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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The 100 on: March 27, 2014, 05:53:04 PM
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The rest of the outcasts start to go Lord of the Flies pretty much immediately


I read a story where the Lord of the Flies was the "inspiration" for this show.
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon To Start Charging Tax In My State on: January 30, 2014, 07:21:37 PM

Quote from: rittchard on January 28, 2014, 06:28:22 PM

Yeah when we got it last year (CA) I was pretty bummed but what can you do.  The fact is it does make the competition more fair for companies like Best Buy and Target, not to mention the last remaining traditional book stores.  Still, even with the taxes, with free Prime shipping I'll still tend to go with Amazon out of convenience - and of course their pricing is almost always the best unless there's some sort of special/exclusive sale.

You know, if it means we keep a book store in town or a Best Buy I am willing to pay sales tax on Amazon purchases.
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Female Antagonist and Enemy Fodder on: January 17, 2014, 11:29:48 PM
I am re-playing Dragon Age:Origins and there are female bounty hunters that I have killed. Not many, but they do exist.
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Joe Abercrombie's First Law Trilogy on: December 02, 2013, 05:48:24 PM
I loved the trilogy but I do think the first book is the strongest of the three. Maybe because the characters are new and so you just soak it all in and as the story progresses you start to expect things.

I have all the stand alone books but have only read one so far. Best Served Cold was very good.
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Happy Halloween on: October 31, 2013, 06:45:02 PM
I will be home handing out candy tonight while watching the football game and trying to get some Assassins' Creed 2 in. I doubt we will get to many kids anyway. My kids are to old to TNT so I may get the 20 year old to hand out the candy for me. Yeah, right.
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Charmed being rebooted? on: October 28, 2013, 08:51:38 PM

Quote from: Suitably Ironic Moniker on October 28, 2013, 01:19:24 PM

I thought Octavia Spencer was supposed to be Angela Lansbury's daughter?

Charmed was so thoroughly mediocre at its prime, and the concept so banal.  that this will be doomed to fail, unless they put it on some niche network with lower ratings requirements.

So would Cabot Cove accept Octavia Spencer as Angela Lansbury's daughter?    icon_eek
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I have never seen video of the Joe Theismann Injury on: October 28, 2013, 08:49:21 PM
I was watching something a few weeks ago, probably the PBS Nova show about NFL concussions, when they showed some footage of this. Basically just Theisman being carried off the field, but I knew instantly what had happened to him.
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gallstones...surgery? on: October 16, 2013, 05:26:30 PM
I had several attacks and finally was happy for the surgery. Mine was arthroscopic which was pretty simple. In and out in less than one day. I did have a stone left behind though as the night after the surgery I had one last attack. But since then I have been fine except for a couple incidents that have not been really explained to me very well. It has been over 15 years for me.

I did have some "digestion" problems afterwards. There were times where i would eat and within minutes need to find a bathroom for a quick number 2. I have heard this is common from other people who have had the surgery and I have had a doctor deny this happens. My regular doctor was gone and the Ready Care guy was a quack, obviously.

Anyway I learned when eating out to carry immodium with me. I keep some in my car just in case. Again, I have heard from other people that this is standard for them as well.
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So what's your ride? on: October 14, 2013, 11:44:33 PM
2002 Ford F-150.

But I should be getting my sisters old Corolla soon when she buys a new one. It would be nice to get better gas mileage.
10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gobble-gobble ... on: October 14, 2013, 11:40:34 PM

Quote from: Purge on October 14, 2013, 03:26:54 PM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thanksgiving_(Canada)

Basically, yes. The common belief is that we're more north, and harvest comes sooner, that thanksgiving happens earlier in the year.


I did not know that is why the Canadian one is in October. I just figured you were trying to one up us.
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I like feeling a part of a gaming community.. on: October 14, 2013, 11:37:45 PM
Arc can always try the Broken Forum where he can learn what it is like to be ignored and belittled at at the same time. I am not sure what forums are out there but I like having the option of several and this site comes in real handy sometimes.
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Roach problems (bugs, that is) on: September 12, 2013, 11:22:10 PM
My office has roaches the size of small mice. You never see them alive, you just come to work and find them dead on the floor. Weird thing this is an office, there really is no food here, very little organic trash. There is a crawl space under the floor though.
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Cowboys on: September 06, 2013, 10:50:48 PM
This could be interesting as the original had some pretty good actors.
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What stupid things did you do as a teen? on: August 28, 2013, 03:57:05 PM
I totaled out a car, although in my defense I never saw the other car.

I partied every Fri and Sat for years of my life, starting with my senior year in high school. Strangely enough i also got straight A's for the only time in my life during my senior year in high school.

We used to throw golf balls at street signs from a moving vehicle.
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Mayonnaise on: August 22, 2013, 07:53:09 PM

Quote from: Turtle on August 22, 2013, 01:23:16 PM

I wasn't aware you could keep mayo anywhere except the refrigerator.

I like horseradish mayo myself, but can't find a good brand. Regular mayo is a bit too tasteless for me, and miracle whip used to hit the spot for me but I've been finding it lacking.


Mayonnaise is salmonella material if it gets warm. It has to be kept cool.
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV]Rambo on: August 22, 2013, 07:51:32 PM

Quote from: Teggy on August 21, 2013, 08:26:33 PM

How would this work exactly? They'd have like new guys codenamed Rambo and they'd go on adventures and stuff?

He would travel from small town to small town beating the crap out of people.
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: TDS-Jon Stewart to take summer off,John Oliver to fill in on: August 19, 2013, 10:34:06 PM
I may be in the minority but I thought Stewart was getting old and all his rants were basically the same thing. Oliver was fresh, and I will miss him.
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hyperloop on: August 15, 2013, 05:33:55 PM

Quote from: raydude on August 15, 2013, 12:56:10 PM

Quote from: Scuzz on August 14, 2013, 06:05:03 PM

Quote from: Razgon on August 14, 2013, 06:41:53 AM

I assume this would be a high-speed train tube thingie, that has no stops? How useful is that to the community compared to its costs?

Normal high-speed trains at least can have stops on the way, this seems designed not to, as I see it

I find Mag Lev trains to much more interesting, and useful to society.

California's HSR will not be Mag Lev. In fact it will barely be high speed as it is stopping about every 50-60 miles. It also goes through a populated and farming area whereas the hyperloop proposal goes through about 200 miles of nothing (Interstate 5 from Livermore to the Grapevine).

Burrito? Is there a good reason for the HSR to go through populated and farming areas? Is it stopping there? If no good reason, then why doesn't it go through 200 miles of nothing? Seems less expensive that way.

Because in order to sell the thing they wanted all the people they could to buy into it. Towns are fighting for stops as no one wants to be "left out". They could probably save 1/5 or more going straight down Interstate 5.

An example of the craziness....HSR requires something like 100 feet of right away, unlike regular train lines. However they are running HSR along the BNSF rail lines in most places. As a result, the plan currently calls for moving +/- 5 miles of freeway in Fresno as part of the HSR construction. Expensive, you bet. Now imagine the cost as the lines enter the LA or Bay Areas.
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help me choose my kid's name! (Part 2) on: August 14, 2013, 06:06:30 PM
I would have to google it to make sure but I think that is a transit district or something in the Bay Area.


EDIT: It is a district in SF. South of Market.
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hyperloop on: August 14, 2013, 06:05:03 PM

Quote from: Razgon on August 14, 2013, 06:41:53 AM

I assume this would be a high-speed train tube thingie, that has no stops? How useful is that to the community compared to its costs?

Normal high-speed trains at least can have stops on the way, this seems designed not to, as I see it

I find Mag Lev trains to much more interesting, and useful to society.

California's HSR will not be Mag Lev. In fact it will barely be high speed as it is stopping about every 50-60 miles. It also goes through a populated and farming area whereas the hyperloop proposal goes through about 200 miles of nothing (Interstate 5 from Livermore to the Grapevine).
21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You're Not Drinking Enough Soda! on: August 08, 2013, 09:22:23 PM

Quote from: Gratch on August 07, 2013, 10:20:38 PM

Nope, never been a coffee drinker.  Love the smell, hate the taste.

Wish I was though...it'd be be much easier on the waistline.


I learned to drink coffee back in the day by mixing it with Bailey's Irish Cream.   icon_biggrin
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: interlocking your fingers on: August 07, 2013, 08:35:16 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on August 07, 2013, 05:51:09 PM

Right handed,never noticed before which thumb ended on top,so just interlocked my fingers and the right thumb was on top

Same here. Never thought about it before, nor will I afterwards.
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You're Not Drinking Enough Soda! on: August 07, 2013, 08:34:15 PM
I will have maybe a soda on the weekends when I am working in the yard and not yet ready for the work ending beer. Maybe once a month I will have a soda with lunch, otherwise I have switched from soda to unsweetened ice tea or water to cut out the calories. And no, I don't do diet soda.
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: wedding ring on: August 06, 2013, 10:55:43 PM
Mine never comes off. I would need a saw to get it off probably.
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CD Players In Cars On the way Out on: August 06, 2013, 05:49:26 PM
My hearing sucks now so as long as their is no hiss I am happy. I had hoped to get a new F150 with built in USB ports but that has not happened, and probably will not happen for quite some time. But even the modern truck has ports built in for IPods and the like.
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CD Players In Cars On the way Out on: August 05, 2013, 05:27:44 PM
My 6-disc changer in my F150 went out and I just paid $180 to get it fixed. I will eventually go digital but then what would I do with all my CD's?

And disc's and disc changers are on the way out.
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you wear a watch? on: July 29, 2013, 11:10:49 PM
Not since I lost my last one about 10 years ago.
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Speeding ticket on: July 26, 2013, 12:01:54 AM
I have never received a speeding ticket. I did get busted for a DUI in 1977 but we are not going to talk about that.
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Your favorite opening line of a book on: July 26, 2013, 12:00:06 AM

Quote from: Razgon on July 23, 2013, 08:01:12 PM

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair…"

Great opening lines and great ending lines. Pretty good book in fact.
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Joe Abercrombie's First Law Trilogy on: July 22, 2013, 05:16:00 PM

Quote from: McNutt on July 22, 2013, 01:08:11 PM

As far as he is compared to Martin, he doesn't expect you to keep track of 130 characters and he doesn't give you 1,000 pages that are an obligation to read rather than a pleasure.  The story isn't as deep, but it's just a damn fun read that is very satisfying once complete. 


And he finished his series, unlike Martin who hopefully will live long enough to finish his.
31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Towels on: July 12, 2013, 11:26:43 PM
Towels get washed once a week with everything else.
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pants on: July 12, 2013, 11:25:38 PM
Once, for two reasons really. One, I live in a place where it gets 100' outside and I tend to sweat, and Two, the fit changes after wearing them a day. They go from a little tight to just right to a little loose.
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you have a will? on: July 12, 2013, 04:40:42 PM

Quote from: Exodor on July 12, 2013, 02:05:59 AM

I don't have one and it's a huge failing on my part.  Should something happen to me I want some say over who watches my daughter.

If I keeled over tomorrow I'm pretty sure it would turn into an ugly tug-of-war between my family and her maternal grandparents.

It would also be nice to see that any assets you have eventually go to her. Having a will with an executor you trust would insure that.
34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Vitamins on: July 11, 2013, 11:54:54 PM
My doctor used to be big on niacin but he has cooled on that. Of course if you have a history of heart trouble they will recommend that.

My doctor gave me the option of flax or fish oil. Fish oil was cheaper if I remember right. He was also big on a few other options for fish oil or flax but I don't remember them now.

I also do the .80mg aspirin every night.
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Vitamins on: July 11, 2013, 06:19:52 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 11, 2013, 03:49:11 PM

Quote from: gangeli on July 11, 2013, 02:57:11 PM

I'm over 40.  I take flintstones chewables.  My diet sucks, so I figure it can't hurt.  smile



I saw they have gummy vitamins nowadays.

for adults too....
36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Vitamins on: July 10, 2013, 10:33:27 PM
I take fish oil pills and vitamin D. My doctor is hot on those two. He said that if you eat an average diet most other requirements were already met so a vitamin pill was unnecessary.
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you have a will? on: July 10, 2013, 10:30:19 PM
I have a will that sets up a revocable trust. The will covers a whole variety of things..

What happens if I die.
What happens if the wife dies.
Who gets the money and when they get it.
Executors of the will.
Who gets the kids.
Power of attorney.
I forget what it's called but the info on when to "pull the plug" is their too.

My kids are older now but much of what is in the will applies for many more years. It also means your estate can avoid probate, which is a good thing.

Lawyers usually have set rates for doing wills. If you choose the trust route it will no doubt cost more as more work is required. Your assets are put into the trust and that takes some work. But it is work that would require doing by your survivors anyway so why not do it in advance.
38  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What is the first album you ever purchased? on: May 13, 2013, 11:57:37 PM
Probably Steeley Dan Can't Buy a Thrill.
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So what would ya say.....ya do here? on: April 18, 2013, 06:52:44 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 18, 2013, 04:24:08 AM

Quote from: Lee on April 18, 2013, 02:23:42 AM

Chief of Mission Integration

I read that as Chief of Mission Interrogation  icon_lol



Weird, because so did I.

Now, why did you do that?
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Just In: I don't find Kate Upton all that Attractive on: April 12, 2013, 10:59:24 PM
I have seen people call her "heavy". I am sorry, but if that is heavy then I don't want to know your definition of well proportioned.
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