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801  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.
802  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.
803  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.
804  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.
805  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.
806  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

807  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.
808  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.
809  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Your Highness on: November 17, 2010, 07:20:10 PM
"Magic. <neck crack> ... Mother F*cker."
810  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.
811  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.
812  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.
813  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
814  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!

815  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.
816  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.
817  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.
818  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.
819  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.
820  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
821  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.
822  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.
823  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!
824  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.
825  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!
826  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

827  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.
828  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.
829  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
830  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.

831  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: National Novel Writing Month 2010 on: October 26, 2010, 06:59:25 PM
I have it down to two books but I'm not sure which one to do.

Stupid Zombies - A Tale of Horror, Prozac, and the Retarded Undead


Mitzle and Fode's Big Ass Galactic Adventure

I imagine I will just start writing one of them on Nov. 1st but I honestly can't decide which one to do just yet. But I'm pumped! I have not written anything this month in preparation.

So if ya'll want to keep word counts, and updates on this thread, I will try to do the same.
832  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / National Novel Writing Month 2010 on: October 26, 2010, 05:39:26 PM
National Novel Writing Month is fast approaching. NaNoWriMo, as it is called, is a chance to attempt to write an entire book in a month. It has to be at least 50K words and there is a website where you can upload your work and it keeps track of your count.

This is the first year I have had a chance to participate. Are others thinking of doing it?
833  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Kindle: Kindle 3! on: October 22, 2010, 04:44:29 PM
It really is the best device I have tried. I had a Kindle 2 and it was great but a bit bulky. The iPad is just too cumbersome to read on and if there is any light shining on the screen, forget about reading.

The Kindle 3, on the other hand, is light, thin and you can read it just about everywhere. It looks amazing in daylight.

Books are cheaper too. In fact (pardon my shameless plug) but you can pick up one of my books The Zombie Wilson Diaries for a mere $2.39 right now while it is on sale. It's the most fun you can have with a corpse in a coconut bra.

<Shameless plug mode off>
834  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Impulse weekend Sale 10-21-2010 on: October 22, 2010, 02:01:12 PM
I'm excited for Armada 2526. So many mixed reviews but I really want to check it out. At $15 and with a new massive patch out, I'm in.
835  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: ZombCon - October 29th through 31st in Seattle WA! on: October 22, 2010, 04:40:40 AM
This starts next Friday! One of the events is a screening of Clockwork Orange intro'd by Malcolm McDowell at midnight Friday. So much for sleep next weekend!

I hope some PNW types can make the event.
836  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Kindle: Kindle 3! on: October 22, 2010, 04:32:30 AM
I finally charged my Kindle 3 today. I have had it for over a month and it wasn't even dead yet. Impressive life out of this puppy.

I like the lighted case but it gets hard to read at the bottom of the page. Others may have pointed this out.
837  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Apple 10/20/10 Back to the Mac (was MBA) on: October 22, 2010, 04:28:06 AM
What a great looking netbook. Sort of defeats half the purpose of a smaller lighter machine when it is priced at a grand. Ouch. The tear down pics were amazing.

I'm happy with my MBP. Best computer I have owned in the last 20 years. But that 13" MBA is oh so sexseh.
838  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Interesting Happy Meal experiment on: October 21, 2010, 12:43:11 AM
I left a tofu burger on my counter for 6 months. Last night it ate one of my dogs. Think of the animals, people, and don't do this!
839  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2010 on: October 20, 2010, 05:30:18 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on October 09, 2010, 05:02:43 PM

Finally finished Dragon Factory and now I too am anxiously awaiting the next Ledger novel in the series.  With the way Dragon Factory ended I'm really anxious for the next story. 

I was almost as mad as Ledger and was shocked at what happened.  It really says something about the author when you become so involved with the characters that when something happens you feel impacted as well.  I feel as if I too want to go on Joe's next mission.   mad  And I bet Bunny and Top will be right there with him, just as desperate for blood.  Perhaps with Church/Deacon as well.   ninja2 

I got a chance to hang out with Maberry a few weeks ago at a convention. We were on a 'zombie panel' with a bunch of other authors. Before it started I shot the breeze with him and it sounds like he has big plans for Ledger. More books, and (gasp) a possible TV show. He also has an epic zombie book due next year that has already been optioned for film.

He was very cool and down to earth. He walked with a cane and explained he had blown out his knee during a Judo match.

840  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPad and productivity on: October 20, 2010, 03:38:09 PM
I was on a plane back from a horror convention last month. The gauntlet had been thrown at dinner the night before. Write a zombie story that involved a time traveling chair. (See what horror writers talk about while boozing it up?) Anyway, my laptop was just about dead so I powered through a 1,100 word story on my iPad using the screen keyboard. It was painful! It seemed like every third letter was mistyped.

Playing games, reading email, and surfing the web. That is what the ipad was designed for.

I have not tried the keyboard that attaches to the ipad. It's clever but pricey.
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