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Greetings, hammer of cows. Uke Blue 22:06, 28 January 2011 (UTC)

Thanks! I've been lurking around here for a few months, but just decided to make myself an account :) CowHammer (talk) 22:09, 28 January 2011 (UTC)

Yes We Can!!![edit]

(Congrats/apologies). We (are happy/regret) to inform you that you are a {sysop/janitor) now. Here's your (guide/mop and bucket). Lord Goonie Hooray! I'm helping! 23:00, 18 February 2011 (UTC)

Till ->until[edit]

Quite right: "till" is a word in its own right. The correct abbreviation of "until" is " 'til" (one "l"). Scream!! (talk) 17:01, 9 January 2012 (UTC)

Indeed, and " 'til" just seemed a little too informal. (ʞlɐʇ) ɹǝɯɯɐHʍoƆ 17:04, 9 January 2012 (UTC)

WTF Arizona??[edit]

[1] -- Seth Peck (talk) 21:01, 13 February 2012 (UTC)

Oh god damnit I heard about that this morning on NPR, and for some reason I thought it would be only for elementary and high school teachers. Well um... I'll just keep myself sane by telling myself a) it might not pass, b) it will be completely unenforceable, and c) at least it keeps them occupied so they're not spending every minute trying to come up with excuses to lock up the brown people illegal immigrants. SIGH. Cow...Hammertime! 21:07, 13 February 2012 (UTC)
As a short-timer in Arizona, I often wonder how many times their legislators think they can violate the First Amendment before they stop getting away with it. -- Seth Peck (talk) 21:34, 13 February 2012 (UTC)
I think it's only a matter of time before the tide turns as the rapidly growing Hispanic population gains ground and starts making a difference in public opinion and legislation. At least that's my hope... Cow...Hammertime! 21:39, 13 February 2012 (UTC)
Are they fucking kidding me? Those students are grownups. I mean, it's not like said language isn't all over the world, but I suppose I could see where a foulmouthed public teacher should get a repremand (we did the "fifty cent in the gar" thing for one of my highschool teachers. he had to take us out for icecream or something with the money, if i remember right). But this is college. Don't get me wrong, I did *try* to censor myself, but i let more than a few "f bombs" fall in my years, and certainly had to address serious topic that were not "G-Rated" when talking about the modern anti-government movement in Native political groups. AZ is a strange ass place. White guys move in, and suddenly declair that "you must speak english" to people who have been speaking spanish and tribal languages for generations. I want to scream THEY WERE THERE FIRST, maybe you should speak spanish to live there!Pink mowse.pngGodotGrow a vagina 22:03, 13 February 2012 (UTC)
It's like David Horowitz and the No Cussing Club joined forces. And then fought crime...the academic crimes of...political correctness and foul language! (Not coming soon to a theater near you.) Nebuchadnezzar (talk) 22:58, 13 February 2012 (UTC)

Bad movies[edit]

Let the initiation commence Тyrannosaurs 21:44, 13 February 2012 (UTC)

Ooh thanks for the suggestion! I'll have to tack that to my list. I've been watching bad Christian movies (is there any other kind?) lately, like the Left Behind trilogy and Fireproof, so it'll be a bit before I can get to it. Cow...Hammertime! 21:51, 13 February 2012 (UTC)
Why bother when Turkish Star Wars is free on Google Video! Free! Nebuchadnezzar (talk) 23:00, 13 February 2012 (UTC)
Haha I've seen bits and pieces of that. I seem to recall it being difficult to find in an actual file, which is a problem since I play most stuff from my media server through my xbox. I should start looking around again. Cow...Hammertime! 14:35, 14 February 2012 (UTC)

Thanks[edit]

Thanks for taking the lead on that; it's led to a better wiki. steriletalk 16:06, 14 March 2012 (UTC)

:D That kind of stuff drives me up a wall. I should start doing more mass purging of common editing mistakes. Cow...Hammertime! 16:19, 14 March 2012 (UTC)

do you ever wake up and say "jesus christ do I have to get out of this state?"[edit]

Az's newest? If you want to have birth control covered by your medical insurance, you must bring proof TO YOUR COMPANY, not just the insurance company, that you are taking the BC for medical reasons. you must show them your medical records. yeah!!!! how fun. telling my boss about my girly parts. What a uber cool state you live in. :-) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/14/arizona-birth-control-bill-contraception-medical-reasons_n_1344557.html--Pink mowse.pngGodotoi, putain, genial, merci 02:57, 15 March 2012 (UTC)

sigh... Yeah I do occasionally wonder if I should just leave this insanity, but I like my job and I have a lot of liberal friends to keep me sane. There are also a lot of active atheist/freethinker groups that are growing rapidly and I'm hoping they're going to get more involved in advocacy and outreach and whatnot. I have thought about moving somewhere like San Diego or San Francisco, but I'm doing well in my job and I don't want to erase a lot of the progress I've made at my company.
Unfortunately, the legislative situation looks like it's going to get worse before it gets better. We'll have to see what happens, but they're redistricting and it looks like it'll be more friendly to Republicans after they're done. sigh again... Cow...Hammertime! 17:34, 16 March 2012 (UTC)

Yep[edit]

There are a few boardgame geeks areound here. Fantasy and Sci-Fi here, with some wargaming.--Stunteddwarf Spirit of the Cherry Blossom 22:07, 11 April 2012 (UTC)

Hooray! I knew I wasn't alone! Which games are you into? Cow...Hammertime! 15:17, 12 April 2012 (UTC)

Don't be a dick[edit]

Look, your partisan & simpleton brain may have trouble with this, but there are professional political operatives active at this website. The demographics of user participation allow for unique controlled experiments for give and take exchanges of protagonists and antagonists, and development and field testing of talking points on real time issues for operational deployment in real life. While you think you may be defending a partisan cause, you actually may be retarding it's ability to respond effectively in crisis. But from such a dumbfuck as yourself this may be too complicated. If this were the military, you'd probably be awarded an Iron Cross for your service. nobsCorporations are people, too. 16:34, 2 May 2012 (UTC)

Haha thanks, Rob. Your paranoid ramblings always amuse me, and this is a damn good one. Cow...Hammertime! 16:37, 2 May 2012 (UTC)
If the student isn't catching on to operational intelligence, he can always carry a rifle. nobsCorporations are people, too. 16:46, 2 May 2012 (UTC)
If you were anyone else, I'd be concerned that you were drinking so early in the day, but you make a funny drunk so I'm content to be amused. Cow...Hammertime! 16:51, 2 May 2012 (UTC)

Hi[edit]

I like your username. — Haamer (talk) 01:55, 9 May 2012 (UTC)

Haha thanks! I like yours too! Hammers 4 lyfe and whatnot! Cow...Hammertime! 15:14, 9 May 2012 (UTC)

Why do you censor me?[edit]

I have noticed that you censor me and comment on my statements often. Talsley (talk) 19:49, 8 June 2012 (UTC)

You're either an unfunny Poe or just a run-of-the-mill idiot. Either way, shoo. Cow...Hammertime! 19:51, 8 June 2012 (UTC)

final push for goats votes[edit]

GoatsforSterile.svg sterileGoatsforSterile.svgno new information 03:52, 27 June 2012 (UTC)

A fellow board game fan![edit]

W00t! Another board gamer!

Through the Ages rocks -- it's a true favorite of mine. And there's an iOS version under development. (There's already an iOS Rolling Through the Ages, which is a very simple dice based game. It's a good way to kill five-ten minutes.) MDB (the MD is for Maryland, the B is for Bear) 18:55, 23 July 2012 (UTC)

Yay! There are literally dozens of us! It started a few years ago with games of Catan or Ticket to Ride every once in a while; now I have an entire shelf dedicated to board games... it really is addicting to get new ones.
I really did like Through the Ages so far; I'm hoping to play an Advanced or Full game soon, though I need to block off like 4 hours of my time... It has all the stuff I like about eurogames: multiple paths to victory (I'm eyeballing you, Catan), moderate player interaction, and it has way more choices than most boardgames. Only complaint I have so far is that the artwork is terrible. Playing stuff like 7 Wonders and (most of) Dominion has spoiled me.
Next up on my list to buy is Eclipse, Mage Knight, or Lords of Waterdeep. Any recommendations? Cow...Hammertime! 19:06, 23 July 2012 (UTC)
I've not played any of those.
I've really enjoyed Martin Wallace's Automobile -- you play a car manufacturer in the early days of the automobile industry. And by early I mean early -- the Model T comes out about halfway through the game. Lots of choices to make, and you never have enough actions to do all the things you'd like to do.
Merchants and Marauders is a game where you play either a merchant (well, duh) or a pirate (aaaaarrrrrr, me hearties!) in the Caribbean during the Golden Age of Piracy. (Well, you can try both at once, but it's best to stick with one throughout the game.) Basic advice: it's easier to win as a merchant, but piracy is more fun. There's a "reality check" failure in that you always have perfect knowledge of what goods are in demand in a given port, and that doesn't seem to fit in a time without instantaneous communications. Still, though, great fun.
Since you liked Arkham Horror, have you tried FFG's Battlestar Galactica? Really captures the flavor of the TV series. It's a semi-cooperative game in that most of the players are humans... except one or two are Cylons, secretly, and working against you. Hee hee hee... I brought my boyfriend to a board gaming group where the game is regularly played, since he's a fan of the TV series. He was a Cylon and spent the entire game hosing me. And picked it up quick enough we didn't suspect him till late.
I'm not sure if it's still in print, but my old roommates and I nearly wore out my copy of Union Pacific. It's a railroad/stock market game.
Another one I've liked recently is Founding Fathers -- you get to write the US Constitution! It sounds like it's a diplomatic/political game, but it's really a bidding game with various historical figures giving you special abilities.
How's that for starters? I could go on... and on... and on... and on... MDB (the MD is for Maryland, the B is for Bear) 12:06, 24 July 2012 (UTC)
Those do sound pretty awesome; I'll have to take a look. I have been looking at Battlestar Galactica in particular. It looks like it'll be a longer version of The Resistance, which is pretty great because I love BSG and The Resistance. Thanks! Cow...Hammertime! 14:36, 25 July 2012 (UTC)

On Sci-Fi...[edit]

To save it getting lost in the hubbub of the SB, my take on the Stargate thing.

SG-1 and Atlantis are both products of blockbuster movies and old school episodic shows (original Star Trek) and therefore have a slow meta-plot punctuated by quick changes for the introduction of new large scale threats, such as a new System Lord or similar. I'm guessing, on what you've said, that you're still in the first five seasons of SG-1 and are dealing with some of the more turgid episodes of the Goa'uld arcs. It does get better than it is, the program to build human spacecraft for instance. By the time the writers realise that they need to adapt to the times and the benchmarks set by B5 and DS9 there's a significant increase in meta effort, but by this point the series has all but exhausted its character episodes which necessitates them bringing in two Farscape refugees as regular characters. Upsides, the coolness of the spaceships when we get them and the character of Ba'al (the last System Lord) who knows he isn't really a god, but does enjoy hamming the image up (in character, not acting) to the disdain of SG-1. Downsides, 10 seasons to watch if there's enough you don't like.

Atlantis is the best of the meta plot and the worst of the shitty dialogue and pointless episodes, for every one good episode/arc, you have to wade through three terrible ones. Upsides, a better initial meta-plot and AD Skinner from The X Files being the badass commander of an Earth spaceship when he becomes a regular guest star. Downsides, a lot of obvious refugee plot arcs from SG-1 and some awful character music chairs with people entering/leaving/being brought back.

Universe though, Universe is the best sci-fi show since B5. People hated it because it was slow and character drama heavy, they just wanted more Andromeda-style space opera with O'Neill's funny lines that they got used to. Imagine SG-1 and Atlantis being like the original BSG, ancient astronauts and a slow but steady meta-plot. Universe is like new BSG, lots of character based episodes, genuine peril, no quick fixes to problems that really would be a problem in space and, most importantly, the characters don't like each other. Universe got rid of the happy families approach of SG-1 and Atlantis which meant that there was plenty of conflict within the regulars (like B5 and the Roslin/Adama early arcs of new BSG) meaning there were compelling episodes that didn't require a two dimensional villain to go up against.

I rated Universe as equal to Game of Thrones, obviously within their respective genres. Here's the kicker though, there are lots of in-jokes or slight nods to the earlier Stargate series in Universe. I believe they explain everything so a first time viewer can understand, but haven't tested it as myself and everyone else I know that have seen Universe have also seen the other two. It also contains a lot of spoilers, like the Earth spacecraft and just because if you see them in Universe guest starring, you know they haven't died before. If you think you might get into SG-1 and be able to tolerate Atlantis, watch them in order. If you couldn't care less and want something darker and grittier, it might be better to just start Universe. -- Iscariot Andy Schlafly for Congress 2012! 18:26, 16 August 2012 (UTC)

I just want to say[edit]

I don't know who you are, but I love you. Your name made me smile like an idiot for five minutes. And for that, I thank you CowHammer--Token Conservative (talk) 22:16, 7 May 2013 (UTC)

Haha thanks! I've had this handle for about a decade now. I got it from a misheard name in Halo. When I found out it was actually Foehammer, I kept the funny-sounding name and have had it ever since. Cow...Hammertime! 17:59, 8 May 2013 (UTC)