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  • winkle1701 8:19 am on March 18, 2011 Permalink  

    WHAT
    Michael Gough passed away yesterday 😦

     
    • winkle1701 8:22 am on March 18, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Alfred from Tim Burton’s Batman movies and the horror that were Batman Forever and Batman & Robin.

  • winkle1701 7:16 am on March 18, 2011 Permalink  

    So something interesting. Spoke to my uncle in Tokyo last night over the phone, we told him about what we’ve been hearing over the news about Japan, and he said the situation is bad there, it’s nowhere near the “end of the world” scenario the foreign media has been reporting.

    He said Tokyo is fine, and besides the rolling blackouts and shortage of certain supplies it’s pretty much normal in the city. No mad scramble for people to get out, no one is panicking or rushing to stalk up on supplies. They don’t even really notice the aftershocks much since they’re used to getting 5 and 6 scale earthquakes on a regular basis in the city.

     
    • winkle1701 7:20 am on March 18, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The panicked-buying of iodized salt going on in China is funny though, but kinda sad.

    • sleza 7:23 am on March 18, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      the news paper hinted something like that… then they went back to explain how nuclear power plants work, how it will explode etc and how the damages are massive etc

      that reminded me of this http://my.deviantart.com/messages/#/d3bhlb6

      • winkle1701 7:27 am on March 18, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        The situation at the Fukashima plants are bad, but all the allusions or comparisons to Chernobyl are wholly inaccurate or completely wrong. The reactor designs at Fukashima are entirely different then those of Chernobyl, even were the worst-case scenario to occur at Fukashima, it won’t be anywhere near as bad as Chernobyl.

        I wish they would stop comparing the two or the media would stop saying things like “we see signs of Chernobyl” or “this is the next Chernobyl” because it’s all wrong!

        • sleza 7:32 am on March 18, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          yup. but i assume the doom day scenario headlines sell better. quality journalism is in danger of extinction nowadays
          though concidering people here run to buy that iodized salt after first news of the Fukashima, i would say this nation really isn’t he smartest one so i guess we get what we deserve (this probably doesn’t apply to other countries. i hope)

          • winkle1701 7:34 am on March 18, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Eh, it’s not just one country, the panic is world-wide. In the US and Canada people are scrambling and stocking up on iodine pills without fully understanding what it does or how to use it. In China people are fighting over to buy up iodized salt even though you have to consume like 2 pounds of salt at once to get the same amount of iodine in it’s pill form.

            • sleza 7:41 am on March 18, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

              that doesn’t sound good either… 😦 i heard that in russian easternmost parts the sell of geiger counter suddenly raised in last week

              the part that most stunned me about my lovely fellow citizens was that do tthey not realize how far japan is from us? i mean, chernobyl didn’t cause much damaga to finland (i think) but somehow that fukashima kill us all…

              • blurr1974 7:43 am on March 18, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

                heh, the guy who told my wife that we’re all going to die (which is true, but not because of this…) also told my wife that the US is the closest country to Japan.

                which, really helped prove my overarching opinion of this guy being a complete idiot.

              • winkle1701 7:44 am on March 18, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

                No but Finland received a noticeable of radiation from Chernobyl.

                The rest of the world outside of the USSR only realized something happened at Chernobyl because the gieger counters at a nuclear plant in Sweden was set off, at first the Swedes thought it was an issue with their plant but eventually figured out that the radiation was coming from Ukraine and likely the Chernobyl plant.

                • sleza 7:48 am on March 18, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

                  yeah but the point was, that didn’t do major damage to us so how on earth they think something potentially exploding on the other side of the world will suddenly kill them? i would understand if this happaned in europe because then the radiation would probably get here but from japan…

        • fergus30 7:42 am on March 18, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          what does iodized salt do? Isn’t most salt iodized anyways?

          • winkle1701 7:48 am on March 18, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Um… there are different salts. Iodized salt has iodine in it, which can get into your thyroid and offer some temporary protection from radiation exposure (that’s where radiation can do it’s worst damage).

            It’s considered a measure of last resort though, you’re not supposed to take it unless you’re being exposed to dangerous levels of radiation because excess iodine will damage your thyroid gland.

            There are reports that some governments have issued advisories telling people to stop taking the pills.

            • fergus30 7:52 am on March 18, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

              wow, that’s terrifying!!

              All table salt in Canada is iodized though, only kosher or rock salts aren’t.

              • winkle1701 7:58 am on March 18, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

                Yes but you have to consume over 2kg of iodized salt (4 pounds or so) to get the same amount of iodine as a single iodine pill. It’s not an issue unless you eat a ridiculous amount of salt.

                • fergus30 8:00 am on March 18, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

                  isn’t eating a lot of salt bad for you?

                  Either way, this sounds insane

                  • winkle1701 8:04 am on March 18, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

                    Yup. According to Canada’s health guide the average person is only supposed to consume a max 2.1 to 2.5 grams of a salt a day, so you’ll have to eat like a thousand times as much to risk iodine poisoning…

                    But if you’re eating that much salt a day you have other things to worry about besides iodine poisoning…

                    • blurr1974 8:15 am on March 18, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

                      lost in all this talk of salt and iodine is the fact that any radiation leaked in Japan will have likely dissipated to levels no longer harmful to people by the time it crosses the Pacific and reaches shores in Canada or the US.

                      • winkle1701 8:21 am on March 18, 2011 Permalink

                        Boooooooring.

      • blurr1974 7:28 am on March 18, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        the funniest part about that is the comments.

        The user “cathy86” doesn’t even realize she (assumption based on handle…) is behaving just like the cartoon characters that are satirizing her…

    • blurr1974 7:23 am on March 18, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      i was thinking about this last night, and I wonder if the difference in interpretation of the situation is societal based. As a general rule, the west (North America) prefers to be freaked out and wrong, than patient and right…

      • winkle1701 7:29 am on March 18, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        To be fair, “Apocalypse in Japan” makes for a far catchier headline then “Japanese Showing Incredible Resilience in the Face of Extreme Adversity”.

  • winkle1701 12:57 pm on March 17, 2011 Permalink  

    lulz

     
  • winkle1701 10:11 am on March 17, 2011 Permalink  

    It’s stupid nice outside. T-shirt weather nice. Stupid t-shirt weather nice.

     
    • eriksodo 10:13 am on March 17, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      its roll down your windows while you drive weather

      • winkle1701 10:15 am on March 17, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I went for a 30 min walk in my sweater and I am boiling

      • blurr1974 10:19 am on March 17, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        meh

        • winkle1701 10:20 am on March 17, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          It’s nice but I wouldn’t want this weather every day.

          It’s a nice break from the snow but would get monotonous.

          • winkle1701 10:21 am on March 17, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            For me anyway

          • blurr1974 10:24 am on March 17, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            it’s that way here from late Feb to May or June, then it gets stupid hot, then it gets unnaturally horribly hot, then it cools down to stupid nice from Sep thru Oct, then it gets foggy and damp and blech

            • eriksodo 10:25 am on March 17, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

              i need to move to where you are. that sounds like my ideal weather pattern

              • blurr1974 10:26 am on March 17, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

                no, don’t move here.

                move somewhere nicer like San Diego/Souther OC or the central California coast…

                • winkle1701 10:28 am on March 17, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

                  yeah, blurrster resides in Pollution-Valley

                  • eriksodo 10:30 am on March 17, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

                    yeah come to think of it Vancouver would be my ideal weather city.

                    • winkle1701 10:32 am on March 17, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

                      Vancouver would be nice, it’s too bad it has Richmond.

                      • gottabekd 10:44 am on March 17, 2011 Permalink

                        It’s really easy to avoid Richmond. I never, ever go there.

                      • winkle1701 11:00 am on March 17, 2011 Permalink

                        Isn’t the airport in Richmond?

                      • gottabekd 11:22 am on March 17, 2011 Permalink

                        There’s also an international airport in Abbotsford.

                      • winkle1701 11:29 am on March 17, 2011 Permalink

                        You don’t fly outta that one though do you?

                      • gottabekd 11:32 am on March 17, 2011 Permalink

                        Haven’t, but the last time I got on a plane was back in September, making it 6 mos since I’ve been to Richmond.

                  • blurr1974 10:30 am on March 17, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

                    /sigh

                    yup.

                    the most annoying thing about it, is when the season’s change EVERYONE gets sick, but the local people who were born and raised here always talk about how they’ve got a bad cold, or a nasty virus. I get sick, and I tell people it’s the nasty ass air you dumb hick.

                    /end rant

                • fergus30 10:28 am on March 17, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

                  PORTLAND

                  It’s where young white people go to retire

                • sleza 10:31 am on March 17, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

                  anaheim!

                  i remember drooling over pics of san diego wishing i was there

                • ohshrit 10:34 am on March 17, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

                  hell to the yes San Diego

    • sleza 10:14 am on March 17, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      i wish we had spring already tpp

  • winkle1701 2:01 pm on March 16, 2011 Permalink  

    I’m out, will try to catch you guys in Jizco tonight.

    Peas.

     
  • winkle1701 1:16 pm on March 16, 2011 Permalink  

    SWEET JEEBUS I CANNOT TYPE AT ALL TODAY

     
  • winkle1701 5:42 am on March 16, 2011 Permalink  

    I beat ME2 last night.

    It was E-P-I-C.

     
    • kidkawartha 6:51 am on March 16, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      You save the entire crew and the ship?

      • ohshrit 6:53 am on March 16, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Two of my guys died when I finished it.

        • kidkawartha 7:02 am on March 16, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          • kidkawartha 7:02 am on March 16, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            See “No One Left Behind”.

            • winkle1701 7:09 am on March 16, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

              Yeah I made it out with EVERYONE alive. I LOVE the music during the final boss fight and the combat-sequence leading up to it. I was like ZOMG SO EPIC MUSIC HAS ME SO PUMPED.

            • ohshrit 7:13 am on March 16, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

              yeah I may go back and replay the ending, but it def. wasn’t as great an ending as ME1

              • blurr1974 7:15 am on March 16, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

                it was weaker because it’s more obviously setting up the next game.

                the first one was an ending that could be seen as complete if you didn’t know there was a 2nd game…

                • winkle1701 7:19 am on March 16, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

                  Yeah but it was still pretty damned epic.

                  I wish they’d shown more of the last-stand battle with the rest of the team holding off Collectors while you dealt with the final boss.

                  • blurr1974 7:26 am on March 16, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

                    for the first few minutes of the final battle, I had no idea what I was supposed to be shooting.

                    once I figured it out, it seems like he went down pretty quickly.

                    • ohshrit 7:29 am on March 16, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

                      yeah nowhere near as difficult as ME 1

                      • blurr1974 7:30 am on March 16, 2011 Permalink

                        the DLC for the Shadow Broker is WAY harder…

                      • winkle1701 7:39 am on March 16, 2011 Permalink

                        Shadow Broker was sooooooooooooo easy for Vanguard.

                        Basically, charge -> stunned him -> 2 shotgun blasts to the face -> run to cover and reload -> charge and repeat. Went down like a mofo, he couldn’t even breach my shields.

                      • winkle1701 7:41 am on March 16, 2011 Permalink

                        Agreed. Fighting super nimble cyber-Saren with no cover was frustrating.

        • blurr1974 7:14 am on March 16, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I lost the assassin guy, who I didn’t have full loyalty of due to failing his side mission on my first go through

          I’m still working through my next play through as a Vanguard. Not sure where I am in it though. Put it aside when I got Red Dead…

          • ohshrit 7:15 am on March 16, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I lost mordin and jack, but jack annoyed the shit out of me anyway.

            • winkle1701 7:24 am on March 16, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

              I barely used Jack. Maybe on one assignment but that was it. I loved Grunt though, took him along for almost everything.

          • winkle1701 7:22 am on March 16, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I’m gonna put it down for awhile, may go back later and do a run through as a sniper although I don’t think anything is going to beat the Vanguard ridiculous-factor. Maybe I’ll try insanity difficulty with Vanguard, it got too easy once I fully upgraded the shotgun, charge and guardian, I was just zipping around the battlefield 1-shotting everyone in the face with the shotgun.

            Even the high-level enemies with shield+armour+health would go down in 2 shots.

  • winkle1701 11:36 am on March 15, 2011 Permalink  

    Hrm… I feel a better then I was this morning and therefore feel bad about taking the rest of the day sick when I don’t feel that sick anymore… but I don’t seem to have anything to do for today so maybe I’ll just leave.

    Dilemmas.

     
  • winkle1701 10:57 am on March 15, 2011 Permalink  

    hahaha

    http://ca.gizmodo.com/5782153/londons-olympics-clock-failed-hours-after-it-began-the-big-count+down

     
  • winkle1701 8:52 am on March 15, 2011 Permalink  

    Hrm… I should probably read these corporate-wide emails once in a blue moon.

     
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