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41  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Star Trek 2, AKA Star Trek Into Darkness on: May 07, 2013, 08:45:33 PM
I actually love the reserved seating at my local theater.  They offer motion seats called D-Box seating and they are reserved only. Nothing quite as satisfying as ordering tickets a couple days in advance, walking into a packed theater 5min before previews start, and sitting in the exact seat you want.
42  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: May 06, 2013, 04:53:11 PM

Quote from: Gratch on May 06, 2013, 12:04:47 PM

So, I kept watching Venture Bros in the hopes that it would click, and it finally did around episode 5 (the Bowie references totally won me over smile).  Will finish up Season 1, and am seriously considering dropping the $$ for Season 2 on iTunes. 

Seasons 3 and 4 are crazy expensive though...$30 and $37, respectively.  Not sure I'm up for that.

I'm glad you stuck with it.  This show just got better every season for me, and after watching all 4 seasons, I find that they are just as funny or better the 2nd time around.  If I am flipping channels and see them on, I always end up watching.  Season 5 premeirs on Cartoon Network on June 2nd I think.  Now I just need seasons 2-4 to appear on Netflix....
43  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Accents] What the heck happened in the UK? on: April 29, 2013, 08:45:17 PM

Quote from: Teggy on April 29, 2013, 05:57:42 PM

We had an Australian over for dinner and I asked her what they thought of New Zealanders. She asked me, "well, what do you think of Canadians?" She seemed quite surprised to hear that Americans don't hate Canadians biggrin


Who could hate Canadians, eh?
44  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Phobias, OCD tendencies, personality quirks, etc? What you got? on: April 24, 2013, 08:14:23 PM
I like my bed made.  Rephrase... I need my bed made.  I am lucky that my gf is super tidy and always makes the bed when she gets up in the morning (I leave before her), but just to be sure I do remake most of the bed around her as she sleeps...
45  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Six Ounces is not a lot of Chicken on: April 22, 2013, 08:26:25 PM
I started focusing on my health a little more at the beginning of this year.  It has always been my experience that building muscle mass before focusing on actual weight loss always got better results for me.  After 4 months of fairly regular gym time I have lost Zero lbs, but my waist size has gone down 3-4 inches.  In another month I will start regulating my diet a little bit and doing some cardio in my workouts, and i expect a 15-20lb weight loss should be relatively easy.
46  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Hangover 3 on: April 22, 2013, 03:13:28 AM
Just saw the newest trailer for H3 attached to Oblivion.  It looks alot funnier than the first trailer. I have some hope that it may be good.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8pnsreFryg
47  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Oblivion on: April 21, 2013, 05:32:20 PM
I saw this on a normal screen with D-Box seating.  The moving seats made it more fun for me, but the gf wasn't impressed; tho I do think my kids would love them.  The movie was pretty good.
48  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Iron Man 3 on: April 20, 2013, 03:44:49 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on April 20, 2013, 02:41:51 AM

Quote from: TheEgoWhip on April 19, 2013, 09:24:30 PM

RDJ was originally signed to a 5 picture deal?  That would make this the end of HIS phase 1 at least.


Are you including RDJ's cameo at the end of HULK?

Iron man 1,2,&3 with Avengers and I was just assuming that he was locked into Avenger 2.  Thus he would finish his 5 pictures without returning to the Iron Man franchise.
49  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Iron Man 3 on: April 19, 2013, 09:24:30 PM
RDJ was originally signed to a 5 picture deal?  That would make this the end of HIS phase 1 at least.
50  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: World of Tanks...free ww2 tank mmo on: April 19, 2013, 12:25:28 AM
I'm still plugging away.  I take occasional breaks when other new games come out, but I always seem to return to WoT.  I like the quick battles and the strategy involved in the higher tiered battles.  That and I have started playing in some Clan Wars.
51  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Iron Man 3 on: April 16, 2013, 11:26:01 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 16, 2013, 10:53:23 PM

RDJ talks about retiring from Iron Man again, especially after his injury during production:

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"It got me thinking about how big the message from your cosmic sponsor needs to be before you pick it up," he says. "How many genre movies can I do? How many follow-ups to a successful follow-up are actually fun? Because, as quiet as it's kept, I come from a family of very innovative writers and directors and actors and artists... So there's this kind of legacy of souls from what I consider to be a very particular time in entertainment, and I'm sensing a return to that -- it's what me and the missus are doing next. It's not unlike: I heard Brady signed on for three more years with New England, and then he's done being a QB, because he'll be 40. I'm 47, and I'll be 50."

Iron Man 3 is the last film he's under contract to do.  I imagine they will be able to tempt him back with big bags of money though.

Just saw a quote from him today where he admitted that his back end deal from The Avengers paid him north of $50million.  I am not sure that money will be the motivator he needs to return to Iron Man, and I would bet that Disney/Marvel won't be giving out too many more of those contracts.
52  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So what would ya say.....ya do here? on: April 16, 2013, 09:05:46 PM

Quote from: rickfc on April 15, 2013, 12:28:54 PM

Quote from: gellar on April 14, 2013, 04:08:08 PM

Quote from: pingwrx on April 14, 2013, 04:03:43 PM

Quote from: gellar on April 14, 2013, 03:57:21 PM

Quote from: pingwrx on April 14, 2013, 05:17:46 AM

I work for Ping Golf in the R&D department.


Have I ever mentioned that I always liked you?

You play golf?

Poorly.

hey, me too!

(can I get a discount? biggrin)

forget the discount, I need access to top secret future club that hits guided golf balls...

And I am a CNC Machinist for 3M Abrasive division. Working entirely with super-abrasives.
53  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone read The Order of the Stick webcomic? on: April 01, 2013, 09:09:10 PM
The latest strip was numbered 882.
54  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: April 01, 2013, 09:06:21 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 01, 2013, 07:32:48 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 01, 2013, 02:23:22 PM

Also, I have to second Venture Bros. as one of the best things Cartoon Network has ever put on.  And that it stands in the pantheon of comedy without even mentioning the animation side of it.  But maybe we built it up too much?

It may be that I'm not remembering it as a slow build.  One of the best thing about it are the recurring characters that you know well enough to enjoy when they react to a given situation just as you'd expect, but the show is well written enough that they often surprise you.

Also it helps if you've seen Johnny Quest (also not available).

That may be part of the problem.  I vaguely remember Johnny Quest, but was never really a fan.  Hence, some of the humor may be lost on me.

It's odd though, as I can totally see the setup for funny stuff in there, it just doesn't really seem to deliver.  I'll give it another couple episodes before writing it off...maybe I was just in a bad mood last night.

The Venture Bros seems, to me, to be along the same vein as Seinfeld.  It's only truely funny once you understand all the characters.  I wasn't exposed to them until the 2nd season was out  on DVD and I watched the first two seasons in one weekend.  Now that the next season (5 I believe) is due to start soon, it is a good time to do some catching up.

Knowing Johnny Quest might help a little, but once they are rolling they play to a wider audience.
55  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: April 1st Jokes on: April 01, 2013, 01:27:46 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on March 31, 2013, 10:44:39 PM


Pretty Funny. Love when someone takes the time to go the extra mile.
56  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: April 01, 2013, 12:14:49 AM
The Venture Brothers: Season 1, just added to Netflix this week.    One of my favorites.
57  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: A few free codes. on: March 28, 2013, 11:24:29 PM
You should play WoT. I like it.
58  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3/360/PC]Battlefield 4 on: March 28, 2013, 11:14:59 PM
Just watched the 17 min "trailer" and I am totally in. I liked the playstyle of the BF games alot.
59  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Midwest Gaming Classic 2013 (Image heavy) on: March 28, 2013, 08:45:19 PM
That looks like a pretty fun event.
60  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Wolverine on: March 27, 2013, 02:54:29 PM
I agree, the trailer makes me feel better about this movie than I before.
61  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Buying a new Fridge on: March 13, 2013, 08:00:36 PM
I bought a Samsung a few years ago now. French door with freezer on the bottom style. I opted not to get to in door ice/water dispenser as I tend to have a ton of things in the doors of my fridge and I hated to lose half that space.  The ice maker in the freezer works very well and I would recommend the Samsung based on my experience.  I agree with the "buy as large as you can fit" method. You can never have too much fridge space when you have kids.
62  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Shadowrun Returns on: March 11, 2013, 12:43:13 AM
Didn't see the kickstarter in time to back it, but I will definitely be looking for it on release day.
63  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: March 06, 2013, 09:11:06 PM

Quote from: ATB on February 23, 2013, 02:55:17 AM

Quote from: sgoldj on February 21, 2013, 11:35:43 PM

Quote from: ATB on February 21, 2013, 02:13:43 PM

Almost through the entire season of House of Cards and I've decided I don't like it- with two eps left.

Spacey is his typical great self (but there's just too much of him).

All of the characters are grade A scumbags and I pretty much don't like any of them. Thus there's no one to root for and I wish the whole lot of them ill- so it's an accurate portrayal of the Hill I'd say.

That said, I could get through that, but I just finished episode 11 and it has totally stretched the bounds of plausibility.

Major Spoiler late season spoiler

Spoiler for Hiden:
The fact that he murdered Pete Russo is just poor writing and I don't buy that Underwood would go that far.  Also, it was totally unnecessary. The show is fun when Frank is responding to situations outside of his control and spin doctoring his way back through the minefields.  Committing murder is just sloppy sloppy and knocks the whole season down quite a few pegs.

Overall, I'm giving it 3 stars.  That's in the I'll give season two a try, but probably won't make it the whole way category.

I felt the same way about Sopranos. All thugs, and the world would be better off without them if the vacuum was filled.

About that spoiler:
Spoiler for Hiden:
seems to me that was right in line with the very first scene commenting on the two types of pain and what happened to the dog.


Yeah, that makes sense,

Spoiler for Hiden:
but Peter didn't need to be put out of his misery. He'd fallen off the wagon, had his kids to live for and his girlfriend.  Straight up murder seems beneath underwood even if all his work was at stake. Again, seems like the show would have him use his bargaining and scheming skills rather than just kill the guy.

I literally have no interest in finishing the season at this time. I got 90 seconds into the next ep and was like, I don't even want to watch this anymore.



Just watched the 12th episode and I'm still liking it.  Give it another try.
64  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Iron Man 3 on: March 06, 2013, 03:46:05 AM
I just saw the latest full trailer, and I'm getting excited to see the movie again.  Seems like this one will have a little more action and a little more conflict with the villain than the 2nd one.
65  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/Wii U/Ps3] Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 on: February 28, 2013, 12:45:38 AM
I have had a chance to play recently and I noticed the caliber of player seemed to have declined greatly.  I spent 3 hours as a top 3 player in a TDM room and that never happens.  Took me a while to figure it out, but apparently since I didn't get the new map pack I am only sharing a playlist with other casual/lazy/cheap players. While I'm not putting up Hark numbers i have manged to get 30+ kills in a match a couple times and some decent killstreaks. 
66  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's The Coolest Thing You've Ever Won? on: February 20, 2013, 12:24:08 AM
I won my first Xbox 360 from a Mountain Dew promotion. (winner every 10 minutes).  It came with a box full of T-shirts, hats, and swag.  Unfortunately getting my 360 a month before they were officially released somehow managed to screw up my xbox live membership (started active account before they HAD to be tied to a @Live ID) and after my initial year was up I had to completely restart over with a new Xbox live ID...  but it was a very cool prize.
67  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Werewolves - Two Feet or Four Feet? on: February 19, 2013, 11:37:27 PM
I was always a big fan of the White Wolf style of werewolf.  Two legs for me please.
68  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Next Bond Movie - Skyfall! on: February 18, 2013, 10:34:25 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on February 17, 2013, 08:31:35 PM


I thought he was alright in the film,his come on/tease towards Bond was a bit unexpected,but its not like we have had that many bad guys actually interested in Bond that way....if he was actually interested in him that way

I had the feeling that he was doing that to Bond to try and put him off his game.  As a field agent he has been trained to resist interrogation/torture, and we saw in Casino Royale that he wont give in for mere pain.
69  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: February 11, 2013, 01:34:40 AM
Decided to go back to give Diablo another go round, and finally got my hardcore toon up to lvl 60.  Game has a slightly different edge playing HC for me.
70  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: February 10, 2013, 12:47:08 AM
Is anyone else watching the Netflix original show "House of Cards"?  Watched the first 5 episodes so far and they are pretty good. 
71  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [book] Wheel of Time 14: A Memory of Light (spoilers) on: January 30, 2013, 09:10:55 PM
I liked the book, it was a fitting end to the series.

Spoiler for Hiden:
My only real complaint after reading was that after mentioning how much effort Rand was putting into leaving a lasting legacy of peace and prosperity the prologue ends 1 week after the last battle.  I know some of the visions during the last battle were meant to portend the possible outcomes but I felt it left room for one more chapter, possibly set 20 years later.
72  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: At the end of this I could very well go insane on: January 27, 2013, 01:05:16 AM
I'm more of a Regular Show guy myself.   Ooooh Yeeeaaaah!
73  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I think I've Turned the Corner on Dark Chocolate on: January 23, 2013, 10:03:34 PM
I never really had a sweet tooth, even as a kid.  Dark chocolate fits right into my palate.  Just a hint of sweet and a hint of bitter.  I have found myself enjoying the recent trend towards darker chocolate mixes.  The one candy I never see anymore but am always looking for is one of those dark chocolate "oranges". 
74  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: January 21, 2013, 10:32:52 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 21, 2013, 01:53:17 AM


That is pretty funny.
75  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Nissan Leaf on: January 15, 2013, 09:37:27 PM
I have a friend that owns a Volt and he LOVES it.  I live in Michigan so the cold weather does become somewhat of a factor since heat requires electricity and batteries just don't perform as well in the cold.

 A few extras to consider:  His charging station was completely paid for by a $2500 grant from our local power company to encourage electric car usage.  His charging station has a separate meter to take advantage of lower electric rates given to charge electric cars.  His car is programmed, thru an ap on his phone, to charge during off peak hours as much as possible to use an even lower rate.  He has a 10k miles per year lease and he is only paying $250-ish per month, that federal credit really helps with lease rates.  When he took it on a multi state trip he averaged 45mpg driving mainly on generator power. And when driving it in the mountains the battery charged up alot whenever he had a downhill stretch.

Oh ya, and they are making a Cadillac plug in if your looking to class it up. smile
76  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Why are some new movies no longer available on demand? on: January 05, 2013, 08:03:29 PM
It has to do with separate rights for movies for each distribution type.  Managed competition for each market.

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The standard release routine for a movie is regulated by a business model called "release windows". The release windows system was first conceived in the early '80s, on the brink of the home entertainment market, as a strategy to keep different instances of a movie from competing with each other, allowing the movie to take advantage of different markets (cinema, home video, TV, etc.) at different times.

In the standard drill, a movie is first released through movie theaters (theatrical window), then, after approximately 16 and a half weeks, it is released to DVD (entering its video window). After an additional number of months it is released to Pay TV and VOD services and approximately two years after its theatrical release date, it is made available for free-to-air TV
77  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: If you could have any car $100,000 USD or less, what would it be? on: December 20, 2012, 03:56:01 AM

2012 Lingenfelter "Pontiac" Trans Am
That's me all day.
78  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: December 16, 2012, 01:03:13 AM

Quote from: TiLT on December 15, 2012, 04:38:31 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on December 15, 2012, 04:00:37 PM

Quote from: TheEgoWhip on December 15, 2012, 03:48:15 PM

Saw it last night in hfr 3d.  I liked it alot even tho there were a few pieces of the story that seemed kind of tacked on.

Spoiler for Hiden:
The stone giant scene for instance.   Only thing I got from that scene was maybe trying to show how dangerous the journey was and reinforce that Bilbo was a bit of a burden.


that part is actually in the book
Spoiler for Hiden:
http://lotr.wikia.com/wiki/Stone_giants

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Stone-giants first appeared in The Hobbit. It was their only known appearance, although they are mentioned briefly
in The Fellowship of the Ring. They first appeared in Chapter 4 (Over Hill And Under Hill), where they are described as hurling rocks at one another for game

It's not like in the books. The movie version is
Spoiler for Hiden:
more like enormous stone golems that suddenly fight to the death for no good reason, crushing limbs and heads with rocks while the main characters climb along one of their legs. It's a bit unnecessary and isn't at all like what I imagined it would be when reading the book.

I didn't mean to imply that it didn't fit into the overall story line, or that he made it up.  It just didn't feel necessary to me. It doesn't advance the plot line in any way apart from MAYBE showing Thorin risking himself to save Bilbo once again.  I get it, Bilbo isn't the adventuring sort. 
79  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: December 15, 2012, 03:48:15 PM
Saw it last night in hfr 3d.  I liked it alot even tho there were a few pieces of the story that seemed kind of tacked on.

Spoiler for Hiden:
The stone giant scene for instance.   Only thing I got from that scene was maybe trying to show how dangerous the journey was and reinforce that Bilbo was a bit of a burden.

I have been a lifelong fan of Tolkien, so I expected that I would like it. My gf went with me and she generally has no interest in the fantasy genre at all. I was pleasantly surprised that she enjoyed it as well, and that she had no trouble following the characters or story line with no previous exposure to the story.

As far as the HFR, the movie seemed very clear, crisp and easy to follow. I enjoyed  it and the only scene that I thought suffered from it was when they were walking in the rain and you could clearly see that they were wet, but that rain wasn't hitting them.  Wet faces but no droplets in the face.
80  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/Wii U/Ps3] Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 on: November 17, 2012, 06:05:37 PM
I always like this time of year. Every new CoD title makes me think of the Blue Brothers.  "We're getting the Band back together. dude".
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