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121  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Echo on: November 06, 2014, 07:19:15 PM
The more I read up on it, the less attractive it becomes.  Besides the lack of a sexbot setting, it's also just a standalone unit.  I had hoped it could be hooked up to a tv for media uses.  But apparently not.
122  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Echo on: November 06, 2014, 06:34:39 PM
I think you can, actually.
123  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Echo on: November 06, 2014, 06:21:34 PM
 icon_eek

I want!

edit:  what, no sexbot setting!?!
124  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: GOP Storms Congress: FulL Control of Senate and House on: November 06, 2014, 03:45:49 PM
I'm fine with the change as long as this doesn't mean the tea party or the religious right have any significant power.  If that turns out to be the case though, I fear for a backward slide in the realm of social justice. 

I also hope it remembers just how damaging a person like Ted Cruz can be. 

In short, I hope the smart side of the Republican Party won.
125  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV]Gotham - Batman Prequel on: November 06, 2014, 12:42:00 AM
I just started catching up on this one.  I'm surprised to find that I'm enjoying the political/criminal machinations far more than I thought I would.  Especially Penguin's excruciatingly slow rise to power.  But the real standout for me is the kid they got to play young Bruce Wayne.  That kid is just nailing it every week.  He really makes me believe he's going to someday be one of the most dangerous men on the planet.
126  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: November 05, 2014, 09:42:21 PM
When she wakes up in the hospital, she tells everyone that the last thing she remembered was being attacked by zombies.  When she meets rapey guy in the cafeteria, he reminds her that when they found her she had zombies "almost up to her thighs".  She then tells them she can't remember what happened as she blacked out.  They never showed her being kidnapped in last season' finale, just a shot of the "ambulance" driving away.  It's implied that she was "rescued" by the group now holding her captive.  
127  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gmail Will Give Anyone an Invite to Inbox for One Hour Today (Wednesday) on: November 05, 2014, 09:24:32 PM
Thanks for the heads up, Farley!
128  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: GOP Storms Congress: FulL Control of Senate and House on: November 05, 2014, 08:31:31 PM
You indulge bridges?
129  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: GOP Storms Congress: FulL Control of Senate and House on: November 05, 2014, 07:05:59 PM
Nothing to worry about.  If there's even a slight chance of you being able to troll people, you'll create your own thread.
130  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: GOP Storms Congress: FulL Control of Senate and House on: November 05, 2014, 04:44:41 PM
As Issie mentioned, this is pretty much par for the course in a midterm.  I would've been surprised had the Dems gained ground instead of losing it.  It's as much a repudiation of Obama's administration as the midterms for Bush were for his.  And so on, and so on, and so on....
131  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: November 05, 2014, 04:31:24 PM
Congratulations on your recent discovery of the concept of opinions!   Tongue

Quote from: Scraper on November 05, 2014, 03:01:01 PM

I'm with you on that. I thought this was the worst episode in a long time. Beth is a lame character and I really don't care what happens to her. So that made all the other "bad" characters they introduced even less interesting to me. The ideal ending to that episode would be a horde finding the hospital and killing everyone inside including Beth. That way we can get back to Rick and crew. 

I didn't think it was a horrible episode.  I'm simply saying I enjoyed the previous episodes more.  I like what they're trying to do, but I think the episode suffered from having Beth as the narrator, as it were.  Replace Beth with Carol from the start and it might have worked better for me. 
132  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Doctor Who 8th Series - Goodbye Matt, Hello Peter! on: November 05, 2014, 02:47:40 PM
It was one of the better episodes in a season that's seen some of the worst writing of the show's history since its revival in 2005, but that's not much of a benchmark, unfortunately.

Still, I hope it signals a return to form for the show.  It at least seemed to capture the spirit of a Dr. Who episode instead of floundering around, grasping at so many moods that it felt like it was being written by someone who'd never even seen the show before.
133  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: November 05, 2014, 02:39:57 PM
I can understand what Bullwinkle is saying.  Beth seemed upset with them from the very moment she woke up.  I can chalk some of that up to distrust in a post zombie world, but even when it wasn't clear they were creating a system based on indentured servitude, she was acting oddly recalcitrant.

I still think the previous episodes this season were much better than this one.   
134  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gamergate - Thoughts on: October 29, 2014, 11:38:35 PM
I had to come to terms with the fact that Adam Baldwin is essentially Jayne Cobb.  But not in a good way.
135  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: October 29, 2014, 01:43:16 AM
You forgot your posting history on tv and movies is available for all to read, apparently.   icon_twisted
136  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie]Captain America 3 on: October 28, 2014, 07:51:04 PM

Quote from: Caine on October 28, 2014, 07:03:02 PM

It's also going to introduce Black Panther, who will be getting his own movie November 3, 2017

I've really been looking forward to that one.  I just cannot understand why it wasn't done sooner.  Wakanda is an adventure film's dream environment, for cryin' out loud.
137  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movies]Avengers: Infinity Wars 1 & 2 2018-19 on: October 28, 2014, 07:47:23 PM
I honestly never thought I'd ever see Black Bolt on the big screen.  That would just boggle my younger self.
138  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Constantine on: October 28, 2014, 05:45:42 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on October 27, 2014, 10:57:40 PM

Quote from: drifter on October 27, 2014, 09:24:11 PM

The main character is a brit (which just doesn't jive for me)

Wait, what?

Constantine is meant to be a Brit.

He's also male and has hair.  I wasn't expecting that. 
139  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: October 28, 2014, 05:00:34 PM
Yet another great episode.  This season has really started off strong and just continues to get better.  They're really nailing the pacing.
140  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Crisis of faith or is it over? on: October 27, 2014, 02:34:53 PM
I said this a while back on these forums when a similar discussion was started, but I think it bears repeating:

I will worship anything you put in front of me.  I like hedging my bets.
141  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: October 24, 2014, 08:06:17 PM
Koenig mentions in the first podcast that she had written about Adnand's lawyer while working as a journalist in Baltimore.  She'd been disbarred for something.
142  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: October 24, 2014, 02:53:27 PM
I'm torn.  They added some credence to his testimony in a few places in yesterday's show as well, while tearing down some of Adnan's claims.  I agree that Adnan's lawyer seems to have acted with negligence in quite a few instances.
143  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: October 22, 2014, 04:52:40 PM
She did one thing that was absolutely fantastic from a narration standpoint, and still stands out for me after 4 episodes.  In the first podcast she suddenly uses the f word to describe a situation.  After 30 or more minutes of eloquent and refined language, she suddenly resorts to such a guttural and course manner of expression...and it f'ing worked perfectly.  It really played up the absurdity of the situation.
144  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: October 22, 2014, 04:35:01 PM
I think the perfect ending the series would be the reveal that the host did it!
145  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gamergate - Thoughts on: October 22, 2014, 04:33:24 PM
Going slightly off topic onto the broader one of women in the tech industry, I listened to a great NPR piece this morning about the supposed reasons for the decline of women in computer sciences that started in the early 80's.  The theory presented was that the home computer market, which provided such a boost to the computer sciences and was almost always a common staple in any household that produced a future programmer or computer engineer, was targeted solely at male youths.  Advertisers treated them as toys for male children in any marketing endeavor.
146  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gamergate - Thoughts on: October 22, 2014, 03:49:24 PM
But here's the catch:  she's actually not fighting anyone.  She's just doing what she's always done:  pointing out sexism in video gaming.  Trying to create a dialog on how gaming can be more inclusive now that women are starting to show interest in gaming on a steadily increasing basis.  Both from a player standpoint, as well as an industry insider one.  Asking her to ignore them is essentially telling her to just shut up.  And I know that's not what you're saying.  I'm just pointing out that in this case, she should keep speaking up.
147  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gamergate - Thoughts on: October 22, 2014, 02:01:59 PM
I would imagine it's tough to ignore threats about being raped, having your husband's severed genitals jammed down your threat and other such lovely bon mots directed at you via social media and your home phone though.  

She (and all women who are being treated this way) should speak out.  It's the only way to get the silent majority of mature and decent gamers on the internet to add their voices.  There will always be obnoxious brats on the internet who think this shit is funny, but hopefully someday they'll be marginalized.  Right now though?  They're practically running the show.
148  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: October 22, 2014, 01:47:40 PM
That's my take away too, but the guy who found the body keeps popping up in my head too whenever I think of who might have done it.
149  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gamergate - Thoughts on: October 21, 2014, 08:41:16 PM

Quote from: ATB on October 21, 2014, 08:28:09 PM

That said the whole forum given to fools claiming there's justice in EVERYTHING needs to stop.

Hey, cool...the opposite works just as well.   icon_wink

This particular event is not a case of "fools claiming there's injustice in everything".  This particular event is a case of idiots getting outraged that some girls want access to a clubhouse they think belongs just to them and trying to scare them off.  When they're called on it, they point to something off in the distance and scream, "HEY, WHAT'S THAT OVER THERE!?!" and run away like the cowards they are.

This article on Giant Bomb sums everything up quite succinctly, I thought.
150  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gamergate - Thoughts on: October 21, 2014, 07:42:51 PM

Quote from: Lee on October 21, 2014, 02:38:06 PM

Why sympathy for the movement initially? The whole thing started because a girl slept with a journalist who didn't review her game, despite the claims otherwise. There has never been any legitimacy to the movement since it was based on weak links that in the end didn't hold water. It seems like it's just an excuse for kids to troll.

Did I miss something where any truth/reason was presented in this whole thing?

Nope, that was my takeaway as well.

The whole thing is just an excuse for trolls to practice misogyny while pretending to fight over some imagined ethics in journalism hullabaloo.  When someone speaks out against that misogyny, they're immediately labeled a "Social Justice Warrior" as if it were an insult, even though the name sounds pretty goddamn cool and rad to me.
151  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: October 21, 2014, 07:31:42 PM
I've been addicted to the aforementioned Serial lately.  Such a fantastic show. 

But my biggest recent discovery, and also my most surprising one, is Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast.  It's surprising because the show is primarily about the history of Hollywood and its numerous personalities.  He interviews celebrities like Dick Cavett, Marty Allen, Barbara Feldon...people with fantastic stories about the entertainment biz.  It is NOT what you would expect.  And it's incredibly entertaining.  You haven't lived until you've heard Dick Cavett dryly say, "I don't know what he was fucking doing...maybe the darn guy was sleeping?  Can I say darn on this show?"
152  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Liberal Fascism in Houston on: October 19, 2014, 12:54:04 PM
Of course, when the IRS DOES look into it, you cry foul and scream that they're being unfairly targeted.  No one wins unless they believe the same thing as you.  Of course, to be fair, that can be applied to almost everyone.
153  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: HBO to start "no cable sub required" streaming service in 2015 on: October 16, 2014, 07:56:45 PM
I would imagine you'd also get access to a ton of movies too.
154  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: HBO to start "no cable sub required" streaming service in 2015 on: October 16, 2014, 07:50:34 PM
If I have a choice between hitting the play button on my Roku for the True Blood series finale, or getting my ass out of my chair, putting on pants, finding my library card and driving 20 minutes to the nearest public library, guess what I'm going to enthusiastically support?

...and no, it isn't "the right to leave my apartment without pants".
155  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Liberal Fascism in Houston on: October 16, 2014, 07:25:54 PM
I love how ATB tries to mask his personal prejudices as sincere curiosity.  It's like a racist asking someone why Asians are such horrible drivers.
156  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Should Police Departments Have Military Gear? Obama says "Let's look into it." on: October 14, 2014, 06:58:27 PM

Quote from: Turtle on October 14, 2014, 12:00:40 PM

This is especially disturbing given all the evidence that what you wear for your occupation has a big effect on your mindset and even abilities

Well, my job as Goofy at Disneyland explains a lot...
157  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: October 14, 2014, 06:52:17 PM
I don't think that was Morgan Jones.
158  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Crisis of faith or is it over? on: October 06, 2014, 08:38:25 PM
Good lord, Purge.  You're wasting away in your avatar.  Someone's been hitting the gym, haven't they?  

...and it's not me.  I can never find a place to put my ashtray and beer cozy.   icon_cry

Lookin' good, my man!
159  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: We lost a forumer last night :( on: October 06, 2014, 07:15:59 PM
Jesus, it seems like just yesterday I was reading one of his replies to a post.  My heart goes out to his family.   icon_cry
160  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Space Hulk on: October 03, 2014, 03:17:48 PM
If you like Space Hulk, you may be interested in Earth Reborn.  It has a very unique action system that involves assigning drawn or purchased action tiles to each character every turn.  I love that.  Just wish I could get it to the table more often.
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