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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Prime price hike coming? on: February 04, 2014, 05:01:19 AM
Yeah - pretty much addicted to prime, so I'm in even if they increase the price.  Considering that we buy pretty close to all of our Christmas presents from Amazon, we can justify the cost just from Christmas alone.  So everything I buy throughout the year is just cherry on top. We do have a lot of food items regularly shipped to us in bulk too (things like Kashi bars, cleaning supplies, etc).

2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Suggestions for a great mattress on: February 04, 2014, 04:57:32 AM
I also have a Tempurpedic and we love it (granted we don't live in hellish heat like Ron though). Temperature does affect them (colder temps make them more firm, warmer temps = more soft) with the goal of your body heat making it form to you.

3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: on: February 03, 2014, 05:54:40 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on February 03, 2014, 03:44:37 AM

Quote from: disarm on February 03, 2014, 03:40:55 AM

I didn't see the trailer during the game either. Any idea when it supposedly aired?

I didn't see it either

Yeah it was right between the end of the pre-game show and beginning of the actual game.  You can see it here

I was already pretty amped about this movie and this trailer pushed it over the edge (except the line about how to tell who's a bad guy... that even caused my daughter to roll her eyes).
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 07, 2014, 11:18:13 PM

Apparently he only suffered a broken leg
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 20, 2013, 04:07:48 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 20, 2013, 04:25:11 AM

Quote from: DarkEL on November 20, 2013, 03:38:40 AM

for some reason that was coming up blank.

Was? Or still is?  I can see it, but if not working for you - I'll edit and re-try.
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 20, 2013, 03:38:40 AM
7  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / 13 Scary games article on: November 04, 2013, 05:19:33 AM
Was checking out the article "13 scary games" and came across what I think is an error.

#7 is for the 1992 classic game "Alone in the Dark" - however the image is NOT from the 1992 game.

That game looked like this:

The image that you're using is from one of the (crappier) console sequels that came out after 2000 (IIRC)

I just spent a ton of time on the original and it's one of my favorites is the only reason i point it out.
8  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Our new site design is LIVE!!!! on: October 14, 2013, 09:35:40 PM
I really like the new navigation bar - I think that's really well done.

Can't really comment on header at the moment. I think that the SkyLander background image might be a bad example - so I'm looking forward to seeing it with a different background.

Overall I think this new layout loads much faster than previous ones. Even with all the images - so that's good work.

Looking forward to seeing further refinements and where you guys take it from here.

9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You're Not Drinking Enough Soda! on: August 18, 2013, 08:24:20 PM
Yeah - I know...

Every now and then I'll reduce down to one a day but it never lasts.  I can't stand coffee so diet soda is my main source.

I'll have 1-2 cans or one bottle in the morning to help wake up. Usually at least a couple of glasses at lunch, then another 1-2 in the afternoon to make it through the afternoon. Then another couple of glasses with dinner. And sometimes one or two more at night while working.

10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You're Not Drinking Enough Soda! on: August 15, 2013, 02:29:22 AM
Okay you guys are making me feel guilty.

I probably drink somewhere between 4-8 diet sodas a day. With Coke Zero being my poison of choice.

11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Recommend me a programming language on: May 31, 2013, 06:25:01 PM
Cool - sent you a PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on May 30, 2013, 04:08:15 AM

I've spent the last 5.5 years coding banking systems using HTML, JavaScript, ASP.NET, the occasional foray into JQuery, XML data transfer to a proprietary transactional middle tier system, and performing system integration with legacy mainframe systems using a variety of solutions such as SOAP and Web services.  And I've been working with various database systems since 1996, SQL since 2003.
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Recommend me a programming language on: May 30, 2013, 01:49:15 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on May 29, 2013, 01:44:53 PM

I'm out of a job as of Friday. I've got marketable skills and my current recruiting employer has a right to represent to try and find me some new contracts.

A quick perusal of other jobs at my target companies show a good number of Java positions, so my new "job" next week will be to spend half the day looking for employment and half the day learning Java. Finally.

Do you already know any programming languages? Or are you looking to get into an entry-level programming job by learning Java?
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Oblivion on: April 22, 2013, 11:28:28 PM
Saw it with my family on the IMAX over the weekend. They hated it. I thought it was meh (at best).
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Goodbye Futurama...again on: April 22, 2013, 11:15:48 PM
I just hope they bring back Fry's dog somehow for one last heartbreak at the season finale.
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Breaking] Explosions at Boston Marathon on: April 16, 2013, 02:21:02 AM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on April 15, 2013, 11:17:15 PM

One of the two confirmed dead was an 8 year old boy.

What the FUCK is wrong with people these days?? It's all so frustrating and depressing...

(surprisingly) Patton Oswalt had a really good post about this stuff....
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So what would ya say.....ya do here? on: April 09, 2013, 03:39:32 AM
For the last year and half I've been traveling around the country doing software consulting to large companies.

17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's The Coolest Thing You've Ever Won? on: February 24, 2013, 04:44:13 AM
Few different things that I've won.

In junior high - I once won a raffle and got a $100 bill which they gave to me at lunch. Unfortunately someone else stole it from me before the end of the day and the school had called my father to tell him that I had won the money. So when he came to pick me up after school and we discovered it had been stolen - I got a beating and was grounded for two weeks.

In the mid-90's i entered a contest on AOL (I know... the shame...) for the movie Hackers (with a young angelina jolie). Apparently not enough people entered, so with my one entry they sent me 3 copies of the movie on VHS and two posters.

Back in the late 90's I won a brand new palm pilot 5 from the tucows website, along with a bunch of fun little desk toys.

During the first year that American idol was on the air, I entered a ford contest during the show and won a high end VCR.
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Iron Man 3 on: February 23, 2013, 06:49:52 AM
So obviously i don't know much about the character outside of the fact that he was supposed to be magic / martial arts based.

But one thing I'm seeing in that picture is a lot of military references. His robes seem to have a lot of old-school military style camouflage as the under-pinnings. And the statue on the right has a lot of dog-tags hanging from it along with a helmet on the top.

Is that normal or is that possibly something they've added to the character for the movie?
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: <Brag> What's your Life's Greatest Achievement? </Brag> on: February 14, 2013, 06:31:15 AM
Few things I'm proud of:

- Serving my country in the U.S. Marines after high school.

- Have written and had two books on Programming published. Also been the technical reviewer for several other popular books.

- My career - I wasn't able to afford to go to College, but even without a Computer Science degree I've been able to work hard, learn, and grow over the years. The amount of influence I have today continually amazes me.

- My daughter (she's not perfect but she's pretty frickin awesome).
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need a short term paying job? GT needs some work done. on: February 14, 2013, 06:18:53 AM
I'd assume that whether you have someone write a script or pay someone to do it manually - somebody will need to follow up and check the work (even if it's just a few random things).

So I would also suggest going the script route. It'll be more consistent and less prone to human mistakes. If it's literally just editing data in the database, probably not very hard to write and could even be tested "offline" to validate that it doesn't cause any issues prior to working on the live data set.
21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 77 Science Fiction and Fantasy Movies to Watch Out For in 2013 on: January 08, 2013, 02:54:17 AM
What about Knights of Badassdom ( 

I know it's been on-hold for some silly reason - but last I heard it was going to be released in 2013.
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / NRA Blames Video Games For School Shootings on: December 22, 2012, 04:19:12 AM

So apparently we're all ticking time bombs and of course they propose that the only solution is more guns
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: July 13, 2012, 12:04:46 AM

(is that bad for me to vote for my own?? - I just really liked it)
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: July 08, 2012, 08:20:19 PM
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: July 08, 2012, 02:21:38 PM

Quote from: Purge on July 08, 2012, 12:13:14 PM

I was waiting for you to POST. Tongue Ah well.

Ahhh.. Sorry
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: July 08, 2012, 02:36:53 AM

Quote from: Purge on July 07, 2012, 05:45:04 PM

DarkEl isn't around? Tsk Tsk. I'll wait a bit.

Huh? I voted.
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: July 07, 2012, 04:09:30 PM
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: July 06, 2012, 05:42:01 PM
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: July 04, 2012, 04:40:31 PM
Classic Pic

30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: July 04, 2012, 05:17:44 AM
For the few people who might not have seen it

Kate Upton doing the Cat Daddy
31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: July 04, 2012, 04:39:01 AM
Ah dangit- never got a chance to post..

Oh well - here's the rest of the series for you.

32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Time to buy a new bed on: June 11, 2012, 01:26:00 AM

Quote from: morlac on June 09, 2012, 12:10:31 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on June 06, 2012, 07:03:58 PM

I would just recommend not skimping on price.  I purchased a pretty cheap memory foam mattress about a two years ago and it was great for about the first year but now I seem to have worn it out and most nights I end up sleeping 6 inches deep in the center of it.

I have a philosophy of not skimping on anything that is used almost daily.  I don't buy cheap shoes, mattresses, eye glasses, etc.  S

Ditto - you get what you pay for is true most of the time.

We were due for a new bed a couple of years ago and ended up buying a tempurpedic. Absolutely love it. Wife complains anytime that she has to sleep anywhere else now.
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Visiting Chicago this coming weekend and looking for tips/suggestions... on: June 01, 2012, 01:34:22 AM
I travel to Chicago almost every week so I can give a few recommendations.

My favorite Steak in Chicago - Fulton's on the River
The only 3 Michelin star restaurant in Chicago - Alinea  (about $200 a person w/o wine but fairly fun experience)
Famous Mexican Restaurant Rick Bayless Frontera Grill

However some of the best food (and whiskey) I've had in Chicago was at Longman and Eagle. It's out in Logan square and can have quite a wait - but oh my god.... it is worth it.

As for Garrett's popcorn I really love it but recommend avoiding the cheese flavor (it's far too sweet). I usually get the caramel and almond popcorn.

If you're going to go to one of the observatories - skip Willis (used to be sears) and go to Hancock. It's far more interesting and has a better view.
34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Mac] Code Editor on: April 20, 2012, 12:42:19 AM
Let me put on my grumpy old developer hat for a moment....

One of the best things I ever did was stop using any of those visual / GUI based tools. They give a temporary speed increases at the cost of developing actual muscle memory for syntax, typing speed, etc. In other words - you become dependent upon the tool.

I used to use TextMate and loved it while I used it - however development did stall on it a bit but there is a TextMate 2 beta out now.
I've had to help some people who use sublime and while I know some other developers who seem to like it, I wouldn't want to use it.

I would strongly recommend that you use the opportunity to learn a tool like Vim or Emacs (I prefer Vim). If you use brew - you can even install a GUI based version of Vim with 'brew install macvim'. There's also a brand new book (literally) on learning to use Vim that's pretty good  -

35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Work decision on: March 29, 2012, 12:18:53 AM
If you're going to stay in MS development - I think C# is more marketable these days. However, even if not, having solid experience in both would definitely be a boon for you.

I've dealt with long  commutes in the past  (and I travel full time these days) - it's amazing how quickly you get used to it. That new company might even give you some flexibility to deal with it (i.e. working 4 / 10 hour days to get a 3 day weekend, etc)

So I'd say Go for it. Sounds like it would be a win for you.
36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Are there any writers here at GT? on: January 26, 2012, 06:04:48 PM
I've written a couple of programming books.
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 06, 2012, 01:02:11 AM
38  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Book] Ready Player One on: January 01, 2012, 10:41:22 AM
Couldn't stop reading it today and finished the book tonight. Enjoyed it very much.

However I was wondering if I was the only one that suspected:
Spoiler for Hiden:
that Aech was really Halliday in disguise. In other words - that perhaps he had faked his death and was monitoring the contest through one or more avatars -  making friends with Gunters who might be worthy? 

I sure did based on the following:

1. IOI could never find any information on Aech's real identity
2. Aech had spent a lot of time "training" wade on Joust
3. Aech's private basement chat room was an exact replica of Hallidays basement
4. Aech had revealed that his real name began with an 'H'
5. IOI could never track where Aech was connecting from
6. Aech would only find keys / gates after someone else had found them first.
7. When the top four were making their way to the final gate that only required three of them - i expected that to be the time there would be the reveal that Aech was Halliday and the other three would solve the final gate.

There was also a lot of little dialog things that Aech said especially when other people were talking about Haliday and his motives.
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Book] Ready Player One on: December 31, 2011, 10:20:08 PM
Picked this up a few days ago based on recommendations in this thread. About half-way through and really enjoying the story so far. Actually forcing myself to take a break from reading right now.
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need Suggestions on how to spend $1000 on: December 31, 2011, 08:39:07 AM
Thought I'd post a follow up here as I had to actually make my purchases and expense them today (nothing like debating on a decision until the very last minute). I thought about picking up an Android Tablet like the Galaxy or even the Kindle Fire in order to experiment with building apps for them but ended up feeling that with the fragmentation of that market - it wouldn't be a good use of my time.

Some of the things i did purchase though:
1. A few extra power adapters for my Macbook, iPad and iPhone (so I can avoid having to transport them from place to place)
2. A new minimal laptop case to take on planes with me
3. A wireless presentation controller since I plan on doing more speaking next year
4. A nice USB microphone to experiment with creating some screencasts next year.
5. A bunch of books on software development best practices, object oriented design and some on languages (C++, IOS, Clojure and Javascript)
6. Annual subscription for Dropbox
7. Pre-purchased a set of 10 software development screencasts

Was able to come in a mere $7 shy of completely using my bonus.
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