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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: October 24, 2014, 03:19:28 PM

Quote from: hepcat on October 24, 2014, 02:53:27 PM

I'm torn.  They added some credence to his testimony in a few places in yesterday's show as well, while tearing down some of Adnan's claims.  I agree that Adnan's lawyer seems to have acted with negligence in quite a few instances.

No kidding. I can't remember - was she a public defender?
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: October 24, 2014, 01:47:50 PM
Anyone listen to this week's episode of Serial?

Spoiler for Hiden:
Again, there seem to be more problems with Jay's story. He certainly had more to do with the murder than he's letting on. But Adnand's cell phone pinging the two near Leakin Park around the time Jay claimed they were burying the body is pretty damning.
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: IRe: Podcasts on: October 22, 2014, 03:20:35 PM

Quote from: Lee on October 22, 2014, 02:44:44 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on October 22, 2014, 02:03:02 PM


Spoiler for Hiden:
1) what's his motive? So far, we've heard nothing to suggest that he has beef with either Adnand or Hae (Hay? Hey?).

2) If he did it, why go to the police at all? Wouldn't it be much safer to have no involvement whatsoever with the cops?

3) Who was the anonymous caller who tipped the police off about Adnand?

Clearly, Jay had more involvement than he let on. His story keeps changing and it seems pretty clear that at the very least he helped hide the body. I have no doubt he his an accessory to murder (do we know what happened to him? Did he also get locked up or is he scott-free?) but why he would have killed her in the first place is my biggest nagging doubt about Jay.

Spoiler for Hiden:
1. Jay was jealous that Adnand that was close to his girlfriend, maybe there is more to that side of the story? Maybe there was more going on with Jay and Hae than we know about? Maybe Hae rejected him?

2. Because he's an idiot. From the Jen interviews, he was heavily involved and greatly concerned about destroying evidence.

3. No clue on the caller, a friend of Jays?

I don't have a good answer, it's just that he doesn't seem at all trustworthy and was very much involved in what happened.


Spoiler for Hiden:
I certainly agree with you that Jay was much more involved than his (final) interview with the cops made himself out to be. The really weird thing is that Jay and Adnand, by all accounts, weren't great friends. Jay's claim that Adnand went to him because he dealt weed and thus wouldn't talk to cops was weak. But then, why did Adnand let Jay borrow his car (or was it the reverse)? I seem to remember the preview for this upcoming episode said something about (paraphrasing) what the cops found that blew the case open for them but I have no idea what that might be. Right now, to me, Jay seems like the least trustworthy guy (didn't he first fail a lie detector test before passing a 2nd one?) but Adnand had more (though flimsy as of now) motive).
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: October 22, 2014, 02:03:02 PM
Yeah, Jay has always seemed like the most likely suspect to me as well. Except a couple of things don't make sense:

Spoiler for Hiden:
1) what's his motive? So far, we've heard nothing to suggest that he has beef with either Adnand or Hae (Hay? Hey?).

2) If he did it, why go to the police at all? Wouldn't it be much safer to have no involvement whatsoever with the cops?

3) Who was the anonymous caller who tipped the police off about Adnand?

Clearly, Jay had more involvement than he let on. His story keeps changing and it seems pretty clear that at the very least he helped hide the body. I have no doubt he his an accessory to murder (do we know what happened to him? Did he also get locked up or is he scott-free?) but why he would have killed her in the first place is my biggest nagging doubt about Jay.
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL 2014] Week 7 on: October 21, 2014, 12:44:17 PM

Quote from: Teggy on October 20, 2014, 09:10:13 PM

I don't understand how Dallas lost to SF at this point.

Either Rod Marinelli is some kind of miracle worker or the Cowboys D is going to come crashing down to earth at some point.



It's also worth noting that game was Romo's first real action since back surgery and they lost that game (mainly) due to turnovers in the first half. They didn't allow SF to score in the second. Every game, Romo has gotten better.
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help/Advice for amateur fighting on: October 20, 2014, 08:19:43 PM

Quote from: Punisher on October 20, 2014, 03:27:57 PM

Make sure you can do this before getting in the ring...



Otherwise, you are guaranteed to lose.

On that note, it'll also help if you can get someone to drop coconuts on your stomach.
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: October 19, 2014, 12:44:50 AM
Well we know the end result of the trial, so unless they find something that can be used in court, I don't see how it will turn out positive.
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: October 18, 2014, 08:32:46 PM
The new podcast Serial has been great so far. It follows the This American Life format but follows one story for the whole year (12 episodes, I think?). The focus this season has been on the murder of a high school girl in Baltimore in 1999 and whether or not the person convicted (her ex boyfriend) actually did it. So far I've vacillated back and forth on whether I think he's guilty and seemingly change my mind as each new piece of evidence is revealed. It's worth a listen to if that sort of stuff interests you.
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 16, 2014, 08:17:59 PM
This is not at all a horrifying news story about a spider burrowing into a dude's stomach and crawling up his chest. Nope, you won't find anything like that here. And there definitely won't be anything like a video in the news story....

 eek
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is your primary gaming device? on: October 06, 2014, 01:50:08 PM
iOS. I haven't played more than an hour on my PC or XBox/PS3 for months.
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: September 30, 2014, 07:56:02 PM

Quote from: TiLT on September 30, 2014, 07:42:00 PM

Seriously, if you're unable to see the difference, you might have a problem with your eyesight (or the computer you're playing these videos on isn't powerful enough to show 60fps video). The difference is night and day.

Night and day seems a bit extreme.

That said, I could easily see the difference when I watched The Hobbit in 48fps, so I'm not sure why video games would be different. 
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: September 30, 2014, 07:40:23 PM
Well damn - I was all ready to jump on the make fun of ATB bandwagon but I can't really tell the difference either.  icon_cry Maybe (?) I saw some slight differences in the two Dirt videos, but if so it was really minor.
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Strain on: September 30, 2014, 07:29:04 PM
Did they ever give us the age of Abraham, because by any reasonable estimate he's got to be at least 90 (looks like he was in his 20s during WW2?). If that's the case, he's in the best damn shape of any 90 year old I've ever seen. Maybe staring at your wife's heart for 50 years will do that to you.
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Nymphomaniac on: September 22, 2014, 06:44:01 PM

Quote from: hepcat on September 22, 2014, 01:43:41 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on September 21, 2014, 03:18:06 PM

Quote from: Punisher on September 17, 2014, 07:16:55 PM

Quote from: Teggy on September 16, 2014, 08:46:33 PM

They put out a teaser trailer for the new version that's basically 30 seconds of penetration shots. I don't think I'll post it here.
The teaser is in Farley's link anyway... might be NSFW!

"Might" is quite the understatement. There was more NSFW material in that 30 second trailer than in most porn movies I've seen.  eek

You seriously expect us to believe you last 30 seconds?  

 Tongue

 icon_cry

I've never really liked any Lars Van Trier movies, but I haven't hated them either. Melancholia was ok and Antichrist was interesting in some depressing and disgusting way. That said, I would never want to watch it again.  But at least it had this scene going for it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4L2ooG_MX9E
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Nymphomaniac on: September 21, 2014, 03:18:06 PM

Quote from: Punisher on September 17, 2014, 07:16:55 PM

Quote from: Teggy on September 16, 2014, 08:46:33 PM

They put out a teaser trailer for the new version that's basically 30 seconds of penetration shots. I don't think I'll post it here.
The teaser is in Farley's link anyway... might be NSFW!

"Might" is quite the understatement. There was more NSFW material in that 30 second trailer than in most porn movies I've seen.  eek
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: {Movie]Automata on: August 21, 2014, 01:54:14 PM
Looks like it could be interesting, but I'm not sure why you would compare this to Interstellar as their premises are completely different. This seems like they've taken a lot from Blade Runner.
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/ps4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on: August 13, 2014, 10:25:37 PM
That's real purdy.  drool
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Breaking bad as good/bad as usual! on: August 13, 2014, 02:09:03 PM
The episode where
Spoiler for Hiden:
Hank dies
had the most tension of any episode of any show I've ever seen. I agree that things really picked up in Season 3 but from then on every season was incredible; it really makes a difference when the writers know the arc of the show in advance.
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Better Life Index Tool Tells You Which Country Is Best For You on: August 13, 2014, 03:38:17 AM
Surprisingly got Australia as my top choice, followed by 3/4 of Scandinavia.
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: August 12, 2014, 01:50:38 PM

Quote from: stessier on August 12, 2014, 01:22:55 PM

How is the Rich Eisen podcast?  Good guests and discussion?  Can I find it on iTunes?

It's not bad; they usually have two or three guests each week, often times with one guest being a celebrity. The interviews with the football players are usually decent, but Rich has a tendency to talk a bit too much about himself sometimes. And they're clearly not on a defined schedule since they will often spend 20 minutes talking about the same thing rather than moving through it and getting on to something else (current topics of obsession: Johnny Manziel and, to a lesser degree, Michael Sam). In any case, it's entertaining, especially once the season starts.

It should be in iTunes.
21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: August 11, 2014, 07:44:54 PM
My podcasts, in order of how I usually listen to them each week (if weekly):

Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me - the NPR humor/news quiz
This American Life
RadioLab - the This American Life of science
Snap Judgement - the hipper This American Life
Ask Me Another - Another NPR quiz show
Sound Opinions - about music. Reviews, interviews, etc.
Rich Eisen Podcast - An NFL podcast
The Moth Radio hour - people telling stories about the lives
Risk! - like the Moth but usually trying to gross you out. Is very hit or miss and the host is kind of annoying.
Selected Shorts - actors on stage reading short stories. Usually very good.
New Yorker Fiction - one a month podcast where one fiction story from The New Yorker's archives is read by another New Yorker short story author.
Orvis podcast - about fly fishing. I rarely listen to this as I don't really fly fish, but they do sometimes talk about non fly fishing stuff.

That should take out a good chunk of your week...
22  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Apple banning apps that reward video ads/sharing on: August 08, 2014, 02:45:33 PM
The only game I've played that has videos to watch for in-game currency is Tetris Blitz. But it's completely optional, so was never a big deal. I do hate games that make you watch videos between turns (e.g. Word with Friends).
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Film] Christopher Nolan - Interstellar on: August 03, 2014, 01:53:35 PM
Currently I agree that it would be unlikely for NASA to get the funding for that sort of endeavor. However, the impression I got from the trailers is that the earth has gone to shit (not sure if it's due to climate change, over population, etc. in the movie) and there's a worldwide crises. I can imagine in that sort of situation the governments might pool resources together if they thought the project has some chance of making a difference.
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: July 29, 2014, 05:05:26 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on July 29, 2014, 04:15:39 PM


Here's more to whet your appetite:

<useful links to the game, and to previews & impressions>

<intriguing videos of combat and spinning spacestation docking>

<cool looking screenshots>

<neat comparisons of ships from the original Elite and their modern counterparts>

<handy links to affordable joystick and HOTAS options>

Oh man - those really did whet my appetite! Especially the <cool looking screenshots>.  drool
25  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: July 25, 2014, 05:00:42 PM
Wait a second - I was thinking of Avernum Escape from the Pit (made by the same guys) which was awesome. I did play the first Avadon (The Black Fortress) as well; it was good but not nearly as good as Avernum. Much less exploration and a fairly linear storyline without many meaningful choices. I'm sure it's still worth $5, but I would pay the extra $5 and get Avernum first.
26  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: July 25, 2014, 04:49:04 PM

Quote from: Suitably Ironic Moniker on July 25, 2014, 02:29:23 PM

It reminds me of an old Commodore 64 game "Montezuma's Revenge".

I loved that game!
27  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: July 25, 2014, 04:47:57 PM

Quote from: farley2k on July 25, 2014, 02:28:20 PM

Avadon 2: The Corruption is on sale for $4.99 for the first time.

Anyone played this?  I love spiderweb software so I am interested but I know I will probably never finish it! smile

I would definitely get it if it were on the Kindle. I just beat the first Avadon game (Escape from the Pit) and it was great. One of the better RPGs I've played in years on any system. It took me probably 40 - 60 hours to beat and I never got tired of it. I'm not sure how the sequel compares, but I would be shocked if it weren't good.
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [trailer] Shades of Grey on: July 25, 2014, 04:45:38 PM

Quote from: ATB on July 25, 2014, 03:56:03 PM

Quote from: hepcat on July 25, 2014, 02:56:33 PM

But if it were better written it would be in your wheelhouse, right?

The bigger issue is that the YQ feels she needs to read it AND that he needs to read it.

Obviously, YK is not getting the job done.

 eek

 icon_lol
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Acid motherf****ing reflux! on: July 21, 2014, 12:24:00 PM
I never had it and then, in my freshman year in college, I had an appendectomy. Afterwards, I would get acid reflux bad enough to keep me awake at night but not horrible. Then, one day after staying up all night and eating crap, I had the worst case I've ever had. It was non-stop for hours and just felt like my chest and throat were disintegrating from the inside. I went to the doctor and they had me drink this numbing agent that calmed it down (or at least it was gone by the time the numbing agent wore off). After that incident, I started taking Zantac daily (was prescription only at the time). That seemed to control it well enough; I never got it while taking the meds. I got off Zantac after about 6 months and haven't had acid reflux. *knock on wood*.

In any case, the point being if it's bad enough that you're throwing up you should 1) go to a doctor or, at the very least, 2) try something like Zantac and see if that helps.
30  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Civilization Revolution 2 Reased for Ipad...and apparently nobody knew... on: July 02, 2014, 05:18:13 PM
Has there been any changes to the map sizes? My main quibble with Civ Rev was that even the largest maps were too small; it was impossible to avoid the other civilizations even early on in the game.
31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: June 18, 2014, 01:57:36 PM
FWIW, even from the very beginning of the show they talked about magic and monsters being gone from most of the world but still present beyond the wall. That's one of the reasons there's a wall in the first place! Outside of the wall, with just a few instances, there hasn't really been much magic/fantasy (the notable exceptions being the dragons, Melissandre, and the warlock). And notice that all three of those things either come from or take place in the continent across the sea from Westeros.
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2014 on: June 11, 2014, 04:16:17 AM
Haven't most Zelda games been open world? It seems like in most of the ones I've played, you could pretty much go anywhere you want except certain areas were blocked off until you found whatever tool you needed (bombs, boomerang, etc.). How is this Zelda going to be different?
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: June 09, 2014, 04:59:06 PM

Quote from: Zekester on June 09, 2014, 04:01:50 PM

haven't seen last nights ep (is there even one?) but what was the point of Tyrions beetle story? Was the Mountain the simpleton?

I think it was partially a reflection on the idea that the world can be a pretty ugly place and sometimes there is no rational explanation for it.
34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Wire: Where have you been all my life on: June 02, 2014, 04:20:18 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on June 01, 2014, 07:54:04 PM

I still never made it past the first season.  I thought it was alright but couldn't see the "best show ever" comments at all.  I've heard things pick up in the second season but can't bring myself to start it up again after so long.

If you didn't like the 1st season, not sure you would like the rest (although Seasons 3 and 4 are incredibly good). I actually thought Season 2 was a bit of a let down, but mainly because they focus on a different set of characters than in the other seasons.
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Wasteland 2 on: May 26, 2014, 03:26:47 PM

Quote from: PhreezePeach on May 26, 2014, 02:00:31 PM

<---- wasteland2 opening movie  ninja

They may be going for camp, but even still that was pretty bad.
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [E3 2012] Watch Dogs on: May 22, 2014, 05:45:53 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on May 22, 2014, 05:31:47 PM

shouldn't it be 'AN Ubisoft production' not 'A Ubisoft production'?

Depends on the pronunciation. You don't say "an unicorn", right?
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fast food menu items you miss on: April 10, 2014, 11:17:57 PM
I stopped by a Taco Bell for the first time in a while today. God, it was terrible. And I don't mean that the meat was cheap (which it is) or that the ingredients weren't fresh (which they weren't), but it just tasted bad. I got a chicken burrito and the 5 layer beef burrito and both just tasted like acidic mush. I should've just stuck with the soft tacos as those actually taste like real food.
38  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fast food menu items you miss on: April 09, 2014, 01:07:38 AM
Not necessarily something that's gone, but I went to Wendy's for the first time in years today. What happened to their dollar menu? A Jr. Cheeseburger Deluxe is now $1.59? A Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger $1.79? As far as I could tell, they only had three items left priced at $.99: a Jr. Cheeseburger (I guess it's just bread, meat, and cheese?), the crispy chicken sandwich, and the value fries.  The 99 cent menu used to be the reason Wendy's was my fast food of choice back in the day. And even the "value" meals are crazy expensive ($6+). Has low quality ground beef gone up in price that much?
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CeeKay AWOL? on: March 12, 2014, 02:33:34 PM
He's probably just being nice and letting Ron get within 50,000 posts of him....  eek
40  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: March 06, 2014, 03:08:52 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 06, 2014, 04:23:00 AM

Ascension just got some big changes.  There's a new 'promo pack' for sale (those just have a handful of cards) but now the base game is free and the expansion card packs that have already been out are available in a $5 bundle.  The game is now ad-supported in a very strange way.  There are now big annoying full-screen ads, even if you've already made purchases before, but if you know to look in the options menu you can uncheck a box to turn all the ads off.  I read someone say you can disable ads even if you haven't spent any money.

Great deal. I went ahead and bought the bundle. If anyone wants to play online, feel free to friend me. My username is ralph-wiggum.
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