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Signed On Apr 11, 2005, 20:15
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
19. Re: No subject Dec 19, 2007, 14:02 Ratty
 
The 40D is about $1300 but from what I've read

Since I'm in the market too I looked it up. Amazon lists it for what you said but there are a lot of places that list it for $499. Can that be right? Just do a Google search for "canon 40d".

http://www.thecameraprofessionals.com/prodetails.asp?prodid=276308

I have one of those little Canon 850IS pocket cameras and I hate it. Seriously, I DESPISE it. It almost never takes good pictures. It's blurry unless the subject is standing absolutely still. The zoom is worthless as the picture always turns out blurry if I use it. Yet it's hugely popular. Can I be THAT bad a photographer?

Anyway, the 40D is what I want, but not for $1300. What's going on with the $499 prices I'm seeing?


 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Chocolate Dec 19, 2007, 11:51 Ratty
 
I find it hard to believe chocolate is so deadly to dogs. I only just heard of this recently. Dogs have such a sweet tooth and such a penchant for getting into people food--wouldn't there be, like, dead dogs lying everywhere if chocolate was so poisonous? We'd have to step over their cute, furry little bodies everywhere we went, seems like. I've never heard of a dog dying from chocolate. Good thing I don't have a dog I guess. I give my cat some of everything I eat, including licking the ice cream from the bottom of the bowl. I can really see doing that with a dog .. chocolate ice cream too!

 
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News Comments > Deus Ex 3 Confirmed
57. Re: No subject Nov 26, 2007, 21:32 Ratty
 
What? There was a DE2? When?

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh, they mean that Invisible War thing?

Maybe they should just go ahead and call if Deus Ex 2. After all, as you point out, there never really was a DX2. And it would kind of be like a series reboot. Also an admission that DX:IW maybe possibly didn't quite live up to the series name. You know, it's like Serious Sam, Serious Sam the Second Encounter, then Serious Sam 2. So there's gaming precedent.

I say bring back a couple of team members from the original but leave out Harvey and Warren, thank you very much.


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News Comments > Out of the Blue
15. No subject Nov 4, 2007, 09:15 Ratty
 
Now why was I certain when I was reading the first part of this OoTB that it would turn out Blue wasn't the type of guy to actually go through with it and make the call? Good for you Blue. As a non-driver (never owned a car in my life) I've never understood road rage or even road anger.


 
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
8. Re: GodTube Nov 4, 2007, 09:08 Ratty
 
Be scared be very scared....

http://www.godtube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=e842a039b2ee9e3f0517

Heh, I like this user comment:

I personally think that Darwin arrived at his theory from observing stages of embryo development through various abortions on factory floors.

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Heroes ... and omelets Nov 1, 2007, 14:26 Ratty
 
I really liked Heroes when it first came out but then quickly saw it for the hack show it was. You can only be surprised that so-and-so turns out to have super powers so often. And what was with the whole stupid save the cheerleader save the world mantra. Did saving the cheerleader in fact end up saving the world? So stupid.

The omelet discussion is timely as I've been trying to hone my skill in this area just lately. My problem is I can't keep the eggs from browning. If I turn the heat low then the cheese doesn't melt. I think next I'll try adding the cheese, grated fine, the instant I put the eggs in, then add the rest of the ingredients after it cooks a bit. Maybe I can avoid the browning. I'll be trying both the water method and the tupperware method soon for fluffiness. My favorite is wild mushrooms sauteed in butter with shallots and a bit of garlic and just a drizzle of truffle oil over the top.

 
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News Comments > Neverwinter Nights 2 Adventure Pack Announced
22. No subject Oct 23, 2007, 00:40 Ratty
 
Thanks for the recommendations. Yeah, I'm ashamed I could never get into BD. I know it's one of the best games evar. I think it was the touchy companions you had to constantly mollify, also it was hard.

 
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News Comments > Neverwinter Nights 2 Adventure Pack Announced
11. No subject Oct 22, 2007, 09:20 Ratty
 
The last game of this sort I actually played all the way through (a few times) was the original Diablo. Yeah, I liked that game. Hated Diablo 2, started Baldur's gate but didn't get very far before I gave up. Tried the demo for Dungeon Siege but it was boring. I always wondered about NWN. I'd heard the original single-player games wasn't too good. How about NWN2? I miss these kinds of games and I have a hankerin to play one again.

 
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News Comments > Unreal Tournament 3 Beta Demo Released
52. Re: No subject Oct 12, 2007, 16:45 Ratty
 
Nin, which was your favorite UT of the entire series?

 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
6. Re: DOS Oct 11, 2007, 12:56 Ratty
 
I wondered whether they had a command prompt-like thingy since OSX was basically unix all gussied up. About time!

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Eeew Oct 11, 2007, 12:54 Ratty
 
What a lovely glimpse of married life!

I got a new kitten about a month ago. That little things passes smelly cat farts like nobody's business. And then he looks at me all innocent like. I think I should probably take him to the vet. Even my other cat runs away in disgust.

 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
4. DOS Oct 11, 2007, 12:26 Ratty
 
I use DOS (or the command prompt, whatever) daily, constantly. Learned it years ago when I did a rotation in our PC dept. Anybody else remember edlin? Here's a great tip for you DOS jockeys. Add a right click to a folder in windows explorer to open a command prompt in the directory so you don't have to cd all the time. I can't live without this trick:

http://www.suodenjoki.dk/us/productions/articles/cmdprompt.htm

I use loops all the time too:

for %f in (*.*) do echo %f

(or whatever command you want to put after the "do.")

So for the first trick in the article I'd do this:

for %f in (jpg tif png) do move *.%f pics

This is what drove me crazy about Macs. No command prompt!

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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Half-Life 2: The Orange Box
44. No subject Oct 10, 2007, 14:55 Ratty
 
I don't want to give Steam my credit card so I'll pick up the DVD someplace. I only want Portal and Ep 2. Sucks they make you buy the orange crap or pay the same amount for those two individually. I think I'll wait for them to be offered together on a DVD someday. I've been putting off playing STALKER anyway. I think it's time I fired it up. Half-Life will wait for a couple more months.

Nice to know Portal is fun. I'm looking forward to it.

 
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News Comments > F.E.A.R. Perseus Mandate Demo
21. No subject Oct 10, 2007, 01:11 Ratty
 
FEAR was a good game, but not a great one. It had lots of room for improvement. This is one time when I don't resent the original developer not being involved in a sequel.

 
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News Comments > Into the Black
9. Sorry about that Oct 3, 2007, 13:15 Ratty
 
Not a Deadwood fan but I feel for you guys. In other news I just found out they've brought back Dead Like Me. They've finished shooting the movie it and it's scheduled for release next year on DVD. If it does well they'll bring the series back, if it doesn't they intend to shoot more direct to DVD movies every year or so.

Did anybody else know about this? I just found out a couple of days ago.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_Like_Me_%28film%29

 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
6. Re: FF extensions Sep 11, 2007, 13:42 Ratty
 
What it all comes down to is consumer backlash. Ad companies couldn't reign themselves in and now they're paying the price.

That is so true. After all the abuse of popups, popunders, annoying flash ads with sound, layers that interpose themselves over content, what did these people expect? And what's with all the wah wah wah lately about web thieves stealing the food out from under hungry mouths by using ad blockers? They've run out of annoying tech tricks and have resorted to guilt? Don't we see articles on this almost everyday lately?

Advertisers you only have yourselves to blame. Content providers, you are to blame too because you're enabling them. And we're on to your little trick of splitting an article up into 50 pages of a about a paragraph each just so we're forced to look at more ads. Someday we'll figure a way around that one too!

I'm not in principle against making a buck on the web. I don't mind static, non-animated banners. I don't even mind interstitial ads (you know, you read page one of an article, then the link to page two takes you to an ad first that you have to click through to see page 3). But I don't want to be distracted by popups and busy-ness while I'm trying to read your content.

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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
2. No subject Sep 11, 2007, 13:35 Ratty
 
Everyone's afraid of the day when Thief/System Shock will simply no longer run on modern systems. We've been pretty lucky so far and people keep releasing great fan missions, even these many years after the game's release. I recently upgraded my video card and got a GeForce 7900 just so I could see fog in Thief games again. My old ATI card couldn't do it.

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
27. Gums Aug 30, 2007, 01:29 Ratty
 
That whole gum thing sounds horrible. Was it your "fault" may I ask? Was there something you didn't do that created the problem? Not enough flossing, or brushing the wrong way or something? Too much sugar in your diet? I'm just wondering cause I recently started taking care of my teeth a lot more than I used to and if something like that can be prevented your story is a good motivator.

 
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News Comments > Op Ed
21. Re: No subject Aug 28, 2007, 20:29 Ratty
 
You're right, it is a particularly good year. I'll probably be playing 8 of those in addition to Bioshock. Past years have been miserable though.

I don't do realistic games, 3rd person or multiplayer, so my tastes have always been more restricted than most people's.

 
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News Comments > Op Ed
5. No subject Aug 28, 2007, 03:03 Ratty
 
I'm finding it less and less reasonable to keep upgrading my PC like I have done to keep up with fewer and fewer games I'm actually interested in playing. I used to get the top of the line every 4 years or so (graphics cards more often) and there were a lot of great PC games that made that worthwhile.

Not so much anymore. The new games are going console-only or are grudgingly ported to the PC. They are shallower, dumber (er, more "accessible"), shorter, geared towards high graphics at the expense of CPU and memory (tiny microlevels, few AI onscreen at once). I'm starting to wonder if games are passing me by as I get older. Like comic books, used to love 'em but these kids nowdays, sheesh, what passes for comics are pathetic. Haven't picked one up in years.

At one or two games a year it's not worth it to keep upgrading my PC to play them. I worry my gaming days are a thing of the past.

 
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