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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
3. Re: Morning Metaverse Mar 8, 2012, 10:42 Ratty
 
Netflix May Resurrect "Terra Nova".
The turd that wouldn't die. I wouldn't even hope for resurrecting Firefly; those guys have gone off to do other things. But Stargate Universe is still ripe for the plucking. It took a while but I came to really love that show.
 
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News Comments > Molyneux Quits Lionhead
17. Re: Molyneux Quits Lionhead Mar 7, 2012, 11:53 Ratty
 
Waah. Every time I see Dungeon Keeper mentioned somewhere it makes me cry.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
29. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 6, 2012, 15:40 Ratty
 
eunichron wrote on Mar 6, 2012, 14:53:
  • Dexter; kind of disappointed with the last season, but it's really hard to top seasons 2 and 4
  • Dexter definitely has its ups and downs. Almost all of the last season was sitting on my DVR until I was finally bored enough to watch the whole thing over a few nights. Hate the baby. I'm sure the producers (or the original author) thought ha ha, how fun would that be? A serial killer by night and a diaper changer by day. But it just gets in the way and is distracting. But the big thing is how any peril Dexter gets into - whether it's almost getting discovered or almost getting killed - seems to be wrapped up neatly in the first five minutes of the next episode. Oh no! Dexter's drugged and tied up in the back of the killer's van! Next episode: he wakes up and somehow manages to untie himself and kill the guy in the first scene. And there's a LOT of that sort of thing in Dexter.

    Still, the last season's cliff hanger was pretty awesome and kind of what everyone had been waiting for. If THAT's tied up neatly and forgotten about by the end of the episode next season I'm definitely cancelling my subscription to Showtime. (Then I can start watching Spartacus!)
     
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    News Comments > Out of the Blue
    15. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 6, 2012, 12:45 Ratty
     
    PHJF wrote on Mar 6, 2012, 12:35:
    You shouldn't admit in public to watching True Blood.

    Blue, where is your talk of Spartacus? We're half way through season two here!
    Heh, I thought I'd get called out for New Girl, not TB.

    I'd watch Spartacus too if I got Starz.
     
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    News Comments > Out of the Blue
    13. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 6, 2012, 12:29 Ratty
     
    Thank god Terra Nova's gone. Flat hokey characters, flat hokey dialog. Maybe Fox will have enough money now to keep Fringe going.

    What I watch:
    Archer (of course)
    Walking Dead/Talking Dead
    True Blood
    Dexter
    Fringe
    Family Guy
    Supernatural
    Psych
    New Girl

    I tried to watch Game of Thrones but I just don't like it. All the evil people and betrayals make me feel bad.
     
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    News Comments > XCOM: Enemy Unknown Trailer
    15. Re: XCOM: Enemy Unknown Trailer Mar 6, 2012, 12:11 Ratty
     
    Love the "ant farm" base. Very cool.  
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    News Comments > Out of the Blue
    4. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 5, 2012, 12:23 Ratty
     
    brother19 wrote on Mar 5, 2012, 09:59:
    When I make chili I combine dry spices in a cast iron pan, with a small amount of oil, and sear them a little bit. Brings out the flavor.
    Yup. It's called "blooming." Like you said, you can really taste the difference. I bloom some dried anchos and chipotles (but without any oil) then grind them into powder. My chili powder is 8 tbsp whole cumin seed, 8 tbsp oregano, 4 tbsp paprika and a tsp of cayenne. Bloom them in the skillet for a minute or two then into a coffee grinder to make the powder. I don't make texas-style chili but I'm going to give Blue's recipe a try real soon. Better than any cook book I'm guessing with all the tweaks he's discovered.
     
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    News Comments > Steamships Ahoy - Painkiller: Recurring Evil
    3. Re: Steamships Ahoy - Painkiller: Recurring Evil Mar 1, 2012, 21:41 Ratty
     
    Yeah, I've bought a couple of these expansions and they're just no good. They don't match the levels to the enemies - often they'll just throw a random group of Painkiller baddies at you with no regard to the style of level. And difficulty is uneven. The first expansion I got I finally ended up playing most of the last levels in god mode just to get through it. The second one I got I never bothered to get even half way through.

    Sigh. I miss PCF. The last couple of games done by some of their old members just never measured up to Painkiller's magnificence.
     
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    News Comments > BioShock Infinite in October
    16. Re: BioShock Infinite in October Mar 1, 2012, 14:01 Ratty
     
    BioShock has never had consolitis as bad as some games. Prez puts it well with his comment about the reasonable tradeoffs with mass-appeal. But still it had a bit of a consoley feel to it I never really liked. The news about the old school mode is pretty exciting and a huge step in the right direction. This is an obvious buy for me but I want to see some actual gameplay videos, not scripted set pieces, before I decide whether it's a day one purchase.  
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    News Comments > Diablo III Launch Date Announcement Nears
    11. Re: Diablo III Launch Date Announcement Nears Feb 24, 2012, 10:40 Ratty
     
    Obviously sarcastic Blue post? Blue, have you been snarking on Diablo III behind our backs?  
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    News Comments > Out of the Blue
    7. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 23, 2012, 14:33 Ratty
     
    Will W wrote on Feb 23, 2012, 12:48:
    I use a 21" Webber Smokey Mountain smoker. I can easily fit 12+ racks of ribs on the smoker, using rib racks so they don't lay flat. I've done 2 pork butts and 6 racks at once without trouble as well, and I'd say depending on the size you could most likely fit 3 butts per shelf (2 shelves).
    The Weber Smoky Mountain is the smoker America's Test Kitchen recommended in an equipment review awhile ago. They thought Big Green Egg was too heavy and too expensive but also didn't like it because of its lack of a water pan, though they really liked the constant temperature it kept.
     
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    News Comments > Mass Effect 3 Demo for All
    16. Re: Mass Effect 3 Demo for All Feb 17, 2012, 11:15 Ratty
     
    How depressing. The only thing I'm looking forward to this year are the upcoming Skyrim DLCs. I'm moderately interested in Bioshock Infinite but for some reason it doesn't excite me. I think all the heavy scripting in the previews they've shown has turned me off, though that may be unfair.

    Sorta curious about the ME3 demo. It looks awful consoley in the gameplay videos and chock full of cutscenes. But I might give it a go depending on other people's experiences.
     
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    News Comments > Morning Metaverse
    3. Re: Morning Metaverse Feb 17, 2012, 10:51 Ratty
     
    Verno wrote on Feb 17, 2012, 10:24:
    I like Chrome as well but I always find its lacking one or two little things that I can't get without FF extensions. The Chrome "app" situation hasn't improved much since the last time I checked it out unfortunately, maybe I should just bite the bullet and look at the API to see if I can hack together a few of the things I need.
    You actually should give it a try. If you already know javascript, DOM, HTML, etc., it's pretty simple and a bit liberating. There was something very specific and fairly simple I wanted my browser to do that I knew no one else would write an extension for so I set aside some time to learn about it all and did it myself. Packaging it correctly was complicated but I later found there's all kinds of programs out there that will do that part for you.
     
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    News Comments > Far Cry 3 in September
    23. Re: Far Cry 3 in September Feb 16, 2012, 10:45 Ratty
     
    I didn't get Far Cry 2 because a) it wasn't on islands anymore - the whole Africa setting just didn't appeal to me, and b) there were no sci-fi elements in it anymore. It's funny, I know the sci-fi elements are what most people bitch about: "it would have been a great game except for all the mutant shit," but realistic shooters don't appeal to me. Since FC3 is on islands again I'm inclined to get it, even without mutants.

    The original Far Cry is in my top 5 favorite games of all time. Some of those maps were just legendary.
     
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    News Comments > Quoteworthy - Tim Schafer on Game Budgets
    12. Re: Quoteworthy - Tim Schafer on Game Budgets Feb 12, 2012, 09:24 Ratty
     
    just because someone is an expensive well known movie star doesn't mean they can do good voice acting.
    Yeah, Linda Carter was OK, but not worth the millions they probably paid her.
     
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    News Comments > Out of the Blue
    16. Re: Helicopter parents Feb 10, 2012, 15:59 Ratty
     
    Alamar wrote on Feb 10, 2012, 14:24:
    Ratty wrote on Feb 10, 2012, 10:56:
    So funny. Right out of my favorite Everybody Loves Raymond episode ever.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cThuaPUD_Q

    Good times... One of the few shows where I have the entire collection on DVD... Course, it helps that they were like $15 a season... : )

    I stopped buying TV Shows (and movies, I guess) though... Takes up too much room : )

    -Alamar
    I only got to know the show through reruns. Was never the least bit interested when it broadcast. I mean, who wants to watch something that starts with "Everybody Loves ..." Now, I've probably seen every one 4 or 5 times - a few a lot more than that.

    I haven't bought a TV show on DVD for years and years but I just got the Blu Ray set for Space: 1999 Season 1 a couple of days ago for something like $40. It was sooo worth it.
     
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    News Comments > Out of the Blue
    5. Re: Helicopter parents Feb 10, 2012, 10:56 Ratty
     
    So funny. Right out of my favorite Everybody Loves Raymond episode ever.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cThuaPUD_Q
     
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    News Comments > Out of the Blue
    8. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 9, 2012, 13:08 Ratty
     
    DNForever wrote on Feb 9, 2012, 12:41:
    How does freezing enhance the flavor?
    I should add I make vegi chili from the Greens Cookbook. I'm not a vegi myself, I just really like it. So yeah, possibly meat chunks could get messed up. The beans are fine though. Not mushy or anything. (Now I feel bad for polluting Blue's Texas Style chili thread with mention of beans).
     
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    News Comments > Out of the Blue
    3. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 9, 2012, 11:27 Ratty
     
    Canning your chili or the nagas? I've never thought about canning my chili - it's an interesting idea. I'll be interested to hear how that turns out.

    Ever since I discovered how much freezing enhances the flavor I now always make my batches a week in advance and freeze them into portions. Though I also have to make it twice as hot because it gets milder over time. It's pretty inedible right after I cook it.
     
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    News Comments > Skyrim Sizzle Reel
    3. Re: Skyrim Sizzle Reel Feb 9, 2012, 11:17 Ratty
     
    Drayth wrote on Feb 9, 2012, 10:58:
    I do hope some of those do make it.. the spear combat looked pretty rad.
    Actually just about all of them were pretty awesome. The problem is they'd have to dedicate resources to test for balance issues and bugs. I've long wished I could buy training for my followers but I can see how that might imbalance things.

    The giant mudcrab is a no-brainer though. That MUST go in with the next patch.
     
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