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1  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Alienware X51 HDTV PC for sale <price drop to $445> on: June 16, 2014, 02:25:34 PM
You have PM, believe it to be the pm you want  nod
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New game - Describe a movie in 2 sentences or less. Snark encouraged. on: March 01, 2012, 05:38:38 PM
Excalibur again: Director's way nekkid daughter gets banged by armored rapist. Then cue the watery tart...
3  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Dungeon Siege III, free DCL (10.7.11 per alienware) on: October 08, 2011, 12:00:35 PM
33 remaining @ now, Sat morn 10/8.
4  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Dungeon Siege III, free DCL (10.7.11 per alienware) on: October 08, 2011, 03:04:49 AM

Some freebie DLC for Dungeon Siege 3 [ Note: again, DLC only, NOT the base DS3 game- Steam integrated giveaway- yousa gets a DLC code ya can then enter into Steam - follow the instructions. Limited, '60 available' at the time I did mine, @11pm 10/7.
First comes the promo text, then a linky below, then some more info as I could gather:

Dungeon Siege 3 Key GiveawaySiege the Day! Download the Medallion of St. Elys Now!

Return to the Kingdom of Ehb to define your destiny as one of four unique heroes in Dungeon Siege III. You will gather countless treasures in your quest to acquire the ultimate combination of armor and weaponry, but only Alienware Arena can offer you the Medallion of St. Elys. With this coveted medallion, your hero's health will instantly increase while also increasing the damage caused by your special attacks.

Keys are limited, so equip this rare treasure while you can


More info: Does not appear you have to own game yet, seems like you can get the DLC, base game eventually? One poster in comments sez the DLC item: " is a pendant -- worth about 12K inside the game. It is *slightly* better than any pendant that I had at the end of the game. " Dunno if worth doing; I have the base game, yet to play it.
5  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: The Logic of Chance by Eugene V. Koonin is free on Kindle on: September 06, 2011, 02:56:58 PM
Thnx. Don't know anything about it, but do need to try out the built in kindle reader(ish) thing on the new HP Touchpad. This looks like an top notch title to do a (yeah free!) run thru. Thnx again, nice find.
6  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Direct2Drive 30 Deals Day 24 Bulletstorm+ BUNNY Weekend Code & Crysis 2 Deal on: April 24, 2011, 08:18:26 PM
Yeah, possible MOTS if you're already onboard for Brink.

The Bullletstorm demo's on steam. Try & see based on that. I assumed since very much had fun/liked the total chaos in demo I'd like the rest (I only do SP, which I heard is not that long anyhow). Humor in it seems painfully _un_funny though. Speaking of pain, actually reminds me of Painkiller + steroids: prob. b/c of that electric-whip-grapple thing.  
7  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Direct2Drive 30 Deals Day 24 Bulletstorm+ BUNNY Weekend Code & Crysis 2 Deal on: April 24, 2011, 08:04:43 PM
Good deal. 'BUNNY' worked on Bulletstorm, making it $22.49.  Nice. I had a total blast w/ just the demo of this obviously dumbass game, so figured worth a go at $23. Note, unfortunately not a steamworks title (yeah, I tried the key).
8  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: LF Modern Warfare 2 360/PC on: March 06, 2011, 02:54:13 PM
MW2 pc steam key (new unused obviously) $18.  Bit more if you wants 'case/stuffing' - YGPM
9  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: The Steam Treasure Hunt Contest and Sales on: December 07, 2010, 01:49:21 PM

Quote from: Teggy on December 06, 2010, 10:36:13 PM

Oh, that is just pure evil. Genius, but evil.

Teggy, you must have jedi mind powers; that or you posted from the future.

Just popping up on Steam this morning, Evil Genius @ $2.50 (75% off).

I love this game. For those unfamiliar, think Dungeon Keeper w/ spies + an Austin Powers(ish) bright, silly cartoonish vibe. Flawed masterpiece (I had really really hoped for an eventual Evil Genius 2 to smooth out some rougher edges & make a classic), but still great, ridiculous fun. Designing & building out the insanely elaborate interactive killer 'death traps' to brutally zap those PITA nosy investigating agents/heroes intruding on your volcanic island lair NEVER got old. Don't hesitate,  I'd paid retail/$40?ish way back whenever on initial retail release & thought it well worth it. For $2.50 Evil Genius is no brainer.
10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best Book Ever (?) on: September 23, 2010, 02:55:30 PM
Dune. Frank Herbert.
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Mel Gibson Is Freaking INSANE on: July 14, 2010, 07:58:00 PM
Someone has done a mash-up, imagined as an imaginary phonecall, between Mel's epic rant(s) set against/edited/intercut wiith Christian Bale's one from a year or so back (uh, when filiming Terminator?). Sorry no link though, only just heard it. But I assure you, 'tis True Comedy Gold.  Heck, you likely don't have to even hear it to know it is full of Win.
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: LeBron - The Decision on: July 09, 2010, 03:41:04 AM
The abiding Cleveland sports misery just keeps on keeping on.... The Drive*, The Fumble**, The Shot***, whatever that 7th game world series extra inning debacle is nicknamed, The Move****....  and now lo & behold, a full on Cleveland Steamer.

crib notes:
* Elway, 98 yards, AFC Championship
** Next year, fumble @ goal line
*** Jordan over Ehlo
**** Model's Browns to Baltimore
13  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: pricing ? for GTA San Andreas on: June 12, 2010, 02:14:58 PM
When I see GTS:SA show up in Half Price Books, which it frequently does, think it is usually @ 7.98, $9.98 at most.
14  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam: Rockstar Week on: April 27, 2010, 11:22:02 PM
More gaming goodness. Max Payne on tonight (Wed. 4/27) for $2.50; another blink-and-u-miss 3 hr sale, on now until 7pm PST. Great game.
15  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam: Rockstar Week on: April 26, 2010, 09:28:47 PM
GTA: Vice City (easily my fave of all the GTAs) for $2.50. But only a 2 hour sale (wtf?). Till 3pm PST. So 1/2 hour left. HURRY if yousawants.
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What is a good chainsaw brand? on: April 14, 2010, 12:51:44 AM
My father, when retired, for a hobby spent a decade as an obsessive chainsawer, so I have lotsa (mostly unwanted) experience. He always bought cheap junk, then broke it & complained. I started out getting him something 'better,' and while I found I like Husky, as already stated, breakable & parts are a bit of a pain. Then turned to Stihl & have not looked back. Stihl has a good Dealer network, and they have parts & such (and you will need a dealer & parts now & again if you do anything beyond pure basic once-a-month stuff).

I highly recommend this model which I have & use:  Stihl MS 180C.  Absolute lightest saw w/ most power I could find - sensational power-weight ratio. Easy start (think that's the 'c' thing). Quick change (finger tighten gadgetry, no need to unbolt to retighten chain). A homeowner saw, so price is waaay better than their professional line pricing (uh, think it is still sub $200, or at least therabouts). 14" bar, and while that might seem a bit 'small,' if you're not planning on lumberjacking an entire forest, it is plenty large enough. As I said, the high power to low weight ratio makes this little guy a real winner.

17  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam & Direct2Drive Weekend Deal 4-1-2010: Borderlands 50% off on: April 03, 2010, 02:49:24 AM
I'm glad to hear the rest of you dug the SP, as that's why I'm getting in on a 4pack. I just don't do MP, so initially passed on it over the holidays; but I always really liked the look of it- the sorta cell shaded look & weird wasteland feel - plus the pretty regular chorus of 'fantastic' gameplay; figure at sub 20 bucks, has to be worth a go.
18  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam & Direct2Drive Weekend Deal 4-1-2010: Borderlands 50% off on: April 03, 2010, 12:11:23 AM
19  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Weekend Deal 4-1-2010: Borderlands 50% off on: April 02, 2010, 04:26:38 AM
Yeah, I'll sign onto a slot in a 4 pack if you're still putting one together. ygpm.
Skipped out on this when Amazon had it for $20 on black friday, but might as well bite now.
20  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: THQ Europe: Dawn of War 2 5 eurobucks, today only (2-26-2010) on: February 26, 2010, 09:21:56 PM
Yup. I'm at 60% downloaded so far right now. Steam took the cd key w/out a hitch.
21  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: THQ Europe: Dawn of War 2 5 eurobucks, today only (2-26-2010) on: February 26, 2010, 07:35:52 PM
Correction. I just checked paypal & it was $7.83. Here's the conversion per paypal:

Total Amount:  -£5.00 GBP
Fee amount:    £0.00 GBP
Net amount:   -£5.00 GBP (equals -$7.83 USD)

Conversion from:  -$7.83 USD
Conversion to:     £5.00 GBP
Exchange rate:    1 U.S. Dollar = 0.638859 British Pounds
22  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: THQ Europe: Dawn of War 2 5 eurobucks, today only (2-26-2010) on: February 26, 2010, 07:29:43 PM
I saw this over on CAG this morning & after deciding this looked like a workable (read: waited for some other guinea pigs to try & confirm no PITA complications as to the Euro thing) deal, was going to post here, but CeeKay already did the honors.

Fantastic Deal: paid @ $7.70 US via paypal, they instantly emailed me the CD key. Key worked first shot on Steam no problems, & downloading via Steam right now. So Basically, as far as I can tell, exactly like getting it on Steam for @ 7 bucks. Buying at THQ UK was straightforward, if a little wonky in way it threw me out of paypal after paying back to a login screen, wasn't sure if it took/went thru at first, but checked my email & the support/THQ confirmation email w/ all important key code was there. Seems to be a THQ UK administered system for a direct download /install instuctions as well (6 downloads of the files allowed, files can be burned to DVD), but eh, as long as Steam takes it directly, I'm not bothering. Just using Steam. Great Deal.

Here's the link to the thread/discussion over at Cheap Ass

BTW, CeeKay you always seem to do a great job of noticing & posting the worthwhile deals over here. Thnx. Appreciated.
23  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Bioshock 2 (PC) FS on: February 25, 2010, 09:41:49 PM
YGPM; sounds good
24  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: LF: specific PC & 360 games (to trade, not buy) on: February 20, 2010, 06:46:45 PM
PM incoming. I'd go a combo pack of COD 4 & 5 (MW & MW2) (cod4:MW's retail box- still unopened/still shrink wrapped, & cod5:MW2's just the unused key code (so you'd register/install/download it all via STEAM), in combo for for Risen & Borderlands. Let's sort / see if match/doable via PM if interested.
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Slow cookers: any thoughts? on: December 18, 2009, 03:42:30 AM
I love my crock pot. Two hints: The crocks are durable, but I've ruined a couple. Hot stuff inside, done late at night, and I'm wanting to go to bed, empty it & start washing it w/ cold water. Ooops. Little cracking 'ping' means it is time for a new one. Rapid temp change= bad idea. Hint two: my newest one has an electronic control (versus the basic high/low dongle) - the extra couple settings (hi/low, but adds a couple choices in how many hours, plus when the cycle completes then drops to a 'warm' setting - very handy that). Since I like to do a lot of stuff overnight, the extra couple setting choices help a lot.
26  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: LF Mass Effect for the PC on: October 05, 2009, 01:45:22 PM
Yeah, subject to me verifying it is still in the (high tech) miracle-box-buried-back-of-the-closet storage system. Think still in shrinky actually. I'll check tonight & we can swap something/something/whatever around. Might have the strat guide too. 50/50 on that.
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lionheart on: October 04, 2009, 09:56:52 PM
I struggled & forced myself to the end of it largely b/c I'd unfortunately, in great expectation, paid full price on release day.

I wish I had done neither.

So, I'm a vote for "yes, that bad/ stay away".
28  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: WTB Empire: Total War on: September 15, 2009, 09:53:28 PM
Look down for my FT post on E:TW from couple back, I've still got that one in shrinky. Let's chat- ygpm incoming.
29  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FS - 4GB OCZ DDR3 1600mhz ram (price drop) on: August 14, 2009, 01:55:29 PM
ygpm, a (2d) follow-up, contingency looks to be in place
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The job I found... on: August 04, 2009, 01:09:35 PM
So what you're all saying is time for me to drop Heinlein and get more up-to-date pop references;

fair 'nuff, and as usual, think Jon Stewart @ Daily Show got it best:

[since cash for clunkers is working so well ]... let's see, how to fix Medicare next.... 'Greenbacks for Grannies'
31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The job I found... on: August 04, 2009, 09:55:08 AM
Easy enough to Grok. nod

Heinlein, in 1957, from this quote cribbed from his classic novel -best 50 of all time, or wherever they currently have Door into Summer ranked at now- offered, um, how to say: a comically nifty prescient insight into this arguably odd aspect of our current situation...

Leastwise, I grokked it as the pure funny when I was reminded of it yesteday; perhaps I best give up before I need to quote from Woody Allen's Sleeper next, LOL.     
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The job I found... on: August 04, 2009, 01:49:46 AM
The job I found was crushing new ground limousines so that they could be shipped back to Pittsburgh as scrap. Cadillacs, Chryslers, Eisenhowers, Lincolns - all sort of great big, new powerful turbobuggies without a kilometer on their clocks. Drive ’em between the jaws, then crunch! smash! crash! - scrap iron for blast furnaces.

It hurt me at first since I was riding the ways to work and didn’t own so much as a Grav-Jumper. I expressed my opinion of it almost lost my job….until the shift boss remembered I was a Sleeper and really didn’t understand.

“It’s a simple matter of economics, son. These are surplus cars the government has accepted as security against price-support loans. They’re two years old now and then can never be sold….so the government junks them and sells them back to the steel industry.

You can’t run a blast furnace just on ore; you have to scrap iron as well. You ought to know that even if you are a Sleeper. Matter of fact with high-grade ore so scarce, there’s more and more demand for scrap. The steel industry needs these cars.”

“But why build them in the first place if they can’t be sold? It seems wasteful.”

“It just seems wasteful. You want to throw people out of work? You want to run down their standard of living?”

quoting from Robert A. Heinlein’s “The Door Into Summer” (1957)  
Well worth a read - Wiki:

33  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Empire: Total War (pc), new & in shrinky, for trade on: August 03, 2009, 09:50:33 PM
Empire: Total War (pc) for trade. No second-hand drm/unusable license issues to mess w/, as it is brand new/still in shrinkwrap. Gamespot's review (8.5/10; critic 8.8/10; users 8.4/10) here:

Prefer a trade for something I lack over sale;  PC versions only, as that's all I have. On the list * is for the specific ones I kinda recall from last year that came out w/ some horrid level of heightened PITA drm though, so you'd def. need to verify the particulars of my being able to freely use/ easily transfer etc. (or just offer new of course smile; So howsabout any of:

Rise of Flight: First Great Air War
Call of Juarez - Bound in Blood
Dawn of Discovery (aka Anno 1404)*
Galactic Civ 2 Ultimate Edition (the boxed compilation one w/ both expansions)
Dawn of War 2 *
Sacred 2 *


edit: added asterisk for Dawn of Discovery/Anno1404... a 3 install drm?! argh. My vista rig goes down @ every 6 mos. I so hate this drm nonsense. Guess they've pretty much killed off good old gameswapping/trading with this, eh? [get off my lawn mode off]  
34  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Massive hardware sale (Final price cuts 7/15) on: July 18, 2009, 03:35:09 AM
Crap. You have pm. My hard drive is starting to make some -noises- and I've now had an unexplained freeze/reboot/chkdsk kicking in, and some bonus pauses starting to show up. Sigh.
So looks like I needs me the $40 WD-640GB HD. I'm out this weekend (family reunion) and will be traveling part of next (thru wed), so tiny bit of delay 'till I can get to deal w/ it on my end, but yeah, I'll take it.
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Public Enemies Impressions on: July 06, 2009, 12:33:52 PM
Oh, one other thing I must add to my little above review- simply must mention one aspect of Mann's method- the shooting in digital vs. film thing he does. One thing this movie does not suffer from is muddy, hard (or impossible) to follow "night action". A major shootout happens at night, deep in the woods. Practically every other movie would practically have had a pitch black screen w/ lots of loud noises & some shaky cam, with the viewer totally clueless as to what's going on. Not Mann. Every single thing and everyone can be followed, and the, not sure what I want to call it, perhaps 'color saturation' is astonishing. You feel like you're penetrating the darkness. You basically always know what is going on, and can -see- it. Plus the (frequent) handheld camera doesn't shake, it sorta floats there in midst of the action, absorbing. So weirdly like a documentary, a historical artifact, not a spastic shaky cam.  Splendid stuff, this.
36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Public Enemies Impressions on: July 06, 2009, 02:44:39 AM
Just saw it.

The Last of Mohicans & HEAT are both among my favorite films, so count me as a big big Michael Mann fan.  That said, this one never came fully together for me - less than the sum of its parts.

Wonderful parts definitely: the story's true (with only some mild stretching (eg Pretty Boy Floyd in fact dies long _after_ Dillinger, and not by Purvis' hand)) & certainly interesting, the period look and costuming are spot on, the female lead is wonderful, Depp is a solid center, the J Edgar Hoover actor is soooo splendidy creepy, but.... somehow.... it never thrilled me. And I so wanted to be thrilled. I just wasn't. Even the shootouts, always a tentpole centerpiece treat with a Mann flick (heck, even the way flawed Miami Vice remake had a stellar final shootout), never dropped my jaw. Saw it w/ 2 friends and  we pretty much all gave it about the same level of -OK-

Accordingly, perfectly serviceable as a Matinee; buy only squeaks by for a Full Price evening ticket.
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone know about well pumps for water? - short cycling help on: July 05, 2009, 01:27:57 AM
Guesswork. You say air tank w/ bladder; I immediately think the bladder's what's kaput - air is leaking, slow or fast, but still leaking, thus creating the screwed up pressure/short cycling.

Disclaimer:  nooooo way a plumber, scarcely a clue, trust me, just happen to have a deep well water jet pump, tank, softener setup. When my pump started to short cycle couple years back, that's what it turned out to be. Of course, quite the leap of faith to replace a water tank based on some random dude's wild guess on the internet smile Mine was a pretty old tank, so it was the obvious guess (add air, different lower reading the next day... duh). If your is new(ish) tank, though...

Uh, maybe see if you can drain the tank out a bit/most of way (have any suitable drain valves?). When drained mine & tried to move it out of there, recall it weighed a TON (bladder loaded w/ water), versus the very light weight it should have been if the bladder was working/all the water was properly pushed out.   
38  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Divorce Lawyer, Tenn (optimal Nashville environs); any recommendations? on: June 26, 2009, 01:52:37 PM
Yup, thanks guys.

Yup, 30 days. One of the reasons I told him to hustle a bit in getting a local divorce attorney lined up though (or at least the consult) was to get a fast handle on what to _DO_ immediately For example, shared bank accounts (and he still didn't know/hadn't checked as of yesterday, next morning after being served, when we spoke if she'd drained dry, etc, etc, etc - well, what should he himself do/do kind of thing is what he needs. He's actually sitting 1/2 a state away (lost job last year, hello economy, been renting apt. in another city w/ brand new not-as-good job, while she sits in their house back home, barely seeing each other as I understand it... so he's really doubly clueless as to what's going/has gone on _there_ (changed locks?). He'd already called her and left her some kind of a voicemail, then was thinking of calling her attorney... I went... 'oh' [vader sez: NNNoooooooooo...]. IMHO Dude really needs a 20 point do/never do 'checklist' from a relevant divorce pro handed to him to get him going at ground level; e.g I ask & he says his check is direct deposited on Fridays, yes, to that joint account.... methinks perhaps he should _not_ do that... he needs to be _told_ this say/don't say/do/don't do stuff right now.

Figured it was a longshot, but figured it was worth a post to see if, similar to Owain's "had my divorce attorney reccommended by a guy at work," something might shakeout here. Otherwise, I'll limit myself (I'm a friend, not a relation or have any biz stake w/ him) to basic recommendation of calling the local bar assoc and, Amalzain, while aware of the advert part, thanks for upfront disclaimer, I'll still let him know that your site does generate a couple Nashville area folks (your Memphis guy just a bit far away, lol (Tenn is one doublewiiiiide state).

Thank guys. Actually Guessed it'd be crickets chirping, so  thumbsup   
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Divorce Lawyer, Tenn (optimal Nashville environs); any recommendations? on: June 26, 2009, 12:54:31 AM
Thankfully, not for me. I'm single. An old friend got served divorce papers yesterday afternoon. According to him, out of blue (or at the very least, he's utterly unprepared).

Asked if I had a clue, any clue at all other than some blind yellow page calling around ('cause he does get it that he needs _immediate_ advice ASAP); I know we have a decent supply of various practioners, so perhaps worth a shot... 

Longest of longshots, TN+law+divorce, but I thought perhaps working thru hopefuly to the eventual friend of a friend of a friend would be better than a 'hang in there buddy'.  Theory of personal ref > lawyer referral service (which is what I'd say do otherwise).

40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's Your Concept of Time Like? on: June 18, 2009, 12:41:31 PM
On a professional level I am always early. On a personal level I am usually late

Me. Former requires constant attention. Latter happens. I am at relative peace with this balance.
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