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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 24, 2013, 02:40:47 AM

Quote from: Suitably Ironic Moniker on October 24, 2013, 01:04:09 AM

Think "The Wizard of Oz".

Still don't get it.
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hold that pose! (Looking at getting a new camera) on: October 23, 2013, 10:54:51 AM
Ok after getting a feel for a few different models, my wife and I both agreed we liked the Nikon best, so last night picked up the Nikon D5200 bundle from Costco, and now I plan to also pick up a fixed focal length lens as well.
3  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Star Wars: Edge of the Empire - Forum RPG on: October 16, 2013, 11:16:21 AM
Josiah begins tinkering at the engineering station to try and increase engine power.

1 Triumph, 2 success, 1 failure, 3 advantage, 2 threat.

4  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Star Wars: Edge of the Empire - Forum RPG on: October 15, 2013, 04:06:47 PM
2 Success, 4 Advantage, 2 Threat.
5  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Star Wars: Edge of the Empire - Forum RPG on: October 15, 2013, 03:25:38 PM
Tho, I will do my best to give you a bit more maneuverability, hopefully we won't need our weapons systems any time soon.

Once Josiah reroutes the weapon power, he will sit down at the engineering station to begin his work.
6  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Star Wars: Edge of the Empire - Forum RPG on: October 15, 2013, 02:21:18 PM
Josiah thinks for a few moments more and then changes his mind...pointing to one of the crew...You, get over here and hold the ship steady, I am going to go reroute power to the engines.  Everyone get your breathing masks on, we are gonna loose air in here for a bit.
7  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Star Wars: Edge of the Empire - Forum RPG on: October 15, 2013, 12:33:46 PM
After a moment of very deep thinking about the situation, Josiah makes the call..."Fine, dump some of the cargo.  It isn't any good to us if we melt right here and now!"
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hold that pose! (Looking at getting a new camera) on: October 14, 2013, 03:49:16 PM
Without knowing the answer....My natural inclination would be to assume that turning the lens clockwise would zoom in.
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hold that pose! (Looking at getting a new camera) on: October 14, 2013, 03:00:38 PM
So my wife was at Costco yesterday and got a feel for the Nikon D3200 and the Canon EOS Rebel T5i, she said she much preferred the feel of the Nikon, and the weight as it is a bit lighter than the Canon.  Sadly they didn't have any of the Pentax in stock.  I also managed to find a local camera shop, but they aren't open on Sunday, so going to try going this week to get more hands on if I can.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Star Citizen, space combat simulation game (Chris Roberts' latest) on: October 12, 2013, 06:17:15 PM

Quote from: Azhag on October 12, 2013, 06:05:04 PM

I guess I'm wondering whether there will be enough different in story, etc to jusify having two characters with essentially the same type of ship...

I am going off of this: Multiple Package Clarification in that my extra character will be used to create my own customized NPC crewman.
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Star Citizen, space combat simulation game (Chris Roberts' latest) on: October 12, 2013, 03:48:17 PM

Quote from: Azhag on October 12, 2013, 01:56:06 PM

Guess I'll probably upgrade to the LN... but that's it until I've actually played the game  Tongue

I went ahead and picked up the LN Package to get an extra character/npc to use at release.
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Star Citizen, space combat simulation game (Chris Roberts' latest) on: October 12, 2013, 12:26:43 PM

Quote from: Turtle on October 12, 2013, 11:52:04 AM

I'm having trouble remembering, how will the single player/co-op game work? You can setup your own private server right?

From my understanding that is correct.
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Star Citizen, space combat simulation game (Chris Roberts' latest) on: October 12, 2013, 11:10:18 AM

Quote from: Azhag on October 11, 2013, 08:46:37 PM

Real men fly the RSI Aurora.

Speaking of the Aurora, new commericial and the Aurora LN (Legionnaire) is up for sale on the store:

http://vimeo.com/76735257#at=0
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Star Citizen, space combat simulation game (Chris Roberts' latest) on: October 11, 2013, 07:00:41 PM
I believe Hornet variants and Aurora variants will be on sale soon.
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hold that pose! (Looking at getting a new camera) on: October 11, 2013, 12:43:38 PM
Unfortunately the only "camera stores" that are anywhere near me that I can find are things like Best Buy and Costco.  I would guess somewhere in town there might be a specialized shop, but I haven't found one yet.
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL 2013-14 Season on: October 10, 2013, 10:41:48 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on October 09, 2013, 11:30:12 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on October 09, 2013, 04:15:35 PM

Tomas Hertl with the goal of the year right here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMw4nksG7UQ


Just came to post this.  I mean holy shit what a goal.  And his 4th of the night, too!!!!

The real question is, what would Joe Thornton do if he scored 4 goals in a game?

http://deadspin.com/joe-thornton-on-the-proper-explicit-way-to-celebrate-a-1443563064
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hold that pose! (Looking at getting a new camera) on: October 10, 2013, 07:31:52 PM
So much to consider, I guess it is all pros and cons now.  The one thing I am seeing is that most everywhere if I want any lenses with the base body they seem to be the same lenses that Costco offers, but Costco has a better pricepoint.

I think the route I want to go is to get one of the bundles and then grab a fixed lens to round out the bundle as a starting point.  Now just a matter of picking a brand, I am still really tempted by the built in image stabilization and weatherproofing on the Pentax, but then feel like in the long run that could really limit me now that I am looking at the lens options out there.
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hold that pose! (Looking at getting a new camera) on: October 10, 2013, 12:58:08 PM
So after looking further at the Pentax lenses, they really are much more expensive...my biggest concern is the stability of my hands, and once I factor in that with Pentax it is built in to the body that changes the "picture".  For example Neither Canon or Nikon seems to have an image stabilized fixed 50mm focal length lens.  Now how big of an issue that is I don't know...I do know that on our old camera, any time I was taking a picture there was a 50% chance or more that the hand shake icon would show up.

Now if I am understanding aperture correctly...would it make sense that at long focal lengths it is just natural that the aperture is higher?
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hold that pose! (Looking at getting a new camera) on: October 10, 2013, 11:45:07 AM
Wonderpug, let me just say thank you very much for the detailed information, this is really helping me to make an educated decision.  So now looking back at the Costco bundles, I see why they may not be the best options.  Looking at the Canon bundle, the lenses have the same aperture as the Pentax, so while you are getting two lenses with the body and some nice accessories, the lenses are very run of the mill "generic" so to speak.
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hold that pose! (Looking at getting a new camera) on: October 10, 2013, 01:51:14 AM

Quote from: Rumpy on October 10, 2013, 01:39:07 AM

Out of curiosity, this is a picture taken with a P&S I had taken earlier this year:



Very nice, how far away were you from that bird?
21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hold that pose! (Looking at getting a new camera) on: October 10, 2013, 12:19:24 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on October 09, 2013, 11:09:32 PM

The second picture you can achieve with any camera, but depending on how much you love the blurry background of the first I may start trying to ward you away from those bundled lenses. 

What sort of lenses would I be looking at for that?  I am willing to buy an extra lense.
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hold that pose! (Looking at getting a new camera) on: October 09, 2013, 10:31:43 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on October 09, 2013, 09:16:24 PM

For family pics like your upcoming pumpkin patch shoot, how important/desirable is it to you to have the blurry background look like this:
Spoiler for Hiden:

Rather than having just about everything in focus like this:
Spoiler for Hiden:

I much prefer the first, although could see times where I would want the second.  The problem with my old camera would be that somehow it would have picked the tree in the background to focus on and everything else would have been blurry.
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hold that pose! (Looking at getting a new camera) on: October 09, 2013, 07:55:09 PM
Most of the photos I am looking to do aren't spur of the moment.  They would be intentionally planned...like next week when we take the kids to the pumpkin patch.  The point and shoot we had was one of the Nikon Coolpix series.  Many photos would turn out very dark, or blurred when the camera would invariably focus on the wrong object in the picture even though it looked correct on the viewscreen.
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hold that pose! (Looking at getting a new camera) on: October 09, 2013, 05:59:09 PM
To be honest I had no idea there was anything between a point and shoot and a DSLR when I asked the original question.
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hold that pose! (Looking at getting a new camera) on: October 09, 2013, 04:34:54 PM
Largest we would likely ever do is 8x10.

Online reviews for the Pentax are actually pretty good, now to read reviews on some of the other options in that price range.
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL 2013-14 Season on: October 09, 2013, 04:21:48 PM
I am a huge NHL fan, but I find discussing it on forums can be very dangerous.

So far this season I love the commitment to defense by the Penguins.  The addition of Jacques Martin to the coaching staff is already paying off big time.  It is amazing to watch the Pens actually collapse down in the defensive zone and take away rebounds.  In addition, while it is only 3 games, and it is the regular season, Fleury has looked much better so far.  He is being much more efficient in his movement.

Lastly Olli Maatta is an amazing young defenseman, the Pens have a really tough decision ahead of them.  They either need to make a trade to free up a permanent spot for him, or send him back to the London Knights due to his age.  Sadly juniors would be a wasted year for him, but he is not allowed to be assigned to the AHL.
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hold that pose! (Looking at getting a new camera) on: October 09, 2013, 03:36:57 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on October 09, 2013, 03:28:15 PM

One more morsel of food for thought: in the SLR world, the lens matters more than the camera body.  A fantastic lens on a really old, outdated body is without a doubt going to take better pictures than a top of the line body with a bottom barrel lens.  That's a big part of why Reemul turned his nose up at SLR users who never venture beyond the kit lens that came with their camera.  A lens like that is an ok place to start, but it does mean you miss out on a lot of what your camera can do.

I am noticing this when looking at add on lenses where they often cost more than the camera itself.

I am really starting to lean towards the Pentax, I know it may seem trivial, but the weather sealing is attractive to me...another question, how big of a deal is it that the Pentax is 16 Megapixels versus 18 on the Canon and 24 on the Nikon?
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hold that pose! (Looking at getting a new camera) on: October 09, 2013, 02:49:05 PM
One other issue/concern...I need something that can help with hand wobble...I don't have the steadiest of hands.
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hold that pose! (Looking at getting a new camera) on: October 09, 2013, 02:20:46 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on October 09, 2013, 02:02:44 PM

Quote from: Arkon on October 09, 2013, 01:50:47 PM

Thanks for the advice and differing opinions, it gives me a lot to think about.

It can be intimidating, to be sure.  But what kind of photography are you hoping to do?  That can really help hone you in on the right option.  You mentioned capturing memories of the kids better, is that the primary purpose?  Or do you want to get more into the 'artsy' side of photography?  If the latter to some degree, what kind of artsy stuff interests you?  Portraits?  Macro pics of flowers or bugs?  HDR? Landscape? Wildlife?  Are you just looking for "something that will take better pictures?"

I would say it is a pretty broad range, for example I love trying to take pictures of flowers and butterflies which with my point and shoot meant trying to get the camera just a few inches from the "subject".  I was able to go to Costa Rica for a week for work, and sadly I could never get the wildlife into focus, everything was just too far away for my point and shoot, or the camera would focus on the wrong portion of the image, such as a branch that was closer etc.  My wife loves taking all kinds of pictures of the kids.  We love going to the zoo and the wildflower reserve.  We went to Disney and while we got some OK pictures, it was the kids first time and we just missed so many of the memories because the pictures just didn't turn out.
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hold that pose! (Looking at getting a new camera) on: October 09, 2013, 02:11:57 PM
So I am doing some reading, but would love some more feedback...Can anyone help explain the sensor types?  I see on the Cannon models, they use APS-C sensors, where as I have seen reference to Full Frame, and then on Nikon they don't give it a name just says a size for example 23.5 mm x 15.6 mm CMOS Sensor.
31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hold that pose! (Looking at getting a new camera) on: October 09, 2013, 01:50:47 PM
Thanks for the advice and differing opinions, it gives me a lot to think about.
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hold that pose! (Looking at getting a new camera) on: October 08, 2013, 06:58:26 PM
So on our family vacation this summer, my wife managed to drop our cheapo point and shoot camera into the sand on the beach which has since made it that the camera can not zoom (sand has gotten between the "lens" and the body so it can't twist out.  We have talked for a long time about getting a nice camera so as to better capture memories as the kids grow up, and with my new job it seems now is as good a time as any to jump in.  I am looking at going with a DSLR.

Any recommendations out there on brand/model?  I am a huge fan of Costco and their return policy, so I am looking at their bundles and am expecting to come in between $800 and $1,000 (This is also a late birthday gift for myself).

I was considering one of the following but am open to suggestions:

Pentax k-50 Bundle
Canon EOS Rebel T5i

Obviously stepping up from a simple point and shoot means learning, but to be honest I could use a hobby, and something to push me to do more than just sit in front of my computer playing games.
33  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Star Wars: Edge of the Empire - Forum RPG on: October 03, 2013, 07:10:44 PM
We aren't throwing crewmen overboard Tho!  Do we have enough life support suits to reroute power from the ship life support systems to the engines?
34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Michael J. Fox show on: September 28, 2013, 02:18:36 AM
My wife and I loved both episodes, couldn't stop laughing.  They seem like a perfectly normal dysfunctional family, and to be honest I found his comments to be telling, that it wasn't that he had a crush on the neighbor, he was smitten by the fact that someone would find him attractive.
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Star Citizen, space combat simulation game (Chris Roberts' latest) on: September 27, 2013, 11:33:41 PM

Quote from: Destructor on September 27, 2013, 10:41:03 PM

Quote from: Ridah on September 26, 2013, 11:08:38 PM

The new video made me excited for the game for the first time:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0tLbWv5K60

It's the exact same videos shown before (short of some stuff from their recently released Hanger module) but with exciting music and such behind it. Tongue

Still excited about SC. Still looking forward to flying my 300i. biggrin

There is actually some other new stuff in there, mostly the atmospheric flight of the Aurora.
36  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Star Wars: Edge of the Empire - Forum RPG on: September 24, 2013, 07:56:47 PM
No way we are too heavy, this rust bucket has plenty of power!
37  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Star Wars: Edge of the Empire - Forum RPG on: September 24, 2013, 02:17:57 PM
Josiah looks at the various readouts, looking to see if there are any non critical systems he can reroute power from to give the engines a bit more juice.
38  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Star Wars: Edge of the Empire - Forum RPG on: September 23, 2013, 03:26:02 PM
Josiah rushes to the cockpit to see what is going on.

"Why can't anything around here be simple!"
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Star Citizen, space combat simulation game (Chris Roberts' latest) on: September 21, 2013, 06:20:16 PM
If anyone missed out on getting a Caterpillar and wants one, they are running a sale on them this weekend.
40  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Star Wars: Edge of the Empire - Forum RPG on: September 18, 2013, 09:08:01 PM
His curiosity satisfied for the moment, Josiah quickly rushes to the docking collar...

"Everyone to your positions, we gotta get out of here!  Tho can you disengage the docking collar while I plot a course out of here?"
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