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121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Might & Magic X being teased on: August 21, 2013, 03:29:58 PM
There's a new Might and Magic game and it's old school? There are not enough expletives to express how properly my mind has been blown.
122  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: True Blood on: August 20, 2013, 06:37:04 PM
I didn't care for the last few seasons. This season it seemed like they turned it into a comedy and I thought it was fantastic. I fully expect next season to go back to suck.
123  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: headphone advice please on: August 20, 2013, 06:30:28 PM
I'm one of those idiots that spends a ridiculous amount of money on headphones. I have everything from a set of in ear Vsonic GR07's ($180) to Sennheiser HD-700's which run about a grand. As far as pure listening - and if you want to spend the money, I don't think you can beat the Sennheiser HD-600's. Yeah they retail for about $400 but you can pick them up for around 300 if you shop around. These are open ear headphones so music will bleed out but it's really like having a set of high end speakers attached to your head.

If you don't want to spend that much then these are the undisputed king of low cost but incredible. Audio-Technica ATH-M50S. I'd call these my fun, all around go to headphones.
124  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Home theater speakers? on: August 19, 2013, 04:28:15 PM
I love my Polk in wall speakers and they were reasonably priced. I have 8" for fronts and 6" for sides. The side speakers are about 10" from the ceiling. The fronts are in the middle of the wall and my newish Samsung 60" is mounted in the center. I think I spent about $600 total on the speakers.

Edit to add link.
125  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You're Not Drinking Enough Soda! on: August 09, 2013, 04:09:08 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 09, 2013, 05:22:04 AM

drink coffee?  amateurs, a real man chews the beans and spits them out!

Real men eat the beans, poop them out, and have them turned into high end coffee for congress.
126  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Planning Suitably Ironic Moniker's 1,000th forum post on: August 03, 2013, 04:35:42 AM
9 years for me as well but I'm farther behind. I figure at this rate I will hit 1,000 around December.
127  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Pacific Rim on: August 02, 2013, 04:22:58 PM

Quote from: McNutt on August 02, 2013, 04:02:15 PM

Saw it last night.  I has always wondered what it would be like if you gave the greenlight to make a movie like this to a competent person instead of Michael Bay or Roland Emmerich.  It turns out if you do that you get a hell of a movie that isn't filled with pointless explosions, bad humor or groan-inducing stupidity.  It really pisses me off that this movie isn't raking in the cash.  This is all that I hoped it would be.  It's not Othello, but it was extremely entertaining from start to finish and God bless them for giving Idris Elba a major role in a blockbuster.  That man is awesome. 
1.  Don't ever touch me again.  2.  Don't ever touch me again. 

I think the marketing was the culprit. It had such a weird Power Ranger look when the first trailers popped up I believe it turned people off. I went because my kid wanted to see it - I wasn't all that interested but I ended up absolutely loving it.
128  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What happens when you ask 100 different women (strangers) to have sex? on: July 31, 2013, 12:41:58 AM
"How I met your mother."
129  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you wear a watch? on: July 30, 2013, 02:43:32 PM

Quote from: Razgon on July 30, 2013, 10:51:41 AM

Quote from: Reemul on July 30, 2013, 08:31:07 AM

Yes, all the time. Who wants the hassle of getting your phone out every time you want to know the time.

just look at the sky instead.

I wear watches because I like the look of it, but am thinking of getting a Pebble watch.

I'd hold off on the Pebble. I just got one and I'm surprised at how buggy it is. Half of the notifications don't work requiring either jailbreaking your iphone or if you are on Android downloading hacks - even then you'll be digging through forums looking for solutions to simple problems. For as much money as they raised I'm surprised that so little effort has been put into the actual software.

The watch itself is a really cool concept but it looks and feels really cheap. The display is pretty nice though and I'm enjoying a LCARS face.
130  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you wear a watch? on: July 29, 2013, 08:41:29 PM
I'm a watch guy. I collect and wear them. I have a couple of limited edition Citizen watches I rotate through. I also have an Offshore Limited force 4 zombie apocalypse watch. Why so many watches? No frigging idea - I just like watches and it's most definitely not a status symbol.

My pebble watch is supposed to arrive today - can't wait to check it out.
131  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cue the Synthesizers, Axel Foley is Back. on: July 29, 2013, 01:05:42 AM
Kind of off topic but thought I'd share. The Beverly Hills Cop TV series was up against my friend John Dixon's show - Intelligence. John also writes for Permuted Press (my book publisher) and the show is based on his unpublished book Dissident. Intelligence stars Josh Holloway (Sawyer from Lost) and has a little bit of a Chuck vibe to it. I hope it's a great show.
132  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Shin Megami Tensei IV coming to North America on: July 27, 2013, 03:23:35 AM

Quote from: ericb on July 27, 2013, 01:23:13 AM

Quote from: Crusis on July 25, 2013, 01:20:25 PM

Well this is lame. I purchased Fire Emblem on the 3ds store a few months ago so it looks like it doesn't count toward the $30 credit for buying Shin Megami - no way to register it. Is there a way around this?

Just call Nintendo...as long as your 3DS is registered on club nintendo they'll check and add your fire emblem with no problem.  I had to do this a couple of days ago and it showed up a day later.

I logged into club nintendo today and my $30 credit was smiling at me. So now, what to spend it on.  nod
133  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Speeding ticket on: July 26, 2013, 05:01:44 AM
Never had a speeding ticket - or any ticket for that matter. I must be a boring driver but that can be fixed.  icon_twisted
134  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Shin Megami Tensei IV coming to North America on: July 25, 2013, 04:52:39 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on July 25, 2013, 01:55:42 PM

Did you register it at the Club Nintendo site or is it automatic when you download it?

I registered after I bought Fire Emblem. I didn't even know about club nintendo until I saw the offer with Shin Megami IV. So I have no pin to register on club nintendo.
135  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Shin Megami Tensei IV coming to North America on: July 25, 2013, 01:20:25 PM
Well this is lame. I purchased Fire Emblem on the 3ds store a few months ago so it looks like it doesn't count toward the $30 credit for buying Shin Megami - no way to register it. Is there a way around this?
136  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Your favorite opening line of a book on: July 24, 2013, 03:15:28 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on July 24, 2013, 01:54:59 PM

No one plans for the end of the world. 

Beyond the Barriers

I didn't care for that line and wished I'd done a better job on the first paragraph. The original first line from that book was "The day the world ended I jumped in my SUV and headed for Walmart." (inspired by a trip from hell to walmart the day before)

You'd be amazed how long authors agonize over first lines.
137  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Your favorite opening line of a book on: July 24, 2013, 12:34:26 AM
"Lost and for a time so is he." Among the Living by some jerk named Timothy W. Long.
138  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Sharknado - Sharknado 2 confirmed! on: July 19, 2013, 09:10:21 PM
Sharknado 2? Someone at Asylum needs to see if Shannen Doherty is available.
139  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Test your Die Hard knowledge (Die Hard is 25 years old?!) on: July 18, 2013, 08:12:59 PM
19! The one I got wrong I somehow forgot to click but I knew the answer. It seems sort of pathetic that I know these movies inside and out.
140  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Shin Megami Tensei IV coming to North America on: July 17, 2013, 02:54:53 PM
I forgot how hard these games can be. Lots of fun so far after a couple of hours, though.
141  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Shin Megami Tensei IV coming to North America on: July 17, 2013, 01:53:03 AM
Had no idea this came with a massive strategy guide. Nice.
142  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Shin Megami Tensei IV coming to North America on: July 15, 2013, 03:07:37 AM

Quote from: Turtle on July 15, 2013, 01:52:04 AM

So, who is ready this week?

I just got my shipping notification from Amazon about an hour ago. In!
143  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Book]The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith(J.K Rowling) on: July 15, 2013, 12:32:14 AM
I am J L Rowling. You all should really go buy all of my books before I'm outed. Right. Gotta run and work on a new Harry Pothead book.
144  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help me choose my kid's name! on: July 14, 2013, 12:11:27 AM
How about Kenji? My wife is Japanese so both kids have Japanese middle names and 'Murican first names. My son's name is Nicholas Jyoji ...

145  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [move] it's been 5 years, time for another Day of the Dead remake! on: July 11, 2013, 02:35:41 PM
The last remake was terrible. Mena Suvari, Nick Cannon ... ugh. Just terrible.
146  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone interested in a creative writing class w/ lectures by Brandon Sanderson? on: July 09, 2013, 04:26:21 AM

Quote from: raydude on July 08, 2013, 11:37:10 PM

This looks pretty neat. I've always wanted to write but enthusiasm and self-criticism always seems to get in the way. I've gotten several how-to-write books but they don't seem to keep me on track either. Maybe I need a class environment to keep me writing. Signed up and will definitely try to stay on it.

I think one of the cool things about Sanderson's class is that he encourages his students to press on and STOP going back and editing. Meet your writing goal for the week and move on to the next week without constant rewrites. That's smart because it gets you to focus on writing a book even if the book is crap. When you are done with the book you may find that even though it is crap it can be saved in the second draft.

Writing is like programming or any other job that takes a lot of practice to get right. It's best to just sit down and start doing it and don't stop. I'm pretty sure I'd still be thinking about writing instead of writing if I hadn't taken some writing classes.
147  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone interested in a creative writing class w/ lectures by Brandon Sanderson? on: July 08, 2013, 06:47:17 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 08, 2013, 03:55:05 PM

Quote from: Crusis on July 05, 2013, 02:14:13 PM

The first few videos have so much practical advice. Wanna be a writer? Do that stuff!

excellent, I was hoping you'd chime in.  I figured you'd be one of the better authorities around these parts smilethumbsup

Coincidentally enough I also am enrolled in a Creative Writing class for the fall semester, so I figure this may help give me a leg up on at least some aspects.

Good on ya! There is no finer way to hone your craft than with a class. I can't wait to take another class but I need to clear a few projects off my plate first.
148  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Sharknado on: July 08, 2013, 03:30:59 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 08, 2013, 03:36:56 AM

Quote from: Crusis on July 08, 2013, 03:26:30 AM

Quote from: Suitably Ironic Moniker on July 07, 2013, 05:14:25 PM

The problem with these types of SyFy films is that they know that they're making this cheesy, over-the-top schlock. I prefer when it's a film made by someone who thinks they're making high art, but instead turn out said schlock. There's an earnestness that is lacking in the first example.

Screw art. Make money. I wish someone would pay me to write a cheesy-ass screen play.  nod

Zombiecane!
Zombienami!
Zombiequake!

PythoNadoZomb just begs to be written.
149  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Sharknado on: July 08, 2013, 03:26:30 AM

Quote from: Suitably Ironic Moniker on July 07, 2013, 05:14:25 PM

The problem with these types of SyFy films is that they know that they're making this cheesy, over-the-top schlock. I prefer when it's a film made by someone who thinks they're making high art, but instead turn out said schlock. There's an earnestness that is lacking in the first example.

Screw art. Make money. I wish someone would pay me to write a cheesy-ass screen play.  nod
150  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Sharknado on: July 06, 2013, 02:48:23 PM
This looks awesomely bad. It also looks like it demands a drinking game.
151  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone interested in a creative writing class w/ lectures by Brandon Sanderson? on: July 05, 2013, 02:14:13 PM
The first few videos have so much practical advice. Wanna be a writer? Do that stuff!
152  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Addicted to Crack - Bottlehead Crack on: July 04, 2013, 05:26:28 AM
Link fixed. Weird ...

It's a zombie detector.  icon_lol

A headphone amplifier takes a source from one end, amplifies it, and spits it out the other but in the process you pick up a warm tube sound. A decent tube powered headphone amp can run 500 to a few grand. With the kit I got to build it myself and I can always try different tubes to get a different sound. I tell ya, this thing was fun as hell to put together.

This is the site I ordered the amp kit from: http://www.bottlehead.com
153  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Addicted to Crack - Bottlehead Crack on: July 04, 2013, 03:07:23 AM
I recently completed a DIY tube headphone amplifier kit from a company called Bottlehead. The amp is called a Crack and it's an output transformerless amplifier (OTL). This project was a hell of a lot of fun and took a weekend to complete. Swing by my site for a my write up with pictures. They make an add on called the Speedball (I can't make these names up) and that's probably my next project.

154  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Under the Dome coming to TV on: June 30, 2013, 01:38:38 PM
I finally got to see the first episode and enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. I thought some of the changes from the book were really good and I hope the rest of the series plays out this well.
155  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 6/27/13 on: June 28, 2013, 07:43:23 PM
XCOM on my ipad.
156  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World War Z Movie on: June 24, 2013, 04:15:08 AM
I really enjoyed this. At times it felt like the movie that Contagion tried to be a few years ago. I wish there had been more large scale battles with the military fighting off the Z's. Anyway, as far as disaster flicks go it was a lot better than some in the last decade like Deep Impact and Day after Tomorrow.

I guess I am not the only one that liked it because it's made enough money to already start talking sequel. Bring on the zombies.
157  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Superman: Man of Steel on: June 22, 2013, 05:27:13 PM
It gets a big fat MEH from me. I wanted the movie the trailer's promised 'cause this wasn't it.
158  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World War Z Movie on: June 20, 2013, 02:59:41 PM

Quote from: Razgon on June 20, 2013, 01:42:48 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on June 20, 2013, 01:41:41 PM

Was going to see this tonight but I'm seeing this tomorrow afternoon.   Really dislike fast Zombies, but I interested in seeing how they translate the book into the movie no matter how loosely based it appears

Aren't these more flowing zombies, than fast zombies?

I read them described as single minded organisms that will run over anything in their path to get to a victim and that's why they flow. It probably sacrilege to the Z purist to see fast zombies. Personally I think slow zombies are about as threatening as a bunch of drunken senior citizens.
159  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My Fathers Day gift. on: June 16, 2013, 10:43:11 PM
Here's mine.  icon_smile
160  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World War Z Movie on: June 12, 2013, 01:16:23 AM
My friend Rhiannon Frater saw a screening and loved it.
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