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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Other than gaming, what are your hobbies? on: August 20, 2016, 05:23:28 PM
Trail biking, going to the gym, reading sci-fi/fantasy.  Thtat's what i used to do anyways, before deciding to finally go back and finish my degree.  Now its just school work.
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: #EthanCleansUp on: July 29, 2016, 09:32:03 PM
Just saw the link to your video on front page msn.com  Great story!
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Decline of American architecture? on: June 05, 2016, 07:54:18 PM
There wont be as much new construction in major cities, since most major cities are already built up.  There are smaller opportunities to make interesting buildings, but I bet they are harder to get approved with the way corporations are run now.  Too much emphasis on quick turnaround, stocks price management, and squeezing profits out of anything they can to build anything more than a functional building.

You need to look for vanity projects and big egos. 

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20160427/NEWS/160429858/detroit-greenlights-gilbert-plans-for-hudsons-site
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Typing program for 10 yr old....not Typing of the Dead on: May 15, 2016, 04:22:25 PM
Great thread, I had been thinking of something like this for a while for my 10 year old and now I have a bunch of good leads. smile
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trailer catch all on: May 12, 2016, 10:22:41 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on May 11, 2016, 04:13:53 AM

Quote from: farley2k on May 10, 2016, 03:31:27 PM



Yoga Hosers
* Sorry I am subjecting you to this but I am just shocked that Kevin Smith made this.  I really used to love his stuff but this just seem like garbage


It is possible that we are not teenage girls. Not that I'm admitting anything.

So he made a movie starring his daughter and Jonnie Depp's daughter?
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ever won anything good? on: March 26, 2016, 11:22:06 PM
I won my first Xbox 360 from Mountain Dew's "Every 10 Minutes" promotion.  It was especially gratifying because I was using the bottle caps of a co-worker that I don't really care for that he never would bother turning in.
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Deadpool on: February 21, 2016, 03:15:37 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 20, 2016, 06:55:46 AM

Quote from: TheEgoWhip on February 19, 2016, 10:21:37 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 17, 2016, 08:39:23 PM



Did you know that most accidents happen within two miles of a person's home?  Do you know why that is?  It's because you've driven those roads so many times, you've gotten familiar with their patterns.  Blind to them, even.  So, when you come to a small intersection where there has never been another car coming another way in your entire life, but this one time there is, your muscles and mind are so used to just going anyway, that you do it.  Boom, you've had an accident.  Was it your fault?  Absolutely.  Is it understandable?  I think so.  But if there is someone else on the sidewalk seeing it happen, do you think they should speak up to keep it from happening?  Even though it won't be their responsibility either way?  Or would not doing that and calling the guy a bad driver be the better route?


Actually I'm pretty sure that the reason that most accidents occur within two miles of home is because every trip begins and ends there.  That means that the first two miles and last two miles of every trip falls into this statistic.  So every time you left your house you would have to travel a minimum of 4 miles from your home in a straight line in order to spend more than half your time beyond the 2 miles from home boundary.  If you counted up the time an average person spends in their car, the % that were within this two mile boundary will normally be well above 50%.

While that may be a factor, studies have shown otherwise.

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"Our research suggests that many drivers appear to be in a comfort zone when driving close to home on familiar roads, hence why such a large proportion of accidents occur there," said Brian Martin, managing director of Elephant.co.uk.
"It's so important to keep a full level of concentration when driving, whether you're just popping to the shops or starting or ending a longer journey. These results emphasise this even more.
"It's interesting to note that the type of accidents people most commonly have close to home happen at lower speeds and involve less impact. In fact, these accidents could involve people simply manoeuvring in or out of their driveway.
"It's vital people stay alert and avoid complacency when driving close to home."

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Progressive’s survey also shed some interesting light on other factors that may tend to lead toward the higher likelihood of auto accidents occurring close to home.  Progressive also surveyed seat belt usage close to home, driving distractions, and the frequency of driving errors that occur within a five mile radius of people’s homes.  The survey found that seat belt usage is much less frequent when driving closer to home than on longer commutes.

Also, people tend to talk on cell phones, listen to iPods, and eat while driving when closer to home as well.  A major cause of these increased driving distractions is that people tend to have a false sense of security when driving close to home, or in familiar areas, a factor that could lead to the high percentage of auto accidents close to home.

Car accident safety experts recommend that when driving close to home, you should not be fooled into having a false sense of security.  Drivers need to be twice as cautious when driving near home and be on the lookout for distracted and careless drivers.  Simply being aware of the fact that the likelihood of an auto accident increases dramatically the closer you are to home may save you from possibly becoming involved in a car accident.

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driving close to home
You might think the drowsiness that accompanies a long road trip is more of a threat than cruising around your neighborhood. But car accidents often take place within  miles of home. While this is due to the fact that most driving occurs close to home, the relaxation we feel caused by the repetition of driving through our own neighborhood likely plays a role.

If you've ever gotten home from work only to realize that your brain was on auto-pilot the whole drive, then you know this phenomenon. Driving in familiar places can cause us to rely more on muscle memory than on our active driving skills (making us less likely to be hyper-vigilant on the road).

The 2 most important things you can do to stay safe on a short neighborhood ride are the same things that will protect you on any ride: stay alert and buckle up. Seems like a no-brainer, but being active about these things really does make you a better, safer driver.

Try not to fall into a comfort zone when you're approaching your humble abode (or hilltop mansion). Even though you may know the route like the back of your hand, accidents are often caused by unpredictable elements like another driver, a crossing animal, or car equipment failure. And letting your guard down can decrease your responsiveness behind the wheel.

The stats also suggest the importance of buckling your seat belt even if you're just driving around the corner. A main reason drivers give for skipping on seat belts, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), is that they're only going a short distance. But buckling up, even close to home, is a habit worth getting into.

Lots of speculation and findings that seem to support what the researchers were looking for, funny how that works, but only one actual definitive statement.

Obviously there can be no definitive answer that satisfies everyone.  Not trying to derail this thread any further.  Saw DP, it was awesome.  Not the best movie i have ever seen, but it did what it wanted to do better than i had dared to hope.
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Deadpool on: February 19, 2016, 10:21:37 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 17, 2016, 08:39:23 PM



Did you know that most accidents happen within two miles of a person's home?  Do you know why that is?  It's because you've driven those roads so many times, you've gotten familiar with their patterns.  Blind to them, even.  So, when you come to a small intersection where there has never been another car coming another way in your entire life, but this one time there is, your muscles and mind are so used to just going anyway, that you do it.  Boom, you've had an accident.  Was it your fault?  Absolutely.  Is it understandable?  I think so.  But if there is someone else on the sidewalk seeing it happen, do you think they should speak up to keep it from happening?  Even though it won't be their responsibility either way?  Or would not doing that and calling the guy a bad driver be the better route?


Actually I'm pretty sure that the reason that most accidents occur within two miles of home is because every trip begins and ends there.  That means that the first two miles and last two miles of every trip falls into this statistic.  So every time you left your house you would have to travel a minimum of 4 miles from your home in a straight line in order to spend more than half your time beyond the 2 miles from home boundary.  If you counted up the time an average person spends in their car, the % that were within this two mile boundary will normally be well above 50%.
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: January 06, 2016, 03:13:04 PM
Alternate theory on Snoke
Spoiler for Hiden:
   
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout: New Vegas - late to the party thread on: December 31, 2015, 04:59:40 PM

Quote from: Travis on December 28, 2015, 10:41:48 PM

Wait.  I can cheat out encumbrance in FO4?  Off to Google I go...Worst part of the game for sure.  Other games like Witcher and DA never bothered me but this one just seems so bad with it. 

Playing on XB1 so I had to take the Strong Back perk, but being able to move while encumbered and being able to fast travel while encumbered has made it a much less restrictive thing. I generally clear a zone, and then strip it bare on my way back to the entrance, make it outside, fast travel right to my main workshop, and unload.  Its much better.  also helps to place a fast travel mat right in front of your workshop/crafting tables.
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1]Fallout 4 on: November 18, 2015, 09:22:15 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on November 18, 2015, 04:08:14 PM

I would say that even on the PC the shooting and combat in general is far below what you would find in an FPS for several reasons. 
 1. Shooting when not aiming down sights is wildly inaccurate to the point of being totally random
 2. Even when you do aim down sights the enemies all move so erratically in both movement, speed, turning and animation that lining up a good shot in real time can feel like pure luck
 3. The amount of damage you do also seems random, sometimes a ton of damage sometimes very little
 4. When using VATS the percentages are so crazy low at times that it makes no sense and becomes all but useless
 5. When you are taking damage there is very little (if no) visual indication.  Most games have a flash overlay and direction of damage indicator
 6. When you are low on health there is very little (if no) visual indication.  Most games have several levels of damage indication and/or overlays.

A good FPS is predictable and built for a consistent experience, and this doesn't feel like that to me.  There are probably more things that add up to the combat experience being poor, but those are the ones that come to mind offhand. 

True, but the RPG aspects are way above normal FPS standards.  I actually never really thought of any of the Fallout games as FPS, despite their apparent attempts to spread into that market. 
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2015 Week 6 on: October 19, 2015, 06:10:56 PM

Quote from: gellar on October 19, 2015, 04:58:36 PM

The dream for 1-15 is dead frown

Not for the Lions. smile
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Advice/input welcome for my amateur fighting career! on: October 08, 2015, 09:06:31 PM
Have a Scouting camping weekend with my son that Saturday, but if it gets cancelled or changed then I would love to come show some support.
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Advice/input welcome for my amateur fighting career! on: October 08, 2015, 02:17:35 AM

Quote from: USMC Kato on October 07, 2015, 01:59:16 AM

I am 18 days out for my final fight of the year in Detroit, Michigan.

When/Where?
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Thinking about ditching my unlimited data plan on: August 23, 2015, 09:52:42 PM
They have never called me, that I know of.  My wife has a 3Gb plan on her line and I get text alerts as she gets to halfway and at 85%, but then I just turn on my wifi and she piggybacks onto my data. smile
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Thinking about ditching my unlimited data plan on: August 20, 2015, 01:20:25 AM
I use verizon. I think they normally charge a monthly fee for the service but i have been using an app called FoxFi for years.
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Thinking about ditching my unlimited data plan on: August 19, 2015, 02:21:53 AM
I stream music all day at work, and now I have a new car that streams music though my phone as well.  I also use my phone as a mobile hotspot for streaming netflix for the kids on long drives, when we are camping, or stuck in an airport for a while.  I can't afford to give up my unlimited data as I seem to use 50% more data every year.  When I first thought of dropping it i never went over 5Gb in a month, two years later and I'm averaging over 15Gb with some months above 20.  I'm not sure when it will cap out ut my usage seems to be outpacing the average plans.
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: King's Island/Cedar Point AAR (cross-post from OO) on: May 28, 2015, 01:00:21 AM
Cedar Point is about a 3 hour drive from me, and in this area it is the only place to go if you like coasters.  If you don't like coasters, or if you have younger children, there is still tons to do and see.  It's one of the best amusement parks out there.
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Advice/input welcome for my amateur fighting career! on: May 22, 2015, 09:19:05 PM
Hope your injury wasn't a bad one.  Did you happen to get beat up sparring with a new mystery student?

https://youtu.be/F3FZLTpJREY
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: May 21, 2015, 09:06:31 PM

Quote from: rittchard on May 21, 2015, 04:58:52 PM

Well I for one am enjoying the show immensely still.  I think it's fantastic that they gave Sansa an interesting plotline instead of leaving her cooped up in the Aerie or whatever.  They've done a great job with all the characters that bored me the most in the book (Margaery, Sansa, those boat people).  I enjoy the actor who plays Ramsay and the Ramsay/Theon stuff is just plain sick fun (for me) to watch.  I'm looking forward to seeing Sansa turn her fortunes around.  Also enjoying the way they are playing out Arya's training and last week's CGI reveal was fantastic.  Ditto on the recent dragon CGI.

The thing I do find confusing (but this was the same in the books) is the passage of time, which I can never tell.  When you're watching the show it feels like everything is happening concurrently.  But obviously there are things that have to have time passed, like Tyrion sailing or Arya training, but  I never get a sense of just how long things are happening.  Winter has been coming for five seasons lol, just how long does it take to come?  No pun intended.  Well maybe.  This is a problem for me in the books as well, but in the books it's a different effect since you read everything from a single character point of view.  Maybe it's not important, but I'm curious about things like how long Arya "trains" before becoming awesome.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Oh yeah and what happened to UNDEAD CATELYN!!?!??!?!  I demand zombies!!!!


I saw an article dealing with the passage of time in GoT, and it was interesting.  The problem they are facing is that each book covers less than a year, whereas each season needs to cover at least a years time.  Its easy to squeeze an entire book into a 3 month story, no matter how long between books it has been.  However, every season of the show the kids are one year older, no matter how little time has passed between their story lines in the books. 
21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Job stuff] So....I did it on: May 10, 2015, 02:47:28 PM
I have a friend working at GoDaddy, Jamie Adamkiewicz. Know him?
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Advice/input welcome for my amateur fighting career! on: May 06, 2015, 09:19:12 PM
More students is always a good thing.  A little word of mouth can go a long way.
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel + Netflix = Daredevil, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Jessic Jones, Defenders on: April 11, 2015, 02:35:52 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on April 11, 2015, 04:31:40 AM

Watched episode 1 though 7 early this morning and so far loving it. The Netflix model works well for street level marvel heroes since the budget doesn't have to be on a blockbuster type level.  Can't wait for Iron Fist!

I saw the first 2 episodes last night, but 7 in a row is a fairly serious binge.   icon_eek
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [FX Cartoon] Archer on: March 30, 2015, 07:52:15 PM

Quote from: hepcat on March 30, 2015, 02:16:02 AM

You should check out Rick and Morty, and The Venture Bros.

+1 for The Venture Bros.
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Who is your cell provider? on: March 19, 2015, 08:44:30 PM

Quote from: ATB on March 18, 2015, 12:15:16 PM

Verizon. The bill makes my knees buckle every month, but their coverage is bullet proof. Also I'm grandfathered into unlimited data.

This is me as well, and I regularly use 12gb-17gb in a month so I will hold onto my plan for as long as I can.
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help/Advice for amateur fighting on: March 13, 2015, 09:05:28 PM
Break a leg!  His preferably. (Its just an expression, I'm told)
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2015 Off-Season Discussion on: March 10, 2015, 08:52:23 PM
Nice to see the Lions recover somewhat from losing $uh, tho Ngata won't be a long term fix unless they can resign him after this year.
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] [Kickstarter] Darkest Dungeon on: February 25, 2015, 08:55:02 PM
This game can be frustrating sometimes. Finally have my Alpha group up to a respectable level, well geared, good skills, no negative quirks and all in vain.  Long crawl, after 2nd camp, well positioned (I thought) to finish up handily, and my Plague Dr takes 2 big crits in a row, followed by an aoe and he's dead. Gone. No I need to level up a new tertiary skill class to replace him. *sigh*
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help/Advice for amateur fighting on: February 08, 2015, 12:33:17 AM

Quote from: ATB on February 05, 2015, 05:37:38 PM

Awesome vids, Kato.

I second that.  Very cool training videos.
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] [Kickstarter] Darkest Dungeon on: February 05, 2015, 07:38:23 PM
Its a fun game.  Pretty hard and I have learned not to get too attached to any one character.  Or at least I am trying to keep a main damage dealer and a healer alive and relatively healthy so they can advance their skills and gear. Its the supporting cast I cant seem to keep alive.
31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Question for aviation experts - Speed of sound / size of plane? on: January 17, 2015, 04:27:13 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on January 15, 2015, 05:35:59 PM

I knew all the parts, but wanted to confirm and make sure I had it straight.  I still want to be an aerospace engineer when I grow up, but seeing as I'm 38, the time for that may have passed.  smile

I went back to school part time to attempt an engineering degree when I was 39. Almost 3 years in now and I am about 40% done.  Long haul still but definitely moving in the right direction. i have 20+ years until a traditional retirement, lots of time to take advantage of a new degree. It's not too late for you either.
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: upgrade xbox 360 game to xbox one on: December 29, 2014, 12:20:13 AM
I am in the same situation, and it sure would be nice to get a price break on the second copy of Destiny....
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Mad Max Returns in Fury Road on: December 10, 2014, 08:53:14 PM
Looks great to me, I am just not sure I'm liking the music with this trailer.
34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help/Advice for amateur fighting on: December 09, 2014, 10:32:10 PM
You da man Kato. Although you would think an opponent in a Muay Thai match might have expected you to kick him and somehow prepare for it.
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL 2014] Week 10 on: November 15, 2014, 05:02:36 PM

Quote from: kronovan on November 10, 2014, 10:43:49 PM

I'm following the Seahawks again this season and while I'm glad they're winning again, I'm really concerned about their passing game - seems nonexistent at times. Unless they can get it together on that front, I won't be surprised if the 49ers finish ahead of them in the division. Not that I want Leo and Naednek to have the satisfaction of seeing that.  Tongue

PS CoachTressman, you're sucking in the NFL! Please come back to the CFL where the 3 downs & bigger field are more your cup of tea. And please make your return destination the BC Lions.  smile
Am I the only 1 that watched that Packers-Bears game? Good lord that was the pure definition of complete-ass-kicking!

The Seahawks abandoned their passing game when they let Golden Tate leave in free agency last year without even trying to counter with  a modestly competitive offer.  The Lions are beyond happy with his production, attitude, and work ethic so far this year.
36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Film] Christopher Nolan - Interstellar on: November 11, 2014, 04:14:14 AM
Saw it, liked it.  Dont go in trying to compare it to every other sci-fi movie from the past 20 years, just go to enjoy it for what it is.
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: October 18, 2014, 07:36:01 PM
Too bad I'm stuck in the PC version, I'm playing a HC seasonal character and i get the feeling that I am the only one.  When I join the HC chat channel there are a dozen people in it, but none of them seasonal.  It's a lonely life.
38  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: HBO to start "no cable sub required" streaming service in 2015 on: October 17, 2014, 11:52:50 PM
I'm totally in for $15 a month.
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hardwood floors and dogs. Any suggestions? on: September 30, 2014, 08:45:43 PM
We bought new carpet about 18 months ago for our family room. Decided to splurge and get a good brand, spent way too much but it sure is plush.  6 months later we end up with a brand new puppy... now we have a decent carpet cleaner, and have it professionally cleaned about every 3 months.  The puppy is alot better with the potty training, but it still requires regular vacuuming and shampooing to keep any pet odors from setting in.  I have already heard the girlfriend planning on replacing it with tile.  Sure it has daily maintenence for hair, but at least it can always be cleaned back to good as new condition in an hour or two.

Also we bought a Shark steam cleaner for our hardwood floors and so far we like it.
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: September 16, 2014, 11:08:48 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on September 15, 2014, 06:41:08 PM

I tried to explain that this was a legitimate film, not a XXX porno, but I don't think she was buying it.

I think its considered both a legitimate film as well as an XXX porno...
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