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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Job Advice on: April 15, 2017, 07:36:33 PM
Any chance Job 1 would give you a written synopsis of what you've talked about? Not a guarantee of employment, but some record of your verbal understanding?

Like you, I would want something stronger than a smile and a handshake, even if it isn't legally binding.
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 7 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: April 04, 2017, 02:20:21 AM
I liked that finale a lot more than I expected to, and Sasha got a great farewell. We all knew she was going to be written out, and yet they still managed to squeeze a surprise out of it. T'Pol's betrayal blindsided me, even if it shouldn't have in retrospect. I'm even willing to forgive the cavalry's too-perfect timing.
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 7 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: March 28, 2017, 02:07:28 AM
I think they laid to rest the suspicion that Eugene is playing a long con. He really seems to have drunk up all the Kool-aid. I suppose he could still turncoat when the shit finally hits the fan -- maybe even at a pivotal moment -- but I don't think that's anything he's planning on.
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How many hours a week do you work? How many hours do you game? on: March 28, 2017, 01:50:19 AM
1) As little as possible...my first business is in a long-term slump (possibly into oblivion) and only demands an hour or two a day of me. I recently launched a second business that pays a whole lot better; I put 20 hours into that last week. I don't have anything lined up for this week but editing assignments can crop up overnight. Over the next few months I envision winding down my first business as my second one becomes steadier. Let's say I average 20 hours a week between the two.

2) No. But I would like/enjoy having some money to buy things that I like/enjoy.

3) About four hours a night, pretty nearly every night. Let's say 25-30 hours a week.

Yeah, I usually game more than I work.
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 7 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: March 14, 2017, 02:56:17 AM

Quote from: Zinfan on March 13, 2017, 07:39:36 PM

How could you not guess who got shot but thanks TWD producers for cutting to commercial at the right time for dramatic effect.....

Well I don't pay much attention to the minor characters or even try to remember their names, so I was in suspense. I realized while zapping the ads that the only character I care about is the fat Asian guy, and I only realized it when I actually said "oh, I hope it wasn't the fat Asian guy, but it probably was because everyone likes him." This show is not rife with jovial characters.

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 13, 2017, 11:00:20 PM

I have to say, though, I thought the story with the wife and the daughter and leaving the camp was a very nice moment for the actor playing Richard.  That guy never grew on me (I didn't hate him, but he just never seemed special), but I actively decided to root for him after that speech.  Lot of good that did.

They only give minor characters backstories if they're about to die or become mainstream characters. I figured that guy was toast.
6  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Show me the tax returns!!!!! on: March 11, 2017, 12:13:53 AM
His tax returns are the Rosetta stone to his Russian connections, which are ultimately going to sink his administration and quite possibly land him in prison. No way he's ever releasing them voluntarily. I believe that someone will inevitably leak them, and that will be the end of Trump. (His treason will still come to light without the tax info, but it might take a couple of years to make an airtight case with Congress covering for him.)

In related news, MA is considering a bill that would bar future presidential candidates from the state's ballot unless they release their tax returns. While that might sound like a good idea on the surface, it smells uncomfortably of voter suppression: Any Republican candidate knows that s/he has zero chance of winning MA and therefore nothing to lose from not being on the ballot. That candidate's supporters are then reduced to writing him in. Even a candidate as reprehensible as Trump managed to take 30% of the vote in MA, so that's rather a lot of people to disenfranchise.   
7  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: This country has gone insane on: February 04, 2017, 03:13:59 AM

Quote from: Reemul on February 02, 2017, 12:15:26 PM

But boy is he bonkers, certainly not up to being on the school PTA let along in charge of one of the most powerful nations in the world.

I doubt that Trump will be "in charge" for very long. Soon he will be relegated to a ceremonial role where he can just bask in the adulation that he craves.

The big question is who will wield real power. Pray that it isn't Bannon, the man who actively wants our government to fall. Bannon actually said: “Darkness is good. Dick Cheney. Darth Vader. Satan. That’s power. It only helps us when they [liberals] get it wrong. When they’re blind to who we are and what we’re doing.” That link is worth reading if you are unfamiliar with this fellow.
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2017: Traveling Through Marvel's Cinematic Universe on: January 15, 2017, 11:01:41 PM

Quote from: hitbyambulance on January 15, 2017, 07:13:39 AM

if i had more leisure time, i'd probably get more into reading the 1960's Marvel comics reprints - i really like the old Fantasic Four stories.)

I enjoyed them in the 1960s when all I had was leisure time, as is every kid's birthright. Batman, Spiderman, and F4 were favorites. Never got into the Avengers or Superman very much. I guess I outgrew comics by 1970 or so.

I'm lukewarm to superhero movies, yet I've seen more than half of the ones on ATB's list. All on DVD, a year or two after release. I'm the opposite of EngineNo9 in that I find the fight scenes boring (and frequently too dark and frantic to follow) and am more interested in the story in between the fights. 
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 7 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: November 29, 2016, 11:37:22 PM

Quote from: rittchard on November 28, 2016, 06:25:44 PM

"Two episodes left" sucks! 

"...in 2016." I assume it's going to miss a couple of weeks because of holiday specials and sportsball games and suchlike.

I thought the Tara episode was OK, even though I'd forgotten about Tara's existence and couldn't remember her name. It's not like the cast needs to bring in more minor characters...maybe they intend to promote her to major character? Otherwise I just don't get the impetus for doing that episode, unless maybe the coven is going to crop up again.
10  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: This country has gone insane on: November 18, 2016, 03:39:39 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on November 13, 2016, 04:16:36 AM

Quote from: Dante Rising on November 09, 2016, 03:14:45 PM

If we are "past the point of no return on global warming" (as you say) then why would anything Trump does matter?

We are past the point of no return insofar as it is no longer possible to hold warming to the agreed-upon 2 degree safe maximum. We urgently need to prevent warming from going much higher than that, and we need to plan for the disruptions that are inevitably coming. To take just one implication: Whether the oceans rise another 2.5 feet by 2100 (already baked in) or another 23 feet (worst case, Greenland melts) is rather important.

Quote from: Gratch on November 09, 2016, 09:37:09 PM

this isn't the place I typically come to for nuanced political discussion.

Yeah, this. I just felt compelled to clarify that one point.

Speaking of belaboring points, I was waiting for a good link to support this argument. Here's one.
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The IEA’s annual World Energy Outlook stated that reaching the Paris targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions was possible and that meeting those targets would slow climate change. Yet the IEA’s estimates also showed that the result of those reductions was not likely to keep the temperature increase beyond preindustrial levels “well below” 2 degrees Celsius, as hoped. Instead, the report’s authors estimated, meeting the national commitments to reduce carbon dioxide emissions would still allow temperatures to rise 2.7 degrees Celsius by 2100.

Meeting the most ambitious temperature goal discussed at the conference would be next to impossible, the report stated: “The transformation required for a reasonable chance of remaining within the temperature goal of 1.5 degrees Celsius is stark.”

So yeah, point of no return reached and surpassed. Now that the US government is threatening to reneg on its already inadequate targets...well, we're fucked. Or rather, your children and grandchildren are. Old child-free people like me will be fine.
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ban notice at OO on: November 16, 2016, 06:31:43 AM
Yeah...not so fast. I'm a patient man, but I'm starting to think about asking for my money back.
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 7 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: November 15, 2016, 04:09:10 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on November 14, 2016, 04:37:47 PM


That said, I think he's going to get Wicked Witch of the Wested at the end (not the melting part, but the bit where the minions cheer because someone finally took the big bad down), and I can't believe Rick's not seeing that. 

When Coral had the minion at gunpoint and unarmed Negan walked into the room, I said "Just put a bullet through his brain right now." Wife said "No, his followers would start killing everybody." And I said what you just did: Maybe they stand around in shock -- "you...you killed her!" and then break into Ding Dong the Witch is Dead.
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Arrival on: November 14, 2016, 11:17:40 PM
Maybe we'll go see it on thanksgiving. Nuthin else to do...or does everybody with nuthin else to do go to movies on thanksgiving? I was surprised how busy the theater was last xmas.
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trailer catch all on: November 14, 2016, 09:01:38 PM

Quote from: farley2k on November 14, 2016, 01:52:34 PM

It very much felt like a trailer designed to interest people who knew about the anime because as someone who hasn't seen it I have no clue what is going on.



Scarlett, gun porn, Scarlett, martial arts, and Scarlett. I like Scarlett, especially in a body suit. The other two things not so much.
15  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: This country has gone insane on: November 13, 2016, 04:16:36 AM

Quote from: Dante Rising on November 09, 2016, 03:14:45 PM

If we are "past the point of no return on global warming" (as you say) then why would anything Trump does matter?

We are past the point of no return insofar as it is no longer possible to hold warming to the agreed-upon 2 degree safe maximum. We urgently need to prevent warming from going much higher than that, and we need to plan for the disruptions that are inevitably coming. To take just one implication: Whether the oceans rise another 2.5 feet by 2100 (already baked in) or another 23 feet (worst case, Greenland melts) is rather important.

Quote from: Gratch on November 09, 2016, 09:37:09 PM

this isn't the place I typically come to for nuanced political discussion.

Yeah, this. I just felt compelled to clarify that one point.
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: October 15, 2016, 04:02:31 PM

Quote from: farley2k on October 12, 2016, 12:38:04 PM

Crazy. Good crazy.

https://youtu.be/ABz2m0olmPg


Most impressive?  How she can do all that in heels.



I've watched that one twice now. Girl can move.
17  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Who do you think would win? on: October 14, 2016, 03:40:34 AM
Joe Biden.
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fall 2016 Season Begins! on: October 14, 2016, 03:37:58 AM
I'm liking Designated Survivor, mostly. It's pretty good while it stays on its main story arc, but it has slipped into cliche side stories (like the drug-peddling son) more than once. I'll forgive those lazy-writing lapses if they remain rare.
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: October 13, 2016, 03:17:14 AM
I'm sure I've said before that either Maggie or Glen has to die because happy couples are not a thing in this world. If Maggie's pregnant (am I remembering that right?), I'd say her number is up. They already have one prop baby after all.

Her days are numbered even if she's not the one who got whacked.
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trailer catch all on: October 09, 2016, 04:23:01 AM

Quote from: farley2k on October 06, 2016, 01:32:35 PM

It had to be you

Love a light romantic comedy.

That actress is a ringer for a former gf of mine. That ended so badly that I don't think I should watch it.
21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fall 2016 Season Begins! on: September 21, 2016, 10:29:27 PM
Well I decided to go ahead and record Designated Survivor tonight based on reports that the pilot is excellent. Reviewers weren't given any shows beyond that, though, so who knows if it has legs? We shall see. Probably won't watch it until the weekend anyway.
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fall 2016 Season Begins! on: September 21, 2016, 03:03:48 AM
Nope. The time travel show piqued my interest until the Globe's reviewer said:

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“Timeless” (NBC)

(Time-travel action drama, Oct. 3)

Starring: Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter, Goran Visnjic

Concept: A historian, a scientist, and a soldier must hopscotch through time to catch a criminal bent on altering history. Can they save the world as we know it?

Am I hooked? Mr. Wiiiizzzaaarrrd! I’m hooked on the idea of not having to watch this amateurish effort to summon the ghosts of “Quantum Leap” and “Time Tunnel.” The rules of time travel and changing history are doomed. The efforts to point out the racism of earlier times are flat.

Alternate title: “Time Mess”

Grade: D

I might give it a chance anyway. My link has similar encapsulations of all the fall shows. Nothing there motivated me to give my DVR new marching orders.
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Star Trek TV series coming 2017 on: September 17, 2016, 02:53:22 AM

Quote from: rittchard on September 15, 2016, 08:20:32 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 15, 2016, 03:28:12 PM

Delayed until May!

The important bit from the press release:
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The highly anticipated STAR TREK: DISCOVERY will now launch in May 2017. The new premiere date is driven by the belief of the creative team that this gives the show the appropriate time for delivery of the highest quality, premium edition of the first new “Star Trek” TV series in over a decade.

Weird.  I'm not sure who is "highly anticipating" it though.  None of my friends, and pretty much all are/were huge Star Trek fans, seem to be too interested. 

Between the wacky monthly fee crap and it being another prequel series, I've pretty much stopped caring.

I don't even intend to watch the pilot since I won't be able to see any of the regular-season episodes to follow.
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gaming: Meh. on: September 04, 2016, 02:35:32 AM

Quote from: rittchard on September 01, 2016, 08:11:44 PM

I had a significant lull for a few months earlier this year where every new game I tried wouldn't keep my interest, but oddly I found myself back in the gaming groove with a bunch of old games:  Diablo 3, League of Legends and now WoW.  

My 7-year-old PC won't play most new games anymore so I'm more or less stuck with older ones, and that's getting kind of boring. It does run XCom2 well enough so I've been lost in that for a few months.

If this rig won't run Civ 6 I'm finally going to need to find the money to replace it somehow.
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Other than gaming, what are your hobbies? on: August 03, 2016, 07:30:31 PM
I could add cooking to my list, although it's a bit of a stretch since it doubles as a survival skill. If we're going to include survival skills, then add beer appreciation, too.
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Other than gaming, what are your hobbies? on: August 02, 2016, 09:48:21 PM
Gardening when it's the season. Watching movies. Reading (mostly news). That's about it.
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Blair Witch (2016) on: July 24, 2016, 04:05:55 PM
The original BW kicked off the found footage/shakycam niche that's still with us today, and it also had great viral marketing. Highly influential for such a low budget film. I saw it in a crowded theater and liked it well enough.

This remake looks like a typical things-jumping-out-at-you shocker.
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Ghostbusters Movie in the Works on: July 15, 2016, 07:38:23 PM
The Boston Globe's reviewer was of the opinion that it's a better-than-average popcorn movie that would have been better if it hadn't labored in the shadow of the original; he hopes for a sequel that won't.
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trailer catch all on: July 15, 2016, 07:32:52 PM

Quote from: farley2k on July 15, 2016, 06:26:00 PM


That actually looks like a good honest coming-of-age film -- a genre I enjoy when it's done just right. Woody Harrelson and Hailie Steinfeld? In.
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Is Gamingtrend dying, or we are all just on a break? on: July 11, 2016, 05:55:56 AM
On the plus side, 10 years later some of us are still here to bitch about the same thing.  saywhat
31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Ghostbusters Movie in the Works on: July 11, 2016, 01:12:19 AM
I stumbled across a positive review today, but as it was written by a young person on a comic book site I didn't give it much credence. Made me wonder, though, if opinions will divide along age lines.
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Ghostbusters Movie in the Works on: July 08, 2016, 10:24:46 PM
Likewise, most of the butt-hurt is coming from Gen-Xers to whom Ghostbusters is a sacred childhood relic. For the rest of us, it's a likeable comedy classic, but not an iconic work of art for the ages. Remaking it does not constitute a heresy. Still, a remake needs to equal or surpass its inspiration while offering something new...otherwise, why bother? A female cast is something new...but if the trailers are an accurate indicator, the screenplay falls way short of the original. It's probably just a bad movie. I don't take that as a personal insult.

Now, if they can successfully extend it into a franchise of bad movies with endless trashy merchandise tie-ins, I might be persuaded to take offense.   Tongue
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Odd Request but for a good cause on: July 01, 2016, 02:34:11 AM
Our Trash Fairy* came today and that means the trucks will come tomorrow. I will try to document the occasion.






*As far as Wife knows, our trash is magically transported to the curb every week. She believes in the Trash Fairy.
34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trailer catch all on: June 23, 2016, 06:46:18 PM

Quote from: farley2k on June 23, 2016, 01:32:52 PM


I don't care for gunfights or explosions or car chases or any of that nonsense, but the cat movie looks like a winner.  icon_cool
35  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Women in combat on: June 16, 2016, 03:02:29 AM
Ermahgerd, a new post in P&R! I feel compelled to say something, even if it's st00pid.

So how about this: If you think you're ever going to draft the marshmallow generation, you have another think coming.
36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Decline of American architecture? on: June 05, 2016, 02:31:21 AM
That's a beauty.

In most of the country people look down on "used homes" and want new construction. Not as true here, where the housing stock is older. My town just marked its 375th anniversary and 100-year-old houses are so common that we don't consider them "historic;" in fact, we think of any house built after 1950 as "newer*." My modest 104-year-old house is thoroughly unremarkable. There are some real beauties in my neighborhood, though. This is one of my favorites:

 

Old houses do require a fair amount of upkeep, and since building codes were lax back in the day they have a lot of quirks -- for example, we really need to rewire our house for the 21st century, and nothing is quite level or square. Something always needs updating or replacing. Its bones are good and it will most likely stand for another 100 years, but sometimes I wish I had a modern home that's fully up to code. 
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Decline of American architecture? on: June 03, 2016, 10:18:38 PM
Boston is undergoing an historic building boom, and most of it consists of nondescript glass-and-steel boxes. Real estate and construction are so expensive that there's not much of a budget for architectural flourishes, and the politics of permitting add hurdles that I won't go into.

One project that looks cool is the redevelopment of the Ropewalk building in the Charlestown Naval Yard. The 180-year-old granite building is a quarter-mile long and only 45 feet wide, and historic preservation precludes major alterations. A developer just got the go-ahead to convert it into 97 townhouse-style apartments. 

There are some cool pictures at the link, although not a good exterior view.
38  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.
39  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.
40  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.
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