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1  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?
2  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.
3  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.
4  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.
5  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
6  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
7  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
8  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.
9  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).
10  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.
11  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.
12  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.
13  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.
14  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.
15  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. 
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2013 -- Week 3 on: September 19, 2013, 09:52:54 PM
Nice. 
17  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
18  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.
19  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
20  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!!!
21  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.
22  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
23  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!
24  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.
25  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! 
26  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.
27  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.
28  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
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2013 -- Training Camps\Preseason on: September 02, 2013, 05:59:26 PM
Heh.

30  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.
31  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!
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: September 01, 2013, 09:40:35 PM
Thanks for all the work FP and company!
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / So, this just happened 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
34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2013 -- Training Camps\Preseason on: August 31, 2013, 07:22:22 PM
Tebow is on the waiver wires!

So is Zoltan Mesko - the former punter.  That is a little sad.  True, his replacement makes 1/3 his salary and appears to kick about as well, but it's cool to have a guy on the team named Zoltan.

Also cut three DEs.  That is a bit unsettling. 

In BB we trust, and all that jazz, but I sure hope this works.
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2013 -- Training Camps\Preseason on: August 31, 2013, 02:33:18 PM
Jake Ballard was among the Pats cut on Friday.  That is surprising.  I would expect to see him re-signed after the start of the season if he isn't picked up by someone else.
36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is there anything bacon can't do? on: August 31, 2013, 02:32:22 PM
Let's find out - today is National Bacon Day.
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Earphones for swimming on: August 30, 2013, 07:52:39 PM
I just do free style laps, so maybe they will work.  Amazon has them for $100...that might take a month or two to save up for.  I'll definitely post impressions if/when I get them.
38  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Earphones for swimming on: August 30, 2013, 05:47:18 PM
Interesting.  The one Bill used appears to no longer exist, but they make the Neptune now, which seems the same and is $40 cheaper!  I'll have to check it out some more - thanks!
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Earphones for swimming on: August 30, 2013, 05:37:21 PM

Quote from: Fireball1244 on August 30, 2013, 05:35:12 PM

I would so love to find something like this.

They definitely exist, I just don't know what makes a good one and how to read the reviews.  All the one's I've found are around 3 stars which is not something I generally jump at.

http://www.amazon.com/PSWP4BK-Waterproof-Neckband-Headphones-Swimming/dp/B008RQEEQ0/ref=sr_sp-atf_title_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1377884179&sr=8-1&keywords=swimming+mp3
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Earphones for swimming on: August 30, 2013, 05:03:11 PM
I'm probably going to start swimming again in the near future and was wondering if anyone had any experience with MP3 player headphones for swimming.  I'd be looking for something that had an mp3 player integrated and could survive (poorly executed) kick turns.

If that's not possible, how about just swimming ear plugs.  The thing I hate most is getting water stuck in my ears and this would make the whole experience a lot more pleasant.
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