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41  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Act of Valor on: February 06, 2012, 06:29:54 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on February 06, 2012, 06:20:56 PM

That's why the Air Force just announced that they're retiring 286 aircraft, the F-22 program was chopped, chopped again, and now finished with 1/3 of the initial requisition, the contract for the Global Hawk Block 30 has been cut by 1/3 while we keep the U-2 in service, and the DoD is looking at a total of $487 billion in cuts over the next decade.  

So why are you bitching about a movie that cost $18 million or less to make, and got $13 million from Relativity Media for the rights?

Oh, I wasn't talking about the money it made to make the movie, but the fact that it is not REALLY a movie but a commercial.  And I am smart enough to realize that.  What scares me is that so many people are not.  
42  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Act of Valor on: February 06, 2012, 06:18:43 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on February 06, 2012, 06:12:50 PM

 Roll Eyes

I know, sorry.  :/
43  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Act of Valor on: February 06, 2012, 06:07:14 PM
All I see is a propaganda film by the government to remind us that we NEED to continue to spend millions on our military because, hey terrorists are in YOUR neighborhood.  If it is a "documentary" then call it one and don't try to pretend it is something else.

I am all for "we need really cool and expensive military shit" but, can't we just take a little of that and take care of our own country first- AND there are no terrorists in my neighborhood- I know 'cause I checked!!
44  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Free WebEx like program? on: January 19, 2012, 12:00:07 AM
I have logmein at home, my netbook, work, home computer etc.  Works great.
45  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Kindle: Kindle Fire, Touch and Keyboard unveiled! Lending Unleashed! on: January 09, 2012, 07:14:20 PM
I have a Nook (imho it is a far superior piece of hardware than the Kindle touch- Wife has the kindle and frankly the Nook is much spiffier) for reading and a Fire for everything else.

I have now had my Fire for 2 weeks.

Movies- love it- perfect size for lap sitting.  I travel a lot.  All the hotels have wifi so between Prime and Netflix, I am covered.  The size and weight are perfect for laying in bed or sitting at the desk eating takeout and watching.

Apps and such.  I use it every boring.  I ready the NYtimes, USA today, AP feed and a few others.  Don't need a news paper delivered when I get it all for free.  That said, the Apps are VERY limited.  It is the Amazon app store, not the Android app store.  I hope that changes soon.  I have some apps on my phone that I would love on my Kindle but alas they are not offered yet. That is my big downside right now to the Fire...While there may not be many apps out there I want, I *feel* like there are so that is an issue for me.

Email- I have both my verizon pop acct and my gmail- they both work great. 

Websurfing- works just fine- frankly I never open my laptop any more at home- no reason when that little 7 inches is sitting on the coffee table next to my beer.

Reading- I am a huge proponent of e-reader/e-ink.  I love it.  I think everyone in the world should have an e-reader.  I will always travel with BOTH the fire and the kindle/nook.  Not a big deal-they are both small and light but for full time reading, e-ink is great.  Plus, if you go sit by the pool- that LED screen just won't cut it.  Plus it is lighter and thusly easier to hold.  I do have the comics app on the fire -ComicsX I believe- anyway that works just fine.  You may have to expand an bit on some of the small text but no biggie.  I just got my first magazine sub on it- PC Gamer- I was NOT going to spend 9 bucks to get the SWTOR issue when the sub is 2 dollars a month and I can cancel for no charge in 2 weeks.  Verdict?  I like it- it is not perfect- there is some size issue again- you would not have that on the iPad but, for a 200 dollar tablet that is this slick- I could not be happier.

Bottom line, for the price, this thing is fantastic.  I do need to couple it with an e-reader but I knew that going it- it was never meant to replace an e-reader and it doesn't I get all those spiffy .99 book deals from Amazon, I can watch some silly old movies that I never got around to watching, and really there is not much of a downside- all for 200 dollars.

Oh a note on that 29.00 mar ware case- get it.  Works like a charm. Compact, sturdy, and the stand works great for movies and it doesn't make the Fire BIG.

I know I am a bit late and rambling but frankly I think there is too much "it's not an iPad" and other negative talk about the Fire.  My kid has an iPad and there is no way you can read for a long period of time- it is too heavy.  That said, a bigger screen is nice for magazines, movies and such but it is also 300 dollars more.  If I had an iPad 2 I would not have a Fire for sure- but since I don't...I got the Fire.  Would I trade it for an iPad 2?  Maybe but only if you give me the 300.00....Cause I just don't see it being that much better.  But again, different device, different crowd, different market.
46  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Refurb computers on: December 06, 2011, 07:34:44 PM
I grabbed a refurbed from Dell about 8 months ago.  It was in perfect condition- looked like it had never been turned on at all.  With the discount from the outlet, free shipping and a 15% off coupon, I was able to get much more bang for my buck-Skyrim plays on

If I do need a new desktop, I am definitely starting at the Dell outlet (mind you I have always had good experiences with Dell).
47  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New JJ Abrams movie: Super 8 on: November 22, 2011, 08:34:54 PM
No one does kids like Spielberg...

I too missed it but we are all watching it Wednesday nite ...woo cannot wait.
48  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Green Lantern: The Movie on: November 07, 2011, 06:39:05 PM
See, Dane Cook might have been awesome in this roll....well maybe. Heh
49  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Green Lantern: The Movie on: November 07, 2011, 04:51:58 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on November 07, 2011, 05:34:36 AM

Maybe the worst movie of all time. Maybe worse than GIJOE

It was.  At least with GI Joe I wasn't rooting for all the good guys to die.   Ryan Reynolds is the worst lead actor and seriously, what is the draw of Blake Lively?
50  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Nook question on: October 07, 2011, 03:18:18 PM
As a recent Nook Touch owner, I absolutely love it.  It is a fine piece of hardware and is great to read on.

Kindle to Nook- 

1) Get Calibre
2) Google DRM kindle Calibre remove or something like that
3) follow the instructions for the plug in (they are very specific)
4) Upload un-drm'd books on to Nook
5) Read

Oh and the one button buy a book over wifi---VERY dangerous smile
51  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Who Killed 3D? on: October 05, 2011, 08:10:02 PM

Quote from: hepcat on October 05, 2011, 07:55:35 PM

So while it's easy to advise others to "just don't go", it's also an uninformed piece of advice.

Then again, maybe they will get the hint and either dump the crappy 3D or show more 2D showings.  Like I said, I may not count for much in the way of movie tickets but I am not giving them a 10 dollar surcharge again for a 2D movie pawned off as a 3D movie.
52  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Who Killed 3D? on: October 05, 2011, 04:02:04 PM
I viewed 3D as another way of saying "10 dollar surcharge for this movie for no reason at all other than we are greedy". I had to see Tangled in 3D when I took my daughter-it was the only option- and after that I vowed NEVER to see a 3D movie again.
53  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Advice wanted: Suing someone in Small Claims Court? on: August 15, 2011, 09:13:48 PM
It costs about 25 bucks to sue in small claims.

You can sue for $7500.00.

You can pay extra to have the Sheriff serve the paperwork- I suggest you do.  If you win, you will get all your costs back as well.

Bring your witness.  Have your witness and you write out statements- make 4 copies and type them.
Bring photos- make 3 or 4 copies.
Estimate for bike.
If you missed work, a note from your employer
If you are hurt- ie cuts, scrapes, take photos of those as well

You cannot use a lawyer in Small Claims.  Plus you don't need one.  Go to the nearest courthouse to the accident- many courthouses have a Small Claims advisory group that helps you out.  But the paperwork is fairly simple.  You need their name address, a sentence of what happened and how much you are suing for.

You are entitled to repairs, any other out of pocket expenses including time off from work or any items that may have been damaged besides the bike.
If you were hurt, ask for the remainder up to 7500 after you tally up all your costs.  You can be hurt and not go to the doctor but you need evidence of injuries and it is a bit harder but it can be done. Especially if you have no health insurance and the injuries are minor, if your option is the ER well explain to the judge that spending the day in the ER for cuts and bruises was not something that you felt was necessary.   The judge will decide was is fair based on what you give him and what you tell him.

Small claims is NOT a joke- if you get a judgement against a responsible party you can put a lien on the sale of their house or garnish wages...a judgement in Small Claims has the same strength as a judgement in Superior Court - just the money amount is smaller.

You must have an ID on the guy though.  If you only have the plate number, go to the police station right away with the  photos and file a counter report- explain what happened, and if they are cool they will take care of it for you...if they don't run the plate, you get a lesson- always call the police.

I hope that helps a bit too.
54  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Netflix vs Hulu: Fight! on: July 29, 2011, 03:26:53 PM
Posting so I can see what people say.  Yesterday I cancelled my disc portion of Netflix and dropped to streaming only.  I have my Apple TV (which is simple and awesome) for my streaming and renting from Apple,  and we have FIOS so tons of on demand movies....I figure some months I will probably spend the 20.00 Netflix was going to charge me but some months I won't.

And now if I have that disc sitting there for 3 weeks I won't feel like I am losing money because, well it won't be sitting there!

And I am interested in what people think about Hulu no vote for me yet.
55  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What to do in the Phoenix area? on: June 23, 2011, 10:37:30 PM

Quote from: Arkon on June 23, 2011, 09:52:09 PM

Sounds great...except I am on Weight Watchers in an effort to loose 100 pounds.


Oh man - sorry about that.  Well when you go back?

/puts foot in mouth
56  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What to do in the Phoenix area? on: June 23, 2011, 08:52:52 PM
I was there for work a few months ago- I ate at all three of these place- you will NOT be disappointed.

Adam Richman takes on the Ultimate Slider Challenge, 12 challah rolls stuffed with brisket, potato pancakes and cheese plus a mountain of onion strings weighing in at 5-lbs. that must be finished in under 30 minutes.

1160 East University Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281
See on Map »
Alice Cooperstown
Adam stops at Alice Cooperstown for the Big Unit Hot Dog, nearly 2 feet of meat packed in an entire baguette loaf and smothered in chili, cheese, bacon, jalapeño, grilled onions, relish and sauerkraut.

101 East Jackson St., Phoenix, AZ 85004
See on Map »
Los Reyes de la Torta
Adam goes to Los Reyes De La Torta in the Sunnyslope neighborhood for their massive Torta Del Rey, layered with beans, avocado, eggs and 5 different kinds of meat.
57  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Event on: May 26, 2011, 12:07:45 AM
Heh, all caught up on taken and 4400...

*semi-invested*...that IS me.  And eh, Eureka doesn't start until I think I will watch em.
58  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Event on: May 25, 2011, 11:39:00 PM
Ok question...I have 9 episodes on my dvr.

Skip to the end or watch all the eps?  I am a kind of fan-- enuf that I have not deleted them.
59  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: To Beer or not to Beer? on: April 08, 2011, 08:59:06 PM
Let me also quip .... yes indeed, every day is beer day.  Remember what Ben Franklin said: Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.

Although that is apparently exactly what he said...ah well, it is what he MEANT today dammit!

Ok so let me add these then:

You can’t be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline; It helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer.”
– Frank Zappa

“If God had intended us to drink beer, He would have given us stomachs.”
– David Daye

“I would kill everyone in this room for a drop of sweet beer.”
– Homer Simpson

“24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case. Coincidence?”
– Stephen Wright

I think the trend is quite clear.  Bah, now I need to stop at Bevmo on the way home...heh.
60  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Will be joining the motorcycle a few years on: March 23, 2011, 04:06:31 PM
<rant about motorcycles and generalizations removed>

Sorry for the rant but I hear it and have to overcome it every single day.

Ok that said, I would seriously consider renting the bike before you buy it.  For the last 5 years I have ridden my awesome V-Star 650 and I love a point.  The kicker for me was a 1200 mile trip to Reno and back.  A 650 (or the 883 for that matter) is NOT a long distance bike.  Under 50 miles at a time, no problem at all, but going up to say a 1000 or higher will give you a huge boost in comfort.  Point in fact, I went to a '03 Electra Glide HD and the difference is amazing.  My daughter (who is 13 and loves a ride to school on it) said the back seat felt like our sofa.  Yeah it is a bit big but once you get used to it it is a sweet ride, but certainly a different kind of ride.

If you are not planning any long trips, that bike will indeed kick ass.  Oh and take the safety class.
61  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: March 02, 2011, 09:20:54 PM

from here:
62  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Fido on: February 23, 2011, 07:05:48 PM
Good to see it is liked- has been on my list for a while now....but that said, is there no love for


"While on their way home for Thanksgiving break, five college kids run afoul of a homicidal turkey that wants them dead. As the cursed bird hunts them down one by one, the survivors scramble to find a way to defeat the possessed creature. Will the bloodthirsty turkey make this their last Thanksgiving feast ever?"

--sorry but I just HAD to toss this in somewhere--
63  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Sucker Punch on: February 23, 2011, 03:38:20 AM
I see not one, not ONE thing wrong or bad about this movie....nuthin.

64  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Valhalla Rising on: February 22, 2011, 05:38:25 PM
Raz...yeah my bad for coming in late and not being clear.  I definitely meant no disrespect.  I was speaking of Valhalla Rising, yes.
65  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Valhalla Rising on: February 22, 2011, 05:09:30 PM
Oddly enough, I just started watching this.  I am getting close to the end- I generally grab 20 minutes at a time during lunch at work.

I kind of like it but the word "boring" just keeps coming up.  I keep waiting for the "big thing" to happen.  I think I am getting close, or I am just getting close to the end...:/

It's not bad, just super slow.
66  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wonder Woman TV on: February 17, 2011, 05:50:09 PM
There is NO Wonder Woman in that description.  At all. wtf  She is pretty hot though.
67  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Netbook needed mainly for writing (about $400 or less) on: February 01, 2011, 06:36:57 PM
FWIW, the Mac Air is the most awesome laptop ever.

Got one for work- well from work to use.  Yes I love my mini, but that Air...9 seconds to full start up, plays WoW like a champ, faster than a speeding bullet, and a bit more than 400.00 smile
68  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Netbook needed mainly for writing (about $400 or less) on: January 31, 2011, 11:27:42 PM
I am not sure this link will actually work but:

in a nutshell, Dell Refurb Mini 10 for approx 300.00.  I have one- grabbed it with a 6 cell, refurb with a 15% coupon from their twitter page- delivered for 268.00 and I love it.  If you want to type, surf, skype, email ...all that, it is perfect.  The keyboard is 92% I think so after you practice a bit, you should be fine.

You can go new, for a bit more but for limited needs, saving money is always good and even as a refurb, i have had 0 issues in the 18 months I have had this.
69  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help me find a movie... on: January 12, 2011, 05:49:27 PM
Battleship Yamato?
70  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: BSG: Caprica and The Plan on: October 28, 2010, 04:11:33 PM
The show ended last season very well.  When it was over I was really excited about the new season and it really has been a disappointment this season...basically nothing has happened and it has gotten bogged down in soap-opera details and forgotten where the coolness of the show was.

I am disappointed that they are pulling it but not totally surprised.  Too bad, because I really liked the show and it had huge potential.
71  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: BSG: Caprica and The Plan on: October 25, 2010, 11:15:37 PM

I like Caprica.  It doesn't seem to make all that much sense in the BSG world but man all the girls are hot, all the men like to kill each other and everyone is an backstabbing a-hole.

Good fun!
72  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Being Human on: August 24, 2010, 08:20:10 PM
I think BBCA is showing what, season 2 now? 

Anyway, yeah they have definitely picked up the level on this is not nearly as cutesy as it was last year...much darker and ominous.

I really enjoy the show a lot and the changes made are really good, imho.  Definitely worth the watch.
73  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Getting that time of year..Oktoberfest girls..NSFW on: August 20, 2010, 08:03:26 PM
GEEBUS....if that doesn't make unbelievers like beer, nothing will!
74  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Teila Tequila gets destroyed on: August 16, 2010, 05:56:02 PM
She is basically famous for being naked or somewhat naked on the internet...she is NOT really famous or really a celeb.  That said, I would like to think that we don't stone women in the United States for showing some flesh....NO one deserves that.  As much disdain I have for her and her reality tv/internet meme fame people, that was not deserved.
75  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Teila Tequila gets destroyed on: August 16, 2010, 03:57:51 PM
Ok edited because she really did get effed up.
76  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Clone Wars(2003) Vs The Clone Wars(2008) on: August 11, 2010, 11:00:21 PM
Count me in the group of the first one was just outstanding.  I had the entire series on my dvr and my daughter used to go thru it once a week.

We watch the new series now and while they have toned it down and made it a bit more *mainstream*(?) it is still good and we do enjoy it a lot.
77  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: is The Crystal Skull watchable?..Indy 4 on: August 06, 2010, 08:09:07 PM
Eps 1-3....any of them are much easier to watch that Indy 4...besides the horrible movie/story etc....Harrison Ford just looked too old...not looks but you could tell that the action was not coming very easily at all.
78  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: is The Crystal Skull watchable?..Indy 4 on: August 06, 2010, 06:36:59 PM
I was trying to enjoy it...and I was ALMOST there when I hit the ending.  That destroyed any amount of enjoyment I was hoping to have by watching the movie.

Go ahead and watch it, esp if you want to complete the series, but then immediately forget what you just saw.

It really is bad.

And yes, the endings of all 3 other movies were much better than this silly ending.
79  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Sucker Punch on: July 28, 2010, 11:41:16 PM

Who cares that it is not out for another 8 months
80  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2012 on: July 26, 2010, 09:20:48 PM
GI Joe was WAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY better.  If they cut 2012 down to 25 minutes of just big budge disaster clips, cut out ALL dialog, kept Woody, it might have been slightly enjoyable, ok well funny cause all the little people falling were really funny.
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