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    Lego Battleship

    Speak of the devil: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090412/ap_on_..._jesus_statue_2
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    Stupidest Thing You Have Done In Your Life.

    Married at 19 during the summer after my Junior year of college.
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    Vegetable Gardens

    Funny, I just told my girlfriend yesterday that I was going to start one.
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    A vicitim of fraud :(

    Scary isn't it. I had the same thing happen on my business Amex a decade or so ago. The guy was only charging small amounts of things, so it actually took a couple of months for me to notice it. It ended up all being internet porn. In any event, Amex took care of everything immediately, and I had a new card in my hands the day after I reported it.
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    Blizzard launches new Battle.net site.

    I merged both of my WoW accounts, Diablo2 and Warcraft 3....and redownloaded D2 and W3. I haven't played either in years, but thought as long as they were making it easy...and since the CD boxes were close at hand, I'd give it a shot. Next I'll have to search out my StarCraft and Diablo discs. I have a feeling they're probably on 3.5" floppy. Diablo2 really looks horrible on a widescreen monitor. The single login really makes it nice with multiple WoW accounts. Now, there's a drop down box to pick which account you want to log in with. Saves a bit of typing.
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    Battlestar Galactica [spoilers]

    I thought the first hour of the finale was great. The second hour had it's moments, but it was really a bit of a snooze. I did like them using the original BSG theme music as the fleet was sailing off though.
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    Top FPS's of All-Time

    Just in terms of sleepless nights spent playing: UT 04 BF 1942 Quake 3 HL 2
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    OCC Guide to Building an Home Theater PC

    I was pretty hardcore into HTPC a few years ago, before Blu-ray and HD DVD. I have a 2.35:1 constant image height projection setup, and used the HTPC for scaling and DVD playback. When HD DVD came out, and later Blu-ray, none of the software solutions supported the stretch required. I bit the bullet and bought a scaler, and haven't thought about an HTPC since. In years of tinkering with various video cards, FFDshow, Powerstrip, Zoom Player and Theatertek software, I was never able to get a perfectly judder free image. My HTPC required constant tweaking, which was kind of fun in itself....but you can't beat dedicated devices for ease. I kept the HTPC in my audio stack for a while for gaming, but trying to game on an eleven foot wide screen with seating nine feet back is really tiring. It's impressive, but it's tiring. The scaler makes everything so much easier. 1080p24 comes into the box from the BD player (on a BD, 480i on a DVD), is streched into shape in the scaler, and 1080p24 goes out to the projector. There's no place for judder to be introduced.
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    Ups / Newegg is sneaky =_=

    I think that must be the norm with the home delivery drivers. My current driver doesn't even bother to ring the doorbell because he knows my evil golden retriever will let me know when he's here. By the time I get to the door, it's nothing but tail lights....and I'm normally in the same room as the front door! This is completely alien to me. For the last couple of decades I got all of my packages delivered at work. The commercial drivers would hang around, chat, feed biscuits to the dog....I knew my driver's name, his wife's name, his kids, their hobbies. All of the things you learn with five or six minute conversations five days a week for decades. Now that I'm retired and getting my weekly DVD, dog food and coffee shipments delivered to the house, it's a different story. All I know about my home delivery driver is that he can sprint from his truck to my porch and back again in less time than it takes me to get across my living room.
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    1st Blu-Ray movie

    I couldn't disagree with this more. Even the worst Blu-ray (which is a toss up between Punisher and Hitch btw) or HD DVD discs look better and more importantly sound better than the best DVDs. If you're watching your BD's on a small display or sitting too far from the screen there isn't much difference, but when you're projecting an eleven foot wide image, believe me, there's a huge difference. For me, I find the sound more important than the video. The difference is truly miraculous. The video's nice...but you get used to pretty pictures a lot faster than really dynamic sound. As for the best discs, I'd recommend popping over to the AVS forum. They keep a running list of the best video/audio quality discs in the Blu-ray software section (not the review section). Recently, Ralph, their disc reviewer gave Bolt 100/100 for audio and video. Ralph's been reviewing the technical aspects of DVDs for a lot of years (he was a mainstay at Home Theater Spot in it's heyday). So, I'd trust his opinion....but I really don't have any interest in seeing Bolt.
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    Battlestar Galactica [spoilers]

    After the pilot movie, I was prepared to hate this series. I was looking for an action show along the lines of the old one, not a drama set in space. The thing that really clenched it was the one opportunity for a space battle in the pilot, the Vipers launch, close with the Raiders and instead of flashing beams and whooshing missiles, a computer virus shuts them down. No fair! Still, the show grew on me. I don't know that there was any one scene that really stood out. But there were some memorable ones. The Pegasus officer being killed while attempting to "question" Boomer. Lee Adama's cold blooded murder for the greater good. The bar room brawl in one of the first episodes where Starbuck showed she was a far superior brawler to Apollo. The whole New Caprica storyline.
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    Officially unofficial OCC animal thread

    Here are my two retrievers:
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    Digital Video Recorders

    I have a Pioneer Elite TiVo with a built in DVD burner, an MCE computer and a Motorola DCT6416v3 from my cable company. That's four total tuners, so I don't miss much!
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    Good pc racing wheel

    It doesn't look so bad after looking at these: http://ecci6000.com/6000_wheel_01.htm
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    Blu Ray and HDCP

    If content protection is enabled on the title, Blu-ray displays HD content down scaled to 480p. It's not that it isn't compatible, it just won't allow it to be seen at it's full resolution.
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    Blu Ray and HDCP

    There are devices to add HDCP to displays that don't have it. HDFury comes to mind as a popular one.
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    anybody have the razer lachesis mouse

    If you like a soft pad, try a Steelseries QcK. It's cheap, very comfortable on your hand and easy on your mouse glides. They just released a new version called the QcK Mass that's much thicker making it even a bit more comfortable. The regular QcK's are only about an eighth of an inch thick.
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    Recommendations for an RPG

    The original Bioware Neverwinter Nights is a fantastic game, available at a giveaway price. Get the compilation box edition (I think it's called Diamond at the moment), and you have around a hundred hours of story plus free access to one of the strongest online roleplaying communities.
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    The Oscars

    Didn't even know they were on last night. I have a low tolerance threshold for actor's patting themselves on the back for what a magnificent job they're doing. I've seen all of the big movies from this year, and have to agree that Slumdog Millionaire deserved everything it got. Danny Boyle movies are kind of hit or miss, but when they hit, they hit big.
  20. I tried and tried to find the perfect solution, and still haven't. Right now, I have some very nice Sennheiser headphones that I can't wear comfortably for hours on end, and a set of JVC Marshmallows which get the most use, because they're more comfortable. I'm using the tried and true Zalman clip on mike with both. There are times when I need to be able to hear what's going on in the room around me, that's when I use the Sennheiser's. If I really want to concentrate on the game and nothing else, the ear buds do a much better job. One of my retrievers can be barking three feet away from me, and I'll barely hear it when I'm wearing the JVC's.
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    Dollhouse [spoilers]

    I've got to say, I'm not loving it so far. A couple more episodes and I'm done. Truth be told, if it weren't for Whedon I would have never watched the first episode. It's starting to look like, at least in television, Whedon is a one and a half hit wonder (Angel only gets a .5 for being a spin off) . Kind of like Chris Carter who can't keep a show on the air for anything anymore (not that he's tried lately). Firefly/Serenity has a rabid internet following, but that just never turned into people actually watching the show. I'd love to see Whedon spend more of his efforts on short projects like Doctor Horrible. I didn't love that either, but Whedon's comic book writer sensibilities really fit that style of program. Speaking of comics, anyone reading Buffy: Season 8 or Angel: After the Fall?
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    Jury Duty Poll

    I've been in the jury pool several times through the years, the most recent ending January 9. The period that they can call you in my county is four months, and during that time my name was called twice. In both instances, the cases didn't make it in front of a jury. So, I haven't had to sit. I haven't even had to go in for an interview. It seems like jury trials are few and far between out here.
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    At Hikers/campers

    Compass: Just about any decent liquid filled compass. I used the same Silva I've had since Scouts, but they all do the job. I started out with external frame packs back in the seventies, and just never made the transition. On the trails, the only people you ever see with external packs are old timers. Internal frame really does give you a lot more control, but it comes at the expense of a more finicky setup. Plus you can lash things to a frame easier than leather lash points on a pack. I didn't start using walking sticks until I hit my thirties and haven't stopped since. They weren't "fashionable" back then, but at least with long distance packers, they're the norm now, not the exception. They make a huge difference both up and downhill. Downhill has always been a bit of an issue for me, and the control they add is phenominal. The one I use has a head that screws off to turn it into a photographic monopod....dual duty is always nice. I only use one because I invariably have a dog on my left. Food varies greatly with how many people are out, how long a trip, and the logistics of resupply. It's changed a lot as I've gotten older and fatter too. Back in the day, I needed a ton of calories to keep going. So, lots of beef jerky, dried fruits, nut and the like to eat while walking...not at camp. Particularly during the summer, you can't put enough in your stomach to keep your weight up while you're moving up and down slopes with a forty pound pack. Only eating at rest stops just didn't give me enough energy to go on for a complete day. I've known people who carried frozen sticks of butter with them to suck on while hiking. Serious ick factor there, but it's amazing how many calories you can burn. On a short trip with no resupply, camp food is generally things that weigh nothing, but become substantial with water. Oatmeal, rice, powdered eggs, powdered milk, cereals etc. Lots of things that pack well and are reasonably temperature stable like peanut butter and bread. When the logistics allow for it though (particularly on the AT where there's a wonderful network of Trail Angels), camp food becomes more like picnic food. Steaks, burgers, the sky is really the limit as long as someone can port it to a trailhead for you. I've been using a small butane stove for the last fifteen years or so. The weight is minimal, it always starts and they're pretty cheap. In the eighties, it was an MSR stove that was a pain in the neck to prime and ignite, required bottles of white gas, and was the object of more cursing than Sepethrea in Mechanar.
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    At Hikers/campers

    Tennis shoes are out for the mountains. A good, well broken in set of hiking boots is a must. I'm completely and utterly sold on Asolo brand, but there are dozens of good ones Merrel and Vasque come to mind. Carry a cell phone, but keep it turned off and packed away for emergencies. There's a fairly large number of people on the trails who are offended by them. No use in . people off if you're going to spend a lot of time on the trails. Go to a sporting goods store that knows something about hiking to get a decent internal or external frame pack if you're going to be out for more than a couple of days. I'm old, and have always been more comfortable with an external frame, but most choose internal these days. If you don't know how to adjust them, you will be in a great deal of pain in no time at all. You can get them cheaper online, but having someone who knows the ins and outs of adjusting them is worth the extra bucks. If you plan on going backwoods at all (and there are many, many places on the AT to do this), read one of the great LNT books that are out there. You may check with local hiking clubs for LNT lectures and seminars. Obtain paper topo maps and a compass....and be sure you know how to use them. Even if you're carrying an electronic GPS, the batteries never die on a map. I could go on and on about this. For most of my life, backpacking has been one of my major passions. Edit: As long as you don't hike in GSM NP, bring one of these with you:
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    New Furball

    Newfies are great dogs. They love to swim, and are darn good at it. Only problem is black dogs are hard to photograph! Enjoy.
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