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41  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: One of my dogs died suddenly today. on: August 23, 2014, 11:28:13 PM
That's horrible. Does the vet have any idea what it could have been?
42  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: August 21, 2014, 11:02:46 PM

Quote from: Gratch on August 21, 2014, 03:00:09 PM

I wouldn't go so far as to say they've "lost it" (the songwriting is still very solid)...more that they've gone in a direction I would have preferred they didn't.  Most of what made me love Opeth was the creative interplay between brutal death metal and stunningly beautiful melodies.  It made for a very unique combination and was always an fun listen.  This dynamic is lost with the move to all prog, which makes it far less interesting, IMHO.

That said, I've listened to this new one a couple times.  It's actually pretty good...much better than "Heritage", anyways.

Maybe "lost it" is a bit too strong, because I still do like Opeth, and Storm Corrosion for that matter, but I think Mikael Akerfeldt is mellowing out a bit too much. The melodies mixed with the death metal, as you mentioned, were what made Opeth interesting, and that seems to be gone for now. I believe Akerfeldt has said he wants to get back to something heavier eventually, but that's not enough for me, I hope he goes back to something like the original sound, not just heavier. For instance with Bloodbath he does harder stuff, but it is no where near as interesting as Opeth's classic stuff.

Anyway, listening to Pale Communion now, it's ok. Hopefully I just need a few listens to it. Still, they haven't gone into Metallica's direction yet, where I won't even give their new stuff a chance. It's just now there is Old-Opeth and New-Opeth.
43  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Sarah Palin demands...DEMANDS...impeachment. Can still see Russia from porch. on: August 21, 2014, 05:44:06 PM

Quote from: Rip on August 21, 2014, 05:38:00 PM

This forum should be renamed to "Echo Chamber"

If only someone with a different viewpoint would speak up without going over the edge...
44  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: August 21, 2014, 05:40:50 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on August 21, 2014, 05:15:32 PM

what country are you in?  as far as I can see Motorsports Manager isn't out here

US. No "s" at the end of Motorsport, that might be your problem if you are doing a search. It is also listed in some of the "top" charts, such as the simulation category.

Link courtesy of the of the Pocket Tactics review. If this doesn't work, here's the link to the review, where you can click the link at the bottom. Sorry I didn't post links before, was on iPad so was lazy.
45  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: August 21, 2014, 07:28:07 AM
Motorsport Manager is pretty good so far. Not overly complicated, but pretty addicting so far. Kind of like the Kariosoft (sp?) racing game but it has a much more adult feel to it. Interface is pretty good, but I would like a bit more info on screen at times. Unfortunately you can't turn off the repetitive music without turn off the sound effects (and once in game I can't even figure out how to get back to the main menu).

$5 and no IAP. Seems worth it so far.

Edit: 5 stars on Pocket Tactics. Worth a read if you are on the fence.
46  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: August 21, 2014, 12:44:27 AM
Thanks Lordnine, I tried that but got wiped out fairly quickly. I will try again tonight.

Side note, has everyone seen thus months card back? It's the best yet IMO. Will probably be my permanent card back, I am a sucker for teal.
47  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: August 20, 2014, 09:32:32 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on August 20, 2014, 06:20:41 PM

Was actually pretty easy with my priest control deck.  He got me down to 12 health when he was in his early mode but when he switched to mind control mode I wiped the floor with him.  I made it back up to 30 health by the end of the match.  I had a much harder time with the Dragon boss.

It's very interesting his different people comment on different bosses being difficult or not. I beat the dragon boss with my paladin control deck on the second try. Finally beat the final with a hunter, I did not enjoy that match up. Now I have to do it with a paladin? Ugh, I just want to be done with it. From what I read you can do it by buffing up slimes but I am not having any success with it.
48  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: I'm a former Jehovah's Witness, AMA! on: August 20, 2014, 06:00:22 PM

Quote from: Scraper on August 20, 2014, 05:40:16 PM

Lee how is your family treating you at this point?



Ummm...fine, thanks. Tongue

(I know Eel is also a Lee, just couldn't resist.)
49  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you buy DVDs anymore? on: August 20, 2014, 05:57:58 PM
The believe extras are included with newer iTunes movies. I used to buy DVD for the extras, but then I realized I never watch them unless it's a movie I love so much I can't get enough of it.
50  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: August 20, 2014, 02:50:59 PM
No idea on how to beat the last Naxx boss on normal. Saw a post to play a normal zoo, which I can see winning if you got really lucky on draws. I ended up running out of card and being too low on health to use my hero power, while he was still able to spam minions. Priest seems the best way to slow things down, but I can't seem to stop the mass build up of units again. Every other class I tried seems helpless. What did you use to beat him?
51  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why all the hate toward Activision? on: August 20, 2014, 05:54:44 AM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on August 11, 2014, 04:31:08 PM

I bought it because they have more major releases this year than any other year I'm aware of, and the fact that Hearthstone is like crack, and it knew it would be a money press for the the moment  it as released on iPad.  People spent thousands on candy crush for goodness sake...

You're nuts! Anything gaming related I won't touch. I guess you can make money short term, but long term these companies seem to fall. One failed game launch and they take a major hit.

I can't believe people bought into KING, how could everyone not know it was a fad that would fail?
52  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: August 20, 2014, 05:50:01 AM

Quote from: Gratch on August 19, 2014, 07:50:22 PM

They're not particularly "metal" any more, but Opeth's new album is streaming in its entirety here

Thanks for the link, will give it a listen tomorrow. I don't expect much, loved Opeth but they have lost it. I am all for branching out, but they went a bit too far for my tastes. Still, I am sure I will end up buying it.
53  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: August 20, 2014, 05:48:04 AM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on August 12, 2014, 07:03:21 PM

All the other podcasts is listen to are related to Arsenal.

What ones do you listen to?
54  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you buy DVDs anymore? on: August 20, 2014, 05:46:56 AM
I am all iTunes at this point. I was doing BluRay for my all time favorites like 2001, but since I haven't even turned my PS3 on in months, I don't touch my DVD/BluRay collection. Everything I buy is triple backed up (on and off site), so losing stuff isn't an issue.

Since ripping DVDs is so easy, and free, on OS X, I keep meaning to start ripping my collection and putting them on my NAS. I just don't feel like buying a CD player for my Macs.
55  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: SMS issues on: August 20, 2014, 05:40:45 AM
Thanks for the response Destructor. There was a death in the family so I kind of dropped this, and everything else.

I am still not sure what is going on. They went to a Sprint store and complained and they replaced the 2 LGs with iPhones so even if there is issues still they can use iMessage, which should work when communicating with other types of phones too once iOS 8 comes out.
56  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Vessyl on: August 09, 2014, 07:17:18 AM

Quote from: McNutt on August 08, 2014, 08:40:26 PM

I\Does this information somehow make you lose weight?  Don't most people who are trying to keep fit have a general idea of whether or not they've consumed too many calories or not exercised enough? 

I didn't properly address this point. I know eating McDs for lunch is bad. I can do it and rationalize it however I want and then rationalize having too many calories at dinner. But let's say I am counting calories. I decide I can have 2600 calories a day. If I eat McDs for lunch and enter the calories I can see I spent 1200+ calories (not to mention the fats if you are also tracking those). If you figure I had a relatively healthy 400 calorie breakfast, and maybe a Coke or two at work it has a much great impact on how you think about food. All of a sudden its 1 PM, and I am over 2000 calories. It really makes you more conscience of what you are eating and drinking.
57  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hypochondriac on: August 09, 2014, 07:01:25 AM
I am one. I never used to be. When I was younger, anything that was wrong I knew would just go away. I could be puking all night long and knew I just ate something bad. Nothing was serious, I was young and invincible.

Then something happened last year. First an optometrist told me I am a high risk for glaucoma, which freaked me out despite it being something that can be managed. Next I kept waking up with both arms asleep (pins and needles). I did some internet searches and found this to be a symptom of diabetes. If you have never looked up the symptoms, almost everything is a symptom of the disease. I became convinced I had it. I don't meet most of the criteria, but I was a heavy drinker and I was sure that my years of drinking had caused it (Turtle's post scared the hell out of me). Still I wasn't going to the doctors for it. Until I went to the dentist and they found spots in my mouth. They weren't sure what they could be, probably nothing, but it could be cancer (a type that is common for heavy drinkers), or diabetes (as I said, everything is a sign of diabetes). I rushed to my doctor for blood test. Nothing.

It got worse. I kicked a space heater early last year and really messed up my toe. Six months later I go to the doctor for it because it's still hurting. They take X-Rays. Nothing wrong.

The last month my eye hurt to move it. Any movement hurt and gave me headaches. This of course is a sign of diabetes which often results in temporary blindness. Freaked me out. Doctor and optimist can't find anything (but again, I am a high risk for glaucoma they tell me). Schedule a MRI. Nothing, I am perfectly healthy.

Last week, my gums are bleeding like crazy. I have a bad history of periodontal disease (a sign of diabetes) where I had to have a bone graft four years ago for. I don't usually look at my gums, but that night I did. I became convinced my gums were receding, the periodontal disease was back and I was going to lose teeth. I called every dentist in the area until I could find one that would see me that day. Nothing wrong, my teeth/gums are in great shape.

This is what it feels like to start going crazy at age 44.
58  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How rough is your family on their phones? on: August 09, 2014, 06:36:56 AM
I am tech support for my family. To my disgusts the kids never got into anything technology related. Even the 15 year old gamer can't do crap on a computer. He just puts a disk in and picks up a controller. I refused to set up a Minecraft server when he was younger to try to encourage him to learn how to do it himself. Nope.

Tonight I was troubleshooting phones. All of them had broken the top button on their iPhones. Some multiple times, but Apple had replaced them. Their laptops stop working, phones break, cables stop working, it drives me nuts. I keep telling them that they need to be more careful. It's a $600 computer they have in their pockets, but they don't listen and blame the computers/phones for being poorly built.

Is my family the exception? Do people beat the hell out of their electronics and expect them to work?
59  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Podcasts on: August 09, 2014, 06:28:33 AM
Podcasts are my main source of entertainment nowadays. I can listen while doing other things, and I can listen to things that interest me that aren't worried about achieving massive success. There are so many out there its hard to find good ones out of all the crap.

What do you use to listen to them?

I am an iOS/OS X guy, so I was using Downcast, which is feature rich, but overly complicated. I switched to Overcast, which is very basic but with Voice Boost to equalize the sound levels, and Smart Speed to remove sound gaps. No OS X client unfortunately.

Favorite podcasts?

Accidental Tech Podcast: It started as 3 programers talking about cars, but because of their backgrounds turned into a podcast about tech, mainly Apple. I am not a developer, but listening to these guys talk about it is very entertaining.

Freakanomincs: Sure everyone has head of the books and movie. More of the same. Very well done with interesting subjects. As an economics major wannabe I find it fascinating.

This American Life: The heavy weight in podcasts. Subjects range all over the place, but always well done and interesting.

The Incomparable: Books, movies, comics, and games discussed by various geeks.

I like Macworld and Techhive's podcasts as well, but also very Apple centric.

For soccer I go with Guardian's Football Weekly, Arsecast (Arsenal podcast), and Men in Blazers.

I listen to several more but those are the majors, what do you listen to?
60  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / SMS issues on: August 09, 2014, 06:12:07 AM
This is a long shot, but I would appreciate any ideas.

My sister and her kids were all on iPhone 4s (not 4S, but four model 4). They all upgraded, two went with LG G3s and two went with iPhone 5Cs despite me telling them to wait for next month's Apple announcement. The LGs and one 5C will not text inside their house on the Sprint network. They do data and phone calls fine, but cannot send/receive SMS messages.

First thought was the iMessages bug from switching to Android, but one of the 5Cs is also affected. They called Apple to make sure they were removed from iMessages. Sprint says their house is in a dead zone. Which makes sense, they can text outside of the house. But why did their old phones work? Why does one 5C work? Why do phone calls and data work completely fine if it's a dead zone? The can't get an LTE signal, but do get 3-4 bars of 3G.

I have had them do resets, disable their old phones, try to reset the message center address for SMS, and all sorts of settings changes. Nothing works. It's the oddest problem and yet nothing seems to fix it and no one seems to be able to help. I am telling them to change to Verizon, which I have and works fine at their house, but the father is against making a switch because Sprint is cheaper.
61  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.
62  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.
63  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.
64  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.
65  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.
66  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.
67  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.
68  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.
69  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.
70  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.
71  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.
72  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).
73  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.)
74  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.
75  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?
76  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. 
77  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.
78  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.
79  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).
80  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.
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