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41  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk about piracy. on: April 12, 2013, 10:57:08 PM
I did copy music back in the cassette deck days. I do have to plead guilty to that.
42  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk about piracy. on: April 12, 2013, 09:04:21 PM
I have had HBO in the past and found that after about 3-4 months you have seen everything they have to offer. Whenever they have a free weekend I will browse what is on and record a couple things but then discover that I rarely see them.

We do have Netflix, although we haven't had it for very long and it is used mainly by my 20 year old daughter.

I have never pirated anything. I just think you should have to pay for stuff that is supposed to be paid for. My older daughter, living on her own and with a very limited budget apparently pirates all kinds of stuff. I have tried to discourage her but she is her own person now.

I must admit though that I don't watch that much TV. I am a sports watcher, and beyond that if something interests me I may watch it. Once home from work I am just as likely to game or read as watch TV.
43  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Something good, something bad, hopefully ending ok on: April 12, 2013, 05:00:29 PM
My wife had a lot of trouble with that and need surgery at 33 before we had our first kid. She had problems on and off but managed to hold out to her 50's before needing the hysterectomy.

I do hope your wife is doing well.

To relate to your experience I inherited some money (and property) when my father died. Something in my head told me to keep some of the money liquid. Well when the accountant did my taxes it turned out that I owed about $27k on it, because the profits off any annuities he held were taxable to the inheritors. Even though we had the money (and it was from him) it seemed like a hell of a tax hit. Nice part was we had the money, you didn't get any cash, just the bill.

You should contact your local IRS office as they do have payment plans as mentioned up thread. I know, I used to work for them (25+ years ago) and offer them to people. You should maybe file an extension so you can work that out.
44  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Just In: I don't find Kate Upton all that Attractive on: April 12, 2013, 04:50:25 PM

Quote from: Harpua3 on April 12, 2013, 01:19:59 AM

Hell, I eat corn out of her ass... Too far?

creamed corn?
corn on the cob?
corn flakes?
45  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Just In: Kate Upton doesn't find ATB all that attractive. on: April 11, 2013, 09:52:27 PM
but he does like Emma Watson........... retard

Not that she is bad looking but if they were standing next to each other you wouldn't even be aware Emma Watson was in the room.
46  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Something good, something bad, hopefully ending ok on: April 11, 2013, 09:50:58 PM
The bank that wiped out the debt wouldn't give you a loan to pay the taxes? It would have been a win win for everyone.
47  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Just In: I don't find Kate Upton all that Attractive on: April 11, 2013, 09:45:54 PM

Quote from: ATB on April 11, 2013, 05:17:45 PM

This girl is certainly pretty, but she's not stunningly beautiful.  I understand why she is all over the internets now and SI, but she's not all that.

You obviously have very high standards.   Roll Eyes
48  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] The Mortal Instruments on: April 08, 2013, 05:37:19 PM
Both my daughters (20 and 23) love this series of books. I think they are still being written as I think a new book just came out.

The smell of money is a great seductress, I would blame Twilight rather than Harry Potter though.  That proved you don't even have to be a good writer (the books) or movie maker (the films) to make a ton of $$$

I would agree. My oldest read the Twilight Series and said it was some of the worst writing she had ever seen. She also said that about the 50 Shades of Gray books.
49  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So what would ya say.....ya do here? on: April 08, 2013, 05:33:44 PM

Quote from: Gromit on April 03, 2013, 11:53:06 PM

I'm a Health Services Administrator for a private corrections company.  The prison I work at is in western Oklahoma and houses California inmates.  I did, however, apply for a transfer to a detention center (run by the same company) in Pahrump, NV (60 miles west of Las Vegas) and was offered the position today.  I start there on May 5th.  smile

Wow...western Oklahoma must be worse than I thought.
50  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So what would ya say.....ya do here? on: April 03, 2013, 08:04:05 PM
Part owner and paper pusher for a commercial construction company.

What the hell am i doing on this forum?
51  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: MLB 2013 on: March 29, 2013, 11:36:46 PM
I do hope the Dodgers beat the Giants this year.     nod

Watching the Giants win the WS is not a good thing for a Dodger fan.   
52  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Bates Motel on: March 22, 2013, 09:57:17 PM
I think I have seen ads for a new series called Hannibal....all about you know who. You suppose they make him an entertaining and likable guy?
53  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Homemade Pizza Dough AAR on: March 19, 2013, 09:05:53 PM
I buy pizza dough from a local Italian Deli. I usually make 2 small pizza's rather than 1 larger one. My family likes it better on a BBQ grill than from the oven, crispier crust I think. Also we don't do a red sauce, we use olive oil, cheeses and whatever else you want. One pizza with regular cheese and one with goat cheese because my wife can't do dairy.
54  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I've Never Really Cared for the Word 'Fart' on: March 12, 2013, 09:30:05 PM
here.....pull my finger......... nod
55  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Non-gamers donít understand games on: March 12, 2013, 09:27:05 PM
My wife played years ago but she is pretty much done with them now. No time. My two daughters both play them on consoles.

None of my friends play them, but they have a couple 20 year old sons that do a lot of console gaming and we often end up talking about who is playing what.
56  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Tomb Raider series gets a reboot on: March 07, 2013, 12:41:14 AM
It is time for a Harry Potter re-boot.
57  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: March 01, 2013, 05:21:14 PM
That sweater picture is great......... icon_lol
58  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/Ps3] The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Impressions, tweaks and more! on: February 28, 2013, 12:51:29 AM

Quote from: TarrenVonRose on February 27, 2013, 04:50:53 PM

Hey I just got the Dlc for Skyrim thanks to it finally coming out on the Ps3 and I was wondering if anyone else was having trouble with the Dawnguard Quest "Bloodlines"

I get Serena back to the Vampire castle but the gate wont open for me, and I cant complete the quest, its making me quite angry.

I played on PC. Spoilered info is original answer.

Okay, I originally answered thinking you were returning with her towards the end of the DLC, and so maybe your not. I think I had some trouble getting through there myself. Try walking up to it several times, talking to her in front of it, have her get in front of the gate. I remember after several minutes it was like I just got in the "right" spot and bingo, I was in.

The spoiler info is if you are returning to the castle later in the Dawnguard DLC...

Spoiler for Hiden:
I played this on PC and stumbled upon the entry. If you veer to the left from the front door you will eventually find a loading dock type area guarded by some bad ass skeletons. I started to the right and when I finally got there she was waiting for me.
59  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sometimes, there is no rehabilitation. on: February 28, 2013, 12:18:51 AM
Hey, when you were young wouldn't you have planned a robbery for some drugs and maybe $100, only you really wanted to kill them and then have three way sex over their zombiefied bodies?

Talk about dirty and smelly sex.......... icon_eek
60  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's The Coolest Thing You've Ever Seen? on: February 20, 2013, 11:43:00 PM
Flying over Monterey, CA in the glass-front nose of a B-17

Years ago they used to do Jimmy Doolittle flyovers with B-17s, they would fly around Monterey (were he lived until he died) and one year several of them returned afterwards to the Fresno airport. We went out and watched them come in low over the winery property to land at the airport.

Damn that was cool....and they seemed amazingly slow.
61  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's The Coolest Forum You've Ever Padded On? on: February 20, 2013, 11:37:04 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on February 19, 2013, 08:36:11 PM


I used to be part of USMilitarygamers, but they were a bit too dickish and arrogant.

Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

Then you should try Broken Forum, the spin off from QT3. There are some real dickish and arrogant people there.      nod
62  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you remember phone numbers? on: February 20, 2013, 11:35:12 PM
I know my home phone and my office phone. I don't remember anyone's cell phone (including my own) or anyone else's office numbers.
63  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oldest save game you have installed on: February 20, 2013, 11:28:31 PM
Probably something from Baldurs Gate. I would imagine I have a save on my machine that dates back almost as far as the machine itself. So a 6-8 year old save, minimum.
64  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's The Coolest Thing You've Ever Won? on: February 19, 2013, 04:31:06 PM
Last year at a golf tournament I won a $100 gift certificate for Flemings.
65  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: <Brag> What's your Life's Greatest Achievement? </Brag> on: February 07, 2013, 07:41:27 PM
Probably finding a wife. That one still shocks me.    icon_eek
66  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pick Your Apocalypse on: February 06, 2013, 09:32:59 PM
I'll go nuclear....short and sweet.
67  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Ironside on: February 05, 2013, 11:11:05 PM
So the guy pushing him around will probably be Jim Belushi?
68  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you do your own Taxes? on: February 01, 2013, 10:04:25 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on February 01, 2013, 08:56:28 PM

Ah, well.  I guess the deduction on the laptop footprint of 2.1 sq ft, it wouldn't be worth the audit to deduct the $24 a year that it constitutes in my home.  smile

As with almost all deductions you can claim anything you want until you get audited. Then if you ever get caught knowingly "cheating" they will gut you like a fish with the power to dig years into the past.
69  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you do your own Taxes? on: February 01, 2013, 07:11:36 PM
I have had 2 CPA's over the years. I left the first (who was a personal friend) when I discovered that he missed a deduction I thought I was entitled to. I asked my company CPA about the deduction and he agreed with me. So I switched.

CPA's rely heavily on computer programs and updates now. So the idea of your CPA missing something that has recently changed (his software updated slower than it should have) is not out of the question.

My current CPA does give me a price cut because he has the company business.

I do know people who have had a CPA do their return once and then they basically use that return as a template for the following years. Of course the danger doing that is that things change and you may easily miss something, either pro or con.
70  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you do your own Taxes? on: February 01, 2013, 12:46:40 AM
No. I have a part interest in a business that complicates things. Also with various write-offs I have found in the last ten years anyway it makes more sense to pay the CPA who handles my business stuff. He gives me a good rate ($250) so I can't complain. This year will be extra complicated due to some of the receipts from my fathers estate being taxable.

As someone who once worked for the IRS I am aware that often saving a few bucks on a tax return isn't worth it in the long run.    paranoid
71  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's Your Typical Evening Like? on: January 24, 2013, 11:25:42 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on January 24, 2013, 10:25:15 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on January 24, 2013, 09:32:06 PM

Study chemotherapy of infectious disease.
Study pharmacogenomics.
Study the top 300 prescribed medications, including brand, generic, ADRs, and consultation.
Study medical terminology.
Cook and eat dinner.
Study pharmaceutics.
Study patient assessment/diagnosis, practice physical exams.
Study drug literature evaluation and statistics.
Research current week's case study.
Open a beer. 
Open another.
And another.

Lather, rinse, repeat. Daily.

No time for being Fabulous anymore?

Striving to be the worlds first fabulous pharmacist is hard work......
72  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Oh for fu....Lego accused of Racism over Star Wars Jabba's Palace on: January 24, 2013, 10:01:54 PM
We should supply every Turkish muslim with a copy of the Star Wars movies....the re-done ones of course.
73  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My first time wearing glasses on: January 24, 2013, 10:00:31 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on January 24, 2013, 03:28:51 PM

Just wanted to point out that vision therapy is not just for fixing problems you have reading.  That was specific to my kid.  They fix all kinds of issues by training you eyes to do the things they're meant to do. 

It's especially effective when your eyes have been doing the wrong thing for years, which it sounds like is the case with you, Tilt.

My daughter took vision therapy for her dyslexia, and it did help.
74  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's Your Typical Evening Like? on: January 24, 2013, 09:56:35 PM
Let's see....


Home by 5:30
Read the paper on-line
Dinner around 6:30
Play Skyrim (or next PC game) until 8:30-9
Watch TV or read
10:30-11  bed


much of the same but I BBQ
drink wine
play Skyrim until 10:30
socialize with wife


BBQ dinner
spend more time with wife than gaming
bed by 10:30
75  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Film] Movie 43 on: January 08, 2013, 11:03:43 PM
The TV commercials for this make it look horrible, totally horrible.
76  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: habachi. Salty, delicious, good times. So why.. on: January 03, 2013, 08:23:45 PM
hibachi does not equal teppanyaki

As for your problem. I can have problems with any spiced, rich food. Some teppanyaki will fit that description but I don't recall it being that bad for me. Italian food will do it to me. Even seafood depending on how it is prepared.
77  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Books] Your Book of the Year? on: December 18, 2012, 10:14:40 PM

Quote from: ATB on December 18, 2012, 07:47:27 PM

Quote from: Crawley on December 18, 2012, 07:45:38 PM

I didn't read as much as I did last year but read a few books near the end of the year. Two books really grabbed me but I'll just mention the top one as the other is a zombie book which I'm even sick of (but it was a great read biggrin).

"The Wise Man Fears" by Patrick Rothfus was my best read this year. Its a sequel to the book "The Name of the Wind" which my wife was nagging me to read for awhile. It's a fantasy novel which is part of a trilogy (3rd book not out yet). Its a simple story setup of a hero thought dead who is re-telling the story of how they became a legend from their humble beginnings. It has such a well thought out world with a rich history, usually told via stories or songs, and is so well realized by the author. Magic in the book isn't some unexplained manifestation. It's almost like a science that you can follow its mechanics to where it seems plausible. The characters are the best part of these books though and there are quite a few good ones.

I read both the first and the second book this year and although I did really enjoy the first book I almost stopped reading it 30% in as it was just so boring to me. But I decided to keep with it a bit longer. Thankfully it picked up pretty quickly after that. By the end I was clamoring to read the sequel. The sequel is almost perfect for me. It already had the well established characters and plot elements set up and just took off running.

These are both pretty chunky books and worth the time if you're looking for some fantasy.

Have been looking HARD for a new series and will check this out.

I'm also investigating The Black Company series...

Get the Omnibus featuring the first three books. Read that, and then stop.

I have the Fall of Giants book mentioned and also The Name of the Wind. They will be read in 2013.
78  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Books] Your Book of the Year? on: December 18, 2012, 10:12:57 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on December 18, 2012, 07:53:05 PM

Quote from: ATB on December 18, 2012, 07:45:57 PM

Oh. My worst book of the year is Mockingjay (book 3 of hunger games).

I got it from the kindle lending library in APRIL and still have not finished it. It's just terrible.
Don't finish it.  Imagine your own ending.  The real one will just piss you off.

My daughter loved the series but admitted that the third book wasn't very good.
79  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Books] Your Book of the Year? on: December 18, 2012, 07:16:11 PM
Storm of Swords         by George R R Martin
1920: Year of Six Presidents   by David Pietrusza
Feast of Crows         by George R R Martin
A Voyage of Madmen      by Peter Nichols
Mort                     by Terry Pratchett
In a Garden of Beasts      by Erik Larson
Winds of War         by Herman Wouk
War and Remembrance      by Herman Wouk
American Gods         by Neil Gaiman
Eleventh Month, Eleventh Day,
Eleventh Hour         by Joseph Persico
World War Z         by Max Brooks

Well, that is what I have read this year.

I would probably pick In the Garden of the Beasts or Storm of Swords. So I guess those are my non-fiction/fiction picks of the year.
80  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read 2012 Edition on: December 18, 2012, 07:11:13 PM
World War Z by Max Brooks

I only decided to read this after reading some of the stuff in the movie thread about the movie being made based on the book. I am not a zombie fanboy so I went in a little apprehensive. It did take several pages to finally get into the book but overall I would say I enjoyed it. The books style didn't lend itself to addictive reading but there some segments that were very, very good.

An interesting way to approach the subject and it was handled very well. You learned about the "war" as you read the individual interviews of people who had survived the war.

This isn't a book I could recommend to everyone but I do think for sci-fi fans it probably should be a guaranteed read.
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