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General Discussion / Re: Happy New Year!
« on: January 04, 2019, 05:19:03 PM »
Awesome Pix! So happy for you.  ;D

Gaming General / Re: Our 2018 GOTY
« on: January 02, 2019, 08:50:37 PM »
In terms of new games I played (I did a bunch of replays), there's only one clear standout - Civ VI. Which is excellent, and I will probably waste innumerable hours this coming year playing it.

I picked up Endless Legend in the Steam Winter Sale, but it hasn't grabbed quite the same way. NHL 19 has been fun too, although I'm fairly terrible at it.

Movies & TV / Re: What are you watching?
« on: December 31, 2018, 10:37:55 PM »
Took the kids to see Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse this afternoon.

It was fantastic. I think it's probably the best Spiderman movie (no offense to Tom Holland).

General Discussion / Re: Happy New Year!
« on: December 31, 2018, 10:36:17 PM »
Happy (almost) New Year, here on the West (best) coast!!

I'm probably going to do a dry January, maybe February as well. Feeling the need to change some things up, get a bit healthier. My goal for 2018 was basically just to survive, and alcohol served a major factor in helping accomplish that. My goal for 2019 is to not just survive, but actually make it a decent year.

That being said, I have a fair amount of booze to drink before 2019, so I best get to it!

Music / Re: What are you Listening To?
« on: December 27, 2018, 06:37:14 PM »
Alright, so to share one of the bands I've enjoyed most the last two years (beyod the usual, I loved the last QotSA album but me loving QotSA is like saying water is wet) let me introduce you to Earthless. This is Black Heaven, their latest album released this year.

It's some psychedelic rock, heavy inspirations from 70's rock.

This is some good shit right here. Thanks!

Other Tech Toys / Re: Thinking of new gaming PC 2019 edition
« on: December 27, 2018, 06:26:48 PM »
I took Pixie's advice for my most recent build, and haven't regretted it. Specifically - Ryzen CPU, m2 NVE SSD, and a 1070ti.

For a case, I still absolutely adore my Fractal Meshify C. Looks fantastic on my desk, airflow is great, and was super easy to build in.

General Discussion / Re: Merry Christmas everyone!
« on: December 27, 2018, 06:20:27 PM »
Eat me.

nom nom nom

Merry Christmas to all!

Music / Re: What are you Listening To?
« on: December 22, 2018, 08:38:21 PM »
Just realized that we didn't have one of these threads.  Narsica let me down with regard to that.  :P


Mass Effect / Re: All your Base Belongs to Me.
« on: September 08, 2018, 06:16:47 PM »
Finished another completion (third I think?). 100% Viability, nearly all quests completed (just missed a couple basic task ones).

Played a soldier/infilitrator style. Sniper rifle at range, Valiant assault rifle modded with full auto just mowed things down when the distance closed. Occasionally broke out the Dhan shotgun for funsies. Mixed in a few tech powers for variety.

The story and characters don't quite live up to Bioware's usual standard, but the combat is so much fun.

General Discussion / Re: Update Lego Thread
« on: July 05, 2018, 08:17:57 PM »
Thanks Tim.

Mother in Law was pancreatic cancer (second time having it, which was a death sentence. We were lucky she lived through the first round). Brother was metastatic melanoma - he'd had it for a year and was stable, but there's no real treatment for it (aside from cutting it out) and it was in multiple places in his brain. He just went from being okay to being dead in two weeks.

My family didn't really have cancer in our history until now. My wife's family has a history of pancreatic and stomach cancer, as well as a litany of autoimmune diseases which raise the risk for cancer. We're getting genetic testing done for everyone, just to see.

General Discussion / Re: Marijuana
« on: July 04, 2018, 10:16:45 PM »
Details are still be worked out. There will be stores that sell it, regulated by the same agency that regulates liquor stores (not allowed to be sold in the same store though). People will be allowed to grow their own as well, max of 4 plants I think. Weirdly, I think they are waiting a year to allow for the legal sale of edibles - something about needing "additional research".

But, municipalities will be free to adjust the rules within certain limits, so rules will vary slightly from city to city. They won't be able to ban it outright, but might be able to force people to apply for permits to grow it, and ban consumption in public places. We'll see if all the bylaws will hold up to the inevitable court challenges.

Honestly, not much is going to change up here. I don't expect a lot of USA tourism, as I'm north of Washington (where it's already legal at the state level). Might actually have the opposite effect - I know the US border guards have started asking about marijuana usage, and hauling people in for questioning if they admit to ever using pot. That's likely to escalate, and it's not like American Border guards have a great respect for citizenship it seems. Papers please!

Y'all have a fucked up government culture.

General Discussion / Re: Update Lego Thread
« on: July 04, 2018, 10:03:47 PM »
On the minus side:

- 6 funerals in 6 months, including my mother-in-law (cancer), younger brother (cancer), grandmother (cancer) and some other relatives and friends.
- Dealing with inheritance/splitting up property is shitty. No one feels good afterwards.
- Middle daughter (10) is showing signs of Autism or OCD.

On the plus side:
- Promotion! Finally landed a job that I had applied for two years ago, and was told I was unqualified. Wound up filling the role temporarily for 8 months this past year (there wasn't anyone else to do it) and convinced the higher ups I could do it. Not a huge pay increase (I work in government) but I'm enjoying the work more than my previous position.
- New computer! It's niiiiiiiiiice.
- Still Canadian

Mixed bag:
- Prepping to go back to school in a year (Masters in Public Administration). Will be nice to go back to school, but it's mostly distance education done in the evenings, so it will be a bit brutal because I'll still be working full time.

PCs / Re: New PC build
« on: June 17, 2018, 11:31:01 AM »
Totally worked. Thanks Pix!!!

Motherboard came on Friday, so I spent time on Saturday building. The Meshify C is great case to build in - smaller than my previous Antec case but really spacious with excellent cable management. Build went well, aside from the fact that I somehow reversed the polarity on the case power switch, so it wouldn't turn on. Figured that out, only to be stumped with the fact that my mouse and keyboard wouldn't work in the Windows setup (but worked in the BIOS). Finally got my keyboard to work, Windows install went really smoothly (seriously, Windows 10 install was the fastest and cleanest I've ever experienced). Drivers updated, some minor tweaking. Then it was time to take it for a spin.

Loaded up Witcher 3 and HOOOOOOOLLLLLYY SHHIIIIIIIITTTT. Ultra settings, with 60fps. Oh. My. God. I have been missing out.

PCs / Re: New PC build
« on: June 14, 2018, 09:58:24 PM »
Honestly, I haven't even half filled my 500gb SDD. I feel like 1 TB is overkill, but would rather have the space in case I need it.

I think I have a Win7 DVD around somewhere. Can you upgrade for free still?

PCs / Re: New PC build
« on: June 10, 2018, 10:24:26 PM »
Pulled the trigger today. Most money I have ever spent on a computer, Jesus Christ.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 2600X 3.6GHz 6-Core Processor  ($279.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Motherboard: MSI - X470 GAMING PLUS ATX AM4 Motherboard  ($163.99 @ PC-Canada)
Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory  ($222.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Samsung - 960 EVO 250GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive  ($132.98 @ Amazon Canada)
Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($49.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Video Card: EVGA - GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB SC GAMING ACX 3.0 Black Edition Video Card  ($634.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Case: Fractal Design - Meshify C Dark TG ATX Mid Tower Case  ($119.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit  ($117.75 @ Vuugo)
Total: $1722.67
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-06-10 23:21 EDT-0400

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