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by Adrian Laguna
2010-01-03 04:07am
Forum: Science Fiction
Topic: Little things that get to you in terms of beleivability
Replies: 177
Views: 12081

Re: Little things that get to you in terms of beleivability

adam_grif wrote:I think hacking in general is handled very poorly in films, although granted the real stuff isn't all that thrilling.
Unless it's lead pipe hacking, which is hardly boring, but makes the heroes look decidedly unheroic.
by Adrian Laguna
2009-12-29 12:04am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Sherlock Holmes Movie
Replies: 54
Views: 4977

Re: Sherlock Holmes Movie

Holmes doesn't need Watson to solve crimes; he needs Watson to give a shit about people and for companionship. Watson is useful for solving various crimes, just not because of his deductive skills. There are multiple instances where having a trusted accomplice proved useful for Holmes in pulling sh...
by Adrian Laguna
2009-12-14 11:19am
Forum: Artwork, Music and Photos
Topic: Covers that surpassed the originals
Replies: 50
Views: 7398

Re: Covers that surpassed the originals

How I Could Just Kill a Man Rage Against the Machine took a mediocre rap song by Cypress Hill and turned it into pure unadulterated awesome. The original version sounds to me like some gangasta wannabe, a poser with a big mouth. The cover sounds like an actual psychopath, with just the right amount...
by Adrian Laguna
2009-12-14 05:22am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Non Alcoholic beverages of Choice
Replies: 92
Views: 4998

Re: Non Alcoholic beverages of Choice

Favourite non-alcoholic drink? It's a dead heat between tigernut orxata and rice chicha . Coca-Cola, usually one made with real sugar....which can take some digging to find Mexican authorities rightly consider corn syrup to be unfit for human consumption, so any Coca-Cola made in Mexico is guarantee...
by Adrian Laguna
2009-12-12 11:00pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: How many of you don't drink alcohol?
Replies: 114
Views: 6086

Re: How many of you don't drink alcohol?

If someone told you that they were going to make a drink out of fucking BARLEY , you would not think "Oooh, that will be delicious!" People only drink it because they've learned to acquire the taste IMO, and because it has such a long European tradition behind it. Barley is delicious. I w...
by Adrian Laguna
2009-11-28 10:19pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: I'm BAAAAAAACK!!
Replies: 33
Views: 2785

Re: I'm BAAAAAAACK!!

I was at a wedding based on old folk traditions, which included a circle dance. Those circle dances look pretty silly on TV, but I have to say it was a lot of fun. It was much more fun than a traditional church wedding where everyone sits down quietly and waits for the preacher to drone on and on. ...
by Adrian Laguna
2009-11-12 06:52pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: BREAKING: SHOOTING AT FORT HOOD
Replies: 92
Views: 9098

Re: BREAKING: SHOOTING AT FORT HOOD

This fellow has the same sympathies as Benedict Arnold, but he was so pathetic that he couldn't even succeed in actually committing treason, so he had to settle for wandering around with a gun one day. "Loser" comes to mind as a good and appropriate description for someone who even fails ...
by Adrian Laguna
2009-11-12 04:57am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: 2012 (spoilers)
Replies: 66
Views: 5232

Re: 2012 (spoilers)

I was very interested in watching 2012 solely because the premise of whole surface of the Earth coming apart at the seams seemed to make for some magnificent scenery. I like watching things be destroyed in an impressive fashion. However, if the interesting parts full of destruction and mayhem are co...
by Adrian Laguna
2009-11-05 12:59am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Recent staff changes
Replies: 40
Views: 3287

Re: Recent staff changes

phongn wrote:Mini-moderator.
Ah, so I was being inatentive.
by Adrian Laguna
2009-11-05 12:56am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Recent staff changes
Replies: 40
Views: 3287

Re: Recent staff changes

So the vomit green colour indicates "former moderator"?

[removed because I'm stupid]
by Adrian Laguna
2009-10-27 04:18am
Forum: Gaming, Electronics and Computers
Topic: Why are morons all snipers?
Replies: 31
Views: 3794

Re: Why are morons all snipers?

I think much of the reason for the popularity of sniping weapons is many gamers are just cowards - this seems absurd considering they are playing a bloody game, but the number of times I see people hanging back hoping their team mates will go into a dangerous situation first makes me think there mu...
by Adrian Laguna
2009-10-24 01:23am
Forum: Gaming, Electronics and Computers
Topic: All game avatars are the same...
Replies: 85
Views: 4745

Re: All game avatars are the same...

In the military it's a lot easier to just shave your hair off than try to maintain it and if you're in the field for any length of time (just days will do), you get a kind of scruffiness on top of it. For this reason it doesn't bother me at all, whereas the ones where the character is supposedly mi...
by Adrian Laguna
2009-10-23 08:22pm
Forum: Pure Star Trek
Topic: Star Trek, five months later
Replies: 177
Views: 14690

Re: Star Trek, five months later

Anguirus wrote:And a cute homage to "fencer Sulu."
Schlock Mercenary did the fencing thing better.
by Adrian Laguna
2009-10-23 03:19am
Forum: Science, Logic, And Morality
Topic: Woof! Dog Social Intelligence / Human Social Intelligence
Replies: 19
Views: 2261

Re: Woof! Dog Social Intelligence / Human Social Intelligence

I love cats, but it's a fact that not just my cats (who seem almost retarded in terms of intelligence) but every cat I've ever heard of will interpret a pointed finger to mean "hey, look! a finger!" I lived for a couple of years with a pair of cats who could read human signals. I could se...
by Adrian Laguna
2009-10-20 01:37am
Forum: Science Fiction
Topic: Thoughts on planetary combat
Replies: 103
Views: 5936

Re: Thoughts on planetary combat

One thing that I think people should keep in mind in this discussion is that the function of static defenses isn't necessarily to defeat the attacker. Land fortifications have historically existed primarily to delay and occupy invading armies while the defending side mounted a counter-offensive. It ...
by Adrian Laguna
2009-10-15 04:01am
Forum: Pure Star Trek
Topic: Why Charles Stross hates Star Trek
Replies: 29
Views: 4867

Re: Why Charles Stross hates Star Trek

Isn't the new Battle Star Galactica exactly what he claims to want from science fiction? The name of the show kept popping into my head repeatedly as I read through this article. The guy wants situations that we can imagine and have profound effects on the society depicted; with technology that is a...
by Adrian Laguna
2009-10-13 08:54pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Evolution: A video on female beauty & image
Replies: 61
Views: 5728

Re: Evolution: A video on female beauty & image

ArmorPierce reminds me of relatively well known excerpt from Malcolm X's autobiography, which talks about hair in black culture by way of personal experience. Shorty soon decided that my hair was finally long enough to be conked. He had promised to school me in how to beat the barber shops’ three- a...
by Adrian Laguna
2009-09-26 09:07pm
Forum: Gaming, Electronics and Computers
Topic: New Empire: Total War expansion announced.
Replies: 83
Views: 5180

Re: New Empire: Total War expansion announced.

Bluewolf wrote:MTW2 did try and add the prisoner mechanic which I liked. It was a step in the right direction.
The prisoner mechanic existed in the first Medieval: Total War, which is why it was in the second. I found it completely useless and always executed prisoners as a matter of course.
by Adrian Laguna
2009-09-26 03:07am
Forum: History
Topic: British armed forces, late 1970s
Replies: 3
Views: 1774

Re: British armed forces, late 1970s

Sea Skimmer wrote:I wouldn’t put it past them to start bombing Dublin too.
Between the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force clamoring for the chance to pound some faces in, I don't think the poor Dubliners stand a chance.
by Adrian Laguna
2009-09-26 01:10am
Forum: Science Fiction
Topic: 40k Chaos allegience question
Replies: 30
Views: 7644

Re: 40k Chaos allegience question

Actually, Nurgle worship, based on "Oh god, I don't ever want to die" might be understandable amongst the upper crust. I doubt it. Firstly because both Tzeentch and Slaanesh can promise immortality, and secondly because the upper crust tends to be rather self-assured of their righteousnes...
by Adrian Laguna
2009-09-21 02:49am
Forum: Science Fiction
Topic: 40k Chaos allegience question
Replies: 30
Views: 7644

Re: 40k Chaos allegience question

It depends. I'm pretty sure there is mention of longer life expectancy and the standard of living is higher. There just happen to be some places that are really bad . Ah, and those are the places where the cult of Nurgle sees relatively little success... A God of Despair and disease will not thrive...
by Adrian Laguna
2009-09-20 07:03pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: "The Hurt Locker" [Spoilers]
Replies: 28
Views: 2212

Re: "The Hurt Locker" [Spoilers]

While I've never read the Gen Kill book (so please correct me if I am wrong), I was under the impression that the show really dialed up the more "controversial" aspects of the source material. I heard that it was particularlly bad in regard to the show's portrayal of "Capitain Americ...
by Adrian Laguna
2009-09-19 05:31pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: If you'd lived 200 years ago, would you still be alive?
Replies: 167
Views: 9536

Re: If you'd lived 200 years ago, would you still be alive?

Note that birth by cesarean is not a death sentence if there happened to be a surgeon at hand. It wou ld highly increase the chances of the mother dying but you could still be around. The procedure has been performed successfully since time immemorial. It has been speculated, for example, the the Ca...
by Adrian Laguna
2009-09-19 02:51am
Forum: Science Fiction
Topic: Competant Ancient Races
Replies: 87
Views: 7151

Re: Competant Ancient Races

Let's see competent ancient races. The Xeelee and Photino Birds have been brought up, and those are the first that come to mind. Particularly the Xeelee given the sheer magnitude of their opponent, and their ultimate solution to avoid defeat and extermination. In the Schlockverse both the Dark Matte...
by Adrian Laguna
2009-09-18 08:19pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Patrick Swayze has died
Replies: 29
Views: 3011

Re: Patrick Swayze has died

We watched Point Break last night. Swayze was good. Jenn actually commented that he was beyond good and that you actually forget he is Patrick Swayze and he becomes Brodie much like how Tom Hanks becomes his characters as opposed to someone like Tom Cruise, who is always Tom Cruise playing a charac...