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Everything Else / Re: Have you ever tried standup comedy?
« on: January 12, 2008, 09:42:52 am »
yes, on a dare once, at an open mike night.  i did fine but did not pursue it because the whole housewife-turned-comedienne thing has been done to death and i DO NOT want to be compared in any way to roseanne barr...   :P

it helped me INCREDIBLY that the guy who went before me totally sucked...talked all about his dog shredding his dirty underpants in the middle of the floor, in a manner that was not funny but uncomfortable and thoroughly disgusting and people barely clapped when he left.  i started by introducing myself and saying, "let me just put you all at ease and establish RIGHT NOW that i will NOT talk to you about dogs, underpants, any of fact, i'm not even WEARING underpants."  they clapped and hooted and hollered and a guy yelled "show us!!!!" and i just turned to him and said "HEY!" gave him my "stern mommy look" while pointing my finger at him.  pause, continue, explaining that you've just seen my "strn mommy look" the whole "stern mommy look" thing became both a good tangent and a running joke.  my best advice is, don't be intimidated by hecklers...USE them, and have ideas about what you want to say.  (and if you decide in the end like i did that you have a face for radio, WRITE instead.)

durg, brutus...good for you, very brave. find out when your local comedy club has open mike night, and become a regular.  you'll get good practice, you'll become recognizable, and who knows who will see you there!  good luck and tell us how it goes!!!

Everything Else / Re: Who are you?
« on: January 12, 2008, 09:26:30 am »
i'm the newbie...gamermommy...37 years old, a stay-at-home mom with 3 kids (one teen, one autistic, one toddler).  i game because it keeps me from flipping out on my kids and is something i can do quietly after they've all gone to bed....i am the "old lady" on most of the MMO's i've played (and i've either played or been in betas for a LOT of them) and i am mostly PC but as my kids get older i'm getting into handheld and console.  as you can probably surmise i don't have a whole lot in common with the other suburban housewives in my neighborhood.   ::)

in my many various incarnations i have been a professional lounge singer, the voice talent for radio commercials and jingles, a wedding consultant, a graveyard-shift operator-standing-by for an infomercial company, the person who snips the excess threads from dolls clothes on an assembly line at a doll factory, an elected official, a church organist, an award-winning writer and a former editor for IGN.

i came to this site to support one of its contributors, who i've known since i was 15. 

so, hi, and thanks!

Forum Games / Re: Name-A-Movie Game
« on: January 12, 2008, 09:10:27 am »
ok....i think he meant "an inconvenient truth."   ;D

"an inconvenient truth"

....the movie they make about that couple in london who got married and THEN found out they were actually twins, separated at birth...

"hannah and her sisters"

Forum Games / Re: The above poster's name
« on: January 12, 2008, 09:02:16 am »
the evil nemesis of doctor A....

Forum Games / Re: Backwards Movie
« on: January 12, 2008, 09:00:11 am »
By the way uh, how'd you get an avatar over 100px in height? Normally it blocks anyone else from doing that... it's not an objection by the way, just a curiosity.

because mommy is a dolt who didn't read the rules before posting.   :P  fixed now!!!!!!   :-*

TV / Re: Lost
« on: January 12, 2008, 08:54:20 am »

for people who need a refresher....good episode guide:

it's gonna be SAWYERIFFIC!!!!!!!!!  (you have to excuse your mommy here...josh holloway is the simply the hottest man on television since dirk benedict on battlestar galactica.)

i've always been of the opinion that the most expendable character is jin (the wookie) that daniel dae kim has had trouble with the law, he could very well be toast even though he was quick to apologize (which the others weren't).  ALL of the other LOST actors who got arrested while in hawaii (libby, annalucia, and mr. eko) were written off the show shortly thereafter.  so my prediction stands, only now, it has the arrest factor behind it.

TV / Re: Heroes on NBC --- Warning: Spoilers Abound!
« on: January 12, 2008, 08:44:44 am »
this is one series i hope doesn't get comlpetely fubarred by the writers' strike.  i mean....december 3 was the last of the new episodes, and while i thought it was cool, it isn't "last episode of the season" quality.

i just love masi oka.  i want to give him a noogie and send him to the sandbox to play with my 3-year-old.

and i really think they have sufficient eye-candy for the menfolk on this show, but as far as i'm concerned, this show could use an infusion of HOTGUY, immediately.  but that's just the pervy old lady talking.   ;)

Books / Re: top 10 books
« on: January 11, 2008, 09:36:08 pm »
10. In His Own Write by John Lennon
9. American Gothic Tales by Joyce Carroll Oates
8. Gentlemen and Players by Joanne Harris
7. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
6. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett
5. America by Jon Stewart
4. The Stand by Stephen King
3. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
2. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling

Books / Re: The Greatest science fiction writes!
« on: January 11, 2008, 09:25:16 pm »
Ursula K. LeGuin  ;)

Forum Games / Backwards Movie
« on: January 11, 2008, 09:23:22 pm »
What would the plot of the movie be if you watched it backwards?


Titanic: An enormous iron ship surges up from the vast depths of the ocean to save a large number of people who are inexplicably, and somewhat foolishly, floundering in the water near an iceberg. It then kindly takes them back to Southampton.

Dracula: A kindly old gentleman in evening dress appears in 19th century London where he heals the sick and convinces an amorous young lady to go back to her husband. Returning to his home country in Eastern Europe, he nurtures a young man back to mental health and lives happily ever after running the local bloodbank for injured peasants.

Indiana Jones Trilogy: An incompetent archaeologist travels the globe losing precious objects and information, but occasionally chasing boulders up hills and unmelting the faces of Nazis.

Movies / Re: The WORST movies you have ever seen.
« on: January 11, 2008, 09:18:21 pm »
Howard. The. Duck.   :P

PC Games / Re: Neverwinter Nights 2
« on: January 11, 2008, 07:00:16 pm »
k, i am new to this forum, so therefore late to this thread.

if you liked NWN1, you'll LOVE this.  the single-biggest cool change from NWN1 involves the hired help: the ability to manage ALL inventories, the ability to control each character in 1st-person, the ability to have up to 3 helpers at a time instead of just one, and having your relationship with one NPC affect your relationships with all the others...with far reaching consequences.

khelgar ironfist (a helper NPC) is DA MAN, and worth the price of the game all by himself. i think he's got to be in my personal list of top NPC characters ever (along with HK-47 from the KOTOR series, oscar from siberia, and a few others)... just don't advance khelgar through his monk quest, because he'll turn useless on you.  if khelgar is the coolest NWN character ever, then quara and grobnar are easily the most annoying.  if you play as a chick (which, hey, i'm a chick, so i do...), there are 2 romanceable characters (1 good, one evil) and that rivalry is entertaining in its own right.

i have to say i played NWN2 eagerly through to the end, which was one of the more frustrating "ambiguous endings" ever.  i am playing the expansion currently, in the hopes of meeting khelgar again...but i am finding the expansion more confusing and harder to play.

PC Games / Re: Pirates of the Burning Sea
« on: January 11, 2008, 06:44:54 pm »
ok, admittedly i'm a noob here...ALSO someone acquainted with a contributor lest anyone ask...

if i'm going to make a first post, it had better be about something important, so, pirate games, it is.

i was in various betas for both pirates of the caribbean (POTC) online and pirates of the burning sea (POTBS) online.  i have since cancelled my account with the former and am currently in pre-board for the latter.  my kids play puzzle pirates, and i am a fan of sid meier's pirates.


it never ceases to amaze me that a company with the resources and brand recognition disney has, and with the gaming potential for a franchise like pirates of the caribbean...all of this, yet they release lame after lame game with the lowest possible standard for graphics and game design.  these games, had more thought and time been applied (rather than rushing toward various movie release dates and christmas seasons), could have been breathtaking.  i'm a i can readily admit to being suckered more than once by the idea of sailing on the black pearl with an actual-johnny-depp-voiced, practically shirtless captain jack.  but...these games, one after the other and now the RPG, have been completely disappointing.  the disney RPG in particular...i understand their wanting to make it accessible to as many people as possible, but that shouldn't automatically mean the character customization offers few choices, the locations all look alike, and there's no such thing as ship customization (sails, upgrades, ANYTHING!).  the beta ended in august so the game could undergo a "massive re-design." launch happened on halloween, and it's not evident what changed other than different music in certain zones and a few more creatures.  the chat is still so ridiculously restrictive that you can't type numerals, character or location names, which as you can imagine makes group play "a ball." what i liked about POTC...interacting with captain jack, familiar characters and storyline, the "voodoo" casting skill, and the fact that a busy person could log in for 5 minutes and accomplish one minor sub-quest point...these things were not enough to overpower "the curse."

the quests on  the first 20 levels of the game are made up of the most mundane and repetitive quests ever invented (you can imagine the drudgery of a quest called "66 bottles of rum on the wall..."). you are then rewarded with a boss battle aboard the black pearl with captain jack.  problem: the boss battle, due to crash issues, has been down for six weeks and the devs have not even hinted at when this might come back up.  until that boss battle is up, you can't go further in the game; other quests aren't doable; you can level killing the same creatures, but by the time the pearl boss battle comes back online, you'll be too high for it to pose any kind of challenge.  when i was cancelling the account (which you can only do by telephone, using a number you have to really look for on the site to even find), the telephone CSR asked, "would a blackjack tournament interest you enough to stay?" when tortuga hold-em poker is the most exciting aspect of your game, you're in trouble, matey!  the final time i logged in, i could no longer see any characters as high a level as i was, nor did i meet even one online with the special "founder" tag anymore.  i'm assuming i'm not the only crewmate who ultimately defected to POTBS, but hey, disney got $20 from me in the meantime, didn't they.  POTC is easy for little kids, and that's ultimately the only audience who won't be jumping ship.

if one of the main reasons i liked POTC was sailing around to the theme music, i've found that POTBS game is much more fun, and i can always turn the volume down and play the POTC soundtrack on iTunes.   ;D  the character and ship customization is a lot better, even though the women mostly look like they came from a motley crue video and the men look like renaissance festival carnies (though the player content feature for sail design is not up yet).  the quests tend to be repetitive, and for land-missions, the same topography is used over and over...but at least the storylines are engaging and often humorous (ie. assault the vessel carrying the poodles owned by a certain merchant's wife, because the merchant hates the poodles and wants to be able to tell her they were lost at sea).  the total player-made economy is both a blessing and a curse...i wish they'd remove a requirement to pay "weekly upkeep" on your manufacturing structures because auctioning, manufacturing, getting all the mats you need is ungodly expensive as it is.

the sailing takes longer than POTC, but only because actual maps of actual places are in use.  sailing actually takes skill in this game, which again is a blessing and a curse because ships are really slow to manoeuver and the AI gets twitchier the more cargo you have in your hold.  (one guy i know was attacked by NPC ships 12 times while sailing from tampa, florida to new orleans.) ship customization is quite the science; i only wish personal armor and weaponry were at the same level.  this game is great for groupers (because the end game got the RvR aspect right, much like DAoC did before it started to suck, and WoW though it only has 2 factions to POTBS's 4) AND soloists alike (around 50 separate missions PER PORT to engage in). i would like to see them install an in-game message system, and have the capacity to share money and items with guildmates.  for people thinking about playing this, think, sid meier's pirates as an MMO.  a self-admitted pirate fetishist, i like it now, and believe it can only get better, though i'd like to see how they handle balance issues on various can't swing a cat on "blackbeard" without hitting a pirate, and you don't even have to be french on that server to know you should surrender.

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