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761  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Being Human on: January 20, 2011, 08:31:58 PM
It took me a few minutes when the cop's were sitting at the table then ... "That's Jacob!!"

Nice to see him on the show.

Overall I liked the show and set it up to record the season.
762  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Being Human on: January 20, 2011, 05:48:44 PM
The first episode wasn't too bad. Better than I thought it would be. One thing that turned me off right away! I don't know if it's a spoiler but just to be safe ...

Spoiler for Hiden:
How come the vampire can walk around in daylight? At first I thought it was some Twilight BS. Did I miss a piece of dialog?
763  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2011 on: January 18, 2011, 04:24:49 PM
I finished:

Fires of Heaven - Robert Jordan - It's nice to reread the books. Lots of stuff I forgot over the years.
Beyond Exile: Day by Day Armageddon- J. L. Bourne - Loved it! Read it in 2 days.

Reading: Everything Matters - Ron Currie
764  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: January 17, 2011, 02:31:13 PM
The Korean movie Chaser. Bring a strong constitution and possibly a barf bag. It was that good.
765  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wheel of Time 13: Towers of Midnight on: January 13, 2011, 07:55:33 PM

Quote from: rshetts2 on January 13, 2011, 01:09:22 AM

Everyones entitled to their opinion but e-readers are not "gadgets".  The screens for most e-readers are not LCD.  You can fight the future all you want but digital books will out sell paper books fairly soon.  Until you have used one for awhile you probably wont get the appeal.  The e-ink screens read just like a paper book.  Its great to have a paperback book but its awesome to have a digital library at your fingertips in a handheld easy to use format.  Im sure I wont chnge your mind but I am an avid reader and have read 1000's of paperback books.  After using my Nook e-reader for just over a month, I have no intentions of picking up a paperback to read again.  Its like choosing to ride a horse to work instead of driving your car.

Could not agree more. It took me about 5 minutes to decide I loved my kindle. I was so unsure about reading on a screen. My ebook sales started to outpace my paperback sales about six months ago. Not to mention, I get a hell of a lot more in royalties (50%) over my PB book sales. October sales on Amazon had me selling about 65% ebook over PB. I don't have numbers for other places like Barnes and Noble or Powell's. I just know that my royalty checks have done nothing but increase thanks to the kindle. Plus I have a self pubbed novella out that sells about 50 copies a month. Not a lot but I make almost $2 per sale and I really don't promote the damn thing.

But back to TWOT. I read somewhere that the final book will be out March 2012.

I'm in the middle of a reread as well and up to Fires of Heaven. I love the tweets that Sanderson is putting out. Stuff like "30% before first braid tug"


766  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Directv DVR receiver sucks on: January 13, 2011, 07:39:53 PM
I HATE the Directv box. I read that the newer one is much faster but it is $200. The rest of the service is great. In the 18 months we have had it, we have never lost signal and I live in near Seattle where it is grey 75% of the time. The DISH box we had was great but the signal with them was crap.
767  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV]The Cape on: January 11, 2011, 03:31:28 AM
It was a struggle to make it through the first hour. It was rushed, disjointed - it was like they tried to do a half season in 45 minutes. I didn't watch the second half. Deleted it.

It was bad. Like Sci-fi channel movie bad. Am I the only one that hated it?

768  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (01/03) on: January 06, 2011, 05:35:30 AM
Ascendency on iPad! That is all.
769  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Steam Holiday Haul 2010 on: January 03, 2011, 05:01:57 PM
Much cheaper than last year!

Just Cause 2
Alpha Protocol
PB Winterbottom
Super Meatboy

JC 2 is pretty amazing. I had no idea it was so over the top fun.
770  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Broken Sword (iPod/iPhone) and Broken Sword HD (iPad) - Free on: January 01, 2011, 08:35:00 PM
771  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Holiday Loot: Are you expecting a good, average, or bad Christmas? on: December 27, 2010, 08:03:09 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 27, 2010, 10:15:41 AM

Quote from: Crusis on December 26, 2010, 06:45:10 PM

A NY literary agent. Oh Em F'ing Gee!
did that come with care instructions?

From what I understand. All I have to do is feed her a fairly strict diet of decent prose on a somewhat regular basis. And as long as I keep her happy, she gets a cut of my pay. It's sort of like being married.
772  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Holiday Loot: Are you expecting a good, average, or bad Christmas? on: December 26, 2010, 06:45:10 PM
Best xmas ever? YEP!

iPad keyboard
French Press x 2 (communication fail)
Kinect and Dance Central for the family

A NY literary agent. Oh Em F'ing Gee!
773  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Paul-New Simon Pegg/Nick Frost film on: December 22, 2010, 08:04:12 PM
Can't wait!
774  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Zombie-Wilson Diaries on: December 22, 2010, 05:56:11 AM
Holy coconut bras! Zombie Wilson Diaries named one of the best zombie books of the year on Barnes and Noble!

I'm still in shock.
775  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: December 21, 2010, 10:39:25 PM
I want to give a big thumbs up to Dungeon Hunter 2 HD. Between all the freaking games I purchased on sale, this has been played the most. It feels sort of like Dungeon Siege 2 but on the ipad. Aralon has gotten some game play but I keep going back to DH2.
776  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Expendables on: December 21, 2010, 01:27:19 AM
Fantastic movie! Wife and I watched it last night with the squeenager and had a blast. Tons of tough guy talk, asplosions galore, Sly shooting at least 600 people, kung fu, ass kicking, and a boat load of gore. I didn't expect much and got better. As others have stated if you miss 80's movies, this is a must see. I also want to pick up the Blu-Ray as soon as possible.
777  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dungeon Defenders on: December 18, 2010, 01:18:12 AM
I'm trying to play this on the iPad but the buttons and stuff take up so much room. Egads! I may have to wait for the PC version. Fun game but the interface on the ipad is brutal.
778  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 12/17/10 on: December 18, 2010, 01:11:52 AM
It will be an all iPad kind of weekend with Aralon leading the pack. Not to mention the ridiculous amount of EA games I just picked up for .99. I see some Red Alert and Sim City in my future.
779  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jeopardy Gets Robotic on: December 17, 2010, 03:49:03 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on December 17, 2010, 03:43:42 AM

A COM-PEW-TOR?!  Whatever would that look like?!

This went off in my head in Seth Green's voice which made it even funnier.
780  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: All EA iPhone games on sale on: December 16, 2010, 09:21:34 PM
Sweet! Wife wants a iPad, I think I will pre-order her a few games.
781  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: All EA iPhone games on sale on: December 16, 2010, 08:57:05 PM

Quote from: msteelers on December 16, 2010, 08:49:45 PM

Well, I just lost several dollars.

Doo Eeet!

If you don't have an ipad registered, will it still let you purchase them? Just curious if anyone knows.
782  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: All EA iPhone games on sale on: December 16, 2010, 08:26:05 PM
Holy Freaking igames! This is madness. I already have so many games from the last sale, not to mention last nights purchase of Aralorn and Dungeon Defense. But I don't think I can pass up some of these deals. Look at all those EA games I have avoided. GAH!
783  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jeopardy Gets Robotic on: December 16, 2010, 08:23:45 PM
I don't know why but this is just freaking cool. I will be watching it.
784  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It's the Apocalypse....what's your choice? on: December 16, 2010, 03:30:40 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 15, 2010, 07:57:08 AM

Quote from: Einsteinium on December 15, 2010, 06:43:14 AM

Quote from: Crusis on December 15, 2010, 05:32:47 AM

Zombies! The downside? I'll have to stop writing zombie books. Upside? I have a crap load of zombie book and guides!

Yes, but you're writing about English Zombies. What if these zombies are metric?

Boy, won't you feel stupid then. Tongue

what if they're Engrish Zombies?

My wife is Japanese. Got it covered.

And as far as metric zombies are concerned? I am an equal opportunity kind of guy. A zombie killing weapon works just as well no matter the measurement.
785  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It's the Apocalypse....what's your choice? on: December 15, 2010, 05:32:47 AM
Zombies! The downside? I'll have to stop writing zombie books. Upside? I have a crap load of zombie book and guides!
786  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Favorite Band / Musician from the early 90's on: December 09, 2010, 10:26:02 PM
Anacrusis! They recently got back together and rerecorded their first two albums.
787  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: December 09, 2010, 04:17:18 AM
I loved Martyrs! It was so gross and disturbing. Bring a strong stomach for this one, folks.

I'm so excited this is on instant. I can't wait to see it again. I'm a sick puppy.  icon_lol
788  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Model Wooden Ship building question on: December 04, 2010, 05:44:06 PM
If you go for the wooden ship model, get one that has the hull already built.

I purchased a $300+ kit about 6 years ago and have yet to finish it. The planking on the thing is a monster to try and put together. You have to soak the little wood slats in water and mold them onto the hull as you go. You need a ton of tools, add at least $100 for all the extra stuff. Saws, hammers, clamps, vices ... And once I had the damn hull pretty much done I ran into problems. I had to take slats of wood and cut them to force them to mold around the front of the ship. ARGH!

I have at least 100 hours in this thing and all I have completed is the hull and decks. I wish I would have listened to the guy at the hobby store who said to get one with a hull. It might be done now.

I'll see if I can get a picture of the hull so you can see what 100 hours of work looks like.
789  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 04, 2010, 02:54:58 AM

790  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Divinity 2: Ego Draconis/ Flames of Vengeance add-on/ Dragon Knight Saga info! on: December 03, 2010, 08:27:13 PM
I'm still loving this game. I hit level 15 or 16 and I have my tower. I haven't played past that part. I agree with others. The choosing 4 to live part was a really great quest. I hope I get some time to explore a bit more over the weekend.

Something that irritates me is the complete lack of logic concerning the keys. Keys left laying around that open chests - with keys that open doors and so forth. I know it's a fantasy RPG but could you imagine a book or movie where they found 50 keys that just so happened to be for the next door and or chest?
791  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2010 on: December 03, 2010, 08:12:28 PM
I finished The Towers of Midnight a few days ago and then read The Great Hunt just to remember some of Jordan's best work. I had not picked up the book in years. It is a real shame he passed away before he could see his work done.

Towers of Midnight was not as strong of an entry as Gathering Storm. It felt rushed in parts and the ending was a bit disjointed. Other than that it was a very fun read.
792  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: National Novel Writing Month 2010 on: December 01, 2010, 01:39:57 AM
Ya'll beat me. I did about 5K total.
793  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Divinity 2: Ego Draconis/ Flames of Vengeance add-on/ Dragon Knight Saga info! on: November 25, 2010, 06:45:59 PM

Quote from: Greg Wak on November 24, 2010, 06:45:15 PM

I have a few annoyances but nothing dealbreaking. Some of the puzzles can be obtuse. And there is some pain in the butt insta-death. The dungeon that was half poison releasing causing your character to die over and over until you figured out what to do was not fun.
Shooting the bow is a blast however. And in most rpgs I kinda like to do all the side quests before proceding on the main, if possible. It just cracked me up that the disembodied voice helping me kept nagging me to go do the main thing. This game is very funny.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I just finished the dungeon you are talking about. The insta-death was very annoying. It took me about half a dozen reloads to figure out the trick. Then the larger room with lava on the sides torqued me off until I jumped in the water. Duh. I think the bandit camp was a bit high for my character. He just hit level 11 but that stupid boss was able to kill me with two hits. I whipped out the bow and did some dodging while nuking him. Also got a kick out of the necro  and the whole "Go beat up on Maxos" voice as well.

Funniest part so far has to be Eugene. "Put down that axe Eugene." Had me chuckling.
794  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Divinity 2: Ego Draconis/ Flames of Vengeance add-on/ Dragon Knight Saga info! on: November 24, 2010, 02:54:54 PM
I haven't had time to play this one but I got in a few hours yesterday. I am loving this game. It is gorgeous and the leveling system has me eyeing the EXP bar like it's a bottle of Patron. Full? Damn! I only have about 7 hours in but I'm doing some grinding right now since I just opened up a new area with higher enemies. I had a massive troll chasing me around but managed to run around while nuking him with fireballs.

I'm looking forward to a lot more of the game over the Thanksgiving break.
795  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Windows Phone 7 Series on: November 24, 2010, 02:45:30 PM
I picked up a Tmobile HTC HD7 last Friday. I was interested in that or the new Mytouch 4G. I like Android and the customization is second to none. The 4G was a fine phone with a large vibrant display.

Then I tried the Win 7 phone and had to have one. The interface is brand new and makes the old Windows Mobile 6.5 look like a joke. No more shifting through endless icons looking for a way to configure some obscure crap MS put in the operating system. Why is this one so easy? They took all that stuff out.

Taking a few notes from Apple, the programs are locked down. You can't even drag and drop photos on the phone, from what I have seen. Now you have a 'cloud' to put everything on.

The interface itself is slick, slick, slick. If you have seen a Zune HD then you know what to expect. Everything is designed to look gorgeous. Even the Facebook interface is new, featuring pages that slide rather than selecting tabs at the top. The phone does not lag at all but all the animations mean you are waiting for screens to draw.

Overall I really like the phone. It is one of the simpler smartphones around and it looks great. The hardware itself is already a proven platform since it is basically the same phone as the HD2. With 16 gigs of memory there is plenty of room to store stuff. On the downside you can't access the memory card, just like the way you can't access programs unless they come from the marketplace.

The home screen allows you to 'pin' large graphical icons to it for just about everything on the phone. I have my wife and daughter pinned there and when I turn the phone on I can see their latest FB pic, status, and a click brings up their news page.

The phone is fast and super responsive. But it does come at the cost of loosing a lot of customization. If you love putting new widgets on your Froyo every day, this is not the phone for you. If you love 50 icons ala iPhone, this is not the phone for you.

Since I got it I have sort of retired my ipod touch. The HD7 is bulkier and has a small battery. I get about 24 hours out of it.
796  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Seattle, Nov. 22 Storm on: November 24, 2010, 01:55:09 PM
My wife was stuck on a bus in Sumner for 5 hours. There were so many accidents on 410 no one could get up the hill. She got home around 11:00 PM after leaving work at 4.

I'm working from home for the second day in a row. It was 12 degrees up in Bonney Lake last night. Brrrrrr.
797  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: HDTV - Plasma? LCD? DLP? Something else? on: November 24, 2010, 01:51:09 PM
We just ordered a Sharp Aquos 60" 240 hz LED to replace our 52" Toshiba LCD which has the weirdest green tint to everything. We bought it about 2 1/2 years ago and it's been a decent TV but I wish we would have spent a few hundred more.

We fell in love with the picture on the 240 Hz TV's after staring (drooling) at one at Costco. We were actually interested in a Samsung 3D but ... I just don't know about the whole 3D TV thing. Anyway. We found a killer deal on one of the highest rated Sharp's and took the plunge. These things are so crystal clear. It's like you have a window on the wall and can see the actors on the other side. It's freaky but I love it. Our new TV ran just under $1,800.

I wish I knew more about Plasma but somewhere along the line I got it in my head that they had bad viewing angles or something.
798  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Scott Pilgrim Vs The World on: November 22, 2010, 05:50:01 PM
Watched it again over the weekend along with Hot Fuzz. I can't seem to get enough of Edgar Wrights style.

If you can stomach Michael Cera flashing a strobe light at the screen while saying awkward things for 2 hours, you should be all set.
799  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: November 21, 2010, 05:06:54 PM
Every once in a while a movie comes along that is so important that it needs to be seen. It is the perfect mixture of everything that rabid movie fans like. Action, drama, blood, guts and ... strippers. That's right. Zombie Strippers is now on streaming.
800  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: November 19, 2010, 02:06:34 AM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on November 18, 2010, 11:55:55 PM

I'm still waiting for this SERIOUSLY NSFW film to be on Watch Instantly.


Oh Emm Gee!

At first I was all BOOBIES.

Then I was all MACHETTES!

Then I was all PRON!

then I felt sick and wanted to bleach my eye balls
 eek eek

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