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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Feeling Defeated on: June 18, 2012, 03:08:38 PM
Ken,

CF is a tough struggle. Relish the good times. I found that hospital times were a time to check out from the world and spend time together. Try to make the best of it. I'll be praying for you.
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Advice for getting 4 year old into Martial Arts? on: April 21, 2012, 04:40:34 AM
I'm a junior instructor in TKD (1st degree black belt, been teaching for about 1 year). I mostly work with white and yellow belts so I have a large number of younger kids.  In general, we don't let kids start until they are 5 years old. However, all children have unique abilities and there are exceptions to the rule.  My school does an introductory class that is one on one with the owner (7th degree, former olympic coach and Olympian) where he evaluates their readiness. The biggest things he looks for is the ability to follow directions for a period of time. If we give even the most basic instructions and kids can't follow them, then it's very difficult to teach them.

I would inquire with any school you are looking at to see if they have a similar setup.  A school that is willing to wait or turn away students that aren't ready yet is going to be less likely to just want your money.  This is an education, not just a sports activity.  

Good luck in your search.  

-shaggy
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPhone-4 must have apps. IYHO on: November 23, 2011, 06:08:09 AM
Apps (besides several mentioned above):
Occipital's 360 App (best panoramic picture taker I've seen)
Instagram
Camera+ (let's you set exposure point separately from focal point)

Games (yes, some are on other platforms but they are still really good on iOS):
Jetpack Joyride
Rick O'Shea
Infinity Blade  (2 comes out next week)
Osmos
Rolando
Crayon Physics
World of Goo
Angry Birds (all 3 versions)
Tiny Wings
iBlast Moki
Doodle Jump
Words with Friends (my wife is seriously addicted to this one)

And coming soon: Any app that works with your sphero

My Gamecenter id is ShaggyD0ug  (that's a zero)
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I passed! I'm now a 4th Dan on: November 23, 2011, 05:47:01 AM
Congratulations Sah Bum Nim Ron!  Getting to that rank is a lot of work and a lot of time.

- shaggy - Il Dan
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rocksmith! on: October 26, 2011, 04:31:32 PM

Quote from: skystride on October 26, 2011, 02:08:22 AM

Also I wish you could turn off tuning the guitar before every song.

I don't have an issue with this exactly. I don't like the implementation where you pop back and forth into the tuner after each string.  If you go into the tuner, it should just stay there to check them all.

I've read the discussion above on the audio setup.  Everything I'm reading above seems to blame audio sync issues on the time it takes to decode audio.  In all the music games I've played, my issue has been from the video processing and not the audio. When I got a new TV with a game mode, my audio sync issues went away for the most part (I don't notice it in games anymore at least).

My setup is with component video out (no hdmi on my xbox) and digital optical out to my home theater: the "Better" in the rocksmith poster.

My AV receiver has the ability to delay the audio signal up to 200 ms to account for the amount of time the video takes to render/scale on the HD set. It does NOT have any ability to delay the video signal.   Once I got my new TV with game mode I set this to 0 ms and haven't had any issues.  On my old HDTV, the video scaling/smoothing was causing a delay and I had to add a delay of around 70 ms with the earlier versions of guitar hero/rock band.  When rock band 2 came out with it's automatic guitar syncing, most of the problems I had went away for that game.

My point is this: I believe that audio decoding the dolby digital signal should be near negligible on most AV receivers. Maybe I'm just lucky here with my older receiver (no hdmi on it either) but the problems I had were always video delays. There is way more video data to display/scale/smooth/render than audio.  The newer HD sets minimize that with "game mode" settings where they don't do that much processing on the video signal.   

Use case 1: If you are setup where the audio is coming from your TV because your hdmi cable from the xbox goes there first and then allows you to split the audio out to your receiver, then your TV will be introducing a delay into the audio signal because it is taking into account the amount of time it takes to render the video and delaying the audio to match. I figured this out when I was splitting my audio from my directv.  The audio was always before the video when I had the TOS link directly from the directv receiver to the AV receiver.  When I switched the audio to come from the TV via the TOSlink output it has (directv connected to TV via hdmi), it has always been in sync.  I figured out the TV is delaying the audio signal to match.  The delay wasn't consistent depending on the type of signal my directv was processing (SD vs. HD sets) so I had to keep changing it until I let the TV handle it. 

I don't do this setup for gaming because the video signal is consistent (xbox puts out 720p non-stop, no extra processing in game mode) and I was playing rhythm games all the time. I haven't played a rhythm game in a long time but the forum effect made me get this one.  I can't call this a rhythm game though.  It's a guitar trainer that makes practicing fun.




6  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: orbotix sphero on: September 02, 2011, 08:11:22 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 31, 2011, 03:18:37 AM


Note to self, put ball chasing dog in crate when sphero arrives.
7  Gaming / Analog Gaming / orbotix sphero on: August 26, 2011, 10:31:32 PM
Not console.  Mobile device.  Not exactly what you would call your normal game either. If this should be in another section, so be it.

http://gosphero.com/

Disclaimer: I don't work for the company. I stand nothing to gain from your interest. I am an acquaintance (at best) of the CEO. I think it's just darn cool.

- shaggy
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Metallica/Megadeth/Slayer/Anthrax on the same stage? on: January 25, 2011, 03:59:49 AM
I'd go see this if all the bands promised to only play songs they released pre-1990 (I'd give Anthrax an extra year to play songs from Persistence of Time).  Otherwise, I would just get depressed at how awful they have become.

Yes, I'm old.

- shaggy
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Directv DVR receiver sucks on: January 14, 2011, 10:54:10 PM
DTV replaced my HD DVR receiver recently for free because one of the ports went out on the one I had.  Technician told me it was the latest/greatest, an HR24-500.  It's actually quite decent.  I was having a lot of the same issues you guys were having (i.e. slow menu response time, some dropped recordings) with my older one.  My relatives have comcast and that DVR sucks big time.

It's still no TiVo though.  I used to have all TiVo on directv and it was better.  Thinking about going with the TiVo upgrade when it eventually comes out.

- shaggy
10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So, I adopted to a 3D TV....and it's pretty damn interesting on: January 14, 2011, 04:46:38 AM
Hmm, now you have me contemplating getting a newer 360 with hdmi.  I got a 3D TV a while back as well.  Not that I wanted 3D, it was a size constraint issue. I didn't know 3D on the xbox was possible.

I will say this, 3D live sports coverage blows. I blogged about it here for those who want to know more (didn't feel like I should cut and paste the whole thing).

- shaggy
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Name your first Achievement and/or Trophy for 2011! on: January 02, 2011, 07:06:28 AM
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands - Completist - Purchased every upgrade.
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Your Top Ten 360 Games Based on 360Voice Days Played on: December 09, 2010, 12:27:55 AM
360 voice stats went through a reset a while back. They are all wacked out for me.

   Borderlands      45 days
   Halo: Reach      19 days
   Mass Effect 2   18 days
   BioShock 2      15 days
   Assassin's Creed II   15 days
   AC Brotherhood      14 days
   Red Faction: Guerrilla      13 days
   Halo 3: ODST      12 days
   Rock Band 2      11 days
   Modern Warfare® 2   11 days

The only ones up there that are accurate for me are Borderlands, Reach, Bioshock 2, ME2, Red Faction: Guerrilla.  I have well over 100 days in RB2 and north of 70 in Oblivion and Fallout 3.

- shaggy

13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Employee Manual: Gamestop! (as seen by College Humor) on: October 05, 2010, 02:54:09 AM

Quote from: The Grue on October 04, 2010, 01:10:05 AM

I never have issues with my local Gamestop. They know me when I walk in and we always have nice conversations about gaming when in there. Even the gutting doesn't bother me. It actually saves me from having to break the stupid security stickers on XBox games.

Agreed.  They are pretty good except that one guy that seems like a used car salesman with a bit of the slicked back/slightly unwashed hair look. He's got that "raise a cautionary eyebrow/you're funeral" look down pat. He always accompanies it with that shoulder shrug that means "you're loss". I try to avoid him every time I go in there.

- shaggy
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band (360) no sound when starting Rock Band games? on: June 24, 2010, 04:41:38 AM
I don't have hdmi connections but I do have an optical cable for my sound.  I've got surround sound speakers in 2 different rooms (I move the xbox back and forth).  One is a logitech dolby digital standalone speaker system and the other is my denon receiver.  I have found that sometimes the dolby digital signal in both rooms for rock band games and other 360 games won't "sync up" for lack of a better term.  It comes across as either no sound or "detecting input" depending which setup I'm on.  I generally have to change the input source and change it back.  Because it happens in both setups, I blame it on the dolby digital on the xbox.  Note that I have Rock Band configured for Dolby Digital 5.1.  The default is to have that off (and subsequently stereo) in all the Rock Band games.  If you haven't changed that configuration, maybe you are seeing an effect of switching from 5.1 at the xbox menu to stereo in the game and your receiver not being able to "sync up" as well. 

It's a theory anyways.

- shaggy

15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band 3 on: June 16, 2010, 04:00:12 PM
This is the best video I've seen of the pro guitar mode with the pro guitar:

http://www.engadget.com/2010/06/16/rock-band-3-squier-stratocaster-plays-both-real-and-virtual-guit/

Plugged into an amp and the game at the same time.

- shaggy
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone Into Model Rockets? on: May 28, 2010, 05:41:55 AM
Friend of mine down the street had model rockets and I participated in a few of his events including a Comanche 3 launch.  It took quite a long time for me to convince him to launch it after he had built it. It was very impressive.

We were bored one afternoon and attached a rocket to my landspeeder and sent it down it down the street.  Slightly off center, it went about 50 feet and then started spinning crazily.   Luckily, no fire engines were needed.

- shaggy
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I think I need a new dojo (semi-graphic picture warning) on: April 26, 2010, 02:37:46 AM
Ron,

I'm a colored belt in TKD.  I'm curious about the "no one has failed" comment. Has no one "failed" because they haven't been allowed to test unless they were ready?  Or, does everyone test and they basically just pass everybody?  The former is the way my dojang (Korean term) runs things. They don't have anyone try to pass the tests in front of everybody if they know they aren't ready. Saves embarrassment all around. I have heard of a few failures at the black belt test.  The reasons I've heard for those failures are not from not knowing the curriculum but instead a lack of "black belt attitude" demonstrated at the test.

And speaking from a student's perspective, I would feel nervous sparring against you as well. Not from a "I might get hurt" perspective but more from a "I might get pwned" perspective.  I get the impression you are pretty darn good from other posts made on this board (not necessarily by you...but you can tell if someone knows what they are doing by the way they talk/write a lot of times).

- shaggy
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help my son, and others - Cystic Fibrosis Walk on: April 22, 2010, 05:56:29 PM

Good luck on your CF walk.  I do one every year (well....most years) the weekend of Mother's Day.  My sister had CF.  It's always a good time to get together with my mom and do the walk right at Mother's Day.   

I'll be praying for you. It's a difficult disease. The science has come a long way though and I keep thinking that someday soon there will be a cure.

19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I think I need a new dojo (semi-graphic picture warning) on: April 20, 2010, 07:35:23 PM
Agree with Chaz 110 percent.
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: April 03, 2010, 03:33:48 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 02, 2010, 04:20:27 PM

next week we get:

Quote
Anberlin – “Feel Good Drag”
Hawk Nelson – “Live Life Loud”
Skillet – “Monster”
Superchick – “Stand in the Rain”
Switchfoot – “Meant to Live”
Thousand Foot Krutch – “Fire It Up”

I have not played RB in a while. In for every song here. I about fell out of my chair when I read this.

- shaggy
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: March 10, 2010, 07:32:42 PM
Not sure if this is spoiler or not but putting the tag just in case.  Regarding characters in the end mission:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Decisions that impact who dies or not on the suicide mission: which ship upgrades you decide to NOT purchase, which loyalty missions you decide to NOT complete, and who you choose to do some of the end missions.  Some people just aren't suited for the task they've been given.

Note, even Shephard can die but that's a game over. And no...this isn't a normal you were shot and died kind of thing.


- shaggy
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone else started to get charge tax on the iTunes app store? on: March 06, 2010, 04:44:09 AM
Live in Colorado. I've been charged tax for itunes purchases for years. They asked for my tax district when I first signed up.
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What would it take to make a truly GREAT Martial Arts Game? on: March 05, 2010, 03:55:44 AM
I can go 2 directions on this

  • No frantic button mashing.  Every fighting game I've played with exception of batman seems to have this. The moves would have to be authentic but probably a bit exaggerated to make it fun
  • A project natal based control scheme. I study martial arts and this would be the bees knees in my book. I suspect I'm in the minority though.

Regardless, story is key.  I'd like to see something with cool twists in the story and moral ambiguities.

Finally, it has to feel like you're the one doing it. That was the coolest thing about Batman.  You always walked away with that thought in your head of "I'm Batman!".

24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekly Playlist - Year End Holiday Loot Special Edition - 12/25 on: December 27, 2009, 04:19:27 PM
Assassin's Creed and Borderlands. 

25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Knightshade puts on the brakes with breaks on: December 08, 2009, 09:58:53 PM
Ron,

My instructor has told us to only use front kicks in "self defense".  Basically because it's a kick to the groin which is really useful in that situation but not cool when sparring. 

Got another opinion on the matter?

- shaggy



26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty Classic on: December 03, 2009, 06:46:17 PM
I got it with the hardened edition as well.  My only real beef so far is the controls for leaning.   I recall, maybe incorrectly, that I used to peak around walls by hitting lean and moving over using wasd by hitting E and D (or Q and A for going left) at the same time.   This doesn't map well to using the D-pad and the left stick on the 360 controller.  Just can't do both at the same time that easily.

- shaggy
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Career Help - Is IT doomed? on: November 09, 2009, 03:54:06 PM
IT is such a broad term that I think it's hard to answer your question.   With respect to software development jobs, I find that there are 2 kinds of people in this industry: those that have "it" and those that don't.  

Specifically, it takes a special breed of person to be a software developer.  If you have the natural mindset for development and a decent work ethic, you will always be able to find a job if your specific circumstances end up costing you your job.  For example:  if you're working for a large govt. contractor and the program gets wiped out due to some decision.  You will probably lose your job.  However, there are enough jobs out there that you can find another rather quickly IF you have the talent and more specifically, the reputation for being a good developer.   Note, I've never been laid off but was able to see the writing on the wall ahead of time to find another gig.

There are many people who work in software development that are "mediocre".   In other words, they have the skills to do specific types of development (i.e. I can do a web page with some form validation.  I'm a software developer!).   However, they don't understand programming concepts like multi-threading, deadlocking, race conditions, data structures, or memory management, etc.  

- shaggy
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed 2 interest? on: November 05, 2009, 03:54:07 PM
It's the only game I'm telling people about as a Christmas item list.

I will have purchased everything else I want.

- shaggy
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Which five games are at the top of your "backlog list?" on: October 16, 2009, 06:36:19 PM
KoToR

Finishing Far Cry 2 before borderlands comes out. 

30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band on the iPhone/iTouch on: October 10, 2009, 09:41:39 PM
I hate to be the negative ninny but isn't the fun in these games the peripheral?   

- shaggy
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero: Van Halen on: October 07, 2009, 05:45:52 AM

Quote from: Crawley on October 06, 2009, 03:14:37 AM

The entire band is on stage in their younger form

The entire band is actually on stage in their older form.  They only look young because they don't show wrinkles.

The end of the game has an "early years" section where you truly do get to see them in their younger form...well....except Wolfgang who took the DeLorean back in time to jam with them.  Apparently Michael Anthony was cold-cocked in the parking lot after he tried to kiss Valerie.

- shaggy

P.S.  For the Van Halen fans among us, this is a good addition to the genre.  I had one of those "dopey grin moments" playing Hot For Teacher despite not doing so well on that song. 
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero 5 [Official Thread with Reviews!] on: September 01, 2009, 07:34:59 PM

Odd DLC question I think.   

In GH3, you could download the Metallica album and supposedly have it work in GH:WT.   I never bought GH:WT.   Would it work in GH5?

- shaggy
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I hate my damned job.... on: August 05, 2009, 08:10:19 PM
Got any pizza Fred?
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: We're almost to the Fall Run, what's on you're buy list? on: July 30, 2009, 12:51:48 AM
All 360: MW2, AC2, Borderlands

I might get ODST just because my usual gaming buddies will be getting it.

Scribblenauts as gifts for the kids at Christmas.   Just so I can play it on their DSes.   I'd love to see it on an ipod touch though.

- shaggy
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Blackberry Question on: June 26, 2009, 04:54:39 AM
My storm sets up a separate email icon for each account I have.   The messages "icon" is designed to be a holding point for every message your device gets (i.e. your corp email, gmail, txt, missed calls notifications).   I don't believe you can limit its functionality.   My only suggestion would be to let messages do what it does but you can "hide" that icon.   Then add the icon for your corporate email.  You can then setup different notifications for that email account.   For example, my corporate email is a vibrate notification but my personal email is a little ding sound (it happens much less frequently than work and is usually one of my friends).

- shaggy

36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anybody live in Boulder, CO? on: June 25, 2009, 06:24:31 AM

As previously stated, there are several OO'ers from the Boulder neck of the woods so you might want to ping over there.   I currently drive up there from Castle Rock (south of Denver) once a week because of my job.  I lived and worked up in that area for about 5 years before moving to my current residence (back in the late 90s).

The biggest issue with working in Boulder is getting into and out of the city because most people who do work there don't live there.   It's a pretty expensive place to live compared to the rest of the front range.   Access to the town is restricted because of the way the roads are laid out and all the open space surrounding it.

The whole Denver to Boulder corridor along US-36 has built up with a lot of tech companies over the past 15 years.   I'd also throw in locations in the Lodo area of Denver.  It is actually a pretty good place to find a job at the moment compared to the rest of the country.   Most of the positions will be in start-ups and not established companies however.   

- shaggy
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I need to buy a new car now on: June 10, 2009, 09:03:20 PM

Quote from: Chaz on June 10, 2009, 08:22:00 PM

Yeah, my reading was that if you got rid of your vehicle that gets <18mpg, you get a $3500 credit, and if you buy a car that's at least 10mpg better than the old one, the credit goes up to $4500. 

To get the $3500, you must also improve you combined MPG by 4 MPG.

I've made the assumption they are going off of EPA values since they wouldn't test every car that was part of the program.   I actually get between 19 and 20 MPG but I also drive mostly highway.

- shaggy
38  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I need to buy a new car now on: June 10, 2009, 07:42:22 PM
I need a new vehicle but I had my heart set on some kind of double-cab small pickup because we are still in the process of landscaping our yard.   The Toyota Tacoma fits the bill but I don't get the required 4 mpg better from my 96 4runner.  

There are rumors of a hybrid tacoma in the 2010 model year though.  Here's hoping the vouchers aren't all used up by then.

Anyone have experience with a double cab like small pickup with better mpg that they could recommend?

- shaggy
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: June 08, 2009, 06:36:41 PM

Green Day coming to RB.  Not sure if it's a whole release or an album DLC or what. 

From the audio of Part 5 of Kevin & Bean's Breakfast with Green Day on this page: http://www.kroq.com/

Roughly 7 minutes in.

- shaggy
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / borderlands on: June 04, 2009, 09:05:52 PM

Is anyone else here interested in this game?   I did a forum search and the noise level is very low.

I'm a bit disappointed there hasn't been more news out of E3 for a game that is supposedly coming out in Oct. of this year.



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