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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on: April 09, 2014, 02:03:59 AM
I would STRONGLY recommend holding off on watching tonight's episode if you haven't seen Captain America yet. It won't completely ruin the movie, but I think that CA will be more enjoyable without seeing what happens on tonight's SHIELD. They didn't waste any time jumping right into the huge changes that one would expect after seeing The Winter Soldier, and they give up quite a few secrets that would take some of the surprise out of the movie.

Warnings aside, tonight was probably the best episode of AoS so far, and it's pretty awesome to see the way that they're pulling all parts of the Marvel universe together. Now I'm really curious to see what happens next week. At this point, I can totally see AoS setting the stage for the next round of Marvel films...very cool  icon_cool
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: Re: Xbox One Discussion on: April 08, 2014, 02:32:50 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 08, 2014, 01:27:48 PM

IOW, any tips for a new 'boner?

Wait, that's not right...

Just take it out and play with it...nothing we all haven't done before ;-)
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Captain America: The Winter Soldier confirmed on: April 05, 2014, 11:09:57 PM
Went to see The Winter Soldier this afternoon on IMAX 3D...awesome movie that is easily one of the top Marvel films so far, right up there with Ironman and The Avengers. I think the coolest thing is that it really raises a lot of questions about what will happen in future Marvel films, and might even have a major impact on the Agents of SHIELD tv show. I love the way that Marvel is tying all their stories together...great stuff!
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: April 01, 2014, 04:08:33 AM

Quote from: rittchard on March 31, 2014, 10:45:43 PM

Also side question, did they show a bunch of baby formula on the ground somewhere, and if so, where was that?  Were we to assume/guess Judith and gang are already there as well?

There were remnants of a powdered milk package, along with some powder and a styrofoam bowl, on the ground next to the steps into the train car. Rick looks down and they show them just before they all go inside. I'm not sure what it meant, but it was definitely a deliberate effort to make you notice those things.
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: March 25, 2014, 12:00:30 AM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on March 24, 2014, 09:42:02 PM

So, this group that Daryl is with. Are the they same guys that stayed at the house where Rick was hiding under the bed and ran away from with Carl and Michonne?

Yes...and one of them is the guy who saw Rick's face as he was being choked out on the bedroom floor. They made a pretty clear point of mentioning that one of them should recognize Rick if they ever run into each other again. Should be interesting...
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: March 22, 2014, 10:46:37 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on March 21, 2014, 06:38:52 PM

Best Buy and Walmart both selling Titanfall Bundle for the XB1 at 449.99 for a limited time Polygon

I would expect Amazon to hop on this bandwagon too

I went to BestBuy this afternoon and got my $50 back...great deal that essentially gives you an Xbox One for less than $400 once you subtract the cost of Titanfall icon_cool
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: March 15, 2014, 12:39:40 PM
I don't know why it should make a difference, but I got a Titanfall bundle this week and the box is not a slipcover. It's a fully custom-printed box for the bundle. Everything inside the box is standard except for the Titanfall download card though.
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 3/14/14 on: March 14, 2014, 10:36:40 PM
Titanfall...have to break in my new Xbox One! icon_cool
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 13, 2014, 06:30:53 PM
I picked up the XB1 Titanfall bundle yesterday and download the game last night. Hopefully, I'll be able to get some play time in tonight Cool
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: February 17, 2014, 09:35:52 PM
I've had some marathon sessions in the past, but I rarely have the free time to stretch beyond a couple hours now. Most of my sessions are probably in the 1-2 hour range these days.
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: on: February 17, 2014, 09:28:21 PM
Guns 'n' Roses...would love to have seen the original lineup in their prime
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: February 17, 2014, 08:20:56 PM

Quote from: Lee on February 17, 2014, 08:14:16 PM

Quote from: hepcat on February 17, 2014, 07:21:10 PM

I'm glad they made the psycho kid a girl as opposed to the comic book version.  For some reason, it adds a bit more impact to her actions.

What was with the rabbits and her? They showed rabbits. They showed her draw a knife. Did she kill them? There wasn't any blood or screaming, so I wasn't sure what that was supposed to be.

Spoiler for Hiden:
She killed the rabbits. In an earlier scene where they show Daryl walking through that campsite, the camera pans past the log right before going to commercial, and they have a prolonged shot of blood and fur inside the log. You don't know what it is at that time, but you can make the connection later in the show when they jump back in time to show the girl with the rabbits.
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Prime price hike coming? on: February 06, 2014, 01:29:24 AM

Quote from: rittchard on February 06, 2014, 12:52:37 AM

Nice idea Newegg, but until they start selling books, toilet bowl seats and diabetic food items on top of electronics, I'll probably just stick with Amazon Prime.

Books
Toilet Seats
Diabetes Management

It's not exactly what you said, but they're definitely branching out beyond electronics...
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: on: February 03, 2014, 03:40:55 AM
I didn't see the trailer during the game either. Any idea when it supposedly aired?
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: on: January 09, 2014, 09:51:41 PM
I'm about halfway through book seven now. I made it to the the end of seven years ago and purchased book eight as soon as it was released, but I never read it. I've really enjoyed my reread so far and am looking forward to entering new territory soon.
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Books Read 2014 Edition on: January 02, 2014, 12:59:47 AM
Last year's accomplishments...nine novels and two autobiographies. While that's fewer books than previous years, I think the number of pages may be comparable thanks to the length of each book in my reading of almost half the Wheel of Time series last year. Most of this year will probably be spent on finishing the WoT, but I do plan on working some others in along the way...


Finished

A Crown of Swords (The Wheel of Time - Book Seven) - Robert Jordan - January 20
The Path of Daggers (The Wheel of Time - Book Eight) - Robert Jordan - March 6


In Progress

Winter's Heart (The Wheel of Time - Book Nine) - Robert Jordan

17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: on: December 31, 2013, 01:40:53 AM
I haven't updated my progress here in a while, but I finished book six last week and started seven a couple days ago. I'm a little over half way through #7 already thanks to holiday traveling, and will be venturing into new territory soon. I picked up book eight when it was first published but never got started on it all those years ago.

I am still enjoying the series and looked forward to starting each new book...will find out soon if that interest holds up through what so many people claim is a low point over the next couple books...
18  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: on: December 31, 2013, 01:31:20 AM
I've been watching for a deal to renew my membership that expires in just a couple days, but I think we're both out of luck...just don't seem to be any discounts around at the moment.
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: Games Finished 2014 Edition on: December 30, 2013, 01:30:34 PM
Only nine games finished last year...yet more proof that life gets in the way of gaming as I get older. There are some great experiences on that list though, with The Last of Us  easily being my game of the year. Let's see what 2014 and a new console generation bring...


Finished

Grand Theft Auto V - March 23


In Progress

Splinter Cell: Blacklist
TitanFall
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: December 21, 2013, 01:28:14 PM
I saw an Xbox One at Target last night and thought about buying it, but I'm holding off for now...giving them a chance to work out the kinks while I finish up my 360 backlog. I still have a lot of GTAV, SC:Blacklist, and AC3 to the play before jumping into something new...
21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: the Apple iPad on: November 06, 2013, 01:44:04 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on November 05, 2013, 10:19:32 PM

Quote from: SkyLander on November 05, 2013, 09:30:51 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on November 05, 2013, 07:25:31 PM

Quote from: disarm on November 05, 2013, 07:21:40 PM

I just got my fiancÚ an Air on release day, and it is a really slick device...significantly lighter and easier to hold than the previous iPad, and very quick to load apps.

I was a little surprised to compare it to my almost two year old Asus Transformer Prime,however, and realize that they're pretty much the same thickness, feel like the same weight, and only differ in their longest dimension because the Prime has a 10-inch 16:9 screen. Apple talks up the Air like it's a marvel of engineering, and it is a good step from previous iPads, but they're not breaking new ground this time. I still think it's a pretty impressive device though.

Does the Asus have the same CPU/GPU performance and battery life as the Air?  I would think that it's* much further ahead (aside from the 2 year gap in tech). *the Air

I think he was getting at the thinness/weight is really not that much better than what has been put out from other companies in the past.

I understand, but if it's thin and light because there's nothing inside and the battery lasts 3 hours because it's tiny (I don't know the details of the asus), then what does it matter?

My point was mainly in regard to the form factor of the device (dimensions and weight)...the major difference that Apple is touting between the Air, the iPad4, and other competing devices. Processing speed is obviously improved two years further down the road, but it's the size and weight that it seems most people are really talking about. My point was that Apple's latest isn't really that much more compact or lighter than options that came well before it and were top of the line compared to the competition of the time.

To clarify a little bit, the Asus Transformer Prime was the top-of-the-line tablet when it was released in early 2012. It was the first to use nVidia's Tegra3 processor (making it the first quad-core tablet), has a 10-inch 16:9 display, 32GB of storage, a microSD slot, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, microHDMI output, and is good for about 10 hours of battery life. While it may not be as fast as the iPad Air, it packed an impressive amount of power and features in a similarly compact package, and it did it two years ago.
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: the Apple iPad on: November 05, 2013, 07:21:40 PM
I just got my fiancÚ an Air on release day, and it is a really slick device...significantly lighter and easier to hold than the previous iPad, and very quick to load apps.

I was a little surprised to compare it to my almost two year old Asus Transformer Prime,however, and realize that they're pretty much the same thickness, feel like the same weight, and only differ in their longest dimension because the Prime has a 10-inch 16:9 screen. Apple talks up the Air like it's a marvel of engineering, and it is a good step from previous iPads, but they're not breaking new ground this time. I still think it's a pretty impressive device though.
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Wheel of Time beginning to the end. on: October 21, 2013, 01:07:30 PM
I finished book 5 last night and am still really enjoying my reread...two more books before I'm caught up to where I stopped 15 years ago, but it's been so long that it's practically like starting over anyway. I remember some of the more major plot points, but the details are what make this story so great.

After reading the last three books back to back, I am taking a short break to read something else quickly. I'm enjoying my WoT read, but I don't want to burn out by trying to blast through 14 books of the same thing. I should be back into it within two weeks though...
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Wheel of Time beginning to the end. on: October 21, 2013, 01:06:29 PM
I finished book 5 last night and am still really enjoying my reread...two more books before I'm caught up to where I stopped 15 years ago, but it's been so long that it's practically like starting over anyway. I remember some of the more major plot points, but the details are what make this story so great.

After reading the last three books back to back, I am taking a short break to read something else quickly. I'm enjoying my WoT read, but I don't want to burn out by trying to blast through 14 books of the same thing. I should be back into it within two weeks though...
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My First Order From Amazon Was Over 13 Years Ago on: October 20, 2013, 04:15:50 PM
August 14, 2002...starting my second year of medical school and ordered a couple text books.

I think my ordering from Amazon has increased every year since, and has exploded since I joined Prime a couple years ago. Now, Amazon is pretty much the first place I look for purchasing anything that I don't need in less than 2 days.
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So what's your ride? on: October 15, 2013, 01:28:38 AM
2010 Infiniti G37x

27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 201X Health Improvement Thread on: October 14, 2013, 02:39:35 AM

Quote from: ATB on October 13, 2013, 09:00:53 PM

Quote from: disarm on October 12, 2013, 06:26:16 PM

I had a great first half, finishing 6.5 miles in 55 minutes, but I hit a wall around mile 9 when we came into a few hills and was never able to get back to my pace.

Was thinking about this on my run this morning. Sounds like you started out too fast. Do you agree?  Race day adrenaline? What are you going to do to not start so hot in a month?

I wear a Garmin watch that constantly gives me my pace, so I knew what I was running the whole time. The tricky thing is that I wouldn't really say that I made a mistake because the fast pace was something I consciously decided to try.

I had been running quite a bit faster on my shorter runs recently, kicking myself up to around a 9:00-9:15 pace for 5-6 miles as opposed to the 9:45-10:00 that I had been doing. I was starting to feel really good there for the shorter distances, so I decided to push myself more in the race with hopes that I could pull of a better time. Even if I wasn't able to keep up the pace, I figured that I would bank enough time in the beginning that I could slow down later on and still finish near my 2:10 goal. Unfortunately, I did feel really good for the first half, but it was around 8 miles that we hit the toughest part of the course, and I had spent too much energy getting through that point to keep my pace up in the second half. It was a risk that I knowingly took, and unfortunately, it didn't work out in my favor. Moral of the story? Don't try out a new strategy during a run that exceeds your previous longest distance by 2 full miles icon_wink

As for next time, I know now that I'm not capable of maintaining that kind of pace for the full 13 miles, so I'm going to pull back to something more comfortable from the start and not take the same chances. I don't think that next month is really going to be about improving on my time, however, because there are a lot of things different about the next run...mostly flat terrain, warm and humid Florida weather instead of 55 degrees, and it's a Disney run that we're doing more for the fun experience of running through the parks than clocking a fast race.
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 201X Health Improvement Thread on: October 12, 2013, 06:26:16 PM
It's done! I finished the Hartford Half-Marathon a few hours ago...hardest physical thing I've ever done, but it was worth every bit of the effort to cross that finish line. My official time was 2:18:10 at a 10:33 pace...a little behind my goal time, but I'm happy just to have finished considering that I couldn't run much more than a mile nine months ago. I had a great first half, finishing 6.5 miles in 55 minutes, but I hit a wall around mile 9 when we came into a few hills and was never able to get back to my pace. The whole training process and race have been an amazing, life-changing experience. I'm 35 years old and in the best shape of my life...never would have imagined being at this point a year ago icon_cool

Now I have four weeks to recover before doing it all over again...
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: The 201X Health Improvement Thread on: October 09, 2013, 06:52:29 PM
I drink either water or Nuun when I run...water for short runs, then carry one bottle of water and one of Nuun on an Amphipod belt for long runs.

Nuun is pretty good because it replaces electrolyte losses without all the sugar that's in Gatorade and is more interesting than plain water. I'm a very heavy, salty sweater and drink a lot when it's hot, so I think it's better for me than just just water. The only issue I have with it is that it's a quick-dissolve tablet that fizzes when you put it in water...start drinking it too soon after it dissolves and I get air in my stomach and have to burp while running (not comfortable). It will also build up pressure in your water bottle and spray when you open the top of you're not careful. Both problems are easily avoided if you mix it ahead of time so the bubbles can dissipate though.
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: on: October 09, 2013, 02:31:32 AM
My first half marathon is in three days, then I'll be doing it again exactly four weeks later. Way back in early summer, my fiance and I signed up to do the Wine & Dine Half Marathon at Disney World on 11/9 just because some friends were also going to be there. It should be a lot of fun, especially without the pressure of the first time. I'm not sure how it will feel to do two races so close together, but I did several long runs (9-11 miles) on consecutive weekends without any trouble. I guess I'll find out in a month...
31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: on: October 07, 2013, 03:31:48 PM
Taking 10 minutes off a previous time is no small feat. Congratulations!
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Re: on: October 05, 2013, 02:22:49 AM

Quote from: ATB on October 04, 2013, 10:07:43 PM

Quote from: disarm on October 04, 2013, 08:23:48 PM

I'm one week out from running my first half marathon...feeling good about the race and enjoying a little rest during my taper time. It's still not an easy distance for me, but I don't have any doubts about my ability to finish at this point. Almost to the end of a nine month process...

If only you would answer this question from days and days agO!


What's your time goal for the 1/2?

I did answer...on August 24! icon_wink

I'll say it again though...was originally aiming for two hours when I started training, but I've slowed that down to a 2:10 goal based on my recent runs. I think that's still pretty respectable for a guy who only started running nine months ago.
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: on: October 04, 2013, 08:23:48 PM
I'm one week out from running my first half marathon...feeling good about the race and enjoying a little rest during my taper time. It's still not an easy distance for me, but I don't have any doubts about my ability to finish at this point. Almost to the end of a nine month process...
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: September 21, 2013, 01:51:44 AM
GTA V...same as pretty much every other gamer this weekend
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: August 29, 2013, 03:06:22 PM
They did two seasons of Spartan Ops. I never played the second one, but I think it was regarded as be a big improvement on the first season, which I thought was pretty fun. I haven't heard of any further plans...
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tomb Raider on: August 25, 2013, 10:08:35 PM
I finally finished this last night and have to say that I think it was excellent from start to finish...not quite my GOTY (that has to go to The Last of Us), but still a great game and probably my #2 for the year so far. The gameplay was fun throughout, characters and story held my interest, and the visuals are some of the best of this generation (PS3). This wasn't even on my radar until all the favorable reviews and positive comments around here, but I'm really glad I picked it up...thanks forum effect!

With such a strong reboot of the franchise, I'm finally feeling excited for another Tomb Raider game again...wasn't sure that would ever happen icon_cool
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 201X Health Improvement Thread on: August 25, 2013, 01:21:07 AM

Quote from: ATB on August 24, 2013, 10:11:41 PM

Quote from: disarm on August 24, 2013, 06:55:08 PM

I finished a 9-mile run early this morning, setting a new distance record for myself (by two full miles) and getting one step closer to my half-marathon goal. I'm now only seven weeks away from running 13.1, but a challenge that seemed so crazy just a few weeks ago is feeling much more within reach all the time icon_cool

If you can run 9, you can run 13!  Congrats.

What's your time goal for the 1/2?

My goal from the start has been to finish in two hours, but I'm not feeling good about making that pace right now. That means I have to average a 9:10 mile, which is about 30 seconds behind the 9:45 that I'm doing on most of my runs now. I still have seven weeks to prepare though, so we'll see what happens. If I don't make two hours for this one, I'll be trying again about a month later when I do my second race on flatter ground...might be able to go a little faster for that one icon_wink
38  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 201X Health Improvement Thread on: August 24, 2013, 06:55:08 PM
I finished a 9-mile run early this morning, setting a new distance record for myself (by two full miles) and getting one step closer to my half-marathon goal. I'm now only seven weeks away from running 13.1, but a challenge that seemed so crazy just a few weeks ago is feeling much more within reach all the time icon_cool
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 201X Health Improvement Thread on: August 10, 2013, 04:01:20 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on August 09, 2013, 07:58:59 PM

Quote from: disarm on July 28, 2013, 11:28:21 PM

My half-marathon training officially started with a 5-mile run on Saturday morning. Now I have only 11 weeks to get to 13.1

October 12th is seeming awfully close already...

This reminded me that I have a half marathon Oct. 6. Ugh.

Started in earnest today with a 3.3 mile lunchtime run. Finished in 33:14 which is okay since the last time I ran was back in April.

The things we do to stay in shape...

My half-marathon is October 12th...only nine weeks away now. I did a very hilly 7.2-mile run this morning in 1:13 and felt great at the end...was surprised how well it went considering it's a new personal distance record. My previous longest run was a 10k I did at the beginning for June. I'll be adding another mile pretty much every week for a while to hit my goal.

Now I just need to relax for a little while this afternoon before going out with a bunch of friends tonight to do another 5k for the Electric Run in Hartford. Fortunately, the event isn't timed and is more about having a good time, so I'll be taking it pretty easy...pretty much expect it's going to be so crowded and crazy that we'll be almost walking a lot of the time anyway. Those extra few miles tonight will put me over 20 miles in one week for the first time though. The crazy things we do indeed...
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Social vices - do they limit you? on: August 10, 2013, 03:42:52 PM
I enjoy going out for drinks with friends and coworkers occassionally, so I don't feel like I miss anything in that regard. When it comes to smoking, I can't stand being around it, but I can honestly say that I don't think there is anyone within my social or work circles that touches cigarettes either...one of the 'perks' of being a physician and living in a state where smoking is banned in all public buildings and businesses. I very rarely have to deal with being around smokers, so that doesn't affect me either.
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