Posts by Tawakalna

    sure fire method? get a fresh leg from a proper butchers, not a supermarket, and cut it up yourself with a bone cleaver. if you really want fresh, go to the local slaughter house and buy it out the back door - cheaper too. I rarely get meat pre-packed, I go to the meat market once a week and get everything i need cut up there unless i want the fun of doing it myself. last week i got 5 beef joints -several lbs in weight each - 2 lamb legs, 12 lamb chops, 12 pork chops (not for me I might add) 3lb of sausages and 2 chickens for £30 (thats about 55 dollars) In the supermarket it wouldnt have been as fresh <i>and </i> would cost twice to three times as much, especially the lamb, which is about a tenner for an average leg joint in the big stores.

    pah! &lt;shakes fist&gt; i´ll show you lot.. you´ll all be begging for a trip in the Taw VII Rocket Plane. People from Manhattan can watch. On telly. i´ll have you know that the Tawakalnistan Aerospace Industries Mk XXIV <i>*al-Haddji* </i> Surface-to-Air Interceptor missile reached 3,500feet with a 1lb payload, and the partially-completed Al-Haddji 2 (which I may rename the <i>al-Madina </i>) is designed to reach 5000feet with a 2lb payload. On paper I´ve got rockets, unguided and guided, that will reach far higher with much greater loads but, sadly, I´m not allowed to fire them, as it would be an uncontrolled aerostat in controlled airspace, and also there are strict limits on aquiring and storing combustible fuels. seriously, i am going to design a rocket-plane. I haven´t got the resources to build one, but I´ll find someone who´s got the kit and the tools, I´ll supply the plans. In fact, I roughed it out this afternoon. A scale model will suffice to determine if I´m talking out my @rse or not. Edited by - .Tawakalna on 10/4/2005 9:44:50 AM

    did anyone notice in the trailers that one of the designs for an x2 space fighter is the spit of the Vampire from WC<img src=smilies/icon_smile_tongue.gif width=15 height=15 border=0 align=middle>rophecy and Secret Ops?

    Starlancer begins with a sneak Eastern Coalition attack on the Alliance (after having declared a ceasefire) Then you and your squadron of rookies have to survive and take the fight back to the Coalition. Starlancer has mission goals that directly affect the course of the war - the better you do, the better the Alliance does. The game doesn´t end with the Alliance losing, but you only find out the outcome of the war, which carries on for another 100 years <i>after </i> Starlancer, in the intro to Freelancer. So SL doesn´t have a depressing ending as such, it has quite an upbeat ending. You´re just looking at it from a later perspective. The Nomads were cut from the FL intro because they were simply too powerful an enemy, and the rest of the game´s plot wouldnt make much sense if they could just destroy enemies en masse. Myself I´ve always regretted the lack of further adventures in the Alliance-Coalition War..

    well, itw as rather appropriate in <i>Excalibur </i> as well, and in the rather enjoyable German-language film of <i>Gotterdammerung. </i> And Wagner´s influence on the symphonic score has directly brought about some of the most stirring film soundtracks, many of which are rooted in his style.

    clearly there´s no big mystery about having visitable locations on bases/stations, they´ve been standard space-sim fare since way back when. for x2 I think it was either an oversight, maybe they didn´t have the time, or they deliberately left them out, trying to concentrate on a more cerebral experience. initially you don´t really notice because the structures themselves are so massive and impressive, but after a while docking just to use a menu is indeed rather dull. who said Privateer 2 was pants? &lt;shakes fist&gt;

    didn´t Heltak live near Gleneagles? or was it St Andrews? still, i doubt you´d want to stay with <i>him </i> [! &lt;shudders&gt;

    oh flip <img src=smilies/icon_smile_sad.gif width=15 height=15 border=0 align=middle> too late! i think they ended up as 34deg 13´ 44.93 S/19deg 25´ 27.47 E, pah doesn´t matter, that´s prob´ly some dump that n-oone cares about anyway...

    it´s not really chicken at all is it? it´s wildebeest.. don´t pretend your native cuisine is anything like ourrs, we know you eat hippo/gazelle/rhino/elephant/humming-bird/monkey-brains etc. do you cook it or is it eaten raw and shared with the lions?

    thx for the offer but I just put a lamb joint in with whole garlic cloves and fresh rosemary, roasters and yorkie puds. maybe next week? it´s all about food with you, FD, isn´t it? <img src=smilies/icon_smile.gif width=15 height=15 border=0 align=middle> Edited by - Grand Mullah Tawakalna on 10/2/2005 11:33:46 AM

    yes I´m just testing samples thats all. that they get tested for erm about 2 years at a time is just me being thorough. 5 finger discount? what are you trying to say? <img src=smilies/icon_smile.gif width=15 height=15 border=0 align=middle> its the PC technician´s traditional right to *acquire* stuff. we could always just go on strike and let the world grind to a halt!

    SiS presumably integrated graphics? not man enough for anything more than basic applications and games. what exactly is the chipset and what games are you trying to play? I have this horrible impression of Doom 3 on an SiS 8326 integrated chipset.