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3881  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)
3882  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.
3883  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.
3884  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.
3885  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.
3886  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. 
3887  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Ultra-portable discussion thread on: April 13, 2009, 08:29:46 PM
What is a "runty" desktop lol?
3888  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?
3889  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
3890  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.
3891  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.
3892  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.


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.
3893  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. 
3894  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.
3895  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.
3896  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.
3897  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:

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.
3898  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. 
3899  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?
3900  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Ultra-portable discussion thread on: April 08, 2009, 11:07:19 PM

Quote from: Canuck on April 08, 2009, 09:58:02 PM

I heard that Dell is releasing the Mini 10 that comes with a 13XXx768 screen.  I hope alll other netbook companies start following suit.

Yup, I think I posted that a few posts up smile  Disappointing that the N10J with graphics capabilities to support the higher rez doesn't provide it on screen.  I'm trying to see if I can find any work around, but thus far it looks like you can do that compression thing with the Intel graphics, just not with nVidia.   thumbsdown
3901  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hottest Book: Pride and Prejudice... and Zombies!! on: April 08, 2009, 11:04:35 PM
I read a review of this the other day and just thought it was a hilarious idea:

Went to Borders today to pick it up and it was sold out!  I thought I was the only freak who'd be into something like this but apparently not.  Went to check online and Amazon, Borders and Barnes all have it on backorder, though apparently some still have it in store if you are willing to drive around.

I finally decided to just grab the Kindle version on my iPhone.  It's kind of nice because I was intermittently reading the original version on the Classics app. 

Just the first sentence was worth all the trouble: 

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.
3902  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: April 08, 2009, 10:11:58 PM

Quote from: Crawley on April 08, 2009, 06:46:13 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on April 08, 2009, 03:57:52 PM

When he started singing I turned to my wife and screamed, "HOLY SHIT!  THAT'S THE GEARS OF WAR SONG!"

When he started singing my wife turned to me and in a little girl voice said "He's sooooo coooool!!!!" And she was not kidding around. I died a little inside when I secretly agreed with her.

That's it, I'm pulling out the big guns, show this to your wife:

3903  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Demigod on: April 08, 2009, 06:49:52 PM
Here's the dates from the email I just got:

Dear Demigod beta tester,

Everyone at Stardock and Gas Powered Games would like to thank you for the time and effort you put into testing Demigod. Your feedback and opinions have been used to help mold the game into what we are proud to release next Tuesday, April 14th.

We would like to notify you of a couple of important dates on the horizon:

Wednesday, April 8th, evening (Eastern Standard Time) – In preparation for the final release, all Demigod-related services will be shut down for upgrades and maintenance. Your registration for Demigod will be temporarily turned off as well. Please do not panic! This is planned event as part of our preparation for the big day. You will not be able to download/update Demigod or play any games online until…

Tuesday, April 14th – The Final Release! Your registration for Demigod will be turned back on and you will be given full access to the final version of the game along with any updates that are made so that you have the most up to date version possible.

We look forward to playing against you and your friends online!

Thank you again and we hope you have an enjoyable and relaxing weekend!

So looks like next Tuesday is the official date. 
3904  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elven Legacy - Out Today! 4/7/09 on: April 08, 2009, 06:43:35 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on April 07, 2009, 06:39:21 PM

Ritt, I THINK you can copy the files over and as long as you put them in the correct place it will check before downloading and find it alright.

This did work BTW, thanks!  Unfortunately my netbook didn't support the resolution and crashed out on me, grrrr.
3905  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elven Legacy - Out Today! 4/7/09 on: April 08, 2009, 06:42:52 PM

Quote from: Arkon on April 08, 2009, 05:32:43 PM

Picked this up last night... only got through the first mission... not really sure what I think of it yet.

Same with me.  I had played Fantasy Wars for a bit and really liked it, and this is really really really a sequel, or maybe in feel more of an expansion.  So clearly it's good news if you loved FW, but if not, it's probably not for you.  If you never played FW but love TBS, it may still be worth a look.

For those not familiar with FW, I believe it was based on an old SSI hex-based turn-based strategy game called Fantasy General.  In traditional hex-game format, you never leave the main map (unlike say HOMM or KB), and all steps are hex based (surprise!).  In that game, battles were carried out by your unit kind of nudging onto the target hex.  So the big upgrade here is to full 3D graphics, and when you attack, you see, for instance, your archers firing onto the bad guys.  Personally I really like this style, everything plays out faster and more immediate than HOMM-like games.  Your units do level with xp and gain special skills/spells.  Fairly conventional stuff.  Graphics and effects are good/OK, nothing too stellar or significantly different from FW. 

Game comes with the typical mix of single player, multi and campaign. 

Funny side note, the tutorial for me had some non-English speech, then would change to English and back. 
3906  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Demigod on: April 08, 2009, 06:34:24 PM
From what I understand, the gameplay was designed basically from the DoTA mod of Warcraft 3.  So supposedly if you liked that this was a sure thing.  The other aspect they touted was a mix of RTS and action-RPG player types, so one type (assassin I think) is more single character (Diablo-ish?) and others are more RTS-ish, summoning stuff, etc. 

I only played one demo phase of the game and while it looked pretty stunning I was not overly impressed with the gameplay.  It looked like the engine had a lot of potential but the map I played was kind of boring and seemed much more RTS than ARPG. 

I have it on preorder so if it's actually out I'll give it a download and see...
3907  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 1 year and 1600 posts later on: April 08, 2009, 06:29:27 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 08, 2009, 02:27:43 PM

Quote from: Kagath on April 08, 2009, 07:46:55 AM

Not wanting to dredge up bad memories or feelings but this place should just construct an on site corral and pond for it's offshoots and have everyone shake hands to get along again. Need some new blood in here again.

just find out where Rip keeps the OO server and nuke it from orbit  icon_wink

Honestly it's the only way to be sure.   thumbsup

In more important news, today is MY one year anniversary!!!!  Wooohooo!!!!    Damn I wanted to use that pink lady icon but I can't get it to show up, oh well!  I'll settle for  ninja2
3908  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: April 08, 2009, 06:26:43 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on April 08, 2009, 06:07:35 AM

What song did Adam sing? Paula's drug induced ramblings caused the show to go overtime by 5 minutes which means my TiVo cut the end off.

The worst part about this is it f-ed up Fringe afterwards as well, so I missed the final 5 minutes!  Damn you Fox!!!

That's funny Pete calls it the Gears of War song, I forgot about that, I still associate it with Donnie Darko.  But yeah, Glambert's all but wrapped this year up barring a serious anti-gay campaign wedged by someone (do it, Gokey!).  You know what would really make this season awesome is if he comes out of the closet during an interview, or better yet in the final round, dresses in drag and sings "I'm Coming Out" to test America's voting.  I would love love love that  icon_razz
3909  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: April 08, 2009, 04:07:45 AM
Tonight coming at you LIVE!!!

Gokey - each week he gets more and more boring for me, I feel bad about picking on him but there it is.  Stand By Me in some other version, yawn.  You are not going to beat the Wailing Fruitcake with stuff like this.  The very last part of the song i thought was decent but the rest was bland.  The judges' heap praise on him, surprise surprise.  Free pass.

Kris - it was bound to happen, all the praise gets to his head and he thinks he can/should Krisify every song out there.  I thought it was kind of a mess and the "pit" thing is more distracting than not.  Might hit the bottom 3 this week.  He's still sexy as all hell though, nice stubble.  Gets my vote.

Lil Copykat - pretty much the same thing yet again.  Lil does Tina this week, she should just do a Vegas show and copy different divas each week.  She does an OK Tina impression, but again, it's just OK.  She continues to show no originality and weaker vocals than 90% of her diva predecessors.  At least she looked good this week, nice outfit that flattened out her huge ass.  Judges concur.  I feel bad for her because at this point I don't think she has any identity of her own to show but the judges keep harping her on it.

Scotty - Starts out OK, wow he plays the guitar.... but then eeek "I look into your eyes" - did he check the lyrics before choosing this song?  Discomfort...rising.  Ack he just cracked a scary note!   Please stop Scotty!!!  The end is decent.  Kara is nice enough to not point out the horrid screech note, but Paula calls him on it nicely.  Amusing enough that I think he'll make it through.

Allison - can she make me love her?  I love this song so we'll see.  Starting out decent, I actually turned the volume UP after Scott's scariness.  Very nice rock ballad rendition, I'll give her a thumbs up and a pass this week.  Agree with the judges - she's clearly this year's Kelly Clarkson.  Also agree with Simon, she's just not that likable.  And by likable I mean pretty.

Mattimberlake - Part Time Lovers?  Really?  OMG wearing a JT hat.  So he's back to JT but a Stevie Wonder version.  I wish Scott would have sang this instead.  Paula gets up and starts dancing, she's gettin horny.  I think the judges are going to like it, but it's just making me uncomfortable.  No don't try scatting, please!  Judges say...  "Incredible on every level!" wtf?!?  I'm out of touch on this one, but looks like he passes this week.

Adam Fagbert - does he really need the final pimp slot?  He goes Donnie Darko on us with a toned down vocal performance similar to his Motown one, but darker.  Can he do the whole thing without screaming?  Do it for me Adam!!!  Very nice falsetto and only one scream.  Kudos!  You are the winner!  Holy crap Simon gives him a standing O.  This season is over unless Gokey can get the drag queen photos plastered on the air.

Bottom 3 - tough this week, but I'll say Lil, Kris and... Anoop.  I really don't know, maybe Anoop finally goes?
3910  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Housing: Buy or Rent? on: April 07, 2009, 09:47:41 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on April 07, 2009, 06:42:40 PM

Quote from: rittchard on April 07, 2009, 06:22:05 PM

My partner asked me a question while we were looking at a pretty nice house, which made me feel kind of sad (I guess is the word), something to the effect like "do we even deserve to own a house this nice?" and I was like "ummm do you mean are we bad people so we don't deserve to live in a nice place, or something more financially?" While he said he worded it poorly, I could tell on some level he did mean the former. Anyway, it just made me feel like why the hell don't we deserve it, we've both worked hard all our lives, school for over 20 years for both of us, we rarely take vacations, we try to be nice to people, what the heck!

I don't understand the context or meaning of this question. I thought he was asking it from a position of philanthropy as in maybe we should give our money to people with even less than us...if not that, what did he mean? Why wouldn't you 'deserve' it?

- -

Or you could move to Raleigh where you get lots for your money! slywink

Funny you mention Raleigh, about 6 years ago the company I was at decided to up and move from CA to the bay area and tried to bring some of the engineers (myself included) with them.  They tried to entice us with the gigantic mansions we could supposedly buy and part of the deal was they would pay selling/buying costs.  I didn't have a place (obviously) so the deal didn't mean as much to me.  Luckily I didn't go, as I heard the company ended up falling apart a few years later lol.

Regarding the first question, I believe his question came from a low-self-esteem point of view, something we've both struggled with in the past.  We both came out of the closet late in life and at a time when things weren't nearly as "gay friendly" which I believe contributed to a lot of depression and anxiety.  I think I've moved past my issues for the most part, but I get the sense there's a part of him deeply buried that never thinks anything he does is good enough, and/or that he simply does not deserve to be happy or have good things happen to him.  Sometimes it comes across as noble and self-sacrificing, other times as disturbing and like some sort of martyr-complex.  That's why the use of the word "deserves" was very telling to me, even though he later tried to pass it off as something else.

But enough psycho-analysis lol, this is a home buying thread!  Ironrod, we do have renter's insurance but I don't think it is anywhere near what the homeowner's insurance estimate is/was going to be.  I'll have to check on this.

Something I found out over lunch.  Apparently FHA loans (3.5% down minimum) can max at over $700k (I forgot the exact number) and still maintain today's 5%ish interest rates.  There may be some other fees associated that I need to learn about but that's kind of nice to know.
3911  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 1 year and 1600 posts later on: April 07, 2009, 06:49:46 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on April 07, 2009, 06:33:08 PM

Quote from: rittchard on April 07, 2009, 06:24:25 PM

Go go OO Refugees!!!  I still check OO on occasion but for whatever reason I feel/felt much more settled in here. 

Makes you wanna buy a house here doesn't it?

Nice one, Lettuceman!!!  icon_cool

Hmmm I just checked again - I don't even average 2 posts per day here, is that possible?  Maybe due to weekends.  I need to step it up if I want to own property here.
3912  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CHUCK IS BACK! Chuck vs. The First Date Spoilers! on: April 07, 2009, 06:46:17 PM
No comments???  Another awesome episode, I seriously thought for a second it could/should be the season finale.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Come on!!  Scott Bakula AND Chevy Chase!?!?!  Where's the promotion love, NBC?  I think I saw one commercial for it over the week and absolutely no additional promotion (magazines, talkshows, whatever). 

Not too impressed with Chevy Chase as evil Steve Jobs.  Just OK.  Need more of the Mummy too.  Still I like having some interesting recurring baddies.

I loved Scott as Orion, even after he was doing his armband thing I didn't get that he was Orion lol.  A little slow on the uptake last night I guess.  I'm sure most Quantum Leap fans caught the "Oh boy" reference though smile  I love the little throwaways this show does for the fanboys.  Not too surprising he didn't just dump the kids, but definitely will make for some more poignant moments in the show.  Also enjoyed the interplay between Scott and Awesome, first time Awesome seems like an actor rather than just a piece of hot flesh.

Adam Baldwin was hilarious again, love love love him.  The expressions he made while getting shot with tranqs were just priceless.

Chuck looked great in his action uniform.  Go Chuck!  Not much for our pretty blond to do this week, but she does give him a few very sweet "looks" throughout the show.

Next week: Jordana is back!!  Sweet!!!!
3913  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Heroes Season 3 (spoilers for our less fortunate European friends) on: April 07, 2009, 06:35:56 PM
One of the better episode's last night, IMHO.  I'm not sure how much more I can tolerate of Hiro/Ando antics, but that baby is pretty damn cute, and I thought the episode was one of Greg Grunberg's best acting showcases.  I also like the shapesift gimmick, so that other actors get to play themselves as Sylar playing them lol.
3914  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elven Legacy - Out Tomorrow on: April 07, 2009, 06:28:10 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on April 07, 2009, 02:47:21 PM

Thanks for the info rittchard! You made my week!

Yay!!! I finally did something good  icon_razz

Have my fingers crossed on the game being good, it's downloading at home now.

BTW, do any of you Steam experts know if I want to put the game on another computer/laptop, do I need to download again from scratch or can you just copy some files over?
3915  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 1 year and 1600 posts later on: April 07, 2009, 06:24:25 PM

....Holy crap!!!  I just checked and I guess my one year is tomorrow!

Go go OO Refugees!!!  I still check OO on occasion but for whatever reason I feel/felt much more settled in here.  Much to the dismay of some of you  retard
3916  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Housing: Buy or Rent? on: April 07, 2009, 06:22:05 PM
Thanks for all the feedback, definitely appreciate all of the different points of view.  I'll throw in some more info just to address some of the comments here and from the Wanderers thread.

Ridah - the numbers I'm throwing out all include worst case scenarios with PMI and property taxes, HOAs and whatnot, all pre-tax benefit.  My broker guy tried to do some post-tax benefit types of calculations for us but they were kind of confusing.  Once those factored in, the "double the rent" number I threw out there was much closer to what we are presently paying in rent.  I don't really trust those post-tax benefit numbers so I have to learn how to figure that out as well.

The places we're looking at right now are somewhere in between starter and "dream" home but maybe closer to the dream side. We're both in our 40s now, and one thing we agreed on is we did not want to move to a place we liked less or was significantly smaller, etc. In terms of the area, we are extremely lucky right now in that both of us commute around 5 miles, which is pretty much unheard of in Southern Cal so shifting to another area is low on the list of compromises. So it's obviously an issue because you could say our standards are higher than our savings.  While we are OK/happy where we are renting now, there are quite a few things that could be better/nicer, but since we don't own the place, obviously we can't change anything.  This is not horrible, but it always leaves me with a "temporary" feeling, like I just can't fully settle down.  At age 40, I'm finally starting to feel like it might be time.

My partner asked me a question while we were looking at a pretty nice house, which made me feel kind of sad (I guess is the word), something to the effect like "do we even deserve to own a house this nice?" and I was like "ummm do you mean are we bad people so we don't deserve to live in a nice place, or something more financially?" While he said he worded it poorly, I could tell on some level he did mean the former. Anyway, it just made me feel like why the hell don't we deserve it, we've both worked hard all our lives, school for over 20 years for both of us, we rarely take vacations, we try to be nice to people, what the heck!

The area itself is the "South Bay" of Southern Calif, which is kind of its own little unique part of LA.  There's a big mix of different types of houses and housing communities.  You have to be careful because too far south or west (to the beach) it becomes insanely expensive.  Just a little too far east and you can enter some more dangerous neighborhoods.  The majority of the housing that we liked and could have afforded, because it's so crowded, are these 2 unit style condo/townhomes.  They look and are sized liked regular houses but they share a wall.  The problem with this is that they don't qualify for an FHA loan, which means you need to have a much higher downpayment - which as I mentioned we just don't have at the moment.  Sadly we are nowhere even near it, from my best guesstimate it would probably take 3 years to get a 20% downpayment together, maybe 2. The concern is by then we'd missed out on the (relatively) lower pricing and/or lower interest rates. We have a relatively unique situation where our present salaries are good but because of long years in grad school and poor spending habits, neither of us have saved much. So we are only now starting to have some extra earnings to invest.

I know most people would probably recommend we just start saving more aggressively, and that's certainly an option we've been talking about.  The question is how long do you wait, and might we "miss the boat" on interest rates, etc while waiting.  And would we even be able to save enough to make that much of a difference.  I've run a lot of number crunching scenarios, and it surprised me how little (relatively) the effects were of a higher downpayment until you got to 20% and could negate the PMI.

One factor I neglected to mention. My partner should qualify for the $8k new buyer tax credit this year, but he got a promotion recently so even if they still have it next year it will get scaled down significantly. So that's an $8k freebie incentive to do it this year!

Anyway, thanks for all the comments, it's helping me process info to just write some thoughts down and read others' experiences.
3917  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elven Legacy - Out Tomorrow on: April 06, 2009, 11:48:39 PM
Here's the old thread on Fantasy Wars:

I think I may have been confused with Octopus Overlords, as I believed it had a pretty devoted following.
3918  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elven Legacy - Out Tomorrow on: April 06, 2009, 11:46:46 PM

Quote from: frost on April 06, 2009, 11:29:35 PM

is this an RTS game?

TBS - from what I've read it really is the sequel to Fantasy Wars but for some reason is not being advertised as such.
3919  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Ultra-portable discussion thread on: April 06, 2009, 11:45:36 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on April 03, 2009, 03:50:57 AM

Honestly, if you want to play current games on a laptop, then I think you're smart to get a good "real" maybe 12" laptop and not a netbook that's stuck at 1024X600 rez, so-so amounts of RAM and such.  So, don't beat yourself up about it.  icon_smile

I have to beat myself up about it because the laptop actually has WORSE graphics capability lol (GMA4500).  The advantage it has is a better (dual core) processor, and better screen/rez plus built-in DVD drive. 

First impressions on the N10J: all in all a lot slicker (even the packaging) and (for lack of a better word) classier feeling over the EEE.  It's clearly larger and a bit heavier (keeping in mind this is the 9" model). 

Boot up on Vista was pretty long and painful, even after removing as much bloatware as I dared it seems to freeze up for a while before fully loading.  I don't know if that's a problem or just Vista being Vista.  Not too concerned at the moment as I intend to replace it with Windows 7 asap.  Speaking of bloatware, just way too much.  Things like Lightscribe labeling - seriously?  On a netbook with no DVD drive?

Anyway, once you are in, Vista behaves well enough, even with Aero and sidebar loaded and running.  I loaded up the latest Dox mobile nVidia drivers and landed a respectable 1500ish 3DMark06 (running native at 1024x600).  Compare this to the 1600ish score I got on my 2nd gen MBA at 1024x768.  I found some easy ways to overclock to 1.8GHz or 2GHz, but I haven't re-tested yet.  Considering the price differential ($2500 vs $700), it's kinda like... whoa!  Now I haven't played with it enough to do a full head to head comparison, but certainly this is something fairly special for a netbook.

Game-wise, I have a rather particular set of games to try and have just started playing around.  I was able to get Runes of Magic and Hellgate London (single player) running, as well as Battleforge.  Still have WAR and D2 on the agenda, though I don't expect any issues.

All in all I'm pretty pleased with the unit.  The keyboard is much nicer than the 9" (as expected) and the gaming capabilities look solid.  If Diablo 3 runs fine, I'll be a very happy camper. 
3920  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo DSi US launch slated for April 5th, $169.99 on: April 06, 2009, 11:19:20 PM
Very limited first impressions:

- The unit is just a tad longer and (I think) a tad heavier than the Lite
- Screen size was not noticeably larger  icon_frown
- Cameras in low light were pretty poor quality
- Separate SD memory card slot is intriguing...
- Slightly inconvenient but I finally got into my password protected wifi network and was able to access the store and internet
- Downloaded an update and then a free web browser (opera based) which felt slow.  1000 free points to download some other stuff.

All in all, not much of a thrill but I think it will be good in the long run.  This was mainly a purchase for the future for me, particularly since I had $90 of Best Buy rewards to burn.
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