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81  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Retirement for Veterans on: February 28, 2014, 04:28:25 PM
Good to hear, thanks Kato.

Have to go get my retired ID today. Such a weird feeling.
82  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Retirement for Veterans on: February 28, 2014, 12:40:38 AM

Quote from: USMC Kato on February 28, 2014, 12:30:28 AM

Lee for me it took a month and a half. But after that initial delay the retirement pay should be paid out like clockwork.

Yikes, didn't think it would be that long. Thanks for the info, spending lock down started.
83  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Retirement for Veterans on: February 27, 2014, 10:09:46 PM
Veterans here, a quick question. My last active duty day is tomorrow, and I didn't get my last paycheck. Doing a search online, it seems the last paycheck gets delayed. How long did it take to get it? Not in dire of need of it, just don't like the feeling of not having money coming in for short term.
84  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: February 27, 2014, 10:05:41 PM
Going by achievements, I haven't really played since June '12. I think I finished the game once on normal, started some other characters and enjoyed it but got burnt out on it. I really don't remember how different it was before this patch to know if it makes the game better. Nor have I followed any of the changes, so I am kind of lost of what paragon levels are and other little things. All that said, I started a new wizard and I am really enjoying it.
85  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor 2014: Brawn, Beauty and No Brains! on: February 27, 2014, 09:58:48 PM
I enjoyed it. I should be sick of Survivor after all these years, but I still watch it, and like it.

The pre-game interview snippets were funny, the brain guys were all so cocky about how smart they were. I really hope the producers told them to hype it up, otherwise they are some cocky bastards. None of them really came across as likable people either.

The poker guy has to have played one of the worst games in survivor history. His tribe was pretty bad, but it's like he has never seen the show before. He didn't come across as very bright either.

The girls on the beauty team are pretty cute, I have to say. The gay guy though? I am not gay, but he doesn't seem to fit in with the tribe's namesake.
86  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So, I've been in the hostpital - A warning on: February 27, 2014, 12:46:50 AM
Turtle, first feel free to vent away. I know I would be. Second, I would guess every single one of us (over the age of 30 at least) looks back on regret on something health-wise. I had a hernia because I wasn't  fit and was doing crap I wasn't ready for, I had dental surgery because I didn't floss like the dentist kept telling me to, I had a major accident....well because I was an idiot, I wear glasses because I ignored warnings on my job, and the list goes on and on. I look at stuff like that, and other things and wish I would have done things differently. Too late now. This is just your wake up call, it sucks, but this will be the thing that gets you to change.
87  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: February 26, 2014, 05:19:56 AM
Up to 21 19. I wish there was some sort of reward system in place, I enjoy playing a deck I know the ins and outs of much more. I guess that is coming though, not that I am good enough to win anything. Getting better though, at least at the mage.

Just had an epic battle with a paladin. He had me down to 9 hp while he was at 30 (and he had healing cards available). I won, after using up both Flamestrikes, fireballs, and my nasty 10 damage fireball. A mage is extremely dangerous if you let them build up their cards. This guy had two 7/6 ogres out, Flamestrike, some clean up, and he never recovered. It was way too close of a battle, but damn it felt good winning it.
88  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: February 25, 2014, 10:21:46 PM
Read Ben's arena tips on the Hearthstone forums and watched half of his 2 hour long mage video. Gave me a MUCH better idea of what I should be doing with my mage. Just won my first ranked game. Still an Angry Chicken, but it's a start. :-)

This game is stressful.
89  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So, I've been in the hostpital - A warning on: February 25, 2014, 09:28:10 PM

Quote from: rittchard on February 25, 2014, 08:15:44 PM

Type II Diabetes itself does not come on quick (from what I've been told usually takes years to fully develop), though there are warning signs and if your doctor runs tests you can get diagnosed with pre-diabetes pretty easily.  High cholesterol and triglycerides, along with increasing A1C (essentially a 3 month measure of your average glucose levels) are the main ones to look out for.  

If you have no test results to go by, the main symptoms I'm aware of are extreme thirst, constant need to urinate, unexplained loss of weight, and leg/foot cramps.  In my case over the course of just around 3 months I experienced all of these, and sure enough when the blood test results came back they diagnosed me with Type II.  What frustrates me is that my previous visit to the doctor he said I was pre-diabetic but didn't really make it seem very serious and didn't tell me to do anything too special.  At bare minimum he should have put me on cholesterol medication, but of course hindsight is 20/20.

Anyway as Turtle said the best thing to do is see a doctor, get general bloodwork done and make sure they check for these specific markers.  If you are really afraid of seeing a doctor, you can order a home glucose or home A1C test (both involve pricking your finger to get blood) to get a gauge of where you are.  Accuracy on the A1C is debatable/controversial but it's better than nothing.  Glucose monitoring is common practice and fairly accurate, though keep in mind it only gives you a snapshot of your current levels.

That's what I figured, that it takes a long time to build up. That is partly why I am curious how severe Turtle's ignored symptoms were, were they minor things that were easy to blow off? Also, did one night of pigging out on a burrito send his body in to shock or was what put him in the ER a result of months and months of neglectful continued bad eating, drinking, etc? That is really scary if it was the former (scary either way, but much worse if it was just one night that can push you to the edge).

I had blood work done for diabetes a few months back that came back negative. I have been suffering from poor circulation the last few years that seems to have gotten worse over the last few months. I was playing internet doctor and everything seems to be a sign of diabetes type II. The more I read, the more convinced I was that I had it (I still have far too many similar symptoms/problems that makes me wary). Then the dentist found something in my mouth that was either cancerous, a sign of something like diabetes, or nothing. It turned out to be the later but I talked to a doctor about it and she told me to stay off the internet, I was stressed out about big life changes and was being silly.

Anyway, after decades of drinking too much, I am paranoid about diabetes. I read stories like Turtle's and it's a nice reminder that I need to watch my health much better than I had been.
90  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Should I be flattered? on: February 25, 2014, 02:45:36 PM
I pay $2.75 (it's usually 5.50) to Experian through USAA for a credit watch. Do you have something like this? If you didn't, would something like this have helped, or wouldn't it have shown until the damage as done? Probably not I would guess, but the watch makes me feel better about it. (Knock on wood.)

Outside of a couple of random charges that never cleared, I have no experience with this. Please update this thread if you find anything out.
91  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Uganda president set to sign anti-gay bill into law on: February 25, 2014, 05:33:07 AM
American missionaries can be proud, supposedly they had a direct link in spreading the fear and pushing for the bill.
92  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So, I've been in the hostpital - A warning on: February 25, 2014, 05:27:51 AM
Jesus man! Hope everything works out for the best.

As someone who has been a hypochondriac for the last few months I am really curious about this if you are feeling up to providing more details. Does diabetes just come on that quick? Were you in any of the risk groups for diabetes (drinking, inactive, overweight, etc)? What were your warning signs that you ignored?

Good luck and please keep us updated.
93  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: February 24, 2014, 09:00:43 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on February 24, 2014, 08:46:29 PM

Awesome Lee!

I've only played the arena once and won 3 games only .  I definitely didn't know what I was doing then.

Since then I've made it to 18 so far In Ranked matches.  Every so often I absolutely stomped though, which keeps it fun.


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Ha, I lost the next 3. I am just not good at this game, so looks like you are way above where I am at.
94  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: February 24, 2014, 08:20:25 PM
First time with 3 wins in arena! No loses yet either. Mage deck, no taunt cards, lots of spells and minions that get boosts or give boosts to spells. Plus a legendary dragon card.

Think I have got lucky on my 3 wins though, none of the decks have been strong or done much of anything.

Got a legendary card from my last arena prize to, think its a hunter card. One day I hope to win a ranked battle.  icon_confused
95  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: February 23, 2014, 10:41:40 PM
Anyone play Dynasty Autumn? I never really got into it, but it looked good.

The sequel is coming out soon, but the original has changed hands, so if you want future updates to the original, download it for free while you can. See the link for full details.
96  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: February 23, 2014, 09:51:04 PM
So arena with mage, I took your advice Wonderpug, and took stronger minions than the equivalent taunt minions. Two and one so far. Lost to a hunter, badly, but I think that was due to a poor opening set of cards more than anything else. He was heavy in secret counters which made it hard to get going as well. Then beat a warrior and another hunter. The second hunter tried the whole rush of beast stacking attacks but I stopped it before he could get it going really. Feels good to finally win one in arena.
97  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: February 23, 2014, 03:10:49 PM
True, but on the hand I recently lost a game in part because of that Knife Juggler. The person kept playing taunt cards to protect it (and worse cards as the game went by) and I end up wasting all my attacks trying to get through the taunters to get him.

Point taken though, I need to go through my decks and re-evaluate them. Plus I have enough gold for 5 tournaments now, I need to go play them, even if I lose that's 5 packs of cards.
98  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: February 23, 2014, 01:44:33 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on February 23, 2014, 02:27:39 AM

If anyone would like a game I'm St0ckbroker

Where do you access the friends list?


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I'm usually on in the mornings playing, so I never see anyone but Wonderpug, and we have never played. I am up for a game if we see each other. Haven't actually played any friends, so I don't know how it works exactly. Friends list is the button in the lower left. You can also see if people are in games, without actually being in the game, through Battlenet.

Lordnine: I don't remember all the cards he had out, but it was just like that. It was ridiculous. Have yet to see anyone else pull it off (or ever really try to), it seemed like the perfect storm.

Wonderpug: Less taunt? I get what you are saying, but that sounds so counter to what I do now. Will have to give it a try and see how it works. Thanks for the idea.
99  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: February 22, 2014, 11:05:13 PM
Just had an odd game with my priest. A shaman wouldn't play hardly any cards, all he would do is play totems. He was saving for something, I guess, seemed really counter productive because I easily had control of the board, even if I didn't have anything powerful out. By turn 7 I have a full table of weak minions, played a card to give them all +3 attack and took him out. Think he played 2 cards in 7 turns.

I sometimes wish we could chat with people, would be interesting to see what people are thinking/doing. Of course almost no one would use it to have an intelligent conversation, so I am dreaming.
100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: February 22, 2014, 10:13:53 PM
Yeah he did the hounds IIRC. I run taunt heavy decks, but I didn't have anything at the time. It was the first time I had seen that tactic, but you do tend to get the noobs in non rated. Usually my first thought is that if my opponent is a mage it's going to be an easy win. That isn't always the case, but often when getting a mage they have a pretty basic deck.

A minor annoyance, almost no one ever finishes games anymore, they always concede. I don't get this, especially when they do it early in the game with half or more health. I have seen games completely flip off a well played card. I think it was a paladin I had down to like 5 health and I was still close to max (think I was playing a mage) and he got a series of high damage taunt minions down and I could never get the finishing blow in and he won (I ran out of cards as well).

I am building my own decks. I haven't done much reading on what I am doing wrong, I guess I should go look and get some better strategies for deck building. My general idea is 10 cards of spells/class specific cards and then 20 minions. I go for taunt and minions that have some other ability than just generic. Minion mix changes with each class obviously to try to play on strengths.

In arena I have a really hard time seeing the big picture when building a deck. I have something like 400gp, I need to play a couple of arena games.
101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: February 22, 2014, 09:33:53 PM
This game cracks me up because I can't figure it out. I win more often than not on non-rated games no matter which deck I am using (although, warlock, druid, and paladin are rough for me). As soon as I go rated or arena, I get clobbered. I mean not even close, but beat down out of the gate. I think this means my deck building sucks, and unrated games are pretty much newbies that I have enough skill to beat.

The rated/arena games people do seem to play more tactically. For instance in non rated games most people seem to play their free mana card right off the bat to play whatever they can. In rated/arena people seem to save it for a good combo. I played one hunter that didn't do crap for 5-6 moves, and then he played a chain of cheap beast cards that gave him attack bonuses and extra cards. If he would have played them one or two at a time in the opening turns I would have taken each out one by one. I never recovered.

All that said, I love the game and thoroughly enjoy playing non rated games where I know I stand a chance.
102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sooo....Am I the Only One Here Watching the Olympics? on: February 22, 2014, 07:52:00 PM

Quote from: gellar on February 22, 2014, 06:24:07 PM

LOL USA Hockey.

Didn't watch because soccer was on, but wow, didn't see that coming.

I would have watched a lot more of the Olympics if the coverage wasn't so bad. Tons of commercials, feel good stories, or showing announcers sitting behind a desk reading Twitter messages. Sometimes they would cut the first 4 throws from the curling match I was watching so I could be treated with a 5 minute commercial (advertising for Shark Tank twice), 2 minutes of a commentator, and then back to another commercial break. Screw that.
103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sooo....Am I the Only One Here Watching the Olympics? on: February 21, 2014, 11:04:49 PM
Love curling, the only event I have been following, especially women's. Disappointed in the US teams results, they seemed to have cracked under the pressure. I have a huge crush on Debbie McCormick.

Watched the men's hockey vs Canada today. Good game. I recently got in touch with my Canadian cousins and was hoping to be able to talk crap, so much for that.
104  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: February 21, 2014, 12:50:49 AM
Thanks for the tip. Downloaded the Arsenal table. Pretty good, a bit confused one what was all going on, but it is neat. Especially seeing the players pictures and it flashing their names when you scored. They mostly got the team right, they don't have our best right back for some reason.
105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Unsettling Feeling of Work Lulls on: February 20, 2014, 01:18:30 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 20, 2014, 12:57:23 AM

Every now and then my boss asks me something like "are you busy enough?" or "do you have enough to do?"  This always sets me into a bit of a panic.  Why are you asking this?  Do you think I should be doing more?  How about you just go ahead and tell me how much you think I should be doing.

There were two reasons I would ask an employee this. The most likely is because they seem to be goofing off, don't seem busy. Of course, in those cases I asked in a sarcastic tone, they knew why I was asking. The second, is a really good employee who seems bored and I am worried about keeping them happy, challenged.
106  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: February 19, 2014, 06:21:49 PM

Quote from: hepcat on February 19, 2014, 06:07:57 PM

I think his point is that rabbits scream when they're being murderized.  Loudly.

Not clicking that link, the one time was enough. It sounds like a small child being tortured.

I understand why they did it quietly in the show, they are trying to set the picture of this troubled girl torturing animals. I just wasn't sure what was going on when they showed her drawing the knife, because killing animals takes a bit more effort than that and they tend to make noise (not learned from personal experience).

I figured Bullwinkle was just giving me crap.
107  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS/Android] Uhr - Warlords on: February 19, 2014, 05:55:06 PM
Well it's out. Hate to say it, but I way too many games to play right now, and don't have room in my budget for a $7 game (wow, that sounds pathetic).
108  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Bravely Default coming to North America on: February 19, 2014, 04:21:50 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 17, 2014, 05:10:55 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on February 17, 2014, 02:54:35 PM

Some folks here are well beyond where others are, especially someone like me with limited play time. I need to get a better handle on the whole job / ability thing before anything you see of mine becomes any kind of 'interesting'.  icon_razz

As far as the ability-link thing, I think I may disable it on all my characters.  For me, it's taking away a good bit of the discovery and feeling of progression to unlock a new job and instantly have all its skills through level 7 unlocked.

I disabled it. It took the fun out of leveling.
109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: February 18, 2014, 09:07:24 PM
Yeah I saw a few PS4s last week in the stores. They're out there.

PS4 is released in Japan on Saturday, that's going to give them a huge boost.
110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: February 18, 2014, 05:00:06 AM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on February 18, 2014, 03:12:40 AM

Quote from: Lee on February 17, 2014, 11:50:36 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on February 17, 2014, 09:41:03 PM

I can't seem to get out of level 19.  I get bumped down to 20 often, too.  Not quite good enough to get a good streak going and gain rank.

Braggart. icon_confused

Lee, I'm thinking we should get a match in soon...  I'm only learning too, but I'm impressed so far.

Post your name and add mine, which I posted above. Arsenal showdown!
111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: February 17, 2014, 11:50:36 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on February 17, 2014, 09:41:03 PM

I can't seem to get out of level 19.  I get bumped down to 20 often, too.  Not quite good enough to get a good streak going and gain rank.

Braggart. icon_confused
112  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: February 17, 2014, 08:30:03 PM
Ah, ok thanks. They handled that a bit badly then. My cat killed a rabbit once, I can't unhear it.
113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: February 17, 2014, 08:26:49 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 17, 2014, 08:15:15 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on February 17, 2014, 07:54:01 PM

Also, I am aware that Blizzard has announced cross-platform play, which is awesome.  I'm curious though, will my unlocks/decks be tied to my battle.net account and automatically be available on the iPad version?  Hopefully they will... 

I think it's pretty much guaranteed that both versions will connect to the same card collections.  Don't hold your breath for the iPad version, though, it sounds like it's a long ways off from being ready.

Good, if it was on the iPad I probably wouldn't stop playing it. I would have a lot more rage quits as well.
114  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: February 17, 2014, 08:24:14 PM
I just can't get any better at Threes with a high score in the mid 3K range. I have read the strategies, like the corner one, and while it has made my scores more constantly high, I still haven't gotten higher than a 192 block. Anyone doing better? Some of the people I follow in Twitter are getting insane scores.
115  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: February 17, 2014, 08:14:16 PM

Quote from: hepcat on February 17, 2014, 07:21:10 PM

I'm glad they made the psycho kid a girl as opposed to the comic book version.  For some reason, it adds a bit more impact to her actions.

What was with the rabbits and her? They showed rabbits. They showed her draw a knife. Did she kill them? There wasn't any blood or screaming, so I wasn't sure what that was supposed to be.
116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: February 17, 2014, 03:02:49 AM
Now that should have been last weeks show. Glad I kep with it.
117  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Ted Cruz: The Alienator on: February 17, 2014, 01:58:38 AM

Quote from: brettmcd on February 16, 2014, 11:31:36 PM

Quote from: Lee on February 16, 2014, 06:51:51 PM

Meh, it's a word, it only has as much meaning as you let it.

That can be said about any insulting word or description of any race, sexual orientation.....      So why even go down that path?

Because it's not like he used a term that goes back to hundreds of years of a beaten down race (and even then, why let a word get to you?). You can insult my race, religion, or whatever you want, unless you know me, meh, feel free. Lot bigger things out there to be upset about.

Think less of the person who uses the term, but let's not be overly dramatic about it.
118  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Ted Cruz: The Alienator on: February 16, 2014, 06:51:51 PM
Meh, it's a word, it only has as much meaning as you let it.
119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Soft drinks? on: February 16, 2014, 01:01:46 PM
Kegerators aren't a good idea for people without willpower. I think there might be a name for that... icon_confused

I can keep hard alcohol or wine in my house and it can last months to a year. Beer, not so much. If I have it, I will drink it.

Back to seltzer, I found the Trader Joe's stuff, while dirt cheap, doesn't have the carbonation of the others I have tried. Perrier is easily my favorite so far, since it has the best natural tasting flavors to it. Not cheap though, probably ends up being as expensive as Canada Dry.

I really should check out to see if a Costco membership would be worth it, that could help keep me stocked for cheap.
120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 16, 2014, 02:54:48 AM

Quote from: metallicorphan on February 15, 2014, 09:30:47 PM

Quote from: Lee on February 15, 2014, 07:25:44 PM

I agree much more with the critics than the fans on almost all of those. Especially as time has gone by, Return of the Jedi was a solid 100 when I was 13, not so much now.

Only since Episode I was released have I noticed more backlash against ROTJ because of the Ewoks,I had never really noticed it before,probably because i was a kid and was wrapped up in it all anyway - the Droids and Ewoks cartoons were always on on my TV as a kid...but since Episode I was released,I have noticed people start to question the whole Ewoks Vs Stormtrooper thing in Jedi,rather than the love i thought it had when it was released

I loved Return of the Jedi to pieces and still do,and the film has the greatest opening half hour of any film i can think off...screw the haters Tongue (until George put an MTV music video slap bang in the middle of that half hour anyway disgust)

Yeah, you might be right on that. I always took it to be as a result of the generation that saw it as kids getting older and having seen it so many times by this point that we can see the flaws easier now. RofJ was never my favorite (unless you would have asked me in 1983/4), that will always be ESB. All three make me laugh today, but I still love them.

Re: Godfather II, the critics do seem a bit harsh on that one, still doesn't have the flavor of 1 for me though.
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