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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOST - 02/09/05 HOLY CRAP!!! on: February 17, 2005, 03:05:48 PM
Just one quick point for all you who are pissed at Ethans death.  It was necessary to set you up for the shock when Ethan returns.  Yes, if you truly believe Ethan has been "finalized" then welcome to gulibilityville.
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Name some good games for the Xbox on: December 28, 2004, 02:09:33 PM
Indiana Jones and the Emperors Tomb was an excellent game.  Good vs Evil was also one that slipped under the radar, but is definatelty worth picking up.  Fable was also fun to play and of course KOTOR is a must have.
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / New Rush on: December 28, 2004, 12:23:23 AM
Never heard about this cd.  Ive been a long time Rush fan and will definatley get this.  I love the playlist, every song is a non-pop 60's classic.
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / trivia for fans of LOST on: December 28, 2004, 12:14:58 AM
Just a little blurb I picked up fron   The producers of Lost have said that the name Ethan Rom  ( the guy who hung Charlie and kidnapped the Hot Preggie Aussie Babe) is an anagram for "other man"
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Dolphins offer coaching job to Nick Saban!!! on: December 26, 2004, 04:41:04 PM
He took it.  it was in the neighborhood  of 22.5 million for 5 years.  Huge money for a coach and kinda hard to turn down.  Who of us would turn down a 400% increase in income?  I didnt much care for what he did to MSU,  but  I have no sympathy for LSU, they ripped him from MSU and got a national title in the process.
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Almost Genius... The Autobiography of Drazzil on: December 25, 2004, 03:07:32 PM
Hey Drazzil,  congrats for coming out of your youth whole.  In many ways my childhood was better than yours and in any ways it was much worse.  I could have turned out pretty bad myself but I refused to give in.  I have held on to 3 philosophies to get me by.  Believe in yourself and your ability to accomplish anything if you truly apply yourself , treat everybody the way you would like to be treated ( unless youre masochistic)  and dont be afraid to fail once in awhile.  We truly learn as much or more from our failures as we do when we suceed.   If you allow a fear to fail to control you, you will stagnate, afraid to try anything new.  It takes guts to put your life story out there for everyone to critque.  Heres hoping your story eventually has a happy ending.  Oh and Merry Christmas!
7  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Wanderers invite you on: December 23, 2004, 05:32:56 AM
I am a long time Gone Golder and a recent MMORPG player.  I hooked up with the Wanderers, mainly because I recognized a large number of people from the old GG boards (sniff, sadness sets in)  I can say that they are a great group of gamers.  Ive grouped with a number of them and traded with even more and have yet to be disappointed with any in-game interaction.  Everyone has been extremely helpful.  Of course theres diversity in a large group like this.  Some take their gaming very seriously and others are very happy-go-lucky.  Still the Wanderers have made my WOW experience a lot of fun.  If you want to play a Horde character, then dont be afraid to give the Wanderers a try.  Oh and to any Wanderers who happen in on this,  please help me petition Blizzard to allow skinning elves!  I mean come on, what else are elves good for huh?  :twisted:
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I'm convinced Steve Martin is no longer funny on: December 21, 2004, 02:38:35 PM
The man's standup (decades ago) was brilliant!  He could be extremely funny without dropping the f-bomb every other word.  He has done alot of good work, but lately he's gone the family comedy route and seems really watered down.  I havent seen a trailer for the Pink Panther, but I doubt that taking on the role of Closeau would work for anyone.   Come on how can anybody come even close to Peter Sellers.  It aint gonna happen.  They may as well have cast Pauly Shore.  This is destined to fail.   PS  If you want to watch a very funny Martin movie that slips under the radar, check out All Of Me with Steve and Lily Tomlin.  Very funny stuff.
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What song puts a stupid grin on your face? on: December 14, 2004, 02:05:18 AM
"You can leave your hat on" by Joe Cocker
10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / BOO! Ty Willingham fired from Notre Dame on: December 03, 2004, 05:34:46 PM
Just a point regarding splitting bowl proceeds in conferences.  The math works if you consider one bowl, but when you have a conference splitting the proceeds of 5 or 6 bowls, there is substancially more money involved.
 Also, ND's tv contract is currently active.  Do you really think it will be renewed if ND continues its current win status.  You cant survive on reputation alone, money talks and if the numbers are not there then ND will lose its contract.
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Elisha Cuthbert is 22 today [56k warning I suspect] on: December 01, 2004, 05:34:35 PM
Happy birthday Elisha, now come over here and unwrap your present!
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / BOO! Ty Willingham fired from Notre Dame on: December 01, 2004, 05:32:19 PM
I dont feel sorry for Ty.  He made a bucket load of money and will go to Washington and make a bucket load more.  Plus he gets out of that circus at ND.  Until they join a major conference they will never be the program they once were.  ND should have allowed him to fulfill his contract (5 years) That way he would have been coach HIS recruits and they could have seen what he was capable of.  Instead they jumped the gun and lost a good coach.  Dont feel sorry for Ty, hes probably better off in the long run.
13  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / World of Warcraft Impressions on: November 27, 2004, 11:22:18 PM
I never had a shot at the beta, so I got in fresh on Tuesday.  So far Im impressed.  I havent experienced lag issues (not even the infamous loot lag) except in towns.  Ive had no problem logging in and Im on Whisperwind one of the busiest realms.  Theres been a few "server down" instances, but its usually for an hour or so and Blizzard has been very prompt about getting the server back up by the estimated time.  Considering the massive amount of accounts (over 200,000 after 2 days) theyve done a fine job.  The game itself has been a blast.  Easy to play, lots of variety in characters.  The early quests are easily done solo but as you advance, grouping really helps.  Death carries no major penalties, you just appear in a graveyard as a ghost and have to recover your body to interact with the world again.  You can choose to reanimate at the grave yard, but you take a 25% hit on your equipment.  Its repairable but can cost a lot of coin.  Many classes working in tandem compliment each other nicely.  Overall its been fun with minimal problems.
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The state of roleplaying games on: November 22, 2004, 02:34:33 PM
Unfortunately, these "rpg lite" games have more mass appeal than hardcore RPG's.  Sales figures for games like Diablo, Baldurs Gate (console versions) etc.  have sold in huge numbers when compared to games like Might and Magic or Wizardry.  Obviously Morrowind has been the exception as far as consoles go but I dont see the rpg lite trend ending anytime soon.  The sad truth is that people want to be lead around by their noses.  They want the escapism without having to work at it.  Plug in sword A and armour B and then go kill stuff.  Wash, rinse, repeat.
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [NBA] Pacers/Pistons Brawl on: November 21, 2004, 06:00:45 AM
What Wallace did was in response to a foul from behind while going up for a lay-up/dunk which is the definition of a flagarant foul. Coupled with the fact that the game was over and the foul was uncalled for, Wallace did what other NBA players have done 100's of times, he retaliated with a shove.  Should he be disciplined?  Yes, definately, but his reaction has generally results in being thrown out the game, along with a 1 game suspension.  Any further punishment is reactionary by the league, since a precidence has been set.  Regarding the Pacers flailing in the stands,  thats a different story.  Expect to see minimum 20 game suspensions and for Artest, possibly 40.  There was also a report that ONeal coldcocked someone in the tunnel and (according to the police, the act was witnessed by police officers) might be facing criminal assault charges.  Wallace will probably face a 5 game suspension, paying for the Detroit fans crimes and hopefully, the fans who were involved in this will be identified and procecuted.    They guys who came out on the court and got clocked by Pacer players paid for their stupidity and should be sterilized for the sake of humanity's future (those genes need to be removed from the pool!)  Well, that may be a bit extreme but that would definately cut down on fans rushing the court, eh?   The final fallout from this is a ways off, but it will be interesting to see how the NBA handles this.
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [TV] LOST tonight - 11/17 on: November 18, 2004, 03:41:32 PM
Kate: Gee, I'm really worried about Sayid. After you both tortured Sawyer he ran away. I'm really worried.
Jack: Don't worry, he'll be fine.
Kate: (in angry voice) You shouldn't have tortured Sawyer!

Huh? She's cool with Sayid torturing people, but is mad with Jack?

Shes pretty much put Jack on a pedestal and wasnt happy to see him slip abit.  It also cause conflict for her as her attraction to Sawyer increases.  Did you catch it when she said to Sawyer  " from one outcast to another" ?
 Shes put them both in a group now.  She also took his bet on the Doc.  Theres definately a triangle developing here.  Kinda lame, but Ill bet it gets real interesting when we find out more about Jacks past and how much of a real shitheel he was.  Ill bet it puts him in a worse light than Sawyers past did.  
 One plot point that really bothered me was after seeing Sayeeds past and his aversion to torture, how could he even suggest they torture Sawyer, let alone do it?  I know there are some rationalizations for it, like the girls life was at stake etc, still it seems like torture would be something Sayeed wouldnt resort to again.
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 16, 2004, 02:43:59 PM
Quote from: "Interloper"

This is why God created the zipper!
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Does anybody else need to lose some weight? on: November 15, 2004, 04:33:56 PM
I went on the South Beach diet and went from 230 down to 185 in about 4 months.  I cut out sugared pop completely.  It takes about a week to get used to diet cola, but once you do it tastes fine, in fact sugared pop tastes like syrup after you get used to the change.   I got switched to 2nd shift a couple of months ago, the reult of which is my eating habits got a bit lax and I put on 10 pounds.  At 5'9" , 195 is still a bit heavy, but its alot better than 230!
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [pics] Amanda Tapping pics on: November 15, 2004, 04:26:21 PM
Yeah, well if I had a chance, I'd be Tapping that!
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [NFL] Time for the yearly Viking collapse on: November 15, 2004, 04:24:03 PM
After the Vikes 3rd loss in a row, I was going to make a few witty comments, but I think "bump" says it all.
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Finished Halo 2? Discuss here. *SPOILER WARNING!* on: November 15, 2004, 04:08:49 PM
The single player campaign seemed a bit short but the mp aspects seem to make up for this.  As far as the ending, I had no problem with it.  Short and sweet letting us know theres more to come and the grand finale is in the works.  What else did you need to know?  The remaining Halos have been activated and can be fired by remote.  The Ark (presumably the forerunner ship) is approaching Earth with MC riding along.  Everything is coming to a head.  Perfect place to stop for a sequel.  If you watch movie trilogies, the middle movie always ends without anything major concluded and our heroes in crisis facing impending doom.   Did Halo 2 end abruptly?  Yes, but I felt it was intentional, not a shortcoming.  I didnt get the impression that they cut it short due to time constraints.  I thought they did it just right.  Leave em wanting more.
  Regarding game play,  Im glad that they tweaked the flood.  No more massive waves of the little parasites, time and time again.  Also, the shotgun wasnt the only effective weapon vs the flood.  The plasma sword was a great equalizer.  I also like that you can jack vehicles. Ghost vs Scorpion? No problem, jack the Scorpion and kick some ass!  At first, it was a bit jarring, switching from MC to the Arbiter, but after awhile I liked the switch.  Nice change of pace.  The fuel rod cannon was sweet!  The beam rifle made the sniper rifle obsolete.  Late in the game, if youre weary of fighting, just let your Hunter allies clear things for you.  
  A couple things I hope they add in Halo 3:  make bots available in the multiplayer maps and have a map that has Hunter vs Hunter capabilities.
  The only Banshee vs Banshee multiplayer map I found is underground.  I hope theres an unlockable map that allows for a more open area dog-fight.  
 All in all a great game.  If you just want to run thru the single player game then you can probably get by with a rental.  Otherwise dont shy away from buying this, its got tons of replayability and while in a lot of ways its more of the same thing, if you liked Halo, thats not a bad thing!
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Scott Peterson Guilty! on: November 14, 2004, 03:14:35 PM
Frankly, I was suprised.  They convicted on circumstancial evidence that was slimmer than what they had on OJ.  They had no substancial evidence to directly tie him to the murder(s).  Not that I feel that he was innocent, the problem is theres a big difference between thinking he's guilty and knowing he's guilty.  I wouldnt be suprised if this gets overturned in appeal.
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Steelers - 27 .... Eagles - 3 on: November 08, 2004, 04:08:58 AM
There are fans of football and fans of specific football teams.  As far as teams go Im a Lions fan.  I guess Im a bit of a masochist, eh?  I can still appreciate a good football team that Im not a fan of.  I have enjoyed watching the Pats play and they are a good team.  Even with the loss to the Steelers, they are a good team.  Anyone who cant appreciate what the Steelers have done, doesnt appreciate football.  You dis Rothlesberger because of less than stellar stats?  Damn, Brady has made a living being less than stellar.  The teams that win consistently win with results, not numbers.  The Pats have proven that time and time again.  So put away your home team tunnel vision and appreciate what the Steelers are as well as what theyve done.  They are a good team that has beaten two undefeated teams in a row. Also since people are using injuries as excuses, answer me this:  of these three teams, The Steelers, the Patriots and the Eagles, who has lost thier starting QB to injury?  Do you think the Pats would survive losing Brady or the Eagles losing McNabb?
 The Lions have had many injuries but thats not why they are 4-4.  The main reason (outside of really,really bad special teams play) is that they have no running game.  Injuries are part of the reality of the NFL, good teams play thru them, but you cant win in the NFL without a running attack.  Without diversity in the offense, teams can key on the passing game and totally disrupt your offense (watch a Lions game for examples of this)  I would much rather have a balanced attack without gaudy numbers than a glitzy statistical QB and a .500 record any day.
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Steelers - 27 .... Eagles - 3 on: November 07, 2004, 11:24:32 PM
Props to the Steelers!  They are playing great and doing it with a rookie QB.  They are no doubt the suprise team of the year.
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Puff Daddy the next James Bond? on: November 06, 2004, 03:24:55 PM
What the hell, they ruined The Wild Wild West  by putting in Will Smith as James West, lets ruin the Bond franchise as well.
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Forget the Election - On to Basketball Season! on: November 05, 2004, 06:42:53 AM
The Lakers didnt have a whole lot of options when it came to Shaq.  It wasnt so much that they let him go, it was more like they decided to get the best they could for him since the team was falling apart anyways.  I dont say this to defend the Lakers organization, they chose to back Kobe in spite of Shaq's opinions and deserve what they get.
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOST - 10/3 on: November 04, 2004, 06:51:04 AM
Count me in on the "french chick did it" group.  Logistically, since they were triangulating, it seems that Sawyers out due to distances.  The same goes for Locke (though his whereabouts at the time is in question) who was apparently still by the caves.  Unless someone has an agenda we are not aware of (definately possible) or theres a character soon to be introduced that we are unaware of (also possible)  then the french chick is the best remaining option.  Just a thought to throw out, its beginning to look like people are here to find personal redemption.  Could they all be dead and in purgatory with redemption as their way in to heaven?  Of course, failing to acheive redemption leads to a much warmer clime.  Comments like Sayeed's "oods of survival" speech  reinforce this theory.  Perhaps these "survivors" were on the bubble so to speak, "lost" spiritually but not completely unredeemable.  Anyway great show and if Kate is in need of a sandwich I volunteer to be the meat!
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [P] Fox News projects Ohio to Bush on: November 03, 2004, 03:20:54 PM
Its funny that people generalize when talking about those Dems.  I disagree with the electoral college as a voting format both in 2000 and now.  This should be a majority wins vote.  Of course if it had been that way, the Bush wouldnt be running as an incumbent now would he.  The embassment of Florida wouldnt have mattered and the election would have been resolved right away.   If the popular vote is ignored in an election, the democratic process has failed.  If Bush wins the popular vote, then he wins, thats the way it should be.  I voted Democratic and feel that if Bush wins, then the country as a whole has lost, but thats just my opinion, based on the previous 4 years.  Still, if he wins the popular vote, then he won.  Thats good enough for me and thats how the process should work.
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Why everyone should vote: on: November 02, 2004, 03:14:57 PM
To quote Rush,  "if you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice"
  Not voting is a choice in itself.  I respect a persons right to choose.  I also agree with many, that if you choose to abstain from voting then STFU when it comes to politics. If you have chosen apathy, then live with it.  I myself am not enamored with either major presidential candidate.  Still I find many reasons to use my right to vote.  Frankly, the last election for president disillusioned me in the process.  The man who won the popular vote, lost the election.  Why, because the political power in the key state was in the hands of a family member.  That politician twisted the process and embarrassed the nation internationally.  The electoral college allows for this, unfortunately, ruining the concept of "one vote-one voice".  Still my disillusion not withstanding, I choose to vote.  I doubt my vote will make any difference in the presidential election, but it will effect policy making on a state and local level.  Not voting, to me, is like a boxer throwing in the towel.  I choose to continue the fight even if it seems fruitless.
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Kate Hudson. Wow. [56k] on: November 02, 2004, 05:38:14 AM
Im in the "shes ok" group.  Of course thats a relative statement, since in my reality she would be way hotter than most (probably all) of the women I come in contact with.  Still, she pales to Ms Cuthbert.  Anyone who questions this, go rent The Girl Next Door.  After that if you think Elisha is "meh", then turn in your man card and start renting Hasselhoff videos or something
31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / NFL talk, anyone? on: November 01, 2004, 07:33:52 PM
The cool thing about being a Detroit Lions fan, is you never miss Cedar Point during the fall and winter, as the team is on a constant 3 decade rollercoaster ride.  I guess some props go out to Joey H. he had a good game, especially considering he was without both Rogers and Williams, but the special teams were awful and pretty much cost them the game.  The Nfc got shaken up a bit this week, but things are pretty much the same as far as the top teams go.
  Now to the AFC.  Steelers!  What can you say but Wow!  Rothlesberger has been so not a rookie.  Got to love these MAC qbs hitting the NFL with force.  It helps that he has a good running game and a decent defense.  Pittsburg is definately the suprise team so far.
  Theres some fine teams in the AFC out side of the Steelers.  The Jets look real good (behind another MAC qb).  The Pats are playing great ball and this weeks loss will probably help them more than hurt.  They should refocus and will definately be the team to beat at the end of the season.  Whats up with Indy?  They looked awesome early and look beatable now.  They need to shore up the D, thats for sure.  They have given up an average of over 25 pts/game.  Fluke stat of the week award goes to the Jags who have given up 146 pts while scoring only 128, yet they hold a 5-3 record.  This will catch up to them and they will just miss the playoffs. One team to watch for is Kansas City, man have they found their running game, watch for them to sneak up and grab a wild card.  Here are my mid-season picks for the AFC.  Divison leaders  The Pats, The Steelers, Indy and (suprise!) San Diego.  Wild cards go to the Jets and Kansas City  (sorry Denver fans, you look too erratic this season)
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [NFL] Time for the yearly Viking collapse on: November 01, 2004, 07:05:56 PM
Its like deja vu all over again!
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Speeder (talking on cell phone) runs light, kills two kids on: October 31, 2004, 04:31:51 PM
Her previous speeding tickets can be brought up in a civil case, I believe.
 The rules of evidence in a civil case are substancially relaxed.  
 The facts seem to point to reckless endangerment and unless she is very connected (as someone else pointed out) I cant and dont want to believe that the people in Florida wont create enough of a noise to force a criminal case here.  This lady ended the lives of two children through thoughtless negligence.  The children cant be brought back.  There has to be some justice here or the "elected officials" may lose their jobs.
34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Miami & Florida St. BOTH lose on: October 31, 2004, 04:13:03 PM
Miami, Florida State and Florida all lost during the same week for the 1st time since the '70's.
  Regarding the Michigan-Michigan State game,  most teams that lose in OT feel like they gave the game away.  The truth is that MSU played a great game against a superior team and almost won.  I believe that if the QB for State hadnt gone down U of M would have lost, he was tearing them up.  Also give props to Edwards, he had a Heisman trophy kind of game.  Even though State lost, it was one of the most exciting football games Ive ever watched.  Absolutely a classic!
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Boston Red Sox '04 World Series Champs!!! on: October 28, 2004, 01:36:08 PM
Congrats to the Sox.  They had better be ready to open the wallet though, with the free agents theyve got theres no way they will have anywhere near the same team next year.
36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOST - 10/27/04 on: October 28, 2004, 01:33:03 PM
What suprised me is that Kate and the Iraqi guy, knowing that the previous "lost" people had been stranded for over 16 years decided to stay on the beach.  They kept that knowledge from everyone else, but knowing it would make me want to find safe haven.  Oh and Kate and Jack on the hike, hell she practically throws herself at him and he completely muffs the catch?!  Did he lose his balls in a surgical accident or something?  The dudes got some serious issues, thats for sure.
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sox v. Cards on: October 27, 2004, 01:57:41 PM
The Cards have been very tough at home.  I doubt they will lose 2 in a row.   Sox in 6.  Dont forget, Boston was down to their last out and down 3-0 in the last series, and won.  Under pretty much the same circumstances as the Cards are now.  Irony can be a bitch!
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Outlaw Golf 2 on: October 27, 2004, 01:36:42 PM
Ive found driving and up shots to be doable, but putting is a pain in the butt!
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / NFL talk, anyone? on: October 24, 2004, 10:12:52 PM
After sitting thru 3 years of away-game futility, the D-troit (emphasis on the D) Lions are unbeaten this year on the road.  The defense has vastly improved and one can only hope that this weeks game is the norm and not last weeks home performance vs the Packers.  Joey looked great, especially on the 1st drive completing 3 third and long passes on the way to an opening score.  Its way too early to think that the Lions are going to make any major noise this year, but the core of young players they have are starting to show thier stuff, and the future looks brighter in Motown.
     Regarding the NFC in general, the Vikings look tough, winning without any real production from Moss and the Eagles just keep on winning.  GreenBay is on the rebound and the Falcons are, well, getting whooped up on.  I think the Giants have started their annual slide to the bottom, and dem' Cowboys , Da Bears and  the Redskins are already there.  The NFC west looks just plain ugly and a .500 team could win that division. The NFC south is looking worse than the west.  So far figure the playoff to line up like this:  Division leaders  The Eagles, The Viking, The Falcons (by default) and The Rams.  Wild cards:  The Lions and The Seahawks.  Lets hear your thoughts about the NFC.

(Next week Ill post my AFC thoughts. )
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Ashlee Simpson on SNL - what a moron! on: October 24, 2004, 01:58:05 PM
Thats hilarious, its even better than Janets wardrobe mistake  Cool
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