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81  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.
82  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.
83  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.
84  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.
85  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: A few free codes. on: March 28, 2013, 11:24:29 PM
You should play WoT. I like it.
86  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.
87  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.
88  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.
89  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.
90  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.
91  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.
92  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.
93  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. 
94  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.
95  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.
96  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.
97  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.
98  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. 
99  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.
100  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!
101  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". 
102  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.
103  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
104  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.

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
105  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.
106  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:

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. 
107  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.
108  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".
109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/Wii U/Ps3] Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 on: November 17, 2012, 02:22:09 AM
just picked up a copy tonight, figured I'd give it a go. 
110  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Mice and Mystics on: November 13, 2012, 11:10:06 PM
Thanks for the reviews guys. I will have to add it to my list.
111  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Mice and Mystics on: November 12, 2012, 09:59:05 PM
Anyone ever play this "family friendly" table top adventure game?  I read a couple reviews for it and they seemed good, but for $75 I'd rather hear a good word from someone I trusted before I shelled out "New XboX game" dough.
112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: October 28, 2012, 04:04:05 PM
I have started trying to farm the Keywardens for the key pieces.  The endgame is alot different than the 1-59 grind.  Monster Power adjustment makes a big difference too, both for loot and balance gameplay. As with all multiplayer game, it is more fun with the right mix of people.
113  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Venture Bros Season 5 on: October 25, 2012, 11:03:51 PM
About time, this show has always been one of my favorites and I have about 28 episodes on my dvr at any given time just waiting to be rewatched.
114  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: World of Tanks Generals on: October 02, 2012, 08:29:38 PM
These guys started out making turn based strategy games didn't they?  I'm curious to see how this one plays.
115  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2012 -- Week 1 on: September 04, 2012, 10:48:56 PM
Buffalo actually has some potential this year. As a lifelong Lions fan, I know potential when other teams have it... Looking forward to the week 2 matchup with your 49ers, even tho I have it penciled in as a loss on my predictions. I don't see the Lions gelling as a team until we have at least a minimal threat to run the ball when Leshore returns in week 3.
116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Looper on: August 27, 2012, 06:11:53 PM
Saw the trailer this weekend attached to Premium Rush.  I had totally forgotten about this movie, but the trailer looks good.  Will have to add it to my list.
117  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Breaking bad as good/bad as usual! on: August 27, 2012, 06:10:08 PM
"Say my name..."
118  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Movie] Wreck-It Ralph on: July 29, 2012, 06:29:52 PM
Ok, I know it's a kids movie.... but I saw the trailer last week and, as a gamer, it gave me flashbacks.  Watching the scene filled with all the old classic arcade baddies in a therapy circle had me smiling for the rest of the day.
119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: We need fresh blood- dont we? on: July 03, 2012, 08:53:00 PM
I have always felt like a peripheral member of the forums. I don't read them during the day and I rarely post on a thread.  I have been fairly active in the online gaming part of the group. EQ1 as a Gone Golder, SWG and WoW as a Wanderer, MW2, Black Ops as a GTer.  I may be doomed to remain a forum lurker, but I do appreciate that your all here. Heck I came to this forum for over a year before I realized there WAS a main page.
120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: We need fresh blood- dont we? on: July 03, 2012, 08:36:44 PM
So this ISN'T a post about True Blood then???
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