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161  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Healthcare Exchanges Are Live. How's it Looking For You? on: October 03, 2013, 03:20:56 PM
So I calculated what it would cost for my family of 5 so I could compare the premiums to the horrible money toilet that was my last plan at my previous job, and it looks like I would be paying about $100 less a month for slightly better coverage. I think this underscores how shitty the coverage was at my last job more than anything, but it definitely looks like a YMMV situation.

Thankfully, my new job pays 100% of premiums for me and my whole family, and the plan is stellar. When I was briefed on the coverage a couple of months ago my jaw literally hit the floor and any doubts of taking the job flew out the window.
162  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: it's time for the next round of SHUTDOWN SHOWDOWN!!!!!! on: October 02, 2013, 03:49:49 PM
The sad thing is, The Daily Show continues to be the only American "journalism" that actually resembles, well, journalism.

Take this article, for instance: http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2013/10/1/reporting-governmentshutdowndemocracy.html

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U.S. news reports are largely blaming the government shutdown on the inability of both political parties to come to terms. It is supposedly the result of a "bitterly divided" Congress that "failed to reach agreement" (Washington Post) or "a bitter budget standoff" left unresolved by "rapid-fire back and forth legislative maneuvers" (New York Times). This sort of false equivalence is not just a failure of journalism. It is also a failure of democracy.

When the political leadership of this country is incapable of even keeping the government open, a political course correction is in order. But how can democracy self-correct if the public does not understand where the problem lies? And where will the pressure for change come from if journalists do not hold the responsible parties accountable?

I've been pretty fed up with ALL American news outlets for some time. Yes, the obvious targets of FoxNews and MSNBC pushing their respective affiliation's talking points show no signs of changing, but there has been a steady decline and now outright failure of American press for some time now. Increasingly, I've been getting my news from BBC, which at least holds on to some proper concept of what journalism should be. Maybe its time to fold Al-Jazeera America into the mix...
163  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: October 02, 2013, 01:40:56 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on October 02, 2013, 01:04:53 PM

For anyone who didn't click through the link, the rules are as follows: 1. The setting is the frontier. 2. The future is old. 3. The Force is mysterious. 4. "Star Wars" isn't cute.

I love this.  It really boils what worked and what didn't into simple points.

I would argue that we already started losing point 2 by the second movie.  Not entirely, mind you, but A New Hope had a gritty, dirty feel (that was probably mostly a product of its small budget) that was already getting polished by Empire.  I remember, even as a kid, being disappointed that things were shinier in Empire Strikes Back.  It's part of the reason I think ANH is the best of the films.

And, of course, we were well on our way to losing 4 in the third movie.  But at least the ewoks were dangerous. 

I found it to be whiny and self-entitled. I agree, those were great aspects of the original trilogy, but I wouldn't go so far as to say the original trilogy was great because of them.
164  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: it's time for the next round of SHUTDOWN SHOWDOWN!!!!!! on: October 02, 2013, 01:36:10 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 02, 2013, 12:23:56 PM

As usual, Jon Stewart made an excellent comparison:



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Did you see the Giants game on Sunday? They lost 31 to 7. And you know what the Giants didn't say after that game: 'If you don't give us 25 more points by midnight on Monday, we will shutdown the f**kin' NFL!' They didn't say that."

I know. I said it five posts up Tongue
165  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: it's time for the next round of SHUTDOWN SHOWDOWN!!!!!! on: October 01, 2013, 08:50:15 PM
Jon Stewart nailed it
166  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: it's time for the next round of SHUTDOWN SHOWDOWN!!!!!! on: October 01, 2013, 06:08:09 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on October 01, 2013, 05:55:58 PM

Quote from: Rip on October 01, 2013, 05:24:29 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on October 01, 2013, 04:16:26 PM

Quote from: Rip on October 01, 2013, 04:01:08 PM

Situation is what situation is, it didn't get there overnight in a vacuum.

You keep on saying this as if it somehow equivocates the two party's approaches.

You say that as if I feel any need to. They are all pretty much a bunch of worthless crooked douchebags.

They are all acting pretty much in the exact way I have come to expect them to act. ALL of them, I am not the one trying to blame one side.

I can agree with this.. There is enough blame for both sides

See, I can't. I'm not saying Dems are squeaky clean, here, but they aren't the ones who are trying yet again to kill a bill that was passed, vetted by the Supreme Court, and unsuccessfully repealed several times already. They lost that battle multiple times yet here we are again, only this time the collateral damage spills beyond just wasting everybody's time. They had plenty of chances and things didn't go their way. Now they want to cut off the nose to spite the face and I think it's pretty asinine.
167  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: it's time for the next round of SHUTDOWN SHOWDOWN!!!!!! on: October 01, 2013, 04:16:26 PM

Quote from: Rip on October 01, 2013, 04:01:08 PM

Situation is what situation is, it didn't get there overnight in a vacuum.

You keep on saying this as if it somehow equivocates the two party's approaches.
168  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Joss Whedon's new tv show on: September 30, 2013, 06:57:32 PM

Quote from: TiLT on September 30, 2013, 06:19:29 PM

Angel's cast was mostly plain or even unattractive (hello Charisma Carpenter!)

You had me up until you said that. I couldn't even continue reading and consider anything you said credible after that point.  saywhat
169  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: it's time for the next round of SHUTDOWN SHOWDOWN!!!!!! on: September 30, 2013, 06:54:00 PM
I'm sick to death of Republicans holding our government hostage. I realize I am vastly oversimplifying things by stating it that way, but no matter how you look at it that's what this amounts to. Its supposed to be checks & balances, not gridlock. These fuckers need to do their fucking jobs.
170  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: September 25, 2013, 05:22:42 AM

Quote from: kronovan on September 24, 2013, 09:33:42 PM

I'm picking this up on Friday, since the impressions here seem good. I love that the local co-op is split-screen yet still supports 4 players - a real rarity for games on the 360. Can't wait to play this with my son and daughter.  slywink

Pretty sure it ISN'T split screen
171  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: lost/stolen phone help on: September 15, 2013, 09:52:35 PM
Anybody who has an iphone should enable this stat: http://www.apple.com/icloud/find-my-iphone.html

If you used iCloud at all you might be able to get this going right now
172  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Is our children learning? on: September 13, 2013, 05:17:36 AM

Quote from: Purge on September 13, 2013, 03:36:28 AM


Bad science happens too - and not challenging science is about as bad as it gets*. Scientific process demands challenge - just because it has not been dis-proven does not mean it is *fact*. The problem with what we call scientific "fact" is that often what was accepted gets disproven and thrown out - and in doing so we discredit this "science" thing, instead of teaching the scientific method.

Creationism very MUCH has a place in science - it is a counterpoint. Can we disprove the world is more than 6000 years old? What methods are there? How reliable are they? Regardless of whether creationism is based on faith or not, it can be used to hold up against evolution, and even open discussions as to other possibilities. Creationism "taught" is different than "examined". There is nothing wrong with the examination.

What people who are looking to introduce creationism into schools are looking for, however, is some kind of equivalence between the two, and that just doesn't exist. Yes, individual hypotheses have been disproven along the way, often leading to better knowledge and understanding of evolution as a whole, but there is enough good science to back up the theory of evolution out there to consider it viable. You can teach how scientific method led to the theory of evolution and how that theory evolves as we learn more about it without holding up it to a subjective faith-based 'theory' that can't hold up to the same level of scrutiny.
173  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Is our children learning? on: September 12, 2013, 05:40:11 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on September 12, 2013, 05:34:48 PM

Also, I believe while our theory of evolution is correct, there's a reason it's called a theory. It can't be proven conclusively, so to call it a "fact" lumped in with the age of the Earth is incorrect.

A theory is not the same as a hypothesis, as a theory is a 'proven' hypothesis, that, in other words, has never been disproved through experiment, and has a basis in fact.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theory
174  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 10, 2013, 07:11:24 PM

Quote from: The Grue on September 10, 2013, 07:06:50 PM

Quote from: Lee on September 10, 2013, 07:00:07 PM

Quote from: The Grue on September 10, 2013, 06:53:13 PM

Glad I didn't hold out for Apple to come out with a larger phone and keep me from moving to the beauty that is the Galaxy S4.  I've had iPhones ever since they came out with the first one, but after playing with an S4, I couldn't resist and made the switch.  Definitely love the phone more than any of the iPhones I had.  If they made one with the same screen size as the S4, I could maybe be convinced to go back, but Android is pretty stellar now.

Meh, Android doesn't hold a candle to iOS and the Galaxy is too big. nod

I used to think like you on iOS.  It's come a long way and it is definitely better than iOS now.  I had tried an Android once before with the Motorola Droid 2 and felt like Android was behind back then (I was forced to switch from my iPhone because of work). 

The bigger, the better, too.  The iPhone feels like a toy in my hand now.  My giant, manly hands.

I couldn't stand to have a phone that big.
175  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 10, 2013, 06:27:00 PM
well, that's fucking stupid Tongue
176  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 10, 2013, 06:17:06 PM
sweet. pre-order day is Friday biggrin
177  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 10, 2013, 04:43:36 PM
Yeah, that's what I thought Tongue
178  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 10, 2013, 04:32:38 PM
I forget- if it's a pre-order, does Apple charge your card immediately or do they charge when shipped? I'm in for upgrading my iphone and my wife's iPhone, but can only pay for one today (get paid on Friday)
179  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: how come we're not attacking syria? on: September 09, 2013, 08:30:57 PM
http://freakoutnation.blogspot.com/2013/09/president-obamas-brilliant-strategy-no.html

Food for thought, eh?
180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] MirrorMoon EP on: September 06, 2013, 08:27:51 PM
I saw this last night at the monthly indie game dev meetup I go to. Its one of the games that will be featured at Fantastic Fest Arcade this year, I'll get some hands-on time with it.
181  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tokyo Game Show 2013 on: September 04, 2013, 04:33:39 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 04, 2013, 04:10:07 AM

well, we're just over a couple of weeks away from TGS 2013, and info is starting to show up.  Square Enix has announce their line-up for the show:

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    Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
    Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster K
    Kindgom Hearts x [chi]
    Bravely Default: For The Sequel
    Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
    Dragon Quest X
    Dragon Quest Monster Parade
    Drakengard 3
    Call of Duty: Ghosts
    Thief
    Wolfenstein: The New Order
    Diablo III (Ps3)

sadly, a couple of big names are missing.  perhaps we'll have some surprises (like them being able to connect to FF14 to show it off icon_twisted)

not sure why CoD: Ghosts is on there though.....

Or Diablo III or Wolfenstein, or Skylanders which you forgot to list)

Are they co=publishing Activision's titles in japan?
182  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Article]25 Celebrities When They Were Young on: September 03, 2013, 07:08:34 PM
Apparently I'm not the only one: http://www.blackbookmag.com/entertainment/a-love-letter-to-young-helen-mirren-1.64458
183  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Article]25 Celebrities When They Were Young on: September 03, 2013, 07:06:22 PM
Helen Mirren at 25 is my dream woman. I've seen video interviews of her from around that time that definitively display that she was not only hot as hell, but feisty and super intelligent. YUM.
184  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anybody familiar with Kyle Baker? on: September 03, 2013, 05:12:55 AM

Quote from: Purge on September 03, 2013, 04:48:24 AM

Kyle Baker, a famous cartoonist, has liked (and linked) an editorial article from Gamingtrend.com on his facebook page (or at least, it's what I understand has happened).


I personally follow a number of comic artists on Facebook, Kyle Baker being one of them. I remember him originally from the X-Men-centric strips he did in Marvel Age back in the eighties:







But his first big claim to fame was a revival of Plastic Man, which has become the definitive run on the character:



I realize he's not on everybody's radar, but I thought it was pretty damn cool smile
185  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Anybody familiar with Kyle Baker? on: September 03, 2013, 03:51:03 AM


I love it when this happens biggrin
186  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do people still text? on: September 01, 2013, 05:09:44 PM
I text constantly. Of course, the majority of the people who I text with are on iphone so I pretty much use that service (and it shows up on my ichat on my macbook pro which is nice)
187  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: What games are you guys looking for in a board game site? on: August 30, 2013, 02:45:39 PM

Quote from: Siljanus on August 26, 2013, 05:20:36 PM

And a minor thing but if board games are going to become a staple on the front page, perhaps they can be added to the latest posts/review menu bar along side the "electronic" choices so you can jump to the board game stuff.

Those should be populating there as well. I think the volume of posts and reviews we've been having lately just cycles them off real quick
188  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: New Member Stats? on: August 30, 2013, 02:37:07 PM
Definitely spambots combined with this shitty forum software
189  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Email shows on profile? on: August 28, 2013, 07:56:29 PM
190  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Marijuana. Just watched a documentary. on: August 27, 2013, 04:10:31 AM
191  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Marijuana. Just watched a documentary. on: August 26, 2013, 09:31:02 PM
I posted something but then decided to remove it. Attempting one more time to exercise restraint and not responding to blatant and ignorant trolling.
192  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Marijuana. Just watched a documentary. on: August 26, 2013, 07:37:27 PM
Dammit. I resolved not to respond to any more of your foolishness. I failed.  mad
193  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Marijuana. Just watched a documentary. on: August 26, 2013, 07:31:41 PM

Quote from: brettmcd on August 26, 2013, 07:18:35 PM

http://lungcancer.about.com/od/causesoflungcance1/f/marijuana.htm

Links in there about how pot contains many of the same cancer causing agents as tobacco, it leads to increased risks of other types of cancer and other such things.

And no single person who was stoned has ever driven and gotten into an accident that killed themselves or someone else?    That's quite a bold claim you are making.

If you smoke it, yes, those carcinogens are, in fact, there, but two points:

  • Volume- tobacco smokers smoke exponentially more amounts of tobacco than pot smokers smoke pot. In fact, the tobacco companies chemically enhance their products to ensure this. Risk is drastically lessened due to this
  • There are other methods of ingesting pot that don't release carcinogens like smoking does- vaporization, edibles, etc. The cancerous properties come from combusting it.

As for the claim- back yours up, we have ours. Again, all you have is assumptions.
194  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Marijuana. Just watched a documentary. on: August 26, 2013, 07:10:39 PM

Quote from: brettmcd on August 26, 2013, 07:05:13 PM

Not one single death ever from pot?   Bullshit.

Again, you have nothing but an assumption. Here:

http://www.drugwarfacts.org/cms/Causes_of_Death#sthash.mDyd1OEM.dpbs

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This is a remarkable statement. First, the record on marijuana encompasses 5,000 years of human experience. Second, marijuana is now used daily by enormous numbers of people throughout the world. Estimates suggest that from twenty million to fifty million Americans routinely, albeit illegally, smoke marijuana without the benefit of direct medical supervision. Yet, despite this long history of use and the extraordinarily high numbers of social smokers, there are simply no credible medical reports to suggest that consuming marijuana has caused a single death. - See more at: http://www.drugwarfacts.org/cms/Causes_of_Death#sthash.mDyd1OEM.eE5xnOKU.dpuf

195  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Marijuana. Just watched a documentary. on: August 26, 2013, 06:59:41 PM

Quote from: hepcat on August 26, 2013, 06:45:55 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 26, 2013, 06:37:40 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on August 26, 2013, 12:29:13 PM

So what you're saying is, not only have you willfully ignored everything everybody else has posted in this thread, you've ignored who is posting it as well.

I'm done with you.



sorry, I just high fived the screen.

I put my head up against the image and started throwing punches that missed the screen like it was a three stooges skit...

^The response I was looking for smile
196  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: August 26, 2013, 06:38:49 PM

Quote from: stessier on August 26, 2013, 06:34:38 PM

Quote from: Teggy on August 26, 2013, 06:00:19 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on August 26, 2013, 05:52:13 PM


We might have an alternate solution for you... I believe Ron has reached out to Rip...

Whoa, whoa, whoa. Haven't you ever heard of "single point of failure"? We need procrastination redundancy plans.

It's wrong, but that was my first thought too.  biggrin

Well, we're working out the particulars on our own redundancy plans, so OO would likely be a beneficiary of that once it happens...
197  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: August 26, 2013, 05:52:13 PM

Quote from: FishPants on August 26, 2013, 05:31:15 PM

Ok looks like speeds are good from a number of locations.. I will place the order once I'm out of my afternoon meetings.  I ate a Roti the size of my head for lunch, so if you don't hear from me by 6pm eastern please send someone over with a cup of coffee and some Charmin.

We might have an alternate solution for you... I believe Ron has reached out to Rip...
198  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Marijuana. Just watched a documentary. on: August 26, 2013, 12:29:13 PM
So what you're saying is, not only have you willfully ignored everything everybody else has posted in this thread, you've ignored who is posting it as well.

I'm done with you.

199  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: August 26, 2013, 05:28:52 AM
OO-ers, we'd be supremely grateful if any of you could go check out this thread here: http://gamingtrend.com/forums/off-topic/gaming-trend-to-speak-at-sxswi-2014-with-richard-garriott-only-if-you-help!/
200  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Marijuana. Just watched a documentary. on: August 26, 2013, 04:29:55 AM
Here, a link that is sure to make your head explode if you actually take the time to read it: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2011/12/02/driving-stoned-safer-than-driving-drunk/

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ďOne hypothesis is that itís just safer to drive under the influence of marijuana than it is drunk,Ē Rees says.  ďDrunk drivers take more risk, they tend to go faster.  They donít realize how impaired they are.  People who are under the influence of marijuana drive slower, they donít take as many risks.Ē
The other theory, Rees says, is that people smoking marijuana simply donít go out as much.
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