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#287473
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Blu-ray (or HD-DVD) questions
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Ok, I already have the HD-DVD add-on for the Xbox 360 and am very satisfied. However, I'm contemplating getting a Blu-ray player as well (the Samsung $500 one). My question is that I believe that a "regular" HD disc player needs to be connected to the internet somehow to download firmware and whatnot. How would I have to hook it up? Secondly, the $500 seems reasonable at this point, would the prices go down anytime soon (please don't mention PS3) i.e are there going to be "budget" blu-ray players?
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#282413
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Don Imus and the race issue thread.
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I perceive the Rutgers comment to be the straw that broke the camel's back. If this were his first offense (or second or third), I think he would've gotten a pass. One thing that I firmly believe though that nobody mentions in this whole thing is that while political correctness is at an all-time high, it's highest in the sports journalism world. This higher-than-usual political correctness probably has to do with the high level of racial diversity in sports, and the people that follow sports. My guess is that if he had called people who are not associated with major athletics "nappy headed hos" nobody would have even noticed. But sports journalists have this knack of pouncing on anyone who says anything politically incorrect or that could even be perceived as being offensive in some way. Look at Bob Ryan. An esteemed journalist who's been around forever, gets pummeled by his colleagues and suspended from his job because he makes a harmless off-color remark about an obnoxious woman who deserves to be criticized. It's all gay.
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#279150
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Organ donation
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Well, the family doesn't receive the "scraps", but rather the funeral home does (that's where the "donating" takes place). The family doesn't get to see the person in this state. My point was just that the organ donation companies don't tell the families that this happens, and instead lead the families to believe that their loved one will look exactly the same after the donation as before, which many times is false. Again, this doesn't always happen, but it certainly occurs from time to time if people aren't careful. As for autopsies, while they can be very invasive at times (especially if the body is a small child), the M.E.'s who do them are extremely qualified and have had years and years of experience, whereas the organ donation technicians don't even need a bachelor's degree and conduct the harvesting of said organs and tissues rather haphazardly. Also, you have to realize that an autopsy is just a procedure to find cause of death, so if the M.E. suspects that the heart was the problem, everything else is left alone. Organ procurement agencies will take EVERYTHING they are allowed to. A few months ago, we had a company who took over 60% of this dead woman's skin, including that on her arms, legs, and back.
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#279044
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Organ donation
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I work at a funeral home, so I know quite a lot about this subject. By and large it's a good thing, but there are unfortunate things that go along with it. First off, the organ and tissue donation companies can be shady, and their technicians are typically under-trained. If you look at their websites and other literature, they leave out some pertinent information. Most people think that if they donate their heart, that the doctors just gently open them up, remove the organ, and them sew them up so that nobody could ever tell something was removed. Most of the time, after the organ and tissue companies come through, the body is left in scraps. Gross, huh? The issue I deal with is that the family of the deceased often is never told this is what happens when someone donates their tissues and organs, and they are expecting to have a viewing and/or open casket funeral. Secondly, there are inherent time and resource implications in the funeral industry. If it takes a whole crew of funeral directors 10 hours to put humpty dumpty back together, that is time and resources taken away from other families and services.

I still am an organ donor, though. If I'm dead, and I can somehow make somebody else's life more enjoyable, then I'm all for it.
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#278708
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Health Question
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I hope it's the just the B-12 deficiency. One thing I've noticed from having two grandparents with serious alzheimers is that their memory loss starts with short term memory and progresses towards long term. For instance, in the beginning, my grandmother may not have remembered what she had for lunch the day before, but otherwise was pretty much with it. Some time later (many months), she may not have remembered people's names right away, but could recognize faces and associate who they were (friends, sons, grandchildren, ect). After that, it went onto she didn't recognize people (like me) at all but she remembered her friends from childhood, the name of the street she grew up on, ect. Now she pretty much is completely out of it. This took probably 3 or 4 years.
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#278264
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300
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I've gotta go with Tiptup here. I don't see how the goat is any more ridiculous than any of the other goofy stuff. And the movie had PLENTY of goofy stuff. But it doesn't matter. It's not a by-the-book account of the battle, rather a great looking, albeit shallow, film that apologizes for nothing and is solely interested in demonstrating what the definition of "ass-kicking" is. And it succeeds.
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#275691
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Video Game Thread
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Originally posted by: JediSage
I've speared him multiple times, however he just keeps nailing me...


It's been years, but I think it's something like spear him a few times as he approaches you. Then, once he's towing your "dingy" around, you can hit him a few more times. Also, make sure you steer the boat so you don't get knocked out of it too often.