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201  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Grill suggestions on: August 19, 2011, 08:05:29 PM
So the wife bought the Weber Performer for me, sort of a belated housewarming/birthday thing. So far I love it! It uses a small propane canister to light the charcoal, burns about 5 minutes and the coals are ready for anything but steak in about 20 minutes. No problem lighting lump charcoal at all. The grate is hinged so you can add more fuel if need be. I had it up to about 500 for searing steaks...could probably get higher if I move the charcoal up closer to the grate.

I've got a Smokenator coming today, so I'm looking forward to trying that one out. I might also step up to some iron grates from Craycort.

Thus far I give it 2 BIG thumbs up....it's not a BGE, but it was signifigantly cheaper and works incredibly well.
202  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: so I bought a house... on: July 24, 2011, 06:05:41 PM
Moving day went pretty well.

The cable guy showed up at around 5:30 to hook us up. We go out back to the lines and they had cut them from the pole. That poor fella had to run lines from the pole to the house and then run them into the back bedroom (where our office is). 3 hours and one thunderstorm later it was finished. We still need the tv hooked up, but that's pretty easy provided the cables are still in the walls. Now to clean the old place and unpack.

I have a bottle of Guatemalan rum I bought at the duty free shop waiting to get opened tonight. Pair that with a fine cigar and a Florida sunset and it's going to be a nice evening at the new abode.
203  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: so I bought a house... on: July 22, 2011, 04:55:43 PM
Thanks guys...I'm both stoked and nervous as hell. We got it for a steal though, it was quite literally too good to pass up. Gonna be nice to have roots for once.

They are brewing Yuengling over in Tampa and the wife is buying me a kegerator at some point this year, so yes - party at Mike's house. I'm scared of little people though, so leave them at home.
204  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / so I bought a house... on: July 22, 2011, 04:19:21 PM
and let me just say, for the record, painting sucks.

Light blue, I declare you my nemesis. I will destroy you.
205  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: July 11, 2011, 10:30:30 PM
"I Like Killing Flies" was entertaining. It's a documentary about a greasy spoon in NYC. Apparently the guy who runs it was the inspiration for the Soup Nazi
206  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best Zombie Movie on: July 09, 2011, 10:58:17 PM
Oh, and Undead, which is an Australian comedy about zombies. I loved that movie. And if you like that one, go grab Black Sheep, where the sheep are zombies...kind of..maybe
207  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best Zombie Movie on: July 09, 2011, 10:56:00 PM
I'm gonna toss Dead Snow (which is foreign...maybe swedish?) and Night of the Creeps into the mix. Oh, and Fido, which is funny and awesome.

Slither is super awesome too and not really zombies (more like body snatchers), but deserves a nod being such a rad film
208  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Louie on: July 07, 2011, 01:52:51 PM
My wife still can't get over the second bit. She kept saying "oh my god" and wondering why that was funny, which made it even better honestly.

In other news, Wilfred is quite good as well.
209  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Louie on: July 06, 2011, 04:14:13 PM
I finally got around to watching last weeks "Louie" on the DVR and it may be the darkest piece of comedy I've ever seen. I can't decide if it was brilliant or crassly inappropriate. I'm leaning toward brilliant.
210  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ok. I need help. How do I make friends? on: July 06, 2011, 04:10:04 PM
My wife and I have found most of our friends through work. We both loathe crowds which limits our outside social interaction, but have struck a nice balance by hosting game nights and BBQ's at our place. Being almost 40 and having no children complicates things some as well, as neither of us is particularly fond of small children (we aren't child-haters or anything, we just don't really "get" kids). As a result, most of our friends tend to be in the 20-30 range, with a few adults who are similar to us. We tend to look for strays like us and forge something with them.

Also, and this may be just me, but the older I get the more refined my bullshit meter gets. We have a standard of requiring someone be a polite, responsible person in order to be included in the "friend zone". I have no time or energy for drama or inconsiderate behavior. Thus, when we meet someone new I generally like to see which way the wind blows before inviting them into my life.

Our situation is further compounded by the fact that Florida is the armpit of America. I love the weather, but folks are real floaty and transitional here. Is it similar in Arizona? I think it may be the heat - comfort breeds complacency and all that.
211  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: AMERICA! F&*K YEAH! on: July 01, 2011, 11:38:40 PM
We bought a house, so packing while I drink a growler of Keegan "Joe Mama" my buddy brought back from New York for me. I'll probably grill a steak.
212  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2011 on: June 28, 2011, 06:19:06 PM
I'm reading The Wilding by Benjamin Percy right now and it's the best novel I've read in quite some time.
213  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bring me your awful tattoos! [Will likely be NSFW] on: June 27, 2011, 05:08:13 PM
You should look up Chris Crinkle sometime. He's become synonymous with bad tattoos....as in "oh man, did you see that? Someone really Crinkled that one up!"
214  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: June 26, 2011, 07:44:44 PM
Party Down is hilarious. Seriously, laugh out loud funny which is saying alot for me. The porn awards afterparty that they cater is my favorite so far (i'm on episode 7 or Cool
215  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bikes and dogs on: June 15, 2011, 01:00:17 AM
get an airhorn. If the dog gets to close for comfort then let loose at him. I also carry a blackjack.
216  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Macho Man Randy Savage died on: May 20, 2011, 07:25:24 PM
He was a regular at a friends restaurant and seemed like a really great guy
217  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: looking for a new touring/commuter bike on: May 17, 2011, 07:55:28 PM
Have you considered the Surly LHT? Good bike and built to last. My commuter is a Trek 7.3 Hybrid. See's about 100 miles a week and it's a nice comfortable ride.


 In all honesty I would probably look on Craigslist. I see nice bikes on there all the time. I'm currently building up a new (to me) road bike on a Panasonic DX2000 frame from the late eighties. I figure i'll have 400-ish invested after all is said and done (including paint). My buddy just bought a nice mid-eighties Schwinn, near-mint condition with a lugged cromoly frame. I think he paid 120 for it.

218  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Brink - now with video and OFFICIAL REVIEW! on: May 11, 2011, 03:49:22 AM
I'm pretty underwhelmed with this one so far(i'm playing it on the 360). The controls feel a little sluggish and the bots are terrible. I'll try some online later on tonight, but so far it's a giant swing and a miss for me - back to Gamefly ya go little buddy
219  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: April 10, 2011, 11:08:47 PM
Bronson was pretty awesome. A sort of fictionalized account of Britain's most notorious criminal
220  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: To Beer or not to Beer? on: April 08, 2011, 06:46:12 PM
Harpoon UFO is my go to for the dog days of Florida summer, with Julius Echter being my backup.
221  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: April 01, 2011, 08:43:57 PM
The Parking Lot Movie was really good

Not sure if it's still available, but I also enjoyed The Village Barbershop awhile back
222  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Grill suggestions on: March 27, 2011, 05:13:47 PM
I haven't used one yet, although it's looking like this summer will be a new grill for me. I'm seriously leaning towards the Performer over the Big Green Egg, both for price and ease of use. My buddy up north got his Performer last year and has been raving about it, so i'll ask him some specifics and get back with ya. He's a die hard charcoal grill guy, probably grills 200 nights out of the year during rain, sleet or snow, so his opinion carries alot of weight with me on this.
223  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: GPS watches/bike computers on: March 27, 2011, 05:09:52 PM
I bought my wife the Garmin 310 for running and biking, which is really just the later gen 305. It's larger, but not uncomfortably so and works incredibly well. A buddy of ours has the 405 and he loves his. Navigating the menus is a little odd at first (doesn't seem as intuitive as the 310), but he got used to it right quick and loves the size.

The sheer amount of data from these is staggering. I'd recommend using SportTracks with it, it's a fine piece of software.
224  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamestop is Making Money on: March 25, 2011, 09:39:22 PM
A good thing? No, not at all. However, I am of the opinion that publishers would love nothing more than to kill the used game market. I feel that games will eventually become "locked" to the console their are played on. You are starting to see this already with multiplayer (I rented Hot Pursuit and was awarded with a 2 day trial for multi, after that it costs 10 bucks). I can see game rentals surviving in some form, maybe as a multi-key license, but having to purchase a new license for a used game would kill that market.

Again, this is just my opinion. Games are big business, eclipsing even film in terms of gross profit. Game companies are realizing that they can make more and more cash by squeezing consumers. Activision doesn't care about you, they just want a better quarter than the last one.

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So the next generation of consoles won't let people play preowned games?


Is that a good thing in your view?

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225  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamestop is Making Money on: March 25, 2011, 02:08:49 PM
This is all based on those figures being accurate. I bet a team of forensic accountants would find all sort of shady stuff if they sifted through their books.

The Gamestop business model is a house of cards and right now it's the equivalent of a corner store smash and grab. I'm willing to bet that the next gen of consoles do away with it or at least cripple the gobs of money being made.

226  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Grill suggestions on: March 24, 2011, 09:28:07 PM
The Weber Performer is a gas ignition charcoal grill. You fire it up, let the charcoal heat up for about 10 minutes and you're good to go.
227  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: WTB: Halo Reach on: March 03, 2011, 10:48:39 PM
Gamefly has it for 25 bucks used

http://www.gamefly.com/store/game/xbox-360/Halo-Reach/141850/
228  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Cameras on: February 05, 2011, 06:16:26 AM
Looking at a new digital camera, anyone have any suggestions? I don't need a Dslr, just a solid camera that takes nice photos. I've narrowed it down to the Sony Nex3, Panasonic Lumix G2 or Lumix FZ35 (though i'm really leaning towards the Sony). I don't care about zooming as much as picture quality and ease of use. Seriously, I need something a monkey can operate.

I like the idea of the touchscreen on the G2, but worry about buying alot of function I'll never get into. The AF tracking seems useful however.

Are the midrange Canon's any good?

229  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Two Worlds 2 Impressions on: February 05, 2011, 06:09:47 AM
uhm, I'm playing on 360 and I have subtitles
230  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movies] twist/shock endings on: February 04, 2011, 03:46:00 PM
I still remember watching NotLD on late night tv once and not being able to get to sleep because I was so bothered.

The ending to the Descent was a little bit of a twist as well
231  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movies] twist/shock endings on: February 04, 2011, 05:26:50 AM
To this day the one that still gets me is Night of the Living Dead.

I'm tossing Angel Heart, Jacob's Ladder, The Others, The Spanish Prisoner and Primal Fear into the mix
232  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Two Worlds 2 Impressions on: January 27, 2011, 08:18:57 PM
this one is pretty fun! The difficulty is all over the place, as it seems pretty easy to stumble into situations you can't handle. The gameplay sort of reminds me of Drakan, for those of you who remember that title. You really have to adjust how you fight different mobs, as evidenced by my quick demise the first time I rushed into battle against a spear wielding enemy and was forced to re-evaluate. Ants? Lure them toward a rock you can hop onto and let loose with fire and bow. Rhino? Hit and run. Necris? Fire and bludgeon. I really dig the variety.

Initially I hated the way you ready your weapons, but it's starting to get a little more fluid for me. Not sure why they didn't key it to the right trigger to ready and down dpad to sheath. Or even to the bumpers. Weird.
233  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: LF: Splinter Cell Convction 360 on: January 24, 2011, 03:01:36 PM
I have a copy sitting around, what do you have to trade? Here is a list of stuff I'm interested in, all 360: Enslaved, The Saboteur, Transformers WFC, Mini Ninjas, Wet, Banjo Nuts and Bolts, Simpsons, AvP, Conan

234  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Holiday Loot: Are you expecting a good, average, or bad Christmas? on: December 27, 2010, 01:37:04 PM
My wife had a brand new bike waiting under the tree for me. I went for a quick ride Xmas morning, but was cold and windy as all hell yesterday so it probably won't hit the street again for a couple more days.

She grabbed me an Xbox HD too, a 250 gig one.
235  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best of John Wayne on: December 24, 2010, 09:19:55 PM
just fyi - Amazon has the collection on dvd for 5 bucks

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001RHGRPW/?t=slicinc-20&tag=slicinc-20
236  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Majin and The Forsaken Kingdom on: December 18, 2010, 01:23:24 PM
I seem to remember focusing on his feet and when he picks his foot up you have the Majin focus his wind power. The General will collapse and expose his back to you
237  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Most underrated games of 2010 on: December 04, 2010, 02:36:16 PM
so far Majin is making my list
238  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Thanksgiving menus, traditions, and recipes... on: November 25, 2010, 06:01:03 PM
Every Thanksgiving the wife and I listen to Alice's Restaurant. Then we gorge ourselves on two dinners at two different places.
239  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What happens in New Vegas.... The FO:NV impressions thread on: October 21, 2010, 08:13:44 AM
Man, this thing is a giant swing and a miss. Seriously, don't they have any staff on QC over there, most of the game is broken in a million small ways. Stuff like this is why I really don't understand how Obsidian has a decent rep with gamers. The only passable game I've ever played from them was NWN2. Everything else has been mid-range crap.

I know they are former Black Isle folks, but Fallout 2 was pretty buggy back in the day as well. I remember some sort of game stopping glitch that forced me to reload a previous save from like 3 hours earlier, one of many. I send a scathing email to Feargus over that one and, to his credit, he did email me back.

I really need to learn to back the hell away from anything these folks touch until I hear otherwise.
240  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kraken black rum on: September 01, 2010, 03:57:36 PM
haha, I reserve that phrase for when I break the seal
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