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3281  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: April 23, 2009, 08:23:25 PM
Yeah, Archie was off last night but that song just isn't the best.  It sounds off key even in the original version and is clearly set as a "concert" song so he can reach out and touch little girls' (and dirty old mens') hands and make them swoon.  I did like his energy and jumping around, definitely more mobile than he used to be in the compeition.  I thought those old disco ladies were kinda cool but also disturbing to see so much old cleavage.  KC looked like he might have a heart attack in the middle of his song.

While Lil and Anoop had to go, I am a bit surprised she was at the bottom and Matt G was not in the bottom 3.  As Toe said, Allison should grab what few voters vote for girls and hopefully it will keep her in the Final 4 over Matt G.

I know they like to play games with the order in how they do the announcing, I was wondering last night if possibly 1-2-3 were as Ryan played them Kris-Adam-Gokey.  That would be cool and indicate Kris is gaining momentum.  I never thought he had a chance but dare I hope he make Final 2 and have a chance to win?  Note none of the Big 3 have been in the Bottom 3 even once so we really don't know what their voting ratio truly is.
3282  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Ultra-portable discussion thread on: April 22, 2009, 08:49:49 PM
Not to get sidetracked from UMPC, but that last note sent me to Archos which I haven't checked out in a while.

They have a nifty add-on that turns the 5" PMP into a full GPS:

http://www.archos.com/products/imt/archos_5/accessories.html?country=us&lang=en&p=gps

$399 for the base unit and $129 for the GPS module, so it's less than the Viliv.

Clearly the Archos line is not as powerful as the Viliv, but in terms of the theoretically most-used elements (PMP, GPS and internet browsing), seems like Archos is not too far behind.
3283  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Ultra-portable discussion thread on: April 22, 2009, 08:41:26 PM
And now the ultra portable thread goes back to.... ultra portable!

http://www.engadget.com/2009/04/19/viliv-s5-pre-order-details-firm-up-599-and-its-yours-may-8th/

http://www.myviliv.com/ces/main_s5.html

No argument here, this thing looks pretty sweet.  But having owned something like this years ago, I have to really question the overall usefulness of such a device.  It's too big to fit in your pocket so it can't replace your phone/PDA.  It has no keyboard so it can't really replace your netbook.  Does that mean it's more or less just a glorified PMP?  Not that $599 is a horrible price for a nice PMP, compared to what Archos and others were charging back in the day.  The touchscreen is certainly cool, but AFAIK, Windows/UMPC guys haven't really used it effectively.  From what I saw in the video, it still looked like a lot of menu manipulation which is not the easiest with fat fingers.

The one feature I see that may take this over the top is GPS.  If it's good enough, this device becomes a nice portable GPS on top of PMP and that makes for a very good value all around.

That said, if Apple were to deliver a device like this in a similar form factor, I could see it as a much stronger competitor in the market - if you take into account full integration with the Apps Store and iTunes.  Full access to tons of media (movie, music, videos and TV shows) and more importantly easy to use Touchscreen based applications, perhaps an enhanced Kindle book reader, and full GPS would be awesome.
3284  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: April 22, 2009, 08:09:30 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on April 22, 2009, 03:36:42 PM

I have to say that when I was watching Kris's performance I immediately thought that rittchard would be swooning in his living room, batting his eyelashes at the TV.  Looks like I was right.   icon_wink 

You hit that dead on the nail!!!  Swoon is the perfect word  icon_razz


P.S. Archie is singing tonight so no more mean snow shovel comments!!!
3285  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: April 22, 2009, 04:34:54 AM
Grrrrrr, netbook ate up my original "live" response.  Back to the Macbook!!

Lil Bigtime - Girlfriend, I was only joking when I suggested I'm Every Woman.  Lookin good, baby goes back to full Whitney mode but only further confirms she is so NOT Whitney.  The song wasn't that great even when Whitney did it, so imagine it kind of a mess with Lil singing a copycat version and that's what you get.  Judges are harsh and tear her apart some more about lack of artistry, she looks like she's gonna cry.  It's like a broken record, I wish they'd stop.  Simon guarantees she's gone so that may help her stay one more week.  Plus she is the VFTW candidate so just maybe...

Kris - oh me oh my, She Works Hard for the Money, whoa.  Kris does a Santana-esque rendition and it completely works.  Great vocals and a great arrangement, really changes the tone and tenor of the song.  Kudos.  And did I mention how yummy he is?  Kris makes me hard... for the money of course.  Judges like it and call it a risk, should buy him another week.  I'd say not too much of a risk since he does everything in his comfort zone in a similar way to what he did a few weeks ago.  Either way he's really established himself as an artist in a way I don't think any of the others have, even Adam.  This bodes well for him as Daughtry was kind of similar in his non-compromising fashion and 4th place didn't hurt him at all.  Plus Kris is about 1000 times cuter.

Goker - singing September in full disco mode.  I thought the vocals were kind of all over the place and he loses notes at times trying to go too hard with them.  He does a little dancin and Gokey-moves for me but all in all I found it kind of forgettable.  I think he's a good singer with a nice raspy voice but with very little real personality.  Judges still love him, Paula is wet with anxiety.

Allison - first time I've really liked her and can see/hear her on the radio.  She takes Hot Stuff and rocks it out Pink style.  I think I like her rock version better than the original.  But... judges don't like the arrangement, huh?  That was my favorite part of it.  I am not hearing the same thing clearly as they loved the Goker.

Slowbert - flip flop flip flop, he's back on slow and conservative.  If I Can't Have You.  It's a great vocal and nice dramatic emoting (I think he's singing it to Kris).  However I think it was a copout on disco week where he could have went 100% all out.  Clearly, he is playing to win, not to show his true colors.  I'm still holding out for a full diva performance in the finals.  That's the only way he'll get my vote.

Matt G - Matt mixes JT with Bee Gees and comes out with a kinda frenetic version of Stayin Alive.  Kinda funny as I originally slated this song for him but moved it to Anoop for fun.  I didn't like it much, though I was glad he did some disco; judges were pretty nice all in all.  Could be enough for a save for one more week?

Anoop - wearing a pink sweater and sporting some hideous facial growth, Anoop goes with a mixed slow/fast tempo mix of a sing which I already forgot only 10 minutes later.  Ack.  I thought the slow part of the vocal was good but the uptempo part made it feel like a mishmash.  Judges like it - except Simon who calls it horrible.

Picking 2 to go is rough this week, as I'd like to see 4 of them go at once.  I don't see any surprises, so Lil, Matt and Anoop should hit the final 3.  Simon was so harsh with Lil and Anoop I don't know where the anti-Simons are going to go.  I'll guess they'll stick with Lil, and both Matt and Anoop will go.
3286  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: April 21, 2009, 11:56:51 PM
Another interesting new release: Underworlds.  Looks like a Diablo clone with lead artist from the original Ultima games...

http://toucharcade.com/2009/04/21/underworlds-rpg-crawls-into-app-store/
3287  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] demon's souls impressions on: April 21, 2009, 10:41:22 PM
Ugh, I just got sucked into this thread and tried to order it off ebay.  Pricey!  And I don't typically like hard games either, so I'm not sure why I am so excited to punish myself with this one.
3288  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 24: Season 7 (spoiler tags are certain!) on: April 21, 2009, 05:34:47 PM
I'm getting a bit sick of "sick Jack" as a plot device.  I thought for sure Cougarette was here to save him but maybe they felt it was too obvious?  There's only a few episodes left, I don't want to see Jack convulsing and spazzing out the rest of it, I want some serious ass kicking and/or torture.


Spoiler for Hiden:
P.S.  Next season is already casting, I read it would take place in New York.  CTU is resurrected.  Chloe, the Prez and Annie all returning.
3289  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CHUCK IS BACK! Chuck vs. The First Date Spoilers! on: April 21, 2009, 05:30:32 PM
Last night's ep was incredible, felt like a series/season finale.  Love the use of Awesome, he finally gets to break out and do something in the show.  I kept trying to figure out if the season was over (thinking maybe Heroes had a 2 hour finale) but then I realized they still have to deal with the wedding.  Nothing better than a wedding for a season finale.  The preview for next week's episode looked pretty "awesome" too.  Can't wait!

Edit: does anyone know why Chuck and Heroes are doing their finales so early (not in May)?
3290  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Battery Fan on MB is spinning very fast emitting a whinning sound. on: April 20, 2009, 10:56:01 PM
I'm also not familiar with a battery fan...

First question: have you checked it wasn't dusty (both on fan blades and exterior areas, as well as the vents on the case)?

Second: might want to play around with Speedfan http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php

Not the easiest thing to use but you can hopefully gain some control over all your fan speeds, presuming it's tied to the motherboard.
3291  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Survivor Tocantins on: April 20, 2009, 09:44:01 PM

Quote from: DragonFyre on April 20, 2009, 09:23:48 PM

Quote from: LoneStarSpur on April 20, 2009, 09:05:13 PM

Just wanted to bump this to marvel at the fact that some indigenous people in South America wanted eat Coach's asshole.  icon_eek

That is one crazy dude.  icon_lol

I haven't watched survivor in ages. What happen?

Nothing really "happened" - but the guy "Coach" is a character who tells many (tall) tales of how he's been through multiple death defying experiences, etc etc.  Most of the remaining players seem to think he's off his rocker since they are somewhat far-fetched, but who knows.  He calls himself the "dragon slayer" and was able to pull off a nice blindside last week of one of my favorite players (grrrr).  I was sure they were going to backstab him but oh well.  He makes the show more watchable as he never seems to shut up and says incredibly annoying things.
3292  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost returns next week! [Spoilers!] on: April 17, 2009, 09:35:32 PM

Quote from: Moliere on April 17, 2009, 08:06:02 PM

Why was Miles offered $1.6 Million to go to the island? That seems like such a random amount. Why not 1.5 or 2?

Shouldn't there be a time warp with future Miles and baby Miles in the same time zone? I thought that's why Charlotte's body disappeared when the island was time jumping and landed at the same time that she was a little girl on the island.

Yeah the specific number seemed neither here nor there, it's not even one of the "numbers" (although 16 is).

I don't think they are going with the rule that future and present bodies can't occupy the same space/time; I believe Daniel already said something about that.  I think Charlotte's body disappeared during the time jump simply because she was dead and the island reclaimed her or something like that.
3293  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost returns next week! [Spoilers!] on: April 17, 2009, 06:42:19 PM
Heh, forgot about that ep title.  Definitely agree Jacob is some sort of key father figure in the endgame.  All our main characters are "Lost" without their daddies, so maybe he has to help them find themselves.  Or something.

Nice episode guide site, and interesting to see the Final 4 eps this season:

 99.   5-14        514     29 Apr 09   The Variable
100.   5-15        515      6 May 09   Follow the Leader
101.   5-16        516     13 May 09   The Incident (1)
102.   5-17        517     13 May 09   The Incident (2)

The Variable - dare we hope for a Desmond sequel to "The Constant" (one of my all time favorite episodes of any show of all time)?

(EDIT:  looks like it will be a Daniel focused episode, oh well.  Still hoping it's a winner!)

Follow the Leader - maybe a Jack episode?  He's been pretty quite this season.  Or more likely Locke...

The Incident - what incident is this referring to? Something we have or haven't seen before?  I'm pretty sure it will involve Dr. Change (I read something in TV Guide).  Didn't they mention the numbers/hatch thing went awry once before?  Will it be an incident that our Losties themselves cause in order to try to get back in their correct time?

Can't believe there's only 4 more.  I love this show so much!
3294  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Demigod on: April 17, 2009, 06:32:20 PM

Quote from: Space Herpes on April 17, 2009, 06:04:55 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on April 17, 2009, 04:54:00 PM

Last game we played I used TB myself to make sure I wasn't just seeing Ring of Fire from the victim's standpoint.  Within 10 minutes the other players pretty much all quit and logged out of the game since it was such BS. frown

Isn't balance pretty much the most difficult thing to get right in these games (strickly gameplay speaking)?  Players always seem to find the one unbalancing power and exploit it.  The heart thing sounds easily fixed, but balance the Demigods will likely take some serious tweeking.  Sins had the same problem with LRM units.  Blizzard constantly tweeks their games for quite some time to balance things out.  Hopefully, the biggest imbalance will get ironed out in a couple of weeks.

Yes, class balance for PvP is tough, particularly when you now mix two styles of play - but still, this game was in Beta for a long time.  You'd think something that sounds fairly obvious like this would have been discovered fairly early on...
3295  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Demigod on: April 16, 2009, 09:18:31 PM

Quote from: Huw the Poo on April 16, 2009, 01:21:35 PM

Thanks for the feedback.  I think I'll give this one a miss, fun as it sounds.  I don't really like playing online unless it's an MMORPG.

In all honesty I've only been playing SP and have already had a lot of fun doing different maps and trying different characters.  It's kind of GW-ish in that respect, except you have even more control over your practice arena and opponents, so you might actually enjoy it.  There are a ton of "achievements" as well, such as beating all the maps, beating opponents X times, etc etc.  I'm having trouble deciding if I should play it out with all the characters and experiment, or focus my attention and practice just getting good at a single character/build (presently I've played a FrostMage type the most).

My biggest problem with the game is the lack of a decent tutorial, and that manual was not very helpful.  There are a lot of details I'm just having to find in the middle of a battle, which is a bit frustrating considering I've played close to maybe 10 hours now.  I didn't find the Store til my 3rd skirmish, the artifact store I was told about for my 4th, I still don't quite know the limits of minions/summoning, I don't know what the favor points mentioned are, etc etc. 

BTW, I believe Fry's has it on sale for $34.99, and I think that's a great price for this game.
3296  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Harper's Island (TV) on: April 16, 2009, 09:10:25 PM
I watched it, seemed OK I guess.  Ratings were decent, it beat out Southland I believe.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Seeing Harry Hamlin get chopped in half was worth the price of entry.

How they are going to get around people dying every episode should be interesting, as once it becomes obvious you'd think everyone would just leave the island.  Unless of course they can't leave the island because it is moving in space/time slywink
3297  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost returns next week! [Spoilers!] on: April 16, 2009, 09:07:29 PM

Quote from: Qantaga on April 16, 2009, 04:18:56 PM

Interesting episode.
       
My favorite moments:
   
1. The reveal of Miles' father.
2. Hurley writing Empire Strikes Back for Lucas, with improvements. smile
3. Juliet saying to Kate, "Now, it starts." (or something to that effect).
4. Daniel returning to the island.

I also liked the "you're just jealous your powers aren't as cool" line.  Decent moments as you mentioned, but overall I was disappointed and for the first time this season a bit bored.  This seemed to hearken back to Season 2 where it was the introductory flashback episode of a character.  At this point they have so few episodes left it doesn't feel like there's enough time for this kind of fill-in backstory.  There was no resolution of his dad issue, we don't know how/why the dad left him as a baby (clearly the mom takes baby back to the mainland, possibly from actions the Losties have set in motion), how/why he got his powers, etc - in other words he still likely has another episode coming, or they'll just drop it all.

Also is it me or does every character in Lost have some sort of deep seeded Daddy issue?  Jack, Claire, Hurley, Sun, Kate, Sawyer, Ben, Locke, Walt/Michael, arguably Penny, now Miles.  For that matter even the ones I don't really remember have fairly absent father figures, like Charlie, Juliet, Desmond, those 2 that died in season 1, Eko, Daniel, etc etc.  These writers are daddy obsessed!  In fact if there is one commonality in all the characters it's their daddy issues.
3298  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: April 16, 2009, 08:58:10 PM
YK I don't necessarily mean screechy as a direct criticism for Adam, maybe I should say "screamy"?  I don't particularly like it when he does it, but he does do a good job of it relatively speaking.  I do think he can get a bit gratuitous with it, like he thinks he needs to throw in an obligatory scream the way Michael Jackson used to throw in a "woohoo".

DISCO week next week, oh my.

Suggestions anyone?

LiL: I'm Every Woman (and by every I mean EVERY) or better yet, Respect (shoving her finger into Simon's ass as she sings it)

Kris: How Deep is Your Love? (I will melt finding out how deep his "love" is, and apparently YK will too)

Allison: Don't Leave Me This Way (because someone has to sing it)

Matt G: Last Dance (because it will be his last chance)

Anoop: Stayin Alive (because that's what he's been doin)

Gokey: Shake Your Groove Thing (so he can shake his big ass some)

Adam:  Far too many choices.  I Will Survive (in Priscilla gear), It's Raining Men (in a glammed out raincoat), I'm Coming Out (sporting Diana Ross wig in his "bravest" performance yet), I'm Every Woman (dressed as Chaka Khan)

VH1's greatest disco songs:  http://www.disco-disco.com/other/vh1.shtml
3299  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: April 15, 2009, 11:58:17 PM

Quote from: iloveplywood on April 15, 2009, 08:41:43 PM

oops I forgot Chris.  He was decent, I didn't think it was a great version of the song, but a good performance.  I'm starting to think he's got a chance to win the whole thing, but I hope not.  Nobody that good looking and talented deserves more good things to happen to them.

Slight derail:  may I just say it's really refreshing when a straight guy can flat out (and comfortably) say/admit another guy is good-looking/handsome/hot or whatever.  I have a straight friend (who knows I'm gay) who always clams up and becomes uncomfortable when the topic is another guy being attractive (he's slowly becoming more OK with it though).  It's kind of funny, since I'm always on the alert for hot chicks and I often have to point them out for him.  Just have to remind people that appreciating beauty/handsomeness/hotness or whatever is not going to turn you gay or straight lol. 

Back OT: Don't think Kris has a chance, Adam has it wrapped up barring a bizarre turn of events.
3300  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Demigod on: April 15, 2009, 08:34:13 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on April 15, 2009, 05:02:39 PM

It's not really a RTS.   It's a lot more like a pvp diablo with a RTS running automatically in the background.  Very fun.

That's the best description of the game I've seen to date!

I had doubts and relatively negative impressions of the game from my first two forays, but last night I finally got into the game deeper and it was a blast.  I can finally start to see what some of the other guys are/were talking about.  That said I still feel like a complete n00b and am leery to get into MP.

Suggestions if you are just starting:

- Choose Single Player skirmish mode and maybe pick a larger map.  If you can, just have yourself and maybe at most 1 more ally facing off against the opponent.  My first 2 games there was just too much going on independent of me, I felt overwhelmed and like I wasn't a part of the game.

- Ignore everything else and spend some time looking at your spell trees so you can start getting an idea of how you want to play or specialize in.

- Mouse over all the nearby structures and see if there is anything interesting.

- Click on the STORE and review all the items for purchase - it took me 3 games to finally find it lol, what an idiot. 

- Mess around with the controls and camera scheme, holding the spacebar down gives you mouse control over the camera, which you'll likely want to use a lot.  I also like panning around with WASD.  Right click does most of the important stuff (move and attack) while left click selects a target or target area after you hit a spell hotkey; unfortunately it doesn't look like you can reverse that to go Diablo style. 

- After all that restart your first real game.
3301  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Heroes Season 3 (spoilers for our less fortunate European friends) on: April 15, 2009, 08:24:07 PM

Quote from: kadnod on April 15, 2009, 07:29:19 PM

Note to Peter Petrelli:

Weather controll beats flight, dumbass!



LMAO, the entire sequence I was literally yelling at the TV, go get Storm's power now!!!!!

3302  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: April 15, 2009, 05:44:29 AM
I was off from the judges tonight, maybe my ears need tuning.

Allison - I really wanted this to be good, and in my imagination it was going to be good, even the preview with QT seemed decent.  But the actual performance sounded horrible to me, lots of voice cracking and off key notes and some parts missing, trying too hard to sound raspy.  I dunno what the judges heard but they loved her.  Simon takes the opportunity to bitchslap Little Big Rounds for no apparent reason (that we know of) by saying Allison is the only good girl.  There's only 2 girls Simon, we all can count.

Gorky - Endless Love?  Biiiiiiiiitttttccchhhh Please!!!  He sang it OK but I swear if he had a tear come down and dedicated it to his dead wife I'd throw a chair through my TV.  Simon nicely tells him he's boring and no David Cook.  Which we all already knew.

Glamby - back to screechy.  So yes we have established he can alternate between screechy and softy.  Any other tricks?  Paula says he's brave.  I call BS again - brave would be to come out in drag and embrace his true self.  Born to Be Wild?  Predictable and safe, and oh yes, screechy.

Anoop Dog - Oh god please not Bryan Adams.   Oh yes baby Everything you do, I do it for Anoop.  Ugh ugh ugh.  He sang it well enough but good god, I can barely stand to hear this song again on this show.  Might buy him out of the bottom 3 though, or at least keep him afloat.

Matt G - speaking of Bryan Adams, am I the only one who hates this song?  I'd actually prefer to hear the Robin Hood one instead.  Hasn't it been sung on Idol like a gazillion times?  Anyway, I thought he did OK but the judges tore him a new one.  I'm hoping this will knock him out this week but who knows. 

Kris - sooooooo adorable, his singing makes me quiver like a little girl.  I love staring at his mouth, mmmm.  Some song I never heard, kind of boring but I thought he sung it with a heartfelt rendition and his voice sounded gorgeous.  Plus points for making a boring song sound good.  Minus points for a boring choice.

Lil Biggie - tries a gospel(?) version of The Rose.  OK the idea sounds good but her "artistry" is simply not up to snuff.  She should let someone else guide her.  It's sad and Simon slaps her around some more.  She tries to defend herself but it's all very awkward, and she mumbles about making it more R&B - huh I thought she said gospel to QT?  Oh well whatever, I thought it was decent and she looked pretty good tonight.  I love how her hair and look changes each week. 


Bottom 3: Matt G, Lil and Anoop.  Matt G goes.  (This is just wishful thinking of course)
3303  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Have you seen Saw? on: April 14, 2009, 09:47:50 PM
I think it would have been more interesting if you got to be Jigsaw and devise ways to torture and maim a bunch of good guys.  Kind of like that dungeon/overlord whatever game but more demented.
3304  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / NBA Playoffs 2009 on: April 14, 2009, 06:15:22 PM
They are almost upon us, any predictions?

Cavs are looking pretty dominant, but can they truly crush Boston when it really counts?  Still comes down to KG's health, I'd say.

My Lakers should still be contenders, but they are filled with holes and weaknesses to exploit (Fisher and Walton to name a couple), and face 2 potentially bad matchups (Utah and Portland) in the first and second rounds.  And even if they can make it, do they have the right stuff to take out Cleveland or Boston?  And don't count Orlando out yet either, who beat the Lakers soundly twice this year.

The West is crazy, it looks like the entire playoff lineup is in flux and won't be settled until Wednesday's games.  Not sure how all the tiebreak scenarios work.
3305  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: April 14, 2009, 06:10:45 PM
Quentin Tarentino is the "mentor" this week for film songs.  I'm not sure what qualifies him, but didn't he also do this once before?

Anyway, here's hoping Adam will sing something from Priscilla Queen of the Desert.
3306  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 24: Season 7 (spoiler tags are certain!) on: April 14, 2009, 06:04:46 PM

Quote from: PaulBot on April 14, 2009, 04:48:52 PM

Quote from: dmd on April 14, 2009, 03:01:19 PM

Looks like Jack is going to have to snap his neck.

Don't jump to conclusions yet. Things aren't always as they seem.

I think the President's daughter is Hodges boss.

Spoiler for Hiden:
So you think they are going to do the fake death thing again (for FBI guy)?  Looked pretty bad.
3307  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Demigod on: April 14, 2009, 06:01:52 PM
Thanks for the manual link, I was just whining elsewhere that I had no idea how to play or what was going on in the game lol.

Did anyone else have a horrible load time to start a battle?  I tried a SP tournament last night and it took like 5-10 minutes to load in.  I actually thought it had crashed.  But then this morning I did a skirmish and it loaded in seconds. 
3308  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Ultra-portable discussion thread on: April 13, 2009, 08:29:46 PM
What is a "runty" desktop lol?
3309  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Demigod on: April 13, 2009, 08:27:31 PM
That's odd, they made a big fuss about shutting down servers until release date on Tuesday, oh well.

Is there any offline or single player campaign mode, etc?
3310  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies on: April 13, 2009, 08:21:52 PM
That's funny, I was going to start a thread on this but forgot.  I went to buy it last week and it was sold out everywhere near me, and online it was backordered as well.  Finally settled on the Kindle version for now, though eventually I'll probably pick up the book since it has some cool illustrations  thumbsup
3311  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Heroes Season 3 (spoilers for our less fortunate European friends) on: April 10, 2009, 09:06:39 PM

Quote from: Fellow on April 10, 2009, 07:54:36 PM

I think the biggest issue that I'm struggling with is the direction. They've shifted gears so many times within this season (right down to the personalities of the cast), and most of last season as well, that I'm not exactly sure where any of it is headed anymore. And I don't think they do either. It's like they had several individuals in charge, each having a different idea of where things should go towards, and then when the changing of the guards occurred, so did the direction of the story. It all just feels so disjointed and lacking any semblance of cohesiveness.

Having said that, I've noticed the characters to be a bit more ground to earth and actually behaving the way they used to since Fuller came back into the picture, so hopefully in the next Season, if there's still to be one, they'll actually have an overarching plot again.

I don't think it's "like" what you described above - it is EXACTLY what you described above that happened.  I think they changed exec producers once or twice, fired people, etc etc. and only the last few episodes were stabilized with (I believe) some of the original staff.  They did announce they were picked up again for next season.

http://tvbythenumbers.com/2009/03/05/nbc-exec-heroes-definitely-back-for-fall/13983
3312  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost returns next week! [Spoilers!] on: April 10, 2009, 06:21:14 PM

Quote from: naednek on April 10, 2009, 03:48:53 PM

I think Locke is actually Jacob.

That would be an interesting twist, I presume you mean new/undead/rezzed Locke?  Because otherwise you'd have to explain why old Locke was going to visit Jacob on a number of occasions.  Unless it was a journey to "find himself" slywink

In other random rumors, I saw a note on some guy who has been cast - rumor is that he may be playing Jacob.

Also rumored, Juliette may be going soon - as she was cast on the new V series.
3313  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Windows 7 Beta on: April 10, 2009, 06:18:06 PM

Quote from: ibdoomed on April 10, 2009, 05:41:49 PM

You got PM Ritt.

Thx!

Just read the RC/Vista upgrade info, I see what you all mean about waiting.  I read one rumor that it was actually due out today, but most others were saying May.  I don't think I can stand another month of Vista on my netbook lol, the load time is just torturous.
3314  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: April 10, 2009, 06:14:56 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on April 10, 2009, 05:47:02 PM

The thing that may derail Adam is the stupid sappy song that wins the song writing contest.  Can you see him singing "This is my now" that Cook and Archie had to sing last year?  On second thought it could be cool to see what he does with it. 

I actually think he would do a bang up job.  Keep in mind he is GAY, and those songs are UBER gay to the 10th power.  His whole background is theatrical so I'd say it's much easier for him to "transform" and absorb a gayish-girly song than someone like, say, Daughtry.  Remember Cook was also theatrically trained but trying to maintain a rocker-ish image.  This is why he was able to win last year because he had a lot of that inner-theatrics in him as well.  All he has to do is sing about half of it normal and then screech for a minute or two - cue applause and rabid Paula/Kara praise.  Or do his Mark II image, and sing the whole thing mellowed out in falsetto. 
3315  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Windows 7 Beta on: April 10, 2009, 04:01:04 PM

Quote from: Destructor on April 10, 2009, 01:54:25 AM

Actually, I thought that the only version they offered was a 64-bit version... I need to fire up my AA1 and take a look.

Nope, there were definitely two different pull-downs at the time, one for 32 and one for 64-bit.  I tried installing the 64-bit version but apparently the Atom is only 32-bit.
3316  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Windows 7 Beta on: April 09, 2009, 11:05:05 PM
Does anyone have access to or know where I can access/download the 32-bit version of the Win 7 beta?  I only grabbed the 64-bit at the time of release and now apparently the download is gone, but I can still get a 32-bit key.  Would like to try it on a netbook.
3317  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NBC]Southland on: April 09, 2009, 09:08:50 PM

Quote from: depward on April 09, 2009, 08:45:34 PM

Looking forward to watching it.  I liked the first season of the OC (OMG RYAAAAN!) and I like Benjamin whateverhisnameis.  SO I'll give it a shot.

He's soooooooo dreamy smile

I also like Shawn Hatosy and Tom Everett Scott so I'm gonna get my fill of love from the show.
3318  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Ultra-portable discussion thread on: April 09, 2009, 06:29:28 PM
Side note: I was able to use DX9res from this site:

http://www.kegetys.net/misc/

to "override" the resolution setting in Elven Legacy.  In order to get it working properly I had to also change the setting in one of the game video cfg files.  But after that, game played great and looked fine! 

Note this was on the N10J with the 9300M GS processor active, I don't know if it would also work for the GMA950.  Though the Intel chip seems to have its own set of solutions for this.
3319  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: April 09, 2009, 06:16:18 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on April 09, 2009, 04:47:33 PM

Quote from: PaulBot on April 09, 2009, 04:34:53 PM

I still think Danny & Adam are driving steamrollers and everyone else is doomed to be squished.

I'm not so sure about Danny's steamroller. He is less impressive every week, where Adam keeps impressing.

I agree with this, he's getting pretty dull and predictable.  Though in this sad bunch who would you replace him with in the Final 2?

Anoop - fodder, should be gone soon

Matt - every time he makes his "sexy face" I want to puke (he did it during the group song last night), one more misstep and he should be gone (more Coldplay!)

Big Rounds - already covered, not top material and is fading fast

That leaves Kris and Allison.  As cute as he is, and even with a couple good showings of artistry, I never pegged Kris for Final 2 material.  Maybe Final 4 if he's lucky.  Allison would be the ideal candidate for F2.  The judges love her, she can be cloned into Kelly Clarkson as she's young and marketable and does indeed have a good stage/singing presence.  Honestly I think the girl just needs a good makeover.  The whacked out pink hair and bizarre wardrobe does nothing to make her doofy face look any better.  Jordin Sparks was not the best looking girl out there, but they managed to make her look pretty good a few times.  My guess is she has the highest percent chance of getting the Judges save if she screws up in the next week or 2.

So more than likely it will be Gokey and Glambert to the end, with Glammy taking the win.  Yawn.  My only hope for excitement is for Glammy to come out in drag for one of the performances, with Paula and Kara start screaming "You Go Girl!"


P.S.  Sorry Scotty, but you had to go.  They played a clip of his song on the radio this morning and omg it was fully cringe-worthy.  I thought he was fun, but sadly he was just OK as a singer, all sorts of pitch problems and bad notes they let him get away with. 
3320  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost returns next week! [Spoilers!] on: April 09, 2009, 06:04:53 PM

Quote from: Eel Snave on April 09, 2009, 05:56:01 PM

I think it's really Locke.  For instance, Christian has always been a little esoteric and mysterious, while John went out of his way to tell Sun that it's really him.

Michael Emerson is a fantastic actor.  I thought he knocked it out of the park.  I loved how he actually seemed out of his element.  Normally, he always seems in control, even when it doesn't look like he is.  However, I knew throughout the entire episode that he was totally freaked.  He was trying to get back in control (like by killing Cesar), but he just couldn't.  In his facial expressions, his tics, all those subtle clues, he blew me away.

I was thinking the same thing the whole episode.  He's always been a great actor, but this one really was a showcase for all sorts of acting styles and reactions.  As you said his various facial expressions were spot on throughout all the sequences, and there were a ton.  Though the younger version of him with hair was a little tough to swallow  icon_razz  The whole episode just felt so... full, in a great way, it was like watching the entire series and filling in all the blanks.  I realize not many blanks were actually filled, but it felt like it, so that was wonderful. 

Not sure what was up with Jordin Sparks going Warlord, but as mentioned my guess is she is Widmore related.

P.S.  Anyone read ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics?

Spoiler for Hiden:
Though I was very happy Penny didn't die, the whole sequence where he goes to kill her played out almost 100% as I imagined it, so I was a bit disappointed.  It just felt too predictable, although I'm glad of the outcome.

I loved mean Alex at the end giving Ben the bitchslap.  Nice!

More ANUBIS baby!!!

I just realized some of my spoiler points were already spoiled.  What is our spoiler etiquette for this thread, since it already does say spoilers in the title?
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