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1996  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Project: Find something new in your town. on: October 10, 2009, 12:54:29 AM
Wow, Geocaching looks like great fun, and perfect for really learning MotionX on my iPhone. My only question is, when I do a search for caches in my area, how do I narrow it down to only recently found (or unfound) caches? There's like 250 pages of caches, and it doesn't seem to be sorted in any particular order.

When I go to the site and search on a location, it sorts the caches by proximity to the coordinates I gave.  On the left hand side of the results, it should give a distance and a direction from the point you asked for.  Outside of that, I've never actually tried sorting, although I do try to look at whether one's been found recently or not.
1997  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 2007 Edition on: October 09, 2009, 10:51:10 AM
Very nice, MGF.

And Moonlight, yeah - for whatever reason, we've never stopped posting in this thread, so you're in the right place. :)
1998  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: October 09, 2009, 10:41:18 AM
Oh my gosh - I have totally wondered how that book would seem to anyone who'd read the original, and how they managed to put in the zombies and still have it somehow go with the original stuff.  If you feel like giving more info, I for one would be interested.


Oh, and to give myself a break from re-reading the Wheel of Time series, I've been re-reading the Alvin Maker series by Orson Scott Card.  He's a grade A nutcase these days, but that's still a great series (and one that started a long time ago), and if he ever writes the last book, I'll totally read it. :)
1999  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Demon's Souls on: October 09, 2009, 10:30:08 AM
Eric, I'm gonna have to go with Gamespot on this one.  It got their "punishing difficulty" award, described as: "You might be good enough at games to make your way through this one, but when you visit some message board and start bragging about how it was 'no big deal,' you're just making a fool of yourself."

I'm too lazy to look through them all, but I'd be surprised if there was a single review that didn't say "this game is really hard."
2000  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Project: Find something new in your town. on: October 09, 2009, 10:27:14 AM
So, I went out geocaching in Boulder this week, and saw a huge deer.  At least a four point... but I wasn't close enough to count exactly, and the picture I took is blurry. :(  But it was cool to see a deer - I don't see any by my house.
2001  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Bloggers can now be fined for Ad fraud on: October 07, 2009, 10:08:56 AM
I don't think we do - the idea is to cut down on viral marketing and people "endorsing" products when they really just work for the company on the downlow.  Sites like RPGFan are different in my mind.

I mean, raise your hand if you think those of us who write for the site buy all of the games we write about, rather than getting free copies of some of them?  (Yes, just some - I think we all buy/rent some of the games we cover.)
2002  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Project: Find something new in your town. on: October 06, 2009, 03:00:48 PM
I'm a big fan/patron of small local places (although I'm not a rabid hater of the chains), but the biggest thing I think I do in terms of seeing just what's out there in my community is geocaching.  I think I've talked about it here before, but it's fun and an easy way to get outside and do something free, as well as get some exercise without really having to force yourself.  Someone in my area set up a series of halloween-themed caches that my wife and I plan to track down this weekend.

Anyone who's interested can check out www.geocaching.com for details, but the basics are that you get a GPS-enabled device, download coordinates, then go to those coordinates and search around for the container someone else left there.  Some are small enough you can only fit a paper to sign, others are big enough to hold trinkets for trading.  It's fun to find them, though, and feel like you're kind of in on a secret.  Most of them, you'd walk right by them without ever knowing they were there unless you were on the hunt.
2003  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: NISA PSP back catalog of titles to be available on PSN for $5-$12 (50% off sale) on: October 06, 2009, 01:02:14 PM
Bought Prinny: CIRBtH and played just the tutorial so far.  Fun, but I wish there hadn't been sales tax to bring it up from $9.99 to $10.64.  Since there's nothing else I'm considering buying on PSN, that means the game cost me $15.

But unlike Microsoft or Nintendo's services you can pay in exact amounts above $5. Did you just add funds before buying? Because if that's why you paid $15 then you should know it's not necessary, just head straight to buy and it'll ask if you want to add, say, $10.64 to your account.

Well that just blows.  I didn't find that option.  Wonder if it's because I bought it directly on my PSP or because I didn't guess to try the right option.  Probably the latter. :)
2004  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: NISA PSP back catalog of titles to be available on PSN for $5-$12 (50% off sale) on: October 05, 2009, 10:59:06 AM
Bought Prinny: CIRBtH and played just the tutorial so far.  Fun, but I wish there hadn't been sales tax to bring it up from $9.99 to $10.64.  Since there's nothing else I'm considering buying on PSN, that means the game cost me $15.
2005  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: something thats been bugging me for a while. on: October 04, 2009, 02:35:30 PM
That reminds me of both American Gods by Neil Gaiman and of the Incarnations of Immortality series by Piers Anthony... for whatever that's worth.
2006  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Gran Turismo PSP on: October 01, 2009, 11:31:38 PM
I keep thinking about buying it, but I know I don't like that kind of racing game.  I like Burnout, and I'm lousy at the more realistic games like GT.
2007  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Breaking addictions on: September 30, 2009, 10:00:15 AM
You can be addicted to just about anything, and it's always tough to break.  Smoking, drinking, eating, porn, if you're hooked, you find yourself doing stuff even if you don't want to.  You don't even enjoy whatever it is sometimes - you just have to do it, because you're addicted.
2008  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: something thats been bugging me for a while. on: September 28, 2009, 08:21:20 PM
This is just me talking but I think the whole topic is irrelevant. I stopped believing in "God" a loooong time ago. I'm all for spirituality if that's your thing and it's a positive influence on your life but I simply can't believe in an all powerful creator. Also, don't bother talking down to me or telling me I'm wrong. It's my life, not yours.

"Don't bother talking down to me?"  I assume you realize how condescending that sounds.  Yay, irony.

Regardless, yeah, it is just you talking when you say the topic's irrelevant, for two reasons.  One, your personal belief in God has no bearing on the discussion of why people talk about God as a male.  Two, some people find the topic of others beliefs interesting, even when those beliefs do not match their own.


To Hidoshi: yeah, in that case, I bet you're right.  There are religions that believe that God was once a human, but has moved on to a more exalted plane of existence (my apologies to anyone who thinks I'm talking about their church and getting it wrong), but even that wouldn't mean God's human now.
2009  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RIZ-ZOAWD coming to America as The Wizard of Oz: Beyond the Yellow Brick Road on: September 28, 2009, 03:37:08 PM
Non-sequiter, perhaps, but that's one of the reasons I've loved the heck out of the Disgaea games (caveat: I never played the PS2 versions).  You can watch the animations, or you can turn them off, and you can do it independently for allies and enemies.  It's cool in Pokemon, too, but I always wish there was more to the animations in that series - you know, animals actually attacking each other.
2010  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: something thats been bugging me for a while. on: September 28, 2009, 11:05:16 AM
I would argue that no serious scholar of religion thinks of God as a "man", but that is the public concept of Abrahamic God. It's less prominent say, in Hinduism (where female Shakti is given quite a bit of importance), or Buddhism (where gender is often removed from deities altogether).

I wanted to argue, but then I realized that maybe I wasn't being as precise in my head as you meant in your post.  So questions:

- When you say "man," in quotes, are you deliberately separating that from being male?  (For example, I am a man.  My pet rabbit was a male, but not a man.)

- When you say "scholar of religion," are you talking about people who study a lot of religions, or are you talking about people who have amassed a very large amount of knowledge about one religion?

Because I'd tend to agree with you regardless of the second question if the answer to the first is yes.  If the answer to the first question is no, I'd definitely argue with you if the answer to the second question is... the second thing I said. :)
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