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  1. No, srsly. How do I, The Erstwhile Czech Republic, embody the essence of what is wrong with forums.thesmartmarks.com? And why is Leena having one of her weird moods?


    Honestly, from day one I've been waiting for you to come out and admit that Leena is your gimmick account.

  2. It's no The Wolf, which is one of the more underrated albums of recent years IMO, but it's really grown on me.


    Still haven't heard any of it, but supposedly the Korean version (which doesn't have the DVD that comes with the Japanese import) has four bonus songs that one Amazon reviewer (did I just hear scoffs?) said are better than anything on the proper album.

  3. I'm still waiting to hear news if we will ever get a proper North America release of his Asia-exclusive album, but this new track on his MySpace, shows me why he might have thought we weren't ready. "When I'm High" is a strange little song, but he's definitely evolved his craft, and it's still head-slammingly awesome. I don't want to buy an import--I only hope we get this disc stateside eventually.

  4. "I got closer to killing him than anybody has gotten since. And if I were still president, we'd have more than 20,000 troops there trying to kill him," Clinton said, referring to Afghanistan.


    "We do have a government that thinks Afghanistan is one-seventh as important as Iraq," he added, referring to the approximately 140,000 U.S. troops in Iraq.



    ::Applauding vigorously::

  5. I'm going to add the NES original "Wrestlemania" to this list. Even though the actual gameplay was crummy, it was fun having those round-robin league when 2 or more people (up to 6) played tournament mode (the CPU picked up any non-player characters). The hardest part was convincing people to play it.

  6. Goldeneye is a game that people get nostalgic for, but has since been surpased by shooters that have used it as a benchmark. I bet I would find it pretty unplayable today.


    I was also apparantly the only one who enjoyed playing Manhunt.


    Medal of Honor: Rising Sun was an awful game with some cool Pearl Harbor levels...although using Michael Bay's revisionist history is pretty annoying.


    What was his revisionist history and why did they use it in a game?


    I don't know if EA got their impression of the attack on Pearl Harbor from Bay's movie or not, but in both cases, the attack ends because the Americans build up enough resistance to make the Japenese retreat. The revising, in this case, is making the U.S. Navy the bittersweet victors of Pearl Harbor. The truth of it is that the Japanese didn't "retreat" because we were suddenly beating them back. They came, they fucked us up, and they left. They attacked in two waves, and it's true that there was much more resistance by the Navy in the second wave, and that the vast majority of the Empire of Japan's casualties happened in the second wave. It's also true that the reason there was no third wave was due in part for fear of even more resistance. But there were plenty of other valid reasons too: (See Nagumo's decision to withdraw after two strikes)


    To say that we made them retreat is just revisionism. They left because they basically accomplished their goal: devastation of the U.S. Pacific Naval Fleet.


    Sorry for the rant, but in MOH: RS, the end cutscene of the Pearl Harbor stages boils down to "Yee-Haw! Look at 'em turn tail and run!" and even though they get a dressing-down from their commander, I just find that sentiment annoying. I only saw Bay's film once, and I'm pretty sure it had a similar slant.

  7. Goldeneye is a game that people get nostalgic for, but has since been surpased by shooters that have used it as a benchmark. I bet I would find it pretty unplayable today.


    I was also apparantly the only one who enjoyed playing Manhunt.


    Medal of Honor: Rising Sun was an awful game with some cool Pearl Harbor levels...although using Michael Bay's revisionist history is pretty annoying.

  8. Many Outraged by Breast-Feeding Magazine Cover




    APBabytalk editor Susan Kane says the mixed response to the cover clearly echoes the larger debate over breast-feeding in public.



    NEW YORK (July 27) - "I was SHOCKED to see a giant breast on the cover of your magazine," one person wrote. "I immediately turned the magazine face down," wrote another. "Gross," said a third.


    These readers weren't complaining about a sexually explicit cover, but rather one of a baby nursing, on a wholesome parenting magazine - yet another sign that Americans are squeamish over the sight of a nursing breast, even as breast-feeding itself gains more support from the government and medical community.


    Babytalk is a free magazine whose readership is overwhelmingly mothers of babies. Yet in a poll of more than 4,000 readers, a quarter of responses to the cover were negative, calling the photo - a baby and part of a woman's breast, in profile - inappropriate.


    One mother who didn't like the cover explains she was concerned about her 13-year-old son seeing it.


    "I shredded it," said Gayle Ash, of Belton, Texas, in a telephone interview. "A breast is a breast - it's a sexual thing. He didn't need to see that."


    It's the same reason that Ash, 41, who nursed all three of her children, is cautious about breast-feeding in public - a subject of enormous debate among women, which has even spawned a new term: "lactivists," meaning those who advocate for a woman's right to nurse wherever she needs to.


    "I'm totally supportive of it - I just don't like the flashing," she says. "I don't want my son or husband to accidentally see a breast they didn't want to see." [KANE: Someone doesn't know the men in their life too well.]


    Another mother, Kelly Wheatley, wrote Babytalk to applaud the cover, precisely because, she says, it helps educate people that breasts are more than sex objects. And yet Wheatley, 40, who's still nursing her 3-year-old daughter, rarely breast-feeds in public, partly because it's more comfortable in the car, and partly because her husband is uncomfortable with other men seeing her breast.


    "Men are very visual," says Wheatley, 40, of Amarillo, Texas. "When they see a woman's breast, they see a breast - regardless of what it's being used for."


    Babytalk editor Susan Kane says the mixed response to the cover clearly echoes the larger debate over breast-feeding in public. "There's a huge Puritanical streak in Americans," she says, "and there's a squeamishness about seeing a body part - even part of a body part."


    "It's not like women are whipping them out with tassels on them!" she adds. "Mostly, they are trying to be discreet."


    Kane says that since the August issue came out last week, the magazine has received more than 700 letters - more than for any article in years.


    "Gross, I am sick of seeing a baby attached to a boob," wrote Lauren, a mother of a 4-month-old.





    The evidence of public discomfort isn't just anecdotal. In a survey published in 2004 by the American Dietetic Association, less than half - 43 percent - of 3,719 respondents said women should have the right to breast-feed in public places.


    The debate rages at a time when the celebrity-mom phenomenon has made breast-feeding perhaps more public than ever. Gwyneth Paltrow, Brooke Shields, Kate Hudson and Kate Beckinsale are only a few of the stars who've talked openly about their nursing experiences.


    The celeb factor has even brought a measure of chic to that unsexiest of garments: the nursing bra. Gwen Stefani can be seen on babyrazzi.com - a site with a self-explanatory name - sporting a leopard-print version from lingerie line Agent Provocateur. And fellow moms recognized a white one under Angelina Jolie's tank top on the cover of People. (Katie Holmes, meanwhile, suffered a maternity wardrobe malfunction when cameras caught her, nursing bra open and peeking out of her shirt, while on the town with fiance Tom Cruise.)


    More seriously, the social and medical debate has intensified. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently concluded a two-year breast-feeding awareness campaign including a TV ad - criticized as over-the-top even by some breast-feeding advocates - in which NOT breast-feeding was equated with the recklessness of a pregnant woman riding a mechanical bull.


    There have been other measures to promote breast-feeding: in December, for example, Massachusetts banned hospitals from giving new mothers gift bags with free infant formula, a practice opponents said swayed some women away from nursing.


    Most states now have laws guaranteeing the right to breast-feed where one chooses, and when a store or restaurant employee denies a woman that right, it has often resulted in public protests known as "nurse-ins": at a Starbucks in Miami, at Victoria's Secret stores in Racine, Wis., and Boston, and, last year, outside ABC headquarters in New York, when Barbara Walters made comments on "The View" seen by some women to denigrate breast-feeding in public.


    "It's a new age," says Melinda Johnson, a registered dietitian and spokesperson for ADA. "With the government really getting behind breast-feeding, it's been a jumping-off point for mothers to be politically active. Mommies are organizing. It's a new trend to be a mommy activist."


    Ultimately, it seems to be a highly personal matter. Caly Wood says she's "all for breast-feeding in public." She recalls with a shudder the time she sat nursing in a restaurant booth, and another woman walked by, glanced over and said, "Ugh, gross."


    "My kid needed to eat," says the 29-year-old from South Abingdon, Mass. And she wasn't going to go hide in a not-so-clean restroom: "I don't send people to the bathroom when THEY want to eat," she says.


    But Rebekah Kreutz thinks differently. One of six women who author SisterhoodSix, a blog on mothering issues, Kreutz didn't nurse her two daughters in public, and doesn't really feel comfortable seeing others do it.


    "I respect it and think women have the right," says Kreutz, 34, of Bozeman, Mont. "But personally, it makes me really uncomfortable."


    "I just think it's one of those moments that should stay between a mother and her child."


    Here's the boob.

  9. Let's not forget the other goofy effects: the screen going blank with the VIDEO input display in the top left corner, and the MUTE display and the decreasing volume bar effects cutting off the sound of the game. Very scary, especially since the display graphics they used looked exactly like my actual TV's, and when I played alone, those tricks made me look around, wondering who was in the room with me.

  10. There is a Philadelphia accent, and now that I live in New York, people say I have it. The really strong Philly accent is prone to pronounce things this way:


    Eagles = Iggles

    water = wudder

    and the longest run-on word in the English language: "Didjeetyet?"

    I even remember when I was a little kid that South Philly people used to pronounce boobs as "bubs".

  11. It's a shame. The frequency with which this happens to what seems like usually responsible parents is going to give me OCD about checking the car seat in the back of my vehicle, should I be a parent someday. I can be pretty forgetful, but I hope to be always conscious of the fact my baby is with me.


    Mostly I try to imagine these people's rides to work when these accidents occur. I would guess that they don't engage the baby by talking to it a lot...they must be thinking about work deadlines, bills, or other stressers that take up most of a waking person's thoughts each day. My God, how these parents must be kicking themselves for the rest of their lives. I don't know how I could live with myself knowing I killed someone I love with a brain fart.