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2041  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Job thread. on: December 06, 2010, 11:47:49 AM
I have a degree in Horticulture and work for a landscape company as an Estimator. Basically, I'm the guy who determines what a job is worth and how long it takes to install it.
I also plow snow when the need arises.
Our company specializes in seasonal floral displays. Visit Chicago any time of the year, and you'll see a lot of our work, including portions of Michigan Ave. There's always extra, so I get free flowers each season. Trust me, this can be expensive, so it's a nice little perk.
2042  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What don't you get sick of?? Favorite things!!? on: December 06, 2010, 11:34:00 AM
Hmmm. I suppose this could be enlightening...

Peanut butter! I can't believe I am the first one to say it.
Ys music
Epic movie soundtracks that make my heart swell like those by Howard Shore, James Horner, Hans Zimmer, and of course, John Williams.
Taking pictures - There is ALWAYS something worth taking a picture of.
Going through said pictures looking for the few that really turned out well.
Working in my garden. It makes me happy.
Seeing the look on my sons face when I tell him I'm proud of him or that he did a good job on something. Makes me feel bad for my father who never told me such things growing up(or ever). TMI, perhaps.
Hugging my wife
Pizza! Especially good stuff like Home Run Inn or Connie's.
Good quality dark chocolate.
Gothic architecture
Really great movies like the LOTR films, How to Train Your Dragon(good call, Dice), The Princess Bride, Toy Story 1-3, The Incredibles, Memento, etc.
Exploring new nature preserves/prairies/woodlands. On foot or on a bike. Preferably alone. So humbling.
Nature showing how awesome/beautiful it can be by creating amazing Ice storms, thunderstorms, sunrises/sunsets, and everything else. I will never tire of such things.
Sharing my favorite things with other people, especially when they like them too.
A warm bed on a cold winter night. We currently have fleece sheets on the bed. They are so soft and warm, it makes it hard to get out of bed in the morning.
2043  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Super RPGFan Game Journal IV - The New Warriors: The Revenge The Movie The Game on: December 06, 2010, 11:10:23 AM
Beat Lords of Shadow. Great game overall. My thoughts are in the dedicated thread.
I'm not sure what to play/go back to. I was playing Bayonetta before this, but I'm not sure I feel like going back to the silliness of it.
I still have FFXIII to play. I've also been wanting to buy some DLC for ME2.
Plus, I think the wife is getting me Uncharted 2 for Christmas.
2044  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Castlevania - Lords of Shadow on: December 06, 2010, 11:02:32 AM
Yeah, the whole castle segment(a good third of the game) was the best part.
I have to go into spoilers again:
I was actually upset at how short the last chapters were. I was hoping for some really kick ass final level, but it didn't happen. When I saw Chapter 12 - Final Fight, I was bummed. I think the levels should have been in a different order, with the castle areas last.
I'll get DLC if it comes out. I enjoyed the game, and really don't want to be done with it.

2045  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Castlevania - Lords of Shadow on: December 05, 2010, 08:06:59 PM
I just beat it  a bit ago. My general review:
I had a lot of fun with this game. It actually turned out better than I thought it might. Especially under the care of a relatively new developer.
The graphics were extremely well done. I'd say this one of the best looking games out there. The music was quite nice, but a bit repetitive.  The story was surprisingly well done and well-voiced. Gabriel became quite the endearing character.
This game did a good job of making me feel like I was on an epic adventure. Lots of great bosses and puzzles, too.
I look forward to sequel, if it happens.
Although, considering the whole ending sequence, itís probably a sure thing.
Speaking of whichÖ
The after credits stuff was just bizarre! Gabriel is immortal? Zobek is still alive? He calls Gabriel the Prince of Darkness?  Itís now present day? WTF?!

2046  The Rest / The Bazaar / Re: Give My Wife and Son a Christmas Album Sale! on: December 03, 2010, 04:03:53 PM
Yeah, you've got some good stuff there. Very tempting. Bad timing, though, as I have to buy my own wife and son presents!
2047  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: 30 characters that defined a decade on: December 03, 2010, 04:01:22 PM
And, yes, Snake does belong on this list. It doesn't matter that he was conceived in the 80's, he was still quite iconic the past 10 years.

No, he doesn't. They specifically pointed out in the user voting it was only for characters introduced in the last decade (even if they were dumb and technically had it at 11 years thanks to putting Tingle on a sub-list), and if you were to include Snake you'd have to include Mario, Link, Gordon Freeman (Half Life 2 was a big deal!) and possibly even Sonic due to how tied his current image is with Sega of the last decade, and at at that point it may as well just be "characters that defined gaming".
Well, ya see, Mr. Eusis, I didn't see that part. I just saw the list here on the ole' fan. Makes sense, though, otherwise, as you said, the list would be cluttered with oldies.

2048  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: 30 characters that defined a decade on: December 03, 2010, 11:41:46 AM
This is one of the worst lists of anything I've ever seen. If a character defines a decade I should know who they are, whether I played the game they are in or not. There's at least 10 on there that I was unfamiliar with, including the #1 pick. I've never played Portal, but I still have no clue who this GLADOS character is.
Way too many lesser types on there. I agree that a top ten would have made more sense.
And, yes, Snake does belong on this list. It doesn't matter that he was conceived in the 80's, he was still quite iconic the past 10 years.
2049  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: November 30, 2010, 03:08:33 PM
Watching Sunshine...

Between this and Moon there has been some great under the radar sci-fi

I watched Moon the other night - awesome flick.  Im glad it wasn't another "robot turns psycho" flick; but it was pretty deep and emotional - amazingly played by Sam Rockwell (an under-the-radar actor, IMO).

Sunshine...wow.  I could skip the WHOLE movie, without building up, and the ending climax will still put me on the edge of my seat. 
Interesting. The ending almost ruined the movie for me. It was pretty darn great, and then
we suddenly transition from smart sci-fi into generic horror movie.
Not good.

I thought Moon was fantastic, too, btw.

2050  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: "I hated it at first, but then I grew to love it." on: November 30, 2010, 10:56:57 AM
I agree with Prime about Wrpgs. For the longest time Jrpgs were the shiznot, and that was it. Then I got my 360. I found ME a bit odd at first, but grew to love it. Throw in Fable II, Dragon Age, and the incredible ME II, and I'm totally sold. I have yet to play a FO game, however.

Food - I grew up extremely picky about what I eat, and still am to an extent. My wife has forced me to expand my horizons, and I thank her for it. I'm eating healthier, and with more variety, then I ever have before. We eat less meat, and tons more fruits and veggies.
Unfortunately(I think) her coffee habit is also rubbing off on me. I used to hate coffee. I drank tea, and that was it. Then she started bring home all these different flavors, and they smelled good, and, well...that was it. I still limit the amount I drink. But I enjoy it quite a bit.

Movies - I'm a movie nut, but for the life of me, I can't think of a single one that I hated, then loved. I can think of plenty the opposite way. There are all sorts of movies that I loved at first, then realized they were total crap later.

Music - I rarely give music a second chance. If it sucks the first time, I move on. I can only think of a few bands that I gave a second chance to. Disturbed is one that I didn't like at first. I saw them as just another generic fake rock band. Not until "Remember" came out did I take notice. Still, there were only a few good songs on the Believe album. I really became a fan When Indestructible came out. Great album with tons of great songs.
U2 didn't do anything for me for years, and I wondered what all the fuss was about. Now they have several songs(One, Where the streets have no name, Beautiful Day) on my list of "best songs ever". Too bad they've gone downhill the past few years.
2051  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Why are uber-religious people driven to over-sentimentality? on: November 30, 2010, 10:04:45 AM
Star, I believe it was Neal who talked about spirituality. I kinda sorta, in a odd way, agree with him. I don't believe in spirits, or souls, or any of that nonsense. But I absolutely cannot deny that when I'm working in my garden, or taking a stroll through a beautiful prairie, that I feel...SOMEthing. I understand that it's just a natural connection that people have with nature, but why do so few seem to care, or even notice, said connection? It sounds snooty, but I feel like I see things that other people don't. For me, my love of the natural world is almost a spiritual thing.
You said it sounds like your own private religion, and I would say you are pretty spot on with that.
I basically "worship" nature in a way. Sounds creepy, I know, but that's the gist of it. I can see a similar thing happening with other people and the things they love. Like music, or art, as you mentioned.
2052  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The awesome deals thread 2010 on: November 29, 2010, 03:50:13 PM
I was just on Amazon making my yearly Child's Play purchase when I discovered that Nier has dropped to $20. No way I wasn't going to order it. I'm almost done with LoS so it's good timing.
2053  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: November 29, 2010, 03:33:19 PM
Guys, awesome idea. For all you SMT nerds out there with Jack Frost plushes, take pics of your Jack Frost plush going on an AWESOME ADVENTURE. Or something.

Anyway since people were asking here are pictures of my plants.


I love all the succulents! Where do you keep all these plants? Do you have a greenhouse or something? Or perhaps a sun room?
I only have a few indoor plants myself. My garden outside, though, is quite....FULL.
2054  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Super RPGFan Game Journal IV - The New Warriors: The Revenge The Movie The Game on: November 29, 2010, 12:09:40 PM
I just played through the music box level in Lords of Shadow. It was creative, I suppose. Too bad I suck at timing based things, and kept dying at the electricity barrier.
Chapter 10 now.
2055  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Deathly Hallows on: November 29, 2010, 11:54:22 AM
Took the Fam yesterday morning. I was pretty happy with it. The three leads have finally become genuinely good actors. The film was well shot, with some great cinematography. I DO think some of the journeying/camping could have been condensed a bit, but it really didn't bother me. All the important parts were there. I would be shocked if the final film doesn't kick all forms of ass. The big battle alone has me excited.
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