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41  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 18, 2014, 05:03:51 PM
I went with my work address so I hope to have my 6 by Monday or so.  icon_smile

I installed iOS8 on my 5 yesterday. While I like most of the changes (not sure why it took 7 years to finally have a timer option on the camera  icon_razz), I am experiencing some general sluggishness. Wondering if they optimized it for the 6/6 Plus's processor and didn't spend enough time trying it on other iPhone models?
42  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Gauntlet on: September 18, 2014, 05:55:19 AM
Next Tuesday. A Steam pal gifted it - I got him Grim Dawn in return.  icon_smile Maybe see some of ya in there next week.

Really sounds like a blast and I've only seen or read rave things from those who played it, was a big hit at PAX Prime as a contest game.

Few tidbits:
-4 players are not required, and I've seen some entertaining footage of folks playing it solo or with 2 or 3 players.
-Since all the footage has been local co-op afik, not really clear on the online play. Not sure if it's game browser, auto-matching, etc.

-While all footage to date has been via XBox 360 controller, folks who have played it confirmed it's w,a,s,d keys and mouse for keyboard/mouse users.
-Apparently some folks are displeased with how the game uses the right control stick on the controller vs. how some other arcade shooter type games work.

Gamespot guys are pretty um annoying but they posted a pretty cool gameplay vid from the 2nd level (or, 2nd door, whatever it is?):

Four Player Gauntlet - The Lobby

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTvKlWgjXzY
43  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Door Kickers on: September 16, 2014, 04:31:10 PM
While I haven't played this in some time, the replay feature is awesome, esp. the ability to step back in at any time while viewing a replay and play from that point. It's a great training tool ability. And yet, I still suck at the game.  icon_smile
44  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ex-Titan Quest Developers working on a new game: Grim Dawn on: September 15, 2014, 06:22:36 PM
Meant to mention, per some dev updates, Arcanist spellcaster class/mastery (fifth and final for release afik; gun-focused Vigilante seems to have been dropped at this point) is up next. While I'm not sure of ETA, I've already started getting Arcanist-specific loot items in game. It should appeal to fans of D3's Wizard and D2's Sorceress. Reading the skills list reminds me of a mix of those, to some extent.

Crafting is in the game too now, I haven't really explored it yet.

Arcanist: Part I
http://www.grimdawn.com/forums/showthread.php?t=16199
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“To Arcanists, the manifestation of magic is not some unexplainable mystery or the will of the gods, but a science meant to be unraveled. This pursuit of knowledge drives all Arcanists, always eager to discover a new technique to make their namesake. Arcanists warp Aetherial and elemental energy to their will, creating devastating demonstrations of power that rival small armies. However, such raw force leaves little in terms of defense.”

Arcanists are masters of the elements as well as the raw force of magic that forms the mysterious Aether. They manifest this power through anything ranging from trivial weapon enchantments to rays of pure destructive energy. Though Arcanists may have a few tricks up their sleeves to ensure their survival, the primary focus of their spell-work is in obliterating their enemies before they even need to resort to such tactics.
Arcanist: Part II
http://www.grimdawn.com/forums/showthread.php?t=16505
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While it's pretty stable, I did have a couple crashes during lengthy play sessions Friday and Saturday. I submitted crash reports and brief notes via the reporting utility that's built in.

MP seems pretty stable if you can join a game. Had a really fun PUG game Saturday evening with 4 people. While the people joining said they had good pings connecting to my game, my own frame rate was a bit struggling at times.

The Torment tomb stuff gets pretty crazy and apparently you eventually reach areas where personal rifts (teleports) aren't allowed. So once you die, you can't get back in there, I guess on that particular instance.

I would say one key drawback of the lack of a central bnet-type server (beyond security) is you can't "hand off" hosting of the game. If the host leaves, the game drops and everyone's kicked out. So when I died on the Torment tomb stuff I just chatted with the others and agreed to keep hosting the session until they said they were done.

I'm not sure everyone you meet will be so goody two shoes thoughtful.  icon_smile So if you're doing the Torment type stuff, I would probably make sure the host is committed to sticking around even if he croaks.

I'd estimate right now with Acts 1, 2 and the early part of Smuggler's Trail (some pretty crazy, screen filling size trolls at that point), you can probably get into the mid-upper 20s just doing the content that's there now. And then I guess people are doing the Torment stuff over and over, or just starting Veteran difficulty games.
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btw, I belatedly realized yesterday just how awesome Nightblade mastery blade is. Diablo II Barbarian fans should enjoy its dual wielding-ness but its spinning knives skills/animations are real showstoppers imho, never get tired of watching them.  icon_cool While the Nightblade mastery doesn't have too many defensive buffs you can hybrid to another set for that or else just revel into wading into large groups and eviscerating them.  icon_twisted

http://grimcalc.com/GrimCalc?Class1=Nightblade&Class2=Nope
-No leap attack but Shadow Strike lets you zip quickly to a target. It's sort of a riff on the Soldier's Blitz skill.
-Ring of Steel is awesome for chopping up adjacent targets, and has a cool visual.
-Blade Barrier (similar visual to Ring of Steel but the spinning blades animation stays in place a few secs) is a shield that buys some time if you need a break.

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While I love Demolitionist and have been focusing on working all the way up that mastery tree, I do find that when I'm playing with player types that do more straight ahead damage (rather than me tossing grenades and flame emitting traps), sometimes I feel they don't need me around at times.
http://grimcalc.com/GrimCalc?Class1=Demolitionist&Class2=Nope

I got to try the Thermite Mine skill yesterday, which drops a clump of three pyrotechnic charges that shoot sky high vertical jet flames when enemies approach. Some of the enemy AI actually runs away from these things, which may or may not be a good thing in a given situation.  icon_smile
45  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ex-Titan Quest Developers working on a new game: Grim Dawn on: September 13, 2014, 12:40:27 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on September 13, 2014, 04:13:31 AM

I doubt anyone plays this but I'll set up a game tonight anyway, and pretend it's the gold old days.  icon_smile

I recommend filtering out at least "full" games in the game browser, and that'll make the list easier to look through.

Name: GT Forum game
Password: ronb

I'm using an L12 character, still a bit shy of some waypoints in Act I.
That was so popular (not), I'm doing it again this morning. L15 or 16 now.  retard
46  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ex-Titan Quest Developers working on a new game: Grim Dawn on: September 13, 2014, 04:13:31 AM
I doubt anyone plays this but I'll set up a game tonight anyway, and pretend it's the gold old days.  icon_smile

I recommend filtering out at least "full" games in the game browser, and that'll make the list easier to look through.

Name: GT Forum game
Password: ronb

I'm using an L12 character, still a bit shy of some waypoints in Act I.
47  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 12, 2014, 11:53:58 AM
fwiw, I ordered a 128GB iPhone 6 this morning via Apple Store. Probably overkill -- I still have about 10-12GB on my 64GB iPhone 5 most of the time. But I'm turning in my 5 and a 4th gen iPod Touch for about $220 or so, and not into streaming as much as other smarter, hipper folks.  retard

Also a black silicone case though those aren't supposed to ship until October. Should be in stores Sept. 19 but I'm thinking I really don't want to deal with the mess at Apple stores then.  icon_smile

The 6 Plus is apparently already back ordered (or maybe low supply) on the 64GB and 128GB models, AppleInsider was reporting 3-4 week waits:
http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/09/12/apples-iphone-6-and-iphone-6-plus-now-available-for-preorder-
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Update 2: The Online Apple Store returned to service at around 2:45 a.m. Pacific, nearly three hours after partner carriers began accepting preorders. The store is reflecting low supply of iPhone 6 Plus units, with most 16GB models shipping in 7 to 10 days, while 64GB and 128GB versions are showing 3 to 4 weeks ship-by dates. iPhone 6 stock appears to be holding steady at this time.
I can certainly see the Plus's appeal (rez, optical camera stabilization, dual pane on certain apps), I just like keeping mine in my shirt pocket without sticking out like a gun barrel so I'll be happy to remain that way.  icon_smile I'll certainly be keen to read impressions later from folks who go the Plus route.
48  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Captain America: The Winter Soldier confirmed on: September 11, 2014, 05:06:18 PM
fwiw, I went ahead and got this in standard def on iTunes and watched it on my iPad Air last night. I only planned to watch a little but still watched it all the way through.  icon_smile I will say I had more unadulterated fun with Guardians of the Galaxy (saw 3 times) -- but I feel really invested in Cap's characters. While it's been a really erratic movie year, I'm still fondest of those two. I hope to rent Godzilla soon.

I will belatedly agree that Black Widow's complexion looks a bit weird at times -- I think this is more a lighting decision than Scarlett needing to visit a tanning salon.  icon_razz And I still find it weird that Chris Evans suddenly seems to have this almost greyish complexion late in the movie when he makes a clothing switch. What's up with that? Doesn't bother me -- just maybe jumped out at me more when watching this on my iPad close up.  icon_smile

The Russo brothers said they're over the moon happy with the script for Cap 3, and that fans would be ecstatic when they can finally reveal the movie title on that. It's supposed to be soonTM.

I know the Red Skull's not returning (Hugo Weaving has said in interviews he wasn't really pleased with his character in Cap 1, doubt he'd re-up). Maybe M.O.D.O.K. and AIM? I mean, I assume Winter Soldier and Crossbones (Rumlow) will be in 3, just if the title is supposed to make us fans tickle, I'd think it'd have to be something bigger and something connected to the comic's longtime history.

Evans has clarified in interviews he's still very happy playing the character, and told an interviewer, don't be so quick to assume Steve Rogers would be killed off due to Evans' 6-movie Marvel deal or wanting to follow comics scribe Brubaker's storylines. Even if that were to happen, it would seem more likely to happen in an Avengers 3 (due out after Cap 3). Maybe he'd be more like a MLB free agent and after his long term contract runs out would want to go "one movie at a time" after that, as seems to be the case with Downey Jr. now.

btw, the Russo brothers and supposedly Joe Johnston (Cap 1 director) are supposed to direct some episodes of the Agent Carter TV series. Johnston's under contract for one more Marvel production, and I wonder if directing one TV episode would fulfill that?
49  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 10, 2014, 05:20:34 PM
For "pocket testing," folks might find this guy's PDF drawings useful:
http://photos.appleinsider.com/iPhone6_preorder_picker.pdf
*I was surprised the 5.5" Plus still fits in my pocket but it does jut up quite a bit (maybe an inch or so).

5C is only available as an 8GB "free with 2 year contract" model
5S is now only in 16 ($99) and 32GB ($149) models

For 6/6 Plus, they dropped the 32GB model and added a 128GB model so choices are 16, 64 and 128GB. I may go for the latter just to match my iPad Air. As always the GB numbers are a joke -- my 128GB iPad's really maybe 114GB; I've used up about 71GB to date.
50  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 09, 2014, 10:26:09 PM
Guess nobody cares anymore but....

http://www.apple.com/iphone-6/

http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/09/09/first-look-hands-on-with-the-new-iphone-6-iphone-6-plus-featuring-apple-pay-and-reachability
51  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Teaching kids about on-line safety - I thought I had more time! on: September 04, 2014, 05:46:02 PM
I guess spending parents' money is separate from online safety, but this still made me think of this thread.  icon_smile

Google to Refund Consumers at Least $19 Million to Settle FTC Complaint It Unlawfully Billed Parents for Children’s Unauthorized In-App Charges
FTC Order Requires Google to Change its Mobile App Billing Practices to Ensure Consumers’ Consent is Obtained Before Charges Levied
FOR RELEASE

http://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2014/09/google-refund-consumers-least-19-million-settle-ftc-complaint-it?utm_source=govdelivery

I'm an old fart, and so this kind of thing was never an issue when I was growing up in the 1970s. Maybe once or twice I begged my mom or dad to write a small check so I could order something by mail. Such simple times.  icon_smile
52  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ex-Titan Quest Developers working on a new game: Grim Dawn on: August 31, 2014, 02:51:50 PM
Co-op multiplayer arrives! (addendum: PVP too, it's an option when you set up an MP game)
http://steamcommunity.com/app/219990/discussions/0/34096318787624648/
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Build 20
With the release of Build 20, you may now host and join multiplayer sessions in Grim Dawn! Please be aware that this feature is still being improved upon so while it is playable enough to be fun, it is very likely that you will encounter performance issues, crashes, and bugs. As always, please post your findings here.

Enjoy!

[Major New Features]

    Multiplayer is now available! You can now host and join multiplayer games via Steam.
    
Note that this is feature includes a large amount of background changes, and though they went through extensive testing, something may still have slipped through. Please report any multiplayer-related crashes, quest errors and character bugs at our forum.
    -The Main Menu has been overhauled so that getting right into the action is faster than ever
    -All masteries now feature a new set of skill modifiers called Transmuters. These modifers open up new build opportunities by providing you with the choice of specializing a skill at the cost of some trade-offs.
    -Dismantling is now available at the Inventor. You must first complete a short quest (available after repairing the bridge to the Arkovian Foothills and rescuing the apprentice).
    -Dismantling allows you to turn items you do not want into valuable scrap and components by destroying them with dynamite. Note that some components drop more commonly from Dismantling.
    -Steam-Cloud saving can now be enabled under Options. The first time this is done, character saves will need to be transferred to a new directory. This process is automatic, but may take some time, depending on how many characters you have.
This uses Steam to offer a game browser list, and you can have private games. No battle.net secure server situation, so no doubt a lot of savegame hacking will take place soon.

You can see on the right side of the screen what other players look like. This can at least give you an idea of how players in the game are equipped:
53  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hollywood will reboot anything - Underworld on: August 29, 2014, 06:04:12 PM
Hollywood should do a movie about a producer who wants to a movie about Hollywood wanting to do reboots of every movie.  retard
54  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon bought Twitch on: August 27, 2014, 08:51:21 PM
I quit the Comixology app cold turkey after Amazon acquired it. I guess I'll have to quit using Twitch now (I have found it great for sharing gameplay snippets without devouring my hard drive space as I with FRAPS).

After Amazon acquires The Internet next year, I guess I'll have to give that up too. Oh well. I still have my typewriter. Amazon can't screw THAT up. icon_eek icon_razz
55  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Gauntlet on: August 27, 2014, 08:47:34 PM
fwiw, got bumped back from Sept. 3 to Sept. 23 for more time to balance the co-op:

Gauntlet release slightly pushed [from Sept. 3 to Sept. 23]
http://arrowheadgamestudios.com/gauntlet-release-slightly-pushed/
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We’re sorry we have to inform you that the release date of Gauntlet has been moved from September 3rd to September 23rd, but also happy that this will allow us to bring you the best possible Gauntlet experience. The reason for the move is to give a little more time to fine-tuning the multiplayer part of the game, and we felt it was necessary.

We know you are waiting eagerly and here are three treats to keep you going just a little bit longer.

A new walkthrough video giving an in-depth look into the game modes, heroes, relics and gear: Gauntlet Gameplay Walkthrough Trailer.

A Thank You to everyone who pre-ordered the game with a special in-game bonus item: The Spawn of Kerthull, a Wizard’s robe made from dead imps, who are the spawn of the greater demon Kerthull.

Starting next week, over at the Gauntlet facebook page, there will be 10 consecutive days of caption contests! Every day you will have your chance to win a copy of Gauntlet by captioning and sharing a screenshot found on the page.
Gameplay Walkthrough's here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLm8D4f8njo

*The loadout screen at the 2:16 mark is interesting. While it's no loot-fest ARPG, seems to have at least a little bit of variety in equipment items/relics.
56  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 19, 2014, 03:17:30 AM
thumbsup Thumbs Up from my mom on the movie, managed to coax her to see it on IMAX on Saturday.  icon_smile Bring your own! And we actually paid about a quarter less to see it there than my brother and I did to see it on a regular 3D screen in the evening a couple weeks back.

Just don't ask about our disastrous experience afterwards at a seafood chain that's long been one of her favorite restaurants (cold coffee, uncooked "seared" tuna sashimi and then as substitute when she bitterly complained, some soggy battered vegetables and rice dumped upside down in a Chinese leftover style container box). I've seen better customer service at Chili's for crying out loud.

Couldn't believe a restaurant could so quickly wipe the smile off my mom's face that Guardians of the Galaxy had put there.  icon_eek
57  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone been to the National WWII Museum in New Orleans? Other cool stuff there? on: August 16, 2014, 03:55:09 PM
I attended a friend's wedding in the French Quarter back in Feb. 1991. I guess all I can really vouch for is riding a large paddle boat/ferry on the Mississippi River and stuffing one's face with beignets and French coffee was fun.  icon_smile

I'm a bit of a WWII history buff too. I haven't gotten to visit that museum -- I think that one and the National Museum of the Pacific War (http://www.pacificwarmuseum.org/) in Fredericksburg, Texas are ones I'd like to visit some day. I should figure out a way to do that -- not getting any younger.  icon_smile

If you visit the museum in New Orleans, I hope you share some photos here. Have fun. icon_smile

Here in Virginia the most fun I had from the WWII history perspective were the U.S. Marine Corp. Museum in Quantico, and the Udvar-Hazy Center near Dulles Airport. While they aren't WWII-specific museums, it makes up a huge chunk of the exhibits and classic aircraft on display.  icon_cool
58  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 10, 2014, 02:40:23 PM
Took my older brother to see it Friday night -- ah the joys of $17 3-D tickets -- and he loved it, and said it was the most fun he had at the movies in years. He was very much "like but not love" with Captain America: The Winter Soldier. I can't believe we're related.  icon_razz

We did notice a sprawling line of parents and their sugar-numbed kids waiting in line for the Turtles movie, which is apparently wiping out Guardians of the Galaxy and everything else at the box office this weekend.
Quote from: H.L. Mencken
Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.
smirk

I figure parents are simply starved for some cotton candy to take their kids to and just assumed talking CGI-motion capture turtles from the director of the "beloved" Battle Los Angeles (??) was the way to go.   Roll Eyes

At the least, looks like my precious Captain America: The Winter Soldier's box office champ title (in North America anyway) for this year will stay intact.  Bring your own!
http://www.boxofficemojo.com/yearly/chart/?yr=2014&p=.htm
59  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 04, 2014, 06:20:25 PM
James Gunn wrote a lovely thank you letter to fans, Marvel etc. on Facebook. He loves the characters so much, I don't think they'll have any trouble enlisting him for however many sequels they want. He sounds in interviews to have ideas for even spinning off the characters into their own films (I figure Rocket and Groot are a duo movie, right?  icon_cool), if Marvel went that way.

But he divorced from Jenna Fischer (The Office) in 2008, so he's not perfect, right?  icon_wink

EW had a fun profile on Chris Pratt. He apparently auditioned for both JJ Abrams' Star Trek and for Cameron's Avatar. I think actually he may have been a fun Kirk if the idea was for the reboot to be in the same era as the original TB series (when Shatner was 34-47; Pratt is 35). Gunn wanted no part of "that chubby guy from Parks and Recreation" and only the casting director's persistence convinced him to audition Pratt. Pratt apparently acted exasperated/frustrated because he had no script to audition from, and after 30 seconds of listening to that frustration, Gunn found that to be "exactly what Peter Quill would say!"  icon_smile
60  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ebola outbreak on: August 04, 2014, 06:10:52 PM
I knew the Super Soldier Serum would solve everything. Now I'm curious to know what happens when you cross that with the Ebola virus.  icon_eek
61  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Film] Christopher Nolan - Interstellar on: August 01, 2014, 09:50:11 PM
It's fine (saw it before Guardians of the Galaxy last night), but imho any movie that posits we'd ever scrape up enough pocket change for NASA to actually tackle a space wormhole project is Science Fiction. Alas.  icon_neutral I mean for crying out loud we're relying on Russia to get our astronauts up to the international space station.

But, we do pay good MLB pitchers about $25 million a year to pitch maybe 30 games a season...  Roll Eyes
62  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ebola outbreak on: August 01, 2014, 09:45:06 PM
CDC's taking care of bringing the two infected U.S. citizens to Atlanta. What could go wrong?

Doesn't it sound like a The Walking Dead spinoff?  Bring your own!
63  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 01, 2014, 05:36:41 PM

Quote from: hepcat on August 01, 2014, 05:02:15 PM

Question for those who saw it:  is the 3D worth the extra cost of admission?  Or does it seem tacked on or superfluous?
I saw it in Real3D at a Rave Xtreme screen (might catch it on IMAX next weekend), I can vouch that the 3-D pops in many scenes in cool fashion -- downright beautiful in one scene. Since I haven't seen it in 2D yet though, I maybe can't speak to the "is it worth" it factor.

So clearly, I need to see it in IMAX and then in 2D to be able to provide the proper feedback.  icon_wink
64  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Should I get a cat? on: August 01, 2014, 12:17:36 PM
I can only speak from my experiences with Molly (1998-2010, "hand me down" white/grey tabby from my older brother) and JJ (tuxedo cat adopted from an Animal Welfare League shelter in Aug.2011), who's doing great.  icon_smile

*Human Society may differ but Animal Welfare League facilities seem to require you be working (I think full time though perhaps part-time is OK), they check work and personal references.

I had to fill out pages of forms (including outlining my work sked and even a tentative "when would I make time to play with JJ' sked), and do a sit-down interview with an "adoption counselor" at the facility before we completed the adoption in August 2011. Why? People are constantly returning cats and dogs to shelters for so many reasons -- allergies, moving and not wanting to take the pet, pet not getting along with children in the household, expenses becoming too much for the adopter etc. Keeping the adopted cat indoor 100% of the time (for safety reasons) was another requirement you have to agree to.

*If your cat's not healthy (Molly), the vet bills can rack up quickly and if you don't have pet health insurance (I didn't, and still don't -- JJ has been much healthier, knock on wood), more serious medical care can reach human costs (thousands of dollars).

*If your cat's fond of wet food, the expenses can rack up quickly month to month. I feed JJ a wet packet, a wet can of food and some dry (to snack on) daily. I probably spend more than $80-$90 a month on his food. You can get cheaper crap food (per grocery stores) to save money but cats can be real finicky about food preferences.

My recommendation if you're "on the bubble":
-Check if a local animal rescue league or shelter provides volunteer opportunities where you can take care of cats a bit. I've seen these listed, sometimes it's just changing food/water and playing with cats that are up for adoption at a Petco or other pet store, or doing similar at a shelter. This would give you a chance to spend some time with cats without the financial commitment to worry about.

-Check for "foster care" opportunities with rescue leagues and animal shelters. If a cat's having trouble adjusting to the caged environment at a shelter type facility, they'll seek volunteers to care for the cat at their home for a certain amount of time. I'm not sure if this has a requirement that the volunteer be employed. It might give you an opportunity to care for a cat in your home for a limited period of time and see if you enjoy it. From what I've read, foster care situations can vary a lot in duration -- sometimes just days or weeks, sometimes a year or more.

-I agree with Eco --a Petsmart or Petco plan (Petco often has clinics where you can bring a pet in for discounted vaccinations w/o an exam) could be options for saving on vet care prices.

Of course I love cats, and Molly and JJ were and are like family to me.  icon_smile When I was out of work for 6 months in late 1991-spring 1992, one of my favorite things was visiting with my brother and playing with his orange tabby Serendipity.  icon_smile

As Turtle said, it's a major financial commitment and please don't go into it lightly or think, "Oh if it doesn't work out, I'll just dump the cat back at the Humane Society." (welll, the Society - probably like the Welfare League - would require you return the cat to them if it didn't work out. I just mean, they want you to be a permanent, happy owner).

The cat deserves a permanent, loving home. I'd postpone that but consider the volunteer opportunities above as a way to enjoy and take care of cats on a more limited basis until you're working again (at least part time).  icon_smile
65  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 01, 2014, 05:13:23 AM

Quote from: Destructor on August 01, 2014, 05:04:57 AM

And I got a great tiny poster as I was seeing it opening night (or first performance period, I dunno) over at my local IMAX.
Speaking of posters.  icon_smile

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Mondo Posters on Sale Tomorrow from Artists Tyler Stout, Francesco Francavilla, and More
http://collider.com/guardians-of-the-galaxy-mondo-posters/
*Pricey but not crazy-so ($45)

Rocket was wonderful. Though every closeup, I thought of my cat JJ - they have similar whiskers.  icon_smile
66  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 01, 2014, 04:48:41 AM
Saw it tonight. Funny, fun, sweet, stupid and goofy in the best way, full of heart too. Not a full house (late Thursday releases tend to sneak up on people), but a couple rounds of very warm applause at the end.  Bring your own!

Not sure I'll get all Captain America about it, but I would gladly run back and see it again when time permits.  icon_smile
67  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Dead Island: Epidemic on: May 26, 2014, 04:56:09 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on May 26, 2014, 04:30:32 PM

crossbow fires at the same rate and is just a reskin on the rifle fwiw.  Keep in mind survivor Bryce at level 4 gets a faster rate of fire with rifles.

Also why did you dig up the older post when I have one just below this one that has been active lately?  odd unless you just REALLY don't like posting in my threads.  ninja
I did a search on this specific name and this was the thread that came up. If you don't like it, then tell the moderators to delete this thread to avoid confusion.

Maybe part of the reason people are leaving this forum is they're sick of people jumping on their ass about what thread they post in as if we're all intentionally trying to be pricks.
68  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ok, let me explain how the Internet works... on: May 26, 2014, 04:50:50 PM

Quote from: TiLT on May 26, 2014, 06:35:47 AM

It's both a blessing and a curse. One has to wonder if the Internet will work the same way in, say, 20 years.
Don't worry. By then the autonomous robots will have taken over Earth, and we won't have to do anything anymore. Internet will be irrelevant.  We put the fun in funeral
69  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie]Ant-Man on: May 24, 2014, 04:06:09 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 23, 2014, 09:34:26 PM

Hmm, that's interesting.  Not in a good way, of course.  

I've heard that Edgar is very particular and will re-shoot things many times to get the shot he wants, but that seems to have done him well in the past.  Could just be that Marvel doesn't want to concede total control to somebody else.
I don't have a clue who will fill in, but you know a director with some experience working with miniaturized cast members? Cap 1 director Joe Johnston (Honey I Shrunk the Kids), who still is under Marvel contract for one more movie. I doubt his sense of humor is quirky enough for this material though.

I'm hard pressed to think of a director who'd be comfortable jumping in on a big Marvel movie that another director spent years developing, and then having to meet a fixed release date just over 1 year (!) away (July 17, 2015). It's gotta be someone who works fast and is at ease taking over the reins of someone else's baby, so to speak. Since the Russo's worked out well, wouldn't surprise me if they tabbed someone else more experienced in TV, where you have to work fast and generally the director hasn't written the material.

Not thinking it would be someone Marvel previously worked with because they probably still want a fresh take and not someone associated with a different Marvel franchise (i.e., not Jon Favreau again, or Thor: The Dark World's director who's already signed for Thor 3 I think).

Wright co-wrote the screenplay with Joe Cornish, so presumably he'll still be in the credits unless they start over from scratch. Seems unlikely if they're holding to that 2015 release date.

Wright was apparently working in some form (screenplay, pre-viz etc.) on the film since 2006 (!). So I don't think he'd lightly step away from something he spent 8 years working on.
70  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie]Ant-Man on: May 23, 2014, 09:01:04 PM
Aaaand, end scene.   tear

Edgar Wright exits Marvel's 'Ant-Man'
http://insidemovies.ew.com/2014/05/23/edgar-wright-exits-marvel-ant-man/
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Marvel Studios and Wright issued a joint statement Friday announcing the news: “Marvel and Edgar Wright jointly announced today that the studio and director have parted ways on Ant-Man due to differences in their vision of the film. The decision to move on is amicable and does not impact the release date on July 17, 2015. A new director will be announced shortly.”
I suspect it's a question of whether you can subvert one's indy sensibilities to the Marvel Movie factory. The Russo brothers (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy) seemed [seems on Galaxy; I realize it's not out yet!  icon_smile] able to balance that -- perhaps Wright wasn't interested in that. Well, that's my penny ante speculation, I'm sure the Internet will be rife with more thoughtful discourse.  icon_razz
71  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Film] Christopher Nolan - Interstellar on: May 16, 2014, 06:26:50 PM

Quote from: hepcat on May 07, 2014, 02:55:11 PM

Quote from: rittchard on December 15, 2013, 03:26:45 AM

Interesting cast.  I dunno about Matthew McConaughey as the lead though.  I don't dislike him and I know he's supposedly been working hard at becoming a "serious actor" but he just doesn't inspire me.  

After True Detective and Dallas Buyers Club I'm hoping he's won you over.  If not, he probably never will.  Personally I think he's become one of the most fearless actors out there right now.  Something I never would have thought possible even 5 years ago.
McConaughey's also very good in Mud, which is on Netflix. I finally caught it there.

From interviews, I think it's more that he decided to stop settling for working on movies with lazy scripts and directors with no particular vision. The fine "The Lincoln Lawyer" seemed to be a tipping point of sorts in a more interesting direction for him.

Now he wants to work on movies with intriguing, challenging scripts and directors who have a specific vision -- whether that vision's really box office friendly or not. And the more films (and TV work in Showtime's case) he does like that, the better the quality of the material offered to him or that he's alerted to.  It seems more a conscious effort to find better, more challenging material rather than proclaiming, "I'm a serious actor now, give me my Oscar, alright, alright, alright..."  icon_smile
72  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Game of thrones come to you from Word Star 4.0 on: May 16, 2014, 06:23:42 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on May 16, 2014, 05:09:03 PM

Hey, if it works for ya, then it works for ya.   I know a (admittedly hipster) writer that still uses Ye Olde Fashioned typewriters for his work.  Some poor bastard has to OCR it when he's done, but it's his "thing". 
For sure I have read of many screenwriters, novelists and short story writers who still use manual or electric typewriters. I think some of it comes down to whether you prefer to write and re-write in your head (and then bang out the results on a typewriter), or if you prefer to keep revising and reiterating on screen (then word processing's the thing).

Although my professors encouraged doing outlines and such before actually typing up a paper, most of my later high school and then college time was spent on a Brother and later Smith-Corona (the snap-in square cartridges seemed so high-tech  icon_cool) typewriters, with the "OMG, it's due tomorrow!" juices driving me to type thoughts as fast as I could think them. I try very hard in my current trade media reporter job to get stories done as early as I can rather than wait for inspiration to hit me.  icon_smile
73  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Game of thrones come to you from Word Star 4.0 on: May 16, 2014, 04:46:26 PM
I bet it's malware and virus proof in today's world. They probably don't even know what to DO with Wordstar and DOS at this point.   icon_smile

I did actually use Word Star (CP/M version I think) at our college's "computer lab" in 1986-1987 to write some English papers. That was before my ordered hot rod Amstrad CP/M green screen word processor (and cromagnon CP/M computer) with the world's loudest dot matrix printer arrived at Sears and changed my life forever.  Cabbage Patch
74  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Batman vs Superman (Man of Steel 2) on: May 15, 2014, 06:13:06 PM
I take my post back; after seeing a colorized version of the photo at Collider (http://collider.com/ben-affleck-batman-image/), the costume looks more like a potato sack, and the Batman logo is so phat you can barely even tell it's a bat at all. Maybe it's supposed to represent a paunchy, middle-aged bat?  smirk

I like the gloves. Not sure about the short ears. While that's in line with Miller's comics, it kind of makes him look more like my cat JJ to me.  icon_smile
75  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Batman vs Superman (Man of Steel 2) on: May 14, 2014, 10:05:30 PM
OMG! The suit has VEINS! At least we've moved on from Batman costume nipple discussions.  Fabulous
76  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: (TV-ABC) Marvel's Agent Carter on: May 14, 2014, 01:05:54 PM
http://www.hayleyatwellfan.com  Fabulous

Who cares about the plot? :-)

From what little the writers said in that Collider review:
-it'll start in 1946
-They'd like to have Howard Stark as a "recurring," not regular character. DumDum Dugan (Neal
 McDonough) appeared in the Marvel One Shot on the Iron Man 3 BluRay.
-S.H.I.E.L.D may eventually come into play, but not right away, even though the Agent Carter One Shot already mentions it.

It's the right era for some Cold War stuff. Not sure what else would come into play then.

The Agent Carter One Shot summary from Wikipedia:
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Agent Carter, released on the Iron Man 3 Blu-ray release on September 24, 2013, as well as part of the digital download release on September 3, 2013, sees Hayley Atwell reprise her role as Peggy Carter.

The short also sees Dominic Cooper and Neal McDonough reprise their roles as Howard Stark and Dum Dum Dugan, respectively, Chris Evans via archive footage as Steve Rogers / Captain America, and introduces Bradley Whitford as Agent Flynn and Shane Black as the Disembodied Voice. It was directed by Louis D’Esposito and written by Eric Pearson. The short was filmed over five days.

One year after the events of Captain America: The First Avenger, Agent Carter, now a member of the Strategic Scientific Reserve, is stuck compiling data instead of working field cases. One night while alone in the office, the case line rings, informing Carter of the location of the mysterious Zodiac. She goes to the location, and is able to retrieve the serum single-handedly. The next day, her misogynistic boss, Agent Flynn, reprimands her for not going through the proper procedures to complete the mission. Carter explains that the mission was time-sensitive, but Flynn is unmoved, dismissing the indignant Carter as an "old flame" of Captain America's who was given her current job out of pity for her bereavement.

As Flynn heads to his office, the case line rings, this time with Howard Stark on the other end. He tells Flynn to inform Carter that she will co-head the newly created S.H.I.E.L.D. and that Flynn must personally assist Carter with her things. In a mid-credit scene, Dum Dum Dugan is seen poolside with Stark, marveling at two women wearing the newly created bikinis. Dugan asks Stark if he invented them, to which Stark replies "No, the French".
Bradley Whitford's show "The Trophy Wife," was canceled so he'll be available.
77  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Superman: Man of Steel on: May 11, 2014, 03:02:21 PM
Oh, per my "flying dildos" comment way back around release -- my friend and I started laughing during this scene, just about blew our beer out our nostrils -- it's up on YouTube for posterity.  icon_razz

Man of Steel: Flying Dildos

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kkExGfUv4Q
No sounds, so you can add your own screenplay.

"We banish you! To frozen Dildo-dom!"
"May you forever be imprisoned in your Dildos!"

Probably some sort of mature Zack Snyder metaphor...  Fabulous In retrospect, it seems like an outtake from Prometheus.  smirk
78  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Captain America: The Winter Soldier confirmed on: May 11, 2014, 02:11:36 PM
So it was a far larger screen than I expected  Bring your own! (part of the small Angelika chain), and my mom loved it. icon_smile She's a bit child-like when she enjoys this type of movie so I saw her do a little clapping, cheering and fist pumping on occasion. I explained the mid-credits extra scene.

I explained when I could, though she professed later to missing a couple plot points while overall being delighted with it.

All this time after release a few folks in the audience were still surprised by the Bucky "reveal." I tried to refresh my mom's memory of the first film over lunch before. She said she was a bit tired and to consider the outing our Mother's Day outing, though I still got stuff for her today. That's the end of the Momma's Boy report.  icon_smile
79  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: PS Vita Impressions! Price drop! Casual Edition! Vita TV! on: May 10, 2014, 01:14:48 PM

Quote from: Hetz on May 08, 2014, 02:52:31 AM

So, my wife now owns a slim Vita and I got the Borderlands 2 code. smile

The slim Vita is quite nice and the screen is pretty good. I still prefer the OLED screen, but the LCD screen on the slim is not bad at all.
How is it to hold? I have fairly large albeit thin hands (I'm 6'4"  icon_smile). Read some concerns about the new model maybe being harder to grip (though I suspect accessory makers will come out with some sort of grip add-on for the Slim model). Just wondering -- I haven't seen the new model in stores yet.
80  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Wildstar (Carbine Studios' first project) on: May 10, 2014, 01:10:50 PM
I liked the look and hey, I started this thread  icon_smile, but everything everyone says in terms of "you may like it if you're into This or That" just screams this Isn't the MMORPG You're Looking For (at least on my narrow tastes).

City of Heroes is still my all time favorite mmorpg even if only for a short time (2004-2007 mainly), and I used to play and try all sorts of NCSoft stuff. They've just lost me these days.
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