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121  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad on: November 01, 2013, 09:35:46 PM
The iPad Air is something else. I went in to pick up my black 16 gig AT&T and stopped at the display to see how they felt. It's a bit of a shock when you pick one up because they are so light now. It really is an iPad mini with bigger screen. After handling the device I decided that I liked the white better. They were really cool about it and said they had plenty in stock so I was able to return my preorder and get a white one. When have you ever heard of an apple store saying they had plenty in stock on a launch day?

Anyway. I'm pretty blown away by the new size and weight. I think they have stuck the perfect balance between what a tablet should be while maintaining great battery life and a lot of power. The bezel is so small that when you hold the iPad and read you kind of forget you're on a tablet. Not sure if that makes sense ...

I think this might be a perfect 10" tablet for gaming. My iPad 4 was great but the weight made me want to avoid dual stick style games. They are great for the first fifteen minutes but then the iPad gets heavy.

I'm off download X-COM and KOTOR to give it a work out.
122  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad on: November 01, 2013, 04:20:29 PM
I slept through my alarm. Gah! Woke up around 7, grabbed my iPhone and ordered an iPad air for store pickup today. This beats the hell out of past launches!
123  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Today I weep... on: October 23, 2013, 02:49:58 PM

Quote from: Lee on October 23, 2013, 11:21:52 AM

That's funny you mention that. Every time I visit Amazon now I remind myself that soon I will be paying taxes myself since I am moving to WA. I hate it when people say this, but: First world problems...

On the plus side we have pot.
124  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad on: October 23, 2013, 12:32:55 AM
Wow. It was like Christmas for Apple fans. I'm downloading Mavericks to my Macbook now. I already got about 6 hours of battery life. If the claim of an additional hour is true I'm going to be ecstatic.

Ipad air on Nov 1? Just take my money now, Apple.
125  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Not more zombie books! on: October 21, 2013, 06:34:48 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 16, 2013, 01:59:29 AM

oh, and have you ever heard of Leanpub Crusis?  if so any opinions?  I stumbled across them on the National Novel Writing Month website.

I think I understand this idea. So authors setup their books and then base changes on reader input? With Kindle you can update books on the fly and they are usually available within about 12 hours. Maybe I missed the point of Leanpub?
126  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Kindle: Kindle Paperwhite! Updated Fire! Kindle Fire HD! on: October 18, 2013, 10:16:10 PM
I got the new Paperwhite a few weeks ago and really love it. The screen illumination is something else. It's so soft now and I don't see any of the weird lighting of the old one. The device is noticeably faster. The other great feature is the book pop up that allows you to quickly scroll through a book but will return you to the last page you were reading. I read that the contrast was better and fonts were sharper but it's hard to tell. Anyway,  thumbsup from me.
127  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My First Order From Amazon Was Over 13 Years Ago on: October 18, 2013, 08:43:55 PM

Shipped on July 20, 1999
Items Ordered   Price
1 of: Twilight in Olympus [IMPORT], Symphony X
Sold by: LLC
128  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: October 17, 2013, 04:13:44 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 17, 2013, 12:14:54 AM

looks like ratings for the premiere were OK.

That is amazing. I wish I could get someone to turn my series into an epic TV show!

129  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Not more zombie books! on: October 15, 2013, 09:58:58 PM

Quote from: Azhag on October 15, 2013, 08:36:02 PM

Zombie story/mods for this?

(I kickstarted this project/game, which ended like a week ago)

Cool kickstarter. I was in the Kaiju Rising kickstarter that recently funded and even had someone buy my tuckerized tier level so I get to write a Kaiju story staring them - and probably ending them. SPALT.

What kind of zombie stories are you guys looking for? Modern or historic? I always wanted to see zombies during the crusades. Knights on horseback vs. hordes of undead.
130  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Not more zombie books! on: October 15, 2013, 06:25:34 PM

Quote from: Scraper on October 15, 2013, 06:17:16 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on October 15, 2013, 06:15:25 PM

Bought. I may need to move it to the head of the reading list for timeliness.

If you read it today it will be right about when the story takes place in relation to Real World Events. Just don't mind the actual day of the week.

It's about an hour's read. That would be funny if it coincided with real world - and maybe a zombie apoc is just what the capitol needs.
131  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Not more zombie books! on: October 15, 2013, 05:19:31 PM

Quote from: Scraper on October 15, 2013, 05:14:31 PM

I read it already. The highlight by far:

Spoiler for Hiden:
The description of Boner's equipment and Michelle Bauchman prattling nonsense even after she is undead. Classic.

LOL, thanks. I hope it was a buck well spent.
132  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Not more zombie books! on: October 15, 2013, 05:04:10 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on October 15, 2013, 01:37:24 PM

Genius idea.  This one should get a lot of attention and you more readers.  Nice work.

Thanks, I was actually thinking about starting a thread about the book and how it came about but I hate to be too spammy. This little story has already shot into the #2 and #3 spots on Amazon's political best seller lists which made my eyes do this:  eek
133  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So what's your ride? on: October 14, 2013, 07:29:25 PM
06 Mustang, I've had it for a few years but I don't drive much. The car has 38K miles on it. Our other car is an 09 Nissan Rogue. My wife drives it because my car is too low or something and that works for me.
134  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It was the best of was the worst of times.. on: October 14, 2013, 07:24:21 PM
This looks ridiculously fun!
135  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Not more zombie books! on: October 14, 2013, 05:34:41 PM
Are you all sick of Congress sitting on their asses? I know I am and that's why I wrote this little bit of mayhem set in the capitol. Why? Because zombies don't need health care.

136  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: October 14, 2013, 12:39:17 PM
I didn't care for last season's lazy plot and "villain" who pulled of menacing about as well as Doctor Evil. That said I was quite impressed with last nights episode. There were still the a number of WB drama level emotional scenes. And Rick showed his usual level of emo scenes including the every present shaky gun while practically sobbing scene. BUT I was really drawn into the

Spoiler for Hiden:
Woman in the woods sub plot. Very well done and that actress was fantastic.

Nice that they upped the gore quotient and associated sound effects.
137  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] American Horror Story: Coven is next on: October 12, 2013, 03:22:47 AM
What a great first episode. I can't wait for the rest of this season.
138  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hot zombie action! (maybe NSFW) on: October 10, 2013, 08:07:04 PM
I'm doing a Reddit AMA right now if anyone wants to swing by and make me look cool.
139  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hot zombie action! (maybe NSFW) on: October 10, 2013, 02:37:39 PM
I sent out a few gift cards and have a few more on order. If you haven't heard back from me yet I'll pass the codes along tomorrow.
140  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: October 10, 2013, 12:45:13 PM
3 more days until the best zombie show on TV returns. yay.
141  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hot zombie action! (maybe NSFW) on: October 09, 2013, 07:31:33 PM
Since I've annoyed everyone with yet another book cover, who wants a gift certificate for a free kindle version of The Zombie Wilson Diaries? Just shoot me a message, I have a few freebies available.
142  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hot zombie action! (maybe NSFW) on: October 09, 2013, 07:27:42 PM
Rachael doing stand-up.
143  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hot zombie action! (maybe NSFW) on: October 09, 2013, 05:10:21 PM

Quote from: Purge on October 09, 2013, 03:43:01 PM

Quote from: The Grue on October 09, 2013, 03:37:01 PM

She certainly seems to have a lot of non-living product in her.

She's the platinum GOTY edition : comes with all the addons and DLC. 

I wonder what her personality is like? Seems pretty cool. Gratz on finding a cover girl!

I don't think there are any extras. 'nuff said.  slywink

Rachael is really cool and funny as hell.
144  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hot zombie action! (maybe NSFW) on: October 09, 2013, 12:26:33 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 09, 2013, 04:01:43 AM

I looked over her body of work and have to say that 'Vampire Lesbian Kickboxers' has me intrigued.

This is the movie I want to see!
145  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hot zombie action! (maybe NSFW) on: October 09, 2013, 03:27:53 AM
Oh and the best part!

My wife: "What the ..."
Me: "It's work, dear."

146  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hot zombie action! (maybe NSFW) on: October 09, 2013, 03:26:13 AM
A few months ago I decided it was time to change one of my book covers. The Zombie Wilson Diaries is a silly book about a guy stuck on a deserted island with a female zombie as "wilson". It's had the same cover for a while and I thought a cover refresh would be cool to perk up sales. A fan of my books is an actress and former playboy model so I approached her about doing a photo shoot. She didn't take out a restraining order so that was a win. The full shoot netted me 160 photos of her dressed in a ridiculous coconut bra and grass skirt to use in future promotions. Anyway, here's a pic of Rachael looking normal:

Here's Rachael after the shoot and zombieifed:

Here's the final cover:

And here are a few bonus shots of Rachael Robbins that I stole from her Facebook page.

147  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hold that pose! (Looking at getting a new camera) on: October 08, 2013, 08:02:58 PM
I don't know which camera brands to recommend. I went in looking at Nikon and walked out with Cannon but that was only after a sales person told me the similarly priced Nikon's video quality wasn't as good as the Cannon's. I don't know it that's true. What I know is that our picture quality has increased significantly since we got the T3i last year. I can put it on dumb mode and snap pictures like a pro. Seriously, the images are amazing when you get in this price range.
148  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So I wrote an urban fantasy on: October 05, 2013, 05:19:50 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on October 04, 2013, 01:20:57 PM

Finished it, enjoyed it, want more!

Thanks for checking out the book! If you can spare a minute to drop a review on Amazon that would be great. If not, it's all good.

I do have plans for a sequel. Hopefully the book will continue to sell and build an audience.  nod
149  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [kickstarter] Kaiju Rising on: October 05, 2013, 05:18:26 PM
Last day to get in on Kaiju rising. Check out the kickstarted, they have added some great new authors and other cool stuff. The goal was $10,000 but is now over $17,000.
150  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RIP Tom Clancy on: October 03, 2013, 05:55:51 PM
I got into the Clancy books relatively late but enjoyed them. I think I started reading with The Sum of all Fears and then went back and read Red Storm Rising and then the rest of the Jack Ryan books. I never read Bear and the Dragon, though. Maybe time to get a kindle copy.

I found his plots really interesting and always deep even if I didn't agree with his politics. One thing about Clancy, he predicted quite a number of (or had an inside source) interesting spy and military gear.
151  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl on: October 01, 2013, 06:40:15 PM
Curse you Grue - I'm off to purchase.
152  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / [3DS] Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl on: October 01, 2013, 06:09:27 PM
Anyone take the plunge? These games are like Heisenberg crack to me. I'm really interested in the story mode. Also, I'm addicted to the map making in these games. Anyway, is there enough new content to stand up against ET IV or am I looking at the same game and monsters but with a different name.
153  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Breaking bad as good/bad as usual! on: September 30, 2013, 03:59:54 AM
Great ending but what the hell!

Spoiler for Hiden:
Walt's now a lumberjack?!
154  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So I wrote an urban fantasy on: September 27, 2013, 01:38:45 PM
I did a free day yesterday (just over 1,000 downloads) and a .99 sale today with some paid advertising. Just trying to get more copies in hands. More copies = more reviews. More reviews = sales. LOL it's a vicious cycle. Now a days it's all about amazon reviews. This whole changing genres thing is a pain in the ass.
155  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Plants vs Zombies 2 out in iOS app store on: September 25, 2013, 04:08:09 PM
Is the game as good as the first one? I'd like to try it but dealing with IAP turned me off.
156  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [kickstarter] Kaiju Rising on: September 19, 2013, 04:11:18 PM
With 17 days remaining the Kickstarter is now fully funded. YAY!

They've added some cool new stuff including:

157  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You know what I hate about IOS7? on: September 18, 2013, 05:08:13 PM
The GM is a lot better than the beta but still pretty lame overall. I read that turning off parallax view helps. Parallax looks nice the first few times you show it to friends then you never use it again.
158  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Sleepy Hollow on: September 17, 2013, 04:34:44 PM
Before the show my kid and I were all "haha. That show's gonna suck."

Ummm. Crow.
159  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: eBook bargain thread on: September 13, 2013, 08:09:28 PM
My publisher, Permuted Press, is doing a Friday the 13th weekend sale. Almost every title (including my three novels) are on sale for .99.
160  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So I wrote an urban fantasy on: September 13, 2013, 07:09:38 PM

Quote from: Caine on September 13, 2013, 06:06:13 PM

Quote from: Crusis on September 13, 2013, 05:41:12 PM

Quote from: Caine on September 11, 2013, 04:29:52 PM

queue'd up next as well.  Once I finish up book 5 of ASoIaF...

Don't read my book after Martin, sheesh. At least cleanse your pallet with something a little less epic first. My little paranormal murder mystery is pretty far from incest, backstabbing, politicking, and dragons.

urban fantasy is always a good cleanser after epic fantasy.  it bridges the reality with the fantasy quite nicely.  plus, you haven't written any of my go-to genre for fantasy follow-up:  sci-fi.  
... yet.

My first attempt at writing a book was a Sci-fi spy novel called Zero Breath. I was about 50K words into it when I realized it was complete and utter crap. I tossed it.

Actually my bud Jonthan Moon and I are embarking on a new book. We just worked out a sweet deal to write a Cronenberg-esque horror thriller called The Boom Generation but it probably won't be out until early 2015. Not exactly Sci-Fi but it's going to be quite a different book for me.

My goal is to start work on an epic fantasy next year that's been brewing in my head for a few years. Fantasy has always been my first love and I plan to do right by her.
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