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  1. Reading this made me want to play the game in Hardcore mode.

    Then again, most of my deaths come from lag spikes.. :(

    That makes it sound to me why Eve Online is so attractive. While the death there isnt so perma, if you haven't updated your clone or whatever, you *could* in theory be set back two weeks of skills, plus you then have to go and buy all your shit again with that money you worked so hard to earn. Some people have cash coming out of their ears, but I'm am constantly a poor lad, so losing that 200 mill ship that has taken countless hours to earn, is a bad kick in the teeth. Or knife in the guts. So every fight leaves you needing to go and sit down for a while with a cup of sweet tea. Anyway, I have only a 33 WD, so am not sure he's ready to take on the HC enemies. Will try a bit more of nightmare first. But yes, I am keen to try it.

  2. Just watched Headhunters, a Norwegian film about a recruitment guy who find top level executives. But he's also an art thief, who needs to steal high value paintings to keep his mrs in the way that she is accustomed. She is tall and beautiful, he is short with a massive chip on his shoulder. Enter stage left Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jamie Lannister) and tall, suave good looking dude, ex-special forces, who has nice piece of art. There are a few plot holes, but by and large it's a fun film. Worth a watch if you can put up with subs.

    I imagine our Toblix will be along at some point to offer something far more penetrating about the film. You may have gathered that I do not in any way possess any kind of critical eye for many things media, and am a fairly simplistic viewer who tends to take things at face value. (I read some of the stuff you lot talk about and sometimes my gast is well and truly flabbered as to how it is analysed. :))

  3. I have one of the glowy razer ones, and it's pretty good (not the macro one though). Also have a wired mac kb for my mbp, as posted above, and it's magical to use. Really excellent.

  4. The Gargantuan makes me laugh - more than a few times I've changed my mind about where I'm running or whatever, and I hear an enquiring grunt from him; he has a few other sounds that they've crafted in incredibly well that drop in at exactly the right moment. Anthropomorphism does the rest!

  5. Anyone had their account stolen yet? Even some with the authenticators, apparently. Looking like a session hijack vulnerability.

    But I love this game. Thought it might be boring, but got a guest pass and was hooked! Really enjoying it, especially since I discovered you can reprogram the fast bar with your fave spells.

  6. I had my quarter-life crisis at 24-25, so you're probably a little bit early for it and very early for a midlife crisis (unless you're intending to buy a sports car now?).

    I've always had slightly faster than normal cars, and just bought a faster one. Mid 30s - does this mean I've been suffering from a mid-life crisis my whole life? :deranged:

  7. I play casual games when I have a few minutes here and there. They're quick, they don't require hours to complete. I have got more into 'casual' games (e.g. Doodlejump) simply because I don't have as much time as I used to - campsite business, work, etc. etc. I also don't play 'big' games as such because I just can't be bothered any more. Rome Total War for instance. It's impossible to have a 'quick' go on that. Back when I wasn't as gainfully employed as I now am, I had the time and inclination to do a 14 hours session straight on that game. I have neither now. FPS' I can play for a weekend, and then get bored of them. Games that keep me coming back are ones that you *can* have a quick blast on and still progress, e.g. Trials HD/Evolution, Wipeout, Forza (and you can still play them for ages too if you want!)

    I also play games because I'm lazy, and it's easy. For instance, I sit down and think, "Right, I've really got to progress with my coding", or, "This database won't write itself!", hit a stumbling block, and because it's easier than figuring out the problem, I get distracted and go and do something that I can do more easily. Brain is engaged in a different way, but I'm not getting things done.

    Not very coherent, sorry.

  8. As gunpowder progressed as well, it's fun to look at how battlefield camouflage progressed. Back when arrows etc. were used, there was the regimental uniforms, then as gunpowder took over, and clouds of smoke covered everywhere, the uniforms got brighter (or stayed as bright) so that units could have a chance of being identified through the smoke. Then of course, they got duller and more like the modern camouflage that we know now.

  9. Yeh, my first house had been bodged to high heaven. I got it cheap though as a result. Required pretty much going down to the walls, redoing everything from the ground up. This was not something I tackled, I got experts in!

  10. Curious mix of tenses. You'll get used to DIY eventually. I quite like it now. Makes a huge difference to have decent tools and more importantly, the right tool for the job. Working on engines is made particularly easy by having the right stuff now, rather than trying to muddle through with knackered pliers, a hammer and mole grips.

  11. Only wikipedia, and only then 1 line. But what prompted me to look was the stuff we saw written down on the little 'info tablets' they had at various culturally significant places.

  12. If you buy somewhere then you suddenly have to invest in tools... TOOLS! "I need a hammer... doh! I need a screwdriver... doh! I need a wrench... doh!" etc, etc. It quickly becomes expensive.

    But tools are fun! Especially power tools. We probably need more than the average person here, but hey; rough with the smooth.

  13. Yes I heard that about most of Europe as well except for UK. I didn't know if that's because it's a better system with landlords or the prices of rental just far outweigh ownership in terms of positives?

    Just for you, I have asked the MIL. She says that ze Germans don't rent as much as they used to, maybe down to about 50% rent. But anyway, the reasons she gave are: Germans hate being in debt, and the protection for tenants is much stronger over there. Landlords can't just sling you out with no warning, and the longer you've been there, the more notice they must give if they want you to move out. (MIL's sister was given 1 years notice due to time she'd lived in her flat, for example.) They also have to fix shit when you ask them to - there is a dedicated insurance scheme, which for 100 euros/year you can get all the lawyered up advice you need up to and including court time.

  14. 70% of German's rent quite happily. Owning a house isn't thought as essential there for some reason.

    But I understand your reasons.

  15. I know one thing: The I Ching is Chinese, and not really part of the Japanese culture.

    Besides that I found the book to be quite dull, and I eventually gave up. I should really give it another go.

    Interesting trivia: Dick used the I Ching to decide what was going to happen next to each of the characters.

    The I Ching integrated into Japanese culture around the time of the Samurai. I had to look this up, 'cos I remember seeing when over there when visiting temples etc. they talked a lot about cross-integration between Japanese and Chinese culture.