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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cards Against Humanity holiday thing on: December 13, 2014, 06:37:08 PM
My first 4 packs have arrived and they are amazing. LOL.
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Echo on: December 04, 2014, 09:33:24 PM
I'm not sure how they'd get software updated on the device. There's no way to plug it into a USB port of any kind. Maybe it can just download them. Since Echo, like SIRI, is cloud based I suspect all of the updates will happen online. I did notice that Echo was slightly sharper the second day. My son and I did a side by side comparison between Echo and Siri and Echo had a LONG way to go. I'll think about putting together a short video and popping it up on youtube.
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Amazon Echo on: December 04, 2014, 07:53:15 PM
I got my Amazon Echo yesterday and was somewhat underwhelmed. While it is very cool technology it isn't nearly as useful as Siri. The majority of my questions were answered with "I don't have an answer or that." One question I asked was how far the earth was to the moon. But Echo did tell me how large the moon was. I was also able to tell it to play specific songs from my prime music which was cool. The sound quality for music isn't that great. My little Klipsh bluetooth speaker is a lot more powerful and clearer.

I understand that it's cloud based and that it will improve. For now, it's a very cool gadget to show friends. I DO think that the Echo has a future but the device needs time to mature.

Anyone else excited about this new gadget?
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3,360,PS4,XB1,PC] Grand Theft Auto V on: November 18, 2014, 10:56:54 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on November 18, 2014, 08:45:09 PM

FYI this game went live digitally on PS4 at 9 PM Pacific time on Monday.  Wonder if that's a new trend.  I like it!

I had this downloaded and watched the timer click over through the last 30 seconds. Then came an agonizingly slow install. After an hour it was at 20% installed so I went to bed. This morning it was at 66%. I hope it's not my connection.

On the other hand. The pre-load was over 40 gigs - I wonder why it wasn't play ready at midnight EST.
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cards Against Humanity holiday thing on: November 14, 2014, 05:36:49 PM
Ordered! This sounds like fun.
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Have you ever written anything substantial? on: November 13, 2014, 07:49:35 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on November 13, 2014, 06:58:27 PM

I really feel like I need to write something and submit it, but I've never had the discipline to do the necessary rewrites. One of these days I keep telling myself I'll find the time to really focus on it, but then a good game comes out or I find some other hobby to explore and I never get around to it.

This was me until 5 years ago. I didn't submit my first story AND collect my first rejection until I was 40. The problem is that now I don't have time for games and it kinda sucks. I'd love to spend a weekend playing Diablo 3 but I have to freaking write.
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Have you ever written anything substantial? on: November 13, 2014, 05:44:26 PM
8 novels, 1 novella, 1 novellete, and about 20 short stories. My latest story - actually just finished it this morning, is called Dr. Spengle vs. The Unihorn Horror because Nazi's vs. magical, foul-mouthed, battle armor wearing Unicorns. It ran close to 9K words.

As far as plotting I usually have a terrific start in mind, then muddle through the middle parts, and come up with an end - about the time it's time to write the end. Phew - that was a run on sentence. I've written outlines before and managed to stick to them so I'm not adverse to doing them. I find I work best when I jot down plot points, as they come to me, inside the document I'm writing. My first major 3 page outline was for my former agent so she has an idea of where to potentially pitch the book.

When I'm done with a book I call it the "puke-draft" because no one should see what I've vomited onto the page. After about my 3rd rewrite I feel like it's getting there. By the 5th rewrite I've got a decent manuscript. I don't ever workshop or ask for critiques. I work with pro editors and they are good at content stuff as well as correcting my crappy grammar. The reason I no longer workshop is I find that all of that feedback strips my voice right out of the story.

If you want to learn the craft I suggest taking a class. I did a year of classes online at Gotham Writer's Workshop but there are any number of great schools out there. Taking a single creative writing class can be enormously helpful.
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 10/31/14 on: October 31, 2014, 03:25:57 PM
Sunset Overdrive when I can find the time. This game is bonkers.
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is your primary gaming device? on: October 06, 2014, 03:28:37 PM
PS4. I used to be a PC gamer but I switched to Mac a few years ago and for the most part I don't miss PC games. Playing PS4 on my flagship Samsung with in wall Polk Audio speakers and a 12" sub is pretty awesome.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: October 02, 2014, 12:28:28 PM

Quote from: TiLT on October 01, 2014, 03:23:08 PM

Quote from: Crusis on October 01, 2014, 03:16:32 PM

Gorgeous game on the PS4 - what little I got to play. After the opening chapter I was stuck a screen that said "Downloading - 45 minutes remaining." This was after the game had downloaded. Will this happen with every freaking level for the digital edition?

No, it won't. You didn't fully download the game before playing, but had you waited a bit, you wouldn't have had to see that screen you're describing. Almost all PS4-games support playing before the download is fully finished, and the download bar on the main UI only shows how much you need to reach the ability to start the game. You can find the actual download size and progress in the console's settings menu.

The bar was finished as in 100%. I don't know what was going on but it played great last night.
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: October 01, 2014, 03:16:32 PM
Gorgeous game on the PS4 - what little I got to play. After the opening chapter I was stuck a screen that said "Downloading - 45 minutes remaining." This was after the game had downloaded. Will this happen with every freaking level for the digital edition?
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 26, 2014, 10:04:03 PM

Quote from: Ridah on September 26, 2014, 09:17:31 PM

It surprised me that Apple has made its new default screen size 4.7 inches with the iPhone 6... and scarier that so many people are buying the Plus. I had an HTC One X (4.7 inch screen) for two years and moved to the iPhone 5s because I wanted a smaller phone. My wife has a Note 3 (same size screen as the 6 Plus) which, because it certainly isn't going to fit in her skinny jeans pockets and she rarely carries a purse, I end up having to carry. If she had the 5s (or any smaller sized phone) she could fit it in her back pocket at least, which is what I do and is kinda annoying.

I don't think people realize how much one-handed utility you lose with the larger screens, either. It's super clumsy to hold so your normal operation of the device becomes two-handed which to me is counter-intuitive. The only time I use two hands with my 5s is when I'm typing, and even then I can still get away with one hand a lot because of suggestive/predictive typing. I was always fumbling with my One X.

Looking at pics on the larger screen sure is nice, though.

I had a Note 3 for about 9 months and loved the screen real estate - just hated Android. A guy at work just got his 6 plus and he's kind of freaking about how big it is. He had a iphone 4s before this.

I'm enjoying the size of the iPhone 6 quite a bit. The 6 plus will be here on Monday so I can compare and decide which one to keep.
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 24, 2014, 10:02:14 PM

Quote from: Lee on September 20, 2014, 01:17:37 PM

Was just searching for apps, and the top trending app is something along the lines of Verizon data transfer with another for AT&T. People have no clue about back ups and iCloud I guess. 

I just used the AT&T app. It transferred all of my pictures, contacts, and stuff from my Android phone to my new iphone. Sure, I could back all that crap up but why not use this simple utility? It's pretty slick, I got them both on the network. My Note generated a QR code, my iphone read it and started transferring all of my stuff.
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 19, 2014, 04:19:26 PM
I got up early on pre-order day. Ordered through AT&T and got a shipping date of October 31st. People are walking into AT&T stores and buying phones today. Awesome job, AT&T...
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 10, 2014, 06:12:25 PM
I have the Note 3. About an hour after I got it, I forgot it was so huge and then wondered why I ever had a tiny screen before. I am all over the iphone 6 plus.
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 10, 2014, 06:02:52 PM
Destiny seems fun but as soon as I made it to the hub, last night, I got booted off the servers repeatedly. Annoying.
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 8/29/14 -- Labor Day Weekend Edition! on: August 29, 2014, 06:25:13 PM
Diablo 3 on PS4. This is the way D3 was meant to be played. On a big ass screen with huge speakers shaking the floor.
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Should I get a cat? on: August 08, 2014, 09:39:14 PM
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Vessyl on: August 07, 2014, 03:55:41 PM

Quote from: Lee on August 06, 2014, 12:47:12 PM

I remember where I had seen this before, on the Colbert Report. Maybe that tainted my view?

(Not trying to mock something you are clearly excited about Ravenvii, just really needed a laugh, so I thought I would share.)

Haw! Colbert was the first thing I thought of as well. Love the device or hate it, this is a funny segment.
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Acid motherf****ing reflux! on: July 21, 2014, 10:27:21 PM
I used to have a horrid case of this. Even woke up a few times gasping for air as acid worked it's way up my esophagus. I've lost 35 lbs this year and the problem is completely gone.
21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So...what would ya say...ya do here? on: July 17, 2014, 01:16:37 PM
Software engineer nerd by day / bad boy zombie author by night. Actually, I have very low aspirations of becoming half as cool as Hank Moody.
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / San Diego Comic-con on: July 16, 2014, 09:31:01 PM
I just saw a post about Gencon. That reminded me that SDCC is next week. I'll be there for the entire con, any other GT'ers planning to attend?
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Game of thrones come to you from Word Star 4.0 on: May 15, 2014, 12:43:57 AM
My hero!
24  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Back into the iOs realm - your top 3 games? on: May 01, 2014, 10:18:47 PM
Don't forget Warhammer: Quest. The game is ridiculously addictive.
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Might & Magic X : Legacy on: April 27, 2014, 02:25:18 PM
The mac version finally hit. This is definitely my kind of game. I've always loved the M & M and Wizardry games so this is a real treat. The game looks and plays great on my macbook retina at 1920 rez. This game just screams old school.

How great would this be on a tablet?
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Captain America: The Winter Soldier confirmed on: April 17, 2014, 03:42:25 PM
Maybe the theater upgraded the screen and or projector. I was getting so sick of half-assed 3D but this was almost as good as Avatar. The funny thing is I wanted to see it in good old 2D but I picked the wrong time and would have had to wait an hour.
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Captain America: The Winter Soldier confirmed on: April 16, 2014, 01:46:21 AM
I'm a huge fan of Marvel movies. For some reason I came away from this one thinking it was good, but not on the same level of The Avengers. Still, it was a helluva fun movie. I took my daughter to a 3D screening. Is it just me or have 3D films improved?
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Z Nation on: April 09, 2014, 10:14:34 PM
I think they should have done a zombie tornado movie instead. Meat Bags at 600 MPH.

Hmmm. New story idea is brewing.
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [TV] Z Nation on: April 09, 2014, 04:26:21 PM
A new zombie show is coming to SyFy and it's by, Asylum, the studio that brought us the gem Sharknado. It will be a Fall show so I guess they want to compete with TWD? Oh boy ...
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Might & Magic X : Legacy on: April 04, 2014, 04:06:11 PM
I'm so glad I pre-purchased this back in August for the Mac version. Yep, still not out.
31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Music and I-Phone Question on: April 03, 2014, 12:36:22 AM
The short answer is: Yes.

Amazon has an iPhone app that allows you to download your purchased music from "the cloud." The only downside? You can't use the iPhone EQ with the app.
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Not more zombie books! on: April 01, 2014, 03:32:38 PM

Quote from: Scraper on April 01, 2014, 01:27:41 PM

I just picked up Z-Risen 1. Here's a question though, Z-Risen 2 is free with Prime borrowing. So do you actually get paid when people borrow the book or would we be screwing you out of a sale?

If I have a book in Prime, it means that the ebook can only be sold on Amazon. I can get as many as several hundred borrows a month on Amazon and I actually see more, in royalties, than I do from a sale.
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Not more zombie books! on: April 01, 2014, 02:32:14 AM
Well. Z-Risen was a bit of a success. Actually, self-publishing is turning into "quit the day job" kinda money. With that in mind I have been busy.



This is on Amazon now.

Also, my book, Among the Living is getting a German translation and should be out later this year with Festa Verlag publishing. I'm pretty excited to be on the same label as Clive Barker, F. Paul Wilson, and Jack Ketchum.
34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Jupiter Ascending on: March 28, 2014, 12:57:48 AM
Looks good. I hope that Sean Bean has a suitably epic death in this one.
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: March 24, 2014, 07:30:05 PM

Quote from: Scraper on March 24, 2014, 05:57:27 PM

Terminous is just wrong. Where are the guards, where are the defenses? They just walked right on in. I'm betting on cannibals with a whole ton of hidden firepower.

That's exactly what I said when the episode ended. Look at all the vegetables and the big grill. Wait - where's the MEAT ... Cannibals.
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Ps4] inFAMOUS: Second Son on: March 24, 2014, 04:17:48 AM
I played so much of this game over the weekend I'm seeing smoke everywhere. I'd guess I've put in a dozen hours and I've completed 18% of the game. I haven't been this captivated by a game in a long time.
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: March 21, 2014, 10:25:23 PM
I watched the first episode of Rectify on Netflix last night. It seems like a pretty interesting show plus it's only 6 episodes long.
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Ps4] inFAMOUS: Second Son on: March 21, 2014, 02:52:33 PM
I played Second Son for a few hours last night. The graphics are phenomenal. This is the game you use to show off your shiny new PS4. Maybe I'm getting old but I found some of the early fights really difficult. Anyway, great game so far.
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Ps4] inFAMOUS: Second Son on: March 21, 2014, 12:38:13 AM
My copy of Second Son arrived today. Thanks, Amazon!
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: March 17, 2014, 02:41:52 PM
Saturday night, my wife and I decided to check out the first episode of the French drama The Returned on Netflix. 4 hour later it was 1AM and we were both in a daze and dragged our asses to bed. Yesterday we watched all be the last episode. What a fantastic show about the dead returning to a small village in France. I'm pretty sure the new show, Resurrection, (ABC?) is based on The Returned. If you don't mind sub-titles, check this show out. It's a moody drama with each episode looking more like a movie than a TV series.
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