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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: HBO to start "no cable sub required" streaming service in 2015 on: October 17, 2014, 04:31:00 PM
Sweet.  I would absolutely buy this.
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Patrick Rothfuss' Kingkiller Chronicles on: October 08, 2014, 10:38:26 PM
Haha, touche.

1. I have read all of ASOIAF, and I think the writing is good.
2. The first time I tried to read it I felt the initial scene between Danaerys and Viserys was ridiculously over the top.  I think I had also just finished one of many re-reads of LOTR immediately prior to reading it, and the juxtaposition was too jarring.

Anyway, I got over it.  I still think that scene, as well as some other scenes through the book, are pretty silly and over the top, but I love those books.
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Patrick Rothfuss' Kingkiller Chronicles on: October 07, 2014, 10:02:37 PM
I do think that simple writing can be beautiful and well crafted, and that his is not particularly that type of writing.  His dialogue doesn't sound natural to me...

That is not to say that he is a bad writer, or that he is bad at telling a story - I just don't get people praising the writing itself when I don't find it to be anything to write home about.  The story is pretty fun, but it's all popcorn, and his reliance on the whole 'Luckily, thanks to my...' thing gets eye rolly.
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Patrick Rothfuss' Kingkiller Chronicles on: October 07, 2014, 07:40:50 PM
The first one was ok... the second one was painfully awful for large stretches, and ok in others.  The whole fairyland sex party was painfully stupid.  The whole series should be called 'Luckily, thanks to my...'

My dislike of the second one was no doubt exacerbated by listening to it in audio book form and the reader being pretty awful as well.

I find praise of the actual writing fairly baffling, as to my eyes/ears it is pretty amateurish and simple.  There is no elegance or love of language in there - he's just telling the story... plainly.  Maybe the praise is just praising it in contrast to the majority of writers in the genre?  Most of them are so awful I can't hack it, so maybe the fact that I was actually able to read these is evidence that he's a cut above his competition?  Dunno.

At this point I figure I'll tune in for the final book, but... hopes are not high.  Sorry to be a little black rain cloud. smile
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cholesterol Blues (Paging Pete Rock) on: October 02, 2014, 10:48:41 PM
I just got this tested this week as well... waiting for the full report to be mailed, but the doc just called with the results, and said I'm looking good... 134 total, and a good ratio of good to bad.  I was sort of high the last time I got this done (7 years ago), but still under 200... then I got my shit together and lost a bunch of weight and started exercising more.  Good luck!
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: September 15, 2014, 06:02:08 PM
Anyone seen any good pre-release impressions on this?  I watched a long video of the Nemesis (I think that's what they said?) system, and it certainly looked interesting... you can get 25% off on green man with a pre-purchase this week, but I was hoping to wait for reviews... curious what people have seen.
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 15, 2014, 04:40:54 AM
From here:

http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/09/artist-kevin-weir-creates-ghostly-animated-gifs-using-archival-photos-from-the-library-of-congress/
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone been to the National WWII Museum in New Orleans? Other cool stuff there? on: August 15, 2014, 05:35:17 PM
Yeah, I'll probably just have to miss that part of the experience.  Wife will be in her conference all day.
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone been to the National WWII Museum in New Orleans? Other cool stuff there? on: August 13, 2014, 06:41:15 PM
Thanks for the info...

My concern with the 4D movie is a 1 year old sitting still and quiet through it...
10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Anyone been to the National WWII Museum in New Orleans? Other cool stuff there? on: August 07, 2014, 07:38:35 PM
My wife has a conference in New Orleans in October, and I bought a ticket to go down with her (and bring our 1 year old) since she has a fair amount of free time, and lodging is paid for, etc.

I've been to NO once before in the mid 90s when my sister was attending Tulane, but... that was a while ago. smile

Anyway, I'm super interested in going to the WWII museum, as I'm a history buff, and a WWII history buff in particular.  I could potentially spend two days there if warranted, but I'm having a hard time getting a feel for the size of the place... one thing I saw on their website said to allow 'at least 3 hours' to see everything... which seems pretty short to me, but I'm wondering if purchasing an additional day ticket (extra $6) is a good idea.

Anyone gone and have any insights?  I will have a 1 year old in tow, so some stuff is probably out (the '4D' movie... which I am now intrigued by).  It looks like there is a submarine experience thing that could be cool, but I wonder if it's a bunch of simulated depth charging and other things my kid would not stand for...

And while we are in NO, any other cool stuff people have done that I might find interesting?
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Should I get a cat? on: August 01, 2014, 03:43:59 PM
Do you want a 14 year old cat with the soul of a high level demon and the gut of a bowl of tapioca?  I will drive her to Cheyenne and slingshot her through your window!
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's your current jam? on: July 19, 2014, 10:55:12 PM
Second song here:
http://youtu.be/9Xku5jtQRJs
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Donations for a family who have lost everything, including two children on: July 18, 2014, 08:46:51 PM
You can also send money/transfers to the Central Bank & Trust in that town and avoid fees charged by the processor at the first link:

If you’d like to do a wire transfer to donate please call us at 307-332-4730. Checks can be made out to “The Van Dijk Fund” and sent to:

Attn: Mary Ann Perez
Central Bank & Trust
285 Main St.
Lander, WY 82520
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Donations for a family who have lost everything, including two children on: July 18, 2014, 08:38:44 PM
There is a family in my hometown who have just lost (7/15) literally everything they own, as well as two of their five children.  The father and one of the remaining 3 kids were flown to the burn unit in Salt Lake City and are, thankfully, recovering there.  The mother and other children were treated locally and, I believe, have been released.

From what I can gather, the fire was spread by a freak windstorm from a BBQ grill to the house.  It sounds like the entire thing went completely up in flames in a matter of minutes, and the father and mother were injured attempting to rescue the kids who were killed, very seriously in the father's case.  The fire also claimed both of their vehicles as it spread to the grass, etc around it.  They now have literally no material possessions, no place to live, and and I imagine medical bills that will be extremely high.

I've met the guy several times - he plays in my brother's band - and they are just super nice people who live for their kids.  I can't imagine what they are going through, and it breaks my heart every time I think about it.

The one thing I can do is reach out and spread this link where people who are able to help out can donate to help them start to rebuild their lives.

Thanks to anyone who can give a couple bucks, or just can send their good thoughts out through the airways.

http://www.gofundme.com/bmvyfg
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Played my first gig in 8 or 9 years last night. on: July 10, 2014, 03:04:17 PM
 thumbsup
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Any bass players out there? I'm buying a new rig! on: July 10, 2014, 03:03:16 PM
And listen to this thing...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyeJ_Anuwmk
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Any bass players out there? I'm buying a new rig! on: July 09, 2014, 10:31:53 PM
So I am going through gear like crazy lately...

I just ordered my 6th guitar since February... and got a new amp.  I sorta wholesale sold almost my entire rig.  I have one guitar that I had in January (a homebuilt telecaster that I love).

I have been selling stuff as fast as I buy stuff, and have actually came out a few hundred bucks ahead.

Bought a Fender American Vintage '52 Tele, returned it 5 days later.
Bought a Fender Custom Shop Nocaster.
Sold my 2006 Gibson Custom Shop '58 Reissue that I've had since 2006... I've been pretty unhappy with Gibson as a company - Henry Juszkewicz can blow me - and the guitar just wasn't 'there' for me.
Converted my black Tele to P90.
Bought a Johan Gustavsson Bluesmaster Special with P90s.
Sold my Nocaster (made a few bucks!)
Sold my Gustavsson (made a few bucks!)
Sold my handwired Vox AC30 amp.
Bought a Koll Jr Glide.
Bought a Tone King Galaxy amp.
Just bought a Fender American Vintage '64 Telecaster.
Just bought a Tone King Iron Man attenuator for the Galaxy.

So the Galaxy is awesome, and awesome looking:


It's way too loud at 60w to be able to run it open, so the attenuator will be great.  From what I've seen, this attenuator with this amp is the best attenuator/amp combo you can get, as it models the speaker that is in the cab, so it doesn't sound weird as you turn it down.  I don't plan to attenuate it a ton, but come down a bit so it's manageable.

Gear madness!

Also, if anyone wants a Dunlop DVP1 volume or Crybaby, let me know... I'm selling.
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Trying to plan a last minute vacation on: June 08, 2014, 03:00:12 PM
http://groundkontrol.com/
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Any bass players out there? I'm buying a new rig! on: June 07, 2014, 04:06:38 PM
You were asking effects chains, so I thought I'd chime in since I've got a sort of an interesting setup...

In -> TU-2 Tuner -> Earthquaker Devices Dispatch Master Delay/Reverb -> A/B Box ->
SIDE 1 of the A/B: MXR/Custom Audio Devices Boost/Line Driver -> normal channel on a handwired Vox AC30. 
SIDE 2 of the A/B: Mojo Hand Rook Royale run EP boost side -> Rook side -> Way Huge Green Rhino -> Top Boost channel on the AC30 set pretty clean.

Right now I'm using a Big Shot ABY as my A/B, but I've got a custom Loop Master switch on order (they take months to get).

So... Side 1: I run the volume on the amp real low and the boost up pretty high (~+15db), and that sort of compresses it just a little and adds a tiny bit of dirt - that's my 'clean' channel.
Side 2: I run the Rook side of the Rook Royale always on as my basic dirt channel.  The pedal has a routing switch so that you can run one or the other side of it 'first' and then into the other side.  I have the EP boost side in 'front', so if I step on that, I get a more saturated fuzz like thing that is at basically the same volume as my regular dirt volume, since the volume control on the rook side is controlling overall volume of the pedal.  This is really useful for backing leads/harmony leads when I don't want to jump out on top of the mix.

Then I set the volume on the Green Rhino higher, and when I step on that, I get a really nice volume jump for leads I want to sit up on top of the mix.  I also, on one song, will turn off the Rook side and step on the Green Rhino for a clean loud lead tone, and then I switch from my clean channel to that pre-setup 'dirt' channel that is just a second louder clean channel for a twangy, loud lead on an unabashedly old school country song.

Because the Dispatch Master is in front of everything, I can add verb/delay to whichever channel I want, so I'll use it on the clean for a nice country slapbacky sort of thing, or on the dirt for what I think of as a Dan Auerbach sort of lead tone. 

I have things laid out not in the order they are used, just so I can step on them where I want to step on them.

I'm really looking forward to getting the loop master because with the Big Shot I can sometimes accidentally hit the 'both' side, which is never really good. The Loop Master will just be strict A/B with different colored LEDs for whichever channel I'm on.

20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Any bass players out there? I'm buying a new rig! on: June 07, 2014, 06:10:35 AM
Our bass player uses a 1970s Ampeg V4B... which is 100w.

It can be way louder than we would ever want it to be... and it sounds absolutely killer.
21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Dallas - west end lunch on: June 03, 2014, 01:00:32 AM
We are going to the Dallas world aquarium tomorrow, and want to find some awesome lunch in the area... Anyone who knows the area have a suggestion?

This Meso Maya place looks decent. Looks like maybe walking from parking near the aquarium might not work because of the expressway, but not sure...

Think we at going to hit up Lockhart's Smokehouse at dinner time. Going to have kids in tow, but they are adventurous eaters... Though probably strip joints are out...

Thanks for any help!
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Any bass players out there? I'm buying a new rig! on: June 01, 2014, 02:32:48 AM
Yeah, I got the nocaster because it really does rule, but... Yeah.

Amp is a 5E8A tweed twin that I built. It is great, but I usually am using a hand wired Vox AC 30.
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Any bass players out there? I'm buying a new rig! on: May 30, 2014, 09:17:00 PM
Oh, and I've been buying stuff used, because holy crap do you lose money on new!
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Any bass players out there? I'm buying a new rig! on: May 30, 2014, 08:37:38 PM
I've spent about $4600 on guitars this year... and about to spend another $2200... heh.  Glad I'm not alone!

Purchase 1:
Johan Gustavvson Bluesmaster Special



Purchase 2:
Fender Custom Shop '51 Nocaster



I'm trying to sell the Nocaster because the 'relic' thing isn't sitting right with me, and because I'm just not digging on a maple fretboard.

When that happens, I'm looking at getting a Koll Jr Glide (maybe this one, which I found used):


Throw in a few hundred bucks of effects and oh well... this is why I work, right?
25  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).
26  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.
27  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.
28  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
29  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.
30  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
31  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.)

32  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.
33  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.
34  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. 
35  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.
36  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...
37  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.
38  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.
39  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.
40  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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