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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost a friend on: May 25, 2016, 02:30:53 AM
Sorry for your loss. Heart attack at 36 is just...wow.
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Preacher coming to AMC? on: May 24, 2016, 03:23:00 AM
I am going to like this show.
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Ghostbusters Movie in the Works on: May 21, 2016, 05:04:36 PM

Quote from: Destructor on May 21, 2016, 02:04:50 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 19, 2016, 06:12:54 PM

It's too much of a low brow, broad comedy style to work for me.

This right here.

Yup. Not my kind of humor. So far it hasn't even made my netflix queue, and the reviews would have to be unexpectedly good to change that.
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trailer catch all on: May 21, 2016, 05:02:24 PM
Still looks like a nonstop actioner, but of course those are the scenes that would go into a trailer. Hoping that they're wrapped in a good Star Trekky story. I've seen every ST movie ever made in a theater, so I'll be there for this one, too.
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Preacher coming to AMC? on: May 21, 2016, 04:59:21 PM
I was intrigued enough by a couple of previews to add it to the DVR today. Don't know anything about the comic and have only the broadest idea what to expect.
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trailer catch all on: May 11, 2016, 04:13:53 AM

Quote from: farley2k on May 10, 2016, 03:31:27 PM



Yoga Hosers
* Sorry I am subjecting you to this but I am just shocked that Kevin Smith made this.  I really used to love his stuff but this just seem like garbage


It is possible that we are not teenage girls. Not that I'm admitting anything.
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fork in the road? on: May 09, 2016, 02:33:50 AM
What I meant my first post to say is that I buy new games so seldom that starting one is an event. I still get sucked down the rabbit hole every now and then, especially because I research games before committing to one. Buying a new game is enough to get me out of a slump...but that won't work if you're the sort who has a huge library of un- or barely-played games.
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fork in the road? on: May 08, 2016, 03:56:12 PM
I only buy 1-2 games per year, and in fact haven't bought any yet this year. I choose games with replay value in mind and am generally content to keep playing the same 4X games over and over as long as they have enough variety (different civilizations, victory conditions, difficulty levels, etc) to keep them fresh. When one starts to get repetitious, I move on. So I'll play a 4X game several times, then switch to a citybuilder or a business sim, then go to a different 4X game, then maybe an adventure game, then another 4X, etc, and before you know it another year has gone by and I'm ready to go back to the game I started with.

Sometimes gaming borders on being a chore and feels like a complete waste of time, then sometimes the same game grabs me and I can't wait to play again. I'm wrapped up in a good game of GalCiv2 at the moment, for example. That's right -- GC2. GC3 has been out for quite some time but it's still unpolished and incomplete, while its predecessor is still an excellent space empire game.

Maybe I'll move on to GC3 when they finish patching and expanding it. But I think this year's game is going to be X-COM 2. I'm overdue for some squad-level combat. I'd love to get on the Fallout 4 train but I need a new PC for that one, and my 6-year-old rig still plays everything else adequately. I'm comfortable being a few years behind the curve.
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fear the Walking Dead on: April 19, 2016, 05:53:19 AM

Quote from: rittchard on April 18, 2016, 04:47:36 PM

I wonder if wouldn't have made more sense for them to just stay there and make a go of it.  I guess they can keep hoping there is somewhere safer further down south but from the info they heard there was nothing indicating that. 
\

We don't know what the captain's agenda is, but we do know that it's in Mexico.

At least they narrowly avoided adding two toddlers to the cast. That would have been a death blow. Zombie toddler made it better.

10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fear the Walking Dead on: April 12, 2016, 11:21:37 PM

Quote from: Punisher on April 12, 2016, 06:53:42 PM

Quote from: rittchard on April 11, 2016, 08:04:46 PM

Such an odd experience for me watching FTWD where not only do I not care about the majority of the characters, in most cases I am hoping they will die.  Definitely makes for a much less stressful experience.
I wouldn't say I don't care about the characters, but I definitely haven't grown attached to them, so I agree about the stress part.

I can't even remember their names from one episode to the next. Really don't care at all about the family drama.

The fires didn't strike me as odd; I just extrapolated widespread military activity from the jets we saw flying over. Sterilizing the area with fire is a legitimate tactic if you've written it off as a total loss.
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: April 05, 2016, 02:53:59 AM
I didn't realize how much I resented being manipulated this season until the very end of the finale, when I realized how little I care. We knew someone was going to buy the farm. Now they are going to make me wait 6 months to find out who? Screw you...I don't care who shot JR.

I'll be back next season because I'm hooked, but I won't spend 6 months arguing over clues and speculating. Whatevs.
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ever won anything good? on: March 28, 2016, 02:54:33 PM
I almost forgot that I won an iPod Touch at a whiskey tasting. Attendees had to register for the drawing in advance and had to be present to win. They didn't draw names until the end of the tasting, by which time all but a dozen people had left. I think they drew six or eight absent names before mine came up. Not being a fan of Apple products, I was sorely tempted by an offer to trade it for a high-end bottle of scotch. But I needed a music player so I opted to keep it, and I did end up using it for a couple of years before my first smartphone replaced it. It taught me to hate iTunes. 
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ever won anything good? on: March 24, 2016, 09:56:36 PM
I won a couple of Red Sox tickets a few years ago in a Red Cross blood drive drawing. Not being a sportsy type myself, I sold them on the ebay. Turned out that it was an especially popular game for some reason and I got a couple hundred bucks for them. The buyer got a brief TV cameo as "blood donor of the game."
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Does Anyone Really Need 1000/1000? on: March 16, 2016, 03:24:58 AM

Quote from: Scraper on March 15, 2016, 06:39:28 PM

be grateful for an open market.

My town offers Verizon, Comcast, and BELD. BELD is our municipal power company since 1891, which branched into cable and then internet. They have fewer than 10,000 customers, everyone who works there is local, and if they make a profit it goes into the town coffers. When I have a tech problem (as I did today) I email Chris in their support department and get a personal response in 15 minutes.

Socialism FTW! It's a shame that governments in most of the US are prohibited from competing. They aren't innovators but they sure do deliver basic utilities better than the capitalists do.
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Ghostbusters Movie in the Works on: March 11, 2016, 07:27:58 PM

Quote from: Destructor on March 11, 2016, 03:43:16 AM



This film is going to end up like Pixels.

Funny you should say that: The street scene in the trailer made me think of the trailer for Pixels (I only didn't post that because I couldn't remember the name of that bomb). I didn't see Pixels and strongly doubt that I'll waste any lifespan on Ghostbusters if its reviews are as bad as those trailers imply that they will be.
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [movie] Space Station 76 on: March 10, 2016, 03:52:20 AM
Wow, what a bomb.

I grew up in the 70s...I like sf...I like a good B movie...it has a good cast...you'd think it would be a laff riot, but this movie manages to get everything wrong in 90 really boring minutes. Unlikable characters, no plot whatsoever, really weak gags, poor acting -- if you think it might be so bad it's good, you're wrong. Don't waste your time. 
17  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: 2016 Republican Nomination on: March 09, 2016, 09:49:50 PM
The most likely outcome is 4 more years of gradual decline under a Clinton kleptocracy, probably featuring a new war for distraction.
18  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: 2016 Republican Nomination on: March 05, 2016, 03:41:25 AM
Carson was not even consequential enough to dislike. He did brief stints as a frontrunner and as a laughingstock, but for the most part he was an afterthought. Someone must have been lining their pockets with all those campaign donations for him to have kept the gravy train going for so long.

I've seen him mentioned as a Trump VP choice but don't know whether to put any stock in that.
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: March 02, 2016, 02:09:21 AM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on March 01, 2016, 12:41:09 AM


Very awkward scene where Michonne and Rick were making googly eyes at one another during the RV drive.


Not liking that relationship. The attraction between them seemed to come out of nowhere. I suppose I could buy it as meaningless random sex but that's out of place for this show.

The herd needs thinning and there are plenty of relics from old story arcs who would not be missed. Among the A Team, they're foreshadowing death for Maggie, maybe Michonne, and probably Abraham. How many seasons has this show had now? It must be getting near the end and some cast members must be ready to move on.
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: on: February 29, 2016, 11:34:41 PM

Quote from: disarm on February 29, 2016, 09:10:44 PM

I read a suggestion someplace that we should all just take the day off and treat the leap day like it doesn't exist for work purposes. In this year's case, 2/28 is Sunday, stay home on the leap day, and we all go back to work on 3/1 as a Monday...day off for everyone, and no time lost in the work week!

I am intrigued by your ideas and wish to subscribe to your newsletter.
21  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Supreme Court Judge Antonin Scalia died today on: February 14, 2016, 10:31:13 PM
Obama is on the record that he doesn't want the job. He might change his tune when an opening still exists while the moving van is pulling up to the White House. (Not that I think Obama is the best qualified jurist one could find, but the Republican conniptions would be a sight to behold.)

Still a lot of water to flow over the dam between now and November though. This presidential race has defied all expectations so far and the open SCOTUS seat just adds one more wild card.
22  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Supreme Court Judge Antonin Scalia died today on: February 14, 2016, 04:33:30 AM
There's no way a Republican Senate is going to confirm any Obama nominee. Their base would kill them. Instead, they will run out the clock, and President Clinton can then nominate...(drum roll)...Obama!  icon_twisted
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Which of These Two Floorstanding Speaker Would You Choose? on: February 11, 2016, 08:30:44 PM
Another vote for #1, assuming that they deliver equal sound quality. Either set looks like it would rattle the windows pretty well.
24  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: 2016 Republican Nomination on: February 03, 2016, 07:04:12 AM
Rand Paul should have gone with blue. Wouldn't you just once like to see a political logo in, say, green and orange?

25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: An ode to shoveling on: February 03, 2016, 06:57:15 AM
56 degrees and rain now.
Mildest winter ever.
Is it really February?
26  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: 2016 Republican Nomination on: February 01, 2016, 11:33:20 PM

Quote from: rittchard on February 01, 2016, 07:14:05 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on January 28, 2016, 11:42:28 PM

I don't understand how so many people find him charismatic.

It's been bugging me as well, but this recent Opinion article in the LA Times I found to be as good an explanation as any.  It's a bit high brow but I felt it was well written and well thought out.

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-keizer-why-blue-collar-voters-like-trump-20160131-story.html

I find that analysis less convincing than the appeal of authoritarianism, which, although strongest among Republicans, also seduces significant numbers of independents and working-class Democrats. The tougher Trump talks, the more people love him. If you're mad as hell and you aren't going to take it anymore, you gravitate to the leader who reflects and reinforces your anger. This also explains why Bernie Sanders has a shot at defeating the Clinton machine, and why Sanders polls better against Trump than Clinton does. Sanders is the anti-authoritarian, but he's as angry as Trump is. 

Still doesn't explain Trump's charisma, though. Maybe his 4th-grade vocabulary makes him likable?  
27  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: 2016 Republican Nomination on: January 28, 2016, 11:42:28 PM
If Bush, Kasich, Rubio, and Christie are the best that the sane wing could offer, I can sort of understand why so many Republicans have decided to go with crazy. Trump is entertaining enough that he just might go all the way.

I don't understand how so many people find him charismatic.
28  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: 2016 Republican Nomination on: January 23, 2016, 04:09:18 AM
Voting starts in a couple of weeks and right now it looks like this thing is Trump's to lose. The R Party seems to be tearing itself apart over whether it hates Trump or Cruz more, while the R voters seem to feel just the opposite. None of the establishment candidates have any traction yet, but three or four of them are vying for second place.

How's it going to shake out?
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Terminator: Genesis + a TV series? on: January 23, 2016, 04:03:55 AM
I saw it a few days ago and didn't hate it. The story had to do some painful gymnastics to reconcile an alternate timeline with the previous movies, but they managed to mostly pull it off, and the humorous bits were humorous. The ridiculous physics in many of the sfx sequences were the worst part. I felt like the sequel would be better since they got all the establishing stuff out of the way in the first movie and were free to go forward in a new direction.

I hope it didn't kill the franchise once and for all, but no great loss if it did.
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Star Trek - Beyond on: January 13, 2016, 03:41:53 AM
 icon_lol That nails it pretty well. The movie reboots are OK as mindless action flicks, but they ain't ST.
31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How is everyone? on: January 13, 2016, 03:37:58 AM
I've been obsessed with Sword of the Stars for the past couple of months. I'm always a few years behind the curve.
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RIP - David Bowie on: January 13, 2016, 03:36:29 AM
The 1974 double album David Live! turned me into a lifelong Bowie fan. He wrote the soundtrack of my youth, and his death drives home the winding down of the clock.
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Christmas loot - 2015 on: December 25, 2015, 09:03:34 PM
I needed new slippers to replace the disintegrating pair that I got for xmas 6 or 8 years ago. I require the kind with hard soles. Wife bought me some super-deluxe sheepskin LL Bean slippers that ought to last another six or eight years.

She also bought me a bottle of Glendalough Triple Barrel Irish Whiskey on the recommendation of her wine guru. She doesn't drink whiskey so this one is an unknown. I haven't tried it yet. I have pretty pedestrian tastes in whiskey, though, so I'm sure it will be a treat. 

Wife's company xmas party ended with a Yankee trader gift swap. Her boss's spoiled brat (the only child permitted to join in) drew an accent lamp made from recycled cassettes. Many employees coveted it, but none dared swap for it because boss's spoiled brat. Being an outsider, I resolved to take it away when my turn came up -- not so much because I wanted the lamp, although it was nice enough, as because I wanted to show the child that it's not as privileged as it thinks it is.

I drew a better gift than that, though -- a bomber of holiday ale. Now I had a potential double upset in swapping the child's cassette lamp for beer. But I really wanted that beer, so I let the opportunity slip. The child went home with its lamp and xmas was saved.

This story is relevant because Wife misread the situation, thought that I REALLY liked that lamp, and hunted one down for me, along with a cassette-themed T shirt. I was genuinely surprised and I think I pulled off acting delighted.  icon_lol
34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I lost a friend last night. (onion cutting warning) on: December 23, 2015, 03:16:19 AM
Man, I hate these threads. It's cruel that their lives are so short. You gave Sparky as good a life as a dog can have.  Sorry for your loss.
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trailer catch all on: December 18, 2015, 04:12:54 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on December 17, 2015, 03:55:19 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on December 17, 2015, 03:05:12 PM

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Looks pretty funny

Yeah, that looks pretty good.

+1. Good cast, interesting premise.
36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: December 02, 2015, 01:13:14 AM
One hopes that they will lose many of the extraneous characters. The show doesn't work so well with a huge ensemble cast. Unless the intent is to build up a Rick Nation (Deanna did tell him "they're all your people now"), there are too many people tagging along because they had a story arc a season or two ago.
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: December 01, 2015, 04:01:55 AM
I was braced for a major character death. Instead I got Deanna. Well, that's at least some progress, I guess.
38  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: on: November 25, 2015, 07:23:15 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on November 25, 2015, 06:33:25 AM

Quote from: disarm on November 25, 2015, 05:00:07 AM

I agree Maggie is at pretty high risk now. Would they really have another pregnancy on the show and introduce another baby? They've been down that road already.

Maybe, but I don't think they'd introduce a pregnancy just to kill the character a couple of episodes later.  That seems cheap.  We haven't had time for the pregnancy to sink in, so it's just an idle fact.

More to the point, this world doesn't tolerate happy families.
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: November 25, 2015, 04:29:16 AM
IMO Maggie's card came to the top of the deck when Glenn made his saving throw.
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Star Trek TV series coming 2017 on: November 06, 2015, 11:13:46 PM

Quote from: Destructor on November 06, 2015, 02:59:08 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on November 06, 2015, 02:40:51 AM

The paywall model is going to flop. This series will either die or move to broadcast after one season. People who grew up with ST -- presumably a good portion of the loyal fanbase -- are my age, and we aren't all down with this newfangled "streaming" thing.

Even if I have a streaming TV by 2017 I'm too cheap to subscribe to something for one show. I'll wait for the dvd release or syndication run, thanks.

Or just pirate it when it comes out.

I completely agree with everything you said though. I'm damn 'old-style' in my age it seems. I have no Twitter, I have no Facebook, I have no Hulu, I have no Netflix, I have no nothing. My TV doesn't even get turned on unless it's to play my gaming consoles.

We bought our TV before streaming was a thing, when they were still crazy expensive. I think we paid $1,200 for a 42" set with no tuner and one HDMI port. We also bought a new home-theater sound system and DVD player at the same time. I am loathe to mess with that setup by trying to add streaming capability -- getting it to work in the first place was complicated enough. You practically have to be an electronics engineer to watch TV anymore.

That said, our TV is approaching 10 years old so realistically we might need to replace it by 2017. If I do get a whiz-bang internet TV I will have to reevaluate our entire setup. We use it mostly for watching movies on DVD and recording half a dozen series off the cable. I don't expect that a tech upgrade would change our viewing habits very much, although I might dump the cable in favor of streaming services if I can save money on the programming that we already watch. Still can't see myself shelling out $6 for ST, though, especially if the new series is going to follow the action-adventure mentality of the rebooted movies.
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