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121  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: August 08, 2014, 08:53:55 PM
Over 4500 reviews on the App Store and at 4.5 stars. The general public seem to like it. I have read the timers get a bit ridiculous though. I realize the App Store rating doesn't mean much, but it never fails to surprise me what people like on there.
122  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Vessyl on: August 08, 2014, 08:52:14 PM
I have done calorie counting in the past, and I have used a Fitbit for a year. Calorie counting is easily the best way to lose weight for me. It's feedback on just how bad going to McDs for lunch is for me. It shows me that drinking 3 sodas a day is a lot of empty calories that I could have used to fill up your stomach instead. Of course you have to be willing to stick to it, and it's a lot if work if you like to cook. I lost a lot of weight by doing it, but eventually stopped because I moved and started eating at a lot of restaurants which make me feel guilty.

The Fitbit I use not to lose weight, but to motivate myself to be more active. It's all about the stats. Can I walk more than I did last week or last month? That motivates me. Reaching a step goal everyday motivates me.
123  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Where do you stand on the crucial topic of hotdogs? on: August 08, 2014, 06:06:55 PM

Quote from: Caine on August 08, 2014, 03:30:06 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on August 08, 2014, 03:04:55 AM

Quote from: Caine on August 07, 2014, 02:10:47 PM

You've graduated from hot dogs to bratwurst.  Johnsonville on the grill, get some hoagie rolls and some ketchup.  That's all you need.

Or Italian sausage. Hot dogs are for children.

The only way I can imagine eating a hot dog nowadays is the way I used to like them when I was young: Burned black on a stick in a campfire. In the dark. Half starved and drunk.
not sure how I managed to mis-spell mustard though. 

If you like Johnsonville's stuff try the butcher in your grocery store. Fred Meyer has good sausage, but the Central Market I live across the street from is even better. That's one of the many things I miss about Colorado, seemed like all the grocery stores carried a few different sausages from local places. They were really good.
124  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Where do you stand on the crucial topic of hotdogs? on: August 08, 2014, 09:13:49 AM

Quote from: Lee on August 07, 2014, 08:59:20 PM

Quote from: heloder on August 07, 2014, 07:52:57 PM

Nathan's or Hebrew National usually. I most often pan fry in olive oil or butter and put the bun over the top when it's close to being finished so that the bun gets warm and the top (which is touching the pan) gets toasted in delicious fat.

That actually sounds really good, maybe I should change my ways.

Just did this for a late night snack. Pretty good. Actually really good, but I can't eat that kind of thing often. So much more flavor/texture than nuking it.
125  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: August 08, 2014, 04:18:37 AM
Gave Godus a try. After 15 minutes it asks you to rate the game (by giving you an in game reward that turns out to be a message asking you to do so). Then it tells you if you want to keep playing you need to register with their site. Also told it not to allow notifications, it did so anyway. Deleted.
126  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Where do you stand on the crucial topic of hotdogs? on: August 08, 2014, 12:42:33 AM

Quote from: Harpua3 on August 08, 2014, 12:31:18 AM

Salsa on a hotdog is pure heaven.

Blocked and reported.
127  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Where do you stand on the crucial topic of hotdogs? on: August 07, 2014, 08:59:20 PM

Quote from: heloder on August 07, 2014, 07:52:57 PM

Nathan's or Hebrew National usually. I most often pan fry in olive oil or butter and put the bun over the top when it's close to being finished so that the bun gets warm and the top (which is touching the pan) gets toasted in delicious fat.

That actually sounds really good, maybe I should change my ways.
128  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Where do you stand on the crucial topic of hotdogs? on: August 07, 2014, 08:56:09 PM

Quote from: hepcat on August 07, 2014, 07:13:30 PM

At first I laughed...then I realized I want to try this as soon as possible.

...but with bratwurst.  Never with the lowly hot dog that is made from the cast offs from a slaughter house floor.

Aren't those cheap processed brats pretty much just a flavored hotdog? As opposed to a real sausage in a skin which is far superior, but couldn't be spiraled like that.
129  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: August 07, 2014, 05:18:04 PM
Godus is out as a F2P. Haven't tried it yet on iOS, but the PC version is ok, I kind of lost interest in even though I was a kickstarter backer.
130  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Where do you stand on the crucial topic of hotdogs? on: August 07, 2014, 04:50:39 PM
What Moliere said. I don't eat hotdogs often, but if I do they are Hebrew National. Usually if I am eating hotdogs though it's because I want something I can make quickly, so microwaved with yellow mustard. Even the best hotdog isn't worth the effort of grills and bun toasting for me.

I have never understood why hotdogs are so expensive. About $5 for a package of a mid-range quality brand. Aren't hotdogs basically the crap from the pig/cow that they couldn't sell elsewhere? You can get some cheap Brats for that price.
131  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Vessyl on: August 07, 2014, 01:54:28 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on August 07, 2014, 01:01:23 AM

it says it can even tell you the brand most of the time

It sounds like it can with registered drinks, but can they keep up with all the drinks out there? The name of the drink isn't important though, it will analysis any liquid and give you the nutrition values as well as track how much you drank of it. It is very cool.
132  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: August 06, 2014, 05:24:55 PM
Interesting. I got hammered with my mage/shaman/priest on the last 2 bosses. Couldn't get by them with anything. Don't even remember what decks I used to finally get past them now either, custom priest and warlock I believe (was a rough night last night and my mind was elsewhere).
133  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Vessyl on: August 06, 2014, 12:47:12 PM
I remember where I had seen this before, on the Colbert Report. Maybe that tainted my view?

(Not trying to mock something you are clearly excited about Ravenvii, just really needed a laugh, so I thought I would share.)
134  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: August 06, 2014, 09:04:22 AM
Military Quarter is much more difficult, I had to make custom decks to beat two of them.
135  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Vessyl on: August 06, 2014, 02:45:10 AM

Quote from: ravenvii on August 06, 2014, 01:15:50 AM

Quote from: Lee on August 06, 2014, 01:06:10 AM

I don't get it, I know what I am drinking. If I need nutrient info I just look at the package. Sure it's neat, I just don't understand what it's supposed to do for me.  

It keeps track. Surely you know what a hassle it is to track, either mentally or manually, all the calories and nutrients you drank throughout the day or week?

I guess, but it would depend on your lifestyle. I am not sure a $200 cup I need to carry around is worth the effort for me when a phone app would take less effort and is always with me. I am more likely to have drinks with calories in restaurants, or grab a coke at work/school, having to pour it into a special cup just so it can tell me that a 12 oz Coke is 140 calories is overkill. Especially in that you would need to clean it throughout the day adding to the hassle. When I tracked calories in the past, food was the difficult part, not drinks. Drinks were really easy to track.

My typical day of drinks is a cup or two of black coffee (about 0 calories). A can of Coke, or maybe two (140 calories) And water. Obviously I am not the target audience for it, but am I that different?
136  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Vessyl on: August 06, 2014, 01:06:10 AM
I don't get it, I know what I am drinking. If I need nutrient info I just look at the package. Sure it's neat, I just don't understand what it's supposed to do for me. 
137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (08/04) on: August 04, 2014, 05:33:43 AM
Nothing, finding my old games to be much for fun. Just installed Skyrim again.
138  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: August 04, 2014, 05:11:19 AM
Ragnaros makes a huge difference to my mage deck. Before I had a the 6/7 ogre in there for a big hitter, but so far Ragnaros has been unstoppable in my end game. Winning games I otherwise thought I would have lost.
139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 8/1/14 on: August 04, 2014, 04:03:31 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on August 04, 2014, 02:23:13 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on August 01, 2014, 04:02:28 PM

Robocraft.  I spent way more time with it last weekend than I intended, and they've put out an update.

Yup, played plenty of Robocraft.  Some of the shine is starting to wear off as progress slows and the grind sets in, but it's still fun.

Tried the Evolve alpha, but not for long.

And I reinstalled the original Dirt on my PC as well.  Still a great game.

They said robot and I was hoping for an Omega type game, build a robot, program it and set it loose. There was another game just like Omega but much more graphic oriented about 10 years ago which was also good. In Robocraft it looks like you are building a vehicle to drive, not a robot, correct? (Their website is horrible).
140  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: August 04, 2014, 01:00:37 AM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on August 02, 2014, 01:34:06 PM

Nice!  It's possible to face some outstanding players too, hopefully your string of wins will continue .

String broke. In rank I am stuck at 17 again, can't seem to get past it. Still, having fun with it, so out of legendary envy I bought 15 decks. I enjoy the game, have been playing it for 4 months, so I figured why not? I briefly went through a card collecting phase in my early 20s and I got to say it brought back memories from then, only better because I can actually use these cards. Opening pack after pack hoping for something great. Got 2 legendaries, 4 epics, 2 goldens, and about 600 dust. There are still a bunch of epics I need, but at least I have some dust to make 1 or 2.

Edit: it appears I have been playing this game closer to 6-7 months. Time flies. I have spent $42 (Naxx and 16 decks) while I have spent more for games that I played far less. Not a bad deal.
141  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: I'm a former Jehovah's Witness, AMA! on: August 04, 2014, 12:53:07 AM

Quote from: Eel Snave on August 03, 2014, 09:56:07 PM

Quote from: Teggy on August 03, 2014, 08:54:36 PM

Are there any secret things you're not supposed to tell non JWs?

Eh, not really. It's not like Scientology that has a whole other separate set of beliefs once you achieve a certain "rank." However, there are things that they try and keep hidden until you get to know them more, like they believe that everyone who's not actively a JW will die very shortly, that they have the one true religion, and that if you become a JW and then leave, you will be ostracized by the JW community and they won't even look at you or say "Hi" to you.

I was friends with a JW family as a kid and I used to talk to the mother quite a bit (I had a crush on her). She was so scared of being ostracized that it controlled her life. Almost everyone she knew was JW, she was having doubts about the religion, and if she did something to screw up they would drop her. Her cousin was caught smoking and refused to quit, so she was ostracized and my friend was really upset because she was supposed to drop contact with her cousin but didn't want to, her husband was putting pressure on her to do it as well. It really put a negative light on religion for me early on.

Congrats on getting out of it. Hopefully you didn't loose too many people in the process.
142  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Civilization 5: !#@#!@ Impressions Incoming! Brave New World! on: August 03, 2014, 10:05:44 PM
Am I missing something? When another enemy civ wants to trade a resource, I often wish I could check demographics. Is that my last unit of that resource?  When are my other trade agreements ending? Where are they in relation to me in everything else? Am I missing something or should I stay more familiar with that info on my turns?

Line of sight still confuses the hell out of me too. Had to read up on it today to see how it works. For units like cannons is there a way to see where you will be able to hit before hitting the set up button? Also it appears 3 range units are buggy and can be exploited. Odd that they haven't come up with a way to fix that.
143  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ebola outbreak on: August 02, 2014, 09:52:48 PM

Quote from: farley2k on July 31, 2014, 03:51:02 PM


Someone tweeted that measles kills more people per year than Ebola has ever and yet people are refusing to even get vaccinated for that. I am sure it's true because I read it in the internet, Twitter no less!
144  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: August 02, 2014, 07:30:48 AM
I love the first of the month, I can win games again! Undefeated in 5 with my priest deck in ranked play, that never happens.
145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 8/1/14 on: August 02, 2014, 06:45:16 AM
Civ V and Hearthstone. Very addicted to Civ at this point.
146  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Civilization 5: !#@#!@ Impressions Incoming! Brave New World! on: August 01, 2014, 11:18:35 PM
294 hours sounds like a lot, but I noticed I have a couple of OO Steam friends who are over 2000 hours in Civ. I wish I could love a game so much that I played it that much.
147  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Should I get a cat? on: August 01, 2014, 11:16:05 PM
That's the thing though, I was thinking of getting an older cat, 8-10 years old, one that's not too active and perfectly happy just hanging out. That is a concern though, that it may mean higher vet costs at it gets older.

$20 a month and $200 a year on vet bills would be well within my budget.
148  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Phones must now be unlocked? on: August 01, 2014, 05:53:15 PM
So why aren't we all switching to these cheaper companies? There aren't any drawbacks?
149  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Should I get a cat? on: August 01, 2014, 05:49:01 PM
Thanks guys. I had two cats 10 years ago, I don't remember them being that expensive, but yeah vet bills could be insane if something goes wrong. As far as money goes, I am retired military so I have a pension and I get paid to go to school, so I could handle anything that came up.

Apartment life with a cat worries me. A lot of cats like to go outside, and while I am surrounded by woods, there is a major road not far from here. My last cats hated to be inside and I couldn't open a door without one of them trying to get out.
150  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Should I get a cat? on: August 01, 2014, 10:03:17 AM
I keep playing with the idea of getting a cat. An adult cat from the Humane Society, not a kitten. I live in a apartment. I am unemployed, but have some income, just not much. I am at home a lot, even when school is in session, I will only be gone 4 hours a day. The major concern is my limited income. I am sure I will have to pay a pet deposit, and vet bills. Plus the required cat items such as scratching posts, litter boxes, etc. Should I get a cat?
151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PSN/XBLA]Sacred Citadel ..also Sacred 3 about to be announced? on: August 01, 2014, 09:07:56 AM
RPS hated it. Too bad, Sacred 2 had it's flaws but was a fun game.
152  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Phones must now be unlocked? on: August 01, 2014, 06:44:11 AM

Quote from: Destructor on August 01, 2014, 05:56:20 AM

Quote from: Caine on July 30, 2014, 04:38:00 PM

yeah, I've never understood the drive to buy a phone full price either unless you travel out of the country a lot.  Otherwise, you pay the same monthly rate I do as a subscriber but paid more for your phone.  I know it's due to the companies not wanting to cut profits though. 

I bought my iPhone 5 outright because on T-Mobile, I have 100 minutes, unlimited text, unlimited data, and free wi-fi calling for $30 (plus like 3 bucks in tax) a month.

So over the usual 2 year agreements...yeah, I save a crapload of money.

And I ask again, how is network coverage, is that 4G?
153  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ebola outbreak on: August 01, 2014, 01:41:34 AM

Quote from: farley2k on July 31, 2014, 04:21:07 PM

I agree with Isgrimnur.  This is what governments are for.  When it isn't profitable for companies to do it.

That's pretty much economics 101, but there has to be a public demand for it. The way it works in this country though, is the demand is only when there when is a current event where the press reminds the public. As soon as the press stops covering it we go back to no one caring again. That said, today the WHO pledged $100M to fight this disease.
154  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Civilization 5: !#@#!@ Impressions Incoming! Brave New World! on: August 01, 2014, 12:49:48 AM
After 68 hours of total play, I have finally finished a game of Civ V. On Chieftain. I always play on large maps at epic speed and I always get bogged down in the end game and quit playing. Heck to win this game I think it took me 20 hours. It was fun though, too easy obviously, looking forward to starting again at a higher difficulty level.
155  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Phones must now be unlocked? on: July 31, 2014, 05:25:24 PM
But don't those cheap services have limited networks? And what about 4G/LTE? I have Verizon and seem to get service no matter how far out in the middle of no where it am.
156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: July 31, 2014, 05:21:52 PM
Did you buy through the App Store or Battlenet? Didn't have any issues buying through the App Store.
157  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: July 30, 2014, 10:12:55 PM

Quote from: rittchard on July 30, 2014, 09:43:35 PM

I was able to beat the first two guys on Plague last night but the third one kind of kicked my ass.  He starts with 75 HP even on Normal, what gives?  I guess you're supposed to take advantage of those weird things that give you +8 to attack if you kill them?

Yep, keep control of the board and get as many units as you can out, kill a spore for +8 and take him out. You will have to do it again as a hunter in the class challenge.
158  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Phones must now be unlocked? on: July 30, 2014, 07:29:23 PM

Quote from: ravenvii on July 30, 2014, 05:59:03 PM

Quote from: Caine on July 30, 2014, 04:38:00 PM

yeah, I've never understood the drive to buy a phone full price either unless you travel out of the country a lot.  Otherwise, you pay the same monthly rate I do as a subscriber but paid more for your phone.  I know it's due to the companies not wanting to cut profits though. 



Actually, I use a out-of-contract phone and paying $35 per month for unlimited everything. Is that the same price as your in-contract plan?

I generally keep my phone for 3-4 years, so it balances out in about 20 months, then it's pure savings after that.

Who are you using? Do you have data? Verizon I pay the same $90 whether my contract is up or not. And use the same phone for 3-4 years? Why?! I would have a new phone every year if I could.  icon_biggrin
159  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: July 30, 2014, 08:42:12 AM
Wing 2 gets a bit harder. Had to do the final boss and the Hunter challenge twice. Class challenges are easily the most fun for me, having to figure out how to play a deck and not knowing what you even have.
160  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: July 30, 2014, 04:43:26 AM

Quote from: Gratch on July 28, 2014, 06:28:16 PM

The timer might actually be the least egregious of the freemium aspects.

Really? If I like a game, I just want to play it, not wait for when it will let me play it again.
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