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121  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2015 Week 16 on: December 28, 2015, 08:31:28 PM
It warms the cockles of my heart when that happens.
122  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: December 23, 2015, 05:42:04 PM
If you want the cards, aside from buying $10 worth of stuff as always, it's pretty easy this year:

Winter sale cards:

If you’re Steam Level 5 and above, you’ll get a North Pole Noir Sale trading card once you view all the items in your daily Steam Discovery Queue. You can continue and go through your Discovery Queue two more times each day to get a maximum of three card drops each day. (If you reach Steam Level 5 before the end of the sale, you’ll be granted the cards you earned by exploring your Steam Discovery Queue during the sale).
123  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Xbox Holiday Sale on: December 23, 2015, 05:40:24 PM

Quote from: Purge on December 23, 2015, 05:37:32 PM

Tempted to get Deadpool, as I've never played it.

$30 for XBONE, or $20 on Steam. 
124  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I lost a friend last night. (onion cutting warning) on: December 23, 2015, 05:37:19 PM
I'm so sorry for your loss.  We had to put down our Japanese Chin just over a month ago.  I know those feels.  Holler at me when you have some free time.
125  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: December 22, 2015, 04:36:37 PM
 Bring your own!
126  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2015 Week 15 on: December 17, 2015, 07:35:23 PM
Buffalo could win out and be at 9-7. 

@WAS 6-7
DAL 4-9
NYJ 8-5
127  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Women in combat on: December 03, 2015, 07:52:37 PM
Open the gates!

Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter said Thursday that he is opening all jobs in combat units to women, a landmark decision that ends a three-year period of research with a number of firsts for female service members and bitter debate at times about how women should be integrated.

The decision opens the military’s most elite units to women who can meet the rigorous requirements for the positions for the first time, including in the Navy SEALs, Army Special Forces and other Special Operations Units. It also opens the Marine Corps infantry, a battle-hardened force that many service officials had openly advocated keeping closed to female service members.

“There will be no exceptions,” Carter said. “This means that, as long as they qualify and meet the standards, women will now be able to contribute to our mission in ways they could not before.”
The services will have 30 days to provide plans to Carter on how they will implement the policy change, he said. By law, the military also must notify Congress formally and wait that long before making any changes.
About 220,000 jobs and 10 percent of the military remained closed to women before Tuesday’s announcement, Carter said. Another 110,000 jobs in careers like artillery officer were opened in a series of decisions since 2013.
128  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Today is Veteran's Day - thanks dbt & others! on: November 18, 2015, 04:45:55 PM
Arizona seems to be a popular destination these days.
129  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Who do Isis fear? on: November 16, 2015, 06:46:03 PM
Agreed.  Your point was fine.  It's your details that were wrong.  NORAD spends a lot of resources watching over the pole, as bombers and ICBMs are much more likely to come over the pole than come knocking on Palin's door.
130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 11/13, Friday the 13th edition on: November 15, 2015, 06:20:13 PM
Boardgame event yesterday.  Played Ninjato, Letters from Whitechapel, and Endeavor.

Been toying with Borderlands 2 and Breach and Clear.
131  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Who do Isis fear? on: November 15, 2015, 06:18:53 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on November 14, 2015, 04:59:09 PM

I would think that Norway with its land border with Russia is much closer than Canada which has the entire state of Alaska between it and Russia. 

Canada intercepts Russian bomber
132  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Today is Veteran's Day - thanks dbt & others! on: November 11, 2015, 06:50:41 PM
Happy Veterans Day!  Thank you to all who have served and continue to do so.
133  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So....I'm moving to Texas (with a new jerb!) on: November 05, 2015, 10:39:18 PM
Don't mind the tornadoes. It's a bit late in the year, but that's Texas.
134  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: November 04, 2015, 07:20:09 PM
Run: cmd

135  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 04, 2015, 12:01:54 AM
136  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: November 04, 2015, 12:00:22 AM
Different routes to the server, probably.
137  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So....I'm moving to Texas (with a new jerb!) on: November 01, 2015, 06:26:03 PM
Next games marathon is the weekend of the 13th.
138  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Now they have come for my bacon! on: October 29, 2015, 08:16:45 PM
Ironrod also spends more time walking than a good chunk of us.

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 29, 2015, 06:04:21 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on October 29, 2015, 03:50:53 PM

So that's 1 out of every 300 people.

I like my odds.

Those odds are a hell of a lot higher than you winning the lottery. 

It's even slightly higher than dying from assault by a firearm.

You're more likely to get cancer from that meat than you are to be audited, and I know I worry a lot about the details of tax returns even when being 100% honest.  Tongue

I don't play the lotto, so it's a divide by zero error.  I don't worry about getting killed by a firearm.  And I don't worry about an audit.  I deduct my student loan debt.  Audit odds are 1 in 300.

The 1-in-116 chance of being called on the carpet vastly overstates the severity of the situation. Fully three-quarters of all audits are handled by mail, not by mano a mano combat with an IRS agent during an office examination or a field audit. And if your return doesn't include income from a business, rental real estate or a farm, or employee business expense write-offs or earned income credit, the basic 1-in-116 chance of being challenged dwindles to about 1-in-300.

Another piece of rarely reported good news: Each year, tens of thousands of taxpayers walk out of an audit with a check from the government. In 2014, for example, almost 40,000 audits resulted in refunds totaling nearly $830 million. And 9% of field audits and 14% of correspondent audits end with the conclusion that everything is hunky-dory: no change in what the taxpayer owes Uncle Sam.

139  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Now they have come for my bacon! on: October 29, 2015, 03:50:53 PM
National Cancer Institute

The number of new cases of colon and rectum cancer was 42.4 per 100,000 men and women per year. The number of deaths was 15.5 per 100,000 men and women per year. These rates are age-adjusted and based on 2008-2012 cases and deaths.

So that's a .0421% chance per year. 

For every 50 grammes (1.8 ounces) of meat eaten on a daily basis, the population-wide risk of developing colon cancer was 18 percent higher, said the agency.

Let's assume the standard serving size of 4 ounces, a 2.2 increase over their amount.  That leaves us with a 39.6% increase. 

That puts the yearly risk at 0.0588%.  And then, that's only if your number is 4 ounces over the population baseline. 

In 2012, there were an estimated 1,168,929 people living with colon and rectum cancer in the United States.

Current US population is 321+M.  So that's 1 out of every 300 people.

I like my odds.
140  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So are the Steam forums always filled with so many immature people? on: October 29, 2015, 03:42:19 PM

Quote from: SeaMoosi on October 29, 2015, 01:11:49 AM

Quote from: Glycerine on October 28, 2015, 11:37:22 PM

No joke, this was both the subject matter of a lecture and on the final exam of a course I took in college. Thanks, Texas Tech!

Red Raiders represent!
141  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Can kids decide? on: October 28, 2015, 04:45:18 PM
Tell that to the American voters. 
142  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 10/9/15 Edition on: October 10, 2015, 01:50:21 AM

Quote from: Teggy on October 09, 2015, 03:00:17 PM

I believe our Canadian friends have a long weekend.

So do most bank workers.
143  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 10/2/15 Edition on: October 04, 2015, 09:40:55 PM
Decided to take the HOTAS out of her box and fire up World of Warplanes. Turns out I've never played past the tutorials.
144  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 10/2/15 Edition on: October 02, 2015, 04:16:22 PM
This weekend has snuck up on me.  No plans outside World of Warships at the moment.
145  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Help for a community member on: October 02, 2015, 04:08:32 PM
For those of you that have flitted back and forth between here and OO, you may know of Blackhawk and his struggles.  He has posted here at times as well, though not exhaustively.

Recently, he has had some rough patches with fighting off cancer and financial difficulties above and beyond what he has been able to handle, despite his best attempts to manage. 

Most recently, his vehicle has reached a point of obsolescence that makes driving it a danger to himself and his two sons.  After much gnashing of teeth, he has asked for help

If you can spare anything to assist him in raising funds toward a new vehicle, I'm sure he would greatly appreciate it. 
146  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3]Gran Turismo 6 on: September 30, 2015, 06:34:19 PM
Tablet track editor

Tired of the more than 40 tracks built into your copy of the "Gran Turismo 6" video game? Now you can craft your own race circuit with a new app for Apple and Android tablets. The GT6 Track Path Editor lets players develop a brand-new circuit on their tablet, and then download it to their PlayStation so they can virtually race on the new course.

"Gran Turismo 6" players begin by picking a geographical theme for their new racing track, which includes a Death Valley desert option, the hilly Eifel, Eifel Flat, and the lush Andalusia, and then customize the layout of the circuit. You can tweak the track's design down to each specific corner, adding curbing on tricky bends, grandstands for virtual spectators, crash barriers, and all sorts of other visual details to help bring your imaginary race track to life. While the customized tracks cannot be used for career-mode play, gamers will be able to race their virtual tracks in GT6's Arcade, Free Play, and online lobby modes.

The GT6 Track Path Editor is available now as a free download for Apple and Android tablets.
147  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2015 Week 2 --- GIVE ME MORE FOOTBALL!! on: September 21, 2015, 03:36:43 PM
I'd never wish injury on anyone, but the injury bug for the Cowboys couldn't happen to a nicer owner.  Bob Kraft might be a close second.
148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 9/18 edition on: September 21, 2015, 03:34:56 PM

Quote from: JuniorDan on September 21, 2015, 12:55:50 AM

Religiously World of Warships.

I did that.  Made sure to get my 3x XP rewards at least twice on all my ships.  It's probably the only way I'll get through the IJN BB line and get to the carriers.

I've started using my Bogue fighters x2 as a strike package and had better luck at fending off enemy fighters.  If I go 1-on-1, I'd see a 2-6 loss on an exchange, which infuriated me.  Oh, and dive bombers are nigh useless.
149  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/22) on: September 21, 2015, 03:32:55 PM
150  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/15) on: September 14, 2015, 03:18:52 PM
151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 9/4/15 - US Labor Day Edition on: September 04, 2015, 06:05:46 PM
I will probably continue my suckitude on the high seas of World of Warships.
152  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Please explain to me how this is not ridiculous. Come on guys. on: September 01, 2015, 07:01:21 PM
Is it open season on personal attacks now?   
153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/25) on: August 24, 2015, 02:16:50 PM
154  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: August 22, 2015, 01:46:41 AM
Price has gone up $10 since release, and the discount percentage is lower than when it went on sale then, too.
155  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Women in combat on: August 18, 2015, 12:23:26 PM

For the first time in history, two women have completed the vigorous training curriculum and will graduate from Army Ranger School on Friday.

However, the Pentagon isn't expected to make final decisions about exactly what combat roles women will be allowed to fulfill until later this year.

Quote from: Pentagon press release
Nineteen women and 381 men started Ranger Class 06-15 on April 20, 2015. Eight women successfully completed RAP week; however, all were recycled into Ranger Class 07-15 as Darby inserts for a second attempt at patrolling. After the second Darby Phase attempt, five were dropped from the course and three were given a Day one recycle into Ranger Class 08-15, starting the course again on June 21, 2015. These three women successfully met the standards of the Benning Phase and moved on to the Mountain Phase on July 10, 2015. All three women passed the knot test, military mountaineering skills assessment, the foot movement up Mount Yonah, and were given opportunities to lead patrols. One woman recycled into Ranger Class 09-15 to start the Mountain Phase again on Aug. 9, 2015. Two women received a passing grade in the mountains during platoon level combat patrols and moved on to the Swamp Phase on Aug. 1, 2015. The two women also met the standards of the Swamp Phase, proficiently leading waterborne platoon level combat patrols and will earn the Ranger Tab on Aug. 21, 2015.
156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/18) on: August 17, 2015, 09:49:49 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on August 17, 2015, 02:46:27 PM

Shadowrun: HK since I'm a backer
I guess this.
157  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 8/14 edition on: August 14, 2015, 06:18:01 PM

Quote from: farley2k on August 14, 2015, 05:26:05 PM

Saturday will be spent with swine, fried foods, things on a stick and all manner of fun.

We expect an after-action report:

Check out our top three finalists for our 2015 New Fair Food Contest!

Corn in a Cup: Available in two varieties. "The Iowan," which includes a cup of corn niblets, pork sausage, cheddar cheese, mayo, butter, lime and spicy magic dust. "The Mexican" is a blend of corn niblets, pork chorizo, coyote cheese, butter, mayo, lime, and spicy magic dust. (available at The Corn Stand south of the Service Center)

Toasted Coconut Caramel Cluster: a blend coconut, pretzel pieces, and caramel dipped in chocolate and served on a stick. (available at Dipped in Chocolate at the outer perimeter of the Livestock Pavilion)

Ultimate Bacon Brisket Bomb: smoked pure ground brisket, diced jalapenos, a few onions, infused with a pepper cheese, all wrapped in bacon, and served with a sweet and spicy chili glaze. (available at The Rib Shack located at the north side of Walnut Square)
Other new foods in 2015 include:

Apple Pie On-A-Stick (available at Applishus on the Triangle and north of Walnut Square)
Cattleman's Steak Fajita Wrap (available at Cattleman's Beef Quarters southeast of Walnut Square)
Chocolate Dipped Strawberries on a Stick (available at Strawberry Hut, west of the Jacobson Exhibition Center)
Chocolate Marshmallow Malt Fair Square (available at the Fair Square stand at the northwest corner of the Administration Building)
Bruschetta(available at Parlo Pizza near Grandfather's Barn)
Deep Fried Cherry Pie (available at Fyfe Concessions in front of The Grandstand)
Deep Fried Nacho Balls (available at Jalapeno Pete's on the Grand Concourse)
Donut Sundae (available at Ford's Concessions in Walnut Square)
Golden Fried Peanut Butter and Jelly on a Stick(available at Veggie Table on the north side of The Varied Industries Building, west of the main entrance)
Gluten Free Corndog (available at Campbell's Concessions at the northwest corner of The Varied Industries building)
Kernel Kluster (available at Snappy Popcorn, which is north of the Animal Learning Center and east of Little Hands on the Farm)
Pumpkin Spice Funnel Cake (available at Westmoreland's Funnel Cakes, south of the Riley Stage)
27 Degree Super Chill Beer(available at Steer 'N Stein on the Grand Concourse)
158  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Weekend playlist - 8/14 edition on: August 14, 2015, 04:38:32 PM
What's on the agenda?

I may try to find something that has a strategic and progression system deeper than World of Warships and Borderlands 2, but the odds are not high.
159  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: BlOps 3 on: August 14, 2015, 02:21:02 PM
That's what the MP world needs, 1/3 more of His Harkness.
160  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Thinking about ditching my unlimited data plan on: August 14, 2015, 02:19:33 PM
Yeah, the public wifi is for customers and vendors, not for employee use. 
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