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161  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
162  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
163  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.
164  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
165  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.
166  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...
167  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
168  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
169  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Dirty Joke Thread [NSFW text - duh] on: August 26, 2012, 09:08:55 PM
A man and woman just got married and are on the first night of their honeymoon together, but both being devout christians have never done more than kiss each other before. They climb into bed together, but just as things are getting hot and heavy and the husband is about to take off his new wife's shirt, she stops him and says "Honey, I need you to know something before you take off my shirt.  I have the breasts of a 10 year old girl. I hope you'll still love me." The husband takes off her shirt, smiles, and tells his bride that she's beautiful and that he loves her now more than ever.

A few minutes later, the wife is about to take off her new husband's pants when he stops her..."You were honest with me my love, so I feel that there is something you should know about me as well, and I hope you'll still love me after. I'm hung like a newborn baby." The wife assures her husband that she'll love him no matter what and proceeds to take off his pants. As soon as she pulls them down, she lets out a blood curdling scream and passes out. When his wife finally wakes up, the husband asks her what happened, to which the wife responds "I thought you said you were hung like a newborn boy."

"I am my love," says the husband..."21 inches, 8.5 pounds"
170  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 8/24/12 on: August 25, 2012, 03:11:00 AM
Darksiders II...really enjoyed the first one and looking forward to digging into Vigil's latest icon_cool
171  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Where do they find these guys? on: August 22, 2012, 02:10:54 AM
I'd say it's pretty clear how The Onion feels about Akin...
172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 Dashboard update- Amazon Instant on: August 22, 2012, 02:07:15 AM

Quote from: metallicorphan on August 21, 2012, 05:21:47 PM

more testers needed for the beta

If you are interested,i am guessing you should be quick,after how fast the first one filled up

I just filled out the application and it told me as I was accepted right away...have been lucky enough to participate in every one so far without any problems icon_cool
173  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
174  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.
175  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.
176  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.
177  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
178  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!
179  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!
180  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.
181  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...
182  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
183  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
184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 5/4/12 on: May 04, 2012, 08:25:29 PM
Finishing up Mass Effect 3!
185  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...
186  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!
187  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
188  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

189  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
190  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
191  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
192  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.
193  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.
194  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...
195  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. 
196  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.
197  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
198  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.
199  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!
200  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.  
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