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161  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL 2012-13 season thread. on: January 20, 2013, 04:58:38 AM

Quote from: Kagath on January 20, 2013, 03:12:08 AM

Good to know the Wings haven't lost their step from last year... Roll Eyes

Yeesh.
162  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL 2012-13 season thread. on: January 19, 2013, 11:53:24 PM

Quote from: gellar on January 15, 2013, 04:18:42 AM

I am spending an exorbitant amount of money to watch a piece of cloth be raised to the roof of a building on Saturday.

Can't wait!

How's that cup defense going, Kings?
163  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Setting up a entertainment system... on: January 06, 2013, 06:52:26 AM
HDMI = vastly reduced headaches.
164  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: December 19, 2012, 03:40:46 AM
I went today, and found it horribly disappointing.  In true Star Wars fashion, it largely abandoned what made the original movies so great.

I went into it thinking the reviews were probably overly harsh because of the cash grab feeling of them drawing it out into 3 films, but after seeing it, I'm afraid I have to agree with a lot of the criticisms.

The first act is mostly ok, if drawn out, but the second is almost non stop terrible and groan inducing.  For some reason they decided they had to come up with a main villain, and what they came up with looks like a video game character... I don't get it when Gollum is so well done. The other CG characters don't seem realistic in comparison, with this villain character being the most glaring.  The wargs and other animals just don't look believable or like they are part of the same world that they made with the LOTR films.

However, even beyond that, it seems that they have done away with actors in makeup and gone to CG monsters all over the damn place, and it doesn't look nearly as good... having a character with bird shit all over his head who flies around the countryside on a bobsled pulled by *bunnies* is getting up to Jar Jar Binks levels of unforgivableness. 

The third act, aside from yet another weak CGI character, actually goes a long way towards saving the movie - and proves that the closer it sticks to the source material, the better.  The stuff with Gollum is spot on, and I like the casting for Bilbo.  The third act took me from 'do I even want to keep watching this one, let alone two more of these' to 'ok, I'll watch the next one'.

I don't mind that they are including stuff from other books, appendices, etc., but it seems like they are screwing up some basics.  The rock giants could not have been done more poorly... they had a chance to do what they do with the eagles there, but instead they turned it into some Jerry Bruckheimer BS... Radagast being an eccentric hippy is fine, but so much of what they do with him is just too ridiculous... Galadriel getting beamed up or whatever the hell they do with her... there are just a lot of little things that are too much, or too far, or too over the top, and too far away from what they had done before.  The atmosphere was severely lacking.

I'm NOT a hard sell when it comes to a movie like this... but I was really, really let down.  I don't know how this was made by the same people - it should've been a guaranteed home run.  The summer blockbuster dreck they were rolling previews for seemed to have more in common with this than the original movies did.

Side note: I thought there was a lot of Boromir in the voice and mannerisms of Thorin... which I think is brilliant if it's intentional.
165  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FREE:* Logitech MOMO Force Feedback Wheel on: December 16, 2012, 12:02:10 AM
You pay shipping, and I send you this wheel.  Last time I plugged it in, it worked great.

We are moving, and I am getting rid of unused stuff - this seems like the best place to find someone who would use this.

I have not used it in Windows 7/8, but it's USB, so I'm assuming it works.

It is this one:

166  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Chrome issues after Windows 8 upgrade - 'double tapping' to get pages to load. on: December 01, 2012, 12:42:41 AM
I upgraded to Windows 8 from Windows 7, using the upgrade, not a fresh install, and everything mostly is going swimmingly.

However, I've got a weird issue in Chrome where maybe 50% of the time when I open a link, it says it can't be found with an error (generally: This webpage is not available. Error 137 (net::ERR_NAME_RESOLUTION_FAILED): Unknown error.)

If I then refresh the page or hit the link again, it loads right up.

Anyone seen this or have any ideas?
167  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Next Bond Movie - Skyfall! on: November 19, 2012, 02:30:00 AM
I went this afternoon... good movie.  I also had a row full of idiots behind me talking loudly and kicking my seat, tapping their feet, etc. the entire time.  WTF, people, have you never been to a movie before?  Repeated dirty looks accomplished nothing.  Totally oblivious.

When I went to Argo a couple weeks ago the larger lady behind me ripped a tremendous fart after talking for about 3/4ths of the movie (they also came in after me and sat RIGHT behind me in a theater in which they were the 5th and 6th people).
168  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Copy of Windows 7 Pro 64-bit? on: November 14, 2012, 08:32:44 PM
I have a home premium upgrade...
169  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wreck-It Ralph on: November 06, 2012, 08:38:08 PM
We went, and all really enjoyed it (me, wife, 5 year old).

Good movie!
170  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: October 30, 2012, 02:39:39 PM
Gratch, you might like this band. I haven't heard that split yet, but I have 'our slow decay' and the EP and they are quite good.

http://blacksleepofkali.bandcamp.com/
171  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: October 30, 2012, 04:25:14 AM
I'm pretty sold... I bought it.
172  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: October 29, 2012, 07:29:35 PM
Haha. In what way?

I'm still not sure what I think of this guy's voice. Sometimes it is great and sometimes I think 'wtf?'
173  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: October 29, 2012, 04:12:21 AM
That new Sword is okay... it doesn't have any outright stinkers like Warp Riders did, but it doesn't have any really great songs either... I agree that the songs are sort of indistinct on it and sitting here right now, I can only think of how one song goes... that's not a good sign.  The first two records are still so, so good though...  I dunno, this might grow on me.  I got the picture disc vinyl, and it certainly *looks* cool.

This Beastwars band actually has some potential... I don't hear Mastodon in there though.  Some Sword, for sure... some Neurosis... with some Sisters of Mercy on top.
174  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: October 26, 2012, 02:51:25 PM
Hellooo 1972!

Kadavar:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWCXdEm99SU

album:
175  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Looper on: October 09, 2012, 04:26:37 AM
That doesn't make a lot of sense to me, since Sid (Cid?) was THE storyline...
176  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Looper on: October 07, 2012, 08:17:40 PM
Spoiler for Hiden:
Well... that's where it all gets interesting, though.  Wherever old Seth was, he would be affected by what happened to young Seth, as long as they didn't kill him... but yes, then he never would have come back, so it gets... Loopy.

Same thing with Joe, if he kills himself, then he never can have come back, so young Joe would never have had to kill himself... which would the result in it looping back the way it did loop back.  Maybe the explanation is just that in this loop, both of those things happen.  I dunno... the paradox is what makes it so interesting.  It's not as cut and dried as you state... and it is as cut and dried as you state. smile

It's an infinite loop in which he's a sort of Schrodinger's cat...
177  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Looper on: October 05, 2012, 06:41:23 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on October 05, 2012, 05:56:33 PM

Rittch

Spoiler for Hiden:
I think you overlooked how his life turned out once he stopped being a Looper.  His time in China he became some sort of bass ass gangster in his own right

Bingo.
178  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Looper on: October 05, 2012, 04:43:29 PM
Surely I'm not the only one to have gone to this.

What an incredible movie!  I was disturbed by a lot of it, to be honest... the last time I was this impressed with a Sci Fi movie was Children of Men, I think.
179  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FS 360: Dark Souls on: October 02, 2012, 04:10:31 PM
It's like beating my head against a wall.  I just don't have time.

I'm in the first area after leaving the prison or whatever that place is... if I go one way, I run into skeletons which I literally cannot kill.  If I go the other way I end up in this city of the undead or something... I go along fine for a while, but then I have to fight through a bunch of guys only to get to the top of a wall and hit a boss, which I've made it to ONCE, and he destroyed me in seconds, which is fine for a boss the first time, I guess... except that I then have to go back through all of those other dudes again to get to him, there is no save point near the boss, which is idiotic... so I'm reduced to just grinding away at the same enemies over, and over, and over, and over again so I can try to slowly level up enough to make it to the boss... on what planet is that fun?
180  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My wife's grandpa is being taken off of life support on: September 30, 2012, 04:15:35 PM
Sounds like a tough time.  I don't have much to offer other than condolences.
181  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Dredd on: September 25, 2012, 04:54:12 AM
I thought it was pretty good.  Not life changing, but better than I expected, even with the good reviews.  And also maybe a little bit not as good as I expected.

I dunno.  I had fun.
182  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Phone cover/case? on: September 20, 2012, 03:46:34 PM
I went with the Acase Superleggera pro, and so far I think it is great. Nice feel, not too bulky, and with better access to the headphone jack for larger plugs.

Thanks for the recommendation!
183  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: September 20, 2012, 04:24:43 AM
I just thought that looked fantastic.  The dwarves are young and good looking... that's what's weird.  It's also the title of a really good album.
184  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FS 360: Dark Souls on: September 17, 2012, 04:07:48 AM
It's about 4 hours old, and was brand new earlier today.

$23, shipped.
185  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Uh oh, I might be getting a puppy on: September 16, 2012, 05:07:58 PM
Cute dog!
186  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Phone cover/case? on: September 14, 2012, 11:08:32 PM
I have an iPhone 4S.

I had an Otterbox Defender, and it was freakin' enormous, and also the rubber part got all stretched out after like... 4 months?  I bought an Otterbox commuter, which is better on size, and is easier to get in and out of my pocket, but the plastic part is breaking around all of the corners, and a piece fell off today... I think I got maybe 6 months out of it, so maybe I should buy another one, but...

Anything better out there?

Wants: can survive biking, running, etc. and small amounts of moisture better than no case, and slips in and out of my pants pocket easily.
187  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Kindle: Kindle Paperwhite! Updated Fire! Kindle Fire HD! on: September 11, 2012, 03:46:04 AM
Not looking for an e-reader (I have a Kindle), I'm looking for an effective tablet for normal tablet stuff, and some light work related stuff (taking notes in meetings, calling up google docs in meetings sort of stuff).
188  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Kindle: Kindle Paperwhite! Updated Fire! Kindle Fire HD! on: September 09, 2012, 02:57:08 PM
I'm sort of in the market... these are intriguing.  I have so little awareness of what other options are out there... what else should I be looking at in this price range?

My wife has an iPad, and it's nice, but... the 32gb pricing seems insane.
189  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Dirty Joke Thread [NSFW text - duh] on: September 08, 2012, 09:59:25 PM
That one is good.  I was a fan of the first one too...
190  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: July 30, 2012, 04:55:09 PM
I'm not even sure if this qualifies as a 'metal' album, but it is so, so, so good:

Baroness - Yellow & Green



You can listen to the whole thing at that link.
191  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: [movie] Amazing Spider-Man on: July 08, 2012, 04:55:54 PM
How was this for younger kids? After a lot of discussion (and seeing it before) we took our kid to avengers and he loved it and we felt pretty comfortable about it. How does this compare? 

Kid is a little young, but he is insane about superheroes, and spiderman is his favorite (well, until he saw iron man in avengers, anyway).
192  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Feeling Defeated/Ethan's hospital stay on: June 30, 2012, 10:19:43 PM
smile

Great video.  That cracked me up.  Kids and dogs always amaze me with how well they handle stuff and how it doesn't get them down like it seems to with the rest of us.  Good stuff.

Good to hear that it looks like things are clearing out.
193  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pixar's next movie: Brave on: June 26, 2012, 02:31:23 AM
Also took our 4.5 year old... some of the scary stuff was maybe a little too scary... and I don't think I've ever heard this kid say a movie was scary before.
194  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Snow Crash on: June 17, 2012, 03:39:54 PM
I don't know if Cryptonomicon would be a good miniseries, just because I think weaving the timelines together would be very challenging, and hard to follow...

Anathem, on the other hand... it's a fairly focused narrative, but epic scope... that is the one I've always thought would be good HBO miniseries fodder.
195  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2012 NHL Off-Season on: June 01, 2012, 02:52:34 AM
Man... I feel legitimately sad about Lidstrom retiring.  My favorite player.
196  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NBC] Community on: May 19, 2012, 08:51:18 PM
Bummer.
197  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Avengers - 3D or not? on: May 07, 2012, 01:36:59 AM
Saw it in 3D because my friend wanted to... it looked fine, but the 3D really was, as always, not worth paying for.
198  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Joss Whedon to direct 'The Avengers' on: May 06, 2012, 02:57:57 AM
I thought it was pretty fun... one liner overload, but pretty fun.

How did those big things fly?

I forgot to stay post credits.  Oops.
199  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Team Ethan Great Strides 2012 on: May 06, 2012, 01:36:27 AM
For what it's worth, I didn't get any mailings or phone calls last year after donating to this organization, Engine...
200  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Team Ethan Great Strides 2012 on: May 05, 2012, 02:50:32 PM
Bottom of the page:


"Would you like to receive occasional e-mail updates from us on medical and fundraising news?"
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