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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hypochondriac on: August 15, 2014, 08:45:46 PM
I wonder if there's such a thing as a hyperchondriac where even if they're bleeding from every orifice and on their death bed they're like "Nah, I'm fine".
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sierra Returns! on: August 08, 2014, 04:15:03 PM
And I just managed to get rid of Sierra Utilities...
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Where do you stand on the crucial topic of hotdogs? on: August 08, 2014, 12:22:23 AM
I think Hebrew Nationals do as well typically.
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Where do you stand on the crucial topic of hotdogs? on: August 07, 2014, 10:41:25 PM
For burgers I put mayo (real mayo—not that disgusting miracle whip crap) with freshly ground black pepper on the bottom bun and a little ketchup on the top. Then onions, pickle, lettuce, and tomato. The onion is crucial for flavor and texture, and the lettuce is mostly for friction.
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Where do you stand on the crucial topic of hotdogs? on: August 07, 2014, 07:52:57 PM
Nathan's or Hebrew National usually. I most often pan fry in olive oil or butter and put the bun over the top when it's close to being finished so that the bun gets warm and the top (which is touching the pan) gets toasted in delicious fat. As far as toppings—I usually forgo them unless I'm also caramelizing some onions. I dislike mustard in general except as an ingredient. I do like chili on a hot dog when available. I hate sauerkraut, but I like relish. I honestly have not experimented with cheese much. But I love cheese, so I'm sure I would like it. Maybe even some blue cheese...

I don't mind ketchup in moderation, but it's really not very good. I'm kind of repulsed by a couple members of my family who will just absolutely coat fries / any kind of potato, eggs, and hot dogs in the stuff to the point where you can't even see the underlying food.
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's your current jam? on: July 14, 2014, 07:59:12 PM
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: tie fighter (PC) on: June 28, 2014, 01:06:13 PM
Two things. Firstly, that link isn't even for TIE Fighter, but X-Wing vs TIE Fighter. Secondly, it's way overpriced.

The only reasonable method of legally acquiring TIE Fighter that I'm aware of is on eBay. There are a number of versions.

DOS 3.5 Floppy - You probably don't want this.

DOS CD-ROM - You'll need to use DOSBox, but this version has the added advantage of the iMUSE MIDI soundtrack which a lot of people prefer to the Redbook audio in later versions.

Windows CD-ROM - You'll probably need to jump through a few hoops to get it to install and run on Windows 7/8, but shouldn't be a huge issue.

TIE Fighter Collector's Edition Windows CD-ROM - Same as above, but this re-release ported the game to the more advanced X-Wing vs TIE Fighter engine which enables the use of 3D Acceleration (which I should note does not seem to work with modern nVIDIA drivers unfortunately—at least for me).

X-Wing Collector's Series - Contains the updated versions of both X-Wing and TIE Fighter along with their expansions. This is the version I have.

X-Wing Trilogy - Contains the updated versions of X-Wing and TIE Fighter along with X-Wing Alliance.

You can expect to pay $100 or more for the Trilogy box if you can even find one for sale. The Collector's Series goes for less than half that and there are usually a few auctions up at any time. I think I paid about $25 for mine. The other discs are pretty common and vary in price depending on whether or not the box, artwork, etc, is included.

I'm actually playing through X-Wing and TIE Fighter right now and I'm enjoying them a lot. For comparison's sake, I bought Wing Commander 4 on GOG a while back and I can't even get into it enough to finish the first mission.
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It's official good hates me this week on: May 15, 2014, 01:28:10 AM
My week started off with a couple days worth of kidney stones followed by a falling out with a dear childhood friend followed by a humiliating instance at work that has basically destroyed my reputation there.

Take that.
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Your Favorite Star Wars Games on: May 06, 2014, 10:59:31 PM
Rogue Leader is a really good game and would very likely find a place in my Top 10 (though there are a lot of Star Wars games I've never played). I really, really wish it had been ported to the PC. It's actually the chief reason I bought a Gamecube a few years ago (I still only have four games for it).
10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fast food menu items you miss on: April 10, 2014, 11:23:01 AM
Well I'll be. After a quick Googling I've discovered that they were actual ribs!

Obscenely expensive from what I see, though. You can go to an actual BBQ place and get a half rack for almost the same price.
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fast food menu items you miss on: April 09, 2014, 11:36:42 PM
Ribs? Or "ribs"?
12  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Humble specials - Humble PC and Android 9, Humble Destructoid weekly on: April 03, 2014, 07:58:14 PM
It's Little Inferno, Little Inferno just for me! I've got the fireplace that burns at a hundred billion degreeeeees! It's Little Inferno just for me!
13  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Dead Space (1) for PC for free on Origin on: March 28, 2014, 08:41:51 PM
If it makes you feel any better I wouldn't install Steam either.
14  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Dead Space (1) for PC for free on Origin on: March 28, 2014, 11:22:43 AM
Almost cheap enough for me to install Origin.
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Wizard of Oz getting a prequel 'Oz: The Great And Powerful' on: March 27, 2014, 09:03:13 PM
I watched a few minutes of it just as he arrived in Oz and was amazed at both the mediocre script and acting, and also that a movie made 75 years before could look so much more realistic.
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Prime price hike coming? on: March 14, 2014, 08:54:45 PM
I thought it was a tasteless practice until I heard rodeo carnivals do it as well.
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Prime price hike coming? on: March 14, 2014, 04:09:37 AM
I ordered two things on the 8th and it has said "shipping soon" for days. If they release it tomorrow that would put it at 3-6 days till their delivery estimate. I bet they even use the exact same delivery service as Prime for simplicity's sake, making it no less expensive at all on their part.

Doesn't this strike anyone else as wrong? A company intentionally delaying shipment of products that you ordered for almost a week just so you'll spend money on a "premium shipping service" which is entirely the same as the free one except for the intentional delay?
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Prime price hike coming? on: March 12, 2014, 09:03:42 PM
What kinda annoys me is that I don't believe it really costs them much more to Prime-ship than to ship regularly. In fact, I have a feeling that not having Prime just means your shit gets stuck in a box and then sits in their warehouse for 4 days before they send it out. Whenever I buy something without using Prime these days I invariably wait 3 or 4 days for them to say it's been shipped, and then I receive it 2-4 days later. Back in the day they got shit out the door far quicker.
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So, I've been in the hostpital - A warning on: February 26, 2014, 11:18:31 PM
Oh whoops I didn't see that! Yeah 800 is something else.
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So, I've been in the hostpital - A warning on: February 26, 2014, 10:46:31 PM
What was your blood sugar reading?

When I drove my dad to the ER because of an infection (which turned out to be an absolutely horrific flesh eating bacterial infection that nearly killed him and earned him a week in and out of surgery) his was about 650 I think (he's been Type 2 for fifteen years or so). For those that don't know—about a hundred is average. Two hundred is pretty bad. Three hundred means you should go to the hospital, etc...
21  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: 'Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition' for iOS Submitted to Apple for Approval on: January 21, 2014, 04:42:24 PM
Gamer rage level reduced 1 notch.
22  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: 'Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition' for iOS Submitted to Apple for Approval on: January 21, 2014, 04:33:21 PM
They retrofitted IAP into Baldur's Gate? You can't be serious...

I'm going to work on getting GemRB running here shortly on my Nexus 7.
23  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Issue with laptop display on: January 21, 2014, 02:08:20 PM
I would think not with that kind of consistency. On screens that light up and then immediately go dark I've found the problem to be the backlight inverter (or perhaps the backlights themselves causing the inverter to shut the light off), but if that's the case you should be able to shine a light on it and see the Windows desktop faintly. How long is the screen staying lit? If it's on during POST and then shuts off for Windows then it's likely a driver issue.

Also, is this a CFL or LED lit screen? If it's the latter, then it's far less likely to be the light itself.
24  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Issue with laptop display on: January 21, 2014, 01:27:17 AM
Shine a flashlight onto the screen and see if you can make the image out. If so, the backlight or inverter is bad. If not, perhaps the connection between the GPU and monitor got jarred loose.
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 09, 2014, 01:13:13 AM
Probably with a stack of newspapers 10 feet high with all of the important articles highlighted and cataloged.
26  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Upcoming ios/android phones you are looking forward to on: December 27, 2013, 05:49:06 PM
The new Sonic All Star Racing game immediately comes to mind.
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Christmas Loot Thread! on: December 27, 2013, 05:55:03 AM
I got some money that I doubled towards a Nexus 7 32 GB and a $150 Amazon gift card that I'm not yet sure what to use on. Also got a box of really great cookies from a bakery in Grand Rapids as well as a bunch of delicious popcorn.

With the Amazon card I think I might get:

Hanger for my guitar (mere days after I tossed my belt on my bed and forgot that my guitar was laying on it and gave it a couple nice dings...d'oh)
Hohner Special Twenty Harmonica
Game of Thrones book series
H.P. Lovecraft story compilation
Case for my Nexus 7 (eeny, meeny, miny, moe)
Kill 'em All (I'm a bit late on this one)

I suppose I should save some to put towards Android apps as well (I'm not entirely certain how the whole Android ecosystem works yet, but I assume I can get Android apps from Amazon that will work on my Nexus).
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: December 24, 2013, 01:27:18 AM
Spoiler for Hiden:
So for the cons...

The biggest disappointment by far was the Mirkwood sequence. Where was it?? My greatest hope for this film was that I would finally get to see some good dialog between the company while they were trapped in Mirkwood. Instead I got what seemed like five minutes of them walking in the forest with intermittent banter before an all too brief battle with the spiders, leading immediately to them being captured by the elves. Absolutely unbelievable! What a wasted opportunity for character development. My favorite parts of the first film were the dialog sequences for Balin and Bofur. Here you didn't even get that much. These are great actors and they've proven they can play these characters well. There's no reason for them to be cut out just so we can see another ten minutes of shit getting killed real good.

Some of the platforming sequences during the barrel ride bordered on surfing-on-an-oliphaunts-tusk ridiculous. Particularly Legolas jumping from dwarf to dwarf and Bombur's barrel rolling over dozens of orcs and flying all over the place. Just stupid.

The new character was perfectly fine but I could have done without the love triangle. The story could have easily stood on its own, and indeed would have been better and more substantial, if it were just Tauriel and Legolas / Thranduil butting heads over whether or not the elves should get involved in the conflicts outside their realm.

Beorn was done well, but it would have been nice if he had gotten a little more screen time.

The entire sequence with Smaug vs the dwarves was obviously tacked on because they needed something exciting to happen during the climax of this movie so people didn't walk out feeling completely ripped off when it ended before the attack on Laketown.

Why does Thorin regress to thinking Bilbo is a worthless toad immediately after the lovey-dovey sequence towards the end of the first movie?

For the pros...

The scenery was beautiful as usual.

The casting was exceptional. Everybody did a really fantastic job. I actually thought this was the best Orlando Bloom has played his character yet. Maybe it's because Legolas is more of a dick at this point in his life and is just that much more likable (by me, anyway) as a result.

Smaug. Brilliantly designed, rendered, voiced, and acted. His sounds and fire effects are absolutely awesome as well.

I saw it in 2D and if it was a higher frame rate I certainly didn't notice (I don't think it was). Overall I think it was a good movie and better than the first. 6 out of 8 tentacles.
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Big Phillipines storm on: November 08, 2013, 01:34:49 AM
Jesus it's like a 100 mile wide EF-5 tornado.
30  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [Alienware] Trade in your used console for $200 w/ new PC purchase on: October 26, 2013, 08:33:04 PM
Damn I was hoping I would be able to send in my 32x.
31  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [iOS] Worms 3 on sale for 99 cents on: October 17, 2013, 11:54:08 PM
This is a fantastic game by the way.
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So what's your ride? on: October 14, 2013, 07:28:00 PM
2000 Toyota Corolla - 251,720+ miles and counting.



[Pictured: Someone else's Corolla]
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: SUV Vs. Biker pack on: October 03, 2013, 10:18:51 PM
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Top 50 PC games of our generation on: September 19, 2013, 09:16:44 PM
Perhaps the worst Top XX list of all time.

But of course these lists aren't meant to actually mean anything, but to simply stir up controversy over how terrible they are. So...well done.
35  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Humble Indie Bundle 9 on: September 18, 2013, 07:29:54 PM
This is the first Humble Bundle I've seen that didn't give you the bonuses if you purchased the bundle without beating the average.
36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RIP Cal Worthington on: September 11, 2013, 12:13:57 AM
Pussy cow, pussy cow, pussy cow...
37  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [iOS] Ultima IV C64 Free on: September 07, 2013, 03:48:48 PM
What's the install size on this? 136 MB download seems excessive for a game that came out twenty years ago.
38  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: peanut butter on: August 21, 2013, 02:58:26 PM
If you don't want separation then store the peanut butter in the fridge.
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Yes, Japanese people like to lick each others eyeballs on: June 16, 2013, 03:34:10 PM
I wonder how prevalent eye infections are as a result.
40  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Star Wars: KOTOR on iPad on: May 31, 2013, 02:48:48 AM
A certain point of view?
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