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  1. Director's Cut of the original Star Trek: The Motion Picture is playing in theaters next week!  Definitely going, it's been ages since I've seen it. Lots of other Star Trek, but not the first movie.

    1. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      Do not be sober  ;)

    2. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      I saw it in the theater though BITD (Not Director's Cut of course),...And ...Well...Yeah,  first time I ever took a nap in a theater at age 11  🙂  

       

      New one has some lengthened scenes, tightened audio, new CGI (?)..HMMmmm...Better bring a pillow!

       

      Seriously though,  have fun!

  2. I saw The Northman last night. I definitely liked aspects of it but I think I was expecting less artsy more fartsy.  More of a Conan the Barbarian type of fantasy action film. It was more artsy and bizarre than I expected, and like many modern movies it tried to squeeze too much in. Still, I think I like it more after the fact than I did while watching.

    1. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      I definitely need to see it sometime...

  3. Local library had their bi-annual book & DVD sale, and amongst tons of other stuff, I randomly picked up one disc of Hercules: The Legendary Adventure Season 4. I think I watched an episode or 2 of it back when it aired, but I must say, it's pretty good. The acting is about what I expected (e.g. bad), but the production values are much higher than I remember, and the storylines are decent.  All the new shows these days take themselves too seriously to be fun.

  4. Lord help me, I started playing Civ 3. There hasn't been a single game in my life that sucks away the hours more easily than the Civ series.

    1. carlsson

      carlsson

      Feel free to count your hours and post in either of the two weekly trackers, depending on if it is a pre-Y2K or post-Y2K system.

  5. New Conan novel coming - Blood of the Serpent https://conan.com/conan-returns/

    Apparently on the 90th anniversary of the Phoenix on the Sword (REH's first Conan story).

     

  6. Sit Ubu, sit!

    1. Atarian7

      Atarian7

      Good dog

    2. Kiwi

      Kiwi

      I said sit, not sh- UGH... Not on the carpet.

    3. Albert

      Albert

      Ha, I haven't heard that in a while.  :)

  7. These new Rush pinball games look amazing! https://sternpinball.com/game/rush/ $4600 so I'll never own one, but still cool. I hope I get to play one out on location at some point.

  8. I was doing some cleaning today and I noticed my wife has a (half empty) bottle of wine under her computer desk. Gotta stay sane somehow, more power to her. Incidentally, I have a (almost empty) bottle of rum in the cabinet I keep usb cables and other random computer gear.

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    2. CrazyChris

      CrazyChris

      Do you keep bottles hidden around the house? ;)

    3. joeatari1

      joeatari1

      I'm a bottle half full kind of guy.  Either way it still gets added to the shopping list!😉

    4. BydoEmpire

      BydoEmpire

      Apparently we do... to be honest, I keep my rum in there because I don't want to have it "out" anywhere my kid would find it. Seemed like a safe enough place.  It probably takes me 6 months to get through a bottle, I don't drink it that often. Every once in a while I do enjoy dark rum, though. Caribbean Reef is my current favorite.

  9. Finished Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition last night. Solid game, glad I played it, but some clunky parts. The ending was a bit underwhelming. Maybe time to take a break for D&D games for a bit.

    1. jgkspsx

      jgkspsx

      I wish it had been GoG. Epic are pretty bad about DRM, no?

    2. BydoEmpire

      BydoEmpire

      The DRM'd mp3 ship has long-since sailed in music business... I can't imagine bandcamp making that much money. They're very good and successful at what they do, but I'd have assume they pretty much a niche part of the music business. Interesting to see what they do with it. Would Epic use bandcamp for more than music? It's not like there aren't already a million other indie game sites out there...

    3. SlidellMan

      SlidellMan

      Luckily, I mostly upload to BandLab. Here's my account: https://www.bandlab.com/fighting_zenith/tracks

  10. An hour of tough yoga this morning, and an hour of hiking through the woods this afternoon... time to sit with a beer and watch football.  Sadly, no time for Atari today (so far, but I can still correct that).

  11. After at least 15 years I had to retire my old reliable Brother MFC-4800 B&W laser printer. That thing was a tank. Longest-lasting, most reliable printer I've ever had by far.

    1. SlidellMan

      SlidellMan

      Brother makes the best printers.

    2. Hydro Thunder

      Hydro Thunder

      I have a Brother MFC 7420 that I know I used for the retail store I had that opened in 2004 that is still going.  I have had to replace the laser toner cartridges maybe THRICE in its entire life, just absolutely incredible.  Brother / Laser all the way.  I remember in college having to shell out $35 or more (which is like $65 today) seemingly every 6 weeks for deskjet cartridges just to print off papers.  I think one week I nearly had to go without eating for a few days just to afford it (minimum wage was $3.35 / hour, ack!).  Screw you, HP.  :)

    3. wongojack

      wongojack

      Brother represent.  Mine is a HL-3180.  I'll never use an inkjet again.

  12. New Steve Vai album "Inviolate" is pretty cool if you like his music. I particularly like Greenish Blues.

  13. Ignored users are still showing up in status updates. Is that a setting I missed, as designed, or a bug?

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    2. joeatari1

      joeatari1

      Damn, you can still see me?:lolblue:

    3. BydoEmpire

      BydoEmpire

      Not signatures and mentions, but I wouldn't expect those to update status posts... either way, checking those boxes doesn't seem to fix this.  Not a big deal, but worth reporting in case it is a bug. Maybe changes to ignore preference take time to populate, that might be it too.

    4. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      Pretty sure I've seen this mentioned before,  that you will still see Status Updates for people you have set to Ignore. 

  14. MS to buy Activision/Blizzard for nearly $70 billion. https://www.engadget.com/microsoft-activision-blizzard-acquisition-133637845.html

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    2. wongojack

      wongojack

      Next will be Sony and Amazon (Apple? Netflix?) competing for who buys EA

    3. Leonard Smith

      Leonard Smith

      They can have them, lol!

       

    4. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      Before you click on it...MS to buy Activision/Blizzard for nearly $70

  15. Wow, the Cowboys and 49ers both tried really hard to lose that game, but ultimately the 'Boys consistently penalties and bad clock management put them over the top (or under the bottom...). I don't like the 49ers at all, but I can't say I'm sad to see the Cowboys lose, either.

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    2. BydoEmpire

      BydoEmpire

      Go Pack Go!

    3. digdugnate

      digdugnate

      I was hopeful as a life-long Dallas fan, but sadly, I knew better. lol

    4. BydoEmpire

      BydoEmpire

      Yeah I'm not getting my hopes up for the Packers. They're good, but I have no faith in their defense, and the special teams is pretty bad.  I've been let down too many times.

  16. TG-16 promotional VHS I've had for 30 years: 

     

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    2. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      Wow!  Look a that guitar collection behind ya!   (heh)

    3. BydoEmpire

      BydoEmpire

      I guess the video could have used some editing! Truth be told, I only cropped it vertically, I didn't really even watch it other than briefly on my phone to see if it came through at all.  I need to redo it, it's very hard to see and hear. Oh well, it gets the idea across.

    4. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      We get the idea...I just wanted to be the wise guy who noticed the reflection ;)

  17. The internet tells me the Commodore 64 was announced 40 years ago today at CES.  Happy 40th, c64!

    1. ls650

      ls650

      I have always been an Atari 'fanboy', but the C64 was and still is an admirable rival to the 8-bits.

    2. carlsson

      carlsson

      Yes, and possibly the first magazine mention about the C64 was in InfoWorld on February 1. For being a weekly newspaper, that still is three weeks after CES ended before they had a report ready. Most other magazines with longer lead times took between March and August (!) to fully report from CES in January, though the ones that waited could also add more details that leaked out over time. Apparently Commodore didn't want to give out very much information in advance which some magazine editors reflected on.

       

      The first comparison advertisement, i.e. where Commodore lined up the C64 against the Atari 800, Apple II, TRS-80 etc was in June 1982 from what I could tell. The machine went on sale in the US in July or August, I think. Second half of September in the UK, though the original plan was to not release the C64 in Europe until early 1983.

       

      Perhaps the most interesting part of information I found yesterday was two magazines writing about the ZX Spectrum which was launched in April 1982, and how that more or less had taken Commodore by surprise. As you may know, the Max Machine a.k.a. Ultimax a.k.a. VIC-10 was planned to be a cut-down version of the C64 but supposedly the Spectrum launch made Commodore consider dropping the Ultimax in advance and try to cut the C64 price as much as possible. Now the Ultimax briefly made it to Japan but not elsewhere so in practice the magazines were right, but perhaps for other reasons than ZX Spectrum competition. It is possible though that the TED project was initiated around the summer of 1982 (developer prototypes were ready by August 1983), as a result of the Spectrum launch.

  18. I saw someone with their Christmas lights up yesterday.  Come on, man, it's 360 days until Christmas... that's just too early!

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    2. jgkspsx

      jgkspsx

      Lights stay on until Epiphany!

    3. carlsson

      carlsson

      I was late to put mine up - around December 22 - so likely I'll have them shining until March to compensate.

       

      Also tonight when I went shopping, the grocery store had a sale on Pippi Longstocking (!!) gingerbread houses but I didn't buy any. Perhaps they'll still have some by next week in case I changed my mind.

    4. jgkspsx

      jgkspsx

      Besides, Orthodox Christmas isn't even until January 7.

  19. Mixing a song is arduous work, let alone a whole album.

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    2. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      Yep!  But I find a certain quality satisfaction comes with it, too...Is it another one of yours?

    3. BydoEmpire

      BydoEmpire

      I'm using Logic, but it's not the tool. It's hearing, understanding and balancing EQ across a dozen tracks and different instruments, using compression well, etc. Listening, tweaking, listening again, tweaking again... and so it goes.  I get pretty close to a broad-brush mix quickly, but getting something final that sounds good across a bunch of mediums (CD, mp3, car stereo, iphone, home stereo, etc) that's the trick. FWIW It's one of my songs.

    4. BydoEmpire

      BydoEmpire

      Truth be told, the real issue is that I do final mixing and master so rarely I'm just not that experienced.  I have a lot to learn. The last album I did this for was 3 years ago.

  20. Best stand-up comic of all time: Rodney Dangerfield.

    1. SlidellMan

      SlidellMan

      Dangerfield was awesome, too bad that he would never be allowed to do stand-up today. (Ditto for George Carlin, Mel Blanc, Sam Kinnison, Richard Jeni, Richard Pryor, Lorenzo Music, Lenny Bruce, and Bill Hicks.)

  21. Finished Secret of the Silver Blades! My lifelong quest to complete all three original Gold Box games is now complete. I took a side quest to do Gateway to the Savage Frontier as well. As much as I like the games and the engine, I think don't think I'll return for a long time. Bucket list item checked off!

    1. wongojack

      wongojack

      Respect.  How'd you play them?  DosBox?

    2. BydoEmpire

      BydoEmpire

      Yep, via GOG.com. I bought them when first released.  I think I liked Pool of Radiance the best, but Secret of the Silver Blades was really good. Very big, very epic, lots of memorable locations and characters and a few good quality of life improvements since PoR.  It was a bit too big perhaps. It took me 36 hours and I was Cheaty McCheatingpants. I had my original clue book from the c64, and pretty much followed that the entire way. it took away some of the fun, but it would have taken me twice as long without it and I doubt I ever would have finished.

  22. In the final dungeon of Secret of the Silver Blades. I think it's my favorite of the Gold Box games so far... but so many Medusae, Cockatrices and Basilisks near the end. Not enough Stone to Flesh spells means too much saving and reloading.

  23. 40:22 into the movie Elysium, the "reboot sequence" is pretty clean-looking assembly (not sure the machine, I assume x86 but it's been a while). There's even a comment! I'm not sure how many CEOs can actually write assembly, let alone in the future, but it was neat to see.

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