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81  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: September 21, 2013, 01:51:44 AM
GTA V...same as pretty much every other gamer this weekend
82  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...
83  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
84  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
85  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
86  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...
87  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 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.
88  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Re: The 201X Health Improvement Thread on: August 08, 2013, 05:57:20 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on August 08, 2013, 03:30:55 PM

An anti-inflammatory might help as well.  Ibuprofen (like Motrin or a store brand) would be ideal, but Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Aleve (naproxen) might also work.  The charlie horse feeling is due to the muscle spasming from injury.  Muscles will tighten to limit mobility so that they cannot be extended further beyond their strain.

I feel bad coming in here to correct the pharmacy student, but it should be noted that acetaminophen isn't an anti-inflammatory. It's a centrally acting (works on the brain & spinal cord) pain reliever that might make you feel better, but you'll need to stick with ibuprofen or naproxen (both NSAIDs) if you want to decrease inflammation in the strained tissues. A few days of NSAID pain relievers, rest, and stretching can do wonders for a muscle strain.
89  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: August 08, 2013, 05:46:34 PM
I've finished a few over the years, but haven't played any since the N64. Here's my list...

The Legend of Zelda
A Link to the Past
Link's Awakening
Ocarina of Time

In my opinion, Ocarina of Time is a high mark for the series, I also really enjoyed LttP and Awakening...all great games.
90  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: August 05, 2013, 05:59:23 PM
I've beaten every Splinter Cell game so far and enjoyed them all. I think Chaos Theory is the pinnacle of the series, but Conviction did take things in an interesting new direction. I like the gadgets and sneaking of the early games more, but the faster pace of Conviction is fun in its own way and left me thinking that the next game will probably be worth playing once it's released.
91  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: Have you beaten a Metal Gear game? on: August 02, 2013, 08:12:35 PM
I've beaten MGS 1, 2, 3, 4, and Peacewalker...all great games in my opinion, but I will agree that they're not for everyone. The gameplay definitely took a backseat to story early in the series, but it improved considerably from MGS3 onward. I'm also in the group that thinks the story is great despite all the confusing twists and turns. The way they pull everything together across decades and generations is really cool...great series :cool:
92  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Did you beat...Contra? on: July 31, 2013, 12:08:18 AM
I beat it, but only because of the cheat...can't imagine making it through without all those extra lives
93  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: on: July 30, 2013, 08:02:15 PM
I've been on Spotify Premium for a little over 6 months now and really like the service. The audio quality is excellent for a streaming service, and their music library is broad enough that I never have trouble finding good music. In fact, there are very few occassions at this point that I can't find an album or artist when I search, and new releases hit the service quickly enough that I rarely buy music any more.
94  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Pacific Rim on: July 28, 2013, 11:36:07 PM
I saw this in IMAX 3D earlier this afternoon. While the grown-up part of me is whispering in the back of my mind that Pacific Rim is a ridiculously over-the-top example of Hollywood excess, I can barely hear that over my inner 12-year old screaming that it was awesome!
95  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 201X Health Improvement Thread 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...
96  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: July 25, 2013, 07:43:30 PM
I have to give it to The Last of Us so far this year, and I can't imagine much topping it...easily one of the best games I've played in a very long time.

GTAV is still on the horizon though...
97  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 7/19/13 on: July 20, 2013, 03:39:44 PM
Tomb Raider for me...several hours in after starting earlier in the week and loving it so far  icon_cool
98  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Re: Sony on a roll (positive personal story) on: July 08, 2013, 07:47:29 PM

Quote from: Laner on July 08, 2013, 04:27:00 PM

Glad they did right by you.  They refused to do anything about my 2006 Sony DLP which crapped out after two years, despite it being a widespread problem among their DLPs (failed optical block).  They were finally forced to address the issue for nearly every other model due to lawsuits, except my model, of course  finger

I had the optical block failure (green blob) on my 2006 SXRD (A2000 model) when the set was about three years old. They replaced the optical block under extended warranty and it worked for about a year before failing again. I contacted them a second time and they offered to replace my faulty set with a steeply-discounted brand new LCD thanks to a class action lawsuit over the issue. I was able to replace my five-year old faulty 55" SXRD with a new 42" 3D LCD for only $200 out of my own pocket. I then sold that replacement without even opening the box for a $500 profit and used the money toward buying an awesome 55" Panasonic plasma.

I got a pretty good deal in the end, but I won't buy another Sony tv because I know many others weren't so lucky, and there are plenty of better options now for less money.
99  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] The Last Of Us on: July 07, 2013, 11:07:17 PM
I finally finished this afternoon...absolutely loved it and I can't imagine anything being able to top it as my game of the year. TLoU has one of the best-told stories I've ever experienced in a game, not only because of the fantastic character relationships and dialog, but also because of ND's ability to convey so much emotion and realism in the way characters move and speak. I could go on for a while repeating all the great things that others have said, but the most significant compliment that I can give is that The Last of Us really is an amazing artistic, storytelling, and gameplay accomplishment that has a well-deserved spot on my list of all-time great games icon_cool
100  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: on: July 02, 2013, 06:23:56 PM
I've recently began my push to finish WoT after making it through the first seven books roughly 15 years ago. I was waiting for book 8 at that time, picked up the hardcover when it was released, and never got around to reading it. I eventually decided to just put it all off until the series was complete.

Fast forward to the present day, and I've started again, determined to make it to the end. I just recently started book 2 and hope to finish sometime early next year. I'm confident that I can read a book a month, but I will probably squeeze a few other things in between...will see how it goes...
101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: June 27, 2013, 08:00:57 PM
The jokes only happen at very specific times during the game, you have to talk to her when she has a triangle over her head, and that triangle only appears after she's been idle in a specific location for a while. There are five points in the game where you can hear the jokes, and catching them all actually nets you a trophy.
102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Meet Alex, the first Muppet to have a dad in jail. on: June 18, 2013, 10:50:42 PM
I think the big thing that is missing from this discussion is the fact that the Alex character and this conversation did not appear on the Sesame Street show. That segment, along with a great deal of other clips and information, are part of an online toolkit that Sesame Street has created for parents to use in helping their children cope with difficult issues.

Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration Tool Kit

The Sesame Street organization has a whole series of tool kits dealing with different topics that parents can use to help kids that are struggling. In this case, they recognized a situation that affects a significant number of children and chose to provide resources to help parents who aren't sure how to address it on their own. That seems like a pretty respectable idea to me...
103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Geek or Nerd on: June 05, 2013, 09:28:16 PM
I'm pretty firmly in the upper right-hand corner...equal parts major nerd and geek :cool:
104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 201X Health Improvement Thread on: June 02, 2013, 10:01:31 PM
Today was the big day for running my 10k race...woke up bright and early to run at 7:30 this morning. When the race started, it was already about 75 degrees and 80% humidity. Those of you who have run before can probably relate to how miserable those conditions are for a long run...might not seem all that warm when you're just standing around, but that kind of humidity and bright sun can really steal your energy. I think most people did pretty well for the 5k and 10k events, but it really took a toll on the half-marathon runners who were facing temps around 85 degrees by the time they were finishing...saw a number of people stumbling across the finish, and heard that several had collapsed along the course. It was still a fun morning, but I'll be hoping for something a little cooler for my next race.

So how did my run go? I had set a goal to finish 6.2 miles in under an hour and just barely came up short...crossed the line with an official time of 1:01:38 (9:56/mile pace). Even though I didn't quite make my goal, I'm happy with my time given the day's tough conditions and fact that I could barely run a single mile (let alone six) at the beginning of the year. I still feel like I've come a long way and plan on continuing to push myself in the coming months. It has taken me 4.5 months to get this far, and I have the same amount of time to finish my prep for my first half-marathon in October...and a second 13.1 a month later. I feel like I'm in the best shape of my life at 34 and don't plan on stopping any time soon icon_cool
105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 201X Health Improvement Thread on: May 30, 2013, 01:30:49 AM
I ran my second 5k race this past Sunday morning and finished in 28:05 (9:05 pace)...ahead of the 9:15/mile goal that I had set for myself, and shaved 2:45 off my first 5k just over two months ago Headbanging!

Now I'm only a few days out from my first official 10k race this Sunday, and feeling really good about meeting my 60 minute goal. I ran the course with my training group two weeks ago and finished in 62 minutes, and that was coming off a week of being sick...should have a much better go at it this weekend icon_cool
106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: What is the first video game you ever purchased? on: May 24, 2013, 08:15:19 PM
I used to play Jumpman on the C64...awesome game!
107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: What is the first video game you ever purchased? on: May 24, 2013, 03:11:40 PM
Mine was definitely something for the Atari 2600, but I have no idea exactly what it was...maybe Asteroids?
108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: Xbox One Discussion on: May 24, 2013, 01:27:24 PM
I played a fair number of original Xbox games on my launch 360 during the first year, but that was mostly because the flow of quality new games wasn't up to speed yet. I also didn't have the time or money to play the original Xbox, so I was interested in experiencing the previous generation. There are so many new games hitting the market at this point that I never feel that I need (or have the time) to go back and play stuff that was released 8+ years ago.

This time around, I already have a 360 and PS3 on which I've been able to play most of the games that have interested me, and I'll still have them for the early next gen when new releases might be slim. For those reasons, I just don't see backward compatibility as a significant concern in my gaming future.
109  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Star Trek 2, AKA Star Trek Into Darkness on: May 19, 2013, 11:12:21 PM
I  saw it in IMAX 3D this afternoon and loved it...great movie from start to finish that had just the right combination of humor, action, and nods to long-time Trek fans. I had my suspicions about where the story was going as all the twists began to unfold, but there were still a lot of unexpected parts, and it was really cool to see exactly how it all plays out.

Anyone who has any interest in seeing this definitely needs to make sure they avoid spoiling the plot early if they want to enjoy it to the fullest though...
110  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Video game fonts: how many do you recognize? on: May 19, 2013, 06:28:33 PM
I can identify 36 out of 60 for certain, along with good guesses at a few others...pretty crazy how things like that jump into mind even when you haven't seen some of them for a long time.
111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 5/10/13 on: May 13, 2013, 12:06:15 AM
Still working my way through Bioshock: the game, but I just haven't had much time to play lately. Fortunately, I think I'm pretty close to the end and excited to see how it all comes to a close icon_cool
112  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What is the first album you ever purchased? on: May 11, 2013, 03:02:44 AM
Bought my first album (on cassette) when I was in the 4th grade...

113  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Re: [movie] Star Trek 2, AKA Star Trek Into Darkness on: May 08, 2013, 05:14:34 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 08, 2013, 03:44:43 PM

Of course, to all those people waiting in line, you walked past them to D-Bag seating.

You mean all those people who could have also bought their tickets online if it means that much to them? I fail to see the problem...
114  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 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
115  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
116  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.
117  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.
118  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
119  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
120  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
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