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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: August 12, 2014, 01:22:55 PM
How is the Rich Eisen podcast?  Good guests and discussion?  Can I find it on iTunes?
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: August 11, 2014, 06:41:17 PM
The BS Report - Bill Simmons podcast from Grantland - covers sports as well as pop culture

The Right Reasons - Juliet Littman and David Jacoby discussing everything in Reality television.  I have never watched and of these shows and have no plans on doing so, but their chemistry and discussions are quite entertaining.

The Lowe Post - Zach Lowe from Grantland discussing all things NBA

The Grantland NFL Podcast - Bill Barnwell and Robert Mays from Grantland discussing all things NFL

Jalen and Jacoby - Jalen Rose and David Jacoby discussing NBA and hip hop

I don't listen to it, but if you are a soccer fan, Men in Blazers is supposed to be well done (from Grantland as well).  Mostly discusses Europe clubs, but some MLS as well.

Smodcast - Kevin Smith and Scott Mosier discussing life

Hollywood Babble-On - Ralph Garmin and Kevin Smith discussing the entertainment industry

Tell 'em Steve Dave - Bryan Johnson, Brian Quinn, and Walt Flannagan discussing life
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The economic turmoil thread on: July 29, 2014, 05:55:30 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on July 29, 2014, 05:33:45 PM

Interesting.  When I pull my score from all 3, TransUnion is always the outlier - usually on the high side by 10-15 points. 
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The economic turmoil thread on: July 29, 2014, 05:18:46 PM
Which report does Discover check?  Or does it average all 3 numbers?
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The economic turmoil thread on: July 29, 2014, 05:08:52 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on July 29, 2014, 01:56:35 PM

I checked my FICO score through my Discover Card (one of the best perks ever), and have moved into the "very dependable" bracket with my score of 747.

Which makes me much better off than one-third of everyone else:

You're actually better than 50% of the people according to this article.

A FICO score can range from 300 (very bad) to 850 (very good). The median is 723, according to Fair Isaac statistics.

Some reassuring news: The majority of consumers still have good credit. Forty-five percent of consumers have a score between 700 and 799, and 13 percent score above 800, according to statistics from Fair Isaac.

Just like the SATs, perfect scores are rare. Even though 850 FICO scores do exist, high scores taper off around 825, says Sweet. "You can't get much better -- that's pretty much walking on water," she says.

Now for the rest of the population: 27 percent rank above 600, and 13 percent weigh in above 500. Only 2 percent have 500 or below, according to Fair Isaac numbers.
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: July 29, 2014, 01:18:46 PM
Same for me.
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Calculus on: July 10, 2014, 03:10:17 PM

Quote from: Lee on July 10, 2014, 12:49:13 AM

It's a combination of not remembering everything about algebra and the calculator I think are my problems. I panicked a bit each day when the instructor was going over everything from the day before and everyone else seemed to get it but me. And the repeated "you should know this".

Yeah, "you should know this" is not a helpful comment from anyone.  smile  I went through it before graphing calculators were allowed.  I had to do everything on graph paper.  It might be helpful to do that a few times on some simple functions just to understand what the calculator is doing. 

I have been playing with the calculator and learning how to use it (thanks youtube), but for algebra I think I just need a good refresher. I am working on getting through algebra on Kahn Academy so maybe that will be enough.

I dropped the class both times when we got into limits. I get the idea, but then I would get home and do the homework and I didn't feel like I even began to understand it enough to get through the homework. I don't think its the professors fault, so I wonder if there is some class I should take before this one, such as pre-calculus maybe?

Seems like a of kids struggle through this class. I need to give up the idea of getting an A on everything and just get through it.

I've never tutored anyone, but feel free to ask questions here or through PM.  I check OO more often, so if it's time sensitive and you still have your login over there, it would be better to PM me there. 

Limits are where a ton of people struggle, so you're not alone.  Once it clicks, assuming it does, things get a lot easier.  smile
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Calculus on: July 09, 2014, 04:12:07 PM
I have a MS in chemical engineering and had to take a ton of calculus.  From your description, it sounds like the calculator is the main stumbling block.  Do you still have access to the course material?  Can you just practice that information and using the calculator?

If that's not really the issue, can you explain more what type of information the class covers?  Does it start with the limit definition of a derivative?  Does it start with Reimann Sums to define what integrals are, or is that already assumed?  Do you know how far it goes?  Partial fractions?  Partial derivatives? Differential equations?  If you could link to a syllabus, that would help to.
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Great Cable Purge of 2014 on: April 23, 2014, 02:52:27 PM
If you are looking for an OTA antenna, check out  I had very good luck with it pulling in stations nearly 40 miles away.  Sadly, I was still missing one (the CBS station was 70 miles away) so had to stick with cable.  Now that I'm back in civilization, I can't wait for the kids to age a bit more so I can try again.
10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Great Cable Purge of 2014 on: April 18, 2014, 08:00:37 PM

Quote from: hepcat on April 18, 2014, 07:18:49 PM

edit:  oh, as for the Vudu stuff.  That's actually a separate issue for me.  I'm trying to reduce the amount of hard media I have.  I'd love to get everything I watch via streaming.  Right now I have shelves and shelves of blu rays and dvd's.  My goal is to just have the essentials on blu ray and everything else available through Vudu or Amazon Instant Video.  Vudu is not a subscription service, by the way.  It's simply an online streaming rental/purchase site.

Ah, good to know!

About HuluPlus - I have Tivo's that can record everything OTA and have good signals from all the networks.  Is there any reason for Huluplus in this case?
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Great Cable Purge of 2014 on: April 18, 2014, 07:01:47 PM
How is the experiment going?  Have you found any use for HuluPlus?

I've looked into doing the same a few times and talked to the wife about it.  We figure two more years.  At that point, the kids will be done with Disney Junior and Nick Jr. and everything else we watch (and truly care about vs. watch when extremely bored) is either OTA or Netflix. 

You also mentioned a Vudu subscription.  What do you see as the value there?  Do they have different movies than Netflix?  I've heard of the service but never really looked into it.  I really wish WB wasn't setting up it's own walled garden - there are a few movies I will likely never see because they don't come to any of the services I subscribe to.
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The LEGO Movie - the movie of Legos on: February 11, 2014, 04:01:05 PM

Quote from: Victoria Raverna on February 10, 2014, 04:47:01 AM

Quote from: YellowKing on February 10, 2014, 04:14:54 AM

Went and saw it today. Perhaps I was overhyped from the Rotten Tomatoes reviews. I thought it was "cute" but not particularly hilarious or deserving of Best.Kids Movie.Ever status. My 4 year old was bored to tears within 30 minutes, which didn't help matters.

Still, as a Lego fan I really enjoyed it. I could have waited for a rental though.

I don't think it is the best kids movie ever but it is one of the best animation movies for adult.

I saw it and like it, but I don't know about that.  I think Frozen was better.

Quote from: Gratch on February 10, 2014, 04:20:31 AM

Little B 4.11 wanted to see it, but the crowds this weekend were absolute madness and every showing was sold out.  Decided to wait a couple weeks until things settled down with it.

We ended up seeing Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2 at the dollar theater instead, which I thought was quite good.  Much funnier than I was expecting.

Just to add another 4 year old data point, my 4.7 year old daughter went and was quite bored pretty quickly.  She plays with Legos but the jokes went right over her head.  My 7.7 year old daughter got all but those aimed at the adults and had a much better time.  I think the difference is the ability to pick up on puns.
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jack Reacher is coming to the big screen. on: February 09, 2014, 11:49:00 AM
I've never read the books and just saw this on Netflix.  It wasn't what i was expecting and I really liked it.
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wheel of Time beginning to the end. on: January 10, 2014, 07:53:28 PM

Quote from: Scraper on January 10, 2014, 04:37:14 PM

No I didn't read it yet. I'm debating it, but I knew it would be a downer so I haven't bought it yet.

To be clear, New Spring is not.  It's actually an interesting look at what went on before.  I really wish they would finish the planned trilogy.  I'd say it's more jarring jumping back to 20 years before EotW.  Definitely read it at some point.  smile
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wheel of Time beginning to the end. on: January 10, 2014, 03:24:44 PM

Quote from: Scraper on January 09, 2014, 03:22:40 PM

I finished up the final book last night. To sum it up I thought it was fantastic. How a person can write 900 pages of almost nonstop battle scenes and manage to make it interesting the entire time is beyond me.

Spoiler for Hiden:
While the Wheel of Time is no were near as bloody as other works, it did get messy at the end, Egwyn dead, 3 of the 4 generals, Over 50% of the Aes Sedai, all of the forsaken except Moghadein.

Which reminds me, I liked it when I thought Moghadein got killed by cannon balls, I wish he would have left it that way. Instead those dirty Seanchan got her. Which of course reminds me that Rand never did get around to straightening them out, I thought Mat was going to do it when he sent Aurthur Hawkwing to talk to Tuon, but we never see that conversation or hear how it went. Too bad

Still the book was a great wrap up to what turned out to be a really outstanding fantasy series. I particularly like that Rand was allowed to live and move on to what we assume is a normal life.

I know this isn't going to happen, but I would really like to see a story about the Ail taking on the Seanchan and beating the shit out of them.

My final thoughts are that if anyone is stuck in the middle parts of this series I implore you to read on. Get past book 10 and finish the series because the last act is awesome.

Now to decide what to read next, I haven't read anything else by Sanderson, so maybe I will check out the mystborn series, any thoughts?

Did you read New Spring?  I started it after finishing the series and am having trouble getting through it.  I like the story but

Spoiler for Hiden:
I find myself getting so sad.  It's a prequel so like half the people you meet are going to end up dead.  I find it easier to read now, about 5 months after I finished the series.  It's weird - those characters have been in my life for 20 years - longer than I've known my wife.  Having the series end that way, while very cool, was also kind of rough.  smile
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wheel of Time beginning to the end. on: December 31, 2013, 02:21:47 PM
Read faster people!!! icon_biggrin
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] The Secret Life of Walter Mitty on: December 28, 2013, 08:46:46 PM
I just saw the one from 1947.  It was really quite good and I'm not a fan of old movies.  Now I can see the new one  and do a comparison.
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Frozen on: December 01, 2013, 05:55:34 PM
We saw the movie this weekend with my 4 & 7 year old daughters.  We thought it was great.  The kids liked Olaf, but I found him unnecessary and thought it would have been better without him.  I thought the songs were great - harkening back to Lion King level of goodness.  I also thought the themes were good - sisterhood and the beauty you can create when you stop trying to do what others want and just be yourself.  

As for the Snow Queen basis - if you read IMDB, the story was in development hell since 2002.  It's kind of amazing we got such a good movie out of the process!

Edit;  Oh - and Kristen Bell can really sing!  She easily held her own with Idina Menzel (who might be better known from her work on broadway in Rent or as the adoptive mother on Glee).
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Forumer Reviews of Random Anythings on: November 13, 2013, 03:49:35 PM
I picked this up on a whim for my kids

Ice Cream Magic

Spoiler for Hiden:

Technically, it works.  It makes ice cream.  But it is more soft serve/Wendy's Frosty style.  It also takes longer - around 5 minutes of shaking - and works best if you open it up half way through and scrape down the sides.  The kids (7 & 4) enjoy it and it only makes about 3 tbsp of ice cream, so you're not ruining their health.
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Today I weep... on: October 25, 2013, 06:55:30 PM

Quote from: Razgon on October 24, 2013, 07:40:25 AM

This is bordering on P&R but doesn't that help with your country's financial troubles?

The taxes are state taxes.  There is no federal sales tax.  So locally, it might help but nationally (which is the debt you probably hear about) it won't.
21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My First Order From Amazon Was Over 13 Years Ago on: October 25, 2013, 06:39:59 PM
My first -

June 11, 2003 - Harry Potter Order of the Phoenix.  And it was a gift.
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Frozen on: October 25, 2013, 06:34:18 PM
My brother worked on this one.  I'll ask him if it's good.

Don't see Planes (I've heard it was supposed to be straight to DVD originally).  Despicable Me 2 was very good.  Monsters U was just okay.
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wheel of Time beginning to the end. on: October 25, 2013, 06:12:05 PM
FWIW, I never hit the brick wall.  I liked them all and 7-10 were much better than I remember when trying to read them the first time through.  Of course I was reading them at about 1 book/week pace - so the whole thing was like a long mini-series.
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2013 -- Week 3 on: September 23, 2013, 01:14:44 PM

Quote from: naednek on September 23, 2013, 01:04:52 AM

Quote from: gellar on September 23, 2013, 12:52:52 AM

Welp, time for hockey season I guess.

Just quoting for future use Tongue

Man I can't wait till our WR's come back.  And why did the niners give up on the run.  WTF.  As soon as they went pass happy it was over.

Kaepernick through 27 times in the game and something like 10 in the first half while it was still close.  That's not a big number. 
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2013 -- Week 3 on: September 19, 2013, 09:52:54 PM
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2013 -- Week 2 on: September 14, 2013, 05:10:06 PM
At least the Pats were wise enough not to waste a season roster spot on him. biggrin
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2013 -- Week 2 on: September 13, 2013, 02:19:18 AM
So this is what it is like to have rookie wide receivers.  I can see why the Pats have tried not to use them the last few years.  Hopefully they grow into their roles quickly.
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wheel of Time beginning to the end. on: September 13, 2013, 02:18:20 AM
Finished today.  I'll try to remember to come back when this thread becomes fully spoilerific and see what you guys thought.  smile
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wheel of Time beginning to the end. on: September 12, 2013, 11:37:42 AM
92% through Memories of Light.  Plan to finish up today on the plane.  Was very hard to stop reading and go to bed last night - stupid adult responsibilities!!!
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2013 -- Week 1 on: September 08, 2013, 09:18:19 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 06, 2013, 02:50:41 PM

Are the Bills out of the playoff hunt yet?  

HAHAHAHA. I make me laugh.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Of course they are.

They gave an impressive performance today.  Technically, they are in dead last in the division, but I don't think they are going to be a punchline this year.
31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wheel of Time beginning to the end. on: September 07, 2013, 09:37:56 AM

Quote from: Kraegor on September 05, 2013, 03:29:45 AM

My experience reading Memories was the opposite.  I burned through it.   I started the series 16 yrs ago.  Finally reading the last book was more of a cathartic, "it's finally over" type moment.  In a positive completionist light, I mean.

I just said I wanted to read slow to savor it.  Not that I am actually pulling that off.  smile 

Actually, life is ticking me off by throwing up reading time barriers.  When I do get time, I'm plowing through...I'm just not getting the time I want.  This weekend I had expected to finish, but now I find myself working in the plant 1500 miles from home.  Grrrrrr....  Still, got an additional 10% done on the plane ride out here (up to 62%).  smile
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wheel of Time beginning to the end. on: September 04, 2013, 08:02:57 AM
25% of Memories of Light and I've got this weird dichotomy going where I want to read fast because it is really good but want to read slow because I know I'm reaching the end.  Bah!
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: September 04, 2013, 08:01:41 AM

Quote from: coopasonic on September 03, 2013, 01:11:35 AM

Quote from: naednek on September 03, 2013, 12:17:41 AM

b: people visit and contribute to both places (like I do)

For a long time GT was web-sensed as adult which kept a bunch of us corporate types out.

That was my problem - although it was sensed as gaming, not adult. I'm surprised they are letting me through now, but I'm not complaining.
34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So, this just happened on: September 03, 2013, 04:17:25 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on September 02, 2013, 02:11:59 PM

Quote from: stessier on August 31, 2013, 09:40:06 PM

Was cooking breakfast for the family for dinner (pancakes and bacon).  I was warming the pancake pan and held my hand over the surface when I heard something sizzle.  I yanked my arm back and found the hair on my forearm burnt.  Now I'm cooking with gas!!   icon_lol

It's a pleasant smell, no?  Burnt hair brings real flavor (or flavour for you foreign types) to the meal....

Maybe I'm weird, but I thought the smell was okay.  Not something I'd seek out, but not objectionable either.  The bigger surprise was how much got singed even though I didn't get burned.  I guess that's a yay! 
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2013 -- Week 1 on: September 03, 2013, 02:40:25 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on September 03, 2013, 05:14:41 AM

There's all in, then there's all eggs in one basket. 

They've carried 2 qbs 4 of the last 5 years.  It's kind of their thing (although they are hardly alone).  But not all eggs in one basket.  If Brady goes down, they expect the next guy to step in and carry on without missing a beat just like any other position.  Who knows if that would happen.
36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2013 -- Training Camps\Preseason on: September 02, 2013, 10:42:29 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on September 02, 2013, 09:06:20 PM

Tebow at least has had some NFL experience, even if he's sitting at a 50% completion rate.  But I guess they don't want anything to take away from Ryan Mallett waiting in the wings.

3rd year, 1-4 for 17 yards last year and a pick.  That 5.2 QB rating really makes you believe that the Patriots are all-or-nothing on Brady.

Wait, what should they be except all in for Brady?  And did you see Tebow in the preseason.  He simply can't pass.

And yeah, Cassel is the test case.  The schedule that year helped in being a bit easy, but getting time with the one's and simple repetition is going to make anyone better.  Throwing 4 passes in 2 years doesn't exactly keep skills at the highest level.
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wheel of Time beginning to the end. on: September 02, 2013, 09:04:43 PM
11% into Memories of Light.  I can see I'm going to get zero sleep this week until I'm done.  Grrr....  biggrin
38  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2013 -- Training Camps\Preseason on: September 02, 2013, 05:59:26 PM

39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / 10 mile countdown on: September 02, 2013, 12:41:01 PM
Diana Nyad is only 10 miles from the Keys.  I can't believe anyone would put themselves through what she's doing.  It's very impressive even if the thought of needing a special mask to prevent jellyfish stings on your tongue makes me pass out.
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wheel of Time beginning to the end. on: September 01, 2013, 10:08:06 PM
At 90% in Book 13, so I went to buy Memory of Light and to my surprise, it is down to $8.50 for the Kindle edition - woo-hoo!  When I started in June, it was over $12.  Yay!
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