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161  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Buying a House. Stuck on the Final Decision. Advice? on: August 10, 2014, 10:50:41 PM
#2 looks generic new-suburban-y. ugly boxy rooms. the walls look like they have that hollow pasteboard feel to them.

as for #1, i am a fan of over-engineering in general, so i hear what you say about the 'labor of love' that went into it.
162  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How rough is your family on their phones? on: August 10, 2014, 05:11:21 AM
children + fragile expensive electronics =/= good idea
163  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: I'm a former Jehovah's Witness, AMA! on: August 04, 2014, 08:40:14 PM
one of my aunts was super JW and sent my brother and i identical illustrated Bible Story kid's books (the ones with the painted illustrations... you know what i mean.) also forbid my cousin from playing Dungeons & Dragons with us, but we did it anyways. no judgement of JHWH came upon him for that crime, as far as i can tell. for a much later holiday, we received identical "Evolution... Let's Talk About It"-kinda books (which went unread, forever).
164  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: July 28, 2014, 06:38:14 PM
non-sequitor - i thought 'turdblossom' was a compliment, not an insult?
165  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: July 28, 2014, 07:38:52 AM

Quote from: hepcat on July 27, 2014, 11:41:21 PM

Meh...So far the positive word of mouth outweighs the negative.

not really a criticism from me - but it kinda felt they should have gone 100% CG with this one, rather than the extensive green screening.
166  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: July 27, 2014, 11:12:48 PM

Quote from: hepcat on July 27, 2014, 09:44:19 PM

That's a good sign.  It must have tested well enough to warrant that.  That or they have the set already built so they figure, "why not?".

167  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anime thread of anime on: July 26, 2014, 12:47:53 AM
hmm. possibly i'm doing that, but i watch way more 'older' shows than newer. maybe i am more forgiving for the flaws of say, something that's 1970's cornball like Science Ninja Team Gatchaman over early 90's giant mecha.
168  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anime thread of anime on: July 24, 2014, 08:05:13 PM
i recently got the first part of The Heroic Legend of Arslan on LaserDisc (for $1) and i liked it enough that i need to seek out parts 2-4. pretty nice animation, interesting characters, and an ok plot so far.

researching around, the other discs go for ~$40 each, so maybe i won't do that.

recently, i saw Detonator Orgun and GunBuster for the first time. those have not aged as well.

for new stuff, i was trying to watch Dusk Maiden of Amnesia which has some good moments of humor, but the gratuitous fan service and endless fawning of the female characters over the male lead is just sexist and annoying. i must be getting old.
169  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: July 24, 2014, 07:39:25 PM
just saw this last night - technically, the most impressive Marvel film yet. nice resolution, good use of 3D in parts.

otherwise, your enjoyment of this hinges on your tolerance of a nearly non-existent plot, many cliches, quite a few dorky moments and a film that, overall, seems to be trying to make a parody of itself.
170  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: July 22, 2014, 12:50:50 AM
listening to new Mastodon right now. it seems they went for a slightly more ... profitable sound.
171  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Weird Al's Latest Album, Mandatory Fun on: July 20, 2014, 10:51:09 AM

Quote from: Harpua3 on July 15, 2014, 10:50:00 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on July 15, 2014, 07:32:47 PM

Quote from: ATB on July 15, 2014, 07:11:23 PM

Quote from: farley2k on July 15, 2014, 06:30:09 PM

Really?  How was that trip to the Amazon jungle for the last few months?  Because that song has been beaten to death everywhere icon_lol


Is now a good time to mention that I spend most of my drive time listening to either the Bombcast or the Cagcast?

Even so, it seems impossible to have not heard "Happy" somewhere!

I would agree. I don't partake in "popular" music much but this song has raped my ears.

i would be super Happy to never have to hear it again in my life...
172  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Kickstarter]Robotech Academy on: July 20, 2014, 10:43:54 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on July 07, 2014, 04:05:24 PM

Imagine you heard that a studio in Russia bought the rights to GoBots, Transformers, and Voltron, changed names and some dialogue, and then played them together as seasons in a series with their stories and characters all somehow being connected.

and Transformers are rebranded/renamed American introduction of Diaclone and Microman toys. and Voltron is an Americanized mush-together/re-scripting of Beast King GoLion and Armored Fleet Dairugger XV.
173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Batman: Arkham Knight (Rocksteady Returns) on: June 04, 2014, 05:46:45 AM
re: this series titling - seems like the connection to "Arkham Asylum" is pretty tenuous by this point.
174  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: DNS Server? on: June 01, 2014, 09:22:41 AM
funny, i just switched from my ISP DNS server to OpenDNS just yesterday.
175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Gauntlet on: May 31, 2014, 11:28:39 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on March 19, 2014, 06:19:36 PM

I can't quite tell from the vid if it's a click to move/kill type of game now (per Diablo), or something more like Shadowgrounds, Alien Swarm etc. (keys to move, mousing to aim etc.). Magicka had an unconventional control scheme I never quite got comfortable with, so I'm not sure what to expect.

and another: Realms of Ancient War uses the gamepad and it works very well.
176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Steam Streaming on Scene: Seems to Stream Seamlessly on: May 23, 2014, 08:26:54 AM
somewhat relatedly, you can kinda hack around to get streaming working on certain Android devices (including OUYA) using Limelight. haven't tried it myself, as my graphics card is not compatible:


    GFE compatible computer with GTX 600/700 series GPU
    GeForce Experience app is installed on your PC.
    Android device running 4.1 (Jelly Bean) or higher
    High-end wireless router (802.11n dual-band recommended)
    Steam is enrolled in BETA updates
    Exynos/Snapdragon SoC OR Quad-Core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A9 or higher (Tegra 3)
177  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It's official god hates me this week on: May 18, 2014, 10:04:26 PM
they make chainsaws in early-90s fashion styles now?
178  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Risk of Rain for Free on: May 09, 2014, 06:52:03 AM
PM sent. thanks!
179  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Risk of Rain for Free on: May 07, 2014, 08:31:48 AM
sounds like my kinda thing. i will take
180  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Godzilla to return to American shores on: May 02, 2014, 04:56:11 AM
if you live around the Seattle area, tomorrow and Saturday:

Uncut, uncensored, and undubbed, the original “Monster of Mass Destruction” returns to the big screen like you’ve never seen him before, fully restored with 40 minutes of unseen footage and completely revised subtitles.
181  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Amazon Marketplace - Anyone Been a Seller? on: April 24, 2014, 07:13:28 AM
about ten years ago, i sold a course textbook on amazon and the buyer claimed to never receive it. i refunded his money, but he still went ahead and gave me a one-star rating... now, in the years since, pretty much no one bothers to leave feedback for me, at all, ever, on the media they buy from me... so i *still* have a not-fantastic average seller rating. i even emailed the guy a couple years back asking him to please rescind the rating, as he did get all of his money back (and i was out my book and shipping costs) and he did agree to do so, but then wrote back and said he was unable to change the rating. hooray.

(i have an otherwise perfect rating, and i *do* have a perfect rating on ebay/, so i am decidedly not a scammer...)
182  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Great Cable Purge of 2014 on: April 24, 2014, 07:04:56 AM

Quote from: naednek on April 23, 2014, 06:37:12 PM

The HTPC will also have a built in DVR.  What I want for my DVR is to have multiple tuners so I can record more than one  over the air show at a time.  

Would this work with Leaf 50?  

does your HTPC have an ATSC tuner card in it? if so, yes. as would any UHF antenna with a coax connector (and save $30+)
183  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Great Cable Purge of 2014 on: April 09, 2014, 10:10:36 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on April 09, 2014, 06:05:17 AM

and my tv can't get broadcasts because it doesn't have a tuner.

check your local Goodwill or craigslist for an external DTV tuner; should run you about $10. you'll also need a UHF antenna if you don't have an old one lying around.
184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC/360/PS3] Dark Souls II on: March 13, 2014, 05:39:18 AM
no thread yet?! or is everyone waiting for the Windows version...
185  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Retirement for Veterans on: March 12, 2014, 07:13:57 AM

Quote from: Lee on March 03, 2014, 05:12:03 PM

An ex coworker developed an incurable disease while he was in, but the only effect on his life is blood in his urine.

what disease is that??
186  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: March 08, 2014, 07:12:15 AM

because yeah
187  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need a restart. on: March 08, 2014, 01:32:03 AM

Quote from: Turtle on March 04, 2014, 10:44:15 PM

Well, you know what I'd say about getting your health issues under concern.

QFT - once you get the health part under control, the rest follows.
188  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: GameCube Component Cables? on: March 08, 2014, 01:12:26 AM
would S-Video be acceptable?
189  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So, I've been in the hostpital - A warning on: March 02, 2014, 12:13:44 PM

Quote from: Turtle on February 27, 2014, 12:25:42 AM

Then there's the super restrictive internet here, which means I can't even access things like the website for my favorite shows. I feel like I need to get someone to download them online and send them to me on disc. It's a small petty thing, but I need to get my mind off this stuff for a bit during the day.

if you need media downloaded off the internet, burned to optical media and sent to you, let me know.
190  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bands You've Never Seen In Concert But Wish You Could/Had/Will on: February 21, 2014, 08:09:33 AM
i've seen a lot of the bands on my own personal 'must-see' list (including the afore-lamented Curve and Bowie), but i would go for The Young Gods for sure. missed them opening for Ministry's 1995 tour.

also some others:
Brian Eno (in any capacity - missed a talk he did at some college in Vancouver BC a few years back)
pre-mid-80's Tangerine Dream
pre-geriatric Hawkwind
The Police
any King Crimson lineup
Syd Barrett's "The Pink Floyd"

Big Country were on my list, and i recently saw a new line-up with Mike Peters (of The Alarm) on vocals and Derek Forbes (of early-80s Simple Minds) on bass, and it was better than i could have hoped for.

Quote from: Roman on February 19, 2014, 08:54:38 PM

Depeche Mode

they were my favorite band for years. i have seen them on every tour since Devotional (1993 - by far the best of them, but of course Alan Wilder was still in the band) and while my liking of of their post-SoFaD output is not so high, i still have to see them every time they come around. also, the fan base is fun - if ever there was a Grateful Dead or Phish or Jimmy Buffet for black-clad, moody angsty poetry-writing sexually-tortured 1980's art-school types, DM is that.
191  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Soft drinks? on: February 07, 2014, 09:48:53 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on February 07, 2014, 06:55:29 PM

Hadn't thought about herbal teas. Do those have the same diuretic quality as decaf coffee?

it depends on the herb, of course. i think many are not diuretic at all (or very mildly so), while some (like nettle, dandelion and yarrow) are used expressly for that purpose, due to their "diuretic effectiveness".
192  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Soft drinks? on: February 07, 2014, 09:45:45 PM
you can build your own water carbonator for about $170:

just get the CO2 tank refilled when it runs out ($15, after making ~250 liters from a 5-lb tank)
193  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon To Start Charging Tax In My State on: February 01, 2014, 11:06:50 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on January 30, 2014, 04:37:18 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on January 30, 2014, 04:14:49 AM

I thought that states without income tax make their money on property taxes. I know that's the story in NH, at least.

Yeah, that's what I always heard about WA when I lived there.

WA is hugely dependent on sales taxes. during the last economic downturn, the state was in trouble because people stopped buying so much stuff. this hasn't really recovered since then, so alternate funding is going to be needed at some point.
194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games for Windows Live going away in 2014? on: January 12, 2014, 12:22:36 AM
current list:

of interest:

"Legacy Titles

    Simple product key check; requires internet access but does not attach the key to your Microsoft account.
    Activation limit between 10-20 (usually 15); Microsoft support can help reset the limit but will not reset a second time; after that you will need to buy the game again. "

i never knew that... >:{
195  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Unexpected XMas gift from Target: Data breach on: January 11, 2014, 12:21:41 AM

"Target is extending our offer of one year of free credit monitoring and identity theft protection to all Target guests who shopped in our U.S. stores. We will be sharing more information about this offer next week."
196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/PS3] Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance on: January 09, 2014, 11:08:24 PM
the trailer video of this makes it look like a Devil May Cry ripoff?
197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bugbear's Next Car Game on: January 09, 2014, 04:01:06 AM
i am having fun with the early access demo. handles, feels, looks and sounds good. the physics are pretty nice. i apparently can't steer worth anything, tho.
198  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Old man winter sucks. on: January 08, 2014, 09:03:02 AM

Quote from: Caine on January 07, 2014, 06:34:36 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on January 07, 2014, 05:44:02 PM

Only from November through March.  The rest of the year, it's 60 and raining.

quoted for truthiness. 

* August temperatures are known to go into the 70's.  feel the heat

this is usually the driest area of the country in late July, fact.
199  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: PC speakers recommendation on: January 08, 2014, 04:51:29 AM

Quote from: Purge on January 06, 2014, 06:18:48 AM

The non-padded outer segments or the part that slides in?

Mine seem pretty firm, though the plastic may be a bit thin on the housing.

the part that slides in (to which the hinges are attached). i wrote monoprice and lodged a customer complaint on these. not sure what good it'll do, but i feel better now. wish they'd replace them... i slathered superglue on the new cracks, maybe it'll do something.

anyways, in my researching of cheap-but-good headphones, these newish models look like winners:
200  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: PC speakers recommendation on: January 06, 2014, 06:16:12 AM
yeah, i had no problem with the hinges... i just wish there were more of them. the extending bands (the parts that extend from the main body of the headphone band) are what i had a problem with - cheap, thin plastic. i looked up the reviews on and there are numerous complaints about this.
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