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161  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read 2014 Edition on: June 26, 2014, 07:04:09 PM
The Atomic Times: My H-Bomb Year at the Pacific Proving Ground by Michael Harris

This is a rather unvarnished look at Harris's year on Eniwetok during the Operation Redwing tests.  It's as much of a character study of the enlisted men, the corruption of the officers, and the complete whitewashing of any dangers that the men were subjected to by being within viewing distance of the 1956 nuclear weapons testing.

This is a personal account by a PFC, not a detailed historical account by a historian, and is as much a biography.  I felt like I learned some things about the US military at that time, but not necessarily what I was looking for.  I don't regret reading the book, but I certainly wouldn't recommend it to someone unconditionally.
162  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read 2014 Edition on: June 26, 2014, 07:04:02 PM

The German Empire, 1870-1918 by Michael Sturmer

A light read at 192 pages of a half-sized book complete with a dramatis personæ and index, but a good introduction of the German Empire and the modernization of the land, effects of unification, and the lead up to the first world war.

It's not really enough of a study to let me feel that I truly understand the forces at play.  I guess it's more of a Cliff Notes to let me know if I want to do more reading in the area.
163  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World Cup 2014 on: June 26, 2014, 05:51:14 PM
4 minutes of stoppage time in both games, we have to melt down quickly to not advance.
164  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World Cup 2014 on: June 26, 2014, 03:13:39 PM
Each one has been at a different league level: Netherlands, EPL, and now direct FIFA. 

Mauro Tassotti got 8 games for a deliberate action that broke the nose of Luis Enrique back in 1994.  I think that getting the full 2-year ban will require a mass murder on the pitch
165  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Redskins Lose Trademark on: June 26, 2014, 03:03:57 PM
I love the appeal to the majority, as if that's a valid reason. retard

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“Can you imagine the baseball team in this city not being called the Cleveland Indians? I can’t picture that.”

Yeah, having it called something like the Lake Shores, Bluebirds, Broncos, or Naps would just be weird.
166  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World Cup 2014 on: June 26, 2014, 03:00:53 PM
Stealing a post from OO, ESPN had a good article on Suarez.
167  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World Cup 2014 on: June 26, 2014, 02:59:34 PM
Suarez out for 9 games and four months for his third career bite attack on an opposing player.
168  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [FILM] The Interview - Rogen and Franco kill Kim Jong-Un on: June 25, 2014, 06:06:03 PM
UK Mirror

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North Korea has threatened to go to war with the US unless it blocks the release of a film about Kim Jong-un.

However, despite saying the release of the Seth Rogan film The Interview would be an "act of war" it is believed that the dictator would still watch the film.

A foreign ministry spokesman did not mention the film by name, but it is believed to be The Interview from his description.

He was quoted by KCNA News Agency as saying: "Making and releasing a movie on a plot to hurt our top-level leadership is the most blatant act of terrorism and war and will absolutely not be tolerated."

He added that there would be "merciless" retaliation saying: "If the US administration allows and defends the showing of the film, a merciless counter-measure will be taken."
169  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: June 25, 2014, 03:14:00 AM
If you do, pick up the bundle with Far Cry 3 - Blood Dragon for $6.24
170  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: June 24, 2014, 05:45:05 PM
I would have bough OOTP 15 for $10.  Ah, well, my wallet balance remains safe for now. 
171  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: June 24, 2014, 03:42:31 AM
They got lost on the way to the front page.

Flash Sales:

Gone Home -85% $19.99 $2.99 (86)
Rising Storm GOTY -75% $19.99 $4.99 (82)
 - 4-pack $14.98
 - DE $7.49
Spec Ops: The Line -80% $29.99 $5.99 (76)
Scribblenauts Unlimited -75% $19.99 $4.99 (75)
 - Scribblenauts Unmasked -75% $19.99 $4.99

Community Choice:

Wasteland 2 -33% $59.99 $40.19 (Early Access)
Just Cause 2 -80% $14.99 $2.99 (84)
 - Just Cause Collection $14.99
Planet Explorers -40% $24.99 $14.99 (Early Access)
Risen Collection -75% $39.99 $9.99
172  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: SCOTUS Screws Us Again: Welcome to the Police State! on: June 22, 2014, 07:23:52 PM
Yeah, it's not like out leadership have always been rich, white landowners or anything.  Or that life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness was strongly based off of life, liberty, and property.
173  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Redskins Lose Trademark on: June 20, 2014, 06:16:16 PM


I can't remember where I heard this, but someone once said that defending a position by citing free speech is sort of the ultimate concession; you're saying that the most compelling thing you can say for your position is that it's not literally illegal to express.
174  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 6/20/14 on: June 20, 2014, 02:27:33 PM
Playing the Steam Sale once every 8 hours for voting cards. 

Other than that, I have some more interest in Supreme Commander.  Each "mission" is taking me multiple hours to complete, what with the follow on objectives and expanding map quadrants.
175  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: June 17, 2014, 02:10:32 PM
Also, the "weeklong" deals end on June 19th.
176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (06/16) on: June 16, 2014, 04:26:52 PM
Depends on if the Steam sale starts on Thursday or not.
177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 6/13/14 on: June 16, 2014, 04:06:13 PM
I spent some time with Supreme Commander playing the naval mission.  We went and saw Godzilla, and spent a lot of time cleaning the apartment before my sister and BIL arrive on Wed night.
178  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: June 15, 2014, 05:14:24 PM
Price drop from when it was the Midweek deal on April 1st.
179  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read 2014 Edition on: June 13, 2014, 11:41:23 PM
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency
180  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: June 12, 2014, 05:18:47 PM
I have installed and played the first one, but am stalled, as I so often become, with a "hold the line" defense mission.  It's the same place I got stuck at with the Company of Heroes.
181  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: June 12, 2014, 05:13:26 PM
So tempted to add Airland Battle to my backlog, but I have nothing to lose by waiting, I suppose.
182  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: June 12, 2014, 02:28:28 PM
I read it, if only to catch you napping and missing deals.   ninja

The reason for my clarifying statement is that it's my own quirk, not one I expect anyone else to a) value, b) adopt, or c) understand.  icon_biggrin
183  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: June 12, 2014, 02:18:54 PM
I use the extension.  It buckshots across multiple stores.  But since I've been doing the OO thread for three years, I start getting deja vu when I see the same titles pop up again and again and again and again and again...
184  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: June 11, 2014, 05:05:33 PM
Same price as the Christmas sale past.  Last on sale for more on Valentine's Day.

My personal thing lately, since we've been doing this for a few years now, is to look back and see if the deals have gotten better, or if they're just trotting out the same deals over and over again.
185  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: A Gaming Thread on the irrelevance of Unions on: June 10, 2014, 09:18:23 PM
To address this particular issue:

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AFM President Ray Hair and a committee enacted a video game recording contract in 2012 that bars union members from working on new projects in the games industry. The contract was passed without a vote from union members, Wintory says.

If that is indeed the case, then the leadership and the resulting contract is well outside the scope of functioning as a representation of the members, as they weren't even asked to weigh in on it.  I'd say the legal wrangling over this one should be interesting, and I certainly hope that this union falls flat on its face, if the quote is true.

To the larger state of the worth of unions as a whole, demonizing the entire structure of them is inept.  There are those that take their responsibilities seriously and those that abuse them, just as there are companies that do the same.  

Unions, when functioning properly, are an offset to employer power run rampant.  And I especially see value in them when countering a government employer, because who is more likely to abuse their employment power than the organization that holds sway over every other aspect of your public life?

If the VW union wasn't looking after the needs of its employees appropriately, then by all means, vote them out.  But, as with everything else in public life, it has become a political issue as much as anything else.
186  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: June 10, 2014, 05:44:20 PM
Special Promotion: Sid Meier's Civilization V: Complete Edition -67% $49.99 $16.49
 - Base $7.49
 - Gods & Kings $7.49
 - Brave New World $7.49

Sid Meier's Civilization IV: The Complete Edition -75% $29.99 $7.49

Sid Meier's Civilization® III Complete -75% $4.99 $1.24
187  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: June 10, 2014, 05:44:11 PM
Midweek Madness:

Resident Evil Revelations / Biohazard Revelations UE -75% $49.99 $12.49 (77)
 - DLC on sale

Grand Theft Auto IV: Complete Edition -80% $29.99 $6.00 (90)

Rogue Legacy -66% $14.99 $5.09 (85)
188  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: June 09, 2014, 06:28:22 PM
I did enjoy being able to pick up all three of the Earth 21x0 series for <$3 between this week and last.

But year, the Steam Summer Sale is a comin'.  Past years suggest that we've got another month to wait, however.
189  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: June 09, 2014, 05:16:09 PM

Quote from: Caine on May 07, 2014, 06:13:33 PM

5/7



$7.49

Daily Deal: Same as above.

53 Weeklong Deals

Worms Revolution $12.49
Earth 2140 $0.99
VVVVVV$2.49
Warp $2.49
Ridge Racer Unbounded $7.49
Waking Mars $1.99
190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (06/09) on: June 09, 2014, 02:04:23 PM
Nada.
191  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 09, 2014, 02:03:43 PM

Quote from: McNutt on June 09, 2014, 01:42:51 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on June 05, 2014, 05:39:52 PM

Danger Zone!

Agreed.  That is definitely Kenny Loggins.

 icon_biggrin Thanks for the support.
192  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read 2014 Edition on: June 08, 2014, 10:35:50 PM
Generation Atheist edited by Dan Riley
193  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A little different request....music to travel by on: June 06, 2014, 07:36:00 PM
Electronic dance music
194  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 06, 2014, 06:00:30 PM
Ashkenazic, Sephardic, or Mizrachi? slywink
195  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Twilight Struggle digital version on kickstarter on: June 06, 2014, 04:28:19 PM
Reading over more details, they have Playdek doing the work.  I've enjoyed their Nightfall app on my phone, and have good things about their Lords of Waterdeep adaptation.

However, projects can still fail in many new and different ways.  Waiting for reviews after the fact it is.  And hope it ends up on Steam for a deep discount sale later on.
196  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Twilight Struggle digital version on kickstarter on: June 05, 2014, 08:58:24 PM
So I was never charged for my pre-order on the direct route last time, but this time I can risk losing my funds directly, as they'll get them up front regardless of whether they can ever deliver?  I think I'll wait.  Besides, I should probably play the board game version that I bought at some point.
197  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ok, let me explain how the Internet works... on: June 05, 2014, 08:55:13 PM
If governments require that people pay for services that they're to provide, even to the point of forcing criminals to pay fees for electronic monitoring bracelets, Google should absolutely have the right to require a fee-for-service model in this case.
198  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 05, 2014, 05:39:52 PM
Danger Zone!
199  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: June 04, 2014, 05:24:29 PM
200  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: June 03, 2014, 07:53:25 PM
No problem.
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