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Ron
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Warhawk
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To prevent further misconception, the nick comes from the 85-ton assault mech that was a personal favorite in the MechWarrior game. But, then again, you probably don't care. But maybe you do....
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6.
 
And this, kids.....
Sep 2, 2008, 10:27
6.
And this, kids..... Sep 2, 2008, 10:27
Sep 2, 2008, 10:27
 
is why you shouldn't do drugs:

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/bizarre/article1630740.ece

SHOCK details of Amy Winehouse’s drug use emerged last night – she binged on crystal meth and may have brain damage after a 36-HOUR pot marathon.
The singer, 24, suffered two major overdoses, with such bad convulsions that they were “like a scene from The Exorcist”.

And her body is so frail from drug use that doctors were scared she would break bones during a fit.

A close pal of Amy’s laid bare the truth – warning medics said one more overdose will probably kill her.

The friend revealed:

AMY’S first overdose in August last year was from cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, ketamine and crystal meth.

SHE was advised to see a psychiatrist after displaying “multiple personality traits” that made her a suicide risk.

HER second overdose was in July – when she inhaled an “inhuman” amount of hash that left her vomiting uncontrollably and hallucinating.

At the time devoted dad Mitch, 54, said it was a “bad reaction to her medication”.

MEDICS are worried Amy’s brain was damaged by the cannabis overdose – she displayed symptoms normally associated with schizophrenia.

The pal yesterday said: “The future is bleak, bleak, bleak.

“Mitch does everything he can to protect his daughter - but his ‘explanation’ for Amy’s hospital dash in July was just simply untrue.


“She had smoked an inhuman amount of hash which resulted in acute cannabis poisoning. You have to take a s***load of pot to suffer that severe a reaction.


“It’s thought she had been smoking it for 36 hours.

“Amy’s fits were as bad as the convulsions she had during her overdose in August last year. No one has mentioned her meth use before – but that stuff is truly nasty.


“She is in need of years of psychiatry and medical treatment if she has a hope.”

The star is facing legal action after pulling out of a concert in Paris on Friday hours before she was due to headline it.

She is next due to perform on Saturday at the Isle of Wight’s Bestival.

and there is a particularly nasty-looking photo of her on the page.....ick.

Have I lied to you? I mean, in this room? Trust me, leave that thing alone. - GLaDOS

Did IQs just drop sharply while I was away? - Ripley
35.
 
Re: ...
Aug 31, 2008, 10:49
35.
Re: ... Aug 31, 2008, 10:49
Aug 31, 2008, 10:49
 
But I like having discs.

Me too. And a printed manual is nice. I don't care if it is in paper or plastic, or the form factor.

I would rather have a factory-pressed disk than a "burn it yourself" version.

We have a good recycling program where we live, and we throw about 4x as much into the recycling bin as we do the garbage can. And paper packaging is probably more environmentally friendly if you are recylcing....

Have I lied to you? I mean, in this room? Trust me, leave that thing alone. - GLaDOS

Did IQs just drop sharply while I was away? - Ripley
9.
 
Re: pouring cement
Aug 28, 2008, 13:52
9.
Re: pouring cement Aug 28, 2008, 13:52
Aug 28, 2008, 13:52
 
A construction crew in the office directly below me

They are converting some open space in our office to two offices right outside my office door. Not as bad as your situation by any means, but still quite annoying at times.

Have I lied to you? I mean, in this room? Trust me, leave that thing alone. - GLaDOS

Did IQs just drop sharply while I was away? - Ripley
11.
 
Re: MS Advocate Christina Wise-Mohr
Aug 27, 2008, 11:25
11.
Re: MS Advocate Christina Wise-Mohr Aug 27, 2008, 11:25
Aug 27, 2008, 11:25
 
I'm sorry for your loss. 2008 has been a bit of a down year, it seems like.

My condolences as well, Blue..

Ditto that.

Have I lied to you? I mean, in this room? Trust me, leave that thing alone. - GLaDOS

Did IQs just drop sharply while I was away? - Ripley
18.
 
Re: No subject
Aug 26, 2008, 13:54
18.
Re: No subject Aug 26, 2008, 13:54
Aug 26, 2008, 13:54
 
Whine all you want about unions, but enjoy teaching without one. My mother moved from unionized Ohio special education to non-unionized North Carolina, and the difference is staggering.

Hence the reason for my comments. My wife is a teacher. Her union definitely helps on the pay scale, etc., but there is too much politics involved and MILLIONS are spent in political ads and union leader salaries instead of for the benefit of the members. We had to switch to the insurance coverage provided by my (private company) employer after her "union-negotiated" benefits were slashed and prices increased. That is unheard of, given the small company I work for doesn't have the greatest package to begin with.

The union has turned into a monster that protects itself instead of the workers.

Have I lied to you? I mean, in this room? Trust me, leave that thing alone. - GLaDOS

Did IQs just drop sharply while I was away? - Ripley
12.
 
Re: Beep Beep
Aug 26, 2008, 11:50
12.
Re: Beep Beep Aug 26, 2008, 11:50
Aug 26, 2008, 11:50
 
I second that. Unions are just one step away from being a socialist enterprise.

Unions have/had their place. Unfortunately, they have expanded into areas that really should not be unionized and they no longer serve the purpose they were intended for. For those reasons I somewhat agree. But for the most part they have outlived their usefulness.

Have I lied to you? I mean, in this room? Trust me, leave that thing alone. - GLaDOS

Did IQs just drop sharply while I was away? - Ripley
13.
 
Re: Time to upgrade my system...
Aug 19, 2008, 16:20
13.
Re: Time to upgrade my system... Aug 19, 2008, 16:20
Aug 19, 2008, 16:20
 
NewEgg has an 8800GTS in 512MB and 640MB flavors.

Go with the 512 - it is a newer card based on a faster chip. I traded in my 640 to get the newer 512 through EVGA's trade-up program (forget the name).

http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3175

Not only is the GeForce 8800 GTS 512 absurdly long, it also further complicates the 8800 product line. If you'll remember back to our 8800 GT review, the 8800 GT is faster than the old G80 based 8800 GTS. The new 8800 GTS 512 is faster than the 8800 GT, and thus faster than both the 320MB and 640MB versions of the old GTS. So you end up with the following lineup today:

8800 Ultra > 8800 GTS 512 > 8800 GTX > 8800 GT > 8800 GTS 640 > 8800 GTS 320

Confusing to say the least, but if you can forget about all of the other products on the market you'll see that there are only two NVIDIA cards to be concerned with: the 8800 GTS 512 and the 8800 GT.

Architecturally, the 8800 GTS 512 adds another group of 16 shader processors over the 8800 GT. We'd suspect that the 8800 GT has the same number of SPs, but with one block of 16 disabled to increase yields.

Since it's based on G92 we get a 1:1 ratio between texture address and texture filtering, giving the GTS 512 the first leg up over the much more expensive 8800 Ultra. With a 650MHz core clock and 1.625GHz shader clock, the GTS 512 has an 8% shader processing advantage over the Ultra.



This comment was edited on Aug 19, 16:22.

Have I lied to you? I mean, in this room? Trust me, leave that thing alone. - GLaDOS

Did IQs just drop sharply while I was away? - Ripley
6.
 
Re: Time to upgrade my system...
Aug 19, 2008, 12:05
6.
Re: Time to upgrade my system... Aug 19, 2008, 12:05
Aug 19, 2008, 12:05
 
I've been pleasantly surprised by how well my current machine (Core 2 Duo E6600, GeForce 8800 GTS, 2 gigs RAM) has held up since January '07

I have a similar machine (C2Q 6600, 8800GTS 512, and 4 GB RAM - I think I built this late last year) and likewise have been very happy with the performance.

Have I lied to you? I mean, in this room? Trust me, leave that thing alone. - GLaDOS

Did IQs just drop sharply while I was away? - Ripley
19.
 
Re: an update about logitech G9
Aug 14, 2008, 11:04
19.
Re: an update about logitech G9 Aug 14, 2008, 11:04
Aug 14, 2008, 11:04
 
I have to say that from the MX510 onward there is no noticable difference between all the latest mice

I have an MX 510 at work (my old mouse from home - better than anything they had in the office) and I now use a 518 at home. Love them. Never had a problem and very comfortable.

Have I lied to you? I mean, in this room? Trust me, leave that thing alone. - GLaDOS

Did IQs just drop sharply while I was away? - Ripley
16.
 
Re: No subject
Aug 11, 2008, 16:25
16.
Re: No subject Aug 11, 2008, 16:25
Aug 11, 2008, 16:25
 
I agree 100%. Even boxing loses something for me when it goes to the judges and everything becomes subjective.

Good point. I've seen boxing matches where I would swear boxer "A" has pounded the snot out of someone with a half-dozen great body/head shots only to have boxer "B" win the round because he landed a dozen glancing blows that didn't phase "A". OK, so technically his glove may have touched skin more often, but is he really doing well? Should he really win the round for that? Of course, I would now be advocating an even MORE subjective system for scoring than what is in place, but still....

Have I lied to you? I mean, in this room? Trust me, leave that thing alone. - GLaDOS

Did IQs just drop sharply while I was away? - Ripley
9.
 
Re: No subject
Aug 11, 2008, 12:20
9.
Re: No subject Aug 11, 2008, 12:20
Aug 11, 2008, 12:20
 
I like the sports in the Olympics that are "sports" - swimming, basketball, track events, etc. For the most part, anything that is judged (gymnastics, synchonized swimming, diving, etc.) is fun to watch, but I have a hard time getting too into them, as I think the scoring is often "wrong" compared to what I see as who does the "best". I realize that this is largely due to my ignorance in what is scored and how, but that is how I typically respond to those events. I do like watching the gymnastics, as they (as noted by strich) are an amazing display of strength and grace, but I have a hard time with some of the scoring at times.

Most of the time, though, I will watch most of the events that come on to see who wins and if records are broken.

And the swim relay last night was awesome!

Have I lied to you? I mean, in this room? Trust me, leave that thing alone. - GLaDOS

Did IQs just drop sharply while I was away? - Ripley
20.
 
Re: No subject
Aug 4, 2008, 15:54
20.
Re: No subject Aug 4, 2008, 15:54
Aug 4, 2008, 15:54
 
Here in the Sacramento area, we normally get about 20-inches of rain a year, so far we are at about 13.5. Can someone do a rain dance, please?

Have I lied to you? I mean, in this room? Trust me, leave that thing alone. - GLaDOS

Did IQs just drop sharply while I was away? - Ripley
3.
 
Woohoo!
Jul 30, 2008, 11:09
3.
Woohoo! Jul 30, 2008, 11:09
Jul 30, 2008, 11:09
 
Ron Artest is no longer on the Kings! Nice!

Have I lied to you? I mean, in this room? Trust me, leave that thing alone. - GLaDOS

Did IQs just drop sharply while I was away? - Ripley
8.
 
Re: No subject
Jul 29, 2008, 12:52
8.
Re: No subject Jul 29, 2008, 12:52
Jul 29, 2008, 12:52
 
Same here ...

Ditto that. And have a safe trip. No "one-handed" driving while "surfing", OK?

Have I lied to you? I mean, in this room? Trust me, leave that thing alone. - GLaDOS

Did IQs just drop sharply while I was away? - Ripley
5.
 
Re: No subject
Jul 20, 2008, 00:26
5.
Re: No subject Jul 20, 2008, 00:26
Jul 20, 2008, 00:26
 
Nicholson's Joker came across as a guy hell bent on revenge.

His Joker was just bad. I didn't have any interest in the character. I was bored watching him because the character was just stupid.

This is a Joker that riveted me. Just an awesome performance.

Have I lied to you? I mean, in this room? Trust me, leave that thing alone. - GLaDOS

Did IQs just drop sharply while I was away? - Ripley
2.
 
Re: No subject
Jul 19, 2008, 23:50
2.
Re: No subject Jul 19, 2008, 23:50
Jul 19, 2008, 23:50
 
I saw it today and we did not have the Potter trailer and did have the Terminator.

I think that this is the best Batman film (Batman Begins comes in second). Maybe the best superhero film I've seen.

This is what the Joker is supposed to be, not that laughingstock fool Jack portrayed. Heath was AWESOME.

Have I lied to you? I mean, in this room? Trust me, leave that thing alone. - GLaDOS

Did IQs just drop sharply while I was away? - Ripley
41.
 
Re: No subject
Jul 11, 2008, 17:28
41.
Re: No subject Jul 11, 2008, 17:28
Jul 11, 2008, 17:28
 
Personally I'd rather buy a cheap fuel-efficient car than a Hybrid. From what I recall, the only time the Hybrid really excels over a fuel-sipper is when it's stop-and-go city driving.

Hence the Civic purchase on my end. The hybrids were much more expensive and my driving is mostly freeway. It would take me many years to pay off the difference in fuel savings, and the Civic should be cheaper in the long run on repairs, etc.

Have I lied to you? I mean, in this room? Trust me, leave that thing alone. - GLaDOS

Did IQs just drop sharply while I was away? - Ripley
33.
 
Re: No subject
Jul 11, 2008, 14:44
33.
Re: No subject Jul 11, 2008, 14:44
Jul 11, 2008, 14:44
 
My commute is right at 30-35 miles each way (depending on route taken, which depends on the time I'm driving and traffic conditions). My wife's, on the other hand, is about 1.5.

We just got a Honda Civic in March because of fuel costs - my F-150 got about 17 mpg, the Civic about 35 mpg. The truck is paid for and only has 41,000 miles on it, so we kept it. I need it on occasion for work and use it frequently for trips to Lowes for lumber, etc.

The car is paid for as well, and I figure I save on the order of $250 a month in fuel, or about $3,000 a year. Of course there are insurance and registration costs, but this will also allow me to keep the truck for a much longer time frame and not have to replace it anytime soon. I drive about 25,000 miles a year, and the Honda will probably last longer than the Ford mileage-wise.

Have I lied to you? I mean, in this room? Trust me, leave that thing alone. - GLaDOS

Did IQs just drop sharply while I was away? - Ripley
15.
 
Re: Equipment
Jul 11, 2008, 11:47
15.
Re: Equipment Jul 11, 2008, 11:47
Jul 11, 2008, 11:47
 
the one about genetic tube operating system (?)

"Genetic Lifeform and Disk Operating System"

Look at my sig.

Portal.

Have I lied to you? I mean, in this room? Trust me, leave that thing alone. - GLaDOS

Did IQs just drop sharply while I was away? - Ripley
5.
 
Re: No subject
Jul 11, 2008, 10:58
5.
Re: No subject Jul 11, 2008, 10:58
Jul 11, 2008, 10:58
 
34. Not bad considering I don't play consoles or haven't played many WWII FPS games except RtCW.

Have I lied to you? I mean, in this room? Trust me, leave that thing alone. - GLaDOS

Did IQs just drop sharply while I was away? - Ripley
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