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161  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Don Mattrick leaving MS for Zynga - Ballmer retiring too! on: August 23, 2013, 04:44:52 PM
Unless they hire someone from outside the dysfunctional Microsoft hive-mind culture, nothing is going to change there.
162  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Elysium on: August 19, 2013, 02:20:51 AM
Saw it tonight. I don't think I've seen a more frustrating movie in recent years. On one hand, Blokamp's visual style and ability to create worlds is nearly unmatched in movies today. Future LA and Elysium look completely believable and visually incredible and WETA Workshop did some truly Oscar worthy FX work.

On the other hand, elements of the plot were really poorly thought out and the characters made no emotional impact. Jodie Foster was totally underused, with a character so boring and undeveloped that she might as well have not been in the movie. Plus, she had the weirdest speaking accent that I could not figure out. I still don't understand Kruger's motivation for turning at the end. Yeah, he' a bit mentally unhinged. That was established very early on, but I just didn't buy his actions near the end.

However, the biggest thing that drove me completely nuts was the constant use of shaky cam editing. That style has been the bane of action movies ever since directors started using it in the 90's. It's my opinion that directors who can't frame shots properly and edit competently resort to the shaky cam to disguise their deficiencies. Not only does the close in, constant movement of the camera give you a headache, it kills whatever sense of scale and movement is going on in the action.

In the end, I guess I liked it mainly for how visually interesting it was but it could have been so much more. Just another case of a pretty, but soulless movie.
163  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 201X Health Improvement Thread on: August 09, 2013, 07:58:59 PM

Quote from: disarm on July 28, 2013, 11:28:21 PM

My half-marathon training officially started with a 5-mile run on Saturday morning. Now I have only 11 weeks to get to 13.1

October 12th is seeming awfully close already...

This reminded me that I have a half marathon Oct. 6. Ugh.

Started in earnest today with a 3.3 mile lunchtime run. Finished in 33:14 which is okay since the last time I ran was back in April.

The things we do to stay in shape...
164  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You're Not Drinking Enough Soda! on: August 07, 2013, 07:26:35 PM
I stopped drinking soda cold turkey years ago. One of the best decisions I've ever made for my health.
165  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Machete Kills - Yes, they made a sequel on: August 02, 2013, 05:27:02 PM
So IN for that I cannot keep my head from assploding!
166  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 201X Health Improvement Thread on: July 23, 2013, 07:42:53 PM

Quote from: ATB on July 23, 2013, 01:56:16 PM

I have been stuck in the 190s for 6 weeks. Talk about a plateau. Next week I should break through to the 180s, but man the last few weeks have just been a war to see any weight loss.

I even did a 6 day stretch of exercising last week  (6mi run, 17mi bike, 6 mi run, 21mi bike, 3mi run, 28 mi bike) to try to jumpstart and not much return so far.

Not feeling hopeless or demoralized, just frustrated.

Without knowing the details of your training program, the only thing I can offer is that once you hit that wall where the weight stops coming off, you need to modify your diet to start seeing results again. I'm not saying you have to stop eating or take up some crazy diet program. Just need to take a hard, critical look at what you eat and how much you eat. Maybe you need to adjust the amount of refined carbs or increase you intake of protein. Stuff like that.
167  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 201X Health Improvement Thread on: July 18, 2013, 10:11:46 PM
Crossfit isn't necessarily about practical strength. It's more about a combination of a wide variety of movements. The idea is that you do not specialize in any particular movement or exercise, rather you become generally proficient at everything from Olympic weightlifting to body weight gymnastics to running/cardio work. If your goal is good general overall fitness, Crossfit is a great way to do it. The other thing about Crossfit is that instead of long extended workouts, you do shorter more intense ones. They can be as short as 5 minutes or as long as 30-45 minutes. A typical CF class would last an hour with warmup in the beginning, then some instruction about specific movements (weightlifting most commonly) followed by the workout, then finish with a cooldown (stretching mainly). There is a lot of stuff online about the theory of CF, so I won't rehash it here, but I've been doing it for about 5 years and I've dropped 25-30 pounds, increased muscle mass and endurance overall. I'm 45 years old and I've tried just about everything with no success. It was not until I locked on to CF that I finally got results.

I'm not one of those fanatical CF weirdos that go around preaching about it, but I will tell people about it if they are really interested. As with any exercise plan/routine, there are good and bad things about CF, and if you are not careful you can get hurt doing it, but the risk isn't any greater than any other physical activity. Just have to know your limits and pay attention to technique.
168  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 201X Health Improvement Thread on: July 18, 2013, 07:01:30 PM
It's taken me the better part of 4 years in my crossfit experience, but I FINALLY was able to squat snatch over 100 lbs today. A far cry from some of the ungodly crossfit athletes who can snatch close to and above 200 lbs, but it's the toughest, most technique driven Olympic lift possible, IMO.

Anyhow, it's the little things in life that get you excited sometimes.  Tongue
169  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Small nitpick: Add placeholder space for ad banners at top of forum on: July 11, 2013, 06:13:27 PM
I was using the dark theme too. I just switched back to the default theme (Augh! My eyes!) and the problem doesn't happen.
170  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: July 11, 2013, 05:43:28 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 10, 2013, 11:30:41 PM


I'm Taiwanese, and I approve that video. Totally awesome.  icon_cool
171  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Small nitpick: Add placeholder space for ad banners at top of forum on: July 10, 2013, 06:07:35 PM
Still happens for me too. I am using Firefox v22.0.

Not using adblock.

As a quick check, I tried Explorer and the ad loads almost instantaneously, so for me, it's something specific to Firefox.
172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Don Mattrick leaving MS for Zynga? on: July 01, 2013, 06:27:42 PM
What I would have given to have heard the internal discussion at Microsoft about Mattrick...

It's so obvious he was given the choice of leaving gracefully on his own terms or outright fired by MS. No exec with a brain would leave a high profile situation like his at MS to go to a dying company that everyone despises.
173  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Small nitpick: Add placeholder space for ad banners at top of forum on: June 28, 2013, 06:32:41 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on June 28, 2013, 06:15:09 PM

was just coming to post about this.  It's REALLY putting me on my last nerve. lol

I've misclicked probably a dozen times just today since it takes awhile to load that banner then shifts everything down.

+1

It's getting pretty annoying.
174  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gene Wilder-'Willy Wonka' remake was an Insult on: June 14, 2013, 11:47:17 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 14, 2013, 11:40:17 PM

Gene Wilder is still alive?

The wonders of Scientology! icon_razz
175  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gene Wilder-'Willy Wonka' remake was an Insult on: June 14, 2013, 11:19:03 PM
Agree...sort of.

I thought the remake was just okay. While it was visually interesting, which is usually the case with most of Tim Burton's movies, there wasn't much heart, soul, or whatever you call it, especially in comparison with the original. Johnny Depp's version of Willy Wonka was just a creepy weirdo. I wasn't as overtly offended as Gene Wilder, but I think that it was kind of a needless remake, much like a lot of movie reboot/remakes nowadays.
176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: June 13, 2013, 11:16:20 PM

Quote from: gellar on June 13, 2013, 10:56:40 PM

I've asked around and from what it seems, Microsoft is not trying to sell the console to US, the gamers, because we're going to buy it anyway.  They're trying to sell it to the nongamer who wants a fancy box in their living room so Microsoft can "own the living room."  This sort of makes sense since they used to own the office and don't own that anymore, so they've gotta try dominating at something.

The problem for them is that they forgot they have a real strong competitor in Sony and that the assumption that we're 'going to buy it anyway' was probably a shitty one.



That's interesting because back in 2001 or 2002 when the first Xbox was in development, I was a Microsoft employee in the old WebTV group in the SF Bay Area. I remember going to an internal group meeting/presentation where Xbox was unveiled (there wasn't even a prototype ready yet)  and even back then, over 10 years ago, it was made pretty clear during the presentation that the Xbox would be the first step in a long range goal of putting an entertainment hub in everyone's living room. Xbone sounds like the final iteration of that goal.
177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: June 13, 2013, 11:02:07 PM
Here's what I feel is the difference between Sony and Microsoft after this E3:

Sony is listening to what gamers want.

Microsoft is telling gamers what they think they need.
178  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2013 on: June 12, 2013, 08:03:25 PM
Awesome! Thanks!
179  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: June 12, 2013, 05:57:04 PM

Quote from: TheEgoWhip on June 12, 2013, 05:18:09 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=SBzRmWeC6Ds#!\

Star Wars, as read by an all star voice over cast.

Oh. My. God. That is so freaking hilarious. icon_lol
180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2013 on: June 12, 2013, 05:36:40 PM
Has anyone seen the entire Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo press events posted online anywhere? I missed the Sony and Nintendo presentations and I really want to see them in full unedited form. Will GT post them eventually?
181  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1]Killer Instinct F2P on: June 11, 2013, 08:49:47 PM
In Microsoft's world, that's just far too confusing to people.
182  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1]Killer Instinct F2P on: June 11, 2013, 08:30:33 PM
"The producer on the game at Microsoft Studios told Eurogamer at an event at E3 last night that the company decided to use this release strategy because when it comes to fighting games, most players only focus on a handful of characters.

"It's really impressive to have a roster of 50 characters, but how many of those characters am I really going to play?" the producer said. "And I have to buy a $60 game in order to play those one or two characters I want to play."


That is just about one of the stupidest things I've ever heard. Really Microsoft? You think you know what's best for gamers? Thanks for looking out for us. The world is a better place because of you. How's that XBox None DRM policy working out for ya?
183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2013 - Nintendo is next! on: June 11, 2013, 05:10:11 AM

Quote from: Destructor on June 11, 2013, 04:43:03 AM

Wow. For those who didn't see the livestream, go watch this video when they announced 'no restrictions on used games and everything else that Microsoft fucked up on and hard':

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJ-To7WJyWs

Sony KNOWS they have Microsoft beat. Totally beat. Right there.

LOL, what an obscene beatdown of Microsoft. Tretton looked like the cat that swallowed the canary.
184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2013 - Nintendo is next! on: June 11, 2013, 04:02:15 AM
I am completely stunned that Sony just blew Microsoft out of the water so epically. They hit on just about every bullet point they needed to execute on. I, along with many of you, have been following the console wars for years and I can't recall a more decisive whipping in recent history. I'm super excited about PS4 and will gladly put in my preorder ASAP.
185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2013 - Sony up later. on: June 10, 2013, 07:18:39 PM
While the launch price is "only" $499, no doubt every retailer will only sell it as part of a forced bundle, which will probably push the entry priced up into the $600+ range.

No thanks. I'm out, at least for the first 6 months to a year after launch day.
186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2013 - Microsoft is up first! on: June 10, 2013, 06:08:39 PM
Who could have predicted that the pricing fail of the PS3 at launch would become this year's standard.
187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2013 - Microsoft is up first! on: June 10, 2013, 05:42:44 PM
Insert obligatory Battlefield appearance here...
188  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2013 - Microsoft is up first! on: June 10, 2013, 05:29:56 PM
Jesus, what real gamer actually talks like these three clowns?
189  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2013 - Microsoft is up first! on: June 10, 2013, 05:27:12 PM
More awkward witty dialog!
190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2013 - Microsoft is up first! on: June 10, 2013, 05:25:17 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 10, 2013, 05:24:54 PM

did he just say DVR?

Game DVR.
191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2013 - Microsoft is up first! on: June 10, 2013, 05:23:11 PM
Oh god, the dialog between these two guys is painful.
192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2013 - Microsoft is up first! on: June 10, 2013, 05:20:57 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on June 10, 2013, 05:20:19 PM

i don't have smartglass

Then you have no Spark.  icon_razz
193  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2013 - Microsoft is up first! on: June 10, 2013, 05:09:03 PM
Drivitar?? LOL
194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: June 06, 2013, 11:27:58 PM
The fact that Sony has been so quiet about this is worrisome.

Honestly, I don't see how Sony doesn't have a similar kind of policy. Let's say they do allow used game sale as we currently know it (or some form of policy similar) then publishers would have two significantly different set of rules to have to contend with when publishing their games. Maybe that's not a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but at this point, this whole subject of used game resale is still a giant ambiguous mess.
195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: June 06, 2013, 11:13:11 PM
So if it's now up to the publisher, what incentive is there for them to allow used resale of their games?

Wow, Sony is getting the next generation served up to them on a silver platter, if they are smart about it. Then again, it's Sony so I expect them to blow this opportunity somehow.
196  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 3 is here. on: June 04, 2013, 04:51:02 AM
LOL, girls are SO emo! icon_lol
197  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 3 is here. on: June 03, 2013, 07:53:13 PM
I wonder if the girl in this video will stop watching.  icon_lol

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNipTRi7t2o

(Spoiler alert: don't watch if you have not seen the episode yet!)
198  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 3 is here. on: June 03, 2013, 05:54:31 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on June 03, 2013, 08:29:23 AM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on June 03, 2013, 05:43:08 AM

Tonight's episode: holy shit! Holy SHIT!! HOLY SHIT!!!!!

And it wasn't even the finale!  eek

Are you one of the unsullied?  No spoilers and have not read the books?  I kinda wish I did not have pre knowledge of events.

Read a comment tonight that cracked me up, they called Jorah  "Sir Jorah of House Friendzone"

Obviously I have not read any of the books, which is a conscious decision I made back when season 1 ended. I figured I would get the full head exploding experience by not knowing anything that might be coming. Glad I decided to hold off on the books. From what I have heard from those who have read all the books, even crazier stuff happens later on. Bring it on, I say!
199  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 3 is here. on: June 03, 2013, 05:43:08 AM
Tonight's episode: holy shit! Holy SHIT!! HOLY SHIT!!!!!

And it wasn't even the finale!  eek
200  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 201X Health Improvement Thread on: May 31, 2013, 11:20:33 PM
LOL, you guys need new friends then. icon_razz

I've been doing crossfit for 5 years and typically the obnoxious ones are the one who are high strung, type A personalities who are hardcore into the competition aspect of it. I do it because it's the only thing in all the years I've struggled with my weight that has actually worked. If done properly at a good gym, it can really change your life, both physically and mentally, but I learned a long time ago that evangelizing it only works when people are ready to make that commitment and are truly interested. Being obnoxious and pushing it on people is a waste of time and really off-putting, so I only tell people about if they ask me about it first.

Anyhow, whether it's crossfit or any other exercise program, people in general should do what they are comfortable with and what works best for them.
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