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August 15[edit]

Racing game based on the same engine as the 2000 RTS Sacrifice by Shiny[edit]


Around the year 2000 or 2001, I remember having caught a glimpse in some TV show of an off road racing game based upon the same engine used by the game Sacrifice the 2000 RTS made by Shiny Entertainment. Any help in identifying that game would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

04:56, 15 August 2014 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Gulielmus estavius (talkcontribs)

Nathan For You[edit]

Are the people in the show - outside of Nathan - genuine, or are they also actors? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:57, 15 August 2014 (UTC)

Our article at Nathan for You as well as the IMDB [1] page seem to indicate that they are "real" small businesses, and "real" ordinary people working at them. That does not preclude, however, that some lines may be scripted ahead of shooting the scenes. SemanticMantis (talk) 20:14, 15 August 2014 (UTC)
You are better at reading than I am. Thanks! (talk) 07:19, 16 August 2014 (UTC)

Martial Arts in "Wolfman" (2010)[edit]

Dear all.

Does anyone know, which martial arts are used in the movie "Wolfman" (2010)? There is a scene, where Anthony Hoplins fights against Benicio del Toro with a cane. Is this "canne de combat" (french martial art) or Escrima (filipino martial art)?

Thank you for your answers All the best. Yours very truly-- (talk) 18:52, 15 August 2014 (UTC)

Haven't seen the movie, but if there's no character backstory explaining his training, one scene with a few moves will be hard to pin to an entire discipline. Tried a bit of Googling for the scene, found these two fighting as werewolves. There, they used a style called "moves that look cool, but wouldn't work in real life". I'd assume it's the same for the cane fighting scene. A hodgepodge of whatever moves the choreographer thinks convey the right attitude (and fit into the pacing of the show), without any necessary rhyme, rhythm or underlying discipline. Something like professional wrestling, but with multiple camera cuts and stunt doubles. InedibleHulk (talk) 20:52, August 15, 2014 (UTC)
Saw it close to release date, so it's been awhile. Perhaps someone has access to the DVD extras where they discuss stunts. From the Amazon description [2]: "The Wolfman Unleashed -- The team behind the stunt and action units shares with us the physical challenges of bringing The Wolfman to life, including the climatic werewolf battle at Talbot Hall." El duderino (abides) 08:59, 16 August 2014 (UTC)

August 16[edit]

Law & Order Season 10 Episode 5: Justice[edit]

August 17[edit]

Add a picture[edit]

I need to uployed my pics how can I do it please help yerrys chryssos greek pop singer — Preceding unsigned comment added by Terrys chryssos (talkcontribs) 08:42, 17 August 2014 (UTC)

I added a header to separate your new question from the one above. There is a "Upload file" link in the toolbox (on the left). You will need to be autoconfirmed to be able to do that. However, if this is to simply upload a picture of yourself in order to promote your singing career, please don't - Wikipedia is not an appropriate venue for promotion of singers. Astronaut (talk) 11:03, 17 August 2014 (UTC)

Articles on the recent trend of major game engines becoming affordable for indies[edit]

Major game engines used by AAA titles have been starting to be licensed at rates that encourage use by indies, startups and hobbyists. This trend seems to have mostly started with UDK and Unity (there were others earlier without much uptake), and recently blown up with UE4 and Crytek being added to the mix. Does anyone know of any articles, especially those backed by any sort of research, talking about the effects this has had on the industry and specifically the independent games industry? There doesn't seem to be much on Wikipedia about it (or I've missed it), and I can't seem to find anything anywhere else. -- Consumed Crustacean (talk) 19:37, 17 August 2014 (UTC)

Here's a blurb from Penny Arcade last year that agrees with you, saying that Unity has been "fueling the indie gaming boom." I don't think you'll find much if any academic research on the topic yet. There might be marketing research, but that tends to be done by big companies, not little indie devs... SemanticMantis (talk) 14:49, 18 August 2014 (UTC)

Identify the song![edit]

I'm looking for the title and artist of an Italian language song. I think it is, possibly, from the 1980s or 1990s (that is to say not new, but not that old) and the title is something like "The Boys" or similar (in Italian), and it is voiced by a female singer with a strong and somewhat hoarse voice. It was not obscure but rather well known back then I think. Does any one now the answer? Thank you!-- (talk) 22:44, 17 August 2014 (UTC)

Don't know, but here's boy (and similar) in Italian. Might help someone's search. InedibleHulk (talk) 23:24, August 17, 2014 (UTC)
Well, strong hoarse voice automatically brought Gianna Nannini to mind, so my guesses are "Ragazzo Dell'Europa" from Latin Lover (1982) or "Vieni Ragazzo" from G. N. (1981). Both songs can also be heard on the live album Tutto Live (1985) and on the compilation album Maschi e Altri (1987). ---Sluzzelin talk 23:36, 17 August 2014 (UTC)
Gianna Nannini was the artist, yes! Thanks to that I have managed to find the song: it was I maschi! Thank you very much!-- (talk) 11:35, 18 August 2014 (UTC)
And of course "I maschi" is a better translation of "The Boys" than either of my suggestions. Despite being in the title of one of the albums I listed, I didn't notice it there. ---Sluzzelin talk 19:16, 18 August 2014 (UTC)

August 18[edit]

Not entirely unlike The Dove[edit]

I'm trying to remember a movie I saw many, many years ago. At first I thought it was The Dove, since the plot involved a man hitting the high seas and spending much of the movie, there. I even remembered that title, but judging from our plot synopsis I think I might be confusing two different movies. The movie I am thinking of features a main character (white), and the inciting incident that gets him out on the water is his accidental stabbing of his friend (black). The white character and the black character were in a kitchen together preparing food; I think it was at the black character's home, but it may have been in a restaurant setting. As the white character is holding a knife, a door opens behind him, causing him to fall forward and (don't run with scissors, kids) accidentally stab the black character. The door was opened, I think, by the black character's mother or grandmother, and she understandably freaks out, since from her perspective she didn't see an accidental stabbing, but what looked like a deliberate act.

The main character flees, believing his friend to be dead. He takes a boat and sails for quite a while, and it's here that my memory gets fuzzy, and I remember only the bare outlines of the plot. In the end, the main character returns home; he finds out that his friend survived the stabbing, and all is forgiven. The movie seemed to be from around the same era as The Dove, and I'm struggling to figure out why I either conflated the two movies in my memory, or why such an important plot point as the stabbing would be omitted from our article. Any help? Evan (talk|contribs) 15:39, 18 August 2014 (UTC)

Guardians of the Galaxy - Awesome Mix Tape #2[edit]


I saw the movie over the weekend. What was the song played in the movie on the Awesome Mix Tape #2 (not #1)? A Quest For Knowledge (talk) 17:57, 18 August 2014 (UTC)

According to Slate, the two songs heard from Awesome Mix Tape #2 are Ain't No Mountain High Enough by Marvin Gaye and I Want You Back by the The Jackson 5. Matt Deres (talk) 03:26, 19 August 2014 (UTC)
Thanks! A Quest For Knowledge (talk) 22:13, 19 August 2014 (UTC)

Pretty popular Movie from early 1980s[edit]

This was a somewhat popular movie from around 1984. I saw it on an airline flight and later it was on TV a couple of times. A woman wins a vacation to France, something to do with a subscription to a murder mystery magazine or something like that. She gets there and somehow gets knocked in the head where she thinks shes actually in the mystery as the main character. There was a train scene where she grabs some woman and says "I always catch my man, even when he's a woman!" and tries to rip off her wig. I think a romance as well with a French policeman, but not sure. Its been many years...anyone know this film? -OberRanks (talk) 21:09, 18 August 2014 (UTC)

American Dreamer. --Jayron32 21:25, 18 August 2014 (UTC)
Awesome! Thank you!! -OberRanks (talk) 22:31, 18 August 2014 (UTC)
I don't think it was very popular. It only made $5 million, and I bet it cost more than that to make. Looking at the movie poster, I can see why it might have lost money. Despite being hand drawn, both the main characters look downright ugly, even discounting 80's style. And people don't normally go to see movies starring all ugly people. What were they thinking, in going with that poster ? StuRat (talk) 14:20, 19 August 2014 (UTC)

August 19[edit]

Cartoons from 70 years ago[edit]

I am looking for two cartoons from 70 or more years ago.

  • The first - possibly a Bugs Bunny cartoon - finishes with a parody of the Bob Hope movie The Princess and the Pirate. Viz., the cartoon ends with a sudden very bad turn of events for the "hero" (Bugs?), as he desparately and vainly tries to stop the final screen credits from rolling.
  • The second is a parody of Abbott and Costello, featuring rwo mice in a department store.Bh12 (talk) 12:31, 19 August 2014 (UTC)
The first one I'm not sure about. The second one would be an appearance by "Babbit and Catstello", who appeared as cats in A Tale of Two Kitties (which was also Tweety's debut), as mice in A Tale of Two Mice and The Mouse-Merized Cat and as dogs in Hollywood Canine Canteen. ←Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? carrots→ 13:03, 19 August 2014 (UTC)
First one may be Rabbit Punch. Matt Deres (talk) 13:42, 19 August 2014 (UTC)

I went and saw all the suggested cartoons, but none of them are what I seek. But I did have a good time. Thanks!!Bh12 (talk) 02:04, 20 August 2014 (UTC)

I recommend that you walk through the plots given for the various cartoons in the classic Warner list (many of which have articles here) and see if anything looks familiar. ←Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? carrots→ 08:53, 20 August 2014 (UTC)

I'm looking for an episode of ER[edit]


I'm trying to identify an episode of ER in which Dr. Carter supposedly gave his own blood to a patient. I could be wrong though, it could be something else or maybe it wasn't Dr. Carter because I've searched plenty for


and all kinds of variations of it and didn't find it. It's not Carter's Choice.

Starfsmanna (talk) 18:12, 19 August 2014 (UTC)

Are you sure it isn't Carter's Choice? I've read several synopses, and that sounds like the only match I can find. --Jayron32 19:30, 19 August 2014 (UTC)

In Carter's Choice he gave the patient's lost blood back to the patient. What I'm looking for is when he gave his own blood to a patient. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Starfsmanna (talkcontribs) 19:34, 19 August 2014 (UTC)

Can someone help identify this song?[edit]

Can someone help identify the song used in this YouTube video from the beginning of the video to about 4 minutes 20 seconds into the video. I tried the obvious (searching for the bits of lyrics I could make out "save me", "come and rescue me", etc. but no luck). Any help appreciated. Please ping me (@Basemetal:). Thanks. Contact Basemetal here 18:24, 19 August 2014 (UTC)

@Basemetal: It's "The Wolf" by Felxprod, with vocals by Thallie Ann Seenyen. We don't have articles on any of those, but you can find the song on Spotify, YouTube, and most music services. --Jayron32 20:28, 19 August 2014 (UTC)
Thank you. How did you manage to find out so quickly? Contact Basemetal here 10:05, 20 August 2014 (UTC)
I have a little utility on my smart phone that lets you play a song, and it identifies the song for you. It's like Shazam (service), but came free with the phone. I think it's tied to Google Now somehow. --Jayron32 12:45, 20 August 2014 (UTC)

August 20[edit]

Music myth[edit]

I would like to know if anyone can explain the origin of the myth that F major is the hardest key to sing in. Does anyone know where this myth began?? Georgia guy (talk) 00:29, 20 August 2014 (UTC)

This ain't really gonna answer your question but take a look at this You may be right it is a myth but the people who posted in that thread, who are choral directors and so on, seem to believe that it is not. In any case you could try to contact one of them and ask them. Contact Basemetal here 19:48, 20 August 2014 (UTC)
Speaking as one who knows next to nothing about music theory... C major would be the classic "simple" key, right? (No sharps or flats on the staff.) Being a major key, it would have the usual "do-re-mi-fa-so-la-ti-do" structure. And if it's F major, then "do-re-mi..." starts on F instead of C, right? So why would it be so hard to sing do-re-mi in F major as opposed to C major? ←Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? carrots→ 20:36, 20 August 2014 (UTC)
Well if you're right, then a lot of songs would be in that simple key. But F major would mean that vocalists have to pitch their voice five semitones up (or seven semitones down). People used to C major and songs around there might find F major significantly more difficult. But that really doesn't explain why F# Major is given as the toughest to sing... ~Helicopter Llama~ 21:08, 20 August 2014 (UTC)
Being too high-pitched occurred to me, but that would be more true for G than for F, I should think. And is it F major, or F-sharp major? ←Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? carrots→ 21:16, 20 August 2014 (UTC)
(for what it's worth, no good reference) It's F major, and it has to do with how the root harmony (F major) is voiced among the soprano, altos, tenors, basses etc in a mixed choir. The fact that this is about choirs is relevant, because it's about the quality of sung intervals and chords in harmony. Even if the alleged problems applied, say, to only 30% of all singers, you will hear the difference in a large group, while you might hear it less in solo or small ensemble performances. (even if the 30% choose not to sing, you'd still hear the difference).
For example, most amateur basses in choirs can sing a smooth voluminous low G, but some will struggle with the F, the chord's root note {tonic), most often given to the basses for the composition's final chord, for example. The struggling might result in a different timbre, or even in a tendency to intonate it sharp. Similarly, it is said that F major's chord notes often lie in the area where the vocal register changes for a number of female choir members (see passaggio) which (again for some of the non-professionals) might result in flat intonation. All together this can lead to a thin-sounding, or, worse, to a clashing chord, which is particularly ugly when it's what is supposed be the music's tonal center, and also the sound that will linger in your ears after the music stops.
That's the theory I've heard, I don't have any good reference beyond forums, and I've heard choir leaders say it's rubbish. ---Sluzzelin talk 21:45, 20 August 2014 (UTC)
It's not and there is no key that can be said to be the "hardest" to sing in. The range of the melody is more important. Many untrained singers cannot easily sing a melody whose range exceeds an octave. For example, The Star-Spangled Banner is often thought of as being hard to sing because of its larger-than-average range of an octave and a fifth, while Mary Had A Little Lamb may be considered "easier" because of its limited range of only a fifth. In the original Broadway production of The Sound of Music, the song Do-Re-Mi has a melody that starts and ends on the tonic note of C, with a range of an octave. This may be comfortable for many singers, but the melody of Amazing Grace, if sung in the same key of C-major, actually lies lower in pitch because the range goes from G to G, rather than C to C. --Thomprod (talk) 01:29, 21 August 2014 (UTC)

Late 90's isometric shooter game for the PC.[edit]

Hi all,

I am trying to recollect the name of a PC game I played many years go, but sadly has forgotten the name of. The game must be from late 90s or early 2000s, since that is when I was playing it, and graphics of the game surely was of that era. It was an isometric shooter, with the main character being a sort of robotic vehicle that zooms around and shoots where you click. The vehicle/ character would be the same size a single unit in an RTS, say Command and Conquer:Red Alert. The setting was a futuristic city outdoors set out with really flat terrain, with streets and small buildings. One of the weapons that was available to be used was a gatling gun. The only thing I faintly remember is that the game or its tag line somewhere had the word "virus" in it. Much googling has failed to bring up any further clues. Perhaps it was an obscure port of some console game. Any hint/ info will be much appreciated.

Thanks Gulielmus estavius (talk) 15:05, 20 August 2014 (UTC)

You might take a look at our list of third-person shooters (which is sortable by release date and platform, among other criteria) and see if anything jumps out at you. The only such game on our list with the word "virus" in its title is this one, which was released in your stated timeframe; though the gameplay description doesn't seem to match at all. Good hunting. ☯.ZenSwashbuckler.☠ 15:52, 20 August 2014 (UTC)
Streets, small buildings and a gatling gun ? That sounds like one of the Syndicate games
Possibly Syndicate wars: the in-game story was that a computer virus - "Harbinger" - had infected various technology, including the mind-control implants used by each faction. (talk) 16:55, 20 August 2014 (UTC)
The game I was thinking of is neither Syndicate wars nor the virus game mentioned above, but going through the list of 3rd person shooters, I find something resembling to what I had played: Future Cop: LAPD, but only I find the game I remember having played was having a small hovertank type of vessel or craft as the players unit, instead of a walking robot, and also the unit movement in the isometric view much more smoother and better done. Also it had a lot of barrels and crates to be shot up for powerups. And the city setting was a lot more industrial, with lots of tubing and boiler type of structures, and generally better graphics than Future Cop. Gulielmus estavius (talk) 17:39, 20 August 2014 (UTC)

August 21[edit]

Clarissa Explains It All (tv series)[edit]

Clarissa's a hot chick better without Make-Up, etc. Although this TV series was Produce a Long Time ago, does Anybody recall Watching an Episode about Clarissa boxing?( (talk) 00:05, 21 August 2014 (UTC)).

Wikipedia has an article titled List of Clarissa Explains It All episodes. It doesn't seem to indicate her boxing as a major plot point in any episodes. Perhaps you confused this series with another Melissa Joan Hart series, such as Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (TV series). --Jayron32 00:16, 21 August 2014 (UTC)

Maybe, is it Possible that an Episode showed Clarissa imagining about Herself competing in a Boxing Match? During Sabrina Teenage Witch (tv series), does Anybody recall an Episode about Sabrina boxing? I thought that Melissa was supposed to be Boxing & Kissing towards the Camera. Was there a TV program about High-School Students consisting of a Boy & Girl are Next-Door Neighbors? Their friends were wrestling infront of Boys & Girls. One episode probably showed a Short Scene about Boxing.( (talk) 01:05, 21 August 2014 (UTC)).

I know I used to see her box in my imagination. But now, the more mature answer is that Clarissa imagined a ton of stuff. Quite likely there's a scene about boxing (a common metaphor for many struggles), even though there may not have been a plot about her becoming a boxer. InedibleHulk (talk) 18:11, August 21, 2014 (UTC)