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The Linguist

Member Since 07 Jul 2004
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#14169372 CAGcast #592: CaG Clan

Posted by The Linguist on 28 May 2019 - 09:35 PM

Does Cheapy really call acorns, "egg-corns"?


Yes, please address this on the next CAGcast. This word is a famous example of a kind of reanalysis that's actually very common in English (and other languages) where the make-up of a word is reconceived as deriving from something else. For the back story on this word and others, check out: http://eggcorns.lascribe.net 

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Posted by The Linguist on 06 March 2019 - 02:12 AM

So I have a funny bug on Crackdown where the enemies don't move their legs when running around. Anyone else get this? It carries over from load to load also.


Yeah I've seen this. They move like electric football players (the old school buzzing board kind). It's not a constant thing but seems to pop up in fire fights.

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Posted by The Linguist on 27 December 2018 - 06:42 PM

Got the $5 e-mail last night but the offer was expired already (30 minutes after I received it).


Same thing happened to me.

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Posted by The Linguist on 19 December 2018 - 03:55 PM

Definitely check out the movies too, if you like spaghetti westerns. Think Blazing Saddles without as much Mel Brooks-style raunchiness and fourth wall breaks. And Ennio Morricone--who inspired Kubrick to let music define scenes in all of his greatest movies--wrote a good number of their songs.


Pretty sure you can watch the Trinity trilogy on Youtube for free. Probably their best movies. Surprised they were brought back as a game, to be honest.


EDIT: Here's My Name Is Nobody with Henry Fonda -




Another Morricone classic, famous from Will Forte locker room skit on SNL : 

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Posted by The Linguist on 28 November 2018 - 01:47 AM

Finally got the last punch on the Game Pass punch card. The October games one was the hold-out. I ended up playing 5 different games (Split/Second, Lego Indy, Metro 2033, Shantae, Outlast) for an achievement or two in order to get the damn thing to count. I'm still having nightmares about Outlast (and Shantae). 

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Posted by The Linguist on 25 November 2018 - 02:36 AM

Finally got thru the Bad Lands; seems like it was only counting about every other Live login toward the 20. Thanks to posters in this thread for the heads-up about finding the Game Pass reward in the Redeem section.

#14086133 XBL Deals - 2018

Posted by The Linguist on 20 November 2018 - 02:48 AM

If you have Game Pass, I recommend checking out Rime. I booted it up just to get an achievement for the punchcard and ended up playing the whole thing. It's not a long game, like 6 hours or so. It def takes some inspiration from Ico but thankfully no helpless companion along for the ride. Puzzles are fun though not super challenging. Platforming isn't frustrating cuz you always respawn more or less right where you died. 

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Posted by The Linguist on 04 November 2018 - 05:39 PM

Joined Game Pass (for 3 months at least) and decided to start with Halo MCC. I thought I'd just check out the first level of CE to see how the updated graphics look, but now I'm 6 levels in. Anyway, once again I'm struck by how much variety they packed into the game for the time and by how bad the Forerunners were at architecture.

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Posted by The Linguist on 26 September 2018 - 02:48 AM

Are there any repercussions for letting my Xbl subscription lapse? I'm about 1k short from cashing in the 12 month reward on Bing and won't make it by October 1st.


Are you sure you can't get 1K points in time? I earn 440 a day just doing the 3 things on the browser dashboard and the bing searches (on my laptop (150 points) and phone (100 points)).

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Posted by The Linguist on 04 June 2017 - 04:25 AM

Microsoft Rewards has a "hot deal" on XBL gold: 3 months for 9600 points. I think that's a pretty good discount. I just "spent" 15000 for 3 months. You have until the end of June to earn the 9600 points. If you don't get there, you can earn 1 month for 4900 points.

#13722575 XBL Deals - DwG: Transformers, Dead Space 2/3, 360 Watch_Dogs DLC, more | S...

Posted by The Linguist on 24 May 2017 - 03:40 AM

Anyone else having trouble accessing the Microsoft rewards site?

#12440881 Apple iOS (iPhone, iPod, iPad) -- Ongoing Sales

Posted by The Linguist on 25 January 2015 - 04:33 AM

As Wario64 notes, FRAMED is free:

#12169722 PSN Heroine Flash Sale: $2.25 Mirror's Edge, $5 Portal 2, and M...

Posted by The Linguist on 19 October 2014 - 01:03 AM

I only just now realized this was a "heroine" sale and not a "heroin" sale. I thought maybe all the games featured white horses or something.

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Posted by The Linguist on 03 July 2014 - 04:28 AM



If you grabbed the new PS+ games, they'll have an expiration date next to them on the account page that is when your PS+ sub expires.

Thanks, Frisky and Laundrymatt too. This works but what a weird way of handling this. Seems like the kind of thing that they'd want you to have access to in your account profile.

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Posted by The Linguist on 29 December 2013 - 07:15 AM

Decided to get Skyrim: LE guide. Maybe it will inspire me to actually play the game.