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241  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [BOOKS] SF Recommendation? on: October 29, 2011, 01:46:02 PM
     Alastair Reynolds. His stuff can be a little dense, but I've always enjoyed him. "Chasm City" is a really good intro to him, as is The Prefect.

     Peter Hamilton take a really long while to get going on and his endings need work, but it's pretty enjoyable. His book "Fallen Dragon" is a nice stand-alone novel to start with.

Pohl's "Gateway" series is excellent. "Earth" by David Brin was super good. "The Alien Years" by Silverberg. "Dune" by Herbert. "The Forever War" by Haldeman was the first novel I read where the consequences of faster than light travel was treated accordingly."Stranger in a Strange Land" by Heinlein. It's a little hippy-ish, but really good. "Old Man's War" by Scalzi - he's the new Heinlein. "Altered Carbon" by Morgan was a really nice blend of hardboiled and sci-fi. "Hardwired" by Williams is one of the first cyberpunk novels I ever read and "Voice of the Whirlwind" by him was excellent as well. "Snow Crash" and "Cryptonomicon" by Stephenson are top reads. "The Stainless Steel Rat" by Harrison is a really fun read, a little bit of Ocean's Eleven in space. "Stand on Zanzibar" by Brunner is good, but I've always had a soft spot for "The Sheep Look Up" by him - it's particularly appropriate now and in the coming years. And read Alfred Bester - his stuff is a real gold standard for sci-fi.
242  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo 3ds on: October 21, 2011, 10:47:09 PM
I had bought a DS when it first came out, but sold it to a buddy awhile back. Kind of regretting it now. As far as portable gaming goes would you guys recommend a DS or PSP? I have no idea what the libraries look like now.

Eh, maybe I'll just break down and buy an IPad anyway.
243  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo 3ds on: October 21, 2011, 02:20:31 PM
So, a couple of months later what is everyone's verdict on the 3DS? It's my slow season at work and i'm looking at getting some sort of portable gaming to occupy myself. I might take the plunge on the Ipad next year, but for now some less than 2 bills would be ideal.

Anyhoo, yea or nay?
244  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Recent British Television Comedy on: October 21, 2011, 02:01:38 PM
Darkplace was on Adult Swim a few years ago, so maybe they will replay them.

245  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Quarriors - Dice Building Game on: September 23, 2011, 12:26:03 PM
This might be good for my non-gamer wife. I'll have to order a copy
246  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's your daily routine? on: September 23, 2011, 12:22:55 PM
7ish - listen to podcast while making coffee, puttering about
7:30ish - hang out with dogs in backyard, drinking coffee and reading
8:30ish - evaluate and start chores (sweeping, dusting, yard, cleaning bathroom, etc...)
10ish - play Xbox or go for a bike ride
Noonish - go to work
10ish - come home from work, hang out with the missus, watch tv for an hour
11ish - go to bed

We also have a weekly and monthly schedule. For instance, Sunday nights is usually an evening with friends. Tuesdays the wife and I usually go ride bikes and take in a movie. Wednesday nights is usually a pot luck barbecue, where anywhere from 1 to 5 people are likely to show up. although sometimes it's just us. This week is beef back ribs on the smoker.

We are pushing 40 and childless, so obviously we haven't the pressures of domestic life like most people. If anything our time is too limited, but we try to make the best of it.
247  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: If I could have dinner with anyone on: September 20, 2011, 04:22:11 PM
Kevin Spacey. He seems like a really interesting cat and dinner would be full of great conversation. My backup would be Wallace Shawn.

I'd like to go out for drinks with Sara Rue
248  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: (TV/Film)Various Stephen King projects in the pipeline on: September 12, 2011, 05:03:35 PM
yeah, Under the Dome was pretty underwhelming. It was like Steve watched The Simpsons movies and said "hey, I wonder what what really happen?"

I'd like to see another version of The Stand, that would be cool.
249  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's not a BGE, but it was signifigantly cheaper and works incredibly well.
250  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.
251  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.
252  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.
253  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
254  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
255  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
256  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.
257  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.
258  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.
259  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.
260  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.
261  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 in "oh man, did you see that? Someone really Crinkled that one up!"
262  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
263  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.
264  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
265  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.

266  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
267  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
268  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.
269  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
270  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.
271  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.
272  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.


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

Is that a good thing in your view?

273  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.

274  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.
275  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: WTB: Halo Reach on: March 03, 2011, 10:48:39 PM
Gamefly has it for 25 bucks used
276  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?

277  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
278  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
279  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
280  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.
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