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TV / The Patty Winters Show
« on: August 26, 2011, 07:22:43 am »
Talking animals were the topic of this morning’s Patty Winters Show. An octopus was floating in a makeshift aquarium with a microphone attached to one of its tentacles and it kept asking - or so its “trainer,” who is positive that mollusks have vocal cords, assured us - for “cheese.” I watched, vaguely transfixed, until I started to sob.

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Everything Else / A customized religion
« on: May 26, 2008, 09:33:17 am »
I had to invent a religion for my Comparative Religions class at school, and so far I've come up with a concept called Transformationism. Is there anything you guys want to add/ change/ remove/ suggest?

1.   Transformationists believe that there are 8 worlds, each on an equal level, where one continues life after death.
2.   Each world is unique and has its own qualities, none is more heavenly or better than the other
3.   When a person dies, his soul is judged by a panel of 8 gods. They determine his worth and decide which world he goes to.
4.   Each person fits each world differently. What might be the best world, and the ultimate reward, for someone would be the worst hell for someone else.
5.   You are judged according to how you acted toward others, nothing else. If you helped more people than you hurt and you lived your life virtuously, you ascend a world. If you harm more than you help, you descend a world.
6.   The gods are all omniscient of their own worlds and can communicate back and forth, though they have decided not to use their power to alter the paths of the mortals so that they can have an accurate judgment.
7.   The universe and the worlds were never created, they have existed for all time.
8.   There are 8 festivals every year, one on each equinox, one every solstice, and midway between all these days. The God of Earth is celebrated on the longest day of the year in June with large parties and an overt awareness of kindness.
9.   The religion stresses that life is a continual cycle and that one world is not just a test for the next.
10.   Anybody who renounces any contradictory faith is allowed in the Church
11.   There is a wide degree of individual autonomy in this faith, with absolutely no formal authority, just their official doctrine to keep everything in place

For the church's symbol, I want to put an octagram inside a circle to represent the interconnecting worlds and gods, and to represent interpersonal obligation and connection. The circle is obviously for the never-ending circle of life.

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PC Games / Can't Patch an Old Game
« on: May 17, 2008, 08:29:02 pm »
Hey everyone, I have a tech support question.

I'm trying to reinstall Rome Total War so that I can install the Rome Total Realism mod. To do that, I have to remove Rome from my computer. I did this, reinstalled it, and tried to put on the necessary v1.2 patch. The thing is, when I try to do this, it says that it's already patched to v1.2, which i know it isn't.

I went into the control panel, into the "add or remove programs" and found Rome Total War in there. Naturally, i uninstalled it. Right under it, there was a different icon that said Rome Total War v1.3. I clicked uninstall and the computer worked for about three seconds and then stopped. I clicked again and it said "please wait until the current program is done uninstalling before you uninstall the next" or something to that effect.

I've installed and uninstalled this game at least 5 times so i could try out different mods. I can definitely see how the computer is getting confused.

The question is, how do I completely get rid of all traces of this game so that i can start fresh?

By the way this is Vista home premium.

Thanks for any help you guys can give.

EDIT: just noticed another weird thing. When i use the search to find all instances of Rome on my computer, it comes up with over 5000 listings, all of them from previous installs of Rome TW that i had. I think a good defragging would be in order at least.

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Everything Else / Internet Hangups
« on: March 07, 2008, 01:43:37 pm »
For the past week, i've been having some pretty annoying internet hang-ups. It seems to be worse when I'm logged into sites (ie sites where i have a username and password). It seems like the browser works for a second, goes from stopped to working over and over again really fast, then it just goes to stopped. I have firefox and I'm using wireless internet with a Linksys WRT54G router and have Road Runner as my ISP.

I have no idea where to look, or what other kind of info to give. ???

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Spore: General / Anchor points on your creature: yes or no?
« on: November 10, 2007, 02:44:44 pm »
i'm sure you've all reached a consensus on some page here, but there was a rumour for a while that they were putting anchor points on your creatures instead of letting you do whatever you wanted with them. Is this true? To what extent?

I'll delete this topic after I get some answers. i'm not trying to spam, only find out.

ANSWER: apparently nothing has changed, the anchor points referred to something different.

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Everything Else / Explore the Galaxy with Google Earth!
« on: October 21, 2007, 06:59:25 pm »
Just to let you know, you can look at all the constellations visible from earth (and get information about stars, nebulae and other celestial formations) by pressing the last button on the left that looks like Saturn at the top of the Google Earth icon menu thing.

Don't get google earth and google maps mixed up.

http://earth.google.com/userguide/v4/ug_sky.html

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Music / Rare Lyrics
« on: May 06, 2007, 07:23:03 am »
Where do you guys go for lyrics that are hard to find? For example, I'm looking for lyrics to the CD Digalo from alternative Costa Rican rock band Evolucion, but I can't find a thing. Any tips?

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Everything Else / I've decided to spell the British way
« on: April 24, 2007, 07:01:23 pm »
I'm a complete Anglophile and you guys invented the language, after all. I need some pointers, though. I never know if I'm right when I add a u to words like atto(u)ney and docto(u)r. Is there a general rule for this?

Also, are there any words other than kerb and cheque that you spell completely differently than us? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Console Games / When did you get your 360?
« on: February 20, 2007, 09:02:17 am »
Just curious. I got mine in April of 2006.

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PC Games / Sim Games
« on: February 10, 2007, 03:35:20 pm »
I'm looking for a good sim game where you play as the head of an organization (a business or a nation would be preferable). I mean making behind-the-scenes policies and all that kind of thing, not like with most of the Tycoon games in which you put something in your game world and hope it makes money. The closest I've found to what I'm looking for is Tropico. Most of the nation simulation games I've come across are mainly war games. I want to feel like the president of a country, not like a landgrabing maniac. Does anyone know a game similar to what I'm looking for?

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Music / Napster
« on: February 05, 2007, 07:08:21 pm »
I just registered for it, it's SO much better than RealPlayer! They've got songs I've never even heard of from my favorite artist, and apparently nor has anyone else because the lyrics do not exist on the interweb. They've got at least 10 new songs, it's pretty damn good. I haven't bought anything, but I'm assuming it'll work on my Creative Zen Sleek Photo, and RealPlayer did not. It also lets you download the whole song and listen to it before you try, or is that only because I have the free trial? Has anyone else tried napster?

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PC Games / Game Controller Problem
« on: December 09, 2006, 02:08:15 pm »
I bought a cable that allows me to hook up an xbox controller to my PC, but I'm having a problem. I installed all the drivers and it works and everything, but Psychonauts won't allow me to use this controller over my joystick for the game. I made it my preferred controller and everything, it's just not taking. I looked around in the game menus, nothing there. The only solution I can think of would be unplugging the joystick while I play Psychonauts, but that's kind of annoying. Any tips?

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PC Games / Bit Bot's Math Voyage
« on: November 23, 2006, 03:28:19 pm »
Does anyone else remember this game? I used to love it as a kid, but all I can find online is just old reviews by educational sites. Does anyone have it that could email it to me? Or know where I can download it? If not, then use this topic to just discuss the game.

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PC Games / Armadillo Run
« on: October 29, 2006, 05:18:18 pm »
Have you ever heard of Armadillo Run?

It's pretty freakin' great.

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Console Games / Virtual Console List?
« on: September 10, 2006, 01:28:32 pm »
http://www.play-nintendo.com/news/06090902.html

I don't know if that's old news or what. If it is, please tell me and I will promptly delete this topic.

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