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81  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You're In the Mood for A Drink. What's Your Pleasure? on: October 02, 2013, 05:07:39 PM
99% of the time... beer.

The other 1% is probably 80% Canadian or Irish whiskey (maybe a Maker's or Woodford on a rare occasion) on the rocks, with the remainder being vodka martinis, extra clean, extra vermouth... that's probably my favorite drink, but too deadly to have very often.
82  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 11, 2013, 02:52:22 PM

Quote from: gellar on September 11, 2013, 05:04:20 AM

Quote from: kratz on September 11, 2013, 04:14:38 AM

Anyone had any experience trading a phone in with Verizon?  They are saying $200 for the 4S, which seems like a ton... determining the value of the phone is kind of strange though - it says 'is the LCD unbroken and can you navigate to the home screen with no dead spots, etc', and then has a separate question 'is anything else broken, like the screen, blah blah'.  My phone sort of falls into both of those - the front glass is cracked in the bottom corner, but it doesn't reach into the screen itself, and it works perfectly normally... so does that count as the LCD being broken, or not?

I had no idea you could trade in a phone directly to Verizon, but I'm pretty sure that would count as broken. Probably just best to wait the extra months until you are up for upgrade, no?

Oh, I can upgrade now... (2 years isn't 2 years with Verizon)

I'm just wondering if it's worthwhile to trade in at the same time.

It sounds broken to me, but the exact statements are a bit strange.  Apparently if I say that it's cracked, it still says my trade in is $200... which can't be right.
83  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 11, 2013, 04:36:36 AM
'best camera in a phone I will buy'
84  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 11, 2013, 04:14:38 AM
I'm really glad the thing isn't any bigger - some of the android phones look really nice, but they are just too damn big for a phone (for me).

I'm on 4S and trying to decide if the 5S is worth the extra $100 over the 5C.  I'm sorta leaning towards yes (the best camera I can get is a big selling point for me).  I also always figure it's a good idea to get the fastest thing I can since I'll have it for 21 months or whatever it ends up being.

Anyone had any experience trading a phone in with Verizon?  They are saying $200 for the 4S, which seems like a ton... determining the value of the phone is kind of strange though - it says 'is the LCD unbroken and can you navigate to the home screen with no dead spots, etc', and then has a separate question 'is anything else broken, like the screen, blah blah'.  My phone sort of falls into both of those - the front glass is cracked in the bottom corner, but it doesn't reach into the screen itself, and it works perfectly normally... so does that count as the LCD being broken, or not?

I have had the thing since Dec 2011, and I dropped it and cracked it last week.
85  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Riddick on: September 09, 2013, 10:15:43 PM
I went on a whim yesterday because I had some free time.

It ranged from painfully terrible, to Ok, to pretty fun and pretty good for a while, then kind of leveled out at underwhelming.
86  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The League on: September 09, 2013, 10:11:03 PM
I really couldn't care less about football than I do about pretty much anything else... but man, I love me some League.
87  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Breaking bad as good/bad as usual! on: August 13, 2013, 04:53:43 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on August 13, 2013, 03:50:59 PM

There were a couple times I had trouble hearing/understanding people, including during that standoff, which always kind of breaks the tension when I have to rewind and listen to it again.

Yeah, same issue here.  Had no idea what Hank said until the 3rd time.
88  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: August 09, 2013, 06:03:18 PM
And you should all own Hsingen Blues by Graveyard from that sale... and maybe even Lights Out too.
89  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Speeding ticket on: July 26, 2013, 05:39:27 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on July 24, 2013, 10:42:39 PM

It turns out that it's not legal to briefly break the speed limit when passing, if you can believe that.

They just passed a new law here in Wyoming that allows you to break the speed limit by 10mph to pass.

I haven't had a speeding ticket since 1994, but my wife got one last month, last day of the month, going 35 in a 30.  Cop apologized and said he had to make quota for their grant (University cop).

Lame.  She paid the ticket and did an online traffic school to keep it off of our insurance.
90  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Free Facebook cash...and no entries? - Feedback on giveaways on: July 24, 2013, 06:56:22 PM
FYI: The #1 way I end up on a front page story is from a FB post, so... keep doing those.
91  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 201X Health Improvement Thread on: July 23, 2013, 04:36:13 PM
Don't overtrain...
92  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
93  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.
94  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.
95  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?
96  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.
97  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!).
98  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.
99  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:
100  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.
101  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.
102  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.
103  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.
104  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.
105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 201X Health Improvement Thread on: June 03, 2013, 05:15:13 AM
Nice work!
106  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.
107  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.
108  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.
109  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.
110  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.
111  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 100 films, 100 Behind the scenes pics on: May 21, 2013, 06:36:45 PM
These are great!
112  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...
113  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):
114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What is the first album you ever purchased? on: May 10, 2013, 09:29:37 PM
115  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.
116  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.
117  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.
118  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.
119  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.
120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL 2012-13 season thread. on: April 27, 2013, 02:24:30 PM
Suck it, LUMBUS!
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