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4041  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I am playing with my Wii now :) who else has it? on: November 20, 2006, 07:39:17 PM
By plugging it into my PC monitor, that doesn't make it in hd right?  Or does it?  That's where I'm confused, would it look better on the monitor than my standard def tv?
4042  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How much credit card debt does your household have? on: November 20, 2006, 07:34:33 PM
Ours is high.  Higher than most here I'd say.  Nothing to be proud about.  Now that we're married our debt has been combined.  And it's scary looking at it on paper.  However, we plan on getting out of debt in 1.5 years.  I've drew up a budget, spoke to an advisor who asked me what I have done so far, and he said that was the exact plan he was going to suggest.  He said we are on the right track, we addressed the issue, taken steps to fix it, now we just have to follow it.  Well, it's been 2 months, and we've already paid off the wedding rings, and 3 cards, with 2 more cards being paid off in December.  We ended up using most of our wedding money towards debt.  It sucked, but it had to be done, if we want to reach our goals. 

Basically my plan is, pay off the smaller balances first.  We do this for two reasons, we're both visual people, we need to see progress.  By tackling the bigger balance first, it would take longer to pay it off obviously, and not see any results fast enough.  Now we see less bills coming in because of it.  Secondly, by paying off the smaller balances, that's less minimum payments we have to pay. 

I pay the min payments for the cards with the highest balance, I figure how much we have to pay on non-credit card bills, savings, allowance, and misc, and put the rest as a bonus payment to one single card.  As we pay off cards, I use the minimum payments we used to pay and apply it to a different card as a bonus payment.

So everymonth, the bonus payments get bigger and bigger, while the min payments and balance decrease.  We only use 2 credit cards right now, and I make sure to pay them off as we spend.  I do that every Saturday.  We have a United Miles card and a American Airlines Card, and Erin is close to getting a free ticket, so once she gets that, we're going to cancel that card as well, and just rely on the United.  So far it's working, we're not getting behind, and the plan is doable.  We live off of $40 a month for personal allowance, $70 for date nights, (anything we don't use, will carry over to the next month) and $70 for misc funds. 

It makes us think before using the money, and it still gives us some freedom to do some things once in a while.

We should be paid off by Mar 2008 or sooner.
4043  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I am playing with my Wii now :) who else has it? on: November 20, 2006, 07:05:34 PM
Grrr, I had my mind made up for the Xbox 360 for my christmas list, now I'm not sure.

Things to consider.  I don't have a HDTV and probably won't for a few years.  So by getting an Xbox 360, I won't see it in it's full glory for some time.

However, the games interest me moreso than the Wii.  

But, the Wii is cheaper, and the controls seem really cool.   The sports pack would be up my alley, and I'd probably enjoy zelda, but everything else that I've seen so far didn't really interest me.

Would I be making a mistake going for the xbox 360 even though I don't have the hdtv?  However, I just remembered, (long long weekend) I planned on hooking the xbox 360 up to my 20 inch widescreen lcd monitor.
4044  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Best player who has ever played football retires this Sunday on: November 20, 2006, 06:18:30 PM
I was able to go to the game thanks to the generosity of Pyperkub (from OO, not sure he visits here).  I got to see the niners claim 2nd place, stuff the seahawks, and more importantly see Jerry retire.  I was there on his last game as a niner, and that was emotional, but this day took the cake.  It had meaning.  Not only did he retire as a niner, the niners beat the division champion and is now back in the playoff hunt. 

During Jerry's introduction, he was introduced as the Greatest Player Ever, so, i'm not the only one who thinks so (but I do admit, the announcer is biased, plus he'd probably lose his job Tongue)  But no other player can compare to Jerry, and I'm not just referring to stats.
4045  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch Thread on: November 18, 2006, 06:38:44 PM
4046  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Best player who has ever played football retires this Sunday on: November 17, 2006, 10:35:34 PM

Quote from: Scott on November 17, 2006, 10:27:26 PM

It is about time he retires.  He's been a disgrace playing the past few years, and extending his playing career the way he has.  Athletes need to release when there career is over, and at least retire somewhat close to what they were.  Rice was horrible at the end.  A real shame that many people will remember him for how poor a player he became, and not for what he once was.  My memories of him will be that he couldn't catch on with the Broncos at the end of his career.  To bad.

Drew Bledsoe Sucks, he's the most over-rated QB in history of the NFL...
4047  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The Best player who has ever played football retires this Sunday on: November 17, 2006, 10:02:30 PM
This Sunday Jerry Rice #80 retires as a 49er this Sunday.  Ironically the 49ers' opponent is Rice's former team, the Seattle Seahawks.

Saturday he will sign with the 49ers only to retire the next day when they play. 

Rice has been a hero to me as a kid, and is the true meaning of an athelete.

The hallmark of Rice’s career was his unparalleled work ethic and demanding off-season training program. His grueling workouts began at Roger Craig’s infamous 2.5 mile hill, carried on to the track for speed running, and then to the football field for route precision before concluding with weights at the gym. Sweat was poured, skills were refined, and that fourth quarter stamina took root.

“I put the work in and it paid off because it took my conditioning to a whole different level,” said Rice. “When everyone else was tired, the opposing team, I was at my best. I was fresh and now I could just go to work and do whatever I had to do to put my team in a position to play.”

Rice set the gold standard for how to train, and how hard one must work to be a superstar. Yet, upon Rice’s initial retirement press conference in Denver in 2005, the Crawford, Mississippi native claimed that all the work he’d put in on and off the grid-iron still didn’t amount to how hard his father worked as a bricklayer.

Jerry Rice's Career Accomplishments

- Three Time Super Bowl Champion - XXIII, XXIV, & XXIX
- Super Bowl XXIII MVP
- Ten-Time Probowl Selection

NFL Records
- Receiving Yards - 22,895
- Receptions 1,549
- Touchdown Receptions 197
- Touchdown Receptions in a singe season 22
- Receiving Yards gained in a single season 1,848
- Consecutive games with at least one reception 274

I'm hoping they put out for one passing play, that would be great.

4048  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The 'I Got A PS3!' Thread on: November 17, 2006, 09:46:48 PM

Quote from: gellar on November 17, 2006, 09:42:45 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on November 17, 2006, 09:40:14 PM

Quote from: gellar on November 17, 2006, 09:26:37 PM

Quote from: ATB on November 17, 2006, 09:25:32 PM

1. You waste lots of money. You are like gellar x2

That is unfair.  You only think that because I've never shown photos of my stuff.


I've posted a few pictures at Octopus Overlords of some of my newest toys (such as my DVD changer and Fireball organization system), but even my spending habits are dwarfed in comparison.

Well, just to set the facts straight... I'm not saying I am to Hetz level of insanity.

I'm just sayin' he's not twice as bad.  Maybe 1.5x.  Just sayin'.


Ya, Hetz doesn't flaunt it as nearly as much as you do Tongue 

P.S. Say goodbye to Jerry for me Tongue
4049  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The 'I Got A PS3!' Thread on: November 17, 2006, 09:19:22 PM
Man you must be a millionaire, or you rob banks for a living
4050  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch Thread on: November 17, 2006, 03:28:18 PM
woot, sacramento made the news! (well Elk Grove, but it's the same thing)
New PS3 consoles stolen at gunpoint

Some people can't wait: Two gunmen stormed an Elk Grove store Thursday morning and made off with four coveted PlayStation 3 video game consoles, a day before they were to go on sale.

The two robbers, wearing ski masks and black jackets and described as 6-foot-3, hit the GameStop on Laguna Boulevard about 10:30 a.m., according to Elk Grove police. They left without injuring customers or employees.

The robbers at GameStop also stole several 2005 model Microsoft Xbox 360 game systems. But those are so last year.
4051  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Christmas starting earlier again on: November 15, 2006, 11:31:59 PM

Quote from: Kobra on November 15, 2006, 10:26:42 PM

1 of my local stations went Christmas Music officially, about 3 weeks ago.....  saywhat

Looks like everyone is trying to make October the start of Christmas. I have a nagging suspicion it is the greedy fucking retailers conspiring to do it.   No problem here, I do *ALL* of my Xmas shopping over the summer so I don't have to deal with nonsense crowds and turbo-mean people in rushes.

Costco had their christmas displays up in October.  (sorry I had to do it, but it's true)
4052  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Scalper = Asshole on: November 15, 2006, 10:11:24 PM
Lordebonstone, for someone who has been warned time after time and supspended time and time on this board for being a troll, it would be wise stop your behaviour before it's too late.
4053  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: New, in box, sealed Dell 17" LCD monitor for sale **PRICE DROPPED AGAIN** on: November 15, 2006, 08:56:06 PM
please make sure to leave the same glowing feedback in the feedback thread, that way he will get the appropriate credit.
4054  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MOVED: Regarding complaining on forums... :D on: November 15, 2006, 06:48:31 PM
This topic has been moved to Off-Topic.
4055  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch Thread on: November 15, 2006, 06:31:04 PM
here's Fry's ad for the PS3 Bundle (don't think you can order online)
4056  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Stranger Than Fiction on: November 12, 2006, 12:48:40 AM
Went out on our first date night since we've been married (sad) and saw Will Ferrel's newest movie, Stranger than Fiction.  What a great movie.  It was a comedy (tragedy maybe Tongue) movie but not like his typical movies.  It was more of a smart man's \ thinking man's comedy, which I had no business being there.  I won't give away the plot, but will recommend it, even if you don't like Will Ferrell, he's not his typical self. 
4057  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: LOST kicked so much unholy ass tonight (11/01) on: November 09, 2006, 04:26:03 PM
I'm liking this season.  Way better than season 2, the flow is perfect.  I felt they have too many characters and spent too much time with them, causing the storyline to be really drawn out.  This season, they pretty much ignored most of them and focused on the rest, which in turn changed the pace of the show to something more appealing.
4058  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.
4059  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.
4060  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
4061  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.
4062  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. 
4063  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. 
4064  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.
4065  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
4066  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.
4067  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / 24 - Day 6 Trailer on: October 25, 2006, 03:12:42 AM
looks awesome. 
4068  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
4069  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.
4070  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.
4071  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.
4072  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.
4073  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.
4074  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
4075  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.
4076  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?
4077  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
4078  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.
4079  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!
4080  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...
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