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121  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Duolingo -- anyone using it to learn a language? on: March 16, 2013, 03:43:37 PM
I'm using Duolingo to learn French.

Just wondering if anyone else here is using it? My username is same as here.
122  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RIP Google Reader on: March 15, 2013, 04:10:39 PM
I've heard a lot about Feedly, too. What iOS apps support it? Does it hide articles you've already read?
123  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's The Coolest Thing You've Ever Won? on: February 23, 2013, 04:54:04 PM
A golden N64 controller (not actual gold, mind) from coming in second place for the fastest completion of a course in Mario Kart 64.
124  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: GT Giveaway thread on: February 22, 2013, 03:31:12 PM
Deus Ex.
125  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Deus Ex for free. on: February 21, 2013, 10:44:33 PM
You pay for shipping, of course -- I'm not taking a loss. But otherwise, those are free:

System Shock 2 GONE
Far Cry GONE
Deus Ex
126  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Anyone want a few games? on: February 21, 2013, 10:42:12 PM

Quote from: Ascendent on February 13, 2013, 09:51:53 PM

Alright thanks for letting me know, I'll remove them.

Like vultures, huh. Swarming in to snap up codes without posting a "thanks" or "I've taken xxx".
127  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's The Coolest Forum You've Ever Padded On? on: February 19, 2013, 07:01:11 PM
I've sure done some of my padding share on GG...
128  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [?] Buying an iPad Soon[ on: February 17, 2013, 06:02:56 AM
Had the original iPad, now the 3rd Generation. Both 16 GB. Never really had serious problems. I did run out of memory, but after deleting a couple of apps I don't really use, I'm good.

As for transferring media, I never use iTunes. I just toss them in my Dropbox folder and it shows up on the iPad. I favorite the ones I want to view offline when required. Easy.

As for conversion, the iPad's native video player only supports .mp4 or .mov, but if you don't want to convert, just buy a player that supports other formats. AVPlayerHD is a good one I hear.
129  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Are You Stepping Into the Next Gen? on: February 02, 2013, 11:53:27 PM
Backlog, how I curse ye!

I'm generally on the previous-gen systems. Once the PS4/XBox Next (or whatever) comes out, I'll likely be mashing the controllers of PS3/360.

On the plus side, doing that saves me massive amounts of money! smile
130  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you do your own Taxes? on: February 01, 2013, 02:31:43 AM
Did them by hand. But that's only because my taxes are super-simple.

The most complicated part is having two W-2s (switched jobs mid-year).
131  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jail-breaking your subsidized phone is now illegal on: January 26, 2013, 04:49:16 PM
Jailbreaking ≠ unlocking. Jus' sayin'.
132  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: January 25, 2013, 07:08:46 PM
This is where they explain why stormtroopers always miss.

They're blinded by lens flare!

(not mine, read this somewhere on the interwebs)
133  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Watching Star Wars in the 'Machete Order' on: January 15, 2013, 09:44:26 PM
Found this link via Daring Fireball.

A good read on how to watch Star Wars episodes II-IV;

I think I'm going to try his "Machete Order" of watching the films. He seems to make a strong argument for the order.

134  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FS: iPad mini, Wi-Fi, 16gb, black on: January 14, 2013, 09:50:40 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on January 11, 2013, 12:36:11 AM

I'd like to be on your gift distribution list if you guys get iPad minis in bulk!

I wonder if you would be able to take advantage of Apple's rather amazing 1 year support if you bought this without a receipt?  (not you but whomever buys it)

Yes you can -- however without a receipt if you disagree with the date of purchase in their database you're SOL. But other than that, you're good without a receipt.
135  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [book] Wheel of Time 14: A Memory of Light on: January 08, 2013, 08:35:39 PM
From the titles above, it seems that I misremembered -- it's actually the last 4 books, not 2, that was pretty good. So you have to slog through 4 crappy books, which doesn't sound so bad without the waiting between books biggrin

Quote from: JCC on January 08, 2013, 07:21:04 PM

I would call New Spring an optional thing and not required reading. I definitely wouldn't start with New Spring since it will spoil things in the first book at least. I think it was intended to be read by people after reading the first few books.

I actually thought New Spring sucked, even though it seems many liked it. Dunno.
136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playstation 2 R.I.P. on: January 08, 2013, 02:11:11 AM
Shadow of the Colossus. Played on a ~150" screen thrown by a 720p projector against a white wall.

The most epic gaming experience I've ever had.
137  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [book] Wheel of Time 14: A Memory of Light on: January 08, 2013, 01:39:38 AM

Quote from: ATB on January 07, 2013, 11:55:45 PM

So, it's probably ridiculous to ask, but is the series worth reading?

Well, the first 6 or so books are pretty awesome. Then it sucked for books 7-11. Then it became awesome again for books 12 and 13.

I can't wait to read this, but that's only because I read all the previous books. Would I start if I haven't? I'm not so sure...

As for what type of fantasy it is, I would say it's its own beast. But if I must choose, I think it's slightly closer to Martin than Tolkien. But it's still nothing like those two authors.
138  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Firefox popped up with a 'Reported Attack site' message on GT on: December 29, 2012, 10:24:23 PM
Finally gone here, too. Using Safari.
139  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Northeast blizzard! on: December 27, 2012, 01:46:41 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on December 26, 2012, 10:56:03 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on December 26, 2012, 10:11:11 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 26, 2012, 07:48:58 PM

Quote from: Harpua3 on December 26, 2012, 06:02:12 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on December 26, 2012, 03:00:20 PM

Cleveland isn't in the Northeast.

Last I heard we (Boston) are expecting a typical slopstorm (what they call "a wintery mix") tonight, changing to heavy rain and high winds tomorrow.

Actually I agree with you, BUT;). This area IS considered the northeast, look it up. It doesn't make much sense, but that's what it is;).

the Census Bureau called and said you're wrong.

I'm just surprised to see Maryland and Delaware are considered The South.  Tongue

I suppose the Census Bureau has the final word, but other sources I checked are inconsistent about those two states. As someone who lives here, I've always understood the Northeast to mean New England plus NY, PA, and NJ. We will probably admit DE, but I'm going to need to review MD's application more carefully.  

I've always included DC in the northeast, so that'll necessarily include MD.

VA is where it ends, though.
140  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [LTTP] F.E.A.R. on: December 25, 2012, 03:40:57 AM

Quote from: Teggy on December 25, 2012, 03:16:34 AM

Finished up today. Great game, strong all the way through to the end. The story twist was a little cliché, but it was done well, and the ending was great scary fun. I'm glad I didn't give up on getting this out of my backlog.

I thought the beginning was kind of okay, the middle meh, but the end portion was unforgettable.
141  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FS: OEM Windows 7 Ultimate (32-Bit + 64-Bit) FINALLY SOLD on: December 23, 2012, 06:16:06 PM
I posted in KSD's thread that I have Windows 7 I'm willing to sell, and people keep PMing me wanting to buy, and when it's time for them to send me payment, they get scarce.

So I'm putting it up here explicitly. It's Windows 7 Ultimate. The 'official' DVD is 32-bit. I downloaded and made my own 64-bit DVD, which is included.

It's all legit -- the product key is good for BOTH 32-Bit and 64-Bit versions. Proof from a quick Googling

This is the full version.

142  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Prometheus (previously Alien the Prequel) on: December 21, 2012, 03:56:48 PM
I don't think I give a crap about a sequel. They fucked it up from the start.
143  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Superman: Man of Steel on: December 15, 2012, 04:16:48 AM
Decent breakdown of the trailer:
144  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Superman: Man of Steel on: December 13, 2012, 03:32:46 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 13, 2012, 02:56:20 AM

I kind of specifically indicated that zany wasn't necessary.  And Returns is not for me, either.

I'm all for a realistic Superman movie, but that's still possible without making the whole thing drip with somber gloom.

The somber, gloomy parts of the Batman trilogy are my favorite. You can say that it's because it's the fucking Batman, and this is Superman -- which is true. But a dark take on Superman is looking HOLY SHIT I SHIT MY PANTS awesome -- just as a zany take on Batman is not-quite-shitting-my-pants-but-still awesome (Adam West anyone?). Different takes on the same heroes.
145  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Superman: Man of Steel on: December 13, 2012, 01:05:45 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 12, 2012, 07:07:09 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on December 12, 2012, 05:38:56 PM

Surprisingly Costner's answer to the young Clark sitting on the back of his pick up is one of the most interesting points of the trailer for me,we have all grown up knowing Pa Kent instilled good into Clark and taught him about Values etc,So Costner's Pa Kent saying that made me raise my eyebrows a little

Man of Steel looks like its going to have a lot of questions and a really interesting story
Agreed. I just don't want Snyder's Superman to be mopey, ya know? I think they can take this different tact without reducing him to a constantly sad, unhappy character in a movie with no sense of fun. imho the first couple Superman films had both a sense of seriousness and a sense of fun, and that's really not easy to balance. I hope Snyder can achieve that.

I can sort of see Nolan's involvement as far as wanting to ground - as much as possible - the story in the concept of "Well, if Superman really could exist, how would our governments and populace respond to it?" Would we embrace him and just welcome him, or would we automatically see him as a walking time-bomb and threat to civilization? Or as a 'weapon of mass destruction' that a government needed to control. And does that veer too far into X-Men territory?  icon_smile

We'll see if a summer movie audience can handle that kind of ambiguity vs., you know, obliterating masses of space aliens. I embrace both. icon_smile

This echoes my concerns as well.  I can't say that these trailers have made me excited for Superman at all.  The color palette alone is quite dim, and that seems to be echoed by the whole tone of the film.  Frankly, it's not really what I'm lookong for from a Superman movie.

I'm willing to give it a try, of course, but if it's just mopey with no sense of fun, they've missed something essential with the character, I think.  A Superman film doesn't have to be light.  The chracter doesn't have to be a boy scout, either, but he shouldn't be grim or morose.

The grim, dark tone of the trailer is what got me really excited about the movie. You want fun and zany? Superman 1, 2 and Returns is for you. I enjoyed those films, but I am really looking forward to a more realistic Superman movie. Well, as realistic as a flying, invulnerable guy from outer space can be, anyway biggrin
146  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Superman: Man of Steel on: December 12, 2012, 05:14:55 AM
The trailer looks SHITS MY PANTS AWESOME.

I can't wait.
147  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: ebay issue - buyer says it never arrived on: December 05, 2012, 09:55:18 PM

Quote from: farley2k on December 04, 2012, 06:35:09 PM

The buyer and I finally sorted this out.  Apparently he has two addresses listed one in Ebay and one on Paypal so I shipped the the wrong one.  I find it kind of annoying that the guy didn't send me a specific message about where he wanted it shipped since he knows he has two addresses but at least the package isn't lost.

Whatever the addresses are, always ship to the one that's listed as "confirmed" on PayPal.
148  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome on: November 23, 2012, 02:42:55 AM

Quote from: Jumangi on November 19, 2012, 12:46:26 AM

This is the basis of the prequel series we should have gotten, not the dull Caprica...

Dunno, I really enjoyed Caprica.
149  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game Collector or Game Churner? on: November 19, 2012, 03:38:34 AM
For a majority of games, I'm a churner. Though I don't exactly "churn", I have a large-ish backlog (tiny compared to some members here!), but once I beat a game, it goes on the Trading Forum (and 99% of the time, eBay afterwards :p).

The exception is Castlevania games. I collect them.
150  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best 42 inch tv for the buck? on: November 19, 2012, 03:36:18 AM
I see sales for 40" televisions for under $200 for Black Friday.


151  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Copy of Windows 7 Pro 64-bit? on: November 16, 2012, 07:36:00 PM
I also have one. Willing to let go for cheap. PM me if interested.
152  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Google Nexus 4 on: November 12, 2012, 11:28:12 PM

Quote from: EddieA on November 12, 2012, 10:50:22 AM

Quote from: ravenvii on November 12, 2012, 04:03:22 AM

Doesn't bother me. Hell, I might be getting the 8 GB one  eek

Do you plan to play any games on it?  If so, I would advise against the 8 GB.  You only get to use about 5 GB of the space, and with some games taking up almost 2 GB, you don't have much room to work with.  I have the 8 GB Google Nexus 7 and I'm constantly running out of space.

Yeah, but very little. I do most of my gaming on my iPad. My games on my iPhone take up ~500 MB total.
153  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Google Nexus 4 on: November 12, 2012, 04:03:22 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 12, 2012, 03:34:37 AM

looked into it, but the biggest flavor coming in at 16 gig with no way to expand shot it down toot sweet.  does look nice though.

Doesn't bother me. Hell, I might be getting the 8 GB one  eek

I don't stuff my phone with music, movies and stuff. My iPhone has 16 GB and I'm only using ~3.5 GB (not including the OS).
154  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Google Nexus 4 on: November 12, 2012, 02:56:45 AM
Anyone psyched for the release of the Nexus 4 on Tuesday?

I know I'm letting myself get into the hype a bit too much, but what the hell. It's fun to be excited about a upcoming gadget!

I'll be switching from iPhone to Android with the Nexus 4. All signs point to this being the perfect opportunity to give Android a try.
155  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: If Weed is Legalize Nationwide, Will You Celebrate 420? on: November 10, 2012, 06:07:46 PM

Quote from: Razgon on November 10, 2012, 06:00:43 PM

I cannot for the life of me figure out if its more harmful than cigarettes and alcohol or not.

I have close family who's life has been screwed over by living a life of alcohol or drugs, and is now paying the price (Memory loss, poor health, unable to work) and as late as this week a local rapper tells about a Hash psychosis that caused him to attack a girl.

Then on the other hand, its medicinal and used by many people who apparently never have any issues with it?

I tried it twice myself, and was extremely sick so have stayed away after that, but man - Its difficult for me to understand what the difference is between these two views on the drug.

I've tried it a couple times as well, and decided it's not for me. But I think the answer to your question is simple enough -- moderation. Same thing with alcohol.
156  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Also gone on: October 30, 2012, 06:10:08 PM
The Gen-X Dual Station. More info about it here;

157  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / SOLD: Kindle Fire (1st Gen) w/ case on: October 16, 2012, 07:25:56 PM
I'm selling my Kindle Fire (first gen). I rarely use it, opting to use my iPad 99% of the time, so I've decided to sell it. It's in pristine condition, comes with the power adapter and red case (see pictures below).

158  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FS: Windows XP Home Edition. on: October 16, 2012, 07:24:42 PM
Updated with price. Definitely want this to go.
159  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FS: Nintendo Wii, XBOX 360 and PC Game plus Videocard (Help me build new PC !) on: October 07, 2012, 05:53:03 AM
Are the prices negotiable? I'm interested in Halo Wars, but $17 seems a bit high...

I've been out of the loop for a while, so feel free to scold me and point me to some eBay auction that's going for twice the price... biggrin
160  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Computer for a 76-year old PC-phobic grandma? :) on: October 05, 2012, 09:08:45 PM
Why not just wipe the Compaq and install a fresh copy of Windows XP on it? That'll likely fix all the issues she's having. The computer's plenty fast enough to do what she does.
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