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2566  The Rest / General Discussions / A couple gets engaged through Halo 3 on: November 10, 2007, 10:28:07 PM
Haha - saw this the other day and thought it was hilarious.  The good news is that they have at least one common interest...
2567  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Heroes discussion on: November 09, 2007, 10:24:33 AM
Quote from: "Raze"
(She said Bob killed DL when Matt's dad was in her head, hopefully he did and that wasn't just part of the illusion)

Nope - Linderman shot him at the end of last season, and he died from that.  I actually liked him better than her, so I was sad about that.

Did you guys see this interview?  Tim Kring basically said "I'm sorry" about the parts of this season that haven't been as good as last season.
2568  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: November 07, 2007, 10:48:45 PM
In case you were interested, I Am Legend has been made into a movie twice before.  

First, it was The Last Man on Earth, starring Vincent Price.  That one's available on Google Video for free because it's old enough to be public domain.  I've seen it two or three times, and I think it's a pretty good film.  It leaves out some of the interesting stuff from the story (like the answer to the question "what if a vampire is jewish?"), but it's still good.

After that, it was made again as The Omega Man, starring Charlton Heston.  I haven't seen that one, but it's very different from the book, and I hear it's not very good.  Here's a trailer.

I just finished listening to the book on tape of The Picture of Dorian Gray.  Great book.  It's kind of twilight zoney, and I like that.  It's available for free too, also because it's public domain.  I found it at Librivox.  

While I'm plugging free stuff, if you want to read old books for free (rather than listen to them), you can download them for free at Project Gutenberg.

More recently, I found out that Baen books has stuff available for free too!  Baen puts out fantasy books, in case you don't know them by name.  There aren't a TON of books there, but hey, they're more recent books and they're available legally for free, and that's pretty nice.
2569  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Blog on: November 07, 2007, 01:53:24 PM
I use blogger, and like it.  They've added some nice functionality since I first joined, and if you're more hardcore than me, you can do some nice stuff with customizing your templates.

They just added a thing so that if you comment on someone's post, you can check a box to have followup comments emailed to you.  I like that.
2570  Media / Single-Player RPGs / A practice in objectivity on: November 06, 2007, 10:30:50 PM
OK, no suggestion for a new one, so I'm doing what I want. :)

Diablo 2 (including the Lord of Destruction expansion)

+ Fun and accessible, with enough loot to keep you collecting for a long time
+ Expansion pack added a LOT of worthwhile stuff
+ 7 distinct classes (including expansion classes) that were all different and fun to play

- Patches you needed to fix bugs also made huge changes to gameplay that could take a character you had put many, many hours into developing and make them worthless
- Tons of items to collect and craft, but not much space to store them in, making collecting any rare sets very difficult
- Rampant cheating, item duping, and annoying kiddies online made multiplayer a lot less fun to play

And since I'm looking for more hacky-slashy here, I'm calling out Marvel Ultimate Alliance next.
2571  The Rest / General Discussions / War Insurance tax on my flight?! on: November 06, 2007, 10:13:59 PM
"Odds bodkins, Wilbur!  There appears to be a bloody snake on our bloody airplane!"

"Wait a few seconds, Orville, and I'll pick it off when you land."

(Never realized how tough it'd be to figure out 1900s swear words!  And I still didn't get it right!)
2572  Media / Miscellaneous Games / The iPod has a killer app! on: November 06, 2007, 08:00:32 PM
That's at least 10 kinds of awesome.  For the first time, I want an iPod.
2573  The Rest / General Discussions / War Insurance tax on my flight?! on: November 06, 2007, 01:27:30 PM
Here's some more info on war insurance.

It was news to me, but it looks like a sad necessity these days.  It appears to cover expenses to the airlines caused by sabotage, war, hijackings, etc.  So it's not specifically related to Mr. Bush's daddy issues.
2574  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Heroes discussion on: November 06, 2007, 12:03:37 PM
I agree - last night's episode was great.  I loved the fact that several story lines got wrapped up (or at least moved to the next chapter).

The way I understand things, they didn't actually accelerate the season - just reshot the 12/3 episode so it could be a season ending.  Unlike last season, where the whole season was one long story, "Volume 1," this season was planned to be two or three (I think two) shorter volumes, so if things don't get resolved with the writers' strike, they'll just end the season at the end of Volume 2 (the one we're in right now).  Sad but serendipitous (or insanely good planning).

Matt stopped his dad and rescued Molly, Peter got at least some of his memory back... Is that his mom's power?  It definitely seemed to come from her.  I always wanted her to not have a power, but several things that have been said this season lead me to think she does.  It was sad that Pete's girlfriend got trapped in the future, though. :(

Let's see... Hiro came home and the whole "is he Kensei or not" got resolved.  (For anyone who is reading this and didn't see it, the answer is basically yes.  He either did what Kensei in the legends did himself or was the only reason that the brit did them, so the girl said he was truly Kensei.)

Claire lost her boyfriend (yeah!), the virus got out, and we found out that Adam was the original Kensei, who's still alive after all this time.  Since there were at least rumors before the season began about a character who's been around for hundreds of years, I think most people saw him as an extremely likely candidate for that role, and also likely to be the killer, so it wasn't shocking (to me) when those turned out to be the case, but it was nice to have the whole question resolved.  Interesting to see that his perception of Hiro's actions way way back then was probably the motivation for his actions now...
2575  Media / Single-Player RPGs / A practice in objectivity on: November 05, 2007, 03:15:53 PM
Reference for anyone who (like me) is new to the term "Mary Sue-ism."  I was surprised I'd never heard it before, since it's been around for a while.

2576  The Rest / General Discussions / Jones Soda Halloween flavors on: November 04, 2007, 01:19:12 AM
I'm a sucker for new soda flavors.
Pepsi Blue?  Not so good.
Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper?  I was surprised, but became a fan.
Mountain Dew Baja Blast?  Yep, I tried that one too.  Didn't love it.
Not a soda, but I loved Orbitz.

Name a flavor of a soda, and I've probably tried it.  Actually, there are a couple of flavors of Jolt that I only saw once and didn't get to try, but those are about all I can think of.

The fine folks at Jones soda have always had some flavors that are out-of-the-ordinary, like Green Apple and Fufu Berry, but they tend to do some REALLY weird stuff for the holidays.  Stuff even I'm not gutsy enough to try.  Stuff like Turkey & Gravy, Green Bean Casserole, and Brussels Sprout with Prosciutto.  Sickos.
(Want to find out more?  Look here for 2004, 2005, and 2006)

This Halloween season, I saw several flavors of Halloween Jones soda at the store, and they didn't look as horrible as the Thanksgiving flavors, so I decided to try them out if I got a chance.  You know, if they got really cheap.  Since Halloween's over, that has now happened, and Amy and I picked up the five flavors we could still find: Dread Licorice, Black Cat Licorice, Monster Mojito, Candy Corn, and Lemon Drop Dead.  I've tried them all now, and here's what I thought, in case you were dying to know.

Regular-sized bottles
Dread Licorice: pretty decent.  It reminds me quite a bit of red cream soda, although it has a bit of licorice flavor that makes a difference.
Black Cat Licorice: tastes very much like liquid black licorice.  If you like the sound of that, it'll probably be just what you were looking for.  I drank it with some pizza, and it didn't work quite as well as my traditional root beer, but it wasn't a bad combination, either.
Monster Mojito: I'm kind of at a disadvantage on this one, because I have no idea what a mojito should taste like.  I didn't really like this, but I finished the bottle without too much trouble.  Seems like it had a sort of citrusy flavor.

Half-sized cans
Candy Corn: very accurately reflected the taste of candy corn in a drinkable carbonated form.  I thought it was OK, Amy didn't.  She says it's probably because she's not used to sweet stuff (since she tends to stick to diet soda).
Lemon Drop Dead: let's put it this way.  13-year-old me would have loved this stuff.  Again, Jones did a good job of liquifying candy... but this time it was Sour Patch Kids.  The most acidic thing I've ever put in my mouth.  The list of ingredients begins with "carbonated water, inverted cane sugar, citric acid."  It was a struggle to finish a half-sized can of this stuff, and after I was done, I had to look in a mirror to see if my face had frozen all smushed up.  It hadn't, but when I burped, I got that nasty acidy taste in my mouth.  You know the one I mean.  Ew.
2577  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: November 03, 2007, 11:35:11 PM
Wow - you guys are making me feel lame.  I just finished the third book in "The Edge Chronicles," a series targeted at probably early teens.  I read the first two a while ago after liking the Series of Unfortunate Events books, and had to read the third one to finish out the first trilogy.

I'm now reading the third book in David & Leigh Eddings' series "The Dreamers."  I was reminded fairly quickly that this series is kind of weak, even if you're a fan of their work, but oh well.  I have read pretty much everything he/they have ever written (he used to just put his name on everything, but later said "you know what?  My wife has really been a big part of writing these books" and started putting her name on all of them too.

Guess I'm in "finish old series" mode right now.
2578  Media / Single-Player RPGs / So... Hellgate London on: November 02, 2007, 10:04:00 PM
I picked up the box at the store today (but didn't buy yet), and it says there are six classes in the game, only two of which were available in the demo.  Frankly, it seems unlikely that I'd play as either of the demo classes.  As you might guess, I like summoning classes.
2579  The Rest / General Discussions / Atari creator: modern games are unadulterated trash on: October 31, 2007, 08:55:03 PM
Sounds like his opinion on GTA is that it glorifies such bad behavior that he doesn't care if it was innovative or not.
2580  Media / Single-Player RPGs / A practice in objectivity on: October 31, 2007, 08:49:52 PM
Quote from: "RPGRocker"
As requested, Final Fantasy Tactics Advance instead:
-Laws are too limiting; battles are sluggish

This is one of the only games that have come up that I could have commented about... so I just wanted to say quickly that I disagree just a bit with this point.  I didn't feel like the laws were too limiting, but I DID feel like they weren't explained well enough.  Some of them left you in situations where you'd have to either test things out and get yellow/red carded or just not care if people got sent to jail.

Don't know if this post is really in line with the rules... but oh well.
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