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  1. The new Doctor Who is absolutely brilliant. Eccleston has the role down perfectly (it is a damn shame he only signed for one series) and the writing is excellent. Davies really has managed to tap the old series and mix it with a more modern sensibility.

    There is no doubt that it's Doctor Who, it's not re-imagined or any of that, it is the Doctor.

  2. I saw Sin City on Friday night, and it's one of the best movies I've ever seen, and easily the best comics-to-film adaptation made. The movie had me in the first 30 seconds and didn't let go, I was utterly immersed in it and loving every second.

    The dialogue, the visuals, the music, the acting, all were spectacular. I'd have to say Mickey Rourke and Clive Owen stole the show, those two were phenomenal. It's fortunate that Rodriguez was able to convince Miller to cast Rourke, as Miller was initially against the idea, but Rodriguez's experience with Rourke in Once Upon A Time In Mexico encouraged him to press the casting. Definately a smart move.

     

    At any rate, this will be a see-again in the theatre and DVD purchase. The DVD comes with the theatrical version on one disc, but the second disc is a re-cut version, with cut material put back in and each story told on it's own, rather than merging them into one whole piece.

  3. I'm really happy with my Kodak Easyshare CX7430 4MP camera. The resolution is very nice and has a great array of settings and configurations. The on-board memory holds only about 9-12 pictures, more or less depending on the quality chosen to use on them. That's more than enough for just taking pictures around the house or whathaveyou and uploading to the computer. For travel you'd definately want a memory card, but that's true for any digital camera.

    The only complaint I have is that the zoom isn't as wide-ranging as I'd like. Other than that, it's been a very good camera.

  4. nowadays prime-time TV is filled with 'life-style' programs, which show us how to live our lives .. they show us how to live, or how not too, what food people eat, how they arrange their gardens, how much money they are getting for selling their house, what clothes is in etc etc..

     

    The sheer amount of these kind of programs have exploded (at least on Danish TV), and mediascientists are speculating that these programs serve a use as a sort of social guidiance .. in a society with contiuos flexible norms which are affected by international trends, people are loosing touch with what is "right" ..

     

    These sorts of shows are massively popular here in Canada. We've entire channels dedicated to them.

     

    The solutions range from apathy to a more clear intervention in which trends come in and out of a country (if such a thing is even possible) ..

     

    imo it's just shows that people aren't as 'individual' as we like to tell ourselves we are .. it seems we still rely heavily on others opinions .. and when these opinions are becoming increasingly numerous the need for 'normality' and a clearer definition of it, seems to be some kind of new commodity!

    I see no solution and my discussion earlier this evening was quite fruitless, so I thought I would toss it by here .. to get a new international perspective ..

     

    Do you think it's a problem? what can be done? should we even do anything? (or is it just another trend soon to be over?)

     

    I don't think the popularity of these shows indicates anything new in our culture, but they do definitely latch onto and explore something that is part of our culture but not previously at the forefront of popular awareness.

    People have always relied heavily on the opinions of others, it's in our nature. I don't know about a need for normality, but certainly most people like to think they're normal, so seeing something on tv that says so is comforting.

    I don't see a trend or problem reflected or supported by lifestyle television shows. If anything, they're a good idea and can bring a wider cultural perspective to one's life. Some of them are downright lame and irritating, as with anything, but some of the shows are genuinely interesting and informative. Like with all media you've got to pick and choose which suits your tastes.

  5. I'm so looking forward to the new Doctor Who, and have been for ages. The wait is killing me.. April 5th seems so far away.

    I haven't seen the new show yet; the version leaked isn't the final version, it's a pre-release screener, and I want to see it properly.

     

    The new show is being held in high, high esteem by Dr. Who fans, fans from the very first series through to the last one. The new series is pulling all sorts of stuff from the previous shows, and is being done as a proper Dr. Who, it's not a re-imagining, revamping or remaking at all.

     

    As for Hitchhikers, I'm looking forward to that as well. Initially I had reservations but I'm pretty won over now.

  6. I'm not sure if the forum software is configurable like that. I do agree that the 4-letter minimum is awkward, particularly for a RPG-focused board, but that limitation seems pretty common across many message board softwares.

  7. We do kick the idea around here every once in a while about making a game like those that were made with the IE, but we are pretty sure we would have to fund it ourselves if we did.

     

    I'd buy it.

    You could even do it as a part-time project and release it as a direct download purchased from the main site and skip marketplace distribution and publishers all together. Don't worry about a license, a homebrew gameworld would be great.

    I always liked the IE, and particularly it's incarnation in IWD2.

  8. Had to vote for the chimp, sorry Kumquat. Now, were you Charlton Heston I'd give the odds to you, but you're no Heston.

    That said, I fear for the chimp. While he'd likely win, he'd be entering a new heart of darkness in his life; emotionally scarred from the terrors of the mortal combat, the contorted face of his opponent permanently burned like a grim beacon into his memory. He'll never sleep well again, waking up screaming a blood-curdling chimp scream in the night, thinking he was back, back in that thrice-damned sparring ring.

     

    There are no winners in this. Only a fleeting sense of victory followed by a lifetime of haunting pain.

  9. I understand, but as mods I'd hope you guys take things in context.

     

    As my bright yellow smiley with a halo indicates, I am clearly kidding about B5C being a terrorist for voting for bush.

     

    Nor, IMO, did I think Laozi was serious for declaring all Americans are terrorists. At least, not in the direct way the post would indicate. He might have gotten around to "The people you see as terrorists consider you terrorists" kinda of thing.

     

    We have had several heated but mostly controlled political debates on this forum. None of them I can remember were locked till they evolved from heated debate to basically fart jokes. Most of us know each other and get along here. No one is trying to make anyone else cry or anything. We have even tackled religious topics in, again heated, but responsible ways (the ten commandments topics).

     

    We do take things in context, and that context is much larger than it may seem to those posting sarcastically in a thread. While you and a smattering of regulars may realise you're not being serious, other people do not and genuinely take offense.

    The context we have to look at things in extends to the perspective of everybody, we must look at things as a complete stranger to the forums might look at a thread. Too often I let things go because the people involved do know each other and are accustomed to posting styles and personalities.

    To that end, I have recieved complaints on this thread, and I can see where they come from. And reading over this thread, there's really not any serious discussion going on, so that combined with what is here being found upsetting, I'm locking the thread.

  10. Just posting a link and a wry comment does not a discussion make. If you seriously want to discuss the content of that website, please elaborate on your position in addition to providing the link.

     

    Edit: Gorth, he forgot to put the period after www. Just put that in and it works.

  11. Actually, I'm more worried about the elimination of light-heart posting than I am of hard off-topic debate. Seems we can't even kid around in "way off topic", but I suppose we all expected a bit of a crackdown. Weather the storm and all that.

     

    I know it's fun to kid around and post silliness, but I do ask that people excercise restraint. Kidding within the context of a substantial discussion is fine, but just posting random stuff isn't.

     

    Rule 6 is the "No politics, no religion, no controversy or anything that could be percieved as such" rule which is in reality, a ban on all forms of serious debate. If Obsidian pulls the same stunt, Im leaving.

     

    At the moment, religion and politics are fair areas of discussion. What we ask though is that people respect differing opinions, and not resort to flaming and antagonism in those discussions. Debate is fine, attacking someone is not. Because it's currently allowed to discuss hot topics like those, it's only fair that people understand and respect the courtesy being provided in allowing those topics as open for discussion.

    By all means, Obsidian would be well within their rights to disallow religious, political and other hot-button subjects from the boards. But, since that's not the case right now, we ask you use consideration when discussing those sorts of things.

     

    Ultimately, if people want off-topic discussions of all kinds, treat the opportunity well and don't abuse it.

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