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9321  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBLM Download Question on: September 05, 2007, 06:08:35 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on September 05, 2007, 06:01:18 PM

You could log into a buddy's Xbox with your gamertag and download all your crap onto it?  I would think they wouldn't allow that.

I think if it's downloaded onto a box it wasn't originally downloaded to, you need to be logged into your Live account to be able to run it.
9322  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mercs 2 delayed until Q2 08?! on: September 05, 2007, 05:34:21 PM
Excellent!  My purchasing schedule for this holiday season is starting to look pretty manageable!
9323  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - nearly at the peak of awesomeness! on: September 05, 2007, 05:32:53 PM
Other songs announced as well:

  # Celebrity Skin - Hole
  # I Think I'm Paranoid - Garbage
  # Maps - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  # Wave of Mutilation - The Pixies
9324  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How many pilots or pilots-to-be do we have here? on: September 05, 2007, 05:31:45 PM
Since I already posted kronovan and Interloper's cockpits, I guess it's only fair I post a photograph of juniordan's as well:

Kidding aside, I believe computer game flight simulators really do give you a head start when trying to fly real-life planes; I know it made a difference in my own training.  Besides just starting with a better understanding of the mechanics of how stick & rudder controls work, since games like Fly! let you interact with pretty much every button and switch in the cockpit I even started my lessons knowing which switches went to which lights and how to dial in the VOR.
9325  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Post count padding on: September 05, 2007, 05:08:45 PM


9326  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So they're making us choose... on: September 05, 2007, 02:40:21 PM
She weighs 150 kilograms and fires $200 custom tooled cartridges at 10,000 rounds per minute.  It costs $400,000 to fire this weapon for twelve seconds.  AHAHhhahahahHAAHAH!!

Oh my god, who touched Sasha?!   WHO TOUCHED MY GUN?

No contest, gotta go with Team Fortress 2. smile

9327  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Attention Parents: Another Mattel Recall on: September 05, 2007, 12:39:14 PM
Has The Onion done a take on this yet?
9328  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How many pilots or pilots-to-be do we have here? on: September 05, 2007, 03:35:30 AM

Quote from: Interloper on September 04, 2007, 11:28:28 PM

FYI, airlines are hurting in a bad way for pilots.  If you ever wanted to pursue it professionally, now is the time.  The training has become so bloody expensive that the supply is quickly drying up.

It's real interesting to hear your story of a civilian path to commercial flight.  The instructors that I talked to when I was flying all really stressed to me what an uphill battle it is for civilian pilots versus ex-air force pilots, but they did say the balance was shifting away from military.

I was taking my lessons with the idea of making it a career, but when my training was cut short it was hard to get it going again, and I moved on to other things.  It's still a very tempting idea, but I think the current plan is to somehow make lots of money to be able to just fly recreationally. smile

It's alluring to hear you say that it's a great time to pursue a professional career.  Like you say, it gets in your blood; I really miss it.  Largely I really thrived on how much was going on at once.  Even in a little 152 there were so many things to pay attention to at once: looking for traffic, finetuning the throttle, the trim, scanning the gauges, monitoring the radio, adjusting the VOR, and on and on.  A busy one hour flight could leave me feeling like I just drove 8 hours, and I loved it.

I'm looking at my old flight school's website and it doesn't look like the 152 rental price has gone up too too much; I shudder to think what the fuel would cost now, though.
9329  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How many pilots or pilots-to-be do we have here? on: September 05, 2007, 03:19:13 AM

Quote from: kronovan on September 04, 2007, 10:23:11 PM

Wonderpug, those are awesome pictures.
. . .
I'm amazed that you're allowed to take photos from the cockpit, my instructors real old school -ex CDN Forces Air command pilot- and there's no way he'd allow it.

The first two are just from the internet, and the third is from Interloper himself. smile
9330  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Post count padding on: September 04, 2007, 10:07:42 PM
I disagree with this post.
9331  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How many pilots or pilots-to-be do we have here? on: September 04, 2007, 09:26:41 PM
After hearing about kronovan training in a Skyhawk, and Interloper apparently flying commercial(?), I was curious just how many pilots we've got around on the forums.

I've got just 35-40 hours or so logged mostly in a Cessna 152, with occasional flights in a 172 or a 182.  I got up to my solo certification in the training, and was about to do my solo cross-country when a series of bad weather timing and an unavoidable apartment move left the license hanging.  I flew out of the Santa Monica Airport, which I have to say is a pretty beautiful area to learn how to fly, and the large amount of traffic you get for flying pressed against LAX's airspace gives great (but tough) experience you'd have a harder time getting with less traffic out in the boonies.

The 152 I flew in basically shoves you into the lap of your instructor:

kronovan, in his 172R, gets a tad bit more elbow room:

Something tells me we're not getting quite the same experience in our Cessnas that Interloper gets in his Embraer:

For those of you who're curious about flying but have never tried it....try it!  I'm sure prices have gone up in the past 5 years, but you used to be able to go on a demo flight at most flight schools for under $100.  You'd get to sit in the pilot's seat, have a scenic 30-45 minutes or so in the air, and spend the majority of the time controlling the plane yourself with the instructor's guidance.  It's really a great, great experience.

So do we have anyone else with some hours logged?
9332  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Disputing a hotel charge? on: September 04, 2007, 08:38:48 PM

Quote from: Austin on September 04, 2007, 08:31:06 PM

I've never had much trouble just getting the hotel to credit the charge. 

Seriously.  If they give you guff just get on the phone and whine until they let you talk to a manager and then whine some more and they'll give in.
9333  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Your [other] hobbies on: September 04, 2007, 08:29:01 PM
Music - Mainly practicing guitar, dabbling with a trumpet, clarinet, and violin.  If I had a piano it would get as much time as the guitar.

Languages - My goal is to have basic conversational skills in at least 6 languages by the time I'm 30.  I've got some basic rusty German already, Japanese is going well and continuing to grow, and Spanish and Tagalog are next on the to-do list.

Cooking - Besides the basic learning of new recipes as I cook to feed myself and my fiancee, I'm working on building a bigger repertoire of techniques so that I can go all Iron Chef/Top Chef when I entertain friends.

Crafts - I like learning how to do things I don't know how to do, last endeavors were learning to crochet and knit.  Man card be damned, I'm probably going to try and knit my close friends some stuff for their new baby on the way.

Running - Currently training for my first race: a half-marathon.  Tempted to thinking about the Boston Marathon as the following goal, but one step at a time, no pun intended.

Reading - wide range of fiction and non-fiction catches my fancy

Bowling - I was in a "Pizza & Beer" league for a year and had an absolute blast.  Went from bowling a 125 at the start to bowling 200-220 at the end of the season, winning me the "most improved" award.  As soon as I manage to get my ball back from California I'll be back to the lanes as soon as I can.

Movies - I love joining the opening night crowds.

Racing - On the to-do list, trying to get more into the autocross circuit.  A good friend of mine is an officer in the Upstate NY chapter, but I've been lazy about investigating the Massachusetts offerings.

Flying - Also on the to-do list, I had a solo flight certificate and around 35-40 hours flight time logged some years back but I didn't get to finish the actual Private Pilot License.  When I've got a bit more disposable income I'll be finishing this up pronto.

Model Construction - Haven't made one in a long time, but I'd love to get back into the habit.  I've got a big Cessna model that's at least a 1/10 scale that I've been itching to do for a while.  I took a bunch of reference photos of the plane I trained on so that I can paint the model the same way.

Shooting - My fiancee will kill me, but I'm going to start going to the range in the next year or so.  I just have to gather up the courage to wade through all the Massachusetts red tape to get a gun license.

Writing - My goal is to get some kind of short story or novel published.  Long term goal, but lately I've been doing more research into various writing & publishing guides to get a better sense of how to tackle this.

Backpacking/Camping/Hiking - Did a lot more of this when I was still in California, but I'll be doing more of it for sure once I manage to bring some more of my equipment over to Boston.

Travel - I lugged my car all the way from California to Boston, so I damn well better get some real use out of it here.  We've done excursions to Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont, but we really want to see more of Western Mass., CT, and Rhode Island.  A trip to Washington D.C. has a high priority as well, I really want to finally see the Natural History Museum, the Air & Space Museum, and the new Air & Space Annex they have at the airport.
9334  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: The print icon looks like an old man with a beard & tophat and it's freaky on: September 04, 2007, 07:42:57 PM
Here you go: 
9335  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: The print icon looks like an old man with a beard & tophat and it's freaky on: September 04, 2007, 07:39:28 PM
1808 users using SMF Default Theme
112 users using BlackDay

94% of us have no idea what you're talking about. smile
9336  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Post count padding on: September 04, 2007, 03:26:43 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 04, 2007, 03:25:41 PM

Quote from: Austin on September 04, 2007, 03:24:48 PM

Oh sure.  Now I'll probably get blamed for this derail.  Thanks guys; thanks a lot.  mad

ME too!


9337  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Food] Favorite cheese? on: September 04, 2007, 03:03:49 PM
I love just about any cheese, but if I had to pick some top favorites:

Brie.  I love brie.  Also pretty much any other similar soft cheese.  There's this brie/gorgonzola sort of blend that I had the other day that was just fantastic.
Goat cheese is wonderful in just about any form.  There's this tapas place in Boston that does this delicious baked goat cheese dish, mmm...
Swiss Lorraine is excellent and a favorite of mine for sandwiches.
Pepperjack is my favorite for burgers.

You really can't go wrong, though.  I'm not sure if I've ever met a cheese I didn't like.

By the way there's this restaurant chain in California called Max's Opera Cafe.  They've got this "ultimate grilled cheese" sandwich that has brie, havarti, and muenster melting everywhere, as well as bacon and tomato.  It must be about 2000 calories, but oh man is it delicious.
9338  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Post count padding on: September 04, 2007, 01:59:17 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 04, 2007, 01:53:31 PM

Quote from: Austin on September 04, 2007, 01:41:43 PM

I disagree with the original poster.

Me, too!




9339  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Where is your Armageddon Empires thread? Cause this game is excellent... on: September 04, 2007, 02:04:03 AM
The UI change and the gameplay additions all look excellent.

One piece of advice for newcomers to the game: Vic implemented the "F" key as a sort of catch all button to move through many of the basic click-through screens.  It's much quicker and easier than moving the mouse cursor around for so many activities.  Combined with using WASD for moving the map around and spacebar to open/close the deck, it really speeds up the gameplay.
9340  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How Fast Have You Driven in Your Current Car? on: September 03, 2007, 09:04:19 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on September 01, 2007, 05:21:51 PM

Yamaha R1 - 191mph (Motorway)

You realize that planes don't even need that kinda speed to take flight, right?  That had to have been crazy!

Can't help the derail, but the old little Cessna 152 I used to fly could take off at 65mph or so. smile
9341  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Gears of War-Impressions on: September 03, 2007, 11:23:39 AM
Hey cool, glad I'm not the only one that's gonna be late late late to the Gears party.  I'm still holding out on buying it until I get my HDTV in a couple months.
9342  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying in September? on: September 03, 2007, 01:17:47 AM
Wow, looks like I'm not buying any September releases, how about that!  Plenty of titles from earlier months that I'm still trying to get around to buying, though.
9343  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist: Labor Day Edition on: August 31, 2007, 02:16:32 PM
Armageddon Empires
Finally finishing up the last trial of Phoenix Wright 1 that I never got around to, so that I can move on to Phoenix Wright 2 in time for #3.

Might break down and buy Metroid Prime 3 to play as well.
9344  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Where is your Armageddon Empires thread? Cause this game is excellent... on: August 31, 2007, 01:03:42 PM
I just got this early in the week.  Very fun, though it does indeed have a bit of a learning curve.  The collectible card game mechanics mixed with the hex-TBS is a really neat concept. 

Aside from a few quirks with the UI, my only gripe is that that the dice are two sided.  The board game style throw of the dice doesn't build quite as much excitement for me when I'm looking at them as a row of coin tosses.  Illogical, I know.

I'm really looking forward to digging in some more after I finish moving to my new apartment.  This is the kind of game you point to when you want to remind someone why it's still good to be a PC gamer.

Oh, and Canuck, I agree about those AAR's being overwhelming.  When I saw them I dismissed the game as another niche uber-complex hex wargame that would be way over my head.  Glad Bill Harris got me to take a 2nd look at that OO thread.
9345  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orange Box: Meet the Soldier video on: August 30, 2007, 09:36:28 PM
Not as good as the Heavy "Who touched Sasha?!" Weapons Guy, but still pretty fun. smile  Can't wait for this one to arrive!
9346  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Say hello to Simba's new little sister [56k asplosion of photos] on: August 30, 2007, 05:39:33 PM
Holy shit, too fucking cute!  Congrats!
9347  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Here she comes, Mrs. on: August 30, 2007, 12:00:17 PM
The ironic part is that she's Canadian, but when they asked her where she was from she pointed to South Carolina.
9348  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: omg Desktop thread on: August 30, 2007, 03:07:24 AM

Quote from: Gratch on August 29, 2007, 08:18:59 PM

Makes me realize I have entirely too many icons on my desktop.

Don't worry, you're not the only one:

9349  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon - PS3 with 8 movies for $499.99! on: August 30, 2007, 02:35:15 AM
More like a clearance sa--

Hey that's not bad!  Hope there are still deals like this around when I get around to buying mine.
9350  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Here she comes, Mrs. on: August 29, 2007, 04:16:50 PM

Quote from: Jag on August 29, 2007, 04:01:19 PM

George Bush said he had no problemo understandering her answerfication.

She did a heckuva job!
9351  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I want to kick all of your butts at Super Puzzle Fighter... PSN or Live for on: August 29, 2007, 03:47:22 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 29, 2007, 03:41:24 PM

never played it, so I'll be trying the demo first on XBL.

Uh...Dan is the best character for beginners, try using him first!   paranoid
9352  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - now with more awesomeness on: August 29, 2007, 03:31:52 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 29, 2007, 03:27:11 PM

Quote from: Xmann on August 29, 2007, 01:18:59 PM

Any word on whether there will be a microphone stand?  I'd love to play the guitar or drums and sing at the same time.

Actually any word on how the game registers the microphone for scoring?

Tone + Phonemes I think has been the official word.  Star power lets you do freeform vocals or some such.

I don't think I've heard anything about an official mic stand, but I'd imagine you could just use a regular one.
9353  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty 4 Hands-on Questions on: August 29, 2007, 02:57:52 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 29, 2007, 02:56:31 PM

I wonder if they're doing the same thing Rainbow Six Vegas did where you have 1 set of graphics for SP and another for SP.

You just blew my mind.
9354  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EGM rumors - Okami on Wii and Kingdom Hearts games on: August 29, 2007, 12:52:09 PM

Quote from: Calvin on August 29, 2007, 06:59:34 AM

Quote from: EddieA on August 29, 2007, 06:13:01 AM

1Up has some rumors from the latest EGM - Kingdom Hearts is getting the FF7 treatment with a series of prequel games for different platforms, and Okami is coming to the Wii.  The KH news fits with what Square Enix has said about the next game wouldn't be KH3.
Okami on the wii makes a ton of sense.

I seem to remember us all wondering why it wasn't made a Wii launch title in the first place.
9355  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Carnival Games on: August 29, 2007, 03:07:41 AM
Considering it, hoping for impressions, may add it to the backlog of games to add to my backlog.
9356  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Here she comes, Mrs. on: August 29, 2007, 02:00:50 AM
I'm going to throw out a guess that drifter probably doesn't mind too much if people make fun of this particular not-too-bright pageant contestant, but would rather not have all of the South categorically labeled as being stupid with her as evidence.
9357  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Topics Started Query? on: August 28, 2007, 07:01:00 PM
It already does the Top 10, did you have something else in mind?
9358  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: A question about Steam on: August 28, 2007, 06:45:25 PM
Just to second the advice, Steam seems to be pretty good at letting you know about compatibility with non-Steam versions.  The new Civilization expansion on Steam, for example, I believe says it will work with non-Steam.
9359  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: PR - Manga Entertainment's Anime Classics on: August 28, 2007, 03:42:57 PM
Some of the Super Go-Bots were actually kind of neat.  I had Staks, Psycho, and (sigh, yes this his name), Baron von Joy.

The Go-Bots "puzzler" line was also really cool, even when compared to Transformers combiners:

Sadly I only had the torso and one arm. frown
9360  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - now with more awesomeness on: August 28, 2007, 03:31:05 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 28, 2007, 03:07:24 PM

Quote from: ATB on August 28, 2007, 02:06:02 PM

There's a vid from PAX of someone playing. I'm even closer to canceling my pre-order.


Quote from: [email protected]
Two more videos, this time from PAX '07.

First video (2:47) has Penny Arcade creators Gabe and Tycho playing Ok Go's Here It Goes Again.

The second video  (7:04) has Gabe, Tycho and Gabe's wife Kara rocking Bon Jovi's Wanted Dead Or Alive with all the bells and whistles of a real concert.
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