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  1. As much as I'd like it to be true, and can't conceive of a reason for Nintendo to not add GBA to 3DS' VC, there's still no guarantee. Just as it was equally likely that the DSi would have a VC, since after all it had an online shop and had all the capability to play GB games.
  2. I'm with you. Going against my better judgement, I've got a preorder for 3DS while none of the launch titles look particluarly appealing to me. At the same time, it's not going to go down in price any time soon, so now or later doesn't really matter. Just going to keep waiting for Ocarina of Time, Kid Icarus, etc.
  3. LT - Thank you. You bring up a very important aspect (purpose and character) of the four-factor test which is used to determine fair use. On a side note, I love watching non-legal professionals trying to argue legal matters, especially in such a grey area as copyright. It's not cut-and-dry, and one should refrain from trying to make absolute arguments about it.
  4. See, that's what I thought, but that's not how it was translated to the Japanese (and I'm assuming there isn't any major error in the Japanization of the name). Also, very off-topic, but just once I need to say how much I enjoy 'Anthem of a Misguided Youth.' Yeah.
  5. Received this today. Solid work. EDIT: It's too bad this thread got moved from the Community forum to Workshop...cuts the already limited exposure this album would be receiving here.
  6. A little off-topic, but I had always assumed the "c" in "halc" was a hard "k" sound...it's nice to have the kana to set me straight (though I don't quite see why, based on its romanized counterpart, the vowel is elongated). Anyway, I really enjoy your style and bought the ep. Great work, and always looking forward to your next posted mix!
  7. No disrespect intended. I was referring to the source of info, not to discredit you personally.
  8. No actual confirmation still makes this heresay (I wouldn't consider some blog post to be evidence without citing the original source). Just to make sure you didn't misunderstand what I'm saying, no evidence stating GBA VC will come doesn't exclude the possibility. I wouldn't go so far as to say it's inevitable, but it's certainly possible.
  9. What you posted before makes no mention of GBA, and a quick google search didn't seem to result in any real confirmation. Unless there's a link to a transcript in the original Japanese that states it or unless Nintendo confirms it, I'd call it heresay.
  10. I don't think the necessity of the DSi is even particularly debatable. It failed in execution, providing as far as I know no exclusive (cartridge) games to market yet and considerably little value download-wise. I was excited for the prospect, but nothing came out of it that legitimized the price of admission.
  11. After watching the trailer for it, I'm really digging Kirby's Epic Yarn's style. Same with the new Zelda. I'd really like to see a 3DS up close. I'd really like to see how Ocarina of Time 3D and the new Kid Icarus look actually on the system...just looking at the pictures doesn't really give me a good conception as to how the games will really appear.
  12. Bought the album last week, and it's great as expected. Thanks again for another impressive release!
  13. Got it the other day, and it doesn't disappoint. Thanks again.
  14. CD bought. Looking forward to it! Thanks again.
  15. Haha I've actually been wondering about this recently. Thanks for the update, I'm looking forward to getting the (physical) CD.
  16. I missed this until now (somehow Stemage managed to catch my eye, funny how that happened). Purchased, I'll wait to receive the physical copy before listening . Thanks for this.
  17. Penfold

    Sony PSP

    Further, do you guys think Portable Ops is worthwhile? Now that Peace Walker is shortly arriving, I'd have 2 reasons to get in on the PSP, assuming they're as good as previous iterations of MGS. Curious to hear what you guys think of it.
  18. Seeing this, I couldn't resist. Personally, I enjoyed Avatar solely because of the technical aspects and found the story to be terribly bland, borrowed, and full of holes on top of that. For me, and I think I'm clearly in the minority here, had I not seen it in 3D, it would have detracted from my enjoyment substantially. I agree with Overcoat. No sense in passing judgement on a device we know next to nothing about. Personally, I was very excited at the prospect the DSi because of DSiWare and the potential for virtual console to extend to that platform, and ended up pretty disappointed since it hasn't been used to advantage yet. You never know, you can only guess.
  19. I wasn't able to find anything that corroborates your statement that the rules for the combine have changed by training methods of Joe deFranco. Logically, I don't understand what the point would be of your assertion, since that would be the equivalent of saying "everyone has to train the same to level the playing field." Could you point out what I'm missing, or provide the source of your assertion? I read the articles on his site, and can see he clearly favors the strength specialist, albeit perhaps with bias against Oly lifting and gymnastics based on what's there. Regardless, I'm sure you can become stronger (in this case, absolute strength with external load) and more powerful with his training, conditioning seems lacking but perhaps it can be argued that those specialists don't need much in that regard. He certainly has a few people he highlights to attest to their success with his training. While I don't disagree with you regarding the caloric density of certain foods, these preferences come down to their glycemic loads. With Zone, as Vivi22 said, it's primary goal is controlling insulin levels which can be (however, not ideally) accomplished with unhealthy foods, and while paleo isn't looking for that same hormonal balance it's still looking to avoid insulin spikes. I understand the efficacy of dairy in hypertrophy (e.g. GOMAD) as well as one way to restore glycogen in the muscles post-workout, but I fail to see its efficacy in increasing fitness. This is probably just related to our different understandings of "fitness," but as of yet you haven't told me your definition. While I agree complex carbs are delicious, I assume you're implying there are other positives. I can't say as I know them, outside of the notion of "carbing up" prior to endurance events, which I don't subscribe to. No problem on "C," haha. When you remember it, I'd like to hear it. I hope it came across in my original post but I wasn't trying to disagree, just pointing out that agruments, if the basis is factual and not opinion, need support. Yes, to say that by doing Crossfit solely, one will not develop the strength to become an Olympic gymnast or Oly lifter, will not break 100m sprint records, and not get Westside Barbell-level loads. The point of Crossfit is to increase fitness levels across as many time and modal domains as possible, and not to forge people into World-class specialists. Great at one thing or good at everything - Crossfitters strive toward the latter. Whether it can be used in addition to a specialist's sport-specific training to up their game, however, may be another case entirely. Eva Twardokens (medalist in skiing), Chuck Liddell (MMA fighter), BJ Penn (BJJ/MMA fighter), Lorenzo Neil (NFL free agent), all Crossfitters, to name a few. The strength and conditioning coach for the Florida Marlins, Paul Fournier, is now introducing the team to Crossfit - let's see how they do compared to last year. In any of these cases, I don't have any data to show how they compare in their sport pre- and post-Crossfit, so to name these people without that data speaks as to the efficacy of their training as much as the names do on Joe deFranco's site of the training he provides. I take offense to your disrespectful manner towards members of the armed forces and law enforcement. Furthermore, your logic is faulty: there are some in law enforcement who do Crossfit, and there are some in law enforcement who are "kinda flabby and out of shape, therefore LEO who do Crossfit are also "kinda flabby and out of shape?" The men and women of the military, law enforcement, or fire service who I've met personally who do Crossfit have all been highly fit, whether or not they have extra weight is irrelevant to their work capacity. That's not to say that there aren't men and women in uniform that are unfit, I just don't know any who Crossfit. In regards to formalized, institutional use of Crossfit, the only example I can think of offhand in the military is in the Marine Corps., as now integrated into PT. I don't know to what extend, and if evaluative methods have been modified with it (last I heard the PFT is still the same), nor do I have the data of the average test score pre- and post-CF, but I would remain skeptical of any Marine being worse off because of its implementation. The man who introduced me to Crossfit, an Army Ranger-turned instructor, trains all of his students with Crossfit. Why? He knows first-hand the physical (not to mention psychological) strains that his students will eventually encounter, and that he has found this protocol to be the most effective preparation. He has very necessarily sought out as many methods and programs to illicit the highest level of fitness as possible, as for him in a very real sense fitness is survival, and the final result was Crossfit. Would you rather suggest that he follow Westside method followed by some cardio? Your examples of Westide and bodybuilders are obvious - if your entire training is aimed for a specific event or purpose, then your training is a failure if you cannot acheive that. Your last example is interesting (high calibre gymnasts being able to lift a 400lb deadlift, presumably with otherwise no external load training of the posterior chain), but I don't know where you're going with it - could you elaborate? If you have a factual source as the basis, I'd be really interested to see it. No doubt I agree with you that bodybuilding produces little to no transferability or fitness, though to our discussion to this point it's rather non-sequitor. To clarify (I really hope that my posts haven't been reading to the contrary), my requests for elaboration/definition of terms/sources isn't in an attempt to be argumentative, rather so that as we discuss we can determine with certainty what we're talking about, and that we can distinguish heresay/opinion from factual basis. I'm engaging in this discussion to exchange information and learn, and not so much to force opinion or let ego get in the way of that (any who have any degree passionate about their training, I believe, will carry egos about it). Also, in asking for your definition I realized I never provided my own. It may come as no suprise, but I subscribe to Greg Glassman's definition: increased work capacity across broad time and modal domains. The following may be a bit of a longer read, but the following article elaborates on that concept: http://library.crossfit.com/free/pdf/CFJ-trial.pdf In the same vein, I think the following article is worth a look as well: http://library.crossfit.com/free/pdf/70_08_capacity_standards_sport.pdf
  20. You can certainly have your opinions, but in the end you conveniently dismissed the example of CFE (thereby also dismissing further examples of individuals doing as I described in my last post) and decided to focus on the single person Vivi22 brought up. In addition to presenting nothing to disprove the claim, you've also presented nothing to support your assertion. I also don't agree with you calling a person doing something they've never done before to be stupid, but to that difference we can rightfully attribute personal opinions. I'm not sure where this is coming from, and I have no idea where you're getting this. I'm not even seeing how that was a direct response to the information I put forth about CF Football. So far you've brought forth some nice rhetoric, but nothing to back it up. You also fail to define what these "things targetting an increase in athleticism" are, but especially how these are different that the things Crossfit does: you leave me with no idea what you're trying to argue against. I've got a feeling that, just as in Crossfit, these "things" are multi-jointed movements, and not muscle groups/single joint exercises - I would otherwise question their legitimacy in increasing athleticism. I'd be interested to hear how you define "fitness" and "athleticism," and why these are apparently different for you, as I think that could bring to bear what your real argument is. To be honest, I've never heard of Joe Difranco. Doing an admittedly quick google search, I was also able to find no information on his training methods, only the claims of what his program will do for you. I realize that due to his business model he doesn't seem to supply anything for free, but it's very hard to make an evaluative judgement about something without any info. If you know something I don't know, I'd like to hear about it. In terms of data, the whole point of Crossfit is that it's observable, measurable, and repeatable, therefore trackable over time and able to provide objective data. This data capture is done at various levels, including the individual or group (e.g. Affiliate gym) level. Not to say there aren't other programs or comminities doing the same thing, but I haven't heard of them (and would love to hear about them). That also doesn't discount outright any programs or comminities that don't do this, but it becomes hard to assess their assertations of training the better athlete objectively. I'll say it again, you're welcome to your opinions, but when you're presenting them as undisputed fact without attempting to provide any back-up, it hurts your argument. Again, where are you getting your information? Rotting meat? 3 things? I'm not sure where you've come up with this - I'd love to see your sources. Paleo can be characterized as eating lean meats, vegetables (with an emphasis on green, leafy and a de-emphasis on starchy veggies), fruits, berries, nuts, seeds, no processed food, no dairy products (this should be obvious but to clarify, eggs are meat), no complex carbs (pasta, bread, etc), no sugars, and no refined foods at all. There is generally a preference in communities that eat this way to go organic, as well as support local and small farm operations. Quick google search yields for paleo diet info: http://thepaleodiet.com/faqs/, http://paleodiet.com/definition.htm, http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/paleodietcavemandiet/a/paleodietfood.htm. Could you elaborate what is being presented here that isn't sustainable? At least on the point of "count your macros," I'd agree. That's an essential part of Zone, and I think it's very effective. The irony of your statement above, though, is that counting macros/Zone has been seen by many as a "gimmicky" diet too, and people arguing that generally provide as much support as you did. I only ever trained and raced on the bicycle in late Spring and Summer solely to avoid the rain (also never doing anything that short outside of training), so I can only imagine how racing in those conditions would be haha. I imagine those conditions slow you down at least a bit huh? Congrats on the race.
  21. Like Gibbo said above, I wouldn't recommend it - not healthy dude. If your plan is to lose weight solely by diet, research Zone diet and Paleo diet. They're healthy and sustainable, unlike what you've proposed. If you don't find results with Zone (especially Paleo Zone), you're doing something wrong somewhere.
  22. I think what he was getting at is that joining a CF Affiliate is merely one way to do Crossfit. Just like someone who does powerlifting or Oly lifting can train their sport in a standard gym, so can Crossfitters - maybe not ideal, but it's done. A powerlifter doesn't have to work out at Westside Barbell, and a Crossfitter doesn't have to work out at an Affiliate. A lot of people who follow crossfit.com or similar protocols do it at a standard gym, or even at home (the "garage gym"). The example that I believe he's referencing is Greg Amundson, doing something around 80 miles in 24 hours, and from the time he decided to run it he never ran more than a total of 2 miles in a workout and did no additional running at all. Google "Greg Amundson ultra marathon" for relevant results if you want further information. Vivi22 also did not claim that he finished (rightfully so), but while there certainly are examples of people who have, there's a necessary qualifier - what is "only Crossfit"? http://www.crossfitendurance.com/ - a Crossfit affiliate that has created supplementary WODs which, while sport-specific, defy traditional notions of training for endurance sports. One could very rightfully argue that following the supplementary Crossfit Endurance protocol in addition to another CF protocol is still only doing Crossfit, yet there are endurance athletes who exclusively train this way for their sport. Doing a quick google search ("Brian MacKenzie Crossfit" [brian is the man who started CFE]) yielded several results you might find interesting if you want to learn more about this protocol, for example http://www.gotrimax.com/TriMaxBmac.htm. Part of my point is that there is no "one," definitive Crossfit. Another example is http://www.crossfitfootball.com/, run by NFL free agent John Welbourn not long after he started in Crossfit, wanting something to fit the needs of contact sport athletes. For those interested in getting bigger, stronger, and more powerful CF Football (especially with the combo of GOMAD plus an otherwise clean [preferably paleo] diet) will do the job, as well as increase your GPP (not to the extend other CF protocols might, as what they do is more specialized). More information in the site's FAQ. Absolutely agree that when isolation is practiced, results go by the wayside. I'm sensing from this comment as well as some of your previous comments that maybe the difference in our viewpoints is rather outlook on GPP, and by extension our fitness or exercise goals. I did endurance cycling prior to starting CF, and am still partial to two wheels. I'd be interested in hearing the details on the race.
  23. I would start by pointing out that any routine will lose its effectiveness over time, so if your goal is increasing your fitness you want to keep it as mixed up as possible. I dunno what you don't like about gyms specifically, but my experience tells me people tend to equate gyms with bodybuilding regimes and it's often that style of working out that turns people off to going. It can also be due to an unfamiliarity with movements/exercises, but you see this same lack of knowledge in at least 90% of folks at your "standard" gym: 1/4 squats, power cleans without a semblance of rack positon, partial rep pullups, rounded back deadlifts, and the list goes on. If it's because of these reasons, take heart in knowing that literally only a small handful of people in a "standard" gym setting understand the movements they're doing/trying to do - outside of Crossfitters, I've personally only known Olympic lifters or Powerlifters to "get it." No matter where you work out, if you goal is to increase your fitness, choose to do functional movements (some of which I will outline below). These movements, compared to sitting down on some machine and counting to 10 reps without having an impact on your midline, have a propensity to increase your fitness and are characterized as multi-jointed, compound, natural movements and stress the midline stability. Crossfit has a vast collection of videos which outline form and form issues, learning queues, and other educational material on their site, which is a good place to learn these: http://www.crossfit.com/cf-info/excercise.html. What's especially nice about Crossfit's explanations are the attention to range of motion, a vital component to performing any movement properly. My recommendation is to start by learning these movements, and afterward doing them with intesity. I strongly recommend Crossfit, but doing functional movements any way will be better than not doing them. Going to a Crossfit gym is probably the fastest and best way to learn the movements and be introduced to intesity (literally any CF trainer I've met is fantastic), but it's not cheap. Myself and others I know learned through watching the videos, doing, and talking to other CFers or specialists who know the movement. If you intend to not workout at a gym but rather outsite, there's plenty of bodyweight exercises you can do: pushups, jumping pullups/strict pullups/kipping pullups, situps, squats, dips, burpees, muscle-ups, sprinting, jumping/plyometrics, jumprope, etc. Investing in a kettlebell will afford you some good lifting options: swings, snatches, front/overhead squats, cleans, presses/jerks, deadlift/sumo deadlift highpull, weighted pullups/dips, etc. The kettlebell may not as diverse as access to an Olympic barbell set, but it's significantly more moble and provides modes to tax your fitness outside of bodyweight. On an unrelated note, tomorrow's sectionals. Gonna be a ton of fun!
  24. Penfold

    Nintendo Wii

    I wouldn't worry about being "disappointed" with 2011 while we're not yet 1/4 through 2010 and don't even know what the second half of this year will hold.
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