldn't be surprised if the most talented musician/artist (Crystal) loses to someone else.  She has a kind of air about her that doesn't inspire me to vote for her in spite of how good she is, I wonder if that will hurt in the long run.  That said, I don't know who would even compete with her at this point.

Lee - I still like him and I think he improved this week with his rendition of The Letter, but he still gives me the feel of being uncomfortable on stage, and no matter how good his voice is, that will cause problems with the audience.  I'm not sure what it would take to get the jitters out of this guy, at this point it's almost too late.

Paige - trying to do a version of Mariah's recent remake of Against All Odds with a recovering voice that wasn't great to begin with, bad choice.  She may be done unless the sympathy vote can save her, against all odds.

Tim - my boy does his best to screw himself over with a campy over the top performance of Crazy Little Thing Called Love.  The audience play and the now famous "slide" were just a treasure (and torture) to behold in all its awfulness.  He should have sung without the coat jacket to accent his pecs.  Maybe just maybe his core voting block can save him over Paige though.

Aaron - Don't want to miss a Thing - I must admit I think he did a legitimate version of the song and he's good at belting out the power ballads (even with tonsilitis).  Should be an easy pass this week

Crystal - she sang yet another song I didn't know but blasted it out of the arena.  It's almost too disconcerting to have her and Paige/Tim/Andrew in the same room together. 

Michael - does an over the top rendition of When a Man Loves A Woman.  I thought his vocals were great but similar to the judges comments, he just went way over with the dramatic hand gestures and wooing of the audience. 

Andrew - ugh, it was a horrible version of Grapevine complete with creepy dance moves, one of the most often sung songs on this show (usually during auditions and Hollywood week).  WTF is up with these bizarre song choices?   You can pick any number 1 song and they all (save Crystal) seem to pick songs that have been done on the show ad infinitum. 

Katie - she takes on Fergie's Big Girls Don't Cry and actually nailed it IMHO.  Fergie is only an OK singer herself so doing a similar version is actually a pretty smart move.  Katie is still a bit too pitchy but overall she stepped it up this week.

Didi - she does a sultry kind of sexy, playful version of You're No Good, and I thought it was awesome.  But the judges simply skewered her all around, which I don't get.  I thought she was wonderful and got to show a different side of herself, as well as show off the growl in her voice, but somehow she gets punished all around.  Judges blew it on this one I think.

Casey - close your eyes and freakishly it's like Huey Lewis was REBORN.  This really creeped me out, I was never the biggest Huey fan but it is disconcerting to see this pretty young blond dude singing but distinctly hear Huey Lewis.  I don't know if he should get kudos for sounding so similar or not.  Only Simon blasts him, the others love it.  Oh well.

Banshee - I love her name, it's like she was tailor made for the X-Men (Siobhan Magnus) - she could be Magneto and Banshee's love child with the power to scream in any song.  She uses her powers to dream up a screamy version of Superstition, and again all the judges except Simon eat it up.  I really wished she would have done Sinead this week, this was the perfect opportunity.  Oh well.

So that's it, I honestly could not pick a Final 4 from this mess, let alone a final #2 to compete against Crystal.  My personal favorite of the bunch (Didi) has clearly been ostracized by the judges/producers so she has no chance.  Ditto Tim, Paige, and Andrew.  Katie was an early favorite but now is on the bubble; unless she can do a Jordin Sparks-ish transformation every week she will have to go somewhere in the middle.  Banshee is a clear new judge/producer favorite, cougars and older women love Casey, and Aaron has the tween girls quivering, but are any of them Final 2 material?  That leaves Big Mike and Lee - Mike has the chops and the stage presence but can be a bit drama queen/over the top.  Lee has the voice and could easily go Daughtry-esque but something is clearly holding him back (I guess himself?).  At this point, it remains Crystals competition to lose, which amounts to a long 10 weeks or so to the finale. 
3277  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 24, Season 8 discussion (there are spoiler tags for a reason) on: March 23, 2010, 11:46:57 PM

Quote from: Xmann on March 23, 2010, 09:40:34 PM

This season is so painful to watch it's ridiculous.   To me it's like a bad car wreck, it's terrible to look at....but you can't help it.   

The writing and characters are just plain awful.   I just don't know if i can take Dana much more.   Wow, surprise-surprise...Dana is a CTU mole.   Gimme a damn break.   My wife is done watching and i'm seriously considering it myself.   

Noooooo!  You must stick it out til the bitter end!!!  Suffer (and enjoy) with the rest of us  icon_surprised
3278  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 24, Season 8 discussion (there are spoiler tags for a reason) on: March 23, 2010, 05:56:46 PM

Quote from: Eightball on March 23, 2010, 05:30:35 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 23, 2010, 01:57:07 AM

oh dear god :facepalm:

Pretty much.  It's as if they had to justify her existence on the show...OKAY LET'S MAKE HER A MOLE!!!!

LOL!  That was so ridiculous and inconsistent I didn't know what to think!  If she was such a tough mole cookie why not just kill that stupid Wade to begin with rather than waste time with the whole heist?  Seems like the writers changed their mind midway after realizing they'd written her into a corner and made her more annoying than Kim (which didn't seem possible until now).

But all in all I thought it was one of the best eps of the season.  Go girl power!
3279  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck Season 3 discussion (spoilers!!!) on: March 23, 2010, 05:54:17 PM

Quote from: Rowdy on March 23, 2010, 03:50:04 PM

Sarah's reaction to what she thought Chuck did was ridiculous too - one minute you're leaning in for the kiss, next minute you are disgusted by the guy because you think (and didn't confirm) that he basically did the same thing you do regularly?  More inconsistency.  I don't think these writers know how to handle Sarah's emotions in a realistic fashion.

Yeah I agree with you on the writing of Sarah's character - and her acting makes it that much more confusing.  Half the time I can't tell if she is humoring him, lying to him, mooning over him, feeling guilty about something or what.  I think the director just says ... look conflicted!  So she spends almost every scene looking that way.  I really love the actress but I'm wondering if the writing and/or directing is just making it really difficult for her.

I do think though that Sarah (the character) wasn't so much disgusted by him at the end as she was disappointed and guilty about really having (what she believed) fundamentally changing the really sweet guy that she presumably fell in love with.  So maybe more disgusted with herself would be more accurate?  I think that part was consistent.

P.S.  Chuck in (and out of) a towel!!!  thumbsup
3280  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: March 23, 2010, 05:47:40 PM
Couple of items:

First, check this out, I just pre-ordered one:

I almost cancelled it in favor of Apple's non-wireless version (not available to order as of today), thinking you wouldn't be able to independently use the unit when you were travelling, but apparently it makes its own little network so you can use it on-the-go. This is just way too cool and totally opens things up for me in terms of storage and media. Now I could theoretically throw a few seasons worth of Buffy on a single SDHC card, or the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy, or my entire photo library, or tons of pr0n (!!), or a huge chunk of my music library and just hotswap SD cards.  Schweet!

I actually am wondering if it makes more sense to just get the lowest-memory iPad now and only store Apps on it.

Second, looks like Opera may be coming to iPhone/iPad fairly soon, unless Apple blocks it:
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