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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: #EthanCleansUp on: Today at 06:11:42 AM
ABC World News Person of the week!
http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/make-foundation-fulfills-boys-dream-garbage-man-41006525
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: #EthanCleansUp on: July 29, 2016, 05:07:19 PM
And now People.com.  It might make it to print as well

http://www.people.com/article/ethan-dean-make-a-wish-garbage-truck-cystic-fibrosis-cf

I keep waiting for a call from Jimmy Fallon. That would be so awesome.  I'm thankful for the exposure as this helps the CF community and Make A Wish. 

Thank you for the support over the years,  I'm glad I was able to share our experience with you.  Today we finished watching the garbage truck video you all submitted. 
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: #EthanCleansUp on: July 28, 2016, 04:25:48 PM
Thanks all.  It's been a whirlwind of a week.  To add to your list Engine09...  Ethan will be in People Magazine!  Not sure when.

4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Odd Request but for a good cause... Completed! on: July 27, 2016, 11:17:05 PM
Here's the finished video.  I had some issues with the editing software.  It appears the Elk Grove portion the sound is messed up.  Share with your kids if you like.  It's 30 minutes long, not too exciting, but if you are interested in garbage trucks this is fun to see the different kinds and colors.

A little note, In Taiwan... Garbage trucks don't go house to house.  The community hauls their trash to a centralized location where the truck shows up and takes it all.  Then they haul the empty bins back to their homes\businesses.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LaXUimWZqP8
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: #EthanCleansUp on: July 27, 2016, 05:49:37 PM
Man it's been a whirlwind the last few days.  I had no idea it was going to be this big and spread so far.  I just saw an article in India this morning.

We took Ethan out of school on Monday since we were worried someone would spill the beans.  We had some interviews over the weekend and we've heard some people at his school saw.  Probably wasn't the best decision, but we were too caught up in the moment.

Yesterday, we started out the day as if it was a normal day.  I didn't get much sleep the night before, worrying about how we're going to keep him away from the media prior to the reveal.  I was too worried they'd spill the beans.  He did his morning treatments and got ready to school like any other day.  When we arrived, the media was already camped out, some already reporting at 5am.  He asked why they were there and we told him we didn't know.  When the gates opened we waited a few more minutes and then walked a round about way to avoid the media in case they recognized us.  The next obstacle was hoping the kids didn't say anything. 

Then it was time, the kids lined up to form a tunnel, and Ethan was escorted out with his principal with his school mates cheering him on while waving wands with stars on the top.  When he finally came to view he stopped and that's when he noticed the garbage truck.  He asked why was that there and then realized his name was on it.  He then ran to through the banner, and I gave him a huge hug.  He was so excited. 

He was given the key to our city of Rancho Cordova, and then got him dressed into his garbage man uniform.  Then our journey began with a motorcade escorted by our local police, sheriff and Sacramento city police.  Our first stop was VSP, a company who makes eye glasses.  He met the Global CEO and president.  They showered him with gifts like lego garbage trucks, sunglasses, hats, and they even gave Lila her own Lego garbage truck and glasses. 

We then picked up their trash and then traveled to Sacramento using city streets.  We stopped at the Sacramento Bee, where he met the president of the Bee, and picked up their garbage.  Each stop had a super hero (Reuse, Recycle and I can't remember the 3rd R)  Each superhero would teach him about the environment and how the three R's help.  We then headed off to the local firestation where he got to get in a fire truck.  They were also hosting the local toy drive which was the last day.  He got to choose where they got to go for donation.  I didn't hear what he chose as the media was swarming over him at every stop.  He also met one of the soccer players from Sacramento FC Republic where he got his own custom jersey with his name on it, a signed soccerball, and tickets to a game.

Then we headed to my work, where I couldn't believe how many people were lining the streets.  I work in a 25 story high rise, and I think the building was empty.  When asked at the Capitol, Ethan said Daddy's work was his favorite stop.  He got to lift paper products into the recycle compactor, and met the trash monster and Recycle Rex.  He was given a hazmat suit, a hand drawn cartoon with him in a garbage truck and other items.

Then we headed to Frank Fats a prominent resturaunt in Sacramento where he met the owners, picked up their trash.  We were given a gift card to eat at one of their locations.

Then the main event was held at the State Capitol, where hundreds were waiting for him.  I placed him on my shoulders and we ran to the stage with the theme song from Rocky in the background.

It was there were Sacramento got to meet Ethan.  He met the Mayor-elect Darrel Steinburg, the Sacramento President of Waste Management, the Chief of Police of Sacramento.  The Governor of Jerry Brown was in Philly, so a representative read a letter written by the governor to Ethan, thanking him for his service as a garbage man.  The President of the Sacramento Kings, Rivercats, and the Sacramento FC were there.  At one point Ethan was asked what was his favorite baseball team.  He yelled GO DODGERS at my dismay.  He does it to get a reaction out of me, which he did as I got up from the stage with my hands in my face.  The rivercats president wasn't please since they are the Giants affiliate team.  It was then we were told that Ethan was given tickets to the Sacramento Republic soccer match, tickets to the rivercats, and tickets to the kings with a personal behind the scene tour of the new arena.

Ethan was in his element answering questions from the press.  At no point he was shy.  I can't believe how well he handled the attention, the camera and the busyness of the day.  We then had lunch, and ended our day sitting in the seat of the Governor.  Ethan was even playing on his computer.  That's when I opened my big mouth in front of the Governor's staff and said, Ethan log in and give your daddy a raised, not 3% but 7-10% smile

We then were driven back home.  Ethan received about 9 garbage trucks from various donors along with some other toys.  He also received a mini-dumpster that is now his toy chest.

Then there's the media.  It was overwhelming but exciting at the same time.  It gave the world a break from the craziness we've had over the last several weeks.  I've seen his story in India, had a live phone interview with an Ontario TV station, and my wife did an interview with today.com.  It's crazy how this was covered, way beyond what we expected.  I'm glad it happened as it made people aware of CF and of Make a Wish. 

It also has some negative effects.  It was overheard at his school that some kids were saying he was going to die...  Our fear as some kid is going to tell him that.  As we havent' had the full talk.  I'm sure it also caused children to ask questions about life as well.  It was never our intention to make others worry about themselves.

But overall, Ethan was a garbage man for the day, and he had the time of his life!  Thanks for being apart of it and all the support you have given him!











6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: #EthanCleansUp on: July 25, 2016, 09:57:16 PM
Anyone live in Toronto Canada?

I'm hearing they are running an article about this. Yes, Toronto, clear across the continent.

I was wondering if you could mail me the newspaper if it happens? I'm assuming it will be tomorrow's paper or the day after.

I know i can probably find it online, buy wife likes to scrapbook, so print would be best.

I also just had an AP interview that might make the national news. how crazy is all of this. Ethan still has no idea, and it's becoming difficult to not talk in front of him. We kept him out of school today because 1st graders talk, and we've been over the local news all weekend.
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: #EthanCleansUp on: July 25, 2016, 03:08:36 PM
And the last interview from the weekend

http://fox40.com/2016/07/25/6-year-old-rancho-cordova-boy-granted-wish-to-ride-along-on-a-garbage-truck/
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: #EthanCleansUp on: July 25, 2016, 03:24:44 AM
Here is the local newspaper article that will be published tomorrow.

http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/city-beat/article91627102.html
9  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Free Steam Keys on: July 24, 2016, 06:51:24 PM
I have the following Steam Keys available

Spec Ops: The Line
Duke Nukem Forever
Sid Meier's Civilization V
Mafia II Director's Cut
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Blair Witch (2016) on: July 24, 2016, 03:18:37 PM
That's one movie that doesn't need to be remade, and I'd argue, the original shouldn't have been made either.
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: #EthanCleansUp on: July 23, 2016, 01:59:26 AM
Here's today's interview at our local abc affiliate.  We have another one scheduled for Sunday, and then Tuesday.  Feels weird and nerve wracking at the same time

https://youtu.be/NvIDMXJkGKA
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / #EthanCleansUp on: July 22, 2016, 06:26:14 PM
So lots of things happening with Ethan's big day this Tuesday.  I like to share since you're all extended family.  We gotta be in our 20 year mark by now right?

In case you don't know...  Ethan is having his wish granted by our local Make A Wish chapter.  His wish is being a garbage man.  On Tuesday July 26th, he'll be picked up at his school with all of the students cheering him on as embarks his new career.  We'll be making several stops throughout Sacramento, (VSP, a firestation, my work (CAL-EPA) Frank Fats, a restaurant, and end up at the State Capital where he will be introduced by our new Mayor, the Chief of Police, and other dignitaries around the area.

He has no idea that this is going to happen.  He has completely forgotten that he went to the Wishing Place to make his wishes, so this will be fun seeing his reaction.

The media and community is heavily involved.  Yesterday I did an interview with the Sacramento Bee, and today we had an interview with our local news station.  A live interview will take place the day of as well. 

I can't wait for him to experience all of this!

I'm also finishing up his garbage truck video that you and many others have submitted.

I'll use this thread to update things as they come.  You can also keep up to date by searching #ethancleansup



13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Odd Request but for a good cause !!Last Week!! on: July 21, 2016, 05:24:25 PM

Quote from: Purge on July 21, 2016, 04:55:45 AM

I've got a 321MB file for you. It's fantastic quality, as opposed to the preview video.

Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada

Thank you!  I'm listing the videos in alphabetical order, and have everything set up in my video editor.  This will make it easy since it's gonna be the last entry smile
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: July 18, 2016, 05:36:06 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on July 18, 2016, 04:59:02 PM

Quote from: farley2k on July 18, 2016, 02:40:48 PM



I give up, what movie is that?

Game of Thrones.
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Odd Request but for a good cause !!Last Week!! on: July 18, 2016, 03:38:53 AM
Last week to turn your video\photo in.  I can't believe the places I've received.  I'll have the video posted on the 26th after the Make A Wish Reveal
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Odd Request but for a good cause on: July 13, 2016, 04:38:46 PM
I would love one from Canada, and Mexico
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Odd Request but for a good cause on: July 13, 2016, 04:38:06 PM
I'm going off memory since I'm at work...

I have
Citrus Heights CA
Little Chute Wisconsin?
Somewhere in TX (I haven't downloaded it yet)
Sweden
South Korea
Japan
Finland
Taiwan
Maine
Maui

I might a have a few more, but I can't recall at the moment.
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Odd Request but for a good cause on: July 01, 2016, 04:10:15 AM
lol thanks!
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Odd Request but for a good cause on: June 30, 2016, 04:08:25 AM
Awesome thanks!  So far I have one from South Korea, Taiwan, North Hollywood, LA, and whatever Engine09 is from smile

Keep them coming!
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [All] Lego Star Wars The Force Awakens on: June 28, 2016, 11:19:10 PM
I didn't get that option, it even warned me if I quit I lose progress and checkpoints.
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [All] Lego Star Wars The Force Awakens on: June 28, 2016, 09:17:31 PM
So we picked this up for Ethan has he recovers from Tonsil Surgery.  He paid half from his remaining Xmas and Bday money.  How the heck do you save?  I know it uses checkpoints, but in the Lego Movie game there was a save station.  I have yet to see this after playing two levels.  Don't want to quit without saving.
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Odd Request but for a good cause... Completed! on: June 25, 2016, 04:18:18 PM
So Ethan has been granted a wish for Make A Wish because of his Cystic Fibrosis. Early this year he went to the wishing place and made 5 wishes based on categories such as, who would you like to meet, where would you like to visit, who do you want to be, and there were two others that I can't recall. He doesn't know, but his wish was granted to be a Garbage Man. Yep, that's right. We don't know all the details of what the day will be like, but if you saw the news a few years back about Batkid, it's going to be something similar but in Sacramento. All I know is they will be picking Ethan up at school to ride in a garbage truck. He has his own uniform to wear and will make several stops from our city to the State Capital. My work (Cal-EPA) is involved and possibly our local AAA baseball team, the River Cats. I also heard there's a toy drive to help other kids in need. I don't know the details as everything is being kept hush hush.

So here's the odd request. I was thinking it would be cool to have videos of all the different types of garbage trucks throughout the world, and what better way to ask a wide audience than OO and GT. I was hoping you would be willing to record a short video of your local garbage man picking up your garbage and send it my way. A file is fine or even a uploaded link from youtube. I have a tool where I can download youtube videos. I'm planning on stiching up all the videos that are collected into one video, I just need yours.

When driving around we see all types of garbage trucks (colors, style, age, etc), So I thought it would be cool to show him what other trucks may look like from all over the world.  He would love it.

The video doesn't need to be long, preferably 30 seconds or less. It would also be helpful if you include your city\state\country.

His wish is on July 27th, and I was hoping to have this done by then. If you can turn them in by July 20th, that would give me the time to make the master video.

Thank you in advance.

You can send the videos with the subject of Garbage Trucks around the World to
Code:
[email protected]
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1] Just Cause 3 on: June 23, 2016, 09:10:35 PM
Steam has this and the latest tomb raider game for sale (summer sale) for $51.  I'm tempted, but I keep hearing performance issues for PC.  Has it got better?  I know the story is pretty much absent, and that's fine, but how is it now?
24  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: June 23, 2016, 06:54:13 PM
was hoping isgrimnur or caine would have listed the sales here Tongue  damn store is sllowwwww
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: June 19, 2016, 04:28:36 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on June 18, 2016, 11:58:50 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on June 18, 2016, 11:18:21 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on June 18, 2016, 10:04:21 AM

gonna miss my voice commands greatly

Voice commands are still in with the "S" version, but will have to use the headset mic

better than nothing, but it means I can't toggle mute to you guys when saying 'record that' anymore.

ya, but when they hear you say that thinking of it as a shaming moment Tongue
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Car fire in my garage on: June 04, 2016, 08:05:07 PM
wow!  Glad you and the fam are ok. 
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Team Ethan] Great Strides 2016 on: May 22, 2016, 03:03:29 AM
Thank you GT for your support, while we didn't meet out team goal of $10,000 our chapter exceeded our goal of $250,000 by fundraising more than $261,000.
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Team Ethan] Great Strides 2016 on: May 21, 2016, 02:41:17 AM
One last bump for our walk tomorrow.  Thank you for all the support
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Uncharted 4 on: May 11, 2016, 06:28:41 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 11, 2016, 05:44:09 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on May 11, 2016, 05:32:42 PM

Man, this game is flat out the best looking game I've ever seen. The graphics are incredible, and it truly is like playing a movie. The dialog is incredibly well written and believable and I can totally picture someone like Jeremy Renner or Nathan Fillion playing Drake in an actual Uncharted movie.

I loved the quiet scene at Drake's house and his conversation with Elena. There is an awesome game within a game moment there that just blew me away.

I am tired as hell this morning but I want to get right back into it tonight.

The game within a game was really great, but what made it so perfect was the seemless dialogue while playing.  Incredible.


Also, I didn't get very far.  How long can you play it?

you get 3 lives...
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Disney Infinity 3.0 Star Wars on: May 11, 2016, 05:29:49 PM
ya this blows. My kid loves this series and it's really his first games he sunk his teeth into.

Anyone know if they will keep the servers up so people can still upload content and download content?
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Uncharted 4 on: May 11, 2016, 05:51:59 AM
man this game doesn't disappoint.  played it for 3 nights now, and just oozes with atmosphere
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