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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: AC/DC Calling it Quits. on: April 16, 2014, 04:48:41 PM
Yeah, the title change threw me too, as I'd replied to this previously.  Bytes is bytes, yo.

Saw the announcement today that he is 'taking a break'.  I like to hope that it is in fact just a break and they will record that album sometime.  I really hope he doesn't die... Angus gets all the attention, but Malcolm is the actual band (and that's not a slight to Angus).
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Colbert to replace Letterman on: April 10, 2014, 10:20:33 PM
Heh, he's not going to do the faux faux news schtick on a major network late night show...  I actually think this will be good.
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: April 09, 2014, 08:43:30 PM

Quote from: gellar on April 09, 2014, 03:14:40 PM

As a book reader, the # of misspellings in that "infographic" makes me angry.

As someone who likes good, useful infographics, the entire "inforgraphic" makes me angry.

Yeah, but it's so funn... wait... nope.
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So, I've been in the hostpital - A warning on: March 29, 2014, 07:14:22 PM
Sounds like you are headed in the right direction.  Never underestimate the mental health benefits of brutal exercise. smile
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: March 10, 2014, 02:45:32 PM
I saw this last week... so terrible.
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Meet Xena - My Lhasa Apso on: February 27, 2014, 10:09:48 PM
The crate is the way to go - don't feel bad.  My dog was in one during work for years, and she transitioned from that to being fine alone in the house very well since she hadn't developed any bad habits when left alone as a puppy.

Now that she is left out she'll lie on the couch all day long anyway... she just turned that into her crate. smile
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Find me a more 80s album cover. I dare you on: February 18, 2014, 10:46:54 PM
How about I find you hundreds of them...

(That doesn't strike me as being 80s at all, really.)

8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bands You've Never Seen In Concert But Wish You Could/Had/Will on: February 18, 2014, 10:07:43 PM
I mostly wish I had seen bands in their prime...

Rolling Stones in 1972 (when I was -4)...
AC/DC w/ Bonn Scott in 1979...
Black Sabbath with Ozzy in 1972...
The Who in... I dunno, 1972.

I'm very, very glad to have seen the Hellacopters on their last US tour before breaking up.
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: February 12, 2014, 10:18:19 PM
Looks like I'm going to go see Mastodon, Kvelertak and Gojira in May.  Stoked.  I heard Mastodon just finished their new album.
10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jack Reacher is coming to the big screen. on: February 06, 2014, 11:17:41 PM
I watched this on Netflix because I thought that the reviews had been positive... and wtf, it was beyond terrible. 
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RIP Phillip Seymour Hoffman on: February 04, 2014, 07:13:49 PM

Quote from: TiLT on February 04, 2014, 06:29:28 AM

Quote from: kratz on February 04, 2014, 06:04:27 AM

Tilt, I think you are the only person who is using the term 'fluffer' to mean anything other than what hepcat referred to...

That would be strange, because I've seen this type of discussion several times before, each time ending up with the conclusion that fluffers today have very different responsibilities than they used to have 20+ years ago.

They may have different actual duties now... but the term is still regarded to mean one thing to the general public.
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RIP Phillip Seymour Hoffman on: February 04, 2014, 06:04:27 AM
Tilt, I think you are the only person who is using the term 'fluffer' to mean anything other than what hepcat referred to...
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Prime price hike coming? on: January 31, 2014, 07:59:57 PM

Quote from: gellar on January 31, 2014, 05:42:38 PM

Don't care. Will still pay.

This.  Another $1.66 a month, or $3.33 a month... there is no difference there.
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Looper on: January 22, 2014, 06:02:37 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on January 22, 2014, 12:43:37 AM

there is some way to send messages back and forth, they never cover it as far as I know.  The guy in charge in the past seems to have communication with the future though

Spoiler for Hiden:
This still doesn't explain how they know that the loop has been allowed to run... unless they are able to see the second version of the person pop up on the grid down the road... I guess the benefit of time travel from the future is that as soon as you know something, you can instantly be at the correct time in the past.

But that doesn't explain it well enough for me to think that's the answer...

It could be as simple as 'they didn't show back up at the club with gold bars', but that seems like something you could coordinate with your future self to take care of... if you knew.  This would have explained it in the case with Seth... he ran as well.  I don't know... time travel is necessarily messy, logically... I think you just have to go with it.
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Black Sails on: January 21, 2014, 07:32:46 PM
Legitimate companies put things on YouTube all the time.

Never heard of this before today, when I saw a freestanding display thing for it at WalMart... then saw this thread. Bay. Meh.
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: on: January 17, 2014, 02:01:25 AM
These are also timelines with and without the rainmaker, and with and without the consequences.

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17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Re: [Movie] Looper on: January 17, 2014, 01:58:18 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on January 16, 2014, 02:31:28 AM

Future Me here. It was an entertaining and clever story but one glaring plot hole that opened up 10 minutes into the film was never explained, unless I missed something. Somebody tell me how

Spoiler for Hiden:
Looper Central (or the Rainmaker?) knows when a loop isn't closed. Suppose Bruce Willis just runs off through the cornfield and Gordon-Levitt never lets on that he didn't finish the job. How is anyone the wiser? I never saw any indication that there was any kind of verification procedure for any of the executions. Are we supposed to infer that the Rainmaker just knows?


This was also my question... they never explain that.

Quote from: Ironrod on January 16, 2014, 02:31:28 AM

Then there was a scene that just plain confused me.

Spoiler for Hiden:
When unhooded Bruce Willis appears, Gordon-Levitt fails to kill him and the events of the movie are set in play. Then we see the same scene where hooded Bruce Willis appears, gets shot, and the loop is closed. I get that they were alternate timelines, but I don't get how they were related.

Spoiler for Hiden:
This was the original loop that lead to Joe's whole life... culminating in the unhooded arrival.
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NBC] Community on: January 10, 2014, 06:09:27 PM
My wife says the first bit was Scandal.

There was definitely some reference to The Killing.

Really, really great episode.  Right back where the show should be!
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Problems with Amazon Prime on: January 08, 2014, 06:26:07 PM
I've never had a late package from Prime.
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: on: January 05, 2014, 05:02:58 PM
That scene is what came to mind for me as well.

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21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NBC] Community on: January 05, 2014, 12:12:51 AM
Watched the new eps, and while they haven't quite cranked back up to the level they were at pre-Harmon hiatus, it's headed in the right direction and I was relieved to see it.  Enjoyed.
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NBC] Community on: January 03, 2014, 04:57:47 PM
Aside from last season, absolutely.  Super funny and smart.
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: on: January 03, 2014, 01:43:33 AM
I actually thought the Hollywood Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was vastly superior to the Swedish films... and maybe better than the book in that I think it nailed the Lisbeth character in a way that even Larsen didn't quite understand. I felt the Swedish films were really weak.


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24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: January 02, 2014, 08:46:26 PM
I tried to go into this being open to just enjoying the ride, but man... I just can't do it.  My disappointment from movie one continues in movie 2.  I was encouraged by reviews that said this was a better film, but while maybe the overall rollercoaster was better executed than film 1, it lacked the really great scenes that film 1 managed to include around all of it's idiotic shit beard and CGI rock monsters.

My complaints, in order of importance:

1. They are taking a very short book and adding a bunch of stuff into it.  I don't have an issue with this per se, but it drives me up the wall when they give short shrift to things that are actually in the book and important to the development of characters in order to make more time for their invented shit, particularly if they can turn something about character into a huge action set piece.

Case in point: Spider scene.

Case in point: Bjorn. The way Gandalf foists the band on Bjorn, and how it's exactly what he did to Bilbo at the beginning of the book (and one of the best parts of film one!), it's funny... and they turned it into them running into his house uninvited and slamming the door... and then remove all of their interaction with him. Boo!

Case in point: Turning Bilbo's repeated conversations with Smaug into one action set piece.

2. I just don't feel like much care was taken with anything, and that source material aside the are just sorta weak films that just rush from action set piece to action set piece with little regard for characters or story or motivation or depth.  I think that the criticism often has so much to do with comparisons to the source material that it's hard to just judge them on their own merits, but doing so, they are the fantasy equivalent of Michael Bay... I think some of that crappiness is covered up by good casting, and the occasional interlude that lifts almost directly from the source material and ends up being great (e.g. events at Bag End and Gollum, which were both great).  I keep harping on it, but turning everything into an over-the-top action sequence just pissed me off.

I will, as I did with the first, give it another try on home video to see if my ire softens on a second viewing, but... man.
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Silver Chair on: December 07, 2013, 05:33:42 AM
I didn't even realize they had made 3... I had vague recollections of them making a second one.  I thought the first was just such a heavy handed christ allegory... which I guess is the source material, but came across so strongly in the movie it was almost embarrassing... I also felt like it was trying really hard to be the lord of the rings, or at least hit the right beats to be a LOTR movie, instead of just being itself.

I can't remember how far I made it into the series as a kid... I remember being disappointed that there were books that didn't follow the kids.
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Is this true? (Samsung pays Apple 2 Billion $ with nickels) on: November 21, 2013, 05:04:58 AM
I don't think there are 2 billion dollars in nickels...

I just read that the 2009 series of coinage includes 86.64 million nickels, which would be $4.332 million.

Obviously there are coins from other years out there, but they do try to periodically pull them off the street, as far as I know... unless that is just paper.

Found another link that lists the total number of nickels in circulation at 841,720,000, or $42 million.

My calculations are that it would weigh 440,000 lbs, but that you would only need about 10 semi tractor-trailers to haul it.

27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Gaming Trend Cookbook (Crowdsourced nom book!) on: November 12, 2013, 07:22:49 PM
I feel like it overpowers a lot of the time, and usually really ups the greasiness.
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Gaming Trend Cookbook (Crowdsourced nom book!) on: November 12, 2013, 06:41:06 PM
I kind of made up a recipe for a half assed chicken pozole the other night that was pretty good and might fix your chili craving as well.  I used a 'natural' rotisserie chicken from the grocery store and it was the way to go... didn't have to roast a chicken, and it had all the benefits of having done so.

Meat from 1 rotisserie chicken, removed from carcass and shredded into bite sizes.
8 cups low sodium chicken stock (I used Pacific Foods, which is really good... so this was two cartons).
1lb tomatillos (or if you can find canned tomatillos, you could use those instead and save a step).
1 Tbsp Canola or similar oil
1 White Onion, chopped
1 Red Bell Pepper, chopped
1 Large Stalk Celery, chopped
5 Cloves Garlic, minced
1 Tbsp Ground Cumin
1 tsp Ground Coriander
1 tsp Mexican Oregano
1/2 tsp salt (then add to taste)
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 roasted medium hot pepper - pasilla or anahiem, or just buy a small can of roasted diced green chiles.
2 Tbsp flour
1 28oz can whole hominy (BRING ON THE HOMINY!), drained and rinsed.
Cayenne pepper, to taste

Heat the broiler to high.  Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil, and remove husks and wash the tomatillos.  Arrange on the baking sheet.  You could probably roast your hot pepper on the same sheet and it'd work out ok.  Stick under the broiler and turn regularly until mushy and charred (or not mushy, but charred for the pepper).  Remove seeds and skin from blackened pepper, and dice.  Maybe 20 minutes of oven time.
Add the oil to a medium hot stock pot, and throw in onion, bell pepper and celery.  Cook until tender (8 min?)
While that's going on, remove the stems/hard bits from the tomatillos, and blend in the blender until smooth.
Add garlic to stock pot, stir 30 seconds. 
Add in spices, stir 30 seconds.
Add in broth, chicken, tomatillo puree, diced hot pepper, and hominy.  Bring to a low boil.
Mix flour and 1 cup of water together separately, and whisk until smooth.  Add into pot to thicken.
Adjust seasonings to taste.
Let it cook for an hour or so.

Thoughts: if you made a roux from the flour it might be slightly tastier, but... that's more work.
If you added the hominy later (last 15 minutes or something) then it'd be a bit firmer, but if it's in there a long time it adds a nice corny flavor to everything, and helps thicken the soup a bit, I think.
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Gaming Trend Cookbook (Crowdsourced nom book!) on: November 12, 2013, 06:26:59 PM
Yep.

1lb Lean Ground Beef
1 - 2 Tbsp Canola Oil
2 Strips Bacon (optional)
1 White Onion
1 Red Bell Pepper
4 Garlic Cloves
2 Tbsp Good Chili Powder (like Penzey's!)
1 Tbsp Cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp salt
1 tsp Mexican Oregano
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (or you know, to taste... you can omit both of these, which I do for my sissy kid)
1 15oz can black beans, rinsed
1 15oz can diced tomatoes (get Hunt's)
1 15oz can tomato sauce
1 cup frozen corn

If using bacon, chop it up and cook it in the bottom of a big soup pot until crispy, then remove and put on a towel.  Remove most of the bacon grease, but leave a little, you know, for flavor.
Add half of oil to pot and swirl to coat.  Cook ground beef over medium high heat until browned and crumbled.  Remove from pan.
Add other half of oil, and add in chopped onion and bell pepper, and cook until tender.
While this is going on, put all of the spices (sans garlic) into a little container and mix together.
Add minced garlic.  Cook until fragrant... like 30 seconds.
Dump in spices, and stir to coat everything and get fragrant.  30 - 60 seconds.
Dump in beans, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and corn.  Bring to a simmer... throw in crock pot for a few hours.
30  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: WTB: PCIe video card on: November 09, 2013, 06:28:06 PM
Works for me - PM me your paypal.

A DVI/VGA adapter would be good if you have one.  No need for NWN2.
31  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: WTB: PCIe video card on: November 09, 2013, 03:51:27 PM
What would you like for it?

I'll trade you Samuelsson.
32  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / WTB: PCIe video card on: November 09, 2013, 04:40:36 AM
Trying to get my (now) old computer working with the original video card (new video card went into new computer) and it won't even boot... just goes into a loop of trying to power on, then shutting off...

The whole thing was working like a champ until this change, so I'm guessing the video card is toasted.

Anyone have a decent PCIe card they want to unload?  Doesn't need to be too fancy...  the existing broken card is, I think, a GeForce 6800GT... so something around in that level would probably be fine - it's going to be family computer for internet, kid games, etc.
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Big Phillipines storm on: November 08, 2013, 03:57:44 PM
Insane.  frown
34  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Configuring a PC on: November 08, 2013, 03:22:01 PM
Interesting! Thanks.
35  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Configuring a PC on: November 08, 2013, 03:13:33 AM
Yep, I went with what is on that link, plus my XFX 2GB Radeon HD 7870.  Playing BF4 on Ultra and getting 50+ most of the time.

Thing boots up in seconds... SSD is amazing.
36  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Configuring a PC on: November 07, 2013, 11:07:49 PM
This thing rips.
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RIP Blockbuster on: November 07, 2013, 05:10:28 AM
One of my most hated companies.  Good riddance to bad rubbish.

*spit*
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Total War: Rome 2 - now with more Blood & Gore! on: November 04, 2013, 06:08:19 AM
Did the patch they released a while ago fix the game?
39  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Configuring a PC on: November 01, 2013, 07:16:39 PM
Ordered. Whee!
40  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Configuring a PC on: November 01, 2013, 05:33:33 PM
Looking at this:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1VZhf

There are some additional discounts here and there.
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