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2131  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Is the federal income tax legal? (USA) on: March 01, 2009, 11:41:56 AM
Did you hear about the insanity they were considering in Oregon?  Putting GPS devices on all cars and charging gas taxes based on where you drove and at what time of day.  Taking a busy road at rush hour costs more in maintenance than taking a country road at midnight, so you'd pay more for taking the busy road.  The funding part sounds kind of logical, but how freaky would it be for the government to always know exactly where your car is? 

I'm sure they said "Oh, but we wouldn't monitor or use the data in real-time." 

But that would have changed to "Except for if a crime has been committed.  Hey, you'd want us to use it to find your car if it was stolen, right?" 

And people would have said "Oh, yeah, that's a good idea.  Do that."

And then it would have turned into "Well, you know how terrorists are, so we're just going to monitor them, too."

And before probably a year had passed, we'd be in the same illegal wiretapping situation we have been with the Feds, but with our cars instead of our phones. 

BTW, I'm not really some crazy "the gov'mint's gonna kill us all" guy - I'm just seeing disturbing trends these days in terms of what they want to do and what people are cool with, and then how the people get all surprised (but not very angry) when it snowballs into something way bigger than they thought it would.  As the now-famous Benjamin Franklin quote goes, "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."
2132  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Is the federal income tax legal? (USA) on: March 01, 2009, 01:53:42 AM
Don't part of federal taxes go toward maintaining interstate highways/freeways?
2133  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Star Trek on: February 28, 2009, 01:23:18 AM
Yeah, apparently after the events of the last movie (whatever they were), the Romulan empire pretty much fell apart, and he's a mighty ticked off dude.
2134  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: February 27, 2009, 12:52:11 PM
Caught Push at the theater the other night.  With my low standards, it was a pretty fun show.  Some people felt like there were pretty big plot holes, but I didn't think it was that bad, and I didn't care anyway.  The only thing I really didn't like was that I felt they tried to make Dakota Fanning sexy, and that's just wrong.  She's 14, for heck's sake.  I did like her character, just not how they dressed her.

(Geez, I must be old.)
2135  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Star Trek on: February 27, 2009, 12:47:27 PM
His stuff is hit and miss for me - some of it I really enjoy, some of it I don't.  I hope to like this movie, though.  I have found in my movie watching that I prefer to have my lower standards and find a lot of stuff entertaining rather than expect every movie to be amazing and then be disappointed 80% of the time.
2136  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: PSP2 confirmed by Acclaim dude. on: February 25, 2009, 05:00:20 PM
Me too - if I can't buy physical stuff, I'm tied to an internet connection or at least a computer when I want to buy new stuff OR swap out games. 

Gaming on the go + being tied down = fail.  I just need to look at my Virtual Boy to be reminded of that.
2137  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 2007 Edition on: February 25, 2009, 02:46:57 PM
Check it out - not me, but it's my new "collection" of amigurumi who sit on my desk.  Dr. Zoidberg, a "corporate zombie" (that's blood on his face - it's redder than my phone camera makes it look), and Cthulhu.  You can't see them well, but he has awesome little wings on his back.

2138  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Is the federal income tax legal? (USA) on: February 24, 2009, 08:03:21 AM
I <3 Ron Paul btw. Call me a Paul-Tard and I will punch you in the gonads.

What about a Re-Ron? ;)
2139  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: February 23, 2009, 11:08:45 AM
Spent the last week or so playing nothing but Blue Dragon Plus.  (Review to be posted shortly.)  Finished it, now trying to finish up the stuff I left behind in Crisis Core... before I break down and buy Retro Game Challenge.
2140  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Is the federal income tax legal? (USA) on: February 23, 2009, 08:38:34 AM
Yeah, I think it's a case of "just see what happens if you try to get out of paying" thing.  I'll just go ahead and do it.  Legally required or not, I like that the government provides services for me, even if I don't always agree with them on what those services should be or how much money they should put into them.
2141  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: February 23, 2009, 08:18:32 AM
Coraline in 3D.  Saw a commercial saying it was the last weekend for it (in 3D) and it sucked me in.  Thought it was pretty decent - definitely Gaiman-esque.  There were a bunch of visual elements that reminded me of Mirrormask.
2142  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: February 17, 2009, 12:19:33 PM
I think that developers have been realizing over the last few years that some elements of RPGs have a lot broader appeal than they thought.  Mainly, the idea of building a character over the course of a game to a greater extent than just "now you have a shotgun." 

For example, I seem to remember that one of our own said his favorite RPG of the last year was NHL 2009, and although that game didn't fall into what we'd normally think of as the RPG genre, I could definitely understand what he meant based on the player customization available there.
2143  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: February 16, 2009, 05:22:55 PM
I went and saw Coraline today. I was disappointed. The reviews had me believe it would be awesome, but it wasn't. I was bored out of my mind. I was looking at the time every few minutes.

Reminds me of when I saw the dark knight for the first time...

;)


Blasphemer!


j/k - I liked TDK, but didn't think it was the most amazing thing I've ever seen like so many did.
2144  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Finally, a way to make my Barack Obama vs. Optimus Prime diorama a reality on: February 13, 2009, 10:20:57 AM
Up until I hit the part with the guns, I was thinking "meh, this is kind of interesting, but whatever."  But then, katanas!
2145  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: February 11, 2009, 02:00:14 PM
I have that book, but didn't read it yet.  I started to read Imajica and got hundreds of pages in before I gave up on it because I hated it.  Will be interested to see if you post what you think about The Great and Secret Show.
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