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81  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.
82  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?
83  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.
84  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.
85  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.
86  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.
87  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?
88  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?
89  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.
90  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.
91  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.
92  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.
93  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.
94  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.
95  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.
96  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.
97  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.
98  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.
99  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.
100  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.
101  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).
102  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.)
103  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.
104  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?
105  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. 
106  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.
107  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.
108  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).
109  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.
110  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.
111  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.
112  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!
113  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.
114  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.
115  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.
116  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.
117  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?
118  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.
119  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?
120  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.
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