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General Discussion > NFL Week Seven
1. NFL Week Seven Oct 16, 2014, 09:15  Blue 
 
You can pick your friends, and you can pick your nose...

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I have this superstition against changing picks after making them, since it seems like it always turns out badly. Last week was no different, as I decided on Sunday to get off the Lions based on Calvin Johnson's injury and the team's road woes and to similarly pick the Falcons against my first impulse, once again based on their disproportionate home field advantage. The two extra losses were enough to wreck my week even before the Giants put out the peewee squad against the Eagles, which was about as painful as it gets.

Okay, done looking back... onward and upward in week seven! Though it doesn't get any easier, as this week for the Giants, as they get the Cowboys, who look better right now than they have at any point since the heyday of the triplets. Yeeesh.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 14, 2014, 11:16  Blue 
 
NKD wrote on Oct 14, 2014, 10:50:
Don't really know how they'll do Civil War in MCU. Stark's MCU persona isn't really one to play ball with the government.

That goes with my thought that they could make a lot of sense of switching the positions of the two characters for the movie.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
21. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 10, 2014, 14:54  Blue 
 
Creston wrote on Oct 10, 2014, 13:21:
maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaag...! You stuck up, half-witted, scruffy looking nerfherder! We're quoting Star WARS!

Who's scruffy-looking??
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 10, 2014, 09:58  Blue 
 
Creston wrote on Oct 10, 2014, 09:52:
nin wrote on Oct 10, 2014, 09:42:
Creston wrote on Oct 10, 2014, 09:36:
"Your 10/10 will freeze before you get to the first marker!"

*looks at the judges*
"Okay, we'll allow it."


Also, isn't it furthest marker?

I always thought it was "first" as in "you won't last long".


I'd pop in the DVD, but I'm at work. First one to get home has to resolve this burning conundrum!

(PS, he definitely says "reach" rather than "get to" )

Reach is correct, but furthest is not.
 
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General Discussion > NFL Week Six
1. NFL Week Six Oct 9, 2014, 08:51  Blue 
 
You know the drill by now:

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Another week where it was tough to excel, so hats off to those who did... I was pretty par, one win above the average on the straight league and right on the league average for the spread league. Watching the scores in progress during the day was crazy... I'm pretty sure at one point along the way all my picks were winning and at a different point they were all losing.

So here's a weird thing. I'm listed sixth out of the seven of us tied for seventh place in the straight league. Does that mean the five players listed above me did better picking the tie-breaker score on Monday night? That seems far-fetched, as I picked Seattle to win 24-14 and the final was 27-17. Maybe it's cumulative tie-breakers over the whole season? Weird.
 
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General Discussion > Amazon Orders
25. No subject Oct 8, 2014, 07:44  Blue 
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Oct 7, 2014, 21:30:
Ordered a security cam - let me know if it goes through - had issues in the past where you weren't getting my orders.

Hey Bats, thanks for your concern. A Foscam is listed from yesterday... that the one?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 5, 2014, 12:41  Blue 
 
bigkid66 wrote on Oct 5, 2014, 12:33:
What's with the dig at Chicago for some obit posted on a website that no one has ever heard of? Talk about classy...

Just intended as a play on the Anchorman line since it's a Chicago website. I didn't mean it as an actual insult to the city, sorry about that.
 
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General Discussion > NFL Week Five
5. Re: NFL Week Five Oct 3, 2014, 08:52  Blue 
 
Last night was one of those dangerous cases of me almost overthinking myself out of being right... As game time approached, all I was hearing was how badly it was going to rain, how Minny was running the ball really well even without A.D., and that the Packers couldn't stop the run. This actually had me pondering (see what I did there?) picking the Vikings. It's bad enough to be wrong, but being wrong after being right is one of the reasons I resist switching once I've made a pick. Whew!

Also, I think the Lambeau Leap has leapt the shark... The media's fascination with the celebration, its name, and its history has gone past tedious. There, I said it.
 
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General Discussion > NFL Week Five
1. NFL Week Five Oct 2, 2014, 07:59  Blue 
 
Pick time!

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I did okay again picking last week, and am hanging in there in both leagues so far. Picking straight winners and the spread is obviously tricky, but when you work it right, it can be very gratifying. This happened for me this week when I picked the 49ers to win outright and picked the Eagles to cover the 5.5 point spread in the game, making me a double winner when the 49ers won by five. It hurts when you get both games wrong like that, but hitting them both was cool.

I saw complaints last week about the Giants being hard to predict, I don't think you should expect sympathy from me about them being erratic, and certainly not for picking against them. But the NFL can be tough to predict all over, and there are a bunch of teams that are hard to figure at this point (are the Cowboys actually good? Are the Patriots actually terrible?). I will say that watching the G-men closely all season, they look more genuine than not at this point, and their line-play has been strong on both sides of the ball, which was the big question about them. BTW, Eli''s performance last week of 5 TDs (one rushing) and one pick should have been six TDs... the interception was a ball he put into Ruben Randle's hands in the end zone, which got knocked loose before Randle established possession.

The funniest note about the Giants' strong performance is that Larry Donnell, who lead all tight ends in fantasy points for the week, lost his own fantasy matchup for the week by 15 points because he started Vernon Davis instead of himself. Priceless.
 
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General Discussion > Got a popup today
2. Re: Got a popup today Oct 2, 2014, 07:58  Blue 
 
Sorry that happened, but thank you very much for all the details... these things can sometimes be hard to track down, but all that info should make it pretty easy to eliminate this.  
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General Discussion > NFL Week Four
1. NFL Week Four Sep 25, 2014, 09:51  Blue 
 
Time to get your picks in, at least for tonight's game!

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I did pretty well on my picks last week, but that's to be expected when so many games turn out as expected, so a lot of us had good weekends, and those at the top of our leaderboards have been picking very well.

The Giants looked good against the Texans in week three, which matched my strong feeling they would win. That confidence level is much lower for tonight's game, simply because Washington is a divisional opponent, which means there's a greater chance than usual the game will end up a close affair where any outcome is possible. Also, the road team has been blown out in all three Thursday night games this year, so there's a scary trend the Giants will have to defy to win.

The weird game of the weekend is the London game... I think it's bad enough that the NFL seems to always want to make west coast teams to play early games when they travel to the east coast, but making the Raiders travel 3000 miles more than the Dolphins for the game doesn't seem fair. Also, we want European fans to love the game and we send them the Dolphins vs. the Raiders?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 22, 2014, 13:17  Blue 
 
Cutter wrote on Sep 22, 2014, 11:18:
Yes, it is bullshit. Complete and utter at that. Sounds like the ID assholes trying to reframe the debate posed as actual, real science.

Dunno how you got there from here.

InBlack wrote on Sep 22, 2014, 09:39:
Ok that "Free Will..." article is just clickbait, oh and its bullshit. The so called 'study' is barely touched upon and doesnt really say anything about the metaphysical free will, other than that our brains determine our behaviour depending on the sensory input. Well, DUH!! Angry

As you say, the study they point to doesn't really say what the headline says.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0010027714001462

It really is an evaluation of people's opinions about free will. Their big finding is that most people continue to believe they have free will after being told scientists can predict what they will do based on studying their brain activity before they make decisions.

I think that's actually interesting, but it's a survey of everyday people's opinions, and offers no real science, so at the very least it's mis-classified. Sorry about that.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 18, 2014, 11:14  Blue 
 
Tim1_2 wrote on Sep 18, 2014, 11:12:
Blue, what do you generally put it on that you love?

It's more of a MrsBlue thing, as I tend to make my own spice blends, but it's my go to for rice and beans.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 18, 2014, 11:12  Blue 
 
Cutter wrote on Sep 18, 2014, 11:01:
And for 2 days now I've had Green Day's Warning stuck in my head. So everyone go listen to it and get it stuck in your head as well.

Now I have this stuck in my head.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
10. Re: Into the Black Sep 18, 2014, 08:08  Blue 
 
Quboid wrote on Sep 18, 2014, 08:02:
Guy Imitates Coyote Calls, Realizes Just How Many Coyotes Other Hunters Imitating Coyotes Are In This Forest.

I saw it as guy imitates wolf, realizes coyotes have the wolves outnumbered.
 
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General Discussion > NFL Week Three
1. NFL Week Three Sep 18, 2014, 08:02  Blue 
 
Get your picks in!
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Last weekend's games made me feel like a gambler chasing his losses... a terrible outcome in the early games gave way to hopes for an afternoon rebound which didn't materialize. I felt good about the Sunday night matchup, too. Boom, another loser. At least Monday Night Football was a lock, right? Ouch. Looking over the schedule this week, there are more scary games. Maybe that's good, I should be afraid at this point.

On Sunday my Giants had four turnovers, two picks and two fumbles. Eli threw one interception that was tipped by a lineman and another on a last-second Hail Mary, to go along with Quintin Demps' first fumble since 2008 and Rashad Jennings' first fumble since 2012. For Demps and Jennings, each was only the second fumble lost in their careers, even though Demps encountered minimal contact before losing the ball, and Jennings was completely untouched. Everyone knows how key turnovers are in the NFL... sometimes you have to suspect that a higher power has money on the game.

Speaking of higher powers, I picture Roger Goodell in a bunker somewhere at this point... A couple of weeks ago I was surprised that people thought he might lose his job... soon it's going to get to the point where I'm surprised he hasn't been fired already.

Laying low would have been a good approach for the Vikings brass, as they seemed absolutely asinine at their press conference about putting A.D. on the poorly named "exempt list," as they repeated their talking points until it was embarrassing. We want to "get it right" seemed okay the first few times, but it lost all meaning when it became a mantra (oddly repeated at other pressers, as if a league-wide central talking points memo was issued). Usually it's better to face the music personally, but the not eloquent to start with Wilf brothers would have been better off hiring a PR flack for this... even Joe Isuzu.
 
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General Discussion > Amazon Orders
21. Re: Amazon Orders Sep 18, 2014, 07:44  Blue 
 
Will W wrote on Sep 13, 2014, 13:26:
The printer hasn't shipped yet, so maybe that was another one someone else bought? I double checked to be sure the correct one was ordered...you freaked me out. :-) Keep an eye on them and see if they disappear. Amazon applied tax yet again. Sometimes they just credit the tax but sometimes they do a return and make it a new order. No idea why they can't get the tax crap figured out.

Showed up yesterday.

Brother Printer MFC-L8850CDW Wireless Color Laser Printer with Scanner, Copier and Fax

A bunch of stuff from the Logitech sale, too. You guys are awesome, thanks for going though some hoops for this.
 
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PC Gaming > Post your FPS config - old school
2. Re: Post your FPS config - old school Sep 17, 2014, 08:12  Blue 
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Sep 16, 2014, 18:45:
Walk Forward RMB
Walk Backward F
Walk Left D
Walk Right G
Crouch S

Shoot LMB
Alternate Fire Y or 3rd MB

Everything else is open to interpretation.

Thorw Nade H or A
Last Weapon Q
Prone A
Down/Up Z
Drop Weapon X
Use/Open E

What am I missing?

It was just a couple of years ago I finally got off of using the RMB for forward that I learned from Wolfenstein... much happier that it makes it easier to pick up most FPSes and use the default config.

My big change from standards is to map crouch to left-alt, which I find easy to reach with my thumb... don't know how you're supposed to hold control with your pinkie and still work the WASD keys.
 
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General Discussion > NFL Week Two
11. Ugly week Sep 15, 2014, 07:35  Blue 
 
I expect things to be hard to predict earlier in the season, but yesterday was nucking futs... So many weird outcomes, so many bad calls, so many high impact injuries.

My picks were a disaster this week... spread league in particular. Ugh.
 
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General Discussion > NFL Week Two
1. NFL Week Two Sep 13, 2014, 11:13  Blue 
 
Remember to get your picks in!

http://games.espn.go.com/nfl-pigskin-pickem/2014/en/group?groupID=59532
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The Thursday night game seemed like a toss-up to me, but I was feeling the likelihood of the Ravens overcoming their off-field scandal to win. But I allowed my thought it would be close convinced me to pick the Steelers +2-1/2 in the spread league. I was contemplating how dicey it was to predict an under three-point victory for Baltimore. Then I saw that historically these games actually come down to such narrow margins, so I went with it. Oh well, I was half right.

And I think I need help... I am seriously contemplating picking the Giants again this week.
 
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