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41  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Prometheus (previously Alien the Prequel) on: December 21, 2011, 04:11:32 AM
I read in some article that it is definitely set in the same universe, and that while there are things that will reference the Alien films - they were trying to down-play it as an Aliens prequel.
42  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie]Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows on: December 10, 2011, 08:07:01 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on December 09, 2011, 02:34:36 PM

Robert Downey, Jr. has really come into his own as an actor (between this, Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, Iron Man, etc, he really is becoming a personal favorite)

I certainly won't disagree that he has become quite good in recent years.

But just as a reminder in-between Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang and Iron Man - he was the bad guy in Disney's the Shaggy Dog.



 icon_biggrin
43  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need Suggestions on how to spend $1000 on: December 06, 2011, 12:37:39 AM

Quote from: morlac on December 05, 2011, 04:02:35 PM

2 chicks at the same time?

We have a winner!!!!!
44  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Muppets on: December 04, 2011, 07:44:18 PM
Took my family to see it last night. I thought it was decent, but wife and daughter hated it.
45  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need Suggestions on how to spend $1000 on: December 04, 2011, 01:04:39 AM
Yeah - I was sorta waiting for an iPad 3 before I upgrade since I didn't think the 2 offered enough of an upgrade - especially this close to end of life.

And I've been looking for training I could book now ($ has to be spent before end of year - even if class is in 2012), but software development training is typically in the 2.5 - 5k range. Unless I can find something remotely interesting via online.
46  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Need Suggestions on how to spend $1000 on: December 04, 2011, 12:13:16 AM
So my company sent out the following announcement this last week - to let us know that they're giving all employees the ability to purchase up to $1,000 worth of stuff that we think would make us more productive this month.

Quote
Would an iPad make you more productive while traveling?  Would a training class in a new language make you more productive on a future project?  Would learning Portuguese make you more productive in your assignment to Brazil?  Listed below are some suggested items that can be purchased from today through to year-end.  We encourage the spirit of creativity.  If you think of something not on this list, please speak to your local contact (listed below) for approval before purchasing.  You may choose to spread productivity enhancements across different items as long as total does not exceed the amount applicable for your country.
 
Ideas for Productivity Purchases:

iPad/Tablet/Laptop
Smart Phone
Related data services paid or prepaid in 2011
Training Classes new languages, Lean, consulting, etc.
Language Classes/Programs (i.e. Portuguese, Mandarin, German, English)
Software licenses, Networking equipment, etc.
Additional books, subscriptions, etc.

So very cool considering that there's somewhere around 1800 employees. Unfortunately I've already got an iPhone 4S, and iPad (first gen though), a Kindle DX, a Macbook Air, Wireless Broadband modem, Noise cancelling headphones, etc. (yeah I'm a gadget freak).  So I'm really stumped on what I could spend it on.

Anyone have any suggestions for me?
47  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Happy Birthday, Marine Corps! on: November 12, 2011, 03:38:13 PM

Quote from: Abaddon on November 12, 2011, 04:25:52 AM

Quote from: DarkEL on November 11, 2011, 03:02:03 AM

As a Ex- Former Marine - I celebrated with a large amount of Rum and Tequila (and almost got into a fight when the girl that was driving me around stole a parking spot).

Good night.  :-)

El

Thanks! l blame the alcohol.
48  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Happy Birthday, Marine Corps! on: November 11, 2011, 03:02:03 AM
As an Ex-Marine - I celebrated with a large amount of Rum and Tequila (and almost got into a fight when the girl that was driving me around stole a parking spot).

Good night.  :-)

El
49  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The iPhone 4S Thread on: October 15, 2011, 06:47:12 AM

Quote from: Purge on October 15, 2011, 06:11:14 AM

Quote from: DarkEL on October 15, 2011, 05:15:22 AM

Still no update on my shipping status from AT&T. They suck beyond words

However.....

Wife picked me up from my business trip and had a brand new White 64gig Iphone 4S in my seat. Apparently she went to the Apple Store before coming to pick me up and they had plenty in stock still. She went through the whole painful process with AT&T (who of course refuse to cancel the order they can't fulfill) and Apple did everything they could to try and make it work.

In the end - she added another line to our account and got me the new iphone. Supposedly - we can return the other phone once we receive it and get my number transferred over to it.

An expensive solution (and not something I would have done) but I know her heart was in the right place and so I can't fault her.



That's love, man. smile

or guilt... I was gone for a week 
50  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The iPhone 4S Thread on: October 15, 2011, 05:15:22 AM
Still no update on my shipping status from AT&T. They suck beyond words

However.....

Wife picked me up from my business trip and had a brand new White 64gig Iphone 4S in my seat. Apparently she went to the Apple Store before coming to pick me up and they had plenty in stock still. She went through the whole painful process with AT&T (who of course refuse to cancel the order they can't fulfill) and Apple did everything they could to try and make it work.

In the end - she added another line to our account and got me the new iphone. Supposedly - we can return the other phone once we receive it and get my number transferred over to it.

An expensive solution (and not something I would have done) but I know her heart was in the right place and so I can't fault her.

51  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The iPhone 4S Thread on: October 13, 2011, 05:46:49 PM

Quote from: hispanicgamer on October 13, 2011, 06:07:53 AM

Just wondering if you ordered a white 64GB, which is what I ordered.

Yep that's exactly what i ordered as well. So perhaps it's that AT&T has shortage on that configuration?

Status still says backordered. Called AT&T again and they say that they have no view into stock / warehouse / etc. So basically they'll know when it ships when the warehouse updates it.  Pretty sad commentary on their I.T. department if that's true.
52  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The iPhone 4S Thread on: October 12, 2011, 01:26:04 PM
More evidence that AT&T's order processing glitch has screwed my pre-order.  Wife's upgrade listed as shipped with a tracking number this morning. Mine still showing as backordered.

Hopped onto online chat with AT&T order rep, and was very polite just to ask "is it likely that I won't get my phone this week - please let me know so i can explore some other options".  But they wouldn't give me even the most basic confirmation about that - saying that they don't have any information about shipments. Although at one point he did inject a canned response that said that backordered phones were fulfulled on a first come-first serve basis and that it would be 21-28 days but then immediately backtracked about whether or not that meant that my phone was not going to deliver this week.

Sigh....
53  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The iPhone 4S Thread on: October 12, 2011, 04:48:40 AM

Quote from: hispanicgamer on October 12, 2011, 02:40:22 AM

My order status is listed as backordered. I should have ordered directly from Apple rather than AT&T.  mad

I placed orders with AT&T to upgrade both mine and my wifes iPhones. Got an email a day and half later saying they couldn't process my card for some reason - so I called them within minutes of getting the email and re-verfied the credit card number again and it went through without a hitch. They assured me that my "place in priority" hadn't changed (which considering I was one of the idiots who got up in the middle of the night to place my order was kind of a big deal to me).  Coincidentally - my bank showed no issues with their original request going through.  I knew in my heart that it was probably a mistake to place my order though AT&T but after fighting with the Apple ordering system for over an hour and a half, I was ready to try anything.

Checked order status this afternoon - Wife's upgrade order has a status of processing - but mine lists a status of backordered. So I called AT&T again just to ask what was up.

Girl I talked to on the phone said that it's in backordered status because it's a pre-order. I really want to believe her that everything's okay with my order but my gut tells me to expect that AT&T has screwed up and my wife will get hers on Friday but I'll be S.O.L. And if that happens I'm going to be exceptionally bitter against AT&T and will regret not having switched carriers this time  (I only stuck with AT&T because I have one of the old unlimited data plans.)

54  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Super Heroes on: October 10, 2011, 10:53:05 PM
yeah - just finished watching all of season 1 on netflix with my daughter and was very excited by how much she love it. For some reason she really loves the Wasp. I really enjoyed how each episode continues to build upon others. My only complaint right now is that

Spoiler for Hiden:
The whole Skrull thing building up for the 2nd season seems a bit too fan-boy oriented. i.e. my daughter who's never read any of the comics doesn't understand any of the Skrull reveals that are happening in season 1.

I heard that the new season starts on Oct 20th or 21st - and she can't wait.
55  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Keep having to log in on: October 02, 2011, 07:53:39 PM
I think it might be a GamingTrend DNS/Cookie configuration issue.

I've noticed the same thing happening to me occasionally, but didn't bother mentioning it - however I recently noticed a common link based upon whether I'm accessing the forums using either www.gamingtrend.com/forums or simply gamingtrends.com/forums.

Here's a simple way to test it

1. Log out and delete all cookies.
1. Open one tab - log into the site using gamingtrend.com/forums
2. Open another tab and go to www.gamingtrend.com/forums - you will probably see that you are not logged in
3. Open a third tab and go to gamingtrend.com/forums and you can see that you're still logged in.

It's been a few years since I've had to mess with setting this kind of stuff up. I remember it had to do with the domain name that was set in the cookie, I think the correct format was to either set it to be only the domain name (e.g. "gamingtrend.com" or to set it with a leading . (to match any and all subdomains -- e.g. ".gamingtrend.com")

But hopefully that helps.
56  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Steve Jobs Resigns as Apple CEO on: September 21, 2011, 12:10:33 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on September 20, 2011, 02:57:06 PM

I know it's a Day 1 purchase to me.  And then I can wipe my 3G and throw it into traffic.


ditto for me.  except I may have someone else throw it into traffic so I can try to be the one that get's to run it over
57  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Netflix splitting DVD and Streaming rental fees... on: September 19, 2011, 04:39:30 AM
Taken it a step further. Now separating into two companies

DVD by mail is now Qwikster and Netflix is now streaming only

see http://blog.netflix.com/2011/09/explanation-and-some-reflections.html
58  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: September 15, 2011, 02:51:21 AM
Moliere
59  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: September 15, 2011, 02:30:39 AM
Do we need to vote since there haven't been any new additions to the thread in quite awhile?
60  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 100 Pushups - 6 week program. Who's in? on: September 15, 2011, 02:22:54 AM
Now that I started traveling for work - I just started doing several of these programs this week. (pushups, situps and squats) - alternating days though.

So far so good.  Not sure what the advantage that a smart phone app would give me though - since the full program is really only a couple pages long printed.
61  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Acquired By Google on: September 08, 2011, 11:01:53 PM

Quote from: SkyLander on September 08, 2011, 10:58:06 PM

Quote from: DarkEL on September 08, 2011, 09:58:06 PM

2. I wanted the opportunity to do some work that wasn't just about making a company money, but to do some work that would inspire me and make me feel that I was somehow using my talents to improve the world.

One of these days I would like to get there.

Another company I was strongly considering was a startup in San Francisco that's working to fight childhood obesity with a device that measures kids movement and gives them online rewards for their activity. Really wanted to take that job but just couldn't make the numbers line up with the cost of relocating family, higher cost of living, etc.
62  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Acquired By Google on: September 08, 2011, 09:58:06 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 07, 2011, 06:13:18 PM

Google is supposed to be a sweet place to work.  Why not give it a chance and see what comes of it?

I thought about it. Really did. I don't want to get into any mud-slinging - but you know how they say that people don't leave jobs, they leave bad management.....

Things might have gotten better there over time, but honestly I was tired of it and ready to move on. I had already made my decision about where I was going next even before all the talks about acquisition got serious, and so I postponed my plans to leave until after the deal was done for the good of the company. Plus staying would have required a relocation within the next 12mos to Boulder.

On the plus side - even without Google on my resume as an employer - I think that having on there how I was so key in the design and implementation of a software product that was acquired by Google and that I chose not to go along in the acquisition should still look pretty darn good on the resume or during the interview.

Google did have some very nice perks - and they made me wonder if i was making the right decision.

But in the end - I made the decision that I wanted to focus on a few things over the next year or so.
1. I wanted to really invest in myself and try to go from being a good developer to a truly great developer.
2. I wanted the opportunity to do some work that wasn't just about making a company money, but to do some work that would inspire me and make me feel that I was somehow using my talents to improve the world.
3. I wanted to devote time to preparing for launching my own products in the next couple of years.

So I made sort of an unconventional choice to meet those goals - and I accepted an offer to join a consulting company named ThoughtWorks - which made me feel like it offered the best opportunity for me to meet these goals.

It's stuff like this that really tipped my decision towards them -- http://www.thoughtworks.com/mission-and-values
63  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 08, 2011, 09:34:30 PM

Quote from: Laner on September 08, 2011, 01:33:23 PM

Quote from: Purge on September 07, 2011, 02:17:44 AM

Quote from: Tscott on September 07, 2011, 02:09:31 AM



I'm going to go with Futurama for the first row.

Who is the second from the left on the second row?

Philip J. Fry, Bender Bending Rodriguez, Turanga Leela, Amy Wong, Dr. Zoidberg

Scruffy, Hermes Conrad, Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth, Zapp Brannigan, Kif
64  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 06, 2011, 07:28:19 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on September 06, 2011, 02:56:00 PM

DarkEl is trying to make me cry with his avatar...

Just wait until I start singing that song that plays in the background of that scene

Quote
If it takes forever I will wait for you
For a thousand summers I will wait for you
Till you're back beside me, till I'm holding you
Till I hear you sigh here in my arms

I can get my daughters eyes to water-up simply by playing that song.
65  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 06, 2011, 05:52:54 AM
66  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 06, 2011, 05:51:19 AM

Why People Have Eyebrows

67  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 06, 2011, 05:47:23 AM
68  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Netflix to lose Starz on: September 03, 2011, 02:13:05 AM

Quote from: ATB on September 03, 2011, 12:28:24 AM

Looks like they've reduced to the number of instances that you can have at one time to a single viewing.

Meaning: you can only stream one show at at time regardless of how many netflix ready devices you have.  What garbage.

Oh now that sucks!! I like to watch netflix on my iPad when I travel but would hate to have to coordinate watching times with the family back home.
69  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Acquired By Google on: September 03, 2011, 02:11:22 AM
BTW - that response was supposed to sound more tongue-in-cheek and not snarky.

I made some money from this deal but not life-changing money. On the plus side - I've also proven to myself that I can build something that will be desirable to other companies (I was the chief architect and director of development there)
70  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Acquired By Google on: September 03, 2011, 01:52:39 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on September 03, 2011, 12:31:20 AM

Haha!

You could have been rich!!

Laff - yes because the quickest way to become rich is to become another cog in a giant machine.   Roll Eyes
71  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The New 52: Justice League #1 on: September 02, 2011, 11:53:03 PM

Quote from: Kurt Stevens on September 02, 2011, 11:50:35 PM

I downloaded Justice League on the Ipad yesterday.   I thought it was a good read.   At 3.99 though, I thought it was a little pricey but I'll probably ready a few monthly.  I thought there were going to be more titles available digitally but I only saw Justice League.  Have the rest not been released in print yet?

I read something that said the prices would decrease over time. i.e. after 30 days price will be $1.99 and then 30 days later down to $.99.

Not sure if I'm remember the timelines right (or even if that article is gospel) but i'm hoping it's true.
72  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Acquired By Google on: September 02, 2011, 11:50:54 PM
Big News for me

The startup that I've been working at for the last three years was acquired by Google today.  http://techcrunch.com/2011/09/02/google-zave-networks/

Adding on to that news - I decided that it was a good time to part ways and so I declined the offer to join Google. Lots of reasons for that but short answer is that as a software developer - I would have been incredibly excited to join Google ten years ago - today however, I just don't see it as a good fit for where I want to go and what i want to do over the next few years.
73  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Netflix to lose Starz on: September 01, 2011, 11:31:39 PM
agree with that - luckily they'll still have the Starz content until February - so I'll give them until then to see if they are able to swing any other deals. Otherwise - not sure sure it would be worth the additional money.
74  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The New 52: Justice League #1 on: September 01, 2011, 03:32:26 PM

Quote from: Devil on September 01, 2011, 11:02:26 AM

I've never read a comic in my life but once I heard of a "reboot" and same day availability for downloads, I became "IN!".

I'm gonna grab Justice League, but maybe you guys can help with some of the other stuff. I'm a Batman fan, but it looks like there's going to be about 32,000 different types. Any recommendations?

I just started reading them through the iPad apps as well. Now that they're going to offer same-day availability - I'm probably going to need to set a limit on myself to keep from overspending.

As for good comics - I'm really enjoying the core flashpoint series which I believe is what leads up to the big reboot. And I did notice that there is a free preview issue that came out yesterday that showed off a bunch of the new titles. In that issue - I was pretty impressed with how some of the characters looked in this reboot and that art looks really great.
75  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The New 52: Justice League #1 on: August 31, 2011, 06:02:42 PM
yeah I've been enjoying reading the occasional comic storylines on the ipad and this new move from DC will probably push me to buying even more.

I've been trying to read through the Flashpoint specials to prep for giving the new comics a chance but they've been releasing them sooooo slowly. Would like to see how that turns out before buying the new comics (which I believe are based on the outcome of the Flashpoint right?)

76  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 30, 2011, 03:20:48 PM
77  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 29, 2011, 04:25:57 PM

Quote from: Roman on August 29, 2011, 02:55:24 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 29, 2011, 01:06:59 AM

I like the last one in the series.

+1 - great ass.


Yeah - he must workout
78  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: August 17, 2011, 04:16:50 AM
Gentlemen (and Purge),

I'd like to introduce you all to Kelli Hutcherson



Some very nice pics out there for you to choose from.
79  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 16, 2011, 04:37:30 PM

Quote from: ATB on August 16, 2011, 02:47:10 PM



The full movie is even better   http://www.geekologie.com/2011/08/watch-captain-awesome-deflect-read-get-d.php
80  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: August 16, 2011, 04:04:17 AM
Azhag
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