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81  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: August 08, 2011, 04:07:09 AM
82  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New MacBook Air, need app ideas on: August 05, 2011, 01:26:23 AM
Congrats - I just updated my old Macbook Pro for one of the new 13" MBA's as well.

Here's some of the Apps that I use a lot

Twitter client
Reeder for Google Reader (seconding GuidoTKP's recommendation)
Adium for Instant messaging
Skitch for capturing/sharing screenshots
MacVim for most of my software development
Xcode for programming ios
OmniGraffle for creating diagrams
Spotify / iTunes for Music
Toast for moving videos to/from my Tivo
Handbrake for "backing up" DVD's
ScreenFlow for capturing screencasts

I also order a lot of stuff online so I use the "Delivery Status" dashboard widget to keep track of all my packages
I don't play a lot of games on my Mac - but I've been contemplating re-activating an old World of Warcraft account once I start traveling again.
83  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Joss Whedon to direct 'The Avengers' on: July 26, 2011, 04:48:55 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on July 23, 2011, 11:26:14 PM

*Is the female agent possibly Sharon Carter (in the movie's case, niece of Peggy Carter in the current Captain America film)? I read that Amanda Righetti from the TV show The Mentalist was playing an agent, most likely her. Sorry I'm not more up on casting news.  icon_smile

Amanda Righetti has a small cameo in the Captain America movie - so it makes sense that she would also be in the Avengers.
84  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [music] Spotify on: July 21, 2011, 03:36:35 AM
I've been in for about a week (however I keep checking my account and it's never given me the ability to invite someone else yet).

It's growing on me. It's got a couple small bugs, but overall the experience is decent and the music selection is really good.

Not sure it's good enough to justify paying for it yet though (but that may be because I don't tend to buy a lot of songs per month)
85  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Winnie the Pooh - Brand new!! 2011 on: July 18, 2011, 04:36:37 PM
Took my 9 year old daughter to see this over the weekend so thought I'd share my thoughts:

Was a bit worried at the opening when the main Winnie the Pooh song was sung by Zooey Deschanel in her hipster style  (don't get me wrong - think she's great but made me immediately worried that they were going to try to hard to "modernize" the characters), but am very glad to report that it's not the case. They made small changes but kept things true to the characters and the movie was really, really good.

The movie had an animated short about the Loch Ness monster prior to the main feature (much like Pixar does) - that was cute.

The movie had a lot of humor. I don't think I've heard my daughter laugh that much at a kids movie in a long time. The humor was all interactions between characters too (as opposed to most kids movies where the humor is either someone getting hurt or dealing with bodily functions). Rabbit and Owl were especially fun to watch in this movie. My daughter and i spent a lot of time after this movie talking about our favorite scenes.0

The end credits had animations throughout and also a small extra clip at the end that was good.

All in all - if you have kids or just liked Winnie the Pooh growing up I'd recommend going to see this - I thought it was a great movie. I'm sure I'll be picking it up on DVD once it comes out.

86  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: July 10, 2011, 11:11:58 PM
87  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: July 05, 2011, 04:27:52 PM
88  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Google+ on: June 30, 2011, 04:15:33 PM
I'll toss my name in the ring for an invite as well

alameda.eldon at
89  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [movie] Killer Elite on: June 23, 2011, 12:40:14 AM
Action film with Jason Statham, Clive Owen and Robert DeNiro.

Probably somewhat predictable - but hoping it'll be fun to watch.

Link to the Home page or straight to the trailer at
90  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Recommend me a programming language on: June 21, 2011, 10:26:47 PM
Coming in a little late to the discussion but I'll throw a couple thoughts in here as I've had experience in decent list of programming languages. Every language has good and bad things about it, and the choice typically boils down what is the best fit for the types of project that you're planning to build and your own personal preference for types of languages (e.g. statically or dynamically typed, functional vs Object Oriented, etc, etc)

Based on your earlier comments that you're looking to build a few simple things for fun - I'd have to disagree with Skylander about his recommendation for learning C++ (not to imply that it's not good to learn C and C++ but it might be overkill for what you're looking to do). I'd personally recommend starting out with something a bit more "fun" and then moving on to something more complicated later if you're still enjoying it.

Java is okay and is a good learning language. The Head First Java books are a decent introduction to Java.

The .net languages used to be pretty horrible but they've gotten quite a bit better these last couple of years. So something like C# wouldn't be a bad choice for building apps for Windows. Unfortunately I don't have any recommendations on books for it.

As people have said - scripting languages like Python and Ruby are good choices as well.
- If you want to use Python - I've heard excellent things about this Free book  -
- If you want to use Ruby - There's the free Why's Poignant guide to Ruby ( which is the craziest computer programming book you'll ever read. Or any of the Beginning Ruby books

Another fun option - is this book ( which will give you a VERY high level overview of seven different programming languages (Ruby, Io, Prolog, Scala, Erlang, Clojure, Haskell), highlighting the differences between them.

But no matter what you choose - have fun with it -- otherwise what's the point  :-)

91  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2K announces Duke Nukem Forever for 360, PS3 (and PC) 2011 on: June 17, 2011, 06:51:28 PM

Quote from: Roman on June 17, 2011, 02:46:04 PM

  • hit detection is terrible. Enemies who like to rush you are impossible to hit despite a point blank shotgun blast to the chest @ anywhere between 3 feet or less. I have to train myself not to shoot and to move aside and then fire. Lame

i haven't noticed this. I'm assuming you're talking about pig cops hurling themselves at you? Seems that when i hit them with a shotgun blast - I've been protected from taking any damage. But I do tend to always be moving sideways while fighting them (in an attempt to circle strafe), so maybe I'm just not noticing it.

Quote from: Roman on June 17, 2011, 02:46:04 PM

  • slapping wall boobies in the Hive never gets old

Wait.... What? I'm in the hive now (right after finding all the girls again). Is that something that I just haven't reached yet or have I been missing out on some interactivity this whole time?
92  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Green Lantern: The Movie on: June 17, 2011, 06:47:08 PM

Quote from: hepcat on June 17, 2011, 05:20:15 PM

Quote from: DarkEL on June 17, 2011, 07:43:14 AM

Just got back from seeing it and the group i went with all enjoyed the film. Certainly not the best super hero movie of all time, but I'd put it on par with Thor and the (over-hyped) X-men first class that also came out this year.

I would agree that there was potential unfulfilled in this movie ( I would have loved a longer movie with more time on Oa and more of the other lanterns).  But it's still an enjoyable film carried mostly by Ryan Reynolds.

I'm hoping for a sequel that could show more of what this film tried to do.

I think it's safe to say I won't be taking to heart any movie reviews you (or Ceekay) post in the future.   Tongue

Wait - what's wrong with my movie taste? I hated Jonah Hex, Catwoman and Superman returns like any sane human being. Now granted - I did think that Hancock wasn't as bad as everyone made it out to be (and would also like to see a sequel for that one as well).

My hopes for best super-hero movie this year have always been resting on Captain America (even though i never read a single Captain America comic as a child).
93  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Green Lantern: The Movie on: June 17, 2011, 08:02:33 AM
And as a side comment.... Good lord do I hate the stereotypical comic book nerds that show up at these midnight showings and demonstrate their lack of social skills, common courtesy,and occasionally basic hygiene.
94  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Green Lantern: The Movie on: June 17, 2011, 07:43:14 AM
Just got back from seeing it and the group i went with all enjoyed the film. Certainly not the best super hero movie of all time, but I'd put it on par with Thor and the (over-hyped) X-men first class that also came out this year.

I would agree that there was potential unfulfilled in this movie ( I would have loved a longer movie with more time on Oa and more of the other lanterns).  But it's still an enjoyable film carried mostly by Ryan Reynolds.

I'm hoping for a sequel that could show more of what this film tried to do.
95  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2K announces Duke Nukem Forever for 360, PS3 (and PC) 2011 on: June 15, 2011, 04:07:54 PM
Played the game for a few hours last night on the PS3.

Overall I'm enjoying the game - I didn't have unrealistic expectations going in, and I'm not trying to compare it against more recent batches of first person shooters. Simply enjoying it for what it is.

That being said - Just like Roman - I'll list some of my dislikes.
  • First off the game took forever to install as it needed to copy around 5 gigs to the HD of my PS3. I had to go delete some stuff to make room for the game, and the installation process was slow and boring.
  • Roman is not kidding about the god-awful loading times. Which is frustrating if you screw up and die and then have to wait all that time to get back to the last save point. On the plus side - if you read the "tips" that appear on the bottom of the screen during the loading screen - there's a few that are kind of funny.
  • The distance blur effect can be a little annoying at times as I've seen things suddenly come into focus and then blur again.
  • While I enjoy a fair amount of the over the top dialogue - there's also a good amount of groan worthy statements made throughout the game as well.

But all those quirks aside - I'm enjoying the game and looking forward to getting home tonight to play some more.
96  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Game of Thrones TV series starts now! on: June 14, 2011, 06:29:41 PM
Never read the books - just been enjoying the TV series and really surprised by how much it sucked me in.

Of course - it's starting to feel like a:
Spoiler for Hiden:
"Oh you like this character? Let's watch him die" marathon though.

Oh well - as long as they don't kill the Imp - I think it'll remain fun to watch.

97  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2K announces Duke Nukem Forever for 360, PS3 (and PC) 2011 on: June 14, 2011, 02:37:27 PM
My pre-order arrives today and I'm looking forward to playing it. I think review scores are meaningless (especially when it's in the best interest of a media outlet to either give the game a great review or a horrible review - few people will click through to read why something got an average review score).

But I have realistic expectations going in. I played the demo a couple of times and commented here about the fact that it felt like an old school duke game - which is sort of out of place in todays world. But even if some of the lines are worn-out now, I think there's still a decent enough game in there to play through and enjoy the over-the-top Duke style again.

I did set expectations with my wife and daughter that they are going to be confined to a room on the other side of the house while I'm playing the game though.
98  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Found a bug? Let us know! on: June 06, 2011, 07:40:04 PM
Found a minor issue on the main site (using current version of Safari on Mac)

Expanding press release on looks like this (I'm assuming this isn't intended)

99  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 06, 2011, 04:49:11 PM
100  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides on: May 16, 2011, 06:03:31 PM
The first movie is probably my all-time favorite film. But the 2nd and 3rd films just didn't have the same feel to them. Felt like they were trying to tell too many stories at the same time and didn't take the time to really develop any of them. Because of that - some of the major changes in characters that occurred felt like they just came out of nowhere. I always thought they could have turned Pirates 2 and 3 into three (possibly four) much better movies.

So I'm hopeful that with the new storyline it'll go back to a single solid adventure with good action. The book it's based on is supposed to be good (going to read it as soon as I finish seeing the movie as I don't want any spoilers), but early reviews of the film I've seen online have all been fairly negative. So I'm setting my expectations low.
101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Idol 2011 on: May 13, 2011, 04:10:18 AM
Yep... Seems the teenage girl voters won the night again.
102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Thor Impressions' on: May 08, 2011, 04:00:27 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on May 08, 2011, 08:49:20 AM

LOL,i read that first line as though you had just found 'some family' on the streets and took them to the cinema icon_lol

LOL - I am pretty lonely so I wouldn't put it past me   icon_wink
103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Thor Impressions' on: May 08, 2011, 05:35:57 AM
Saw it with some family tonight but this time we went and saw it on the IMAX. If you can - this is definitely the way to see the film. The 3D was much better and didn't have any of the darkness or muddiness that I had to deal with for the first showing on a "Read3d" screen.

Movie was fun for a 2nd showing too (which I wasn't sure if it would be).
104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Thor has begun casting on: May 07, 2011, 03:31:00 PM

Quote from: Scraper on May 07, 2011, 03:18:37 PM

For those that have seen the movie, Does Thor have an alto ego in this one where he has to tap his cane to become Thor, or is he just Thor the whole time. I hope it's the later because the Cane tapping version is silly.

He's just Thor.
105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Thor has begun casting on: May 07, 2011, 04:28:02 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on May 06, 2011, 08:17:28 PM

Thanks for the 3D impressions. The AMC theater I want to see it at over the weekend has me in a dilemma -- I'd love to see it on their huge IMAX screen but it's 3-D for Thor. The only non-3D screen there showing it is more than likely one of its smaller ones.  What to do. icon_neutral It really seems like something I should see at least once on a BIG screen, 3-D be darned.

Yeah I did see it on a smaller screen at the AMC - perhaps the 3d looks a lot better on the IMAX
106  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Thor has begun casting on: May 07, 2011, 04:27:18 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on May 07, 2011, 02:17:57 AM

Sigh. In case anyone else is a dunderhead like me, (which requires, for security reasons, that you swipe or have swiped your credit card at the theater to pick up tickets ordered online) doesn't let you pick up tickets ordered with "one-time-use" secure online credit card numbers (Discover and some others offer it).

It would've been nice if they'd told me before I confirmed my order, but I guess their system isn't smart enough to figure that out. It was there in fine print but I thought that was some sort of legal gibberish at the bottom of the screen.

So now I've ordered 4 tickets for Thor tomorrow morning, 2 of which I won't ever be able to access. They're in some alternate universe somewhere. Source Code: The version. mad #$*&*@!

Discover told me the best they can do is "dispute" the charge once it posts on my card account which won't be for some time. And maybe, possibly, some months from now they could get me the $24 back. The whole Sony debacle is why I don't really like letting companies keep my "real" card # floating around.

I bet tomorrow morning there won't even be a line, and I'll feel like a triple dunderhead for having bothered ordering that way in the first place. Somebody shoot me now.  Head meets wall *Fist Shaking* I hate the movies...

What if you take the email receipt you got from movietickets to the AMC customer service desk? I had issues once with an old credit card not being able to be read and they were able to "look up the order" and print out my tickets there.
107  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Thor has begun casting on: May 06, 2011, 03:58:56 PM
Took my daughter to a midnight show in a "real3d" 3d theatre (normally I go see these on Imax 3d but this other theatre allows you to pick your seats when you buy).

Never been a fan of Thor (not a hater - just seemed like a B-level hero) and so was never super-excited about this film - even most of the trailers didn't do much to excite me.

That being said - I enjoyed the film. I'd give it a solid B grade. While it wasn't great - it was very enjoyable to watch and they did a good job of bringing this mythology into the Marvel movie universe. There were a couple of scenes that were genuinely funny and the characters were fun to watch.

I might see it again with another family member next week - but if I do, I won't spring for the 3D. I don't think it really added much to experience and actually made many scenes too dark.
108  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Apple unveils the new iMacs on: May 05, 2011, 04:48:15 AM
I'm just hoping that the rumors of a similar refresh to the Macbook Airs in June turns out to be true.

Need to buy a new laptop before I quit my current job and was about to buy an Air - but then heard that they're supposed to be refreshed next month with the Sandy bridge processors and the addition of Thunderbolt.

So I'm eeking by until then....
109  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: April 16, 2011, 09:05:29 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on April 16, 2011, 07:43:05 PM

The Solar Gard girl is damn cute.

More photos of her here
110  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Idol 2011 on: April 11, 2011, 07:47:53 PM

Quote from: rittchard on April 11, 2011, 06:24:18 PM

At bare minimum I like the idea (for X Factor) that the judges get personally involved with the contestants, so they have a much bigger investment in who wins, and aren't just inane tools parroting the same BS night in and out.

"it was kind of pitchy for me in places"
"XXX is in it to win it!"
"If I'm being honest - it wasn't my favorite performance of yours"

 Roll Eyes
111  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Idol 2011 on: April 08, 2011, 06:33:34 PM

Quote from: rittchard on April 08, 2011, 05:56:08 PM

I'm curious if any one of you guys bitching about Pia actually cast a single vote for her this week, or any time at all.  You know you can now do it online as well?  

I've been voting tons for her every week from my AT&T phone (like i would sit there and keep texting votes for a good 30 minutes or so). Unfortunately - we had to be away from home this week and by the time I got home to watch the recording - voting was already closed. So not that my hundred or so votes would have saved her but it's still frustrating. There are so many other contestants that were far more deserving to go home this week.

Scotty is doing a lot better than i expected and so I could see him now making it to the finals (especially with the producers "pimping him"). My daughter really likes him... but I'll never vote for him.
112  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Idol 2011 on: April 08, 2011, 05:09:36 PM

I may not watch the rest of the season now.
113  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Batman 3, aka Dark Knight Rising on: March 30, 2011, 07:34:02 PM

Quote from: hepcat on March 29, 2011, 05:34:48 PM

I think it's a testament to just how good a filmmaker is when the studio decides they don't have the chops to continue making movies as good as yours and they just say "screw over!".  Raimi just had this happen at Sony with Spiderman as well.

Yeah - I'd have to disagree with that statement. Don't get me wrong - I like Raimi most of the time. But the Spiderman films he made got progressively worse (which some will argue was due to studio tampering - but I think if it was that bad - he would have been better off just walking away). Plus IIRC - he wanted to do a 4th movie but got let go during negotiations as Sony was in a bind to get production started or risk losing the rights to Spiderman back to Marvel - and he tried to use that bind as leverage.
114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Idol 2011 on: March 25, 2011, 10:32:14 PM

Quote from: Purge on March 25, 2011, 07:24:34 PM

.... also, Casey almost went down on Seacrest. saywhat

Yeah - I noticed that too. Was surprised Ryan didn't make some sort of awkward joke about it like he does whenever something similar happens with a female contestant.
115  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Idol 2011 on: March 25, 2011, 10:31:10 PM
Was a good show. We thought the Hulk Hogan scene was hilarious. James looked like a little boy on Xmas morning when Hulk came out.

As soon as Ryan said the results would be surprising tonight - my first thought was that Casey would be on the chopping block. Still kind of a shock to see him there though. He's been shoved in the early to middle of the singing pack for several weeks so it's possible the people are tending to forget about him by the shows end.

Was really surprised that the judges stopped him from singing and saved him immediately. Thought his reaction was genuine too - agree with Jimmy - there were a couple of moments there where it looked like he was about to throw up on nationwide TV.

Pia is still my girl to win the competition.
116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Idol 2011 on: March 24, 2011, 07:08:34 PM
Any thoughts on who's going home tonight?

I have to admit - i was pretty impressed with what Scotty did with his song last night. Think it started and ended incredibly strong - but thought there were a few issues in the middle where he seemed to try to move it closer to stevie wonders version. Still - a really solid performance that showed a lot of creativity in modifying the song to play to his strengths. He might be a lot stronger of a contender than I gave him credit for.

Based on last night's performances - my guesses are that Haley, Stefano and Naima are in trouble.
117  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Kindle: Kindle 3! on: March 22, 2011, 02:11:25 AM
With the push to add streaming videos to Amazon Prime customers - I've been suspecting that an upcoming Kindle will take advantage of that service. An Android Kindle might be a push in that direction.
118  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Idol 2011 on: March 18, 2011, 06:48:16 PM
Yeah - the only surprise that we had in my house during last nights episode was that Thia wasn't in the bottom three this week (but I'd be willing to bet that she was close after the last two performances).

For the guys - Scotty, Jacob and Casey seem to have the strongest draw and good enough performances each week. I know that there are people who like Paul and Steffano but I honestly believe that they will be the first two guys to go.

For the girls - it's still Pia and Lauren for us. We like Thia's voice but she doesn't seem to be able to deliver. Lauren made a bad song choice last week and was sick this week but still pulled in "good enough" performances. So I think she's got a lot more to show. Pia is consistently great, but I can see rritchards point - she does seem to carry herself almost too professionally in the competition - would be nice for her to mix it up a little and show off some more personality.

My guess is that the next four eliminations will be Haley, Naima, Paul and Steffano.

On a side note I'm beginning to wonder if Jacob is starting to get a little cocky - wonder if he'll slip up and make a comment that comes across too arrogant and hurts him (ala Justin Guarani in the first season).
119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: March 17, 2011, 08:57:17 PM

Quote from: rickfc on March 17, 2011, 08:55:15 PM

Quote from: ericb on March 17, 2011, 08:39:35 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on March 17, 2011, 07:55:21 PM

Just to prove yes she is wearing her seat belt........Also if I'm not mistaken her name is Ewa Barbara of the busty Polish babes.

The expression on her face (yes, I made it that high eventually) is a little...vacant isn't it?  It's kinda creepy.

There's a face in that picture? I still don't see it.

Did a quick google search and her music video caught my eye......

Now to try and put them back in my head.
120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Idol 2011 on: March 14, 2011, 02:16:07 PM

Quote from: Purge on March 14, 2011, 04:25:16 AM

James Scotty Casey are my favorites.

James and Casey I can understand - but do you think that Scotty is going to be able to sound good once they throw Jazz week or Aerosmith week at him?
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