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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Spacing Feb 9, 2007, 13:01 Spiders
In my humble opinion, the spacing seems to do no more than increase the size of the page without adding additional content.

It's similar to when one of my students hands in a paper that has clearly had the margin size, font size, and spacing increased enough to meet the page requirement without having to do any additional writing. It's an overabundance of blank space; In other words, it looks padded.

But like others have said, if it could simply be made user adjustable then everyone would be happy. In fact, perhaps that could be done for the color scheme as well - BluesNews in Green!

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News Comments > etc.
1. Virtual worlds Feb 6, 2005, 15:26 Spiders
Blue should post this in tomorrow's etc. as well. Go for the threepeat!

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
34. Textbooks Dec 6, 2004, 14:27 Spiders
In response to the textbook discussion that has been taking place, one other thing you may want to do is consider older editions.

For example, in a course that I teach, the latest edition of the textbook is $138, while the previous edition is only $15 (now that there's a new edition). The only difference between the two, however, is that in the older edition the illustrations are in black and white, whereas in the new edition, they are in color. And since you can't normally sell old editions back to the campus bookstore, people sell them used for less than a used copy of the current edition since they just want to get rid of them.

So be sure to ask the person teaching the class if you can use an older edition - if so, you'll save a ton of money more on the cost of the book.

The cost of textbooks are out of control. I thought about writing a textbook for my class, but I couldn't sleep at night knowing students, who are normally strapped as it is, were paying so much money for it.

Tempting, though.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
40. Richard Simmons Nov 10, 2004, 17:03 Spiders
As I'm sure many of you know, this clip is pretty old - Whose Line isn't on the air anymore. HOWEVER, ABCFamily runs it every night at 10 and 10:30.

The Richard Simmons episode was easily the most hilarious Whose Line episode that ever aired. It was like that from beginning to end as he was involved throughout. And lucky for anyone who wants to see it, this week they are doing all celebrity episodes of the show (meaning they are showing only episodes where a celebrity who's not in the regular lineup appeared) and they haven't shown the Richard Simmons episode yet. So they will show it either tonight, tomorrow, or Friday.

Don't miss it - you will feel dirty when it's over but it will have been worth it.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
22. Reemco and Sega May 12, 2004, 21:10 Spiders
Enahs, just to let you know, those little condom things are called 'finger cots' and are actually made to go on the fingers. In case you weren't being facetious.

Also, wasn't Sega supposed to make their universe shattering announcment today? I've looked all over but haven't found anything. Can anyone fill me in as to what, if anything, happened on that front?

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. May 7, 2004, 12:09 Spiders
Not sure why is a link of the day, maybe I'm missing something.

As you may know, he and Paul are both coming out with solo albums, and while I don't want to get into a debate about whether or not he (or they) are any good, I've been a KISS fan for years.

Thus I was intrigued to hear about his new release. My enthusiasm quickly turned to horror when I heard his cover of Prodigy's 'Firestarter.' Listening to Gene Simmons cover Firestarter is like listening to William Shatner cover Firestarter - no lie. Truly terrible. It sounds like it's being read aloud by the voice who announces what's coming up next on C-SPAN. I was no Prodigy fan, but Gene Simmons makes their version sound like it was performed by Pavarotti.

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News Comments > Ships Ahoy: Painkiller
4. Hmmm Apr 12, 2004, 11:34 Spiders
Maybe they were waiting for just the right moment to announce this, but I bought mine at EB last Wednesday.

It does rock though. Mindless, almost verging on pointless, but well done, moderately interactive level designs along with ragdoll physics make for some entertaining moments. Pinning enemies to walls with spikes, blowing up drums which launch enemies 50 stories in the air, causing chain reaction explosions that wipe out whole groups of enemies at once...good times.

I guess I'm just not one of those people who need deep, involved storylines. Give me hordes of enemies to mow through and I'm content.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Logo alignment Oct 26, 2003, 14:11 Spiders
I guess I'm the only one who notices this, but the fact that the BluesNews logo and the UGO logo aren't aligned drives me crazy. Please man, I'm begging you to align them vertically. Or is that to demonstrate the rock-paper-scissors-esque superiority of UGO over BluesNews?

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News Comments > Registered Contract J.A.C.K. Demo
9. Others? Oct 26, 2003, 14:06 Spiders
I was wondering, with all of the FilePlanet bashing that goes on here, even by Blue (editorial policy slowly and subtly eroding, I see), I'm wondering if this is something specific to FilePlanet? I'm a subscriber to FP, although, to be honest, I rarely use it's service, so the only sites I check regularly are IGN and BluesNews. Do other sites offer subscription services which provide premium content, and if so, why is there no criticism aimed at them? Is FP the only one that distributes demos exclusive to its site? I don't know the answer, I don't check other sites, but I would be surprised to learn that FP is the only one. If, however, they are the only one, I wonder why they get these demos - I agree that a game most likely wouldn't get max exposure this way, but maybe the economics are changing. We all know bandwidth is expensive, and FilePlanet has to offer something for the money subscribers pay...hmmm, come to think of it, that reminds me of another site that is confronting that same issue right now.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
15. New SIte Oct 25, 2003, 13:32 Spiders
That headlines/threads/plans box has got to go. The easy to read, evenly spaced, columnar format that you had was perfect and well structured, and now it's worse. The natural evolution would have been to move from the box that you have designed for the new site to the format you have on the current site. You've designed it backwards.

The two things that bug me, personally, is that the bluesnews logo isn't part of the format of the page on the new site, it just sort of floats on it's own in the giant see of nothing at the top of the page. The other thing is that the UGO logo is aligned to the upper right of the box, but the bluesnews logo is aligned towards the middle. Couldn't they at least be positioned next to each other? That alignemnt issue was the first thing I noticed. Well, that and the cool new racing stripes. At least the new site is aerodynamic!

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Spiders Oct 7, 2003, 10:49 Spiders
As you can tell from my name, I love spiders. I think one of the main reasons is because they are so different from us: We have a closed circulatory system, theirs is open. We are active breathers, they are passive breathers. We digest our food inside, they digest their food outside. We have an endoskeleton, they have an exoskeleton, and so on.

Anyway, I also have done what you did. I found a spider in my girlfriends hot tub, and upon discovering it was alive, fished out what turned out to be a relatively large wolf spider. But I do that with all insects. It's just because I don't believe, as some do, that it is OK to simply kill them or allow them to die. It upsets me when someone says "Look a spider!" (or mantis or ladybug or whatever) and just stomps it flat. I actually knew someone who was so afraid of bugs that he threatened to kill a monarch butterfly I was holding if I brought it near to him.

Insects are pretty friggin interesting if you actually watch them. There are PEOPLE that I would flush down the toilet before I ever flushed an insect.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
135. My thoughts... Sep 20, 2003, 00:26 Spiders
I'm so sorry for your loss, Blue. I don't know what I could possibly say, so I'll just say my thoughts are with you and your family during this very difficult time.


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News Comments > Out of the Blue
138. Thoughts for you family Sep 18, 2003, 11:19 Spiders
I hope everything works out for you and your family, Blue.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
15. Spiders Aug 26, 2003, 14:36 Spiders
As you can probably tell from my name, I love spiders. All insects actually, but spiders have been a specialty of mine for a long time.

When something like that happens to me, I consider it a good omen. Fortunately, most of the spiders in my part of town are nocturnal so I don't have to move them when I need to drive somewhere just to find out that one has built a web between my antenna and the hedge which I park next to - although it does occasionally happen. I even had one living in my bed for a while.

Anyway, when you have one that you can just observe for a minute, they are pretty fascinating. Three gigantic orb-weavers spin webs each night on my deck, one right in front of the sliding glass door that leads outside. I can watch her build her web from start to finish, catch the occasional unlucky bug, do general housekeeping, and I was even fortunate enough to watch the male spin his web next to hers, go through the whole extended mating ritual, and start to slink away just to get eaten. Male spiders definitely have the short end of the stick as far as that goes.

Spiders (that's me) - spreading spider love (the platonic kind, not the pay-site kind) any chance I get.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. The Human Factor Jul 17, 2003, 11:41 Spiders
I'm sure no one cares about this, but...

The Metal Church album not withstanding, Human Factors and Human-Computer interaction have been around for many years, have been researched for many years, and have many scientific journals (actually called Human Factors and Human Computer Interaction, among many, many others) addressing them. I guess my question is, what was the story here?

The problem I see in the discipline, and the article addresses this somewhat, is that many so-called HF and HCI specialists have absolutely no understanding of the human that makes up half of their field of study. They're engineers or computer scientists and they approach everything they do from strictly that perspective. It used to be that many people came into the field with backgrounds in psychology or sociology or anthropology and were able to apply that to their field, but no more. The fact is, however, that just as you can't design a better automobile cockpit without understanding your drivers or a better airplane interior without understanding your passengers or even a better flashlight without asking your flashlight using types, you can't design a better interface or user experience without asking the users and understanding them.

Sheesh. Deep breath now.

(edited because I inadvertently ignored the human factor)

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News Comments > Metallica Game Announced
52. Metallica Jun 4, 2003, 22:53 Spiders
I think the problem I have with Metallica is that, in my opinion, when Cliff Burton died they lost much of their edge. Metallica was ultimately Cliff's band, and the songwriting was original, unique, and powerful. With the Black album, when songwriting was now up to the rest of the band, it becam much more formulaic and predictable. It wasn't terrible, but it was by no means Metallica, it was more like Metallica lite. Cliff gave Metallica all their balls, he was a badass, and when I saw him live, opening for Ozzy, they blew Ozzy away - people actually started leaving when Ozzy came on, but in Ozzy's defense those were his fat and drunk days. At least less so than today.

But that's how it works, it seems. Van halen never went platinum until Sammy Hagar joined, but David Lee Roth's Eat 'em and Smile, a much more vibrant album, was being pretty well ignored. And Aerosmith? Well, they are also a shadow of what they used to be in the Seasons of Wither days. It happens to many bands. I guess you can't fault Metallica.

I was also interested in the comment that Metallica's Turn the Page was better than the original. I felt like they took a song that couldn't have anything else done to it except distortion on the strings and did it exactly the same as the orginal - they put very little "Metallica" into it. On the other end of the spectrum, they cover The Misfit's Die Die My Darling which was so heavy to begin with Metallica could only hope to reach their level. They did a good job with Last Caress, etc., but they couldn't pull it off twice, in my opinion.

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News Comments > Sam & Max Freelance Police
6. Lucasarts remake May 13, 2003, 14:10 Spiders
Since they're bringing back these great games, I'd love to see a remake of Outlaws. That was a seriously great game, very atmospheric - a sequel using a modern engine with the same type of great musical score would be great.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
47. Philosophy is crap Apr 29, 2003, 22:03 Spiders
I have to disagree. Philosophy teaches you how to think. Not what to think, mind you, but how to think.

It's very easy to be dismissive about the benefits of philosophy; when I was an undergrad I felt the same way. But now being a professor in an information systems department (which isn't a particularly 'hard' science as I'm sure many of you know), I find that most students need intense handholding through every step of every project, requesting me to go over every single thing in every single assignment even before it gets handed in.

They have difficulty picking up basic concepts in intro courses, can't do simple problem solving, and unless they are given explicit, step-by-step instructions they can't complete some very basic tasks.

Why? Because they haven't learned how to think or approach/solve problems. I believe that some critical thinking skill and problem-solving experience is good for everyone. I have even lobbied for a semester of philosophy to be required as a general education requirement for all students.

This leads to the tree in the forest problem. It's not idiotic, it should cause one to think about the question, define and defend their stance. To take it one step further, if you can defend the side with which you disagree, then you have really applied philosophical thought to the question posed which illustrates the ability to examine questions and problems from multiple angles - something that is actually very difficult to do.

While I'm at it, a semester of Latin should be required as well. There seems to be a major decline in writing skill lately.

Rock on.

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News Comments > Games & Washington
54. Re: Comments Apr 18, 2003, 16:45 Spiders
Firstly, thank you Moonbender for clarifying what I perhaps should have initially made more clear.

And ethic, I don't support forced abortions, I don't even know where that accusation came from. But I also don't think that anyone should be allowed to have all the kids they want whenever they want - and that's my own personal opinion. I'm not saying people shouldn't be allowed to have children, by the way, however you should be able to care for them, support them, and guide/teach them. I don't know what the standard is or would be, I don't claim to know, nor would I envy the person whose responsibility it was to do so - I don't even know if it's possible. I DO know that you have to be able to show you can do those things for a dog or cat you get from the pound, why not a child - it seems to me that they need the assurance just as much, if not more.

Finally, I welcome discourse and the opinions of others. For better or worse, the only opinion I have is my own, however I am always willing to consider the perspectives of others - especially regarding an issue like this on a site like this, where everyone may agree or disagree but feels strongly about the topic and is familiar enough with the industry to discuss it.

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News Comments > Games & Washington
23. Comments Apr 18, 2003, 14:50 Spiders
I just wanted to make an observation about most of the the posts I've seen on this topic so far...

I'm pleased. I'm pleased because what I expected were a puch of posts saying "screw this! Censorship sucks! Screw the government butting into my life and telling me what to do!" along with random death threats, meaningless netspeak, and childish accusations.

I also think this law is reasonable, and that parents need to take responsibility for what their kids do and see and possess, but it seems as though someone needs to be responsible for the parents. One can't expect parent's to do the right thing when the parents themselves have no sense of right or wrong or the ability to parent on a basic level.

Of course, I'm of the mind that you should have to take a class or get a license or pass a test or something to be given the priviledge to be a parent.

By the way Percolator Fish (if that is your real name): 'Demoncrat' -- I love it. I'm a Democrat, but I think I'm going to start using your term instead. "Look at my horns! I'm a Demoncrat!"

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