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16  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 04, 2014, 08:41:33 PM
I have been carrying group projects on my back my entire life.

Aren't you like 18 or something? You can't really say things like this until you've actually lived a good portion of said life. Maybe I'm wrong, and you're forty. ;-)

Anyway, I'm with the skinny guys here. I'm 6' and weigh about 145. I used to weigh more, but lost almost twenty pounds due to chronic illness issues. No matter what I do I can't gain it back. It's weird. I had to buy all new clothes because of it.

My wife is tall for a woman at 5' 8", and is a exercise nut. When she first started it all about 6 years ago, the weight just fell off, but then it stalled out about 40#'s from her goal(Yes, she was a bit overweight. Yes, she would kill me for talking about it). Because she is tall she carries it well(great behind!), but the stats say she is "obese". She is actually incredibly healthy and her doctors say so. Runs marathons and everything. I say this because I'm one of those fools who used to think what you weigh somehow dictates how healthy you are. She's certainly healthier than I am.

This was an exhausting week at work. Glad it's over. The weekend looks good, weather-wise, and I'm looking forward to some time in my garden.
17  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: April 04, 2014, 08:26:22 PM
So I decided to try two new shows on Netflix streaming:

Archer - WTF did I watch? That was 22 minutes of total bizarreness. Very much adult bizarreness. Some of it was funny, and some of it was just too ridiculous. I'll probably watch another episode out of sheer curiosity for where it's going to go.

I finally decided to go ahead and watch the first episode of Breaking Bad. Man, they sure packed a lot of material into a single episode! Crazy stuff. I already have questions, but I assume they'll be answered in time. Like: Why doesn't he tell anyone about his cancer? That type of thing drives me crazy. And why did he decide to get into the meth game? Money? And why does he need money? Just to keep his family comfortable until he dies? I would think he'd be doing ok as a high school Chemsitry teacher with some experience.
Don't answer those questions unless it's somehow not a spoiler. I'll keep watching.
18  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: April 01, 2014, 01:22:37 PM
Season finale of Walking Dead was a whole lot of nothing. It started out well enough with a really intense showdown but then went into endless dialogue and flashback segments and the ending was rather anti-climatic.  Im probably being a bit harsh but I was expecting more after seeing the promos...they pretty much gave the impression of complete chaos.

Agreed. It was pretty weak, and nothing but a lead-in to next season.
19  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: March 30, 2014, 11:38:57 PM
I actually really like Life as a House as well. warts and all. It had a pretty profound effect on me, to be perfectly honest. Possibly because of personal issues, both health-related, and Dad-related.

One more thing about Spec Now:
Code:
That final scene doeasn't make sense in another way. How the hell did Sutter get accepted into college? Especially a college like a smart girl like Aimee is going to? I think it was pretty well established that he just didn't care about academics. There's no way he had time to turn it all around either.
I suppose I'm over thinking it.

I have yet to see Catching Fire. Looking forward to it.

Jena Malone = YUM.
20  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: March 29, 2014, 08:14:56 PM
The Spectacular Now -

Wow. I'm on a roll with good, if not great, movies. This was fantastic, and has been on my mind since it ended. The beginning makes it look like it's going to end up being a typical teen sex/romance flik, but it diverges from that pretty quickly. Yes, it has a lot of the hallmarks of the genre, but it rises above almost every other movie about this topic. I found Sutter annoying, even after he wasn't supposed to be, but that was just his character. It's interesting that the movie chooses to tell the story about a popular kid who really has no idea how others view him. We get this same perspective, but in a far more interesting way, out of Aimee's story. Shailene Woodly has impressed me before, and she's great here. I do question the idea of her not being seen as attractive by the males of the school. Especially considering she's better looking than Brie Larson, who apparently no one questioned? They never explain why she has such low self-esteem, and can't see her own beauty(in or out). I LOVED that she's a total geek, and was into comics and sci-fi. Geek girls for the win! I question all the drinking in the movie, and how it goes by with little circumstance, and no one really bothering to talk about it, besides a brief blurb. Sad reality? This is a great movie. It tells a simply story wonderfully, without resorting to all the stupidity commonly found in movies of this type. One that I will continue to ponder long after I write this. Highly recommended.

I agree with this and I loved this movie too.... But I was reaaallly let down that the final act was about a kid with goddamn absent daddy blues.  It was the same old story too:

Waaaah my dad's an alcoholic!!! (and my momma warned me!)
Waaaaaaah does that mean I'm one too?!?! 
WAAAH I'm gonna drink away my sorrows!!!!  FUCK YOU LIFE

I probably sound a bit mean with that; but I dunno; I thought they coulda done better.  His switch for it just kinda set off a bit too easily (but I may need a rewatch).

Ah well, other than that, the characters were really well-played and interesting.  I'm always a sucker for films that take place in home-like settings.  I love drawing comparisons with suburban-like families too who make do largely with what they have and achieve slowly (a reason why I think The Simpsons was such a hit with families... that and being damn funny in those days).  I think Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley have promising futures as actors -- hell, they already do now (Shailene especially; I love how she was this hot/feisty/mean teen in The Descendants, but a rather nerdy sweetheart in this).  Anyways, it was definitely not your typical teen coming-of-age story.

Yeah, I agree about the final act. Saw that coming a mile away.
On another note, I didn't even like the final scene. I feel it spoils the melancholic feel of what came before.
Code:
Not that we know exactly what is going to happen from then on. Maybe they won't get back together. Maybe she'll slap him for being an ass and not seeing her off to Philly. Who knows?
It didn't bother me that much, but I would have preferred it not be there.
The Descendants was a great movie. Wasn't she also in Life as a House? Or am I thinking of another actress? *checks IMDB* Nope, that was Jena Malone. I have little interest in Divergent, but with her in it, it makes me want to see it more. And not just because she's a beautiful lady.
21  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: March 29, 2014, 04:40:32 PM
The Spectacular Now -

Wow. I'm on a roll with good, if not great, movies. This was fantastic, and has been on my mind since it ended. The beginning makes it look like it's going to end up being a typical teen sex/romance flik, but it diverges from that pretty quickly. Yes, it has a lot of the hallmarks of the genre, but it rises above almost every other movie about this topic. I found Sutter annoying, even after he wasn't supposed to be, but that was just his character. It's interesting that the movie chooses to tell the story about a popular kid who really has no idea how others view him. We get this same perspective, but in a far more interesting way, out of Aimee's story. Shailene Woodly has impressed me before, and she's great here. I do question the idea of her not being seen as attractive by the males of the school. Especially considering she's better looking than Brie Larson, who apparently no one questioned? They never explain why she has such low self-esteem, and can't see her own beauty(in or out). I LOVED that she's a total geek, and was into comics and sci-fi. Geek girls for the win! I question all the drinking in the movie, and how it goes by with little circumstance, and no one really bothering to talk about it, besides a brief blurb. Sad reality? This is a great movie. It tells a simply story wonderfully, without resorting to all the stupidity commonly found in movies of this type. One that I will continue to ponder long after I write this. Highly recommended.
22  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 27, 2014, 01:39:53 PM
COMBO BREAKER


I went to the store today during my lunch break to find something for dinner. While looking through the manager special meat (basically meat that is almost at it's sell by date-usually 2 days away) I find a T-bone for 5 cents a pound. Yes. You read that right. 5 cents a pound. It was a little over a pound so the price was 6 cents. I was a little shy because of the price, I mean that is super expensive. Luckily for me it also had a 30% off sticker on it so I bought it for the extravagant price of 4 cents.


Also...related to the above posts...I am not sure how to take the question about whether I believe in the paranormal or not. It is one of those questions that can easily have judgement behind it. Also, I am assuming that Grim feels similarly to me, which is why there weren't words, just the post quoted. I am not sure what to believe, I don't disbelieve, just...don't know. I have seen some things I can't explain and heard some things that scared the shit out of me. It is a fun adventure to go out and do these investigations.

This is what I typed:
"Yeah, I was about to ask what Mr. Kael beat me to. Seems like a lot of money spent on something kind of...silly? To each their own and all that. Unless you're going to be on one of those ghost hunter shows, then go nuts. Those people are very good at scaring themselves, then pretending it's all real.
You know me, Dagg. Skeptic extraordinaire. "

It's actually in the post, just in the wrong place.

I don't think it's silly, that's why. It is a way to go out and explore history. I may never get proof that there is anything out there, and as I said I am not sure if I even believe that there is, I just don't know. It's a hobby and I spend money on hobbies. I would never spend money on a nice tree or shrub, but you would.

"I would never spend money on a nice tree or shrub, but you would."
So you'd spend money on a not-so-nice tree or shrub? ;-)

Well, you're welcome for the cleaner air my trees and shrubs help to create then. hmph.

BTW, I like the exploring of history angle. Always interesting. You hear they opened up to the public that supposedly haunted house with ten million rooms that is constantly being worked on? I forget the name of it, and where it's at. That would be interesting to go see. I remember watching a show about it.



23  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: March 26, 2014, 11:46:31 PM
Dice, Jimmy, and whoever: I've only found the Hobbit movies entertaining on the surface. As soon as you start thinking about them, they completely fall apart. I actually thought the second was worse than the first. My review is in here somewhere, so I'm not re-treading it all. Too long, too much CG, too many bad action scenes, superhuman(elven) Legolas and Elf lady, and much more.


Drinking Buddies -
While the title makes complete sense, it doesn't get you in the right mind set for what this movie turns out to be. It is NOT a rom-com. Yes, it looks like one, but it plays out nothing like what we all think of as the stereotypical (crappy) romantic comedy. This is actually GOOD. Really good. This is a drama about relationships and life. And drinking beer. A LOT of beer. Honestly, that part kind of bothered me, as so much alcohol is consumed in this movie, it's ridiculous. I let it slide due to the movie completely circumventing tired cliches, and actually being realistic in it's depictions of people in troubled relationships. A nice surprise.

Nebraska -
A quiet drama about a crazy old dude who gets one of those stupid sweepstakes packets in the mail, and thinks he's won millions. The movie is basically about the trip, and his eccentricities. It's slow, and can get a little boring at times, but seems to be aware of this. Little bits of humor are interjected throughout, and the movie is about a lot more than a silly roadtrip. I did find the old dude annoying, but I guess that was the point. Not a bad movie, but I don't think I could recommend it to your average movie goer.

Prisoners -
This is a pretty intense film. We have some great actors doing some fine work in a drama about kidnapped little girls, and how it affects people. It's probably a half hour too long, and spends far too much time on Hugh Jackmans character being angry, and acting like an idiot. It's pretty obvious from the start where it's all headed, but I still enjoyed the story, as dark as it was.

Inside Llewyn Davis -
A pretty good story here. although a bit slow. I had heard amazing things about this movie, and was, admittedly, let down. It's not bad, by any means, but was not the powerful, moving, experience I was hoping for. Oscar Isaac is pretty great as Llewyn Davis. He sings great, too. The movie never really goes anywhere, though, which I guess is the whole point. It's a more realistic, non-Hollywoodized, story of a musician trying to make it. No perfect, million dollar, ending here.
24  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 26, 2014, 11:04:24 PM
COMBO BREAKER


I went to the store today during my lunch break to find something for dinner. While looking through the manager special meat (basically meat that is almost at it's sell by date-usually 2 days away) I find a T-bone for 5 cents a pound. Yes. You read that right. 5 cents a pound. It was a little over a pound so the price was 6 cents. I was a little shy because of the price, I mean that is super expensive. Luckily for me it also had a 30% off sticker on it so I bought it for the extravagant price of 4 cents.


Also...related to the above posts...I am not sure how to take the question about whether I believe in the paranormal or not. It is one of those questions that can easily have judgement behind it. Also, I am assuming that Grim feels similarly to me, which is why there weren't words, just the post quoted. I am not sure what to believe, I don't disbelieve, just...don't know. I have seen some things I can't explain and heard some things that scared the shit out of me. It is a fun adventure to go out and do these investigations.

This is what I typed:
"Yeah, I was about to ask what Mr. Kael beat me to. Seems like a lot of money spent on something kind of...silly? To each their own and all that. Unless you're going to be on one of those ghost hunter shows, then go nuts. Those people are very good at scaring themselves, then pretending it's all real.
You know me, Dagg. Skeptic extraordinaire. "

It's actually in the post, just in the wrong place.
25  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 25, 2014, 09:55:12 PM
Ordered a 1080P 8 channel NVR and 4 cameras as an early birthday present to myself. I wont be using this surveillance system for home security. I will be taking it with me to paranormal investigations.
What a coincidence,I just installed an 8 channel dvr system at a restaurant, shame the cameras are only standard resolution. Only difference besides that is it IS for surveilance.
Yeah, I was about to ask what Mr. Kael beat me to. Seems like a lot of money spent on something kind of...silly? To each their own and all that. Unless you're going to be on one of those ghost hunter shows, then go nuts. Those people are very good at scaring themselves, then pretending it's all real.
You know me, Dagg. Skeptic extraordinaire.

I was considering a 960h system but I wanted the high Def so that I can see more detail in the dark.
Have you tested the cameras yet to see if their night vision is adequate? Most camera say night vision, but really mean maybe 10 feet of viewable distance before it's too dark.

Yeah, I saw the cameras in action. They have a good 30ft of true night vision (0 lux lighting). Most of the places I will be using them will have a little better than that, though not by much. I expect about 40-50ft of good coverage and then degraded beyond that. I plan on testing them this weekend when I go stay at a reportedly haunted hotel. I will let them run over night. Good times.

Do you actually believe in ghosts btw?

I don't know. I am not against the idea, but I don't really know.
26  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: True Facts on: March 22, 2014, 08:34:25 PM
Yeah, I've been watching these for a while. They've kind of lost a little of their luster over time, but still funny.

BEWARE the Duck one. Traumatizing.
27  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 22, 2014, 08:29:25 PM
No more Chicago Flower and Garden Show for me. My company has a display, and I've had to work it the past 2 Saturdays. It's been kind of fun, but also kind of sucky, because I have so much to do at home. Plus, having to get up early on a Saturday and drive into Chicago blows. Hopefully, we get some serious business out of it.
It's nearing the end of March, and I want to start on my Spring garden cleanup, but the weather just doesn't want to cooperate. 30's for the next week. WTF? The poor Daffodils have just barely started poking out of the ground. They would normally be blooming right about now.
28  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 21, 2014, 09:51:18 AM
So what happened to Yoda? It's been weeks...months since he rudely insulted me...I feel unloved.
I've been wondering this for a while now. He just flat out disappeared. Maybe he became a firefighter, and the swarm of women prevent him from accessing his phone/computer?
The great mystery of our time!
29  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 20, 2014, 09:41:09 PM
All the references to Nostalgia in regards to FFX make me laugh. It feels far too recent to be nostalgic about. FFIV(2 on the SNES!) I am nostalgic about. FFX not so much. Maybe in 10 more years. I also realize this could have something to do with younger people on the board growing from a kid into an adult in that time. Then 10 years seems like a lot of time. *shrugs*
30  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 19, 2014, 11:39:33 PM
I loved FFX, just like a lot of of you did, but I have no desire to ever play it again. But, I never play ANY game more than once, so I think my opinion may not count here.

Finished the Swamp Palace in A Link Between Worlds. The bosses seem to be getting easier and easier, which is odd, but kind of makes sense.
I like how the dungeons are not overly massive multi-play session affairs. Well, for me, they still take 2-3 nights, but that's nothing compared to past Zelda dungeons. They are perfectly designed, and the perfect length.
This game rocks.


Don't get/upgrade the Fire Rod.  That thing is broken.

And obviously it gets easier because you're getting better! :D

Anyways, I do feel what you mean.  I actually like the shorter dungeons too.  First time around for Zelda dungeons used to take me forever (ie; a few nights).  The more I think about the "classic" love of Zelda compared to newer and other adventure games though, the more I can't wait to see a Zelda for the WiiU.  Between that and Xenoblade 2 I'd say my system purchase was justified (well, I only paid fifty bucks, but still).

I love the fire rod! It kicks ass. I haven't actually bought it yet, but I keep renting it when I (rarely) die. I suppose it could end up making things a bit too easy, though.
As much as I love Zelda games, as a whole(*glares at Skyward Sword*), a new one for the WiiU could push me over the edge of getting one. I'm in no hurry, though. Just like with the newer systems. I'll get there eventually.
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