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Hell Hath Frozen Over.
September 4th 2003, 00:39 CEST by Charles

LucasArts has given UT2003 Troopers a green light.

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The agreement made with LucasArts (after a long period of VERY friendly negotiations) also allows the Troopers Development Team to implement Star Wars assets and content directly from the movies and games. This means that, with the exception of the Star Wars music (which LucasArts doesn't own the rights to, and so therefore could not give us the rights to use), we can use anything we want.
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#45 by Shadarr
2003-09-05 19:56:24
shadarr@yahoo.com http://digital-luddite.com
Hey Yotsuya, does this mean you like the new Coyote's logo?  Personally I like the symbol, but I think they could've done better than just ripping off the Red Wings colors wholesale.  After all of Wayne's extolling the virtues of tradition, they don't go back to Winnepeg Jets colors?  WTF is up with that?
#46 by CheesyPoof
2003-09-05 20:00:22
They won't be lugging it on a regular basis, just when the go between NY and FL.  Then they will go to FL they will stay there for a few months and it will just sit there.
#47 by LPMiller
2003-09-05 20:01:44
lpmiller@gotapex.com http://www.gotapex.com
both compusa and circuit city have some decent laptops on sale this week for under 1,000 after rebates - going to 899, I think. Laptops aren't quite as expensive as they used to be.

Otherwise, there is always powernotebooks.com

I believe I can fly......urk.
#48 by Bailey
2003-09-05 20:01:52
LCD monitors do not take up a ton of room, surprisingly.

The knowledge that you exist is a burden on my soul.
#49 by yotsuya
2003-09-05 20:09:28
Shadarr-

I'm getting used to it. I preferred the southwest kachina look at first, but it's growing on me.

Actually, brick red is part of the Coyotes original color scheme, so going all red isn't really a Red Wings rip-off. However, it's a bit too plain for me. For my money, I think Carolina has the best sweater when it comes to balancing a traditional look while still having contemporary elements.

"YES!!  You see people, THAT'S why he's the Vice-President of A/V Services here at Respawn Games.  Yotsuya ALWAYS unleashes the fucking fury!" - Warren Marshall
#50 by Shadarr
2003-09-05 20:09:37
shadarr@yahoo.com http://digital-luddite.com
If they can justify shelling out for an LCD, just pay the extra $3.50 and get them a damn laptop.
#51 by Shadarr
2003-09-05 20:13:45
shadarr@yahoo.com http://digital-luddite.com
Yotsuya,

I'm just happy that for once, somebody changed thier jersey and didn't make it worse.  The last time I can remember this happening (other than when the Islanders decided to just abandon the Captain Highliner look and go back to their old symbol) was probably the Penguins back in the early 90's.  I have faith that they will come out with an all-black third jersey though.  Everybody does.
#52 by CheesyPoof
2003-09-05 20:49:54
Laptops are too small.  These people are in their 60's, they need a full size keyboard and larger monitor.
#53 by Shadarr
2003-09-05 20:57:24
shadarr@yahoo.com http://digital-luddite.com
Wow, I just checked and the 17" Powerbook costs $3300 US.  I won't suggest that, then.

If they're going the desktop route, I wouldn't even worry about getting a small one.  The thing's going to be a bitch to transport no matter what, and a full-size case is a cheaper and less hassle to upgrade.  Don't most of the shuttles only have one PCI slot?
#54 by yotsuya
2003-09-05 20:58:09
Yeah, but I'm sure his parents don't need to install anything fancy.

"YES!!  You see people, THAT'S why he's the Vice-President of A/V Services here at Respawn Games.  Yotsuya ALWAYS unleashes the fucking fury!" - Warren Marshall
#55 by Russ
2003-09-05 21:49:09
Just install one of those jacks in the back of their skull like in the Matrix. Voila! Monitor problems solved.

Blücher!
#56 by LPMiller
2003-09-05 22:01:47
lpmiller@gotapex.com http://www.gotapex.com
The 17 inch laptops, like the Toshibia, the Dell, and the sager, are plenty big enough, screen wise. Plus, the sager and I think the dell have full sized keyboards, number pad and all. I don't much like the toshiba.

I believe I can fly......urk.
#57 by mike
2003-09-05 22:48:21
www.antigames.com
Or, instead of a jack, just icepick the back of their skulls. Problem also solved.

Dogs fucked the pope. No fault of mine.
#58 by zimbardo_ugly
2003-09-06 01:06:27
zimbardo_ugly@hotmail.com
"Why would I fuck with laptops? They're too small."

"All things fall and are built again,
And those that build them again are gay." (W. B. Yeats)
#59 by Huge Wood Farmer
2003-09-06 14:17:20
OT:

I'm looking for an effective solution to a phobia, I know of shrink-led flooding and the other slow version (the name escapes me, but it is a gradual immersion in the fear). Can anyone sugest an alternate method which may work (hypnosis etc)?

Hooray for Flowerpants!
#60 by zimbardo_ugly
2003-09-06 14:22:49
zimbardo_ugly@hotmail.com
Hypnosis is not a viable method, unless you are looking for a placebo. I would suggest cognitive-behavioral therapy (which is more focused and somewhat easier), or gestalt therapy (which has a lot of good practitioners, but tends to creep into the rest of your life and make you break down your carefully built rationalizations).

"All things fall and are built again,
And those that build them again are gay." (W. B. Yeats)
#61 by yotsuya
2003-09-06 17:52:12
Wood-

I'm curious? What phobia is it for?

"YES!!  You see people, THAT'S why he's the Vice-President of A/V Services here at Respawn Games.  Yotsuya ALWAYS unleashes the fucking fury!" - Warren Marshall
#62 by Neale
2003-09-06 19:51:14
neale@pimurho.co.uk www.pimurho.co.uk
triskaidecophobia

You can't derail this train of idiocy, Shadarr. Not even with a big fat cow of logic on the tracks. - Bailey
#63 by Desiato
2003-09-06 19:51:52
desiato_hotblack@hotmail.com http://www.spew2.com/
I'd rather have a wearable that could pipe the display to my glasses. No more boring meetings, able to fun things when in boring situations. Not a full-on borg-esque gargoyle, just some well designed computing to take with you. You know?

Just tell me this - why do most people's media access-list read permit any any ? Filter the tide of crap, for chrissakes.
#64 by Bailey
2003-09-06 22:32:44
Phobias are funny, because it means you always have a way to terrify someone. Then we all have a good laugh, except for the guy curled up in a fetal position, weeping.

The knowledge that you exist is a burden on my soul.
#65 by Charles
2003-09-08 01:35:10
www.bluh.org
I have a somewhat odd phobia.  It's kind of like a fear of heights... except I'm not afraid of heights.  It's not even a fear, per se.  But it has to do with edges without railings.  If a roof has a railing, I can walk up to it, lean over, and get a good look at everything without issue.  If I have to walk up to an edge of a roof and there is no railing, it gets really difficult.  The same thing also triggers when someone else walks up to an unprotected edge.  It's weird.

How many it had cost in the amassing, what blood and sorrow, what good ships scuttled on the deep, what brave men walking the plank blindfold, what shot of cannon, what shame and lies and cruelty, perhaps no man alive could tell.
#66 by Squeaky
2003-09-08 01:38:20
#65 Charles
I have a somewhat odd phobia.  It's kind of like a fear of heights... except I'm not afraid of heights.  It's not even a fear, per se.  But it has to do with edges without railings.  If a roof has a railing, I can walk up to it, lean over, and get a good look at everything without issue.  If I have to walk up to an edge of a roof and there is no railing, it gets really difficult.

You're not the only one.

The same thing also triggers when someone else walks up to an unprotected edge.  It's weird.

Except for that part.

I'm a closet metrosexual.
DVDs
#67 by Your Friend
2003-09-08 02:08:18
The closest thing to a phobia I have are bug swarms.

I don't mind any insects as long as there are a few of them, but when you've got a huge swarm, like a giant bunch of ants all ripping into some food, that's creepy shit.

Uh, that's all.

"Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me."
#68 by Warren Marshall
2003-09-08 02:52:04
http://www.wantonhubris.com/
#65 Charles
I have a somewhat odd phobia.  It's kind of like a fear of heights... except I'm not afraid of heights.  It's not even a fear, per se.  But it has to do with edges without railings.  If a roof has a railing, I can walk up to it, lean over, and get a good look at everything without issue.  If I have to walk up to an edge of a roof and there is no railing, it gets really difficult.  The same thing also triggers when someone else walks up to an unprotected edge.  It's weird.

Sounds like common sense to me.

Respawn Games
Open your mind, let the beatings begin.
#69 by Caryn
2003-09-08 02:55:05
carynlaw@pacbell.net http://www.hellchick.net
Oh hey, why not, I'll share.

In the interests of too much information, my phobia has become an unreasonable fear of sudden and violent death. I started noticing shortly after 9/11 that it was going from a natural aversion to death in general to a noticeable fear. After my brother's death in June from being hit by a car as he crossed the street, I've noticed that it's moved into phobia territory, which, naturally, really bothers me. Take these two events plus the fact that a close family member and a family friend were both murdered when I was in my early teens (the two murders were unrelated), and I'm thinking that must be how this phobia started germinating. Since I work in the same small apartment that I live in, I'm usually pretty anxious to get out and do things when I can. However, the last few months, especially the last two, I've noticed in hindsight that I avoid going out as much as I can, and that when I do I'm agitated and apprehensive. I have an unreasonable fear of highly unlikely death in a statistical sense -- my fear of flying has increased 100 fold, and I now have a fear of driving on highways. When I do and I pass by a bad accident (and I do frequently on LA freeways), I find myself fixating on the vehicles and getting what appears to be the beginnings of a panic attack (I don't know what those are like as until recently I've never had anything like I understand them to be). The last year or so, especially the last couple of months, I get the same highly panicky and fearful feeling if I see images of dead bodies (i.e., I watched one of those History Channel forensic shows in which they showed the dead body of a child who'd been strangled and it triggered it). It extends somewhat outside of myself in that the last couple of months if my husband is late or hasn't called me to tell me he's late, I start to panic.

Well, that'll be nice fodder for any armchair psychologists hanging around, although it's probably pretty boring and obvious where it stems from. I'm sure it'll go away at some point, and I'm sure in about 15 minutes or so I'll regret posting about it.

My battlecry: "Zang! Who is that, running on the fields! It is Hellchick, hands clutching buzzsaw hand extensions! She roars mightily: 'I'm going to brutalize you harder than God thought possible!!!'"
#70 by Matt Perkins
2003-09-08 03:27:48
wizardque@yahoo.com http://whatwouldmattdo.com/
Caryn

I don't know if it will go away on its own if you don't pay attention to it.  I could hazard a few guesses as to why it's happening, but not knowning you, it wouldn't really matter.  I would suggest spending some time thinking about it, talking about it with your husband (and any other close friends you have).  Coming to the root of the issue will make a huge difference in solving it.

That is my armchair opinion, of course.




As for me, I have a huge fear of sharks.  I'm not sure what it extends from, though I spend a good deal of time trying to figure it out.  I try not to let it stop me from doing the things I love, so I still make a point of going snorkeling in the keys and to the beach when I get the chance (the only real reasons to live in FL).  I know it has a lot do with the issue of not even having a chance at defending myself.  If a shark wants to me, it most probably will.  I can't run, I can't climb a tree, I move slow in the water, I'm not wearing any kind of armor, etc, etc, etc.  It's putting myself in a more helpless position than normal.  Putting my faith in things outside of myself.  I think I have issues with that.

"I'm an extreme programmer. I don't plan anything when I code."- Lord Nekrull
#71 by yotsuya
2003-09-08 03:35:13
Caryn-

I have the same phobia.

"YES!!  You see people, THAT'S why he's the Vice-President of A/V Services here at Respawn Games.  Yotsuya ALWAYS unleashes the fucking fury!" - Warren Marshall
#72 by Dethstryk
2003-09-08 03:35:27
jemartin@tcainternet.com
I have phobiaphobia.

sunny days have funny ways of quieting the roar
#73 by Caryn
2003-09-08 03:35:49
carynlaw@pacbell.net http://www.hellchick.net
#70 Matt Perkins
I don't know if it will go away on its own if you don't pay attention to it.  I could hazard a few guesses as to why it's happening, but not knowning you, it wouldn't really matter.  I would suggest spending some time thinking about it, talking about it with your husband (and any other close friends you have).  Coming to the root of the issue will make a huge difference in solving it.


I don't think it's a matter of doing those things; I'm fairly intelligent and am able to draw conclusions based on patterns. I'm pretty sure I know where it comes from, but unfortunately that doesn't really solve it. It does help to mitigate it to some extent, knowing where it comes from and that it really is unreasonable. I think it's just a matter of recognizing it, and then just gritting your teeth and moving on.

My battlecry: "Zang! Who is that, running on the fields! It is Hellchick, hands clutching buzzsaw hand extensions! She roars mightily: 'I'm going to brutalize you harder than God thought possible!!!'"
#74 by TheTrunkDr.
2003-09-08 03:38:45
my phobia has become an unreasonable fear of sudden and violent death. I started noticing shortly after 9/11

The terrorists have already won.

I kid cause I care.
#75 by yotsuya
2003-09-08 03:40:58
TrunkDr.-

They have. So fuck you.

"YES!!  You see people, THAT'S why he's the Vice-President of A/V Services here at Respawn Games.  Yotsuya ALWAYS unleashes the fucking fury!" - Warren Marshall
#76 by yotsuya
2003-09-08 03:42:50
Oh, and BTW, I did change my icon, like I said I would. Hey, I said Arizona would score 24... I just didn't think Detroit would score 42.

"YES!!  You see people, THAT'S why he's the Vice-President of A/V Services here at Respawn Games.  Yotsuya ALWAYS unleashes the fucking fury!" - Warren Marshall
#77 by jjohnsen
2003-09-08 03:43:27
http://www.johnsenclan.com
I have a fear of drowning, don't know if its a phobia or not.  It isn't a fear of water, I love to swim and jetski.  Anytime I enter a pool, lake or the ocean I just think this is it, this is the time I'm going to drown and I get a little panicky.
#78 by Caryn
2003-09-08 03:46:04
carynlaw@pacbell.net http://www.hellchick.net
#74 TheTrunkDr.
my phobia has become an unreasonable fear of sudden and violent death. I started noticing shortly after 9/11

The terrorists have already won.


And if you had kept reading you might have noticed that that was simply a related event in what I talked about.

My battlecry: "Zang! Who is that, running on the fields! It is Hellchick, hands clutching buzzsaw hand extensions! She roars mightily: 'I'm going to brutalize you harder than God thought possible!!!'"
#79 by Quicken
2003-09-08 03:51:50
gdunn@backmeup.net.au
I've given up being an armchair quack. These days I just ask Dr Phil
#80 by yotsuya
2003-09-08 03:53:41
Caryn-

I think if anything, 9/11 has made people more aware of what is going on around them, which is always a good thing. "The terrorists have already won" is such a stupid, cliche comment, so that's why I told our good friend the Dr. to fornicate off.

"YES!!  You see people, THAT'S why he's the Vice-President of A/V Services here at Respawn Games.  Yotsuya ALWAYS unleashes the fucking fury!" - Warren Marshall
#81 by Darkseid-D
2003-09-08 04:04:45
rogerboal@hotmail.com
Terrorism is something you learn to live with, it never goes away, its never 'just all right again', it sits there in the background and every so often reminds you its there.  The average person in N.Ireland (and Eire), those in the Basque region of France and Id guess those in the Slavic area and in Israel, simply put it to one side and get on with living.

Death will come to all of us in its time, your time here on earth is fleeting, make the most of it, make the best of yourself and make peace with your God. But to be afraid of it, fearful of death itself, will make you afraid to live.

Caryn, I think your phobia stems not from the events of 2 years ago or your brothers death, I think youre coming to terms with your own mortality on a very deep level. Your husbands surgery may well have started you on this path, I think its loss thats troubling you. The thought that you or someone you love can be taken away in a heartbeat with no chance to say good bye or bring closure.  Its starting to impinge on you, hold you back from doing things, because you dont want to put yourself in that situation.

Ironically, youre going to be in that situation regardless of what YOU personally do, everyone else around you is going to continue doing what they do, the realisation of that is heightening your anxiety.  I would suggest some professional counselling, perhaps with a grief specialist if you want to come to terms with this and move past it.

Of course, you may well be able to work through and past it all by yourself, just consider it...

Do not go gently into that good night.
Old age should burn and rage at the close of day.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
#82 by Desiato
2003-09-08 05:18:10
desiato_hotblack@hotmail.com http://www.spew2.com/
I had several dreams after 9/11 about escaping engulfing conflagrations in progress. Just things to work through, I guess. Anniversary of 9/11 doesn't help any. It's like this dread of 'what's next' every time it comes around. We certainly aren't helping to calm the region, that's for sure.

Just tell me this - why do most people's media access-list read permit any any ? Filter the tide of crap, for chrissakes.
#83 by Charles
2003-09-08 06:33:45
www.bluh.org
Sounds like common sense to me.


Common sense doesn't usually involve an insane rush of adrenaline and an unreasonable edginess.

Caryn, it almost sounds like you are developing agoraphobia, and that is a really bad thing.  Probably worth it to try and find a psychologist (or psychiatrist, I never remember which is which) and see if you can't nip it.

How many it had cost in the amassing, what blood and sorrow, what good ships scuttled on the deep, what brave men walking the plank blindfold, what shot of cannon, what shame and lies and cruelty, perhaps no man alive could tell.
#84 by Post-It
2003-09-08 07:20:47
keithlee@speakeasy.net
Caryn,

Sounds liek a pretty normal reaction to what has been some rather shocking recent events, and considering your past, I'm wouldn't worry too much about it. The only problem arises in that you work-from-home and your social interaction with other people is a bit limited. Fortunately, you have all of us here :) to speak with. Not really the same thing as RL social interaction but it definitely helps I think. I know I relied on Planetcrap and the IRC channel alot more when I was in Canadaland as an uchi deshi. There were some pretty discouraging/lonely times up there and having PC to rely on really helped alot.

Regardless, it's fairly obvious to me you are quite a determined and motivated individual and I can't imagine much holding you down or keeping you from doing something you really set your mind to.

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#85 by Neale
2003-09-08 07:29:07
neale@pimurho.co.uk www.pimurho.co.uk
I'm scared of wasps.

You can't derail this train of idiocy, Shadarr. Not even with a big fat cow of logic on the tracks. - Bailey
#86 by Ryslin
2003-09-08 07:49:13
(waves piece of paper)
Me and spiders. I will scream if I come across one. If I know the area has them I can control myself. Walking into a web makes me shiver and try desperately to get it off. There was a study mixing genetic studies with phobia studies(found in TIME , none of us has a subscription to give a link to).

The theory is this. Genes are enviromental. They get turned "on" by frequent use. There is a phobia connection on the genetic level. You should have some normal natural "fears". They reach phobia when you are constantly exposed or suffer trauma related to the normal "fear".

Example.
Its normal to not like to cross the street. Most folks do it without thinking about it. Good glance both ways and your across. A person after getting hit wile crossing the street may now be unable to make themselves cross in what used to be safe situations. They will wait for the "safest" situation. Usually no cars. Phobia is when that person won't cross the street without at least having a panic attack (mild or major) regardless of traffic. That person probably got hit, their dog was hit,thier wife was hit, lost thier best friend so on..

Its a safety catch. The more "dangerous" something is the wilder our "don't do that" reaction can be.
In britian they are treating folks for post traumatic stress disorder for multiple small occurances that have escalated to a phobia.

Course there are phobias without reason and reasons without phobias. We haven't a good clue at all how we accually store and process info to relate to our enviroment. Does that make us a self debbugging computer?

Zang! Who is that, running over the desert! It is Ryslin, hands clutching a bladed baseball bat! And with a spectacular grunt, her voice cometh:

"I'm going to spank you beyond mortal comprehension, then bake cookies!"
#87 by Quicken
2003-09-08 08:46:59
gdunn@backmeup.net.au
A phobia is when the reaction of panic (a very physical reaction) is out of proportion with the actual event. Breaking into a sweat trying to escape a burning building is acceptable. Breaking into a sweat when the toaster burns your toast is not. Where exactly the line is depends on the circumstances but usally the person themselves can tell. The key is being able to accept that you can deal with what will happen, that chances are it wont go horribly wrong and that you need to go on living without being dominated by fear.
#88 by lwf
2003-09-08 08:58:05
Yeah Post, Canada is a dark and scary place for the foreigner. Peril and the menace of Bailey await you at every turn.

you're no one
you're going nowhere
you got a fast car
#89 by Huge Wood Farmer
2003-09-08 12:06:03
yot

I have arachnophobia, and recently, it has gotten to the point where it de-rails my day-to-day life (ie: can't work at computer if I know there is a spider on that floor of the house. There was also a funny, yet terrible moment when I punched myself full-force in the groin due to a spider landing there).

And just to be a bastard, the definition my old psyc. book gives is:

1. Irrational fears of specific objects or situations.
2. A type of anxiety disorder marked by a persistent and irrational fear of an object or situation that presents no realistic danger.


Hooray for Flowerpants!
#90 by Ryslin
2003-09-08 13:22:20
(waves piece of paper)
I am not saying that what I said is current accepted treatment. I said there is a nifty study that seems to indicate that there is some genetic work going on in the background when a phobia or any behavior is started.

And that his genetic work is usually caused by inter-reaction to the enviroment that may induce it in others anyway.

In other words.
Guy has the genetic markers for occational violent psycopathic crap. He is raised in loving home. He is a great guy with alot of wierd behaviors.
His cousin has same marker. His cousins father is an asshat. He then gets beat daily at school. He becomes a asshat extrodinare!
Further.. Asshat cousin gets Guy's kid when Guy dies in freak accident. Kid has marker. Kid was raised right now is being abused. Kid becomes Asshat.

They found genetic work.. not reasons!!! genetic markers(ie work) going on in our behavior. never a cause but a switch that makes situations worse when present.

Zang! Who is that, running over the desert! It is Ryslin, hands clutching a bladed baseball bat! And with a spectacular grunt, her voice cometh:

"I'm going to spank you beyond mortal comprehension, then bake cookies!"
#91 by Huge Wood Farmer
2003-09-08 13:31:54
Knowing nothing of the study, I would tend to agree. If ethier of us lived in South America (I'm assuming you live in Canada/US), there might be a legitimate reason to fear spiders. For some strage reason (traumatic event probably), the "fear spider" trigger was actvated and pushed to its extreme. So what I see is: harmless spider on bathroom wall. After passing through the malfunctioning trigger, the brain percives it as: Poisonous, harmful beast, will attack soon. Fight or flight? Hence the unreasoable fear.

But what the fuck do I know?

Hooray for Flowerpants!
#92 by lwf
2003-09-08 13:40:38
This is what the discover channel does, you find out about all these exotic australian spiders and shit that when they bite you you turn into a zombie vampire and die, or explode. And after that every spider is scary as hell. I got a spider bite last week on my leg. Wolf spider.

They give spiders scary names.

you're no one
you're going nowhere
you got a fast car
#93 by lwf
2003-09-08 13:41:16
Discover-Y

you're no one
you're going nowhere
you got a fast car
#94 by Russ
2003-09-08 13:51:41
Ryslin, Huge Wood Farmer
So it would possibly bother you if we all got spider avatars?

*grins evilly

Blücher!
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