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General Discussion / Re: WTF!?!
« on: January 28, 2019, 04:14:56 PM »

LOW-9° F

-6° F
-25° F

-13° F
-29° F

snow day today because they were predicting up to a foot with wind in the metro area overnight. we got 6-8 inches or so, hit a balmy high of 10 fahrenheit this afternoon... took the kiddos sledding. however, they also just cancelled school the next two days, due to the forecast temps above. coldest in over 2 decades, apparently. -25 F is about -32 Celsius, for reference. brrrrr

Diablo 3 / Re: Season 16: The Season of Grandeur
« on: January 26, 2019, 07:00:48 AM »
Managed to get my first 70 grift down last night so got my first primal item. A Witch Doctor item on my Barbarian... really put a bucket of cold water over my enthusiasm.

ouch.  :(

Diablo 3 / Re: Season 16: The Season of Grandeur
« on: January 25, 2019, 05:06:56 PM »
3. Some efficiency tips. For folks who want to speed up the progression somewhat, start by focusing your attacks on elites/packs. Trash gives very little experience and drops very little useful loot but you can easily spend more than half your time or more killing stuff that might drop 5% of the loot. Don't quote me on that number, but the vast majority of the loot falls from elites/packs.

true, but important to leave yourself an escape route. it's never satisfying to narrowly survive an encounter with a bad pack only to get killed by random trash you didn't clear.

Diablo 3 / Re: Season 16: The Season of Grandeur
« on: January 25, 2019, 09:57:44 AM »
grats cluck.

i'm slow too. completed chap4 yesterday and got the set but not much beyond that.

Diablo 3 / Re: Patch 2.6.4 is live
« on: January 17, 2019, 05:45:15 PM »
got my gr100, hc IK barb. :D

Diablo 3 / Re: Patch 2.6.4 is live
« on: January 17, 2019, 01:16:49 PM »
IK for barbs is also a safe bet

+1. tanky, versatile.

The Argument Chamber / Re: UK general election
« on: January 15, 2019, 05:40:06 PM »

Meanwhile the President of the US had to declare that he is not, in fact, a Russian agent.

... with the best part being that he waffled and never actually denied it.

Theresa May should just be out without needing a no confidence vote, imo.

he forgot to deny it when asked the question by Fox on Sunday. he issued a statement on monday that actually included a denial. better late than never? *snort*

Movies & TV / Re: What are you watching?
« on: January 14, 2019, 12:45:12 PM »
watched the new watership down series on netflix with my 8 year old. she loved it but was devastated by the ending (i'd forgotten about the epilogue, oops). however, she's already watched it a second time and is excited about reading the book.

edit: i thought it was good too, but had a hard time shaking the hazel/woundwort = rick/negan feeling.

General Discussion / Re: Happy New Year!
« on: January 04, 2019, 11:46:40 PM »


Books / Re: 2018 Reading List?
« on: December 28, 2018, 09:01:53 PM »
finished autonomous. near future SF. cynical (realistic?) take on gene/pharm patents. some fun AI stuff thrown in. overall a fun read.

got bogged down with the unholy consult. silly me, i thought the previous book in the series was unpleasant... had been sticking with this one mostly to close out the series. there's an interesting premise in there, but it's a masterclass in dragging things out. or maybe it isn't, seeing as i've given up on it for the time being. left it in the car one night and decided it wasn't worth going back out it to get it. started kingdom of the blind instead, so will end the year on that.

got several books for christmas (4-6? one's a trilogy bound in a single volume), so am well stocked for a while. may get back to the bakker book at some point. hoping to be more successful with my reading next year. pretty sure there were a few i left off here but even with a few more, this is the shortest list i've had in a while.

1. Spoonbenders, Daryl Gregory  - 2.5/5
2. Artemis, Andy Weir - 4/5
3. invasion of the body snatchers, Jack Finney - 4/5
4. the best horror of the year vol 9, ed by Ellen Datlow  - 3/5
5. the last exodus, Paul Tassi - 1/5
6. nemesis games, James Corey - 4/5
7. babylon's ashes, James Corey-  4/5
8. persepolis rising, James Corey- 4/5
9. the hike, Drew Magary - 4/5
10. the great ordeal, R Scott Baker - 3/5
11. sleeping giants, Sylvain Neuvel, 2/5
12. contagion, Erin Bowman, 2/5

13. autonomous, Annalee Newitz, 3.5/5
14. the unholy consult,  R Scott Baker - unfinished. 1/5 pending completion
15. kingdom of the blind, Louise Penny, in progress.

General Discussion / Re: Merry Christmas everyone!
« on: December 25, 2018, 09:29:12 PM »
merry christmas!

The Argument Chamber / Re: Trump continued
« on: December 23, 2018, 11:43:38 AM »
trump now wants mattis gone by the end of the year after someone explained mattis' resignation letter to him. 

Trump, Angry Over Mattis’s Rebuke, Removes Him 2 Months Early

One aide said that although Mr. Trump had already seen the resignation letter when he praised Mr. Mattis, the president did not understand just how forceful a rejection of his strategy Mr. Mattis had issued.

fun to live in interesting times, isn't it.

have a giant plastic tub where most of mine (space sets, pre-lego star wars) have been mixed. lost most of the instructions but they all can be found online these days. my older daughter's played with them some, tho i think i have more fun than she does.

The Argument Chamber / Re: Trump continued
« on: December 04, 2018, 06:15:14 PM »

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