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Off-topic & Chat / Re: Heading to the land of the free...
« on: August 04, 2016, 09:55:12 PM »
It is way too hot. Why do people live here voluntarily? Lol.

News, Announcements, and Policies / Re: Forum Upgrade
« on: August 04, 2016, 07:44:28 AM »
I'll add the spoiler add-on back when I get a chance. May be a month or so though.

Off-topic & Chat / Heading to the land of the free...
« on: August 04, 2016, 07:42:35 AM »
Hey all you Marines, am currently headed down to 29 Palms for LSE... Any of you guys involved with it, or in the area?

Exercises in the US are always good fun (this'll be my... 4th now? I think), should be fun, not really looking forward to the desert in August though. x_x

Off-topic & Chat / Re: Holy Cow!
« on: June 27, 2016, 03:38:32 PM »
I remember when Amy first started this site, a decade ago (yikes!)
OMG,  way to make me feel old there! ;)

Welcome back,  dude.

News, Announcements, and Policies / Forum Upgrade
« on: June 26, 2016, 10:34:32 PM »
I finally got around to upgrading the forum to the latest version of SMF. This will hopefully fix the PHP errors I know people have been getting. As a result, the old forum theme is gone, but I did my best to quickly put together a similar-looking one.

Any issues with functionality, let me know!

Eventually, yeah. I do pay for it, after all. :P

Forum Feedback / Re: this forum is dead
« on: March 08, 2016, 08:35:06 PM »
I think I fixed most of the forum errors.

Forum Feedback / MOVED: DarkSith
« on: July 18, 2015, 11:40:23 AM »

Mandalorians / Re: Sons of Anarchy?
« on: January 07, 2015, 10:12:39 PM »
In any case, I apologize for any offense.  None was intended.
Thank you.

Mandalorians / Re: Sons of Anarchy?
« on: January 06, 2015, 09:05:47 AM »
My problem was with your description of women in biker culture. It is not a positive role.

Women's "role" in Mando culture IS positive. Especially in a warrior society. Such things are rare even in fiction.

I have no issues with you comparing whatever and whoever with Mandalorians, just don't point out similarities regarding gender roles where none exist. It would have been easy for you to just leave out that heading.

And yes, thank you for pointing out that there are no true egalitarian societies, even in fiction. Therefore it must not be possible. *sarcasm*

You're "excited to see similarities" because you have no idea the osik I deal with every day.

I apologise for the "on crack" comment.

Mandalorians / Re: Sons of Anarchy?
« on: January 05, 2015, 09:41:01 PM »
That sounds like a wookiepedia writer's interpretation. There are no actual sources for any of that. Mando men also had to know how to cook and take care of their young children and home if the women were away. Mandalorians are big on family, and practically that means that males take on "female roles" as much as the females take on "male roles" - there's no other way for that concept to work. Consider how many single Mando dads we know, and how seriously they take their parenting responsibilities. Yet somehow this isn't seen as "emasculating" or "doing a woman's job"... imagine that, get rid of gender roles in a society and osik like that goes away too.

Sorry, I don't think any society that puts such huge role limitations on women should even be mentioned in the same breath as the Mandos. Just because women may not be "treated as property as was traditionally thought" doesn't mean they are respected as autonomous people. They are subservient. Just because some women like that role doesn't make it any less a role, or an insult.

Sigh. I'm never going to be able to watch SoA after this thread. I honestly feel like you're trying to tell me (and all women) that as long as you aren't treating me like property, it's more or less the same as considering me an equal. "Why would you want all those 'rights' anyways?" :grr:

Mandalorians / Re: Sons of Anarchy?
« on: December 19, 2014, 05:38:32 PM »
Sorry, major sore spot for me, I can't say nothing.


Women in Mandalorian culture are treated as equals and are trained to be warriors alongside the men.  You cannot marry a mandalorian without becoming part of the culture.

Women in Biker culture have typically been seen as subservient and considered property.  This is true however only for hang-arounds who allow themselves to be treated as such, like groupies to a rock band.  They partners of full patch members are considered part of the culture.  They are not truly equal in that they don't ride and aren't a part of the democratic running of the chapter, but they hold a lot of power over their men, and are equally devoted to the club and its lifestyle.

"We did it. We showed them we are real women dealing with real men. I'd much prefer to be living with an OMC member than some dork who is a pawn in the system" stated one woman who felt she and her peers had "set the record straight" -wiki

'Female partners, sisters, mothers, aunties and children, particularly female children, are often the central meaning of a club member's life. In the vast majority of cases, the children and partners of the members are the reason for their existence as men and their job, as a man, is to protect the women and children. Their women are fiercely proud to be partners of outlaw motorcycle club members.'  -wiki.


If women in motorcycle gangs are only allowed into the culture because of their men, they don't ride, and they have no actual say in the runnings of things (having influence over a husband DOES NOT COUNT), then there is absolutely ZERO in common with the very-egalitarian Mandalorians. Mando women do not need a man in order to be accepted within the clan/culture, and they certainly don't need 'protecting'. They are actual people and are treated as such, not just 'accessories'. Mandos don't have gender roles.

Honestly, you must be on crack to see any similarities in this regard.

Off-topic & Chat / Re: For those aspiring to join the military
« on: March 26, 2014, 09:47:30 PM »
Hey all, it's been a very long time since I've been on, but I wanted to let you know that I will be shipping out to USMC Basic in San Diego on Sunday. Semper Fi!
Take care and good luck!

Off-topic & Chat / Re: How's life?
« on: March 26, 2014, 09:46:17 PM »
I love sprinkles.

*is 5 years old*

Off-topic & Chat / Re: How's life?
« on: February 16, 2014, 07:43:38 PM »
I'm still around occasionally. Life is better. :)

News, Announcements, and Policies / FYI: Amy's email address changed
« on: July 08, 2013, 03:52:07 PM »
This is just an FYI that I am retiring my email address. You may email me at now.

Before anyone freaks out, I'm not taking the forums down.

But yeah, later this week I'm going to be reducing drastically. The only content that will remain is the RepCom music. (And the forums.)

So if any of you want to grab any content from the main site (icons, screenshots, quotes, wallpapers, etc.), do it soon!

Off-topic & Chat / Re: I Need Computer Advice
« on: March 30, 2013, 07:19:00 PM »
That looks awesome! I'm a little jealous. ;D Definitely want to see pics.

Off-topic & Chat / Re: I Need Computer Advice
« on: March 30, 2013, 09:51:46 AM »
Flyboy pretty much covered it, but I thought I'd put in my $0.05 (Canada got rid of the penny... ;)). I've had gaming desktop computers for more than 10 years now. When I was at the height of gaming, I was on a four year cycle with computers and a two year cycle with video cards. This is not entirely necessary, of course... I just tend to put a lot of money into my computers because I spend so much time on them.

My current desktop computer I bought in January 2010. I just replaced the video card a few months ago. I expect it'll last another 2 years for me, at least. Probably more because I don't necessarily play the latest and greatest games graphically immediately anymore, and graphics technology isn't increasing exponentially the way it used to... and a lot more of that is built into video cards.

Which brings me to: I usually spend about $350 to $450 on a video card. Yes, you can buy a $150 one, as Flyboy suggested, but while it'll run really well now, it will not have much of a lifespan. Video cards are IMO the most important component of a gaming computer, so don't skimp here. And the best thing is, if you buy a whole new computer down the line, you can (almost always) reuse your video card if it's still new/good enough. When I look for a video card, my basic rule of thumb is to get the second-most expensive/newest one. Sometimes they'll come out with a super l33t awesome new model that's like uber expensive, and then shortly after come out with a 'budget' version with most of the features but not quite as a high specs - I'll get the latter. I've used both nVidia and ATI/AMD, and there isn't really any major differences. Right now I have a GeForce GTX 670, and it is amazing. Again, it's your decision, but to me it is worth it to spend a little more on video card.

Re; HDs, I have a 160 GB SSD for my 'C' drive. (This cost me nearly $500 back in 2010, lol. I wanted the 80 GB one but it was on backorder, so for some reason I coughed up the money for the 160 GB, heh.) It stores Windows, my regular programs (browser, Office, etc.), and non-Steam games I play a lot (eg. SWTOR). Everything else goes on my 1.5 TB secondary drive. Programs almost always give you an option where to install them, so what I do is just change the drive letter when installing. Haven't had any problems with this setup. Regular HDs are cheap, so get way more space than you think you'll need.

Re: cooling, I've never used anything more than fans. I have some some heat issues in the past, but my computers tend to reside in cold basements so that helps. :) I find that if they are properly ventilated (ie. not put in those little desktop PC cubby holes in the big fancy office desks), you don't necessarily need extra cooling. They get noisy, sure, but fans are cheap to replace when they break. However, a cooling system is never a bad idea, especially if you live in a warm climate. This is greatly dependent on your case though - if you get a case designed for gaming, it'll have more ventilation built in and you *might* not need anything extra.

Comments on Flyboy's post:

As Talo said, a desktop is the best for gaming.  You can get gaming laptops but they cost a fortune and you can't really upgrade them.  I personally love having a desktop because its very easy to get new components and they have far better performance (no need to balance power with battery life like on a laptop).  I'd also recommend home-building it if you can as you'll get much better components for a better price if you do.
This. You should only consider a gaming laptop if you are away from home a significant period of time, and do a lot of gaming (or want to) when you are.  I got an awesome expensive gaming laptop last summer... but I also have a lot of discretionary income at the moment. ;) And I do spend quite a bit of time away from home, and my husband makes use of my computers for gaming too.

You could if you really wanted double-up on the graphics card using SLI (NVIDIA) or CrossFire (AMD), and this will improve performance as one graphics card can handle graphics processing whilst the other does physics, however my PC does just fine with one card and honestly I wouldn't recommend it unless you want the absolute best graphics (after all, 2 cards will produce extra noise and heat).  It also limits your choice of motherboards and cases as you need a motherboard with 2 graphics card slots and likely a full size tower-case capable of holding such a long motherboard.
The only person I know who uses dual video cards is my brother, and he does computer graphics research for a living. :) So yeah, IMO not worth it unless you are always buying the best video card out there.

One other thing to note with RAM is that if you have 4GB or more of RAM then you must get a 64 bit operating system.  32 bit operating systems can't handle more then 4GB of RAM, so anything above that is wasted on them.
I highly highly recommend going with a 64-bit system, for this and other reasons. Almost every reason for sticking with 32-bit (ie. compatibility) is not an issue anymore. The only time you'll come across it is if you try to play REALLY old 16-bit games. (Even then there are workarounds.) 64-bit is new standard, get it. :D

Personally, I'd say go for Windows 7 (Home Premium will be fine), however if you feel you can get on with the Windows 8 'Metro' interface then it'll be just as fine (and not to mention about 1/3 of the price).  We can't really help you with this bit as its more personal choice (since Windows 7 and 8 have more or less the same performance and the same features).

One more thing I want to mention quick is a rough price estimate.  I don't know exactly what prices you're looking at for components as I only know UK prices, but at a guess I'd say you're looking $500 - $700 to get a desktop machine at the specs you want, twice that if you want the equivalent laptop.  And again, you'll get a better deal if you home-build, but you will be able to find pre-build machines with the specs you need if you're not confident enough making your own PC.
For comparison, I usually spend between $1500 and $2000 on a new gaming PC (including taxes), but I know things are generally cheaper in the US, and I certainly go all out in certain areas (eg. video cards). And I usually let my brother talk me into getting components that I don't *really* need, haha. The flip side is my computer runs amazingly for years and I don't have to worry about it not running some new game that comes out during that period.

I definitely second building it yourself. That way you get the most say on all the components. A lot of pre-built computers will skimp in certain areas to keep their prices low, but as a result you don't get the performance you could, or it doesn't last as long. That just seems like a colossal waste of money to me. Personally, I buy my computers at - I can choose all the components separately and they are priced separately, but they will assemble it for me before shipping. There is undoubtedly somewhere similar in the US (NCIX also has a US site, don't know how their prices compare though). Or you can shop around for each component separately and put it together yourself. If you are willing to put in the time, you will likely be able to save quite a bit of money that way. For me, I'm willing to pay for convenience. ;)

As a final note, make sure you invest in a good gaming mouse with extra buttons. In Canada you can get them for $60. It is worth it. I like Logitech mice, personally. Gaming keyboards are nice, but not necessary unless you have extra money lying around. But you can always pick one up later. That's the best thing about desktop PC gaming (as opposed to laptops & consoles). :D

Good luck! Let us know what you go with or if you have more questions.

PS: Alienware definitely has style, but is SO cost-ineffective that I'd never consider them.

General Star Wars / Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic
« on: November 21, 2012, 04:11:38 PM »
To further my rant earlier, I made the mistake while checking out the update, on a level 2 character, of noting my "venomous hatred" (as they so call) for the game. The community, which I thought I was a part of, promptly cast me aside, kicked me out the door, and shouted a bunch of "******" at me.
I would have done the same. You come to my playground and if all you can do is complain about how you hate the playground, then you can just GTFO. It's people like you that ruin the game community.

Why the shab do you even play a game you have a "venomous hatred" for anyways? That is really strong language. There are very few things in life I'd say I have a venomous hatred for... no mere games make the list, and certainly not ones I choose to play. Do you really have so much free time? If so, I envy you. Except not really.

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