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161  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 07, 2012, 12:11:41 AM
Oops...  icon_twisted
162  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Can I make my iTunes taskbar shortcut survive iTunes upgrades? on: August 01, 2012, 10:54:49 PM
Unfortunately, I don't think there's a thing that you can do about it.  There is apparently something weird about the way iTunes updates itself that breaks the taskbar link every time.  It doesn't matter if you created the link manually or used the 'Pin to Taskbar' option.  Either way, every time you get an update, you have to remove the old link and create a new one despite the filename and location staying exactly the same.  It's been a nuisance for at least a year now...really stupid thing to get wrong with the updates.
163  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What are your favourite series of films? on: July 28, 2012, 01:08:09 AM
The Lord of the Rings my opinion, perfect in just about every way.
164  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Dark Knight Rises - Impressions start page 12 on: July 21, 2012, 04:02:10 AM
I just got back from an IMAX showing a little bit ago and really enjoyed it.  While I don't think it was as good as TDK, I still really enjoyed it overall and the trilogy is easiliy my favorite set of comic-based films.
165  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Batman 3, aka Dark Knight Rising on: July 18, 2012, 02:26:10 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on July 17, 2012, 04:24:46 PM

In case you're wondering where to see this in "true" 70mm IMAX (many "retrofitted" IMAX screens in multiplexes are not 70mm IMAX), Collider has a list:

Lucky for me that I live less than 5 minutes walk from a 'true' IMAX in Manchester, CT icon_cool

It is a really great theater and where I try to see pretty much any major movie that is released on IMAX and interests me.  In addition to fantastic image and sound quality, they also have reserved seating for the IMAX theater, and you can pick your exact seats when you buy advance tickets online.  That's how I managed to get pretty much the best seats in the house for 8:15 Friday night without having to show up hours in advance icon_cool
166  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Batman 3, aka Dark Knight Rising on: July 11, 2012, 02:28:37 AM
I don't have time for the marathon either, but I have purchased my IMAX tickets for 8:15 on Friday night  Headbanging!
167  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bring out your .gifs! Bring out your .gifs! [NSFW?] on: July 08, 2012, 08:12:47 PM

Quote from: Laner on July 08, 2012, 06:19:43 PM

Quote from: lildrgn on July 07, 2012, 06:47:20 AM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on July 06, 2012, 12:07:44 AM



?? Kiss Maiden Yes ?? Metallica AC/DC Korn ?? Def Lep ??

I think...

Dream Theater
Judas Priest
Led Zeppelin??
Iron Maiden
Def Leppard

I think you're right on the money with all of those Headbanging!
168  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Rocksmith for $40 on: June 18, 2012, 12:39:10 AM
That is a good deal on a really neat piece of software (I do hesitate to call it a game), and you are correct that the Best Buy version includes a few extra effects pedals.  Unfortunately, those added effects aren't ones that I find particularly interesting or useful.
169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 6/8/12 on: June 08, 2012, 10:26:52 PM
Probably not a lot of gaming time this weekend, but I'll spend most of what I have with either Skyrim or getting started on Assassin's Creed Revelations...have to see what I'm in the mood to play...
170  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 5/11/2012 on: May 12, 2012, 03:27:03 PM
After taking some time away to play Mass Effect 3, I'll be heading back to Skyrim this weekend icon_cool
171  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Expendables 2 on: May 05, 2012, 02:56:41 AM

Quote from: PeteRock on May 05, 2012, 12:43:26 AM

Quote from: Kagath on May 04, 2012, 10:46:23 PM

Biehn needs the mustache though. Otherwise we won't know if he's evil.

That got me to thinking about a classic TV villain completely identified as evil by his mustache.

Garth mad
172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 5/4/12 on: May 04, 2012, 08:25:29 PM
Finishing up Mass Effect 3!
173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Prototype 2 on: April 24, 2012, 11:22:13 PM
All these comments about repetition and little story to back up the generic open-world action make Prototype 2 sounds an awful lot like the original...a game that I had a blast playing from beginning to end...
174  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Planet Earth/Life SE Bluray Set $55 at Amazon! on: April 22, 2012, 04:24:24 PM
Amazon is selling the spectacular Special Edition 10-disc set of the BBC versions of Planet Earth and Life for only $54.99 right now!

That's roughly 20 hours of the David Attenborough-narrated versions of these incredible nature documentaries in one package, along with several hours of extra content.  If you haven't seen either of these series yet, they're easily the most impressive nature documentaries ever produced and look incredible on bluray.  Getting them for this price is a steal considering that the SE set typically sells for more than $100, and buying the two non-SE sets for each series will cost you just under $90 from Amazon right now. Do yourself a favor and pick this up now!
175  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [film] Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol on: April 22, 2012, 05:33:45 AM
I finally saw this tonight and really enjoyed it.  The story is pretty thin, but it's one heck of an action movie with some really great set pieces and solid performances all around. The other films in the series have been so varied that I really wasn't sure what to expect, but I think it's one of the best so far.  I'd say Brad Bird did a really great job for his first live action film icon_cool

Quote from: Isgrimnur on January 09, 2012, 05:40:55 AM

My biggest beef is that you shouldn't pay attention to the opening sequence, as it tips away most of the set pieces in the film. 

I watched this on bluray and the video clips used in the main menu do the same thing.  Impressive shots from key events in the film should not be used in menus just because they look cool mad
176  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: xkcd is awesome on: April 21, 2012, 03:00:36 PM
I part of me really doesn't like the idea of bringing something non-xkcd into this thread, but it just seems to fit the theme so well...needs to be seen by people who will appreciate it  icon_wink

177  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: April 21, 2012, 02:39:51 PM
178  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 4/20/2012 on: April 21, 2012, 02:37:12 PM
Mass Effect pulled away for quite a while and it's been bugging me that I haven't been able to play.  I'll be fixing that problem this weekend! icon_cool
179  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Rage PC Download $10 on: April 18, 2012, 01:31:44 AM
Rage isn't a perfect game, but it's a damn fine shooter and an absolute steal at only $10 icon_cool
180  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: eBook bargain thread on: April 15, 2012, 04:26:12 AM

Quote from: Crusis on April 15, 2012, 03:05:30 AM

Free for a few days - The Zombie Wilson Diaries. This is my zany zombedy set on a deserted island. This books been called 'the most fun you can have with a corpse in a coconut bra.'

Thanks for the heads up...will definitely check it out after enjoying 'Among the Living' quite a bit. I actually just picked up 'Wacktards of the Apocalypse' a couple nights ago but haven't read past the first few pages yet...looking forward to a bit of bizarro icon_cool

I finished 'Badass Zombie Road Trip' a couple weeks ago and thought it was a fun read...not quite what I expected, but a fun story none the less. Please pass on my compliments to your friend on a very entertaining story.
181  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: anyone live in indianapolis?? on: April 04, 2012, 08:56:15 PM
I lived around Indy for a couple years while I was in medical school...had an apartment in Avon (on the west side), and commuted in to downtown most days...only took about 20 minutes to reach the heart of downtown.  It was a nice area and very convenient, although not as upscale as some of the suburbs north of town (Zionsville, Carmel, Fishers).  I moved away almost seven years ago though and haven't been back much.

Quote from: Kagath on April 04, 2012, 12:05:24 AM

I DID about 14 years ago. Does that help? icon_lol

Southport on southeast area is decent. Greenwood on the southside is nice. Northeast at Carmel or Noblesville seemed alright. Not sure about the west side by the racetrack. These are all outside the 465 'loop' so if you are looking inside it you are on your own. It's not bad getting around the city because of the multiple highways but avoid the downtown on I65 during rush hour. Bad drivers so be prepared for that. Too many times I was nearly run off the road from people reading books while cruising down the highway in traffic...  saywhat

I think most of this is still pretty valid. The suburbs outside the 465 loop are nicer than most areas inside, although there are a few exceptions...some nice apartments right in downtown (along the canal), and a few good neighborhoods to the north (Broad Ripple among others).  Traffic around the city is worst around the northwest and northeast corners of 465 around rush hour, but it wasn't terrible when I lived there...manageable once you learned what to expect.  One of the interesting things about Indy is that it's a pretty spread out city, but the multiple highways make it relatively easy and quick to navigate.  I could go from my apartment in Avon (on the southwest corner), to the northeast neighborhood of Castleton (all the way on the opposite corner) in about 30-40 minutes with normal traffic on 465, but that same trip might take an hour during the evening rush.

Quote from: Harkonis on April 04, 2012, 03:38:47 AM

I live in Indy Smurf (or just north at any rate)

Blackhawk and Zach both live nearby as well if I recall.

Zach/Zaxxon lived on the north side, inside the 465 loop, but moved to Denver a few years ago.  I pretty sure Blackhawk is a bit farther south and really not in Indianapolis.
182  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2011 Offseason Discussion on: March 10, 2012, 05:36:54 PM
Interesting...making that kind of trade for the 2nd pick would suggest that the Redskins are not interested in Manning, and the Jets are also out of the running after signing a 3-year deal with Sanchez.  The list of suitors gets a little smaller...
183  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: let's talk tablets on: March 03, 2012, 08:31:41 PM
I've had my Prime for about a week now ,and while I'm still sorting through all the available apps to find ways of doing the things I want, I absolutely love it.  Everything is blazing fast and runs seamlessly so far.  My Prime from Gamestop came loaded with a few games, the best of which are Shadowgun THD and Riptide GP...very technically impressive and quite a bit of fun. I'm also really enjoying Google Currents for collecting interesting news from around the web and presenting it in a slick, easy to consume format.  I feel like I'm just scratching the surface of what this incredible little device is capable of, but it's already proven to be well worth the price icon_cool

Quote from: Crusis on March 03, 2012, 07:19:16 PM

They have done a wonderful job of covering up Android with the Honeycomb interface, it is a gorgeous interface.

There's no cover-up going on there...Honeycomb is the previous tablet version of Android, not a skin or layer on top of the OS.  Ice Cream Sandwich is the latest, and far superior, version though...and it's awesome on the Prime. 
184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 3/2/12 on: March 02, 2012, 11:47:56 PM
Probably my last weekend with Skyrim before getting totally sucked into Mass Effect 3 next week.  The ME3 release will be the first time I've really focused on any other game since Skyrim was released...about 135 hours logged and still not getting tired of the game.
185  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: let's talk tablets on: February 26, 2012, 10:58:48 PM
I took the plunge this afternoon and picked up a 32GB Transformer Prime...found one in stock at Gamespot of all places.  I'm in the middle of firmware/software updates now, but can't wait to play around more icon_cool
186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBLA account breached. :( Anyone else? on: February 25, 2012, 06:00:46 PM
It took 22 days for my account to be reinstated after experiencing the FIFA hack back in December.  Fortunately, everything was returned to its pre-hack state in the end, with all my MS points restored and no lasting ill effects.  The whole situation is a major pain in the ass though.
187  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pixar's next movie: Brave on: February 24, 2012, 02:07:28 AM
Awesome new footage...can't wait for the full movie!
188  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Laptop: Apple or Windows on: February 15, 2012, 03:57:28 AM
I've had a 15" MacBook Pro for almost three years now and love it, but that's not because I'm an Apple fanatic or because MacOS is vastly better than Windows (I don't think it is).  I like my Mac because there was no other laptop on the market with the same combination of performance and compact form factor.  I think there is more competition for form factor now, but it's still hard to beat the sleek design of a MacBook when you want something that's easily portable.  
189  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead strut onto AMC for Season 2 on: February 13, 2012, 05:15:16 AM
I watched it tonight...and it was awesome icon_cool
190  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Judge Dredd on: February 13, 2012, 05:13:39 AM

Quote from: Teggy on February 13, 2012, 04:26:20 AM

Quote from: corruptrelic on February 13, 2012, 04:01:18 AM

I don't know I kind of liked Sandra Bullock in the original Judge Dredd. It's amazing after so many years she still looks so good.

I think you're thinking of Demolition Man.

I don't think most of us would kick Diane Lane out of bed either...
191  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: let's talk tablets on: February 13, 2012, 01:43:46 AM

Quote from: gellar on February 13, 2012, 12:52:42 AM

As an owner of a 64GB iPad and a 32GB iPad2, I can say I only really miss the 64GB capacity when I want to load a decent amount of video for viewing on a long trip.  It can get pretty frustrating then.  If you don't see yourself doing that, then I'd say 32GB should be plenty.

If only Apple would put memory card slots on their devices...
192  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] The Bourne Legacy on: February 12, 2012, 11:53:42 PM

Quote from: Caine on February 12, 2012, 10:12:37 PM

Is it a question of money that replaced Matt Damon or something else?  Not sure a different actor will as good in the role.

The Bourne Ultimatum wrapped up Jason Bourne's story pretty well and Matt Damon said he didn't want to do another movie without the same director, who then said he wasn't interested in making another because he was done with the story.  In order to keep the franchise going, they've brought in a different director and are using a story that focuses on a different's not actually about Bourne this time.
193  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: let's talk tablets on: February 11, 2012, 06:41:43 PM

Quote from: Xmann on February 11, 2012, 06:24:48 PM

Ok Amazon has these in stock this morning.   Gonna pull the trigger but need some advice on the 32 or 64gb flavors.   Doesn't the docking station add more storage or have a usb where you can add an external drive or sd card or something if i needed more storage?   Was wondering if i should just get the 32gb if it would be cheaper in the long run.   I use cloud base programs for all my music and really don't see why i would need much more than 32gb from the start.

Any opinions?
Most people really won't need any more than 32GB unless you plan on storing a significant amount music or video on the device itself.  As long as you're streaming your media, there's little chance that you'll ever need the 64GB version.  If you do need additional storage space in the future, the tablet itself has a micro-SD slot that can be used for storage of either media or apps.  As for the docking station, it doesn't have any additional memory built-in, but it does have a full-size SD card slot...and has its own battery that will charge the tablet and nearly double its battery life.
194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 02/10/12 on: February 10, 2012, 07:33:09 PM
More Skyrim...still working to get my fill before Mass Effect 3 next month...
195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur demo on: February 08, 2012, 03:56:08 AM
I think Adam Sessler's review for G4 raises some interesting points in order to justify his 2.5/5 rating.  Even more interesting than his actual review, however, is his Sessler's Soapbox regarding the game...have to give him credit for his honesty and a pretty good rationale for why he doesn't think Amalur measures up to other games on the market...
196  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: let's talk tablets on: February 05, 2012, 02:48:51 AM
The Transformer Prime is a pretty incredible device and I've been on the verge of buying one, but I'm holding off just to see what Apple's giving us with the iPad 3.  I'm much more interested in an Android tablet over iOS, but it just seems more prudent to see the new iPad before spending my $500.  That said, it will take an awful lot to steer me away from the TF Prime.  I've had some hands-on time with one at Best Buy and it's very impressive...surprisingly thin and lightweight, blazing fast, incredible screen, iPad-comparable battery life, and I really like the look and feel of Android 4.0 (ICS).  Add the keyboard peripheral and it's a really cool device.

Unfortunately, there are a couple other things to consider before picking up a Transformer Prime right now...

Some people have complained about the wifi and GPS performance.  Apparently the all-aluminum back of the Prime weakens reception to some extent, resulting in slightly less wifi range than the original Transformer, and some significant problems with getting a timely and accurate GPS lock.  The GPS issues are significant enough that Asus has stopped advertising the Prime as a GPS-enabled device even though it is present and functional.  It is worth noting, however, that GPS in a non-3G tablet is a bit rare anyway.  The iPad 2 only includes assisted-GPS functionality on the 3G GPS in the wifi only model.  I don't think GPS would be an often-used feature for me, but since it is there I would rather have a device where it worked flawlessly.

The other hold-up for me buying the Prime is Asus' announcement at CES of an upgraded model (the Prime 700T) coming up in the second quarter of this year.  It's going to cost an additional $100 for largely the same hardware (same Tegra3 processor), but the upgrade to a 1920x1200 display will make it the highest resolution tablet on the market pending an iPad 3 announcement, and they're getting rid of the all-aluminum back to improve wifi/GPS reception.  It might be an upgrade worth waiting for if you can afford the extra cost...
197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning announced on: February 01, 2012, 01:04:22 AM
That's pretty good.  I definitely think he's earning a little respect with his online persona...just hope the game lives up to the expectations they're setting...
198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 on: January 31, 2012, 11:50:17 PM
For what it's worth, that Jessica Chobot character does seem to look a little better in motion in the latest voice-acting preview...still a little off, but it's a reasonable resemblance.
199  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Final Fantasy XIII-2 (Now with official review!) on: January 31, 2012, 06:45:21 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on January 31, 2012, 05:15:08 PM

It's interesting that you mention liking the music as this is something I've seen criticized in a number of other reviews.  Most other things you mention seem to be pretty in line with other game and a decent enough addition to the franchise, but still a few minor issues.  I'll probably play it at some point, but it's not one I'm rushing out to buy on release day.

Ron...I hate to bring up corrections to a review, but there was one little mistake in your writing that you might want to straighten out for the sake of clarity.  In the second paragraph, you refer to Caius as the 'protagonist' of the game.  I haven't experienced the game yet, but aren't Serah, Noel, and Lightning the primary hero characters of the story that you're following?  That would make them the protagonists, while Caius is the antagonist of the plot; he's the challenge to your characters and Lightning.  It's kind of a stupid semantic thing, but it did immediately stand out to me when I was reading the review...
200  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: January 31, 2012, 04:23:24 PM
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