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81  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: November 09, 2011, 03:04:53 AM
Looks like Aquaria for Ipad is now available. Looks pretty sweet. Left my ipad at work though so can't get it yet. frown

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/aquaria/id469372252?mt=8
82  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 07, 2011, 01:26:27 AM
83  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 30, 2011, 02:46:52 PM
84  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The X Factor on: October 26, 2011, 11:02:19 PM
I thought the whole show was a little over the top. Often they had dancers dancing around when there really was not any reason to. Also thought that the sound sucked balls. Something seemed really off with it in terms of volume. The crowd and background music seemed too loud compared to the singer's mics.

Not many surprises in this first live show. The biggest one to me was getting rid of the brother duo in favor of the hodgepodge groups (although the girls I think sounded good, but again, hard to hear them over the everything else).

I enjoyed Josh the most I think even though his song was repetitive. I thought it was kinda funny that nicole was asking simon "wheres my props (for coaching Josh)" then in the next sentence said how she loved how he ignored everything they had been working on and did it his way. I was disappointed Simon didn't get a chance to comeback with something like "Josh, props to you for ignoring a week of Nicole's mentoring."

I really like Leroy and hope he sticks around awhile, he voice just commands my attention.

While I liked Drew's voice I didnt like how they took a fun, upbeat song and made it slow and somber. Just made no sense to me. You can tell she is still very inexperienced and probably needs to stay in that sit-still-and-sing-song-slowly mode, which, imho, will get old eventually. She is still the one to beat however, due to 1) Simon pimping her and 2) Justin Beiber asking his fans to vote for her. For some reason i find her tween awkwardness endearing, but not sure how long that will last. She is a dead ringer for my cousin so that might be part of it.

I loved Rachel Crows rendition of If I Were A Boy in bootcamp and was expecting more of her in this live show. But her song choice, outfit, hairdo, stage production really sucked last night I thought. She needs to stick to what she does best if she wants to stick around. 

Melanie I thought did a decent job with the whitney song but you could tell that it was a little too big for her. Simon wanted to push her and thats what happened. You could tell she was not comfortable with that performance. She is still a very solid singer and, imho, will probably be in it till the end.


 
85  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 24, 2011, 10:09:17 PM
86  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The X Factor on: October 20, 2011, 09:09:47 PM
Yeah, didnt like LA's choices. Why would you want to bring along the unlikable little rap guy along with Chris, poor strategy imho. I thought Paula's choices were horrible, both of the hodgepodge groups which stunk. I like the two brothers though.
 Didnt care for simons choices, but since it was all a set up to create drama, I guess I can live with it. I think Simone is horrible, no one will vote for her so seems like the waste of a slot. Would have enjoyed rugby girl a lot more even if it would have been only for a few weeks and she would have brought something different to the x factor tour (assuming there is one). And the girl with the big mouth not that great either.
 I think the bieber girl is not that talented vocally. Her last performance was so post-processed that it didnt even sound like her. Her previous "real" performances showed a much weaker voice. I assume the live shows will be live and not have that post-production, so I expect her to be a lot weaker next week.
87  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead strut onto AMC for Season 2 on: October 17, 2011, 11:57:15 PM

Quote from: Roman on October 17, 2011, 05:12:11 PM

very happy with this episode. Despite having read the comics up to volume 80ish the ending still made me jump - I forgot that I read about it.
Commercials don't bother me at all - they have been part of my 38yrs on this Earth and were there before me and will be there long after me.

They bother me when they get to the point of breaking the flow and pacing of the show (which happens even though I skip through them on my DVR). I know toward the end it was 5-6 minutes of show, massive commercials, 5-6 minutes of show, massive commercials, 5-6 minutes, massive commercials. It was brutal and really lessens my enjoyment of the show.

88  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Insert Your Name Here on: October 17, 2011, 08:40:09 PM
Domo arigato, Mr. Robot Toe
89  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 15, 2011, 04:20:10 PM
90  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The X Factor on: October 15, 2011, 02:20:48 PM
Well that was interesting. This week they had the contestants at the judge's houses where they came out and performed in front of the judge and a special guest. Simon's guest was suppose to be Mariah Carey but she got held up due to a storm. Which made for a pervy scene when the girls would come out and sing love songs to Simon who was sprawled out on a couch. I am a bit torn by what they did with the performances though. There was a LOT of post production work done to the vocals, so they mostly sounded pretty good, but some I thought were just overdone to the point that it didn't really sound much like the person did during previous auditions.
91  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] American Horror Story on: October 13, 2011, 11:31:05 PM
Loved the first two episodes. Probably my favorite fall series so far.
92  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Need help trying to determine painting/artist on: October 13, 2011, 01:12:27 AM
My mother-in-law gave my wife this painting that she got back in the 60s. Probably nothing but still want to figure it out. Anyone have any ideas? The other picture is of the signature.





93  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones on: October 11, 2011, 03:43:01 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on October 11, 2011, 01:14:57 AM

She's going to be in armor for most of the time.  I think they'll be able to fake it. 

She may prove me wrong, but I don't see her wielding a sword with any amount of dexterity/strength. I imagine they will have to use some cheesy camera work to make it look like she is a good a fighter as the character she portrays.
94  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 10, 2011, 11:19:44 PM
95  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The X Factor on: October 10, 2011, 09:27:32 PM
Some pretty good performances during boot camp week. I thought it was a bit silly to make up 2 more groups from single contestants that didn't make the cut. Guess it goes to show how bad the groups all-around were. 

I am really impressed with the range of singers that I like. On one end of the spectrum you have 14 yr old Rachel Crow belting out "If I Were A Boy" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZ3MF5PSTfw then at the other end you have 59 yr old Leroy Bell just oozing coolness and style with "To Make you Feel My Love" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzJlzTSDmX8 .

The other standout for me during boot camp was Josh Krajcik singing "Up to the Mountain". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dddFA6DofBg&feature=related
Chris Rene showed that he really has to stay with the rap genre (or needs to improve a ton very quickly)

I was shocked they let Simone through after her absolute train wreck of a performance. Was some pretty nice editing to build up to that epic fail. There were other girls that should have been picked over her.
96  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Heroes of Might & Magic VI Announced on: October 08, 2011, 03:13:22 AM
I enjoyed the demo up until the point I got obliterated by the first moving enemy. Might try it again on easy or start over and basically build everything up to the point I can handle the attacking army.
97  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orcs Must Die! on: October 08, 2011, 03:11:24 AM
While the demo was enjoyable to some extent, I don't feel the full game would really be something I would complete.
98  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 05, 2011, 11:28:55 PM

Quote from: ATB on October 05, 2011, 09:58:38 PM

Quote from: Toe on October 03, 2011, 09:35:22 PM

Amazing photo from NYC Police Aviation Unit of 9/11 that I had not seen before.

Spoiler for Hiden:

Why spoilered? I'm pretty sure that most of us know how that day went...

Eh, figured some folks might not care to see it since it was taken during the collapse and therefore there are people dying in there.


99  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: October 03, 2011, 11:16:37 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on October 03, 2011, 11:02:32 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 03, 2011, 07:40:47 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on October 03, 2011, 07:14:12 PM

29 Year Old Born Deaf, Hearing for the First Time

Stupid awesome technology making me cry...

Awesome.  Strange that she talks so clearly for someone who has been deaf their entire life though.

And that she can understand the person talking to her with her eyes covered (i.e. not lip reading). From my understanding, most people that hear for the first time have trouble even making sense of all the sounds.

While not even close to this girl's situation, my wife recently got a baha cochlear hearing device/implant. Her case was nowhere near as extreme though. She lost her hearing in her ear from an infection when she was 13. So for the past 27 years she had 2-3% hearing in that ear (basically deaf). Her other ear was fine. The day she went in for compatibility testing, where they just put the device on your head (way less powerful than it is when you have it attached to a titanium spike in your skull bone), it nearly brought her to tears. I have no doubt that she is really feeling that emotion, based on my experience.
100  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 03, 2011, 09:35:22 PM
Amazing photo from NYC Police Aviation Unit of 9/11 that I had not seen before.

Spoiler for Hiden:
101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The X Factor on: September 29, 2011, 11:36:45 PM
Me and the wife has been watching it also. My qualms with the show:
1) Crowd noise. Whenever a singer shows some decent vocals the crowd starts cheering loudly and often will almost completely drown out the singer. Hate that shit.
2) They spend WAAAY to much time on irrelevant things (the "ghost" theme from last week, paula's effect on the contestants this week, etc). In one stretch of the show it was a good 25 minutes of commercials and this shit between performances. Thank god for DVRs.

That being said, there are some good singers so far. My top 3 are:

Chris Rene. Not a fan of the genre, but I really enjoyed his performance. Shows a lot of courage to audition with an original song. Also shows a lot of courage to admit you got a meth problem and fight to get it off your back.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYPTS_39I8g

Melanie Amaro singing Listen by Beyonce.  Not a fan of the genre, but again, enjoyed her performance. My wife, who is a fan of Beyonce, said it was incredible.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqjroNlL4pI

Josh Krajcik singing At Last. I felt a little duped by this guy when i searched youtube and found a lot of his performances. He is a really good musician (guitar and piano) and singer so he was really trying to add to the "surprise" factor by acting like he was going to be crappy. Still, I like his style.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BWPbIdFlvs




102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Redbox Question on: September 24, 2011, 02:49:54 PM
Do you just insert the movie back into the machine for the return process or do you need to re-swipe your credit card?
103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 21, 2011, 01:13:38 AM
104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Drive on: September 20, 2011, 02:26:32 AM

Quote from: hepcat on September 20, 2011, 01:30:52 AM

Quote from: Toe on September 20, 2011, 12:15:44 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 19, 2011, 02:22:18 PM

looks like the movie had the unfortunate luck of opening against Lion King 3D.  

on the actual movie, since Drive is a slower film than advertised, I'll be waiting for blu ray on it.  lately I like watching thinkers on the small screen and leave the big screen for baysplosions.

I would recommend that. And, unfortunately, its not a "thinker" in any sense of the word. The derivative plot is predictable and unimaginative.

plot isn't the only thing that engenders thought in a film.  as i noted, this is more a character study.  but the story itself, while simple (as I said earlier as well) is not as transparent as you want others to believe you thought it to be.  

you don't like it, that's fine.  but drive winning the best director award at cannes and getting almost universal praise from critics the world over probably means a little more to folks than someone on the internet shouting, "it was dumb because it was stupid!".   icon_wink

I think i outlined why I (and my friend) thought it was not a good movie a little more definitely than "it was dumb because it was stupid" but thanks for the put-down, hope it makes you feel better.  finger
105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 20, 2011, 01:25:19 AM
106  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Drive on: September 20, 2011, 12:15:44 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 19, 2011, 02:22:18 PM

looks like the movie had the unfortunate luck of opening against Lion King 3D

on the actual movie, since Drive is a slower film than advertised, I'll be waiting for blu ray on it.  lately I like watching thinkers on the small screen and leave the big screen for baysplosions.

I would recommend that. And, unfortunately, its not a "thinker" in any sense of the word. The derivative plot is predictable and unimaginative.
107  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The "my pet is cute" thread on: September 20, 2011, 12:10:21 AM
108  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Drive on: September 18, 2011, 07:18:00 PM
Me and my friend saw this yesterday and both of us thought it was a horrible movie. Soundtrack was bad, never cared for any of the characters, director way overuses the "pause for dramatic effect" effect.  thumbsdown
109  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 16, 2011, 01:41:05 PM
110  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Acquired By Google on: September 09, 2011, 01:51:09 AM

Quote from: DarkEL on September 08, 2011, 09:58:06 PM


It's stuff like this that really tipped my decision towards them -- http://www.thoughtworks.com/mission-and-values


Cool, I work for one of the companies in their client portfolio, based in Nashville.
111  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 04, 2011, 10:23:40 PM
Thats a pretty weak selection of 18th century japan art.

112  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: September 04, 2011, 05:20:27 PM
Wish some of you guys would be more descriptive about what video you are linking. I don't click on videos unless I have some idea what they are first. frown
113  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 04, 2011, 04:03:09 AM
114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Portal short video on: August 24, 2011, 09:25:29 PM
How did she figure out where the portal gun was?

I know its probably nit-picky, but portalling across a street by jumping off a building would make the landing on the opposite building something a person could not roll out of. She does not have the jumpy-spring boots the character in portal wears.
115  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Official Pre-Season Thread on: August 23, 2011, 02:21:53 AM
116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 19, 2011, 11:24:18 PM
117  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 17, 2011, 11:29:15 PM
The first one doesnt make much sense. If you were to save your toys for you children, what would you do? you would "put them away". Duh.
118  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 17, 2011, 01:13:27 AM
119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 06, 2011, 04:19:06 AM
120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 05, 2011, 06:00:29 PM

Quote from: ibdoomed on August 05, 2011, 05:51:30 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 05, 2011, 05:24:08 PM



I don't get it. Is "cut a hole is a box" some sort of pop culture reference?

It references an SNL music skit, D*ck In A Box, featuring justin timberlake. NSFW:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgtygjZVW7k  Jump to 1:39 to see the specific reference.
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