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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 11, 2016, 10:44:58 AM
I used to work with a guy who had an SRT-4 Neon. That thing was a blast.



What's important is that it is livable without any major changes or fixes.

Exactly. We were in the market to buy a home a few years ago (ended up renting instead), and some of the houses we really liked and wanted needed expensive (for my blood) work done to bring them up to code. 'Twas unfortunate... Oh well.
2  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Last Man On Earth on: February 10, 2016, 04:18:54 PM
^ From what I understand, that is the emphasis the show's creator(s) were going for from the get-go: Can the end of the world make an asshole mend his ways?

It would seem they are focusing a bit too much on that... The show will get tired quick if that's all they are worried about.
3  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: February 10, 2016, 10:32:05 AM
Just wrapped up season 2 of Fringe. Much, much better than the first season. Most of said first season felt like an almost aimless X-Files rip with a bigger budget. I'm glad i stuck it out. Now that a solid story line has developed, things are getting interesting. It certainly helps that I've always been intrigued by alternate universe stuff. The show certainly does a nice job of making you go "what the hell?" now and then. 
Yeah, it can get a bit hammy at times, and the music sometimes has too much of a presence, but I genuinely gives a fuck about the characters, and what's happening around them. Admittedly, a nice added bonus is that the woman who plays Olivia (can't remember her real name) is easy on the eyes. Very much looking forward to season 3.
4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: drunk thread on: February 10, 2016, 10:19:12 AM
^ One of the many great cycles of life: "Unnnnhhh.. . I'm never drinking that much again!"

I am also delighted this thread exists. Helps to balance out all of the teetotalers on the site a little bit. ;P
I don't know why, but I've really been wanting some brandy lately. I can count how many times I've had it on one hand (when it comes to hard liquor, I'm more of a gin man), but the desire is there. It's my wife's birthday tomorrow, so that could be a good excuse to pick one up.
...Realistically, I'll probably end up getting a bottle of Tequila Rose (she loves that stuff).
5  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 10, 2016, 10:02:30 AM
Yeah...
I took every precaution I could think of after I got home last night. Hopefully, it'll be the end of that. So far, so good.


Meanwhile, my car has developed one of those mystery sounds that no one can figure out. It's like a rotational rubbing/grinding sound. Directly related to how fast the car is rolling. Talked to various mechanics. Sunk a few hundred replacing parts (wheel bearings; brake parts; etc.) that I myself was sure were the culprit at the time.
I can't afford to put any more money into fruitlessly chasing something. I'm going to get a tire rotation this weekend, and ask them to balance said tires as they go. That's as far as I'm gonna go with it. Otherwise, I'll simply have to wait for it to get worse... or straight up fail. Fun stuff!
6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 09, 2016, 11:52:06 AM
I think someone is remotely accessing my Roku box, or something. I'm not sure what the hell is going on... It started about a week ago. I will be right in the middle of watching something, and the screen will flash over to what looks like a desktop screen (of sorts - doesn't look like a Windows or Linux desktop - admittedly, I'm not too familiar with Mac desktops). A mouse cursor will appear, and will start moving around. I see the name of my Roku box on the screen, among a list of other things. It looks like my Roku is being accessed (a progress bar will appear next to the name of my Roku, and fill up). Then, the cursor will typically move around some more, and then select some kind of weird icon. Usually, it leads to a music streaming service (Like iHeartRadio, etc.). The last time, it selected a nearby radio station in Milwaukee (I live in northeastern Illinois). Once the service starts playing, the mouse cursor stops moving, and screen will reset back to the Roku main menu after a few seconds. It doesn't seem like anything malicious is going on (from what I can see, anyway).

...I've tried to search for it online, but can find no instances of this happening to anyone else. That in itself is irritating.
After the first few times it happened, I changed my router's SSID and password. It still continued to happen afterward, so either someone that lives near me is VERY good at hacking wifi routers, or the issue isn't related to said router. It doesn't seem like anyone is hacking my actual internet service (as far as I can tell, anyway). None of my other devices (phones; laptop; PS3) have been exhibiting strange behavior.
It happened again last night while I was watching something, so I then changed my SSID and password again, and made the network hidden. I turned off screen mirroring on both my TV and the Roku, and changed my Roku box's name. It didn't happen again after that, but that's not saying much. Sometimes there would be a day or two in between. I'm also getting into the habit of leaving my Roku unplugged when it's not in use.

Now that I think about, what I see when it happens reminds me a lot of when people from our corporate office's IT dept will access our desktops with PC Anywhere. It's similar behavior, but.. is that possible with a Roku, if someone doesn't have my internet password? I'm wondering if Rokus have their own accessible IP address...

Annoying...



EDIT: Managed to find a few very small pages on the subject. In similar cases, it seems to have been a case of screen mirroring. Problem is, if that's the case with me, it could mean someone is hacking my wifi network - apparently repeatedly. From what I understand, that's the only way to have access to local screen mirroring.
I admittedly forgot to check the history of connected devices when changing settings on the router last night. I'm going to check that tonight, and change the wifi password to some ridiculously long and complex string of random crap while I'm in there. I'm also going to change the password for the actual router.
Hopefully, all of this will help... Don't like the idea of someone having free access to my shit.
7  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 08, 2016, 10:24:19 AM
The big Steam sale resulted in me picking up Portal 1&2 (never played either); Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition (I recently bought the basic version used for PS3, but I felt the added DLC content justified the cheap Steam purchase); and the Kingdoms of Amalur Collection. I had Amalur on 360 (which has been deep in storage), and really enjoyed it, but never got too far.

Saints Row 4: GotC Edition - Just started this one. Basically, SR4 is SR3 with a superhero hack (akin to Infamous). As soon as you start getting and upgrading powers, cars become obsolete. I'm having a blast just running around, collecting data clusters for power upgrades. I haven't even really delved into missions yet. I gotta start doing so soon to unlock more powers, though. ;) I really appreciate the added options with character creation/customization. You really can create some crazy-looking/sounding people.

Wild Arms - Didn't have too much time to play this time around. Wormed my way through the Photosphere. Took down Lolithia, who spammed the SHIT out of his/her icy sleep (or whatever) attack. Very annoying. By comparison, "Mother" was a cakewalk. I saved the game after the subsequent regroup in Adlehyde.
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: How deep is your backlog? on: February 05, 2016, 05:05:52 PM
I was actually going to buy XCOM 2 but this laptop can't run the game even at minimum specs.  

Probably a good thing. I don't need to tell you, that series is addictive as all hell. The very first time I ever played XCOM: Enemy Unknown, 4-1/2 hours went by without me even realizing it - seriously. Rarely do I get that immersed in a video game.
I will get the new one eventually. I'm sure my wife will loathe it, and me. =D
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 05, 2016, 01:31:06 PM
^ That sucks. I actually like cauliflower more than brocolli (no, not being facetious).
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 05, 2016, 12:53:16 PM
*REAL* black licorice is fucking awesome. Black licorice-flavored items can go right to hell.
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: How deep is your backlog? on: February 05, 2016, 10:19:32 AM
If I were to try and make a list, it's immensity would instantly spaghettify me into oblivion.


Won't even mention my Steam backlog after I started buying bundles.

They (and GOG) sell their shit so danged cheap, it's practically irresistible.

"Sweet! I've been meaning to play that!"
*purchases at incredible price*
*never looks at it again*
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 03, 2016, 08:27:53 PM
Feeling really depressed today about how slow I play through games. Getting sick of folks buying a game two weeks after I picked it up and being ahead of me the next day.

Don't feel bad about it, brother. It's not a contest.
Could be worse. I'm sure you're still Speedy Gonzales, compared to me. I'm lucky to finish a game every 2-3 months. I very rarely know what the hell anyone here is talking about when they are discussing new, or very recent games.
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 02, 2016, 09:47:48 AM
I've been sick since Friday, so I've mostly been playing Diablo III and watching weird Japanese children's television for the past several days.  It's... not really making me feel better. 

This is going to sound like a joke, but I'm 100% serious. If you can find it, just binge watch episodes of The Golden Girls. It makes being sick less miserable for me at least.

When I'm home sick, I binge watch the shit out of Hey Arnold!. Not sure why. I didn't even really watch it much when I was a kid.
14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: February 01, 2016, 01:17:37 PM
I wonder what one of them would say if I handed them a compass and said "Explain to me how this works".

They probably call it the work of the devil and burn the witch that you are at the stake.

No doubt what you were referencing, but I had to put it up, anyway:


15  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 01, 2016, 10:52:03 AM
Darksiders - Done. My first completed game of 2016, fer shizzle.

Wild Arms - Got back to Court Siem, and subsequently fell for the bad guys' ruse of attacking town. Met up with said sneaky bad guys at the nearby Sacred Shrine. Found and fought the trickster Agaless. It had a shit-ton of HP, but otherwise, there was no problem. It missed half the time it attacked the party.
I have to admit I had to look up what to do after defeating Agaless. I fully explored the Sacred Shrine a few times, and even went back to town to see if I missed anything. Couldn't figure it out... Turns out I was supposed to sic Hanpan [Jack's rat(?) buddy] on some random kid who was in the way of me talking to the town priestess, which advances the story. Very, very stupid.
I was then able to approach and fight Alhazad, one of the main bad guys. After I beat up on him a bit, he did just like Boomerang's wuss-ass: Turned tail, and claimed he was just testing me. Man, the bad guys in this game are total douches.
Next stop: The Photoshpere. Hopefully whomever attacks me there won't flee like a pansy.
I still don't have no idea what 3 or 4 of Jack's Fast Draw skills are...
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