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  1. Someone has mapped an xbox360 controller for windows using Pinnacle Game Profiler: http://pinnaclegameprofiler.com/gp/baldurs-gate I took their layout and mapped a Steelseries Nimbus controller using ControllerMate, which works quite well: Dpad left cycles thru characters 1-3, hold selects all three Dpad right cycles thru characters 4-6, hold selects all three Dpad up selects all 6 characters Dpad down cycles thru Inventory,Character Sheet, Mage Spells, Priest Spells, and on hold journal With Left Trigger down Dpad is 1-4 Dpad Up being 1 and moving counter-clockwise Dpad Right being 4With Right Trigger down Dpad is 5-8 Dpad Up being 5 and moving counter-clockwise Dpad Right being 8 (useful for Dialog Choices) Left Analog Stick pans the camera Right analog Stick controls mouse LB is left Click RB is right click The A button is special abilities or F12 The X button will cycle thru F4 and F5, and on hold F6 The B button is pause or spacebar The Y button is cast magic or F7 When the left trigger is held A is F1, X is F2, B is F3, and Y F4 When the Right trigger is held A is F5, X is F6, B is F7, and Y F8 Home is options or escape Yes, in fact, I'm setting up the controller to do a walk through. My goal is to have the dialog completed by springtime. And I shortened the saga to a þættir (tale) about a conversation between the king of Norland and a young adventurer from Norheim .
  2. I'm using a mac-mini as a media/game server. Remote Buddy let's you program, for example, an apple remote. I'm going to try that.
  3. I find using a keyboard and mouse is a bit awkward whilst sitting in front of a Widescreen TV. For those that play the Baldur's Gate series on their TV, what input device do you prefer?
  4. I found out today that the ios version had been rejected by Apple due to bug. It wont be in the app store until next week.
  5. Crikey, where the hell have you been, mate? Does this mean you might be motivated to finish your NPC mod? :D/> Btw, for you naysayers, BG:EE is not a mass-corporate Atari release. It might've required some negotiation with them as far as licenses but it is a smaller developer handling this, which is a good thing IMO. To spare everyone the details: moved to the southeast and went to work at NASA on Constellation (i.e. Bush-era mission to Mars); after joining the project the President decided to cancel it (my timing usually stinks); now I'm working on a masters degree. I still have the mod and tweak it from time to time, but my IE programming skills have waned. And Lion does not support the "classic environment" (i.e. PowerPC-based) anymore. I have to dual boot my macbook into Snow Leopard to run it. Looking forward going through the game again on the retina display iPad (assuming new app supports the higher resolution). How might mods work in the ios environment?
  6. And in case you missed the tansit this month...
  7. I'm looking forward to the new mac release (iPad too). Haven't played in a while and the original will not run on Lion.
  8. EiriktheScald

    Fireworks!

    Spacecamp is also here. Remember the film? There's a lot of excitement currently, with the ramp up of the Constellation program.
  9. EiriktheScald

    Fireworks!

    No, but I may get to see some sparks fly down here at Marshall (space flight center) in Huntsville, Alabama. I started my new job last week.
  10. "Civil union." (All marriage as handled by the state is civil -- everything you get outside personal and spiritual well-being as delivered through a church wedding is "civil marriage.") Functionally, I don't believe there is much difference, but the societal connotations are too complex to really cover here. This is the crux of the matter, I agree. Where can one find this if they want to read it? I wanted to know what your perceptions were. According to Obama (his word is all I have to go on at this point), civil union is "the right balance to strike in this society;" a compromise nevertheless. It is quite another thing to address those connotations you referred to. Those of the opposing view feel just as strongly about the issue. Denying legal recognition is kinda mute at this point. A poor choice of words on my part. The "kind of demonstration" was directed toward violence and threats against people and property. And fair, or not, some will connect that activity to the cause or concern. Its unfortunate and these things do not lead to a meaningful resolution. There has been a lot of legal maneuvering regarding that proposition, both before and after the vote. I used it as an example of the cultural opposition they face (yes, even in California). Proposition 2 in Florida passed with a greater margin. What's interesting, is that two existing Florida statutes already prohibit same-sex marriage. And if that wasn't enough, the amendment as written included a clause prohibiting judges from overturning the law. This was a response to what happened in Massachusetts, where a judge overturned that state's law banning same-sex marriage.
  11. Not at all, peaceful protest has been a cherished American right since the Boston Tea Party. It's unfortunate when individuals (be they affiliated, or not) go beyond that. As for policy, I was referring to president-elect Obama's comment: "Giving them a set of basic rights would allow them to experience their relationship and live their lives in a way that doesn't cause discrimination," he said. "I think it is the right balance to strike in this society." My view observation is that it hinges on the word "marriage" and what it symbolizes to the individual, equally diverse. Would you explain -- from your perspective -- the significant difference between the terms "marriage" and "domestic partnership" (other states use the term civil marriage). I've read that as of 2007, California affords domestic partnerships most of the same rights and responsibilities as marriages under state law (Cal. Fam. Code §297.5). And if that's the case, then its certainly not a legal one, is it? Please expound.
  12. I'm sorry you took it that way, and surprised that you did. Not exactly sure where you got the idea that my policy is "out of sight, out of mind." My point is that cultural opposition exists, for various reasons, and the expediency of political gains. Yes, I realize that there are undesirables who show up at any demonstration; but they do not help, regardless.
  13. I'm sorry, but this sounds just like the principle of "separate but equal." In the words of my day, "You can catch more bees with honey than vinegar." I do not condone the systems of segregation that were a part of the 50s and 60s. Now, as I understand it, the political goals of the LGBT movement include changing laws and policies in order to gain new rights, benefits, and protections from harm. Cultural goals include (but are not limited to) challenging dominant constructions of masculinity and femininity, homophobia, and the primacy of the gendered heterosexual nuclear family. Activists seek both types of goals in both the civil and political spheres. I may be pragmatic, but political change is more likely to succeed than cultural. LGBT movements are opposed by a variety of individuals and organizations. They may have a personal, moral, political or religious objection to gay rights, homosexual relations or gay people. In the US, same-sex marriages are legal in two states, Massachusetts, and Connecticut (New York is not far off). Meanwhile, some municipalities keep enacting laws against homosexuality. Proposition 8 did not affect domestic partnerships, and the California Supreme Court stayed out of it, denying a petition to remove it without comment. It is yet to be seen whether prop 8 will be found unconstitutional, but the kind of demonstrations that were seen afterward, will not help their cause. It was reported that ten LDS church buildings in the Sacramento region, and seven houses of worship in Utah, were vandalized in the ten days following the November 4 election, more than that expected for an entire year.
  14. I'm not surprised this topic has opened a flurry of posts. The fact is, marriage and abortion are current social issues in America which have polarized this nation. Although Barack Obama has said that he supports civil unions, he is against gay marriage. In an interview with the Chicago Daily Tribune, Obama said, "I'm a Christian. And so, although I try not to have my religious beliefs dominate or determine my political views on this issue, I do believe that tradition, and my religious beliefs say that marriage is something sanctified between a man and a woman." Barack Obama did vote against a Federal Marriage Amendment and opposed the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996. He said he would support civil unions between gay and lesbian couples, as well as letting individual states determine if marriage between gay and lesbian couples should be legalized. "Giving them a set of basic rights would allow them to experience their relationship and live their lives in a way that doesn't cause discrimination," Obama said. "I think it is the right balance to strike in this society." Sources: Chicago Daily Tribune, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force I personally think that letting states determine it would be a mistake and lead to more problems. What happens if the couple moves to a state that did not legalize it? I would support civil unions on a federal level, however. In doing so, it would give them this set of basic rights without offending those holding the other viewpoint. Let's face it, marriage does have a long-standing traditional definition as being between a man and a woman. It makes no sense to address the grievances of one group, while in turn cause grievance to another.
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