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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 27, 2016, 06:24:26 PM

Quote from: farley2k on December 21, 2016, 06:29:06 PM

Munising, MI. Can't believe this place is actually located in the Midwest..

These are The Caves of the Bloody Chiefs.

The legend is that Native Americans would put their prisoners of war in these caves and let the waves of Lake Superior crush and drown them...
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Grills? What say you GT? on: March 19, 2015, 09:14:50 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on March 19, 2015, 06:33:52 PM

Any thoughts on this "infrared heating" gimmick I read about?

I've seen it but never had a grill that had that feature.  I don't think I'd pay extra for it.  I can get a grill plenty hot whether I'm using propane or charcoal.
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Grills? What say you GT? on: March 19, 2015, 12:35:38 AM

Quote from: raydude on March 18, 2015, 12:34:06 PM

Also bought a grill cover for it to protect it from the elements.

You get a nice cover for it?

I'm still trying to figure out my Smokenator...

4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Grills? What say you GT? on: March 18, 2015, 12:42:26 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on March 18, 2015, 12:38:22 AM

My Weber Genesis is way over your price limit but worth the price. Still going strong after nearly 10 years. I replaced one of the flavorizer bars last year, otherwise no maintenance beyond an annual cleaning.

Yep, if you grill often this is a better idea but you'd have to double the $400 budget...because you have to buy a nice cover also.
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Grills? What say you GT? on: March 18, 2015, 12:40:05 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 17, 2015, 06:56:30 PM

Weber Gold.  The cleanup is much easier on the Gold and it only costs a teeny bit more.

Yep, and buy a nice cover for it and only use lump charcoal.
6  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: I'm a former Jehovah's Witness, AMA! on: August 20, 2014, 12:44:03 PM
Is it true that JW's believe only 144,000 souls get to go to heaven?

If so, didn't they hit that number a long time ago?
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Buying a House. Stuck on the Final Decision. Advice? on: August 13, 2014, 11:24:04 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on August 12, 2014, 04:03:54 PM

Home 1 looks like it’s probably haunted and ghost are scary, therefore you should choose house 2.  icon_smile

This was my first thought.

A house THAT old, with an unfinished basement?  You better believe there are ghosts of Dead Indians down there...
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Where do you stand on the crucial topic of hotdogs? on: August 07, 2014, 03:22:20 PM
I don't generally get involved in other people's lives but please don't put ketchup on a hotdog.  Ever. Truthiness!
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Find me a more 80s album cover. I dare you on: February 24, 2014, 09:30:24 PM

Quote from: Jumangi on February 22, 2014, 03:07:43 PM

This is the 80's people. When rock bands all dressed like they were cross dressers out for a night on the Vegas strip.

Great quote from Tommy Lee from this period, "Just 'cause we're wearing lipstick doesn't mean we won't kick your ass!"
10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Thanks America! on: August 29, 2013, 11:27:17 AM
Ketchup Potato Chips are Canada's greatest contribution to The Free World.
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The saddest sight in the world on: August 30, 2012, 11:36:57 AM
My poor bunny ripped his stitches out after he was neutered.

This earned him the Cone Of Shame!

12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Going to see Janes Addiction tonight... on: August 07, 2012, 02:09:58 PM

Quote from: Harpua3 on August 06, 2012, 07:58:43 PM

Flames away, I enjoyed porno for pyros shows more than JA...

I kinda did too... icon_redface
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tell me about Tivo and Comcast on: October 03, 2011, 09:08:42 PM
1.  Save a few bucks and buy a referb
2.  Yank out the stock hard drive, put in on the shelf and replace it with at least a terabyte drive, as large as the unit will support.  Don't bother with an external drive.  Upgrading the internal is easy these days and will give you better performance.
3.  As stated, you will need a dual-tuner cable card.  They cost the same as standard cable cards per month and Comcast MUST by LAW provide you with one when you request it.  Their installers should know how to install them by now, they've been on the market long enough.  Some locations even allow for self-installs, it's that easy.

I've mentioned it many times before, we are on our 3rd TiVo and it is the most-used appliance in our house.  I have a standing order to immediately replace it if anything goes wrong with the current unit.  The only reason we ARE on the 3rd TiVo is due to trading up model years for Hi-Def, greater capacity, etc.
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: If I could have dinner with anyone on: September 20, 2011, 05:29:56 PM
Hunter S. Thompson and Anthony Bourdain and Timothy Leary.  THAT would be a fun meal...
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Louie on: September 20, 2011, 05:10:16 PM

Quote from: hepcat on September 17, 2011, 03:47:38 PM

Hmmm...that's actually a really eloquent way of convincing me to give it another go.

You know how much you love Gus?  That's pretty much how I feel about Louis C.K.
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Lifestyle] Breaking my addiction to white powder. on: September 10, 2011, 04:00:37 PM

Quote from: Alefroth on September 09, 2011, 05:57:34 AM

Whether it's allowed on the Paleo diet or not, coffee beans are not legumes. They are the seed of a fruit.


Thank you for that correction!  That was buggin' me as I caught up on this topic...
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [trailer] The Rum Diary on: August 30, 2011, 12:33:10 PM
I knew Johnny Depp had the rights to this for a movie but I didn't know they were actually working on it...

The last time I read this book was while in San Juan.  It was neat to wander the same streets described in the book.  Old San Juan is just a beautiful place.
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: HP webOS! Pre 3! Veer! TouchPad!!! on: August 24, 2011, 11:12:09 AM
I'm going to snag another one for my wife.  After playing around with mine she wants one...
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Coffee Help please.. 2 Years Later on: August 18, 2011, 11:50:00 AM

Quote from: Alefroth on August 17, 2011, 08:57:18 PM

What kind of roaster do you have, Z-Corn?


Right now I'm using a Nesco Professional Coffee Roaster.  It used to be branded as Zack and Danni's.

It's not bad.  A friend gave it to me when he got a Behmor roaster.  I'm kind of pushing it hard to try and burn it out so I can buy a better roaster.  I would probably go with the Behmor as well, my friend is very happy with his.
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Coffee Help please.. 2 Years Later on: August 18, 2011, 11:46:35 AM

Quote from: Einsteinium on August 17, 2011, 04:38:44 PM

Can you recommend a good vaccuum pot? I used to have one, but Starbucks discontinued it. I love my French Press and my pump-driven Espresso machine.

I have one of those Bodum Santos electric vac pots that I'm pretty sure is the same as your Starbucks version.  I rarely use it, only when I have guests over and need to be able to just "set and forget".  As you read, my usual coffee making is a bit of a fiddly ritual!

Lately I've been using the Yama stovetop 40 oz. pot.  In that I use an aftermarket filter, a really nice stainless steel filter.  I've never bothered with the cloth filters that come with the pot.  I tried a few brews with an antique Cory glass rod filter but the coffee always had a hard time coming down from the top chamber, which really made me nervous.  I have actually imploded a glass vacuum pot by allowing the filter to stall for too long.  Not good, shattered glass and lukewarm coffee ALL OVER the kitchen on a morning before work!

The one that shattered was a stovetop Bodum Santos and I cannot recommend one of those, they are very cheaply made and way too expensive for what you get.

I think I will be trying a 22 oz. version of the Yama.  It's much more suited to the amount of coffee my wife and I drink in the morning and I can use the same stainless filter.   And...what the hell, I just talked myself into ordering it from Amazon, it'll be here in time for Saturday morning coffee...

The 22 oz. Yama is $33 at Amazon, the 40 oz. is $36 and the filter is $20.
21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Coffee Help please.. 2 Years Later on: August 17, 2011, 11:16:27 AM
In the past few months I've gotten back into roasting coffee again after a few years hiatus.  Let me bore you with my preaching!

First, please don't buy OR drink that terrible pre-flavored coffee.  There is a reason they flavor it.  It is unfit for consumption otherwise.  It is usually immature low-altitude grown robusta from Viet Nam.  If you MUST drink flavored coffee there are syrups you may add to the cup that aren't so bad.  But know that You Are Still Doing It Wrong.

I generally only drink one cup a day, in the morning, when I have time.  Depending on whether I'm making a cup for my wife as well, or just my whim, I either use a French press, a vacuum pot or a Clever coffee dripper.  Sometimes it depends on the particular bean of the day as some origins and roast levels suit themselves to different brewing methods.

This morning I made a cup for each of us in a French press.  It was an unintentional 3-bean blend that ended up being great!  Unintentional in that I didn't have enough Moka Kadir blend so I had to mix in a bit of Hawaii Ka’anapali DP Maui Moka 16 Screen that I just roasted last night, which is a little too soon after roasting.  I like to give at least 24-36 hours of rest after roasting before brewing. was 35 grams of the Moka Kadir (which was equal weights of Yemen Mokha Ismaili and Ethiopia Harar Longberry that I roasted on 08-09-11) and about 18 grams of the Hawaiian in the press pot with 750 grams of 190 degree water.  I let steep for a minute-and-a-half and then broke the crust and swizzled with a chopstick.  I plunged the coffee after 4 minutes total steep time.

So good!
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Summer Teas on: July 11, 2011, 07:27:06 PM

aka hibiscus flower tea, you can get it at Mexican grocery tart and tangy...very refreshing.  And it goes well with whiskey...but I wouldn't drink it with whisky...
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Game of Thrones TV series starts now! on: June 11, 2011, 08:57:53 PM

Quote from: Scraper on June 09, 2011, 02:12:22 PM

Quote from: hepcat on June 08, 2011, 03:37:05 PM

Dinklage continues to own this show.  The two dimensional characters of the Queen and her son still continue to NOT impress me.  I'm hoping they aren't this "comic book evil" in the books...or perhaps there's more to come that will flesh the characters out and elevate them beyond a Rocky and Bullwinkle villain.  I'm holding out hope.

Also, just a thought, but if you're the leader of a barbarian tribe of feared warriors, try not to always look like you just came out of an audition for the Robert Smith story.

I think he looks more like Dave Navarro on Steroids.

+1 to this.  All season long my wife and I have been referring to him as "that buff Dave Navarro guy".
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck Season 4 discussion (spoilers!!!) on: May 05, 2011, 11:11:42 AM
In case anyone is keeping score at home...

28...28 is now the number of unwatched episodes of Chuck on my TiVo...

I will watch them someday!
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: April 25, 2011, 01:11:52 AM

Quote from: rshetts2 on April 24, 2011, 02:48:47 PM

Lately it seems OO is going down more than a hooker at John R and Brush. 

John R and Brush run parallel!

You sure you've gotten a hooker in Detroit before?
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Killer Whale may get the chance to kill again on: March 31, 2011, 02:56:01 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 30, 2011, 03:13:00 PM

Tilikum is the sperm donor for their operation. 

Must be why they named him that, eh?
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Grill suggestions on: March 24, 2011, 05:15:27 PM
Don't settle for anything less than a Weber and be sure to lay out the extra $50 for a proper sized Weber cover.  The cover will extend the life of your grill dramatically...
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: For the Sriracha (Rooster sauce) lovers out there - new cookbook on: February 11, 2011, 01:14:41 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on February 10, 2011, 01:13:56 AM

For those who love Sriracha, have any of you tried chili paste in place of the Sriracha sauce?  Being that I absolutely love Vietnamese cuisine, chili paste has become a necessary obsession, especially with pho or any other Asian dishes.  A personal favorite is Sambal Oelek.  Other brands seem to use too much garlic, but Sambal Oelek is the real deal, simply ground up chilies into paste and that's about it.  Great flavor, a decent amount of heat, and it seems to have more chili flavor rather than the garlic element of Sriracha.  Since discovering Sambal Oelek I haven't purchased Sriracha since.   

Harissa is another chili paste you might like.  It's got the addition of toasted caraway seeds that give it a great warm, earthy flavor.  I make a harissa rub and put it on a tri-tip, grill over mesquite...awesome...
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I'm curious -is this true american dining? on: February 11, 2011, 01:03:18 PM
The menu looks to be classic American Steakhouse fare.  Which, to me, is getting pretty boring.  This same menu could almost be used as a generic template for any steakhouse for the past 20 years.  Boring...

A lot of the problem I have is paying these prices for steaks I could source straight from the farm (100% grass-fed, no hormones or antibiotics) and then grill myself.  I have no problem spending whatever it takes for a nice meal but it's gotta be on something I can't so easily reproduce myself at home.
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pets and food on: November 15, 2010, 12:47:49 PM
My cat can eat a whole watermelon!
31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I kind of want to see Hot Tub Time Machine on: March 24, 2010, 10:23:47 PM
Omigod Omigod OMIGOD...I've been wanting to see this ever since they started showing trailers on TV.  It looks like the perfect dumb movie.  I'm SO in!
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Any strong HTPC preferences out there these days? on: February 06, 2010, 01:00:13 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on February 05, 2010, 03:17:43 PM

Quote from: Brendan on February 05, 2010, 03:01:34 PM

D-Link hasn't announced the price yet, but it's said to be "sub-$200", which is obviously a euphemism for $199.  More importantly, they're going to sell their awesome remotely separately at some point in the future.

It has a full QWERTY keyboard on the back and looks fairly elegant.

That remote does look cool though I really have zero desire for multiple remotes these days.  I just want to control everything with my Harmony. 

The remote goes past elegant into the realm of bad-ass, IMHO.  Plus it's RF, that's a nice feature, once again, at this price point.
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Any strong HTPC preferences out there these days? on: February 06, 2010, 12:58:51 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on February 05, 2010, 02:01:44 PM

Quote from: Z-Corn on February 05, 2010, 01:06:29 PM

After using a modded XBox with XBMC installed for the past few years I've decided I'm going to buy a Boxee box when they come out.  I've read Boxee isn't the best for streaming media, that's what I would use it most for, but you can't beat the price-point.

How much are they going to cost?  You can get an Acer Revo and put XBMC on it for $199. 

Yeah, but that's a cheap Revo for $199.  I can't buy the $199 one when I know there's a better $329 one out there...this would be my best-case scenario if I was spending that much.  And if I was spending this much I'd spend a couple hundred more and go whole-hog and build a MythTV box...
34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I'm getting concerned on: February 05, 2010, 01:17:49 PM
Really sorry to hear this.  I wish you well...

My Mom died in June without a will and we're in the middle of probate right now.  It's gotten ugly between my sisters and I.  Here's to hoping your probate will go smoother than ours.

My sympathies...
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Any strong HTPC preferences out there these days? on: February 05, 2010, 01:06:29 PM
After using a modded XBox with XBMC installed for the past few years I've decided I'm going to buy a Boxee box when they come out.  I've read Boxee isn't the best for streaming media, that's what I would use it most for, but you can't beat the price-point.
36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Olympic Torch Relay (w/ Pictures!!!) on: December 19, 2009, 02:25:06 PM
Very cool pics, thanks for posting them!
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: December 15, 2009, 01:03:01 PM
It's because I just donated money...
38  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DVR Luddite has questions on: September 17, 2009, 04:59:47 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on September 16, 2009, 03:21:24 PM

I can't answer that, but I'd like to piggyback another DVR question on your thread: Is there a way to permanently save a program recorded by DVR (e.g., burn it to DVD)?

TiVos have analog ports out to allow you to save to either VHS or DVD.  It won't make as nice of a copy but it can be done very easily.

Or, with a little more fiddling on the PC end of things, there is an open-source software project that will rip content via ethernet to your PC and then convert it to .avi.  You could then watch the ripped content from a media server or burn it to disc to watch on a PC.

The big problem is defeating TiVo's DRM, some shows have it and some don't.
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazingly good shows that died WAY before their time on: August 16, 2009, 04:13:34 PM
Lucky Louie
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Your Search is Over: The Best BBQ Sauce In the Universe Has Been Found on: August 14, 2009, 07:53:53 PM

Quote from: kratz on August 13, 2009, 06:45:48 PM

No cayenne.


So t'row some in there...I said it was a start!   stirthepot
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