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81  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hi guys! on: June 01, 2014, 02:48:16 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 31, 2014, 08:31:46 PM

I get Drazzil and Daehawk mixed up all the time.   icon_redface

Daehawk is sex. Drazzil is drugs.  icon_wink
82  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Man applying for work is hard on: June 01, 2014, 02:44:21 AM
Your headline makes no sense. What man became aroused applying for work?

Spoiler for Hiden:
Herein we learn the value of a properly placed comma.
83  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Film] Christopher Nolan - Interstellar on: May 17, 2014, 09:52:37 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on May 17, 2014, 06:48:10 PM

Quote from: msteelers on May 17, 2014, 05:04:45 PM

Was it this: http://www.space.com/17628-warp-drive-possible-interstellar-spaceflight.html

That article claims the warp drive would move effectively at 10 times the speed of light. Google tells me the next solar system is 15 light years away... am I right in saying that even going 10x the speed of light it would take a year and a half to get there?

My god space is BIG.

As a kid I used to lie awake at night and wonder how space could end and if it did, what was on the other side.  There's nothing bigger, I'd wager!

Don't wager too much. Space is a property of our universe. If the multiverse hypothesis is right, our universe might be just one bubble. Nobody's likely to prove any of those scenarios anytime soon, so your money's safe for now.
84  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Film] Christopher Nolan - Interstellar on: May 17, 2014, 02:07:17 AM

Quote from: farley2k on May 16, 2014, 05:26:15 PM

Full Trailer.


IN!  Looks like a good hard sci-fi movie.


From the trailer it looks like the first half is a lot of family-oriented character stuff that leads to a good hard sf second half. I hope the "down on the farm" father-daughter stuff won't be as prominent as it looks.
85  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It's official good hates me this week on: May 15, 2014, 01:45:44 AM
Gods can be real dicks.
86  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RIP H. R. Giger on: May 13, 2014, 09:27:09 PM
He had a unique vision. Other artists have used the bio-mechanical mashup, but Giger really owned it.
87  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [tv] Fargo on: May 10, 2014, 04:52:36 PM
Martin Freeman is no slouch, either. This is the best role I've seen him play. He even does the accent pretty well.
88  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [tv] Fargo on: May 10, 2014, 02:13:14 AM
Anybody watching? I just saw (and greatly enjoyed) the pilot tonight. Got three more episodes in the can and will get caught up in the next few days.
89  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV]Gotham - Batman Prequel on: May 07, 2014, 11:01:58 PM

Quote from: EddieA on May 07, 2014, 09:00:35 PM

  They're probably looking to attract fans of cop shows, organized crime dramas, and Batman. 

That leaves me out on three counts.
90  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie]The Amazing Spider-Man 2 on: May 02, 2014, 07:49:17 PM
Didn't see the first one. Won't see this one either. Sorry Spidey.
91  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Mom's Day Ideas: For teh wife and Momz? on: May 02, 2014, 04:09:02 AM
Being a gift shop owner I really ought to have an answer...but I got nothing. My mom's been dead 10 years and we don't have kids so motherhood is an alien marketing concept.

I ought to take a shot at it anyway, so I'll mention that Switchables have been selling like mad lately. Women who are into collecting really love them.
92  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: First CK, now MO? on: April 29, 2014, 02:25:02 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on April 28, 2014, 10:43:07 PM


Personally, I wish we still had the separate PC games forum cause that's mostly (outside of some DS stuff) all I play still.

I stopped reading gaming threads when the PC games forum went away. I only play a few games a year and I don't like to wade through a lot of console posts.

Used to enjoy the P&R forum until most of the drama queens either got banned or left. They were at least entertaining. Nothing going on there anymore.

I keep coming here by force of habit, mostly.
93  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fast food menu items you miss on: April 28, 2014, 10:06:56 PM
94  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bye Bye Net Neutrality on: April 24, 2014, 11:38:33 PM

Quote from: Default on April 24, 2014, 11:11:49 PM

Quote from: ATB on April 24, 2014, 10:13:33 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on April 24, 2014, 09:36:49 PM

Quote from: Lee on April 24, 2014, 06:39:48 PM

Quote from: Andrew Wonser on April 24, 2014, 06:28:39 PM

Well it's pretty much confirmed that net neutrality is dead. Hooray for closed door promises and lobbyists becoming policy makers and policy makers becoming lobbyists.

Yep, I am pretty liberal, but honestly with this, f*** Obama. No different than any other politician, appointing a lobbyist to the head of the FCC was BS, now we the consumers get the brunt of the costs yet again while the businesses prosper.

I've long been of the opinion that the majority of our elected officials across the board on both the local and federal levels have been bought and sold for years.

This is the truth.

More here.

http://benswann.com/princeton-study-declares-u-s-government-an-oligarchy/

Thanks for saving me the trouble of linking to that study, but curse you for taking my post!  icon_confused

Of course it's all about what's best for the oligarchs, as always.
95  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: I think on: April 23, 2014, 10:14:08 PM
It is a testament to Eco's power that my first impulse was to defend Putin.  icon_razz
96  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: April 22, 2014, 01:42:43 AM
I sat through the first one on DVD a couple of months ago. It was overlong, obviously, but not as tedious as I'd been led to expect. I don't know if I'll subject myself to the second one or not.

Probably. But I won't like it.
97  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on: April 18, 2014, 12:40:54 AM

Quote from: Turtle on April 16, 2014, 01:56:40 PM

Thankfully the series is picking up, and has enough clout behind it to keep it airing despite the ratings. Still, I want to see how those other well known characters are taking it.

I read somewhere that it's almost certain to get another season, probably more on the strength of its synergy with the Marvel movies than on its own ratings. I hope it won't become yet another show that was canceled just as it started to get good.
98  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: We need an eye popping headline to attract viewers - Ed. on: April 17, 2014, 01:41:11 AM
ZING  icon_lol
99  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Coffee at home on: April 12, 2014, 02:46:01 AM

Quote from: Lee on April 11, 2014, 06:56:21 PM

Also, ordered paper filters. Should I have just got the gold filter?

I just use the metal filter to avoid turning a disposable product into waste. With the metal filter you'll get some fine grounds in the bottom of the pot; with paper filters you won't.
100  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Coffee at home on: April 11, 2014, 01:45:40 AM
I only ever drink home-brewed. I'm satisfied with whatever's on sale so it's only pennies per cup. Gevalia and Melita are decent quality cheap coffee brands. I have a cheap grinder and sometimes I buy whole-bean coffee for when I'm feeling fancy, but generally I just go with ground coffee.

For decades I just bought bottom-of-the-line Mr Coffee machines. You're dripping hot water through a basket, how high tech does that need to be? I'm happy as long as it has a timer so that my coffee's waiting for me when I wake up. But when my last Mr Coffee died I got tired of having to replace them every few years and spent a little more for a Cuisinart.

Every now and then I miss the muddy perked coffee that I grew up on, and I often miss the vacuum-packed metal cans that whooshed when you opened them.
101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on: April 10, 2014, 02:06:31 AM
The last two episodes revived my interest in SHIELD, which had been on life support. Kudos to the writers for doing it in a self-contained way that doesn't require one to follow the movies (which I don't). I hope they can continue to balance that integration/separation so that the tv shows stands on its own while still pleasing the hardcore Marvel fans.

I'll eventually watch the Capt America movie on DVD because it's been getting such good reviews. By the time I get around to that I will have forgotten the "Capt America did blah-de-blah" line that they tossed out at the end of the last SHIELD episode. 
102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Re: The Great Cable Purge of 2014 on: April 10, 2014, 01:57:26 AM

Quote from: Canuck on April 09, 2014, 07:13:41 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on April 09, 2014, 06:05:17 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on April 09, 2014, 02:58:39 AM

It is if you don't want to just throw money at the problem and get crappy service all around for your trouble.

What problem would that be, exactly?

Most people probably dont have companies paying for half of their cable/Internet bill. $140 a month for 12 months is a pretty significant amount in the yearly budget.

Well, "my company" is me, too (corporations really are people, my friend) so it ultimately all comes out of the same pocket. The company's half just gets paid with before-tax dollars and doesn't come out of our household budget.
103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Great Cable Purge of 2014 on: April 10, 2014, 01:52:56 AM

Quote from: hitbyambulance on April 09, 2014, 10:10:36 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on April 09, 2014, 06:05:17 AM

and my tv can't get broadcasts because it doesn't have a tuner.

check your local Goodwill or craigslist for an external DTV tuner; should run you about $10. you'll also need a UHF antenna if you don't have an old one lying around.

Good suggestion. Although the tv is 6 years old and only has one HDMI port, so I'll probably just replace it if I ever want to get into all this streaming business. Nowadays I could get a superior tv for 1/3 of what we paid for this one.

For those of you who are cutting the cable, how do you get internet access?
104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Great Cable Purge of 2014 on: April 09, 2014, 06:05:17 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on April 09, 2014, 02:58:39 AM

It is if you don't want to just throw money at the problem and get crappy service all around for your trouble.

What problem would that be, exactly?

I give the electric company $140 a month for internet and tv. My company picks up the internet so we pay $70 to make pictures on our tv. I also pay netflix $15 or something to send me movies and old tv shows through the mail. Just how much of that would I save if I jumped through all these hoops to cobble together non-cable tv? I watch TWD, Dr Who, Mad Men, Cosmos, Falling Skies, and Parks & Rec, plus a lot of movies on TCM. My wife watches the murder channel and Downton Abbey.

I don't have any of the hardware needed for streaming and my tv can't get broadcasts because it doesn't have a tuner.
105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Great Cable Purge of 2014 on: April 09, 2014, 02:52:05 AM
Watching TV is getting WAY too complicated.
106  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: March 31, 2014, 03:19:15 PM
Yeah, I don't know how our heroes are going to get themselves out of that rail car and the compound. The cavalry is limited to Carol, Tyrese, and maybe Beth, so that's not too encouraging either. Unless maybe they stumble across a working locomotive.  icon_biggrin
107  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: LEDs too bright at night, and using blackout tape on: March 29, 2014, 10:14:13 PM
It amuses me that you guys have so many gadgets in your bedrooms that this is even an issue. I don't have any, although the entertainment center in the living room does put out a constant low glow so I can understand Lee's situation. In my office I just turn off the power strip at night -- maybe you could try that.
108  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Star Trek Continues on: March 28, 2014, 03:47:42 AM
I'm going to assume that you guys know about Star Trek Continues. I didn't find a preexisting thread but I admit that I didn't search too hard.

If you were already aware of the project, you'll be glad to know that there's a new episode up (new within the last few months anyway). And if you didn't know about it, enjoy the link.
109  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Wizard of Oz getting a prequel 'Oz: The Great And Powerful' on: March 27, 2014, 07:42:16 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 27, 2014, 01:45:03 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on March 27, 2014, 03:58:56 AM

Munchkin actors weren't real dwarfs (or "little people" or whatever we're supposed to call dwarfs now). 


I don't think you're right about that.

You're right. I thought I'd read somewhere that they used a combination of child actors and camera tricks, but apparently I'm mistaken.
110  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Wizard of Oz getting a prequel 'Oz: The Great And Powerful' on: March 27, 2014, 03:58:56 AM
Arise, thread!

This one finally floated to the top of the queue and got watched tonight. It benefited from low expectations.

Negatives: Simple plot, writing, and moralizing clearly aimed at children. Kunis is no Margaret Hamilton. (I also didn't believe that anybody could jilt Mila Kunis for Rachel Weisz and especially not for Michelle Williams, but that's probably just me.) Over-the-top Candyland graphics were over the top. Danny Elfman score, but that might just be me. Munchkin actors weren't real dwarfs (or "little people" or whatever we're supposed to call dwarfs now). 

Positives: It wasn't a musical. Homage to the 1939 movie was respectful and not too blatant. Kunis nailed the Wicked Witch's cackle, plus green cleavage is surprisingly attractive. Rachel Weisz, just because, but that might just be me. According to my Ozophile wife, who reminds me regularly that she read all of Baum's Oz books multiple times, it accurately fleshed out the Ozoverse -- did you know that the Tinkers built the Tin Man? Above all, it was entertaining and moved at a good clip. It's not in the same league as The Wizard of Oz but it's a good contribution to Oz canon.   
111  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: March 17, 2014, 03:46:42 PM
Yes, an excellent episode. The relationships between this group of characters are (or were!) more believable than between Daryl and Beth, which gave the events more power. Messed-up Lizzie was a good loose cannon and I'm sorry to see her go, although I suppose they'd taken the character as far as they could after last night's events. I even felt sorry that they didn't let her turn zombie, as she had wanted so much to do.
112  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Prime price hike coming? on: March 16, 2014, 01:31:17 AM
I seldom shop at all and only buy stuff through amazon once or twice a year. I frequently get free shipping anyway, although not of the 2-day variety. I'm definitely not their demographic. My wife, OTOH, is a frequent consumer who also uses their streaming service occasionally. Yet even she is waffling over whether it's worth an extra $20. Somehow price resistance kicks in at $99.
113  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: [Ukraine] Crimea River on: March 15, 2014, 05:36:03 PM
 nod
114  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Kids say the darndest things... on: March 15, 2014, 02:19:01 AM
The nut doesn't fall far from the tree. Ultimately the kid's peers will be a bigger influence than his father (for better or for worse). At age 12 he is just on the cusp of finding his own beliefs.

One of my nephews went through something like this on Facebook a couple of years ago -- copying and forwarding crap from all over the political and moral spectrum without any apparent awareness of the contradictions. He was just trying on all kinds of beliefs from all the influences in his life. He gradually settled into a reasonably consistent persona, although he still puts on airs for some of his friends.
115  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on: March 14, 2014, 01:00:43 AM
What did I just watch? That was the silliest derail I've ever sat through. And in place of scenes from the next episode it looks like they're going to air an extended commercial for upcoming movies. Bleah. With no mention of when SHIELD is supposed to come back.
116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: March 11, 2014, 02:01:51 AM
My hunch is that the people who were living in the house took Beth. I don't have anything to base that on except that their presence just off-stage was implied throughout.
117  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: March 10, 2014, 08:27:58 PM
I feel the same way about pacing and short seasons (especially when they break them into half seasons). Ordinarily I appreciate leisurely storytelling, but I don't think TWD has that luxury. I want every episode to advance the story.

Since I'm not in charge of that, though, I enjoy them as they come, and last night's was pretty good...although my patience with the Glenn-and-Maggie story is wearing out.
118  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Should I be flattered? on: March 05, 2014, 02:38:56 PM
Just for the sake of completion: Comcast sent me a 2-page claim form that I filled out and faxed to them yesterday with a copy of my drivers license, a utility bill to prove my real address, and a copy of the police incident report. That should be the end of this.

We'll see.
119  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: [Ukraine] Crimea River on: March 03, 2014, 06:53:09 PM

Quote from: hepcat on March 03, 2014, 05:45:38 PM

If Putin stops where he is and continues no further, I think this will wind itself down (even with the slap in the face to Obama that was the incursion the day after our president says "don't!").  If he continues into eastern Ukraine though...well...

Agree. I think Putin gets Crimea with only a slap on the wrist and a long-term loss of trust (to the extent that he was trusted before this) IF he stops at Crimea. But events are still unfolding quickly and bloodshed could change the equation. 

Quote from: kronovan on March 03, 2014, 06:45:15 PM

Quote from: hepcat on March 03, 2014, 06:32:03 PM

I just don't see Putin going on a frenzy of incursions.  The trigger for this is first and foremost their holdings in Crimea.  To use that as justification for incursion into other areas just seems a bit far fetched.
You do realize that Russia already made incursions into those Georgian regions in 2008 - right? They did everything but take up permanent residence - heck Russia even sent its tanks beyond South Ossettia and attacked Georgian cities. I'm not saying they annex Abkhazia or S. Ossettia this year or even next year, but that it's likely within a decade - especially if they, or their puppet government, controls Crimea.

Russia can afford to play the long game. Of course they want their old empire back...or at least a comfortable buffer zone in their west.
120  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: [Ukraine] Crimea River on: March 03, 2014, 04:43:51 PM
The point is most likely moot.



Ukraine can't match Russia in a shooting war and it's highly unlikely that the EU would fight alongside them.

The question of the hour is whether Putin will stop at Crimea or overplay his hand.
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