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1121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Official] Rock Band 2 Impressions on: September 16, 2008, 11:45:03 PM
I never got into the drums while playing RB1 but I hear good things about the new training mode in RB2 so I think I'll try out my original drum set.  I'm betting my foot will feel like its falling off again, just like last time.
1122  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Official] Rock Band 2 Impressions on: September 16, 2008, 10:59:45 PM

Quote from: Simon on September 16, 2008, 10:49:39 PM

I picked up the new guitar today at Gamestop. It looks gorgeous. The strum bar is greatly improved, it doesn't click like the GH3 one but snaps quite nicely up and down. The buttons feel about the same, just a bit more solid maybe. The auto-calibration seems to be pretty spot on and I didn't notice any problems with that. Overall I like it a great deal more than the RB1 and GH3 guitars and am glad I got it.

I logged on to say the same thing, got the last RB2 guitar at the local GameStop for $69.99.  I had no problems with the audio section of the auto cal but I never got the guitar to respond to my Vizio LCD flashing for the video cal.  I just left the cal where it was from my RB1 guitar cal and it seemed to work just fine.  The new guitar is really nice but I keep forgetting that it is wireless!  I'm always putting it down to walk to the fridge or whatever. 

My scores have gone up quite a bit with the new guitar but that is probably due to the old one being hit or miss on the up and down strums.
1123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Official] Rock Band 2 Impressions on: September 15, 2008, 01:09:32 AM
Funny I never thought about playing with the DRUMS!  Sheesh it's been awhile I guess.  Anyways I suck on the drums but maybe with the new calibration scheme I'll get a bit better.  Before  my guitar broke I noticed the new cal settings were making it a bit easier for me.
1124  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Official] Rock Band 2 Impressions on: September 15, 2008, 01:05:02 AM
Dang it!  I was just starting to get back into the Rock Band mode and my guitar up strum borked on me.  I had been using the down strum technique long ago but it seemed my guitar was double strumming in some of the Rock Band 2 menus so I started trying just to up strum and was getting used to it when it all came crashing down (sigh).  So I'm out until I can get a replacement guitar or a new wireless one.
1125  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [9/12/08] When Moliere is Away the Geezers Will Play... on: September 12, 2008, 11:16:31 PM
 ninja


IN!

(I finally have a friday night off, sweet!.  Do I need any expansion maps if they are available?)

 ninja
1126  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My dog died today on: August 25, 2008, 02:23:18 PM
Sad news.  Condolences from our family.
1127  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone read Lois McMaster Bujold books? on: July 08, 2008, 04:51:10 AM
And this is why someday I may just get a Kindle.  If the series is available for Kindle then I'd be able to re-read them whenever I wanted without having to dig the books out of the storage box.
1128  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone read Lois McMaster Bujold books? on: July 08, 2008, 04:48:53 AM
I loved all the Vorkosigan books and the Curse of Chalion is pretty good too.  The only book of hers I didn't like was the Spirit Ring.  I'd recommend searching out the other books in the series as they are all well done.  You could read Shards of Honor and Baryarr (sp??) which focuses on different people in Miles's universe.  Oh and the short story "Mountains of Mourning" is a fantastic read that is enclosed in the book Young Miles I believe. 

A review of wikipedia shows you have the first 3 books in the Vorkosigan saga so I'd say listen away and enjoy, I'd be interested in how well the audio book is done.
1129  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/23) on: June 25, 2008, 03:46:42 AM
Maybe Ticket to Ride but other then that, nada.
1130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/16) on: June 17, 2008, 05:18:54 PM
Nothing for me, still trying to work through GTAIV but didn't get any play time this week.
1131  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: In Defense of Hall & Oates on: June 14, 2008, 05:47:44 PM
I believe the court is going to have to appoint a public defender and order psychiatric testing.  Insanity plea might be the best option
1132  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Damn you raisin cookies! Damn you all to HELL! on: June 11, 2008, 07:50:57 PM

Quote from: rickfc on June 11, 2008, 06:09:55 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on June 11, 2008, 06:06:36 PM

Macadamia nut cookies can burn in hell.


WTF???  Macadamia nut and white chocolate chip cookies FTW!

Truer words have never been spoken.  FTW!!! FTW Indeed!  You others can take your anti-nut agenda over to a pack of Oreo's and dunk it.
1133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/9) on: June 10, 2008, 01:55:53 AM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on June 09, 2008, 05:41:52 PM

Quote from: The_Man on June 09, 2008, 01:39:31 PM

Metal Gear Solid 4 and Prize Fighter. Might pick up Nascar 09 if the reviews are good.

I'll pick up Metal Gear Solid 4 and Prize Fighter.  Might pick up Nascar 09 if I suddenly develop a brain tumor and begin to love things spinning in a circle.



It's not a tumor!!!

Nothing for me, still slogging away at GTAIV and having fun with it.
1134  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So Here's The Game on: June 05, 2008, 07:51:20 AM
Hah losers!!  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Air_Force
1135  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] In Plain Sight on: June 04, 2008, 08:56:32 AM
The show is going to have to improve quite a bit if it is to keep me around. 
Things I didn't like;
The mother (how I hate whats her name, always some flaky ditzy space cadet)
The sister with the hidden secret, why bring it to the house of your sister the U.S. Marshal?
The sidekick- too slicked back, wearing all black in New Mexico in the summer?
The car- hey did she get a engine rebuild after the first 10 minutes?  cause it stopped smoking after that.
The HD signal- for some reason the picture was very grainy and didn't look much like HDTV to me even if it was in 16:9

I will Tivo a few more episodes and give it a chance.
1136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/2) on: June 02, 2008, 04:29:09 PM
Maybe Indy if the reviews look good.
1137  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] In Plain Sight on: June 02, 2008, 06:03:06 AM
I think Burn Notice is July 10th and my favorite, Eureka is late July like the 25th or so.
1138  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Honda FIT.. anyone have one? on: May 28, 2008, 09:41:38 AM
I should mention that my wife wanted the standard Fit, I thought the Sport model was worth the extra cost (I forgot about the 15" alloy wheels, that was a better option than the 14" to my mind).  Wife hates to use cruise control and never used the remote entry on her previous Civic.  Why?  Sheesh I never know what she is thinking, I love cruise and the remote entry keeps the key from scratching the paint at the least.
1139  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bicycle odometer question on: May 28, 2008, 09:27:10 AM

Quote from: Canuck on May 28, 2008, 08:55:12 AM

I just installed an odometer/speedometer on my bicycle and I have a quick question.  When you're installing the magnet and the sensor, does it matter where on the spoke it goes?  I mean, if I install it took close to the center of the wheel I'm not going to get inaccurate results am I?  Or should it be the same anywhere on the wheel?  (I'm assuming some sort of mathematical equation involving r or pi is involved.)

The only math involved is how many times the magnet passes the sensor, the position on the spoke doesn't matter at all.  The bike computer has the diameter of your wheel inputed into it and from that it can determine how far the bike travels for each revolution of the wheel, and since it can also determine the time between the revolutions it can determine speed.  Yeah I'm sure Pi and r squared are in there somewhere so that's why I use a GPS computer now  icon_biggrin
1140  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/26) on: May 26, 2008, 09:40:03 PM
Nothing for me this week.
1141  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Honda FIT.. anyone have one? on: May 26, 2008, 09:38:00 PM
My wife drives a Fit.  It should be noted that she only ever drives Hondas (and yet when I told her not to mention that to the salesman she ignored me  icon_evil).  We test drove the Civic and Fit the same day and both of us liked the handling of the Fit to the Civic which seemed heavier and more disconnected from the road.  The sticker on the cars show the automatic having a 1 mpg better gas consumption compared to the manual, we got the auto but I don't know if real world driving proves out the sticker or not.  The wife loves the car and it can really handle a lot of stuff inside.  I don't really drive it much (probably have driven it less than 25 miles) but the front passenger seat is comfortable.  This is a standard Fit by the way, not the Sport version but I don't see anything that you get in the Sport that would change the basic handling and performance of the car.
1142  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Get in the fight! (CC5 AAR forum sign up) *updated with teams!* on: May 25, 2008, 07:38:52 PM

Quote from: Sarkus on May 25, 2008, 07:34:14 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on May 25, 2008, 07:30:24 PM

Blimey kathode, a Panther tank!  Let's brew it up with our PIAT.  Hmmm better give the manual a reccy first;
Quote
From the 1943 British Army manual Projector, Infantry, Anti-Tank:

'Lie on the back and rest the projector on the chest, with the bomb support pointing over one shoulder and the shoulder piece flat on the ground. Keep the front support clear of the body and arms. Place the insteps on the shoulder piece, one foot on each side of the outer casing. Grasp the trigger guard firmly with one hand from underneath; with the other grasp any part of the projector that will give good leverage. Sit up or bend the knees if necessary, according to cover. Pull the outer casing away from the shoulder piece and turn it anticlockwise as far as it will go. Pulling with the hands and pushing with the feet, continue to pull on the outer casing until a click is heard. Considerable effort is required to overcome the resistance of the mainspring. The click denotes the action is cocked.'

Hey kathode how would you like a promotion to gunner? Hey is that Sarkus over there all alone?  Sarkie fancy a turn with the bomb dispenser?

Uh, not really.  I'm trained on the Bren and since there are four in this outfit that's what I should be on.  Maybe Canuck should join you?  disgust

Blah blah Bren..  blah blah.  The PIAT team is where the Victoria Crosses go!  Nothing to it, just sneak up to within 30 ft(!?!?!) of a tank and let the bombs fly, fame and fortune are sure to follow.
1143  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Get in the fight! (CC5 AAR forum sign up) *updated with teams!* on: May 25, 2008, 07:30:24 PM
Blimey kathode, a Panther tank!  Let's brew it up with our PIAT.  Hmmm better give the manual a reccy first;
Quote
From the 1943 British Army manual Projector, Infantry, Anti-Tank:

'Lie on the back and rest the projector on the chest, with the bomb support pointing over one shoulder and the shoulder piece flat on the ground. Keep the front support clear of the body and arms. Place the insteps on the shoulder piece, one foot on each side of the outer casing. Grasp the trigger guard firmly with one hand from underneath; with the other grasp any part of the projector that will give good leverage. Sit up or bend the knees if necessary, according to cover. Pull the outer casing away from the shoulder piece and turn it anticlockwise as far as it will go. Pulling with the hands and pushing with the feet, continue to pull on the outer casing until a click is heard. Considerable effort is required to overcome the resistance of the mainspring. The click denotes the action is cocked.'

Hey kathode how would you like a promotion to gunner? Hey is that Sarkus over there all alone?  Sarkie fancy a turn with the bomb dispenser?
1144  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: GTA IV Multiplayer on: May 24, 2008, 01:52:04 AM
I'll jump out of the single player in order to join in on some MP action.
1145  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So while drying myself off from taking a shower... on: May 23, 2008, 06:23:13 AM

Quote from: naednek on May 23, 2008, 12:51:26 AM

I'm folding the towel to put back on the towel rack, and to my horror, I see a spider on the otherside of said towel.  I nearly screamed like a girl. 

Ahh the rarely seen towel spider!  Did you know they always travel in pairs?  One on each side of the towel?
1146  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Idol 2008 on: May 23, 2008, 03:29:50 AM
What do Justin Guarini, Clay Akin, Bo Bice and David Archuleta have in common?  Well aside from finishing second in Idol?

Spoiler for Hiden:
They all sang "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me".  Maybe Clive knew Archie wasn't going to win so cursed him with this song
1147  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Thinking of changing vehicles (man card lossage?) on: May 22, 2008, 09:26:10 PM
If you want room to fit (caution upcoming pun alert) into an economy car then look at a Honda Fit (I warned you!).  My wife drives one and I like it alot.  I wish I could relay real world mpg numbers to you but the wife won't track them at all, claims to hate doing that sort of thing.  The car has lots of room and while not a luxury car it seems well put together as you might expect from a Honda.

As for me?  I "drive" a Piaggio MP-3 scooter while getting 58-60mpg.
1148  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Idol 2008 on: May 22, 2008, 04:35:05 PM

Quote from: Arclight on May 22, 2008, 01:37:00 PM

Quote from: tjg_marantz on May 22, 2008, 12:45:48 PM

Just to rewind a bit, I just watched last night Fantasia's appearance from a few weeks back.

Sorry but I dug it. It wasn't the cookie cutter shit everyone else does when they show up there. It was more suited to a small-ish concert venue where people expect it but I'm sorry. I liked that she is doing her thing and I enjoyed it.  ninja

I'm not the only one then. I'm not a huge fan of Fantasia but the girl walks down her own road, and I like that.




Thanks Jimmy the Fish for that pic  ninja
1149  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Idol 2008 on: May 22, 2008, 04:26:20 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on May 22, 2008, 04:17:16 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on May 22, 2008, 07:36:43 AM

...(but hey according to Robin from HIMYM Bruce Springsteen is the American Bryan Adams so that was Legen...wait for it...... DARY having him on smile).

Blasphemy.  Don't ever go to NJ.  Comments like that could get you killed.

I thought just showing up in NJ could get you killed?  Or stranded in the pine barrens and forgotten forever?  icon_biggrin
1150  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Idol 2008 on: May 22, 2008, 04:23:23 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on May 22, 2008, 12:57:21 PM

I thought the Gladys Knight sketch ran too long, but it was cool to see Jack Black, Ben Stiller, and Robert Downey, Jr. on stage together. Then I realized they're all in the new movie Tropic Thunder and that this was just another piece of marketing. Ugh.


I never got that it was a marketing ploy until some one mentioned Tropic Thunder, that did take the shine off the bit for me.  And did Randy use the snow shovel on Captain Kangaroo in order to steal his suit?  That was oh so bad a look.  Paula was heading for a Janet Jackson Super Bowl moment when she was up on the stage swaying around during the "You are my brother" song.  Paula also called it a week or two ago for Cook, man that can't be good for future seasons if she and Simon are trying to out do each other in predictions.
1151  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Idol 2008 on: May 22, 2008, 07:43:34 AM
And padding my post count...

Simon looked pretty happy after they announced the results and his apology to Cook just before they announced the winner was a surprise.  I wonder if indeed he played the voters by making them think Cook had no chance.

:edited to add:

While missing a chance to pad my awesome post total I need to add;

The bit with the crazy "I am your brother" singer had me reaching for the remote to fast foward past it but then the USC marching band showed up and since they brought along 4 or 5 of their cheerleaders I stayed to drool  drool  If USC ever changes those sweater dress uniforms to something else then hell has frozen over and life isn't worth living.
1152  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Idol 2008 on: May 22, 2008, 07:36:43 AM

Quote from: tripwire on May 22, 2008, 05:23:13 AM

Wow, i'm surprised

12 million whacks upside the head, and no shot of daddy  crybaby



There was a quick shot of Archie's family after the announcement and Daddy Dearest was applauding along with the rest of the family, if he was putting on a good face he was doing a good job of it, it seemed genuine.

I had a hunch once they announced early in the show that it was a runaway 56% to 44% vote result that Cookie had won.  With all the support seeming to be going to Archuletta, this early foreshadowing kinda gave me that feeling that Cook would win.

I actually liked the show tonight, it must have been a hoot for Cook to sing with ZZ Top and David Archuletta got New Republic for his band, I'm not familiar with them but it seemed nice enough.  Ok I'm with Pete on Bryan Adams (but hey according to Robin from HIMYM Bruce Springsteen is the American Bryan Adams so that was Legen...wait for it...... DARY having him on smile). 

Donna Summers didn't look all that happy to be singing next to the very hot looking Syesha during her pimp song  drool and I thought BrOOke did a good job singing with Graham Nash but at times I couldn't tell if she was trying to look at the audience or reading the teleprompter hoping not to forget the words.  Speaking of forgetting the words, nice work David Hernandaze for his slip up during the final group song.  Carrie Underwood looked great and I bet the view from the mosh pit was something to behold since that suit jacket-dress she had on was so very short, didn't like the song though.  Jordin Sparks looked out of place to me, I kept thinking she wasn't moving very well on stage (but let's not get crazy and think she was anywhere near as bad as Fantasia last week) and the song was very Meh for me (nice quick pan to see Blake in the crowd as she was singing).

  Even having just watched Iron Man I didn't recognize Robert Downey Jr. as the third Pip along with Stiller and Black,  I liked the bit and Gladys could really sing so very well.  I may just download that song for the charities. I have to give thumbs down  thumbsdown to the oh so long Love Guru bit with Mike Myers, it just dragged on and on and wasn't remotely funny until he tried to get Cook to shave off his beard, that was the only bright spot.  It could have been redeemed if Ryan had driven that stupid cushion into the mosh pit and exploded in a fireball that forever removed the swaying arms of those clowns down there.

  I guess in the end Cook seemed so nice and open while Archie just stood there and spouted dreck prior to and after singing his umpteenth ballad.  I guess almost all of Syesha's vote block went to the Cookie Monster who handled his victory and final song very well. 

Congratulations David Cook!!!

p.s. I agree that Amanda looked like she would rather be anywhere else than that stage tonight and I for one would not have missed her.

p.s.s.  I even liked the commercial showing the outtakes from the car bits, Guitar Hero not so much, I wonder how rittchard liked that one?  icon_biggrin
1153  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Idol 2008 on: May 21, 2008, 05:00:59 AM
Well it's over now, time to count up the votes.  I liked the change this year where each singer got to chose from one of ten songs in the song writing contest, not like last year where poor Blake had to sing that sappy "Here is my (shoot me) now".

  I have been a David Cook fan all this time and I liked what he did tonight.  His 3 songs all seemed different from each other and I like that he picked a song he never performed for his own choice.

  Snow Shovel face did his usual ballad, ballad and surprise song choice at the finish a ballad all while straining to keep his eyes open. 

  Not much for me to say in detail, Simon thought that Archie won the night but I hope the voters go for some originality rather than that pap that Utah Slim tossed out there.  And why did they have to add David Lloyd Webber back into the mix?  Back to Broadway for him.

 
1154  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/19) on: May 20, 2008, 05:20:23 AM
Nothing much this week,  Niko will be spending more cash at Perseus in Liberty City.
1155  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [books] Fantasy Recommendation? Update on: May 19, 2008, 07:40:58 AM

Quote from: Gratch on May 19, 2008, 03:29:43 AM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on May 19, 2008, 02:16:53 AM

Quote from: Gratch on April 21, 2008, 12:08:09 AM

My favorite self-contained fantasy book is Tad Williams War of the Flowers.  I cannot recommend that one enough.
I just finished War of the Flowers and absolutely loved it.  Thank you so much for the recommendation.  It was so good that I didn't want it to end.  I loved the premise (which I now understand is pretty overdone in fantasy) of regular guy being transported into faerie. 

Glad you enjoyed it.  It's one that I will recommend over and over again to anyone who will listen.  smile  I actually just finished re-re-reading myself.   I absolutely adore that book, and find new little things each time that I hadn't noticed before.  Surprisingly I really haven't liked anything else Tad Williams has done.  I would love a follow-up to find out what happens in Faerie after the end events.

I just started Keyes' The Born Queen last week.  Unfortunately, it's been about a year since I finished The Blood Knight, and I'm having a hell of a time remembering the characters, their motivations, and how everything fits together.   I really probably should have re-read the first three before jumping the fourth, but I have too many other books I want to read.  The trouble with these 'long gap' series, I suppose...

I'll be curious to see what you think of The Born Queen.  I'm not saying anything to avoid any whiff of spoilers or plotlines.
1156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Get in the fight! (CC5 AAR forum sign up) on: May 19, 2008, 07:33:58 AM
I'll jump in on a PIAT team as well!
1157  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Top 20 Arcade Games of All Time? on: May 10, 2008, 04:52:26 PM
Battlezone  took a lot of my quarters back in the day

I also played lots of Defender, Space War (I think this was the first game I ever played) and many of the others listed above.

1158  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Stimulus Rebates! on: May 10, 2008, 04:37:29 PM
Mine hasn't shown up yet, SSN ends with 04 and I used e-file to pay taxes this year so wtf??  Anyways I don't have plans for the money right now but I am thinking of driving to Utah for some mountain biking so I suppose that might be a good place to use it.
1159  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Idol 2008 on: May 07, 2008, 08:36:30 AM
Jason must have thrown in the towel on the show, that was a nightmare far beyond any other singer from this years top 12 (ok I'll give you KLC's eight days a week song as up there too).  One good thing about David Arculetta is he will never see the snow shovel coming since his eyes are always shut or barely open.  David Cook was just ok but sails through to next week and Syesah is saved by Jason's meltdown (or purposeful attempt to bail out).  No question about it, Dreadlocks is packing his suitcase for the trip home.
1160  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: May 06, 2008, 07:17:37 AM
I came to a fork in the road... so I took it.
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