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81  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Test your Die Hard knowledge (Die Hard is 25 years old?!) on: July 17, 2013, 03:03:20 PM
The 4.0 threw me... I kept thinking 'Was there a Die Hard I didn't see?'

14/20
82  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 201X Health Improvement Thread on: July 16, 2013, 05:22:56 PM

Quote from: ATB on July 15, 2013, 07:52:50 PM

I really must be broken.

I don't know that I've ever gotten a runner's high.

It's gotta get painful first... and stay that way.
83  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 201X Health Improvement Thread on: July 15, 2013, 07:50:18 PM
That is a great take on endurance stuff in general.  Loved it.
84  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pants on: July 13, 2013, 01:46:04 PM
Freshly laundered jeans are an abomination.  They aren't right until they have been worn at least twice after a washing... why ruin the sweet spot?
85  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FS: Gaming PC Parts (Motherboard, CPU, Memory, Soundcard), bundle available on: July 03, 2013, 04:56:13 PM
Do you know what the power requirements are for this setup?  I think I may be interested.
86  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: June 29, 2013, 11:42:44 PM
That concerns you?  That is actually one of the few things that was actually in the book (Mirkwood elves in the battle of the five armies... not Legolas specifically, but... he could've been!).
87  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: June 28, 2013, 06:56:46 PM
I can't take seriously the opinion of a reviewer who references Queensryche as a model of what anyone should be doing musically.
88  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: June 27, 2013, 05:31:19 PM

Quote from: Gratch on June 19, 2013, 04:35:38 AM


Ghost - Infestissumam.  Maybe the most disappointing sophomore effort I've ever heard.  The last album reveled in it's ludicrous "sing along to Satanism" vibe, but the songs were catchy as hell.  They seemed to take themselves entirely too seriously this time around, and the album suffers for it.  It's simply just boring.



Huh... I actually think this is a much better album than the first one, though it doesn't have a song as individually good/catchy as 'Ritual'.  It's hard to call this band 'metal', though.  They just sound like a melodic classic rock band with some horror movie overtones.

Speaking of 'not metal', the new Queens of the Stone Age is the album of the year... so far at least.



My favorite heavy album so far this year - Kvelertak - Meir:
89  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Back to Apple for me... on: June 24, 2013, 11:53:13 PM
Yeah, streaming isn't really a viable option for me due to location and the amount of time I spend in the mountains.
90  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Back to Apple for me... on: June 24, 2013, 02:19:08 PM
I have a LOT of trouble getting iTunes to sync reliably with my iPhone.  It routinely drives me insane.  I have wireless sync and I don't know it has ever worked, and wired sync routinely turns into this idiotic dance of opening/closing itunes, plugging in/unplugging the phone, rebooting... I don't know why it works so terribly, but for me it sure does (and always has). 

I have a new phone coming up, and I keep going back and forth on iPhone/Android.  I had a Motorola droid... it was decent.  I have iPhone 4S now, and it's mostly really good (certainly way better than the original Droid).  New Android phones are too big, in my opinion, and I know apps generally lag behind (though I'm sure it has improved in the last two years), but we use google stuff at my company, and being able to get a larger amount of memory for less money, etc. are all appealing.  Dunno yet.
91  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: June 05, 2013, 02:41:37 PM
I listened to it... which is to say I jumped through it listening to a bit of each song.  Not digging it.
92  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Recommend me a programming language on: June 03, 2013, 08:05:01 PM
Oh, I don't think they would port anything - they just want to develop new stuff on GAE.

.NET stuff is much better at playing well across browsers, though like all web development, a lot of that is really front end HTML/CSS sort of stuff that is independent of the backend platform.
93  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Recommend me a programming language on: June 03, 2013, 05:51:40 PM
Curious if anyone has started doing stuff in GAE?

The CIO for our largest client (we are a software development contractor) is really pushing for everything moving to GAE vs. .NET, which is sort of weird since they've already got a billion .NET apps, but that's beside the point...  Just curious if people have used it and what their impressions are.
94  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 201X Health Improvement Thread on: June 03, 2013, 05:15:13 AM
Nice work!
95  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 201X Health Improvement Thread on: June 01, 2013, 04:12:19 AM
Not really friends doing it... just people I know... and the main obnoxious thing about it is that they can't talk about anything else. Ever.  And they have all the t shirts with silly slogans, etc.

Agreed that you gotta find what works.  I feel like I need to do some more high intensity things that I think will help my cycling, etc., which is why Crossfit appeals to me... this thing I did yesterday seems like a good intro to that style of a high intensity circuit.  I actually felt it today, which seems weird since it was short and not any exercises I didn't already do... I just did them as fast as I possibly could, so I'll take that as a good sign.  I see a lot of room to mix up the movements and add other ones.  If it ends up being effective to do that for 20 minutes, it'll be a great option on days when I'm really pressed for time.
96  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 201X Health Improvement Thread on: May 31, 2013, 04:07:52 PM
Yeah, I think one time through would be a fairly intense warmup, though at 8 min/circuit, it's more than twice as long per circuit as what you describe.

I'm used to doing hour long circuits at lower intensity... higher intensity is a different beast.  I keep flirting with the idea of Crossfit, but nearly everyone doing it is so fucking annoying about it and can't talk about anything else... plus I don't really care for gyms.  The workouts seem interesting though.
97  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 201X Health Improvement Thread on: May 30, 2013, 11:54:45 PM

Quote from: Turtle on May 13, 2013, 08:25:49 PM

Scientific 7 minute workout:

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/09/the-scientific-7-minute-workout/

Basically 30 seconds each exercise, 10 seconds rest between. The amount of strain/discomfort you should feel should be an 8 on a scale of 1 to 10. while doing these exercises, so you really have to push yourself. The order of the exercises matter since it is planned to give each muscle group rest periods.

This uses all the latest data from research into interval training. Apparently doing these consistently at the intensity required is as good as longer workouts.

I think I'll try this for a week.

Just saw this and thought I'd give it a try since it was too windy to cycle tonight.  I made it through two circuits going as hard as I could, and sticking to the schedule... definitely feeling it.  This might be a fun thing to replace some of the strength stuff I've been doing all winter.  I've been feeling slow on the bike, like I've been slipping from last year, so maybe this could help.

I definitely want to be able to do 3 circuits of these... I think on a morning where I'm not this tired I could do it.

And yeah, it's 8 min/circuit.
98  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Recommend me a programming language on: May 30, 2013, 06:49:13 PM
Also, as just alluded to, SQL is really good to know.
99  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Recommend me a programming language on: May 30, 2013, 06:48:07 PM
I would agree with the C# recommendation.
100  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 100 films, 100 Behind the scenes pics on: May 21, 2013, 06:36:45 PM
These are great!
101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What is the first album you ever purchased? on: May 11, 2013, 03:48:55 PM
I didn't buy Quadrophenia until I was 31.  So many wasted years...
102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What is the first album you ever purchased? on: May 11, 2013, 02:05:23 PM
1. Master of Reality is an awesome album, Ironrod.

2. My first CD (not first album, as previously noted):
103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What is the first album you ever purchased? on: May 10, 2013, 09:29:37 PM
104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I got 11 hours of sleep last night! on: May 10, 2013, 04:33:12 AM
Thanks.  It's a girl, and we're naming her Greta.
105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I got 11 hours of sleep last night! on: May 09, 2013, 08:40:39 PM
The kid actually, at this point, has very little to do with my lack of sleep. It is mostly my complete lack if skill at sleeping. All this will change in a month with kid #2, I am sure... but at least I will have been in training for it.
106  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I got 11 hours of sleep last night! on: May 08, 2013, 05:59:04 PM
I slept for 11 hours the past two nights.

Total.
107  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: May 03, 2013, 08:23:35 PM
Did you see that crap earlier this year about how King was taking 'Slayer' on the road in Europe this summer... without Lombardo, without Hanneman, and without Tom Araya either?  Pretty sure that's not Slayer.
108  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: May 03, 2013, 04:58:53 AM
Yeah, he's been fucked up from the spider bite for like two years.  Shitty, shitty news.  Guy was the best of that pair by a mile.  Plus he wasn't a huge douche like Kerry King.
109  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL 2012-13 season thread. on: April 27, 2013, 02:24:30 PM
Suck it, LUMBUS!
110  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: April 24, 2013, 06:47:49 PM


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111  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's a good Bluray player? on: April 24, 2013, 02:30:30 PM
I also have a panasonic, but I'm not super impressed with it.  It does okay.  It's really, really pokey when navigating menus for streaming content, either wired or wireless.  I wish it would remember where were were in multiple discs.  I suppose a nicer one would do more.  Also of major annoyance is that it for some reason stopped supporting NHL Gamecenter Live this season, and I have no idea why, so I have to go through the 360 to stream that.

Also, if you don't have internet to your blu ray player, you are doing it wrong!  So much streaming content to get...  most of the new ones are wireless, so that should make things easier.
112  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: April 19, 2013, 10:43:40 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 18, 2013, 10:55:25 PM

New Black Sabbath is kinda meh.  God is Dead?

Meh indeed.  Some of the heavy parts are ok, but mostly wtf? No.
113  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Remake]Weird Science on: April 19, 2013, 10:31:42 PM
Nooooo!
114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Something good, something bad, hopefully ending ok on: April 11, 2013, 09:23:45 PM
An unexpected $13K vs. monthly payments is not a small deal, rshetts... it's not like the $40K was due right now.  Suddenly needing to come up with $13K would suck for any of us, I imagine.  Maybe not gellar.

Also, this makes me feel better about the $2K I had to send the feds yesterday.

(And glad your wife is ok.)
115  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Roger Ebert RIP on: April 05, 2013, 03:57:44 AM
I had just read yesterday that he was stepping back from reviewing for a while because the cancer had resurfaced, and that he'd only be doing a few reviews here and there... shocked to see that he died today.

Didn't always agree, but I could always see where he was coming from, and I think he did a better and more thoughtful job than a lot.  Bummer.
116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pixar-Finding Dory on: April 03, 2013, 02:03:25 PM
Toy Story 2 and 3 were both amazing.
117  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Tucson gun store owner cancels purchase by Gabrielle Gifford's husband on: April 03, 2013, 04:18:15 AM
So what's the magic number for you to be on board with having better control and restriction of firearms?  Is there a certain body count where you say 'Ok, we need to rein this shit in'?

I don't totally disagree with you, fwiw.  As I said, the cat is out of the bag, and I think that everyone now suddenly being all anti-assault weapon is just reactionary.

I do think that the enforcement of even our already existing gun laws is a goddamned joke.  I do think that assault weapons are pointless, and just feed this macho 'I need to be able to cap some fuckers!' mindset that a lot of assault weapon owners have.  I do think that in terms of actual crime, handguns are clearly far more dangerous.

I live in the state with the highest percentage of gun ownership in the country, but the per capita gun murder rate is super, super low.  I think something like 80% of the guns owned in this state are bolt action hunting rifles.  There is a cultural difference to how firearms are regarded here vs. other places.  I know a lot of responsible gun owners.  I have even been one.  So how do we foster that sort of an attitude elsewhere?  How do we keep guns out of the hands of people who want to use them do do bad shit?

I am willing to see my 'rights' (I put that in quotations, because I think it's a silly thing to be so up in arms about (sic), really) curtailed somewhat in the interest of the greater good.  We do this all the time - we have speed limits, even though that infringes on my right to drive 120mph.  We have a legal drinking age, even though that curtails my son's right to get brain damaged...

I'm not sure what it is about this particular issue that makes people so unwilling to give an inch, though I suspect it has a lot to do with the macho nature of the subject to begin with... and especially with how that macho nature is especially strong in the average guy who feels the need to own an assault rifle.  I take issue with that attitude.

I also sort of get it... they are neat as shit, and I'd love to go shoot one sometime.  I think it would be super fun.  But I don't *need* to, and I certainly don't feel like my life will have been bereft of freedom if I'm denied that chance.

I am probably not explaining this well, because it's sort of an intangible concept in a lot of ways.  Oh well.
118  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] This is the End on: April 03, 2013, 03:52:34 AM
It's not April Fools... there have been previous trailers.
119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So what would ya say.....ya do here? on: April 02, 2013, 11:01:19 PM
C#/ASP.NET/SQL Server Software Developer for a tiny company that contracts with, primarily, State agencies, primarily in Wyoming, but in some other states as well.
120  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Tucson gun store owner cancels purchase by Gabrielle Gifford's husband on: April 02, 2013, 10:55:07 PM
Yeah, we should control all firearms a lot better than we do, not just assault weapons.  Which we still don't need.  The Russians are not going to invade, the dead are not going to rise from the grave, etc, etc. 
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