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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron on: May 02, 2015, 04:25:26 AM
Saw it, loved it, gonna go see it again tomorrow  nod

I will refrain from any spoilers, and actually I don't think plot-wise there is too much to be spoiled, but anyway, I will say there are a couple of action sequences that were just filmed/digitized/presented (or whatever you want to call it) brilliantly.  It was the most I've ever felt like the pages of a comic book were coming alive before my eyes.  The last X-Men movie had a bit of this as well, but this one was like a work of art for someone who's been reading comics for over 40 years.
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - Avenger's - Age of Ultron Edition on: May 01, 2015, 06:34:22 PM
Hehe original Wanderers Forge and then later Wanderers Forge posted back to back.   ninja

I suspect this is only amusing to myself and maybe 1 or 2 other people on the planet.
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [2015] Team Ethan Great Strides Sacramento on: May 01, 2015, 06:14:57 PM
Best of luck again to Team Ethan!!!


P.S.  Don't forget to check if your company does donation matching.  I totally forgot about it but it looks like mine does so I just sent in the request.  Hopefully it gets processed faster than other stuff does around here  icon_smile
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: May 01, 2015, 05:45:19 PM

Quote from: Lee on April 30, 2015, 09:33:48 PM

Quote from: rittchard on April 30, 2015, 08:21:39 PM

First impressions: feels kind of heavy, reminds me of why I stopped wearing watches as my wrist tends to get sweaty.  Sport band is OK for look and feel.  I suspect I'll ultimately prefer the Sport model if it's significantly lighter.  The main unit is a bit chunkier than I'd imagined, it's definitely thicker than the phone.

Screen is gorgeous, but I find myself wiping it off constantly.  OCD.  I'm having a bit of trouble adjusting to the interface, I don't find it as intuitive as I might have hoped.  Pressing "forcefully" was totally hit or miss for me and the crown is not as simple as I'd imagined.  I finally was able to swap to a different face, which is pretty cool.  I'll install a few games and other apps eventually to see how that goes.  Also I don't know if it's my fat fingers or what, but it doesn't seem to respond in the way I want all the time.  Sometimes I think I'm hitting cancel and nothing happens, for example. Then times when I think swiping should do something, it doesn't.  Probably just need some time to get used to, but it feels like it could use some sort of calibration.

It's funny how my first thought was the opposite as far as weight is concerned. This thing is thin and light for me! I don't even notice I am wearing it.

You don't sound impressed otherwise, but it is still early. While your impressions of first use mirror mine, I thought it was pretty cool out of the box. There are certainly quirks though as you pointed out. Interested to hear your impressions over time.

Lee - looks like you got the Sport SG model, correct?  That's the one I really wanted, and still have on order.  I don't know the exact numbers but I did read it is significantly lighter than the SS.  I used to be a total watch person, nothing fancy but it was just a habit for probably around 30 years.  I still remember my first Star Wars red LED watch as a kid, I loved that thing.  But now that I'm older and fatter, I'm not as accustomed to having something on my wrist, and it tends to sweat a lot.  This is no fault of the Watch, it's just me. 

I really do like the psychological comfort of having something there again, and one thing I am definitely impressed with is how the screen lights up when I simply rotate my wrist up to view it.  I'm using the astronomy face, which I also think is fantastic.  I also like that there is a constant heartbeat monitor (took me a while to learn how to access it though) and I'm intrigued by the sensor capability to detect sit/stand (still not sure how it determines that).  I just answered my first text from the watch in the bathroom (super convenient), and yesterday I did a successful test phone call which was pretty damn cool.  I've only tried 2 games, a simple blackjack game and also Runeblade, which is definitely decently amusing for a watch game (basically like Tap Titans if you've played that).

All that said, I'm still not in tune with the interface, it's probably just going to take a few days.  I finally figured out how to get "Glances" to work, but unless I missed something, the only way to get out of an app you went into from Glances is to hit the crown?  I'm finding myself swiping left and right, up and down, but often not knowing what's supposed to happen.  I guess once I get past that things will be a lot smoother.

Short version: definitely a cool, fun gadget with loads of possibilities, but for me, the added discomfort may end up outweighing the fun, hard to say.
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: April 30, 2015, 08:21:39 PM
First impressions: feels kind of heavy, reminds me of why I stopped wearing watches as my wrist tends to get sweaty.  Sport band is OK for look and feel.  I suspect I'll ultimately prefer the Sport model if it's significantly lighter.  The main unit is a bit chunkier than I'd imagined, it's definitely thicker than the phone.

Screen is gorgeous, but I find myself wiping it off constantly.  OCD.  I'm having a bit of trouble adjusting to the interface, I don't find it as intuitive as I might have hoped.  Pressing "forcefully" was totally hit or miss for me and the crown is not as simple as I'd imagined.  I finally was able to swap to a different face, which is pretty cool.  I'll install a few games and other apps eventually to see how that goes.  Also I don't know if it's my fat fingers or what, but it doesn't seem to respond in the way I want all the time.  Sometimes I think I'm hitting cancel and nothing happens, for example. Then times when I think swiping should do something, it doesn't.  Probably just need some time to get used to, but it feels like it could use some sort of calibration.
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on: April 30, 2015, 06:29:24 PM
Really great episode leasing into Avengers 2, and hopefully next week's lead out will follow suit in similar fashion to last year's Captain America extravaganza.  I'm trying my best to stay away from all forms of spoilers, but it's so hard lol.

Spoiler for Hiden:
So are these "Inhumans" from the show the actual Inhumans from the comic, like they are based on the moon or whatever?  And Lockjaw?!?!?!


P.S.  Dear Joss, please don't kill Dichen Lachman again.
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: April 30, 2015, 06:24:29 PM
Even as a hardcore dedicated Apple fan, I sometimes find the apologistic nature of other Apple fans (and even myself) strange.  We all pay large amounts of money to this company, and many of us have helped generate substantial interest among friends and family members where none existed before.  So why not hold them to a higher standard, or at least to the standards they have set themselves in the past?  

There's no two ways about it, this release was poor at best *by their standards*.  Others have expressed it much better than I can, but here's an easy way: do you honestly feel this is how Apple intended to release this product?  To have NO stock in all their stores on their widely publicized "launch date"?  To have roughly only a quarter or less of online pre-orders fulfilled on said launch date?  Don't give me that BS about a shipping window.  This is a company which in past launches has had merchandise sent directly from China to LA overnight, and then had UPS hold it for days until their designated release date.  Don't tell me they don't know what they are doing, or can't handle a few extra SKUs.

It's been pretty much confirmed they had supply issues, probably related to the taptic engine.  They could have simply been more forthcoming with this information, or simply delayed a couple of weeks to allow stock to catch up, but instead they chose to plow forward with what limited stock they had.  Then they sent many of us an email which told us nothing.

http://www.macrumors.com/2015/04/29/apple-watch-taptic-engine-bottlenecks/

...now all that said, my unit was supposedly just delivered so I'm gonna go try to pick it up lol.  It's not that I'm expecting this to be some sort of miraculous product, this is more about my expectations from what is supposed to be a top tier company, about how they handle manufacturing, stock, advertising and PR.
8  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Implosion: Never Lose Hope - Diablo meets sci-fi on iPad on: April 28, 2015, 11:27:51 PM
I like a lot of aspects of the core gameplay, but I'm a little confused on the upgrade/skill system.  It looks like only the middle slot thing affects what skills you use?  And at higher levels they allow access to more than 1 skill?  And then the side ones can be occupied by different drops, some drops can fit into multiple slots? 
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: April 28, 2015, 11:25:44 PM

Quote from: Fireball on April 28, 2015, 08:37:58 PM

Would you have been as mad if you'd signed on at 3:05am and discovered that your Watch was now "sold out" for April 24 and you'd get yours by May 8? Would that wording have satisfied you?

Actually, I would have been upset initially, but yes it would have.  Because a) I might have not placed that order and ordered an alternate model, b) for certain I wouldn't have spent the week before the release date anxiously checking my order status, and c) I definitely wouldn't be wasting my time arguing with people who already got their watches lol!  Let's face it it's always easier to apologize for Apple when you are on the "other side of the fence."  Hell I was doing it myself last week when I got my Macbook on time, so I probably just jinxed myself.

10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: April 28, 2015, 08:25:00 PM

Quote from: Fireball on April 28, 2015, 07:51:29 PM

Or they could sell them with a wide delivery window, which is what they did. Why is that unacceptable? Has Apple missed the delivery window they gave you?

Not yet, still have a week to go....

So why am I still unhappy?  Because based on every hardware pre-order release they've done since the first iPhone, about 90% of which I've participated in (this includes iMacs, Macbooks, iPhones, iPads, etc), plus the advertisements and public statements that were made, the expectation was that people in the so-called "first wave" would receive their orders on the "release date."   I don't know how many ads I saw with the 4-24-15 date shown as the last image they left you with.  So sure, it's OK to sell with a wide delivery window, but then they should have advertised with that window as well.  "Apple Watch - Coming To YOU some time between April 24th and May 8th!"

No matter how you slice it, this was a botched release.  They simply didn't have the stock available to support a true launch date, so why continue to advertise as if they did?  At bare minimum they should have retracted the ads displaying the date.  Can you imagine if something else with a widespread release date came out only being able to fulfill less than a quarter of the orders?  Shortages are one thing, but wacky/confusing release dates are just poor management.  What if you went to see Avengers on Friday and found out it was only on 1/4 the screens?  Or if the PS4/XB1 only shipped 1/4 their pre-order units on day one?

But anyway, this article pretty much sums it up:

http://www.businessinsider.com/apple-watch-orders-22-percent-slice-intelligence-failure-ahrendts-2015-4
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: April 27, 2015, 11:43:10 PM

Quote from: Fireball on April 27, 2015, 09:30:03 PM

They didn't launch one model, though: they launched 38 different products, without the ability to perfectly predict which ones would sell out the fastest. They probably knew to build more Watch Sports that just Watches, but did they know the preference the 42mm over the 38mm? How accurately did they predict the band combinations on the Watch? It seems like the watch I bought was "less popular" by several measures: stainless steel over aluminum, 38mm over 42mm, which probably is why I got mine so quickly. I also knew exactly what I was going to ordered before I signed on, and was done with my purchase before 3:05am EDT. Even with that, I was given a range of between April 24 and May 8. I was just lucky to have picked a product that was in lighter demand, and so I got it earlier.

I don't know how many people used it, but I'm guessing a lot of fans like myself did: the Apple Store had a "Favorites" function which allowed you to choose the exact model you preferred and save it into their system.  This should have meant that they had a good deal of information on preference in advance, at least enough to do some statistics.

It's also not too difficult to simply guess that the less expensive model would be in higher demand on an unproven product, particularly when there is no difference in the capabilities.  I'd also imagine men are much bigger early adopters when it comes to new tech, so the larger screen would have been the more popular choice overall.  Not to mention a lot of early reports were talking about the screen being relatively small because the dimension they give is the larger one, so it's less screen area than a circular design with that diameter.

If they couldn't handle the volumes properly, they should have just delayed another week or two.  It's interesting that Tim Cook makes it sound like they are actually delivering MORE than they anticipated, which just seems to indicate how poor their planning is.

http://www.macrumors.com/2015/04/27/apple-watch-supply-demand-balance/

12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: April 27, 2015, 08:23:46 PM
Season 5 comments? 

I guess a major divergence from the books is shaping up, looks like a great choice to me!

Spoiler for Hiden:
I always felt like Sansa was a horribly dull character in the book, leading to a rather dull plotline in the show, so I'm really looking forward to seeing how she handles this major plot diversion.  I would love to see Ramsay fall for her or something odd like she ends up being able to control him, would just like to see her assert some power over situation for once.

Oh yeah, and wtf was that Frankensein thing?
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: April 27, 2015, 08:19:59 PM
I'm still in limbo, this is definitely the worst pre-order experience I've ever had with Apple.  Following the threads, it looks like they are fairly (I guess) moving in order of when orders were received, and mine was only confirmed 7 minutes after midnight.  Unbelievable that their stock could be this poorly planned out for "launch."  Seems like they should have known well in advance exactly how many units they had and then partition the ship dates with more intelligent windows based on order time, rather than lead all million+ pre-orders to believe they would be received on the original release date.

It's not even that I can't wait to get the watch to use, it's more just irritation that a minute or two of hesitation caused days/weeks of delay.  Lame!
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Raph Koster's Blog - Star Wars Galaxies Guy on: April 23, 2015, 10:26:00 PM
Just discovered this blog today.  I only read the article I'm linking to below which I found a great read, but looks like he has tons of posts involving the design and problems of SWG's launch.

http://www.raphkoster.com/2015/04/16/a-jedi-saga/

If you are/were at all a fan of SWG, this is worth a look.  This article in particular is also relevant to a lot of our discussions on other MMOs and TV shows, movies.  How do you balance out one uber powered person/class (e.g. Jedi) with all the "regular" folk?  Kind of like Thor in Avengers or the powered folk in SHIELD.  It definitely becomes a delicate balancing act, which only gets amplified in a MMORPG, and I can see SWG's Jedi being one of the most problematic design problems in MMORPG history.
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Who else sucks in online games? on: April 23, 2015, 10:17:26 PM
I keep thinking one of these shooter-style games is going to mix/change it up to allow for significantly different play-styles and skillsets to inter-mingle and all contribute in different ways, but still allow everyone to enjoy the overall experience together.  It just never seems to materialize the way I imagine it.  I'm wondering if Blizzard's Overwatch might be the game to do it.
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Arrow on: April 23, 2015, 06:40:10 PM
The whole League of Assassins plotline seems off to me.  Earlier they made it sound like once he took over he could do whatever he wanted with it.  So why not just take it over and have them all stop killing people, or all kill each other or whatever lol.  Now they seem to have flipped and want it to be much more negative. 

Either way I don't think it was the right direction to go with the show.  Killing off Sarah was stupid to begin with, but I guess it gave Lauren more to do. 

I'm still invested in the characters (and shirtless Amell!!!) so I will keep watching til the bitter end, but I'm hoping they tie this up and do something different/better next season.  In contrast The Flash has been a much better show all around.  Here's hoping he goes back in time and saves his mom and changes the entire timeline so this whole stupid League plot gets erased lol.
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: April 23, 2015, 06:34:54 PM

Quote from: Fireball on April 23, 2015, 02:06:21 PM

I got my shipping notification very early this morning: 38mm Stainless Steel with Black Classic Buckle is inbound for tomorrow!

Still nothing here, I've pretty much given up for tomorrow.  It's kind of annoying to see how haphazard and random it all appears.  Some people who ordered later and/or had much later windows are still getting theirs tomorrow.  

As for the allure?  It's something new and different and fun and Apple.  Many people didn't see the allure of the iPhone, or the iPad.  Did they "get it right" with this product?  Only one way to find out!
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Who else sucks in online games? on: April 22, 2015, 09:39:28 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on April 21, 2015, 10:51:08 PM

Quote from: rittchard on April 21, 2015, 08:49:42 PM

Quote from: Purge on April 20, 2015, 07:51:50 PM

Bit of a grammar issue.

I do not suck IN games, I simply suck AT them.

The title of this thread implies something entirely different (nsfw). Tongue

I suck both IN online games AND AT them  nod nod nod

But yeah, if anyone deserved the award for suckitude at an FPS, it would be me.  As I've mentioned before in other threads, I often can't even make it out of the tutorial in some of the games, which can be incredibly humiliating and annoying.

Of course that isn't all "online" games, obviously I'm super awesome at some online games like LoL - right Forge?!?!??!  eek icon_twisted

I can say this, of our group of regulars you were not the worst ninja

I'm going to screenshot and immortalize this!  It's my greatest triumph as an online gamer and shall be carved on my gravestone:

"Here Lies Rittchard: of his online group, he was not the worst."
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Echo on: April 22, 2015, 05:00:03 PM
A friend of mine kept insisting I should get one, so I finally did the invitation thing, and similarly got a 3 month ship time once I got the invitation.  Estimated delivery date is.... May 20 - June 4.  Definitely a weird stocking issue for a product that didn't seem to have much hype or demand...  makes me less suspicious that Apple purposely creates shortages for their product debuts; perhaps the electronics manufacturing industry as a whole just has trouble with new product launches of significant magnitude.
20  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Heroes and Castles on: April 21, 2015, 08:57:39 PM
Sequel has a release date:  May 14th!!!!

I can't believe they are going to sell this for only $1.99.  I'd easily be $20 or more, it's gonna be a full premium release quality game with endless hours of gameplay.  Or so I imagine!

http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/Heroes+and+Castles+2/news.asp?c=64944
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Age of Wonders 3 on: April 21, 2015, 08:53:41 PM
OK you sold me on it!  Will purchase when I get home.  Forum Effect wins again!
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Who else sucks in online games? on: April 21, 2015, 08:49:42 PM

Quote from: Purge on April 20, 2015, 07:51:50 PM

Bit of a grammar issue.

I do not suck IN games, I simply suck AT them.

The title of this thread implies something entirely different (nsfw). Tongue

I suck both IN online games AND AT them  nod nod nod

But yeah, if anyone deserved the award for suckitude at an FPS, it would be me.  As I've mentioned before in other threads, I often can't even make it out of the tutorial in some of the games, which can be incredibly humiliating and annoying.

Of course that isn't all "online" games, obviously I'm super awesome at some online games like LoL - right Forge?!?!??!  eek icon_twisted
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on: April 21, 2015, 08:47:01 PM

Quote from: Turtle on April 21, 2015, 12:40:16 PM

How are SHIELD's ratings right now? Are they really good enough to spin something like this from?

Not sure that pair can hold their own. Sad thing is, I'd look forward more to a Black Widow movie than this.

I was thinking the exact same thing.  I thought SHIELD was barely holding its own in the ratings, nowhere near enough to deserve a spinoff.  Maybe it's more of a mini-series like Agent Carter for the mid-season?

I guess they are doing OK in their time slot, and perhaps with Avengers launching soon they'll get some pickup toward the last few episodes.  But a full spinoff with two more un-powered agents definitely seems egregious. 

http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2015/04/20/live3-abcs-marvels-agents-of-s-h-i-e-l-d-emerges-as-the-1-program-in-tuesdays-9pm-hour-in-adults-18-49/392040/

24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Arrow on: April 21, 2015, 08:41:27 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on April 21, 2015, 01:45:25 PM

Of course, they implied as much in the sneak peek for this week - just thought I'd leave things... terse.  icon_wink

Were they implying that she might get super powers or was that too much of a leap?  They said that other guy with powers wasn't hit by the reactor explosion, so I'm wondering if it's fore-shadowing people getting powers another way, like for instance from a magical resurrection pool?  Too much of a stretch?
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: April 21, 2015, 08:39:15 PM
Watching the Macrumors forums closely, it looks like particular models are the slowest to be going out, particularly those with the most popular (?) black sports band.  Mine has yet to even be charged yet so there's little hope of getting a shipment update.  I'd say there's a 50/50 chance of arriving Friday at this rate.  Frustrating but hopefully they'll work it all out. 
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Echo on: April 21, 2015, 08:35:09 PM

Quote from: Lee on April 21, 2015, 07:07:30 PM

I am a hypocrite. (Get that out of the way first.)

So I put in to order one, just got the email that I can.

Especially with Siri soon to be attached to my wrist, I am not sure I should. I am a sucker for new toys though.

Teehee, I am also a hypocrite and ordered one a while back  thumbsup

Lee, shall we form our own Apple Watch Amazon Echo Hypocrite's Club?
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: April 20, 2015, 10:56:42 PM
Nothing for me yet - I called in last week to fix an error with my billing address but it doesn't appear to have updated, so I'm hoping that doesnt' screw me over.
28  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Implosion: Never Lose Hope - Diablo meets sci-fi on iPad on: April 15, 2015, 09:28:04 PM
Thanks Gratch!!!  Don't know how I missed this but I will grab it as soon as I get home!
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on: April 15, 2015, 05:31:40 PM
Anyone else still watching?  Last night's episode detailing how May became the Cavalry was really good.

The show as a whole I'm having mixed feelings.  While part of me is happy they've finally embraced powers/gifts (or whatever you want to call them), another part of me is wondering if they've already jumped the shark.  I mean, already there's a guy who can teleport it seems with no limitations on distance, a woman who is more or less immortal (?), and then Skye who can create earthquakes and all manner of shock waves, etc.  These are powers at least on the Avengers level.  Not quite Thor level, but certainly more than Captain America or Black Widow or Hawkeye.  It seems like they are falling straight into the trap they originally planned to avoid, where many characters seem obsolete relative to the powered folk. 
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel + Netflix = Daredevil, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Jessic Jones, Defenders on: April 15, 2015, 05:19:38 PM

Quote from: TheEgoWhip on April 11, 2015, 02:35:52 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on April 11, 2015, 04:31:40 AM

Watched episode 1 though 7 early this morning and so far loving it. The Netflix model works well for street level marvel heroes since the budget doesn't have to be on a blockbuster type level.  Can't wait for Iron Fist!

I saw the first 2 episodes last night, but 7 in a row is a fairly serious binge.   icon_eek

Seriously, yeah!  I watched the first 2 as well yesterday.  Very well done thus far.  I was surprised to see Jessica (from True Blood) in the show - I feel like she adds a critical element to balance the show out.  I also like that the clearly mark the show in the present Marvel movies universe, with just enough references to make sure you are aware, but without the clutter that can burden a comic book show once you start introducing super powers. 
31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ok....I'm ready. Teach me how to invest on: April 15, 2015, 05:14:30 PM

Quote from: Lee on April 14, 2015, 06:12:17 PM

Quote from: rittchard on April 14, 2015, 03:28:23 PM

Buy Apple stock! 

I am actually doing an analysis paper on AAPL for a finance class right now. I want to put some money into it because their numbers are great, but it seems expensive right now. That's always my problem though, I struggle with the when to enter more than anything else.

Hehe - it always seems expensive... but then it keeps going up and just gets more expensive!  I debate this with a friend of mine a few times each year, and each time he has ignored my advice.  Had he invested the first time I suggested it, he would have made a lot of money by now.  My philosophy with Apple is this: do you think it will go up even 5-10% over the next year?  If so, why not just invest in it rather than leave your money in a 0.5% (or whatever it is these days) share certificate?  If you believe in the company and its products (which he claims he does), its almost a no-brainer. 
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ok....I'm ready. Teach me how to invest on: April 14, 2015, 03:28:23 PM
Buy Apple stock!   icon_biggrin

Seriously though I am not much of an investor but the few piddly shares of Apple I bought a few years back have made me more money than probably all my other investments combined.  They give a quarterly dividend to boot!

Anyway you'll probably need to be more specific.  Are you looking at retirement stuff like IRAs, do you have a 401k, or are you asking about mutual funds, stocks, etc?

Either way I wish you the best of luck!

33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Helix on: April 13, 2015, 06:13:41 PM

Quote from: Turtle on April 13, 2015, 03:54:40 AM

I think that was the season finale right? Anyone see the whole season like me?

I'm both disappointed, but still interested. The whole season seemed more setup for a season 3, with even more pointless obtuseness than season 1. But where season 1 had that driving threat of Narvik, season 2 lost a lot from these weird cult meanderings. Characters went no where, or off the deep end.

Meanwhile, the whole flash forward and back was kind of interesting, especially in the context of the everything. It just seems like no one was really prepared for making a second season and just made the whole thing to prepare for season 3, if there will be one.

I did watch the entire season more or less.  I fell asleep multiple episodes, and considered quitting multiple times, it was just too whacked out.  So many seemingly random things occurred and often felt like they were just thrown in randomly.  Like Mark Ghanime's role, what a complete waste.  And why was he listed in the main cast but Jordan Hayes was a "Guest Star" even though arguably she was in it as much or more than anyone else?   The conversion of Peter to Eli felt stupid and forced, some of the side whackos needlessly annoying as well.  Oh and I can't stand Steven Weber in anything; the best part of the show was when he got his head sliced off.  I did kind of like the grown up Caleb thing at the end, I guess that was kind of interesting.  The flash forwards were kind of interesting but also made it feel like everything in the present was kind of irrelevant.  Frustrating show all around, I have to admit it was mesmerizing in some ways but exasperating in others.

34  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: April 09, 2015, 11:16:16 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 09, 2015, 12:07:45 AM

You bastard.

Do I need to build the clan hall to be able to join you? (Yup)

Wait which one are you?  Are you Wander or Wik?

Either way I have no idea who all the people who joined are but the good news is our clan is ranked 1630 now woohoo!
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: April 09, 2015, 08:25:35 PM

Quote from: Lee on April 09, 2015, 05:35:15 AM

Getting the 42mm black Sports as well. Reading around the Internet, that seems to be the far most popular option.

That's what I'm targetting as well.  If it is sold out I might go for the more expensive version which annoyingly becomes like $1000+$50 for the sports band.
36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Compute Stick! on: April 09, 2015, 08:23:56 PM

Quote from: Destructor on April 09, 2015, 03:32:43 AM

Will it play Minecraft?

That's about the most important question for it. biggrin

lol given that the Raspberry Pi can play Minecraft, I'm pretty sure this one will too.
37  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: April 08, 2015, 11:12:19 PM
Just picked up Civcrafter:

http://naquatic.com/civcrafter/

This is nominally a "clicker" (tap) type of game but somehow they've built a surprising amount of depth into it.  I've played numerous tap games but this one definitely has the most overall depth as it combines elements of Civilization and then war aspects of other mobile war games.  You are constantly playing a game of balancing everything out in terms of population, gathering, building etc, and although there are some timers that can be shortened with IAP, they don't really seem necessary to play the game whatsoever.  The one big difference from other tap games is there doesn't seem to be offline progress, but in some ways that makes it more of a strategic game since you can't just come back hours later and amass a fortune.


Edit: I just created a Wanderers clan in case anyone wants to play/join

Invite Code is: RAFAD492
38  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: April 08, 2015, 11:00:39 PM

Quote from: Lee on April 08, 2015, 05:14:01 PM

Edit: one thing that stands out between reviews and comments is that it's "not essential". Outside of my desktop computer and maybe my phone, I don't own a gadget that is essential. A smartwatch isn't even a must have, didn't we all know that already?

Of course it does bear repeating that the iPad was also deemed "not essential" and "a toy" and pretty much all the same negative things prior to its release.  I'm not expecting some sort of transformational miracle product from the getgo, but I do expect it to be a well-engineered gadget that will slowly inject its way into my everyday life.
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Compute Stick! on: April 08, 2015, 10:56:34 PM

Quote from: Lee on April 08, 2015, 05:17:20 PM

It is very cool. Amazing to think its a fully functional PC. Still, can't think of a use for it. Tablets are more powerful and I don't need a monitor to use one.

BIG SCREEN PORN!
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: April 08, 2015, 05:02:48 PM
Watch review embargo was lifted, lots of reviews if you are interested:

http://www.macrumors.com/2015/04/08/apple-watch-review-roundup/
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