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921  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Flash Forward on: September 25, 2009, 02:44:42 PM
I'm a big fan of the book this was loosely based on and I expected the worst. BUT I thought the first episode was excellent, and surprisingly well written. The character that Cho plays was probably my favorite. At first he annoyed me but then he settled into the role as the 'skeptic' that questions everything and everyone's motives. Joe Fiennes was decent - man he looks like his brother. The girl from Lost and Tell me you love me looked great (can't remember her name of the top of my head) and was very good in the show.

It did have a bit of a Lost feel to it and a touch of Heroes but you have to give the network credit for bringing more of what people want. Beats having another medical drama. It certainly earned a spot on my DVR.
922  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Favorite Podcasts on: September 23, 2009, 11:01:56 PM
I love Dr. Pus's zombie podcast - but I may be a little biased. One of my serial novels is being read on it every week.

http://dr-pus.podomatic.com/

923  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Zombie-Wilson Diaries on: September 23, 2009, 07:32:06 PM
The next two entries are up. I also added two hidden ones. Well not hidden, just new but in the past.

The newest ones are:

Day 22: My girlfriend is a dirty pirate
Day 23: My girlfriend bites

http://zombie-wilson.blogspot.com/
924  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RC Helicopters? on: September 23, 2009, 06:08:18 PM
Check out the first 10 or 15 seconds of this video. The guy launches it from his hand.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIKtGl6Qz_0

Another hand launch

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5UVMRXPN_0

This one the guy shows it off the air and hovering with no hands on the controls. This is how the heli should perform

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPctAyBp-20

Hope these help.

925  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RC Helicopters? on: September 23, 2009, 02:42:05 PM
That is really odd. I can launch that thing from my hand with just throttle and it hovers like a champ. You won't be able to trim it until it is in the air. You should be at least 3 or 4 feet before you can tell how it needs to be adjusted.

I know this sounds crazy and be careful. Hold the msr in one hand out and away from you. Make sure the trims are centered. Sort of cup the landing gear very lightly so that it won't fly away and give it some throttle. This is just to get the feel for how light it is. Now give it more throttle until it is light in your hand and either drop your hand and backup or just go for it. I think that because it is so light the wash from the blades is really strong on the ground.

926  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jones "Spellcasting" Soda on: September 22, 2009, 09:05:50 PM
Sneak attack, eh? Does that mean it hurts worse going out?

927  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RC Helicopters? on: September 22, 2009, 08:48:04 PM
My 15 year old never flew one before and he was doing pirouette with it the first night. I personally find the CX's boring, I mean I was bored with mine in a week. I think the MSR is a good compromise because you can hover it almost immediately. It's not like a CP where you spend a month just trying to hover three feet off the floor. 

Get a couple of extra batteries! It comes with two but you will want a pocket full after you get the hang of it.   nod
928  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RC Helicopters? on: September 22, 2009, 02:59:09 PM
I didn't even think about it until later, what is up with that guys house? I don't think my wife would let me fly a heli inside if that was my place.

-Crusis
929  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RC Helicopters? on: September 22, 2009, 03:32:37 AM
Still looking for the perfect indoor choppa? Get the Blade MSR. For the record I have a Novus FP, Blade CP with a crap load of upgrades, Honeybee King 3 - and my best choppa, the Blade 400 (really, this one is a monster) but I use the little MSr more than any other. It weighs 1 oz, can do 20 MPH and anyone can pick it up and hover in about 15 seconds. It is the most stable chopper I have ever flown. I even took it outside on a clear day and raced it up and down the road and it is fast. I also smacked it into the ground pretty hard and it was good to go in seconds.

The last time I crashed my Blade 400, a week ago, I had a blade strike which cost me one feathering pin, one blade and one MF'ing boom section. GAH, it took hours to fix.

I grabbed a random video off youtube of the MSR. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIx0WuaXtKU&feature=related

-Crusis
930  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [HBO]The Pacific on: September 17, 2009, 10:07:30 PM
My grandfather was a paratrooper and saw a lot of action in Italy. He was awarded a medal (I can't remember which one) when his group of stragglers (men from several groups) were chased up a hill and were almost out of ammo. They held their position, fighting hand to hand when they ran out of ammo. His best friend died in his arms and shortly after that he took shrapnel to the face from a German tank round. He was also awarded the purple heart. He died when of a heart attack when I was young. Guy Meadows was the bravest man I have ever known. No pacific action though.

I'm really looking forward to this mini-series. I am a fan of War in the Pacific (game).

-Crusis
931  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Zombie-Wilson Diaries on: September 14, 2009, 07:58:07 PM
Two more entries are up. Enjoy!

-Crusis
932  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Zombie-Wilson Diaries on: September 11, 2009, 06:22:43 PM
I didn't want to drive everyone crazy with weekly updates on the blog.  icon_lol

-Crusis
933  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Books -Malazan] Dust of Dreams (spoilerboxes please) on: September 11, 2009, 02:26:53 PM

Quote from: Razgon on September 10, 2009, 02:42:40 PM

Quote from: Crusis on September 10, 2009, 02:37:20 PM

It looks like there are three more novella's planned in this series.

Here is a recent interview with the Erikson  http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/erikson_interview/

they say his recent book, The Bonehunters... That would be a few years back ;-)

I hadnt read it though, so thanks for the find :-)

Ooops, I copied the wrong link, here it is: http://www.fantasybookreview.co.uk/blog/2009/09/03/steven-erikson-interview-september-2009/
934  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Books -Malazan] Dust of Dreams (spoilerboxes please) on: September 11, 2009, 02:23:40 PM
That's funny  Tongue

I wonder if the last book will be a 1000+ page monster.
935  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Zombie-Wilson Diaries on: September 11, 2009, 03:50:47 AM
It's been a while since I posted an update on this. Work is still progressing on the diaries and it is now up to day 19. I can also say that the diaries have been picked up and will be published as a revised and expanded edition running 30 days with all new artwork and more content per day. It will be a smaller book and it will actually look like a diary. I am very excited! This is due in part to the great sales of Among the Living and thank you very much to all who purchased it!!

So go read the sickest, grossest, disgusting-est, even-the-author-got-the-heeby-jeebies, entry yet. Really, this is the one that will make you hurl. Tee-hee - or maybe you are just a bunch of sick puppies, like me.

Day 19 - My girlfriend's husband is a jerk

http://zombie-wilson.blogspot.com/

-Crusis
936  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Books -Malazan] Dust of Dreams (spoilerboxes please) on: September 10, 2009, 02:37:20 PM
It looks like there are three more novella's planned in this series.

Here is a recent interview with the Erikson  http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/erikson_interview/
937  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Books -Malazan] Dust of Dreams (spoilerboxes please) on: September 10, 2009, 03:40:35 AM

Quote from: Razgon on September 06, 2009, 06:32:51 PM


really? I think its about 100 dollars for a normal one...Wonder what you can get for yours :-D

I dug it out of my book shelf. It is numbered 435 and is in perfect shape since I kept it in a bag. I saw one on ebay for $195. I think I'll shelve it for a few more years.  icon_twisted

I finished part one of Dust of Dreams. So far so good, I love the stuff with the Bonehunters the best.

Any idea:

Spoiler for Hiden:
What ever happened to those masked guys (I think it was them). They said their people were being butchered and they were off to raise an army. I'm trying to remember this from a few years ago so I may have some of this confused. I know it was in Memories of Ice, though. It was the Segueh (sp?) guys.

938  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Books -Malazan] Dust of Dreams (spoilerboxes please) on: September 07, 2009, 02:28:08 PM

Quote from: Razgon on September 06, 2009, 06:32:51 PM


Btw - That book about those two crazy necromancers, anyone read that? Kallu something? It goes for insane prices on Amazon, I'm guessing limited print run or something

Oh holy hell, are you kidding me!? I just looked at the prices. I have a copy of Blood Follows that is signed and numbered by Erikson. I should sell it LOL.

-Crusis
939  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Books -Malazan] Dust of Dreams (spoilerboxes please) on: September 06, 2009, 05:01:45 PM
Erikson is something else. I more or less savor his books. I will sometimes read the first 150 pages of a new one and then start over because there is so much going on. He really is an amazing writer, he has so many characters and plot lines that it's crazy.

Well said on how he ties up loose ends. I love how he wrote (sort of) the sequel to Memories of Ice in book 8. Poor Toc - man ... Also, it takes a big pair to build up a character over the course of 8 books, I mean a guy that people love and then kill him. I don't want to say who since others reading this may not have read book 8 yet, I know about the spoiler warning but still.

And Kallor, oh how I love to hate that bastard.  icon_twisted

Does anyone hate Kruppe? I think he is one of my favorite characters but I have read a lot of comments that people detest him. Him and Bugg.

-Crusis
940  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Books -Malazan] Dust of Dreams (spoilerboxes please) on: September 05, 2009, 10:57:03 PM
200 pages in - making my head spin, like usual. I don't know how he keeps track of so many characters when writing these beasts ...
941  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Rambo Returns, again. on: September 02, 2009, 03:23:24 AM
Oh yeah, the last Rambo was good mindless fun and tons of gore. I saw it at the theater and I think my jaw hit the floor during the .50 cal scene.

-Crusis
942  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: September 01, 2009, 02:38:06 PM
There are parts of the whole 'Lester' story line that had me LOL'ing as I wrote it. He is by far my favorite character in the book.

I have a few more reviews up on Amazon now if any are interested.

-Crusis
943  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Remote Controlled Helicopters on: August 30, 2009, 03:29:18 PM
Holy hell! That thing looks expensive to crash.  saywhat
944  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Remote Controlled Helicopters on: August 29, 2009, 04:34:52 PM
I get into these sporadically. Last week I bought a Heli-max Novus FP for indoor flying but it is so jumpy I needed to try something a little bit easier. The new Blade mSR just came out and I managed to get it flying with about 5 minutes of practice. This morning I was doing circles around the room which is unheard of for a copter this size. It weighs less than an oz and takes a tiny 120mah battery. I don't think I have the patience for a CP, they just take too much dedication and I can barely get my Axe CP to hover.

I found some unboxing-porn of it but the guy does a flight toward the middle of the vid so you can see how small this sucker is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LohJnddxcTk. Anyway, after a couple of years of casual RC Heli's I think I found the perfect toy. I just wish it wasn't raining today so I can take it outside.

-Crusis
945  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: August 28, 2009, 02:23:20 AM
Kindle update: I have the proof and I am giving it the once over before turning it in for publiscation. I hope to have it turned in next week. Library of the Living Dead Press has been very busy getting ready for Horror Realm next month and preparing the kindle versions of the new books got delayed.

In the meantime, if you are curious about my work, swing by my new serial novel Barriers Beyond at http://barriersbeyond.blogspot.com/ and check out the first five chapters.

This book was started as a Novella but when I hit 30K words I had a feeling it was far from over. Over the next week or so I will be posting the rest of the chapters that are done.

Here is a 10 second synopsis:

Erik Tragger headed to Walmart the day the world ended. He picked up camping gear, food and a shotgun. On his way out the door he shot a man in the chest. A man that was drooling blood. A man that was ... dead.

Erik hides in the mountains in a cabin for six months and then returns to a world where the dead have over run the earth. But the dead aren't the real problem. The strange, sentient undead are.


(lemme know if pimping my work is getting annoying)

-Crusis
946  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Looking for a new fantasy novel/series on: August 26, 2009, 10:48:10 PM

Quote from: Razgon on August 25, 2009, 06:02:52 AM

Just ordered Dust of Dreams myself - cant frigging wait to read it! Based on this thread, I also ordered Name of the Wind, and a few others! Now if only Amzone would hurry up and deliver!

Dust of Dreams is another door stopper. It is almost the size of Toll the Hounds.

I'm glad to see Rothfuss winning over so many fans. He is a very talented writer.

-Crusis
947  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Looking for a new fantasy novel/series on: August 25, 2009, 02:20:55 AM
Rothfuss made a pretty big deal about having the trilogy finished when the first book was published. The plan was to put the next book out a year later. IIRC on his blog he said the next book needed to be re-written and it would be delayed a year, then it was delayed another year. I love the first book but I am leery of him pulling a GRRM and re-writing the new one so much that it will be a new Feast for Crows. On the other hand he is a damn fine writer and I devoured his first book in about 4 days. Could not put it down.

Sorry Erikson isn't for everyone, I am looking at Dust of Dreams right now that was just delivered from the UK. My life pretty much comes to a halt every year when he delivers each new tome since they are by far my favorite books.

-Crusis
948  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: August 25, 2009, 01:08:27 AM
My publisher had it yanked.

The Kindle version is still on the way. I thought it would be out last week but something came up and it got pushed back a little bit (that is all I know).

-Crusis
949  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gore Verbinski to direct 'Bioshock' movie on: August 24, 2009, 08:36:25 PM
With the level of suckage that goes into making movies based on games, I'm afraid this one has no chance. I watched Max Payne over the weekend and it was dreadful.

-Crusis
950  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wolfenstein : Impressions incoming! on: August 24, 2009, 08:32:24 PM
I spent a few hours with Wolf over the weekend and really enjoyed it. I was prepared for the worst but it was quite good. Well, the first few levels I played. Looking forward to more of this game and I'm glad to see it has about a dozen hours of FPS action.

-Crusis
951  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: August 24, 2009, 08:24:35 PM
Glad your copy arrived safe and sound. I hope you and your wife like it. I have had some interesting emails from people about which characters they like the best. Be sure and let me know what you think of the book, I appreciate both positive and negative feedback.

-Crusis
952  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Looking for a new fantasy novel/series on: August 23, 2009, 10:35:38 PM
Check out Richard Morgan's The Steel Remains. It is a stand alone gritty fantasy. The best quote I read was by Joe Abercrombie. He said of Morgan's book "He doesn't so much twist fantasy cliches as take an axe to them and set them on fire."

Speaking of Abercrombie he has a new stand alone novel called Best Served Cold.

-Crusis
953  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazingly good shows that died WAY before their time on: August 16, 2009, 06:58:47 PM
Nowhere Man, Bruce Greenwood was so good on that show.

-Crusis
954  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: August 15, 2009, 04:19:28 AM

Quote from: Daehawk on August 15, 2009, 03:47:08 AM

I won! I won!Iwon!Iwon! *does a little dance*falls and hurts his back..again*

I won! Yessirree. I didn't know Id won till Tim sent me a PM. My mail must have ate it. I have been checking it all day long LOL.

My wife has already called dibs on the first read. I might not should have told her I won and what it was about. Drat.

Thank you sir!

I hope you like it. I ended up drawing 3 copies today because I had a few extras and Daehawk came up as the third one. The first was someone that stumbled on my site and the second was a guy over on zombie squad forum.

I just got roasted in a review on Amazon but I'm pretty sure it was by someone who has it in for me. But no worries, I have my bullet proof vest on.  icon_lol edit: I should add that I did not, nor would I ever ask someone to alter a review based on what I want to hear.

I do appreciate honest feedback and I can't wait to hear what Punisher says when he finishes it.

edit again(sheesh): The kindle version will be out next week.

-Crusis
955  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: August 14, 2009, 03:56:51 PM

Quote from: Chaz on August 14, 2009, 03:09:28 PM

Kindle version? If it goes up by Monday, I can take it on my trip!

I'll check right now.

-Crusis
956  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: August 14, 2009, 03:56:11 PM
I thought I would wait and let them say who they are in case they don't want all the attention, accolades, pats on the back, congratulations for being one step closer to world peace.

Or they want to do a happy dance, curse my name for subjecting them to my prose, spit in the face of danger as they MacGuyver the book in a last ditch effort to save a sinking cruise liner, have it personalized to read 'To be read in only pretty pink pajamas',  plan to use it and every other zombie book they own in a suit covered with cockroaches to survive the Fallout 3 world we are destined for.

Or, just in case they want to say "I won and you didn't! Suck it!" Poehler-style.

-Crusis
957  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: August 14, 2009, 02:43:36 PM
The drawing is done, the emails are sent and there was a GT winner!  I went ahead and did 3 books instead of 2. Congrats to the lucky GTer!

-Crusis
958  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: August 13, 2009, 07:18:06 PM
I have already brought up the editing concerns with my publisher. He said the software picked up or missed some characters. I don't know, I went through 5 edits including a pro-editor but I'm disappointed in the final version. I think I am going to push to get a new one done and out if I can.

I appreciate any candid feedback, this will help me figure out what works and what doesn't in my future books. I think you have a good point about a lot going on. If I had a day like one of my characters I think I would just stay home sick.
 
Spoiler for Hiden:
Funny you mention Lester. I thought Kate was the most interesting to write but I have had several people mention Lester and Angela as the most interesting characters. I can't figure that out, he is basically a loser drug dealer with no prospects except getting laid, stoned and or drunk. Also, Alice and Ken were the first parts of the book written and almost got dropped several times but we felt the chance to do 2nd person POV was too good to pass up. Well, when I wasn't thinking it was career suicide.  icon_lol
959  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] The Hurt Locker on: August 12, 2009, 01:10:09 AM
I saw the movie over the weekend and it was simply outstanding. Others said it best - riveting.

-Crusis
960  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: August 11, 2009, 02:53:58 AM
I now have my copies of my book and have placed them up for sale on my website via paypal. The cost is a flat $15 and $2 for shipping. This is for US shipping but if you are outside the US just drop me an email and we can work something out. If you purchase from me the book will be signed (and personalized if you like).

http://www.amongthelivingbook.com

You can now do the "look inside" feature on Amazon http://bit.ly/TKk1I if you want to get a look at the layout, fonts and stuff like that. Thanks again for everyone's interest!

-Crusis
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