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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Company of Heroes 2 on: March 06, 2013, 08:12:48 PM
How does Relic going from THQ to Sega affect the DRM used I wonder? Does Sega get to decide on DRM? What have they used in the past?

This is one of the few titles I'm looking forward to this year, but I'm afraid it'll have some obnoxious DRM and I'll pass on it.

-Cota
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: "Let’s Rank The Civilization Games, Best To Worst" - Kotaku on: February 20, 2013, 05:23:15 AM
Civ 4 is one of my, maybe my most favorite game. I'd rank them 4, 2, 1, 3. Never played 5, haven't read anything about it that makes me want to. I'm just not sure how you can top 4. 2 and 1 are old and distant memories, though I do remember Civ 2 is the only disc I ever lost. I did find it years later in the Interstate '76 box I think. Civ 3 was not all that great. The Ai made me swear.

-Cota
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age is looking good! on: February 19, 2013, 11:36:36 PM
Alright, thanks friends. I'm going to save the game and sell the gifts to the dwarf merchant in camp and see if he keeps them. If not, check out the Warden's Keep storage or maybe one of the mods. I always feel guilty though using a mod that makes the game easier.

-Cota
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age is looking good! on: February 19, 2013, 10:55:39 PM
So uh... I just got this game a couple days ago. The ultimate PC DVD edition. I'm not sure if it's appropriate to post in this old thread or start a new one. Anyways, I've got questions.

I'm having serious inventory issues. My bags are full of crystals, salves, dog biscuits, but mostly full of gifts. Dozens of gifts. I could really free up some space if I could get rid of these somehow. I gave a couple to my companions, but some at least some of them seem to stay in my inventory. There's a merchant in the 'camp' that seems to keep what I sell him. Could I sell these gifts to the merchant and 'store' them there till I find a use for them? Most of them are worth little or nothing, so it wouldn't be the end of the world to have to buy them back at some point.

Super game. I wish there was one more companion slot though. I feel obligated to keep the NPC's I have, but there are some interesting ones I'd like to try out.

Thanks,

-Cota
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Been five years, what did I miss? on: January 22, 2013, 11:56:42 PM
Alright, thanks for the recommendations.

Having already bought The Witcher 1 and 2 off Good Old Games during their holiday sale ($10!), I went ahead and started there. Finished The Witcher this morning. Now I'm not sure if I want to charge straight into The Witcher 2 or not or take a break from Witchering.

Looking over the suggestions:

Borderlands sounds interesting. Requires Steam?

Skyrim. Yeah, seems a no brainer. I'm a huge Elder Scrolls fan. Big Daggerfall poster sill hangs in the computer room. The Elder Scrolls series has been in decline since Daggerfall though, in my opinion and I wonder if Skyrim doesn't continue that trend. Still, it's Elder Scrolls. Requires Steam?

XCom. Sounds Great. Loved the original games. I couldn't find what DRM it uses.

Fallout 3/New Vegas. Really enjoyed the original Fallout games as well. Requires Games For Windows Live?

Dragon Age. There's something called the "Dragon Age Ultimate Edition" on Amazon. Comes with all DLC/Expansions. Best I can tell it requires a username and password on a Bioware site to get a patch that makes it DRM free. I think I'll get this. Dragon Age 2 sounds like it's got some sort of Electronic Arts DRM *shudder*. Did EA buy Bioware or something? I'll skip 2 if that's the case.

Torchlight 1 and 2. Torchlight 1 is on GOG. I'll put this on my list for the next Action RPG urge.


About Steam. From what I've read, it's the way to go, if you're going to give in to third party DRM. I'm not sure I'm ready to give in just yet though. I just hate the idea. I'm old and set in my ways. Unfortunately, it seems like it's Steam or nothing.

I'm going to go with either Dragon Age 1 or The Witcher 2 I think. Thanks for the suggestions.

-Cota



6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC] Been five years, what did I miss? on: January 03, 2013, 08:23:05 PM
Help me pick a new game?

It's been five years or so since I've bought a new game. Well, I think I bought one game, Kings Bounty, in that time. Before that, I think the last game I bought was Oblivion. Since that time, I've been playing some Civ4, EQ2, and lately Titan Quest. I made a New Years resolution to get back into gaming (in addition to stop smoking (crack), lose weight, quit drinking, call my mother etc.). I haven't been following gaming much but I did put together a new system this past summer (i5-2500k, Radeon 7850, 8 gigs ram, Win7 64). I've got an itch to put a new game on it!

My favorite games are Daggerfall, Civ4, MOO2, Everquest. I like RPG's and Strategy games best.

I don't like DRM. Having to put a disc in doesn't bother me. But things like phone home, always online, limited activations, third party software etc bug me.

I checked out Good Old Games this week. Not a fan of digital distribution, but they had a sale going on that ended this morning so I caved and picked up The Witcher 1 and 2. Legend of Grimrock (?) looked interesting too, I might try that.

So, if you're so inclined, what are a couple of the great games over the last few years that I might start with?

-Cota
7  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Replace G7 mouse with? on: May 04, 2011, 09:09:34 PM
My G7 is nearing the end of it's life. It's got that double click issue that they sometimes get. I've seen a DIY fix for it on the net, but I'd like to have a nice new mouse ready to go in case I botch the G7 completely. Even though it uses a proprietary battery system, I really like it. I can swap batteries right in the middle of something, and am never left with a dead mouse.

So what's everyone using these days? What have you G7 users moved on to?

Thanks,

-Cota
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kindle Virgin - Please advise on: August 14, 2010, 01:09:04 AM
Are these things fairly durable? I've been thinking of getting one for bicycle touring. They are small, light weight and Amazon claims the Kindle will last a month without using the Wi-Fi. That charge would last a whole tour. How long would one last bouncing around in the bottom of a pannier I wonder?

-Cota
9  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Nvidia 8800GTS Dying, Dead? on: August 07, 2010, 02:24:26 AM
So I ran down to Fry's this afternoon to get a GTX 460. They didn't have any. The fellow said they hadn't received their first shipment yet. They might be in the shipment later today he said, or certainly by next week. I didn't know they were such a new item. I throttled the guy and walked out.

Just kidding. I ran out.

Ok, not really. I did John Cleese's Silly Walk on the way out.

Anyways, back home I gave in and called the EVGA guys. The guy was really nice and said that even though I never registered it, if I could find my receipt, I could contact his boss and they might be able to help me anyways. I thanked him for that, and asked him what I might replace the 8800 GTS with. After telling him my system specs he suggested the GTS 250 1Gig. Said the GTX 460 would probably be held back by the rest of my system.

So I ran back down to Fry's, tripped over a corpse someone left in the isle, and picked up a GTS 250 1Gig. Seems to be working fine. Can't play games though, DVD drive stopped reading DVD's. Sigh.

-Cota
10  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Nvidia 8800GTS Dying, Dead? on: August 05, 2010, 04:41:37 PM

Quote from: Crux on August 05, 2010, 03:16:10 PM

So I will have a replacement 8800 arriving from evga in about a week if anyone wants to but it for cheap and replace their failed card...

How was the replacement process? I've called a couple a times, but the hold times made me give up. That and I never registered my card when I bought it. I don't think I can wait another week though. I'm close to giving up and running down to Fry's a pick up a GTX 640 as AtomicKid recommended. I just need to get back on line. I'm jonesing.

-Cota
11  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Nvidia 8800GTS Dying, Dead? on: August 05, 2010, 04:03:47 AM

Quote from: Crux on August 04, 2010, 07:04:32 PM

So, I just pushed the button on $850 of new computer at newegg Tongue On the bright side the new pc will be rocking!

That's cheating!

-Cota
12  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Nvidia 8800GTS Dying, Dead? on: August 04, 2010, 06:06:34 PM
Well, for me, my 8800 was in a Asus P5B with 2.4 Core 2 E6600 and 2 gigs of ram. Still running XP. Is a GTX 460 going to be too much card for that old of a system?

I suppose I could get the GTX 460 and keep it for my next system. But, by then it might not be so hot. Also, I like to build whole new systems and pass the old on to mom, complete.

I think I'd be happy replacing the card with something similar in performance to the old 8800 (if such a thing exists these days) and saving a few bucks.

On the other hand, I also bought the Evga card and I suppose I could get it replaced on the cheap. Though I never registered it, I don't know what sort of hassle it is to go through that, or how long it would take.

And geez, what's with all the 8800's going kaput all of a sudden!?

-Cota
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Have You Ever Truly Been Terrified? on: August 02, 2010, 07:48:56 PM
A long time ago, when I was younger and better looking... I was dating this stripper. I was at her place. We were both naked doing what ever it is naked folk do. Then the unmistakable sound of a harley rolls up outside her door. She exclaims, "Oh crap, it's my ex-boyfriend, hide!". Well, this isn't going to end well I thought. I grabbed my clothes and ran into the bathroom. The guy bursts in the front door, he's angry about something, they argue. I'm standing in the bathroom naked and petrified. If I'm going to get my ass kicked, I'd at least like to be dressed for it, but I couldn't take the chance on making any noise. So I just stood there. Naked. Motionless. Wondering if I'd be in to work tomorrow. Eventually they finish their tiff, and he tears off on his bad motor-scooter. I lived, yay.

-Cota
14  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Nvidia 8800GTS Dying, Dead? on: August 02, 2010, 07:16:23 PM
Oh man. I think my 8800 GTS gave up on me. Unfortunately, I don't have anyway to test the card or the system. I'm guessing the card though, artifacts and will not boot. It's been so long since I've looked at computer hardware. I'd like to run down to Fry's and pick something up that's at least comparable to the old 8800 GTS 640. I'm not in a position to buy a new machine at this time. Maybe this winter when I'm done playing in the sun. That said, I do need my computer up and running and able to play the games that my 8800 GTS did.

So hispanicgamer, that GT240 still working for you? As well as your 8800 GTS?

I saw in another thread someone recently picked up a GT250. Is the GT2xx line the one I should be looking at?

-Cota
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Waiting for my doggie to get out of surgery on: April 14, 2010, 11:30:18 PM
Hurray! Did they bandage her up after that photo? I remember going through massive amounts of bandages. I had to go in everyday for a new wrap, and I think I changed the actual bandage under the wrap twice a day. In any event, it's kind of gruesome huh? You'll probably hear in a couple of days how the margins of the tumor look?

-Cota
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Waiting for my doggie to get out of surgery on: April 14, 2010, 06:51:59 PM


Frankendoggie.

I've been through the exact same thing Teggy. A small lump, the vet said to keep an eye on it. She sampled it several times over the next year or two, and finally she said it needed to come off. By that time it had grown fairly large. She got several more lumps over the course of her life after that, and I had them all removed right away before they could turn into something worse. It did indeed become very routine after a while.

I'm not a vet, and this is the internet, and you should certainly follow the advice of your vet first and foremost. But my own experience was to check my girl often for lumps, and take her in as soon as I found one, and let the vet look at it. Aspirate I think was what she called it (taking a small cell sample with a needle).

Anyways, I've no doubt your dog and you will both pull through just fine smile.

-Cota
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I got hit by a car while on my bicycle. on: April 14, 2010, 12:38:36 AM

Quote from: WinoMcCougarstein on April 14, 2010, 12:29:30 AM

You don't really need a lawyer.  Your insurance company will work it out with her insurance company and her insurance company will offer you a bodily injury settlement.  I know, it's what I do for a living.  What insurance company does she have?  I'm actually dealing with a similar claim right now and the guy that hit the bike rider is outright distraught.  I mean, how would you feel if you hit a biker?  Glad to hear you're ok for the most part though.  Could have been A LOT worse.

PS:  I work in Oregon.

She has Farmer's.

And you're right. I would be a flippin mess too, if I had hit a cyclist. Especially being one. And remember, her husband is an avid cyclist too, so she knew better.

You know, most of the time around here, the attitude of the driver is only to stop and back up and make sure you're still not breathing before they take off. But here I am. Feeling bad for both of us.

-Cota
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bicycles on: April 14, 2010, 12:30:37 AM

Quote from: joeyjazz on April 08, 2010, 07:26:38 PM

Quote from: Cota on April 07, 2010, 09:55:02 PM

If you are already a member, you probably got your members only 20% coupon and dividend in the mail recently.

That coupon (and my dividend from last year) got me a mechanic stand for my bikes last week. biggrin

Color me green. That's an excellent use of your coupon. I hadn't thought of that. I used mine on a pair of mountain bike shorts.

Which stand did you get? I've wanted a good stand for a long time, but they are so spendy, I haven't pulled the trigger. I'm going to pencil a stand in for next years coupon/dividend.

And hey, Bullwinkle. Update with your progress/purchase. I'd love to hear what you end up buying.

-Cota
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What is a good chainsaw brand? on: April 14, 2010, 12:26:28 AM

Quote from: Purge on April 13, 2010, 06:52:39 PM

(you don't just buy a new car and take it out to the drag strip).

Oops.

-Cota
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I got hit by a car while on my bicycle. on: April 14, 2010, 12:23:30 AM
Alright, for what it's worth.

I called a local lawyer that specializes in among other things, cycling stuff. They told me to call my insurance, open a "PIP Claim" (it's an oregon thing) on my own auto policy, and they'll go after her insurance to cover that. And it doesn't affect my rates. Then they said call her insurance, tell them I was run over by one of their insured and say nothing else. So I did those things, and I got a PIP Claim number that I can take to the emergency room if I feel I need to. I am infact feeling sore in places that I didn't at the time of the accident.

Isn't it interesting that people claim there's a special place in hell for lawyers, but when someone asks, "What should I do?", the answer is, "Get a lawyer"? Not directed at anyone here, I'm just saying.

And why. Why do I feel sorry for the woman that hit me!? Jesus, she ran over me. But she was so apologetic. She was just bawling. She waited until my ride came to pick me and my bike up. (The police offered to give me a ride home, but we couldn't fit the bike in the car.) I think she would have gave me a ride home had I not already arranged one. Wouldn't that be an awkward moment?

Oh well, I'm alive. I've got all the paper work and phone calls started. I'm just waiting now to hear how badly my dear bicycle is hurt. Lets not forget about her. All bent up. *sob*

Thanks for the advice, by the way, friends.

-Cota
21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I got hit by a car while on my bicycle. on: April 13, 2010, 10:17:28 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 13, 2010, 10:15:18 PM

I don't know what I'm talking about, but shouldn't the driver's insurance be the party paying for everything?

Yes. But I'm just wondering if I should be calling my own insurance company and reporting this.

-Cota
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I got hit by a car while on my bicycle. on: April 13, 2010, 10:08:45 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 13, 2010, 09:57:39 PM

I couldn't tell from your recap, did the driver stop and see if you were ok and give his or her information?

Yes she did. And honestly, I think she was more shook up than I was. Her husband also happens to be a cyclist. She gave her info the police, who gave it to me.

Interestingly, I was just reading this article posted by a local cycling law firm, and in this article, it says there's something called PIP, on my auto insurance policy. Personal Injury Protection. It covers me as a cyclist and/or a pedestrian. So I guess if I need to, I could file a claim on my own policy. I don't know what that would do to my rates though.

-Cota
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I got hit by a car while on my bicycle. on: April 13, 2010, 09:38:46 PM
Well, my home owners and car insurance is with the same company, so I lump together. I only wonder that if for some reason her insurance company doesn't pay to fix/replace my bike, that I can fall back on my home owners to fix/replace it? I know it's covered for theft under home owners, but getting ran over? Also, I worry that if I report it to my own insurance company they'll use that to raise my rates somehow. For what it's worth, the police never asked me to share any insurance information.

And I did ask the police what I should do first, but I've already forgotten. Maybe I hit my head harder than I thought Tongue. It was pretty traumatic you know! Seeing my bike mangled up and all.

-Cota
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I got hit by a car while on my bicycle. on: April 13, 2010, 08:57:40 PM
So it finally happened. I got right hooked this afternoon. I'm alive. Yay. My bike is mangled. Boo. The police and fire department were called. Witnesses stopped and spoke to the police. What do I do first? Do I call my own insurance company? Do they care if I got ran over on my bike? I think I should could call her insurance company, but before or after I call (if I need to) my own?

-Cota
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bicycles on: April 07, 2010, 09:55:02 PM
Alright, so where was I?

Right the shop. So just to sum up. If you find a shop that you get a good vibe from. Buy a bike from them. That'll help narrow down your choices.

A third option that you might look at, is REI. If you have one near you, check them out as well. They have a house brand, Novara, that by most accounts is a good one. They have the complete range of models, from Mountain Bikes, to Commuters, to Touring bikes. They'll come with the same brand name components that any other similarly priced bike will come with. And they also have a complete service area for bikes, and carry all the same accessories and clothing that any other bike shop does. If you are already a member, you probably got your members only 20% coupon and dividend in the mail recently. That 20% happens to apply to their Novara bikes smile That is a pretty good deal. I have read that lots of people wait until just this time of year and spend that coupon on a new bike. I'm pretty sure that if you're not a member, you can sign up (cost you $20) and you can get the coupon on the spot. Hurry though, it expires on April 18th.

Anyways, I guess that's all the advice I got. I know you were probably hoping for specific bike recommendations, but really, I think that you cannot go wrong with any of the big name brand bikes. Just find one that fits, and has any features you are interested in. I would make sure to find one with fender and rack mounts. Maybe it doesn't rain where you live, or wouldn't ride in the rain, but fenders are a must if you do. And a rack. A bike isn't a bike without a rack as far as I'm concerned smile. Also, if you do get a rack, get some Wald folding baskets. Those things are awesome, and great for swinging by the grocery store or the book store or what have you. They are cheap, durable and always on your bike in case you need 'em.

Oh and one more thing! I know you poo-poo'ed on cycling clothes in general. And I agree with you to a point. But I can tell you from experience, riding around in a sweat soaked cotton t-shirt is icky. You can pick up some decent enough athletic shirts at Target (Champion Brand) on the bargain racks for about $7. $10-$14 regular priced. Solid color, plain, and loose fit. Looks perfectly fine and unpretentious. But it's light weight and dries quickly. Much more comfortable than cotton. You certainly don't have to look like a cyclist to be comfortable. And actually, Costco is another place I find cheap athletic wear.

So best of luck sir!

And thanks CeeKay for the compatibility mode trick smile

-Cota
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bicycles on: April 06, 2010, 10:02:18 PM
sBullwinkle,

Allow me to chime in with what I've learned in the almost two years since I bought my first bike (as an adult).

Your post sounds almost exactly like me when I first posted here about buying a bike.

First off, new or used? I personally think it's a bad idea to buy a used bike, if you don't know anything about bikes, and don't have anyone around that does, to help you. The single most important issue in choosing a bike, is probably the fit. Maybe second only to cost. I chose new, because I didn't know anything about components or fit, and had no one to help me find a good used bike. I wouldn't have known by looking or sitting on a bike if it was a good fit or not. Nor would I have known if it was in good shape or not, or had good components or not. I probably still couldn't. However, if you know what you're looking for in those regards, you can certainly find good bargains in used bikes. Also, buying new, you get the support of the bike shop behind you. Most shops give you 6 months to a year, maybe more, of free adjustments and tune-ups and what not with the purchase of a new bike.

As for narrowing down your choices. I can think of a couple things that might help.

Steel or Aluminum. Test ride both if you can see what you think. I found steel to suit me best. It seems to absorb vibrations better. Most bikes you'll be looking at will be aluminum. If you choose a steel frame, that will really narrow your choices down.

Instead of the bike, you might choose the shop first, then select one from their inventory. This is what I ended up doing. I looked at, and rode bikes from a couple different bike shops in my area. I too was overwhelmed with the choices. I ended choosing the shop first, based on advice I had gotten elsewhere. That narrowed my choices down to the brands/models that they carried. For what it's worth, I ended up buying a Kona Smoke Hybrid. It was the only steel framed hybrid they carried. In fact, it was probably the only steel framed bike in my price range, period. It cost about $350 back in '08.

The store ended up being an important factor. They've been a great ally in my cycling endeavours.

Gah, something screwy with the scroll bar. It keeps bouncing up and down, making it hard to continue. I'll have to cut this off here till I figure out what's wrong.

-Cota
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My last console was an Atari 2600 on: November 26, 2009, 03:16:06 AM
You guys aren't really selling me on this smile. I guess that's why I asked though huh.

Caine, if you pop back in here. How old is your mom? I've thought of introducing her to MMO's a couple of times. I think she'd enjoy the exploration and leveling up. The grouping, not so much. I worry about her becoming an addict, but more than that though, I worry about some 13 year old shit head giving her a bad time. She has no idea the kind of nonsense that goes on in an MMO, and I think it would be a real shock.

Anyways, thanks for the opinions comrades.

-Cota
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My last console was an Atari 2600 on: November 24, 2009, 01:54:58 AM
Great reply Lee, thanks.

I'm a little disappointed to hear about the motion sensing though. I was afraid it might be the case. For my application (dear ol' Mom), it was the feature I liked the best. In fact it was the only thing that drove me to consider a console for her in the first place. I like that there are "casual adult" games as you put it, but I'm not sure that's enough to get me to buy one.

I'll keep thinking about it, and thanks for the specific game recommendations. I'm sure if I end up buying one, there will be plenty of those kinds of questions.

-Cota
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / My last console was an Atari 2600 on: November 24, 2009, 12:20:44 AM
I don't know anything about consoles. I've always been a PC gamer myself, and never had any friends that played consoles.

I was thinking about getting a Wii for my recently retired mother. I got her interested in PC gaming several years ago, and she likes playing PC games though sometimes they can be a little too complicated for her. Her favorites are probably Civ 4 and the action rpg games like Titan Quest and Dungeon Siege.

I thought the Wii might be good for her on account of the whole motion sensing/exercise thing. That and her PC is aging and the Wii is only $200.

So I've got a couple of basic questions, hopefully you all can share your opinions.

1. Does the motion sensing thing actually work, or is it kinda gimicky?

2. Are the games available suitable for adults/older adults? It seems to be marketed as a 'family friendly' afair. I worry that it's targeted more towards children?

3. I assume there multiplayer games available on a single console? I mean like hotseat or splitscreen or what have you? I'd like to visit and join her for some co-op or versus games on occasion.

4. If I bought the bundle I've seen on the shelves (Wii console with Wii Sports), am I going to have to buy any other hardware/controllers/batteries ect? She has a large HDTV at home, FWIW.

Thanks for any replies smile

-Cota
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I'm outa here. on: July 21, 2009, 12:27:11 AM
Geez. I go camping for the weekend and ya'll act like I rode off to the edge of the world (there is an edge you know). I guess that's what I get for being all mysterious and dramatic. Anyways, I know I was loaded for a month long tour, but I only went out for the weekend to a state park about 35 miles from my home. I fully intend to do week/month/??? long tours, but I am starting with overnighters. You see, I haven't camped since I was a kid, probably 25 years now or longer, and that was all by car. I have a lot to learn about bicycle camping and touring. Since early this winter, I've been slowly piecing my equipment together as funds allowed and finally was able to pack it all on a bike and take off this weekend. Let me tell you, it was great.

I hooked up with this outfit called Cycle Wild. They lead two or three day trips to local wilderness locations. There's no charge for this, as they provide nothing but guidance. You have to provide your own equipment, food and pay your own fees if any. They call what they do "bicycle camping". I am interested in "touring". There's a bit of difference you can imagine, but there is some cross-over, and I figured it would be a good chance to practice with my equipment and work on a typical packing list. And hell, bicycle camping is just fun too. The weather was perfect, mid 80's and sunny the whole time. I lay in bed friday night going over the trip in my head, and it occured to me - I'm going into the wilderness with a group of strangers I read about on the internet. Is this a good idea, I wondered? Well, it was fine, naturally. Except for the two Cycle Wild folks, we were all newbies. They were all cool and interesting though, and we all survived just fine.

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Is your name Doug?

Me? No.

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I'm assuming that the two kickstands keep the bike upright rather than slightly leaning to one side.  What with the weights hanging off the sides, it probably seems like a good idea.

That's right. When it deploys, it's like a center stand on a motorcycle. I've read that one legged kickstands will not support a loaded touring bike and often tip over.

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Have a good time!  A few years ago I grabbed a crappy old mountain bike and my backpack and I biked across Normandy for 2 weeks.  Best f'in time of my life!

Nice. I am wet with anticipation of my first multi week tour. It seems like such an adventure.

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The wife, dogs, sick relatives.

Gods, I hear you man. My mother and my grandmother have both been sick this summer, and I've spent most of time running back and forth caring for them. I would be a lot further along with my goals to get out and tour this summer were it not for them. But, it's my mom and grandmother. You gotta take care of 'em (though I keep threatening to put my mom into a home if she doesn't get herself back together smile ). As for the dog, I just came home with a new bicycle trailer for dogs. I don't know about taking her touring with me, but I reckon she'll enjoy weekend camping trips!

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I am 50 and as of yet have never had the opportunity to 'get away'.  My life long dream has always been to get on the back of a big comfortable motorcycle and spend a  Summer exploring the US.  Alas, it will NEVER happen.

Never say never, as they say. I'm 42 and just getting started. Yeah, I wish I had gotten into cycling 20 years ago, but I didn't. I'm doing it now though. I hope you can make it happen for yourself. When I was a young boy, my mother hung around a bunch of motorcyclists. I went on several summer tours with that crowd and it was just awesome. Do it!

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Erm, I'm actually interested in doing something like this... but how does one even begin?  I'm already getting back into shape and I also feel the call of doing something adventurous like biking all over, taking my sketchbook with me, but the logistics baffle me.  Where do you sleep?  What do you eat?  How much do you plan your route?

All good questions, and ones that I'm still trying to answer for myself. My biggest hurdle so far has been - what to eat? Well, this weekend, even though it was just an overnighter, I treated it more like a tour, with respect to gear and food. For supper, I boiled some pasta and squirted pizza sauce over it. Pasta is easy pack along. I don't know how long the pizza sauce would last without refrigeration, but I reckon it would be good for a couple of days anyways. It wasn't half bad at all! For breakfast, I had oatmeal. I eat oatmeal for breakfast everyday anyways. It's easy to pack along, needs only water (though I brought some brown sugar to put in it). For lunch, I bought some foil packets of tuna and bread. Again, easy to pack, no refigeration. A little plain, and dry, to be sure, but completely edible and satisfying. I also brought peanut butter, but didn't have any. I pretty much live on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at home, but I wasn't sure if jelly would survive on a tour. The guys at the camp seemed to think jelly would be fine, so I'll try that next time. So that makes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Variety would be nice, but I haven't got that far along yet.

As for sleeping, that's easy. I got a tent this winter during one of REI's big sales, and a sleeping bag and sleeping pad at a later REI sale this spring/summer. Light weight, intended for backpacking, packs small. That part was easy.

For Trip Planinng, I think you can go either way. Heavy planning or winging it. People do it both ways, I've read, and I think it just kind of depends on what sort of person you are. I am not sure where I fall on this issue yet.

Any how, I'm off to day dream about the next trip. Ciao.

-Cota
31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Water Filtration Pitchers on: July 18, 2009, 01:37:23 AM
We use the Brita it's been great. Costco carries the pitchers and filters too. I drink alot more water now than I used to.

-Cota
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I'm outa here. on: July 18, 2009, 01:33:48 AM


I *might* come back.

-Cota
33  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Target - March 2009 on: March 21, 2009, 07:28:28 PM
March 21. Two Worlds Enhanced(?) Edition. $9.99. 8 - 10 copies.

This worth $10? I seem to remember following the discussion a bit and a few people liked it. Does it have any obnoxious (phone home, limited installs, steam/live/whatever account etc) copy protection?

-Cota
34  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon MP3 Daily Deal (keep it updated!) on: January 23, 2009, 05:39:09 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on January 23, 2009, 04:01:42 PM

1/23 - Nevermind the Bullocks, Here's the Sex Pistols

Oooh. I have $5 MP3 credit at Amazon and I was going to buy this with that. But it looks like I have to download and install some Amazon MP3 Downloader something or other. What is that for? Is it safe? Forgive my ignorance, but I've never downloaded an MP3 before.

-Cota
35  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: My first router - D-Link DGL 4300 on: January 12, 2009, 02:01:23 AM
I'm glad you shamed me into reading the manual (and installing the acrobat reader). The manual says to change passwords and IP addresses from the factory defaults. So I did all that.

The trouble I have though, is sometimes the connection to the internet goes away for this computer. If I click 'repair' on the network connection gizmo, it usually fixes it. Though a couple of times, I've had to reboot the PC. I don't know what is going on there.

Thanks,

-Cota
36  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / My first router - D-Link DGL 4300 on: January 08, 2009, 09:48:20 PM
Ahoy. The cable guy upgraded my cable modem yesterday and my two computer home network stopped functioning, and I had to get a router to fix it. (Don't ask me how it worked before. I had the old modem attached to a simple hub and it worked. So after doing a search on home networks here and reading some reviews here and there, I decided that a D-Link 4300 would suit my needs. Trouble is, I've never used a router before.

The good news is, it's up and running, both computers have net access and it was super easy to get this far. What I'd like to learn more about though is the firewall. I've been using a software firewall so far, but I gather I should turn those off now and just use the router. But before I do that, I want to make sure the router firewall is working. I went into the configuration menu for the router, and it "looks" like it's on by default, but I admit, I don't really understand many of the options listed. So I'm asking you guys, if it's setup good enough out of the box, or must I set it up myself?

For what it's worth, I'm using the 'wired' ports, no wireless, since the house is already wired. Also, I'm not currently playing any online games, so I can't use those to test or play with.

Any tips and tricks would be most welcome, thank you.

-Cota
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Look what I bought. on: October 12, 2008, 03:00:39 PM
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When the zombies come, that's the vehicle of choice.

You know, after recently watching Resident Evil 3 on cable, I'm inclined to think you're right. Perhaps a dual sport would have been even better, but a fellow could fight/escape a lot of zombies from the pavement too!

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did you get some assless chaps?

Aren't all chaps assless?

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Nice looking ride, I like the old school feel of it. If you aren't going to use the rack you should take it off and see how it looks without it.

It is old school. It's a 1982. Probably older than some of you young punks around here. I agree with you about the rack. It's interesting how the rack changes the lines of the bike. It's not even the proper rack. It's got a couple of homemade widgets that allow it to be mounted. But yeah, I think it will look better without it. Maybe I can find a smaller one that fits if I need one.

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This is my new ride as of last week. It's a Yamaha Majesty 400.

I like your scooter. I almost bought one when I got fed up with gas prices. Until I saw how much they cost! I bought a bicycle instead.

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Can I have your organs?

Sure! Just bring squeegee and a plastic garbage bag.

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Is the motorcycle market like the car market with dealers almost begging for customers?

Beats me. I bought this from a private owner. Though I did call about one add in craigslist that ended up being a dealer in disguise. He said he started putting a couple of his used bikes on craigslist because no one was buying them and they were starting to pile up on his lot.

Anyways, if anyone is interested. It's a 1982 Honda CB900 Custom. It has a 10 speed transmission. 32k miles. I paid $1800 for it. I don't know that I'd call it a bargain, but it seemed like a fair price compared to what other bikes were selling for in this area. I've been watching the adds since early July. Missed a few that I would have liked and looked at some real clunkers too.

I really like the style of the late 70's early 80's Japanese bikes. Except for the Yamahas. And it's a good thing too, because that's all my $2000 budget could afford. My dream bike would be new Triumph Bonneville. Have you guys seen those? Talk about old school. Beautiful.

-Cota

38  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Look what I bought. on: October 11, 2008, 08:04:25 PM
Born to be wiiiiild...



-Cota
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: King´s Bounty: The Legend => Demo available!! on: September 24, 2008, 05:30:34 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on September 24, 2008, 04:49:01 PM

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Awesome, thanks!

My pleasure.  You guys can always request that I fetch something to host.  Movie trailer, whatever.  I've got the speed and bandwidth.

You are a champ!

-Cota
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bicycles on: September 09, 2008, 08:15:54 PM
For what it's worth -

It's been about 2 months since I bought and started riding a bike. It's been a lot more fun than I ever thought. Every day I look forward to getting out and riding, whether it's errands, or just because. I've probably put a mere 20 miles on the Dodge since buying the bike. I've lost 10 pounds, without even trying, and I got these weird muscle things growing in my legs.

Sunday was the best day so far. I signed up for and went on my first organized ride. The Tour de Lab it was called. An 18 mile tour across Portland to the three Lucky Labrador Pubs. The weather couldn't have been more perfect. The food and beverages along the way were great. The people were friendly and happy. It was well organized, and it was a benefit for the Dove Lewis Animal hospital, which is the Emergency Hospital in Portland. Dogs and Bicycles, what could be better? Oh, and Beer at the end. Dogs, Bicycles, and Beer! I'm not much of a beer drinker myself, but it was a perfect way to end the ride. The Pub even brewed a special beer, just for this event. My bicycle performed flawlessly. I'm really pleased with my purchase so far.

It didn't take me long to find out that riding in my cotton street type clothes wasn't the most comfortable. So after reading some tips elsewhere, I hit the Target clearance racks and picked up some Champion wicking athletic shirts and shorts. It's hit and miss on finding your size in the clearance racks, but I've got three targets and I can ride to, and I've managed to build a little cycling wardrobe on the cheap. 6 or 7 bucks a shirt. And I'm pretty impressed with the performance of this cheap athletic wear. It's worlds more comfortable than riding in my street clothes. I also hit a Pearl Izumi outlet store and picked up a pair of lycra padded shorts off the clearance rack for $11 and change. Wow, those are comfortable. I just wear them under my Target running shorts. I hope to swing by there again soon and I'll buy every pair on the discount rack at that price.

My big concern now though is, the end of summer. What happens when it starts raining? And up here near Portland, it's going to rain. A lot. I did buy what I think is a nice cycling rain jacket from an outfit in Eugene Oregon. I haven't had a chance to try it yet though, on account of the weather being so nice this summer. But I hope the rain doesn't stop me from riding. I plan to ride rain or shine, but who knows what I'll think when I actually have to do it. Don't wimp out, don't wimp out, don't wimp out.

Long term, I think it would be a blast to do some light touring on a bicycle. Anyone here done any of that?

Anyways.

-Cota
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