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3881  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Career change? on: November 07, 2006, 07:40:42 PM

Quote from: Calvin on November 07, 2006, 07:17:04 PM

I wouldn't mind a career change to computers-some sort of consulting work, but I can't imagine how to get started.

That's exactly where I'm at right now.  I don't know what area I should be focusing, should I be going for a minor or get a 2nd degree.   I just want to get the ball starting now, and not when we have two little kids running around Tongue

My wife wants to be a stay at home, that is always something she has dreamed about.  We got into a huge argument over this last night, and told her not all dreams come true, and it's highly likely we're going to need two incomes.  I told her I'd like that too, but in reality, it might not be feasable.  She thinks by moving out of state will solve our problems.  It might help, but she also needs to consider the cost of living vs salary changes too.
3882  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Career change (Updated) on: November 07, 2006, 06:50:11 PM
I think I need a career change.  It's not because I don't like my job, in fact, I work with great people and my work is interesting (analyzing fatal traffic collisions, can be quite interesting and sad) but the pay isn't good.  With being married now and starting a family a few years, we need to be bringing in more income. 

I majored in Criminal Justice, and my goal was to be involved in law enforcement.  My priorities changed over time I realized my personality doesn't really fit in that type of environment.  I wished I listened to myself and others, so that I didn't waste any time.  But it was always a dream of mine, and it's not bad to follow them.

Anyways, I think I need a career change.  Computers has also been an interest to me, and also considered this as a career choice.  I have applied for a few jobs within the state and for the CHP in the IT field, but never got them.  I think the main reason is because I don't have a degree in a computer related field.  I have many many years of experience, but even I know I'm limited.

So, now I'm thinking of going back to school.  Money is tight, but I think we could to sacrifice now, in order to be more secure in the future.  I can't afford the tech schools, but can swing going back to California State University Sacramento, and work on a second degree during the night.  It might take a few years, but by then we should be debt free, and in a better position. 

I would like to stay with the State, since it has great benefits and incentives, and there's a lot of IT jobs throughout the departments.  My question is, what should I focus on.  I'm thinking of networking, since programming is certainly not something I'm interested.

What do you guys think?  What classes should I be taking?  I'm planning on meeting with an advisor at school, I'd like to see how much this would cost as well.  The good thing, I already have a degree so I don't have spend all this time doing GE classes.
3883  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Feeling sick - Need your help please. on: November 07, 2006, 06:14:31 PM
If you're at work now, go home now, and go to bed.  Sleep does wonders
3884  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Blockbuster Online - Total Access. on: November 04, 2006, 04:39:49 PM

Quote from: Tebunker on November 04, 2006, 04:03:30 PM

does anyone else have any history with GameZnFlix? I live within 2 hours of DC so hopefully I'd get great turn around. But since they are relatively new and small, I am worried about value and service quality, would love to hear any feedback on them.

I used gamesnflix a few years ago (remember Eco-Logic?  He was the one pimping this because he had some stock or some investment into it)  And it basically sucked.  Selection was bad, and response time really slow.  However that was 2 years ago, and now I guess they have a distribution center in my city.
3885  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Blockbuster Online - Total Access. on: November 04, 2006, 04:36:49 PM
I used to be a Netflix fanboy.  In fact, they are a great company.  However, BB has more to offer.  I was getting the 2 movie plan at Netflix for $14/month.  It was fine for me, but Blockbuster started their new deal where you can get 3 movies for $17 a month, plus a free movie every week.  So I basically just doubled my allotment for $3.00.  Response times are pretty much the same as netflix (that was the biggest issue, if it was slower, I would have stayed with netflix)  Now with this new program, it's even better, and  I'll even get more movies. 
3886  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How do you POSSIBLY do it !!! on: October 30, 2006, 12:24:58 AM
man that's a total embarrassment especially losing to the raiders. 
3887  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My issues with... on: October 27, 2006, 06:08:56 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 27, 2006, 05:37:38 PM

There are different levels of addiction, though.  In the example you cited, I think anyone would agree that your BIL has a serious problem.    If he refuses to see it as a problem, then he does deserve some measure of contempt.  However, I think it would be more contempt for his stubborness/willfull ignorance of his family's well-being rather than contempt simply because he's addicted.  One doesn't always come with the other.

In my case, I was/am addicted to chewing tobacco.   I haven't hurt anyone else with my addiction.  I haven't yet had any health problems due to my addiction.  It was actually a very relaxing habit that I quite enjoyed.  However, I'm quitting simply because I wanted to save a few $$ each month and I knew that it eventually may lead to some health issues.  What about that sort addiction would deserve to be "looked down on"?

Not trying to troll here, I'm honestly just curious as to the reasoning.


I'm glad you decided to stop chewing tobacco even if it's just because of money.  But one thing that bugs me is this statement  "I haven't hurt anyone else with my addiction"   Now , I don't personally, so I have to ask, are you married?  If you are, you are hurting someone, you're hurting your family.  Maybe not now, but possible down the road.  They are the ones who will have to take care of you because of the addiction.  Even if you're not married, you hurting the average joe, because we are spending millions in taxes to healthcare (hospitals, EMS, county services) because of people's addictions.
3888  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sid Meier's Railroads! demo on the front page on: October 27, 2006, 02:27:51 PM
It's true I wanted a Railroad Tycoon remake, but more importantly I wanted a fun gaming experience.  Instead, it's more of lets babysit the train routes, thanks to the crappy signal system and train backlogs
3889  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / MOVED: Want a New Pocket PC? Dell is on Sale! on: October 25, 2006, 04:57:18 AM
This topic has been moved to Steals and Deals.
3890  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / 24 - Day 6 Trailer on: October 25, 2006, 03:12:42 AM
looks awesome. 
3891  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Dawn of War: Dark Crusade for Sale on: October 23, 2006, 11:29:46 PM
$25 shipped, comes with manual and box
3892  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MOVED: My Thoughts on Tiger Woods 07 (360) on: October 19, 2006, 06:56:46 PM
My thoughts are, this post should have been posted in the sports forum Sports Gaming Discussions.
3893  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Apologies on: October 19, 2006, 02:29:13 PM
Thanks for the apology, but I don't think you were the problem yesterday.
3894  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Miss me?.....need hardware help on: October 18, 2006, 05:24:34 PM

Let me know if you want this locked.  The vulters smell blood and they won't stop until all the scraps are gone.
3895  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Railroads Impressions! on: October 18, 2006, 02:48:01 PM
I got about 4 hours into it, and so far I'm enjoying it, but theres something missing.  Here are the Pro's and Con's


Firaxis really captures the atmosphere
Great Graphics
Sound is authentic
Laying track is pretty simple most of the time, with occasional frustrations

Gametime is way too fast
Cities do not match Era
Laying track can be difficult at times, especially with signals.  Signals are back, but you can't place them anywhere you'd like, the game does it for you, which sometimes causes huge traffic jams.  In the original Sid Meier's RRT, you could place signals wherever you wanted, that way you can space trains out preventing bottlenecks.
Maps are too small, Cities are not spaced far enough
The game isn't as detailed as the original, there's no bank to loan out money
The game suffers the same fatal flaw that CIV IV did, memory leakage big time.  After 30 mins of play I have to exit the game start it up again, otherwise I'm getting 3 fps.  While the engine is pretty, it has it's problems, and it should have been fixed by now, this is the 3rd generation of it.
3896  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lasik surgery tomorrow on: October 16, 2006, 07:27:32 PM
I know VSP covers this, not all, but a certain percentage.
3897  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EA now offering cheat codes as microtransactions on: October 16, 2006, 07:21:04 PM
I don't own a 360 or a console, but I have no problem with it.  What's the difference with calling a 900 # to get it?  That's what EA did and still do on their games.  Now it's more easily accessible, and not so embarrassing when you get the phone bill Tongue
3898  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Got my PS3 reserved (a report from the lines) on: October 11, 2006, 04:11:36 AM
Let's try to keep this topic on topic, and keeping the arguing down to a minimum. 

Personally if people are dumb enough to buy it for $400 above retail, that's their own fault, and I don't see the problem why people can't profit off their stupidity.
3899  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii and PS3 preorders begin tomorrow. on: October 10, 2006, 03:27:04 PM

Quote from: Hetz on October 10, 2006, 02:46:27 PM

I decided to go over to my local EB this morning about line!  icon_biggrin

So, I waited in my car until about 8:45AM and decided to sit in front of the store. About 15 minutes later a couple more people showed up.....and at 9:30AM they let us in to preorder.

I am now #1 on the list at my local EB!   nod

Like I said, you have to be the luckiest guy in the world.  Do you ever play the lottery?
3900  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Prince of Persia Two Thrones for Sale on: October 09, 2006, 06:15:25 PM
Prince of Persia Two Thrones Xbox $15 shipped
3901  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MOVED: My townhome was broken into this morning. 360 and other items stolen. on: October 07, 2006, 03:42:46 PM
Moved to Off Topic board Off-Topic.
3902  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Columbus Day weekend on: October 06, 2006, 06:29:27 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on October 06, 2006, 04:58:30 PM

+1 to being a federal employee!

+1 to being a state worker

I also have today off.  Erin decided to shove spaghetti noodles down the garbage disposal.  So, I let the water slowly drain overnight, and woke up this morning and used draino to see if that worked.  If not, was going to call the apt manager, and if they can't work on it, I was going to call a plumber.  I called in today, and thankfully, draino worked, and I just scored a day off smile  4 day weekend for me!
3903  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MOVED: Dell Zxim X30 I no longer use on: October 03, 2006, 06:58:12 PM
I'm an idiot, this was supposed to be moved to the Trading Forum...
3904  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Well, I'm back (with Pics) on: October 03, 2006, 06:55:16 PM
For those who didn't notice Tongue , I was gone since Sep 22nd getting married and on the honeymoon.
The wedding was nearly perfect.  Only one thing went wrong, and it was really minor.  The DJ played our dance song during the unity candle lighting.  So we just swapped out songs.

Our wedding was an outdoor wedding, and that day it was forcasted with gusts of winds in the 20-30 mph range.  Somehow as soon as the wedding started the winds calmed. 

That morning I woke up with butterflies in my stomach, and it quickly went away.  I kept waiting to become nervous, but nothing happened.  I was calm all day and before the wedding ceremony.  That really surprised me.  I was actually more nervous on saying my toast than getting married.  I'm glad it was this way, it let me focus on the moment.

We spent about 1.5 hours taking pictures with the wedding party.  Erin and I didn't want to see each other before the wedding so we had scheduled to take more pictures between the ceremony and reception and the next day.  That kinda sucked, because she had to get her hair done again and put on the dress again.  But it was nice.  While we were at the park the next day, there was another wedding going on, and a bystander told us that Erin's dress was more beautiful smile

The wedding started a little late due to people arriving late because of a traffic accident.

The ceremony went perfectly until we got to the wedding vows.  It should have been really easy since we're just repeating after the pastor.  Well, one of the vows were "I will never laugh at you, only with you" (something like that).  We were practicing them in the "groom's" room and I was jokingly saying, "I will always laugh at you, never with you".  Well it came time to say the vows for real, and I slipped.  I actually said the lines that I said in the "groom's room"

This is her reaction...

I had the whole audience laughing, and it took me a second to realize what I had said.

The ceremony went quick and we were both kinda shocked how fast it went and realized we were now married smile

After pictures we headed to the reception.  My side of the family are huge football/sports fans, so I thought it would be cool to have the groomsmen where NFL jerseys over their Tuxedos and the bridesmaids to have pom poms.  We had them introduced and they formed a human tunnel  (like you see the cheerleaders do at football games) while having the FOX NFL theme song played.  After everyone was announced, we ran through the tunnel.  It was a blast.

After that everything was a blur.  The time went by so fast.  The reception started at 6:30 or so, and by 9pm people were leaving.  We had a lot of families with kids, so people were dropping like flies.  By 10pm it was just the wedding party.  So we ended early, and helped clean up a little.  We made our way up to the suite, and spent at least 30 mins taking apart Erin's hair.  Holy shit, that was crazy.   Our wedding party went up to our room and decorated the room with rose pedals, and drew up a bath for us.    After having a little fun, we got to bed by 1am exhausted.

The next day was just as busy, we went to lunch, took Erin to Ulta to get her hair done, I went home to get some stuff done, and picked her up.  We both got back into the tux and wedding dress and headed to the park to take more pictures.  Went back to Erin's parents house and opened up our wedding gifts.  Went home around 10pm, only to realize Erin forgot her make up so we drove back to her house.  Of course this means Erin has to talk with the family once again, and we ended up leaving at 10:45 and arrived at my house around 11pm.  I didn't take my house keys or phone since Erin had her house keys with her.  Well, she left them on the counter back at her parents house.  So once again we drove back.  I'm getting pissed, cuz I'm tired, and we still had to pack and get to bed since we have to be up by 3:30 am for the airport.  We drive back pick up the keys, and head home.  We didn't get to bed till 12:30.  So we had 3 hours of sleep, and it's difficult to sleep on the plane, so we just crashed when we got to the hotel.

At the time it wasn't really funny, but now that we look bad we laugh and wondered how did we survive without fighting smile

So now the honeymoon.

We went to Maui and stayed at the embassy suites.  We check in and found out they upgraded our room since they found out we were on our honeymoon.  We had a great deal to begin with.  Erin's father had a timeshare with them, and he gave us a owner referral package, where it's basically $150 a night for 5 nights, and they pay for the rental car.  We also learn that they have complimentary breakfast (and I mean it's the works, so much food) and complimentary cocktails from 4pm to 6pm.  Well they upgraded our rooms for free and we ended up staying in one of the newly remodeled suites on the top floor (12th floor) with an ocean view.  We find out these rooms are worth $700 a night, we paid $150 a night.  Here was our view...

They also gave us two activity packages for free.  We were only supposed to have one, but they gave us another.  Not only that, we did the timeshare presentation and they gave us $100 in gift cards to use at restaurants, shops or hotel room incidentals.  We used that for Ruth's Chris (awesome steak by the way) and for the internet and a movie.  We end up going to the catamaran (snorkeling adventure) and a luau.  My parents bought us a dinner cruise.  We figured that was more than enough to occupy us, so basically we didn't have to pay for any excursions.

So here's what we did

Sunday - Slept and lounged
Monday - Went to the tropical plantation

Tuesday - Went to the Luau

Wednesday- Went to Haleakala Volcano

Thursday - Went to the catamaran and did some snorkeling at Molokini and went to Turtle Town.  On the way back we saw some dolphins.  Don't have pictures available for that at the moment
Friday - Went on a sunset dinner cruise

Saturday - Was exhausted and just stayed around the pool

Sunday was really crazy.  We had to take 4 different flights to get back home.

We got to the airport at 3pm and arrived home at 9:30 am the next day.

Anyways, now we are putting together the apartment, and working on the budget.  I was hoping this week would start to slow down, that's not going to happen.
3905  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / MOVED: Dell Zxim X30 I no longer use on: October 03, 2006, 04:06:02 PM
This topic has been moved to Trading Forum
3906  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MOVED: Great Madden Wii preview at IGN on: October 03, 2006, 04:01:43 PM
Sports Forum.
3907  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Motorola RAZR Phone Battery Life? on: September 30, 2006, 08:53:57 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 30, 2006, 02:30:35 PM

Can't you guys get a new phone before your contract runs out, or are you really dissatisfied with your current provider?

I hate cingular, and if I get a new phone it will extend my contract.  So I'm stuck.
3908  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Motorola RAZR Phone Battery Life? on: September 30, 2006, 08:15:35 AM
i hate my razr, i make about 3 calls that last maybe less than 5 mins each and i'll get a low battery signal.  It happens all the time. I'm stuck with this phone till July 07.  I dont' know how long I'll last.
3909  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Current Hall of Fame QBs on: September 21, 2006, 03:39:36 PM
Don't forget about Alex Smith... smile
3910  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jackass 2 the movie on: September 20, 2006, 12:01:13 AM
hehe, funny. 
3911  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jackass 2 the movie on: September 19, 2006, 05:07:40 AM
Man, I'm in a tough bind.  Do I go see jackass with my groomsmen, or do I get married.  Why does this movie have to be released on my wedding day.  Why couldn't it have been released this last weekend during my bachelor party frown
3912  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Skin Forum? on: September 14, 2006, 02:31:11 AM

Quote from: Nth Power on September 14, 2006, 12:51:39 AM

How about just having one big skin thread that everyone adds to? 

Honestly, whether or not there is a weekly "skin" thread isn't a big deal to me.  Don't get me wrong, I get a kick out of it as much as the next guy, but I can live without it if it's causing friction.  I think it became more of a traditional weekly thing rather than all of us sitting and waiting for Ron to put up the Sunday Skin, so now it seems a little strange if it doesn't show up.

If people can't post something about a particular game in a thread that's already been posted, what makes you think people will post their skin in one master thread?

Anyways, we're still discussing in the mod forums, just waiting for a response.  Nothing has been decided as of now.
3913  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Which digital camera to get? on: September 11, 2006, 09:32:09 PM
Ok times up!  Lets stay on topic.  Kobra, you do have to realize you're not always right about everything.  Lee and Scott wasn't being insulting towards you or anyone, they were just clarifying things that were incorrectly stated.

Lee, Scott, while I'm sure Xmann and others appreciate your help (and continue to help) lets not add more fuel.

3914  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Skin Forum? on: September 11, 2006, 07:17:44 PM
I like this idea, and often thought of this as well.  I made a post in the mod forum to start the discussion.
3915  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Most Important First-Person Shooters of All Time on: September 08, 2006, 06:57:55 PM
Halo only made a difference for the console and even for a console, it was pretty bland.  Poor level design.  What halo did for the console was, made FPS games workable using a joystick, and offered great multiplayer.    It did nothing significant for the pc crowd.  The pc version was bland and offered nothing new.

While FPS games were popular before Half Life, Half Life was the one that merged everything together, solid graphics, awesome sound, great AI, and a compelling story.  Before that, you would get pieces of that in different FPS games, never found in one game.
3916  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: PoP Two Thrones Xbox/Car Speakers, Various PC games 4 Sale on: September 06, 2006, 02:45:12 AM
just realized, I meant V the Mini- Series Part 1 Tongue
3917  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: PoP Two Thrones Xbox/Car Speakers, Various PC games 4 Sale on: September 06, 2006, 02:44:30 AM
wtf, I don't even own V for Vendetta, I don't even remember typing that too.

3918  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / PoP Two Thrones Xbox/Car Speakers, Various PC games 4 Sale on: September 06, 2006, 12:01:58 AM
Prince of Persia Two Thrones $15 shipped

PC Games
Joint Operations Typhoon Rising ($7.00 Shipped)
No One Lives for Ever 2 ($7.00 Shipped)
Diablo II ($7.00 Shipped)
*Buy 2 for $12 shipped
Buy all 3 for $17 shipped

DVDs (all widescreen)
The Manchurian Conflict ($7.00 Shipped)
V the TV Series (part 1) ($4.00 shipped)
Dodgeball (7.00 shipped)
Sin City (not the special edition that came out fairly recently) $10 shipped)
*Midnight Cowboy ($4.00 shipped)
*High Noon  ($4.00 shipped)
*A Midsummer Night's Dream ($4.00 shipped)
*Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil ($4.00 shipped)

*These came from my fiance from her bridal shower.  People attending the bridal showere were assigned a time of the day, and the person had to shop for that particular time of day. 

Car Speakers
Polk Audio GXR Coaxial 6 1/2"  (GXR6E) $45 shipped

Figure I'll try here, but doubt it will sell...

Viewsonic 19CRT P95F+ Professional Series ($80 + shipping, or if you pick up no shipping Tongue )

3919  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 05, 2006, 06:44:45 PM

Quote from: GuidoTKP on September 05, 2006, 05:50:33 PM

This may be the wronginest wrong thing to come out of wrongville in a while ....

That's so wrong. biggrin
3920  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / GT Code of Conduct on: September 01, 2006, 05:52:14 AM

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