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Real Name Jeff Hoffman   
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Description Husband/Father/Programmer/Work-in-progress
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Signed On Sep 26, 2001, 05:39
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News Comments > It Came from E3 2006, Part 1
4. Re: No subject May 8, 2006, 21:54 JHMirage
 

I would have been interested at $400... but a weak version for $500 and the full version at $600?

Um... let's wait and see how the Wii pricing comes out. I can live without Blu-ray for now, I guess.

Bummer.
 
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News Comments > Ballerium to Relaunch
1. ... Mar 30, 2006, 16:45 JHMirage
 
[crickets chirping]

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[tumbleweed rolls by]
 
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News Comments > Seed Sprouts
1. Hmmm... Dec 21, 2005, 14:29 JHMirage
 
"By trading in weapons for wit, we've truly created a simulated society and developed a game that engages you on an entirely different level than any MMG before," said Lars Kroll, CEO of Runestone. "We have really taken the simulated society idea a big step further, where players can ascend to great political heights within the Seed world, but only if NPCs and players alike allow it through a robust democratic system."

I really like that idea. I liked it even better the first time I played it, in A Tale in the Desert.

http://www.atitd.com

Still... that's not a knock against Runestone... I'll always welcome new approaches to MMORPGs.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Image OTD Dec 4, 2005, 14:33 JHMirage
 
Am I missing somethig in the Save Hockey image of the day? All I get is a guy skiing.

You need to step through them to image 7. At least, I assume that image was the intended target of the link.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Russian street fun Dec 4, 2005, 14:11 JHMirage
 
I dare any gamers to watch this and NOT think of Prince of Persia:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=515642196227308929

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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - The Movies
31. Re: No subject Nov 8, 2005, 17:05 JHMirage
 
especially libelous movies starring dsmart

... or Jack Thompson!
 
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News Comments > City of Villains Launches
6. Re: hmm...no Oct 31, 2005, 11:49 JHMirage
 
I guess I just can't get into running the same quest over and over again (ad nauseam) and mistaking it for "content".

<whisper>
Pssst... dude! Glass house! Put those stones back in your pocket!
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News Comments > Into the Black
5. Re: Which Fantasy-SciFi Character Are Y Oct 21, 2005, 22:28 JHMirage
 
I'm Jean-Luc Picard... so, uh... there?

Same here. Which is funny, since according to their little histogram, he's a fairly uncommon choice.

http://www.tk421.net/character/stats.html

Make it... so?
 
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News Comments > etc.
4. Re: nfl 2005 Predictions Sep 8, 2005, 18:26 JHMirage
 


Packers: 1-15

Uhhh.... no.

They're probably not going to take the division again, but one win? Just more evidence that Madden is a crap franchise.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
25. When Hudson was a newbie... Aug 31, 2005, 13:02 JHMirage
 
Just for nostalgia purposes:

http://www.bluesnews.com/cgi-bin/board.pl?action=postmessage&boardid=1&id=0&threadid=19737

Happy birthday, Hudson!
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Hooray for ignorance! Aug 10, 2005, 13:30 JHMirage
 
Re: Board Backs More Evolution Criticism

Clearly, after we neatly divide the country they should make Topeka the new capital of Jesusland.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesusland_map


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News Comments > Out of the Blue
38. Re: DST Jul 30, 2005, 06:54 JHMirage
 
2007 is too soon for you?

Ah... much better. I missed that in this article. The original plan called for it taking effect this year. I withdraw my opposition to the timing, but stand by the fact that this is a silly (and ultimately ineffectual) change.

Uh... were you a Y2K contractor too?

It's a scar I will bear the rest of my life, I'll admit.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
21. Re: DST Jul 29, 2005, 17:06 JHMirage
 
The post my reply was directed at complained that this was idiotic because it would be troublesome for computers and their maintainers. I just contend this should not be the first, much less only, priority in such a decision.

Well, let me add two clarifications to my comment...

1) I should have been more specific. The "Idiot lawmakers" comment was for them deciding that this needed to take effect immediately, giving relatively little time for the industry to react. Why not enact this next spring or even later?

2) My complaint wasn't on behalf of the machines! It was on behalf of those of us (mostly humans, I would assume) who have to work on/with them, and who depend on them for services. Whatever they'd hoped to save in energy costs will be deducted from the budgets of a good number of companies in unexpected labor costs as we scramble to make sure everything we write (or have ever written) that depends on time/date works correctly.

In short, should they not change DST because it's inconvenient for computers? Of course not. That wasn't even remotely my point. I feel there are any number of reasons why it shouldn't be changed at all, but that is all beside my original point, which is that they are behaving idiotically by rushing this silly change through without considering the ramifications.

I stand by my "Idiot lawmakers" comment, in any event.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: DST Jul 29, 2005, 11:50 JHMirage
 
OK, so a lot of server scripting has automatic time functions to determine if its daylight saving time

That's the first thing I thought of, as well. This is not a trivial issue, from a computing standpoint.

MAN are there ever going to be some messed-up time based systems this fall.

Idiot lawmakers.



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News Comments > Sims 2 Backlash Backlash
3. Re: No subject Jul 28, 2005, 09:49 JHMirage
 
Yeah, never thought I'd say this, but...

"Nicely said, EA spokesdrone!"
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Hehehehe Jul 19, 2005, 12:42 JHMirage
 
"The Tale of the Worst MMORPG Ever" sums up why I hate fantasy
MMO games. Gimmie an updated ww2online any time

That Tale (the drawings in particular) reminded me strongly of this:
http://www.kingdomofloathing.com/

Except that Kingdom of Loathing is fun.



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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Hmm Jul 18, 2005, 14:18 JHMirage
 
[Scene: Applied Cryogenics: Probulator Room. The man is lying naked on the table. Hovering above him are some sharp instruments.]

Fry: So, while you're on the Probulator, tell me, what brings you to the future?

Man: Oh, well, I wanted to meet Shakespeare and I figured that time was cyclical.

Fry: Nope. Straight line.
[His control panel dings.] Ah, the Probulator's done.

Man: That wasn't so bad.

Fry: Oh, wait, it hasn't started yet. [The machines start making noises and the man screams.] OK, it's about to start.

[It dings and the man screams some more.]



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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Hmm Jul 18, 2005, 12:00 JHMirage
 
P.S. I was hoping time is cyclical

Nope. Straight line.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
21. Re: War of the Worlds Jun 30, 2005, 14:40 JHMirage
 
I FINALLY GET TO SEE IT!
[...] It is playing at the IMAX theater here in MN.

Yeah! At the Zoo... I noticed that. Please let me know what you think of it in that format afterwords... I've already seen it in a standard theater, but I enjoyed it enough to see again, and the Zoo isn't too far away.



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News Comments > SAG Saga Continues
9. Re: No subject Jun 30, 2005, 14:34 JHMirage
 
And they don't have Steven Spielberg telling them "to do that with a little more angst."

Are you sure? Seems very likely to me that they would. (Okay- not Steven Spielberg, but the game producer.) If it were your game, wouldn't you have someone there to give these actors motivation? To tell them the backstory behind some of their lines? I sure would!
 
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