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41  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RE: Books Read 2012 Edition on: January 26, 2012, 05:12:49 PM
Eco, sounds right up my alley. Will check it out.
42  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Seattle snowmagaddeon 2012! on: January 20, 2012, 01:44:34 AM
I am sick of the snow. Right now it's like this:


So every step you take, it's crunchy. I haven't dared get in a car yet, though I'm scheduled to work tomorrow at 9:00am. Should be interesting.
43  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RE: Amazon Kindle: Kindle Fire, Touch and Keyboard unveiled! Lending Unleashed! on: January 15, 2012, 05:23:40 AM
I deregistered it from me and added it to her account. I'm able to borrow books now though my Kindle is now in my wife's name.Apparently I can only do one book a month, though.
44  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Kindle: Kindle Fire, Touch and Keyboard unveiled! Lending Unleashed! on: January 15, 2012, 04:54:52 AM

Wife and I have separate Amazon accounts. Her account has Prime on it. She shared it with me so now I have it, I suppose. I also have a Kindle 1st gen. Can I borrow books via Prime now? When I go to the Amazon store, I see I can buy the books, but they are not at $0.00.

Any help?
45  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 10, 2012, 05:04:31 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on January 10, 2012, 04:01:49 PM

I can relate.

I work with a bunch of young bucks and I often wonder, "What happened to simply shaking hands??"
46  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: RE: Forza 4 on: January 03, 2012, 11:24:39 PM
Must get Live gold membership.
47  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RE: Books Read 2012 Edition on: December 31, 2011, 05:36:17 PM
Last year's list, all 31 of 'em.

Books read (all on Kindle unless otherwise noted):

1. Carte Blanche by Jeffrey Deaver
2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
3. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
4. Run by Blake Crouch
5. Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin
6. Dead of Night by Jonathan Maberry
7. Gideon's Corpse by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
8. Sanctus by Simon Toyne
9. Starvation Lake by Bryan Gruley (book)
10. The Hanging Tree by Bryan Gruley (book)
11. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
12. Shopgirl by Steve Martin
13. Sleepwalk With Me: And Other Painfully True Stories by Mike Birbiglia
14. Ghost Story by Peter Straub
15. The First Rule by Robert Crais
16. Red Dragon by Thomas Harris (AWESOME)
17. The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
18. Hannibal by Thomas Harris
19. Handling the Undead by John Ajvide Lindqvist
20. Meg by Steve Alten
21. The Basement by Stephen Leather
22. The Sentry by Robert Crais
23. 61 Hours by Lee Child
24. Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
25. Already Dead by Charlie Huston
26. No Dominion by Charlie Huston
27. A Sight for Sore Eyes by Ruth Rendell (book)
28. The Vault by Ruth Rendell (book)
29. The Haunted by Bentley Little (book)
30. A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron (book)
31. The Worst Thing by Aaron Elkins (book)
32. The Skeleton Box by Bryan Gruley (book)
33. Talking to the Dead by Harry Bingham (book)
34. Live by Night by Dennis Lehane
35. Broken Harbor by Tana French (book)
36. The Black Box by Michael Connelly
37. A Very Simple Crime by Grant Jerkins (book)

Now reading:
Phantoms by Jo Nesbo

On Hiatus:
Steve Jobs by Walter Issacson
14 by Peter Clines
Walking the Amazon by Ed Stafford (book)
Trapped by J.A. Konrath and Jack Kilborn
Dream Team by Jack McCallum
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
Hannibal Rising by Thomas Harris
48  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: RE: Just Dance 3 vs Dance Central 2 on: December 22, 2011, 06:29:24 PM
Dance Central is huge at my store. I haven't seen Just Dance, though.
49  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 22, 2011, 05:41:56 AM
50  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Push to Get Rid of Cable on: December 15, 2011, 11:58:51 PM

Quote from: Covenant on December 15, 2011, 06:23:40 PM

Well, I showed the wife last night, and she LOVED it.  Spent the rest of the evening (and this morning when she first woke up) playing around with the box browsing what's available.  So far so goode biggrin

I'm liking the sound of this. But I think we have at least a year to go on our Dish contract.
51  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Windows Phone 7 Series on: December 14, 2011, 04:50:09 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 14, 2011, 04:28:59 PM

Quote from: Morgul on December 14, 2011, 03:59:14 PM

The calender on it sucks..

Hope it gets fixed or upgraded sometime.

I thought the changes in Mango were really good.  I certainly don't think it sucks.  The only issue I have, really, is that the month view doesn't make the details clear.

I see the calendar as more of a "jump to date" feature than a "read my tasks" type thing.

I had Android for 10 months or so and got my WP7 almost 2 weeks ago, going from a HTC G2 to a HTC Radar 4G. I love the smoothness and snappiness of the Radar, as well as the slim, no keyboard size of it. The simplicity of Mango is beautiful as well. However, I miss the apps (and the daily free Amazon app) on the Android.

All in all, I'm really pleased with the WP7.

Spoiler for Hiden:
*full disclosure: I work for MS.
52  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New JJ Abrams movie: Super 8 on: November 22, 2011, 09:03:07 AM

Just watched this tonight and I loved it! I thought all the kids were fantastic actors; none of that annoying, precocious stuff. The scene in Charles' house the next morning when they're watching the news? My family had that TV growing up. Awesome

I loved the soundtrack and just how natural the kids were with each other. Nothing seemed forced to me. The kid with the braces was hilarious, too.

Highly recommended!
53  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Book] Ready Player One on: November 21, 2011, 05:15:20 PM
54  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Book] Ready Player One on: November 21, 2011, 06:42:17 AM
I enjoyed it for the most part, but I couldn't stand some of the dialog between the characters. It's a personal thing with me, I suppose. It seemed the author tried a little too hard to make the characters sound like geeks/nerds/outcasts.

Then again, that is what they were, after all.

But, I did love all the

Spoiler for Hiden:

And as soon as he mentioned the
Spoiler for Hiden:
star and circle
clue, I knew immediately what it must be about.
55  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 17, 2011, 04:03:47 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on November 17, 2011, 03:18:54 PM

This just gets cooler the more you scroll down. BADASS.
56  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 16, 2011, 09:30:37 PM
I'm Chinese and I totally get the joke. Laughed about it and posted the picture. And I didn't think ATB's post was a serious "you're a racist" post.
57  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 16, 2011, 04:55:17 PM

 icon_lol icon_lol

age 60-70, snicker!
58  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Target Employees Protesting Thanksgiving Hours on: November 15, 2011, 05:37:02 PM
I am popping my retail holiday Black Friday cherry this year. I work for the Microsoft Store at an upscale mall around here and we will be open at midnight on Black Friday. I'm scheduled for 7am to 4pm, which is doable, I believe. Good luck for me to find parking, though. Will have to research bus pass or get a ride or something.

From what my coworkers have told me, it will be INSANE. Part of me is looking forward to it, though. I will report back if I survive...
59  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2011 on: November 06, 2011, 06:52:53 AM
Cherry Bomb is over, as well as The Killing Moon by Chuck Hogan.

Now listening to The Drop by Michael Connelly, but not sure what to read next.
60  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 03, 2011, 10:07:03 PM

Quote from: Moliere on November 03, 2011, 09:45:04 PM

Google: do a barrel roll

I did that.

I don't get it.
61  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Mo-vember on: November 03, 2011, 03:29:31 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on November 04, 2010, 08:18:53 PM

Genetics sucks.  While my Dad had a great 'stache for 30+ years, I can't grow anything down my snot runnel, so mine always looks split, not to mention the bald spot under my chin.  I always hated the Hispanic kids in Jr. High that were growing moustaches at age 13.

Aesthetics are not the important point here. It's to support a good cause AND to humiliate the mustache-grower.

Grow on, Mustache Grower!
62  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 28, 2011, 04:57:27 PM

Quote from: Enough on October 28, 2011, 04:45:07 PM

icon_biggrin icon_biggrin icon_biggrin
63  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2011 on: October 26, 2011, 04:21:09 PM
Done with War/Sebastian Junger, now onto Cherry Bomb/J.A. Konrath.
64  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Windows Phone 7 Series on: October 26, 2011, 04:19:02 PM
Yow, the Sea Ray/Lumia 800 looks smoking hot.

*photo is of N9, which is essentially the Lumia 800 running Nokia's Meego software. Still hot.
65  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2011 on: October 21, 2011, 05:30:19 AM
Just finished Stolen Souls by Stuart Neville. Awesome, brutal and a fast read. Now reading War by Sebastian Junger.
66  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 20, 2011, 06:34:52 AM
67  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] American Horror Story on: October 14, 2011, 08:55:21 PM

Quote from: hepcat on October 14, 2011, 03:55:01 PM

While I'm enjoying it so far, I also fear that it's something that will run out of steam after one season.  Especially if they open every episode with a murder that occurred in that house.  After the 23rd homicide, you'd think they'd bulldoze it.

I agree with this. But I'll still watch. Someone compared it to Lost and I sort of get that comparison.
68  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: ...sigh... considering wearing an eye patch full time...for "health" (no pirate) on: October 13, 2011, 02:33:27 PM
I was in a car accident in HS that left me with a fractured orbital bone in my eye socket. I had surgery and the end result is that I have limited up and down range in my left eye. When I look straight ahead, left or right (without turning head), the eye works fine. If I try to look up or down, my vision is doubled and as a result, I usually close my left eye when doing so, or have to crane/lower my neck to eliminate the double vision.

Luckily, it is pretty much invisible when I talk to people, but I do notice if I'm sitting, for example, and I have to look up to talk to someone. I feel self conscious about this sometimes, but the reality is that no one notices but me.

Anyway, I wore a patch briefly after the car accident. I don't remember why, really, but the attention was kind of cool.

Though my issue isn't as serious, I feel I can relate a little, if only to say that I can imagine the awkwardness you feel and how much better it would be to just feel normal about your eye.

Good luck, and keep us posted.
69  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] American Horror Story on: October 07, 2011, 06:12:22 AM
The lead actress (not sure what she's been in before) is fantastic

Friday Night Lights. She is exceptional (Connie Britton, that is). Check out that show.
70  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 06, 2011, 04:55:37 PM
You: legal age.
Girl: under age.
Result: jail.

Him: under age.
Girl: under age.
Result: game on.

71  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best shoes for working on your feet all day? on: October 06, 2011, 03:35:04 PM
Funny. I just started working 8-9 hours a day in retail, on my feet, etc. I bought some Dr. Scholl's soles to put in my boots that were the worst offenders, but they didn't do much other than make my shoes feel smaller.

When I wear my sneakers (x-trainers), I feel ok. Though once I get some more bucks, the plan is to make my yearly investment in some shoes, I think.
72  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] American Horror Story on: October 06, 2011, 06:02:02 AM
Just watched it.


Confusing at times, but you had me at CONNIE BRITTON.
73  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: We need a music thread on: October 05, 2011, 04:42:09 AM
I hate reading my replies from 5 years ago.

Anyway, nice necro.


Good bye!
74  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Nook question on: October 05, 2011, 04:39:45 AM

Quote from: rshetts2 on October 05, 2011, 12:24:49 AM

Yes they were.  I checked the google e-book website and they state that the Nook line is fully compatible with their ebooks.  I was glad I did because they are the only ones Ive found who carry one of my favorite books in ebook format.  Robert McCammon's  Swan Song!  Its pricey but worth it. 

Boy's Life > Swan Song

Read it if you haven't! One of my favorite books evar!
75  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Windows Phone 7 Series on: October 01, 2011, 05:01:43 PM
Insider tip: if you are near a Microsoft retail store, they are running a promo where if you spend $499 or more before tax, you get a free W7 phone with Tmobile (HTC HD7 or Dell Venue) or ATT (I forget which ones), no contract required.

76  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2011 on: October 01, 2011, 04:55:50 PM
Headhunters is done. Now onto Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua.
77  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Reading glasses: tell me about them on: September 24, 2011, 11:01:49 PM
Yeah, waiting makes the best sense. I've worn glasses since second grade and contacts since fifth or sixth. Plus, I have some killer benefits with my new employer and should be able to take advantage of those very soon.
78  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2011 on: September 24, 2011, 09:32:47 PM
Finished Cold Vengeance recently as well. Also enjoyed it quite a bit. Much better than the past two novels. And, unlike the past two novels, this one ended and left me wanting MUCH MUCH MORE.

Now reading Headhunters by Jo Nesbo.
79  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 24, 2011, 09:31:17 PM
You motherfathers. I may never enter this thread again. Just no CLOCK SPIDER PLEASE.

 crybaby crybaby
80  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Reading glasses: tell me about them on: September 24, 2011, 09:25:20 PM
I'm finding more and more, especially when using computers, I am having a difficult time focusing on the screen. It seems if I cover one eye, it's ok, but with both, it's a bit blurry.

My wife snickered and had me try her reading glasses, which, I am sad to say, seemed to help. Trouble is, her glasses are a) for girls, and b) hers and she needs 'em.

Today I hit some local drug stores and tried some on. Since my face is quite flat and broad, I need spring loaded earpieces as well as nose pads. They seem to have plenty, but then I also need larger lenses as I have a hard time looking down without actually pivoting my head (remnants of a long gone car accident).

Anyway, is there a trick? Or do I just buy what works best? Also, I'm thinking it's time for me to go get my eyes checked anyway. I think I may wait for that, then see what the dr. says.
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