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3561  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 24: Season 7 (spoiler tags are certain!) on: March 17, 2009, 09:50:23 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on March 17, 2009, 07:38:08 PM

24 lesson of the day:

You must have a level 6 clearance to decrypt a Blowfish 146 encryption scheme. Without a level 6 clearance, you end up standing around looking like a clueless douche.

Poor Janeane Garofolo, what the heck is she doing in this show!!

I love that it only takes a minute to decrypt the encryption, which apparently required only the use of a simple password.  I guess no one wanted to document this so that others might also be able to decrypt it.  I suppose that's what the whole level 6 clearance is about.
3562  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPhone 3.0 Finally. on: March 17, 2009, 09:46:34 PM

Quote from: Geezer on March 17, 2009, 09:28:45 PM

So when is this update supposed to be available?

Summer time for the masses!

Developer's beta version I think is available now or soon...
3563  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Dell's Adamo Announced - Huh? on: March 17, 2009, 09:45:49 PM
http://www.engadget.com/2009/03/17/dell-adamo-announced-1-2ghz-core-2-duo-1-999/

Sometimes a new piece of tech is announced and just leaves me a bit stumped.  After a year plus in a class of its own, the MBA and Apple are probably giggling at this latest "reveal" from the competition.  Dell's Adamo has a far inferior processor and inferior graphics chipset plus it's a full pound heavier.  At $2000.  WTF was Dell thinking?

I guess it looks kinda cool besides the funny butt sticking out.  Other than that I don't get it.  They are calling it the world's thinnest laptop so it probably wants some props for that.  But making it super thin and yet 1 pound heavier seems even more strange.
3564  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: 8800gt to 9800gt Worth it?? on: March 17, 2009, 09:08:02 PM
Personally I'd say it's not worth it - I  would do it for the 9800GTX or even better the 9800GTX+ if you are willing to get into the $150+ range.  Or better yet the GTX 260 or ATI HD 4870 if you are willing to go even a little higher.  I'm not a big ATI fan, but the ATI HD 4850 may be worth considering if you want to save more ($130).

Comparison here:

http://xtreview.com/review229.htm

As far as the power supply, I'm not sure.  I can't remember which of the newer cards need the dual power cables.  Pretty sure the 9800 GT would not need it but like Atomic said, I don't think you'll be getting much out of it.
3565  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: March 17, 2009, 08:54:28 PM

Quote from: skystride on March 17, 2009, 07:26:41 PM

Are there any killer apps for the iphone yet or on the horizon?  Judging from this thread, it sounds like mostly mini games and games on the go but nothing that makes me want to buy hardware.

I wouldn't call any of the apps "killer" yet, but it is definitely amazing how much high quality software has been released for the device in such a short period of time.  www.toucharcade.com is probably the best source of iPhone/touch games and releases.

One of the coolest things about the device is something I mentioned a long time ago and people poopooed me - the interface.  Because there are no real buttons, the interface to any game is limited primarily by the developers' imagination, and this has proven to allow for all sorts of interesting dynamics once you combine touches, gestures, accelerometer, soft-buttons, etc.  So even the most basic of mini-games take on a new dynamic.  For instance in the skee-ball game I am addicted to, you swipe to launch the ball, but you can tilt the device to get some english on it, kind of the way you tilt your body while actually playing skeeball.  The physics combined with the unique accelerometer action take the game almost to a Wii-like level, but portable in your hand.  Same goes with a recent bowling app, which allows you to swing the iPhone like a Wii remote (or swipe on the screen) depending on your mood.

But even with all the mini games, the different ports of great older mobile games (like Puzzle Quest, The Quest and Rogue Touch) as well as new "lite" releases like Force Unleashed, Spore and Sims 3, we are still just scratching the surface.  With a user base of 30 million and growing, plus all the new features upcoming with the 3.0 OS, things are only gonna get crazier and "always online" is poised to revolutionize portable gaming.  As I said a while back, I think the first devs that can release a great MMO concept on this platform is going to be crazy rich.
3566  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPhone 3.0 Finally. on: March 17, 2009, 06:27:07 PM
My favorite screenie is the cut and paste demo:

"Flight: Oceanic 815"
3567  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPhone 3.0 Finally. on: March 17, 2009, 06:23:21 PM
Removed my original thread (posted at EXACTLY the same time) to avoid dueling threads:

Quote
Hooray!  Looks like they are FINALLY fixing up the biggest missing features from the past 2 years:

MMS
Cut and Paste
Landscape mode

While it's mind boggling why these things were never in the original release, I'm just thankful they are finally coming to put it to rest.

Some other notable additions:

In-app payments (mo money mo money but should help things like Kindle)
Push notifications
peer to peer features

Check out:

http://live.gizmodo.com/

while it's still hot.
3568  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPhone 3.0 Finally. on: March 17, 2009, 06:21:50 PM
lmao I posted just as you did!  But you win!!!
3569  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 24: Season 7 (spoiler tags are certain!) on: March 17, 2009, 06:15:35 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on March 17, 2009, 06:09:54 PM

Okay, for some weird-ass reason I didn't see it coming when the one character got whacked last night. Should have known, somehow didn't. I really liked it overall though but I want Freckles Bauer... back in the field. That's it. I want her back in the field. Not on her back in a field. Just so we're clear.

I had the exact same experience!  It was interesting how the episode kind of lulled you into the feeling it was going to be a non-action episode, more drama and exposition and setup.  And then in the last few minutes, whammo!  Totally caught me off guard and made me feel stupid for getting caught off guard.  Also surprised he already took out that super agent.  Great fight scene btw, and +points for excellent building flipping skills  thumbsup  Also looking forward to getting freckles back in action, as well as Chloe back on a computer.  Stupid FBI toolz!!!
3570  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: March 17, 2009, 06:06:19 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on March 14, 2009, 07:04:51 PM


- Eliminate theme weeks. I could have sworn before this season started one of the big changes they said was coming was the elimination of theme weeks. And what do we get right off the bat? Michael Jackson week. If you want the contestants to stop singing so old-fashioned, stop forcing them to pick songs from the goddamn Barbra Streisand song book. If a video game like Rock Band can afford to license contemporary songs, surely to God one of the highest rated shows on TV can afford to shell out for artists from this decade.


I think I strained my eyes by excessive rolling after they announced last weeks theme, I hate their themes.
[/quote]

I'm sure you'll all love this week's theme then:  GRAND OLE OPRY!!!!!!!!!!!  YEEEEEEEEEEEEHHHAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!

Prediction:  Bye Bye Anoop.
3571  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Survivor Tocantins on: March 17, 2009, 06:03:08 PM
Was wondering if I was the only one watching this season.  Thus far I'm enjoying it, though maybe not as much as last season. 

Editing on last week's episode seemed off to me though.  I felt bad for the cutie blond gay boy getting kicked off, seemed out of the blue to me.  It was hard to tell from the editing why everyone was so pissed off at each other, both during and after the challenge.  If they were going strictly for usefulness, why not dump the supermodel?  I didn't see her do a thing.  And why was Taj going off on Joe?  And how did she manage to stay in after that tirade plus not being close to anyone?  Also, how did the other team pick up so easily on the possible alliance between HunkGuy (forgot his name) and Taj/Stephen?  Lots of oddities in the episode with much less of the "setup" editing they generally do.

Let's review the contestants I can remember:  Coach is an annoying tool, but he makes for good TV.  Joe is also a tool, but is incredibly boring and somehow under the radar (may go far).  I love JT's competitive nature (broken tooth?  who cares!) and cute Southern accent.  HunkGuy has an awesome body and looks like a strong overall competitor (about time to blindside him).  I like the possibility of the 4-way alliance but agree it will likely unravel sooner rather than later.  Stephen is cute in a puppy dog kind of way.  Taj is just good TV but her blowup last week may be a bad sign.  NakedGuy is funny but I'm not sure what to make of him.  ModelGirl is gorgeous but pretty much just eye candy.  SkinnyGirl is interesting in a fodder-no-chance-to-win sort of way.  I think there's some other ugly chick and someone else I'm forgetting, but neither seems interesting.  Can't wait for a merge.
3572  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: March 16, 2009, 09:39:18 PM
2 recent "casual" games I'm really enjoying:

10 Balls, 7 Cups - skeeball game.  They did a wonderful job with this, very addictive. 

Word Fu - Boggle like game with kung fu sound effects. 
3573  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Ultra-portable discussion thread on: March 16, 2009, 09:15:38 PM
Another new announcement from MSI, they just seem to keep em coming don't they?

http://global.msi.com.tw/index.php?func=newsdesc&news_no=752

This one looks intriguing, using the Radeon HD3200 for graphics and still boasting 9 hours battery life... we'll see!
3574  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: March 13, 2009, 10:13:57 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on March 13, 2009, 09:34:15 PM

Give me my reality TV while maintaining an illusion of reality. Don't flaunt your manipulation in my face. 

Lol, yeah.  It would be like Jeff Probst announcing on Survivor that he could give a special Probst Immunity Prize (PIP) to any player he wanted and save them for the week - then they'd vote off 2 contestants the next week!  So after hours of manipulation and backstab plotting, Jeff could negate it on a whim.  Woohoo!!  Speaking of which why is there no Survivor thread this season?

The more I think about it, the less I like it.  If they end up using it and it becomes the final 5 I predicted earlier I think I'll be pretty disgusted. 
3575  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Chronicles of Spellborn is out! on: March 13, 2009, 10:08:38 PM
Looks like North American Closed Beta / Acclaim servers are finally coming around for this game.

http://tcospellborn.com/2009/03/13/acclaims-spellborn-closed-beta-started/
3576  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It was all Rihanna's fault............. on: March 13, 2009, 08:22:00 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on March 13, 2009, 07:36:57 PM

That's a sad state of affairs that anyone would think that anything short of a physical attack by Rihanna would be deserving of Brown's response.

I heard rumors that she did physically strike him first and perhaps bit him or something like that.  I'm not saying I believe any of it, and the beating she took looked horrible - but it is interesting how in general, we all presume the male is completely at fault. 
3577  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: How long will my system last? on: March 13, 2009, 06:04:11 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on March 13, 2009, 02:05:20 AM

Let me ask you..how is your cpu at 3.0 ghz? Mine is 3.0 ghz too but its a E8400.

I'm pretty sure the E8400 is/was the slightly newer version of the E6850.  I think the E8400 uses a newer process, so probably consumes a little less power.  (Edit: yeah I was right, the E8400 is the 45nm Wolfdale, E6850 is the 65nm Conroe).  Not much difference otehrwise.

http://en.expreview.com/2007/11/30/reviewintel-45nm-wolfdale-processor-core-2-duo-e8400.html/5

- - -

As for the general upgrading discussion, it really seems like devs have gone the Blizzard path and are tailoring all their releases to the lower/mid graphics range.  The other factor is simultaneous console/PC development, which inherently means games are tailored to using the Xbox 360 hardware.  Which pretty much means high end graphics cards are really not what they once were.  I think Crysis was really the last major release that was pushing people to upgrade.  I took a brief look at the PC games being released this year and really saw nothing that looked like it was going to be an issue.  It looks like the days where software developers pushed the hardware guys to their limits (forcing us to upgrade) are pretty much over.
3578  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: How long will my system last? on: March 13, 2009, 12:07:52 AM
Ah ha, OK.  I definitely agree the processor should be fine for quite a while. 

For the graphics card replacement, I generally like looking at Tom's Hardware's best buy for the price article:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-radeon,2151-3.html

It looks like if you are willing to spend $180-200, the hot card right now is actually the ATI HD 4870.  I'm personally an nVidia fanboy but I think a lot of folk are going with the ATI these days, and it supposedly competes performance wise with the GTX 285!

Prices are definitely comparable at Newegg:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102810

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130464 (this one has a rebate that brings it $20 down)
3579  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: March 12, 2009, 11:42:33 PM
OMG, the VFTW guy's review of last night's ep is pretty funny:

http://votefortheworst.com/blogs/professor_chan/20090311/final_13_results_introducing_anti_vote_worst_rule


Edit:  BTW if you are ever in the mood for a laugh and want to see some of the meanest, bitchiest forumgoers anywhere, check out the forums in this website.  Man these people are harsh, they make the lot of us seem like Paula.
3580  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: How long will my system last? on: March 12, 2009, 10:30:27 PM
"How long will my system last?" 1 month!

Just kidding, you know right now it's a tough call with games.  A lot of it is eye of the beholder type of stuff.  I read somewhere some people don't consider a game "playable" unless it is over 50fps.  Myself, I regularly play games at 30fps or less and it doesn't bother me at all.  I do prefer to play in the highest resolution possible for my monitor.  Looking down the horizon, I haven't really read about any particular must have game that's going to be a GPU killer.  Is there any game in particular you are concerned about?

I'm not sure exactly what you are asking (I'm presuming you've listed your current system and not a full system you were planning to purchase?), but going to a GTX260 would certainly be a significant upgrade, the only question is whether you think it's worth $180.  CPU is pretty important in gaming these days, but you've got a fast one already and could likely overclock if you were concerned.  Not many games are taking advantage of quad core yet (that I'm aware of anyway).

Anywaym just for clarity, are you looking to upgrade in pieces, or buy a brand new machine?  And in either case, about how much are you willing/able to spend?
3581  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Kindle on: March 12, 2009, 06:34:03 PM

Quote from: Crux on March 12, 2009, 03:02:44 AM

Quote from: rittchard on March 09, 2009, 09:28:03 PM

I firmly believe if Kindle was selling at $99 or below, it would be a mass market product.


I hear you. I firmly believe if the Nissan GT-R was selling at $25k or below, it would be a mass market product too!

Ok....  I assume this was meant to be funny which I guess it is, kind of... errr, damn that car is very nice.  The analogy doesn't work well though.  Maybe if you compared it to the Chevy Volt or something it would make more sense, i.e. a game-changing technology that everyone could go for if it were far cheaper.

This is a device that ostensibly is meant to provide a venue into the every day world of books, magazines and newspapers.  It is a serious contender for replacing an entire physical medium (newspapers/magazines) and changing the way people access news and written content.  I could envision one of these (or something like it) on everyone's breakfast table, eventually replacing the conventional physical newspaper.  Not that I want to kill physical newspapers, but clearly they are on their way out.  At $99 I could envision this (or something like it) selling into the tens of millions and killing the paper-based medium.
3582  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: March 12, 2009, 06:20:51 PM
SO which thread do you guys want to use?  I'm game for either, just let me know smile

PRG was a clear loser so no surprise.  I still thought Jasmine did a better job vocally than many of the others, but perhaps her votes were split to Lil Rounds, and she really didn't stand out enough.  It was just a matter of time either way.  

I love Megan, but it looks like her days are numbered.  I wish she'd let me pick songs for her.  Anoop I wouldn't be surprised if he goes next week.  The 2 white guys will eventually cancel each other out.  Personally I think Kris is far cuter but neither will last too long.  Sarver is just an adorable hunk of beef, but really his singing is just OK.  Blindy I believe will have to go sooner rather than later.  Watching him do the group singing/dancing things is getting torturous already.  If his singing was actually far exceptional, that would be one thing, but he's already shown he's just OK.

So the real battle will be between the judges' favorites, and with the new saving rule I wouldn't be surprised if this ends up the final 5:

Adam, Gokey, Allison, Pinky and Lil Rounds.

I think Adam's gayosity will eventually keep him from winning it all or even making the finals.  Lil Rounds is going to have to step it up to impress me.  She's more likable but thus far less talented than Fantasia.  I think Pinky has great energy and is very cute, but I'm not too sure about her talent.  Allison sings well but I don't like her, still she's young and is kind of like an uglier Kelly Clarkson.  So Gokey remains the one to beat.  I'll predict Gokey vs Allison in the finals, and Gokey wins.

I like the idea of the hidden immunity idol, I mean the judges' save, but I'm dreading having to hear Ryan ask the judges week after week if they want to save someone and explain it over and over again ad nauseum.  Not to mention watching the contestant get voted out by America, have to sing through it, and then get re-bitch slapped by the judges.  Ugh.
3583  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Warhammer Bitter Rivals on: March 11, 2009, 06:16:37 PM
State of the game here:

http://herald.warhammeronline.com/warherald/NewsArticle.war?id=693
3584  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Idol: The Final 13 on: March 11, 2009, 06:03:59 PM
I'm pretty sure Jorge (PRG) is done, and possibly Anoop with him.  I don't get why the judges hated on Anoop so much, he pretty much did the same thing he did with My Prerogative that they seemed to love the last 2 times.  Whatever.  I thought Jasmine did a very decent job with her Mariah-ized I'll Be There, but agree she is vulnerable.  Not sure about my cutie Kris, I thought he did a nice job and he is just frickin adorable with the guitar and all.  But definitely a negative reveal on him being married lol.  I didn't like Matt Giraud at all, but seemed like the judges did.  Blindy picked a boring song and to my surprise actually got punished for it.  Interesting.  

In spite of my distaste for Adam, I actually thought he did a good job with Black or White (except for the screeches at the end).  There was a bit of a bitter edge to it which I thought came from the "outing" he had during the week.  I'll be very interested to see how far he goes.  Presently he has the judges in his hands, but public favor could turn on him pretty quick.  I thought Danny did a great job with PYT, I never realized the song could be sung in a raspy voice like that; 2 cool points.  The weird hair chick was good but I don't like her personality or attitude at all; she seems like a drugged out teen at times, though maybe she's just overwhelmed.  Looks like the judges love her so she'll continue to do well but bleh for me.  I continue to love Megan though I can see how people may just not like her style, personally I think she's adorable and I love her voice.  I actually was disappointed in Lil Rounds, I thought the judges were way too easy on her.  I can't even remember what she sang now but I remember being underwhelmed.  Same comment for the last girl, she looked cool but her Dirty Diana was kind of a mess if you ask me.

The judges are whacked out for the most part, and the 4 judge structure is just not working.  Kara was good in the audition stage but now she just seems be sucked into the same sycophantic puppet role as Paula, albeit a bit more well-spoken.  I hate how they just go all lovefest on their favorites, but whatever.

Based on judging, I'll guess Anoop and PRG are done.
3585  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Live Action TV Series begins casting on: March 11, 2009, 05:50:59 PM
Which Firefly castaway will get to be on this show?  I vote Nathan Fillion after Castle gets cancelled!
3586  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Heroes Season 3 (spoilers for our less fortunate European friends) on: March 11, 2009, 05:50:08 PM

Quote from: kadnod on March 11, 2009, 03:28:39 PM


Claire storyline continues to be boring.  The comic book store scene was sort of funny, but I didn't get exactly why she wanted to work there.  Hopefully her side adventures are over now.


So that she could have 10 uber-stereotypical comic book nerds stare at her for 8 hours a day? 

3587  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Warhammer Bitter Rivals on: March 10, 2009, 09:11:15 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on March 10, 2009, 06:55:04 PM

When does the general public get access to the classes without a quest? Thats when I plan to return. If I can find a big crowded server to join.

One more week and classes are open to all.

It's been mentioned elsewhere, but if you want to join some of the remnant players here, we are on:

Order - Ostermark  (Roleplay)
Destro - Dark Crag  (Open PvP)

In general, Dark Crag looks to be a more active server (more people), though this may change with the recent server transfers.  Our guild is much smaller on DC.
3588  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Heroes Season 3 (spoilers for our less fortunate European friends) on: March 10, 2009, 06:26:21 PM

Quote from: The Grue on March 04, 2009, 09:36:50 PM

Quote from: rittchard on February 17, 2009, 09:44:54 PM

and presumable fugitives on the run from the govt should not have easy access to flights out of the country.

We accept people can time travel and fly and yet this is your sticking point.  Really?  Really?  Why can't you just let that slide as another aspect of the fact that this is a fictional television show?

Just saw this comment.  I was making the point that the writing on this show is completely inconsistent and all over the place, almost like a writer one week hasn't seen the previous week's episode, let alone the previous season's shows.  One moment they are presumably trying to create a feel of "realism" and danger for (self titled season) FUGITIVES, the next they totally ignore this and have people flying all over the place, or in the case I was referring to, they may as well have just teleported.  One moment Matt can turn 3 or 4 trained military units to kill each other and everyone around, the next he has to struggle to control 2 people.  The writers do whatever they feel like whenever they feel like to create "scenes" and moments they think will be interesting with disregard to what's been shown in the past; it's insulting to an audience that watches with their brains turned on. 

Yes, this is a fictional television show and they can do whatever they want, but that doesn't mean the writing and storylines can't be self consistent. 



P.S.  Agree with LoneStarSpur!!
3589  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 24: Season 7 (spoiler tags are certain!) on: March 10, 2009, 06:16:29 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on March 03, 2009, 11:34:14 PM

I have a bad feeling Bill Buchanan may not make it through this season.

I blame Jimmy the Fish for this!!!!!!!!    icon_eek icon_eek
3590  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Warhammer Bitter Rivals on: March 10, 2009, 06:12:13 PM
Servers down now and anyone who completed Bitter Rivals should be able to create Slayer or Choppa tonight (hopefully).
3591  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Phantasy Star Universe Portable screens on: March 10, 2009, 06:08:28 PM
depward convinced me!  I picked it up but haven't had time to try it out yet.

Sorry for the newb question but what is the difference between ad hoc and infrastructure?  I was under the impression ad hoc was "online play" but denoginizer seems to imply it isn't.
3592  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Phantasy Star Universe Portable screens on: March 09, 2009, 10:20:49 PM
Anybody pick this up?
3593  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Kindle on: March 09, 2009, 09:28:03 PM

Quote from: Chaz on March 07, 2009, 07:30:21 PM

Quote from: mikeg on March 07, 2009, 05:43:33 PM

I would agree on the Ipod app.  If you already own an Ipod and read in spurts rather than in long extended curl-up-with-book sessions, you could definitely get by with that.  I don't have an Ipod, and won't be getting one, or I would have tried it out before I purchased a Kindle. 

I think if you only read in spurts, you're probably not a potential Kindle buyer anyway.

I'd disagree.  I think in theory, *anyone* who reads anything at all (books, magazines, newspapers, even news articles or blogs online) should be a potential Kindle buyer - at least if I were marketing the product, I'd want to market it that way.  The one stop shop to read anything and everything, not just books.  As newspapers and magazines move into the sunset, people will still want to read new content on a regular basis, and this is one device poised to deliver it in an attractive and easy manner.  I firmly believe if Kindle was selling at $99 or below, it would be a mass market product.

- - -

I also tried the Kindle app for iPhone over the weekend and loved it.  Would be nice to have the purchasing integrated into the app, but I believe/hope that should just be a matter of time.  It was easy enough to go on the website (from the iPhone) to purchase books.  Actually a little too easy with one-click shopping.  In moments I had purchased 2 books.  As suggested above, it's great to read in spurts, and I was actually mesmerized for quite some time while brushing my teeth lol.  I couldn't put it down and ended up reading like 10 minutes or so.
3594  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: March 06, 2009, 09:47:29 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on March 06, 2009, 09:10:34 PM

I really like Megan's voice. I must be weird. However, I don't think she is going to last long. She certainly would not be considered a favorite.

Well then I am too, because I love her voice as well.  And I like the weird "dance" quirks as well.  But agreed she won't last long smile
3595  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: March 06, 2009, 07:33:25 PM
Hey, my 3 guesses were all correct, hooray!  Didn't expect the 13th one though.  I wonder if it's basically a "correction" to the Top 12 the judges wanted.  My guess is probably Sarver and/or cutie Kris were not projected to make it (most likely Sarver).

I love Megan, with her weird quirkiness I just think she's so much more interesting than many of the girls who have come and gone.  She gives me kind of an Alanis vibe, but much younger and less angry.  Or kind of like that chick who sang "What I am is what I am" a long time ago.  In fact I think that would be a perfect song for her.  I can see her being a one hit wonder. 

So any early predictions?

My guess is Gokey and Lil are sure things for Final 4 if the judges have any say.  Originally I would have said emo-guy (Adam) but I just saw some horrid pictures of him smooching different creepy guys on the web, and even as a gay guy, it kind of grossed me out.  Unless he comes clean and goes all "out" (no pun intended), I think this will eventually kill him.  Then again, maybe I underestimate the public (though I was correct about that stripper guy last season, just took a couple weeks).  The purple/red hair girl (Allison) they seem to love too even though I can't stand her, so that would be my original guess for Final 4.  Maybe the blond girl can knock Emo guy out if the internet stuff plagues him or his uber gayosity does.  I don't think Lil is special enough to win, which likely leaves Gokey unless purple girl or blondie can pull a Jordin or Kelly like growth spurt.  I could see Gokey singing some sob song in the final like Tears From Heaven or Candle in the Wind and kicking them to the curb though, all the tweens and cougars crying their eyes out as they dial for him.  So if I had to guess right now, I'd go with Gokey.

While I like Anoop and am always supportive of more international contestants, he still feels a bit awkward to me trying to be a "brotha" singing soul.  I don't know, I think his time is limited, maybe Top 8ish (didn't Sanjaya make it to 8?).  Blindy is an X-Factor.  He's had so much promotion now that could roll him a lot further than his actual singing, possibly even into the Final 4.  Even Simon has to be careful about being too mean to a blind guy, so feedback will be interesting.  But let's face it, he's had plenty of off key moments and almost no one said a thing about it.  And I hate to admit it, but when the camera focuses in on him I get a bit uncomfortable. Eventually his singing and awkwardness will run out of charm, people will feel horrible about themselves but relieved he's gone.  I'll put him in the same category as Anoop (middle range), but likely higher (top 6).

Fodder:  Sarver, Kris Allen, the JT wannabe, PRG.  I hope my cutie Kris makes the top 10 so he can go on tour; that would be about the best I can see him doing.  I love Jasmine but she continues to disappoint me with her song choices.  Unless something changes drastically she may go quick, possibly even first.  PRG is interesting but his heavy accent will kill him eventually.  While I personally love Megan, I think she might be too quirky and polarizing to the audience.  Should make Top 10, but maybe not much further than that.
3596  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost returns next week! [Spoilers!] on: March 06, 2009, 12:49:08 AM

Quote from: mikeg on March 05, 2009, 11:27:06 PM

While I am enjoying it like any true Lost fan, I gotta admit it is as convoluted as the Stimulus Bill.  No telling where it will go, but I know one thing, Sawyer is screwed.  And lucky.  Has been with both Kate and the Doc.  But now that Kate is back that is gonna really get complicated.  My oh my. 

Can you say.... 3-way!!!  Or even better, 4-way with Jack!!!  Oh baby!

In other unrelated news, I just noticed I am a GT SENIOR Member now, yay me!!!
3597  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost returns next week! [Spoilers!] on: March 05, 2009, 07:42:04 PM

Quote from: LoneStarSpur on March 05, 2009, 04:40:02 PM

OK, so just wtf was *that* all about?!?! (March 4 episode)

Another AWESOME episode lol.  But you gotta keep your brain on overdrive to keep up with it.

Spoiler synopsis:

Spoiler for Hiden:
I'll give a synopsis a try: The final time jump (right before the one that zaps them way to the past - 4 toed statues anyone?) takes our island group to 1974.  Once there, they bump into Michelle (from 24) whose husband just died.  They save her and she takes them to the newfound Dharma.  Our new leader Sawyer buys time to stay in Dharma through an excellent turn of events involving Richard (great scene in that confrontation where for once, our heroes get to be the cryptic people with all the weird info).  Over the course of 3 years (presumably to match the physical amount of time that has passed off the island for our other adventurers in Team Jack), Sawyer takes over as head of security, and he and Juliet fall in love.  Michelle gets with creepy tree cutting guy (Horace) who impregnates her.  Lame Dharma doctors aren't equipped so Sawyer (with fake identity) pulls in Juliet, who delivers the baby boy with no problem, indicating the baby death thing will occur later (likely they may cause it themselves).  We don't know what Milo and Daniel have been doing, they may leave the island...  Jin has been hanging out til he one day stumbles upon Team Jack.  He calls Sawyer and voila, reunion time!!!  Is 3 years enough time to get over Freckles?  How about Juliet's crush on Jack?  Oh what a tangled soap opera we weave!!! 
3598  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: March 05, 2009, 07:34:08 PM

Quote from: PaulBot on March 05, 2009, 06:38:53 PM

Oh yeah, this is a thread about American Idol.

There were more than three contestants in that last group that I wanted to see stay around, but such is life.

As for the wild cards: Tatiyana - blech! They are bringing her back just to boost the conflict on the show to raise ratings. If she actually makes it into the top 12 (puhleez no!), she'll hopefully be eliminated shortly thereafter. She may be able to sing, but one must have more than that to be a successful singer. Like a decent personality. She makes me want to wretch every time she is on camera.

I'll give myself a minor pat on the back for picking the 3 correctly  slywink  I'm actually curious if PRG was really the third place guy or if it's possible Blindy was actually third place and not the top guy.  But anyway...  I love how they just got Lil Rounds out of the way early since everyone and their uncle knew she was making it in.

The Wild Card is a little more interesting than I thought.  Are the judges going to pick the 3 tonight?

Anyway, I'd say Megan is a sure thing unless she flat out bombs.  Anoop would be a smart choice for producers in terms of adding another demographic (not to mention riding some Slumdog Millionaire momentum), but I wonder about his song choices.

The last one is the most difficult.  They seemed to pick quite a few of the better singing boys, but to be honest I can't really tell them apart.  I know some of you here liked that Braddy guy.  I think there were 3 rather generic looking guys all with good singing voices, and at least 2 of them were in this batch of 8.  I don't really remember who else was there, but I'd be inclined to pick another girl to help even the ratio out a bit.  Assuming Tatiana is just a stunt, I'm going to go with my original pick of Jasmine.  Kara pretty much tells her what song-type to pick (Rihanna Rihanna Rihanna), so if she comes out and knocks a hot "Umbrella" she could secure her spot. 

So that will be my guess: Megan, Anoop and Jasmine.
3599  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Kindle on: March 04, 2009, 07:21:27 PM
Holy crap, here it is:

http://appshopper.com/books/kindle-for-iphone

I guess that answered my question/comment from earlier in this thread...
3600  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sing Star on: March 04, 2009, 07:18:57 PM
I have an old one of these I think, but I also have the newer American Idol one.  If you play it on easy mode, it's very forgiving, and it's fun to make the judges (even Simon) keep saying nice things to you lol.  It's actually kind of disturbing but if you need an ego boost every now and again, it's a good way to go.
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