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    Fallout 3

    At level 11 or 12 you should be plenty tough to just wander the wasteland. Also, if you move through the main quest at all, you'll rack up experience pretty quickly.
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    Fallout 3

    Exactly how big is the March DLC supposed to be? The 10-level cap increase suggests something pretty dang big, which would be amazing.
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    Sports Cliches

    "Deep threat" or "home run threat" for a receiver who runs terrible routes unless they're just "go straight for 40 yards downfield."
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    Guitar Hero: METALLICA

    I'm pre-ordering this for Agent.
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    2009: The Year in Music

    The Kelly Clarkson song is pretty catchy, but I think it sounds way too much like Katy Perry's "Hot and Cold" to achieve that perfect-pop "Since U Been Gone" glory. Programming a drum machine fill at a climactic moment (3:01, I think) was a weird choice. Having gone through the Animal Collective album another couple of times, it's not sticking with me much. "In the Flowers" and "My Girls" are tremendous but I don't know if the album catches back up with those for the next 45 minutes. It's either a long-term grower or by far the least impressive of their albums.
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    My new way of eating.

    I just want to know what world it is where a porkchop and a pile of broccoli and cauliflower doesn't sound completely delicious. I guess it would suck if you boiled it all?
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    Your guilty pleasure of the moment

    Closest I can get to this right now is that Kevin Rudolf song with Weezy on it, but I don't think I actually like it so much as have it plastered, inescapable, to the inside of my skull.
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    Check Your Thread

    I actually haven't listened to one of their albums since I turned 25, either. I don't think I'd outright dismiss them though. Check Your Head was always my favorite, and one I loved from probably 10th grade forward; "The Blue Nun" has found its way onto many a mix disc as either a transitional piece or a completely confusing opener (I thought that using it to lead into M83's "Don't Save Us From The Flames" was particularly jarring). I have never once listened to anything on To the Five Boroughs except the first single.
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    My Bloody Valentine 3D

    The jawbone was classic. Stupid movie, good time. I also really liked how the 3D very clearly revealed when the big mining complex was actual just a Thomas the Tank Engine-looking scale model.
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    Fallout 3

    I'm torn as to whether I should play this now or just hold out for when all three are out, the game's a little less fresh in my mind, and I can roll through with a completely new character.
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    iPhone and iPod

    It's a smart playlist. You can change the conditions by right-clicking on the playlist, but I think the default is something like 2 weeks.
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    Comments which don't warrant a thread.

    You try the Cut Copy album from last year, Bankster? It's not Discovery, but it's all really good, highly danceable, well-constructed pop songs completely sans leather and coke.
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    The US Economy and Current Financial Crisis

    You misunderstand, as do most of the people reciting that talking point, Glenn Beck included. That's why it's called a talking point and not a "research/reading the news" point. The Congressional Budget Office figure you're citing only accounted for something like $300 billion of the stimulus funds, first off. Secondly, the real impact of something like this isn't based on the actual cash spent, but on the contracts awarded for it. The contracts provide long-term assurances to banks/contractors/whomever the stimulus is meant to support, based on government contractual authority, which allows for improved financing and (I believe) significantly less agony over credit. The value of the contracts as budgeted will likely account for most of the stimulus, although the actual cash distribution will be done over time. Peter Orszag, the director of the Budget and Management offices, thinks 75% of the funds will be spent within the first 18 months. This is my very novice understanding of it, but it seems pretty sound; if you amortize funds, even over a relatively brief term like 3 years, then you somewhat artificially ensure that the industries being supported will have that support through the life of their contracts with gradual adjustments. Throw it out there in one big pile, and who knows how (and how effectively) it'll be used.
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    Changes made by Barack Obama

    Chest bump to my set man there, 4 sure. I think that makes you Misty Mae-Treanor, and I think that's enough Current Events folder for me today.
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    24 -- Season 7

    Not a great ep for the good guys, eh? The first son's girlfriend's apartment was in my old office building. I feel so famous.
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    Changes made by Barack Obama

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    Changes made by Barack Obama

    Secret government cameras.
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    I don't wear cologne, which I anticipate is shocking to none of you. All you really need is good soap.
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    Tax raises?

    What exactly do you mean "most states do it that way"? Only 7 states don't levy income tax, if that's what you're suggesting. I'm not entirely sure I see a reason for a national sales tax either, given that government expenditures in largely populated or heavily urban states are likely to be significantly higher than in, say, Wyoming. I assume you'd also want to eliminate the ability for cities/counties to charge supplementary taxes based on their own expenditures, which is how big cities like New York City can properly account for their state tax burden versus that of Utica. While a standardized national sales tax might be convenient or easy to remember, it probably wouldn't be very efficient.
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    Battlestar Galactica

    He's just predicting. Nothing spoilery there.
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    They're all awesome, but yeah, hard to deny "Disco 2000." That's one of my favorite songs, period. I think "Underwear" is actually #2 for me. SomeBAHDDY else's room!
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    A pair of my favorites (the second is just the song, the first a great live performance): Jarvis is pretty much the pinnacle of the performative and dramatic frontman, pulling it all off without becoming a parody. Someday I'll lose 40 pounds and be him for Halloween.
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    2009: The Year in Music

    I use to feel that way too--too cutesy, too whimsical--but they're one of my favorite bands now. My progression was: hear Sung Tongs, think it's okay but eh, get into Feels towards the end of college, start putting "Turn Into Something" at the end of several mix discs, go back to Sung Tongs and suddenly love it, get Strawberry Jam and listen to "Peacebone" and "Fireworks" like 40 times each in a week, and then go see them live, where they put on a pretty astonishing almost 2-hour show. They've definitely become one of my go-to "it's Saturday afternoon and I'm doing absolutely nothing" listens.
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    Your 10 Favorite Albums

    I'm not sure I'd say that. That album rules. Yeah, I think conventional wisdom gives Low, Hunky Dory, Ziggy, and maybe Scary Monsters more standing in his catalog, but you can't go wrong with IT'S NOT THE SIDE EFFECTS OF THE COCAINE I'M THINKIN THAT IT MUST BE LOVE.
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    2009: The Year in Music

    I'm giving it a first listen as well, and finding the whole album to be ridiculously dense. A little frustrated that all the tracks seem to be about the same tempo--that they roll together so easily adds to the overwhelming feel of it all. One other weird thing for me is that I remember the entire first half of the album from when I saw them live a year and a half ago; the arrangements have changed some, but it was kind of surprising to have consistent moments of recognition for 25 minutes or so. On the plus side so far, I too love "My Girls," and "Bluish" is awfully pretty.