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Gaming Forum / Far Cry 5
« on: May 27, 2017, 01:40:36 PM »

I've enjoyed both Far Cry 3 and 4, especially liking the Predator system and chained takedowns.

Now we get all of that but with 100% more heavily armed religious extremists in Montana.

I never pre-order.  I may pre-order.  If they allow me to clear-out an occupied bird sanctuary, I may just buy stock.

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Wrestling & MMA / Trick or Street fight: Smackdown Halloween show
« on: November 01, 2014, 11:45:42 AM »
Surprisingly awesome, or awesomely surprising?

Ambrose.  Cesaro.  Street fight.  With pumpkins and a skeleton suplex.  Way better than it sounds.  They let both guys go and between the two they basically just created the first TLC match but with bobbing for apples and kendo sticks painted like candy corn.

Anyone else catch this?  Thoughts?

Wrestling & MMA / RAW is Ambrose and a Puppet
« on: October 20, 2014, 10:24:49 PM »
Here I was hoping he was just carrying more chairs in those bags.

Wrestling & MMA / RAW is Rock Pops
« on: October 06, 2014, 10:40:08 PM »
I missed those.

Warm fuzzies, cold chills.

Wrestling & MMA / Smackdown: Anyone?
« on: July 27, 2014, 12:54:25 PM »
Great Smackdown this week.  I'm usually on the fence about Smackdown as it has kind of fallen back to b-show status in the last few years.  Certainly so since the unification of the flagship titles.  That's neither here nor there as the show I typically fast-forward through somehow pulled off some stellar wrestling entertainment:
  • Uso's/Rybaxel turned in a great match.
  • Miz showing signs of life in a big way during his Miz TV segment (w/ parents!!!).  Ziggler finding some new life as well here.
  • Cesaro/Ambrose tearing down the place in a no-DQ classic ECW-style match.
  • low-level brotherly pseudo-homo-erotica decapitation from the Rhodes boys.
  • Reigns and delRio shows me how good delRio has become and also how well Reigns can sell a non-big man offense for a full match.
Anyone else watch this already?

General Discussion / Question for our southern friends:
« on: February 27, 2014, 01:41:06 PM »
How does the word ma'mn come across?  I know 'up here', it's a bit offensive as it makes ladies (read: my wife) feel old.

However, if you're, say, in a support call with a lady with a southern accent, would it be safe to use this word without risk of offending?

General Discussion / A Message from Shane
« on: November 11, 2013, 04:44:53 PM »
Hello from the snowy plains of South Dakota. Itís me, Shane/Irishred

First off I want to make clear that this isn't a plea to come back to A1, I have no desire to come back to A1.  This is a sincere apology. It would be easy for me to blame prison mentality, internet rage, steroids, an out of control thyroid and 1 million other things for my actions directed towards too many of you, I won't do that.  I'm not that type of person.  Instead I take full responsibility for my actions.
I can be and often am a complete prick.  I have a chip on my shoulder attitude.  I take things personally and am quick to fight and argue over things that really in the end don't matter.  Often I do this with the pretense of protecting the lesser or some other sense of righteousness. That's ridiculous. Itís more me puffing up and bullying.  I despise that in other people and too often for a 3 year period it was my M.O. That is and was completely unacceptable behavior.

As to the matter on which I was banned; the fact of the matter is I like Bob.  I didn't like what I improperly perceived as his improper treatment of female posters, whether perceived or not the board is not mine and the defense was not mine to make.  I doubt Bob ever did anything more than flirt innocently and who among us hasn't done that?  I apologize to you comments were inappropriate and I know they don't matter in the long run, but I attacked someone that I liked (I think friend is a bit of a stretch for internet people) over a ridiculous subject that progressed quickly into a personal attack.

I have done likewise with others on the A1 board.  I know I lashed out at some of Padje's group simply because I didn't like their sense of humor and sarcasm. That is my issue, not their issue. At the time I was even more sensitive than usual due to issues in my life. I am not using that as an excuse though, my behavior was awful and I am sorry.  DJU, Stan, BryceÖI am sorry. 

One of the big issues I had with A1 was carrying the exaggerated version of myself from MBE/A1E into A1.  I never quite got the fantasy part of fantasy wrestling and instead wrote Irishred as Shane and Shane as Irishred.  This led to disagreements with Bryce, JA and others, complete over reactions and asshole moves by me over silly internet bullshit.

I enjoyed my time there with each of you. Maybe at 45 I've become reflective. Maybe it's having a 5 year old. Maybe it's the disease or losing my daddy a few months back, but I have been very reflective about the people I have harmed.  None of you deserved the rage attacks, none of you deserved to be my targets.  I know you haven't lost sleep over it and honestly neither have I but I do owe apologies, and again I give them sincerely.  If I offended you, if I was an ass to you...if I went off on you for no reason, know that it wasn't because of you or probably even the topic we were talking about. It was because of me, the anger I was feeling and my poor reactions to the situation.  Blessings to all of you. 

Iím on Facebook/Twitter/Tumblr/Linkd and most other silly internet sites. Iím a bit of a social media tramp.  Find me under my name Shane Gerlach. Thanks for reading gang.

PS:  Zandrax I totally stole the Geekville name for a Facebook page I run.  That board I *do* miss a bit.  Good stuff there.

(read not dictated, edited for formatting)

Gaming Forum / GTA V: The V Stands for Trevor's Syphilis
« on: October 09, 2013, 08:42:00 AM »
Ok, discussion is OPEN:

GTA has graduated from a series of sometimes memorable violent events strung together with spotty dialogue to a full-blown playable television show that I'd watch in a heartbeat.  Great characterization, writing and the three characters idea makes actual sense.

Feel like gangbanging it up?  Franklin is your man.
Feel like being a middle-aged thief who's only affirmation comes from setting-up and executing complicated heists?  Michael lets you live the life and laugh at his over-privileged family.
Feel like watching an unhinged psychopath plow a trail of destruction across the valley?  Trevor Time.

Seriously, I'm driving Trevor down the block and see one of the 'blue blip' random encounters.  Up until this point, I'd been playing Michael and Franklin like latter-day street saints, helping out people in need.  I walk Trevor up to a Scientologist proxy and the interaction begins.  The guy starts going on about religion and such and Trevor just starts swearing like a street bum at the guy.  The guy stands there after making his looney Hubbard-esque spiel which gives me a lame-ass link to follow on my cell phone.  So I do what Trevor would do in this situation, kick the guy in the balls and continue on.

Spoiler  :
I was on the way to Michaels house as Trevor for their initial reunion, so I dressed Trevor up in the finest Neil Hamburger tuxedo, full-on mullet and Elvis glasses.  Michael at this point has a shaved head, looks like comedian Jim Norton, and is wearing a Reservoir Dogs getup.  Of course, this mission is where they both team-up to save Michael's daughter from the American Idol-ish audition, so make your own mental picture at this point

Early reaction:  This is what video games have been striving for.  Actual plot.  Characterization that's more than an afterthought, is consistent, and follows a story arc.  Trevor.  Easily the best open world game I've ever played, and right up there with the best due to the sheer entertainment factor of watching these disparate elements flow together like the best tv shows and movies do.

Gaming Forum / Simple Man - Rock Band
« on: September 15, 2013, 01:52:04 AM »
I got holy hell sick of this song, but honest to god it's a prayer of forgiveness and faith that's bound to swipe you upside the head when you ain't looking.

Note:  I saw Jimmy Van Sant do this at Sturgis and it was akin to a holy experience.

To get a topic going, who's still playing Rock Band and what's your favorite song?

Me, I downloaded the entire Doolittle album and don't understand why I didn't like the Pixies up until this point.  The entire frigging discography speaks to me now in a way it never did when I was younger.

Wrestling & MMA / Dean Ambrose's new finisher a'la carte
« on: May 12, 2013, 11:21:01 AM »
Kofi Sells it like a champ on RAW:

But then the workHoss shows 'em how it's done a week before on Smackdown:

Headlock Driver?  I've never seen this variation and it looks like the Bulldog From Hell.

What I'm asking is, what's the official nomenclature for this move?

General Discussion / 2 Broke Girls
« on: October 02, 2012, 12:17:27 AM »
The audience should stop pity laughing.  It's just encouraging them.


Apparently, some sick fuck dressed in a riot helmet and bulletproof vest kicked in the emergency exit, dropped smoke grenades, then started walking up the stairs of the theater shooting people.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the people killed there, their families and the many wounded.

Geekville / The Best Thing About AvsX
« on: July 19, 2012, 03:53:34 AM »
Caught all of the main Event Title books and the whole thing was a mess up until the mid-point to be completely honest.

However, if you're not reading Uncanny X-Men, you're missing out on the best thing to come out of the X-Books in quite awhile:

The Phoenix Five vs. Sinister London.

Ok, you've got 5 Totally Serious X-Men who've got the power of the Phoenix versus a maliciously smug Mister Sinister who fairly recently got ahold of a Celestial Seed and just went crazy with the cloning vats.  Literally crazy.  Marauder Legions.  A re-creation of London five miles beneath the Alaskan tundra, completely populated with Sinister clones.  And that's just the boring things he did with that power.  You really need to see what Sinister did with the other Marvel U DNA he had sitting on the nightstand.

Sinister's main goal?  Taking the Phoenix out of the Phoenix Five.  His plan?  Well, that would be ruining the fun.

If you've ever liked the X-Men, Sinister or anything involving either of the two, you owe it to yourself to pick up these last few issues of Uncanny X-Men.

I give it Five Phoenix-enhanced X-Men out of Five.

You'll never read the words "ma chere" the same way again.

General Discussion / SPACE NAZIS ATTACK
« on: February 08, 2012, 04:23:10 PM »

Simply.  Awesome.

Tech-apalooza / Mango Update Is Live
« on: September 27, 2011, 01:38:09 PM »
You'll need to update your Zune software, then the phone update should be applied afterwards.


General Discussion / The Muppets (2011)
« on: September 16, 2011, 11:56:46 AM »
Because everyone loves the Muppets.

Dissenters will be shot.

New Trailer for The Pig With the Froggy Tattoo:

The Lab / Stuff Beast Broke:
« on: June 30, 2011, 04:38:28 PM »
1.  Seems the text entry window just keeps going and going past the page into the nigh-infinite recesses of one's computer memory.



Me, I like pretty much everything about that trailer except that it wasn't in HD and I don't think that can be helped at this point *deep breath*  The HD full-earfest version should be phenomenal.

EDIT:  Hee hee, can't stop watching.  It's a treat about the third time through.

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copy that line and paste it into a Google search.

Go a few pages down, as the top finds are probably getting bombed right now.


Based off the manga of the same name.  Definitely looks interesting, but watch it quick because it's only free for a little while longer.


It turns out thunderstorms pack a much bigger punch than most people think. In the mid-1990s, we found that lightning and the associated electric field above a thunderstorm can be strong enough to produce a gamma ray blast detectable from space. These terrestrial gamma-ray flashes (TGFs) are believed to occur all over the world at a rate of about 500 per day. Researchers using NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope have discovered a similar, but previously undetected phenomena: the production of an antimatter beam from the top of these storms.

Fermi is built to observe and measure gamma rays from anywhere in the Universe, but it has also been used to look at terrestrial events as well. Over its first three years, Fermi has identified 130 TGFs. These TGFs have included gamma rays with an energy of 511 keVóthe energy signature of an electron-positron annihilation event.

In all but four of these TGF events, the Fermi observatory was directly over a thunderstorm. Scientists hypothesize that the strong electrical field found at the top of thunderstorms can, under the right conditions, create "an upward avalanche of electrons." These electrons are accelerated to nearly the speed of light, and when they bounce off air molecules, they emit high-energy gamma raysóthe TGFs.

So many high-energy gamma rays are created that some literally turn from energy to mass in the form of an electron-positron pair. These particles and antiparticles then reach orbit, triggering Fermi's sensors when the positron collides with its regular matter counterpart.

The times when an antimatter collision was detected and Fermi was not directly over a thunderstorm provide an interesting glimpse into where these particles go. On December 14, 2009, Fermi was located over Egypt and picked up the positron-electron annihilation's signature; however, the nearest electrical storm was occurring some 2,800 miles to the south in Zambia. This storm existed below Fermi's line of sight, below the horizon, so there was no way that the observatory could have picked up the TGF directly.

It seems that the particles emitted by the storm were being swept along in a helical motion, traveling in a south-to-north direction along the Earth's magnetic field lines. As they swept past the Fermi telescope, their signature was picked up. As they continued their path up the magnetic field line, they reached the ionosphere north of Fermi's location. Here, the particles bounced and began heading south again along the field line. A secondary signal was observed as the particles again washed over the Fermi a mere 23 milliseconds later.

This work has led the researchers to conclude that all TGFs are associated with electron/positron beams that spray high energy particles into space. Their work is set to be published in an upcoming edition of Geophysical Research Letters.

To say that this is unexpected is a bit of a freaking understatement, but it also seems to me to be a statement of how amazing and wonderful our planet can be.

Freaking antimatter beams, shooting out into space, every time you see a freaky thunderstorm.  Think about that next time you see one.


AFTERTHOUGHT:  does this scare you?

Gaming Forum / Dead Space 2 (Your Mom Hates)
« on: January 17, 2011, 01:45:02 PM »
GREAT commercial spot:

As for the game itself, absolutely fell in love with the first and plan on doing whatever I can to finagle a copy for my broke ass when it comes out.

Forum Help / Login question...
« on: January 04, 2011, 12:37:11 PM »
Every time I log into the forums, I get a little login bar even though every time I check "keep me logged in" or whatever.  Is this by design or am I being phished for my password?

Gaming Forum / Kinect: Like the Wii, But With Less Cracked HDTV Screens
« on: November 11, 2010, 10:25:09 AM »
Got this as a wedding present from my lovely bride and only had a bit to play with it before heading off on our honeymoon, but from playing a bit of Kinect Adventures and Dance Central, I can safely say that this kicks the Wii's ass, and I'm extrapolating here and know that the Move can sense depth due to the glowy globe, but just the fact that I don't need no controller to play any of this is just too neat.

My Kinect now knows who I am just by looking at me and logs me into the proper account on boot.  It can tell where I'm at in the room and what I'm doing, even through a table that's set in front of the couch.  Of course, the sensing gets a bit confused so my Avatar looks like it's got goat legs half the time in Adventures, the thing still senses my movements enough to hit 100% on Poker Face in DCentral.

Dance Central is fun, and before you perform the song you're allowed to practice the moves individually, so at least on the easy levels one can feel like they're advancing the game while actually learning dance moves.

More to come as I try it out, but definately looking forward to fiddling with this when I get back from Fort Myers.

Anyone else get to play with the Kinect?

Football / Is It Me, Or Is Tony Dungy:
« on: October 17, 2010, 07:59:26 PM »
Turning Into The African-American John Waters, Director Of The American Cinematic Classic Cry Baby?

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