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761  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Two new Matrix movies on the way? on: January 24, 2011, 04:58:07 PM
Jesus-Neo resurrected! Bring them on.
762  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Zombie-Wilson Diaries on: January 24, 2011, 04:44:12 PM
Thanks Caine. I have gotten it into a few Barnes and Nobles in Seattle. The big one downtown carries it.

I have a new trilogy coming out - hopefully this year the first book will see publication. They will be in all brick and mortar stores. Audio versions and foreign editions should follow. I hope I can talk about the publisher soon.
763  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Zombie-Wilson Diaries on: January 24, 2011, 05:07:00 AM
The Zombie Wilson Diaries somehow ended up on this list. I am flattered and I'm also in 2nd place, holy hell! So if you have a second and you enjoyed the book, please swing by and drop me a vote. This ends in 2 days. Thanks all!

764  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 1/20/11 on: January 23, 2011, 05:15:24 AM
Little Big Planet 2! The local Redbox had a copy.
765  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2011 on: January 21, 2011, 08:22:17 PM
I finished Everything Matters. It was a very strong book as far as writing. The POV jumps were nearly schizophrenic. On the other hand I really like it when an author can switch to 2nd person and you don't even notice.

The first half was great. The second half not so much and I pretty much hated the ending.

Reading: The Hangman's Daughter and about to start on a friends book for a blurb. He just finished his new book Empire's End. David Dunwoody is his name. He writes great zombies with the Grim Reaper tossed into the mix.
766  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Darwin 2011 frontrunners on: January 21, 2011, 04:43:57 PM
This was local for me. On the news last night they had a certified mechanic leaning over an engine explaining why it is a bad idea spray gas straight into a carburetter. Captain Obvious was he.
767  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.
768  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?
769  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
770  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.
771  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"


772  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.
773  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?

774  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.
775  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.
776  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Broken Sword (iPod/iPhone) and Broken Sword HD (iPad) - Free on: January 01, 2011, 08:35:00 PM
777  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.
778  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!
779  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Paul-New Simon Pegg/Nick Frost film on: December 22, 2010, 08:04:12 PM
Can't wait!
780  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.
781  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.
782  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.
783  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.
784  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.
785  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.
786  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.
787  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.
788  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!
789  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.
790  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.
791  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!
792  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.
793  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
794  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.
795  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

796  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?
797  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.
798  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.
799  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.
800  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.
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