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31  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Awesome deals - 2014 version - Save money for that PS4/XBONE on: June 05, 2014, 02:55:03 PM
I went to download the Mass Effect Trilogy, but it kept telling me that I don't have enough memory. What the hell? How much freaking memory IS all three games, anyway? I have a 120GB drive and it's always been fine. I deleted a few things, and still ran short by a long shot. How do you check how much memory you have left on your hard drive?
Several others are tempting, but the games are too darn long.

I would assume they are all 10-20 GB a piece. I have them on disc though so I'm not positive. Google search is getting me nowhere, but the Mass Effect 2 installation is 12 GB for reference.
Yeah, I did a quick search and didn't find much. I guess if I want to mess round with the ME games again, I either need a bigger HD or go with the disc version. $15 though. Damn.
32  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 04, 2014, 04:55:26 PM
That is one crazy awesome backyard.

Haha, I know right. I feel like I'm cheating when GrimReality works so hard on his garden. :P


I hate you.
Seriously, that looks awesome. I'd be out there every day taking walks. Still, there is something different about Nature Preserves like that, and a Cottage Garden like what I have around my home. Two very different things, but both amazingly awesome.
33  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Awesome deals - 2014 version - Save money for that PS4/XBONE on: June 04, 2014, 04:44:50 PM
I went to download the Mass Effect Trilogy, but it kept telling me that I don't have enough memory. What the hell? How much freaking memory IS all three games, anyway? I have a 120GB drive and it's always been fine. I deleted a few things, and still ran short by a long shot. How do you check how much memory you have left on your hard drive?
Several others are tempting, but the games are too darn long.
34  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: May 26, 2014, 11:21:26 PM
I'm kind of shocked hearing about how good Hannibal is. It's on a normal network, right? How many episodes are there per season? I really don't want to get involved in any 20-26 episode shows right now. Sounds awesome, though.


Why shocked?? :o
But I think I get it.  I kinda thought this was just a 'ratings ploy' to get an instant audience based on an already-there fanbase.  But naw, the series has legs of its own and it *is* very good.

It's incredibly gory.  I think that's the big surprise for me; it's on network television but it's showing stuff that I have no IDEA how it gets approved for prime time.

It's hour episodes but 13 episodes a season (so yeah, it hits that 26 issue of yours....but does it help saying it's better than your average show?).
You DO get it. That's how I saw it as well.
13 eps a season is fine. I was referring to those shows that air 26 eps in one season alone. I haven't watched network TV in a long time. Maybe that's not the norm anymore.
Maybe after I finish Breaking Bad I'll give it a shot. Thanks!
35  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 26, 2014, 09:31:12 PM
Awesome weather this weekend. No stupid picnics to go to either. Just hanging at home chilling and gardening all 3-day weekend long. I got a lot done, but still have a lot to do. It never ends! Not that I want it to or anything.
It's going to be a super busy 4 days at work this week. We are in hardcore flower season now, and clients are anxious.
36  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: May 26, 2014, 09:25:18 PM
I'm kind of shocked hearing about how good Hannibal is. It's on a normal network, right? How many episodes are there per season? I really don't want to get involved in any 20-26 episode shows right now. Sounds awesome, though.

Speaking of awesome...True Detective. I watched Ep. 5 last night. What the hell?! Talk about totally changing everything! Wow. I HAVE to keep going. Ep 6 coming up tonight.
37  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: May 20, 2014, 01:47:22 PM
Mistborn #1, several chapters in now. It all starts out so simple, doesn't it? A band of thieves doing their thing.  It's obviously going to become so much more, and I look forward to it.
38  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: May 19, 2014, 12:12:01 PM
Has anyone been watching Cosmos? It's pretty good. At first I did not enjoy the style of the animated segments but I come to like it.
Of course! My wife, my son, and I, sit down and watch it every Sunday night. I've found some of the episodes to be redundant, but overall very interesting and educational. I prefer the episodes that spotlight certain people and kind of tell a story more.
Yeah, it took a minute to get used to the animation style, but I like it now.
39  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: May 19, 2014, 10:55:14 AM
I've watched the first two episodes of True Detective.
I wasn't sure what to expect, but this is pretty dark and moody stuff.
Matthew McConnaauuhggheyyy is pretty damn amazing in this show, basically playing two roles.
Woody is fine too, but is mostly just playing Detective Woody Harrelson. How the hell did he get Michelle Monaghan? Plus, he's a 53 year old(for realz. Not sure how old he's supposed to be in the show) dude saddled with such young kids. I wonder if the show will address all this, or just act like it's a normal thing.
He's basically just a foil for Rust, so it really doesn't matter anyway.
I'm intrigued as to where this is all going to go. Hopefully, someplace very different than a typical detective show. Outside of Rust, who MAKES the show all by himself, it hasn't been that groundbreaking really.

40  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: May 17, 2014, 09:52:41 PM
The best was Son of Godzilla when he tries to teach his son to breathe fire down and cute little puffs of smoke come out

Oh my god, that was the WORST. Even as a kid I was watching something awful. And not in a good way.

Godzilla:

I actually hesitate to even give it three stars(out of 5), but I figure they get credit for all the effort that went into this. Something just felt..."off" the whole time I was watching this. Probably because I grew up watching Godzilla movies, and have always loved the goofiness of the "man in suit!" masking the serious subtext.
One problem is that Godzilla just didn't look right. He was a walking stegosaurus who desperately needs to go on a diet. Why the heck did they make him so chubby? On top of this, he's not even the star of his own movie! They show a little of him here and there for most of the movie, with him finally taking center stage in the last 15 minutes. Even then, we are never really there with him as he does his monster thing.
This is a generic action movie that also happens to have monsters in it. The story is pretty weak, although I find the new "origin" of Godzilla intriguing, in addition to his supposed purpose. The actual "star" of the movie is Aaron Taylor Johnson, doing his best Channing Tatum(Jake Gylenhall, etc.) impression. He's even all buff, which I don't remember from the first Kick Ass movie.
Bryan Cranston and Ken Watanabe are fine in their roles, but nothing special. And yet again, we have females relegated to mostly "support your man" roles. Boooring.
I can't help but compare this to last years Pacific Rim, and I think I liked that a bit more, despite it's own flaws. It's not bad, but it's not great either. It's just mediocre, which is almost an even bigger letdown. Forgotten by the time you get home from the theater is a travesty for any movie.
41  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 16, 2014, 04:12:55 PM
Started up Child of Light last night. Beautiful game, as expected. Music is great, too. It's been a LONG time since I've played a turn-based rpg so it's going to take a little time to get back in the groove.
42  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 14, 2014, 11:53:04 PM
The whole sleep thing has been a dilemma for me for a long time. Most nights I go to bed around 11 or so. I have to wake up at 5:30 to get ready for work. So I get 5 to 6 hrs of sleep a night. Maybe. This is not enough, and I know it. I find myself falling asleep at work in the mornings. I continue the idiocy because the only way I get to do things like watch TV shows or play video games is by staying up late. Every day is packed right up until about 9:30. My wife and son go to bed, and I finally get ME time. This is not good for my health, my productivity at work, or anything at all. But it's just so frustrating to have no time to yourself except a few hours on the weekends. I suppose I could alternate a bit, and go to sleep earlier some nights, and stay up later on others. I'm not really sure what the answer is, but I most likely can't sustain this forever.

Gee.  Do you work that far away from home or just working *that* long??  I know it's not as easy as sounds, but if the former, I'd seriously consider finding a new gig closer to home.  I think that'd be my one stipulation for work, I'd need it to be close.  I've wasted enough of my time/life just sitting on transit, and I'd make an honest effort to avoid anything over (at least!) 40+ minutes away.

And I'm sorry for your schedule.  I can imagine the burnout, I've been there myself where "fun time" is...like the next to last priority in life --- and that's no way to live.  I hope you can make/find some vacation time.  Not to get all "platitude-y", but just think that *no one* on their death bed has said that they wish they spent more time at work.  Make time for family, make time for you, make time for some good times.

Follow Bytor's haps right now.  He's missing out on some "$$$" but is spending more time at a beach house! :D


My office is about a half hour away, so not far. I start at 7, but I'm not the type that can just roll out of bed and go. I leave work most days between 4 and 4:30, so I'm not putting in tons of work hours, even now during our super busy season.
I get home most nights 5:15 or so. I chat with my son about school, figure out and fix dinner, wash the dishes, then walk the dog. Maybe sneak in a walk around the garden. It's normally 7:30 by the time these things are done. I might then work in the garden for a half hour until I come in to deal with lunch-making, showering, and putting the wife and son to bed. Suddenly it's 9:30.
Rinse and repeat. I'm not looking for sympathy or anything. This is just how it is. My wife works weird hours, which is why I do so much. Plus, she's awful at cleaning, so I do pretty much all of it.
As you can see, when I DO have spare time, it goes towards my garden. No way would I be sitting inside gaming when I can be out playing in the dirt. I definitely get more time for entertainment type stuff in the Winter, though.
I have to admit that there is also an element of guilt involved. Like when I do manage to get some game time in when the family is awake, I feel like I should be doing things with them.  Specifically, my son. We do lots of things together, but I always feel like I can do better. I'll often pick out a movie we can watch together, even though I really didn't want to. I kind of like it when he goes off and plays his 3DS for a while because it gives me an out.
Anyway, I've rambled enough. Time for bed. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
43  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 14, 2014, 09:50:56 PM
The whole sleep thing has been a dilemma for me for a long time. Most nights I go to bed around 11 or so. I have to wake up at 5:30 to get ready for work. So I get 5 to 6 hrs of sleep a night. Maybe. This is not enough, and I know it. I find myself falling asleep at work in the mornings. I continue the idiocy because the only way I get to do things like watch TV shows or play video games is by staying up late. Every day is packed right up until about 9:30. My wife and son go to bed, and I finally get ME time. This is not good for my health, my productivity at work, or anything at all. But it's just so frustrating to have no time to yourself except a few hours on the weekends. I suppose I could alternate a bit, and go to sleep earlier some nights, and stay up later on others. I'm not really sure what the answer is, but I most likely can't sustain this forever.
44  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: May 13, 2014, 02:33:50 PM
Is that on HBO?
Yes, it is. I think, as long as you have a sub to HBO, you can watch it On Demand. I hope so, anyway, as I keep hearing how great this show is.

I'm up to ep 13 of season 2 of Breaking Bad. Still great, but the show pulls a lot of crap to keep Skyler from finding out about Walt's second life.
Code:
hot, gothy chick just died while Walter watched. Kinda creepy, and sad at how callus he's becoming.
45  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 09, 2014, 10:48:47 PM
Not looking forward to waking up at 4am tomorrow. Ugh. This devoted husband crap sucks. My wife is running another marathon, and I always go with her to those. It's an hour away, plus prep time, eat time, misc. time. At least we'll be at Starved Rock State Park, which is beautiful. My son is coming, too, so we'll enjoy ourselves once we finally wake up.
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