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Forum: General Discussion 04-16-2008, 02:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 680
Posted By Thoran
Re: Now *THAT* is an impressive mod...

Exactly... if she can't reach level 99 in hard difficulty, she's unworthy to wed such an obviously high level geek.
Forum: General Discussion 04-13-2008, 05:09 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,223
Posted By Thoran
Re: calling in the debt - how much do you owe?

It's risky to make public service too lucrative -the fox has the keys to the henhouse. Amazing how folks can justify the ludicrous when it's in their best interest. "Sure we deserve the money......
Forum: General Discussion 04-11-2008, 02:17 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,223
Posted By Thoran
Re: calling in the debt - how much do you owe?

A very interesting article arguing that Politics (specifically lack of Political Competition) is behind debt buildup:
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Forum: General Discussion 04-11-2008, 02:14 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,223
Posted By Thoran
Re: calling in the debt - how much do you owe?

It's a big number (too big) and needs fixing... but if you think that's bad you should realize that we're in the middle of the pack when it comes to debt vs. GDP... which is impressive given our...
Forum: General Discussion 03-25-2008, 12:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 579
Posted By Thoran
Re: Robots of the future..In the present!

That's why the autonomous one had that loud motor... power generation. In the future I'd expect to see these sorts of applications running fuel cells - which would make them silent.
Forum: General Discussion 03-15-2008, 09:11 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 606
Posted By Thoran
Re: Any english term for this?

Fencing has become sport, just like the Japanese forms have... but originally fencing was a very deadly pastime, an unblunted foil is likely the most dangerous 'sword' type weapon ever created for...
Forum: General Discussion 03-14-2008, 02:49 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 606
Posted By Thoran
Re: Any english term for this?

So I've thought about it a bit more... the thing is that in Western History, swordfighting that is most analogous to the Japanese Tradition (heavy weapon and armored warrior) has no form of fighting...
Forum: General Discussion 03-13-2008, 09:56 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 606
Posted By Thoran
Re: Any english term for this?

Sounds like tilting at the rail... but instead of puny swords, we Westerners used 10 foot long iron tipped lances. :)
Forum: General Discussion 02-22-2008, 03:31 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 717
Posted By Thoran
Re: HD DVD is dead

It's going to be a long time before Standard DVD's die. The biggest issue is that only a small minority of TV's in the world are HD... and until that changes, the vast majority of movie purchases...
Forum: General Discussion 02-21-2008, 04:47 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 717
Posted By Thoran
Re: HD DVD is dead

The only ways that HD-DVD was better than Blu-Ray was cost (less expensive to manufacture) and in the 'Add-on software' category, where it was clearly superior.

On the other hand, Blu-Ray had the...
Forum: General Discussion 02-20-2008, 11:27 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 867
Posted By Thoran
Re: So, tell me again, why hasn't solar power "taken off"?

For some folks it's easier to believe in the big conspiracy because reality is a lot more complicated.

Basically, as energy production costs increase due to increasing cost of raw materials...
Forum: General Discussion 02-10-2008, 09:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 292
Posted By Thoran
Re: Trouble in Lego town...

Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!
Forum: General Discussion 02-08-2008, 02:21 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 867
Posted By Thoran
Re: So, tell me again, why hasn't solar power "taken off"?

I can see a day in the future... once the power companies have been BLUDGEONED into compliance... when home solar generates a large percentage of energy needs. "Power Companies" will still own...
Forum: General Discussion 02-03-2008, 12:19 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 867
Posted By Thoran
Re: So, tell me again, why hasn't solar power "taken off"?

The conspiracy theorists will tend to blame big business (or almost as good... the government) - but the bottom line for big business is that if money can be made doing it... SOMEONE will do it...
Forum: Entertainment (Movies, TV Shows and Books/Comics) 01-31-2008, 11:41 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 278
Posted By Thoran
Re: Sure is Quiet...

I really enjoyed the original Dune and maybe one or two after that... but the series got really weird and I just couldn't stay connected - and the whole 'sisters who can control anyone with their...
Forum: General Discussion 01-31-2008, 11:35 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 882
Posted By Thoran
Re: Photoshop? Illustrator? What?

I also use Photoshop CS3... it's an outstanding image editing tool. HOWEVER... I still use Paintshop Pro for quick jobs (loads much faster) - a far less expensive tool that does maybe 80% of what...
Forum: General Discussion 01-23-2008, 09:06 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 792
Posted By Thoran
Re: Heath Ledger dead?

'Live fast, die young... and leave a Good-looking Corpse'

life in the fast lane is dangerous indeed.
Forum: General Discussion 01-21-2008, 12:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 374
Posted By Thoran
Re: PS3 Question...

Buy an 80 gig model and if it doesn't work with all your games I'll trade you straight up for my 20 gig model. I'll even throw in Linux preinstalled for free. :D

Mine has worked with all the PS2...
Forum: General Discussion 01-21-2008, 12:40 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 818
Posted By Thoran
Re: US trip (next July)

If you drive where possible and fly where you can't drive...

-NY, Boston, Philly is manageable in 4 days, but time your travel times to avoid I95 and city rush hours.

-Maryland to Florida in 5...
Forum: Miscellaneous Games (RPG or not) 01-15-2008, 09:52 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 443
Posted By Thoran
Re: List of games received for Xmas

Rock Band (ps3), Folklore (ps3), HL2 Orange Box (PC), Medieval 2 Add-on (PC), The Twin Ring Motegi track Add-on and FXX car for Forza 2 (360)
Forum: General Discussion 12-18-2007, 09:32 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 818
Posted By Thoran
Re: US trip (next July)

There's an online mapping utility that you could use to plan your route and let board members put pins in their home locations so you can see where you're likely to find places to crash.
Forum: General Discussion 12-17-2007, 01:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 398
Posted By Thoran
Re: Where's the nightlight? Here, kitty, kitty...

Some cats can't deal with too much touching... you pet them and they like it for a while but then they get over stimulated and attack you.

Our 14 year old Siamese has never been like that - he'll...
Forum: General Discussion 12-17-2007, 12:16 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 818
Posted By Thoran
Re: US trip (next July)

If you've already been to the big NE cities then don't waste too much time at it. You might think about flying into Montreal (great city) and taking the Via to Toronto (another great city)... and...
Forum: General Discussion 12-16-2007, 11:21 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 818
Posted By Thoran
Re: US trip (next July)

Blah... you don't want to go to DC... nothing there but big marble buildings and even bigger political ego's... ;)

Actually it's a pretty good place to start... but I would make sure to get up...
Forum: General Discussion 12-14-2007, 09:03 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 357
Posted By Thoran
Re: Football – England – Who’s Next

Once I figure out Test Cricket I'm planning on looking into Premier League Football.

I've been working on the Cricket thing for a couple years - I dunno - it might be a while. ;)
Forum: General Discussion 12-13-2007, 10:58 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 357
Posted By Thoran
Re: Football – England – Who’s Next

I don't see anyone beating New England anytime soon...

oh wait...

nevermind. :D
Forum: General Discussion 12-04-2007, 01:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 317
Posted By Thoran
Forum: General Discussion 12-04-2007, 01:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 317
Posted By Thoran
Re: Did Gamespot fire Gerstmann over a poor Eidos review?

Here's an idea that could put some gaming website on the map... create a crawler that grabs all the game ratings from all the different gaming sites - similar to a bunch of metarankings sites. But...
Forum: General Discussion 12-02-2007, 10:13 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,024
Posted By Thoran
Re: American's aren't stupid

They've been doing these sorts of video's forever... you can go anywhere in the world and find people like this, too caught up in their own lives to care to learn what's going on around them.
Forum: General Discussion 11-28-2007, 09:05 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 404
Posted By Thoran
Re: The Great Moments of Video Gaming

West of House
You are standing in an open field west of a white house, with a boarded front door.
There is a small mailbox here.

(Zork, the first adventure game I ever played)

Next there's...
Forum: General Discussion 11-26-2007, 03:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 271
Posted By Thoran
Re: How would Turkeys do thanksgiving?

woh... some cartoonist with serious turkey issues methinks.
Forum: General Discussion 11-18-2007, 12:44 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,739
Posted By Thoran
Re: A fine example of modern barbarism..

There's a lot of misinformation in the West regarding Islamic Law (the misinformation goes both ways, but we're talking about a specific situation here)... and it seems to me it's meant to whip up as...
Forum: General Discussion 11-17-2007, 05:35 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,283
Posted By Thoran
Re: Ironworks Political Chart

Bioshock would be the likely result (on a philosophical level), exploitation of the masses by the few who aren't in power by true merit but rather by accident of birth.

The only way a true...
Forum: General Discussion 11-17-2007, 05:30 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,739
Posted By Thoran
Re: A fine example of modern barbarism..

Their rules are based on Islamic Law... and it's been around for LOONG time.

Right or wrong... the woman in question is not being lashed for being raped, she's being lashed for allowing herself...
Forum: Entertainment (Movies, TV Shows and Books/Comics) 11-13-2007, 11:05 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 7,340
Posted By Thoran
Re: What book are you reading?

Great author... I've devoured every novel the guy has written, and he's solid all the way around. IMO the Otherland series was probably the most challenging work he's produced, and for the most part...
Forum: General Discussion 11-06-2007, 11:46 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 663
Posted By Thoran
Re: so long windows..

"Macs are good for 3d design" really depends on the type of 3d design. Most engineers tend to go for PCs for mechancal/electrical design.

I would say : "Macs are good for media", entertainment,...
Forum: General Discussion 11-06-2007, 11:36 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 715
Posted By Thoran
Re: Describe Yourself in Four Words

A lot of interviewers try to 'throw you off your guard' by asking goofy questions like that, along with the "what are your biggest weaknesses" questions.

Personally I don't think how quick...
Forum: Miscellaneous Games (RPG or not) 11-01-2007, 09:17 AM
Replies: 223
Views: 7,854
Posted By Thoran
Re: what are you playing right this very minute?

Now I'm on to Guitar Hero III (360), Ratchett and Clank - Tools of Destruction (PS3), and World in Conflict (PC).

Ratchett and Clank is an outstanding Platform game.
Forum: General Discussion 10-31-2007, 09:04 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 419
Posted By Thoran
Re: Why Are There Computers in Cars?

Maintenance is more complicated... but there's a huge payoff in going to an intelligent engine management system.

For instance... as much as I love old Muscle Cars, my 69 Mustang makes about 300...
Forum: Miscellaneous Games (RPG or not) 10-25-2007, 03:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 645
Posted By Thoran
Re: Lord British is coming back...

Hehe... I don't imagine they were laughing at the time, I seem to recall that he was supposedly in a no-pvp zone and the guy who killed him was using a hack. Pretty much sums up the good, bad, and...
Forum: General Discussion 10-23-2007, 04:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 170
Posted By Thoran
Re: SLI motherboards....

Yea... something definitely not right... the 1950 isn't even a DX10 board, there's no way it will compare visually to the 8800 running DX10 games (check out the online screenshots compared to your...
Forum: General Discussion 10-23-2007, 09:05 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 341
Posted By Thoran
Re: Chavez is at it again..

He's using a pretty standard recipe... whip up the sheep into a xenophobic frenzy and use that hysteria to lever yourself into a nice comfy dictatorship. At that point you can start to exploit those...
Forum: General Discussion 10-23-2007, 09:01 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 170
Posted By Thoran
Re: SLI motherboards....

SLI is a cool toy... but it's really more about making as much money as possible from folks willing to spend it. I played with it years ago when it first became available for consumer PCs, but found...
Forum: Miscellaneous Games (RPG or not) 10-18-2007, 09:28 AM
Replies: 223
Views: 7,854
Posted By Thoran
Re: what are you playing right this very minute?

Currently Guitar Hero II and Overlord, both a ton of fun.
Forum: General Discussion 10-12-2007, 10:38 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 221
Posted By Thoran
Re: US warns Turkey to stay out of Iraq

Honestly... what are we going to do about it if they go? We for sure aren't going to go to war with one of our allies because they're trying to defend themselves from terrorists (exact same thing...
Forum: Miscellaneous Games (RPG or not) 10-12-2007, 10:32 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,181
Posted By Thoran
Re: Bioware: It's over?

So I know there's a lot of EA haters out there... I tend to be one of them.

BUT... they do put out a number of good games. If you're into sports then their EASports line is pretty solid (I've...
Forum: Miscellaneous Games (RPG or not) 10-10-2007, 07:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 645
Posted By Thoran
Re: Lord British is coming back...

Last I saw of Lord British he was getting PK'd in his own city in his own MMORPG.

How embarrasing.
Forum: General Discussion 10-05-2007, 11:17 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,109
Posted By Thoran
Re: [Darwin's Last Laugh] Woman actually strangles herself on handcuffs at the airpor

I've driven through Vegas a couple times... hot, loud, gaudy. I didn't stop.
Forum: General Discussion 10-05-2007, 11:13 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 932
Posted By Thoran
Re: Best. Reviewer. Ever. (Not work safe)

Well if you start talking about expanded shooters (like those with roleplaying elements) - Technically speaking... Oblivion is a first person shooter.

I tend to think of the first person shooter...
Forum: General Discussion 10-05-2007, 09:13 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 932
Posted By Thoran
Re: Best. Reviewer. Ever. (Not work safe)

I still have a lot of love for shooters... but not console shooters. Halo3 is arguably the best console shooter out there, but compared to PC shooters it has a hard time rating mediocre. Part of...
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