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Old 01-12-2008, 12:43 AM   #121
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Fact: Call of Duty 4 is awesome.

Fact: On Bog, if I have a Sniper Rifle, I am unstoppable.

Fact: With out a mouse and Keyboard, I still suck at FPS on a console.

Fact: I need to finish the challenges... >.<

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Old 01-12-2008, 09:02 AM   #122
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you order it yet K?


Going retail from teh dealer or what?

rockauto is dirt cheap! or ebay sometimes....save you alot of dough
Oh god no, I know better then to go through a dealership.

I have a friend that owns an autoshop that has been around for over 30 years, he is working on it personally, and said he was going to find a deal on the parts since the labor is going to be the worst part


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Old 01-12-2008, 09:16 AM   #123
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Fact: With out a mouse and Keyboard, I still suck at FPS on a console.
Word.

But I think I'm slowly getting better...


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Old 01-12-2008, 11:09 AM   #124
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Fact: Call of Duty 4 is awesome.

Fact: On Bog, if I have a Sniper Rifle, I am unstoppable.

Fact: With out a mouse and Keyboard, I still suck at FPS on a console.

Fact: I need to finish the challenges... >.<

I TOLD YOU!! I mainly play team deathmatch hardcore. I was kicking ass in a game on overgrown with the m249, x3 frag grenades, sonic boom, and martyrdom.


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Old 01-12-2008, 05:25 PM   #125
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Old 01-12-2008, 05:27 PM   #126
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Old 01-12-2008, 07:56 PM   #127
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Can I have some too?

(You really don't want to know why, though... )

The weather was way too nice to spend indoors today, so I ran a few errands in the morning, then went for a walk. Did that most of the afternoon,.. pretty much until sundown.

When I got home I fell asleep. Just woke up again. Might watch a movie now... or fire up a game or 2.

So much for all big plans I had for this weekend... but I thought the possibility for fresh air, sunshine, and outdoor exercise in January overrode all other pre-existing priorities, since it might be weeks, if not months, before I see another day like this around here when I actually have the time to enjoy it.


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Old 01-12-2008, 08:47 PM   #128
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Oh yeah... and I'm NEVER going into my local Dunkin' Donuts on a weekend again!

They staff the place with a bunch of giggly teenage girls who spend all their time talking to each other or with every boy who comes into the place that there's no time left to pay actually attention to the little things like taking the orders of paying customers and getting those orders correct.

But it was probably all my fault,.. not checking what was actually in my bag or in my cup before I got home.

This wasn't the first time I've had this problem either. I guess you would have thought I would have learned my lesson before.

But I have to pass the place on my way home. It's always so tempting.


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Old 01-12-2008, 11:23 PM   #129
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#&%( THE PATRIOTS

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Old 01-12-2008, 11:47 PM   #130
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Indeed.

Watched "Blade Runner" (the original theatrical edition; with the voice-overs and the "happy" ending that so many people seem to hate, but is the only version of it I've seen that I actually like...) instead of the game, though.

I guess I just wasn't in the mood for football.

I had no doubts about the outcome of the game, anyway.


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Old 01-12-2008, 11:58 PM   #131
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forget the pats... the Packers are on a roll and look like they could take it all. Even spotting the Seahawks 14 points in the first minutes they handed the hawks a beating


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Old 01-13-2008, 03:14 AM   #132
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went bowling again. got drunk. went to dennys. work tomorrow 12-9. it's 3:15 right now.


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Old 01-13-2008, 11:40 AM   #133
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Lookin' at the possibility of a stupid amount of snow here tomorrow.

Oh goodie. That always makes me happy.

And I'm sure I'll have to try to get into work, too.

Yay.


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Old 01-13-2008, 12:43 PM   #134
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Good luck ed!

Now that I'm more calm, I've looked at the Patriots.... They don't seem to tackle very well on defense. They are GOOD, but they don't seem to be able to make concrete hits. That I think will help ANY team.

The AFC Championship will probably be the Colts @ Foxbourogh, with the Colts now at 100%, it'll make it a harder for the Patriots to carry on.

I'll be on Xbox Live most of the day.... various games and such.

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work is so boring.....lunch too short. -_-


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Old 01-13-2008, 07:44 PM   #136
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So I've actually reached the point now where I'm too lazy to play video games. I just watch YouTube videos of people playing them instead. Let that sink in for a minute. I am too lazy to play video games. God help me
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Old 01-13-2008, 08:04 PM   #137
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That's harsh. Seek professional help immediately.

I'm finding I get way too frustrated with games these days. If it's not easy for me right off the bat, my instinct is to call it quits and move to something else.

I used to spend days,.. that's goldurn literal DAYS fer chrissake... working on a sticking point in a game... to the exclusion of all else if needs be.

I don't know what happened to me...


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Old 01-13-2008, 08:22 PM   #138
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I just give up, move onto another game, then go back the next day and usually i get through the part that's giving me a difficult time.

got to leave an hour early tonight. dead sunday.

found a nice spot that has better vid quality than youtube its called stage6.com


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WOO HOO the giants beat the Cowboys... NFC championship goes is at the SNowy frozen tundra! and not at God's spitoon

Looks like it is going to be Packers vs Pats for the superbowl


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Old 01-13-2008, 09:27 PM   #140
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Listening to some Survivor now.

Take your message to the streets tonight, Rebel Son
There's a restless voice that's calling you
Through the darkest night, fight the fight, Rebel Son
To yourself alone you must be true
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Old 01-13-2008, 11:24 PM   #141
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No argument here. And unlike many of you here... I can actually remember them.

Played Halo 2 most of the night. Then some Mass Effect.

(Kind of a shame the old XBox games don't register in the Gamercard at all... oh well...)

Did a big grocery shopping today. It was pretty needed... and I doubt I'll want to stop tomorrow if it turns as messy as predicted. Maybe up to a foot of snow in some places. Gack.

Watched Ratatouille after that. Really good.

It occurred to me while watching the movie that if I get a high def TV soon, that I'll be wanting to watch all my DVDs all over again on the nice screen. Not that my current TV is a slouch, (the image is actually fairly nice...) but it's standard aspect... so that everything is letterboxed.

As soon as I go HD though... I predict many, many nights re-watching my entire movie collection.

Better stock up on popcorn.

EDIT:
Word just came down via e-mail: Work is closed tomorrow.

That's a relief. Yay! More time for games!



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Old 01-13-2008, 11:45 PM   #142
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I'll probably be the 2nd on the scene at work tomorrow. it's going to be boring, guaranteed. well except for the drive in, that's always fun.

I was looking up the dev diaries on Fable 2. I'm now all excited for it. Can't wait to play that.


I just watched the movie 'World Trade Center' it was weird.


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Ed: Your standard Def movies on your new HD tv will look like crap. TRUST ME. If you want to watch your old collection, nab a 1080P Upconvert DVD player so they don't look completley bad. And consider getting either a Blu-Ray or HD-DVD player. Though I'd wait until the format war is over.

Call of Duty 4 is getting the most screen time now. Moving up the ranks quickly, and actually I've stopped completley sucking. I'm halfway decent. Still not uber.

Though I'm still fairly deadly with a Sniper Rifle, my close quarters combat with my M16 is getting better. I love that gun.

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you better be playing on hard core.

i decided to take a break today and not play it. i have tuesday and wednesday off so i'll be on tomorrow (monday) night probably.


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Ed: Your standard Def movies on your new HD tv will look like crap. TRUST ME. If you want to watch your old collection, nab a 1080P Upconvert DVD player so they don't look completley bad. And consider getting either a Blu-Ray or HD-DVD player. Though I'd wait until the format war is over.
All signs point to Blu-Ray being the unofficial winner at this point... but yeah, I'm sure I'll wait a bit on that anyway.

One thing at a time. Can't afford to replace the whole signal chain at once. It would be nice, but until I hit the lottery, kind of impossible.

I dunno... hard to believe that it will look worse than it does now... I'm going composite out of the player through the receiver, into the TV. About as lo-fi as an image signal can get. The TV doesn't take s-vid or component ins, so this was the only solution... other than into the co-ax input, which looked even worse.

My guess is that going component out of player straight into a widescreen TV is going to be a visual improvement over that right off the bat... but I guess I'll have to see it for myself. Obviously, I'm going to have to upscale...

Eventually the whole path will be high-def... but this year if I can just get myself the TVs it will be a start.

I'll be wanting to replace the surround receivers eventually too, to accept HDMI inputs. I'll keep the speakers, though...

Don't think my cable company offers a box with HDMI output yet, though... or at least they didn't as of the middle of last year when my boss upgraded to hi-def on his TV. So that will have to be component out as well...

This is just the livingroom set I'm thinking about... the cellar setup will probably just be primarily a gaming rig... I almost never watch TV down there anymore. If I watch a DVD there, it will probably be through the XBox anyway... which will be HDMI in.

Trust me... any upgrade I do down there will be a VAST improvement. That TV is probably close to 20 years old, was a cheap basic model to begin with, and ONLY accepts co-ax in. Right now, everything is going composite into the receiver, then co-ax through the VCR, into the TV.

It's already a blurry image, even for standard def. Couldn't possibly look worse than it does now.


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Edlib, I see you have Oblivion. Good game. Once you get going in that game, it's hard to shut it off.


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Yeah... looks deep. Mass Effect is very similar. Huge worlds to explore. Could probably spend months on this one game if I wanted to...

There's an expansion to Oblivion too, isn't there? I can't imagine... I only wish I had that kind of time.


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Well, I'm at work now, working. Just...doing some work. Yeah.
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Didn't bother even making an attempt to get to bowling practice today because of the snow, even though it seemed to stop or at least taper off a lot by the time I usually leave my apartment. I figured the buses may have been on a snow schedule. Next Monday's a holiday, so bowling won't be half-price then. I may bowl anyway, though, just to stay sharp. I'll just pretend I practiced today for gift card purposes.


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Anything High Def you want to stop using Composite Cables and go straight for Monster HDMI cables. For realz. Audio you're better served with a Fiber Optic or Digital Coax.

Yes, most High Def boxes do have HDMI Output. Yes, most 5.1 recivers have 2 HDMI in with 1 HDMI out to the TV, and a Digital Coax or Fiber Optic in. Yes, they are about 3-4 HUNDRED dollars.

Get Monster Cables. Let nobody tell you different.

The reason Standerd Def looks bad on High Def T.V's is because the TV's are designed soley for High Def, and thus, Standerd Def suffers. Standered Def doesn't have the resolution of High Def, so the TV has to fill in the gaps so to speak, so your image looks like a pixilated blur. It's watchable.... but I don't like it personally.

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Like I said: Anything newer that what I am using now is going to be a HUGE improvement.

However: All my audio is already digi.

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just got a root canal today. Didn't hurt hardly at all and not nearly as bad as people make it out to be. Now I've got some semi-bling in my mouth with my stainless steel crown.


stupid cowboys. i can't believe they lost.
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bought the oxm feb 2008 magazine cause it came with 3 levels of Turok!!! w007! no work tomorrow!


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so i thought i lost my Arnette sunglasses at disneyland, so I bought myself a pair of Oakley bottlecaps off ebay. Today my mother in law finds the Arnettes in the stroller, where I had looked before. I'm certainly glad to have them back, although I wish I had found them before plunking down 120 bucks on new shades, especially since I don't plan on returning or reselling them.
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Ouch.

Well, look at it this way: Now you have 2 options to look cool!
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Most overpriced items on the face of the Earth.

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and componets are decent for HD


and you dont *need* to upconvert it only does so much


cracken spends too much time at the buy more!
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just got a root canal today. Didn't hurt hardly at all and not nearly as bad as people make it out to be. Now I've got some semi-bling in my mouth with my stainless steel crown.


stupid cowboys. i can't believe they lost.
I concur, they really died a slow death the last few games
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Ike: Did you follow along with what was going on with the procedure for future reference? I imagine it would be pretty interesting for you (even though it's actually taking place in your mouth...)

Keyan: I tend to agree... As long as the cable is better quality than what comes in the box most of the time, I don't see the huge advantage to ultra expensive cables.
And this is coming from a man who has coiled enough copper in my lifetime to reach to the Moon and back... a couple of times.
If cost was no object... then I imagine every cable in my possession would be top-shelf Monster or better... but for the short 1' or less box-to-box runs I have to make in my AV racks, I don't think the premium stuff is going to make that all big of a difference.

Zarg: That's kinda my feeling too. I've seen standard def DVDs played back on nice high def TVs... and they still look better than what I'm looking at right now. May not be ideal... but I'm sure I'll be able to live with for a while. At least until Blu-Ray DVD players come down into the budgetary reach of us mere mortals.

And after all... I have no plans on upgrading all my favorite movies to yet another format again.

New stuff will be purchased on whatever hi-def optical format wins this current war... but traditional DVDs will have to suffice for most of the films in my collection for a long time to come.

I may be a techno-geek... but I'm not made of money.


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I've observed a number of root canals, so I'm reasonably familiar with the procedure. I actually got to look into my own tooth and see all 4 of the canals. That was pretty cool.
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