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81  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Star Trek 2, AKA Star Trek Into Darkness on: May 08, 2013, 01:25:10 AM
I don't understand why reserved seating for IMAX is a problem either. Just like TEW, I love that I can buy my tickets and choose my exact seat days ahead of time, then walk into the theater right before the show starts and have a guaranteed awesome seat. When I do decide to see a movie on short notice, I can still use my computer, phone, or even the kiosk in the theater lobby to see exactly what seats are left and pick one that I like...no worries about getting there early for a good seat, or I can pick a different time if I don't see a decent seat. I think it's a great idea, especially for a large theater like IMAX.

That's why I'll be buying my tickets for Star Trek in advance and locking in my favorite seat for opening weekend icon_cool
82  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 201X Health Improvement Thread on: May 05, 2013, 08:34:31 PM
Time for another update!

I've been continuing my 10k training over the last six weeks and broke the 5-mile barrier for my first time yesterday morning, running 5.18 in just under 53 minutes. I was actually at about a 9:30-9:45 pace for most of the run, but I finished up with a set of hill repeats that made up the last 6/10 of a mile, bringing down my average a bit. It was a perfect morning and the best feeling run I've had in weeks, despite pushing to a greater distance than I've done before.

I'll be running another 5k event in three weeks, which is actually a pretty easy distance now, and I think I'm in good shape to do my first official 10k on June 2nd. I feel like that's pretty good for a guy who had never run more than a mile before January 12th icon_cool
83  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: What's a good Bluray player? on: April 24, 2013, 01:53:56 PM
Panasonic makes very well regarded, relatively inexpensive players. I've had one for almost two years, and while it was updated several times in the first year, new firmware is pretty rare now. I've never had trouble playing any disc, and the streaming features work well. The only real weakness is that their user interface isn't the best, but it does the job well enough.
84  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Oblivion on: April 21, 2013, 07:59:06 PM
I saw this on IMAX this afternoon and really enjoyed it. The plot had enough twists to keep things interesting, Cruise turns in a very good performance, and the visuals are fantastic. Put all of those positives together, and Oblivion is one of the better sci-fi movies I can remember seeing in the last few years.
85  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 4/19/13 on: April 20, 2013, 03:31:02 PM
I'm finally getting some gaming time this weekend with Bioshock: Infinite...haven't been able to play for almost two weeks and am itching to get back into Columbia  icon_cool
86  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 201X Health Improvement Thread on: March 24, 2013, 03:55:42 PM
I totally forgot to come in here and post last weekend, but I successfully ran my first official 5k last Sunday...started running on January 12th, and managed to do 5k in 30:48 only 9 weeks later. My goal was to finish in under 30 minutes, and in retrospect I could have done it if I watched my time more closely and pushed a little harder. I felt great when I crossed the line, like I could have been faster, but I was holding myself back at the beginning over concerns of burning out on a long uphill during the third mile. I'm getting to know my capabilities better all the time and will be ready to push the pace a little more next time.

Speaking of which, I start a 10k program on Saturday and hope to reach that distance goal in time for a race the first weekend of June icon_cool
87  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Re: [Gamestop] Buy God of War Ascension get God of War Saga free on: March 23, 2013, 12:19:28 PM
I saw that yesterday...pretty awesome deal for anyone new to the GoW series
88  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Re: Target: Buy 2 games, get 1 free on: March 23, 2013, 01:58:13 AM
I got roped in by this deal yesterday, using it to pick up Gears of War: Judgement, God of War: Ascension, and Tomb Raider for $120 (essentially $40 each). Pretty great price for three high-profile recent releases, and will mean some great gaming over the next few weeks :cool:
89  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (03/18) on: March 21, 2013, 11:08:49 PM
I picked up three games this evening as a result of Target's Buy 2, Get 1 Free sale...lots of good gaming ahead icon_cool

Gears of War: Judgement
God of War: Ascension
Tomb Raider
90  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DmC - Devil May Cry on: March 20, 2013, 01:48:25 AM
I just finished DmC tonight after spending about 12 hours on my first run through the game on 'Demon Hunter' difficulty and loved it from start to finish. They've created a very complex and challenging fighting game, but at the same time kept it very accessible and fun for those who aren't completely dedicated to the series. Mix that gameplay with some of the most creative and dynamic level design that I've seen in a long time, and it made for an incredibly fun experience. The art design was always interesting on its own, but the way the environments were constantly morphing and rearranging themselves around Dante was really what stood out to me...very imaginative level design that was always surprising with something new. I think the 'dance club' level was one of the most creative and trippy things I've seen in a game in quite a while. Mix all that in with an a story that does a great job of reinventing a well-known character, and I have to say that Ninja Theory's take on DMC is a great success  icon_cool
91  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: What are you buying this week? (03/11) on: March 11, 2013, 01:31:07 PM
Maybe God of War, but I still have some other stuff in my backlog that I should finish first...might wait a bit
92  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 3/8/13 on: March 09, 2013, 01:10:25 AM
More DmC: Devil May Cry...love the style and creativity of the game so far, and I know that I've barely scratched the surface :cool:
93  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: [PC/360/PS3] Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 on: March 01, 2013, 07:39:49 PM
I played it on the 360 and don't remember any issues at all. In fact, I think I did that over the PS3 after doing a little research about the better version. I could be mistaken though...

In any case, it really is a great game and a steal for only $5.
94  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 3/1/2013 on: March 01, 2013, 06:22:28 PM
DmC: Devil May Cry...only played the first level last night, but really liking what I've seen so far :cool:
95  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: March 01, 2013, 03:55:56 PM
That's only the theatrical cut though...easy to get that one out quickly and make some money. They're holding off on the extended edition until sometime in the winter holiday season.
96  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/Ps3] Dishonored on: February 26, 2013, 05:18:42 AM
I just finished this tonight and have to say that I really enjoyed it overall...very cool and well executed concept. I was going for a non-lethal playthrough and almost succeeded, but I somehow got charged with two kills over the course of the game. I went out of my way to avoid intentionally killing anyone, but the level stats show that I killed one person in each of two different levels...not sure what happened. That still gave me the most positive ending though.

That said, I did find the ending to be a little disappointing. After all that happened in the game, I found the final mission to be surprisingly simple and was really disappointed by my final deeds that brought on the ending cutscene...pretty anticlimactic. I still had a lot of fun getting there, however, and think that Dishonored is a great game overall...would love to see a follow-up at some point  icon_cool

Spoilers for my ending...
Spoiler for Hiden:
I managed a 'very low chaos' ending in which I stopped Granny Rags, saved Emily, left all the major characters alive, brought an end to the plague, and died a hero...not a bad life's work. I was really disappointed that my final mission to stop Havelock was as basic as climbing the lighthouse, walking into a room where he was standing alone at a table, Blinking behind him for a choke-out, and letting Emily out of a locked room. As soon as she jumped into my arms, the final cutscene and credits rolled...no final dialogue with the big bad guy, just a summary of everyone's life after the rescue.  It wasn't bad, but I guess I expected a bit more.
97  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 201X Health Improvement Thread on: February 23, 2013, 05:47:14 PM
Update time!

I posted about a month ago that I was taking up running, with the ultimate goal of completing a half-marathon in October. The first step I've been pursuing along that path is to run a 5k race on March 17th.  This morning, after beginning my first attempt at running exactly six weeks ago, I ran 3.3 miles in 35 minutes. My official 5k race is still three weeks away, and I've managed to hit my goal distance early. That means I get to spend the next three weeks pushing the pace a little so that I can reach my goal of finishing the 5k run in under 30 minutes. I was running with a beginner group this morning and they were slower than the 10:00-mile pace that I've been setting when I run alone, so I really don't think I'll have any trouble getting my time down.

I'm six weeks into my attempt at improving my overall health, and I can already feel the difference. My first runs were barely more than a mile, and I would finish aching and short of breath. I finished this morning's 3-mile run feeling great and ready to go farther. I still have a long way to go, but that 13.1 mile goal doesn't seem nearly as daunting any more  icon_cool
98  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Onward to Season 3! on: February 23, 2013, 05:07:31 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on February 23, 2013, 05:47:24 AM

Season 3 trailer is UP!

Awesome...lots of great stuff shows up in that trailer, but as someone who has read all the books and knows what is coming, one thing in particular caught my attention...
Spoiler for Hiden:
It can't be coincidence that they show a shot of Robb and Catelyn Stark when you hear the words "Death is coming for everyone and everything"...great tease for fans of the books  icon_cool
99  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 2/22/13 on: February 23, 2013, 01:21:09 AM
Girlfriend is out of town and we're getting rain/snow all weekend, so that means plenty of time inside with Dishonored  icon_cool
100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 2/15/13 on: February 16, 2013, 02:53:04 AM
Dishonored...on the third mission and loving everything about the game so far  icon_cool
101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 2/08/13 on: February 09, 2013, 05:22:34 PM
I'll be playing Dishonored all day...not much else to do when you're surrounded by almost three feet of snow  icon_cool
102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: <Brag> What's your Life's Greatest Achievement? </Brag> on: February 08, 2013, 02:01:28 AM
Graduating from college and medical school, finishing residency, and becoming a board-certified anesthesiologist...will probably only be surpassed by having kids some day
103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: Are You Stepping Into the Next Gen? on: February 01, 2013, 05:43:22 PM
I will definitely pick up the next Xbox, and possibly the PS4 if a must-have game shows up or they implement some new tech well. That's mainly because I haven't touched my PS3 in months but still use my 360 several times a week. I'm not sure that I'll be rushing to get the next Xbox if I can still play the 360 while they work out any kinks though. I shipped my 360 back to MS three times for the RROD and would rather not deal with that type of thing again.
104  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.
105  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
106  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...
107  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
108  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
109  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


Finished

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
110  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


Finished

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
Rage
The Witcher
111  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
112  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...
113  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.
114  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?
115  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
116  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*
117  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
118  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
119  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...
120  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.
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