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61  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 18, 2014, 05:14:09 PM
Hey Grim, Do you know of anything that a 12 year old boy definitely needs to check out when they go to Chicago? My gfs kid is visiting his dad in Chicago and I want to give him some ideas since his dad won't think of any. Thanks!

My diminished value claim has been sent to the insurance company. Now I just need to wait until the car is fixed and then I can start the haggling. My injuries are doing better My neck is stiff and sore still and constantly feels like it needs to crack.

I can tell you what my son has enjoyed. He's 13 right now. Pretty much all the typical stuff, really. He loves the Shedd Aquarium, as well as the Museum of Science and Industry. The wife and I enjoy the Field and the Art Museum.
Personally, I like visiting the places like the Lurie garden and Millenium Park. The Bean!
Navy Pier always has something going on, but it costs a ton just to park there.
Yodes, being a Chicago guy, can probably recommend some places as well.
62  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 17, 2014, 11:49:06 PM
Man, it feels like it's been forever since I posted a haps, let alone anything on the boards at all. It's been a hellish Spring/Summer at work, and I'm just too tired and stressed out to do much else during the week. The weekends are a mad scramble to get stuff done around the house/garden, but I never catch up there either.
Throw in slight marital issues(nothing major, but...) and it's all really getting to me.
Aaaaanyway...
I'm going on a well-deserved vacation next week. The family is taking a road trip from NE IL. to Glassboro, New Jersey. We'll be staying a night in Akron, OH. on the way there, and a night in Pittsburgh on the way home. We'll be in the Philadelphia area for almost 4 days, and I'm perusing sites looking for interesting things to do and see.
Mutter Museum is high on my wife's list
Can anyone from around that area recommend anything? You guys know about my love of nature and gardening, so I'm definitely leaning in that direction. I don't want my wife and son to be bored, though.
We'll be stopping at Gettysburg on our way home. I'm not too into that kind of stuff, but feel we should see it anyway.
63  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: June 15, 2014, 11:13:26 PM
How to Train Your Dragon 2 -

The first movie, 5 years ago, was such a wonderful surprise. I was pretty happy when they announced that a sequel was coming, but kept my expectations in check. I really don't allow myself to get to excited about any movie until reviews start showing up. The first trailer for this was weak, and left me worried that they didn't know how to follow up the original. I'm happy to say that they succeeded quite well! They pushed the story forward 5 years, which I think was a smart move, story-wise, as the characters are now all young adults(+/- 20?). The movie looks amazing, and has all sorts of dragon flying, which helps to show off the world better. Hiccups mom is an awesome character, and added a lot to the story. Unfortunately, though, there was very little character development outside of her, Hiccup, and Stoic. The surrounding characters all kind of act the same as they did 5 years ago, except now they are love crazy. I found this a bit overdone and annoying, but it didn't really hurt the movie. I was surprised how emotional some of the scenes were! Totally caught me off guard. was it as good as the first? I'll have to think on that for a bit. It's definitely a great movie, though, and I very much recommend. it.
64  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 13, 2014, 11:34:04 AM
Started Wolf Among Us. Damn, this is WAY more violent and language-filled than I was expecting.
I like it, though. I think the whole detective/mystery will work well with this style. The graphics, music, voices, are all perfect.
65  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: June 11, 2014, 09:24:25 AM
^Breaking Bad was an epic show. Stick with it till the end.
I have full intention of doing so, as I hear 4 and 5 are fantastic TV.

I just watched ep 4, and MAN this season sucks. What the hell have they done with Walter? And with Skyler? It's all just so...bizarre. Kind of like Falling Down, the TV series, except not good.
It really feels like they had no clue where to go after season 3. It's a mess.
66  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: June 07, 2014, 12:54:38 AM
Finally finished Season 3 of Game of Thrones, and watched ep 1 of season 4 last night. It's weird not having to wait for the Blu release. Free HBO for the win.

I also started season 3 of Breaking Bad. Not impressed with the first two episodes. Seems like it's heading into a not so good direction. Still good, but with some really strange things happening that just make no sense.
67  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.
68  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.
69  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.
70  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!
71  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.
72  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.
73  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.
74  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.
75  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.

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