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121  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you do your own Taxes? on: February 01, 2013, 12:17:31 AM
I've been using H&R Block Online for a few years now and it's always worked great...really couldn't be much simpler.
122  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Re: 12 Month Xbox Gold $35. on: January 28, 2013, 01:22:49 PM
They're on sale for $34.99 at Best Buy all week as well
123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance on: January 26, 2013, 09:30:16 PM
I played the demo earlier this afternoon and thought it was pretty cool. It's definitely an action/fighting game instead of stealth, but it does have a MGS vibe and might turn out to be a pretty cool game. I'm definitely more optimistic after playing the demo that it could be a worthy addition to one of my favorite game series of all time. I guess we'll know soon enough...
124  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 201X Health Improvement Thread on: January 24, 2013, 12:00:33 AM
My girlfriend has been a runner for many years (ran the Boston Marathon two years ago and has done a couple triathlons) and has been trying to get me to join her for quite a while. I have never really enjoyed running and avoided it last summer by focusing on cycling instead. I haven't been on my bike since late September, however, when the temperatures started dropping and it becomes dark too early to safely go for rides after work in the evening. As a result of not exercising during the winter holiday season, I've regained most of the 15 pounds I managed to drop over the last year and a half. I can feel myself sliding backward and it's a feeling I really don't like.

In an effort to turn things around, I've decided to start running and give it real effort for the first time. It all started when I somewhat-jokingly made a comment to my girlfriend about running the Hartford Half-Marathon with her next year...and she let a small laugh slip at the idea. This has inspired me to push myself to see just what I'm capable of over the next 9 months. I joined a 5k running program at my local running store two weeks ago, and I'm set to run my first 'official' 5k race only eight weeks from now (March 17th). After that, I'm making a 10k race sometime over the summer my next goal. I'm not sure if I'll be able to get from nothing all the way up to a half-marathon in less than a year, but my ultimate goal is to run 13.1 miles on October 12th. It's a bit of an intimidating goal right now, but even if I don't make it to the big race, the effort should get in me into the best shape of my life. Wish me luck! icon_cool
125  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: January 09, 2013, 01:22:51 AM

Quote from: walTer on January 08, 2013, 10:13:42 PM

Quote from: TK-421 on January 08, 2013, 07:49:31 PM

Dollar Shave Club advertisement.  I never heard of these guys before but I just might be turning in my electric razor for good.

Our Blades Are F**king Great!

Looking good pop-pop!  smile

They are totally worth a try.  Fantastic price, you can stop any time and you switch to different razors whenever you want.  Been using them for about a year now- such a great deal- and yeah while it was recommended by a buddy of mine, the video inked the deal.

Now visit Dorco USA and buy the exact same razors that Dollar Shave Club will send you direct from the manufacturer. You can get the same product for even lower prices than you would pay the club. Their commercial is still awesome though icon_cool
126  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read 2013 Edition on: December 31, 2012, 12:42:52 AM
My reading accomplishments for 2012...15 novels over 12 months, with hopes to expand the types of books I read and increase the number I complete in 2013 icon_cool


The Ghost in the Wires - Kevin Mitnick - January 14
The Zombie Wilson Diaries - Timothy Long (aka GT's own Crusis) - February 26
The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time - Book One) - Robert Jordan - April 28
American Gods - Neil Gaiman - June 3
Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card - June 18
The Great Hunt (The Wheel of Time - Book Two) - Robert Jordan - July 20
The Dragon Reborn (The Wheel of Time - Book Three) - Robert Jordan - August 12
The Shadow Rising (The Wheel of Time - Book Four) - Robert Jordan - September 14
The Fires of Heaven (The Wheel of Time - Book Five) - Robert Jordan - October 20
My Appetite for Destruction - Steven Adler - October 31
Lord of Chaos (The Wheel of Time - Book Six) - Robert Jordan - December 26

In Progress

A Crown of Swords (The Wheel of Time - Book Seven) - Robert Jordan
127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games finished in 2013 ALL GAMING PLATFORMS (including Mobile Games) on: December 31, 2012, 12:36:06 AM
My meager accomplishments for 2012...only completed four games, which is by far my least in years. I think there were really two causes for the 'decline'...spending the first half of the year playing nothing but Mass Effect 3 and Skyrim (164 hours!), and having a few distractions in my personal life. I'm hoping to get back into the groove for 2013 though icon_cool


Assassin's Creed: Revelations - January 31
Dishonored - February 25
DmC - Devil May Cry (Demon Hunter) - March 19
God of War: Ascension - April 5
The Walking Dead - April 6
Bioshock: Infinite - May 14
Gears of War: Judgment - June 6
The Last of Us - July 7
Tomb Raider - August 24

In Progress

Splinter Cell: Blacklist
The Witcher
128  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Not more zombie books! on: December 21, 2012, 11:29:27 PM
Awesome...congrats on finishing the book! I really enjoyed Among the Living and look forward to checking out the follow-up...will gladly give my money to the cause once it's released icon_cool
129  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: If you could have any car $100,000 USD or less, what would it be? on: December 18, 2012, 11:03:59 PM
Under $100k, I have to go with the Nissan GT-R. My real dream car is a Porsche 911 Carrera 4S, but you can't get one of those for less than six figures anymore...
130  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: December 16, 2012, 06:32:19 PM
I saw it in HFR 3D yesterday afternoon and absolutely loved it.  Sure, there are a few changes in scenes from the book, and a lot of material from sources other than The Hobbit has been added, but it all comes together to make a great film that is obviously going to tell a much more epic story than the book from which it gets its name. I will admit that it can get a little slow at times, but I really didn't mind those parts and I think that they did tend to add to the plot in important ways. Overall, I loved the movie and would encourage anyone to see it whether you're a Tolkein fan or not.

As for the HFR 3D, it is definitely a major change in the way we're used to seeing movies in the theater, but I came away very impressed in the end.  The clarity of the picture is incredible, and it pairs with excellent use of 3D to make the sharpest, most realistic movie I've ever seen. It really is almost like looking through a window onto Middle Earth at times. I will admit that the clarity makes a few of the more effects-heavy scenes appear more artificial than they might otherwise, but I think that is a small price to pay for how great so many other scenes look. It does take a little adjustment, and there were a handful of shots that seemed to be moving in fast-forward, but once you get used to the change, it really is an impressive difference. I can definitely see it becoming the new standard with time, but it is going to take most people a little while to accept something so different.
131  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: xkcd is awesome on: December 11, 2012, 01:35:42 AM

Feynman recounted another good one upperclassmen would use on freshmen physics students: When you look at words in a mirror, how come they're reversed left to right but not top to bottom? What's special about the horizontal axis?
132  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: December 06, 2012, 10:01:27 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 06, 2012, 09:39:00 PM

A mug, a pitcher, and one or several mischievous tomatoes.

This guy is really good.

Not sure if this is sleight of hand so much as sleight of reality.

Awesome...really slick technique and very creative presentation icon_cool
133  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: xkcd is awesome on: December 01, 2012, 04:52:00 AM
Long-time readers of xkcd will get this most out of this one...very nicely done...

She won the first half of all our chemo Scrabble games, but then her IV drugs started kicking in and I *dominated*
134  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 11/30/12 on: December 01, 2012, 04:38:34 AM
Halo 4 - Spartan Ops!
Assassin's Creed:Revelations
135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Halo 4 on: November 24, 2012, 01:18:16 AM
Have to take back what I said...Waypoint is back to locking up the whole system if I try to load from inside Halo 4. It worked right after I reinstalled yesterday, but I guess that was only temporary mad
136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Halo 4 on: November 22, 2012, 06:56:21 PM
The Waypoint delete and reinstall fixed the problem for me as well...loads right up now  icon_cool

I also managed to finish the campaign on Heroic today...really enjoyed the whole thing, although the final gameplay portions didn't really feel like they built up to any big finish. The ending cinematics were interesting though and really leave me wondering where they're going to take the series next. I think overall that 343 did a great job with their first entry in the franchise, producing a game that was not only technically impressive but gives us more story and emotion than we've seen before in a Halo game...couldn't have asked for much more. Now it's time to get into multiplayer and see what Spartan Ops is all about...
137  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bluetooth Speakers on: November 22, 2012, 02:29:45 AM
While I have never heard the Bose or Braven options, I have listened to the original (small) Jambox and was very impressed with the sound that comes out of a such a small device. I think it's pretty well regarded by just about anyone that has heard it, and the big version is supposedly even better.
138  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Halo 4 on: November 21, 2012, 12:55:41 AM
Someone on the xbox forums claims that deleting Waypoint and reinstalling will fix the lockup issue. I'll be trying it this evening and will report back...
139  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wreck-It Ralph on: November 18, 2012, 11:31:29 PM
I finally got to see it this afternoon and loved it from start to finish...really cool concept, cute story, very funny, and only made better by all the classic video game references. It's very obvious that the creators of Wreck-It Ralph are truly fans of gaming themselves and it had to be a labor of love for them. I think any long-time gaming fans owe it to themselves to see this one icon_cool
140  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Halo 4 on: November 18, 2012, 04:38:56 PM

Quote from: kronovan on November 17, 2012, 07:03:28 PM

BTW I'm wondering if anyone else is experiencing problems  accessing Halo Waypoint from the menus. Tying to access it from the Halo 4 menus, I can reproduce a crash of my 360 as sure as death and taxes every time. Meanwhile, I don't have any problem accessing Waypoint from the 360 desktop.

Same issue here...try to access Waypoint from the Halo 4 menu and it freezes my 360 on a black screen every time. It's surprising that they left such a big bug in the game given how much they're trying to push Waypoint now, but it doesn't really bother me because you're exiting out of Halo and starting a new app regardless of the path you take...still have to restart Halo 4 when you want to play again.
141  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Halo 4 on: November 13, 2012, 05:15:56 AM

Quote from: th'FOOL on November 12, 2012, 04:52:32 PM

You need to find all of the terminals

I've just finished mission 5 and found four of the terminals so far.  They're definitely worth keeping an eye out for as they provide some very interesting backstory to the Halo universe and the unfolding plot of the current game. Watching the domain terminal videos shows that 343 really has put a lot of effort into building significant history into their new story, and I'll definitely be putting in the effort to find the remaining finding them all can unlock some more cool stuff icon_cool
142  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World War Z Movie on: November 13, 2012, 02:48:33 AM
Alternate audio version of the trailer...might be more entertaining than the original icon_wink
143  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Next Bond Movie - Skyfall! on: November 11, 2012, 02:00:53 AM
I saw it this afternoon and think it was awesome...great movie by any standard, and an excellent addition to the Bond franchise. Skyfall isn't perfect, but it is incredibly entertaining, and I would easily put it as one of my favorite Bond films  icon_cool
144  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World War Z Movie on: November 10, 2012, 12:02:01 AM

Quote from: Crusis on November 09, 2012, 05:40:16 PM

It looks like the only thing they have kept from the book was the name

This is exactly my impression...slapped the title onto a movie that doesn't have anything to do with the book in an effort to cash in on the buzz. I never really understood how they though they could adapt the book anyway...guess they didn't bother to try...

145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 11/9/12 on: November 09, 2012, 11:49:00 PM
Halo 4 Headbanging!
146  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/05) on: November 06, 2012, 12:08:55 AM
Halo 4...might even go to a midnight sale just for the hell of it  icon_cool
147  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 11/2/12 on: November 02, 2012, 11:50:02 PM
I'm really tempted to play through Halo 3 one more time this weekend, but I'm not sure I'll have the time to finish before Halo 4 next week...
148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/Wii U/PS3] Darksiders 2 (review on page 2) on: October 30, 2012, 12:46:01 AM
I finally finished the game tonight, and while I did have fun playing, I actually have to say that I enjoyed the original more.  While they did make some advances in the RPG and loot aspects, the story was really lacking and it didn't have as many memorable action moments as the first game. I was especially disappointed with how the game ended...really lame final boss, and very little wrap-up to the story. Maybe it would have been better if I had played on a harder skill level, but on the standard difficulty, I had weapons and armor that were so grossly overpowered by the end of the game that combat required virtually no skill, and I rarely found it necessary to use special abilities or do much more than mash my primary attack. The fully-upgraded possessed double scythes that I was carrying gave me so much health with every hit that I could go toe-to-toe with almost anything and gain health just as fast as enemies took it away. Maybe time has affected my memory of the original, but I seem to remember combat being much more strategic as War, and even the dungeon puzzles were more difficult.

I don't want to make it sound like Darksiders II is a bad game because there is a lot of fun to be had, but I had such high hopes after the first game that I was a little let down by the sequel. They did make a number of good additions to the gameplay (Soul Splitter is a neat new ability), but it wasn't enough to make up for the uninspired story and earn this sequel a spot above the original.
149  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPad Mini Incoming! Place your bets!!! on: October 29, 2012, 03:15:06 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on October 29, 2012, 12:14:45 AM

It's Gizmodo.  They're still butt sore that they've been blacklisted from Apple events after the stolen iP4 thing.

That doesn't make it any less true though...
150  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 10/26/12 on: October 26, 2012, 11:25:22 PM
Hopefully wrapping up Darksiders 2...getting close and determined to make it before Halo 4 hits...
151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 10/19/12 on: October 19, 2012, 10:51:09 PM
I still need to finish up Darksiders the game but haven't had a chance to play it in a couple weeks now...
152  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Project Eternity [Obsidian Countdown] on: October 16, 2012, 01:07:38 AM
I caved and put up my $35 this evening...too much love for the work these guys have done in the past to skip supporting them now icon_cool
153  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Looper on: October 05, 2012, 08:29:51 PM
I saw it last weekend and agree that it's a really good movie...interesting concept, good action, and it's a time-travel movie that actually holds up pretty well under scrutiny. It's definitely one of the better scifi movies that I've seen in quite a while  icon_cool
154  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon - Avengers Bluray 3D 4 disc combo pack - $19.99 on: September 28, 2012, 09:35:08 PM
Good thing I haven't unwrapped the copy I bought from BestBuy for $30 yet...will be returning that one and ordering from Amazon right away. Thanks! icon_cool
155  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Panasonic Plasma TV? on: September 28, 2012, 09:30:34 PM
I bought a 55" Panasonic VT30 plasma last year (their top-end set) and it's an incredible TV...incredibly sharp picture, great color, and really impressive 3D. It was widely regarded as one of the top consumer-level HDTVs on the market last year, and pretty much anyone that has seen it has commented on how much better it looks than most other TVs they've watched.

Quote from: Crusis on September 28, 2012, 03:58:14 PM

I can't find a single store around here that carries the TV. ARGH! I'm not going to spend the money if I can't at least see the picture. I may be getting an LED after all. I read that Panasonic's really hurting financially.

I wouldn't let inability to see the TV for yourself keep you from buying that Panasonic if it's well reviewed. Any viewing you do in an average store isn't going to be a realistic representation of what the picture will look like in your home anyway. The quality of content is usually poor because it's split across so many screens, and the sets are so improperly calibrated, that you really don't get a good idea of how it will look set up in your own room with high-quality content.
156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 09/28/12 on: September 28, 2012, 09:14:58 PM
Darksiders II...getting into what I suspect is the last third of the game and anxious to see how it ends icon_cool
157  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Blu-Ray Owners,Do You Still Buy DVDs? on: September 22, 2012, 05:22:13 PM
As a result of Netflix, Redbox, or other streaming options, I find myself buying far fewer movies now than I did in the past. Those that I do buy are almost exclusively Bluray and are things that I pick up because of either interesting special features or a great A/V presentation to enjoy through my home theater to own stuff with cool visuals (like well-done 3D that you can't get anywhere else) or especially impressive sound. If it's a movie or TV show that won't impress as much, I just get it through streaming or rent the DVD.
158  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 Dashboard update- New Beta; NBC News; Election 2012 coverage on: September 07, 2012, 08:47:08 PM
As of today, I have Internet Explorer on my Xbox. Will definitely need to play with this a little, but initial impressions are that it does pretty well. It won't access my gMail account though...just says the page is 'unavailable.' Interesting...
159  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: September 03, 2012, 04:06:30 PM
The awesome musical stylings of Tim Minchin...

If You Really Loved Me

If I Didn't Have You


Dark Side
160  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 8/31/12 on: September 01, 2012, 12:29:46 AM
Darksiders II...about 10 hours in and loving it so far icon_cool
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