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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Mad Max Returns in Fury Road on: Today at 08:19:02 PM
That's like comparing Picasso to a four year old with finger paints. 

...Picasso is Miller in this comparison, by the way.
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Mad Max Returns in Fury Road on: Today at 07:56:30 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on Today at 07:14:10 PM


However, as it sat with me afterwards, it felt a little inconsequential.  Like I couldn't remember much of it after it was done, but I enjoyed it while it was happening.  

The story is a distant second to the visuals.  But this is one of those rare occasions for which I can give a film a pass in spite of that. It's more like a performance of Cirque du Soleil.

But I think its true value is as an example of how great old school special effects could be.
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Mad Max Returns in Fury Road on: Today at 05:28:52 PM

Quote from: Purge on Today at 04:29:27 PM

I think they need to make an exception for you in the corporate dress code.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Fine. ANOTHER exception.

Yeah, I did get a little carried away after watching la cage aux folles recently.
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Mad Max Returns in Fury Road on: May 27, 2015, 08:37:50 PM
Jeebus H. Chrysanthemum, what a movie.  I was about 10 minutes into it when I leaned over to my friend and asked if he also felt like he needed to rest up.  It starts fast, gets faster, then takes about a 20 minute breather to flesh out the world a bit, before going back to 90 for the remainder of the film.  It was physically exhausting...but in a fun way.

Unfortunately, no one in the office will allow me to put on red long johns and a gimp mask, strap on a guitar and then tie myself to one of the office columns.
5  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: What is his name again? on: May 27, 2015, 04:59:49 PM
It wasn't Eco that wrote that though.  It was another Eco.
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Witch r you buying this week? (5/19) on: May 18, 2015, 02:42:58 PM
The Witcher 3 on ps4 is preloaded and ready to go, and pilsners are frosting in the fridge!  Gonna leave work an hour early so I can be ready the moment it unlocks.
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Divinity : Original Sin on: May 15, 2015, 02:14:46 PM
Sigh, I feel like an ingrate for saying this, but it's getting to the point where I feel like I should just avoid buying new games at release and just wait on the enhanced editions that will inevitable come out a year later.
8  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: It's been a full month without any new R&P Discussions on: May 08, 2015, 04:03:38 PM
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It can be kind of jarring to be a European and see people (Americans in particular) talk about the continent as if it's a single country.

 icon_wink

Quote from: Purge on May 08, 2015, 04:01:35 PM


Hep, while his original was kinda snarky, perhaps he doesn't appreciate being represented (in your reference) by national election process that his people have no sway or say in.


What makes you believe I was singling out his country in that reference?  I simply pointed out that there are a lot countries with a contentious political process...and some of them turn physical.
9  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: It's been a full month without any new R&P Discussions on: May 08, 2015, 03:54:43 PM

Quote from: TiLT on May 08, 2015, 03:44:58 PM

I hope I don't come off as trying to pick a fight here.

You didn't at first.
10  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: It's been a full month without any new R&P Discussions on: May 08, 2015, 03:12:46 PM
Europe and Asia are regions that are comprised of countries.  We sometimes talk about groupings instead of individual items that are within that group for the sake of expediency when there are numerous items within that group that are relative to the discussion.  In this instance, it's just easier to lump them all into those two areas than try to name the numerous nations within those regions that have a physically acrimonious political process at times.

Although I should add Africa, the Middle East and South America to the list, to be fair.

Honestly, I'm constantly surprised our political process doesn't dissolve into physical violence as much as some do.
11  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: It's been a full month without any new R&P Discussions on: May 08, 2015, 01:13:25 PM
Throw in an actual fistfight or a shooting and you have European and Asian politics. 
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV]Gotham - Batman Prequel on: May 07, 2015, 08:53:47 PM
Oh, she's confirmed she's not returning?  Happy dance time.  I could've done without her and the ridiculous overacting after the first 3 minutes of her initial appearance.
13  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: It's been a full month without any new R&P Discussions on: May 07, 2015, 08:17:44 PM
Ironrod's right.  Since he proved that he was right, I'm just not able to think of something to talk about.   icon_frown
14  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: What is his name again? on: May 07, 2015, 07:57:10 PM

Quote from: naednek on May 03, 2015, 01:29:31 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on May 03, 2015, 11:54:14 AM

How is this R&P?  It's a post about a serial douche bag, that is neither religious or political.  

Naednek wil be here with his iron fist eventually I'm sure, even though there is nothing r and p about it.

My friend Kvothe is allowed in there and he told me there hasn't been a new post there in over a month.

You're friend Kvothe?  Dude quit lying, I already proved it was you and banned your alt.  And considering you were given your final warning and on your last straw, trying to flaunt that isn't the smartest way about doing things.

 icon_lol

I thought this was found out months ago.  I knew about it before Christmas, for cryin' out loud.  In his defense, he HAD to be drunk when he wrote that. 
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV]Gotham - Batman Prequel on: May 07, 2015, 07:42:40 PM
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Fish - this was the biggest disappointment of the entire show.  I had doubts about Jada to begin with, but she started off with a really strong performance.  But then they just took the character all over the place and most of the time it felt like she was in another show.  Then suddenly she's back in Gotham going wild and after all that she gets put down by the Penguin?  Ummmm, no.  I suspect she wasn't happy with the show or something and decided to leave, and after that the writers just threw her off the cliff - literally.

She landed in water.  If television has taught me anything, it's that if you land in water, no matter the height you're dropped from, you will live.
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Plus, I think she's on the show purely to spite the legions of viewers who find her friggin' annoying as hell.  I have a feeling the writers are just sadistic pricks in that regard.
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Echo on: April 29, 2015, 01:09:18 PM

Quote from: Lee on April 22, 2015, 05:25:45 AM

Quote from: rittchard on April 21, 2015, 08:35:09 PM

Teehee, I am also a hypocrite and ordered one a while back  thumbsup

Lee, shall we form our own Apple Watch Amazon Echo Hypocrite's Club?

I think we should. It will cement our place as GT's upper echelon. nod

It will also let the rest of us know who the level 7 susceptibles are around here!
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Bloodborne (previously known as Project Beast) on: April 23, 2015, 07:03:58 PM
But with the substantial reduction in load screen times, it's not that big of a deal anymore.
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Bloodborne (previously known as Project Beast) on: April 13, 2015, 11:25:38 PM
Yeah, I always switch to sword mode when facing a single enemy or two.  I learned that the hard way.
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Carls Jr - now in Toronto should I try it? on: April 13, 2015, 05:55:00 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on April 11, 2015, 10:05:21 PM


1. Cut up some red potatoes into french-fry sized pieces. I use 1.5 potatoes per person.
2. Soak them in cold water for 5-10 minutes. Pat dry with paper towel.
3. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.
4. Preheat oven to 350.
5. Arrange fries in a single layer. Spray with the nonstick spray. Apply salt and pepper (I like cayenne).
6. Bake for 30 minutes, turning them once halfway through.


I just drove to BK and bought fries in the time it took to simply read that.   slywink
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/14) on: April 13, 2015, 04:52:03 PM
Yup.  The AoW3 expansion might be my most anticipated release of the last couple of months.
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Bloodborne (previously known as Project Beast) on: April 13, 2015, 03:18:29 PM
Okay, so I'm about 4 hours into the game.  I've explored a lot of the first zone and I'm about to tackle the Cleric Beast in earnest.  I am absolutely loving the sword cane that turns into a whip.  I know most sites suggest other weapons for those who want an easier time of it, but I think it's great.  

My only complaints so far are:

I wish they'd kept the new game/bonfire mechanic from DS2 that allows you to eventually stop respawns in a region after about the 8th or so time you clear it.  I liked that about DS2.  It gave me a chance to fully explore an area without having to worry about mobs that were usually (by that point) more an annoyance than anything else.  

The summon help mechanic seems like a big step backward to me.  I liked the DS2 method of signs on the floor that indicated someone was available to help.  This new mechanic with the bell just seems awkward and unfriendly in comparison.
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Bloodborne (previously known as Project Beast) on: April 09, 2015, 12:55:45 PM

Quote from: TiLT on April 08, 2015, 08:30:57 PM

Quote from: hepcat on April 08, 2015, 08:23:09 PM

Sorry if this has been asked already, but does this have the same limited respawn rule as DSII for non-boss creatures?

No, but it does remain the mechanic that has been around since Demon's Souls where certain non-boss enemies will never respawn once killed. I know this at least goes for the hunter-type enemies in Bloodborne.

Shoot, I kind of liked that mechanic in DS2.  

I broke down thanks to you bastages and bought it last night.  I played for a bit.  It gives me my Dark Souls fix, so I'm happy with it.  I need to figure out the eccentricities of this entry in the franchise though.  But I have to do that with every game they release.

I do prefer the gothic horror of this game over the previous medieval setting.  I rather hope they make a few more games set in this world.
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Bloodborne (previously known as Project Beast) on: April 08, 2015, 08:23:09 PM
Sorry if this has been asked already, but does this have the same limited respawn rule as DSII for non-boss creatures?
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Compute Stick! on: April 08, 2015, 06:06:32 PM
Oooh....good question!   nod
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Compute Stick! on: April 08, 2015, 05:08:21 PM
What's going to suck though is trying to fit a GTX 980 SLI setup in the case.   icon_cry
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Compute Stick! on: April 08, 2015, 04:59:46 PM
I've been interested in something like this for a while (HDMI computer sticks have been around for a little while).  I'd like to install Kodi on one and make it into a full fledged media server.  But most of the released sticks have been android based, or have had issues with overheating and other problems when they offer a linux version. I may just go ahead and grab a chromebox.  But I'd like to see reviews from folks who try to create a media server out of this intel stick first.
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Bloodborne (previously known as Project Beast) on: April 07, 2015, 06:14:47 PM
 *Fist Shaking*
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Bloodborne (previously known as Project Beast) on: April 07, 2015, 03:24:56 PM
Argh, I'm trying to avoid picking this one up until it drops in price.  I've already got enough of a backlog. But you folks are making it hard to do that!   crybaby
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [movie] It Follows on: April 06, 2015, 07:10:32 PM
Cross posted from OO because I think there's more than a few folks here who'd love it.  

It Follows is a small budget horror film that recently made waves at Sundance and quite a few other film festivals.  It's one of those great horror films that manages to be both scary and thoughtful at the same time.  I finally got around to seeing it last Friday and I loved every second of it.

In a nutshell:

A teenage girl named Jay has sex with a guy she's been dating for a short while.  After the deed is done, she's told that her beau has passed on to her a curse that manifests as something that is constantly chasing her...albeit via a slow walk.  And that something can take the form of anyone.  

I don't want to give anything else away.  The movie is just a fantastic little film that should be experienced by any fan of well made horror...or simply a well made film.  It works as an allegory about the dangers of teen sex, while not sacrificing any of its scares in pursuit of its heavier story.

By the way, the soundtrack screams 80's horror with its synthesizer score.  I loved that about it.  I also loved its attempt to create a feeling of timelessness by featuring old style tv sets in people's homes alongside newer hand held electronic devices for some of the teens.  The film looks like it could be set in 1970 or 2015 in many ways.

Two enthusiastic thumbs up for this little gem.  I highly recommend it!
30  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: April 06, 2015, 02:13:14 PM
I really enjoyed How to Survive.  It's a fun top down game with crafting and zombies.  What's not to like?
31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Doctor Who: the original series on: April 06, 2015, 01:22:46 PM
Very cool!  Thanks!
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Transformers 4: Age of Extinction on: April 01, 2015, 12:48:23 PM
That it's available only in Canada but not here in the states is just further proof that Canada is a second class citizen in the eyes of corporate America. 

But seriously, I feel the need to apologize to Canada for the film.  Not only was it friggin' awful, it also features Mark Wahlberg.  That's like putting a razor blade in a candy apple, then putting that inside a bomb and hiding it in a teddy bear.
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NBC Jumping on the Old TV Series Revival Bandwagon on: March 31, 2015, 02:27:30 AM

Quote from: Hrothgar on March 30, 2015, 08:23:42 PM

Quote from: hepcat on March 30, 2015, 02:18:15 AM

Quote from: Suitably Ironic Moniker on March 28, 2015, 01:41:55 PM

MANIMAL!!!!!!

Audiences the world over had so many unanswered questions after it ended.  I know I would love to get some closure.

You want closure.  Try being a fan of The Phoenix.  And what happened to the Misfits of Science?

When I was a kid, my friends and I watched the Phoenix each week. I remember the highlight was an episode in which he levitated a box of kittens out of a fire or something.  But while doing so, you could clearly see the cables they used to make it fly.  Ah, childhood.
34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [FX Cartoon] Archer on: March 30, 2015, 09:05:04 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 30, 2015, 02:03:24 PM

Quote from: hepcat on March 30, 2015, 02:16:02 AM

You should check out Rick and Morty, and The Venture Bros.

Does Rick get less irritating after the first episode?

Honestly, I recorded all of the episodes because of Dan Harmon, but I haven't been able to watch more than the first one because that dude is just...blech.

One man's "blech" is another man's treasure.  Rick is an out-frigging-standing character.  I think he's perfect the way he is.  He's the sleazy, selfish version of Doc Brown that we all secretly wished for while watching Back to the Future all those years ago...well, those of us with borderline sociopathic tendencies, anyway.

But to answer your question:  no, he (thankfully) never changes.  I would say go ahead and free up your DVR space.   icon_wink
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NBC Jumping on the Old TV Series Revival Bandwagon on: March 30, 2015, 02:18:15 AM

Quote from: Suitably Ironic Moniker on March 28, 2015, 01:41:55 PM

MANIMAL!!!!!!

Audiences the world over had so many unanswered questions after it ended.  I know I would love to get some closure.
36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [FX Cartoon] Archer on: March 30, 2015, 02:16:02 AM
You should check out Rick and Morty, and The Venture Bros.
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NBC] Community on: March 23, 2015, 08:22:44 PM

Quote from: Purge on March 23, 2015, 07:56:50 PM

I have enhanced the importance of your lack of discretion.

slywink

<Purge drops mic>



p.s. I still find it hilarious that Jim Rash (the Dean) has an Academy Award sitting at home, and he still loves doing stuff like Community and Mike Tyson's Mysteries.

Although, I'm guessing just having an Oscar doesn't automatically mean you're in demand in Hollywood.
38  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NBC] Community on: March 23, 2015, 07:33:54 PM
Done...of course, with your quote still having them out there for all the world to see, it's probably not going to help much.   Tongue
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NBC] Community on: March 23, 2015, 07:27:58 PM
Sorry, yeah...Purge has a point.  Enjoy being surprised by this stuff later after you watch the episodes.
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NBC] Community on: March 23, 2015, 07:10:44 PM
Some folks complained that the first few episodes weren't that funny, but I thought they were quite good.  However, once the cast has had time to gel and come together, it's non-stop funny. 

...except for the season which will not be named.  You can skip that season.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Season 4...ugh, I hate even saying it.
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