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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Ender's Game on: August 07, 2013, 05:55:59 PM
Your experience may very well be more typical than my memory.

Plus:

Spoiler for Hiden:
In a movie it would be easy to make the reveal a surprise.  You could talk test, test, test in all scenes and really make a big reveal moment.
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Ender's Game on: August 07, 2013, 04:06:22 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on August 07, 2013, 03:04:18 PM

That trailer also makes it seem that (major book spoilers):

Spoiler for Hiden:
the audience may know that Ender's "test" at the end isn't really a test. Hopefully they don't go that route because that would lose the biggest impact of the book. Of course, they've already spoiled the end in the trailer, so who knows what they'll do.




Spoiler for Hiden:
I think the impact is more on Ender than it is on the reader.  Maybe it was so long ago that I read the book for the first time but I don't remember being blown away surprised by the reveal that the "test" was real, it seams like something that could be at least suspected if not known.  Plus it might be nice to tie in some scenes from Ender's Shadow.  If Bean asks Graff if the test is real then Bean and the audience will know before hand, but then you can have the cool scene where Bean talks to the fleet thanking them for their sacrifice before they are destroyed, which for me was a much more powerful scene than the reveal in Ender's Game.
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 'I'll Be In My Bunk" on: March 27, 2013, 03:05:03 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 26, 2013, 06:18:50 PM

Quote from: ATB on March 26, 2013, 06:10:59 PM

Anyone read the books?

I read Those Left Behind, which filled in events between the end of the series and the movie.  it tied up some loose strings that the movie left out and explains how The Operative from Serenity came into the story.

I read them as well, but did not really like them.  One point in particular really turned me off:

Spoiler for Hiden:
In the tv show, they foreshadowed and built up the "two by two, hands of blue" guys for several episodes.  I really liked those characters and were interested in their back story.  Then in the comics they kill them off just like that and we find out they were nothing special, just some run of the mill mercenaries hired down at the mercenary store.  I hate that story line so in my mind I ignore it and still think of the hands of blue guys as cool government/corporate agents.
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Guns] GT Firearms Owners on: February 19, 2013, 04:04:17 PM
I am an avid pheasant and duck hunter.  I also do some varmint and predator hunting.  All of the guns I own are rifles or shotguns.  I have a Winchester SX3, Remington 870, Tikka .223, Savage .243 (just won this at a Ducks Unlimited banquet), Ruger 10/.22, and a couple of shotguns that passed away relatives owned.  I have gotten more into coyote hunting this year.  For that my newest addition is a Remington R-15 .204.  I live in the country and can shoot all my guns right in my yard.  In fact my neighbors bean field slopes down and back up just behind my house and makes a great 100-200 yrd back stop.  I don't own a handgun but have been considering it.
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [book] Wheel of Time 14: A Memory of Light (spoilers) on: January 30, 2013, 10:26:43 PM

Quote from: TheEgoWhip on January 30, 2013, 09:10:55 PM

I liked the book, it was a fitting end to the series.

Spoiler for Hiden:
My only real complaint after reading was that after mentioning how much effort Rand was putting into leaving a lasting legacy of peace and prosperity the prologue ends 1 week after the last battle.  I know some of the visions during the last battle were meant to portend the possible outcomes but I felt it left room for one more chapter, possibly set 20 years later.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I know where you're coming from, a chapter set 20 years later would have been great.  However, I do not think it would have been possible.  I don't think Brandon would have been willing to do that and/or I don't think Harriot would have let him do that.  Jordan's next books, Outrigger, were supposed to be about the travels of Mat and Tuon I believe, and Brandon and Harriot probably feel like a chapter set 20 years later would infringe on what Jordan had in mind.  With Outrigger and with Jordan having written the epilog himself and along with Jordan's strong belief that all story threads should not be tied up at the end to give the world the feeling to continuing on after the final page , I am sure neither Brandon or Harriot would have been comfortable with a chapter of that style being written.
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [book] Wheel of Time 14: A Memory of Light on: January 30, 2013, 06:38:07 PM
Time for full spoiler discussion yet?  Almost started a new tread but decided to post here instead.

On to the book!

I am a huge Wheel of Time fan.  I am also a huge Brandon Sanderson fan.  I read Sanderson for the first time only after I heard he was taking over for Jordan and have subsequently read all his books (with the exception of Alcatraz books).  Sanderson had a ridiculously difficult task finishing this series and I think he did a fantastic job.  All that said, I liked A Memory of Light and found the ending satisfying but I did not love the book as much as many here seem to.  Don't get me wrong, this is not a negative review.  I liked the book a lot and think it is probably the best any non-Jordan WoT book could be, but I didn't love everything.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Rand's battle with the dark one was great.  I especially liked the twist of using Callandor against Moridin, I did not see that coming at all.  I also really liked Rand's ride off into the sunset moment.  My only complaint here is that this storyline kind of felt like a secondary storyline to the trolloc forces vs the army of the light.  This should have been the main storyline and at times it almost felt like an afterthought. 

I know the war is important and needed to be told.  However the war is my biggest complaint about the book.  There was just too much.  It got repetitive after a while.  I actually wish they had cut a couple hundred pages of war story and focused more on some character stories.  The war had the least WoT feel to it.  We had 1/2 of a 900 page book on the war, then they went to the fields of Merrilor and did it all over again.  Those first battle fronts could have been told in less detail.   

That said about the war, I did like Mat's leadership of the forces of the light.  His relationship with Tuon is great.  I do wish Demandred had realized at the end that is was actually Mat who had defeated him not Rand in disguise. 

Demandred's death.  I am on the fence here.  I did like Lan's fight with him and it did finally answer once and for all who is the biggest pimp when it comes to sword fighting in the WoT universe.  After building up Gawyn's sword skills for several books Gawyn gets easily beat.  Then Galad fairs better but still gets beat fairly easily.  That said, it kind of took away from Mat's victory.  All Mat's work came down to Lan riding off on his own which Mat had nothing to do with. 

Perrin.  So much done right, so much done wrong, so much not done at all.  While Perrin's storyline in A Memory of Light was very fun to read, it felt like the wrong storyline.  So much of Perrin's storyline since book 6 has been too drawn out.  After finally rescuing Faile from the shaido after the worst, most drawn out storyline of the entire series, Perrin still whines like a little bitch for more books.  Then he has one of the most awesome scenes in the entire series when he forges his hammer and accepts leadership. 

Perrin's battle with slayer was also drawn out too long.  Perrin should have killed slayer during their fight at the White tower and slayer should not have been in the last book at all.  Yes the scene in the last book when Perrin does finally kill slayer was an awesome scene, but it should have happened sooner.  You could have easily had Perrin go to the pit of doom in the wolf dream in the last book and for whatever reason you want to come up with have Rand's fight not be able to be affected from the dream.  That takes away his need to protect the pit in the dream.  Now you can focus more on Perrin leading the wolves.

For me this is the most important thing we did not see that should have been in the book.  Young Bull NEVER LEADS THE WOLVES!!  All through the last few books, even close to the end of the last book, when Perrin talks to wolves they keep asking him "Young Bull when are you going to lead us in the last hunt?"  Then he never does.  It is only implied when he fights the darkhounds.

Where were the wolves called by the horn when Mat blew it at Falme?  Yes Perrin has a thought "why can only humans be called by the horn?" But he does nothing to bring it about, it just happens.  This is what Perrin should have been doing in the last book.  I know not everything needs to happen "on screen" in a traditional way, but this should have.  Perrin needed a scene with him running, hammer in hand, at the front of a huge army of wolves.  Then he should have had his thought about the horn and then went to the wolf dream and done something to make it happen.  Then he could lead those wolves against the darkhounds. 

The rescue of Moraine from the Tower of Ghenjei was awsome.  Then Moraine is completely wasted in the last book.

Shaidar Haran.  I did not like his ending.  I know there was a ton of things to tell so some things need to end quickly, but I would have liked at least a little more here.

Where the hell was Sulin?  She should have never been sent with Perrin.  Another cool character wasted by the Faile/Shaido storyline. 

The black tower scenes I really liked.  Did not love the rescue of Elaine's forces at Cairhien by Androl.  If he could do that why not use is more at the fields of Mallilor?  I did like Androl as a character though.

The Aiel were underused in the last several books.  As characters, as fighters, as the huge army that we saw sent against Sammael that was never used again, as the great battle planers we saw used against the Shaido at Cairhien the first time. 

I liked Egwene's end.  Sad to see her die, but some main characters had to die and she had a good ending.

Padan Fain's end felt very rushed and tacked on.  Should have happened a book or several sooner. 

Alivia - should have been more "on screen" about how she helped Rand die.  Also would have been a cool scene to see her interact with the Seanchan again.

Would have been nice to see Loial's speech at the great stump.  However, if Jordan did not already have it written it may have been a good one to leave out, it would have been hard to get right and could have been really bad if done wrong.

Hope it doesn't feel too much like all I am talking about are the things I didn't like.  I did like the book but did find some things missing. 

 


 
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Following on: January 30, 2013, 04:32:59 PM
Gay guys I saw coming, though I thought it would only be one of them.

Nanny I did not see.  Her I like.  In the flashbacks she came off as just creepy and innocent enough with the bitch mom you could see her as someone who would fall for a cult. 

Not sure this needs spoilers, just a guess on my part.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Anyone else assuming the ex-wife's (as an aside I love Natalie Zea, just in case you were wondering) kid is going to turn out to be Kevin Bacon's son?

As for the main badie and Bacon's character, I do see what hepcat sees.  But I think it still works because of the actors playing the parts.  Not that twists in fresh directions wouldn't be a good thing.

Quote from: rittchard on January 30, 2013, 03:26:14 AM

maybe Kevin Bacon who seems like he's just Jack Bauer 1.5

Come on now, let's not get too carried away.  There is only one Jack Bauer.
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Ender's Game on: December 06, 2012, 11:44:12 PM
Love the book.  I don't have a problem with using slightly older actors, as was said should bring better acting.  However, if that is Ender that Ford is standing in front of, he is was too big, he should be smaller than the other kids regardless of age.

9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sci-fi and Fantasy for 2012 on: May 15, 2012, 03:46:35 PM

Quote from: corruptrelic on May 14, 2012, 02:34:50 AM


2012 it's hard to find the time to read a print book, so stepped up to the next best thing, being able to hear the story while driving. The fact that each character in the book is voiced by a different person (on top of sound effects, music, etc.) really makes it all the better. I'm on the second cd so far and it's turning out to be one of the better graphic audio books I've listened to this year.


This seems to be the trend in audio-books.  Maybe I am in the minority, but I don't like it.  I like one person just reading the book. I want the book read word for word.  I want "the door slammed shut" not the sound of a door slamming.  If I want a radio play/drama I will find one.  If I listen to a book on tape, I want the same experience as reading the book, not someone's interpretation. 
10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Networks Start Revealing Fall 2012 TV Schedules on: May 15, 2012, 03:36:01 PM

Quote from: TiLT on May 14, 2012, 07:34:53 PM

Quote from: rickfc on May 14, 2012, 12:44:37 PM


Looks pretty decent if you're willing to ignore all logic, all real physics, extreme stretches in the effects of social breakdown, supermodels EVERYWHERE with clean clothes and whitened teeth 15 years after the apocalypse, and the blatant fact that J.J. Abrams is essentially just throwing mystery dramas at the screen in order to see if he can make one stick and become the new Lost.

In other words, it actually looks pretty crap. Sorry.

I'll give it a try.  It is a tv sci-fi series, so you I think you are going a little over the top in your expectations, especially on the science/physics front.  I do agree with you on the clean/nice clothes though (actually everything is a bit too clean).  That was the first thing I said to myself when I clicked the link and saw the promo pic, "why do they make it so clean?"

Going along with rittchard's point I quoted in my last post it would be great if they just came out now and said "two season maxi-series".  
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Networks Start Revealing Fall 2012 TV Schedules on: May 15, 2012, 03:29:43 PM

Quote from: rittchard on May 14, 2012, 06:25:16 PM


I really liked Awake, but it's yet another series where the premise almost demands a short/fixed series length to make the story engaging and not feel like it's being artificially drawn out solely to have an ongoing series.  Ditto on Flashforward, Missing and The River, Ringer, Prison Break... amongst many many others; even Lost suffered from this to some extent.  I wish the big networks would actually think some of these things through before or while they greenlight a series.  Does the show really warrant a long-term multi-year series?  If not, just sell it as a fixed length show, or a mini-series (or maxi-series) or whatever.  Let the story and planning dictate the length of the series the way Lost did in the end.  Networks seem so fixed on the conventional structure and afraid to do anything new or different, it's really unfortunate.

I couldn't agree more and have often thought the same thing myself.  It would also be nice if we did not know before the season starts that characters(actors) will be leaving.  For these type of mystery shows that come out now it seems so obvious.  "even Lost suffered from this to some extent."  That's the understatement of the year.  Even after the powers that be saw they had to put in an endpoint they put it out too far after waiting too long.  Lost would have been much better had it been several seasons shorter. 
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movies you love that everyone else hates... on: May 05, 2012, 06:35:24 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on May 02, 2012, 06:05:42 PM


Brotherhood of the Wolf:  My wife hates this movie more than any other film I've ever made her sit through.  She despises it.  I love it.  The fight scene in the rain is just too effing cool, especially with the surround sound cranked to 11.  

I love this movie as well.  In fact you have inspired me to watch my DVD this weekend, been a long time since my last viewing. 

Dune one of my all-time favorites.  I can quote the entire movie.  Although Lynch clearly changes a few things from the book, I think the "feel" is spot on.  "Long live the fighters!"
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Age of Decadence on: April 05, 2012, 03:52:51 PM
The public beta has been released.  Has the first town and 2 side locations.

http://www.irontowerstudio.com/

Indie RPG with lots of C&C and turn based combat.  Still at least a year from the full game release but a pre-order is available.  I loved the beta personally.  Probably my most anticipated game.  Lots of feedback on the forums with some areas already slated for tweaking.  Myself I really enjoyed the combat as is but many found it too difficult, so the combat will be one area that is tweaked.
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Am in a Book Reading Funk (Need Help!) on: March 20, 2012, 03:52:06 PM
Lots of good replies so far.

Another +1 for Orson Scott Card's Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus.  Loved this book.

Old Man's War by John Scalzi is a great sci-fi book with more of a military theme.

As for dystopian, I just finished reading Partials by Dan Wells and it was a good read. 

I would recommend The Hunger Games as well.

Another good dystopian book I don't see talked about a lot is The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi.  Partials and The Hunger Games are both categorized as young adult and focus a little more on action.  The Windup Girl is not young adult and deals more with ideas that affect us today (global warming, biotech and farming, global corporations, etc).

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood is another good book dealing with things like corporations and gene modification in and leading to a fallen civilization.
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sci-fi and Fantasy for 2012 on: February 24, 2012, 12:48:38 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 23, 2012, 08:18:58 PM

bad news, it won't be out until January 2013.

Yep, I saw that as well.  And even that is not a firm date.  Glad I waited to start the re-read.
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead strut onto AMC for Season 2 on: February 15, 2012, 04:48:47 PM
Have to agree on Hershel, he can go anytime.  I do like Maggie, about the only good thing about the farm.  I have not read the comics, but I'm hoping they leave the farm and take Maggie with them.

I am starting to really dislike Lori. 

Spoiler for Hiden:
WTF was her plan to go and "get" Rick?  What was she going to do, she is one of the worst survivalists/fighters on her own.  Send Daryl or Shane or Andrea(yes I know she at least asked Daryl), ok maybe they could do something but even then give it an hour for them to come back on their own.  Running off on her own to "get" Rick was one of the stupidest things any character has done on the show so far.  I'm torn whether I am more mad at the writers for having her do something so stupid or just mad at Lori the character for being a moron. 

The entire scene with the two strangers in the bar was great.  Not just the shooting, which was awesome itself, but I thought the whole thing was well done.  The two strangers really came across great, friendly at times, relief at seeing other survivors, but with just the right amount of menace to not be trusted.  Rick and Hershel immediately putting aside their differences and showing a united front to the two.  Well done.  We need more of this and less farm.
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Defender's Quest (Tower Defense RPG) on: January 25, 2012, 12:33:53 AM
Thanks for the info.  Cool game.  I bought as well.
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sci-fi and Fantasy for 2012 on: January 20, 2012, 04:29:22 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 20, 2012, 02:36:15 AM


LOL, looked at Brian Sanderson's blog and found this.


Ya, I saw that as well (not 100% sure why that warrants a "LOL").

Quote from: CeeKay on January 11, 2012, 09:05:10 PM

Quote from: Purge on January 11, 2012, 07:49:18 PM

I am about to begin my re-read of the Wheel of Time to end with A Memory of Light (book 14, estimated to have an August 2012 release).

yeah, I have a feeling Wheel of Time will take up a lot of my reading time for 2012.  I cannot think of anything else I'm really looking forward to, but I also have the Malazan series waiting to be read also.


As soon as I see a definitive release date I will start my re-read of the series as well.  I know "Wheel of Time" gets a lot of grief on the internet, but it is still easily my favorite fantasy series.  I have not read any of the WOT books by Sanderson yet, I have been waiting for the series to be done.  At this point I want to be 100% sure that when I read the last page of the 2nd to last book I can walk right to my bookshelf and grab the last book.

As for some of the other upcoming books that look interesting:

I agree with farley2k about the Stephen King book and "2312".

I also think "The Killing Moon"  looks interesting.

I have "Leviathan Wakes" sitting on my shelf and I have heard a lot of good things about it.  If it is as good as people say it is nice to see "Caliban's War", a follow up, is already on the way.  I like "The Wheel of Time" and GRRM and Patrick Rothfuss and others, but it does get old waiting years and years and years for new books (which is why I have not read any new WOT books yet).
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Book] Ready Player One on: January 19, 2012, 06:50:21 PM
Holy. Crap.

That book was awesome.  Just finished.  I read it in a day in a half, I could not put it down (I never read books that fast). Most fun book I have read in years.

Anyone on the fence, get off so damn fast you hit your face on the ground, jump up and read the book.
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead strut onto AMC for Season 2 on: November 02, 2011, 05:30:58 PM
I have to admit I was shocked when Shane did that, not expecting it.  But in hindsight I do not think it is that shocking.  I tend to lean towards the idea that saving Carl was his primary motivation.


Quote from: Nonnahob on October 31, 2011, 04:23:51 AM

Good episode, but I'd still like some more closure on other aspects.

Quote
So is the little girl dead? Two episodes lost now, I have to believe she's dead if she hasn't come in contact with another capable human.

Looking at the preview it seems next week deals with this.


Quote from: Ragnarok on October 27, 2011, 04:23:58 AM

What I don't understand is why they are driving around in a shitty RV that is always breaking down?  There must be a RV dealer somewhere that has a shiney new RV with no mileage on it. They could have any vehicle they need, yet they drive around in mostly unreliable transportation.  What about armoured cars, military vehicles (with gun mounts like the Humvee outside the CDC) or anything with 4x4?  Or that truck full of water bottles that they desparatly need?

Whatever, I love they show but I would want more solid transportation. Tongue

Doesn't Dale deal with this is season 1?  He has sentimental reasons for keeping the RV does he not?


Quote from: rittchard on October 26, 2011, 06:05:39 PM

Quote from: hepcat on October 26, 2011, 04:20:35 PM

While not a plot hole, I DO have to admit that I laughed at one scene in this week's episode.

Spoiler for Hiden:
When Rick is running towards the farm clutching his son, the hot chick grabs a pair of binoculars and looks at him...even though he's obviously only about a hundred feet away.  I'm going to guess she's near sighted as an explanation.   icon_biggrin

Not sure you need a spoiler on that - and I thought it made perfect sense, he looked bloody and gross, she wanted to make sure it wasn't a zombie.


I thought it made sense to be sure he was not a zombie.  What I did have a problem with was in the previous episode Dale not seeing the horde with his binoculars from atop the RV until they were like 100 yards away.  With binoculars from a good vantage point you could see a horde like that from literally miles away. 
21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [BOOKS] SF Recommendation? on: October 29, 2011, 04:42:03 PM
Forgot to mention another Orson Scott Card book I really like that I do not hear mentioned often:

Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus - In the future there is an orginization that can watch the past and record history.  Probably my 3rd favorite Card book behind Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow. My brother who is not really into SF really liked this book as well.
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [BOOKS] SF Recommendation? on: October 29, 2011, 03:21:02 PM
Dune - Single best novel of all time

Armor - While I did like this book, I did not love it like many here do

Old Man's War

Anything by Isac Asimov

Two of the books you have read have popular sequels:

The Scar - Like Armor I am not quite as much in love with China Mieville as many others, but most consider The Scar to be superior to Perdido, so if you liked Perdido give it a try.

Ender's Shadow - I love all the books in the Ender's series.  There are two lines of books that deal with the Ender universe, both different in tone.  The "Shadow" series deal with things that happen around the time of Ender's Game from the perspective of Bean.  The first one, Ender's Shadow, is especially good and a must read for fans of Ender IMO.  Speaker for the Dead and Xenocide take place in the future with Ender as a main character
Spoiler for Hiden:
(far in the future with time travel due to relativity and traveling near the speed of light)
and while still very good (at least the first two - not everyone loves them after that) they are quite different in tone and feel from the "Ender" books. (As you can see from my handle I obviously like them)

I am trying to catch up on a few "must reads" in SF now myself.  I have not read Hitchhikers but it is on my self now and will be one of the next books I read.  I am currently reading Brave New World.  I need a small break from fantasy right now. I just finished reading the Malazon series, and in not too much longer I plan to read the entire Wheel of Time series (have not read any of the Sanderson Wheel of Time books yet - when you are in the mood for more fantasy, anything by Brandon Sanderson is great, I still think Elantris is his best)

23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Once Upon a Time on: October 27, 2011, 04:17:51 PM

Quote from: hepcat on October 27, 2011, 01:40:16 PM

I tried it, but it was just a bit too cutesy for my tastes. 

Very true.  Watched the first 5 mins or so (up to the witch's entrance at the wedding) and knew it was not for me and deleted it off my DVR.



24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 'EngineNo9 Kicked Us Out of the Other Thread' Buffy Discussion Thread on: October 27, 2011, 04:06:01 PM
I know this may get me lynched on this forum, but Angel sucks, very overrated.  I love Buffy and Firefly, two of my all time favorite shows so Angel should have been right up my alley.  Due to forum effect and everyone saying how good it is and to stick with it it gets better I actually watched through the first disk of season 5, then I had to stop. 

Spoiler for Hiden:
As mentioned Connor is awful, awful, awful - bad acting, badly written, bad stories, all around not good.  What is not often mentioned is Gun is terrible as well. Wolfram & Hart is stupid.  They ruin Cordelia.  Drusilla is her normal awesome self.  Fred is awesome as well. The Darla stuff is ok, not as good as advertised.  Wesley is hit and miss.  Angel does not work half as well without Buffy.  Lorne, who I actually kind of like on his own, is a symptom of what IMO really makes this show weak (and also weakens later seasons of Buffy to some degree).  The evil/vampires/demons/occult/whatever is too out in the open.  Everyone knows about it, it is nothing special.  Every new character it seems says something like "Vampires?  Oh ya I run into them all the time."  Lorne and Wolfram & Hart epitomize this.  Lorne runs a karaoke bar open to the public and eventually has the biggest show in Vegas?  One of the biggest law firms in Cal. run by demons and everyone who works there human or not know about it?  Dumb.  Oh ya, almost forgot about "the powers that be" and how much I hate them as well.  I do love me some Fred though, she got me through the series. 
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Doctor Who 6th Season on: June 13, 2011, 06:25:08 AM

Quote from: JCC on June 12, 2011, 01:49:51 PM

I think the first half of this season has just been incredible. Naturally, the pay off at the end is going to need to be strong or the whole narrative may fall apart, but as of now, this is potentially my favorite season of Who. Only Black Spot has been less than great IMO.

Well, as the person who in this very thread said I was only so-so about Matt Smith, I have to say ........ I agree 100%.  This season has been phenomenal.  Lots of great episodes.  "The Doctor's Wife" is prob one of my all time favorites.  Can't wait for the last 1/2 of the season.  I will even see Matt Smith as the Doctor now.
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Survivor Redemption Island Rob vs. Russell on: May 16, 2011, 04:11:13 PM

Quote from: Scraper on May 16, 2011, 02:20:03 PM

I also think that anyone who complains about being back stabbed is just bitter, because they do or would do the same thing given the opportunity.

I agree 100%.  It is pretty easy saying you never had to lie when you are on the wrong side of a 6 vs 4 and never had to go up against your own before you get voted out.  If things had been reversed and Zapatara had the numbers and got a final 6 Zapatara, they would have done the same thing.

One thing I will say about Rob, he is a master of keeping people happy with him.  In the reunion, Andrea was talking about how every day Rob would go up to everyone and check in with them about what they were thinking, who they were talking to etc.  That is not easy to do and stay on the show, 90% of people who tried that would get voted off immediately and be seen as a paranoid controlling freak.  Same with backstabing, Rob seems able to do it without making people as mad as others do.  He was the same when he and Amber did the Amazing Race, he would do shady things that would normally make all the other teams very angry but Rob was able to come across as just trying to win and not angering people.  That is what he does best. 
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Doctor Who 6th Season on: March 12, 2011, 10:35:56 PM
I definitely don't dislike Smith as the Dr.  I think he does an ok job.  I also don't love him as the Dr. I can't quite explain why, but I am indifferent to this cast.  Amy as well.  She does ok but I don't love her in the roll.  Like I said I don't exactly know why myself.  I don't dislike any of them.  I enjoy the episodes.  I am just kind of indifferent to this current cast. 
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Doctor Who 6th Season on: March 10, 2011, 06:09:08 PM
In my head I still see Dr Who as David Tennant.  Even after seeing all the new episodes so far, every time I go a little while without watching Dr Who and I see him as Matt Smith, I say "oh ya, I forgot about that, David Tennant is not Dr Who any more."

I don't know if that is just because Tennant was so great or because Smith is kind of forgettable.  Maybe both.
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Blade Runner prequel or sequel coming? on: March 08, 2011, 06:39:41 PM

Quote from: Razgon on March 07, 2011, 08:58:37 PM

Starwars? We're not talking about starwars or Lucas here, but something completely different. I semi-understand your argument though, but I don't agree.  I love the old starwars movies, but hate the new ones. I still love the old ones, and really couldn't care less about the new ones.

I can see the argument for the taint and I think Star Wars is a good example.  The prequels have ruined Star Wars for me, even the original version of the old ones.  I used to love Star Wars and the universe.  I can't watch the old versions and completely ignore the new stuff.  Ok, maybe the old movies themselves are still ok, but in my head "Star Wars" just is not the same.  I just don't like "Star Wars" as much as I used to.  I don't want that to happen with Blade Runner. 
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [FX] Lawman, now called Justified on: February 02, 2011, 05:05:13 PM
Can't wait for this to be back on.  I have had season one on my DVR for about 8 months and just started waching it last week.  I ended up watching the whole season in 3 nights (I was a little tired at work one day as I had to stay up until 4:30AM watching "one more" 4 times in a row).  And that commercial was good.
31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [trailer]Shutter Island on: February 01, 2011, 08:05:40 PM
Finally got to this moive via netflix.  I did not like it at all, one of my least favorite films I have seen in quite some time.  The score was horrible and WAY over the top (in the beginning while driving to the institution for the first time, my god that was bad). It was probably done that way on purpose, but it did not work. The "twist" was really easy to guess very early and by 1/2 way was obvious.  While some moives with twists are still good even if you know what is going on (you can see clues you missed when you did not know) for me this was not.  I had to fast forward through a lot of the 2nd half to even finish watching it.  Dicaprio was good but not enough to save the film.  Bad bad bad. thumbsdown
32  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / LF: Diablo II on: December 22, 2010, 06:18:26 PM
After seeing some Diablo III previews, it kind of got me thinking I would like to play a little Diablo II as I have never tried it.  If anyone has one they would like to get rid of let me know.  Expansion or not either way is fine. 
33  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: New Desktop Monitor on: December 22, 2010, 06:13:51 PM
Got the monitor the other day.   It looks great, I really like it.  When I fist played a game after hooking it up, I could see a little motion blur compared to my CRT if I looked for it.  However, after playing for 5 mins, I did not notice it anymore.  Thanks to all who gave me info.
34  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: New Desktop Monitor on: December 16, 2010, 08:45:09 PM
Well, I don't know why it took so long for them to "process" one monitor by itself, but my order shipped today from Dell.  No wonder their estimated delivery date was Dec 28th if it takes them that long to ship a monitor.  I will let you know how I like it when I get it set up.
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Survivor. Where's the thread? Oh, here it is. on: December 16, 2010, 08:12:56 PM
I don't get the whole "jane will win for sure" thing.  Maybe they are not showing everything, but it does not seem like the 100% lock all the survivors talk about.  She may have won, but as a viewer I did not see it as that clear.  However, all the survivors seemed to agree she would win, so I assume that is why Dan and Fabio did not change their votes.  Aligning with Jane might be good short term but they might have looked at it as guaranteeing second place, where as now they at least have a chance, even if it is small.  Plus, I am sure Dan thinks the same as all of us do, everyone prob wants to take him to the final 3 no matter what, so why piss off 3 people when you can just piss off one.  As far as Fabio, from the little bits they showed, I think he really trusts Sash, and may believe that Sash is just pulling the strings of Holly and Chase.

Chase is one of the dumbest players ever.  Ok, I personally may not get the whole trying to play survivor with "honor" thing, but if you really don't want to lie to people ok.  But, you don't have to tell them your plans!  Keep your mouth shut if you don't want to lie.  I know Chase likes jane, so I can see him telling her about the vote prior to tribal, even if I disagree.  I thought his outburst at Tribal was worse.  Asking Sash and Holly "That's what were going to do right?" when Jeff asked them who was next.  My god what an idiot.  You could see Holly and Sash sitting there not answering thinking "Shut up you moron" but being forced into saying something by Chase's stupidity.  

From what I have seen I think Sash is the best player of this lot, so I am rooting for him to win.  But Holly may be able to sway some votes her way with a good final tribal speech.  This season has been so blah that I have a hard time remembering all the details, but was she not responsible for a couple of voting block changes earlier in the season?

Edited to add: Good lord, I accidentally said I thought "Chase" was the best player, quite the typo.  I meant Sash.
36  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: New Desktop Monitor on: December 10, 2010, 09:41:27 PM
Well after some more looking, I think I am going to go with the dell U2311H.  It seems to get good reviews almost everywhere.
37  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: New Desktop Monitor on: December 10, 2010, 12:05:03 AM
Well, you might be talking me into a non-IPS.  I do no photo editing at all.  I do not even have a printer hooked up to my computer.  I only view my monitor from sitting in an office chair right in front of my computer desk.  Sounds like an IPS may be overkill for me.  Makes it easier to upsize to a 25" also.
38  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: New Desktop Monitor on: December 09, 2010, 11:31:27 PM
How important do you think the IPS is vs response time?  I see on the one you linked the response time is 8ms, which is over 7 like you suggested.  I have never had an LCD before so I don't know how much of a problem response time can be.  My local computer shop can get the one you linked from newegg for $289 (newegg was $299 amazon is $277) with no shipping cost.  They did have a HP2509m 25" in stock for $259, and I have to say in the store it looked pretty nice.  It has the same resolution at 25" that the HP ZR22w has at 21.5", so it is a lower end model.  I probably should not have shopped around and just ordered, seeing those 24 and 25" screens is tempting me to splurge on the 24" IPS.  icon_twisted

There is this one from dell at 23" for $300

http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/products/Displays/productdetail.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=dhs&cs=19&sku=320-9270
39  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / New Desktop Monitor on: December 09, 2010, 05:56:39 PM
I am thinking of getting a new monitor for my computer. I have not shopped for a monitor for a LONG time. I now have an old huge 19" CRT monitor that has worked great for me for years but is now starting to die. A 30 sec search of Anandtech showed me things like this:

http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/shopping/product_detail.do?product_code=WC292AA%23ABA&aoid=35252

but it also showed me a hundred other things as well.

My primary use is for gaming. I don't really want to spend an insane amount of money. Around $200 is ok, but I could go a little higher if the monitor is that much better (say around $300). Of course just as good for cheaper would be better.

Any recommendations?
40  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: So what do you think about wikileaks? on: November 29, 2010, 05:56:45 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on November 29, 2010, 05:43:41 PM

xenocide, but as a couple, the decisions parents make should not be open to full review and speculation by the kids (yes, I know it's not a perfect metaphor). 

Even though you say you know it is not a perfect metaphor, I have to say it is a little scary the way you call the government parents and the people its children, implying some not so nice things about the public.  And I am not one to think that the general public is a bunch of geniuses.

I think saying it is "not a perfect metaphor" is not just understating it, it does not work at all.  The government should be of the people, by the people, for the people.  Saying the government keeping secrets is like parents not talking to their 2 year old about their sex life is pretty insulting. 
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