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801  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!
802  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.
803  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
804  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.
805  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

806  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?
807  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.
808  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.
809  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.
810  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.
811  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.
812  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.
813  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.
814  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.
815  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.
816  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

817  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Books] The crippled god has gone gold! on: November 18, 2010, 11:26:22 PM
I think that after I finish the new Wheel of Time book I will read Crimson Guard then reread Dust of Dreams. That should take me through Jan.

So excited for the new book. Erikson is my favorite writer.
818  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: November 18, 2010, 11:24:13 PM
The whole premise of this movie is just ridiculous and yet I had to watch it. As much as I expected to be grossed out, I really wasn't with the exception of a few scenes. For the most part you don't really see much.

I met Ashley Williams (middle girl) at a con in September and she was really nice. She looked great and didn't bat an eye when I made a "this coffee tastes like shit" joke about the stuff the hotel had in the lobby.
819  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Your Highness on: November 17, 2010, 07:20:10 PM
"Magic. <neck crack> ... Mother F*cker."
820  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Your Highness on: November 17, 2010, 06:37:22 PM
I watched the trailer 4 times yesterday and not just for the Natalie Portman scene.  eek

The movie looks great. Can't wait to see a raunchy fantasy/comedy. After Pineapple Express, how can you go wrong with James Franco in this thing.
821  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Divinity 2: Ego Draconis/ Flames of Vengeance add-on/ Dragon Knight Saga info! on: November 17, 2010, 03:13:48 AM
This game just got it's hooks in me. I purchased it a week or so ago on Steam and it didn't really grab me. Now I can't stop playing. I love discovering all the little tombs and hidy-holes. The leveling and skill system is fun. I loved the first Divinity and after a few hours I am starting to see some flashes of that game in DD II. I'm only 5 hours in and I can't wait to get back to it.
822  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Zombie-Wilson Diaries on: November 17, 2010, 03:04:32 AM
This book has been a tough sell from day one. My first book was a huge seller for my publisher, in the top three of his 40+ books. But fans of that book weren't that interested in ZWD and vice versa. My friend also writes zombies and her trilogy was hugely successful. She sold thousands and thousands of copies. But when her first vampire book came out, her fans did not buy it.

The same thing has happened with my book The Apocalypse and Satan's Glory Hole. We are having to promote it as a completely separate beast from anything else I have worked on. That one straddles the line between the bizarro fans and Christopher Moore lovers but it's not a zombie book so the zombie guys don't want to read it.

Readers are fickle and I am no different. I love Iain Banks but it would be a tough sell to get me to buy a fantasy book if he wrote it (although Richard Morgan sure broke the mold).

After 7 months of hard promotion I am really proud of ZWD for selling the way it has been. It is no where the success my first book was but it may be some day.
823  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV]The Cape on: November 16, 2010, 09:45:34 PM
A super hero trained by circus folk to fight with a spider silk cape ... eh. Okay. I'm in.  icon_biggrin
824  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Zombie-Wilson Diaries on: November 16, 2010, 05:07:11 AM
A few more pictures from various cons and stuff. Zombie Wilson gets around.  icon_lol

Whatever you say, Mr. Maberry.

George Romero, Zombie Wilson, and me.

Barnes and Noble brought in a bunch of my books for zomBcon.

The Tacoma News Tribune a few weeks ago.

I hope to get the sequel going next year. I think it will be called My Life with Zombie Wilson - A Memoir.  Thanks for reading!

825  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Scott Pilgrim Vs The World on: November 15, 2010, 12:48:16 AM
Watched this with the squeenager today. It was great fun.
826  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: National Novel Writing Month 2010 on: November 14, 2010, 03:57:45 AM
ugh! About 5K total for the month.
827  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Boycott Purveyor of Pedophile Literature on: November 11, 2010, 05:00:57 PM

Quote from: Punisher on November 11, 2010, 04:27:48 PM

I think we are all missing an important point....
We must collectively come up with the most vile/offensive book imaginable... let it simmer on Amazon, then anonymously let the media know and form an outrage.... Then retire from our new sales!!!

Would you please lead the charge against my book The Apocalypse and Satan's Glory Hole? KK, thanks.

A few months ago the outrage was against a book written by a racist. He sold a few copies and faded into obscurity rather quickly.

It's like they say. There is no such thing as bad publicity.
828  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Boycott Purveyor of Pedophile Literature on: November 11, 2010, 04:02:52 PM
I saw this story and thought about bleaching my brain. BLECH! Anyway, here are a few facts about amazon DTP publishing for those curious.

Amazon doesn't select what is for sale on their Digital Platform. Anyone can write something, setup an account, and start selling it. Books are not reviewed for content. They are reviewed by an automated process to make sure the book can be read on Kindle.

Also, the author of a self pubbed book makes 70% royalties if a book is priced over $2.99.

A book in the top 100 sales on Kindle is selling anywhere from 50 - 100 copies a day.
829  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: National Novel Writing Month 2010 on: November 11, 2010, 03:51:27 PM
Just  got a list of revisions from my (hopefully) new publisher yesterday morning. Since then I have cranked out 1,500 words. I have about 4K more to add before Monday. Sure it's nanowrimo numbers but it is work.
830  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: National Novel Writing Month 2010 on: November 10, 2010, 03:51:14 AM
I have a measly 3K for the month. Even though I had to bow out of nanowrimo, this is pretty pathetic for me. I wrote the first 10K of my last book in 2 days. Then it took me 8 months to finish the rest.  icon_eek
831  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead stroll onto AMC on: November 09, 2010, 05:18:52 AM
I just saw the second episode and it was fantastic. It had just about every element that makes a good zombie tale.
832  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2010 on: November 06, 2010, 01:30:53 PM
Against All Things Ending
Stephen R. Donaldson

That was one intense but LOOOOONG book.
833  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: National Novel Writing Month 2010 on: November 05, 2010, 03:16:03 PM
The last untamed mashup. Moby Freaking Zombie Whale!
834  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: November 04, 2010, 06:51:40 PM
Game Dev Story is really ruining my life one new game release at a time.
835  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: National Novel Writing Month 2010 on: November 04, 2010, 12:20:53 AM
I have a massive 0 words written so far! I had to give in before the month started. I was all excited to get started and then the completely unexpected hit my writing career. I can't say what it is just yet except that it is a trilogy of books that will compliment my other works AND it will be in much much wider distribution. I am on pins and needles right now waiting on the final word. ARGH!
836  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wheel of Time 13: Towers of Midnight on: November 03, 2010, 09:27:18 PM
It has to be a technophobe thing. ebooks are almost pure profit. It it was a money grab they would have priced the ebook at $20 like Follet's new book. I suspect she is "thinking of the fans" and wants them to have real books. Thanks, Harriet.  retard

837  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wheel of Time 13: Towers of Midnight on: November 03, 2010, 02:46:24 AM
Picked up my copy after work. This book is hoooge. 850+ pages of smallish print.

I have been reading TWOT books since the first one back in 1990 or so. Brandon Sanderson has done a fantastic job of finishing the job Jordan could not.
838  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: October 29, 2010, 02:38:36 AM
I just saw that Let Sleeping Corpses Lie and Irreversible are both up on Netflix. Better bring a strong stomach for Irreversible.
839  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Barnes & Noble Nook on: October 26, 2010, 09:14:50 PM
There it is and it looks sweet. But ouch, it weighs almost a lb.

I'm still sticking with my kindle.  Tongue
840  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Barnes & Noble Nook on: October 26, 2010, 07:15:51 PM
Is a color eink screen really that exciting to folks? I guess for reading graphic novels it would be pretty slick. Actually, if the screen was fast enough that would be fantastic.

But when I pick up a book to read they are normally plain old black text on a white page which is why the Kindle is, to me, the perfect reader. I purchased an iPad a few months ago and after reading on it for a month, went back to the kindle. You just can't read the thing in any kind of bright light and it is too heavy to read in bed.

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