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Scilvenas Auditor | joined 14 April 2005 | 145 posts


Good Program to rip Streaming videos? posted 03 June 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionGood Program to rip Streaming videos? by Scilvenas, Auditor

Not free, but [url=http://www.download.com/Black-Widow-Media-Desktop/3000-2166_4-10505368.html?tag=lst-0-1:3ck3dyl3]this one[/url:3ck3dyl3] looks good and it's only 5 bucks to buy.

Someone on another site I frequent mentioned one they thought was extremely good, but that site's been down for about a week now, sadly. Not much help, I know. view post


The Hangover Whinge: Why oh Why? + A Misery Poll posted 16 June 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionThe Hangover Whinge: Why oh Why? + A Misery Poll by Scilvenas, Auditor

The worst hangover you can get is from mixing your liquors, especially beer and hard liquor (I'm sure you guys know the adage: liquor before beer have no fear, beer before liquor never sicker). It's my opinion, also, that the darker the drink, the harder it is on your body (never put that together until my 4 bypass surgery father-in-law was talking about his doctors orders). I've drank my ass off on rot-gut vodka and woke up fresh as a daisy. And I've woke up with hangovers from less than a six-pack. I can't stand tequilla outside of Margueritas, and I've never gotten drunk from 'em, so I have no opinion on Jose. Heh, and if you have to... it's better to use the two fingers

Meth... depends on which day after. One all nighter? No problem. Avoid sunlight until you get some sleep and eat something. A few... yeah, you might hate the world, but it's in a literal sense. *shrug* Relax, don't watch the news... maybe a bump to take the edge off. Personally, I always found MDMA worse. Mind you, this was all back in the day.

It really all comes down to the simple things. Get your fluids (as in water, milk, or real juice... avoid caffeine and too much sugar), make yourself eat something, shower and brush your teeth. *shrug* Guess you can say it's a matter of purity of essence and preserving your precious bodily fluids. view post


Modern Soldiers posted 22 June 2006 in Philosophy DiscussionModern Soldiers by Scilvenas, Auditor

Navy. 8 years active duty, currently in the inactive reserves until my job pays the difference in drill pay. I also did my time doing circles in the Red Sea in the middle of the summer (JTF HoA). Fun times.

Fuckin' military discount. Give me a break. Nobody really gives a shit when it comes to their own $$$. We give people better discounts because they're old or belong to fucking AAA. Hell, places will advertise a damn student discount, but you have to practically beg to get a military discount ("Welcome to North Carolina, America's Most Military Friendly State"... yeah, only place I've seen a discount is at the Army surpluss store). Face it, more money's been made selling yellow ribbon magnets and little flags than has been 'given away' in military discounts... by several orders of magnitude.

It's the serviceman's lot (I've never been called a trooper, and I think I'd laugh my ass off if I ever was... heh, you groundpounders...) to just deal with it. Don't want to go to Iraq? Too bad. Want to see your kid be born. Sorry, buddy. Want a better discount? Pfff, what incentive do I have to give you one? But watch the local businesses scramble when they hear about a base shutting down.

BTW, it's Marine Corps, though 'jarheads' will suffice. Sure, most of 'em are dumb as rocks and half as much fun to be around, but you think that guy really has anything to do with the shit you're talking about? If anything, you shoulda given him the discount simply because they love to fight and an arrogant attitude like that would've been more than enough to set most of 'em off.

What'd you do, offer lamely that the computer won't let you (<edit>hahahahaha. you did!... played the dumb clerk who can't do crap without a computer.... ooh, what power you wield! Well, he's a marine, so he probably bought it)? Christ, you're in the hotel business. You know you don't g-e-t if you don't a-s-k. Personally, I've gotten a better price at hotels by asking for the 'Manager's Discount' than the military one... which was pointed out to me by a friendly (and cute) hotel clerk.

Thankfully, I now have a job that pays well enough that I don't have to try to cut every little corner I can to keep my family fed and clothed. I no longer have to feel like I'm begging to just get a good deal (and that's all it is; I always wore my hair at reg's max and regular clothes and all that so people wouldn't treat me differently).

Being the lazy squid I am, and having been stationed at several joint commands (and having friends in every service), if it came to being deployed with the Marines or the Army... please, God, send me with the Army. view post


Modern Soldiers posted 22 June 2006 in Philosophy DiscussionModern Soldiers by Scilvenas, Auditor

First, I apologize for the hostility. I was considering going back and editing it for that very reason. I meant to be more gruff than anything else, and as I don't really know you, KL, I have nothing against you (and the fact that you like Bakker is a point in your favor).. With the snickering and all, though... unless you're as big of a fan of the candy bar as I am? *cadburry eggs*

My problem really is about military discounts. Take your example (like I said, mine were just from personal examples... for instance, United once quoted my flight with the military discount about $100 higher than my first, non-discounted quote. shit you not). Why couldn't a servicemember get the same discount? Sure, the truckdrivers have to be catered to, but if the military clientelle is so insignificant, what would it hurt... unless we're only paying token respect. Hell, at least the truck driver can write off the expense on his taxes. This guy's just trying to get a little RnR (otherwise, the govt. would be footing the bill and he wouldn't care). It's not like he thinks there really is a button on your computer that reads "2x Iraq Discount." He's just seeing if you cared enough to put a little extra effort into it. Obviously, you didn't. *shrugs* Your prerogative. But don't ask me to pat you on the back for it, especially when it seems to be in support of an agenda (most of which I actually agree with, btw) you wouldn't tell him (which would actually get you mad respect in my book, for what that's worth) but feel ok putting out there to a faceless online group.

And yeah, I probably sound like an ingrate, like the world should bow and scrape to people in the military. No, I'm happy getting any kind of a discount, and I think military service doesn't automatically entitle you to any special treatment. But when you see so much lip service paid to how great 'those brave young men and women' are, and how little is done, especially in comparison to other special interests... well, it gets a bit annoying. view post


measure is unceasing posted 22 June 2006 in Off-Topic Discussionmeasure is unceasing by Scilvenas, Auditor

Awesome story, and welcome to the board. Nice tat, btw. If Scott ever releases the key to the Kuniuric script (I thought that was what it was for a second), you can get it on the other arm. view post


Modern Soldiers posted 25 June 2006 in Philosophy DiscussionModern Soldiers by Scilvenas, Auditor

Oh yeah, I know all about marines. Granted, a few of them were friends of mine, but by and large... jarheads.

As far as comparative service goes... I'm not exactly the most humble guy, but I gotta give respect to the guys that spend a couple years sucking sand. Sure, doing circles in the Red on a 30 year-old piece of tin (USS Mt. Whitney) wasn't any fun, but the worst I had to worry about is a dumb-ass IT messing up the gear I have to fix.

If he says he's been there twice, f*** it, who am I to judge? Is he milking it? Certainly, but you know even we put up with more than enough s*** on a daily basis to deserve a few breaks every now and then. Who can blame someone for trying to get a better deal (especially with hotel and travel... you really gotta wheel and deal those guys. otherwise...)? Now, if he was being belligerant about it, and I've seen plenty of those types in and out of uniform, it's a different story. view post


Gophers... posted 26 June 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionGophers... by Scilvenas, Auditor

I have a few stale crumbs left from my Logos cookie I can volunteer. view post


'interesting' story not true posted 09 July 2006 in Off-Topic Discussion'interesting' story not true by Scilvenas, Auditor

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Anime posted 24 July 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionAnime by Scilvenas, Auditor

Seen quite a bit. Samurai Deeper Kyo, Trigun, Record of Lodos War, and The Legend of the Overfiend <!-- s:twisted: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_twisted.gif" alt=":twisted:" title="Twisted Evil" /><!-- s:twisted: --> are a few of my favorites. view post


NLP posted 30 July 2006 in Philosophy DiscussionNLP by Scilvenas, Auditor

Yeah, 'cause the forum's just been so damn busy these days, the last thing we need is old stuff to talk about, much less new members that want to start a conversation. God, the only thing worse would be Scott coming back to answer more questions.

Excuse me while I try to focus on the calming black screen, enjoying the occasional spam.[/sarcasm]

I've read up on NLP a bit... back in the day. Don't remember much about it, though. Most scientists consider it 'junk science.' *shrug* I'd think fans of a character like Kellhus would be drawn to it, though. view post


Your Response To the PoN posted 03 August 2006 in General AnnouncementsYour Response To the PoN by Scilvenas, Auditor

Quote: &quot;Gr8 Margaretta&quot;:20kqus48
I'm trying to find some travel/vacation catalogs... did any of you come across one?[/quote:20kqus48]
Sick bastard. view post


Gaia posted 12 August 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionGaia by Scilvenas, Auditor

I think I managed to create an account a couple years ago before the epileptic/diabetic seizure overcame me. Damned if I remember the username, much less the password, though. view post


Being damned posted 09 September 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionBeing damned by Scilvenas, Auditor

Heh. Mostly, I use my mod powers to correct spelling, grammar, and formatting (I don't have to do this; it just makes me feel better). Then there's moving posts (yes, saying you're going on vacation is an 'announcement,' but since it's not related to the board...). After that, it's splitting subjects that really go off on tangents. Only rarely have I had to wave around the bitch-be-good-stick (i.e.assert my modliness), even more rare that I use it. Locked a few topics temporarily and deleted one post. view post


Being damned posted 11 September 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionBeing damned by Scilvenas, Auditor

[url=http&#58;//kevinswatch&#46;ihugny&#46;com:1pvpux1d]Kevin's Watch[/url:1pvpux1d], the official Stephen R. Donaldson forum. view post


&quot;Have you ever met someone who is smarter than you?&quo posted 28 September 2006 in Philosophy Discussion&quot;Have you ever met someone who is smarter than you?&quo by Scilvenas, Auditor

I'm an egotistical sonnavabitch, and my first answer was still 'yes.' Now if the question was &quot;...smarter than you are and better looking,&quot; then I'd have to say no. <!-- s;) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;) --> view post


HAIR posted 06 October 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionHAIR by Scilvenas, Auditor

My hair has a will of its own. On good days, we reach a comprimise. view post


Other forums frequented posted 06 October 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionOther forums frequented by Scilvenas, Auditor

Kevin's Watch, a Donaldson board
Ahira's Hangar, a Zindell board whose members are mainly a smaller subset of the previous board
Plastic, a left-leaning politics/current events news blog kind of board (though I rarely ever post anything) view post


what do you do posted 11 October 2006 in Off-Topic Discussionwhat do you do by Scilvenas, Auditor

Quote: &quot;Harrol&quot;:uxtu64iu
I am resurrecting an old thread <!-- s:twisted: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_twisted.gif" alt=":twisted:" title="Twisted Evil" /><!-- s:twisted: --> I am an instrument technician in the civillian world and I do reserves for the Navy.[/quote:uxtu64iu]
What's your rate, Harrol? Former CTI and ET, myself. view post


Spam posted 11 October 2006 in General AnnouncementsSpam by Scilvenas, Auditor

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Spam posted 12 October 2006 in General AnnouncementsSpam by Scilvenas, Auditor

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Mythology anyone? posted 30 October 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionMythology anyone? by Scilvenas, Auditor

WP, have you checked out Gene Wolfe's Latro books? Strongly recommended for the mythology buffs (or the Wizard Knight duology, if Norse myth is your thing). The new book, Soldier of Sidon, is out tomorrow, I believe.

Favorite god: Sylvanus (Roman god of the forests). <!-- s;) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;) --> Odin and Pan are good, too. view post


HAIR posted 13 November 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionHAIR by Scilvenas, Auditor

Now I'm thinkin': it could mean you're the evil man. And I'm the righteous man. And Mr. 9mm here, he's the shepherd protecting my righteous ass in the valley of darkness. Or it could be you're the righteous man and I'm the shepherd and it's the world that's evil and selfish. I'd like that. But that shit ain't the truth. The truth is you're the weak. And I'm the tyranny of evil men. But I'm tryin', Ringo. I'm tryin' real hard to be a shepherd.
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Names posted 11 December 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionNames by Scilvenas, Auditor

I never really minded the name Dustin, though up until I was about ten it usually took me about three tries to get people to stop calling me Justin. When I was older, though, I realized most of the Dustins I knew were assholes, so it didn't take much to get me to accept the name Jack (last name's Frost) that my navy buddies insisted upon.

I really wanted to name my son Maolbheanachta (mal-vuh-knock-tuh), but the wife wouldn't sign on to it. We went with Dante instead. Since I had orders to go to Sicily at the time he was born, we thought we'd pick something Italian (come to find out, Dante is a shortened form of Durante, which means lasting... lasting frost). Plus, his godfather's name is Dan (which he can always go by if he wants), and I've always been a big fan of Clerks.

*shrug* view post


Your First Time posted 25 February 2007 in Off-Topic DiscussionYour First Time by Scilvenas, Auditor

I read The Hobbit a few times when I was younger, about seven or eight years old, but I didn't really take an interest in fantasy or sci-fi until I was about 12 or so. Read a couple Piers Anthony books, a few McCaffery, but then really got hooked on Dragonlance.

*shrug* As I matured, so did my taste in books. view post


Avatar posted 03 April 2007 in Off-Topic DiscussionAvatar by Scilvenas, Auditor

Hate to break it to you guys, but the voice actor for Uncle Iroh, [url=http&#58;//www&#46;imdb&#46;com/name/nm0538683/:1xd3vfgm]Mako[/url:1xd3vfgm], died in July. He was also damn cool as Aku in Samurai Jack.

If they don't retire the character, they better find someone good to voice him. view post


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