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81  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 201X Health Improvement Thread on: October 04, 2013, 02:42:01 PM
82  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Joe Abercrombie's First Law Trilogy on: October 03, 2013, 02:30:47 PM
Thank you for this recommendation. The trilogy was incredible. Now I am working my way through the three stand alone novels. The thing I appreciate the most is how he writes individual fight and larger battle scenes. He really captures the fog of war and how often battles turn into complete chaos.
83  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RIP Tom Clancy on: October 03, 2013, 02:27:30 PM

Quote from: Canuck on October 03, 2013, 01:20:44 AM

Aren't most of his latest books almost completely ghostwritten?

They are openly co-authored. My impression on reading the last couple is that someone else does all the writing and probably consults with Tom on the plot and use of his characters.
84  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: it's time for the next round of SHUTDOWN SHOWDOWN!!!!!! on: October 02, 2013, 10:53:02 PM
Ron Paul Isn't Thrilled By 'Rather Annoying' Shutdown Debate

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"The shutdown is actually a distraction from the debate that I think they should be having," Paul said. He's particularly upset by domestic and foreign U.S. policies, and says Federal Reserve policy and deficit spending should have taken precedence in the current government-funding debate.

"Republicans and Democrats are basically in agreement with authoritarianism," Paul said. "They believe that one way or another you have to be an authoritarian, to tell you how to spend your money [and] both of them tell you how to run your personal life. And they're both very excited about telling every country what to do, and giving them money if they behave or bombing them if they don't."

Paul said "the wave of the future" is a coalition of anti-authoritarian progressive Democrats and libertarian Republicans in Congress opposed to domestic surveillance, opposed to starting new wars and in favor of ending the so-called War on Drugs.

"The so-called shutdown is more of a political event," he said, "The government doesn't really shut down, they do the symbolic things: you can't go up in the Washington Monument, you can't visit the White House and you can't go in the parks."
85  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RIP Tom Clancy on: October 02, 2013, 04:07:51 PM
My first semester of college I read Red Storm Rising instead of studying for finals. I became disillusioned with his later novels. Being co-authored they seemed like poorly written shadows of his early work.
86  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Sons of Anarchy Season 6 on: October 02, 2013, 02:38:26 PM
A recurring pattern is that I can skip the entire episode and just watch the final 5 minute song montage. All the motives and actions are revealed that had been alluded to throughout the episode.
87  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Ventura/Stern in 2016? on: October 02, 2013, 02:28:51 PM
He dropped out of the NY Governor's race because he didn't want to disclose his finances. I doubt that has changed.
88  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Breaking bad as good/bad as usual! on: September 30, 2013, 08:21:23 PM
Hank Schrader: What Happens Next with Dean Norris

Funny reference to his current gig.
89  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You're In the Mood for A Drink. What's Your Pleasure? on: September 30, 2013, 07:51:52 PM
reverse osmosis filtered water neat
90  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Breaking bad as good/bad as usual! on: September 30, 2013, 05:56:57 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on September 30, 2013, 05:37:15 PM

I kept thinking the final scene - camera movement wise - reminded me of another series. Now I remember ... I think the last scene of The Walking Dead's first episode ends with a catchy song, and the camera gradually zooming out/slowly spinning from a close up of the National Guard tank in the city to show it surrounded by hordes of zombies.

I was thinking of the first and last scenes from Lost. Same overhead shot of Jack's face while he is on his back.
91  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Breaking bad as good/bad as usual! on: September 30, 2013, 03:04:40 PM

Quote from: Lee on September 30, 2013, 02:32:40 AM

I didn't like her either, but she didn't need to die. She didn't do anything to deserve it, and her life was ruined as is.

She ordered the death of that previous meth crew before the nazis took over, but didn't want to look at all the dead bodies. She also told Todd to kill Walt. I have no sympathy for her.

My only problem with the finale was her final phone call with Walt. I felt like that was thrown in to explain to the audience what happened to her for those that missed the whole ricin in the sugar scene.
92  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My car was broken into today on: September 27, 2013, 05:35:37 PM
Impressive to confront a thief stealing someone's bike.
93  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My car was broken into today on: September 27, 2013, 05:33:56 PM

Quote from: hepcat on September 27, 2013, 05:11:22 PM

I gave up on the notion of personal safety the moment I drove my U-Haul into Chicago city limits 15 years ago.   icon_frown

First for total murders but not per capita. Good news, right?
94  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My car was broken into today on: September 27, 2013, 04:42:56 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on September 27, 2013, 03:20:03 PM

 I bust my ass for what I have, and I want it to remain my property.  

So you're opposed to high taxes?  icon_wink
95  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Revolution - season 2 is here. on: September 27, 2013, 02:11:48 PM
I stopped after the first half of the first season. All this praise is going to force me to watch this show again.
96  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Big Ass Spider on: September 25, 2013, 10:59:25 PM
Kato
97  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Marijuana. Just watched a documentary. on: September 25, 2013, 10:57:57 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on September 25, 2013, 10:51:19 PM

As I said before, I think there is plenty of reasons to legalize it.  I can tell you that it helps my wife, despite our protestations in getting to that point.   If it helps somebody abate serious pain and get back to normalcy when the most aggro of narcotics couldn't, why wouldn't you?   What's the alternative?  "Sorry ma'am - you need to suffer...uh....because I personally object to it."

Does it matter if there are any medical benefits? Either we own our body or we don't.
98  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dumb and Dumber To on: September 25, 2013, 07:47:11 PM
Love the John Denver reference.  icon_lol
99  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You know what I hate about IOS7? on: September 23, 2013, 06:19:36 PM
At best this is free advertising courtesy of the NYPD. Or, more likely, the cops want an easier way to track you down.

100  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: September 23, 2013, 03:37:44 PM
Samuel L Jackson is a mother f#$% role model.
101  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: how come we're not attacking syria? on: September 20, 2013, 03:35:08 PM
Al-Qaida militants capture town in northern Syria

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Yet the jihadis, including members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, an al-Qaida offshoot, have been some of the most effective forces on the battlefield, fighting alongside the Western-backed Free Syrian Army to capture military facilities, strategic installations and key neighborhoods in cities such as Aleppo and Homs.

But the two sides have turned their guns on each other. Turf wars and retaliatory killings have evolved into ferocious battles in what has effectively become a war within a war in northern and eastern Syria, leaving hundreds dead on both sides.
102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Top 50 PC games of our generation on: September 19, 2013, 09:12:50 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 19, 2013, 07:57:34 PM

Undying in the top 50?  Heck yeah (but higher slywink)!
For sure. The scariest game I ever played.

No listing for Fallout or Morrowind?  icon_confused
103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Grand Theft Auto V on: September 19, 2013, 04:17:51 PM
'Grand Theft Auto V' generates $800 million in first-day sales

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"Grand Theft Auto V," the latest installment in Rockstar Games' hit video game series, reaped an eye-popping $800 million in worldwide retail sales on its first day of release Tuesday.

The hotly anticipated game appears to have blown past the one-day retail sales record set by Activision Blizzard Inc., whose "Call of Duty: Black Ops II" brought in $500 million in its fist 24 hours of release. That game went on to reach $1 billion in sales in 15 days -- faster, many observed, than the box office record-holder "Avatar."
104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: September 19, 2013, 02:24:33 PM
String Theory via Bohemian Rhapsody
105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Batman vs Superman (Man of Steel 2) on: September 18, 2013, 02:56:16 PM
Apparently the studio warned Ben about the Internet backlash.
106  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: New Member Stats? on: September 17, 2013, 05:41:23 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 30, 2013, 05:13:18 PM

they keep catching Moliere creating alts to make his polls look active slywink
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107  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Batman vs Superman (Man of Steel 2) on: September 17, 2013, 05:06:49 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on August 30, 2013, 04:52:53 PM

I think overall this is a non story,but what the hell..here it is

Timberlake wants to play The Riddler

Works for me. I've liked him as an actor, especially his darker more serious roles.
108  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [TV] Sons of Anarchy Season 6 on: September 17, 2013, 02:18:08 PM


The new season has started and continues with all the crazy plot developments. Each season Kurt Sutter seems to find new ways to torture Otto. The bit with the kid showing up throughout the show definitely got me curious and I certainly didn't predict how they would finally explain his importance.
109  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 16, 2013, 05:36:28 PM
As part of the post Friday the 13th I give you a video from Robot Chicken.
110  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Life on: September 16, 2013, 02:34:42 PM
111  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need recommendations on where to get good tree (disease) advice on: September 13, 2013, 09:21:21 PM
Have you checked for Lupus?
112  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Autism and Vaccines on: September 13, 2013, 09:19:06 PM
U.S. measles cases in 2013 may be most in 17 years

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Nearly two-thirds of the reported cases happened in three outbreaks in communities where many people don't vaccinate their children for religious or philosophical reasons.

Shocking! If people don't vaccinate their children they are at a higher risk for getting the disease?

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According to the CDC, one to three out of every 1,000 children in the United States who get measles will die from the disease, even with the best of care. Even if complications such as pneumonia and encephalitis aren't deadly, they can make children very sick; in 2011, nearly 40% of children under the age of 5 who got measles had to be treated in the hospital.

This is all better than the non-existent risk of autism.  Roll Eyes
113  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Is our children learning? on: September 13, 2013, 05:26:46 PM
It's amusing how Christians act like there are two versions to be compared: creationism based on the bible and science based evolution. When in fact there are hundreds of origin myths. I don't want a science teacher wasting time equally discussing all of these viewpoints. Save that for a comparative religions class.
114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 9/13/13 on: September 13, 2013, 03:45:34 PM
Skyrim and more Skyrim.
115  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Is our children learning? on: September 12, 2013, 03:29:22 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 12, 2013, 03:20:13 PM

Your ignorance of the countering view does not make it a fairy tale.

So you're making a claim on a young earth or a non-evolutionary origin to life and/or humans?
116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Breaking bad as good/bad as usual! on: September 12, 2013, 03:00:36 PM
I thought the ending of this week's episode was an A-Team flashback. They managed to hit everything except the people.

AMC is calling Saul Goodman for a spinoff of the network's drama series "Breaking Bad."
117  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: September 12, 2013, 02:57:24 PM
Bluegrass version of Enter Sandman  thumbsup

or

Sweet Child O' Mine
118  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Burnout Paradise + Antichamber - NASCAR 2013 on: September 12, 2013, 02:25:56 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on September 12, 2013, 06:14:12 AM

Honestly, I like racing games.  And after a couple of sessions with the BP: UB game, I threw it in the abandoned category and moved on.  I just couldn't take the knockout moves that would turn my car into a ballistic mass with no ability to control.

I keep trying to find a good racing game. I have gone through Dirt 2, Burnout Paradise, and a few others without success.
119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Life on: September 11, 2013, 07:59:05 PM
It all does seem rather pointless sometimes.

120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: September 11, 2013, 02:51:12 PM
Not sure if this has already been posted.

The Hobbit - Misty Mountains - Peter Hollens Acappella
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