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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you buy DVDs anymore? on: August 20, 2014, 08:23:34 PM
I don't buy many movies because my desire to rewatch movies is so low now.  I used to rewatch movies all the time, but almost never now.  However, I do buy DVDs of kids movies so I can play them in my car on long trips. 
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Vessyl on: August 08, 2014, 08:40:26 PM
I've never understood the need to monitor your caloric intake to this degree or to know exactly how many steps you've taken in a day.  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? 
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: X-Men Origins: Deadpool on: July 31, 2014, 02:51:12 PM
There are levels of absurdity in action movies.  Just because I don't like over-the-top ridiculousness doesn't mean I can't enjoy ANY action movie.  There are, of course, suspension of disbelief in most movies.  I have to accept that Tony Stark can fly in his powered suit.  Fine.  No problem.  I have a hard time accepting that the guy in the motorcycle stands up off his moving motorcycle only to stand in the way of the flipping SUV and shoot at it for some unknown reason.  Plus I have to put up with Ryan Reynolds.  That kind of stuff isn't in most action movies and isn't the kind of action I enjoy.  And no, I can't stand John Woo movies either.  These examples aren't indicative of ALL action movies. 
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: X-Men Origins: Deadpool on: July 30, 2014, 04:29:01 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on July 30, 2014, 04:22:52 PM

I don't know how you can see any action movies, ever.

Most action movies don't have things that don't make sense, like a motorcycle rider getting off his motorcycle to stand in front of a flipping vehicle which looks like it would crush him, just to shoot blindly into it.  This is not typical of action movies. 
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: X-Men Origins: Deadpool on: July 30, 2014, 04:24:46 PM
Yeah, I didn't remember that part of the long trailer.  It makes more sense now.

I have a feeling Reynolds will be a big hit in this role.  Personally I think he's terrible at the smartass role because he never makes it entertaining for me.  I guess Deadpool (the character) isn't my cup of tea.
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: X-Men Origins: Deadpool on: July 30, 2014, 04:12:40 PM


Even though I love comic book movies, I am not a fan of comics.  I didn't like a single thing about this clip. 
1. I can't stand Ryan Reynolds and his trademark smartass delivery. 
2. Why did the guy on the motorcycle, who is obviously also a badass with his Bollywood-style motorcycle dismount, feel the need to shoot at the SUV?
3. In the three seconds that this car was flipping Deadpool managed to get in position, find paper, a black pen and a red pen/crayon, and draw a picture?  I know I'm overanalyzing superhero movies, but c'mon!
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best Star Wars movie poll on: July 23, 2014, 01:49:22 PM
There are several reasons for this:
1. Kids were included in the mix and The Phantom Menace was the most kid-friendly.  It had Jar Jar and the bad guys were bumbling robots saying "Roger, Roger."  Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back had stormtroopers and Darth Vader.  Return of the Jedi was where it started to get silly again, with Ewoks and everything related to Jabba's palace.
2. There are people that have seen all six movies but never really got into them.  They might have said The Phantom Menace just because it was the first one they saw and looked more polished than the other ones.
3. They didn't limit it to 30-50 year old Star Wars fans.  We know what's what. 
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 09, 2014, 02:06:43 PM
I mean it's just common knowledge that Jesus looked exactly like Kenny Loggins.

9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 09, 2014, 01:42:51 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on June 05, 2014, 05:39:52 PM

Danger Zone!

Agreed.  That is definitely Kenny Loggins.

10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: LEDs too bright at night, and using blackout tape on: March 31, 2014, 03:44:19 PM
We bought a Vizio TV for our bedroom.  On the showroom it looked good and I didn't think about the Vizio logo below the screen that lit up, sort of like the Apple logo on a laptop.  It wasn't very bright, but it was there.  When I got home I discovered that the logo changed to an amber light when the TV was turned off, so this damned logo was going to be lit no matter what.  Luckily it's not too bright and since it's at the foot of the bed I don't notice it. 

My Dell laptop power cord has a very bright blue LED where it connects to the laptop.  When my desk was in my bedroom I had to cover that up.  Very distracting when you're trying to sleep. 

Blue LEDs are the absolute worst.  Hate them.  HATE.
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: March 21, 2014, 01:55:45 PM
I'm not getting it.
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jack Reacher is coming to the big screen. on: February 06, 2014, 09:48:40 PM
I had no issues with Cruise and thought he did a great job.  I haven't read any of the books, so casting him wasn't heresy to me.  My problem with the movie was the terrible story where the bad guys make their crime 100x more complicated than necessary, the ridiculous performance by Werner Herzog, and getting over the idea that Reacher, the ultimate man, spends his life moving from case to case with one set of clothes.  The last issue I can get over, the other two I couldn't.  I'd see another Reacher film with Cruise in the lead.  Not that the theaters though.
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 20, 2013, 04:22:50 PM

Quote from: Destructor on November 20, 2013, 01:56:28 AM




I didn't realize the intertubes were big enough to download entire systems! biggrin

It requires a 3D printer.
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Noah - 2014 on: November 15, 2013, 02:16:48 PM
Looks like it could be good to me.  I find the whole idea of the Ark to be ridiculous, so I'm taking it as entertainment only. 
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Breaking bad as good/bad as usual! on: November 08, 2013, 02:18:57 PM
This is the first time I've heard anybody say that the last seasons of Breaking Bad fell off.  It was pretty much universally agreed that the last two seasons turned it up to 11. 
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Kindle: Kindle Paperwhite! Updated Fire! Kindle Fire HD! on: September 25, 2013, 02:39:21 PM
The Paperwhite reading experience can't be beat.  It looks just like a book, incredible battery life, excellent lighting and extremely light.  I bought a slip-in cover for mine for travel instead of a snap-in case because I didn't want to add any bulk to the device.  I love that it's so light and didn't want to mess that up.
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Breaking bad as good/bad as usual! on: September 23, 2013, 02:48:19 PM
Jesse realized they're not playing around now.  He is in no place to exact revenge.  He's going to do whatever they tell him to do. 
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Breaking bad as good/bad as usual! on: September 16, 2013, 03:19:07 PM
I think he was saying the video taped confessions were at Hank's house.  
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Pompeii on: September 13, 2013, 07:30:42 PM
When I saw the title I figured this had to be a Roland Emerich film.  Please don't sign me up. 
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Roach problems (bugs, that is) on: September 13, 2013, 07:14:52 PM
If you're seeing them that often then don't screw around.  Call an exterminator.  It's worth the money.  I forgot the rule of thumb, but for every roach you see there are about x roaches living within your walls.  I want to say that number is into the high hundreds.  Once you have a problem that warrants posting here, you need to call people who know how to kill these things.  The last thing you want are these roaches crawling around your stuff and YOU when you're sleeping.  Yes, they're doing that. 
21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Move over, Siri, here comes Cortana on: September 13, 2013, 06:01:20 PM
What do you mean by tile groupings?  Is that like a folder?
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Move over, Siri, here comes Cortana on: September 13, 2013, 03:33:01 PM
Got it.  Yes, I was not happy that they made apps from WP 7 and 8 incompatible so that developers basically dropped WP7 apps, but I guess I can understand why it was done.   Still wasn't a good decision to build customer loyalty.  I do like the different sizes and colors of the tiles though as it sets the OS apart from Android and iOS, so I'm glad to hear that's your complaint.  I can live with that one. 

I haven't played Halo, so I don't know about Cortana.  Looking forward to trying it out.
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Move over, Siri, here comes Cortana on: September 13, 2013, 03:05:52 PM
Bullwinkle, can I ask what it was you hated about WP8?  I'm new to Windows Phone and I only recently picked up a Nokia 900 on Craigslist when my Android phone died midway though contract and I needed something to hold me over for a year without breaking the bank.  I love WP 7.8 and I can't see me not sticking with WP when I upgrade next year.  I wasn't aware that there was that much difference between WP 7.8 and 8 other than the amount of apps that were available.  What about WP8 makes it more cluttered? 
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: MSFT buys Nokia 7.2 bil - Win Phones here to stay on: September 09, 2013, 01:25:14 PM

Quote from: Purge on September 09, 2013, 05:01:51 AM


On the 900 .. is it 7.5 or 7.8? I found on my Samsung Focus (which is still in use - a family member has it now) the 7.8 works really well (it looks like 8, but doesn't have all the bells and whistles).

It's 7.8.
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: MSFT buys Nokia 7.2 bil - Win Phones here to stay on: September 08, 2013, 06:47:25 PM
My HTC One died within a year, leaving me without a phone and  still under contract. I decided to buy a Nokia 900 off Craigslist because I didn't want to spend a ton. Guess what?  I love it. The phone was only purchased to hold me until I can get a new one under contract, but I'm so taken with Windows that my next phone will be the Nokia flagship phone that's out next September. There are certainly some cons to Windows, but nothing I can't live with.

Just wanted to jump in here and support Purge.
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 28, 2013, 02:13:44 PM
No, the difference in tense "would" and "had" eliminates the confusion.  No comma necessary.  
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chelsea (Bradley) Manning - when does gender assignment change you on: August 27, 2013, 03:03:45 PM
What's Silverjon's connection to this?  I'd like to discuss this with someone who is very familiar with the subject.  I'm not as I don't know anyone who has undergone this.

I understand that a person has the right to determine their gender, or at least their gender identity.  Some may disagree, but I don't.  A man can decide that he wants to live as a woman and can make that desire public, but should at that point other people say that he is no longer a man?  To me it seems reminiscent of Micheal Scott yelling that he is declaring bankruptcy and thinking that he had now done all that was needed. 

This is not the same thing as friends supporting Manning by referring to him as "her."  We're talking about journalists who are writing stories with a female as the subject when that is not true.
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Chelsea (Bradley) Manning - when does gender assignment change you on: August 27, 2013, 02:49:34 PM
Bradley Manning wants to undergo hormone therapy and live as a woman and also be known as Chelsea Manning.  Fine, I have no problem with that desire.  Whether a prisoner should be allowed to do that and be transferred to a female prison is another question for another time.  What struck me as odd is that I am seeing articles written about Manning which are now referring to Manning using female pronouns.  I understand that corresponds with Manning’s request, but is that how journalists should write about him?  

Here is an example:

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Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison on Wednesday for leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents. She was found guilty of 20 counts, six of them under the Espionage Act, but her lawyers argued during the trial that Manning was acting out of a sense of duty to her country.

The point of this post is not to bash transgenders, but to discuss when society, especially journalists, start to refer to a man as a woman or vice versa.  It seems that someone simply stating “I want to be a woman” should not be enough for a journalist to write about that person as though he is a woman.  At some point I will recognize the change in gender of a person, but that point is not when the person simply tells me he wants to be a different gender and I think journalists should definitely not refer to him as “her” because that is not accurate.  

edit - I changed the title because this isn't really a discussion about Manning so much as a discussion about gender assignment. 
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Breaking bad as good/bad as usual! on: August 27, 2013, 12:59:20 AM
How did I not even consider the ricin being used for that?  Duh. 
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Breaking bad as good/bad as usual! on: August 26, 2013, 07:15:41 PM
I never saw Walt as a revenge kind of guy.  But obviously things are different. 

He was in New Hampshire, right?  That would indicate that he had a new life.  Maybe Saul had his guy hook him up.  Was he alone?  Why?  Did Skylar turn on him?  That might be the only way he goes out for revenge.  He did all this (initially) for his family, so if Hank was able to take his family away from him then maybe he is going to try and poison Hank.  No idea how he does that though.  Poison is a subtle thing and guys with M60s in their trunks aren't usually subtle. 

I guess the M60 is to protect him from the white supremacists that he worked with earlier.  Those are guys you don't want to ever know your name.  I'm guessing he runs afoul of them soon now that Lydia is sided with them and he and Skylar told her to get bent. 

Are their any other characters we're forgetting about that could make an appearance?
31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Breaking bad as good/bad as usual! on: August 26, 2013, 01:20:00 PM

Quote from: Fireball1244 on August 26, 2013, 04:14:20 AM

Quote from: McNutt on August 26, 2013, 04:02:09 AM

How do you have respect for Saul?

The man's a survivor. On some level, that's respectable. Also, funny. And a damn good attorney.

I'll grant you that.  I LOVED the scene from way back when where Saul had Walt and Jesse give him a dollar instead of killing him so that he would be their legal representation.  That was awesome.  He is an amazing character and I think Odenkirk nails Saul.

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When Jesse saw that the ricin cigarette was gone, he thought that Walt had Saul's bodyguard lift his cigarettes (with the ricin) off of him earlier in the day and replace them with a different pack, and that Walter had then used that to poison Brock. Walter convinced him that Gus had this done some other way. Later, when they found that Brock hadn't gotten hit with ricin, Jesse wondered where the cigarette was. Walt planted it in Jesse's Roomba, and then staged an arrangement where he and Jesse would find it.

Oh yeah, the Roomba.  Now it makes sense.  Jesse realized Walt played him with the Roomba.  I had forgotten about that.  Thanks!

I was out of town for the last episode so I got to cram both episodes in this weekend.  I really liked the scene in the previous episode where Walt was looking over the money Saul's guys threw in the van and he said "close enough."  The two guys looked at each other with a noticeable expression of relief.  That was a great touch.  Makes you wonder just how much cash they kept for themselves. 
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Breaking bad as good/bad as usual! on: August 26, 2013, 04:02:09 AM
How do you have respect for Saul?  He's fun to watch, but he's as bad as they come. He suggested murdering a cop!

I'm still fuzzy on the whole ricin thing. I can't remember how all that went down. Jesse was going to use ricin to murder Gus, but didn't. Then later on Brock got sick and Jesse thought Walt poisoned him with ricin to get him away from Jesse or something, but the lab showed it wasn't ricin but some other plant which Walt happened to have. So Walt did try to kill the kid, but Jesse didn't know that. So what does Jesse think happened with the cigarette?  It's obviously pretty important, so I want to make sure I remember the details. Somebody fill me in, please.

Walt has completely turned Skylar over to the dark side. She's gone from being someone sucked in to just another bad person. I don't know that I'd call her evil like Walt, but coming up with a plan to put Hank in prison is toeing the line.
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: [movie] Batman vs Superman (Man of Steel 2) on: August 24, 2013, 01:49:58 AM
Affleck has too much history in Hollywood going against him. It was  so hard to take him seriously as an actor for the longest time which is why his work behind the camera took me by surprise. If you try go make him an action hero all I'm going to see are visions of him trying to look heroic in slow motion in Pearl Harbor.  He should know better.
34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Commando + 20 Years: Does Not Hold Up At All on: August 24, 2013, 01:38:16 AM
Why the Nighthawks hate?  It wasn't great, but it sure as he'll wasn't Commando.
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: [movie] Batman vs Superman (Man of Steel 2) on: August 24, 2013, 01:36:28 AM
Still, all I can think about now is why isn't Idris Elba playing Barman?
36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Splain Something To Me Lucy: Yahoo = More Traffic Than Google? on: August 23, 2013, 02:17:51 AM
I never go to Google's home page. I'm always on Gmail and my Chrome browser's search bar doubles as a Google search though. But I never go to www.Google.com, so are they counting that against Google?
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie]Ant-Man on: August 16, 2013, 06:20:10 PM
I don't dislike Simon Pegg, but I don't get him either.  I've seen his comedies and they didn't rub me the wrong way like an Ashton Kutcher movie.  I just didn't find them funny.  Seeing him not in a starring role is not a bad thing for me.  I realize I'm in the minority.  He seems like a good guy. 
38  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Kick Ass 2: Balls to the Wall on: August 16, 2013, 06:17:31 PM
Was there nothing written in his contract requiring him to promote the movie?  I have no idea how these things work, so I don't know if actors do all of these radio/TV spots to get their name out there or if it's because they have a contractual obligation to promote the movie.  I know that part of it is to promote themselves, but I thought part of it was that they were being paid to promote the movie.  Perhaps stars just get a flat fee and all promotion goes towards gaining good will towards getting their next job.  "See, hire me and I'll give you all kinds of PR."
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: (Movie) Oblivion, Re-visited on: August 13, 2013, 01:34:16 PM
Spoiler for Hiden:
The clones all have a bit of Jack in them and could all be turned with the right motivation.  It certainly helps if you get them away from that AI and let them see their super hot wife.  The problem will come if multiple clones come and all want to be with their wife. 

40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Ender's Game on: August 07, 2013, 06:35:25 PM
I read the book in my twenties and it was indeed a surprise.  Keep it that way, director. 
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