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161  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 8/7 edition on: August 09, 2015, 01:19:44 AM
World of Warships. Grinding XP in the SC battleship is taking a while. I want the U.S.N. carriers. I'm taking the IJN on the destroyer side, which was lucky, as they have the better torpedoes.
162  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: World of Warships on: August 05, 2015, 01:43:25 PM
It's in open beta.  I've played enough to get into Tier IV, a feat I never managed in Tanks, and have maxed the level 8 rank progression.  Anyone out there?

I'm loving the IJN destroyers.  The South Carolina battleship?  Not so much. 
163  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hitchhiking Robot Found Decapitated on: August 03, 2015, 04:24:17 PM
If it had made it to Eastern Ohio, it would have been burned at the stake. 
164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/4) on: August 03, 2015, 01:47:27 PM
Nada.
165  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 7/31 or "holy sh*t it's already August" edition on: August 02, 2015, 02:05:04 AM
Despite thermostat settings below it, the house temp never got below 75 today, something that the old unit never had a problem with. I am not a happy camper.
166  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 7/31 or "holy sh*t it's already August" edition on: July 31, 2015, 07:15:11 PM
~$5800, actually.  5 ton unit, new pad, new ducts, new drainage system, the works, apparently.  A York unit, which the guy raved about, saying he'd never lost a coil in three years.

I called the place at 7:05, got a tech in the truck, he set an appointment for 9:30, and after all is said and done, they're saying that they'll be done by 5 today.  

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Angie’s List members who had new air conditioners installed in 2014 reported paying an average of $5,230, with a general range of $4,425 to $6,025, not counting discounts many service providers offer to Angie’s List members.
167  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So....I'm moving to Texas (with a new jerb!) on: July 31, 2015, 05:35:56 PM
Well, I'm living in Corinth while working in Grand Prairie.  When you get some time, hit me up and we can go grab a drink or something.  I haven't hit the Flying Saucer in Fort Worth yet.  I'm sure it will pale in comparison to the one at the lake, but I'm willing to give it a look. 
168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 7/31 or "holy sh*t it's already August" edition on: July 31, 2015, 05:32:53 PM
Drink myself into a coma at the thought of the $6k I just had to ask Dad to spot me for a new air conditioner.  And maybe some World of Warships.
169  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So....I'm fostering a kid for a year (maybe more?) on: July 29, 2015, 01:50:13 PM
Block out August 22nd for a trip to Plano.  I know it's a bit out of the way, but you won't find a much better place to get some boardgaming in than this. I'll be happy to show you around.  It's full of the geeks with a strong tech representation.  
170  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/28) on: July 29, 2015, 12:17:29 PM
Nada.
171  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: July 28, 2015, 05:57:31 PM
No problem.  Sorry for the gap.  I have to proxy home to get to the boards, and access has been sporadic.
172  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Waning forum usage? on: July 28, 2015, 02:22:02 AM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on July 27, 2015, 10:30:13 PM

Sorry for the extended absense - I've transitioned jobs (finally!) and my new gig blocks GT.  frown     I'm working on fixing that (soon!) but it does make it difficult to post and keep an eye on things. 

I find Chrome Remote Desktop to be a godsend.  Obviously, someone of your technical skills and position might have a better solution, but for those of us that have less than those, it's nice.
173  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So....I'm moving to Texas (with a new jerb!) on: July 27, 2015, 11:14:09 PM
So are you here yet?
174  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: July 25, 2015, 05:41:21 PM
Daily Deal: Blockstorm -50% $6.99 $3.49

Quote from: Isgrimnur
Today's deal: The Evil Within & Dishonored up to 66% off
175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 7/24/15 Edition - Avoid Pixel at all cost edition on: July 24, 2015, 05:52:37 PM
Probably rocking back and forth between Borderlands 2 Badass Crater of Badassitude and throwing >100mm shells downrange in the World of Warships open beta.
176  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: July 24, 2015, 05:17:24 PM
Daily Deal: LEGO Marvel Super Heroes -75% $19.99 $4.99 (78)



Quote from: Isgrimnur

Today's deal: Wolfenstein and all iD titles up to 66% off
177  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: July 24, 2015, 11:03:10 AM
Weekend Deal: Tropico Franchise
Reloaded $1.74
3 $2.49
4 $4.99
5 $13.99
178  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: July 23, 2015, 05:50:59 PM
Daily Deal: Mini Metro -15% $6.99 $5.94 (EA)

Weekend Deals:

QuakeCon Weekend

Today's deal: The Elder Scrolls Franchise up to 66% off.

The Talos Principle -66% $39.99 $13.59 (85)

 - DLC on sale.  Only 10% for Road to Gehenna
179  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Waning forum usage? on: July 23, 2015, 05:50:24 PM
My backlog has exploded.  The value seeking makes it so that I'm never paying $60 a title, which means, even if I had a current gen console, I still wouldn't be in the impressions stage of an active conversation. 

That, and the site has been blocked by my work filter.
180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/21 on: July 23, 2015, 01:51:16 PM
Nada. 
181  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 7/17/15 - Ant-Man Edition on: July 23, 2015, 02:56:38 AM
Last weekend was boardgaming on Saturday. PC gaming has been Borderlands 2 Captain Scarlett expansion, and dabbling in the open beta of World of Warships.
182  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So transparent aluminum is a thing. on: July 23, 2015, 02:53:21 AM
The influences of that universe will never end.
183  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: July 23, 2015, 02:42:13 AM
Daily Deal: WWE 2K15 -67% $49.99 $16.49 (70)
 - Includes all DLC
184  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Women in combat on: July 10, 2015, 08:04:45 PM
Phase 1 complete

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The three remaining women attending Army Ranger School as part of an ongoing assessment of how female soldiers should be more fully integrated into the service have passed a major hurdle, completing the first of three segments in the course and moving on to its Mountain Phase.

Army officials announced the result Friday, saying in a news release that 158 men and all three women will move on to tackle the next portion of Ranger School at Camp Merrill in Dahlonega, Ga., about 65 miles north of Atlanta, beginning Saturday. It was the third and final attempt for the remaining women, who had failed the initial Darby Phase at Fort Benning, Ga., twice before.
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The Mountain Phase is 20 days long, and includes intensive training and operations in the Chattahoochee National Forest. There are four days of military mountaineering training, four days of technique training, 10 days of student-led patrols and one administrative day when students are counseled on their performance. Those who pass will move on to the third and final phase of Ranger School in the swamps of Florida beginning Aug. 1.
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Any woman who passes the course will make history and be allowed to wear the Army’s prestigious Ranger Tab, a decoration that is admired across the military. However, they will not be allowed to join the elite 75th Ranger Regiment, which conducts Special Operations missions.
185  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: July 08, 2015, 02:41:29 PM

Quote from: farley2k on July 07, 2015, 04:06:26 PM



Say it like it's spelled.  It's what I do.  When I was working in directory assistance, that made it even more fun.
186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 4th of July Edition on: July 03, 2015, 12:58:17 PM
Family is in town, so not a damned thing,
187  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: July 02, 2015, 07:50:14 PM

Quote from: Caine on July 02, 2015, 05:30:03 PM

I appreciate the feedback, E9.  It isn't all that much work now.  I have a number of scripts which scrape the data for the post.

Some of us still do it by hand and with love.  Tongue
188  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: July 01, 2015, 03:42:24 AM
It's generally tied to a certain number of posts.
189  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Gay Marriage is now totally a thing. on: June 30, 2015, 04:12:13 PM

Quote from: Lee on June 30, 2015, 04:08:52 AM

Ironically, I was in class tonight (Business Ethics) and same sex marriage was brought up. Everyone in the class, (20 people) is enlisted, retired, or a spouse/child of military. I was the only one who was for it, although one girl told me on break she agrees with me just wasn't saying so in class. Enlisted military are a breed of their own, but it was a nice reminder of how different it can be.

Interesting, to me anyway, me and that girl were the only Air Force, everyone else was Navy/Marines.

Mom's a enlisted retiree's spouse, and rabidly against it.  Dad, I believe, is tacitly against it.  Their two kids, in this case, at least, are serious disappointments to them.
190  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Gay Marriage is now totally a thing. on: June 30, 2015, 03:46:45 AM
The Silent generation? I haven't heard of that one before.
191  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Gay Marriage is now totally a thing. on: June 29, 2015, 05:18:38 PM

Quote from: hepcat on June 29, 2015, 04:52:53 PM

The only people that oppose this are Christians with antiquated, questionable values.  The same values that saw them so actively oppose interracial marriages not that long ago.

When having a discussion with my father about this issue and his and my mother's thoughts on how it would demean her marriage, I took that exact argument to him.  As a career military man, I have never seen anything remotely racist in any of his behaviors, or my mother's, for that matter.  I don't know how he responded to it, as we rarely have conversations in that vein, and it's usually in response to a discussion around her statements and behavior. 

What was funny was the thought that my mother apparently voiced to him at one point that she felt I had been liberalized by my college, which is square in the middle of conservative bastion of West Texas. 
192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/30) on: June 29, 2015, 04:08:38 PM
Nada.
193  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Gay Marriage is now totally a thing. on: June 28, 2015, 03:40:57 AM
Much like racism, there will always be holdouts, and some of them might even become radicalized. But the ship has sailed on it being something that can be put back in the closet, so to speak.
194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Its the weekend playlist 6/26/15 late edition on: June 28, 2015, 03:39:18 AM
I've been losing my shirt at the Poker Night game ever since the second item popped up.

We're trying to get the house together for my family coming down this weekend.
195  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Gay Marriage is now totally a thing. on: June 26, 2015, 04:54:01 PM

Quote from: farley2k on June 26, 2015, 03:46:29 PM

Great thread title!   thumbsup
Thanks.
196  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Gay Marriage is now totally a thing. on: June 26, 2015, 04:09:31 PM
Religious institutions aren't going to be forced to perform ceremonies against their will.  They've long had exceptions to equal protections based on religious matters.  You don't have to hire a Lutheran minister that applies for a Presbyterian pastorship, you can even have religious tests in what are nominally nonreligious positions such as daycare providers.

But you aren't going to be able to work in a county clerk's office and refuse to issue a license.  At that moment, you are an agent of the county, subordinate to the laws of the state and the country.  You will perform your duties as a government employee.  If your religion prohibits you from performing it in good conscience, you are free to seek employment elsewhere. 
197  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Gay Marriage is now totally a thing. on: June 26, 2015, 04:02:12 PM
How about TX Gov. Greg Abbot?

Quote from: Personal Twitter
Marriage was defined by God. No man can redefine it. We will defend our religious liberties. #tcot

Quote from: Official Twitter
SCOTUS has become an unelected nine member legislature. I will continue to defend the religious liberties of TX http://bit.ly/1SQch4t

Link goes to the Office of the Governor's official page:

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“The Supreme Court has abandoned its role as an impartial judicial arbiter and has become an unelected nine-member legislature. Five Justices on the Supreme Court have imposed on the entire country their personal views on an issue that the Constitution and the Court’s previous decisions reserve to the people of the States.

“Despite the Supreme Court’s rulings, Texans’ fundamental right to religious liberty remains protected. No Texan is required by the Supreme Court’s decision to act contrary to his or her religious beliefs regarding marriage.

“The Texas Constitution guarantees that ‘[n]o human authority ought, in any case whatsoever, to control or interfere with the rights of conscience in matters of religion.’ The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees the free exercise of religion; and the Texas Religious Freedom Restoration Act, combined with the newly enacted Pastor Protection Act, provide robust legal protections to Texans whose faith commands them to adhere to the traditional understanding of marriage.

“As I have done in the past, I will continue to defend the religious liberties of all Texans—including those whose conscience dictates that marriage is only the union of one man and one woman. Later today, I will be issuing a directive to state agencies instructing them to prioritize the protection of Texans’ religious liberties.”

I wonder what the financial damage to the state is going to be if he tries to fight this.
198  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Gay Marriage is now totally a thing. on: June 26, 2015, 02:39:30 PM
Ruling (PDF)

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Held: The Fourteenth Amendment requires a State to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-State
199  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: 2016 Republican Nomination on: June 25, 2015, 08:01:41 PM

Quote from: Scraper on June 25, 2015, 02:35:22 PM

Isn't Perry in the middle of a criminal case against him? Or did he get that to go away?

The case is slowly grinding its way along.
200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you Batman Batman Batman Bat-(sorry) buyying this week? (6/23) on: June 23, 2015, 03:29:12 PM
Nada.
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